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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Suicide Squad on: August 08, 2016, 05:31:53 PM
Saw it Saturday night, was pretty much along the lines of what I'd expected, and definitely more enjoyable than BvS.  Personally I thought it was fun, definitely some good moments in the middle of an overall messy kind of movie.  Probably worth it just to see Harley Quinn in a breakout performance.  

Like BvS, though, I think the DC team strives to be more than what they are capable of - here it felt like they wanted to capture the essence of Guardians of the Galaxy AND the first Avengers movie.  That's certainly not a bad goal, but it's the kind of thing that takes a lot more care and planning and vision.  In this case, I think they needed to omit a character or two, as well as a subplot or two, and focus on a better main plot.  It felt like a lot of convoluted elements that really weren't necessary to get to where they needed to be.  In fact, in spite of all the hype on Jared Leto's Joker, I found him overrated, annoying and more of a distraction than anything else.  They could have completely removed him and I think it would have been a stronger movie overall.  This would have allowed more screen time for some of the others, like Katana, Boomerang and the Alligator guy, who all were underutilized.  Not to mention other cast members like Scott Eastwood, who I still can't even tell you who he played lol.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Pros:  
- Pretty much every scene HQ is in.
- Batfleck!!!  This is the perfect amount of him in a movie lol.
- Good effects
- Good cast
- The soundtrack!

Cons:
- Main plot is needlessly convoluted, blending the origin story with the big bad and squeezing the Joker in as well?
- Sorceress seems like such a cool character but felt like a missed opportunity
- Good cast makes it feel like a shame the story/writing wasn't better

42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Other than gaming, what are your hobbies? on: August 03, 2016, 06:17:16 PM
Watching TV (I do consider it a hobby given how many shows I watch), movies, comics and volleyball.  Hmmm that's about it I guess.  I do collect lots of toys and electronics and other assorted crap but I'm not sure that's considered a hobby.  Right now I'm in a Funko Pop phase.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 26, 2016, 09:27:28 PM
w00t!

http://fox40.com/2016/07/26/ethancleansup-sacramento/

44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Blair Witch (2016) on: July 26, 2016, 09:25:54 PM
I think I was the only person on the planet who liked the sequel lol.  Don't ask me to tell you what it was about though because I have zero memory of the story.

Anyway glad to hear this is a sequel.  I just presumed it was some sort of "reimagining" because the preview had that same creepy shot of Josh in the corner (which was the absolute best part of the first movie).  I hope they actually get to see a little more of what's behind everything and it's not just a tease.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/24/2016) on: July 25, 2016, 09:34:50 PM
What the heck is Laser Disco Defenders lol?
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Blair Witch (2016) on: July 25, 2016, 09:33:38 PM
I think the big thing with the original was how many people thought it was real, coupled with the amount of business it did relative to how much it cost to make.  Unfortunately I saw it much later when it came out on video and was all hyped up to be scared silly.  Instead my friends and I found it kind of boring and disappointing.

This remake looks pretty good to me but I'm a fan of cheesy horror AND found footage flicks.  Hopefully there's more focus on making it a fun/scary movie without the gimmick of people thinking it might actually be real.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: #EthanCleansUp on: July 22, 2016, 11:18:59 PM
This is so totally cool, hope you can provide video footage along the way!!
48  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / LG Gram - Lightest 15" Portable on: July 18, 2016, 10:21:16 PM
http://www.lg.com/us/laptops/gram?cmpid=2016HEGram-SEM_US_Google_Brand-BA_Generic_k1045&gclid=CjwKEAjw_LG8BRDb1JTxm8uP_UwSJADu_8pWpqPzoADvJV9AkC3t_VJZZSnLy299oGdRMvZYgu10khoCmBnw_wcB

I'm constantly on the lookout for the elusive "ultimate" ultraportable.  There are so many choices these days it's insane.  Ideally I'd want something super light, new/powerful processor, long battery life, able to play some games (Diablo 3 minimum), doesn't get too hot in your lap, big/nice screen (touch optional but nice), good keyboard and touchpad, backlit keyboard, decent RAM and SSD speed/size, "instant" on...

