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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: May 02, 2016, 11:33:31 PM
Hey I remember this thread!

I do encourage some of you to take a look at Battleborn (comes out coincidentally tomorrow!).  It's got a lot of the atmosphere (and perspective) of a FPS/TPS, but with the sensibility of a MOBA (more in a second) and a strong focus on co-op gameplay.  As I mentioned in the other thread, it gave me, as a super sucky player, plenty of latitude to get into the game and learn it and not get bitched at.  In fact I'm guessing the "better" players actually like having some n00bs in the party so they can rack up more points and stuff.  But the game still rewards you even if you are technically in last place.

The MOBA influence when injected into a CO-OP game is a great feature as well.  In a single play session/mission, you will level up a character/class to max (or close) and get to experience many different facets of it.  Unlike other games where an unskilled player may never see a character's coolest features, here you will more than likely get to try a character out to the full extent.  If you hate it, move on to another character.  If you like it, you can play it again and keep learning the nuances.  But again, at least from what I experienced in beta, if you are learning while in co-op, players tend to be much more lenient and even helpful at times.

If anyone wants to suck it up with me, I'll be playing on PC (Steam).
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienation - Space Diablo? on: May 02, 2016, 11:19:51 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on May 02, 2016, 07:27:56 PM

Fun bit of trivia, the bad guy that betrayed earth to the aliens name is Hark  ninja

I can totally see Hark selling humanity out to the aliens.  And then killing all the aliens afterwards.  icon_twisted
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/3/16) on: May 02, 2016, 06:32:45 PM
Battleborn on PC already ordered through Steam.  I didn't realize Hark and Kato were doing XB1  mad
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 02, 2016, 06:13:14 PM
No comments at all??? Come on people!!!!!

Honestly not much of a surprise, but it was nice to see it finally done so that we can now see how it plays out story-wise. 

On a side note, I really think they did themselves a disservice by not combining this episode with last week's for the premiere, I think it would have made for an awesome 2-hour premiere.  Not that the content itself suffered, but just piecing everything that happened together into one episode would have been a masterpiece.
5  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 28, 2016, 11:19:33 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 27, 2016, 10:09:41 PM

http://toucharcade.com/games/war-tortoise

War Tortoise is similar in the sense that it just seems to have that extra sauce.  The premise sounded stupid to me so I almost passed it up, but I decided to give it a try.  It's from Foursaken Media whose games have all been good to excellent.  This one has you playing a giant turtle and shooting bugs and stuff.  It sounds kind of inane but it plays really well; you are constantly upgrading your weapons and support functions, and it feels fresh and unique.

Little more detail of this addictive gem.  The game is actually a mash-up of constant clicker-ish games with an action shooter and something like Missile Command using the Heroes and Castle 3D engine.  Just trying to describe it is a game in itself.  The core gameplay has you sitting on a tank/tortoise shooting at stuff through a cross-hair.  You keep making money which you can use to buy upgrades both to your tortoise and its weaponry as well as buying and upgrading support.  You'll have to switch between weapons occasionally to snipe things with extra health, and you will constantly be upgrading your arsenal and support, kind of similar to many clicker games.  Also like those games, you are encouraged to do full resets and start over with a bonus, and doing these resets also helps to unlock and grant access to more weapons and support things to unlock during the core game.  You will also continue to accrue money while out of game, similar to other clickers.  So essentially you are pretty much constantly going through the cycle of upgrading, saving, fighting and upgrading some more.

It's a fantastic system and the game is free to play.  You can spend real money on additional bonuses but similar to other Forsaken games you really don't need to and in some ways the game might be more fun/challenging if you avoid spending money.  This is one of the few companies I feel like I absolutely have to support, I just love their work, so I'll eventually buy something as long as it doesn't unbalance the gameplay.
6  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 27, 2016, 10:09:41 PM
Two fun new games came out today (both free to try), I don't think you can wrong with either or both:

http://toucharcade.com/games/spellbinders

Spellbinders is kind of like Clash Royale, sort of a MOBA-lite game with lane defense style gameplay plus a little bit of Hearthstone "feel".  I'm only in the middle of the tutorial fights right now (haven't done real PvP) but it's a lot of fun so far.  While it's similar to a number of games I've played in the past, somehow it just seems to have that extra something that sets it apart for me.

