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1  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Warfriends on: January 19, 2017, 05:55:37 PM
Another "1v1" based game just released on mobile platforms - Warfriends - seems like a lot of fun thus far.  The basic dynamic is you are behind cover in the back line of a small 3D-ish combat zone and can only shift left and right.  You've got a choice of 4 weapons at any given time (special, bomb, primary and pistol).  You've also got a squad/team of AI units (snipers, bombers, shooters, runners, etc) to deploy (or auto deploy).  Then let the mayhem begin!  The core gameplay is a 1v1 (PvP) match.

You can unlock new weapons and units along the way (but you still choose your favorites to bring into combat), and everything is upgradeable via in-game cash (plus some physical time), which you earn for every match you play, win or lose.  There are other cosmetic only unlockables as well. 

As you progress in level, you unlock a vs. AI mode which can be played solo or with a friend (not sure if this is live or one of those things you borrow the friend's character, I assume it's live).  More importantly you unlock Warcards.  These are all sorts of special features that change up the dynamic of the game like heals, special weapons and units, etc.  The interesting thing is that they are single-use only.  You bring in 4 from your collection, and if you use it it's gone.  If not it stays in your deck and you can still bring it out at a later fight.  This is a very cool touch that helps to balance out (in the long run) any unbalancing cards, i.e. any super card that seems unbalanced can only be used for one fight.  They come in 3 rarities and can be crafted upward (every 3 trades up).  Interestingly some of the lower cards seem to have effects just as good as the higher ones, and you can keep getting free ones by watching ads (as well as purchasing using IAP, as expected).

The graphics, environments and units are all pretty fun and well done, and the action is fast and furious.  When you add the warcards into the mix it gets crazy fast, and can be a lot of fun.  I don't know how competitive it becomes but I like that there are enough AI variables, plus so many upgrade paths, that seem like they help mitigate too much disparity in player skill.  But clearly skill/aim/decision-making is still important, so that makes it rewarding on that level as well.

As always, I'm "rittchard" in game.

2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rogue One - A Nissan Story on: January 17, 2017, 06:06:57 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 17, 2017, 03:39:48 PM

I enjoyed the droid, the death star, and Vader, and that the visual representation is very close to Ep IV.

Otherwise, it was decidedly meh for me.

You're dead to me.

JK, I thought it was hilarious in the other thread  Tongue
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (January 15, 2017) on: January 16, 2017, 09:21:56 PM
Gonna check out Heroes of Dire.

Looks pretty interesting, it's on so many platforms and yet I never heard of it:
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2017: Traveling Through Marvel's Cinematic Universe on: January 16, 2017, 09:16:55 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on January 16, 2017, 07:37:48 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 10, 2017, 06:07:53 PM

I feel like I'm the only person who has really worn thin on these movies.  

You're not. I feel in general I've outgrown superhero movies. I stopped watching after the original Avengers, which was a fun movie. But I've just grown tired of all the interconnectivity. And I loved all 3 Ironman movies. But somewhere along the line, maybe when trying to watch Age of Ultron, I started to feel disinterested.

In contrast, I've really enjoyed Supergirl which I feel was a breath of fresh air.

Maybe you just like pretty blond girls, you'll be back when they cast Natalie Portman as (female) Thor and dye her hair blond Tongue
5  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Star Wars Force Arena on: January 16, 2017, 05:40:42 PM
That's too bad, Bull...

Anyway, I played quite a bit this weekend and really enjoy it.  I can see that it definitely doesn't have as much of the strategic appeal of Clash Royale.  I guess that may be part of the appeal for me; it's definitely more of a MOBA-lite gaming feel and more action oriented. 

I do admit that the Star Wars theme certainly adds to the appeal.  Having Princess Leia run around blasting the crap out of Boba Fett and Darth Vader is just the right antidote to feeling sad about Carrie Fisher.  The graphics and sound effects are all fantastic, and they've chosen an interesting mix of characters and unit types.

