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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 20, 2014, 11:44:56 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 20, 2014, 07:57:37 PM

First light is either the worst map i've ever played evar or i'm doing something wrong.

Just get mauled no matter what i do.

It is indeed my least favorite map.  I'd recommend avoiding A as much as possible; I don't think it's particularly fun to assault or to guard.  Guarding B can be fun to guard since it's so vulnerable.  If you like sniping, there are plenty of places to snipe or countersnipe. 
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 20, 2014, 05:51:45 AM
Sorry I had to bail without a word tonight -- have some crazy family medical stuff going on these days and had to go run to help out with a situation.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 19, 2014, 05:41:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 19, 2014, 04:46:10 PM

Quote from: Razgon on September 19, 2014, 04:11:41 PM

YOu can switch between subclasses at will.

Okay let me ask this:

So I'm level 15 and a level 0 whatever the 2nd class is for warlock. Do I continue to unlock abilities only as I level? So level 16 before I get the next thing and level 17 before I get the next?

Or is it just based on experience acquired?

Are you mostly playing PvE or PvP?  In PvP, you're for the most part good to go as soon as you unlock your grenade, your double jump, and your super, and you can get all those unlocked pretty quickly if you do what Scaper said and jump-start the subclass with some bounty turn-ins.  Obviously things will be even merrier the more skills you have unlocked, but I'll have fun in PvP as long as I have those basic 3 abilities available.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 19, 2014, 01:09:23 PM
Also, your other two classes now have their 2nd subclass unlocked from the start.

Soul!!  *Fist Shaking*
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 18, 2014, 07:00:16 PM
I haven't noticed my 4S being any slower since the upgrade.  I did experience slowness last year when I did the iOS 7 upgrade, but disabling things like the zoom and parallax resolved that for me.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 18, 2014, 06:48:54 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 18, 2014, 06:42:58 PM

I think I asked this dumb question before  icon_redface -- I haven't moved from one iPhone to another before (the 5 was my first smartphone purchase in fall 2012). I'm on Verizon Wireless.

Beyond activating the iPhone 6 and synching via iTunes to get my 5's data onto it, do I need to do anything else with the iPhone 5 before resetting it to factory condition? I'm planning to send it in to Gazelle for Amazon credit.

Be sure to deactivate any authenticators you may have, like the one for Blizzard games.  It can sometimes be a huge pain to get that sorted out if you don't do the deactivation.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 18, 2014, 04:42:44 PM
Is occasional loot farming a recommended activity or just something for the obsessed to do?
8  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: The forums - how can we improve the experience? on: September 18, 2014, 03:14:18 PM
I think it's a love/hate feature, but I'd really welcome some of those of agree/like buttons to react to posts. In some of our quieter threads where people are reading but don't have anything to contribute, it would be nice for a poster see their post get some reaction button presses to know they're not talking to themself.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 18, 2014, 04:31:39 AM
So... I think Apple is trying to tell me to upgrade my 4S to one with a bigger screen:



The area bracketed in red is how much of a forum I now see when I'm writing a post.  This is using the Chrome app and the new default Apple keyboard.  In that screenshot, I'm responding to a big quote tree and already have several lines of my own text entered.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Moving into my house this weekend. on: September 17, 2014, 07:32:28 PM
I think he sounds more afraid of home ownership than the move itself.  

If you're afraid of home repairs, check out this thread from Teggy asking for advice on tools and items every home owner should have.

If you're afraid of paying for home repairs, be sure to set aside money every month for the home repair fund.  Expect that you're going to have to pay for stuff now, rather than hoping it doesn't and then having to scramble to find funds

If you're afraid of the mountain of paperwork of home purchasing, be sure to save all your receipts! Get ready for itemizing your tax return if you've never done it before, because from here on out it will probably be worth it.  Make sure you're doing all the things you're supposed to be doing regarding property taxes, and if the taxes aren't being handled as part of your mortgage payments, be sure you set aside 1/12 of your expected tax payment every month.

