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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: December 18, 2014, 11:54:31 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 16, 2014, 11:27:18 PM

Getting back into this with some friends and we need teammates!  We use Mumble and will be playing at all hours of the day.  Lemme know.

Does this include teammates that suck at the game that you can yell at?   slywink
2  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Multi] Dungeon Quest! on: December 17, 2014, 09:47:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 10, 2014, 04:45:41 PM

Thanks for bumping this.  Not sure how I missed it the first time around, but it seems like it has a ton of potential.   thumbsup

EDIT:  Tying skills to specific weapons is a strange choice for such a loot-driven game.  If I spend a bunch of points upgrading one specific hammer skill, then the Ubersword of Infinite Awesomeness happens to drop an hour later, then all my skill upgrades are now worthless because I didn't happen to upgrade that one particular weapon.  Or am I missing something?

Nope - it's definitely an odd design decision, but on the flip side I guess it gives you the option to completely switch up the gameplay style at your discretion (similar to D3).  I try to keep at least one of the best version of each item type so I can theoretically change builds at any time.  In reality I don't do this much, though, I tend to get locked into 1 or 2 that I like the most and only end up using those.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 17, 2014, 09:43:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 16, 2014, 11:48:52 PM

I purposely avoid reading/watching spoilers about a movie in order to walk in thinking "I wonder what this is about."  If I see enough of a trailer to know I want to see something, I usually avoid all future trailers, don't rewatch the one I saw, and definitely don't go frame by frame looking for hidden details in the trailer.

Ditto here - except when it's something like Avengers or X-Men and I just can't bear to not know more.  Most recently I took this approach with Interstellar and it worked out really well.  A couple of minor things got leaked/spoiled which diminished the experience but for the most part I got to go in completely without foreknowledge.  In general, I tend to avoid reading reviews of any movie I know I'm going to watch until after I've seen them.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 16, 2014, 11:21:38 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 04, 2014, 10:53:58 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 04, 2014, 10:26:14 PM

While I enjoyed Courtney's work in Spartacus, can Hollywood please stop trying to jam him Jai down our throats as the New Action Star Du Jour? Just reminds me that the late Andy Whitfield probably would've done much better work in movies here had he lived to get the chance.  tear

And please let's have a moratorium on "person hanging from a person hanging from a person, dangling off a bridge or rooftop or helicopter or etc. etc." There has GOT to be a different signature action scene someone can come up with, right?  icon_razz

imho the beauty of the first film (my brother and I did see it when it opened in 1984) is not something you can recapture today. You just can't do this type of film with "practical" FX on a shoestring budget and actually surprise people. You can't get people to go to a Terminator film and wonder, "What is this about it? It's probably terrible," because you don't know what to expect, and then deliver a wonderful experience instead. Now it's just a long in the tooth franchise dragging around too much expectation and hype.

They can reimagine it and reboot it and recast aside from Arnold along with a dozen digital FX houses painting every frame digitally and trying to make Arnold looking young again, but I suspect that's not going to do any better box office than Jonathan Mostow's Terminator 3, which actually did pretty well overseas but nobody afik fondly remembers it.

Exactly how I feel. Sadly, I think the same thing can be applied to the new Star Wars movie as well. Not to say that it won't be a really good movie, but the sense of wonder and magic is near impossible to capture in today's media saturated world.

Boy you guys sound pretty cynical.  I understand what you are saying but I think perhaps it's more that you yourselves are older and more jaded.  I think if I were a teenager not too familiar with the franchise (or even not), a well made movie can still recapture a sense of wonder.  It all depends on the quality of the movie.  The Star Trek reboot was a great example of this, mixing familiar and iconic storylines with fresh new twists and artistry.  And even though Guardians is kind of a "new" franchise, it also showed that you can still make an excellent (and fun) space opera movie with good source material, a director with a strong vision, and a great cast.  So there's still hope for Star Wars too.

Plus...  Jai Courtney is so freaking HOT he makes my toes curl, and even though I am the biggest Linda Hamilton fan I know, I'm still excited about having Daenerys play Sarah Connor.  On a side note, isn't it interesting the TV show had Cersei as Sarah...
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: December 12, 2014, 07:28:57 PM
Excellent mid-season finale!!!  The main actor is finally growing on me and I especially like how they've handled the various interpersonal relationships.  The Reverse Flash plotline is really excellent, I have no idea where they are going with that, particularly with the notion that he can look into the future, etc.  And that there was another "Flash" present at time of Flash's mother's death - can our Flash go back in time too???? 