Thus far they have been pretty generous with card packs and rewards, free ones come at regular intervals and like Clash, you win packs based on your ranking which take time to open.  I like that they have a series of "quests/tasks" that give little rewards along the way, and once you finish a set of them you get a free pick of a "Legendary" character.  Helps to mitigate the randomness of just buying card packs.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killing Floor 2 (more zombie massacre-ing) on: January 16, 2017, 05:33:15 PM
I only got to play a little of this so far, but I liked a lot of what I played.  Unfortunately it did make me a bit nauseous/motion sick after.  I tried enabling the crosshair and I turned on the "anti-motion sick" switch (no idea what that does but cool that there is one).  I think I need to slow down the mouse look some more.  It's been a while since an FPS got me dizzy, I'm not sure why this one in particular had any effect, it could be because I'm still getting over a cold.

My only complaint so far was that in the match i joined, they threw me in at the end and it was a pretty high level group fighting a boss.  I died in about a minute and spent the rest of the time watching.  Surprised there isn't any kind of respond or method to bring players back?  I went back and played some more solo which was still pretty fun.  I can imagine if I got the right video settings and into a more suitable group it could be a lot of fun. 
7  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Star Wars Force Arena on: January 13, 2017, 06:28:47 PM
I'm still enjoying it.  For the most part it reminds me of a larger map Clash Royale in the Star Wars world, with all the same good and bad points.  I feel like there is more depth and variety in the units (cards) but that could just be because I'm not familiar with everything yet.   

The 2v2 mode definitely heightens the experience significantly.  I've played only a few 2v2 matches but they were all very different and very fun/challenging.

The problem I see with the game is the same as Clash Royale where you have to keep buying more cards to upgrade, so it feels like you'll fall behind if you don't keep getting fresh cards.  Perhaps the balance is such that a good player can get around that but I don't know. 
8  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Star Wars Force Arena on: January 12, 2017, 09:42:28 PM
Essentially Clash Royale with a Star Wars theme.  Pretty fun thus far but I suspect it will devolve into who can buy the most unit/card upgrades.  Battles are more fun than Clash Royale, and the SW theme is a nice touch.  The 2v2 mode in particular is a welcome change from Clash.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anything you're looking forward to playing this year? on: January 11, 2017, 06:56:21 PM
Pretty much just Mass Effect for me.  There were a couple of action-RPG/MMOs I had my eye on (like Lost Ark) but I think they are all going down the tubes.

Oh and the new Battleheart for mobile  Tongue
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killing Floor 2 (more zombie massacre-ing) on: January 10, 2017, 10:10:17 PM
This looks like fun, is BJ the only person who played it all this time?
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2017: Traveling Through Marvel's Cinematic Universe on: January 10, 2017, 06:18:50 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 10, 2017, 06:07:53 PM

I feel like I'm the only person who has really worn thin on these movies. 

Similar to watching one of the new Transformers movies, they are mostly just nonsense in between big fights that lose my interest by being even more boring somehow.  Didn't care for the Thor movies.  Didn't really like the 2nd Captain America. 

I saw Civil War and can't even remember anything in it beyond the fight at the airport.  And it just seemed similar to Age of Ultron for the most part.  They all just seem to blend together and kind of bore me for some reason.  Introducing more and more crappy side characters certainly doesn't help.

