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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 13 on: December 02, 2013, 08:36:21 PM
Tonight!!!
82  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: December 02, 2013, 06:46:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2013, 06:45:13 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 02, 2013, 06:43:16 PM

Is this the last day of the sale, or is there a new series of discounts to come tomorrow? I ask because I've been holding off on the purchase of a few DLC's that are currently only dicounted at 50%, but I'll pull the trigger now if there's no chance they'll be further discounted.

the main page says 'New Deals in 23:15:00', so I imagine it'll be the recap sale that Caine mentioned.

OK, many thanks for letting me know.
83  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: December 02, 2013, 06:43:16 PM
Is this the last day of the sale, or is there a new series of discounts to come tomorrow? I ask because I've been holding off on the purchase of a few DLC's that are currently only dicounted at 50%, but I'll pull the trigger now if there's no chance they'll be further discounted.

[Edit] Age of Empires II HD and Civ 5 Gold are so damn tempting, but between CK II and Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion I have so much strategu gameplay already that I don't know when I'll find the time.
84  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 30, 2013, 06:45:21 PM
Borderlands 2 on sale today for a 75% discount. Sadly the GOTY edition is still only 50% off. I haven't played it yet so I'll probably just get the base game and hope the DLC goes on sale for a better deal at Xmas.
85  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford - the Pure Embodiment of Political Nonsense! on: November 29, 2013, 04:34:14 PM
Ahh...now Mayor Ford can't go to the the Winter Classic Hockey game in Detroit. Looks like the USA is likely to take exception to his omission that he smoked crack.  i wouldn't blame the USA at all if they didn't let him in - or any other country for that matter.
86  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone play Great Fire of London or Suburbia? on: November 29, 2013, 05:36:11 AM
Suburbia is the better of the 2 games. I played The Great Fire of London 2 years ago and didn't care much for it, other than the history of it which can be interesting to anyone who doesn't have prior knowledge. My only complaint about Suburbia is that there's goofy/negative goals (worst reputation, least income, etc.) that come into play that seem a bit dubious to me. My opinion on that though is no doubt influenced by also being a wargamer. slywink  Interesting enough, Suburbia reminded me of another very good tile placement game I own called Vikings. I only mention it because IMO the screw you factor in Vikings is better as long as you play it with the advanced auction rules.
87  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 28, 2013, 08:00:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 28, 2013, 05:51:03 AM

it'll probably be 75% off at some point slywink

Yep, I'll likely wait to the last day of the sale. Being only a $15 DLC though, it does fit into the category of only-saving-a-few-extra-$ if it's discounted further. Not really worth worrying about.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA Canada/Visceral Games working on open world Star Wars game? on: November 28, 2013, 07:12:37 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 28, 2013, 02:03:15 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 28, 2013, 05:03:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 27, 2013, 07:20:06 PM

Visceral had done some good games, but EA Canada seems to have mainly done sports.

Until roughly 2 years ago EA Canada was the largest game studio in N.A. employing between 1,500 - 2,000 staff. It's famous for the NHL and FIFA games, but that studio maintained many talent pools and supported EA games globally. Many of the assets for games like LotR Return of the King, James Bond EoN among many others were cooperatively developed between that stuido and their sibling EA studios in other parts of the world. They also owned and housed much of Blackbox Entertainment, who produced a number of NFS games (including 2005's NFS MW) and the Skate series, in the same location.

My biggest concern about that studio producing a quality SW game lies with the management who I've never been impressed with. There's loads of underutilized quality talent still there and a heckuva lot more to be had in the city (ex relic Ent., ex Radical Ent., ex Blackbox, ex Propoganda studio, etc.) the studio is located in, but it doesn't amount to much with piss-poor management. IMO if they can get some good management behind this game, it has a good chance of amounting to something - but that's a big "IF".

They did FIFA too? How did I not know that? Ok, they are responsible for two of my favourite games (FIFA and NHL). Cautiously optimistic for this then.

