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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: April 24, 2014, 04:58:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 23, 2014, 10:18:58 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 19, 2014, 10:54:52 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 18, 2014, 11:07:31 PM

I think I'm most excited to see what the deal is with the rumble triggers in this game. 

Effectively worthless. Didn't notice them really.

I wouldn't say totally worthless, but they are not nearly as good or as useful as I was hoping.  Maybe it's because I run with stability and traction control?  It looks like most of my friends list does as well, so I assumed that wasn't a "dumb noob" thing to do.

I think I run with those things off (or did when I played), so I don't think that's it.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 20, 2014, 02:38:32 PM
I'm genuinely surprised. I figured with the 'price cuts' and Titanfall this would have been the month the X1 surpassed the PS4 in units sold, at least in the US.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: April 19, 2014, 10:54:52 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 18, 2014, 11:07:31 PM

I think I'm most excited to see what the deal is with the rumble triggers in this game. 

Effectively worthless. Didn't notice them really.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: April 12, 2014, 09:32:51 PM
Want. Want so bad. Want right now.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 11, 2014, 07:56:47 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 11, 2014, 06:56:21 PM

A couple of you have mentioned Peets. People seem to either love it or hate it, there isn't much in-between. I think they have a store in the local mall, so I may give it a try.

Peet's is a pretty strong, aggressive brew. If people like milder coffee, they are going to hate Peet's.

I love the stuff though.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 09, 2014, 03:14:40 PM
As a book reader, the # of misspellings in that "infographic" makes me angry.

As someone who likes good, useful infographics, the entire "inforgraphic" makes me angry.
87  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: university blocking gamingtrend on: April 03, 2014, 05:29:02 AM
Wouldn't the IP that the university sees be the Cloudflare IP address(es)? Aren't they effectively reverse proxying all of the connections to the GT hosts themselves?
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 31, 2014, 01:30:17 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 31, 2014, 01:09:02 AM

Quote from: dangerballs on March 31, 2014, 12:09:35 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 30, 2014, 10:43:02 PM


Also, are Blood Shards only an Act V thing?  I started over from the beginning with a Crusader, and haven't seen anything about Blood Shards yet.


You get them in Adventure Mode when you collect bounties.


And spend them at a special Adventure Mode merchant who exchanges them for mystery gear.  Blizzard recently tweaked the payout to "significantly increase" the odds of getting a Legendary piece of gear, but I don't know what the numbers behind that are.  I picked up 5 - 6 bracers and every one was worse than the yellow ones I already have.

Yeah I've yet to get anything useful out of those. But I keep trying!

Quote from: Gratch on March 31, 2014, 01:24:10 AM

Quote from: dangerballs on March 31, 2014, 12:09:35 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 30, 2014, 10:43:02 PM


Also, are Blood Shards only an Act V thing?  I started over from the beginning with a Crusader, and haven't seen anything about Blood Shards yet.

You get them in Adventure Mode when you collect bounties.

When does Adventure Mode become available?  I assume after you beat the game?

Correct, which was very annoying to me.

So this game with the exp has its hooks in me pretty hard. I'm loving my Barb in adventure mode.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 27, 2014, 02:48:47 PM
I have no idea why as I know it is technically an excellent game, but there's something about this one that just isn't drawing me in like other CODs did.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Verizon Contract Is Up, Don't Want to Renew Due to Grandfathered Data- Halp! on: March 25, 2014, 03:08:31 PM
As far as I know, zero chance of this happening. You have to pay an unsubsidized price for a new phone or give up the unlimited data.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 24, 2014, 03:41:27 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 24, 2014, 02:16:24 PM

Quote from: gellar on March 24, 2014, 01:56:08 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 24, 2014, 12:33:23 PM

I use so many voice commands I don't think I could go back to it being unplugged. 

I avoid voice commands whenever possible but I don't know of a way to make the party screen go away without one. For that reason alone, Kinect becomes a must.

Switching to the party screen and hitting B doesn't work?

It might. That just wasn't intuitive to me. Then again nothing about this fucking UI is intuitive to me.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 24, 2014, 01:56:08 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 24, 2014, 12:33:23 PM

I use so many voice commands I don't think I could go back to it being unplugged. 

I avoid voice commands whenever possible but I don't know of a way to make the party screen go away without one. For that reason alone, Kinect becomes a must.
93  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] 'FTL: Faster Than Light' is Headed to iPad in Early 2014 on: March 23, 2014, 06:25:25 PM
This is a terrible idea. I can throw my iPad WAY further than I can throw my computer.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 20, 2014, 11:54:57 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 20, 2014, 10:51:47 PM

Quote from: gellar on March 20, 2014, 10:46:39 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 20, 2014, 10:45:55 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 20, 2014, 10:31:40 PM

@PlayStation: Q: Can I get inFAMOUS Second Son tonight at midnight on PlayStation Store? A: Yep! More info on the Forums: http://t.co/IV5jnGdQEC
PST.  So sucks for us east coasters.

