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81  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers on: February 02, 2016, 07:12:24 PM
I want to give it some more time but thanks to Gratch I've been only playing Crashlands.  Hopefully I get back to it before Fire Emblems comes out.
82  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: February 01, 2016, 07:14:05 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 28, 2016, 11:42:28 PM

I don't understand how so many people find him charismatic.

It's been bugging me as well, but this recent Opinion article in the LA Times I found to be as good an explanation as any.  It's a bit high brow but I felt it was well written and well thought out.
83  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: February 01, 2016, 07:06:20 PM
I ended up playing a ton of this over the weekend.  I had originally thought it was "better" as a mobile, play a few minutes at a time, type of game.  Turns out it plays great in longer game sessions as well.  The map feels huge, but convenient teleport pads make it accessible.  It really feels like a huge open world to explore and discover with all sorts of nooks and crannies.

The game balance is fantastic.  Every time I would start to feel a little lost or like I couldn't get past something, within minutes that would get taken care of.  Either by a new recipe drop, discovering a new spot, crafting a new weapon, etc.  While there are no distinct levels in the game, there's certainly a distinct feel of progression governed by the items you craft, and as indicated by others, how well you can handle opponents over time.  I'm playing on the easiest level and yet combat feels challenging when it should, and there always seems to be something around the corner that I need to progress further to beat.

Oddly enough, this game reminds me in feel/spirit alot of my all-time favorite game, Diablo 2.  Not so much in character building, but for whatever reason the way uncovering the map and gameplay flows, the way you discover what you can and can't handle, the excitement when you get a better rarity item, even the "corpse recovery" - I haven't enjoyed a game this much in a long time.  I know it's extremely early, but this will definitely be on my list of best games of the year.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 01, 2016, 06:26:34 PM
Whoa I didn't realize XCOM 2 was coming out already, woohoo!!
85  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers on: January 29, 2016, 06:53:42 PM
Unfortunately Crashlands keeps competing for my time, so I've only scratched the surface on FFE.  Seems like a Monster Hunter type game, not too much "depth" in terms of story or anything from what I can tell.  The second tutorial quest almost made me quit the game, but hopefully it will be better now that I can change jobs and get some new skills.  I'm hoping it's a simple game I can play co-op with my 10 year old nephew but we'll see. 
86  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 29, 2016, 06:51:09 PM
Here's the review, I guess it fell off the main page:

Sounds like I still have a lot to look forward to.  Honestly I already feel like I got my money's worth in terms of fun factor.  I think I only have a couple hours actually played but it feels like a lot more. 

The developers pretty much just did everything right in terms of the tone, graphics, difficulty, humor, interface, progression, etc. 

Couple of questions for those further along:

- Will I eventually be able to readily beat those stupid floating heads?  I've killed 1 or 2, but just barely, and that's just the babies.

- What happens to the dirt I pick up?  It seems like I'm supposed to be growing seeds in it but I haven't quite figured that out.
87  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 28, 2016, 09:09:21 PM
Just curious does anyone know if the map is fixed or procedurally generated?  Also are drops, etc. randomized, both in terms of properties and locations where schematics drop?   It feels random, but I can't tell for sure.

Ironman mode would definitely up the ante, particularly if it was randomized, making it a rogue-like on top of everything else it has to offer.

88  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 27, 2016, 10:49:37 PM
I just grabbed it last night and it's definitely got it's hooks in me!  I wasn't sure at first looking at the screenshots, but it has some weird addictive element that goes beyond that.

I read one review for PC which wasn't entirely complimentary, and kept saying it might be better on mobile.  The interface certainly seems made for touch, so I'd vote for iPad as well.  I generally game on the iPad Mini, which I maintain is the best gaming platform overall at the moment in terms of comfort level (weight), screen size and quality of games.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: January 26, 2016, 09:30:07 PM

Quote from: Punisher on January 26, 2016, 05:11:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 22, 2016, 08:55:53 PM

It's over!  I guess that the show got cancelled so that was the series finale.

In spite of all the things that went wrong, there were just about enough good elements that I'm glad I watched it. 

Sadly a missed opportunity overall, it seems like they didn't learn enough from the mistakes they made the first go-around.   And made really poor decisions such as with Zachary Levi's character.  I don't know who vetted it, but even the description on paper sounded problematic to me.

