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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 26, 2014, 12:25:27 PM
So I was playing last night on the couch and fell asleep. When I woke up, I had somehow reached Maghda in Act II and she was mouthing off at me. I have no idea how I got there. Apparently I'm so good at this game I can play it with my eyes closed.  saywhat
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 25, 2014, 07:55:53 PM
I didn't know they scaled since they're doing such a piss-poor job at it.  icon_biggrin

I must be cray-cray overgeared. I'm like a porcupine in a balloon factory.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 25, 2014, 05:50:06 PM
I've been playing on Expert and I'm in the middle of Act II. It's been ridiculously easy since about halfway through Act I due to some lucky gear drops. I'm also a bit over-leveled since I had a lot of +XP gear and am a completionist when it comes to exploring zones. It's still tons of fun though just waltzing around kicking ass at my leisure. It's nice to know that I physically can't make the game any harder until I beat it, so I don't feel like I'm cheating.

This game is like virtual crack. I don't know why I'm having so much fun with it again on the console, but it's all I want to play.

With so many games coming out this fall, it's likely that I'll just finish the campaign on Expert and set it aside for awhile, but I've already more than received my money's worth in terms of fun.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/25) on: August 25, 2014, 06:57:31 AM
I've been considering my first Madden purchase in probably....forever? Will definitely depend on reviews, though. I'm just itching for some next-gen sports. If I don't end up getting Madden, I'll definitely be buying FIFA 15.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: August 22, 2014, 06:31:56 PM
I need to buy a new one as well. My launch controller triggers squeak like a rusty hinge, to the point I've seriously just considered spraying the shit out of it with WD40.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/22/14 on: August 22, 2014, 06:27:42 PM
Happy birthday, PR_GMR!

I'll be hitting up some Diablo 3 on PS4 this weekend, and will try to make a little progress in TLOU.

But first thing's first. Tonight my mom is keeping the kids, so it's date night. So I may be "unlocking a few achievements" if you know what I mean, wink wink, nudge nudge!
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2014, 03:02:21 PM
I started on Expert and just hit 15. Haven't even fought the Skeleton King yet!
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2014, 12:46:54 PM
I need to add some of you guys to my friends list. I have exactly one friend on PS4 which is Hetz. I feel like the last kid picked for the kickball team.  icon_frown
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 21, 2014, 05:00:24 PM
Yes, I played every class but the Crusader on the PC, but he is by far my favorite now. It's the first class where I actually felt kinship with the character. I feel like I'm doing God's holy work, smashing evil and kicking ass in the name of the Lord.

I also love that you don't have to deal with mana.

50  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 21, 2014, 12:33:01 PM
Thanks for the heads up on that one Crawley. I love Pinball Arcade on the iPad but the tables are so damn expensive. How well does it play on the PC?
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 08:52:39 PM
I used to buy DVDs right and left. At one point I had somewhere in the neighborhood of 300.

When Blu-Ray hit mainstream, I decided to just quit cold turkey. I realized that A) Those 300 movies, for the most part, just sat on a shelf doing nothing, B) they had already been replaced by a superior format, and C) they had practically no resale value. I was determined not to make the same mistake again.

Since then I've moved to a completely on-demand lifestyle in terms of movie consumption. I will buy occasional DVDs for the kids because they will watch a movie 20 times and not get tired of it. However, as far as I'm concerned if I want to watch something I'll either wait for it on Amazon/Netflix, rent it at Redbox, or rent it on-demand from Vudu, Xbox Video, my cable provider, or some other service.

About the only form of entertainment that I haven't completely replaced with digital versions is console games, and I'm slowly starting to come around on that front. I bought both Thief and Diablo 3 digital versions, and I'm getting more and more comfortable with the idea of just buying all my console stuff digitally. I hate stuff cluttering up my house. Any dust collector I can move into the cloud is a good thing.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 20, 2014, 08:45:11 PM
I went home for lunch to play and re-rolled my Crusader on Expert. I know I could have just upped the difficulty, but I wanted a "clean" run knowing I started on Expert with no gear.

The game is about 10x more fun now. That is definitely the sweet spot for me in terms of challenge. Really I see no reason for anyone to start on something lower than Expert unless you just like mindlessly mashing buttons. Expert makes potion drops actually mean something. You have to use strategy, pull mobs, etc, vs wading into crowds. Skill selection becomes much more crucial. Gear drops become much more exciting because they actually impact your success. It just improves the game in every conceivable way.

To answer ATB's question, here's my take on it. This is coming from a long time PC gamer who only recently delved back into the console world:

- Interface - I used to get the dreaded "Diablo hand" from clicking the damn mouse so much on the PC. The console version alleviates that. It seems weird, but hitting A feels more visceral than clicking the mouse button. It makes the combat more fun to me. I grew up playing every action RPG that came out on the consoles (Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance, etc.), and this throws me back to those good old days.

