Board Game Video Games

11:24 pm - 12/23/2013
I've been playing a lot of Ticket To Ride and I was wondering if anyone else had board game video games to recommend, whether on Steam or not. I'd prefer that it were on Steam but it doesn't have to be; also multiplayer capability is a huge plus. I've already got Catan, though I stopped playing because I now have the board game. I found video games are a lot cheaper than the board games so it'll be nicer to my wallet.

Also remember to check out The Humble Store and Green Man Gaming during this holiday. Sometimes their sales are better than Steam's.

[REVIEW] Far Cry 3

4:23 pm - 12/14/2013
Whoot, my first post! I finished my finals this week and, to my disappointment, completed Far Cry 3. I wasn't sure whether or not to post this here because I don't know how it'll be received but I think it'd be good for discussion.

- I got this game for $5. Wish I got it for free.
- Ubisoft never disappoints when it comes to scenery, nature, and the animal animations and clippings.
- Gameplay mechanics are wonderful; very much like Assassin's Creed in FPS style. You've got the synchronizing in high places to map out locations, gain more ways to kill/stealth as you progress, do sidequests that don't have anything to do with the main mission, etc.


It's a long list of bad with a bit of profanity so prepare yourselves. If you found this helpful, please rate up on Steam so that it stays visible as it's one of the few honest reviews. Lots of Far Cry 3 stans but I expected it.

No girls allowed

7:48 pm - 12/04/2013
Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys.

Four-year-old Riley Maida stands in a toy aisle of a department store in Newburgh, N.Y. The backdrop is pink. The shelves behind her are stacked with plastic babies in pink onesies. To her left are hair-and-makeup dolls with exaggerated heads attached to truncated shoulders. The shelf above has rows of little dresses and pastel pink slippers. The shelf above that, more pink dolls in more pink dresses.

In the next aisle, there's a distinct absence of pink. This is the "boys aisle." Lined with Nerf guns, G.I. Joes, superhero figures, building blocks and toy cars, it has a diverse color palette of blues, greens, oranges and reds.

Maida looks down the aisle of pink. Arms akimbo, the cherubic 4-year-old with brunette bangs furrows her brow. She looks into her father's camera and begins a rant that will go viral on the internet and make its way onto television networks like CNN and ABC.

"Would it be fair for all the girls to buy princesses and the boys to buy superheroes?" she says, smacking her right hand to her head in exasperation. "Girls want superheroes AND the boys want superheroes!"

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OP: I highly recommend looking at the source because the formating + the other illustrations are worth seeing.

Its been a while, but I'm finally uploading new playthroughs. For this upload, we have Part 1 of DOTA 2 featuring Diretide mode gameplay. The next episode will be uploaded soon. Enjoy. (PS: The sound is late...sorry!)

What Is Diretide?
Diretide is a new Halloween themed mode that focues on teams competing for candy. Each team must race the clock to collect candy that appears on the map and avoid Roshan who stalks players for candy. The team that collects the most candy at zero hour wins.


There are tons of PS4 reviews popping up and many of them are 3+ pages long. So, instead of posting all of them OR posting a huge roundup, I've collected some reviews that included a summarized opinion. Naturally, I've included links back to the full article so that you can read the rest if ya want.

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Journey back to the land of Hyrule with Second Quest, the next chapter in the acclaimed world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, featuring new music and visuals from highly requested titles Skyward Sword, Spirit Tracks, and Link's Awakening, while preserving perennial classics Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess,and A Link to the Past in the groundbreaking four-movement symphony that took the world by storm in Goddesses' first season. With over a half-hour of new content, Second Quest is not only a feast for the eyes and ears, but the definitive Zelda experience, a magical event you won't want to miss!

I feel like a failure for missing the first quest and now this.  For those close to Baltimore you should check it out!  Psst! There's a Groupon available as well:
The Nintendo 3DS, the successor to the insanely popular Nintendo DS portable video game system, is the handheld to own if you want to game on the go. That may not sound particularly remarkable considering that Nintendo has dominated the handheld space since the GameBoy, but it's a testament to the company's ability to craft compelling "mobile" titles.

Here's a Nintendo portable primer for those who aren't hip to the company's hardware: The Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL incorporates 3D—the latest technological advance that companies think the public goes ga-ga over—bringing games into the third dimension. Nintendo also unveiled a lower-priced 2DS that, as the name implies, lacks 3D capabilities. 3DS games with work across all three systems (alas, there's no such thing as a "2DS game.")

