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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Hannibal on: May 13, 2014, 04:54:30 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2014, 01:53:19 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm guessing yes.  My money is on Jack orchestrating all this and that he'll have to answer to the bureau for it at some point.  I'm more curious as to what's going to happen with Dr. Bloom in the next episode when she's forced to confront the fact that she's been bumping uglies with a cannibalistic serial killer.  I'm betting she showers for 40 of the 43 minutes.

LMAO!!!!!  That would be hilarious.

Also I keep forgetting they have to eventually bridge to the first scene in this season's premiere with the Jack v. Hannibal showdown.  Gotta be soon, right?
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the word? on: May 13, 2014, 04:52:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 13, 2014, 03:08:36 PM

So did we ever figure out what the actual word was?

123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 13, 2014, 04:51:35 PM
Just curious does anyone else have the kinect interface stuff show up randomly while watching TV?  Pretty much at least once a night while I watch TV the little hand appears and the pause/FF/play stuff appears on the bottom of the screen.  I can't figure out what's triggering it lol.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 13, 2014, 04:50:10 PM
OK so that's PS4: 2, XB1: 0 so far!  I'll just go with whatever the majority is here  nod

I was reading about the hardware differences, sounds like it's fairly negligible (PS4 has better graphics memory or something like that?) so I'm assuming both versions will be in 1080p...
125  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Kids say the darndest things... on: May 12, 2014, 11:33:15 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on May 11, 2014, 07:47:59 PM

To me it seems this is coming back in a bad way. Older folks were raised that way and it seemed like we were getting away from that with my generation. Then, BAM! a whole new generation of racist, selfish little fuckers were born. Not a fan at all. 

Welcome to Generation Donald Sterling!!!

So btw, what exactly entails "acting like a chink"?  I've been called a "chink" before but never heard the phrase used that way.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 12, 2014, 11:24:28 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on May 12, 2014, 09:53:37 PM

Yeah, I don't really see why there is any confusion on what the show is going to be about. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

I'm not so much confused as to what the show is about as I am wondering what the intended target audience is, or maybe more why did this idea get a green light instead of something else.  The Marvel universe is chock full of characters and stories, and of all of them, somehow this is what the powers that be chose to bet their money on?  A period drama that's a tangential spinoff to a show whose ratings were already in question (SHIELD), that can't really have direct tie-ins to the next few movies and is most associated to what's generally considered the most boring of all the Marvel movies (Cap 1)? 
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 12, 2014, 09:14:50 PM
Also, THIS!

The Ultimate Evil Edition introduces even more ways for players to share their adventures. A new Apprentice mode boosts low-level players’ power while adventuring with high-level friends, making it easier than ever to play together. Players will also be able to share treasures with other players on their friends lists via an in-game mail system, including mysterious Player Gifts containing rare loot for the adventurer whose name they bear.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 12, 2014, 09:10:52 PM
Sweet!  Which next-gen console version to get though???
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Hannibal on: May 12, 2014, 08:13:49 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 10, 2014, 01:00:12 AM

Best show in television (IMHO) right now.
Just the cinematography alone is worth watching the series.

You just like it because it reminds you of your relationship with Hark, although I'm not clear which of you is which  icon_twisted

Spoiler for Hiden:
OK so I at least guessed correctly that Freddie's death was a fake, but I guess Will really killed and maimed that other animal guy?  I guess it was in self defense so it was OK?
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 12, 2014, 08:01:48 PM
Here's the show description:

‘Marvel’s Agent Carter,’ starring ‘Captain America’’s Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.

Seriously, I don't know who the intended audience for this is?  It sounds like some sort of period piece chick flick lol.  As a chick flick fan, I suppose I'd watch the show if it starred, say, Katherine Heigl.  But as a comic book fan I'm just kind of baffled.  I saw some people saying you'd get to see the early Hydra infiltration into SHIELD, but is that really that interesting?  In all fairness I've never been a fan of prequels so that's probably what's influencing my opinion the most.
131  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: May 12, 2014, 07:50:32 PM
Level 20 Report (cross posting at Wanderers):

I was out for a week on vacation so it's been taking me a little bit of time to get back in the gaming groove. Finally made it back to Archeage and am still finding it enjoyable. It's kind of interesting because I can't say there's any particular feature or specific novelty that keeps me coming back. Pretty much everything in the game I've seen so far (admittedly a limited portion) I've seen somewhere else. But the good news is that for whatever reason, the sum of all the parts seems to provide a very enjoyable experience. This is one of the first MMOs I've played in a long time that really feels like a living, vibrant, populated world with real people, real choices to be made and real consequences to your actions. Is it all an illusion? Possibly, but at least the illusion exists in a form that sets the game apart from many of its competitors.

