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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: Today at 01:08:16 PM
For example, the payoff of Hulk sucker punching Thor wouldn't work without the animosity built up when they were fighting earlier. If I wanted meaningless action, I'd watch Transformers movies.

I suspect that scene in the trailer where Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver standing willingly behind Ultron is one their usual edited scenes for trailers, and that it'll be Vision that they're standing behind in the full movie. They do that a lot, like where they filmed a scene for Captain America 2 where:

Spoiler for Hiden:
In the movie, it was Nick Fury's body on a slab with Black Widow standing over him, but in the trailer it was a faceless body covered by a sheet.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 07:29:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 22, 2014, 11:47:27 AM

None the less, however it started, it is a thing, and it's definitely not over. It's crossing over into mainstream media, in fact.  It's been showing up in my news thread daily for the last week or so, and I've had non-gamers mention it to me recently.

It's not really crossing over, rather, the mainstream media is finally getting around to pick it up.

It won't morph into something better, because the movement is tainted at its core. They're still going after Gawker, for example, when the alleged wrongdoings of that site were proven false. Why? Because it's still associated with the woman that was at the front of it.

And any idiot with a twitter following can make a corporation have a kneejerk reaction these days, but it never lasts.

I need to find the links, but there are a few people forming consumer advocacy groups that were once tied to gamergate, but have splintered off after acknowledging the problems. Trying desperately to hang on to some tainted hashtag isn't the way to go. Likewise, even if you have the best of intentions, letting horrible people determine the targets of your Social Integrity Warrior (see what I did there?) fury is not helping anyone.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Attention Kato: This thread has no spiders in it. on: October 22, 2014, 01:19:23 AM
Awww... but spiders just want to hang out and eat all the little pesky insects that invade your home.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 01:11:05 AM
Almost forgot about Gottfried's new podcast.

I forget who, but I think it was the Inside Gaming crew from youtube, as part of some funding or charity thing got him to read the epic president's speech from Independence Day (ID4) on the podcast. It was hilariously awesome.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 10:12:00 PM
I wonder how much of this gamergate business was only able to be a thing due to twitter being what it is. Twitter is just a terrible place to try and talk about serious issues, and any movement built up through twitter tends to be a confused mess that can only exist based on rage and furor, without direction. That's because it's hard to give reason and direction in just 140 characters.

I agree that those concerned people who got taken for a ride on twitter by the 'gaters shouldn't be villified, but then again, how many of those acknowledged, or even know about, how this mess actually started. I think any that did just simply stopped using the hashtag, just as quickly as they started.

And in the end, the problem might be tied into this wave of internet slacktivism, that just happens to be bolstering the trolls.

By the way, I consider myself a Social Justice Rogue. Warrior classes are so bland. I can't call myself a wizard though, since my coding skills are crap. Tongue
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 08:28:25 PM
True, but Adobe will just put their ads back once the furor is over. Again, this is all just twitter mob mentality, and it's something that forces corporations to respond, but corporations don't care about the issue on either side, they just want to quietly not be associated with the politics until it blows over.

It's only a victory in their shallow mindset.

What's more, adobe software often serves the art and entertainment community. That's a community that traditionally has a lot of women, and women in the media.

It won't last. But even so, I'll still push for reason and understanding. I've actually adjusted some things in my next game project, more of a social game, not out of fear of gamergate, but rather to promote positive improvement, instead of this angry male mob.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 08:08:36 PM
They jumped to other kinds of critique once their initial claims were debunked. Jumping to criticize people with that ridiculous and laughable term, "social justice warrior," and notions of collusion in media. I think the goal was to make those sound scary, but they just sound like politician style talking points.

The problem I see is that there were an initial tiny few who were in it for actual journalistic integrity, but they weren't the ones choosing the targets of the scrutiny, so nothing that should have looked at got the attention it deserved. As above, they usually focused on women, starting with Ms. Quinn, and anyone tangentially related to women in the industry. Even places where there were more real collusion and rigging went pretty much untouched by gamergate.

