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15-01-2015, 08:32 AM
RE: What are you playing?
I concede the point.

I was asked why I didn't get a desktop for less money than I spent on my laptop. The reason is space: I have a small room and no office space. My desk is a work space for admin and craft hobbies. And I told the guy, "Plus, there's nothing like scrunching up in your bed when you're playing a game until you've got, like, 6 double chins because your head is sunk that low into your chest and you're surrounded by a heating blanket."

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15-01-2015, 09:13 PM
RE: What are you playing?
Quote: "Plus, there's nothing like scrunching up in your bed when you're playing a game until you've got, like, 6 double chins because your head is sunk that low into your chest and you're surrounded by a heating blanket."

Dat sex appeal.
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15-01-2015, 09:55 PM
RE: What are you playing?
The less sexy I am while gaming, the less I'll be disturbed during by anyone looking for anything.

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16-01-2015, 12:01 AM
RE: What are you playing?
Playing Dark Souls on my laptop.
It's probably mostly thanks to my hardware being... well... a fucking glorified calculator, but I'm having massive frame drops: I can't even play online because the game detects my frame-rate and takes me offline (which I think is actually a brilliant feature, given the type of game).

Spent the last hour trying to fight me way to the best humanity farming location in the game, but unfortunately, thar be a golden wall in my way, meaning I absolutely have to go through the Dynamic Duo of Ornstein and Smough first; which was the fight I wanted to farm humanity for to begin with! I might have to abandon the idea of getting Ornstein's ring, it wouldn't help me anyway since I'm running around with a +5 Fire zweihander and a +5 Divine bastard sword and both my ring slots are covered by Havel's ring and the FAP ring... Still need to find humanity somewhere to summon the AI...

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17-01-2015, 10:56 AM
RE: What are you playing?
(16-01-2015 12:01 AM)Free Thought Wrote:  Playing Dark Souls on my laptop.
It's probably mostly thanks to my hardware being... well... a fucking glorified calculator, but I'm having massive frame drops: I can't even play online because the game detects my frame-rate and takes me offline (which I think is actually a brilliant feature, given the type of game).

Spent the last hour trying to fight me way to the best humanity farming location in the game, but unfortunately, thar be a golden wall in my way, meaning I absolutely have to go through the Dynamic Duo of Ornstein and Smough first; which was the fight I wanted to farm humanity for to begin with! I might have to abandon the idea of getting Ornstein's ring, it wouldn't help me anyway since I'm running around with a +5 Fire zweihander and a +5 Divine bastard sword and both my ring slots are covered by Havel's ring and the FAP ring... Still need to find humanity somewhere to summon the AI...

I've decided I can't beat them... I wasted my last humanity on something pointless, instead of kindling the bonfire.

So now, by the time I reach the wall of light to fight Ornstein and Smough, I've usually got no health flasks left. Or at best, nowhere near enough.

So now its a case of no way forward, and no way back.

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17-01-2015, 03:51 PM (This post was last modified: 17-01-2015 03:55 PM by Free Thought.)
RE: What are you playing?
(17-01-2015 10:56 AM)Sam Wrote:  
(16-01-2015 12:01 AM)Free Thought Wrote:  Playing Dark Souls on my laptop.
It's probably mostly thanks to my hardware being... well... a fucking glorified calculator, but I'm having massive frame drops: I can't even play online because the game detects my frame-rate and takes me offline (which I think is actually a brilliant feature, given the type of game).

Spent the last hour trying to fight me way to the best humanity farming location in the game, but unfortunately, thar be a golden wall in my way, meaning I absolutely have to go through the Dynamic Duo of Ornstein and Smough first; which was the fight I wanted to farm humanity for to begin with! I might have to abandon the idea of getting Ornstein's ring, it wouldn't help me anyway since I'm running around with a +5 Fire zweihander and a +5 Divine bastard sword and both my ring slots are covered by Havel's ring and the FAP ring... Still need to find humanity somewhere to summon the AI...

I've decided I can't beat them... I wasted my last humanity on something pointless, instead of kindling the bonfire.

So now, by the time I reach the wall of light to fight Ornstein and Smough, I've usually got no health flasks left. Or at best, nowhere near enough.

So now its a case of no way forward, and no way back.

Actually, I found it easy after doing a small bit of humanity farming in the Depths (the rats drop it with decent frequency) and changing the order in which I fought them.