The basic gameplay is, as noted, pretty old school. Fairly standard questing moves you from location to location, with mob packs littered around every nook and cranny. If you are into varied and intricate subquests, you probably will be disappointed. These quests are pretty simple and generic and seem meant mostly to get you to explore and kill things. What's different from other games are the subtle things going on. Everywhere you go you'll see areas where people have planted crops, generally someone will be tending to their spot or you'll find scarecrows. Every town there are small crafting areas where people will be gathered. You'll see boats, large and small, coming in and out of water areas. You'll see horses, gliders and large carriages, and occasionally people carrying giant boxes on their backs. In the main chat there seems to always be something going on in the justice channel, where trials are held with judges and juries. I have no idea how one becomes involved in that system, but it adds to that whole "real world with consequences" sense. From what I've seen, the penalties are generally time in "prison" for a certain number of minutes, I honestly don't know how that is implemented. There are also occasional messages of a region going into conflict or war, which I suspect will be more meaningful to me at higher levels.

I think my favorite part of the game is the class/character system. You really get to make what feels like significant choices/compromises to tailor the character build to your liking, but at the same time, nothing is set in stone so you can revamp the choices if you so desire. You get a total of 23 skill points to spend by level 50 in 3 skillsets. Each skillset has a total of 10 active and 5 passive skills so that's 45 total choices, meaning for any given build you can only access approximately half of the total, and that even someone with the exact same 3 subsets will likely have a different loadout than yours. The passives require a certain number of points invested in the skillset in order to gain access to the higher level ones. It's totally up to you on whether to specialize in a single skillset or to synergize creating a hybrid between the 3. What you end up with will likely vary depending on whether you are PvE or PvP oriented, support or damage or tanking, etc. With 10 different skillsets to choose from, clearly there is a ton of variation to be had. Even at my relatively low level, when I'm out questing I don't ever feel or see another player doing things the same way I do. I like to pull with a freeze damage spell which gives me time to shoot a fireball. I then switch to a couple of instant arrow skills, at which point I can either finish the mob off in melee or snare and kite him, plus heal myself with an insta-HoT in between. I just added a pbaoe slow/dmg to my arsenal last night, as well as a passive that increases my spell range. My other choices were an aoe trap and aoe heal, so it was definitely a tough choice for me. Definitely plenty to obsess about if you're into that sort of thing :-)

This being a Korean-originated game, you can certainly see the mix of Asian influences with non-Asian sensibilities. The old style grinding of mobs is pretty much gone in favor of questing, yet there are always plenty of mobs spawning so those inclined to do a little old school farming can still do so. Like many of the newer Asian games, you are rewarded in xp for pretty much everything you do (even opening some loot bags gives a tiny bit of xp), but somehow it doesn't feel excessive the way it does in some F2P games I've tried. All in all I'm really enjoying the game more so than any of the last few I've tried (Wildstar, ESO, a couple other F2P games). Whether that feeling continues remains to be seen, as I (hopefully) head further into the real "meat" of the game. I think with an organized and dedicated guild this game could be a lot of fun, as it really seems to be converging into sandbox territory without giving up a lot of traditional MMORPG aspects. We'll see, I hope to be back to report in another 10 levels or so.
132  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wildstar (Carbine Studios' first project) on: May 09, 2014, 11:41:00 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 09, 2014, 02:30:52 PM

I just got an email about the open beta starting.  Should I care?  Has anyone tried this yet?

I tried it in closed beta and to my surprise found the game kind of just ho hum.  I was really looking forward to it too based on the videos and previews, but it ended up feeling like fairly standard fare.  Quest in an area until you finish them all, then move on to the next.  Unlike Hark I thought the art direction and graphics were fine, I just wasn't impressed with the gameplay.  It's possible I just didn't pick a suitable race/class combo, sometimes that makes a huge difference for me.  I'll probably give it another chance at release.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Hannibal on: May 09, 2014, 11:32:18 PM

Looks like from the Almost Human thread we still have a few Hannibal fans out there.

