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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 11, 2016, 06:36:27 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 11, 2016, 06:35:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 11, 2016, 06:05:32 PM

Anybody picking this up on PC this week?  I'm curious to hear impressions from those that played on the 360 as well as new players.

I'll be picking this up.

I ordered it too, can I send you all my pawns or whatever??!!
122  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Age of Wushu Dynasty on: January 08, 2016, 09:48:24 PM
I haven't noticed any IAP pan-handling yet.  I did spend a couple dollars to get a nice piece of armor but that was totally of my own volition and curiosity.  Thus far quests have been giving gear out.  I'm actually not quite sure what the in-game currency is supposed to be used for, which I guess is a good thing.
123  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS] Age of Wushu Dynasty on: January 07, 2016, 09:34:19 PM
Wasn't sure if this belonged in MMORPG or here, but I guess this makes more sense. 

Pretty decent Mobile MMO (emphasis on the Mobile) set in ancient Chinese martial arts time.  If you played the original PC Age of Wushu you know the drill already.  If not, think Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon on steroids.  I definitely get a kick out of the animations of jumping/flying around.  The rest of the gameplay is similar to other mobile MMOs like Taichi Panda if you happened to try that.  Hard to say if it has much depth but if you like old Chinese style martial arts movie, you might get a kick out of it.  Pun intended.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface 4 and Surface Book on: January 06, 2016, 10:32:02 PM
I haven't tried the pen, but that aside, thus far I am really happy with the Surface Book.  This is probably the best Windows laptop (in the "ultrabook" class, not talking about desktop replacement/gaming laptops) I've ever used, and definitely is the best tablet/laptop convertible.  Though the hinge makes it look a little goofy, overall the design is fantastic and the usability is great.  Detaching and re-attaching the tablet is seamless, and the functionality as a tablet is solid.  Still I find myself using it pretty much as a laptop in general, and it is pretty much a really good experience.  The keyboard is lacking compared to the Macbook Air, but better than the 12" Retina Macbook.  On the other hand you get a really nice high resolution touchscreen and the capability to turn into a top of the line tablet, while not that useful for myself, is a feature that stands out above the Apple line.  Not to mention the clever dGPU designed into the keyboard, I love that design as it offers the possibility for upgrades of the keyboard portion only to dramatically improve graphics performance.

The one place I'm finding the latest round of ultrabooks lacking in is battery life.  Not talking about the test numbers or the advertised ones, but the actual usage.  I don't know if the MBA I have has some weird magic to it or what, but the battery life is levels above the Macbook and Surfacebook, primarily because it doesn't seem to drain when in sleep mode.  I didn't touch my MBA over an 11 day period, and when I opened it up it was at 85% battery life.  Generally over a weekend it stays at 100%.  Pretty much every other laptop I use will drain significantly even after 4-6 hours.  I really don't know if it's a software or hardware thing, bu
125  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: January 05, 2016, 11:02:35 PM
Very excited for this too.  I really like that they are letting you make your own main character. 

I'm not thrilled with the Pokemon-like double dipping dual version approach, but I guess if you really love the series, that just means more content.  I didn't know which version to pick so I tried to choose the one with better looking people, but that was fairly even.  So I just went with Birthright in the end. 
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: January 04, 2016, 11:33:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 04, 2016, 04:50:24 AM

- the actor playing Kylo Ren seemed like a terrible choice, he always seems like a whiny loser to me. 

As I said to another friend who kept complaining about Kylo, look at who his grandfather and uncle are, and you'll realize the whole family is generations of whiny losers.  So in that respect, they chose pretty much perfectly lol.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: December 23, 2015, 01:09:03 AM
Agree with all of Jimmy's comments!  Definitely one of the best seasons of Survivor ever! 

