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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 04:15:35 AM
LBP3 I don't care if it's not MM making it, or that it may be just a copy. Thanksgiving and Christmas are on the way, and I have 4 controllers ready for it and all my little cousins.

But for me, Dragon Age Inquisition.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 13, 2014, 05:14:47 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 13, 2014, 12:11:05 AM

I don't find this to be the case at all using an iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard. I use Pages, Omni Outliner, Evernote, and OneNote quite a bit and have no issues. All use their own file systems that works across devices which makes file management easy (although icloud is still buggy, Apple needs to slow down on updates and get their shit together). With handoff I can literally be working at my Mac, pick up my iPad and hit a button and start right where I left off.

I can type away easily enough writing papers, but I would agree cut and pasting is a hassle, I wouldn't want to do any heavy editing. With a keyboard I can easily take notes from a text book by just putting the keyboard on top of the book and not even looking at my iPad that is sitting next to me. Far easier than a bulky laptop.

I only find a laptop superior if I have to do a lot if editing or I need multiple windows open as reference. If Windows 10 can finally nail down the tablet/laptop interface, it could be near near perfect for this kind of stuff.

I can see general writing to be fine, such as essays and reports. But I need to do a lot of layout, things involving headers and types, and selecting text. It's a nightmare.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 13, 2014, 04:47:44 PM
Same, however what pushed me over the edge was a deal at GMG.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 06:58:16 AM
All of my more successful friends tell me this. Don't wait for inspiration and motivation to strike, for they are fickle. Push through the feeling that you have to be super inspired and motivated to work there and then.

Part of the reason why you're asking if you should try before you're published is that you probably don't feel like you are inspired or super motivated like they show in movies and TV, or when you read biographies of people who have done amazing things. Some desire is there, but you don't think you have enough of what it takes to do anything with it.

Gaming is a huge distraction if you let it. Sad part is that you do have to set that aside, not entirely, but while starting out and forcing yourself through the lack of inspiration or motivation. I deliberately went months without games or TV a few years back to get some things done. Now I'm probably going to do the same after burning through just DAI as my only game then nothing for probably the next 6 months.
45  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What's a good chair? on: November 13, 2014, 01:37:47 AM
I have the same chair as Punisher, it's a good chair, although the adjustments are different than most cheap office chairs. My only complaint is that the arm rests are too low for me at their highest setting, but I'm decently large (6'1) with a long torso.

You should get a warranty on it though. I just had a scare that my chair's back wasn't holding up, turns out it's normal to have to tighten a bolt on the underside once a year (whereas most cheap chairs would just fall apart by then).
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 12, 2014, 11:56:29 PM
Most likely, we'll see those reviews with ending criticisms in there after the game comes out and the embargo ends.

I think we'll see reviews go down to the high 70s at the lowest. Tom Chick will of course look at everyone else's scores before setting his score meter to 180 degrees from that. Tongue

I think I'm slightly more tolerant of an iffy ending with DAI than with ME3.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 12, 2014, 11:54:38 PM
I've gotten good use out of my tablet as an on the go web and email device. No need to lug a laptop around on the go.

Trying to work on a tablet, like writing large documents is a lie, none of the interfaces work well for it, and using your finger to pudge around to put the cursor at the correct spot to make corrections is a nightmare. That's even after getting a bluetooth keyboard, and even if I had a bluetooth mouse, the office apps just are that sophisticated on it, and transferring files is still a bit messy.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 12, 2014, 11:45:53 PM
A small fantasy novella worth in late high school. Many short stories in college, some actually decent poetry too.

Now, on top of making 3D models, I'm writing the entire fiction background for a science fiction game, as well as the plot for an urban fantasy side project.

The question is not whether you will get published. The question is, can you imagine yourself ever not trying to do this thing that you clearly want to do so much that you're willing to ask strangers on the internet?

Because when I had to ask that question, I already knew the answer, so I started my own gaming company.

I still work freelance, and I'll probably have to get a part time job to fund the final push. But I can't ever imagine myself not having taken this risk. I've invested a lot of time and money into the project, and there's still a risk that I will never see any of it back, but every day I see it coming closer to being both my hobby, and my business.

Writing is a skill that is learnt, but for many, part of the skill some people need to learn is what is good writing, and what is bad. You grasp that your work might be bad. The resources are already out there for you to learn what's good. In this day and age, where the internet learning resources are so wide and varied, many of which are free, it's up to you to find them and make use of them. You have everything to gain, and nothing except time to lose.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 12, 2014, 09:12:54 PM
Origin is fine. It has almost all the features of Steam, and even some better features, like a return policy.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: November 11, 2014, 12:09:01 AM
Hmm...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was a bit sad that they didn't play the 4 beats music, or at least kept it understated to where I didn't notice it.