Depending on priorities, there are some great and interesting options out there.  The Dell XPS 13 is really attractive.  I had an early version and it's only getting better with time.  It meets almost all my criteria with a 13.3" screen at just about 3 pounds and the battery life is fantastic.  There are a number of 2-in-1s that come close feature-wise, including the Microsoft Surface series.  I've been using the Surface Book which seemed like it was going to be more or less the best of both worlds, but in practice it falls short for me in a key usage scenario.  Like other transformer types I think the core circuitry is all held in the tablet unit, but for whatever reason that messes up the return from sleep/off time, especially if not plugged in.  If it runs out of battery, even plugged in I often couldn't get it back up and running quickly.  For something like this I want to be able to hit the power button (or better yet open the screen like a Mac) and just get back to it.  Very frustrating because I like most of the rest of the design choices.  Speaking of Mac, the recent Macbook (12" at 2 pounds) pretty much fits all my criteria as well, but the negative was the battery life wasn't meeting my expectations, and the screen size felt a little small.  Also the USB-C single port is/was kind of annoying, especially since it's used for power as well.

I wasn't necessarily looking for a replacement, but I was at Fry's the other day and happened on the above-mentioned LG unit.  As I walked around looking at the laptops, I would pick them up while checking out their screens.  This one when I picked it up I thought it was a fake/shell because the screen wasn't on initially and it felt too light to be a real laptop (especially at 15").  The difference between a 2 pounder and 3 pounder is really incredible.  Is it really helpful or necessary?  YMMV, but there's no denying it's a different experience carrying around.  The LG is by no means perfect.  The keyboard is just OK and the touchpad is really lacking compared to a Macbook Air.  But a 15" 1080p screen at this weight is absolutely insane, particularly running with the latest i5/i7 processor.  I haven't done much with it yet but I really do marvel at the weight, and so far it's been good at getting me back to my desktop quickly.  I suspect the battery life is going to be disappointing, and there's no backlight on the keyboard, which is a bit annoying for me.

Ultimately I don't know if such a design/featureset is really useful for most people.  I guess it depends on specific needs/desires.  Maybe nice for college students on the run a lot who really want the lightest weight but also prefer a larger screen?  If you happen to come across it, though, I do recommend lifting it up just to get the feel of it, it's definitely very different from the vast majority of ultraportables.
49  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 18, 2016, 09:29:09 PM
On a side note, 2 of my niece's friends made the news as victims of being robbed at gunpoint while at a Pokestop in Pasadena, CA.   eek 
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Stranger Things on: July 18, 2016, 09:27:54 PM
I think that's one of the attractive things about this production - it really works as a standalone piece of entertainment.  The pacing is fast but not rushed; most of the ensemble cast gets a fair amount of screen time and individual plot elements.

Ultimately I think most people will enjoy it enough that they want to see more, but as the writers mention, the next "season" would be more like a movie sequel than part 2 of an ongoing series. 
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: July 18, 2016, 09:20:30 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 18, 2016, 08:49:08 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 18, 2016, 05:45:53 PM

Honestly I'd rather see this cast given an R-rated "Hangover" type of comedy.

I mean, isn't that basically what Bridesmaids and those other movies they have been in were already?

Not with my favorite Leslie Jones - I think she hypothetically opens up a whole new level of possibilities.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: July 18, 2016, 05:45:53 PM
I enjoyed the movie and it seemed like the audience I was with did as well (round of applause at the end).

I wouldn't say it was great, though, as personally I was expecting more laugh out loud moments given the cast.  I felt like Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones were a bit neutered relative to their "normal" performance style, but I suspect that was intentional to keep the focus on the ghost-busting.  In that sense the movie worked well, as it definitely had some fun effects and enjoyable sequences.  Honestly I'd rather see this cast given an R-rated "Hangover" type of comedy.

Chris Hemsworth does a fine job and seems to be having a good time playing on his beefcake image.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Stranger Things on: July 18, 2016, 05:41:20 PM
My partner and I binged this over the weekend and LOVED it.  This is one of the best shows/movies I've seen in any format in a long, long time.  Very satisfying on all levels.  It's hard to get my partner to sit for even one episode of a show at a time, so you know this show had to be pretty damn good lol.

