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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 06, 2014, 01:30:12 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 05, 2014, 09:22:40 PM

I don't think it's possible to use the Xbox One controller wirelessly with the PC at all, since it uses a unique new wireless communication.  I think you're stuck using it through the USB connection only, unless they release a wireless adapter at some point.


Okay, thanks!  Fortunately, it looks like the "Play & Charge" cable that comes with the full controller package is about eight feet long.  That would be plenty long enough for my needs.

-Autistic Angel
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 05, 2014, 08:56:29 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 05, 2014, 02:49:24 PM

PC Driver now available for XB1 controller


I wouldn't mind replacing the well-worn wired 360 controller I use for PC games with a new XB1 controller.  Does anyone know the steps to make one of these talk to a PC wirelessly (I do have a bluetooth transmitter on my motherboard, if that's relevant), or does it only operate while connected via USB?

-Autistic Angel
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Dead Rising 3 on: June 05, 2014, 08:52:47 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 05, 2014, 07:11:31 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 05, 2014, 04:43:25 PM

I'm not really sure it matters much this long after the game's original release. Those who were willing to buy an Xbox One for this game have probably already done so.


Certainly, the people who would buy the console solely for that game already probably did.  But for those holding off it all comes down to the tipping point where there are enough games that you want to play to make it pass your mental purchase barrier.  Having one less exclusive game for people looking to pick up an Xbone (or any console) makes it slightly less appealing.


This describes me exactly.

I have long believed that Dead Rising 3 would be the first game I'd play on the XB1, once there were enough other games to justify the purchase of a separate console.  I want to play it quite a lot, but not enough to keep around while I wait for the likes of Halo 5 and Sunset Overdrive.

Now, I have every expectation that I'll be able to play a smoother, higher resolution version of the game on equipment I already own.  The PC versions of Resident Evil 5, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Remember Me were all technically flawless.  I can't guess how many other people share my circumstances, but for me, this news means there's one less reason to buy the console.

-Autistic Angel
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution - season 2 is here. on: June 02, 2014, 08:55:46 PM
I admired Revolution's ability to intelligently expand the focus of the show, turning established relationships on their head and steadily pushing back the boundaries of their world.  There were some consistent problems -- Charlie and the actress who played her were terrible detriments to every scene in which they appeared and it never seemed credible that sixteen years has passed since the blackout -- but where most TV series will find a comfortable groove and wallow there forever, Revolution was all about opening up new territories to explore.

Season 2 was much better than the first.  I don't know if another round of episodes would have managed a similar leap in quality, but I would have liked to find out.

-Autistic Angel
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/30/14 on: June 02, 2014, 05:04:44 PM
You could easily get the "Normal" ending in about half that time, and if I were to rerun the game from scratch, I could surely knock a huge chunk of time off that total.  Some of the tools Bravely Default gives you to expedite grinding are so potent, you barely even need to hold the system.  It's super respectful of the player's time in that respect.

Still, I wanted to give this game the full Gratch and get all the jobs, finish all the subquests, find all the hidden goodies, and get the True Ending without relying on a strategy guide.  It really is that good! nod

-Autistic Angel
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/30/14 on: June 02, 2014, 10:43:25 AM
I got the true ending in Bravely Default with a completion time of 98 hours, 27 minutes.  I might write up something more detailed in the game's thread, but I really loved it!

-Autistic Angel
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution - season 2 is here. on: June 01, 2014, 06:20:06 PM
The unresolved loose ends mostly concern plot elements you have not yet encountered.  Suffice it to say that a lot of the drama between the main characters and their antagonists is resolved, while the central plot element of the global blackout itself enters into a new phase that would have set up Season 3.

-Autistic Angel
48  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: May 31, 2014, 08:55:37 PM
Well, I think I'm almost near the end.  I've unlocked all the job classes, mastered each of them with at least one character, gotten everyone up to Level 99, and completed every side quest in every chapter up through the eighth.  There's just one more beastie to beat, and then I should be off to the final encounter.

