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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question for aviation experts - Speed of sound / size of plane? on: January 17, 2015, 01:16:10 AM
I've been a big aviation fan for some time and I've seen this discussion come up from time to time. I'm not going to go into much detail, since Isgrimnur stated it out so well. But in terms of speed, most jets don't have a problem being pushed along at high speed by a tailwind, but they do have a problem exceeding their tested speeds due to their own thrust - that's when a deadly thing called buffeting occurs.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a good arcade racer for PC or PS4 on: January 01, 2015, 09:07:05 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 31, 2014, 08:33:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 24, 2014, 11:55:17 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

Picked this up today, downloaded it, went to fire it up, and...nothing.  It goes throughout the initial install stuff, then the window disappears and nothing happens.  Apparently this isn't an uncommon issue, something to do with how it was initially integrated with GFWL.

Hopefully I can get it to work.    icon_cry

Yeah, I've heard about issues, particularly if one is using Windows 8. I think there's a way to get around it by installing the live client manually from within the game folder's support directory. Hope you can figure it out. It's a really fun game.

This is why u don't buy FO UC, but go for the slightly older but much better FO 2. I don't know how well FO 2 runs on 8.1, but I've run it on XP & 7 without ever having a problem.  I will say it's the best arcade racer I've played on the PC in the past 5 years. FO UC really just felt like a far inferior racer with slightly better eye candy.

If you  haven't played it I'd also recommend Driver San Fransisco. That game's given my kids and I countless hours of fun and far exceeded my expectations.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 28, 2014, 05:05:51 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on December 25, 2014, 09:52:25 PM

I just watched (read) the animated film "The Rabbi's Cat". It's based on a graphic novel, French, takes place in the late 1920s in Algiers.

I hope you enjoy it.

Awww, that hasn't made it to Netflix Canuckistan yet <sigh>. I've watched it and agree it's a very good animated film.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 28, 2014, 04:58:23 PM

Quote from: Kvothe on December 26, 2014, 06:06:35 AM

I'll definitely be watching Marco Polo, but am trying to figure out if it'd be good for my wife.  She is sensitive to gore, but overly sensitive to sex, is it over the top?

If you've watched A Game of Thrones, MP is more toned down for those elements. Still mature/adult etertainment, but not the R18 rating/degree that AGoT is.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 23, 2014, 09:55:58 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:16:14 PM

Just an idea offhand, but since you're creating a game, you could use a 3D-printing business to print out something more unique and defined, such as national animals, for instance. I doubt they'd be very expensive as they'd be quite small. Since some countries also have national birds, you could choose betweem both. The end result be something less confusing, and the colours could just be whatever fit the animals best. You also avoid any colours that could potentially clash politically, and the animals give it somewhat of a patriotic feel.  Canada = Beaver, USA = Bald Eagle, Greenland = Polar Bear (Yes, look it up), Denmark = Swan, Russia = Russian Bear or Siberian Cat, Norway = Elk. Actually, willing to bet you could find plastic pieces like these online.

Awesome idea, I could see that working well for some games - particularly Euro-styled ones. With a heavy focus on regional struggle and potential military conflict though, it might be out of the place thematically with the game I'm prototyping. I've gone down the path at looking at meeples and miniatures for pieces, but they quickly up the cost. The concept folks for the game aren't really willing for me to do anything more exotic than blocks for units and pieces - most of the the non-military pieces are 7/8" and 5/8" counters. To sort of put it into perspective, these are some examples of the style of blocks I'm referring to. Albeit, these are much more drab than what I'm doing; with combat in the game being higher level and more symbolic than the 1 depicted (Eastfront II), I can afford to be more creative with block label artwork.

