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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you recommend a Cloud Storage Site? on: May 27, 2014, 06:12:00 PM
My research earlier this year led me to Crashplan.  I've been super duper happy with it so far.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 27, 2014, 12:59:45 PM

Quote from: JayDee on May 27, 2014, 12:47:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 27, 2014, 12:46:12 PM

Where is it $70? On Amazon I'm seeing the PS4 version at the good ol' fashioned $60 price.

$10 hike across the board for all new releases in Canada.  icon_frown

Ugh. Yeah, I think I'd have the same mental block as you at $70. It somehow makes it seem like "almost $100" instead of "almost $50."
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 27, 2014, 12:46:12 PM
Where is it $70? On Amazon I'm seeing the PS4 version at the good ol' fashioned $60 price.
164  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Ignore user feature on: May 27, 2014, 12:43:17 PM
Canuck, please don't thread necro.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 27, 2014, 12:38:22 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 27, 2014, 06:09:33 AM

90/100 from me - review goes live in an hour. 

Oops, did I accidentally post 17 videos of various things on our Youtube channel?  Well, hell....guess I did.

https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingTrendVideos

Been playing it non stop for the last five days.  My eyes are bloodshot and I'm very tired, can I can't wait to keep playing more tomorrow.   Yea, it's that kind of good. 

'Grats on your currently prominent placement on the metacritic listings! That's gotta be getting you some traffic.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/26) on: May 26, 2014, 09:17:27 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 26, 2014, 04:38:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 26, 2014, 10:43:16 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 26, 2014, 04:31:38 AM

Damnit pug, come play xwing with me

Hey I moved my whole family further west to get in board gaming range of you! (I may have overshot it a bit.)

You getting the Corvette?

considering I haven't played a single game with the pieces I have in months, I don't think the corvette OR the new ships is a good deal for me right now sadly. 

I'm new to miniature games, but I'm pretty sure they've never been about good deals. slywink
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 26, 2014, 03:20:31 PM
People searching through the config files of the launcher or some such and found reference to:



... a possible upcoming way to buy your way into the alpha, with a golden wolf mount in thrown in for your troubles.  One of the purchasable mounts is a mechanical wolf, so that's likely which wolf they mean.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/26) on: May 26, 2014, 10:43:16 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 26, 2014, 04:31:38 AM

Damnit pug, come play xwing with me

Hey I moved my whole family further west to get in board gaming range of you! (I may have overshot it a bit.)

You getting the Corvette?
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/26) on: May 26, 2014, 04:30:56 AM
Probably Watch Dogs but I need to see a few reviews & impressions first.  Also buying a Corellian Corvette.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 24, 2014, 02:39:13 PM
I thought "Nothing Else Like It" was the tagline for LocoCycle.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 23, 2014, 03:50:20 PM
So you're saying there's a chance!!
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 23, 2014, 03:04:11 PM
On the official forums people are already grabbing their torches & pitchforks and calling Murky overpowered.  You definitely do need to use his egg, which lets you respawn in 5 seconds, wherever you want, and most importantly: without your death counting as a death.  The enemy team just gets XP akin to killing a minion, and you're right back in the fight. 

I haven't played as him or against him enough to form much of my own opinion yet, but he is indeed super fragile and his autoattack damage is negligible.  He's so fragile you have to use hit & run tactics just attacking a minion wave on your own. 

It does seem a little overpowered that you can just stick your egg behind your own nearest fortress and get all the benefits with none of the risk.  It'd be interesting if you could only place your egg in neutral or enemy territory, so they at least have a chance of hunting it down, but I need to try him firsthand more before I call for a nerf.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/neXtBox/360/Ps3/Ps4] Wolfenstein:The New Order on: May 23, 2014, 01:02:27 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 23, 2014, 02:45:44 AM

I think he was playing with the invincibility cheat code  slywink

On that note, does anything happen if you type IDKFA in this game?
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] new Amplitude from Harmonix on: May 23, 2014, 01:01:20 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 23, 2014, 04:58:39 AM

As I said, 900k. Just wait and see. slywink

From your perspective, is the $775k asking price a reasonable one for a game like this?  And with no music licensing included as part of the $775k estimate?
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 22, 2014, 09:28:49 PM
Murky Trailer
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 22, 2014, 09:16:41 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 22, 2014, 09:08:58 PM

Looks like we might have to uninstall and reinstall after update today?

