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161  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.
162  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! 
163  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.
164  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?
165  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!"
166  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.
167  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.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 12, 2014, 02:59:23 PM
Just a Geometry Wars screenshot in that article
169  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.
170  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.
171  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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172  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.
173  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.
174  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.
175  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.
176  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.
177  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
178  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.
179  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.
180  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?

181  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.
182  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.
183  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.
184  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?
185  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.
186  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.
187  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.
188  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.
189  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.
190  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.
191  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.
192  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.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 31, 2014, 08:42:50 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 31, 2014, 08:21:47 PM

I still think I would prefer to play on my 46" tv and stream with a TrackIR, than play on a Rift

Really?  If my mathy figurin's are correct, you'd have to sit 17" away from your 46" tv to get the field of view the devkit2 has.

edit: (not to mention the 3d and total immersion you get from VR)
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 31, 2014, 08:03:11 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 31, 2014, 07:58:09 PM

while you're spending $75 for a beta, throw a TrackIR at me and I'll join ya  ninja

I'm so tempted to just go bananas with peripherals and buy a TrackIR as well, but once the Rift comes out I can't see myself ever needing TrackIR again. 
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 31, 2014, 07:24:05 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 29, 2014, 04:15:39 PM

<intriguing videos of combat and spinning spacestation docking>

Ok, here's a Scott Manley (of Kerbal Space Program fame) video that has both combat and docking.

I swear, just the docking sequence alone is getting me salivating about the game.  Stuff like the docking and the fantastic HUD are the kind of immersive flairs that really get me into Privateer/Elite type games.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 31, 2014, 02:15:10 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 30, 2014, 11:32:53 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 30, 2014, 09:43:35 PM

I was able to beat the first two guys on Plague last night but the third one kind of kicked my ass.  He starts with 75 HP even on Normal, what gives?  I guess you're supposed to take advantage of those weird things that give you +8 to attack if you kill them?

Yes, it's a play on the actual raid encounter where you also use the spores to burn him down.

Oh awesome! Didn't know that.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: July 30, 2014, 07:58:10 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 30, 2014, 07:48:29 PM

Get a dollar toward instant video if you opt out of 2 day shipping with prime.

I can see myself abusing this SO bad. SO bad, indeed.

I just used this for the first time when I ordered a few packs of rechargeable batteries I was in no hurry to get.  In retrospect, if I wanted to game the system I could've done them as two separate orders to get twice the instant video cash.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: July 30, 2014, 03:24:46 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 30, 2014, 03:19:41 PM

Can finally see what he drew and it just makes it funnier.

What was it?
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 30, 2014, 03:01:30 PM
And if you don't have PSN+, get it.  I think it's worth the cost even if you don't use it for multiplayer.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] EA Access on: July 30, 2014, 02:59:07 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 30, 2014, 02:41:33 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 30, 2014, 01:56:58 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 30, 2014, 11:08:50 AM

Make no mistake I like the idea of EA Access and I'm willing to give it a spin

Which part appeals to you the most -- the access to new EA games, access to their older library, the chance of a lower overall yearly cost to play the EA games you usually buy? 

Access older games mostly which I have no real desire to own, but would like to play.  I understand this a dangerous slope, but I am intrigued by this program and I fully understand that I might be contributing to other publisher pushing their own sub programs

For that situation, it's already pretty easy to see $5/month being cheaper than doing RedBox rentals (assuming RedBox started stocking PS4/XB1 versions).  Steam sales offer another avenue for getting older games cheaply, but whattayaknow, EA games never show up on Steam. 
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