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Gaming General / Re: Anthem
« on: March 01, 2019, 12:40:05 PM »
Nice! I'm still just getting epic drops, nothing higher. Might have to be level 30?

I've heard the same about Grandmaster 1 being the best for farming Legendary items, but wonder if it will change now that they're adjusting drop rates.

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Gaming General / Re: Anthem
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:02:12 PM »
Fair enough. I haven't done a whole lot of endgame yet, as I just recently finished the main story but haven't even hit 30 yet.

Too bad you're on PS4. Haven't found anyone to play with on PC, other than randoms!

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Gaming General / Re: Anthem
« on: February 27, 2019, 08:37:41 PM »
I don't really disagree with Max's summary, aside from the fact that I can't relate to the bugs - I've been dropped from the server once in about 20 hours of play, and had issues with match-making once. I haven't had any other bugs, at all. It's been smooth as butter for me.

My list of Things Anthem Rocks at:
- Flight and combat are absolutely stellar - feels even better than ME:A, which had the best combat of any Bioware game, ever. The game encourages you to be mobile, and use flight to your advantage. Combos are awesome, and there is a wide variety of gear/guns to suit however you'd like to play.
- The world is absolutely gorgeous. There are all kinds of nooks and crannies to explore, and the game is constantly taking my breath away. It's also three dimensional, in that it feels like they took the verticality of the game seriously.  Fort Tarsis is also pretty great, with lots of attention to detail.
- Characters are mostly pretty great, with some incredible voice acting. They have cut dialogue options down to two, but there are some really memorable interactions.
- The game encourages you to play with other people, without any of the drama. This is one of the biggest positives for me - loot and ammo/health pickups are player specific, and they've worked hard at eliminating options for griefing. No PvP to worry about, you can easily drop in to a mission with randoms and not have to worry about it. Even when you're playing with people, it almost still feels like single player (except you're all killing mobs). And they have managed to somehow balance level mismatches - you can drop into a mission with someone twice your level, and it still feels like you're contributing equally.
- You're not stuck having to level up the different javelins. You unlock them at different levels, and you have a higher chance of finding loot that works with the javelin you're currently using, but you can switch into another suit and play style at any point without starting from scratch. I played my first 10 hours with the Ranger, then switched to the Storm. I'll probably switch again to the Interceptor.
- The customization of the suits is absolutely bonkers. Aside from the difficulty in getting new cosmetic armor pieces, every suit has 7 or 8 different components that you can change both the material as well as the cover, in addition to other cosmetic armor pieces, in addition to vinyls, in addition to wear states. Aside from the default suit designs, I haven't seen the same Javelin twice.
- The world is absolutely steeped in lore.
- While there are microtransactions, they are solely cosmetic and the devs have said repeatedly that you can earn every item in game (as well as earning coin to purchase items in game).

Things that Anthem could Improve:
- Maps. There isn't the ability to set waypoints, so you're constantly having to check the map if you're trying to get somewhere.
- Missions. They are pretty formulaic - Fly here, fight some creatures. Fly there, fight enemies while gathering things to silence a relic. Fly over there to fight a mini-boss.
- Story. For a Bioware game, it's pretty light on story. That being said, they've said that they intend to offer the game as a "live service" and have updates mapped out. I think I recall one dev saying on twitter that from now until the end of March, it's basically the intro. We'll have to see whether that's true or not.
- Loading screens. Holy fuck, even on an SSD the loading screens take forever.

tl;dr - Anthem isn't the "Bob Dylan" of video games, not by a long stretch. But it's a fun multiplayer loot shooter, and Bioware didn't pretend it was anything different.

Protip - if you have an interest in trying Anthem, sign up for Origin basic ($5 bucks a month). It will give you 10 hours of playtime, and a 10% discount if you decide to buy it. It's not as good as a free demo, but it's not a ton of money to drop to try it out, and if you do buy it, you wind up paying the same amount as if you you had just bought the game in the first place.

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General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:19:03 PM »
Awesome Pix! So happy for you.  ;D

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Gaming General / Re: Our 2018 GOTY
« on: January 02, 2019, 08:50:37 PM »
In terms of new games I played (I did a bunch of replays), there's only one clear standout - Civ VI. Which is excellent, and I will probably waste innumerable hours this coming year playing it.

I picked up Endless Legend in the Steam Winter Sale, but it hasn't grabbed quite the same way. NHL 19 has been fun too, although I'm fairly terrible at it.


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Movies & TV / Re: What are you watching?
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:37:55 PM »
Took the kids to see Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse this afternoon.

It was fantastic. I think it's probably the best Spiderman movie (no offense to Tom Holland).

