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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 29, 2014, 03:55:33 AM
Just got back from a preview- I LOVED IT. Will be catching it again this weekend in IMAX!

Definitely my favorite Marvel movie to date. This is the first one that I feel has real classic potential. Can't wait to see it again!
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: July 28, 2014, 07:32:28 PM
You guys are CRAZY. This looks like proper Mad Max awesomeness. My first thought after the trailer was "nailed it"
3  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 04:18:38 PM
He's saying they are obsequious to the point of creepy. I get it.
4  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Pop-ups from ads on mobile on: June 11, 2014, 02:53:19 AM
Ok, let me know if this happens any more. The ads displaying now should be google ads.
5  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Pop-ups from ads on mobile on: June 07, 2014, 11:52:51 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 07, 2014, 09:38:24 PM

Site was down for a while yesterday, could someone have hijacked and written this stuff in?

No, that was due to our forum software shitting the bed, as it does so often.

This is an issue I will bring up with the ad network. Please continue to post any and all images of this happening in this thread.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A little different request....music to travel by on: June 06, 2014, 10:45:42 PM
The band's name is Failure. They used to tour with Tool back in the day, and Ken Andrews went on to produce several albums in the early 2000s (Tenacious D, for example) and they have been making a comeback. Their best album is Fantastic Planet, from which this song was on:

http://youtu.be/_cntLoJ8nCs

Its basically the best 90's era band you've never heard. I'm gonna see 'em play next week in Houston biggrin
7  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Ignore user feature on: May 27, 2014, 04:43:20 PM
No, it's not active, and there is no intention to make it so.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: May 15, 2014, 09:51:38 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 15, 2014, 09:16:23 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 15, 2014, 07:04:54 AM

otter's was close to my favorite, but my favorite was definitely 'I found it'  my fiancee laughed for entirely too long on that part

Very good part as well with just one thing that bothered me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
There was a body on the floor indicating that Garret had killed someone while getting out of his box, seemed a bit out of place along with the humor of the moment

Spoiler for Hiden:
...which was a totally Joss Whedon moment. Body included.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: May 02, 2014, 09:31:31 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 02, 2014, 01:40:01 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 02, 2014, 01:32:25 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 02, 2014, 11:19:57 AM

Shown on the XB1

I guess that means Xbox will be the lead platform for Call of Duty this generation as well. This has been the topic of quite a bit of debate recently, with most people suspecting that the PS4 would get to carry the torch this time around. I wonder what kind of impact, if any, this will have.

Kind of cool that Spacey is getting into video games in some way, though I wish he would have done that in some other franchise than Call of Duty. Having said that, this trailer was actually quite nice, most of all thanks to his performance.



Actually, I found it odd the Polygon pointed this out.   I expected that the PS4 would be the lead console as well. 

It's blatantly the first thing in the trailer.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 30, 2014, 07:01:31 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 29, 2014, 07:04:44 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 28, 2014, 04:33:54 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 28, 2014, 04:28:24 PM

Rumor has it that they are working on a dramatic take on their original character- Crash Bandicoot.

Is this for real?

It's a real rumor, yes.

I loved the PSX games so I'm up for a new one.

I was totally kidding smile
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 28, 2014, 04:28:24 PM
Rumor has it that they are working on a dramatic take on their original character- Crash Bandicoot.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 24, 2014, 09:36:49 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 24, 2014, 06:39:48 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on April 24, 2014, 06:28:39 PM

Well it's pretty much confirmed that net neutrality is dead. Hooray for closed door promises and lobbyists becoming policy makers and policy makers becoming lobbyists.

Yep, I am pretty liberal, but honestly with this, f*** Obama. No different than any other politician, appointing a lobbyist to the head of the FCC was BS, now we the consumers get the brunt of the costs yet again while the businesses prosper.

I've long been of the opinion that the majority of our elected officials across the board on both the local and federal levels have been bought and sold for years. While I trend towards agreeing with perspectives espoused by liberals, I stopped deluding myself that politicians as a group are concerned with the well being of our country or it's people over money and power. Makes me fucking sick.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 09, 2014, 09:20:43 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 09, 2014, 08:51:55 PM

TI'm afraid it might be too late; it looks like their ratings are just about stagnant and surprisingly they got no boost from the movie, kind of a bummer given how much fun the past couple of weeks have been.  I don't even know if an Avengers 2 crossover can save them now. 