6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 23, 2014, 08:44:24 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 23, 2014, 01:52:10 PM

Those are the RISK colors for you?  Over here we have:

 icon_lol Well those would certainly give the game a nice Celtic vibe.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 23, 2014, 08:39:08 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 23, 2014, 12:10:41 PM

Have you considered two colors instead of one? Base one color, the rest another for instance?
Many thanks for replying. Yes I've considered 2 colors, but since the units are 1" square blocks (1/2" thick) and Fog of War is in play for some units -i.e. subs- that becomes a bit of a challenge.The block labels for each country will certainly be different colors, but the labels are present on only 1 block face. As well, there's currently 125 blocks in the game and I was hoping to avoid hand painting or rolling, which is what I'd probably have to do if I giver them 2 colors. I'm really hoping to do the paint job via spray, so 1 uniform color will greatly ease that task.

OR perhaps use the RISK colors?.
I've thought of that, but some of the Risk colors potentially cause thematic complications with the game's nations. Don't want to go into too much detail, but green for Russia is a bit too ironic.  icon_biggrin  The game only represents landmass and ocean north of  the Arctic Circle. Sweden, Finland and Iceland are depicted on the map (Iceland just as a single label along the map edge) but none of them are playable nations. So being a circumpolar game, the only aspect of Denmark that's depicted is Greenland.

Keeping that in mind, as a Dane do you think it's acceptable to push the age-old deception of Greenland as green and use the color green for its units?
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 23, 2014, 08:38:24 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 23, 2014, 09:08:01 AM

Ew, gold or yellow for Norway? The first is strange, the second is outright wrong. Yellow is typically seen as Sweden's color around here, usually in combination with blue (for obvious reasons). You really can't get around red, white and blue (the latter to a far smaller extent) if you want to evoke the feeling of Norway.

Thanks for the reply. Good to here another opinion on Gold or Yellow for Norway, especially from a Norwegian.

Is this for a military setting?
Hard to describe, but the game is really a hybrid of military and global-strategy; a bit along the lines of games like Twilight Struggle or Labyrinth the War on Terror. Where it differs from those however, is there's more military crunch. Instead of depicting combat on the map by pushing cubes or counters to adjacent countries via point -to- point movement, there's actually a hex gridded map with movement that's more along the lines of conventional wargames . The wargame crunch is still fairly high level with individual units depicted as fleets, squadrons and armies and the combat play-mechanics are relatively simple, although there is some fog of war. The games scale is more regional than global too, with the map only depicting the region north of the article circle. There's also more focus on environment and economic resources.

Norway uses green for summer uniforms and white for winter uniforms, for example.

At this point I'm leaning towards using 2 shades of blue to depict the USA (light) and Russia (darker ), so white could definitely work for Norway. My airbrush compressor bit the dust though, so the 2 blue idea will probably hinge on whether they're available in spray.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 22, 2014, 04:59:31 PM
I know, it's ridiculous how many countries use red,white & blue for their flags; almost as bad for red & white.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 22, 2014, 04:42:43 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 22, 2014, 04:22:43 PM

Make sure you include Polar bear attacks.

 icon_lol Well there isn't that, but there is the possibility of rebellion by indigenous peoples. They're actions don't amount to much during summer turns, but they can become a major thorn during winter. My involvement is really only with the prototype and components, but maybe I could suggest including polar bear summoning Sami or Inuit shamans.   icon_biggrin
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 22, 2014, 04:34:36 PM
Excellent feedback all, many thanks for giving it. I was leaning towards green for Greenland too -if anything to continue the age old deception/joke- but I wanted other opinions. Hadn't thought of gold or yellow for Norway, but I can see that working. I can also see white or red working for the Russian Federation or Canada. My only hesitation with either for Russia is that both already have historical associations; red for communist USSR and white for civil war White Russian forces. I wouldn't want to tie the game thematically to either of those eras since it has a contemporary setting, but that's probably just me over thinking things. As well, there's no doubt some who'd accuse Putin of behaving like White Russian nobility. I'll probably just flip a coin for red. slywink

I was hoping Tilt or Razgon might respond, since they're both citizens of one of the European arctic nations.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 21, 2014, 07:59:03 PM
Hey everyone, I'm currently building a boardgame prototype that's thematically set within the Arctic Circle. It's a game that uses blocks as units and will have unique units for Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Norway, Russia and USA. The challenge is that all of those nations have flags that are some variation of red, white and blue or red and white. So using one of those colors as a unique one for any of the 5 nations only gives me 3 to work with. I also have some NATO units, but I'm fairly certain I'm going with a neutral grey for those.

