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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: October 19, 2014, 02:18:57 PM
I'd say it's really important to know your matchups. You're not going to be able to handle the unfavorable ones if you don't know all the subtle ways your special moves can counter theirs. Also keep in mind that the input lag is going to be far less in person than what you're used to training at home, so that may throw off your combo and reversal timing.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CBS offers standalone streaming service on: October 17, 2014, 06:03:29 PM

Quote from: Scraper on October 17, 2014, 05:32:08 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 17, 2014, 02:31:43 PM

Quote from: Scraper on October 17, 2014, 02:14:25 PM

If they include live sporting events then we are one step closer to really being able to ditch cable. Now we just need ESPN to get on the band wagon.

How does CBS enter the "makes a cable subscription worth it" equation?  Are there some extra CBS sports channels not available over-the-air? 

Where I live I can't get a good over the air signal on any local station. Which means I need Satellite (for the sake of the argument it's the same thing as cable)  in order to watch any local sporting event. Thus I hope they include Live sporting events as part of the subscription, I don't want to wait 24 hours or even 1 hour to be able to watch a football game, etc.

Ah that does change the equation.  And you're also saying ESPN currently offers no valid streaming options?
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CBS offers standalone streaming service on: October 17, 2014, 02:31:43 PM

Quote from: Scraper on October 17, 2014, 02:14:25 PM

If they include live sporting events then we are one step closer to really being able to ditch cable. Now we just need ESPN to get on the band wagon.

How does CBS enter the "makes a cable subscription worth it" equation?  Are there some extra CBS sports channels not available over-the-air? 
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: October 16, 2014, 11:59:51 PM
I know next to nothing about LoL or DoTA or whatever other MOBAs you may have played, but if you describe some of your favorite heroes from other games I can probably recommend the closest HotS equivalent to you.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: October 16, 2014, 11:56:56 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 16, 2014, 11:48:26 PM

Thanks for the advice Pug!  The invite I got said everything is carrying over into release? 

Also why are some of the Talents purple and inaccessible?  Do I have to buy those too?

Oh man I love that unicorn thing or whatever the heck it is!!

They said the wipe they did a few weeks ago is the last one, so everything now should indeed carry through to release.

Talents are inaccessible because Blizzard decided we're too stupid to understand 3-5 talent choices at first.  Or maybe that it's just plain more fun to play characters gimped for a while before you get their good talents.  In any case, you now have to level up to level 2 or 3 or something with a hero to get access to all the talents for that hero.

That is a wonder billie.  It is like a goat, but more wonderful.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: October 16, 2014, 01:28:10 PM
Welcome!  I highly highly recommend you ask for tips/advice before you spend any gold on anything.  In the last few months they've severely nerfed the gold income, so you very literally can't afford to make any purchases you'll regret.

Gold income may feel ok to you at the outset, but you're getting extra inflow from the early fast levelling up, which is accelerated even more accelerated from the double XP week they're having.  Also, don't think about buying Azmodan or Anub'Arak right now.  They decided to temporarily raise prices (both gold and real money) on newly released heroes.

If you think you like the game enough to want to spend real monies, check out the Nexus bundle that's currently being offered.  It's a fairly decent deal with a good selection of heroes, and it includes two mount unlocks.  The Witch Doctor zebra mount is a new one and I think it looks pretty cool.  And who can say no to unlocking a rainbow unicorn for Diablo to ride?

If you make any shop purchases at all during the alpha, I think you also still unlock the epic war steed mount, Wonder Billie:



edit:  Oh yeah, and you can try each hero for free in the shop.  The 'Try' button takes you to a little mini arena, and you can level yourself up, reset talents, toggle minions, etc.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD Veterans (and noobs): Are you getting Advanced Warfare? on: October 15, 2014, 08:58:31 PM
Short term purchase for me.  I felt pretty burnt out on the CoD formula when I played the last one, so I'm buying the disc version with the intention of selling after I get a few weeks out of the multiplayer.  But hey, maybe they'll do enough new/improved stuff to make me want to hold onto it longer.  I wouldn't mind that one bit.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 15, 2014, 12:48:20 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 15, 2014, 05:42:58 AM

So you're supposed to ditch auto rifles for scout rifles now?

The auto rifle nerf seems reasonable so far -- mine was still performing well enough for me in PvP post-patch.

Quote from: ATB on October 15, 2014, 05:49:19 AM

Well, I think I might love this game.

Finally got my first exotic bounty and am going for the Thorn  hand cannon.

