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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Scream - The Series on: July 09, 2015, 11:36:20 PM
I've been enjoying it, interesting to see how they really captured the feel of the Scream movies.  I guess the question is how sustainable it is over a series. 

Now if you're looking for a really cool semi-horror-ish TV show, I will re-pimp Teen Wolf, which if you watch Scream you will be unable to avoid seeing promos of lol.  The show runner guy has a pretty twisted mind, he comes up with some pretty twisted stuff.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: July 06, 2015, 07:59:36 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on July 05, 2015, 03:26:26 AM

Time travel paradoxes have always been an issue for the series, but this one was just a total mess. Plus, digital Arnie looked like an action figure. Without spoiling anything really, I think the biggest winners from the events in this film were Sarah's original timeline roomie Ginger, and her boyfriend.

Biggest winner was Sarah Connor who got an upgraded Kyle Reese lol.  Jai Courtney's body, oh my.

I don't quite understand the general audience/critic reaction, it seems like people had a pre-determined notion to not want to like this movie, or maybe just had a very different set of expectations than I did.  Honestly I enjoyed it quite a bit more than Jurassic World, and the audience I saw it with all clapped at the end, which hasn't happened in a long while. 

I actually thought it was a clever use of the characters, and while maybe the time paradoxes weren't all that well thought out, I really didn't care as I had such a good time.  I felt Emilia Clarke did a nice job taking a different approach to the Sarah Connor character; keeping in mind this was supposed to be a very different Sarah with a very different personality than either of the Sarahs we've seen in T1 or T2.  The weakest part for me (but also a bonus in other ways) was having a Kyle Reese that was a little too hot and buffed and sexy (sorry Michael Biehn).  Like am I really supposed to feel sorry for Sarah that she has to do it with such a freaking hot stud lol?  He looked like a renegade from Magic Mike XXL lol. 
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: July 04, 2015, 12:17:03 AM
I think this is the only thread for the new Terminator Genisys movie - surprised there weren't any comments here yet.  Though it does seem like the Off Topic forum is becoming more and more like a graveyard these days  icon_frown

But that's a separate topic.  Just got back from the movie, and I thought it was fantastic.  I saw it in 3D DBOX (motion seats) and it really was like a "fun ride" - as much as I hate that catch phrase for a movie review.  I don't want to spoil anything but suffice to say it felt like a fantastic sequel/reboot that really paid attention to elements of the first and second movies, while adding modern day sensibilities and an "updated" cast.  As a huge Linda Hamilton fan, I would definitely be in the hard to please category, but choosing GoT's Emilia Clarke was a brilliant casting decision.  (Fun fact, now both alternate Sarah Connor's are from GoT!).  As with any time travel/alternate timeline story, things can be a little confusing if you think too much about it, but that aside I felt this was a great addition to the series. 
44  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Albion Online on: July 02, 2015, 08:42:17 PM
I thought I started a thread on this a long while ago but it didn't appear in the search results.  So anyway....

http://albiononline.com/

This is a sandbox/PvP/town-builder that's multi-platform (PC and mobile). No classes, skills are based on what set of equipment you choose to equip, but the catch is that it's full loot PvP so you could effectively lose your custom build if you aren't careful. Hopefully the exact gear itself won't dictate the gameplay as much as player skill and player alliances/guilds, etc.

I got an extra day off today so it seemed like a good day to try it out.  They have just gone into their second Summer Alpha, which I believe is PC/Mac only right now. From what I've heard, iOS will require 2GB RAM, which means iPad Air 2 only at the moment, and likely should include iPhone 6S later this year. I suspect that's why they aren't bothering to test until the hardware catches up.

Early impressions are mixed, seems more crafting/gathering focused, but that could just be because I am so green. The graphics engine is pretty old school, I guess that's what it needs to be to support cross platform. That said, there does seem to be something oddly addictive to it. Systems are fairly simple but appear to branch out and allow for a lot of gameplay freedom. I can see how playing with a guild/friends could be a lot of fun, building up a city, etc. No idea how PvP plays out, I'm still deep in the newbie area.