So I'm hoping someone can give me feedback on a color other than the 3 above that might have some significance for one of the above countries. Any color association of significance could work  - a color that a famous, or once famous, international team wears/wore, one of the nation's military colors, a color on a predominant coat of arms, a color associated with any famous national celebrity/person, etc. Be as creative as you want, but I'm hoping not to get too many "Blood Red because that nation once had a blood thirsty despot/murderer" or "Black for Russia because Putin is an evil  despot." Anyhow, rather than coming up with colors on my own, I thought it would be more interesting to see what gamers might think are appropriate colors.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 19, 2014, 07:35:39 PM
I'm watching the Netflix original series Marco Polo which was jointly produced with The Weinstein Company. Wow, am I ever impressed with this new series! It deals with Polo's life during the time he was present in the court of Kublai Khan. I'm only 4 of the 10 episodes in, so I'm not sure if it moves to other locations.

While it may not be that historically accurate, it's damn entertaining. I give it 2 thumbs up for anyone who's interested in history or anyone who might find the maneuvers and intrigue of an Asian medieval court entertaining. There's a fair amount of gore, nudity and sex -although not of the explicit variety- so not recommended for preteens
14  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Best Voicechat app for Android? on: December 08, 2014, 06:46:18 PM
I initially placed a similar post in the Software/Hardware Hell forum, but I didn't get a response and this is really the appropriate place for the question anyways.

I'm looking to get some sort of voicechat app for my 2nd smaller Android tablet which I mostly use an an eReader. I have a bluetooth headset paired to it, so it got me thinking it would be nice to vchat at a cafe hotspot instead of chewing up my airtime on my mobile phone. I've read that the Android version of Skype is pretty craptastic, so I'm wondering about other possibilities. I tried Google Hangout, but that appears to only work with other people that have it the same app. Before I dive into the Interwebs searching for reviews, I thought I'd ask here, because many of you are mobile savvy. As well, if you've had good experiences with Skype Android, I'd appreciate hearing about that too. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 14 on: December 08, 2014, 01:51:06 AM
I could only commit to watching 1 game today and that was Hawks vs Eagles . So someone please explain to how the 49ers managrd to lose to the Raiders?!  icon_eek
16  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How much RAM should I have? on: December 06, 2014, 04:09:54 AM
I have 16 GB on my main laptop running Win7 64 bit which just so happens to double up as my gaming  laptop. I have to run Geographic Information Software on it to support one of my tech writing gigs. GIS software is noted for being a RAM pig and I've never seen more than 12 GB of resources consumed on it. I'm thinking you'd be good to go for a while with 8 GB.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dear Gamespot, Stop Trying to Make Me Care about Your Host Personalities on: December 02, 2014, 10:42:57 PM
I see where the gaming site markets going. If GT had a nude video host it would be #1 on the Internet. Maybe almost completely nude witn only DVD's/BRD's covering their breasts and groin. Oh and the host can't be Ron or any of the existing GT staff - that definitely wouldn't work.  Tongue
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Pat Quinn - A Hockey Legend Passes Away on: November 25, 2014, 04:58:33 AM
Yeah, Quinn had some great years in Toronto. One of my favorite sayings here in Vancouver; Pat Quinn is the only thing Canuck and Leafs fan can truly agree upon.  smile
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RIP Pat Quinn - A Hockey Legend Passes Away on: November 24, 2014, 07:58:01 PM
Sadly Pat Quinn passed away many years too early today at the age of 71. He's a legend here in Vancouver, having played for the Canucks in their 1st 2 seasons and having returned to GM them in 1988 and later coach them to the Stanley Cup final in 94. He was also the GM that drafted current Canucks' President Trevor Linden in the 1988 entry draft; my all time favorite player. He also had good years playing and coaching in Toronto where he took the Leafs to 2 conference finals and for also coaching the Philadelphia Flyers who he took to the cup final in 1980. He also coached 2 Canada youth teams to world cup gold. IMO his greatest moment was when he returned the Olympic gold to Team Canada after a 50 year drought, at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.

