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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 03, 2014, 11:02:19 PM
The majority of the remaining 10 I just can't see garnering enough final votes.  But that's the beauty of Survivor, you have to vote for someone.  I seem to recall a few seasons where it was basically just pick the best of a horrible 3.   I don't think that will happen this time as there is a good mix of smart players and tools.

Boobs and Jefra can certainly make the final, but only as tag alongs that will never win. Same with Trish, who seems too annoying and loud mouthy.  Tony has actually turned around some from the beginning, and his loudmouthness is mostly saved for the camera.  I still don't see him as a winning vote-getter unless he brings along 2 much weaker players.  Kass I'd say just screwed herself from getting final votes, so she'd need some sort of weird Richard Hatch situation where she got votes due to no better choice.  I don't see that happening but it would be pretty impressive if she somehow got into a final 3 with Boobs and Jefra.

So that leaves...  Doofus, Woo, Spencer, Tasha and LJ.  Woo seems strong in challenges and is fairly likable (how come he got to wear those water socks btw?!!) but seems more of a follower type.  Same with Doofus.  Any of the remaining 3 I could see winning votes for one reason or another (smarts and likability). 

As it stands, particularly with the flip, I'm still thinking LJ is my top contender.  Of course that probably makes him the number one target as well, and he just used up his immunity idol...
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Music and I-Phone Question on: April 03, 2014, 05:13:00 PM
I don't remember exactly how it worked, but IIRC, I had an automatic option to convert my Amazon downloads to iTunes.  Once the songs are in iTunes, obviously they become 100% compatible with the iPhone and any features therein.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 03, 2014, 05:10:58 PM

Quote from: Zekester on April 03, 2014, 01:12:54 AM

That was one of the best tribal counsels ever  thumbsup

Yeah I was actually yelling and cheering and going crazy.  Definitely one of the best ever, and that's saying a lot given how many I've seen.

Spoiler for Hiden:
2 idols played for other players, overconfident smirks and then looks of dismay, and a crazy backstab/flip putting an overconfident (and apparently stupid) bitch in her place! Too much fun! 

That said, I have to agree with my whiny boy Spencer that Kass just sealed her own fate in terms of being able to win the game.  She just pissed off her core allies for a bunch of people she barely knows.  Assuming she's fully jumped ship, what is her position in the other alliance?  No one can trust her now and her ability to secure final votes is pretty much crapped out.  And all because she couldn't get along with another "alpha" female?  Really Kass?  The funny thing is she was right about most of her assumptions, but she still let her emotions get the best of her.  Had she stuck with her alliance and taken out Jefra (while flushing out TWO idols), she had a very strong shot at making Final 3, and as a lawyer might have been able to make a good play at the final.  Now she just seems like a bitter wench.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 03, 2014, 05:02:11 PM
I tried the horsies yesterday but didn't have much luck.

I also switched back to Blessed Hammer and can see the draw now that I have more crit capability.  Also because it's holy damage you can combine with that Holy passive and get additional healing for survival capability.  The Wrath cost seems much lower as well as I can spam it much more readily.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 02, 2014, 05:00:41 PM
Very good episode, and it looks like next week's is gonna up the ante even more.  I like that they've left you unsure of who you can trust in the show, but one thing's for sure, you can trust in Joss!

Spoiler for Hiden:
Funny when they met the "Clairvoyant" I said to myself "if I were there I'd just say, you didn't predict this! and kill him lol".  Of course I imagined it in a more Rick Grimes/Walking Dead/bite his throat out way.  I guess I've been watching too much cannibalistic TV. But seriously if someone's going to keep predicting all your moves before they happen you should probably just kill them to be safe.  Which is kind of a paradox because if they were truly clairvoyant wouldn't they be able to avoid the events that led to their death, or is it more like Destiny where all they can do is see what's going to happen but not affect it in any way?
166  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: university blocking gamingtrend on: April 02, 2014, 04:52:37 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 02, 2014, 04:48:49 PM

so this answer the question behind Ceekay.  'he' was hosted on their servers the whole time and using the power of the cloud to post at all hours of the day.

