TKP - Gamer's Lounge: Winter 2021

No, seriously...because where the hell else would I start. The KFConsole is real and the specs aren't actually anything to laugh at.

"It includes an ASUS-built hot-swappable NVIDIA GPU and Intel CPU (though Cooler Master didn't specify which), along with a 1TB Seagate NVME SSD. Cooler Master claims that it's VR ready, supports ray tracing and can handle 4K TV gaming and frame rates up to 240 fps."

Lets not forget about the star of the show - the chicken warming chamber. Why you would EVER need a chicken warming chamber in your pc/gaming console is far beyond me....but yall got options now.

I feel like...in 50+ years from now, when someone is watching a re-run of one of those shows where people hawk antiques, this item is going to show up and sell for a ton. Then, said person is going to wonder exactly what the hell was going on in 2020 when KFC decided to jump into the gaming industry...and there will be no viable excuse.

So, ...yeah, moving on then.

So..was Cyberpunk everything you dreamed of?

From Cyberpunk to chump in less than a week after 8 years of development. This game is riddled by damn near every bug imaginable. Even microsoft is issuing refunds, but I believe that it's still available for purchase digitally for the xbox (congrats guys, finally got that exclusive!) Truth be told, it IS a fun game..on next gen/pc. I love the feel and look of the city, the few characters I've met so far have been interesting, and there's variety in the gameplay but I completely understand why so many people are angry right now. How can you work on a game for 8 years for current gen systems, then release a game is is neither truly next gen or even playable on current gen? I only wish it were a bigger company being dragged right now (EA,Ubi, etc...all you dickheads that release these incomplete ass games)

And the search continues

For those of you looking...how goes the search for next gen/upgraded parts? Still bleak? Walmart is trying to alleviate that, and combating bots too.

Games, games, games..

Look, I aint gonna lie to you folk. I had a whole damn games list for most anticipated games of 2021, but then my laptop died and none of that shit was saved...so its not happening now. Use google.

Anyway, like always, discuss down below what you're playing or most looking forward to! For all my Dead Space brethren I leave you...with this...(from the same mind that brought us the first Dead Space!)

Looks so, so good.

Happy Holidays, Hokies! Happy Gaming!

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..warm my chicken in my gaming console. The fuck is wrong with people?

Oh!! Not to forget this one!!!

What can you tell me about this game and the first? I'm interested but don't know if I want to spring for them.

Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.

No problem. Survival horror game (so you have to maintain your stats - eating, drinking, hot/cold environment, etc) with heavy emphasis on exploration. Crash land on an island with basically nothing but a plane axe and from there you're basically free to do as you please.

You can get really creative in how you build defenses to ward off the increasingly hostile natives(I'll have to link some of my builds), you can hunt for food, gather resources, and search the island and it's caves to figure out it's mysteries and find weapons. The Forest also supports multiplayer and VR(on pc).

Playing with one or two friends, going in completely blind, is where this game really shines. I've never had so much fun as I did playing with my 2 friends over the summer.

I also had fun playing solo. Built a houseboat and lived on that for over a year in-game days. Would carry enough supplies to build a dock for wherever I wanted to port, then I'd get what I need and get out.

I also started building some fun buildings/torture houses... Really fun game.

Thank you good sir! Appreciate the quick response and the detail. Based on what I've read and what you outline above, I'm going to dive in. I love that it let's you make it whatever you want to be.

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This is from a while ago.

Just a short clip of me dicking around in the forest. I was pretty good at building by this point, so I put together a nice little resort/lodge that ran from a snow peak mountain top in the north all the way down to the beach at the bottom of the map.

It was really cool... Took a lot of resources and time though. I ended up having to build a logging/timber camp quite a bit away since I initially depleted this immediate area of all it's wood. So I'd chop a bunch of trees, load up my ship, haul to all to this dock, and build until I needed more wood. Lengthier vid but finished build

Anyway, all that building and I ended up making the world's worst water slide.

Incredible. I just finished Fallout 4 for the first time and was surprised at how much I loved building, so I'm sure this game is right up the same alley.

Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.

