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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: March 23, 2016, 08:55:35 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 23, 2016, 02:36:28 AM

Hopefully, when the writers got together for the Flash/Supergirl crossover, the Flash writers gave the Supergirl writers some tips.  I really want to like Supergirl, but the writing is just so awful, it's hard to keep watching.  Still, the crossover should be fun.

I thought the next to last episode when Supergirl went "dark" was really good, and there have been a couple others that I thought were decent.  All in all I went from falling asleep to looking forward so I think they are improving.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: March 22, 2016, 06:37:48 PM
Coming back tonight, should be a fun episode!

Also in case you were interested, they are doing a crossover to Supergirl next week (it's on CBS, Monday nights).  They will establish that Supergirl is in a different universe than Flash, which is kind of a bummer, but also helps to keep the CW series more grounded.  I was actually joking about this recently, although I was saying they should do a musical crossover since they had 3 members from Glee and others who are great singers.  Anyway, very cool to see a cross-network crossover happen at all, the last one I can remember was probably Buffy/Angel.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4] Paragon - 3D MOBA on: March 21, 2016, 08:03:58 PM
Got a few matches in Coop vs AI this weekend, and really enjoyed it.  Possibly I'm biased because I'm running on a new system and crazy 21:9 monitor, but the graphics looked absolutely fantastic and immersive.

As for gameplay, this is pretty much what I'd imagine LoL would feel like in full 3D.  Smite did a good job with it as well, but Paragon sticks even closer to the LoL formula, down to each of the heroes being LoL counterparts (there's an Ashe, a Graves, a Rumble, etc.).  Since it's still in Alpha some things haven't been implemented yet, but the core of the game is fully intact. 

Thankfully as Forge mentioned the game plays out as much more of a MOBA than an FPS, and this is allowing me to learn as I go instead of being slaughtered every 5 seconds lol.  Also nice that they have Solo vs AI and Coop vs AI modes available to allow you to learn the game at more of your own pace before you have to face getting pwned by 13 year olds.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 21, 2016, 08:00:41 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 21, 2016, 04:12:44 AM

Well, I peeped a spoiler that really affected that episode for me.  A real bummer.  Still, knowing it was likely coming didn't lessen the impact too much, in the end, just the shock value.

I noticed no one talked to Fistbump Notcop yet.  I wonder if that'll just happen in the background.  I really liked that doctor.  I saw someone griping about one of the mundane conversations she'd had with Daryl in an earlier episode, and I just couldn't believe it.  I absolutely loved it.  Clearly they did two because they kept pairing them up to have meaningless and kind of awkward discussions (tonight's bit about the stick shift was another example).  They had a good energy.

I'm standing by my prediction from the beginning of the season last year that someone big is going to die.  I actually saw another spoiler about that (I swear I wasn't hunting these down), though it seemed to be from a different source.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Either Daryl or Glen is going to get the Negan treatment.  They supposedly bought the rights to a song that has lyrics that could go either way.  However, there's a rumor that Emily Kinney was on set, so they think she may be singing it to Daryl.  OTOH, it could be about the baby.  Or it could all be bullshit. I have to say, with Carol away, it's a perfect time for Daryl to buy it.

Anyway, tonight was another good episode for the most part.  I really liked the stuff with Eugene 2.0.  I liked the Doc's speech, even though the longer it went on, the more likely the spoiler I'd read was going to come true.  But at least Daryl got his crossbow back (which was also spoiled).  Although that kind of closure is not a good sign.

A little slower than the last two episodes, but definitely very effective.  A lot of it was aggravating in terms of seeing these characters try to take (needless?) risks, but certainly understandable given the environment and wanting to prove themselves.  But it does set up the need for the Alexandrians to have a different doctor now, so their relationship with Hilltop is even more important.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm pretty sure more than just one major character is going.  But of the "untouchables," I agree Daryl is a high percentage chance to replace Glenn's spot, particularly if Carol is gone/dead too.  Or maybe Carol is the one?  Next week has a "surprise guest" on TD and Daryl is already listed for the finale FWIW.  Also the Rosita actress made me feel like she was gonna bite it soon, too, as she kept saying "everyone goes eventually" last night. 
85  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS & Android] Clash Royale on: March 18, 2016, 05:27:36 PM
I've been playing, I think in order to play against each other in matches that don't count we'd have to form a clan, but I'm not sure.  I'm currently in another Clan but I can quit it if you guys want to all get together.
86  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Buliding a PC on: March 17, 2016, 11:41:11 PM
Great read!