Looking at the actual numbers, it seems to be doing ok compared to other shows in it's slot. Reading the analysis of those numbers by various sources I'm getting the impression of significant bias against the show, mostly due to critical reception of the first two thirds of the season (which is mostly warranted)
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 09, 2014, 09:17:10 PM
They might be willing to play the long game on this, considering Disney owns all the pieces to this (ABC, Marvel). Also, they are repeating the episode next week right before the new one, likely to continue to play off of Winter Soldier's continued box office draw.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 09, 2014, 08:22:12 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 09, 2014, 07:06:21 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 08, 2014, 03:25:27 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
my money is on Ward being a Hydra agent. Certainly one of the team is going to be, and given his odd shooting of the 'clairvoyant' last episode that would go a long way towards explaining it

Nice job on this one!!!  I never would have thought they'd go this route, but I kept thinking about it while watching the episode after you wrote this and by the time it got to a few scenes, I kept expecting it to happen... and it did!

Spoiler for Hiden:
When he does the scene about wanting to date Skye, I pretty much guessed he was bad.  Otherwise it was just the acting that was bad lol.  The chemistry between them is horrible, but that just makes what happened even better.

Loved what they did with the show, they really went balls deep with the connection to the Cap movie.  I don't think any TV show has ever done this kind of integration with a movie on this kind of timed scale.  It was a bold move but hopefully not a bad one in terms of what they sacrificed to make it happen.  Now I can understand why had all those schedule issues, it must have been tough to make sure it was timed well.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yeah, once I saw the movie and realized that the show's 'big bad' arc could easily fit in, it just seemed necessary that one of the team was a Hydra agent. By that point, it was process of elimination: Sky was too easy an answer and too much that happened with her couldn't be explained away (getting shot in the gut, for one); May was obviously going to be a red herring, but just as it seemed obvious that there was a Hydra agent, it also seemed like a good call that Fury had someone in the team acting as his eyes and ears and that May was the likely person for that. Fitz could have potentially been a Hydra agent, moreso than Simmons, but the two of them were well established as being a pair and it would have been a much tougher sell to just one of them as Hydra, and both of them as Hydra seemed unnecessary. Coulson seemed very unlikely, though there might have been some brainwashing involved, however, that would have lessened the impact of having a Hydra agent on the team considerably. Wade was the obvious choice- prior to the show he worked mostly solo and by nature was field operative, and looking at his actions over the last few episodes- especially the killing of the dupe the previous episode- those actions fit in well with a double agent covering up something. Now, Coulson immediately jumped to that conclusion last episode when he threw him into the cage, and based on the way his gaze lingered on Wade as he was walking to the transport I feel he suspected something still (especially considering Garrett was his SO). Add to that the slightly odd way Hand suddenly decided to hand Wade her gun to take care of Garrett, I'm of the mind that Hand really isn't dead, and she and Coulson plotted to get Wade to show his true colors (rather than Wade faking it like I've seen thrown around). Remember, Wade shot Hand and the other two agents with Hand's gun.

All in all, damn awesome way to continue the integrated Marvel U into the small screen. Marvel is taking some really interesting risks this year with stuff and I LOVE it!
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 09, 2014, 06:28:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 09, 2014, 05:14:44 PM

Quote from: Scraper on April 09, 2014, 12:26:56 PM

Quote from: disarm on April 09, 2014, 02:03:59 AM

I would STRONGLY recommend holding off on watching tonight's episode if you haven't seen Captain America yet. It won't completely ruin the movie, but I think that CA will be more enjoyable without seeing what happens on tonight's SHIELD. They didn't waste any time jumping right into the huge changes that one would expect after seeing The Winter Soldier, and they give up quite a few secrets that would take some of the surprise out of the movie.

Warnings aside, tonight was probably the best episode of AoS so far, and it's pretty awesome to see the way that they're pulling all parts of the Marvel universe together. Now I'm really curious to see what happens next week. At this point, I can totally see AoS setting the stage for the next round of Marvel films...very cool  icon_cool

Thanks for the warning. I think what I will do is save the rest of the season, then watch them all at once after I see Captain America. Which probably won't happen until it comes out on Blu-Ray.

the bad thing is if enough people do this and they notice, they might think nobody likes the show any more.  I really wish they would redo how ratings are done.