I never played Ultima Online but I get the sense a lot of the influence comes from that game, so those of you old school folks might want to take a look if you get the time.
45  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 06:21:40 PM
Not to derail this thread, but in that poll, what does that last part mean?  "Whites and blacks do not include Hispanics; Hispanics are of any race."????
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/30) on: June 30, 2015, 06:16:17 PM
"WHAM" looks interesting, might give it a whirl if I'm bored enough  Tongue
47  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 26, 2015, 08:25:27 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 26, 2015, 03:14:23 PM

I expect certain people to be very upset about this.

I was super upset because now I have no excuse to avoid getting married!   crybaby
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BBCA] Orphan Black on: June 22, 2015, 06:45:06 PM
Definitely a sweet finale!  I can't believe how quickly the season ended, way too short!! 

The show's dancing sequence (I think it was second season finale but not sure) was probably one of my top all-time moments in all of TV history.  This finale's dinner sequence wasn't quite as strong (for me), but in some ways was even better from a technical and writing standpoint.  Again I was just awestruck by how they've managed to create such distinctive individual characters and present them in such a "normal" fashion.  Somewhere in the middle of the scene I had to remind myself that there's actually a single actress doing multiple parts and I forced myself to look for technical seams in the continuity (but found none).  What an incredible feat.  And I really liked how they brought into perspective Allison's role in the overall story/universe, because all season I was kind of questioning the relevance.  In spite of how much I like Allison and Donnie, their storyline seemed a bit misplaced in the grand scheme of everything going on in the show.  Ultimately I like how that was kind of the point (or counterpoint).  Reminds me a lot of Xander's role in Buffy.
49  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 18, 2015, 09:56:17 PM
I'm enjoying YMBAB a lot, glad you guys recommended it.  I only play it in very small spurts when I'm waiting in line or for food or whatever, seems to work very well that way.

Some other good new releases:

Xenowerk: only played a little but graphics and atmosphere are pretty good on this one

http://toucharcade.com/2015/06/18/xenowerk-review-pixelbite-dual-stick-shooter/

Beast Bound:  I was following this RPG for quite a while and tried to get into beta.  One of the devs has a hilarious presence on the TA forums, but eventually they gave up on beta.  The atmosphere, graphics and humor are all good and gameplay seems solid.  I feel like it could use just a little more polish but verdict's still out.  I'll see how I feel when I get a little further.

http://toucharcade.com/games/beast-bound

Battle for Blood: this one I tried on a whim, and ended up liking a lot.  I actually play this a lot more than YMBAB.  It's another match-3 type of game, but they've added some slight differences to the conventional formula.  Basically you've got a side view raid on bad guys, and your matching controls what units go into battle.  Units are conventional fantasy fare, knights, swordsmen, archer, etc. but the catch is different units have a different percentage chance for their tiles to appear.  You pick from your arsenal which types go into battle in advance.  You also have 5 spells you can use to help out.  Everything is upgradeable with a single currency, which you earn from playing (or IAP).  The problem with the game is it sometimes can get a little too difficult so it's possible to get frustrated.  In most cases upgrading, casting spells, or just getting a better board draw is enough to get you through to the next level.  The other thing that bugs me is it's not clear at all what you have to do to get a 3-star rating (each time you finish you get 1-3 stars).  I am presently on the 50th (of 60) and still don't know when I'll get 3-stars.  And actually I'm not sure what the reward is anyway lol.

Another game that could have used some polish/testing, but I suppose that's pretty common these days for iOS/portable releases.

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=261291&highlight=battle+blood

50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: June 18, 2015, 09:37:30 PM
I finally just got mine.  Yeah it's kind of hard to think of strong use cases a it presently exists.  I'd love if it could easily integrate with my Nest, which seems like it shouldn't be too hard.  Mostly I've just been using it to ask what time it is or to play a song or a mix or whatever, but it's often been kind of forced.

