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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Memorial Day Weekend 2016 edition (5/27) on: May 27, 2016, 11:56:55 PM
"It's always high noon somewhere!"  Or more accurately "Death rains from abarrrggghhhh!" *splat*
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 23, 2016, 02:50:31 PM
In the campaign you reach checkpoints during the levels where the game saves and if you exit that is where you restart, you can't just save at any point.  You can go back and replay any level to pick up missed items if you want but all the monsters will have respawned.  One thing I ran into was reaching certain checkpoints in a level and not being able to go back to earlier sections due to doors closing behind me and so not being able to get items I missed unless I restart the entire level.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/24/16) on: May 23, 2016, 03:22:04 AM
Overwatch on the XB1
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 16, 2016, 05:25:47 PM
The show is great but suffers from too many story lines trying to advance in a 10 episode arc.  No Arya?  No Dragons?  and worst of all
Spoiler for Hiden:
Osha comes back and Ramsey offs her in two seconds, I loved her character in the books and it is sad to see her go out so quickly and with no real impact on the story
.  I also don't care for the whole High Sparrow story but we do see lots of pieces starting to move at last.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pinball FX2 on Steam on: May 15, 2016, 08:29:01 PM
I'm waiting for a version of pinball that supports the Vive.  I know the Rift version has gotten good reviews and I'd love to be able to play tables in VR.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: May 07, 2016, 03:56:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 07, 2016, 03:23:11 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on May 07, 2016, 06:38:36 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 06, 2016, 11:43:13 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on May 06, 2016, 09:34:56 PM

Well I'm very interested. WWI is a time period that you hardly ever see in gaming.

Because warfare sucked back then.  The guns sucked, the variety sucked...everything was primitive trench warfare.

The trailer pretty clearly shows this isn't some WWI sim. More like WWI as envisioned by Michael Bay.

They have said it's no alternate history, they're sticking with what was there.  Which means there are none of the things that make most shooters enjoyable like variable scopes, red dot sights, holo sights, reflex sights, lots of automatic weapons. 

They can make the trailer look as bombastic as they want, shooting crappy guns via iron sights is no fun for me.

I guess I'm just ready for something different from all those advanced options.  If nothing else it would be nice to see what can be done with a setting like WW1 as a FPS game in 2016.  We won't lack in other FPS's with a more modern theme.  I half expected this game to be more like SteamPunk WW1 but you say no alternate history so I'm curious as to it's direction.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: May 06, 2016, 09:39:05 PM
I like it, and I like it much better than COD-Space Marine!
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So VR on: May 06, 2016, 01:02:50 AM
Some posters on reddit have pointed to the controllers as the culprit for poor wifi performance.  Nobody has any idea on why that would be the case unless they interfere at 2.4ghz.  i've since connected my PC to the 5ghz band on my router and will see it that makes a difference.  I can also plug an ethernet cable directly into the PC as well and see if that has an effect.  So tonight I think I'll look at Budget Cuts and The Gallery plus some more AudioShield.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So VR on: May 05, 2016, 03:02:32 AM
Just finished watching the Foo Show with Will Smith (from Tested) and that has potential as well, kind of a talk show that you can sit in on.  Hard to describe but I will download each episode when they appear.  They only have the one episode so far with others promised for this summer.

Shon, have you tried HoloBall?  I've enjoyed it but worry about my low hanging ceiling fan/light.  Holoball is like handball or Pong where you hit a ball at a wall in the distance and an AI robot tries to block it and hit it back past you, if the ball gets past you or the AI a point is scored.  I can see getting lost in the game and forgetting about the light/fan above me while trying to smash the ball back at the AI.

While I don't recommend it I'd be curious about your impressions of Windlands if you get it (again I don't recommend it as a must have) and the movement system and VR sickness.  Nothing I've played yet has bothered me except Windlands and that wasn't too bad but I didn't play for very long.

One thing I haven't figured out is why SteamVR seems to be taking up some of my bandwidth when active.  I was trying to watch a live stream off the web in the Virtual Desktop program and couldn't get a smooth video playback at all due to low download speeds but the second I turned SteamVR off the connection sped up to my normal value.  None of the resource monitors I brought up showed excess downloads happening so who knows what is up.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So VR on: May 05, 2016, 01:23:57 AM
Well I can only talk about my own experience as a first time VR user.  I see clearly what looks like a screen door when I put the headset on, I cannot believe it would be anything other that which others call the screen door effect.  Now I don't notice it once I get going in games and such but it is there.