Just picked up a few games in the Steam winter sale.

-Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. On a bit of a Stars Wars kick since I'm watching Mandalorian now for the first time (no spoilers pls, only finished season 1).
-Fallout New Vegas with all of the DLCs. Planning on researching and adding essential mods.
-Disco Elysium. Will wait until March when the free extra content with full voiceovers comes out.

I just finished Fallen Order, it was a very fun game. The combat is fine (you get to force throw stormtroopers off of cliffs, which is all you really need in a Star Wars game), but it's really an exploration/physics puzzle game at heart not a fighting game. Also I thought the story and voice acting were excellent.

I agree. Fallen Order was really enjoyable, and I normally don't like genres outside of sports and simulations

Warning- Filter lost.

"Look at this... This is just spectacular.... These people are losing their minds"

Just beat it 5 minutes ago. I enjoyed the game up until the final boss and that just ruined it for me honestly. The platform we were on had invisible walls that the boss would jump and bounce off of, homing grab attacks where the boss would grab me from stupid angles and distances, attacks that would take off neither health nor stamina. Just overall a completely wonky fight compared to everything else in the game.

The final boss is definitely a bit wonk, and hard, but I think due to the way the endgame is supposed to go, and WHO the final boss is (I'll be careful of spoilers even though it is a 2 years old game at this point), its supposed to be difficult. But I do think it was the best game to attempt being a force user/jedi perspective since the Dark Forces series (though I still think that hit it a bit better)

I dunno, that first time Cal effortlessly deflected a blaster bolt back to kill a stormtrooper, and then I Force Pulled his body and gave him a saber to the midsection, I was like "I'm a Jedi ya'll"

Yeah I had a similar reaction. For all of the frustration against some of the creatures that you fight, deflecting laser blasts and and using force powers against stormtroopers put a big, goofy grin on my face every time.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

The stormtroopers' comments really nailed it too.

It makes it so fun. When one says I've got him then you force throw him like a pawn and it's hilarious.

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That's not really a fight though, it's more like an interactive cutscene. There's really only two ways that fight is going to end and victory isn't one of them.

So I'm about 30 hours in on CB2077, on PC, and I feel like it is the Witcher 3 but in 2077. I haven't played much of the main missions, just got into Act 2 I believe. Does it have bugs, yes, is it playable on PC, yes. I've been having fun playing it and it gets better as you go. I remember getting my butt kicked by the world at first in Wither but after leveling up you get to feel better about walking around in the world and exploring. Also it is one of the best looking video game cities I have seen, take that with a grain of salt since I didn't play games for about 15 to 20 years. I'm really looking forward to come back to this when I get a GPU with ray-tracing and can handle more than high in 1080p.

So I sold NCAA 14 bout a year and a half ago and recently got the itch to start playing it again. This fucking game is going for 90-200$ on FB market place and ebay... gamestop has it listed at 60$ but zero stock. Ugh why did a bunch of no name NFL failures have to sue EA claiming PS2 pixels looked like them SMFH.

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NBA failures, it was Ed O'Bannon.

Also, EA could make a game, they just choose not to because they can't exploit it like Madden with micro transactions because they think people want named players.

I mean, they added MTX to NCAA14 in Ultimate Team mode, and then killed it after a year. And instead of current named players, they had a large group of former players to get cards for. The perceived inability to implement MTX is not the reason they canned the game - it has everything to do with the O'Bannon lawsuit and the implications therein.

They really have no choice but to wait for the NIL legislation to go through, and even then they might decide that it's too expensive to pay that many thousands of players.

They could randomize players on every team and then no likeness for dynasty mode. No issue with not paying players

They cannot do ultimate with former players at all now without paying players. Those likeness rights were assumed to come with the schools licensing/ncaa licensing.

I'm so happy I bought it digitally before it came off the market. The aftermarket for it is insane in the off-season the price will drop

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so I booted up Cities: Skylines again the other day. I really need to get this out of my system before I go back to work, because it is a huge timesink. I haven't stayed up till 3am playing video games in a while.

I like to call this Civ syndrome. You just keep playing one more turn until it's the middle of the night.

