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Title: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on February 08, 2013, 09:01:15 AM
Retro City Rampage is reference overload. Like, more than I thought it could possibly be even based on the description. For example:

(http://www.hardcoregamer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/BundysWeddingChapel.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Angle-plex on February 10, 2013, 09:47:32 AM
So that new Aliens game that comes out doesn't look very good.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on February 11, 2013, 05:09:47 AM
Ive heard its the same bullshit that Aliens vs Pred a few years ago was.
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Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on February 13, 2013, 12:14:51 AM
Warner Bros. had a conference call and casually announced a new Batman Arkham game is coming out this year, but it isn't being developed by Rocksteady.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on February 13, 2013, 12:15:22 AM
So I bought an Insignia 55" LED TV Saturday. It's 120hz and this is the first time I've ever had a TV with the motion smoothing effect.

I'm not sure i like it. Do you guys turn it off on your TV's?

I mean it's cool when someone's walking and the background smooth's out and it seems like the camera is tracking them. But, when there's a lot of action (or a car driving) it's really weird because to me it makes the car look like it's on a green screen or on a rail since it's smoothing it out and getting rid of the motion blur.

It kind of takes away the cinematic feel. It sometimes looks like I'm watching a behind the scenes type show instead of the actual movie.

It's also kind of cool because when playing Assassin's Creed there was no blur and it almost looked like a commercial or something like that.

The settings are off, low, medium, high and 24 fps. I have it on medium, but my friend said I should change it to off or 24 fps. Anyone else experience this?

I've also noticed it has no effect at all on sports.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on February 13, 2013, 01:59:09 AM
I always have it off. I hate that shit.. Makes everything look like the BBC production of HHGTTG.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on February 13, 2013, 04:08:23 AM
It makes me feel like I'm on set with the actors, so I like it and leave it on.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on February 13, 2013, 04:15:11 AM
I leave mine on too.  I like my TV/Movies/Games as smooth as possible.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on February 13, 2013, 08:03:06 AM
I get what they are trying to do here - too bad it's completely false. Someone must have confused anime with videogames. http://kotaku.com/5984016/pro+games-talking-point-calls-japan-the-home-of-violent-games-but-is-that-really-any-better (http://kotaku.com/5984016/pro+games-talking-point-calls-japan-the-home-of-violent-games-but-is-that-really-any-better)

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"So now there's this desire to say, 'Oh, it's because of violent video games.' Well, Japan has the most violent video games in the world, and they have a very low homicide rate."

The Japanese have stricter regulations on violence in video games via their ratings board CERO (which is MUCH more strict than the ESRB). Specifically "excessive bleeding, dismemberment, thematically or conceptually unnecessary mass murder" among other things are prohibited. http://www.cero.gr.jp/regulation.pdf (http://www.cero.gr.jp/regulation.pdf)

Games like Resident Evil and No More Heroes are censored to high hell in Japan.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Edwin on February 13, 2013, 10:03:29 AM
I always have it off. I hate that shit.. Makes everything look like the BBC production of HHGTTG.
Yeah, it's terrible.  I haven't tried it with games.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on February 13, 2013, 10:07:03 AM
I finished some games lately that I enjoyed a lot.  The new Hitman game was great.  Far Cry 3 was pretty great.  And I enjoyed Halo 4 a lot more than I thought I would.  That Hitman game seems to be on sale everywhere often...I'd recommend it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: tekcop on February 14, 2013, 08:21:01 AM
Games like Resident Evil and No More Heroes are censored to high hell in Japan.
TV, even cable, is really censored, too. I was amazed to find out that even the Blu-ray release of The Walking Dead in Japan was highly censored.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on February 17, 2013, 07:08:57 AM
So, with the PS4 to be unveiled on Wednesday, I think now is the right time to make wild guesses about what you think the "killer" launch title for each of the next gen systems will be.   My guesses? 
PS4 - Infamous 3 since Sony seems to be determined to push that as a mega franchise
Xbox whatever - Microsoft gives Activision a shitton of money and gets exclusive (or a timed exclusive at least) up-rezzed version of this year's COD game.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on February 17, 2013, 07:37:08 AM
We all know ridge racer will be the awesome launch title.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on February 18, 2013, 02:55:27 AM
God of War and Uncharted would be great launch titles.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on February 18, 2013, 05:48:38 AM
Rock Band DLC updates end April 2 :(
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on February 18, 2013, 06:41:44 AM
Truly a shame. My friend and I were playing RB3 this past weekend. While digging through the store we found "St. Elmo's Fire", and rocked that out many many times in a row.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Conspiracy_Victim on February 18, 2013, 01:07:26 PM
Truly a shame. My friend and I were playing RB3 this past weekend. While digging through the store we found "St. Elmo's Fire", and rocked that out many many times in a row.

Holy shit, St. Elmo's Fire?  Damn, I'm going to have to go through and see what I've missed.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on February 20, 2013, 06:02:46 AM
Thread title suggestions for the new Sony, Nintendo & Microsoft catch-all threads? We're on the second versions of each so if anyone has any ideas that are still descriptive of what the thread is about, post them here. :)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: DukeTogo on February 20, 2013, 07:53:36 AM
Super Nintendo Chatter.

You know, might as well say it now, but I've always thought maybe we should have separate threads for Gaming and Tech. I've always thought it out of place when someone would pop in with a phone question or something in what's predominantly a game thread, but maybe it's just me. Though there isn't a whole lot of tech talk, either, so maybe I can't justify this.

It might also be helpful to direct people to the Metal Gear Thread, the Final Fantasy Thread, etc. in the first post. But maybe it isn't needed since we're a small community and most who come here know about the separate threads anyway.

Also, we should move those last few posts from the old Wrestling Games thread to the new one, starting from Fazzle's link. It seems like a better point for separation.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on February 20, 2013, 07:54:27 AM
Wii dU 360 flips for our Sony... is kind of stupid. Stupider than "General Nintendony 360 Thread".

Microsoft / Nintendo / Sony Thread 2013
The Triforce of the Gaming Industry.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on February 20, 2013, 07:57:29 AM
Wii dU 360 flips for our Sony... is kind of stupid. Stupider than "General Nintendony 360 Thread".

Microsoft / Nintendo / Sony Thread 2013
The Triforce of the Gaming Industry.
I'm talking about titles for the separate Sony, Nintendo & MS threads. Not an all-in-one. :P
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on February 20, 2013, 07:59:01 AM
Oh, I thought maybe it dawned on people that multi-platform download games seem to get lodged in console specific threads to the confusion of some people... but this works too.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on February 20, 2013, 08:02:22 AM
That does happen a lot.. but usually when it does, it's people playing it on the same console discussing it. That being said, I like to take the NEOGAF approach of starting threads. If you want to talk about a game or a game series.. start a new thread about it and label it the official thread. We can always spin stuff off of the console-specific threads, but the community needs to be diligent in doing so as well.

Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on February 20, 2013, 08:04:11 AM
I've always agreed - there is no penalty for starting a thread and failing. Just go for it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on February 21, 2013, 05:30:46 AM
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/21/ign-layoffs/ (http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/21/ign-layoffs/)

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IGN was hit with editorial layoffs today, with sites 1UP, UGO and Gamespy expected to be shut down.

"We are focusing on our two flagship brands, IGN and AskMen. Unfortunately, as a result, we have made the decision to close sites and restructure our teams accordingly," a company spokesperson confirmed to Joystiq.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on February 21, 2013, 05:32:06 AM
Remember when IGN had their wrestling site? All downhill after the Snowball merger.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on February 22, 2013, 12:15:49 PM
So..I went and added to my bad games collection today.   I tried to even things out a bit by buying an actual good game in Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, but I also picked up:

Stuntman Ignition
NFL Head Coach 09
Legendary
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty
and perhaps the new crown jewel of my bad games collection.........Sonic the Hedgehog 06!    It'll take alot to surpass Jumper Griffin's Story, but I think this game might just have what it takes.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on February 22, 2013, 12:24:30 PM
Local Wal-Mart is still trying to get $50 for Legendary.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on February 22, 2013, 12:28:50 PM
I actually have 0 idea what Legendary is.   It just looked awful so I picked it up.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on February 22, 2013, 12:51:40 PM
Stuntman Ignition isn't bad.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on February 22, 2013, 12:56:45 PM
Yeah it's pretty decent...until you get obsessed with not breaking a combo chain for the whole scene and when you mess up near the very end for the hundredth time you throw it into the corner of the room and leave it there for 3 years.

...

As an example.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on February 22, 2013, 01:10:04 PM
Stuntman Ignition isn't bad.

it isn't FUN either though it's...basically what bps described.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on February 23, 2013, 08:13:30 AM
Picked up Hitman Absolution this week.  I know some Hitman fans recoiled in horror at the "dumbing down" of the gameplay, but I'm enjoying it.  Anyone that plays Purist mode is a crazy person.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on February 25, 2013, 05:21:36 PM
Yeah I loved it.  I had a blast replaying levels and it was one of the games that I picked up every achievement on over the course of playing without getting distracted by other games in between.  Which is rare.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 04, 2013, 06:55:21 AM
Ditto.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on March 06, 2013, 06:40:05 AM
The new Sim City requires a constant internet connection and SHOCKINGLY people have been having a lot of problems and there's been several server outages. But no it's not about DRM it's about making a better gameplaying experience for the user!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on March 06, 2013, 09:37:32 AM
Naturally!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on March 06, 2013, 11:19:58 AM
The new Sim City requires a constant internet connection and SHOCKINGLY people have been having a lot of problems and there's been several server outages. But no it's not about DRM it's about making a better gameplaying experience for the user!

Put a police station around it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: muzzington on March 06, 2013, 04:18:31 PM
The new Sim City requires a constant internet connection and SHOCKINGLY people have been having a lot of problems and there's been several server outages. But no it's not about DRM it's about making a better gameplaying experience for the user!

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/dk-production/images/20911/large/tumblrl9s0oylfm21qz4w1g.png?1361928030)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 07, 2013, 11:17:21 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/7zOh1GG.png)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 08, 2013, 02:53:15 AM
Damsel in Distress: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6p5AZp7r_Q#ws)

Admittedly, I had no idea that Mario 2 wasn't even originally a Mario game. Or maybe I did and I forgot.. still. Also, good point about the newer Wii/Wii U Mario games.. TWO Toads? Peach's floating ability would come in really handy in those clusterfucky games.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on March 09, 2013, 06:14:00 AM
The Sim City launch has been such a clusterfuck EA will give people who bought it a free game later on. Apologize for the DRM? Nah of course not, but I guess at least it's something. Blizzard certainly didn't do that. It is too bad because by all accounts the game itself is excellent.
Title: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 09, 2013, 07:57:00 AM
Yeah I really want to play it but I can't bring myself to spend money on it. SNES version 4life!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on March 09, 2013, 02:41:33 PM
Plague Inc. is a bitch when it gets to creating a Bacteria.  It seems either I spread it too fast and it's cured before I can make it deadly or some random country like Madagascar never gets infected.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on March 11, 2013, 01:48:08 AM
It'd be nice if these huge clusterfucks from EA and Blizzard would make them realize that having the game connected to the internet at all times is not a good idea, but probably not.
Title: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 11, 2013, 03:30:09 AM
It's one thing if it were a completely multiplayer game.. But why even have the "private" mode if it has to be online? I don't get their logic with that.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 15, 2013, 06:59:40 AM
Some interesting stats from Neilsen..

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/03/14/nielsen-ps3-sees-biggest-year-over-year-growth-in-streaming-an/

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2013/03/nielsontimeusageinfographic.png)

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In 2012, PlayStation 3 owners spent 23 percent of their time with the console streaming video-on-demand services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, according to the data-minded folks over at statistical aggregation station Nielsen. This is up nearly 10 percent from the amount that PS3s were used for that purpose in 2011. The surveyed time spent using the PS3 as a DVD/Blu-ray player dropped by four percent over the last year.

The information comes from a survey conducted between October of 2011 and October of the following year, which asertained how console owners aged 13 and over used their gaming devices. The resulting infographic, seen in full here (http://nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/play-vs--stream--the-modern-gaming-console.html), breaks it down.

The survey also tracked the amount of time that each console spent playing games online and offline, with the Xbox 360 seeing the most online performance (33 percent of time spent playing games) and the Wii experiencing the least at 11 percent.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on March 16, 2013, 09:46:00 AM
EA and Maxis continue to claim that SimCity needs to be online because the server do all kinds of wondrous things, but hackers have pretty much proven that to be false and have gotten the game to run pretty much flawlessly offline. DRM fail.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: muzzington on March 16, 2013, 12:29:37 PM
The Sim A.I is also no where a s sophisticated as they claim it to be. Sims don't even have the same job or house every day, they just go into the nearest empty one.

Luckily there's a new Civ 5 Expansion called Brave New World coming out which introduces up to 9(!) new civs and works on Culture, Trade and Diplomacy in depth.
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Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 16, 2013, 02:46:00 PM
A little strange that after releasing the original game, and then Game of the Year, and then almost immediately after Gold... they're still going to put out more content. Is Civ V: Platinum going to be due out at Christmas?

Though in the middle of writing that, it occurs to me that Dawn of War kind of did something similar. They did vanilla, GotY, Gold, Platinum, and Complete, as well as individual expansion SKUs. Granted, that was largely before the digital era of PC games.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on March 17, 2013, 04:05:48 AM
Target is having a buy two get the third game free sale this week. I know MLB The Show will be one of them for me.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: muzzington on March 19, 2013, 11:42:11 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4ex1I4SFZs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W3ozPQZ95sM#!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on March 24, 2013, 12:02:20 PM
Okay... Etrian Odyssey IV is hard... I just got killed in the first dungeon. Fought this "tough" baddie (or so the game tells me) thinking that since I'm on Casual that it wouldn't be that bad.

Yeah, let's just say game said "ha!" and butchered me without mercy. :(
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 25, 2013, 12:51:18 AM
First time I've seen one of those "retro" consoles support GBA games.. cool! Controller looks awful, though..

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/03/24/retron-5-console-plays-nes-snes-genesis-gba-and-famicom-su/

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2013/03/retron5.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on March 25, 2013, 10:31:02 PM
Yoichi Wada has quit Square Enix. Should I be gleefully happy that maybe games won't take 6 years and a day to come out?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 28, 2013, 03:31:13 AM
EA: DRM is a failed dead-end strategy

http://www.gamespot.com/events/gdc-2013/story.html?sid=6406094 (http://"http://www.gamespot.com/events/gdc-2013/story.html?sid=6406094")

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Digital rights management (DRM) is a broken system, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told GamesIndustry International this week at the Game Developers Conference.

"DRM is a failed, dead-end strategy; it's not a viable strategy for the gaming business," Gibeau said.

The EA executive's comments came in response to a question about whether or not SimCity's always-online mandate was actually a form of DRM. Gibeau insisted this is not the case.

"That's not the reality; I was involved in all the meetings. DRM was never even brought up once," he said. "For the folks who have conspiracy theories about evil suits at EA forcing DRM down the throats of Maxis, that's not the case at all."

SimCity launched earlier this month amid server woes that made the game unplayable for some. The city-building game went on to sell over 1.1 million copies during its first two weeks, marking the best start in franchise history.

You can read the full article here.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-03-27-ea-drm-is-a-failed-dead-end-strategy (http://"http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-03-27-ea-drm-is-a-failed-dead-end-strategy")
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on March 29, 2013, 09:55:02 AM
He's right. What EA does isn't DRM. At least in the form of what we know as DRM. But this always online bullshit isn't viable either. No one has an always online connection. Mostly, sure. But always? Hell, no.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on March 29, 2013, 10:06:39 AM
Hackers have proven that if you change one line of code to remove the 20 minutes online timeout the game plays just fine offline. It's totally DRM.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on March 29, 2013, 12:37:09 PM
It really was one line of code? Well, fuck'em then.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on March 29, 2013, 01:13:39 PM
http://kotaku.com/5990997/coders-discover-20+minute-offline-timeout-in-simcity

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he code is here. "Simply commenting out Line #22 defeats the force disconnect," says the person who posted it. The removal allows offline play indefinitely.[\quote]
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on April 02, 2013, 09:16:18 AM
Last weekly Rock Band DLC release today :(
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Conspiracy_Victim on April 04, 2013, 02:33:41 AM
Anyone bought/considering Defiance?  Thinking about it, but early word is mixed.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on April 04, 2013, 06:05:59 PM
I have interest in it but am in a wait and see spot.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Conspiracy_Victim on April 06, 2013, 11:16:39 AM
I have interest in it but am in a wait and see spot.

Well, went ahead and bought it and played for a few hours today.  It's actually pretty fun.  The Xbox server wasn't too crowded, there were enough people that you could get help if you got in trouble, but not too many that you're tripping over people.  Plus loot drops for each player who helped in the kill, so you're not fighting over drops.  The weapons and shooting seem to work well, and the abilities are fun without being out of balance (I picked the cloak, it helps when you get in over your head).  I hope the show is good and sticks around, I'm curious as to how the show affects the game and vice versa,
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on April 08, 2013, 05:52:20 AM
I think I'm going to end up picking it up tomorrow maybe.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on April 08, 2013, 06:05:36 AM
Tales of Xillia has a US release date and it is August 6th. Huzzah.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on April 08, 2013, 03:02:49 PM
 :-\ But its so far from now...
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: muzzington on April 08, 2013, 03:59:54 PM
Tales of Xillia has a US release date and it is August 6th. Huzzah.

PS3 games aren't region locked are they?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on April 09, 2013, 04:24:24 AM
No sir, they are not, however DLC available for said game is.. I.E a US game needs DLC from the US store.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on April 09, 2013, 04:28:17 AM
The games usually aren't, but sometimes in rare cases they are. Sony has left it up to the publishers to decide. I hope they keep that going with the PS4.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on April 09, 2013, 09:16:16 PM
I have interest in it but am in a wait and see spot.

Well, went ahead and bought it and played for a few hours today.  It's actually pretty fun.  The Xbox server wasn't too crowded, there were enough people that you could get help if you got in trouble, but not too many that you're tripping over people.  Plus loot drops for each player who helped in the kill, so you're not fighting over drops.  The weapons and shooting seem to work well, and the abilities are fun without being out of balance (I picked the cloak, it helps when you get in over your head).  I hope the show is good and sticks around, I'm curious as to how the show affects the game and vice versa,

I really enjoyed the time I got to put into it today.  Getting to those Ark falls and killing giant things with other people is super fun.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Conspiracy_Victim on April 11, 2013, 06:19:09 AM
I have interest in it but am in a wait and see spot.

Well, went ahead and bought it and played for a few hours today.  It's actually pretty fun.  The Xbox server wasn't too crowded, there were enough people that you could get help if you got in trouble, but not too many that you're tripping over people.  Plus loot drops for each player who helped in the kill, so you're not fighting over drops.  The weapons and shooting seem to work well, and the abilities are fun without being out of balance (I picked the cloak, it helps when you get in over your head).  I hope the show is good and sticks around, I'm curious as to how the show affects the game and vice versa,

I really enjoyed the time I got to put into it today.  Getting to those Ark falls and killing giant things with other people is super fun.

Yeah the Ark falls are fun, although that's the only real time it starts to chug.  Hit me up if you ever need some assistance.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on April 11, 2013, 06:24:35 AM
I played it for another long stretch yesterday.  I'm really enjoying it.  I did the episode missions that have the characters from the TV show joining you and those were really great.  Then I did the first co-op map you unlock and it was awesome.  I'm through act 1 but have been taking my time doing all the side missions and arkfalls I find and completed all the pursuits in that first area before moving on.  If I didn't have to go to work right now I'd probably be playing all day...it's hard to put down.  And I haven't had one problem with servers or anything which is great.  The framerate did go to hell once but there were dozens of people and cars riding around doing an Ark Fall and it didn't last long so it's understandable.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on April 16, 2013, 08:19:05 AM
I have interest in it but am in a wait and see spot.

Well, went ahead and bought it and played for a few hours today.  It's actually pretty fun.  The Xbox server wasn't too crowded, there were enough people that you could get help if you got in trouble, but not too many that you're tripping over people.  Plus loot drops for each player who helped in the kill, so you're not fighting over drops.  The weapons and shooting seem to work well, and the abilities are fun without being out of balance (I picked the cloak, it helps when you get in over your head).  I hope the show is good and sticks around, I'm curious as to how the show affects the game and vice versa,
Are you still enjoying this? I wasn't interested at first, but after watching a bunch of videos on the PS3 version I'm thinking of diving into it. I've got a bunch of games I want to unload as trade-in's so I can probably get it for free.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Conspiracy_Victim on April 16, 2013, 08:58:24 AM
I have interest in it but am in a wait and see spot.

Well, went ahead and bought it and played for a few hours today.  It's actually pretty fun.  The Xbox server wasn't too crowded, there were enough people that you could get help if you got in trouble, but not too many that you're tripping over people.  Plus loot drops for each player who helped in the kill, so you're not fighting over drops.  The weapons and shooting seem to work well, and the abilities are fun without being out of balance (I picked the cloak, it helps when you get in over your head).  I hope the show is good and sticks around, I'm curious as to how the show affects the game and vice versa,
Are you still enjoying this? I wasn't interested at first, but after watching a bunch of videos on the PS3 version I'm thinking of diving into it. I've got a bunch of games I want to unload as trade-in's so I can probably get it for free.

Yeah I play it whenever I can (which is less than I like).  To be honest, there are a few drawbacks.  Textures and graphics overall are a bit muddy, esp. on the 360.  Quests are mainly limited to "go here, collect this/kill this".  The random instances that pop up have a tendency to pop up where you least want them to (right in the middle of a quest area, for instance).  The enemy selection is a bit limited and enemy AI leaves something to be desired.   The weapons so far haven't dramatically improved over the stuff I could get from the beginning (as a matter of fact, I still use an assault rifle I found early in my game).  That being said, I still like it a LOT.  Arkfalls are still fun, it's quite a sight when you have 40 players blasting away at a 100 foot tall bug.  Weapons selection is pretty varied (there's like a dozen different classes of weapons, and each weapon has different characteristics, like a dumbed down Borderlands system).  Mainly what I like is that for a MMPOG, you don't HAVE to team up if you don't want to.  I don't really co-op, but if I run in to someone else doing the same quest I am, we can both do it together as an impromptu team up and reap the benefits.  The enemies will get more HPs, but the number of baddies doesn't seem to change, and loot drops for each person, so you don't have to fight over that rare gun that may have dropped off of a kill.  The starting powers are still good to use and don't seem gimmicky (I'm still using Cloak, which makes you invisible and instantly recharges your shield).  All in all, when combined with the promised DLC (I sprung for the season pass, they are guaranteeing at least 5 [I think] DLCs) it should be able to provide entertainment for quite a while, even if the show flops.
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Post by: Nymyzys on April 16, 2013, 09:45:21 AM
Another copy of Stadium Events was found at a Goodwill in Charlotte, NC

http://kotaku.com/holy-grail-of-rare-video-games-found-in-a-goodwill-fo-473730982 (http://kotaku.com/holy-grail-of-rare-video-games-found-in-a-goodwill-fo-473730982)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on April 18, 2013, 06:07:34 AM
 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxxnq5YAVHw)

 ;D I've got mine shipped out. If you know what I mean!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on April 24, 2013, 04:02:33 PM
Sounds like the new Star Trek video game is off to a roaring start. In addition to being buggy apparently, online co-op in the PC version didn't work (don't know if it does yet) when the game launched. The Steam forums were full of people asking if anyone else got it to work, and it was broken for everyone, except one guy who said that it worked fine for him and 'the game uses Steam servers.' Seems like an odd ending comment, and then someone noticed that the guy had over 100 hours of playtime in a game that came out Tuesday, and unlocked achievements back in January. Oh hi developer! Even better using his Steam info they found his LinkedIn profile and the guy is the senior producer on the game. Then just to keep the fun rolling the official twitter account acknowledges there are problems, but continually states that the problems affect only a small fraction of users, despite the fact no one not associated with the game has been able to get the online co-op working yet. The twitter also tweeted a link to the Metacritic page saying users were chiming in and you should to, at a time when there were 4 reviews, all high scores, and clearly posted by the company.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: 2GOLD on April 25, 2013, 08:34:57 AM
Another copy of Stadium Events was found at a Goodwill in Charlotte, NC

http://kotaku.com/holy-grail-of-rare-video-games-found-in-a-goodwill-fo-473730982 (http://kotaku.com/holy-grail-of-rare-video-games-found-in-a-goodwill-fo-473730982)

WAIT WHAT?!?!
That fucking game is worth 15 grand?!?!

GOD DAMMIT!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on April 25, 2013, 10:27:29 AM
That's gotta be one expensive game.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on April 26, 2013, 12:53:18 PM
The only Star Trek game I've played that I liked was Birth of the Federation which was a PC turn-based strategy game. Everything else I tried was pretty bad. I haven't played any of the newer games though.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on April 26, 2013, 01:17:02 PM
Elite Forces is pretty awesome. I still need to get around to trying the sequel.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on April 30, 2013, 08:06:33 AM
So yesterday I ordered UFC Undisputed 3 on Amazon for $17 since I thought that was pretty cheap, but today Best Buy has it on sale for $7.99 because of course it would.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on April 30, 2013, 12:15:55 PM
I would buy it for $8 but there isn't one within a 50 mile radius of my house and apparently they won't ship it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on May 02, 2013, 12:46:28 AM
I was able to order it with no problem.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on May 02, 2013, 02:08:07 AM
Amazon had the ps3 version for $7.99 a couple of days ago
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 02, 2013, 06:10:41 AM
http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/05/02/keyboard-cat-sues-warner-bros

Quote
Charles Schmidt (the genius mind behind the Keyboard Cat meme), and Christopher Orlando Torres (the wizard who gave birth to the Nyan Cat meme) are both suing developer 5th Cell and publisher Warner Bros. for including animated versions of the cats in various Scribblenauts games. Yes, this is a real life lawsuit.

Quote
Both creators have registered copyrights for their kitty creation and have pending trademark applications. Their attorneys allege that since the first Scribblenauts entry in 2009, the game's developers have been using the name and image of both Keyboard Cat and Nyan cat to promote the games.

Quote
They may run into some trouble when the case goes to trial, however, considering the first game was released in 2009, and neither copyright was registered until 2010.

I must have missed all of those Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat commercials promoting the game.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on May 02, 2013, 06:19:50 AM
Damnit Charles you used to be cool. Also, I had no idea that either cat was in the games.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on May 06, 2013, 09:35:30 AM
NFS: MW is 99 cents on Android right now (not sure about iOS) and it isn't bad at all.  Using the accelerometer to steer works fine and it looks good.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on May 07, 2013, 03:36:48 AM
Didn't think this was worth a new thread, but anyone play any MMO games? If so, what do you play? I'm not asking what your name is, but just wondering what you play if anything. I was playing mostly free to play games like Star Trek Online, Detective Comics Universe Online, Guild Wars 2 and what I tried Sunday (when I finally got some free time), Neverwinter.

All of them aren't bad games. Sure, they aren't going to blow you away, but they are at least are fun. Unless you hit that certain wall and then it becomes a chore.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on May 07, 2013, 10:16:37 AM
The Old Republic is F2P now, but ive been playing the hell out of arcane legends on my tablet.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on May 07, 2013, 10:18:15 AM
I only play MMO's that I can play without needing to interact with other people. I played Star Trek online for about a year. Had fun with it, but pretty much maxed out and lost interest. It was the best for being a loner though since it's all about instancing and scaling to party size. I tried Old Republic but it didn't hold my interest long. I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIV, I'm hoping they hurry up and relaunch soon.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 07, 2013, 11:46:30 AM
Humbe Double Fine Bundle going on now.

https://www.humblebundle.com/

Pretty sure Psychonauts has been available a few times now. Otherwise, you get Costume Quest, Stacking; Brutal Legend if you beat the average (around $8 currently); Broken Age Kickstarter package for $35+; T-shirt shipped for $70+.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on May 07, 2013, 11:59:32 AM
Also get soundtracks as well. Sweet! I may actually need to get that. ...if I wasn't piss poor broke. :(

The Old Republic is F2P now, but ive been playing the hell out of arcane legends on my tablet.
With Old Repulic though, isn't a lot of stuff that you'd normally get in other MMOs hidden behind the pay wall?

I only play MMO's that I can play without needing to interact with other people. I played Star Trek online for about a year. Had fun with it, but pretty much maxed out and lost interest. It was the best for being a loner though since it's all about instancing and scaling to party size. I tried Old Republic but it didn't hold my interest long. I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIV, I'm hoping they hurry up and relaunch soon.
Yeah, that's what I like about STO. It scales to however many people unless its an STF (raid). So if I don't have someone to help me, you can. I'm interested in FFXIV's relaunch because the relaunch actually looks like the game that I was originally promised in the original beta. Which would be nice.

BTW, Smues, if you liked the STO content for scaling purposes, and want something to hold you off fantasy wise, the same can be said for Neverwinter. It does the same thing (since its also made by Cryptic, makes sense).
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 07, 2013, 05:18:18 PM
Re: SWTOR - it's mostly raids and whatnot that are capped by the pay level. Everything else is free. The entire "single player" story mode is free, for each class, too. ;)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 08, 2013, 02:24:44 AM
Also get soundtracks as well. Sweet! I may actually need to get that. ...if I wasn't piss poor broke. :(

I've read there's no licenced tracks in the soundtrack packages. Here's what's in the Brutal Legend ZIP file. (FLAC is also available.)

(http://i.imgur.com/MGjZBLJ.png)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on May 08, 2013, 06:56:25 AM
Is there a Final Fantasy equivalent to this (http://www.civfanatics.com/) fansite?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 08, 2013, 07:24:16 AM
http://www.uffsite.net/ ?

Similar ones here: https://www.google.ca/search?q=final+fantasy+fansite&aq=f&oq=final+&aqs=chrome.2.57j59l3&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8&hl=en-US
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on May 08, 2013, 08:36:44 AM
Hrmm... I was hoping a forum that was a little less dead. I'll give the links a look, thanks.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on May 08, 2013, 09:17:37 AM
Pretty much google is the only way to do it, since FF is kinda sagging in popularity.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on May 12, 2013, 12:00:06 PM
So 8 days ago, we get to Houston and park the car not too far from Minute Paid Park - in fact, this is some of the best price to distance parking we've ever had on one of our trips. Walking to the ballpark, I look through a window and make out some neon Pac-Man themed lighting on a wall, kind of like this but I'm dealing with sun glare on a window and don't see much inside.

(http://www.joystixgames.com/photos/STERNWALL.JPG)

So, I just see the Pac-Men lights and not that row of pinball machines. The building looks kind of big, but also appears to be old and attached to a bar so I think nothing of it, figuring many business may be inside...

Nope! It's 100% dedicated to old arcade games and pinball machines (with the bar I saw being part of it) and has a whole bunch of them.

http://www.joystixgames.com/showroom.asp

Our annual trips are so tightly planned there was really not much time for this, but knowing what I know now, I totally regret not slipping in to play some pinball or Super Pac-Man.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on May 12, 2013, 01:00:49 PM
I haven't seen a real arcade in years since Game Works closed in Auburn Hills. Now you just get these shitty ones with a couple of arcade games and a bunch of Chuck E. Cheese ticket games.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on May 12, 2013, 10:43:43 PM
I miss arcades. I remember having a ton of fun at them with buddies as we tried to see who could get the farthest on 1 quarter. Though, now it'd probably be 2 bucks.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Wizard of Maz on May 13, 2013, 02:08:43 AM
My hometown had a Nickelcade with like a three dollar entrance fee and the games where a nickel or maybe two (DDR I think was the only one that cost a dime) they gouged you with food prices, but it was an awesome way to kill a couple of hours.

