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81  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS] Titan Quest on: May 19, 2016, 12:03:47 AM
$6.99!  Coming to Android soon too, apparently.

http://toucharcade.com/2016/05/18/titan-quest-out-now/

This is the first really "major" PC port for me.  I know there have been a few other big titles, but this one has a special place in my heart so I'm really hoping it is well done.  It's not quite Diablo 2/3, but TQ is/was one of the best PC ARPGs of all time.  Fingers crossed.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: May 17, 2016, 08:20:23 PM

Quote from: Punisher on May 17, 2016, 01:38:49 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 16, 2016, 05:27:46 PM

For the record, I'm from LA and I do NOT regularly stab people in their head.   icon_biggrin
Do you irregularly stab people in the head?

Yes, but only using my Apple Pencil  icon_twisted
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/17/16) on: May 16, 2016, 05:43:19 PM
Nothing on the list for me this week, but I thought I'd mention that the iOS version of Titan Quest is due out this week.  Looks really good so far:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH2NyviHtn8

84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 16, 2016, 05:40:01 PM
I'm about 6 chapters in and agree this game is absolutely fantastic in presentation.  You may think 6 doesn't sound like much but it's the furthest I've played in an adventure game of this type ever.  I generally have low tolerance for stealth games and jumping puzzles, and this game is pretty much filled with them.  But the overall production is just so excellent it keeps me enthralled.  There have been a number of places I got stuck, so I had to check the walkthru.  On a side note, I still feel kind of creepy about it, but I honestly get turned on by the main guy animation, so they've clearly done a great job creating the character.  I kind of think of him as a perfect blend between Nathan Fillion and Chris Evans.

One thing I do find amusing is how everyone seems to have these great Spiderman like jumping and climbing abilities, regardless of age or size. 
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 16, 2016, 05:33:17 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 16, 2016, 05:25:47 PM

The show is great but suffers from too many story lines trying to advance in a 10 episode arc.  No Arya?  No Dragons?  and worst of all
Spoiler for Hiden:
Osha comes back and Ramsey offs her in two seconds, I loved her character in the books and it is sad to see her go out so quickly and with no real impact on the story
.  I also don't care for the whole High Sparrow story but we do see lots of pieces starting to move at last.

I think what we're seeing is that they tried as best they could to include as much as possible from the books.  Maybe due to respect for the material/author, and/or to fill each season up with content.  They likely had faith that George would tie it all together but it seems fairly clear now that even as a book series, it's just over-bloated with extra characters and plotlines.  So now the producers are kind of forced to speed up certain storylines (and eliminate side characters) in order to complete everything. 

I presumed the dragons were coming last ep to save Dany but I love what they did in place of that.  What a show of power.  And boobies.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: May 16, 2016, 05:27:46 PM
Interesting turn of events now that they reached Mexico.  Nick and Strand are kind of growing on me, but the rest of the characters still aren't.  I liked Luis but he didn't last long lol.  Madison was originally my favorite but now she's annoying the crap out of me. 

I'm still a little annoyed at how "leveled up" the group is in terms of being able to immediately stab people/zombies in the brain or through the eyeballs or whatever.  TWD showed most "normal" people having trouble with it in their first few tries, yet everyone here seems like a professional.  My friend said it's because they are from LA, lol.  For the record, I'm from LA and I do NOT regularly stab people in their head.   icon_biggrin
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 16, 2016, 05:19:22 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spectacular conclusion to last night's episode.

This season is so wonderful in the sense that the writers/producers are finally unshackled by George R R Martin's slow-ass pacing.  Main characters allowed to interact!! Plot advancement and movement!!  Blasphemy!! 

The books are my favorite series of all time but I've long grown weary hearing all the excuses about artistry or whatever, it's taken too freaking damn long.  Seriously do you think if he actually needed the income it would take 5-6 years to finish a single book?  Anyway, one of us is going to be dead before he finishes, most likely me.  Happily now I only need to survive 2-3 years to see how the story told in the TV series ends.   Tongue
88  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Heroes and Castles (1 and 2) on: May 12, 2016, 08:29:48 PM
FYI they released a major new update which added a New Game + mode with better loot, etc and the ability to summon your other heroes into battle with you.  Awesome!
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/10/16) on: May 10, 2016, 05:43:22 PM
Uncharted 4 on its way, fingers crossed that it won't be too hard for me to get past some inane jumping puzzle lol.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: May 10, 2016, 05:41:34 PM
Yikes is this the only Civil War thread?  Surprised at how little interest there is here.