A little more detail: it's a 1v1 fight (3 battle lanes), you are trying to destroy your enemy's castle.  Individual units can do damage if they make it across, but the main fight is in the center of the field, where there are cannons that can be flipped by your units to face and shoot at the opponent.  Turning the cannons is a key part of the game strategy.  If you control all 3, they combine and take out 10 points (instead of just 1) and then reset to neutral again.  So you have to balance between turning the cannons, using spells to fry opponents, spells to help your troops, etc etc.  I suspect game balancing in PvP will become an issue, but playing against the AI thus far has been a blast.

http://toucharcade.com/games/war-tortoise

War Tortoise is similar in the sense that it just seems to have that extra sauce.  The premise sounded stupid to me so I almost passed it up, but I decided to give it a try.  It's from Foursaken Media whose games have all been good to excellent.  This one has you playing a giant turtle and shooting bugs and stuff.  It sounds kind of inane but it plays really well; you are constantly upgrading your weapons and support functions, and it feels fresh and unique.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienation - Space Diablo? on: April 27, 2016, 05:18:41 PM
Played a little of this last night, pretty fun.  The dual stick aiming/trigger shooting is kind of tough for me, I definitely prefer the way Diablo was implemented for an ARPG, but other than that the game is very cool.  I like how easy they made it to jump into an MP game with strangers, as it definitely feels like it's more fun with more people.

The environments and maps are cool, lots of interesting aliens to blast and the pacing proceeds well with bursts of difficulty.  I had to play on Rookie and even then I died a couple of times.  The loot system seems decent, though since the game never pauses in MP, you may not get a chance to do much upgrading until a mission is completed. 
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 26, 2016, 11:30:47 PM
She's in the cast list for the rest of the season on IMDB so I presume she'll make it back somehow.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: April 25, 2016, 09:15:16 PM
So begins a new season!  This one brings with it the excitement that it is more or less unbound from the books.  As much as previous seasons took liberties, I think this is the point chronologically where it pretty much has covered all the main book material and has to strike out on its own.

So, a pretty good episode all around, but I think we really needed/deserved a 2 hour premiere.  Arya barely had any screen time and Sam, Bran and others weren't seen at all.  In fact it kind of felt like every major character was only given a minute or two to catch up.

I'm not sure what to think about Jon.  I was hoping he would roll underneath a nearby garbage dump  icon_wink or Ghost would save him or that Red lady would do something useful.  She did say her vision saw him fighting in Winterfell, so that's still some hope for some form of resurrection.  I have no idea what that creepy true form was all about, but it didn't seem to involve Jon, unless she was going to allow herself to die and merge her soul with his or something like that.

I enjoyed seeing Brienne and my boy Podrick rescue Sansa, and I'm hoping she (Sansa) will start stepping it up a bit in terms of not being a whiny little bitch.  I just found out she is the new (young) Jean Grey so I'm expecting bigger and better things from her. 
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 25, 2016, 08:58:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 18, 2016, 04:47:36 PM

I was happy to see Flight 562 being addressed next week, but looks like my cute boy is not going to make it, or at least he looked pretty messed up in the clip.  I had hoped they would add him and the Asian lady as full cast members but I suspect they are just going to die.  Well maybe the Asian lady will make it to add diversity lol.

Well that was a pretty annoying ending.  Interestingly Asian lady was included in the main cast list while cute boy was in the guest cast, so I thought she was in.  I suppose she still has a chance but either way it seemed needlessly harsh, all things considered.  On a side note, it also seems like these survivors are "leveling up" much faster than the cast did in Walking Dead in terms of being able to make sacrifices and killing both zombies and humans.  Maybe it's because they are from LA lol?  I guess it's hard to strike a balance for viewers, given what we are used to in TWD.  I just feel like it kind of undermines some of the stories in TWD such as Eugene and the doctor lady when these idiots are making clean zombie kills in their first or second fight. 

I'll probably keep watching the show just because it's in the TWD "universe" but honestly I'm not feeling particularly drawn in.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 05:13:10 PM
Alienation sounds like a lot of fun!
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMZ: Legendary Musician Prince Has Died on: April 22, 2016, 06:02:02 PM
I was pretty much obsessed with Prince in the 80s and 90s, but kind of lost track of him later.  Went on Amazon last night and seeing each album/single brought back tons of great memories.  I had forgotten just how many amazing songs he had, and just how unique many of them were. 