It's Time to go to Work

So close to Nukes...just one more turn...then Ghandi dies!

Currently playing: Immortals Fenyx Rising, and stardew valley

Was playing: Cyberpunk 2077 but gonna wait till it's truly next gen..

I'm going to n highly recommend Immortals for everyone looking to scratch that Breath of the Wild itch. Seriously, it's like BotW but with better mechanics. It's crazy.

I need to finish up Cyberpunk, haven't seen any game breaking bugs (this is PC) except one where I only lost 30 seconds because of checkpoints but nothing that made me refund it. I've heard that the main story is short compared to other RPGs but one thing to remember it's based off a Tabletop RPG back in the mid/late 80s where the campaigns can be short, it's just there's always a murderhobo player, stupid lawful good player, stupid neutral player, and stupid evil player in the group that makes it longer.

I just forgot Cyberpunk because I wanted to finish Persona 5 Royal, then got C&C Red Alert 3 and C&C Remastered (original and Red Alert, remaster Red Alert 2 you COWARDS), my brother got me back into Mechwarrior Online, while streaming some random Holdfast: Nations at War linebattles mercing for a group because of their Civil War mod that is awesome and fun.

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"I am ya Grot!"

"Horkies were made for two fings foighten' and winnen'" - Horkie Warboss

"That Gritty git doesn't exactly look like a Horkie, but by Gork and Mork it acts like one!"-Random Horkie Boy

Picked up C&C remastered while on sale. Enjoying playing these games again at a much clearer resolution, though the red alert campaign is harder than I remember being as a kid. I agree though a Red Alert 2 remaster is what I really want. Best game of the series IMO.

Finally got the X. It feels amazing. Much smoother and quicker. I spend a majority of my time on rocket league or CoD so I'm looking forward to a next-gen game that appeals to me or just wait until November for Halo.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Family got Farming Simulator 19 so the kids can drive around the tractors and ride the horses. It's actually a great way to relax at night before bed.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I should have bought a 1660 Ti when they were sitting at $250ish, now they're all out of stock and if they are available they're going for $400+!

I'll wait 6-8mo until all the bugs are ironed out on CP2077. I've got a lot of other games sitting in the Steam queue that just aren't that playable with my 7870 from 2013...

Yesterday I picked up a used copy of Ncaa football 13 at gamestop got it home created a new Dynasty with my coach named Shane Beamer as the OC at SMU and had the goal of building my way up to receive an offer from VT in a few seasons. I start my recruiting board and get to week 1 and play through the 1st quarter then the game crashes. Long story short the game was scratched all to hell and I had to return it for a refund because no Gamestop around Richmond had a copy I could swap it for, the closest copy was in FairFax 2 hours away and Gamestop no longer ships products store to store anymore because of the pandemic.

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Even with the backlog of GamePass games I have, for whatever reason I decided to download and start Control the other night.

What a crazy, entertaining game. Really satisfying combat system.

Trying to decide now on diving into Wasteland 3 or Divinity 2

I recommended Control a while back. Very fun game.

Hopefully they released it with the dlc, fun Alan wake connection

I bought the ultimate version for $20 days before I found out it would be on gamepass. The gamepass version didnt include the DLC but I would've paid $20 for it.

The DLC isn't included. But I'm having enough work wrapping my head around the story as it is.

Pretty ambitious game when you think about.

Edit: Mad Max is also on sale for $8 right now on XBox. I wouldn't say the game is underrated, as the reviews are pretty good. It just happened to launch the same week as MGSV, and got lost in the shuffle.

Okay peeps I'm gonna try and see if I can snag a series x any good sites or twitter pages to follow to help find one?

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Wario64 on Twitter is the best person to follow; always accurate. Also nowinstock.net and popfindr continually update live stocks of various websites

Thanks for the links now I have extra stuff to check all day!

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No problem. Don't forget about the Xbox series subreddit! Users usually post when sales open up.

Well I picked up a copy of NCAA 06 for Xbox on Ebay just gotta wait until Thursday-Saturday for delivery. Looking forward to playing with MV5, Eddie Royal, Xavier Adibi, and Vince Hall once again! NCAA 06 had one of if not the best rated Hokies squad on an EA Sports game.

