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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: May 01, 2016, 12:46:12 AM

Quote from: Arclight on April 30, 2016, 11:09:15 AM

These die-hard FPS players have sunk more time into their games of choice than most do with a serious hobby in the real World.

Not only that, but to be competitive at any of these, you pretty much have to be playing from day-one just to be on a level playing-field. Anyone coming in late is going to be at a disadvantage when those die-hard players know the maps like the back of their hands.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: April 19, 2016, 07:02:12 PM
Awesome. Loving the atmosphere.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So transparent aluminum is a thing. on: March 31, 2016, 08:55:22 PM
How is that even possible?? Something to do with mixing in synthetics?
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: March 11, 2016, 07:37:27 PM
My main problem with it is the comedy. It's just too broad a style, and I don't think it's particularly effective. What is there, it's just so very obvious and loud. There's nothing subtle. It's like they went through a checklist of what they felt was needed for a GB movie, and Feig adapting his stable of usual jokes, and it looks tired. It actually feels awkward watching the trailers. Just the little taste we've seen there is enough for me to know it's not my kind of comedy.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: February 27, 2016, 07:53:30 PM
Yeah, I have to admit, it's starting to sound more promising. I'm still not sold on it being on CBS All Access, and I don't even know if I'll even have access to it, but it looks to me like they're trying to appease the crowd who are not so fond of the new movies. So, perhaps we'll get something that's more familiar ground.
6  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Tomb Raider - PC - free to someone on: February 05, 2016, 05:31:59 PM
Thanks Azhag! biggrin

It's actually my Birthday this month too! smile
7  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Tomb Raider - PC - free to someone on: February 03, 2016, 10:11:46 PM
Is this still available? If so, I'll PM you my details.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP - Alan Rickman on: January 14, 2016, 05:46:18 PM
Now I can just imagine Snape haunting Potter in his sleep.... frown

One of my favourite roles is him playing a surgeon performing the first heart surgery in 'Something the Lord Made'.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek - Beyond on: January 14, 2016, 01:49:58 AM
I watched Chappie recently and I had really liked District 9. It made me wish that Blomkamp would take a crack at directing Trek. While watching Chappie, I was just really struck by how similar his style of storytelling and exploration of themes was to original Trek and its movies, both in the pacing and depth of stories without compromising action, something that you really don't get a lot of these days.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 07, 2016, 11:26:53 PM
Yeah, 5 years is about what I thought. Going to be a slow and gradual adoption. Maybe around year 4 is when we'll start to see it really pick up.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 07, 2016, 05:34:36 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 07, 2016, 07:47:53 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on January 07, 2016, 06:50:21 AM

Well, something must have changed.

It did. Oculus was aiming for an affordable headset until early 2015, at which point they changed their goals towards quality over quantity. They decided they'd rather establish a solid foundation for upcoming years rather than trying to push cutting edge technology into the mainstream right away. Up until that point, their focus was different. Oculus did actually communicate this change at the time.

I figured it was something like the change in materials.  From the phone parts to higher quality components, I'm guessing. Still, it's quite an interesting quote showing the about-face. And I'd still say that $600 is too much for most people.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 07, 2016, 06:50:21 AM
Well, something must have changed. There's a reference to Luckey from a 2013 interview as $600 being too high a pricepoint for most gamers.

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Luckey: Iím one of the few people where itís different. I would spend whatever it was. Gamers are not known to be the most affluent population of people. If somethingís even $600, it doesnít matter how good it is, how great of an experience it is ó if they just canít afford it, then it really might as well not exist. Weíre going for the mainstream, but time will tell what the market is.

http://allthingsd.com/20130606/oculus-co-founders-luckey-and-mitchell-on-the-rifts-progress-price-and-limitations-qa-part-one/

Seems like they might be targeting an extreme high-end at this point. Would be interesting to hear their point of view on that.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 10:04:15 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 06, 2016, 08:53:37 PM

Quote from: Crawley on January 06, 2016, 08:31:26 PM

Yeah they completely missed the mark on that first price point.

