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161  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 (official review on pp 21) on: November 04, 2015, 06:32:58 PM
Last night I had a great one-hour session of GW2, reminded me again of all the things I loved about the game.  I was wandering around exploring the lv. 35-45 centaur warzone with my new Revenant.  At first I was just moving around to new spots I hadn’t uncovered in the map, and making minor progress on a couple of “Hearts” (the open area quests in GW2).  I wandered into a cool cave which didn’t show up on the map and unlocked a new spot.  Exited that area and talked to a guard, which led to a giant champion mob nearly slaughtering both of us.   Run away, run away!!

Kept wandering when I came upon a big Dynamic Event (big orange circle on the map).  It started with a typical “protect the town through X waves of centaurs” - which incidentally I really enjoy.  There were maybe 4 or 5 other players who had been drawn into the same event.  Together with the AI guards we turned back wave after wave of centaurs.  It was total mayhem and we were blasting the hell out of them, reviving each other when needed.  Aside from just pure fun, I had a couple of XP boosts on, and so XP was flowing like water.  In addition killing these guys also satisfied the “Heart” in the area as well, so as that got completed and the Event ended, I hit the next level.  Wasn’t paying attention to level at all, for me that’s the sign of a successful MMORPG.  The Event ended but then led to two follow up events which essentially took the battle deeper into centaur land.  We fought and fought and won and won, xp flowed, quests completed, gear dropped.  I got a Black Lion chest key which unlocked a Learning Tome (free level). 

So in that one hour, I think I leveled like 3 times from the content and then I used my Tome (probably should have saved it but whatever) for another level.  I unlocked multiple new specializations, got new gear, tweaked my build, managed my inventory, etc. etc.  I’ve left out a lot of other detail, but you get the idea.  In one hour I felt like I had made a ton of progress, in exploration, in character progression, in combat, on the PvE map – it was just a really cool hour of game time.

The problem?  As I’ve mentioned before in other venues, what makes this kind of gameplay engaging is also what can ultimately bring it down if you are stuck playing solo.  The DVEs really need a certain amount of live humans to complete.  For those that don’t know, GW2 automatically forces you to a certain level which they’ve deemed appropriate for the zone.  This is great to allow people of all levels to play together.  But it also means that on your own you generally will struggle or be completely unable to do these events on your own.  The game world is absolutely huge, so it can be hit or miss whether anyone’s around and in the mood to join you.  I remember how I ended up stagnating in my previous runs with the game; essentially I ended up just slowly working on Hearts and dying any time I attempted a DVE.  Level progress became exceedingly slow, as did rewards and gameplay.  It’s like the lack of other people around a zone (and level range) just cascaded the game downward.  I would try to find other zones to go to find people, but it seemed like everyone had moved on to endgame.   

I’m not complaining about the game design (well maybe a little), as I can see why they made most of their design choices.  I just wish there was some way to make it even easier to draw people together to these events (including people who are already deep in the endgame), as they seem to be a great cornerstone for gameplay.  Heck the game may actually benefit from removing some of the empty zones so that people are just naturally more prone to be around each other.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: November 04, 2015, 06:27:15 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on November 04, 2015, 06:12:38 PM

I think they're kind of overestimating Trek's popularity at this point. Trek as a series hasn't been on the air since Enterprise, and I think at this point, they'd need all the viewers they can get, rather than constraining it behind a paywall and limiting its viewers. If they're expecting it to drive their subscription service, they might want to rethink that. The fanbase is already divided enough as it is. Is it really healthy for the franchise to divide itself between those who will/can pay for a service and those that can't? It's the kind of thing that would limit watercooler talk, which is a healthy sign for a series as it shows trending and gets people to check it out. I mean, look at the Walking Dead. I hear so much talk about that, and I don't even watch it myself, but there are times that I think to myself that maybe I should at least check it out. With a show behind a paywall, it's much less likely to happen.

No, my opinion at this point is that a series would need all the viewership it can. It needs a shot in the arm. Otherwise it might just linger.

Totally agree with all of this!!!