Yep, the soccer pitch with the picturesque north shore mountains as a backdrop that's showed up in the odd FIFA game is situated there. About a decade ago I used to go there to kick around a ball with a few buddies that still work at the studio, but management is anal about that fields use these days. The studio buildings are actually about a block behind my old junior high school and are situated on land that was a juvenile detention center back when I was a teen. The more seasoned staff there joke that it still resembles that due to the youngish age of the general population and the ridiculously long work  hours.  slywink

BTW ex-XBone weanie Don Mattrick founded the original studio (DSI) that EA gobbled up and relabelled EA Canada. That was way back in the early 80's though, and IIRC they merged with EA around 1990.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ITT - I post screens from the games I am playing (wiU) (there will be spoilers) on: November 28, 2013, 05:19:03 AM
Cool. Just out of curiosity, what game is the 2nd picture from?
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA Canada/Visceral Games working on open world Star Wars game? on: November 28, 2013, 05:03:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 27, 2013, 07:20:06 PM

Visceral had done some good games, but EA Canada seems to have mainly done sports.

Until roughly 2 years ago EA Canada was the largest game studio in N.A. employing between 1,500 - 2,000 staff. It's famous for the NHL and FIFA games, but that studio maintained many talent pools and supported EA games globally. Many of the assets for games like LotR Return of the King, James Bond EoN among many others were cooperatively developed between that stuido and their sibling EA studios in other parts of the world. They also owned and housed much of Blackbox Entertainment, who produced a number of NFS games (including 2005's NFS MW) and the Skate series, in the same location.

My biggest concern about that studio producing a quality SW game lies with the management who I've never been impressed with. There's loads of underutilized quality talent still there and a heckuva lot more to be had in the city (ex relic Ent., ex Radical Ent., ex Blackbox, ex Propoganda studio, etc.) the studio is located in, but it doesn't amount to much with piss-poor management. IMO if they can get some good management behind this game, it has a good chance of amounting to something - but that's a big "IF".
91  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 28, 2013, 04:27:47 AM
Woohoo! 50% discount on CK II The Old Gods - IN!
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xbox 360]Games with Gold on: November 27, 2013, 03:55:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 27, 2013, 03:51:23 PM

Gears of War and Shoot Many Robots are the December titles.

I didn't finish Gears of War when I had it, so this is tempting. I seem to remember it being much weaker story-wise compared to 2 or 3 though.
93  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: November 27, 2013, 03:40:15 PM
Still no Gnomes and Sorcerers?
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 4 - Nuclear Winter in 6 days on: November 27, 2013, 03:23:41 PM
Well it's a good think nobody took that bet with me - I can keep my money.  icon_smile
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 4 - Nuclear Winter in 6 days on: November 27, 2013, 07:23:49 AM
I've had the impression for a while now, that the next Bethesda game will be the latest entry in the Wolfenstein series. If they are in fact announcing a new game on Dec. 11th, my money is on it being that.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you change your allegiance? on: November 27, 2013, 06:36:33 AM
My allegiance lies with wherever Master Chief goes.  drillsergeant  Master Chief isn't in any sector of the galaxy yet, therefore I go no where.  Truthiness!  icon_razz
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO The Hobbit Announced on: November 27, 2013, 06:20:38 AM
I thought Lego LotR was one of the, if not the best Lego game to date. Looking forward to this.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on: November 27, 2013, 12:49:19 AM
I kept hearing such bad things about the 1st movie -some of it here- that I didn't bother to go  see it in the theater. When it finally arrived on Netflix I watched it and really enjoyed it. I'm not going to miss seeing this one in the theater this time.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2013-14 Season on: November 25, 2013, 03:52:02 PM
Hey I'm still willing to talk here. It's just that the stellar performance of the Abbotsford Heat in the AHL -solid 1st place-  has got a good part of my Hockey viewing attention. I'm thinking the team is benefiting from the addition of Brian Burke to the Calgary Flames management. I'm sure his usual contempt for the entry draft and rookie players is rubbing off and part of the reason the Heat are icing a strong line up.