Very sad.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 21, 2016, 11:58:02 PM
I guess everyone sees what they want to see.  Personally Superman was my favorite part of the movie, particularly the (sadly few) Clark Kent moments.  (On a side note, this is by far the sexiest Clark that's ever been on screen.  That bathtub scene was worth the price of admission!  For sheer adorable-ness I'd go with Brandon Routh, but for overall attractiveness, it's Henry Cavill.)

As I mentioned before, I would have much preferred a full Superman movie delving into the "Superman as God" motif, and seeing how he does or doesn't understand the way people react to him.  And then maybe have that all lead up to the Death of Superman Doomsday stuff.  Also I like what someone earlier had mentioned about keeping Superman as a beacon of hope.  (Incidentally they covered a lot of these themes, though a bit cheesily, in the Supergirl TV series.)
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 21, 2016, 12:15:29 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 20, 2016, 05:52:45 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 20, 2016, 05:40:18 PM

I don't think the writers ran out of ideas or did it deliberately as a ratings stunt.  If anything, they knew it would piss people off so they made sure they were ready to do immediate damage control on Talking Dead the same night.  While I suspect we will never know exactly what transpired, I still believe the original script had a specific person dying (probably Daryl).  Then after they saw the rabid reaction to Glenn's death tease, they might have changed their minds and gone back to re-negotiate and re-plan things for next season, or something like that.  (Incidentally, interesting that all of a sudden the actor has his own show riding bikes across the country.)  Who knows, maybe one of the key actors themselves volunteered off the show at the very end and that changed things up (for example, see my Michonne theory). 

It's not that they ran out of ideas.  It's that they didn't want to commit to a decision, which is just as waffly and lame.

I'm guessing that they knew it would piss people off only after already having filmed it and showed it to people (including, likely, a focus group), which is why they scrambled to justify it on Talking Dead.

However, especially given how the cast were going on and on about how awful it was to film, it does seem completely plausible that not only did the original script have a character locked in, but that they may have even filmed it, then had second thoughts or, as you say, had an actor want to back out which changed things.

OTOH, Chandler's twitter comment makes that less likely, but maybe he worded it carefully or was kept in the dark.

Or maybe they filmed multiple possible endings (seems unlikely given the special effects expense, but maybe they thought it was worth it for the secrecy).

None of these possibilities change the fact that it was a terrible decision.

Agreed!  I heard the main producer lady has also claimed she doesn't know who it is.  But as you said, it's plausible that's just because they changed or didn't film the original ending, or they are in the middle of re-negotiating contracts and leaving all options open. 
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 20, 2016, 05:40:18 PM
I don't think the writers ran out of ideas or did it deliberately as a ratings stunt.  If anything, they knew it would piss people off so they made sure they were ready to do immediate damage control on Talking Dead the same night.  While I suspect we will never know exactly what transpired, I still believe the original script had a specific person dying (probably Daryl).  Then after they saw the rabid reaction to Glenn's death tease, they might have changed their minds and gone back to re-negotiate and re-plan things for next season, or something like that.  (Incidentally, interesting that all of a sudden the actor has his own show riding bikes across the country.)  Who knows, maybe one of the key actors themselves volunteered off the show at the very end and that changed things up (for example, see my Michonne theory). 
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 19, 2016, 06:22:27 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 19, 2016, 05:53:19 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 18, 2016, 04:47:36 PM

I wonder if wouldn't have made more sense for them to just stay there and make a go of it.  I guess they can keep hoping there is somewhere safer further down south but from the info they heard there was nothing indicating that. 
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We don't know what the captain's agenda is, but we do know that it's in Mexico.

At least they narrowly avoided adding two toddlers to the cast. That would have been a death blow. Zombie toddler made it better.



Yeah I just meant the rest of the gang.  I mean the captain keeps threatening them and they keep disagreeing on everything, why not stay in a relatively safer spot?  Water all around is relatively safer, the fences help keep the stragglers away.  I guess food and water is the main concern, but it seemed like the farmer people had figured that out?  I guess that would have made for a more boring show, but it would also be more like that one game lol (was it Dead Rising?).
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Battleborn - Gearbox new IP on: April 19, 2016, 06:17:46 PM
Do any of you know if the servers are cross platform?  Because I just noticed someone said XB1, I think Hark is on PS4 and I'm on PC lol.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Battleborn - Gearbox new IP on: April 18, 2016, 05:30:13 PM
And here's a better listing of the game's features, apparently you can play the main story mode Solo as well:

https://battleborn.com/en/news/view/battleborn-game-features-explained/
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Battleborn - Gearbox new IP on: April 18, 2016, 05:14:48 PM
Wow is this 2 year old thing the only thread for this game?!?!

