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121  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) - Circle Pad Pro XL! on: December 29, 2013, 02:27:42 AM
I bought 2 of the bundled XLs at Target when they were having their $149 deal.  I was there to buy one for my son's Christmas wishlist.  The 2nd was an impulse purchase for myself because of the price.  I was leaning towards returning it after having second thoughts later that day, but then I played Fire Emblem.  It's like an improved, modern version of Final Fantasy Tactics.  And then I played Shin Megami Tensei 4, which is a first person, turn based RPG where you get to recruit demons into your party.  It's f'ng crazy jrpg stuff, but it's good old fashioned tactical turn based dungeon combat.  

I'm discovering the really strong turn based library on the 3DS, and really enjoying it.  JRPGs are not my favorite, but the ones on the 3DS are exceptionally good.      
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wtf. on: December 28, 2013, 12:08:15 AM
I bought a PS4 and a Wii U because of the wild popularity of GTAV.  Damn that game! 
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: December 24, 2013, 02:21:21 AM
My local Best Buy had 2 waist high pyramid stacks of Xb1's this week, but no ps4s.  Since I already have 1 next gen console, I'm more interested in keeping an eye out for the next WiiU price cut so I can pick one one up for my kids (and me).  It seems to be slowly building up a good game library aimed towards kids/family.     
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 20, 2013, 06:02:02 PM
I like his sharp pokey hat, it matches his stick.  Kickass weeds too.   
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: December 20, 2013, 05:54:43 PM
I like that you can obscure yourself with clouds of cannon smoke if you're not careful.  There's been times when I'm not really focused and then lose all visibility because I screwed up the broadside and wind.  That's a nice touch.  I need to try dropping fire barrels as CeeKay suggested right after the broadside and turning away.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Virgin Atlantic Launches Glass Bottom Planes on: December 18, 2013, 06:21:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 18, 2013, 04:50:55 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 18, 2013, 04:28:03 PM

Why are we still talking about this like it's real?

shhh.. it's funnier this way biggrin
Spoiler for Hiden:
I hate being tricked...and I like being tricked.  It's anger at myself followed by admiration and like, all in the span of about 2 seconds.  It can best be portrayed by this short smiley face performance:   icon_mad icon_redface icon_smile thumbsup Bring your own!
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OCD. Anyone else here live with this curse? on: December 17, 2013, 09:11:07 PM
Thanks for talking about it Harp.

I'm guessing that OCD has a spectrum that can range from mild to very severe.  I've never known anyone on the severe end of the spectrum, but I've known a few that would probably be mild to moderate.  Hopefully there are parts of your life (activities, places, people, pets) that can lower the intensity temporarily so you can have some relief.         
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Virgin Atlantic Launches Glass Bottom Planes on: December 17, 2013, 08:47:08 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on December 17, 2013, 01:05:52 AM

No thanks,way too scared of heights to Relax at all on that flight.
That would be a nightmare for me.  No way.  I flew in a helicopter that had a mostly see through floor once.  My heart rate must have been like 150 for the entire 30 minute sightseeing flight.  

I wonder if the sides of the jet are like that too?  Kind of like Wonder Woman's jet. [Edited: Nevermind...just saw more pictures.  "Just" the bottom.]   
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: December 17, 2013, 08:38:26 PM
I love this game.  Ubisoft succeeded in creating an open world pirate game that's incredibly fun to play, especially when heading out to do some unscripted pirating.  It's funny that the AC'ish parts of the game are actually the weakest parts of the overall experience.  The pirate parts are mostly brilliant, with an obvious love of the lore put into the smallest details.  Edward is a fun character to play, who isn't trying to follow any creed or code of honor
Spoiler for Hiden:
(for most of the game)


They really need to breathe some fresh air into the AC components of the gameplay going forward.  The stealth missions in AC4 were mostly frustrating and not fun.  Eavsdropping was almost never fun.  While I thought the combat was awesome at first, it gets way too easy now that they put a little circle over enemy heads so that the player can easily time counter kills.  Just like in previous AC titles, enemies will politely wait their turn to attack, which seems silly when they have Edward encircled.

They should spin off the pirate experience into a seperate franchise line.  Maybe incorporate a Viking experience into that line too.  Open world sailing, raiding, upgrading ships, weapons, conquering towns, etc.  Take all of the AC stuff out.         
   