Overall, I think it's already done. There really isn't much happening with it. As expected, once the initial furor from angry men blew over, so did the backbone. Now, you only see it mentioned when the last of the crazies come out, still lashing out, such as the most recent bout with Brianna Wu. The sad thing is, it still keeps reflecting on normal gamers who think this is a fun primary hobby.

Even those initial few interested in integrity have stepped away from the label.
8  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: [PC] Who has graduated to 1440p? What do you think and what should I know? on: October 20, 2014, 09:44:47 PM
Thanks for that recommendation, saved it for later.

My 4 year old 24" 1920x1200 screen has served me well over the years, and cost a lot. However, it's already died once on me, and the image quality is starting to get bad. When it goes, I'll replace it with a bigger screen.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 20, 2014, 07:11:50 PM
I wonder what the business of podcasting is. I know many podcasts now have ads in them, which I'm fine with, but it really didn't hit saturation until a few years ago at the earliest. Some podcasts I've listened to since I had a music device to listen to are now running ads, and before that some other niche podcasts had actually talked about how little you get for podcasts ads even with a pretty popular podcast.

Now there's a podcast about starting a podcast network business. It's kind of fascinating.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 06:09:28 AM
Early impressions of the Korra game, before release, from various gaming podcasts was that the game was looking good, and up to platinum's gameplay standards.

But, I'll wait for reviews since I've never played a Platinum game.

For me:
Dreamfall Chapters
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Dreamfall so I can see what they've been doing all this time since I backed it. Then will just wait until the final episode is released before playing it again.

I'm really, really, really hoping that they got the netcode issues worked out for Beyond Earth. Even when my friends and I got together for a LAN party, we had nothing but trouble getting Civ 5 working.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 18, 2014, 10:51:46 AM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on October 18, 2014, 10:40:13 AM

Quote from: siege on October 16, 2014, 11:53:12 AM

The story is garbage and the voice acting downright amateur.

how bad is it, on a scale of "Resident Evil" to "The House of the Dead"?

So far, it's on the level of later Resident Evil 6, which isn't a good thing by the way. slywink
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: October 17, 2014, 11:09:40 PM
One thing I really like is the duality of this. I like how they're at least trying to develop for two different types of player control.

There are people on these boards to prefer controlling one character, and not touching the other characters. The game deliberately has options for them.

Likewise, some want more party control similar to classic games. The game has options for them too.

Whether they can make it work remains to be seen, but overall I like the fact that they're trying.

DA2 may have failed a bit on that, but
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 17, 2014, 11:09:33 PM
Well yeah, I think we all love the stories, there's plenty of room for games where mechanics are kind, but sometimes I just want to dive into incredible depths into a world.

Actually, I think that with games, you can get invested in a way even books and movies can't. Not superior to, but just in a different way.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 17, 2014, 06:15:19 PM
The problem is that it would be weirder if the player cast shadows and the enemy ai didn't react to those shadows, or worse, reacted to your shadow in a way that you couldn't figure out how you got spotted.

Its also a technical and design nightmare.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 16, 2014, 11:50:07 PM
However, even in the lore, the term kossith is no longer used. Is just Qunari or nothing.
16  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: October 16, 2014, 07:43:36 PM
How much inflammatory political speech actually happens in your average mosque? Do you know? I don't, although I have muslin friends and generally she said most discussion was community related. Of course, she could have been a jihadist. Tongue

It's good that they investigated mosques where there were allegations of political speech. And it's a good thing that when investigations turned up nothing, or not enough evidence, that the investigations were stopped. Why do you assume that there's always something to be found?

Likewise, it's a good thing that proper investigation is being done on this as well. It just so happens that it's happening to a Christian church instead of a mosque. And if nothing comes up, then the investigation will stop as well. How many times do you think mosques have gotten subpoenas just like this one?

