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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 16, 2014, 11:48:52 PM
I purposely avoid reading/watching spoilers about a movie in order to walk in thinking "I wonder what this is about."  If I see enough of a trailer to know I want to see something, I usually avoid all future trailers, don't rewatch the one I saw, and definitely don't go frame by frame looking for hidden details in the trailer.  The best situation is when someone recommends a movie or book to me without telling me anything about it.  I got to watch Primer that way and it made a big difference in my enjoyment.  For books, I recently got to read The Girl With All the Gifts without knowing a thing about the premise.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 16, 2014, 01:25:52 PM

Quote from: Obrusnine on December 16, 2014, 06:50:49 AM

If only I could play this game. The launcher is terrible, I flat out can't download the game...

It's ridiculous really, you have platforms like Steam for games like this and they still opt to using launchers that constantly get in the way of actually playing the game.

It's driving me insane... I've been trying to play for 9 hours now, lol

Not that it's much consolation, but the installation and launcher issues only came up recently.  I just tried to patch up my game this week and I kept having the installation stall out around 60% and display 0MB/s for the download.  After a few futile attempts to fix the issue, I ended up just leaving the launcher running for a few days and it finally finished the update on its own.
3  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 11, 2014, 08:43:33 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 11, 2014, 08:32:16 PM

Papers Please is coming to ios

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That's right. Papers, Please, the dystopian paperwork simulator--and one of the most unnerving, claustrophobic games I've ever played--is coming to iPad on Friday. Papers, Please won just about every gaming award possible when it was released, and it deserved them all.

If you didn't play this game on the PC (shame on you), here's another chance, and it should work perfectly on the iPad.

I follow the developer on twitter, and he said he had to remove the pixelly monochrome nudity in the game because Apple said it counted as "pornographic content."   icon_lol
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 11, 2014, 07:47:47 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 11, 2014, 07:34:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 11, 2014, 07:01:47 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on December 11, 2014, 02:43:21 PM

Yeah, I suppose you're right, it isn't an MMO, per se.

There's also a solo mode available, in which case it matters even less if some players get a head start. 

I'd say it matters about the same (but of course, you're technically correct anyway), as the chances of running into other players are pretty damn low in this game.

I haven't played in a patch or two -- didn't they add some kind of way to track people in hyperspace and intercept them?
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 11, 2014, 07:01:47 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on December 11, 2014, 02:43:21 PM

Yeah, I suppose you're right, it isn't an MMO, per se.

There's also a solo mode available, in which case it matters even less if some players get a head start. 
6  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: December 11, 2014, 04:00:54 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on December 11, 2014, 03:10:07 AM

Is there any reason to grab the $30 3DS version of the trilogy when I can grab the iPad version for a little more than half that ($17)?

The Phoenix Wright stylus won't work on the iPad version.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 10, 2014, 05:58:07 PM
No account wipe at launch.  Game on!
8  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 10, 2014, 05:40:51 PM


; )
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 10, 2014, 05:38:20 PM
How much do multiplayer map packs normally cost for CoD or other games?  Aren't they $15 or so without including any new weapons or equipment?

So even taking the new story missions out of the picture, since we already knew story missions were one of the worst parts of Destiny, isn't $5 pretty ok for a new strike (or two), new weapons & armor, and a new raid?

I mean, I'm still in the camp that almost all DLC schemes are bullshit, but this deal doesn't seem to be all that much more bullshit than the standard expectations of bullshit these days.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 10, 2014, 05:54:11 AM
Can these new "wrong enemy" cards bypass taunt minions when they trigger?
11  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 10, 2014, 01:30:55 AM

Quote from: Destructor on December 10, 2014, 12:31:45 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 02, 2014, 05:26:38 AM

I've got a New 3DS XL on its way to me from Hong Kong right now. Should receive it tomorrow. Looking forward to giving it a spin. smile

You realize that Nintendo is still behind the times and they region lock their consoles, right? What exactly are you going to play on it (short of pirated games)?

FWIW, the regular DS was not region locked. 
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 09, 2014, 08:13:15 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 09, 2014, 07:50:26 PM

So VoG armor is already obsolete? This game is so messed up.

I don't know about VoG armor specifically, but for other exotic pieces I believe there's a new method via Xur to upgrade their stats to be in line with the new expansion stuff.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 09, 2014, 04:22:25 PM

Quote from: Lee on December 09, 2014, 06:19:33 AM

You are at your computer, doing whatever, and you need a calculator. Do you open your computer's calculator app, Google it, use your phone, or grab a real calculator?