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you are looking forward to in 2014? on: December 17, 2013, 08:21:12 PM
The Order: 1886
InFamous: Second Son
Destiny
TitanFall (PC)
Wasteland (PC)

131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: December 13, 2013, 04:04:10 PM
Normally I'd be all over a beta, but I'd like to save the experience for the final version.  When I create my party I want it to be for the real deal.  It will be hard to resist since I have backer access.   
132  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: December 10, 2013, 10:33:29 PM
That's a ton of good content for $7.49.  If I hadn't already played through the game 3 times I'd be all over that.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: December 10, 2013, 02:25:47 PM
Hysterical joy.  Or maniacal joy.  I do sometimes get endlessly distracted by ships ripe with loot though.  I can't resist a ship with a cargo full of metal!  It's more precious than Spanish gold.  I want my upgrades, but I need the rarest resource in all of the West Indies...metal!  Adewale remarks, "Captain, we have plenty of metal for upgrades".  No we don't man, no we don't.  Attack!  
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: December 07, 2013, 01:28:17 AM
Exactly.  I just assumed the title was a play on words meant to describe the survivors.  They are the true walking dead.  The show is about them.  The zombies have always been like extras.  I felt like they clarified it even more when we learned that all of the survivors already have the zombie virus. 

135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: December 06, 2013, 09:17:49 PM
A prison would be one of the most secure places on the planet to use as a base, if it could be cleared out.  There's not much of an exciting story to tell as long as they have a safe haven like that.  TWD is at its best when they are on the move, desperately trying to survive, hence the show title's reference to the living, not the zombies.  For most of this season we were watching The Confined and Safe Dead. 

I hope for most of the 2nd half that they keep the split up groups apart, having to survive on their own.  I think it would allow for more varied and creative story telling.   
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Need for Speed Rivals on: December 06, 2013, 08:59:59 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 06, 2013, 08:39:50 PM

I finally got to try this out yesterday and I have to say I'm not a fan of how they handle the constant multiplayer at all. 

It's not seemless like Test Drive Unlimited or the like, and that sucks.  I had to wait a couple minutes for it to find a match and let me actually start driving, and then multiple times I had to wait quite a while as it migrated hosts.  If you're going to make me do this shit I don't care about with people I don't know, at least make it as seemless and painless as possible.   icon_evil
You probably already know this, but there's a way to disable the MP aspect all together, or scale it back to just friends, which helps with the matchmaking issue.  If I'm remembering correctly, it's in the All Drive menu options from the garage/base.  Switching to just friends and/or pure SP has made the start up process much faster for me. 
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2920 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: December 03, 2013, 02:33:18 AM
That's good news.  I'm glad to see that both are selling well. 

I wonder how much XB1 and PS4 stock both of those retailers had for BF?  If the units available were even, than those BF results are really impressive for MS.  If they mostly only had XB1 units in stock that day, the #'s should definitely show the XB1 with a much higher % of sales.  Without knowing available inventory to really compare units available to units sold, the only real take away I'm seeing is that Walmart and Target moved XB1's on BF...which is good.

It's awesome to see that the console market is not only alive and well, but seems to be growing.         
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Knack outsold Mario on: December 03, 2013, 02:11:43 AM
Good lord Nintendo f'd up in so many ways if veteran gamers don't even know they launched a new console (a year after release).  It would be funny to street interview people and ask them if they know what a WiiU is, and if they plan on buying one for the holidays (please do this Conan).       
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: December 02, 2013, 06:05:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2013, 05:53:02 PM

30 hours played.... total time in stealth.... 14:44 minutes.....

paranoid
5:58 for 22 hours thumbsup  He's a pirate not a ninja!  Or is he... ninja      
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: December 02, 2013, 05:59:48 PM
Oh man...I liked
Spoiler for Hiden:
Hershel!  Sometimes the good ones have to go.
 When things get FUBAR'd on this show, the writers go all out.  
Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm hoping the second half will be focused on small group survival.  Maybe we can get a better appreciation for what's happening in different parts of the state/region.

Thought about one of the characters:
Spoiler for Hiden:
I bet Carol will roll up in her car and help one of the small groups.
   

141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime...... Air? on: December 02, 2013, 05:47:41 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 02, 2013, 04:17:41 PM

With the number of drones you could create, you could almost create an entire net of these drones in the sky.  If programmed with enough self-awareness, these sky net drones could really improve quality of life for us!
And to think it all started with delivering Amazon packages.  As Bullwinkle points out, resourceful thieves will ambush the delivery drones, which will lead to Amazon flying security drones with the delivery drones.  And it's just a small leap from there to create indestructible land based models that tenaciously deliver packages no matter what's in their way. Are you Sarah J. Connor?  Sign for this please.  Amazon = Skynet?  But I love Amazon...
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: December 02, 2013, 05:30:18 PM
I take back what I said about assassinations being hard to perform without creating mayhem.  AC4 is so forgiving on button timing and when animations start, that it's really easy to pull off some very slick looking assassinations.  I also appreciate that there are a lot more options in the toolkit too.  I was able to complete one last night having an NPC do the dirty work courtesy of a berserker dart (the effect is just like the hilarious Enrage spell from Oblivion).

