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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed V: Unity - rumors, early pics on: March 21, 2014, 04:25:26 PM
Depends on how much they update the gameplay.

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.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your daily dose of Zen on: March 21, 2014, 04:03:15 PM
I dunno, landing an SUV sized nuclear powered robot on the surface of Mars was still pretty cool.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 21, 2014, 04:02:00 PM
Dimming isn't perfect, but it still preserves the future positional tracking uses of the controller for later camera integration.

Although I suppose you could have it so that any time the camera wants to find the controller position it sends a signal to turn on the LED.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 20, 2014, 05:17:06 PM
They use the nuke in a few preview videos elsewhere. The problem with it is that, once you call it down, you still have to arm the nuke, then run like hell, which can be hilarious.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 20, 2014, 05:02:17 PM
Good reviews overall, but Infamous has tended to be hit or miss with some reviewers due to the style of it and semi-open world.

Part of the reason why they didn't put too much effort into bystander AI is that you're not going to see too much of it when their either running away from you during a fight, or whizzing by as you move from one location to another.

This will probably change with the next iteration now that they have their tools and dev pipeline going.

Also, there was an interesting sentiment being spread that some reviewers and players have a but too high expectations of "next gen" gameplay, leading to lower scores. It seems to be true with all the current titles. Thing is, while the hardware is certainly capable of more, developers still have budget and time limitations.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 20, 2014, 06:06:54 AM

What was that about animations not being next gen enough?
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed V: Unity - rumors, early pics on: March 20, 2014, 04:40:40 AM
Yeah, the lighting in those shots are definitely what I'd consider alpha dev lighting. No effects, no post processing, probably not even taking into account much in the way of shaders. It's just the most basic lights thrown into a scene so you can see what stuff is in the scene.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 19, 2014, 05:38:53 PM
There is a story reason for blast shards being in the city.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Person of Interest - Season 3 starting on: March 19, 2014, 06:23:49 AM
Anyone still watching?

This last episode was excellent.

Episode discussion:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Starting it out as Root-centric was an excellent touch, then bringing in the usual crew too once you have time to absorb what's happening.

I'm a little sad that Fusco is being sidelined a bit, but it gives us time to get over Carter before he gets to step into her shoes.

The whole arc that Root goes through in the episode is brilliant, and letting Amy Acker act up more than the usual crazy and machine devoted was much needed for the character. You knew she was the cause of that office shooting the moment he mentioned it, but it was still nice to see her really feel it when she talks to Harold.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Linux/Mac/Ps3/Vita] Luftrausers on: March 19, 2014, 03:13:31 AM
I played the heck out of the flash version, definitely in for the update.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: March 19, 2014, 02:51:53 AM

Uses the camera for some tracking, but has full 360 degree tracking even if the camera loses sight of the headset.

The setup they have will still show the game on the normal TV as a single screen and not fisheyed. They mention that this can be used to make gaming asymmetrical, similar to the Wii U pad, where the player with the VR on plays his normal game while another player watching the TV tries to kill him, or something like that.

I haven't read any more deep technical details. For example, as Carmack keeps saying, latency is the most important thing for VR, and I haven't seen anything about the latency yet.

However, much like the occulus, I am actually excited for this thing, even if it's a super novelty item that I'll likely only afford many years from now.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 19, 2014, 12:40:36 AM
You'll be happy to know that shards are back, and there's a lot more interesting ways you have to get them.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360]Metal Gear Solid:Ground Zeroes on: March 19, 2014, 12:14:44 AM
Konami's gaming division must be desperate for relevancy and any kind of numbers this year.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 18, 2014, 04:03:39 AM
Heh, looks like some of you found the ebay sellers, many of which were selling it at near retail.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 16, 2014, 07:55:20 PM
So can we call this the Dark Souls of co-op twin stick shooters?

Very Magicka, since it's from the same guys. The friendly fire makes things much more intense.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 16, 2014, 07:51:56 PM
Which means that my $400 machine runs a game that looks better than your $700-$1500 machine.

Which isn't to put down sleeping dogs, but there's also a lot of subtle differences as well.