He certainly had his controversial moments too; i.e. a truly terrible hit on Bobby Orr in 1969 and breaking a coaching contract with the Kings in 1987. Whatever way one chooses to remember him though, one thing that was for sure true about him; he was loved by his players wherever he coached. I personally got to be around him once at a charity event I volunteered at, where Quinn was there on behalf of the Canucks. All the stories about him exuding charisma from my experience are true; people were really drawn to him at that event and his warmth and personality were contagious. I for one will miss you Mr. Quinn, RIP.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: November 23, 2014, 03:49:59 PM
I finally got around to seeing this with my son this weekend. We both really enjoyed it, especially my son who really got into the dialog about Physics. For sure some of it was far fetched, but the writer presented it in a credible way and in the end it held together. I can't see many fans of SciFi being disappointed by this movie. As well, people that aren't fans of the genre might very well enjoy this film for the human element.

The cast in this movie was terrific; a strong performance by all the main actors and reallly not a weak performance by any in the minor roles. Kudos to Nolan for getting the absolute best from his actors yet again. I'd read a few reviews that claimed that some of the technical design and special effects in this film were weak, but that certainly wasn't what I saw. I agree about the robots - best take on them I've watched in years.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 14, 2014, 05:26:06 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 14, 2014, 04:02:57 PM

Of course I was our regular dungeon master back in the 80s, so maybe I am not as lacking as I think? My initial plan for fiction is just to do a book in the style of a dungeon adventure. Group meets in the local inn by chance, then has to save the town from the evil lurking nearby. Simple stuff and just about as cliche as you can get, but I am doing this for fun so I am not too worried about it.

IMO this is a good way to improve your writing if you're interested in writing for genres that are covered by RPG's. I've watched my son become a decent adventure writer doing just that and 1 of the people in my writing circle significantly improved their writing. A lot can be said too for just playing a character in a tabletop RPG. With the right group -i.e. one that actually likes to roleplay as opposed to just pushing figurines around a grid- it alone will get you thinking in character and help with finding words for dialog. Of course being a Game Master is even better, as you're working with a cast of characters and defining setting elements.

If you struggle for ideas, some RPG settings have adventure generators which give a lose structure for which you write in the meat/content. The better ones have you rolling dice to randomly generate plot elements, personality traits for a cast of characters and elements for a series of encounters. The simpler ones just aid in producing a single encounter. RPG encounters are really just like acts, or scenes within acts, for a short play. While an adventure with enough encounters becomes like a chapter in a continuing story. You have to be careful which generator you use though, because some of them focus primarily on creating single combat encounters. I introduced my son to one of these tools, and what I found best about it was that the random elements challenged him to find ways to logically link them together. That really helped later when he wrote adventures without it, as he was better with things like plot twists and creatively coming up with credible characters and situations.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 14, 2014, 06:26:43 AM
I've collaborated on 14 software manuals, written a software administrators guide and collaborated on 12 software training courses for a variety of companies. Do I consider writing - not really. It's dry, mundane and repetitive technical writing with hardly an once of creativity in it. It is however the type of writing that pays the bills.

I have a published writing credit for Interface Zero 2.0 (a RPG Cyberpunk setting) by Gun Metal Games, for which I wrote the content for the remnants of Canada and the fictitious Great Lakes Union.  Despite only contributing about 10,000 words to the entire book, I do consider it my best writing that I've ever been paid a $ for. I've also written a few novella and screenplays, none of which will likely ever be published, but it's fun to dream.

