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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teaching kids about on-line safety - I thought I had more time! on: August 30, 2014, 02:22:16 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 30, 2014, 12:41:14 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 29, 2014, 03:54:26 PM

My kids are a few years behind yours, so I'll be interested to hear what people have to say.  I think you're already ahead of the game just knowing that you do need to take some precautions this early on.  A not-so-computer-savvy friend of mine had her 5 and 7-year-olds freely using youtube.  "They're just watching videos about this video game they like!"  She had no idea how many of the 'related video' links on the side of the screen were already venturing into inappropriate territory.

Man, I'm interested to hear others thoughts on this too.  Mine are 7 and 4, and I don't want to be a prude, but I'd be hard pressed to let them play an online game at this age.  Maybe this is because all crap i heard playing MW2 and everything else. 

The online games where you can only talk in emotes are pretty safe as far as player interactions go.
2  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: August 29, 2014, 09:15:11 PM
Even with this I feel like rioting a bit. ; )

I mean, there have been some really awesome 3DS games, but overall I'm disappointed with the pace of good releases coming out. It just feels like we're so far from the onslaught of great games we had with the last few Nintendo handhelds. I'd rather see them squeeze more life out of the current platform until it's time for a whole new one, rather than this mini-upgrade. The more games take advantage of the upgrades, the more I'll be grumpy about needing to upgrade.  <cantfindthecolbertsmiley>
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teaching kids about on-line safety - I thought I had more time! on: August 29, 2014, 03:54:26 PM
My kids are a few years behind yours, so I'll be interested to hear what people have to say.  I think you're already ahead of the game just knowing that you do need to take some precautions this early on.  A not-so-computer-savvy friend of mine had her 5 and 7-year-olds freely using youtube.  "They're just watching videos about this video game they like!"  She had no idea how many of the 'related video' links on the side of the screen were already venturing into inappropriate territory.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood will reboot anything - Underworld on: August 28, 2014, 05:22:50 PM
I've been charting the movie reboot trends and if my figures are correct, next year we'll see a reboot come so quickly it will predate the original film.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 27, 2014, 08:58:38 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 27, 2014, 08:38:16 PM

You guys are horrible!

Not as horrible as those zombies that form together into one giant zombie!  Even with Ellie in control after she harnesses her mutant psychic abilities, that whole sequence gave me nightmares.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 27, 2014, 06:07:37 PM
Oh wait, that might be considered a spoiler.  Don't read the above post until you get to the part where they find the biplane and crash it into the submarine.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 27, 2014, 06:05:54 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 27, 2014, 05:59:20 PM

I just reached the second Spring (the one following the cold Winter) this morning. Roughly how far into the game am I? I'm trying to finish the game off before I leave for PAX on Thursday evening.

Please no spoilers!!

Also be sure to avoid reading about that one movie where they build a fake zombie suit to infiltrate a zombie camp and it turns out the suit is infected and their farmer friend they just made turns into a zombie, because the plots are nearly identical.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 27, 2014, 02:26:40 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 20, 2014, 10:15:32 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 20, 2014, 09:32:32 PM

Now I have to do it with a paladin? Ugh, I just want to be done with it. From what I read you can do it by buffing up slimes but I am not having any success with it.
Buffing the slimes is a must since the clone retains any buff the parent has.  Save up your slimes until you at least two buff cards in your hand.  Also donít play more than 4 minions total or the AI will just wipe the board.
Don't feel bad, Lee. The Paladin challenge is by far the worst class challenge. They want you to set up slime combos and a Blood Knight combo, but the rest of the deck doesn't really support it. You're pretty much at the mercy of the random number generator on this one.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: August 25, 2014, 06:14:25 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 24, 2014, 07:07:58 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 23, 2014, 06:43:10 PM

Mine still functions fine, but the left analog trigger has developed an annoying spring squeak/creak and doesn't move as smoothly as the other.

I googled this when it happened to me pug and was able to pop off the trigger and put some silicone grease on a little piece and put trigger back.  Haven't had an issue since.

Oh thanks!  I'll give it a try.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Go to a mirror. Look into it. Inhale deeply through only your nose. on: August 24, 2014, 05:34:13 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on August 24, 2014, 04:55:11 AM

What inspires this action? What's it mean?!?

Right nostril constriction has a 73% correlation with a preference for furries.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: August 23, 2014, 06:43:10 PM
Mine still functions fine, but the left analog trigger has developed an annoying spring squeak/creak and doesn't move as smoothly as the other.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 22, 2014, 08:29:28 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on August 22, 2014, 07:09:01 PM

Anyone using Voice Attack with Elite? I'm very tempted to use this, looks like a great idea.
http://youtu.be/SxhiLpLeFhU

I'm not using it (yet), but I've heard a lot of people using it well with Elite. I'd be especially interested in using it for specific power balance settings since power management is such a huge part of dogfights.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fish Play Street Fighter on: August 22, 2014, 03:58:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 22, 2014, 03:48:11 PM

as long as we don't start marching into death booths due to some fish losing a match, I'm ok with it. 