Anything else I'd have to say would need to be cloaked in spoiler tags, so I'll just finish for now by saying that I'm really, really glad Gratch pushed Bravely Default as hard as he did.  I don't play many JRPGs because just staring one up is such a big time commitment, but I've really had a blast with this one all the way through! thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Nations - Extended Edition on: May 31, 2014, 10:08:27 AM
Rise of Nations is one of my all-time favorite RTS games.  Territorial control, army formations, supply lines and attrition, great wonders -- it took concepts that had been introduced in games like Age of Empires and Empire Earth and refined them to levels those games hadn't reached after multiple iterations.  It had a wonderful skirmish AI, as well as a dynamic Risk-like global domination campaign, plus a bunch of really inventive modes I haven't seen replicated anywhere since.  One of my favorites was called "Assassination" in which every faction was limited to attacking one assigned enemy until they were exterminated, forcing everyone to press forward on one front while securing their rear from whoever was after them.

I just hope the woefully under-appreciated Rise of Legends is waiting in the wings next.  It's actually quite a different game, full of steampunk technology, Arabian magic, and ancient alien revenants, but I loved it just as much!

-Autistic Angel
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 29, 2014, 10:24:42 PM
The first "next-gen" feature I can remember from the 360 era was Kameo's ability to render hundreds of fantasy trolls you had to wade through between levels.  That game was a childishly simplistic and linear platformer with zero replay value, so it wasn't for another ten months that the rendering technology was put to worthwhile use in Dead Rising.

I don't remember any specific technical feat being touted by the PS3 when it launched, but the first game that really wowed me was Uncharted.  It shipped one full year after the system launched.

The PlayStation 4 has been on the market for about half that time, and I have both Watch Dogs and inFamous: Second Son in my collection.  If not for a free-on-PC voucher, Assassin's Creed IV would be there too.  I don't have any effective way to debate whether or not these games "feel next-gen enough" to other people, but I can say that I'm pretty happy with how the new generation has been going so far.

-Autistic Angel
51  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 08:52:43 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 29, 2014, 07:23:46 PM

In areas like mine, DFW, there are plenty of plots of farm and ranch land inside an overall perimeter that anyone would be ill suited to define as "rural".  And yet there are still issues in and around this urban area with things such as feral hogs and other such pests, including predatory animals.  So for someone involved in management of open land, the ability to carry a weapon for their use without running afoul of 30 jurisdictions for having a rifle on him when he makes a trip across town to the local Bass Pro Shops is a reasonable expectation.


Who do you see here -- or *anywhere* -- that is arguing otherwise?  Two of the articles you linked indicate the exact opposite, reporting tens of thousands of dollars in grant money to licensed hunters willing to help cull the feral hog population.  The count in Feburary 2012 was over twelve thousand feral hogs dead.  

Unless your local CBS affiliate has really buried the lead about porcine refugees seeking asylum inside the nearest fast food joints, I'm having trouble seeing the connection between, "I want to secure my firearm when I go out hunting and no one objects to it," and "I also want to wield my gun inside Starbucks because an armed society is a polite society."

-Autistic Angel
52  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 07:16:24 PM
That's possible.  Then my question would be, "Who are the idiots on the anti-open carry side of the issue?"  There must be some, or the "both sides" part of his statement wouldn't apply.

I've lived my whole life without immediate access to a semi-automatic rifle, and somehow I've been able to do everything from ordering fast food to renewing my driver's license to confronting a snide shop clerk without ever needing to demonstrate my preparedness to project lethal force against whoever stood in my way.  Perhaps that's why I only perceive idiots on one side of this particular issue.

-Autistic Angel
53  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 05:44:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 29, 2014, 12:43:49 PM

And that jack in the box story just illustrates that there are idiots on both sides of the issue...just like every issue.


You'll have to be more specific.  Who are the "idiots" on the other side of the issue in the Jack in the Box story? 

Is it the employees who retreated to a secure location-

Quote from: ATB on May 29, 2014, 02:53:53 PM

All I know is that if I walk into a restaurant and see a gun, I'm turning around and walking out.


-because they reasonably feared for their safety-

Quote from: ATB on May 29, 2014, 12:43:49 PM

Guys come in en masse with weaponry displayed, how TF do they think people are going to respond?  And then say '2nd ammendment?'  Forget that. They're causing a panic.


