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41  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.
42  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.
43  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
44  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.
45  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.
46  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.
47  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!
48  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.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 1/29 edition on: January 30, 2016, 07:56:41 PM
I finished the second ending in Arkham Knight last night, so I'll probably bully my way through it and try to get the final ending. What can I say, I'm a glutton for punishment.  icon_biggrin
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 1/29 edition on: January 29, 2016, 08:24:34 PM
I've been in a bit of a slump after finishing up Grim Dawn, so I'll likely start something new on the console this weekend. Haven't decided whether to go with Assassin's Creed Syndicate,Fallout 4, or Divinity:Original Sin yet.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 26, 2016, 09:11:28 PM
I want this but the cost of entry is too high for me right now, and I've still got to finish The Talos Principle. Will definitely grab it at some point though.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: January 26, 2016, 06:23:39 PM
Unfortunately it never redeemed itself for me. Time to let this horse die, as they still can't seem to learn their lesson.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/22/16 - Snowmaggeddon Edition on: January 25, 2016, 01:47:51 PM
I didn't get much gaming in this weekend due to the playoff games, but made a little progress in The Talos Principle. I also picked up Crashlands for iOS which is fantastic (it's also available on PC).
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/22/16 - Snowmaggeddon Edition on: January 23, 2016, 04:19:01 AM
Still nibbling at Arkham Knight but most of my time will probably be spent with The Talos Principle, which I started a couple of nights ago.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/18/2016) on: January 22, 2016, 01:06:40 PM
I'm breaking my new game rule for Crashlands, but I'm probably going to pick it up for iOS since it's only $5 there. Mobile games don't count as game purchases.  ninja
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 19, 2016, 01:10:35 PM
Just an update - I did finish Grim Dawn (normal difficulty) so yay me! First game finished in 2016.

I'm now working on the second and third endings for Arkham Knight. There's a lot to do since I pretty much mainlined the storyline missions, but I'm making tremendous progress and hope to have that knocked out by the end of the week.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/18/2016) on: January 18, 2016, 09:39:48 PM
If I were buying anything I'd pick up A Boy and His Blob and Dark Cloud 2, but I'm still on a self-imposed moratorium until I get some big titles knocked out of my backlog.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 16, 2016, 02:06:08 AM
My last big push to finish up Grim Dawn.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Origin Access, the PC equivalent of EA Access, is now available on PC on: January 14, 2016, 03:16:07 PM
It wasn't a bad deal on Xbox; I signed up when it first launched and the title selection was far more limited than it is now, and still got my money's worth. Played FIFA and Madden which are games I'd never pay full price for but wanted to try out.

The only reason I wound up canceling is that my backlog was so huge to begin with that it didn't make sense to pay money for games I wouldn't have time to play.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: January 10, 2016, 01:44:04 AM
Quote from: Bullwinkle
Hopefully, we won't be sick of the format and/or grow tired of Star Wars.

Disney doesn't care if you get sick of Star Wars as long as they've hooked your kids. And they don't care if your kids get sick of Star Wars, as long as they've hooked their younger siblings. It's going to be a neverending cycle.  icon_biggrin

I do believe that the more movies they make, the higher the chances of suck. "The new Star Wars movie of year XXXX" will be hit or miss. But that's no different than the current reality - it's just going to be a more frequent debate. And even if us old crotchety fans of the originals don't like the direction it's going, our kids won't know any different. And 30 years from now when we're in the nursing home and they're grown with kids of their own, they'll be reminiscing about how awesome Eps. 7-8-9 were and how the movies of the 2040s suck.

61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 1/8 edition on: January 08, 2016, 11:28:59 PM
I'm sure I'll continue Grim Dawn since that one thoroughly has my hooks in me, but I'm a bit torn on the console side. I *need* to finish up Arkham Knight, but the stuff I have left to do is all side content to unlock the second ending. I'm wavering between grinding it out to be a completist, or counting main storyline as accomplishment enough and moving on to Fallout 4, Assasin's Creed Syndicate, or Divinity Original Sin. And yes, I'm open to guidance from the hivemind.  icon_biggrin

62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 08, 2016, 06:22:22 PM
I'm told that my results are better than 80% or so of users out there. What does that tell you?