The games in the Nintendo 3DS library are excellent. Certainly, not all the games are top-tier, but those that are the best represent some of the finest titles in the video game industry. If you're familiar with Nintendo's gaming lineage, it should come as no surprise that Mario and Zelda games rank highly among critics and fans.

If you're ready to Nintendo 3DS game, check out the ten titles (in alphabetical order) in our slideshow, which covers the action, RPG, and shooting titles that will be red hot this holiday season—and beyond. Warning: Many of the video games in this roundup are Nintendo properties. Few video game developers and publishers manage to consistently create killer titles at Nintendo's pace. Its remarkable, really.

Think that we've overlooked a hot title? Sound off in the comment section below and let us know what Nintendo 3DS games stay in your heavy rotation.

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Microsoft has experimented with the possibility of playing Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One via cloud streaming, but it will not roll out this solution because it is too "problematic."

Hold on to your current-gen console if you still want to play any Xbox 360 games. As a solution to the Xbox One's lack of backwards compatibility, Microsoft suggested it could stream Xbox 360 games to the Xbox One via cloud streaming. In a meeting this week, Microsoft's product planning director Albert Penello has decided not to move forward with this option because it is "problematic" for consumers. Cloud streaming was too likely to fail for Microsoft to consider using it.

"It's really cool and really problematic, all at the same time, insofar as it's really super cool if you happen to have the world's most awesome internet connection," Penello told Polygon. "It works way better than you'd expect it to. So, managing quality of service, the tolerance people will have for it being crappy. Can you imagine, in this day and age, with the bad information around, and we can't control the quality of that experience and make sure it's good, or have to tell people they can't do it?"

Network troubles are too common for Microsoft to go through with using the cloud for Xbox One users to play Xbox 360 games. Microsoft's experiment running Halo 4 on a Windows PC and a Windows Phone via cloud streaming demonstrated cloud streaming technology was one solution for offering backwards compatibility. In an uncontrolled environment, Microsoft cannot guarantee that level of success for consumers.

"This is one of the things where the network just has to get better before we can do it. When that happens, you're going to have a really interesting conversation around that, can I actually run Xbox One games that way as well."

Sony plans to use its Gaikai service to stream older PlayStation games to the PS4. Penello is interested to see how Sony deals with similar network problems making cloud streaming problematic. +

OP: Interesting that slower internet connections are a totally valid argument now. When people made the same case against the required-connection, their attitude was "be less poor, losers."

For two years in row, Consumerist voters have awarded video game publisher Electronic Arts the title of Worst Company In America. Unlike other WCIA champs, EA has publicly responded to news of its wins, but often in a dismissive tone that only made things worse. But new CEO Andrew Wilson is now claiming that the company is listening to angry customers.

Wilson, who took over after much-hated longtime EA leader John Riccitiello stepped down in the middle of last year’s Worst Company tournament, recently sat down with editor Brian Crecente to answer reader-submitted questions, the second of which dealt with EA’s two-time victory in the WCIA Battledome of Blood.

“I think it was a wake-up call,” admitted Wilson, getting in a not-so-subtle dig at Consumerist by adding, “Whether you respect the source or not.”

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With the privacy concerns games raised recently, Microsoft found themselves needing to fully detail what the Xbox One Kinect sensor sees and sends. A new privacy statement page gets into what Kinect data is collected and how it will be used.

For example, Kinect sees a players face, using facial recognition to sign players in. But Microsoft explains that the tech is really seeing the distance between key points on faces, and that they store a set of numbers, and not necessarily pictures.

During play, the Kinect records similar numeric values for your skeleton. Microsoft says that these numbers are temporary, and are "destroyed" after use. Beyond this, this skeleton data cannot be used to identify a player.

Voice commands can be sent to Microsoft, if you choose to participate. These will be used to improve the service.

The Kinect microphone section warns that players "should not expect any level of privacy concerning your use of the live communication features such as voice chat, video and communications in live-hosted gameplay sessions offered through the services." They also say that they may monitor communication to some extent, but will not monitor the entire service.

Also, keep in mind that third-party apps will have their own privacy conditions to watch for.

Take a look for yourself and see if you have any concerns. Note that each section of this privacy statement page shows a summary first. Some of the heavy stuff lies beyond the "Learn More" link. Sneaky!

OP: I clicked around in the privacy policy and it didn't do anything to address my concerns. Nothing in there says they won't use audio it records to target advertisements. If I turn to my hubs and ask what we should do for dinner, I don't wanna see the Xbox suggest Doritos Tacos.
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