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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 28, 2014, 08:28:32 PM
At first I thought you guys were exaggerating, but I've been having an excessively easy time on Expert with my WD as well.  Basically all I do is use the slow AoE and the poison AoE and then run around collecting stuff while my pets finish everyone off.  For bosses I repeat this maybe once or twice and that's it.

It doesn't really bother me that much but it's definitely noticeable relative to the PC version.  I think they lowered the difficulty AND also increased the amount of legendary drops (plus gifts) so that's made it even easier.  I don't recall what my main damage numbers were relative to where I am in the game, but I'm pretty sure they are quite a bit higher.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: August 28, 2014, 08:23:43 PM
Oh I totally agree the Hoyt/Jessica resolution was contrived, forced, and ignored the depth of the issues they had in the storyline.  But I'm such a sucker for the actors I was OK to overlook all that.

But yeah, on top of all the inconsistencies, it was so freaking boring.  No action, no magic powers, no fairy light effects, just... blah.  What a sad way to end what started out as such a fresh and exciting series.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood will reboot anything - Underworld on: August 28, 2014, 08:19:22 PM
I love the Underworld flicks, and love Kate Beckinsale.  Will be tough to find a replacement.  Maybe Chloe Grace Moretz, she can kick ass (pun intended) and has played a vampire before.
4  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Okay I've tried before but.. on: August 27, 2014, 11:27:08 PM
Add me as well: rittchard

My play times are kind of sporadic but now with the Vita/PS4 remote I should be able to play later.  Plus I'm always game for 3-way action.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: August 27, 2014, 04:52:50 PM
Did anyone watch the last season/series finale?

SPOILERS INCOMING...

What a horrible way to end the series.  Not so much the finale itself, but just an entire lackluster season which seemed to just chop out characters on a whim for no good reason.  Worse than that the main plotline was just incredibly boring.  I think the "big moment" where Sookie puts Bill out of his misery was symbolic for putting viewers out of theirs for such a weak final season. 

OK, yeah, so I'm a sucker for happy endings and "closure" for my beloved TV characters, so I was genuinely pleased with the Hoyt/Jessica wrapup.  That was probably the only storyline I enjoyed for the entire season.  Lafayette and Sam got nice wrap-ups but barely any screen time to go along with them.  Jason's was decent all in all.  But the mis-handling of some of the other characters was borderline insulting.

And seriously?  The big bad villain that gets eternal torture and vengeance placed on her is.... Sarah Newman?  Come on, give me a freaking break.  That was just pathetic all around.  I wasn't sure if it was being played for laughs or what. 

While the show has certainly had its ups and downs and was clearly on the downward trend, there were always at least some interesting things going on each season and story arcs with some substance.  This one just seemed like a tepid soap opera wrap up, with some random slayings of main characters thrown in for shock value.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon bought Twitch on: August 26, 2014, 05:54:29 PM
So what are the ramifications of this?  Does Amazon now own Harkonis?  Can I use my Amazon Prime membership to demand naked Harkonis videos?
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: August 26, 2014, 05:53:24 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on August 26, 2014, 01:58:45 AM

I'm enjoying the series, how many episodes this season? Was this the finale?

Don't know how many total but I think there are either 1 or 2 more.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: August 25, 2014, 11:27:41 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 25, 2014, 10:58:30 PM

Well, that was an interesting new wrinkle at the end of this latest episode.

Yeah I was totally like WTF?!?  WTF?!??!  WTF?!?!  (shouted loudly at the TV with no one else in the room)

Really enjoying the show and glad to see it got picked up for season 2.  I read they have a 3 to 5 season plan in place.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 25, 2014, 05:14:31 PM
Is there any rhyme or reason to the gift giving algorithms?  Thus far I've received like 3 or 4 from Rogue (thanks Rogue!) and only given out 1 to Torfish and I think 2 to Grue.  I love the mechanic of it but it's just a little odd.

On a side note I really do like the whole Nemesis thing, I got another one (I think from Tilt) which almost took me out.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Go to a mirror. Look into it. Inhale deeply through only your nose. on: August 25, 2014, 05:11:18 PM
Damn this is disappointing.  I thought it was something like if you didn't see any fogging up it would mean you were an infected Ebola zompire.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2014, 08:40:24 PM
Thanks Rogue - I think I've already got 3 gifts from you lol!

As far as Act lengths, it could just be me but I always felt like Act 1 was the longest.  Act 5 blew by for me so quickly, but it could have been because of the anticipation.  You can certainly extend the length by exploring every open door and increasing the difficulty, but in terms of generic "size" I still think Act 1 is the biggest.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/22/14 on: August 22, 2014, 05:04:33 PM
Happy Birthday PR!!!!