Sucks for us reasonable time keeping west coasters too slywink

Yeah I wish my ps would start downloading as I sleep. Isn't it supposed to do that anyway?

Apparently it will in April. Which doesn't do a lot of good for us right now.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 20, 2014, 10:46:39 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 20, 2014, 10:45:55 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 20, 2014, 10:31:40 PM

@PlayStation: Q: Can I get inFAMOUS Second Son tonight at midnight on PlayStation Store? A: Yep! More info on the Forums: http://t.co/IV5jnGdQEC
PST.  So sucks for us east coasters.

Sucks for us reasonable time keeping west coasters too slywink
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 20, 2014, 06:52:29 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 20, 2014, 06:18:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 20, 2014, 06:13:34 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 20, 2014, 06:10:40 PM

I'll still buy it on XB1, unless the graphical difference is amazing. I trust MS's network/server infrastructure way more than Sony's.

If MS hadn't gotten exclusivity for TF1, wouldn't the PS4 version still have been played on the same Azure servers?

Far as I know there's no reason they can't use Azure for PS4 or Wii games but I doubt they'll get the type of discount they are getting with being an Xbox/PC exclusive.

Correct - I don't think the Azure business unit would turn down the business. And if they do, there's always AWS down the street.

But I actually still think I'd go X1 over PS4 for Titanfall 2 solely because I prefer the X1 controller/headset for FPS to the PS4 one. I actually think Sony's interface is now better than the X1 for parties et al because the X1 fucked that shit up so badly.

Of course if the PS4 has graphical superiority for the next version, there's no amount of controller/headset love that would keep me on the X1. Pretty always wins.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 20, 2014, 05:10:30 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 20, 2014, 04:58:08 PM

This comment on that story made me laff:

Xbox Fans: I can't wait to play Titanfall [insert typical hype comment]

PS Fans: It's not all that great jeez. [insert typical insult comment]

Respawn/EA: Titanfall 2 will be multiplatform

PS: I can't wait to play Titanfall 2 on my PS4.

Hahaha awesome. And accurate.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 20, 2014, 02:24:21 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 20, 2014, 03:46:21 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 17, 2014, 06:24:50 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 17, 2014, 06:14:47 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 16, 2014, 07:51:56 PM

Which means that my $400 machine runs a game that looks better than your $700-$1500 machine.

Which isn't to put down sleeping dogs, but there's also a lot of subtle differences as well.

The incidental objects in the next gen games are more varied and common. There's more building styles and textures for them. Infamous also has a bigger vertical aspect.

There's less real-time reflections going on the past gen game as well.

In the end, if you're making an open world game set in a city, eventually you're going to get a lot of parallels since there's only so many extra effects you can throw in.

Keep in mind that Sleeping Dogs came out almost two years ago. I'm not that impressed with Second Son's graphics from a raw technical perspective, which is fine because I don't go to consoles (PS4 and XBO included) for high-end graphics, but I am hoping for advances in other areas such as animation, AI, gameplay, etc. If all it ends up being is a better looking version of the previous games, I don't think it deserves being labeled a definitive next-gen experience. We should hold our standards higher than that.

What game would you say is your current standard bearer for next gen then?

Are graphics your only metric for measuring advancements in a video game? New generations are marked by the likes of the Mario 64s and GTA3s, not by a game like Second Son which is just a graphical upgrade to last generation's game.

That's the way I see it, at least. I would have stopped gaming a long time ago if all there was to look forward to was improved graphics.

No, I didn't say they were. I asked you a question to spurn discussion (that you still haven't answered, btw).

In my opinion, gaming innovation is something the industry likes to bandy about because it makes them feel good about themselves.

All I care about is if the game is fun and pretty. I don't care if it's breaking new ground (unless that ground is more fun than the last).
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 20, 2014, 03:11:29 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 20, 2014, 02:32:44 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 20, 2014, 01:08:29 AM

I treat Titans like I treated tanks in the old M1 Abrams Battle Tank game for the Sega Genesis (which was cited by Respawn was one of their inspirations, which I thought was awesome).

Just like tank combat games, if you go head to head, you're going to get destroyed. If you expose your flanks, you're going to get destroyed. It's all about using cover. Darting in and out to take potshots at the enemy then retreating back to your cover. Knowing when to back off. If your shields go down, you're screwed. You have to know when to retreat, shield back up, then re-enter the fray.

