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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/19/14 on: September 19, 2014, 06:33:03 PM
The Last of Us Remastered (PS4). I've got to finish this damn game even though I'm not head over heels for it. Story-wise and presentation-wise it's excellent, but I see a lot of ways in which the gameplay could have been improved.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: September 18, 2014, 02:59:29 AM
I gave this a whirl tonight for about an hour. Long enough to zip through the solo bit and mess around with online free roam.

Overall I really liked it. The driving feels good, the graphics are excellent, and the cross-country open world stuff is waaaay more interesting than Forza 5's boring circuit races and menu-driven progression.

About the only hesitation I have after playing the demo is whether or not a racing game (even a very good one) is going to hold my attention when the next couple of months are so jam-packed with big story-driven titles. It seems  for me like a title better suited for the post-holiday drought.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 11:16:23 PM
Quote from: Dante Rising
I don't understand the logic behind this purchase, either. For 2.5 billion dollars, they could have jump started 25-35 new AAA IPs, and possibly come up with the next Assassin's Creed, Destiny, Halo, or Gears of War. To spend this much money on one property is counterintuitive to me.

Microsoft doesn't care about console IPs. This is a bid to sell smartphones.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 05:27:15 PM
It would be interesting to see Microsoft dump some money into a sequel or something. Minecraft really hasn't changed all that much other than being ported around to different platforms. I'd love to see what they could do with a big development team behind it.

There have been a lot of clones that have done some really cool stuff with the premise, but some of the coolest feature sets have been in the 2D clones. I'd like to see some of that carried over to a 3D version.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: September 16, 2014, 04:41:06 PM
That would actually be really awesome. Then we could laugh about it and hang out, drink beer, and play games!
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 16, 2014, 12:13:58 PM
I wound up picking up Expeditions:Conquistador from the Humble Store for $4.99. I've had my eye on that one for quite some time and even though I don't really need another one in my backlog, the price point was right.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 16, 2014, 12:34:41 AM
Quote from: Ridah
Everyone's expectations seem to be in line with a shooter,

Hmm...wonder why that is?

"We don't use the term 'MMO' because we think that where players engage with this and where they spend their time is in that great action gameplay," says Lead Engineer Chris Butcher. "We think of destiny first and foremost as a first-person shooter. It's a great action game; it's got a really visceral combat to it. and then we've added a lot of elements of this living, persistent world with a lot of socialization and customization."

8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 15, 2014, 11:37:27 PM
Quote from: Harpua3
I read something from bungie today that said the players don't understand this game and it take about 20 hrs to get interesting.

Yeah, that's an example of what I was talking about. I can't remember a developer going so far out of their way to tell people what they should think about a game as Bungie has with Destiny. Their spin machine is going full blast.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 15, 2014, 11:32:24 PM
I gave it a fair shake a year or two ago, and there were a lot of aspects that I really liked. However, I like a lot of structure in my games so without quests or goals or something to guide me I got bored with the sandbox pretty quickly. I do respect it for basically creating a new genre of game, but I just found it wasn't really my cup of tea.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 15, 2014, 09:19:53 PM
The Game Informer feature article on it awhile back made it sound really cool, but with so many must-buy games coming out this fall I've decided to wait and see how the reviews shake out. Middle Earth games have always been so hit-or-miss that I'm a little skeptical despite the fact that everything I've read sounds pretty awesome.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 15, 2014, 06:41:08 PM
Nymph()manic Vol.1 & 2   Actually did a google search on this before watching and I am glad I did.  Very good movie about a women dealing with her addiction and the consequences it has on her life .

I had read a bit about this one and queued it up to start, then got sidetracked and never finished it.

So I went to put a movie on for the kids and of course the first thing that pops up is NYMPHOMANIAC PART I on my recently watched list. My wife just gives me a look like, "Well, I know what you've been doing in the evening." I tried to explain that this was a legitimate film, not a XXX porno, but I don't think she was buying it.  icon_redface
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer TV Binge Watching Report on: September 15, 2014, 06:37:32 PM
We did Black Sails, Penny Dreadful, Hannibal Season 2, Crossbones, Eastbound & Down Season 4, Orphan Black Season 1, Orange is the New Black Season 2, and Doctor Who (Season 1, I guess you would call it - the 2005 reboot).

I have started Parks and Recreation and finished Season 1, but it hasn't grabbed me enough that I'm itching to get back to it. We also started Once Upon a Time but we're only about 5 episodes in.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 15, 2014, 06:28:53 PM
Minecraft has fallen into the space where Pokemon and Skylanders reside - it's my big mental box called "Shit that Kids Really Love That I Don't Care About."  icon_biggrin

14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 15, 2014, 06:25:03 PM
Wasteland 2 looks really tempting, but I'll wait on some reviews. I'm still trying to stay disciplined since Forza Horizons 2 is going to be a day one buy later this month.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 14, 2014, 07:28:48 PM
I think wearable tech is a legit market, I just think what we have so far is incredibly crude and dorky. It's like the first mobile phones - the concept is sound, but nobody would be caught dead actually using it.

