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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: October 05, 2015, 11:39:41 PM
And so ends Season 1, with a little bit of a bang, but more of a whimper.  I guess as an appetizer, it was OK, but really that was all it was so far.  Too many unlikable characters doing too many stupid things, and not much of an explanation for what's happening or why it devolved so quickly.

The main character death was fairly predictable and annoying, since I was hoping it would be pretty much any one of the other cast members lol.  And is it just me or why is it these guys are so ready to just give up and slaughter people?  In TWD I thought they always waited until pretty much the last moment when it was a loved one.  I guess people in LA are faster on the trigger.

Hopefully they will do a little re-tooling of this show when it comes back.  In all fairness 6 episodes is a short run, but then again I've seen other shows which were just fine with 6 or less.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: October 05, 2015, 11:33:23 PM
Saw it Saturday and absolutely loved it, one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.  Along with the other comparisons, I think it had a similar feel (for me) to Contact, probably more so than Gravity or Interstellar.  I'd say Contact + Apollo 13 would be my "mashup" comparison. 

I didn't read the book and I'm happy I didn't, as I suspect my expectations would have been skewed considerably.  As a movie I thought it worked really well.  I like that they were able to give the considerable amount of secondary characters interesting things to do with limited screen time.  I was afraid it would be all Matt Damon for 2 hours straight.

While it's a little bit of a stretch for me to believe a botanist could have handled all the complex engineering hurdles that needed to be solved (no offense, botanists!), I was happy to ignore all that and assume he was just a brilliant all around scientist/astronaut.

Anyway, just go see it lol!
163  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 02, 2015, 05:25:06 PM
If you didn't play it during the original release, there's an updated Free version of Storm Casters called Storm Casters Ultra.  It's essentially the same game as the original but it's been tweaked and optimized and changed to a free game with IAP.  The IAP is largely optional.

The game is interesting.  Baseline it's an ARPG/shooter with elements of Diablo, etc.  In terms of combat it reminds me a lot of Hero Siege.  Each session is pretty short, just a few levels to make it through, but you have a time limit and very limited health.  In that way it's almost like a shooter, as you only can be hit once or twice.  What sets the gameplay apart is a mechanism that is both cool and annoying at the same time.  You collect "cards" of various rarity which offer the chance to see specific boosts in the play session, but you can only bring 3 (or 4) in to a session - at random.  Unlike other CCGs, though, you can't build/modify your deck, so as you get more and more cards, the chance of getting one of your favorites actually becomes less and less.  So if you like randomness, this is a very cool feature because every session will play slightly differently.  If you want more control/strategic play with the cards/boosts, you 're out of luck.  The only thing you can control is your character's attack power and the amount of time you have per session, which are upgraded through gold.

It's a different twist on the genre and while personally I would have liked more of a sense of control over my character, the randomness changing gameplay is certainly attractive as well.  I think at minimum I'd have liked a card pool limit.  Other than that definitely a fun game that's worth a look if you skipped it the first time around.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: September 29, 2015, 06:33:00 PM
Ep 2 was hardcore, nuff said.   eek

Joker is badass, perhaps too much so too soon because there's no one to stop him.  Batboy is so awkward it's kind of painful to watch, made more frustrating by seemingly how unstoppable the villains are. 

The only question is how far are they going to take this Rise of the Villains thing?  The way they are playing it, the villains could easily have killed Gordon and his partner and there would literally have been no one left to stand in their way. 
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 29, 2015, 06:29:00 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on September 29, 2015, 02:14:50 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 28, 2015, 11:17:51 PM

....and my favorite new show of the season: QUANTICO!

It may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it the most of all the new stuff I've tried so far.  It's an interesting mix of Grey's Anatomy, 24 and How to Get Away with Murder.  Most importantly, pretty much every one in the main cast is hot lol.  Throw in some sexy stuff, a bit of mystery/intrigue, play with the flash forward, add plot twists, betrayal, and you've got a pretty fun mix.

It is oh so close for me, I really like it but it has far too many tropes at the moment.  But yes the (female) lead is very hot (I have a weakness for long black hair) and I like the story possibilities.

Sometimes hot people are enough lol!  Screw the critics!!!!
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 28, 2015, 11:17:51 PM
....and my favorite new show of the season: QUANTICO!