It's funny because, in retrospect, Jeremy as the winner was all but telegraphed, yet I never really saw it coming.  With all the twists and turns, no one seemed to recognize the true threat and/or do anything to nullify it.  I think the editing was done really well so that it always seemed like things were crazy and up in the air, but once you boil it down, Jeremy was almost as inevitable a winner as some of the more boring season folks.  As he mentioned himself, he should be a favorite in the final given that he's a firefighter, his kids, etc.  He also certainly seemed to be one of the most physically fit cast members, and in a "normal" season would likely be a strong challenge contender.  And apparently most everyone liked him to boot, so his core alliance(s) were strong.  In some ways he reminded me of JT, which he himself alluded to earlier on when he took Stephen in.  And yet Stephen himself was so obsessed with Joe he never got the chance to recognize the larger overall threat.  I found it interesting that people criticized Stephen for wanting to take out "JT" again and again - what other method was there for him to win?  I do wonder what would have happened if Joe stayed in the game, I'm not certain his social game would beat Jeremy.

Ultimately I was most disappointed in Spencer, who I always felt should have a strong shot to win.  He also seemed to completely miss the biggest threat in Jeremy, instead choosing to focus on Stephen as a target, which was silly since he should know he could beat him in challenges and possibly with the jury as well.  Really the two of them should have paired up and maybe taken Abi/goat to the final.  Not sure who would have won in that case.     
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 22, 2015, 10:35:03 PM
Wait are we discussing plotlines from Ash vs Evil Dead now?? 
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 22, 2015, 12:37:49 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 21, 2015, 03:00:29 PM

Saw it yesterday, and while I have some nitpicks, I thought it was a fantastic and fun film overall.  A very worthy return for the series.

Bit of advice though, skip the 3D...it adds nothing and actually makes some of the battle scenes more chaotic than they needed to be.  My second time will definitely be regular 2D.

100% agreement on all the above.  The only good thing about the 3D was I bought 4 collector's 3D glasses   Tongue

Here are my nitpicks/questions/random comments:

Spoiler for Hiden:
1.  Surprised Han Solo's death hasn't been massively leaked yet.  With that said, even more surprised there isn't more talk about whether he is really dead.  In the year of Glenn and Jon Snow, doesn't Han Solo have a chance?  I mean it almost seems too obvious to kill him off after Harrison Ford talking about it during interviews so much.  Not to mention it felt disrespectful and a little mean-spirited to us original fans to not allow the core cast to have a simple one scene reunion.  And I don't mean a Lost-esque "everyone is dead" reunion!!  ...all I'm saying is I didn't see a dead body, so I'm holding out hope that Boba Fett's clone caught him and flew away to deliver his body to Crabba the Mutt.  Or maybe the one that died was a clone and the real one is still stuck in carbonite somewhere. 

2.  Force imbalance.  I think you guys talked about it a bit, but I mean, really, how is it that (even injured) Kylo can't easily take out a couple of kids who have ZERO training in the Force?  Even Luke needed some time before he upgraded to be able to fight.  Not impressed with Kylo as the villain at all.  I guess Gollum has potential but not sure how he's going to hold up in a saber fight.

3.  Speaking of which, LUKE.  Ugh.  Seriously?  He fucks up his nephew's training, and his solution is to become a hermit, hide out in some island, then let out a map of his location, and then let everyone else's lives get fucked in the process of finding it?  Hardly a hero, he might as well converted to the dark side since he's such a major fuck-up.  Not to mention apparently his ability to train really does suck (see #2).

4.  GREG GRUNBERG!!!

5.  C3PO's red arm!  So random but who cares, I thought it was hilarious.  Especially because someone bought me the Funko Pop version for my birthday and I was like, what's up with this red arm??

All that said, I can't wait to see it again!
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: December 10, 2015, 12:29:41 AM
It wasn't so much the twitch factor, although that's certainly a part of it.  It was more just the whole way an entire match played out, it felt like there was such a massive disconnect in terms of player ability/knowledge.  Meaning I don't see how/when I'd ever get a chance to learn the game more.  For me that's exacerbated by the FPS perspective, which I generally seem to have a harder time with than other people.  It seemed like every path I took to get to the main team I'd either get sniped immediately or killed by whoever I randomly bumped into.  Maybe there will be a better matching system or some form of beginner's match in the future? 

As for classes, I tried the shooter the tutorial ran with, and that was pretty much what I expected.  I didn't do too horribly with that.  I then tried most of the different support classes, and they were pretty disappointing.  I almost never felt like I was able to contribute meaningfully.  Compare this to most MOBAs where you have a pretty good sense of how you are helping your team. 

