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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 20, 2014, 04:30:53 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 20, 2014, 04:14:53 AM

how does this compare to say Anno series or the older city builders (Zeus, Cleopatra, etc.)? 

I played all the Sierra City builders and I would say there is a lot of them in this game, except primarily for the military aspect and a few others. Still has that same sort of vibe. There is a series of "Let's Play" videos that will give you a pretty good feel for how the game plays.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 08:29:36 PM
I think that the game is properly coded for the resource gathering function; the player assignments have a higher priority than the AI assigned ones. The player is in control after all, or in my case, I think I am in control  Roll Eyes. I'm also guilty of assigning too many tasks or too large an area. Once I changed my approach, things ran more smoothly.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 07:09:12 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2014, 04:46:26 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on February 19, 2014, 03:41:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2014, 03:04:17 AM

Cool!  I'd love to hear more impressions after you've had some more time with it. 

Rather than running a separate thread, I'd just redirect you to the discussion over at OO, unless of course it's uncool to link to another site's forum.

I guess it's not uncool, but the whole point of my being on GT is to read things and have discussions on GT.  slywink

I split my time between the two forums and would give GT an equal chance, but the Banish thread over there has been going awhile. After I put in a bit more time on the game I'll come here and present my impressions. So far I'm pretty happy with it, even after seven straight hours playing. However, we'll see if it has legs after a couple more days.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 03:41:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2014, 03:04:17 AM

Cool!  I'd love to hear more impressions after you've had some more time with it. 

Rather than running a separate thread, I'd just redirect you to the discussion over at OO, unless of course it's uncool to link to another site's forum.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 02:49:50 AM
Got my copy this morning but only was able to play it a couple of hours so far this evening. Enjoying it very much icon_biggrin.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam "Early Access"...do you do it? on: February 19, 2014, 12:59:23 AM
I'd have to say more than occasionally, although I do regret it at times. I got spoiled by Kerbal Space Program and Prison Architect; I keep expecting all alphas to be as interesting as they are in such preliminary stages.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Space Engineers on: February 19, 2014, 12:57:01 AM
It's on sale now on Steam. Any opinions as whether it's worth getting in Alpha or wait till release... or maybe never?
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 18, 2014, 12:08:48 AM
New pricing for 7DTD:
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Effective immediately our new single unit Alpha price is $24.99 and our Alpha 2 pack is $39.99! These prices will stay effective until Beta with the exception of possible sales and promotions along the way. We thank all of you who have supported our product so far and will strive to make it the best damn zombie game we can!
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long is your average gaming session? on: February 17, 2014, 09:06:00 PM
I usually play for a couple of hours then take a break. Exceptions have been when I'm having a good day in a CoD game or maybe I'm engrossed in Farming Simulator 2013. I think the long session times recently have been in GTA5 when I kept playing over and over to complete a mission.

In the long, long ago past, I do remember several marathon playing sessions in Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising when I would string together two or three three-hour long matches on the really big maps.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: February 16, 2014, 09:00:41 PM
Logged on to GTAV a few days ago and went to my garage and found this mess:





Somebody needs to clean up this mess!  slywink
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 16, 2014, 06:41:02 PM
I'm definitely considering this for the PC now that I have a new rig on the way. I'm biting the bullet, saying goodbye to consoles and accepting that the PC is the way to go for me. The settings that msduncan is using sound great to me.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 15, 2014, 01:13:06 AM

Quote from: ATB on February 15, 2014, 12:04:53 AM

I suspect I'll have to get it sight unseen then so as not to let that impact my play experience.

I'm avoiding the trailers and the previews for this reason. I like the old franchise but I'm willing to see this as a new experience. I will wait for the initial GT review however, and of course impressions posted here.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RAGE (id Software) on: February 14, 2014, 05:29:32 AM
OK, it's now on my Steam wishlist  icon_biggrin
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 13, 2014, 04:25:31 AM
I got this as a surprise from my wife, probably because I wouldn't stop talking about it  icon_lol

I had my concerns about running it with my AMD Radeon HD 6570 video card, but at full screen 1400x900 it looks ok, not great, but ok.

