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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 20, 2014, 11:13:49 PM
Have any of you guys tried out the apprentice system yet?  Just curious how well it was implemented.

And also what's the etiquette here on dropping into people's games?  Some of you I know well enough that I will just drop in but others I'm not sure if they would prefer not to be disrupted.  I guess you can always block people from joining?
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 11:07:08 PM
I still have a huge collection of DVDs and Blu-Rays in my house, but like YK said, mostly they just collect dust, and I have a LOT more than 300 lol.  I had some grand plan of converting them all onto a server for streaming, but after getting it all setup, I didn't do much with it. 

I still buy an occasional Blu-Ray but it's gone down a ton.  I'm renting online a lot more than before, and purchasing off of Amazon Prime more and more.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [SyFy] Z Nation on: August 19, 2014, 11:33:39 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 19, 2014, 07:19:00 PM

Intrigued.  Is that the guy from Lost?

Walllllllllllllllt!!!  Walllllllllllt!!!!
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 18, 2014, 05:07:00 PM
Is Apprentice mode only for console?  Also will this new version also have offline play?  I thought that was a big selling point for some people as well.

And one more question, if you are playing local co-op, are all the characters on the same login/PSN account or do you have to do multiple logins?

Still haven't decided what character to start from scratch.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 17, 2014, 12:47:48 AM
Curious if any of you are planning to play the PS4 version starting next week.  If you are and you haven't put your name in the GT friends list feel free to send me an invite! 
166  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Presenting the Gaming Trend ULTIMATE Friends List on: August 17, 2014, 12:44:00 AM
I just sent everyone on the PS4 list a friend invite in case you don't recognize the name  Tongue
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hypochondriac on: August 11, 2014, 06:17:42 PM
First off, as someone who actually is diagnosed with diabetes, I'd like to say that even if you do have it, it's not some sort of death sentence.  Yeah it is a serious condition and it sucks (and sucks more depending on how severe), but for the most part it can be managed with a combination of medication and common sense lifestyle/diet adjustments.  And also it's not something that just appears out of nowhere, unless of course you're doing something extreme like eating a pound of ice cream and drinking 10 sodas a day. 

If you do find yourself feeling a lot of uncontrolled anxiety, I would consider something like Zoloft.  I've personally had pretty good luck with it thus far. 
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 11, 2014, 06:05:21 PM
Yeah I just checked out the photos, I would have picked House #2 based on those regardless, and it definitely doesn't look "cookie cutter" to me especially at the price point.  But anyway, I went back and re-read the original post description and a few other things really reminded me why my gut reaction went to #2 immediately.  First off, this statement:

Finally, the neighborhood is referred to as a “tear-down” area. This means the 4 homes on my block are all fully restored, but they are surrounded by homes that are only a few notches up from being considered shacks.

Then add to that the lot is twice as big and the house has more square footage plus a more-finished basement, and it seems like a pretty clear choice.  Pictures look really nice, and this is coming from someone who watches way too much HGTV lol.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 04:32:14 PM
I'd agree with everyone else, sounds like #2 is the clear choice.  100 feet away from a train track would be enough to scare me away even if it were a mansion. 

As others have said, the internals can always be upgraded/changed/adapted, but you can't change the physical location.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 05:24:15 PM
I still love wieners of all types.

Wait are we talking about food?
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 06, 2014, 09:53:28 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 06, 2014, 08:41:58 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 06, 2014, 05:24:53 PM

I knew it was an action game, which didn't bother me, but it seems like reviews on Steam are universally bad, so I'll probably wait for a sale.  It doesn't sound too different from Gauntlet, so I'm still a little tempted, just wish it were on one of the next gen consoles.

I wouldn't put much stock in the reviews.  Most people can't get over the fact that this game isn't like Sacred 2, and even if it were the greatest hack-and-slash action game ever made, they'd still hate it.  Since Best Buy cancelled my Destiny Limited Edition preorder and gave me $50 gift card in compensation and the game is only $30 (after my Gamers Club discount and the $10 gift card that comes with the game) I decided to buy it.  I'll post some impressions once I've played some.

