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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 15, 2014, 05:39:26 AM
Thanks, that does answer what I was curious about. 
162  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?
163  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.
164  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.
165  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.

166  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.
167  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?
168  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?
169  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.
170  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! 
171  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.
172  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?
173  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!"
174  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.
175  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.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 12, 2014, 02:59:23 PM
Just a Geometry Wars screenshot in that article
177  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.
178  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.
179  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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180  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.
181  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.
182  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.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 11, 2014, 03:58:03 PM
I find it interesting that the second house looks cookie-cutter to some of you.  I don't think I've ever seen a house in California that looks like that, and there's definitely nothing like that in New Mexico.  While I do like house #1 better, I like house #2's stacked porch & balcony, and the sideways garage is neat.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 02:42:06 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 11, 2014, 02:22:46 PM

I think you're overestimating the number of 6-18 year olds who even know what a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is.   

Kids don't need to know anything about our versions of all these rebooted franchises to be into them.  The toy sections in stores are exploding with TMNT stuff right now, plus there was an animated series in the 2000s and a new CGI series that started up more recently.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 02:01:30 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 11, 2014, 01:08:21 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 10, 2014, 10:12:05 PM

Turtles opened at $65 million.  Guardians has $41.5 million for weekend #2.

Turtles is being universally panned.  I have a feeling that ticket sales will plummet next weekend and GotG will be back on top. 

If that doesn't happen, I fear for humanity.

The age 6-18 demographic is going to flip at these reviews.  No way they're going to repeatedly ask their parents to take them to the movie now, not even if all their favorite tv shows get hammered with commercials for the movie and for tie-in toys.   icon_wink
186  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures on: August 10, 2014, 01:41:42 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 10, 2014, 08:11:30 AM

UNPAINTED

just saved me a bunch of money

Just the fighter wings are unpainted, but yeah, that's a shame. Even a super simple paint job would make me happier than unpainted.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 09, 2014, 06:44:16 PM
TiLT, all you need to do is ease up on making it sound like you think your opinions are the infallible laws of the universe.  Go with "here's why I'm extremely skeptical" instead of "I'm 100% sure you're wrong, Bullwinkle, and I am going to make you see it my way or make you cry in pain, whichever comes first."  You very well may be right on every point, but if you say "I am SO fucking right it hurts, and omg won't you just see how right I am" you're not going to be as convincing as you would if you'd just state your thoughts and reasoning and let them speak for themselves.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 09, 2014, 04:56:10 AM
Quest for Glory multiplayer FPS shooter?

King's Quest MOBA?

The Incredible Microtransaction Machine?

189  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures on: August 08, 2014, 09:21:48 PM
Well, I've bought at least one of everything, but now that we're just about out of original trilogy ships I guess I can just lock up my wallet and...

Oh.  I see.  Never mind.





Well played, FFG.  Well played.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 06:17:18 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 08, 2014, 05:35:01 PM

but every one keeps saying give it a few weeks, and it's just background noise.

My year next to the Green Line was hell (it came by more than 7 times a day.)  We did get used to it some, but was still very disruptive and annoying.  The worst part wasn't even the loud clackety clack, but the anticipation of the loud clackety clack.  Our brains started anticipating when it was time for another train, and it was like waiting for the other shoe to drop.  An ungodly loud shoe that shakes the building.

But on the other side, one time we visited friends that live in a lovely house in Winthrop, a lovely seaside community that also happens to be about 100 feet  below the approach path for Boston's international airport.  Idyllic peaceful beachside community for a few minutesRAOOOARGH GIANT AIRPLANE OMGZ.  We wanted to get the hell out of there after the first plane but everyone who lived there swears they no longer noticed the planes at all.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 08, 2014, 04:45:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 08, 2014, 02:46:29 PM


First, where's the 'ding!' on the logo at the end?

Second, do they not realize that the Half Dome logo isn't just some fictional mountain Ken and Roberta invented?  Half Dome's surroundings are nothing like what they have in that splash video.

As for the Activision skepticism, I'll throw out a $1 bet that they're thirsty for the adventure game money they're seeing come through Kickstarter and they do some kind of crowdfunding approach for old Sierra games.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 04:35:51 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 08, 2014, 03:23:40 PM

I think part of the problem is I'm emotionally invested in house one because I love the history behind it and the fact that one main rebuilt it as a labor of love

If you love house 1 so much that our recommendations of house 2 don't feel right, there's a chance you do love house 1 enough to overlook its downsides.  You're the only one who can know for sure.  Really think long and hard before you go with it, though.  It's super easy to get emotionally attached to a house and not see clearly.

I had some similar struggles when I got my own house last year. There were some I came across that were "just perfect, if only ____ was different," but as much as we wanted them, the ____ really wasn't something we could be happy with in the long run.