Judging by how well it seems to be selling, they probably didn't miss at all.

Yeah, I don't think it's so much that they may have missed the mark, but that they have a very different idea of what's affordable. Also, we have to keep in mind that this is a very new type of technology entering the market. I think the disappointment for many is that Oculus is seen by many to be the leader, the company that initiated the new wave of VR, and everyone's keen on seeing what they're doing. Couple that with Facebook owning them, who have an image of mass appeal attached to them, and you have the disappointment that it's not as affordable as we all thought it would be, at least yet.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 08:02:54 PM
The way I see it is this: The devs will be the first to jump on, making games for it that will be ready for when it matures, at which point would likely be affordable for those who want one. In the intervening time, in the next several years, the experience will be offered by institutions such as museums and science centers where the tech will be out of reach. I have a feeling our local science center will want one, as they've always had very hands-on experiences as part of their exhibits, ie flight sims, ways to play musical instruments via motion sensors,  Wii set up with Wii Sports, etc.

Basically, it's an experience that will trickle down until it becomes affordable.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 06, 2016, 07:27:59 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 19, 2015, 04:09:50 PM

I see that A Very Murray Christmas is going to be on Netflix on December 4th.  Seems like some sort of variety show hosted by Bill Murray, though as soon as I saw Miley Cyrus I lost hope that he had much control over it.

If anything, I was very impressed with her in this, and I normally don't pay any attention to her. She was very classy and not up to her usual antics.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 15, 2015, 10:52:44 PM
Well, the good thing is that Rowling's writing the script this time around, so at the very least it should be an interesting addition to the HP world.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 14, 2015, 09:00:17 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 14, 2015, 01:57:13 PM

Generic.  So by the numbers it hurts.  Goldblum even comments "certainly bigger than the last one" because all you have to do to make a sequel is take all the parts of the first and make them bigger.  Don't try to make a different story, don't try to improve just make it bigger. 



Yep, agreed. Felt so incredibly generic.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Announced! on: December 06, 2015, 07:15:09 PM
Sweet! Loved the first one. It was so charming.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 12, 2015, 03:25:03 AM
So, started playing this on the PS3 about a month and a half ago. At first, I hated the handling. Those two cars they get you to drive at the very beginning felt too loose and had little to no road feel. As someone who actually loved GTA 4's handling, I was a little disappointed. Progressing through the game though, and having a chance to drive some heavier cars,  I started to see that there's more of a balance. I tend to like some of the heavier cars for that reason as a lot of them just have a better road feel. Loving the game so far, and as crazy as Trevor is, he's become my favourite character because he's just so unpredictable. You never know what will come out of his mouth.

Had a funny moment today, which made me wish I could have made a video of it through the phone, though I realize the current gen of consoles have that feature built in. Was driving up around the hollywood hills just minding my own business when I see an elk making his way across the road. As I approach, I see that he's going to be blocking the road if he doesn't move. I honk my horn twice and it starts sprinting, vaults upon the nearby guard-rail and launches itself and was amazed at how much height it gathered, then gravity comes into play and it took a dive head first into the pavement, SPLAT! Sat there laughing before driving off.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: November 08, 2015, 08:04:32 PM
Yeah, that was another thought while writing my original post on this. I felt that the announcement already implied the timeline by choice of producer. I think a series in that timeline could still work, but I'd prefer a distinct separate voice from the movies, with a producer unaffiliated with them.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 06, 2015, 09:43:22 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 05, 2015, 06:16:21 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 04, 2015, 11:22:36 PM

They did transition from Gamebryo, they're using one called the Creation engine, it probably still has some bits from gamebryo, but how much can you replace in something before it becomes an entirely new thing?