BATTLE TOADS

SKATE OR DIE

NFL BLITZ
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on May 13, 2013, 03:52:27 AM
This might as well go in bitch about something tech edition, but Ace Attorney 5 is apparently only getting a digital release in the US. No cartridge.  FUCK. I'll still buy it, but this does not make me a happy Smues.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on May 14, 2013, 02:21:03 AM
 :( Probably should. No physical release? Really? That's one way to kill the market. I know a lot of people still don't like to do the digital buying, or who won't buy to stick to them because they didn't release a physical copy. So you are going to kill a chuck of sales that way.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 14, 2013, 06:18:48 AM
Especially considering Nintendo's online services are not optimal. I'm hesitant to buy digital in the first place; if the stuff is $20-30 and pretty much tied to the hardware, there's no way I'm buying.

That said, if that's the only way the game gets a release outside of Japan... it's better than nothing. (No idea if that's the case or not.)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 14, 2013, 10:39:47 AM
I can't decide which is worse. Listening to "faith based organizations" on the subject of violence in media, or the tried and true idea of "LET'S TAX IT DUR HUR" solution.

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/14/vp-joe-biden-no-legal-reason-the-us-cant-tax-violent-media/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 20, 2013, 10:10:08 AM
Free Steam code for Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3. The site might be overloaded, or not quite working properly. Give it a few seconds after entering the CAPTCHA. If it doesn't work the first time, give it another shot.

http://penny-arcade.com/static/rainslick-giveaway
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on May 20, 2013, 11:15:27 AM
Also after you enter the CAPTCHA, look above it for the code. I thought I would go to a separate page for the code.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on May 20, 2013, 11:32:33 AM
Took me a couple tries to get a valid key code, but I finally got it to work.  Thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on May 20, 2013, 03:03:59 PM
YDKJ is now on Android so I finally have a use for my Facebook account.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 22, 2013, 05:58:47 AM
http://www.humblebundle.com/weekly (http://www.humblebundle.com/weekly)

Humble Weekly Sale for Alan Wake. Includes Alan Wake with both DLC episodes and Collector's Edition content, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, and soundtracks for both games. Straight-up pay what you want for DRM-free Windows downloads. $1+ gets you Steam keys.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on May 22, 2013, 07:29:25 AM
Kick ass!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on May 24, 2013, 05:30:12 AM
http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/funny-occasionally-dirty-hidden-messages-favorite-games-192013980.html

Which is an article that led me to this site:

http://tcrf.net/The_Cutting_Room_Floor

Which might be fun to explore.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on May 24, 2013, 06:03:10 AM
I check out the Cutting Room Floor every now and then to see what new stuff they've added. The majority of stuff (at least for the games I care about) is fairly uninteresting.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 28, 2013, 07:07:13 AM
Humble Indie Bundle 8 is available now.

http://www.humblebundle.com/ (http://www.humblebundle.com/)

Awesomenauts (with exclusive "chicken skin" DLC)
Capsized
Dear Esther
Little Inferno
Thomas Was Alone


And if you beat the average (currently $5.67):
Hotline Miami
Proteus


Pay what you like, to whom you like, including the EFF and Child's Play Charity.

Includes DRM-free downloads of each game for Windows, Mac, and Linux; Steam key(s) if you pay $1 or more; as well as soundtracks for everything except Hotline Miami (though from my experience, the entire soundtrack is available as .OGG files in the Steam install folder).


The post is just a few up, but also still available for another 2 days-ish is the Alan Wake Humble Weekly Sale. Which is straight-up pay-what-you-want for both complete Alan Wake titles, and a whole whack of extra content—some of it new for this bundle.
https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 30, 2013, 05:36:48 AM
The Alan Wake Humble Sale has ended. Now there's a Telltale bundle, including The Walking Dead if you beat the average (currently $3.65).

http://www.humblebundle.com/weekly (http://www.humblebundle.com/weekly)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on May 30, 2013, 11:05:39 AM
Finished watching a Let's Play of Heavy Rain.  Nice to see that David Cage still can't figure out how to wrap up a story well so he just throws shit at the wall that doesn't make sense.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on May 30, 2013, 11:21:59 AM
Finished watching a Let's Play of Heavy Rain.  Nice to see that David Cage still can't figure out how to wrap up a story well so he just throws shit at the wall that doesn't make sense.

The reveal of that game felt like a slap in the face.  *SPOILERS HEREIN*

Spoiler: show
I had grown VERY fond of the [spoiler]P.I. character
.  He was a good man and very likeable.  Guess what?  He's the killer.[/spoiler]
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on May 31, 2013, 06:47:18 AM
I enjoyed the Spoilerception in that post more than I enjoyed the ending of Heavy Rain.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on May 31, 2013, 09:02:53 AM
You're welcome.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on May 31, 2013, 04:42:47 PM
I was cleaning out some things and found my collection of video game magazines.  I kinda miss getting those 300 page EGM tomes; they had some good features on the history of gaming and some of the personalities.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on May 31, 2013, 08:44:26 PM
Same here. I have several circa-2001 issues that I keep handy for when I'm on the shitter. That's the golden era for EGM, IMO.  I think my favorites are the Gameboy Advance launc issue and the Twisted Metal Black preview issue from January 2001 which had 74 (!!!) game reviews!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on May 31, 2013, 10:34:15 PM
I was cleaning out some things and found my collection of video game magazines.  I kinda miss getting those 300 page EGM tomes; they had some good features on the history of gaming and some of the personalities.

If there's anything really cool maybe you should take a look at them for the site.

I liked getting the ones with the demo discs of games. I got one with Jedi Knight Dark Forces II and played it constantly.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on June 01, 2013, 02:55:03 PM
You know, I can't remember which game it was, but there was a game I demo'd from one of EGM's demo disks, and I swear it played better than the actual game itself.

Now I can't think of it. That's going to drive me nuts.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on June 04, 2013, 04:49:02 AM
I really liked seeing the game reviews and the mini paragraphs describing the scores given in EGM.  I also loved the preview stuff for games coming down the pike as it was a nice way of getting hyped early.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on June 04, 2013, 06:22:31 AM
I finally got around to buying the three main Sleeping Dogs DLC (Nightmare at North Point, Zodiac Tournament and Year of the Snake) because they are $10 total on XBL this week.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 06, 2013, 06:25:01 AM
New Humble Weekly Sale for Serious Sam:

https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on June 10, 2013, 05:33:47 PM
I just got an iPad Mini. Is there a gamepad I can use for it? I'm going to hate using the touch pad for games.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: tekcop on June 10, 2013, 08:25:32 PM
I know you can hook up Wiimotes and PS3 controllers to Android devices. You might be able to do something similar with the iPad.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on June 11, 2013, 02:26:15 AM
When you've owned multiple consoles have you played them all or really just focused on one? For me it seems I've always just focused on one.

I started with an NES and played that thing into the ground. Then I got a Genesis but when I got an SNES I forgot the Genesis existed. Then I got an N64 and played it a bit, but when I got a Playstation I forgot the N64 existed.
Then I got a PS2 and played the wheels off of it. I bought a Gamecube in that time, but that system sucked ass and I barely played it. Then I got an X-Box and never touched the PS2 again.
Then I got a 360 and sold all my other consoles. I got a Wii in that amount of time, but hardly ever played it. Hell I got the Wii before the 360 and STILL played the regular X-Box more.

I guess I'm just a one console kind of guy.

Man looking back on that I think my dissatisfaction with Nintendo began way back in the 64 days.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on June 11, 2013, 03:33:03 AM
I go back and forth depending on what game I'm playing. I didn't play much on my PS3 for about a month when Monster Hunter 3 came out on Wii U.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on June 11, 2013, 04:34:08 AM
To the best of my memory...

-I started out with a Sega Master System in 1987 or so. I still have my original system (and a back up).

-Atari 2600 sometime after.

-I got my NES probably 2 years later. The SMS took a backseat.

-Turbografx 16 came next. I don't think I had it very long

-After that I had a Genesis at my mom's house and a Super Nintendo at dad's. I played the SNES much more.

-I got my Playstation 1 before the N64. I want to say I was pretty back and forth and played them evenly. I still have my original N64

-I owned a Gameboy Color somewhere in the middle of all of this.

-Bought a Dreamcast at launch and loved the hell out of it. I stayed up way too late playing Phantasy Star online. I sold it out of spite when they announced that Shenmue 2 wasn't going to come out for the system

-I ended up getting a Playstation 2 at a flea market shortly after it came out for $200. Fell off the back of a  truck kinda thing. It was my first DVD player. I played the hell out of it

-Picked up a Gamecube. I think I just had RE 4, Viewtiful Joe, and maybe one other game. Got rid of it shortly there after.

-Got a DS Lite for Christmas I want to say 5 years ago.

-I picked up my Xbox 360 probably 4 years ago. Really like the system, but working full time, I don't get to play it so much.

-Bought the fiance a Wii two Christmas' ago. She wanted it, but never plays it.


Right now I have: NES, SNES, Gamecube, N64, Wii, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega Dreamcast, DS Lite, Xbox 360
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on June 11, 2013, 04:48:05 AM
My mom still has my old PS1, Gamecube and N64 in a closet in her house.
I have no clue what became of the NES, Genesis and SNES. I sold the PS2 and X-Box to get extra money to buy my 360.

I'm seriously considering at this time trading in my 360 once I finish the last few games I bought for it. Everything else I want to play is multiplatform and I'm more interested in PS+ and what it brings on my PS3. I could use the money from the 360 and games to buy a few more PS3 games (like Skyrim GOTY).
I want to get rid of my Wii, but want to make one more run through the Gamecube and Wii Fire Emblem games. Plus I just feel like when my son is old enough to understand gaming he'll want to play that. The learning curve seems to be less steep.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on June 11, 2013, 08:40:57 AM
I started with NES then SNES.

I skipped the N64 and went with Playstation, and then Playstation 2.  During that gen I picked up a GameCube and an xbox along the way...gradually gravitating toward the xbox mostly.  Enough that I gave my GameCube and PS2 t friends when I had stopped playing them.

This gen I got a 360 and a PS3 and favored 360 so much that I loaned my PS3 to a friend years ago and never bothered to take it back.

I have a pattern of getting on board with a system, then loving the superior second gen from them (nes to snes, ps to ps2, xbox to 360) and then moving on.  Which leaves me wishing there was a brand new company making consoles so that the next version of it would rule.

Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on June 11, 2013, 11:15:32 AM
I got an Atari 2600 in 1983 during the Crash when plenty of games were available for dirt cheap.

Got an NES in 1987 or so and GameBoy at launch.

Got an SNES for my birthday in 1993.

Got an N64 at launch and PS1 when Final Fantasy VII came out.

Got a PS2 at launch. 

Got a GameBoy Advanced in 2002.

Got a GameCube in 2003.

Got a Wii at launch, then a DS a year later.

Got a PSP in 2008 and then a PS3 during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Got a 3DS as a Christmas present in 2011.

I've been playing video games for what feels like forever.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Angle-plex on June 11, 2013, 11:26:53 AM
I had Atari, nes, snes, PS, PS2, and now 360. I've never seen the point of getting more than one console per generation as 90% of the games are the same, with the PS/N64 generation having the biggest difference.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on June 11, 2013, 11:34:03 AM
The last time I felt there was any reason to do so was the ps2/GameCube/xbox geneation.  Ps2 was the big one to have...but the other 2 rose up with some amazing exclusives like resident evil 4, eternal darkness, halo and KOTOR.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on June 11, 2013, 11:47:26 AM
I'm getting ready to move, but as of last week before I boxed everything up, I had the following all connected to my 40" Sony LCD:

NES
SNES
N64
Wii
WiiU
XBox 360
PS3
Sega Genesis
Sega Dreamcast

My first ever system was an Atari that one of my Dad's coworkers gave him.  I received an NES for Christmas when I was 7 or so, but that was the end of my parents buying systems for me, or even games for that matter.  SMB was included with my NES, but I also got Skate or Die.  I was forced to rent games growing up because my Parent's thought was, "you don't need any more games.  You have two games already.  Play those".

After that, my Dad told me that if I would save half the money for an SNES, he would pay the other half.  That's fair.  It took me about 9 months to save half the money, but I got my SNES and never looked back.  After that, I saved my money for an N64, which I wanted purely for Mortal Kombat Trilogy.  My Dad was so impressed I saved the $200+ for the system, that he got me MKT for Christmas.  I saved up for a PSX shortly after and played those for the next couple of years.

I bought a Dreamcast on launch day, then did the same with the PS2 the following year.  The year after that, I bought a Gamecube shortly after launch, and an XBox in early 2002. 

I bought an Xbox 360 about 8 months after launch.

My first PS3 came about 6 months after launch.  I worked at a Gamestop, and a customer was trading in his 20 GB system.  He was only going to get a little over $100 for it, so I told him if he came back on payday, I would give him $200.  This worked well for me, since they were still $499 at the time.  I have since bought an origjnal 60GB system and upgraded the HDD to 500 GB.

I didn't get a Wii until 2011, and bought my WiiU on launch day. 

My brain hurts from remembering all that.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on June 11, 2013, 11:48:52 AM
I find that the Nintendo systems are different enough from Sony/Microsoft to warrant a purchase.  With Sony/Microsoft the exclusives are minimal so not much point having both.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on June 11, 2013, 11:54:26 AM
64 games look awful on big screen high def tvs
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on June 11, 2013, 09:31:23 PM
Yes, they do.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on June 12, 2013, 05:09:38 AM
I find that the Nintendo systems are different enough from Sony/Microsoft to warrant a purchase.  With Sony/Microsoft the exclusives are minimal so not much point having both.

I felt that way, but now that I have had a 360 for so long and just recently go a PS3 the exclusives for the PS3 feel like a whole new world. I've tapped out the 360. I'm at the point where I'm going to sell my 360 and play exclusives/multi-platform on the PS3 for a long time.

I bought my PS3 in February and hadn't owned a Sony system since my PS2 in 2007. When I picked up the PS3 controller I said "Hello old friend, long time no see". I think it's awesome the controller design stayed the same.

The only systems I ever got at launch was a Gamecube. Everything else came shortly after launch (N64, PS2, Wii) or well after the system had been out for a while (NES, SNES, Genesis, X-Box, 360, PS3).

I have never owned a handheld system. I find it weird that I never owned a Dreamcast either. I have friends that still play it and swear by it.


What system disappointed you the most? For me it has to be the Gamecube or Wii. I was excited for both and have touched them both barely at all (GC actually gathered more dust than Wii). Conversely I was pleasantly surprised by the original X-Box. I didn't expect much out of it and was blown away.
I think back on the days of the 64 and think I was disappointed, but I had some great days with that system. No Mercy anyone?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on June 12, 2013, 12:00:47 PM
From Ninja Gaiden Z... o_O

(http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18qmhu8xpumvsgif/ku-xlarge.gif)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on June 12, 2013, 12:09:41 PM
I think I saw a picture of that guy earlier today:

(http://www.wwe.com/f/styles/photo_large_lightbox/public/photo/image/2013/06/103_Conceptual_Drawings.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on June 17, 2013, 08:17:40 AM
Via GAF. It was bound to happen, I guess...  :o

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=593311 | Virtual sex game announced for Oculus Rift

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http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/06/17/oculus-rift-erotic-adventure-game-announced

The game is called Wicked Paradise and is being developed by "veteran game designers who worked on the likes of Rage, the Call of Duty series, Lost Planet, Madden and Planetside 2"

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We guess it was inevitable: veteran game designers who worked on the likes of Rage, the Call of Duty series, Lost Planet, Madden and Planetside 2 are working on an "Erotic Adventure" game for Oculus Rift.

Called Wicked Paradise, the game is based on the principle that "Instead of watching an erotic movie or reading an erotic book in which the main character has exciting sexual adventures, you become that character!

"Imagine playing Leisure Suit Larry but instead of watching a screen, you are inside the game," it reads. "Imagine the world and its inhabitants look highly realistic. Imagine walking into a bar in Wicked Paradise, noticing a beautiful lady, talking to her, and seducing her." You can guess the rest - there's more info on the official site.

This was always going to happen, we suppose. Wicked Paradise is planned to release in 2014, at the same time as the Oculus Rift itself.

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Here is a Sneak Peek about this game

http://www.roadtovr.com/2013/06/12/wicked-paradise-erotic-virtual-reality-game-for-oculus-rift-6494

http://www.wickedparadise.com/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: 2GOLD on June 17, 2013, 08:24:48 AM
It could actually work and sell. Obviously putting it in video game stores is not going to happen or I wouldn't think they could get them in. But the market is there and if the game has effort enough to basically be novella porn, it will sell with a niche audience.

Hell, how many online gaming communities actually exist for this type of stuff? It's not a small number I wouldn't think. I know Second Life had that area, not sure if it does anymore because it was a boring game to me just walking around.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 18, 2013, 07:01:40 AM
It begins...

Torchlight is currently free on GOG.com, until Thursday.

http://www.gog.com/news/nodrm_summer_get_torchlight_free_for_48_hours

You may have to sign in and add it to your cart, or possibly refresh the store page to get the right price to show up. It worked for me.

http://www.gog.com/news/2013_nodrm_summer_sale_begins_on_gogcom

Looks like this is the start of a sale event. Alan Wake is currently 90% off, if you missed the Humble bundle, or Steam sale. And a bundle of Dungeons & Dragons games for $21.10—including Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, Planescape: Torment...

http://www.gog.com/news/nodrm_summer_day_1_alan_wake_90_off_dungeons_and_dragons_80_off
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 18, 2013, 07:05:59 AM
Humble Bundle with Android 6 is available too.

https://www.humblebundle.com/

Aquaria
Fractal
Organ Trail: Director's Cut
Stealth Bastard Deluxe
Pulse
(Android-only)

Beat the average (currently $4.73) to get:

Broken Sword: Director's Cut
Frozen Synapse


Get all games for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, unless noted. All games include MP3 & FLAC soundtracks.

The Humble Weekly Sale for 11 bit studios is still available:
https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 18, 2013, 07:10:31 AM
Mark of the Ninja is 75% off on Steam too.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/214560/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 19, 2013, 06:52:58 AM
http://www.gog.com/news/nodrm_summer_day_2_the_witcher_2_70_off_dont_starve_33_off_more

Day 2 on GOG:

The Witcher 2 for $5.99 (70% off)
Don't Starve for $9.99 (33% off)

Plus...

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Miasmata, a challenging wilderness survival game, for only $3.74 (that's 75% off)
Signal Ops, a squad-based tactics espionage game, for only $4.99 (that's 66% off)
Slender: The Arrival, an urban legend survival horror experience, for only $4.99 (that's 50% off)
and Strike Suit Zero, a space combat sim with giant mecha-armor, for only $4.99 (that's 75% off)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 21, 2013, 06:18:00 AM
There's a big list of titles on sale today, to go with the whole longest day of the year thing.

http://www.gog.com

Some ones I noticed as particularly good deals:

FTL: Faster Than Light is 75% off, to $2.49. You can buy direct from the developer, and get both a DRM-free, and Steam copy.
http://www.ftlgame.com/

Hotline Miami is down to $3.33.

...Yeah, I don't know. It's a big list.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on June 23, 2013, 10:30:05 PM
JUST BEAT YIAZMAT FOR THE FIRST TIME!

(http://i.imgur.com/sE5ur.gif)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on June 29, 2013, 11:07:06 AM
Oh my god they brought it back? WHY GOD WHY?
(http://www.nuinitari.com/Why.png)

Seriously, I know this question because I was a big Sierra nut, but I highly doubt that's common knowledge. At least teh kids these days (and adults who don't know who the fuck Roberta Williams is) can use Google. Or Bing if they're Peter Parker.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on June 29, 2013, 11:56:20 AM
I feel like it should be common enough knowledge among the people who actually have an interest in playing a remake of the first Leisure Suit Larry.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on June 29, 2013, 03:29:49 PM
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/06/are-the-ps4-and-xbox-one-really-that-expensive-historically/

Interesting.. Xbox One, PS4 launch prices compared to inflation-adjusted launches of old:

(http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/consolechart1.png)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on June 29, 2013, 03:55:47 PM
I figured the price of the 3DO would have gone up but DAMN!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on June 30, 2013, 05:22:37 AM
Man, some of that price inflation is crazy. PlayStation would actually cost more than PS4? Geezus.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on June 30, 2013, 05:50:00 AM
Consider too for Canadians, we now get the same launch price as the US. That was not the case when a Sega Saturn cost $600 (edit: well, that's what I remembered, and definitely after our at the time 15% tax in Ontario, but Consumer's listed it as $527).

I've posted this before, long ago, but an idea of 1995 game prices in Canada:

http://www.cdarchive.ca/UltimateVideo1996.pdf
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 01, 2013, 05:59:16 PM
Jeff and Vinny at Giant Bomb play a terrible Trials clone. I injured myself laughing at this. Skip to about 20 minutes for the start of the co-op section, if you don't want to watch the whole thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTjuJ-hyD8Y
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on July 02, 2013, 12:53:32 AM
That would make for the BEST drinking game.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on July 02, 2013, 02:27:31 AM
Consider too for Canadians, we now get the same launch price as the US. That was not the case when a Sega Saturn cost $600 (edit: well, that's what I remembered, and definitely after our at the time 15% tax in Ontario, but Consumer's listed it as $527).

I've posted this before, long ago, but an idea of 1995 game prices in Canada:

http://www.cdarchive.ca/UltimateVideo1996.pdf

The 16-Bit through N64 eras were awful.   Thank God for that sinking US Dollar, eh?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on July 02, 2013, 05:27:58 AM
Its funny. As a kid, I could totally accept paying absurd prices for games.

Now? If a game is anywhere near $100, I better be getting perks with it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 02, 2013, 06:23:43 AM
I had almost completely forgotten that a lot the games themselves were close to (and sometimes over, with tax) $100CAD. Insanity.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on July 02, 2013, 09:19:04 AM
I believe I paid 100-110 for the original Tactics Ogre, Suikoden II and one other fantasy game I can't think of. Still boggles me that I could do that then. I mean, I don't even buy special editions because I can rarely justify it. Unless it has some awesome bonus stuff.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 02, 2013, 12:10:41 PM
Apparently Ubisoft was hacked, and user info was stolen. And I'm reminded why I don't like signing up for unnecessary extra services with my games. Or more accurately, why I don't buy games that require that shit.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on July 02, 2013, 02:51:40 PM
It still bugs me how a ps1 game was maybe £29.99 and yet a n64 game would be £50. Any wonder it didn't do as well.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on July 02, 2013, 02:59:03 PM
Well a copy of a game on a cd is much cheaper to produce than a cartridge.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 08, 2013, 05:07:43 AM
Ryan Davis of Giant Bomb died on July 3rd. He just got married the last weekend of June.

http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/ryan-davis-1979-2013/1100-4685/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 08, 2013, 05:11:54 AM
Woah..
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on July 08, 2013, 06:10:50 AM
 :-\ Aw man, that just sucks. I was happy to hear he got married, that really sucks.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on July 08, 2013, 06:49:52 AM
Giant Bomb won't be the same without him.  I was shocked when I found out on Twitter about it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on July 08, 2013, 08:17:51 AM
Yeah that shocked the shit out of me when I saw it today.   I wonder what it means for the future of Giant Bomb.   With Ryan dead, Patrick back in Chicago, Vinny not having anywhere near as much time as he used to due to his kid and Brad unable to play anything other than DOTA, is it time to close up shop?  I fuckin hope not, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the site down or a shell of it's self within a year.   Ryan just WAS Giant Bomb to me, more than any other person.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 08, 2013, 12:31:11 PM
I can't claim I followed Ryan super closely. I was a part of the GameSpot community for several years (and various offshoots now), and I've been a fan of the Giant Bomb crew on and off (more on recently) since they started. He was an integral part of the team, and he clearly meant a lot to a lot of people.

The news has still hit me, though. Obviously I don't know details of his health and his death. But being a similarly obese dude with some health issues of my own, and only 3 years younger than him... It's a striking moment.

Obviously I feel bad for anyone in his personal and professional life (and some combination of the two). He and Jeff have been close friends a long time. But I feel especially bad for his wife. "Newlywed widow" is one of the sadder word combinations I could think of.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AntiLeaf33 on July 08, 2013, 02:39:17 PM
I remember Doom on SNES being like $109.99 or something crazy like that. Then add on 15% sales tax. No wonder why I only had 4 or 5 SNES games.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on July 09, 2013, 04:00:42 PM
The Ryan tribute Bombcast is fucking great; just everyone shooting the shit about him and dumb GameSpot stories.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 11, 2013, 05:46:52 AM
Capcom hit by layoffs, senior VP Christian Svensson out: http://www.polygon.com/2013/7/11/4514896/capcom-hit-by-lay-offs-senior-vp-christian-svensson-out

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Capcom has undertaken a staff reorganization today, resulting in the loss of its senior vice president Christian Svensson.

Svensson posted the news on his Facebook page today, saying that he had volunteered to go as part of the planned re-org. He did not say who else had been affected, but wrote that "sadly, I'm not the only one affected by the reorganization today. Over the next few days, I'll be gathering resumes from as many as I can and will be sending them out to my contacts around the industry to see if there's a 'love connection' to be made."
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on July 11, 2013, 06:02:56 AM
There's a Deus Ex game for iOS that doesn't work if your phone is jailbroken. Well it works, but you can't shoot your gun and you get a message no shooting on jail broken devices. They don't tell you this before you spend $6.99 on the game. Jesus Christ am I glad I switched to Android, that's just bullshit.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 11, 2013, 06:17:24 AM
Wow that is completely fucked up.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on July 11, 2013, 06:39:16 AM
I remember Doom on SNES being like $109.99 or something crazy like that. Then add on 15% sales tax. No wonder why I only had 4 or 5 SNES games.

You could still get them cheap if you didn't buy them brand new, so I had a lot of games.  But yeah, those new release prices were ridiculous.  I only ever paid upwards of $100 for a game once, just because I had to have it on the day of release and wasn't willing to wait.  The game was Chrono Trigger.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Edwin on July 11, 2013, 07:00:06 AM
Chrono Trigger was my greatest SNES purchasing triumph.  It was selling for $84.99 at Electronics Boutique and Babbage's, and then I saw in the Sunday circular maybe a week or two after it came out that Walmart had it for $57.  I basically took it to my parents and explained that after Sunday dinner they had to drive me out there or my life as they knew it would be ruined since I'd need three more weeks of saving my allowance otherwise.  Invoking financial responsibility was like the holy grail of getting to "fine, we'll take you to stupid Walmart" for a 12-year-old.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on July 11, 2013, 07:10:29 AM
My biggest SNES purchasing triumph was stumbling across a used copy of Earthbound (complete with box, manuals, and Player's Guide) at Blockbuster for $10 about a year after it came out.  I played that game to death afterwards.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on July 12, 2013, 08:03:33 AM
The iOS Deus Ex game will be updated to work properly for jail broken devices, because they didn't fucking tell people that before making them pay for it. One could assume that future Square Enix iOS releases might have the same feature and just tell you before you buy it. Which is still bullshit, but it's better than saying "Thanks for your money, now FUCK YOU!"
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 15, 2013, 05:51:08 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXxZ37LX5VE
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on July 15, 2013, 07:15:48 AM
Hopefully it's nothing but spiders and snakes that you fight with a knife, and your gun shoots kanji that people into frogs.

Edit: He has that ugly Ultimate Warrior hair too! Hopefully the 8th Generation fixes this.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 17, 2013, 04:30:40 AM
Operation Rainfall is doing a poll on which games to try to get localized next! http://operationrainfall.com/vote-to-localize-sega-konami-polls/

YAKUZA 5 in the SEGA section was a no-brainer vote for me. WANT WANT WANT!

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UPDATE 07/17/2013- Wow, the results so far have been great! It is good to see so many passionate fans doing their part for game localization. We’d like to clarify to our voters that the point of the polls is to show SEGA and Konami that there is an genuine interest for these games to be localized and that people will buy them. Even though ultimately there will be a “winner”, there are no losers, as all polling information about all games will be sent to SEGA and Konami. Ultimately, the games that get the most votes will take first priority, but it is still possible that the other games in the polls will also be pitched as well. Thanks to those that have participated so far!
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As we announced on June 5th, 2013, we have entered a partnership with Language Automation, Inc., (LAI), a company that specializes in game localization. LAI will be offering companies a discount on their localization fee if the companies choose to localize the games the oprainfall community votes on and promotes. There may even be ways that certain individuals within the community could be elected to help with the localization process!

It is fair to note that even if a game wins a poll or has many votes, there is no guarantee that it will be localized. The poll’s purpose is to allow LAI to go to the publishers with some extra ammunition to help convince them to localize the game. If you ever wanted to see any of these games localized in the West, this could be the game’s best chance! So if you see a favorite game on the list, be sure to vote for it and send it to everyone you know to vote for it, as well.

Today, we bring you the first of hopefully many articles based on this partnership. As you will see below, we have two polls—one for SEGA games, and one for Konami games. These companies were chosen because LAI has worked on localization projects with them in the past. In case you are not familiar with any of the games listed, we have also provided descriptions so you’ll know what they’re about. Be sure to use the comments section to let us know why you voted for the game or games you would like to see localized!

For more information about Language Automation, Inc., and what they do, check out their official website at www.lai.com.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: jimmy no nose on July 17, 2013, 06:19:21 AM
The NCAA just announced that they will not be renewing their contract with EA Sports beyond this season.  It's an obvious reaction to the lawsuits filed on behalf of a bunch of former players over rights to their likenesses, though the NCAA tried to pretend it isn't.  Individual schools and conferences have their own contracts, so it's possible that some of those are still going on or could be renewed independently and we'd get some kind of goofy "College Football 2015" game featuring only certain teams and no NCAA trademarks.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on July 17, 2013, 06:30:31 AM
SABAN 15
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on July 19, 2013, 04:16:03 PM
The new Phoenix Wright game is rated M. The fuck?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Baby Shoes on July 19, 2013, 04:41:59 PM
Phoenix Wright: The Jodi Arias Edition
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on July 22, 2013, 07:54:33 AM
The NCAA just announced that they will not be renewing their contract with EA Sports beyond this season.  It's an obvious reaction to the lawsuits filed on behalf of a bunch of former players over rights to their likenesses, though the NCAA tried to pretend it isn't.  Individual schools and conferences have their own contracts, so it's possible that some of those are still going on or could be renewed independently and we'd get some kind of goofy "College Football 2015" game featuring only certain teams and no NCAA trademarks.

No more yearly expansion packs...I mean new games?

I bet I could spend a few years playing on just this year's version before really needing a new one.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on July 22, 2013, 07:56:38 AM
They re-signed with the CLC (who represents most of the teams and conferences) for three years, but without the NCAA backing it's feasible any team could opt out of the CLC's agreement with EA and not be represented if they so chose.

EA also confirmed College Football 15 next year on next-gen.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on July 22, 2013, 11:31:17 AM
Actually, being in the CLC means they need to pull out fully or go with everything. So it probably isn't in the interest of nearly most teams and schools to do so.

Though, means we're without SEC as I believe they do their own licensing.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on July 23, 2013, 08:48:51 AM
Anyone play DotA2? I heard about some sort of huge tournament coming up, so I figured to find out what's so great about it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 23, 2013, 11:57:44 AM
I've played a very, very little bit of Dota 2. And I watched a 40-minute tutorial video several months ago, when it was in beta. I learned some basics:


I learned some about last hit and denying—you only earn gold for your character if you get the killing shot on an enemy, and you can target your own grunts/units to kill them off, and deny gold for the opposing team (not sure if you get gold yourself). Gold buys items, which could be potions or town portals, or RPG-type armour and weapons and rings and such to upgrade yourself. I didn't dig too much into the item system.

