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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: August 03, 2015, 12:32:06 PM
Quote from: Teggy
I'm so surprised that people look back on this game so fondly. Maybe game mechanics have changed so much that there are some games you just can't go back to.

I think there have been too many open world games since then that have improved upon that stuff. When that game came out, open world games were really rare. You had GTA 3 and that's about it. A lot of the open world games we think of as classics like Saint's Row, The Godfather, Assassin's Creed, etc. were still 4-5 years away. It was really ahead of its time.

It's similar to EverQuest - I have nothing but fond memories about that game. However, there is no way in this day and age I'd go back to XP loss on death, corpse runs, no quests (just grind mobs for XP), etc.  

82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: August 02, 2015, 12:12:28 PM
For me the Kinect is worth it solely for the voice control. I know a lot of people don't have a use for it, but my wife is completely home theater illiterate. The ability for her to tell it what she wants means I'm not constantly running downstairs to show her how to switch inputs or turn something off. Other than that, it's pretty much worthless. I also use it for the Xbox Fitness stuff, which is a vastly underrated feature that nobody talks about. Probably because gamers are fat and lazy.  icon_biggrin
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: July 31, 2015, 05:13:47 PM
It's a toss up between getting back into Witcher 3 and getting back into GTA V. I actually did put a little time into GTA V the other night and had fun.

I just feel like I need to make some progress on an A-list game to get over my gaming slump. I've overcome the first hurdle by actually feeling motivated to play stuff in the evenings; now I just need to feel like that time has been well spent.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: July 31, 2015, 02:09:31 PM
I do get more hand cramping on the PS4 controller, but it hasn't been bad enough to get me to buy cross-platform games on XB1.

However, Windows 10 may change that. Being able to stream XB1 games to my PC is pretty attractive, as my PC is upstairs in my office and would allow me to play XB1 games while watching movies. That's something I can't do downstairs with one television.

Having owned both consoles for a year now, they are both great systems and I get equal use out of both depending on the circumstance. I play a lot of single player/cross-platform stuff on PS4, and I play multiplayer titles and do all my media stuff on the XB1.

I will say though that if someone told me I could have only one console, and had to sell the other one, I'd get rid of the PS4. The XB1 multimedia stuff and integration with Windows just adds an extra layer of value for me.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: July 31, 2015, 02:02:18 PM
I've been running for several months as well and haven't run across anything that wouldn't play.

In fact, the only issues I ever had with over the course of the beta was that occasionally after an automatic build update it would turn on disability settings and the only way I could fix it was to reboot.

86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest XI Announced on: July 28, 2015, 07:30:24 PM
The PS4 version will be a Day One, Shut Up and Take My Money purchase for me.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 27, 2015, 07:33:58 PM
As I posted on OO, I actually picked up Fantasia:Music Evolved. Best Buy had it marked down to $10 for their "Black Friday" sale and with the GCU discount it was $8.

I'm really enjoying it. Production values are top notch, the Kinect feels very responsive, and it's appropriately challenging. Good song variety as well. I probably look like a fool standing in my living room "conducting" Bohemian Rhapsody, but it's a lot of fun.

It's really too bad something like this wasn't a launch title, because for my money it's by far the best Kinect showcase available for the XB1.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 27, 2015, 05:42:59 PM
I may have to get King's Quest. Heavy nostalgia for those games and I hope the new series does them justice.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 24, 2015, 07:10:46 PM
I picked up Elder Scrolls Online as well so I'll probably be dabbling in that a bit more. I've GOT to make some progress on Witcher though so I may pick that back up again.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/21 on: July 20, 2015, 02:03:00 PM
Game of Thrones by default. I still need to finish Episode 2, 3, & 4.  icon_biggrin
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 15, 2015, 11:32:44 AM
I'm far more active comment-wise on OO, but that's mostly due to how long I've been there. In terms of reading the forums, I still frequent GT almost as much as I do OO.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/14) on: July 14, 2015, 03:31:46 PM
I was going to pick up Rory McIlroy PGA Tour but the reviews aren't looking good. Too bad as I really wanted a great current-gen golf game.