I think the mistake lies in thinking that Titans, by their look (and by the conditioning we've received from other mech games), are these big unstoppable beasts. They're not. You have to play them as you're almost as vulnerable as a pilot, and use many of the same tactics you'd use while in pilot mode.

This is all very true.  Also keep in mind all titans have the same shield value, only the health varies.  The stryder moves much faster and has more dashing and faster recharge on dashing.  Once you start to evade and recover shields, the stryder becomes the far better of the three imo. 

I was truly awful with Titans until I started using the Stryder. It's been a night and day difference with it.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 17, 2014, 09:32:41 PM
Don't shoot the bots. Throw grenades at them.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 17, 2014, 06:24:50 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 17, 2014, 06:14:47 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 16, 2014, 07:51:56 PM

Which means that my $400 machine runs a game that looks better than your $700-$1500 machine.

Which isn't to put down sleeping dogs, but there's also a lot of subtle differences as well.

The incidental objects in the next gen games are more varied and common. There's more building styles and textures for them. Infamous also has a bigger vertical aspect.

There's less real-time reflections going on the past gen game as well.

In the end, if you're making an open world game set in a city, eventually you're going to get a lot of parallels since there's only so many extra effects you can throw in.

Keep in mind that Sleeping Dogs came out almost two years ago. I'm not that impressed with Second Son's graphics from a raw technical perspective, which is fine because I don't go to consoles (PS4 and XBO included) for high-end graphics, but I am hoping for advances in other areas such as animation, AI, gameplay, etc. If all it ends up being is a better looking version of the previous games, I don't think it deserves being labeled a definitive next-gen experience. We should hold our standards higher than that.

What game would you say is your current standard bearer for next gen then?
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 17, 2014, 03:52:10 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 17, 2014, 03:33:15 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 17, 2014, 03:08:59 PM

Quote from: ATB
Any initial sales numbers yet?

I haven't seen anything official for US yet, but in the UK it's credited for increasing XB1 hardware sales almost 100%.

I have no doubt that TF will do well and will sell lots of copies and systems, but the article I saw on Joystiq said that it doubled the UK sales for 1 week, but I can't find numbers.  Did it sell 10k normally and now it sold 20k?  What about the number of sales EA has left on the table by not embracing Sony platforms?  Is it less than what MS paid them for console exclusivity? 

We'll never get the last two figures as one would be hypothetical (though probably a reasonably good hypothetical) and the other, as far as I know, is not public knowledge.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/17) on: March 17, 2014, 02:50:42 PM
Infamous.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 12, 2014, 04:23:37 AM
Was able to get on shortly after bitching about it here. A lot of fun. The campaign mode is a total unnecessary tack on though.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: March 12, 2014, 01:56:58 AM
WOMPWOMP.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 12, 2014, 01:56:03 AM
It's a good thing I assumed this shit wouldn't work tonight or else I'd be mighty pissed off. I was hoping to hop on for a quick session but nope.

That's some good work, boys.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 11:45:12 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 11, 2014, 11:31:55 PM

For those who are n00bs, I understand not wanting to be a punching bag. But the only way to improve is to play regularly with people better than you. The only surefire way to stay a n00b is to be scared to play. I don't think there's any better game or time to jump into a franchise. CoD and BF are filled with veterans who have played those games for years. At least with Titanfall, everyone is on a relatively level playing field. And you can always play it safe and run around killing AI grunts.

Totally agree. I was once a truly, truly awful COD player and now I am actually slightly above average. I only got that way by playing.

Now there isn't a title I miss. They're pretty fun.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 10:56:56 PM
Annnnnnnd it's down: http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2014/03/11/xbox-live-down-on-titanfall-launch-day/

Shocking news, guys.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 03:38:14 PM
Because fuck you, that's why.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 01:40:45 AM
PCs also have the best feature right now - they can actually preorder and preload the fucking game.

I cannot begin to state how much this infuriates me.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 08:22:57 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 10, 2014, 08:08:20 PM

I hate the concept that every single player game needs to have multiplayer and that every multiplayer game needs to have single player. If I like flight sims, I don't complain that Thief doesn't have an airplane level. I just go buy a flight sim. Since when did every game have to please every player?

I get it. There's a value equation there for a lot of players. I personally think it's antiquated... but hey people still complaint about not getting manuals anymore so people are weird.