Are you saying Ceekay is like that Johnny Depp character in the new movie Transcendence??!??!
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 02, 2014, 04:50:33 PM
It's interesting if you check out the most used skills/builds, both Blessed Hammer and Steed Charge are in the top but I haven't seen them used much by our guys.  Like Hark above, I prefer Justice and Fist for my main abilities.  I also use some other stuff which apparently isn't very popular (Consecration).  I haven't even tried Steed yet...  I'm surprised about Blessed Hammer, I felt like it dropped off completely in usefulness after I hit 70, especially compared with Fist.

http://diablo.somepage.com/popular/crusader
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iOS games for a long flight? on: April 01, 2014, 07:52:41 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 01, 2014, 07:06:45 PM

You might find some, I don't know, maybe in the Portable Gaming forum?

Ron doesn't "do" portable gaming forum.   icon_lol
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 01, 2014, 07:51:51 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 31, 2014, 10:40:59 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 31, 2014, 08:19:18 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 31, 2014, 02:27:37 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 31, 2014, 02:19:36 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 31, 2014, 12:05:07 PM

You can get a stack of them for finishing a Nephalem Rift.

Yeah, ended up getting some that way last night.  I was level 65 and joined a group doing Torment 1 rifts and I think we did 4 of them and I got to level 70 and had a nice chunk of them.  They were in their mid-100s Paragon levels and I was barely damaging monsters and could die very easily.  Not sure if paragon levels come into play when the monsters are generated, but I was playing Torment 1 before Reaper came out and able to play just fine, but now it's too tough for me.  Will have to either find groups that are as patient or play on lower difficulties until I get geared up again.

Grue remember monster scale up based on group size and gear levels, so you were probably outleveled based on these criteria.  You might have had a easier time if you tried Torment lvl 1 solo.  

Just a thought

The difficulty seems up from what I remember as well.  I think I can only handle Expert at this point, lvl 70 (P32).  I thought my gear was decent but clearly it's not cutting it.  I just hit 70 though so maybe that's why.  I think my DPS number is around 200k which I presume is fairly low.

BTW this may be a well known thing for many of you, but I noticed a huge difference in my actual damage output (not just the DPS value but the amount of things dying on screen) when I equipped some gloves with +10% crit chance.  Yellow crit numbers were flying off the screen like crazy.   Of course this was only on Hard so maybe some other stat is more critical (no pun intended) to make it in Torment?

If your damage number on the sheet is 200k, there is no reason you shouldn't be able to do torment 1.  I'm only at 80k and just played through the game on Torment 1.

Apparently I need extra padding on my numbers lol.  I was definitely having trouble doing good damage in Torment on certain mobs, even some trash mobs were taking forever to go down.  I think I can handle Master now but I don't know about Torment.  Also I may just need to adjust my skill build for solo play.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 31, 2014, 10:45:43 PM
I think we were supposed to draw the connection between their storm-trooper herding trap and Rick's bunny trap earlier in the episode.  Given that, it's plausible that Rick deliberately gambled that they would be led to his friends. 

There was a fairly abrupt cut between the scene where they were scoping things out and when they all just jump over the fence, so I'm guessing they had some sort of contingency worked out before leaping in.  Certainly they had time to think things through a little better than what was shown on screen (Rick burying the extra weapons). 

Also side question, did they show a bunch of baby formula on the ground somewhere, and if so, where was that?  Were we to assume/guess Judith and gang are already there as well? 
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/31) on: March 31, 2014, 08:25:42 PM
Argh gaming overload.  I'm still enjoying D3, just getting into TESO, and now Age of Wonders 3 is out too?  Can I please quit my job?
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 31, 2014, 08:19:18 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 31, 2014, 02:27:37 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 31, 2014, 02:19:36 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 31, 2014, 12:05:07 PM

You can get a stack of them for finishing a Nephalem Rift.

Yeah, ended up getting some that way last night.  I was level 65 and joined a group doing Torment 1 rifts and I think we did 4 of them and I got to level 70 and had a nice chunk of them.  They were in their mid-100s Paragon levels and I was barely damaging monsters and could die very easily.  Not sure if paragon levels come into play when the monsters are generated, but I was playing Torment 1 before Reaper came out and able to play just fine, but now it's too tough for me.  Will have to either find groups that are as patient or play on lower difficulties until I get geared up again.

Grue remember monster scale up based on group size and gear levels, so you were probably outleveled based on these criteria.  You might have had a easier time if you tried Torment lvl 1 solo.  

Just a thought

The difficulty seems up from what I remember as well.  I think I can only handle Expert at this point, lvl 70 (P32).  I thought my gear was decent but clearly it's not cutting it.  I just hit 70 though so maybe that's why.  I think my DPS number is around 200k which I presume is fairly low.