More than they've already replaced, apparently. Now that you mention it, I vaguely recall reading about what you're pointing out a while ago. Still, it doesn't help when their Creation Engine, whatever that is, has the exact same flaws as Gamebryo. I just don't get why they don't transition to a more modern 3rd party engine like Unreal. Skyrim is about the only time since Morrowind where they haven't received major flak for how their games look and behave, and that was only because the overall package was so damn compelling.

Yeah, it looks really good, but as you point out, you get certain things that haven't changed all that much that show how old the engine is, like the memory management for example.  It's like each generation gets a fix to a certain problem to increase the longevity of the engine. My guess is that while it would be nice to switch to an entirely new engine, they're just too invested in it. The good thing though, is that this means they know it intimately, perhaps moreso than any other developer at this point.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: November 04, 2015, 09:52:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 04, 2015, 07:36:25 PM



I don't think they're overestimating the Trek popularity in the sense that they can definitely make money off of the fans out there, but I still agree that it's stupid to do so for all the reasons you said.

And Trek needs to grow beyond the people rabid enough to shell out.

Oh, I don't doubt they'd make money off its fans, but that's where it will likely stop due to the barrier they're creating.  And definitely agreed that it needs to grow beyond those fans. Even with the popularity of the new movies and the new fans coming into the franchise,  I'd consider the franchise unstable at best, recovering from a long slumber. And then there are those casual fans that might be interested in some new Trek, but not interested enough that they'd shell out for a new service to see it. It's just so stupid to block away a certain segment of your viewers when a simpler solution could be welcoming to all. Someone didn't fully think this through.


23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: November 04, 2015, 06:12:38 PM
I think they're kind of overestimating Trek's popularity at this point. Trek as a series hasn't been on the air since Enterprise, and I think at this point, they'd need all the viewers they can get, rather than constraining it behind a paywall and limiting its viewers. If they're expecting it to drive their subscription service, they might want to rethink that. The fanbase is already divided enough as it is. Is it really healthy for the franchise to divide itself between those who will/can pay for a service and those that can't? It's the kind of thing that would limit watercooler talk, which is a healthy sign for a series as it shows trending and gets people to check it out. I mean, look at the Walking Dead. I hear so much talk about that, and I don't even watch it myself, but there are times that I think to myself that maybe I should at least check it out. With a show behind a paywall, it's much less likely to happen.

No, my opinion at this point is that a series would need all the viewership it can. It needs a shot in the arm. Otherwise it might just linger.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 02, 2015, 07:23:33 PM
Good to know it isn't just me. I thought there was an issue with my internet.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on: October 24, 2015, 08:09:38 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 22, 2015, 08:52:08 PM

Any of these previews mention Sarif and what he's up to? I know they were basically combining a bit of all 4 button endings from the original. I'm just wondering where Adam is getting his augmentations from. Last time he was basically a walking Sarif ad, which is how he avoided a lot of the red tape on his augs. Now I guess he's partly working for the government.

The government organization present in the original game, is my guess, or maybe even a precursor to it.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: October 24, 2015, 04:22:03 AM
Oh, heh, yeah I guess that's one way to put it.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: October 23, 2015, 05:03:51 PM
That leads me to one thing I found in the movie that was weird...

Spoiler for Language:
In the book, swearing is part of his character, almost to the point that you expect it of him. With the movie having toned that down, I found that the movie version of the scene where Watney is communicating and they have to tell him to tone it down was rather jarring, as there was no precedent for it. You don't see him curse up a storm in the movie. That was one thing I thought they could have rewritten without taking anything away.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 20, 2015, 07:43:17 PM
Yeah, Uncharted 2 is very good. It's what got me hooked on it and it's now one of my favourite game series.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: October 08, 2015, 08:06:30 PM
Yeah, movie was really good, and I was happy with it as an adaptation. Even liked what they did at the end with him teaching the new astronauts. It was as if he was channeling Chris Hadfield, who I'm actually going to see give a talk on Saturday.

