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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 22, 2015, 06:18:30 PM
I sort of understand the desire for a high volume site, but even NeoGAF which is one of the largest dedicated gaming forums, gets by just fine with basically a single unified gaming forum.  But for a low volume site it really makes no sense.  Should a PC game forum be further segregated into FPS, Adventure, Strategy, etc. subforums? 
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 22, 2015, 06:05:22 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 22, 2015, 05:09:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 21, 2015, 06:26:07 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on July 19, 2015, 09:09:13 AM

Gratch's comment about "have become very specific in which games we play/have interest in" rings true. in real life, there are some people who are 'gamers' at my job, but with so many games available and people having their own narrowed interests, it's very hard to get anyone to talk about the same thing. just a few weeks ago a guy was trying to get me into some mobile-phone based Korean freemium MMORPG - i was like NO. there's someone who spends all of their non-programming time watching Starcraft gameplay videos. that's really their only interest... pretty much every day for the past five years. i have no real interest in Starcraft, so that avenue of conversation is out. there's a DOTA2 contingent - i don't care about battle arena games either.

I find this to be an interesting evolution of the gaming audience.  It used to be that gamers could find some sort of common ground, but that's becoming more and more difficult.  Although some of my IRL friends are gamers, I have exactly zero in common with any of them because our tastes vary so wildly.  They're all into MP shooters, sports games, or MOBA's, and I tend to stick to RPG's.  Although we might all be considered "hardcore gamers", there's literally nothing we have to discuss because we're on such opposite ends of the gaming spectrum. 

Very true.  You'd get more out of me if there were a PC forum again,

Why? This just doesn't make any sense, it's not like PC game discussion is forbidden, and no game here is really getting enough traffic to warrant a PC and a console thread for the same game.  Wanting a PC forum is like wanting a WiiU, PS4, or Xbox One subforum.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remastered Journey coming to PS4 July 21 on: July 21, 2015, 10:03:13 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on July 21, 2015, 09:50:34 PM

I always thought this looked fascinating, but didn't realize it was forced MP (I avoided write ups on it). Thanks for saving me the time on it, Tilt, because I can't stand MP. If that's the point of the game ala Left 4 Dead, then that's fine. But a game like Journey should at least have an option (or Drop-in/Drop-out like the LEGO series) that you can turn on or off at your discretion.

It's sort of random multi-player not so much forced multi-player.  It will just insert people into your game if the two of you are at the same spot.  You can also play offline.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocket League on: July 21, 2015, 06:18:44 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 21, 2015, 06:16:38 PM

Single player option?

You can play v. bots in exhibition mode or in a full season mode.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Armada [by the author of Ready Player One] on: July 20, 2015, 02:14:40 PM

Quote from: gangeli on July 20, 2015, 01:35:09 PM

I thought RPO was a fun read...but I also grew up in the 80's.

I consider it to be the geek equivalent of a summer beach read.

Also picked up armada, and it has yet to really grab me.

I grew up in the 80s as well, have very fond memories of most of what is referenced and still hated it.  It just doesn't do anything interesting with any of it, it's all "hey remember that geek culture thing from the 80s, that was awesome, the main character thinks it's awesome too and as a result of thinking it was awesome he's awesome." 
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/17/15 - Ant-Man Edition on: July 19, 2015, 01:45:52 AM
Rocket League and Witcher 3 now that the patch dropped.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dance and Karaoke for PS4 recommendations on: July 18, 2015, 09:47:58 PM
You don't need the camera for Singstar, plus you can use your mobile phone as a mic.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/Vita/PC] Galak-Z The Dimensional on: July 18, 2015, 09:33:28 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 18, 2015, 09:07:16 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 16, 2015, 02:30:30 PM

Announced as part of Sony's summer promotion, out August 4th.  $19.99 with a pre-order discount at $15.99.

Looks sweet, I may jump on it in August.

I have a feeling that it will be free for PS+ by Halloween though.