Anyway, game was in Open Beta this weekend and heading for release first week of May.

I'm surprised at the lack of interest here, but thanks to Hark anyway for reminding me about the game in another post.

So...  for whatever reasons, THIS is the game I was expecting when I originally read about and tried Blizzard's Overwatch.  Actually it's my own fault since I got like 3 or 4 games confused: Battleborn, Atlas Reactor, Paragon and Overwatch.  I think I heard about them all relatively around the same time and they all were touting re-invention of the MOBA genre or FPS or some big words like that, so my brain just meshed them all together and got confused.  I'm finally sorting them all out now, but it's Battleborn that I'm most excited about.  This is the first FPS game (and yes this time I am correctly calling it FPS  Tongue) I can remember in a long time that I can actually play and not feel bad about myself immediately afterward.

BB is basically a mash-up of LoL and Borderlands.  It takes the humor and crazy-character driven sci-fi-esque RPG/FPS genre and simplifies it to a LoL type of format.  While there is PvP (5 on 5 modes),  I suspect the real attraction will be to the Story/Co-Op mode.  In beta only 2 "missions" were available, but it looks like there will be many more at release.  Each mission takes about half an hour to complete, and is a mix of fighting and strategy and humorous story elements.  I didn't try running them solo, so that would be interesting if that mode was also available.  Otherwise, as in LoL, you pick a character (initially from a pool of 10 pretty distinct ones with a mix between healer, nuker, tank, assassin, etc) and join up in a party of 5 to kick the mission's ass.  During the mission, there is some competitiveness (if that's your thing) in terms of getting the most kills, finding bonuses, doing the most damage, etc, but of course ultimately you are rewarded for completing the mission and working together is important.  I suspect they will have harder difficulty settings with better rewards available.  Even if you fail the mission you are awarded some external "command" xp, so no play time is ever "wasted."  If you complete the missions, you are awarded with loot of various rarity, which you can use to enhance your experience in the future.  It's a fun, addictive, and rewarding system that does a good job of allowing even the worst FPS player on the planet to contribute and succeed and progress in the game.  I believe later missions and harder difficulties will reward teamwork and support functions as well for those of us who don't do as well on the front lines.  But again, even though I was pretty much last place on every mission I ran, I had a fun time completing the missions and was rewarded for my efforts.  This is in stark contrast to my experience with Overwatch, which admittedly is a different type of game, but one that I hoped would redefine the genre for players like myself.

So I give this a big thumbs up, my only complaint is that I think it is a challenge for my motion sickness as it left me feeling a bit ill.  I think I played one too many matches yesterday and the last one as a melee character was probably a bad idea for me.  Anyway, hope to see some of you all at release!
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 18, 2016, 04:47:36 PM
I think they addressed the fire situation a little more last night so I guess that's fine.  It just seemed to accelerate super fast out of nowhere to me, but maybe I wasn't paying enough attention.  Also I kind of fell asleep in the middle last night so that's always confusing lol.  It was kind of fun seeing Catalina Island used for this, but given the situation I wonder if wouldn't have made more sense for them to just stay there and make a go of it.  I guess they can keep hoping there is somewhere safer further down south but from the info they heard there was nothing indicating that.  Aren't they going to run out of fuel?

I was happy to see Flight 562 being addressed next week, but looks like my cute boy is not going to make it, or at least he looked pretty messed up in the clip.  I had hoped they would add him and the Asian lady as full cast members but I suspect they are just going to die.  Well maybe the Asian lady will make it to add diversity lol.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: April 13, 2016, 11:54:07 PM
I'm playing on Xbone on a 4K upscaling TV as well, and I think it looks fantastic for the most part.   Then again I'm mostly just staring at the main character.  Some of the others don't seem to be rendered as well.

Was there something in particular that didn't look good upscaled?  It's equally possible that I wasn't paying too much attention.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/12/16) on: April 11, 2016, 08:06:08 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 11, 2016, 07:41:23 AM

Already bought DS3 and will be playing it and Battleborn beta and Division with a side helping of Skyforge when bored.

Hark what exactly is Battleborn?  There are like 3 or 4 games around beta I thought I was excited about but I keep getting them all mixed up. 
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 11, 2016, 08:04:46 PM
It's back!!!  It's wet!!!  It's got SWIMMING ZOMBIES!!!