I participate in a writers circle, which helps to keep my interest, compassion and creative juices at least smoldering. We're a collection of wannabies mostly writing in the SciFi and Fantasy genres, but we do get dropped in on from time to time by a local writer that has a good number of published books to her name. I'd probably give one of my legs to exclusively write fiction, but my kids' college fees which are rapidly approaching, always reminds me to hold on to all of my appendages.  icon_biggrin
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 10 on: November 10, 2014, 10:43:49 PM
I'm following the Seahawks again this season and while I'm glad they're winning again, I'm really concerned about their passing game - seems nonexistent at times. Unless they can get it together on that front, I won't be surprised if the 49ers finish ahead of them in the division. Not that I want Leo and Naednek to have the satisfaction of seeing that.  Tongue

PS CoachTressman, you're sucking in the NFL! Please come back to the CFL where the 3 downs & bigger field are more your cup of tea. And please make your return destination the BC Lions.  smile
Am I the only 1 that watched that Packers-Bears game? Good lord that was the pure definition of complete-ass-kicking!
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: November 10, 2014, 10:21:11 PM
I'm rewatching season 1 on DVD as I missed a good 3rd of the episodes. Now about 2/3rds of the way through I have to say the writing has slipped a bit for season 3. Not enough to make me stop watching, but the scripts for new episodes definitely don't seem to be as good. I'm trying to separate whether it's just that I preferred the revenge themes or that I'm watching it without commercials, which I really dislike, but that aside the new writing does seem weaker.

I'm with you 2 on Felicity and last episode - really like her character and thought that was the best season 3 episode yet.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: November 10, 2014, 08:13:20 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 10, 2014, 06:40:42 PM

I intended to see it but my back's been hurting. Reviews have been surprisingly mixed to negative in some quarters, including by many reviewers very fond of Inception and TDK.

I haven't seen it yet -that will happen tomorrow or Saturday- but I've read a number of the negative reviews now and I have to say I'm not impressed with them. Many such reviewers IMO are drawing too many parallels to 2001 A Space Odyssey, to the point where they set themselves up with false expectations for this. One even heavily criticized Interstellar's ending while extolling 2001's in comparison, to which critic I wave the bullshit flag high and boldly; 2001 the film had a piss poor ending, while the novel had a terrific one. I say that being a person that re-watches 2001 at least every other year.

It's natural to compare somewhat like -to- like, but heavily dwelling on what 2001 ASO, Inception, Contact and Close Encounters were, doesn't seem to be a solid good foundation for an honest review. I'm sure the film has its flaws, but none of the negative reviews I've read have been anywhere credible enough to make me want to wait until the BRD is here.
26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 22, 2014, 08:38:39 PM
Nice try Fireball, you quoted the Creed as defined by the First Council of Constantinople of 381 not the Nicene. It's worth noting the difference between the 2 in regards to the reference to Catholicism. Here's what's actually stated at the end of the Nicene Creed of 325:

"But those who say: 'There was a time when he was not;' and 'He was not before he was made;' and 'He was made out of nothing,' or 'He is of another substance' or 'essence,' or 'The Son of God is created,' or 'changeable,' or 'alterable'—they are condemned by the holy catholic and apostolic Church."

In other words, here forth adhere to Catholicism's definition of the Holy Trinity or pay the price - persecution or worse.  Wow talk about a thread crap, you make a statement about who is and isn't Christian in a roundabout way, then drop in something as irrelevant as the Constantinople Creed verbatim and go on to falsely claim it's the Nicene. If your goal is to to sell Catholicism, a little bit more honesty and relevance might help.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 17, 2014, 07:09:16 PM
I'd definitely consider it, since currently where I live in Canuckistan I have to tie into a costly cable subscriber and then pay the HBO on top of that. That's meant me not watching the 1st 4 seasons of Game of Thrones until it was available on disk. My concern with this, along with the other recent announcements of networks and cable offerings moving to streaming, is that in my city the ISP's still have the right to cap bandwidth. So far that hasn't been an issue with Netflix, but with all these new offering coming online, I wonder how it will pan out. There's already a few time slots where I don't bother to watch anything HD on Netflix, and that's not even due to BW capping; just crappy capacity on the ISP's backbone.
28  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Dead of Winter on: October 16, 2014, 11:25:17 PM
I've never played it, but have heard great things about it. The fiddly nature of it is the only criticism I've ever heard anyone make of it. I hope someone in my gaming group picks it up soon -  my gaming budget is spent until
the New Year.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 16, 2014, 10:55:04 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 16, 2014, 06:24:44 AM

A Tal-vashoth is just an outcast Qunari than a race. Although the term Qunari refers both to the species, and to all those who follow the Qun.