Personally I find this show to be so creepy and homo-erotic I can't imagine it having a broader fanbase, but apparently it seems to be doing OK and got renewed.  Glad there are some people here to talk to about it because no one I know watches it.  But sometimes I fall asleep while watching and lose track of what's going wtf?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Are they turning Will into a full-on psycho killer too?  Or is he just messing with us (and Hannibal)?  Or am I confusing dream sequences with my own dreams with what's actually happening on the show?
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 09, 2014, 11:24:12 PM
Even as an avid comic book fan, I have to say this is yet another show concept I totally don't get.  Is there some burning desire out there to see superhero/comic book based shows with characters that have no powers?  Even Agents of SHIELD was in doubt for a renewal, so I'm not sure where the impetus for a show like this is coming from.  So you like the actress, but surely there is a more interesting vehicle for her in the Marvel universe...
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/4) on: May 09, 2014, 08:28:41 PM
I picked it up for PS4 as well, hoping for something to show off the system.  Pretty much echo what Bullwinkle said.  Overall it feels like a poor man's Dragon Age.  It's nice that they have full spoken dialog, but a lot of it is poor.  It's like someone decided that in order to be "edgy" they should just add a lot of bad language.  Ooooh he said fuck, omg!!!  The facial graphics are surprisingly bad, particularly the one I chose.  I thought it was the best of the choices but most of the time he looks like a ugly neandrethal.  The enemy graphics are pretty good all in all.  I don't know if it necessarily feels "next gen" but at least it's all running smooth at 1080p.

Complaints aside, I do like the combat and the ability to customize your character build.  There are 3 skill trees you can put points into, so you can either focus all on one or mix and match as you like.  Within each tree you can also choose to boost multiple skills or focus on just a few.  I'm going primarily with daggers and magic, I think.   
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: May 09, 2014, 12:14:17 AM
This week's episode was both entertaining yet frustrating.  The editors went to extreme lengths to make you think something exciting was going to happen with Tony and his gazillion idols, but alas nothing came of it.  My boy Spencer is still in the game, though, surprisingly.  Will be interesting to see if he can make an immunity run and make it to the finals.  Doubtful but you never know.  So let's look at what's left.  I have a feeling they might do a 2-man finale this year.  Finale is airing 5/21 (Wed), which means 1 more full episode and a final 4 going into the finale.  I guess they could go either way, I seem to recall they've done double eliminations in the finale before.  Anyway, here's my analysis:

Spencer has to easily be the biggest threat to win it all now as he's friendly with everyone on the jury.  But he needs to win every immunity to get there, pretty much no other way except for maybe playing Tony against Kass next week.  Pretty simple: if he takes the immunities, he wins.  If he doesn't, he's done.  Odds are he will fail and I will be sad frown

Tony, in spite of the lying and weirdness, is probably in the best overall position to win.  He has guaranteed final 4 with his idol collection, and no matter how many people he backstabs, he can still get rewarded for actually playing the game strongly.  He's also got a dedicated sheep follower (Trish) and a strong third (Woo) allied with him.  However he still may have to win one immunity on his own, particularly if it goes down to 2.  If Woo wins and takes him to the final instead of Trish or Kass, it would be sheer stupidity (but still possible given this season's craziness).

Woo is next in line.  He can win immunities and hasn't really pissed people off.  But he hasn't really shown himself to be much of a player either.  If he can find a way to get rid of Tony and bring either one or both girls with him, he has a really strong chance.

Kass is crazy.  The scariest thing about her is she sounds and acts so reasonable, but clearly she's the one with the emotional issues.  Definitely makes for interesting TV but it's pretty irritating.  I just don't see her winning many final votes.  Maybe if it's a duo against Trish but that's about it.

Trish is a sheep, can't see her winning any votes except out of spite for Tony or Kass.  At least Kass can claim some gamesmanship and moves that she made on her own, and her superior talking ability would likely beat Trish in a 2-man finale.

Should be interesting...

137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2014, 11:55:58 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 07, 2014, 08:41:03 PM

Ummm...Smallville ran for 10 seasons. That alone is enough reason for a network exec to take a chance on this.