Still have to watch the last 2 episodes, but I don't believe it was canceled..more like it was written/expected to only be one season.

I'm sure if the ratings had been decent they would have continued, there's certainly more story to tell if they wanted.  I'd argue with how they left things it could make for a better story with less characters to worry about.  But sounds like you are correct on what NBC is saying.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26/16) on: January 26, 2016, 12:42:27 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 25, 2016, 04:25:55 AM

Final Fantasy Explorers for 3DS comes out on Tuesday, and looks pretty cool.  I'll be grabbing that one for sure.

I ordered that one too.

Kind of sad about Heroes Reborn, I guess they didn't think they were going to be cancelled lol.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 26, 2016, 12:41:13 AM
Agree with Crawley, especially about movement.  I bought up every port stone I could find but there aren't that many it seems.

I had a similar annoying experience.  I was trying to complete a quest to heal some stupid boy, and I guess somehow it was mis-interpreted and I ended up getting thrown in jail too.  That was pretty lame. 

I also didn't particularly like having to do some jumping puzzle-ish thing to solve another quest.  I suppose I could have left it alone but something made me want to finish it.

Just some minor nits, all in all I really like the game, particularly the pawn system.  Would love to see what they could do with a real next-gen engine.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: January 25, 2016, 06:29:16 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 25, 2016, 01:46:35 PM

I watched the show and it does have potential but the ability to time travel at will makes the plot hole analyst in me shine.

Spoiler for Hiden:
For instance the whole plot in the first episode was about finding Vandal Savage so they could kill him. Well the Professor/Son guy gives them pictures of Savage with very identifiable locations and dates. I.E. hop in the damn time machine, go to that place and kill him. Show over.

The same goes for the future. They know exactly where he will be and when. So just go there and kill him. Once again show over

Also, the biggest problem this show may have in the long run is having way too many characters. There are too many people to focus on.

I'm not sure how much of the other two shows you watch(ed), and/or if you saw the 2-part crossover?  From that perspective, it didn't feel like too many people for me, since the majority of the characters were introduced slowly over time and had all their backstories told.  But I can definitely see that if you are coming in cold it could be confusing.

As far as plot hole analysis, you'll have a tough time since they have both time travel AND magic/mysticism, which pretty much gives them carte blanche to do whatever they want.

Spoiler for Hiden:
If you saw the crossover, they already "killed" him, but it didn't stick lol.
93  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blade and Soul on: January 24, 2016, 05:31:58 AM
I jumped in after reading this thread.  While there are some aspects I like so far, particularly the way the prologue story was presented, I'm also a bit surprised that the consensus has been so positive.  The game engine looks identical to some older games (is it Tera, I can't remember), down to the way things show up on the minimap with the double yellow arrow.  That's not a horrible thing, but I still question what, if anything, new or different is being offered by this game as opposed to any number of other Asian MMOs.

What really irks me is the queue/login system, which feels like a money grab to me.  I tried 3 servers last night and the wait times ranged from 15 - 50 minutes.  They make you wait 5 minutes to delete a character and there didn't seem to be a way to see how busy they were in advance when creating a character.  What it boiled down to was that in order to actually get to play the game, I forked over $5 to get a 7 day "Premium" pass, and voila, I was in the game immediately.  It made me a feel kind of dirty but whatever.

I'll see how things go over the 7 days and re-evaluate.

94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: January 22, 2016, 08:55:53 PM
It's over!  I guess that the show got cancelled so that was the series finale.

In spite of all the things that went wrong, there were just about enough good elements that I'm glad I watched it. 

Sadly a missed opportunity overall, it seems like they didn't learn enough from the mistakes they made the first go-around.   And made really poor decisions such as with Zachary Levi's character.  I don't know who vetted it, but even the description on paper sounded problematic to me.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: January 22, 2016, 08:51:37 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 22, 2016, 03:11:34 PM

The first episode was really good and exceeded my high expectations.