I wasn't 100% sure though at the end, did you stay with the GTX 980 and are you satisfied with it?
87  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 17, 2016, 11:35:43 PM
Finally got my computer last night, and was able to get it working with the new monitor.  Haven't done any gaming yet but just staring at background wallpaper in this resolution is fantastic.  I never imagined using such an odd form factor, but there's definitely something special about it.  It hadn't occurred to me until I saw this thread that you could alter gaming much more in the monitor department (aside from getting bigger or higher rez), so I'm pretty excited by this.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Anyone Really Need 1000/1000? on: March 17, 2016, 11:31:36 PM

Quote from: drifter on March 17, 2016, 09:00:38 PM

It depends on you're internet usage.  I switched to at&t's Gigapower and sometime in the next year San Antonio is supposed to have Googe Fiber available.  This was a recent speed test on my wired desktop:



My son is upstairs on the WiFi either streaming music or watching youtube when I ran it.  I get patches and updates incredibly quickly.  I can stream things if I want so for me it was worth switching.  I have Uverse 450 which is all the TV channels and Gig network for $171 a month.

That's awesome!  You might want to consider switching the Uverse to Directv so all your bandwidth will go to your internet connection  Tongue

I'm keeping my fingers crossed they will build out Gigapower in my neighborhood.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does Anyone Really Need 1000/1000? on: March 16, 2016, 08:07:14 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 16, 2016, 06:52:23 PM

So 1 in favor and 3 no comments.

I would do it in a heartbeat if it were available to me  icon_biggrin

Very few people "need" this much bandwidth, so it's certainly a luxury item.  If you think there's a time when you'll be streaming a couple of 4K shows while downloading a 50GB game at the same time, though, it would definitely help!
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4] Paragon - 3D MOBA on: March 15, 2016, 04:28:38 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 14, 2016, 10:49:24 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 14, 2016, 10:07:56 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 14, 2016, 06:24:30 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 14, 2016, 05:12:46 PM

As to gameplay, first, this is a MOBA with action elements, it is not an action game with MOBA elements. This is important to understand because if you come to it with certain expectations from third person shooters or the like you may be a bit disappointed.
Yup, that's enough to know i have no interest in this game.  In my opinion the world didn't need another MOBA, but I know a lot of people obviously like them.

Sounds good for me, because in my opinion the world didn't need another action FPS lol

WAIT A MINUTE!?!?!  Are you saying people are allowed to have opinions that differ from MINE?  Why I never! 

 icon_wink  icon_lol

If I didn't stink so bad at every FPS I've ever tried (and believe me I've tried ALOT) I would probably be in total agreement  icon_biggrin crybaby
91  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 14, 2016, 10:15:46 PM
In perhaps the most unorthodox setup ever, I have the monitor sitting in front of my iMac, and using that to drive it.  Unfortunately the iMac is not able to run the monitor at full res, so looks like I will have to wait til I get my new computer.  Still looks pretty cool even with two bars on the side, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this weird form factor but so far I think it's pretty fantastic.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4] Paragon - 3D MOBA on: March 14, 2016, 10:07:56 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 14, 2016, 06:24:30 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 14, 2016, 05:12:46 PM

As to gameplay, first, this is a MOBA with action elements, it is not an action game with MOBA elements. This is important to understand because if you come to it with certain expectations from third person shooters or the like you may be a bit disappointed.
Yup, that's enough to know i have no interest in this game.  In my opinion the world didn't need another MOBA, but I know a lot of people obviously like them.