Such an odd experience for me watching FTWD where not only do I not care about the majority of the characters, in most cases I am hoping they will die.  Definitely makes for a much less stressful experience.

I'm still a little confused/leery on just exactly what the escalation was between just regular zombie activity and suddenly everything blowing up and on fire.  I was really hoping for a more gradual development, but I suppose having a sudden collapse is more exciting to watch.  I just don't see zombies setting things on fire and blowing shit up.  I realize some of it was military sanctioned, but certainly not all the small fires that seemed to spawn all over the place.

Anyway, I'm still hoping they will pick up the Asian lady and cute boy from Flight 526 so I have characters I actually care about, but thus far it doesn't look promising.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: April 11, 2016, 04:57:26 PM
I just finished Act I and it was pretty fantastic.  My only complaint was the jumping puzzle to get into the library.  I mean seriously does every FPS game have to include jumping puzzles?  I wish there was a way to skip such things, it completely destroys the immersion for me.  I spent like 10 minutes jumping on everything I could that looked vaguely climb-able, and then gave up, checked online for the solution, and then spent another 10 minutes or so trying to complete what they told me to do.  With my crappy FPS jumping skills and poor timing, it was a chore and almost caused me to quit the game completely.  Yeah yeah I know I'm a distant minority for these games, but I can't tell you how many really intriguing games/stories I feel cheated out of because my reflexes aren't up to snuff.

Anyway, small rant aside, the graphics/effects and environments are fantastic, as is the storytelling.  I have to admit I am sort of creeped out at how turned on I am by digital Shawn Ashmore.  Sometimes I'll just keep rotating the camera to get different angles of him to ogle at, and then I keep wondering if there's some way I can make him take his shirt off  icon_twisted Roll Eyes saywhat

The combat is fun - it looks like in Easy Mode they don't let you die, or at least so far I haven't died so that's certainly really nice for players like me who just want to experience the story/game.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 4 on: April 11, 2016, 04:50:53 PM
That commercial they showed on TV was super cool!  I had no idea what was going on though.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 07, 2016, 10:48:23 PM
This article expresses well how I felt about the finale:

http://io9.gizmodo.com/why-is-the-walking-deads-cliffhanger-so-much-worse-than-1769625643

I guess it's partly my own fault for reading all the interviews, etc. that created the expectation that someone would be definitively leaving the show after the finale.  I suppose if I had no knowledge of the comic books and had not followed any media, that ending might be considered an exciting cliffhanger. 
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Trend getting some street cred! (sorta) on: April 07, 2016, 08:59:02 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 07, 2016, 07:49:07 PM

As the author, I think it's a big deal too.   Cabbage Patch

Nice review, I think I will pick it up this weekend!


P.S.  The caption on the final screenie should be Shawn ASHMORE (currently says Lance)  Tongue
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: April 07, 2016, 08:54:17 PM

Quote from: Punisher on January 26, 2016, 05:09:50 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 22, 2016, 01:16:27 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 21, 2016, 01:57:37 PM

At least now we know someone on the list who isn't in the grave...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I like the way that was presented.  I had pretty much convinced myself it wasn't going to be Felicity, in part because she's so much the heart of the show, and also in part after she already got shot up at the mid-season finale.  But it was nice to have that confirmed, and also see the change in her demeanor.  Of course now it begs the question of who IS in the grave.  My original guess was Speedy but that would seem to have less impact on Felicity herself, who seems to have gone into "kill-em" reversal in the future.  The way it was shot I would have guessed it was her mom, but I've also read that it was supposed to be a main character from season 1, which pretty much leaves Diggle or police chief guy.  Given that there's 4 months to go, I'm guessing maybe he ends up marrying her mom, and then gets killed making it more personally devastating for her.  Just a guess.

The other thing I'm wondering about is whether the killer in question is also a twist.  It appears to be Dark but given we've already had months of kind of the same thing, Team Arrow unsuccessfully going after him, the implication is it's going to be ANOTHER FOUR MONTHS of the same?  Hard to believe.  Maybe the killer will be Malcolm, or even Speedy gone psycho, which would make for a pretty cool plotline.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I believe they say kill "him" a few times, so unless Speedy also has a sex change...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Well not Speedy, but also not a him.  The way it was edited, it seemed to me like Laurel and Oliver planned this out deliberately.  Unless I fell asleep (also possible), I thought I remember her pulling him in to ask a favor, then they fade out so you can't hear it and then next scene she is already dying.  So I'm guessing it's some elaborate way for her to play dead and go undercover (don't they have some drug that allowed them to mimic/fake death?), though it's hard to imagine what usefulness she can provide. 
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 05, 2016, 06:22:31 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 04, 2016, 09:07:14 PM

Well, I don't agree with most of that, and in fact, I thought the season was so satisfying that this finale was a sharp disappointment.  As mentioned earlier, they earned the Glenn thing, IMO, but you can get away with something like that once.  It was cheap to pull it again with Daryl (which is probably why they seemed to add the "You'll be all right" comment in post production), but this was out of line.

