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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] The Last Ship on: August 17, 2015, 11:38:19 PM
I could swear we had a topic here but nothing showed up on search, so here it is (again?)!  Anyone (still) watching this?

I feel like the second season has been more interesting and engaging than the first.  So the good news it looks like the show was renewed for a third season.

Last night's episode had me riled up over the reaction to the doctor's actions from the previous week.  I definitely enjoy the debate between what is considered right or wrong in a post-apocalyptic/epidemic environment.  I kept joking that none of these guys except the doctor and maybe the Texas guy had the mental fortitude to survive a zombie apocalypse, they'd be too worried about their rules, ship regulations and codes.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 17, 2015, 08:42:02 PM
Watching the promos and reading the initial reviews, it does sound like it's going to progress pretty fast, so I suspect most of my questions will be left unanswered.  I'm just curious how you go from a limited number of zombies roaming around slowly, to fires burning all over the place and giant buildings burning down.  Of course this is LA so we tend to burn shit down at the drop of a dime lol.

One thing I don't remember, was it established that being bitten would cause you to become sick and thus increase your chance of death?  I guess the whole thing for me is usually zombie infestation is a matter of a virus spreading (or not spreading).  Here the virus is ostensibly already spread so that's not what causes the overall "apocalypse," right? 
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 14, 2015, 11:32:33 PM
LOL, yeah what if LA beat the zombie apocalypse, but because we are selfish bastards we just kept it to ourselves?   icon_lol
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 13, 2015, 08:12:49 PM
Both Lee and Punisher's comments/questions are I think what can/will make the new show interesting.  I don't think it was ever officially established how long Rick was out in a coma.  Even though it didn't quite gel, I was under the impression that it was over a month, maybe a couple months?

I had forgotten about the critical detail Lee mentioned, that our group discovers everyone is "infected" already, which actually makes the whole thing even more interesting and actually might create something of a bind for the writers.  We don't know how long it took for this to occur and/or how it spread, as far as I remember.  Presumably airborne if it affected everyone?  Who were the first infected and why, or did it all happen at once?  Let's just conjecture it was airborne and everyone is immediately infected.  Even then there are no symptoms that present themselves until after death.  So if someone just died of a heart attack or overdose or whatever, they may come back as a zombie looking more or less normal.  I'm also not certain they've established if a typical zombie is instinctively out to kill all living people, or are they just hungry to eat and all that was left to eat was people?  Assuming it's the former, and you're now in LA with a few million people, you still have to create a situation where the zombies overrun the vastly superior number of humans.  And that means actually killing a lot of people, since I think we've established being infected alone isn't what kills people, it's actually being bitten/maimed or whatever.

So now you're talking a relatively limited amount of people dying and turning and presumably attacking the nearest people near them, how do the numbers flip so that it overwhelms the existing population?  On an average day in LA county (around 10 million people), about 150-160 people die according to the interwebs.  I'm really curious to see how those small numbers of slow moving zombies without any special powers can kill enough people fast enough to overrun that many people.  At some point people will start figuring some stuff out so it's not going to be that easy for a limited number of zombies to overwhelm them.  Of course the writers can change the rules to make it happen faster or slower however they'd like, but either way, I'm intrigued.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 13, 2015, 12:19:30 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 12, 2015, 10:50:11 PM

I'm certainly in despite the awful title. I enjoy TWD but it will be nice to get away from rednecks in the wilderness.

I definitely like the idea of "fresh zombies" - ones that aren't totally decayed and stuff yet.  Since they've never really established how it began, I'm wondering if there will even be people who are just infected and you can't even tell if they are zombies or not, that could be interesting.

The other big thing is it will be the opposite of TWD in the sense that there are a vast majority more humans than zombies, and in a much more densely packed environment.  How does that play out to get to the point where TWD is?  Does it happen in a period of days, weeks or months?  Or, for that matter, does it necessarily get equally bad in LA (to the point where essentially everyone is dead), because there's no way to know for sure.  

I was skeptical at first but now I'm thinking there are all sorts of interesting things to explore by going the route they've chosen.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 11, 2015, 09:40:26 PM
August 23rd!!!

I wasn't thrilled with the very first promo with that girlish boy running and screaming like a crazed freak.  Actually found it kind of annoying.  But now that I've seen a couple more promos and featurettes, I'm pretty excited.

