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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Aurora tonight on: March 18, 2015, 04:44:02 PM
Well, for the most part, that's true, but I've managed to photograph it in the past without even realizing I was photographing it. I counted that as a good mistake, as we were photographing the sky in the right region at the right time, with the right exposure settings which are used for photographing the sky in general as I do a lot of that.

Here's a picture from a friend of mine from last night:



And here's one of mine from the past, the same session I described:
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Aurora tonight on: March 18, 2015, 04:24:31 AM
Anyone see it? They say it could be seen as far south as Tennessee, which is pretty rare as they don't usually occur that far south.  Saw it and wasn't even looking for it and was travelling in a vehicle at the time. But N-NW, stretching a fair bit east at around 10:25 EST. Brilliant green glow with beautiful spires, and quite a treat on a St. Patrick's Day. Wished I had my camera with me. Having plenty of reports from some friends on FB that have seen it.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 18, 2015, 03:59:55 AM

Quote from: hepcat on March 17, 2015, 07:16:07 PM

Listen, I think we ALL agree that I'm the sexiest forum goer around.  If simply agreeing with that sentiment causes OO to go down, I highly doubt it would work at all.


Dunno, but I'm not going to risk it... Tongue
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Discussion, Mar/Apr 2009: Deus Ex Game of the Year on: March 17, 2015, 07:16:58 PM
Perhaps my favourite part about is the world. The backstory they built felt like a lot of thought went into it and felt like some good hard sci-fi.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 17, 2015, 06:37:38 PM
I think it was all that discussion of technology in the Edison thread that did it. Server couldn't cope with the stress of old technology slywink
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remember when Worms was good? on: March 16, 2015, 06:42:34 PM
Yeah, I remember Scorched Earth. It was a fairly copied idea among shareware games, and I don't even think it was the first, as I remembered one before even Scorched Earth that I played quite a bit. There was also a 3D version of Scorched Earth that was fairly good.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So 2015 the year of VR? on: March 07, 2015, 03:32:35 AM
Yeah, the AR is more akin to Tony Stark's computer or the one in Minority Report, isn't it? It irked me when some of the media were equating Google Glass as some kind of VR similar to the Rift, when it really isn't.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So 2015 the year of VR? on: March 04, 2015, 07:31:02 PM
I'm still not entirely sold on VR, though that may change once I get to try it out. But my concern is that it won't be very good for long-hour gaming sessions that we gamers are so used to, but for shorter spans of time due to the way it would play with our senses.

As for Valve, there's definitely going to be a lot of competition in the VR space, and it's going to have to do something to get people's attention. Maybe HL3 as a launch-day release? Can you imagine if they did that? It would secure their position.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 09:58:13 PM
White/Gold to me. Even if the original might be black/blue, maybe it's possible there's a white/gold version of that dress....
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 27, 2015, 08:26:49 PM

Quote from: raydude on February 27, 2015, 01:08:30 PM

I've found that it's frequently not the cashier who holds up the line, it's the customer. Particularly if they're paying with cash or a check. It's like, they know they're going to pay with a check so can't they just open the checkbook while waiting and fill out the stuff they know in advance? Like the date and the store's name? Or, if they know they'll be paying with cash they can at least estimate to to the nearest twenty and get that money ready?

Over here, it's debit that slows things down. A technology that was supposed to speed things up, but ends up holding things back, because everyone is waiting for you to enter your number and for the system to clear.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 26, 2015, 01:08:52 AM
I once had a cashier hit on me. She had very obviously liked me. She had even put a hand on me making sure it was obvious enough. Had almost felt like going back the next day...
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now Microsoft wants in on GameStop's interrogation action on: February 26, 2015, 01:02:59 AM
I hope you've got your money's worth! You should wave it in their faces... slywink
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now Microsoft wants in on GameStop's interrogation action on: February 24, 2015, 08:15:19 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 24, 2015, 06:56:57 PM

Paris: Did you please this order directly at our Microsoft Store online (MicrosoftStore.com)?