Yup.  The update just went live, too, so if you have the means to start the new install now you should get started on the 2.5GB download.  

Patch notes - pretty significant list of changes, and just about everything looks like a good change.  

I didn't notice it in the patch notes, but there's a pretty good chance you'll have to replay the tutorial and start at level 1 again.  I don't mind replaying the tutorial, but I hate having to level up to 6 again (or whatever level it is) to unlock the advanced hero talents.  I get that they want to restrict them to ease in new players, but when you're already eased in it feels like you're playing neutered for a while.



177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Streaming on Scene: Seems to Stream Seamlessly on: May 22, 2014, 09:08:48 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on May 22, 2014, 09:03:34 PM

It would be awesome if this would work with a console and not just a laptop.

I would love this as well, but it just seems like an impossible dream to have Sony or MS let Steam into their machines.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Flagship on: May 22, 2014, 07:35:47 PM
I agree this looks awesome, but I don't know if I agree it looks great without the Rift.  If I'm in VR looking at the tactical table on my ship bridge, it's all kinds of awesome to be able to just lift my head up and see my commands play out outside the windows.  Without the Rift, I feel like it'd be a pain to move my view back and forth.  If it's constant mouselook, then it'll be annoying to have my view shift around as I'm issuing commands, and if it's a toggle, it seems like I'd just as soon keep my view constantly on the tactical table. 
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 22, 2014, 07:06:39 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 22, 2014, 07:03:12 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 22, 2014, 06:35:00 PM

That's definitely on the long side.

Servers are down for the new patch, so get ready for the UI to get changed all around from what you just started getting used to!

I'm definitely enjoying the game so far.  I just got to level 6 and as previously mentioned, just tried my first real player combat.  The heroes seem awfully expensive to purchase.  Will the free rotation exist after the game is live?

Everything's in flux, alpha and all that, but I think it's a safe bet the free hero rotation concept will stay.  And yeah, most of the heroes are pretty damn expensive and gold doesn't come in too quickly.  Don't be too afraid to experiment, though, since your purchases will surely get reset at some point.  Even any cash monies you spend will get turned into credits you can use to make different purchases.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 22, 2014, 06:35:00 PM
That's definitely on the long side.

Servers are down for the new patch, so get ready for the UI to get changed all around from what you just started getting used to!
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 22, 2014, 06:20:23 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 22, 2014, 06:16:54 PM

Played my first actual match with other humans today and dang it was long!  Is that because we all sucked?

How long was long?  If one team just steamrolls the other, a match can be over in like 12-15 minutes.  An average match runs maybe 20 minutes or so.  My longest match ever took like 45 minutes, and some nutty things happened in the match to make it last that long.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: May 22, 2014, 03:29:32 PM
Damn, that is alluring.  Well, October is a long ways away.  Hopefully the digital preorder situation will change by then.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: May 22, 2014, 03:15:01 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 22, 2014, 02:13:05 PM

All these preorder bonuses make me sad since I want games digitally.  Both this and Watchdogs have tempting preorder stuff.  Why can't I just preorder from MS on XB1 then download day one and get my stuff? so silly

What are the alluring preorder bonuses for this one?
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Streaming on Scene: Seems to Stream Seamlessly on: May 22, 2014, 03:14:09 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 22, 2014, 02:05:34 PM

I'm just not seeing much point in this I guess.  If I have access to the PC that can play it, why wouldn't I just play it on that PC?  Do you guys have such huge mansions that you need access to your PC on the other side of the house to game?