A few more details for those interested.  It's 8 episodes, approx. 6 hours total, and is more like a single extended movie (or a TV mini-series) than a conventional TV show.  They still break it up like a regular show, which is odd, but I guess that's just the standard.  The creators mention if they do get renewed, it would be more like a "sequel" than a second season.  Also, it's listed in the 4K shows but when you watch it it's cropped like a wider screen movie, so I'm guessing it was filmed in a more conventional format and converted.  The filming and direction are top notch, and they make the most of what was presumably a limited budget.  I need to read up on it some more, as I'm interested to see how much CGI was used and how much was just old fashioned movie magic.

Content-wise, it's a mix between ET, Poltergeist, Carrie (and other Stephen King stuff) with a little Aliens influence for good measure.  That's a pretty damn good pedigree to emulate, and the show creators (two brothers who wrote and directed most of it) do an incredible job of re-creating that kind of atmosphere but modernizing it for todays' audiences.  For example they throw in some of the generic stereotypes of nice girl turned slutty and douchebag jock, but they play around with the characters and develop them further than you'd normally get to see in a short movie.

Winona Ryder makes a fantastic comeback, and the lead adult male is excellent as well.  Still, the kids are the heart of the show, and although all the leads are great, the one toothless kid really steals a lot of the best moments.

The music track is also interesting; if you saw last year's It Follows, it really plays off of that and old 80s flicks.  Again, very well done. 

All in all I can't recommend this enough.  Pretty much every one I've mentioned this too has enjoyed it, so I don't think it's just me.  I'm really hoping they renew for a second series.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: July 15, 2016, 12:01:14 AM
http://www.amc.com/shows/the-walking-dead/talk/2016/07/get-your-first-clues-about-season-7-with-the-walking-dead-comic-con-2016-poster?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1-cci-2016-key-art&utm_campaign=the-walking-dead

55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Stranger Things on: July 14, 2016, 07:45:09 PM
Really excited about this too, although I think I saw a couple places it got mediocre reviews.  But then again I rarely trust "professional" reviews.
56  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 13, 2016, 09:02:16 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 13, 2016, 04:59:29 PM

I installed this yesterday, and I have to admit I don't get the appeal at all.  The actual capture mechanic is total garbage and the whole thing seems really shallow to me.  I just don't get it.

Yeah that's the weirdest thing for me about the phenomena.  It's just not that compelling gameplay no matter how you slice it.  Finding Pokemon and Pokestops is random enough, but then you get to the combat and it's like there's no way you can fight against the other people in the gyms.  They should let you fight against friends or add some PvE content. 

I honestly think it's just tapped into some bizarre psychological need in our society at this moment.  With all the horrible things going on every day and the constant bitter conflict within society, maybe people just need something totally inane to escape with each other.

All that said, I still wanna catch more of them lol!
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Necropolis: A Diabolical Dungeon Delve [PC/PS4/XB1] on: July 13, 2016, 08:57:57 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 13, 2016, 04:05:42 PM

i play tons of games by myself.  I PREFER to play coop whenever possible, but people often just don't cooperate with my wishes ;P

It's fun enough that you could probably play solo for a few hours and be ok, but with an asking price of $30 I don't really think you'll get that much from solo.  Also the fact that there are no real hard data in the game really bugs me.  'Here, spend your hard earned points on a book, but we won't tell you what it does only vaguely hint at it' 

I only played a short bit but have to agree with Hark, it definitely looks like it would be more fun coop.  Also the lack of info is annoying, this is definitely not a Diablo-esque game where you can min/max gear.  You pick up a different sword with a different name but there's no clear way to know if it's more effective.  Also I guess there is a crafting element but I haven't seen it yet.  I also can't tell for certain what I'm carrying over from one death to the next, which is also a bit annoying.

I think it's the type of game where the intent is that you keep learning as you play, so without numerical feedback you eventually learn a twisted sword is more effective against spiders than a regular sword.  Maybe, I don't know.  In that sense I guess it's more like an adventure game. 

All that said, I really do like the minimalist art style.  I'm getting a little bored of the pixel-8 bit stuff, so this is a nice change.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: July 12, 2016, 04:58:29 PM
I always liked the Andrea character (more from the comics), but also the actress that played her.  I do agree they really wrote her poorly her last season with the Governor, but that could so easily have been turned around.  Seriously all they had to do was give her her sniper powers from the comic and she would have immediately jumped up on peoples' like list.  Basically they stole her big moments and powers and gave them to Carol and Sasha.  And then they stole her sexy time and gave it to Michonne lol.  I guess ultimately it worked out, as it really strengthened Carol's role and gave rise to Richonne, but it still sucks for the actress. 
59  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Pokemon Go on: July 12, 2016, 12:10:07 AM
Honestly I've never seen a phenomenon like this in the gaming world.  Everywhere I go people are playing or talking about this, or best of all standing in the middle of a street swiping at their screen.  It's not even that good or compelling of a "game" but somehow it seems to have caught on like wildfire.  Anyone else experiencing this in your home area?