If you're afraid of your neighbors, build your fence higher.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair on: September 17, 2014, 06:08:22 PM
Metroplex got a new paint job!
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 17, 2014, 05:25:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 17, 2014, 05:14:51 PM

(the mailbox only grabs things you CAN'T get, not just stuff you don't get.  This is as far as I know.) 

Damn, seriously?
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 17, 2014, 04:27:09 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 17, 2014, 04:21:35 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on September 17, 2014, 03:30:23 PM

 I'd also like to see a better representation of valuable dropped loot in game.  

This to infinity. I have no idea how many i have missed because they look like ordinary ammo drops.  I'm sure someone raised the issue internally, but there had to have been a reason not to do it...i just don't know what it could have been.

If you miss picking up a piece of loot that's green or better, you'll see it show up in your mailbox back in town.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 17, 2014, 03:59:34 PM
I think they were hoping Dinklage-bot would come across as charming and lovable as GLaDOS. 

On another forum, someone proposed a Dinklage-bot drinking game:  take a swig every time the bot speaks and it's clear Dinklage had no idea what he was saying when he read the line
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 17, 2014, 03:37:33 PM
I'll probably be getting the 6- for myself by the end of the year, likely the 128GB version so I don't have to hold back so much on shooting video when I want to.  Might need to wait a little bit for the piggybank to fill up.  

The wife's upgrade comes first, though.  She has a bunch of crazy vision issues, so the larger screen is going to be a big life upgrade for her.  I think I'll try and get her to go for the 6+, but she has to see one in person first to make sure she likes the size.  
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 17, 2014, 03:26:28 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 17, 2014, 02:26:45 PM

Played one of the moon missions last night...and i thought it was one of the most beautifully designed environs I can remember.

Yeah, I was particularly impressed with the skyscape when I did my first moon mission.  Had to stop and stare for a minute before I started saving the universe.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 17, 2014, 12:25:04 AM
Do the young'ns playing this play it totally with the default survival settings?  Sandbox mode?  Does modding enter the picture? 

I played this a ton back when it was obscure and indie icon_cool but it's been a long while and I'm pretty out of touch with how it's morphed over time.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 16, 2014, 09:15:50 PM
Thank you guardians!  But the legendary engram is in another vault!
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 08:54:13 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 16, 2014, 08:19:01 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on September 16, 2014, 08:15:13 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 16, 2014, 07:49:21 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on September 16, 2014, 07:44:48 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 16, 2014, 07:40:51 PM



...the figures just don't add up at all. Especially since Microsoft says that they'll make their money back in a fiscal year (by June 2015). Wow. Just...wow.


That doesn't mean what people are reading it to mean.

http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/15/6153497/microsoft-minecraft-2-billion-deal

Break-even just means, in this context, that it will do better than the equivalent amount of money doing essentially nothing but passively earning interest. Which, given that Mojang has hefty sources of real income, isn't exactly a stretch by any means. They're not predicting they're going to take in $2.5 billion in less than a year.

ummmm

Well, sure. But if people aren't getting it, and they're not (which is fine, the language is confusing), it bears repeating. Apologies if I offended by reiterating.

No, no offense was made.  I just felt a little like old Bullwinkle for a second.  biggrin

Your umm would have been better directed if you quoted just Destructor instead of Clanwolfer. : )
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 16, 2014, 08:52:30 PM

Quote from: jament on September 16, 2014, 07:55:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 16, 2014, 07:06:13 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 16, 2014, 06:54:42 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 16, 2014, 06:29:45 PM

Does it even make you move faster in this game?

Harder to hit (for some).

Is that what bunny hopping means nowadays?  I thought it referred to the weird diagonal crouch hop people did to run faster.

I was referring to the practice of hopping or boost-hopping or double-hopping or hop-strafing all over the map instead of running. It is kind of amusing. The maps that have a lot of outdoor areas look like a massive flea circus, with players bounding all over.  I think it makes them harder to hit because the hit detection or whatever the game uses to determine hits and misses is less accurate across all 3 axis. But maybe I just suck.  