Sounds good for me, because in my opinion the world didn't need another action FPS lol
93  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 11, 2016, 06:23:20 PM
Well monitor is supposed to arrive today and be held at a location for me, unfortunately I don't know if I have anything I can use to test it out much this weekend.  Computer is supposed to arrive next Wednesday.  I have the feeling one or both are going to have issues, but maybe that's just me being paranoid.
94  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: March 11, 2016, 12:43:58 AM
Honestly I haven't spent much time with it so I just ignored all the things that Gratch mentioned above lol, which I pretty much ran into as well.  Just sticking with the absolute basics (quests and killing crap), I thought the game was decent.  As mentioned the combat is pretty fun and addictive in its own way.  As far as the atmosphere, to me it feels more like a living world rather than a patched together set of quests that you move from one to another, which is good and bad.  It feels like there is a lot of freedom to kind of find your own way and play how you want to, and that can be a good thing for some and a bad thing for others. 

Also, it did take me a while to get the UI in a way I liked, and that made a difference for me.  There's plenty of customization you can do, and it might help to turn some things on (or off). 

Still not a game I'd necessarily recommend at this point. 
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/PS4] Paragon - 3D MOBA on: March 08, 2016, 05:48:35 PM
I did a search and didn't find anything on this, even though I could swear I saw it here before.  Sorry if it's a repeat.

It's a 3D MOBA, so I guess similar to Smite, but mixed with a card deck system.  Graphics look fantastic in the promo.  You can buy a founder pack thing to get into beta starting next week and it releases (free) in the summer.

https://www.epicgames.com/paragon/
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 08, 2016, 12:36:43 AM

Quote from: Punisher on March 07, 2016, 07:53:11 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 07, 2016, 05:48:30 PM

Quote from: Punisher on March 02, 2016, 07:03:32 PM

Rittchard, you probably want to spoiler some of that...

Whaaa?  I thought all my comments were just pure conjecture...

Anyway, last night's episode kept me on the seat of my pants, I don't think I took a breath for about half an hour.  I don't remember this playing out in the comic like this, but wow, just wow.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm thinking Daryl might be the sacrifice in place of Glenn.  No other character would be more devastating to the fan base.  Or they might just stick with Glenn, which leads Maggie to cut her hair.  I don't remember what sparks that in the comic, unless she loses her baby or something like that.  All we know so far is that the script made people feel ill/sick just reading it, so it's gotta be pretty bad.  The only ones I think they wouldn't kill of are Rick and Carl and probably Michonne.  Rick and Carl are pretty much the heartbeat of the whole show/comic, and Michonne is kind of irreplaceable because of the samurai sword.  There's just too much goodness having that, even if it's just visually (both for the show and comic).


Some of this is kind of spoliery I would think for the comics and show. In the comics:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Glenn gets killed by Negan
so your talks on that character are right on the money.

Oops, yeah I forgot.  I kind of assumed that was common knowledge but you are definitely right!

Anyways, more conjecture after last night.  I don't know if they are purposely toying with our emotions, but I definitely got the vibe that Carol is going to die soon.  But then again I also thought Abraham was going to die last week so what do I know.  At varying moments I also felt Notcop and Gabriel were also goners, or being set up to die soon.

Biggest Surprise and other Random Comments:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Andy survived!  I totally thought he was a redshirt fodder.  Glad he made it one more episode, he's kind of cute.  Love his reactions to Rick.

Worst dumping of a super hot chick ever!  Abraham, what a dog!  It's not like he's that hot either, wtf lol!  I mean I'd totally do him but I have low/desperate standards.

I loved the camera pan that revealed where Carol was standing (over Sam's grave with the cookie).  That was a heartbreaking moment for me.  Also loved the reveal of her "diary" and that she finally got laid since Daryl just isn't putting out.  Given all that, I highly suspect she's going to die next week and be the special guest on Talking Dead.

The "sleep kills" were really brutal and hard for me to watch, as I'm sure was intended.  Still made for some brilliant TV and I'm sure we'll have plenty of repercussions.
97  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 07, 2016, 06:39:52 PM
LOL #holdinghandswithzinfan

So I got the same delivery date as well for this Friday - hopefully it's not a scam where they only have one unit and sell it to a ton of people lmao!

Unfortunately it looks like my computer is getting delayed again, was originally supposed to be 3/1, then 3/4, and now I don't know...
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Fable Legends on: March 07, 2016, 06:17:31 PM
Oh wow that's pretty sad, it seemed like they had something interesting on their hands.  I tried the beta a couple of times and it looked like it had potential. 
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 07, 2016, 05:48:30 PM

Quote from: Punisher on March 02, 2016, 07:03:32 PM

Rittchard, you probably want to spoiler some of that...

