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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 16, 2014, 03:31:58 PM
I installed this during the weekend while waiting for my D3 people to show up and am addicted to it.  I don't really know what I am doing deck wise but found a guide for a starter Mage deck and am actually winning some games.  I am afraid to alter it with new cards though as it appears to work sometimes.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 05:22:32 PM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 26, 2014, 03:29:57 PM

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I think it's ridiculous, but you are certainly entitled to your opinion
I kinda agree with wonderplug.  As you are an editor of this site I find you comments entirely unprofessional.

As an observer, I don't think the comments are unprofessional at all.  Any site can dictate it's voice and the audience can decide to visit the site or not.  The voice can be decided to be jerks, and that would make jerk comments professional, actually.  That being said, I just don't see how the quotes are insulting in anyway really.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]South Park:The Stick of Truth on: March 06, 2014, 05:47:11 PM
A good example of this is the Mongolian side quest.  There really isn't any explanation and if you hadn't seen the episode, it would be lost on you I think.  I love that episode, so that one sticks out to me.  As I was playing it I was thinking "Oh, there is a lot of expectation here on what I have seen in South Park to get this quest at all."  Since I haven't seen much of the past four seasons I am wondering what else will be confusing or lost on me.

Also, although I find the game very fun, it is a casual RPG as far as I am concerned.  So far on Medium difficulty I haven't bothered to change my party or even really any gear at all.  That may change and I know I can crank up the difficulty but all in all it seems like a casual RPG which fits South Park, the IP, and most likely the wider audience perfectly.  Just wanted to mention that as the studio seems to be known for more hard core RPG experiences.  I personally wouldn't say it's a great RPG, but the sum of the parts make it a really good game so far (once again, as someone who likes SP and even casual games).


4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]South Park:The Stick of Truth on: March 06, 2014, 04:01:40 PM
After four hours of playing, I would say that you most likely need to like South Park.  Not so much for the inside jokes but just for the humor. I also find it's best in smaller doses.  I am a South Park fan, but I do find it wearing a bit thin after two hours of playing.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/03) on: March 04, 2014, 04:01:15 AM
I caved to SP on Steam. Unlock now already!
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 20, 2014, 05:00:52 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 20, 2014, 03:47:02 PM

Quote from: Travis on February 20, 2014, 03:17:18 PM

All that said, I have seen this with movies where everyone is all about a movie once a twist or surprise unfolds only in time to not look back so favorably on it as the eighty minutes that lead up to the end were really not that good (The Usual Suspects is a movie that comes to mind for this example). 

whaaaaaaaaa...?!?!?!

Not to get too off topic, but yeah, I and a few other think that movie wasn't good and all the praise came from the ending.  For some muscle, here's Ebert's review:

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-usual-suspects-1995
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 20, 2014, 03:17:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 20, 2014, 02:46:48 PM

I get what people are saying here didn't work for them in the game, but it is odd to see the press who lavished high raise when it was released come down on so hard.  

BI got As almost across the board (which, by the way, doesn't make it a AAA title, that has to do with how much money/effort was put behind it as a release), sitting within the top 5 releases of last year on GameRankings.  Why all of a sudden is it garbage?

I'm not certain, but perhaps some of the newness of the plot wore off and left a lesser feel for the actual gameplay.  I actually didn't like BI as much at release.  I didn't like the setting nor the combat but played it to get to the end for the plot, and even that felt a bit overblown and not as "personal" as the first one (which is one of my favorite games of all time).  I'm not much of a sci-fi guy and BI I felt was more towards that whereas the first one was more towards the emotional aspect of story telling.  All that said, I have seen this with movies where everyone is all about a movie once a twist or surprise unfolds only in time to not look back so favorably on it as the eighty minutes that lead up to the end were really not that good (The Usual Suspects is a movie that comes to mind for this example).  Perhaps that's what's happening with BI?
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 18, 2014, 06:26:33 PM

Quote from: naednek on February 18, 2014, 06:24:36 PM

it's too bad he couldn't  just leave the company and start his thing and not lay off people.  Instead he's taking laying off the people who made him successful and keeping the company.

Yeah, I actually had the same reaction on reading it.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long is your average gaming session? on: February 18, 2014, 05:15:32 PM

Quote from: Rip on February 17, 2014, 09:58:36 PM

Two hours or a little over more often than not, although PC time in general is far longer. Just not exclusive to gaming.