BTW this may be a well known thing for many of you, but I noticed a huge difference in my actual damage output (not just the DPS value but the amount of things dying on screen) when I equipped some gloves with +10% crit chance.  Yellow crit numbers were flying off the screen like crazy.   Of course this was only on Hard so maybe some other stat is more critical (no pun intended) to make it in Torment?
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 31, 2014, 06:30:08 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 31, 2014, 03:19:15 PM

Yeah, I don't know how our heroes are going to get themselves out of that rail car and the compound. The cavalry is limited to Carol, Tyrese, and maybe Beth, so that's not too encouraging either. Unless maybe they stumble across a working locomotive.  icon_biggrin

Don't forget the secret weapon: BABY JUDITH!!!  While it certainly appears our heroes are at a disadvantage, I have to question the strategic decision to put the new group together with the rest of their friends.  I suppose you could argue they didn't have enough time to plan to herd them to another spot, or they didn't have enough locations?  Either way I certainly wouldn't want them to have more resources/people at their disposal.  It's like imprisoning the Fantastic Four with the X-Men, or something like that lol.  I also didn't understand what the point was of lining them up in a particular order to enter aside for dramatic effect and to give them all cute nicknames.

I know it was probably silly, but I really thought there was a chance Carl might die at the end there.  I thought he might go psycho and go for his gun and start shooting.  The whole way the episode kept flashing back, and the long pan onto his face in the beginning of the episode, little things that were said during the episode, all gave me a sense of dread.  Probably more just me.  As much as I am a Carl fan, I really think that would have been an awesome game changer for the show.

It's interesting because a couple of the key lines/scenes were straight out of the comic, but I didn't remember them at all.  They were relatively small plot elements fairly early on in the comic (issue 57 if you are interested).  Also interesting is that Rick's moment with Daryl (which I absolutely loved) was with the Sergeant in the comic, and I had completely forgotten this but both Andrea and Dale were both still alive at this point in the comic. 

Nitpicking aside, great payoff all around, absolutely can't wait for next season!!  I almost had a heart attack when I read one website saying the show was returning October 2015!   eek  Apparently just a typo and it will be back this October  Tongue
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 28, 2014, 09:46:48 PM
Just picked this up last night:  Shattered Planet

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=218726

It's a sci-fi roguelike with pretty nice graphics, free to try.

Also Star Wars: Assault Team is decent if you like this sort of game where you collect team members and run through missions.  I have no idea what this kind of game is called.

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/star-wars-assault-team-released-for-android-ios-and-windows-phone-501581
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 28, 2014, 09:37:30 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 28, 2014, 08:37:56 PM

A lot of that post confuses me Ritt.  Roguelikes are typically turn based and that's part of why graphics don't matter in the genre.  Also I much preferred Titan Quest's skill system to diablos and it also had the benefit of having a respec system that was expensive but doable which is still better than starting a new character because of a misclicked or misassigned point.

I would argue graphics are just as important (or not) in a turn-based game.  Why shouldn't a turn based game be nice to look at, even if it's a roguelike?   

But anyway, the part of roguelike gaming I'm referring to is more the map randomization as well as the strategic decision making.  Hardcore D2 is about as close as you can get to a non-turn-based version.  Every decision/step you make matters because of permadeath.  But you are still able to collect items and gold that will help your next guy along the way. 

As for TQ, I enjoyed the skill system a lot, but I didn't like that there was only a single character and then classes were all derived from that.  There was room for player character/class diversity but not in the way that D2 provided.  Also as I think we talked about there was no randomization in the maps so things could get repetitive pretty fast.  And lastly, TQ's multiplayer was overall kind of lacking.  Overall it was still a great game (one of my favorites) but it didn't offer the full experience that D2 did.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 28, 2014, 09:22:43 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 28, 2014, 07:00:35 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 28, 2014, 05:25:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 28, 2014, 02:46:47 AM

Can't see how anyone could play D2 at this time. It looks and plays terrible against current games IMO.

The original version of D3 was plagued by the greed of the RMAH as well as the console-influenced focus on being much more an action game.  Itemization stunk and that just brought more focus on the lack of depth/customization in the skill system.

I'm curious how you think the original D3 release suffered in some way because of consoles.  The revamping they did for the consoles (Loot 2.0, etc.) are what turned it into a fun game.

