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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 26, 2014, 09:17:31 PM
It surprised me that Apple has made its new default screen size 4.7 inches with the iPhone 6... and scarier that so many people are buying the Plus. I had an HTC One X (4.7 inch screen) for two years and moved to the iPhone 5s because I wanted a smaller phone. My wife has a Note 3 (same size screen as the 6 Plus) which, because it certainly isn't going to fit in her skinny jeans pockets and she rarely carries a purse, I end up having to carry. If she had the 5s (or any smaller sized phone) she could fit it in her back pocket at least, which is what I do and is kinda annoying.

I don't think people realize how much one-handed utility you lose with the larger screens, either. It's super clumsy to hold so your normal operation of the device becomes two-handed which to me is counter-intuitive. The only time I use two hands with my 5s is when I'm typing, and even then I can still get away with one hand a lot because of suggestive/predictive typing. I was always fumbling with my One X.

Looking at pics on the larger screen sure is nice, though.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: September 25, 2014, 04:12:57 PM
I just started playing this and am up to chapter 5. I love the art style, combat mechanics, the rhyming dialogue, and most of all the music. I'm playing on Hard per most people's recommendation and am enjoying the challenge level. The boss fights can be tough but not to a point of frustration, if I do poorly I pay for it in overuse of precious healing and mana potions.

Looking forward to seeing the "progression to adulthood" narrative play out.



83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 04:37:11 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 16, 2014, 02:46:37 AM



You're also buying up an entire generation of kids that grew up with Minecraft.

The question in my mind is what Microsoft's long-term goal is with the IP. Is it to pimp the IP across various channels (gaming, merchandise, apparel, TV, etc.) or is it to establish a Nintendo caliber brand name for Windows/Xbox (as an entertainment/educational platform)? They say they will support current versions of the game on all platforms, but will the next iteration be exclusive to Microsoft platforms?

It's interesting to think about. 

84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 15, 2014, 11:56:15 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 15, 2014, 11:37:27 PM

Quote from: Harpua3
I read something from bungie today that said the players don't understand this game and it take about 20 hrs to get interesting.

Yeah, that's an example of what I was talking about. I can't remember a developer going so far out of their way to tell people what they should think about a game as Bungie has with Destiny. Their spin machine is going full blast.

I don't think it's spinning as much as it is hand-holding, to be honest. Everyone's expectations seem to be in line with a shooter, while in reality it should be more in line with an MMO. In most MMOs the meaty content almost always comes later rather than sooner.

Sorry, everyone who thought this was going to be the next Halo...
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2014, 08:00:08 PM
GiantBomb review is up, for anyone interested.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: September 12, 2014, 04:41:48 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 12, 2014, 03:13:00 AM

January 27, 2015

Can't wait, I've been eagerly anticipating Dying Light since I played at E3 2012.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: September 12, 2014, 04:40:56 PM
I love the new trailer. The graphics look vastly improved and the bits of content they've shown looks wacky and interesting. I skipped the last-gen version of this because I knew a next-gen version was coming, I'm glad I waited.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 10, 2014, 10:39:32 PM
Halo is one of my favorite sci-fi gaming series, I love the story, atmosphere, music, etc. I was hoping that, like Halo, even though most people play for the MP, there would be some good stuff in there for the solo people.



89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 10, 2014, 04:31:38 PM
I'm looking forward to hearing impressions on solo play, since that's likely how I'll be playing most of the game. I'm more interested in the story and the world than anything.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 04, 2014, 06:48:30 PM
I think these incentives are smart. If I hadn't pre-ordered the Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle coming in October I would have probably jumped on this and a copy of Diablo.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: September 03, 2014, 10:13:41 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 03, 2014, 08:58:38 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 03, 2014, 06:32:08 PM

I should play the first one this Halloween.

I was thinking the exact same thing. The first game is still sitting in my backlog. The only problem is The Evil Within releases in late October, and it seems like the perfect Halloween game.

a definite First World problem....

Good point. Looks like Costume Quest will be the week before!
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: September 03, 2014, 06:32:08 PM
I should play the first one this Halloween.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: September 03, 2014, 04:21:56 PM
I finally finished the game. Looking forward to the sequel.

Can't believe it turned out that Joel was an infected ninja the whole time.

94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 27, 2014, 08:38:16 PM
You guys are horrible!
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 27, 2014, 05:59:20 PM
I just reached the second Spring (the one following the cold Winter) this morning. Roughly how far into the game am I? I'm trying to finish the game off before I leave for PAX on Thursday evening.