Canucks are about where I figured the be under Torts - out of a playoff spot. Oh well, at least he hasn't done any of his clown antics with the media here yet. I only got to see Schneid in the 2 games the Canucks played against the Devils. How's he doing?
100  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford - the Pure Embodiment of Political Nonsense! on: November 22, 2013, 07:41:42 PM
On another note in the continuing saga, Ford's support seems to still be remarkably high. According to the latest poll he's at 42% which is about on par with his average since he was elected in 2010. I haven't got a palm big enough to slap to my forehead after reading that. I guess Ford is like the Toronto's hockey team from 2004-11; doesn't matter how crappy the product, some fans are still going to follow it like lemmings going over a cliff.   icon_twisted
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 12 on: November 22, 2013, 07:16:17 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 22, 2013, 04:35:40 PM

I'm not too confident about going to Seattle and getting a win.

Can't wait for that game - very pumped for it. Go Hawks go!
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "No Next-Gen Console" Support Group on: November 22, 2013, 07:03:27 PM
I'm Kronovan, a man that used to buy every console for his family, but I've done a fine job of weaning myself from the habit. I'm a mucho Halo fan, so I'm sure I'll pull the trigger on an Xone by Fall 2015. Of course I'll keep playing Halo 3, Halo CE Anni, Halo Reach, Halo Wars and Halo 4, because I can't seem to go more than a month without diving in. I acquired a gaming laptop and PC this past Spring and that'll be my focus platform for at least the 1st half of this gen. I was already running Steam Big Screen on my older gaming rig and HDTV, but now PC play has eclipsed my 360 and Wii play.  My son has his own little gaming den in a small alcove off our living room and we're in the process of setting my daughter up with her own space. She's really more interested in playing PC games with local co-op in our den though, so I'll probably have to let her add some feminine decor to that area.  icon_confused  LAN play has been a big part of my gaming life since the late 90's, so our current and evolving home setup makes a lot of LAN play possible.

Quote from: raydude on November 20, 2013, 01:43:04 PM

OOOoooooO! Is this the bargain hunters PS3 group? Cause I can't wait to snag a PS3 now!  nod

Hah, this is probably what this group will lead me to - rebuying a PS3. Cause there's no way I'll ever get mine back from my nephew. slywink  I've been eyeing those snazzy Azurite NHL 14 PS3 bundles, but they haven't price dropped in my city yet. Once they're <= $200 I'll pull the trigger. Needless to say, with having only had my previous PS3 for about a year, there's lots of games to catch up on. Just consider that 80% of the AAA titles on other players PS3 lists are on my list too.
103  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford - the Pure Embodiment of Political Nonsense! on: November 22, 2013, 04:54:47 PM
A belated lol to Purge and Ceekays' last posts.   icon_lol  Oh and a nice bit of Canadiana Purge.   icon_cool thumbsup

[Edit] BTW a Kuwait newspaper had a front page article about Ford's statement re. the Councilors taking away his Mayoralty powers was akin to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.  I haven't seen a translation of the Arabic in that article, but I'd love to read one.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has your life changed since the last "next gen"? on: November 22, 2013, 05:31:07 AM
For the 1st time in decades, I no longer have young children at home. That meant beginning last Fall, for the 1st time in 3 console gens, I didn't buy Nintendo's shiny new console at launch. As well, my kids are in their teens now and are really only interested in PC gaming, so the 3 consoles won't factor nearly as much into my game play this gen.

I've been playing in biweekly LAN meets for years now and for the past few years that's when/where I get in the majority of my console game play. A number of the younger members or our group now have young children at home and won't be attending nearly as often. Which means fewer overall players. Players like myself that started it as a PC LAN group back during the PS1/N64 gen won't bother buying our own consoles. 90% of my console play is co-op play, so that works for me. If I buy any of the consoles this gen, I'll probably only get 1 of them.
105  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 22, 2013, 03:25:24 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 21, 2013, 08:57:04 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2013, 08:53:13 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 21, 2013, 07:45:05 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2013, 06:08:43 PM

11-21


$2.59
Combined Ops is $4.99
Complete is $7.99
that plus ARMA 1 and OpFlash (named ARMA: Cold War Assault) is $9.99

