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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/24) on: November 24, 2015, 12:40:26 PM
Nothing for me. Hoping to get Fallout 4 and/or Divinity:Original Sin for my birthday, and that will probably do me for the rest of the year unless Rollercoaster Tycoon World turns out to be decent.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/20/15 Edition on: November 20, 2015, 07:50:58 PM
Will be hitting Arkham Knight pretty hard. With Mad Max I found some discipline in sticking to one game through completion, and I'm hoping to keep that trend up with AK. So far, so good. I'm reading a lot of Batman comics these days so I'm really enjoying the game, even the side content.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 18, 2015, 04:48:45 PM
Maybe I just got lucky on the Blu-Ray thing, as I'd expect that to be hardware related as well.

I agree that I don't see a lot of improvement in terms of features. I don't find it particularly easier to navigate than the old UI. I don't do a lot of multiplayer, but a friend of mine says they removed the ability to see who is in a party before you join it, which has really bummed him out.

I guess it's one of those instances (like in IT), where you break something so bad that just getting it to a reasonably normal working level makes the customer happy.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 18, 2015, 12:57:58 PM
Now that the official release is out, I was very pleasantly surprised. So far, all the issues I had with the beta are no longer occurring.

- Voice response seems better - I've never been able to use "Xbox On" before - it worked maybe 5% of the time, and that's being generous. Now it works fairly reliably.
- The Bluray player used to require me to put the disc in 5 or 6 times before it would read it. So far it's read the disc first time every time.

So I'm pretty happy. I thought it was going to be a trainwreck, but they turned it around.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/17) on: November 16, 2015, 05:35:12 PM
Nothing for me. As much as I love Star Wars, I know enough from the past that multiplayer shooters don't hold my interest for long.

If I pick up anything it will be Fallout 4, but I'm trying to be strong.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/13, Friday the 13th edition on: November 16, 2015, 01:25:03 AM
Quote from: Gratch
Played a few more Guitar Hero Live sets, and it only reinforced the feeling that I flushed $100 down the toilet on Friday.  Thankfully, Little B thinks it's a blast, which makes it not entirely a waste.

My little one has yet to pick it up since the first night.  icon_frown

I was going to just sell it or trade it in, then found out my wife threw the box away. I guess there's a chance I could still get some money back for it by going through craigslist or something. I may try to do that before the Black Friday deals on it start hitting.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/13, Friday the 13th edition on: November 15, 2015, 12:47:07 PM
Just a quick note that I made some fantastic progress in Arkham Knight. My mom kept the kids overnight Friday and most of the day Saturday while we did yard work and cleaned out the garage. My wife does better when I'm not in the way, so she told me to "go play your game and let me do this." So yes, ladies and gentlemen, I sat on my butt and played Arkham Knight for several hours while she cleaned. thumbsup
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/13, Friday the 13th edition on: November 14, 2015, 12:53:53 PM
I finally finished Mad Max after 4000 hours. Ok not really, but it felt that way.

So now it's on to Arkham Knight. I've got to get through some backlog before I can even think about Fallout 4. Going to just mainline it - it's clear that there are too many quality open world games coming out for me to be able to do all the optional stuff in all of them.

Will also dabble in Guitar Hero to eke out some value from it. I think that was a mistake. Like Gratch I really dislike the soundtrack, and it's quickly becoming apparent I don't have the reflexes I had back when the first game came out. Six year olds are evil!
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/10) on: November 09, 2015, 01:58:45 PM
I think I'm officially old. There was a time when Fallout 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Starcraft II:Legacy of the Void would have been day one purchases.

Just no time to play this stuff.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/6 edition on: November 09, 2015, 02:56:55 AM
Since the weekend's almost over, I'll recap quickly:

Did wind up picking up Guitar Hero Live after my daughter played the demo in the store and loved it. There is a setting where you don't have to hit any notes, just strum in time to the song, and she was really good at it.

The game's really good and I've been enjoying the new control scheme. I used to play Rock Band on Expert, but I had to work my way up on GH Live. I am now fairly proficient on the level one up from Standard difficulty, but nowhere near ready to do the hardest level.

The soundtrack isn't really my cup of tea, and I didn't recognize the majority of the songs. On the other hand, they've all been really fun to play, even when I wasn't familiar with them. The good news is that this weekend they unlocked free play for everyone, so I've been able to check out a lot of songs I do know on-demand that are in the Live channel rotation.

