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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 30, 2016, 09:58:45 PM
That makes me want a Gellar of my own!

I have Tilt, Ron (GamingTrend) and Hark now along with one other guy.

I'm sitting at 98 cars in my garage though I am trying to ditch some of those. I bought a bunch of cars at auction before I noticed I had free DLC cars I hadn't accessed yet, so I ended up with some dupes. Doh.

I think last I looked I was around 1700 miles driven and I'm still having a blast. I've finished the bucket list, the midnight battles and driven on every road. I have 9 more travel boards before I get to fast travel anywhere for free. There are a few XP board I have found but haven't figured out how to access them (rooftop boards). Lots of championships yet to complete.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 29, 2016, 08:03:10 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 29, 2016, 06:38:29 PM

1) Barn finds, while great in theory, are tedious and horrible. I've basically just skipped straight to googling the location and even then its annoying.

The Drone generally makes these pretty quick. Use the turbo (RB) button and then spiral in and you will find it in no time.

I can't help you with the rest. I would never turn off ABS. I did try braking line only, but like you noticed, it's too hard to tell where the hell you are supposed to go. Sometimes with the angle of the sun or rain on the surface you may not even be able to see the racing line.

I only created one bucket list event and it only takes 46 seconds... so at least it's over fast.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 29, 2016, 06:16:23 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 29, 2016, 04:53:04 PM

Just signed Gellar and Coop, my lineup got a lot better

I'm just curious, are you higher level than I am now? I'm wondering if that is a restriction. I think I hit 105 or 106 last night.

Quote from: TiLT on September 29, 2016, 02:34:13 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 28, 2016, 08:16:58 PM

I got a message last night that I took part in 115 races over the past day and earned... 10k credits. That seems low.

I just got informed by the game that my drivatar has been in no less than 2,832 races since yesterday, earning me 36,200 CR. The day before that I earned 7,100 CR from a mere 34 races, so it appears that there's a serious case of diminishing returns here.

How many rosters are you on? I went from 1 to 3 rosters yesterday and got around 20k from 115 races I think.

I finally got rid of my last level 1 roster member yesterday, but I have no GT/OO folks.

I also finally started doing street races. I was skipping them before because they don't give you fans. I got my first midnight battle and it was an M3... racing my Laferrari... that seems unfair. Either way, it's now *my* M3.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 28, 2016, 08:16:58 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 28, 2016, 04:50:25 PM

Been playing this a bit since Monday night. Feel free to add me. XBL is TehGellar

Your drivatar kicked my ass in the longest race I have encountered driving a Lamborghini Centenario. I am pretty sure if you just started playing you don't actually have that car, but I'm going to want revenge. The race was a map of the entire continent. It took about 10 minutes driving between 200 and 255 mph in my newly acquired S2 998 Ferrari Laferrari. That was freaking nail-baiting.

I hit level 99 last night. I've maxed out all of the festivals (25 million fans to max it out and you stop getting fans at that point). I still have one driver on my lineup that is a level 1, but another that is level 72. I got a message last night that I took part in 115 races over the past day and earned... 10k credits. That seems low.

I'm still playing because... well, it's still fun.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whatchu buyin' this week, Willis? (Sept 25, 2016) on: September 27, 2016, 01:35:18 PM

Quote from: Crusis on September 27, 2016, 06:53:55 AM

My pre-order of Xcom 2 unlocked. I played the first few missions, saw a few bugs like weird missing textures. A character picks up a body but the body isn't there - just looked odd. The controls are confusing as hell. For some sub menus you use a set of buttons, for other sub menus you your the arrow wheel thingy. Other than getting used to the funky controls, the game seems awesome. Will play more during the week assuming I get a project completed by Friday.

What do we call this, PC-itis?
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 26, 2016, 01:29:10 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 26, 2016, 01:46:11 AM

but from what I saw in the early game it was only letting me recruit racers it said you could?  

Yeah, you only get the options the game gives you, unfortunately. I haven't waited to see what happens if you don't pursue the option you are given, if it will never give you another. It has also given me the same person multiple times, which is frustrating when I know Hark is out there just dying to join my roster.