I will say I am definitely impressed by the recognition and distance at which it recognizes commands thus far.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: June 18, 2015, 09:28:21 PM
Those zookeeper poses are pretty fun, thanks!  But they are still missing the best part of the shot, and that's Chris Pratt's big beefy ass!   icon_twisted  (even better in 3D)

52  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fallout Shelter on: June 16, 2015, 11:45:50 PM
I played a little more but I suspect my time with the game is nearing its end.  There are too many lulls in the gameplay.  When things are happening it's fairly amusing but I keep running into spots where it stagnates.  I think perhaps the intention is that you take more risks with rushing things to get finished, so I might try that.  It seems there is little downside since generally it's just some fires get started.  Putting them out actually grants characters xp.  Of course I have no idea exactly what increased char levels really does for you.  Would have been nice if you got a point to add to SPECIAL for each level.

Minor amusement: I was semi-successful in getting my population up.  I basically had the same guy impregnate three different ladies in each of my crew quarters lol.  His happiness is pinned at 100%  Tongue
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 16, 2015, 04:56:46 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 16, 2015, 02:18:46 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 16, 2015, 06:13:25 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 16, 2015, 01:56:04 AM

Jon Snow and Stannis


Spoiler for Hiden:
What was the point of all the "real lineage" of jon snow stuff if he just bites it?  Also, what's with the Stannis death scene?  Why the cut away.  Is he or isn't he?  I thought he was dead and they showed what they needed to.  What about you guys?

Spoiler for Hiden:
if nothing else we may get hot Kingslayer on Kingslayer action if Jamie and Brieanna get together.  Stannis is dead, at least that is my opinion.  Jon? No clue.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I felt like Stannis was dead too, but then I read quotes from showrunners about how you have to leave no doubts (they were talking about Jon Snow/Ned etc) and I think why cut away.  Was that the artistic way to film that scene or is there something more sinister at play?

Spoiler for Hiden:
For conventional TV, if they didn't show it 100% explicitly, then likely he's not dead.  I always say if you want to be sure you should chop the head off and then burn the body to ashes.  If it's a modern show, make sure you get DNA evidence too! 

As for "sinister," Brienne could have just chopped the tree down for all we know, hehe.  Maybe she wanted to bring him to justice in front of more people, or trade him for Sansa.  For this show, it's really hard to say since they don't follow normal TV rules.  Was it more artistic?  I didn't feel like it.  Was it supposed to be a cliffhanger for the finale?  Maybe.  If I had to bet I'd go with him still being alive. 
54  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fallout Shelter on: June 15, 2015, 11:53:27 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 15, 2015, 09:37:56 PM

I only played 30 minutes or so, but your description is way too kind IMO, Rittchard. I will say it's an advanced Tiny Tower, but that's about it.

And comparing it to FTL? You must be day drinking! Tongue

Hehe, a day drink sounds good!!  I'd say they clearly stole/borrowed some elements from FTL, like the random raiders and fires to put out, etc.  I wasn't really comparing it to FTL except in that sense. 

Unfortunately it looks like they might have spent more time polishing the graphics than they did the actual gameplay, but I'm still finding it amusing.  I'm hoping it gets more interesting as you build more levels and access more of the building types.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 15, 2015, 11:46:24 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 15, 2015, 09:47:59 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 15, 2015, 08:56:56 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
 Of course the simplest is just that he didn't 100% die, it's not like other characters on TV haven't been stabbed more than 4 times and survive lol.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't know, laying face up, with your eyes wide open, in a pool of blood looks very dead to me.

Check out Hannibal lol.  Or The Following.  Or even Arrow. 
56  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fallout Shelter on: June 15, 2015, 09:21:06 PM
I'm enjoying it quite a bit...but it's definitely a somewhat oddball use of the Fallout license.

It's basically like one of those Tiny Tower simulation games, mixed with some CCG elements, FTL and then adding Fallout RPG, humor and SPECIAL features.  The main "game" is a Vault Simulator/Micromanager, you are basically building a town underground and then simulating "life" for the occupants.  Different occupants have different strengths and weaknesses so there's a mild amount of strategy deciding where to place them to optimize productivity, or to have them wander outside to earn money and items.  If you throw a couple together in a room, eventually they will have babies to add to your population.  Items can be used to enhance stats or for weapons.  Occasionally there will be raiders or giant bugs that attack that you need to defend against.  And other disaster type things like fires, overloads or whatever. 

