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161  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Gamer's 100 most anticipated iOS/Android games on: July 16, 2014, 08:26:17 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 16, 2014, 01:52:21 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 16, 2014, 12:15:15 AM

A new Tiny Tower?? Why? I still don't get this "game". I am sure it will be the same game with different graphics as usual from them.

I enjoyed the first one until the progression got too slow, and then I enjoyed Tiny Death Star until the progression got too slow.  But another one already?  These free-to-play games are already so formulaic, 83% of the fun is seeing the formula applied to a new setting.  I don't see how Vegas is going to feel that much different than Tiny Tower 1.

I'm actually beta testing it.  I didn't play any others in the series.  It's amusing but I think they need to make better use of the casino games to make it more appealing to a broader/different audience.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack is back - 24 returning on: July 16, 2014, 08:24:11 PM
I followed the ratings and I think they kept reporting that they were disappointing, something in the 5-6 million range each week IIRC.

I vote for another season they hire Chuck to team with Kate, and bring back Tony, Kim and the cougar.  Might as well resurrect Michelle while they are at it smile
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack is back - 24 returning on: July 15, 2014, 06:05:13 PM
Did anybody else end up watching this (Live Another Day)?  Wrapped up last night, writing and direction in this last episode felt really choppy and discombobulated, and I found the last couple of plot "twists" irritating and contrived.  Pretty disappointing after a good start to the season, and I really liked Yvonne Strahotski in it.  I suspect the show won't be back, but who knows.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Really?  After all they did to bring Audrey back, this is how they kill her, without even a scene with Jack in the final episode?  I found it almost insultingly annoying, pretty much a slap in the face.  I call it the Game of Thrones effect.  Everyone and their brother now apparently thinks it's cool to kill off main characters for shock value.  The whole point of bringing the show back, I thought, was to service the fans with a last hurrah (or two).  Instead I guess they thought it would be cool to kill off one of the series' best characters (again) with an unceremonious random shot.  Sadly the only actress Kiefer Sutherland has ever shown any palpable chemistry with is Audrey, so it was pretty stupid all in all.  Oh well, time to move on.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on: July 14, 2014, 10:34:15 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 14, 2014, 09:10:09 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I can understand feeling that the guy who shot Ash early in the film was a bit two dimensional.  He was.  But Koba was far from it.  His distrust and hatred bordered on madness because he was close to insane.  He'd been physically tortured almost his entire life by humans.  I think that's enough to cause instability in anyone.  When Caesar, who'd experienced something Koba never had...human kindness...brought these humans back into his world, it pushed him over the edge.  If you think back to the start of the movie, Koba wasn't lurking in the background waiting for a chance to seize power.  He was one of Caesar's most trusted friends.  He only snapped after he felt betrayed.  His motivation was far from simplistic.  

As for the ape mob, that was necessary for what I felt was the main message of the film:  apes are no better or worse than humans.  This is the tragic realization that Caesar has to realize and it's  what drove the film.  Koba's betrayal was a big event in the film, but the major event was that apes, a race that Caesar thought morally superior to humans, were no better than the very group that had once kept them in cages for fun.  

...and, you know...friggin' monkeys on horseback dual wielding machine guns!

The other stuff you mention are simple story contrivances that exist in almost every movie.  Your threshold for their existence is obviously subjective.   For example, I remember you actually didn't mind the 22 million things I complained about in the Following, while I couldn't help but roll my eyes through every episode I tried to digest.   slywink

lol I totally agree, I think I just had a higher standard for this movie because I really liked the first one a lot (as much as I remember).  I think it's one of those expectations being too high kind of things; with The Following I pretty much have no expectations  icon_lol
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on: July 14, 2014, 08:56:53 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 14, 2014, 05:28:12 PM

What felt overly contrived to you? 