Please no spoilers!!
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 27, 2014, 12:42:50 AM

Quote from: Lee on August 25, 2014, 04:25:59 AM

Guess they are going after just about every gaming service tonight, Battle.net, PSN, Xbox Live, etc. I just don't get people.

My theory is that it's a concerted effort by gyms nationwide to goad people out of their homes and and get them to sign up for gym memberships.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 27, 2014, 12:38:12 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 26, 2014, 06:32:42 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 24, 2014, 07:44:45 PM

Have you guys tried the multiplayer now that you've finished the single player?

It's incredibly good, one of the best multiplayer modes that really flows out from the single player experience.

That said, there are some people that are way too good at the game, but it's still a fun mode to try if you have a good team.

I haven't quiet beaten the game but I must be so very close.  I plan on trying out the multiplayer before jumping into the dlc.  Colin at IGN doesn't like MP at all and he adamantly stated that TLOU Mp is the best he has played.

Kinda makes him less qualified, no?  Tongue
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 23, 2014, 01:59:45 AM
The second episode of the Metatheory podcast is up! Give it a listen, I think it's coming together quite nicely and each episode we get more comfortable recording.

We talk about some interesting stuff, including thoughts on PT, the legacy of Miyamoto vs. the legacy of Hideo, and social awareness withing the gaming community.

I was hoping to have an interview with Astro Gaming, who makes headphones for gamers and sponsors a lot of professional eSport players, baked into the show but my visit with them got cut short and we rescheduled the interview to be conducted during PAX.

I'm still figuring out how to get the sucker on iTunes and the like, that should start happening shortly.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 23, 2014, 01:49:28 AM

Quote from: Roman on August 23, 2014, 12:26:29 AM

Can I kill clickers with it?

I'm pretty certain I've killed clickers with the bow, maybe not always with one hit though.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 20, 2014, 04:40:48 AM
I'm resisting the urge to dip-and-a-half! Bought the PC version, didn't buy Reaper of Souls.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 20, 2014, 01:02:07 AM
I don't find it to be that dark... it has a sense of humor about it that manages to lighten the mood for me.

102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 18, 2014, 05:07:14 PM
I just started recording a new podcast for Gaming Trend (linky). The first episode was posted last Friday and I intend to keep a weekly cadence. Give it a listen if you're interested in exploring a new show.

Initially it's going to be a somewhat traditional gaming podcast but my goal is for it to evolve (sooner rather than later) into something much more interesting, think This American Life or Radio Lab but centered on gaming and other interactive media.

I'm still working out the technical kinks, you'll be able to subscribe via iTunes/Android Podcast apps soon. For now you can listen via browser.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 18, 2014, 04:40:51 PM
He can't be in witness protection if they're making a new show where he continues doing business as Saul Goodman, right?
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 18, 2014, 04:38:11 PM
I don't have any advice, I just want to say how envious I am that you can buy a home like that for $200k. I have an apartment in Silicon Valley (Sunnyvale) and as someone who is hoping to buy in the next 2-3 years (that's when my wife and I plan to start contributing to the overpopulation of the planet), it's looking hopeless unless I am willing to put up with a crazy commute, buy something in a shitty neighborhood, or accept charity from family. And I'm not OK with any of those options.

So congrats!
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 18, 2014, 04:21:00 PM
The hotel basement segment that you guys are talking about is where I gave up during the PS3 version. I just got through it in Remastered and I'm convinced they tweaked the difficulty because the bloaters go down way more quickly than I remember. I'm pretty sure two shotgun blasts and two fire bottles were all it took.

Either that or the funky framerate issues in the PS3 version were the culprit.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 18, 2014, 03:07:14 AM
I can probably find this in reviews, but is the only difference between the PC and PS4 versions going to be controller support or are there other fundamental gameplay changes?

Also, does the UI of the PS4 version better suit a TV than the PC version would if I were doing big picture mode with my PC?
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 15, 2014, 04:52:19 PM


I wasn't sure what PT was after reading about it through all the Gamescom announcements. I knew it was an interactive teaser, but I thought that meant it was a YouTube video that you could perhaps "click to continue" and link into branching trailers. I once worked with a PR firm that did something similar to that for Jennifer Lopez, where users were able to decide how she got to the Grammys.