The only problem I see with this style is that since it's in the same universe as Arrow, they seem to be much more willing to play with non-realistic comic-booky stuff, so staying overally consistent in both shows could be problematic.

And a side note, love the guest appearance by Amanda Pays - hopefully they find a way to reunite her with John Wesley Shipp for some old school Flash fan goodness nod
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: December 12, 2014, 07:23:49 PM
WTFTWTFWTWTF  eek eek eek eek eek

Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't suppose Stephen Amell is really gone, but I guess he's been toying with fans on twitter with messages like "It's been a good run."  I guess the working theory is he will be brought back to life in some Razagul resurrection pool.  All I know is if I don't get my regular dose of shirtless Amell I might not survive.
7  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Multi] Dungeon Quest! on: December 09, 2014, 11:49:02 PM
This game has been updated a number of times since my last post.  Core gameplay remains the same but they've added more loot options (sockets and upgrades) as well as a talent tree using an account-wide point system similar to D3's paragon levels.   I still have yet to find a better Diablo clone on iOS.  There have been quite a few with better graphics and more complicated customization, but this one still shines in terms of nailing the pure "loot and level" mentality.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 09, 2014, 07:24:23 PM
What on earth is Tennis in the Face?  Will have to look that up.

I loved the original Suikoden but I think I've kind of phased out of JRPGs, will also have to take a look.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 09, 2014, 05:50:04 PM
Phone app - I generally need one that's good with exponents so I ended up with PCalc Lite.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 06, 2014, 01:21:48 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 05, 2014, 07:56:18 PM

Maybe it'll turn out she was smuggling diamonds and the main, likable cast will bury her on the beach.

I totally heart this reference!!!!!!!!!
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 06, 2014, 01:21:12 AM
It's really interesting how there's that dividing point of people who watch sports and those who don't, it really makes for a fairly clear break in consumers.

I had another question pop in my head while driving, how about exclusive content?  I guess that's kind of covered by the HBO question, but I guess more pointedly how important is new exclusive content to you?  Personally I pay for Netflix pretty much just for their exclusive shows, I rarely watch anything else with it. 
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 05, 2014, 06:28:01 PM
Great responses, guys!  Keep 'em coming if you have them.  It's all very enlightening.

I know my company is working hard and focusing on improving customer service and customer retention; it's definitely much better than it was 3 or 4 years ago but I still hear stories from my friends that seem to indicate they have a ways to go. 

Unfortunately the stuff that YK mentioned is still prevalent.  I believe it's an unfortunate byproduct of the way the entire system works.  Programmer costs are constantly rising every year, and they continue to try to gouge more at every opportunity, so as providers, the economic model inherently is built to have costs increase over time.  It's not really that you are paying "more for the same content" over time - it's more like Microsoft or Sony selling their consoles initially at a loss to make profit over time with the games.  Both hardware and programming costs have to be de-frayed over time in order to get customers to bite initially.  Which goes to my "threshold" question - if you were given the more realistic price per month to begin with (in YK's example let's say $75/month over two years instead of 50 the first year and 100 the second), would you be more willing to pay it?  Is there some magical number or range that people would be more willing to stomach?  I'm not saying I like this system or agree with it, but I think that's why it is still the way it is.  I've heard some of the numbers of what we are charged per customer from some of the bigger guys and it is really unbelievable, I think people would be shocked; I know I was. 

I do agree that the best idea would be some sort of bundle package where the viewer gets to choose the pieces he wants, but that is likely a logistical nightmare to implement.  But who knows, if that's what people ultimately want maybe someone can figure it out.

Another question comes to mind, since we are more of the tech-oriented people here.  Does newer tech like 4K influence you at all?  Would some form of live 4K content (sports, concerts, etc) drive you to an alternate solution?
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 05, 2014, 06:06:53 PM

Quote from: Lee on December 05, 2014, 05:53:37 PM

Nah, the writers will suddenly give her a whole episode next season where we will learn more about her as we find out she is sleeping with Rick's kid (who has also taken a backseat in the story).

Wait are you saying doing Carl is kind of like doing a girl?!?!  icon_twisted
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 05, 2014, 12:17:46 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 04, 2014, 11:40:16 PM

I'm in the same boat, Travis, though I haven't given up many opportunities to play it. While it actually lends itself well to short play sessions since you can go knock out a quest or two and then set it aside, it's more rewarding and addictive when you can play it for a longer stretch. The most fun I've had with it so far is when I was able to play for a couple of hours uninterrupted.