I died several times before I decided to go zombie-less for awhile, then I didn't know what the hell I was doing, so I broke down and watched a couple of videos to get myself started. Now I'll go back and go a couple of days zombie-less so I can get a bit ahead of them and figure out what I'm doing. I know this isn't the purists idea of playing, but I got killed too many times the other way  Roll Eyes
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 12, 2014, 10:52:55 PM

Quote from: pingwrx on February 12, 2014, 10:46:52 PM

I would get it for pc too but just worried like call of duty will probably get hacked to hell on the pc.

Hmm, I remember that's what finally ruined Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising for me.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 12, 2014, 10:38:23 PM
I'm still unsure about getting TF, but if I do it would be for my new PC rig, which would make it my first multiplayer shooter in forever that I'm not playing on Xbox Live. How much of a culture shock is it going to be? Also, should I be investing in a good headset or am I better off not listening? The last few times I was on XBL playing CoD I found myself just putting the headset down because I was tired of listening to all the crap from my team mates. Any reason to suspect that Titanfall on the PC will bring in a more mature set of players?

And any suggestions on decent PC headsets would be appreciated.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 11, 2014, 05:33:33 AM
Thanks for the info. My current rig barely meets the minimums for video, but I've got a new rig coming that should be adequate.

If you go to the Steam Store page there are several reviews that are all thumbs down. However, if you load more reviews there are quite a number of positive ones. I wish that Steam would provide a couple of additional filters, "most recent" and "most hours played" for sorting, that might make that system more helpful.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 11, 2014, 05:11:08 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 11, 2014, 04:14:27 AM

set your server (you start one for and can limit whether it's public or private and whether to pw protect it.  set both of those so you don't get griefers). 

Is it required to run a server or is there a purely single-player mode? Not a deal breaker but just wondering.

Also, what are your system specs and how well is 7DTD running on it?
179  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: February 11, 2014, 04:02:09 AM

Quote from: Greg Wak on February 10, 2014, 05:39:13 PM

Just wanted to say my i7 4770K and PNY GTX 770 with 8 gigs of Ram on an Asus Z87-plus board is working very nice. Playing AC-BF maxed, even if "only" at 1650x1080 is perfectly fluid and whisper quiet. All I could have asked for. Nice to not have to worry about game specs for a while.

Nice to see you are happy with it. I just put in my order for my new rig, same processor and motherboard but a GTX 780 video card instead. I also went with the 750 watt power supply. And I broke down and got a 480GB SSD for the OS and games, the rest on the HDD. Now I just have to wait a couple of weeks...  Roll Eyes
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 11, 2014, 01:04:43 AM
This game is definitely on my high interest list and is one of the things that finally pushed me to ordering a new computer. I'm tempted to get it while it's on sale, but I'm looking for more impressions first.
181  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: radeon or NVIDIA ? intel or AMD ? (New PC) on: February 09, 2014, 07:59:03 PM
Since we're discussing hardware, I'll throw out a site that I've found useful in an "apples to apples" sense, PassMark and specifically their CPU and GPU benchmark tables. I know that everyone and their brother probably have evaluation schemes and the ones at PassMark probably are no better, but I use these benchmarks to give me some relative values information.

I also find them useful, especially the GPU benchmarks, when somebody like Steam lists minimum and recommended video cards and I haven't a clue as to whether it means my card is good enough. For instance, my current AMD Radeon HD 6570 is benchmarked at 752. Now on Steam, taking for example ARMA III, one of the minimum recommended cards is an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT. Looking that up on the GPU List page, I find a value for the 8800 GT of 758, which tells me that my Radeon HD 6570 is barely good enough. And one of the recommended cards, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, is benchmarked at 3100, so I know that to get the best experience I need to get a card with a benchmark of at least somewhere near there. It's one of the reasons I'm upgrading to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780, which benchmarks at 8001 icon_biggrin

Again, I know these benchmarks aren't holy gospel, they are just another rating system. It just makes it easier for me to compare this way.
182  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: February 09, 2014, 05:31:01 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm getting this computer built, rather than building it myself, so I'm a bit constrained on the components, but that's not too big a deal for me. I'm still playing around with my options; as you say, the video card is the pacing item. I'm preferring the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780 3GB based on this article over on Tom's Hardware where they gave the nod to the GTX 780. I'm not really looking at bleeding edge graphics as much as just being able to use this rig to run games for years in the future.