Anyway I already saw it twice and loved pretty much everything about it.

I was skeptical about the need for yet another reboot of Spiderman, but I totally fell in love with Tom Holland and the way they introduced Spider Man was fantastic.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: May 10, 2016, 05:36:29 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 29, 2016, 05:34:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 29, 2016, 05:25:59 AM

Don't kid yourself, the suits don't give a shit how these movies do here.  They're dumbing these things down on purpose.  Less dialogue=less to get lost in translation.

I don't think that was the problem with this movie.  It wasn't dumbed down so much as bloated up.  As Punisher said it was more like they tried to mesh 3 movies into one.      Introduction to Justice League.  Death of Superman.  Batman vs. Superman.  Any one of these would have made a strong movie on its own, but they clearly wanted to jumpstart the franchise to compete with Marvel.  Should be interesting to see if the strategy pays off for them over the long haul.  Personally I'm enjoying the DC TV series universe(s) more than these endlessly "dark" movies.

It's interesting that I tried to make excuses for this movie doing too much, but then along comes Civil War which essentially does very similar things, and MORE, but just does them successfully.  Establishment of the conflict, tie ins to the whole suite of Marvel movies' lore, individual character "origin" issues, plus introduction of not one but TWO major new characters in the universe. 

Speaking of which why is there no Civil War thread? 
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: May 02, 2016, 11:33:31 PM
Hey I remember this thread!

I do encourage some of you to take a look at Battleborn (comes out coincidentally tomorrow!).  It's got a lot of the atmosphere (and perspective) of a FPS/TPS, but with the sensibility of a MOBA (more in a second) and a strong focus on co-op gameplay.  As I mentioned in the other thread, it gave me, as a super sucky player, plenty of latitude to get into the game and learn it and not get bitched at.  In fact I'm guessing the "better" players actually like having some n00bs in the party so they can rack up more points and stuff.  But the game still rewards you even if you are technically in last place.

The MOBA influence when injected into a CO-OP game is a great feature as well.  In a single play session/mission, you will level up a character/class to max (or close) and get to experience many different facets of it.  Unlike other games where an unskilled player may never see a character's coolest features, here you will more than likely get to try a character out to the full extent.  If you hate it, move on to another character.  If you like it, you can play it again and keep learning the nuances.  But again, at least from what I experienced in beta, if you are learning while in co-op, players tend to be much more lenient and even helpful at times.

If anyone wants to suck it up with me, I'll be playing on PC (Steam).
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienation - Space Diablo? on: May 02, 2016, 11:19:51 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on May 02, 2016, 07:27:56 PM

Fun bit of trivia, the bad guy that betrayed earth to the aliens name is Hark  ninja

I can totally see Hark selling humanity out to the aliens.  And then killing all the aliens afterwards.  icon_twisted
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/3/16) on: May 02, 2016, 06:32:45 PM
Battleborn on PC already ordered through Steam.  I didn't realize Hark and Kato were doing XB1  mad
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 02, 2016, 06:13:14 PM
No comments at all??? Come on people!!!!!

Honestly not much of a surprise, but it was nice to see it finally done so that we can now see how it plays out story-wise. 

On a side note, I really think they did themselves a disservice by not combining this episode with last week's for the premiere, I think it would have made for an awesome 2-hour premiere.  Not that the content itself suffered, but just piecing everything that happened together into one episode would have been a masterpiece.
96  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 28, 2016, 11:19:33 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 27, 2016, 10:09:41 PM

http://toucharcade.com/games/war-tortoise

War Tortoise is similar in the sense that it just seems to have that extra sauce.  The premise sounded stupid to me so I almost passed it up, but I decided to give it a try.  It's from Foursaken Media whose games have all been good to excellent.  This one has you playing a giant turtle and shooting bugs and stuff.  It sounds kind of inane but it plays really well; you are constantly upgrading your weapons and support functions, and it feels fresh and unique.