Actually no;  a Qunari is anyone who adheres to the Qun. This is text from The World of Thedas Vol 1:

"However, the label "Qunari" more accurately refers to a follower of the religious text known as the Qun, regardless of his or her race-hence the capitalization of the name in many texts."

I actually meant to say Kossith which is the correct term for the horned race, so my bad on that. It's true the Tal-Vashoth are those Kossith that have rejected the Qun, but they're treated as a unique background in the tabletop RPG which Bioware approved.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 16, 2014, 06:02:09 AM
Are the character choices they're giving you all for the Human race or can you also choose an Elf, Dwarf, Qunari or Tal-Vashoth?

The class choices seem generic, but of those I'd give a vote towards the Rogue Dual-Wielder. I've gotten to watch the damage that class specialization can deal to my NPC's and beasts time and again in my DAGE campaign - it would be cool to see it in videogame footage.   icon_cool

And now that we're on the topic of generic. My question would be: Are there any plans for add-on/DLC content for Inquisitor that would actually let players play classes and backgrounds that aren't generic fantasy archetypes? I'm thinking out-of-the-box here, like maybe a Called Grey Warden or an enlightened Darkspawn Architect?
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 13, 2014, 09:04:34 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 06, 2014, 03:31:09 PM

That’s fair, but is this REALLY the only game that interests you on the system?  The WiiU actually has a pretty good exclusives lineup now, at least better than the XBONE and PS4 currently has.

I almost feel guilty, and I stress almost, that I still don't own a WiiU yet and don't feel compelled to. I bought all 3 of Nintendo's previous gen consoles day 1, but almost 2 years after release I still don't own their latest. This game looks interesting  as does Super Mario 3D, but to be honest only Pikmin 3 has given me the slightest feeling that I'm missing out. A Zelda game would do it, but the flashy, new graphics on Windwaker HD wasn't enough and Hyrule Warriors seems like a lackluster attempt at anything in the Zelda universe. If I got a WiiU with this game and Pikmin 3, and maybe a few others like SM 3D and Mario Kart, I'm sure the system would grab the brunt of my gaming time for a month, but it'd likely just sit idle after that.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 13, 2014, 08:46:54 PM
My primary device is whatever the game I'm currently playing runs on, from my DS and Android tablet to my PC and consoles. I really don't have a favorite, although I currently do lean slightly towards playing more on my tablet and PC. I also don't own any of the new gen consoles as a  must-have/GOTY hasn't arrived on any of them yet for me. Maybe when I get one of them  it'll change, but I do still have a decent backlog of quality 360 and PS3 games, but neither of those occupies more of my play time.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 13, 2014, 07:25:01 PM
I'm interested in both Borderlands The Pre-Sequel and The Evil Within, but I'll definitely await reviews and impressions. As per usual though, I'll probably wait until they price drop, but maybe the Evil Within in time for Halloween if it proves to be good.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] The Flash on: October 08, 2014, 04:05:08 AM
Anyone watch the opening episode? Thoughts?

I'd give mine, but a few friends are working on it, so I fear I might be viewing it with a bias.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 01, 2014, 04:46:53 AM
I'm not sure if this is on Netflix USA, but we recently got the cBBC (youth BBC) series Wolfblood here on Netflix-Canuckistan. I noticed it was getting good viewer ratings, so I checked it out with my daughter and was pleasantly surprised by it. It's a take on the lycathropy mythos that's aimed at a younger teen audience, although IMO there little in it that wouldn't be fine for preteens.  It  has a very good cast of youth actors and the handful of adult actors turn in solid performances too. I watched the 1st season -unfortunately all that's available on Netflix Canuckistan- and except for 1 or 2 goofy episodes that were deliberatley targeted at a younger viewers, the writing has been good with dialog that really doesn't talk down to its audience, making it enjoyable for adults. The CGI for the wolves is fairly cheesy, but it still works and the canines come across as, dare I say it, cute at times - they do have their scary moments too. Best thing about it is the music which is Celtic and very tastefully done - one of the best opening songs I've heard in a while.

