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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 08, 2014, 05:07:45 AM
March 20th is going to be very interesting. MS has all but confirmed XB1 will support DX12. Could this be the great equalizer in the graphics battle? Sony fanboys are tripping all over themselves to downplay the news, but this could be huge.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 08, 2014, 01:59:13 AM
Removed my previous post because I'm not going to engage in more console war shenanigans.

Back on topic, I'm not saying I applaud political ads on Xbox Live. I'm saying it's common practice, and condemning one corporation (out of many) for doing it is a tad disingenuous. Political micro-targeting of ads is hot business right now, particularly in an election year, and where there's money to be made businesses are going to jump on it. Unless you are somehow off the grid, advertisers know exactly who you are and what you're doing, and from that can tell with scarily good accuracy where your political leanings lie.

Would I prefer Xbox Live to have NO ads, political or otherwise? Absolutely. But I'm also realistic enough to know that where there's money to be made on the information market, businesses are going to go after those dollars.


 
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 07, 2014, 09:41:23 PM
It's not like not having Xbox Live is going to prevent you from being the target of political ads from every other media stream you consume.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/07/14 - Daylight Savings Weekend* on: March 07, 2014, 06:33:42 PM
Will probably hit some miscellaneous titles from my Steam backlog, but hard to get too in depth with anything now that Titanfall is knocking at the door.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 06, 2014, 01:43:06 AM
I messed around with the Project Spark beta a bit tonight. I had ZERO interest in this when it was announced at E3, but I must admit it's quite intriguing in practice. I'm not sure I'll ever have the patience to get serious and create any sort of deep game with it, but the toolset is pretty cool and I can't wait to see what other people with more time and motivation do with it.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: March 05, 2014, 07:21:32 PM
I'm in as well. Have always been a huge Batman fan and I loved the first two Arkham games. I haven't played Origins yet but I imagine I'll pick it up on sale one of these days just for completion's sake.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV/Film)Various Stephen King projects in the pipeline on: March 05, 2014, 04:58:38 AM
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In my opinion, better than the movie as well (and I feel that goes for the rest of the book too, though I know this isn't a very popular opinion).

King himself hates Kubrick's film, and makes no secret of it. I find it really odd, considering the vast numbers of shitty films made from his work, that he chose arguably the most successful adaptation to hate. I assume it's because it's one of the few adaptations that doesn't have King's creative control all over it. To me, this is a good thing. I like his novels but his forays into film and television leave MUCH to be desired.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV/Film)Various Stephen King projects in the pipeline on: March 04, 2014, 02:02:54 PM
Yeah, with King often the journey is far better than the destination, and I say that as a fan.  icon_biggrin
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/03) on: March 03, 2014, 01:06:00 PM
I want South Park but that's a lot of coin to drop right before Titanfall. If I can find it cheapish I'll probably take the plunge.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/28/14 on: March 03, 2014, 02:01:26 AM
I reinstalled Diablo 3 and messed around with it a bit. Had enough fun I think I'll probably pick up the upcoming expansion. Also having quite a bit of fun with Alice: Madness Returns, an oldie but a goodie I finally got around to playing from my Steam backlog.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 01, 2014, 08:15:17 PM
It really is, and I think it will pay off big time. They should be able to ride the wave of Titanfall goodwill right into E3, where they'll get people hyped on Halo and Gears news. It was a rough start, but I believe MS is finally starting to right this ship.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/28/14 on: February 28, 2014, 08:18:57 PM
I'm going to try to knock out the AC4 Freedom Cry DLC before Titanfall lands. I paid for it, may as well finish it.

On the PC front I'm still working through the Steam backlog so either some Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon or Alice: Madness Returns.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: February 28, 2014, 05:01:09 PM
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In regards to the resolution question: of course it matters.

The gap between PS3/360 games and next-gen games isn't just resolution. It's other graphical effects, processing power, ability to integrate these games with features only available on next-gen consoles, etc.

I'm not saying it doesn't matter at all. I'm saying it shouldn't matter as much as it does.

As far as the Xbox Titanfall bundle/price drop, it doesn't bother me at all. I'm all for anything that helps the XB1 stay competitive. It means a bigger install base and better games for my console of choice. As an early adopter, price drops are always a risk you take. Trying to frame it as "MS is giving you the middle finger" is, to me, just corporation bashing. MS doesn't give people the middle finger, it just engages in business practices to make itself profitable. I hate when people try to anthropomorphize corporations.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Liam Neeson in Non-Stop on: February 28, 2014, 02:04:27 PM
I liked Entertainment Weekly's review of this film for the line where they said something like, "Neeson is a modern day Rumpelstiltskin, spinning cheese into gold."  icon_biggrin
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: February 28, 2014, 01:14:27 PM
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Developers should get used to the word "native" this generation, because people will be looking for it.