Someone will eventually crack the code and make the one wearable product that is both fashionable and functional. I'm not sure the Apple Watch is it, but each product is a baby step towards it.

The problem (particularly in this case) is that companies keep wanting to give us wearable tech because they can, not because it fulfills a need or solves a problem. I think that's where that marketing speak starts to fall on deaf ears.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 14, 2014, 07:21:30 PM
Bungie didn't do anything odd to 'deflect criticism', that's just spin you're using.  It's a game fueled by multiplayer experience and they didn't want it reviewed in a stale environment without that

Anytime you're telling people to disregard reviews, you're deflecting criticism, whether it's justified or not.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 13, 2014, 10:57:54 AM
Yeah, and I'm not trying to bash the game at all for those who are having fun. The same thing happened to me with Watch Dogs. While I completely understood the mediocre reviews, I still wound up sinking 40 hours into it and enjoyed it a great deal.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 13, 2014, 01:51:53 AM
I went from Day One no doubt purchase to not touching this game with a ten foot pole based on the beta gameplay alone. When you couple that with how desperately Bungie seemed to be trying to deflect criticism before the game was even released, I don't find it surprising that the scores are middling.

Say what you will about Polygon, but the Giant Bomb guys are usually pretty reliable. And all except for one was really "meh" on the game when they discussed it in their podcast before the review.

I have no doubt the game will probably get better as they add DLC and whatnot. The question is whether or not anybody will still be playing. The next six to nine months are going to be utterly packed with big budget titles.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: September 12, 2014, 07:02:12 PM
I'll be getting GTA V and Far Cry 4, but I'll try to parlay at least one of those two into a birthday present the following week.  icon_biggrin

I did put about 10 hours into the 360 version of GTA V, but wound up giving it to my brother in favor of eventually finishing it on a next-gen platform.

I do want to play Dragon Age 3, but it will definitely take third position behind those two.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/12/14 on: September 12, 2014, 05:03:18 PM
Won't have much time to play anything since we'll be out of town, but if I do sneak some time in it will be trying to finish up The Wolf Among Us.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 12, 2014, 12:55:05 PM
Well, Apple is strong in two major areas. Design and iOS/app support.

If this thing takes off, I can definitely see those two things pulling in people like myself who otherwise don't much see the point.

Case in point - the iPad. We all said "Nobody buys tablets, who needs this?" But it didn't operate like most tablets. There were no other tablets on the market as easy to use as an iPad. There were no other tablets on the market with a walled garden infrastructure with that many apps available.

If they can make the Watch easy to use in a way that other smartwatches aren't, and make more apps than any other smartwatch, then I can very easily see the predictions in that article coming true.

Apple is very, very good at making you want things you don't need, so I don't want to underestimate them. I think the uphill climb with this is much higher than with the iPhone and tablet markets, but it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 11, 2014, 02:51:13 AM
I'm glad I passed on this one. From all the impressions I've read, it seems like I would have gotten bored with it really quickly. It sounds like the real meat of the game lies in endgame raiding and loot grinding, neither of which I have an interest in.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 11, 2014, 12:45:44 AM
That right there may be one of the reasons I don't really get the thing. I am about as far removed from a "watch guy" as there probably is. I don't think I ever wore a wristwatch at all until I was in my 20s. The concept of spending more than like $100 on a thing that tells time sounds utterly insane.

I did appreciate from the article that he explained some of the things that would make it appealing if you are into watches though.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 05:05:13 PM
I finally found a little more detail, and did find this one tidbit interesting. The reviewer noted that most existing smart watches replicate your phone, they don't enhance it. The Apple Watch is the first one they think "gets it' in terms of enhancing functionality rather than just mirroring it.

If that's the case, I can start to see the appeal for people who have more money than I do.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 02:23:40 PM
Here's the difference, I think, between this and the iPhone/iPad.

Instead of a product that is greatly improving on an existing product that a lot of people already own or have some familiarity with, you have a product that is only slightly improving on an existing product that almost nobody owns or has any familiarity with.

I could be wrong. The details are so vague on how this thing actually works that it's hard to really assess what improvements it brings over existing smart watches. However, without it being able to have some major functionality without being tied to another device, I still see it as having limited appeal. The iPhone and iPad allowed you to replace multiple other devices. This one doesn't.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 09, 2014, 10:48:59 PM
The idea that it not require a phone is ludicrous.