Whaaa?  I thought all my comments were just pure conjecture...

Anyway, last night's episode kept me on the seat of my pants, I don't think I took a breath for about half an hour.  I don't remember this playing out in the comic like this, but wow, just wow.

100  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 04, 2016, 10:25:42 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 04, 2016, 02:08:20 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 04, 2016, 01:12:27 AM


I ended up ordering (or pre-ordering I guess) the Asus ROG version, which seems pretty similar to the Acer.  If the Acer becomes available first, I'll cancel.

Of course now my computer got delayed, so I still have time to get pre-buyer's remorse  paranoid

I lean towards the Asus from a visual standing, where did you pre-order it from?  

I'd be curious to see what they put into that Mainline computer.

I'm not sure I actually ordered it now lol.  I ordered it in Amazon, but now they seemed to have totally taken that off their site.  The order still seems to be in the system but I expect it will eventually be cancelled so I'm back on the prowl.  I guess you could call me a predator, snort chortle snort.


Edit:  I went ahead and cancelled the Asus and went for the Acer off of Amazon from "Triplenet Pricing" - seems a little shady but we'll see.  They don't charge tax for some reason and normal shipping is free, so that makes a big difference.  I am expecting something to go awry, will keep my hopes up.
101  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 04, 2016, 01:12:27 AM
Between reading some reviews about Gsync and looking at those screenshots, I'm pretty much convinced.  FORUM EFFECT!!! saywhat saywhat saywhat

I ended up ordering (or pre-ordering I guess) the Asus ROG version, which seems pretty similar to the Acer.  If the Acer becomes available first, I'll cancel.

Of course now my computer got delayed, so I still have time to get pre-buyer's remorse  paranoid
102  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 02, 2016, 06:58:44 PM
Wow that's fantastic, I'm convinced lol.  Now I just need to figure out if I care enough about the Gforcesync or whatever :-)
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 02, 2016, 06:52:59 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 02, 2016, 02:54:38 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 02, 2016, 02:09:21 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 01, 2016, 12:41:09 AM


Very awkward scene where Michonne and Rick were making googly eyes at one another during the RV drive.


Not liking that relationship. The attraction between them seemed to come out of nowhere. I suppose I could buy it as meaningless random sex but that's out of place for this show.

The herd needs thinning and there are plenty of relics from old story arcs who would not be missed. Among the A Team, they're foreshadowing death for Maggie, maybe Michonne, and probably Abraham. How many seasons has this show had now? It must be getting near the end and some cast members must be ready to move on.

This is season 6 and the show still gets huge ratings. So my guess is there will be at least 3 more seasons. If I'm an actor on this show I don't leave voluntarily right now. But I agree the heard has needed thinned the entire season. My guess is we will see more than one long term character death before season 7.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm thinking Daryl might be the sacrifice in place of Glenn (in terms of being head bashed by Negan).  No other character would be more devastating to the fan base.  Or they might just stick with Glenn, which leads Maggie to cut her hair.  I don't remember what sparks that in the comic, unless she loses her baby or something like that.

All we know so far is that the script made people feel ill/sick just reading it, so it's gotta be pretty bad.  The only ones I think they wouldn't kill of are Rick and Carl and probably Michonne.  Rick and Carl are pretty much the heartbeat of the whole show/comic, and Michonne is kind of irreplaceable because of the samurai sword.  There's just too much goodness having that, even if it's just visually (both for the show and comic).  
104  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 01, 2016, 10:05:47 PM
Heh that's true, I bought a couple of camera lenses for my partner and they were way more money than these monitors.  When you put it in that perspective it definitely changes my thought process lol.

So I guess my question is how much advantage/enjoyment is it using the 21:9 monitor factor for gaming?  Does it make a difference in 2.5D games like Diablo 3?  Also what does the G-Sync bring to the table?
105  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: March 01, 2016, 10:03:27 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 01, 2016, 09:08:18 PM

Iím pretty sure I saw an option in the menu to start a new game from the decision point and skip the first 6 chapters of the game.  If you donít like your current path you might want to look for that before starting again.

