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Going Mt Buller for the day. I'll be back for the cricket (I'll see you on /r/cricket, Matthew) and there is no way I'm missing this. Others welcome.
Yeah I'll be at the Summernats for the day but I should be back before the Cricket starts.
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Breaking news!

@RevolvingPrawn has been confirmed as a special guest in the twitch chat. What a fantastic line up we've got here!


I feel like Rohan. 
Well, considering he's gone ho before bro's these days, we do need a replacement for him ;)
No pls.

I think Mike would be good for the job. Greece...India...close enough. ;)
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Breaking news!

@RevolvingPrawn has been confirmed as a special guest in the twitch chat. What a fantastic line up we've got here!


I feel like Rohan. 
Well, considering he's gone ho before bro's these days, we do need a replacement for him ;)
No pls.

I think Mike would be good for the job. Greece...India...close enough. ;)
Haha, well, in distance Greece is closer to India :p Wonder if he'd like to take over the awards show? Only two stipulations, no girlfriends allowed, and no wrestling allowed.
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So Shopto don't have any TX wheels instock, so I'm getting a full refund. I'm worried about buying it from somewhere else, as Shopto have such a good return policy, but I need a wheel for my Xbox One.
How about Amazon? As long as you can get it from them directly instead of a sellers store, they're top notch for returns. Plus I'm pretty sure they advance ship any replacement too, they did when I went through 3 GTX 660's with them :p 
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So Shopto don't have any TX wheels instock, so I'm getting a full refund. I'm worried about buying it from somewhere else, as Shopto have such a good return policy, but I need a wheel for my Xbox One.
How about Amazon? As long as you can get it from them directly instead of a sellers store, they're top notch for returns. Plus I'm pretty sure they advance ship any replacement too, they did when I went through 3 GTX 660's with them :p 
Naa they don't sell it. Overclockers have it for £219 (it was £245 on Shopto) so could get it from them when I get my money back. If I  got it from Thrustmasters directly, it costs £349 :o In limbo at the moment, as I could put it towards a new GPU.
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If there is one nice thing about DA2 I can say is the combat is much easier and more fun I think than in Origins.
You'll love DAI then, as combat beats the pants off them both ;)
Yeah that's the problem with Origins I think they over complicated the combat which makes it hard to be a mage. I'm finding being a mage on 2 fun so far. I think I should have waited till later in the game before taki9ng on the search for Branka part of the game. Unfortunately that's what put my run to an end on that game but I made it further than I had done before I just took them on in the wrong order. I just picked what I probably would have chosen on the keep so it can still be transaferred into DAI when I start.
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If there is one nice thing about DA2 I can say is the combat is much easier and more fun I think than in Origins.
You'll love DAI then, as combat beats the pants off them both ;)
Yeah that's the problem with Origins I think they over complicated the combat which makes it hard to be a mage. I'm finding being a mage on 2 fun so far. I think I should have waited till later in the game before taki9ng on the search for Branka part of the game. Unfortunately that's what put my run to an end on that game but I made it further than I had done before I just took them on in the wrong order. I just picked what I probably would have chosen on the keep so it can still be transaferred into DAI when I start.
A lot of the "hardcore" fans would call it dumbing down the combat, but I think it's more fun.
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Hughesy said:
If there is one nice thing about DA2 I can say is the combat is much easier and more fun I think than in Origins.
You'll love DAI then, as combat beats the pants off them both ;)
Yeah that's the problem with Origins I think they over complicated the combat which makes it hard to be a mage. I'm finding being a mage on 2 fun so far. I think I should have waited till later in the game before taki9ng on the search for Branka part of the game. Unfortunately that's what put my run to an end on that game but I made it further than I had done before I just took them on in the wrong order. I just picked what I probably would have chosen on the keep so it can still be transaferred into DAI when I start.
A lot of the "hardcore" fans would call it dumbing down the combat, but I think it's more fun.

so do I as it's much more faster paced this way as well. If I had already played 2 and Inquisition before then I'd have probably started again but because I haven't I thought it best to skip the rest of Origins in order to get to the other games quicker and have some fun with them. I do intend to go again with Origins as it was my mistake that lead to my collapse and I know where I went wrong. I still enjoy playing it though it's just that with DA2 and DAI waiting in the wings I didn't want to start all over again. Especially as it took a full week to get that far. I could probably do it faster next time through though seeing as I know the levels better now and where I'm meant to go so it wasn't a completely wasted effort as half the time I was wandering around trying to find the right way.