To farley, of course you are right that it's not that bad in and of itself.  I'm just afraid ABC, NBC, FOX, CW, AMC, etc will all follow suit.  Even if the cost is not that much per network, just needing to swap to a different app for each one just seems annoying.  Not to mention that many people are already paying for the "regular" CBS by virtue of their general service, so it creates this weird paywall/tier effect that Rumpy talked about. 
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: November 04, 2015, 05:32:18 PM
Wow that's kind of irritating.  I've been dying for a new Star Trek series and this is the format they go with?  I already have Directv, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon.  Now I have to pay for CBS too for a single show I want to see?  Are ABC and NBC going to follow suit too?

As a side topic, I really wonder if crap like this is what will ultimately screw the cord-cutting effort.  How many of these exclusive one/two-off shows to sell a service can be sustained?  I guess you could argue it's my own fault for wanting to see these specific shows, but I doubt I'm the only person who's in that boat. 
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 03, 2015, 09:09:14 PM
Surprised not much feedback on last week's ep.  I'm not much of a Morgan fan, but I still felt they did an excellent job considering this as a sort of stand-alone mini-movie.  The placement of the episode right after last week's crazy one was an interesting/bold choice.  Also surprised they chose to dedicate a full 90 minutes to ANY character, much less not one of the main cast; certainly the story could have been told in a shorter episode.  It was really excellently written and directed, so I guess in the end that makes up for everything else that might have bothered me.  I really like that in addition to just getting the "origin" story of Zen Morgan, we got to see he really is not that Zen at all, maybe just a bad event or two away from going psycho.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Someone told me in the Closed Captions the last scene says "Rick's voice" so I guess he'll head out to save Rick.  I was kind of disappointed as I thought we'd hear a shot and he'd be off to save Glenn.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface 4 and Surface Book on: November 03, 2015, 09:03:06 PM
No updates worth much yet, just haven't had enough time to spend with it.

A few first impressions.  Definitely seems fast and very quiet, even the fans seemed quieter than other laptops I've used.  I really like the hinge design on the one hand, but as reviewers have noted it definitely creates a bit of excess bulk that you don't see in other designs.  Screen looks great thus far and the touchscreen responsiveness is one of the best I've experienced on a laptop.  I generally don't like to use touchscreen on laptops but this one seems to just work well naturally.  The keyboard and trackpad are both OK, not quite as comfy as a Mac but very good, definitely in the top PC convertible/laptops I've used.  Overall, it definitely functions like a standard laptop very well, so much so that I haven't actually detached it yet.  A little heavier feel than I'd hoped, but comparable to other laptops.  More later I hope.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Halo 5 on: October 28, 2015, 09:07:00 PM
I played the first campaign mission last night, reminded of just how absolutely horrible I am at FPS games lol.  Half the time I don't know where I'm going or who I was playing.  Is there a command I can issue to the other guys to take the lead so I can follow their asses?

Still it was pretty fun and the graphics and cutscenes were fantastic.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 28, 2015, 05:05:24 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 28, 2015, 01:27:11 AM

Well Season 1 ended with (SPOILER) a black hole opening up over the city, so you might say that's a bit of a cliff hanger...

Ohhhh for some reason I thought they showed what happened before the episode ended, my bad!
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Halo 5 on: October 27, 2015, 05:17:41 PM
I played the.... download and install for 4 hours and then go to bed version lol.

On a side note, does anyone else miss the days where console gaming meant you just plugged in a cartridge and started playing?  I think I've spent more time this year downloading games, updates, rebooting, downloading patches to games, rebooting, installing, re-installing, rebooting - than I have playing games.  And I'm not joking, between the XB1 and the PS4 it's such a mood killer.  Oh well, just felt like whining a little  crybaby
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 27, 2015, 05:14:22 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 27, 2015, 02:10:05 PM

Oh, and the S1 cliffhanger can go screw itself. It killed me that I couldn't dive right into S2 on the spot. smile

Oh you silly cord cutters!!!  Just kidding  icon_twisted

But wait, there wasn't really a cliffhanger was there?  I thought they resolved most everything coming into S2. 
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 26, 2015, 11:48:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 26, 2015, 09:30:13 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on October 26, 2015, 09:08:02 PM

I watched last week's and last night's episode back to back. Man, that was a brutal grind as a viewer to endure.

