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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: May 22, 2014, 11:57:51 PM

Quote from: Toe on May 22, 2014, 09:20:22 PM

While I enjoyed the final two challenges as they were pretty close, I really could not stand Tony and was disappointed that he made it to the final tribal and that he won. I love "bitter" jurys as they provide a check and balance versus dickheads like Tony (not this time though unfortunately). I would have much rather preferred a kass/woo showdown as there actually might have been some drama in the final vote.

Definitely agree with all of this.  Trish had one of the best bitter jury speeches in a long long time.  Too bad it looks like she still voted for Tony.  It seems like as time passed, the trend was that bitter or not, the jury rewards the more dominant player.  As much as Kass bugged me, her comeback immunity win was amazing and I thought she deserved a place in the final 2 for that.  I still wish the three of them would have challenged Tony's bluff and taken him out instead of Spencer but that was never going to happen.

The irony is that in spite of this being one of the most unpredictable moment to moment seasons, the end result ended up being one of the most predictable.  By mid-game it looked like nothing could stop Tony except perhaps a Final 2 scenario, but somehow he even managed to overcome that.  I love Woo's comment that he'd have to be the stupidest Survivor in history to bring Tony with him, and then he does it anyway.  What a tool.  I do respect his explanation but given the context, was it worth $900,000 (I think that's the differential)?  This wasn't quite the Colby situation where the game was still pretty new and he had made a committed pact with Tina.  Tony had already tried to backstab him multiple times, and had already proven to be a massive liar, so no one would have blamed Woo much for taking Kass.  I don't think Tae Kwan Do tenets mean you should also do completely stupid things lol.  I could almost feel the seething from his Asian parents, "you cost us $1 MILLION dollars you stupid stoner!!!" 

All in all a great season for me, but with a disappointing final outcome.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Godzilla to return to American shores on: May 21, 2014, 04:57:33 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on May 20, 2014, 11:03:13 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 20, 2014, 10:41:34 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 20, 2014, 04:11:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 20, 2014, 03:34:48 PM

And Cranston probably worked about 48 hours on this and most likely walked away with a cool million or more.  Good for him!

Yeah, it was kind of weird that they had some really established actors like Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe and Brian Cranston but they weren't used nearly as much as I had hoped or expected.  Watanabe mostly just got to have like half a dozen different looks of shock on his face as the camera pulled in slowly.

The movie felt overly long to me, and I felt like they could have easily cut 15-20 minutes out of the front end.  Really even if they took the Cranston backstory out of the movie, it would have had little impact for me.  It's a Godzilla movie, let's see Godzilla!  I was enjoying the buildup to an extent, but I guess I had higher expectations to what the buildup would mean for the rest of the movie.

I think you might be surprised at the average screen time of Godzilla in the typical Godzilla movie.

Yeah that's what I've been reading, but I suspect (actually let me check) the older movies are actually much shorter as well, so the percentage of screen time is really what counts.  Original Gojira is... 96 minutes, and most of the others look to be around the 90 minute mark.  This new one was over 2 hours.  It wasn't really the amount of Godzilla time I felt was lacking, but more that the movie itself was overly long.  The human element storylines just weren't very compelling IMHO.

It seemed like they wanted to build it up (and advertise) as maybe an epic disaster movie (btw what happened to the Statue of Liberty being destroyed from the commercial??) or maybe they were modeling after Independence Day, I dunno.

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On a complete side note, there's a new Dungeon Raid-type game out on iOS called Smash3 or something like that, featuring visuals from the movie.  It's free and actually quite good!
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution - season 2 is here. on: May 20, 2014, 10:46:18 PM
I finally caught up last night.  Kind of bummed now because it was finally getting better in the last few episodes.  I love that they finally acknowledged multiple times (though jokingly) the kind of gay/bromance between Miles and Sebastian.  I'm pretty sure I mentioned it before as well, or at least I meant to.