I can imagine with a good team leading me along and explaining the details, the game might be more playable.  Maybe extending the tutorial would help as well, the basic one was so simple it was pretty much useless, and from there the only option was the 1 v AI and a real match.

I think ultimately it might just be the pace that these FPS games play out is just too fast for me to keep up with mentally so it might just be a lost cause.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: December 10, 2015, 12:12:06 AM
Are you guys keeping up with this?  This season has been fantastic.  The mid-season finale was a blast.  I'm a little disappointed in some of the characters that they lost and others that they chose to keep, but all in all it's been a ton of fun.  Action packed and emotionally satisfying.

Interesting though that it looks like the new Captain America movie has nothing to do with the Inhumans.  I thought for certain the way the show was going it was going to lead up to or relate directly to the events in Civil War, but from what I've seen/read it seems to be fairly independent.  Which is too bad because the plotlines seem to coincide really well.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paragon (Epic Games thirdperson MOBA) on: December 07, 2015, 06:59:35 PM
wow that looks fantastic!  I'll try not to get my hopes up  icon_biggrin
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: November 25, 2015, 09:42:56 PM
Looks sweet!  Thanks for the reminder!!
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 25, 2015, 07:26:59 PM
I did the stress test very briefly last weekend and was frankly disappointed.  Partly in the game and partly in myself, for getting my hopes up.  I think I read what I wanted to read, and thought this would bring something really different to the FPS multiplayer genre.  But in spite of it being a Blizzard game, it was pretty much the same experience for me as almost every other MP FPS I've tried.  Jump in, die.  Start over, die.  Die.  Die.  Die.  lol.  I know I'm a broken record when it comes to FPS games, but I still keep getting my hopes up that I'll find one that changes the paradigm and truly allows different styles of play and different (less twitch based) skill levels to succeed.  Sadly this wasn't the game.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: November 24, 2015, 11:30:47 PM
I'm really enjoying this season, it looks like the mid-season finale is going to be a blast.  It's still a bit frustrating to not have a superhero to fight what feels more and more like supervillains, but aside from that, I think they've really done a good job compared to the first season. 

If you gave up last season but thought it had potential, could be a good one to check out during the holidays and get re-caught up.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 24, 2015, 11:27:43 PM
I agree - definitely think someone of significance will either go (or something bad) next week for the mid-season finale.  Rosita, Sasha, Notcop I'd say are all up for grabs.  Notcop may have bought herself some time since they do seem to need at least one doctor-ish character to fix people up and they just introduced the lesbian plotline.  I like the idea of a Sasha/Rosita/Sarge lovew triangle so it would suck to lose any of them.  Gabriel really needs to go, his story has run its course and I don't think anyone finds it that engaging to begin with.  Kind of the same with Eugene, though I think he lasts a really long time in the comics, I'm pretty sure he's still in it now.

A friend and I did have a theory that since Negan is coming, instead of having the same death play out as in the comics, it could be someone that would have an even bigger impact on the tv show - Daryl.  He's so popular he seems untouchable, but that's what Glenn seemed like in the comic.

As for Carl...

Spoiler for Hiden:
There was supposition that he might get his eye blown out like he did in the comic.  Maybe that will take the place of actually killing someone off.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 24, 2015, 12:53:17 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 17, 2015, 01:08:19 AM

In the premiere, they show things leading up to the "plan" and then how/why they have to execute it early.  It all goes well up to the point where Alexandria gets attacked and the horn sounds and screws everything up (that's Ep 2 which occurs in "real time" 45 minutes of attack as shown by the oven timer).  From there you have the clean up and aftermath from the townspeople point of view, which I thought was only a night or two.  In the mean time, you have last night's episode, which essentially covers those same nights. 

So basically this entire season's forward plotline has really only gone maybe 2-3 days in my guess-timation.

On Talking Dead they actually say the entire season thus far has been over the course of one day since the events of the premiere, which is pretty much what I surmised above.  I thought it might be a little longer but I suspect if you watch each ep closely you'll realize only one nights passes in each location.  The Alexandria based ep seemed to have more time passage but I'd have to pay closer attention.  Especially the way Maggie was acting, it seemed like more time had passed.