There's plenty of material to mine here. There's a big gap between Bruce Wayne the kid and Batman that is ripe for the picking. Commissioner Gordon's younger days is another goldmine. And then you have Gotham itself - there are hundreds of good stories that could come out of that cesspool.

Smallville really isn't the best comparison, since the show focused around Clark Kent after he got his powers.  It was very directly a retelling of the Superman origin story, and by the end of the show was more or less the whole Justice League origin show from what I could tell.  Gotham appears to be about... Gotham, as you said, and only indirectly interested in Batman.  So while they may address Bruce Wayne's childhood, that kid isn't the star of the show and it doesn't appear that the goal of the show is to watch him grow up over 20 years or whatever to become Batman.  I'm just not sure the city was all that interesting in the decades before Batman, but I could be wrong.  I guess the organized crime angle could make it interesting.

P.S.  Ben McKenzie!  That's it, man been driving me crazy.  Yes I could have looked it up but that would have been too easy.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2014, 08:30:22 PM
I often wonder what these big over-paid network execs get their money for.  This just seems like an overall poorly thought out concept for a TV series.  I mean, where do they expect to go with it over time?  Every year we get to see lil Batboy and Catgirl get a little older?  Really? 

That said, I'm still willing to give it a chance for Ben (finally remembered his first name lol).
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: May 07, 2014, 08:26:30 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 07, 2014, 07:27:51 PM

Looking at the schedule, season 2 will be finishing right around the time that Avengers 2: Age of Boogaloo comes out.  I highly doubt that there's going to be any crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy, due to the setting and it coming out in August.  Ant-Man would follow at the end of a season 3, with Captain America 3 being in the following summer. 

With that schedule, you've lost anything to tie it to until late in the game, past the point where renewal decisions will have been made.  Starting next season, it's going to have to live and die on its own.  We won't be getting the Thor and Winter Soldier crossovers as close to the actual film events for the foreseeable future.

I don't necessarily see it that way, it depends on how they want to play it.  IMDB has Avengers 2: Age of Boogaloo (LMAO) with a May 1st release date - that seems like absolutely prime crossover real-estate for the end of season 2 and May sweeps.  If they were smart, they can start cross-promoting/seeding the whole thing as an event throughout the entire season 2.  It looks like Fury might show up for this season's finale, which would put the series more squarely in line with the movie continuity (discounting Guardians as you mentioned).  If Fury's storyline continues (even in bits) throughout next season, it would make sense to have it build to his appearance in the next A2.  I mean technically right now there is no Avengers since there is no SHIELD so presumably Fury (and if I were running things, Coulson as well) will be involved in some way to re-assemble them.

The series actually can stand on its own much better now, these last few episodes have proven it.  But with some smart planning the producers and writers have a whole variety of ways to tie things to the movies.  They pulled it off somewhat with the Captain America movie, but I think they can take it even further if they play their cards right.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2014, 04:52:27 PM
I'm pretty sure the entire show concept is "before Batman" - meaning it's not intended for him to ever show up as Batman, or for that matter to be the primary character.  That cute guy from the OC/Southland is the star (forgot his name) of the show playing (I think) young Gordon.  And as the preview showed all the comic characters are kids.  I honestly don't see where they are going with it but I'll watch it just to see that main guy.  I mean is every episode going to be some sort of origin story for a different Batvillain? 
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] 24: Live Another Day on: May 06, 2014, 08:19:25 PM
As a fanboy of the original series, I had a nostalgic blast with the show last night.  Kiefer is in full Jack Bauer persona - eternal growl and "dammit!!!" lol.  Bringing back Chloe and Audrey are wonderful bookends to give Jack some humanity.  I wish I could remember more of how the series originally ended, I honestly don't recall it being so dire for Jack.  Either way it's pretty fun and I just felt happy seeing the show on again.

Making things even better we've got new great new additions: Yvonne Strahotski from Chuck and Catelyn from GoT!   Sweet!!!!

