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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: Today at 04:05:13 AM
I keep my gamepad in the charging cradle when I'm not using it.  That helps keep it ready for play.  I do use the pro controllers more though.  You heard right, they last a long time on one charge.

The gamepad is really nice for off-tv play.  The other day one of my kids was playing DK Tropical Freeze on the gamepad, the other was playing DK Country on the 3DS, and I was watching recorded dvr shows on the tv.  Pretty cool. 
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/21) on: Today at 03:59:35 AM
I picked up Kirby Triple Deluxe and Zelda ALBW from Best Buy's buy one get one free deal.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passenger Jet Shot Down over Ukraine on: July 17, 2014, 06:27:19 PM
That's terrible news.  And it was shot down?  Even worse.
4  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: [iOS] OTTTD (Was Cool June Releases) on: July 17, 2014, 12:39:02 AM

Quote from: Canuck on July 14, 2014, 09:43:24 PM

Panzer Corps (Panzer General remake) has had a drop from $20 to $10. Matrix games rarely go on sale so pick this up if you want it.
I've been waiting for that one to go one sale.  That's a ton of content for $10.  Thanks for posting this.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/4/14 on: July 09, 2014, 12:47:50 AM
Been playing a lot of Divinity Original Sin since release.  Very good.  No hand holding in this one.
6  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Have 3DS releases gone into hibernation? on: July 07, 2014, 06:58:49 PM
The lull is actually working for me because I don't have any new 3ds games to distract me from playing my backlog.  By the way, if you're a tactical rpg fan (Fire Emblem), Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars is on sale for $7.99 on the sShop right now.  It's a very cool game, turn-based, multiple team roles, good presentation.  The game's design was under the creative direction of Julian Gollop of XCom fame.  I've been waiting for the digital version to go on sale, since it was regularly $19.99.

7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: July 03, 2014, 04:24:27 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 03, 2014, 04:21:42 PM

Release date is October 24.
Nice...a 2014 release.  I'll have my environmental suit ready. 
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 01, 2014, 04:45:35 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 01, 2014, 02:57:57 PM

FIFA is against changes unless they can make money off of it.
Don't you think they would make a boat load of money off in game televised advertising?  I hope it never goes in that direction, but I think in game advertising would be much more profitable than adboards at the stadium.

It's so weird as an American trying to understand that there is an entity (FIFA) bigger than the commerical enterprise of a league.  In my mind the Premier League, like the NFL or NBA, should be able to do whatever they want in the interest of their league and sport.  But all of the pro leagues are overseen by FIFA?      
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 01, 2014, 12:24:08 AM

Quote from: Lee on June 30, 2014, 09:59:00 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on June 30, 2014, 07:32:58 PM

That said, I hate all of the flopping, fake injuries, and pretend head bumps.  It's insane.  They look like idiots.           

That seems harsh. Maybe I am so used to it I don't notice it anymore? Outside of the usuals offenders like Robben and Ronaldo I don't think it's been bad at all. In fact it seems much more physical than the WC usually is. We have seen a broken arm, a couple of black eyes, cleats dragged across shins, and collisions that caused bloodshed on more than one occasion.

So many great games so far, this has been the best WC I remember ,and I haven't missed one since 1986.
I like seeing them play more physical, but it seems like a good amount of the collisions result in 1 or more of the players exaggerating what actually happened, sometimes with unintended comical effect.  I understand it's part of the game, it's just detracts from all the good things they're doing.  I like it when the refs ignore it and play on...or issue a yellow card.

I saw the final and runner up matches for the women's world cup in Pasadena and they hardly ever flopped or exaggerated injuries.  They would collide and just keep on playing.  It was cool to watch.  They played tough.  I thought the ladies were great ambassadors for the sport.  Get knocked down, get up and keep playing.       
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 30, 2014, 08:14:35 PM

Quote from: Scraper on June 30, 2014, 07:44:48 PM

The US's passing and ball possession leaves a lot to be desired. This is where Bradley was supposed to help, but he isn't playing up to the level that he has proven that he can. Maybe the MLS move was bad for him?
The difference in the quality of passing and ball possession really stands out.  It's like watching masterful artists of their craft and then watching novices or journeymen who are working really hard, but just don't have the skill level.  Maybe determinition and good fortune can prevail over skill and experience?
 