I've been an RPN diehard since I got converted in high school, so I reach for an RPN calculator app on my phone.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 08, 2014, 07:19:05 PM
I just want the record to show that I am not in favor of being kicked by you at any point in the foreseeable future, Kato.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 08, 2014, 02:47:58 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 06, 2014, 04:42:06 AM

New cards are fun! (Arena only until next week)

Yeah, I'm seeing a lot of fun new ones in my free Arena run.  Really looking forward to trying some new combos.
16  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: December 07, 2014, 02:00:58 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 28, 2014, 05:31:56 PM

If you're a fan of Final fantasy, I'd highly recommend the new Theatrhythm Curtain Call game.  It's an absolutely wonderful nostalgia trip wrapped in a solid and fun rhythm game.

You've been talking this up elsewhere, too, I think, so I ended up biting on it a week ago for my entertainment on some flights and business trip. I've been skeptical since I burnt out on the first one pretty quickly, but you're absolutely right. The new one fixes just about every nitpick I can remember having about the original, and improves on every aspect. Really really liking it so far.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Day of the Tentacle Special Edition on: December 06, 2014, 08:25:16 PM
Surprised they're not planning a release in tablets, but I'm buying this on day 1 regardless. One of my favorites.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 06, 2014, 03:18:42 AM
Watched way more TV before kids, watch a select few favorite series now.  Watch negligible amounts of sports.  Have not ever had a cable or dish subscription.  Main reason is cost/benefit has never made sense to me, secondary reason is that I've only ever desired a small handful of nonbroadcast channels, and only a small handful of shows on each of those channels.  I'd be far more interested in a $5/month Daily Show & Colbert Report subscription than I'd ever be in a $100 cable/dish subscription.  Almost everything my household wants to watch is on major networks, so over-the-air and a DVR works just fine for us.

I have subscribed to Netflix off and on.  Felt way happier with them before they made the big split of streaming and disc content.

Quote from: rittchard on December 05, 2014, 12:10:14 AM

For those that have "cut the cord" are you happy with the decision?
Over-the-air plus a homebrew SageTV dvr was all I needed for most of the 2000s, and when homebrew DVRs got too ornery for me I switched to over-the-air + TiVo and have been perfectly happy.

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What, if anything, would it take to make you come back to some sort of cable/satellite provider?
Streaming options are insanely disjointed and inconsistent right now.  If you put "just torrent it" as an option in the competition, it's just plain ridiculous how many hoops you have to jump through to stream through legitimate channels in comparison.  Is it even offered for streaming?  Is it on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, or a network site?  Is it per-view or subscription?  Oh it's unavailable this month because a cable network aired it?  Do I have to watch the same two commercials 50 times?  Oh, the crappy proprietary crappy streaming widget crashed and I have to rewatch all the commercial checkpoints all over again?  

Awful.  If someone did for video streaming what iTunes did for mp3 distribution, I would pay a premium for that.  

Quote from: rittchard on December 05, 2014, 06:28:01 PM

Unfortunately the stuff that YK mentioned is still prevalent.

YK's stuff applies to me as well.  If I see an offer for "get X for the first 6 months!" I read it as "you do not get X feature at all!"  I have no interest in jumping through hoops to ensure I keep getting a good deal.  I just want to subscribe or pay my flat fee per content and be done with it.

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Another question comes to mind, since we are more of the tech-oriented people here.  Does newer tech like 4K influence you at all?  Would some form of live 4K content (sports, concerts, etc) drive you to an alternate solution?
A provider with great 4k content may be of interest to me in 6-7 years when it's time for me to replace my TV again.  At the moment 4k content is irrelevant.

Quote from: rittchard on December 06, 2014, 01:21:12 AM

I had another question pop in my head while driving, how about exclusive content?  I guess that's kind of covered by the HBO question, but I guess more pointedly how important is new exclusive content to you?  Personally I pay for Netflix pretty much just for their exclusive shows, I rarely watch anything else with it.  

Exclusive TV content in general annoys me as much as console exclusives annoy me.  I want to have a one-stop shop for my content.  The only way exclusives become palatable is if my personal desirable exclusives all end up being on a single platform so it's a super easy decision for me.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: December 05, 2014, 08:29:51 PM
Hark, here's that video I mentioned that shows some advanced Abathur tactics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-suJs0omadM

I still do really well with him even without getting as aggressive and risky as the guy in that video.  For sneaky forward placement, sometimes I'll burrow over to a merc camp recently cleared on the enemy side of the map, since typically many of them won't get any enemy foot traffic until the merc timer gets close to running out.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 05, 2014, 06:19:21 PM
Are there good fighting sticks available for the PS4 yet?
21  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: December 04, 2014, 12:04:19 PM

Quote from: Azhag on December 03, 2014, 11:19:38 AM

Nope, I haven't!

