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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 4/24 on: April 27, 2015, 01:59:28 PM
I wrapped up Act II of Pillars of Eternity. My gaming this year has been a really slow burn, but quality.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 26, 2015, 04:57:34 PM
Quote from: Lee
I pictured you as Android guy YK.

Nope, far from it. I started out buying an iPhone, and then my company gave me a Droid. I used it for about a week and then told them to keep it. Couldn't stand it. I've just never been one to tinker and customize - I detest added complexity for the sake of personalization. Just give me something simple that works. Unlike a lot of tech people, I'm a fan of "walled garden" ecosystems. I prefer curated experiences over unlimited freedom.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 26, 2015, 12:14:27 AM
Now that they're here I feel my resolve shaking. One of the things that has swayed me a great deal is that my mom got a Garmin fitness band and absolutely loves it. She kept talking about how she loves that it's bluetooth and she can get texts from her phone on it, how much it's helping with her activity, etc. Then I thought - if I'm going to spend $150 on something like that, why not spring the extra couple bills and get something REALLY shiny and that will have far greater functionality in the long run?

It's not something I can afford right now, but I'll definitely be taking a long look at them around the latter half of the year.

4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 20, 2015, 05:09:22 PM
Yeah, I can't help but feel that Marvel is firing on all cylinders right now and DC is still stuck in the early 90s. I enjoyed Nolan's dark take on Batman, because it counteracted the damage Joel Schumacher did to the franchise. However, even that tone feels outdated now after so many Marvel films have deftly balanced drama and humor.

Unfortunately from the early looks of the Wonder Woman and Aquaman publicity shots, they seem to be following the same grim trajectory.

Right now I'm pinning all my hopes on DC's movie future with Suicide Squad.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: April 16, 2015, 07:17:27 PM
Chewie has certainly aged well.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Carls Jr - now in Toronto should I try it? on: April 10, 2015, 06:36:03 PM
Down south they're called Hardee's. I've always thought of it as a McDonald's who cares even LESS about your health.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 4/10/15 on: April 10, 2015, 06:34:39 PM
Pillars of Eternity, though I may try to dip back into Dragon Age so I don't forget what I'm doing.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 09, 2015, 01:48:15 PM
I think the most important thing is that it's been one of the first real attempts to make wearable tech that is also fashionable. That opens the floodgates to wearable tech being a real "thing" and not some pie in the sky fantasy. I have no interest in this device, but I am interested in what it paves the way for down the road.   
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/3/15 edition on: April 03, 2015, 11:27:54 PM
Between basketball and Easter I probably won't have a great deal of gaming time available, but what little I get will definitely be spent on Pillars of Eternity. I was hoping to catch up on some of my PS4 titles waiting for the patch, but then they had to go ahead and release it today!
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 26, 2015, 03:19:22 PM
My game plate is more than full but I'm going to have a really hard time resisting this one tonight. Looking forward to impressions.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One weird trick for finishing a lot of games on: March 23, 2015, 08:19:14 PM
I stopped worrying about the backlog. I now treat it as a library. When you walk into a library you don't go "OMG HOW AM I GOING TO READ ALL THESE BOOKS???" You just pick one you like and you read it, knowing that when you're finished with it or grow bored, you can pick another one.

The only time it does stress me out a bit is when I have several AAA games in the backlog that I (or others) paid full price for. That's when the library analogy falls apart since you have a significant economic investment. For that reason, I've tried to strictly limit what games I buy at launch. As of this writing, I haven't paid full price for a game in about six months.

12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 23, 2015, 12:30:50 PM
Ah crap, I didn't know Pillars of Eternity was out this week. My backlog is going to take a beating. But yeah, probably that on top of everything else.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 03/20/15 - The 'Where the heck is everybody?' Edition on: March 22, 2015, 04:35:30 PM
Yes, Best Buy. Damn you, autocorrect senility!
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 03/20/15 - The 'Where the heck is everybody?' Edition on: March 22, 2015, 02:35:28 PM
Well I did something a bit unconventional yesterday. I had planned on getting Bloodborne, but the difficulty/Dark Souls-ness did worry me. I never got all that far in Dark Souls 2 and quit Dark Souls 1 after a couple of hours.