The incidental objects in the next gen games are more varied and common. There's more building styles and textures for them. Infamous also has a bigger vertical aspect.

There's less real-time reflections going on the past gen game as well.

In the end, if you're making an open world game set in a city, eventually you're going to get a lot of parallels since there's only so many extra effects you can throw in.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 16, 2014, 07:33:27 AM
I hunt monsters! My schedule is pretty open these days, so if you want to set a date and time to play I should be able to make it.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 15, 2014, 07:27:48 PM
Mostly likely exchange rate issues and the pricing being centered on USD.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 15, 2014, 05:48:55 AM

180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 15, 2014, 04:28:06 AM

(click to enlarge)

A bit of killzone vibe in this one. Apparently these images are a bit compressed due to facebook image compression, since that's the least complicated way of getting screenshots out of the PS4 right now.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 15, 2014, 01:03:35 AM
That screenshot is also downsized for this forum, right click on it and open it in a new tab or window to see it full size.

There's a bunch more being posted around the place. I've been sticking to GAF only because they've been good so far at avoiding spoilers. I can grab a few more to post here, spoiler free, if people want.

The gameplay for infamous is a hybrid of third person shooter combined with superpowers and open world traversal with those superpowers. I always thought the shooting aspect wasn't for everyone, but it looks like they've beefed up with melee aspect even more via the traversal skills. They started doing that in Infamous 2 by giving Cole a melee weapon to extend his reach, in ISS they do the same with the chain around Delsin's arm.

I still have the first 20 minutes video downloaded and stored on my computer, I can upload it somewhere for GTers to peruse at full HD. If anyone wants it, let me know.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 15, 2014, 12:42:45 AM

Actual screenshot taken on the PS4, by someone who got the game early. No BS processing or supersampling. This is new gen gaming.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 13, 2014, 05:25:05 PM
Here's the first ~20 minutes video:

Watch at your own peril. Although I rarely consider the first 20 minutes of anything to be a spoiler since it's supposed setup stuff. What's even more mind boggling is that the actual game will look even better running at 1080p/30FPS since the web compression on those videos makes things look worse.

Also, apparently the Cole's Legacy DLC you get for pre-ordering isn't some tiny thing. Instead it's a set of missions lasting a few hours and takes place a good ways into the game.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 13, 2014, 04:36:05 PM
I watched the starting 20 minutes. Being stuck in my room makes me too bored to resist.

And wow, the game is pretty amazing. Imagine an open world superhero game, but with the production values of Uncharted 2 & 3.

They do a really good job of setting up the villain a bit better too, within those first 20, you'll learn to really hate the villain.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: March 12, 2014, 02:58:49 AM
Actually, that article is incorrect. They already did that back when the first "delay" was announced, so they're still working on finishing the game now, and not redoing things again.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 12, 2014, 02:01:23 AM
I don't like the characterization in some areas, it didn't even make him more relatable to have him be as up front caring as he is portrayed in the game at times.

After end spoilers:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Going to rescue his fence? For what purpose? He's his fence, not lifelong friend. Sure there were other reasons to go to the tower, but it starts with the idea of rescuing the fence.

It's not like I'm asking for the old Garret, but he's a thief through and through. It was hard to reconcile the whole plotline that Garret doesn't care when he went though so much trouble to rescue his fence. I mean the crazy ex girlfriend is one thing.

Also I really missed the whole, stealing from a god final mission, not to mention the keeper angle. But whatever.

Overall, still a good game.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: March 11, 2014, 09:03:02 PM
Double Fine has pretty much settled into a Telltale Games style of doing many mid-tier AA projects at once, instead of banking everything on costly AAA development.

I think how they get away with it is that most of the studio is working on their primary 1-2 projects, while more newly announced stuff is still in preproduction and planning with a smaller team.

It's one of the few ways developers can do AA development nowadays.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 11, 2014, 03:00:41 AM
If you have a local group of friends, or people over often, you need to get Nintendo Land.