Thanks for the impressions Shon, I'm glad I decided on the Vive with the controllers at this point.  I like Audioshield as well,  I tried a classical song I had in my iTunes library and that was the best experience for me along with some Queen and Pink.  I bailed out during a reggae song as the orbs just kept coming fast and I got tired.   
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So VR on: May 03, 2016, 08:32:11 PM
Finished Vanishing Realms and enjoyed it quite a bit, again you can see the potential for the medium with VR but like most current offerings it is short (2 hrs or so with more content promised).  I booted up Windlands and hooboy that is one to be careful with.  My first experience with movement via the controller (others I've played use a teleport mechanic) and it can throw you for a loop.  The game about using a hook shot to swing between trees and get to remote areas but you start off without your hook and have to move on the ground and jump using the controller to move just like in a non-VR game but in VR it can be disorienting.  Once you get the hooks you will still have sections where you need to move via the controller so I'm sure that is why they start you out like that but man it will probably make people sick, I have a little bit of a headache after playing for 20 minutes and will explore more games before I go back to this one.  This may work better on the Rift in a seated environment and a standard controller but standing up and using the Vive wands can get you unbalanced easily.  

People have been talking up HoloBall so I will try that next (after I take my daily long walk).  Space Pirate Trainer is also due up soon, lots of good talk about that one.

Almost forgot I tried Audioshield a game that takes a mp3 song and as you listen to the song it throws orbs at you timed to the beat.  The orbs are colored blue for left hand and orange for right and your vive controllers are depicted as shields that you use to block them.  I liked the game based on the two songs I tried with it, Queens' We Will Rock You and Black Sabbath's Iron Man  with Iron Man being a difficult one to get right.  Good fun with it.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 03, 2016, 07:16:04 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 03, 2016, 04:50:44 PM

War of the Five Kings was what we've seen.  Robb, the Baratheons, Joffrey, and Balon.  Balon lost his sons near a decade prior to the start of the series in his solo rebellion, crushed by Robert, Stannis, and Ned. 

And of course Theon was a hostage taken by Ned from Balon.  Also wasn't the man telling Theon's sister that she wasn't the leader yet also another brother of Balon?  I remember there was a strict hard core priest in the books who was Theon's uncle.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So VR on: May 03, 2016, 05:15:32 AM
Yep and both The Climb and Chronos are Rift games that I guess can work on the Vive with a hack but I don't want to do that yet so I'll just have to wait on those for a bit.  Another genre I want to try out is driving sims but again the Vive version of Euro Truck Simulator 2 has a few issues that need sorting so I'm waiting on those as well.  I did enjoy Vanishing Realms and have yet to finish it but again it is supposed to be episodic so what is out right now isn't all that long from what I hear.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So VR on: May 03, 2016, 01:43:03 AM
I got my HTC Vive today and am using the Virtual Desktop program to write this post.  It's pretty neat as I'm just sitting in space and can look down and see the asteroid belt and if I look up I see lots of stars.  I have my desktop screen curved and about 3 feet in front of me.  It's a good thing I can touch type as I cannot see my keyboard or mouse.  One thing I have yet to figure out is how to activate the camera that the Vive has.  I've tried to use it as explained but I'm missing something, I'm sure I'll get it soon.

I really like the Vive and room scale stuff that I can do, after going through the setup my play space was calculated to be 2.8 x 2.8 meters which is pretty good and even that space is not near any of my walls just avoiding the couch and tv.  I got a good hint on reddit about using a fan to blow air at you as it gives you a reference to which way you are facing, it is pretty easy to get turned around after awhile.  The cord is a pain at times as it gets underfoot but it doesn't break my immersion surprisingly.  If you look for them you will notice the screen door effect at times and the Field of View can be seen at the edges of your vision but once you start playing a game this seems to get forgotten. 

Games I've played today include Job Simulator, theBlu, The Lab and Vanishing Realms.  All have been fun but none are know to be games that induce motion sickness, I have Windlands which does seem to affect some so I'll try that out and report back.  Oh I just turned around and I'm not looking at the asteroid belt but the rings of Saturn and Saturn is right behind me.

Nothing I've seen myself or video of others makes me think that VR is currently worth the entry costs of the HMD and a fast computer to run it but I'm glad I got it.  The potential is there.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/3/16) on: May 02, 2016, 04:12:45 PM
theBlu
Unseen Diplomacy
Holopoint
Holoball
Vanishing Realms
Windlands
Crystal Rift
Audioshield
Chunks
Job Simulator
Fantastic Contraption
Tilt Brush
The Lab
Space Pirate Trainer
.
.
.
Oh and my Vive arrives today (Monday)
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] Dark Souls III on: April 26, 2016, 11:58:13 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 26, 2016, 11:33:17 PM

Is the ring repairable like in previous games?  I thought I read it is one use and goes away now.

