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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 06, 2015, 11:08:02 PM
Gone are the days where companies switch to a whole new engine out of nowhere. These days, engines have been written in such a way that they can be replaced part by part. These HD/Definitive remakes are basically engine test beds where they upgrade only what's necessary and work from there.

However, the biggest reason why they hadn't changed the engine much for the last 8 years was that the console spec didn't change, thus anything they added would not be usable for at least half, if not more, of their market.

Another issue is all the tools they have to work with the engine, an entirely new engine means developing an entirely new tool set to work with it, that's basically developing a complex new app suite on top of developing the game.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 06, 2015, 07:52:28 AM
I didn't think you were bashing the PS4, I just noticed you actually did use the term, "Shit." slywink I'm an indie developer, so are a few friends. So I took a little personal offense to that. But no harm done. I understand you love all games, but while I haven't experienced it, because I haven't released, I have some friends who are a bit frustrated by the expectation of AAA everything from others.

Honestly however, the PS4 is a little behind, but not by much. The fact of the matter is, it's all about the third party right now, and games already take forever and a half to make, those AAA games you see today can't be made by a single studio anymore. They're all now made by bunches of studios under a publisher, that means the output of everyone as a whole is much less.

Both MS and Sony have had to restructure their development to meet this new kind of AAA development, whereas third parties were already doing it.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 05, 2015, 05:11:07 PM
You know, I do have respect for people who prefer AAA titles and only want to play that for their money.

However, when you call things shit without trying them when I think that's a very narrow minded opinion. A lot of what people call Indie are actually AAA or AA developers making smaller games at more reasonable budgets, or are doing stories or gameplay that the usual publishers won't bother with.

If you have a problem with it showing up elsewhere, then just buy it on PC and spend money on your PC first, it really is that simple.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 04, 2015, 11:22:36 PM
They did transition from Gamebryo, they're using one called the Creation engine, it probably still has some bits from gamebryo, but how much can you replace in something before it becomes an entirely new thing?

It's actually been a long time since they used gamebryo whole, not even Skyrim used it.

More info here:
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 04, 2015, 05:54:59 AM
F4 looks like a game that's way, way over what the old generation of consoles could handle. The key is, it's put into wide area looks and gameplay, rather than flashy effects and up close corridors. In person, moving, you'll definitely see the difference from last gen. Also someone should put up that side by side comparison pic again.

Another important thing is that it controls and reacts like a shooter, even GTA 5 had lots of input lag requiring a lock on aiming system. Even FO3 needed VATS to work. In FO4, VATS is a nice feature, rather than a necessity.

I looked at some of the released and leaked videos and it all looks good. As mentioned already, the gunplay looks like a solid FPS, so much so that I'm sure there will be people concerned about whether it's an RPG. There will probably be complaints like the transition from ME1 to ME2 especially considering the percentage based skills are gone. I'm not concerned though, and I'm optimistic. The fact is the shooting was terrible before, and VATS is still around.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: November 02, 2015, 09:53:44 PM
I think part of the reason why it was so obvious is that the consoles these games were made on had so little processing left that they couldn't do some of the checks to find safer paths. I don't think this will be as much of a problem in the future. It's also why Lara never travels with anyone in the TR games, it's incredibly complex. I err on the side of wanting an NPC nearby at all times to provide more opportunities for conversation, despite also noticing the same problem as you.

Oh and before anyone thinks I hate TR. I bought and played all the way through it and enjoyed it. But I also saw a lot of flaws that would be improved on later, just like the original Uncharted had.

Looking forward to seeing your impressions of U3 if you're up for it, I think that actually does have elements closer to TR. And with the tone of U4's trailers, makes me think they'll have a better mix of tones in it.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: November 02, 2015, 09:07:33 PM
Yeah, it's a genre that feeds on itself, to a positive net effect.

Lara is probably a better character than Drake at this point, however they did a lot simplistic and iffy if not skeezy stuff to get people to empathize. However, the supporting cast around Lara is dull as dirt. Her older male mentor, for example, somehow tops Sully in terms of how much of a stereotypical trope he is, constantly spouting how Lara is going to be fine because she's a Croft. There's a female damsel, a geek that does nothing, about the only one interesting is the larger guy some Samoa or something. Meanwhile, Chloe, Elena, Sully do more and are involved more with the story.

They start doing more with Drake in U3, despite that game's other issues. That leads into U4, which I think a lot of that hullabaloo turnover in Naughty Dog was in part due to them trying to make Drake take things a bit more seriously.

TR also does a way better job of hiding the chest high walls, but they're still there.