I'm sure the order is VERY pleased with your transaction. Tongue


I gather English isn't their primary language... Gotta love overseas support. Also love how they say Microsoft Store Online at the end.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 13, 2015, 08:22:59 PM
I understand what Tilt is trying to say, and I agree and disagree at the same time.  Basically, I think Metacritic has been a victim of its own success. It's when that success hit a certain threshold that publishers decided to take advantage of it, to affect the curve. Suddenly, you have publishers paying sites to give them good reviews, which in turn Metacritic aggregates into a perfect score, if enough websites are being bought off. At a glance, someone browsing the site might say, oh look, that's a good game, right? Look at that score!" Because that's exactly what these publishers would like you to think. They've become obsessed with perfect scores to take advantage of a public who might not realize how it works. Suddenly, it doesn't matter what the quality of their game is, only that they've got "that" score. And it's a slippery downhill slope from there.

Another issue I haven't seen mentioned is lack of independency. Many big sites are tied together in some way. CBS Interactive both own Metacritic and Gamespot, and in that example alone, there seems to be a conflict of interest. A website that publishes reviews and a website that aggregates reviews under one roof? Dunno, but I think I'd prefer a website run by a private independent that wouldn't easily be influenced.

At the same time, I don't think Metacritic is necessarily "evil". At one time, it might have been a legitimately useful tool, and it could still be if the system were reworked some. I just think that it's got a bad rap by proxy of whatever's happening around it. It's been used as a vehicle. Their rules definitely could be more stringent, but I think that the time has likely passed. I do think that something else will eventually come along, as we've seen websites come and go all the time. There's bound to be something that will come to replace it, just as Facebook replaced Myspace.
95  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: [PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox1, Xbox 360]Can we dispense with the thread naming convention on: February 10, 2015, 07:45:51 PM
Well, how many there are is kind of irrelevant, I think, as it does happen with each new generation. So, it will eventually go away for a time, yes, but you'd have the same problem with new generations of consoles during the transition period.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: January 02, 2015, 09:05:28 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 01, 2015, 06:02:11 PM

 I liked the racing, but the way the cars "stick" together whenever there was a collision drove me absolutely nuts. 

This is a problem in the series as a whole, not just limited to this particular game.  I try to avoid congestion points, but it's not always possible. When it happens,  you can lose control of your car, not to mention precious speed. I once landed on top of a car after a jump and I was at the mercy of the other car, which plowed us both into a tree. One time I slammed right into a car just as it respawned, unable to avoid it. Another time, I was into my last lap in first,  when a car slammed me and sent me into a tree. The reset is a little too slow, and I end up restarting the race most of the time.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: January 01, 2015, 11:56:58 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 01, 2015, 09:07:05 AM

This is why u don't buy FO UC, but go for the slightly older but much better FO 2.

Well, no issues on my end. But I didn't realize it was a remake of the second one until after I bought it, otherwise I probably would have done that.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: December 31, 2014, 08:33:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 24, 2014, 11:55:17 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

Picked this up today, downloaded it, went to fire it up, and...nothing.  It goes throughout the initial install stuff, then the window disappears and nothing happens.  Apparently this isn't an uncommon issue, something to do with how it was initially integrated with GFWL.

Hopefully I can get it to work.    icon_cry

Yeah, I've heard about issues, particularly if one is using Windows 8. I think there's a way to get around it by installing the live client manually from within the game folder's support directory. Hope you can figure it out. It's a really fun game.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 23, 2014, 10:12:28 PM
What, are you kidding? An Army of beavers doesn't look out of place slywink  icon_lol

Hah, I do see what you're getting at though. But I'd still argue that it's within the limits, considering what they'd be representing, ie representing a country along with its might. Alternatively, I guess if budget's a concern there's always stickers that you could stick on the blocks.