93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Scream - The Series on: July 08, 2015, 02:10:05 PM
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Like the Scream movies, it doesn't take itself too seriously and the kids are likable. I'm not a big fan of the new mask, but I'll keep watching.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Its the weekend playlist 6/26/15 late edition on: June 30, 2015, 02:44:43 AM
Really busy this weekend with birthday parties but I did manage to put a few levels under my belt in Destiny.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you Batman Batman Batman Bat-(sorry) buyying this week? (6/23) on: June 22, 2015, 04:55:06 PM
Nothing.  icon_frown

Even though I'm a HUGE fan of the Arkham series and have played them all to completion, I've spent way too much money this week and my backlog is too great. Going to try to wait a few months.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: June 20, 2015, 01:11:07 AM
Except for GameSpot, which gave it a 7/10. However, their reviewer seemed to have a MAJOR gripe with the abundance of Batmobile sequences. The other really high reviews I read mentioned this, but didn't dock points for it.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/19 on: June 19, 2015, 02:35:04 PM
I'm trying to knock out some Steam backlog so I'll probably hit Walking Dead: Season 2 and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments pretty hard. I may also put some time into Witcher 3 just so I don't forget how to play.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 19, 2015, 12:28:30 PM
I wound up returning several games because I realized I was just completely overwhelmed in backlog. It's stupid for me to keep buying 100-hour RPGs and such when my game time is so limited. So I scaled way back. Below is my current haul:

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
Cook, Serve, Delicious
Age of Wonders 3

Not saying I'm not going to buy anything else, but I'll be much more selective in choosing titles that I genuinely feel that I'm going to play in the near future.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/12/15 on: June 15, 2015, 12:01:07 PM
As expected, I wound up playing something I bought in the Steam sale, namely Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments. Fun game. I'm almost finished with the first case, and it's pretty captivating so far.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 15, 2015, 01:48:33 AM
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments - $10.19
King's Bounty: Dark Side - $3.19
Alien: Isolation - $12.49
Cook, Serve, Delicious! - $0.99
Lords of Xulima - $9.99
The Talos Principle - $13.59

[Edit] Just going to update this original post as I get new stuff.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/12/15 on: June 12, 2015, 05:13:23 PM
Witcher 3 if I get the motivation. Otherwise will probably screw around with whatever I inevitably buy in the Steam sale.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 Games you care about on: June 11, 2015, 01:49:55 AM
This is one of my least anticipated E3s in years, simply because I'm at a point in my life where my game time is so limited. It's hard to get excited for games I probably won't have time to play.

If I had to pick one, though, it would be Rock Band 4. I really miss that game and even though my Xbox 360 is long gone, I still have all of my Rock Band instruments. I'd also love to see an update on No Man's Sky, but I haven't seen it listed on the official E3 list yet.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/9) on: June 09, 2015, 02:56:55 PM
The Steam Summer sale is coming. So there is absolutely no telling.  retard
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/5/15 on: June 08, 2015, 05:43:56 PM
I wound up buying the Rollercoaster Tycoon bundle from and spent most of the night last night absorbed in that.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/5/15 on: June 06, 2015, 06:42:45 PM
Quick update - finished Neverending Nightmares (at least the first run through, I didn't really have the patience to try to get all the alternate endings). Started Transistor but not really loving the combat yet. Will probably try to get back into Walking Dead tonight.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/5/15 on: June 05, 2015, 07:56:25 PM
Going to split my time between Witcher 3 on PS4 and working through some backlog games on the PC. Most notably Neverending Nightmares, Walking Dead: Season 2, and Transistor
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 5/29/15 Edition on: May 29, 2015, 04:40:49 PM
Witcher 3 for me. I just made it out of White Orchard last night so I'm looking forward to seeing the wider world.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How the gaming market is changing on: May 28, 2015, 08:27:42 PM
I'm hoping VR will keep non-mobile gaming platforms around for the foreseeable future. Not that VR gaming is impossible on a mobile device, but VR is the type of technology that will drive cutting edge video cards, displays, etc. It should provide a reason for non-mobile hardware to keep advancing. And as long as non-mobile hardware can stay significantly ahead of mobile hardware, there will always be a non-mobile market.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: King's Island/Cedar Point AAR (cross-post from OO) on: May 28, 2015, 02:05:59 PM
So you didnt get to ride Top Thrill? Went to Cedar Pointe last year and got to ride it a couple of times and the launch is mind bending

