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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC]Skull Girls Beta on: August 20, 2013, 12:13:19 PM
Anyone else bought Skull Girls for the PC? I'm having a blast with this 2-D fighting game, mainly because now I understand more of the underlying strategy behind blocking, hitting, and counters. And THAT is because the tutorial for this game is probably the best I've seen for any fighting game to date.

The tutorials do a step-by-step introduction to the ins and outs of the Skull Girls fight mechanics, from basic "this is your low, med, high punch/kick. Try it now" to "this is what hit confirmation is. So, if the hits are blocked do [blah] but if not, do [blahblah]." The nice thing is that, since the terminology and tactics are the same as in most fighting games, the tutorial really is a primer for "how to be better at any fighting game".

As an example, I never really knew what the heck people were talking about when saying one can "cancel your attack into another attack". The tutorial explains it, shows it, and then gives the player an opportunity to try it. As a side bonus it shows and allows you to practice some neat combos for a few of the characters in the course of teaching you a particular technique (like air combos, or air juggling).

The game is still in beta so story mode is disabled, but there is still arcade mode, the tutorial, the training room, and online multiplayer. Haven't gone online yet but I may try it later on this week.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hyperloop on: August 15, 2013, 12:56:10 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on August 14, 2013, 06:05:03 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 14, 2013, 06:41:53 AM

I assume this would be a high-speed train tube thingie, that has no stops? How useful is that to the community compared to its costs?

Normal high-speed trains at least can have stops on the way, this seems designed not to, as I see it

I find Mag Lev trains to much more interesting, and useful to society.

California's HSR will not be Mag Lev. In fact it will barely be high speed as it is stopping about every 50-60 miles. It also goes through a populated and farming area whereas the hyperloop proposal goes through about 200 miles of nothing (Interstate 5 from Livermore to the Grapevine).

Burrito? Is there a good reason for the HSR to go through populated and farming areas? Is it stopping there? If no good reason, then why doesn't it go through 200 miles of nothing? Seems less expensive that way.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What D&D character are you? on: August 14, 2013, 07:11:20 PM

Neutral Good Human Wizard/Sorcerer (3rd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 12
Dexterity- 14
Constitution- 12
Intelligence- 14
Wisdom- 11
Charisma- 12
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 28, 2013, 12:44:59 PM
Someone on here recommended The Rook a while back. I remember browsing through the first paragraph via Amazon and it hooked me enough to make an instant purchase. The first line sets it up nicely:

Dear You,
 The body you are wearing used to be mine.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 11:22:12 PM
"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents!" - Little Women
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone interested in a creative writing class w/ lectures by Brandon Sanderson? on: July 08, 2013, 11:37:10 PM
This looks pretty neat. I've always wanted to write but enthusiasm and self-criticism always seems to get in the way. I've gotten several how-to-write books but they don't seem to keep me on track either. Maybe I need a class environment to keep me writing. Signed up and will definitely try to stay on it.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 - Now with GT Review on page 2! on: June 22, 2013, 11:39:21 PM
played a few automatches vs AI today. I got to see the importance of roads on the winter maps. Saw a german squad try to make their way through waist deep snow to a resource point. They moved slowly and ponderously. Gave my flamethrower engineers time to hurry up the road and take cover before giving them a good roasting. I'm guessing this means we need to pay attention to setting up waypoints lest our squads take the most direct - but slowest path to the target destination.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: June 13, 2013, 01:46:31 PM
One thing that helps me, when it comes to wondering whether or not to let a reviewer influence my buying decisions, is to ask myself whether said reviewer and I agree on which games are good. And if so, how many times do we agree vs. disagree? If I find that I agree with a reviewer on a majority of his reviews then I know that my tastes align with him and therefore I should give his reviews more weight.

Because ultimately, besides providing entertainment value, a review is used to determine where I should spend my money. And if the reviewer and I don't agree on most games then he is a poor reference for me to use when deciding what games to buy.
89  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Planetside Next (Planetside 2) on: June 03, 2013, 03:01:29 PM
Been playing this exclusively for a while now. I really wish there was a way to see:

1. on the squad/platoons page, what continent each platoon is fighting on. That way I can switch to the continent before joining that platoon.

2. Related to that I wish the "press insert to be deployed near your squad" button included continent switching - such as if the squad is on a different continent from your current one.

90  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Planetside Next (Planetside 2) on: May 30, 2013, 01:12:40 PM
What a difference watching tutorial videos makes! smile  I spent some time watching videos explaining the map and more importantly how to choose your spawn points and redeploy. Also, I spent some time in game without joining any squads and just walked around the warp gate. I noticed that the galaxy transports spawn outside on the ground. So, with that I insta-joined a squad.