It's not repairable, I've found 3 in the game so far.  I've used two up and both times it was due to forgetting I had the dang thing on in the first place.  Put on to fight boss and finally kill it that attempt and then head out with the ring still attached and die later.  I think one time it saved me around 2500 souls.

I think one time in Dark Souls 1 I lost 50k souls, you can get used to it and farming 50k souls while not quick can be done.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] Dark Souls III on: April 26, 2016, 03:41:59 PM
I ran into an area where some mobs were resistant to regular attacks so added fire to my twin daggers and wrecked them quickly but I still use my twin swords with keen infusement for most of the game.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 23, 2016, 06:28:12 AM
So do you buy an upgrade PS4 Neo or spend money on the PSVR?  Both would be a bit pricey.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: April 21, 2016, 05:56:07 AM
I still have hopes that I'll get into the hype when my Vive arrives (scheduled to be delivered sometime in May).  Were you a kickstarter backer or did you order right away?  I've seen reports that Occulus (and to some extent Valve) have had delayed shipments due to hardware component shortages and some who ordered on the first day say they now show a June/July delivery date.  I guess salt in the wound of Rift would be owners is that some Vive owners have been playing Lucky's Tale on their HMD while the Rifter's wait for the mailman.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] Dark Souls III on: April 18, 2016, 12:06:41 AM
For no reason I can discern I managed to kill the first two bosses on the first try.  I guess cut and run was the order of the day and it worked out.  I wandered into a boss in the swamp area not realizing that I did so until it was too late and I had almost 3 levels of souls with me.  Died 5 times trying to get past him and decided the souls were valuable to me so embered up and got help.  Boss went down pretty well that time but now I realize I could have equipped the Ring of Sacrifice that I had and gotten those souls for sure.  Boss at the Undead village took me awhile to get but once I figured out his weakness I managed to prevail, probably took 8-10 times to finally get him.  Now ready to attempt two bosses that I have worked my way up to, hope my +5 Twin Swords get the job done. 
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2016 Draft on: April 15, 2016, 09:21:41 PM
I wonder what the Ram fans in St. Louis (or ex-fans now) think about their ex-team going big on trades.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] Dark Souls III on: April 14, 2016, 02:40:40 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 14, 2016, 12:09:39 PM

I could help you beat that boss if you summon me.... on XB1  ninja

Eh I will get it done soon.  I took a detour to grind out a bunch of souls to buy a key buy now I'm ready to attack again.  Funny I've played 14 hours and only killed two bosses so far but I'm loving the game while looking around the world.
23  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: All of my Steam games updating??? on: April 14, 2016, 05:15:41 AM
Just restarted steam and yep, lots of updates on the list.  Not sure what is happening but I find it worrisome.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] Dark Souls III on: April 13, 2016, 04:36:56 PM
I'm enjoying my time, currently stuck on a boss trying to figure out the right way to bring it down so typical Souls stuff.  I'm enjoying the changes/throwbacks that the game does to advance the series.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] Dark Souls III on: April 12, 2016, 07:07:23 AM
Got 6 hours in and yes it's a Dark Souls game.  The video setting is a bit off, if I set it to Fullscreen 3440x1440 I get the game with black vertical bars on either side of the game.  If I set it to 2540x1440 I get the full screen game.  Who knows?  I may just run at the 3440X1440 setting (my monitors shows it is running at that rez in game at 60 hz) as the super wide screen takes a bit of getting used to. 

Started as a Thief and liking it so far, found a decent axe (but doesn't scale so may have to leave it un-upgraded unless I have an excess of materials).
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/12/16) on: April 11, 2016, 09:59:13 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 11, 2016, 09:10:03 PM

It's a first person shooter with shades of a few other genres thrown in.  It's got single player, coop and pvp so give the beta a shot at least.