I do think it needs some tweaking to get things rolling in terms of the game pace, but the bones of the game are good.  Maybe a couple of updates will get it more polished.    For instance, early on in spite of following the tutorial to the letter, I seemed to be having trouble keeping food levels up, and this was a sticking point for quite a while.  I think it was because pretty early on I got hit by raiders and I had zero weapons or defense.  They didn't kill anyone but injured almost everyone so people were pretty unhappy lol.  Eventually they went away and I added another food area, but it never had enough power to stay up.  So I added another power generator and eventually I turned that around, but that was only after buying some extra lunchboxes.  In retrospect I probably didn't "need" to buy extra, but it seemed like I had been caught in a downward spiral (probably due to the raiders).  Now that all that's been settled, I seem to have hit another downtime where no new members are joining so it's a bit stagnant.  I guess I will have to try breeding but then I'd be short on workers.

So basically that's the kind of game this is, micromanager/simulation. 
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: June 15, 2015, 09:02:53 PM
Over $200 million opening weekend, 2nd all-time, anyone here besides me see it?

Fun movie, yeah there's some sense of "we've seen all this before" but after so many years, I don't mind seeing some more.  And definitely a good one to see in 3D.  I recommend the "Real3D" that uses the passive glasses if you can find one, much better experience for me.

Oh yeah, and Chris Pratt should be in every movie.  He doesn't get to exhibit too much of his personality here but he's so damn hot it's hard to care.  icon_lol
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 15, 2015, 08:56:56 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 15, 2015, 06:24:24 AM

So.......


Spoiler for Hiden:
according to the show runners, Jon Snow is really dead. Kit Harrington says he's not coming back next season. The perfect fuckery ending to a terrible season.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think they are purposely saying "Jon Snow" is dead, but that still leaves room for Jon Stark to return, or maybe some super resurrected champion that has been mentioned before with a different name.  And although Kit was originally quoted as saying he was told it was over, there have also been reports he's already back filming.  So they may just be having trouble covering things up.  

I honestly never thought Jon Snow was dead or done when I read the book.  I read that part over a bunch of times and for whatever reason I never felt like it was the end for him.  Maybe it was just wishful thinking, but as others have noted there are plenty of theories on how he could come back.  Of course the simplest is just that he didn't 100% die, it's not like other characters on TV haven't been stabbed more than 4 times and survive lol.  But given that they keep saying "Jon Snow is dead" it's probably more likely that they have a more special come back prepared for him.  I read one article saying that that could be a reason for omitting ZomCatelyn out, since a similar ZomJon return would then have less impact.  Either way there's been enough resurrection talk in the series that I highly doubt we've seen the last of Kit Harrington.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BBCA] Orphan Black on: June 12, 2015, 09:02:55 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on June 12, 2015, 07:04:37 PM

I've just started this and really like it.  Tatiana is amazing, in every way.  She needs to win multiple awards for acting, and she's Hawt!

Totally agree, this show is fantastic and Tatiana is absolutely incredible.  It's really gotten to the point where I think of each of her clones as completely different characters, she's that good.  I actually forget it's the same actress portraying them.  And not only that, she makes each of them likable in completely different ways.  You know they've done something special when you find yourself rooting for a psychotic assassin that talks to an imaginary scorpion.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Sense8 on: June 11, 2015, 10:42:01 PM
Finished season 1 last night, very entertaining all in all.  Each of the individual characters had a fairly complete story arc that reached some resolution, but generally had the door left open for more.  The larger storyline surrounding the group seemed a little under-developed and I was hoping for a little more interaction among the entire group, but apparently they have 4 more seasons planned out for that.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 11, 2015, 10:39:14 PM
OMG that is even worse, all that happened in the books and left no impact in my memory lol.  Actually I vaguely recall something now but it really didn't leave a strong impression.  Then again it's been around 4 years (?) since I read it.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 10, 2015, 07:16:12 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 10, 2015, 04:17:56 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 09, 2015, 09:46:18 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 09, 2015, 08:07:06 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 09, 2015, 05:47:38 PM

If he follows the main events the way we saw them, it will seem derivative no matter what he says.