One of the challenges is get 500 void kill points in the crucible.

I am having a ball doing this.

Thorn is a good one to work on right now since it's got a buff coming soon (even though it already seems pretty nice.)
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 14, 2014, 11:43:15 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 14, 2014, 05:40:32 PM

First post patch match.  Loving Warlock a lot.  Just testing out some new perks and seeing which ones I like.

Twitch
Youtube

My first time holding the banner at the start of match has been immortalized!
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 13, 2014, 04:12:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 13, 2014, 02:43:05 PM

in the process of switching my main from hunter to warlock mostly for pvp reasons.  So far even my level 9 warlock does better in pvp (even in iron banner, warlocks are just ridic)

I'm about to start working on alts as well.  I just hit 28 with my hunter so he's as raid ready as he's gonna be until I get equipment drops from said raids.  Leaning heavily toward warlock but I really want to give shoulder charging a try as well.

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 13, 2014, 01:53:20 PM

I love the premises of Destiny, but I think Bungie missed the ball on so many fronts that I find logging on to become quite tedious.   I'll probably log on to do strikes and to certainly check out the DLC since I already paid for it but I don't feel like farming mats and running the same bounties ad nauseam .  Loot dropping needs to be looked at as well.  I know they don't want to go the route of Borderlands and Diablo, but at the moment there systems sucks ass to me

This where I'm thankful there's no monthly fee involved with this.  If/when I hit my burnout point, I can take a break for a while until more content comes or they patch up some of the annoying bits, then come back without feeling like I've wasted my money.

I'm still loving the game but your complaints are all valid.  Farming materials isn't exactly a thrill, and the bounties could use way more variety.  Loot drops don't bother me all that much, but I'm a little biased since the random number generator gods were kind to me in the last week and I went from having only blue weapons to having all purples and 5 exotics.  But I do think it's pretty hilarious every time my team on PvP does fantastic and then just one solitary crappy drop appears on the scoreboard. 

My biggest annoyances at the moment:

Material farming.  I mainly like to play PvP so I'm gathering exactly zero materials during my normal play.  There should be some way of gaining mats in PvP.  As much as I'd enjoy sniping people trying to gather spinmetal during a match if they added it that way, that's probably not the answer.  If they just added a pack of X materials as a possible end-of-match reward I'd be a happy camper.

Unskippable cutscenes.  Right now doing the daily heroic is right on edge of balancing "I'd rather not do this" with "I'm willing to do this for the reward."  Cutting out the cutscenes would do a lot to make these more painless.  There's something wrong when I plan to walk away from my console and get a drink or take a dump while 'playing' a part of a game's daily activity.

Special Events.  Almost really fun.  Please run any future events past the Harkonis "this part is BS" quality assurance screening before they go live.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 12, 2014, 09:58:09 PM
I've been getting "we cannot show friends" errors from my Xbox today.  icon_confused  I can't check the list and I haven't seen any notifications from you.  icon_confused icon_confused
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 12, 2014, 04:33:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 12, 2014, 12:54:46 PM

Two questions:

1. Is it true that you can only have one piece of exotic armor on a time?  I mean is there any reason for me to swap out my exotic gauntlets for an exotic chestplate?

2. Is there any reason to buy items from the speaker? Do they do anything?  They seem purely decorative.

1. You can have one exotic weapon and one exotic armor. You'd choose the gauntlets or chestplate just based on which one you prefer or how they synergize with your other armor options.

2. Speaker items are just aesthetic. Bear in mind that the Motes he takes as currency can also be spent at the Friday/Saturday Xur vendor for a random exotic (though it can roll armor for any of the three classes).
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: October 11, 2014, 02:26:59 AM
You'd think the year-long delay would've helped them have a smoother launch. Does it at least seem fun when it works?
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 10, 2014, 08:48:45 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 10, 2014, 08:19:28 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 10, 2014, 06:33:52 PM

FWC has an AR you can get randomly, but it's random.  You should have done some research and picked a faction that sells an AR so you could buy one if they didn't give you one.  You also probably should have at least read a paragraph on how to faction in the first place Tongue

slywink

Yeah. I did it based on teg's post a few pages back about what abilities they focused on. Last time I listen to him.  disgust

Use FWC to buy your purple armor, since they'll have the ability bonuses you decided you wanted, then use other vendors to get your weapons. 
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 08, 2014, 01:48:46 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 08, 2014, 01:40:25 PM

My question is: if I take off the FWC one and put on a vanilla one will crucible rank up faster?