Unfortunately no. It was down the first time we went to ride it, and when it came back up consistently we always managed to be doing something else with the group. I definitely plan on going back so I'll hit it then. I had to leave myself an excuse to get back up there.  icon_biggrin

It's important to note that I'm more of a theme park nerd than a coaster nerd. So I didn't kill myself trying to up my coaster count. They are certainly my favorite rides, but I set aside plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the scenery, hit the shops, do some of the classic flat rides, etc. Next time I go back I'll focus on hitting anything I missed the first time around.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Long weekend edition - 5/22/15 on: May 27, 2015, 03:05:57 PM
I was out of town all weekend but managed to get in about 3 hours of Witcher 3 over the past couple of nights. As big as that game is, it's very probable I won't be buying or playing anything else the rest of the summer.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Pitch Perfect (1 and 2) on: May 27, 2015, 03:02:50 PM
I need to go back and watch the first one. It was so heavily hyped at the time that when I watched it I was really underwhelmed and didn't see what the fuss was about. I have a feeling it's one of those movies that grows on you over time.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / King's Island/Cedar Point AAR (cross-post from OO) on: May 27, 2015, 03:01:34 PM
Just a cross-post with minor corrections if anyone from GT was interested:

I'm back from my epic trip, so here's the rundown! (Warning - this could get long!)

Intro: As some of you know, I got into roller coasters in a nerd fashion about a year ago and started listening to a lot of podcasts, etc. I've been on CoasterRadio a couple of times and my brother and I won a chance to go to the Fury 325 Media Day at Carowinds and report on it for them. They had their first ever meet-up in Cedar Point this weekend, so my brother and I decided to make the 12 hour drive up there and check it out. Here's what happened:

Thursday: The long drive. We decided to drive up to Mason, OH and hit King's Island first before continuing on to Cedar Point. The drive was relatively uneventful. We really enjoyed driving through West Virginia the most because of the beautiful mountain scenery. We stayed at a little crappy Super 8 to save money, and for the most part it was decent. We got up there a little early, so we hit a little Irish pub called "The Bag of Nails" that was really good. Had fish and chips and a couple of local beers I'd never had before.

Friday: King's Island day. We decided to forego the Fast Lane bands and were glad we did because the lines were short all day. The first thing we did when we got to the park was to head straight for The Beast. It was walk-on front row, and we did that a couple of times. Absolutely loved it. I love wooden coasters and this is one of - if not THE - best. After The Beast we hit Back Lot Stunt Coaster (short but fun), then headed over to Diamondback. Diamondback really surprised me - because it's a B&M airtime machine I thought it would be similar to Intimidator at Carowinds, but it's a hell of a lot better. I had some "oh shit!" moments going over a couple of the hills that I've never had on Intimidator. The splashdown at the end was a nice touch as well. I bought a Diamondback "Get Bit" coffee mug in the gift shop but broke it while I was unpacking at home.  frown

After Diamondback we hit up some of the smaller coasters just to get credit - The Bat, Adventure Express, etc. Wasn't impressed with any of those, but didn't really expect to be as they're ancient. Then it was time for my most anticipated ride - BANSHEE! I told my brother I wanted to ride anywhere but the back row, because Afterburn's back row at Carowinds is borderline uncomfortable and I figured a similar inverted coaster would be the same. Of course, when we get to the top of the queue the operator sticks us in the very back.