Little more detail of this addictive gem.  The game is actually a mash-up of constant clicker-ish games with an action shooter and something like Missile Command using the Heroes and Castle 3D engine.  Just trying to describe it is a game in itself.  The core gameplay has you sitting on a tank/tortoise shooting at stuff through a cross-hair.  You keep making money which you can use to buy upgrades both to your tortoise and its weaponry as well as buying and upgrading support.  You'll have to switch between weapons occasionally to snipe things with extra health, and you will constantly be upgrading your arsenal and support, kind of similar to many clicker games.  Also like those games, you are encouraged to do full resets and start over with a bonus, and doing these resets also helps to unlock and grant access to more weapons and support things to unlock during the core game.  You will also continue to accrue money while out of game, similar to other clickers.  So essentially you are pretty much constantly going through the cycle of upgrading, saving, fighting and upgrading some more.

It's a fantastic system and the game is free to play.  You can spend real money on additional bonuses but similar to other Forsaken games you really don't need to and in some ways the game might be more fun/challenging if you avoid spending money.  This is one of the few companies I feel like I absolutely have to support, I just love their work, so I'll eventually buy something as long as it doesn't unbalance the gameplay.
97  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 27, 2016, 10:09:41 PM
Two fun new games came out today (both free to try), I don't think you can wrong with either or both:

http://toucharcade.com/games/spellbinders

Spellbinders is kind of like Clash Royale, sort of a MOBA-lite game with lane defense style gameplay plus a little bit of Hearthstone "feel".  I'm only in the middle of the tutorial fights right now (haven't done real PvP) but it's a lot of fun so far.  While it's similar to a number of games I've played in the past, somehow it just seems to have that extra something that sets it apart for me.

A little more detail: it's a 1v1 fight (3 battle lanes), you are trying to destroy your enemy's castle.  Individual units can do damage if they make it across, but the main fight is in the center of the field, where there are cannons that can be flipped by your units to face and shoot at the opponent.  Turning the cannons is a key part of the game strategy.  If you control all 3, they combine and take out 10 points (instead of just 1) and then reset to neutral again.  So you have to balance between turning the cannons, using spells to fry opponents, spells to help your troops, etc etc.  I suspect game balancing in PvP will become an issue, but playing against the AI thus far has been a blast.

http://toucharcade.com/games/war-tortoise

War Tortoise is similar in the sense that it just seems to have that extra sauce.  The premise sounded stupid to me so I almost passed it up, but I decided to give it a try.  It's from Foursaken Media whose games have all been good to excellent.  This one has you playing a giant turtle and shooting bugs and stuff.  It sounds kind of inane but it plays really well; you are constantly upgrading your weapons and support functions, and it feels fresh and unique.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienation - Space Diablo? on: April 27, 2016, 05:18:41 PM
Played a little of this last night, pretty fun.  The dual stick aiming/trigger shooting is kind of tough for me, I definitely prefer the way Diablo was implemented for an ARPG, but other than that the game is very cool.  I like how easy they made it to jump into an MP game with strangers, as it definitely feels like it's more fun with more people.

The environments and maps are cool, lots of interesting aliens to blast and the pacing proceeds well with bursts of difficulty.  I had to play on Rookie and even then I died a couple of times.  The loot system seems decent, though since the game never pauses in MP, you may not get a chance to do much upgrading until a mission is completed. 
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 26, 2016, 11:30:47 PM
She's in the cast list for the rest of the season on IMDB so I presume she'll make it back somehow.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: April 25, 2016, 09:15:16 PM
So begins a new season!  This one brings with it the excitement that it is more or less unbound from the books.  As much as previous seasons took liberties, I think this is the point chronologically where it pretty much has covered all the main book material and has to strike out on its own.

So, a pretty good episode all around, but I think we really needed/deserved a 2 hour premiere.  Arya barely had any screen time and Sam, Bran and others weren't seen at all.  In fact it kind of felt like every major character was only given a minute or two to catch up.

I'm not sure what to think about Jon.  I was hoping he would roll underneath a nearby garbage dump  icon_wink or Ghost would save him or that Red lady would do something useful.  She did say her vision saw him fighting in Winterfell, so that's still some hope for some form of resurrection.  I have no idea what that creepy true form was all about, but it didn't seem to involve Jon, unless she was going to allow herself to die and merge her soul with his or something like that.

I enjoyed seeing Brienne and my boy Podrick rescue Sansa, and I'm hoping she (Sansa) will start stepping it up a bit in terms of not being a whiny little bitch.  I just found out she is the new (young) Jean Grey so I'm expecting bigger and better things from her. 
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 25, 2016, 08:58:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 18, 2016, 04:47:36 PM

I was happy to see Flight 562 being addressed next week, but looks like my cute boy is not going to make it, or at least he looked pretty messed up in the clip.  I had hoped they would add him and the Asian lady as full cast members but I suspect they are just going to die.  Well maybe the Asian lady will make it to add diversity lol.