As for the sneaky AI issue in TLoU, it's important to note that without Ellie being able to move and sneak freely, the game would easily turn into either the worst stealth escort mission ever, or a different game where you constantly have to drag her around to safe spots, or just hide her in a dumpster until you kill everyone like in RE4. The way it's actually implemented, Ellie just keeps up with you if you're sneaking and if you bypass a bunch of enemies. I do think they only thing they should change was to make it clearer up front, including making it so that if you're spotted, the NPCs with you will tell you that the enemy saw you, intsead of letting so many people assume that the enemy had spotted the NPCs even though that's impossible.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: October 28, 2015, 05:23:25 AM
Yeah, I think it's pretty cool they're bringing in some fun supernatural effects into the MP, they'll probably have modes without it, but there's some cools nods to the rest of the series in there.

Uncharted and TLoU MP are the best MP modes I've played in a long while. I can't remember having as much interesting online fun since the first two Spies vs. Mercs modes for Splinter Cell. Sure there's other bigger and more popular modes, but these had something extra. And I think the only reason why Uncharted and TLoU's multiplayer modes didn't become even more popular was the non MP focused PS3 platform.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 27, 2015, 06:34:38 AM
So much slow motion with the flash moving around normally. Unfortunately, that's not what I want to see of the Flash, it's actually an effect the comics have been using for Reverse Flash instead.

In the comics, I think the cold gun also generates a cold field that slows down the Flash, beyond just freezing him, although there was also a storyline where he did turn into a metahuman. There was also a big story where he did turn into a good guy for a long while.

Anyone else hoping this new Harrison Wells isn't the obviously evil guy they're hinting he is? I suspect it's the real Wells, not Thond.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life is Strange - final episode on Oct 20 on: October 22, 2015, 09:20:45 PM
The girlfriend part is new so not really. She's more of a geek than I am, but hasn't touched a lot of dedicated serious games due to so few of them being interesting to her. In this case, she knew she wanted to go through it at some point but our schedules just weren't lining up.

I mainly watch lets plays after finishing the game or during it, just to see other perspectives. In particular I've been watching stuff from the Geek Remix channel, two girls from weird backgrounds, so it's better than if it was just one person yapping away and they often discuss serious issues around the themes of the game alongside the usual fangirl stuff. I already get a lot of the guy perspective from local friends, which isn't bad since i have a lot of progressive friends, but it's different.

The mainly do lets plays for stuff with a lot of choice, mainly because I don't have the time to replay a game, so if I want to experience it again, I'd rather experience it with some other commentary. The let's players I watch often choose differently than I would.

For Life is Strange, considering the two main characters were female, their commentary was very interesting and went into things like their own messed up experiences similar to what was going on in the game. One of the girls apparently has a personality and style very much like Chloe.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on: October 22, 2015, 08:52:08 PM
Any of these previews mention Sarif and what he's up to? I know they were basically combining a bit of all 4 button endings from the original. I'm just wondering where Adam is getting his augmentations from. Last time he was basically a walking Sarif ad, which is how he avoided a lot of the red tape on his augs. Now I guess he's partly working for the government.

Wouldn't be surprised if Sarif was still around, just now working closer with the government.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 21, 2015, 03:38:40 AM
And play on easy if you aren't already. Even this it gets annoying, but it's far less so. Not sure if they added in Very Easy for U1, but if it's there use that.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: October 21, 2015, 03:37:22 AM
Considering that Let's Players will do the same thing anyway, this lets them control the narrative a bit more early on.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 20, 2015, 07:58:08 AM
Just think of Uncharted 1 as awkward setup of a studio just getting its feet wet with a new style of game they helped create and that everyone emulates now. It was great for its time, but even then it was still very much awkward.

What you're experiencing now is similar to going back to a lot of classics that you haven't actually played yet. You get to see where so many aspects of today's cinematic games originate, but you don't get the "Wow!" factor that comes from experiencing it for the first time, especially since so many games have used Uncharted as a template. Imagine this is back only a few years out from the PS3 launch.

You're also seeing some really failed gameplay experiments in those jetski segments.

There's more twists to come, some you probably won't like, but there is also more characterization.

Just power through, it really starts picking up after that and I think you'll be happy with it overall in the end. However, even if you aren't, I really, really, really suggest you still go on to play Uncharted 2.

Uncharted 2 is considered the pioneer of the cinematic action style of game you see everywhere now.

Oh, and just use the pistol in Uncharted 1, it's more accurate, kills in 3 body hits, and is the best gun in the game. They fix that in Uncharted 2.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life is Strange - final episode on Oct 20 on: October 20, 2015, 06:14:20 AM
I bought the game, but ended up just watching it with my favorite female let's players to hear their reactions and opinions. I plan to play it with my girlfriend later, introduce her to the new style of adventure games.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: October 18, 2015, 11:52:57 AM
Good, and hopefully this will convince producers, Sony or otherwise, to try some more games like this that aren't tied to David Cage's madness and overproduction.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 14, 2015, 05:05:40 AM
Yeah, so much better than Rev 1. Rev 1 was a crappy cash grab. Crappy characterization, even for an RE game, crappy monsters, crappy gameplay, and crappy graphics.