Spoiler for Hiden:
Things like the asshole guy's behavior (multiple times) that instigates conflict, ditto on the "bad" ape's attitude and even the way the masses of people and/or apes acted like mobs, Caesar getting shot, none of the bazillion apes see it, but of course surviving and of course their escape pattern leads right to him...  but also things like the power/dam location being conveniently located exactly in ape territory with no other power options (solar? wind? Given this was an outbreak/contagion type of disaster scenario, there's no reason that the infrastructure had to be all destroyed, right? I guess you could suppose people went bonkers and blew everything up lol).  And didn't it seem a bit off that only 10 years had passed, but the decay looked like it was more like 50 years or more?  And then little things like the iPad and the 76 product placement, I dunno, like I said normally things like that don't bother me, but just overall it kind of added up. 
166  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] OTTTD (Was Cool June Releases) on: July 14, 2014, 06:43:25 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 14, 2014, 05:43:12 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 14, 2014, 05:35:06 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 14, 2014, 05:11:29 PM


I played it some this weekend. I like it for the most part, it's fun, but not crazy about the mechanics. Since you can't see all the various resistance/damage stats as you play it basically just turns into lay down a mixture of turrets to augment with you heroes.

Touch an incoming enemy creep and it'll show his resistances at the bottom right of the screen.

Wow, just tried it, I am blind. I generally play with my hand hovering over the lower part of the screen, so that's why I must have been overlooking it. Thanks. Still, IMO needs a pause and look around mode, even if I couldn't lay towers. I am sure they want it to be hectic, but it distracts from the game for me.

Agree on that - I suspect they more or less want you to play through maps multiple times to extend the lifetime of the game, so I guess part of the learning curve is learning the nuances of an individual map.  Most of them took me at least 2 or 3 tries, particularly to get 3 stars.  Some I had to go back to old maps to level up before I could take on them effectively.  Same kind of thing on the mobs and resistances, etc.  I didn't find that info til I was way deep into the game, and it definitely becomes more important in the later levels.  As you start to do better on a map they become less hectic leaving you time to check out the map or click on slow moving mobs to see what they are weak against.  Generally there's some time between waves for this, but only if you're on top of the current wave.

167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 14, 2014, 05:03:45 PM
Go Daddy!  My favorite gay porn phrase!

I like to stalk Ron on the internetz.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your current jam? on: July 14, 2014, 05:02:00 PM
Been listening to Echosmith lately - oddly enough I discovered them by watching the aftershow of Teen Wolf lol.  They are a cool alt-ish band with a simple 4-man arrangement, really like the lead (female) vocalist.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on: July 14, 2014, 04:50:35 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 13, 2014, 01:26:21 AM

The cgi in this movie will win an oscar, of that there can be no doubt.  The emotion on the apes' faces is jaw dropping in its expressiveness.

Agreed on that, it's absolutely fantastic.  Personally though I wasn't thrilled with a number of the story elements.  I'm not normally a nitpicky kind of guy but I kept finding small things that made the story feel overly contrived.  Still well worth watching though just for the sheer spectacle of it all.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] The Strain on: July 14, 2014, 04:47:32 PM
Premiered on FX last night, it's kind of a Contagion mixed with vampires show.  Pretty good so far, first episode was directed by Guillermo del Toro.
171  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] OTTTD (Was Cool June Releases) on: July 08, 2014, 11:29:25 PM
OTTTD got a major update last night, with more maps, armor and "endless" mode.  They also added a respec option which is nice now that I've unlocked the full tree for 3 of the characters. 

So far I've been getting my ass kicked left and right, but as mentioned before, it's cool because you still gain gold and xp for your team even if you lose. 
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Changes in gaming habits over the years... on: July 07, 2014, 11:37:55 PM
I pretty much grew up in the video game age, played since the very first humble beginnings of text games and pong machines.  As a teenager it was a lot of Gauntlet at the 7-11 and then home gaming on the Apple ][ on RPG classics like Wizardry and Ultima.  In college moved to console and PC, and played a lot of games with my sister in front of the TV.  In grad school I had moved so it was back to solo gaming on the PC.

In more recent years starting with Diablo 2, I got into online gaming and MMORPGs.  That covered a pretty long period, but has tapered off quite a bit.  The past few years was a lot of LoL mixed with assorted other single player games.

But lately?  Almost all my gaming time is spent on the iPad or iPhone.  It's not like I don't have access to a huge backlog of PC and/or console games, or there aren't MMOs and MOBAs galore to play, but for whatever reason I keep ending up sitting on the sofa or wherever with iPad in hand.  I have tons of pages of games, I seem to just keep searching for that elusive something.  That may be a part of the charm, that instant gratification that comes with a new game or new update just around the corner, literally happening by the hour.

I actually felt kind of depressed looking through all the E3 release list games and realized I pretty much was excited by only a couple of them.  Maybe I'm just getting old and jaded, I don't know. 

