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Posted by warreni on 05 February 2020 - 08:39 PM
I've watched, TOS, TAS, and DS9 this year... I give TOS, and TAS a pass on a lot of missteps... To me the worst episode was DS9: Valiant (S6 E22) Just such a stupid concept.
There are many, many examples of worse episodes than "Valiant" in TNG and VOY. Heck, there are worse episodes of DS9 than that one, IMO.
I don't think Threshold is any worse than TNG: Genesis.
EDIT: Apparently Genesis is a popular episode... I always hated it.
To reword... Threshold just seemed like Voyager's Genesis episode. Like Voyager's Ex Post Facto and TNG's A Matter of Perspective. The episodes where Paris is framed for murder and Riker is framed for murder.
Yes, "Genesis" was horrendous. Like many popular science fiction shows, TNG displayed an appalling lack of understanding of the nature of biological evolution (in much the same way that the Doctor was speaking gobbledygook from a biological standpoint when discussing developing a cure for the alien bacteria in "Praxeus" last week).
Posted by warreni on 05 February 2020 - 03:50 PM
I really don’t think the setting had anything to do with the more involved overarching stories, the writers had clearly been trying to go that direction since the second or third season of TNG and the new series just allowed them to take that a step further.
Good luck. I’m not a big Star Trek fan, but I’ve watched all the pre-Discovery stuff and Voyager is a big step down from TNG and DS9. And let me give you some friendly advice: skip Enterprise. It’s barely acknowledged in any later material, adds nothing interesting to the lore, and is easily one of the worst TV shows I’ve forced myself to sit through. And I watch a LOT of really shitty TV.
Nah, I’m just waiting until I’m in SE Asia later this year. When I was there back in 2018, Discovery was on Netflix, and I imagine CBS will keep that relationship going in the region rather than trying to go international.
Probably not much help to anyone else, though.
From what I saw on the "What We Left Behind" documentary, Paramount hated the idea of story arcs, and it wasn't as ubiquitous a phenomenon then as it is now. They were more interested in the show being like the other Star Trek shows, where you could miss an episode or two and jump back in without having "caught up." Part of the reason that's less of a big deal now is that people can stream entire series of shows in the 2020s, but at the time it was a radical move. You can't really drop in and out of the last two seasons of DS9.
Also, all of you are crazy. "Far Beyond the Stars" is the best DS9 episode.
All of the shows had to grow into themselves, TOS being the possible exception because the characters and the chemistry among the actors seemed baked-in on that show. TNG had a terrible first couple of seasons, with far too many terrible effects, too much hammy overacting, and way too many plots recycled from the original series. DS9 started off okay, but it got a lot better (and they definitely should have let Avery Brooks shave his head from the word "go"). Voyager had its moments, but it was always the worst of the series (except for the animated series, which no one remembers). Enterprise is weirdly underrated. Bakula made a pretty decent captain and the supporting cast were quite good too. Also, the new Andorians were great. There were definite moments where it seemed the pre-TOS timeline meant that the technology didn't quite make sense. Discovery suffers from similar issues--it looks like (I'm about halfway through the second series) we're going to get an explanation for why future generations didn't make use of the miraculous, galaxy-spanning "spore drive" before the series ends, but it feels weird that the showrunners can't just work within the confines of how we understand technology to work in whatever century they're choosing to set the fiction within.
Posted by warreni on 23 January 2020 - 06:51 PM
Ludicrous. GPU market is crap because of Nvidia pushing bleeding edge nonsense that offers marginal performance upgrades while AMD lags behind.
So while I'm not disagreeing with your main point, I suspect that the market "is crap" for the same reason it has been for sometime--Bitcoin douchebags.
8K will be a demo for the major lifespan of any gaming GPU launching this year. There is plenty of room for improved performance at current mainstream resolutions. The big RAM eaters are scene size/complexity and textures. The more that can live and be processed fulltime on the GPU the better the overall performance. Pulling in data from the system to the GPU is a big waste of cycles while the card is waiting to get the data. Likewise, a CPU heavy game can be penalized if it needs to frequently shift stuff between its RAM and the card's RAM. So you want the card to be doing its own thing while receiving brief messages from the CPU telling it what has changed rather than big data transfers.
It may seem like an absurd amount of RAM but compare the best looking recent game to a fifteen year movie. The requirements of trying to replicate that in real time are still way up there.
