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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] EA Access on: July 29, 2014, 11:19:19 PM

Quote from: EddieA on July 29, 2014, 11:13:58 PM

It seems a lot like PS+, but with only EA games.  You get full games (Madden 25, FIFA 14, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4 to start), trials, and discounts.  If you like the games in question and they add games regularly, this doesn't seem like a bad deal.  The fact that PS+ is only $20 more kind of hurts the deal, though.

It might seem like a good deal for gamers until you realize that this means EA will stop providing their games (if they ever provided them. I don't recall) for PS+ and Games for Gold. They will want to push people into subscribing to their service instead, so that instead of taking a percentage of revenue, they get it all. They don't care if they fuck over Microsoft and Sony in the process. EA's world contains only EA, they don't care about the rest.

If you think that's bad, imagine what happens if EA succeeds and the other publishers notice. We're suddenly left with half a dozen different subscription services to get what we used to get with one or two (depending on whether or not you have one or both of the PS4 and Xbox One). If we're lucky.

Assuming these speculations are correct, EA just screwed us gamers over for the sake of their own bottom line. Business as usual.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] EA Access on: July 29, 2014, 05:56:34 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 29, 2014, 05:41:59 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 29, 2014, 05:30:41 PM

EA is rolling out a access plan for the XB1 for it's entire catalog for 4.99/mo or 29.99/yr  


My hunch is the XB1 is the test case before it rolls out the PS4 just my guess

If successful this is game changer , imo

From that article, it doesn't look like it's their entire catalog, it's "The Vault, a collection of EAís biggest games on Xbox One".  Newer titles, you get a 10% discount.

So unless I'm reading it wrong, for $5/month or $30/year you can play the old EA games that should already be Games with Gold freebies.

Oh man, I didn't even consider this until your post, but you seem to have hit the nail on the head. This could very well be (I would say it's very likely to be) their attempt to barge into the PS+ / Games for Gold market to take a larger share for themselves, just like they did with Steam and Origin, and just like they did with the server situation on the Xbox 360.

If true, we can probably wave goodbye to any EA games, new or old, in PS+ or Games for Gold. EA will have fucked up a good thing for gamers once again.

This is the EA we know and "love".
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 29, 2014, 05:49:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 29, 2014, 05:25:55 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 29, 2014, 05:17:19 PM

This game is also getting a lot of buzz for having one of the(if not the) best implementations of virtual reality out there at the moment. It's the perfect fit for the Oculus Rift. I'm getting my DK2 this Friday (or so UPS says), and Elite: Dangerous will be one of the first things I fire up, if everything goes smoothly (it won't).

Oh man, please start up a thread with your devkit2 impressions when you get it.  I'm more excited for the Rift than I've been for any of the latest console releases.

Will do. I'm extremely excited about it too.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 29, 2014, 05:17:19 PM
This game is also getting a lot of buzz for having one of the(if not the) best implementations of virtual reality out there at the moment. It's the perfect fit for the Oculus Rift. I'm getting my DK2 this Friday (or so UPS says), and Elite: Dangerous will be one of the first things I fire up, if everything goes smoothly (it won't).
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 28, 2014, 01:40:00 PM
I have The Last of Us Remaster preordered, so there's that. 
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 12:42:37 PM
I get the impression that a lot of kids love The Phantom Menace more than the other movies, so this poll doesn't exactly surprise me. It's hard to understand for us old geezers though. *shakes fist*
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: July 21, 2014, 07:47:10 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 21, 2014, 07:28:06 PM

Why does it have jet engines?

Those aren't jet engines, but fusial thrust engines. At any rate, they are the engines for the ship.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/21) on: July 21, 2014, 05:27:25 AM
I'm off to Majorca for the entire week, so nothing for me. smile
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yogscast Yogventures successful Kickstarter ($570k) game cancelled on: July 17, 2014, 10:03:09 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 17, 2014, 09:47:37 PM

I tend to stand by the rule that if a company is trying to make a game through kickstarter and are asking for less than a million dollars, they probably donít know what they are doing and itís not going to end well.