Iím currently playing through Birthright and really like it.  So far, Iím not quite as taken with the characters as I was in Awakening but they are still very solid and the gameplay itself is great.


Oh yeah I know about the option to start from the decision point - but unfortunately it wasn't when I started on the new cartridge.  Then the next time it was by choice because I wasn't sure how the game would start the characters out in terms of level, plus I wanted to use Phoenix mode because I was under the impression Revelations would be super difficult.  By re-starting yet again I was able to make sure the main guy and Felicia got as much xp/levels as possible.  And thus far Phoenix mode seems like overkill in Casual difficulty, but we'll see if that changes.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 01, 2016, 09:59:26 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 01, 2016, 12:41:09 AM

I wouldn't expect a whole of significant plot advancement until the season finale, which everyone suggests will be horrific.

Very awkward scene where Michonne and Rick were making googly eyes at one another during the RV drive.

It felt really out of character for Rick and the gang to be so over-confident that they can take out Negan. Clearly it's a setup to have very bad things happen to them, but telegraphing so aggressively is a bit much.

I also don't like the way Abraham is being emotionally neutered and becoming soft. Again, it's like they are setting him up for something really bad.

Yup a lot of that episode felt kind of awkward, but there was enough humor injected to keep me satisfied.  I do wonder about the choices they make on who to bring on their missions.  Like why didn't Aaron come, he's one of the best diplomat types and has theoretically been scouting people for quite some time.  And why bring Maggie + Glenn, why risk the pregnant lady at this unknown juncture?  Sure it makes sense for how things worked out with her taking leadership (also considering things that happen with her character later in the comics) but it's also a huge risk.  In fact risking all their top fighters and leaders for these risky "away missions" seems a little silly, reminiscent of Star Trek. 
107  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: March 01, 2016, 12:05:47 AM
I've had a tumultuous relationship with FE:F over the past couple of weeks.  After a week or so of enjoying Birthright, I finally succumbed to the reviews and went on Ebay to get the Special Edition.  When that arrived, I thought I could just continue on with the same save but it didn't transfer over so I started over again.  I got to the decision point and went with Revelations but the first mission seemed absolutely impossible.  It basically gives you 3 units (low level with no option to reduce difficulty or beef them up yet) against something like 17 and you have to kill 2 bosses in 5 turns.  I was like WTF?!?  So I started over yet again and made sure to level my main guy and the chick I knew would be given to me later.  I also checked out some online help to prepare for the mission.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Turns out you didn't really have to complete the mission as stated, essentially you just need to survive the first wave of attacks.  If you equip the Dragonstone I think it becomes fairly easy.  I'm pretty sure leveling up myself and Felicia helped as well.

Now past that obstacle, things have been looking pretty good and the game is more or less back to normal.  You get more options in your city (both factions) which is nice.  More importantly, I really feel like this is the way the story should have been told, or that at least I should have had this option all along.  Given what you see in the introduction, it seems like this is the most rational/logical path, at least to me.  I also read that this version is the only one you get to fight and kill a main villain, so ends up being the most satisfying from that standpoint. 

In case it wasn't obvious, I really do love the game, and even though I doubt I'll ever finish any of the three paths, I feel much better knowing I have the option to try all 3.  Overall, though, I'm even more convinced they did themselves and their fans a disservice with this weird convoluted way of distributing the content. 
108  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: February 29, 2016, 12:36:57 AM
I didn't even know 21:9 monitors were a "thing" now lol so I looked some up on Amazon, wow!  Did you consider this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2913WM-29-Inch-Widescreen/dp/B00BIBB1KI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1456705574&sr=8-4&keywords=21%3A9+monitor

Looks pretty good to me and $400 less.

I recently ordered a system from Maingear which looks to be pretty similar in terms of power to what you listed (based around single 980Ti).  I ended up paying right around $2700 including tax, but this was *without* a monitor.  I didn't pick anything too special for mobo or case, but I did go extra for the Samsung 950Pro SSD.   

My original plan/hope was to use it mainly as a Steam Host, especially since my iMac has a great monitor but weak graphics card.  Not sure how well that will work out.  Of course now that you introduced me to these giaganto monitors my plans might change and maybe I'll just dump the iMac Tongue Tongue Tongue
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 2/26/16 edition on: February 26, 2016, 10:52:38 PM
More Fire Emblem for me!  Hopefully some Grim Dawn too.