-and called the police about the pack of people brandishing firearms?

Quote from: ATB on May 29, 2014, 12:43:49 PM

At a minimum they should be rung up on disturbing the peace and fined to cover the cost of the police's time.


That seems at odds with every other sentiment you've posted so far.

-Autistic Angel
54  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: May 29, 2014, 10:11:33 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 29, 2014, 03:14:04 AM

These guys were bringing loaded rifles into a burrito restaurant. If I was a patron the first thing I would probably do is call 911 and I doubt I'm alone in that.


You're not.

Quote from: Forbes
Imagine this: you’re working your shift at Jack in the Box, serving up chicken nuggets and shakes behind the counter, when a group of men carrying assault rifles walks in. What do you do?

In Fort Worth, Texas last week, employees took to the fast food outlet’s freezer, hiding among the frozen burger patties until squad cars arrived at the scene.

“Officers spoke with Jack in the Box employees who reported that they feared for their lives and believed they were being robbed,” said the Fort Worth Police Department in a statement.

“They locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them.”

But these men weren’t robbers. They were demonstrators from a branch of pro-gun group Open Carry Texas, who told local media that they entered Jack in the Box armed in a display of their constitutional rights.


-Autistic Angel
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 27, 2014, 10:31:54 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 27, 2014, 03:01:29 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on May 27, 2014, 10:12:36 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 27, 2014, 07:10:43 AM

Well, PC version has some issues (needs newest drivers, has NO way short of editing an ini file to turn off mouse acceleration, frankly almost might play better with a controller than with mouse/keyboard), but I'm really enjoying it so far.

PC users, you might want to visit here:
http://guide4games.net/watch-dogs-pc-performance-guide-crashes-multiplayer-issues-workarounds/


I was certain I was going to pick up Watch Dogs, but I'm still not sure which version I'm going with.  The PC version has the promise of a better frame rate and better visuals, but at the expense of all the time I'll spend fiddling with Ubisoft's port to make things work properly.  The PS4 version is a known quantity, but TiLT and Caine have made several valid points convincing me that I'd be better off extracting my corneas with a length of uncooked corkscrew pasta.

It's a toughie.  Have you tried connecting a controller to your PC to see how it handles?

-Autistic Angel

Not sure where I became the target of an AA™ post, but I'm going with the PS4 version myself due to some issues that were brought up with AMD cards.  


I wasn't thinking of targeting anyone -- I was just referring to this conversation in the PS4 thread:

Quote from: Caine on May 13, 2014, 08:13:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 13, 2014, 07:58:24 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 13, 2014, 07:39:34 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 13, 2014, 07:27:25 PM

Ouch! I think this is only the second title to not run at a full 1080p on PS4 (with the first being BF4). This is going to hurt their word of mouth.


What's the deal?  Is cross-platform ruining PS4 games?


Well, my point was that a lot of people will be asking: "Why can't this game run at 1080p when almost every other game can?" This will be especially problematic when compared to something like Infamous, which is likely to look better in the end. I'm willing to bet that pretty much every significant forum discussion about this game is filled with disappointed comments about this bit of news right now. Watch Dogs was already struggling with gaining positive word of mouth, and this won't help in the slightest.


Based on the early previews looking noticeably worse on console than PC, this news will re-ignite all the earlier reservations people have had about it.  It makes getting the PC deluxe version a lot more enticing when you compare them, assuming comparable (or better) PC specs. 


And I agree: all other things being equal, my PC would produce better fidelity at higher frame rates than the PS4 version.

There are a few reasons why I wound up going with the PS4 version anyway:

1) I'm not sure the amount of fiddling around in Options menus and .ini files is ultimately worth the increased performance.  Like I mentioned in the other tread, Ubisoft's PC ports are best filed under "Competent...With Caveats."  A lot of the feedback suggests I'd also have to look into overclocking my processor, and Destructor-kun's posts indicate there's some control weirdness under the best of circumstances.

2) My SSDs were purchased years ago and aren't very high capacity.  With a 25-gig footprint, I'd likely have to remove another game to make room for Watch Dogs.

