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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 13, 2016) on: November 17, 2016, 03:56:47 PM
I should point out that I also bought an MSI Gaming X GTX 1070 video card. It came yesterday. I replaced my GTX 560Ti with this beast and am very pleased at the results. This particular model was touted as being very quiet, and in fact it is. For most of my games I didn't notice a rise in background noise from before I started the game to during gameplay.
2  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 15, 2016, 04:51:25 PM

Quote from: Rip on November 15, 2016, 03:32:26 PM

Those article aren't half as hateful as things said by Bill Ayers, Rev Wright, Sid Blumenthal.

Heck are we just going to totally ignore that Huma and her family are key people at Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs which is one of the most jew hating publications on the planet.

People in glass houses..........

In the end Milo is a shock jock anti-PC guy that pushes the edges. Unpleasant maybe.

In the end Breitbart doesn't dictate what their contributors can write about like we have found so many websites do and it makes little sense to infer the words of them all equal his.

He was the head of the organization. That means he directs how the organization functions, what stories it produces, and how it slants them. It's no different than when Roger Ailes was head of Fox News. The leader sets the tone of the company. And that tone was dialed to "hate".
3  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 15, 2016, 02:32:27 PM

Quote from: Rip on November 15, 2016, 02:38:18 AM

I care as much about what David Duke thinks as I do about what Mohammed Badie thinks, which is not at all. Douchebags that run hateful organizations and their opinions are of zero interest.

Somebody say something about hateful organizations? How about these examples from Breitbart:

Hateful article, exhibit 1

hateful article, exhibit 2

hateful article, exhibit 3

We now have a douchebag from a hateful organization as Chief Strategist. This is why folks are worried.
4  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 14, 2016, 06:40:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 09, 2016, 02:06:35 PM

The American people elected the lesser of the two evils. It is as simple as that. The overly dramatic teeth gnashing, the "America is DOOMED" rhetoric, have no place in calm discourse. The Republicans "survived" 8 years of Obama. The Democrats will "survive" 4 or 8 years of Trump. There is no apocalypse. Starbucks is still handing out coffee, Comcast still has sh!tty customer service, and your dog is still happy to see you when you walk in the door. The founding fathers did an admirable job creating a government of checks and balances. Have faith in their vision.

My wife sees patients who have Obamacare. They are worried that they will lose it and be unable to get the healthcare they need. She's in neurology so we're talking major medical problems. She and I are worried for them.

We use a housecleaning service once a month. The women are all Hispanic. They are legal but they probably know and are friends with those who aren't. They worry for their friends.

My wife and I are friends with at least three Muslim families, two of which are from multiple generations of American citizens. Our daughter goes to a school where over 30% are African American, Muslim, or both. We worry for them.

We worry in a way that we haven't worried since finding out Bush Jr. was incompetent, in a way we haven't worried since finding out Bush Jr. got elected to another four years.

This time it feels different. I hope to God I'm wrong.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 13, 2016) on: November 14, 2016, 05:54:59 PM
I bought into the hype so I'm getting Watchdogs 2 for the PS4. Hope its as good as I think it is.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: October 12, 2016, 11:13:42 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on October 11, 2016, 08:56:31 PM

I olny saw the first episode so far, but I remember they said they advanced the story line a week in order to cvoer for the removal of the updated hosts.  So I think they do have a story that advances, just not sure how they work that in with memory wipes.  Maybe the hosts have preprogrammed start points along the story that they can reset to. *shrug*

I wonder if there are two kinds of hosts. The ones in the town would reset every day - especially the "minor" ones like the prostitutes, bartender, and random girl who gets stuff from the store (Dolores). These are all bit parts that no one would think twice about seeing day after day and they would always start from the same location with the same memories.