Cool, definitely interested in hearing a non-biased-ish impressions of it that doesn't involve expectations that it is a Sacred sequel.  I saw one review that compared it favorably to Marvel Ultimate Alliance so that piqued my interest.  But then a lot of Steam reviews were complaining about graphics and bugs in the PC version, so that made me leery again.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 06, 2014, 05:24:53 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 05, 2014, 04:12:54 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 05, 2014, 02:02:35 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 04, 2014, 07:52:53 PM

Probably Sacred 3 for PC.
Have you looked into this?  It's not the same game that Sacred 1 and 2 were, more like a Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
And from reports, it's nowhere near as good as BG:DA was even.

I knew it was an action game, which didn't bother me, but it seems like reviews on Steam are universally bad, so I'll probably wait for a sale.  It doesn't sound too different from Gauntlet, so I'm still a little tempted, just wish it were on one of the next gen consoles.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 04, 2014, 07:52:53 PM
Probably Sacred 3 for PC.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 04, 2014, 02:22:45 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 01, 2014, 09:45:06 PM

CDC's taking care of bringing the two infected U.S. citizens to Atlanta. What could go wrong?

Doesn't it sound like a The Walking Dead spinoff?  Bring your own!

More like The Strain!

Not to sound unsympathetic, but perhaps after watching too many of these contagion type movies and one too many sessions of Plague Inc, I have to wonder if there isn't a more logical/precautionary protocol for the CDC to follow rather than bringing someone infected into a major metropolitan area.  Surely there must be more isolated facilities that would make more sense, maybe on an island or something? 
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 02:18:25 AM
Easily my favorite movie of the year, one of the best I've seen in a long time in terms of the feeling it left me with. 

I'm an avid Marvel comics fan, but this is one of the few Marvel comics I had almost zero familiarity with.  When I first heard they were doing a movie, I was like huhhh?  Then I saw the first teaser and I chuckled for sure, but more or less was still confused with what they were doing.  But over the course of the promotional period, the trailer started growing on me more and more, and of course Chris Pratt looking hot as hell didn't hurt the cause.  By the time I left the theater today I was 100% sold on the whole thing.

I can't say enough about Pratt, not just the hotness factor but I really can't imagine another actor doing this part justice.  The combination of humor, action-hero, sexiness and dramatic turns (plus the moves!!!) - simply brilliant casting and a brilliant performance all around. 

Also have to give props to the writer/director.  I don't know exactly how but he sucked me in from the first minute, and the emotional/human touches to the storyline just made it perfect for me (I actually teared up).  It's pretty rare for a movie to draw me into an unfamiliar character within the opening scenes, but he managed it.  The humor throughout was a great balance to the insane amount of action, and the fantastic soundtrack was also a great touch.  Kudos all around.

The Arclight theaters had a post-movie interview session with the director, and a couple of things he said he found interesting.  First was that he was really focused on leaving the viewer with a particular feeling, the same kind he had when he had watched Raiders of the Lost Ark as a kid.  That struck a chord with me because this is one of the few movies I've seen in a while which felt fresh like Raiders did back in the day, and I felt I just had to rave about it - all in all just made me feel good all over.  Second thing was contrary to many celebrities, he recommended people not so much follow their dreams as much as find what they are best at and do that.  Kind of an interesting piece of advice to leave the theater with.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 30, 2014, 09:43:35 PM
I was able to beat the first two guys on Plague last night but the third one kind of kicked my ass.  He starts with 75 HP even on Normal, what gives?  I guess you're supposed to take advantage of those weird things that give you +8 to attack if you kill them?
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 28, 2014, 07:45:01 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 28, 2014, 06:20:07 PM

Sacred 2 had a pretty big following IIRC, so why is there is no hype over Sacred 3? I haven't read anything about it, did they do something to ruin it?

Not sure but I believe the actual release date is next week 8/5.  From what I can tell it's more action-oriented rather than RPG-y.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: July 25, 2014, 11:45:26 PM
This is a really tough one to crack.  I've been going through some similar pains at work (though nowhere near as bad as what you describe), so I certainly empathize.  I'd echo the sentiment that you probably already know the answer to your own question, and it's more of a matter of assessing what your alternatives are. 