I cannot promise that.  I do what the fish says.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fish Play Street Fighter on: August 22, 2014, 03:28:53 PM
I finally watched this and now I can't stop.  I can't help but start rooting for one of the fish.  I think in the near future this may be how the nations of the world resolve their problems.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 22, 2014, 03:24:27 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 22, 2014, 02:50:10 AM

what setup did you go with? have a link?

Fighterstick:


Throttle:


And if you want to go all out, they also sell rudder pedals.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 22, 2014, 02:11:02 AM
Definitely analog control of the thrusters for both direction and magnitude.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 22, 2014, 12:33:47 AM
If anyone's still comparison shopping HOTAS options, I went back and forth a ton between the X52 and the CH Products options, and ended up deciding on CH Products.  In general, CH seems to have a better reputation for hardiness compared to the X52.  Saitek stuff gets some "I've never had a problem" reviews along with "XYZ broke after 1/3/12 months", whereas CH gets almost entirely "it's worked for 5/10/20 years flawlessly" reviews.  

The big omission on CH is that there's no yaw twist on the stick, but that's also one of the first points of failure on the X52.  I mapped yaw left/right to buttons on the throttle, which works for me but may make others unhappy.  In the CH's favor, it has a thumb analog stick on the throttle which is fantastic for the lateral thrusting in Elite.  Point of preference, CH's throttle moves directly forward/back instead of arcing over an axis like the X52.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 18, 2014, 09:58:22 AM
In the game's current state, space trucking is way more profitable than pirating or bounty hunting or any kind I combat profit. To escape from combat, you can disable flight assist and hit afterburners to maintain afterburner speed indefinitely, and then you can reenter hyperspace before the interdicting ships even get close enough for your sensors to identify. While I'm building up cash with my Hauler, I'm not even flying with a weapon installed.

As for the starter ship viability, definitely choose your fights carefully. Cobras are probably too much, especially if they outnumber you. Sidewinders are doable, and you can definitely take on whatever those small patrol ships are called. You can also look for conflict zones (choose a faction to side with on the right panel) and then do a battle that's not everyone out to get just you.

If you get enough money for some upgrades, gimballed weapons are great for beginners since they give you such a wide zone for accurate targetting.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 15, 2014, 05:39:26 AM
Thanks, that does answer what I was curious about. 
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 15, 2014, 05:25:10 AM
TiLT, how big a difference does the Rift's varying pixel density have on text legibility?  If you turn your head away from a texty instrument panel but keep your eyes set on the text, can you notice the text getting chunkier/blurrier?
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 15, 2014, 04:05:25 AM
Well, TrackIR is on its 5th hardware version release, so one would hope it'd be a wee bit more polished than prerelease prototype hardware & software.
22  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 14, 2014, 08:12:47 PM
My only issue with Godus so far is that even with the leashing ability, getting my followers to go where I want them to go is starting to feel like Get Really Pissed Off At Pathfinding: The Game.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 14, 2014, 06:45:13 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 14, 2014, 06:30:45 PM

I had a bit of trouble with Grobbulus and Gluth in the Construct wing.  Definitely a bigger challenge than the last wing.

For Grobbulus I used my druid deck that I use for when I get the "Only the Mighty" quest.  It's filled almost entirely with beefy 5+ cost minions and so Grob's hero power doesn't affect them much.  I put all my "gain a mana crystal" cards in the deck and try to be sure to get some in the mulligan, that way I can still play the beefy minions fairly early in the round count.

For Gluth, my favorite Paladin deck is already almost entirely made up of 1 health minions, so that works out really well.  Divine shield also comes in really handy.  If you have a Murloc deck, I'd bet that would work pretty well against Gluth also.

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 06:35:48 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 14, 2014, 06:29:29 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 14, 2014, 06:09:16 PM

What makes this situation so much worse than all the timed exclusives we saw in the PS3/360 era?

I think that what has made this most offensive for people is

1. It was a game whose predecessor appeared on all consoles and was expected to be the same
2. The crappy doublespeak they used to announce it

It was really a problem of their own making.

Offhand I can't recall a sequel from last generation that was exclusive (timed or otherwise). Bayonetta 2 is the closest example and that's a very different story.

I think TiLT is right that we may not actually have ever had this situation in the previous generation.  I could've sworn we did, but all the titles I'm remembering are turning out to be ones that really did have to have extra work done to get ported over to the later system.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 06:18:37 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 14, 2014, 06:11:12 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 14, 2014, 06:09:16 PM

What makes this situation so much worse than all the timed exclusives we saw in the PS3/360 era?