Do you prefer the DC movies?  Did you like Deadpool?  Are you a comic book fan in general?  Just curious.  I'm sure there are plenty of other people who are kind of burnt out on superhero movies in general; they are certainly saturating the market between the 2 Marvel factions and DC.  As much as I love the movies and the genre, even I'm feeling a bit burnt out.  It doesn't help that there's a whole new set of Star Wars movies, and then all the different "book" series, it's like every other movie is an "event."  Then add a dozen or so TV series and it's kind of crazy.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (January 8, 2017) on: January 09, 2017, 09:49:27 PM
I looked up Illyriad and apparently it's a web-browser based game that's been up since 2011?  But I guess now it will be available on Steam, I don't know if it's the exact same game or something different.  Sounds pretty interesting, I find it odd I haven't run across it in the past 6 years.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [netflix] The OA + Other Recent Sci-Fi shows on: January 09, 2017, 09:45:23 PM
Just finished Travelers last night, the finale was fun and I really hope they continue with a second season.  12 eps was OK but I was just getting into the characters and relationship dynamics, they really could have used at least a 16 episode run.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2017: Traveling Through Marvel's Cinematic Universe on: January 09, 2017, 09:44:02 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 09, 2017, 07:34:47 PM

They are a lot of fun generally and while the occasionally mention events from the other movies, in general you don't have to watch them in any particular order. 

That's true, but I think you only get the full weight of the crossing storylines if you watch in order, particularly the Iron Man, Avengers and Captain America flicks, maybe Thor to some extent as well.  I like that similar to the actual comic books, the more you invest in the details the more you get from them.  Or you can kind of just enjoy them on their own.

Either way hope you have a great time with them!

P.S.  I didn't think/realize the 2008 Hulk was considered part of this universe?  Actually I don't even remember if I saw that one now, hmmm.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Spider-Man: Homecoming on: January 06, 2017, 09:16:53 PM
At first I was like "do we need yet another Spiderman reboot?" and then I was annoyed they chose yet another British kid to play it, but he is fantastic!  I'm in love!!!
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: January 05, 2017, 10:58:02 PM
Can't decide on PC or PS4.  I think I prefer PC in general, but I really don't like the Origin system.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [netflix] The OA on: January 05, 2017, 07:30:43 PM
I just finished watching all 10 episodes of Beyond, which was recently released on Freeform (formerly ABC family).  It's an interesting contrast show, with a similar premise (12 year old boy wakes up from 12 year coma... changed), but much less pretentious than The OA.  Unfortunately, it also comes across kind of cheesy in parts, and some of the acting is cringe-worthy.  But it features multiple hot young actors and actresses plus some interesting special effects (used sparingly).  Pretty fun binge with a satisfying conclusion that sets up a second season; it actually took me away from finishing Travelers.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [netflix] The OA on: January 04, 2017, 06:44:21 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 03, 2017, 02:53:33 PM

Just watched the 3rd episode last night and I'm not sure what to think, especially if the finale is all those things the Polygon article mentions. Out of curiosity, do they ever explain what "The OA" means? I have a guess but it's not really based on anything so far other than... guessing.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Not really a spoiler but I'm pretty sure someone calls her "Original Angel" - maybe herself.  There might be other things as well.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: January 03, 2017, 01:21:30 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 23, 2016, 12:18:43 AM

Put another 4 hours in. This will be my last quick update until much later in the game. I'm still greatly enjoying Trails of Cold Steel, and I can see it turning into one of my favorite JRPGs of the year. However, I can also see the game turning off alot of people. After I completed the first dungeon, it was over two hours before I entered the next one. Now, about half of that was doing side tasks, but realize the game is very heavily skewed toward story and characterization in the early stages. Combat takes a back seat.

Yeah, this was my problem.  Funnily after purchasing the game and installing it, I was asked if I wanted to continue my game - and so I eventually realized I had already started playing this game over a YEAR ago.  It started coming back to me, and I had forgotten many of the details.  I tried to get back into the game again yesterday but it was just too slow going for me.  I really liked so much about the game, but as mentioned it took a couple of hours to get back to the action.  During which I was asked to do fed ex quests, talk to one person or another, do some fishing, etc etc.  It really takes its time building the atmosphere but unfortunately I really started to lose patience.  I realize not every game has to be nonstop action, and I really appreciate the kind of open feel the game is promoting but I just don't think it fits my gaming style, which tends to be short and bursty.  The only reason I had a significantly longer block of time was because I have a cold.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [netflix] The OA on: January 03, 2017, 01:12:35 AM
lol AA, thanks for the impressions.  While I usually get really annoyed with shows that overly pretentious or self serving, this one really didn't bother me.  I think it has a bit to do with how little I knew about it and how quickly I watched it (3 days I think).  I rarely go into a show with zero expectations, but this one I did and I think that helped.  If I had read some of the info I later saw, or even known it was written and produced by the lead star (I didn't pay attention to the credits), that probably would have changed the way I thought about it.