Same for me.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam "Early Access"...do you do it? on: February 18, 2014, 05:14:55 PM
For single player, I don't see the point really.  I would rather experience the game and story as it was meant to be played/told.  It would be like reading a script to a movie and then going and seeing it.  I feel that some of the impact would be lost and I would have spoiled the experience.

For MMORPG's and other constantly changing games, I can see the fun in being involved in that development and since the game is persistent/not really ending I see it as not really spoiling the experience.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/27) on: January 27, 2014, 08:46:10 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 27, 2014, 07:43:40 PM

avoid Brothers: A tale of two sons then.  nothing but depressed characters there. 

I have it, started it, but just didn't find it fun.  That's kind of my issue with life right now.  Aside from my trips to the gym each day I am not finding fun in anything.  I am a hardcore Seahawks fan and I'm not even excited for the Superbowl.  I know I should be on cloud nine, I'm just not.  Hopefully I'll snap out of this at some point soon.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/27) on: January 27, 2014, 05:31:09 PM
I think Broken Age.  I am super depressed for some reason so hopefully that will give me something to do and be happy about.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Collector's Edition purchase do you regret most? on: December 31, 2013, 05:07:47 PM
Ultima 9 was the first and last collector's edition I have purchased.  Learned my lesson with that one.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2013 GOTY/G.O.A.T on: December 13, 2013, 09:40:25 PM
Tomb Raider is up there for my GOTY.  I found myself pretty wrapped up into that one.

For my GOAT (worst game) I award that to Gone Home.  I'm still mad at that "game" for wasting my time.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "No Next-Gen Console" Support Group on: November 22, 2013, 05:14:27 PM
I upgraded my video card to stave off buying a console I would rarely use.  Man, I really wish I had the One to install and see how it works so that I could then ignore it for months.  It's strange how that curiosity/shiny new thing works.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Games - Graphical Showcases on: November 19, 2013, 11:30:54 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 19, 2013, 11:27:46 PM

From the original list, Tomb Raider is a very good-looking game, especially with the PhysX hair turned on.

It is, but I have beaten it already smile
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Games - Graphical Showcases on: November 19, 2013, 09:02:16 PM
It's not that I dislike FPS, it's just that I kind of suck at mouse aiming.  I loved the Bioshock games but I set them at Easy.  I guess I'm a pretty big story fan as well and the FPS genre can be a bit light with story in my past experiences. 

How about Max Payne 3?  That one is getting mentioned as having great graphics as well which kind of shocks me as it didn't look that good from the screen shots I saw.  Perhaps it's a "when everything is motion" sort of deal.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Games - Graphical Showcases on: November 19, 2013, 08:59:50 PM
I am a big RPG fan.  Perhaps Witcher 2 will win out tonight.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Games - Graphical Showcases on: November 19, 2013, 07:01:57 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on November 19, 2013, 06:48:33 PM

Metro Last Light and Crysis 3 are probably the two best looking games around.  I have a very high end PC and Crysis 3 still doesn’t run great at maximum settings.

Also, I love Dishonored but it is a rather ugly looking game.


I read some reviews on Metro Last Light and it sounds very interesting.  I'm not very good a FPS, so it's a bit daunting at that level.  What also is interesting is the reviews knock the visuals as being drab, but also say that it looks good and has high production values.

Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3 definitely popped up on the graphics front in my initial searches.  Far Cry 3 sounded a bit more interesting due to the RPG elements.  Witcher 2 has also popped up as a great graphical game.  Any merit to that?

Dishonored is fun, but I agree it is ugly.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Games - Graphical Showcases on: November 19, 2013, 06:02:44 PM
Yeah, I wasn't saying any of the listed games were graphical showcases, just that I had them in the case they were considered good.

For AC, I briefly played the first one but was turned off by the Sci Fi concept.  Silly, I know, it was just my reaction.  How are the stories once get into them?  Is the out of body part a big portion of the games or just an excuse to constantly move environments/settings?  I haven't followed the series at all.  I see AC4 was released today.  Would that perhaps be a good place to start?
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Games - Graphical Showcases on: November 19, 2013, 05:51:16 PM
This is kind of a lame question, but I figured I would ask the community.  So I mentioned in another thread that I recently upgraded my video card (along with some other components).  I game in spurts and often miss great games.  I went to Steam to look for a game to really show me what the new video card could do but nothing jumped out at me.  I'm curious to see if there are any obvious ones I am missing as the sites I go to focus mostly on recent games, but often times there are older games I have missed.  What I have:

Diablo 3
Tomb Raider
Dishonored
Borderlands 2
Fallout 3
Bioshock Infinite

It's altogether possible I have it covered, but I'm pretty sure I'm missing out on something.  Any suggestions for me to try?
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 19, 2013, 04:48:38 PM
My vote is now to wait until later.  Nothing is really getting me day 1 excited from what I am reading.  I also just bought an Nvidia GTX 770 so I feel like my PC is pretty solid game wise.  One aspect would be that we currently do not have a Blu Ray player but almost all movies watched in my house anymore are On Demand.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 LAUNCH DAY!!!! Which system are you getting? on: November 15, 2013, 05:28:13 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 15, 2013, 04:33:52 PM

Why would you not just check the scores on your phone while your game is paused?

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 9 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 06, 2013, 05:42:00 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 06, 2013, 05:17:19 PM

There are much cheaper and much better devices that can do this

I know that but this was a feature I used to justify part of the purchase price.  At this point, with the Xbox One marketing I have seen, it is targeted at being an all entertainment console.  This *should* cover something that was included in the past.  I'm not saying they will lose everyone's (or even a few) purchase due to this, just most likely mine.  The only other thing kind of keeping me in is the inclusion of a Blu Ray player.  However, with almost all of my movie viewing being streamed on demand content, that doesn't really appeal must to me.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 9 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 06, 2013, 05:14:37 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 06, 2013, 04:58:39 PM

I believe the MP3 streaming is done via a method I can't remember the name of right now, where your computer has to "push" the MP3 to the Xbox One. In other words, you can't start playback from the console, but must do so from the PC. That makes their playback method worthless to most people, I would think. That's why I said they don't support MP3s. If this has changed since the announcement last week, I'd love to hear about it.
If it doesn't I'm 98% out on both consoles.  Most of my gaming is PC these days and about 50% of what I use my console for is streaming my lossless WMA files to my living room during gatherings and parties.  What a lame feature to remove.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shroud of the Avatar:Forsaken Virtues (was: Lord British has a Kickstarter) on: November 05, 2013, 03:32:07 AM
As a long time Ultima fan, I want this be good.  I really do.  That being said, I was so disappointed by what seemed to be Richard Garriott's craziness with focus and game design that he went the way of Peter Molyneux to me.  I hope this ends up being great though.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 11 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 04, 2013, 09:25:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 04, 2013, 08:25:14 PM

I didn`t make money, but I loved her more for it, given how dead-set she is against video games.

Wait.  How does that work?  Aren't you big into games as a hobby?
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 28, 2013, 04:41:07 PM
That's what I figured.  I remember when the PS3 launched I was surprised at how small the differences were between it and the 360.  If that's the case here then I suppose it would come down to the other selling points of the console for me (such as this living room feature stuff I hear a bit about).  I am also assuming though that to use the living room features of the One you will need to have a Gold account to Live which I am also assuming will cost a fee as it does.  If that's the case, that's a bit lame.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 28, 2013, 04:27:51 PM
So for some reason I have completely ignored all new console talk.  What I am getting the feeling of though is that the PS4 will be a more powerful gaming system.  Is that a true assessment?  If so, how much more powerful?
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: October 24, 2013, 05:17:57 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 24, 2013, 04:45:48 PM

Also looking at just buying the game and picking up a used guitar on the cheap at Guitar Center rather than going with the bundle.
That should work.  You might be surprised though how much a used guitar can be compared to the starter guitars they are crapping out for big brick and mortar and bundles like these.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: October 24, 2013, 04:09:35 PM
That review is the reason I did purchase it for PC.  I didn't see that in other reviews, but I figured I would be on the safe side there.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: October 24, 2013, 03:17:20 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 24, 2013, 02:39:07 AM

eek  Yeah, that ain't happening.  I'll take the crappy one for $200 and make sure I actually like it, then perhaps upgrade down the road.

That's the best route. 
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: October 24, 2013, 02:20:33 AM
The important thing with a guitar is to get one that's comfortable for you neck wise and body wise.  At that price, those guitars have to be awful but to learn on I am sure they would be okay.  For $500 you can get a good guitar, but the problem is that comfort thing.  It took me six years to know what I really needed a guitar to feel like to have it feel like home.  I usually advise people to go cheap the first time out.  This game does amp modeling so it will be fun to use that.