It may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it the most of all the new stuff I've tried so far.  It's an interesting mix of Grey's Anatomy, 24 and How to Get Away with Murder.  Most importantly, pretty much every one in the main cast is hot lol.  Throw in some sexy stuff, a bit of mystery/intrigue, play with the flash forward, add plot twists, betrayal, and you've got a pretty fun mix.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: September 28, 2015, 11:14:26 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 27, 2015, 09:54:27 PM

Kelly doesn't even look like the same person. She's had a lot of work done, and not really for the better IMO.

I was glad the first person voted out was that person. Never liked them.

Overall it was OK, but I'm afraid the newer players are going to have a significant advantage.

Those lips on Kelly are eeeeeeeeekk.  Actually I think that's the majority of the work she had done, and it kind of went awry.

That smarmy Vytas had to go sooner rather than later, and seriously did he have to keep sticking his package all over the place lol?
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: September 28, 2015, 11:12:56 PM
Well in all honesty I felt like Hiro in many ways helped torpedo the original show, but he was clearly considered a "fan favorite" from day one.  So much so that the writers started to expand his role even though the guy wasn't even a real actor.  Personally I thought his powers were too powerful and his acting was atrocious.  But for whatever reason a lot of people liked the Japanese comic book-y fanboy archetype, and I felt that's what they were trying to capitalize on with Katana Girl and her follower boy.  I didn't say I actually liked the character, but I did feel like there was still a chance for it to be redeeming if they clarify the power as being something interesting and that makes sense.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Heroes Reborn on: September 25, 2015, 07:44:48 PM
(Spoilers Throughout)

2 hour premiere last night.  Early reviews I read were not very positive, and to some extent I have to agree with them.  Too many characters, too many subplots, too hard to identify with any one or two particular characters, perhaps too ambitious too quickly. 

That said, overall I'd give it a thumbs up for fans of the original series.  It seems like there is a larger storyline that could be fairly compelling (something is coming and only the heroes can save us!), and they set up a good "mystery" in Suresh blowing up the building.

Using HRG as the core anchor was smart, since he was one of the few decent real actors in the original show.  He does a good job carrying the bulk of the show.  Some of the other characters certainly have promise, but again, there were just too many too quickly and there was too much jumping around.  The original series was strongest when it stayed focused, and this second incarnation is in danger of running astray.  In the preview you can see even more characters still upcoming (Hiro, Matt, Suresh, Ali Larter's grown up son - I think I saw him, etc).   

I thought Chuck's storyline was interesting when I read about it originally, but in the show it came off heavy-handed and even unreasonable.  Not just because the actor portraying him is Chuck, but just in general.  Being angry and wanting revenge is one thing, but systematically targeting and assassinating what amounts to an entire race just doesn't seem reasonable.  But they didn't make the character appear crazy in any way at all (the wife maybe a little more so), so it just didn't work for me.

The teenage boy, I'll call him Pan because I can't remember his name and I think he played Peter Pan in Once Upon a Time, looks to be the answer to Claire (high school angst plot and for some reason is special/important) plus Hiro (teleporting powers).  Not a big fan but I thought this part of the show worked for the most part.

Clearly the intended highlight for Hiro fanboys and gaming nerds is "Katana Girl" which was really the only cool action-y hero.  She looks like she has potential for sure, but I felt like they were trying a bit too hard to recreate the original Hiro magic (for lack of a better characterization).  And I don't really get her "power" - she can transfer herself into a game?  Or is it deeper in that she can turn herself into digital bits and reconstruct herself? 

Anyway, I'm excited to see more, but I have a feeling this premiere is going to lose and confuse more fans than it will gain.  Time will tell!
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: September 25, 2015, 07:25:49 PM
That was one of the really fun things, watching "old school" players like Jeff Varner and Kelly who have been away for 15 years come back to a very very different game.  Not sure about Kelly but it looks like Jeff hasn't watched a lot of intermediate seasons and so is unfamiliar with different "characters" and many of the new strategic paradigms in the game.  Likely they aren't familiar with some of the newer twists and challenges as well.  Did they even have hidden immunity idols in the first couple of seasons?  Also enjoyed the juxtaposition of the one guy whose daughters were in love with Joe - just hilarious.  Can you imagine how embarrassed they are watching that at home?

