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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 01, 2015, 09:37:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 01, 2015, 01:38:45 PM

My brother deals with it in his own way  He bought a camp in West Virginia that was a gay resort and has been building it up over the years.  Now they have their own world where they don't even have to deal with small minded idiots like that.  

Of course, he wasn't too bothered by them before considering he's 6'2" and his partner of the last 15 years is an ex-marine who's 2 inches taller than him.   icon_wink

Wow, this sounds super HOT.

But anyway, apparently there was a whole flurry of people complaining on Twitter, etc about the show.  I really thought I was immune to it after so many years, but it really bummed me out reading some of the comments. 
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: March 01, 2015, 01:13:28 AM
This is kind of an anecdotal aside, but colors and lighting have been on my brain of late as I'm having my bathroom remodeled.  I really didn't think it would be a big deal but I'm having a really tough time coming up with the floor tile choice.  My original pick got somehow delayed so I've been searching for a quick replacement at Home Depot/Lowes, etc - places that have stock right now.

How this relates is it's fascinating to me that I can look at the same piece of tile and depending on what I sit it on, what the lighting is, how far I stand, etc. it looks drastically different.  I took 3 photos of it on the same surface with very slight differences and it looks like a different color in each shot.  I was at the store earlier, and everything I looked at appeared very different depending on if I held it one way or another, or whether it was the "glamour" shot they had with multiple pieces and grouting.  Then of course the lighting is always that harsh bright white which makes everything appear lighter. 

Obviously this is not the same thing as what's going on with the dress, but I was just reminded how easily our own perceptions of color are tweaked when conditions (lighting, distance, contrast to other objects, etc) come into play.  That makes it a little easier for me to understand how the manipulation of white balance on the dress photo can cause such a difference in what people perceive or think they see.

- - -

Another interesting aside, when I showed my colleague the 3 side by side photos from one of the links you guys posted, he described the one on the right as blue/black, left as white/gold, and in the middle as white and gold in shadow - he didn't believe me when I told him it was the same image as the one he earlier was sure was blue/black.   icon_biggrin
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 01, 2015, 01:04:30 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 28, 2015, 04:01:21 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 27, 2015, 10:51:56 PM

Did my biannual check of Facebook. Old coworker will no longer watch the show because of the gay character. Since I have lived in WA for the last year, I forgot there were still people out there like that. Kind of embarrassed for him, but his friends agreed, so I didn't even bother repling. (Background we almost came to blows over gay marriage 5 years ago. He's about as redneck as you can get, but really nice guy otherwise.)

That's sad. 

I wondered if this might be an issue for some.

Every time I let my guard down and think things have progressed where something like this wouldn't be an issue, I'm reminded again that reality is still quite different across the entire country. 
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 10:59:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 27, 2015, 04:58:11 PM

You white/gold people really see no blue hues at all in the white parts?  Not a bit of a periwinkle kind of blue?

I think a couple of us already said it, but yeah the white I can easily see as blue-ish or even lavender-like.  But the option was between white/gold and blue/black.  Since the "black" part completely appears as gold to me, that was the clear choice.
5  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Kickstarter] Crowfall - "Game of Thrones meets Eve Online" on: February 27, 2015, 06:55:35 PM
Looks like they made their goal!  Surprised no one here is interested in this type of game?
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Masquerada: Songs and Shadows on: February 27, 2015, 06:32:53 PM
http://www.witching-hour.net/portfolio/masquerada/

This looks fantastic, particularly for fans of the art style of Banner Saga and isometric/tactics combat.  It also features, apparently, gay characters with some depth:

http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/27/indie-game-gay-characters-masquerada/

Not due out til next year I guess, but I'll keep an eye out for it.
7  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 27, 2015, 06:24:13 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 27, 2015, 05:41:26 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 27, 2015, 03:43:12 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 27, 2015, 02:25:21 AM

Been reading some feedback, and the overwhelming consensus seems that Heavenstrike Rivals hits a massive paywall and basically becomes a pay-to-win game.  frown

That's annoying, but if you don't care about the PvP, it seems like you still get a pretty good deal considering it's free.  Unless you mean the pay to win extends to completing the pve campaign.

From what I've read, you basically hit a wall in PvE where the only way to advance is getting the currency from PvP victories.  And the only way to get PvP victories is to pay real $$ for elite troops.