Then there are the hosts who have a story arc. These would get wiped every day as well but reloaded with advancements in the story depending on which day of the week it is. Hence the

Spoiler for Hiden:
shootout near the end of Ep 1 after they advanced the story by a week. The bandits shooting the town had a story arc, so their 'reset point' started at Week N while the bit part hosts always started at Week 1, day 1.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For Honor [PC/XB1/PS4] - Ubisoft melee battlefield game on: September 14, 2016, 11:21:38 AM
I signed up for PS4 alpha access. So far no luck. But I will definitely post here to share invites and would love to be invited by any other PS4 GTers.  nod
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Rainbow 6: Siege on: July 29, 2016, 12:00:23 PM
I think I'll check out the free play on Steam tonight. Will decide to purchase based on that. Definitely for PC though.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: June 20, 2016, 11:59:22 AM
I've been really upset at the Division lately, ever since finding out that the ballistic shield is completely borked. Turns out that when I hold the shield I sometimes can't use the special ability mapped to my other button (i.e. the flashbang). Then, if I ever decide to use cover at all (which enables me to bring out my primary weapon - you know - for long range encounters) the game "forgets" that I have a shield and all the bullets pass through it and damage me.

Which takes away one of the most useful and under-utilized classes - that of shield tank - and leaves us with just DPS and Support classes to play with. It really sucks, since even with the lowest gear score of my friends I was still able to contribute to the team by using my shield and throwing flashbangs. Now I find myself being more of an anchor since I cannot use my shield and don't have the DPS of my higher geared friends.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 11, 2016, 12:21:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 06, 2016, 05:32:00 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 06, 2016, 05:23:11 PM

Warner Bros. Is in Such Denial Over Batman v Superman

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Now, with DC movies dated through 2020, the outcome has led to a flurry of rumors that the studio will make adjustments — maybe add a new producer? — rather than allow BvS director Zack Snyder to proceed with the two-part Justice League. But sources with firsthand knowledge of the situation say the studio has no such plans. One says the filmmakers naturally will evaluate what went wrong with BvS, but when it comes to Justice League, “we’re not going to take a movie that’s supposed to be one thing and turn it into a copycat of something else.”

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If your brain is having trouble parsing what is happening here—which is understandable, because this is mind-blowingly insane—Warner Bros. recognizes there are problems with Batman v Superman, and will take the time to figure out what those problems are...

...and then they will do nothing to fix them.

I read that article, too, but I think WB is just trying to say they're not going to just make another Avengers with DC characters instead of saying they're not going to fix anything.  They wouldn't be going over what went wrong if they weren't planning to keep things from going wrong again.

This is the same studio where

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Warner Bros. executives were convinced they had the goods with BvS and were shocked when negative reviews began pouring in.


Like you I am hoping for the best but fearing the worst.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/12/16) on: April 11, 2016, 12:16:36 PM
Atlantic Fleet
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: April 06, 2016, 11:47:15 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 08, 2016, 05:51:23 PM

Quote from: Ridah on February 08, 2016, 05:30:15 PM

If it's like the last beta there won't be keys, it'll just be activated on your account. Make sure you are opted into betas.

ok, thanks

Do they at least do you the favor of emailing you to tell you you're in? Or do you need to keep logging into battle.net to check?
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 25, 2016, 12:25:02 PM
Playing in DZ last night with a friend - I noticed what could be a new trend for causing roguishness. I was gunning down an NPC with my LMG when another player seemed to intentionally step into my line of fire. It took me a second to figure out what was going on, but then it was too late. I had hit him with enough bullets to cause my friend and I to go rogue, enabling the player and his friends to kill us without going rogue themselves - and getting my stuff and a rogue bounty to boot.

Anyone seeing this kind of thing now?
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 04, 2016, 01:24:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 03, 2016, 08:03:55 PM


I don't know.  Nintendo seems to be learning their lessons, if some of the NX rumors prove to be true.

Form what I hear, this is a complete dream to program for, and porting is incredibly easy.  It sounds like they're going after 3rd party hard.

Plus it'll supposedly be on par with the Xbone, power-wise.

And if this portable console that plugs into a wireless HDMI nub (that fits in the console itself) holds true...well, actually I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Imagine you're a Wii U owner. You've just read that the Wii U is Nintendo's worst selling console and are hearing rumors that Nintendo will drop it like a hot rock as soon as NX comes out. Why would you risk being a first adopter on the NX?