I'm pretty sure you earn XP for being in the general area of enemies being killed off. You level up, and gain new spells and such. You'll earn some gold and XP from killing the grunts (and possibly the towers), but I'm pretty sure you see the biggest gains by killing opposing heroes.

I think the main source of depth—aside from being a multi-player game—is the ridiculous number of hero characters that you can choose from. Initially you'll want to find a character or characters that you enjoy. But then you'll want to learn about the others, just so you'll recognise them in the game, and know how to handle them. And also so you'll mesh well with other players on your team.

I don't like it that much, but I also don't particularly like competitive RTS-type games; nor do I play co-op games much. It seems to be a game you kinda have to devote a fair amount of time to, which I also don't care to do.

There wasn't much of a tutorial during the beta, but there seems to be a bit of one now, with the public release. It's free to play, so there's not much to lose. As I understand it, any money you spend is going to be on purely cosmetic items.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on July 24, 2013, 04:06:28 AM
Oh, okay, cool. Thanks for that. Probably not my thing, but I'll give it at least a try.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Broward on July 24, 2013, 05:05:41 AM
http://youtu.be/h7H30B013I0
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on July 27, 2013, 10:35:44 AM
Fez II has been cancelled due to the recent spat between Phil Fish (creator) and Marcus Beer of Gametrailers. Basically, it was a personal attack on Phil Fish and he finally had enough of the industry doing that and so has quit.

Phil wasn't the greatest guy, but was it really necessary to attack him on a personal level? Especially for not commenting on some rumors about Xbone?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The Real DXP on July 27, 2013, 11:21:57 AM
So a game developer quits a game because the Internet is the Internet?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on July 27, 2013, 04:04:15 PM
Cook, Serve, Delicious was released on Android.  What a horribly addictive game this is.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 27, 2013, 04:34:13 PM
Phil Fish comes off as a petulant child whenever he opens his mouth (or types on his keyboard). Good riddance.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 30, 2013, 07:45:57 AM
https://www.humblebundle.com/

Humble Deep Silver Bundle

Pay $1 or more to receive:
Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row 2
Risen 2: Dark Waters
Sacred 2 Gold

Beat the Average Price (currently $4.69) and get:
Dead Island
Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package

Pay $25 or more and get:
Dead Island Riptide

No DRM-free or cross-platform this time; it's all Windows Steam keys.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on July 31, 2013, 04:06:47 AM
http://www.egmnow.com/articles/news/take-two-files-new-bully-trademark/
I am excite (but not writing an article as such because that's dubq's domain)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Marie I on July 31, 2013, 06:17:59 AM
I've never played Bully but have always wanted to. Does it still hold up?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on July 31, 2013, 02:54:46 PM
Not really. But it's still overthetop fun.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on July 31, 2013, 05:13:38 PM
I dunno, I started playing it again at work the other night and I'm having fun with it.  I think being forced to restrain themselves because of the school setting really ended up helping Rockstar out.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on August 01, 2013, 12:55:21 AM
Has anyone ever played the card game Cards Against Humanity? Played it with a bunch of people on Saturday, many laughs were had. Great party game.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on August 01, 2013, 01:19:34 AM
It's a damn good time. There's an online unofficial version but it's pretty overrun with MLP fans.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on August 01, 2013, 01:52:14 AM
Dick fingers!

(by that I mean I played it at MAGfest and had a lot of fun)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on August 01, 2013, 02:14:29 AM
"_____ . It's a trap!"

Someone played their Virginia Tech Massacre card. They won the round.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on August 01, 2013, 02:37:07 AM
The expansions are pretty good too. Really glad I got the $5 Christmas bonus pack they offered last year, that's paid for itself several times over.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 01, 2013, 05:16:37 AM
Capcom announced some stuff today.. via GAF via somewhere else:

(http://i.imgur.com/skwcbk0.jpg)

1. Monster Hunter Fronter G for PS3
2. Monster Hunter Fronter G for WiiU

(http://i.imgur.com/wWk1Dbc.jpg)

3. Monster Hunter Frontier G for Taiwan

(http://i.imgur.com/78luBRT.jpg)

4. Onimusha Soul for consumer game platform (Vita?)

(http://i.imgur.com/5P7jMF5.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/woLuEYv.jpg)

5. Euro Historia for Browsers

(http://i.imgur.com/GOMw10e.jpg)

6. Monster Hunter Mezapolta Reclaimation for Browsers

(http://i.imgur.com/QWEKfaE.jpg)

7. Street Fighter Battle Combination for iOS/Android

(http://i.imgur.com/DFg2hs8.jpg)

8. Monster Hunter Big Hunting Quest for iOS/Android

(http://i.imgur.com/uLUzXo0.jpg)

9. Street Fighter x All Capcom for iOS/Android

(http://i.imgur.com/nm2rQGd.jpg)

10. Monhun Everyday Airu Life for iOS

(http://i.imgur.com/lCqtpF3.jpg)

11. Frontier of Discovery for iOS/Android

(http://i.imgur.com/oCMpFbn.jpg)

12. Codename: Rio for iOS/Android/Featurephones

(http://i.imgur.com/vjagXD2.jpg)

13. Breath of Fire 6 for Browsers/iOS/Android/Yourmom/Mymom/Tears


Official sites:
Euro Historia: http://www.capcom-s.jp/euro-h/pc/index.html

Street Fighter Battle Combination: http://www.sf-battlecombination.jp/pc/index.html
Street Fighter x All Capcom: http://www.sf-ac.jp/pc/

Monster Hunter Frontier G PS3/WiiU: http://www.mhf-g.jp/c/
Monster Hunter Frontier G Taiwan: http://www.capcom-s.jp/mhfg_tw/
Monster Hunter Mezepolta Reclaimation: http://www.mh-m.jp/pc/index.html
Monster Hunter Big Hunting Quest: http://www.mh-hq.jp/

Breath of Fire 6: BoF6: http://www.bof6.jp/pc/

Codename: Rio: http://www.capcom-s.jp/rio/pc/



..too much phone/browser stuff, IMO.  :-\
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on August 01, 2013, 06:56:36 AM
Breath of Fire 6? I would say didn't see that coming but the platform its on is what I sadly expected.  :(
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 01, 2013, 06:57:31 AM
I'm interested in the Monster Hunter MMO - but I almost hope that it doesn't get localized as I know I'll spend way too much time with it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on August 01, 2013, 07:13:26 AM
Handheld/Mobile games are king in Japan right now, so a Japanese company focusing on them shouldn't be a huge shock.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 01, 2013, 07:21:30 AM
I don't mind handheld focus.. but I can't do mobile/phone games that are anything more than short puzzle games you play for 5 minutes. =\
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on August 01, 2013, 08:44:01 AM
Yeah, it was more I was hoping if it came out to be on the 3DS or even the Vita. Being on iOS/Android isn't bad, just a little bit of a disappointment for me.

There's also the fact my phone's battery sucks and drains like mad if it does anything other than being a phone. :( Bad phone.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on August 04, 2013, 08:29:54 AM
So like a year and a half after I bought it, I finally have a computer that can run Civ V.  It probably can't run much else recent since the video card is blah. but I don't really PC game anyway.

Windows 8 is interesting; I'll never use the app portion of it, but it's interesting.

I also finally played the Papers, Please beta.  Then I pre-ordered it on Steam.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on August 08, 2013, 09:30:06 AM
http://www.heisanevilgenius.com/wackywiki/wiki/Main_Page

An invaluable reference source.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on August 11, 2013, 03:53:11 PM
http://saltybet.com/

I love the internet.  Damn you Gerstmann for getting me into this.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Broward on August 11, 2013, 03:59:15 PM
I think I was up about a few thousand bucks on Salty bet during Evo and lost it all on PR Rog..
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on August 11, 2013, 04:28:19 PM
I literally just came in here to post the saltybet link.   I'm awful at this, the highest I've been up to is around $600
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on August 12, 2013, 05:50:53 AM
FUCK YEAH POPEYE WITH THE UPSET!!  Just made 1100 Salty Bucks!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on August 12, 2013, 06:01:02 AM
Yeah I made like $200 on that....then lost it all 2 matches later cause I went all in on Ken.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on August 12, 2013, 08:20:37 AM
I hate you guys. I tried this and lost all my Salties because I didn't pick Megatron over MS.Paint. It doesn't help that I've never played the game its using, Mugen, either though.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on August 12, 2013, 11:08:12 AM
So, after being pretty much sold out nation wide, "Used" copies of Xenoblade Chronicles have started showing back up at Gamestops nationwide for the hefty ransom of $89.99. 

http://kotaku.com/extreme-gamestop-pricing-leaves-some-fans-calling-scam-1108627828
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on August 12, 2013, 12:14:01 PM
I saw this and shook my head. Gamestop decided to profit on Operation Rainfall and screw both Nintendo and us consumers over. Those "used" games are probably part of the reason as well as to why Nintendo didn't make anymore physical copies. Joys.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on August 12, 2013, 12:14:57 PM
If I'm Nintendo (and I'm not colluding with Gamestop on this) I put the game out for digital download at $29.99 right now.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on August 12, 2013, 12:26:10 PM
You'd need a decent sized SD card for that if you owned only a Wii though.

And I'm really hoping Nintendo isn't in on this.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 13, 2013, 01:42:05 AM
I actually bought a copy of this, new, for about $60 a couple of months ago. I got it from an independent gaming shop here in Toronto.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on August 13, 2013, 04:39:10 PM
I just got some emulator stuff from my brother. Had to purge a chunk of my collection on eBay. What USB controllers do people suggest to play NES and SNES games?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: tekcop on August 13, 2013, 05:10:33 PM
I use a PS2 controller with an adapter.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The Real DXP on August 13, 2013, 10:29:05 PM
I used the plug and play 360 controller.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on August 13, 2013, 11:13:52 PM
I use a Logitech F310 (essentially a wired 360 controller). Only issue is that A/B and X/Y are reversed on 360 compared to SNES so any onscreen controller cues are backwards.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 14, 2013, 12:16:44 AM
I used the plug and play 360 controller.
A wired 360 controller, that is. If it's a controller in a bundle called "Play & Charge", that'd be a wireless controller with a battery pack and charging cable, and that won't work on a PC (unless you have a separate wireless receiver). The Play & Charge USB cable is only capable of charging the battery.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 14, 2013, 02:47:10 AM
PS3 controllers also work great via the motionjoy driver/software.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The Real DXP on August 14, 2013, 05:01:02 AM
I used the plug and play 360 controller.
A wired 360 controller, that is. If it's a controller in a bundle called "Play & Charge", that'd be a wireless controller with a battery pack and charging cable, and that won't work on a PC (unless you have a separate wireless receiver). The Play & Charge USB cable is only capable of charging the battery.

Thanks for clarification, I was in a bit of a rush I guess.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 15, 2013, 01:20:17 AM
I used the plug and play 360 controller.
A wired 360 controller, that is. If it's a controller in a bundle called "Play & Charge", that'd be a wireless controller with a battery pack and charging cable, and that won't work on a PC (unless you have a separate wireless receiver). The Play & Charge USB cable is only capable of charging the battery.

Thanks for clarification, I was in a bit of a rush I guess.
Yeah, sorry. I went through a whole thing trying to explain 360 controllers for PC to a friend, including wired vs. wireless, and how the charge cable is technically a wire, but doesn't make the controller "wired"... It's a little confusing, so I try to make sure people don't go out and buy the wrong thing.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 15, 2013, 01:23:10 AM
Some more Rock Band songs are leaving the Music Store due to licencing issues, including the whole Blood Sugar Sex Magik album (except "Give it Away"), and other older Red Hot Chili Peppers singles.

http://rockband.com/blog/information-about-rock-band-dlc-re-licensing
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 15, 2013, 04:26:41 AM
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/08/14/capcom-essentials-bundle-confirmed-for-ps3-and-xbox-360/

Quote
Capcom Essentials bundle confirmed for PS3 and Xbox 360

Capcom is packaging five PS3 games together in a special collection, and has announced said Capcom Essentials bundle will come to Xbox 360 as well. The bundle includes Resident Evil 6, Super Street Fighter 4, Devil May Cry 4, Dead Rising 2 and Mega Man 10, all for $60.

The Capcom Essentials pack also comes in a branded bag, just in case you run out of room in your fanny pack as you leave the store. Capcom Essentials will launch on October 8, and pre-orders are available now at some retailers.

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2013/08/capcom-essentials.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 15, 2013, 05:46:22 AM
http://www.humblebundle.com/weekly (http://www.humblebundle.com/weekly)

New Humble Weekly Sale, with games chosen by PewDiePie, who I guess is a YouTube dude.

Pay what you want for:
Botanicula
Thomas Was Alone
McPixel
The Showdown Effect


Beat the average (currently $2.16) for:
Amnesia: The Dark Descent

I think everything except The Showdown Effect is a Humble repeat. I didn't get the one that had Botanicula, though I did already have it from a GOG sale.

There's also the pretty swell Humble Origin (EA) Bundle, in case you didn't catch that thread.
https://www.humblebundle.com
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 17, 2013, 11:15:59 AM
Took me awhile to get into it, and I kind of hated the top-down perspective at first, but damn Hotline Miami is addictive.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on August 19, 2013, 11:44:10 AM
 ;D Someone was testing stuff on Steam and decided to use Half Life 3 of all things to do it.

Guess what ended up on Steam accidentally?

Though the penis might have given it away that it was a hoax. You won't notice it unless you looked hard enough.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on August 20, 2013, 04:25:32 AM
Too much launch talk going on. Time for re-educating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rIJmGj4g-s
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 20, 2013, 12:03:56 PM
PREORDER CANCELLED!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Broward on August 20, 2013, 05:35:41 PM
Spies VS Mercs in Blacklist is p. fun. I like the shift from 3rd as a Spy to 1st as a Merc. Just wish more people with mics played it..
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on August 26, 2013, 03:27:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh_0fsyTQzM

WANT
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: 2GOLD on August 27, 2013, 09:16:44 PM
If I use the internet alot, Netflix alot and Xbox live gaming a lot, how fast could I go through a 250 GB cap on data? Am I royally fucked or is that going to still be really hard to use up even when using those a ton?

I hate this data capping bullshit so so fucking much.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on August 27, 2013, 10:40:04 PM
I know the feeling.  Before I moved into the city, I lived in a rural area with ny parents, and satellite internet was the only high speed option. For $75/month we got a whopping 15gb to work with. Between my Dad and I, it was usually gone within days.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: tekcop on August 28, 2013, 03:06:39 AM
My girlfriend and I rip through our 150gb in about a week and a half. But we stream or torrent everything, so we might be a bit different than most.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: 2GOLD on August 28, 2013, 03:15:39 AM
I did a ton of netflix streaming last month and I have played even more online gaming, so honestly when they told me I only used 105 gb last month, I was stunned.

Granted I'm not HD and I dont download shows or movies anymore, just stream.

But I still hate this. I would have rather been offered an upgrade to unlimited for 20 more a month than this if you go over it's 10 dollars for every extra 50 gbs.

Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: tekcop on August 28, 2013, 04:37:15 AM
Yeah, ours is $10 for every 50 gigs, too. We pay over $120/month now. We're both home all day most days and both tend to have things streaming in separate rooms while working and whatever, so we just burn through our allotted base and each "data pack" in no time.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on August 28, 2013, 06:02:23 AM
I did a ton of netflix streaming last month and I have played even more online gaming, so honestly when they told me I only used 105 gb last month, I was stunned.

If you aren't streaming in HD, that's about 1 GB/hour according to Netflix, so you'd have to watch a LOT to hit 250 GB in a month since online gaming doesn't really use that much data (unless you are downloading games that are like 6-7 GB a pop or more).  I average between 50-100 GB/month depending on if I get something from Games on Demand or other big files.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: 2GOLD on August 28, 2013, 07:16:34 AM
Yeah, no HD streaming here except maybe MLBtv, which I haven't used too much.

I love how they don't offer unlimited plans and then claim it's for the customers own good. Yeah right, they want that overcharge money and you have to go by their meter. I bet my totals suddenly double since today it says I've used 2 GB of data and I haven't done a damn thing.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 28, 2013, 08:43:55 AM
I just watched an episode of Orange Is The New Black via Canadian Netflix. It was on the PS3 app, at "Super 1080p" video, Stereo audio. Episode was 58:57, and I paused it a few times (don't know if that matters). My router says about 1.85GB download, 0.05GB upload for that time.

I'll watch some other stuff later, and see how much that uses.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 28, 2013, 09:38:38 AM
Friday Night Lights episode now. In Firefox via Silverlight, with HD not on. Length of 43:15. I also had the Media Hint add-on enabled; I don't know if that has any overhead to it. 578.71MB download, 9.1MB upload.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CletusVanDamme on August 29, 2013, 07:37:45 AM
http://shutupandtakemymoney.com/usb-n64-controller/ (http://shutupandtakemymoney.com/usb-n64-controller/)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 31, 2013, 05:41:43 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXCp8xS0YzI
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on September 06, 2013, 08:50:07 AM
The Second Chapter of Trails In The Sky is coming next year for download on the PlayStation Network (PSP/Vita) and PC via Steam. For those who don't know, Carpe Fulgur (Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, Chantelise: A Tale of Two Sisters) are going to be doing the translation with XSEED watching over them.

And don't worry, apparently Carpe Fulgur has got a big enough war chest to take this game on. I'm so fucking happy that we're getting Second Chapter. I might even go out of my way to purchase the PSN version and the Steam version so that I support them.

Also, the Steam version will include FC as well.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on September 07, 2013, 05:36:51 AM
lmfao

Spoiler: show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUIqLScp4V0
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on September 07, 2013, 06:24:14 AM
 :o wtf did I just watch...
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on September 07, 2013, 03:18:28 PM
wtf did I just miss...

It's been removed.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on September 07, 2013, 04:26:50 PM
Someone recut this music video (nsfw) into an "ad" for the Oculus Rift: http://vimeo.com/64378881
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 11, 2013, 05:07:58 AM
http://store.steampowered.com/news/11436/ (http://store.steampowered.com/news/11436/)

Steam Announces Family Sharing

Coming Soon: Players who share computers can also share their Steam games

September 11, 2013 – Steam Family Sharing, a new service feature that allows close friends and family members to share their libraries of Steam games, is coming to Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC, Mac, and Linux games and software. The feature will become available next week, in limited beta on Steam.

Steam Family Sharing is designed for close friends and family members to play one another's Steam games while each earning their own Steam achievements and storing their own saves and application data to the Steam cloud. It's all enabled by authorizing a shared computer.

“Our customers have expressed a desire to share their digital games among friends and family members, just as current retail games, books, DVDs, and other physical media can be shared,” explained Anna Sweet of Valve. “Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests.”

Once a device is authorized, the lender's library of Steam games becomes available for others on the machine to access, download, and play. Though simultaneous usage of an account’s library is not allowed, the lender may always access and play his games at any time. If he decides to start playing when a friend is borrowing one of his games, the friend will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

For more information about Steam Family Sharing and the beta program, please visit store.steampowered.com/sharing (http://"http://store.steampowered.com/sharing").



It's mentioned on that page in the FAQ: If you join the Steam Family Sharing Group (http://steamcommunity.com/groups/familysharing), you become eligible to receive beta invites.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on September 11, 2013, 05:21:51 AM
Sweet!!!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 11, 2013, 05:43:18 AM
Humble Indie Bundle 9 is now available:

http://www.humblebundle.com/ (http://www.humblebundle.com/)

Trine 2: Complete Story
Mark of the Ninja
Eeta Munchies Beta
Brutal Legend


And if you beat the average (currently $4.02):
FTL: Faster Than Light
Fez


Pay what you like, to whom you like, including the EFF, Watsi, and Child's Play charities.

Includes DRM-free downloads of each game for Windows, Mac, and Linux; Steam keys if you pay $1 or more; as well as soundtracks for everything except Mark of the Ninja and Eets Munchies.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on September 11, 2013, 06:26:17 AM
Oh brutal legend how you soured on me once the rts element become rife.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on September 12, 2013, 12:42:28 PM
Jeez no one told me today was National Video Game Day? Well, here's this video about baseball:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTUArx4lvrU
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on September 18, 2013, 05:30:11 AM
So Atlus is saved from death but bought by the guys who can't figure out what to do with Sonic.

...persona is fucked.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on September 25, 2013, 01:19:21 PM
They finally put a release date on South Park: The Stick of Truth, December 10th.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on September 28, 2013, 05:13:23 AM
Dead Island: Epidemic (now in MOBA/ZOMBA form!) is entering closed alpha in America (I guess it's been open elsewhere?). I'm in.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on September 28, 2013, 06:50:39 AM
Jeez no one told me today was National Video Game Day? Well, here's this video about baseball:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTUArx4lvrU

No Virtual Boy baseball? What a rip.

...oh right, evolution. Not devolution. Got'cha.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on September 30, 2013, 11:07:20 PM
...I'm wicked late to the party in finding out how to rip songs off of my iPod...
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Broward on October 04, 2013, 04:55:35 PM
I'm watching LoL Worlds in what looks like a packed Staples Center.

I have no idea what is going on...but shit seems hype.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on October 07, 2013, 12:52:20 AM
I just finished Saints Row 3 on PS Plus. Yeah, the first time I decided to go after Killbane and not save Shaundi. I'm a bastard.

So I decided to just run through Assassin's Creed Revelations real quick next and yeah....why the sudden better graphics and CG scenes? I don't remember this coming too far after Brotherhood but the graphics increased like it'd been 10 years between releases.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 19, 2013, 03:48:17 AM
I just played the The Stanley Parable Demo. Which... that's a heck of a thing. You should probably play that, right now.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/221910

I figured I'd download it on my netbook, back it up, and try it on the desktop later. I gave it a shot, and it actually ran reasonably well on the netbook, at native resolution, with most of the visual stuff turned way down. It's a first-person game, which was not working so well with a trackpad. I had the bright idea to try using my right index finger on the Lenovo red nubby thing I never use, and just gets in the way when I try to type a "B", and makes a little checkerboardy imprint in the middle of my screen... and that was actually alright too.

I made my way through the demo, taking my time to appreciate the flavour. I won't give it away--I don't know what I could give away--other than there's this room with some important buttons, and it's uncanny how much it knew me. Anyways. I made my way to a fork in the road, and kind of took the easy way out, rather than answer an important question. Once I saw that door shut behind me, I thought maybe I should go back and tackle the critical issue I'd skipped. The Restart Demo menu option didn't work, so I went back to the main menu, and started again there.

The second time, I rushed through with little flavour. I got back to the vital decision at hand... only to find the game had again seemingly peered into my soul, to find the innate indecision and gridlock in my mind, and thankfully saved me from having to choose a side.

I continued on a little ways more; saw a magazine about ducks. Seemingly nearing the climax, and having an infinite amount of fun with an exciting new button, I thought I'd see what my little netbook could do. I turned up the shaders and textures and all that stuff to max... and the game crashed. Which oddly enough, is exactly in line with the rest of the demo experience.

I give this game 8 out of 5.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 29, 2013, 11:36:39 AM
Titanfall is Xbone/360/PC-exclusive. The franchise is not, but the first game is.

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Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on October 29, 2013, 01:35:56 PM
When all else fails, throw massive bags of money at it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on October 30, 2013, 06:11:41 AM
http://www.videogamer.com/pc/the_walking_dead_season_two/news/telltale_working_on_dream_ip_it_cant_wait_to_announce.html

Quote
Telltale Games is working on a selection of "dream IP" alongside the upcoming season of The Walking Dead that it "can't wait to announce".

Co-founders Dan Connors and Kevin Bruner discussed the developer's future in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit – hinting at the possibility of a Star Wars title.

"A Telltale Star Wars game would make me VERY happy!" said Bruner. "We've got some IP coming up that pretty much checks all of my personal favourites, which absolutely amazes/honours me."

"Coming from LucasArts we have so many people here that love Star Wars and have worked with the license so that would be a great fit and very cool," added Connors. "In addition we will be working on a few licenses that definitely fall into our dream IP scenario and we can't wait to announce those."
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on October 30, 2013, 05:40:47 PM
So has anyone picked up Assassin's Creed IV yet?  The reviews make it seem like an improvement over 3 but still kind of unfocused.  The pirate theme just doesn't appeal to me at all.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on October 30, 2013, 08:57:45 PM
I haven't picked it up yet, but its gotten good reviews. From what I understand,  you have to have an internet connection in order to commandeer any ships you overtake in single player mode.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: skullman80 on October 30, 2013, 09:12:23 PM
So has anyone picked up Assassin's Creed IV yet?  The reviews make it seem like an improvement over 3 but still kind of unfocused.  The pirate theme just doesn't appeal to me at all.

I picked it up. I've enjoyed it so far. I didn't like the ship stuff in III, but don't mind it in IV. I've only done one real mission, all the other stuff has been side stuff so far. It's nice they don't coddle and bore you for the first hour or two like they did in III. You get thrown right into the action.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Exslade ZX on November 18, 2013, 03:22:57 PM
I could have sworn we had a computer help thread...but I don't feel like searching for it..so!

Does anyone have experience hooking their computer up to their Television? I just bought a DVI/HDMI cord, so that I can now display my screen through my television as well. And it looks amazing. So I'm running a "Dual monitor" set up.

Now, how do I get sound to come through my television? I can't figure it out. As of right now, sound is only coming from my computer speakers.

edit- Or is it not possible for a DVI cord to pick up an audio signal, like I think I may be reading? Which just ruins the whole setup I had in my head lol. While my speakers are great, not sure if I like the sound coming from no where near the TV
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 18, 2013, 03:45:38 PM
DVI is a video-only signal. Does your computer not have an HDMI output?

The most basic option for audio would be something like this:
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021804&p_id=665&seq=1&format=2

Out the green jack on your computer's motherboard/sound card (or headphone jack on a laptop), and in... some kind of input on the TV. I don't know if I've ever done that specific setup, so I'm not sure if the TV would manage video through HDMI and audio from another input. (I usually do video from HDMI->DVI to a monitor, and audio to computer speakers.)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Exslade ZX on November 18, 2013, 04:08:54 PM
Ah, well when comparing the cost of 25ft DVI cable to a 25ft HDMI cable I just went with the cheaper option as I thought they did the same thing. (although after checking, I don't have an HDMI cable on my computer so I guess I went with the right option.)

But thanks for the help. Your suggestion should work. And luckily I have most of the pieces as I've done something similar before when I wanted to run headphones straight to this tv, which doesn't have a headphone jack. So all I need is the jack you posted, or a male to male audio jack.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on November 22, 2013, 05:00:37 AM
Telltale is rumored to be working on a Game of Thrones game: http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/11/21/telltale-is-developing-a-game-of-thrones-game

If they can stick with the same episodic awesomeness of Walking Dead and A Wolf Among Us, then this will be amazing. Can't wait (if true)!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on November 22, 2013, 05:02:31 AM
Oh, Also:

(http://i.minus.com/jxgGMp6GHSLQm.png)

:D
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 25, 2013, 05:35:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pQ_ZozZIio
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 25, 2013, 09:10:53 AM
This is incredibly stupid. The Giant Bomb crew watch the Giant Bomb Twitch stream on Xbox One during the Giant Bomb Xbox One Twitch stream. Click here (http://youtu.be/dWVEyE_iaCs?t=29m53s), or skip to about 29:53 below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWVEyE_iaCs&t=29m53s
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on November 27, 2013, 02:51:15 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/prWGsRk.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on December 04, 2013, 02:30:41 PM
Giving Wrestling Spirit 3 a try. In an early storyline where you have to win 4 matches to succeed, and more than 1 loss is a failure. I lose my first match to a random DDT busting me open in a First Blood match, and my second match I miss a finisher Fat Guy Splash & get pinned off of it. My options are apparently to switch to a finisher that'll fail to finish the match 25% of the time or concede the fact that an 85% pin rate on a finisher means a 10% pin rate off of missing it (which I'll do 80% of the time)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 16, 2013, 05:59:12 AM
Marvel vs. Capcom games and DLC are being removed from Xbox Live & PlayStation Network. Looks like tomorrow is the last day on PSN, while XBL should be available until December 26th.
http://www.capcom-unity.com/combofiend/blog/2013/12/13/last-days-for-umvc3-and-mvc2-on-psnxbla-store (http://www.capcom-unity.com/combofiend/blog/2013/12/13/last-days-for-umvc3-and-mvc2-on-psnxbla-store)

PlayStation Network currently has many MvC items on sale.
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/12/10/playstation-store-update-323/ (http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/12/10/playstation-store-update-323/)

Xbox Live will have a sale starting tomorrow.
http://majornelson.com/2013/12/16/countdown-to-2014-deals-start-tuesday/ (http://majornelson.com/2013/12/16/countdown-to-2014-deals-start-tuesday/)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on December 16, 2013, 11:51:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ2_1mVQc0o

This is a good one.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Exslade ZX on December 23, 2013, 10:53:05 AM
Need some PC help gentlemen.

Having a problem with my audio. I can not get a mic to work. Trying to skype and both mics I've tried (which I'm pretty sure work) do nothing. The volume bar moves when I touch the mic, but doesn't when I talk into it.  Just found out what the problem was.

I guess my computer is on internal/digital audio or something? As when I played a Youtube video, while on skype, they said they could hear the video playing. Not sure exactly how to get it back to normal. (Am on Windows 7)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on December 24, 2013, 12:44:40 PM
Need some PC help gentlemen.

Having a problem with my audio. I can not get a mic to work. Trying to skype and both mics I've tried (which I'm pretty sure work) do nothing. The volume bar moves when I touch the mic, but doesn't when I talk into it.  Just found out what the problem was.

I guess my computer is on internal/digital audio or something? As when I played a Youtube video, while on skype, they said they could hear the video playing. Not sure exactly how to get it back to normal. (Am on Windows 7)
Control Panel - Sound - Recording tab - change default device to the microphone you want to use.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on January 02, 2014, 03:57:45 AM
(http://http:www.nuinitari.com/uahh.jpg)

I wish it said no UAAAHHHHHHHH anywhere, but it's a good start Magfest.

Not sure why pic isn't working. Will work on it later
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Spaceman Spiff 🚀 on January 02, 2014, 04:22:58 AM
You've got an extra "http:" in there, plus the wrong slash in the closing image tag.

(http://www.nuinitari.com/uahh.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on January 02, 2014, 05:37:00 AM
Aha. Posting pics from mobile sucks. Thanks, I'll just leave mine broken. UAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on January 02, 2014, 05:48:25 AM
(http://www.nuinitari.com/2girls.jpg)

God it's hard not to spend money here. So much cool stuff.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on January 02, 2014, 05:58:23 AM
Passing on that could be classified as an Error.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on January 02, 2014, 04:06:09 PM
Someone just taunted Jon St John to read a scene he just read in his Duke Nukem voice in his Big the Cat voice. Please let this happen.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on January 03, 2014, 05:52:32 AM
Yeah seeing Colton sing Still Alive was cool. But I just got to see mother fucking GlaDOS sing it.