Why would it do that? It's his story in both formats, though others have put their mark on it for the TV series. They're not making up stuff here, but using the story outline he's given them. Even the burning in this episode, which hasn't happened in the books, will supposedly happen in The Winds of Winter and was GRRM's idea. They're not just heading off in a different direction with the series. They're telling the same story, but in a more straightforward and effective way for the format.

Umm, they are making a lot of stuff up. 

I'm speaking of overall terms. Details differ, yes, but where those details take us is the same place, even in the shorter term. Some people scream very loudly about changes to the books, when they fail to consider that we haven't read all the books yet. rittchard implied that the story itself will be different from here on out, and that any overlap will be accidental and attributed to GRRM copying HBO. That's nonsense.

That's not really what I meant.  I just meant now when I read the last two books, major elements will likely feel anti-climatic if they are the same as what was in the show.  If they are decidedly different, I will likely feel disappointed given how much I liked what I saw in the show. 

Example:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Drogo flying in to kill the bad guys, and then Dany flying off on Drogo!!  I mean that is crazy iconic stuff.  And it is literally what I was screaming at the TV that I wished would happen but never thought they'd go there.  But they did and I absolutely loved it.  So now if I read it in the books, even if I know this is what GRRM intended, it's going to already be "spoiled" in some sense, like I'm reading the adaptation of a movie.  If he doesn't do something similar and completely ignores what felt like a defining moment in the series, it will be very disappointing, and of course it also changes what's possible in the books as well.  The fact that she can ride the dragon on the show means she's far less limited from getting from one point to another location-wise, which completely changes the dynamic in the books.  The last book I was dismayed that it felt like she had made zero progress on getting her cute ass over to Westeros to fight the zombies. 
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 09, 2015, 05:47:38 PM
Another incredible episode.  I don't think I've yelled and screamed at the TV that much ever.

I read that GRRM is trying to finish book 6 before season 6 comes out next year.  But really at this point does it even matter?  While we can all acknowledge the books and TV show are "different" - whatever he writes now will actually have to compete (in fans' minds) with what we've seen on the show, and that's gonna be tough.  If he follows the main events the way we saw them, it will seem derivative no matter what he says.  If he diverges too much from the show, it will seem odd too.  I kind of feel bad for him on some level, it's like by creating the TV show he created a dragon that he lost control of.  But on the other hand, it also seemed like he got way too pretentious and unfocused with the content, and just took way too long to finish each book.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Sense8 on: June 09, 2015, 04:40:43 PM
It took me til about the 3rd or 4th episode to get me hooked.  I like the filmwork and cinematography, but the editing felt really jumbled and it was initially hard to identify with any of the characters.  Given the complexity of 8 simultaneous "main" character story arcs to follow, plus the side characters, they really needed a better presentation in the first 2 episodes IMHO.  I suspect people will get impatient or lost.  The good news is if you stick with it, each of the storylines do develop well in time, and the more the people crossover with each other telepathically, the more interesting and fun the show gets.

I'm around Ep 8 now, will very likely rewatch the whole thing once I run through once.  I know I missed a lot in the beginning because I couldn't figure out which characters to pay attention to.


P.S.  If you thought anything in the first ep was gratuitous, definitely don't continue lol.  Episode 6 had a super hot orgiastic scene which blew my mind.  It was borderline porn, but much more artistic.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Netflix] Sense8 on: June 05, 2015, 08:51:38 PM
New show from the Matrix guys on Netflix.  12 episodes, could be interesting?
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: June 02, 2015, 05:15:23 PM
Congrats!!!!!

Though I am sad you didn't come to California.  What was it, the lack of water?  Fear of crazy Asian stalkers?
67  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 01, 2015, 08:44:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 28, 2015, 03:41:04 PM

Woah, Chaos Rings 3 got stealth released last night.  What a pleasant surprise!

How is it?  I really like the idea of these deep JRPGs on mobile, but I find the time commitment needed ends up prohibiting me from getting too far.  Curious if it plays well in very short bursts, like 3-5 minutes, or is it more like a true JRPG that needs 30+ minute play sessions to play effectively. 
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 01, 2015, 06:19:24 PM
Random Thoughts on Last Night's Crazy Ep, Misc Semi-spoilers Throughout...