It's not futile to attempt to keep politics and religion separate. It's a constant, ongoing process and should be kept ongoing. We're deliberately trying to avoid a theocracy for a reason. That's to avoid any kind of extremism taking over politics. You want to talk about facism? It was just one form of extremism, and letting a government be taken over by any one religion can definitely lead to the same kinds of extremism.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 16, 2014, 04:30:45 PM
Except that, these games are kind of about choice. So, you can always choose not to pursue any intimate relationships, at all.

Do that, and you have plenty of platonic relationships. It beats poopooing developers that actually go and let players have the option of pursuing an intimate relationship in their game.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 16, 2014, 06:24:44 AM
You can choose Human, Elf, Dwarf, or Qunari. A Tal-vashoth is just an outcast Qunari than a race. Although the term Qunari refers both to the species, and to all those who follow the Qun.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4,PC] Rebel Galaxy, by ex Diablo/Torchlight devs on: October 16, 2014, 05:44:23 AM
Well, the game sounds like it plays similarly to Assassin's Creed Black Flag's ship combat. Albeit, without any of the boarding.

So not sure if that's a good or bad thing. They replace gameplay with loot mechanics, and while loot is still fun to me, no amount of loot can make a boring game fun.
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: October 16, 2014, 01:33:38 AM
Yeah, I saw this same group of articles pop in my feeds, and Fireball's statements echo my first thoughts.

It's okay to be a bit shocked at first at the idea. However, you should be more concerned that your religion, church, and your beliefs are being used as a political platform.

These rules were put in place to help keep the distance between church and state.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: October 15, 2014, 01:48:54 AM
The deluxe edition is just a few more DLC items, not really worth it. Just get the standard edition.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: October 14, 2014, 10:29:13 PM
I'd love to see them, after Inquisition, do another game similar in scope as DA2, but done right. A smaller narrative focused more on a local or personal conflict, but with all the things they've learned to do, and not to do, from Inquisition.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 14, 2014, 10:24:07 PM
I dislike the way they've tuned the Working Joes AI. They're way more perceptive than the Alien, despite tool tips saying otherwise.

They see you from a longer distance, they spot you way more easily if you're peeking, and they can definitely hear you walking from farther away. Heck, you can't even hide from them all that well since they track you around corners.

The only way to deal with them is kill them since running and hiding is so ineffective. Thankfully, they seemed to have realized that, and you can easily stockpile the stuff you need to just straight up murder hordes of them later on.

That said, I probably didn't use enough items with them. In fact, I was constantly full on stuff from the mid point of the game and onward. I think I play stealth games too much. Tongue
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 14, 2014, 10:16:13 PM
It looked like it had a lot of promise, but the only reason why all of the gore didn't seem generic is that it's the first of a new generation of games that could do that gore at high detail and with new gen lighting.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 14, 2014, 08:34:17 PM
By the way, I know I'm not supposed to say anything about keep. But they let in some new people and I was one of them. I will say that there are a lot of small choices that they track.

Barely started playing with it since I don't need more distractions today, but it's looking pretty good on the minor choices front. Albeit, it's probably never going to be to the level people want. I don't think there's enough space or time.
26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Should Police Departments Have Military Gear? Obama says "Let's look into it." on: October 14, 2014, 12:00:40 PM
This is especially disturbing given all the evidence that what you wear for your occupation has a big effect on your mindset and even abilities (due to mindset). So putting a bunch of peace officers into combat gear makes them adopt a combatative mindset, instead of keeping order, peace, and justice.

They should get non-militarized riot gear for riots. Not this straight up Call of Duty crap you see them wearing.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 10, 2014, 06:32:56 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 09, 2014, 11:26:43 PM

I'm cautiously optimistic, and grabbed the game for $30 with a Steam voucher. People should know that the second half of the game apparently takes a dive according to the professional reviews I've read.

Be careful buying the game at full price based upon initial user reviews. A little more minor spoiler info on that for the curious...
Spoiler for Hiden:
the second half of the game is an Alien game without any emphasis on an Alien. Cyborgs take over center stage.