*dies*
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: ViciousFish on January 04, 2014, 07:00:34 AM
Got suckered into playing WoW again.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on January 07, 2014, 12:56:30 PM
My name is Smues and I have a problem. At Magfest I bought a Sega Saturn and a 3D0, and I came damn close to getting a Jaguar, Game.com (DUKE DON'T PLAY GAMEBOY), and Wonderswan. I don't even remember what a Wonderswan is!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on January 07, 2014, 01:46:50 PM
I rented a Saturn once. I liked playing Virtua Fighter 2 and Daytona USA on it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The Real DXP on January 07, 2014, 02:22:47 PM
What was that Genesis cartridge shaped port on the Saturn? Rented it for the weekend once but don't remember anything.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on January 07, 2014, 02:35:04 PM
It was a memory expansion slot I think.  Games like Nights used it IIRC.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on January 07, 2014, 04:12:15 PM
Yeah memory expansion (I think 1, 2, and 4MB of RAM OMG) and they may have sold memory card type carts for it too. My intention is to get the action replay that works as both memory enhancer (which I'll need to properly play Street Fighter vs X-Men. Suck it Playstation 1) as well as allow playing of exports.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on January 08, 2014, 08:58:48 AM
How were games saved on a Saturn?  Did it have internal memory or did it use a memory card?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: WKU Tops on January 09, 2014, 07:22:22 AM
So I got Call of Duty:  Ghosts for Christmas and I have to say that I'm just not having any fun on multiplayer.  Not sure if it's just me, but I don't really care for the maps and lots of people are just spamming the quick-scope sniper rifle shots.  Makes for a very frustrating experience.  I might just look to off load the game, but will probably at least play the single player campaign first.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on January 09, 2014, 01:33:30 PM
I started yet another Fallout 3 playthrough.  This time I want to go the complete evil dickbag direction.  Megaton is toast.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on January 09, 2014, 03:03:26 PM
So I got Call of Duty:  Ghosts for Christmas and I have to say that I'm just not having any fun on multiplayer.  Not sure if it's just me, but I don't really care for the maps and lots of people are just spamming the quick-scope sniper rifle shots.  Makes for a very frustrating experience. 
This is all the multi-player is now, to be honest. That and bullets that magically go around corners. As buggy as Battlefield 4 is, I have experienced less of that bullshit.. it's still there, but not as bad as COD.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on January 10, 2014, 09:13:00 AM
So I just watched a guy beat Super Punch Out in 24 minutes.

Blindfolded. 

Awesome Games Done Quick rules.

Fake edit: apparently he went through the original Punch Out before that.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on January 10, 2014, 11:38:22 AM
So I just watched a guy beat Super Punch Out in 24 minutes.

Blindfolded. 

Awesome Games Done Quick rules.

Fake edit: apparently he went through the original Punch Out before that.

I'm watching him run through the original Punch Out now.  Guy is really holding his own against Soda Popinski.  I can't last much of anytime against Pop with both eyes open.  Bam Margera to his back right is getting on my damned nerves though.  Stop nodding your head in approval every time something happens.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on January 11, 2014, 03:58:47 AM
How were games saved on a Saturn?  Did it have internal memory or did it use a memory card?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071008071414AAuqGma

According to this, it had internal memory and a RAM cart that you could use for saves.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on January 11, 2014, 04:45:41 AM
The internal memory is really tiny though. 256k I think. Which I've read is barely enough to just save settings on a couple of games. The Action Replay I'm waiting for in the mail serves as 4M memory expansion and 4M of save space, so that should be handy.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on January 14, 2014, 01:37:43 PM
RBI Baseball is coming back!
http://deadspin.com/r-b-i-baseball-is-returning-this-spring-1501589893
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on January 14, 2014, 03:30:59 PM
Hey, a baseball game for my 360!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Star Ocean 3 on January 15, 2014, 01:27:30 PM
This works so well it's scary. Never woulda thought the music fits so perfectly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNx9vfWObHQ
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on January 22, 2014, 11:50:38 PM
I've always wondered if any of our games from gaming history would've gotten the green light in this day and age. I can picture some still being made, but others not so much. I don't mean the actual game, but the concept behind the game. There's a few games I don't think would've made it based on the premise in this day and age if they weren't a classic.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Angle-plex on January 23, 2014, 03:18:40 PM
Has anyone played Deadly Premonition? Lots of mixed reviews on it. Looks kinda like Twin Peaks though.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on January 23, 2014, 03:53:26 PM
The shooting is oddly fun in a "this isn't very good" sort of way, but navigation is complete bullshit.

Just watch Giant Bomb's playthrough for the story bits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YtEv7YDAfo&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on January 23, 2014, 05:55:48 PM
I honestly enjoyed Deadly Premonition.  The opening is VERY cold though, as the survival horror action aspects of that game are easily the worst part, as they seem to be stuck in 2002.   I actually didn't mind the navigation, I hated it at first, but as I started to understand that the map always rotated to you it got easier to navigate, plus it forced me to actually memorize the land, instead of just relying on the map all the time.  Also, late game spoiler,
Spoiler: show
the Amazing Grace sequence just made me lose my shit SO DAMN HARD.  It was seriously the best part of that game, without a doubt.


Yeah, you could get by with just watching the GB endurance run, but they miss SO MUCH shit(and I also missed a bunch of shit that they found)   I enjoyed it so much I went and bought the PS3 Director's Cut when it came out.  I haven't actually played it yet, but..someday.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The Amazing Rando on February 01, 2014, 02:18:40 PM
Has anyone ever heard of/used the Avenger controller add-on for the 360?

http://www.avengercontroller.com/

I use thumb stick extenders currently and while I still am pretty bad at FPS games I do feel like those things do help (and after playing with them for so long I can't stop using them or everything feels weird), but I'm intrigued by something like this. I see it for 40 bucks from ThinkGeek and think it might be worth a cursory testing.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on February 06, 2014, 12:08:32 PM
There's a new Sonic game coming, Sonic Boom. So I'll admit right now I got excited thinking maybe, just maybe this would be a good game. I know. I know. I really know I shouldn't. But I sadly did.

*sigh* Apparently Tails, Sonic, Knuckles and Amy are all getting image updates because they really needed them. The sad part is the only one who looks okay out of the bunch is Tails. Though thanks to Knuckles, he doesn't. Sonic looks like a beanstalk now with tape over his hand and feet. Why on his feet? Hands at least I can understand. Knuckles is roided up and too fucking tall. I know they want to make Tails look younger, but with Knuckles being as tall as he is, Tails comes right up to his waist. Yes, you can take your train of thought the rest of the way on that. And Amy... Well, she's Amy and not Sally, and that's what will always be wrong with Amy.

Though, it looks like it'll be co-op or you'll have all four of them speeding around. And did look kind of interesting... Aw, no, no, no. I am not talking myself into trying this game. So am not.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on February 06, 2014, 12:57:24 PM
Sonic generations was p good
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on February 06, 2014, 01:04:19 PM
The image update isn't great, but let's not act like it's on the level of Loonatics Unleashed, or something.

(http://i2.minus.com/ipMKIAxgFsFyr.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8V0P4Yvw7c
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on February 06, 2014, 01:05:03 PM
I enjoyed Generations, both the 3ds and console version. I haven't played Lost World yet but I've heard both versions are decent.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on February 07, 2014, 02:15:33 AM
So the bandages indicated that they've had surgery recently. Knuckles had biceps implanted and Sonic had liposuction.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on February 07, 2014, 04:08:36 AM
Sonic generations was p good
I won't deny that, but I still wanted more out of it. I guess I had too high of expectations.

The image update isn't great, but let's not act like it's on the level of Loonatics Unleashed, or something.
No, its not. My issues with it was frankly, that it wasn't needed. I honestly can't see any reason for the update. To make them more marketable? About the only character that got more marketable looks to be Tails. Sonic looks less like he has the swag he normally would and Knuckles looks like he's on HGH.

Though saying they've been surgically altered (because of the bandages) would be an interesting twist that I could support. At least it would give some sort of reason for the change in looks. And would kind of give Tails a reason for looking smaller. He's technically the only one who hasn't had anything that has happened to him. Nice concept that will never be used, Master Thrasher.

Ah, Loonatics Unleashed... Thanks for the reminder of how it could be worse.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Edwin on February 08, 2014, 11:22:28 AM
Why did no one tell me that old video games were worth so much?  I'm helping my folks clean up the house before they move to a smaller house, and I've got no fewer than a dozen PS1 and SNES games that are going for over $40 apiece. $80 for Chrono Trigger!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on February 08, 2014, 02:22:30 PM
I wonder if my old N64 games are worth anything even if I don't have the boxes for all of them.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Edwin on February 08, 2014, 02:30:18 PM
This site indexes sales data from eBay and is searchable: http://videogames.pricecharting.com

There's info for loose and complete sales.  Majora's Mask and Harvest Moon look like the biggest-name N64 games worth a chunk, frequently selling for over $40 each.

Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on February 08, 2014, 03:12:06 PM
The fuck took you guys so long to find out that old games are worth money? Old NES through N64 games have spiked like crazy the last few years. I recently got $250 for Mega Man 1-6 packaged together on eBay. Where a couple years ago you could get half that
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on February 08, 2014, 03:21:19 PM
I have a six foot shelf in my apartment that houses my classic collection. It's easily worth 3K.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on February 08, 2014, 03:43:26 PM
This site indexes sales data from eBay and is searchable: http://videogames.pricecharting.com

There's info for loose and complete sales.  Majora's Mask and Harvest Moon look like the biggest-name N64 games worth a chunk, frequently selling for over $40 each.



cool thanks for the link
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on February 08, 2014, 03:49:11 PM
I wouldn't put too much stock into that page. As someone that sells games regularly I see wild differences between that and reality.

If you have a game you're curious about look it up on ebay and put the next 10 or so of that game's auctions on your watch list and see how they end. That's really the best way
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on February 08, 2014, 03:55:43 PM
Goldeneye 007    FPS    $13.86    $94.99    
Mario Kart 64    Racing    $30.12    $202.50
WCW Mayhem    Wrestling    $2.25    $12.18    
Wrestlemania 2000    Wrestling    $4.99    $175.00    
WWF No Mercy    Wrestling    $5.06    $56.00    

not bad. I never really use the n64 anymore anyway so it's just taking up space.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Edwin on February 08, 2014, 03:59:06 PM
The fuck took you guys so long to find out that old games are worth money? Old NES through N64 games have spiked like crazy the last few years. I recently got $250 for Mega Man 1-6 packaged together on eBay. Where a couple years ago you could get half that
I haven't actually lived within 1000 miles of these physical objects in over a decade, so the thought never occurred to me.  Also, I light money on fire for fun.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on February 08, 2014, 04:45:21 PM
Man I'm just gonna go ahead and fuckin plug next week's GADD right here.  It might be the best GADD article yet, at least in sentimental value to me.   I've finally completed a fucking FIVE+ YEAR journey today and beaten a game I thought I never would, just cause I had fucked up my characters so badly.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on February 10, 2014, 06:12:27 AM
It is only gaining more and more traction as there is less backwards compatibility with older games. Which is literally leaving millions on the table for companies like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, because these older games selling for those prices shows that there are people who want to play the classics. Hell, its what I thought would happen with digital downloading came into being.

Anyways, the rarer the game or more well-loved games will usually have the higher prices.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CookieMueller on February 10, 2014, 04:50:40 PM
I was wondering if someone could help me out. I have a friend who plays a lot of PC games. I want to buy him a birthday gift but he has no wishlist. I'm going to use my Steam wallet so I can't do a gift card electronically to my knowledge? Anyways I was trying to get some recommendations maybe. He plays Counter-Strike:GO an awful lot. He didn't really care for DayZ but did like Rust slightly better. He used to play Arma a whole bunch but hates Call of Duty and all those big games. I was looking at a game called Insurgency. Has anyone played that?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on February 12, 2014, 02:03:40 AM
Unfortunately, I can't say I have. Sorry. I was coming in here to ask if anyone has played Bravely Default. Kotaku introduced me to it via its soundtrack (I love it) and so was wondering what others thought of it, myself.

This Steam Gifts (https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=6262-QXCN-0755#gifts-whatare) url, should let you know how Gifts work on Steam. I think if I remember correctly, it'll send a little personalized e-mail card to the other user notifying them of your gift.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on February 12, 2014, 08:07:14 AM
World of Tanks has released on 360, so here I sit watching the game download a million things.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on February 17, 2014, 03:49:16 AM
Harmonix's new game is a music-based arena FPS called Chroma. It will be free-to-play, and on Steam to start. You can sign up for a closed alpha, if you want to agree to an NDA on the site.

http://www.harmonixmusic.com/games/#chroma
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ChromaAlphaSignup

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QZhsTRk-ic
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Conspiracy_Victim on February 17, 2014, 12:28:06 PM
I'm curious as to what gameplay is going to be like.  Weapon strength based on your rhythm keeping ability?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on February 19, 2014, 11:53:45 AM
Has anyone been watching this:
http://www.twitch.tv/twitchplayspokemon

As of right now, they're seven days into it. It's fascinating.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on February 19, 2014, 12:01:07 PM
http://kotaku.com/kid-shot-dead-by-cops-witnesses-say-he-was-holding-wii-1526375218

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Police say that 17 year-old Christopher Roupe was shot and killed because he answered the door pointing a gun. Everyone except the Police say he opened the door holding a Wii Remote.

Roupe was shot and killed last Friday night when Police arrived to serve his father a probation violation warrant. He opened the door and was shot in the chest.

Police claim he was holding a gun, something the Roupe family's lawyer disputes. "We don't know where that statement came from", he told Atlanta's WSB-TV. "The eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state that he had a Wii controller in his hand. He heard a knock at the door. He asked who it was, there was no response so he opened the door and upon opening the door he was immediately shot in the chest."

Damn..
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on February 24, 2014, 06:58:15 AM
Can anyone recommend a good DVD ripper?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on February 24, 2014, 08:39:39 AM
I used DVD shrink for a while. Don't know if it's still available but it was easy to use.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on February 24, 2014, 12:03:35 PM
I used DVD shrink for a while. Don't know if it's still available but it was easy to use.

I second this.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on February 25, 2014, 08:26:03 AM
I've found MakeMKV pretty good. Though obviously it makes .MKV files, which may not be playable on whatever devices you use.

http://www.makemkv.com/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 01, 2014, 04:28:12 AM
Didn't know where else to put this but I officially geek'd out in front of a co-worker upon seeing this item (subsequently purchased by moi of course) and further geeked out when the later to be released #45 was revealed to have a mallet!

(http://trampt.com/images/products/000/111/435/Harley_Quinn_-_Conquest_Comics-DC_Comics-Pop_Vinyl-Funko-trampt-111435o.jpg?1377114728)
(http://images.comiccollectorlive.com/covers/ef3/ef3c9777-a6f9-48b3-963d-568a4912926f.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 07, 2014, 04:19:28 AM
Snagged the following over yesterday and today :D  I may be a Brony but damn it, I'm still a Deal Saving Brony ;)

FUNKO Vinyl Figures
- Fluttershy for $9.06 (30% Employee Discount)
- Rainbow Dash for $9.06 (30% Employee Discount)
- Trixie for $12.38 (25% off online at Hot Topic)
- Twilight Sparkle for $12.38 (25% off online at Hot Topic)
- 11 of the Mini Mystery Box Figures for $4.16 each (30% Employee Discount)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on March 07, 2014, 08:42:55 AM
After seeing what they're fetching on eBay currently, I'm considering putting my EarthBound cartridge up. If anyone here might be interested in making an offer for it before I do that, feel free to PM me.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 07, 2014, 08:59:49 AM
Wow, they're still going for that much? Even used listed at $150.. damn. I would've thought the prices would crash when they released it on Wii U virtual console.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on March 08, 2014, 03:31:32 AM
Oh, so they did put it up on the VC? I haven't been keeping up with much Nintendo news. Unbeweebabull.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on March 09, 2014, 05:24:18 AM
Yea it's there. Its a bit more expensive than the other SNES games though.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 10, 2014, 08:17:49 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkzExa1QTV4
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 12, 2014, 04:21:18 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=21OwTUEiGGM
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 13, 2014, 02:24:16 AM
PaRappa voice (Dred Foxx) scams student out of $100: http://parappathescammer.blogspot.ca/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: 2GOLD on March 14, 2014, 05:47:16 AM
PaRappa voice (Dred Foxx) scams student out of $100: http://parappathescammer.blogspot.ca/

I forgot this guy even existed. Or was alive. Nice to see his version of getting work now is scamming college kids. Good, steady employment right there.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 15, 2014, 10:22:50 AM
Gotta love that prices for console games in Canada are now $64 to $69.99 - and apparently the PS4 is now $449 (formerly $399) due to the CAD being at 90 cents US. Funny how they moved so fast to adjust those prices higher, yet when/if the dollar gets to par again, it will take them at least a year or more to readjust prices back down.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on March 15, 2014, 11:22:33 AM
Gotta love that prices for console games in Canada are now $64 to $69.99 - and apparently the PS4 is now $449 (formerly $399) due to the CAD being at 90 cents US. Funny how they moved so fast to adjust those prices higher, yet when/if the dollar gets to par again, it will take them at least a year or more to readjust prices back down.

No kidding. If the dollar goes near parity again - let's just hypothetically say by May - I wouldn't expect to see prices re-adjusted in 2014 at all. Unless there's a holiday price drop...
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 19, 2014, 08:13:51 AM
All DLC for the Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, and Band Hero games are being removed from console marketplaces at the end of March.

https://www.facebook.com/GuitarHero/photos/a.88575948619.84770.29438478619/10152295986523620/
http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/dlc-for-guitar-band-dj-hero-won-t-be-for-sale-much-longer/1100-4882/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on March 19, 2014, 08:44:05 AM
So Obsidian has a publisher for Pillars of Eternity that will take control concerning marketing, assist with quality assurance, and do the distribution of the physical copies (as well as backer rewards).

Guess how quickly people are thinking everything means doom? Yup.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on March 19, 2014, 10:25:08 AM
All DLC for the Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, and Band Hero games are being removed from console marketplaces at the end of March.

https://www.facebook.com/GuitarHero/photos/a.88575948619.84770.29438478619/10152295986523620/
http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/dlc-for-guitar-band-dj-hero-won-t-be-for-sale-much-longer/1100-4882/

Fuck.  It would be nice to see a fire sale on some of the DLC before it's gone.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 19, 2014, 11:14:52 AM
All DLC for the Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, and Band Hero games are being removed from console marketplaces at the end of March.

https://www.facebook.com/GuitarHero/photos/a.88575948619.84770.29438478619/10152295986523620/
http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/dlc-for-guitar-band-dj-hero-won-t-be-for-sale-much-longer/1100-4882/

Fuck.  It would be nice to see a fire sale on some of the DLC before it's gone.

I don't know if I'd call 50% off on already slightly over-priced digital stuff a fire sale, but there is that discount on a fair bit of stuff.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 22, 2014, 08:52:38 AM
http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/03/21/playstation-free-to-play-revenue-up-50

Quote
GDC: PlayStation Free-to-Play Revenue Up 50%
Free-to-play business across PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 flourishing, Sony reveals.

Sony’s free-to-play business across PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 is flourishing, Sony revealed today during a Game Developers Conference presentation.

As reported by Gamespot, free-to-play revenue is up 50 per cent year-on-year – although Sony stopped short of divulging exact figures.

Sony also explained that between 3 to 15 per cent of free players are converted to paying customers, and that the average revenue per paying user on PS3 is comparable to PC figures and trending slightly higher on PS4.

Sony also highlighted that consumers use PlayStation 3 more hours per week than any other console and over 80 per cent of PS4 owners had downloaded digital content.

Sony has found average play sessions of its free-to-play games are approximately 90 minutes.

There remains room for improvement, however, with Zombie Studios studio director Jared Gerritzen expressing dissatisfaction at the length of Sony’s certification process for game updates during the panel. It’s a problematic hurdle for free-to-play titles, which need to release fresh content and updates regularly, and one that other developers have discussed previously. Last year CEO of Wargaming Victor Kislyi asserted that lengthy certification processes are “[t]otally unacceptable for a meaningful free-to-play.”

Sony’s free-to-player manager Sarah Thomson said the company is aware of these concerns and offered assurances the process will become quicker in the future.

Free-to-play games currently available on PS3 and PS4 include Zombie Studios’ Blacklight: Retribution, plus War Thunder, DC Universe Online, Warframe, and Dust 514 among others.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 25, 2014, 01:47:45 PM
Facebook is buying Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift.
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/facebook-buys-oculus-rift-company-in-a-massive-deal-worth-an-estimated-2-billion/1100-6418540/

In related news, Notch doesn't really like Facebook.
http://notch.net/2014/03/virtual-reality-is-going-to-change-the-world/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 26, 2014, 08:04:41 AM
This feels like a slippery slope since Oculus was funded by backers on Kickstarter. I mean, I'm sure they got whatever reward level they had coming to them (or not?) but it feels kind of wishy washy for them to sell the company (especially for a $2B payday / let alone to the shitholes at FB) after having it funded by the public.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 26, 2014, 11:08:04 AM
Quote
As for exactly how Facebook will monetize Oculus, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on the call to investors, "We're clearly not a hardware company. We're not going to try to make a profit off of the hardware long-term...but if we can make this a network where people are communicating, and buying virtual goods, and there might be ads down the line...that’s where the business could come from."

http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/25/why-facebook-bought-oculus/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on March 27, 2014, 06:27:17 AM
I don't know why it took so long, but I finally got around to buying the Minecraft soundtrack last night. It's srsly some GOAT shit (but not goat shit). ;)

(http://distilleryimage5.ak.instagram.com/611a64aeb5e511e3999b128951a29ff9_8.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Baby Shoes on March 29, 2014, 04:13:33 PM
Never used Redbox before but I heard it was best to Redbox the game I was interested in.

Found free 1-day rental code if you text THIEF from your phone to 727272.  It is a free 1-day game rental that is good until 4/1.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on April 05, 2014, 02:37:28 PM
I don't know what the hell I'm doing half the time in Kerbal Space Program, but I'm having a tremendous time trying to figure it out.  I can get into space, but I have no idea how to orbit the planet or try and get to the Mun.  I condemned three poor Kerbals to aimlessly drifting through space for eternity.  I hope they add more of a campaign mode soon.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 24, 2014, 08:37:26 AM
Snagged the Apple Jack Vinyl Figure at Hot Topic for $18.50 (with 74 cents back from Ebates.com).

Best part is it comes with her hat and looks pretty cool overall.

(http://hottopic.scene7.com/is/image/HotTopic/10182104_hi?$newht_product_lg$)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: tekcop on April 24, 2014, 09:02:30 AM
$20 for that?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on April 24, 2014, 09:50:50 AM
http://youtu.be/ggHae3QNvCc
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on April 24, 2014, 03:47:06 PM
If anyone wants Cthulu Saves the World, I have the link from the Humble Bundle for it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on April 25, 2014, 09:14:29 AM
Great game. Wish it would make it's way to Vita.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on April 26, 2014, 06:18:20 AM
Apparently there really were Atari E.T. cartridges in that New Mexico landfill.  How about that?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on April 26, 2014, 07:37:31 AM
Did James Rolfe find them?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on April 26, 2014, 09:34:08 AM
Gotta make room so COD dog can bury his xbone. ;)

j/k

Spoiler: show
not really
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on April 27, 2014, 04:02:09 AM
Handy Vita game release guide leached from 4chan: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4UI8tpqL4naa3RTanNsc1NUeTg/edit (it's 4mb)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on April 29, 2014, 02:33:09 AM
Well, this is nuts: http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/21635/article/soe-all-access-plan-goes-live-today-adds-h1z1/

Quote
This is half reminder and half news. Remember Sony Online Entertainment’s All-Access Program? It starts today, and just newly added to the program is upcoming open world zombie game H1Z1.

So, this is how SOE’s All-Access Program works today moving forward:

For $ 14.99 a month, you get blanket membership across several SOE games. This includes DC Universe Online, Planetside 2, EverQuest, EverQuest II, Vanguard Saga of Heroes, Everquest Next, and as noted above, H1Z1.

Furthermore, you get 500 Station Cash per month, 10 % off the Marketplace, and more exclusive promos and discounts. Existing members are automatically transferred over and will feel the discount moving forward. The 10 % discount does have some exceptions, including Station Cash top-ups, but overall you get a plum deal.

Regarding SC, if you bought 3, 6, or 12 month memberships, you won’t get the SC all at once. You can log in now to get your 1st installment of 500 SC, and then come back every month for every successive installment. There will be a UI feature on the Marketplace screen to let you know you received the 500 SC, as well as when it will expire. SOE will also work on redesigning the Account Management pages so this information is easier to find.

On the side, Vanguard Saga of Heroes and Wizardry Online will also transition to the plan, but both games are being retired July 31. Those players will get the benefit of the lower rates until then. You can get further details on the plan in the FAQ: https://forums.station.sony.com/soe/index.php?threads/the-revised-soe-all-access-program-faq.11500063040/

This plan is PC-only, FWIW. Individual console memberships still get the 10% discount, though.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on May 01, 2014, 04:07:21 PM
*ahem*

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
UUUUUUUUUUUUCK the last boss fight in MGS: Revengeance. 

I SO want to like that game but it just does way too many things in a frustrating way.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on May 09, 2014, 08:07:37 PM
Just started using the newest version of Firefox with the big changes in design and everything. I hate change generally but it's not too bad since you can customize it and it does seem faster so far.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 11, 2014, 08:50:31 AM
Whole bunch of EA games having online services shut down June 30th, including Crysis 1 & 2, Star Wars: Battlefront 1 & 2, and several older Battlefield and Command & Conquer titles:

http://www.ea.com/1/service-updates
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 21, 2014, 07:40:45 AM
Steam In-Home Streaming is now out of beta, and available to all Steam users. Only works if you're streaming from a Windows Vista+ PC for now.

http://store.steampowered.com/streaming (http://store.steampowered.com/streaming)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on June 12, 2014, 01:51:10 PM
Amazing..

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--9xo2VjHh--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/r4kv15bii4rekcjljqci.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on June 13, 2014, 05:55:45 AM
My Mom still calls everything that can run a game a "Nintendo".
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on June 15, 2014, 04:47:23 AM
Speaking of Nintendo, Console Wars is a must read for anybody who grew up in the 1980's/1990's or anybody into video games period.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The Amazing Rando on June 15, 2014, 12:13:10 PM
Amazing..

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--9xo2VjHh--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/r4kv15bii4rekcjljqci.jpg)

Well the Playstation was originally going to be for the Nintendo, I think...??
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on June 24, 2014, 08:02:04 PM
Watching people play 1001 Spikes on twitch is my new favorite thing.  I think I'll broadcast myself getting destroyed by it next time.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 26, 2014, 10:52:05 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOOT_3U4rZM
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on June 26, 2014, 01:31:25 PM
HE IS THE MICHAEL JORDAN! Of magic.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on July 06, 2014, 02:29:51 PM
Fuck FTL.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on July 16, 2014, 02:53:04 AM
I don't normally pimp GADD on here, but this is one of the rare weeks when I think it's actually good, so...

http://culturecrossfire.com/gaming/gaming-with-gadd-21/

21st is always a good place to start!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 18, 2014, 07:57:59 AM
Made a Top 5 list of my personal childhood videogames (http://culturecrossfire.com/gaming/retro-gaming/top-5-childhood-videogames/#.U8mKJrFRKEE).  Some quality games in that list IMO.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 26, 2014, 07:09:37 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/bt4OgoB.gif)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on July 28, 2014, 06:44:23 AM
http://www.giantbomb.com/videos/quick-look-velvet-sundown/2300-9270/

Good lord....
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on August 05, 2014, 07:54:19 AM
Evolve was delayed until 2015.

So what the fuck is coming out this year?  Waiting until March to get a new system (which will probably be a PS4) just seems like a better decision by the week.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 05, 2014, 08:11:04 AM
Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed Unity (new gen) and Rogue (old gen), Dragon Age: Inquisition, WWE 2K15... umm... GTA V for PC, PS4, Xbone.

I'm having to look some up now. Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Destiny is a big one, and only about a month off.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_in_video_gaming#July.E2.80.93September

There's some stuff, I guess. I pre-ordered a bunch of games during the E3 Best Buy sale as a just-in-case situation, but I don't think I'll be itching to keep anything. Though I haven't used an old console in a fair while; I don't own a new console (except Wii U, but (http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img155/3939/indiffjerk.gif)), and probably won't for a while, as I'd need a new TV or an HDMI receiver; and I don't buy new PC releases, as I can't sell or trade them.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 07, 2014, 09:43:41 AM
Battlefield 4 is available to download through Origin for a free week of play.
https://www.origin.com/en-ca/news/battlefield-4-game-time-free
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 07, 2014, 10:27:28 AM
Kingdoms of Amalur is also free to try for 2 days.

https://www.origin.com/store/free-games/game-time
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Baby Shoes on August 09, 2014, 04:53:51 AM
Redbox is doing free game rentals this week

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/1136459.htm
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on August 11, 2014, 01:20:29 PM
I came across a Nintendo Play Choice 10 cabinet today
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on August 12, 2014, 04:25:56 PM
I finally got myself a Bluetooth speaker for my tablet.  My headphone jack is slowly wearing out and the built in speakers are OK, but tinny.  I usually listen to something to fall asleep and all I had was a JBL speaker that only worked with my 4 year old IPod Touch that only runs the YouTube app.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 21, 2014, 04:31:46 AM
Steam has a free weekend for both Borderlands 2, and Dishonored.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/49520/
http://store.steampowered.com/app/205100/

Meanwhile, Origin has free "Game Time" on Titanfall, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Kingdoms of Amalur is still up there.
https://www.origin.com/store/free-games/game-time
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: muzzington on August 27, 2014, 06:32:08 PM
I have fond memories playing The Sims series all the way back to the first game. I played each one less as time went on just because my tastes started to change. The announcement of the 4th game in the series actually got my excitement back for starting all over again but I'm disappointed by the amount of things missing from the previous games.

http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/759976.page

I can understand not having some fringe features but the list is just too big.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on September 02, 2014, 07:49:48 AM
I finally got around to getting Spec Ops: The Line.  It definitely has a different "feel" to shooters of this type and it largely succeeds in being "gritty and realistic" without being gratuitous.  I think it's Nolan North's awesome performance that ties it all together; he does a great job playing a guy that is slowly unraveling.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 12, 2014, 10:19:53 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcpaQKNMz5A

And that's Spelunky. (The last bit is leaderboard scrolling, which you can ignore.)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on September 12, 2014, 04:31:03 PM
I finally got around to finishing Mass Effect 1 in my trilogy replay.  That game just dumps you back to the title screen at the end and my other non-end game save is like 5 or 6 hours back.  I bought the Bring Down the Sky DLC like 5 years ago and still haven't played it.

To ME2!  Maybe it won't take a year this time!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on September 13, 2014, 02:39:43 PM
Wow...right out of the gate you can tell how much improved 2 is.  I forgot how fast paced the gameplay became and they waste no time getting right into the story.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on September 13, 2014, 02:59:00 PM
The RPG purest in me dislikes how much like GOW 2 and 3 became. The RPG aspect of number one was wonderful.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on September 13, 2014, 03:04:22 PM
I wasn't too keen on having to pop up the menu every time to use a power in 1, so mapping a power to each bumper was a great change.  Maybe they went too far towards shooter in 2, but I think they struck a nice balance in 3.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on September 15, 2014, 01:20:48 AM
Microsoft has indeed bought Mojang for 2.5 billion dollars and Notch has removed himself the company. Just freaking wow. Never expected someone to pay Notch his out money (2 billion).
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on September 15, 2014, 01:57:10 AM
Ugh
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 15, 2014, 05:30:34 AM
Acquire all the things. :\
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 20, 2014, 12:23:02 PM
I've got a couple extra copies of the freebies Humble Store was giving out the past two Mondays. Let me know if you'd like either of them. The Steam codes expire in a few days.

Warlock: Master of the Arcane (expires Monday at 10AM PDT)
http://store.steampowered.com/app/203630/

Receiver (expires Sep 29 at 10AM PDT)
http://store.steampowered.com/app/234190/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on September 25, 2014, 05:38:38 AM
I'm sick of the shitty modem/router that Comcast is renting me. I'm off to buy my own set either tonight or this weekend.

Any tips or suggestions? I know I want a separate modem and router, I've read up a little and came to that conclusion, but I'm not interested in dropping too much on it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on September 25, 2014, 09:10:33 AM
Found a Motorola Arris. All set up. Sweeeeeeeeeet.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on September 25, 2014, 03:51:20 PM
The new Lord of the Rings game is getting pretty noteworthy good reviews.  I, myself, hate LOTR but when you see a drop of some 9.0+ reviews for a game you at least give it a look I suppose. 
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on September 27, 2014, 11:03:41 AM
Apparently the game has some of the best mechanics out there.

