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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/13/16 edition on: May 13, 2016, 06:41:26 PM
Finished up Uncharted: Drake's Fortune last night and started on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves today during lunch. So will probably be that all weekend. I'm trying to be a good boy and finish what's on my plate before buying anything else.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 11, 2016, 03:01:39 PM
I'm playing through the Nathan Drake collection now, and I thought the first one would end up being a total slog. However, I'm really enjoying it. The gameplay is exceedingly simple and linear (extended gunfight, jumping sequence, repeat), but for some reason it's got me hooked. This is promising considering it's the worst-reviewed of all the Uncharted games. Means it only gets better from here on out!
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/10/16) on: May 09, 2016, 08:39:52 PM
Nothing this week, though I'm keeping a close eye on Doom reviews. I'll pick up Uncharted 4 eventually when it comes down in price and after I've finished the first three.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/6/16 Capt. America -Civil War Edition on: May 09, 2016, 12:51:01 AM
Best Buy had Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on sale for $19.99 today ($15.99 after GCU discount). Couldn't resist that price!

I was really expecting the first game to look like crap even with the HD overhaul, but I've been presently surprised. Having a lot of fun with it.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/6/16 Capt. America -Civil War Edition on: May 06, 2016, 02:20:27 PM
As mentioned in the Uncharted thread, I'm thinking of picking up the Nathan Drake Collection to run through those. So hopefully that's on tap. If Best Buy puts Far Cry: Primal back on sale, that may be the other option.

If I don't pick up those two, then I'll continue working my way through The Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut, which I'm enjoying immensely.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 06, 2016, 12:19:23 PM
I'm going to pick up the Nathan Drake Collection this weekend. I skipped the PS3 so I've never played any Uncharted games, and the critical accolades have finally pushed me over the edge.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/29/16 edition on: May 01, 2016, 11:35:53 PM
I've gotten hooked on The Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut. I beat the first one, but never played much of the second and played none of the third. So the vast majority of the game is completely new to me. Having a lot of fun with it so far. Still dabbling in Stardew Valley as well.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: April 27, 2016, 04:56:51 PM
This is the reason I was a little hesitant to buy the Wii U this past Christmas, but the kids have enjoyed it enough that I feel we got our money's worth. So much so that I'll probably have no qualms about buying the NX on release.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 12:31:40 PM
Alienation (PS4), pending reviews.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 23, 2016, 02:36:43 PM
Quote from: Ridah
I'm surprised anyone is upset about this. If I was a console-only gamer I would be thrilled at the option to upgrade my system. As it stands, I already spend something north of $500/year upgrading my PC.

The whole reason I bought a console is so that I wouldn't have to spend $500 a year on PC upgrades.  icon_neutral
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/22/16 Death of an Icon Edition on: April 22, 2016, 03:39:33 PM
I at least put in a few minutes on Stardew Valley a day, so that won't change.

I ditched a bunch of my backlog in a gigantic game purge, so I'm going to try to finish up some short games I have: The Order: 1886, Game of Thrones, or Tales From the Borderlands.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 19, 2016, 11:42:45 PM
My heart says yes, my brain says NO.

The problem is my steadily dwindling game time. I find myself spending less and less time in front of a console due to soccer games and choir practices and other entrapments of having kids with extracurricular activities. Not sure I can justify $400 for what would essentially amount to something I play maybe 2-3 hours a week.

I don't regret the original PS4 purchase at all since I've gotten more than my fair share of enjoyment out of it, but the next thing I sink hundreds of dollars into will be VR.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Harvest Moon-like game No. 1 at Steam's top sellers list on: April 19, 2016, 12:22:12 AM
Quote from: Bullwinkle
How long does it take to complete a day in real time, would you say?

An in-game hour translates to 45 seconds, and at the start of the game you're only going to be active around 12-14 hours a day. So I'd say roughly 7 or 8 minutes.

I've only put in about 2 hours of game time total, and I'm at Day 11 or 12 I think. The game pauses when you're on menus or watching cut scenes, which is why my game time is a little longer than what the time scale would indicate.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Harvest Moon-like game No. 1 at Steam's top sellers list on: April 17, 2016, 05:54:48 PM
Bought this last night and it's the first game in a long time that I can't stop thinking about while I'm not playing. Had fun letting the kids help me this morning.

I'm not very good at it right now (money is a major problem), but I've avoided reading any strategies just to see how much I can discover on my own. Glad I picked it up.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/15/16 edition on: April 15, 2016, 07:43:15 PM
Unfortunately won't have much play time this weekend between soccer games, plays, and a comic book show. If I do get a chance it will either be Fallout 4 or Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Harvest Moon-like game No. 1 at Steam's top sellers list on: April 15, 2016, 01:33:49 PM
I may have to break down and grab this one. I was tempted when it released, but now the hype machine has me completely intrigued.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/8/16 edition on: April 08, 2016, 01:13:03 PM
Fallout 4 and Assassin's Creed:Syndicate for PS4, and Victor Vran on PC.