The days of 2-dimensional shooter games are pretty much over.  More and more shooters are intentionally increasing the use of the 3rd axis in both movement and level design, Destiny included.  You're supposed to be using your special jumping/floating abilities to jump/float and be a less predictable target.  To counter it, you're supposed to have to spend more time aiming at players in the air.

I'm not sure what you mean by the hit detection being less accurate across the 3rd axis.  
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 16, 2014, 07:41:35 PM
melee attack speed bonus explained

short version: swing 14% faster with the bonus, or about .92 seconds for a swing instead of 1.07 seconds.  The effect does not stack if you have two items with the bonus.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 16, 2014, 07:06:13 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 16, 2014, 06:54:42 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 16, 2014, 06:29:45 PM

Does it even make you move faster in this game?

Harder to hit (for some).

Is that what bunny hopping means nowadays?  I thought it referred to the weird diagonal crouch hop people did to run faster.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 16, 2014, 06:29:45 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 16, 2014, 05:48:24 PM

Quote from: jament on September 16, 2014, 05:39:55 PM

Did some Control multiplayer and all it did was make me remember how much I hate the bunny hopping. 

There should be a "Pogo-Kill" achievement and some sort of pogo-stick-melee-weapon.

It's like Easter out there.

It's basically Halo.  Run at a target and whoever melees first wins.

Melee hits aren't a one hit kill in most situations for full health targets.  I also have yet to see anyone bunny hopping.  Does it even make you move faster in this game?
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 16, 2014, 03:58:45 PM
Has anyone had a good/bad experience working with MS for a faulty disc drive?  Mine still mostly works but more often than not it now fails at identifying a blu-ray disc on the first try or two.

I want to get it fixed since it's the primary movie-machine for the kiddos, but I also don't want to lose access to Destiny for weeks and weeks right now if the turnaround time is terrible.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 16, 2014, 03:46:27 PM
Do the raids stay around indefinitely or are they also around for just a limited time?
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 03:21:42 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 16, 2014, 02:51:49 PM

Barely.

The monsters and combat in Minecraft has sucked from the beginning, it only works as an icing on the top aspect on the sandbox, and because most people don't know better and have gotten used to it.

Which part are you saying 'barely' to?
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 16, 2014, 03:21:07 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 16, 2014, 02:41:12 PM

I also ran a few crucible matches and finally managed a decent game.  I may be officially too old for this shit.  MP doesn't seem particularly suitable for the Scout/Sniper rifle build I favor as the range of most fights is handgun/shotgun range. 

I did a lot better with sniping once I found a sniper rifle with a lower zoom scope option.  Even on the most wide open maps, that zoom level seems more than enough.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 02:33:47 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 15, 2014, 09:45:20 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 15, 2014, 06:28:53 PM

Minecraft has fallen into the space where Pokemon and Skylanders reside - it's my big mental box called "Shit that Kids Really Love That I Don't Care About."  icon_biggrin

I futzed around with it for a long time when it first came out.  It was a fantastic sandbox and I had quite a bit of fun.  That said, the crazy way it has taken off is a bit surprising to me.

Aside from being a giant lego sandbox, it can also be an exploration survival horror game.  That's how I liked to play it.  There's even a sense of 'levelling up' through you trying to upgrade your equipment through the material tiers.  You need better equipment materials to be strong enough to go deeper in the mines to get better materials for better equipment so you can go deeper, etc., just like a traditional RPG.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 16, 2014, 12:51:19 PM
Anyone have a dummies guide to all the daily/weekly game chores I should be doing? 

  • I should be getting 100 marks every week before the cap resets on Tuesday
  • I should be doing a "daily heroic?"  What's that, the strike mission?
  • There's also a "weekly heroic?"
  • Raids are different than the strike missions, and not yet in the game?  Are they going to have time limits?
  • Other stuff?
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 15, 2014, 08:27:15 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on September 15, 2014, 08:21:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 15, 2014, 07:46:17 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 15, 2014, 07:45:38 PM

I will admit to liking punching guys with a Titan. Knuckleduster was a challenge I enjoyed.