Also, I've just realized I've got nearly 20 days clocked on Fire Emblem Awakenings. I mean, yeah, sure I play it on bus rides, which I have plenty of, but I didn't think I racked up that much time playing it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 30, 2014, 12:55:55 PM
Some Canadian users are getting an e-mail that Steam will be switching to the Canadian Dollar in about a week.

http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2014/09/30/canadian-dollar-hits-steam-on-october-7/108608/
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=904328
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on October 01, 2014, 03:16:58 AM
Yup. Just got that in the mail. Though it says that it will have real time Canadian money, so not that it is really changing anything. You can have it on Canadian money or leave it on US.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on October 03, 2014, 06:49:34 AM
Paid $49.92 for 12 Mystery Mini's of the Series 2 set of MLP from Funko.  Saved myself $21.48 with my employee discount though.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 05, 2014, 10:08:19 AM
The current Edge magazine (http://'http://www.edge-online.com/magazine/e272-far-cry-4-the-new-frontiers-of-open-world-game-design/') has a top 10 of the generation list for people to argle bargle at:

10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
9. LittleBigPlanet
8. Bayonetta
7. Super Street Fighter IV
6. Red Dead Redemption
5. Grand Theft Auto V
4. Portal
3. The Last of Us
2. Super Mario Galaxy
1. Dark Souls
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on October 05, 2014, 10:09:15 AM
I think bioshock was my favorite game of last gen.  Red dead redemption is up there too.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on October 05, 2014, 03:27:17 PM
I think I only like three games on that list.  I can acknowledge that a lot of the other ones are objectively good games, but I don't enjoy them.

However Little Big Planet is a fucking piece of trash garbage game with garbage ass controls.  Sure, the creation tools are awesome and you can make a lot of stuff with them, but then at some point you actually have to PLAY it and it all falls apart.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on October 05, 2014, 03:29:12 PM
I've given LBP so many chances and can never get into it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on October 05, 2014, 03:37:15 PM
Because it's not a fun game to play, at ALL.  It's fun to look at the creation stuff every 6 months and say "Huh.  That's neat.  Time to never look at this again."
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on October 05, 2014, 03:42:58 PM
My favorite game from the gen before last is definitely KOTOR.  ...  Whatever it's a random thought...
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on October 05, 2014, 07:59:12 PM
I just hastily put together my own list of my 10 favorite games from this past generation, keeping it console only (sorry Binding of Isaac, you deserve it over so many of those games) so that the generations could be clearly defined.   Then I kept going and made it 20 instead because if Quentin Tarantino can do that shit with Kill Bill, I can too.


20. Amped 3
19. UNO (yeah, UNO!  Hell it should probably be higher up.  For the longest time the 360 was my $400 UNO machine)
18. Culdcept SAGA
17. DmC: Devil May Dry
16. Tomb Raider
15. Deadly Premonition
14. 'Splosion Man
13. Saints Row the Third
12. Asura's Wrath
11. Condemned
10. Borderlands
9. Batman: Arkham Asylum
8. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
7. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
6. Tales of Vesperia
5. Super Meat Boy
4. Trials Evolution
3. The Last of Us
2. Uncharted 2
1. Sleeping Dogs


Feel free to tear my list apart and tell me how wrong it is, that's what these are for anyway.  There's a good chance I just simply forgot a game anyway.

Edit:  just remembered DmC, rankings readjusted.  Sorry NFS!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on October 06, 2014, 05:25:49 AM
I'm thinking of selling what little is left of my video game collection just to help out. Anyone got any idea what PS2 games are worth? I'm assuming like $10 at most?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 06, 2014, 08:34:40 AM
Depends on the games, but that seems right. Maybe check eBay for individual games, to see if you've got something unexpectedly rare.

I've used this site in the past to get a rough idea about value, but I don't know what sort of practical info it'll provide:
http://videogames.pricecharting.com/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on October 07, 2014, 08:15:18 AM
Nah, I don't got anything rare. At least not rare enough for anyone to care.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 07, 2014, 01:27:00 PM
Steam's making the conversion to several local currencies today. Here's the Canadian Dollar page:
http://store.steampowered.com/cad

I had $2.92USD in my wallet, which was exchanged to $3.28CAD. XE.com puts today's conversion at $3.26086 (http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=2.92&From=USD&To=CAD), so that works.

Game prices are good and bad.

Some games seem to do a straight conversion: The Evil Within is in that ballpark, at $66.49.

Somewhat predictably, some $60USD games went up to $70CAD: Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed Unity, NBA 2K15...

A lot of games added $5. On more expensive games, that works out slightly well for us: Shadow of Mordor, Ryse, CoD: Advanced Warfare and its season pass...

A lot of games--including cheaper items--seem to be adding 10%.

And some are being super nice, by treating us at par: Civ: Beyond Earth, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Crew, DmC: Devil May Cry, various older Assassin's Creed games...

Probably be some oddities, like Tomb Raider (2013) (http://store.steampowered.com/app/203160/)'s base game adding $5, GOTY adding $10, individual DLC and the bundle adding 10%, and the big franchise Tomb Raider Collection seeming like a straight exchange.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Chainsaw 🦇 & Tyrano Shark on October 09, 2014, 04:32:24 PM
EA's giving away the first Dragon Age for free on Origins

http://www.cnet.com/news/eas-dragon-age-origins-is-on-the-house/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on October 10, 2014, 04:45:55 AM
 :-\ Need to install Origin. Ugh... But free game! Decisions...
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on October 10, 2014, 05:49:32 AM
I bought that for $37.50 the first time it went on sale on Steam, and so far I've installed it twice and played it exactly zero times. Damn it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on October 11, 2014, 08:27:16 AM
The guys at Giant Bomb just did a playthrough of the first MGS and that got me to get the HD versions of 2 & 3.  MGS2  doesn't look that much different from the PS2 original which says a lot about how incredible it looked at the time.

I was also reminded how fucking awful the Jack and Rose stuff was.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on October 11, 2014, 10:43:34 AM
The guys at Giant Bomb just did a playthrough of the first MGS and that got me to get the HD versions of 2 & 3.  MGS2  doesn't look that much different from the PS2 original which says a lot about how incredible it looked at the time.

I was also reminded how fucking awful the Jack and Rose stuff was.

A lot of those 2001 era PS2 games aged shockingly well.  They were way ahead of their times graphic wise.  The Jack and Rose drama is indeed pretty awful.  I would usually just play through the first part as Snake then say screw the rest.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on October 11, 2014, 01:14:32 PM
Been playing PS2 Vice City lately and getting hung up on the same mission that hung me up in 2003, the mini helicopter building destruction early on. Like WTF is it with this mission that keeps tying me up.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on October 12, 2014, 09:03:24 PM
Christ I remember that mission. Horrible controls
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on October 13, 2014, 04:00:08 PM
Yep, the ending of MGS2 is still off the rails bonkers.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on October 13, 2014, 09:04:59 PM
Of course it is. I really wasn't a fan of. Soz everything you played was just suppose to mimic mgs1. Still a great game, however I feel as if the controls are very dated now. Tho I think I prefer them over the current mgs4 > ground zeroes controls.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on October 14, 2014, 07:56:52 AM
I get what Kojima was going for, but it was one of those situations when someone tries to get philosophical but goes WAAY up their own ass in doing so that it just comes across as word vomit and ends up confusing the hell out of everyone.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 21, 2014, 10:39:16 AM
PC version of Dark Souls is migrating from GFWL to Steamworks in November.

http://bandainamcous.tumblr.com/post/100546461401/we-are-very-excited-to-announce-that-next-month-it (http://bandainamcous.tumblr.com/post/100546461401/we-are-very-excited-to-announce-that-next-month-it)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 23, 2014, 10:26:30 PM
Cook, Serve, Delicious! is getting a big, free update in November. It'll include a bunch of local multi-player modes.

http://chubigans.tumblr.com/post/100764627289/cook-serve-delicious-battle-kitchen-revealed-weekly
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on October 27, 2014, 09:56:57 AM
X-Wing and and Tie Fighter are coming to GOG for $10 each.

Not having to fight with DosBox and scratched up CDs to play these games again?

YES YES YES
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 01, 2014, 12:08:35 AM
If you own XCOM (Enemy Unknown?) on Steam, you can access the Evolve Big Alpha.

http://steamcommunity.com/games/273350/announcements/detail/242393516593929259 (http://steamcommunity.com/games/273350/announcements/detail/242393516593929259)
http://support.2k.com/hc/en-us/articles/204079353-Evolve-Big-Alpha-FAQ
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CletusVanDamme on November 04, 2014, 05:55:37 AM
https://archive.org/details/internetarcade (https://archive.org/details/internetarcade)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on November 05, 2014, 04:35:06 AM
So I busted out Civ5, because I forgot I owned it. Though I'm wishing I bought the Complete Edition instead of Vanilla. Anyways, been messing about with a few mods and having a lot of fun. Got a mod that gives a reasonable world map for Vanilla and each country starts off in their starting point. Also got a mod that replaces all the secondary units for Civs that have 2 and replaces it with an building for them. So like America gets the Mall.

I'm thinking of doing like all 19 Civs I've got and the 28 City-States and try playing that. Though I'm wondering what Civ to play. What do you guys recommend? I'm not playing as India though, because I like Peacemonger Ghandi as my villain.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on November 07, 2014, 05:07:52 AM
I just bought a new laptop. It has Windows 8. This is my first windows 8 experience. What the fucking fuck?
It came preloaded with a lot of stupid apps that would be useful on a phone but have no use for me on a damn PC.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on November 07, 2014, 05:20:38 AM
That's my main issue with Windows 8. It functions like it was designed with a touchscreen or tablet in mind, and not a desktop computer.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on November 07, 2014, 05:27:16 AM
Upgrade to 8.1 of you're not already on that, then set it to boot to desktop and not that tiles shit. You're still going to hate it but it's a lot better then it was when it launched.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on November 07, 2014, 06:38:07 AM
That's my main issue with Windows 8. It functions like it was designed with a touchscreen or tablet in mind, and not a desktop computer.

Why do I need a maps app? I can go to mapquest!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on November 07, 2014, 06:42:01 AM
Yeah, I haven't even given that shit a second look since 8.1.  It does seem to run a lot faster than the pile of shit Vista did.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on November 07, 2014, 06:51:23 AM
Yeah, I haven't even given that shit a second look since 8.1.  It does seem to run a lot faster than the pile of shit Vista did.

So what's the difference between 8 and 8.1? I just bought this brand new at Best Buy so I assume it has 8.1.
I'm doing most of my work out of the desktop view. I do have a touch screen on the laptop which is pretty cool.

Also when did they start making most laptops without a god damn CD/DVD drive? This laptop was only $429 though but it seems to do everything I need it to do.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on November 07, 2014, 07:35:41 AM
8.1 brings back the Start Menu button and basically let's you boot right into desktop mode and completely ignore the Metro menu entirely.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on November 07, 2014, 09:15:50 AM
Okay I don't see that on mine. Unless there is something you can direct me to to find out how to do it?

So I just installed word and I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the Word icon on my desktop. I can get it pinned to the taskbar and on the tile screen but not my damn desktop.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 07, 2014, 09:48:54 AM
This is what the Taskbar looks like on Windows 8. No Windows/Start button:

(http://i.imgur.com/Id89Xwe.jpg?1)


If it has the newer Windows logo in the corner, that's the new Start button, and you're on Windows 8.1.

(http://i.imgur.com/GOGu10h.png?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/a7Smv1M.jpg?1)

If all else fails, press the Windows key, type in "System", select just System (not System Restore or anything else), and that screen will show you what version of Windows you're on, as well as some hardware specs.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 07, 2014, 09:58:55 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV7jXHp3qGo
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 07, 2014, 10:07:11 AM
If you are on Windows 8, to update to Win8.1:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/update-from-windows-8-tutorial

You do need to have all critical/important Windows Updates completed before the big upgrade tile will appear in the Windows Store.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on November 07, 2014, 10:09:14 AM
Ah. I do have 8.1. But that button takes me to the tiles, not a start menu. 
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 07, 2014, 10:22:22 AM
Yeah, they didn't actually bring back the menu. Just the button.

There are third-party programs which will bring back a traditional Start Menu. I just ignore the tiles/Start Screen for the most part, so I haven't tried any myself. But Classic Shell is a free one:
http://www.classicshell.net/

A more traditional Start Menu (with tiles) is returning as the default in Windows 10. And they're still offering the option of the full Win8-style Start Screen, for those who like it.

(http://i.imgur.com/CgMxJ7p.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on November 07, 2014, 11:06:30 AM
We briefly interrupt this conversation on how to make Windows 8 slightly less shitty to throw in a plug for the return of GADD!  http://culturecrossfire.com/gaming/gaming-with-gadd-24/  Largest GADD ever at over 3100 words.  That's a lot of talk about forcibly removing clothing from people!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on November 08, 2014, 05:34:08 AM
That's my main issue with Windows 8. It functions like it was designed with a touchscreen or tablet in mind, and not a desktop computer.

Why do I need a maps app? I can go to mapquest!
???
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on November 08, 2014, 06:16:41 PM
What?  I also have GPS in my car.

This came preloaded with an Amazon app. Why don't I go to Amazon?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 08, 2014, 09:23:08 PM
The appeal of mobile apps versus a website is kind of over my head as well. I admittedly haven't used many of them, but they seem like simplified (i.e. less-functional) platform-locked websites designed for a touch interface. They may use camera/mic/GPS functions, and ring/buzz/flash with notifications, and integrate themselves with other apps and services. But I don't especially want any of that.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on November 09, 2014, 11:34:10 AM
Because the websites aren't as optimized for mobile use as the apps are.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on November 09, 2014, 11:35:14 AM
My ??? was more directed at the use of Mapquest in the year 2014. ;)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on November 10, 2014, 05:36:08 AM
I don't know if anyone here watches Rooster Teeth stuff, but they just got bought by Fullscreen.  This makes me nervous as hell about the future of their content, especially as I feel like it's already been going downhill for the last few months.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on November 11, 2014, 05:28:48 AM
Seems like AC: Unity isn't great which is a shame but I'm basically getting it free so I'll try and find some enjoyment out of it.

In better news JUST CAUSE 3 HELL AND GODDAMN FUCK YEAH (http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/11/11/december-cover-revealed-just-cause-3-29401230.aspx)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on November 11, 2014, 05:37:26 AM
What about Assassin's Creed Rogue? I'm still way back on AC3.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on November 12, 2014, 02:31:41 AM
Watching some of the New Legacy Inc. runs of WWE 2K15 made me remember when my 14-year-old cousin was completely stupefied after I told him that games used to be finished when they hit stores and that DLC was never an option.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on November 12, 2014, 08:00:05 PM
What about Assassin's Creed Rogue? I'm still way back on AC3.

I haven't played any since AC3 but I want to. I didn't know Rogue was just for the previous gen which is good since I don't have the new gen. AC3 is my least favourite of the games (not counting the first which doesn't age well in comparison to the more advanced games) but it had fun aspects. It's too bad Unity but maybe its things that can be fixed with patches?

I had a bad experience renting nba 2k15 and its servers being constantly fucking down a few weeks ago and since it needs to check the servers for everything even if you aren't playing online it was total bullshit. Supposedly this is a problem every year for the first month or two as well. I'll try the game again in December maybe.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on November 13, 2014, 12:49:04 AM
I got into the AC games late. I bought 1, 2, Brotherhood and Revelations all at once. I think Brotherhood was my favorite. Finishing part one was a chore though. Revelations was fun but added nothing to the story.
I've just now started AC3. I like the setting, but I'm not sure how I'll like the game.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on November 13, 2014, 01:47:08 AM
AC2 and Brotherhood are easily the best in the series.  It's all downhill from there, but 4 is a decent game too.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on November 13, 2014, 04:00:35 AM
If anyone here likes Civilization series or 4X type games, I'd recommend Endless Legend. Game just came out recently and I've been immensely enjoying it since yesterday. The AI is a bit timid once you build up a decent army, but I like it. There are many different ways to win the game as well. Questing (I think?), Expansion, Commerce, Science, Diplomatic, Domination, and I think two or three others I'm forgetting.

It is a fantasy/sci-fi type of world, so if you want something realistic, this isn't your game. Also, it has a mechanic for winter in which you get hit by a lot of harsh conditions. When winter hits, you lose food production (like lots of it to all of it). I only so far have experience with the Vaulters, and they've got ways around it later since they are a Science faction, but early on, winter is your worst enemy.

Oh, and no mods just yet as it is really that new. For those wondering who made the game, it is Amplitude Studio that did.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on November 13, 2014, 07:11:38 AM
Brotherhood was my favourite. Revelations and AC2 were fun but Brotherhood got it just right.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on November 19, 2014, 12:23:35 PM
Two Mass Effect games down.  This time I finally managed to rescue my crew (including sweet Kelly Chambers) and only lost one party member (Zaeed, but he's a dick).  ME2 is probably the best game of the 360/PS3 generation.  Great story, great characters.  Only 3 has the better gameplay.  I might be the only one that actually enjoyed probing planets.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Edwin on November 19, 2014, 02:50:42 PM
I also loved probing planets!  At least once I bought the scanner upgrade.  It's awful when it's slow, but weirdly soothing when you have the speed upgrade.

I think ME2 is my favorite game of that generation, too.  3's combat is a little tighter and it has the dangerously addictive multiplayer, but 2 has better characters and sidequests.  The Shadow Broker DLC also happens to be one of the best scenarios in the entire trilogy, almost as good as Virmire in the first game and Tuchanka in the third.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on November 25, 2014, 12:23:46 AM
Hold my monies for Cyber Monday and hope that the Complete Edition of Civilization V goes on sale or take some of that money and buy a micro-action from an MMO instead of grinding it out. Decisions, decisions.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 25, 2014, 02:53:52 AM
Civ V Complete is currently $17USD here, which seems like it's the typical sale price.
http://www.dlgamer.us/download-civilization_5_the_complete-pc_games-p-22569.html

Somewhere like Green Man Gaming might have it for around $12-13 with a coupon code in the next week. Or this Christmas, it could go down to 75% off on sale, which would be $12.50.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 26, 2014, 04:08:45 AM
There you go. Civ V: Complete 75% off on Steam, until 1PM EST Friday.

http://store.steampowered.com/sub/36075/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on November 26, 2014, 11:48:47 AM
I got the first 2 skate games, bully scholarship edition and Kingdoms of Amular all for under 4 bucks each as Black Friday sales on the 360. I might pick up a few more.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 27, 2014, 12:02:07 AM
Flik, if you didn't buy either of those, here's Civ V: Complete again, for $9.62USD. You have to log in to see it, and add to cart from that page to get the price. Vouchers aren't valid, but if you have GMG credit, you can use that.

http://www.greenmangaming.com/green-thursday-vip/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 05, 2014, 07:42:42 AM
Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards are tonight at 9PM EST.
http://thegameawards.com/

And Steam's got a related sale, with some nominated games.
http://store.steampowered.com/sale/2014vgas/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 05, 2014, 07:52:32 AM
GTA V Fans Launch Petition To Force Target To Change Its Violent Name And Logo (http://www.pedestrian.tv/news/arts-and-culture/gta-v-fans-launch-petition-to-force-target-to-chan/b2aa0964-2c07-4737-80c0-39857293a64a.htm)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Angle-plex on December 07, 2014, 07:53:49 AM
New PS 4 godzilla game announced~
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on December 07, 2014, 08:54:20 AM
Ralph Baer, inventor of the first home console, died.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on December 08, 2014, 03:14:15 AM
Operation Rainfall is doing a poll on which games to try to get localized next! http://operationrainfall.com/vote-to-localize-sega-konami-polls/

YAKUZA 5 in the SEGA section was a no-brainer vote for me. WANT WANT WANT!

Sega finally caved! While the campaign above failed, both Sony and Sega recognized how loud the fans voices were for a localization of Yakuza 5 and are bringing to PS3 (digitally) next summer! SO. HYPE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBHYncsmasQ
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on December 14, 2014, 03:02:55 PM
http://twinbeardstudios.com/frog-fractions (http://twinbeardstudios.com/frog-fractions)

I've experienced Frog Fractions and I'll never be the same.
Late 2012 was not a good time for me, so I totally missed this game. Until today. Holy mother of fuck. Everyone needs to experience this game.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 14, 2014, 08:34:51 PM
Having finally played that, I'm fairly confident in proclaiming that Too Many Cooks was actually Frog Fractions 2.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Exslade ZX on December 16, 2014, 07:23:41 AM
Any chance anyone has a stored Demonoid invitation?

Or know a reliable torrent/download site for comics? Had the urge to catch up on the DC Universe, but then realized with TPB gone for the moment, I'd have to resort to Google. And..eh. If it's as good as it once was, Demonoid is really the only other torrent site I like getting anything from.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: WKU Tops on December 17, 2014, 08:13:31 AM
EA Sports can kiss my ass.  I went the other day to get the rest of the DLC for Tiger Woods 14 and they pulled it because they don't want to pay Tiger royalties anymore.  Ridiculous.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on December 28, 2014, 03:34:15 PM
Xavier Woods submitted a guest top 10 list for Giant Bomb again this year

http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/xavier-woods-top-10-games-of-2014/1100-5128/


But fuck that noise, supposedly Stardust also submitted a list, but it just hasn't been published yet.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on December 29, 2014, 06:03:22 AM
I'm honestly struggling to find even 5 games to list as the "best" of the year.  Most I've played has been just OK at best.  My list would probably be Sunset Overdrive, South Park and then an amorphous blob of meh.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on December 29, 2014, 11:43:18 AM
Yeah I went through earlier in the week looking at a wiki of every game released in 2014, and I could only find 9 or 10 games I would even categorize as good.  Obviously I haven't played everything, but that's still a sad number.  Everything is just "Junk.  Junk.  Broken.  Remake.  Broken.  Remake.  Remake.  BADLY Broken.  Junk." 

I think my 2014 GOTY is Valiant Hearts.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 29, 2014, 05:36:10 PM
I just played Spelunky all year.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on December 29, 2014, 09:36:14 PM
Here's what I consider Best of 2014:
Nidhogg
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Bravely Default
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Dark Souls II
Infamous: Second Son
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasm
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Transistor
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Mario Kart 8
Shovel Knight
Divinity: Original Sin
Rogue Legacy
Super Smash Bros.
Suikoden II
Dragon Age: Inquisition

Now I don't own all of these. ..., I can admit I own like maybe 3 of those at best. Probably haven't played enough of these to give a good opinion either. But they would be the games I point people to who want a good game.

And yeah, we totally forgot about the games that came out at the beginning of the year. I honestly thought the third game in the awful FFXIII franchise was last year. Shocking that it isn't.

Edit: I think the biggest problem is that a lot of the good games have flaws that drop them from being those games we cherish a lot. Like Realm Reborn is a MMO, Inquisition needed more time to bake, Bravely Default drags when it gets to a certain point, etc.

You can't point at any game this year that is good and go "yup, everyone will like it".
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on January 08, 2015, 05:46:22 AM
I didn't know getting a copy of College Hoops 2K8 would be so difficult.  I finally got one off EBay after losing four bids.  I remember playing the shit out of it back when it came out and just have a Jones for a college basketball game.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on January 08, 2015, 07:14:28 AM
I didn't know getting a copy of College Hoops 2K8 would be so difficult.  I finally got one off EBay after losing four bids.  I remember playing the shit out of it back when it came out and just have a Jones for a college basketball game.

The thing that always gets me with college games (especially hoops) is turning some kid that isn't a superstar in real life into one in the game because of the way you play and thinking "man...if only he could be like this in real life." Then you get disappointed that he's a failure.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on January 12, 2015, 07:28:55 AM
http://www.joystiq.com/2015/01/12/multiplayer-friday-the-13th-game-in-production/

Quote
A multi vs. solo player Friday the 13th game is in production, according to EGM. Positioned as an "asymmetrical, co-operative and competitive multiplayer predator/prey horror experience," the game is currently in development at an unnamed studio. This is not a reboot of the terrible NES game.

"We have some exciting new ideas for a game that supplies plenty of replay value, while delivering the kinds of thrills and scares that fans of the franchise have come to expect," Friday the 13th creator Sean S. Cunningham tells EGM. The game's October launch will coincide with a new film and television series. The studio in charge of the game will be announced "in the coming weeks."

If you thought an Evolve-style game set in the Friday the 13th universe was already in development, we're with you on the association. There's the teen horror movie survival game Until Dawn, which has been on the periphery for two years now. There's also the 5 vs. 1 survival horror game, Last Year, which was funded on Kickstarter and uses Friday the 13th iconography.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on January 12, 2015, 08:07:54 AM
Hopefully it includes this:

(http://i.ytimg.com/vi/CxMpw37ii1c/hqdefault.jpg)

Or better yet:

(http://i.imgur.com/CpUI5vF.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 12, 2015, 08:14:02 AM
In news I'm sure everyone expected to hear today...

NEW ROCK BAND 3 DLC TOMORROW (http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img202/9724/1k9b.gif)

http://www.harmonixmusic.com/blog/rb-dlc-11315/

Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”
Avenged Sevenfold – “Shepherd Of Fire”
Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing”
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on January 12, 2015, 01:12:04 PM
Friday the 13th just SCREAMS failed Gearbox production.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on January 16, 2015, 04:08:16 AM
Does anyone here have NBA 2K15? Is it any good? A few of my friends picked it up and I was thinking of doing the same. Would be my first foray into basketball gaming since the original NBA Jam... O_O
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on January 16, 2015, 07:48:24 AM
Harmonix has put out a survey asking about Rock Band and the possibility of a new game.

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/a1424a2f1f7531ddb17750b606a1273c/tumblr_mjbwqdvutK1rz2nelo1_250.gif)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 16, 2015, 08:05:12 AM
Rock Band survey link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7Z2SHPN
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on January 16, 2015, 08:10:35 AM
Even though I can't get a new Rock Band game, I at least answered the survey as best as I could.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 21, 2015, 04:43:37 AM
Windows 10 will have some features from the Xbone. Game DVR, sharing, and social network shit through Xbox Live. Next Fable game will have cross-platform play, and you can get XBL achievements on PC again. And you'll be able to play Xbone games via local streaming on other Win10 devices, similar to Steam's In-Home Streaming, or PS4's Remote Play to Vita or PSTV.

I didn't catch everything, because the stream has been shit. But seems like a lot of the stuff ties into a Win10 Xbox app, so (http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img155/3939/indiffjerk.gif)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 21, 2015, 05:29:22 AM
Also, it will be free to upgrade to Windows 10 from Win7, Win8.1, or Windows Phone 8.1 for one year.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 24, 2015, 09:10:36 AM
I'm on hold with the GameStop phone line, because that's the only "Contact Us" option (http://www.gamestop.com/gs/help/contact.aspx). They can't even resist the urge to upsell on there. I got some shit for a Dying Light pre-order before being given menu options, urged to trade in my cell phone after pushing the button, and another something for Assassin's Creed Unity before being thrown into the queue, which has its own promo loop. The menu voice is a southern woman who talks kinda slowly too. So it's an all-around fun time.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on January 24, 2015, 12:31:33 PM
I picked up a download code for Resident Evil HD yesterday using a Gamestop card that I was given for Christmas.  The receipt is about 3 feet long with pretty much all the promos you just mentioned with what I actually bought being an afterthought all the way at the bottom.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Baby Shoes on January 24, 2015, 05:19:56 PM
I'm on hold with the GameStop phone line, because that's the only "Contact Us" option (http://www.gamestop.com/gs/help/contact.aspx). They can't even resist the urge to upsell on there. I got some shit for a Dying Light pre-order before being given menu options, urged to trade in my cell phone after pushing the button, and another something for Assassin's Creed Unity before being thrown into the queue, which has its own promo loop. The menu voice is a southern woman who talks kinda slowly too. So it's an all-around fun time.

They were a pain in the butt to track down when I had a problem with an online order a couple years back but they more than made up for it when I did find someone.  Hope it works out.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 30, 2015, 04:30:14 AM
Member data at Raptr may have been compromised recently. They're recommending password changes.
http://raptr.com/TinyDino/news/54c97a8f298193813f/raptr-announcement
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on February 02, 2015, 06:18:52 AM
Sony Online Entertainment sold and goes independent! Now known as Daybreak Game Company: https://forums.station.sony.com/dcuo/index.php?threads/sony-online-entertainment-becomes-daybreak-game-company.236045/

This means you could be seeing MMO's like DCUO, Everquest & H1Z1 across all platforms in the near future!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CletusVanDamme on February 10, 2015, 10:21:17 AM
http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/02/10/bethesda-hosting-its-first-ever-e3-conference-in-2015 (http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/02/10/bethesda-hosting-its-first-ever-e3-conference-in-2015)

Naturally the usually speculation is going around Fallout 4, a new Elder Scrolls, etc...
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on February 13, 2015, 11:50:25 AM
I finally replaced my 7 year old wireless router with this (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FWYGJS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and my Wi-fi speeds doubled.  Not bad for $20.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on February 25, 2015, 07:08:59 AM
Hotline Miami 2 will be out March 10 on Win/Mac/Linux PC, and seemingly all of PS4, PS3, and Vita too. $15 for regular edition; $20 for special, which includes a 6-song remix soundtrack.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on March 05, 2015, 10:41:15 AM
ROCK BAND 4 IS COMING!!  And they hope to make everything (including instruments) backwards compatible!

(http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/2013/02/happy-dancing.gif)

Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on March 06, 2015, 05:08:58 AM
*unzips pants*
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 08, 2015, 05:50:55 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_lfH4TXEAAS7Nv.png:large)

"Surprise from PAX East, you can now dance with two Borderlands characters in Dance Central Spotlight! Press X or Y five times on character select to dance with Claptrap or Nisha the Lawbringer!"
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 12, 2015, 05:49:55 AM
Titanfall 2 will be on PS4. Seems like they might be considering making map packs free.

http://ca.ign.com/articles/2015/03/12/titanfall-2-confirmed-coming-to-xbox-one-ps4-and-pc

Quote
One thing Zampella was keen to think about changing was the DLC model for the future, citing Evolve's commitment to keeping the community united via free maps for all as the ideal way forward.

"I think that's a fantastic way to do it," he said. "I think having the maps like that in packs, it does split the community and it makes it harder for matchmaking, it's messy. Yeah. I don't know we won't do it again, I can't say that for sure, but the idea would be to do something different."
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on March 16, 2015, 06:39:16 AM
 :'( My Bravia TV might've died. Which sucks. I can't replace it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 16, 2015, 12:04:58 PM
I don't think it's been officially announced, but there may be a new NFL-licenced football game—called Joe Montana Football—being developed by 2K and Microsoft. Using Unreal Engine 4, to be exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on March 16, 2015, 12:45:11 PM
So... basically like The Show? Except X only?

This should be interesting.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 16, 2015, 01:20:12 PM
Except The Show is the only MLB game these days, isn't it?

http://freeonsmash.com/gaming/is-joe-montana-football-with-2k-sports-becoming-a-reality/ (http://freeonsmash.com/gaming/is-joe-montana-football-with-2k-sports-becoming-a-reality/)

Joe Montana 577621758234095616[/tweet]]tweeted this tonight (http://[tweet):

(http://i.imgur.com/KViO8jk.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on March 17, 2015, 12:20:46 PM
Apparently Cities: Skylines, a city builder like Sim City, produced by former 9 man, now 13 man, team Colossal Order and published by Paradox has reached half a million in sales. Honestly, glad for the small team and hopefully this will lead them to build other things. While I've heard it isn't the most perfect entry to city building out there, as a first time effort, it is supposedly a real good effort, easy to modify (already huge mod support, former Sim City graphic artists is modding for it) and they promise to make the experience only better with time.