I think Black Desert Online head start begins on Sunday too but I'm confused about the time.  It says Feb 28, 08:00 UTC which I think is midnight Saturday for me but I'm not sure.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: February 23, 2016, 05:57:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 23, 2016, 01:37:44 AM

They have just released the final patch (notes here) and have announced that the the final release date for coming out of Early Access is this Thursday the 25th. 

Too bad this is coming out right in the new spring rush of games!

I'm thinking of starting up again now with the final release.  I generally like pet classes, I'm thinking of starting with Shaman?  Any other recommendations?  Is this similar to TQ where you pick 2 class masteries?
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 23, 2016, 05:49:02 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
It's interesting because in the comics Rick ends up with Andrea, who of course was killed off long ago.  I had thought they were setting Jessie up to be the replacement, but obviously that didn't happen.  I also thought they were going to have Michonne go with the pretty boy son (forgot his name).  So I was totally wrong, which I'm actually happy with.  Nice to be completely surprised every now and then.

Another side comment, I'm wondering why they had that short single scene with Maggie.  It was like she was contractually obligated to show up for at least a minute so they threw her in lol.  I guess they wanted to save the reunion with Glenn til next week but they way it played they would have been better off cutting that scene and focusing on any one of the other plotlines going on.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 23, 2016, 12:36:19 AM
No comments?

Spoiler for Hiden:
#RICHONNE!!!

Anyway my friends at work were all unimpressed.  I was genuinely surprised, never thought they'd go there but in retrospect they have hinted at it more than once. 

The introduction of Jesus was fairly amusing and aggravating at the same time, and I wondered if I were a TV viewer only if I wouldn't be more upset they didn't just shoot this idiot early on. 

My favorite part of the episode was Carl's last scene with Michonne.  I really got caught up in the emotion of that scene, and love the chemistry between the two of them.  Honestly though I didn't really understand the depth of what Carl's motivations were until after they talked about it more in Talking Dead, and that made me appreciate the scene even more.  One of the most haunting moments of the entire series for me was when Carl had to kill his mom, so I love that they've acknowledged that in this very poignant manner.  Fantastic writing in terms of continuity and Carl's character development, though I have to say the execution confused me a little, which may or may not have been intended.   
113  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: February 22, 2016, 07:30:56 PM
Cool, thanks for the tips!

Actually I don't mind them trying to milk money as much as I mind the way they are doing it.  If they had just put out a single release at $80 for the masses, I'd be OK with that.  The partitioning is confusing but I can live with that too, it's the limiting of quantities on the SE that I don't get.  That doesn't seem to benefit anyone but scalpers.  Maybe it creates some sort of cache that there is rarity?  Not sure if it ultimately helps Nintendo make money since I'm guessing many people will just get frustrated after a while.
114  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: February 22, 2016, 06:35:43 PM
Really enjoying this so far, the animations and storyline are top notch.  If you didn't like Awakenings, I'm guessing this won't change much for you as I believe it's largely the same in terms of gameplay.  I don't remember if there was a "castle building" element in FWA but I do enjoy that.  I also like that you create your own avatar, which adds to the personal feeling.  Interestingly enough, the game structure feels a lot like the game it took me away from, XCOM 2, in the sense that you do TBS battles and in between you take care of housekeeping items, buildings, etc - and then get choices on the next TBS battle you take on.  Similar to XCOM2 there are varying difficulties and the option to have permadeath for your troops, so that you'd need to keep replenishing.   I'd call it a cross between XCOM2 and Dragon Age.  

Things I don't like: the skill and class system doesn't seem to have much explanation to it at all.  I guess they assume you are familiar from previous games?  They start you with a pretty beginner-esque tutorial but then kind of leave you high and dry after.  I also don't like that I can't tell readily which weapons are upgrades, and sometimes I can't tell who can use what, which can get frustrating.  I know I can look this stuff up but it would be nice to have it all in-game.