Lot of fun - I wonder how people who haven't been watching Flash/Arrow would react to it though.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: January 22, 2016, 01:24:08 AM
I've seen it 3 times now and I honestly can't see why people hated it so much, but oh well!  Disappointed there won't be another sequel.  I'd much rather see another Terminator movie than yet another teendystopianfuturebooktomovie conversion. 
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow 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.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: January 20, 2016, 06:23:06 PM

Quote from: Punisher on January 20, 2016, 04:30:24 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 20, 2016, 12:40:55 AM

Can't wait!!

Side note: I am wondering how the two Cold/Fire actors are going to handle the remake of Prison Break that has recently been talked about.  Hopefully they can do both shows but that would be rough considering they are the stars of PB.
I believe I read that the PB shooting would revolve around LoT

Nice!  I'm a big Wentworth fan even though he's really not that great of an actor lol.

Really looking forward to Thursday, I hope this show does well.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 20, 2016, 01:10:12 AM
Random comments:

This game is really fun, compares well to Dragon Age (particularly the way I played DA as more of an adventure game), and the Pawn system is great.  They seem to have balanced the pawns well enough, as I grabbed some really high level pawns from my friends but they haven't really unbalanced the game.  I play on Easy difficulty and I still have trouble occasionally.  I've died multiple times already even with my super pawns, so I'm finding sometimes I just have to run/escape and I'm getting more religious about saving before something fishy is coming up.  I like a game that challenges well even in "Easy" difficulty.

BTW, I have a fighter pawn named Robbie, but he's only like level 14 or 15.  He's a cute ginger if that makes any difference!

I'm playing in 5K resolution (iMac) and it looks really good in general, but you can still tell at times that it's coming from an older engine.

The one complaint I have is that the Keyboard/Mouse interface felt rather clunky, mostly because so many things required an Enter press to continue.  So instead of being able to click through things (as would be intuitive), you have to reach over to hit Enter.  I suppose it is probably customizable but there were enough things that felt odd that I went to controller.  Personally I'd have preferred a well fleshed out keyboard/mouse combo for playing on the PC but it's not a big deal.

Would love to see this game get a real sequel with a newer engine.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: January 20, 2016, 12:40:55 AM
Can't wait!!

Side note: I am wondering how the two Cold/Fire actors are going to handle the remake of Prison Break that has recently been talked about.  Hopefully they can do both shows but that would be rough considering they are the stars of PB.
101  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Endgame in MMO's on: January 15, 2016, 01:15:24 AM
I wouldn't call that ADD, you definitely spent good quality time in these games if you've got multi max level toons - it's more likely you just aren't into that style of gameplay.  So-called endgame MMO gameplay generally consists of hardcore grinding (running the same content over and over for a particular drop), group raids (which requires a lot of coordination and time), or maybe PvP.  These are all very different animals than the original gameplay and it's not uncommon to move on once you've completed the more single-player-esque and/or casual friendly portion of the game.  

Real ADD is me, where I play a new MMO for a few days/weeks, maybe months at the best, start 3 or 4 different alts, never get close to max level and then move on to the next shiny object lol.  I'm even worse now with mobile games, sometimes I only last a few hours before I move on to the next one.

102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 13, 2016, 06:50:04 PM
Not to sound snarky, but is there really a review embargo on what's essentially a PC port of a 3 year old game?  Isn't that a little odd?
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 11, 2016, 06:36:27 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 11, 2016, 06:35:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 11, 2016, 06:05:32 PM

Anybody picking this up on PC this week?  I'm curious to hear impressions from those that played on the 360 as well as new players.

I'll be picking this up.

I ordered it too, can I send you all my pawns or whatever??!!
104  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Age of Wushu Dynasty on: January 08, 2016, 09:48:24 PM
I haven't noticed any IAP pan-handling yet.  I did spend a couple dollars to get a nice piece of armor but that was totally of my own volition and curiosity.  Thus far quests have been giving gear out.  I'm actually not quite sure what the in-game currency is supposed to be used for, which I guess is a good thing.
105  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS] Age of Wushu Dynasty on: January 07, 2016, 09:34:19 PM
Wasn't sure if this belonged in MMORPG or here, but I guess this makes more sense. 

