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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: November 28, 2016, 06:33:40 PM
Thanks for the review of the reviews Gratch, I also give a big thumbs up to the Kotaku review lol.

Looking forward to the game, I'm sure I'll never finish it but it looks like it will be fun while it lasts.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 28, 2016, 06:25:44 PM
This one was a pretty nice surprise for me.  I have not been a Tara fan at all, so I thought giving her an entire episode was a pretty risky move.  For most of it I thought it was going to be another Beth-special where they would kill her off at the end.  But instead they did a really nice side story with her, and it does seem like it is a setup to add to the eventual Saviour-rebellion.  I still don't like the Tara character that much, but it certainly helped make her a little more interesting.  I liked hearing she did all her own stunts after just coming back from having a baby, so gets plus points for that.

"Two episodes left" sucks!  I can't recall another ensemble show that has this many interesting characters and fully has the ability to just take a few episodes off to feature one or two of them each time.  Lost was maybe the closest thing, and maybe The Next Generation?  Anyway, I do believe they will be ramping things up as they head to the "winter finale."  Note that Daryl is the special guest for the finale so there should be something big happening soon.  At least the wait won't be as long this time, they are back in February for the back half.

Oh yeah, I think ratings have been holding fairly stable at around the 10 million mark, which is pretty fantastic for a cable show in its 6th season.  I think a lot of people like to save episodes up and then binge watch them all together, so the finale numbers should see a nice spike.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: November 28, 2016, 06:13:34 PM
I can't really figure out what's going on, but I am totally intrigued.  I don't know about some of those more complex theories, though.  Even at face value the storyline(s) are kind of hard to follow, they may risk losing people entirely if they make it even more complicated.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 23, 2016, 09:56:10 PM
New rumors abound that Carl may be the next to go.  His father recently tweeted a thank you at the end of his son's seven year contract (then removed the tweet), and then Chandler Riggs just tweeted he was accepted into college.  Could be negotiating tactics for a contract renewal?  Or maybe he just really wants to move on to college and the rest of his life given that he's spent a huge chunk of it fighting zombies.

But... turns out that the college is Auburn, which I see is very close to Atlanta, so my guess is that he'll just move to Guest Star status and just be in the show less, maybe only film during summer break or something.  Shouldn't be too difficult to pull off given the number of characters they have floating around now.

125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 21, 2016, 10:26:32 PM
Loved seeing Maggie again, I liked this storyline/location better than the last couple.  Happy they let her have some action even though she's preggers.  Jesus was super cool too, I'm hoping they hook him up with Aaron eventually but I guess that would be kind of too obvious.  Carl's pretty long hair is driving me nuts but I did enjoy his scenes with Enid.

This period reminds me of some other series (maybe Lost) where each week you only got to see a subset of the stars, so it would be pretty hit or miss whether you really enjoyed the episode depending on which characters you got to see.  I suspect this is going to keep going a while until they start to unify with the other groups.  Perhaps Carl's road trip will be the impetus, I forgot what it was in the comics.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/18 pre-Thanksgiving edition on: November 21, 2016, 10:19:01 PM
But most importantly, what happened to your tooth?!?!

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I started Tyranny as well, but just scratched the surface.  The character creation "Choose Your Own Adventure" was pretty fun on its own, kind of like that recent game that came out for iOS (sorry can't remember the name off the top of my head) where you make choices about your kingdom.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/18 pre-Thanksgiving edition on: November 18, 2016, 07:02:49 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 18, 2016, 05:43:49 PM

And it looks like I may be getting a surprise root canal today as well.  Woke up yesterday with a massive toothache, seeing a orthodontic specialist in an hour.  Boo.   crybaby

ouch ouch ouch good luck!  As someone who has suffered through many horrible tooth problems I hope it gets taken care of today!
128  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 17, 2016, 05:58:46 PM
Sorry to belabor the point, but another good article on the Electoral College, why it should change (but probably never will, and hey, even Donald Trump agrees!):

In the mean time, the lead is currently around 1.2 million.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Tyranny on: November 15, 2016, 09:02:54 PM
I couldn't find a separate thread for this, surprised as it seems like the type of complex RPG that would be really popular here.  

