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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/13, Friday the 13th edition on: November 14, 2015, 11:44:17 AM
Spelunky Spelunky Spelunky Spelunky

i made it to the City of Gold for the first time this week. took several hundred attempts over the span of a few years.

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To access the City of Gold, the player must play through the whole game from the beginning, collecting all of the special ancient Egyptian artifacts from each area:

    The Udjat Eye from the Mines.
    The Ankh from the Black Market in the Jungle.
    The Hedjet from the Ice Caves.
    The Scepter from the Temple.

    To acquire the Udjat Eye, you must find the Key to unlock the Big Chest.
    To acquire the Ankh, you must use the Udjat Eye to locate the entrance to the Black Market, use a bomb, Fire Frog or a mattock to reveal it and purchase the item within for $50,000.
    To acquire the Hedjet, you must locate the Moai and kill yourself anywhere on the level to resurrect inside it, where you will find the item.
    To acquire the Scepter, you must find and kill Anubis in the temple 4-1.

When you possess both the Hedjet and the Scepter, you must then locate the Golden Door somewhere in the Temple 4-2 to gain entry. The Scepter must be relinquished to open the door, leaving you with only the Udjat Eye and the now-useless Hedjet.
42  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Steam in-home streaming lags every 8 seconds on wifi, fine on cable. on: November 11, 2015, 12:35:16 AM
i don't trust wireless for this very reason smile but if your troubleshooting fixes it, i'd like to hear.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: November 10, 2015, 09:45:37 AM
i've liked or loved all Killing Joke's albums .. i thought Absolute Dissent (from 2010) was one of the best they've ever done, and that's saying something. i got the 3 disc In Dub collection (most of which were new mixes by Youth) earlier this year, and it is greaaat. i am a fan, tho - i was even going to go to Jaz's book tour back in August, but that was cancelled. (visa didn't go through or something)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQdfQ9WqQYQ
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/6 edition on: November 08, 2015, 08:24:31 AM
Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth (which totally glitched out when loading the save file from the base game and gave me a few achievements i had never earned due to their incredible difficulty, including Godhead and The Real Platinum God)

also Painkiller HD, Spelunky and Besiege
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation 1 ( Is still popular? ) on: November 04, 2015, 01:17:20 AM
i still play Wipeout3. Rapier class is... really hard.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation 1 ( Is still popular? ) on: November 02, 2015, 02:34:27 AM

Quote from: Gibu on November 01, 2015, 08:15:35 PM

I still remember when i played Spyro , Crash Bandicoot maybe u guys know where i can get cheap ps1?

if you're serious, you can get PS1 and PS2 consoles for cheap at the Goodwill - i see them there pretty often now. (actually got an Xbox 360 last year for $24...! it's a first gen, tho. i expect it will RROD some day.)
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/30/15 Halloween Edition on: October 31, 2015, 09:00:14 PM
also trying out the Battleborn tech preview
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/30/15 Halloween Edition on: October 30, 2015, 11:35:51 PM
completed Serious Sam 2 last weekend, so i’ve moved onto Painkiller HD (since one of my original Painkiller discs is damaged). already played through the Halloween DLC and am a quarter-way through the main game - it's significantly shorter than the original.

also i suppose i have to play Costume Quest (which i’m not overly enjoying yet, but it is thematic, so whatever). tried Bulletstorm (not overly enjoying that either).

i thought i was out of Serious Sam for now, but SS: SE HD DLC was on Halloween sale for $0.49, and i didn't have it, so i paid for it with some Steam trading cards. playing on Hard to (artificially?) extend the playtime.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not sure what to do with my MacBook Pro on: October 30, 2015, 07:07:32 AM
that's great. i dodged the bullet on my secondhand 2011 MBP (it didn't have the faulty nVidia graphics card). for next time, detail the issue(s) you're experiencing in the first post - someone could possibly help out, then.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/23/15 Edition on: October 26, 2015, 12:20:11 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 26, 2015, 12:08:08 AM

On the other hand, Wreckfest is still missing a lot but it is an actual game, with races, tracks, AI, drivers, online, etc.  Hopefully they get this next big patch out soon, it's also taking way longer than expected.

people on the forums are feeling slighted as the devs seem to have taken to Twitter to post mini-updates. i agree - how hard is it to post a small update in the News sub-forum?
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/23/15 Edition on: October 25, 2015, 09:30:10 PM

Quote from: Arclight on October 25, 2015, 12:25:54 PM


BeamNG...a new game, featuring a new system of really deep and accurate damage and physic's.
Not too bad, and I can see good things from this engine.