Hell for $30 (well $35ish Canadian), if I had the money, I'd probably buy it and see what all the fuss was about.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 27, 2015, 09:03:03 AM
Harmonix has a new, brief survey for Rock Band 4. Mostly demographics, and what instruments you have, and would plan to buy.

http://surveymonkey.com/s/RockBand4Survey
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 28, 2015, 02:26:38 AM
Future Shop has closed down. The website is directing people to order at BestBuy.ca. All retail stores are closed at least temporarily; some will be re-branded as Best Buy, if they're not near an existing BB location. Though it seems like that was a fairly common thing. In London, there's 2 locations of each, but both are pretty close. The ones in the north end are 5km apart; in the south, it's about 500m--maybe 600m if you're walking entrance to entrance. Both have been shut down.

http://futureshop.ca/ (http://futureshop.ca/)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: treble on March 28, 2015, 05:59:46 AM
They just opened the one in town about 5 years ago, closed it for a bit to re-brand it as a futureshop.ca store and just switched it back to Future Shop a year or so later.

The closest Best Buy is about an hour away but it doesn't look like they're going to re-open this one.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on March 29, 2015, 05:58:25 AM
So I've done two things recently. I bought Cities: Skylines awhile back and enjoying the hell out of it. It isn't as hard as say, Sim City, but that's okay. For me it is about learning how to make a bigger and better city. The mod community has made some lovely things that you can play around with. And it also is very easy to end up flooding your city with the Hydro Dam. I've done it 3 times now. Also, straight roads suck. It is all about the curved roads, because making weird roads is so much more fun and interesting.

The other was that I was given a 10 day trial for WoW so tried that out again. I do see some changes. Some new classes to play: Monk and Death Knight, one I enjoyed and one I need to learn to play. Some new mini-games: like pet battles which I sunk quite a bit of time into. Some new races like Pandarians (I haven't played one yet) and Worgens (who I will never ever let be human). All of which I had fun with. Still a lot the same as I remember from when I played during Burning Crusade, but that familiarity was nice. I also played Horde and enjoyed it, which I never did back in the day. That probably helped as well. If the WoW Token is cheap on how much gold it costs, I might actually upgrade myself to Warlords of Draenor and start playing that again using the gold to fund my monthly subscription if possible.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on April 02, 2015, 05:36:55 AM
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is coming soon to Wii U, New 3DS (but not old), and Xbox One.

A few years ago, there was a 3DS version in development, but Nintendo would not release it. As I understand it, it was due to the game's depiction and/or criticism of Biblical stories, or themes, or something like that.

http://ca.ign.com/articles/2012/02/29/nintendo-turns-down-binding-of-isaac-on-3ds
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on April 10, 2015, 12:18:49 AM
So according to the singer (Donna Burke) of Metal Gear 5's main song, Kojima has indeed been fired. Konami turned around and has said that this is categorically incorrect. Meaning that likely Kojima was told "look, either you do what we want you to or you can quit. Your choice".

Just wow... How fucking stupid are companies? I mean, the moment you do something like that, you are going to kill a good chunk of the fan base doing something like that.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Angle-plex on April 14, 2015, 02:57:56 AM
how long until the epic rpg bubble bursts? it seems like every month there is a 60 plus hour rpg with a huge map and sidequests that is all basically the same game
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: oldskool on April 14, 2015, 03:09:15 AM
As long as they sell. There'll be a new Elder Scrolls game in a few years, and another Fallout hopefully far sooner than that, and with those two (among others, those are the two that immediately spring to mind) the continued me-too piggybacking that's created the bubble in the first place.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on April 14, 2015, 04:46:49 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SnIZgESm4c
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on April 27, 2015, 08:06:41 AM
lol

(http://i.imgur.com/1NP00OT.png)

It's for the Digital Deluxe version, which includes the season pass... But still. lol
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on April 30, 2015, 03:27:28 PM
Music streaming site Grooveshark has shut down.

(http://i.imgur.com/kl3Vho3.png)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: tekcop on April 30, 2015, 04:20:58 PM
Well, that's not remotely surprising. Sad, I used it quite a bit since Pandora never has much Japanese music.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 05, 2015, 07:07:40 AM
GOG is now accepting sign-ups for a public beta of their Galaxy client.
http://www.gog.com/galaxy (http://www.gog.com/galaxy)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 07, 2015, 05:21:03 AM
http://www.gog.com/news/star_trek_premieres_on_gogcom

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Judgment Rites, and Starfeet Academy are available now on GOG.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 07, 2015, 05:22:08 AM
Holy fuck, I used to play the hell out of Judgment Rites.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 14, 2015, 04:12:10 AM
Axiom Verge is out now on Steam and the Humble Store.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/332200/
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/axiomverge_storefront
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 14, 2015, 04:53:44 AM
So according to the singer (Donna Burke) of Metal Gear 5's main song, Kojima has indeed been fired. Konami turned around and has said that this is categorically incorrect. Meaning that likely Kojima was told "look, either you do what we want you to or you can quit. Your choice".

Just wow... How fucking stupid are companies? I mean, the moment you do something like that, you are going to kill a good chunk of the fan base doing something like that.

The Konami drama continues.. This guy has, what seems to be, the scoop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMK-kajdgMA

Konami actually had this video taken down with a false-flag copyright violation claim, but YouTube came back and told them to politely educate themselves on American copyright laws/fair use, or fuck off. Dude above has posted a followup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nwPPYkd8gs

Konami, meanwhile, thinks that pachinko and mobile are the future. LOL. Seriously, someone liquidate this company and let some responsible publishers come in for the IP sale.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on May 14, 2015, 05:02:15 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEXFzNNUEAEZQC7.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 14, 2015, 05:28:13 AM
lol basically :P
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 17, 2015, 10:39:07 AM
 ;D

(http://www.imbarkus.com/images/SilentVille.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 19, 2015, 02:27:01 AM
HOLY SHIT! Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence coming to the West in September - dual language tracks! http://gematsu.com/2015/05/nobunagas-ambition-sphere-influence-coming-west-september

Been waiting for another of these Koei RTS games to get localized since the PS2 days. So hyped!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on May 24, 2015, 05:01:49 PM
I was going to post this in gaming steals and deals but it was sold:(

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Refrigerator-full-of-Super-Nintendo-Jurassic-Park-games-/191586916547?#description

300 copies of Jurassic Park SNES, enough to fill a refrigerator. Dammit I was too slow!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 26, 2015, 05:13:29 AM
https://www.humblebundle.com/

Humble Nindie Bundle

All games for the Nintendo eShop

Pay $1+:
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Wii U)
Woah Dave! (3DS)
Mighty Switch Force! (3DS)

Beat the Average (Currently $8.87):
The Fall (Wii U)
OlliOlli (Wii U & 3DS)
Moon Chronicles (3DS)
More games added next week

Pay $10+:
Stealth Inc 2 (Wii U)
SteamWorld Dig (Wii U & 3DS)

Seems like it's only available in the Americas. Here's a list of countries where it is available:
https://support.humblebundle.com/hc/en-us/articles/206177517
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 28, 2015, 05:20:20 AM
https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly

Humble Weekly Bundle: Relic Entertainment

All Steam codes; all Windows-only

Pay $1+:
Company of Heroes 2 - The Western Front Armies: Oberkommando West
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition
Company of Heroes Complete Edition
Company of Heroes 2 Soundtrack
Bonus Digital Extras

Beat the Average (Currently $4.21):
Company of Heroes 2
Company of Heroes 2 - The Western Front Armies: US Forces
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Pay $15+:
Company of Heroes 2 - Ardennes Assault

Pay $30+:
Relic T-Shirt
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 01, 2015, 01:13:27 AM
Windows 10 will be released July 29th.

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/06/01/hello-world-windows-10-available-on-july-29/ (http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/06/01/hello-world-windows-10-available-on-july-29/)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 02, 2015, 05:41:10 AM
Steam now has a seemingly-worthwhile refund policy.

http://store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds/
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You can request a refund for nearly any purchase on Steam—for any reason. Maybe your PC doesn't meet the hardware requirements; maybe you bought a game by mistake; maybe you played the title for an hour and just didn't like it.

It doesn't matter. Valve will, upon request via help.steampowered.com (https://help.steampowered.com), issue a refund for any reason, if the request is made within fourteen days of purchase, and the title has been played for less than two hours. There are more details below, but even if you fall outside of the refund rules we’ve described, you can ask for a refund anyway and we’ll take a look.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on June 02, 2015, 09:49:19 AM
About the "less than two hours of play" part, does Valve have an alternate tracking system as well, that they don't show to you?   Because if they're only using the "time played" mechanic that Steam uses, what's to stop someone from playing it to completion in offline mode and then getting a refund?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 02, 2015, 06:31:07 PM
Supposedly this may indicate Steam is working towards offline play tracking.
https://github.com/SteamDatabase/SteamTracking/commit/efe26dea0b71c0ceee8d5953c8173b5298f150b1

There's also the clause about abuse:
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Refunds are designed to remove the risk from purchasing titles on Steam—not as a way to get free games. If it appears to us that you are abusing refunds, we may stop offering them to you. We do not consider it abuse to request a refund on a title that was purchased just before a sale and then immediately rebuying that title for the sale price.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Venkman on June 15, 2015, 06:18:09 AM
I keep wanting to stop here when I'm around Cleveland (I pass right by it in Lakewood) but now that they've added Wrestlefest to their roster, I really want to go:

http://16-bitbar.com/cleveland

Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: JHawk on June 15, 2015, 11:31:02 AM
I keep wanting to stop here when I'm around Cleveland (I pass right by it in Lakewood) but now that they've added Wrestlefest to their roster, I really want to go:

http://16-bitbar.com/cleveland
I need to head there myself. 
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on June 20, 2015, 12:18:39 PM
ShenmueDojo is streaming the first two games now:
http://www.twitch.tv/shenmuedojo
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 02, 2015, 03:53:07 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhvlNVCgMUU

http://www.vertigogaming.net/SSTE/
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/07/02/cook-serve-delicious-2-coming-to-ps4/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on July 04, 2015, 12:47:38 AM
I picked up Fable Anniversary because I enjoy the series and never played the original. I like it so far though it isn't as fun as Fable 2 (probably because I played them out of order) and holy fucking shit the fishing minigame is awful. Other people who played this had to hate it too right?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 04, 2015, 06:39:06 AM
Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta is coming July 29 (at Win10 launch), and will be free for owners of the current PC version; $10 otherwise during the beta, available through the Windows 10 Store. Future updates will be free.

http://news.xbox.com/2015/07/games-announcing-minecraft-windows-10-edition-beta (http://news.xbox.com/2015/07/games-announcing-minecraft-windows-10-edition-beta)

Then there's this. Calling it "Story Mode" sorta makes it sound like it's part of the base game. (It's not.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAnRtMEDrvU

https://www.telltalegames.com/blog/discussion/97267/minecraft-story-mode-reveal-trailer-and-first-cast-details

"The season will feature Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens."
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Shasta McNasty on July 06, 2015, 03:00:58 AM
I am a Telltale Games fan. Still had serious doubts about Minecraft Story Mode when it was announced a while back. But that voice cast is promising and Telltale usually delivers a compelling narrative.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CletusVanDamme on July 21, 2015, 07:17:04 AM
Knights of the Old Republic II got a big steam update today.
• 37 achievements to be earned through gameplay
• Steam Cloud saves
• Native widescreen resolution support
• Resolution support up to 4K and 5K
• Support for controllers, including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation
3, and Playstation 4, along with several others (check the system requirements for details)
• Steam Workshop support! We proudly worked with the Restored Content Mod Team to have their famous TSLRCM up on launch day
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on July 21, 2015, 09:15:09 AM
I just finished a play through of that recently (with that mod). Wish they'd put this patch out a month ago.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on July 21, 2015, 09:37:58 AM
I would love an he remaster of those games for consoles. Best Star Wars games by far.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 23, 2015, 04:18:51 AM
Rise of the Tomb Raider will come to Windows PC early 2016; PS4 late 2016. And apparently there's an Xbox 360 version out in November along with Xbox One.

http://tombraider.tumblr.com/post/124843126455/square-enix-announces-rise-of-the-tomb-raider-for
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on July 28, 2015, 04:15:18 PM
Mafia 3 is being unveiled next week.  I know a lot of people think highly of 2 and I liked it enough.  It will be interesting if they try and make it more of an open world game instead of a more linear story-driven game like 2 was.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on August 21, 2015, 04:58:25 AM
Just saw the Madden 16 commercial.

What, the, fuck, did, I, just, watch.

That's really all I can say about it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Spaceman Spiff 🚀 on August 21, 2015, 12:40:39 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p747PrxmZJ4

Live action FPS over Chatroulette.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: muzzington on September 03, 2015, 04:27:44 PM
Been watching a fair bit of people streaming H1Z1 Battle Royale, decided to take the plunge and get it myself.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 17, 2015, 08:48:36 AM
Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows is a free update/expansion for the original game, and is now available.

http://yachtclubgames.com/2015/09/plague-now-available/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 17, 2015, 08:58:29 AM
Also, The Witness (from Braid creator Jonathan Blow) now has a release date in January, for PS4 and Windows PC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPMMKFX78x0
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on September 29, 2015, 09:01:27 AM
I'm watching Giant Bomb play Tony Hawk 5.

Oh my....how the fuck does one developer (RoboMoto) get to make FOUR straight middling (Tony Hawk HD) to outright bad (their other three) games without consequence?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on October 01, 2015, 02:53:48 AM
I loved 2 and 3. Kinda fell out with THUG, so I was ready for a new game... sigh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIXkRXYbKaI
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on October 02, 2015, 11:19:35 AM
I got into the Need for Speed closed beta.  The gameplay is solid (not a surprise since its made by people who did Burnout and NFS: Hot Pursuit) but the story wrappings are weird, like someone watched the first few Fast and Furious movies (before they got crazy) way too much.

Also, the Great FMV Game Renaissance of 2015 continues here.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on October 02, 2015, 03:57:57 PM
I really liked THUG 2 and American Wasteland. After that they weren't very good at all. The SKATE games were good but just don't have the same spirit.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 12, 2015, 03:09:26 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWTGyIwgvZw

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/10/12/rocket-league-goes-back-to-the-future/ (http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/10/12/rocket-league-goes-back-to-the-future/)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on October 24, 2015, 10:44:31 AM
It really angers me that if I just want to play the Portal level in Lego Dimensions I have to shell out $130. I'd be fine with paying $60 to just play that part, bit it's ridiculous the base game is 100 and then just Portal is another $30. And there's a new Coulton song with it so I HAVE to play it. I'm not paying 130 but I don't know how long I can hold out, so I'm likely to still end up dropping ~100. Fuck Skylanders for starting this horseshit. And fuck you, the reader, too just because I'm bitter! Fuck everything!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Sabre on October 24, 2015, 05:09:52 PM
The lego sets do seem overpriced for what they are.. but they do have to be built unlike just having a statue like Disney and skylanders.

I've been very tempted to get the Disney set solely because of the marvel and star wars but I just can't do it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on October 24, 2015, 05:17:31 PM
I understand that part, and it'll be neat to have Lego portal stuff. Now the weighted companion cube will really never thr eaten to stab me because it can't make a sharp point. But the previous Lego games I've played bored me to tears, so it's literally $120 just to play a portal level. There's a simpsons expansion too, and that could be neat, but not if I've already had to drop $120 for my fucking portal level.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on October 25, 2015, 12:02:03 AM
Why is it so expensive?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Baby Shoes on October 25, 2015, 03:03:39 AM
I think it is a combination of all those Skylanders/Disney Infinity being expensive, plus Lego always being pricey and likely more money for licensing outside characters like they did.

Skylanders seemed like something I would've loved as a kid and I would've driven my parents nuts.  But I was able to stay away as an adult.

Disney Infinity was tempting and more tempting when they rolled out Marvel.  They had a starter set at Best Buy as a deal of a day for like $14.99 a couple weeks ago and I stayed away.  No need for me to buy all those figures.

The LEGO one seems cooler than ever but I really don't need a new thousand dollar hobby.  I barely get around to playing all the normal games I have as is.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: tekcop on October 25, 2015, 10:03:53 AM
The Doctor Who Lego game stuff look cool as hell. But that's not a rabbit hole I'm about to climb down.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 28, 2015, 01:38:21 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpa3mg12kTM

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/10/28/mix-match-and-mutate-in-rocket-league-this-november/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 28, 2015, 05:10:03 AM
Batman: Arkham Knight is back on Steam. Price is now $50 (same in Canadian Dollars). Anyone who already owns, or buys the game by Nov 16 gets Arkham Asylum, City, Origins, and Origins Blackgate free. Also a free "Community Challenge Pack" in January, and a TF2 cosmetic items contest.

http://steamcommunity.com/games/208650/announcements/detail/128710596358664118
http://store.steampowered.com/app/208650/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 28, 2015, 03:09:40 PM
Arkham Knight may still kinda suck on PC. (Surprise!) Among other issues...

"For Windows 10 users, we’ve found that having at least 12GB of system RAM on a PC allows the game to operate without paging and provides a smoother gameplay experience."

http://steamcommunity.com/games/208650/announcements/detail/128710596358926236
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 29, 2015, 09:12:06 AM
Mirror's Edge Catalyst delayed 3 months—to May 24, 2016.

http://www.mirrorsedge.com/news/update-on-mirrors-edge-catalyst
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Spaceman Spiff 🚀 on October 30, 2015, 11:56:46 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p747PrxmZJ4

Live action FPS over Chatroulette.

Level 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlXUSw_y1cg
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 02, 2015, 06:26:44 AM
Black Ops 3 for PC will have modding and map tools, will allow third-party unranked servers, and provide an unranked server browser. Scheduled to start in closed alpha in March 2016.

https://community.treyarch.com/community/treyarch/blog/2015/11/02/modding-mapping-tools-coming-to-black-ops-3-pc-in-2016 (https://community.treyarch.com/community/treyarch/blog/2015/11/02/modding-mapping-tools-coming-to-black-ops-3-pc-in-2016)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 02, 2015, 06:33:03 AM
Episode 1 of Telltale's Game of Thrones is now free on everything except PC. The season finale (Episode 6) is scheduled for Nov 17.

https://www.telltalegames.com/gameofthrones/buy
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 02, 2015, 04:35:38 PM
Activision Buys Candy Crush Maker King For $5.9 Billion (http://kotaku.com/activision-buys-candy-crush-makers-for-5-9-billion-1740204224)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 03, 2015, 06:14:36 AM
Tweet a picture of yourself with the ugly Black Ops 3 PS4 bundle for a chance to win a Jugger-Nog fridge.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/11/03/win-a-full-size-juggernog-fridge-from-call-of-duty-black-ops-iii/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd0CF2_2KSA
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 18, 2015, 04:19:28 AM
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided delayed to August 23, 2016.

https://www.deusex.com/news/Deus-Ex-Mankind-Divided-New-Release-Date
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on November 30, 2015, 06:53:37 AM
Snagged the 4th Dimension Rarity Plush for $7.90 at Amazon thanks to my CitiBank Rewards Points covering $19.90.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-98izElfZFvQ/VEvoY_guaHI/AAAAAAAAHUI/sVbsRpZhYTQ/s1600/4th-dimension-rarity-plush.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 03, 2015, 08:31:14 AM
The Game Awards (Geoff Keighley's show) are tonight at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST. (There may be something on 30 minutes before that.) It'll be streaming on YouTube, Twitch, Steam, etc., and various console apps.
http://thegameawards.com/

There's a few sales going on too, for nominated games.

Xbox:
http://majornelson.com/2015/12/03/the-game-awards-2015-special-deals-and-predict-the-winners-on-xbox-one/

PlayStation:
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/12/03/tga-sale-up-to-60-off-game-award-nominees/
https://store.playstation.com/#!/the-game-awards-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-TGA2015SALEG

Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/sale/thegameawards2015/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CletusVanDamme on December 03, 2015, 01:05:29 PM
https://www.telltalegames.com/blog/102827/telltale-games-warner-bros-and-dc-entertainment-announce-game-series-based-on-batman-for-2016 (https://www.telltalegames.com/blog/102827/telltale-games-warner-bros-and-dc-entertainment-announce-game-series-based-on-batman-for-2016)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on December 03, 2015, 02:11:37 PM
Geoff apparently told that Kojima couldn't show up by Konami. Apparently they were ready and willing to use a clause in Kojima's exit contract if he did.

Like wow. If that isn't the biggest fuck you. Don't think I'll be purchasing any games released by Konami now. Oh wait, they don't release them anymore. Still though, fuck them.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 04, 2015, 04:21:02 AM
I thought The Game Awards was an alright show. Fewer hiccups than last year. There were a couple of moments involving Jade Raymond, which just reminded me of her kinda-awkward time on The Electric Playground (with Geoff Keighley, incidentally).

A few other things from the show:
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on December 04, 2015, 07:31:44 AM
Geoff apparently told that Kojima couldn't show up by Konami. Apparently they were ready and willing to use a clause in Kojima's exit contract if he did.

Like wow. If that isn't the biggest fuck you. Don't think I'll be purchasing any games released by Konami now. Oh wait, they don't release them anymore. Still though, fuck them.
(https://media.giphy.com/media/VqKLe2D5ZY0ow/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 08, 2015, 01:59:14 AM
There's a teaser page up for System Shock 3.

http://www.othersidetease.com/strawberry.php
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 09, 2015, 06:00:35 AM
There's some new restrictions on trading Steam items.
http://store.steampowered.com/news/19618/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 11, 2015, 03:11:47 AM
The Xbox One wireless controller adapter that came out recently will now work in Windows 7 & 8.1. It previously only worked in Windows 10.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on December 16, 2015, 10:12:35 AM
I picked up Star Wars Force Unleashed for the PS3 this afternoon.  After getting the updates downloaded, I decided to flip through the instruction manual.  The manual felt particularly stiff when pulling it out of the case, but it was a used copy, so I figured maybe it had water damage or something.  No, the disc for COD: MW2 was stuck in the middle of the book.  Score.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 25, 2015, 11:03:48 AM
For a little while this afternoon, Steam's websites had some issues with caching, where it would appear as though you were logged in as someone else. This led to some users' personal info being seen by others. If you weren't using Steam websites while logged in this afternoon (between roughly 3-6 PM EST, maybe?), I don't think you were at risk of getting caught up in this.

https://steamdb.info/blog/recent-caching-issues-on-steam/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 25, 2015, 01:41:39 PM
"Steam is back up and running without any known issues," a Valve spokesperson told GameSpot. "As a result of a configuration change earlier today, a caching issue allowed some users to randomly see pages generated for other users for a period of less than an hour. This issue has since been resolved. We believe no unauthorized actions were allowed on accounts beyond the viewing of cached page information and no additional action is required by users."

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/steam-issue-allowing-access-to-other-users-account/1100-6433371/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 26, 2015, 08:05:07 AM
An explanation of yesterday's Steam caching situation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkSslseq9Y8
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on December 28, 2015, 01:49:32 AM
Rocket League's Snow Day mutation is just Rocket League with a giant hockey puck. It is considerably harder than the normal game but all the more rewarding for a good play.

I wish there were HD remakes of the Mutant League games, if only for the novelty of sacking a QB by crushing their head in or a hooking call because you ripped off the opposing player's foot. That kind of over-the-top excess with modern gameplay would be fun.

Trans Galactic Tournament was my introduction to MOBA games. It's also one of the few games I've deleted.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on January 03, 2016, 02:06:51 PM
So I'm looking to finally upgrade from my 4 year old Nexus 7.  I'm looking at the Nvidia Shield K1 tablet.  I don't really give much of a shit about the gaming aspects, but the specs look pretty good for a $200 tablet.  Anybody have any experience with it?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 05, 2016, 10:55:29 AM
Rise of the Tomb Raider is out Jan 28 on Windows PC. Does not seem to require Windows 10, but will be sold on the Windows 10 Store, and supposedly use some DirectX 12 features.

It's also $70 CAD on Steam, rather than the $85 it could've potentially been with the current loonie.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/391220/
http://press.na.square-enix.com/releases/596/square-enix-and-crystal-dynamics-announce-rise-of-the-tomb-raider-rele
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 06, 2016, 03:25:36 AM
Oculus Rift pre-orders are now open, at 599 US Dollars.

https://www.oculus.com/en-us/blog/oculus-rift-pre-orders-now-open-first-shipments-march-28/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on January 06, 2016, 03:35:18 AM
Well that's a disappointment. I was hoping more it would top out around 400, though I don't know what I was actually expecting. For $599 it had better be able to play Genji 2.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on January 06, 2016, 01:28:31 PM
So I'm looking to finally upgrade from my 4 year old Nexus 7.  I'm looking at the Nvidia Shield K1 tablet.  I don't really give much of a shit about the gaming aspects, but the specs look pretty good for a $200 tablet.  Anybody have any experience with it?

So I ordered this and it came today.  Holy shit this thing is awesome and a steal at $200.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on January 08, 2016, 01:20:37 PM
Why does it seem like half the good players in the league retire after the first season?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on January 12, 2016, 05:49:24 AM
Screen of Punk from the new UFC game (where he is rated 85/100, apparently).

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--1maAyPxX--/n5laoah94sss3ixyeftf.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 12, 2016, 09:40:11 AM
https://www.origin.com/store/origin-access

New subscription program from EA/Origin called Origin Access. $5/month for full PC games, pre-release trials, and 10% off Origin purchases. The collection of games in "The Vault" is pretty decent, and if it's like the Xbox One version, I think they'll only add more to it—rather than being cycled in and out like PS+ or Games with Gold.

Battlefield 3, 4, and Hardline
Dead Space 1-3
Dragon Age: Origins, II, and Inquisition
FIFA 15
Need for Speed Rivals
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
SimCity (2013)
The Sims 3 Starter Pack
This War of Mine
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on January 12, 2016, 11:22:50 AM
Screen of Punk from the new UFC game (where he is rated 85/100, apparently).

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--1maAyPxX--/n5laoah94sss3ixyeftf.jpg)

Where he then bitched at people online who disagreed. Dude seems to have thin skin.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on January 19, 2016, 05:21:38 AM
"Seems"
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Brodypedia on January 23, 2016, 08:37:40 AM
Is there any reason that there isn't a modern console knock off that plays Atari games?

I have a 2600 and 7200 from ebay but so far they are sensitive and work when they want to.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on January 24, 2016, 04:30:38 AM
Is there any reason that there isn't a modern console knock off that plays Atari games?

I have a 2600 and 7200 from ebay but so far they are sensitive and work when they want to.
Well, there is this thing.. http://www.amazon.com/At-Games-ATARI-Flashback-3-Electronic/dp/B005NJ3U32
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 25, 2016, 02:45:11 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO_jtTw87kw
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on February 09, 2016, 01:25:57 AM
GameTrailers is shutting down.

https://www.facebook.com/gametrailers/posts/10153542220089285
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on February 11, 2016, 03:37:42 AM
I think Kotaku may have posted about this a month or two ago, but Ubi's now announced there will not be a major Assassin's Creed game this year.

http://blog.ubi.com/a-message-from-the-assassins-creed-team/ (http://blog.ubi.com/a-message-from-the-assassins-creed-team/)

Which probably also means Watch Dogs 2 is out this October/November.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on February 12, 2016, 03:02:24 AM
So Kanye is making/made an "indie" game..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LMI2MkCK6A

I wonder if there will be day one rape apologist DLC?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on February 16, 2016, 05:54:48 AM
Didn't want to dredge up the old topic but I found myself playing Portal and Portal 2 over the last few days and now all I want is a Portal 3 announcement at E3 this year.  It's been long enough.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on February 16, 2016, 07:21:24 AM
Portal 2 was so amazing that I pretty much instantly resigned myself to the fact that there will never be a 3.

Eventually I need to play the portal expansion for Lego Dimensions, at least it's got a new Coulton song.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on February 18, 2016, 04:13:17 AM
Steam free weekend for Cities: Skylines. Play for free until Sunday at 1 PM PST. Download is 2.3 GB.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/255710/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on February 19, 2016, 07:21:46 AM
There is an open beta for The Division this weekend.  I played a bit and it seems like a really cool game. 
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Conspiracy_Victim on February 20, 2016, 09:28:23 AM
There is an open beta for The Division this weekend.  I played a bit and it seems like a really cool game.

I played the closed beta a couple of weeks ago, and really enjoying the open beta.  The Dead Zone is a lot more Wild West this time around, as the devs have made the NPCs much tougher, and the servers seem to let more people into each instance, which leads to a lot more shootouts and rouge agents running around.  Makes soloing much more difficult, but more personally rewarding too.  The new mission is pretty fun too, although the boss is pretty tough to solo.    MASSIVE bullet sponge.  Not much else seems to have changed too drastically on the single player side.

I do wish Ubisoft would support clans but it's a double edged sword.  You can invite friends to your instance, so it's not too bad to get a group together.

Only 2 1/2 weeks to go.  Got my Gold edition already paid off and ready for launch day.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Edwin on February 22, 2016, 06:24:14 AM
I really enjoyed the beta, but I'm not sure how long lasting this game's appeal will be.  Shooting is tight and fun and reminds me of Mass Effect, but those bullet sponge enemies are annoying.  Sniper rifles were useless in the dark zone given that it took 3-4 headshots just to kill a standard NPC grunt.  I will say that having a matchmaking feature means that I might give this a chance, whereas I'll never touch Destiny.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Conspiracy_Victim on February 22, 2016, 08:14:17 AM
I really enjoyed the beta, but I'm not sure how long lasting this game's appeal will be.  Shooting is tight and fun and reminds me of Mass Effect, but those bullet sponge enemies are annoying.  Sniper rifles were useless in the dark zone given that it took 3-4 headshots just to kill a standard NPC grunt.  I will say that having a matchmaking feature means that I might give this a chance, whereas I'll never touch Destiny.