Well that was a pretty annoying ending.  Interestingly Asian lady was included in the main cast list while cute boy was in the guest cast, so I thought she was in.  I suppose she still has a chance but either way it seemed needlessly harsh, all things considered.  On a side note, it also seems like these survivors are "leveling up" much faster than the cast did in Walking Dead in terms of being able to make sacrifices and killing both zombies and humans.  Maybe it's because they are from LA lol?  I guess it's hard to strike a balance for viewers, given what we are used to in TWD.  I just feel like it kind of undermines some of the stories in TWD such as Eugene and the doctor lady when these idiots are making clean zombie kills in their first or second fight. 

I'll probably keep watching the show just because it's in the TWD "universe" but honestly I'm not feeling particularly drawn in.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 05:13:10 PM
Alienation sounds like a lot of fun!
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMZ: Legendary Musician Prince Has Died on: April 22, 2016, 06:02:02 PM
I was pretty much obsessed with Prince in the 80s and 90s, but kind of lost track of him later.  Went on Amazon last night and seeing each album/single brought back tons of great memories.  I had forgotten just how many amazing songs he had, and just how unique many of them were. 

Very sad.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 21, 2016, 11:58:02 PM
I guess everyone sees what they want to see.  Personally Superman was my favorite part of the movie, particularly the (sadly few) Clark Kent moments.  (On a side note, this is by far the sexiest Clark that's ever been on screen.  That bathtub scene was worth the price of admission!  For sheer adorable-ness I'd go with Brandon Routh, but for overall attractiveness, it's Henry Cavill.)

As I mentioned before, I would have much preferred a full Superman movie delving into the "Superman as God" motif, and seeing how he does or doesn't understand the way people react to him.  And then maybe have that all lead up to the Death of Superman Doomsday stuff.  Also I like what someone earlier had mentioned about keeping Superman as a beacon of hope.  (Incidentally they covered a lot of these themes, though a bit cheesily, in the Supergirl TV series.)
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 21, 2016, 12:15:29 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 20, 2016, 05:52:45 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 20, 2016, 05:40:18 PM

I don't think the writers ran out of ideas or did it deliberately as a ratings stunt.  If anything, they knew it would piss people off so they made sure they were ready to do immediate damage control on Talking Dead the same night.  While I suspect we will never know exactly what transpired, I still believe the original script had a specific person dying (probably Daryl).  Then after they saw the rabid reaction to Glenn's death tease, they might have changed their minds and gone back to re-negotiate and re-plan things for next season, or something like that.  (Incidentally, interesting that all of a sudden the actor has his own show riding bikes across the country.)  Who knows, maybe one of the key actors themselves volunteered off the show at the very end and that changed things up (for example, see my Michonne theory). 

It's not that they ran out of ideas.  It's that they didn't want to commit to a decision, which is just as waffly and lame.

I'm guessing that they knew it would piss people off only after already having filmed it and showed it to people (including, likely, a focus group), which is why they scrambled to justify it on Talking Dead.

However, especially given how the cast were going on and on about how awful it was to film, it does seem completely plausible that not only did the original script have a character locked in, but that they may have even filmed it, then had second thoughts or, as you say, had an actor want to back out which changed things.

OTOH, Chandler's twitter comment makes that less likely, but maybe he worded it carefully or was kept in the dark.

Or maybe they filmed multiple possible endings (seems unlikely given the special effects expense, but maybe they thought it was worth it for the secrecy).

None of these possibilities change the fact that it was a terrible decision.

