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81  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.

82  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.
83  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.
84  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.
85  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.
86  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.
87  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.
88  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.
89  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.
90  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
91  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
92  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.
93  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.
94  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.
95  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.
96  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.
97  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.
98  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.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: August 30, 2015, 08:19:42 PM
So, they're getting into uncharted territory slywink
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: August 30, 2015, 07:22:03 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 27, 2015, 07:21:40 PM

Cool Marketing. 

Star Talk by Neil deGrassse Tyson talking about the Ares mission as though it was real.

Nifty.  Talking about it this way was made possible by the fact that the book used real science.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [LttP] Last of Us on: August 26, 2015, 11:59:23 PM
Ok, so I had resisted for a very long time. Personally, I'm really not into zombie stories nor any stealth related games, and so for a long time I had never even considered the game. I loved the Uncharted series, and in particular, I loved what Naughty Dog had done in crafting beautiful and realistic environments. They'd become one of my favourite devs. I kept hearing good stuff about the game, and eventually a year ago, I put it on my Christmas list. Having a backlog, I hadn't gotten to the game until a few months ago.  I'd stayed out of any threads just on the off-chance that I'd eventually play it, and I'm glad I did because I was experiencing it fresh, without knowing nothing about it other than it being a story about a girl named Ellie.

Glad I did, too, as the game is quite an experience. A well-crafted story where zombies are really secondary to the entire aspect of the game. It's more about the human experience, about survival, and their destination. I just finished it earlier today and felt rather satisfied with the whole thing. Even sad to leave the world behind. And I have to say, even the zombies weren't all that bad.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: August 24, 2015, 06:44:40 PM
The ironic thing is, that aside from the very first game, throughout its early life, the game series was mostly a PS & PC game, with the Xbox not being a reality until much later and getting the series only much later. So, that's why it feels like such a backhanded move, especially after the reboot had already been on both consoles. The reboot felt like it was they were going with a clean slate, both in terms of hardware and story, only to have them go... "Yeah, you know about clean slate... we changed our minds."
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: August 19, 2015, 04:51:00 PM
Sweet. It's looking pretty epic. Close to the book from what I can tell.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: August 06, 2015, 11:46:56 PM
One of the best things about the game were the physics. The cars felt properly heavy and lumbering for cars of the period. Also really liked how the cars would dirty up the longer you drove them.

As for the traffic stops, I thought it was neat at first, but it quickly grew tiresome.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: August 06, 2015, 06:21:35 PM
Very interesting. I wonder if your crew will gain experience allowing you to upgrade their skills?

The more I hear about it, the better it sounds. It sounds like they've given the world more purpose by making exploration reveal places like hideouts that you can clear out. A bit of RDR in that.

Out of all games from this event, I think this is the one I'm looking forward to the most.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: August 05, 2015, 08:25:07 PM
Vito Scaletta, Mafia II's main character.

And the wiki says this:
New Orleans

In 1968 - seventeen years after killing Carlo Falcone - a 43-year-old Vito is now residing in New Orleans and teams up with Lincoln Clay along with 2 others for control of the city when a powerful crime lord has control over them. Much of Vito's life since 1951 (and his relationship with the Vinci crime family, or the aftermath of Joe's possible demise) is yet to be specified, but is has been revealed that he has since served another stint in prison and now lives a mundane, shabby life, working in a fish restaurant overlooking the city's marina.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: August 05, 2015, 06:45:17 PM
Oh wow, I was hoping it would be set in New Orleans as I've mentioned in the past. biggrin

And it does look to have a lot of what I was hoping for.

Also.... Vito?? Sure looks like him, grey temples and all.

108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: August 04, 2015, 05:41:24 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 03, 2015, 08:30:45 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on August 03, 2015, 07:32:35 PM

Teggy, I'd love to check out that Godfather game, but I don't see it available on Steam.

Looks like it was removed some time ago and wasn't put on Origin. Your best bet would be 360 or PS3 or even Wii/WiiU if you have one of those consoles.

Looks like I might have to get myself a copy on Amazon for the PS3 if I can find it.

Heh, speaking of getting around problems, in Mafia 2, you have that warehouse ambush by the docks. If you enter the warehouse, the script has it locking you in with no way of getting out. But bizzarely, you can trip up the game and prevent that script from triggering by driving a car into the water. Then the door remains open and it becomes much easier.

I agree that the checkpoint system needed work. It sometimes even put you in awkward situations by saving it at points when you were being attacked and low on health. I think part of the problem is that it more or less had a shooter mentality which happened to have an open world, where typically don't allow you to save anywhere, perhaps because of the complexity of open worlds? But a game like this, with the approach it took I think needed it, or at the very least it needed more checkpoints. At the very least, more degree of control would have been appreciated.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 04, 2015, 04:52:54 PM
Nah, we're just too nice for that. We just accept it for what it is.