For Rev 2, imagine they had taken the good ideas that work from games like Uncharted, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, and many more, kept a lot of the RE charm, slowed the pacing back closer to between RE4 and 5, and tossed in some characters that have been neglected in the series.

The only weirdness is that the game is pretty obviously a budget title. But I forsee them sticking to the new techniques they're using in this.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 13, 2015, 03:17:22 AM
Well here's the thing, I actually think that Revelations 2 was a very good indicator of their willingness to look at all the progress every other series has made since the golden era of RE games. If they can't innovate, they can at least pull from the best. Already they've backed away from the stupid pacing of RE6 in that game, and have actually done something interesting with the co-op.

So, despite RE6 being such garbage, Revelations 2 seems like they were appropriately humbled.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 09, 2015, 09:37:01 AM
This day and age, we don't have to gamble and buy. We have youtube streamers galore that will show day 1 gameplay footage, some even before. We'll know if it's a trainwreck like RE6.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: October 09, 2015, 09:35:24 AM
I am so glad I splurged and got an i7 4770, just below recommended spec. I knew games would start to utilize the extra cores once they moved to PS4/X1 console specs.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 08, 2015, 05:01:58 AM
I'm actually looking forward to it. If you've played Revelations 2, you can finally see the RE team start to take note of gameplay improvements from all the other games that came after.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: September 25, 2015, 08:48:07 AM
You know, despite what Whedon might have wanted, AoSH is turning out pretty good with Coulson in it.

I do wish they could keep more of the personal trauma and backlash from being brought back to life, just to keep that idea alive even if it's not at the forefront. But eventually they're going to have to decide whether they reconnect the show with the movies or not. With Whedon out of the way, it's not a bad idea.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: September 25, 2015, 08:35:48 AM
They're leaning harder into their more active combat gameplay, which is okay. I didn't realize skills were gone from the game until now, but I'm not particularly tied to things that were just a percentage value.
104  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: September 02, 2015, 06:21:51 AM
Dangerous unless it's so cheap that you consider it replaceable. Even my previous primary monitor started having issues almost out of warranty, and when I got it fixed, it failed a year after again.

That said, you can run things windowed and still have it large enough to be immersed on 4k screens.

Me, I actually want an extra wide screen over a traditional 4K, there's one at work that's also curved and it sold me on it. If some games adopted support for extra wide screens it's super immersive. You can also have two full sized windows open side by side on the monitor.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: August 29, 2015, 05:32:26 AM
Interesting that I'm seeing facial cap dots on the actors now. Naughty Dog actually hand animates the faces and hands for all characters, so all the stuff up until TLoU is an artist's interpretation of the actor's performance. It's worked out well. With the facial dots it means they can capture a small part of the actor's performance. I suppose it's necessary and easier to have the basis of facial animation from the actors now that they're using much higher detail character models.

Emily Rose looks wonderful as always, and apparently is super helpful off the set in production. The man who plays Sully still does small part work in movies and TV, although less now. I suspect he'll continue to get a lot of work in digital acting.

106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 27, 2015, 07:02:53 AM
Yeah, I'm going to wait on this one, not because I don't want the game, but rather because I'm busy with work and want to wait until I can sit down and play it with my girlfriend who likes these kinds of movies more than I do.

The animations and faces are so stilted though, you can tell they used older mocap and animation tech from the PS3 era. I bet all the models they have now are based on how the actors looked back when this was first being made, which was a long time ago.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 27, 2015, 04:05:48 AM
Isn't that Wade from Agents of SHIELD?
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 24, 2015, 04:25:10 AM
109  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free codes for Warframe (because people are STUPID) on: August 16, 2015, 11:09:31 AM
They're probably for small content packs, which aren't free.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: August 11, 2015, 10:11:09 PM
Bad business, but probably not effective in the long run. But this sort of stuff has been proven effective in many ways. PS4 is still killing the XB1 to an extent that it would kill the TR franchise again if they made it fully exclusive to XB1.

I doubt that Square wouldn't have made another Tomb Raider, partly because this game is too far along to not have already started by the time the deal was made.

Besides, it's something to play while waiting for Uncharted 4, assuming they have it come out on PS4 at some point before UC4 does.
111  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Steam in-home streaming lags every 8 seconds on wifi, fine on cable. on: August 06, 2015, 05:56:30 AM
So here's a tough one. I have a setup at my apartment where my personal PC is in my room, but my old laptop is in the living room where my roommates have their PCs. So, I use steam streaming to stream games from my powerful PC so I can play in the same room with them.