Anyway, how have your gaming habits evolved?
173  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [Multi] Quiz Up on: July 07, 2014, 11:24:29 PM
Curious if anyone else happened to be playing this.  It's a 1v1 trivia game, 7 questions each match, multiple choice from 4 answers.  A bunch of different categories to try, and they've done a great job allowing you to go directly head-to-head real-time as well as issue offline challenges to people.  Plus they keep a bunch of stats, and you gain "xp" for every round you play, so you can "level up" to unlock new titles.

What I find most interesting (and embarrassing to some extent) is realizing what topics I know the most (useless) information in.  The categories I'm best at are:

Name the Celebrity

and the one I'm highest ranked in is....  Madonna lol.

A bunch of topics I thought I'd be good at I actually stunk at, but oh well.

As usual, I'm Rittchard so look me up if you want to send a challenge or 2.
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 07, 2014, 08:11:16 PM
I ultimately decided it wasn't for me, but iOS just got a new Monster Hunter release which seems to be pretty well received.

175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: July 02, 2014, 04:40:07 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 02, 2014, 08:04:02 AM

I'm still not in, been signed up since it was first an option frown

Me too, I'm pretty sure they are targetting non-moba players first  crybaby icon_wink
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: July 02, 2014, 04:11:00 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 02, 2014, 01:24:55 AM

When you introduce nazis to your story in a sci if show, you've hit the bottom of the barrel when it comes to ideas.  See Defiance for another example.

Nah I think it's when you introduce gay Nazi ninjas!   ninja ninja2 nod
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: July 01, 2014, 11:14:53 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 01, 2014, 08:17:28 PM

Anyone get in today?  Looks like a big wave of invites went out.

If you don't get me in soon, I'm gonna go craaaaaazzzyy  saywhat saywhat saywhat
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Confessions of an Xbox One addict on: July 01, 2014, 11:14:20 PM
Errr while I use the XB1 pretty much daily as my entertainment hub central, I am curious what the UI improvements have been.  I honestly haven't noticed much difference since day one.  In fact now I have more trouble finding the Youtube app than I used to, even if I had just used it the night before.  I'm having more trouble getting it to respond to my voice, and more often than not the play/pause interface stuff will pop up out of the blue. 

The biggest user impact for me since release was actually the multimedia remote, which is fairly decent but still ultimately a disappointment.  Why didn't they include provisions for the 4 color buttons?  Since some apps like Netflix use, for instance, the Y button to search, I actually have to grab the game controller for that.  Ugh!

179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: July 01, 2014, 06:16:12 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 01, 2014, 05:34:58 PM

After seeing the second episode the fragmented storylines are starting to gel. I still don't know how Moon Bloodstain came back from the presumed dead, though, and I especially have a hard time buying the "Hitler Youth" arc.

lol!  Are you having more success than I am buying the Daenryshybridmagik storyline lol? 
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies onwards to Season 4! on: July 01, 2014, 04:52:21 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 30, 2014, 10:22:20 PM

That season premier was kind of a train wreck, wasn't it? Hard to figure out what was going on.

I don't have the best memory or attention span, so these questions might have been addressed already. When did Blood Moonshot's character come back to life? I thought she was written out last season. Suddenly she's a badass terrorist chick? Wha...? Similar question about Lorax -- didn't we leave her as a manchurian candidate, or did they rehabilitate her?

These are excellent questions!  Now that you mention it I can't remember either.  I thought they re-found Soleil Moonfrye at the end of last season and someone had taken the baby.  Or did I totally imagine that?  I don't think she was written out of the show, I think she was just on hiatus because she was really pregnant.  And yeah I thought Lordax had been converted by one of those bugs.  Anyone have better memory or do we actually have to use this Internet contraption to look it up?
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Under the Dome coming to TV on: July 01, 2014, 04:48:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 29, 2013, 11:21:48 PM

they announced season 2 is a go and Stephen King is going to write the first episode of it.

I read an interview where Stephen King said he was jealous of GRR Martin and Game of Thrones, which was one of the reasons he decided to write for Under the Dome.