It tells me that the "PC master race" people are full of shit.  icon_biggrin
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 08, 2016, 01:35:15 PM
My PC is nearly 4 years old and the only thing that doesn't meet minimum specs is the video card. I'd probably have to throw a USB 3.0 expansion card in there as well. But that's not crazy for a PC that old.

Your mom probably doesn't have a PC that meets those specs, but I'd imagine the target market for the Rift - PC gamers - are probably at spec if not really close. I know my video card (a GTX 570 1.5GB) has been borderline obsolete for awhile, and if I didn't have consoles I'd have upgraded the thing a long time ago.


64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 08, 2016, 01:39:47 AM
While the price is too high for me personally to jump in this early, I don't think it's completely insane. Apple sells iPads and Macs and iPhones all day long that are more expensive than this, and not just to a niche consumer market. If this becomes the next huge tech gadget revolution - which every sign points to it being - then I think people will come up with a way to pay for it. Particularly if it's the market leader in that space and competition is limited.

I don't personally think it's going to take anywhere close to 5 years for mass market adoption. I think like the iPhone and iPad, it's going to blow up in a big way.

65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 06:28:42 PM
I didn't buy a Blu-Ray player when it first came out either.  icon_biggrin

I will say that given the use I'd get out of it compared to say, an iPad at the same price, I'd rather have the Rift by far. But since the prices will almost assuredly come down (unlike the iPad, whose prices only come down when it's last-gen), it's probably worth waiting.

I'm also really interested to see how Sony prices their model. If they can come in at $399 or less, I'm sure a lot of people would be willing to sacrifice a little resolution and field of view in exchange for cheaper upfront costs and not having to worry about upgrading their PC.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist: the (late) New Years edition on: January 03, 2016, 04:46:10 AM
I played a bit of Arkham Knight to unlock the second ending, but my main addiction has been Grim Dawn. Ever since they went content complete, I'm totally hooked on this game in a way I haven't been since Diablo 3. I really do need to get back to the console after getting both Fallout 4 and Divinity:Original Sin for Christmas, but I can't stop Grim Dawning.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2016 gaming resolution on: December 31, 2015, 12:25:10 AM
The last half of 2015 I got really good at focusing on one game at a time, or at most two - one on PC, one on console. And that enabled me to finish a bunch of games I probably would have just never completed in previous years. However, I really do have to get better at not buying new ones - even the limited number I bought last year were too many. One of my resolutions this year is to do better financially, so hopefully that will help in the game buying department as well.

As far as doing stuff outside of gaming, I also took up disc golf a couple of years ago and it has been a fantastic form of exercise and outside recreation. I'm also big into the theme park hobby, so I did 4 or 5 trips last year. I plan to continue both those hobbies in a big way in 2016, so there's no reason to go overboard on the gaming front.

My resolution right now is to finish the following games in my backlog before buying anything new:

- Fallout 4
- Divinity: Original Sin
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
- Witcher 3

I have a couple more that I really need to complete in addition to those, but those are the four that I think would be a notable accomplishment and make me feel less guilty about buying something new and shiny.

68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Expanded Christmas edition, 12/23 on: December 25, 2015, 01:52:26 AM
I spent an hour with the ARK demo on Xbox One. After I got over the initial learning curve and figured out how to harvest/craft, it was a blast. The interface is clunky and leaves much to be desired, but it whetted my appetite for a survival game. I'll probably end up picking either ARK or Rust up during the Steam sale - still trying to decide on which.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 22, 2015, 09:54:34 PM
Yeah, I didn't think it made much sense either, TiLT.  icon_biggrin
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 22, 2015, 06:51:51 PM
I heard another interesting theory:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Supreme Leader Snoke is a clone of Luke made from his hand that they recovered along with the lightsaber.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Biggest disappointment/surprise of the year 2015 on: December 22, 2015, 02:11:56 PM
Biggest Surprise: Mad Max. Never really cared for the franchise, but decided to pick up the game because I liked Fury Road so much. Then proceeded to put 60 hours into the game. That game was nowhere on my radar, and ended up being the title I probably played the most time-wise this year.