I was really disappointed to see Stephen struggling so much, he was one of my favorites in his season.  I guess I have a thing for nerds lol.  But given his knowledge of the game (he blogs about every episode) it was surprising to see how immediately awkward he was (especially searching for the idol), he should really know better.  I'm hoping he can ride out this early phase and get into some sort of alliance.  Let's face it, he really has no solo/challenge game whatsoever lol.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: September 24, 2015, 06:33:24 PM
This season's Survivor features 20 previous cast members that fans voted in to play.  The criteria is they've only played once before and didn't win (thus the "Second Chance" theme).  It's a nice gimmick/theme, as it incorporates numerous factors that seem to have added up to a really solid cast.  You've got people who've played as many as 15 years ago mixed with people who played as recently as last season.  Some were as close as second place, but there are no actual "Sole Survivors".  No winners is nice, because you don't get the immediate target phenomena that some of the previous "all star" seasons faced.  Since everyone was nominally voted in by fans, there are also no obvious villains or hated contestants. 

This all adds up to what seems to be one of the strongest casts in a long time, at least on paper.  A lot of "game-players"/strategists, but also a lot of solid "survivor" types and "challenge beasts." 

The premiere pretty much set the tone and early themes of the show.  Really looking forward to seeing how some of my previous favorites fare this time around.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 23, 2015, 11:17:44 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 23, 2015, 10:41:26 AM

Boy, if someone had told me I'd enjoy Scream Queens more than a TV series based on Minority Report, I'd never have believed them.  Every preview looked absolutely dreadful, and having no affinity for either nip/tuck or American Horror Story, there was no fall premiere I was going into with lower expectations.

But that was actually pretty good.  It's dumb, but in a supremely self-aware way that winds up channeling the parts I liked most about Jennifer's Body and Hell Baby.  The stunt casting with Ariana Grande wasn't as grating as I expected and Jamie Lee Curtis was really great...I'm definitely on board for more!

-Autistic Angel

Hehe - yeah that was actually quite laugh out loud funny in parts.  I definitely enjoyed the return of Jamie Lee as well.  Also a lot of eye candy for me never hurts!

Speaking of which, I was also pleasantly surprised by Limitless.  All of the early reviews I had read were pretty bad/mediocre, but I think I ended up enjoying it more than the other 2 new shows I had higher hopes for (Minority Report and Blindspot).  Maybe I'm just overly enamored with the lead actor, I don't know.  I never saw the original movie so maybe that had something to do with it too, I guess I had pretty low expectations.

No new shows for me tonight, but the return of Survivor (Fan Favorites!) and Empire should make it a solid night!!!  Looking forward to Heroes Reborn tomorrow, hopefully it's not a bust.

173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: September 23, 2015, 11:13:13 PM

Quote from: naednek on September 23, 2015, 04:49:31 PM

I just hope it's not a freak of the week type show. 

I don't think so>  Based on what they did with Penguin last season I'm guessing they will do longer story arcs to show how both Joker and Riddler develop/evolve.  I guess Catgirl too, but again I think having her so young makes it more difficult to make her a hardcore villain.  I'm forgetting some of the other major villains but those 4 are the big ones in my mind.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: September 22, 2015, 06:15:49 PM
Season 2 Premiere Review:

All around pretty interesting and potentially better than season one, the "Rise of the Villains" theme should be fun to follow.  Good character progression and plot line for Gordon/Penguin, and some nice scene stealing from psycho Barbara, pre-Riddler and pre-Joker.  Joker in particular is fun to watch, and I like that they throw in some dialog from prior movies, or at least it seemed like they were.  On the one hand I might call all of that a problem as the villain plotlines are more interesting than the heroes, but I suppose that's kind of always been the case for Batman; the movies are generally only as good as the villain.  This show's nominally about Gotham, and I suppose there was never a promise it was only going to focus on the hero characters, so once I wrap my head around that I think I'll enjoy it even more. 