Most of the minigames are meh, but Mario Chase, Sweet Day, and Ghost Hunt are designed for the Wii U pad so perfectly they make the whole package worth it.

All my friends, even grown burly men, love these minigames.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a restart. on: March 08, 2014, 12:17:07 AM
As an example of learned skills, my illustration instructor would often cite the wife of a famous artist, I think it was Frazetta. She was a model and body builder. However, once she became involved, picked up an interest in art. Using the same discipline from bodybuilding, drawing every day, studying, etc, became and accomplished artist herself.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: March 07, 2014, 07:02:26 AM
Figured as much.

It may just be that Amy Hennig wanted a change. I mean, she's made a lot of good games there, and she's done plenty of other work. No reason for her to stay if she's feeling a bit of wanderlust.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: March 05, 2014, 05:46:30 AM
Thanks for the heads up, I was already planning to bring it up, but now I'll make it a priority.

I'll see if I can get a better description of what to watch out for so know when to take reglan, and when I can avoid it.

Stomach emptying hasn't been a problem yet and the prescription specifically says I take "as needed." But, I'll see about taking it again tomorrow now that I'm feeling better.

I'm going to slow updates to this thread as recovery slows. Although it seems some still find the info useful.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: March 05, 2014, 12:39:25 AM
Well, day 3 out of the hospital and things are still iffy.

Even though I didn't have many medicines, my pending insurance status is making it incredibly expensive to get them. My insulin pens being top of the list. We found a coupon for it through one of those foundations that drastically lowers the cost, but even that requires some level of medical coverage to use. We're talking around $300 for one prescription worth of one insulin type, and I need two types. The coupon will drop it down to $25, but that's only after insurance pays for a chunk of it.

Thankfully the hospital provided some insulin on the way out. Enough that I can play a bit of the waiting game to see how my insurance application goes, but eventually I'm just going to have to pay out of pocket and see if I can be reimbursed for some of it.

The hospital gave me a blood tester, but it's so new that test strips where you put blood on cost a fortune. Thankfully, we have a costco membership so we got it got quite a bit off, but even then it's looking like it's cheaper to buy a different testing unit with a different kind of strip. The one I have now is normally $150 per box of 50, at costco the cost is reduced to $75. But costco seems to sell a tester for just $14 and advertises the test strips as being affordable, we'll see. On an average day with my current insulin setup, I'll be using 3-4 strips a day, so you can see how that cost would add up. It's like printer ink pricing.

When I finally get to go on a pill, I don't know how much it will cost, but I am hoping my insurance kicks in by then.

Biologically, I'm feeling a little better each day, but it can also be a little random as to what sets off my pancreas. Today has been a good day on this front, a week like this and I could go back to normal.

Everything still hurts a bit, like all the parts in my abdomen got fried a little. Of course, it might also have to do with a bit of dehydration, which I've felt once already. While in the hospital I was pretty much kept on various levels of saline fluids, at one point they were pumping fluids into me at a high rate using a pressure bag on the saline bag.

Then there's the freak outs where I think I'm over or under blood sugar due to the way I feel, only to find it's rock steady as usual when I check.

I've also discovered that one of my medications, reglan, has a side effect of depression, which was hitting me hard the last two days. I don't have to take it, it's only for nausea and stomach issues, which I'm not having, so I've since stopped. However, feeling the effects of that also made me realize that I should seek help for normal depression at some point when this is all over.

Also in the good and bad category, I've lost an obscene amount of weight. I clocked in at the hospital at somewhere around 225-234 pounds (my weight was fluctuating due to illness), I'm now 210 pounds. That's losing weight too quickly, so I need to figure out how to add in more calories into each meal without upsetting my balance. Although I should probably stop skipping breakfast.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a restart. on: March 04, 2014, 10:44:15 PM
Well, you know what I'd say about getting your health issues under concern. I'm younger than you and mine just blew up. If you're overweight, even something as simple in concept as portion control will really, really help.