I got remote play working last night for the PS4 so I could stream to my PC upstairs. This is super exciting for me because it allows me to play PS4 games in the "man cave" when I feel like it. It worked really well, even over wi-fi. And since my TV upstairs is only 720p, the resolution limitation isn't a big deal.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/05/16) on: April 05, 2016, 01:34:43 PM
Nothing new, but I did pick up Cities: Skylines for $12 on the Amazon sale. I've been wanting a good city builder for some time now and that price point finally made me bite.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 01, 2016, 11:24:43 PM
I've been dabbling in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and Divinity:Original Sin , but neither one has really grabbed me and made me want to finish it. So in a desperate attempt to reignite some gaming passion, I fired up Fallout 4 last night. I basically just got through character creation and the intro so it's still too early to tell whether this will be the game that gets me going again, but so far so good.

I also plan on checking out the new FFXV demo.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 30, 2016, 01:26:26 PM
Even the Gamecube, though, used those little mini-discs instead of the standard DVDs that other consoles were using. I know that in reality that didn't make much difference, but there is a perception problem there. Why should I buy this kid system that uses little "baby" discs when I can buy a PS2 or an Xbox that uses full-sized standard DVDs that I'm used to?

People thought it was a toy because it looked like a toy in comparison to the big black sleek consoles MS and Sony were making. It was a little purple tissue box that used toy discs. Isn't that cute?

It may be a cultural gap, but in America bigger is perceived to be better. So making tiny little consoles automatically creates the perception your shit is weak.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 28, 2016, 06:25:44 PM
I wish Nintendo would stop trying to come up with some new gimmick for every console, and just produce one kick-ass dedicated gaming system. It doesn't have to be high end hardware either - they've proven they can make great looking games without massive amounts of horsepower. Just make a lean, mean, Mario/Zelda machine with normal controllers and media. I'd be all over it.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Easter Bunny edition (3/25) on: March 28, 2016, 06:22:11 PM
Played nothing this weekend but the damned addictive Doomsday Clicker on iOS. It's basically AdVenture Capitalist with better theming and the ability to kill creatures for bonuses. Completely pointless and mindless, but I can't stop checking it.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/29/16) on: March 28, 2016, 06:20:47 PM
On the fence about RollerCoaster Tycoon World. I'll probably wait though.

I still kind of want Stardew Valley for some weird reason.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 24, 2016, 08:14:50 PM
Pee-Wee's Big Holiday was better than "Big Top" but not as good as "Big Adventure." They played it rather safe with the road trip conceit, but missed some comedic opportunities. Still, I'm a Pee-Wee fan so I enjoyed it quite a bit. Pretty amazing Paul Reubens can still pull that character off at 63 years old  icon_eek
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ever won anything good? on: March 24, 2016, 08:06:34 PM
Biggest random draw thing I ever won was two tickets to an NCAA NC State game. Lots of fun.

Most recently I won a ride design contest through Everyone had to submit a 60-second ride pitch based on a movie or TV show. The hosts picked a top 10, then the top 10 finalists had to submit supplemental materials like drawings, slideshows, etc. Then they narrowed it down to a final 3.

Those 3 ride designs were sent to a panel of judges including several famous ride designers and industry execs. It was an extremely close vote, but I squeaked by with a 4-3 decision.

I don't win anything but a trophy and bragging rights, but I was very excited to have my idea discussed and debated by some of the top theme park designers in the country.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Anyone Really Need 1000/1000? on: March 17, 2016, 12:20:14 AM
I'm in for a "no" vote. I did a 100mb down during a limited promotional offer and honestly didn't see much benefit in it over my 30mb. I just never ran into an instance where I was downloading multiple large items, streaming at the same time, etc. I occasionally noticed web sites loading a bit faster, and it cut the download times on Steam games, but it certainly wasn't worth the extra cost to keep it.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Anyone Really Need 1000/1000? on: March 15, 2016, 06:21:20 PM
You might be the first person I've ever heard say that TWC was a great company with great service and great support.

Now I will say that I've had very few technical problems with TWC, and to their credit they have increased speeds at "no cost" several times over the 13 years I've been with them.

On the other hand, they gouge the hell out of you on pricing in my area. Their method of operation is - if you say nothing, we will bend you over backwards and take you for every dime. They will be more than happy to add services to your account, but if you go in and try to reduce services, they treat you like shit. Ask 10 different people what they're paying for cable, you'll get 10 different answers.