They did such a good job with the animation detection areas that it's so much more intuitive than what I remember from AC2.  For the most part when I'm trying to escape, or to fly in for a quick hit and run, Edward does exactly what I intend. 

Also...I love the pirate-sailing part of the game.  So good.   
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: December 02, 2013, 05:18:52 PM
Oh wow...Borderlands 2 and Grid2?  Time to free up some HD space.   
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario outsold Knack on: December 02, 2013, 05:17:11 PM
Knack should have been a PS+ title from the start.  Resogun + Knack. 
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 29, 2013, 09:03:20 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on November 29, 2013, 07:31:37 PM

Quote from: pingwrx on November 29, 2013, 07:03:50 PM

My wife picked up 2 PS4s from Target on Tues can't open it till Christmas one is mine the other for my son. What must have games if any should I pick up?

Definitely AC4.

If you like soccer at all, Fifa 14.
AC4 is great.  If you like arcade style racers, Need for Speed Rivals has been a big hit in my home.  If you're a PS+ member, Resogun is a really cool Defender-like cylindrical space shooter.   
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job Promotion: What Would You Do? on: November 27, 2013, 10:01:57 PM
I've mostly gone after promotions when they were available, but I've also turned some down because of the timing, role, boss, location, or something else I didn't feel good about.  I'd suggest sticking with your instincts.  I've seen too many good people leave companies I've been with because they moved into a position that wasn't right for them at that time.  If it feels right, go for it.  If you have enough reservations to make you pause and really think on it, maybe it's not the right move (at this time).

It's a good thing that you're being asked to consider the promotion.  That by itself is awesome.

Edited: I forgot to add that compensation issues for internal promotions (relative to outside hire starting salaries) is common in almost any organization that has good employee tenure.  It's frustrating, but definitely not uncommon.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Almost Human on: November 27, 2013, 07:46:15 PM
I had no idea that the show would be as funny as it is.  The writers have a good sense of humor, and don't let the characters take themselves too seriously.  The two leads have really good chemistry...some of the best I've seen in a cop show or movie.  So far it's my favorite new show.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on: November 26, 2013, 10:06:49 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 26, 2013, 06:40:11 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on November 25, 2013, 11:47:11 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 25, 2013, 09:37:27 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on November 25, 2013, 05:13:59 AM

Iím really holding off to see if they rewrite a better ending to the series for the movies than the books.  I greatly enjoyed book 1 & 2 but book 3 was not only bad, but it ended in such a way that it took away from the first two.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by it being "bad" or taking away from the first two, although I do agree the third book is certainly a major departure in tone and content. 
Big spoilers from the final book.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Three big points ruined the book for me:
1.   Katniss was turned from a strong independent character to a whiney, mopey brat. 
2.   Having the sister killed off invalidated the purpose of the original book. 
3.   Forcing the capitalís children to fight in one final hunger games is something that none of the characters would have voted for, and yet they all did, which ultimately reduces the heroes of the story to the same sort of low lifeís that they were rebelling against.

Spoiler for Hiden:
1.  Kind of agree, though if you think about it, even books one and two things are kind of just happening TO her as opposed to her really taking charge.  She seems kind of independent when she makes the switch for her sister, but as we see in book 2, she's as much a pawn as a player, and that kind of continues in book 3.

2.  Totally agree with this, I hated that.  I think it was a cheap way to justify her dumping Gale.

3.  I don't remember the details, but I thought I read that Peeta and someone else voted against.  But yeah, I also agree this was annoying.
There's also this (book 3 spoilers):
Spoiler for Hiden:
- The author kills off the very likable Finnik in a way that I had to reread the section 3 or 4 times to make sure I actually read what I did.  It was like she was trying to make his death a non event.  Of all the characters he was probably my favorite, especially because of his complete loyalty and love for the damaged Annie.
- Prim's death was unnecessary.  I felt like she did that more for shock value than to help move or develop the characters. 

Is shaky cam used as much in the sequel as it was in the original? 
149  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: November 26, 2013, 08:52:07 PM
I need to devote more play time in the next beta opportunity to hopefully appreciate the good things that some of you are seeing.  My impression after this weekend was really bad.  I know my play time barely scratched the surface of the ESO world, but what I saw was not on par with current FTP or Buy to Play MMOs.  I'm not sure I would play it even if it was free, and I'm a fan of the ES games and lore.  Maybe the 3 faction RvR is really good? 