I dunno, there's lot's of other games that can end up in PS+ before that.  They've been trying more to have games launch on PS+ like Rocket League, and  going into the holiday I can see them dropping a launch retail game into Plus finally or one of the remasters.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Armada [by the author of Ready Player One] on: July 14, 2015, 01:49:08 PM
Absolutely hated RPO.  Poorly written Mary Sue of a novel full of nothing but pandering geek affirmation.  Reviews make Armada sound even worse. saywhat
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 13, 2015, 07:59:20 PM
The superforums such as Reddit or say NeoGaf certainly are still very well trafficked.  Some other smaller forums I visit have pretty good post frequency. 
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dear Gamespot, Stop Trying to Make Me Care about Your Host Personalities on: July 13, 2015, 07:30:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 13, 2015, 06:19:12 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 13, 2015, 02:53:36 PM

What you need to understand is, that right now you are the minority.  The majority of people consuming content are looking for videos. Not video game related but just look at The Dissolve, a movie site whose focus was on quality writing,  just shut down last week due to not being able to make it in the current marketplace.

The only text based stuff that seems to still do well are clickbait and listicles.

Is this true though, that video is the more popular source of information now? I don't know how Gamespot ranks among the gaming sites, but are they going to video because it's popular or because they are trying to differentiate themselves by going for a YouTube kind of thing? Are they the goto gaming site now because they have so much video?

News web sites all seem to want to play a video article now, but is that because they can force an ad in that probably generates more money than a print ad, or because the video draws more views? (Not to mention they already have the content made from their channel, so there is no added expense and it advertises for their channel/shows in the process.) There doesn't seem to be anything that suggests news sites that play video are more popular than non/video sites, since most of the top sites don't use a lot of video. There are many top news websites that are very successful using little to no video.

The Dissolve shut down sounds like it was just harder to survive and get noticed in a crowded web than anything to with video vs writing.

I am old, but I much prefer a written review over a video one unless it's a game I am really unsure about and want to see a video of. I can get the highlights and the general overview by the time the video ad is over. I can't believe I am unique in this way. Video sites have their place, but I doubt they are preferred for many.

The GiantBomb guys certainly seem to think so, it's come up a few times on Bombcast, and even the most recent Beastcast.  Also you saw sites like Joystiq shut down not too long ago and they seemed to be one of the bigger gaming news aggregator sites.  On the flip side you have Pewdiepie who just had his revenue numbers released at 7.5M for his Youtube channel, and that's just his cut, who knows how much the channel is generating for Google on top of that.

You're not unique, you just reside in a niche market now and are not the primary target audience.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dear Gamespot, Stop Trying to Make Me Care about Your Host Personalities on: July 13, 2015, 02:53:36 PM

Quote from: JayDee on July 13, 2015, 01:27:12 PM

The #1 way to get me to leave your site? Make your information and content primarily available via videos. I have no interest in watching personalities talk about games. Give me a well-written preview or review anyday over embedded vidoes, thanks.

What you need to understand is, that right now you are the minority.  The majority of people consuming content are looking for videos. Not video game related but just look at The Dissolve, a movie site whose focus was on quality writing,  just shut down last week due to not being able to make it in the current marketplace.

The only text based stuff that seems to still do well are clickbait and listicles.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dear Gamespot, Stop Trying to Make Me Care about Your Host Personalities on: July 08, 2015, 03:23:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 08, 2015, 02:55:44 PM

Read the thread.

I have and this really seems more like a "you" issue than a gamespot issue.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: July 07, 2015, 07:49:06 PM
Beta details
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/07/07/street-fighter-v-ps4-beta-details-revealed/
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Treadworlds - next show from creator of Avatar and Korra on: July 07, 2015, 07:07:43 PM
Does not appear to be a TV show but instead a graphic novel.

Also I think a typo in your subject line as isn't it Threadworlds?
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 07, 2015, 02:42:17 PM

Quote from: JayDee on July 07, 2015, 02:35:12 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 05, 2015, 06:25:40 PM

The Harley DLC is very short, but they were very clever with the way they translated Batman's moves and abilities on to her.

Which version are you playing? I looked in the PS4 store and saw the Scarecrow DLC but nothing about Harley. Is it Xbox only or Season Pass only?