That's not any different than any DVR use case, though.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 08, 2014, 03:25:27 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
my money is on Ward being a Hydra agent. Certainly one of the team is going to be, and given his odd shooting of the 'clairvoyant' last episode that would go a long way towards explaining it
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 06, 2014, 01:56:29 AM

Quote from: Punisher on April 06, 2014, 12:54:45 AM

Quote from: disarm on April 05, 2014, 11:09:57 PM

Went to see The Winter Soldier this afternoon on IMAX 3D...awesome movie that is easily one of the top Marvel films so far, right up there with Ironman and The Avengers. I think the coolest thing is that it really raises a lot of questions about what will happen in future Marvel films, and might even have a major impact on the Agents of SHIELD tv show. I love the way that Marvel is tying all their stories together...great stuff!
Spoiler for Hiden:
I think next weeks episode takes place during the end of the movie. This past weeks takes place before the movie, right to the end of the episode which sounded like it takes place at the start of the end of the movie.show spoiler maybe..
Spoiler for Hiden:
I would guess that the clairivoient is the AI from the movie

Spoiler for Hiden:
Really? I was thinking Sitwell or Hand, though Sitwell's death in the film seems to take the oomf out of that particular reveal. I think we're definitely going to see that a previously established character in the show will end up being Hydra, though
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 05, 2014, 04:03:55 AM
Hand's down my favorite Marvel film so far. Really quite incredibly good. Plotting to go see it again soon...
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 03, 2014, 03:40:15 PM
My ranking:

  • Avengers
  • Cap 1
  • Iron Man 1
  • Thor 1
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor 2
  • Hulk
  • Iron Man 2

I liked Cap 1 more than Iron Man 1 due to the third act of Iron Man kind of sucking (for me). I thought Cap was a better movie as a whole, though the first two acts of Iron Man are better.

The only one I just can't bring myself to watch again is Iron Man 2. bleh. I actually dug Norton Hulk, it did a lot of things right in my opinion, but the third act just sucked.
Isn't it crazy that the 9th(!) Marvel movie is coming out now? It really feels like they are starting to hit their stride...
21  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: university blocking gamingtrend on: April 02, 2014, 07:27:20 PM

Quote from: gangeli on April 02, 2014, 03:36:16 PM

gamingtrend stopped working at my university a few weeks ago.  I thought the site was just down.
Finally got around to pulling it up at home, and find that it IS up.

I inquired with our fine ITS security folk, and it ends up that gamingtrend is being blocked as a botnet.
I figure if it's happening at my school, I'm sure it's getting blocked other places.

The exact response I got was:

"Made it on to our reputation list for being part of a botnet…with a pretty high score at that.
Their IP’s showed up on EmergingThreats and SANS"

Not sure what, if anything, admins can do to get the site off those lists, but just wanted to let someone know this was happening.



Lovely. Yet another ringing endorsement for our co-location facility. We've had problems of a similar nature before this, and we've been poking at some other services for a while now, I imagine this will prompt Ron to accelerate that when he gets back.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iOS games for a long flight? on: April 01, 2014, 07:28:54 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 01, 2014, 07:16:09 PM


If you're interested in board game adaptations, that opens up a ton more options

Lords of Waterdeep!
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iOS games for a long flight? on: April 01, 2014, 07:06:45 PM
You might find some, I don't know, maybe in the Portable Gaming forum?
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 04:22:10 PM
A few weeks ago at SXSW, I moderated a panel on the UX of games, and one of the final discussion points we brought up was around VR and the Rift. It was our one moment to cast into the future of UX and gaming and we discussed the viability of the product and made the point that the software using the tech would also have to evolve into a more user-centric direction even more than mobile or other technologies due to it's very nature. Since then, one of my panelists and I have been discussing how we would go about designing interactions for the platform that resulted in a lot of "it would be cool if..." sequences. Until yesterday (and to an extent, until Sony announced Morpheus), I never really thought it would be something I'd directly pursue as I'm primarily in the field of software design and have pretty much ruled out game design due to the volatile nature of the industry. Now I'm encouraged that the tech can go beyond the limited application of gaming and see a wide vista of opportunity. That's exciting to me, very exciting.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 04:00:08 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 26, 2014, 03:34:11 PM

So again.  Even if you really really really want to post your opinions in really clever dickish ways just to show how funny and clever you are, can you please, pretty please set that aside and just talk about the Rift?

Seriously, that's not my intent. I am literally exasperated at the close-mindedness and myopic attitude towards this event. It doesn't make sense to me at all. Then again, I also don't align with the 'Facebook is evil' mindset either, at least not when looking at other large companies we hold up in this industry and their considerable missteps and shady dealings.

The last few weeks have had me reconsidering my view of the viability of VR and the potential as a new computing platform. Yesterday's announcement has me and a collaborator buddy of mine and I considering pulling the trigger on a dev kit- we're thinking about exploring interaction design possibilities in the area, because it's really starting to look like this is really picking up steam and we've been talking about doing something beyond the day to day of our day jobs. This potential has us incredibly excited.

