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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Biggest disappointment/surprise of the year 2015 on: December 22, 2015, 02:11:56 PM
Biggest Surprise: Mad Max. Never really cared for the franchise, but decided to pick up the game because I liked Fury Road so much. Then proceeded to put 60 hours into the game. That game was nowhere on my radar, and ended up being the title I probably played the most time-wise this year.

I'm not saying it's a *great* game, because it ultimately grew repetitive and the storyline kind of went nowhere, but definitely a pleasant surprise for me.

Biggest Disappointment: Guitar Hero Live. I was a HUGE fan of music games in the 360 era. I owned and played almost every Guitar Hero and Rock Band title. When music games died, I was still a fan. So when they announced new music games for the next generation of consoles, I was really excited. I went with GH over RB this go-round only because the idea of a new note system intrigued me, and I wanted a new controller which I wasn't going to get with RB.

However, after only a half hour of play I was regretting my purchase. I didn't really get the new system, the soundtrack was terrible, and I just wasn't having any fun. Was it the game's fault? Not totally - the sad fact is I was outgrowing the genre. Didn't have the reflexes, wasn't familiar with the music - it was a stark reminder that I wasn't in my 20s anymore.

82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 21, 2015, 01:35:21 PM
As much as holiday pigeon dating appeals to me, I'm going to pass this week. Though who knows what damage the Steam sale will bring.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 20, 2015, 08:49:34 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Just playing Devil's Advocate, but I think one could justify the Starkiller Base due to Kylo Ren. He idolizes Vader so much he may have just wanted to finish the job Vader got stopped twice trying to do. Sort of like how George W. Bush was hell bent on toppling Saddam Hussein to finish the job his father never could.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 15, 2015, 02:38:37 AM
Because when I think "Star Trek," I think "Beastie Boys and motorcycles!"
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HURTWORLD........not another one. on: December 14, 2015, 12:24:29 AM
I've never played any of these survival games - is there a consensus on the best one out there currently? I've got a couple of friends who play Don't Starve, Rust, and ARK, but I haven't been able to get a good feel on what the conventional wisdom is.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist -- 12/11/15 Edition - Pre Star Wars Mania!!! on: December 11, 2015, 06:03:55 PM
Not going to have much gaming time this weekend due to work stuff, but what little I get to will be with Arkham Knight. I finished the storyline but I'm now doing the side stuff to unlock the Knightfall ending. Hoping to have that one completely knocked out by Christmas.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars on: December 09, 2015, 07:19:01 PM
We picked this up for the kids this Christmas (6 and 4). I have no clue whether they'll like it or not, but they've both been chomping at the bit to play video games, and my kid options are slim to none. It took me forever to wrap my head around what is compatible with what, and what figures do vs power discs vs playsets, but I think I've finally grasped it.

Right now we have the Star Wars starter kit, Olaf, and Mulan. Which should make for some interesting cross-universing.  icon_biggrin
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 09, 2015, 03:37:35 PM
My job is going live on a big project and currently I'm scheduled to work next weekend on 12 hour shifts.  icon_frown Depending on how it goes, I may also be on call in which case I won't go and risk being pulled out of the theater at some point due to an issue.

My biggest fear not seeing it opening weekend is that avoiding spoilers is going to be nearly impossible, especially when I get back to work on Monday. We have one huge Star Wars fan guy in our department that talks EXTREMELY LOUDLY and has no concept of spoilers. He has ruined countless TV episodes and movies for me because he talks so loudly on the phone you can't avoid hearing him. It's so bad I literally thought about seeing if I could work from home Monday to avoid him.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 07, 2015, 08:41:03 PM
Nothing for me.

Even once I finish Arkham Knight this week (I'm close to the end), I've still got Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and a bunch of backlog games to keep me busy. Plus there's a good chance I'll get Fallout 4 for Christmas and the kids are getting a Wii U.  eek

The good news is that I should be able to coast without spending any money until around March 2016, I hope.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/4/15 Edition on: December 04, 2015, 07:09:07 PM
More Arkham Knight and some board gaming. Flick 'Em Up should be arriving today.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/1) on: December 02, 2015, 03:21:48 AM
Nothing this week, though I was pretty excited about Xenoblade Chronicles X since we picked up a Wii U for the kids for Christmas. I imagine I'll be grabbing that one eventually.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: November 26, 2015, 01:58:45 AM
Just a note that Best Buy will have this on sale for PS4/XB1 tomorrow for $35. With GCU, you can pick it up for a cool $28, which I fully intend on doing.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/25/15 - US Thanksgiving Edition - Black Friday Madness on: November 26, 2015, 01:55:42 AM
Doubt I'll have time to play much, but will focus on Arkham Knight.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/24) on: November 25, 2015, 02:06:08 AM
Quote from: EddieA
Rollercoaster Tycoon World has been delayed until early 2016.

That just made my decision easier.  icon_biggrin
95  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.
96  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.
97  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.
98  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.
99  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.
100  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.
101  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
102  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!
103  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.
104  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.
105  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.
106  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.


107  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.
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  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.
112  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
113  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.
114  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
115  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!
116  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." 
117  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.
118  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.
119  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.
120  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.
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