A good squad leader also makes a hell of a difference. My first time out our squad leader did not talk much except to say things like "come on bravo squad, we need to get to our galaxies." And on our first game the platoon leader did not talk at all. The squad leader from my first game also made disparaging remarks like "just take off in our galaxy. Leave the retards behind." Way to build morale for the new guys, dude!

This second go-around was much different. The platoon leader would give all of us the name of the objective and how we were going to get there. Then my squad leader would clarify that for our squad AS WELL AS throw out squad spawn beacons. So much easier to figure out where the hell to go. I managed to get in on a platoon sized galaxy drop on a Vanu-held tech facility. We held it and converted it to NC. I was playing a combat medic and generally staying inside our objective, only straying out to revive dead guys. I guess my squad leader liked me enough to invite me to their outfit. So now I'm part of Phoenix Battalion smile.

91  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Planetside Next (Planetside 2) on: May 27, 2013, 01:48:58 AM
My second night playing and my first night playing with a squad that I insta-joined {insert key}. They seemed pretty competent and were using voice comms, which is why I felt like such a loser when the majority of them left in a galaxy while I was busy trying to find out where the hell everyone was. I finally managed to find the "redeploy on squad leader" button, and I wish that button would stay on the map screen. But it seems like sometimes that button is there and sometimes it isn't.

So, after redeploying on the squad leader I kind of redeemed myself by reviving teammates and healing them and generally staying out of the way of others who were shooting up in the sky (we were trapped in a building and getting pounded on). I think our facility got captured so we fell back. I heard on voice comms that they were regrouping and were going to get into a galaxy again - but I'll be damned if I could tell where the heck my squad was on the map. I got lucky and guessed that they would be at the 'blahblah air point' (or something to that effect). Sure enough they were, but I'll be damned if I couldn't find a big transport ship - I didn't know whether it was on the ground outside or on the roof.

I could kind of guess what the squad symbols were (they kind of look like atari logo right?) so I tried to follow them, but reached a dead end. I heard "you coming bravo 2?" on the comms and realized he was probably talking to me (position 2 on bravo squad). I didn't want to embarass myself yet again so I logged off and tried to find some decent tutorials on "how to find your squad" and/or "where is the insta-button to redeploy to the squad leader?"

Great game, I just wish I didn't look so retarded to my squadmates.
92  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Soon we'll be taxed on internet purchases on: May 09, 2013, 02:09:44 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 08, 2013, 03:21:40 PM

On the one hand, I'll miss saving a few coins when buying on the internet, on the other it does help to even the playing field for brick and mortar stores...primarily small ones. 

Exactly. Where's the outrage for the mom-and-pop stores who offer products that can't be sold on the internet? Why do they have to pay sales taxes while "internet" companies don't?
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Science quiz on: May 06, 2013, 05:23:57 PM
13 for 13.
94  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Star Command finally releases! on: May 03, 2013, 07:52:35 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 03, 2013, 07:03:03 PM

I'm personally enjoying the heck out of the game. I don't know what kind of replay value it has, but for my first run at least, I'm having oh so much fun with it.
Just keep in mind that yes, it's supposed to be frantic paced. There's no pausing and giving orders here.

I like it for the frantic pace as well. I typically zoom in during space battles after hearing and identifying where invaders will start beaming aboard my ship. Then I set up a red-shirt firing line smile
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: May 02, 2013, 06:16:00 PM
To be fair, one stood better chances of outright surviving a tour of duty on the Enterprise versus other Constellation class starships:

USS Constellation - entire crew died from planet eater. Captain Deckard piloted ship on kamikaze mission to destroy planet eater
USS Defiant - entire crew driven to insanity and killed each other
USS Excalibur - all hands lost in war games with M5 computer (installed on USS Enterprise)
USS Exeter - entire crew died from contamination to bateriological disease. Captain Tracey arreseted for violating Prime Directive
USS Hood - severely damaged in war games with M5 computer
USS Intrepid - almost all vulcan crew. Destroyed by huge single-celled organism whose energies were totally destructive to all known life. No survivors.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The new Jack in Box Commercial is Idiocracy on: April 28, 2013, 01:58:41 AM
So far I haven't heard people around here say "totes". Please tell me this lack of usage is "totes" more common than not.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Among the Sleep on: April 23, 2013, 02:23:14 PM
Great looking game. I am intrigued, but I have a 15 month old and she makes the same quick breathing sounds as in that gameplay trailer. Thing is, she does that when she's all excited and happy. I think its going to screw me up to associate it with fear.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: April 16, 2013, 04:02:34 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 09, 2013, 03:39:48 PM