I don't know if it will end on a cliffhanger, but it certainly doesn't look at all like they knew or thought they were getting cancelled.  It feels more like they were maybe midway in whatever larger story they had in mind.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Godzilla to return to American shores on: May 20, 2014, 10:41:34 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 20, 2014, 04:11:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 20, 2014, 03:34:48 PM

And Cranston probably worked about 48 hours on this and most likely walked away with a cool million or more.  Good for him!

Yeah, it was kind of weird that they had some really established actors like Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe and Brian Cranston but they weren't used nearly as much as I had hoped or expected.  Watanabe mostly just got to have like half a dozen different looks of shock on his face as the camera pulled in slowly.

The movie felt overly long to me, and I felt like they could have easily cut 15-20 minutes out of the front end.  Really even if they took the Cranston backstory out of the movie, it would have had little impact for me.  It's a Godzilla movie, let's see Godzilla!  I was enjoying the buildup to an extent, but I guess I had higher expectations to what the buildup would mean for the rest of the movie.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: May 18, 2014, 06:08:42 AM
Also some random musings on Skye's origin.  I haven't had any theories come to mind, and the only clue they've floated on the show is she's from Hunan.  Do a search on Marvel and Hunan and what pops up?  Shang Chi, the Master of Kung Fu:

http://www.comicvine.com/shang-chi/4005-12716/

Doesn't seem very helpful until you scroll down a bit and read about a Secret Avengers storyline which ties him to Cap and Ant Man and I assume SHIELD.  He finds out his father is Zheng Zu or something like that, who turns out to be Fu Manchu, an evil sorcerer dude who happens to be close to avoid death by drinking the blood of his ancestors.  Kinda interesting huh?  Ties the immortality and healing themes from the show.  So maybe Skye is a replacement character for Shang, or they could introduce him as a twin brother.  It would certainly fit in the lesser heroes with easy to display on TV motif. 
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: May 18, 2014, 05:54:44 AM
I just re-watched the last three episodes of the season again, and have to say they really were fantastic.  Great turn around for the show and really leaves me hopeful and excited for season 2 (and more).  If you were interested in the show and the movie connection but disappointed early on, I'd encourage you to watch maybe the last 6 episodes of the show, or at least the final 4. 
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: May 16, 2014, 09:34:20 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on May 15, 2014, 01:28:54 PM

Awesome end to Season 2... a big  thumbsup to that and the show in general. Nice to see The Flash trailer as well.

And if for some reason you're here and haven't seen it yet, I'll spoiler this bit:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Wasn't expecting Summer's run as Isabel "The Queen" to end this season for some reason, nor quite like that. Thought the mask they put her in was kind of... odd.. but I guess they wanted to stay with the DeathStroke theme.

And I had to smile when Ollie professed his love for Felicity when it dawned on me what was going on, the play he was making. Poor Ms. Smoke.

Definitely agree with all of this!

Spoiler for Hiden:
I must admit I totally got fooled by the scene.  I was like, whaaaaaa???  With Sarah gone and maybe switching teams again, I suppose they could still do some stuff with Ollie and Felicity next season; they definitely have a unique chemistry. 
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: May 16, 2014, 09:27:48 PM

Quote from: Crawley on May 15, 2014, 06:13:01 PM

As far as voting for Trish there may be two things going on here. One, she is probably about as likable as Woo is in the final. So between voting Woo or Trish out at this point wouldn't matter (you need to keep Kass). Two, Tony's win depends on Spencer getting voted out. Trish has no chance at beating Spencer in an immunity challenge. Woo does. Tony could easily convince Woo (and Kass) to vote Spencer out for being the larger threat - which is the truth.

So while the vote was a total surprise when it occurred it may not have been so crazy as it seemed.

Ahhh that actually makes some sense, never occurred to me.  Personally I don't think she is as likable as Woo in the final.  I'm pretty sure a couple of the early eliminations disliked her.  Plus she just comes across as a "goat" or tag along.  Woo does to some extent, but he seems more competitive over all.