I love the way they altered the angle on the first scene.  Not too cheeseball, as mentioned you see what you want to see.  Ultimately I think the Enid chick gave it away on TD, she says something like if we see her character again, we will be pleasantly surprised.  Which I immediately took to mean she would be returning for sure and somehow involved with Glenn.  The funny thing was I still kept expecting him to die anyway before the end of the episode, but I guess that would have been too cruel. 
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: November 20, 2015, 03:28:11 AM
Finally got my Pencil in yesterday and had a little time to play with it.  First impressions are this thing is absolutely fantastic.  Hands down the best "stylus" I've ever tried on a tablet, and I have tried many of the top rated ones.  The responsiveness is almost perfect, but the coolest thing is, combined with the right app, how it reacts to different amounts of pressure and angles, i.e. you can even shade the way you used to with an old fashioned pencil.  Unfortunately for me I'm not a good artist by any stretch.  I'm not even a mediocre artist lol.  But man if you like to draw and find a set of tools you like (ProCreate is the one I've seen recommended the most), I think you can do some pretty incredible stuff with this.

Now I'm in the process of re-evaluating all the different apps I had purchased the first go around for note-taking, annotations, etc. to see how they work with the Pencil.  I'm hoping to use this as my primary note taking device for work.  Every previous attempt has failed for one reason or another (meaning I go back to pen/paper); let's see how this goes.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 17, 2015, 01:08:19 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 16, 2015, 08:49:04 PM

I think the show's timelines are so screwed up now, that I need a flow chart diagram to understand the context of each episode. I just feel like I have no idea what timeline one episode is taking place in, in regard to the one before it or the one after it.

Seems to me everything is happening within the same few days of the premiere, flashbacks and backstories aside.  It's kind of like Season 2 of Lost, the same few days from different people/group's perspectives - which I know pissed a lot of people off but I personally enjoyed.

In the premiere, they show things leading up to the "plan" and then how/why they have to execute it early.  It all goes well up to the point where Alexandria gets attacked and the horn sounds and screws everything up (that's Ep 2 which occurs in "real time" 45 minutes of attack as shown by the oven timer).  From there you have the clean up and aftermath from the townspeople point of view, which I thought was only a night or two.  In the mean time, you have last night's episode, which essentially covers those same nights. 

So basically this entire season's forward plotline has really only gone maybe 2-3 days in my guess-timation.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: November 16, 2015, 10:24:45 PM
The weight on the Pro becomes a "non-issue" because it is so large that you pretty much have to hold it with two hands.   With two hands it really does feel incredibly light.  I really doubt people would use it held in one hand, more likely it will be on a stand or on a desk so again, it's a non-issue.  Perhaps not a fair comparison but I think that's the difference.  I was always wanting to use the iPad in one hand but always felt it was a bit too heavy (until the Mini came along).

I'm so jealous Dante was able to get the Pencil, it's pretty much been available nowhere near me, and checking out Macrumors it sounds like hardly anyone has been able to find one.  I have had it on order since the moment ordering began and there's been zero movement.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: November 13, 2015, 01:06:32 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 11, 2015, 11:30:33 PM

Picked up my Pro today.  Haven't done anything with it yet but it just seems incredibly huge.  I mean I know it really isn't that big (And it's surprisingly light even in the box) but it just looks like a weird oversized iPad lol.  

Annoyed that the Pencil and Keyboard weren't available for pickup, what the f is up with that?

Some quick early impressions.  I had really written this off in my head as a gimmicky release, I mean did anyone really need a giant size iPad?  As I mentioned before though I had to experience the Pencil for myself after having bought/tried so many disappointing attempts at styli. 

After day one though, I am starting to wonder if this isn't the next big thing, no pun intended.  This screen size is fantastic for viewing and even the mundane interaction with it just feels slightly different and special, but in a good way.  Yes, without a stand/cover, I am forced to hold it with two hands for the most part and use my thumbs to manipulate.  But that doesn't seem to impede that undefinable magic quality I felt.  When I went back to using my Mini in bed, it felt incredibly small. 