I am glad that I didn't go for Rock Band instead. Learning the new control scheme has been the real fun of this game, and I think if I had gone with RB's familiar controls it's possible I would have gotten bored of it quickly. I can already tell that I just don't have the patience or stamina for the long sessions I used to play with RB/GH.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 06, 2015, 06:25:09 PM
I didn't think you were bashing the PS4, I just noticed you actually did use the term, "Shit." slywink I'm an indie developer, so are a few friends. So I took a little personal offense to that. But no harm done. I understand you love all games, but while I haven't experienced it, because I haven't released, I have some friends who are a bit frustrated by the expectation of AAA everything from others.

Ah, I see what you're referring to. I meant "shit" as in "tons of stuff" as in "I need to clean all the shit up in this room."  icon_biggrin That's why i was puzzled. Poor choice of words.

I think the AAA expectation is largely fueled by mobile gaming. It's hard for me to get excited about an indie title on the PS4 that I can just as easily get - and run just as well - on my phone. There's also a certain amount of old school elitism at play, and I confess I'm guilty as charged. I cut my gaming teeth in a world where there was no such thing as cross-platform. There were PC games, there were Console A games, and there were Console B games. And they didn't overlap. Part of me still covets that feeling of being able to play something that other people can't because I put in the effort to save up and scrape/claw to get that device. There's a sense of pride there that is getting harder and harder to obtain.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/6 edition on: November 06, 2015, 06:00:13 PM
I'm going to finish Mad Max. I've wavered back and forth between 100%ing everything, just clearing the territories, or just finishing the game. I've gotten to the point that I'm just frustrated and bored with it, so the latter is the route I'm going. I believe I'm on the last if not very close to the last story quest, so it should be doable.

I'm also strongly considering picking up Guitar Hero Live after my initial reservations. Sounds like people are having fun with it, and that the "Live" portion is more entertaining than it sounded on paper. Best Buy has it on sale for $80, which means with my GCU membership I could get the game + guitar for $64, which sounds like a great deal to me.

In board game related gaming, we're going to break out Robinson Crusoe & The Cursed Island this weekend and try to knock out a couple of scenarios. We've beaten 3 of the 6 to date, I believe.


53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 06, 2015, 12:59:22 AM
Quote from: Turtle
However, when you call things shit without trying them when I think that's a very narrow minded opinion. A lot of what people call Indie are actually AAA or AA developers making smaller games at more reasonable budgets, or are doing stories or gameplay that the usual publishers won't bother with.

Whoa....I didn't call anything "shit." I own and play tons of indie titles on the PC. All you have to do is look at my library.

I bought a PS4 and an XB1 to play big-budget console games. I don't need it to play indie games; that's what my PC is great for. For what it's worth, I still own a lot of indie games on the two consoles, because I'll grab them as they come up in the freebies each month. And I've played many of them and enjoyed many of them.

I'm not bashing the PS4. I'm lamenting the lack of first-party AAA titles two years in. I expected there would be more of them by now for a console that is selling like gangbusters. I'm thinking back to PS2 when it seemed I couldn't turn around before a new RPG or something was coming out exclusively for that system. The PS4 may get to that point eventually - it's still early - but it's a hell of a long way from the glory days.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 05, 2015, 05:10:13 PM
Quote from: Scraper
Did you play Tearaway Unfolded yet? Or Bloodborne or Tales of Zestiria or Until Dawn or The Vanishing of Ethan Carter or Disgaea 5? I mean those are just recently released titles I could keep going if you want me to.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is also a PC game, and I can get it cheaper on Steam, so I don't count it.

Tales of Zestiria I was interested in until the mediocre reviews. Until Dawn looks great. Bloodborne looks great too but I'm not very good at Dark Souls type games. No interest in Disgaea 5 or Tearaway.

I'd be curious to know how many of the 252 titles through major publishers are not cross-platform or remakes of old games.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie poll] See "Halloween" or "Psycho" re-release in theaters on Oct. 29th? on: November 02, 2015, 12:33:23 AM
I really regret not going to see Psycho in the theater when it played a few weeks ago. I couldn't get anyone to go with me, my wife didn't want to go, so I just said screw it and stayed home. I also missed the Jaws re-release, but I was out of town that weekend so at least I had an excuse.

I did, however, see Halloween in the theater when they did the 35th anniversary re-release. That was a really good time. They had a bonus featurette that ran before the film that was really entertaining, and we had a good crowd that definitely appreciated the film.

After having seen Halloween and now Back to the Future 2 re-releases, I'm probably going to go see every big re-release that comes out. Both of those experiences were just a ton of fun, because the people that come out and pay $10 to see a movie they could watch at home instantly are the real nerds who love and appreciate the movie.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 02, 2015, 12:26:40 AM
So I did a recalibration anyway since it just stopped taking any commands at all, and now it's just back to thinking TEE VEE means TBS. It got to the point where I could stand right beside the Kinect and talk in a loud voice and it had no clue.