For me, what worked for the show was the disruption between episode to episode, which I suppose normally would have really bothered me.  I felt like Ep 1 was taking the show a certain direction and then suddenly Ep 2 went completely sideways from my expectation.  And then Ep 3 seemed like it was the start of a completely different type of show.  The middle episodes were more linear and flowed faster, but then the finale was kind of a letdown. 

Ultimately though, I think the shallow part of me was just into a number of the boys in the show, lol, and that was more than enough to keep me interested.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [netflix] The OA on: December 30, 2016, 06:32:20 PM

Quote from: ericb on December 23, 2016, 04:50:08 PM

It's good...and I'm actually enjoying Travelers as well.  Less puzzles and twisty, more straight sci-fi.  I actually watch Netflix more than anything else lately.

Thanks for the tip on Travelers, I'm pretty hooked about 8 episodes in now.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Carrie Fisher on: December 29, 2016, 03:59:03 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on December 28, 2016, 01:45:12 AM

Screw you 2016

Seriously!  ....and now her mom, Debbie Reynolds, died as well...
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [netflix] The OA + Other Recent Sci-Fi shows on: December 22, 2016, 05:56:35 PM
You may have noticed a slew of short "series" on Netflix the last few weeks.  I have no idea why they are suddenly throwing so many out there, some with very little fanfare, but it's hard to know which are worth the effort, especially when you have like 30 hours of backlog on your regular DVR  icon_wink

Anyway, I took a chance on The OA and was really surprised.  I didn't read up much on it at all, and I think that's the best way to go into it.  I felt like I was constantly being surprised and unable to predict where the show was heading.  Admittedly it's a pretty weird show for lack of a better word, and I hesitate to recommend it on some level.  It's certainly not "fun" in the way Stranger Things was, but does have some of the vibe of that show and perhaps Sense 8.  Ultimately I thought it was still worth mentioning because I found it so completely riveting in parts, but for difficult to describe reasons.

The basic premise, and I won't divulge more than what I saw in the info, is that a blind girl returns home after being missing for 7 years, but can now see.  That's really just the tip of the iceberg for the show, and it goes all sorts of directions, and apparently is filled with lots of interesting puzzles or clues in the background if you are up for that kind of thing (I missed all of that and still enjoyed it).  

So if you're looking for something kind of different this holiday season, give it a whirl and let me know what you think.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 20, 2016, 06:48:52 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 20, 2016, 01:49:41 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita. I literally knew nothing about the game having bought it on a whim when it went on sale. It is easily my favorite JRPG that I have played in the past 5 years. The story is incredibly deep, it sets up each character with their own background and makes them all feel unique. It plays more like book 1 of a novel series that has a planned beginning, middle and end. With part 1 just containing the beginning of the story.

This seems to fit here.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Announced as PS4 Exclusive; First Screenshots Released

Forum Effected - ordered Part 1 yesterday to arrive today lol.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (CoD goes Halo) on: December 19, 2016, 10:10:53 PM
I keep seeing the commercials which look fantastic, twice I thought it was a movie preview - does the gameplay hold up to that?  The reviews I read were mixed on the campaign. 
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 19, 2016, 10:09:16 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 19, 2016, 01:38:42 PM

Biggest surprise is Overwatch.   I'm not much of a FPS, but I can jump into QP (no competitive for me) and feel like I contributed.  I can play at my pace and still have fun

I like the premise of Mafia 3 but the execution was poor.  You were supposed to be the Boss, but damn the game still made you feel like a lackey.   I beat the game, but I mostly skipped all the side stuff to do it. 