Quote from: YellowKing on March 10, 2014, 08:17:42 PM

You PC players enjoy being tethered to your 24" monitor while the Xboners chill on the couch with a beer in front of their 60" TVs.  icon_twisted

Technically a 24" monitor is better than a 60" monitor for competitive gaming... but yeah I'm not that competitive. X1 ftw.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]South Park:The Stick of Truth on: March 10, 2014, 04:23:50 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 06, 2014, 09:18:02 PM

Just finished the game. The end part was one long series of awesome moments that forced me to pause the game to catch my breath. Fantastic game all around, even if the combat difficulty is all over the place. Most battles are too easy on Normal, while I can't even begin to imagine how anyone could win the final battle on anything above that.

Finished it here as well. The end was spectacular. Actually the entire game was.

And I had a different experience. EVERY battle was too easy. Towards the end of the game (including the final boss run) all I did was spam my primary attack since my Thief was so OP. I guess buying the Katana was a bit overkill.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/10) on: March 10, 2014, 03:37:19 PM
Titanfall on XBone.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 10, 2014, 01:54:35 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 10, 2014, 12:56:10 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel
There's no harm in waiting for a discount if you're having fun with the stuff you're playing now, but I'd be surprised if you ever feel you paid too much for it.

I actually already own it for the PC, which is why I'm waiting for sale. I played maybe 2 hours of it, really liked it, but got sidetracked and never finished it up. Yes, I'd pay for it again to be able to play on the console with improved graphics, just not full price.

It's not a massive upgrade visually over a high end PC. Better yes, but not insanely so.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 01:53:02 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 10, 2014, 12:55:31 AM

What time do digital games become available on the XB1?  Is it right as soon as it clicks over to 12:01am in your particular time zone?  If so I may stay up past my bedtime to get the download started ASAP.

Also, I have been sacrificing one goat a day to the Azure gods, so hopefully we'll have a better chance at a functional first day.

I'd imagine its a single timezone, though I have no idea what timezone that is. Probably Pacific?

I'm also assuming that this will go as well as every other major FPS launch day... which is to say very poorly. I'm making plans for playing on *Wednesday* night, assuming Tuesday is a total clusterfuck.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 09, 2014, 06:48:08 PM

Quote from: msduncan on March 09, 2014, 06:22:53 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 08, 2014, 06:23:52 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 08, 2014, 04:31:09 PM

It's speculated that the XB1 hardware was built from the ground up with DX12 in mind.

<Couple sentences in support of point>

followed by

< EIGHT paragraphs of text letting all Bone users know how it's not going to help them>



If you don't want to be seen as a participant of the console war, stop being a champion warrior of one side even to the extent of coming into the thread of the console YOU DON'T OWN and posting an 8 paragraph essay about it.   

I'm sure this post will be replied to with:

Quote

OMGz I'm a victim and the only European highly skilled programmer and thus the only true authority to speak on these matters TOTALLY neutral party who is being picked on by the TRUE console war brutes!   See?  I've even tried to extend the olive branch in a couple threads but the others are not civilized enough to take my crap...err... I mean come to the table....


Did I cover everything?

Edit to add:  Oh right.  I forgot the couple of fellow-PS4 non-Xbox One owners that come in after you to pat you on the back.   How could I allow such an oversight?

I would kindly request you stop being an oversensitive troll.

TiLT has his moments of fanboyism. This was not one of them.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 07, 2014, 09:09:31 PM
LOL you stupid fucks: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/03/07/microsoft-is-using-your-data-to-target-political-ads-on-xbox-live/
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 07, 2014, 04:56:23 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 07, 2014, 04:53:35 PM

Quote from: gellar on March 07, 2014, 04:46:14 PM

It was definitely a beta feature and definitely was shitty. Maybe they think its better with the new update?

I don't believe it changes the Xbox On functionality... I think its specific to game quick starts.

The description for Energy Saving Mode vs. Quick Start says that Quick Start enables update downloads, XBox On, and turning on your TV box.  Maybe someone who has it on Energy Save can comment on whether you can turn it on with voice?

I don't think that was the beta feature... it was something to do with game suspending.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 07, 2014, 04:46:14 PM
It was definitely a beta feature and definitely was shitty. Maybe they think its better with the new update?

I don't believe it changes the Xbox On functionality... I think its specific to game quick starts.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]South Park:The Stick of Truth on: March 06, 2014, 04:31:26 PM
Yeah I can't imagine liking this if you aren't a South Park fan already. I suppose its possible if you just haven't been exposed to it and are inclined to that sort of humor, but if you haven't gotten into South Park over the last fifteen years or whatever there's probably a good reason for it.

I'm enjoying it quite a bit, other than the terribly annoying slowdowns on PS3.
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