Unfortunately it appears his idea of copying GRRM is to randomly kill off characters for no apparent reason.  Hooray!
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 10 Commandments of RPGs on: June 26, 2014, 07:13:07 PM

Quote from: Scraper on June 26, 2014, 12:55:02 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 26, 2014, 04:21:57 AM

Quote from: rittchard on June 25, 2014, 04:42:59 PM

Thou shall "experiment" with gay romance options but not tell anyone.   ninja

"Not tell anyone"? Since when?

Seriously I just assumed Ritt went with those options.

Oh of course I totally do, even when they don't exist I keep trying to make them happen. 

For this I just thought it more amusing to imagine a bunch of straight gamers secretly messing with the options when they think no one is watching smile
183  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Cool June releases on: June 25, 2014, 04:57:15 PM
I just completed the last (currently available) mission in OTTTD.  There are presently 20 missions, and for entire "completion" you need to get a "3 star" rating on each one for a total of 60 stars.  I think I have just a few more I need to go back and get 3-stars on, then I'll probably start messing with different heroes.  I really like the way this game plays out.  I finally realized I needed to build healing/shielding towers because my team was all offensive.  Towers take damage in this game so you either have to micromanage fixing them or spend money to repair.  I also realized I was missing energy damage (there are 3 types, impact, energy and fire).  Once I closed those gaps I was able to do better.  This is the type of thing that makes this game cool.  The heroes play a huge part in your success or failure, and you need to augment and adjust your towers by examining what the strengths and synergies of your heroes are. 

I loaded up Kingdom Rush Frontiers for a quick comparison and it just seems so sparse in comparison.  You only have a single hero and he is fairly autonomous except for where you send him.  It looks like special skills and stuff are all AI, whereas OTTTD uses a system more like Battleheart where you are in charge of activating special abilities, which are limited on a timer. 

All in all I think this is one of the most enjoyable TD games I've played.  In many respects it's more of a RTS/RPG/TD hybrid, which I think is what sets it apart.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 10 Commandments of RPGs on: June 25, 2014, 04:42:59 PM
Thou shall "experiment" with gay romance options but not tell anyone.   ninja
185  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Cool June releases on: June 23, 2014, 10:14:52 PM
Two more before June ends!

Plundernauts: this one seems to be getting really good reviews and was even featured in the App Store.  The game concept is quite fun, and it has a lot going for it in terms of combat, artwork and style.  You start with a ship and fly from mission to mission battling other ships; your ship can have multiple upgrades (with loot rarity) as well as "crew members" all which give either active or passive boosts.  I was all set to come here and rave about it until I realized the IAP scheme falls into the category of my biggest pet peeve: what I call "wait to play."  In a completely inexplicable design decision, you only get to run 5 or 6 battles before your "energy" runs out and you have to either pay to refill or wait.  Unlike other games which do this, you don't auto-refill when you gain a level, and while you do earn the currency that buys you more play, it isn't nearly balanced enough to make you want to spend it this way.  If you don't mind a game that sucks you in for 5-10 minutes at a time, it might still be worth a look.  Otherwise, pass until they change/fix this.  Remarkably very few reviews on the store seem to acknowledge this horrible design, I don't get it.  I've seen other games get blasted for much less egregious IAP.

Case in point, game 2:

OTTTD: This game pretty much sucked up my entire weekend.  I don't think I've played a single iPad game for this much time ever, maybe Battleheart or BH Legacy but that's about it.  It looks like a standard TD game, and for the most part it is.  But similar to Kingdom Rush, they've put a lot more emphasis on individual heroes.  You get 3 heroes to choose from a total of 7, with each having a fairly complex skill tree and specialty.  A lot of the passives are the same but actives are generally quite different, and you can only have 2 active at a time.  So even within a single class, you can do a lot of tailoring to your own choosing.  Each hero levels up individually and is allotted 3 skill points to spend in the tree per level.  The system is actually similar to BH, but the skill trees are more complex.  Between the varying type of towers and heroes and skills, the game is just filled with potential when it comes to individual customization and experimentation.  Also similar to BH, it's the kind of game where a really skilled player can beat missions with a much lower level force, but less skilled players like me can keep replaying older ones for xp and cash to eventually beat higher level missions through overpowering.  There's a fixed game for the price, but also IAP that is strictly to make getting the best weapons earlier.  Devs are busy working on new content so it looks like a big win for TD and/or RTS fans.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: June 20, 2014, 08:11:00 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on June 13, 2014, 09:41:30 PM