Sadly by biggest disappointment was Overwatch.  I thought Blizzard would be the one that made a FPS PvP game viable for me, but as discussed before, it just did not play well for me at all.

Biggest surprise?  That the best MMORPG experience I had all year was in WoW (Legion).  Here's hoping for something new/fresh next year.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WTF Russia on: December 19, 2016, 10:04:49 PM
This is awesome, do you think we can vote Trump in to be in it?  The ratings would be HUUUFUUGGGGGGEEEE!!!!
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rogue One - A Star Wars Story on: December 19, 2016, 10:02:33 PM
I thought the movie was absolutely fantastic.  When I first heard the idea I had my doubts, especially when they talked about it being a kind of "Mission Impossible" type of scenario which I (mistakenly) assumed would occur a while before the first movie.  I interpreted that as being a fun romp, steal the plans, etc. and get out before the dumb empire guys knew what hit them.  I hadn't read about the movie being "darker" so I'm glad I didn't go in with those expectations, and the much weightier feel made for a much stronger movie.  I love that they tied the plot all the way essentially to the beginning of Ep. IV.  Somewhere in the middle of the movie I started realizing they were going to do this and I became almost giddy with anticipation.

As Hark said, I'm sure there are plenty of plot things to pick apart, but at first watch, it answered every question the little kid in me had questioned for almost FORTY years.  It was such a relief to have those nagging nitpicks put to bed.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2016 - Millennials vs. Gen X on: December 16, 2016, 12:13:07 AM
Crazy and interesting finale, with a genuinely likable (or at least non-hatable) cast.  I don't remember an episode where they did 3 immunity challenges in a row, but that certainly upped the intensity level.  As for the final tribal, it was interesting to see how the contestants perceived themselves vs. how they were perceived by the jury (and presumably the audience).  Hannah came across as a neurotic flipper, but seemed to think she was orchestrating big moves/blindsides.  The truth was probably somewhere in between; her flipping was her move, so unless you were in her head and listening to all her reasonings, it just came across as a panic flip.  Ken, in spite of his loyalty shtick and getting out of his shell, I think was perceived as a tag along for the most part who wasn't really playing in the same league strategy-wise.  I thought he'd get a little more credit for his immunity wins, but I guess not.  Maybe just too aloof to anyone outside his core people.  The interesting thing is that he lost in a complete sweep, indicating just how out of touch he was.  Given that, he might as well have stayed with his alliance with David and let David sweep; at least he could say he help up the "honorable" title throughout the game.

Within the final six, it basically boiled down to 3 hardcore players and 3 others (Not really goats but also not power players).  It would have been cool to see Jay, Adam and David as the final 3, the voting would have been so much more interesting.  But with semi-goats Ken and Hannah in play, pretty much whoever went with them was likely to win, save maybe Bret.  So that would also have been a much more compelling, though less deserving, final 3. 

Great season overall, hopefully the next one measures up.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 12, 2016, 11:52:34 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 12, 2016, 08:29:36 PM

Random thoughts:

I really loved the conversation between the priest and hatless hottie, too.  Best thing either of them has done in the series.  That moment of "It shouldn't have been you" really justified a lot of what she'd been doing and explained her jumping the gun with the, er, gun later in the episode.

It may be because the actor does nothing for me, and I can never remember that he was the mayor's son once upon a time, but I have no recollection of him and Rosita being a thing.  Was that sprung on us last night?  If so, it felt a little contrived for the events that followed.  If not, it still felt a little contrived, but I can let it go a little easier.  I did like his practicing for what seemed like a date, but turned out to be Negan.  