I still think overall it would have been a much better/obvious play to use his regular idol for Trish, and then knock out Kass.  This way he keeps his main tag-along alliance member and still retains Woo to help beat Spencer.  The pretense of his super idol makes for good TV I guess, but as mentioned above it seems a little unfair for the players to not have any bounds known on its "super powers" in advance.  If that were the case the super power could be guaranteed final 2 or guaranteed elimination of another player.  It's one thing to have "twists" like team swaps or merges at random, but another to have a game with a major game-defining rule that players aren't allowed to know about?  As Lee said, I'd love to read about the behind the scenes details; hopefully some day someone will reveal things after the show is 100% done. 
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: May 14, 2014, 04:37:15 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 14, 2014, 06:33:10 AM

Wow, such a turn around from this show.

A great finale that wraps up so much, and leaves some fun and interesting stuff for next season.

Definitely!  Now that's how to do a season finale!!!  Even though the episode wasn't written by Joss Whedon, you could definitely feel the influences and the show finally had more of a Whedon feel to it.  That unique blend of action, humor, drama and romance - it's pretty rare to get it right.  Of course having Samuel Jackson to anchor much of the content sure doesn't hurt at all, he was fantastic!

I'd be hard pressed to pick my favorite line or scene, there were so many, but the one that stuck out for me was:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Fitz's "let me show you" moment/sacrifice.  So I'm a sucker for an unrequited romance, sue me!!!
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 13, 2014, 11:46:35 PM
Am I the only one who got turned on by a bunch of hot nerdy guys talking about forcing things down each other's throats?   Tongue

Anyway my two cents is still what it was before.  I love the idea and ambition for what they tried to do with the XB1 and Kinect, it was just the poor implementation and even poorer user testing that made it such a loser.  I still use the vocal commands to turn my entire system on and off (TV, receiver, set top box and XB1), and I really like that.  Unfortunately no one else in the household seems to have gotten the hang of it which generally leads to all sorts of confusion and messes, and regular remote control solutions are still hit or miss.  I'm sure this could have all been avoided with proper testing.  If the motion sensing interface was well done, I could totally imagine it being a Minority Report-esque type of experience.  Play a game in the main window, move my hand to summon another window with the weather, move it over, summon another window to watch TV.  The potential is/was all there, particularly with the HDMI passthrough and TV control capabilities, to command the entire living room.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 13, 2014, 04:58:18 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 13, 2014, 04:56:59 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 13, 2014, 04:51:35 PM

Just curious does anyone else have the kinect interface stuff show up randomly while watching TV?  Pretty much at least once a night while I watch TV the little hand appears and the pause/FF/play stuff appears on the bottom of the screen.  I can't figure out what's triggering it lol.

What are you watching that's making your "little hand" raise up high enough for the Kinect to see it as a raised arm?  Maybe wear pants next time?

lol - sorry but I don't think the Kinect can detect little Richard.  You've seen South Park, right?  "so small"
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 13, 2014, 04:56:45 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2014, 01:45:11 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 12, 2014, 08:01:48 PM


Seriously, I don't know who the intended audience for this is?  It sounds like some sort of period piece chick flick lol.  As a chick flick fan, I suppose I'd watch the show if it starred, say, Katherine Heigl. 

 icon_eek

Seriously?  That woman has three onscreen emotions...and two of them require an elaborate truss and pulley system.

lol you're on a roll today Hep!

I don't know why I like her, it's just one of those taste things.

Anyway I did read a little more and sounds like they are going for a Mad Men - type vibe.  Personally I like Zinfan's idea more.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Hannibal on: May 13, 2014, 04:54:30 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2014, 01:53:19 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm guessing yes.  My money is on Jack orchestrating all this and that he'll have to answer to the bureau for it at some point.  I'm more curious as to what's going to happen with Dr. Bloom in the next episode when she's forced to confront the fact that she's been bumping uglies with a cannibalistic serial killer.  I'm betting she showers for 40 of the 43 minutes.

LMAO!!!!!  That would be hilarious.

Also I keep forgetting they have to eventually bridge to the first scene in this season's premiere with the Jack v. Hannibal showdown.  Gotta be soon, right?
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the word? on: May 13, 2014, 04:52:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 13, 2014, 03:08:36 PM

So did we ever figure out what the actual word was?