For those that haven't heard of it, this is a GPS-based "game" using Pokemon; you wander around in real life and try to "catch" Pokemon's.  When you happen upon one, depending on how powerful it is, you can catch it with a Pokeball that you toss at it.  That's the gist of it.  You can eventually use them to battle other people's Pokemons but the core of the game is physically going all over the place and collecting them. 
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/12/16) on: July 11, 2016, 09:37:51 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 11, 2016, 08:14:24 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 11, 2016, 08:08:55 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 11, 2016, 02:38:59 PM

Waiting on reviews for Necropolis: A Diabolical Dungeon Delve.  I'm a fan of Harebrained Studios and typically these type of games don't appeal to me but I like the art style and the humor of the game.

Art style and concept look really good, just wondering if it will be too frustrating for me.  I don't mind perma-death as long as some progress is made each run, and it sounds like that's the case in the description.  But hard to say if that will be how it actually plays out.

Isn't this basically trying to be a roguelike Souls game?

I think so.  I guess I'm wondering if it skews more to Souls-style or Diablo-style (HC).  For me it's completely dependent on what actually improves between each playthrough.

Quote
NECROPOLIS combines third-person action with Rogue-lite dungeon-delving for a game that’s fast-paced and addictive, yet diabolically hardcore. You play as a nameless adventurer attempting to escape a living, magical dungeon that reconstructs itself each time you play, with only one way out - down. Craft, equip, explore, and fight to stay alive as you delve deeper and face ever-greater threats in the twisting halls and endless chasms of the NECROPOLIS. Have no doubt, you’re going to die - often! - but you’ll improve your combat skills, available upgrades, and dungeon know-how with every playthrough, bringing you one step closer to the exit. (Warning: “Just one more time” mindset can be addicting.)
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/12/16) on: July 11, 2016, 08:08:55 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 11, 2016, 02:38:59 PM

Waiting on reviews for Necropolis: A Diabolical Dungeon Delve.  I'm a fan of Harebrained Studios and typically these type of games don't appeal to me but I like the art style and the humor of the game.

Art style and concept look really good, just wondering if it will be too frustrating for me.  I don't mind perma-death as long as some progress is made each run, and it sounds like that's the case in the description.  But hard to say if that will be how it actually plays out.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Gamingtrend dying, or we are all just on a break? on: July 11, 2016, 04:47:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 11, 2016, 03:14:46 PM

Quote from: Scraper on July 11, 2016, 03:07:44 PM

I feel like Ceekay's self imposed exile has really hurt the forums. I remember people bitching about him and the frequency of his posts too, but his absence has certainly hurt the activity on our forums.

I had that same thought, actually.

It's definitely the CK effect.  Half the time I dig up an old topic, they are still ones created by Ceekay years ago lol.  I don't remember people bitching about him though, I thought everyone loved him.  Or maybe that was just me.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: July 07, 2016, 08:02:29 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 05, 2016, 08:24:12 PM

The only thing I felt they didn't handle as well as they could was Arya who I felt had a lack of development for having spent as long as she had training to become faceless, only to suddenly appear before Walder Frey. It's like they were stuck on how to handle her properly.

Not sure what you mean here.  I thought the point was that she tried to train to become "faceless" in order to be able to appear as anyone at any time, and she did exactly that by becoming the waitress lady.  But ultimately in the course of the training she realized that she wasn't really willing to give up her true persona/identity and need to exact revenge, so she had to accept that fact and leave to do her own thing.  By showing her actual face to Frey, she held true to her goals of revenge, and it was only made sweeter by making him know exactly who and why he was assassinated, rather than just have it be some rando do it.  I felt there were a few missteps in the pacing, but overall it was an awesome payoff for her story arc, and hopefully there is more to come.  Particularly if she is the one who ultimately kills Cersei.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4] The Technomancer - action-based RPG on: July 06, 2016, 08:39:29 PM
I played it for a couple hours and enjoyed it, just haven't had much time to get more involved.  I do like the combat as well.  The only thing that does bug me some is the jerky movement mentioned earlier, which ends up kind of nauseating me since I'm so prone to motion sickness.
65  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [Android/iOS] Final Fantasy Brave Exvius on: June 29, 2016, 11:02:55 PM
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=287471

