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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 04, 2014, 06:09:12 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 03, 2014, 10:45:32 PM

Her name is Tara, and yes, the character is gay. In season 4, she was shacked up with one of the women in the trailer camp that the Governor ended up becoming the leader of.

Oh yeah I totally forgot about that!!  I guess I'm constantly surprised that she isn't dead yet.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 03, 2014, 10:32:01 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 03, 2014, 05:20:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 03, 2014, 01:28:09 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on December 02, 2014, 11:05:41 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 02, 2014, 09:43:29 PM

But... a new gay character will be introduced soon.  Is there any relevance to the character being gay?  Not really but who cares!  Every show needs a token gay guy!!!

What if it isn't a guy?!?

Despite her recent fondness for Eugene, I thought Fistbump Notcop was gay.

Also, they do have a priest...

Isn't the Woodberry chick gay? (Sorry I have no idea what her name is, as she is now the least interesting character on the show).

LMAO I honestly have no idea what that girl's name is.  I don't know who started the "Fistbump Notcop" nickname but that's just how I think of her now.

I'm assuming it's a guy because there were a couple of more prominent gay male characters in the comics.  One I don't remember (Jesus), and the other (Aaron) who lasts quite a long time in the comics and apparently appeared sooner than Jesus.  I'm guessing it will be the latter but I guess it depends on what the next big story arc is going to be.  A lot of the storylines kind of blend into each other for me.  According to the wiki, Aaron appears in the Alexandria Safe Zone plotline.  This would actually be consistent with some of the other hints that Kirkman alluded to, such as the gang getting away from Atlanta.  It's also close to DC so maybe they still decide that's the direction to head.  But... it looks pretty damn far from Atlanta so I'm not sure how they'd get around that.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/2) on: December 02, 2014, 09:51:21 PM
I hadn't heard of Fantasy Hero but it looks pretty cool, will probably get that.

Game of Thrones - I'll probably wait for iOS I think.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 02, 2014, 09:43:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2014, 01:09:14 PM

Now the thing that did surprise me and gave me an emotional reaction was seeing how Rick handled the running cop at the beginning.  That was brutal.  I would say too brutal, but I think it was meant to be.  I think Rick might not be quite as over his loopiness as he seemed to be.  Or it may be, especially pairing it with Beth's murderlust, that the group is just too far down the bend now.

I think that's one of underlying themes for this season.  They hinted at it in Terminus as well, but are never specific about what actually turned "normal" "good" people into cannibals.  Arguably each of the groups, including our heroes, have done things to survive in this apocalypse that might be unspeakable otherwise.  All of it allows viewers to think about the definition of "morality" in this era.  I think Rogue gave a great description of what was wrong with the hospital society in the context that we got to see it.  But again I'd argue had we been watching an alternate show focusing on that group where each of the characters was given the same treatment, we could just as easily see them as protagonists.  If you were to just list things out that our group has done (Carol killing the girl, Carl killing his mother, Rick killing Shane and executing others, etc etc), it would probably read pretty nasty as well.  But because we're invested in these characters the perspective is so different.  Now could you ever write a story where cannibalism and rape is justified?  Probably not, but you never know...

Interestingly enough, the Rick scene didn't surprise me at all.  I found myself cheering when he executed the guy, which kind of shows you how far gone I am on this show too lol.  It's all about trust, and he did give the guy multiple chances after he had betrayed their trust.  As Rick said, all he had to do is stop running. 

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In other news, Daryl is NOT GAY!!!

But... a new gay character will be introduced soon.  Is there any relevance to the character being gay?  Not really but who cares!  Every show needs a token gay guy!!!
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 01, 2014, 09:53:42 PM

Quote from: Roman on December 01, 2014, 07:45:57 PM

do the markings on the trees in the forest hold any significance? We always see them when Morgan is on screen.

I thought those were just carvings that the priest did so he didn't get lost.  But that's a pretty boring explanation lol.

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I'm not sure what is spoiler worthy and what isn't at this point, so I'll just give a general Spoiler Alert here.