For those that haven't been paying much attention, the show will be based in LA and focus on a dysfunctional family, starting in the time period where (presumably) Rick was in a coma.  So we'll get to see the zombie outbreak at its start, and in a big city, which should play out with a very different feel.  I thought I read somewhere that eventually they'd catch up in time with the main series, but I'm not sure if that was just conjecture.  While I'm normally not a prequel fan, in this case I'd be fine spending some quality time seeing how things d(evolve) over time.

The main cast looks a little annoying to me, but hopefully once we become invested in some of the characters it will be better.

127  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: New WoW Expansion revealed @ Gamescom on: August 11, 2015, 06:19:39 PM
No idea if this is accurate but does look like it's going down.  Still in the multi-million range though so....
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 10, 2015, 06:24:53 PM
I'll probably get Gauntlet for PS4 - anyone else wanna play with me?   icon_biggrin
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about ditching my unlimited data plan on: August 10, 2015, 06:23:40 PM
I'd do it...  I ditched mine years ago and never looked back.  I have 4 lines on my account and it rarely goes above a couple GB.

The caveat?  Do you think your habits are going to change drastically in the future?  And by habits I'm thinking video streaming on the go.  I don't think anything else really uses the data much.  But suppose you could get really good quality video in the future on the phone, do you think you'd use it a lot?  This also supposes you'd be using it in locations where you couldn't get good wifi.  For instance, my friend kept arguing where he lived his wireless was better than local wifi, and he does a lot of Netflix streaming. 
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resume writing guides? on: August 07, 2015, 06:42:57 PM
Maybe it's different for military jobs in terms of the length and amount of detail expected?

Anyway one of the other things I was told was to omit work experience over 10 years ago, as most consider it irrelevant, plus it may reveal your age.  There's a growing trend these days to seek out youngsters.

Again though, you might be going for a specific audience, so some of these general rules may not apply as much.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resume writing guides? on: August 06, 2015, 11:44:42 PM
I think a lot of it depends on how old you are, how much experience you have, what kind of job you are looking for, what kind of skills you have, etc.  I'm sure the "hot" style/format has changed over the years but there are some general rules of thumb that are fairly universal:

- Try to keep it to a single page.  If you have many years of experience and education, maybe 2 pages, 3 max.  Too much tends to seem annoying and/or verbose and honestly most people will rarely get past page 1.

- If you are young and don't have a lot of work experience to highlight, you can emphasize education/coursework.  Otherwise I think it's more normal these days to leave that later in the resume and focus on (relevant) experience.

- Be specific when you are talking about your past experience, and use numbers or relatable figures, i.e. instead of saying "Helped improve the company's bottom line" something like "Reduced cost of xxx by 75%"

- Highlight your skills and experience up front, particularly as it relates to the job you are applying for.  And make sure you have a keyword section so that search engines will pick up the specific areas you are interested in.  If you can, try to tailor the resume to the specific job description.

- Make sure you don't have spelling mistakes/typos.  With today's resources there's no excuse for it, and yet you'd be shocked at how many resumes I've seen with really lame errors.  It just makes me feel like the person was lazy.

If you want, you can send me your resume and I can look it over.  I'm by no means an expert but I've edited quite a few of my friends' resumes and I have a pretty good eye for catching errors.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/4) on: August 03, 2015, 05:27:16 PM
Slowly convincing myself to get Etrian, even though I rarely end up playing any of these games for more than a bit.  Here's a nice review:

133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Humans on: August 03, 2015, 05:20:38 PM
Did anyone else catch this?  It's airing on AMC, but it might have been on BBC first or something, I'm not sure.  I think there's a total of 7 or 8 episodes.

I happened upon it kind of by accident but was pleasantly surprised.  It's about a world where androids/robots are a regular part of society, but of course a subset of them have achieved sentience and drama ensues.  I like to think of it as kind of the midpoint between Ex Machina and Blade Runner.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Victor Vran - action RPG on: July 31, 2015, 06:19:24 PM
Played a little more last night and am still pretty happy with the game in general in terms of the feel.  Only real complaint is I prefer ranged weapons and it looks like there's only guns (no crossbows or bows?) and I haven't been able to buy or get a good gun drop. 
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: July 30, 2015, 11:19:01 PM
Here's what mine looks like (Black Nylon with Space Grey):

136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Victor Vran - action RPG on: July 29, 2015, 11:30:44 PM
I picked this up last night.  Definitely has a Van Helsing vibe to it, but thus far seems much simpler in terms of character builds and interesting loot.  I'm just starting so I'm presuming it will get deeper later.