Also know that most things in life are skills, and skills are learned like anything else. Even something like artistic ability is a learned skill.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Fantastic Four Reboot on: March 04, 2014, 12:29:20 AM
That's odd, I heard the FF rights went back to Marvel as part of a larger deal that nabbed a few other key names.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Fantastic Four Reboot on: March 03, 2014, 09:10:33 PM
This reboot is being done by Marvel itself, and not the same studio that did the previous. So it will be part of the new marvel movie canon. The style of the marvel movies is definitely different.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: March 02, 2014, 09:45:38 PM
That won't be necessary now since I've finally been discharged. I'm staying with my parents and family in the family home, back in my old room no less.

Pancreas problems just seems to fluctuate between more and less pain, nausea, etc. I'm getting pretty tired of it, but know it's a long term recovery on it. I can eat solid foods now but it's just not the same. I would skip a meal each day to help heal, but that's not an option with diabetes.

I've got a surprisingly small number of meds I need, but I'm dreading the overall hospital bill when it arrives. The social worker said she could work some magic along with my medi-cal application since the application process had so many problems. So, Ironrod's rants on insurance and medical costs is pretty applicable.

On the diabetes front, it's manageable, but I can't wait until I start taking pills instead of injections. It'd also be a lot easier if eating to keep my blood sugar up wasn't such a pain, but it's better than being dead. My diabetes doctor seemed really hopeful about me, which is a plus. But, his hands are tied until everything else recovers.

Kidney function seems to be fine now.

And overall, everything kind of hurts a bit due to the transition from the hospital environment and the wear and tear on the rest of my body having a chance to show. I'm definitely weaker than before and will be so for a while. My sleep is wrecked, while the more comfortable bed helps, I'm waking up at odd hours for no reason because that's when they would do tests.

I keep repeating myself, but find a way to see your doctors, or otherwise get fit and stay that way. Imagine how you don't have to think about health aspects right now, then imagine it gone, replaced with a constant worry and a need to do something to keep yourself alive besides eat and drink and enjoying life. They say diabetes is manageable, but it's still a drain on the psyche.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 27, 2014, 12:25:42 AM
Looks like I'll be going on week 2 here, since the doctor came in and said they need to observe my kidney function through the weekend. For some reason, despite handling the initial madness well, they dropped off steeply in function. Doc says that's normal if the kidneys took a hit since the kidneys stop certain functions under stress, and that there's a good chance of those functions coming back, but it takes time to tell.

Then there's the super restrictive internet here, which means I can't even access things like the website for my favorite shows. I feel like I need to get someone to download them online and send them to me on disc. It's a small petty thing, but I need to get my mind off this stuff for a bit during the day. I'm literally sitting around waiting to hear whether I'll need new kidneys or not.

I'm starting to feel the depression set in and have had few people to talk to, so I hope you don't mind if I vent. Spoilered in case you don't want to read me whining.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I've been fighting to get fit since my mid 20s when it started to get out of hand. I can say I actually accomplished getting fit once, but it quickly slipped away. Then in my 30s it just got ridiculous and I can probably pinpoint the weight I got to that started the ball on all this.

There is so much regret in my mind right now. It's just the level of my own stupidity, especially since my fitness issues wrapped around into social issues that held me back there too.

My life would be much better if I had stuck to it and maintained a level of fitness for both mind, body, and social.

And all and all, barring a disaster, I'll likely come out of this just having to take pills and control my lifestyle a bit more stricly than usual, but all that becomes routine and manageable with time. I'll still be able to enjoy everything I enjoyed before. But even then, I'll still have that regret that I still have to take pills, or inject myself. This is still all my fault.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 25, 2014, 04:32:04 PM
I just want you all, even if you just glance over this thread, to go schedule a physical with your doctor, or find a doctor and schedule one if you don't. You can actually call ahead and ask how much it will cost, and even if you don't have insurance, save up and get it done.

A great source of depression and regret I've had while staying in the hospital is that this could have been caught early, and I would have just adapted to the small life changes from early detection a lot more easily than now, or sitting around wondering if my pancreas or kidneys will still give out. And then wondering if my life savings will be wiped out from my stupidity.

