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Emery Calame
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Footage of people playing Far Cry Primal (out in february)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxUXI6-53qw
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Now playing Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U, a vast and astonishing game. I'll be sinking some hours into this over Christmas. 
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Watched a YouTube video the other night, a POV of someone playing a Batman game. I realized I haven't looked at a game since I saw a LEGEND OF ZELDA (?) playing in a Toys'R'Us some 25 years ago.

I was impressed by the movie quality CGI, but even more by the depth of thought that went into this game. At one point, driving thru the streets of Gotham, the player swerved and crashed into a night watchman's shack, shattering it into scraps of wood. I realized that someone had to take into account that players might hit the shack, and write in the appropriate animation. And they had to do that for virtually every square foot of every street!! Every turn, twist, stop, start --- all had to be calculated and programmed.

If only this power could be harnessed for good!

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What's I find interesting is how streamlined and quick making "working" environments even with "stock" parts is these days.  Here's a "speed build" video of an environment built with Unreal Engine 4.  Skip ahead to 5min or so to see what it looks like actually running:

You can, of course, import all your own custom models too.

What's more interesting is it's easy to try this yourself (there's even a Mac version), as the UE4 engine is free for use, even commercial!  You don't owe them any money until you make $5k, or $3K in your first quarter, then only a royalty of 5% of your gross.

Nerding out a bit here, I was impressed how easy it is to get the engine to stand up and dance.  You simply add a code (C++) object to your project (on a menu), then it automatically fires up your programming system, with everything set up properly for its use.  Then when you compile your code (for exploding, moving around, AI or whatever), it knows you've done this then adds the object to a list of drag-and-drop items in your project, which you can simply drop into the environment, and attach it to a game object to make it run the code.

Of course, you can get it to do a lot without any code at all.  Useful for architectural visualization or whatever.

Some high profile games like the Mass Effect series were built on that engine.

Very impressive.
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I've been playing Fallout 4. I'm finding it to be an enjoyable game. I'm happy that some of the music from 3 is in the game. I'm also enjoying The radio shows that the got going on. Fans of OTR are gonna get a thrill connected to those Fallout shows. Another aspect of the game i'm enjoying is being able to have various ai companions that you can choose to join you. Including a German Shepherd.
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Posted: 10 January 2016 at 9:35am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

"Atom Bomb Baby" should be playing on everyone's stereo, man.

Fallout 4 has been fun, bit "more of the same" but ok.
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Some behind-the-scenes at acting in a video game:

Gillian Anderson in "Squadron 42"

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Preordered X-Com 2 today. 

Thinking about The Division. Not sure yet. Also Thinking about Galactic Civilizations III.

Will eventually get Homeworld: Deserts of Karak, and Far Cry Primal.
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This is a sad story, but touching and inspiring, too:

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Got X-com 2, Homeworld deserts of Karak, and Galciv III. 

Still holding off on Far Cry Primal and The Division.

And slightly tempted by Street Fighter V coming out tomorrow.


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Preordered Far Cry Primal for PC for $35 on a deal from Green Man. Found out it has no coop or multiplayer so...might as well go with PC.
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Does anyone here play games on their tablet or phone?

I play a number of games on my Ipad-
The Simpsons-Tapped Out
Family Guy Quest for Stuff
Avengers Alliance
Avengers Academy
Peanuts-Snoopy's Town

Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast will be coming out soon and I am looking forward to it. It will involve quests using various forms of their mascot Eddie.

Tapped Out is the best of the bunch. There always seems to be a fun event and I don't have the feeling that I need to buy premium items to get through an event and gain all the prizes. Some time is needed to complete everything but I don't feel like if I'm not playing I'm going to lose anything. Currently, there is a Casino event going on.

Family Guy has a lot of events related to pop culture. They just finished a rehash of their Star Trek event and is currently having a Princess Bride event. This is one game where one needs to buy premium items in order to finish the event and gain all prizes. I come close to quitting a lot. The premium items are super cool but expensive. It also has many crash issues.