Any gaming time I get this weekend will go to D3 on PS4  nod
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2014, 05:03:22 PM
OK so I finally saw that legendary gift sitting in my inventory but I didn't know how to send it lol.  Does anyone know if it's scaled to when the receiving player opens it, or when it was generated by the giver? 

Also wondering in an online MP game, what happens if there are 3 or 4 players but 1 of them opens their pause menu - does the whole game pause for everyone or are the remaining players still able to play? 
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 21, 2014, 11:34:13 PM

Quote from: Torfish on August 21, 2014, 11:32:50 PM

Rittchard, how did that work?  Did a legendary drop for you in-game and a duplicate was auto-sent to me?  Did the game notify you that it was sent?  Anyway, thanks!

It happened really fast, I just saw a note that a gift was sent to Torfish.  I don't know if it was a duplicate or not, but I was playing a Witch Doctor as well so maybe....
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 21, 2014, 11:32:12 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 21, 2014, 07:06:01 PM

Well, I know I used to like hack and slash games with fat loot a lot, and in general would say I still do.  Hell, I was just playing Marvel Heroes 2015 last weekend and enjoying it, and that's basically online Diablo with superheroes.

I didn't like Diablo 3 on launch for many reasons (auction house, bad loot because of balance for AH, always online/server issues, etc etc).  Hearing everybody say this was the definitive version that fixes everything and adds magical action combat made me want to try it again.

We'll see, maybe once I get past the content I know I will have a different opinion.  Or maybe I need to change classes.  I chose the Crusader since everybody said they loved it so much, but it's not super interesting to me yet.

Keep in mind that the game is designed so that the more you play, the more options open up for you in all senses.  The game at level 70 and Paragon level 50 is a completely different animal than it is in the early stages.  There are different modes of play, you have access to all active and passive skills plus refinement bonuses from Paragon levels, probably all legendary or set equipment, etc etc. and the battles will ramp up in difficulty with tons of mobs with special abilities that will drive you nuts. 

I'm thinking once you get your first few rares and legendaries, plus level high enough that you have more skill slots open and multiple choices for skills and runes on each, it should become much more interesting.  That's probably just a few hours of play.  If it still seems dull then maybe it's just not the class or game for you.  Maybe try a wizard or shaman as they play fairly differently from Crusader in that case.  Also don't forget to take advantage of the crafting guy in the early going.  He can fill a key weak spot in your gear with some nice rares.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 21, 2014, 11:24:00 PM

Quote from: Torfish on August 21, 2014, 01:24:49 PM

Created a witch doctor last night and immediately got a notification that I had something in my mailbox.  It was a level 11 sweet legendary item from someone in my friend's list.  Pretty cool.   

It was ME!!!  But I wish I could take more credit for it, it seemed like it just auto-sent you something while I was playing.  I don't know how it makes the decision, but at least it answers the question for me as to how am I supposed to know what my friends can use.

I also got my first Nemesis last night from Triggyrcut, barely survived that.

And oh yeah, playing on Vita is pretty damn sweet.  Only thing I don't like is the L2/R2 buttons (or lack thereof), but I think I can work around that somehow.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fish Play Street Fighter on: August 21, 2014, 11:20:06 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 21, 2014, 05:55:47 PM

4500 people watching fish play street fighter, I can't compete with that.  I only have 10 watching me. lmao

You need to play with your shirt off to attract more pervs.   ninja
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fish Play Street Fighter on: August 20, 2014, 11:24:11 PM
Have you guys seen this?  Hilarious!

http://www.twitch.tv/fishplaystreetfighter

19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 20, 2014, 11:13:49 PM
Have any of you guys tried out the apprentice system yet?  Just curious how well it was implemented.

And also what's the etiquette here on dropping into people's games?  Some of you I know well enough that I will just drop in but others I'm not sure if they would prefer not to be disrupted.  I guess you can always block people from joining?
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 11:07:08 PM
I still have a huge collection of DVDs and Blu-Rays in my house, but like YK said, mostly they just collect dust, and I have a LOT more than 300 lol.  I had some grand plan of converting them all onto a server for streaming, but after getting it all setup, I didn't do much with it. 

I still buy an occasional Blu-Ray but it's gone down a ton.  I'm renting online a lot more than before, and purchasing off of Amazon Prime more and more.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [SyFy] Z Nation on: August 19, 2014, 11:33:39 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 19, 2014, 07:19:00 PM

Intrigued.  Is that the guy from Lost?

