8 years ago I was saying that the PS3 would be fine despite sales numbers being behind by a significant margin. The same people who laughed at the concept then are the ones making the same arguments now for the XB1.
And overall I agree with them, while still acknowledging that the PS4 leads, and the XB1 has a lot of catching up to do. Sales numbers can be taken at face value if they're the right numbes. But what you can't do is think that those numbers are permanent. However, we know for sure that MS and the XB1 is currently losing the war for 3rd party multiplatforms. The biggest reason for the 360's dominance, and the reason why the PS4 is doing so well despite not having too many big exclusives this year is that people are buying those big name 3rd party multiplatform games on the PS4. The real fight is to get those sales back on the XB1.
This will just force MS to focus on the games, a concept they lost sight of in the waning days of the 360. For all we know, this Quantum Break could be their uncharted, and they already have a solid shooter lineup.
We've seen the benefits from this competition already, in the features being announced or released in the early console firmware updates.
The Spiderman movie franchise is owned by Sony pictures, who approves any licensing too. But honestly it may just be technical problems combined with rushed development to meet the film's release deadline.
But, unless they pull off another Batman: Arkham Asylum, I'm not interested.
So, the acting is definitely better now that everyone is at each other's throats and allowed to be unprofessional.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Well, I guess that puts the kabosh on Hand surviving that. It's too bad, I was starting to really like that character, and there's kind of a lack of stronger female characters in the show. Well, at least in command positions.
Let's hope Raina turns good and steps up.
Also yay for diversity! A black man on the team, sadly not enough time for him to develop as a character and I'm not ever sure he'll survive when or if Ward returns.
With so much happening, I'm kind of sad that the next Marvel movie won't really touch on the conflicts on Earth that much. Thankfully the series is picking up, and has enough clout behind it to keep it airing despite the ratings. Still, I want to see how those other well known characters are taking it.
-You'll go beyond earth as the title implies, making it more like Alpha Centauri. - Out this Autumn - You start on an alien world - There are three types of worlds: Lush, Airy and Fungal - You'll still be building cities like in CIv V but to expand to other planets you'll use outposts. - You can be the first to explore a new planet and you may find some neutral creatures/races on those worlds. You can either destroy them or leave them be. - Relics are still in. - You can win the game by returning to earth. To do that you'll need to put a satellite in orbit around the earth and you can either return to earth to win or you can bring the refugees of earth to your home world. - You can use diplomacy with other players right from the start. - Fog of War is still present - There are now orbital units that you can command like satellites.
So, any thoughts?
I'm all for it, I really miss Alpha Centauri and this looks to be that and more.
I kind of hope they do more with combat, or at least revisit the concept of unit stacking in a limited and tactical way. Civ 4 could get a little out of hand with armies of units trying to move about.
So I just reformatted my computer and I'm looking to keep things a bit more organized this time, and help deal with some issues I ran into using my 3D software. I use this as both my primary work computer, and gaming computer (sadly, not seeing as much use as that lately).
My current setup is: SSD1 as C: with OS and most programs, including all my work HD1 as D: my generic storage drive, including my Google Drive HD2 as E: my large storage, things like uncompressed video frames, rendering output, etc. Also includes my DropBox folder SSD2 as G: for games and other things I want to load fast, but aren't important
First thing I need is what SSD tweaks to use? I had a list and this software from TheAtomicKid last time I built a new PC, but I've forgotten everything and can't find the thread.
Second, I want to move all the "Library" type folders that Windows 7 uses onto my D drive, and do so in such a way that bypasses any poor programming in software. I have a lot of weird software that, even after moving Documents folder over to the D: drive by using the Library properties on Documents and adding/removing folders, they'll still try to use the folder on C: under Users.
Other situations, such as when syncing 3D project folders between my home and laptop PCs, it leads to incorrect file paths since my laptop only has a C drive.
I read something about using a linking console command? I think it was "mdlink /j" or something? I'm very sure I want all documents to be on the D drive.
Also, those of us who have already played the game can try it with the new difficulty setting they plan to release for the PS3 version, no doubt it'll be in the PS4 version.
I really hope the new difficulty ups the intelligence of the human AI. I hated how you could create kill rooms really easy as enemies just mosey into a room one at a time to be killed. I'd love to see more varied situations where enemies will just recognize you're holed up somewhere, and just wait you out while taunting you, or charging in with multiple people after throwing a grenade.
And I wonder if they'll add back in the female hunters as enemies since one of the reasons they were removed from the PS3 version was memory limitations as opposed to concerns about violence.