As for the plot, something involving drones and killing the president.  I don't really care, I'm just happy to see the show again lol.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Almost Human = cancelled on: May 06, 2014, 08:12:14 PM
It's interesting/ironic because just last night as I was catching up on TV I was thinking the quality of network shows has never been better.  Even the bad/worst shows seem better and more compelling to me now and I can't seem to keep up with all the shows I want to watch -typically action and sci-fi/fantasy.  It's disappointing that a good sci-fi show like Almost Human gets lost in the mix, but as a whole I feel like there is a better breadth of shows on these days.  A lot of them are going with shorter seasons and more focused storylines, and I think that's great.

NBC's Hannibal is prob the most disturbing show on TV right now.  Bad ratings aside, I'm really enjoying Crisis.  I like Believe as well but have fallen behind in favor of Crisis.  Grimm has been pretty strong as well.

On ABC I've got SHIELD and Once Upon A Time, both of which had very good second halves of their seasons.  I have Revenge recorded but dropped behind. 

Fox had Sleepy Hollow which was really cool.  The Following was decent, but 24 looks like it's going to be a ton of fun.

CBS I don't watch much, just Intelligence for scripted.

As much as you might make fun of CW, their collection of shows are all a lot of fun, and they do give their shows a chance.  The 100 is turning out to be really solid.  Arrow is excellent most weeks.  Even The Tomorrow People has turned around significantly in the last 5 or 6 episodes.  And I still have Vampire Diaries and Originals.

That's just off the top of my head, I'm sure I'm forgetting others. 
143  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: April 29, 2014, 05:59:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 29, 2014, 02:51:42 AM

What does sandbox mean in this sense? No quests?

A full sandbox would be something more like what Everquest Next Landmark is doing, where essentially all "content" is pretty much all player based and created.  Archeage is doing a watered down hybrid version.  There is still plenty of traditional questing, but nothing too deep or involved.  The majority of quests are standard kill X, fedex, etc - but some of them do come with cutscenes which I presume are part of a larger storyline.  Unfortunately the scenes are all in Korean so I'm just skipping them for now.  One side note on the quests: they allow you to "overachieve" in many cases.  So if the quest is to kill 10 spiders, killing 50% more (15 total) gets you a bonus.  Some also allow you to underperform and turn a quest in without full completion. 

The sandbox elements in Archeage are primarily in the crafting and construction.  In the lower level areas there's a lot of farming going on.  I expect in later areas there will be more player housing and buildings.  I think the larger boats and car-like vehicles also need to be crafted.

There's also some form of player justice system as well as pirate factions which I presume are more or less lawless.  Not sure how that works.  The economy is not fully player-based, it mixes traditional vendors and AH with player-generated/delivered products.
144  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: April 28, 2014, 09:53:41 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 28, 2014, 09:50:51 PM

some crazy people are paying $150 to play the alpha, right Raz?

Who you callin crazy?!?!?   ninja ninja ninja
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 28, 2014, 07:57:16 PM
Apparently last night's ep moved away from the books somewhat, particularly Bran's storyline.  After watching it, I was frantically looking in book 3 for the stuff that happened until I checked online to learn it wasn't in there lol.

I guess they also answered my question about Joffrey a bit more explicitly which was cool, as was the stuff with the baby. 

I really liked Brienne's scene with Jamie, so much of the unspoken feelings conveyed was really well done by the actors IMHO.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First CK, now MO? on: April 28, 2014, 07:51:01 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 28, 2014, 01:22:00 PM

I'll hold him down and make him smell my armpits if I do until he agrees to come back to some degree. 

In some circles this would be considered erotic.   Fabulous
147  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: April 28, 2014, 07:47:50 PM
Arise from the ashes!!!!

This game is finally getting closer to release.  Currently the NA version is in Alpha, although it's pretty far along.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 24, 2014, 08:31:18 PM
I guess I seriously underestimated Tony.  Looks like he is in the driver's seat to win the whole thing now as long as he doesn't do anything too crazy.  The super idol almost guarantees him Final 4, so I guess it's a matter of whether he can get rid of Tasha and Spencer and carve a path to the final.  Biggest obstacle now is the two of them winning immunities, but it seems like someone else is overdue to beat them. 
149  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 23, 2014, 11:13:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 23, 2014, 09:10:35 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 23, 2014, 07:55:19 PM

Another new release Wednesday:

I'll probably pick up Wayward Souls and Horde of Heroes.  Seems like the former has a fairly big following, not sure about it myself.  I'm kind of tired of all the recent "retro" graphics games.