Once again, I'm not going to dispute anything you've said here, but, uh, I think your second paragraph undercuts your first one--how many games (and how many gamers) are really trying to see their games look like movies? (In fairness to the gaming industry, if we're talking strictly CGI, I've seen movies made in the last 2-3 years with CGI that looks worse than most of the AAA games of the last few years.) "Cinematic" games seem to be moving back in the direction of FMV rather than attempting to move forward to the notion of realistic-looking computer-generated human models that are voiced by actual humans, because it's a technology that is fully mature (in my view) now, where it was not 20 years ago. Personally, if I look at a game like The Witcher 3, Mafia III, or Diablo III--really any game with the number 3 in the title--I think, "Hey, there's nothing wrong with the way that looks." Maybe photorealistic graphics are an objective of the future, but I just don't see that many folks clamoring for it today. Honestly, I'm with Mooby--who really needs ray-tracing? I have yet to see a single feature on any card at or around $1,000 that made me think, "Yep, that makes it worth it."
EDIT: On a side note, playing the crap out of Spider-Man. Still enjoying it. In the middle of the Turf Wars DLC.
Posted by warreni on 17 January 2020 - 03:52 PM
The only thing wrong with the Hinterlands is that it was played by knuckleheads who couldn't grasp the concept of "Gee, I'm level 7 now so maybe I should move on from this level 1-6 zone instead of chasing every fetch quest on the map then whining about being bored."
That wasn't a game design problem, it was a brain-damaged player problem.
This has long been my view on these situations--if there's more stuff to do than you want to do . . . don't do it.
Man, I hope Sony decides to bring God of War (Reboot) to the PC too.
And, of course, to my Epic Store.
Real transition from CDPR: Yeah, we (at CDPR) will & might as well take more time to polish so we don't compete & release too close and around FF7 Remake....which we're sure everyone will buy & play up until Cyberpunk's new September release.
Perhaps so, but I think more time in the oven can only be a good thing for a CD Projekt RED title.
Will be cool to not buy a PS5.
Between actual ports and PS Now, it seems like Sony's definitely moving in the direction of getting its "exclusives" out to the PC market. Ironically, this reduces the value of their consoles because there's not that much of a reason to get a PlayStation if not for the exclusives, and Sony has had the market cornered on quality exclusive titles for some time. Microsoft has never really made much of an effort in this department, and the advent of the Game Pass and the fact that it's now choosing to do ports of its own previously-console-only titles like the Halo series is actually a solid argument against any console, unless you just can't be arsed to build or buy a PC. All of the popular games appear to be slowly migrating to the PC space.
Posted by warreni on 16 January 2020 - 06:27 PM
Wait a minute, are we supposed to be playing these things? Thought it was a Pokemon situation and just have to collect them all.
I think a lot of this long games that take a bit going - once, they (dev's realize) it's an issue, they really should supply a save, chapter start, or something...just to get past the boring and/or tutorial parts.
I'm sure games like DA:I (i.e. Hinterlands problem); ME:A (has the Hinterlands problem AGAIN on first planet!); Witcher 1 (the game & story takes a bit to get going); Assassin's Creed 3 (base-game) [it gets going once Connor gets older]; FF13-1 (takes a while to teach you the game's lingo, tutorials for game systems, etc); and probably numerous others that are loaded w/ tons of systems, content, story, backstory, complexities, and/or anything of that sort....could really use this.
I'll be the guy to take the unpopular position on this. If you're playing a long-ass game, there's not necessarily any reason to expect that it won't have a "slow start," especially the type of RPGs you mentioned here. If there are many complex systems and there is a lot of lore and backstory, and if this issue is a concern to you then such games are, perhaps, not for you. I don't see why companies should invest millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours in developing new worlds in which to set adventures and then be forced to cater to people who want to jump into something in five minutes. 10 hours out of 100-hour experience is 10%, and that's not that much time in my view.
Good on CDPR for not releasing a buggy mess before its time.
Posted by warreni on 08 January 2020 - 02:44 AM
Alan Wake was really a good game. It's unfortunate that we wont get a continuation of that story. American Nightmare is more gameplay focused, and although the gameplay of AW is certainly competent, it wasnt, IMO, the best part of the game.
Hm. I will disagree. At this point, anyone who hasn't played Alan Wake should just Mooby it. While the story was entertaining and the game was dripping with atmosphere, the light-as-a-weapon mechanic got old REALLY fast.
Posted by warreni on 06 January 2020 - 07:34 PM
Speaking of new "monitors" I just picked up a 55" LG OLEDB9 to use primarily as a gaming monitor and so far it's pretty great. As many of you know my marriage is perpetually on the rocks, and of course the holidays can be a stressful time for even the most well adjusted family. So when times got hard I did what any good husband would do and I bought some new gaming stuff. This is my first time pushing my PC to do 4K and it does look nice (at 60hz) but I prefer to keep things at 1440p with 120hz. My eyes have a hard time differentiating between 2K and 4K but the difference between 60 and 120 fps is huge. But what I'm really loving is the incredible blacks of the OLED and HDR. Naturally, the first thing I played on it was...
I typically game with a controller so I'm not sitting quite so close to the TV, in case you were wondering whether or not my neck is broken yet.
I don't understand the answer to today's trivia question. The first game you played on it was "Find Barry"? Is this a tie-in to that HBO show people keep talking about?