That said, I'll play devil's advocate for a second for discussion's sake.  You mention not getting a raise, but how is your base salary, i.e. do you feel in general you are paid well, do you get other perks or bonuses?  Do you enjoy other aspects of the job?  Do you have friends/co-workers at work that you care about and enjoy being around, i.e. is the general day to day experience good?  How is your commute?  How demanding is the job on your time, i.e. are you left with plenty of time for important things like family and gaming and this website (and ME  slywink )?

Speaking from direct experience, it's very easy to become completely consumed with all the bad things you perceive, and forget the other factors that kept you at the job to begin with.  Definitely some things to keep in mind while assessing the alternatives.  A colleague of mine just left the company after 10 years and started a new job which she thought was going to be so much better for her career; while it's only been a week so far, I think she's already realizing the grass isn't always as green on the other side as it might seem...     
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 25, 2014, 06:12:46 PM
As long as there is full frontal I'm in.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 24, 2014, 10:09:36 PM
This is kind of cool: decks constructed only out of the free cards in the game to beat Heroic.  I haven't tried any of them yet but thought it was interesting:
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you ever??? on: July 23, 2014, 10:55:53 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 23, 2014, 09:06:06 PM

Hang a nut sack from your trailer hitch?

I actually don't know what this means, is it some sort of euphemism involving male genitalia?
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 23, 2014, 06:05:10 PM
I haven't played a whole lot of Hearthstone but I was able to beat the first boss with my crappy mage deck (after losing with my crappy priest deck), and then surprisingly I beat the 2nd and 3rd boss with my crappy priest deck (after losing with my crappy mage deck) lol.  All in all I really do like the idea behind this expansion, kind of a nice twist on the regular gameplay.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 23, 2014, 06:01:53 PM
I am just really bad at FPS games it seems, the shooting part at least.  I took Warlock and for the life of me I can't seem to shoot well lol.  I ended up running up to bad guys and zapping them with the melee attack.  Do you think I'd be better off with a Titan?  Does this game have any contingency to  "grind" in any way to outlevel content to make things easier on poor souls like myself?  It did seem to allow me to keep killing one guy at a time and restart, which I suppose was kind of nice.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 22, 2014, 11:13:58 PM
The only thing I think about when I remember Phantom Menace is that stupid kid yelling "yipppeeee!!" - I don't think I ever got over that.  Well, that and Jar Jar.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, Mac,360, PS3] Sacrilegium-1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 21, 2014, 11:44:30 PM
This looks kind of interesting from a new IP standpoint, but from what I can tell it's more of an adventure game than an RPG?

featuring hours of cinematic horror acted out by a team of top-level stage professionals.

There's also mention of cinematic fights and quick time events.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: July 21, 2014, 11:36:59 PM
So no one's watching this?  I'm really enjoying it, my favorite show of the summer.  It's not quite Walking Dead quality, but for a TV horror show based on a book (or comic book), it's pretty well done. 
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday Hark! on: July 18, 2014, 04:23:47 PM
woohoo!  Happy Birthday Ninja Dude!   ninja ninja ninja

(I don't know why but that icon always makes me think of Hark)
188  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] OTTTD (Was Cool June Releases) on: July 16, 2014, 11:08:38 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 15, 2014, 11:21:38 PM

Ok, I am addicted to OTTD, thanks for the recommendation Rittchard. I usually have little tolerance for repeating a mission over and over to beat it, but last night I must have tried level 15 about 10 times before I finally beat it. Once I finally did, it was felt good.

yayyy!!  I think for me it's the RPG-ish element that keeps me playing.  I like games where even if you fail on a particular mission/map/battle, you always still make some "progress" in terms of more xp, etc to hopefully make things easier the next time around.  This game does a good job of balancing xp/gold rewards to keep you upgrading.  I think they could be a little more generous giving gold, but otherwise I'm pretty happy with the system.
189  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Gamer's 100 most anticipated iOS/Android games on: July 16, 2014, 08:51:13 PM
Also, this Empyrios game looks like it could be really cool:
190  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Gamer's 100 most anticipated iOS/Android games on: July 16, 2014, 08:26:17 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What felt overly contrived to you? 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So far I've been getting my ass kicked left and right, but as mentioned before, it's cool because you still gain gold and xp for your team even if you lose. 
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