Edit: Looks like quite a few people were planning to pick it up in the 11/6 Buying thread.

Anyone have any thoughts on it?  The reviews I've read have been pretty positive.  I'll prob pick it up soon.

130  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 15, 2016, 12:28:13 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 14, 2016, 08:26:47 PM

It just seems counter productive to blame the electoral college when it cannot reasonably be changed due to its constitutional protections. 

Constitutional protections for who?  Slave owners?   icon_twisted

Some interesting reading:

As they mention, it is an inherently *undemocratic* system that no other country uses.  Sure there might be some complex system you could come up with to try to appease different factions, but ultimately someone would find something to bitch about, and what could be more truly democratic than having EVERY VOTE COUNT? 

You could argue all sorts of different ways about how such a system favors such and such, but the fact is you don't know what would happen, because we've never had this system.  No one can say exactly how it would affect voter turnout, and even what candidates rise to the top.  But there's no doubt it would be a more accurate representation of the true will of the people.

131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Once Upon a Time + Once Upon a Time in Wonderland on: November 15, 2016, 12:05:00 AM

Quote from: sgoldj on November 12, 2016, 12:05:01 AM

If anyone else is still watching this: Most Disfunctional Family Ever.

I'm still watching but I'm a few weeks behind.  This is my goto relax show, it's nice to have episodes sitting around if The Walking Dead or other shows are too intense  icon_smile
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 13, 2016) on: November 14, 2016, 07:18:22 PM
Shoot, for some reason I thought Final Fantasy was coming out this week!  Bah!

I finally got my shiny (or not so shiny) PS4 Pro set up in anticipation, but I guess I have a few more weeks to wait.  I'll look into those new VR games but other than that probably nothing.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Arrival on: November 14, 2016, 07:15:41 PM
Gonna highly recommend this one.  Easily the best movie I've seen this year, and probably going on my all-time best sci-fi list. 

Reminded me a lot of Contact, with elements of Interstellar and Inception.  As some of the reviews have said, it's a very personal and "intimate" sci-fi story. 

It is fairly cerebral and definitely does not have much "action" per se, so you might need to be in a particular frame of mind to enjoy it as much as I did.  For me, it was the perfect antidote for some of my post-election anger and bitterness, kept me completely engaged for the entire two hours, sometimes literally on the edge of my seat.  It's been a long time since a movie absorbed me like that.  YMMV.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 14, 2016, 07:11:31 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 14, 2016, 04:37:47 PM

I think Negan's great.  Most interesting TWD villain for me, by far.  Frankly, I don't really even want a backstory on him.  I'm sure we'll at least get hints of something, but I wonder if that won't weaken him.

Agreed!  But I think you're gonna get a Negan backstory fairly soon, and I'm guessing it will humanize him somewhat.  In the mean time, I think he's exactly the kind of leader to keep all those crazies in line.  I love how he is constantly testing/goading his people (now including Rick), leaving obvious openings for them to try to backstab/attack him. 

As for Daryl, I suspect he is going to be pivotal as an inside man eventually.

From an emotional standpoint, I really liked Rick's Judith reveal, I thought he played the moment beautifully.
135  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 14, 2016, 07:07:17 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 11, 2016, 09:57:27 PM

Never say never but I can't see the Electoral College being rescinded since it will need 75% of the states and 66% of the House and Senate to change the system.  In no way would the lower population states prefer to see the system change to a popular vote system no matter how logical or sensible it may seem.   That L.A. times article mentions some states want to send all their votes to the winner of the popular vote but look at the breakdown of this election and all those red states across the country, why would they cede power to the mass population centers?  It is a strange system but we aren't getting anything else anytime soon.

I agree it's not gonna change anytime soon, but it needs to be looked at by *anyone* who feels "disenfranchised".  I read over the weekend over 4 million votes from California hadn't even been counted yet, but were considered "inconsequential" to the outcome.  How can you convince people that their votes actually matter in such a system?  Do I have to move to freaking Ohio (no offense) to have a vote that "counts"?
136  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 11, 2016, 09:30:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 11, 2016, 06:26:59 PM

4. Keep clinging to the popular vote number. She's got a lead of something like .2%.  Insignificant. 200k out of 110 million votes.  Let's tear down the electoral college over this!