With so many other games I want to play right now, this may just be the one that I'm content to finish over the course of several months rather than just trying to knock it out. The RPGs I've finished have typically been ones I've played when there was nothing around to distract me.


I'm kind of in the same boat as well.  It's hard to get longer blocks of time to play, and that's definitely when the game is most rewarding.  As I mentioned before I took to playing the game in casual difficulty largely so that I can see as much as possible without being slowed down.  It's kind of a bummer as I suspect some of the fights could be a lot of fun playing the game as a more tactical/strategic affair, but if I played it like that I probably wouldn't have made it out of the prologue section lol.

I've rarely finished any game I've played, and as most of you know I buy a ton of games  ninja  But... Dragon Age 1 and 2 are two of the very select few I completed, so we'll see how this one holds up.  Thus far I am still very happy with it. 
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 05, 2014, 12:10:14 AM
As many of you know, I work for Directv so I'm often engaged in discussions regarding how much people are willing to pay for what these days, and how that's evolved the past couple of years.  I know we have a fairly diverse population here between cord cutters and cable/satellite customers, so I'm curious about a few things.

What are your biggest concerns when it comes to TV viewing?  Is it monthly cost, up front cost, programming, sound/picture quality, etc.  For those that have "cut the cord" are you happy with the decision?  What, if anything, would it take to make you come back to some sort of cable/satellite provider?  Do the new "a la carte" options from HBO, CBS, etc change the outlook on your current setup?  Some context on the type of viewer you are might also be helpful in the discussion, i.e. do you watch alot of sports, how much broadcast TV do you watch a week, etc...

Thanks!
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 04, 2014, 06:09:12 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 03, 2014, 10:45:32 PM

Her name is Tara, and yes, the character is gay. In season 4, she was shacked up with one of the women in the trailer camp that the Governor ended up becoming the leader of.

Oh yeah I totally forgot about that!!  I guess I'm constantly surprised that she isn't dead yet.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 03, 2014, 10:32:01 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 03, 2014, 05:20:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 03, 2014, 01:28:09 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on December 02, 2014, 11:05:41 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 02, 2014, 09:43:29 PM


But... a new gay character will be introduced soon.  Is there any relevance to the character being gay?  Not really but who cares!  Every show needs a token gay guy!!!

What if it isn't a guy?!?



Despite her recent fondness for Eugene, I thought Fistbump Notcop was gay.

Also, they do have a priest...

Isn't the Woodberry chick gay? (Sorry I have no idea what her name is, as she is now the least interesting character on the show).

LMAO I honestly have no idea what that girl's name is.  I don't know who started the "Fistbump Notcop" nickname but that's just how I think of her now.

I'm assuming it's a guy because there were a couple of more prominent gay male characters in the comics.  One I don't remember (Jesus), and the other (Aaron) who lasts quite a long time in the comics and apparently appeared sooner than Jesus.  I'm guessing it will be the latter but I guess it depends on what the next big story arc is going to be.  A lot of the storylines kind of blend into each other for me.  According to the wiki, Aaron appears in the Alexandria Safe Zone plotline.  This would actually be consistent with some of the other hints that Kirkman alluded to, such as the gang getting away from Atlanta.  It's also close to DC so maybe they still decide that's the direction to head.  But... it looks pretty damn far from Atlanta so I'm not sure how they'd get around that.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/2) on: December 02, 2014, 09:51:21 PM
I hadn't heard of Fantasy Hero but it looks pretty cool, will probably get that.

Game of Thrones - I'll probably wait for iOS I think.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 02, 2014, 09:43:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2014, 01:09:14 PM

Now the thing that did surprise me and gave me an emotional reaction was seeing how Rick handled the running cop at the beginning.  That was brutal.  I would say too brutal, but I think it was meant to be.  I think Rick might not be quite as over his loopiness as he seemed to be.  Or it may be, especially pairing it with Beth's murderlust, that the group is just too far down the bend now.