Agreed!  I heard the main producer lady has also claimed she doesn't know who it is.  But as you said, it's plausible that's just because they changed or didn't film the original ending, or they are in the middle of re-negotiating contracts and leaving all options open. 
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 20, 2016, 05:40:18 PM
I don't think the writers ran out of ideas or did it deliberately as a ratings stunt.  If anything, they knew it would piss people off so they made sure they were ready to do immediate damage control on Talking Dead the same night.  While I suspect we will never know exactly what transpired, I still believe the original script had a specific person dying (probably Daryl).  Then after they saw the rabid reaction to Glenn's death tease, they might have changed their minds and gone back to re-negotiate and re-plan things for next season, or something like that.  (Incidentally, interesting that all of a sudden the actor has his own show riding bikes across the country.)  Who knows, maybe one of the key actors themselves volunteered off the show at the very end and that changed things up (for example, see my Michonne theory). 
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 19, 2016, 06:22:27 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 19, 2016, 05:53:19 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 18, 2016, 04:47:36 PM

I wonder if wouldn't have made more sense for them to just stay there and make a go of it.  I guess they can keep hoping there is somewhere safer further down south but from the info they heard there was nothing indicating that. 
\

We don't know what the captain's agenda is, but we do know that it's in Mexico.

At least they narrowly avoided adding two toddlers to the cast. That would have been a death blow. Zombie toddler made it better.



Yeah I just meant the rest of the gang.  I mean the captain keeps threatening them and they keep disagreeing on everything, why not stay in a relatively safer spot?  Water all around is relatively safer, the fences help keep the stragglers away.  I guess food and water is the main concern, but it seemed like the farmer people had figured that out?  I guess that would have made for a more boring show, but it would also be more like that one game lol (was it Dead Rising?).
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Battleborn - Gearbox new IP on: April 19, 2016, 06:17:46 PM
Do any of you know if the servers are cross platform?  Because I just noticed someone said XB1, I think Hark is on PS4 and I'm on PC lol.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Battleborn - Gearbox new IP on: April 18, 2016, 05:30:13 PM
And here's a better listing of the game's features, apparently you can play the main story mode Solo as well:

https://battleborn.com/en/news/view/battleborn-game-features-explained/
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Battleborn - Gearbox new IP on: April 18, 2016, 05:14:48 PM
Wow is this 2 year old thing the only thread for this game?!?!

Anyway, game was in Open Beta this weekend and heading for release first week of May.

I'm surprised at the lack of interest here, but thanks to Hark anyway for reminding me about the game in another post.

So...  for whatever reasons, THIS is the game I was expecting when I originally read about and tried Blizzard's Overwatch.  Actually it's my own fault since I got like 3 or 4 games confused: Battleborn, Atlas Reactor, Paragon and Overwatch.  I think I heard about them all relatively around the same time and they all were touting re-invention of the MOBA genre or FPS or some big words like that, so my brain just meshed them all together and got confused.  I'm finally sorting them all out now, but it's Battleborn that I'm most excited about.  This is the first FPS game (and yes this time I am correctly calling it FPS  Tongue) I can remember in a long time that I can actually play and not feel bad about myself immediately afterward.

BB is basically a mash-up of LoL and Borderlands.  It takes the humor and crazy-character driven sci-fi-esque RPG/FPS genre and simplifies it to a LoL type of format.  While there is PvP (5 on 5 modes),  I suspect the real attraction will be to the Story/Co-Op mode.  In beta only 2 "missions" were available, but it looks like there will be many more at release.  Each mission takes about half an hour to complete, and is a mix of fighting and strategy and humorous story elements.  I didn't try running them solo, so that would be interesting if that mode was also available.  Otherwise, as in LoL, you pick a character (initially from a pool of 10 pretty distinct ones with a mix between healer, nuker, tank, assassin, etc) and join up in a party of 5 to kick the mission's ass.  During the mission, there is some competitiveness (if that's your thing) in terms of getting the most kills, finding bonuses, doing the most damage, etc, but of course ultimately you are rewarded for completing the mission and working together is important.  I suspect they will have harder difficulty settings with better rewards available.  Even if you fail the mission you are awarded some external "command" xp, so no play time is ever "wasted."  If you complete the missions, you are awarded with loot of various rarity, which you can use to enhance your experience in the future.  It's a fun, addictive, and rewarding system that does a good job of allowing even the worst FPS player on the planet to contribute and succeed and progress in the game.  I believe later missions and harder difficulties will reward teamwork and support functions as well for those of us who don't do as well on the front lines.  But again, even though I was pretty much last place on every mission I ran, I had a fun time completing the missions and was rewarded for my efforts.  This is in stark contrast to my experience with Overwatch, which admittedly is a different type of game, but one that I hoped would redefine the genre for players like myself.