I haven't seen that suggested here.  It is a data point, however, which I hope those in power remember as they make policy decisions.  

The electoral college system is significant because it affects voter turnout.  It's an antiquated "all or nothing" system that can be strategically gamed and doesn't truly count everyone's vote equally, and really has no place in today's world.  So many people I know did not vote for president because they disliked both choices and/or felt like their vote didn't "count" anyway.  And in California, that's pretty much true.  I started laughing when CNN called California before polls had even closed.  Anyway, here's a fairly informative article that talks about the origins of the electoral college system:

In a year where voter turnout was at a 20-year low, I'd say it was definitely a significant factor.  Honestly the numbers could still have swung either way, but I'd much rather see a system where I felt my vote actually meant a little more and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone.  I think this is a solid topic where the millennials can start exercising their numbers to demand change.

Frankly this may just be me, but I'd like to see the electoral college abolished, and as a consequence re-mold the two party system into something more/different.  As has been suggested in many of the above comments, I don't think many of us fit neatly into either of the two choices as they are currently represented.  If people really want to see a change, that's a great place to start.
137  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 09, 2016, 09:08:57 PM
Thank you guys for this thread.  I was beginning to think no one here cared at all lol.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 6, 2016) - Fate of the free world edition on: November 07, 2016, 07:05:07 PM
I just wanted to say I absolutely love the title of this week's edition  icon_biggrin icon_biggrin icon_biggrin

Probably nothing this week, although I may be tempted by Dishonored 2.  The commercials look fantastic.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: November 07, 2016, 07:01:02 PM
Saw it Saturday and LOVED LOVED LOVED it!

Definitely if you like 3D/IMAX or whatever this is a great movie to see in the best format you can.  I tried DBox again (the motion chairs) and it was a lot of fun.  The seats aren't too comfy unfortunately but even with my motion sickness issues it was a lot of fun.

What amazed me the most is that midway through the movie, I kind of forgot I was watching a "Marvel" movie.  This is where Guardians succeeded as well, almost creating it's own new sub-genre (but still contained solidly within the Marvel Universe).  And this is coming from a Dr. Strange comic fan from way way back.  I thought they did a great job modernizing the storyline but keeping the spirit of the comic intact.  Tilda was absolutely fantastic as The Ancient One, and Cumberbatch won me over even though I had a lot of doubts when they first cast him.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 07, 2016, 06:54:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 07, 2016, 02:55:02 PM

Quote from: disarm on November 07, 2016, 02:25:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 07, 2016, 06:41:28 AM

One question, though: I couldn't make out what was in that photograph.  I assume we were supposed to be able to tell what it was.  Can someone clue me in?

I'm pretty sure that was a picture of the remnants of Glen. Dwight told him that what happened to his friend was his fault, then gave him the picture. Daryl broke down because it was his outburst that led to Negan killing another person after Abraham.

That was my hunch, but I couldn't make out anything.

Couldn't make anything out, but yeah the presumption is it was the polaroid they took of Glenn.

Generally I like these kind of side episodes, but I actually found myself a little bored last night.  I know they had to establish the Dwight character and storyline at some point, and I'm sure Daryl fans were happy to have a full episode dedicated to him, but I just didn't get too into it.  I think I would have liked it more if I had actually recognized the actress playing his wife or had better recollection of the episode where they introduced her, but I had no clue until after they discussed it on Talking Dead.

Looking forward to getting back to the main group again next week, and unless I heard wrong we are getting 90 minutes!
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 31, 2016, 05:33:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 31, 2016, 04:04:02 PM

Carol's reaction to Renaissance Fairburg was pretty perfect, although I was surprised to see her back to her old fake-nice ways, given the dramatic shift she went through at the end of last season (which is clearly still going on, given the zombies-as-people hallucinations she's experiencing).

It was nice seeing the Bullshit King see straight through her bullshit.  However, I have to wonder if his artificial throne will be able to hold up over multiple episodes, from a viewer standpoint.  Maybe Carol will rub off on him (and vice versa), and he'll stop with the pretentious verbiage.  It just seems silly, honestly.  Carol called that out immediately, though, so the creative team is certainly aware of it.