Grease.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 13, 2014, 04:51:35 PM
Just curious does anyone else have the kinect interface stuff show up randomly while watching TV?  Pretty much at least once a night while I watch TV the little hand appears and the pause/FF/play stuff appears on the bottom of the screen.  I can't figure out what's triggering it lol.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 13, 2014, 04:50:10 PM
OK so that's PS4: 2, XB1: 0 so far!  I'll just go with whatever the majority is here  nod

I was reading about the hardware differences, sounds like it's fairly negligible (PS4 has better graphics memory or something like that?) so I'm assuming both versions will be in 1080p...
177  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Kids say the darndest things... on: May 12, 2014, 11:33:15 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on May 11, 2014, 07:47:59 PM

To me it seems this is coming back in a bad way. Older folks were raised that way and it seemed like we were getting away from that with my generation. Then, BAM! a whole new generation of racist, selfish little fuckers were born. Not a fan at all. 

Welcome to Generation Donald Sterling!!!

So btw, what exactly entails "acting like a chink"?  I've been called a "chink" before but never heard the phrase used that way.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 12, 2014, 11:24:28 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on May 12, 2014, 09:53:37 PM

Yeah, I don't really see why there is any confusion on what the show is going to be about. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

I'm not so much confused as to what the show is about as I am wondering what the intended target audience is, or maybe more why did this idea get a green light instead of something else.  The Marvel universe is chock full of characters and stories, and of all of them, somehow this is what the powers that be chose to bet their money on?  A period drama that's a tangential spinoff to a show whose ratings were already in question (SHIELD), that can't really have direct tie-ins to the next few movies and is most associated to what's generally considered the most boring of all the Marvel movies (Cap 1)? 
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 12, 2014, 09:14:50 PM
Also, THIS!

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The Ultimate Evil Edition introduces even more ways for players to share their adventures. A new Apprentice mode boosts low-level players’ power while adventuring with high-level friends, making it easier than ever to play together. Players will also be able to share treasures with other players on their friends lists via an in-game mail system, including mysterious Player Gifts containing rare loot for the adventurer whose name they bear.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 12, 2014, 09:10:52 PM
Sweet!  Which next-gen console version to get though???
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Hannibal on: May 12, 2014, 08:13:49 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 10, 2014, 01:00:12 AM

Best show in television (IMHO) right now.
Just the cinematography alone is worth watching the series.

You just like it because it reminds you of your relationship with Hark, although I'm not clear which of you is which  icon_twisted

Spoiler for Hiden:
OK so I at least guessed correctly that Freddie's death was a fake, but I guess Will really killed and maimed that other animal guy?  I guess it was in self defense so it was OK?
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 12, 2014, 08:01:48 PM
Here's the show description:

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‘Marvel’s Agent Carter,’ starring ‘Captain America’’s Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.

Seriously, I don't know who the intended audience for this is?  It sounds like some sort of period piece chick flick lol.  As a chick flick fan, I suppose I'd watch the show if it starred, say, Katherine Heigl.  But as a comic book fan I'm just kind of baffled.  I saw some people saying you'd get to see the early Hydra infiltration into SHIELD, but is that really that interesting?  In all fairness I've never been a fan of prequels so that's probably what's influencing my opinion the most.
183  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: May 12, 2014, 07:50:32 PM
Level 20 Report (cross posting at Wanderers):

I was out for a week on vacation so it's been taking me a little bit of time to get back in the gaming groove. Finally made it back to Archeage and am still finding it enjoyable. It's kind of interesting because I can't say there's any particular feature or specific novelty that keeps me coming back. Pretty much everything in the game I've seen so far (admittedly a limited portion) I've seen somewhere else. But the good news is that for whatever reason, the sum of all the parts seems to provide a very enjoyable experience. This is one of the first MMOs I've played in a long time that really feels like a living, vibrant, populated world with real people, real choices to be made and real consequences to your actions. Is it all an illusion? Possibly, but at least the illusion exists in a form that sets the game apart from many of its competitors.