Or, in my case, I am a single console owner with a family. I can't afford to have additional consoles, even if this console debuts at a $150-250 price point. And if it's a portable? I already have two portable gaming systems - the Ipad and iPhone. The nice thing about Sony and MS is that there is at least a chance that their console exclusive games come out on either the other side's console or on PC. As Nintendo has stated time and time again there is NO chance that their games will be anything but console exclusives. Fuck that. I'm voting with my dollars by not encouraging that kind of behavior. I don't ever want to go back to the days of having to own multiple consoles to play all the good games.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 03, 2016, 05:21:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 03, 2016, 01:54:23 PM

Looks like this may be back in existence as a Nintendo NX exclusive.

It's a similar deal to what happened with Bayonetta 2, apparently.

It's working title is Beyond Good and Evil: The Prejudices of Philosophers.


Bleh. Well, there goes any hope of that game being enjoyed by the masses.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 2/26/16 edition on: February 29, 2016, 01:42:02 PM
Bought Street Fighter V for PS4 on Friday. I was a huge Street Fighter fan back when 2 came out (wasn't any good but could hold my own vs. my college peers) but kind of went away from it after seeing it become this big contest of "who can bring out the combos first". Watching the previews for SFV got me all excited for it again, especially when hearing that even non-pros could "stay engaged if they block and hit the right buttons at the right time".

Played through the story for all characters and am now a third of the way through survival mode: easy (win 10 matches in a row) on all of them. Surprised at how fun the game is - played this Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

I think I'll try some ranked matches after that.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 20, 2016, 04:50:19 AM
It's definitely grown on me. Spent the last 3 hours playing in the dark zone with 3 other guys. I became the medic/tank when it became apparent I was the only one with healing and the ballistic shield. My friend was the sniper w/ his bolt action rifle and the other two were regular grunts. We got in a skirmish with 4 rogues that suddenly turned into what seemed like 10 rogues all piled up in a big deathmatch. And somehow we managed to survive it with all of us healing each other and watching each other's backs. It was a lot of fun.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 19, 2016, 08:42:59 PM
So I'm shooting short bursts at an enemy behind some cover and I see "suppressed" pop up over him. So the game implements suppressing fire. Nice!
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 19, 2016, 07:54:10 PM
Did my first extended session with a group of randos. Maybe it's the "Tom Clancy" brand or maybe I just got lucky but we really got into the spirit of squad tactics: going into cover, dividing up the enemies to attack w/ our grenades, and then counting down so we all throw at once. I initially unlocked the medic ability so I had a lot of fun being the group medic. Especially when we started running into the cleaners w/ their flamethrowers. I hate those guys.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 19, 2016, 06:26:05 PM
I'm digging the cover indicators actually. It feels intuitive. Move to edge of cover and there is a white arrow showing how you'll move around the corner. X to go to cover. I like being able to mantle over cover as well.  

Not sure how to toggle between full-auto, burst, and single shot. Anyone know?

The matchmaking for missions seems pretty cool. I just did a matchmake for the first medical mission. It was fun being the flanker while my teammates provided covering fire.

I'm playing on PS4 this whole afternoon and probably tonight (EST). Anyone want to join up and do some dark zoning? I should point out that I'm not really interested in "dick" dark zoning - i.e. shooting other players. But I am up for being a vigilante and hunting down rogue agents as they appear.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 22, 2016, 04:28:21 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 23, 2015, 04:08:14 AM

Quote from: raydude on December 23, 2015, 03:40:24 AM

Q: Presumably one would play with friends when going into the "Dark Zone". What possible incentives would there be to screw your friends over and get their loot but possibly risk not being able to play with them ever again?

Q: Will you be providing incentives to not screw your friends over in the "Dark Zone"? If not, why not?

This is precisely my question.  Everything I've heard / seen suggests the everyone-screws-everyone approach for the Dark Zone, turning it from tension to plain old PvP.  Kinda the opposite of what I'm hoping for, so I really want that answer too.

Were you able to ask these types of questions? I wonder if any of the developers answered something like "If your friends are offended at getting ganked by you then you need better friends" ?
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: December 23, 2015, 03:40:24 AM
Q: Presumably one would play with friends when going into the "Dark Zone". What possible incentives would there be to screw your friends over and get their loot but possibly risk not being able to play with them ever again?

Q: Will you be providing incentives to not screw your friends over in the "Dark Zone"? If not, why not?
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 17, 2015, 03:35:19 PM
So I took a break from Destiny and played Fallout 4 for a few weeks. However, I am back to playing Destiny so that I can farm 300-320 helmets and class items in the new Sparrow Racing League!