Apparently, pre-loading is also coming to PS4 in an upcoming firmware update. Considering the size that this thing will be, since ND games tend to use a lot of unique assets, pre-loading is going to be a necessity instead of a convenience.
So, we see flower dress girl interacting with Wade in the next episode. I gotta wonder what's her stance going to be now. She probably won't know that the clairvoyant doesn't exist unless someone tells her. I wonder if she'll find out and if she'll be just another casualty in the fallout from these events.
As for ratings, yeah it's sad. I think a lot of the earlier plot problems could have been smoothed over if they had just get the actors act out from the start. They knew about these sweeping story changes from the very start of the series, so why not throw in a bit more turmoil into the team from the start?
It's the same problem with having Jedi as the leads in star wars, they are presented as calm llamas in terms of character acting. So, much like Lucas overdoing that aspect in the SW movies, the director for Agents, overdid the professional agent shtick way too much in the early episodes.
And yeah, Disney and ABC will probably let it run. Marvel is still a hot property and first season scifi has always had problems getting it's audience. I wouldn't be surprised if they really push to get a major character from the movies into the show though.
Just in the first few moments, you can tell that the director that's been holding the show back has finally let the actors cut loose and act. It's like going from George Lucas level quashing of acting talent to something closer to an actual Whedon show.
Let's just hope that the more dire situation they're in leads to a lot more cutting loose like this.
Still have only seen the first few moments of the episode. I saw a late Sunday showing of Winter Soldier just so I could watch AoS.
Quote from: th'FOOL on April 08, 2014, 03:25:27 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
my money is on Ward being a Hydra agent. Certainly one of the team is going to be, and given his odd shooting of the 'clairvoyant' last episode that would go a long way towards explaining it
Spoiler for Hiden:
And right you are! Geez, the fallout from this is huge over the over Marvel movie and TV continuity. So many good characters being killed off. I mean, I was just starting to like that director woman.
Now sure how Ward is going to fit in to the show from now on, seems he's going to show what's Hydra's doing. That said, it could all still be some crazy ploy by Hand to get an agent inside Hydra, dummy bullets and all that.
It also sounds like they're positioning Agents of SHIELD to basically be the force that rebuilds SHIELD, which will be nice, hopefully they can weave those efforts into the overarching story in the movies.
I was also surprised just how much they spoiled from Captain America The Winter Soldier by the end. Although I suppose anyone still watching the show is likely a fan enough to see the movie opening weekend.
Shield will be back, I'm sure of it. They'll go underground, clean house, and maintain a much lower profile, but shield will be around. I think that process will take place a lot during the TV show, and across multiple movies.
I'm really going to miss agent Sitwell. So weird that he was part of Hydra. I was hoping that he was playing a double agent and was the one who first leaked the info to Fury, sadly no. It's almost like losing Coulson.
I suspect some Avengers might have smaller roles in 2, just due to the nature of the story. But frankly, if there's anyone I trust to manage an ensemble cast that large, it's Joss Whedon. Not because I'm some superfan of his, but rather that he's proven himself very capable of directing shows with large ensemble casts.
Movie scifi writers really need to update their tropes. We know now that we use all of our brain, although most of the time it's all just doing low level filtering and cognition/reality testing. Even that other 90% of cells we thought we didn't use is probably what's responsible for us being, well, us.
So I guess we all should have TK.
Someone needs to be more creative and create some other reason for TK. I'm pretty tired of that trope, and the more creative you get, the more interesting things you can add to the idea.
And, it'll take a long time for the crap to trickle down from this to cause a furor.
That and people are now recognizing that it's no longer the 1%, and never was, it's now the 0.01% that have many more times more wealth than expected. The kind of wealth where you can buy even a SCOTUS judge, and some of them have almost said outright it's happened.
Anyone know which party's judges went in favor of this?
Not sure who else is still watching, but is it me or has the show finally hit its stride for the past 3 episodes or so?
To me it has, and even the directing had gotten better, with snappier cuts and dialog, well only a bit more.
I fully understand why many people stopped watching, and are skeptical though, it's been a slog. However, things are ramping up, and I guess the whole Captain America movie coming out this week forced an upping of the stakes.
I wonder if the TV cast will make cameos in the movie.
I liked the DLC overall, but I also had a lot of major issues with the story and it's conclusion.
I wrote this up over on OO, but here it is again:
Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't like Elizabeth dying at the end, only because it's just pointless and cyclic. And I feel like it's Levine's last FU to 2K, Irrational, and his fans when he decided to go that route. Sure, there was that whole family cyclic thing going on, but it's handled with the poor level that the Wachowski Bros are known for. It's like he just didn't want the characters reused for sequels after he left, then just dismantled the studio just to be sure.