Then I had Amazon Prime crash.

This update is a complete POS. I just hope they get this stuff ironed out because if they don't, they're looking at a gigantic AC:Unity-esque PR clusterfuck heading into the holiday season.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 01, 2015, 01:33:23 AM
I haven't tried a recalibration since the update. I think I'll just wait for the official release then redo all my calibrations then.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 30, 2015, 03:23:34 PM
It's driving my wife crazy because now it interprets "Xbox Watch TV" (which used to work flawlessly) as "Xbox Watch TBS." So every time we tell it to watch TV we're getting hit with 24/7 Seinfeld reruns.  icon_biggrin
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/30/15 Halloween Edition on: October 30, 2015, 03:21:36 PM
Costume Quest 2 and may take a break from Mad Max to make some progress in Arkham Knight.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So are the Steam forums always filled with so many immature people? on: October 29, 2015, 03:14:16 AM
Quote from: Dante Rising
1) Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition was released on Xbox live several hours before Steam. Certain individuals went berserk, despite the fact that all owners of the PC original edition game were getting the enhanced edition for FREE.  All they had to do was wait a few extra hours. Instead comments were posted talking about how Larian had stabbed PC gamers in the back, and how they were catering to console gamers instead of the people who saved their development house.

Unfortunately this is becoming more and more common as technology gives us the power to get anything we want almost instantly. My kids will never know what it means to have to wait for anything.

Jeff Tucker on the 91 Reasons podcast related a story about how he used to work the door at the Snoopy Ice Show at Knott's Berry Farm. He was in charge of turning people away when the theater filled to capacity. He said that he had people threaten to kill him because the venue was full and they'd have to wait for the next show. Threaten to KILL him.  retard
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now they have come for my bacon! on: October 27, 2015, 12:48:38 AM
WHO - the world's biggest buzzkill since 1948!
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 27, 2015, 12:42:48 AM
I've had it for maybe 2 weeks, and I'll be the first to admit I haven't really explored it a great deal. The biggest immediate difference is that instead of hitting left to bring up that big shortcut conglomeration of tiles, you can just scroll down to hit your most used apps. Which technically is probably easier, but it seems like more effort because now I'm scrolling through a list of giant tiles vs just selecting the tile I want from one screen.

It may in actuality turn out to be better once I get used to it, but I was hoping for something a little slicker based on the hype. My first impression was "Oh great. Instead of a bunch of tiles we have to scroll through left to right we have.....a bunch of tiles we have to scroll through up and down." 
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 26, 2015, 03:08:58 AM
I really want Divinity:Original Sin but nothing this week. Backlog still too full.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 25, 2015, 07:28:07 PM
I dislike the update as well. Voice control seems WAY more unresponsive than it used to be. Lots of bugs that happened infrequently before now seem to occur regularly. I'm living with it, but not particularly happy. I also fail to see how the new UI is a huge improvement over the old one.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/23/15 Edition on: October 23, 2015, 12:10:36 PM
Still picking away at Mad Max. Also started Costume Quest 2 last night so I'll probably play that a lot leading up to Halloween.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long do you give a game to capture your interest? on: October 22, 2015, 07:58:28 PM
Quote from: Dante Rising
One of our own forum members mentioned that there are only two or three games being released this holiday season that he is interested in.

I kind of get it.

For me, it's like my attitude towards movies pre-kids and post-kids. Pre-kids, just about every weekend there was at least one new movie coming out that interested me enough I'd go pay a ticket price to see. Then the babies came along, and it wasn't a matter of wanting to see stuff - I physically couldn't get out to go see them all. Over time, I had to become much more selective about what I actually went to see in the theater, because I could only get out to maybe 4 or 5 movies a year.

Once you do that long enough, I think you start raising your standards to a point that anything that isn't completely AAA Must-See is just filtered out. You dismiss it out of hand because you have to in order to have enough time for those AAA movies.

Games work the same way. For instance, I have little to no interest in Halo 5 because the appeal of Halo is multiplayer and I don't have time for multiplayer. There are people I can't tell that I'm not interested in Halo because they might disown me as a friend.  icon_biggrin But it's not that I don't like Halo or don't want to play Halo - it's just that I don't like it *enough* to assign it to my valuable ration of gaming hours.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long do you give a game to capture your interest? on: October 22, 2015, 04:05:40 PM
I don't have any specific cut-off. I play until it feels like work, or until something newer and shinier comes along.