I guess that's a decent enough rule of thumb for casual backers who only go after the big projects (the AAA kickstarters, if you will), but it's a bit too simplified of a method for my taste. I'd put it like this:

- Ambitious (ie. tries to pull off multiple features rarely seen in games)
- Total required funding is less than 7 digits (pay attention to any alternate sources of funding listed in the Kickstarter and add to this total. This includes funds supplied by the developer or investors/publishers. Low total required funding is OK if the team has funds coming in from other places.).
- Technically impressive (mostly in terms of graphics, but it could be just about anything technical that makes you raise your eyebrows in approval).
- Has an unproven group of developers behind it.

If the project you're looking at contains more than two of the features listed above, do some research before backing. If it contains more than three, stay away.

Please note that some of the oldest Kickstarter campaigns sometimes break these principles, mostly because everything was still highly experimental back then.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: French blogger fined by judge for be being too popular on: July 17, 2014, 06:28:09 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 17, 2014, 05:54:40 PM

They also have a ministry devoted to the language and culture.

That's not unique. Norway has that, and I suspect most other European nations do too.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/14) on: July 14, 2014, 06:27:16 AM
Not buying anything this week, and probably not until The Last of Us comes out on PS4, since I'll be going away for a week.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Broken Age (formerly Double Fine Adventure) on: July 07, 2014, 06:09:29 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 07, 2014, 05:46:00 PM

I've been holding off playing it until the second half gets released.

Double Fine has been recommending against that approach from the beginning. It's very easy to get spoiled about the twist, and communication from Double Fine to fans before release of the second half will assume that you've played the first. There's no real reason to wait.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Broken Age (formerly Double Fine Adventure) on: July 07, 2014, 05:22:43 PM

Quote from: Travis on July 07, 2014, 04:54:13 PM

There is supposed to be a second half released at some point, right?  Or am I misremembering that?

Yes. What's available now is the first half of the adventure. It works very well standalone and has a great ending, but it's not complete.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Broken Age (formerly Double Fine Adventure) on: July 07, 2014, 04:39:15 PM

Quote from: Travis on July 07, 2014, 03:53:19 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 03, 2014, 03:57:41 PM

Seems like your problem might be with COMEDY adventure games then.  icon_smile

Well, along the line of my poor taste I liked all of the LSL games (even the recent remake).

I think you just proved his point. slywink









I like the LSL games too...
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/07) on: July 07, 2014, 04:23:32 AM
Getting, and playing, the final episode of The Wolf Among Us.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Broken Age (formerly Double Fine Adventure) on: July 02, 2014, 04:44:28 AM
I loved it, for what it's worth. The nay-sayers in this thread are just getting old, and that's halfway serious. Expectations are different, but Broken Age delivers on everything it was supposed to and is both funny and charming, with a good story. The problem is that veteran gamers have a very hard (if not impossible) time getting impressed by adventure games after all these years.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 05:49:23 AM

Quote from: Destructor on June 30, 2014, 05:15:34 AM

I'd wait until tomorrow - the full game launches on Monday. Tongue

It's been Monday here for 8 hours already. Some of us don't live in the country that's last at everything, you know. slywink
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 04:51:11 AM
Divinity: Original Sin backer here. Going to dive into that today, I think.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on: June 27, 2014, 10:09:27 AM
Just to get some context: Did you enjoy any of the previous movies in the series?
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/23) on: June 23, 2014, 06:40:08 AM
I'll be paying attention to GRID Autosport on PC, if nothing else. The first GRID was the game that got me into racing games in the first place.

Apart from that, the Steam sale is keeping me plenty busy. I bought and played through Call of Juarez: Gunslinger this weekend, and have just bought and started Batman: Arkham Origins.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: June 22, 2014, 03:43:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 22, 2014, 03:31:46 PM

There is no reason to do this.  Play on whatever difficulty you want.

Sure, but the thing is, this is one of the only games out there that has clearly been designed to be fun at the highest difficulty level. Most games just throw all kinds of crap at you with ridiculous odds only to make it difficult. The only other game I've seen that has been able to pull this off is the first Crysis. The recommendation to increase the difficulty isn't just my own opinion however. It's the first game in a long while where I've seen a lot of people recommend turning it way up.