I really dislike how the end focused too much on Bioshock 1's main character, and didn't include anything between Booker and Liz.
That said, they did do a lot of nice filling in of small plot elements. They even made Daisy a more relatable character instead of just another crazy, murder everyone that gets in her way leader. Some people didn't like how it retcons her character, but I like how it added depth to the character that I thought was banal in the base game.
I'm doing not too bad, but not good unfortunately.
First, it's great to hear that you've taken steps to improve your health. If you need more motivation, just remember it's not just your health, but your psyche and your finances that could be impacted by this. Like rittchard said, I can't just go out and enjoy some things, not just even food and drink, but activities without worrying about carb intake and insulin.
I've typed out a wall of text rundown, includes more than just my health, but all of it is still a kind of fallout from my hospitalization:
Physically, all my numbers are a little bad, many are under or over their limits, most not by large amounts, but some are. It's only been a month and I've had 10 years of bad behavior to undue, so while I worry, I'm not freaking out. This includes the numbers for kidneys, pancreas, cholesterol, overall blood sugar over time, and I'm even anemic now which they're looking in to. I've got all sorts of new things to watch out for in my diet, where one problem wants me to eat less meat, the other says to eat less carbs. At this point if I followed them all perfectly I'd be eating nothing but veggies, which isn't going to happen. I still feel stronger, which is why the numbers surprised me.
Financially, I was approved for medi-cal, which is California's low/no income health care. It seems like they're covering all my hospital bills, which I'm not too guilty about since I've been paying state taxes for a long time and sometimes large amounts before my financial collapse.
However, medi-cal is also being very strange. Two weeks after I get a call that says I'm approved and that the main hospital bills are covered, I get a letter saying my medi-cal was not approved and is cancelled. Then, while at the clinic I have them check my card for my status and it says I do have medi-cal, but that I'm on yellow status which means it could go either way. My case worker won't return any calls, but it seems like he's doing what he can since I keep getting rejection letters for various other forms of subsidized health care, but I can't talk to him to figure out how to get my status on more solid ground. The latest I hear is my case worker/contacts is now the "SSA" which I'm assuming is a social security administration or something. I do know that all my clinic visits, labs, and medications are still being covered, so should be fine.
Worse, the recent turmoil in the stock markets has pretty much wiped half of my already small savings away. Even this recent rally at the end of this week brought back nothing. I've had to move back in with my obsessive compulsive, passive aggressive Asian mother in the family home, alongside my autistic aunt, and my delirious grandfather. But, I guess this takes care of one issue with my medi-cal, where they said I had too much property in my name. Well, that's not true anymore.
Which leads me to mentally, I'm mostly okay. I control what and how much I eat pretty well, although the new restrictions have me a little worried. I always allow myself one splurge a week, although sometimes it's not even a splurge. For example, I had a full scoop of really good ice cream at a local fancy shop after dinner last week. I could do so because I had a small dinner with no carbs in it, and I just walked long distance afterwards to burn off any extra carbs. It wasn't even a blip on my blood sugar readings.
I also look great, and not in an unhealthy, just out of the hospital skinny/sickly, kind of way. I have a jawline and the beginnings of defined cheekbones. I've been controlling my eating so much, and walking every day, that I've maintained a safe weight loss level every week. If it weren't for now living with parents, still being pretty sick, and almost broke, I'd have started dating again.
I'm moving my important things back home this weekend, including my primary computer, which will finally let me get back to working on my projects again. I even tentatively lined up some paying contract sculpting work using the work from my projects in my portfolio. I'll be doubling down on that same work and my usual projects to get some extra portfolio pieces that I can, hopefully, use to land an industry job and get some decent medical insurance, as well as enough to move out again and restart my life. I've had to shelve the tabletop miniatures game project i think I previewed here a while back, but with some of the contacts I've made now, when my life is stable enough I'll be able to get the miniatures game out a lot more quickly and smoothly than I ever could before.
Focusing on the work is a relief since I love doing it, and it's also part of a goal to get me out of this house again before my family drives me crazy. The problem with working on my own private projects with others, is that I can't show much of the work to employers. So I'm focusing on new stuff not project related so I'll have a professional level portfolio, hopefully, in 6 months or less.
The latest blood results worry and scare me, but it's only 1 month out and I think if I stick to the controlled plan, exercise a bit more to replace some lost muscle mass. I'll manage all this like I manage my eating. I'll adapt.
Just wanted to see if anyone else has this issue with modern electronics.
I'm somewhat sensitive to light when trying to sleep. Unfortunately, so many electronics these days have tiny LEDs that seem normal during the day, but are almost flashlights in the dark of late night. This is especially true of those horrific blue LEDs.