And maybe Carol and the King are going to hook up, being two sides of the same coin, but damned if I wasn't seeing some Morgan Carol love forming in this episode, which is something I wouldn't have thought much about previously.  I could definitely see them growing old in the apocalypse together (certainly it's a better pairing that Rick and Micchone...blech).

Loved the pomegranate stuff. Bitter on the outside, but sweet inside and worth the effort...who does that remind me of?

Hehe, good catch.  I didn't notice it until the actor who played Ezekiel pointed it out on Talking Dead.  Speaking of which, nice ep of TD with the tiger costume and the scrotum tie, it was hilarious and a nice way to exhale after last week.

I'm pretty sure they are setting up Ezekial + Carol, based on the actor's response last night.  Plus he was with Michonne in the comic so it makes sense a suitable replacement would be a character that died in the comics and is extremely popular smile  Daryl will have to get some other younger chick lol.  
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 28, 2016, 08:56:52 PM
That's a mighty pretty thumb, BJ!!   icon_twisted icon_twisted icon_twisted

I've tried a number of clear cases, and I just can't seem to settle on something I really like.  I want something that I can see the jet black finish but the cases I tried all seemed to add some weird glare or giant bubbles, etc.  Presently I just have a "skin" on the back and a shield on the front, then use a thin bumper around it.  It's not bad but the back skin I chose is not working out well.  I think I just need a simple back shield that's similar to the front and keep the bumper.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: October 27, 2016, 09:19:35 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on October 27, 2016, 02:56:15 AM

Buh-bye, Bryan Fuller!! Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised to see this killed off before even premiering.

Ever since the TNG movies ended, I've been begging for a new forward-moving Star Trek show set in the timeline around or after those shows.  Yet all we've been given is prequels and reboot BS.  I can't imagine I'm the only Trekker who wants to see "bold new" adventures instead of one rehash after another.  Isn't the whole point of Star Trek to allow us to encounter the unknown frontiers of space?  Why are the producers/writers to afraid of venturing into new territory?

I say kill that show off and give the franchise to SyFy.  Let them make a cheaper version or something if necessary, at least they aren't afraid to take some risks.  Has anyone watched Dark Matter?  I love that show.  Sure it's been cheesy at times, but it's so refreshing to have a ship-based show that isn't afraid of its own shadow.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 24, 2016, 04:55:21 PM
I guess I was "lucky" that I was pretty much emotionally prepared for the outcome (see my Spoiler predictions above).  I don't know if it would have been better to watch it "cold" with no expectations, or if it would have just been too heart breaking.  Either way it was still a pretty incredible piece of television, just riveting from start to finish.  With all the arm-chop teases throughout, I thought for sure poor Carl was gonna take it for Rick.  The acting and direction was just all around fantastic.

I really appreciated the extra long Talking Dead to help bring the emotions to closure, it would have been hard to process all that without it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think the biggest thing for me was Steven Yuen saying he wanted the death to stay with Glenn, as it was so pivotal in the comics he didn't want to give that up to another character.  Who knows if he really meant that completely, but I appreciated the sentiment.

I have to disagree that the show is just following into the same repetitive themes.  I think as this season unfolds, it will play out differently than people might imagine.  Sure there are some shared elements with the Governor storyline, but really he was small potatoes compared to Negan.  Basically our "star group" is discovering the world outside is a lot bigger than what they thought.  Their experiences having survived "outside" for so long has made them pretty awesome in our eyes, but not so much in the bigger world.  Don't forget they spent a lot of time just hunkered down in camps, Hershel's farm and the prison with very little outside interaction.  How they fit in and adapt and eventually help to evolve within a society filled with actual people are all major thematic changes from the earlier seasons. 

As the producers mentioned last night, this episode was kind of the reset button to help launch and emotionally drive the next big set of storylines.  And I think fans are really going to enjoy it.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on: October 21, 2016, 05:23:44 PM
That was awesome, what I wouldn't give to bear hug Chris Pratt!
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: October 18, 2016, 05:21:34 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 17, 2016, 05:14:23 PM

Falling Water seems interesting thus far, but I'm not ready to make a recommendation.  I've watched about 1.5 episodes, and it definitely has some intriguing elements.  I just don't know if it's sustainable though.  There's a bit of the Netflix Sense 8 vibe in terms of different characters interacting in dreams, but far less sexy. 