I thought Negan solidified that he's not just being crazy and out of control for crazy's sake in this episode.  I've seen some complaints online that he's just crazy or just a thug, but I don't think that's true at all, and this episode showed that he's both smart and calculating, choosing his moments to go specifically over the line.  He saw right through boring Mayor's son guy.  He made examples where he needed to do so.  I was surprised at how much the arbitrary death hit me.  Nicely done.

What the hell was Daryl staring at in that one room?  It looked like a bunch of military figurines, but I couldn't tell if those were supposed to have some sort of remembered significance or if it was foreshadowing.  

At one point, I thought Daryl was going to cut his hair to disguise himself.  At least a trim.  No such luck.

Daryl's beating of that one guy was a nice moment of venting for him.  It seemed to come out of nowhere, but it really didn't.

The rando who came to Morgan and Carol seemed odd to me.  I imagine he was Ezekiel's right-hand-man in that earlier episode, but it was soooo long ago, that he just felt generic to me.  And why the hell did he push the sign that was hiding his hidden caravan down?  Apart from letting the audience see it, I mean.

Anyway, overall, this was a return to form for the show for me, with the promise of good stuff when it comes back in February.

Much agreement on pretty much everything here.  I think my biggest problem with the way they handled this half-season, and probably my only complaint with the writers in general, is with their handling of time passage.  Sometimes it isn't clear that time has passed, or time hasn't passed, and sometimes when it makes more sense that time has passed, you find out really no time has passed.  I re-skimmed some of the comics last night, and while it wasn't the way I remembered it, there was a much more logical flow/progression for Rick's change of heart.  In the TV show it felt like hardly any time had passed, and he just kind of flipped to the other side pretty quick, which kind of lessens the impact of breaking him in the season premiere.  I realize no one wanted to see a bunch of episodes of "broken Rick" but it just seems like this could have been handled better.

Agree on the Rosita/Gabriel scene, finally a nice moment for him.

Rosita and Spencer did hook up a while back, it might have been right after she got dumped for a quick hookup.  I don't remember the details but I do remember her doing it.

Negan is definitely an interesting character, I suspect you'll get to learn a lot more about him as things progress.  You can tell Kirkman just loves him (both the character and the actor).

I also was wondering what Daryl was staring at, all I could guess was it was something they stole from Alexandria so it pissed him off even more?  I also thought he would cut his hair lol, would have been much easier to fit in with the others.  Slaughtering Fat Joe was a pretty big surprise moment, but I agree it totally made sense.  At least we got to see him get a hug in the after show.

The "rando" was Richard, I think he was the guy that got into the altercation with the Saviors in the other episode?  If so he'd be clearly motivated to fight sooner rather than later.  

edit: yeah he was the guy, see

31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 07, 2016, 09:02:26 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on December 07, 2016, 07:27:35 AM

I guess so but why was Jesus in the van?  And why was Daryl the only one who seemed to notice him on top of the truck before it left the compound?  Still need some sort of advancement on the storyline, all I'm getting is various setups that are taking way too long to resolve IMO.

I thought someone (Maggie?) asked Jesus to see if he could find the Savior's hideout, it was at the end of the Maggie/Hilltop episode.  No one else noticed him because he's a freaking NINJA!

I need to go back and reread the comics, but I thought I recall this portion "A Larger World" (forgot the exact title) taking place over a longer period of time.  The TV show seems to be building it up in a much shorter time frame, just spread out across multiple locations.  I think the ultimate point will be that they all need to align together to beat the bad guys rather than each going at it alone.  Nothing earth shattering lol, but trying to coordinate will be the toughest part.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 06, 2016, 11:52:14 PM
Don't think that last episode did much to get people back on board, but I enjoyed seeing a Carl-centric episode.  Of course this entire side plot I find a bit ludicrous, from Carl essentially doing a suicide mission (doesn't he give a crap about his dad or sister anymore?) to Negan NOT killing him.  But... from what I recall, the episode really reflected how the entire event played out in the comics.  The big difference was Carl was much smaller/younger in the comics, so it was a little more believable that his judgment would be lacking, and that Negan would find him more amusing.  Anyway it made for a nice showcase for Carl and a little more insight into the Savior's world. 
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 11:47:07 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
What I think is different is that previous episodes they showed that even with "intent" to harm a human, somehow programming overrode it.  So even though they thought they were self aware they weren't actually independently sentient.  Through suffering and/or finding/solving the maze, Dolores broke this last threshold and was able to physically harm William as well as Ford.  I don't know if we're supposed to assume the same is true with some of the others.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 09:25:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2016, 08:34:22 PM