I was really caught off guard by last night's events, and had a much more emotional reaction than I thought I would.  Interestingly I had a moment (when Michonne tells Maggie that Beth is alive) where I was thinking "oh nice way to jinx it lol" - but I honestly never thought it would go down quite like that.  I was never a big Beth fan but I like what they did with the character this season.  I think the emotional reaction was more for how bad I felt for Maggie in particular that she never got a chance to say goodbye.  Then to get her hopes up and then crush them, it was really heart-wrenching for me from that perspective.

I do agree with some of what Bullwinkle said, but with some caveats.  I don't think the idea was that this group was "inherently evil" or "horrible" - but it clearly was not a place where Beth wanted to be.  Not to mention Carol (or the majority of our heroes for that matter), I mean can you imagine trying to force Rick or Michonne to live there?  They had their own particular survival system and society which worked for them, but forcing newcomers to stay and adhere to their rules (under the delusion they would eventually be saved), was simply a way of life that would never work for anyone in our group.  It's a makeshift society that works, but since it's not based on personal choice/will, it could be viewed as a prison to people who have been living free and surviving that way.  It's not necessarily a right or wrong judgment, but the way it's been portrayed from the viewpoint of our cast.  In retrospect, you could just as easily have had a show running 5 years about the hospital group becoming what it was and portrayed them as the protagonists, which would make this cast look like a bunch of ungrateful psycho terrorists.

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Anyway, I found the episode riveting, even though some of the character plot decisions were annoying and Michonne fighting with Judith on her back was just hysterical.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 26, 2014, 09:55:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 26, 2014, 07:23:16 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 26, 2014, 06:23:53 PM

Funny after my previous post, I continued on the next evening and was treated to even more overwhelming epic-ness and plot advancement.  I felt that same rush I had at the *conclusion* sequences of Origins.  

Just curious, was this during a specific mission or quest?  I also ran though an incredibly epic one last night
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fighting the Nightmare in the Fade
.  Wondering if we're in roughly the same spot.

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Mine was facing what I presume is the Big Bad prior to the establishment of Skyhold, so I think that must be earlier than what you are referring to?  It had that mix of warfare, dragons, demons, dramatic story elements, epic speeches - felt like being in the middle of a LOTR movie.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 26, 2014, 06:23:53 PM

Quote from: naednek on November 26, 2014, 06:16:30 PM

I have never noticed it.  Wonder why it's from only from afar as well

Is it only from afar?  I thought it was just whoever you had targetted, but I don't recall.

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Funny after my previous post, I continued on the next evening and was treated to even more overwhelming epic-ness and plot advancement.  I felt that same rush I had at the *conclusion* sequences of Origins.  Which is just crazy since I know I'm still very early in the game, and I also know I skipped over lots of the exploration in Hinterlands and side areas.  This game is amazing, I love how they've blended a more cinematic style to the plot while still finding a way to embrace the Elder Scrolls-ish open world feel.  Not an easy task.  It really seems like they took to heart the lessons from both DAO and DA2 (as well as being clearly influenced by the Elder Scrolls series).  
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: November 26, 2014, 06:17:43 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 06, 2014, 12:42:00 AM

I just started catching up on this one.  I'm surprised to find that I'm enjoying the political/criminal machinations far more than I thought I would.  Especially Penguin's excruciatingly slow rise to power.  But the real standout for me is the kid they got to play young Bruce Wayne.  That kid is just nailing it every week.  He really makes me believe he's going to someday be one of the most dangerous men on the planet.