No reaction to last night's zombie battlefest?!?!?!  That was freaking insane, reminded me of Heroes and Castles 2 (minor pimp!)!  GRR Martin must be crapping his panties.

Fast zombies, oh my!!!  And little kid biting zombies?  Eeeeek!!!

Giant vs. zombies = awesome!!  (again, see H&C2)

Valerian steel or whatever, woot!

Holy zombie rez spell batman!

Note to Dany: need dragons asap!!!

I would like Sansa to get tasty revenge on Theon and Ramsay.  I have many ideas for such a revenge session, not suitable for the virgin ears on these boards  icon_eek

Oh yeah, and go Arya go (minus the wacky hairstyle)!!!!!!!!!
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Island on: May 27, 2015, 06:55:37 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 26, 2015, 05:35:47 AM

Turned it off at the halfway point.  Tongue

Don't blame ya, it was pretty boring.  But the last 10 minutes or so it got a little better.  They realized the ground water they found was actually sea water and started to go into a panic.  Then the obnoxious idiot guy keeled over from exhaustion/dehydration and had to be taken away.

Now I see why Survivor added the game portion to it, the survival stuff is hard to sustain interest for a full hour show.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] The Island on: May 25, 2015, 05:45:37 PM
http://www.nbc.com/the-island

Starts tonight, looks like it could be pretty interesting.  Basically it's Survivor without any games/competition/prizes, just survival on an island.  If you've watched Man vs. Wild, I guess this will be kind of like that since Bear Grylls is the host, except with 10 men who have fewer survivor skills (or none).  Take a drink each time someone has to drink their own pee.  Just kidding! 

I'm a little surprised they didn't include any women, I think it definitely would have added to the group dynamic, plus would likely draw more audience. 


71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 25, 2015, 05:39:30 PM
Interesting episode last night - at first I thought it was kind of dull, but then I started to enjoy the kind of small tidbits of seeing just about every character on the show.  Missed Podrick and Arya though.  Then as the last 10-15 minutes came I started remembering some things from the book, particularly about Cersei.  Should be some pretty dramatic stuff coming, and not just winter!
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 21, 2015, 11:27:49 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on May 21, 2015, 09:06:31 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 21, 2015, 04:58:52 PM

Well I for one am enjoying the show immensely still.  I think it's fantastic that they gave Sansa an interesting plotline instead of leaving her cooped up in the Aerie or whatever.  They've done a great job with all the characters that bored me the most in the book (Margaery, Sansa, those boat people).  I enjoy the actor who plays Ramsay and the Ramsay/Theon stuff is just plain sick fun (for me) to watch.  I'm looking forward to seeing Sansa turn her fortunes around.  Also enjoying the way they are playing out Arya's training and last week's CGI reveal was fantastic.  Ditto on the recent dragon CGI.

The thing I do find confusing (but this was the same in the books) is the passage of time, which I can never tell.  When you're watching the show it feels like everything is happening concurrently.  But obviously there are things that have to have time passed, like Tyrion sailing or Arya training, but  I never get a sense of just how long things are happening.  Winter has been coming for five seasons lol, just how long does it take to come?  No pun intended.  Well maybe.  This is a problem for me in the books as well, but in the books it's a different effect since you read everything from a single character point of view.  Maybe it's not important, but I'm curious about things like how long Arya "trains" before becoming awesome.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Oh yeah and what happened to UNDEAD CATELYN!!?!??!?!  I demand zombies!!!!


I saw an article dealing with the passage of time in GoT, and it was interesting.  The problem they are facing is that each book covers less than a year, whereas each season needs to cover at least a years time.  Its easy to squeeze an entire book into a 3 month story, no matter how long between books it has been.  However, every season of the show the kids are one year older, no matter how little time has passed between their story lines in the books. 

lol yeah I keep waiting for Bran to show up as 6 foot, 160 pound teenager and have Hodor unable to carry him.  And hopefully Arya won't blossom suddenly like that girl from Modern Family lol.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 21, 2015, 04:58:52 PM
Well I for one am enjoying the show immensely still.  I think it's fantastic that they gave Sansa an interesting plotline instead of leaving her cooped up in the Aerie or whatever.  They've done a great job with all the characters that bored me the most in the book (Margaery, Sansa, those boat people).  I enjoy the actor who plays Ramsay and the Ramsay/Theon stuff is just plain sick fun (for me) to watch.  I'm looking forward to seeing Sansa turn her fortunes around.  Also enjoying the way they are playing out Arya's training and last week's CGI reveal was fantastic.  Ditto on the recent dragon CGI.