It shows high preference for people on your friends list. I am tempted to remove all the non-forza players from my friends list... but that seems extreme. I guess I should at least give them until this weekend to start playing.  icon_twisted

I've played a tremendous number of hours and I am still having a blast with it.  I am one race away from knocking out the second to last festival upgrade. I am only at about 38% completion. I think I am in the upper 70s for level now. 60 cars. 410/488 roads, 220/425 cars photographed, 85/150 billboards smashed, 15/15 barn cars, something like 12/63 championships. I got the achievement for getting at least 1 star on 50 PR stunts yesterday. I have run into two bucket list challenges that I have given up on for the moment at least. There are two xp boards I haven't figure out how to hit... or have figured out and just haven't executed it right. The point being I have played a LOT and I still have a lot more to do!

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One important update: After the first few hours I have played this 100% on the PC. My (launch edition) xbone is connected to a 1080p projector which is projected on a 100-something inch screen. My PC is pretty up to date with a 1080p 28" monitor. It looks SOOOO much better on the PC with faster load times and smoother gameplay. I am really glad I went with the digital version so I could really see the difference. The only thing I am missing by playing it on my PC is the theater sound system. I have cheap-o stereo speakers on my PC vs a kick-ass 7.1 system in my media room.

Also, in case anyone wasn't sure, it uses the same save game across PC and xbox.

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One more note because I don't want to reply to myself again...

>>> If anyone is playing and doesn't have me on your friends list, please add me.  <<<

I just added TiLT42 and MonkeyPhinger this morning. I already have Engine Nine, Harkonis, Countach and BullwinkleJ... anyone else?
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 25, 2016, 04:33:22 PM
The credits rolled for me this morning. I may have been playing a bit too much. ninja The stats say I have about 12 hours in, but that seems kind of low. I played a lot Friday and Saturday.

I don't think there is an actual final championship, which is a bit of a disappointment.

I've done the recruit to your lineup thing about 15 times now and I still only have 2 drivers that are playing the game and neither of them are from my friends list. They've given me over a million fans according the stats so I can't complain TOO much. Only 1 person has me in their lineup. You'd think I'd be a hotter prospect at level 65 with ~16 million fans.  icon_twisted Maybe they won't let you have anyone higher level than you.

I have 55 cars in my garage covering pretty much all the classes and categories. I am not sure what my next goal is. I guess I continue working on Festival expansion. I might just slow down at this point.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 23, 2016, 09:54:32 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 23, 2016, 09:09:19 PM

Once again these guys have pissed me off with their refusal to let you turn the music volume all the way down.  You can turn it low, but not off.  This is a racing game!  I don't want your shitty dance music!

You can turn the radio off inside the cars. Left and right on the d-pad change radio stations. Radio Off is an option.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 23, 2016, 04:15:29 PM
I played for a couple hours this morning and it's more Forza Horizon. All it does is tell me how Harkonis is better than I am! Also, the Dodge Dart Hemi is hard as hell to drive. It's like driving a 500hp pogo stick, even after some suspension bits to try to calm it down. Back to my Mustang GT350R thanks.

I just found my first Barn car. For the record, the drone can locate the barns, but not open them. Also, apparently there is a ceiling for drones in Australia and it is ridiculously low. Finally, you can't use the drone to unlock those hard to reach xp/travel signs.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 22, 2016, 05:34:38 PM
Last night my wife reminded me she would be gone this weekend... and I am off tomorrow... after all the hemming and hawing, I just bought the Digital Ultimate edition so I could play tomorrow.

See you in Australia!
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat Racing Games on: September 22, 2016, 03:03:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 22, 2016, 01:54:43 PM

Why, by the love of all that's holy, has no one remade I76?  I would take some "spiritual successor" nonsense, even.

Mad Max?
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 20, 2016, 07:23:12 PM

Quote from: Reemul on September 20, 2016, 06:51:07 AM

£8 extra for getting on Pc and Xbox1 v Xbox only is a no brainer for me.