So, I've taken to shutting things off completely, or for the things that I can't/won't shut off I apply some black tape to the light and the problem is solved. This has helped my sleep immensely since I started doing this.
If you read, he's already gotten a position at Riot Games, which means this is less of a leaving in anger, and more just moving on to do new things now that his contract was expiring and he had another job lined up.
The guy has been at Naughty Dog for many, many years. He was lead on the multiplayer for Uncharted 2, and directed Uncharted 3, the game that many consider a seriously flawed Uncharted game. That's 4-7 years at one studio, and arguably I don't like the way he let the encounter designers run rampant in Uncharted 3, so maybe they'll get a bit more reserved director this time. Meanwhile his style would work better for Riot where the game is more frenetically paced.
At a successful AAA studio like Naughty Dog, there's no shortage of AAA talent that can step up and fill his shoes.
So the closed beta is underway, and I'm considering going all in for the $100 founder's pack.
Because I want to get a head start on the Player Studio (player created and sold content). I have a couple friends who have been pretty successful augmenting their income with similar setups for DOTA2, TF2, Planetside 2, and now EQN.
It just helps that this looks fun, and I know it's going to be a pretty big game. And the bonus items will help ease some of the tedium of resource collecting and management.
I'd also be getting 4 closed beta keys for anyone to use, although I think only 1 or 2 would be available after I give them to interested friends.
You owe it to yourself to try the MP, although by now there's a lot of experienced players in it.
The key with the MP is that, assuming your team isn't made of idiots, it's actually really tactically paced. People have described it as the next SOCOM, but with fewer automatic weapons. And there's a ton of ways built into the game that make teamwork the name of the game.
And I will double dip for the PS4 version, especially to get in more time with the multiplayer at full 1080p and solid framerate.
Infamous Second Son looks amazing, TLOU on PS4 should look comparable since devs tend to create assets at a little higher resolution.
This will also put my opinions to the test of whether ND games' problems with shooter controls is really an issue with input lag and framerate.
Naughty Dog is also one of the primary technology lead studios for Sony, this means the porting techniques and methods they use for TLOU PS4 could spread to other developers or teams, leading to double HD versions of more PS3 games.
Do movies have review embargoes? Because early reviews can still just be flawed.
That said, all impressions seem to be positive overall, and I've been astonished at how Marvel has generally kept their movies at a certain level of quality. Well, perhaps the Iron Man sequels had issues, but Thor 2 was a very good fun movie.
Keep in mind, Notch is not some amazing brain. Everything he's made except Minecraft is kind of a flop or never released. Likewise, Minecraft has just been languishing, and that was based on already established work. He deserves his success, but I'm not surprised by this level of kneejerk reaction.
Funny thing is that, eventually, there will be an open VR standard and we'll see minecraft being used with the occulus anyway.
Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 22, 2014, 03:40:45 PM
I'm actually finding it surprising that everyone is praising the story and acting so much. While I agree that the mix is really good and the performances are fine, the opening sequence reminded me that as much as I loved the first two games, it wasn't for the story. I'm finding Deslin to be fairly annoying (though Cole was too, at times), and it's not just his name.
Delsin grows on you over time, depending on which karma route you take. But you still have to realize the character is just kind of a punk at times. He does mature as you get later into the game. Reggie and Bettie are great supporting cast for him though. And the acting is good, it's just that for some they might not like the character. But remember, that's the same actor that played Joel in The Last of Us.
As for the DS4 stuff. The reason for simple actions being touchpad presses and swipes is that they didn't want to double up on buttons elsewhere. The spray painting stuff can be annoying for some, and I was surprised that it wasn't annoying for me, but that's only because the DS4's sensors are a far cry from the inaccurate sensors of the DS3. I think the level of precision is key, and if you really think back to the DS3 gak they had us do it was pretty inaccurate and janky.
I've got my good karma mill really going with smoke. Some of the upgrade powers really help.
I do like how the grenades in ISS are no longer just extra damage from the start, especially since you already have so many straight damage dealing powers. Instead, the grenades early on have extra functions, like the smoke power's grenade is a sulfur bomb that stuns enemies.
In past infamous games, the grenades required high level upgrades to do anything besides damage.
There's going to be a lot of intrigue in the area, which means more direct Assassin vs. Templar stuff compared to AC4. If they play their cards right, they could revitalize the story that they've almost abandoned at this point.
What I do hope is that they do more with doing assassin-y stuff while on the ground. I mean have more interesting options and abilities while on the ground, not overcomplicated ground missions.