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To keep the Star Wars theme going, I just downloaded Knights of the Old Republic as part of the steam sale. I have never played it and I'm very interested to learn about Darth Revan (not even worried that it's not canon 😃)

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

Still the best SW game ever made IMO.

X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and the Dark Forces/Jedi Academy series are all classic obviously.

But KOTR is the best. I still keep it on my iPhone and play every now and again even though I bought it for the original Xbox the week it came out.

Revan is an amazing character. And canon btw, mentioned in the Visual Dictionary for The Rise of Skywalker which is official.

Do yourself a favor and don't look for any spoilers

Noted, I've avoided them for over 17 years so far! Lol

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

I honestly don't know how anyone that Internets for this long wouldn't have seen spoilers for it by accident.

Well done. You will really love the play through then. The game also has the greatest droid in SW history not named R2

I've got a big Game Pass backlog but I think I may fire up a Dark Side run on my phone

In all honestly, I'm sure I read a synopsis or something over the years or when I was in college, its just been so long I've already forgotten lol

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

Agree with this perspective. KoTOR/XvT and Dark Forces series are the classic golden age of Star Wars gaming

Rogue Squadron is my favorite classic although I have a lot of fond memories of TIE Fighter chugging along on my crappy PC

Hokie Club member since 2017

I always kinda forget the Rogue Squadron PC since that was all predominantly GameCube et al (but yes was ported to PC). But those were good quality games as well.

Downloaded and played an hour or two of Star Wars: Squadrons. I think this is going to scratch my star wars itch just fine.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

The campaign is fantastic and I highly recommend doing that in it's entirety first to learn the game and by the end you'll understand all the functions of the game. Getting in a bomber for a bombing run the first time is next level child heaven

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Yeah, Squadrons takes a bit more time to get used to than maybe the XvT series, but once you get into it, it does feel pretty natural. Definitely takes a bit more skill though, and sometimes the balance is hard (I feel like when I play as an Imp I get blown out pretty quickly comparted to when I play as the NR), but otherwise very enjoyable. I was definitely happy with the new DLC ships

It takes time to get used to it if you knew how battlefront used to play. Learn to use the throttle and find your favorites in the campaign and start to get used to them. I thought the imp ships would be weak with no shields but they are so nimble it makes up for it. The rebel bomber though is op

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Is it difficult to move up in rank during the 8 week operation? I just finished the story mode and I'm working on fleet battles now.

Honestly have no clue I only play the campaign and don't really dip into multiplayer that much at all

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Doesn't seem too bad if you play enough. Feels very COD like et. al

What have you been playing it on, xbox/ps4 or pc? I want to get it but I want to wait until I have a ps5 and I can play it on a 4k tv. Right now all I have is my pc and monitors which cant do 4k

They'll really get after ya

I've played it on my xbox one x and it's glorious. Without being able to track resolution and frame rate I have no idea if waiting on a ps5 is a big difference. I play it on a 120hz 1440p curved monitor and it looks beautiful to me

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ah word, my friend has it on VR and he absolutely loves it

They'll really get after ya

Anyone tried the new PlayStation headphones? Needed a new pair anyways, wondering if it's worth the price tag rn

I've got a pair and I think they're decent. I'm not an audiophile or anything and don't have another pair of similar headphones to compare them to though. They do, however, fit just a tad bit snug and can make it uncomfortable on my ears after wearing for a couple hours.

In everything I've read my takeaway is this: they're good for their price point but for a bit more you can get better.

I think I just broke NCAA 14. Last season my QB was #1 in passing yards and rushing yards. Now he is gone and QBs run the show so to speak. My RB is the top RB in rushing yards and is 19th behind 18 QBs. I am the only RB in the top 30

I... have never encountered anything quite that ridiculous. I mean, scrambling QBs are a scourge in that game, but they aren't usually that pervasive.

Did anyone else have an issue with brightness in Cyberpunk2077? I find it hard to see whenever inside and generally think the game was very over hyped. I've only put in about 10 hours but find the game dialogue very long and overall gameplay too complicated compared to other 1st person shooter games/open world games.