Ranking up normally is faster than not ranking up at all, yes.  icon_wink

There are 5 factions:
Vanguard
Crucible
-----
FWC
Dead Orbit
New Monarchy

Vanguard and Crucible are the default.  You do PvE stuff, you rank up with Vanguard; you do PvP stuff, you rank up with Crucible.

When you wear a faction item, both PvE and PvP now feed into that faction.  This happens instead of you ranking up in Vanguard/Crucible.  You still gain the two types of funny money "marks", but your FWC faction only takes Crucible Marks.

If you want to shop at the Vanguard store or the Crucible store, you need to take off your FWC item for a while.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 08, 2014, 01:31:23 PM
If you wear your faction item, you can level up that faction faster than you can level up the default Crucible and Vanguard factions because both types of reputation are feeding into one place.

But you will also be gaining the two types of funny-money, crucible marks and vanguard marks.  For some reason, the three optional factions only take crucible marks.  Just like Homer having $1000 worth of Itchy & Scratchy money that can't be redeemed inside Itchy & Scratchy Land, you will collect vanguard marks but have no place to spend them.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 07, 2014, 08:43:01 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 07, 2014, 08:13:26 PM

Quote from: kratz on October 07, 2014, 07:40:50 PM

I find praise of the actual writing fairly baffling, as to my eyes/ears it is pretty amateurish and simple.  There is no elegance or love of language in there - he's just telling the story... plainly. 

That is skillful writing. A good writer doesn't try to impress with his writing skillz. He lets the writing stay in the background, allowing the reader to focus unhindered on the story. This is one of the first lessons I learned when I got into writing. A writer isn't a showman trying to impress his readers with flair and clever sentences. He's a craftsman carefully laying down a story in a way that allows the readers to forget the writer was even there in the first place.

Some good writers focus on a plain telling of the story, some good writers focus on crafting amazing poetic sentences. 

I almost always prefer the former, but sometimes the latter just blows me away.  Mervyn Peake's writing in the Gormenghast series is incredible.  It may take him 3 paragraphs to describe someone's face, but at the end I can picture the face almost as clearly as my own.  Jhumpa Lahiri's gorgeous writing in Interpreter of Maladies also comes to mind.
18  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Vainglory on: October 07, 2014, 07:39:05 PM
If I'm not mistaken, ritt takes a flight to NZ and back every time an iOS game comes out with MOBA elements or adorable animals involved.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 07, 2014, 01:21:10 PM
So this Iron Banner thing, they had this active during the beta?  When they say that level advantages are enabled, do they just mean that attack and defense are going to come into play?  Or is there a damage reduction if you're a lower level than your target, like in PvE?

I think I'll be able to hold my own with inferior equipment, but if I have a 40-50% damage reduction against level 29s and 30s, that ain't gonna be so fun.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 06, 2014, 04:31:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 06, 2014, 04:05:24 PM

I disagree with a lot of his conclusions.

Which parts?  My biggest eyebrow raise was in his armor tests.  I'm skeptical that his tests on a super low impact weapon scale to high impact weapons in the way he assumes.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 06, 2014, 03:58:26 PM
Here's a great little video studying exactly how the different stats apply to PvP combat.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We lost a forumer last night :( on: October 06, 2014, 03:51:18 PM
Posted over in the OO Minecraft thread, McBa1n passed away last night.  According to his medical expense fundraiser, late last week he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the brain, kidneys, lungs and lymph nodes, and was told he only had 3 months to live.

I'm at a loss for words.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 05, 2014, 11:55:43 PM
My primary platform is probably iOS nowadays.  I buy a higher quantity of games on iOS than on any other platform, and it's the only platform I game on at some point every day without fail. 

After that, PC, PS4, and XB1 are pretty much tied.  I go to whichever one has the game I happen to be into at any given time.  My PC probably edges out the consoles as far as "primary" qualifications, since Steam sales mean I buy a crapton more on the PC.

My 3DS is my most disappointing current platform.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 04, 2014, 02:19:08 AM
Totally didn't intend the pun above about the magic.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 03, 2014, 09:23:41 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 03, 2014, 09:21:38 PM

I really loved the first book but unlike you guys I found the second one mildly disappointing.

Same here.  The first one blew me away but the second didn't have the same magic and even got tedious at times.  I'll still buy book 3 the instant comes out, though.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 02, 2014, 05:28:59 AM

Quote from: Turtle on October 02, 2014, 03:19:06 AM

Eh, well that about destroys any desire I had to try Destiny, and also proves that Bungie is a studio completely unable to deal with storytelling of any kind, and that's not something that's going to change under Activision. Heck, even MS let 343 studios ramp up the story of Halo.