I'm playing with traditional controls (mouse + keyboard) to start out, but it feels a little awkward so I might switch to controller. 

There are some design decisions I'm not sure I like, but something about the overall experience makes it feel like a fresh take on the Diablo/ARPG genre.  Oddly enough I can't really say in detail exactly what feels fresh (aside from being able to jump), but that was the impression I had as I was playing.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: July 29, 2015, 11:23:18 PM
I've been experimenting with third party bands.  The Apple sport band just didn't fit well, the holes end up being just off so one is too tight and the other too loose.  I tried a leather one off Amazon which had a slightly better fit but I still preferred something more casual as I tend to sweat a lot around the wrist.  So right now I'm using a Nylon one from here:

I also bought one of the dark brown distressed leather ones which I'll probably use during the winter.  So far the Nylon one has the best fit for me, but I think it's starting to get a bit stinky from sweat absorption lol. 

The prices on third party bands is remarkably cheaper.  You can also buy adapter thingies from Amazon which opens up the door to a ton of standard bands to mix and match with.
138  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 27, 2015, 11:57:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 26, 2015, 01:29:28 PM

I think I like Long Siege, but my brain is having a hell of a time reconciling what's going on in both the upper (battle) and lower (match 3) screens at the same time.  Paying any attention to the combat loses my train of thought on the match-3 part, and vice versa.  Need to get better about managing both.

I apparently missed the part of the tutorial that explained what those dark purple tiles with what looks like an upside-down grey crown do.  Can someone fill me in?

I have similar impressions.  It's kind of a shame, because for the most part, really all you need to pay attention to is the game board.  But a lot of the "fun" is in watching the animations above.  I guess there are things to look at such as targets to cannonball and if your tower needs healing, but generally it seems like I have to focus on matches.

One side note, the game seems to heat my mini up a ton, which I presume translates to battery usage.  Not sure why.

Oh yeah, and similar to Lee, the pauses drive me nuts. 

Overall I do like the game, though I wish they had taken some more of the ideas from Battle for Blood, such as additional unit types and decisions on which unit types to bring into a fight.  But the art style (and thus far) the polish seem much better in this game.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 27, 2015, 08:27:07 PM
I actually saw Pixels, took my nephew to see it (though arguably it was me who really wanted to watch) - not sure why the intense hate.  It was actually fairly enjoyable with your expectations in check.  Of course they started out with a strong appeal to someone more or less exactly my age who grew up playing in the arcade.  And there were some clever ideas and effects throughout the movie using arcade classics like Centipede, Donkey Kong, etc. mixed with a wannabe Ghostbusters kind of atmosphere.  Tyrion definitely seemed miscast or misplaced but Josh Gad made up for all the cast issues, really enjoyed him.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend seeing this at the theater, but I also don't get why it got so severely skewered.
140  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Wanderers Guild trying out TERA ONLINE on: July 24, 2015, 08:16:03 PM

We've been more or less out of commission the last year or so, so we thought it might be fun to have a "default" MMO to fall back on.  There wasn't a huge discussion but we wanted to pick something that had decent word of mouth, would be good solo or grouped, and also free to play.

So if anyone is in the mood, please join us in Tera Online on the Ascension Valley server!  You can get it right off of Steam.

141  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 24, 2015, 08:11:20 PM
Definitely a big thumbs up for The Long Siege.  If you like the general matching type of gameplay of YMBAB but prefer something less hectic, this is a great choice.  The artwork and music are also top notch, and thus far it seems to have a lot of fun upgrades to work up to. 

If you enjoy Asian MMOs, Forsaken World Mobile also released this week.  It's decent for a mobile MMO, might be worth a look if you enjoy this type of thing.  I think I'm on the US Deathbane server.
142  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 22, 2015, 10:48:40 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 19, 2015, 01:43:33 PM

having a lot of fun with a f2p card game called Dragon Wars.

Yeah me too, kind of a simpler Hearthstone if I'm thinking of the right game?

Also, coming out tonight if you are interested in Match 3 puzzler/RPG hybrids is The Long Siege:

On paper it sounds quite a bit like the other game I mentioned a little while back called Battle for Blood.  This one looks more polished and has a more distinctive art style, but less unit types.
143  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: You! Must! Build! A! Boat! on: July 22, 2015, 10:36:58 PM
I still play YMBAB every now and again, it's my goto game when I'm waiting in a line or a restaurant or whatever.  There's a lot going on but the base game is pretty simple to jump in and out of, and it has the feature I like that no matter how you do in a run, it's never "wasted" because you get some gold or other resource improvement.  So it feels like over time, you'll always be able to get enough upgrades to get you through the next challenge. 
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: July 21, 2015, 12:32:04 AM
FINAL BATTLE!!  Discuss!!!