However, Blockbuster had Lords of the Fallen on sale, and between my Gamer's Club membership and some reward coupons, I picked it up for $25. I figured it would either be good practice for Bloodborne, or I'd end up hating it and realize that these games just weren't my style. Either way I'm only out $25.

I wound up playing until 1 am, completely hooked. I know the challenge level is a little lower, but I'm having a great time with it and think it will be a good stepping stone.

15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 03/20/15 - The 'Where the heck is everybody?' Edition on: March 21, 2015, 01:04:03 AM
More Dragon Age: Inquisition, but I think as a break I'll probably burn through the second episodes of Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grills? What say you GT? on: March 20, 2015, 06:34:10 PM
We got rid of ours by calling a scrap metal guy.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: March 20, 2015, 01:38:15 PM
Despite my love/hate relationship with the Dark Souls games, I'm probably picking this up. The setting intrigues me more than the generic fantasy world of the Dark Souls series, and I really want to own a standout PS4 exclusive. Also I've been playing a lot of Dragon Age: Inquisition and as fun as that game is, the combat is terrible. I really want an RPG with good combat.

And yes, get ready to die. These games ain't for sissies.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 18, 2015, 08:31:04 PM
Want to know the worst buzzkill ever? Have someone who actually plays drums come over to play Rock Band drums. Did that one time and the guy pretty much just rage quit since he said the game wasn't an accurate representation. I couldn't really get him to see that it was meant to be a simulation, not a re-creation.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 18, 2015, 08:26:38 PM
Quote from: hepcat
It's not really murder though, is it?

Good point - I was thinking in slasher movie mode.

The black murder consumption rate should be at least double due to that alone!  icon_biggrin
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 18, 2015, 07:52:22 PM
The Walking Dead is WAAAAY over it's black quota for fictionalized horror even with Noah's death. It's especially egregious when you realize that nobody is having sex. The black murder rate should be at least double due to that alone!
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC pulled a Batgirl cover variant on: March 18, 2015, 05:23:55 PM
That's a shame. That's a really brilliant piece of artwork.

As a society I think we're really in danger of watering down everything into a mush of mediocrity in an attempt not to offend anyone's "delicate sensibilities."
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grills? What say you GT? on: March 18, 2015, 03:43:59 PM
I went the Weber route as well, after getting tired of replacing my cheap grills every 2-3 years. Well worth the extra money in my opinion.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 18, 2015, 03:41:59 PM
I don't think it needs to be as big as it once was to be worth doing. After all, they put those Just Dance games out every year like clockwork and apparently make enough money to keep doing so, even though I wouldn't say the dance genre is super popular.

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remember when Worms was good? on: March 16, 2015, 08:18:31 PM
Scorched Earth is it! Thank you, Hivemind.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/17) on: March 16, 2015, 03:00:48 PM
Tales from the Borderlands since I own the season.

I've spent a grand total of $3 on games this year (the balance for pre-ordering Witcher 3 after gift cards), and was hoping to go at least six months without purchasing anything out of pocket. However, Bloodborne might be the game that finally breaks me.

26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remember when Worms was good? on: March 15, 2015, 07:39:31 PM
There was a PC game that predated Worms by quite a bit (a cookie to anyone who can find the name of it), but it was similar in that you faced off against an opponent on a randomly generated bit of terrain and basically lobbed different things at each other. It in turn, was similar to an old TRS-80 game in which you were basically just firing a cannon by entering angles, but the one I'm talking about did have various ammo types that did various things.

At any rate, there was one weapon type that we called "The Juicer" - I don't know if that was the actual name or if one of our college suite-mates made it up. At any rate, this thing would actually eat through the terrain. If a certain level randomly generated in such a way that the Juicer would be particularly effective, my buddy would clap his hands together and exclaim, "OH YES!!! THIS IS A JUICE BOARD!!!"

To this day, 20+ years later, I still refer to any level of a game in which I feel I have a distinct advantage against my opponent as a "juice board."  icon_biggrin

27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So 2015 the year of VR? on: March 14, 2015, 03:02:47 AM
I don't care if my wife laughs at me. She does that all the time anyway. Joke's on her though, she's the one that married and got stuck with a gamer dork, while I got stuck with a beautiful woman that can cook.  icon_biggrin
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So 2015 the year of VR? on: March 13, 2015, 09:35:38 PM
Quote from: Eco-Logic
Anyway, I cannot fathom what she will say if I'm ducking behind a pretend desk 1-4 years from now in our living room while the kids and her are sleeping.  Don't get me wrong, I'll do it anyway, but I imagine the conversation will be fun/funny.