One more thought for you, are you sure you don't want to go with house #3, which you have yet to see?  Can you wait a bit longer to find a structure you love as much as #1 placed on a location you like as much as #2?
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 12:59:47 PM
Get #2

I like the house itself on #1 better, but location and neighborhood is everything. I also lived a year in an apartment overlooking the tracks to Boston's Green Line above ground train, so the train thing ruled out #1 instantly for me.

This would be a tougher decision if the house on #2 was far below #1, but house #2 looks pretty fantastic too.
194  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 04, 2014, 06:49:03 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on August 04, 2014, 06:37:33 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 04, 2014, 05:17:25 PM

Are JWs discouraged from interacting with non-JWs?  I had a good friend for most of my K-12 life who was a JW, and when he graduated high school he moved to NYC to the JW headquarters and pretty much cut off all contact with all of his friends.

Yup. That was the reason that I was starting to avoid this forum, for example. I feared I was getting too close to you bunch of heathens. We're frequently encouraged to look at non-JWs as "acquaintances" and not "friends." When I was in 2nd grade I even told a kid that I wasn't his friend because he wasn't a JW. If you have "worldly" friends you're kind of ostracized.

Is there a switch at age 18 or something? For his school years, he made friends like any other kid. The no birthday party thing was pretty much the only thing that made him stand out a bit. His JW parents were also super friendly and welcoming to all us non-JW friends.
195  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 04, 2014, 05:17:25 PM
Are JWs discouraged from interacting with non-JWs?  I had a good friend for most of my K-12 life who was a JW, and when he graduated high school he moved to NYC to the JW headquarters and pretty much cut off all contact with all of his friends.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 04, 2014, 04:13:16 PM
Check out this online trading tool if you want some better tools for finding trade routes.  I don't know how quickly it gets updated but it seems pretty nifty.

A few weeks ago I thought I was going to be a devout Star Citizen fanboy who enjoyed Elite on the side, but the more I play this game the more my loyalties are swapping.  I know it's a bit unfair to compare them right now since Elite is so much farther along in development, but man, at the moment Elite is really feeling like it's the space trading game I've been waiting for all these long years of genre-drought.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 03, 2014, 06:11:33 PM
The aspect ratio changed back and forth during IMAX The Dark Knight, and I barely noticed the switches.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 03, 2014, 04:31:12 PM
 drool

I bit on the game and am just playing with a joystick and a quaint old 2d monitor, and I'm just loving the game so far. They did such an amazing job making everything feel really immersive -- I love the docking procedures, the way you work your ship computer, the messages of being scanned -- it all feels like you're in a sci-if movie. The sound design is also phenomenal: I love the *kachunk* of deploying your weapons, the icy frosting over of your ship if your life support turns off, the sounds of your engines firing up or slowing down, it's all really well done.

Gameplay itself seems good so far, but I'm just starting to get my legs under me. The flight model has almost nonexistent yaw compared to every other space sim I've played, which could be a love/hate thing for people. It's like a plane where you turn by rolling and pitching up instead of by using your rudders. The devs say they're trying to avoid the space sim feeling of just being a turret floating in space, and I think I'm getting used to it.

I suck at combat so far, but i don't know yet if it's because the starter ship is weak, or I'm bad at evaluating how deadly an enemy is, or I just plain suck. The combat model has a lot of my favorite stuff from older space sims, though, like energy balance management, subsystem targeting, and speed sweet spots for faster turning. Ships are really capable of lateral translation movement, and overall you really feel like you're taking advantage of a 3d arena instead of just seeing who can turn faster.

Thumbs up so far! I can't wait for my throttle to arrive.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 02, 2014, 02:11:37 AM

Quote from: Lee on August 01, 2014, 11:16:05 PM

That's the thing though, I was thinking of getting an older cat, 8-10 years old, one that's not too active and perfectly happy just hanging out. That is a concern though, that it may mean higher vet costs at it gets older.

$20 a month and $200 a year on vet bills would be well within my budget.

You can find a younger cat with the demeanor you're looking for. When you head to the shelter, ask them about what personality you're looking for instead of just trying to judge from how you see them acting in their cages or rooms.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 01:40:40 PM
Ehhhh, I'll go the other way.  Cats only get expensive if they have health issues, but health issues aren't that common if your cat isn't that old.  If you have absolutely no way you could pull together some money if there was a surprise health issue, I'd agree with the above posters about getting an income first.  I also completely agree that you have to think of this is as a long term commitment, no returns.

Aside from vet bills, cats are cheap to maintain.  I don't think I spend more than $20/month on food and litter.   Food/water dishes and litter boxes are cheap.  Scratching posts can get ultra fancy and expensive, but my cat ignores anything nice and will only scratch the cheapo $5 cardboard ones.  Toys also get expensive, but most cats ignore that stuff and just want you to give them more cardboard boxes and pieces of string.  If you want to go all out, you could tie a string to a yardstick and your cat will think you are amazing.
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