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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Apr 13 2020, 02:27 PM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Apr 7 2020, 02:08 AM)
It would be great.  But, I just thought I'd check on if any of you had it.

I do agree, that more "polished" games were made, instead of what seems to be some sloppier products.
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Yep, yep and yep.

Aside: I do miss the RJ and assorted Revelstoners, but that's life.

RJ is apparently no more as Revelstoners are apparently no more. Moving on....
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Apr 7 2020, 12:59 AM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Apr 7 2020, 01:51 AM)
Does anyone have an Epic Games account and/or game launcher?


Epic Games is on an awful lot %#! lists of late. So, probably not?

It would be nice if all we gamers could agree on just what it is that is driving the push to release unfinished, unpolished games in the name of Profit, but I doubt that will happen anytime soon. Suffice to say, it's not the STUDIOS that are applying that pressure. In fact, they're the ones feeling the most pressure from it. From my perspective, at least, it's the over-arching multimedia "owners" (i.e. investors) that are driving it.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Apr 4 2020, 05:17 PM


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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Feb 12 2020, 11:37 PM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Jan 12 2020, 04:41 AM)
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Meh. Life goes on....
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Jan 30 2020, 01:05 AM


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BTB: The absolute best ever companion mod for Skyrim (imho) is Inigo.

See Kinggath's podcast for a little insight on what makes for an awesome companion mod.

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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 18 2019, 10:28 PM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Dec 18 2019, 02:10 AM)
Is there ANY options where you're at, for home internet?  Or is is just through your smartphone?
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There are. Mostly bundled with a bunch of other junk, of course.
Budget just doesn't allow it, atm.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 17 2019, 12:21 AM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Dec 16 2019, 07:07 AM)
If your only option is using your cellphone as a mobile hotspot for your computer to get online, it explains why you're not doing really anything for online game playing on the pc.
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Yep. Unfortunately. I miss my buds, but what are you going to do? smile.gif
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 15 2019, 09:07 PM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Dec 15 2019, 05:19 AM)
As I said, the data was only throttled as a hotspot. It didn't affect how fast my phone itself could retrieve data.


Yeah. 'Course, I'm still talking about mobile. Wish I did still have DSL, as horrible as Windstream was. But, I don't. So I have to make do. smile.gif
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 13 2019, 09:23 PM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Dec 13 2019, 05:05 AM)
I wound up finding out that I don't have unlimited data as a wifi hotspot on the phone.  lol

I eventually got a message saying that I ran out of data, and they were slowing the speed down for it being a wifi hotspot, but regular data speeds were going to be unaffected.

Gotta love those limited unlimited data plans. They shouldn't be able to advertise them as "unlimited" then throttle the hell out of them, but of course, they do and no one bats an eyelash.

Interesting, though, that -- even if you've used up your allotment for the month -- you can still stream video from one of the major streaming services without the speed being throttled.

Hmmmm.

Net Neutrality doesn't exist.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 12 2019, 01:41 PM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Dec 12 2019, 07:24 AM)
How would I try it without DSL?


Mobile connection. lol

Better to have a portable HD to take to a friend's.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 9 2019, 07:55 PM


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Youtube Video -> Original Video
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 9 2019, 02:08 AM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Dec 8 2019, 08:37 AM)
It's not that I can't, but this particular one is super huge at 150 GB.† It will take most of a week to download, with my dsl being up to 4 mbps.


Try it without DSL, dude. FO4 took the better of a month. : )

It's not a question of can and can't (or, even, haves and have nots, maybe), but of why such oversights exist in the first place.

Witcher 3 was better, of course. I had a physical copy of that one. Just one...laboriously slow...update. lol

Yeah. They really need to think about that whole "download via our launcher..." thing.

Edit: I need this in my life. Wish me luck! (Because I don't have any. lol)
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 7 2019, 08:11 PM


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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 6 2019, 11:17 PM


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Youtube Video -> Original Video


Disney could take a few lessons from Santa Monica Studios on this one.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 6 2019, 08:11 AM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Dec 3 2019, 01:07 AM)
It's pretty short sighted of them, to not have a physical disc to install the game on the pc, when they have physical discs for the ps4 and xbox 1 versions of the game.


With streaming services being all the rage today, I'm not too surprised. If you can stream games, surely you can download a personal copy of one, right? dry.gif

Most of the offerings in the gaming industry have gone the way of being little more than (if not completely) interactive, animated movies anyway. Most studios already have ditched what is, imho, a video game's most compelling feature: player agency. Makes me wonder, at times, if we're not seeing the beginning of the end of the video game as an art form unto itself.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Dec 2 2019, 07:09 PM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Dec 2 2019, 07:53 AM)
I'm still glad that I am not interested in a digital download of RDR2, as I've heard they've had tons of issues with online play, since its launch.†† Maybe at some point in the near future, they'll have those issues fixed and physical copies of the install.† lol
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Oops.