It may be ludicrous with today's technology, but in my opinion it's the only way these things will ever be worth a damn. I'm not spending $350 to carry around a piece of equipment that offers the same functionality as my phone as long as I'm also carrying around my phone.

Wake me up in a few years when I get most of the functionality of today's smartphones on my wrist, without being tethered to a brick. Heck, I don't even need Dick Tracy voice calls - if I could get email, texts, and GPS for fitness apps without being tied to another device I'd be interested.

It's just disappointing because this is not the future. This is a poor man's simulation of the future.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] EA Access on: September 09, 2014, 12:30:09 AM
Just a bump to note that they've added Need For Speed: Rivals to the Vault. Doubt that will sway many fence-sitters, but additional games is a good thing.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/08) on: September 08, 2014, 05:56:43 AM
I still have a pre-order I never canceled on Destiny, and if it comes out to just glowing amaza-crazy reviews I may still consider it.

But for right now, nothing. I need to save up for Forza Horizons 2.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 07, 2014, 11:57:33 PM
Sorry to hear that Gratch.  icon_frown

I did manage to beat Diablo 3 on Expert, but plan on taking a little break. I need to knock out some other games before the next big wave hits.

On a whim I did boot up Max & The Curse of Brotherhood that I got as a freebie through Xbox Gold. Fun little puzzle/platformer and I'll probably try to finish it off at some point when I get these bigger games off the table.

Unfortunately I have not been so productive in Dance Central Spotlight. I think I'm where they got the phrase "white boys ain't got no rhythm."
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/01) on: September 06, 2014, 01:37:19 PM
I wound up buying Dance Central Spotlight. I was not aware that they went with a $10 a la carte method vs a full blown $60 title. The $10 is a really great deal - you get 10 songs, each of which has multiple routines (even fitness routines!) Additional songs are $2, but it's nice because you can just buy stuff you like and skip the crap you don't.

The kids and I had a lot of fun with it this morning, and it's good exercise. I owned a couple of the Dance Central titles on the 360, but even at $10 this one seems a lot more polished than those previous versions. One particularly nice feature is that you can call out "Hey DJ, Practice That!" on a difficult move and it seamlessly takes you to a practice room where you can perfect the move then jump right back to where you left off in the song.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 06, 2014, 01:03:59 AM
One man stands firm against the hype train!

32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 05, 2014, 03:45:41 PM
Finishing up the campaign on Diablo 3. After that I'm going to take a break before delving into Adventure Mode. I need to finish up The Last of Us and Thief before the big October wave hits.

I'm going to be the anti-ATB as I have no interest in Destiny and plan on avoiding it.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 04, 2014, 12:06:02 AM
Quote from: Roguetad
I was spoiled leveling a crusader to 70.  He never died...still hasn't.

Yeah, the Crusader is pure easy mode. My fight with Diablo was hilarious. I stood in one spot and mashed a button over and over. I didn't even bother to move.

I was hoping Act V would bring some challenge, but it's still a cakewalk. Oh well, I really just want to blow through it anyway to unlock Adventure Mode. And I'm still having a blast - being nearly invincible is still fun in its own way!
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/29/14 -- Labor Day Weekend Edition! on: September 02, 2014, 12:33:00 AM
I wound up playing Diablo 3 exclusively, except for the aforementioned D&D 5e. Got a good session of that in, and I like it WAY better than 4th and probably more than 3rd. Also, Roll20 is awesome! 
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/01) on: September 02, 2014, 12:31:38 AM
Nothing. This fall is too jam packed to be throwing money away on such codswallop!
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: August 30, 2014, 08:59:22 PM
I wasn't reading names and almost replied to myself with a movie suggestion for someone who liked Halloween theming so much.  tear
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/29/14 -- Labor Day Weekend Edition! on: August 29, 2014, 03:32:05 PM
Finishing up Diablo 3 hopefully, and then taking it old school with some Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition!
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood will reboot anything - Underworld on: August 28, 2014, 05:12:57 PM
The Underworld series is one of my guilty pleasures. I love them.

So admittedly when I read this my reaction was not "another reboot, this sucks."

It was - "new Underworld movie, YAY!!!!!!"  icon_biggrin
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 28, 2014, 05:09:39 PM
That damn foghorn/Inception sound of an impending Nemesis makes a little bit of pee pee come out every time I hear it.  Ironically despite my bad-assedness I've yet to beat a Nemesis. They just keep hitting me while I'm fighting an elite or a bunch of specials and I wind up screwing up and getting fried.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 28, 2014, 01:54:14 PM
Just hit Act III and the shine is starting to wear off just a tad. The problem is that the game is just too damn easy on Expert. I may have just been super lucky with loot drops, but I have been two-shotting stuff since the end of Act I. Every boss fight so far has been a joke.

At this point I'm ready to just blow through the rest of the game and open up Adventure mode and harder difficulties.
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