Otter!  You went PC again!  icon_lol

emmm I have a kicking PC and want to see DSIII at it's best so yeah PC.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] Dark Souls III on: April 11, 2016, 09:57:25 PM
PC ready to go, curious to see how it runs.  I've read some articles that seem to indicate that the PC port is good right out of the gate even if it is locked at 60 fps.  Hope it has support for my 21:9 monitor (I think I read that it did support those rez'es)
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/12/16) on: April 11, 2016, 05:07:08 PM
Dark Souls III on PC with more attempts at getting past floor 2 of Enter the Gungeon but after watching some youtube videos of the gameplay I don't fancy my chances.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 08, 2016, 01:51:58 AM
Put me down in the camp that didn't care for any of this half season.  I guess I'm tuning out on the show, when I watch it now I fast forward past the "oh zombie attack, will Carol/Rick/Daryl/etc. fight it off?"  Of course they will and why spend time watching what you know will happen?  While watching the final scene I was wondering who be killed and realized it really didn't matter to me at all, I've lost connection with any of the main characters and their stories.  I'm sure I'll check out the next season but I'll be watching this hour long show in something like 10 minutes of actual time and the rest at fast forward.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/05/16) on: April 04, 2016, 08:02:11 PM
Enter the Gungeon looks cool but I don't know if I'll get it right away.  I have a HTC Vive on pre-order but I'm nowhere near first or second wave.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 01, 2016, 08:46:14 PM
Some The Division and Dying Light.  Stardew Valley hasn't captured me yet but maybe I'll try more.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 24, 2016, 02:29:08 AM
I may try to grind up to lvl 30 DZ to try my luck at those chests.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 22, 2016, 10:16:47 PM
I too find the DZ to be an insidious play mechanic that keeps me in the game.  Seems like I fill up my stash pretty quickly (is the limit always 30?) with stuff so have to run out and clear space.  I did run into a PK'er last night and the game makes it hard to combat that solo as I'm dead by the time the guy turns on me.  I can never find him again before his timer runs out and he kept coming back as a non-hostile to mess up my pick ups.  I suppose it was due to the low pop in my section of the DZ as there wasn't anyone else around to team up with or coordinate with to try and stop him.  Still in all I had a good time and got some decent items.

One thing about the loot that is off for me is that you (or I at least) don't find drops above blue this early in the game (lvl 12) although I can see some things at the DZ vendor that are purple but I need DZ 30 to use them.  I like games like Diablo 3 where you can get a gold or purple early and then have to make the choice to ditch it when a better green or blue comes along.  It takes more for me to drop a unique item that has been out leveled than some random green with 4 more armor then the green I currently have.
34  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 18, 2016, 12:13:19 AM
It's like cheating playing Rocket League with the wide monitor.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 17, 2016, 05:35:11 AM
Tried the Dark Zone tonight and had fun, didn't get ganked at all although one guy shot me by mistake and went rogue.  A bit my fault for chasing a wounded NPC around a corner.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 16, 2016, 08:52:46 PM
Sent out some Uplay friend requests and updated my info on the GT Ultimate Friends list.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 16, 2016, 04:51:39 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 16, 2016, 02:50:44 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 16, 2016, 03:28:41 AM

Sorta, it looks great but I don't know anyone in the PC universe so if I want to do dark zone stuff  I'll probably do it on XB1.

I'm playing on PC, and I know Caine, Naednek, Punisher and others are as well.  I would say feel free to add anyone on the GT Ultimate Friends List that has UPlay listed (not too many compared to Steam/etc).

I will warn you that I'm not great at grouping even at the best of times, and I have a new kitten always wanting attention so often I don't now because she's taking half my attention.

I'll look that up and add the names, no worries about grouping, I'm pretty low key in addition to low skilled.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 16, 2016, 03:28:41 AM
Sorta, it looks great but I don't know anyone in the PC universe so if I want to do dark zone stuff  I'll probably do it on XB1.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 15, 2016, 11:33:26 PM


A terrible shot of The Division with the XB1 on the left and on my PC at 3440X1440 on the right.  The Dell monitor on the left is displaying blue and purple lines whenever it gets turned on these days and they might disappear after 30 minutes or so but sometimes they hang around, you can see some on the left side of the display, I guess the thing is dying as I get more lines over time, it started with just one line.  I do love the wide view from the 21:9 monitor and the high level of graphics but this picture is a bit false in that the weather in the XB1 side is snowing while the PC has sunny weather hence the brighter look.
40  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 15, 2016, 02:43:42 AM
Umm I got a free copy of the Division for buying a 980ti card and fired the game up today and it will be hard to go back to the XB1 version!  I need to figure out how to get my other monitor that has the XB1 hooked up to it next to the X-34 and have both systems playing The Division and then take a photo of it to show what the difference is.  Going to work on that now.
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