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General Discussion / My experiments in Virtual Reality
« on: July 02, 2017, 11:36:36 AM »
So there was a sale on Gearbest and I couldn't resist...

I bought this for 266€:
http://pimaxvr.com/4k/

I paired this with a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980ti Gaming G1 (factory overclocked) 6GB DDR5 a friend sold to me for cheap. He's moving to the 1080ti, it was an excellent opportunity for me.

After some hassle to get everything working as I want to, I tried several things and I'm so far pretty impressed.

Watching 3D Blu-Ray Discs:
The experience is like no other, even compared to a movie theater. You have the equivalent of an IMax screen at home, and with real 3D display, without any kind of ghosting like its induced by a TV + polarizing glasses.
For instance in Avatar, when they first go into the forest, I had to pickup my jaw on the floor. It's just out of this world beautiful.
I'm using the "virtual desktop" software from Steam which, after trying several other solutions, gives the best results quality wise, and it was on summer sale, and Media Player Classic Home Cinema along with a few dirty tricks to get 3D Blu-Rays playing.

I also tried various demos and stuff available for free on Steam, like Google Earth VR, a roller coaster simulator (that one is really impressive), a car racing game and some other stuff. To really exploit the headset fully, I will have to wait to get my Razer Hydra controllers from eBay.

And then I tried Elite Dangerous... had to uninstall it and reinstall it from Steam after transfering my game key.
I haven't play much yet but this is something you guys who like this game MUST try. You are really in the pilot's seat, it's nothing short of amazing.

Time for a lunch break and then I'm coming back for more VR fun :)

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General Discussion / Marco Polo on Netflix
« on: June 05, 2017, 08:44:06 AM »
I'm catching up on that series right now on advice of a friend and it's really good.
Just a heads up :)

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General Discussion / WoW: Legion
« on: September 09, 2016, 04:45:09 PM »
Just to say it's pretty damn good. Best WoW expansion since Wrath of the Lich King for me.

The areas are awesome with some breathtaking vistas with the improved graphic engine, they fixed the errors made in Warlords of Draenor with the people staying in their garrison and the world being empty, Dalaran is alive and full of players, the dungeon (5 man so far) are fun and the mythic mode give a real challenge for the players looking for it. World quests are a great idea, which works great with the mob scaling system (like GW2).

And Demon Hunter is very fun to play, even though I stick to my Death Knight as main.

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General Discussion / Body Count!
« on: August 11, 2016, 04:52:28 PM »
Just wondering...
Who is still around, even if just reading and not posting?

Just post a  8) !

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General Discussion / Overwatch
« on: June 23, 2016, 04:41:41 PM »
I'm playing since open beta, and I must say, to my own surprise, that I'm having a blast.
I have 96 hours played since release and I don't see the end of the fun.

I'll copy/paste the little review I made on MMORPG.COM:

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Let my first introduce myself. Beside being a fervent MMORPG player, I have a quite long yet very old FPS background. I started playing those games with the very first DOOM, that's quite a while ago. I have played a few others like SW:Battlefront recently, but not really as much as I used to before moving to the MMORPG genre with Ultima Online.

Now about Overwatch... if someone had told me a few months ago that I'd get hooked by a team FPS game, I'd have laughed at him. That already says a lot about what Blizzard did with Overwatch. I'm older, slower, and also lacking training, but Overwatch adapts to all play styles. That's what attracted me during the beta. That I could jump in while no longer being a split millisecond twitch player and yet still be very useful to my team.

GRAPHICS:

Overwatch has fabulous graphics, and a smooth game engine that runs well even on older computers. A coworker at the office played it on an Intel NUK, of course with all settings on low, and it was OK, and still looking decently good too.
I said fabulous, but as usually with Blizzard, in a heavily stylized cartoonish style which may not appeal to everyone. The map design is excellent, with each showing a stylized version of its respective country.
The game shows that the Blizzard art team is still one of the very best of the gaming industry.

SCORE: 9/10

SOUND:

Overwatch has a very nice soundtrack fitting to an epic shooter, with intro music fitting the different maps. The music is generally pleasing and you don't feel the need to turn it off like in some other games.
The game sounds and hero emotes and chatting perfectly fit the style of the game, just like the graphics do. There are nice, amusing details, like when specific heroes are on specific maps, they sometimes have a discussion related to it during the intro part of the match. The combat sounds are of the same high quality and fit the characters perfectly too.
The sound engine fully exploit my 5.1 home cinema receiver's capabilities, I can hear the enemies coming from behind, surround is perfectly managed. I've read on the forums that some people have problems with the Dolby Atmos sound on headphones, but I haven't experienced that on my system.