I'm not planning on overclocking; the asetek cooling comes with the rig. I did decide to upgrade to a 480 GB SSD, just to avoid having to swap out programs to keep under the limit.
183  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using old primary drive on new computer as extra internal drive? on: February 09, 2014, 05:00:34 AM
Ah, I found the other info, the bays:

Three 3.5" HDD/Dual SSD Bays
One 2.5" SSD Bay
Three 5.25" Bays

I'm knee deep in extra bays, so I should be able to mount it without having to leave the SSD hanging, so to speak icon_wink
184  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Using old primary drive on new computer as extra internal drive? on: February 09, 2014, 01:37:57 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on February 09, 2014, 01:09:24 AM

Any details on the drive?

According to the specs, the old drive is a 1TB Serial ATA-300 HDD (SAMSUNG HD502HI). My new rig uses a Asus® Z87 Plus motherboard.
185  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Using old primary drive on new computer as extra internal drive? on: February 09, 2014, 01:04:17 AM
I'm getting a new Windows computer with an SSD and a hard drive. I'm toying around with the idea of taking the primary hard drive out of my old computer and installing it as an extra internal drive in the new rig. How much of a pain in the ass is this? Also, if this isn't a good option, would it be more practical to get an external hard drive housing kit and use the old drive in that? Thanks for any help icon_biggrin
186  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: February 08, 2014, 06:21:32 AM
After some more head scratching I've altered my proposed specs to:

Power Supply: SilverStone® 750 Watt Modular
Motherboard: Asus® Z87 Plus
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 4770K 3.5GHz
Processor Cooler: Asetek® Liquid Cooling
Memory: 1866MHz 2x8GB (16GB)
Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780 3GB
Hard Drive 1: Crucial® M500 SSD 240GB
Hard Drive 2: Western Digital® Black™ 1TB
Optical Drive: Asus® 16x DVD Writer
64-Bit Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional

I lowered the power supply from 1000 watts to 750, which seems more reasonable. Also the motherboard is now the Asus® Z87 Plus rather than the Asus® Z87 deluxe, which I don't think I need for the extra USB ports.

I am wondering however, is a 240 GB SSD enough to install the OS plus the usual overhead programs plus a few games? I don't usually leave that many games installed if I don't intent to play them very much, but things do tend to accumulate on the hard drive. What are other folks experiences with this?
187  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: radeon or NVIDIA ? intel or AMD ? (New PC) on: February 08, 2014, 05:44:14 AM
There are a lot of horror stories about using Windows 8 for gaming. Windows 7 would seem to be the way to go on this.
188  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Specs for a new gaming computer on: February 08, 2014, 12:12:19 AM
After being disappointed with the new generation of consoles, I've decided to go ahead and get a dedicated gaming PC. I want to get it now while I can still get Windows 7 since I'm not impressed with what I've heard about Windows 8. Please check out the projected specs and let me know what you think. I'm using this pretty much only for gaming; no video streaming, no Photoshopping, nothing but gaming (and email and a little word processing).

Power Supply: SilverStone® 1000 Watt Modular
Motherboard: Asus® Z87 Deluxe
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 4770K 3.5GHz
Processor Cooler: Asetek® Liquid Cooling
Memory: 1866MHz 2x8GB (16GB)
Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780 3GB
Hard Drive 1: Crucial® M500 SSD 240GB
Hard Drive 2: Western Digital® Black™ 1TB
Optical Drive: Asus® 16x DVD Writer
64-Bit Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Steam/F2P]Loadout on: February 05, 2014, 09:59:24 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 05, 2014, 09:15:54 PM

but with gore, nudity and profanity.