The basic gameplay is, as noted, pretty old school. Fairly standard questing moves you from location to location, with mob packs littered around every nook and cranny. If you are into varied and intricate subquests, you probably will be disappointed. These quests are pretty simple and generic and seem meant mostly to get you to explore and kill things. What's different from other games are the subtle things going on. Everywhere you go you'll see areas where people have planted crops, generally someone will be tending to their spot or you'll find scarecrows. Every town there are small crafting areas where people will be gathered. You'll see boats, large and small, coming in and out of water areas. You'll see horses, gliders and large carriages, and occasionally people carrying giant boxes on their backs. In the main chat there seems to always be something going on in the justice channel, where trials are held with judges and juries. I have no idea how one becomes involved in that system, but it adds to that whole "real world with consequences" sense. From what I've seen, the penalties are generally time in "prison" for a certain number of minutes, I honestly don't know how that is implemented. There are also occasional messages of a region going into conflict or war, which I suspect will be more meaningful to me at higher levels.

I think my favorite part of the game is the class/character system. You really get to make what feels like significant choices/compromises to tailor the character build to your liking, but at the same time, nothing is set in stone so you can revamp the choices if you so desire. You get a total of 23 skill points to spend by level 50 in 3 skillsets. Each skillset has a total of 10 active and 5 passive skills so that's 45 total choices, meaning for any given build you can only access approximately half of the total, and that even someone with the exact same 3 subsets will likely have a different loadout than yours. The passives require a certain number of points invested in the skillset in order to gain access to the higher level ones. It's totally up to you on whether to specialize in a single skillset or to synergize creating a hybrid between the 3. What you end up with will likely vary depending on whether you are PvE or PvP oriented, support or damage or tanking, etc. With 10 different skillsets to choose from, clearly there is a ton of variation to be had. Even at my relatively low level, when I'm out questing I don't ever feel or see another player doing things the same way I do. I like to pull with a freeze damage spell which gives me time to shoot a fireball. I then switch to a couple of instant arrow skills, at which point I can either finish the mob off in melee or snare and kite him, plus heal myself with an insta-HoT in between. I just added a pbaoe slow/dmg to my arsenal last night, as well as a passive that increases my spell range. My other choices were an aoe trap and aoe heal, so it was definitely a tough choice for me. Definitely plenty to obsess about if you're into that sort of thing :-)

This being a Korean-originated game, you can certainly see the mix of Asian influences with non-Asian sensibilities. The old style grinding of mobs is pretty much gone in favor of questing, yet there are always plenty of mobs spawning so those inclined to do a little old school farming can still do so. Like many of the newer Asian games, you are rewarded in xp for pretty much everything you do (even opening some loot bags gives a tiny bit of xp), but somehow it doesn't feel excessive the way it does in some F2P games I've tried. All in all I'm really enjoying the game more so than any of the last few I've tried (Wildstar, ESO, a couple other F2P games). Whether that feeling continues remains to be seen, as I (hopefully) head further into the real "meat" of the game. I think with an organized and dedicated guild this game could be a lot of fun, as it really seems to be converging into sandbox territory without giving up a lot of traditional MMORPG aspects. We'll see, I hope to be back to report in another 10 levels or so.
184  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wildstar (Carbine Studios' first project) on: May 09, 2014, 11:41:00 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 09, 2014, 02:30:52 PM

I just got an email about the open beta starting.  Should I care?  Has anyone tried this yet?

I tried it in closed beta and to my surprise found the game kind of just ho hum.  I was really looking forward to it too based on the videos and previews, but it ended up feeling like fairly standard fare.  Quest in an area until you finish them all, then move on to the next.  Unlike Hark I thought the art direction and graphics were fine, I just wasn't impressed with the gameplay.  It's possible I just didn't pick a suitable race/class combo, sometimes that makes a huge difference for me.  I'll probably give it another chance at release.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Hannibal on: May 09, 2014, 11:32:18 PM
ARISE HANNIBAL THREAD!!!

Looks like from the Almost Human thread we still have a few Hannibal fans out there.