I decided to give the Logitech keyboard case a whirl while I wait for Apple to get its act together.  I'm using it right now to type this.  Using a full size keyboard and looking at this full size screen is really fantastic.  The positioning is a tiny bit off for me in angle, i.e. I'd prefer it lean down a little bit.  But I'm getting used to it very quickly.  It's positioned closer in so it makes using the touch more comfortable than on a touch laptop.  The keyboard itself is pretty nice, and I like how they've used the Apple smart connector to avoid the need for separate power or connection.  Backlit keys are very nice.  Missing a touchpad which I find a little odd but I guess they really want you to use the touchscreen.

Last thing, I did get to try the Pencil out at the store today and it is absolutely incredible.  No lag at all, no problems with other parts of my hand touching the surface, no need for 10 stages of calibration.   I just picked it up and started writing in the Notes app and it was awesome.  I only spent a couple of minutes so it's possible something will fall through with more time, but otherwise it was pretty amazing. 

Long story short, I believe this will take the place for my "large iPad" needs and the Mini will serve as my ultraportable gaming/bathroom/TV/bedtime tablet.  In the weeks ahead I'll see how it works for actual work note taking, and more importantly how it works with Office at work.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: November 11, 2015, 11:30:33 PM
Picked up my Pro today.  Haven't done anything with it yet but it just seems incredibly huge.  I mean I know it really isn't that big (And it's surprisingly light even in the box) but it just looks like a weird oversized iPad lol.  

Annoyed that the Pencil and Keyboard weren't available for pickup, what the f is up with that?
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: November 11, 2015, 11:28:45 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 09, 2015, 10:41:26 PM

Has this second season been worth it at all?  I haven't started watching them at all since I only liked about half of the first season.  Specifically all of the stuff with Bruce and Catgirl was pretty bad, and trying to cram in the big name villains seemed not so great (other than penguin, who was better than expected most of the time).

I've definitely enjoyed season 2 a lot more than 1.  They seem to have found their stride with an even heavier emphasis on the villain characters, and they really aren't pulling punches much.  Penguin and Riddler are off the charts bonkers but fun to watch.  Getting rid of Jada was smart, as she was becoming more and more of a distraction than anything else.  Bruce and Catgirl are still kind of a mess, but they really aren't in it much at all, and the plotline with Wayne Enterprises in general is still interesting.

It's really an odd show with an odd focus and an almost too dark/depressing overtone, but somehow it seems to work.  I think the addition of Morena Baccarin was a lucky godsend to the show, because it brought some beauty and romance and positivity to balance out the bleakness.  I believe she is with Ben McKenzie now in real life, and their chemistry pays off for the show.  Hopefully they stay together.
144  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PS4 community? on: November 10, 2015, 08:44:19 PM
I nominate Forge!!!
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 10, 2015, 08:43:46 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 09, 2015, 01:22:21 PM

Wow, not even a hint of a return yet!  They're really milking it.

If I really wanted to twist my own words to make myself right, I could say that
Spoiler for Hiden:
we got both the breakdown and that shocking lack of response from Maggie
but what happened in the episode wasn't really what I was expecting.

While the response was in character, the motivation for it didn't quite add up.  There are a lot of people still stuck out there and a giant horde in the way of getting back.  I'm not sure what makes it seem that he in particular has to be in trouble.  But I also don't know how else you'd pull it off other than too much time passing, so I guess we'll just have to take it as story convention.

Yeah I agree - granted they did repeat the flimsy plot element that he specifically said he'd find a way to signal them if he was in trouble.  But that seemed more like a plot contrivance in itself.  It's not like any of the others wouldn't try to signal they needed help, or is that a Glenn-specific skill lol?

That said, in spite of this being a kind of slow-burn episode, I did really enjoy the Aaron and Maggie moments, not just the cool "sludge walkers" but the touching conversations.  Ross Marquand is so freaking adorable, I thought for a moment Maggie might just forget Glenn (and forget Aaron's supposed to be gay) and just dive in and go for it lol.  Sorry Glenn! 

On a side note, is there a disproportionate number of lesbians in the apocalypse or am I imagining it?  Or was the doctor not really a lesbian, but she figured she might as well try it out now that the world was ending? 