Walllllllllllllllt!!!  Walllllllllllt!!!!
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 18, 2014, 05:07:00 PM
Is Apprentice mode only for console?  Also will this new version also have offline play?  I thought that was a big selling point for some people as well.

And one more question, if you are playing local co-op, are all the characters on the same login/PSN account or do you have to do multiple logins?

Still haven't decided what character to start from scratch.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 17, 2014, 12:47:48 AM
Curious if any of you are planning to play the PS4 version starting next week.  If you are and you haven't put your name in the GT friends list feel free to send me an invite! 
24  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Presenting the Gaming Trend ULTIMATE Friends List on: August 17, 2014, 12:44:00 AM
I just sent everyone on the PS4 list a friend invite in case you don't recognize the name  Tongue
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hypochondriac on: August 11, 2014, 06:17:42 PM
First off, as someone who actually is diagnosed with diabetes, I'd like to say that even if you do have it, it's not some sort of death sentence.  Yeah it is a serious condition and it sucks (and sucks more depending on how severe), but for the most part it can be managed with a combination of medication and common sense lifestyle/diet adjustments.  And also it's not something that just appears out of nowhere, unless of course you're doing something extreme like eating a pound of ice cream and drinking 10 sodas a day. 

If you do find yourself feeling a lot of uncontrolled anxiety, I would consider something like Zoloft.  I've personally had pretty good luck with it thus far. 
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 11, 2014, 06:05:21 PM
Yeah I just checked out the photos, I would have picked House #2 based on those regardless, and it definitely doesn't look "cookie cutter" to me especially at the price point.  But anyway, I went back and re-read the original post description and a few other things really reminded me why my gut reaction went to #2 immediately.  First off, this statement:

Quote
Finally, the neighborhood is referred to as a “tear-down” area. This means the 4 homes on my block are all fully restored, but they are surrounded by homes that are only a few notches up from being considered shacks.

Then add to that the lot is twice as big and the house has more square footage plus a more-finished basement, and it seems like a pretty clear choice.  Pictures look really nice, and this is coming from someone who watches way too much HGTV lol.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 04:32:14 PM
I'd agree with everyone else, sounds like #2 is the clear choice.  100 feet away from a train track would be enough to scare me away even if it were a mansion. 

As others have said, the internals can always be upgraded/changed/adapted, but you can't change the physical location.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 05:24:15 PM
I still love wieners of all types.

Wait are we talking about food?
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 06, 2014, 09:53:28 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 06, 2014, 08:41:58 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 06, 2014, 05:24:53 PM

I knew it was an action game, which didn't bother me, but it seems like reviews on Steam are universally bad, so I'll probably wait for a sale.  It doesn't sound too different from Gauntlet, so I'm still a little tempted, just wish it were on one of the next gen consoles.

I wouldn't put much stock in the reviews.  Most people can't get over the fact that this game isn't like Sacred 2, and even if it were the greatest hack-and-slash action game ever made, they'd still hate it.  Since Best Buy cancelled my Destiny Limited Edition preorder and gave me $50 gift card in compensation and the game is only $30 (after my Gamers Club discount and the $10 gift card that comes with the game) I decided to buy it.  I'll post some impressions once I've played some.

Cool, definitely interested in hearing a non-biased-ish impressions of it that doesn't involve expectations that it is a Sacred sequel.  I saw one review that compared it favorably to Marvel Ultimate Alliance so that piqued my interest.  But then a lot of Steam reviews were complaining about graphics and bugs in the PC version, so that made me leery again.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 06, 2014, 05:24:53 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 05, 2014, 04:12:54 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 05, 2014, 02:02:35 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 04, 2014, 07:52:53 PM

Probably Sacred 3 for PC.
Have you looked into this?  It's not the same game that Sacred 1 and 2 were, more like a Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
And from reports, it's nowhere near as good as BG:DA was even.

I knew it was an action game, which didn't bother me, but it seems like reviews on Steam are universally bad, so I'll probably wait for a sale.  It doesn't sound too different from Gauntlet, so I'm still a little tempted, just wish it were on one of the next gen consoles.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 04, 2014, 07:52:53 PM
Probably Sacred 3 for PC.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 04, 2014, 02:22:45 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 01, 2014, 09:45:06 PM

CDC's taking care of bringing the two infected U.S. citizens to Atlanta. What could go wrong?

Doesn't it sound like a The Walking Dead spinoff?  Bring your own!

More like The Strain!