Pretty decent Mobile MMO (emphasis on the Mobile) set in ancient Chinese martial arts time.  If you played the original PC Age of Wushu you know the drill already.  If not, think Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon on steroids.  I definitely get a kick out of the animations of jumping/flying around.  The rest of the gameplay is similar to other mobile MMOs like Taichi Panda if you happened to try that.  Hard to say if it has much depth but if you like old Chinese style martial arts movie, you might get a kick out of it.  Pun intended.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface 4 and Surface Book on: January 06, 2016, 10:32:02 PM
I haven't tried the pen, but that aside, thus far I am really happy with the Surface Book.  This is probably the best Windows laptop (in the "ultrabook" class, not talking about desktop replacement/gaming laptops) I've ever used, and definitely is the best tablet/laptop convertible.  Though the hinge makes it look a little goofy, overall the design is fantastic and the usability is great.  Detaching and re-attaching the tablet is seamless, and the functionality as a tablet is solid.  Still I find myself using it pretty much as a laptop in general, and it is pretty much a really good experience.  The keyboard is lacking compared to the Macbook Air, but better than the 12" Retina Macbook.  On the other hand you get a really nice high resolution touchscreen and the capability to turn into a top of the line tablet, while not that useful for myself, is a feature that stands out above the Apple line.  Not to mention the clever dGPU designed into the keyboard, I love that design as it offers the possibility for upgrades of the keyboard portion only to dramatically improve graphics performance.

The one place I'm finding the latest round of ultrabooks lacking in is battery life.  Not talking about the test numbers or the advertised ones, but the actual usage.  I don't know if the MBA I have has some weird magic to it or what, but the battery life is levels above the Macbook and Surfacebook, primarily because it doesn't seem to drain when in sleep mode.  I didn't touch my MBA over an 11 day period, and when I opened it up it was at 85% battery life.  Generally over a weekend it stays at 100%.  Pretty much every other laptop I use will drain significantly even after 4-6 hours.  I really don't know if it's a software or hardware thing, bu
107  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: January 05, 2016, 11:02:35 PM
Very excited for this too.  I really like that they are letting you make your own main character. 

I'm not thrilled with the Pokemon-like double dipping dual version approach, but I guess if you really love the series, that just means more content.  I didn't know which version to pick so I tried to choose the one with better looking people, but that was fairly even.  So I just went with Birthright in the end. 
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: January 04, 2016, 11:33:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 04, 2016, 04:50:24 AM

- the actor playing Kylo Ren seemed like a terrible choice, he always seems like a whiny loser to me. 

As I said to another friend who kept complaining about Kylo, look at who his grandfather and uncle are, and you'll realize the whole family is generations of whiny losers.  So in that respect, they chose pretty much perfectly lol.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: December 23, 2015, 01:09:03 AM
Agree with all of Jimmy's comments!  Definitely one of the best seasons of Survivor ever! 

It's funny because, in retrospect, Jeremy as the winner was all but telegraphed, yet I never really saw it coming.  With all the twists and turns, no one seemed to recognize the true threat and/or do anything to nullify it.  I think the editing was done really well so that it always seemed like things were crazy and up in the air, but once you boil it down, Jeremy was almost as inevitable a winner as some of the more boring season folks.  As he mentioned himself, he should be a favorite in the final given that he's a firefighter, his kids, etc.  He also certainly seemed to be one of the most physically fit cast members, and in a "normal" season would likely be a strong challenge contender.  And apparently most everyone liked him to boot, so his core alliance(s) were strong.  In some ways he reminded me of JT, which he himself alluded to earlier on when he took Stephen in.  And yet Stephen himself was so obsessed with Joe he never got the chance to recognize the larger overall threat.  I found it interesting that people criticized Stephen for wanting to take out "JT" again and again - what other method was there for him to win?  I do wonder what would have happened if Joe stayed in the game, I'm not certain his social game would beat Jeremy.

Ultimately I was most disappointed in Spencer, who I always felt should have a strong shot to win.  He also seemed to completely miss the biggest threat in Jeremy, instead choosing to focus on Stephen as a target, which was silly since he should know he could beat him in challenges and possibly with the jury as well.  Really the two of them should have paired up and maybe taken Abi/goat to the final.  Not sure who would have won in that case.     
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 22, 2015, 10:35:03 PM
Wait are we discussing plotlines from Ash vs Evil Dead now?? 
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 22, 2015, 12:37:49 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 21, 2015, 03:00:29 PM

Saw it yesterday, and while I have some nitpicks, I thought it was a fantastic and fun film overall.  A very worthy return for the series.