Money Grab: the one thing I'd say is the most irritating is the level of greed surrounding the game.  If you are totally casual and don't care about such things, you'll be fine.  Pay the base price of $40 for a single version of the game and I'm pretty sure you'll get your money's worth.  So on the surface there's not much to complain about.  There's some other DLC available for $18, more maps and such which seems to be 100% optional.  But peer deeper and you realize there are 2 distinct versions being sold, and a third coming later.  These are not sequels, as they seem to just branch out from the main story, and supposedly play differently in terms of the types of missions you receive.  Without knowing more it feels a bit like they took what should have been a single game and split it into 3.  I think you get some discount but ultimately if you want to play all 3 paths you pay $80-90, and you have to wait an extra two weeks to get access to the third path.  Greed?  They released a "special edition" with all 3 paths available, but in such small quantities that scalpers are routinely getting $250-300 for them on ebay.  More ugly greed.  There's also a "special edition" of the hardware available - but it DOESN'T come with the game lol.  Anyway, all of this is more or less a distraction to an otherwise wonderful game.  It's just a shame to me they didn't release a single version giving all fans a real treat.  Personally I would have loved the option to choose the third path on my first getgo as that's what my "gut" would have told me.  
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 22, 2016, 06:17:16 PM
Straight from the kiddie hotline source: FWIW my 11yo nephew told me his friend and 7yo younger brother both saw it, and apparently told him there were only "2 inappropriate scenes for kids."  (I'm presuming it was the sex scene and titty bar.)  So he asked me if that was true, and I said "well I guess so if you think 90 minutes of bad language is appropriate" lol to which he frowned at me and left.

In spite of all the hubbub, I have to say this one is a hard one for me.  If your kid is used to hearing swear words and knows they are not supposed to use them (and you are OK with that), then what's left is the violence and sex.  I honestly didn't feel the violence was worse than tons of other stuff I've seen; even things on TV have been much worse IMHO because this was very comic book-like.  (For a real adult gross-out I recommend Hannibal.)  So all that leaves is a short sex scene and a titty bar, which theoretically you could cover their eyes.  And again it begs the question of what and why individuals as parents feel is inappropriate.  Dismemberment vs. nudity?  Discuss!
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: February 19, 2016, 12:28:57 AM

Quote from: Punisher on February 18, 2016, 08:54:58 PM

Quote from: Scraper on February 18, 2016, 07:30:16 PM

I'm really liking this season, BUT I don't like the fact that the Flash is constantly getting his ass kicked by Zoom. It's like they aren't even in the same league. My hope is that the writers somehow fix this by letting Barry become faster naturally, rather than using some silly tech or Speed Potion trick. Traditionally the comic book Flash can run as fast as the speed of light, the TV Barry isn't even close to that. Heck he barely gets around Mach 2.
IIRC, the Flash wasn't that fast in the comics in the beginning either. It's something he worked up to.

Yeah that was kind of how I was feeling too, similar to the Arrow where Damien Dark keeps kicking Arrow's ass, and similarly seems to be in a different league (magical powers, invulnerability, etc).  While I understand the need to create a powerful villain, it just gets kind of repetitive to see the hero getting beat again and again, but somehow never actually dying. 
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16/16) on: February 17, 2016, 09:22:46 PM
BTW if any of you happens to work at or have access to someone who works at Fry's or BB or some place that might get Fire Emblems Special Edition in on Friday, I'd be willing to pay $100 for it.  Vultures are selling it for like $250 on Ebay  icon_cry
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: February 17, 2016, 09:19:49 PM
Keeping up with S3?  I love that this show seems willing to just take things as far as they want.  It may be a bit crazy but at least it doesn't get boring.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: February 17, 2016, 09:17:32 PM
Flash has kept up with a great season thus far.  The last two weeks included a fun jaunt through Earth 2.

My only issue with the show this season is similar to Arrow, I feel like a single big bad for an entire season is kind of a drag.  Buffy was usually good about setting up a couple of major villains which I think helped the ongoing plotlines fresh.  Zoom is a great villain, but frankly I'm getting tired of his shtick.  I was hoping they'd resolve him and introduce something new but so far no luck.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16/16) on: February 16, 2016, 11:04:03 PM
Just have Fire Emblem ordered, forgot which one.

Edit: looks like I ordered Birthright.  Couldn't get my hands on the stupid special edition, grrrr.
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