No idea how accurate that is (I haven't played it yet), but the TA forumers all seemed to agree it was the case.

That sounds very plausible from what I've seen thus far, but I'm still enjoying what I'm getting for free.  The real $ is really off - it's like $1 per doodad, and it takes 5 doodads to roll for any new "card."  But they are pretty generous with doodads in the beginning, somehow I  have over 50 at the moment, though I wasn't paying attention as to where they came from.  It's too bad because I do like the game and would be happy to support it if they had some kind of more reasonable package, like with a guaranteed rare or whatever.  Either way I already got my money's worth since it was free lol.  I've had less play/enjoyment time from $60 mainstream titles.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 06:18:06 PM
Holy fuck, two of my co-workers both saw black and blue lol.  Then another came in and saw white with yellow/brown.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 06:09:44 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 27, 2015, 05:39:42 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 27, 2015, 04:58:11 PM

You white/gold people really see no blue hues at all in the white parts?  Not a bit of a periwinkle kind of blue?

I can see a shadow which I can understand some might mistake for a bluish tint.  But the gold is gold. I don't get how someone could see that as black.

100% ditto.  The "white" portion I can see has blue hues, and shadowy black hues, but regardless of that, the gold is 100% clearly gold, I really can't imagine how that could be black.
10  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 27, 2015, 03:43:12 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 27, 2015, 02:25:21 AM

Been reading some feedback, and the overwhelming consensus seems that Heavenstrike Rivals hits a massive paywall and basically becomes a pay-to-win game.  frown

That's annoying, but if you don't care about the PvP, it seems like you still get a pretty good deal considering it's free.  Unless you mean the pay to win extends to completing the pve campaign.
11  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 27, 2015, 12:04:22 AM
Regarding Heavenstrike Rivals - it's NOT multiplayer only.  The main game seems to be a campaign.  I love the graphics style, similar to FFT in many ways.

Battles are turn based, not quite as tactical as HOMM/Cards and Castles.   Similar to those games where you have multiple lanes and combat occurs between your units and your opponents units in each lane.  You choose from your pieces and place them in a lane, and then they move and attack on their own.  It's a pretty fun and simple system.  Units gain xp with each fight, as does your main leader guy.  There's IAP, but it seems kind of odd to me.  I'm not entirely sure how it works, but it seems strangely disproportionate.  The gameplay thus far does not seem hampered by the IAP but it does have some energy system, so some people might hate that.

Anyway, I think the main attraction for me is the graphics styling.
12  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 25, 2015, 07:04:56 PM
This looks pretty cool, from Squeenix:

http://toucharcade.com/2015/02/25/square-enix-and-mediatonics-heavenstrike-rivals-launches-worldwide/
13  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [Kickstarter] Crowfall - "Game of Thrones meets Eve Online" on: February 25, 2015, 07:02:00 PM
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crowfall/crowfall-throne-war-pc-mmo/description

This looks really interesting and ambitious conceptually, you have a persistent character but the world changes over time and every few months starts over, procedurally generated and with different rulesets.   
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: February 25, 2015, 06:43:26 PM
This looks really cool.  How does Crossplay between the different platforms work?  I haven't paid much attention but does your PSN name/account thing go across all 3 platforms? 
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 24, 2015, 06:20:31 PM
That was a great description and analysis, Bullwinkle, thanks!  They've definitely been setting things up in terms of Michonne/Glenn/Rick and Maggie in particular.  Michonne in particular has been kind of the focal point for this plot element, and that's been a nice transition in her story arc.

My only issue, and it's not so much an issue as wanting to see more of everyone, is that we don't really see what's going on at all with many of the others.  Notcop fistbump, Eugene, Carol, Carl, even Daryl barely had any input on anything going on.  I'm sure I'm forgetting some other characters that have been sidelined too.  This is just one of those things that happens in every ensemble show, it's just more noticeable when everyone is grouped together closely but not necessarily saying anything.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Loot Crate on: February 24, 2015, 06:09:48 PM
Oh it's pretty much what you guys said, definitely a mixed bag.  Some of the items seem pretty worthless but others are cool/fun.  And they do make for good last minute gifts.  I think my favorite item thus far was a pair of "I am Groot" socks, which I ended up giving to my nephew for his birthday.  The Funco exclusive was a weird Joker/Batman thing which I did like as well.  There's been an OK T-shirt, a couple of good comic books, and various toys. 