That's right, Destiny has a special event going on right now - 6-player sparrow racing, hosted by Amanda Holiday - the engineer gal in the Tower Hanger who fixed up your first ship. Visit her to get bounties and start the racing quest line and then go to orbit. Select destinations and the racing should be in the bottom left corner, where the crucible stuff is usually located.

Finish races to get "Standing", aka Rep with the SRL faction. Higher ranks give better rewards. Helmets and class items from light 300-310 starts dropping at Rank 2 and light 310-320 at Rank 3.

More info on how to get Racing Rep here..

In short, this looks like a fast, easy and fun way to get higher level helmets and class items. From the link it seems about 40 races + quests and bounties to get to Rank 3 and those 310-320 light drops.
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That's about 8 hours game time over 4 or 5 days.
Note that the class items and helmets are geared towards racing but you can always just infuse them into your existing helmets to raise those light levels, which is what I plan to do.

See you all on the race track!
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 04, 2015, 03:45:16 AM

Quote from: FishPants on December 02, 2015, 08:56:24 PM

If there's a crowd still playing this over here that are on the PS4 please add me.  PSN Gamertag is GarbiSmash and I could certainly use some help (Level 20 Hunter) -- getting my butt kicked on a mission with far too many bosses for me to solo (and it's a level 14 story.. Apparently I'm not the greatest haha).

Anyways feel free to add me on your PSN (I saw a few tags in the last couple of pages that I've sent requests to).  This weekend I'll probably have some time to put in a couple of hours into the game, and it's always easier with some help.

I think I may have already friended you but I will double check. I can try helping you tomorrow night if I see you on. Saturday may be better for me though. I usually am able to start playing at 8pm EST.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: November 06, 2015, 12:24:02 PM
No problem gellar. Thanks for joining last night!

A recap for everyone:
gellar joined a myself and my real-life friend Chris in a fireteam. Chris had already run through the "no time to explain" questline so he knew what to expect, but forgot the ghost locations. Fortunately I was able to refer to the linked videos to find them. Overall the mission wasn't hard at all, we just had to remember not to wipe. We did have one hiccup when we passed the spot where the 2nd ghost was supposed to be and could not backtrack to it. This forced us to restart the mission from the beginning. Even so, it only took us about an hour to complete - including the restart.

If anyone else did it last night then one thing to remember is that you don't get the quest from Lakshmi (step 2) until after the weekly reset on Tuesday. So don't freak out if she didn't give you the quest after you turned in the 'cult ghost' you received from doing all of step 1.

I like that destiny offers exotic weapons as part of a quest like this. I don't like that the quests are "gated by time", meaning that you can only start them when a specific condition is available and that condition is only available for one day. In this case the condition is that the Paradox mission is the daily heroic.

Don't feel too bad if you were not able to play it last night. If Paradox rolls around again as the daily heroic then feel free to post here and I'm sure we'll be able to get a team together. If it's early enough (or on a Friday) then I'll be able to pitch in to help as well.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: November 06, 2015, 12:08:24 AM
EST. sorry. Assuming we don't wipe? Maybe 45 mins to an hour.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: November 05, 2015, 08:37:47 PM
Hidey ho destinyorinos!

Looks like today's daily heroic is "Paradox". This is the one where we go to the Vault of Glass to clean out the Taken who are trying to take it over. Also, this is the one where you can pick up 4 hidden ghosts in order to initiate the first step of the exotic quest to get the "No Time to Explain" exotic pulse rifle.

The main requirement here is that the fireteam cannot wipe (aka everyone in the fireteam is dead at the same time). If that happens then one has to restart the mission because now you can't pick up the 4th ghost and initiate the exotic quest. So, rather than going in by myself as a fireteam of one, I was wondering if there was anyone else who wanted to do it as well so that they can start the exotic quest line.

From what I've been told it is not that hard. You should probably be at least light level 240, which is the minimum recommended for daily heroic missions. I was planning to start around 8:30pm because I have a limited playtime. I will put up a voice chat Party and anyone who wants to join can do so.