Nice course correction by wiping the horrible Lexi plotlines off, but still using the aftermath to continue other plotlines.

The first couple episodes looked strong, but the whole Pope crap is just irritating as all hell, so forced and contrived and really wishy washy for his character.  I wish Rick Grimes were in charge, he would have chopped Pope's head off in Season 1. 

This show is it's best when it doesn't try to reach too far beyond its capabilities.  The writers seem to want to copy the tone of different shows, particularly TWD, but it's kind of silly to do that.  Anyway, hopefully they get past this and focus on the endgame to close the series out.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: July 21, 2015, 12:13:23 AM
Come on slackers, I know some of you had to have seen this!!

A lot of fun, not the same sort of epic fun as Guardians of course, much more grounded.  I'd say it definitely was a strong showing for such a relatively obscure hero, and that's due to a good script and solid performances all around.  I was hoping for a little more from Evangeline Lilly, but all in all I felt she had a decent role (at least on par with Pepper Potts in Iron Man), and you do get decent payoff for her storyline.  Paul Rudd was great, maybe just a little too laid back, but definitely a good choice.  The scene with him and Falcon was fantastic!  Very happy for him as I've been a big fan ever since Clueless.  Even Michael Douglas was decent (but hopefully you didn't watch him as Liberace and keep remembering the way he whines "Scott" in that movie lol.)

Can't wait to see more of Ant Man in Cap 3 and hopefully Avengers.  I don't know if we really need a second stand-alone movie, but I certainly wouldn't mind.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 14, 2015, 05:52:14 PM
The thing I find interesting is that the front page content on GT seems to be getting better and better (IMHO), but the community involvement seems to be getting less and less.  I have no idea if/how the content on the front page has impacted general site hits, but I'd imagine it should be increasing traffic?  In which case you'd think forum traffic would shift up as well?
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: July 13, 2015, 08:17:36 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 18, 2015, 06:51:18 PM

Also figured out how to change my lights dimness. You have to say another phrase "Set bedroom lights to 50%" for instance.

My Echo had mostly been collecting dust in the kitchen area.  Originally I had intended to use it for music while cooking/cleaning, and maybe to ask the occasional question or two while at the dinner table.  But as it turned out all those use cases were extremely minimal.  So when I saw a note about the Echo linking with Hue lights, I moved it back into my bedroom and dug out the Hue bulbs that had been also collecting dust.  Everything set up pretty quickly/easily, and now I can command the lights, which is a pretty cool feature.  After some experimentation, I was finally also able to import some songs over from iTunes to Amazon, so now I have a better selection of songs that I purchased.  The process was a little annoying but overall not too bad, and I guess there is a limit of 250 songs that can be imported, which is more than enough for me for now.

All in all I am much happier with it now, and I'm glad to see they seem to be supporting it well.  It's still a bit problematic that the system is confined to a single room.  I mentioned this before but I think having multiple microphones (not just the remote) scattered throughout the house would be the ideal solution.  I don't want to have to buy a bunch of base units, plus I'd be leery that they get mixed up commands since I have a relatively loud voice.

Things I would like:

Control of my Nest, that would be really sweet!

Ability to change the name to something other than Alexa or Amazon.  After watching Ex Machina I totally wanted to call her Ava lol.

Ability to change the voice to something custom.  Like Chris Pratt's voice.  If someone can build be a Chris Pratt android I will never leave home again.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/14) on: July 13, 2015, 07:50:31 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 13, 2015, 05:10:42 AM

Stardock's the Sorcerer King is out Thursday for the PC as well.

Which I doubt I am buying at release, but it looks it pretty good.

This definitely looks interesting, did anyone play the early access or beta?
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Waning forum usage? on: July 13, 2015, 07:47:41 PM
I'm just curious, have you noticed a general lowered usage of not just this forum, but forums in general?  Is it because of tumblr, twitter, instagram, etc?  I mean obviously this forum's usage is mostly decreased due to CK leaving, but I'm starting to get the sense that this format for discussion seems to be heading the way of the dinosaur.  Thoughts?
150  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 09, 2015, 11:41:11 PM

Quote from: skystride on July 09, 2015, 07:16:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 09, 2015, 06:44:09 PM

Quote from: skystride on July 09, 2015, 06:29:34 PM

Does anyone have a suggestion for a game similar to Final Fantasy Tactics (srpg)?  I'm not sure if such a game exists (if not, why not?!  seems like the perfect game to play in short bursts)

I don't play much besides Hearthstone so I'm not too familiar with what's out there.  Looking for something else for the commute to work.