I do like the idea, and I like that I have some surprises to look forward to every month. 
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 23, 2015, 06:53:59 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 23, 2015, 08:13:17 AM

Tonight was odd, it turned into a plot of a bad horror movie. Not to say I didn't enjoy it, I did, it just got cheesy.

Half the charcters just disapperarred during the barn scene. "OMG, I hate apple sauce soooo bad, don't make me eat it!" We searched the car, but missed the stack of license plates he is going to hang on his wall (why are they in his car when he has a house?) and the listening radar thing. Of course the windsheild wipers don't work. Abraham is driving and doesn't even notice DC is right in front of him. A battery dies when you are driving, killing the RV? And why did everyone all of sudden become so trusting? They have been burnt so many times, but this guy is nice, and cute, so it is different this time. The guy has been hiding so much, and none of them have been skeptical besides Rick.

Come on...

Cute goes a long way!!!  See, first he bonds with all the girls to get an "in," then sucks up to the kids and baby; it's all part of the gay agenda, dontcha' know!  icon_biggrin

But yeah, in spite of enjoying the introduction of new characters, it did seem like some scenes were cut out or missing.  Not sure if it was intentional or not.  The transition from non-trusting to trusting seemed a little abrupt.  I think this is one of the things that the writers have the most trouble with, dealing with the entire large group when they are all together.   Often enough many of them are relegated to being in the background and the audience is wondering why xxx doesn't speak up or have an opinion.  This happened on Lost a lot.  But sometimes to move the plot forward the writers end up leaving some details on the cutting floor.  It's almost inevitable with this large of an ensemble cast.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interrogation or helpful? (GameStop) on: February 23, 2015, 12:09:51 AM
Or maybe try the complete opposite approach, as soon as they start talking to you pretend you are checking them out and make them insanely uncomfortable.

"Ohhhh myyyy, is that the last copy of Majora's Mask in your pants?"   nod dude Fabulous
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interrogation or helpful? (GameStop) on: February 21, 2015, 12:41:22 AM
That sounds ridiculous, it reminds me a bit of that Comcast phone call thing that was going around a while back.

I pretty much don't buy from stores much at all these days, generally I do downloads now since many "unlock" essentially a full day sooner if it's the midnight before.  Otherwise just through Amazon.  But even the last few times I've been to a Gamestop I didn't get anything near this amount of attention. 

Are you sure he wasn't hitting on you?  Did you see his nametag, it wasn't "Rittchard" was it?   icon_eek icon_eek icon_eek
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Phase 3 Updates on: February 20, 2015, 12:56:12 AM
After I had mentioned Dylan O' Brien for Spidey, I found it's been making the news quite a bit:

http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/02/18/why-dylan-o-brien-is-the-spider-man-the-mcu-needs-2704487?

Probably a lot of wishful thinking, but news is claiming he and Logan Lerman are the front-runners.  Logan is a good actor and may have a larger fan base (from Percy Jackson), but Dylan is far and away the better choice.  While I've liked Tobey and Andrew, the thing that both lack (and Logan as well) is the innate sense of humor that I think the Spiderman character in the films is missing.  Sure they've had some fun one-liners, but they often felt a bit forced to me.  Dylan has a much more natural comic sense and timing than these other actors, but he can do all the nerdy, sensitive, action and sexy stuff on top of that.  It didn't come across much in Maze Runner, but it does on Teen Wolf and on his Youtube presence.  I really think he could potentially fit the Spiderman role the way that Robert Downey Jr. took to Iron Man.  Keeping my fingers crossed.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's been a while -- (Re)Introducing the Gaming Trend Team! on: February 20, 2015, 12:39:32 AM
This is a very exciting thread, glad to meet everyone - but Ron promised me there would be shirtless photos of all of you.   nod
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 18, 2015, 09:55:31 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 18, 2015, 07:16:39 PM

Does this mean we're getting

Spoiler for Hiden:
a Jesus?

I think the bigger question is whether we are getting...

Spoiler for Hiden:
a NEGAN!

and of course whether that ties into the fate of...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Glen...  crybaby eek Beat that horse! 