Damn, I am sorely tempted by this. I have the old AMRA I titles but I never picked up ARMA II. Is there a lot of SP content for ARMA II out there that's worth the trouble?
I'm kind of eye-balling this myself right now.  8 bucks is a pittance for how much gaming you get.  it's more content than I would play, but the potential is huge. 

from the complete collection, which is everything ARMA II and nothing of the older games, you get a lot of content, both SP and MP/Co-op
<snip>

Who am I kidding? I know I'm going to give in and get it in the next 45 hours  Roll Eyes

I pulled the trigger a little while ago when it was $15 and it was well worth it for that price.  slywink
106  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 22, 2013, 03:23:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 21, 2013, 07:45:43 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 21, 2013, 07:40:53 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2013, 07:35:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 21, 2013, 06:22:17 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2013, 06:10:30 PM

Weekend sale


$19.99
+ DLC is 50% off except American Dream. 

tempting, but I should dive into Crusader Kings 2 before I grab this....

or EU3....or Patrician IV...or Patrician III...or hell, something that doesn't take an 8 hour course in how to play it.  I must have been a little bit drunk when I bought that CK2 complete pack off amazon...

EU4 isn't as complex as CKII, in fact I'd say that EU4 is easier to play than EU3.

that actually makes me more interested.  last time I tried CKII I was a bit lost.

For sure CK II's learning curve is steep, but unlike a number of similarly themed strategy games it's definitely worth the effort.  There's Meneth's excellent In-Depth Guild to Crusader Kings II for help, but it does clock in at about 130 pages. I'll eventually get EU4, but the earlier timeline of CK II is much more interesting to me.
107  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 20, 2013, 07:05:46 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 19, 2013, 09:29:19 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 19, 2013, 09:03:14 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 19, 2013, 06:06:55 PM

Mid-Week


$26.79

not at that price, but the screens earned it a spot on my wishlist for when it gets cheaper.

Ditto!

Not to compare apples to oranges, but you can get the Republics DLC for CK II and have a nice, albeit different, rise of Venice experience.

I've been eyeing Van Helsing for some time. It'll no doubt be offered for less during Black Friday, but with the better discount we're probably only talking an extra $3-4 savings. Since I'm not doing any tabletop/PnP this weekend I need another RPG for my son and I, and I need it now damnit!  smile
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 20, 2013, 06:42:46 PM

Quote from: Scraper on November 20, 2013, 06:38:39 PM

Quote from: Laner on November 20, 2013, 06:33:46 PM

Quote from: msduncan on November 20, 2013, 04:50:40 PM


Bottom line is, speaking from someone that has a PS4 and have been playing it all week, Xbone is pushing the envelope.  

The more I reviews I read about the Xbone, the more intrigued I am.  My current consoles do more "family media" than gaming these days... If they can work out all the kinks and have it function like I'm sure they want it to, it could be very interesting.  Considering how drastically different the 360 from 2005 is compared to today, I'm sure it will get there - eventually.

This is my take on it too. I'm thinking the Xbone will be a Fall 2014 purchase for me. Just enough time for them to work out all the kinks and make it a really awesome machine.

I'm thinking along similar lines, but it has more to do with there actually possibly being a Halo game available then.   slywink
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Galactic Civilizations III on: November 19, 2013, 07:45:22 AM

Quote from: Canuck on October 21, 2013, 03:15:16 AM

So I'm guessing from the trailer that this is some kind of 3rd person shooter/RPG? Or am I getting that impression from yet another useless trailer that gives absolutely no idea of what type of game it is?

Based on how they describe the game on the website

"Galactic Civilizations III is a 4X space strategy game set in the 23rd century. Humans and aliens compete against each other for domination of our galaxy."