I believe Harley was pre-order content, I have it on PS4.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 02, 2015, 09:32:11 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on July 02, 2015, 09:14:56 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 02, 2015, 08:41:08 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on July 02, 2015, 08:34:25 PM

SWEETNESS! I'm also still instinctively hitting the L2 when I try to brake, which completely fucks you during a chase/race/driving around.

Their choice of mapping for this one puzzles me. Using L2 for brake/reverse would have been much better than what they're using it for now, which is to have you hold it down to stay in battle mode. My hand gets tired during extended battles due to having to constantly hold this down. They would have been better off making battle mode a toggle and putting it on the square button (PS4) instead of having the braking there. I mean, it's not like you're about to voluntarily and temporarily turn back into driving mode in the middle of a battle, so why force us to hold down the button?

Exactly. Especially considering the frequency of the tank fights. I initially ignored some of the Batmobile upgrades because I didn't think I'd be fighting drones all the time. Now, I'm pumping points into that section because tanks are everywhere. This pisses me off considerably because now I'm ignoring other moves/upgrades I need for the hand to hand sections. And I agree with you on the hand cramping. Stalking the uber tanks while holding down L2 with my middle finger and steering with my thumb is poor design.

Switch tank controls to Toggle mode!
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [pc] Allison Road - on: July 02, 2015, 09:16:33 PM
For the unfamiliar here's a no commentary walkthrough of P.T.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFCjCxaDAVI
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [pc] Allison Road - on: July 02, 2015, 01:04:58 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 02, 2015, 12:19:55 PM

Game play trailer  currently up on Steam Green Light.   it's getting alot of buzz and the team is in touch with Sony and Microsoft to bring to those respective platforms.  With the buzz this is getting I have a feeling MS and Sony will be competing for exclusive release

It's very very heavily inspired by P.T. the now cancelled Silent Hills announce demo that was out on PS4.  A lot of the buzz they are getting is pretty much because of that now that SH is cancelled and P.T. was pulled from PSN.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: July 01, 2015, 04:59:13 PM
Rocket League is fucking great, loved the 2 betas, that's a fantastic get for PS+ subscribers.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 29, 2015, 04:46:35 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 29, 2015, 03:30:42 PM

According to social media, MS did better than expected:

http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/23/xbox-one-won-e3-at-least-according-to-amazon-and-social-network-data/

Keep in mind that the Amazon info in the article is UK based, but the social media measurement is global (twitter accounting for 84% of the collected data).



I saw a breakdown over on GAF pointing out they were looking at Playstation v. Xbox on Twitter but not taking into account terms such as PS4 or Sony.  You can play around with Topsy to get an idea

http://topsy.com/analytics?q1=xbox&q2=ps4&q3=playstation&via=Topsy

PS4 and Xbox are essentially tied as terms.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: June 29, 2015, 03:04:56 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 29, 2015, 02:59:33 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 29, 2015, 02:26:10 AM

So how are people feeling about the game so far? I think I've done about 40% of the story missions so far and I'm finding the 9 and 10 ratings a little generous. The story itself is good and I'm curious to see where it goes, but everything else seems very half-hearted. The bat mobile adds a nice bit of variety to the formula, but it's by no means amazing gameplay. The story mission designs are pretty uninspired and just seem to peter out without boss fights, and I'm not even a big fan of boss fights. The side missions are all pretty short and repetitive. Even the joker trophies seem pretty phoned in, with most being very easy to find and some involving just shooting an item off the side of building that's easily marked on the map.

I feel like this is the Uncharted 3 of the Arkham franchise.
While I think the huge jump (no pun intended) in his counter range looks laughable, and the batmobile can be a pain in the ass at times, I have been enjoying the storyline and the world is a huge improvement over City.  It's a great game, but compared to the Witcher, falls behind in GotY contention. 