So I give this a big thumbs up, my only complaint is that I think it is a challenge for my motion sickness as it left me feeling a bit ill.  I think I played one too many matches yesterday and the last one as a melee character was probably a bad idea for me.  Anyway, hope to see some of you all at release!
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 18, 2016, 04:47:36 PM
I think they addressed the fire situation a little more last night so I guess that's fine.  It just seemed to accelerate super fast out of nowhere to me, but maybe I wasn't paying enough attention.  Also I kind of fell asleep in the middle last night so that's always confusing lol.  It was kind of fun seeing Catalina Island used for this, but given the situation I wonder if wouldn't have made more sense for them to just stay there and make a go of it.  I guess they can keep hoping there is somewhere safer further down south but from the info they heard there was nothing indicating that.  Aren't they going to run out of fuel?

I was happy to see Flight 562 being addressed next week, but looks like my cute boy is not going to make it, or at least he looked pretty messed up in the clip.  I had hoped they would add him and the Asian lady as full cast members but I suspect they are just going to die.  Well maybe the Asian lady will make it to add diversity lol.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: April 13, 2016, 11:54:07 PM
I'm playing on Xbone on a 4K upscaling TV as well, and I think it looks fantastic for the most part.   Then again I'm mostly just staring at the main character.  Some of the others don't seem to be rendered as well.

Was there something in particular that didn't look good upscaled?  It's equally possible that I wasn't paying too much attention.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/12/16) on: April 11, 2016, 08:06:08 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 11, 2016, 07:41:23 AM

Already bought DS3 and will be playing it and Battleborn beta and Division with a side helping of Skyforge when bored.

Hark what exactly is Battleborn?  There are like 3 or 4 games around beta I thought I was excited about but I keep getting them all mixed up. 
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 11, 2016, 08:04:46 PM
It's back!!!  It's wet!!!  It's got SWIMMING ZOMBIES!!!

Such an odd experience for me watching FTWD where not only do I not care about the majority of the characters, in most cases I am hoping they will die.  Definitely makes for a much less stressful experience.

I'm still a little confused/leery on just exactly what the escalation was between just regular zombie activity and suddenly everything blowing up and on fire.  I was really hoping for a more gradual development, but I suppose having a sudden collapse is more exciting to watch.  I just don't see zombies setting things on fire and blowing shit up.  I realize some of it was military sanctioned, but certainly not all the small fires that seemed to spawn all over the place.

Anyway, I'm still hoping they will pick up the Asian lady and cute boy from Flight 526 so I have characters I actually care about, but thus far it doesn't look promising.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: April 11, 2016, 04:57:26 PM
I just finished Act I and it was pretty fantastic.  My only complaint was the jumping puzzle to get into the library.  I mean seriously does every FPS game have to include jumping puzzles?  I wish there was a way to skip such things, it completely destroys the immersion for me.  I spent like 10 minutes jumping on everything I could that looked vaguely climb-able, and then gave up, checked online for the solution, and then spent another 10 minutes or so trying to complete what they told me to do.  With my crappy FPS jumping skills and poor timing, it was a chore and almost caused me to quit the game completely.  Yeah yeah I know I'm a distant minority for these games, but I can't tell you how many really intriguing games/stories I feel cheated out of because my reflexes aren't up to snuff.

Anyway, small rant aside, the graphics/effects and environments are fantastic, as is the storytelling.  I have to admit I am sort of creeped out at how turned on I am by digital Shawn Ashmore.  Sometimes I'll just keep rotating the camera to get different angles of him to ogle at, and then I keep wondering if there's some way I can make him take his shirt off  icon_twisted Roll Eyes saywhat

The combat is fun - it looks like in Easy Mode they don't let you die, or at least so far I haven't died so that's certainly really nice for players like me who just want to experience the story/game.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 4 on: April 11, 2016, 04:50:53 PM
That commercial they showed on TV was super cool!  I had no idea what was going on though.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 07, 2016, 10:48:23 PM
This article expresses well how I felt about the finale:

http://io9.gizmodo.com/why-is-the-walking-deads-cliffhanger-so-much-worse-than-1769625643

I guess it's partly my own fault for reading all the interviews, etc. that created the expectation that someone would be definitively leaving the show after the finale.  I suppose if I had no knowledge of the comic books and had not followed any media, that ending might be considered an exciting cliffhanger. 
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Trend getting some street cred! (sorta) on: April 07, 2016, 08:59:02 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 07, 2016, 07:49:07 PM

As the author, I think it's a big deal too.   Cabbage Patch

Nice review, I think I will pick it up this weekend!