Yeah I love that kid, he's adorable and a really fine actor as well.  He was great in Touch too (with no dialog no less).  Honestly as much as I am a fan of Ben McKenzie, I find the show much more engaging when they focus on Bruce (and Kat).  And I like what they've done with Alfred as well.  For that matter, the new Harvey Dent is excellent too.  So pretty much everyone except for the two main leads lol.  I don't dislike Ben and his partner, but I just find them not as interesting as the rest of the cast.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 25, 2014, 12:29:49 AM
It's really interesting (and a testament to how well this game is designed) to see the discussions on how differently people play and what they choose to pursue or not.  I'm continuing with my trend to play the DA games in Easy/Casual mode, which makes combat almost like an ARPG or MMORPG.  I realize I'm probably missing out on some detailed tactical battles, but with the depth and volume of content, it's the only way I can experience more of the game in a reasonable amount of time.  It also allows me to focus on the story and character elements, which I really appreciate.  I haven't been this engrossed in a game in a really really long time.  Last night I got caught in a key plotline element that I just could not break myself free from until I had some semblance of resolution.  I don't think I could have slept if I had left it hanging lol.  That sequence alone probably put this game into my top games of all time. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Redcliffe time travel plotline with the Tevinter mages was simply fantastic, so epic it felt like it should be the finale and not just a bump in the beginning of the game!

There are minor nits I have with the interface, and minor things such as not being able to romance Cullen (boooooo), plus I'm getting some stuttering hiccups now and my fans are going wild trying to run the gorgeous graphics, but all in all its worth it. 
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] How to Get Away With Murder on: November 21, 2014, 11:33:28 PM
Oh no they didn't!!!

Great fall finale filled with one twist after another, with all sorts of nasty one-liners thrown and gratuitous sex scenes in between.  This is the show I look forward to the most each week, and that's saying a lot because this fall season has overall been really good. 

If you like trashy lawyer-based TV with great dialog, confusing flashbacks, all sorts of sex, and a crazy "whodunit" story arc, I believe they are going to re-run all the episodes again the next few weeks. 
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: November 21, 2014, 11:27:55 PM
Season 2 of this show has been fantastic.  Having everyone on the planet now, along with multiple factions of good/bad people roaming the planet, has really allowed the writers to take the characters in new directions.  Sure lots of things stretch plausibility, but who cares, it's a fun ride.  Pretty much everyone who was lame, whiny or annoying in season 1 is either dead or has reversed their personality.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 20, 2014, 12:41:57 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 20, 2014, 12:26:54 AM

About 3 hours in, and enjoying it so far.  Feels much more like Skyrim than Dragon Age though.

Anyone else feeling a bit of quest overload?  I started in the Hinterlands this afternoon and within 30 minutes, I picked up 19 new quests.  Seemed like overkill to me.

Yeah I was thinking the same thing.  I can't seem to make myself pass up a "!" on the map, so I just keep getting distracted.  Not to mention just the cool things you see while walking around, everything is so distracting.  It's really cool on one hand but on the other it can be a bit overwhelming.  And I'm always afraid I'll miss some semi-important side quest thing that might be useful for later.  It seems like there's lots of little things where you can influence someone to join the Inquisition so what happens if you miss some of them?
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 20, 2014, 12:33:58 AM
Even though I've only played a couple hours, Dragon Age is the clear winner for me this year.  Even though the beginning premise seems a bit too much like Elder Scrolls Oblivion, the production values are absolutely outstanding.  The intro hour alone was worth the price of entry for me.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: November 20, 2014, 12:25:15 AM

Quote from: EddieA on November 19, 2014, 10:49:10 PM

The show has been excellent this year.  I was hopeful after the second half of last season, but I wasn't expecting it to be this good.  The show is doing everything well - character development, overarching story, action.  I also love how they
Spoiler for Hiden:
went full-on villain with Ward.  Too many shows do silly things to redeem their villains in order to keep a popular actor on the show *cough*Buffy*cough* so it's nice to see them avoid this.

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Yeah he is so much better as a "villain."  So much sexier too, it's like he had a complete personality makeover.  Still, I think they may still try to redeem him as he could just be faking things to get in with Hydra.  I don't think he really killed his family but that would be cool if he did.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: November 19, 2014, 08:56:20 PM
Anyone still keeping up with SHIELD?  Last night had more Agent Carter references and promos for you Hayley Atwell fans. 

I like that they are moving along fairly well with the alien map/city/Skye storyline, and I love how everything seems tied together.  Red Skull, Captain America, SHIELD, Hydra, Agent Carter, Nazis, some stuff from Avengers... but what's it all leading to?  It feels like something big, but the next movie being Ultron doesn't seem to tie in.  The next closest thing involving aliens would be Guardians 2 but that doesn't seem plausible either.  Then there's Infinity War, but that's so far away.