I think that's one of underlying themes for this season.  They hinted at it in Terminus as well, but are never specific about what actually turned "normal" "good" people into cannibals.  Arguably each of the groups, including our heroes, have done things to survive in this apocalypse that might be unspeakable otherwise.  All of it allows viewers to think about the definition of "morality" in this era.  I think Rogue gave a great description of what was wrong with the hospital society in the context that we got to see it.  But again I'd argue had we been watching an alternate show focusing on that group where each of the characters was given the same treatment, we could just as easily see them as protagonists.  If you were to just list things out that our group has done (Carol killing the girl, Carl killing his mother, Rick killing Shane and executing others, etc etc), it would probably read pretty nasty as well.  But because we're invested in these characters the perspective is so different.  Now could you ever write a story where cannibalism and rape is justified?  Probably not, but you never know...

Interestingly enough, the Rick scene didn't surprise me at all.  I found myself cheering when he executed the guy, which kind of shows you how far gone I am on this show too lol.  It's all about trust, and he did give the guy multiple chances after he had betrayed their trust.  As Rick said, all he had to do is stop running. 

- - -

In other news, Daryl is NOT GAY!!!

But... a new gay character will be introduced soon.  Is there any relevance to the character being gay?  Not really but who cares!  Every show needs a token gay guy!!!
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 01, 2014, 09:53:42 PM

Quote from: Roman on December 01, 2014, 07:45:57 PM

do the markings on the trees in the forest hold any significance? We always see them when Morgan is on screen.

I thought those were just carvings that the priest did so he didn't get lost.  But that's a pretty boring explanation lol.

- - -

I'm not sure what is spoiler worthy and what isn't at this point, so I'll just give a general Spoiler Alert here.

I was really caught off guard by last night's events, and had a much more emotional reaction than I thought I would.  Interestingly I had a moment (when Michonne tells Maggie that Beth is alive) where I was thinking "oh nice way to jinx it lol" - but I honestly never thought it would go down quite like that.  I was never a big Beth fan but I like what they did with the character this season.  I think the emotional reaction was more for how bad I felt for Maggie in particular that she never got a chance to say goodbye.  Then to get her hopes up and then crush them, it was really heart-wrenching for me from that perspective.

I do agree with some of what Bullwinkle said, but with some caveats.  I don't think the idea was that this group was "inherently evil" or "horrible" - but it clearly was not a place where Beth wanted to be.  Not to mention Carol (or the majority of our heroes for that matter), I mean can you imagine trying to force Rick or Michonne to live there?  They had their own particular survival system and society which worked for them, but forcing newcomers to stay and adhere to their rules (under the delusion they would eventually be saved), was simply a way of life that would never work for anyone in our group.  It's a makeshift society that works, but since it's not based on personal choice/will, it could be viewed as a prison to people who have been living free and surviving that way.  It's not necessarily a right or wrong judgment, but the way it's been portrayed from the viewpoint of our cast.  In retrospect, you could just as easily have had a show running 5 years about the hospital group becoming what it was and portrayed them as the protagonists, which would make this cast look like a bunch of ungrateful psycho terrorists.

- - -

Anyway, I found the episode riveting, even though some of the character plot decisions were annoying and Michonne fighting with Judith on her back was just hysterical.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 26, 2014, 09:55:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 26, 2014, 07:23:16 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 26, 2014, 06:23:53 PM

Funny after my previous post, I continued on the next evening and was treated to even more overwhelming epic-ness and plot advancement.  I felt that same rush I had at the *conclusion* sequences of Origins.  

Just curious, was this during a specific mission or quest?  I also ran though an incredibly epic one last night
Spoiler for Hiden:
fighting the Nightmare in the Fade
.  Wondering if we're in roughly the same spot.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Mine was facing what I presume is the Big Bad prior to the establishment of Skyhold, so I think that must be earlier than what you are referring to?  It had that mix of warfare, dragons, demons, dramatic story elements, epic speeches - felt like being in the middle of a LOTR movie.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 26, 2014, 06:23:53 PM

Quote from: naednek on November 26, 2014, 06:16:30 PM

I have never noticed it.  Wonder why it's from only from afar as well

Is it only from afar?  I thought it was just whoever you had targetted, but I don't recall.