So far, this hasn't been the case, and I'm probably over 3/4 through. That "other" aspect is a big part in some missions, but it definitely does not dominate 1/2 of the game. It's also refreshing dealing with that other aspect for a while before returning to the Alien.

I'm near the end of mission 10, and the later mission markers seem to be shorter interludes, so take that as you will. There's been a reasonable amount of backtracking so far, but it feels natural since it's an enclosed space station and you visit a lot of important areas early.

As for mission 10 spoilers discussion:
Spoiler for Hiden:
The flamethrower really changes the dynamic of the game, and for the better. At this point I was getting a bit tired of always hiding from the alien. At least now I can choose to expend some fuel to keep it away for a short time. You still want to hide from it if you want to get to leave an area and go back in the vents so you can access terminals and the like, but it helps keep the game moving.

I also hate seeing those random NPCs that hang out, but you can't talk to them and tell them to hide. So they only exist to die from a random Alien attack if it happens to run by.

At this point, I should note that Pipe Bombs force the alien to flee if it's hit by it, same for molotovs. Very useful. However, you don't have to spray wildly withe the flamethrower, and can squeeze off some controlled bursts of flame to save fuel. So, because fuel lasts a long time for me, and I keep finding more, I'm kind of not afraid of the Alien, other than to make sure I know in general where it is.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 10, 2014, 01:29:40 AM
There is still forms of healing, and I think there was still a healing spell in the Spirit spell track.

However, most demos don't show it, instead focusing on those methods other health replacing buffs like barrier and limited health potions.

I'm interested to know how deep the Keep will go, whether it has choices for minor characters and encounters. Stuff that definitely doesn't affect the overall plot, but otherwise can be small callbacks to previous games.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 08, 2014, 06:12:50 PM
Overall though, it's a typical, if a bit rushed, CW show start. At least the acting was decent, they delivered those exposition dumps like pros.

If I gave Agents of Shield 6 episodes before it got good, I can easily give The Flash more than that to settle into characters.

30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 08, 2014, 01:40:45 PM
Just bought it, after watching some more videos.

The Alien's behavior is way upgraded since early videos and the demo. Now it does interesting things, like it'll dart forward or around corners unexpectedly if it seems to sense something. You can still stay on the other side of a table from it, but it's no longer a sure thing, and it'll eventually find you. It's just so damn lifelike, so much better than all other games that basically make them fodder, still fast and deadly, but fodder no less. Would love to see a Colonial Marines game from Creative Assembly where all Aliens have this feel to them, where it takes more than a burst from a pulse rifle to kill it, the Aliens will back off stalk you constantly like an intelligent predator.

The flamethrower and revolver as an alien deterrent is pretty cool, and feels just right. It reacts really well to them, and it's intensely scary knowing its still out there, and now it's just pissed off.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 08, 2014, 08:45:24 AM
An okay start. Some characters give way too many exposition dump responses to small questions, which aren't needed that much since you can build those characters up over time.

Not looking forward to the silliness that comes from the ending reveal though.
32  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Favorite forum software? on: October 08, 2014, 06:12:26 AM
I've checked, Vanillaforums isn't as well supported or popular. It's got great press because a few high profile places use it, and it's flashy status, but out of the box it has less features than most other boards. In fact, the most common complaint I've seen from vanillaforums is that even places that are hosted by them is that it lacks all sorts of common features. So you're either paying a lot to have it hosted, or you're paying a lot to have it modified up to standard. I'm fine with paying for software, especially one as important as this, but you've got to have some parity in functionality with everything else out of the box. I mean, basic stuff like automatically jumping to the latest unread post, or seeing new posts marked as new. Although apparently it's really well coded in the back end, but that doesn't help me.

Checked SMF after seeing this forum use it. It works well in many respects, but after seeing you have trouble upgrading it, decided against it.