P.S.  Best.  Slapfight.  Ever!!
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: November 06, 2015, 07:01:33 PM
Have you guys still been watching? 

The last two episodes (2-part) really brought the story together and I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  Sure they played fast and loose with time travel elements, but for the most part it felt pretty consistent, and they explained most of the key plot elements from the premiere.  Plus they tied the story with the original series extremely well.

It's unfortunate they didn't tighten the scripting/characters more in the early episodes, as the focus they put on these last two was really what should have been the emphasis of the show all along.  Frankly as much as I love Zachary Levi, they could have eliminated his entire storyline and it wouldn't have impacted the main plot.  Ditto on the Hispanic family, though at least we got to see some minor ties to the main plot.  I think they tried way too hard at the outset to diversify their cast and storylines, and ended up overloading the audience with a bunch of non-compelling side stories.  This was one of the same problems they had in the original series.  I guess you could argue they wanted to throw in some "red herrings" so you didn't know which characters were important to the main story, but I just don't think it was done effectively.  I'm guessing more people were alienated by the overload than were patient enough to see where they headed.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: November 05, 2015, 06:53:54 PM
Also not a good sign when the lead says he'd rather slit his wrists than make another sequel lol.
148  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 (official review on pp 21) on: November 04, 2015, 06:32:58 PM
Last night I had a great one-hour session of GW2, reminded me again of all the things I loved about the game.  I was wandering around exploring the lv. 35-45 centaur warzone with my new Revenant.  At first I was just moving around to new spots I hadn’t uncovered in the map, and making minor progress on a couple of “Hearts” (the open area quests in GW2).  I wandered into a cool cave which didn’t show up on the map and unlocked a new spot.  Exited that area and talked to a guard, which led to a giant champion mob nearly slaughtering both of us.   Run away, run away!!

Kept wandering when I came upon a big Dynamic Event (big orange circle on the map).  It started with a typical “protect the town through X waves of centaurs” - which incidentally I really enjoy.  There were maybe 4 or 5 other players who had been drawn into the same event.  Together with the AI guards we turned back wave after wave of centaurs.  It was total mayhem and we were blasting the hell out of them, reviving each other when needed.  Aside from just pure fun, I had a couple of XP boosts on, and so XP was flowing like water.  In addition killing these guys also satisfied the “Heart” in the area as well, so as that got completed and the Event ended, I hit the next level.  Wasn’t paying attention to level at all, for me that’s the sign of a successful MMORPG.  The Event ended but then led to two follow up events which essentially took the battle deeper into centaur land.  We fought and fought and won and won, xp flowed, quests completed, gear dropped.  I got a Black Lion chest key which unlocked a Learning Tome (free level). 

So in that one hour, I think I leveled like 3 times from the content and then I used my Tome (probably should have saved it but whatever) for another level.  I unlocked multiple new specializations, got new gear, tweaked my build, managed my inventory, etc. etc.  I’ve left out a lot of other detail, but you get the idea.  In one hour I felt like I had made a ton of progress, in exploration, in character progression, in combat, on the PvE map – it was just a really cool hour of game time.

The problem?  As I’ve mentioned before in other venues, what makes this kind of gameplay engaging is also what can ultimately bring it down if you are stuck playing solo.  The DVEs really need a certain amount of live humans to complete.  For those that don’t know, GW2 automatically forces you to a certain level which they’ve deemed appropriate for the zone.  This is great to allow people of all levels to play together.  But it also means that on your own you generally will struggle or be completely unable to do these events on your own.  The game world is absolutely huge, so it can be hit or miss whether anyone’s around and in the mood to join you.  I remember how I ended up stagnating in my previous runs with the game; essentially I ended up just slowly working on Hearts and dying any time I attempted a DVE.  Level progress became exceedingly slow, as did rewards and gameplay.  It’s like the lack of other people around a zone (and level range) just cascaded the game downward.  I would try to find other zones to go to find people, but it seemed like everyone had moved on to endgame.   