They've certainly teased with the baseball bat.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 18, 2015, 05:54:11 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 18, 2015, 04:02:59 AM

I'll go along with that. Creepy clean-cut guy is obviously going to be a problem. Clean-cut guys always are. I hope he doesn't derail the journey-to-DC arc because I like TWD best when they're on the road.

It's really interesting to hear the fan reaction to the new guy.  I often wish I could experience the show without having read any of the comics to have a completely unbiased outlook watching it.  Even though the writers have departed from the comic early and often, many of the core characters, plot locales and themes are the same or similar. 

What's Aaron's secret????

Spoiler for Hiden:
He's GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous

You want to know more? 

Spoiler for Hiden:
In the comic he's a good guy!!!

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick my next game on: February 18, 2015, 01:10:06 AM

Quote from: JayDee on February 17, 2015, 09:02:09 PM

I really want to get DA: I if only because I want to get involved in a big, deep RPG. But there is no guarantee I'm going to like it since it's been years since I've played a tactical RPG. SoM, however, is right up my alley. I really like Action RPGs. So I *should* get that to stay in my comfort zone, right? But I've heard such good things about DA: I. I want to experience that joy too!!!!

Keep in mind DA:I can be played very much like an Action RPG if you so desire.  If you play on an easier difficulty and allow your other part members to pretty much do whatever they want, combat can have a pretty action-y feel to it. 
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 17, 2015, 06:29:27 PM
Interesting transition episode this week.  Nice to finally see Aaron show up, what a cutie! 

I imagine some people may not have enjoyed the slower pace, but I thought it made for a good mourning/catharsis episode (as well as transition to the next phase of the show), since the audience really didn't get that last week.  It was really nice to see the entire group in their full glory all together, which is such a rarity in this show.  Even though they weren't doing a whole lot, I found it comforting to see everyone and some characters interact that generally have not been shown together.  I also liked seeing some of the more "realistic" elements that often get glossed over, such as lack of food and more importantly, water.  Of course I still wonder how Judith stays so chubby, I have a theory that she's secretly a hybrid zombie baby that goes off and eats people when no one's paying attention.
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Playing Diablo 2 on a Windows Tablet? on: February 11, 2015, 10:13:24 PM
Just a brief update, I was able to get things more or less running fairly easily.  I couldn't get that thing I bought from Steam to work correctly, but the Touchmousepointer did work, with the caveat I had to run D2 in a window.

Short version - it works, but the interface is, not surprisingly, awkward.  This is partially because of the effectiveness/sensitivity of touchmousepointer, but also because of the way D2 is strictly point and click.  It seems like it really wouldn't be difficult at all to do a mixed interface update that would make it run smoother and allow people to play D2 on Windows tablets with minimal fuss.  Thumb-stick control on the left and two buttons on the right and the game would be playable.  If I get more time I may take a look at virtualgamepad again.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Phase 3 Updates on: February 10, 2015, 08:57:43 PM
I do hope they put Spidey in Civil War.  I'd be even happier if they cast Dylan O' Brien, I think he's got just the right amount of charm, nerdiness, sexiness and humor.

http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/content/casting-5-actors-marvels-spider-man

I do hope the stand-alone movie is not yet another retelling of the origin story.  How many different ways can you get bit by a radioactive spider?!?

28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 10, 2015, 12:38:14 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 09, 2015, 11:33:08 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 09, 2015, 09:11:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 09, 2015, 08:39:34 PM

I can't imagine how it was "lame".

Boring, with needless cameos from past cast members that were silly, an uninteresting story line of watching a character (that they never developed into anything interesting) dying, dragged out for an hour, etc. This is the most wish-washy shows I have ever watched, some great stuff, interrupted with long boring shows with uninspired writing. I just don't care about the characters, I don't find them interesting. They were in the early seasons, there were dynamics between them. Now, I don't know how to describe it, they are just boring and predictable. I want Rick to die at this point, the shows needs to move in a different direction.

Lee, I almost can't respond to this (though obviously I can).

Boring just doesn't seem possible to imagine for me on this one.  The cameos were so far from needless or silly - they were germane to understanding what the other character was going through, which was nuanced and thought-out and so inspired that I honestly can't understand why you're even bothering with the show.  It seems to have moved beyond you.

