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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 18, 2015, 12:12:49 PM
Witcher 3 despite the lackluster reviews.  icon_biggrin

Going PS4 since my video card is now officially old.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/15 on: May 16, 2015, 03:28:30 AM
Not much playing time available for me this weekend, but little I do have will be spent on Shadowrun: Dragonfall. I've put all console gaming on hold until Witcher 3.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: May 16, 2015, 03:27:24 AM
This makes me glad the game's never gone on sale low enough to make me bite. I'll just wait for the enhanced version.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: May 14, 2015, 12:29:17 PM
Ubisoft would rather Unity's publicity be about how great a game it is, and not about how many bugs it has. Forget the pre-orders - they certainly lost sales on the title because of it, and ended up having to give away a ton of DLC that they could have otherwise charged for. I doubt that makes the shareholders really happy. Not to mention the fact that AC is their flagship franchise - they can't afford to kill their cash cow.

Ubisoft has nothing to gain and everything to lose by repeating Unity's mistakes, which is why I believe they'll make a greater effort to get it right this time.

85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: May 13, 2015, 07:47:55 PM
Quote from: TiLT
Witness the firepower of these fully armed and operational four special editions!

Ugh. I remember when Ubisoft used to be SO awesome a company. How the mighty have fallen.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: May 12, 2015, 08:50:43 PM
I don't really care about it having innovative features, I was referring more to bug fixes and non-disastrous launches. I would hope Unity taught them a lesson about squashing bugs sooner rather than later.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: May 12, 2015, 07:58:55 PM
The setting definitely appeals to me more than a lot of recent AC games. I'm hoping they've learned their lesson from Unity and it will be a marked improvement like Black Flag was. They seem to be falling into a "every other release is good" pattern like Windows.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 12, 2015, 03:00:52 AM
I pre-ordered but for a very different reason. I had some Best Buy reward coupons that were expiring and had nothing else to spend them on. Since I was 99% sure I was going to buy Witcher 3 at release, I went ahead and pre-ordered so I could get my discounts locked in.  icon_biggrin

In general I do disagree with the pre-ordering concept when it applies to games. Pre-ordering makes sense if a product is going to be in limited supply at launch and you want to guarantee you get one. It doesn't make much sense, IMO, to guarantee you'll get a copy of a game that you'll be able to walk into any store on release date and pick up off the shelf. There have been just too many cases of studios making a ton of money upfront on games that didn't deserve it.

However, I don't hold out much hope that pre-ordering is ever going away. It plays to human nature's enjoyment of elitism. There is some smug satisfaction in the fact that you won't be fighting the rabble at GameStop. No sir, you'll be asking for your *RESERVED COPY* along with that Ring of +1 STR that the common peasants don't get to enjoy. As long as people are willing to pay for that satisfaction, companies will be lining up to take their money.

89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 5/8 on: May 11, 2015, 12:04:48 PM
So of all the things I could have played after finishing Pillars of Eternity, I fired up Typing of the Dead: Overkill. I was going through my backlog and that was about the quickest win I could find.  icon_biggrin
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 5/8 on: May 10, 2015, 02:54:38 PM
I finished Pillars of Eternity last night so I feel like my options are wide open again. At least for nine more days. smile
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 5/8 on: May 08, 2015, 03:09:28 PM
I'm going to try to wrap up Pillars of Eternity. I've hit max level and just need to go finish up the Endless Paths then hit the end. Terrific game but I've focused on it absolutely exclusively since release and I'm craving something different now.

Assuming I do knock Pillars out this weekend, I'll probably chip away at either Dragon Age: Inquisition or GTA V, but I have no illusions on finishing either of those. My whole backlog is being put on hiatus once I get Witcher 3.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Vacation on: May 08, 2015, 03:04:39 PM
I'm fine with it considering it's not an actual remake. It's just another Vacation movie post-Vegas Vacation, and as such it can just be enjoyed as part of the series.