     
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: November 26, 2013, 05:01:44 PM
I like the picture from last season of the Gov actor actually scoping in with his patched eye.  I have a hard time accepting that the actor doesn't know what he's doing. It's like he's trolling the audience on purpose.  Could an actor really be that unaware of something like that? 
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: November 26, 2013, 03:47:27 PM
Oh good, he's still a murdering psychopath.  I thought the writers might be trying to redeem him. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
The scarlet A tags on those dead guys ended up serving as a reminder to him of who he is, rather than a warning to scare him down the path of goodness.
Round 2 of the Gov versus Rick & The Prison Gang for the mid-season finale.  Let's close this story arch and move on.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 4 - Nuclear Winter in 6 days on: November 26, 2013, 03:32:12 PM
A next gen Fallout?  Just take my money now.
153  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: November 26, 2013, 02:23:47 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 26, 2013, 12:20:09 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 25, 2013, 11:41:54 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 21, 2013, 07:18:51 PM

Lords of Waterdeep came out last night and is an awesome translation of the board game.

I'm a little confused - can it be played single player vs. AI or is it a minimum of 2 human players?  If the former, is it still fun that way?

Yes, can be played vs AI anywhere from 1 to 4 opponents.  The AI is ruthless though. I've played 10 games now and am 1-9 (win-loss) playing at the easiest of 3 difficultly levels.
The AI players won't play against each other, instead, they will all gang up on you (like getting 3 quests in one turn).    
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 25, 2013, 06:38:06 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 25, 2013, 05:45:42 PM

This game is one of a select few PS4 games available to buy before the European PS4 release this Friday, so I went ahead and bought it today. Now I've got the box sitting in front of me, taunting me.
Try taunting it back.  Act indifferent around it, games hate that.  Btw, it will be worth the wait.  AC4 is a lot of fun.  They figured out how to put the fun back into the AC series.  Edward is a cool character. 
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you change your allegiance? on: November 25, 2013, 06:31:40 PM
I was primarily 360 and PC for most of last gen, purchasing a ps3 slim a few years ago.  Towards the latter part of this generation my kids got much more use out of the 360 + kinect than I did,  but that was more by design as I bought M rated games for the PS3.  My family and I got a lot of enjoyment out of both consoles.  

I'm starting this generation with ps4 and pc, and I'll wait and see how the XBO evolves.  My kids will still be playing the 360 for at least another year.  They have a lot of games they still really enjoy playing.  I'm not sure how to match this with any of the poll responses.  I don't feel like I'm abandoning/betraying or declaring allegiance for either company.            
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 25, 2013, 04:58:31 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 25, 2013, 05:08:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 25, 2013, 04:21:39 AM

I want to witness this glitch in person (make sure to watch the whole thing).
Wow  eek
That was an amazing entrance for a pirate ship.  Rising up from the depths of the deep blue.  It would have been funnier if the music changed after the ascension of the crew to something dark as the ship rises.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Need for Speed Rivals on: November 24, 2013, 08:41:30 PM
This game is so much fun.  Reminds me of a cross between Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted.  It definitely has that "just one more pursuit" or "just one more race" feel to it.  I turned the Alldrive settings to Friends only, which I like better than playing with random people.  It's nice that there's an option to switch from SP only, to friends, to general public.

If you like more of an arcade feel to your racing game, this is a good one.  Looks good on next gen too. 
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 24, 2013, 08:33:53 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 24, 2013, 04:04:34 PM

I found out that she spent days researching it and learning about it so she could make educated decisions on what accessories/games to get me for Christmas. Last night she surprised me with Dead Rising 3 as an early birthday present, just so I could spend all day tomorrow playing it while she was at work. How cool is that.
What a cool wife!  I like hearing about significant others actively supporting gaming.  I think that's kind of rare with our generation.  Millennials and younger seem much more open and accepting of it.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 22, 2013, 02:36:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 22, 2013, 12:23:05 PM

heh, fired up the game to get in some play time before going to work, and had some odd moments.  first was a deer that launched itself through the air as I shot it while running- and not just a cartwheel but a full 20 foot long jump.  the second was in a fight with some soldiers.  I interrupted my finishing move to block an enemy attack, but the enemy I was killing continued to go through the animation even though I was no where there.  Guy looked like he was having a freakin' seizure.
I love those weird game engine moments.  I was trying to shoulder charge a guard off the roof the other night, and my guy decided to do a really wicked looking leaping power kick instead, launching the guard 30-40 feet through the air.  He landed in a balcony across the street.  Not what I intended, but thank you game engine, that was awesome.  
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 21, 2013, 07:02:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 21, 2013, 06:50:09 PM

they're handing out blankets for the homeless:



slywink
It would've been better if they handed out XBO cloaks, like the ones the elves of lothlorien gave to the fellowship in LOTR, complete with a Xbox logo clasp.
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