Personally I find this show to be so creepy and homo-erotic I can't imagine it having a broader fanbase, but apparently it seems to be doing OK and got renewed.  Glad there are some people here to talk to about it because no one I know watches it.  But sometimes I fall asleep while watching and lose track of what's going on....so wtf?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Are they turning Will into a full-on psycho killer too?  Or is he just messing with us (and Hannibal)?  Or am I confusing dream sequences with my own dreams with what's actually happening on the show?
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 09, 2014, 11:24:12 PM
Even as an avid comic book fan, I have to say this is yet another show concept I totally don't get.  Is there some burning desire out there to see superhero/comic book based shows with characters that have no powers?  Even Agents of SHIELD was in doubt for a renewal, so I'm not sure where the impetus for a show like this is coming from.  So you like the actress, but surely there is a more interesting vehicle for her in the Marvel universe...
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/4) on: May 09, 2014, 08:28:41 PM
I picked it up for PS4 as well, hoping for something to show off the system.  Pretty much echo what Bullwinkle said.  Overall it feels like a poor man's Dragon Age.  It's nice that they have full spoken dialog, but a lot of it is poor.  It's like someone decided that in order to be "edgy" they should just add a lot of bad language.  Ooooh he said fuck, omg!!!  The facial graphics are surprisingly bad, particularly the one I chose.  I thought it was the best of the choices but most of the time he looks like a ugly neandrethal.  The enemy graphics are pretty good all in all.  I don't know if it necessarily feels "next gen" but at least it's all running smooth at 1080p.

Complaints aside, I do like the combat and the ability to customize your character build.  There are 3 skill trees you can put points into, so you can either focus all on one or mix and match as you like.  Within each tree you can also choose to boost multiple skills or focus on just a few.  I'm going primarily with daggers and magic, I think.   
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: May 09, 2014, 12:14:17 AM
This week's episode was both entertaining yet frustrating.  The editors went to extreme lengths to make you think something exciting was going to happen with Tony and his gazillion idols, but alas nothing came of it.  My boy Spencer is still in the game, though, surprisingly.  Will be interesting to see if he can make an immunity run and make it to the finals.  Doubtful but you never know.  So let's look at what's left.  I have a feeling they might do a 2-man finale this year.  Finale is airing 5/21 (Wed), which means 1 more full episode and a final 4 going into the finale.  I guess they could go either way, I seem to recall they've done double eliminations in the finale before.  Anyway, here's my analysis:

Spencer has to easily be the biggest threat to win it all now as he's friendly with everyone on the jury.  But he needs to win every immunity to get there, pretty much no other way except for maybe playing Tony against Kass next week.  Pretty simple: if he takes the immunities, he wins.  If he doesn't, he's done.  Odds are he will fail and I will be sad frown

Tony, in spite of the lying and weirdness, is probably in the best overall position to win.  He has guaranteed final 4 with his idol collection, and no matter how many people he backstabs, he can still get rewarded for actually playing the game strongly.  He's also got a dedicated sheep follower (Trish) and a strong third (Woo) allied with him.  However he still may have to win one immunity on his own, particularly if it goes down to 2.  If Woo wins and takes him to the final instead of Trish or Kass, it would be sheer stupidity (but still possible given this season's craziness).

Woo is next in line.  He can win immunities and hasn't really pissed people off.  But he hasn't really shown himself to be much of a player either.  If he can find a way to get rid of Tony and bring either one or both girls with him, he has a really strong chance.

Kass is crazy.  The scariest thing about her is she sounds and acts so reasonable, but clearly she's the one with the emotional issues.  Definitely makes for interesting TV but it's pretty irritating.  I just don't see her winning many final votes.  Maybe if it's a duo against Trish but that's about it.

Trish is a sheep, can't see her winning any votes except out of spite for Tony or Kass.  At least Kass can claim some gamesmanship and moves that she made on her own, and her superior talking ability would likely beat Trish in a 2-man finale.

Should be interesting...

189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2014, 11:55:58 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 07, 2014, 08:41:03 PM

Ummm...Smallville ran for 10 seasons. That alone is enough reason for a network exec to take a chance on this.

There's plenty of material to mine here. There's a big gap between Bruce Wayne the kid and Batman that is ripe for the picking. Commissioner Gordon's younger days is another goldmine. And then you have Gotham itself - there are hundreds of good stories that could come out of that cesspool.