- Graphics - I've got a nice 24" monitor in my office, but seeing Diablo 3 blown up on a 50-inch is way better. Sitting my lazy ass on a couch instead of an office chair is also way better.

- Sound - This game sounds REALLY good when piped through a home theater system. I play all my games through my surround sound, but this is the first one that's really made me sit up and take notice, mostly because it can get loud as hell in the rears when you're bashing monsters.

- Polish - Having not played Diablo 3 since they made a lot of the major changes and fixes, it's nice to have what amounts to "the whole package" in one game without worrying about patches, expansions, etc. Here's the game with every improvement, every bit of content, and a couple of little extra features that you don't see on PC as an added bonus.

Now, I am experiencing a tinge of buyer's remorse for spending that $60 on a game I've (mostly) already played before. There are a LOT of really great new games coming out in the next two months I could have spent that money on. But I can tell you that despite having played this before, I'm still itching to get back home and dive back in.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 20, 2014, 03:26:47 PM
Would any of you guys recommend going Expert with a brand new character? Or is it better to just stick with Normal/Hard until you have some decent gear?
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 19, 2014, 11:05:41 PM
My AC broke today so I had an excuse to sit at home and play Diablo 3 while waiting on the guy.  icon_biggrin

I really like the console controls, though the UI in terms of navigating inventory and the like is taking some getting used to. However, as pointed out previously, playing this thing on a TV with surround sound is just awesome. You can really appreciate the graphical touches when they're blown up that big, and the sound is excellent as well.

Since I never bought the expansion I wanted to play through as a Crusader. Fun class but man is he overpowered. I plan on bumping the difficulty up to Expert, as Normal is no challenge at all. I'm all the way to the Skeleton King and haven't even drank a health potion yet!
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 19, 2014, 12:24:53 PM
I've found I can only play this game an hour at a time, tops. Any more than that and it's just too stressful.  icon_biggrin
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 18, 2014, 06:34:53 PM
I'm justifying this by telling myself that I didn't buy the Reaper of Souls expansion, which is still $30. So I'm really only double-dipping for half of the cost, which is justifiable in terms of this being a definitive edition. Plus it will be worth $30 to not have to figure out the status of my Battlenet account again. I feel the Caine pain on that front.

57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/18) on: August 18, 2014, 05:42:18 PM
Quote from: TiLT
How is the weather in the future?

It's awesome! Too bad the PS4 wound up going under after Microsoft bought exclusivity rights to every future game from Sony's first party developers.  icon_frown
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/18) on: August 18, 2014, 01:12:13 PM
Diablo 4 and Shadowgate. Shadowgate still holds the title for NES game I rented the most consecutive times in a row.  icon_biggrin
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 18, 2014, 01:11:03 PM
I don't have first-hand experience, but the reviews I've read say that the controller UI works really well and some people even prefer it to the PC version.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 17, 2014, 08:25:04 PM
Yeah, even the double dip decision is killing me. Spend $60 on something I've already sunk 50-60 hours into, or just spend $40 on Divinity:Original Sin which will probably offer about as much gameplay for $20 less. However, just knowing my play style, my chances of actually finishing Diablo 3 again are far greater than finishing D:OS.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 17, 2014, 07:15:39 PM
I think I'm going to buy this as well. I bought the PC version when it first came out and played the hell out of it, but never bought the expansion and never revisited it after all the loot/marketplace updates. Since this is supposedly the definitive version of the game, I figure it's a safe bet I'll get my money's worth. Just plan on playing through it with a Crusader.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 15, 2014, 10:32:58 PM
Not that shouting and name-calling warrant any excuse, but console launch time was very different. There were hundreds of dollars riding on console decisions, hype factor was in overdrive, passions were in overdrive, etc.

Really my arguments with TiLT were one of the primary factors in me buying both consoles. I realized after that whole ordeal that this decision was causing me WAY more stress than it had any right to. The hobby I loved just wasn't fun, because it seemed like every article I read was a pissing match between fanboys. The only solution for me was to just take away that indecision and get both consoles. Yeah, it's an expensive way to alleviate some angst, but it's a decision I'm glad I made. There's no more second-guessing, or getting angry at some person's criticism of one console or another. It doesn't matter anymore.

The other big change in my life, and it may sound somewhat silly, is that my son got a year older. He's now almost 3, and that's a big difference from "almost 2" which is where he was around console launch. I think dealing with a 3 year old and a 1 year old last year had me pretty damn stir crazy. This year (particularly over the summer), I was really able to start doing some things that I haven't been able to do much since my oldest was born. Go to concerts, take up disc golf, start running seriously. Those outlets have helped a great deal with my temperament.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/15/14 on: August 15, 2014, 10:15:53 PM
Going to put forth a concerted effort with TLOU again. That game has yet to really grab me. I don't think it's the game's fault, I think I'm just in RPG mode right now.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 15, 2014, 12:07:15 PM
Quote from: TiLT
I was just curious why you thought this particular one wasn't when I thought it was.