Weak stuff...  Batboy is now at that awkward age.  He's growing pretty quickly, and he's right in the middle of "cute kid" and "teen hottie" - I honestly don't know what they are planning with him, but I think that's sadly the weakest part of the show.  I like the kid but his plotline is just not compelling.  Not his fault, I just hope the writers have something substantial planned for him.  Also awkward is Catgirl, she seemed completely out of place with Penguin and the mobsters.  Honestly I think the whole premise of the show from that standpoint is still flawed.  I'm sure some producer somewhere thought it would be cute/clever to have these characters as kids, but the fact is it just limits what they can do.  You've got these brutal villains rising, but then you throw in these kids in the middle of all of it.  For lack of a better word it's just awkward.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: September 22, 2015, 05:16:47 PM
watchOS 2 is out now (after original delay) in case anyone was wondering.

I tried out nightstand mode which was nice and swapped to a new face, but that's it so far.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 22, 2015, 05:15:51 PM
I really wanted to like Minority Report more, but for whatever reason I ended up falling asleep in the middle of the episode lol.  It reminds me a lot of Sleepy Hollow in the sense you have a main detective coupled with a fish out of water dude.  I like SH, but I also tend to fall asleep during it lol.  I can't explain why.

Blindspot had a stronger premiere overall, I thought.  Awkward in parts, it still felt intriguing enough, though I wonder if the amnesia/tattoo gimmick can sustain over multiple seasons.  Jaimie Alexander is appealing overall and I'm glad to see her get a lead part finally.  Oddly for me, I thought the weakest element was Sullivan Stapleton, who looks like he literally drove over from the set of Strike Back and hasn't figured out how to play a different character.  So instead he just acts "serious" the whole time.  Don't get me wrong, I think he is freaking hot as hell and I could stare at him doing anything, but they really need to do something to make him more interesting.  Particularly for those of us who have seen him in Strike Back where he gets laid and shows his ass every fifth scene, and is usually the one with a sense of humor. 

Gotham was pretty cool, but that probably belongs in the Gotham thread. 

Tonight I've got some second tier shows to check out, Scream Queens and Limitless. 
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 22, 2015, 05:07:28 PM
While I totally agree with Jimmy's assessment (particularly about the fence which I made the exact same comment, not to mention how old parts of the fence looked lol), I think the writers are hoping viewers are thinking more along the lines of ericb. 

The problem is TWD fans are naturally going to compare these characters to the original.  But perhaps a better comparison to be made is to look at the Alexandria residents and how they try to cling to "normalcy," and how stupid they appear to us and the main TWD cast.  In FTWD the people are even less knowledgable than Alexandria, and they are being told by the government to behave "normally" while they stay in quarantine.  So from that perspective, taking a jog around the area seems perfectly acceptable to me.  If they trust the army folk at all, they believe they are "safe" and they really don't have much else to do.
178  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 21, 2015, 05:55:26 PM
Gratch, I tried to join the same server I think you mentioned, but I'm not actually sure.

I keep seeing the complaints about vigor, but thus far I haven't run into anything yet.  Maybe I've only been playing in small spurts.  I honestly don't even know where it's tracked.  It does sound irritating for people who like to play for long sessions.  I suspect they will adjust the model over time if enough people complain.

There are a number of things about the interface I'm not thrilled with, but they can all be addressed fairly easily.  On my Mini 4 the entire interface seems to have self-scaled into some tiny version, so that's been kind of annoying.  But even when it was full sized it was not as intuitive as I might have liked.  On the plus side the graphics look great.

Overall I'm pretty impressed with what they've done with the main game engine and quests/locations.  Sure it's pretty standard MMORPG fare, but they've done it in a way that is fitting for mobile, but not so far streamlined like some other mobile RPGs where it doesn't feel like you are even playing any more. 
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 21, 2015, 05:45:26 PM
I pre-ordered a bunch of Lego Dimensions crap.  Most likely it will end up sitting in a drawer or closet just like all my Skylanders and Disney Infinity crap lol.

At bare minimum though I have to make the Jurassic Park and Lego Movie Chris Pratts interact with each other and I will be satisfied.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 21, 2015, 05:42:34 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 21, 2015, 12:18:11 PM

Nick is probably the first character that I hope dies violently on this show

lol me too!  It's really interesting that there are only two more episodes left.  Kind of a strange way to start the show.  So far it seems like the writers are intent on creating a lot of characters that irritate the shit out of us so we hope they die lol.  The thing is we know Kirkman knows how to write characters that are kind of weak/annoying at first and then gradually become more likable/heroic or whatever (Carol, Carl, Beth, etc etc).  But with such a short season it seems like they won't have time to get to that stage. 