Edit: I guess FFT the original game is available (is it a good port?) for a hefty price but are there other options available?

iPhone or iPad?  The FFT port for iPad was iffy when it first came out, but the most recent HD version is fantastic.   Definitely worth the price of admission.

I know I've played a shit-ton of iOS SRPG's with similar party/tile-based gameplay, but none of them particularly jump out in my memory...they all kinda blend together.  I do remember Warhammer Quest being quite fun.

iPhone.  I read a FFT review and seems like as you say, it's not a great port for a small screen.

I suspect it also depends which phone you have.  The 6+ screen is big enough to handle more games effectively.

I never tried it on iPhone, but Lionheart Tactics might be worth a try. 
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: July 09, 2015, 11:37:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 07, 2015, 05:54:41 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 06, 2015, 07:59:36 PM

I don't quite understand the general audience/critic reaction, it seems like people had a pre-determined notion to not want to like this movie

To be fair, I would counter that some people had a predetermined notion they would love this film.  icon_wink

That is 100% true lol.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Scream - The Series on: July 09, 2015, 11:36:20 PM
I've been enjoying it, interesting to see how they really captured the feel of the Scream movies.  I guess the question is how sustainable it is over a series. 

Now if you're looking for a really cool semi-horror-ish TV show, I will re-pimp Teen Wolf, which if you watch Scream you will be unable to avoid seeing promos of lol.  The show runner guy has a pretty twisted mind, he comes up with some pretty twisted stuff.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: July 06, 2015, 07:59:36 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on July 05, 2015, 03:26:26 AM

Time travel paradoxes have always been an issue for the series, but this one was just a total mess. Plus, digital Arnie looked like an action figure. Without spoiling anything really, I think the biggest winners from the events in this film were Sarah's original timeline roomie Ginger, and her boyfriend.

Biggest winner was Sarah Connor who got an upgraded Kyle Reese lol.  Jai Courtney's body, oh my.

I don't quite understand the general audience/critic reaction, it seems like people had a pre-determined notion to not want to like this movie, or maybe just had a very different set of expectations than I did.  Honestly I enjoyed it quite a bit more than Jurassic World, and the audience I saw it with all clapped at the end, which hasn't happened in a long while. 

I actually thought it was a clever use of the characters, and while maybe the time paradoxes weren't all that well thought out, I really didn't care as I had such a good time.  I felt Emilia Clarke did a nice job taking a different approach to the Sarah Connor character; keeping in mind this was supposed to be a very different Sarah with a very different personality than either of the Sarahs we've seen in T1 or T2.  The weakest part for me (but also a bonus in other ways) was having a Kyle Reese that was a little too hot and buffed and sexy (sorry Michael Biehn).  Like am I really supposed to feel sorry for Sarah that she has to do it with such a freaking hot stud lol?  He looked like a renegade from Magic Mike XXL lol. 
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: July 04, 2015, 12:17:03 AM
I think this is the only thread for the new Terminator Genisys movie - surprised there weren't any comments here yet.  Though it does seem like the Off Topic forum is becoming more and more like a graveyard these days  icon_frown

But that's a separate topic.  Just got back from the movie, and I thought it was fantastic.  I saw it in 3D DBOX (motion seats) and it really was like a "fun ride" - as much as I hate that catch phrase for a movie review.  I don't want to spoil anything but suffice to say it felt like a fantastic sequel/reboot that really paid attention to elements of the first and second movies, while adding modern day sensibilities and an "updated" cast.  As a huge Linda Hamilton fan, I would definitely be in the hard to please category, but choosing GoT's Emilia Clarke was a brilliant casting decision.  (Fun fact, now both alternate Sarah Connor's are from GoT!).  As with any time travel/alternate timeline story, things can be a little confusing if you think too much about it, but that aside I felt this was a great addition to the series. 
155  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Albion Online on: July 02, 2015, 08:42:17 PM
I thought I started a thread on this a long while ago but it didn't appear in the search results.  So anyway....