I've already gone back to Halo

Pour some Beer on it

Ten hours is about what I put in too, I think. Maybe more.

But cut scene after cut screen after cut scene was a turnoff.

If anyone thought that it was hopeless to get a new graphics card anytime soon (at MSRP).... you're right

Damn Crypto Miners

Side note - I was surprised that the article did jump to the conclusion that the spike in crypto prices directly coincided with the release timeframe for the Nvidia RTX 3xxx lineup. Its a little too coincidental that prices spiked and have continued to rise as the new power in GPUs came out.

edit: fixed the link

I think the clickable link formatting is a little broken.

The GPU shortage is disappointing because I was thinking about stimulating the economy by buying a 3070 if I could find one. Guess not...

best thing to do is get on one of the auto-notify lists (e.g., EVGA) but only if you are committed to purchase when your name comes up. I have no idea when I'm going to get called, but I'm prepped to make that investment in a new 3070 when they come calling... other than that, i'm not really going to waste time going to Microcenter and standing in line to get one. I'll make the occasional trip by the GPU aisle whenever I head over there, but my hopes of seeing a card in stock (Nvidia or AMD) are pretty much non-existent.

Best buy had a release on the 3000 series and I had a 3080 in the cart before it sold out, shit.

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I got my 3070 from EVGA and it was the best. Getting the email saying they had one for me and knowing I had 8 hours was great, I could afford to wait until after work rather than panicking at my desk.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

How does one sign up for this?

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Go to EVGAs website, find the product you like, and sign up for the little "notify me" button or whatever.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

WHY ARENT ALL THE COMPANIES DOING THIS WTF

How long did you have to wait for just curious?

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My slot was very very early after the cards were announced on EVGA's website, so I got one like a few days after release. I have no idea what the time is for turnaround if you sign up now, but at least you know you have a slot and don't have to rush.

As for why more companies don't do this? They just don't care. Even if the cards get bought up by bots it makes no difference to them, they're still getting their money.

There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

Yup sucks but they're selling and the companies won't care but I signed up for both the fan cooled 3070 cards they have and will be eagerly refreshing the email every hour until whenever I snag one. My pc is online and signed into all accounts and at the ready and whenever I hear a twitter notification or email ping I run to it. My wife is begining to worry for my mental health but is happy for the exercise I'm getting.

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Its not that they don't care, its that scarcity is good for business, they actually want a lack of products. This way they can keep prices higher longer.

And I am just one person, but Microsoft faced up, cause if I could have found an xbox, I'd have an xbox, but I can't, and there isn't a reason to really get one right now other than I'm on the original xbox one. So I'll wait until price drop.

Yup they don't care too much as they still get their piece of the pie and they don't care how really. Im in the EVGA queue for a new GPU which could be a few months but atleast I can snag one then for MSRP and not pay an extortionate amount to a bot user. I would go for an xbox but they sell out so fast I can't ever even get to the site before they're gone so I'll go computer this time.

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Scarcity is good for business for a lot of products. Video game hardware is not one of them, however.

That's what makes the scarcity strange. Microsoft/Sony usually take a loss (or a very minuscule profit) on the sale of every console. Software sales are really where the money is made.

So it behooves them to get as many consoles as they can into people's hands.

What software will I buy right now? Games are lacking right now. Cyberpunk was supposed to be a huge seller, but it didn't do so well on consoles (though xbox X is supposed to be okay) The there is always a lack of launch day titles.

Its probably better for ms and Sony to not take the loss right now since there aren't tons of games people will buy with it.

How I feel everytime I see Xbox tweeting about ambient shit while ignoring the console shortage

I'm on the notification lists for the 3000 cards and xbox as I have a friend who wants a card bad so I'm trying to help if I see one I'll grab him one.