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 30, 2014, 07:32:58 PM
Mexico played their hearts out yesterday, but just couldn't keep it together for the final 10 minutes against the Netherlands.  The Dutch team was patient.  They let the Mexican players wear themselves out and then capitilized on their late game mistakes.  I don't know how they do that.  I guess it's just experience. 

The Costa Rica and Greece game was a nail biter too. 

Some of the European and South American players are so talented, it's like they were born with a soccer ball at their feet.  I don't know how the US team stands a chance other than to maybe outwork the other teams just through sheer determination.  Some of the things I saw European and South American teams do just moving the ball around were amazing.  Backwards heel flick passes, lots of slick 1 touch passing. 

That said, I hate all of the flopping, fake injuries, and pretend head bumps.  It's insane.  They look like idiots.           
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 07:17:44 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 30, 2014, 07:11:20 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on June 30, 2014, 07:06:38 PM

I bought Divinity with 10 minutes left on the Steam sale.  I'm liking this ressurgence of turn based cRPGs (thanks to crowd funding).

It's turn-based?  For some reason I thought it was an action RPG, but I haven't kept up with it at all.
Yep, turn-based.  2 core party members that you create, and you can pickup 2 more npcs for a party of 4 (plus room for summons I believe).  The skill system seems to be open, but they do have class templates to help get things started (they can be edited and modified).   
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/PC]Saints Row 4 on: June 30, 2014, 07:12:23 PM
I picked up SR4 during the Steam sale.  I loved SR3, and this game is that mixed with Crackdown and the Matrix.  I wanted to just play for about an hour last night...but then 3 hours later I was still traversing around the city finding stuff to do at every corner. 

The love and attention to detail that Volition puts into SR makes me happy.  I want to see what they can do on the next gen consoles.     
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 07:06:38 PM
I bought Divinity with 10 minutes left on the Steam sale.  I'm liking this ressurgence of turn based cRPGs (thanks to crowd funding).
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 21, 2014, 02:57:24 AM
It seems like it's a standard thing for European announcers and analysts to have a low opinion of Concacaf teams.  It's a nice surprise to see so many of them doing alright for themselves in group play. 

16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 20, 2014, 12:25:15 AM
You're right, I forgot that the show opens with a white walker invasion, shown in more detail than the book.  Also, we got to see the worg reveal pretty early too.  Being able to possess animals is definitely well beyond typical medieval themed stories.  The rebirth of Daenerys as the dragon mother, stepping out of the flames unscathed with her hatched baby dragons was also a big indication of where things were headed.  She survived being engulfed in flames without burning.   
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 19, 2014, 06:01:46 PM
I think the books do a better job of preparing the reader for encounters with the supernatural than the show has.  In the book, the first interactions Jon has with the veterans of the Night's Watch are about that very subject: supernatural stuff beyond the wall.  The whole "Winter is coming" can be translated to "Your bedtime horror stories about freaky magic sh*t beyond the wall are about to come true".  The denial and rejection of that message/warning is kind of thematic...maybe for some of the viewers of the show too.    

I just don't think the show has enough time to devote to giving all the clues and reveals from the books, although they do a really good job of showing the main points.  I also think that some % of the millions of viewers are watching solely for the drama of the relationship and political soap opera of the show, and have been looking past some of the previous fantasy elements.  Seeing what looks like a little elf hurling fireballs, and skeletons popping out of the ground, and then some kind of tree root magician was probably too much for them to look past.  Bran's arc is almost 100% fantasy now, so that % of viewers can't ignore it anymore.  It's right in their face.  I'm not sure how many of those viewers understood what the book series was all about before they got hooked on the show.    

Personally, I really like the Bran arc because it is delving head first into the supernatural.  I've felt like the other character story arcs on the show have been tap dancing around it carefully, but never committing.    