3) A few of my friends are playing the PS4 version, meaning better opportunities for multiplayer.

4) The PC version will surely hit lower prices than the console version thanks to various Steam and Amazon sales, so if I decide to pick it up in the future when all the drivers and optimization patches are available, that option will still be available.

I popped the PS4 version of Watch Dogs in to install and grab the patch earlier -- I'll probably have time to start playing later tonight.

-Autistic Angel
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 27, 2014, 10:12:36 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 27, 2014, 07:10:43 AM

Well, PC version has some issues (needs newest drivers, has NO way short of editing an ini file to turn off mouse acceleration, frankly almost might play better with a controller than with mouse/keyboard), but I'm really enjoying it so far.

PC users, you might want to visit here:
http://guide4games.net/watch-dogs-pc-performance-guide-crashes-multiplayer-issues-workarounds/


I was certain I was going to pick up Watch Dogs, but I'm still not sure which version I'm going with.  The PC version has the promise of a better frame rate and better visuals, but at the expense of all the time I'll spend fiddling with Ubisoft's port to make things work properly.  The PS4 version is a known quantity, but TiLT and Caine have made several valid points convincing me that I'd be better off extracting my corneas with a length of uncooked corkscrew pasta.

It's a toughie.  Have you tried connecting a controller to your PC to see how it handles?

-Autistic Angel
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 26, 2014, 11:06:40 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 26, 2014, 03:34:01 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 26, 2014, 01:46:30 AM

I imagine the PC download will be quite large so hopefully they allow preloads of this through Uplay, though i'm not sure if they have done that in the past.
 

This is Ubisoft you're talking about here - I frankly don't expect it to happen as that would make sense for the company.


Agreed.  As far as I can tell, Uplay still doesn't allow you to archive your downloaded games to an external hard drive the way you can on Steam and Origin.  If I ever want to play Assassin's Creed IV again, I'll need to download all 30+ gigs from scratch.

I greatly enjoy many of the games that Ubisoft publishes, but preloading and other customer convenience features simply aren't on the company's priority list.

-Autistic Angel
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 24, 2014, 01:59:12 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 24, 2014, 01:33:44 PM

I will, however, state that from screenshots/videos I've seen across a wide variety of games, the PS titles (particularly the darker scenes) tend to look a little more muted and washed out. That's all I was trying to say. I wasn't trying to start a console war or push anyone's buttons. This perception is probably due to the crushed blacks or whatever, but again, it's just personal opinion. It doesn't stop me from buying PS games or enjoying PS games, and I understand that on a technical level that the PS color is more accurate.


If you like the way that looks, why not adjust the TV settings on your PS4 input to achieve the same thing?  Most modern sets store individual settings for each input.  Just notch the Brightness a little bit down, the Color or Vividness a little bit up, and you'll have the visuals you prefer without giving up a chunk of performance.  Everybody wins!

-Autistic Angel
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/23/14 on: May 23, 2014, 11:22:49 PM
This is a real bummer.  Gratch finally starts streaming, and it's something I totally don't want to watch. icon_cry

-Autistic Angel
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/16/14 on: May 18, 2014, 02:55:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 16, 2014, 07:53:49 PM

Lots and lots of Final Fantasy XIV.  Hoping to finish leveling my sub-class to 15 tonight (currently at Cool so I can switch over to Bard.




-Autistic Angel
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: May 14, 2014, 08:30:41 PM
Reading around the internet, it's interesting to see how this resolution issue is playing out compared to the last one.

"Hey, some of these launch games run at a higher resolution and better frame rate on the PS4."

"Oh, please!  It's literally impossible for the human eye to discern a difference between 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 35fps!"

"It also looks like the PS4 version of Watch Dogs is going to run at 900p instead of 1080p."

"THIS IS A HAYMAKER TO THE SOLAR PLEXUS OF THE PS4!!1!"

-Autistic Angel
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: May 14, 2014, 01:06:43 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 13, 2014, 07:39:34 PM

What's the deal?  Is cross-platform ruining PS4 games?