This is actually my biggest fear with VR. My wife is also very understanding of my gaming hobby, but she's used to me generally being available to drop what I'm doing and help out with a kid or whatever. VR is going to be a really isolating environment, and I'm not sure how well that's going to fly.

I'm probably making more of a deal out of it than it really is since I do most of my gaming at night after they're in bed anyway, but it is a concern.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist - 3/13/15 on: March 13, 2015, 09:32:35 PM
Still nibbling away at Dragon Age: Inquisition.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 09, 2015, 08:40:49 PM
Nothing for the entire month, based on that release calendar.  icon_biggrin
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 03, 2015, 09:16:50 PM
I picked up Rayman Legends for XB1 for free, and also plan on picking up the 4 PS4 freebies for this month. However, so far this year I've resisted spending any money on games.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So 2015 the year of VR? on: March 02, 2015, 12:19:04 AM
I'm thinking 2016 or 2017 for it to truly hit mainstream. It took a year for the XB1 and PS4 to semi-mature and get people on board, and I think this is an even steeper adoption curve. It's all going to be about the software, and it's going to take time to make those "killer apps" that get the general public on board.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What skills will be obsolete in 50 years? on: February 27, 2015, 01:32:11 AM
I think people are only afraid of self-driving cars because we've always been in control and can't imagine a state where we are not. People were also terrified of elevators when they were first invented (for many of the same reasons), and yet now we go up and down them every day at heights that would kill us instantly if they failed.

34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 26, 2015, 03:45:59 AM
I'm not much of a social extrovert, so I prefer someone who is cordial but not chatty. Just a basic level of common courtesy. I find trying to maintain small talk with strangers rather exhausting. 
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What skills will be obsolete in 50 years? on: February 24, 2015, 09:33:07 PM
Physical media, at least from a consumer standpoint. Everything entertainment-wise will be delivered from the cloud on demand.

I don't think physical books will be obsolete, but I think traditional community libraries might be.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/24) on: February 23, 2015, 09:56:45 PM
I pre-ordered The Witcher 3 because I had a bunch of Best Buy credit to burn before it expired and didn't really have anything else to spend it on. Total cost out of pocket: $3.  icon_biggrin
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interrogation or helpful? (GameStop) on: February 23, 2015, 01:19:10 AM
I haven't shopped at a Gamestop since my whole Destiny pre-order fiasco. I may have recounted it here back when it happened, but I basically had to argue with the girl for 10 minutes about wanting it on XB1 instead of PS4. She just could not fathom that I didn't care about the PS4 bonus stuff. To add insult to injury, I had to deal with another guy trying to get me to pre-order Bound By Flame which I knew was going to suck because I actually do research instead of blindly walking like a sheep into a game store and blindly accepting whatever they are trying to shovel down my throat.

In fact, it made me so mad I think I never even got my $5 back from when I canceled the pre-order. I guess it's still in their computer somewhere waiting for me.

I completely understand that the employees are being driven by their management, who in turn is being driven by corporate to make all these extraneous sales to keep them profitable. I also completely understand that this is why I do my shopping online.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 02/20/15 on: February 20, 2015, 07:29:29 PM
This will be a boardgame weekend for me too, since I'm still not out of my (video)gaming slump. I think it's the amount of work stress I've been under. When I get home, the last thing I feel like doing is staring at a screen.

First up will be The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, which I've played through several times solo but have yet to get a group together. I'll also be tackling the tutorial mission for Imperial Assault solo in order to get a grasp of the rules. I'm not going to spring this one out for game night until I have all the miniatures fully painted. I want it to be total shock and awe when it's revealed.  icon_biggrin
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/17) on: February 16, 2015, 09:09:49 PM
The Xbox Live Ultimate Game sale starts this week, so I have my eye on Alien: Isolation and Lords of the Fallen, depending on the depth of discount. Lords of the Fallen has been rumored at $9, so I'm really hoping that turns out to be legit.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Sword Coast Legends - New D&D game on: February 13, 2015, 03:00:55 PM
Shut up and take my money, your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter, etc. etc.
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