Yeah sniping is not as effective as it usually is.  I actually partied with a couple of friends last night and we got it down to a science where I'd use my LMG or assault rifle to strip an NPCs armor and then my friend would snipe.  That was about the only way it was effective.  If we got swarmed and had to focus on different mobs, he'd get in serious trouble because he couldn't snipe his way out of it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CletusVanDamme on March 03, 2016, 03:59:26 AM
https://www.vg247.com/2016/03/02/steam-bundles-price-change-dynamic-scaling/ (https://www.vg247.com/2016/03/02/steam-bundles-price-change-dynamic-scaling/) Basically gonna make it so the price on bundles goes down if you already own some of the games in it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on March 22, 2016, 06:45:29 AM
I'm having far too much fun playing Blacklight: Retribution. I've already dumped money into it. I feel shame over this until I lay proximity mines and wait for people to trip them.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on April 06, 2016, 10:08:03 AM
Got AC: Rogue for my bday and been having fun playing it although I wouldn't have wanted anyone to play full new video game price for it since it's main game is like half the length of a normal AC game it feels like. But if you like more Piratey goodness then it gives you that in spades with some fun twists. My favourite is how they changed the boarding cannon from only firing like 3 shots to firing something like 10-15 (as upgraded) so by combining it with eagle vision you'll never have to board a ship again except to cut a flag down. Sure cuts down on time!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on April 07, 2016, 03:17:51 PM
Add-on episodes for Alan Wake 360 are currently free.

http://marketplace.xbox.com/Product/Alan-Wake/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024d530805?DownloadType=GameAddon#LiveZone
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on April 08, 2016, 04:06:28 AM
There was a Beavis and Butthead arcade game:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-04-08-the-beavis-and-butth-head-arcade-game-prototype-restored
The game looks fun. Too bad it wasn't mass produced.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on April 08, 2016, 07:14:37 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPnTa1UJPEI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4LUasFly0c
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on April 14, 2016, 05:10:15 AM
There's a free weekend for Rainbow Six Siege on Steam and Uplay.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/359550/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on April 21, 2016, 04:40:20 AM
Free weekend for Rocket League on Steam. Also 40% off for the game and 4-pack; 20% off DLC.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/252950/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on April 25, 2016, 02:22:42 PM
Rocket League Hoops update is live on Steam, and possibly elsewhere. Full patch notes:
http://www.rocketleaguegame.com/news/2016/04/patch-notes-v1-17-pcps4/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcT706B4eZI
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 03, 2016, 03:13:08 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ZgyNoHtjw
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on May 03, 2016, 03:40:08 AM
Rocket League Hoops update is live on Steam, and possibly elsewhere. Full patch notes:
http://www.rocketleaguegame.com/news/2016/04/patch-notes-v1-17-pcps4/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcT706B4eZI
This is the most frustratingly enjoyable update yet. Snow Day has been my favorite mutation, but Hoops really tests how good you are at aerials (which I suck at).
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on May 03, 2016, 04:54:15 AM
Anybody else try the new Hitman?  Its actually really good and the episodic format really works.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 04, 2016, 04:11:43 AM
Titanfall developer Respawn are making a 3rd-person action-adventure Star Wars game. The team developing it is led by Stig Asmussen, who was game director on God of War III, and worked on art and animation in earlier GoW games.

http://www.ea.com/news/the-force-is-strong-with-respawn-entertainment
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on May 10, 2016, 08:30:14 AM
Production of Disney Infinity is stopping. Disney is closing its game publishing division (except maybe mobile stuff). Avalanche Software is being shut down. (Not Avalanche Studios, the Just Cause guys.)

http://www.disneyinteractive.com/blog/update-disney-infinity/ (http://www.disneyinteractive.com/blog/update-disney-infinity/)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on May 13, 2016, 05:46:45 AM
Just picked up the Oral-B Pro 5000 Series electric toothbrush off Amazon for about $84 thanks to a $15 off Coupon + it being on sale already at $60 off. The 7000 Series reviews all seemed to knock the shitty battery life and the radically marked up price for essentially a travel case + tongue scraper.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 01, 2016, 06:24:05 AM
GOG has a new program called GOG Connect. If you already own a game on Steam, you can have a DRM-free version added to your GOG library.

It's only select games, though, and is only offered for a limited time. To start, there's 22 games, and this batch will be taken down in 5 days. The Witness, Braid, FTL, and a potentially less-broken Saints Row 2 are on the list.

The system's getting hammered, so it might take a few days for the games to be recognized on GOG's end.

https://www.gog.com/connect
https://www.gog.com/news/introducing_gog_connect
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on June 02, 2016, 03:43:29 PM
Thats a cool deal/idea
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on June 10, 2016, 07:18:05 AM
Got Overwatch as a gift and it is a pretty dang fun game. :D Really enjoying it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on June 12, 2016, 12:31:21 PM
Don't know if anyone cares enough to do an E3 thread, but EA's press conference did very little for me aside from Mass Effect Andromeda and they didn't even show all that much.  Guess if you like FIFA and Star Wars games you are in hog heaven.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Edwin on June 12, 2016, 01:27:07 PM
Got Overwatch as a gift and it is a pretty dang fun game. :D Really enjoying it.
Overwatch is wonderful.  I've got a nice big backlog of 80-hour RPGs to play and this has just spiked them all.

The trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda was pretty weak, but I kinda expected that with the delay.  If they needed to push the game back, they probably didn't have something they really wanted to show off right now.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on June 13, 2016, 03:31:51 AM
It is kind of funny. I say a lot of nice and cheerful things while playing Overwatch and people find it odd. Like if someone else makes a good play, I'm like "great job". Or if someone kills me I'm like "aw, nice shot" or "masterful team kill". It seems to shock a lot of players. Is it really that negative out there?

All in all, after only a few days of play, I've managed to sneak my way to level 18, I think. Got some decent skins for the few characters I know well with my hard earned Overpoints and a few others here or there.

The characters I'm good with so far are Junkrat, D.Va, Reinhardt and Symmetra. Junkrat for when I need to do some distance area bombing, D.Va for consistent pressure, Reinhardt to be a boss, and Symmetra for a defensive stand. While I don't have a particular character that I would call my "main", the most time I've probably put in would be Symmetra, though Reinhardt has been closely followed.

However, I finally figured out how to play Zenyatta on one stage during the random hero weekly challenge. Just rocked it so hard that I earned the one card at the end of the match that I had only seen once, before I got it, which is the MVP card (76% elimination participation). Even better, I got 5 different people to vote for me so I got my first and only commendation by so many people. It was so nice. No, I didn't earn the PotG, but the guy who did earned my vote because he so deserved it for team killing. Also, no, it wasn't a Bastion but a Reinhardt who did it.

Though I need to figure out a good offensive character. I'm lacking in that area badly. While I can more or less play each offensive character, I'm not too good with them. I keep forgetting with them to hit and run or wait for the support (class or just some back up). I should probably go Soldier, just because I can heal myself and get into 1v1s.

I'm trying to at least get good with one of each class so that I can rotate characters frequently as needed. Be the guy who everyone can depend upon should they need me. Though, that also means I need to figure out how to play either Widowmaker or Hanzo for sniping. The builder class I have with Symmetra thankfully.

Okay, that was longer than I meant, but oh well. I'm having fun and that's all that matters.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on June 13, 2016, 07:20:21 AM
You're not acting like a rage addled 14 year old.  Of course the internet is going to find that odd.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Edwin on June 13, 2016, 09:50:13 AM
Pharah was the first character I took to on offense.  Lots of mobility, tons of splash damage on the rockets.  If you like Junkrat, you can probably do well with Pharah, too, as her rockets and concussion blast are basically straight line versions of his grenades and mine.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on June 21, 2016, 04:46:31 AM
Rocket League unleashed two new arenas yesterday: Neo Tokyo (for regular play) and Pillars (for Rocket Labs).

(http://assets.vg247.com/current//2016/06/rocket-league-neo-tokyo.jpg)
Neo Tokyo feels like one of the Rocket Labs arenas with two tiers to the playing field, making it mandatory to time your shots and blocks perfectly if you want to succeed. There's a countdown (in Japanese) at the start of each game, and your team's score is always on display above your net. Outside of the arena is a futuristic depiction of Tokyo, with train tracks and skyscrapers galore. There's constant noise, too. Lovely design but frustrating to play.

(http://www.xboxoneuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/RL_Pillars21.jpg)
Pillars is probably my favorite arena yet. It's a circular map with two pillars in the middle. Your starting positions are greatly impacted by them, with increased potential for face-off goals if you know how to angle shots. Defense and offense are both such a breeze with this set-up that you're going to see plenty of high-scoring games.

In addition to the new arenas and cars, the results screen has been modified into something better. Not only do you get the standard screen (showing each team and their individual statistics), but you also get a brief presentation of the winning team and alternative individual scores. This includes rewards like Striker (for most shots on goal/scores), Enforcer (for most opposing cars bumped into), and others.

Here's a video from YouTube user Gibbs (username iBP Gibbs) where he plays both new arenas.
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOZXlo8L9Fw)

Four new cars are also being released with the physical copy of the game and won't be downloadable until July 18. Two have been confirmed (below, Masamune and Esper), but two more are still unknown right now*. There's some speculation as to whether or not there is going to be any more famous cars added to the roster, as the DeLorean (Back to the Future) and the new Batmobile (Batman Vs. Superman) are available for DLC.
(http://www.rocketleaguegame.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/NeoTokyo_Cars.jpg)

*UPDATE: I found this image of two other new Rocket League cars, returning from SARPBC (of which Rocket League is a sequel).
(https://rocketleagueinformer.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/ckcdsrfveaayaeo.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on June 21, 2016, 07:16:54 AM
Shovel Knight has a new, free campaign for Spectre Knight on the way. Then King Knight after that. Also a Body Swap mode, and a multi-player Battle Mode. And they're doing a limited run of a physical Vita version.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yachtclubgames/shovel-knight/posts/1610029
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 20, 2016, 06:35:00 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ01qknKMUY
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on July 21, 2016, 04:49:29 AM
Episode 1 of Life is Strange is now free. Download/store links on the page below.

http://www.lifeisstrange.com/free/us (http://www.lifeisstrange.com/free/us)

Mac and Linux versions are available now too.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 21, 2016, 10:04:01 AM
Just snagged this figure for $13.96 a month early at my Barnes & Noble (despite it being technically an Amazon.com exclusive on Guardians of Harmony) thanks to our store's Pop Culture week going on. It looks pretty badass as a full figure.

(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u9uVJPa61nw/V5FA-bwqMaI/AAAAAAACnak/ORjk9P2iC-cxVqol0a7Ed2303PsvAFr1gCLcB/s1600/81ntr3snbsL._SL1500_.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on July 22, 2016, 03:51:32 PM
Sonic Mania and Sonic Generations 2 were announced tonight!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxmtYdEWVzo

Mania looks like a great throwback game.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 05, 2016, 05:50:27 AM
Some older games getting re-released on GOG the past few days. Little King's Story, which was originally a Wii game. And then 16-bit Disney games Aladdin, Lion King, and Jungle Book. Those are all apparently DOS versions, though Aladdin is more the Genesis version than SNES.

https://www.gog.com/game/little_kings_story (https://www.gog.com/game/little_kings_story)
https://www.gog.com/news/disneys_16bit_platformers_return (https://www.gog.com/news/disneys_16bit_platformers_return)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 07, 2016, 12:05:39 PM
http://www.rocketleaguegame.com/news/2016/08/rocket-league-rumble-september/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iz-dQifR7Q
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on August 08, 2016, 05:08:54 AM
OH GOD, ROCKET LEAGUE MEETS MARIO KART, OH GOD YES
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Broward on August 11, 2016, 07:21:55 PM
Sooooo.... anyone playing the beta of The Elder Scrolls Legends? Pretty good game so far with what I've played, the lane mechanic seems kinda kitschy but otherwise I'm having a blast playing it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 12, 2016, 05:50:58 AM
lirl why would you do this to yourselves? http://kotaku.com/thq-is-back-from-the-dead-sort-of-1785205582

Quote
Nordic, a game publisher based in Austria, has had their hands in retail deals and ports for various games including Ori and the Blind Forest and Broken Age. They purchased a number of game properties like Darksiders and Red Faction during the big THQ auction in 2013. They also bought the THQ trademark, which they’ve now decided to embrace wholeheartedly, officially changing their name from Nordic Games to THQ Nordic.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on August 17, 2016, 01:09:47 AM
They pretty much own all of THQ's assets, so they might as well be THQ.

Also, what the fuck Konami. Seriously, wtf.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on August 25, 2016, 12:23:35 PM
Master of Orion 1-3 have been added to GOG Connect. If you own the games on Steam, you can get DRM-free GOG versions free.

https://www.gog.com/connect
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 02, 2016, 09:25:52 AM
The next Rocket League update will be out September 8th. Some big things it will include:
http://www.rocketleaguegame.com/news/2016/09/rumble-update/
http://www.rocketleaguegame.com/game-info/rumble/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 06, 2016, 05:44:18 AM
There's an update for Forza 6: Apex for Windows 10. They've left "beta", and added support for several wheel controllers.

http://news.xbox.com/2016/09/06/forza-motorsport-6-apex-comes-beta-wheel-support/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 08, 2016, 10:20:13 AM
Rocket League Rumble update is up on Steam. Game and DLC are 25% off.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/252950 (http://store.steampowered.com/app/252950)
http://www.rocketleaguegame.com/news/2016/09/patch-notes-v1-22/ (http://www.rocketleaguegame.com/news/2016/09/patch-notes-v1-22/)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Spaceman Spiff 🚀 on September 12, 2016, 07:32:58 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYT0vS4Z2d4
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on September 12, 2016, 02:05:30 PM
Rocket League Rumble update is up on Steam. Game and DLC are 25% off.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/252950 (http://store.steampowered.com/app/252950)
http://www.rocketleaguegame.com/news/2016/09/patch-notes-v1-22/ (http://www.rocketleaguegame.com/news/2016/09/patch-notes-v1-22/)
Rumble update is the best since Snow Day. I've had a few extremely competitive games with all ranks of players.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 13, 2016, 05:31:08 AM
http://store.steampowered.com/news/24155/

User reviews on Steam have some new options, including separating reviews from Steam purchasers, or key activations. The default is to only show Steam purchasers, and the aggregate recommended percentage scores only include Steam purchasers.

The goal is supposedly to reduce abuse from developers/publishers who'll give away Steam keys, or pay people, or create alternate accounts for positive reviews. Though this also restricts people who buy from physical retail; digital stores like Amazon, Humble, Bundle Stars, etc.; Kickstarter or other crowd-funding sites​​.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 15, 2016, 09:15:48 AM
South Park: The Fractured But Whole was delayed from Dec 6 to Q1 2017.
http://blog.ubi.com/south-park-fractured-whole-update/

The BioShock remasters should be available now on Steam—free to anyone who owns the originals. Infinite and DLC did not get remastered for PC.
http://store.steampowered.com/bundle/1417/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 20, 2016, 07:14:37 PM
Steam user reviews have been changed back, to show all text reviews by default—including key activations. Aggregate scores will still only be for Steam store buyers.

http://store.steampowered.com/news/24331/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 22, 2016, 05:27:36 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUVaV8ZGVbQ
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 22, 2016, 08:11:03 AM
Mirror's Edge, The Saboteur, and Spore are all for sale on GOG.

Really strange thinking back to the initial disc releases of these, when they came with SecuROM DRM, and 5 activations, ever. I took a screenshot of EA's website back in 2009: "EA SecuROM Wall of Shame.bmp (https://i.imgur.com/e2JsLm6.png)"

I can remember lamenting that I wouldn't be able to play those games on PC, because I wouldn't buy anything that restrictive. Back when a disc release had a sense of permanence; not long removed from games like Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory being similarly "ruined" by StarForce DRM.

The first BioShock was one of the most prominent initial releases to include the same DRM, and it's a Humble Store Steam + DRM-free game now. Not to mention the whole remastered and re-released thing.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 23, 2016, 07:05:24 AM
There's a new update for the Steam version of Street Fighter V that creates some pretty serious vulnerabilities in Windows. Some people are calling it a rootkit.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/545cjy/sfvs_new_pc_update_is_accessing_kernel_level_in/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 26, 2016, 02:45:20 AM
GOG Connect has a bunch of new games available. (Redeem owned Steam games to your GOG library.) There's a sale event going too.

https://www.gog.com/connect
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on September 28, 2016, 05:04:23 AM
Sources: Destiny 2 Coming To PC, Aims To Feel Like A Totally New Game (http://kotaku.com/sources-destiny-2-coming-to-pc-aims-to-feel-like-a-to-1787153460)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on September 28, 2016, 06:50:18 AM
Quote
Assuming Destiny 2 won’t let players carry over their old characters, Bungie will likely offer something to players who have poured hundreds of hours into the first game. (Last I heard, Bungie has not yet finalized these decisions.)

Hmmmm..

http://venturebeat.com/2014/12/08/destiny-2-characters-carry-over/

Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on October 02, 2016, 06:42:22 AM
ROCKET LEAGUE!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on October 04, 2016, 02:32:48 AM
You just start playing, Flik?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on October 07, 2016, 04:09:39 AM
A new Power Rangers game is coming out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e7lR_myvl4
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on October 07, 2016, 11:00:01 AM
Best part about that is it uses all the old TV show sounds and stuff, or so I heard.

You just start playing, Flik?
Yes I did. Totally suck, but I did. Also won the Lobo Tires, a few swank decals and the Dominus GT Body with the few keys I used.

Hilariously enough the last key won me the DGT Body.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on October 07, 2016, 01:19:20 PM
Picked up Mafia III.  Probably one of the strongest openings to a game I've played in a while.  The story is framed as like one of those crime documentaries like Cocaine Cowboys and the acting and animation in the characters is REALLY good.

It fucking nails its 60s America look and feel.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 12, 2016, 09:41:45 AM
Steam to expand PlayStation 4 gamepad support in new update (http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/283223/Steam_to_expand_PlayStation_4_gamepad_support_in_new_update.php)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on October 12, 2016, 10:11:38 AM
Picked up Mafia III.  Probably one of the strongest openings to a game I've played in a while.  The story is framed as like one of those crime documentaries like Cocaine Cowboys and the acting and animation in the characters is REALLY good.

It fucking nails its 60s America look and feel.

It looks really nice, but have the clipping issues been addressed yet?  I assume the developer has to be working on a patch of some sort.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on October 12, 2016, 12:37:53 PM
Haven't had one bug happen to me.  Not even the weird lighting issues I've seen videos of.  That stuff never seems to happen to me for some reason.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on October 13, 2016, 07:17:14 AM
Always a plus.  It looks really fun.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CletusVanDamme on October 17, 2016, 07:48:59 AM
So a bunch of people are losing it over a couple tweets from Rockstar

787639249864630273[/tweet]/photo/1] (http://[tweet)/photo/1[/url]
788001608827281408[/tweet]/photo/1] (http://[tweet)/photo/1[/url]

and viewing it as confirmation of Red Dead Redemption 2 coming, would be sweet if it is...hopefully it gets a PC release this time.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 17, 2016, 04:08:35 PM
United Front Games are shutting down. Highest profile games were Sleeping Dogs and ModNation Racers.

They just had a Steam free weekend for their Early Access game Smash + Grab, which is now unavailable to buy.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2016/10/17/united-front-games-closes.aspx (http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2016/10/17/united-front-games-closes.aspx)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on October 18, 2016, 01:27:48 AM
So a bunch of people are losing it over a couple tweets from Rockstar

787639249864630273[/tweet]/photo/1]/photo/1[/url]
788001608827281408[/tweet]/photo/1] (http://[tweet)/photo/1[/url]

and viewing it as confirmation of Red Dead Redemption 2 coming, would be sweet if it is...hopefully it gets a PC release this time.

Looks like they're calling fall of next year for the release  (http://[tweet)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on October 18, 2016, 03:17:24 AM
Dead Star'a servers are going down as of November 1. I can't say it wasn't foreseeable, since the very steep learning curve made it hard to match up with veteran players, but it was a really fun game while it lasted.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 07, 2016, 05:13:33 AM
New batch of games on GOG Connect. If you own the game on Steam, get a DRM-free version added to your GOG account for free. Includes The Witcher games (but not #3), Risk of Rain, Metro 2033 Redux.

https://www.gog.com/connect
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 10, 2016, 02:28:39 AM
Overwatch free weekend, next weekend, on Windows and consoles.

https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/blog/20372506
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 10, 2016, 03:46:37 AM
Also a free weekend for Rainbow Six Siege starting tomorrow (today on Steam), on Windows PC and PS4. The game's supposedly improved a lot since launch.

http://rainbow6.ubi.com/siege/en-US/news/detail.aspx?c=tcm:152-274639-16&ct=tcm:148-76770-32 (http://rainbow6.ubi.com/siege/en-US/news/detail.aspx?c=tcm:152-274639-16&ct=tcm:148-76770-32)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/359550/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 15, 2016, 02:52:04 AM
Free weekend for The Elder Scrolls Online starting tomorrow on PS4, Windows, and Mac.

http://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/news/post/2016/11/15/eso-free-play-weekend--playstation-4-and-pcmac
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on November 15, 2016, 01:00:19 PM
Why do I always end up starting my first computer off within a few days of owning it, with some sort of malware that shuts off my virus stuff. I mean seriously. I haven't even downloaded anything questionable yet. Geezus here I go again with spending some time fixing the problem.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: HSJ on November 16, 2016, 02:15:51 AM
Free weekend for The Elder Scrolls Online starting tomorrow on PS4, Windows, and Mac.

http://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/news/post/2016/11/15/eso-free-play-weekend--playstation-4-and-pcmac

I've been wanting to get into this and I have nothing to do this weekend...here I go.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: muzzington on November 16, 2016, 10:11:14 PM
Why do I always end up starting my first computer off within a few days of owning it, with some sort of malware that shuts off my virus stuff. I mean seriously. I haven't even downloaded anything questionable yet. Geezus here I go again with spending some time fixing the problem.

Have you bought any sort of anti-virus/internet protection software? I started doing that about 5 years ago and haven't had a problem since. 

I know there is free alternatives but when you use the computer and internet a tonne it's nice not having to worry.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 22, 2016, 01:40:33 AM
Inside is available on GOG now, and 25% off as part of a Black Friday sale. (Steam version comes with Denuvo.)
https://www.gog.com/game/inside

Limbo is currently on GOG Connect—get it free if you own it on Steam.
https://www.gog.com/connect
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 27, 2016, 06:57:31 AM
There's a demo for Inside on Steam now. It's 15-20 minutes; download of 1.2 GB.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/304430

The full game was updated on Steam a few days ago, and no longer uses Denuvo anti-tamper/DRM.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 29, 2016, 12:14:14 PM
Titanfall 2 multi-player trial starts tomorrow for EA/Origin Access members, Dec 2 otherwise. On both consoles, and PC. Unlimited playtime; runs to Dec 4.

https://www.titanfall.com/en_us/news/free-multiplayer-trial/ (https://www.titanfall.com/en_us/news/free-multiplayer-trial/)

New map (Angel City from the original), modes, weapons, etc. will be out Dec 3.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on November 29, 2016, 03:07:29 PM
The Game Awards show is Thursday night. Some stuff that's planned:
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 01, 2016, 11:25:31 AM
Game Awards starting soon. Pre-show in about 5 minutes, which is where the Rocket League news is supposed to be. Main thing at 9 PM EST.

http://thegameawards.com/watch/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9O7N3GkG_o
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 02, 2016, 05:58:23 AM
Titanfall 2 multi-player trial should be up now, for the weekend.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on December 02, 2016, 09:56:18 AM
You know, kinda bullshit that the Game Awards show didn't announce the winner of Fan Creation until someone pointed it out from somewhere else. And you can find an article about this on Kotaku as to where that was, because I forget.

I mean, all it would take is saying "during the pre-show, Enderal won the award". Add in that the fan creations that were made my Nintendo all got squashed because Nintendo's funding the entire thing now and well. That was excellent.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: tekcop on December 02, 2016, 07:42:21 PM
Hungrybox was robbed.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 05, 2016, 02:37:33 AM
Bunch of new games added to GOG Connect. Countdown suggests they're available for a week.

https://www.gog.com/connect (https://www.gog.com/connect)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 05, 2016, 02:54:27 AM
Lara Croft Go came out on Steam yesterday. Currently 20% off, to $8 USD.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/540840
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on December 12, 2016, 01:15:58 AM
I've started up Planetside 2 again after getting annoyed with my cycle of GTAO/Rocket League/Helldivers, and I actually think I'm starting to get the hang of it. Anybody else play?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 12, 2016, 03:33:31 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkH78CGsjhc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS6SBnccxMA
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 12, 2016, 04:50:16 AM
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will have a free trial from Dec 15-20. All platforms; first 2 stages of the campaign, and level caps on multi-player modes.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/12/12/play-call-of-duty-infinite-warfare-for-free-from-december-15-20/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 13, 2016, 03:57:38 AM
Part 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsoVQWnSOfM
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 13, 2016, 10:07:15 AM
Rocksmith 2014 got an update with a new Microphone Mode. It adds the ability to play with an acoustic guitar, input to the game via a microphone—skipping the USB cable required until now for electric guitars.

http://blog.ubi.com/rocksmith-now-supports-acoustic-guitars/

https://www.reddit.com/r/rocksmith/comments/5i4nd5/what_was_addedchanged_in_the_december_13_patch/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 14, 2016, 06:11:54 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0nOsuaPDeg
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on December 20, 2016, 05:52:57 AM
Resident Evil 7 demo is up on Steam. It's been on PS4 a while, and looks like XB1 got it a few weeks ago.

Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/530620/) | PS4 (https://store.playstation.com/#!/games/resident-evil-7-teaser-demo-beginning-hour/cid=UP0102-CUSA04772_00-BH70000000DEMO01) | XB1 (https://www.microsoft.com/store/p/Resident-Evil-7-Teaser:-Beginning-Hour/C553C3JFZG1M)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on January 11, 2017, 03:41:01 PM
A bunch of news for Shovel Knight here.

http://yachtclubgames.com/2017/01/switch-up/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on February 01, 2017, 11:34:47 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ_UHWHjI2s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJqWA3UPsPg
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on February 08, 2017, 02:09:36 AM
E3 will have 15,000 public tickets available this year. On sale on Monday. I assume they'll sell out instantly, but I think I'm going to try to get one. I've always wanted to attend an E3.

Edit: looks like it's only for the show floor and not the conferences. Less tempting, but still tempting.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on February 10, 2017, 06:02:09 AM
FTL developers Subset Games have a new game coming, called Into The Breach.

http://subsetgames.com/itb.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJR1OpHNgzc

And FTL is 75% off on Humble Store, or the developer's site (Humble Widget) this weekend.

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/ftl-faster-than-light
http://subsetgames.com/ftl.html
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on February 15, 2017, 08:24:05 AM
Origin Access on PC is offering a 7-day trial at the moment. The reddit post claims the trial will only be available until March 7.

They also now have an annual rate of $30 (vs. $5/month), which the Xbox One version has had since it started.

https://www.origin.com/store/origin-access
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on February 20, 2017, 02:45:12 AM
Hawken is the best MechWarrior clone I've ever played.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on March 15, 2017, 08:49:06 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STBIC4dOBrI
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on March 15, 2017, 12:05:00 PM
I'm just now learning for the first time that there was a Chip N Dale 2
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on March 15, 2017, 12:43:02 PM
I read that Duck Tales 2 and Chip 'n Dale 2 were released at the end of the NES' life. That's why they're forgotten.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Baby Shoes on March 15, 2017, 01:22:18 PM
Day 1 purchase for me.  I never had an NES but remember going to play Chip and Dale at a friend's house.  Never got to try Darkwing Duck.  Pumped.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on March 22, 2017, 05:28:29 AM
GOG Galaxy 1.2 will have universal cloud saves, among other new features. Available now if you opt in to early updates, or wide release is in April.

https://www.gog.com/galaxy (https://www.gog.com/galaxy)
https://www.gog.com/news/gog_galaxy_biggest_update_yet_marks_the_end_of_beta (https://www.gog.com/news/gog_galaxy_biggest_update_yet_marks_the_end_of_beta)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on May 12, 2017, 05:02:59 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODmqS5C7jIQ

I played a demo of this at the EMP Museum in Seattle two years back. It has one of the most unique approaches to a competitive game that I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on June 08, 2017, 10:45:54 AM
Remember Bubsy? He's back:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-06-08-bubsy-returns-in-his-first-game-in-21-years
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on June 09, 2017, 06:07:51 AM
Now we need Gex to make a comeback.

(http://www.thevideogamegallery.com/data/thumbs/790px/0000/tVGG_437.jpg)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on June 09, 2017, 10:55:15 AM
I would play another Gex game or another 3D Rayman.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CletusVanDamme on July 17, 2017, 01:54:28 AM
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-atari-console-will-bring-current-gaming-conten/1100-6451738/?ftag=GSS-05-10aaa0a (https://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-atari-console-will-bring-current-gaming-conten/1100-6451738/?ftag=GSS-05-10aaa0a)

"Atari has revealed new details and images of its first console in over 20 years, the Ataribox. The company has said it wants to bring both "current" and "classic" gaming content to the new device, which will contain "modern internal specs.""
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on July 17, 2017, 03:42:35 PM
Users on NeoGAF were speculating it could be an Android box. I don't think it's going to takeoff.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on July 18, 2017, 02:23:28 AM
I was going to make a flippant post about how the last big android console box changed console gaming, but I can't even remember what that thing was called. When I can't even remember it's name to kick it you know it flopped. It was crowdfunded, got a ton of hype....anyone? I'm seriously clueless here.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on July 18, 2017, 02:42:23 AM
I was going to make a flippant post about how the last big android console box changed console gaming, but I can't even remember what that thing was called. When I can't even remember it's name to kick it you know it flopped. It was crowdfunded, got a ton of hype....anyone? I'm seriously clueless here.
Ouya, and it was an awful waste of money/flop.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on July 18, 2017, 01:15:03 PM
I was going to make a flippant post about how the last big android console box changed console gaming, but I can't even remember what that thing was called. When I can't even remember it's name to kick it you know it flopped. It was crowdfunded, got a ton of hype....anyone? I'm seriously clueless here.
Ouya, and it was an awful waste of money/flop.
My dumbass...

1. I was in an "everything 50% off" type store within the last two years and saw an Ouya for $150 and came stupidly close to buying it for the $75.00 after discount.

2. My job recently switched to VOYA for our retirement accounts. I was in the initial meeting with the representatives from VOYA and the guy gave us a history of the company, including their origins as ING. I offered up, "and don't you guys have a division in consumer gaming as well?" He said, "huh, I guess we do? I don't know doesn't ring a bell, but we're a pretty big company." Dear God the face palm when I went google around afterwards and realized it was OUYA.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on August 07, 2017, 11:32:57 AM
Stupid Fate/Grand Order. I want Nero dammit.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on August 25, 2017, 04:00:50 AM
Secret of Mana is getting a full remake for PS4, VITA, and Steam. I wish it was coming to the switch, but it looks awesome so I'll get it for one of those.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on August 27, 2017, 05:36:20 AM
I had heard that it was a part of a Seiken Densetsu trilogy remake bundle. I hope that's true, as I want them all.

Though, just getting SoM remade is happiness.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on September 07, 2017, 11:49:39 AM
I was talking to a friend earlier about how I want to play something more tactical, where your team had to communicate and strategize before launching an offensive. He recommended Ghost Recon Wildlands, which I remember when as I sales a few months back, so I go into the PS store and find it.

"Unavailable to download."

What? I try other versions and get the same answer, then I checked my library and find out that I bought it when it was on sale those months ago and just never downloaded it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on September 07, 2017, 12:50:27 PM
L.A. Noire is getting a current-gen release in November.  Great game marred by a shit ending and nightmare stories about the development.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on September 07, 2017, 01:37:12 PM
I was always so terrible at the those interrogation scenes. I really should beat it one of these days.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on September 07, 2017, 01:43:28 PM
That game was a struggle to finish. It wasn't much more than a Telltale game. Not a ton of actual gameplay. At least as I remember it. Ambitious. But a major letdown.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on October 06, 2017, 01:06:38 PM
https://www.eventhubs.com/news/2017/oct/06/psa-street-fighter-5-arcade-edition-free-upgrade-current-owners-game/

Street Fighter V will be finally getting an Arcade Mode and bunch of other stuff.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Lord of The Curry on October 10, 2017, 03:39:49 AM
Shadows of War looks so, so pretty but all of articles and tweets I'm seeing about how the microtransaction system fucks with the games enjoyability is really making me reconsider. Argh.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CletusVanDamme on October 10, 2017, 04:15:31 AM
Yeah, I'll probably get it eventually but in no rush, can wait for a good price drop, besides the new South Park game comes out next week and that's what I'm waiting for.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on October 10, 2017, 05:46:43 AM
I swore Southpark was delayed to 2018 but all Google shows is next week. Sweet!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on October 12, 2017, 06:52:21 AM
I swore Southpark was delayed to 2018 but all Google shows is next week. Sweet!

Stick of Truth was delayed several times, so you're probably having flashbacks.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on October 12, 2017, 06:53:41 AM
This one was also delayed multiple times
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on October 12, 2017, 06:59:08 AM
I think I was probably thinking of when it was delayed from 2016 to 2017 (which was not even the last delay) and thi king it was 2017 to 2018.