Not to sound unsympathetic, but perhaps after watching too many of these contagion type movies and one too many sessions of Plague Inc, I have to wonder if there isn't a more logical/precautionary protocol for the CDC to follow rather than bringing someone infected into a major metropolitan area.  Surely there must be more isolated facilities that would make more sense, maybe on an island or something? 
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 02:18:25 AM
Easily my favorite movie of the year, one of the best I've seen in a long time in terms of the feeling it left me with. 

I'm an avid Marvel comics fan, but this is one of the few Marvel comics I had almost zero familiarity with.  When I first heard they were doing a movie, I was like huhhh?  Then I saw the first teaser and I chuckled for sure, but more or less was still confused with what they were doing.  But over the course of the promotional period, the trailer started growing on me more and more, and of course Chris Pratt looking hot as hell didn't hurt the cause.  By the time I left the theater today I was 100% sold on the whole thing.

I can't say enough about Pratt, not just the hotness factor but I really can't imagine another actor doing this part justice.  The combination of humor, action-hero, sexiness and dramatic turns (plus the moves!!!) - simply brilliant casting and a brilliant performance all around. 

Also have to give props to the writer/director.  I don't know exactly how but he sucked me in from the first minute, and the emotional/human touches to the storyline just made it perfect for me (I actually teared up).  It's pretty rare for a movie to draw me into an unfamiliar character within the opening scenes, but he managed it.  The humor throughout was a great balance to the insane amount of action, and the fantastic soundtrack was also a great touch.  Kudos all around.

The Arclight theaters had a post-movie interview session with the director, and a couple of things he said he found interesting.  First was that he was really focused on leaving the viewer with a particular feeling, the same kind he had when he had watched Raiders of the Lost Ark as a kid.  That struck a chord with me because this is one of the few movies I've seen in a while which felt fresh like Raiders did back in the day, and I felt I just had to rave about it - all in all just made me feel good all over.  Second thing was contrary to many celebrities, he recommended people not so much follow their dreams as much as find what they are best at and do that.  Kind of an interesting piece of advice to leave the theater with.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 30, 2014, 09:43:35 PM
I was able to beat the first two guys on Plague last night but the third one kind of kicked my ass.  He starts with 75 HP even on Normal, what gives?  I guess you're supposed to take advantage of those weird things that give you +8 to attack if you kill them?
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 28, 2014, 07:45:01 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 28, 2014, 06:20:07 PM

Sacred 2 had a pretty big following IIRC, so why is there is no hype over Sacred 3? I haven't read anything about it, did they do something to ruin it?

Not sure but I believe the actual release date is next week 8/5.  From what I can tell it's more action-oriented rather than RPG-y.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: July 25, 2014, 11:45:26 PM
This is a really tough one to crack.  I've been going through some similar pains at work (though nowhere near as bad as what you describe), so I certainly empathize.  I'd echo the sentiment that you probably already know the answer to your own question, and it's more of a matter of assessing what your alternatives are. 

That said, I'll play devil's advocate for a second for discussion's sake.  You mention not getting a raise, but how is your base salary, i.e. do you feel in general you are paid well, do you get other perks or bonuses?  Do you enjoy other aspects of the job?  Do you have friends/co-workers at work that you care about and enjoy being around, i.e. is the general day to day experience good?  How is your commute?  How demanding is the job on your time, i.e. are you left with plenty of time for important things like family and gaming and this website (and ME  slywink )?

Speaking from direct experience, it's very easy to become completely consumed with all the bad things you perceive, and forget the other factors that kept you at the job to begin with.  Definitely some things to keep in mind while assessing the alternatives.  A colleague of mine just left the company after 10 years and started a new job which she thought was going to be so much better for her career; while it's only been a week so far, I think she's already realizing the grass isn't always as green on the other side as it might seem...     
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 25, 2014, 06:12:46 PM
As long as there is full frontal I'm in.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 24, 2014, 10:09:36 PM
This is kind of cool: decks constructed only out of the free cards in the game to beat Heroic.  I haven't tried any of them yet but thought it was interesting:

http://toucharcade.com/2014/07/24/hearthstone-curse-of-naxxramas-guide-free-to-play-decks-heroic-arachnid-quarter/
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you ever??? on: July 23, 2014, 10:55:53 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 23, 2014, 09:06:06 PM

Hang a nut sack from your trailer hitch?

I actually don't know what this means, is it some sort of euphemism involving male genitalia?
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 23, 2014, 06:05:10 PM
I haven't played a whole lot of Hearthstone but I was able to beat the first boss with my crappy mage deck (after losing with my crappy priest deck), and then surprisingly I beat the 2nd and 3rd boss with my crappy priest deck (after losing with my crappy mage deck) lol.  All in all I really do like the idea behind this expansion, kind of a nice twist on the regular gameplay.
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