So maybe this is a stand alone story for the show, but it sure seems like there's some grand design/plan at work here.  Hopefully I'm not setting myself up for disappointment when all is revealed.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Poor Dichen Lachman can't get a break.  Shot to death in 100 last week, dissected apart in SHIELD this week.  Someone call her agent and get her a decent role!!!!
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 19, 2014, 08:47:48 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 19, 2014, 04:45:20 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on November 19, 2014, 03:24:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 19, 2014, 02:44:37 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on November 19, 2014, 01:38:33 PM

I decided to get it for the ps4. It took me over two hours to play through the "introduction" and get to the title screen. Hysterical. If I continue on at this pace, from what I'm hearing relating to overall content, I may not finish this game until Easter 2015.  

Two hours?  Wow.

I doubt it took me 30 minutes to get to that point.

I know, right?  I laugh at myself, as I would imagine the average gamer gets through it in like 20 minutes.  Although that includes character creation, which probably accounted for a lot of that time.

Same here.  The trouble is that the character creation takes place under different lighting conditions than the actual game, so I'll make a character that looks just right, walk outside into the snowy sunlight, and recoil in horror at the monstrosity I've introduced into the world of Thedas.  I've gone through that little prologue section at least five or six times now just trying to craft a character I won't hate looking at for the next four dozen hours. :p
-Autistic Angel

lol I thought I was the only one who did stuff like that.  It can be quite distracting since they do so many close ups.  I'm pretty happy with the way my guy came out the second time around; the first time I mis-clicked continue too quickly and got stuck with a mostly un-customized version.  The only issue I have now is that the hair color I chose, which I thought was a jet black, is more of a blue black.  It's not horrible, but sometimes the eyebrows just look too blue which kind of bugs me.

Incidentally does anyone know if it will be possible to make any appearance (facial) alterations later in the game?  I don't want to start over just for a hair color change!
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 18, 2014, 08:54:36 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 18, 2014, 01:31:49 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 18, 2014, 11:35:22 AM

Played a bit this morning and I think I should have went PC instead of XB1..  Noticeable stutters at times, but my main issue is controls.  I probably would have preferred PC instead, but I loathe to install Origin.  

Anyway, pretty good so far I missed a conversation with Solas as we were traveling he asked me about living as a Dalish and my conversation tree appeared and it was greyed out and I couldn't select an answer.  Eventually he remarked something like "Well, be silent then"  Has anyone run into this?
most people over at QT3 on PC are switching to using a controller because they all dislike the mouse/keyboard controls.

Not sure what's wrong with the mouse/keyboard combo, seems perfectly natural to me.  Maybe it just depends on what you're used to?  Plays like pretty much every MMORPG to me, but I'm playing it more like an action RPG and less like a tactical game when it comes to combat.

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Anyway, the graphics and production values are absolutely amazing, just fantastic.  I started the game in full 4K resolution and noticed a few stutters here and there.  The in-game test read about 15-17 FPS.  I've come down to 2560x1440 and it still looks great so I'll probably stay there.  I may go to 1080 to see if the animation is more fluid, but I'm pretty happy as is.

Side question, anyone know how to clear the interface and/or take a screenshot in the PC version?  Couldn't find a hotkey option.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 18, 2014, 12:45:06 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 17, 2014, 11:34:36 PM

But the airbag deployed! ninja

Ohhhhh so the thrust from the airbags counteracted the gravitational pull and allowed them to land back end first!!  paranoid
179  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iPad] Battle World Kronos on: November 17, 2014, 09:06:49 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 14, 2014, 11:59:45 PM

I won't click on a TA link, so I don't know what they gave it, but Pocket Tactics thought it was ok. 3 stars. Sounds like an OK game, but I have enough to play that I can't be bothered with it.

Did you play it Rittchard?