So I look at responses from Notch and tcweidner and others, and my gut response is "kneejerk." I speak conversationally on this board and maybe it's too much to think I can have a heated discussion here without someone taking what I'm saying personally- I'm certainly not taking anything anyone else is saying personally. Again, it's not my intent. I get passionate about stuff and that's how I talk and write. If were were talking to you face to face and I were saying the same things you would likely consider me more 'boisterous' than 'asshole-ish'. And sure, 'smartass' as well. 'Blunt' even. I guess I just feel I can speak this way here because I've been here so long and I feel I can speak my mind. I like to think others feel that way too. Maybe I'm wrong.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 03:33:41 PM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 26, 2014, 03:19:23 PM

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I just think it's an incredibly myopic outlook
why dont you post that opinion on your myspace account..I mean Murdoch bought it, one of the largest media companies in the world, it must be huge by now... thats still a thing right... oh thats right.. without community backing you..you got nothing... and Facebook is now starting to face the same thing....and Oculus will go for the ride.....its all about community

Your analogy has issues.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 03:27:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 26, 2014, 03:20:11 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on March 26, 2014, 03:03:51 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 26, 2014, 02:58:46 PM

And even if you're right, th'FOOL, can we try talking about this news without being assholes to each other?

So calling someone's assertion about something horseshit is being an asshole? I don't have any personal beef with tcweidner, I'm not calling him any names. I just very much disagree with that assertion and I did so colorfully. Good grief.

Here are some of the things you've said in the form of an asshole, and some suggestions for how to not be an asshole about it:

Quote
Ridiculous kneejerk reaction.
"I think it's way too early to assume the worst."

Quote
Horseshit. Pure horseshit.
"I disagree."

Quote
Once the nerdrage settles it's not going to make a damn bit of difference.
"People are upset now, but I don't think the path of the Rift is going to change as much as people are fearing."

Yeah, I'm going with horseshit on that, too. The only comment I made directly about anything someone said on this thread was the original 'horseshit'. If you're expecting me to be politically correct in my commentary around something outside of the scope of this message board I'm ok with you thinking I'm an asshole. I think it's ridiculous, but you are certainly entitled to your opinion.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 03:15:24 PM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 26, 2014, 03:09:06 PM

Quote
he Reddit thing you linked to?
or the industry site, or I could link you to the oculus developer boards but they are private, so that would do me know good.  But hey you guys keep thinking you know whats going on here. Who made the Oculus Rift what it is today?  the nerds, techies, the community that surrounds it, without their support, it will never get the footing needed. They'll likely only be one winner in this fight, and now the community is looking for someone new to back... and yet you think this is a good thing for Oculus?

I just think it's an incredibly myopic outlook.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 03:08:07 PM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 26, 2014, 02:57:07 PM

You act as start up can never be successful unless purchased and backed by some big large established company, and that simply is "horseshit" as you say


No, that's not what I'm saying at all. I'm saying that to push the scope outside of gaming it was always going to take a larger company. VR gaming is a beachhead for a much larger application of the technology- why do you think Sony started their own VR tech? Do you think MS isn't working on something similar at this point? Google? Do you think gaming is the end goal for any of these companies?
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 03:03:51 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 26, 2014, 02:58:46 PM

And even if you're right, th'FOOL, can we try talking about this news without being assholes to each other?

So calling someone's assertion about something horseshit is being an asshole? I don't have any personal beef with tcweidner, I'm not calling him any names. I just very much disagree with that assertion and I did so colorfully. Good grief.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 02:59:36 PM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 26, 2014, 02:53:56 PM

Quote
It's not like we have to log in to Facebook to use the Oculus Rift either, so what kind of privacy breaching are they supposed to be doing? This isn't an online service.
How do you know?  fact is you just made that up.  We have no idea how this will effect things, all we know as of a few days ago it would of been madeness to think you would have to have a facebook account to play with the Oculus, now..not so much.  Did you even listen to what Zuckerberg said, even in PR spin he still mentioned  socialization is now a big part of this... ugh

Fact is, nobody knows for sure. I think the one thing we can at least consider is that the founders of the company have a vision for where they want to take this product, and they almost certainly have been fighting off suitors for several months now. Time will tell how this plays out.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 02:54:32 PM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 26, 2014, 02:45:16 PM

VR will be a battefield in these upcoming years, Oculus wasnt the only company doing this.. but it was the one the "nerds" were pushing for, they had the backing on the indies, the developers like NOtch who like or not have changed the industry.   Whoever wins the VR battle is going to need to backing of the indies, the nerds, the techies, Oculus just lost all of that. Will we move toward SOny's new VR product, or a new start up, or possibly will Valve get into the game now that they were just screwed by Oculus and have the best tech in VR?   

take a look at reddit http://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/

is that the PR you really want after a merger? 