The epitome of their "service" was when they mailed me a letter saying that they were only going to raise my prices $40 for the same tier of services I owned. Because ideally they should be charging me $80 more. They actually had the nerve to mail me a letter patting themselves on the back for being so generous, when I was always paying more than I should.

I loathe that company with every fiber of my being, but unfortunately there are few alternatives. We did just finally get U-verse, but I'm waiting for that to mature a bit in our area before exploring it as an option because I've heard some horror stories there too.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist (late) 3/4 edition on: March 07, 2016, 01:12:14 PM
Wrapped up Super Mario World 3D Wii U with the kiddos. We've been playing that together since Christmas.

Also dabbled in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but it hasn't grabbed me the way I thought it would. I love the story/cutscenes, etc. but not being able to totally clear outposts and bases really bugs me. I can't stand open world games where you can't fully clear areas.

I'm only a couple of hours in though, so I'm going to tough it out and give it a chance.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/1/16) on: March 04, 2016, 06:26:54 PM
I'm actually going to buy Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain. It's on sale this week at Best Buy and with Gamers Club and a couple of reward certificates I can get it under the $25 price point I was holding out for.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 2/26/16 edition on: February 27, 2016, 01:36:09 AM
More Assassin's Creed: Syndicate for me.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23/16) on: February 23, 2016, 01:20:34 PM
I'll be picking up Far Cry: Primal on console eventually, but not at full price. Those Ubisoft games typically go on sale pretty quick, so it may be one I pick up this summer.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/19/16 edition on: February 22, 2016, 01:19:05 PM
Well, I lied.  icon_biggrin

Ended up turning on Assassin's Creed: Syndicate because it was already installed, and figured I'd just fiddle around with it a few minutes. It got its hooks into me so I wound up just playing that.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/19/16 edition on: February 21, 2016, 09:48:01 PM
I'm probably going to start Divinity:Original Sin tonight. The Order:1886 is boring as hell, and I need a little bit of a break from open world stuff. So a deep RPG may be just the ticket.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - President's Day 2016 Edition on: February 15, 2016, 04:16:07 PM
I got another hour or two into The Order: 1886. I can see now why people were pretty "meh" about it. Reminds me a lot of Ryse - looks gorgeous, but incredibly linear. Unlike Ryse, however, which at least had a combat system, this one basically plays itself. Shoot a few bad guys, watch 5 minutes of cutscenes. Explore a room at walking speed. Watch another 5 minutes of cutscenes. Do a quicktime event, watch another 5 minutes of cutscenes. It's pretty boring. I'll finish it since it's short, but I'm hoping it picks up a bit.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Typing program for 10 yr old....not Typing of the Dead on: February 15, 2016, 01:17:25 AM
I have a bizarre story on learning to type:

Our typing teacher in middle school gave no instruction, she just let us play around in the computer lab for an hour. So I learned absolutely no typing. I was hunt and pecking all the way up to my senior year in college.

Enter an internship at a local business. This place had only one project for me, and it involved building a simple Access database. I knocked it out in a couple of days, so now here I was stuck in an office 4 or 5 hours a day with absolutely no work to do.

The cubicle I was sitting in just happened to have an old typing class lab manual, so out of boredom one day i just started with page 1 going through all the lessons. Every day, if there was no actual work for me to do, I'd just practice typing and getting paid for it. This went on for six months.

When I finally left the internship, I didn't have a whole hell of a lot of job experience. But I did have college credit and could type like a motherf---er.  icon_biggrin
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - President's Day 2016 Edition on: February 14, 2016, 10:54:34 PM
I 100-percented Arkham Knight! Getting all the Riddler trophies was a grind, but I like the game mechanics of that series so much that I didn't mind. I've finished every game in that series thus far, so spending the extra time to complete this one in its entirety felt like a fitting conclusion.

At some point I may go back and do all the DLC level packs (of which there are many), but for now I need the break. Great game though.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - President's Day 2016 Edition on: February 12, 2016, 09:48:34 PM
I am about 50 riddles away from 100%-ing Arkham Knight, so that will be my big push this weekend.

After that I'll be putting some time into The Order: 1886 as a short appetizer before I jump into my next big AAA title.

And of course, an American Truck Simulator delivery here or there as I get a chance.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10/16) on: February 10, 2016, 01:09:36 PM
I'll pick Firewatch up on a Steam sale some day.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 02, 2016, 04:48:58 PM
According to Steam, American Truck Simulator is releasing early and should be available today!
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 01, 2016, 01:21:23 PM
American Truck Simulator. I'm lifting my self-imposed ban on new game purchases for this one, just because I've always felt oddly compelled to be a virtual truck driver. I've messed around with almost every truck driving game that's ever hit the market, and loved ETS2.

Don't really care about XCOM - I never got into that franchise like other people did. May pick it up one of these days on a Steam sale.
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