In the wake of its release, the developers of inFamous: Second Son talked about how they'd spent a large portion of their development basically guessing about how the PS4 architecture was going to respond.  They had target specs provided by Sony, but didn't receive final dev kits until relatively late in the process.  It turned out they'd somewhat underestimated its power, so they took some extra time to polish things up.

My guess is that Ubisoft found themselves working with a similar set of assumptions, but found they'd overestimated what the hardware could do for them.  They did some internal cost-benefit testing to determine how much world detail they'd have to sacrifice to add more lines of resolution and found a balance that kept the frame rate steady.

Alternatively, it's possible the Disrupt engine used in Watch Dogs is fueled by shards of gamers' broken dreams and Ubisoft failed to assassinate Jenova Chen.  It's hard to say.

-Autistic Angel
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: May 13, 2014, 07:22:22 PM
Courtesy Game Informer:

Quote from: Mike Futter
On Saturday, we ran a story based on a Sony claim that Watch Dogs runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second on PlayStation 4. Yesterday, Sony quietly amended the product listing featuring the claim to remove the visual specifications. Now, Ubisoft is commenting on the matter.

Watch Dogs will run at 900p, 30 frames per second on PlayStation 4 and 792p, 30 frames per second on Xbox One. “Resolution is a number, just like framerate is a number," says creative director Jonathan Morin. "All those numbers are valid aspects of making games."


I have a pretty good PC, so under the backwards headache soaring beyond Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, I'll sing the body electric towards happy campers withstanding Watch Dogs.

-Autistic Angel
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 13, 2014, 05:28:44 PM

Quote from: Hetz on May 13, 2014, 04:47:21 PM

So, so glad I returned my launch XB1!!

Looking forward to getting the Kinectless version on June 9....


Yeah, I can't commit to buying a Kinect-free XB1 that first day, but picking one up before the fall release schedule is practically guaranteed.  This is *exactly* what Microsoft needed to do to secure my interest. thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: May 12, 2014, 10:18:05 PM
Courtesy Game Informer:

Quote from: Mike Futter
Over the weekend, we reported that a Sony product page boasted that Watch Dogs is running at 1080p and 60 frames per second on PlayStation 4. Today, Sony has made some edits and no longer makes those claims.

We reached out to Ubisoft for clarification on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One resolution and frame rate. We have not yet heard back.


I have a pretty good PC, and after the superlative experience offered by Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, I have no reservations whatsoever about sticking with that platform for Watch Dogs.

-Autistic Angel
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: May 11, 2014, 04:00:55 PM

Quote from: Canuck on May 11, 2014, 03:02:31 PM

I think it's pretty obvious that the PS4 will have the best graphics. The real question is is there enough of a disparity that people can actually tell a difference? Probably not.


I will be very surprised if the PS4 version of Watch Dogs graphically outshines the PC.  Again, I only have my experience with Ubisoft's last flagship release to go on, but I was immediately able to discern areas where the PC version was superior to the PS4...and that was before the PhysX upgrades.

It was also kind of a pill to get running well.  Ubisoft frequently treats their PC ports as an afterthought, so although the game is technically superior in a few ways, the number of hoops you have to to jump through can make the experience feel worse.  That's why I'm planning to take the easy way out and just go with the console version of Watch Dogs.

-Autistic Angel
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: May 10, 2014, 10:45:23 PM
Courtesy Game Informer:

Quote from: Mike Futter
Much has been made of Watch Dogs graphics from the earliest reveal at E3 2012 through the most recent trailer focused on the cast. Now, Sony is heating up that conversation, touting that Watch Dogs on PlayStation 4 will offer "the best graphics on any console."

The game’s listing on the PlayStation website makes a bold claim. “Hack everything as you make your way through Chicago’s underground as you experience Watch_Dogs (sic) in a way that only PS4 can provide, at 60 Frames Per Second in 1080p,” says the blurb.


I have a pretty good PC, but after the general optimization problems I encountered with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, I expect to go with the PS4 version of Watch Dogs.