This was more from the earlier development perspective, and somewhat just conjecture.  The way the skill system was dumbed down and preset into (conveniently) 6 buttons (coincidence?), and the removal of stat points and deeper customization all pointed to a simpler system that would be conducive to move to console.  In the original system you couldn't pick any skill for any button, each button was limited to the specific category.  There were a number of other clues as well that at least one of the main developers was trying to simplify the game systems down, and to me it looked like that was primarily for an eventual console port.

Also the Loot 2.0 revamping was not done for consoles alone - it was also done because people seriously hated the RMAH and clearly it contributed to a failed loot itemization design.  Jay Wilson's exit pretty much confirmed who was responsible for that mess, and they had to clean it all up for all versions of the game.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Helix on: March 28, 2014, 09:13:18 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Nooooo!  They killed off my fatty!  I knew things looked bad for him when I saw he was live tweeting the episode.  Same thing happened to Jeri Ryan and I noticed he's been in the Guest Star category.  At least his twin is still alive... for now.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 28, 2014, 05:25:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 28, 2014, 02:46:47 AM

Can't see how anyone could play D2 at this time. It looks and plays terrible against current games IMO.

Uhhhh you may have heard of a little genre called Roguelikes in which graphics/effects are not the focus...  There's certainly been a resurgence of these games of late, and graphics are clearly not the priority.  D2 is still a step above many of those games and in my mind is still one of the best games of all time, particularly in the ARPG genre.  No other game since, including D3, has really done as good a job with map randomization.  And the class system, particularly with synergies, runes, itemization, etc. is still one of the best overall systems/combinations to give players a true feel of customization with decision making in a particular build actually being meaningful.

The original version of D3 was plagued by the greed of the RMAH as well as the console-influenced focus on being much more an action game.  Itemization stunk and that just brought more focus on the lack of depth/customization in the skill system.

That said, I am loving the new version of D3 with the expansion.  It's taken a few steps back to get closer to the D2 feel where item/skill choices can actually distinguish a build, but they are still fleeting because you can always change skills on the fly.  More importantly, the additions of Loot 2.0, Adventure Mode, Mystic, etc are all welcome and have made the game much more fun.  And of course graphically it's a huge leap above D2 which certainly doesn't hurt  icon_twisted  I'd argue it still doesn't have the character building depth of D2, but maybe that doesn't matter in today's world; certainly it is much more effective for the console.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: March 27, 2014, 09:10:13 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 27, 2014, 08:53:57 PM

Dangit, I like Alexis. Those eyes. I don't remember feeling that bad for someone being voted out as that one. She was shocked and barely holding it together as Jeff put out her torch. I felt really sorry for her.

And now my favorite eye candy is gone.

She was really extremely pretty for sure, but take heart at least BOOBS is still around.  I don't think I've ever felt so bad for someone getting voted out in terms of the crying.  She just seemed so genuinely sad/disappointed. 

As usual it seemed like there was missing info.  I would have understood more if they kept Doofus for physical challenges but it seemed like they just wanted to get rid of Alexis because she seemed more untrustworthy.  I don't recall why that was but Spencer kept mentioning that, even though he also said he didn't believe Doofus (who actually was telling the truth for once).  Going into the merge it doesn't look great for them since they seem kind of all over the place (aside from the Brain 3).  Hopefully there will be plenty of excitement since both LJ and cop guy have idols, and I'd imagine both should be big targets at this point. 
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 27, 2014, 06:04:00 PM
I completed Act V last night with my new crusader.  I was kind of disappointed in the length of Act V, it just felt way too short after waiting so long for it, but it was partially my own fault for playing at Normal. I just wanted to see the story elements before spoilers ruined anything so Normal seemed smart at the time.  Really seems like they need at least one more expansion to round the story out, though.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Was it just me or was Malthael too tiny lol?  And also after all that no return of Leah??  Maybe saving her for another expansion?

On the bright side, Adventure Mode is absolutely fantastic, as are all of the new additions to the game.  It's odd how some things are not really explained but just kind of show up.  Like the chick who sells stuff for Blood Shards, I just kind of randomly found that.  And Nephalem Rifts, what's up with that?  Anyway lots of cool stuff.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 26, 2014, 05:43:57 PM
I just posted 4, now 5 in a row in Off Topic.  I AM the new CK!!!!!   nod nod nod
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MTV] Are You the One? on: March 26, 2014, 05:43:17 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 14, 2014, 07:25:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 14, 2014, 05:38:20 AM

If I had to guess, the type of people they have participating on this show are not the kind that find fun in playing a game like Mastermind.  Just a shot out of left field.  Tongue

lol definitely don't seem the type, although some of them seem like they might be semi-intelligent under the right circumstances.  I just figure with $50,000 up for grabs for essentially solving a kid's game puzzle, someone's gotta step up. 