I believe this is the first "brand new" FF RPG for mobile, free to try so that should be interesting.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: June 27, 2016, 11:19:44 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 27, 2016, 08:43:54 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 27, 2016, 08:40:39 PM

Wow, what a season finale!  So much happened and I love how pretty much everyone got some major plot action.

Spoiler for Hiden:
My favorite scene was Arya's.  Totally caught me off guard, absolutely loved it.  Still I hope they have more planned for her that will make a greater impact to the finale.  Will she be the one who ultimately kills Cersei?

Speaking of which, loved loved loved everything about Cersei in this episode.  She deserves an Emmy.  That dress was freaking fantastic but every expression on her face was awesome, from the thrill of vengeance to the knowing, bitter acceptance of losing her last child, to finally claiming her spot as Queen of Thrones.  Awesome.  I was sad to lose Margeary in such an unceremonious way, but what are ya gonna do?  Also wished she had got to torture Jonathan Pryce's smarmy ass instead of the nun, but beggars can't be choosers.  SHAME!!!  SHAME!!!

Dany + Tyrion moment, brought a tear to my eye when he bows at the end.

All teh shipz, oh my!  With dragon entourage to boot.

Jon Snow heritage reveal.  Honestly it was way too confusing and complicated for me and I had to read the explanations so I wonder how much of an impact it will have for the audience at large.  I suspect it will get more play next season when Dany meets Jon.  Hopefully Bran will spill the beans before they get their incest on.

Last but not least.  Someone please fix Bran's freaking legs.  That poor girl can't be expected to drag his huge ass around the rest of the show!  Thanks for the horse, Uncle Benjen!!  NOT!

Bran spilling the beans will just make it more likely, they were a house known for inbreeding.

And also they are the two hottest people on the show lol.
67  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / MMO-ARPGs?? on: June 27, 2016, 08:56:51 PM
This would be a hybrid between a standard MMORPG (a la WoW) and Diablo-ish perspective (2.5D), more focused on hack/slash/loot/level.  Amazingly nothing ever really came of this sub-genre in the US.  I guess you could argue Path of Exile kind of fits.  I had hopes for Mythic/Torchlight but those guys just seemed to crash and burn out.  Blizzard would be the obvious choice to do this "right" but aside from a World of Diablo announcement I don't think they have any interest.  It's too bad because I feel like it's one of the few spaces that just hasn't been filled quite right yet.

I have tried Devilian and ELOA (Korean games), both of which are fairly similar and do a decent job of mixing the genres.  They are both pretty decent games and F2P, but are a little too linear in the early going and the loot is just not very interesting.  I think they worked too hard to make the game feel like WoW in terms of following bread crumbs and quest lines.  I would like to see someone venture further into the Diablo space instead.  There's another one from Taiwan I'm going to try to take a look at (Embergarde or something like that).

Does anyone play or have any others to recommend?  My biggest hopes are for Lost Ark Online (presuming it makes it over here next year).

http://www.trionworlds.com/devilian/en/
www.eloa.webzen.com
http://www.runewaker.com/en/product/index/EG
www.lostarkworld.com


68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/26/16) on: June 27, 2016, 08:42:52 PM
I pre-ordered Technomancer.  Now I'm curious to know what exactly "janky" means  icon_biggrin
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: June 27, 2016, 08:40:39 PM
Wow, what a season finale!  So much happened and I love how pretty much everyone got some major plot action.

Spoiler for Hiden:
My favorite scene was Arya's.  Totally caught me off guard, absolutely loved it.  Still I hope they have more planned for her that will make a greater impact to the finale.  Will she be the one who ultimately kills Cersei?

Speaking of which, loved loved loved everything about Cersei in this episode.  She deserves an Emmy.  That dress was freaking fantastic but every expression on her face was awesome, from the thrill of vengeance to the knowing, bitter acceptance of losing her last child, to finally claiming her spot as Queen of Thrones.  Awesome.  I was sad to lose Margeary in such an unceremonious way, but what are ya gonna do?  Also wished she had got to torture Jonathan Pryce's smarmy ass instead of the nun, but beggars can't be choosers.  SHAME!!!  SHAME!!!