-Autistic Angel
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/4) on: May 07, 2014, 05:08:38 PM

Quote from: Scraper on May 05, 2014, 06:07:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 05, 2014, 05:41:48 PM

Quote from: Scraper on May 05, 2014, 04:40:09 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on May 05, 2014, 03:59:50 PM

How did you ruin your Vita?

-Autistic Angel

I accidentally dropped it in a lake. I was able to retrieve it quickly, but the damage was done. I took it apart and let it sit in a bag of rice for a week, but it won't even power up now.
ouch.  hopefully the memory card survives.  Don't bury it just yet.  if you can take it apart maybe you can get it dry enough on the inside.

http://www.ifixit.com/Device/PlayStation_Vita


I took it apart the day it happened. There wasn't a ton of water in it, but apparently it was enough because it won't power up at all. The vita is actually very easy to take apart and put back together again.

I'm sorry to hear your old system is dead, but do let us know what you think of the Vita 2000 if you pick it up.  I have a feeling that "Which model should I get?" will become a common question over the next several months, especially once Gratch gets a PS4 and realizes the remote play feature will allow him to run quests in Final Fantasy XIV while pushing the Gratchlings on the swings.

-Autistic Angel
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/4) on: May 05, 2014, 03:59:50 PM
How did you ruin your Vita?

-Autistic Angel
70  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: LA Clippers Owner Guy on: April 29, 2014, 07:36:12 PM
The following comment is not directed at ATB.  To my knowledge, he has never expressed the beliefs referenced below.

I find it fascinating that, when topics like Affirmative Action, the Equal Rights Amendment, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, or even articles of the Civil Rights Act are raised, Conservatives talk about their boundless faith in how the Invisible Hand of the Free Market would smooth away all forms of social discrimination if only all those burdensome legal protections were out of the way.

When the Very Material Hand of the Free Market comes around and smacks the hell out of some fantastically wealthy guy for spewing such toxic prejudices that there's a huge social and economic backlash, however, suddenly those same Conservatives are vocally upset that there are free market repercussions for his behavior.  "Intolerance of his intolerance is the worst intolerance of all!"

-Autistic Angel
71  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: April 28, 2014, 09:53:55 PM
If anyone else is still playing, I just updated my Summon Friend move.  The new one should heal all your party members for about 5500 health, restore a bunch of MP, and give everyone two BP.  It's a pretty good buff!

-Autistic Angel
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 27, 2014, 02:46:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2014, 09:22:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 26, 2014, 07:50:24 PM

I'm still trying to figure out the discrepancy between Comcast's Speed test, which rates my connection as 36Mbps, but I can't stream a Netflix HD movie without it randomly degrading to 480P, and my connection to Steam downloads caps out at about 4Mbps. I've got top tier equipment, so it can't be the hardware.

In general, this is exactly what net neutrality was intended to fix.  Without that your ISP can give preferential treatment to traffic from any companies that they want, and require payment from others (like Netflix) that use a disproportionately large amount of bandwidth or else throttle it.  You have no idea who or what could be throttling things behind the scenes but it's likely entirely out of your control.  


This is pretty much the whole thing, in a nutshell.

With Net Neutrality, internet companies compete to provide you with the fastest and most reliable access to the internet, and content providers compete to entice you to utilize their services.

Without Net Neutrality, internet companies suddenly become governors over what content is allowed to arrive in your home.  Netflix no longer gets to focus on having a great library for people to stream -- now they also have to broker deals with Comcast, Cox, AT&T, and every other ISP in the country or risk being outperformed by companies that do.  And if you happen to be a company like DirecTV that's running in direct competition with Comcast's television service, they now have the legal right to throttle your VOD out of existence.  All in the name of "network efficiency" for all the great Comcast VOD content, of course.

One option will be to switch internet service providers.  I live in a suburban area on the East Coast with comparatively modern infrastructure, and my current options are:

1) Comcast cable
2) AT&T DSL

That's it.  Of course, if I want to do anything like download 45-gig PS4 games in anything approaching a timely fashion, there's really just the one choice.  I've basically got to pray that Sony and Comcast hammer out some sort of super sweet deal where I'm *allowed* to upgrade my home internet with the "Sony / Steam / Netflix Bundle!" so I'm able to use those services in the future.  I wonder how much extra that will cost.