Damn, sounds like holiday dinner with my relatives icon_biggrin

Thanks for posting the video! It looks like it might be fun, downloading right now.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 04, 2014, 10:28:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 04, 2014, 10:15:19 PM

That's making try and think of what the absolute worst "We Legally Can't Say Mech" alternative mech name is.  Right now the "Hercs" from Missionforce Cyberstorm come to mind.

Aw, Missionforce: Cyberstorm, that brings back a lot of fond memories. I still have my copy around here somewhere.
191  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Live - 12 month code, 20 bucks off on: February 01, 2014, 07:32:04 PM
Thanks for the heads up. My current subscription doesn't expire till the end of June, but I might pick this up anyway.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: January 31, 2014, 04:50:36 PM
Alpha 17 is out, here's the video.

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= Armed guards
    You can now hire armed guards to patrol your prison, intimidate your inmates, and put down trouble
    You must research the Armoury first, and your armoury requires a weapons rack and one locker per armed guard on site
    Armed guards have a strong "Supression" effect on all prisoners near them, making the prisoners less likely to misbehave
    They can be instructed to follow a patrol from the Deployment screen
    They will only use lethal force if you give them permission - by clicking the "Weapons Free" emergency button
    They will always shout a warning first, unless a Prisoner is attacking a member of staff (guard, armed guard, administrator etc)
    They will also shoot on site any prisoner who is about to escape, without shouting a warning, so long as they have "Weapons Free"
    Note: Armed guards who genuinely fear for their lives may still shoot, even if you have not given them permission via "Weapons Free"
    Note: The Armoury must be very secure. Your most dangerous prisoners will attempt to raid it during a riot or mass escape event
   
= New Forestry zone
    Automates the process of growing trees for the purposes of felling them and using the wood
    Saplings will be planted automatically by Gardeners
    Fully grown trees will be felled, and the logs taken to Storage or your Workshop if you have one
    Trees now take much longer to grow to full size : 5 game-days on average
    Trees no longer scale up as they grow.  Instead there are three discreet sizes : Sapling, Young, and Old.
    You can no longer remove tree stumps. These will vanish over time after a tree has been felled.
    Note: The forestry will spend your money by ordering tree saplings automatically. Be sure you have enough
   
= Objects toolbar filtering
    The objects list was becoming too long to manage, and no longer fitted on a single screen
    A new filtering method hides any "room specific" objects unless you are looking at that type of room
    Eg the Cooker, Fridge and Sink will only appear in the list if you are looking at a Kitchen
    Note: You can press the + button to show the full objects list at any time

= Modding continued
    - materials.txt is now additively loaded
    - The mod loading screen now looks better and displays the mod name, author, screenshot and description during load
    - Added a "Find more mods (Steam Workshop)" button that opens the steam workshop
    - Renamed "Steam Workshop" to "Prison Sharing", and made it list prisons only (not mods)
    - Made Prison Sharing sort prisons by subscribed time (newest subscribed prisons at the top of the list)
    - Fixed manifest.txt files from being corrupted due to newline breaks in Steam file description. May require people to redownload the mod.

- You will now be asked "Are you sure" when purchasing neighbour plots of land (to prevent expensive mis-clicks)

- The Main Menu screens now scale correctly to high resolution / high DPI screens (eg Retina Mac at 2560x1600)

- Guards now target the nearest misbehaving prisoner during fights, rather than choosing one randomly from those in range

- When prisoners urinate or soil their suits (Bowel/Bladder need maxed out) there is now a corrisponding particle effect

- Fixed : Selling finished license plates or wood manually generated only half the correct sale price

- Fixed : Subscribing and unsubscribing to your own mod in Steam Workshop will no longer delete your mod from your hard drive