I couldn't have been more wrong - this ride was smoother than Afterburn and the back row was a blast. I love everything about this ride - the theming, the Banshee shriek at the top of the lift hill, the insane inversions - I was in heaven. We rode it multiple times, and would scream NO BANSHEEE NOOOOOOOOOO at the top of the hill. I bought a Banshee shirt that is pretty cool that says SCREAM and has a silhouette of the ride on it. Easily my favorite coaster at KI, with no disrespect to Beast.

We left KI about 4:00 so we could get on the road to Cedar Point. The trip took another 3+ hours, so when we rolled into Breakers we were exhausted. The Breakers renovations were really nice, and the place smelled and looked brand new. We quickly unpacked our stuff and headed over to the park to take advantage of our twilight passes.

The first coaster we saw was Gemini so we got in line. There was a little girl of about 7 or 8 in front of us and she turns to us and says, "Are you guys scared?" I replied (playing along), "I don't know - should we be?" "No," she says. "This is the best ride ever!" She then proceeds to tell us all about the ride, when to put our hands up, etc. We had a blast. They were racing the trains properly so we were even able to high five the other train. This was my first steel on wood coaster and I really liked it. I also got my first taste of lake bug by stupidly opening my mouth during the ride.

After Gemini we hit the Cedar Creek Mine Train just to get it out of the way. At this point we were so exhausted we decided to just toodle around on the antique cars. We'd pretend we were from the 1920s and talk like they did in old movies, tipping our "hats" to people on the midway. The ride ops probably thought we were insane but they didn't show it. Went back to the hotel at close and crashed.

Saturday - Saturday was our first full day at Cedar Point and we were supposed to meet a fellow Coaster Radio member named Chris at noon by Top Thrill Dragster. Because we had two full days of coaster nerding ahead of us, we decided to spend the morning doing all the non-coaster stuff we wouldn't get a chance to do. We hit the arcade, rode the little train that goes around the park, walked through the museum, did a couple of little flat rides, etc. We then met up with Chris (super nice guy), and headed over to Maverick & Mean Streak. Top Thrill was closed, the beginning of a trend that would last the entire weekend. We got to Maverick and it was closed, so we got in line for Mean Streak. Got all the way to the top of the queue and you guessed it - Mean Streak was having issues as well so we had to leave.

Fortunately we all had Fast Lane passes so we wound up spending the rest of the day hitting stuff that wasn't down. We managed to do Rougarou (which I enjoyed more than I thought I would based on reviews), Blue Streak (classic woodie), and Raptor (not nearly as good as Banshee but still fun). At 5:00 we met up with another couple from the show and we all hung out together the rest of the night.

There was a Brews & BBQ festival going on that was an outstanding deal. For $15 you got 12 tickets. 1 ticket would get you a sample size beer or BBQ plate. 3 tickets would get you a full size beer or BBQ plate. So for $15 I got a plate of BBQ (with sides), and three full craft beers. Hells yes! We all took full advantage then hit some more rides. First up was Gatekeeper, another one of my most anticipated rides.

Gatekeeper was AWESOME! In terms of just overall "fun" it is probably my favorite ride at Cedar Point. I know some coaster nerds trash it because it's not super-intense, but I just loved that first upside down drop and flying through the keyholes. The front row was a vastly better experience than the rest of the train, though it was fun no matter where you sat. Rode this one multiple times - I couldn't get enough of it.

Chris suggested our last ride of the night be on Millennium Force, so that's where we headed next.