In spite of all the annoying characters, I am still interested to see what kinds of things are explained (or aren't).  It appears the government is pretty on top of the situation (relatively speaking) in terms of making sacrifices, but obviously they aren't revealing what they do or don't know.  It seems like they are smart enough to be shooting people in the head so they don't come back, or maybe I was just assuming that from the bodies.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 21, 2015, 05:36:26 PM
ooops sorry Hark; I didn't think there was much to spoil since there had been discussions in some other threads about that new spinoff (name escapes me).

Anyways, busy night tonight.  Blindspot, Minority Report, Scorpion, Gotham and The Voice.  No way I can watch them all.... or can I???   ninja
182  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 18, 2015, 05:00:48 PM
I haven't played as much OC2 as Gratch but have pretty much the same impressions thus far.  I've tried a number of MMOs on mobile and this one seems to be the best.  The interface (and bugs) definitely need some refinement, but at release it still seems better than the rest of the pack.

Ultimately this is the thing:

-  Playing a full-fledged MMO on my iPad is just really cool. 
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 18, 2015, 04:56:06 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 18, 2015, 12:40:18 PM

Maybe it's me, but I keep seeing traits of Rick in Maddie.  Is anyone else getting that feeling

I kind of do as well, at least she seems to have some instincts that are much better than her stupid boyfriend.  It definitely seems like she's being set up to be the leader that keeps them alive, but I guess they could surprise us by making the doofus guy convert to a badass hero over time (like Carol did).
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 17, 2015, 10:52:25 PM
So without the return of our beloved Ceekay, I guess it "falls" on me to talk about the new Fall lineup  Tongue

For me, I'll definitely be checking out Heroes Reborn, Blindspot, Supergirl and Minority Report.  Probably Quantico and Limitless as well.  I started The Bastard Executioner on Tuesday, but the first half hour hasn't really captured my interest. 

Returning Shows: of course TWD is on the top of the list.  The Flash looks like its going to be really cool (time travel and alternate reality stuff), and Arrow is supposed to have more mystical stuff (resurrection of Black Canary woohoo).  Also excited about Empire and How to get Away with Murder.

Anything in particular strike your fancy?
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] I am Cait on: September 17, 2015, 10:46:14 PM
I debated on whether or not to post on this show, but after watching the entire series and seeing the exchange in R&P, I thought it was worth mentioning.

I came into the show with little to no knowledge about the transgender community.  I probably know a little more than the average person from watching Orange is the New Black lol, but really not much else.  I have to admit mostly I was just interested in the spectacle around Bruce Jenner and his/her "transition."  Like many others I made fun of Bruce's weird look and made Caitlyn jokes when "she" eventually debuted.

After actually watching the show, though, I have to say I feel like I learned a lot about the "T" community, which often feels left out, even amongst members of the greater "LGBT" community.  Hearing about kids (and adults) committing suicide because they can't find a way to accept their gender identity is heartbreaking, and learning about the things people have gone through can be genuinely affecting.  Even Caitlyn herself, who has the advantage of endless monetary resources and can surround herself with people who support her, seems to have trouble at times moving forward, and it's interesting to watch the reactions of her "famous" family members.  It's also interesting to learn the distinction between "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" which can be very confusing, not just for the individual but for everyone around them.  You can physically be a man who feels they are actually a woman, but still be attracted to women; the two are separate issues.  I know there are people who think all of this is absolutely insane, and before watching this show I think I might have been inclined to agree.  It's only once you start to get to "know" and accept that these are first and foremost *people* who are struggling themselves with these issues, that you hopefully can try to be a little more understanding.

Ultimately the message of the show is really moving, and I was glad I watched it.  I feel a little less ignorant overall and even if I don't truly understand what they are going through, I hope I will be more sensitive in the future to trans issues.  There's a quote one of the girls mentions a number of times: "It's hard to hate someone once you know their story."   Really love that.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 17, 2015, 08:31:50 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 17, 2015, 08:08:05 PM

Ok, I found some clarification on the whole "zombie" thing via the Walking Dead Wiki.

Apparently the word zombie, as it relates to a person rising from the dead via voodoo, is a known term. It's apparently used once in the comics and in the Telltale game. However, Romero's zombie films *do not* exist - so essentially the popular concept of zombies we have today is unknown.