We were all pulling for Oculus, now we arent, thats the simple truth.  Noone wants this technology tied to freakin Facebook in anyway.

Horseshit. Pure horseshit. Once the nerdrage settles it's not going to make a damn bit of difference. It was always going to take a larger entity's involvement to push this outside the narrow scope of gaming, and if Facebook keeps it's side of the bargain together they will drive the technology into an area beyond the niche peripheral.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 03:50:58 AM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 26, 2014, 02:51:33 AM

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Ridiculous kneejerk reaction
tell that to Notch

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We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus," he tweeted. "I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.

but you go ahead and feel free to fall for some dime store PR blurbs about how its all such a good thing.


If I could tell Notch to his face I absolutely would. And those articles merely confirmed my initial thoughts on the matter the minute it was announced. This technology has a MUCH greater potential than just games, and Facebook's backing- along with nearly every move Oculus VR has made since the beginning- widens the scope of that potential dramatically.

Think back to how Google diversified and expand their focus over the last decade. This goes beyond Facebook the social media platform.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 01:50:16 AM
http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/25/5547884/interview-oculus-founder-says-facebook-deal-will-make-virtual-reality

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We're a rocket, and we just attached ourselves to an even bigger rocket to get it out there and deliver a better virtual reality experience to the world.

This purchase wasn't made because they want to give us stupid Facebook games in VR, this was made because Zuckerberg wants to make Snow Crash come true.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: March 26, 2014, 01:34:43 AM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 26, 2014, 01:09:40 AM

and my enthusiasm just went from about 95% to 5%  with this nightmare announcement that Facebook has bought Oculus.   And it seems I am not alone, the community surrounding the Oculus is just imploding with hate and disappointment with the company.

Ridiculous kneejerk reaction.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/25/oculus-founders-facebook-lets-us-bring-the-best-vr-experience/

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"We don't know what we'll price this at," he said. The goal is to "get this out at the most affordable price possible." Zuckerberg, according to Iribe, offered Oculus the chance to "reduce or eliminate the hardware margin and just get this out there."

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"We already had a vision for the company," Luckey told us in a brief post-announcement interview. "Facebook is going to let us do it, but with their resources behind it."

"We have zero interest in doing what someone else thinks is the right thing," he added.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 22, 2014, 03:21:45 AM
Quote
I've seen a lot of talk about the facial animations and particle effects, both of which are very nice, but I'm surprised there hasn't been more talk about the voice acting and dialogue.  The chemistry between Delsin, his brother, and Betty is on par with what I'd expect from an Uncharted game -- the environmental mixing is pitch-perfect, and it sounds like the actors are actually talking to each other rather than just recording lines in a booth.

This. Absolutely.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 20, 2014, 05:46:15 PM
Reviews that cite a lack of innovation speak more about the reviewer's expectations than the game itself. I think there is more merit to reviewing a game for what it is rather than what it isn't, though at times there is certainly a fine line when it comes to critique in that regard.

As developers become accustomed to developing for next-gen systems we'll start seeing more innovation, but I'm surprised anyone was expecting something beyond an iteration from the previous two games with higher quality graphics. I'm actually glad Sucker Punch showed some restraint and iterated on what worked.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Solomon Kane on: March 01, 2014, 06:57:27 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 01, 2014, 04:23:07 PM

I don't remember how it did over here.


That's easy- it didn't. Was direct to video over here
39  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 25, 2014, 02:58:43 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 25, 2014, 02:53:35 PM

You shouldn't have to feel that giving someone a basic right is capitulation though.  It should just be the right thing to do.  Period.

I think this underscores the issue. There are degrees of support and opposition, and like I alluded to earlier, those on the right that don't support the discriminatory laws aren't exactly championing gay rights and are more ambivalent than anything else.
40  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 24, 2014, 04:06:30 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 24, 2014, 02:00:28 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on February 24, 2014, 02:45:45 AM

Yes AA all conservatives are evil and want laws like this to pass.

I have to agree with brett on this (his point, not the sarcasm).  There are many types of conservatives.  Not all of them are pitchfork wielding villagers trying to drive out anyone who is different.

I think it's safe to say that mainstream GOP has a pretty strong track record of trying to deny gay rights and gay marriage. Not all of them are as willing to cede the moderate votes as Arizona is, but I'd be willing to bet that if there were no public or media outrage over bills such as these that they would at least be complicit.
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