It's neat tech and cool, but I just don't see how useful it is overall unless you are a serious addict.  I game a lot, but even I can handle the difficulty of actually sitting in front of my PC to play slywink

My reasons are pretty much the same as hepcat's.  For portability, my MacBook Air has such a great form factor.  It's as light as a tablet but has a keyboard and a great touchpad.  There are lots of games I'd rather play on my MacBook on the couch--so instead of being alone in the office I can be near The Wife while she watches TV shows I hate--but lots of games aren't Mac compatible and the Air doesn't have a ton of horsepower.

As for getting shows into the living room, there are games I'd rather play on the console that I bought on the PC instead because of Steam sales.  Arkham Origins, for example.  I also just bought Transistor on the PC, but if I owned a PS4 I would have rather gotten that version.  Now that it's so easy to get my Steam games on my living room TV though, there's even less of a difference between buying a console or a PC version of a game than the already small difference there was.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Streaming on Scene: Seems to Stream Seamlessly on: May 21, 2014, 10:57:53 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 21, 2014, 10:55:13 PM

Is it possible to run multiple steam copies on one system?  Could I play my account and stream my gf's to her crappy system while mine runs both?

When I launched a game on my MacBook my primary PC went full screen with the game, so I'm guessing no, but I didn't try to alt tab or anything. If you let me know your Steam login and your credit card info, and all your Star Wars miniatures, I can give it a try, though.

Quote from: Teggy on May 21, 2014, 10:39:17 PM

When I tried it in beta I was having issues over wifi but I'll give it another shot.

FWIW my lag-free experience was with my PC tower going hard line to my router, then WiFi to the MacBook.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Steam Streaming on Scene: Seems to Stream Seamlessly on: May 21, 2014, 09:34:41 PM
Steam in-home streaming just hit today.  You can have your powerful desktop computer handle the horsepower and stream the game over your home network to another laptop or an HTPC or whatever.  I just tried out a game that my Macbook Air couldn't possibly run (not to mention it's not even available for Mac) and it worked flawlessly.  It displays the visuals on the computer being run, so I had them up side by side.  The amount of lag from mouse cursor movement was minimal enough to call it nonexistent.  It just... worked.  You don't even have to do anything tricky to get it set up; just have Steam up and running on both computers.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 21, 2014, 06:42:31 PM
How timely.  Article just came out on the making of HotS that talks about when they made the decision to strip out the item shop.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 21, 2014, 06:24:53 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on May 21, 2014, 06:17:28 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 21, 2014, 03:14:35 PM

Yeah, one of the reasons I never play MOBAs is the store.  It seems like there's a set of items for a character that everyone buys in things like DOTA and LoL, which makes the mechanic boil down to buying those items, which makes you wonder why they even have it in the first place.  I also like the idea of shared xp.  Sure I think this game will not be as complex (maybe MOBAs for Babies), but since this is a genre I wish I played but don't have the time to invest, I'd like something a little easier for me to be able to get that experience.

That's mostly true, but there is some variation in builds and build order and it allows for a subset of champions to play very different roles depending on their items.  Some champs can commonly go either a support role or a magic caster carry role in LoL for instance.

Aside from items, does LoL have something akin to the talent skill tree in HotS that lets you modify your abilities as you level up?
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Transistor (Super Giant Games Bastion) on: May 21, 2014, 06:04:54 PM
Wonder why that's off by default.  Sounds like a neat feature.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 21, 2014, 04:28:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 21, 2014, 04:09:36 PM

I'm just glad they're adding back the auto-sign-in feature. It's a small thing, but when I only have one account on my machine there's no reason it can't automatically log in every single time with or without Kinect.

I think they were hoping the ubiquitous Kinect would replace the need to ever think about signing in.  With the Kinectless SKU though, auto sign-in again becomes as useful as it was with the 360.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Transistor (Super Giant Games Bastion) on: May 21, 2014, 04:27:41 PM
What does the PS4 controller speaker do in this game?  Ben Kuchera mentioned it was a great part of the experience, but I'm on the PC version so I don't know what I'm missing.