The only annoying thing about not completing Origins was not seeing how my decisions would have affected my  DA2 playthrough but seeing as I do intend on trying again eventually I'll crack it I almost did on a couple of occasions though as on one of the fights I had Caridin and 1 golem left to kill on one of the Branka ones I just had her and me left but she killed me before I could finish the job so I very nearly managed it. With more power by doing one or 2 other missions and unlocking some specializations first I think I will do. Seeing as they're supposed to be the toughest fights Origins has then I think I'll have this game nailed on my next attempt. I know what I did wrong it was just too late in the day to put it right because once you start that looking for Branka mission you're locked in until you finish it unless you keep a game save from before starting it anyway which I didn't. But then I didn't know what I was facing in fairness as I don't want  to overcheat reading my book. and I normally use the same gamesave rather than creating several as some do. Still I've learned from the mistake and hopefully I won't repeat it.

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Oh god.

I came home from the summernats (a big car show in Canberra) and it was like 32 degrees for the whole day, so when I got home I was pretty much out of it. I decided I was going to have a bit of a nap before the cricket started and long story short I woke up at 1:00 AM. 

I actually feel really bad that I slept though :P . Rain check please! :)


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So got my money back from Shopto for the broken TX wheel (£284) and got it from Overclockers for £219 B) Pretty big saving. I'm hoping it comes with the newest firmware, as they don't seem to have problems as they tweaked some of the hardware.
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Oh god.

I came home from the summernats (a big car show in Canberra) and it was like 32 degrees for the whole day, so when I got home I was pretty much out of it. I decided I was going to have a bit of a nap before the cricket started and long story short I woke up at 1:00 AM. 

I actually feel really bad that I slept though :P . Rain check please! :)


Time and date?
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I was going to suggest tonight but the temperature in Perth broke my internet. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/01/05/perth-heat-melts-internet
 
People in my household are starting to go back to work so friday night/saturday night would be a good time for me, that being said I can do whenever bar Thursday.
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got to say I like Varric he's quite a funny guy
Is he in DA2 then? I can't stop playing Inquisition, played it for 23 hours already lol. I just can't get over how good the graphics/artistic style is, they've done better with Frostbite than Dice... I wasn't expecting it to look so good, I think it'll rival The Witcher 3. People go on about "can it run Crysis" but it should be "can it run DAI" which most PCs probably can, as it seems to be optimised really well. The game itself is so addictive, but I do find myself just staring at the world :)
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So I got F1 2014 for Christmas and got round to trying it out for the first time yesterday!

Honestly I'm not that impressed so far after an hour and a half of playing, and thank goodness there's a seemingly revamped version coming out this year on the new gen consoles!

The handling is better but that shouldn't be a headline feature of the game as that's surely to be expected of a racing game? The driver evaluation system: how can it possibly judge my driving ability on one lap of a track with a couple of chicanes and a long corner, on a new game too? Why not do it on a really challenging circuit with loads of fast corners, such as Suzuka? Also, I changed pretty much all the settings it recommended for me. The scenario mode does seem fun but overall so far it seems like a big DLC for F1 2013! :p 

I will play it more so I might change my opinions but I'm not wowed yet.
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So I got F1 2014 for Christmas and got round to trying it out for the first time yesterday!

Honestly I'm not that impressed so far after an hour and a half of playing, and thank goodness there's a seemingly revamped version coming out this year on the new gen consoles!