I preordered my copy so I could get the free PS4 COPY of Stick of Truth and Towlie.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: JHawk on October 13, 2017, 03:18:33 AM
When I picked up WWE 2k18 this morning, I was told at my local Gamestop I could pick up South Park as of 9pm Monday
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: AnonymousBroccoli on October 13, 2017, 09:28:27 AM
IGN has acquired Humble Bundle. Welp.

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/307546/Humble_Bundle_has_been_acquired_by_media_giant_IGN.php

http://blog.humblebundle.com/post/166366386976/humble-bundle-is-joining-forces-with-ign
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: CletusVanDamme on October 13, 2017, 11:46:05 PM
Gotta love Best Buy Gamers Club, got $20 in certificates from pre-ordering the new South Park and Battlefront, used those along with another $10 I had from points to pre-order Super Mario Odyssey bringing the price down to $19.25 and will also give me another $10 certificate.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on October 15, 2017, 11:26:19 PM
IGN has acquired Humble Bundle. Welp.

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/307546/Humble_Bundle_has_been_acquired_by_media_giant_IGN.php

http://blog.humblebundle.com/post/166366386976/humble-bundle-is-joining-forces-with-ign
Well, fuck. They are going to lose a lot of people's support.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on October 16, 2017, 11:33:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgt0ewEHG1g

Wow... I had no idea about this until I saw this on my YouTube feed.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on November 01, 2017, 10:39:07 AM
Shadowgate, Uninvited and Deja Vu are now available on consoles and pc in an 8bit classics bundle.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on November 14, 2017, 02:48:01 AM
An EA representative walks into a subreddit...
https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsBattlefront/comments/7cff0b/seriously_i_paid_80_to_have_vader_locked/dppum98/?context=5

and gets the most downvotes in history.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on November 14, 2017, 04:29:33 AM
They've already reversed course and said they'll cut the credit costs of all the heroes substantially.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on November 14, 2017, 08:29:55 AM
And then also reduced the amount of credits you get for playing through campaign, apparently.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on November 19, 2017, 02:43:51 PM
Valkyria Chronicles 4 announced for PS4, Xbox360 and Switch.

Didn't think that Sega would give us another game, nor going everywhere, nor being fully pastel colored. Should be a lot of fun.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on December 10, 2017, 04:14:49 PM
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/12/every-classic-street-fighter-will-land-in-a-huge-anthology-in-may-2018/

Awesome
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on December 11, 2017, 03:33:28 AM
It had better not be just a bunch of download codes..
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on December 11, 2017, 07:11:22 AM
It seems like from the trailer that there will be physical editions for the consoles. I'm getting the PC version so it will be download only. I wouldn't mind a Collectors Edition though.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: muzzington on January 21, 2018, 12:20:04 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUE99GWUMAEacvo.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on January 21, 2018, 05:08:26 PM
I like both 7 and 9. I think 9 is slightly better but they're both solid.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: muzzington on January 21, 2018, 09:16:19 PM
I feel the same. When I played 9 though there was not nearly as much hype around it so it was an awesome surprise to find how good it was.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on January 25, 2018, 08:17:07 AM
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/12/every-classic-street-fighter-will-land-in-a-huge-anthology-in-may-2018/

Awesome

This is great news. My friend and I used to play SF Alpha 3 on my PS2 all night in high school. Now we can battle it out online.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on February 05, 2018, 10:07:00 AM
I finally bought myself a sound bar.  Holy crap the difference with even a 2.0 speaker one is amazing.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on April 10, 2018, 06:26:38 AM
https://youtu.be/3yl3gkKpruA

It's lame that Capcom is doing this as two separate games...I'm going to get both.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Nymyzys on April 10, 2018, 06:58:53 AM
A waste of a Blu Ray not putting this all on one disc. They can make more money this way though.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on April 10, 2018, 07:50:57 AM
More info:

Both volumes of the collection will available digitally on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC, come July 24th, and will be priced at $19.99 USD each. In North America only, consoles will also receive a $39.99 USD physical release. For Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this includes both volumes, each on a separate disc, while the Switch bundle features a cartridge containing the first collection and a digital download code for the second.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on April 13, 2018, 03:10:18 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPtlofIccAk

Yes!
Yes!
Yes!

https://www.polygon.com/2018/4/13/17237006/shenmue-1-2-hd-rerelease-ps4-xbox-one-pc

https://shenmue.sega.com/

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2018/04/13/shenmue-i-and-ii-remastered-coming-to-consoles-and-pc.aspx
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on April 21, 2018, 08:04:56 AM
About a year ago my uncle moved to town and gave me a garbage bag with 60 NES games, two NES systems, an N64, a Genesis, and an untold number wires that were not for any system I could match up.

Took apart one of the NES systems due to dried syrup on the top to discover it was probably totally shot, and I couldn't get any of the goop out, but I at least cleared out the roach eggs. I gave the 64, extra NES, and Genesis to a friend since I have all those systems already covered through Retron consoles or having an existing system.

The games, were another story. None of them were hidden gem collector carts worth any significant value. But they were all good games worth revisiting. The problem? Remember the roach eggs in the NES? Those same critters had access to the carts. I did some googling and discovered those system cleaners were nothing more than rubbing alcohol. So I got some Q-tips and alcohol and started about cleaning but in many cases, while the dirt wiped, the rust did not.

I purchased some bits to remove the screws of NES, SNES, and Genesis games and purchased a few other researched products, and before long I had (in my mind) perfected total cleaning including rust and dirt removal, of cartridge based video games. I had all 60 games working as good as new, play tested them on my retron.

Knowing my area has a decent retro following, I set up a little Facebook page for a game cleaning service and got most of my friend's list to like it and a few shared it. I was able to get a few hits from strangers.

To date, I've not had a single paying customer. Oh sure I've had a few friends get cleaning service for free while I perfected it with the 60 games. And I get the occasional message, "Hey man, want to buy some games?" I started out asking $5/game to cover supplies, cleaning time, and the time to play test it. I'd occasionally run "specials" and drop it to $3. A few friends suggested that was too high. So I dropped to $3/game. My specials were now "$1.50/game." I'd even do themes, "With the start of football season all sports games only $1!" Instead I'd get, "Hey man do you know where I can get a power cord for a game cube?"

I've decided to up my game and teach myself how to replace batteries in the old games. I don't want to fuck up my own shit so I put up a post that I was buying damaged, nonworking NES and SNES games that had battery packs. Surely someone wants to MAKE money off of me, right? This idiot right here is buying broken shit.

*crickets*

You know, it felt like a good idea at the time, and all of my gaming friends pumped me up that it was a fantastic idea. Fail.

Hell I even made an excel spreadsheet for large scale orders. Waste of time.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on May 09, 2018, 02:15:12 PM
Well this sucks:
https://www.polygon.com/2018/5/8/17333300/pinball-arcade-bally-williams-license
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on May 20, 2018, 12:25:22 AM
At least you tried and didn't give up immediately SFH. You'd never have known if you didn't.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on May 22, 2018, 02:16:27 PM
I want to share something strange.

My first foray into fighting games was Street Fighter II on the SNES. I used to rent that game almost every week from Wherehouse Music. When the other versions of II would be released on the SNES, I would rent them. Occasionally I would play them at the arcade. Because technology is much more advanced than in the '90's, arcade perfect versions of these games have been released on many different systems. Okay, here's the point: I prefer the SNES music of SF II to the arcade.

I have the arcade tracks of SF II and I would listen to Bison's theme and go, "This isn't what I remember. It doesn't sound the same." This is correct.

Here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72aSGvXeOTs

Now this isn't bad but this one so much deeper.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahG2vkrkNww&t

These are Sagat's themes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYfiYZkZ6Rg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OuiLAjXP1Y

I think SNES version is better than the arcade.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: WKU Tops on May 28, 2018, 07:13:45 AM
EA Sports is now out of the golf genre with the Golf Club taking over the PGA TOUR license.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on May 30, 2018, 03:02:59 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZMkv8_w1yI

I liked the previous Sonic racing games, so yay!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on May 30, 2018, 04:28:33 AM
Does anyone else go through random periods of not playing video games? I haven't picked up a game in 3 weeks.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 30, 2018, 04:40:09 AM
Does anyone else go through random periods of not playing video games? I haven't picked up a game in 3 weeks.
I definitely do. I'm either binge watching something on Netflix/Hulu or I'm binge playing a game. I can't seem to bring myself to pay attention to doing both, in addition to work and real-life stuff.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Damaramu on May 30, 2018, 04:54:35 AM
Does anyone else go through random periods of not playing video games? I haven't picked up a game in 3 weeks.
I definitely do. I'm either binge watching something on Netflix/Hulu or I'm binge playing a game. I can't seem to bring myself to pay attention to doing both, in addition to work and real-life stuff.

I find myself being lazy and just watching youtube videos over and over again on the TV.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on July 08, 2018, 12:44:12 AM
My brother-in-law's Japan deployment is coming to a sudden end due to a transfer in August. So instead of the occasional grabbing a Famicom or Super Famicom game to ship me, they are now doing a cram session for both their interests as well as mine.

She's got coming my way:  Final Fantasy VI (complete in box), Mario Brothers (not Super), Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World (complete in box), and Hello Kitty (for Mrs. SFH). Sis also got herself a few things and most notably for our overlapping interests Link to the Past. She could only find one copy and she logically deduced since she's the one in Japan it should go to her. To my chagrin, she's right. She also got herself CIB FFVI and SMW. And that was at the smaller store. They still have a bigger one to hit.

So happy to have these editions. I've checked online retailers and yeah I reasonably could have gotten them on Amazon but it's next level cool getting them from Japan from a bargain hunting relative.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on July 20, 2018, 03:35:22 PM
"How much for the Jaguar?" would have sounded so much cooler on a car lot, but I was instead in a retro game shop that refused to sell the system to me.

Turns out it was just the shell and it was decorative. Looking around there was a lot of empty games, controllers, and systems on display in a similar fashion, though the Jaguar was on a shelf. The rest were wall art. That might be a fun project to chase down.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on July 30, 2018, 08:50:53 AM
My brother-in-law's Japan deployment is coming to a sudden end due to a transfer in August. So instead of the occasional grabbing a Famicom or Super Famicom game to ship me, they are now doing a cram session for both their interests as well as mine.

She's got coming my way:  Final Fantasy VI (complete in box), Mario Brothers (not Super), Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World (complete in box), and Hello Kitty (for Mrs. SFH). Sis also got herself a few things and most notably for our overlapping interests Link to the Past. She could only find one copy and she logically deduced since she's the one in Japan it should go to her. To my chagrin, she's right. She also got herself CIB FFVI and SMW. And that was at the smaller store. They still have a bigger one to hit.

So happy to have these editions. I've checked online retailers and yeah I reasonably could have gotten them on Amazon but it's next level cool getting them from Japan from a bargain hunting relative.
(https://i.imgur.com/HpOQBI8.jpg)

And she surprised me with "Mother" so yay!
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on August 20, 2018, 12:02:27 PM
I was hit up on FB about helping a local lady sell a deceased loved one's old video game stuff (and a few other collectibles). I gave her a fair assessment of what everything would run if working. Didn't hear from her for a few hours.

Then I noticed she was trying to sell other items not discussed in our messages in a fire sale manner, "has to go tomorrow!" So with things kind of tight right now, I offered to her $75 for "the video game stuff, I just need to go to savings tomorrow." She immediately agreed. Said she's leaving for rehab on Wednesday. So now I feel weird. I don't want to take advantage but I was under the impression it was a recently deceased relative and not "I need to get rid of this stuff before I go away for a while."

My initial offer "video game stuff" was off a picture of an original Xbox, an NES, an N64, and an Atari 2600. I later remembered the pictures included two DS systems. So I'll see tomorrow what she interpreted as "video game stuff" and bring a full $100 for my own conscience.

Also, it is my risk if none of it works so there's that.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Fall of Epic on August 27, 2018, 09:46:29 AM
https://www.streets4rage.com/

Streets of Rage 4 was just announced. Looks like a slick upgrade of the original which I aprove of.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on August 29, 2018, 06:07:02 AM
Onimusha: Warlords is being remastered for January! So hyped!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTScT8UucHw
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on September 01, 2018, 07:08:43 AM
I was hit up on FB about helping a local lady sell a deceased loved one's old video game stuff (and a few other collectibles). I gave her a fair assessment of what everything would run if working. Didn't hear from her for a few hours.

Then I noticed she was trying to sell other items not discussed in our messages in a fire sale manner, "has to go tomorrow!" So with things kind of tight right now, I offered to her $75 for "the video game stuff, I just need to go to savings tomorrow." She immediately agreed. Said she's leaving for rehab on Wednesday. So now I feel weird. I don't want to take advantage but I was under the impression it was a recently deceased relative and not "I need to get rid of this stuff before I go away for a while."

My initial offer "video game stuff" was off a picture of an original Xbox, an NES, an N64, and an Atari 2600. I later remembered the pictures included two DS systems. So I'll see tomorrow what she interpreted as "video game stuff" and bring a full $100 for my own conscience.

Also, it is my risk if none of it works so there's that.
For $105 I got all of the above, a handheld Monopoly game from 1997, a handheld boxing game from 1979, an Xbox one controller, an Xbox 360 controller, some troll/goblin figure from Pyro and no wires for anything but the N64. The DS systems were actually DSi systems and there were 3 games and a carrying case. After we exchanged money for goods she asked me to bring her to the gas station for cigarettes (she had no car) so I did. She proceeded to have a meltdown in my car about her rehab the next day. She told me she was having to go "For work" because she "works for the DEA" and her cover was blown. I was able to piece together with Google and local paper police reports that she blew the whistle on her dealer and didn't listen to the cops while waiting for the trial and so now she has to go to rehab to make sure she's a reliable witness. Sad stuff.

So far I've sold the Nintendo for $55 (to a friend, I know I could have gotten more) and have a bite on the Xbox tonight. Also someone wants the Xbox 1 for $15. Wife wants us to play the DSis together- she's not a gamer generally so jumping on this chance. Still working on moving the N64. If I can cover my costs with the N64 and 360 controller, I'm keeping the Atari. Which I can't get it working right now, I think power supply is the issue. When I get off tonight, the new power supply is in my mailbox. We'll see.

**********************************************************************************

In unrelated news a friend is giving me an NES, NES games, and a Magnavox Odyssey 3000. Gifts don't get sold. That's my personal policy. That said, the Odyssey is 40 years old. I don't think I'm hooking it up. It's going to be a conversation piece.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on September 03, 2018, 02:50:16 AM
I'm thinking of buying NBA 2k19. Anyone play last year's version and was the GM thing as bad as I hear?

...I just need a sports title in my life again.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on September 08, 2018, 10:54:19 AM
Twice now this week I drive an hour to sell a fellow gamer a Nintendo 64 that was playing perfect at my home. Upon arrival to his set up it doesn't play. The first system also did not play @ another gamer's home.

Today the 2nd N64 played fine at my home, I make the hour drive, and nothing. The buyer's NES, SNES, Game Cube, and Genesis all work. The N64s keep going shit for brains. I think it's their TV on some level but the first one failing on a 2nd TV is stuck in my craw.


I just acquired them a third one that I need to clean up as the original owner was a fuck wit. We'll see how this goes. I'm just fed up. That money was going to go towards vacation.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on September 09, 2018, 12:44:18 PM
What's not working? Is it not turning on or are the AV cables failing?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on September 14, 2018, 04:54:25 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jTzG7Y-daE
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on September 17, 2018, 12:41:05 PM
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: muzzington on September 20, 2018, 05:20:32 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6hVmn9FM7o
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on September 21, 2018, 07:54:08 AM
Telltale Games is probably going out of business.
http://gamasutra.com/view/news/327085/Report_The_Walking_Dead_developer_Telltale_Games_closing_down.php

Edit: They laid everyone off except for 25 people.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on September 21, 2018, 11:34:28 AM
That really sucks as they were one of the few developers to still make Adventure Games/Visual Novels.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on September 22, 2018, 12:58:08 AM
Speaking of which, the original Ace Attorney Trilogy has been announced as being released in HD for PS4, Switch, 360, and Steam early next year.  So if you've never played them before or just want to play them on the big screen, now is the chance to do it.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on September 22, 2018, 03:57:08 AM
Holy shit on that Ace Attorney news. Day one for me.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on September 26, 2018, 01:36:56 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEAJZwCOSig
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on October 01, 2018, 11:55:11 AM
XSEED is releasing PS4 versions of Trails of Cold Steel 1 & 2 next year, giving hope that they will also be bringing over 3 & 4.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on October 10, 2018, 12:24:34 PM
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-09-14-papers-please-devs-insurance-adventure-return-of-the-obra-dinn-arrives-this-autumn
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on October 30, 2018, 03:26:55 AM
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on November 11, 2018, 09:15:39 AM
Wore an Atari shirt and NES controller hat to my friend's gig last night. The owner of the venue, I know casually, chatted me up while the band was tearing down. He's HUGE into late 70s - 80s video gaming and he's also HUGE into the arcade scene. He occasionally sets an Atari 2600 up in the bar (he also has a vintage TV collection in the bar) but the drunks always wind up not respecting the system/games and it becomes a cluster so he's very selective on when he sets up games.

He wants to slowly evolve into a Bar-cade that also has bands. He was considering one of those DIY MAME cabinets with 4500 files. I suggested, and am asking y'all to either support or shoot down my argument, that he shouldn't do that. Having drunks try to figure out what they want to play out of 4500 files is counterintuitive and will cause more problems than entertainment. I suggested he figure out 4-5 games that HE would want in his business that would have a broad appeal to bar people. I suggested the Mortal Kombats, Simpsons, Ninja Turtles, multi player type stuff and maybe one sturdy pinball machine. He also already has a tech guy lined up for when stuff breaks.

He seemed to be giving my thoughts fair consideration. He was also drunk out of his mind (he kept saying he was hungover so he was drinking to get rid of it) and had to pay the band so we had to shake and go our separate ways. Really awesome dude, I want to see him succeed and realize his dreams.

This is the same venue a year ago I had to help him eject a drunk that licked the bartender, owner's wife, then went piss all over the bathroom and himself. The only reason they didn't eject him after licking the bartender is he was spending a shit ton of money and buying rounds for the band and she rather deal with sexual harassment to lost profits  :o (He had leaned in to tell her his drink order and instead licked her).  So yeah, anytime I walk in she gets excited and starts immediately pouring me an Old Fashioned and the owner "MY MAN!!!" (if only they knew, had that drunk pulled a weapon they'd have two puddles of piss to clean)
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on November 21, 2018, 05:16:36 AM
I hate myself again. Sunset Overdrive came out on PC this week. I liked it on the Xbox, so I bought it. Forza Horizon 4 went on sale and I bought it. After playing Forza for a bit, it gave me a message that my video memory was running low. I have an old 1060 GTX that I used for the last four years. So I thought, maybe I should upgrade because it's old and there might be deals now. NewEgg sends me an email and says they have 1060 GTX on sale for $265 + comes with Monster Hunter code. I went on Amazon and it turns out it's actually a good deal, so I bought it.

Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on November 27, 2018, 03:50:06 PM
I installed the 1070 GTX and my Forza graphics and framerate increased dramatically. WWE 2K18 plays smoothly when I have more than four wrestlers in the ring. So far so good.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on November 30, 2018, 05:00:38 AM
I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab A because it was $150 on Black Friday.  This thing's battery is a fucking beast.  I also had no idea that you could pair an Xbox controller with it for games.  I barely use my XBone anymore so it's nice that I can still get use from the controller.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on November 30, 2018, 08:50:52 AM
i have one of those and theyre great. use it mostly for comics and occasionally chatting and ive abused the hell out of it and its kept going
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: New-New-New England Order on November 30, 2018, 12:58:17 PM
Nearly 10 hours of uptime doing pretty much everything (browsing, work, games) and the battery is at 50%.  That's fucking impressive to me.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on December 24, 2018, 04:55:51 AM
lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvs7LZit3lQ
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on April 16, 2019, 02:20:43 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28uPjH5aQVU
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on April 16, 2019, 03:02:04 AM
Looked cool, until I went to their website and saw that it was almost $300
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on April 16, 2019, 05:51:11 AM
I wish they would just release those games for the current home consoles/PC. I already have the Street Fighter/Mega Man/Beat Em Up collections. I don't want to spend more money to clutter my house.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on April 18, 2019, 03:51:46 PM
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-04-18-cult-cel-shaded-shooter-xiii-is-getting-the-remake-treatment-this-november

I had this on PS2. I really liked the cel shaded graphics.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on April 26, 2019, 12:46:15 AM
Days gone is getting very average reviews. That’s a disappointment. I was hoping to make that my next game after getting the god of war platinum.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on April 26, 2019, 03:19:12 AM
I wish they would just release those games for the current home consoles/PC. I already have the Street Fighter/Mega Man/Beat Em Up collections. I don't want to spend more money to clutter my house.
Street Fighter & Mega Man definitely have existing PS4 collections. Not sure about the side scrollers though. I'd love to see the Final Fights & Saturday Night Slam Masters make it over to current consoles.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on April 26, 2019, 04:21:13 AM
There was a Beat Em Up bundle with Final Fight, Captain Comando, and a few other games.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capcom_Beat_%27Em_Up_Bundle
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: no fact, no matter on May 02, 2019, 06:38:56 AM
Days gone is getting very average reviews. That’s a disappointment. I was hoping to make that my next game after getting the god of war platinum.
I'm kinda digging it. Really enjoy the stealth mechanic in this one. Hordes are pretty wild, too.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on May 02, 2019, 08:41:28 AM
Days gone is getting very average reviews. That’s a disappointment. I was hoping to make that my next game after getting the god of war platinum.
I'm kinda digging it. Really enjoy the stealth mechanic in this one. Hordes are pretty wild, too.

I know I’ll check it out. But at this point not until after a price drop.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Brodypedia on May 04, 2019, 08:29:43 PM
My buddy was driving through a small town and randomly stopped at some rummage sales today.  The lady was selling LJN WWF guys, He-man stuff, Thundercats and Centurions, among other things for 50 cents a figure!

My buddy got a 300 dollar Thundercat girl off the pile and all the LJN guys, but left a ton of money sitting there.  He didn't look until he got home and saw the Centurions were selling for 120+ a piece on ebay.

I cried in agony hearing he left ANYTHING there.  The kicker is his brother was with, fresh off of winning 500 dollars at the Casino. And he left the shit there too! 
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Harley Quinn on May 05, 2019, 04:31:27 AM
Just started up Firefox and all of a sudden my add-ons were all listed as 'Legacy Extensions'...

"We rolled out a hotfix that re-enables affected add-ons. The fix will be automatically applied in the background within the next few hours. For more details, please check out the update at https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-ons-failing-install-firefox"
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on May 16, 2019, 03:15:52 PM
I think we had an emulation topic but I'm not searching for it. Anyway, there's a way to play SNES in widescreen now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFCWAQlb7y0
https://www.reddit.com/r/emulation/comments/bmc9t9/bsneshd_beta_5_bsnes_1073_formally_hd_mode_7_mod/
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on May 16, 2019, 03:38:59 PM
According to the Sportscenter update I heard during the LeBatard show this morning, Sonic the Hedgehog's real name has been revealed to be Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on May 29, 2019, 09:54:30 AM
I was hit up on FB about helping a local lady sell a deceased loved one's old video game stuff (and a few other collectibles). I gave her a fair assessment of what everything would run if working. Didn't hear from her for a few hours.

Then I noticed she was trying to sell other items not discussed in our messages in a fire sale manner, "has to go tomorrow!" So with things kind of tight right now, I offered to her $75 for "the video game stuff, I just need to go to savings tomorrow." She immediately agreed. Said she's leaving for rehab on Wednesday. So now I feel weird. I don't want to take advantage but I was under the impression it was a recently deceased relative and not "I need to get rid of this stuff before I go away for a while."

My initial offer "video game stuff" was off a picture of an original Xbox, an NES, an N64, and an Atari 2600. I later remembered the pictures included two DS systems. So I'll see tomorrow what she interpreted as "video game stuff" and bring a full $100 for my own conscience.

Also, it is my risk if none of it works so there's that.
For $105 I got all of the above, a handheld Monopoly game from 1997, a handheld boxing game from 1979, an Xbox one controller, an Xbox 360 controller, some troll/goblin figure from Pyro and no wires for anything but the N64. The DS systems were actually DSi systems and there were 3 games and a carrying case. After we exchanged money for goods she asked me to bring her to the gas station for cigarettes (she had no car) so I did. She proceeded to have a meltdown in my car about her rehab the next day. She told me she was having to go "For work" because she "works for the DEA" and her cover was blown. I was able to piece together with Google and local paper police reports that she blew the whistle on her dealer and didn't listen to the cops while waiting for the trial and so now she has to go to rehab to make sure she's a reliable witness. Sad stuff.

So far I've sold the Nintendo for $55 (to a friend, I know I could have gotten more) and have a bite on the Xbox tonight. Also someone wants the Xbox 1 for $15. Wife wants us to play the DSis together- she's not a gamer generally so jumping on this chance. Still working on moving the N64. If I can cover my costs with the N64 and 360 controller, I'm keeping the Atari. Which I can't get it working right now, I think power supply is the issue. When I get off tonight, the new power supply is in my mailbox. We'll see.


So this lady was murdered yesterday, according to the local paper. eek
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on May 29, 2019, 04:26:58 PM
I hope you have an alibi.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on May 29, 2019, 06:24:38 PM
Yeah, I already called the detective bureau on the advice of one retired and one active cop. Even if I bought the stuff in August, abundance of caution and all.

I told them about the strange interaction and all the DEA stuff in the prior post. As it turns out, not breaking news, I was one of many callers to their office saying the deceased spun them the same story in a series of bizarre encounters. I also spoke to someone else who gave me a few things of information that doesn't it any less tragic, but the deceased was running with the wrong crowd AND telling people she had friends in various levels of law. Connect the dots.

They took my information (protocol?) but doubted they'll need me going forward.


ALSO: I feel kinda icky now trying to sell the stuff I bought from her. I still have a few items because I didn't feel like refreshing the buy/sell posts.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on June 10, 2019, 04:36:31 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DWc8LDDHBw
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on June 11, 2019, 04:09:57 PM
Konami does what Nintendo does:
https://kotaku.com/konami-announces-the-turbografx-16-mini-1835430762
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Fall of Epic on June 12, 2019, 01:55:04 AM
I owned the TurboGrafX back in the day. Wasn't Neutopia one of their top titles? Why isn't it included?
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on June 12, 2019, 06:24:02 AM
They haven't released all the titles yet. Also, Japan has a separate games list.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on June 21, 2019, 04:29:37 AM
I started playing SmackDown Here Comes the Pain again. It's probably the best Smackdown game because of the roster and game modes.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Avid Warehouse Enthusiast on June 22, 2019, 01:16:47 AM
I have a soft spot for SVR '06 over HCTP, but that's mostly because of how many great CAWs I made for it. HCTP had the most fun gameplay, and I really wish that there was a wrestling game out now that felt more like that.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: fazzle on June 22, 2019, 08:09:51 AM
HCTP was the one where Rey turned heel by headbutting Undertaker in the dick right?    Cause yeah, that's the best one.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: cobainwasmurdered on June 22, 2019, 12:13:56 PM
HCTP is my fav game. Great CAW and career mode as well as a big roster.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Saints_Fan_H on July 04, 2019, 11:41:19 PM
I just can't comprehend how literally nothing changes from one day to the next with our home wifi, laptop, and printer, and just like that our computer does not acknowledge the printer's existence.

It doesn't help that half the time I'm on zero sleep when I need to print something, as is the current case, so I have zero patience. I just deleted the printer and my standalone scanner from system preferences and clicked to find it again on the wifi (the physical printer says it is on the wifi) and no printer, anywhere.

EDIT: AND THE MOST INFURIATING PART OF IT ALL IS THAT MY WIFE FIGURED IT OUT AND FIXED IT WHILE I WAS SLEEPING
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Smues on July 12, 2019, 02:16:20 AM
Turbo-Graphix 16 Mini launches March 19, 2020. Sold exclusively through Amazon and preorders open on Monday. U.S. price isn't known yet but the Japanese price is around $100 USD. Kotaku says the game list will be nearly identical across regions, but didnt specify which list it included which I'll post below so I'm not 100% certain the American version will have all of these but it should be close.

Note: Both the American and Japanese games listed are on one console. It's not the seperate listings of the American and Japanese release.

American games:

Air Zonk
Alien Crush
Blazing Lazers
Bomberman ‘93
Bonk’s Revenge
Cadash
Chew-Man-Fu
Dungeon Explorer
J.J. & Jeff
Lords Of Thunder
Military Madness (Nectaris)
Moto Roader
Neutopia
Neutopia II
New Adventure Island
Ninja Spirit
Parasol Stars
Power Golf
Psychosis
R-Type
Soldier Blade
Space Harrier
Victory Run
Ys Book I&II

Japanese PC Engine games:

Akumajō Dracula X Chi No Rondo (Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood)
Aldynes (SuperGrafx game)
Appare! Gateball
Bomberman ‘94
Bomberman Panic Bomber
Chō Aniki
Daimakaimura (Ghouls ‘N’ Ghosts - SuperGrafx game)
Dungeon Explorer
Fantasy Zone
Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire
Gradius (Nemesis)
Gradius II – Gofer No Yabō (Nemesis II)
Jaseiken Necromancer
Nectaris (Military Madness)
Neutopia
Neutopia II
Ninja Ryūkenden (Ninja Gaiden)
PC-Genjin (Bonk)
Salamander
Snatcher
Star Parodier (Fantasy Star Soldier)
Super Darius
Super Momotarō Dentetsu II
Super Star Soldier
The Kung Fu (China Warrior)
Ys I&II
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Youth N Asia on July 13, 2019, 06:23:18 AM
Keith Courage and Splatterhouse not being listed really surprises me. Would also much rather have seen Devil’s Crush over Alien Crush.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on July 19, 2019, 10:33:43 AM
https://kotaku.com/blizzard-chief-development-officer-and-co-founder-frank-1836543811

So yeah, Activision has gotten out all the original Blizzard crew with this. So can't wait for all the more Activision like things Blizzard will do now.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on August 27, 2019, 02:28:03 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXnCZvvOHJw
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on August 28, 2019, 01:57:06 AM
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-08-28-the-lion-king-and-aladdin-sega-genesis-classics-to-get-hd-remasters

With the movies being remade; this is happening. There's a lot of Disney games in the 16 bit era that need to re-released.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko8ey8JCpP8
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Baby Shoes on August 28, 2019, 02:58:22 AM
I got that Disney Afternoon Collection immediately and while I didn’t play it as much as I expected, this will be no different.

Much more sentimental attachment to these for me.  Aladdin I rented and never got to finish.  I remember loving Lion King and usually getting stuck in the same area, so will be good to revisit.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: The Valeyard on September 01, 2019, 01:05:48 AM
I don't think I can really play anything else until I beat Dark Souls 2. It's getting to where the anger is making any skill I had go down and I roll like an idiot until I get stabbed by some twat with a spear. I just wanna grind to use my Castlevania whip.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on September 03, 2019, 04:37:40 AM
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on September 28, 2019, 09:27:06 AM
https://bloody-disgusting.com/video-games/3585943/forever-entertainment-remaking-first-two-house-dead-games/

HOTD 1 and 2 might be remade.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Flik on October 12, 2019, 07:55:41 AM
Blizzcon is going to be such an absolute mess because of the whole Blitzchung situation.

I think I might sit down and watch. It could be a fun time.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on October 14, 2019, 07:08:37 PM
My brother goes to Blizzcon every year so I’m very much looking forward to his yearly text updates this time.
Title: Re: Random Thoughts & Topics v2
Post by: Thrasher on October 15, 2019, 01:44:42 AM
I work Blizzcon every year so I'm looking forward to all the religious people and pro and anti China people protesting.