Someone on Twitter said to search for PT in the PlayStation Store, which is what alerted me to the possibility that there was something more to it. Lo and behold, it's a game demo. And Gooood Lawwwd, is it terrifying. I mean, I've played the recent kings of horror, Amnesia and Outlast, and PT still tops them. It's not scarier, per se, it's not just about monsters popping out of nowhere and attacking you. It's... what Silent Hill does best. It's psychological terror, it sends shivers down your spine. At one point my wife walked out of the bedroom and into the living room where I was playing (it was late at night, she had already gone to bed) and I kid you not, I gasped for air out of fear.

Turn down the lights, put on headphones if you have them, and experience this thing. Silent Hills just won a customer.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: August 11, 2014, 04:40:48 PM
I tried co-op last week and had a lot of fun with that mode. It's certainly the way I would prefer to play were it not for having to coordinate with another person for so many hours of gameplay.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Steam] Guns and Robots (F2P) on: August 08, 2014, 06:04:09 PM
I'm playing it this weekend for preview on the site.

Love your hair, Hark!
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 08, 2014, 06:02:37 PM
Looks like there's more to this update -

"We're giving old and new fans a lot reasons to pick up the game, as we've gone beyond just increasing resolution and running at 1080p," said Dan Sochan, senior producer at United Front Games, in a press release. "We listened to the fans: We tuned gameplay, we added to the ambience of Hong Kong, increased audio fidelity and pushed the visuals further than we could on the previous generation of consoles."

I wonder if the PC version gets the update for free? If not, I might bite on the PS4 version. This is one of the few video games I've played in a long time that left an impression on me long after I stopped playing it.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1 & PC] Ryse on: August 08, 2014, 05:59:48 PM
I love me a good PC tech demo but for such I would not pay more than $20. Hopefully that's where it's priced at.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 07, 2014, 08:11:43 PM
I spend way too much time in photo mode  paranoid
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart 8 [Wii U] on: August 07, 2014, 08:11:12 PM
I think it's kinda cool. You don't have to choose those karts, obviously, and the DLC is free. More than anything I like that Nintendo doing things they haven't done before (at least not that I can think of).
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 07, 2014, 08:09:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 06, 2014, 09:45:30 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 06, 2014, 09:00:39 PM

To be more accurate, the PC version is coming to XBO and PS4  retard

Hehe, yeah, but the PC version looked pretty friggin good.

Definitely, I just think attaching verbiage like "remastered" is funny.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 06, 2014, 09:00:39 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 06, 2014, 06:43:13 PM

What's this, a complete remastered HD version for next gen consoles?  Yup. 

http://kotaku.com/looks-like-sleeping-dogs-is-coming-to-xbox-one-ps4-1616950253

Not sure why they would try to charge a full $60 for it when so much of the DLC was cosmetic or shortcuts though. 

Out 10/14/14


To be more accurate, the PC version is coming to XBO and PS4  retard
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: July 31, 2014, 04:31:20 PM
I bought one of those $200 refurbished Wii U consoles and just received it and set it up last night. I had returned my previous Wii U because I was having network connection issues.

This console looks brand new and works flawlessly! I bought the digital versions of Mario World and Mario Kart 8, looking forward to some local multiplayer on both.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: July 31, 2014, 04:27:28 PM
I would actually love to see more ports on PS4 through Plus. For example, Crysis 3 at 1080/60fps. It should be much easier to do than somethnig like TLOU: Remastered, since there's a PC version already built with the high-res assets and such.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: July 30, 2014, 05:16:25 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 30, 2014, 02:10:52 PM

Looking at the photomode pics people are putting up and it's really tempting me to grab it again despite having a bunch of other unfinished games to play...

Yeah, the photo mode is pretty ridiculous (in a good way). It's a mini-game unto itself.

The framerate is odd. It's not a rock-solid 60, I noticed dips - likely into the low/mid 50s- during some explosions in the opening gameplay. Also, the motion of the characters during cutscenes seems too fast, the way movies in 48fps do.

I'm not complaining, I'm fine minor dips that don't affect the gameplay (like making it harder to aim, etc.), and I'm sure I'll get used to the motion in the cutscenes. It's certainly a beautiful game and benefits from the higher resolution. I'm looking forward to actually finishing the game this time around after putting it down half way through on the PS3.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 26, 2014, 08:23:27 PM
I was hoping Journey would come to PS4!
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oddworld: New... but is it Tasty? on: July 22, 2014, 05:12:09 PM
Oddworld New 'n' Tasty releases today on EVERY platform. It takes the story and overall style of the original, Abe's Oddysee, and completely rebuilds the rest. The reddit review thread shows very positive reviews. I missed this game when it first came out on Playstation, but intend to buy the PS4 version this evening when I get home.

Looking forward to impressions!

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