The handling is better but that shouldn't be a headline feature of the game as that's surely to be expected of a racing game? The driver evaluation system: how can it possibly judge my driving ability on one lap of a track with a couple of chicanes and a long corner, on a new game too? Why not do it on a really challenging circuit with loads of fast corners, such as Suzuka? Also, I changed pretty much all the settings it recommended for me. The scenario mode does seem fun but overall so far it seems like a big DLC for F1 2013! :p 

I will play it more so I might change my opinions but I'm not wowed yet.
That part at the start isn't an evaluation as such, it's a tutorial for people who haven't played an F1 game before ;) 
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got to say I like Varric he's quite a funny guy
Is he in DA2 then? I can't stop playing Inquisition, played it for 23 hours already lol. I just can't get over how good the graphics/artistic style is, they've done better with Frostbite than Dice... I wasn't expecting it to look so good, I think it'll rival The Witcher 3. People go on about "can it run Crysis" but it should be "can it run DAI" which most PCs probably can, as it seems to be optimised really well. The game itself is so addictive, but I do find myself just staring at the world :)
yeah he's in both DA2 and inquisition he's a squadmember in both games been using him a lot in my squad so far. Cassandra is as well although she's not a squad mate in DA2. I'm looking forward to playing DAI too once I'm done with 2 that is. Leliana is supposed to show up at some point in DA2 as well I think but I haven't seen her yet as she's in all 3 games.
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So I get my new TX wheel today, used it for a while and then the fan kicked in :# It's making an awful noise! It sounds like it's grinding against something. I'm going to send it back, but I don't want a replacement. I give up with this shit!
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Hughesy said:
So I get my new TX wheel today, used it for a while and then the fan kicked in :# It's making an awful noise! It sounds like it's grinding against something. I'm going to send it back, but I don't want a replacement. I give up with this shit!
You have the worst luck with that thing :p Any other wheels out there that would fit your purpose?
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Hughesy said:
So I get my new TX wheel today, used it for a while and then the fan kicked in :# It's making an awful noise! It sounds like it's grinding against something. I'm going to send it back, but I don't want a replacement. I give up with this shit!
You have the worst luck with that thing :p Any other wheels out there that would fit your purpose?
Not for Xbox One bud, anyway I have bigger things to think about as posted in the Stuff thread... :#
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Hughesy said:
So I get my new TX wheel today, used it for a while and then the fan kicked in :# It's making an awful noise! It sounds like it's grinding against something. I'm going to send it back, but I don't want a replacement. I give up with this shit!
You have the worst luck with that thing :p Any other wheels out there that would fit your purpose?
Not for Xbox One bud, anyway I have bigger things to think about as posted in the Stuff thread... :#
Saw that, and while it is a major pain, it's something that can be sorted ;) The wheel however, is of primary focus and utmost importance :p 
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Hughesy said:
So I get my new TX wheel today, used it for a while and then the fan kicked in :# It's making an awful noise! It sounds like it's grinding against something. I'm going to send it back, but I don't want a replacement. I give up with this shit!
You have the worst luck with that thing :p Any other wheels out there that would fit your purpose?
Not for Xbox One bud, anyway I have bigger things to think about as posted in the Stuff thread... :#
Saw that, and while it is a major pain, it's something that can be sorted ;) The wheel however, is of primary focus and utmost importance :p 
Can't be sorted quickly though, have to do it with paper work.... In a world of technology things like being blamed for speeding in a car you don't own, can only be sorted via paper..
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Just uploading a video of me driving (badly) in thunderstorm on Project Cars at night, the track is Silverstone. I'll post it when it's done but it's taking a while. Recorded it at 1080p 60fps, I would've done it at 1440p but shadow play only does it at 30fps. Doesn't really matter though as I'm not sure anyone else here has a 1440p screen.
Pcars has come a really long way now, I'd say the physics are more realistic than AC now (or on par)  and so is the FFB which is miles better. Nobody can say it's not a sim once they watch this video (once it finishes uploading) as you'll see, I have pretty much zero traction. The graphics are mind blowing, rain effects and night racing are awesome.
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Got another uploading at the moment, showing the night/day transition (speeded up to 40x) Any track & car someone would like to see?

Edit: The video I'm uploading is going to take a while as its 2GB.

@RevolvingPrawn I said driving badly lol :p
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