Plus the loss of the ability to resell it. For a $12 difference I would probably go digital. It's closer to $32 in my mind. I rarely go back to a game when I've decided I am done with it.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 19, 2016, 03:54:44 PM
Hook the XBOne up to your computer monitor? It's probably about the same size and much higher resolution.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 19, 2016, 03:32:41 PM

Well if you are getting it from Amazon anyway, you can get the Ultimate Edition in disc form for only $80. 

Hey, no compromises! biggrin

But yes there are two distinct choices here, I can pay more to have it available on PC.. I don't really see that happening much. I can also pay more for the extras. The extras are really more cars and getting to play a few days early. Neither of those are a huge deal to me...

Decisions, decisions
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 19, 2016, 03:22:25 PM
Finally played the demo this weekend. Wow. I can't wait. The only question now is which version and which format. ultimate to play early and get all the things? Digital to be playable on the PC as well? I'm having a hard time spending $100 and having no trade-in option vs $48 on amazon and being able to trade in for $20 when I am done with it.

Either way I will definitely be playing.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on: August 18, 2016, 01:52:57 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 18, 2015, 07:07:00 PM


August 23rd is 5 days away.

A few days ago I got a steam notification that Gaming Trend was playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. I got excited for a moment. Damn you Gaming Trend!

Oh and hi GamingTrend!
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 12:55:01 AM

Quote from: hepcat on August 02, 2014, 12:30:43 AM

You'll enjoy it a bunch more if you are in on the usual marvel insider stuff though.

I dunno. I am not sure I could have enjoyed it much more. In fact, based on your comments I think your insider knowledge of the characters detracted from your enjoyment.

As someone who never heard of these characters, it wasn't a superhero movie at all. It was a sci-fi movie that just happened to have a couple comic book cameos.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 06:58:00 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 29, 2014, 06:24:31 PM

I am curious to what your credit score is then, if you want to say of course. I am kind of similar, I have 3 credit cards that pay for everything. Every bill and expense I have is paid through those credit cards (for points, figure it's time to make money back from the banks). I pay them off in full every month and repeat the process. Until fairly recently I paid for a credit watch service through my bank, I think it was with TransUnion. My score has stayed at, or slightly above, 780 for three years, even when I had a car payment with 3 years left on it. I can make a large purchase, move, lose my job, pay off my car, etc, and it stays around 780. The credit watch service's only comments on how to improve my credit was to buy a house.

If it matters to you, couldn't you just pay the card at different date? Or get some credit cards with good a good cash back system to lower your utilization and get you some money back from them. I just applied for that Capital One card that is 1.5% on all purchases which seems to be the best out of there for cash back without categories (of course it looks like they are going to deny me because lack of income).

I think it was 726 (TU). As far as paying the credit card bill earlier, I'd rather squeeze the pitiful bit of extra interest out of having my money until the due date. I already have the Quicksilver Rewards card so I am good on rewards. I used to be one of those 800 guys but I got rid of some old cards and apparently that was a triple whammy: lowering my total credit, increasing my utilization and lowering the age my oldest open line.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 06:04:11 PM
The terrible thing is that I am considering reopening a credit line so I can move past you on the scoreboard.  saywhat

Oh, the original purpose of this post is to argue the point about it being crap. It indicates that I am a higher credit risk than you are. I find that difficult to believe (for those playing at home, I am not being a jerk - well more of a jerk than normal - this is based on Isg's post history). If I lost my job today, I'd be good for years without income or unemployment. It seems like net worth ought to be a factor in some way.

That credit score ought to serve you well when it comes time to mortgage yourself through retirement.  icon_twisted
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: July 29, 2014, 05:51:13 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 02, 2014, 03:59:06 PM

I enjoyed the first Horizon much more than the base Forza games, despite the dumb music festival setting, so I'll definitely be picking this one up on the Xbone. 

I agree with this 100%. When I was playing Forza... 5? all I was thinking was how much I preferred Horizon. I'm very excited about Horizon 2 but I will be doing my best to wait until Christmas.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:42:54 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 29, 2014, 01:56:35 PM

I checked my FICO score through my Discover Card (one of the best perks ever), and have moved into the "very dependable" bracket with my score of 747.

