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41  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.
42  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.
43  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.
44  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.
45  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
46  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!
47  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."
48  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.
49  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.

50  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.
51  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.

52  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

53  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
54  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.
55  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.
56  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
57  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.
58  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.
59  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.

60  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. 
61  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.
62  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
63  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.
64  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
65  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.
66  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.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10) on: February 09, 2015, 12:09:12 PM
I'm sitting on the fence about whether to spring for the new 3DS XL. I've never owned a 3DS, so it should seem like a no-brainer, but on the other hand I'm wary of introducing yet another game console into the house when I don't have the time to play the games I already have.

I have zero interest in Evolve. I don't think I ever even played the beta I was invited to multiple times.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/03) on: February 03, 2015, 12:38:26 AM
Game of Thrones Episode 2, because as a season pass holder, I'm entitled to it. Chew on that, peasants!
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS+ Feb Games! Great Month on: February 03, 2015, 12:35:30 AM
Kicking myself for buying Transistor during the Steam Christmas sale. Haven't even booted it up yet.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 31, 2015, 10:19:25 PM
Quote
But that's the thing, the outpost was cleared, and literally 3 minutes after clearing they repopulate.  I'm sorry, no military is that efficient

If it's an actual outpost (smoke coming out of it), and it has actually been cleared (you get the cinematic showing it's cleared), then there's no way they respawn because good guys take over and you have missions and a safehouse inside there.

I think you're talking about something other than an outpost, or else you didn't actually clear it all the way.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Super Bowl Edition on: January 30, 2015, 09:18:42 PM
I've been in a bit of a gaming slump this week. 45 hours of Far Cry 4 just burned me out hard, so I took a few days off to catch up on some TV and movies.

If I play anything this weekend, it will probably be just nibbling away at GTA V.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 30, 2015, 09:14:48 PM
Animals only became unannoying when I unlocked the Buzzsaw. That thing will take down a bear with one burst.

I never bothered trying to kill eagles. Once you get attacked the first time, if you just run out of their aggro range they'll give up. I never really had them chase me across the map like some of the ground based animals.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 30, 2015, 12:21:59 AM
Whether they respawn or not is irrelevant. You will be attacked by wild animals:

- Whenever you need to be stealthy
- Whenever you only have one bar of health
- Whenever you barely survive a vicious shootout
- Whenever you've almost beat that mission that took you five tries
- Whenever you are on fire
- Whenever you are swimming
- Whenever you are sprinting
- Whenever you are running
- Whenever you take a breath in real life because the developers are sadistic assholes who enjoy tormenting their customers
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: January 28, 2015, 01:26:15 PM
Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are two of the best things about the new SNL cast, so I'm very happy. Leslie Jones is so good, in fact, that she started out as an extremely minor bit player (I think it was just one Weekend Update cameo) and was such a hit they promoted her to feature cast member.

I'm not really crazy about the idea of them putting the Ghostbusters name on this, however. I really hate Paul Feig's take that this should not reference the original movies/original movie universe. Then why steal the name? If you're not going to pay homage to the originals, then your blatant cash grab is even more blatant.

I'll try to keep an open mind, though. Those are four of the funniest ladies in the business right now.

75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [teaser trailer] Fantastic 4 on: January 27, 2015, 07:15:55 PM
I wish they would just stop trying to make Fantastic Four cool and relevant. Even as a kid I remember thinking they were the lamest superhero team. I also don't like how young they made all of them. It's about as convincing as your dad telling you how "totes adorbs" Taylor Swift is.

76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Overblown Deflategate Edition on: January 27, 2015, 01:39:55 PM
The Patriots put themselves in a position to be viewed as cheaters. So now even if they're not cheating, the perception is already there. No sympathy.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: January 26, 2015, 09:13:08 PM
I had originally planned to pick up Grim Fandango, but to do so would be to break my "no new games" rule, so I'm going to pass. I'm sure it will be available on the cheap later this year.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 24, 2015, 07:46:13 AM
I expect our company's Windows 10 adoption will be quicker than our Windows 7 adoption (which only came about due to XP end-of-support). The reason being we are moving to Office 365 this year. I imagine as we grow accustomed to that service-based model, we'll be more inclined to do the same on the OS side. I also imagine MS will be building plenty of hooks into 10 to make it a natural fit with their Office suite and other service offerings. We're also slowly becoming more OS agnostic as we move more and more of our apps to Citrix.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/23/15 on: January 24, 2015, 07:36:30 AM
You thought I was going to say Far Cry 4 didn't you?

Now that it's FINALLY behind me, I started dabbling in some other games to see which one clicks. Started Tales from the Borderlands Ep. 1, GTA V, and Halo: CE.

Tales from the Borderlands seems really good so far - I'll probably go ahead and knock it out for the quick win.

GTA V I'm been itching to get to. I played about 15 hours on the Xbox 360 and never finished it, so I'm really looking forward to it.

Going back to Halo was a tad painful. While the remastered graphics look great by and large, the physics haven't aged well. I also forgot how much I've come to rely on things like waypoints. While Halo has some waypoints, there are many instances where they just drop you in a big zone and go, "Eh....he'll figure out eventually." I still want to complete all the remastered Halo titles before Halo 5 hits, but this will probably be one I nibble on throughout the year.

80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What to look forward to in 2015 on: January 24, 2015, 02:00:14 AM
I'm making a concerted effort to buy fewer games in 2015. I'm not so much concerned about the money as I am finishing the things I start. I'm really bad about jumping from hobby to hobby, project to project, game to game, and one of my 2015 resolutions was to be more focused. Not even counting most of my insane Steam backlog, I'm sitting on $200-$300 worth of unfinished games. That's unacceptable.

There are some 2015 games on my "must buy" list, however. Arkham Knight will be a day one purchase most likely - I've completed all the Arkham games and just really enjoy that series. Witcher 3 is also a no-brainer, but I won't buy it until I wrap up Dragon Age 3. No Man's Sky is very high on my list barring terrible reviews.

Other than that it will be more of a wait and see. I'm sure, just as in 2014, there will be plenty of surprises that go completely under my radar but wind up being purchases.

The good news is the gaming glut of the holiday season left me with plenty of big titles to play. So it's pretty easy to resist temptation right now. My goal right now is to not purchase any new games for six months. I'm sure I may change my mind, particularly if one of the above three come out in that time frame, but for now it's a realistic goal that is keeping me on track.
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