Finished the rest of ep 2, and the show is definitely moody and interesting and seems to have a lot of mysteries to solve.  I guess my question is whether they are just too interested in being moody and mysterious and don't follow through with a coherent plot.  There are so many dream sequences it's hard to tell when you are watching something that's "real".
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: October 17, 2016, 05:14:23 PM
Falling Water seems interesting thus far, but I'm not ready to make a recommendation.  I've watched about 1.5 episodes, and it definitely has some intriguing elements.  I just don't know if it's sustainable though.  There's a bit of the Netflix Sense 8 vibe in terms of different characters interacting in dreams, but far less sexy. 
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: October 14, 2016, 08:12:39 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 14, 2016, 04:52:40 PM

The acting is Designated Survivor is pretty bad.  It feels like a Summer TV series more than a flagship series.  Keifer is alright, but everyone else is so cliched, and bland.  I think the would have been a better summer series than a regular series.

Well... as much as I love Kiefer, I never considered him that good of an actor.  There's a few things he's good at, but that's it.  Ditto on Maggie Q.  In this case it really boils down to how much you enjoy the premise, and/or the basic persona/charisma of the main leads.  For me I would pretty much watch either of them in ANY show, so having them both on one is a bonus.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2016 - Millennials vs. Gen X on: October 13, 2016, 09:55:21 PM
Backstab after backstab makes for good entertainment, but last night's seemed a little odd and unnecessary.  Why did the scrawny guy waste his idol on someone who clearly wasn't with him? 

Anyway, loved the reward challenge this week.  That Hulk guy was fantastic lol.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: October 13, 2016, 09:50:29 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 13, 2016, 06:04:45 PM

I really enjoyed the pilot episode of Timeless. I was busy watching baseball Monday, and forgot to catch episode 2.  retard

I found it sort of a hybrid of stuff like Nicholas Myer's 1979 film "Time After Time" (H.G. Wells using a time machine to chase Jack the Ripper into modern day San Francisco); Stargate; and to some extent the alternate reality-stuff in CW's The Flash. I guess I wonder if the network will support a show with what looks like a really expensive costume, settings and FX budget over the long haul.

I liked the cast/characters right away. Hope to catch up on it soon.  icon_smile I'm not saying the show is genius, only that it hooked me quickly and I guess I'd call it easy to sit down and watch.

Agree with that.  It's a fun show with a likable cast and premise, so as long as you don't get too caught up in the time travel paradoxes it should be a nice one to follow.

I'm interested in Falling Water, which I believe starts tonight.  The previews looked really cool, but I don't remember the exact premise.  Something about peoples' dreams converging.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 13, 2016, 09:47:33 PM
Well, if they follow the comic to any extent, which it appears they are, the show should shift dramatically.  Instead of the on-the-run from one pseudo civilization to another, as BJ describes, it starts to deal with different societies existing together and how they interact and work with one another, or don't.  They've essentially started down that road by the end of last season, and it looks like they are pushing that direction in this one.  Negan is, of course, a big part of that.

Admittedly even the comic is starting to feel a bit repetitive at this point, but I think the TV show can still milk another few solid seasons before it gets to the point where the comic is at.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Maggie has a huge role in the comics, so it would be pretty shocking to see her go now, but they've certainly made major divergences in the past (like Andrea).  The question is who would fill the role that Maggie has in the comic, and there aren't too many strong choices. 
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 12, 2016, 11:13:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 12, 2016, 06:57:52 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 12, 2016, 06:14:53 PM

Ugh, saw a new analysis that shows what appears to be Daryl's poncho/blanket on the dead body, but worse what appears to be Maggie's engagement ring.  I don't know if I could handle Maggie being the victim, I think that might be the most devastating loss for me.

Not to mention, that would be a big mistake, IMO.

I agree, but then I imagine Daryl and Glenn fans would probably make the same argument, depending on who their favorite is.  From a storytelling standpoint, I could see arguments for all of the characters.
153  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Who do you think would win? on: October 12, 2016, 06:20:07 PM
This is not a "who do you want to win" poll, but a who do you think would win.