Bit of advice though, skip the adds nothing and actually makes some of the battle scenes more chaotic than they needed to be.  My second time will definitely be regular 2D.

100% agreement on all the above.  The only good thing about the 3D was I bought 4 collector's 3D glasses   Tongue

Here are my nitpicks/questions/random comments:

Spoiler for Hiden:
1.  Surprised Han Solo's death hasn't been massively leaked yet.  With that said, even more surprised there isn't more talk about whether he is really dead.  In the year of Glenn and Jon Snow, doesn't Han Solo have a chance?  I mean it almost seems too obvious to kill him off after Harrison Ford talking about it during interviews so much.  Not to mention it felt disrespectful and a little mean-spirited to us original fans to not allow the core cast to have a simple one scene reunion.  And I don't mean a Lost-esque "everyone is dead" reunion!!  ...all I'm saying is I didn't see a dead body, so I'm holding out hope that Boba Fett's clone caught him and flew away to deliver his body to Crabba the Mutt.  Or maybe the one that died was a clone and the real one is still stuck in carbonite somewhere. 

2.  Force imbalance.  I think you guys talked about it a bit, but I mean, really, how is it that (even injured) Kylo can't easily take out a couple of kids who have ZERO training in the Force?  Even Luke needed some time before he upgraded to be able to fight.  Not impressed with Kylo as the villain at all.  I guess Gollum has potential but not sure how he's going to hold up in a saber fight.

3.  Speaking of which, LUKE.  Ugh.  Seriously?  He fucks up his nephew's training, and his solution is to become a hermit, hide out in some island, then let out a map of his location, and then let everyone else's lives get fucked in the process of finding it?  Hardly a hero, he might as well converted to the dark side since he's such a major fuck-up.  Not to mention apparently his ability to train really does suck (see #2).


5.  C3PO's red arm!  So random but who cares, I thought it was hilarious.  Especially because someone bought me the Funko Pop version for my birthday and I was like, what's up with this red arm??

All that said, I can't wait to see it again!
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: December 10, 2015, 12:29:41 AM
It wasn't so much the twitch factor, although that's certainly a part of it.  It was more just the whole way an entire match played out, it felt like there was such a massive disconnect in terms of player ability/knowledge.  Meaning I don't see how/when I'd ever get a chance to learn the game more.  For me that's exacerbated by the FPS perspective, which I generally seem to have a harder time with than other people.  It seemed like every path I took to get to the main team I'd either get sniped immediately or killed by whoever I randomly bumped into.  Maybe there will be a better matching system or some form of beginner's match in the future? 

As for classes, I tried the shooter the tutorial ran with, and that was pretty much what I expected.  I didn't do too horribly with that.  I then tried most of the different support classes, and they were pretty disappointing.  I almost never felt like I was able to contribute meaningfully.  Compare this to most MOBAs where you have a pretty good sense of how you are helping your team. 

I can imagine with a good team leading me along and explaining the details, the game might be more playable.  Maybe extending the tutorial would help as well, the basic one was so simple it was pretty much useless, and from there the only option was the 1 v AI and a real match.

I think ultimately it might just be the pace that these FPS games play out is just too fast for me to keep up with mentally so it might just be a lost cause.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: December 10, 2015, 12:12:06 AM
Are you guys keeping up with this?  This season has been fantastic.  The mid-season finale was a blast.  I'm a little disappointed in some of the characters that they lost and others that they chose to keep, but all in all it's been a ton of fun.  Action packed and emotionally satisfying.