I've really enjoyed Carol's shift.  She was building to a snap of some sort, and I wasn't expecting the break to go this way.  Teaming her with Morgan for a little Kung Fu trekking could be interesting (though I don't always think they've written Morgan well, I do like the message he's trying to bring, and I think it's important for TWD).

I'm totally in line with Bullwinkle here.  I loved this season in general, pretty much every episode had me on the seat of my pants.  Yes, the characters did some irritating things that didn't make "sense" but all in all I think they followed thru with some of their big themes very well.  I read a review in the LA Times which had similar complaints about the characters' actions being "unrealistic" but I think that's always been a central part of this show: there is NO way for anyone to flat out declare what is "realistic" or not in an apocalyptic situation so extreme, where your son has to kill his mother and then gets his eye shot out, where you have to bite into someone's face to keep your son from getting gang raped.  By all accounts anyone still alive in this world is pretty much "crazy" (at least a little) by normal standards because there's no other way to cope/survive.  This arc had the group going from the vast extremes of being "out there" to the comforts of sex in the shower, and that gave them a sense of safety and overconfidence that they hadn't had in years.  So much so that some of them, like Carol, start to question the morality of doing anything to survive, and literally are breaking down mentally over that.  And others like Rick/Carl start to think they are invincible.  So really they did need to get taken down a peg or two.  They are lucky the Saviors didn't just wipe them all out, as they clearly have the numbers to do so.

All that said, I didn't buy the producers/writers excuse about the "cliffhanger" and how the story doesn't begin til next season.  I have major doubts this was the way they always planned it, I suspect they changed their mind or couldn't decide what to do.  I wonder if they had decided earlier on swapping in Daryl to die, but after seeing the reactions to Glenn they were afraid to alienate fans too severely.  Or they figured with the delay, the impact of whoever dies would be lessened.  Particularly if it's one of the lesser characters like Rosita or Aaron.  What I did like that they said was that they know they owe the audience something really spectacular to justify this decision, so come October they had really better deliver. 
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 04, 2016, 02:42:58 AM
WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?!?!??!?!?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Ummm can you say biggest copout ever?????  It was like the best porn build up ever with no release lol.  I guess the good news is no one is actually dead yet.  The bad news is we have to wait an eternity and the impact will be gone.  Bad decision for the show, IMHO. 
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: March 30, 2016, 05:33:08 PM
I thought they were going to explain/reference it in last night's time-traveling episode, but they didn't...  It looked almost like the device on the Reverse Flash costume that they showed (which Farley mentioned), but he didn't grab it. 
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: March 29, 2016, 05:36:12 PM

Quote from: Punisher on March 29, 2016, 01:38:34 PM

My wife and I enjoyed the crossover and I hope they do it again.. Maybe somehow bring Supergirl into the Arrow/Flash verse...


Yeah I really hope so, they definitely had a fun chemistry with each other.  I don't remember if they actually worked together on Glee since Flash was a "villain" but he really fit right in with their cast.  I really like how they used his presence not just as a pure gimmick, but blended it right into the main ongoing plotlines.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: March 29, 2016, 05:34:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 29, 2016, 05:25:59 AM

Don't kid yourself, the suits don't give a shit how these movies do here.  They're dumbing these things down on purpose.  Less dialogue=less to get lost in translation.

I don't think that was the problem with this movie.  It wasn't dumbed down so much as bloated up.  As Punisher said it was more like they tried to mesh 3 movies into one.      Introduction to Justice League.  Death of Superman.  Batman vs. Superman.  Any one of these would have made a strong movie on its own, but they clearly wanted to jumpstart the franchise to compete with Marvel.  Should be interesting to see if the strategy pays off for them over the long haul.  Personally I'm enjoying the DC TV series universe(s) more than these endlessly "dark" movies.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: March 28, 2016, 06:25:58 PM
No comments?