The thing I do find confusing (but this was the same in the books) is the passage of time, which I can never tell.  When you're watching the show it feels like everything is happening concurrently.  But obviously there are things that have to have time passed, like Tyrion sailing or Arya training, but  I never get a sense of just how long things are happening.  Winter has been coming for five seasons lol, just how long does it take to come?  No pun intended.  Well maybe.  This is a problem for me in the books as well, but in the books it's a different effect since you read everything from a single character point of view.  Maybe it's not important, but I'm curious about things like how long Arya "trains" before becoming awesome.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Oh yeah and what happened to UNDEAD CATELYN!!?!??!?!  I demand zombies!!!!
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Pitch Perfect (1 and 2) on: May 19, 2015, 11:20:03 PM
Resurrect!!!

Saw PP2 this past weekend.  If you were a fan of the first (and/or a fan of Glee's first few seasons), the second is a no-brainer, everything is pretty much taken to the next level.  Plenty of good music and choreography mixed with a variety of humor.  A lot more borderline inappropriate/racist/misogynist jokes this time around, but all in good fun I guess. 

Apparently it made close to $70 million opening weekend against Mad Max, $5 million more than the original's entire theatrical run! 

As an individual movie, I still prefer the original, but this one definitely has a lot of fun, and I suspect will have lots of rewatch value.

75  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 19, 2015, 10:14:21 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 19, 2015, 08:24:57 PM

So I finished up Knights of Pen & Paper 2 today, and came away fairly disappointed.  The humor was occasionally good and the retro-graphics were neat, but there was nothing terribly engaging about the whole thing.  I never found a crafting recipe other than the initial ones that were provided, and experimenting never came up with anything.  There wasn't really much need to grind, and the only bosses than gave me any sort of trouble were the last two.  There were hardly any options available to improve the game room.  Things were poorly explained in-game, or just not explained at all.  I only found one additional class. 

All in all, it felt like a game that was released waaaaaaay too early.  I've heard they pushed the Steam release back to November, and I'd certainly recommend waiting until then.  It's not a terrible game as-is (I still put about 8 hours into it), but it's not one I'd highly recommend either.  C+ grade, if I'm being generous.

Ouch!  I bought it day one based on how much I liked the first one, but your review sounds pretty consistent with others I've read.  Not even sure I want to spend any time with it given my addiction to H&C2, not to mention Witcher coming out too.
76  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Heroes and Castles (1 and 2) on: May 19, 2015, 10:12:27 PM

Quote from: morlac on May 17, 2015, 12:59:51 PM

Loved the first one!  i am grabbing this later today.  Ritt let me know if you are up for coop.

Definitely!  Are you on my Game Center friends?  I'm rittchard of course  icon_smile  Co-Op unfortunately has been hit or miss for me so far.  Lag, dropouts, crashes, but worst of all no randoms to play with!  No idea if the game is not doing well or if they are having server issues.
 
Otherwise the main game is fantastic, still just scratching the surface on the second class I've tried.  I started with Mage but have been playing Druid since then.  Seems to be a really good support class thus far.  Have claimed about 30% of the map and unlocked maybe around half the units and research.  Gear is still pretty mediocre, a couple of rares but nothing thrilling.  Apparently there are Legendary and Epic so I've got a ways to go. 
77  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: More DB errors on: May 19, 2015, 05:41:23 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 18, 2015, 11:27:50 PM

Holy crap was today crashy!   Sorry folks.  frown

whew thought it was just me!