- - -

Funny after my previous post, I continued on the next evening and was treated to even more overwhelming epic-ness and plot advancement.  I felt that same rush I had at the *conclusion* sequences of Origins.  Which is just crazy since I know I'm still very early in the game, and I also know I skipped over lots of the exploration in Hinterlands and side areas.  This game is amazing, I love how they've blended a more cinematic style to the plot while still finding a way to embrace the Elder Scrolls-ish open world feel.  Not an easy task.  It really seems like they took to heart the lessons from both DAO and DA2 (as well as being clearly influenced by the Elder Scrolls series).  
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: November 26, 2014, 06:17:43 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 06, 2014, 12:42:00 AM

I just started catching up on this one.  I'm surprised to find that I'm enjoying the political/criminal machinations far more than I thought I would.  Especially Penguin's excruciatingly slow rise to power.  But the real standout for me is the kid they got to play young Bruce Wayne.  That kid is just nailing it every week.  He really makes me believe he's going to someday be one of the most dangerous men on the planet.

Yeah I love that kid, he's adorable and a really fine actor as well.  He was great in Touch too (with no dialog no less).  Honestly as much as I am a fan of Ben McKenzie, I find the show much more engaging when they focus on Bruce (and Kat).  And I like what they've done with Alfred as well.  For that matter, the new Harvey Dent is excellent too.  So pretty much everyone except for the two main leads lol.  I don't dislike Ben and his partner, but I just find them not as interesting as the rest of the cast.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 25, 2014, 12:29:49 AM
It's really interesting (and a testament to how well this game is designed) to see the discussions on how differently people play and what they choose to pursue or not.  I'm continuing with my trend to play the DA games in Easy/Casual mode, which makes combat almost like an ARPG or MMORPG.  I realize I'm probably missing out on some detailed tactical battles, but with the depth and volume of content, it's the only way I can experience more of the game in a reasonable amount of time.  It also allows me to focus on the story and character elements, which I really appreciate.  I haven't been this engrossed in a game in a really really long time.  Last night I got caught in a key plotline element that I just could not break myself free from until I had some semblance of resolution.  I don't think I could have slept if I had left it hanging lol.  That sequence alone probably put this game into my top games of all time. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Redcliffe time travel plotline with the Tevinter mages was simply fantastic, so epic it felt like it should be the finale and not just a bump in the beginning of the game!

There are minor nits I have with the interface, and minor things such as not being able to romance Cullen (boooooo), plus I'm getting some stuttering hiccups now and my fans are going wild trying to run the gorgeous graphics, but all in all its worth it. 
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] How to Get Away With Murder on: November 21, 2014, 11:33:28 PM
Oh no they didn't!!!

Great fall finale filled with one twist after another, with all sorts of nasty one-liners thrown and gratuitous sex scenes in between.  This is the show I look forward to the most each week, and that's saying a lot because this fall season has overall been really good. 

If you like trashy lawyer-based TV with great dialog, confusing flashbacks, all sorts of sex, and a crazy "whodunit" story arc, I believe they are going to re-run all the episodes again the next few weeks. 
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: November 21, 2014, 11:27:55 PM
Season 2 of this show has been fantastic.  Having everyone on the planet now, along with multiple factions of good/bad people roaming the planet, has really allowed the writers to take the characters in new directions.  Sure lots of things stretch plausibility, but who cares, it's a fun ride.  Pretty much everyone who was lame, whiny or annoying in season 1 is either dead or has reversed their personality.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 20, 2014, 12:41:57 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 20, 2014, 12:26:54 AM

About 3 hours in, and enjoying it so far.  Feels much more like Skyrim than Dragon Age though.

Anyone else feeling a bit of quest overload?  I started in the Hinterlands this afternoon and within 30 minutes, I picked up 19 new quests.  Seemed like overkill to me.

Yeah I was thinking the same thing.  I can't seem to make myself pass up a "!" on the map, so I just keep getting distracted.  Not to mention just the cool things you see while walking around, everything is so distracting.  It's really cool on one hand but on the other it can be a bit overwhelming.  And I'm always afraid I'll miss some semi-important side quest thing that might be useful for later.  It seems like there's lots of little things where you can influence someone to join the Inquisition so what happens if you miss some of them?
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 20, 2014, 12:33:58 AM
Even though I've only played a couple hours, Dragon Age is the clear winner for me this year.  Even though the beginning premise seems a bit too much like Elder Scrolls Oblivion, the production values are absolutely outstanding.  The intro hour alone was worth the price of entry for me.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: November 20, 2014, 12:25:15 AM

Quote from: EddieA on November 19, 2014, 10:49:10 PM

The show has been excellent this year.  I was hopeful after the second half of last season, but I wasn't expecting it to be this good.  The show is doing everything well - character development, overarching story, action.  I also love how they
Spoiler for Hiden:
went full-on villain with Ward.  Too many shows do silly things to redeem their villains in order to keep a popular actor on the show *cough*Buffy*cough* so it's nice to see them avoid this.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yeah he is so much better as a "villain."  So much sexier too, it's like he had a complete personality makeover.  Still, I think they may still try to redeem him as he could just be faking things to get in with Hydra.  I don't think he really killed his family but that would be cool if he did.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: November 19, 2014, 08:56:20 PM
Anyone still keeping up with SHIELD?  Last night had more Agent Carter references and promos for you Hayley Atwell fans. 