Probably because we're pretty much polar opposites when it comes to opinions.  icon_biggrin

It's all good though. It's a worthwhile read and food for thought.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 15, 2014, 12:03:54 PM
I don't think there's anything "wrong" about it, because it's an opinion piece. I just don't happen to totally agree with all of his opinions. Opinions are inherently one-sided, which is why I don't think you can call this article balanced. Well-researched? Maybe. Who knows. Definitely not balanced.

As far as the previous articles, it's more the wording he uses than the subject matter itself. His negative adjectives for describing Microsoft and its events must have required a couple of thesauruses.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 15, 2014, 11:38:26 AM
That article is about as fair and balanced as that Polygon article. If you go look at his previous articles they all have a heavy anti-Microsoft slant.


67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 07:35:45 PM
Quote from: TiLT
Sony doesn't have that luxury.

And we as gamers have benefited from that. Which is why even though it may sound like I'm defending Microsoft, I'm just defending them from a general business sense. As a consumer and gamer, I'd rather them be in a position where their console division was going to make or break them, because then I'd feel their backs were against the wall to make that product as good as it can be.

Case in point - my brother's girlfriend's cousin (not making that up) was one of the lead producers of the original Bioshock. He also co-produced Ryse and has been in the games industry quite some time. My brother was talking to him one day about the gaming industry and he said one of the biggest frustrations from a developer's standpoint about a big publisher like Microsoft is that they don't always care if their product is the best it can be. His example was that he would be given a budget and a time to complete a game in. He'd come back and say, "We can make this mediocre game that will sell X copies, but if you give us this little bit more money, we can make an awesome game that will sell a gazillion copies." Microsoft would say, "Yeah, we're not giving you any more money, go ahead and make that mediocre game. Kthxbai!" From a corporate standpoint, that money just doesn't always fall in line with what you or I would think makes sense.

Now, there are people at Microsoft who I think really care passionately about their gaming division and want it to be great. But they're small cogs in a big corporate machine.

Where do consumers benefit from Microsoft's size? I think that they see long-term benefits in R&D that come to fruition in other products and services, but they've got to hit those short-term road bumps to get there. The XB1 may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread in the short term, but ultimately it's another stepping stone that pushes the industry forward in ways both seen and unseen. Nobody (except me, apparently) really likes voice controlling their console now, but they very well might love it in 10 years. And the only reason we'll have that is because Microsoft was big enough to throw the money at it, win or lose.

68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 07:16:25 PM
This is a different scenario. One side has already "won." The losing side is trying to increase market share. At this point, they're not going to lose market share by adding more exclusive titles to their library.

Quote from: Eco-Logic
Yeah?  And MS has made enormously poor decisions the past few years (with every single aspect of their business).   That my friend is  the point.

I won't argue that they've made poor decisions in the past few years. Yet at the end of the day they're still destroying Sony in profits. This Tomb Raider isn't even a blip on their radar. They probably took it out of petty cash.

As far as TiLT's comments about losing customer trust, I agree that it's something that any company (no matter how big) needs to concern themselves with. But at the same time, this is a relatively small segment of their company. The vast majority of their customers don't even know what the fuck an Xbox is. In short, I think the importance we place on it is not the same importance they place on it. I go back to the Electronic Arts example. That's a company that won AWARDS for being the shittiest company on the planet, and they still manage to turn a profit year after year.

I'm not saying that it makes it "right" that a customer doesn't place the same importance on customer relations as the customers themselves do, but at some point companies get so big that the mechanisms of money and business easily overshadow these little flare-ups of customer dissatisfaction.

 
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I fixed my iPad on: August 14, 2014, 07:02:40 PM
Nice, Teggy! How hard was it to do? Mine has a hairline crack in the bottom right corner that bugs the heck out of me, but it's not bad enough that I've been tempted to fix it myself yet.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 06:56:33 PM
Here's why all the backlash and gamer angst in the world won't matter:

Microsoft is going after one target - those people who don't own an Xbox One.

Those people can be broken down into two categories:

A) People who own a PS4 but don't own an Xbox One
B) People who don't own either console

With both groups, Microsoft has a chance to sell an XB1 based on the fact that Tomb Raider is an exclusive. In the case of group B, they even have a chance to steal a potential customer away from Sony.