Dany + Tyrion moment, brought a tear to my eye when he bows at the end.

All teh shipz, oh my!  With dragon entourage to boot.

Jon Snow heritage reveal.  Honestly it was way too confusing and complicated for me and I had to read the explanations so I wonder how much of an impact it will have for the audience at large.  I suspect it will get more play next season when Dany meets Jon.  Hopefully Bran will spill the beans before they get their incest on.

Last but not least.  Someone please fix Bran's freaking legs.  That poor girl can't be expected to drag his huge ass around the rest of the show!  Thanks for the horse, Uncle Benjen!!  NOT!
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: June 20, 2016, 07:35:44 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on June 20, 2016, 12:44:02 PM

Last nights episode  eek

That was awesome from beginning to end.  Some of the best dragon effects I've seen in any media ever.  And then that war battle, wow.

I might have said it before, but I have to wonder how George RR Martin feels these days.  On the one hand it must be incredibly exciting to see such awesome content come to life.  But on the other I can't imagine how bittersweet it is to have all these massive plot points and reveals he's held in his pocket for over 20 years being revealed by someone else.  I really thought that alone would have motivated him to get his ass in gear and finish, but at this point he might as well just take his time and finish the series in 2030 lol.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 14, 2016, 11:05:06 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 14, 2016, 02:26:29 PM

That's nice of them offering the device for free to people who sign up, but holy crap, $50 for what amounts to a USB adapter? 

Anyone currently thinking of upgrading?  I would consider it for a larger HD option (500gb seemed like such a big number back then, didn't it?), but my current contract is up in the air, so I may not have a guaranteed income to spend on luxuries.

I pre-ordered from Amazon but will make my final decision in August.  Seems like a good upgrade all around, particularly for the 4K capabilities.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Mac] Duelyst on: June 09, 2016, 08:58:03 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 09, 2016, 11:36:54 AM

I enjoyed both this and Labyrinth

Hadn't heard of that one either, but definitely looks interesting:

http://labyrinthccg.com/
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/Mac] Duelyst on: June 09, 2016, 12:16:18 AM
Has any one heard of or tried this?

www.duelyst.com

Looks like a mash of TBS + CCG that would be right up my alley, but I never heard of it, just happened to hit a random ad that took me to this review:

http://www.pcgamer.com/duelyst-is-my-favorite-new-card-game-since-hearthstone/?DUELYSTPCGAMER
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 31, 2016, 05:39:42 PM
I'm about halfway through (which is the most I've ever played of any game of this type FWIW) and agree the production values are fantastic.  I just wish I had more time to devote, I feel like I need a major block of time because it's so intense for me while playing.

I do have to say that I still find some parts of this genre puzzling (no pun intended), particularly the prevalence of jumping "puzzles" and content.  Some times I see spots I think look perfect to jump to but I'm not allowed.  And then other spots I don't think I'd ever see where/how to jump to the place they want you to go without a walkthrough.  I've played enough that I know a lot of the tricks they do and I can figure out the majority of the jumps on my own, but every few sequences I get stuck and it really kills the momentum.

I'm curious do all of you just figure out all these things yourselves?  I usually keep trying til I die about 4-5 times and then I look up the solution.  I hate relying on those crutches but honestly I don't have the patience to figure out exactly what the designers intended. 
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What am I buying this week? on: May 31, 2016, 05:30:01 PM
What a dud week!

For mobile fans, Mika Mobile (Battleheart series) is releasing a fantasy western themed TBS called Lost Frontier:

http://www.mikamobile.com/lost-frontier/
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] X-Men: Apocalypse on: May 31, 2016, 05:27:09 PM
Wow, this thread began in 2013 by CK?!??!  Yikes.

Anyway... I saw it twice over the weekend, second time in giant (IMAX-ish) 3D.  A few of the sequences were pretty spectacular in 3D, but for the most part it didn't make much difference.

While I certainly enjoyed the movie, I felt like it arrived too soon after Captain America, and thus did not come across strong in comparison.  It's a shame because I love these X-Men characters more, but the Avengers movies are just so much better written/produced and thought out. 