So the show completed last night, I think they only needed 7 or 8 guesses.  As I suspected they weren't as stupid as they seemed from the early editing.  Even the one chick I thought was a lunatic kept reminding everyone that getting 9 was getting 10, which I don't think all of them realized.  After they hit 7, they actually planned out the next guess to finish it off pretty easily. 

It still made for interesting TV aside from all the cheap sexy flesh thrills.  There were about 3 couples that had really strong feelings for each other but were all not a "perfect match" according to the experts.  So the whole idea of chemistry vs. compatibility was definitely intriguing, and then add to that the money vs. team factor (some of the people insisted they didn't care about the money but they didn't want to mess it up for everyone else).  It would be interesting to see this same concept on a major network with maybe a more mature group.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Following on: March 26, 2014, 05:35:08 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 19, 2014, 01:43:58 AM

End of last episode threw me off completely.

Spoiler for Hiden:
They even said in an interview she wasn't being cast for season 2.

That's what I like about The Following - it has a bit of that 24 feel, you're not quite sure what's going to happen next. While Season 1 was IMO much more unpredictable than Season 2, I'm still enjoying the show.


I actually think this season is more unpredictable to the point where it's almost ridiculous.  Not that I don't enjoy it but the rate at which they introduce and then kill off (and resurrect?) new characters is staggering. 
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: March 26, 2014, 05:32:12 PM
Bah you all are just afraid of hot young studs taking their shirts off for no reason, which is essentially the entire CW playbook!
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 26, 2014, 05:30:38 PM
oooooh holy crap thanks for pointing out those pictures!!!!  where the heck was that?
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 26, 2014, 05:25:17 PM

Quote from: naednek on March 26, 2014, 05:05:59 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 26, 2014, 04:43:07 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 25, 2014, 03:38:54 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 25, 2014, 03:34:32 PM

So is a Blizzard flunkee more likely to counterfeit my passport or my driver's license? I'm debating which image to send to see if I can finally fix my authenticator situation. Yes I'm paranoid, it's just a question of which would contribute least to my paranoia.  paranoid icon_razz

Blackjack, seriously, you shouldn't have any issues with this.   I did it and never had a credit issue.  

Really what turned me off of D3 wasn't the auction house stuff or the loot; I just kept running into massive, seemingly random spikes in difficulty levels within a playthrough. Like I'd mow through most of a level and then a random spawn would mash me into the ground repeatedly. And I never much liked the console-like boss battles where you'd have to restart the entire boss encounter to get to the point where I got face palmed. In, say, Grim Dawn, the boss's damage at least stays in place (he doesn't magically self heal if you die before you can finish him).

Actually I get mad just thinking about D3 in this way. Maybe I should stay away.  icon_lol I certainly had lots of love for D3 in late beta, and I get wistful looking at all the gameplay videos I posted about it.

D3 patch 2.0 still has this.  It's pretty annoying.  

What difficulty level are you playing at?  In Normal I've never seen this.  Honestly I barely used a potion the entire first 4 acts.  If you are in Expert or Hard (or Torment?) it's likely you just aren't geared up for that difficulty, which sorry to say is kind of your own choosing lol.  The game is fairly well balanced now in terms of presenting the amount of challenge you want relative to your level and gear.  Certainly you can get unlucky with a walled/frozen/arcane crazy combo, but again, in Normal even the worst combos have failed to kill me.

This is kind of a side topic, but that's why I prefer games like this vs. something like Infamous.  Here at least I can always go back and level or gear up to ensure I can get through something that's kicking my ass, whereas in Infamous there's not much I can do except try again and again and again.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 26, 2014, 05:18:44 PM
I decided to start a new crusader to take all the way through the entire game.  Just getting into Act V now and hoping to savor the new content.

So far the Crusader is absolutely fantastic. I'm not sure if it's just the newness of the class or if they went out of the way to make it more fun, but I really like it. It's like what I had hoped the monk would be like in terms of having tanky offensive/defensive capability along with support (heals/shields/buffs). I'm wondering if/how they will differentiate the monk now.  D2 paladin fans will probably really like the overall look/feel.

