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General Discussion / Star Wars: Andor
« on: October 14, 2022, 10:24:48 AM »
This one started out as a pretty slow burn.  However, the writing gained momentum and smoldered the tension at a consistent build throughout.

There were no Jedi, no force users, and there was only one droid really featured in the earlier episodes. This was a departure from the regular Star Wars formula. This one was more gritty and more dramatic than most Star Wars releases.

The acting was top notch. The cinematography was immersive. I thoroughly enjoyed this series!

I have to restate; the acting was phenomenal. There were no bad actors and no poorly acted scenes throughout. This was one of the most solid things I have seen in a while.

General Discussion / Halloween jokes
« on: October 07, 2022, 11:09:18 PM »
Q: Why does one always invite ghosts to the Halloween party?

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A: Because ghosts always bring the BOOS!

Q: Why did the witch go to elementary school?

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A: Because she wanted to learn to SPELL!

Q: How do you know when a vampire is getting sick?

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A: Because you can hear them COFFIN!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Retro gaming Sony WEGA!
« on: June 02, 2022, 08:30:40 PM »
So, back in 2006 I bought a Sony WEGA flat screen CRT.  I have used it for years through a DVD changer, PS2, SNES, PS3, Xbox, and 360 and it still looks great.  It was one of those peak of CRT technology ones that had a component input along with S-video.

Over the last few years, my home theater/dvd changer died (during a move) so the TV has mostly sat unused since 2019.  I figured that it was time to get a new Dolby Pro Logic II capable receiver and get everything hooked up.

So, I currently have the PS2 on component video and optical digital TOSLink audio through a 5 channel Sony speaker system... and it looks and sounds so wonderful.  Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken 5, and even old SeaLab 2021 (so last year) DVDs look and sound phenomenal!

Now I am just debating if I should keep the SNES on S-video or move my OG Xbox to S-video and TOSlink audio by way of the Xbox HD breakout pack.

Loser! (La-Hooo Sa-Her) / Steven He on video game difficulty
« on: January 29, 2022, 12:11:05 PM »
What is harder than "hard" difficulty?

General Discussion / 2021 Thanksgiving / Black Friday weekend gaming?
« on: November 24, 2021, 07:46:34 AM »
Is anyone planning on hitting some serious game time this holiday weekend?

General Discussion / gaming / anime collectibles
« on: November 07, 2021, 03:29:10 PM »
Do any of the rest of you dork out to gaming or cartoon paraphernalia?

That is a rhetorical question; I know that you all do.  Share some of your gamer dork stuff here!

I have a Shiro (from No Game: No Life), (Overwatch), Tachikoma, and Major Kusinagi (Ghost in the Shell) on one corner of my desk.

PC Rigs, Builds, and Peripheral Devices / Gaming desktop refresh
« on: October 31, 2021, 03:45:13 PM »
I have been using the same Core i5 since about 2015, but was hitting a limit of a handful of games that I could not play with that processor.  In recent years, I had upgraded my RAM to 16 GB of DDR3 1600, upgraded the drives (Samsung EVO SSD 1TB, WD Velociraptor 1TB), but finally got around to a minor upgrade for the processor.  I am still using an old Ivy Bridge platform and frankly, between the silicone chip shortage and the pain of transferring recording software to a new platform, I opted for just a processor upgrade.

I found an oldie, but goodie i7-3770k, the best of the Ivy Bridge procs, and landed it in my old LAN box with some Gelid Extreme thermal paste and a Zalman copper cooler.  It still will be a bit of a bottle neck for the 2060, but at least I can play another generation of games without dropping over a grand on a new system.

General Discussion / What is new with gaming?
« on: September 21, 2021, 11:10:43 PM »
I have been out of the loop on gaming in general.  With outrageous graphics card prices and an utter lack of availability in PS5 consoles, it has been difficult to get excited about the next big thing.

Is there a next big thing coming that we should be excited about for 2021 and 2022?!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / SNES Classic Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
« on: September 06, 2021, 02:49:51 AM »
I finally got Renee to sit down and play some Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.  This was a bit different as she usually sticks to Sonic the Hedgehog, Castlevania, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night without much exploring outside of those games.

When she got to the village, she was aware that hitting chickens was a no-no.  When she accidentally picked one up from the ground, she claimed that she did not know they could be picked up.  I told her, "That's where most guys who grew up in the nineties learned how to pick up chicks!"


She was not amused.

Steam has the open Beta release of Back 4 Blood, which is a Left 4 Dead style co-op zombie stomp...  Anyone getting in on this?  Maybe relive a bit of pre-pandemic style meet ups on Steam?

I downloaded this for PS3 off the PlayStation store.  Since I am a huge fan of Nier: Automata, but do not want to shell out the premium price for the recently released Nier: Replicant remake, Drakengard seemed like a good option to get a bit more out of my PS3.

The graphics are not quite a smooth as current generation, but still amazing in the cut scenes.  The story is random and strange, which is to be expected with Yoko Taro works.  The game play is bloody slash & hack; not as refined as Nier: Automata, but still satisfying.

I have only played an hour or so into the game, but it is making for a fun action romp!

General Discussion / Black Widow
« on: July 12, 2021, 07:48:44 AM »
It was good!!

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"Whoaaaa.....  This would be a cool way to die."

The Steam Summer sale has begun!

I am half considering Doom: Eternal and Black Mesa (the Half-Life remake).  Anyone else eyeing up any games?