I played a little but had a hard time with some of it.  I was a huge fan of Military Madness way way back in the day, and this plays similarly to that with updated graphics.  There've been a number of clones of this type of hex-based TBS but I can't remember them off the top of my head.  Graphics and interface all seemed fine (I'm playing on the Mini), and I like that they don't bother with a cutscreen to show battle results.  My problem was that there are/were a number of things that aren't made that clear, so that kind of soured my first match.  Examples include how to take over a base and which bases can be taken over is unclear, the fact that there were extra units sitting in the base, how to use boats to transport or fight (and apparently some can go on land?), etc etc.  I think if you are a big fan of this type of game and have the patience to learn all the details it could potentially be rewarding, but frankly I'm too lazy these days.
180  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Vainglory on: November 17, 2014, 09:01:09 PM
MOBA fans, this is out now!  I thought it was iPad only but looks like it's out for the iPhone as well.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 08:58:33 PM

I thought that would be it, but I just noticed HELL on Steam:
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 17, 2014, 08:53:22 PM
At first it seemed like last night's episode was going to be similar to Lost's "The Other 48 Days" to give a complete picture of what happened to Carol after she left the group.  I'm a little disappointed they didn't go completely that route but I also understand that many viewers don't like that kind of storytelling.  So what we were left with was kind of a mash-up of some kind of artsy smoke thematic element mixed with the details of the events that Carol and Daryl experienced between chasing the cross vehicle and Carol entering the hospital and Daryl going back to Rick.  I thought the "bridge" plot elements worked very well, but the "thematic" flashback stuff I felt missed the mark.

All in all it was a pretty rewarding episode, particularly for fans of what are arguably the two most popular characters in the TV show these days.  It really left me craving for more, though, as I really wanted to get to the rescue Beth stuff which looks like it will happen next week.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 16, 2014, 02:34:21 AM
Completed my Origin (PC) pre-load and hit the "Install" button but sadly nothing happened  icon_smile  On the bright side, it does say available November 17 at 9pm (I'm on PST).

I finally went through the Keep thing too, very nice tool.  Interestingly enough I remembered much more detail from DAO than I did DA2, even though I played the latter much more recently.  I had to guess on a bunch of the choices from DA2 so hopefully none of them are a big deal. 
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 13, 2014, 01:09:04 AM

Quote from: Travis on November 12, 2014, 08:32:16 PM

Drat.  This isn't on steam and I haven't used Origin before.  I don't like having digital purchases with too many distro. companies.  Out of curiosity, how has everyone's experience with Origin been (if any)?  Also, will I get the game at midnight EST (being PST that would be a motivating factor towards digital over hard copy).

I asked the same thing a while back and didn't get much of a response.  I think I've bought 1 or 2 other games via Origin without issue, but they were not as significant a release.  I thought there was some controversy with some game a while back but I don't recall what it was or if I imagined the whole thing.  

I ended up going with them regardless to get the special digital edition.  No idea how it will turn out, but at least they are offering pre-load starting 11/14.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 11, 2014, 09:15:33 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 11, 2014, 01:41:51 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 11, 2014, 01:12:59 AM

Quote from: Ridah on November 11, 2014, 12:43:30 AM

I played the hell out of this at BlizzCon and will be posting my impressions soon. If you think Overwatch is anything like TF2 or any other shooter you've played before, you're absolutely wrong.

On the one hand Blizzard games have always been pretty compelling for me, but on the other as mentioned in other threads FPS is just not my genre.  I think the best I can hope for is that one of the characters will be different enough to fit/click with me.  This means a class that doesn't require a lot of jumping and aiming skills lol. 

Blizzard explicitly said that they do not want Overwatch to only be accessible to "twitch" style players, there are defensive and support classes that are focused on healing, buffing, and utility (like building turrets, for example).

That sounds excellent!

Now if I could build mushroom turrets that did healing and support, I'd be in heaven lol (DAOC reference).
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 11, 2014, 01:12:59 AM

Quote from: Ridah on November 11, 2014, 12:43:30 AM

I played the hell out of this at BlizzCon and will be posting my impressions soon. If you think Overwatch is anything like TF2 or any other shooter you've played before, you're absolutely wrong.

Nice teaser lol!  From what I saw it looked most like Monday Night Combat with much better fleshed out characters to me.  There was another game with a fantasy theme that it reminded me of too, but the name escapes me.