Posted by warreni on 28 December 2019 - 05:19 AM
some humbly keys with clues that're just totally wrong, like not even close.
CNV8P-QXRN?-HJCCL : lost my virginity at this ageCVMZN-N7K4Z-9M?WR : number of testicles I haveCYE?G-WDJWY-NREGD : times I've been abducted. by aliensCR8VE-VRZ?M-NAJYX : total hotdogs eaten in a single sittingJIM?L-MPYQX-JADJD : dlc for Mafia 3. not a clue, just saying
Posted by warreni on 27 December 2019 - 09:57 PM
https://www.gog.com/...on_best_of_2019 When I think of the best games of 2019, I definitely first think of titles like No Man's Sky, Hitman: Blood Money, Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood, and XIII.
That sounds more like "GOG Store's Best Sellers in 2019" and/or "GOG's Best Games Re-Released onto GOG Platform in 2019".
If we're talking "Best Brand New PC Games Actually Released in 2019" with no allegiance to PC gaming distribution platforms (Steam, GOG, EA, Ubi, whatever) - IMHO, certainly The Outer Worlds, Metro: Exodus, and Gears 5 should be on there.
Granted, I ain't played many or tons of new releases b/c of the way I normally buy games...but all 3 of those rocked.
Posted by warreni on 27 December 2019 - 04:01 AM
Day 8. Just kidding. The trivia contest/challenge is indeed over for 2019.
. . . which means it's time for the 2019 Steam Key Blowout!
Up for grabs:
Age of Wonders III
Crusader Kings II
Legends of Eisenwald Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II--Retribution Octahedron Port Royale 3
IL-2 Sturmovik 1946
Take On Helicopters
The Flame in the Flood
I Am Bread
Syberia 1 and 2
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders Curse: The Eye of Isis
Return to Mysterious Island
Yesterday: Origins The Journey Down 1 and 2 The Invisible Hours
The Last Door Season 1
The Last Door Season 2
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
The Detail: Season One
The Lion's Song Season Pass
Deponia: The Complete Journey
Deponia: Doomsday Hector:Badge of Carnage
A Story About My Uncle
President for a Day - Floodings
The 39 Steps
Sherlock Holmes - The Awakened
Nostradamus - The Last Prophecy
To The Moon
Amerzone: The Explorer's Legacy
The Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure
Sam and Max: The Devil's Playhouse
Read Only Memories Warhammer 40K: Space Marine Bastion Jet Set Knights Gunman Tales Magrunner: Dark Pulse Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation
Town of Light
Empire of Angels IV Chinese Paladin: Sword and Fairy 6 Almost There: The Platformer Rusty Lake Paradise Surviving Mars
Cities in Motion 2
NAIRI: Tower of Shirin Republique Project CARS STALKER: Clear Sky Headlander GoNNER Soul Calibur VI Equilinox Odyssey: The Story of Science Squad Distance Analogue: A Hate Story Pound of Ground Moonlighter Love is Dead Paratopic 11-11 Memories Retold Wandersong The First Tree Purrfect Date Niche Dungeons 3 Epistory - Typing Chronicles Invisigun Heroes EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 4.1 Full Metal Furies Bleed 2 Rapture Rejects Shuyan Saga
Orwell: Keeping An Eye On You
Immortal Redneck Black The Fall Killing Floor
Borderlands 2 Fallen Enchantress
King of Dragon Pass Helium Homefront Saints Row 2
Puzzle Agent 1 and 2
Telltale Texas Hold 'Em
They Bleed Pixels The Deadly Tower of Monsters Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Stronghold Crusader 2
Shantae: Risky's Revenge King's Bounty: Dark Side Shadowrun Returns Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: The Last Stand (standalone) Lost Planet 3
and of course,
What are the rules?
1. Never talk about FIght Club.
2. Seriously, don't talk about FIght Club. It was a terrible movie.
3. PM with five choices of games that you'd like.
4. Be patient. I'm expecting a number of PMs in response to this post, and I have to work this week.
5. Please only request keys for games you'd personally like to add to your library, not for resale.
6. Be kind to others. Actually, you know what? That's rule # 0. Okay. So do that. Then talk about Fight Club if you absolutely have to, but be kind first.
7. Someone WILL end up with Lost Planet 3 and Bad Rats before this is over.
Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!
This giveaway will remain open until I run out of stuff or I'm left with the dregs that nobody appears to want.
Also, if you have a PS4 and you haven't played Spider-Man, what are you waiting for?! It's great!
Posted by warreni on 26 December 2019 - 09:30 PM
I don't care for ultrawides because of the glare and/or reflection created from the curved monitor. I know other people find them to be more immersive but I think the bending is distracting, bc it also bends the lighting from the room.
Sir Mix-a-Lot disapproves of your disdain for ultrawides.