General Discussion / Predators
« on: June 28, 2021, 07:38:04 PM »
I tried playing some of one of the Alien vs. Predator renditions that I have on Steam.  Of course, as a xenomorph, I lasted through the tutorial and about fifteen minutes until I died (rather cheaply, I thought).

So, on to some streaming stuff.  Since Hulu is streaming Predators, I thought that I would give it a watch.

It starts straight into the action.  The acting and action are consistently good in reference to Predator and Predator 2.  With exception of one scene where an ex-con is saying some pretty offensive stuff, it was a decent action flick. 

Anyone else seen it?

General Discussion / Catherine
« on: May 22, 2021, 04:43:05 AM »
Anyone else played this?  I remember seeing it back on the PS3 and 360, noticed it on a Steam sale so got it.  It is actually a pretty decent puzzle game interspersed with a story and time talking to patrons in a bar between the nightmare puzzle stages...  It does have some mature topics about relationships, but seems fairly PG-13 to me.

I am currently to the last stage after about 9 hours of play time.  It is a different type of puzzle game than say, Portal, but it similarly makes you think of three dimensional space.  Some of the topics on relationships are deeper than first listen as well. 

Overall, I'd recommend!

Anyone else snag this in April's free games with Gold?

It is apparently Contra-style with an "uprising" mode that allows for perks to be bought with earned cash as you progress through the levels.

General Discussion / Octopath Traveler
« on: January 16, 2021, 12:59:35 PM »
Since this is on both Switch and PC (Steam) now, I figured that I would drop the thread here.

I am still in the first quarter of the game, first chapter for the main characters, but am enjoying it massively!  The overall game is very reminiscent of Final Fantasy II & III on the SNES, but of course, it has a modern depth of graphics mixed in with the pixel art.  It is almost like a visual interpretation of the old graphics with a healthy dose of imagination on top of them.  The graphics and sound really are wonderful.

The initial characters so far have solid story lines, especially Primrose the dancer, Therion the thief, and Tressa the merchant.  This definitely feels like a love letter or homage to the great JRPG games of the '90s.

Anyone else played through this yet?  I know Mai at least bought it a while back.

I have been trying to play some Hollow Knight after taking a hiatus from Ori and the Blind Forest.

These games are beyond challenging; they are a struggle.

Anyone else dip into these?

News / Leaks / Rumors / Xbox series X hardware details
« on: June 13, 2020, 01:25:00 PM »

This video has some pretty detailed coverage for an exploded view of the Xbox series X.  That console design finally makes some sense!

General Discussion / Higher FPS = better competative gaming? Let's explore.
« on: February 02, 2020, 03:58:23 PM »

Loser! (La-Hooo Sa-Her) / eSports cheese!
« on: February 02, 2020, 12:57:03 AM »
This video is eSports cheese from DOTA, StarCraft, Counter-Strike, and even RuneScape going back for years of high level cheese!

Loser! (La-Hooo Sa-Her) / Modern Warfare
« on: January 25, 2020, 01:47:17 AM »
This article is echoing my thoughts on the game.

Destroyed tonight 17 to 2 in my last game.  I had to walk away at that point.  There is no victory to be had.

Gaming / Movie / Media Deals / Nier Automata on Steam
« on: August 03, 2019, 04:36:09 PM »
Nier Automata is on sale on Steam for PC for 33% off at $26.79.

I read some reviews about the PC port not having 1080 resolution, but do not have a PS4 or Xbone.

Anyone familiar with the PC version of Nier?

General Discussion / Birthday!
« on: July 27, 2019, 02:35:18 PM »
It is my birthday today!  Happy birthday to me :exclamation:

I did beat Bloodstained: RotN.  That game is awesome.  I am currently working on Samus Returns on the 3DSXL as well.

I really have my eye on picking up Neir: Automata while it is on its Steam sale too.

I folded pretty quickly and bought this one from Steam the day of release.  Although many have been calling it the spiritual successor to Castlevania's Symphny of the Night, it does really borrow heavily from more recent Castlevania games.

I see heavy influence from Aria of Sorrow, Order of Ecclesia, and graphical style reminiscent of the PSP's Dracula X Chronicles.  Miriam's shard collection is not far from Soma's souls or Shanoa's glyphs.  The weapon selection is similar to those titles as well.  There are many subtle references to earlier Castlevania games [spoiler](Avenge Trevor's Death, and Invert!)[/spoilder], but there are many fresh takes on older concepts.

So far, I really like it.  Renee has been playing the game almost as much as I have so far too!

CDG Game Night / Meetings / Clan / Tourneys / Memorial Day gaming
« on: May 26, 2019, 09:57:48 PM »
Steam is having their Spring cleaning event.  Some people are off work for the day.  Many cookouts will be had.

Does anyone want to plan on some gaming at some point during the day?

FortNite / Air Royale
« on: April 26, 2019, 08:51:04 AM »
Last weekend I played a bit of Air Royale with my nephew.  It is plane based PVP without the building aspect in normal Fortnite play.  We actually did pretty well and got up to second place in one game.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Sega Genesis mini: it is happening!
« on: March 30, 2019, 02:10:53 PM »

This is going to be done right, by Sega.  Forty games to start, including Ecco the Dolphin, Sonic, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Altered Beast, and Toejam & Earl!

I have seen that the other Genesis retro systems have not done so well, nor did the Sony Playstation classic.  Since this one features games that have not been released elsewhere (Castlevania: Bloodlines) I think that it may do far better!

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