On the one hand Blizzard games have always been pretty compelling for me, but on the other as mentioned in other threads FPS is just not my genre.  I think the best I can hope for is that one of the characters will be different enough to fit/click with me.  This means a class that doesn't require a lot of jumping and aiming skills lol. 
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: November 11, 2014, 01:07:14 AM

Quote from: kronovan on November 10, 2014, 10:21:11 PM

I'm rewatching season 1 on DVD as I missed a good 3rd of the episodes. Now about 2/3rds of the way through I have to say the writing has slipped a bit for season 3. Not enough to make me stop watching, but the scripts for new episodes definitely don't seem to be as good. I'm trying to separate whether it's just that I preferred the revenge themes or that I'm watching it without commercials, which I really dislike, but that aside the new writing does seem weaker.

I'm with you 2 on Felicity and last episode - really like her character and thought that was the best season 3 episode yet.

I think what made season 1 really click for me was the writing on the origin/island storyline.  In fact, aside from shirtless Amell porn, that was really what kept me watching the show.  I actually felt the flashback content was considerably stronger than the present day stuff.  Season 2 was a great blend of both present day action and flashbacks, and they created a very compelling main villain which drove the whole season.

This season is definitely the weakest in terms of flashback content, and the main plotline probably needs to start revving up too in terms of interesting villains.  All in all agreed the writing is lacking something.  Killing off Sarah seemed a bit desperate and unnecessary to me, but I guess it opened the door to give the other female characters more action.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: November 10, 2014, 09:56:04 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 10, 2014, 08:13:20 PM

It's natural to compare somewhat like -to- like, but heavily dwelling on what 2001 ASO, Inception, Contact and Close Encounters were, doesn't seem to be a solid good foundation for an honest review. I'm sure the film has its flaws, but none of the negative reviews I've read have been anywhere credible enough to make me want to wait until the BRD is here.

Definitely agree with that, and I'd highly recommend seeing it in the theaters on as big a screen as you can get to, just for the spectacle of some of the sequences.  I really wish I'd seen it in IMAX.  I ended up seeing a "35mm" presentation which I don't think really added much since the screen size was only moderate.

There are definitely things I felt could have been done better or differently, and some of the plot elements can be a bit hard to swallow, but it's still a fantastic film for science fiction fans in general.  The cast is superb and the acting is all around excellent, even coming from a non-Matthew McConeghey fan.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 10, 2014, 09:50:00 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 10, 2014, 08:13:51 PM

There were also a few shots of the water stream slicing the zombie skulls right in half.  It's already pretty well established that the zombie heads are near mush in this world anyway. 

OTOH, Sarge seems to have a habit of stabbing zombies in the chin, often while their mouths are wide open.  That doesn't seem like it'd be effective.

For the sex thing, I assume we're talking about Sarge and the inappropriately-dressed-for-the-apocalypse hottie (I assume she was a Hooters waitress before things went to hell).  That seemed out of left field to me, too, but I always assume I've forgotten something.

ahhhh ok I'll buy that (the hose thing).  Maybe I didn't watch close enough to see them getting split in half, that would have made much more sense to me had I noticed that.  Maybe it got blocked by the incessant anti-Directv banners lol.

Sex thing, I thought he was talking about Eugene's pervy voyeurism, not the Sarge with Rosita in general.  They were always established as a couple, at least I thought so. 
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: November 10, 2014, 05:54:12 PM
Wait, did I miss another thread somewhere?  No one saw this over the weekend?
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Loot Crate on: November 10, 2014, 05:53:05 PM
I'm definitely leery of adding more crap to my house, but this just looked like a fun idea.  I'm a huge fan of Funko toys and I'm hoping they might get some exclusives.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 10, 2014, 05:51:00 PM
My memory is clouded and sometimes I get details jumbled up with what I remember from the comics.  The Beth thing, I always presumed she was kidnapped away from Daryl.  The Eugene thing I thought they made pretty clear he was hot for Rosita but again maybe it's just an impression.  I'm glad they stuck with the same basic Eugene storyline; I thought I'd heard they were going to do something very different.