Diabetes and pancreatitus does not usually come on this quickly. I can think back over the year and remember small symptoms and signs that should have sent me running to the doctor, and there's all sorts of chemical markers that can be detected even if you don't feel anything out of the ordinary.

Here's the details:
At the point were my friend dragged into the ER.
I could only take short gasping breaths. To do anything, even lift an arm, took an incredible amount of willpower. I'm not sure how I managed to get out of bed and to the front door aftter I called him, but after I got into the car I had to be wheelchaired everywhere.

My blood sugar was 800+. My blood density was so concentrated the doctor made a joke about Lance Armstrong calling to see how I did it.

Pancreatitis is basically the pancreas going crazy and just swelling up and blasting out enzymes that are usually for digesting food. Letting the diabetes get out of control had caused it.

What I'm feeling from it is, sometimes it's just unappetizing to eat, to the point of nausea. You literally don't feel like swallowing. That's not even mentioning the pain and vomiting of bile. It can hit at various points, even in the middle of chewing or swallowing. You might find it taking forever to chew something since your subconsciously don't want to swallow it.

It also swells up, being right in the center of the body and at the bottom of the sternum, so you can feel it when it gets swollen. It can make it hard to get comfortable, or move at times. That also makes it difficult to eat.

When you get pancreatitis, the damage is done, there's no going back. At the same time, I'm lucky that the damage is not that extensive despite the severity of what happened. There's a very real chance that the pancreas can kind of self destruct when it goes crazy, necrotizing and dissolving parts of itself. That didn't happen with me so I have a lot of functionality left, despite it still being touchy.

My pancreas still swells up if I eat. I'm still on a liquid diet, although today it was much better in terms of being interested in eating, there was still that same low level nausea, swelling, and pain I just talked about.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 25, 2014, 01:48:45 AM
I got to the ER last week on Saturday the 15 and have been here since.

After a goofball dinner at some burrito place and feeling very good, I began to feel ill later that night, such as it being hard to breath. I went to bed early, only to wake up gasping for air and so lethargic I could barely lift my arms. Eventually I managed to call a friend to take me to the hospital, a decision that would save my life.

Turns out, I now have diabetes and pancreatitis. The doctor at the ER was quite surprised I was alive, considering that my blood sugar levels were literally off the charts on their portable blood testers. The whole mess also did damage to my pancreas and probably my kidneys.

There were symptoms, some that my few good lifestyle choices would hide, but I was actually waiting to sign up for the new medical insurance stuff rolling out before I would see a doctor. I wish I had just paid cash since I could afford it at the time.

Do not skimp on your physical checkups and other doctor's visits.

Now, if I survive (and there's actually still a tiny chance of organ failure) my life changes will be many, but that actually doesn't phase me at all. Heck, if I survive it's likely I'll have type 2 diabetes, much less severe.

See, I don't know what the costs for this will be in the end, but I've been in the hospital for 10 days now and it looks like I have a few more days yet. I've had a lot of procedures and drugs used on me, taken up beds in the ER, ICU, CCU, and medical wards, and have had many doctors called on my behalf.

I have various options, but all I can think about is the looming demise of my dreams. I'm self employed, burning through savings working on a video game that is very near and dear to my heart, and another project that has just as much sentimentality and is pretty damn close to releasing.

If all this ruins me financially, I just couldn't pursue it anymore, and this would kill me as assuredly as my illness would have.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 14, 2014, 12:18:16 PM
Funny thing about the technical and framerate parity on the XB1 and PS4. Just like how PS3 optimizations actually really helped boost performance on 360, any techniques used to increase performance on the XB1 can be used to increase performance on the PS4. Things like doing serious tiling in the eSRAM to hit those 1080p targets would mean the same tiling system could be implemented on the PS4 for similar results. Admittedly, the eSRAM is actually a bit faster than GDDR5 (or am I wrong about this) so such techniques might work better on XB1, but overall helps both since the PS4 would benefit from having some memory freed up.

Otherwise, I still think performance will improve greatly on both systems, such that we won't be talking about these comparisons in a serious way until the final years of this console gen when games that pushing the boundaries again.
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