Interesting though that it looks like the new Captain America movie has nothing to do with the Inhumans.  I thought for certain the way the show was going it was going to lead up to or relate directly to the events in Civil War, but from what I've seen/read it seems to be fairly independent.  Which is too bad because the plotlines seem to coincide really well.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paragon (Epic Games thirdperson MOBA) on: December 07, 2015, 06:59:35 PM
wow that looks fantastic!  I'll try not to get my hopes up  icon_biggrin
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: November 25, 2015, 09:42:56 PM
Looks sweet!  Thanks for the reminder!!
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 25, 2015, 07:26:59 PM
I did the stress test very briefly last weekend and was frankly disappointed.  Partly in the game and partly in myself, for getting my hopes up.  I think I read what I wanted to read, and thought this would bring something really different to the FPS multiplayer genre.  But in spite of it being a Blizzard game, it was pretty much the same experience for me as almost every other MP FPS I've tried.  Jump in, die.  Start over, die.  Die.  Die.  Die.  lol.  I know I'm a broken record when it comes to FPS games, but I still keep getting my hopes up that I'll find one that changes the paradigm and truly allows different styles of play and different (less twitch based) skill levels to succeed.  Sadly this wasn't the game.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: November 24, 2015, 11:30:47 PM
I'm really enjoying this season, it looks like the mid-season finale is going to be a blast.  It's still a bit frustrating to not have a superhero to fight what feels more and more like supervillains, but aside from that, I think they've really done a good job compared to the first season. 

If you gave up last season but thought it had potential, could be a good one to check out during the holidays and get re-caught up.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 24, 2015, 11:27:43 PM
I agree - definitely think someone of significance will either go (or something bad) next week for the mid-season finale.  Rosita, Sasha, Notcop I'd say are all up for grabs.  Notcop may have bought herself some time since they do seem to need at least one doctor-ish character to fix people up and they just introduced the lesbian plotline.  I like the idea of a Sasha/Rosita/Sarge lovew triangle so it would suck to lose any of them.  Gabriel really needs to go, his story has run its course and I don't think anyone finds it that engaging to begin with.  Kind of the same with Eugene, though I think he lasts a really long time in the comics, I'm pretty sure he's still in it now.

A friend and I did have a theory that since Negan is coming, instead of having the same death play out as in the comics, it could be someone that would have an even bigger impact on the tv show - Daryl.  He's so popular he seems untouchable, but that's what Glenn seemed like in the comic.

As for Carl...

Spoiler for Hiden:
There was supposition that he might get his eye blown out like he did in the comic.  Maybe that will take the place of actually killing someone off.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 24, 2015, 12:53:17 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 17, 2015, 01:08:19 AM

In the premiere, they show things leading up to the "plan" and then how/why they have to execute it early.  It all goes well up to the point where Alexandria gets attacked and the horn sounds and screws everything up (that's Ep 2 which occurs in "real time" 45 minutes of attack as shown by the oven timer).  From there you have the clean up and aftermath from the townspeople point of view, which I thought was only a night or two.  In the mean time, you have last night's episode, which essentially covers those same nights. 

So basically this entire season's forward plotline has really only gone maybe 2-3 days in my guess-timation.

On Talking Dead they actually say the entire season thus far has been over the course of one day since the events of the premiere, which is pretty much what I surmised above.  I thought it might be a little longer but I suspect if you watch each ep closely you'll realize only one nights passes in each location.  The Alexandria based ep seemed to have more time passage but I'd have to pay closer attention.  Especially the way Maggie was acting, it seemed like more time had passed.

I love the way they altered the angle on the first scene.  Not too cheeseball, as mentioned you see what you want to see.  Ultimately I think the Enid chick gave it away on TD, she says something like if we see her character again, we will be pleasantly surprised.  Which I immediately took to mean she would be returning for sure and somehow involved with Glenn.  The funny thing was I still kept expecting him to die anyway before the end of the episode, but I guess that would have been too cruel. 
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: November 20, 2015, 03:28:11 AM
Finally got my Pencil in yesterday and had a little time to play with it.  First impressions are this thing is absolutely fantastic.  Hands down the best "stylus" I've ever tried on a tablet, and I have tried many of the top rated ones.  The responsiveness is almost perfect, but the coolest thing is, combined with the right app, how it reacts to different amounts of pressure and angles, i.e. you can even shade the way you used to with an old fashioned pencil.  Unfortunately for me I'm not a good artist by any stretch.  I'm not even a mediocre artist lol.  But man if you like to draw and find a set of tools you like (ProCreate is the one I've seen recommended the most), I think you can do some pretty incredible stuff with this.

Now I'm in the process of re-evaluating all the different apps I had purchased the first go around for note-taking, annotations, etc. to see how they work with the Pencil.  I'm hoping to use this as my primary note taking device for work.  Every previous attempt has failed for one reason or another (meaning I go back to pen/paper); let's see how this goes.
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