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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« Last post by Sssith on June 07, 2018, 02:00:50 PM »
Good to know.  Is there a build that will make the play through easier?

I will have to see if I can get the books cheaply.
Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« Last post by Kasferatu on June 07, 2018, 01:22:59 PM »
I mostly agree with the above, but your choices in W2 do have an impact in W3 in that different side quests and such are available.  In the grand scheme of the plot though, no those choices don't matter (I think).
Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« Last post by maxbeedo on June 07, 2018, 12:45:15 PM »
The Witcher 1 and 2 have not aged well when it comes to "playing" them, but your choices do actually matter within those games in changing what you play, so watching a playthrough doesn't give the same experience unless it covers every option.  Even though your choices matter within each game, your choices absolutely do not matter between games (unlike Mass Effect/Dragon Age).  1 does not have much to do with 2 or 3, although the arc of a particular character mirrors an important one in 3 (and one of the romance options reappears in a DLC in 3).  There are definitely points in which you must do a specific thing at a specific place or talk to a specific person and pick a specific dialogue option in order for a quest to progress (like many older RPGs), so use a guide if needed to avoid frustration.  I played them on Easy mode as well, because the combat felt clunky as hell.  I played 1 and 2, then read 5 of the books, then played 3, which turned out to be a pretty good order since 3 is tied heavily to the book series (the games take place chronologically after the books).
Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« Last post by Sssith on June 07, 2018, 12:26:43 PM »
I have finished playing Walking Dead: Michonne.  I was under the impression that people thought it wasn't a very good game.  All I can say is that I liked it.  It is short and pretty damn vicious, and maybe that is why people didn't like it.  I thought it offered up some tough decisions and was pretty unforgiving.  Overall I thought the game had a story that was worth seeing.

At this point I am thinking of giving Witcher 1 a play through.  I have heard it said that it is not worth playing.  That I should just read the story online.  I would like to give it a try so I can get into the spirit of the game.  I want to eventually play 2 and 3 and it seems crazy to skip 1.  I might change my tune after 10 hours, we shall see.  I plan on trying to get through it quickly and on easy mode.  Hopefully that will make the game play more bearable.  Any advice that people have would be appreciated.
Other Tech Toys / Re: Headphones -- Any one with Advice?
« Last post by Darkness on June 06, 2018, 07:42:08 AM »
I got these to replace my ailing creative headphones.

Affordable, comfortable and good quality sound.
PCs / Re: New PC build
« Last post by narsica on June 05, 2018, 09:44:34 PM »
Yeah, that's quite a difference. Guess M2 it is.
Other Tech Toys / Re: Headphones -- Any one with Advice?
« Last post by Sssith on June 05, 2018, 11:15:09 AM »
Interesting that you said that about Sennheiser as I am replacing Sennheiser HD 280 Pro and while they are ok comfort wise I didn't love them.  Pretty good sound though.

So after tons of research this is what I concluded.  Don't get real 7.1 headphones.  Real ones mean that you have multiple drivers in each ear piece.  The common complaint on this is that it is incredibly tough to get them to synchronize correctly.  Virtual 7.1 is a nice thing to have, depending on how it is done.  The good news is that there are a bunch of ways to achieve that.  Sound cards, dongles, the actual headset.  Most gaming headsets have somewhat lousy microphones.  There are a couple good ones according to reviews.  Again another possibility is to actually get a headset without the microphone and then buy one separately.  Again there are a bunch of choices when it comes to getting an add on mic.  The negative, unless you get one that sits on your desk, is that you have a separate cord.  I decided to go this route and start off by not buying a mic.  I will eventually get one if only to handles business calling when I am working from home.

So if I don't need a headset with 7.1 or a mic where does that leave me?  Basically trying to get the best headset from a sound point of view.  Now I still wanted one that would be good for gaming.  People talk about this idea of a 'soundstage'.  The idea is to have really clear sound where you can separate the different things you are hearing.  This translates in game to hearing all different sound queues that the game provides.  One thing that helps with this is if the headset has an 'open back'.  This is opposed to a closed back set.  Open back means that air, and therefore sound, is able to penetrate, and escape, the ear pieces.  By all accounts this leads to a bigger soundstage.  The negative to this is that sound from the outside will get and the opposite is true.  So you can't use these style headphones in public or in a room with other people.

I ended up getting the ATH M50x.  I am a bit nervous as I am getting them refurbished to keep the price down.  I got a closed back because I want to be able to commute with them and my wife sometimes reads in the same room as me.  This set comes with detachable cord.  I am hoping that this will make it convient to commute with.  One cord for home.  One for the train.  One for the office.  Another benefit is that I will use this not just for gaming but also to listen to music.
PCs / Re: New PC build
« Last post by Pixie on June 04, 2018, 11:14:11 PM »
I moved to M2 SSD and, well... the difference between my new M2 960 EVO and my older Samsung 840 EVO is pretty significant:

Screenshot where I benchmarked both at the same time.

I actually use the 840 for Windows still, and the 960 for the most demanding games I have (with everything else being on a 4tb WD black SATA drive). It's worked out quite well.

GPU: Nvidia holds the high end. I have a 1080, my first Nvidia card since around 2008. No regrets, but I do still have a big soft spot for AMD.

CPU: I don't really have an opinion  here. I haven't kept up lately. I'm still running an i5 4670k so I'm a few generations out now.
Other Tech Toys / Re: Headphones -- Any one with Advice?
« Last post by narsica on June 04, 2018, 11:12:56 PM »
I use the Logitech G430s (wired, with mic). They're decent, although the mic is cracked at the elbow from them falling off the stand. Not the most comfortable for long periods, but definitely serviceable.

Sennheiser make the most comfortable headphones I've ever put on my head.
PCs / Re: New PC build
« Last post by Sssith on June 04, 2018, 11:12:27 PM »
It is amazing how out of date I feel on all of these questions.  Sorry.
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