Another bonus of starting from lvl 1 is the game all around is just a better experience. Crafting is finally a viable (and useful) solution for gear, and with the improved drops, you can keep upgrading from different sources far more often than ever before. It's just a much better play experience and all those lower level things the blacksmith can make are no longer useless. Couple in the Mystic in Act V and gear customization is really just at a whole new level of awesomeness.

I'm still not a big fan of the skill/level system, but with all the great loot changes it doesn't bother me as much. I do like that I can try out every skill with no penalty or consequence, so I can pretty much design whatever build I feel like and then optimize/customize through gear later on.  I just got a drop that makes the hammers from Blessed Hammer bigger on screen - so cool!
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AT&T Wireless New Mobile Share Plan - Really? on: March 24, 2014, 05:27:29 PM
Ahhhh I see, I knew there had to be a catch in there somewhere.  So essentially I'll get re-screwed later this year when the new iPhone comes out since I can never resist.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: March 24, 2014, 05:26:45 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on March 23, 2014, 12:02:01 PM

This show is terrible.  Its a patchwork cliche driven CW show for out of work 20 something models.  So yeah pretty much like every other new show theyve thrown at us.  The sad thing Ive found about the CW lately is that they are willing to go with some decent concepts but it always ends up being window dressing for agnsty pouty kids and never follows through with decent plots. I had to laugh when they had a pretty average looking guy in the show.... who got killed off rather quickly.  Sorry bub, youre just not pretty enough to survive, see ya!  Ive learned my lesson and unless the CW can prove they are willing to actually do something different, Im done with them.  After the gouge my eyes out badness of the Tomorrow People, followed up with this crap, yeah theyve gone too far.

lol I love that phrase "gouge my eyes out badness"!!!  I actually like Tomorrow People, there's just enough going on to keep me interested.  And then whenever I start to get bored one of the main guys takes his shirt off lol.  Seriously, though, while I wouldn't recommend it, they did some fairly interesting things with the main guy's family (mother, father, brother and uncle) and best friend, and now with his partner.  It's a lot better than when it first started, I'll just put it that way.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men:Days Of Future Past on: March 24, 2014, 05:20:18 PM
OMG I don't think I've ever been this excited for a movie in my life.  And I've been pretty damn excited for movies in the past  icon_biggrin
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 24, 2014, 05:16:16 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 24, 2014, 04:54:51 PM

Last night I texted my nephew:
Spoiler for Hiden:
What? Terminus is Tasha Yar????  saywhat

Maybe the whole show is just a holodeck simulation on the Enterprise?  icon_razz

Spoiler for Hiden:
Wait did I not recognize the actress?  Was that Tasha?

So the single-word buzzword on the finale from Kirkman is "savage" - care to guess what that's all about?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Word on the street is Hannibal, I mean cannibals.  Serving up Beth for dinner with a nice glass of Chianti.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 24, 2014, 05:12:18 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on March 24, 2014, 10:16:31 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 24, 2014, 10:13:12 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 22, 2014, 04:59:02 AM

So far I'm not really a fan of the combat in this game.  It seems like the melee isn't nearly powerful enough to be useful most of the time, and I don't really like all of the "shooting" and now I'm constantly getting shot from a long way away. 


Man, if you're in the market for stronger melee, the Neon power set is made to order.  Flicker-speed light tackles are one-hit kills on the regular grunts, plus a sweet Force Push ability for bowling over groups or blasting aside destructible cover.  And that 80's light blade is the MC Skat Kat of the upgrade tree.

This game is tits.

-Autistic Angel

Yes. Tits is is! Tongue

I think my reflexes are just not meant for the greater console world.  I put difficulty on Easy and I still got my ass handed to me time and again in the very early stages of the game (right after just arriving in Seattle and blowing up the truck, some "big guy" spawns).  Unfortunately it doesn't help to learn about all the awesome powers in the future if you can't get there.

As Engine mentioned above, the shooting is hard for me to aim, typically I'm standing there being shot at a million times before I get the cursor to turn red.  And yes I tried zooming in.  In melee combat, I've tried zipping around and spamming the square button but generally I just overshoot the bad guys and flail around like a maniac while being constantly shot at from afar.  I was still OK by running away to regen but that gets lame after a while if you can't find smoke so I just went up against the big guy and got raped over and over.  Not a lot of fun.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / AT&T Wireless New Mobile Share Plan - Really? on: March 22, 2014, 07:58:00 PM
Call me suspicious but I just got an email, and subsequently completed the change/upgrade offer they have, for their "new" Mobile Share Plan.  I should now be paying about $50/month LESS for 10GB shared data (vs 4GB) without an annual service contract and everything else exactly the same?!?!  I'll be waiting the next few months to find out what I missed in the fine print.