I have tried (mostly successfully) to start sticking with games to completion that I've invested a significant amount of money in. Because my game time is limited, I find that skipping from game to game isn't feasible anyway due to my lack of time. It just makes more sense financially to buy one game at a time and finish it.

I've bought less games this year than I have in the past 20 years, and I've still bought too many this year than I can finish.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2015, 01:39:59 PM
I canceled my Guitar Hero pre-order after the middling reviews and finding out that the DLC can never actually be purchased. F-- that. I'll grab Rock Band 4 on the cheap a few months down the road.

I may roll that $80 into the Uncharted collection and Tales of Zestiria instead. We'll see - I really need to knock out Arkham Knight first.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 19, 2015, 03:14:01 PM
Guitar Hero Live is probably going to be a purchase this week if the review scores are good. I passed on Rock Band 4 due to the mediocre playlist and the lack of new features (not to mention the added cost of the wireless adapter). GH has a better playlist (IMO), new instrument, brand new gameplay due to the new controller design, and will only cost me $10 more than RB would have cost me with no new instrument. So that's pretty much a no-brainer.

I'm also VERY interested in Sword Coast Legends - again I'll wait on some reviews but that may be my other purchase.

No interest in AssCreed - I haven't finished Unity and Syndicate will probably be $20 within 6 months.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/16/15 Edition on: October 16, 2015, 04:32:49 PM
No gaming for me this weekend. Taking the kids to their first theme park, so that should be more than entertaining enough. As the cooler weather sets in, however, I'm starting to get the gaming itch. I imagine I'll be hitting Arkham Knight hard when I get back.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will no longer grind for certain achievements. on: October 12, 2015, 09:34:58 PM
I never worry about achievements, but I am a collectible completionist. Hell, I even got all the ones in Sunset Overdrive and there were more in that game than I've ever seen in any game before or since.

However, it's starting to wear on me as well with Mad Max. The problem being there are SO many games this fall and my backlog is already huge. I find myself wondering why the hell I'm spending an hour of precious game time driving around a map picking up scrap I don't need when I could be playing a new game. I believe you gentlemen have inspired me to stop chasing the purple dragon and mainline the story missions tonight to get it behind me.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 12, 2015, 05:44:33 PM
I'd love to have both Wasteland 2 and Dragon Quest Heroes, but I'm on a self-imposed moratorium until I knock out Mad Max and Arkham Knight.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are any of you specifically playing horror games since its October? on: October 10, 2015, 01:25:11 PM
The only one I've saved specifically for October is Costume Quest 2.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/9/15 Edition on: October 09, 2015, 01:42:18 PM
I'm blasting my way through the Mad Max storyline missions to get that one knocked out. Then it will be all Arkham Knight.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 05, 2015, 11:38:22 PM
I've pretty much decided against Rock Band 4. I'd have to get it on Xbox One for DLC and instrument compatibility, so that's a $20 premium on the price right off the bat. The setlist is pretty mediocre, and most reviews - while positive - are saying it doesn't really improve much upon the previous entries and in some cases takes a step back.

Instead I think I'll wait and see how Guitar Hero Live shapes up - at least they are doing something a little different with the controller, and their set list looks better to me. It's also solo-oriented, which is how I was planning on playing Rock Band mostly anyway. Might just be a better fit all around.

76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 05, 2015, 02:59:03 AM
Uncharted is an eventual must-buy, as I've never played any of the Uncharted games. However, it will have to wait until I get some of my backlog under control.

I was going to buy Rock Band 4 Day One, but I'm wavering now. I think I may wait just a bit to see how the reviews shake out.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/2/15 Edition on: October 02, 2015, 09:47:21 PM
Will try to make some more progress on Mad Max, but starting to get a little burned out since that's all I've played exclusively since launch.

Might fire up StarCraft: Heart of the Swarm since I picked it up on a $10 sale.

Also since WildStar is now free I'll probably goof around with that a bit.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 01, 2015, 05:32:28 PM
Greatness *still* awaits, apparently.

I love my PS4, but I've been supremely disappointed in the lack of exclusives. I'm talking real exclusives, not indie shit I can get all day long on Steam for half the price. It's been two years, for God's sake.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/29) on: September 30, 2015, 05:03:23 PM
Jeff Gerstmann posted on Twitter his initial impressions of Tony Hawk, which was a meh/sad face, which pretty much told me all I needed to know.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: September 29, 2015, 04:46:19 PM
Quote from: hepcat
The best thing they could do for the show is to fire Tim Kring.  The guy is a hack.

Hack? The guy co-wrote Teen Wolf Too!
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