Which is disappointing. The first question about a game should be "Is this going to be fun?" Not - "What resolution does it run at?"

That conversation has become WAY too prominent, and it's honestly ruining the hobby right now. This three way dick-waving match between the two consoles and PC has overshadowed the actual games.

As a long time PC gamer, the conversation is even more irritating, because every PC is going to have a different level of graphic quality for the same game. And seemingly nobody cared that there was this disparity across systems - a disparity, I might add, that is MUCH wider than the disparity between the two consoles. 
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: February 27, 2014, 08:12:12 PM
More good Xbox news out today:

Square Enix Confirms 1080p for Murdered

Wolfenstein: The New Order Confirmed 1080p/60fps on XB1

What the hell are we going to fight about now?  icon_wink
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 27, 2014, 06:30:26 PM
If you want family, go kill some plants and zombies.  slywink
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Countdown to 40 on: February 27, 2014, 03:22:14 PM
Add me to the "turning 40" club.

Back when I turned 35 I went through a bout of depression. I had just had a baby and the realization hit that I was no longer the generational focus. I had sired my replacement, which woke me up to my own mortality. Around the same time I had a couple of people I knew die unexpectedly, and that just compounded the fear. It was a rough few months.

However, the baby (and eventually, the second baby) really prodded me to get in shape for once in my life and take control. It's been a long process, but the road from 35 to 40 has seen me start running, lose 20 pounds, get off my cholesterol meds, start a new job and get a promotion....all very positive lifestyle changes. I had a goal 2 years ago when this process was really starting to gel that I wanted to hit 40 in my prime. So far I'm on track to reach that goal.

I refuse to go back to that negative place I was in. 40 will be awesome. 40 will be the checkered flag for the race I've been running the last 5 years.

In that same vein, I also vowed when I turned 39 that my year to 40 would be filled with good times, great memories, family, and friends. The entire last year of my 30s will be a year of celebration. I will not say no to opportunities. I will not talk about things, I will do them. I won't need a big 40th celebration because my birthday is going to last for a year.  icon_biggrin

Love your idea ATB of flipping your celebration around. That's awesome.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 27, 2014, 03:10:00 PM
There's a supposed fix for the crushed blacks coming just as they fixed the sharpening filter. No ETA. I'm confident they'll get it ironed out. I haven't really noticed it that much in games though (I imagine Thief would be a good example though). At any rate the only crushing I'm worried about is crushing people's asses with my Titan.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 27, 2014, 02:07:03 AM
Actually the most egregious twisting of the term exclusivity was from a recent interview I read with the head of the UK's Xbox division. He was talking about upcoming games for Xbox One such as Titanfall, Watch Dogs, and Destiny. He goes on to say, "The only console you can play all three of these games on is the Xbox One." Now *that's* some manipulation of a phrase.  icon_biggrin
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Steven Soderbergh - Psychos on: February 26, 2014, 07:53:18 PM
That's just stupid.

[Edit to clarify] Here's what I don't like about that (note I didn't watch the whole thing): Since the remake was filmed shot by shot, all he's done is replace scenes from the original with scenes from the remake (or vice versa, depending on how you look at it). Now, one may make the argument that choosing which version to insert where makes some kind of artistic statement, but to me it's just lazy one for one substitution. It's the equivalent of me taking two singers' versions of White Christmas in the exact same arrangement, splicing every other line together, and calling it a mashup.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 26, 2014, 07:47:12 PM
I could say the same about all those indie games just listed on PSN - most of those have been on PC forever. However I constantly see those as being held up as examples of PS4 "exclusives." Guess that Sony PR works pretty well too.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: February 25, 2014, 01:53:20 PM
My Xbone has decided to no longer recognize "YES" or "NO" when I say "Xbox Turn Off." It hears that command just fine, then just sits there and decides not to listen to any further input. Aggravating. I guess I'll try to unplug it and plug it back in tonight and see if that fixes it.

On the bright side, my wife and I have been having a blast with Xbox Fitness. We were doing some silly dance exercise routine the other night with the kids and not only were we sweating our butts off we were laughing them off as well.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harold Ramis passed away today on: February 24, 2014, 07:31:44 PM
And so we lose our first Ghostbuster (and co-writer of the same). Really sucks, that is in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. Big loss for Hollywood - I got the impression that he was beloved by many.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/21/14 on: February 24, 2014, 07:30:14 PM
I wound up trying to dig into my Steam backlog (sorted by game length), so I hit Brothers pretty hard. Great game though - not particularly challenging but I loved the artistic design and found it very relaxing.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 24, 2014, 07:05:17 PM
I'm not even that interested in Oculus Rift (or any VR for that matter). My wife doesn't like me staring at a screen as much as I do now, God forbid I wear one on my head.