SCORE: 9/10

GAMEPLAY:

Overwatch has 21 heroes in 4 different roles, offense, defense, tank and support. And they managed to make them all feel different. As I already mentionned in my introduction, the strength of OW is that you have heroes for all playstyles and twitch capabilities. The heroes range from the stereotypical FPS character (Soldier 76) or the Doom/Quake style rocket launcher user with a twist (Pharah), to healers like Mercy or the typical tank like Reinhardt. Some heroes will requires twitch aiming skills, while others will work just fine even for less twitch skilled people like me. And like all Blizzard games, the "easy to learn, hard to master" motto applies.
Combat is fast and fun, and more oriented on strategy and smart choice of heroes rather than brute force and super sniping skills. If people run around like headless chicken killing everything in sight, your team will most likely lose. But if they work intelligently on the objectives, then you have good chances to win. I like this concept of "smart shooter", rather than the game being just about who can turn around the fastest and make a headshot.
One negative point would be some balance issues (yeah Bastion, looking at you here), and also some "ultimate" skills being a bit too powerful and faceroll easy. The "overtime" system compensates a bit for that, but the smart use of a single "ultimate" can completely turn the tide of the game. Granted, it's also part of the strategy, but sometimes it's just frustrating to have played well during the whole match just to lose at the end because some Hanzo or D-Va facerolled his ultimate. This works for both sides, thankfully, but ideally I'd have liked some ultimates to be a bit less powerful.

SCORE: 8/10

VALUE/FUN RATIO:

Well, needless to say that I'm having a blast. The game is definitely worth the $40 entry price, or even the $60 for the Origin edition I have purchased. The game achieves what every video game should achieve, giving great amounts of fun while having little negative (frustrating) points. This gets the perfect score for me, worth every cent invested. And the fact that the game is B2P means we have all heroes and maps available immediately and the in game store is 100% cosmetic, not to mention it only sells stuff that you can get by just playing the game.

SCORE: 10/10

Final SCORE: 9/10

Overwatch is not perfect, but its for sure a hell lot of fun, and its design can attract even people who aren't familiar or skilled in the usual heavily twitch based FPS games.
One of the best game in that genre that I have played.


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General Discussion / Black Desert Online
« on: February 22, 2016, 05:38:52 PM »
https://www.blackdesertonline.com/

I've played it shortly this last week end (Closed Beta 2).

Seems to be Archeage without the flaws. E.g. housing is instanced, so you won't be screwed if you have a life and can't play non stop at launch to secure a plot, which is what really pissed me of with AA.
Combat is very fun (if you enjoyed GW2, you should like this one, maybe even more).
The world is simply utterly gorgeous.
PvP doesn't start before level 50 if you don't want to, and the punishments for mindless killing are, for a change, very harsh as they should be.
You have quests, but the game is mostly a sandbox, actually more than Archeage.
The cash shop is no different from GW2, except that you can't buy game gold directly.

So I pre-ordered the "Adventurer" pack. It will definitely give me a few months of fun at least, just exploring that huge open world will be memorable.

A few videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZoXQMhzlQ0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlSzQd9kD6Q

The weather system is pretty impressive, and when it snows, the snow actually sticks on the ground too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1XZrjEfxp8

A nice tour of the features:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AW4pkwbIIo


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General Discussion / RIP Alan Rickman
« on: January 14, 2016, 06:20:56 PM »
Jeez, this new years doesn't start well for our favorite artists :(

Bye, Hans Gruber, Sherif of Nothingham, Severus Snape and others...

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General Discussion / Happy new year !
« on: January 01, 2016, 04:54:15 PM »
May 2016 be even better than 2015 for you all !

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So I saw it. That's done. This morning, 10:45.

I won't give any story spoilers, I'll just say a few things:
- I absolutely loved it. JJ Abrams nailed Star Wars. It's not perfect, mind you, but it's still awesome.
- For those who were afraid of it, the movie is absolutely not "Disneyified". It's actually way more "mature" than the ones with Jar Jar or the Ewoks. Be prepared for an experience closer to episodes III, IV and V.
- I'm going to gladly go to watch it again soon with the family this time. Actually, I can't wait.
- Can't wait for the Blu-Ray to watch the making of. The work on the scenery, which is mostly REAL and not computer generated, is absolutely fabulous.

You guys simply have to go watch that one. Even more if you are a Star Wars fan, of course.

May the Force be with you !

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General Discussion / Codes for the beta of the expansion of "The Crew"
« on: October 13, 2015, 06:43:16 PM »
I have 3 codes for access to the beta of a little game I'm casually playing, a MMOCRG (Car Racing Game =P) called "The Crew".
Closed beta of "The Crew: Wild Run" will start October 15 at noon GMT+2.

If you want a code, just ask.

(Only for members of Farstar, of course)

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So many changes it's hard to list them all... surface caves are back, volcanic terrain and caves, inland water including fjords, etc...

https://forums.station.sony.com/landmark/index.php?threads/update-notes-5-may-2015-the-big-wipe-update.54485/

And basically, this was the last character wipe, so we can develop our characters now.

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General Discussion / New car ...
« on: March 21, 2015, 12:30:00 PM »
Well, my old "Rover" decided to cost more than it was worth, so it was time for me to change.

This is my new baby...

Alfa Romeo BRERA 2.4 JTD 200 Skyview





One week to wait until I get it... longest week of my life :P

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General Discussion / Spock is Dead :(
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:06:35 PM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html?_r=0

Sad :(

The "vanilla" Star Trek group grows thin... McCoy, Scotty, and now Spock.

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General Discussion / Je suis Charlie
« on: January 07, 2015, 08:17:48 PM »
Sorry to bring this up here, but that's how I feel. And I think people like us from all over Europe are all Charlie today.


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