Smallville really isn't the best comparison, since the show focused around Clark Kent after he got his powers.  It was very directly a retelling of the Superman origin story, and by the end of the show was more or less the whole Justice League origin show from what I could tell.  Gotham appears to be about... Gotham, as you said, and only indirectly interested in Batman.  So while they may address Bruce Wayne's childhood, that kid isn't the star of the show and it doesn't appear that the goal of the show is to watch him grow up over 20 years or whatever to become Batman.  I'm just not sure the city was all that interesting in the decades before Batman, but I could be wrong.  I guess the organized crime angle could make it interesting.


P.S.  Ben McKenzie!  That's it, man been driving me crazy.  Yes I could have looked it up but that would have been too easy.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2014, 08:30:22 PM
I often wonder what these big over-paid network execs get their money for.  This just seems like an overall poorly thought out concept for a TV series.  I mean, where do they expect to go with it over time?  Every year we get to see lil Batboy and Catgirl get a little older?  Really? 

That said, I'm still willing to give it a chance for Ben (finally remembered his first name lol).
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: May 07, 2014, 08:26:30 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 07, 2014, 07:27:51 PM

Looking at the schedule, season 2 will be finishing right around the time that Avengers 2: Age of Boogaloo comes out.  I highly doubt that there's going to be any crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy, due to the setting and it coming out in August.  Ant-Man would follow at the end of a season 3, with Captain America 3 being in the following summer. 

With that schedule, you've lost anything to tie it to until late in the game, past the point where renewal decisions will have been made.  Starting next season, it's going to have to live and die on its own.  We won't be getting the Thor and Winter Soldier crossovers as close to the actual film events for the foreseeable future.

I don't necessarily see it that way, it depends on how they want to play it.  IMDB has Avengers 2: Age of Boogaloo (LMAO) with a May 1st release date - that seems like absolutely prime crossover real-estate for the end of season 2 and May sweeps.  If they were smart, they can start cross-promoting/seeding the whole thing as an event throughout the entire season 2.  It looks like Fury might show up for this season's finale, which would put the series more squarely in line with the movie continuity (discounting Guardians as you mentioned).  If Fury's storyline continues (even in bits) throughout next season, it would make sense to have it build to his appearance in the next A2.  I mean technically right now there is no Avengers since there is no SHIELD so presumably Fury (and if I were running things, Coulson as well) will be involved in some way to re-assemble them.

The series actually can stand on its own much better now, these last few episodes have proven it.  But with some smart planning the producers and writers have a whole variety of ways to tie things to the movies.  They pulled it off somewhat with the Captain America movie, but I think they can take it even further if they play their cards right.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2014, 04:52:27 PM
I'm pretty sure the entire show concept is "before Batman" - meaning it's not intended for him to ever show up as Batman, or for that matter to be the primary character.  That cute guy from the OC/Southland is the star (forgot his name) of the show playing (I think) young Gordon.  And as the preview showed all the comic characters are kids.  I honestly don't see where they are going with it but I'll watch it just to see that main guy.  I mean is every episode going to be some sort of origin story for a different Batvillain? 
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] 24: Live Another Day on: May 06, 2014, 08:19:25 PM
As a fanboy of the original series, I had a nostalgic blast with the show last night.  Kiefer is in full Jack Bauer persona - eternal growl and "dammit!!!" lol.  Bringing back Chloe and Audrey are wonderful bookends to give Jack some humanity.  I wish I could remember more of how the series originally ended, I honestly don't recall it being so dire for Jack.  Either way it's pretty fun and I just felt happy seeing the show on again.

Making things even better we've got new great new additions: Yvonne Strahotski from Chuck and Catelyn from GoT!   Sweet!!!!