-Autistic Angel
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dark Souls 2 on: April 26, 2014, 10:30:19 PM
In the Game Informer podcasts I linked to in the Weekend Playlist thread, they mention a ring that prevents the health loss on death.  You have to have it repaired after every use, but the cost is said to be minimal compared to the benefits.

I don't remember where to find it, though.  I'm sure you can find details in a FAQ.

-Autistic Angel
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/25/14 on: April 26, 2014, 02:59:11 PM
Game Informer has put up two special edition podcasts dedicated to Dark Souls II.  I haven't played the game for myself, but I've listened to them both.  Here's what they sound like:

Quote from: Anyone Talking About Dark Souls II
"Man, I'm getting murdered constantly.  Where can I pick up better weapons?"

"There's a white knight near the beginning who drops a really great sword.  Start with that."

"Oh, I think I already got that and leveled it up at the blacksmi-"

"Oh god!  You leveled it up?"

"Er...yeah."

"Leveling up the White Sword triples the hitpoints for every boss in the game.  You're really going to have grind for souls to power up your character now."

"Wait, you can level up your character?  How?  It isn't in any of the menus!"

"You have to talk to Jamelgema three times.  This will cause a Desecrated Wight to spawn near the third dead end in Blaskberg.  Kill the Wight, pick up the Christened Jade it drops, and return to Jamelgema when your system clock ends in a four.  This will grant you the ability to level up your character."

"Oh."

"If you speak with Jamelgema a fourth time before slaying the Wight, she will be reminded of her dead son Smythe.  This isn't reflected anywhere in her diaglogue, but it curses your character to lose one random attribute point every eighteenth time you swing a weapon."

<sigh>  "Awesome.  Guess I'll have to start over.  Again."

"No no no!  This is actually a good thing because it *also* causes Ebony Salamanders to begin appearing in the Glass Forest.  The Grey Ossuaries they drop are the only way to upgrade your armor past Tier C without invoking the wrath of the Crimson Snipe."

"....what?"

"Why do you think so many players are stricken by Witherot Syndrome after reaching the Hinterland Delta?  Once the Crimson Snipe is on your trail, the only hope is to burn Sage Epiphanies at every bonfire you visited since the last full moon."


And so on.

I am sincerely glad there's an audience for games like Dark Souls II -- it's pretty much the craziest shit happening outside of EVE Online -- but I am definitely not in the target demographic.

-Autistic Angel
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/25/14 on: April 25, 2014, 08:48:52 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 25, 2014, 04:50:36 PM

I'm actually considering picking up Dark Souls 2, even though overly difficult games aren't typically my thing.  It just looks so damn cool.


If you decide to pick up the PC version, Green Man Gaming has a voucher code for 25% off: J4XXU2-JTFTLL-8ENDXZ

-Autistic Angel
76  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: April 25, 2014, 08:07:55 PM

Quote from: Scraper on April 25, 2014, 04:56:07 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 25, 2014, 04:19:10 PM

WTF is going on?

Anonymous calls can lead to searches.  This is great!

Again this shouldn't be a shocker when you have a conservative Supreme Court. The only real surprise here is that Scalia spoke out against it so strongly. Especially after he just publicly stated that the 4th amendment is not absolute (when referring to mass data collection).


I don't think either side of the political spectrum can claim the high ground on the issue of domestic espionage any more.  I've been really vocal about about tearing down the "Both Sides Do It" false equivalences we see so often in American politics, but casual erosion of personal privacy rights is something the Democratic and Republican parties both own.

And that's the problem: as a liberal who absolutely abhors this easy-access data mining of innocent civilians, who can I vote for to roll back these powers?  Chris Christie?  Hillary Clinton?  Jeb Bush or Joe Biden?  The only political figure I can even imagine abandoning these tactics is Elizabeth Warren, and there's zero indication she's planning a presidential run.

I'm not a single-issue voter, but all other things being equal, I would vote for any candidate who vowed to curtail these domestic spying programs.  It's right up there with their failure to improve the VA system on my list of the Obama administration's biggest failures.