Regardless, unless you're very new to first person shooters, you should at least turn it up from the "normal" difficulty. This isn't a hard game.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: June 22, 2014, 11:18:16 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 22, 2014, 10:52:30 AM

Did you get the bundle with the Vita?  If so, remember that logging into PlayStation Plus on the PS4 does not show you the free Vita games you can download, and vice versa.  You'll want to connect online and jump into Plus on each system.

Nah, a better solution is to use their web store. That way you can browse content for all Sony platforms at once. An added bonus with all three systems, as long as you have PS Plus, is that you can start downloads from here too. As far as I can tell, the PS3 and Vita downloads happen at specific times of the day, while the PS4 downloads start instantly when you click the download button in the browser.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: June 22, 2014, 08:27:46 AM
Grats! Wolfenstein is great, btw. Make sure you play it on as high a difficulty as you can. Try ‹ber, then turn it down if it becomes too much.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 19, 2014, 06:37:05 PM
Have you guys forgotten that the very first scene in this show, the first 7+ minutes of Game of Thrones ever shown on TV, was entirely about a White Walker attack? GoT has made it abundantly clear from the absolute beginning that there's an undead threat north of the Wall. It's not like the show slowly moved into this territory. It established this theme right away, and only then did it move into the politics. Even that took a couple of episodes to get going. Some of you might even recall the discussions among book readers at the time had them worried that the opening would scare away potential viewers who would enjoy the politics.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 17, 2014, 08:59:14 PM
While the Hound's current status is clearly supposed to be a mystery, Tywin's is not. When Varys was about to return to the Red Keep and heard the bells, he knew at once what they meant: The death of a Hand. That's why he turned back. He didn't fully realize the ramifications of what Tyrion had done until that point. The bells pretty much just ring when the King dies, when the Hand dies, or when there's a funeral or wedding. Either someone had killed Tommen, or someone killed Tywin.

Varys talked briefly about this back in season 2.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 17, 2014, 07:35:22 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.

This is a fantasy story. Expect that aspect of it to only grow in importance as the show moves on. This season should have made it clear that we're mostly done with the major intrigue in King's Landing, with almost nobody of importance remaining there.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: June 17, 2014, 11:29:17 AM
It looks like the upcoming PS4/Xbox One/PC versions of this game are more than simple ports with higher resolution and framerate. Digital Foundry took a deeper look at the reveal trailer and found a whole bunch of differences, both dramatic and subtle.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 17, 2014, 04:41:42 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on June 17, 2014, 02:12:14 AM

Did they say where the ship from King's Landing was heading?

No. Tyrion doesn't know either.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/16) on: June 16, 2014, 09:33:35 AM
Nuthin'.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) 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
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: June 13, 2014, 10:42:56 AM

Quote from: The Rocketman on June 13, 2014, 10:16:17 AM

I didn't die once during the prologue, whereas the first time I had to replay several more difficult fights.

When was the last time you played it? The game went through a major balance change in one of the big patches, which among other things made these initial battles easier and more responsive than they were at launch.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 13, 2014, 06:35:42 AM

Quote from: RuperT on June 13, 2014, 06:06:08 AM

I once very smoothly Tailed a small brunette woman onto a subway that turned out to be too short by half, as she sussed me and choked me out like SMERSH.

Now now, let's not share real-life stories in this thread.

slywink
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: June 12, 2014, 12:48:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 12, 2014, 12:36:43 PM

I got pretty far into the first one, but the second one just seemed a little much to me, for some reason.  It may be because I put enough time into the first one that the idea of really doing it again was exhausting.  That's the thing: you've got to have time and patience to make it through these.  I don't have enough of either any more.

You're touching on an important point here: Your goal in these games shouldn't be to actually complete them. I haven't completed any of the Souls games. I've barely gotten halfway. These games are all about the journey, and you should stop when it begins to overwhelm you.