Only problem is that when using wifi, type ac, it introduces a major 1 second lag every 8 seconds that shuts down all controls, usually resulting in mayhem. However, while not in that lag spike the game stream runs as smooth as butter. Then I fired up a speed test and sure enough, the lag spike every 8 seconds hits during normal use, I just hadn't noticed it until now since I didn't start playing games again until I moved in.

I ran a long cat 5 cable to my PC to test, and sure enough it works fine, no lag spikes.

So at this point, I'm thinking that it's either the cheap TP-Link USB 3.0 wifi adapter causing it, or the USB 3.0 hardware on my motherboard itself.

Could there be something else I'm missing that I should test? I have an old USB 2.0 wireless G or N adapter I'm going to try out to see if that affects things. Likewise I'll move my adapter to a USB 2.0 slot to see if it changes things too.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 06, 2015, 03:57:51 AM
Actually, it has been done, quite a bit, across a lot of media and for various reasons. The persona games have had some characters go through 2-3 voice actors, and they really did go back and redub the entire original game with the newer voice actor.

Calling money spent on a poor choice earlier a wash, then moving forward is a pretty reasonable concept. It's why being pot committed in poker is a bad thing.

When you do the math, which Activision has, the potential money and time wasted on trying to pursue Dinklage just to maintain continuity is not worth the potential money saved by going with North and rerecording everything, especially when you consider this game has what, 8 more years according to Activision and many years beyond that if they have their way? It's not just the initial recording costs either, but also potential royalties/residuals. It may even be that Dinklage refused to work with them again, but his character is and would be needed for a lot more to come.

I would make the decision easily, and would re-record everything, but I probably wouldn't have wasted money on Dinklage in the first place. Not because I don't like him, but it was a waste.

Heck, don't be surprised if in Destiny 2 you get to choose the voice of your ghost for the entire story from a host of voice actor options.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 05, 2015, 07:45:54 PM
Nolan North may be top VO talent, but not top acting talent, and that's the difference. The topmost VO talent is still working for much, much less and has much more availability and flexibility to record new lines. They have standards, but not egos, they won't throw fits (there are lots of stories of this) they won't phone in performances, and probably have a larger range of voices than even the top level actors.

Replacing something that was only mediocre quality VO, the butt of multiple jokes, and would only cost them a lot more money in the future for similarly mediocre work is an obvious choice for an MMO-like game that they plan to keep going for 10 years and multiple linked games.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 05, 2015, 05:19:32 AM
Saw the actor replacement happening a mile away. They couldn't afford Dinklage anymore even if he wanted to do it. Not to mention, there's really no need to have big talent do voice acting in these games since you're not using the other 80% of the talent. And for MMO-like games, the need to constantly record new lines means fighting for a big actor's time.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: August 01, 2015, 08:01:21 PM
Only problem I have with GT is the forum software, it's getting a bit old.

I wonder if Rob is interested in taking my license for Burning Board off my hands.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 28, 2015, 12:16:10 AM
Hey, you can farm out some game reviews and news articles to him. :p

Definitely encourage him to try whatever vocation you're in as a start. I still wish my dad had taken the time to show me some business management skills when I was a teen, I wouldn't be having as many problems following my dreams today.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So transparent aluminum is a thing. on: July 25, 2015, 05:06:01 AM
Japan did just say they were going to resume whaling again.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remastered Journey coming to PS4 July 21 on: July 22, 2015, 04:21:27 AM
It's also not MP in the traditional sense. There's very little interaction and that's intended. To be frank, the detractors may be blowing things way out of proportion. But honestly if you're so against multiplayer anything as an ideology, then sure, say away.

If you're willing to give it a shot, and are willing to work with, actively ignore or avoid, or laugh at others you happen to encounter it's worth a shot. You never get talked to in an actual language, they can't send you messages, all they can do is ping. Likewise, you see someone you don't want to interact with, walk the other way until he disappears from your game.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 20, 2015, 03:45:17 AM
You guys should definitely post impressions when you finally do, I know some already do that. But it is nice to hear what fresh minds think about a game that's not so new.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 14, 2015, 04:19:13 AM
Instragram and tumblr are more blogs and image sharing, not really a substitute for forums.

Twitter probably has taken some potential forum goers, but it's nothing like the longer form discussions of a forum.

I think it's partly because the gaming media and press has super matured into more efficient sites, and people also congregate into the bigger popular sites.

In terms of media, you have places like youtube and twitch as places where people congregate to experience game related media, same for the big gaming news and media sites like IGN. These places strip potential community members from smaller places.

Then the press, well it's hard for a smaller game related site to stay afloat, and the big guys dominate there too.

Makes me think that GT might need a stronger youtube presence, but that market is already at super high competition, if not peak competition. So any media produced would have to have some unique draws.
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