- Fixed : The scrollbar in the Staff and Prisoner list screens now works correctly

- Fixed : Prisoners can no longer tunnel under lakes

- Fixed : The contraband window sometimes massively overestimated the supply of contraband

- Fixed some subtle bugs in the Misconduct System, whereby misconduct attributed to prisoners who had long since left was still recorded

- Fixed : Sectorisation of the world could fail if you had a lake covering the top right of the map (All sectors marked as NO ACCESS)
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some new ARCADE games at Gaming Trend! on: January 24, 2014, 04:17:41 AM
My current Mech:


Like the way I prefer my FPS games, I set it up to fight at a distance. So far in about eight MP matches, I've yet to be defeated, which seems rather odd, as I'm normally not that good. Maybe other folks just aren't setting up their mechs correctly.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some new ARCADE games at Gaming Trend! on: January 23, 2014, 11:00:26 PM
OK, I'd have to say that Super Mechs is getting a bit more addictive for me icon_wink. I just did my first two MP fights and won both, which seems unlikely for me icon_biggrin.

I checked out Battle Dawn, but it's not my kind of game.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some new ARCADE games at Gaming Trend! on: January 23, 2014, 06:02:19 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 23, 2014, 05:52:08 PM

I like the mech game so far.  I've got a lot of free time at work lately, so thank you for adding something fun to do.

I agree, it's interesting. Also makes me want to fire up my old Titans of Steel, still my favorite mech game.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: January 19, 2014, 11:25:52 PM
I kind of gave up on Black Ops 2 and didn't bother with Ghosts, but so far I'm interested in Titanfall. The maps do look sizable. I'd be getting it for the X360; will I be missing content or qualities that are only on Next Gen?
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Incognita by Klei - turn-based tactical espionage on: January 17, 2014, 11:39:51 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 17, 2014, 11:26:24 PM

Weird. I like the old name way better.

Everybody who has been able to get to the forum has been of that opinion.

The game has been coming along nicely, with new features and interesting play elements. However, they need to do some code optimization, as the game now seems to run slow on my machine whereas before it was fine.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 17, 2014, 11:34:03 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on January 17, 2014, 04:18:24 PM

I also did not even capture a live alien until I had plasma weapons and titan armor.
Wow, I would never have thought of even trying that. I have always gone through alien research before plasma. Maybe I'm playing the game wrong? I do know I'm always out of money right after I get my budget; I must be spending too much on facilities early on.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Incognita by Klei - turn-based tactical espionage on: January 17, 2014, 06:44:06 AM
Well, this is awkward icon_neutral

Klei has changed the game name of Incognita to Invisible, Inc.

It's awkward because there is already a company called Invisible, Inc. From their website:
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Our Invisible, Inc. family of technology companies has developed and grown in Eau Claire, becoming a complete technologies resource for Chippewa Valley businesses and beyond. Our concern has been, and always will be, to provide small, medium and large businesses the services and products not just to serve them today, but to escort them into their future. Utilizing the shared resources of our specific divisions, we have done that exceptionally well for hospitals, schools, and businesses large and small.

We know technology, from the structured cabling within your walls, to the computers, printers and networks you operate on, to the telephone systems and presentation equipment you communicate with, to your security, surveillance and fire/life systems that help to protect your facility. We provide area businesses the right equipment, supplies, service and repair to keep each area of their business or organization moving at optimum speed and efficiency.

Wonder how they fell about being associated with an espionage game?

Also, never good to give a game a name that ends in a period. Can be confusing... nod

And who is confused even more is Steam. They no longer have a game called Incognita... or Invisible, Inc. on their site. And my list of games in Steam under the main menu header (next to Community, at the top of the Steam site) doesn't show either game (oops!). It does show up in my Library and I can play it from there. I also liked the name Incognita  icon_frown
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 13, 2014, 02:50:26 AM
I really do suck at this game disgust. I think mostly it's the budget; I suck at budgets too. I never seem to be able to get to MECS. So I'm starting EW again, this time on Easy.
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