On the blocks themselves, that picture gave me another idea along the lines of stickers.  Let's say, if they're the same shape, two faces end up being one colour, the edges getting another like the red in of the blocks in that picture, therefore you could technically get away with having two colours per country. Using Canada as an example, the faces being the main colour would be red, the edge white. These could probably be painted instead of stickers though.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM
I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 23, 2014, 09:16:14 PM
Just an idea offhand, but since you're creating a game, you could use a 3D-printing business to print out something more unique and defined, such as national animals, for instance. I doubt they'd be very expensive as they'd be quite small. Since some countries also have national birds, you could choose betweem both. The end result be something less confusing, and the colours could just be whatever fit the animals best. You also avoid any colours that could potentially clash politically, and the animals give it somewhat of a patriotic feel.  Canada = Beaver, USA = Bald Eagle, Greenland = Polar Bear (Yes, look it up), Denmark = Swan, Russia = Russian Bear or Siberian Cat, Norway = Elk. Actually, willing to bet you could find plastic pieces like these online.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 23, 2014, 02:19:06 AM
Nah, just a polite bear that invites you over before it eats you.  icon_lol
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 23, 2014, 01:30:30 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 22, 2014, 04:22:43 PM

Make sure you include Polar bear attacks.

Not before it invites you over for a nice cup of tea slywink
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 22, 2014, 05:18:51 AM
I'd say Red for Canada as that's perhaps the primary colour in the flag, and it's always a colour that comes up with talking about Canada.

Others I'd go for would be USA=Blue, Greenland=Green, Norway=Yellow, Russia=White
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 11, 2014, 06:21:12 PM
Then I will respectfully concede. Thanks for checking, Pr0ner. Guess we'll have to wait and see the direction they take it in.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 10, 2014, 07:23:53 PM
My memory might be failing me then, but they must have known at the time that Skyfall was being produced that they'd have the rights to it for the next movie. Not to mention that it seemed open-ended enough to have the opportunity for it to happen should they have the option. Everything falls into place.   To me, it was pretty clear it's what it was going to be, even if it wasn't explicitly stated. Maybe they never got mentioned by name, but there was a large enough clue somewhere, or else I wouldn't be thinking of it.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 09, 2014, 07:24:39 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 08, 2014, 08:49:16 PM

I'm not following you, to be honest. Are you saying that SPECTRE was mentioned, or even alluded to, at the end of Skyfall? Because that's what it sounds like you're saying.

I'm remembering a line at the end of Skyfall where SPECTRE was mentioned, yes. After all the problems MI6 were having, like the virus, they eventually come to find out that an organization called SPECTRE is behind it all, queue the end. So we know by the end of the movie that SPECTRE will be involved in the next movie. This I implicitly remember. It's why I wasn't so surprised that the next movie would feature SPECTRE. I was more surprised that they chose to name the movie after it, though.

Craig's Bond movies have had a story-arc running through them. In terms of the timeline,  at the end of Quantum of Solace, it wouldn't be too difficult to believe that due to Quantum's failure in killing Bond throughout CR and QoS, that an organization higher up on the chain, displeased with the results thus far,  would be sent to infiltrate the organization that Bond works for;  enter SPECTRE, a more specialized org full of shadow operatives designed to do just that. They would, as you say, be picking up the pieces from a failed operation and hitting them where it hurts. But why would they if they weren't related in some manner? There's a relation there somewhere.

And I know Quantum was created because they hadn't yet had the rights to SPECTRE, but if you look at the whole picture from all Craig's Bond movies so far, it looks perfectly orchestrated to fully take advantage of the situation.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 08, 2014, 07:16:43 PM
And they didn't need to be featured, as Skyfall had an underlying theme of transition throughout. But I'm not the only one who got that vibe out of it. If you search around online, you see a lot of people asking, "Is Quantum part of SPECTRE/Should Quantum be part of SPECTRE?" The reveal I'm speaking about is when they reveal SPECTRE towards the end, but the feeling one can get is that he's dealt with them in some form or another, ie Quantum. It's never explicitly stated, but one can read between the lines. He's in effect now going up against a more specialized unit.

This from CinemaBlend:
Quote
However, if Christensen's statement is true, it looks like not only will we see Mr. White returning in Spectre, but that SPECTRE just might be behind, born from, or taking over Quantum itself.

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Spectre-Bringing-Back-James-Bond-Villain-68531.html

And my best guest regarding Mr White is that he'll be their contact into getting into finding and getting into SPECTRE HQ. If I'm wrong I'll eat a hat.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 07, 2014, 10:54:29 PM
Hehe yeah, that was a pretty good guess. Just had a thought that maybe the title refers not to him, but to his brother.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 07, 2014, 08:03:16 PM
Hopefully they've fixed her look in this one.