Very tired of the retro graphics thing, and Wayward Souls doesn't look at all good to me, bad graphics or not. Everyone on TA seems to be excited about it as well. Plus TA is calling it a rogue-like, I still don't understand what makes something a rogue-like. It's an action RPG. Must be rogue-like because you aren't likely to beat it, it's for the adventure, not the ending?

I don't know the details but from what I gathered, I think it's rogue-like in that it has random/procedurally generated maps and enemies, and you are very likely to suffer perma-death as you explore.  I think something (stats or items) carries over from one play-through to the next, or at least I hope so.
150  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 23, 2014, 07:55:19 PM
Another new release Wednesday:

I'll probably pick up Wayward Souls and Horde of Heroes.  Seems like the former has a fairly big following, not sure about it myself.  I'm kind of tired of all the recent "retro" graphics games.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 23, 2014, 07:06:10 PM
Another good episode last night.  As Turtle said, somehow the acting seems to have improved dramatically now that things are in disarray.  The cast looks a lot more comfortable with their individual roles now as well, so a lot of the dialog doesn't feel as forced as it did early in the season.  Feels like patient viewers are finally being rewarded for having faith in Joss.  Praise Joss!!! 
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] In Your Eyes on: April 21, 2014, 07:44:53 PM
Just read about this, indie flick written and directed by Joss Whedon.

They are trying out a new distribution scheme; you can apparently pay $5 to rent it for 72 hours via Vimeo.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 21, 2014, 05:18:23 PM
Since I work for Directv I probably shouldn't be helping you guys cut the cord lol.  But...  as far as OTA is concerned, it's really all about your physical location (including things like trees, etc) and the antenna you use.  This is a great website to get you started:

Signal strength is generally not an issue, but depending on what's around you where you live, you could get crazy interference.  Or if you're lucky, even a super cheap indoor antenna will work fine. 
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: April 21, 2014, 05:11:23 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on March 27, 2014, 05:53:04 PM

The rest of the outcasts start to go Lord of the Flies pretty much immediately

I read a story where the Lord of the Flies was the "inspiration" for this show.

It's really a shame about this show.  It feels like one of those shows that has 2 or 3 conflicting producers/visions, and almost plays out like 2 different shows running simultaneously.

There's a pretty dark sci-fi story, including elements from Lord of the Flies, that kind of weaves in and out of the show.  One episode had a very young girl cutting the throat of one of the main cast members to end her nightmares, because she blamed his dad for killing hers (and yes he died).  Next episode she was being hunted down by some of the others who wanted revenge, and eventually threw herself off a cliff.  Last episode over 300 members of the space station crew ended up volunteering to die in order to help the remaining people survive longer.  Up until the last minute I was expecting a save, but nope, they all dead.  Pretty heavy stuff.

The problem is the show drifts in and out of CW-isms: awkward teen romance, love triangles, random hookups, etc.  There's not a lot of it but just enough to make the show lopsided.  It's too bad because I think had it been on Syfy or another channel, it could have been a really good "hard sci fi" show.
155  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Multi] Dungeon Quest! on: April 21, 2014, 04:56:33 PM
One more fun feature I recently discovered.  I don't know if I am missing things that were meant to be obvious but I had to read about it at TA to figure it out.  You get 3 character slots (only 2 classes right now, Rogue is coming next).  You normally select one to play - but you can also select a second one to "hire" via hire scrolls.  I think you have to pay for one of the packs or something to get these.  I had purchased a pack to support the game which apparently came with a bunch.  Once you do that, your second character (complete with his pet) joins you as a companion with his complete inventory and skillset intact.  You don't switch between the 2 as in a party game, it works more like a follower in Diablo.  He fights and levels with you and collects the loot appropriate for his class.  Definitely adds something to the game.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 17, 2014, 09:41:34 PM
Jeremiah is the one I've been calling Doofus, but apparently Jimmy was right - so much for my theory that LJ might win.

I'm not sure what's up with Tony, I don't see how he thinks he can reconcile all the lies he's been telling.  His jury vote status is getting worse by the minute.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Following on: April 15, 2014, 06:36:05 PM
I love Bobby Drake!   nod nod nod  So happy for the gratuitous "coming out of the shower" scene last week.  And this week's Jack Bauer moment.  Looks like he might die next week, though, or at least that's what the preview wants you to think?