It's interesting to read all the rumor scuttle about is he or isn't he dead but I have mixed feelings about that because it seems like such a cheap and gimmicky thing to do to make it look like he died and then surprise! A magic escape.

My theory is that he'll return as a hallucination to his significant other, who will descend into madness now that the only important thing to her is gone. Sort of like when Rick hallucinated Lori after she died.

I think it's the kind of gimmick they can get away with once on this show.  But as I say, I think there will be a balance due for pulling it off.  Someone else big is going to have to go.  It may be him anyway, as I mentioned, and we'll only get a reprieve before he succumbs to the bite.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Or it could be that Maggie just can't take it any more and ends it for herself, though it'll most likely be through reckless behavior.  She has been sitting idle for a little too long as a character.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Interesting that you guessed Maggie, as I just saw a trailer for a horror movie which she stars in (The Boy) and was wondering when she had time to work on that.

Ditto on the guess that he may die (again) anyway - that was also a hot topic of discussion given his fate in the comic.  The difference though was that was a huge plot driver in the comic, whereas if this episode was Glenn's last, it played, as they said on TD, more like Nicholas's final story, not his.  Definitely not befitting a character that we've watched since day one.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Halo 5 on: October 26, 2015, 08:08:44 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 26, 2015, 04:58:33 PM

The GT review is up! Our reviewer, Travis, is a hardcore Halo fan, so I know when he says it's a good Halo game, it's a good friggin Halo game!

Convinced me even though I regret every single FPS I buy lol. 


P.S.  Minor typo at the end of the review:

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

Think he missed a word lol
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface 4 and Surface Book on: October 26, 2015, 07:49:21 PM
Got my SB delivered today but haven't opened it yet, will try to get some impressions up at some point when I get time.  If you have any specific questions let me know.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 26, 2015, 07:48:01 PM
If you were right then damn you Bullwinkle!!!!  lol just kidding!  As I watched that in horror, I kept thinking about your comment over and over in my head.

"I predict that we will lose one of those safe characters this season."

Grrrr, but as they said on Talking Dead, I guess the audience just keeps building up the "can not kill" list in their heads, so taking one out is kind of expected to get us out of our complacency.

I was pretty upset, but after reading a lot of the analysis and rumors online, I felt a little better.  I haven't dared to go back and rewatch the scene to convince myself one way or another.  I think one of the biggest spoilers in that regard is that there was a photo of him filming with one of the newer characters that hasn't even shown up yet, so it's not a flashback.  Also comments he made at one of the conferences seemed to indicate he had more plot upcoming.  But maybe that's all wishful thinking.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Camera

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyway, just wanted to get the ball rolling on this thread.  TWD is back!!!!
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 12, 2015, 06:23:30 PM
Hmmm, since I can't change the title I'll start another thread for Season 6 - feel free to kill it and merge if people like that better!
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface 4 and Surface Book on: October 09, 2015, 05:13:13 PM
I couldn't resist pre-ordering to see what the GPU can do.  I suspect I will regret it lol.  Overall though the design looks pretty fantastic, I have to say.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: October 09, 2015, 05:12:01 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 08, 2015, 11:38:32 PM

Helpful because he would have been eaten alive in that hallway if they hadn't saved him, and their cars were the only way to escape the base.

That said, he got their help when it was needed and probably doesn't really care about anyone other than himself now.

Or maybe he just likes twinky drugged up white boys  icon_wink
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: October 08, 2015, 12:00:17 AM

Quote from: Punisher on October 07, 2015, 04:32:15 PM

Quote from: rittchard 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.  

Spoiler for Hiden:
Oops

LMAO!!!!!   ninja
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: October 06, 2015, 04:38:12 PM
I actually thought it was fairly clear their plan was to lead the zombies over from the Forum (arena), but yeah, I love how nonchalant he seemed about the whole thing.  It's like they all went from zombie virgins to zombie pros in a couple of minutes.

As Jimmy said, so many missed opportunities and poor writing choices, but just enough to keep me interested enough to watch next season.
188  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.
189  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!
190  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.

http://getsetgames.com/storm-casters/

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.
191  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. 
192  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!!!!
193  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.
194  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?
195  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.
196  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!
197  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.
198  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.
199  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.

200  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.
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