Personally, I react very, very poorly to adrenaline (it makes me physically ill and severely reduces my gameplay performance), and the Souls games force me to take frequent breaks for this reason. I'll often be in a reduced state for hours afterwards. On the other hand, I do enjoy the games, but after a while I just can't take it any more. These games are about the small victories for me. Reach another bonfire! Take out another boss! Find a useful item! Getting to the final boss has never been a realistic goal for me.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: June 12, 2014, 12:43:03 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 12, 2014, 12:38:31 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 12, 2014, 05:29:56 AM


That seemed to clearly be the intention from all the "one last time" dialogue in the trailer and the subtitle of the damned game.

The "one last time" thing is an action story trope though, and is rarely taken literally. As for the title, it most likely refers to the story that was hinted at with the previous trailer, leading Drake on the trail of a thief who did meet his end. Of course, it could also talk about both of them, though I suspect it's meant as a red herring to increase the story's dramatic tension. I really doubt Drake will die in this game. Sully maybe, but not Drake, and even that I doubt. These stories are too light-hearted, and their tone would change too much if their final destination was the hero's death.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: June 12, 2014, 05:29:56 AM
Also, Nolan North thinks this might be the last Uncharted game.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: June 12, 2014, 04:53:29 AM
It has been confirmed by multiple sources that the trailer we saw for this game was rendered in real time on a single PS4 at 1080p 60fps, no trickery involved. What we saw is part of an actual level in the game. Uncharted 4 will mark the beginning of Naughty Dog doing all cinematics in-game instead of using traditional pre-rendered CGI.

Naughty Dog proves once again why they're so renowned.

Here's a Digital Foundry article which takes a closer look at the trailer. Suffice to say, they're impressed.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 12, 2014, 04:38:19 AM

Quote from: Vikki on June 11, 2014, 11:46:52 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 05, 2014, 07:36:32 PM

Somehow I suspect a certain subset of Christians would get cold feet about their religion if a more realistic portrayal of Jesus was used (dark skin, with black and likely curly hair). If he actually looked like that picture above, the Bible would definitely have mentioned it, because he would have been looking completely out of place in that area of the world at the time.

Just so I do not misunderstand your point, you are basically stating that certain percentage of Christians are racists and or bigots?  If that is your point, you would certainly concede that to be true about a certain percentage from any group, yes / no? 

Yes, your point is absolutely correct. A certain segment of the population as a whole is racist/bigot. I'm not implying that there's more of them among Christians.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 11, 2014, 08:49:45 PM
I guess that's a system key, which you can get by hacking certain people on the streets.
39  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: A Gaming Thread on the irrelevance of Unions on: June 10, 2014, 09:12:54 PM
Unions are, in my opinion, a necessity. But not this particular union. They've clearly showed that they're not deserving of their responsibility, and they deserve all the public backlash they'll get from this news story.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 10, 2014, 07:47:58 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 10, 2014, 07:33:24 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on June 10, 2014, 07:09:09 PM

I'm still having problems with the on-foot fixer missions; I keep getting spotted before anything happens, but I think that's due to me not being stealthy enough.

Do you mean the multiplayer fixer missions where you have to trail someone, or the missions like "watch the potential victim/criminal and stop a crime?"

Sounds like the multiplayer since he mentions fixers. If you keep getting spotted early, there are three main options available to you if he's not running:

1) Pretend you're an NPC. Stay off motorcycles (no NPC will ever use those) and avoid drawing any attention to yourself. Other players who know there's another player in their game will be able to spot you immediately at great distances if you behave in an unusual fashion. Stick to a car and follow the traffic. That usually works.
2) Stay behind cover. The target won't be able to see you unless he gets behind or above you. This will usually confuse him, allowing you ample time to tail him.
3) Abandon the mission. You won't receive any penalties for this if he hasn't tagged you. If he has, you'll receive a penalty for doing so, so you're better off fleeing.

If he's running, your options are different:

1) If you're at all able to keep up with him (he picked a slow getaway car, for example), you might want to try chasing him at a distance. Be careful though. If he looks behind him, he'll be able to spot you in an instant, which will fail your mission. This is not a good choice, as a target that flees before tagging you is most likely attempting to set up a trap.
2) Wait until he seems to give up on his escape, then use the handy "fast travel to target's location" option that pops up. This is only available if he's far away. At this point you can return to the options above, as he will expect you to come racing towards his position. He'll be wrong.
3) Abandon the mission.
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