Ahhhh that's pretty interesting.  I wonder if they could work that into a script somehow to clarify it for the TV series.  I also wonder what percentage of the TWD audience are/were not zombie show/movie fans and maybe just have some vague awareness of the word/concept.  Seems like something that could/should be addressed, even if it were just in passing.
187  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Upcoming ios/android games you are looking forward to on: September 17, 2015, 06:10:43 PM
I really wish Blizzard would make a Diablo game for iOS.  Even if they just ported Diablo 2 with touch controls it would be awesome.  Of course given the state of hardware these days, they could more likely port some version of D3.  I have hopes for Torchlight Mobile and/or Titan Quest, but ultimately I'd still prefer the king of ARPGs.
188  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Star Wars: Uprising on: September 17, 2015, 06:07:58 PM
I think I made a Wanderers cartel if you want to join it.

Game is pretty fun but I haven't spent that much time on it.  Similar to a number of other Action-RPG games on mobile but with the Star Wars theme and missions it feels like it stands out a little more.  Gameplay can get repetitive but that's pretty typical for this kind of game.
189  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 17, 2015, 06:06:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2015, 02:35:52 PM

Anyone giving Order & Chaos 2 a shot?  DL'ing now, will be jumping on later today.  The idea of a full-fledged MMO on mobile intrigues me, especially now that it seems like the graphics have caught up to the point where it doesn't look like hot garbage.  We shall see...

Yeah I'll try it out probably tonight or this weekend - can you post what server you are on (assuming they have servers)?
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 15, 2015, 11:45:49 PM

Quote from: jament on September 15, 2015, 05:33:29 PM

I'm not sure what it says about the show but I found myself rooting for the zombies in the last episode.  I hate the stupid daughter, hate the stupid junkie, hate the stupid mom, the stupid x-wife and the stupid father.  The zombies should eat them and put them out of their stupidity.  Some stuff is just ridiculously inexplicable, like the neighbors with the iron jungle maze
Spoiler for Hiden:
or why, when the husband pulls up to the house, the family meets him by running out the back door through the iron maze instead of just walking out the front door to meet him.  Huh?

Zombify, please.

Also, zombies are so ubiquitous in our culture, it's hard to create the zombie apocalypse and not have people yelling, "Holy shit, shoot them in the head, they're zombies!"  It's weird to place the story in a world where people are pretending they don't know what a zombie is.

I pretty much hate the majority of the cast too, which makes this show fun to watch in a very different way.   Like I said I spend half the time yelling at the TV for the zombies to kill them.

That said, I think part of the problem is not just do most fans "know" what a zombie is, we have been inundated by information since TWD exploded.  It's really kind of ridiculous for people to not be using the word "zombie" when the concept has existed in many cultures for so many years.  But in some ways this is what could theoretically give this show its "charm" - or if not charm, its sense of individuality.  It must be a challenge to write engaging stories and characters from a perspective where the majority of people are NOT familiar with the zombie concept. 
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/15) on: September 14, 2015, 08:11:14 PM

JK, looks like a light week for me.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 14, 2015, 08:10:01 PM
Ep 3 aired last night.  I'm still having fun with this show, though not in the same way as TWD.  It's more fun to yell at the TV at how stupid everyone seems.  But then in some ways this show does make me think a lot more about how people might react to a similar situation (maybe one a little less obvious).  It's easy to think "smart" people would do this or that (like immediately start blasting zombie heads off), but the reality is if it were your loved one or friend, you'd probably have a lot harder time pulling the trigger.

The setting in LA is actually perfect for this, because I swear I drive past people on the streets some times that could very well be zombies.  And we are prone to random violent streaks and crazy looting, etc.  So things that might otherwise seem totally off in another city are much more plausible in LA.