As for the plot, something involving drones and killing the president.  I don't really care, I'm just happy to see the show again lol.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Almost Human = cancelled on: May 06, 2014, 08:12:14 PM
It's interesting/ironic because just last night as I was catching up on TV I was thinking the quality of network shows has never been better.  Even the bad/worst shows seem better and more compelling to me now and I can't seem to keep up with all the shows I want to watch -typically action and sci-fi/fantasy.  It's disappointing that a good sci-fi show like Almost Human gets lost in the mix, but as a whole I feel like there is a better breadth of shows on these days.  A lot of them are going with shorter seasons and more focused storylines, and I think that's great.

NBC's Hannibal is prob the most disturbing show on TV right now.  Bad ratings aside, I'm really enjoying Crisis.  I like Believe as well but have fallen behind in favor of Crisis.  Grimm has been pretty strong as well.

On ABC I've got SHIELD and Once Upon A Time, both of which had very good second halves of their seasons.  I have Revenge recorded but dropped behind. 

Fox had Sleepy Hollow which was really cool.  The Following was decent, but 24 looks like it's going to be a ton of fun.

CBS I don't watch much, just Intelligence for scripted.

As much as you might make fun of CW, their collection of shows are all a lot of fun, and they do give their shows a chance.  The 100 is turning out to be really solid.  Arrow is excellent most weeks.  Even The Tomorrow People has turned around significantly in the last 5 or 6 episodes.  And I still have Vampire Diaries and Originals.

That's just off the top of my head, I'm sure I'm forgetting others. 
195  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: April 29, 2014, 05:59:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 29, 2014, 02:51:42 AM

What does sandbox mean in this sense? No quests?

A full sandbox would be something more like what Everquest Next Landmark is doing, where essentially all "content" is pretty much all player based and created.  Archeage is doing a watered down hybrid version.  There is still plenty of traditional questing, but nothing too deep or involved.  The majority of quests are standard kill X, fedex, etc - but some of them do come with cutscenes which I presume are part of a larger storyline.  Unfortunately the scenes are all in Korean so I'm just skipping them for now.  One side note on the quests: they allow you to "overachieve" in many cases.  So if the quest is to kill 10 spiders, killing 50% more (15 total) gets you a bonus.  Some also allow you to underperform and turn a quest in without full completion. 

The sandbox elements in Archeage are primarily in the crafting and construction.  In the lower level areas there's a lot of farming going on.  I expect in later areas there will be more player housing and buildings.  I think the larger boats and car-like vehicles also need to be crafted.

There's also some form of player justice system as well as pirate factions which I presume are more or less lawless.  Not sure how that works.  The economy is not fully player-based, it mixes traditional vendors and AH with player-generated/delivered products.
196  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: April 28, 2014, 09:53:41 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 28, 2014, 09:50:51 PM

some crazy people are paying $150 to play the alpha, right Raz?

Who you callin crazy?!?!?   ninja ninja ninja
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 28, 2014, 07:57:16 PM
Apparently last night's ep moved away from the books somewhat, particularly Bran's storyline.  After watching it, I was frantically looking in book 3 for the stuff that happened until I checked online to learn it wasn't in there lol.

I guess they also answered my question about Joffrey a bit more explicitly which was cool, as was the stuff with the baby. 

I really liked Brienne's scene with Jamie, so much of the unspoken feelings conveyed was really well done by the actors IMHO.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First CK, now MO? on: April 28, 2014, 07:51:01 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 28, 2014, 01:22:00 PM

I'll hold him down and make him smell my armpits if I do until he agrees to come back to some degree. 

In some circles this would be considered erotic.   Fabulous
199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: April 28, 2014, 07:47:50 PM
Arise from the ashes!!!!

This game is finally getting closer to release.  Currently the NA version is in Alpha, although it's pretty far along. 

http://errantpenman.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/hobo-gamer-archeage/

http://archeagesource.com/topic/1804-56kphone-warning-personal-review-what-you-should-know-about-archeage/
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 24, 2014, 08:31:18 PM
I guess I seriously underestimated Tony.  Looks like he is in the driver's seat to win the whole thing now as long as he doesn't do anything too crazy.  The super idol almost guarantees him Final 4, so I guess it's a matter of whether he can get rid of Tasha and Spencer and carve a path to the final.  Biggest obstacle now is the two of them winning immunities, but it seems like someone else is overdue to beat them. 
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