Finished watching the final 4 episodes today. I really liked the show, which doesn't bode well for it.... Every recent show I like and watch gets cancelled...  crybaby

Pretty sure The 100 got renewed for season 2, hopefully it will pick up more fans over the summer  icon_smile
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 19, 2014, 07:05:20 PM
Clearly everyone has their own perspective on both the books and the show.  For me, Bran was one of my favorite characters from day one of the book, and it drove me crazy in the books how slow his progression was in terms of the magic//mystical side.  It seemed to me very clearly he was being set up as one of the few primary lead characters to have an affinity to magic, but GRRM seemed reluctant to take it too far.  I'm glad the TV show is actually advancing and imagining the magical elements much more vividly than what's in the books.  I don't think it has to take anything away from all the other intrigue and non-fantasy elements, to me they coincide wonderfully. 

I had one co-worker a while back who would re-read the books again and again - but only the points of view that he liked (Jon and Tyrion and Arya).  So I can see for people like that, you can almost completely excise the fantasy elements out.  But as others have said, they are all clearly a part of the series.

Side note:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was disappointed about the lack of zombie Caitlyn, but maybe she was too busy trying to kill Jack Bauer to make a cameo for this season lol.  If they completely dump the character I think a lot of fans are going to be bummed.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 19, 2014, 06:53:15 PM
As someone who generally rushes to the next big thing, I have to say I don't really get this.  The 3D effect thing is cool but I don't see it serving much purpose in every day use.  I do like that the one guy said it didn't induce nausea, as I am also very prone to motion sickness.  The Firefly thing is also kind of cool, but as an avid Amazon shopper, again I just don't see how it really does much for me.  I can't remember a single time in all the tons of crap I've bought from Amazon where I needed to scan or take a picture or whatever of what it was I wanted to buy.

Maybe I'll be wrong in the long term, but this looks like another one of those gimmicks that someone introduces solely for the sake of the gimmick, and not because it was tested out by real users to be something useful and desirable. 
189  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS] OTTTD (Was Cool June Releases) on: June 19, 2014, 06:37:26 PM
Lego Marvel Super Heroes, whaaaaa?

Godfire looks really sweet!!  I started it last night, really nice graphics for a mobile game.

Star Traders 4X - I also got this one but so far not too impressed, interface not as intuitive as I'd hoped but we'll see...
190  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Seeking a specific matching (?) game (iOS)... on: June 17, 2014, 06:23:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 17, 2014, 05:54:31 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 17, 2014, 05:45:46 PM

A little while ago I saw a lady playing what looked like a matching game on her iPad.  I've played many of these games but I don't think I've ever seen one quite like this.  Instead of a fixed screen like pretty much every one I've played, it seemed like she was scrolling around all over the place and just touching stuff to make it go away (so I don't think it was a swap type of match but I could be wrong).  I've searched through the store for "jewel" and "matching games" but haven't found anything that seemed right.

Anyone have any ideas, or maybe have a wife that plays a lot of these who might know?


It looked like a family game, right?  Maybe google "touching stuff family jewel wife swap" and see what turns up?

191  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Seeking a specific matching (?) game (iOS)... on: June 17, 2014, 05:45:46 PM
A little while ago I saw a lady playing what looked like a matching game on her iPad.  I've played many of these games but I don't think I've ever seen one quite like this.  Instead of a fixed screen like pretty much every one I've played, it seemed like she was scrolling around all over the place and just touching stuff to make it go away (so I don't think it was a swap type of match but I could be wrong).  I've searched through the store for "jewel" and "matching games" but haven't found anything that seemed right.

Anyone have any ideas, or maybe have a wife that plays a lot of these who might know?

192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 16, 2014, 05:23:46 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 16, 2014, 02:37:19 PM

I don't want to wait another year ;_;

THIS!  I said the same thing, even though it was a longer episode and it was filled with great scenes/events.  But man, the wait is going to be torture.  Of course GRRM is all about torturing people and making them wait inordinate amounts of time for gratification.