I think the show already got renewed, hard to believe but whatever!

P.S.  Joe + Kevin Bacon are one of the hottest couples on TV.  I almost thought Joe was gonna give him a hand job.   ninja
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Exclusive Preview] Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II on: April 15, 2014, 06:22:07 PM
You can pre-order to get beta access, essentially like a Kickstarter type of thing.  I went with the $50 pack to show support and get all future DLC.  Haven't had time to check it out yet but based on the preview sounds like a no-brainer.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 14, 2014, 06:10:16 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 14, 2014, 05:42:19 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 14, 2014, 05:33:33 PM

Hooray!!!  Such a fun show!  I do find it amusing how quickly the actor who plays Bran is growing.  If they don't finish this soon he's going to be 6 feet tall and Hodor will neve rbe able to carry him around lol.

Spoiler for Hiden:
So I haven't read the books as close as many others, nor do I remember many details.  Did they ever reveal who actually poisoned Joffrey?  I thought a friend of mine said they heavily implied it was Margaery, but from the previews it didn't look like they were going that route.  Can't really tell for sure, and I honestly don't remember. 

I also don't remember ever having it be so explicit that Brienne was in love with Jaime, I thought it was always more of an implied thing.

Book stuff below, which means they spoil some stuff from upcoming episodes:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Littlefinger talks about the whole thing, but he remains a big vague and makes a point out of being an unreliable narrator on purpose. What we do know for sure is that Sansa brought the poison (unknowingly) to the wedding, while Olenna Tyrell took that poison from her. Littlefinger hinted (if I recall correctly) that Olenna didn't actually do the poisoning herself.

As for the show, I feel pretty certain that they've gone with the Olenna as the poisoner here. We clearly see her lift the rightmost gem from Sansa's necklace (it's so blindingly obvious what she's doing that I'm surprised so few people picked up on it), and she's the person sitting closest to Joffrey's cup before Tyrion picks it up the final time.

I don't think the books ever mention Brienne being in love with Jaime. I don't think she really is, though she does reluctantly admire him. I think her reaction in the show her simply not knowing how to respond to such an accusation from the Queen Regent.

Ohhh thanks!  Gonna have to rewatch that now.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Olenna is that old lady right, played by Dianna Rigg? 

I always felt that Brienne and Jamie had an unrequited love/respect relationship, not necessarily a sexual desire but definitely deeper than either would care to admit. 
160  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: April 14, 2014, 06:06:01 PM
I'm curious if any others besides Ron and myself are suffering from lag and/or load (or other technical) issues.  Also what region you live in.  Both of us are on the West Coast so maybe that's a factor?  The only other common theme I've seen on lag is players from Australia.

I'm starting to struggle with my enjoyment of this game.  I absolutely love the environments and graphics, the open world feel, the music, the voiceovers - all the things that made ES games great.  But the overall multiplayer implementation and tech issues combined with bugs and occasional oddball difficulty balancing are making my enthusiasm wane quickly.

LAG - this is something I haven't seen since Shadowbane.  Kind of like the rubber-banding but not quite so bad.  I'll hit a button and sometimes nothing happens.  Sometimes a couple seconds will pass while the mob is frozen on screen and then the effect (like knockback) takes place.  Sometimes only I'm frozen while the mob isn't, and I'm dead when it unfreezes.  But then some times it will all work as normal and it's really fun.  It's very frustrating, particularly in a game where you need to double tap to dodge/roll at times.  Not being able to count on a spell effect to go off has caused me to die way more times than I can count.  I don't know if this is a pure ping/lag issue or something else.  I've also seen this effect in Chat (as much as a 3 second delay) so it's not a graphics/frame rate problem.  Ditto at the guild bank.

LOAD TIMES/FREEZES - the transition load times are sporadic on my computer.  Some times I load up quickly, other times it takes minutes.  And some times it just hangs completely and I have to logoff and logon to get back.  Talk about immersion killer...

I'm really surprised that after all the betas and stress tests they did, the game still released like this.  I've seen others in zone chat complaining too, but maybe it's not affecting the majority of the population?  Our guild members seem to be doing fine.
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