Is there an easy way to indicate when the forums are actually down so I know it's just an individual thing?  Maybe a note on the front page or even on Twitter?
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: May 15, 2015, 05:54:41 PM
OMG this looks so awesome, I'm so excited!!!!  I love super teams smile

So happy to see Caity Lotz back, I hope she gets to hook up with her hot Asian girlfriend.  Also like the new white outfit.

Love love love Wentworth Miller, and even better with his Prison Break brother.  Hope he gets a nice boyfriend.  Looks like they dumped his sister though, for whatever reason.

HAWKGIRL, w00t!  No idea how they'll explain her (wasn't she an alien or something in the comics or am I imagining it?  I'm not really a big DC guy), but who cares.

And Brandon Routh as Ant Man, I mean Atom - SWEET!

Plus that main guy is pretty cute too.

Only disappointment for me is no Robbie Amell, but looks like he might end up on Flash?
79  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Heroes and Castles (1 and 2) on: May 14, 2015, 10:19:02 PM
OK, first impressions.... 

If you liked the original game, this sequel has everything that one did and tons more.  This is easily my game of the year (at near the midway point), on ANY platform.  Yeah yeah I know Witcher 3 is coming out next week, but I suspect this is ultimately going to eat more of my time.

The core of the gameplay remains intact, except with much improved, more detailed graphics.  You play your character in 3rd person and must use a combination of strategy and combat skills to battle through a variety of different scenarios, each with its own set of enemies.  You have access to a very similar set of minions that you can summon to help, or if you are bold you can try to just kill everything on your own (not recommended). 

This time out instead of set classes, you start out as a human and as you level you can choose to develop in any of the 3 classes.  This gives a ton of customization options to build the character you want.  As in similar skill tree games, the more points you spend in a particular branch/class, the more new skills you will unlock access to.  So you can play the game similar to the original as a single class if you choose all skills from one tree if you so desire.  You also have freedom to choose whatever weapon(s), armor/shield and runes to equip.  As you complete missions, you collect crystals, which are used to upgrade pretty much everything.  These are also available as IAP for what seems like a more than fair price (to me), and largely unnecessary to enjoy the game.  For a fairly low cost, you can unlock 2 other races (elf and dwarf), each of which give you access to 3 of their own classes.  So if you like this kind of thing (I am a total sucker for it), you can mix and match and customize to your heart's content.  You will need to balance the upgrading of your castle defenses, your units and your gear as best fits your playstyle.

The other major new addition to the game is a main map.  You will be able to defend against attacking waves on your castle similar to the original game, but you will also be able to attack, claim and defend outposts on the map.  Claiming a spot gives you some sort of bonus.  This is a really nice way to mix things up a bit.  In the original game, you basically just ran the same maps over and over to level up and gain more crystals (a playstyle which has still been left intact if you so choose).

I haven't tried the Co-Op mode yet, but that was one of my favorite features of the original.  At some point I'm also planning to test it on my iPhone (running nicely on my iPad Mini at present) to see how that changes the feel. 

Anyway for $1.99 again this is an unbelievable steal.  For another $0.99 you can unlock the other 2 classes and still have a little left over. 
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 14, 2015, 09:56:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 14, 2015, 04:58:51 AM

You never said what you thought of the MacBook Rittchard. Hope I didn't rub you the wrong way talking about the launch thing, just teasing a bit. I have seen a few complaints about speed, but I think some people, much like the watch, had unreasonable expectations.

Oops I must have missed that - I really like the new Macbook.  I'm gravitating toward using it as my primary computer around the house (when not doing serious gaming).  The portability and screen are fantastic and pretty much what I'd hoped for when finally ditching my MBA.  I can't say I like the new keyboard feel, it still has a slightly odd crunchy feel to me, but it definitely doesn't seem to impede my typing speed whatsoever.  It's not bad, just different.  I haven't had any noticeable performance issues, but then again I haven't really pushed it too hard.  Probably the most intensive thing I ran on it was Diablo 3 and AoW3, both which ran good enough for my standards.  The only thing I've been kind of disappointed with it battery life.  Seems to run down a lot faster than I'd hoped, but I guess it's not too surprising given how nice the screen is and the fanless design.  Also I need to double check but there might be some setting I forget to change that helps a lot, I vaguely recall needing to do that on my mbp as well.
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