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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAKKEEEEE!!!!!! on: August 31, 2015, 04:48:04 AM
I want Metal Gear but honestly it would be stupid to bring another game into this house right now with as little time as I have to devote to gaming.

If I do buy it, I'm probably going to just trade/sell or in some other way get my current backlog out of sight and out of mind. I need to accept the fact there's no way I'm going to finish most of the games I own right now.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - (late) 8/28 edition on: August 30, 2015, 11:50:31 PM
I got absolutely no gaming in this weekend, which is becoming rather typical lately. Was on-call and ended up working all day Saturday.  icon_frown
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,PS3,XB1,PS4] MGS5: The Phantom Pain on: August 26, 2015, 03:22:51 PM
Man, this went from "no way" to "can't miss." I need another open world game like I need a hole in the head, and I haven't even played a Metal Gear game since the first one on NES, but it sounds soooooo good.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: August 19, 2015, 11:34:13 PM
Quote from: Ironrod
Guess I'm going to have to either stall or give in and see something else.

Magic Mike XXL
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 17, 2015, 07:46:48 PM
Ordinarily I'd be all over Shadowrun: Hong Kong, but I haven't even beaten Dragonfall yet.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 17, 2015, 05:56:22 PM
Quote from: Gratch
Shoot me a friend request, I'm Bayard Elderwood.  Happy to get you an invite to our Free Company as well, if you don't have one already.  And ping me with any questions...I've spent more time with FFXIV than I have any other game in my entire life.

Thanks Gratch, will do!
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 17, 2015, 12:21:00 PM
Right now I'm on Coeurl (sp?) since that's where everyone was at launch.

Also - funny story. I rolled up a Lalafell Arcanist named "Anna Sunshine." My goal was to be as innocuous and innocent looking as possible, just because I thought the juxtaposition of this little thing running around with pets and blasting stuff would be cool.

What I didn't count on was everybody taking pity on me and giving me free stuff. Just walking through town I had people showering me with gold. One guy gave me around 30,000 gil within the first 10 minutes.  icon_biggrin
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 17, 2015, 03:41:17 AM
So I went a little unexpected route this weekend, though Gratch may have been working some subliminal magic on me.

I've been dabbling in F2P MMOs for a few weeks now, trying to find something that entertains me, and all of them have failed to grab me. Elder Scrolls Online, SWTOR, LOTRO - I'd play for a night and then either the F2P trappings would get too annoying or I'd just grow bored.

I realized that what I really wanted - an old school MMO with decent graphics - could only be found in FFXIV. So I re-subbed and have been having a ball with it.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 14, 2015, 05:59:04 PM
I'm warming up to Witcher 3 quite a bit, so I'll probably continue down that road for awhile.

I'm also dabbling around in Star Wars: The Old Republic just to get my old-school MMO fix in.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free Rainbow Six Siege Beta entries on: August 14, 2015, 01:53:41 PM
Thanks Ron,

Went for the XB1 version since that's where all my multiplayer peeps are at.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Former President Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer on: August 13, 2015, 02:01:28 PM
Yes, I have a tremendous respect for how he turned what many considered a terrible presidency into a world of good. His legacy after he left office is just incredible.

I remember when I was just a little thing, shortly before Reagan was elected, I got something in the mail from Jimmy Carter. It was some little thing my mom sent off for that just had a form letter and pictures of his family and a machine-generated signature, but at the age of 5 I was highly impressed.

I didn't understand politics at the time, but I've always remembered that. 
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 13, 2015, 01:55:41 PM
I think my biggest "fear" is that I'm totally burned out on zombies. I don't mind The Walking Dead as my one undead fix, but two zombie shows may be overload. But who am I kidding, I'll still watch it.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 13, 2015, 12:47:39 PM
I'm slowly warming up to Witcher 3. I put in another couple of hours last night and now that some of the key game mechanics are coming into focus for me, I'm having much more fun with it. I'm not trying to crush it or anything, just knocking out appropriate-level quests as I see them. I'm content to just nibble on it for the next several months if need be.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 13, 2015, 12:44:58 PM
I may have fixed my issue where Filter Keys was getting turned on after an extended period of time. There were instances where I'd come back to find the screen locked and Filter Keys turned on. Going into accessibility settings would show they were turned off, but the keyboard wouldn't work properly until I rebooted.

