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Matt Diamond

Member Since 30 Jul 2001
Offline Last Active Dec 14 2018 09:15 PM

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In Topic: My "new" Xbox 360

14 December 2018 - 08:28 AM

21% through Batman Arkham Origins, but last night my checkpoint (which should not have been touched because was stuck on a boss fight) suddenly went bad. Now it restores Batman to a void and he just glides and falls forever. It's a known glitch on both PC and XBox. The generally accepted solution is "you should have been backing up your save games all along, just in case." (Sigh.)

I find this interesting. Firstly, one of the selling points of console gaming (over PC) is that you supposedly don't have to deal with this kind of crap-- the hardware is consistent, the games are supposed to be more stable. Maybe true in general-- I certainly never saw a problem like this on any of our Nintendo consoles. But just my bad luck to hit a problem with my first XBox game.

Second: maybe Feral dodged a bullet when they opted not to port the last two Batman Arkham games. Knight's problems were legendary, but maybe they were foreshadowed by problems in Arkham Origins. Whereas Arkham Asylum and City (for Mac) were rock solid for me.

The big surprise though was that I didn't flip my lid when it happened. Just an hour earlier I slammed my desk when I couldn't log into my electricity provider's customer portal. But losing days of progress in the game to a stupid bug? It just made me shake my head sadly and start a new game. Believe me, not my usual reaction when things go wrong. Not sure why I was able to shrug this one off.

In Topic: Free Mac games

14 December 2018 - 08:22 AM

Humble Bundle has Lego The Hobbit free "while supplies last".

(That title sounds like something Gandalf would yell to tell the trolls to drop Bilbo.)

In Topic: My "new" Xbox 360

02 December 2018 - 10:27 PM

Update: My daughter picked up Fallout New Vegas for me. She passed over Skyrim only because she thought I might not have time for it. She almost got me Spiderman Shattered Dimensions because I went to high school with the writer, but she wasn't sure which of the 4 Spider-Man games it was.

Mind you she has not played any of these games herself, and none of these games were on any list I gave her. But she's very thoughtful and her friends filled in some gaps. She did very well-- I would have been happy with any of the games on her shortlist.

Edit: Oh, her friends also suggested Borderlands 2 and she correctly remembered that I had played it a few years ago, despite the fact that she was young and I tried not to let her see me play a FPS. Adults are fooling themselves when they think they can live one way and teach their kids to live another. :-)

In Topic: My "new" Xbox 360

02 December 2018 - 11:42 AM

Thanks for all the game recommendations!

The monitor solution is still a mystery to me. Maybe I can set up the XBox + old monitor on a side table, and then the new monitor can be 5K. It's not as elegant as a single monitor solution. Still, I'm good for now, I'll worry about the rest when I actually upgrade my Mac next year.

In Topic: Has Anyone Had this happen to your Mac?!?!

29 November 2018 - 05:55 AM

That was my thought too: the crash/reboot itself is the main symptom, not the Windows part. Power fluctuation might account for it? There's a good chance you won't see it again.