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  • What Did You Buy Recently?

    The Surface Book? I almost got one of those because it has an Nvidia GPU (my PC GPU just died a week or so ago, so my SP4 is basically more powerful than my desktop PC ATM) and better battery life, but they do cost a good bit more. They're pretty much the same as what I got with the addition of a more laptop-like keyboard (that's included, type covers still aren't included with normal SP4s), and GPU that is in said keyboard along with a better battery. I also believe the tablet is missing the kickstand in that version, as the screen is held up by the keyboard.

    My only issue so far has been with the Bluetooth. From what I can see, it's a common issue due to the poor wifi/Bluetooth chip they use in them, when I had my mouse (Logitech MX Anywhere 2) via Bluetooth, the internet speed slows to a crawl, slower than the days on 28.8 dial-up. The same thing happened when connecting an Xbone controller via Bluetooth. So now I just use the USB connector that came with my mouse to connect it, and connect Xbone controllers via a micro USB cable.

  • BioWare's new IP: Anthem

    @Juxtapose said:
    For Mass Effect, it has Mass Effect fields to create Shields and you can add components/pieces to enhance it, upgrading your stats, speed, etc. So I'd say that fits as well.

    See, the main reason I don't consider the ME armor as power armor, despite it kind of fitting based on your point, is the RPG factor it has going for it. The gear needs to have stats and boosts on it. I don't consider it to be any more advanced (outside of the shielding) than any armor in say, Diablo.

  • BioWare's new IP: Anthem

    I don't know if I'd really consider OG Doomguy (I'd only really consider the armor of the new game to be power armor) or Freeman (wasn't his just environmental suit? It didn't really augment his abilities in any way, just an advanced hazmat suit really) to be wearing power armor. StarCraft marines are definitely on the side of the 40k stuff (but overall, still a style you don't see too often), they're pretty much Terminators with visors instead of plated helmets:

    Chief's (I've always thought he just looks like he's wearing motocross gear) armor definitely qualifies, but it's more of the standard low tier sort, a tech bodysuit with armor plates attached. Generally when it comes to power armor, you see one of two types, the bodysuit + plates one (though I typically don't like to view this as power armor, it's more of a power suit), and the mechanized ones like the SC marines. I can't really speak for the Star Wars stuff as I didn't play those games. I also wouldn't consider the armors of Mass Effect to be power armor either, it's pretty much just their armor standard, it doesn't generally offer enhancements, just defences, much like the Kevlar and whatnot worn today, just futurized to be less cumbersome.

    I don't know, maybe I just have a weird expectation when I hear power armor, I typically expect something that augments strength and/or speed quite a bit, and generally provides extreme protection (typically protection suited for weapons far larger than the standard infantry issue stuff e.g., tanks, and nearly fully armor plated), maybe I just think too big when it comes to power armor.

    I feel like a lot of the hex stuff and whatnot we see now is simply because of the levels of detail we have in games now, a lot of armors would just end up looking kind of bland without anything like that, but since everybody is doing it, they all just kind of blend together and end up looking bland on the whole anyway. I don't know if there's much you could really do these days that hasn't already been done though, I think the focus is more on just making it look cool at this point vs being original. For example, I thought Sam Gideon's Augmented Reaction Suit was pretty badass, but I wouldn't say it was the most unique armor, as it had elements of quite a few other armors of the past and (at the time) present (though all of the moving and shifting of parts, exhaust, etc. hasn't really been seen in many games featuring power armor):

    I'm always happy to see power armor in games though, it's pretty much always a favorite of mine, and I'll always welcome more no matter how generic or samey it may look.

  • BioWare's new IP: Anthem

    I think it's always looked pretty samey really. I can't really think of much that's stood out to me outside of the 40 Space Marine armor, but that's something that's been around longer than any of the video game stuff.

  • !Movies! - Old - New - !Movies!

    I don't think they ever explained it, but the writer or director or somebody said Magneto could have helped him get them back, but there's never been an official explanation AFAIK.