I'm narrowing down on Burning Forum or XenForo both are traditional forums with extensive modern features built in. Burning Forum costs significantly less and has better multilingual support out of the box, but that's because it's originally written in German. However, considering that my game has some interest growing in Poland and Spain, having multilingual forums is a plus.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 07, 2014, 08:52:24 AM
I'm trying to decide whether to get Alien on PC or PS4.

Haven't heard anything about the quality of the PC port.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Twin Peaks Returning on: October 07, 2014, 08:10:45 AM
Will only watch if Francis York Morgan makes a cameo appearance. Tongue

Actually, it's funny but I've seen so much more media derivative from Twin Peaks than I could ever have seen of the show. I think I saw an episode of it while I was a kid, but that was so long ago.

I'll definitely watch the series before this comes out.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 07, 2014, 07:59:42 AM
You can get a gun, but they did a good job of making ammo realistically scarce. As in you find maybe 1 extra bullet over hours of play. You can use the gun to bypass lesser enemies, yes sometimes they shoot back, but it's refreshing to see it's not rapid fire guns everywhere, and you always have less bullets that needed to clear an area.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: October 07, 2014, 01:50:02 AM
To be honest though, shooting a gun is easy to teach. Ease of use is one of the reasons why guns were invented and used. They were nailing head and torso shots against things moving like zombies too. slywink
37  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Favorite forum software? on: October 04, 2014, 05:32:57 AM
That's one I forgot to mention, but keep seeing pop up in all my other searches. Seems pretty robust for a traditional style forum.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: October 04, 2014, 05:11:27 AM
Yeah, I know I'll buy this at some point, however, I'm waiting on reviews to determine when.

I absolutely will not pre-order, no matter how much they offer, or hold back, as DLC.

To be frank, they burned us with DA2, and I even liked DA2.

At this point I've decided that if the game is good and survives post-release reviews, I will buy it, and gladly pay extra for any DLC to reward the devs and publisher for taking the time to make a good game. Otherwise, if they try to pull another DA2, I'm not out any money.

It also helps that I have extra bioware points that were meant for DA2/ME3 DLC, but both let me down by the end.

edit: Another good bit of info. Pre-orders aren't holding a follower hostage anymore. I looked around and it seems that they aren't holding back a character only for pre-orders. Although, there's still unannounced content only for deluxe edition buyers, and that might actually be the follower they hold back from the game.
39  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Favorite forum software? on: October 04, 2014, 01:34:41 AM
So, I'm about at the point in my tabletop miniature game project that I need to setup a forum for it so playtesters can discuss the game as it progresses.

Problem is, which one do I use?

I have some experience handling a forum, and have gotten several phpbb forums up and running, but only at a basic level. Because of that, phpbb is right out the window, I'm done with that piece of outdated code.

What's some good forum software, or actual forums, that you've seen or used?

How do you feel about the newer, cutting edge, style forum software such as discourse, nodebb, and esotalk?

Any preferences between the older or more traditional forum software such as: Simple Machines Forum (this forum), myBB, burning forum, and others?

My main site for the game uses wordpress, so I've also tried bbpress and I'm not happy with that.

Because of the nature of the product, I'm going to need a lot of subforums, or some other method for categorizing and sorting threads. As we all know with these GT forums, too many subforums is the death of actual discussion, which is why Console and PC gaming was combined, but then too many topics in one with no way to sort bogs down an individual forum, which is why mobile was split off.

I was thinking of using fewer subforums, then some system like tags/prefixes on threads so they can be quickly filtered by users.

I'm also not tied to using a php based forum. And I'm definitely willing to pay for software and a developer to customize it. But if there's already good functionality, and some useful themes and plugins, that's good too.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New game from Planetary Annihilation devs: Human Resources on: October 03, 2014, 12:34:49 PM
Another issue is whether this game is going to have the same problem where there might be pretty graphics, but you never see them because there's no reason to play in anything but a super zoomed out view.
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