This is a sandbox/PvP/town-builder that's multi-platform (PC and mobile). No classes, skills are based on what set of equipment you choose to equip, but the catch is that it's full loot PvP so you could effectively lose your custom build if you aren't careful. Hopefully the exact gear itself won't dictate the gameplay as much as player skill and player alliances/guilds, etc.

I got an extra day off today so it seemed like a good day to try it out.  They have just gone into their second Summer Alpha, which I believe is PC/Mac only right now. From what I've heard, iOS will require 2GB RAM, which means iPad Air 2 only at the moment, and likely should include iPhone 6S later this year. I suspect that's why they aren't bothering to test until the hardware catches up.

Early impressions are mixed, seems more crafting/gathering focused, but that could just be because I am so green. The graphics engine is pretty old school, I guess that's what it needs to be to support cross platform. That said, there does seem to be something oddly addictive to it. Systems are fairly simple but appear to branch out and allow for a lot of gameplay freedom. I can see how playing with a guild/friends could be a lot of fun, building up a city, etc. No idea how PvP plays out, I'm still deep in the newbie area.

I never played Ultima Online but I get the sense a lot of the influence comes from that game, so those of you old school folks might want to take a look if you get the time.
156  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 06:21:40 PM
Not to derail this thread, but in that poll, what does that last part mean?  "Whites and blacks do not include Hispanics; Hispanics are of any race."????
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/30) on: June 30, 2015, 06:16:17 PM
"WHAM" looks interesting, might give it a whirl if I'm bored enough  Tongue
158  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 26, 2015, 08:25:27 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 26, 2015, 03:14:23 PM

I expect certain people to be very upset about this.

I was super upset because now I have no excuse to avoid getting married!   crybaby
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BBCA] Orphan Black on: June 22, 2015, 06:45:06 PM
Definitely a sweet finale!  I can't believe how quickly the season ended, way too short!! 

The show's dancing sequence (I think it was second season finale but not sure) was probably one of my top all-time moments in all of TV history.  This finale's dinner sequence wasn't quite as strong (for me), but in some ways was even better from a technical and writing standpoint.  Again I was just awestruck by how they've managed to create such distinctive individual characters and present them in such a "normal" fashion.  Somewhere in the middle of the scene I had to remind myself that there's actually a single actress doing multiple parts and I forced myself to look for technical seams in the continuity (but found none).  What an incredible feat.  And I really liked how they brought into perspective Allison's role in the overall story/universe, because all season I was kind of questioning the relevance.  In spite of how much I like Allison and Donnie, their storyline seemed a bit misplaced in the grand scheme of everything going on in the show.  Ultimately I like how that was kind of the point (or counterpoint).  Reminds me a lot of Xander's role in Buffy.
160  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 18, 2015, 09:56:17 PM
I'm enjoying YMBAB a lot, glad you guys recommended it.  I only play it in very small spurts when I'm waiting in line or for food or whatever, seems to work very well that way.

Some other good new releases:

Xenowerk: only played a little but graphics and atmosphere are pretty good on this one

Beast Bound:  I was following this RPG for quite a while and tried to get into beta.  One of the devs has a hilarious presence on the TA forums, but eventually they gave up on beta.  The atmosphere, graphics and humor are all good and gameplay seems solid.  I feel like it could use just a little more polish but verdict's still out.  I'll see how I feel when I get a little further.

Battle for Blood: this one I tried on a whim, and ended up liking a lot.  I actually play this a lot more than YMBAB.  It's another match-3 type of game, but they've added some slight differences to the conventional formula.  Basically you've got a side view raid on bad guys, and your matching controls what units go into battle.  Units are conventional fantasy fare, knights, swordsmen, archer, etc. but the catch is different units have a different percentage chance for their tiles to appear.  You pick from your arsenal which types go into battle in advance.  You also have 5 spells you can use to help out.  Everything is upgradeable with a single currency, which you earn from playing (or IAP).  The problem with the game is it sometimes can get a little too difficult so it's possible to get frustrated.  In most cases upgrading, casting spells, or just getting a better board draw is enough to get you through to the next level.  The other thing that bugs me is it's not clear at all what you have to do to get a 3-star rating (each time you finish you get 1-3 stars).  I am presently on the 50th (of 60) and still don't know when I'll get 3-stars.  And actually I'm not sure what the reward is anyway lol.

Another game that could have used some polish/testing, but I suppose that's pretty common these days for iOS/portable releases.

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