I gave it a B.  I found a lot of the story too long/bloated, too forced to be "dark," and fairly convoluted.  The worst part was Jesse Eisenberg was as irritating as some of you feared, and even now I don't recall what his motivation was aside from being crazy.  He seemed to be playing Lex Jokerthor, and really not doing a great job of it.  Big fail.  (And this is coming from a fan of the actor.)

I really think they missed a great opportunity for an interesting Superman-focused story, and most of the stuff with him in it I really enjoyed.  Henry Cavill is a really good Superman IMHO.  Batfleck, not so much.  (Also that Fatman suit seemed as bloated as some of the extra storylines).

All that said, Wonder Woman was a breath of fresh air, and hints at Flash and Cyborg were fun.  The big action sequences paid off for the most part, and visually it was all pretty rewarding.  In spite of the critics reviews, it seems like audiences were happy with it, mine even had applause at the end.

But never fear, if you thought the 2 1/2 hours was bloated, there's going to be an even longer "director's cut" coming to Blu-Ray, hooray!!
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 28, 2016, 06:16:56 PM
Well that was... entertaining... in a frustrating kind of way.  I know they are setting up for the Negan finale but some of the reckless behavior by the more expereinced characters is frustrating.  This is like the 3rd or 4th time we've seen someone get the drop on them; if they were any other characters they should all already be dead.

WARNING: some comic semi-spoilers ahead, although I'd assume most everyone has heard the gist of them by now.

Anyway, I thought I'd take a moment to do some analysis on who might get killed/bashed or whatever in the finale:

Daryl - 40%.  Right now I'd say he looks like the highest probability.  He's the featured guest on Talking Dead along with the producer/writer, so that seems like a lineup intended to defend the decision and console fans somewhat.  He would be potentially the most devastating loss of all the characters from the fan-side, but in terms of major future storylines, he's not as big a loss since he was never in the comics.  But, given the end of last night's episode and his overwhelming popularity, maybe he gets a pass.

Carol - 40%.  Her erratic behavior the past two episodes is all over the place and her character seems to be spiraling out of control.  The actress looked really down in her last showing on TD, and seemed to pause every time she was asked a question, like she was trying to hold something major back.  While she is possibly my favorite character on the show, I think her time may just be up.  Even if she isn't bashed, I suspect she might die regardless.  Perhaps we'll lose both Carol and Daryl, which would be as devastating as it gets for a show like this.

Michonne - 35%.  Originally I'd have her in the untouchable category, but now that she's with Rick, she becomes someone that would make it a massive traumatic loss to Rick.  And let's face it, with the way he has been behaving, he is overdue for a comeuppance.  Rick's scene with Abraham reinforced the stakes are greater.  Add to that in real life, the actress is a successful playwright who might have deeper career ambitions, I wouldn't be too surprised if she's the one to go.  Still, having the show with no samurai sword would be really a setback.  And even this show may have problems head-bashing a woman.  Of course as above, no one promised only one major character would die.

Glenn - 30%.  As has been widely publicized, Glenn was the character in the comics that got Negan-bashed.  I'd say he's still a high probability target, but given his escape from death earlier in the season, he might have bought himself a reprieve.

Rosita - 20%.  She survives a long while in the comics, but since Sasha has more or less supplanted her and Abraham dumped her ass, she doesn't seem to have as much use.  But her lack of overall importance to the show may also keep her alive as well.

Maggie - 10%.  Looks like she might lose her baby and/or her man, so that's enough devastation for her.  Plus she's already been set up to for leadership in the aftermath so I think she's reasonably safe.

Rick - 5%.  Man oh man that would be the ballsiest thing in TV history to kill Rick off with a grand head-bashing.  And let's face it, he kind of deserves it after being so overconfident of late.  But this show is so much his story and his show that I sincerely doubt they would go that route.

Morgan - 5%.  As much as I wouldn't mind seeing him go, I think his presence as the Rick-counterbalance are too important for the show's current themes.

Notcop - low probability to meet Negan but higher to die, especially with her girlfriend gone.

Sasha - 2%.  She seemed way too happy on TD for someone whose character had died.  Plus with Andrea dead, she's the only resident sniper.

Carl - 1%.  He already got his eye blasted out, so I'm thinking he's safe for this finale.

Judith - 0.5%.  They wouldn't kill a baby would they?  Even Negan wouldn't bash a baby!