We'll just take all your bacon...
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: August 03, 2015, 08:14:10 PM
No biggie. Happens to the best of us smile
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: August 03, 2015, 07:32:35 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 03, 2015, 12:32:06 PM

Quote from: Rumpy
I'm so surprised that people look back on this game so fondly. Maybe game mechanics have changed so much that there are some games you just can't go back to.

I think there have been too many open world games since then that have improved upon that stuff. When that game came out, open world games were really rare. You had GTA 3 and that's about it. A lot of the open world games we think of as classics like Saint's Row, The Godfather, Assassin's Creed, etc. were still 4-5 years away. It was really ahead of its time.

It's similar to EverQuest - I have nothing but fond memories about that game. However, there is no way in this day and age I'd go back to XP loss on death, corpse runs, no quests (just grind mobs for XP), etc. 

You know, that's so very true. Even though you misattributed the quote to me slywink But yeah, there wasn't as many open-world games back when the first one came out.

Teggy, I'd love to check out that Godfather game, but I don't see it available on Steam.

And anyway, I think what I'm saying is that I wish this sequel would expand on the game mechanics.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 03, 2015, 06:31:45 PM
Yeah, I remember the local news when it had gone through my area last year. It's sad, but at the same time, I think it served its mission's purpose. The idea of the project was to see if people would trust it, and of seeing if there was enough trust in people to keep it going in its travels. The fact that it didn't survive very long on its American journey still gives them a result, even though it's not the result they were hoping for.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: August 01, 2015, 10:38:18 PM
I thought I remembered hearing that along with the integration would come new forum software.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 29, 2015, 04:11:16 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 28, 2015, 03:37:42 AM

I'm the Assistant Director of IT, and Security reports to me.   I think you can infer how I'm going to solve this problem.  "Hey, unblock me.   Thanks"


Shouldn't that mean you can send a message to yourself to tell yourself to unblock you? Tongue
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: July 29, 2015, 01:47:37 AM
Well, that's the thing. I never once felt like there was any real progression, which is a disappointment  I have with the story in general. In terms of character growth, sure. But I never felt like he was getting more powerful or more respected within the organization. It just felt like he was a peon all the way through. I still liked the story though. I just think they could have given him more responsibilities as he went up the ranks gaining more respect and favor, opening up new mission types by having a crew,  and possibly splintering off. That's something I'd like to see in the next game.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: July 28, 2015, 07:30:28 PM
Yeah, but from a gameplay point of view, I found it to be an element that it was lacking on. I mean, he was kind of just there. You never really got a sense that he mattered.  Games should leverage the unseen. We always hear about them going up through the ranks and gameplay is a good way to show that. It would also help give more purpose to the open world.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: July 28, 2015, 07:00:59 PM
Sweet! Mafia 2 was great! My only wish is that they use the Mafia to a better extent. I mean, I loved the story, but at the same time, I never quite felt like there was any moving up the ranks. It would be great if you could start low on the ranks and eventually be able to have your own crew and take them on missions with you.

For that matter, I'd love to see the original Mafia remastered and re-released. It's not on Steam.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Vacation on: July 25, 2015, 05:22:08 PM
That is one hideous car.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 23, 2015, 12:12:44 AM
Well, don't get me wrong. I understand the reasoning. I guess what I'm trying to get at is that I wish for more PC gaming discussions, and that's something, that I would personally get more out of. There's just not all that much of that going on here anymore, but that's just me speaking from a PC perspective. But that's not to say it the focus here isn't right, just different, and doesn't always meet my particular needs, hence posting less.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Muppets on: July 22, 2015, 06:44:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 22, 2015, 04:56:33 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 22, 2015, 04:36:13 PM

Got to admit there were some funny parts, but I can't say I would watch it. Stuff like that is funny in small chunks. Watching that made me miss being 10 again more than anything else.

See, I had the opposite impression.  The first trailer I saw was basically this in smaller chunks.  I thought that was funny, but I was worried it wouldn't work in an extended format.  I was very happy to see this (which may well be how the 1st ep will start) and find that it made me laugh a number of times.

Yep, same here. It was only until after I read an article/interview that assuaged my fears about it. It feels like it's part original Muppets, part Muppets Tonight in terms of the vibe I'm getting for the execution, though I hope there's less of the latter. Conceptually, I don't think the talk-show format is all that dissimilar to their original vaudeville style format, just more of a modernization on how it's accomplished.

Oh and I loved the first movie, the second not so much.
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