Even if you don't get on as early as 8:30 I suggest grouping up and trying to get the ghosts tonight. Who knows when Paradox will come up again in the daily heroic rotation. Here are some links that explain what to do:

step 1. find hidden ghosts in Paradox daily heroic.

steps 2-8 for the rest of the quest
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 29, 2015, 06:32:52 PM

Quote from: Crawley on October 29, 2015, 06:03:03 PM

I finished up the main campaign and House of Wolves the other day. The last level in House of Wolves, with the jumping section, was terrible with the Warlock class. With that class you can only jump up and then glide at that height for a bit. So there's one part of the jumping puzzle if you don't glide at exactly your peak height you'll miss the jump.

Frustrating.

But got it done and moved on to the Taken King section.

I got the Stormcaller subclass for Warlock - which seems to kick ass. Is there any reason to go back and finish up my previous sub class (think I have 6 or so unlocks left)? The other subclass is fine but this one seems like its much more powerfull.

I'd say complete the Stormcaller then once that's done you can finish up the other subclass via doing PVE bounties - most of which will be completed during the course of running through the Story or doing other things. For example - things like "kill 10 fallen majors" or "kill 50 taken". Those bounties will be satisfied just by running through the story.

Just remember to switch from Stormcaller to your other class before turning in the bounties so that your other class will get the XP and the unlocks.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 28, 2015, 11:46:03 AM
Hey guys,

Calling all guardians at light level 260 or higher. Thinking of doing a "Festival of Light Friday" this Friday. Which means doing things inspired by the Festival of Light quests given by Eva Levante. So if you have the Traveller or Speaker mask and want to do Court of Oryx or Heroic Strikes you're in luck! We want to do them with you!

Or, even if you don't have either mask - which I don't - this is your opportunity to do Court of Oryx or Heroic Strikes - which also satisfy some other quest lines.

At the very least we can do the Daily heroic together (recommended light 240) to get our 15 legendary marks.

I plan on playing around 8:30 Friday night. I will host a party chat called "Destiny Help Desk". Feel free to join it. It should pop up in our PS4 interface when you go online and join Destiny. If not, press the PS4 button, scroll up to Party and choose "see all available parties". Then join. This will allow us to coordinate via voice chat and figure out what fireteams we should form and which content we should run. IIRC the party chat will still be up even after the host quits  - so long as there is at least 1 person in the party. So feel free to continue even after I turn into a pumpkin around 11:30pm.

If you haven't hit light level 260 yet, fear not. I would like to try alternating Fridays between higher light level and lower light level players, so I'm hoping we can get together for "Next Tier November" next Friday.

See you there!
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 05, 2015, 12:11:48 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 05, 2015, 04:23:58 AM

Been trying a mission (Fist of Crota) that is marked as Level 10.  Got frustrated because the boss kept wiping me out in one hit at level 16.  So I used the item to automatically jump to level 25, which literally doubled my light level...and he still wipes me in one hit.   saywhat The few times I've actually been able to dodge an attack or two, I get swarmed under by what feels like a bazillion adds before I can even blink.

Should I assume enemies also scale with your level?  Or is this simply another case of "Gratch, you really suck at this game"?

The way I've been told it works, the players are scaled down to the enemies level during story missions (not sure if also doing strikes and patrols). So even if a level 40 joined you he would still get smacked in one hit. The boss at the end is meant to teach you a useful tactic in Destiny - the Benny Hill. Sardon (the boss) has a killer melee attack and a ranged shockwave attack when he strikes the ground with his sword. Run away from him till you're out of his melee and and shockwave range, turn around and start shooting at him. When he comes closer, Benny Hill away from him again and repeat. This is also one of those missions where it is a lot easier w/ more than 1 person, as one is usually Benny Hilling while the other is already at range and shooting Sardon.

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Also, a word of warning for those who are just starting out with Destiny and want to use the auto-level-25 item.  Your map will freaking explode with new markers once you do it, which can feel more than a bit overwhelming if you're still trying to get the hang of the game's structure.  Probably not a big deal to most folks, but I found it to be more than a little frustrating.