You know what's always struck me with NaughtyDog, is their capability to create believable environments. This is no exception. It does certainly feel more open, but then I've always felt their games had an open feel to them despite the fact that they were pretty linear.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 07, 2014, 07:34:53 PM
The gist is that somewhere along they way, they figure out that there's a shadowy organization calling Quantum's shots, with it being revealed at the end of Skyfall, with Bond effectively going up the chain. That would certainly explain Quantum's involvement in the next movie. Of course, another theory could be that it's a splinter group.

Interesting thing about the Bulgarian subtitles for Quantum of Solace, Quantum was translated as SPECTRE with the title changing to Spectre of Solace.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 07, 2014, 07:10:55 AM
The ending of 3 was rather rushed, but I think they alluded to it happening from what I remember.  Just notice it more now because of the extra detail.


Anyway, looks incredible. Need some drool buckets around here.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 07, 2014, 07:03:26 AM
The way I saw it according to the 3 previous in the way they were building things up, was that Quantum was a sub-division of sorts from within the bigger Spectre. I seem to remember Skyfall pushing it into that direction.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dear Gamespot, Stop Trying to Make Me Care about Your Host Personalities on: December 04, 2014, 06:49:35 AM
Sort of like NakedNews but for gaming news? I think you're on to something slywink
115  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: [PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox1, Xbox 360]Can we dispense with the thread naming convention on: November 16, 2014, 08:41:16 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 15, 2014, 08:06:38 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on November 15, 2014, 07:44:01 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 13, 2014, 01:26:52 PM

All I can say is this- we've got new forum software lined up for the beginning of the year. Tagging is one if it's features. If we try to install a plugin for this software, it is far more likely than not that those tags would not survive a forum migration.

Good to know. That's what I wanted to know. Thanks smile

He means in 2020. Tongue

And the Titanic wasn't built in a day slywink
116  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: [PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox1, Xbox 360]Can we dispense with the thread naming convention on: November 15, 2014, 07:44:01 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 13, 2014, 01:26:52 PM

All I can say is this- we've got new forum software lined up for the beginning of the year. Tagging is one if it's features. If we try to install a plugin for this software, it is far more likely than not that those tags would not survive a forum migration.

Good to know. That's what I wanted to know. Thanks smile
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 15, 2014, 07:41:28 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 13, 2014, 06:58:16 AM

...  you probably don't feel like you are inspired or super motivated like they show in movies and TV, or when you read biographies of people who have done amazing things. Some desire is there, but you don't think you have enough of what it takes to do anything with it.

That pretty much describes me. I have tons of ideas written down, but when it comes to actually doing something with them, I don't feel adequate enough in actually executing them and I end up stalling. Most of the time I struggle in getting them to the starting line as I don't really know how to get them started.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 03:26:20 AM
A few years ago I participated in NaNoWriMo and finished it to the end. The story was a sort of fantasy/steampunk set on a world divided by magic and technology, eventually resulting in a civil war of sorts. In the end, I got a proof copy printed, and it felt great holding it in my hands.
119  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: [PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox1, Xbox 360]Can we dispense with the thread naming convention on: November 12, 2014, 06:53:10 AM
Does the forum software support built-in tags? I've seen these on other forums as a way to classify posts. The idea is that they're not part of the title, and they're a mechanism to help searching be better while being less cluttered. They'd be displayed very much like thread-starters and mods are listed, but at the thread level, and beneath the thread title. So, if I were to start a new thread for a particular game, I'd tag that topic with all the relevant platforms. Then clicking on that platform name would come up with the most recent threads tagged with that platform. If that's not possible with this software, then maybe something to look for in the new upcoming software?


Like for instance, let's say I start an 'Assassin's Creed: Unity' thread.


Assassin's Creed: Unity
[PC, XBO, PS4]
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 01, 2014, 05:38:09 PM
They should totally use this as Windows 10's theme song...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1cnJ_pOAdQ
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