I went into accessibility settings and under advanced unchecked the hotkey shortcuts for enabling Filter Keys, so that there was no way to turn them on via key press. Ever since then I have not had the issue occur. Don't understand the logic behind it, but so far so good.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 12, 2015, 12:49:34 AM
I've been a little skeptical from the start just because I'm such a huge Walking Dead fan, but the casting of Kim Dickens eased my worries a bit. She was awesome in Gone Girl and can easily play a bad-ass female lead.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 10, 2015, 08:27:03 PM
Quote from: Gratch
So much truth to this.  Out of curiosity, how long did it take you to finish PoE?  I started it once and got about 6 hours in, but shelved it because I wanted it to get patched further.  Maybe I'll give it another look.

My Steam total shows 76 hours, but I think I left the game paused a couple of times overnight accidentally. I'd guess the true total is probably closer to 60, and you could probably shave a few more off of that due to me restarting a couple of times.

It was definitely more than 40, which contradicts myself, but I was thoroughly engrossed in PoE to the point that the extra hours didn't seem to matter. It never really felt like a slog.

I was home sick today so I did put a couple of hours into Witcher 3. I quickly realized another reason I ditched this game - I SUCK at the combat. Like, seriously suck. I did manage to knock out a couple of main quests, though, and it got me *just* interested enough that I'll probably put at least some effort back into it. We'll see.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 09, 2015, 06:06:57 PM
Yeah, I think it's the equivalent of staring at a 900-page Brandon Sanderson novel. I want to read it, I know it will be good, but it's just such a big project.

When I was younger that would have been no problem, and in fact - "challenge accepted." In these days of one hour gaming time a day - if I'm lucky - and various other hobbies competing for that hour at the same time, it's tough to start something I know could very well take me 3-4 months to finish, and that's IF I commit to it. I know the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, and that there is no reason to feel guilty for setting the elephant aside when I'm not feeling hungry, but it's hard for me to do.

I used to be in the "if a game isn't 20 hours+, then it's a waste of money" camp, but these days I actually get excited when I run across an RPG that's less than 40 hours. I think that's the only reason I beat Pillars of Eternity - I knew going in that it wasn't a 100+ hour marathon.

18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 08, 2015, 11:55:49 AM
Quote from: Gratch
Witcher 3 is still sitting there glaring at me for not finishing it.  I tried putting in a couple hours last weekend, but wasn't feeling it at all.  It's so weird, I've never been so high on a game only to have my desire to play just...disappear.

I'm in the same boat. I bought it Day One, couldn't wait to play, and I've put maybe 10 hours into it total. It just didn't grab me. I'm sure I'll get back to it at some point, but right now I'm having more fun in GTA V.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 05, 2015, 12:53:11 PM
What you guys fail to realize is that the guy in the video was John Connor, who successfully came back in time to prevent Skynet.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jonathan Strange movie rights on: August 04, 2015, 07:12:36 PM
It was weird seeing my post earlier in this thread from 11 years ago  icon_eek because I don't remember a damn thing about that book.

I did watch the series, and enjoyed it for the most part, but it was like watching a brand new show because I honestly could not remember the plot of the novel in any way, shape, or form.

21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 03, 2015, 07:55:49 PM
From that Times article:

Microsoft has also announced itís working on the reverse, letting gamers stream PC games to the Xbox One console.

Your ideas intrigue me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. That would certainly put a kink in Valve's plans.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: August 03, 2015, 07:52:35 PM
Sorry Rumpy, wrote that before coffee.  icon_biggrin
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: August 03, 2015, 12:32:06 PM
Quote from: Teggy
I'm so surprised that people look back on this game so fondly. Maybe game mechanics have changed so much that there are some games you just can't go back to.

I think there have been too many open world games since then that have improved upon that stuff. When that game came out, open world games were really rare. You had GTA 3 and that's about it. A lot of the open world games we think of as classics like Saint's Row, The Godfather, Assassin's Creed, etc. were still 4-5 years away. It was really ahead of its time.

It's similar to EverQuest - I have nothing but fond memories about that game. However, there is no way in this day and age I'd go back to XP loss on death, corpse runs, no quests (just grind mobs for XP), etc.  

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: August 02, 2015, 12:12:28 PM
For me the Kinect is worth it solely for the voice control. I know a lot of people don't have a use for it, but my wife is completely home theater illiterate. The ability for her to tell it what she wants means I'm not constantly running downstairs to show her how to switch inputs or turn something off. Other than that, it's pretty much worthless. I also use it for the Xbox Fitness stuff, which is a vastly underrated feature that nobody talks about. Probably because gamers are fat and lazy.  icon_biggrin
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: July 31, 2015, 05:13:47 PM
It's a toss up between getting back into Witcher 3 and getting back into GTA V. I actually did put a little time into GTA V the other night and had fun.

