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Everything posted by PlasticFrogCG

  1. When the first trailer dropped, I was almost crying, I was so happy to see another Borderlands on the horizon. Then things started to happen. We learned what an asshat Randy Pitchford is. We learned certain voice actors wouldn't be reprising their roles (reasons vary, some good, some bad). We discovered Take 2 actually got a YouTube channel removed (again, good and bad in that situation). And then there was the whole "Epic Store Exclusive" debacle. My hype drained, and I found it difficult to stay positive, but as release day dawned I just couldn't resist anymore and bought the PS4 version. I was horrified! The main villains are TERRIBLE! They are essentially what the CEOs at Gearbox think annoying YouTubers sound like. Not that they're wrong, but after the legend that became Handsome Jack, these loudmouthed twins are like nails on a chalkboard and nowhere near as compelling a threat as seen in previous games. I found it very difficult to get through the first couple of missions because it was just so annoying hearing the Twins all the time...and Vaugn wasn't much better (seriously, he was pretty cool in Tales from the Borderlands, and now he's devolved into a lame "bro" stereotype). But then something happened. I finally made it off Pandora and started doing sidequests. I started chuckling at the death screams of the enemies and the quirky side characters. I started finding good guns and running out of inventory because I wanted to keep them all. I started going out of my way to explore the map and make sure every little grey bit had been filled in. I started...having FUN! Oh, the story is still TERRIBLE, but the rest of the game feels like the old Borderlands that I loved so much. There are also a lot of bugs in it still, especially the laggy menus. But overall, yeah, I like the game now. I couldn't recommend it on PC, not until the Steam release at least, but it's definitely worth picking up in the future. Especially if you have friends you intend to play it with.
  2. Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy have always been big in my household. We keep saying my mom should try to get on Wheel because she's really good at solving the puzzles!
  3. Got my ticket, can't wait to go see it! I thought it looked really good to begin with, but the addition that certain easily offended parties in the media have been wringing their hands over how it might "incite white male violence" makes me want to see it even more. (because they're obviously wrong and easily offended)
  4. Update? Whoa boy, has it been an interesting couple of months! Stadia is trash and E3...time to invest in identity protection.
  5. Not even trying to do this, but I'd also be curious for an answer. I always thought Bluetooth adapters were somehow programmed for specific devices (otherwise wouldn't you just automatically see EVERY device within range?)
  6. Last news I heard, Pattinson had backed out because of "scheduling conflicts"...
  7. Is there a "What was that game again" thread floating around here? Funny story, my cat stepped on my keyboard and opened up a bookmark that I haven't used in years: an archive of old DOS-based games that have been nearly forgotten by time. As I perused the list, one game, in particular, kept coming to mind...except I can't remember the name of it! I remember it was a fighting game, I remember all the protagonists were female, and I remember that you fought in giant robots. But it is NOT One Must Fall (which I also played a lot back in the day). I think it was called Grappler Angel or something like that.
  8. It's a shame that things have gone this far because now politics get involved, and nobody ends up happy when talking politics. As I grow older I see government as a necessary evil that we should have as little as possible of. But here, we brought this on ourselves. We kept saying it was headed in this direction but we kept enabling the developers, who just got greedier and greedier. I don't know what's going to happen, but I do know one thing, you thought these greedy AAA corporations were bad? They got nothing on the government. And we just let them have a little taste of the power they can wield over the gaming industry. See? I told you nobody ends up happy talking politics.
  9. I think I'm more excited about this than Cyberpunk 2077...even though I'm pretty sure I'll probably understand the story for Cyberpunk more than I will Death Stranding.
  10. Right there with you. I used to get excited when a big company announced a new game, not I see Facebook posts about Bethesda's plans for Elder Scrolls 6 and I'm filled with dread. It won't last. It will come crashing down eventually. But who knows what will rise from the ashes...if anything.