...and this is why credit ratings are crap. smile

The major negative on my credit rating (Capital One uses TransUnion and breaks it down into letter grades in categories) is credit utilization.  I only have one open credit card and utilization is fairly high on that card, but I pay it off in full every month. Because of the way the due date lags, the balance overlaps and it looks like I carry a high balance, but I don't and haven't paid credit card interest in 13 years. I have >50% equity in my house and my car is worth more than the loan. My credit rating is dragged down because I don't have lots of credit cards I don't use.

They also have a simulator that tells what would happen to your credit if you make specific changes. According their simulator I could get a 30 point bump in credit rating by getting another credit card with a $20k limit.

Then again it's not very relevant to me as I don't actually need credit for anything. The only impact I can imagine is insurance costs.
21  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: July 29, 2014, 04:07:48 PM

Quote from: The Rocketman on July 02, 2014, 02:16:21 PM

Or you could try Forgotten City, the sequel to Forbidden Island. While I don't have Forbidden Island, the reviews seem to point out that Forgotten City basically improves on most aspects of Forbidden Island.

I haven't heard of Forgotten City. Are you sure you don't mean Forbidden Desert?

Quote from: Graham on June 30, 2014, 08:15:14 PM

I haven't played Galaxy Defenders, but that looks like a lot of fun, as well as the upcoming Alien Uprising, though I'm not sure of the length of these too.

Galaxy Defenders is a good tactical combat game. It's a lot like playing an XCOM board game and it has RPG elements. There is a (very mildly branching) campaign that your characters level up through. It's a not a fast playing game. Game length depends on the scenario, but 90-180 minutes covers most of them.

Quote from: kronovan on July 08, 2014, 10:26:32 PM

And of course there's the 3 Dungeons & Dragons adventure games (Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon and Legend of Drizzt) that nail the feel of playing the RPG quite well.

Galaxy Defenders replaces the D&D games for me. The main issue with the D&D games is that you can level up once and the change is trivial. Also, the move or die mechanic that keeps the game going can get tiresome. I did have fun with it with my older son (Cool.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: November 25, 2013, 08:18:57 PM
xbox one smartglass app then!
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: November 25, 2013, 08:10:42 PM
live.xbox.com
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has your life changed since the last "next gen"? on: November 25, 2013, 06:16:34 PM
Nov 2005 UI had no kids but my wife had just told me she was pregnant. I bought a Mountain Dew free every 5 minutes 360 on ebay. Now I have 7 and 4 year old boys and I preordered the XB1 direct from Microsoft. Same job, bigger house in the same area, just more kids. biggrin
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 25, 2013, 04:23:45 PM
If anyone hears about a Kinect 2.0 extension cable, let me know. The included cable is about 10 feet too short for my needs and as far as I can tell MS doesn't have an extension available.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: November 25, 2013, 03:48:28 PM
Finally got to play some yesterday. It is cool to see names I recognize on the track. I've never seen Hark. I guess he may not be on my friends list anymore (or maybe he is too good for the game to incluide him). Sparhawk is the only name I recognize that has beaten me. If his Drivatar is getting full payouts, he shoul dbe making bank.

To the rest of you, I apologize if you see me on the track, just try to stay away from me. biggrin
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: October 21, 2013, 03:54:23 PM

Quote from: Crusis on October 15, 2013, 06:25:34 PM

Quote from: Scraper on October 15, 2013, 06:17:16 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 15, 2013, 06:15:25 PM

Bought. I may need to move it to the head of the reading list for timeliness.

If you read it today it will be right about when the story takes place in relation to Real World Events. Just don't mind the actual day of the week.

It's about an hour's read. That would be funny if it coincided with real world - and maybe a zombie apoc is just what the capitol needs.

I was disappointed to find the real crisis did not end as your version did. Also the bonus story...  saywhat I can't decide if I like the way your mind works or I hope I never meet you in a dark alley.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 17, 2013, 09:15:45 PM
On day one I'll have an XBOne with:
Forza 5
Dead Rising 3
Assassin's Creed IV
Need for Speed
Skylanders: Swap Force

Whichever of those games don't come out on day one, I won't have on day one. I only bought the PS3 for the blu-ray player and for the Uncharted games and that lost my interest on the 3rd iteration. I don't know what will bring me to buy the ps4, but I assume something will eventually.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: October 15, 2013, 09:23:58 PM
Yeah, from that list it's 2-0 in XB1's favor for me.