Yeah I think the map layout is much better here, the big restricted area right in the middle of the City map was a pain in the ass.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: June 29, 2015, 11:51:12 AM
I don't recall the side content of City being anything spectacular either.   I think if I had to order the games it would be Asylum > Knight > City.  First game was still the best due to the smaller scope.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: June 27, 2015, 01:49:59 PM

Quote from: JayDee on June 27, 2015, 01:26:30 PM

Oh I thought it was just me. Leaderboards keep saying I'm not connected to PSN when I clearly am.

Have you tried starting the game fresh, this sounds like a suspend bug.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: June 24, 2015, 12:53:03 PM

Quote from: JayDee on June 24, 2015, 12:24:43 PM

Would have loved to play last night but the PS4 digital download was *craaaawwwwwwllllliiiiinnnnngggg* and said it was going to take 14 hours to download. The downside of going digital is the wait, the upside is once it's done I don't have put the disc in to play.

Pre-load went up sometime Saturday or Sunday, one of the benefits of pre-ordering.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocket League on: June 23, 2015, 07:15:50 PM
GT did their own preview of this and apparently no one thought to update the thread  Roll Eyes

http://gamingtrend.com/2015/06/16/playing-soccer-in-a-car-has-never-been-this-fun-rocket-league-hands-on-impressions/
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 22, 2015, 09:12:02 PM
Pretty weak sale for me, just grabbed Alien Isolation and Mark of the Ninja (which I own on 360 but for 2.50 sure)
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 21, 2015, 12:35:24 AM

Quote from: Lee on June 20, 2015, 11:33:29 PM

$.25? I am lucky for .08.
yeah that's the bulk of them.  .25 was best case.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 20, 2015, 10:56:57 PM

Quote from: storz on June 20, 2015, 10:16:48 PM

Quote from: storz on June 17, 2015, 10:44:04 PM

Picked up so far (Still looking at "Victory at sea" which will be one of the monster deal tomorrow, I will see how low that will go):
King Arthur's Gold      
Fight The Dragon      
Revolution Ace                                    (Only cost 19 cents  icon_lol, Why not )
Reassembly                                      (Played a little, still haven't figure out how to build a good ship yet)
Gas Guzzlers Extreme Gold Pack      (not too bad, been playing this for past couple days, so far, thumbs up)
Road Redemption                              (Haven't really play this, but the first level, seems OK)              
Mount Your Friends                      (This is fun to play with my kids)
Legend of Korra                              (Picked up for Kids)
Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal              (Picked up for buck fifty, not too bad as tower defense game)
HuniePop                                            (wifey wants, wifey gets paranoid)

Added:

Alien: Isolation DLC: Crew Expendable      
Alien: Isolation - DLC: Last Survivor      
Alien: Isolation - Season Pass      
The Last Federation      
The Last Federation DLC- Betrayed Hope      
Massive Chalice      
Space Hulk Ascension DLC- Dark Angels      
Starpoint Gemini 2 DLC - Secrets of Aethera      
Jazzpunk      
Risen 3 - Complete Edition      
Victory at Sea      
Nom Nom Galaxy      
Life Is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) (ROW)      

Total real damage to wallet = around $40 (total summer sale cost around $100 minus $60ish profit from steam card money).


How the hell did you make 60 bucks off of cards?   Most any of mine are selling for is like $.25
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/19 on: June 19, 2015, 06:31:07 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 19, 2015, 04:26:55 PM

The Witcher 3... probably going o make the push to the end this weekend as much as I love the game I just want to finish it now,

Yeah, I'm thinking I might just mainline the story now with a couple of side quests that seem sort of directly related now as Batman is next week.
111  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chocolate Lab For Sale on: June 18, 2015, 11:05:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 18, 2015, 10:32:08 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 18, 2015, 07:40:13 PM

Posting on a forum that is known for leaning left is nothing short of trolling, as ATB has proved.

Honestly. If someone feels deep inside they are black, who are we to say they're not black? Just as if a d00d feels deep inside he is a woman, who are we to say they're not a woman?  It makes perfect sense.

Rather than treat the mental disorder (in this case self-hatred and in the other Gender Identity Disorder), we should embrace it it as 'their truth."