Well, I wasn't going to play the online component anyway, so it's all good, but for the lack of a physical copy thing.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Nov 29 2019, 03:15 PM


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Wow. About all I'd heard about these from Mark Hamill was that bit about his cameo in The Force Awakens. "I went through weeks of training" to turn around and remove my cowl. lol

I've since caught up with what he had to say about The Last Jedi for months and.... blink.gif

Man, he roasted that film. The "fundamental" disagreement he had with Johnson about Luke's character and story arc was a lot deeper than "fundamental." I didn't expect Luke to be the wide-eyed optimist he was in IV, but I also would never dream that Luke would wind up a "moping old hobo telling everyone to get off his lawn." <-- lol

He's since said, of course, that he "regrets doubting Rian Johnson" and TLJ was an "all-time GREAT." dry.gif

Thing is: Hamill was right. I don't know of anyone who appreciated Luke's (or Han's or Leia's) treatment in these films.

I suppose he's trying to quell the storm that flared up in the SW fan community as "the debates have become too contentious" (fancy that), but -- just between us -- Hamill doesn't have a thing to regret. He spoke up for the universe established in the original trilogy along with an equally established vision of Luke's character while Johnson insisted that these were irrelevant to the story he alone wanted to tell.

Could "subverted expectations" be any worse?

Although TFA was essentially a rehash of Episode IV, perhaps it would have been better had Abhrams seen the entire trilogy through from start to finish. I find it interesting that Disney's treatments have sparked a "new appreciation" for the prequels. That's quite an achievement.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Nov 26 2019, 10:33 PM


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QUOTE(DarcWolf @ Nov 24 2019, 02:25 AM)
... see if I could order a physical copy yet. I can't.  With my connection speed, and the fact that RDR2 is 150GB, I don't really want to do a digital download.

Yeah. Ain't happening here, either.

On the bright side, maybe these mega content packages will force the industry to adjust to the fact that not everyone has an "always on connection" complete with uber-speed and -- maybe -- even go DRM-free....

dry.gif What?! We can dream, can't we?

Why is it that absolutely everyone is always penalized as a result of the criminal activity of a (relative) few? ranting.gif bang.gif

Hokay. Now that's off my chest, think I'll check on my FO4 settlements.

Egads. That vault will never be completed. With all the awesome mods available to take up the slack left by vanilla, I've spent so much time on the Atrium and adjoining residential areas, the science and maintenance departments are only now beginning to take shape.

And the Institute is already history! What am I to do with myself?

Oh, that's right. They're all functional, but none too homey for the most part. Time to decorate in earnest!

They all have functioning kitchens, thanks to Modular Kitchens (with a sink animation caveat going to CWSS Redux) and, of course, working bathrooms, thanks to CWSS Redux.

They are all, also, blissfully trash- and debris-free, thanks to Scrap Everything. (Gotta be careful with that one, though.)

The TVs and Starlight Drive-In screen work beautifully, much thanks to Videos of the Wasteland.

What else? OMG. Did I really need this many mods to bring FO4 up to potential?

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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Nov 22 2019, 11:21 PM


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Rocky start for RDR2 on PC, but looks like Rockstar nailed it with a megapatch.

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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Nov 22 2019, 11:04 PM


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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Nov 12 2019, 09:41 PM


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Yes, I honestly don't care about either the story or the characters of the Star Wars sequels (if one can call them sequels), but have thoroughly enjoyed hearing legitimate criticisms and thoughtful opinions on these movies from various sources these past few days...far more so than the movies themselves, actually.

As visually beautiful as they are, they are nonetheless unmitigated disasters from a storytelling perspective. One might say that's true of the originals as well, considering opinions are subjective and Lucas himself is admittedly neither a good storyteller nor a dialogist, but rather an exceptional concept artist. As the Star Wars fan community appears to be split right down the middle over these, however, I'm curious to understand just why that may be. Is it a generational thing or were they really that bad or good?

I have no patience whatsoever either with the alt-right versus SJW bull###### propogating everywhere and into everything or for the outright hatred being heaped on these films' creators and associated artists, so I've studiously avoided that whenever possible. OTOH, if you've a few hours to spare for some interesting and/or amusing takes on Disney's treatments, there are surprisingly quite a few good ones around.

This guy's editing skills are themselves nothing to sneeze at and he puts them to excellent use beginning with his "critique" of The Force Awakens. So respected was this "critique," MauLer had to clean up his language for a three-part series on The Last Jedi to accommodate the parents of young children who were begging him for a version they could watch and understand without being subjected to the f-bomb every other breath. Love it, hate it or somewhere-in-between, you must admit the guy has an eye for logic and continuity or, more appropriately in this case, the lack thereof.

Then, there are the more sober(?), somber(?)...whatever...explorations of all things Star Wars by Thor Skywalker, et al.

As much of a Star Trek enthusiast as I am, I can't get into the new ST movies, either. Either they're just as bad from a storytelling perspective or I am just getting really, really old. smile.gif

Kids seem to love them, though, so they must have some endearing qualities. I honestly found some of J.J. Abrahms and Rian Johnson's ideas intriguing myself, but was ultimately disappointed that nothing was done with them and/or they didn't actually lead anywhere. (MauLer actually explains the problem of dead-ending, original ideas better than I ever could. So, see his channel, if interested.)