Bungie has tried to alleviate some of the 'what do I do now' feeling w/ the quest tab. At this point you can just follow the current quests in your tab(feel free to skip the Crucible quests as that is PVP stuff - unless you want to do it). If you want more quests then just go to the planets w/ the purple crown looking icon on them and then head to the NPCs w/ the crown icon over their heads.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 04, 2015, 06:20:13 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 04, 2015, 05:41:25 PM

Quote from: raydude on October 04, 2015, 05:33:33 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 04, 2015, 05:08:09 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 04, 2015, 01:24:44 AM

Yeah had a great time. Bummed that I'm away for a bit for work, but will definitely play with you guys again when I get back in a few weeks.

Poor Covenant had to deal with my utter inability to jump with any sort of accuracy.

There's a group/race called Covenant in Destiny? Odd considering that's a major race in the Halo series (obviously a Bungie thing).

Sorry - "Covenant72" from Octopus Overlords.

Btw - for the folks that I see online playing w/ level 8 characters or thereabouts. If you have The Taken King expansion feel free to use the one time ability to get your character to level 25. If nothing else because it opens up the bounties, crucible (PVP), and Taken King story content (which is the best so far).

I'm not a fan of jumping into mid- or end-level content without knowing what the heck I'm doing.  Doubly so in a game/genre like this where I'm extremely unfamiliar with the basic mechanics (and really suck at it).  I'd much rather play the whole thing from the start and learn as I go.

If I roll an alt, however, I'll definitely use the item to make the jump.

Ok then If nothing else because it opens up the bounties.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 04, 2015, 05:33:33 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 04, 2015, 05:08:09 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 04, 2015, 01:24:44 AM

Yeah had a great time. Bummed that I'm away for a bit for work, but will definitely play with you guys again when I get back in a few weeks.

Poor Covenant had to deal with my utter inability to jump with any sort of accuracy.

There's a group/race called Covenant in Destiny? Odd considering that's a major race in the Halo series (obviously a Bungie thing).

Sorry - "Covenant72" from Octopus Overlords.

Btw - for the folks that I see online playing w/ level 8 characters or thereabouts. If you have The Taken King expansion feel free to use the one time ability to get your character to level 25. If nothing else because it opens up the bounties, crucible (PVP), and Taken King story content (which is the best so far).
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 03, 2015, 06:41:22 PM
Post 10/2 report:

First off - my apologies to anyone who showed up and didn't get an invite. It's hard to monitor when or if friends come online and start playing Destiny. However, based on our two events now I think the following worked well:

I started a PSN party (a PSN voice chat channel) and invited folks I saw online. For the future, when you join destiny (and if you friended me) you should see a notice saying "raydudePrime has started a Party channel". If you see something like that it means "Here is a meeting place if you want to play with friends". Feel free to join that party and start talking to us.

Xmann, Covenant, gellar and I were online. I partnered with Xmann and Covenant with gellar and both teams played through the Taken King Story. Xmann went up 3 levels and is now only 3 story missions from the end while gellar finished the story and went on to play a few strikes and Court of Oryx w/ Covenant. It was a blast listening to everyone as they played through their missions and lots of fun was had by all.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 02, 2015, 10:48:57 PM
I'll send you a friend invite. That way I can see when you're online.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 01, 2015, 12:25:10 AM
I'd like to declare that 10/2 will be Taken War Friday. I've put the call out on OctopusOverlords. We're going to take the war to the Taken, which means doing Taken War: <blah> quests, Court of Oryx, and even Taken war story for those of us who haven't finished the main story mission yet. Let's shoot for 8:30pm EST again and see who shows up. We'll need to split up if odd numbers show up since everything except the raid and Crucible only allows a max of 3 people in the fireteam.

Taken War: <blah> quests are pretty quick to finish and definitely go faster with a fireteam.
Court of Oryx is a blast, is a good source of engrams, and also goes pretty quickly with a fireteam.
And Taken war story missions are always a good chance for those of us with alts to take them and help our fellow guardians who are doing the Taken story for the first time.

See you there.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 28, 2015, 11:16:39 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 21, 2015, 12:25:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 21, 2015, 04:47:31 AM

Quote from: Ridah on September 20, 2015, 10:01:40 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 20, 2015, 06:22:24 PM

Holy shit, I'm terrible at this.  I'm already stuck on a mission and it's only level 6 (I've died about a dozen times and had to respawn at the start of the fight).  frown  The baddies just keep coming in waves and I can never seem to reload fast enough to take them all out.  

Seems fun enough, I'm just awful.