  11. I have to say I like this format. I try to keep tabs on several game reviewers (LegacyKillaHD, YongYea, Jimquisition), but I have to say Team Angry Joe is the most entertaining. The format reminds me of sitting down with my own friends and talking about games; and seeing OJ, Alex, and Delrith get equal time on camera really makes Team Angry Joe feel like a group of game journalists rather than just one guy (even if Joe's name is at the top). Of course, I still like to see the rants and Joe's full reviews complete with hilarious skits, so never change that! Now about the Epic launcher. To tell the truth, I've had an Epic account ever since Unreal Tournament 3 came out, well before they turned their service into a full-fledged store. However, after losing interest in the UT franchise, I played everything on Steam and forgot about the account. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and the release of Satisfactory Early Access. I was interested in the game but not keen on getting it because of the standing issues with the launcher. Aaaaand then my dad and my sister (blissfully unaware of all the news surrounding this topic) bought the game and dragged me in. So I dusted off the account and what should I find but that for some strange reason the purchasing region was set to Thailand instead of good-old USA. Fortunately, I caught this strange detail before I had saved any credit card data to my account (since it wasn't a store when I created the account), and fired off an email to Epic customer service. Make no mistake, the launcher is garbage, difficult to navigate, and lacking in features that I'm so used to having in Steam, not to mention it seems to gobble system resources whenever it's running. However, Epic's customer service IS top notch, and my account was fixed promptly. So they have that going for them. Overall, if Epic can fix some of the glaring issues facing its platform, I can see it becoming a worthy competitor for Steam. But they should have gotten those items into place BEFORE launching their service. Now, about Satisfactory. Aside from a name that makes it really difficult to Google stuff for (seriously, type in "satisfactory tutorial / map / tips" and see how many results pop up that have NOTHING to do with the game), it's a really FUN game! I've had Factorio on my Steam wishlist, but never purchased it because the concept seemed very daunting. Satisfactory shares a similar concept of factory building towards an end goal, but played from a first-person perspective. And it is a pleasure to play. The early access part may turn some people off, but unlike other games *cough* ANTHEM *cough* Satisfactory released with six out of nine tiers of machines and mechanics to tinker with and a lush and beautiful world to explore. There is so much stuff to do just in this early stage that you can spend several hours just experimenting. And there is more on the way! Trains, nuclear reactors, giant monsters, and the mysterious "Project Assembly" are all lined up to come down the conveyor belt. Unfortunately, it's a bit uncertain if the developer plans to release on Steam, or if it will be exclusive to the Epic launcher. Since I already have it, it makes no difference to me, but it is something to consider for anyone else interested.
  12. I watched the trailer, but I didn't really watch any of the gameplay videos before this. That looks awesome! I played the heck out of Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven, it was one of my favorite games on PS2.
  13. Hollywood is a bit more unforgiving when it comes to genre movies. Not that another movie with this premise doesn't have potential to be good, but the critics would automatically be drawing comparisons to what they know (Hunger Games and Battle Royale). If the new movie wasn't up to standard, production companies would drop the idea quickly and look for the next "big thing". This is something the video game industry actually needs to learn to do.
  14. Yes. Go back to sleep, Cyborg, you're dreaming.
  15. You know, I've often thought "maybe I should talk on Discord more, actually engage with fellow gamers". And then I think "nah, I'd only end up lurking there like I do here"...until I find something witty to comment.
  16. Half Life is dead, and it should stay that way. I'm a HUGE fan of the franchise, I have yet to play anything that came even close...with the possible exception of Prey. But at this point, I'm considering the possibility of a third game from the point of how the games would play if you binged them one after the other. The jump from HL1 to HL2 isn't bad, and there's always Black Mesa to make the transition easier. But game design and technology has changed too much since Episode 2 came out; Valve would have to purposely release a down-graded game so that jumping from HL2:E2 into HL3 wouldn't feel completely jarring.
