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161  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.
162  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.
163  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
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: November 25, 2015, 09:42:56 PM
Looks sweet!  Thanks for the reminder!!
165  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.
166  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.
167  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.
168  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. 
169  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.
170  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.
171  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.
172  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.
173  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?
174  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.
175  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PS4 community? on: November 10, 2015, 08:44:19 PM
I nominate Forge!!!
176  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!!
177  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.
178  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.
179  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.
180  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. 
181  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. 
182  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.
183  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.
184  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.
185  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!
186  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
187  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. 
188  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.
189  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:

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

Think he missed a word lol
190  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.
191  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. 
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: October 22, 2015, 11:45:06 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Wow was that like the easiest resurrection ever lol?  I mean we all knew it was coming but just a short little dip in that pool and poof, alive and hot lmao!!!  I realize they are going to have to fight for her soul with Constantine, etc, but I didn't expect the corporeal part to go so quickly.  Guess it's good they aren't wasting time, they need to assemble the cast for that new show lol.
193  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 (official review on pp 21) on: October 20, 2015, 05:28:34 PM
Anyone planning to play once the expansion releases this Friday?  We'll have a few people jumping back in I believe.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 20, 2015, 05:24:26 PM
Absolutely loved this last Sunday's episode.  So tightly plotted and action oriented, and yet they were able to include some backstory moments and plot movement for Enid.  And OMG Carol.  Carol.  Carol.  Wow, just wow.  So many great moments throughout the episode, I wouldn't even know where to start.  The only irritant for me is Morgan.  They are working too hard to have him counter Rick's philosophy.  The concept is good, but seriously when psychopaths are literally chopping up your friends with an axe, THEY NEED TO DIE.  There's no grey area there and they desperately are trying to create it.

Also, if you saw the Talking Dead afterwards it was absolutely hilarious.  Kevin Smith compares the episode to getting a blow job and then having someone keep continuing after you orgasm lol.  I also agreed with him that this was probably one of the top 4 episodes of the entire series (he also says top 20 episodes of all TV all time, which I also agree with).
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: October 16, 2015, 05:00:43 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 15, 2015, 01:51:55 PM

Anyone still on the (green) Arrow train? Thought it was interesting that at the end of the first episode for this new season, they
Spoiler for click to:
show Oliver at a grave site with the inference (all we see is the back of it) that it is Felicity.  crybaby
And then another grave comes into play afterwards but we knew that one was coming for the new show.

I'm still hooked.  I'm really enjoying Oliver and Felicity together, I didn't think I'd care but I really like them together.  I also like that Speedy finally gets to do some fighting and her red outfit is pretty sweet.  The actress needs some work with the bow though lol, the way she holds it looks terribly awkward.  But who cares, it's all in good fun!

Spoiler for Hiden:
They definitely set that flashforward up to imply it's Felicity, but I highly doubt this show would kill her based on her popularity and the energy she brings to the show.  I'd say a higher chance is for Speedy to die for real this time, given her psycho tendencies.  Plus her death would have similar impact on Oliver as Felicity's, if not even more.

196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 16, 2015, 04:56:18 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 15, 2015, 10:03:28 PM

I picked Gabriel.  He's a crazy loose cannon and let's face it, with the addition of Heath and Morgan, they are over their African American male quotient.  Not saying the producers are racists, but there does seem to be a glass ceiling.

I'm guessing a lot more than just one will die.  Probably Aaron's boyfriend (forgot his name), that annoying Nicholas guy, some more townspeople, maybe Notcop Fistbump chick.  Of the core cast, I'd guess the only "safe" characters are Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl and maybe Carol and Maggie.  Everyone else is high likelihood, since you know they'll want to take out at least one "main" character at some point to kick fans in the nuts without actually causing a massive backlash.
197  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 (official review on pp 21) on: October 15, 2015, 08:28:13 PM
It's been a long time since I played GW2 but I do remember having occasional motion sickness.  I thought it was related to the way the camera kind of did its own thing but I don't recall for sure.  Here are the settings listed, seems like some good options to try to contain motion such as disabling camera shake and using free camera control, maybe slowing down rotation speed and sensitivity settings as well.


Rotation Speed — How fast the camera rotates when you move your mouse.
Horizontal Position — Controls how much the camera is shifted to the left or right of your character. Centering the slider will place the camera directly behind your character.
Vertical Position — Controls how much camera height increases as you zoom out.
Collision Sensitivity — Controls how readily the camera will ignore obstructions between itself and your character.
Zoom Sensitivity — Controls how quickly zooming in and out occurs.

Field of View
Invert Camera Y-Axis — Reverses Y-axis camera movement with the mouse.
Enable Camera Shake — Certain skills and environmental effects (e.g. using Earthshaker, when the Shatterer lands) will cause the camera to shake. This may cause dizziness or motion sickness to some people.
Use Free Camera — Normally, the camera will automatically snap to face the same direction as your character when you are moving. This option disables that function, for completely "free" camera control.
Enable First-Person Camera — To enter first-person mode, zoom in again while at minimum camera zoom.
Adjust Camera to Character Height — When unchecked, the camera will be placed at the same height regardless of your character size.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BlizzCon 2015 - The Legion Cometh on: October 15, 2015, 08:22:14 PM
Ugh, schedule has pretty much no D3 content.  Not much Overwatch that I could find either.   crybaby crybaby crybaby
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: October 12, 2015, 06:37:10 PM
So clearly the theme this year is Flash Forwarding.  I think I've lost count of all the series doing it.  Not a bad thing, as it certainly makes for an interesting plot device, but what the heck, is every show I watch going to use the same trick?

Quantico, Vampire Diaries, Arrow, How to Get Away with Murder

Other shows playing with time jumping this season: Leftovers, TWD (though they just did more of a flashback), Flash, Once Upon a Time

Was Lost the first "big" show to really make this kind of time-dancing storytelling popular? 
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 12, 2015, 06:32:10 PM
First off, holy freaking shit!!!!  Now THAT looks like a zombie apocalypse lol!!  So glad that they (more or less) explained how Alexandria lasted so long without being overrun, and so glad they did it with a giant bang.

Awesome premiere, probably the best "premiere" episode of the series in terms of epic feel.  Pretty much loved everything about it, except that a number of characters kind of got sidelined.  Looks like they will be more prominent next week, though.  

Oddly enough, in spite of all the great action and comedic lines, I think my favorite moment of the whole episode was Rick and Morgan sitting on the porch with baby Judith.  I can't say exactly why I loved that scene so much, but I just really enjoyed it.  I loved the dynamic between the two actors, but also watching the baby's facial expressions was priceless for me as well.  Second favorite scene was when Rick was trying to teach the doofuses how to stand up for themselves, but end up having to take the zombies out himself.  It was like watching the X-Men or some superhero team in relative comparison to the lameness of the Alexandrians.

Kind of sad to see Ethan Embry come and go like that.  I've always liked him but this was kind of a thankless role.  On TD he said he auditioned for multiple roles, but wouldn't say who.  I'm guessing he originally went for Rick, I could see him doing OK there.  Also I think he would have done well as Aaron, though I definitely love Ross Marquand in that role.

Anyway, just wanted to get the ball rolling on this thread.  TWD is back!!!!
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