New pics, yet still no explanation why the bridge doesn't have airbags and seat belt harnesses. "It's just more fun to have crew members falling out of their seats, flying all around the bridge, and crashing into bulkheads!"  icon_razz

Star Trek Into Darkness (10 new photos),,20647938_20689497,00.html

One could ask the same thing about submarines. Why don't those guys have airbags and seat belt harnesses?
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: April 03, 2013, 01:46:09 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 02, 2013, 03:29:54 AM

Yeah, that makes me wish so much that I had a PS3. Damn Sony for making Naughty Dog publish only on their platform. I guess I'll just wait until the PS4 comes out and drives the PS3 prices down.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 03, 2013, 01:32:59 AM

Quote from: The Grue on April 03, 2013, 12:34:13 AM

Lots of just sitting in the dark waiting for adventurers without light sources...

Awesome self reference!
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 02, 2013, 10:39:28 PM
Rocket scientist and cool dad. Although that last part may change in 10 years or so.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BBCA] Orphan Black on: April 01, 2013, 01:30:50 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on April 01, 2013, 01:08:01 PM

Watched it.  It was not great.  Too cliche, though the sex scene was a bit more explicit than most american TV so theres that.  Ill give it a few episodes to establish itself but it needs to get better.

I kinda liked it. Particularly the fact that it didn't try to explain the whole clone thing in the first episode. Compare that to US TV shows that either have a monologue explaining stuff in the intro or moving at breakneck speed trying to establish the cloning backstory with lots of talking and flashbacks. In fact, I'm willing to bet there will little to no flashbacks for any of the characters - which would be refreshing for a sci-fi show.
103  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Korea threatens 'final destruction' of South Korea on: March 28, 2013, 07:41:50 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 28, 2013, 06:00:32 PM

More like:


104  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Korea threatens 'final destruction' of South Korea on: March 28, 2013, 05:44:52 PM

Bah! They're not stealthy! I can see them just fine!
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: March 26, 2013, 02:21:39 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 26, 2013, 01:39:41 PM

For me the mouse sensitivity seems a little wonky. I've turned acceleration off, it moves too slowly turned all the way down but it goes up way too quickly from there to where my view flies all over the place with the slightest movement. Think I got it settled down but sheesh.

Interesting. I wonder if it plays better with a gamepad?
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider on: March 25, 2013, 12:47:03 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 25, 2013, 03:32:05 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 25, 2013, 02:36:34 AM

I think raydude's referring to the Skyrim meme.

That's what I thought so I was pointing out that I didn't think it had anything to do with Skyrim but instead the fact that Lara actually puts arrows in her foes knees.

EDIT: oh wait, I guess "former adventurer" could be interpreted as having to do with Skyrim  icon_redface

"I used to be an adventurer" = "former adventurer" smile
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider on: March 25, 2013, 12:04:32 AM
I was looking at the achievements in steam and had to laugh at the "former adventurer" achievement (incapacitate 25 enemies with dodge counter). The graphic shows what looks to be an arrow in the knee.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider on: March 21, 2013, 02:03:44 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on March 21, 2013, 04:06:33 AM

Well 90 percent of that stuff was in the uncharted games, especially number 3. Not a bad thing at all. Just saying you would also enjoy the uncharted

Yeah well, not quite at the point where I can justify getting a PS3 smile. I'd have gotten one too, if it weren't for my meddling kids! Just kidding. I love them, but they seem to eat into my discretionary fund faster than I can say "sequestration".
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider on: March 21, 2013, 12:39:46 AM
I've never played Uncharted since I don't own a PS3 and I'm playing Tomb Raider on a PC so I can't compare the two. I will say TR is absolutely a AAA title. I love all the little details in character animation that they put into Lara. When she crouch walks and passes by an object (like say a stack of tires) she'll cautiously put her hand out and touch them - like a real person sneaking would do in order to know where the object is - so she won't bump into it.

When walking in a cave she'll reach out and touch the wall if she's close enough, and when she first gets into water she'll sometimes flick the water off her hands.  I've also noticed that she turns her head when there's something of interest close by. Its clued me into several hidden items during some points in the game. But that head turn is not glaringly obvious, like in some games where the character's head just keeps turning around to face the object of interest.