This quote can also apply to Titanfall, oddly enough.
When I hit 15 with my Warlock I switched my subclass to Sunsinger to try that out.  Now I get to set people on fire by palming them.  While it doesn't entirely make up for losing my nova bomb ball of dark deathly greatness, it is rewarding to fire palm things.  I just wish the subclass was named something like Sunwielder, or Pyroblaster, or something more intimidating.  Although...he does create kind of sunny disco ball above his head when he uses his new super power named...Radiance.     

Until just today I thought the class name was Sunslinger.  If that works for you, slinging the power of the sun is a bit more intimidating than just singing about the sun.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 15, 2014, 06:06:47 PM
I haven't tried strike missions yet-- what level was the walker compared to your levels?
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 15, 2014, 04:47:26 PM
I guess I should be excited about Wasteland 2 since I backed it, but I'm pretty well entrenched into Destiny right now and I doubt I'll feel like playing a game like Wasteland for months.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 15, 2014, 01:33:56 PM
I've been ignoring story missions since circa level 7, and last night I tried one scaled to level 20 (the one with the sword).  The first 90% of the mission was not scaled, so every enemy was still level 8 or so.  It wasn't until the very end that the enemies finally got bumped up to 20, right when I got to the no-respawn warning.  Even with the enemies at 20, the difficulty level seemed on the easy side.  Maybe it was because I had so many more abilities and equipment perks at 20 than you'd expect to have at 7-8?
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 14, 2014, 10:47:26 PM
Ok, before I drop money on a faction starter item tonight:

Does their inventory rotate? I've been favoring hand cannons lately but I don't see any available in two of the faction vendors. I thought I read they do rotate, but I don't see a "inventory refresh in ____" counter.

If I'm playing PVP while wearing a faction item, do I stop all progress on the default Crucible city faction? Everything diverts to faction whose flag I'm wearing?

If so, is the option of not selecting a faction as viable an option as selecting one of the opt-in three? I know you lose your ability to totally focus on two stats with an opt-in faction, but does the default faction has items as good as the others?
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 14, 2014, 10:28:21 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 14, 2014, 09:11:32 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 14, 2014, 09:10:36 PM

I'm surprised you find the road to 20 grindy. 

No no, that's not what I'm saying. Sorry for being unclear. I'm talking about the things you level up besides your primary level. Mostly factions.

Ah, gotcha. Yeah, I'm just starting into that but from my first steps it does look like it could potentially be super grindy.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 14, 2014, 09:10:36 PM
I'm surprised you find the road to 20 grindy.  At times I even felt I was levelling too fast and not getting a chance to use a good gear drop for very long before it became obsolete.  I felt like every mission or match I was getting new skills or weapon upgrades.

Now that I've hit 20 and am looking at what I need to do to keep progressing, I can see how the end-game could be grindy.  For the immediate future I still get to fill bars on my 2nd subclass, but I can't tell how much of a sense of progression I'll feel with everything else.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 13, 2014, 01:21:49 AM
Wow, glad I bought this blindly without looking at reviews.  Maybe I'll end up regretting getting the guardian edition, but right now I have no doubt I'll get my money's worth out of the base game.

These reviewers get their expectations way up because of the hype or something? Even setting the Polygon score aside, some of their nits are really weird ones to pick.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2014, 06:58:04 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 12, 2014, 06:46:13 PM

the bars that show weapon stats are all that matters (perks still matter though)

Perks aside, does a rifle that's awesome for level 7 have the same stat bars as an equivalent rifle that's awesome for level 17?
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2014, 06:14:07 PM
How does level-based damage scaling work in PVP?  If I have a good weapon for my level, but then I level up, will I then do less damage in PVP because my weapon is no longer cutting edge for my level?
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2014, 02:27:48 PM
Bullwinkle, before level 20 there's also an option to increase the difficulty of a story mission before you start it. When I looked at it, it seemed to raise the level of the mission about 2-3 levels.
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