Ouendan!!!!!
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shopping list app/program? on: December 03, 2014, 02:39:18 AM
I'd pay big money for a grocery list app that can know/learn your grocery store's layout. I'd love to be able to throw things onto a list and then magically have things arranged by aisle in the order I like to visit them.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shopping list app/program? on: December 02, 2014, 09:37:21 PM
Give Wunderlist a try.
24  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: December 02, 2014, 05:47:28 AM

Quote from: Azhag on December 02, 2014, 02:14:46 AM

Any good original DS games worth playing on the 3DS?

Have you not played any DS games at all?  The DS has one of the best and most diverse libraries of any gaming platform there has ever been, so yes, if you haven't played any yet there are quite a few worth checking out. : )
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 01, 2014, 04:28:12 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 30, 2014, 04:11:10 PM

So I picked this up for PS3 from an Amazon BF deal. Still putzing about, but does anyone have any links or suggestions on what I should be doing right now to get good loot and be a bad ass?

There's not a whole lot to worry about from level 1 to 20.  Things are pretty straightforward until a bunch of new things get introduced at 20.  If you're the type to dabble in different characters, try to get one to level 15 before you dabble too much since that will unlock the 2nd subclass for other characters you create.  Playing through the story at least until you unlock Mars as a destination makes for easier interplanetary travel.  Other than the story mode, PvE options also include doing patrol missions or doing 3-person strikes, which are more difficult PvE missions.  If you prefer PvP, just play whatever mode you like and you'll level up just fine.

Other than that the only other recommendation for 1-20 is to do as many daily quests as you can.  They can really speed up progress.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 28, 2014, 11:34:40 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 28, 2014, 11:19:56 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 28, 2014, 11:07:28 PM

The lightsaber is very strange in several ways. Look at the "blade" itself. It's very aggressive and long, much longer than any other lightsaber we've seen. The light almost looks like flames. I'm wondering if maybe this specific lightsaber is ancient technology, from back during the Sith's glory days or something. There's much going on here that we don't fully understand yet, and drawing too many conclusions about the lightsaber might not be wise yet

Maybe with no one to teach him how to make one, that crackling blade was the best he could do

And with the poor containment, he also needed some way to vent excess energy, so he vented it in a semi-useful direction and created the hilt.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: November 26, 2014, 02:27:01 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 25, 2014, 09:57:27 PM

Quote from: Punisher on November 25, 2014, 07:46:59 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 25, 2014, 06:17:24 PM

I do wonder why they needed to feed the dinosaur a endangered shark.  Couldn't anything fish do?
For the shark thing, what would you suggest? Based on the size of the dinosaur, I doubt it would have breached the water for a trout..

Sharks predate dinosaurs, so maybe it's the closest to the dinosaur's original diet?

Just occurred to me that sharks being on the endangered species list probably doesn't mean as much in this world, what with the extinction list no longer being a restriction.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: November 25, 2014, 09:57:27 PM

Quote from: Punisher on November 25, 2014, 07:46:59 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 25, 2014, 06:17:24 PM

I do wonder why they needed to feed the dinosaur a endangered shark.  Couldn't anything fish do?
For the shark thing, what would you suggest? Based on the size of the dinosaur, I doubt it would have breached the water for a trout..

Sharks predate dinosaurs, so maybe it's the closest to the dinosaur's original diet?
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 24, 2014, 04:59:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 24, 2014, 04:51:56 PM


Amazing.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 22, 2014, 06:29:52 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 22, 2014, 04:59:03 AM

Destiny is my biggest let down by far

lol, you put like 500 hours into that letdown!
31  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Destiny Raid 11-12-14 on: November 22, 2014, 01:30:13 AM
I think I can hop on right now, see you in a sec.  Texting a couple other folks who might join.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 21, 2014, 10:01:35 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2014, 08:41:40 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 21, 2014, 06:23:41 PM

I was rather shocked by how bland Destiny turned out to be.  I knew it wasn't a full SP game but I expected something better than just re-running the same patrol missions in the hope of getting better loot, just to get better loot so I can re-run the same patrol missions to get better loot, etc. 

It sure it pretty though. 
This sums it up pretty well.  Pretty/bland

My lightbulb moment came after spending an hour in front of the loot cave.  I played for an hour, got a few blues and more greens, and went from level 20 to level 20 with ~10  more light points .  I looked back and thought what I could be playing instead that I would actually enjoy and everything was more enticing. 

The loot cave was a red herring.  People are used to improving their characters through loot drops, and the loot cave looked like the most reliable way to get those drops, but the advancement from level 20-28 happens through increasing faction reputation so you can buy your next set of gear.  That faction reputation advances naturally from playing the game the way you want to in all the various PvE and PvP activities.