I like that they are moving along fairly well with the alien map/city/Skye storyline, and I love how everything seems tied together.  Red Skull, Captain America, SHIELD, Hydra, Agent Carter, Nazis, some stuff from Avengers... but what's it all leading to?  It feels like something big, but the next movie being Ultron doesn't seem to tie in.  The next closest thing involving aliens would be Guardians 2 but that doesn't seem plausible either.  Then there's Infinity War, but that's so far away.

So maybe this is a stand alone story for the show, but it sure seems like there's some grand design/plan at work here.  Hopefully I'm not setting myself up for disappointment when all is revealed.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Poor Dichen Lachman can't get a break.  Shot to death in 100 last week, dissected apart in SHIELD this week.  Someone call her agent and get her a decent role!!!!
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 19, 2014, 08:47:48 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 19, 2014, 04:45:20 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on November 19, 2014, 03:24:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 19, 2014, 02:44:37 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on November 19, 2014, 01:38:33 PM

I decided to get it for the ps4. It took me over two hours to play through the "introduction" and get to the title screen. Hysterical. If I continue on at this pace, from what I'm hearing relating to overall content, I may not finish this game until Easter 2015.  

Two hours?  Wow.

I doubt it took me 30 minutes to get to that point.

I know, right?  I laugh at myself, as I would imagine the average gamer gets through it in like 20 minutes.  Although that includes character creation, which probably accounted for a lot of that time.

Same here.  The trouble is that the character creation takes place under different lighting conditions than the actual game, so I'll make a character that looks just right, walk outside into the snowy sunlight, and recoil in horror at the monstrosity I've introduced into the world of Thedas.  I've gone through that little prologue section at least five or six times now just trying to craft a character I won't hate looking at for the next four dozen hours. :p
-Autistic Angel

lol I thought I was the only one who did stuff like that.  It can be quite distracting since they do so many close ups.  I'm pretty happy with the way my guy came out the second time around; the first time I mis-clicked continue too quickly and got stuck with a mostly un-customized version.  The only issue I have now is that the hair color I chose, which I thought was a jet black, is more of a blue black.  It's not horrible, but sometimes the eyebrows just look too blue which kind of bugs me.

Incidentally does anyone know if it will be possible to make any appearance (facial) alterations later in the game?  I don't want to start over just for a hair color change!
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 18, 2014, 08:54:36 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 18, 2014, 01:31:49 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 18, 2014, 11:35:22 AM

Played a bit this morning and I think I should have went PC instead of XB1..  Noticeable stutters at times, but my main issue is controls.  I probably would have preferred PC instead, but I loathe to install Origin.  

Anyway, pretty good so far I missed a conversation with Solas as we were traveling he asked me about living as a Dalish and my conversation tree appeared and it was greyed out and I couldn't select an answer.  Eventually he remarked something like "Well, be silent then"  Has anyone run into this?
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most people over at QT3 on PC are switching to using a controller because they all dislike the mouse/keyboard controls.

Not sure what's wrong with the mouse/keyboard combo, seems perfectly natural to me.  Maybe it just depends on what you're used to?  Plays like pretty much every MMORPG to me, but I'm playing it more like an action RPG and less like a tactical game when it comes to combat.

- - -

Anyway, the graphics and production values are absolutely amazing, just fantastic.  I started the game in full 4K resolution and noticed a few stutters here and there.  The in-game test read about 15-17 FPS.  I've come down to 2560x1440 and it still looks great so I'll probably stay there.  I may go to 1080 to see if the animation is more fluid, but I'm pretty happy as is.