As former canon has been utterly discarded and there admittedly was no planning involved in the production of this trilogy (again, from a storytelling perspective), one has to wonder if a series of prequels attempting to explain everything may be on the horizon....

Finally, kudos to the cast and crew of all these films. They did an excellent job with what they were given to work with and that's a reflection of their own talent, if nothing else.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Nov 8 2019, 01:51 PM


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What a strange trip it's been...down memory lane. Here I am, reviewing 15 year old conversations about skinning and going, confused.gif ...and I produced four skins myself at the time!

If I had to make a skin for JKII today, I'd have to learn how to do it all over again.

It got me wondering, though -- if anyone is still in touch with OneWingedAngel, TheBeast, et al. -- if any RJ are still modding, mapping or, perhaps, even developing games professionally today.

I'm very much into the Fallout and Skyrim modding communities, though I haven't produced any mods (aside from an unpublished companion mod for Skyrim) for those games myself, as much as I'd like to. There are already so many exceptionally high-quality mods available for those games, it would probably be a pointless endeavor to learn the ins and outs of creating mods for them.

Not many developers/publishers even support modding of their games anymore, unless making garish attempts to include them in their microtransaction fiascos. wacko.gif I actually fear for the future of the modding community in general at this point. But...let's not get into that. Too depressing.

Any news on this front?
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Nov 6 2019, 01:04 AM


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QUOTE(InfiniteWarrior @ Nov 1 2019, 11:21 AM)
I've not seen the latest, unfortunately, so I can't really form an opinion on the matter.


Okay. So, I've finally seen The Last Jedi and...thought it viewed like a patchwork quilt. Disjointed, incoherent and I could sort of, kind of follow the plot if I filled in all the (huge) blanks myself. Visually stunning, as always; John Williams' music carries it along beautifully, as always; loved the exotic animals -- even the cutesy ones; and...am very, very curious about the outlines of the last three movies dreamed up by Lucas that Disney ignored. (I guess I'll take that curiosity to my grave.)

Not a fan of the prequels, but they did have their moments. This one strikes me as a bunch of meaningless-in-themselves events spliced together, and I certainly can understand where the "rehashing," among other, criticisms are coming from. (After all, if Vader can be turned, surely Kylo can. Blah, blah, blah.) I thought it might make more sense were it a three-part trilogy itself, complete with backstories of what actually seem like potentially interesting, but ultimately wasted characters. (For example, when Finn made his appearance in Force Awakens, I thought, "Wow. A stormtrooper with a conscience. This is going to be great!" And...was shortly disappointed.)

"It's just a movie" -- a criticism tossed at people who would have preferred it did the Star Wars universe justice -- is actually the most damning criticism I've yet heard of it yet. Yes, it was just a movie and not a cultural phenomenon. But, then, how often does that happen?

The Rise of Skywalker is going to have its hands full trying to tie this hodge-podge together. At this point, though, I doubt it's even tried...and find I don't really care.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Nov 1 2019, 11:57 PM


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BTB, I haven't sought out stuff like this, but Robot Head's response (for one) to the dismissals of fan criticism of the new movies by Abrams, Kennedy, Johnson and others, I must admit, is hilarious. See Disney Doesn't Understand Lightsabers and It's a Trap! Strong Women of Star Wars, Itís A Lie & Hereís The Proof. I mean..who knew years of arduous training is required to actually master the Martial Arts and we like "strong" characters regardless their gender?

Sounds like quality of characterization and everything else has taken a huge hit, but (to be fair) Lucas already had undermined his own legacy with the prequels, afic. So, I'm not even sure LucasFilm would have done a better job, much less whether I should bother with Disney's.
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InfiniteWarrior Posted on: Nov 1 2019, 10:21 AM


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So -- 6 years on -- what do you think? Has Disney ruined the franchise for profit? Has the saga evolved as it should and not necessarily as expected? (Mark Hamill apparently would have preferred "as expected," but I can't really tell how much of his commentary is thoughtful criticism and how much is due to being butt-hurt at not having a bigger part.)

Have totalitarian political agendas taken it over?

I've not seen the latest, unfortunately, so I can't really form an opinion on the matter, but from what Hamill has said over the years, it actually sounds like Rian Johnson may have simply moved away from the "you're either a Jedi or a Sith" mentality -- with which we're all too familiar (as did the last installment of the original trilogy when Luke's own "dark side" was exposed*) -- and into the land of "moral ambiguity" that's become so popular in other art forms. (I refuse to call them "entertainment," though most specimens obviously are intended purely for entertainment...and, of course, profit.)

It's interesting to see how Art & Entertainment evolves from one generation to the next, but I can't help thinking LucasFilm would have done a much better job of seeing it through than Disney while still gleefully passing the mantle on to the next generation, as did the Star Trek franchise. (Reminiscent of Bethesda and Obsidian, also, isn't it?)

*IIRC, Hamill complained about that, too, until he finally got it.
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