Have to agree with Bullwinkle, sounds like Lee is mentally done with the show.  Reminds me of a lot of different people reacting to Lost at certain points in the show.  They shifted from avid fans to haters and it seemed like nothing the writers did could change the course.  The fact is it's always easy to poke holes and find things to dislike if that's the mental space you approach it.  I'm actually starting to picture Lee as Jebediah Atkinson lol:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/603074

Anyway back to the ep, I also have to agree that the cameos were excellent, though I think one cameo I would have liked to have seen would be his girlfriend from the prison.  Also maybe Herschel would have had more emotional impact for the fans.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jupiter Ascending on: February 10, 2015, 12:20:37 AM
I was totally planning to see it but got sucked up prepping my house for some remodel work.  The bad press and general negativity were kind of annoying but that wouldn't have deterred me.  Unfortunately since Kingsman comes out next weekend I suspect I'll miss it in theaters completely, but oh well!  I will definitely grab it when it comes on Amazon.

That said, I have to admit I cracked up a ton for the Spongebob preview...
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 09, 2015, 09:14:34 PM
I read an interview from the writer saying he thought this ep was "like a poem" and would either be a fan favorite or a most-hated episode depending on the person, so that seems to be playing out from the feedback I've been hearing.  Personally I thought it was extremely well put together artistically, but in spite of understanding the themes they were driving at, I was not a fan of the plot outcome and how they arrived at it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
For Tyrese to go out being bitten by a stupid little mini twin zombie was just kind of disappointing.  I get the whole "giving up" and "being done" motif, but there had to be a better way to set it up.  Not to mention he was just reunited with his sister, who just lost someone else she loved, so it's quite a disservice to her for him to just give up at this juncture.  The implication is that he's more or less committing suicide which just doesn't feel consistent with the character.  


P.S.  That link leads me to some Netflix show with two ladies tied up  eek

I think this is where it was supposed to go:

http://io9.com/the-walking-deads-never-been-more-devastating-than-it-1684666091

31  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Playing Diablo 2 on a Windows Tablet? on: February 05, 2015, 10:26:41 PM
There's a product on Steam called Gestureworks Gameplay which seems to address this, but it doesn't appear to be much of an attraction.

https://gameplay.gestureworks.com/

I wasn't able to get the overlay to show up on Diablo 2 yet, but there are some things I probably need to try tweaking.  Will update if I see any notable progress.

It's interesting to me that this doesn't seem to be a space of much interest for gamers, in spite of the growing number of Windows tablets and hybrids out there.  Seems like a ton of older games could be made fun/playable on low end tablets, and even many newer ones could work well on high end tablets like the Surface Pro 3. 

I suppose it's just so much easier to grab something off the App store that was built for touch...
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel + Netflix = Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessic Jones, Defenders on: February 04, 2015, 09:54:24 PM
Nice abs, what a cutie!  Not quite Stephen Amell territory but good enough to get the job done.   thumbsup thumbsup

Speaking of which, seems like the show has a similar vibe to Arrow, but likely much darker.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TurboTax or an Accountant? on: February 04, 2015, 09:48:29 PM
I used to use Turbo Tax or the equivalent for many years until I bought a house.  There were too many things with credits and deductions and refunds and interest, etc etc.  At that point I felt like it made more sense to have a professional do my taxes, just for peace of mind.  Mine was recommended from a friend and I really like her. 
34  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Playing Diablo 2 on a Windows Tablet? on: February 03, 2015, 01:16:38 AM
Has anyone tried to play D2 on any of the newer Windows tablets?  I mean actually playing on the tablet like a tablet game and not using external mouse and keyboard.

It seems like any of them should have plenty of processing power to handle it, but the interface would likely be a mess?  I know there are emulators like:

http://www.lovesummertrue.com/touchmousepointer/en-us/

http://palmtime.net/virtualgamepad/

to help but it doesn't seem like anyone has done it successfully.