  

    
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 17, 2014, 08:29:27 PM

Quote from: Zekester on June 17, 2014, 05:38:56 PM

Not enjoying the Bran storyline at all, and hoping it doesn't continue much further. It's too weird.

Spoiler for Hiden:
they left too much open....is The Hound really dead? Is Daddy Lannister? The Mountain seems to be the only one they made somewhat clear will still be around after transfusion.
Regarding what's in the spoiler tags, I think all of that is intentional to hook people into the start of the next season.  Typical season finale cliffhanger stuff.

It's interesting the reactions the Bran scenes are getting from some viewers.  I'm not sure what specifically about those scenes pushed viewers too far.  We've seen what appear to be standard fare zombies, super natural snow dudes with blue eyes that are unkillable without special weapons, giants, mf'ng dragons, knights being rezzed and brought back to life multiple times, & dark sorcerery resulting in a disturbing shadow assassin birth scene.  All that didn't tip viewers too far.  But the Bran scenes did.   
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: June 17, 2014, 08:15:05 PM
The Wii U already has a good library of very fun games.  They're a good alternative or compliment to the standard fare multi-platform first person shooters and more violent action games released on the other consoles.  If the budget allows, it's a good 2nd console to a ps4/xbo or pc. 

I'd argue that the Wii U is the best value of the newer consoles because of the existing library.  Lots of good games.  These are just the ones that my family has played a lot of: Super Mario 3d World, Donkey Kong: TF, Lego City Undercover, Legend of Zelda Wind Waker, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101 & Pikmin 3.  We've also played a lot of Rayman Legends (I know it's multi-platform but the gamepad support for Murphy is unique).     

20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 17, 2014, 12:43:14 AM
Well done HBO.  That was a great season finale.  I like seeing the Starks slowly moving back into positions of influence and power.  They surely seemed down and out after season 1.  I'm really liking Arya too.  Loved seeing her just walk away.  A lesser person would have fallen for the bait and ended the Hound. 

It's going to be a long wait.  Maybe I'll actually try and read book 5.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: June 17, 2014, 12:36:25 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 16, 2014, 02:48:08 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 16, 2014, 02:05:26 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on June 14, 2014, 01:53:10 AM

Quote from: Fireball on June 13, 2014, 08:31:26 PM

rkm1977
Not found.  icon_cry

Quote from: Fireball on June 16, 2014, 02:00:13 PM

Sorry, try rkm1701

How old are you?!

And why aren't you at your post?
It should be jtk1701
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Nations - Extended Edition on: June 14, 2014, 04:47:31 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on June 14, 2014, 03:44:10 AM

If it's a hassle, I'll send a PM with my paypal email.  Now that I think about it, I think the last time I sent a steam wallet gift card code.  I'll send Roguetad the last copy in a minute. 
Thanks Hrothgar!  I'll PM you a steam wallet code tomorrow.  Need to stop by BB or gamestop.  I played a lot of RoN when it first came out.  Awesome game.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Nations - Extended Edition on: June 14, 2014, 12:10:21 AM
I'll take the last one if it's still available.  I'll send the $ through Steam.
24  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures on: June 13, 2014, 10:06:40 PM
I've got the base game and the Millennium Falcon otw from amazon.  The force is strong with Hark's collection.
25  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures on: June 13, 2014, 08:45:38 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 13, 2014, 05:25:42 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on June 13, 2014, 05:01:37 PM

Whoa...I don't know how I missed this thread.  The ships look awesome as just SW collectibles.  The quality and detailing looks good from the pictures.  I need to get that Millennium Falcon asap.    

