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  1. Duckman

    Rate the Last PC/Console Game You Played

    Pax, I didn't see any point in quoting the same passage twice so I didn't. I told you how it reads. Your extended passage is much better. What you are highlighting is that the problem lies in how the game interacts with the lore, not that the game itself is bad but that in being true to the lore it is not really comparable to a modern shooter. Unfortunately, your summary sentence in the original post really doesn't summarize *that* well. Makes much more sense now.
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    Rate the Last PC/Console Game You Played

    You said, "as a game in the genre it is supposed to be in 2/5, because you like the lore 4/5." I get liking the lore. I'm just sorry it's a 2/5 shooter... I don't like putting up with cruddy mechanics and gameplay just to get the lore. The same can be said for Total War: Warhammer 2. I love the lore but if you look at the implementation they largely fail to account for the difference between elite armies and horde armies. They cap all armies at 20 units and they don't make it much easier for Skaven and Greenskins to get more armies than their elite counterparts. At least fro Total War it is more a nitpick than a seriously bad game.
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    Rate the Last PC/Console Game You Played

    I just want to point out that the fact that so many people excuse them this way is the reason that GW continues to turn out [big bad swear word]e games. If anyone held them to any kind of standard they could turn out *good* games with the same lore... On the tabletop, on the computer, in pen-and-paper...
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    Rate the Last PC/Console Game You Played

    Anthem (demo) - 4/5 (with some specific reservations) Anthem is a looter-shooter in the vein of Warframe, The Divison and Destiny. It's a Bioware game being published by EA. The game itself has some really high points and some rough edges. The loot aspect of the game seems about right from what we saw in the demo... Your loot improves your characters but not in huge leaps and bounds. There's an open-world aspect, a storyline and Strongholds that are mini-raids (team size does not change). You can select difficulty which makes enemies harder (specified changes in enemy hitpoints) and improves loot. CONS and Caveats: * Flight controls on PC are bad. They can be tuned but they're still not particularly good. * Stability issues under load during demo. These improved during the second week of demo but were still there. Bioware claims they are resolved in prod release. Caveat emptor. * EA is the publisher and that means mtx and probably a debacle. The cash shop was not visible during the demo. Both companies have avoided talking about cash shop or only talked about it with hand-waving generalizations which can pretty easily be demonstrated to be bollocks (really, you spent years developing the game and promising free DLC content and you're not sure how you're going to monetize it 2 weeks before go-live?).
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    Sadly, Romans, I can no longer invite you over to liquor you up. We moved about 18 months ago to central Mexico and spent a year there and then when we were working on a visa for our second move the company put a kibosh on it dragged me back to the states. We're over on the Ohio Pennsylvania border outside Pittsburgh these days. If you get bored and take pity on me sometime, send me some cider. 🙂 I learned to be a scotch snob years ago and as such turned my nose up at bourbons and whiskeys (as a college student all I had been able to afford was cheap stuff which was not worth going back to). As such I learned to drink good stuff neat or to crack it (which involves a drop from an eye-dropper or more likely sticking a finger in a glass of ice water and shaking a few drops into your drink). Anything else is intentionally diluting based on how much I intend to drink.
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    So, do you guys drink your Bourbon neat, rocks or mixed? When drinking scotch I generally take mine neat with ice or water on the side but with whiskey and bourbon I tend to make a mixed drink like an Old Fashioned (or a variant like maybe orange bitters instead of bitters and an orange peel or simple syrup instead of a cube).
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    Random Photo Thread

    I think he posted a pic of all his painted orcs in his reply. 😉
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    Did you know...? (or Random Wikipedia link thread)

    The problem I have with his presentation is what is left unsaid... Taste in music is a personal opinion. Whether you like pop or country or classical, nobody is going to fault you for having a personal opinion (well, ok, I will make fun of you for listening to country but still, that's an opinion). Personally I think there are a lot of people out there who don't listen to pop specifically because we like more complexity to our lyrics. I know for a fact that a lot of the music I listen to is not compressible at the level of the lyrics. (Musically it is compressible which is a dichotomy that he spends little time examining, repetitive music with unique lyric...) The other thing to think about is what the label lazy applies to... The artist or the listener... While it may be a lot of work to come up with the right version of catchy to make a top-10 hit, the point of all his data reduction is that repetitive is easy to listen to... it rarely challenges the listener in any way (lyrically or melodically). This allows us to ask the question whether or not being in the top 10 (a musician's goal and a financially rewarding one) equates at all to reaching people (also often a musician's goal but not necessarily financially rewarding at all).
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    Let’s dish! An Ordo cooking thread

    By the way, I should add that once you have this down and can cook steaks that you like just as simple steaks, you can do all sorts of things to compliment it. Some options: Make french onion soup (let me know if I need to post a recipe for that) and pour it over the steak, cover with cheese and toss it under the broiler for a moment. Chop some fresh basil, mix it with parmesian and top the steak as you put it in the oven. After you have finished the steak, remove them from the pan, and toss in a full thumb of minced ginger and a couple of cloves of minced garlic and stir until they are browned. Then grab 1/2-1C of red wine, deglaze the pan and add a teriyaki glaze (you can grab this in the Asian section at most markets), and reduce until you have desired consistency. Then add the steaks back (basically as soon as they have rested).
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    Let’s dish! An Ordo cooking thread

    Not my work or words but: https://cheftalk.com/threads/finishing-a-steak-in-oven.41684/#post-214702
  11. Duckman

    Rate the Last Movie You Saw

    Actually, that same argument is why I liked Ready Player One as much as I did. I knew the movie was going to pale compared to the book (the rights to all the things mentioned in the book would have been insane) but I thought that they did reasonably well trying to bring it to screen. There were some obvious edits which catered to the visual medium that I didn't like but at the same time there were some things that were much more powerful since they were visualized so I guess I would call that a toss-up. I haven't seen Rampage because I generally don't want to support trying to make up a story around a video game. I just see it turning into the reductio ad absurdum case of explaining why we have to run back and forth with planks that we carry on our shoulders to bounce a ball back up off the ground like some insane Japanese gameshow contestants. If you had a real story you'd sell it on its own merits instead of trying to tie it to a property that would garner nostalgia.
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    Random Thought Thread

    @Ish you run that and I will bring an army of Slayers so I can get naked, oil up and flex for you. (I'll pass on making puns with all their song titles because there is just too much ground to cover there.)
  13. Duckman

    Random Thought Thread

    "I double-DOG-dare ya!" ?
  14. Duckman

    Rate the Last PC/Console Game You Played

    I didn't keep playing. The dialog was painful after 30 minutes and I really didn't trust the dialog to direct me to anything and I have better sandboxes to play if I am expected to explore on my own and ignore the NPCs. I wanted to go with the Clerics initially.
  15. Duckman

    Rate the Last PC/Console Game You Played

    Pax, I am sorry you cannot read the example I put in my last message so I will state it again. If I was concerned about my reputation with a faction I was given dialog like a 5-year-old and then told to interpret that as a subtle cue that the faction leader really wanted me to ignore his advice and go off and do my own thing. Further, all his dialog up to that point is offering me a choice of doing something now or coming back later and he is judging me for making the choice to come back later because I cannot come back later. That's not, "but I wanted to say something else". That's "here's a series of choices but ignore what I say because I am lying." If you can't see why that gets a 0-star rating you need help. The only reason I gave it 1 star was because it was a promising idea that was then horribly realized.