I think ultimately the biggest mistake they made, and I don't consider this much of a spoiler (but be warned just in case you are a real stickler), is insisting on having the 4 Horsemen be a set of otherwise well-known good guys.  It might have sounded good on paper to compete with Civil War, but from a writing standpoint I think it was a huge mistake.  It forced them to have to devote a significant amount of time "developing" plotlines and story arcs for how these characters are recruited and become horsemen... 

Spoiler for Hiden:
...and then how they un-become horsemen just as quickly... I think they were too enamored with creating a "deeper" subplot for Magneto, and while it was interesting how they played out the deaths of his family, it was just a bit ridiculous how quickly he turned back and forth.  I guess they could have played it up as more of a "momentary insanity" but either way between his change and Storm's even lesser developed change, it just seemed a poor choice.

In the comics it was cool and interesting to see the transition from Angel to Archangel/Death, but in this series Angel was a nothing character (in fact doesn't he appear in one of the original trilogy?) and so the transformation has zero impact from a character standpoint.  Psylocke, one of my all-time favorite characters, was pretty much a complete waste.  I think they would have been better served with just some badass evil horsemen and then introduce Storm and Psylocke differently as good guys.  They could have ran a similar Magneto storyline without having him be a Horseman.  Oh well.

All that said, there are plenty of excellent moments, and a couple as I mentioned definitely worth seeing on the big screen (and 3D if you like 3D).  The second audience I was with seemed pretty happy with the movie (applause and pretty much everyone stayed through the end credits) so YMMV.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Quicksilver "Sweet Dreams" sequence pretty much steals the entire movie.  Worth the price of admission IMHO.  And of course the Wolverine cameo going full feral was fantastic.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: May 30, 2016, 06:34:12 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 29, 2016, 10:21:25 AM

I'm in the same boat as Ritt. Always wanted to play the FPS genre games, but its the same ole, same ole, when I do. Run..Jump...die...fall...run..jump..die...fall..ad-nauseum.
The essence of the FPS genre is always going to be the same. Run and gun. The genre would need a paradigm shift to change it from the way it is. It would then probably alienate the die-hard fps fans. So, guys like us Ritt, need a whole new Genre.
I don't even think about FPS games as viable for me. I just ignore the whole genre. Makes for better gaming.  slywink


LOL - that's kind of what I was doing until some of these newer games started touting "redefining the genre" and being more inclusive of different play styles.  This one failed miserably at that for me.  But as I mentioned in some of the other threads, Battleborn actually was very playable, at least the co-op portion, so if you're ever really desperate for some FPS action there's an option. 
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: May 20, 2016, 09:10:56 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 20, 2016, 07:17:27 PM

My favorite thing about Black Panther was listening to him land.

Everyone else makes a decent amount of noise for their Superhero LandingsTM, but Panther just drops down, for want of a better phrase, on little cat feet.  There's a little noise, but it's soft and perfect.

Did you mean.... purrrrrrfect?  Sorry I couldn't resist  icon_biggrin
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: May 20, 2016, 05:20:39 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 20, 2016, 01:51:25 PM

And then you have Spider-Man namechecking "Empire Strikes Back" to Tony Stark and my brain melts from nerd glee.

I thought I would have too high expectations and be disappointed for the big team fight sequence, but it exceeded all my hopes and put me in pure nerdgasm mode.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Everything they did with Ant Man/Giant Man was absolutely fantastic, from going big to going tiny and messing with Iron Man's suit, to the Empire moment to Tony's "anyone else have spectacular powers" line.  Ant Man vs. Black Widow?  Yes please!  Giant Man vs. Spiderman?  Hell yeah!
80  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Titan Quest on: May 19, 2016, 08:22:20 PM
Just started but so far I like what I see.  Being able to drop in for a few minutes to a game of this type and quality is pretty amazing.  No more load times, just jump in and start playing.  The content is virtually identical to the original, and it looks fantastic on the small screen.  It feels like a much richer world compared to what you're used to with mobile ARPGs.

In place of the mouse click interface, they've gone with a virtual joypad which is not necessarily the best I've encountered, but is certainly good enough.  I've tried it on a standard iPad screen and a mini, and for me the mini is perfect.  The larger screen is a little harder to work with and I suspect anything smaller would be tough to see.

I'll comment more after I get some more time with it.

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