this is the game people talk about on the Bugbear forums, and compare Wreckfest to. i am interested in trying it one of these days.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/23/15 Edition on: October 25, 2015, 03:07:14 AM
i like how the voiceovers for the ending credits of Serious Sam 2 are a couple of people complaining how stupid the ending is. appropriate...
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/23/15 Edition on: October 24, 2015, 09:45:40 AM
Serious Sam 2: on the final fight against "Mental Institution" (where you fight Mental's whole headquarters/compound/military base/whatever that giant building is). it's you in a little jetcar versus that very well-armed and armored city + the waves of attack/kamikaze aircraft, and it's insta-kill if you leave the car and get hit by anything. such a pain. the epic fights leading up to this on the last level were annoying as well. yes, i like going up against 12 of the humongous mechanical spiders at the same time while a pile of automaton bulls harass you as you're trying to launch enough rockets to take just one of them down.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/23/15 Edition on: October 23, 2015, 08:45:37 PM
Serious Sam 2 - i made a lot of progress last week, and am on the penultimate level (on Mental's home planet). in every game in this series, this is the point where they throw everything at you and then some (and is usually much more difficult than the actual final boss itself), so we'll see if i get it done this weekend. some annoying timed levels before this one, ugh.

after this it's either: Painkiller, necroVision or Bulletstorm. not sure yet. will have to see what grabs me.

i didn't start Wasteland 2 last weekend like i said i would. need to get on that.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/16/15 Edition on: October 16, 2015, 05:55:21 PM
Serious Sam 2. beat second boss (on the first try), on the third world now, at the midway point. i’m past the terrible part, but the game seems waaaay too easy at times. i would say i should’ve played on Hard difficulty, but i’m not enjoying it THAT much … it’s too bad this game was gimped by Xbox co-development… it could have been so much better. or maybe the level design just is not great. i will say, for a compliment, that there have been a few parts of the soundtrack where the music really was funny and interesting.

what’s next in the shooter queue, after this... probably Painkiller … but original, or HD re-release? there’s also Will Rock, which i could play through for the third time… if i can get it running in Windows 7 64-bit.

Wasteland 2 (director’s cut) - time to do this one.

Chaser? rrrr… since i started it...
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Transformers: Devastation - a Platinum made action game on: October 14, 2015, 07:58:47 AM
it looks very good and would have blown the mind of 10-year-old me.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will no longer grind for certain achievements. on: October 14, 2015, 04:53:23 AM
achievements are mostly sucker bait. there are few games that handle any sort of meta-game in a meaningful way.
58  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Laptop $225 on: October 11, 2015, 02:58:50 AM
had this been two xmases ago, my parents were looking for one and this would have fit the bill. they just needed something for (what's amounted to) kitchen table web-browsing and video conferencing. i helped them pick out some post-holiday, rebate-closeout, low-end HP from Staples, and they now use it way more than the desktop.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/9/15 Edition on: October 09, 2015, 08:49:42 PM
having finished Serious Sam: SE HD, i've moved onto Serious Sam 2. it is, unfortunately, still nowhere as good as the first two games... frown the smaller levels and mediocre-to-poor level design hurt it a lot.

also getting back into Silent Storm!





60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/2/15 Edition on: October 04, 2015, 11:33:35 AM
Serious Sam 2 now!
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/2/15 Edition on: October 03, 2015, 12:42:23 AM
Serious Sam: SE HD (last level, it's serious)

there has been a minor Minecraft revival on the new-ish OO server, i'll be doing some hut improvements.

EDIT: nevermind, finished SS:SE. the huge penultimate fight took forever, but the final one against Mordekai the Summoner was cake in comparison.

Spoiler for Hiden:
the 'confessional' with Mental over the phone in the cathedral was pretty funny.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 9/25 edition on: September 28, 2015, 08:24:59 AM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on September 27, 2015, 07:57:56 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 26, 2015, 11:18:54 AM

What is "SS:SE"?

EDIT: Oh, never mind.  I just Googled "Exotech Larva" and found out it's Serious Sam.

Serious Sam: Second Encounter. and i just finished the first of the final three levels, so it may well be that i'll reach the end in the next few weeks. i'm using the Serious Sam wiki this time around to find the tougher secrets, which i don't want to miss as there are some funny ones.

ending this weekend on the very last level. currently slogging through the 'Corridor of Death'. every game in this series becomes even less subtle on the final level - it's many hundreds of enemies to take on, over and over. trigger finger is worn out.

the end of the previous level was a perfect example of why i like this series so much - on the way to this castle, you have to fight waves of enemies on a vast ice lake. you can't control your sliding and where you're going very well, but neither can the aliens you're fighting.

also ended up going back to Minecraft on the OO server. this particular server requires the use of like 80 mods, but i'm still having fun with it.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 9/25 edition on: September 27, 2015, 07:57:56 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 26, 2015, 11:18:54 AM

What is "SS:SE"?

EDIT: Oh, never mind.  I just Googled "Exotech Larva" and found out it's Serious Sam.