*tap tap tap tap*
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 09:34:53 AM
After Shadow of Mordor, I think I'll wait to see if Ubisoft truly delivered with their try at making the gameplay more dynamic and interesting in AC, otherwise it's easy to skip.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: November 10, 2014, 04:33:42 AM
So, what do people think of the season finale?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Ended on a really strange and down note. Although I suppose that's because they know they'll have the christmas special to do something, I mean, what with the final scene.

And boy was it weird to see the callback to the unit days in this version of the Doctor.

Also, anyone super sad that the glasses girl with asthma died?

The big one, The Master is dead. Again. Although, if they somehow keep her dead, it's not a bad way to end that character. Winning against the doctor in some twisted way, even with a strangely low body count.

And there's a good guy cyberman still running out there, along with a crazy self-hating Dalek.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 07, 2014, 10:13:03 PM
Only problem is that many others have tried and failed at this. The blizzard name could carry it, it has for a lot of things. But games like Monday Night Combat have shown issues with translating MOBA to FPS.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: November 05, 2014, 05:36:48 AM
Honestly though, it seems to me that:
Spoiler for Hiden:
The Cybermen and Master had actually come up with the perfect peaceful solution to upgrading everyone eventually. I mean think about it, your consciousness lives on in a data matrix after your physical death, and the cybermen get your physical body. If it weren't for the cybermen always trying to cyberize everyone unwillingly, I'd have no problem with that setup. A win win situation.

And yeah, I also want to see the return of Donna Noble, although I would love to see the original actress back for a short time, they could just as easily have a new actress with Donna turning into a full time lord, then regenerating. Call her, The Noble. Or perhaps, The Best Buddy, because I always liked how Donna as the companion was a purely platonic friendship, which is what this new doctor needs.

Really though, they could have a cool story element where Donna turns out to be one of the first time lords.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: November 03, 2014, 12:20:51 AM
I see this as a great game to keep around for irregular play, especially at the rare lanparties my friends still throw. Better than left 4 dead for the task since there's 1 more player and it's versus.

Unfortunately, that also means keeping around extra copies for such occasions, and it's hard to convince people to pickup a game without single player content.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prey 2 on: November 01, 2014, 12:01:39 AM
What a waste of money making that great trailer.

I could imagine this coming back, but with a Shadow of Mordor style nemesis system.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 30, 2014, 09:09:21 AM
They do have to setup a bunch of silly moments where he could have just punched out the villain in an instant instead of having a stare down. This latest episode had tons of those moments, not just between the Flash and Cap Cold, but between cops and the guy with an ice gun who has no other protection other than cool glasses.

Of course, that's kind of what you have to do since besides Superman, The Flash is probably the other most powerful superhero out there. I think they should have written in some other protection for cap cold.

Likewise, they really could have ended that episode better. But, whatever, it's silly and stupid fun, and the show is enjoyable.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 30, 2014, 08:54:42 AM
At this point, I've learned to love a character despite the actors. A character is something built by not just the actor, but writers, directors, and showrunners.

Also, another funny thing is that youtubers are the worst offenders of all the things gamergaters get mad about. Where's the outrage and boycotting there?

It's not, because if they targeted those people, they would lose any and all support, despite youtubers basically being all paid to promote games.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Tomorrow Children on: October 30, 2014, 08:28:22 AM
Video made private. But that's a pretty cool idea.

Looks like there's another wave of minecraft inspired games coming.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: October 30, 2014, 08:06:58 AM
It should, it's basically the same website.

It's also absolutely not loading save games, it might pull a tiny bit of data from achievements, but you have to enter everything in manually.

While there's a bunch of stuff already, I'm not sure what stuff is still planned to go in, and what's going to stay out by the time Inquisition releases.

They don't have much stuff from the origin stories, actually, they only have one thing from the dwarven origin story. I'd have liked to see some stuff from the Human Noble, Dalish or City Elf origins. Likewise, there's some weirdly minor or specific choices in there seemingly at random.

I suppose they have to trim down at some point, and this is a good a time as any. There's a few things where they've said they'll add post launch, so I suspect Keep will be a long term project, and that they're busy getting it ready for Inquisition data now that they have their bases covered with DAO and DA2.
61  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: GeForce DSR Tech - Play games at higher resolutions than normally can on: October 25, 2014, 05:41:00 AM
It's just super sampling, a form of anti-aliasing where the game is literally rendered at a higher resolution, then reduced to the monitor's resolution before being displayed.

DSR probably has some fancy tricks to speed up the process, but the same tech is also on AMD cards.

That said, it always looks great. Just one look at marketing screenshots of any recent games shows how much it can improve the look of a game, almost all marketing screenshots are rendered at an extremely high resolution, then downscaled to normal resolutions, the result is smoother lighter, almost zero jaggies, etc.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: October 24, 2014, 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.
63  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.
64  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.
65  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.
66  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
67  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.
68  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.
69  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.
70  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.
71  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.
72  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
73  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
74  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.
75  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.
76  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.
77  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.
78  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.
79  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.
80  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.
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