I’m not complaining about the game design (well maybe a little), as I can see why they made most of their design choices.  I just wish there was some way to make it even easier to draw people together to these events (including people who are already deep in the endgame), as they seem to be a great cornerstone for gameplay.  Heck the game may actually benefit from removing some of the empty zones so that people are just naturally more prone to be around each other.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: November 04, 2015, 06:27:15 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on November 04, 2015, 06:12:38 PM

I think they're kind of overestimating Trek's popularity at this point. Trek as a series hasn't been on the air since Enterprise, and I think at this point, they'd need all the viewers they can get, rather than constraining it behind a paywall and limiting its viewers. If they're expecting it to drive their subscription service, they might want to rethink that. The fanbase is already divided enough as it is. Is it really healthy for the franchise to divide itself between those who will/can pay for a service and those that can't? It's the kind of thing that would limit watercooler talk, which is a healthy sign for a series as it shows trending and gets people to check it out. I mean, look at the Walking Dead. I hear so much talk about that, and I don't even watch it myself, but there are times that I think to myself that maybe I should at least check it out. With a show behind a paywall, it's much less likely to happen.

No, my opinion at this point is that a series would need all the viewership it can. It needs a shot in the arm. Otherwise it might just linger.

Totally agree with all of this!!!

To farley, of course you are right that it's not that bad in and of itself.  I'm just afraid ABC, NBC, FOX, CW, AMC, etc will all follow suit.  Even if the cost is not that much per network, just needing to swap to a different app for each one just seems annoying.  Not to mention that many people are already paying for the "regular" CBS by virtue of their general service, so it creates this weird paywall/tier effect that Rumpy talked about. 
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: November 04, 2015, 05:32:18 PM
Wow that's kind of irritating.  I've been dying for a new Star Trek series and this is the format they go with?  I already have Directv, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon.  Now I have to pay for CBS too for a single show I want to see?  Are ABC and NBC going to follow suit too?

As a side topic, I really wonder if crap like this is what will ultimately screw the cord-cutting effort.  How many of these exclusive one/two-off shows to sell a service can be sustained?  I guess you could argue it's my own fault for wanting to see these specific shows, but I doubt I'm the only person who's in that boat. 
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 03, 2015, 09:09:14 PM
Surprised not much feedback on last week's ep.  I'm not much of a Morgan fan, but I still felt they did an excellent job considering this as a sort of stand-alone mini-movie.  The placement of the episode right after last week's crazy one was an interesting/bold choice.  Also surprised they chose to dedicate a full 90 minutes to ANY character, much less not one of the main cast; certainly the story could have been told in a shorter episode.  It was really excellently written and directed, so I guess in the end that makes up for everything else that might have bothered me.  I really like that in addition to just getting the "origin" story of Zen Morgan, we got to see he really is not that Zen at all, maybe just a bad event or two away from going psycho.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Someone told me in the Closed Captions the last scene says "Rick's voice" so I guess he'll head out to save Rick.  I was kind of disappointed as I thought we'd hear a shot and he'd be off to save Glenn.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface 4 and Surface Book on: November 03, 2015, 09:03:06 PM
No updates worth much yet, just haven't had enough time to spend with it.

A few first impressions.  Definitely seems fast and very quiet, even the fans seemed quieter than other laptops I've used.  I really like the hinge design on the one hand, but as reviewers have noted it definitely creates a bit of excess bulk that you don't see in other designs.  Screen looks great thus far and the touchscreen responsiveness is one of the best I've experienced on a laptop.  I generally don't like to use touchscreen on laptops but this one seems to just work well naturally.  The keyboard and trackpad are both OK, not quite as comfy as a Mac but very good, definitely in the top PC convertible/laptops I've used.  Overall, it definitely functions like a standard laptop very well, so much so that I haven't actually detached it yet.  A little heavier feel than I'd hoped, but comparable to other laptops.  More later I hope.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Halo 5 on: October 28, 2015, 09:07:00 PM
I played the first campaign mission last night, reminded of just how absolutely horrible I am at FPS games lol.  Half the time I don't know where I'm going or who I was playing.  Is there a command I can issue to the other guys to take the lead so I can follow their asses?

Still it was pretty fun and the graphics and cutscenes were fantastic.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 28, 2015, 05:05:24 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 28, 2015, 01:27:11 AM

Well Season 1 ended with (SPOILER) a black hole opening up over the city, so you might say that's a bit of a cliff hanger...