The "center of the maze" stuff felt like a bit of a copout to me.  And what was required didn't follow for me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
How does killing everyone make them self-aware, exactly?  That seemed kind of "we need this for the story" instead of organic.  Maybe Arnold needed it to get Dolores to kill him, but why did Teddy do it?  

Spoiler for Hiden:
I thought it was that killing a human was the definitive break in being programmed (and controlled) by humans.  Wasn't it a "prime directive" that they could never deliberately harm humans?
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: December 06, 2016, 07:02:22 PM
I apparently pre-ordered Last Guardian a long while back, so I think it's coming today.  Unfortunately after reading some of the reviews, I wonder if that was a mistake.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 06, 2016, 07:00:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 03, 2016, 11:37:37 PM

Pro tip #2:  You get to the Warp Points during battle by holding the warp button (triangle on PS4).  I thought you just had to be facing it, and have been endlessly frustrated that I haven't been able to warp to them consistently.

OMG thanks for that.  It's been driving me crazy as well!  The odd thing is I could swear during the tutorial it worked with just a button press instead of holding it down (I assume that's what you meant). 
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 06:56:07 PM
whhhhhaaaaa????  No discussion at all???  My mind was suitably blown.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2016 - Millennials vs. Gen X on: December 02, 2016, 12:49:19 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 01, 2016, 08:14:18 PM

Damn, last night's tribal council was epic. The person who got voted out got hosed big-time indirectly by Ken the model, who did something so headscratchingly lame it's a wonder he didn't get eliminated himself.

LOL yeah - but shockingly if you watched the actual final vote, none of the drama mattered.  Will actually stayed with his flip so the outcome would have been the same.  Essentially Adam wasted his hidden immunity idol.  That said, it was a little odd how he decided to play it for Hannah, as you said  it seemed more logical to have gone for Ken for being an idiot.

The interesting thing in the last couple episodes is how Jay suddenly went from hot target to "under the radar."  Sneaky!  He's got the athleticism to win challenges and a couple of free votes on the jury, so why not go for him?

That said, I do think neurotic David can bring a couple of sheep with him and win the whole thing.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DirectvNOW Launches on: November 30, 2016, 09:43:27 PM

Pretty exciting, I'm cautiously optimistic.  They are missing CBS and NFL streaming rights, so that could be the limiting factor if that can't be solved.  

Other than that, I've been playing around and it's pretty impressive thus far.

$35/month at launch for 100 channels (live streaming + VOD).  If you pre-purchase 3 months you can get a free Apple TV.  $5/month to add a single HBO channel.  Otherwise you can try it out for 7 days free.  
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2016 - Millennials vs. Gen X on: November 29, 2016, 06:06:24 PM
This season has been fantastic.  Last week's 2-hour episode was pretty epic, ending with stones being drawn.  I don't remember the last time that happened and it just seemed insane in this episode.

I can't say there's any one member I really love, but as a whole I like that just about everyone on the show is really playing.  Of course some harder than others but for the most part there are very few complete sheep.  I think they mentioned it on the show as well, it's almost like a cast of veterans.

I seem to recall early on Jeff making a comment about the final (?) having people you wouldn't have expected, so I'm guessing neurotic David and some form of his alliance ends up making it all the way. 
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