The songs are backwards compatible they say, but I really wanted to DL the Pearl Jam tunes and can't without the original Rocksmith it tells me.  They should figure that out.  Easy money for them after all.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: October 23, 2013, 10:29:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 23, 2013, 10:22:32 PM

So...I know nothing about this game, but that preview and the review have me pretty interested.  I've always wanted to learn how to play guitar, but end up burning out after a couple lessons.  Putting it in a game format might just keep my attention.

A couple questions:

-  I'm assuming you need a specific guitar to play this, correct?   I also assume you can purchase a bundle which includes said guitar?
-  Are there DLC tracks, a la Rock Band?  Or are you stuck with the songs that come packaged with it?
-  Does this translate at all to playing outside of the game?  Do you find yourself able to pick up the guitar and strum a recognizable tune, or do you need the rolling track visual?

TIA.  smile


So I have a hard time calling it a "game" so to speak.  It's a focused learning tool really that just took the way rock band showed music and reimagined it as another way to read music.  There isn't any failing in the song mode.  There is a minigame area that has games that work by having you practicing certain things (chords, running scales, etc.)

You do not need a specific guitar.  Any guitar with a working pickup and output jack will work.  You need the cable (can be packaged with the program) that will connect your guitar to a USB jack.

There are a few DLC tracks at the moment.  It looks like with the first version they released quite a bit of DLC.

I am sure that you will memorize the songs and be able to play outside the game.  That's how learning guitar works to be honest.  At first you need the transcription, but over time you don't.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith 2014 Preview on: October 23, 2013, 03:46:58 PM
I spent about five hours with it last night and my impressions are mixed.  For a beginner, it is awesome.  It has a good amount of depth for sure covering lessons that show technique and not just "learn to play this song".  I was concerned that this area would be skipped entirely and it wasn't.

That being said, there is a huge learning curve for me.  For example, to play White Zombie's Thunderkiss '65, I would have been MUCH better off with just tab and an MP3.  I am so used to reading tab and negotiating by ear the aspects ignored with tab that to use Rocksmith I have to relearn for to read the music.  Chords are especially difficult for me as they look completely different from what I am used to.  In addition, the neck of the track scales to show what is needed (so if a riff is in a small fret area, the neck is larger but if it jumps then the neck gets longer) which can get disorienting when trying to "sight read".  That being said, after a few run throughs of every song I tried, I was much more proficient than I thought I would be so it works even for someone who is used to learning in a different way.  After a few weeks I think I could relearn and this could be a faster way to get down a song.

It should be stated that you will have to put time into practicing.  The difficulty ramp up the game tries to do is much too wonky.  Just because you have one part nailed doesn't mean you want the next part sight unseen thrown at you full on.  So there is a lot of, whoah! slow down! moments.  The easiest way is to learn it just like we all do - break down each section and practice them on their own then jump into the song performance. 

I only did rhythm to start out.  In the end, I think it's great as a learning tool and would work but it will come down to how much someone wants to put into it.  Just like learning anything really.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/21) on: October 22, 2013, 10:11:47 PM
Will do.  I am going to kick back with some brewskis and the game and let you know what I think after a few hours.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/21) on: October 22, 2013, 06:00:41 PM
I picked up the PC version of Rocksmith.  I have played guitar for over 20 years and used to give lessons but am really interested to see how this could perhaps be a revolutionary way of teaching music.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dear Esther, a Half Life 2 Mod on: October 07, 2013, 03:50:28 PM
It sounds like I would dislike this even more than Gone Home.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Live ID pondering on: September 18, 2013, 05:43:30 PM
It wasn't until recently that I didn't read it as Ms. Duncan.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 17, 2013, 10:06:15 PM
I started playing Diablo 3 again on the next level of difficulty.  I have friends that play it all the time so I figured I would play again.  Here's what I don't get.  Why do people keep playing it?  Is it really just to get new items?  There isn't any PvP in the game and the game isn't hard so far, so why do people care what items they have?  Does it get to a point where I need to farm for gear to beat higher difficulties?  Does the game change at all (new mission, etc.)?  I'm just wondering what the fun is in collecting more gear.  I have been swapping mine out for items that seems better and breaking down the others.  Is there a place to brag about what I have if I were to get something crazy?

I have to add that for some reason clicking on things is fun, but I just want to make sure I am not missing something.
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