P.S.  If any of you more hardcore fans can, please spoiler post which things from last night were actually in the books.  There were some big things I did not remember, or thought might have been in Book 5.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) on: June 10, 2014, 03:55:03 AM
No one watched this over the weekend?  Were you all too busy watching The Fault in Our Stars and crying like little girls?   crybaby crybaby crybaby  icon_twisted icon_twisted icon_twisted

I really enjoyed this movie in spite of the ending being a little off and me not being much of a Tom Cruise fan.  It's nice to have a new/different sci-fi story that isn't a remake or reboot or sequel.  Reviews seem to generally be pretty favorable (except for the ending).  Curious to hear what you all think.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel Heroes on: June 06, 2014, 06:15:44 PM
I've been playing a little more of this off and on lately, definitely a fun game that you can just pop in to and play pretty casually and still enjoy.  It's actually a bit overwhelming when you come back in because there are so many different options to play.

They are promoting an event called Marvel Heroes 2015, which I really don't quite understand the significance.  I mean why is "2015" starting in the middle of 2014? 
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: June 06, 2014, 06:09:30 PM
I thought for certain the show had been cancelled, but apparently it survived the cut!  Season finale is a 2-parter that concludes next week.

I'm happy to see it coming back because while it certainly has it's faults, I think they've definitely done a good job keeping the show compelling, both on the Ark and on the ground.  And there's plenty of material to mine going into next year.  Looks like they will attempt to bring at least some of the adult cast to the ground for season 2, which should make for some interesting conflict.  And the introduction of the "reapers" (or was it "reavers"?) looks like a good villain.

Here's hoping they can maintain the darker sci-fi tones of the show.  I do enjoy looking at my pretty/hot boys, but this show doesn't need them to succeed.

196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Bates Motel on: June 03, 2014, 04:56:37 PM
I finally caught up and finished season 2 last night.  I really like the development of the Norman character, and Freddie Highmore is getting really good at being creepy.  The scenes with his mom are even more intense than ever, both touching and vaguely incestuous - just enough to make you feel really uncomfortable.  It's going to be interesting to see where they go for Season 3, as they seem to be advancing Norman pretty far along now.  Like Hannibal, it's hard to tell if they are going to fold into the existing lore or just go a completely different direction.

I'm still not a big fan of the side plots and characters.  Max Thierot as the brother has totally grown on me, but his subplots just aren't that thrilling, except when they impact the Bates clan.  Ditto on Emma and the Sheriff, etc.  I guess they need these diversions to round out the show, but some of the stuff just seems unnecessary and uninteresting relative to the core of the show.

All in all a satisfying season - if you liked the first one, I think this one was actually even better.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 03, 2014, 04:50:27 PM
It's such an odd experience for me watching this show.  The last few episodes when something big happens, I'm like "that wasn't what happened in the books!" - and then I go dig out the book and see that it's almost word for word how it was written, both dialog and description.  So cool!

The one thing I do remember vividly is that this was my favorite book of the series, and I was completely obsessed with it at the time - now I'm starting to recall why.  I had actually spent extra money to get the book directly from the UK because it came out a few months earlier than the US release. 

The sad thing is I think the series kind of goes downhill from here, or I should say the next few books feel like a lot more filler, YMMV.  I still have hopes for a grand and satisfying conclusion, I just hope I live long enough to read/see it.   
198  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iOS8 - Metal on: June 03, 2014, 04:42:08 PM
Did you mean cynical or cyclical?  Cause you guys all sound pretty cynical lol.

Anyway... yes the App Store is crowded with all sorts of simple games, but that's because of the ease of entry for anyone to be able to submit.  That certainly doesn't preclude some AAA titles to have top notch graphics (i.e. Infinity Blade) and be standouts from the crowd.  IMHO, if even a single game release takes advantage of the processing gains, it's a win for iOS gamers.
199  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / iOS8 - Metal on: June 02, 2014, 10:10:45 PM
With iOS8 is coming some sort of 3D graphics optimization that supposedly will give anywhere from 2-10X rendering improvement.  The demo that Epic Games showed (Zen Garden) was fantastic, pretty amazing to see this sort of detail on a tablet.  Will be interesting to see if it translates to better games/gaming over the long haul.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi guys! on: June 02, 2014, 05:39:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 02, 2014, 12:58:51 PM

Quote from: Scraper on June 01, 2014, 01:16:57 PM

I find it odd how some old school GGers only post on OO or only on GT. How did they decide which one to post on?

I just follow you around.

I did OO for quite a while and then ended up here, I honestly can't remember how/when/why I made the transition.  I don't think there was anything in particular, this site felt a bit more "home-y" (not homely!) to me for whatever reason.
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