30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: October 15, 2013, 06:15:25 PM
Bought. I may need to move it to the head of the reading list for timeliness.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what's your ride? on: October 15, 2013, 06:10:41 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 15, 2013, 01:28:38 AM

2010 Infiniti G37x



Can't see the pic, but mine is a 2012 G37 and probably looks a lot like that one.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: October 15, 2013, 05:47:58 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 14, 2013, 10:47:53 PM

So how does the DS4 handle? slywink icon_twisted

Is the Kinect integration worth the money? What about the speed / install times of games?

Both boast a lot, but this isn't buying a product that's already on the market - it's investing in a concept. Whether the reality shakes out is anyone's guess.

I've heard the PS4 does a terrible job of playing Forza!
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: October 11, 2013, 02:25:40 PM
I'll take it. I want a nice house with a garage and the $22k I have isn't doing it. They need to let me sell stolen cars more often... and let me sell the exotics I steal!
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: October 07, 2013, 07:56:17 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 30, 2013, 11:01:08 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 30, 2013, 08:51:57 PM

I am feeling better about my preorder now that I see Skylanders Swap Force will be a "release window" title. My kid would be very, very sad if his ability to play Skylanders went away.

He has to wait a month after it releases for current gen consoles to get it, though. I'm waiting for the PS4 version myself, but it will stink seeing the toys out there and not be able to do anything with them.

A bit late getting back to this, but this will be a christmas thing either way so no hardship there. The big question will be what happens between the new system arriving and Christmas when I am dying to connect it and play Forza 5.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Animated]Batman:The Dark Knight Returns on: October 07, 2013, 03:52:58 PM
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What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
 Man of Steel (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Combo Pack)  ~ Diane Lane Blu-ray

 Iron Man 3 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)  ~ Robert Downey Jr. Blu-ray

The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Diamond Edition: Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)  ~ Jodi Benson Blu-ray

 The Croods (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy + Toy)  ~ Nicolas Cage Blu-ray


Uhhh...
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Top Ten 360 Games Based on 360Voice Days Played on: October 04, 2013, 03:34:56 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 08, 2010, 11:52:26 PM

The record for shortest attention span goes to...

   FINAL FANTASY XIII   20 days
   Mass Effect 2   9 days
   Assassin's Creed II    7 days
   Need for Speed™ SHIFT   6 days
   FUEL™   5 days
   Magic: The Gathering   5 days
   WET    5 days
   Red Dead Redemption   5 days
   Fight Night Round 4   4 days
   Cars   4 days

I imagined it wouldn't have changed much as I rarely touch my 360 any more... but only 2 game remain in the top 10 from 2010.

 Skylanders Giants 38 days 
 FINAL FANTASY XIII  20 days 
 GTA IV  20 days 
 Test Drive Unlimited 2  16 days 
 Rock Band 2  15 days 
 Mass Effect 1 13 days 
 SmackDown vs RAW 2008 10 days 
 Fallout 3 10 days 
 Guitar Hero II 10 days 
 Mass Effect 2 9 days 


I still don't stick with one game for very long.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: October 04, 2013, 01:20:57 PM
Finished it, enjoyed it, want more!
38  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Shadowrun 4th recruitment in Dallas area on: October 04, 2013, 01:19:33 PM
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Location: Garland, Tx

I'd be interested... if we rewound about 15 years to when I was single and childless (of course I also lived in NY then so that might be tricky). Good luck!
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: October 03, 2013, 05:10:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 03, 2013, 01:57:12 AM

also, does it feel like the cars handle a bit differently online?  if feels like I'm spinning out way more, and the brakes feel touchier as well.

Are you starting with zero driving skill? I haven't played since the online launch so I know nothing Jon Snow.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: September 30, 2013, 08:51:57 PM
I am feeling better about my preorder now that I see Skylanders Swap Force will be a "release window" title. My kid would be very, very sad if his ability to play Skylanders went away.
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