Also, don't overlook that you can use the bumper buttons to do a neat flourish or hum along to the music.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 20, 2014, 11:50:09 PM
I'm loving the lack of a store. I don't doubt that there's less customization in HotS than in other MOBAs, but the talent (ability modifiers) you choose from every few levels give plenty of available customization options for me. Since I mostly play with pick up groups, I can build my heroes quite differently if we are lacking in DPS or healing, or if I think our team fights will need more slows/disables or whatever.

I've been playing this regularly (Blizzard's daily quest game mechanic is heroin) so I'm pretty well equipped to answer any questions you may have about the game or any heroes.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 20, 2014, 07:42:56 PM
Blizzard did a developer Q&A today and covered some stuff coming up in a patch soon.  Aside from map, hero, and UI changes, they went into detail about how the upcoming baby murloc hero (Murky) is going to work.  He sounds fantastic.  Who doesn't want an ultimate that involves slapping your enemy with a shark?

194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Transistor (Super Giant Games Bastion) on: May 20, 2014, 07:36:07 PM
I played just 15 minutes or so, and my first impressions are off the chart positive.  The combat looks quite deep and cerebral, and there look to be countless ways to customize your abilities and combat style.  Oh, and of course the game really does just ooze style.  The setting, characters, narration, art, and music are all fantastic so far.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: May 20, 2014, 05:39:19 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 20, 2014, 04:25:57 PM

sometimes I feel like winning has more to do with how good your cards are and luck of the draw more than strategy. But that's probably a common newbie perspective.

Some of the top winning decks right now are almost entirely made up of common cards.  The fancypants rare cards give you some great tricks and are a lot of fun, but they're definitely not necessary to do well. 
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/neXtBox/360/Ps3/Ps4] Wolfenstein:The New Order on: May 20, 2014, 03:57:58 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 20, 2014, 03:00:54 PM

Seems to me that this game is getting some good reviews.  Most unexpected.

Agreed!  I had pretty much dismissed the game entirely but the reviews so far are making me interested.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2014 Team Ethan Great Strides to cure CF. !!!UPDATE!!! on: May 19, 2014, 04:31:05 PM
Fantastic story!
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Couldn't Solve it Then, Can't Solve it now. on: May 19, 2014, 02:43:42 PM
This method is pretty much the same as what I learned.

  • Get a plus sign on one side with the colors in the right order
  • Get the corners of that same side correct, and at the same time do the blocks in the middle layer just above them

That's all there is to it for the first two layers.  Then for the last layer:
  • Get the edges aligned (6 move algorithm, and a 2nd slightly different variation)
  • Get the corners in the right places, though not necessarily oriented correctly (8 move algorithm)
  • Get the corners oriented correctly (8 move algorithm)
  • Get the edges in the right place (~7-8 move algorithm, but this one's logical and super easy to memorize the motion)
.
That's all there is to it!  Faster speedsolving methods generally have you memorize more algorithms so you can do more of that last layer stuff in a single step.  But with just the above, which really aren't that hard to memorize, I can solve a cube in about a minute or two, which feels wizardy enough on its own.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Couldn't Solve it Then, Can't Solve it now. on: May 19, 2014, 02:11:53 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on May 19, 2014, 02:01:37 PM

How can you not solve only one side? If the rest of the sides are all solved (i.e., one color), than shouldn't the last side also be one color?

I simplified poorly.  One of the most common solving methods is to think of the cube as 3 layers.  You can get one layer right easy peasy, then the second layer with a bit of reasoning.  The 3rd layer can be solved quickly and easily if you memorize a handful of algorithms.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Couldn't Solve it Then, Can't Solve it now. on: May 19, 2014, 01:04:16 PM
I decided to learn how to solve these a few years back. It's quite possible to solve all but one side with deduction and figurin', but to get that final side it's a zillion times quicker and easier to solve if you memorize a handful of algorithms.

The Google version is impossible, though.  They didn't really give you the best tools to manipulate the cube.
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