Serious Sam: Second Encounter. and i just finished the first of the final three levels, so it may well be that i'll reach the end in the next few weeks. i'm using the Serious Sam wiki this time around to find the tougher secrets, which i don't want to miss as there are some funny ones.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 9/25 edition on: September 26, 2015, 09:18:14 AM
always the same...

just beat Exotech Larva in SS:SE, so i'm now on the final third of the game. i expect i'll be working on this til Xmas - just in time for the DLC to go on sale.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamer motivation survey on: September 22, 2015, 09:33:41 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2015, 04:09:01 PM

Ladybug?  That doesn't ring a bell at all.

game is awesome! clearly inspired by Pac-Man, but makes the whole dot-eating part actually fun (with the addition of more responsive controls, timer-based enemy dispatch, swinging gates and skulls that can kill either the player or the enemy bugs.)







66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/11 Patriotic Edition on: September 13, 2015, 03:12:53 AM
The Talos Principle, Serious Sam HD:SE, Wreckfest, Dark Souls. also The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (confirming i've pretty much burnt out on this)

Humble Store has Apotheon and Rogue Legacy on sale, maybe i'll get those?

EDIT: also Deadly Premonition
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamer motivation survey on: September 12, 2015, 08:18:04 AM


i started my gaming life in the arcades, and apparently that is where i remain to this day.
(top five games 'of all time' off the top of my head: Robotron 2084, Joust, Berzerk, Tempest, Ladybug)
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pax Prime 2015 on: September 04, 2015, 07:53:25 AM
i live in Seattle, so i certainly experience the influx of 40,000 out-of-towners that weekend... the S.O. goes every year. i went two different years (had a free pass each time), and it is a ridiculously-sized convention. even i got overwhelmed - you really do seem to need multiple days to see everything.

this year i went to the indie games expo thing that was not affiliated with PAX. i got the high score of the day on 'Mod Puzzle Game'.

i will be staffing a co-worker's 'sell my junk, er, collectables' table at the Seattle Retro Game Expo in two weeks.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Former President Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer on: August 17, 2015, 07:44:35 AM
i hope to be doing something on the scale of writing one or two books every year or so when i'm in my 70s/80s.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 08, 2015, 08:35:51 AM
i just got Dark Souls for $3 and some change, so probably that...

and continuing with Serious Sam: SE. i expect this will take a few more months. taken as a whole, over the last decade and a half since i played the first demo, i think this series turned out to be some of the funnest, most memorable gaming time i've experienced - not bad for what started as a budget title.

(and i always forget that it's impossible to go back to SS: FE after playing this installment, since the original game doesn't have the chainsaw, flamethrower or sniper rifle.)
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/31 or "holy sh*t it's already August" edition on: August 01, 2015, 10:05:57 AM
SimplePlanes and Serious Sam: SE (HD) so far
72  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [Android/iOS] Alphabear on: July 29, 2015, 08:21:39 PM
a decent quality word-building game - i am currently hooked. make words to clear tiles to expand your bears:



http://spryfox.com/our-games/alphabear/

available for Android and iOS. IAP is present, but is non-obnoxious - you just get limited to how many times you can play in a day.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game (aka Wreckfest) on: July 26, 2015, 10:04:40 AM
there have been some improvements made in the two weeks since the re-write, and it does feel better now. the dev team is on summer holiday now, so there won't be anything new for a while.
74  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: I think my 360 is dying on: July 26, 2015, 10:00:58 AM
try unseating and reseating the HDMI cable at both ends (i'm assuming you're using HDMI).
also try disconnecting the power brick cable completely and then reattaching at all points.
try component video hookup and see what happens.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 26, 2015, 12:33:04 AM
continuing with Serious Sam SE (HD) - finished FE (HD) a few weeks back. i'm making it a point to complete all the SS games - never finished these in their original incarnations, and the previous computer i had when i got the remakes wasn't good enough to play them at a decent graphics level.. since i won SS3:BFE last year (the prequel), it inspired me to get back into the series. will move onto SS2 after this.

also playing The Talos Principle as well!
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Muppets on: July 25, 2015, 11:30:52 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 22, 2015, 07:12:57 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 22, 2015, 06:44:26 PM

Oh and I loved the first movie, the second not so much.

I did too, but I was only 9 in 1979. For the second one in 1984, I was too old and didn't like it either. Tongue

(1984 was the third one - 1981 was the second.)
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Armada [by the author of Ready Player One] on: July 20, 2015, 03:24:01 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on July 19, 2015, 04:04:40 PM

So we can look forward to your contribution then? Since it's so easy.

alright, i employed geek-levels of hyperbole in my rant. but i'm not far off.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: July 19, 2015, 09:14:17 AM
waiting for official release to finally play this.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/PC] Galak-Z The Dimensional on: July 19, 2015, 09:10:05 AM
interested
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? 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.

so on top of that, i don't play very many AAA big-budget games, so that leaves me out of conversations in general when they do occur. fortunately there is one coworker i can talk to about games like Binding of Isaac or Wreckfest or other indie-ish stuff - everyone else is like 'never heard of it'.

the threads i post on games i'm currently playing tend to drop like a rock, since most other people have not heard of the game, are not interested, or played it years ago.
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