Avengers Alliance is fun but it crashes at least 2-3 times before my heroes can fight the villains. It takes forever to earn enough credit to upgrade characters. The online version seems to be better than the ISO version but I'm so deeply invested in the ISO version, I don't want to start over.

Avengers Academy is only a few weeks old and it's not bad. The premise is that Fury is starting a college-like community for teenage versions of the current Avengers.

Peanuts Snoopy Town is one I have currently given up. Multiple individual items must be made and then used to make the final product. Its time consuming and interest is soon gone. I would think they would have geared it towards a much younger crowd by having shortened tasks with quick rewards.

Is anyone else playing these?
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Posted: 01 March 2016 at 6:14am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I downloaded Final Fantasy 9 for my ipad,but have yet to sink any hours into it,in answer to your question,craig

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I'm really enjoying the Division, in between a lot of Star Wars Battlefront with my nephew.  Basically, it takes the feel of previous Clancy games and puts them in an open world NYC.
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I preordered the PC version of Overwatch from Blizzard. It looks like  a broader, more fun, and less snarky take on Team Fortress II.

Also looking at the new iteration of Doom, and DIshonored II both from Bethesda, Deus Ex Mankind Dividied from Eidos/Square-Enix, and am curious about Battleborn from Gearbox, though it looks like a rip off of Overwatch in some ways, and is some kind of a 3rd/1st person MOBA thing. 
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Posted: 03 April 2016 at 1:33pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Just got the "Automatron" add-on for "Fallout 4": finally, robot companions!
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Playing Star Fox Zero on the Wii U. Loving this on rails shooter with gyroscopic aiming. Star Fox 64 from the late 90s is a real favourite and this is a worthy follow up.
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Posted: 24 April 2016 at 4:50pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

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 Overwatch looks fun. Definitely going to get the new Doom.
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Pre-loaded Doom, to play tomorrow night, got Uncharted 4 on PS4, got Battleborn.

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Curious about your review of UNCHARTED 4, Emery.  Love the franchise and want to purchase this one right now!

Been playing METAL GEAR SOLID 5.  Fun, open world.  Never was a Gearhead, so don't know this world, these characters or the situations at all past this installment.  Good stuff.  Highly enjoyable.  I've spent endless hours getting resources and building up my Mother Base.  Good times.
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Of interest to those who play it...


The company surprised observers by announcing the discontinuation of Disney Infinity, a series of action-adventure console video games that incorporates physical toys based on Disney characters into the on-screen action. That led Disney to incur a $147-million charge that it said was "primarily due to an inventory write-down."

Disney also will lay off roughly 300 people and close its Avalanche Software studio in Utah, according to a person close to the company who was not authorized to comment publicly. The move means that Disney will no longer develop console games in-house and instead license its characters for such projects. (Disney already licenses “Star Wars” to Electronic Arts for a series of games made by that company.)

Although the Infinity series was popular, it was expensive to produce and Disney faced growing competition in the so-called toys-to-life category. The first Infinity game was released in 2013 after years of development and cost about $100 million to make. Three iterations of the game have been made for consoles, including Xbox One and PlayStation4.


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Uncharted 4 and Doom are both straight-up good and worth the money. 

I'm enjoying about 2/3 of Battleborn but it feels pretty niche to me. So I doubt I'd recommend a purchase unless it was to someone who really likes Super Monday Night Combat.
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I preordered Total Warhammer, which comes out on Tuesday. 
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Posted: 28 May 2016 at 5:54pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

I found this link about a new Xbox console interesting:


The Xbox One is three years old?! How quickly time passes, eh?
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It is in Japanese, but very epic trailer for the SUPER ROBOT WARS V game for the PS4 / PS Vita...

Was very surprised at the addition of a certain anime franchise to the mix (at the 6:50 mark)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18otfdWJlLI
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