Overall I thought the episode was OK for the story progression, but uneven overall.  The fire hose thing seemed almost comical, and I really didn't get why the zombies were neutralized by the water.  Was it supposed to be because of the impact of the water hitting them?  The Sarge backstory felt like it was missing something (maybe a moment with his family before he flipped out?  and why was he in what appeared to be a medical facility?), and it bugged me the way he kept flipping out every other scene.  I always saw him as a "tough as nails" driven character, but not a loony loose cannon.  Glenn and Maggie are wasted with this group, and Fistbump Notcop (lol) is just lame. 
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Loot Crate on: November 07, 2014, 05:51:14 PM
This may be old news to you guys, but just in case I thought I'd mention it.  Just read about Loot Crate in the newspaper today.  It's a fun stash of geek/gamer gear that gets sent to you every month for about $20/month.  I'm gonna try it out for 3 months and see how it goes.  I think I get a coupon or something if you use my link, but I don't really know.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: November 07, 2014, 05:42:28 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on November 06, 2014, 02:40:44 PM

Nice "origin story" for Felicity last night. Still enjoying this show.  icon_cool

Me too - I was iffy on Felicity in the first season, but she really grew on me over time.  I thought she was great with The Flash too.  I kind of hoped she'd go to the other show because she really brings a fun energy to it, but that would leave a huge hole in Arrow.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 07, 2014, 05:39:49 PM
I haven't read all the details on this thing, but even as a gadget whore I can't see it being particularly useful as is.  Now maybe I missed it, but I think what would make this more interesting is if it could interact and command/control other devices on your wireless network, in other words become the hub and interface to the 'internet of things". 

In addition you should be able to have multiple mini microphones you could add to each room.  So for instance I could walk into a room and verbally tell the lights to dim to a soft yellow hue (Philips Hue), turn the TV on, and tell Nest to set the temperature 2 degrees lower.  Now that would be slick.
196  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iPad] Battle World Kronos on: November 07, 2014, 01:04:49 AM
Another interesting PC game now on iPad:
197  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Does anyone else play mobile "MMORPGs"? on: November 06, 2014, 12:37:02 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 04, 2014, 08:27:17 PM

Aren't these all like horrible freemium games with lots of downtime?

Not necessarily.  Most are freemium but many are tailored so you really don't need to pay anything and can still get plenty of gameplay. Ditto on the downtime, it varies from game to game.  Finding one that suits your style can be a crapshoot, but because there are so many, it's also very possible that one exists. 

I'm generally surprised at just how many of these games are out there, and just how many people appear to be playing them.  It seems like an incredibly fractured audience for what's already a niche genre.  Of course I'm one of these people, maybe there are just like 100 of us and we all play every release that comes out lol.   paranoid
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: November 05, 2014, 09:27:57 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on November 05, 2014, 02:04:08 AM

Morena Baccarin to join the cast of Gotham as Dr. Leslie Thompkins.

Awesome!  I love her.  But... who the heck is Leslie Thompkins?
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 05, 2014, 09:27:21 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 05, 2014, 02:39:57 PM

I can understand what Bullwinkle is saying.  Beth seemed upset with them from the very moment she woke up.  I can chalk some of that up to distrust in a post zombie world, but even when it wasn't clear they were creating a system based on indentured servitude, she was acting oddly recalcitrant.

Maybe I'm confused or remembering wrong, but didn't they just kidnap her out of the blue?  Wouldn't that be reason enough to wake up distrustful?

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Also the banners I was referring to were likely only broadcast to current Directv customers.  Basically they had two large bars on top and bottom with a flashing message scrolling by, in the middle of the show.
200  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Does anyone else play mobile "MMORPGs"? on: November 04, 2014, 06:29:00 PM
I have a crazy compulsion to try out mobile MMORPGs.  I've lost count of how many I've tried.  The problem is I generally get into one for a few hours over a few days and then move on to the next.  It's like my PC MMO wandering on steroids. 

Just curious if anyone else ever gets into these and if you've ever found one you actually stayed and played in for any extended period of time.

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