I would love a 3DS though <grumble grumble>.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 24, 2014, 06:28:11 PM
So, looks like I'll be picking up a PS4 this month after all. I've got the money, they're in stock everywhere around here, and even though there aren't any games I'm really excited about right now, at least this will put me in the position to pick up any better performing cross-platform titles coming up.

Ordinarily I'd wait (particularly with Titanfall right around the corner), but honestly I'm just ready for the peace of mind knowing I can play any fucking thing I want to like a grown ass man.  icon_lol
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/24) on: February 24, 2014, 01:41:34 PM
Thief for XB1, totally depending on reviews. 8 or higher I'll pick it up.

Any other month I'd probably be all over Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, but it's coming out too close to Titanfall for me to get excited about it.

109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 23, 2014, 11:07:31 PM
It probably wouldn't be super hard - just take out the dropship with everyone inside.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/21/14 on: February 22, 2014, 12:37:56 AM
I'm not really I'm the mood for NFS:Rivals at this point so I'll either skip the gaming this weekend or work on the Steam backlog.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 21, 2014, 03:13:53 PM
I love the execution cam where you see your killer's face as they snap your neck and stare into your dying eyes. It's just so wrong... icon_biggrin
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 21, 2014, 01:13:55 PM
Well, same with my XB1 - have put in tons of hours. There shouldn't be any problem justifying the system you already own. The difficulty is in justifying two systems.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 20, 2014, 09:31:39 PM
So, it sounds exactly like Call of Duty's prestige system (at least, the last CoD game I played regularly).
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 20, 2014, 08:12:20 PM
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plus a large tax refund coming soon, and I'm now feeling like I want a PS4 sooner rather than later.

Yeah, that may push me into getting one anyway. Fact is I'll have the money to buy one in spring easy - if I decide to wait until later in the year it's going to be more of a pinch. First world problems!
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 20, 2014, 07:44:29 PM
I took a look at the list of 30 anticipated PS4 games for 2014 over at IGN, to gauge at what point I'd probably want to buy a PS4.

Of the 30, I think only 3 or 4 were exclusives. Of those 3 or 4, I was only interested in 1.

So at this point, I really can't justify dropping the money. Sure, it would be nice to play cross-platform titles with slightly better specs, but certainly not $400 nice.

I think this will certainly change over time as the library fills out and new features roll in, but for now I'm still in a holding pattern and anticipate probably being that way for a year or more.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 20, 2014, 04:06:15 AM
EA would have to be the driver behind the delay though. I'd be hard pressed to see what kind of leverage MS would have to force EA to delay a game so that MS could sell more XB1s. What would EA gain? I doubt they really give a fuck how many XB1's MS sells - their games are selling on both 360, PS3, and PS4 quite well. Which is why I think the earnings-split scenario sounds more realistic if you believe the development time is a cover story.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 20, 2014, 03:47:11 AM
Sorry, I really shouldn't be bringing the baggage in from other forums on the internet in here, because it does color my perceptions. That's typically where I get myself in trouble. But the general conspiracy around the 'net is that this was to drive poor XB1 sales.

Sounds good from a console war perspective, but I don't think it makes much sense from a business perspective. You're betting on people to spend an extra $500 vs just waiting two weeks. Now I know there are people out there that would do that, but I highly doubt there's enough of them to make intentionally missing a deadline that shareholders were counting on worthwhile.

There's also some talk by analysts that this delay may have been a move by EA to split the high pre-order sales between fiscal years and thus guarantee good earnings for both quarters, which I think is a more realistic scenario. Michael Pachter is estimating over 3.5 million pre-orders so far, 7 million units sold by June, and majority of sales on 360 due to larger install base.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 20, 2014, 03:02:53 AM
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I also think from the XB1 side, the game has the issue of not really being an XB1 exclusive, with what seemed from the beta of an excellent PC version, and the unknown quality of the 360 version.  I feel like MS must have pushed EA to delay that 360 version a couple of weeks to try and drive XB1 sales.

Or we can just take Respawn's word for it - the 360 version is being done by a different developer that needs more time, instead of resorting to ridiculous conspiracy theories designed to imply that XB1 sales are in the toilet.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Order: 1886 on: February 19, 2014, 07:19:33 PM
This is the one game on PS4 that has made me want to buy one, but it's got to be REALLY good. If it's not stellar, then my quest for a PS4 may be pushed off even further.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 18, 2014, 09:38:34 PM
Our local Gamestop has had them in stock for weeks around here. Just depends on where you're at.
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