  17. So, I'm very close to publishing a second book. But I'm not there yet because I've run into some issues with Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). One "solution" to my problem suggested that I needed to raise my book price in certain markets so that the royalties amount could also cover the printing cost. This was something I really, REALLY did not want to do. I'm not really in it for the money, I just like writing and want to share my stories...and make at least a little extra cash on the side. But as the total cost for my 500-page novel got closer and closer to $25 American, I began to think "I love my book and think I'm a good writer, but who in their right mind is going to pay $25 for a self-published book? Even a good one?" So my question for you readers in the AJSA Community is, would you? To me, that's quite an investment unless you're already familiar with the author and believe their work is worth it. If I wasn't familiar with the author, no, I don't think I would pay that much. Fortunately, it looks like pricing was not the problem, and I brought it back down to $17.49 (which is about $0.30 above the absolute minimum price Amazon will let me set). Stay tuned for a shameless ad when I do eventually get it published.
  18. Thanks, Kaz, I'll have to look her up. Fortunately, the problem turned out to be that the imprint wasn't entered correctly, and I was able to leave the price at $17.49 USD. And thanks to purchasing my own ISBN numbers and opting for Amazon's expanded distribution, my new book should now be available worldwide, including Down Under! I even wrote them in British English for an extra challenge. In fact, oh would you look at that! A shiny e-book for just $4.22AUD! https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07P8FQGV2 For the US audience: Paperback - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732913803 E-book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P8FQGV2 Also available in other markets, but I won't flood the page with links. The stories are plain, old action/adventure with furry characters, because it's more fun writing about a seven-foot (2.2 metres) tiger cracking skulls and dodging bullets. The Black Horns does pick up immediately after the first book ended, but I've (hopefully) included all the relevant details from the first book that should allow new readers to jump right in.
  19. Hehe, yeah man, California is an oddball even by American standards. There's an old joke that their state slogan is "Land of the fruits and nuts", but of course, that's delving into a more political avenue, so we'll drop it like a hot potato right now. I already have a big trip planned for this year, visiting The Mouse in Florida (Disneyworld). But I'm hoping maybe next year I'll plan a trip to Australia.
  20. This is extremely disheartening. I played the demo with a friend, and for the most part, I was enjoying it. But all the things I didn't like about it were exactly what Joe pointed out and I was hoping they would fix them sooner rather than later. At this point, I still want to get the game, but it won't be until it's had a dramatic drop in price and made substantial changes to the gameplay.
  21. You are, of course, assuming EA lets Bioware live long enough to make another Dragon Age game. And that they're allowed to make it on their own instead of having EA put their grubby hands all over it. I enjoyed the demo for Anthem, but I didn't see anything that made me want to purchase the game on release. I expect it to be half-price only a few months from now, if not going completely free-to-play.
  22. I'd...rather not. My desk is a mess. But I'm running Windows 7 on a 3.4GHz Intel i7 with 8GB of ram and an Nvidia GTX 960. I haven't had to build a new PC in at least 7-8 years because I always seem to have enough to run the latest games without issue. That might change as things move into 4k and Windows 10 becomes the only operating system supported, but for the moment, I'm good. All the games I have on my "to be played" list are last gen anyway.
  23. Oh, another thing. They probably don't do tours and it would be really awkward to just show up...but searching for the Geek and Sundry studio where they film Critical Role would be an adventure. I think that's somewhere in LA.
  24. The shelter called him L'Chaim, which is a Hebrew toast meaning "To Life". I thought it was cool, so I kept it. But we also call him "Stubs" because they had to dock his tail due to an infection. Of course, like EVERY other cat I've owned, he's been reduced to being called "kitty" or "puss cat". The dog is Maggie.
  25. The Griffith Observatory is worth seeing. It's been featured in a TON of movies and TV shows, and you can see the Hollywood sign from the overlook. Plus the park is actually pretty nice on a good day (at least it was when I visited about eight years ago). http://griffithobservatory.org/ Honestly, LA was kind of dirty even back then, but seeing Grauman's Chinese Theatre and all the handprints of the stars is pretty neat. I really wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits as well (fossils and such), but there wasn't enough time.