That one particular change, re the rendezvous felt it had taken a page from Gravity, maybe even going so far as to use some of the same camera angles. But overall, just a really good movie that manages to be scientifically accurate AND entertaining.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: October 03, 2015, 05:20:47 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on October 02, 2015, 09:58:11 PM

There's something about being in Mark's head that's compelling. 

Yeah, I guess there's something to be said about his whole thought process which can't really be converted as easily to a movie, and from that point of view, the book will always be better.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: October 02, 2015, 09:55:49 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 02, 2015, 09:05:11 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on October 02, 2015, 05:04:02 PM

Blackjack's review is making me even more excited to see it next week. biggrin
Great, thanks  Bring your own! -- a pal's wife on Facebook responded to my enthusiasm by saying she hated the book. No accounting for taste.  icon_smile

I have a feeling that this is one of those movies that ends up being better than the book. Would that be a fair assessment? I mean, Andy Weir has creatively created a realistic setting in his book, and I could see the movie improving on that basic framework that Andy Weir created. There's something that the visual medium does in bringing something to life.

Dare I say it? Could this be the ultimate Mars movie? smile
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: October 02, 2015, 05:04:02 PM
Blackjack's review is making me even more excited to see it next week. biggrin
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 29, 2015, 12:36:57 AM
A series shot in Canada, in Ottawa of all places.

Oh and btw, second episode of the Muppets was much better. Felt much tighter overall, and less all over the place.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 23, 2015, 05:00:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 23, 2015, 02:02:50 PM

This is actually a lot closer to the old format than I was expecting.  It's just that their behind the scenes stuff is edgier, which I don't have a problem with if they can get the tone right.  Getting the tone right is going to take a while.

Yeah, which is why I said I'll watch a few episodes and see if it grows on me. It needs to settle into a groove. And honestly, am I the only one in thinking it would work better if Kermit would be the one with the talk show? He's always been a man of the... err well, a frog of the people, having had reporter roles and such, and I think the interviews on-stage would work better with him directing them. Hell, even a Gonzo talk show would have been better, and hilarious as he doesn't always have the best tact.

But yeah, there's something that feels a bit off about it, and like you say, maybe that's due to the retooling.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 23, 2015, 04:51:43 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 23, 2015, 04:38:35 AM

I watched the Muppets. It had its moments but it's not exactly what I wanted in a Muppet show. I would have rather it be a reboot of the old show.

Yeah, not entirely sure the format is working. I can see what they're trying to do with it, but most of it just seems awkwardly put together.  For example the interaction with live people, the scene with Fozzy meeting the girl's parents, etc. It just comes across as really awkward rather than funny. It's like, most of the time it's trying way too hard to be something other than the Muppets. It's frustrating because I really do want to like it.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 23, 2015, 12:34:00 AM
So far, I'm mixed on The Muppets. I'll give it a few more episodes to grow on me, but so far the jokes have fell flat.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 22, 2015, 04:58:44 AM
The only shows that interest me are The Muppets, and possibly Minority Report.
38  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Any opinions on Chromebooks? on: September 14, 2015, 08:04:27 PM
My Mom had been using an 11" netbook for a few years, running win7. But with limited memory, she was getting rather frustrated as she couldn't even do some of the simple things she wanted, like email, without it lagging really badly. I'd done a number of things to try to alleviate the problem, including trying out different browsers, but nothing was really helping. A bit of searching led me to think that a Chromebook would be a good upgrade for her, seeing as she only does email and web searches. Earlier last month, she picked up an Acer 15" Chromebook, and it's brilliant. Really quite speedy, and I can see her using this for a long time to come.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [LttP] Last of Us on: August 30, 2015, 08:45:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 27, 2015, 05:04:34 PM

It's definitely one of the best stories in video games, at least from what I've played. I even warmed up to the combat, eventually!

Yeah, same here. I played it on normal, and I didn't think the combat was terrible.  It often made me pause to think about the best way to approach things, but I never thought it was impossible or unfair.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: August 30, 2015, 08:19:42 PM
So, they're getting into uncharted territory slywink
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