There's only one way Microsoft loses - Group B is just so upset at MS's business practices (those that even know the details) that they decide to go PS4 based solely on that factor. Now seriously, what do you think that percentage is? Slim to none is my guess. The average guy on the fence is not going to put his high moral standards ahead of his ability to play the game a year sooner. Show me that guy, and I'll show you a guy who was probably leaning PS4 anyway.

MS has nothing to lose from this deal.

Quote from: Eco-Logic
And I think all of this is nothing more than them trying to gain a little bit of momentum in a console race that they are getting smashed.

Of course it's nothing more. They're a business, and they're trying to compete and gain market share. That's what businesses do.

71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 05:07:49 PM
I'd believe more of an impact if the game was coming out this holiday versus a year from now. That's an entire year of other games and exclusives on each platform that will have shifted the debate back and forth. By the time all that is said and done I'm guessing nobody will even remember what the hell we were all talking about.  icon_biggrin

(This does, however, bring up another point which is - how much did MS really expect Tomb Raider to boost sales when they're going to have plenty of opportunity to do so with other exclusives such as Halo 5 around that time frame? Are they just trying to stack the bench?)
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 04:58:12 PM
Quote from: TiLT
I don't think either of them realized the kind of backlash this would produce, least of all Microsoft.

The average consumer won't even notice this backlash. This is a bunch of hardcore gaming nerds gnashing their teeth. Most of whom already picked their horse long ago.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 04:21:58 PM
Whether he's biased or not, most businesses don't agree to business deals thinking that they're going to *lose* money. Clearly both Microsoft and Square Enix felt that this deal had mutual benefits to both companies, or else it never would have happened.

None of us have *any* details on what this deal entailed, yet both companies are automatically being demonized because they inconvenienced us.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 02:37:52 PM
 icon_razz

No, seriously, listen guys. I do understand being upset that the game you want to play is not on the platform you want to play it on. My Mario Kart reference with the tears was not just a joke. It REALLY bums me out I can't play that game without buying a THIRD console that my wife in no way, shape, or form is probably every going to let me get after dropping $900 already.

I'm not defending the shittiness of the situation, just MS and Square Enix's right to make business decisions that we may or may not agree with. In the end, my opinion doesn't matter (as TiLT correctly pointed out, neither corporation needs me to come to their defense). It's just discussion.

75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 02:31:59 PM
You weren't being literal but you used the word "literally?"
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 01:58:19 PM
Quote
There is no comparison to be made to the situation where MS has literally taken a game from gamers' hands, held it up, wagged a finger and said, "Ah, ah, ah!  Not without an Xbox one!"

Game's not out yet. They didn't take it from anybody's hands.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 01:28:52 PM
In the end, your choice is better than the choice for someone who wants to play Mario Kart and doesn't own a Wii U. I will never get to play that game unless I purchase a Wii U. It's not blackmail, or extortion. Nintendo's choice to make Mario Kart just for their console negatively affects me. And I will NEVER GET TO PLAY IT. EVER. WITHOUT PAYING $350.  crybaby
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 08:54:35 PM
Quote from: TiLT
And as mentioned above, P.T. is actually a teaser for Silent Hill, which is unlikely to be indie.

That is good news. I'm growing weary of the indie horror game movement. For awhile there it felt like you couldn't turn around without bumping into a Slenderman game or some other low-rent first-person-in-the-dark title.

My opinion will reverse itself when the Oculus Rift comes out, because then they will be awesome.  icon_biggrin
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 07:16:58 PM
I guess "blackmail" would be a more accurate inaccurate term?  icon_razz
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 06:03:02 PM
Quote from: Bullwinkle
Yellow, you're going on about MS needing to make their shareholders money and not owing the consumers anything, but the consumers are who keep them in business and who make the shareholders money in the end.  If MS continues to dick them over or show continually that they don't care about making them happy, they will start the whole wallet-voting process, and that will make the investors very unhappy indeed.

I agree, which is why it's a gamble on their part. They're counting on increased sales to outweigh the possibility of consumer revolt, but that's their call to make. I don't begrudge them their right to make that gamble.

As far as MS loyalty, I'm neither happy nor upset about the decision. I don't really care either way. Whether it hurts console sales in the long run is speculation at this point. Microsoft certainly doesn't see it that way.

That's fine if you (as in general forum population) are upset about it. By all means, vote with your wallet. That's your right as a consumer. I'm just stating why I personally don't have a problem with it. I see it as a business agreement that both MS and Square Enix felt was beneficial, and I feel that as corporations they have the right to enter into business agreements that they feel are mutually beneficial regardless of what I think of the whole thing. Keep in mind, though, that I'm an old school fiscal conservative and I tend to be pretty cold-hearted when it comes to business. You guys might be looking at the spirit of gaming and passion for the hobby and this and that. All I'm seeing is logic and dollar signs.  icon_biggrin
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