P.S.  The caption on the final screenie should be Shawn ASHMORE (currently says Lance)  Tongue
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: April 07, 2016, 08:54:17 PM

Quote from: Punisher on January 26, 2016, 05:09:50 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 22, 2016, 01:16:27 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 21, 2016, 01:57:37 PM

At least now we know someone on the list who isn't in the grave...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I like the way that was presented.  I had pretty much convinced myself it wasn't going to be Felicity, in part because she's so much the heart of the show, and also in part after she already got shot up at the mid-season finale.  But it was nice to have that confirmed, and also see the change in her demeanor.  Of course now it begs the question of who IS in the grave.  My original guess was Speedy but that would seem to have less impact on Felicity herself, who seems to have gone into "kill-em" reversal in the future.  The way it was shot I would have guessed it was her mom, but I've also read that it was supposed to be a main character from season 1, which pretty much leaves Diggle or police chief guy.  Given that there's 4 months to go, I'm guessing maybe he ends up marrying her mom, and then gets killed making it more personally devastating for her.  Just a guess.

The other thing I'm wondering about is whether the killer in question is also a twist.  It appears to be Dark but given we've already had months of kind of the same thing, Team Arrow unsuccessfully going after him, the implication is it's going to be ANOTHER FOUR MONTHS of the same?  Hard to believe.  Maybe the killer will be Malcolm, or even Speedy gone psycho, which would make for a pretty cool plotline.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I believe they say kill "him" a few times, so unless Speedy also has a sex change...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Well not Speedy, but also not a him.  The way it was edited, it seemed to me like Laurel and Oliver planned this out deliberately.  Unless I fell asleep (also possible), I thought I remember her pulling him in to ask a favor, then they fade out so you can't hear it and then next scene she is already dying.  So I'm guessing it's some elaborate way for her to play dead and go undercover (don't they have some drug that allowed them to mimic/fake death?), though it's hard to imagine what usefulness she can provide. 
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: April 05, 2016, 06:22:31 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 04, 2016, 09:07:14 PM

Well, I don't agree with most of that, and in fact, I thought the season was so satisfying that this finale was a sharp disappointment.  As mentioned earlier, they earned the Glenn thing, IMO, but you can get away with something like that once.  It was cheap to pull it again with Daryl (which is probably why they seemed to add the "You'll be all right" comment in post production), but this was out of line.

I've really enjoyed Carol's shift.  She was building to a snap of some sort, and I wasn't expecting the break to go this way.  Teaming her with Morgan for a little Kung Fu trekking could be interesting (though I don't always think they've written Morgan well, I do like the message he's trying to bring, and I think it's important for TWD).

I'm totally in line with Bullwinkle here.  I loved this season in general, pretty much every episode had me on the seat of my pants.  Yes, the characters did some irritating things that didn't make "sense" but all in all I think they followed thru with some of their big themes very well.  I read a review in the LA Times which had similar complaints about the characters' actions being "unrealistic" but I think that's always been a central part of this show: there is NO way for anyone to flat out declare what is "realistic" or not in an apocalyptic situation so extreme, where your son has to kill his mother and then gets his eye shot out, where you have to bite into someone's face to keep your son from getting gang raped.  By all accounts anyone still alive in this world is pretty much "crazy" (at least a little) by normal standards because there's no other way to cope/survive.  This arc had the group going from the vast extremes of being "out there" to the comforts of sex in the shower, and that gave them a sense of safety and overconfidence that they hadn't had in years.  So much so that some of them, like Carol, start to question the morality of doing anything to survive, and literally are breaking down mentally over that.  And others like Rick/Carl start to think they are invincible.  So really they did need to get taken down a peg or two.  They are lucky the Saviors didn't just wipe them all out, as they clearly have the numbers to do so.

All that said, I didn't buy the producers/writers excuse about the "cliffhanger" and how the story doesn't begin til next season.  I have major doubts this was the way they always planned it, I suspect they changed their mind or couldn't decide what to do.  I wonder if they had decided earlier on swapping in Daryl to die, but after seeing the reactions to Glenn they were afraid to alienate fans too severely.  Or they figured with the delay, the impact of whoever dies would be lessened.  Particularly if it's one of the lesser characters like Rosita or Aaron.  What I did like that they said was that they know they owe the audience something really spectacular to justify this decision, so come October they had really better deliver. 
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