I honestly have no clue.  Seems to me like there are kind of 4 parties/factions floating around so I was wondering which might have the overall greatest numbers.  Don't forget to consider that people who might not normally choose to vote may be more inclined to vote because it's not an electoral system, just a popular vote. 
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 12, 2016, 06:14:53 PM
Ugh, saw a new analysis that shows what appears to be Daryl's poncho/blanket on the dead body, but worse what appears to be Maggie's engagement ring.  I don't know if I could handle Maggie being the victim, I think that might be the most devastating loss for me.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Atlas Reactor on: October 10, 2016, 05:41:36 PM
I've had this on my list of things to try for the longest time (I have the emails to prove it!), but something always seems to get in the way.  Glad to hear it's good as it sounded like a really good concept to me.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: October 10, 2016, 05:31:18 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 04, 2016, 04:33:30 PM

Not sure if it was just bad timing or too dense (or I'm too dense lol), but I found it kind of boring and just couldn't stay awake.  I will try watching it again.

Finally watched and re-watched both first two episodes.  Definitely an intriguing show and premise, but there are some things that nag at me when I'm watching. 

I think from a gamer's point of view, it's really interesting because it's essentially the ultimate "living" MMORPG, more so IMHO than an "amusement park".  What I don't get is how/why it resets every day, meaning how do you create a truly immersive story if it's just going to reset within 24 hours?  Wouldn't it make more sense and be much more entertaining to have something like a "season" where an entire storyline plays out and characters actually have full story arcs and evolutions?  That would encourage more repeat business as well over the long haul.  Anyway, I guess that's probably not important to the overall story.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 10, 2016, 05:24:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 09, 2016, 03:25:25 PM

So if I'm reading it correctly they are saying everyone on Rick's left is safe because the blood splatter is from his right?  So Sasha, Aaron, Carl and Eugene are all safe I guess.  Not too surprising.

So Maggie, Abraham and Michonne are in the clearest spots, the others seem too far for splatter but who knows.

Spoiler for Hiden:
If the rumors hold true, Abraham gets it first, and then Glenn either also dies or dies later.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Oct 2, 2016...late edition) on: October 06, 2016, 08:37:16 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 06, 2016, 04:56:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 06, 2016, 05:21:10 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 06, 2016, 04:24:27 AM

I was out of town for the last week so wasn't able to start the thread.  Glad to see that you guys picked up the slack.  Not.   crybaby

Thank god you're back!  I didn't know what I was buying this week. 

Well, these threads are also for sharing what everybody is buying and starting discussions, not just to serve you!   Tongue

I will only buy something from an EngineNo9 certified "What are you buying this week?" thread. 
159  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 04, 2016, 05:23:00 PM
I'm really enjoying Warlords - Call to Arms, it's a hex based TBS that plays in very quick/small battles.  It starts out relatively slow but there seems to be a lot of progression to enjoy if you like that sort of thing.  The IAP is pretty unobtrusive.  There are some timers to recover units but in general the better you play the less it slows you down, if it all.  On a side note, I really like the splash screen artwork.  Also, it doesn't seem to have anything to do with any of the original/old Warlords games in case you were wondering.  My only complaint is that they don't do anything with units helping each other like they did in some older hex games.  I don't recall a hex game that does that in quite a while, can anyone think of any recent ones?
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: October 04, 2016, 05:17:27 PM
I'd give the Conviction premier a solid B.  If you like Hayley Atwell, you definitely get to see a lot of her  Tongue  The show itself doesn't go too far above a general procedural, and the premier ep had to do a lot of exposition to set things up and give you background on all the side characters.  I think they would have been better served focusing all on Hayley and then slowly introducing the rest of the cast's subplots, more along the lines of Blindspot.  Luckily the cast is generally very likable, otherwise I'd be giving it a pass.

Designated Survivor wasn't as good as I'd hoped, but I still love the premise and it's nice to see Kiefer try to give a more nuanced performance.  Unfortunately as ever his strongest moments are when he's yelling at people, and you only get to see glimpses of that.  Maggie Q has been pretty much wasted in the first two episodes and there haven't been many standout moments. 
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