Side question, anyone know how to clear the interface and/or take a screenshot in the PC version?  Couldn't find a hotkey option.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 18, 2014, 12:45:06 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 17, 2014, 11:34:36 PM

But the airbag deployed! ninja

Ohhhhh so the thrust from the airbags counteracted the gravitational pull and allowed them to land back end first!!  paranoid
34  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iPad] Battle World Kronos on: November 17, 2014, 09:06:49 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 14, 2014, 11:59:45 PM

I won't click on a TA link, so I don't know what they gave it, but Pocket Tactics thought it was ok. 3 stars. Sounds like an OK game, but I have enough to play that I can't be bothered with it.

Did you play it Rittchard?

I played a little but had a hard time with some of it.  I was a huge fan of Military Madness way way back in the day, and this plays similarly to that with updated graphics.  There've been a number of clones of this type of hex-based TBS but I can't remember them off the top of my head.  Graphics and interface all seemed fine (I'm playing on the Mini), and I like that they don't bother with a cutscreen to show battle results.  My problem was that there are/were a number of things that aren't made that clear, so that kind of soured my first match.  Examples include how to take over a base and which bases can be taken over is unclear, the fact that there were extra units sitting in the base, how to use boats to transport or fight (and apparently some can go on land?), etc etc.  I think if you are a big fan of this type of game and have the patience to learn all the details it could potentially be rewarding, but frankly I'm too lazy these days.
35  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Vainglory on: November 17, 2014, 09:01:09 PM
MOBA fans, this is out now!  I thought it was iPad only but looks like it's out for the iPhone as well.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 08:58:33 PM
DRAGON AGE!!!!!!


I thought that would be it, but I just noticed HELL on Steam:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/312420
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 17, 2014, 08:53:22 PM
At first it seemed like last night's episode was going to be similar to Lost's "The Other 48 Days" to give a complete picture of what happened to Carol after she left the group.  I'm a little disappointed they didn't go completely that route but I also understand that many viewers don't like that kind of storytelling.  So what we were left with was kind of a mash-up of some kind of artsy smoke thematic element mixed with the details of the events that Carol and Daryl experienced between chasing the cross vehicle and Carol entering the hospital and Daryl going back to Rick.  I thought the "bridge" plot elements worked very well, but the "thematic" flashback stuff I felt missed the mark.

All in all it was a pretty rewarding episode, particularly for fans of what are arguably the two most popular characters in the TV show these days.  It really left me craving for more, though, as I really wanted to get to the rescue Beth stuff which looks like it will happen next week.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 16, 2014, 02:34:21 AM
Completed my Origin (PC) pre-load and hit the "Install" button but sadly nothing happened  icon_smile  On the bright side, it does say available November 17 at 9pm (I'm on PST).

I finally went through the Keep thing too, very nice tool.  Interestingly enough I remembered much more detail from DAO than I did DA2, even though I played the latter much more recently.  I had to guess on a bunch of the choices from DA2 so hopefully none of them are a big deal. 
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 13, 2014, 01:09:04 AM

Quote from: Travis on November 12, 2014, 08:32:16 PM

Drat.  This isn't on steam and I haven't used Origin before.  I don't like having digital purchases with too many distro. companies.  Out of curiosity, how has everyone's experience with Origin been (if any)?  Also, will I get the game at midnight EST (being PST that would be a motivating factor towards digital over hard copy).

I asked the same thing a while back and didn't get much of a response.  I think I've bought 1 or 2 other games via Origin without issue, but they were not as significant a release.  I thought there was some controversy with some game a while back but I don't recall what it was or if I imagined the whole thing.  

I ended up going with them regardless to get the special digital edition.  No idea how it will turn out, but at least they are offering pre-load starting 11/14.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 11, 2014, 09:15:33 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 11, 2014, 01:41:51 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 11, 2014, 01:12:59 AM

Quote from: Ridah on November 11, 2014, 12:43:30 AM

I played the hell out of this at BlizzCon and will be posting my impressions soon. If you think Overwatch is anything like TF2 or any other shooter you've played before, you're absolutely wrong.

On the one hand Blizzard games have always been pretty compelling for me, but on the other as mentioned in other threads FPS is just not my genre.  I think the best I can hope for is that one of the characters will be different enough to fit/click with me.  This means a class that doesn't require a lot of jumping and aiming skills lol. 

Blizzard explicitly said that they do not want Overwatch to only be accessible to "twitch" style players, there are defensive and support classes that are focused on healing, buffing, and utility (like building turrets, for example).

That sounds excellent!

Now if I could build mushroom turrets that did healing and support, I'd be in heaven lol (DAOC reference).
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