I especially love the scene
Spoiler for Hiden:
after she's wounded and has to get to the helicopter for medical supplies. Her jumps end up with her hitting the ground hard and her long jump especially feels painful on landing.

And there's definitely a subtle change in the way she does certain things as she progresses in the game. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
The way she walks across balance beams for one - she definitely gets more confident and less "wobbly".
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: March 20, 2013, 05:52:18 PM
1. I took control of an Air Force satellite while fresh out of grad school.
2. I got to say "mission planning is go for launch" for 2 launches of Iridium satellites.
3. I got to name a crater on Mercury.
111  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: March 19, 2013, 06:31:32 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 18, 2013, 09:42:08 PM

Anyone with eyes can see the resemblance... smile

It's called makeup. Most actors use it when playing a role.
112  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: March 13, 2013, 01:16:10 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 13, 2013, 11:32:24 AM

See though, the difference between us is that if things ever got really bad i would take a second job before milking the bloated entitlement system.  Hep on the other hand would be first in line for an Obama phone I'm certain.

Dude, there are folks who are amazingly embarrassed about having to ask for help, and they feel like such losers because they are in a tough spot and cannot get back on their feet on their own. Don't you dare make a mockery of those people just because you are all high and mighty in your ability to find work. I say this because Karma has a way of biting people in the ass.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Non-gamers donít understand games on: March 12, 2013, 12:52:16 PM
My wife is a non-gamer and she's been very understanding about my need to play games. Has been since we were dating. She thought my LAN gaming weekends were great social activities for me and my friends as we'd gather at someone's house for 48 hours of non-stop gaming. At one point she even came along and it became a girls/guys thing where all the girlfriend/wives would gather upstairs, talk and socialize while all the guys hung out in the basement gaming.

She's even been 'game' enough to try Diablo and some Counter-strike, although both were not for her. She gave it a good try though and her play-by-play comments were hilarious. However, she does get into Dance Central and gaming with the Kinect.

My parents and my relatives who are my parents age don't really mind it, considering my career and how an interest in gaming and computers got me there. So I guess I've been lucky in that I haven't had to defend gaming much. I guess it will be tested once my daughters get into public school and I start to meet other parents - some of whom will inevitably be non-gamers. Still, I have an ace in my back pocket and I think saying that "gaming helped me work on spacecraft that went to Venus and Mercury" will shut up the detractors real quick.
114  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Korea threatens 'final destruction' of South Korea on: March 08, 2013, 08:21:30 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 08, 2013, 05:42:09 AM

Is it time for reality to match fiction? ninja2

I believe the North Koreans think so. Unfortunately for them they think they can emulate this invasion
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMNT Live Action Reboot inc? on: March 08, 2013, 07:45:38 PM
One could get the (cough) actress known as "April O' Neil" to play April O' Neil. ninja
116  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sequestration on: March 07, 2013, 04:31:27 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 07, 2013, 12:11:52 PM

Nah Gratch not Government.  I hate that so many have been impacted by the sequester (Obama's idea from the start).

Daughter 1 wants some toys Daughter 2 is playing with. Daughter 2 wants some toys Daughter 1 is playing with. Neither is willing to share the toys they already have. Daddy says 'okay, if you girls can't compromise by 10am then neither of you will get to play toys'.

10am comes and girls still not compromising. Neither gets to play with toys. Are you seriously saying Daddy is to blame? (Assuming Daddy came up with the idea in the first place, which he didn't)
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Mac/iOS] Space Hulk on: March 07, 2013, 02:17:31 PM
Makes me want to bust out my copy of Space Hulk and play it.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Euro Truck Simulator 2 on: February 24, 2013, 06:28:05 PM
I find myself fighting the analog stick sometimes on my controller. Been playing around with the sensitivity and non-linearity settings. Anyone find a setting they like?
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Euro Truck Simulator 2 on: February 23, 2013, 02:46:41 PM
What kind of controller have folks been using? I sold my old old Microsoft wheel a long time ago and have been using a wireless xbox360 controller as an alternate to keyboard and mouse. I'm wondering if the xbox360 controller is adequate for this game, if folks are getting by with keyboard and mouse or if most are using some kind of wheel.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iOS v Android on: February 22, 2013, 04:23:40 PM
As a brief aside, when talking about iOS do you guys say "eye oh esss" or "eye oohs"? I've always spelled out the acronym because I know when I'm talking about different OSes in conversation I say, for example, "Microsoft Oh Ess" not "Microsoft oh ssss". So it was little funny hearing the radio newscaster talk about Apple's "eye oss" devices.
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