- - -

On a side note, I know it will never happen but it would be so cool if Blizzard ported D2 over to tablets in general...
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 30, 2015, 07:12:51 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 30, 2015, 03:13:14 PM

I'm sort of coming to terms with the idea that I'm approaching age 50 now, and my D1/2 memories were when I was about 32 and 35. Virtually all the pals I played those games with then no longer game regularly due to family commitments. So to some extent when I lament the change of the gamer base, I've simply outlasted my peers in PC gaming and am whistling in a graveyard. I sound like Debbie Downer. icon_smile

In retrospect, that sounds 100% like me too lol.  Is there a Debbie Downer emoticon? 
36  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 30, 2015, 01:07:19 AM
Two PC ports are out now:  HOMM3 "HD" Edition and Runespell Overture (poker/solitaire/CCG game).  Both look like pretty solid iPad ports.  I don't think either adds anything to the originals so this is really just for the novelty and ease of playing on the iPad.

http://might-and-magic.ubi.com/universe/en-gb/games/all-games/might-and-magic-heroes-3-hd/

http://store.steampowered.com/app/102200/

37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 30, 2015, 01:00:56 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 29, 2015, 08:19:37 PM

I can't really wail about gamer preferences changing. Except I guess in my days of Diablo I and II, maybe even in terms of City of Heroes for the few months before WoW launched and stole its thunder, is people seemed to play more in those days because the act of playing was fun, act of splurching monsters and doing so through fun, mostly randomized environments (D1, D2, I mean; not COH) was fun. And it wasn't necessarily only to reach the cap and then just keep expecting the game to spit out end game loot repeatedly like a Pez dispenser.

It just doesn't seem like gamers actually enjoy playing games anymore. They don't enjoy the journey, that is. They want to reach the end and get all the best stuff, and then complain about it not really being the best stuff, and nothing new to do, why should I continue playing? This seemed similar to how people reacted to Arrowhead's Gauntlet reboot. Race through the levels, complain there's "nothing new to do" and then stop playing.

At least that's what I glean from the official forums. Perhaps they don't necessarily represent a broad enough view, and I'm oversimplifying the gaming world today.  icon_smile

As much as I like Diablo 3, I said it long ago but once the vision for the game moved away from a number of the things that many D2 fans loved, this was more or less inevitable.  D3 was designed from a skills standpoint so that you would never have to reroll, and I think many people like that style.  But because of that flexibility, you lose the subset of gameplay that involves committing to concrete build choices and sticking with them, and everything that goes along with that style of game.  I completely lost count of the amount of times I started a brand new build with a concept in mind in D2.  But each time I did that, I'd go through the entire game again.  Sometimes people would skip me through portions or I'd get power-leveled, but more often than not, the group I played with would always go through the full game again.  And again, and again.  And it was fun.  I don't think anyone ever got to max level, so there was always that small carrot dangling, and good loot just seemed so much more precious.  In D3 it really is like a pez dispenser and so much of it is just dumped, even legendaries. 

In an odd way, I think D3 just gives players too much, too easily, without consequence or commitment, and that ultimately ends up hurting its longevity.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: January 30, 2015, 12:32:48 AM
Just a general comment, I'm still surprised, but I am really enjoying this show.  Actually both this show and The Flash keep surprising me with how engaging they are.  I was concerned about the Flash's tone being inconsistent with Arrow given that they are in the same "universe" but somehow they are both managing to maintain very separate identities while overlapping nicely.  (Although I can't help but think Felicity would have called Barry over to help take out the Juggernaut and his minions, but oh well.)  Kudos all around.
39  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS, Android] Cards and Castles on: January 27, 2015, 09:36:09 PM
Game was patched again and servers improved.  There are still some issues but things were much smoother last night.

I forgot to mention there is also a draft mode similar to other games of the genre.  You get to select your two factions and then you get a series of cards to choose from to build a deck.

Last night I ended up in an epic battle from Draft.  It kept going back and forth, every single time I thought I had the match under control, my opponent would counter with everything he had.  And then vice versa, it was just crazy.  I ended up winning but I'm not entirely sure what happened.  I think the opponent forfeited but I don't know if it was by choice or if he ran out of cards or what.  While I thought I was up, I'm not entirely sure I had the match won when he quit.  Either way it was one of the best online matches I've had in a long long time.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Helix on: January 27, 2015, 07:11:55 PM
I finally caught up with the first two episodes of S2 and I have no idea what to think.  I know I must have missed a few details here and there since I fell asleep a couple times lol but still the new season is kind of crazy.  Whether it's crazy good or crazy bad remains to be seen.  On the plus side, I do like Matt Long.
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