Looking out over the lake from on top of that monster at night was one of the highlight of the trips. A lot of people have asked which is better - Millennium Force or Fury 325 since they're both big giga-coasters. I have to be honest - I think Millennium Force is still the king. Fury might have the bigger drop, but MF's first airtime hill kicks Fury's ass, and the speed feels much more intense due to the tunnels and the long runs. Fury has some really cool elements that MF doesn't have, but MF feels a bit more relentless. While both rides are awesome, MF is just that touch more intense which gives it the edge.

Sunday - This was the day we got to meet Mike & EB (the podcast hosts), and all the other listeners. Had a meet-up in the parking lot and had a lot of fun talking to everyone. Everyone kind of dispersed and went their separate ways since we didn't have any CP sanctioned events, but we decided to just stick with Mike/EB, Brian, Chris, and formed a little entourage. It was EB's first visit to the park so we pretty much just let him lead the way.

Our first ride was Maverick (now working - yay!) and I was really impressed. I didn't know what to expect with this ride but it was a lot more intense than I had imagined. That first 95 degree drop, while short, was pretty terrifying, and that thing did not let up at all. I loved it enough we rode it twice in a row. We also hit up Mean Streak which was not as mean this time. I had heard horror stories of how rough it was but it was fairly smooth for us. (Later that evening I'd ride it again and realize where it got its name - OUCH).

At noon we met all the other listeners for a cookout at the picnic pavilion and watched Mike & EB record a live show. After that we hit some more rides (which are all a blur to me now), then had a Skee-Ball championship at 4:00 in the arcade. I lost.....BADLY. What's really sad is I lost to a British guy who had never played Skee-Ball. We then rolled over to Brews & BBQ Night 2 where we all got "likkered up" to ride Magnum XL-200.

I was really looking forward to Magnum because I'd heard it was an air time beast and because it's old and looks dangerous. All that is true. It's rough, lots of air time, the seats don't feel like they secure you enough, and I loved it. That thing is just crazy. At one point on the turnaround I had my hands up and thought, "This is it - this is how I die - by falling out of Magnum." My brother was crying he was laughing so hard. Great ride.  biggrin

The absolute last ride of the night the group split. Half wanted to do Millennium Force, half wanted to do Windseeker. My brother and I decided to do Windseeker because we had already ridden MF at night, and didn't want to miss the chance to see the park lit up at night from those heights. I'm glad we went that direction, because spinning around over the park that night was the perfect end to a perfect trip.

Impressions: I told my brother that the only park I've ever been sad to leave was Magic Kingdom. That changed after Cedar Point. I was genuinely sad to go. The park was much more beautiful and themed than I expected. I thought with it being an old park that it would be this decaying jumble of rides that was just good because of its roller coasters. I was really surprised at how pretty the park was, and of course you can't beat the lake views from every direction. Awesome place and I would make that 12 hour drive again in a heart beat.

The most fun of the whole trip, however, was meeting new friends. In the coaster nerd community, nobody cares how old you are, your body size, your marital status. We hung out with people from 9 to 60, and we all spoke a common language of just loving theme parks and having fun. Some of the folks we met up there I have no doubt will be friends for years to come, and it was really sad to say goodbye. However, we've already made plans to reunite with a few of them at Carowinds this fall for the haunt season, so I'm really looking forward to that.

It was an epic journey, and I've never walked or ridden as much in that short a time span. However, I've never laughed and smiled as much either.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 19, 2015, 08:40:07 PM
I picked up my (pre-ordered with good reason)  icon_wink copy at Best Buy today and part of the pre-order bonus was the "steel case" edition. However, the BB guy informed me (very apologetically) that they shipped the steel cases separately from the actual game. So it was kind of weird in that I got the game in a standard case and a bonus empty steel case (which is really bad ass though).

Really sucks I'm going to be out of town Thursday through Tuesday, as I'll miss an entire holiday weekend of play time. Hope to get at least a few hours in tonight and tomorrow night though.
114  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.
115  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.
116  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.
117  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.

118  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.
119  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.
120  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.
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