My new favorite activity is to harrass scammers on Marketplace by bidding 500.01 on every series X ad I see

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Dated article, but the scammers that are scamming the auto-bots are awesome

My piece of shit old xbox 360 ruined my copy of NCAA 06 I literally just had delivered from ebay this Monday. The game still plays but in a cruel twist of fate the 360 scratched the disc in a way that I can only play as the Hokies as an away team if I try to play in Lane the game freezes during the loading screen. 😡🤬🤬😡🤬

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So I guess you're in the market to get a masters from another school

There is no supersim in this version and in NCAA 11-14 when I did a non Hokies dynasty I only played offense. I'm not really looking to play crappy defense for a crappy team lol. Before the game scrached I had started a dynasty got through 3 games and was having a lot of fun wreaking havoc with Hall, Adibi, Tapp, Ellis, and Hamilton and had MV5 #2 in the Heisman race.

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Nice Xbox drop on amazon at 5:09 am this morning only made it for a minute before selling out.

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I've started playing through Unravel on Game Pass this week, and I actually like it a lot. It's not hard but it surprisingly calming and a feel-good game.

started playing through Hitman again the other day.

I love the problem solving and the multiple run-through challenges, but what really impresses me is the number of people crammed into it in certain missions. One of my biggest gripes about about most games where you are in a town or a city or whatever is just how few people there are and the Paris fashion show is just brimming with them. They don't do a lot, but it actually feels crowded.

The hitman series is one of my all time favorites. One of the few games that I can go back and replay a mission several times and not get bored because there are so many ways to do things. Sapienza and Marrakesh are my favorite on the first, and Miami and New York on Hitman 2

I recently added Philips Hue Play Lightbars, and an hmdi sync box to my cave, and lemme tell you...

I am quite pleased with the results.

I'll upload some pics and go into detail in a bit here

Would love to see the setup in action. I had been looking to add this to the gaming setup but I'd rather put that cash to a new GPU and upgrade the rig first. I've always wanted the ambient lighting to sync to the screen behind it but it's always been so pricey to do.

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Pretty good shot of the Philips HDMI Sync Box in action for the first time while playing the PS5.

This shot came out gorgeous..so cool

Ambient lighting, I feel, makes a world of a difference.

That looks sweet. You've tempted me to do this too but it doesn't look like you can sync your smart tv to them. Since we use the smart tv apps for streaming I don't think it makes sense.

Had a 3070 in the cart and was clicking buy now and lost it. Pain. The pain is real

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You poor soul

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I got one on order from Amazon. Used a tracker on a Discord channel and as soon as I got an alert I snapped it up.

What is this tracker on a discord channel? I use a twitter account that posts drops and notify me when they tweet but would like to get something faster to get a drop or two.

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My man I did the stuff to sub to the notifications for the 3070 and 3080s I think WE CAN DO IT

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Just installed my 3070 yesterday, card swap took 10 minutes and the computer was back up and rolling. Updated drivers and was off to the races. Played some Death Stranding just to admire some of the visuals. Going to have to reinstall RDR2 to give that another go.

So jealous. I've come close to one on Asus but that site is so laggy its infuriating. Praying for a best buy drop as the amazon drops are getting wiped by bots.

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All of this chatter about difficulties buying consoles and GPUs makes me glad that I'm content with my current setup (for now). Tackling my backlog of over a hundred games without really caring that I don't have the latest, greatest hardware.

Right now I'm playing Rimworld on PC, rotating through some Game Pass games on my XBone, and finally playing through Baldur's Gate on the Switch. Will probably (finally) start up Spiderman on the PS4 before too long, but my wife has been playing Control on itever since she got it for Christmas.

Anyone ever used the Microcenter in Fairfax before? Thinking about making a trip up to look at what the have as I've always heard good things for PC stuff.

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Regularly. I'd say I'm there about twice a month. What are you looking for?

Graphics card is the main target I'd be interested in all pc parts though as I've got one I want to build but still waiting for the right time. Mainly I have a 970 I need to upgrade so I'm just curious if they ever get any stock on the newer cards

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They do carry cards but it's pointless to head there on a weekend for a graphics card right now. What you have is more powerful than anything they are likely to have in stock. From what I understand you need to be there before they open to get in line to have any chance at a card.