I wish that same logic applied to the new Ghostbusters films but my mind won't allow it.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: May 08, 2015, 12:35:17 AM
The latest trailer made me change my mind from "skeptical optimism" to "pessimistic scrooge." Nowadays they think that raptors, based on brain size, may have been only about as smart as an ostrich. I'm sure they'll be in this one figuring out how to unlock security doors and using pack hunting tactics just like ostriches do today.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 07, 2015, 08:13:53 PM
My mom bought a Garmin VivoSmart Fitness band for herself and liked it, but wound up returning it because she wasn't getting as much use out of it as she thought. So she exchanged it for one in my size/color and gave it to me.

It is Bluetooth so I get text and phone notifications on it.

The point to this story being - I'm really loving the "notifications on my wrist" aspect. I didn't realize how often I leave my phone just laying around, and even when I do have the phone in my pocket it's not super easy to grab out of my pocket while sitting at my desk.

It's one of those features that seems really pointless on paper but is awesome in real life. I'm not ready for an Apple Watch until another generation or two, but I'm starting to see the appeal.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: May 07, 2015, 02:19:57 PM
In honor of this thread I watched Human Centipede 2 last night. All I heard about this sequel was about how horribly violent and gory and sexual it was, but in reality it's just boring. I didn't find it particularly shocking - it was just an example of terrible film-making.

(For the record, I really liked the first Human Centipede).
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Digital vs. Physical Comics on: May 06, 2015, 12:50:33 AM
I took a hybrid approach. I love physical comics but don't have the room to store them.

So for series I really love I started buying the graphic novel/trade paperback versions - this way I can put them on a bookshelf so storage isn't as big a deal, and I can re-read them and get that physical feel I like.

For new series I'm just trying out, or series that I want to read but don't care so much about owning physically, I go digital.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which Game Did You Quit the Fastest? on: May 05, 2015, 06:43:40 PM
Yes, vriinc is correct. 4 & 5 could be combined. I only did it once because it took an astronomical amount of space. I had to delete almost everything off my computer to get it to fit.

Almost 40 megabytes. INSANITY.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which Game Did You Quit the Fastest? on: May 05, 2015, 12:34:18 AM
I've recounted this story before in various topics, and technically it may have not been the shortest amount of time I've ever spent with a game - but it's easily my most memorable rage quit.

The year was 2002. Two of my most anticipated sequels to my most beloved franchise were releasing the same week. Heroes of Might & Magic IV and Might & Magic IX. While I loved the HoMM series, I was most anticipating M&M IX because I had played 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 obsessively. I went into the store and plopped down $100 for both of those bad boys. At the time, I was out of college and had a job, but I was in debt and certainly didn't have a ton of disposable income, so this was a rather large investment for entertainment.

I get home, start up M&M 9, and got that sinking feeling we've all had at one time or the other. The feeling that we've been had. That the hype machine has dashed our hope upon the rocks, and we just got taken for a ride. I started and stopped, started and stopped, hoping I was just overlooking something and that the game really wasn't all that terrible. When I finally accepted that I was out $50 on a steaming pile of dog crap, I took the CD out and threw it and the game box in the trash. It is the only time I have ever physically thrown a brand new game in the garbage.

Of course, the sad cherry on top of this tale is that HOMM IV was also a colossal let-down, though after my despair over M&M 9 I wound up playing it quite a bit because it had at least a few redeeming qualities.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Avengers - Age of Ultron Edition on: May 01, 2015, 07:58:06 PM
Pillars of Eternity. Looking forward to the big patch tonight. I'm closing in on the end. I'm still having fun, but I've focused on this game exclusively since release so I'm starting to feel the urgency to wrap it up and move on to something else.
100  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.
101  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.
102  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.

103  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.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: April 16, 2015, 07:17:27 PM
Chewie has certainly aged well.
105  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.
106  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.
107  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.   
108  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!
109  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.
110  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.

111  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.
112  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!
113  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.

114  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.
115  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.
116  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.
117  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.
118  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
119  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!
120  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."
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