I just feel like I need to make some progress on an A-list game to get over my gaming slump. I've overcome the first hurdle by actually feeling motivated to play stuff in the evenings; now I just need to feel like that time has been well spent.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: July 31, 2015, 02:09:31 PM
I do get more hand cramping on the PS4 controller, but it hasn't been bad enough to get me to buy cross-platform games on XB1.

However, Windows 10 may change that. Being able to stream XB1 games to my PC is pretty attractive, as my PC is upstairs in my office and would allow me to play XB1 games while watching movies. That's something I can't do downstairs with one television.

Having owned both consoles for a year now, they are both great systems and I get equal use out of both depending on the circumstance. I play a lot of single player/cross-platform stuff on PS4, and I play multiplayer titles and do all my media stuff on the XB1.

I will say though that if someone told me I could have only one console, and had to sell the other one, I'd get rid of the PS4. The XB1 multimedia stuff and integration with Windows just adds an extra layer of value for me.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: July 31, 2015, 02:02:18 PM
I've been running for several months as well and haven't run across anything that wouldn't play.

In fact, the only issues I ever had with over the course of the beta was that occasionally after an automatic build update it would turn on disability settings and the only way I could fix it was to reboot.

28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest XI Announced on: July 28, 2015, 07:30:24 PM
The PS4 version will be a Day One, Shut Up and Take My Money purchase for me.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 27, 2015, 07:33:58 PM
As I posted on OO, I actually picked up Fantasia:Music Evolved. Best Buy had it marked down to $10 for their "Black Friday" sale and with the GCU discount it was $8.

I'm really enjoying it. Production values are top notch, the Kinect feels very responsive, and it's appropriately challenging. Good song variety as well. I probably look like a fool standing in my living room "conducting" Bohemian Rhapsody, but it's a lot of fun.

It's really too bad something like this wasn't a launch title, because for my money it's by far the best Kinect showcase available for the XB1.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 27, 2015, 05:42:59 PM
I may have to get King's Quest. Heavy nostalgia for those games and I hope the new series does them justice.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 24, 2015, 07:10:46 PM
I picked up Elder Scrolls Online as well so I'll probably be dabbling in that a bit more. I've GOT to make some progress on Witcher though so I may pick that back up again.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/21 on: July 20, 2015, 02:03:00 PM
Game of Thrones by default. I still need to finish Episode 2, 3, & 4.  icon_biggrin
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 15, 2015, 11:32:44 AM
I'm far more active comment-wise on OO, but that's mostly due to how long I've been there. In terms of reading the forums, I still frequent GT almost as much as I do OO.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/14) on: July 14, 2015, 03:31:46 PM
I was going to pick up Rory McIlroy PGA Tour but the reviews aren't looking good. Too bad as I really wanted a great current-gen golf game.

35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Scream - The Series on: July 08, 2015, 02:10:05 PM
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Like the Scream movies, it doesn't take itself too seriously and the kids are likable. I'm not a big fan of the new mask, but I'll keep watching.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Its the weekend playlist 6/26/15 late edition on: June 30, 2015, 02:44:43 AM
Really busy this weekend with birthday parties but I did manage to put a few levels under my belt in Destiny.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you Batman Batman Batman Bat-(sorry) buyying this week? (6/23) on: June 22, 2015, 04:55:06 PM
Nothing.  icon_frown

Even though I'm a HUGE fan of the Arkham series and have played them all to completion, I've spent way too much money this week and my backlog is too great. Going to try to wait a few months.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: June 20, 2015, 01:11:07 AM
Except for GameSpot, which gave it a 7/10. However, their reviewer seemed to have a MAJOR gripe with the abundance of Batmobile sequences. The other really high reviews I read mentioned this, but didn't dock points for it.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/19 on: June 19, 2015, 02:35:04 PM
I'm trying to knock out some Steam backlog so I'll probably hit Walking Dead: Season 2 and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments pretty hard. I may also put some time into Witcher 3 just so I don't forget how to play.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 19, 2015, 12:28:30 PM
I wound up returning several games because I realized I was just completely overwhelmed in backlog. It's stupid for me to keep buying 100-hour RPGs and such when my game time is so limited. So I scaled way back. Below is my current haul:

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
Cook, Serve, Delicious
Age of Wonders 3

Not saying I'm not going to buy anything else, but I'll be much more selective in choosing titles that I genuinely feel that I'm going to play in the near future.
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