The series was produced for a youth primetime viewing slot, so the episodes are only 25 minutes long. cBBC produced  2 more seasons, so my daughter and I are hoping Netflix picks those up too. IMO definitely worth watching if you have some youngsters at home that would enjoy watching something from the horror genre that'll entertain them, but won't give them nightmares.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 06:25:38 AM
I bought it a few years back on the 360, but it never really grabbed me. My kids have sunk countless hours into it though and built some very impressive homesteads. My daughter has a mansion with a small forest on the rooftop with some sizable tree houses on top of some of the trees, which in turn have trees growing from them topped yet again with tree houses.  icon_eek I can see where you could really get hooked, but I always just got lost in the dark and then ganked by spiders or nasty humanoids that blew up in my face.   eek

If there's lots of other kids out there as into it as mine, I don't see how M$ loses on this deal.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood will reboot anything - Underworld on: August 28, 2014, 06:46:36 PM
I thought the 1st film was OK, enjoyed the 2nd more -somehow it seemed to work better in a dark, medieval setting- and absolutely detested the 3rd. I almost feel a sense of shame that the 3rd was filmed in my city - almost.

I do think the premise of the films is good; if they can up the quality with a reboot, I'd be interested.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: August 28, 2014, 05:04:53 PM
I'm IN for Dragon Age! Umm...that is, I'm IN for BoxSet 3 of the tabletop RPG. With the outrageously long delays in it's release, I'd already moved my Dragon Age campaign to a fan-made adaptation for another RPG system, which has run very well. The BoxSet 3 PDF's released a few weeks ago though -print copy releases this week- and they're getting very good buzz. That got me to push the button today for the print edition. The way I see it, even if I'm not sold on the system after what's added by the level 11-20 content, I can always use the fluff and adapt the expanded bestiary to my current campaign.

I like most of what I've read & seen about DAI so far, but I'm still holding on a wait-&-see approach to it. I've read that David Gaider has had much greater involvement with it, so that's keeping me optimistic. I have to say I'm not the slightest bit interested in the Inquisitor edition though, despite really enjoying the setting. Other than the journal and cloth map, that bundle just looks like a collection of cheap toys for a hefty price tag.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 21, 2014, 02:59:59 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 20, 2014, 05:57:58 PM

The believe extras are included with newer iTunes movies.

Good to know, I hope the same thing happens with Ultraviolet and the Google playstore. I've had bad experiences with the iTunes store, so I can't see myself going digital through them.

Quote from: hitbyambulance on August 21, 2014, 03:23:51 AM

I realize my answer of "I only buy movies on LaserDisc" puts me in the company of no-one else here. I just picked up a few the other week for a dollar each. analog video ftw

That's cool, 2 of my friends are really into Laserdisk collecting. I can't say I'm into films enough to have it as a hobby, but both of my friends work in the film biz and were early adopters of the tech. They both have Pioneer HLD-X0's, which they claim are the best players ever built. All I know is that they're hulking big players, but very nice to look at in a retro sort of way. icon_biggrin
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 05:08:44 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 20, 2014, 02:55:39 PM

I only buy Blurays if it’s a two pack that comes with a DVD copy as well.  I give the DVD to my mom so she has something to watch since she doesn’t have cable/satellite.

The same, except the DVD is destined for the 360 in the den and the older laptops and DVD players my kids have. I prefer to buy the 3 pack combos with BRD, DVD and digital. I doubt I'd ever buy just digital though. There's very few films I'd like to own where I don't want the extras that come on disks. If the home movie biz goes all digitial and they continue on their current trend of excluding extra content, I'll just stop buying.
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