Basic gist of it: I'm running a nearly pure melee; running around with the tower shield and a +5 fire Zweihander, which while slow does a lot of damage. I would bolt to the right, past the Sentinel in front of the Cathedral doors and either use the Dragonslayer Greatbow to eliminate it from a distance or I'd aggro it, drag it through the opening so it's friend wouldn't come backing it up, using my shield (100% physical block) to take the halberd swings until it did the shield slam, then I murdered it while it was vulnerable or if I failed goaded it into the shield slam until I did kill it. Same basic process with the other Sentinel. For the miracle Sentinels inside the Cathedral, I just stayed outside there aggro range and wrecked their day with the Dragonslayer Greatbow (you can use the Hawk Ring to increase your range further), once they're dead, I'd just rush the archer and take him head on (rather easy to parry). Safely summon Solaire, lead him down the stairs (if not, he'll just run off the edge like a retard and take unnecessary damage).

And then comes the battle: the ease of the fight depends on what order you kill them in; if you kill Ornstein first, you'll have a much easier time fighting powered-up Smough, killing Smough first leads to a far more difficult fight with Giant Orthstein.
Ornstein is a very agile foe and seems resistant to Lighting and weak to fire, his attacks are fast and he hits like a truck, add to that his fittingly colossal health pool in the second stage, and you've got an overall more difficult battle.
Smough on the other-hand is quite slow and not remotely agile, so unlike Ornstein, you don't have to worry about him evading most of your attacks and he's rather more easy to dodge. He is weak to fire like Ortstein but gains slight lightning resistance after powering up. Since he's largely non-evasive and so bulky he's easy to hit even with slow attacks.

At the start, just rush forward and drag Ortnstein away; I found it relatively easy to poise-lock him while small, and Solaire ought to easily tank first-stage Smough (or Ornstein, in fact).
Of course, it's going to be different for us, since I'm guessing your build would be rather different to mine.

You can always leave Anor Londo if you don't feel you're able to beat them at the time and head elsewhere to farm for souls or humanity; from the first Annor Londo bonfire, just head back to the bat demon and interact with it and you'll be dropped back at Sen's Fortress of sadness. In the Depths, it's rather easy to farm for hard humanity by killing the rats (equipping the Golden Serpent Ring helps).
You can also farm for liquid humanity in Anor Londo by killing the Painting Guardians; kill enough of them and you'll gain one humanity; you can do that up to ten times.

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17-01-2015, 05:50 PM
RE: What are you playing?
I've been checking out the Playstation NOW trial. Over 100 PS3 games to stream anytime. It's surprisingly quick with minimal input lag, even though control input needs to be sent to some distant land and stream back video feed instantly. It's limited to 720p @30fps, but doesn't appear compressed.

Certainly NOT for those with monthly internet cap though.
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19-01-2015, 02:23 PM
RE: What are you playing?
Finished my first playthrough of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves this morning. Working on Crushing difficulty now. Not looking forward to some of those massive firefights, considering how much trouble I had with them on Hard.

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20-01-2015, 02:29 PM
RE: What are you playing?
Just finished the campaign of Far Cry 4...

A bit underwhelming. Couldn't have given less of a fuck about the protagonist, and whether or not he'll ever scatter his mother's ashes.

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21-01-2015, 05:11 AM
RE: What are you playing?
Rome: Total War.

It is summer, year 103 BCE. The armies of the Scipio under the orders of the Senate of Rome are marching against the crumbling remnants of the necrophilic Egyptian scum, having long ago crushed Carthage and subjugating all of known Africa.

Despite their obvious inferiority, the Egyptians are taking some time to quell and have repeatedly rebutted the efforts to bring them into good Roman culture; their chariots and archers continue to wreck havoc upon the legionaries, the cowards are too frightened to fight like men, and their Numidian cavalry far outstrips that of Rome.

After minor skirmishes, the armies manage to march to Jerusalem and the city is besieged; a combined force of three armies totalling well above three thousand of the Scipii's finest build their siege towers and wait. Opposing them is a garrison of a mere few hundred pathetic Egyptian men, accompanied by two equally pitiful 'armies' behind the besieging forces, waiting to aid the city.

The battle for Jerusalem begins and within the hour is finished with a mere few hundred lost to Rome and all but a two hundred who never engaged in battle were lost to what remains of Egypt. A glorious victory befitting of Roman superiority.

And then, that fucking game crashes! The game was running perfectly until after the battle!

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