Ohhhh for some reason I thought they showed what happened before the episode ended, my bad!
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Halo 5 on: October 27, 2015, 05:17:41 PM
I played the.... download and install for 4 hours and then go to bed version lol.

On a side note, does anyone else miss the days where console gaming meant you just plugged in a cartridge and started playing?  I think I've spent more time this year downloading games, updates, rebooting, downloading patches to games, rebooting, installing, re-installing, rebooting - than I have playing games.  And I'm not joking, between the XB1 and the PS4 it's such a mood killer.  Oh well, just felt like whining a little  crybaby
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 27, 2015, 05:14:22 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 27, 2015, 02:10:05 PM

Oh, and the S1 cliffhanger can go screw itself. It killed me that I couldn't dive right into S2 on the spot. smile

Oh you silly cord cutters!!!  Just kidding  icon_twisted

But wait, there wasn't really a cliffhanger was there?  I thought they resolved most everything coming into S2. 
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 26, 2015, 11:48:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 26, 2015, 09:30:13 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on October 26, 2015, 09:08:02 PM

I watched last week's and last night's episode back to back. Man, that was a brutal grind as a viewer to endure.

It's interesting to read all the rumor scuttle about is he or isn't he dead but I have mixed feelings about that because it seems like such a cheap and gimmicky thing to do to make it look like he died and then surprise! A magic escape.

My theory is that he'll return as a hallucination to his significant other, who will descend into madness now that the only important thing to her is gone. Sort of like when Rick hallucinated Lori after she died.

I think it's the kind of gimmick they can get away with once on this show.  But as I say, I think there will be a balance due for pulling it off.  Someone else big is going to have to go.  It may be him anyway, as I mentioned, and we'll only get a reprieve before he succumbs to the bite.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Or it could be that Maggie just can't take it any more and ends it for herself, though it'll most likely be through reckless behavior.  She has been sitting idle for a little too long as a character.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Interesting that you guessed Maggie, as I just saw a trailer for a horror movie which she stars in (The Boy) and was wondering when she had time to work on that.

Ditto on the guess that he may die (again) anyway - that was also a hot topic of discussion given his fate in the comic.  The difference though was that was a huge plot driver in the comic, whereas if this episode was Glenn's last, it played, as they said on TD, more like Nicholas's final story, not his.  Definitely not befitting a character that we've watched since day one.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Halo 5 on: October 26, 2015, 08:08:44 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 26, 2015, 04:58:33 PM

The GT review is up! Our reviewer, Travis, is a hardcore Halo fan, so I know when he says it's a good Halo game, it's a good friggin Halo game!

Convinced me even though I regret every single FPS I buy lol. 


P.S.  Minor typo at the end of the review:

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At 1080p, and a rock-solid sixty frames per second, there is very little to be desired.

Think he missed a word lol
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface 4 and Surface Book on: October 26, 2015, 07:49:21 PM
Got my SB delivered today but haven't opened it yet, will try to get some impressions up at some point when I get time.  If you have any specific questions let me know.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 26, 2015, 07:48:01 PM
If you were right then damn you Bullwinkle!!!!  lol just kidding!  As I watched that in horror, I kept thinking about your comment over and over in my head.

"I predict that we will lose one of those safe characters this season."

Grrrr, but as they said on Talking Dead, I guess the audience just keeps building up the "can not kill" list in their heads, so taking one out is kind of expected to get us out of our complacency.

I was pretty upset, but after reading a lot of the analysis and rumors online, I felt a little better.  I haven't dared to go back and rewatch the scene to convince myself one way or another.  I think one of the biggest spoilers in that regard is that there was a photo of him filming with one of the newer characters that hasn't even shown up yet, so it's not a flashback.  Also comments he made at one of the conferences seemed to indicate he had more plot upcoming.  But maybe that's all wishful thinking.

All in all another incredible episode.  A lot of frustrating and disappointing moments, but I was on the edge of my seat barely breathing for about half an hour.  They even made me care a little about some of the no-name Alexandrians in such a short period of time, and as much as I hated Nicholas, man what a way to go. 
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