I have family that might do it for a small fee but it may be worth it. I wonder what stock they get I feel like my luck theyd only have 3080s and 3090s instead of the 3070s. Had a few more in the cart but lost them all so far gotta say this process is a bit irritating.

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It really sucks, but your best bet is to add yourself to a waiting list online. I know EVGA has one for their line of Nvidia cards, but I don't know about anyone else.

I'm on the EVGA one for the 3070 black and ULTRA but those queues are moving at a snails pace so worst case I get my name called by june but its looking like longer than that at the moment. Really hoping production ramps up at some point but so far the outlook is bleak.

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Can someone fill me in on why the graphics cards are such a hard get? Other than bots buying them up to sell at a premium for....reasons?

I get scarcity, but is there something out there that you need these things to play?

Bots play a major role along with scalpers it gets worse and worse. I have friends who have lucked out but all of them who were successful had to use bots of some kind simply due to how fast the bots and scalpers are grabbing every available piece of inventory. The other side is so many people now working/staying home alot has lead to an even bigger demand for not just the 3000 series but the 2000 series cards as well which the prices have gone skyhigh for even the 2000 series cards.
I may be wrong here but I also believe from a production standpoint the chipsets for the GPUs are all being made by 2 suppliers in Nvidia and AMD and alongside the console launches which both are using AMD chipsets those companies are struggling to produce enough to keep up with any demand.

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Samsung is supplying the 3000 series chips while TSMC is basically supplying everything else except for ARM and Intel cpus. Supply chains have struggled the past year and there have been new hardware released that has had demand exceed expectations.

Nvidia said to expect a supply constraint till the end of their Q1, around the end of April. I'm sure that AMD is probably going to experience that for a little longer since there are more pots to allocate to for their chipsets.

I gave in and put my name in the queue for a card from EVGA. Just hope I get the email before the 4000 series cards are announced. /s

You can use the forum to track the email notification list. People post their times when emailed so you know how long you have to go in the queue and currently theyre still shooting out emails for preorders on the more popular GPU's so likely itll be a 3-4 month wait atleast.

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Increases in demand at the consumer level are only a small portion of why these things are nigh impossible to obtain. The much bigger reason is that (for some reason) cryptocurrency process are skyrocketing again, so "miners" have bots running to snatch up cards whenever they become available, since more GPUs equals more mining equals more money.

I hadn't even thought about that. I guess I have been out of serious PC gaming for quite awhile, so when I think of high end GPU cards I don't associate them with mining. Seems like that would not be necessary

Makes sense though

GPUs offer much more performance per dollar than CPUs, when performing tasks that can be distributed among dozens (or more) processing cores, hence why the crypto miners are hoarding them so strongly.

Battlefront 2 Celebration edition is free on Epic Games store for PC people right now. I know its epic but its a free copy of BF2 and in its current state thats a hell of a deal.

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only a couple hours left.... Galactic Civilizations 3 is up next this afternoon.

Last one. I swear. I'm so obsessed with these lights now though. I want to get a couple more bars for the back of my tv (I actually want the gradient strip but that's been sold out forever)

Then I'm looking to expand this idea beyond the man cave and add a few hue color/white bulbs to the living room area and hallway downstairs. Maybe even the loft area upstairs.

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Meanwhile those of us on EVGA queue system waiting for our number to get called for a GPU.

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PS5's look like they are gone already... still Xbox consoles available.

Anyone on here get into Red Dead Online? I've gotten all the way through the RDR2 Story (though, only partially into the Epilogue) and have had some people toss the idea around of playing online. I'm looking into it, and it looks like the game can be quite a grind if you don't pay for gold bars. Is that pretty much the case? We kind of just want to get into it, and have a bit of wild west fun without being grief'd to death. How much fun can you really have with a bunch of low level people playing together?

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I started playing with my brother a few weeks ago. We only have a handful of hours in it but we mostly just hunt and fish to get wagons full of gear you can trade or sell - but usually just try to avoid anyone trying to steal your gear which is both fun and frustrating. I like the hunting and fishing part plus you just get to dick around and do whatever. So we are basically a bunch of low level people playing together and have enjoyed most of it so far.