I also liked the introduction of the military.  This definitely changes the scope of the show.  It seems like they will have to at some point address what I was asking about in my earlier posts, how/why exactly are people dying, and at a rate that needs to be fast enough to overcome the amount of living people.  Since things are not that bad off (yet), and the govt/military is already moving to quarantine, etc, I'd imagine they will have to say/imply that the virus itself at this stage is killing people.  I just don't see hundreds of thousands of people continuing to be idiots and allowing other people to bite them.  But maybe I give humanity too much credit lol.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: September 11, 2015, 11:43:52 PM
I was originally skeptical about the Pro, but after a couple more looks I am more optimistic.  I don't see it being a major player in the general consumer tablet market; it's too large and more importantly expensive.  But for "Pro"fessionals?  I could see it becoming a powerful replacement in the business world.  A lot of people at my job are already just carrying iPads in place of laptops; this could extend the capabilities they have in a device that's really light.  Curious if it might cannibalize Macbook sales though as the combined weight of Pro+keyboard is probably similar to the new Macbook. 

The other thing I think could potentially be a game changer (at least for some of us): the PENCIL, aka stylus.  I have tried so many implementations for styli/electronic note-taking on different platforms and methodologies, and all of them have just failed in some aspect or another.  I am still skeptical about the Pencil just because every other version I've tried wasn't quite what I'd hoped in the end (note I never tried the newest version of the Surface Pro).  Watching the demos, it appears they have somehow tackled all the issues I've seen in the past and even surpassed what I imagined might be possible for a stylus.  Certainly for artists it looks incredible.  But the proof will be in actual day to day use.  If I can really take notes (and sketch ideas) on it as seamless as on paper, that would be sweet. 

194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Last Ship on: September 11, 2015, 11:34:05 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 11, 2015, 03:17:51 AM

And of course we had to have a cliff-hanger of a season ending episode.

Yeah that was annoying.  That said, I was really impressed with much of the rest of this season.  I loved the Hunt for Red October submarine action plotline.  Some pretty convoluted/contrived plot situations but extremely well executed.  Haven't seen this style of ship to sub action in a long time and I really enjoyed it.  All in all I thought it was a more engaging season than the first.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: September 09, 2015, 08:57:15 PM
Opposite for me, too much to buy!  Sadly not much in the way of really new exciting features (Live Photos and 4K Video are certainly very welcome from my standpoint), but lots of overall improvements that should be nice.

Already ordered a mini 4.  Will upgrade phone and TV as well as soon as they come out.  Not sure on the Pro/Pencil (aka Microsoft Surface lol), but who am I kidding, I rarely can resist something new.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 26, 2015, 09:30:57 PM

Quote from: SeaMoosi on August 26, 2015, 06:49:35 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 26, 2015, 06:21:56 PM

Just curious is there any difficulty setting on this or way to ensure you move forward?  I know it sounds lame but even in games like GoT I got irritated when I couldn't move the story forward just because I couldn't time a couple of swipes correctly.  I don't care if it's short but I'd like to see the whole story and not get stuck on some stupid QTE or whatever that my reflexes just aren't suited for.

Well if you fail a QTE, the character just dies / gets injured / loses something valuable or whatever and you keep going. There's not really a "game over start that section again," cuz you end the game with whoever survives - it's possible to have everyone dead, everyone alive and any combination in-between.

*Most* of the QTEs aren't that hard either. Some are a little difficult but for good reason.

Oh that sounds excellent - maybe for once I can play a horror game without being too scared to finish it lol.  I'm a total weirdo, I love "watching" scary movies but I get super nervous/scared when I play scary games, so I generally avoid them.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 26, 2015, 06:21:56 PM
Just curious is there any difficulty setting on this or way to ensure you move forward?  I know it sounds lame but even in games like GoT I got irritated when I couldn't move the story forward just because I couldn't time a couple of swipes correctly.  I don't care if it's short but I'd like to see the whole story and not get stuck on some stupid QTE or whatever that my reflexes just aren't suited for.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 25, 2015, 06:23:14 PM
New patch is out today I think and Season 4 starting Friday I believe...
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 24, 2015, 11:40:55 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 24, 2015, 01:31:57 PM

Uncertain that the slow burn of the show is for me.. 

I'm actually very pleased with the "burn rate" - I was afraid it would be too fast based on the reviews I read.  I think if they accelerated too quickly it would just be TWD: LA.  For this show I'd like to see/explore the full breakdown of society, so I'd really prefer a slower burn.  Watching the previews, though, it looks like it might ramp up pretty quickly.
200  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 20, 2015, 08:20:31 PM
I picked up FF7 and Dungeon of the Endless last night, but for some reason the downloads were crawling so slowly I didn't get to play either.  Hopefully this weekend!
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