Non-descript other characters - they may not get Negan'd but I'm guessing a few more will go by episode's end.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: March 23, 2016, 08:55:35 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 23, 2016, 02:36:28 AM

Hopefully, when the writers got together for the Flash/Supergirl crossover, the Flash writers gave the Supergirl writers some tips.  I really want to like Supergirl, but the writing is just so awful, it's hard to keep watching.  Still, the crossover should be fun.

I thought the next to last episode when Supergirl went "dark" was really good, and there have been a couple others that I thought were decent.  All in all I went from falling asleep to looking forward so I think they are improving.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: March 22, 2016, 06:37:48 PM
Coming back tonight, should be a fun episode!

Also in case you were interested, they are doing a crossover to Supergirl next week (it's on CBS, Monday nights).  They will establish that Supergirl is in a different universe than Flash, which is kind of a bummer, but also helps to keep the CW series more grounded.  I was actually joking about this recently, although I was saying they should do a musical crossover since they had 3 members from Glee and others who are great singers.  Anyway, very cool to see a cross-network crossover happen at all, the last one I can remember was probably Buffy/Angel.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4] Paragon - 3D MOBA on: March 21, 2016, 08:03:58 PM
Got a few matches in Coop vs AI this weekend, and really enjoyed it.  Possibly I'm biased because I'm running on a new system and crazy 21:9 monitor, but the graphics looked absolutely fantastic and immersive.

As for gameplay, this is pretty much what I'd imagine LoL would feel like in full 3D.  Smite did a good job with it as well, but Paragon sticks even closer to the LoL formula, down to each of the heroes being LoL counterparts (there's an Ashe, a Graves, a Rumble, etc.).  Since it's still in Alpha some things haven't been implemented yet, but the core of the game is fully intact. 

Thankfully as Forge mentioned the game plays out as much more of a MOBA than an FPS, and this is allowing me to learn as I go instead of being slaughtered every 5 seconds lol.  Also nice that they have Solo vs AI and Coop vs AI modes available to allow you to learn the game at more of your own pace before you have to face getting pwned by 13 year olds.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 21, 2016, 08:00:41 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 21, 2016, 04:12:44 AM

Well, I peeped a spoiler that really affected that episode for me.  A real bummer.  Still, knowing it was likely coming didn't lessen the impact too much, in the end, just the shock value.

I noticed no one talked to Fistbump Notcop yet.  I wonder if that'll just happen in the background.  I really liked that doctor.  I saw someone griping about one of the mundane conversations she'd had with Daryl in an earlier episode, and I just couldn't believe it.  I absolutely loved it.  Clearly they did two because they kept pairing them up to have meaningless and kind of awkward discussions (tonight's bit about the stick shift was another example).  They had a good energy.

I'm standing by my prediction from the beginning of the season last year that someone big is going to die.  I actually saw another spoiler about that (I swear I wasn't hunting these down), though it seemed to be from a different source.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Either Daryl or Glen is going to get the Negan treatment.  They supposedly bought the rights to a song that has lyrics that could go either way.  However, there's a rumor that Emily Kinney was on set, so they think she may be singing it to Daryl.  OTOH, it could be about the baby.  Or it could all be bullshit. I have to say, with Carol away, it's a perfect time for Daryl to buy it.

Anyway, tonight was another good episode for the most part.  I really liked the stuff with Eugene 2.0.  I liked the Doc's speech, even though the longer it went on, the more likely the spoiler I'd read was going to come true.  But at least Daryl got his crossbow back (which was also spoiled).  Although that kind of closure is not a good sign.

A little slower than the last two episodes, but definitely very effective.  A lot of it was aggravating in terms of seeing these characters try to take (needless?) risks, but certainly understandable given the environment and wanting to prove themselves.  But it does set up the need for the Alexandrians to have a different doctor now, so their relationship with Hilltop is even more important.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm pretty sure more than just one major character is going.  But of the "untouchables," I agree Daryl is a high percentage chance to replace Glenn's spot, particularly if Carol is gone/dead too.  Or maybe Carol is the one?  Next week has a "surprise guest" on TD and Daryl is already listed for the finale FWIW.  Also the Rosita actress made me feel like she was gonna bite it soon, too, as she kept saying "everyone goes eventually" last night. 
40  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS & Android] Clash Royale on: March 18, 2016, 05:27:36 PM
I've been playing, I think in order to play against each other in matches that don't count we'd have to form a clan, but I'm not sure.  I'm currently in another Clan but I can quit it if you guys want to all get together.
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