I'd say that it'll be a strategy game more along the lines of GalCiv II. My guess is that what's shown in the trailer are cut scenes or clips made using the tech they'll be using for cut scenes. CalCiv II was an excellent game, so I'm certainly looking forward to this.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 04:37:01 AM
Daikitana. That game was hyped for so long and pumped so heavily by it's creator John Romero



...but in the end it was just a complete steaming pile of digital crap!
111  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: November 19, 2013, 04:21:09 AM
I loved Jade Empire, it's one of my favorite RPG's by Bioware.  The story was very good and the art and setting was gorgious for its time. I played the Xbox version though, so I'm not sure how it plays on PC with mouse+kb. The Xbox version isn't bc on the 360 though, so I'm going to pull the trigger on this one.
112  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC] The Secret World MMORPG : No Longer Pumped, Just Playing it. on: November 18, 2013, 07:51:29 PM

Quote from: Crawley on November 12, 2013, 07:11:43 PM

Only real knock I have against the game is the non-scaling dungeons. There's three of us in the group and the dungeons are just too difficult for that small of a party - need a full group. So didn't get to play much of any of them due to that.

I really like the game and have recently been playing it. My major complaint is that with so much of the content soloable, players seem to be disinterested in grouping. I always place my character in the looking for group list, but I don't think I've ever seen more than 2 others players do the same. It's wonderful to have a game that's really rich in story and have the majority of it playable on your own, but group experience seems to be the victim of that. Getting in a raid -can't recall the exact term- is an even bigger challenge. I've done monitoring the main chat channel for group raids in the main hub area, but there seems to be little activity in that regard.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Remaining Bond rights bought by MGM/Danjaq on: November 18, 2013, 07:37:26 PM
I want to see a bit of setting mixing and have Spacey play Keyser Soze in a Bond film. He'd be all crippled up, but when Bond or other British Intelligence agents least expected it, he'd become normal and put the jump on them. As a villain, I'm sure he'd dish out pain with something a bit more nasty than a knotted end of a rope to the family jewels.  eek
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 10 on: November 18, 2013, 05:05:32 PM
Woohoo, nice win by the Seahawks again. I'd say that was a crusher, but a loss like that seems to reasonably common for the Vikings.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 18, 2013, 04:37:18 PM
Nothing, but isn't there a Steam sale or something coming up this week? That's making me think I might be buying some oldies but goodies.  slywink
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 18, 2013, 04:21:47 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 18, 2013, 04:07:40 PM

2K could make a CFL game ninja

Yes this! Me and 1k other CFL fans would jump on this day 1 and surely at least 2k would get it, which is why we'll never see it.  icon_cry
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360: the must-play games. on: November 15, 2013, 03:08:01 AM
I'll only list 360 exclusives - will also omit games that are only on the PC and 360.

Halo 3
Halo 4
Halo CE Anniversary (HD remake of the original and considerably better)
Gears of War 2
Gears of War 3
Fable II
Forza Horizon; 4 and 3 were also excellent, but more of the same
Project Gotham Racing 4
Viva Pinata 2 Trouble in Paradise (especially if you have kids who'll be playing)
Kameo

[Edit] Almost forgot Halo Wars. If you've ever enjoyed a RTS you owe it to yourself to play this.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game on: November 15, 2013, 02:53:03 AM
Nice - looking good!  thumbsup
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's November 14, 2013. What's your Franchise/Game of the Generation? on: November 15, 2013, 02:49:10 AM
For me it's the Shin Megami Tensei Series. From SMT Imagine Online for the PC -to- SMT Strange Journey on the DS, I've enjoyed those games as much or more than any series. Close behind would be the Halo, Mass Effect, Bioshock,  and Tomb Raider series.
120  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford - the Pure Embodiment of Political Nonsense! on: November 15, 2013, 02:13:01 AM
Looks like Ford has stooped to an all time low in terms of how high profile politicians interact with the media. His latest gaff - guess the missing 'P' word. This is his latest profane remark to media; a word that's been blooped and hyphened out in virtually every newscast and newspaper article:

Quote
"Oh and the last thing was, um, Olivia Gondek. It says that I wanted to eat her p_ _ _ y. Olivia Gondek, I've never said that in my life to her. I would never do that," he said, in comments that were broadcast live on television. "I'm happily married I've got more than enough to eat at home."

Can you guess the missing word ? Clue; it's the same word as a very common household pet. Wow, just absolutely.... WOW! TV script writers couldn't come up with better lines for a sitcom themed around a big, bad, corrupt city mayor that's lost his mind.   icon_twisted

Good lord, talk about a complete lack of emotional intelligence.
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