-Autistic Angel
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 25, 2014, 10:56:42 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 25, 2014, 03:06:13 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 25, 2014, 02:23:47 AM

I've spent some time documenting why those changes are coming down the pipe, including direct links to external sources.  If my understanding is incorrect, I'll be glad to look at your evidence.

That's because you choose not to read the articles that are out there that point out what the options were and how things could be handled. I don't care enough to get in a link by link, line by line argument with you. You can go to just about any tech site and read what happened. If you feel the FCC had no choice, great for you, no one else agrees with you of course.

The president but a lobbyist in a position of power of the industry that he lobbied for, if you don't see the conflict of interest, well then...I have nothing to say to you anyway.


Okay, can someone other than Lee link me to one of the tech site articles he's talking about?  

I have several news, policy analysis, and gaming-related sites in my rotation, but nothing that would qualify as a tech site.

-Autistic Angel
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 25, 2014, 02:23:47 AM
I've spent some time documenting why those changes are coming down the pipe, including direct links to external sources.  If my understanding is incorrect, I'll be glad to look at your evidence.

-Autistic Angel

79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 25, 2014, 12:44:05 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 25, 2014, 12:07:06 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 24, 2014, 11:27:03 PM

Does learning more about the backstory here do anything to adjust your "Fuck Obama!" conclusion?

Not even slightly. You failed to tell me anything I hadn't already read about (or is relevant to the newest news on the subject).


I would contend that knowing these new FCC regulations are the direct result of a court order is extremely relevant to the topic of new FCC regulations.

After fighting and losing those court cases, what would you have had the Obama administration do to

a) satisfy your desire to enforce Net Neutrality regulations, and

b) remain in accordance with the DC Court of Appeals decision that Net Neutrality regulations may no longer be legally enforced?

-Autistic Angel
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 24, 2014, 11:27:03 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 24, 2014, 06:39:48 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on April 24, 2014, 06:28:39 PM

Well it's pretty much confirmed that net neutrality is dead. Hooray for closed door promises and lobbyists becoming policy makers and policy makers becoming lobbyists.

Yep, I am pretty liberal, but honestly with this, f*** Obama.


I notice that linked article omits a few key points about the backstory here, including the fact that the FCC has fought multiple legal battles in federal court to preserve Net Neutrality regulations.  Their most recent loss, which legally required them to generate the new rules described above, came just three months ago:

Quote from: The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Internet service providers are free to make deals with services like Netflix or Amazon allowing those companies to pay to stream their products to online viewers through a faster, express lane on the web, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

Federal regulators had tried to prevent those deals, saying they would give large, rich companies an unfair edge in reaching consumers. But since the Internet is not considered a utility under federal law, the court said, it is not subject to regulations banning the arrangements.

Some deals could come soon. In challenging the 2010 regulations at issue in the case, Verizon told the court that if not for the rules by the Federal Communications Commission, “we would be exploring those commercial arrangements.”


Emphasis mine.  The decision was handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the second-most powerful and influential judicial body in the country...and one that Republicans have gone to unprecedented lengths to prevent President Obama from filling vacant seats.  From just five months ago:

Quote from: The Guardian
Senate Republicans have again blocked a candidate nominated by Barack Obama for a vacancy in the second most powerful court in the US.

Robert Wilkins, a district judge in Washington, is the president's third consecutive nominee to the US court for appeals for the District of Columbia circuit to have been blocked.

The Senate voted 53-38 in favour of ending Republican-led delays, falling seven votes short of the 60 needed to advance Wilkins' nomination. Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, voted with the Democrats.

The GOP is seeking to prevent President Obama's nominees from filling any of the three vacancies on the 11-seat court, over concerns it would affect its Republican bent.


Note that that the 60 vote "requirement" to advance the nomination existed because of the standing filibuster Republicans enacted against *all* of Obama's judicial appointments.  They deemed any attempt to fill a judicial vacancy as "court packing."  See here for an excellent summary, as well as here and here for more examples throughout the year.

Does learning more about the backstory here do anything to adjust your "Fuck Obama!" conclusion?

-Autistic Angel
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