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General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:36:17 PM »
Happy (almost) New Year, here on the West (best) coast!!

I'm probably going to do a dry January, maybe February as well. Feeling the need to change some things up, get a bit healthier. My goal for 2018 was basically just to survive, and alcohol served a major factor in helping accomplish that. My goal for 2019 is to not just survive, but actually make it a decent year.

That being said, I have a fair amount of booze to drink before 2019, so I best get to it!

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Music / Re: What are you Listening To?
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:37:14 PM »
Alright, so to share one of the bands I've enjoyed most the last two years (beyod the usual, I loved the last QotSA album but me loving QotSA is like saying water is wet) let me introduce you to Earthless. This is Black Heaven, their latest album released this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py4excFPdVI

It's some psychedelic rock, heavy inspirations from 70's rock.

This is some good shit right here. Thanks!

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Other Tech Toys / Re: Thinking of new gaming PC 2019 edition
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:26:48 PM »
I took Pixie's advice for my most recent build, and haven't regretted it. Specifically - Ryzen CPU, m2 NVE SSD, and a 1070ti.

For a case, I still absolutely adore my Fractal Meshify C. Looks fantastic on my desk, airflow is great, and was super easy to build in.

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General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas everyone!
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:20:27 PM »
Eat me.

nom nom nom

Merry Christmas to all!

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Music / Re: What are you Listening To?
« on: December 22, 2018, 08:38:21 PM »
Just realized that we didn't have one of these threads.  Narsica let me down with regard to that.  :P

Sorry!

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Mass Effect / Re: All your Base Belongs to Me.
« on: September 08, 2018, 06:16:47 PM »
Finished another completion (third I think?). 100% Viability, nearly all quests completed (just missed a couple basic task ones).

Played a soldier/infilitrator style. Sniper rifle at range, Valiant assault rifle modded with full auto just mowed things down when the distance closed. Occasionally broke out the Dhan shotgun for funsies. Mixed in a few tech powers for variety.

The story and characters don't quite live up to Bioware's usual standard, but the combat is so much fun.


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General Discussion / Re: Update Lego Thread
« on: July 05, 2018, 08:17:57 PM »
Thanks Tim.

Mother in Law was pancreatic cancer (second time having it, which was a death sentence. We were lucky she lived through the first round). Brother was metastatic melanoma - he'd had it for a year and was stable, but there's no real treatment for it (aside from cutting it out) and it was in multiple places in his brain. He just went from being okay to being dead in two weeks.

My family didn't really have cancer in our history until now. My wife's family has a history of pancreatic and stomach cancer, as well as a litany of autoimmune diseases which raise the risk for cancer. We're getting genetic testing done for everyone, just to see.

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General Discussion / Re: Marijuana
« on: July 04, 2018, 10:16:45 PM »
Details are still be worked out. There will be stores that sell it, regulated by the same agency that regulates liquor stores (not allowed to be sold in the same store though). People will be allowed to grow their own as well, max of 4 plants I think. Weirdly, I think they are waiting a year to allow for the legal sale of edibles - something about needing "additional research".

But, municipalities will be free to adjust the rules within certain limits, so rules will vary slightly from city to city. They won't be able to ban it outright, but might be able to force people to apply for permits to grow it, and ban consumption in public places. We'll see if all the bylaws will hold up to the inevitable court challenges.

Honestly, not much is going to change up here. I don't expect a lot of USA tourism, as I'm north of Washington (where it's already legal at the state level). Might actually have the opposite effect - I know the US border guards have started asking about marijuana usage, and hauling people in for questioning if they admit to ever using pot. That's likely to escalate, and it's not like American Border guards have a great respect for citizenship it seems. Papers please!

Y'all have a fucked up government culture.

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General Discussion / Re: Update Lego Thread
« on: July 04, 2018, 10:03:47 PM »
On the minus side:

- 6 funerals in 6 months, including my mother-in-law (cancer), younger brother (cancer), grandmother (cancer) and some other relatives and friends.
- Dealing with inheritance/splitting up property is shitty. No one feels good afterwards.
- Middle daughter (10) is showing signs of Autism or OCD.

On the plus side:
- Promotion! Finally landed a job that I had applied for two years ago, and was told I was unqualified. Wound up filling the role temporarily for 8 months this past year (there wasn't anyone else to do it) and convinced the higher ups I could do it. Not a huge pay increase (I work in government) but I'm enjoying the work more than my previous position.
- New computer! It's niiiiiiiiiice.
- Still Canadian

Mixed bag:
- Prepping to go back to school in a year (Masters in Public Administration). Will be nice to go back to school, but it's mostly distance education done in the evenings, so it will be a bit brutal because I'll still be working full time.

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