I'm not saying it's a *great* game, because it ultimately grew repetitive and the storyline kind of went nowhere, but definitely a pleasant surprise for me.

Biggest Disappointment: Guitar Hero Live. I was a HUGE fan of music games in the 360 era. I owned and played almost every Guitar Hero and Rock Band title. When music games died, I was still a fan. So when they announced new music games for the next generation of consoles, I was really excited. I went with GH over RB this go-round only because the idea of a new note system intrigued me, and I wanted a new controller which I wasn't going to get with RB.

However, after only a half hour of play I was regretting my purchase. I didn't really get the new system, the soundtrack was terrible, and I just wasn't having any fun. Was it the game's fault? Not totally - the sad fact is I was outgrowing the genre. Didn't have the reflexes, wasn't familiar with the music - it was a stark reminder that I wasn't in my 20s anymore.

72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 21, 2015, 01:35:21 PM
As much as holiday pigeon dating appeals to me, I'm going to pass this week. Though who knows what damage the Steam sale will bring.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 20, 2015, 08:49:34 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Just playing Devil's Advocate, but I think one could justify the Starkiller Base due to Kylo Ren. He idolizes Vader so much he may have just wanted to finish the job Vader got stopped twice trying to do. Sort of like how George W. Bush was hell bent on toppling Saddam Hussein to finish the job his father never could.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 15, 2015, 02:38:37 AM
Because when I think "Star Trek," I think "Beastie Boys and motorcycles!"
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HURTWORLD........not another one. on: December 14, 2015, 12:24:29 AM
I've never played any of these survival games - is there a consensus on the best one out there currently? I've got a couple of friends who play Don't Starve, Rust, and ARK, but I haven't been able to get a good feel on what the conventional wisdom is.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist -- 12/11/15 Edition - Pre Star Wars Mania!!! on: December 11, 2015, 06:03:55 PM
Not going to have much gaming time this weekend due to work stuff, but what little I get to will be with Arkham Knight. I finished the storyline but I'm now doing the side stuff to unlock the Knightfall ending. Hoping to have that one completely knocked out by Christmas.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars on: December 09, 2015, 07:19:01 PM
We picked this up for the kids this Christmas (6 and 4). I have no clue whether they'll like it or not, but they've both been chomping at the bit to play video games, and my kid options are slim to none. It took me forever to wrap my head around what is compatible with what, and what figures do vs power discs vs playsets, but I think I've finally grasped it.

Right now we have the Star Wars starter kit, Olaf, and Mulan. Which should make for some interesting cross-universing.  icon_biggrin
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 09, 2015, 03:37:35 PM
My job is going live on a big project and currently I'm scheduled to work next weekend on 12 hour shifts.  icon_frown Depending on how it goes, I may also be on call in which case I won't go and risk being pulled out of the theater at some point due to an issue.

My biggest fear not seeing it opening weekend is that avoiding spoilers is going to be nearly impossible, especially when I get back to work on Monday. We have one huge Star Wars fan guy in our department that talks EXTREMELY LOUDLY and has no concept of spoilers. He has ruined countless TV episodes and movies for me because he talks so loudly on the phone you can't avoid hearing him. It's so bad I literally thought about seeing if I could work from home Monday to avoid him.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 07, 2015, 08:41:03 PM
Nothing for me.

Even once I finish Arkham Knight this week (I'm close to the end), I've still got Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and a bunch of backlog games to keep me busy. Plus there's a good chance I'll get Fallout 4 for Christmas and the kids are getting a Wii U.  eek

The good news is that I should be able to coast without spending any money until around March 2016, I hope.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/4/15 Edition on: December 04, 2015, 07:09:07 PM
More Arkham Knight and some board gaming. Flick 'Em Up should be arriving today.
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