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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 16, 2016, 02:06:08 AM
My last big push to finish up Grim Dawn.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Origin Access, the PC equivalent of EA Access, is now available on PC on: January 14, 2016, 03:16:07 PM
It wasn't a bad deal on Xbox; I signed up when it first launched and the title selection was far more limited than it is now, and still got my money's worth. Played FIFA and Madden which are games I'd never pay full price for but wanted to try out.

The only reason I wound up canceling is that my backlog was so huge to begin with that it didn't make sense to pay money for games I wouldn't have time to play.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: January 10, 2016, 01:44:04 AM
Quote from: Bullwinkle
Hopefully, we won't be sick of the format and/or grow tired of Star Wars.

Disney doesn't care if you get sick of Star Wars as long as they've hooked your kids. And they don't care if your kids get sick of Star Wars, as long as they've hooked their younger siblings. It's going to be a neverending cycle.  icon_biggrin

I do believe that the more movies they make, the higher the chances of suck. "The new Star Wars movie of year XXXX" will be hit or miss. But that's no different than the current reality - it's just going to be a more frequent debate. And even if us old crotchety fans of the originals don't like the direction it's going, our kids won't know any different. And 30 years from now when we're in the nursing home and they're grown with kids of their own, they'll be reminiscing about how awesome Eps. 7-8-9 were and how the movies of the 2040s suck.

84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 1/8 edition on: January 08, 2016, 11:28:59 PM
I'm sure I'll continue Grim Dawn since that one thoroughly has my hooks in me, but I'm a bit torn on the console side. I *need* to finish up Arkham Knight, but the stuff I have left to do is all side content to unlock the second ending. I'm wavering between grinding it out to be a completist, or counting main storyline as accomplishment enough and moving on to Fallout 4, Assasin's Creed Syndicate, or Divinity Original Sin. And yes, I'm open to guidance from the hivemind.  icon_biggrin

85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 08, 2016, 06:22:22 PM
I'm told that my results are better than 80% or so of users out there. What does that tell you?

It tells me that the "PC master race" people are full of shit.  icon_biggrin
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 08, 2016, 01:35:15 PM
My PC is nearly 4 years old and the only thing that doesn't meet minimum specs is the video card. I'd probably have to throw a USB 3.0 expansion card in there as well. But that's not crazy for a PC that old.

Your mom probably doesn't have a PC that meets those specs, but I'd imagine the target market for the Rift - PC gamers - are probably at spec if not really close. I know my video card (a GTX 570 1.5GB) has been borderline obsolete for awhile, and if I didn't have consoles I'd have upgraded the thing a long time ago.


87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 08, 2016, 01:39:47 AM
While the price is too high for me personally to jump in this early, I don't think it's completely insane. Apple sells iPads and Macs and iPhones all day long that are more expensive than this, and not just to a niche consumer market. If this becomes the next huge tech gadget revolution - which every sign points to it being - then I think people will come up with a way to pay for it. Particularly if it's the market leader in that space and competition is limited.

I don't personally think it's going to take anywhere close to 5 years for mass market adoption. I think like the iPhone and iPad, it's going to blow up in a big way.

88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 06:28:42 PM
I didn't buy a Blu-Ray player when it first came out either.  icon_biggrin

I will say that given the use I'd get out of it compared to say, an iPad at the same price, I'd rather have the Rift by far. But since the prices will almost assuredly come down (unlike the iPad, whose prices only come down when it's last-gen), it's probably worth waiting.

I'm also really interested to see how Sony prices their model. If they can come in at $399 or less, I'm sure a lot of people would be willing to sacrifice a little resolution and field of view in exchange for cheaper upfront costs and not having to worry about upgrading their PC.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist: the (late) New Years edition on: January 03, 2016, 04:46:10 AM
I played a bit of Arkham Knight to unlock the second ending, but my main addiction has been Grim Dawn. Ever since they went content complete, I'm totally hooked on this game in a way I haven't been since Diablo 3. I really do need to get back to the console after getting both Fallout 4 and Divinity:Original Sin for Christmas, but I can't stop Grim Dawning.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2016 gaming resolution on: December 31, 2015, 12:25:10 AM
The last half of 2015 I got really good at focusing on one game at a time, or at most two - one on PC, one on console. And that enabled me to finish a bunch of games I probably would have just never completed in previous years. However, I really do have to get better at not buying new ones - even the limited number I bought last year were too many. One of my resolutions this year is to do better financially, so hopefully that will help in the game buying department as well.

As far as doing stuff outside of gaming, I also took up disc golf a couple of years ago and it has been a fantastic form of exercise and outside recreation. I'm also big into the theme park hobby, so I did 4 or 5 trips last year. I plan to continue both those hobbies in a big way in 2016, so there's no reason to go overboard on the gaming front.

My resolution right now is to finish the following games in my backlog before buying anything new:

- Fallout 4
- Divinity: Original Sin
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
- Witcher 3

I have a couple more that I really need to complete in addition to those, but those are the four that I think would be a notable accomplishment and make me feel less guilty about buying something new and shiny.

91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Expanded Christmas edition, 12/23 on: December 25, 2015, 01:52:26 AM
I spent an hour with the ARK demo on Xbox One. After I got over the initial learning curve and figured out how to harvest/craft, it was a blast. The interface is clunky and leaves much to be desired, but it whetted my appetite for a survival game. I'll probably end up picking either ARK or Rust up during the Steam sale - still trying to decide on which.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 22, 2015, 09:54:34 PM
Yeah, I didn't think it made much sense either, TiLT.  icon_biggrin
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 22, 2015, 06:51:51 PM
I heard another interesting theory:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Supreme Leader Snoke is a clone of Luke made from his hand that they recovered along with the lightsaber.
94  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.

95  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.
96  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.
97  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!"
98  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.
99  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.
100  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
101  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.
102  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.
103  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.
104  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.
105  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.
106  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.
107  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
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  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.
112  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.
113  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.
114  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
115  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!
116  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.
117  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.
118  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.
119  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.


120  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.
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