Now I realize there are probably a lot of better deals out there, and the competition is getting a lot more attractive, but I've been stuck with them for years now ever since the first iPhone.  In all these years there's never been any change that actually benefitted me lol.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: March 22, 2014, 07:51:49 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 22, 2014, 02:38:31 PM

The show runners have signed on for two more seasons

http://www.slashfilm.com/game-of-thrones-showrunners/

Oh this part makes me very happy:

Quote
There is no reason to change things up now, especially since Benioff and Weiss are the two people, other than creator George R. R. Martin, who know how the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ story ends. While Martin has yet to finish and publish the last two novels in the Game of Thrones story cycle, he has revealed key parts of the plot to the showrunners. That way they can plan for the future now, and there’s some contingency plan

My biggest fear is Martin (or myself) will keel over and die before I find out how the freaking story ends lol.
195  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] 'FTL: Faster Than Light' is Headed to iPad in Early 2014 on: March 21, 2014, 11:28:12 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2014, 06:57:01 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 21, 2014, 06:23:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 11, 2013, 08:45:03 PM

Fantastic!  I hope they add some new features instead of just doing a straight port, but this game is just perfect for tablet control.

I think they said it would include the upcoming expansion and price will be $10.

My November self thanks you for the information that would've been really new and interesting back then.  icon_wink icon_razz

You're much meaner ever since Titanfall.   crybaby eek nod
196  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS - also on Steam] Bravelands on: March 21, 2014, 11:27:14 PM

Quote from: msteelers on March 20, 2014, 09:34:36 AM

I bought it last night and played for about an hour. It's pretty good and does a decent job ramping up the difficulty so that you can learn via trial and error, but outside of special attacks it doesn't really explain much. I kind of wish there was a text box to explain exactly how the hourglass and shield buttons work.

Oh yeah I noticed yesterday there's a big green ? in the upper left corner of the screen.  Just click on it and move to the icon you want explanation on; Defense stance apparently adds 30%  icon_redface
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 21, 2014, 11:23:53 PM
I was hoping to resist this given that D3 is out next week, but the forum effect was too powerful and I ordered it to pickup at Best Buy.  Sounds like it's gonna be pretty sweet.
198  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 21, 2014, 06:26:35 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on March 20, 2014, 07:59:05 PM

Have you played Galaxy of Fire 2? If so, how does it compare to that one in terms of number of star systems, game mechanics, ship customization and depth of trading?

I didn't realize I actually do have GoF2 but I never played it much.  From what I can tell thus far, Star Citizen is a very different game in spite of a similar perspective, it's much more action oriented (and maybe "story"/mission oriented).  You don't fly around free form in an open universe, etc.  You can dodge and move around but you are pretty much locked into a flight path during combat.  So in other words it's a much simpler game. 
199  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] 'FTL: Faster Than Light' is Headed to iPad in Early 2014 on: March 21, 2014, 06:23:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 11, 2013, 08:45:03 PM

Fantastic!  I hope they add some new features instead of just doing a straight port, but this game is just perfect for tablet control.

I think they said it would include the upcoming expansion and price will be $10.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: March 21, 2014, 05:55:27 PM

Quote from: Crawley on March 21, 2014, 02:10:32 AM

Usually these tribe mix ups are a bust and either nothing much interesting happens or its predictable what will happen. So this was a nice surprise that both new tribes were really mixed up even though only a few things changed on them. Survivor continues to surprise.

I do think LJ should have played the idol. It was just stupid of him to chance it. When you know your name is going to be written down and one vote may determine if you stay or go - play the damn thing.

It just seemed like way too big a risk to take considering he didn't know/trust the people 100%.  Granted he probably knew he had that creepy cougar wrapped around his finger, but the shady cop guy is a completely different story.  Aside from missing sequences, all I can think is he felt it was worth the risk/gamble to hold it, because had he played it he would have made himself an even huger target the next round (and with no protection).

...and yeah, even though I'm gay I still think Morgan's bouncing boobs deserve their own show.
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