Which ones are those? As I said, I can't recall any similar situation to what we're seeing right now.

I'm finding it supremely hard to google for it, other than DLC timed exclusives.  Does Bioshock count?   It's really hard to filter out games that had to have extra work done to be ported to the second system.

Ninja Gaiden 2 seems to be a real example.   What about Bioshock?
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 06:09:16 PM
What makes this situation so much worse than all the timed exclusives we saw in the PS3/360 era?
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 03:48:45 PM
I've defended Polygon in the past, but yeah, they've gotten more and more clickbaity over time and the overall journalistic quality has taken a nosedive.  That was a very intentional "for what it's worth" included above.
28  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Realms [PC, Android, Mac and iOS] on: August 14, 2014, 03:43:04 PM
Out on iOS now! 
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 03:32:55 PM
For what it's worth: Polygon opinion piece on why this deal likely means more sales and higher profits.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 13, 2014, 06:57:10 PM
There's so much money to be had in cosmetic game items these days, it's hard to fault a dev for opening the doors for whales to hurl money at them.  Hell, they could probably charge $10 for hats to put on your spaceships and have a line around the block.  In retrospect, the horse armor DLC seems to have actually been ahead of its time. 

As long as they keep the pay upgrades cosmetic and avoid any kind of pay-to-win, I'll be content, though I guess I could see myself getting a wee bit grumpy if there was no in-game way to get a visual upgrade to your ship (at release, that is).

Quote from: Harkonis on August 13, 2014, 06:35:21 PM

I'll be streaming me learning this game and probably getting ganked after Gencon is over.
What're you going to be using for controls?  Have a HOTAS?
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 04:16:38 PM

Quote from: naednek on August 13, 2014, 03:50:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 13, 2014, 02:29:23 PM


You'd think after their XBox One launch with all the bad publicity they caused themselves, they would stay far far away from creating more.  I mean they just earned a lot of goodwill back lately, and now, in my eyes, they are back where they started

I think they underestimated how transparent their move would be to the public in today's age of information.  Their hope was probably that we'd all say "Oh wow!  The XB1 gets all the best games first!  I love XB1!" instead of "Oh wow!  MS paid a lot of money to screw over everyone else!  I hate MS!"
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 13, 2014, 02:16:59 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 13, 2014, 12:22:17 PM

Spoils

Season 5 was easily the best season of the show's run. Can't imagine having had to wait a week between episodes.

I'm not a BB nuthugger as I think the first two seasons were pretty mediocre. However, when Gus came on the scene things really started picking up.

More spoilsies


Did you know that the Gus character wasn't even part of the original plan?  Tuco was supposed to be the main bad guy for a longer stretch, but the actor had to leave the show because of a conflict with other stuff he was filming.  They invented Gus to be a bad guy as opposite to Tuco's personality as possible, and they liked him so much they kept the character going.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 12, 2014, 07:36:05 PM
I'd be more tempted to splurge if the thing had some resale value, but by the time I want to sell the devkit2, no one will want it because the release version will be imminent, not to mention Oculus is bringing down their wrath on any devkits they see showing up on ebay. 

So I'll just have to pace impatiently every day until the release version comes.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 12, 2014, 02:59:23 PM
Just a Geometry Wars screenshot in that article
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/11) on: August 12, 2014, 01:07:49 AM

Quote from: The Grue on August 12, 2014, 12:38:08 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 11, 2014, 04:04:31 PM

too much money at Gencon I'm sure

One year I am going to make it there.  I always go to PAX, which obviously isn't board game focused, but at least has some of it.  Still, I want to bathe in the glory that is GenCon.

Is PAX Prime low on boardgames?  PAX East practically has a football field dedicated to it.  I had a lot of fun just wandering around to different "teach this game" tables.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why all the hate toward Activision? on: August 11, 2014, 10:57:14 PM
Don't make me have a decidedly negative bias... you wouldn't like me when I'm holding a decidedly negative bias.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/11) on: August 11, 2014, 08:09:21 PM
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38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/11) on: August 11, 2014, 06:11:19 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 11, 2014, 04:04:31 PM

too much money at Gencon I'm sure

Instead of going all the way Gencon you can probably just go to any nearby bank and buy money at a pretty standard 1:1 rate.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: August 11, 2014, 05:19:02 PM
It does seem like I'm struggling more at the rank 17-18 area than I usually do, but I'm thinking it's just due to me getting used to the new Naxx cards.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why all the hate toward Activision? on: August 11, 2014, 05:04:21 PM
And as for Hearthstone, I think Activision Blizzard pretty much lets the Blizzard side of things do their own thing independently.
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