Now we also have the interesting problem of 'agenderism' in which case someone is either both genders or neither.  Again, if we are to embrace these types of things instead of try to correct them, let's go all the way. Also for these folks we must appropriately apply the use of 'they/them' rather than him/her or what's probably more spot on 'it'.

Thus if what's her name 'identifies' as black, then who are we to race shame her and force her to conform? I mean no one should be ashamed of anything they do regardless of how crazy or out of touch with reality it is, right? This is the new normal. There is no normal and no one can be corrected for anything.

Where am I wrong in this?

All over the place.  You're main assertion is a false equivalency.  You're also assuming that things like gender identity, and I'm going to guess sexual preference as well, are treatable.   In regards to transgenderism there's still a lot of scientific research in process, but there's already evidence that the transgender brain structure is physically different from the cisgender brain of someone of biologically the same sex.  How exactly do you treat that?
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shenmue 3 (kickstarter) on: June 18, 2015, 11:43:59 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 18, 2015, 04:00:55 AM

Sony has confirmed that they're funding Shenmue 3. Here are Adam Boyes' comments on why they chose Kickstarter.
From the way John Drake talked on Giantbomb it sounded like Sony may not be the only one providing additional funding.  Wonder if maybe Sega is throwing in some as well.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shenmue 3 (kickstarter) on: June 17, 2015, 01:29:12 AM

Quote from: Azhag on June 17, 2015, 01:05:13 AM

Sweet. Of course weren't the first a couple of he most expensive games ever at the time? Not sure what 2 mill gets you or why they really need it.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ysnet/shenmue-3

There are basically two types of video games kickstarters these days, small team low budget indie projects, and higher budget projects where the kickstarter is really a proof of market feasibility to receive funding.  A lot of these bigger kickstarters already have funding lined up with an outside source provided they can hit their kickstarter goal.  Bloodstained had a deal with Deep Silver I believe.  It looks like Sony will be chipping in some cash now that Shenmue has funded.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: June 16, 2015, 06:14:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 16, 2015, 05:49:57 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 16, 2015, 05:21:41 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 16, 2015, 03:30:23 PM

I do hope they have some good explanation for the setting - tons of technology but they live in caves and wear animal skins?

Looks like maybe it was a design they built a story around, and not vice versa. If it's fun it doesn't really matter I guess.

I thought it was obvious from the trailer. Technology rebelled against humanity, so humanity's use of it is very limited. It's kind of like The Matrix, only the machines are actually trying to exterminate humans directly.

Yeah, but they still use mechanical objects like their weapons - they can't make things like clothes, housing, vehicles, whatever? Why not make airplanes and bomb the monsters instead of shooting them with crazy explosive arrows?

It looks like there was a cataclysmic event that culled the population and set the survivors back to the stone age.  Survival skills probably took a forefront over science and engineering, and if everything had gone digital prior to the event a lot of skills would have been lost.  We don't know exactly what is behind the Zoids, and I'm sure finding that out will be a big part of the game.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: June 16, 2015, 03:00:50 PM


116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Horizon Zero Dawn on: June 16, 2015, 02:23:54 PM
From Guerrilla Games for PS4, announced at the Sony E3 conference.   Looks fantastic.  Apparently Guerrilla hired the lead writer/designer of Fallout: New Vegas as well as a bunch of ex-CD Project Red folks to work on this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkg5UVTsKCE
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 01:40:49 PM
I think if we can just get Half Life 3 announced during the PC conference today it will end up as the most amazing E3 ever.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 11:42:27 AM
The Shenmue announcement even crashed kickstarter last night.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 03:51:45 AM
In the battle of the press conferences Sony won by a landslide, it's not even close.  Last Guardian, Final Fantasy 7 remake, and Shenmue each on their own are essentially a megaton and all 3 were at the Sony conference.  Now personal preferences of games shown may differ, but in the press conference competition Sony won big.   The Microsoft 360 compatibility announcement was maybe about equal to one of those.

Also, on the games front Sony had what I thought was the game of the show so far too with Horizon Zero Dawn, that looks simply fantastic.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 02:22:34 AM
Man Battlefront looks crazy good, I didn't think I'd have any interest in that game before today.
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