The models do indeed look amazing.  I've never been very good at painting miniatures, so it's heaven having all of these look so good right out of the box.  It also makes it really really hard to not spend way too much money on a game I rarely actually play.  But then again, I've bought models of Star Wars ships in the past just because they looked cool, so I don't feel all that guilty for building a collection.
No guilt here.  Those are really good looking miniature SW models.  I already have a few in my checkout cart at Amazon, and I don't even plan on playing the game.  Those are some of the best, fully detailed and painted models I've seen of SW ships.  I don't have the patience or interest to paint, so these are perfect.   If the game turns out to be fun, even better.  
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 13, 2014, 08:41:22 PM

Quote from: msteelers on June 13, 2014, 07:23:08 PM

I've been toying with Sky Force, but I'm really not good at the game. That's probably what has prevented the game from getting its dirty hooks into me.
It has an old school feel to it.  I think that's what keeps pulling me in.  It's not easy.  When I upgraded to Wing Cannons, and then Missiles, it got noticably easier.  I think we're meant to go back and replay earlier levels after upgrades to unlock more medals (and earn more stars).  I'm still impressed with the graphics.  It's one of the best looking games that I have on the iPad.   
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: June 13, 2014, 08:34:55 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 13, 2014, 12:57:00 PM

"press X to AWESOME!"
I need that for real life. nod 
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: June 13, 2014, 08:32:10 PM

Quote from: Scraper on June 13, 2014, 01:05:14 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 13, 2014, 12:57:00 PM

Dragon Age is this year, and that game doesn't look appealing at all. I'm not alone in feeling that way either, as there has been almost no talk about that game in games media since E3 started. The trailer alone showed how different it still is from the glorious first game in the series, with comic-book superheroes somersaulting, dive-stabbing and doing all kinds of "press X to AWESOME!" things that make it look like they've learned nothing at all since DA2. Also, it's EA.

So yeah, what I'm trying to say is that I'm excited about Bloodborne and The Witcher 3. Probably more for the latter than the former, but I'll take both. smile

The gameplay on DA3 looks like it's styled after ME3, which is ok with me. But hey I liked DA 1 and DA 2 (even though they are very different), so I may not be the best person to ask when it comes to the DA series.
I liked most of DA2, except the teleporting spawns of enemies, reused dungeon tiles, and the ending.  I really liked DA1, but I'd be surprised if EA would ever let the series go back to that.  If we can't have DA1, I'm ok with similar to ME3. 
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/13/14 on: June 13, 2014, 08:22:03 PM
Valkyria Chronicles PS3 - I know I'm way late on this one.  It's been awesome so far.  Realling liking the art style and turn based combat.
Mario Kart 8 - I'm working torwards unlocking the gold kart.  Need to star a few more mirror courses.  The AI is nasty at this speed.  And then it's off to the trials to unlock the gold wheels.
   
30  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures on: June 13, 2014, 05:01:37 PM
Whoa...I don't know how I missed this thread.  The ships look awesome as just SW collectibles.  The quality and detailing looks good from the pictures.  I need to get that Millennium Falcon asap.   
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: June 12, 2014, 10:59:35 PM
I wish it was simpler.  I wish they made a game where a guy goes for a walk...and at the end eats a cookie.  It would just have a button for walking forward, and one for Eat Cookie.  
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 12, 2014, 05:24:14 PM
Watching the stream of the new 3ds game Steam.  Looks like Freedom Force + Valkyria Chronicles.  Pretty cool.
33  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 12, 2014, 04:13:19 PM
I've been playing a lot of Sky Force recently.  It's very polished.  Excellent graphics.  IAP is typical timers for upgrades, silly prices for upgrade components, etc.  I'm still able to enjoy the game without dropping any money.  With that said, like other freeware IAP games, I wish there was an option to just buy the app.  I'd like to reward the developers, but I'm not rewarding the IAP model.

https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/sky-force-2014/id717233547?mt=8
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: June 12, 2014, 04:08:32 PM
I joined the warrior of sunlight covenant in DS just so I could help make life easier for other players during boss fights that I struggled through solo.  It's a different game when you have some co-op help.  No shame in summoning other players for some of those fights (Ornstein & Smough!).