Are you playing alone? I find that the game is easier when you have at least one other person with you.

And speaking of playing alone, damn is this game boring to play alone.

I've seen some other people running around, but have no idea how to interact with them.  Everyone I've seen is level 40 as well.  I'm guessing there's something specific they're looking for, and it's not helping a hapless noob.

Not sure what a Patrol is, but I'll check it out tomorrow.

Few tips Gratch.

1. Pick up bounties.  There are PvP and PVE bounties
2. Story mission can be difficult if you're not geared for it and the mission description will tell you if it's too dfficult for you.  
3. Don't stick with a underpowered  weapon versus and upgrade you don't want to use.  At those levels weapons are pretty disposable
4. Speaking of weapons , gear and skills.  Don't forget to upgrade them

For step 1, don't worry if you don't see any bounties yet. I don't think those unlock until your level is in the teens.

Another nice tip when you're doing the story missions: you don't need to kill everything. Run, run, run, past the evil bad guys until the story doesn't let you run anymore. You'll know it when you reach a dead end or a door that your ghost needs to unlock (or if your arrow on the minimap disappears). The XP that you get from finishing the mission is far higher than the XP from killing bad guys. And you'll find that even when there are mobs of bad guys they seem to shoot like stormtroopers when you're running past them.

Also, there are a few of us on the octopusoverlords site that became PSN friends and played some Destiny on the PS4 this past Friday. Feel free to post your PSN ID there too.

Mine is: raydudePrime.
(modified to fix the case on my account name, in case it matters)
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grills? What say you GT? on: March 18, 2015, 12:34:06 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 17, 2015, 06:56:30 PM

Weber Gold.  The cleanup is much easier on the Gold and it only costs a teeny bit more.

I have this one. 22" Weber One touch Gold, charcoal grill. Going on 5 years now and I have no complaints. I got mine for $75 from a Grill store going out of business sale, but a quick web search shows it goes for about $195 online. Also bought a grill cover for it to protect it from the elements. After envying folks who had a smoker, and after trying a DIY smoker converter guide (which used bricks to convert my grill into a smoker) I decided to go with the $75 Smokenator 1000 kit. Much easier and simpler than the bricks method - and more reliable in terms of temperature maintenance. I've used the smokenator to great success with pork ribs and beef brisket. I want to try smoking a turkey next.

And I just take the smokenator out and put charcoal baskets in if I want to do some regular style grilling.

38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: March 09, 2015, 12:32:34 PM
Also, the game supports both online and in-person multiplayer - AT THE SAME TIME! My friend was trying to get his wife to play on the same console as him, while he was in an online game w/ me. Good for those of us who have a significant other or kids that can fill out the squad roster smile
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 09, 2015, 12:29:24 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 05, 2015, 06:30:36 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 05, 2015, 05:16:16 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 05, 2015, 03:24:22 AM

I really like this.  Had some good games with Rogue and RuperT.  There's some definite benefits to having a diverse makeup of weapons with your squad.   The SMG gets a mild stun effect that comes in super handy for slowing the swarms and it's also a one handed weapon so you can still use it while carrying a blackbox.
This game is awesome.  There were some great moments calling in support and revives when all hell was breaking loose, especially at the last extraction.  I really like the dynamic of having to be mindful of friendly fire.  It makes for some good coordinated fire and maneuver that you wouldn't get in a run and gun type game.  I'm looking forward to trying out the exo suits we unlocked.     

They are burly, but slow turning and you cannot reload once ammo is gone.  I've seen people fill all 4 slots with EXOs though so you have multiple drops per mission.  I wasn't aware that you could use the same special in more than one slot.

A friend of mine who unlocked the EXO suit loaded up w/ 2 of those while I loaded up w/ two autoturrets. This way I could play w/ the EXO suit and he could still have a reserve for himself. With my two turrets it was a pretty good combo for a few of the planets.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 27, 2015, 01:08:30 PM
I've found that it's frequently not the cashier who holds up the line, it's the customer. Particularly if they're paying with cash or a check. It's like, they know they're going to pay with a check so can't they just open the checkbook while waiting and fill out the stuff they know in advance? Like the date and the store's name? Or, if they know they'll be paying with cash they can at least estimate to to the nearest twenty and get that money ready?
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