Not that it's at all your fault for thinking you needed loot drops for your gear at the point.  The nutty game design has your gear improve from loot drops in levels 1-20, then from faction purchases from 20-28, and then it goes right back to you needing raid loot drops for 28-30.   
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 21, 2014, 05:19:05 PM
Call of Duty multiplayer is my biggest disappointment.  Unplayable due to the lag issues, but even when I magically got a few lag-free rounds I found the map design and spawning system to be the worst I've ever seen in a CoD.  I had my expectations set really low, and the game still managed to [invent word that is the antonym of exceed] them.

My sleeper hit was Destiny, though I get why it's on so many of your disappointment lists.  I didn't play the beta and didn't follow hardly any of the hype, so I really didn't know what to expect going in.  Here I am hundreds of hours later still having fun with it.
34  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor on: November 20, 2014, 07:13:41 PM
I can't believe I'm getting tempted to step back into WoW.  How is Draenor for solo play?
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: November 20, 2014, 06:17:29 PM

Quote from: RuperT on November 20, 2014, 08:29:48 AM

I had a fine time, and learned myself oodles.  Maybe we can hit it again Friday?  I promise not to pick up the relic.

I'm game for another go whenever we can get everyone to align again, but I think we may have trouble pulling people away from some of the latest new game releases.  As far as I know this Friday works for me.

In other news, there was a big patch this week.

Highlights:
  • now 10 bounty slots
  • Iron Banner in progress again with a lot of changes since last time
  • Voice chat tools introduced for matchmade teams
  • Difficulty scaling changed to make 3-player strikes easier
  • Public events occur 10-15% more often
  • Levante finally selling a few more shaders in the Tower
  • Can now preview shaders and emblems
  • Fixed that stupid issue with getting credit for the bounty to kill Walkers
  • Lots of changes to multiplayer map layouts - might no longer be game-ruining to capture A on Blind Watch
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 20, 2014, 02:39:47 AM
Even though there are other games that thrilled me more as I was playing them, Hearthstone is tough to beat for my GOTY.  I've been playing that damn game almost every day for almost a year now.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 09:29:17 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 19, 2014, 09:13:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 19, 2014, 09:06:30 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 19, 2014, 08:19:49 PM

There's still 1 1/2 months left of the year, and whatever is freshest in our mind always shines the brightest. Give it a couple more months and ask again then. Any replies right now will be heavily skewed towards the latest releases, while completely skipping anything that hasn't come out yet.

There are no more big releases beyond Smash Bros and The Crew that I'm aware of.  A few more smaller games and re-releases I'm sure, but highly doubtful anything that would stick out as a GOTY.

So they don't deserve to be considered? And all those highly anticipated games that came out yesterday, are you claiming that we are all ready to toss our fair and balanced verdict about them into the pot? Games like Little Big Planet 3 aren't even out in Europe yet.

This thread is the very definition of impatience, and is way too early for it to have any significance whatsoever. If you guys can just control yourself until the beginning of January (at which point even the latest releases should have at least one or two weeks of distance), maybe our "GOTY" vote will mean something too. As it is, this is just ridiculous, and will detract from any other GOTY votes we may come up with for this year later.

But hey, suit yourselves. I'm not going to vote in this thread.

You getting a tattoo of the results of this thread or something?  What's the harm in having a discussion about our favorites as of now?  I'm pretty sure we can change our minds later or even start a January thread.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 18, 2014, 10:18:15 PM

Quote from: Kvothe on November 18, 2014, 09:51:10 PM

I just have two young kids 4&7 and never plan on playing this during regular hours anyway, plus I'm sure my wife wouldn't appreciate walking in on a strip club moment, just want to know what to expect!

If I remember right, there are some storyline sequences that will take you there for a few missions.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: November 15, 2014, 11:26:39 PM
Big kudos to everyone for staying patient and happy as we learned everything. Also big kudos to Moose for helping us out on such a long run despite already having run the raid this week.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: November 14, 2014, 10:17:08 PM
They added a couple more benefits to getting the game in beta instead of at release. 

Here's the list, new additions in bold.

• Your very own Eagle fighter ship docked in a secondary location in-game
• Exclusive pack of ship paint jobs
• A ‘day one’ ship decal
• A digital players guide
• A digital concept art book
• Plus loads more digital goodies to be announced over the coming weeks.
• Plus an automatic permit to visit Sol or anywhere in the Solar system without having to first earn a reputation with The Federation.
• 25% off in-game ship insurance for life to all our Beta backers
• free access to one of the 5 new ships when it’s released!


The discount on ship insurance is actually pretty significant.  Insurance is the way you replace your ship if you blow up, and the game currently has you pay the cost immediately after you blow up, so you have to keep some cash reserve always on hand.  The 25% off would mean that you would just always be able to play with less cash reserve and have more money put into your cargo or upgrades or whatever.

8 days left to get into beta if interested.
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