The trailer for Bloodborne looks good.  I like the possibility of mixing melee and ranged weaponry.  Bummer that it doesn't come out until 2015.  E3 is such a tease.       
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 12, 2014, 12:29:30 AM
Lots of potential in the games Nintendo showed.  Yoshi's Whoolly World, Kirby, Splatoon, Mario Maker, Zelda U and Xenoblade all looked good. 
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 11, 2014, 08:33:32 PM

Quote from: farley2k on June 10, 2014, 03:16:56 PM


So true.  And thumbs up for the Princess Bride reference thumbsup

That part got to me both in the book and the show.  
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: June 11, 2014, 08:28:13 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on June 10, 2014, 11:35:19 PM

God Damn it! I so want to love these games. But to those people who say with Dark Souls if you just take your time and learn the moves you will not have a problem I call BS. At least BS for me. I'm a very methodical player and yet in DS I just died over and over and over. I grind my way to a new area like New Lordos and just get wiped immediately. I've been playing these games for 30+ yrs. I'm not an idiot. But DS just crushed me. Yet I love the idea of these games and 80% of them I love. I so wish they would have a real easy mode. The purists would scream bloody murder but if it's optional I can't see who it would hurt. Go ahead and flame me if you want.
I got sucked into Dark Souls when it first came out.  It's very unforgiving, and at times incredibly frustrating.  It's also a dreary gaming experience without much sense of hope, by design.  It requires a level of precision that most rpgs don't.  The biggest requirement is dying...a lot.  Just as you said.  Dying over and over again to learn what to do (unless you consult a walk through guide).  The player has to be ok with that...dying a ton. 

As soon as I started to feel confident I would enter a new area and be humbled again until I learned what to do.  Or I would struggle to match what my brain knew it had to do with the timing and precision of actually doing it.  I think you have to be a tenacious glutton for punishment, or have a really good sense of humor to make it through the Souls games (or both).     

If you like that style of gameplay, but are not a fan dying over and over again, Dragon's Dogma is a nice alternative.  It's a bit easier, with faster paced combat.

I don't know how FromSoft could preserve the esscence of the unforgiving game experience while having an easy option.  I think that's their entire marketing hook.  Be prepared to die and all that.

   

   
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 05, 2014, 01:22:06 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 04, 2014, 07:13:16 PM

it's already been worked out.  GRRM gave them a brief outline of what happens to who and how and they also have the authority to make up an ending.  It's entirely likely the show will finish before he does and the books will either be written to reflect the show's ending or be different altogether.  Already they are diverging enough that I will likely not finish the books.  Loved the first one, liked the second, then the books become a bit drawn out and tedious so I never even finished the fourth.
That's pretty cool that HBO has the liberty to build off his outline. 

I really enjoyed books 1&2, and thought book 3 was awesome.  And then the train went of the tracks with book 4.  I'm fine with the show playing out the rest of the story.  HBO has done a nice job with the series. 
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart 8 [Wii U] on: June 05, 2014, 01:14:19 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 04, 2014, 09:01:26 PM

Man, after watching some videos I realized that there are still several power ups that I have never gotten.  I did just get the infinity/8 for the first time when I was doing poorly in a 150cc race, but I didn't even know there was a golden mushroom or bullet Bill power up.  I've never gotten the star or the squid (though have been hit by it plenty) either.

Also, the Koopalings are such products of the late 80's early 90's.  I'm surprised Nintendo didn't try to redesign them a little bit to make them a little less embarrassing.
If you're normally leading races, or in the top 3, you will probably never get to use the bullet, lightning, star, infinity, golden mushroom or blue shell.  I'm guessing there is a sliding % chance for each item tied directly to your current placing in the race.  I rarely get to use any of those.  I'm always at the receiving end of a blue shell, lightning or squid ink.

Regarding the koopalings, they're not my favorites, but I like them more than the babies.  Even my kids don't like the babies.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 02, 2014, 06:44:19 PM
I knew what was coming and that was just gross.  I normally watch episodes twice, once on my own on Sunday, and once with my wife a couple of days later.  I'll be using my ipad during
Spoiler for Hiden:
that part of the fight
when my wife is watching.  She's sensitive to that kind of stuff so I already feel sorry for her.  I had to settle my mind for about an hour before going to bed last night.
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