I'm sorry my need to get more void damage affects you so much.  icon_frown
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 02, 2014, 01:21:32 AM
If this really is the last big Windows revision, they should've gone with the video game & movie reboot strategy and just call it "Windows".
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hardwood floors and dogs. Any suggestions? on: October 01, 2014, 02:18:13 PM
Buy another dog that sheds even more heavily, and then you won't be bothered as much by your current dog(s).
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 01, 2014, 01:47:31 PM
For GT raid planning, if I'm doing my Light Level math correctly, I can hit level 27 with my Hunter with just a little bit more thrilling helium farming on the moon.  Beyond that I'm going to be pretty stalled out on Ascendant materials to have a chance at making it to 28 anytime soon.

Any particular elemental damage type I need to gear up for the raid?  Right now my only exotic is my Super Good Advice machine gun with solar damage.  I only have blue primary and secondary weapons right now (I haven't gotten the Queen's purple sniper rifle yet).
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 01:19:53 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 01, 2014, 01:05:05 PM

Question: I didn't get very far as Destiny's siren song lured me away, but the interface is very overwhelming and I felt like I really needed a manual.  Should I go directly after the first orc captain to progress the tutorial? My typical method is to do everything but what I'm directed to do until last.

Quote from: leo8877 on October 01, 2014, 01:25:19 AM

I would say do the first few story missions before you go exploring, they serve as the tutorial.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 09:49:09 PM
It's taken a long time to work up to captain, but it's worth it for the retirement benefits alone. Just 2 days to retirement!
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 08:03:14 PM
It's pronounced "theh-wee-ACK", you jerks.  In Uruk, it means "mighty one of poor dental hygiene," and is quite the noble line.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 07:06:16 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 30, 2014, 07:02:10 PM

Yeah. Can't tell the difference.

Whatever. I'm no graphics whore.

Last one, check out the second and third animations here:
http://www.svp-team.com/wiki/Frame_interpolation_overview
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 03:56:58 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on September 30, 2014, 03:52:48 PM

So stoked for this, and perplexed how ATB cannot tell the difference between 60 and 30 FPS.   I get not being able to tell resolution differences all that much, but I find FPS differences to be quiet jarring actually

be vewwy vewwy qwiet!  We're gonna be qwite jawwing
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 12:58:26 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 30, 2014, 10:29:20 AM

You can see a lot Assassin Creed/Batman in this game. 

I keep hearing this and I just don't think I can resist the power of that word combination.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: September 29, 2014, 08:38:22 PM
I thought they overdid it on the villain cameos but I really liked the first episode overall.  Hopefully the cameos were mainly just to try and hook viewers and they'll tone it down a bit in episode 2.  I never watched Southland so this is my introduction to McKenzie, and he seems pretty great for the role except for the annoying lack of rectangular glasses.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 29, 2014, 08:14:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 29, 2014, 08:09:02 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 29, 2014, 08:04:11 PM

As for you ATB, that you claim not to be able to tell the difference between 60 fps and 30 fps tells me that you haven't actually played many 60 fps games. The difference is huge, though I have no problem playing games at 30 fps personally. For an example of of what kind of difference it makes, just look at The Last of Us. Most people found the PS4 version to be easier than the PS3 version (me included), and that's because of only two things: The improved controller and the improved framerate. It's not just a visual thing. A higher framerate also improves control latency, which means you can react quicker and make finer, more precise adjustments to your aim.

You tell me: I have recently played destiny, BF4 on XB1, Gears of War 3, COD Ghosts, Tombraider reboot whatever it's called, Dishonored, Guacamelee STCE,  Kinect Sports Rivals.

Forza 5 is 1080p/60fps, did you try that?
38  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Get rid of the multiplayer/MMO section and use the main gaming hub? on: September 29, 2014, 06:32:18 PM
Am I the only one who exclusively browses with the "view all unread topics" button?  I'd see a new WoW thread pop up even if you put it in the little used "palindromic acronym games" subforum.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 29, 2014, 03:35:44 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 29, 2014, 03:32:56 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 28, 2014, 11:59:41 PM

Hearing some bad things about the xbone version image quality .

Could you be more specific?
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/29) on: September 29, 2014, 03:12:18 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 29, 2014, 03:05:31 PM

Shadows of Mordor is installed and waiting for the unlock code on the PS4.

Mellon!
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