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81  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
82  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
83  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
84  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
85  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
86  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
87  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

88  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
89  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
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/18/14 on: April 18, 2014, 02:29:10 PM
I sent Skinypupy#1508 a friend invite through Battle.Net a few days ago, so hopefully I'll be playing some Diablo III with Gratch.  The program doesn't seem to offer any feedback at all about pending social requests though, so I don't know when he'll get it.

Otherwise, I'm still having a great time with Age of Wonders III and DOTA 2, and I'm hoping to have time to finish Gears of War 3.

-Autistic Angel
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 18, 2014, 01:28:07 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 17, 2014, 10:50:55 PM

But, unless they pull off another Batman: Arkham Asylum, I'm not interested.


Beenox couldn't pull off Arkham Asylum if it was fixed to the wall with Scotch tape.  I thought Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions was absolutely terrible, and they've only gotten worse with every successive version.

-Autistic Angel
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 17, 2014, 07:24:15 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 17, 2014, 05:12:06 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 17, 2014, 04:15:04 PM

Eurogamer has received confirmation from Activision that the XB1 version of The Amazing Spiderman 2 has been indefinitely postponed:

Quote from: Eurogamer
Activision has confirmed the postponement of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One to Eurogamer but said it will collaborate with Microsoft "in an effort to release" the title at some point.

There's still no reason for the delay - and whether the game will actually release at all still seems in doubt.


I think Spiderman videogames have been on a speedy decline ever since Web of Shadows and have no intention of buying this anyway, but people keeping lists of next-gen exclusives can tally up one more.

-Autistic Angel

er, wrong thread?  this should be posted to the XB1 thread, or more appropriately to the non-existent ASM2 thread


I saw two ways to post the news: the fact that the XB1 has suffered some sort of technical hitch, or the fact that the PS4 has gained a (temporary?) exclusive.  I don't own an XB1, so the second option seemed less antagonistic.

-Autistic Angel
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 17, 2014, 04:15:04 PM
Eurogamer has received confirmation from Activision that the XB1 version of The Amazing Spiderman 2 has been indefinitely postponed:

Quote from: Eurogamer
Activision has confirmed the postponement of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One to Eurogamer but said it will collaborate with Microsoft "in an effort to release" the title at some point.

There's still no reason for the delay - and whether the game will actually release at all still seems in doubt.


I think Spiderman videogames have been on a speedy decline ever since Web of Shadows and have no intention of buying this anyway, but people keeping lists of next-gen exclusives can tally up one more.

-Autistic Angel

94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 12, 2014, 01:46:24 AM
Stephen Colbert has done a lot to remain in character during public appearances, but there have been a few occasions when he's let the facade drop away.

-Autistic Angel
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: April 09, 2014, 04:49:29 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 09, 2014, 12:48:50 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 09, 2014, 12:40:01 PM

I'll try to stay out of this one (I've already made my view clear on DX12), but I'll say this: For Brad's sake, I hope he was either misquoted or taken out of context.

If Brad made console games I would give some credence to that statement, but I seriously doubt his claims.  


If Brad made PC games that demonstrated any sort of modern graphical prowess, I'd give some credence to that statement.  I've put 300+ hours into the Galactic Civilizations II trilogy, plus a few dozen into the Elemental debacle, and if he knows anything at all about producing bleeding-edge visuals or optimizations out of sophisticated hardware configurations, he's been keeping it a secret from his development team.

-Autistic Angel
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 08, 2014, 10:09:29 PM
By the way, how are people feeling about the patch that just went live?  Looks like there are a bunch of changes, including one to bring the Crusader more in line with the Barbarian and Monk:

Quote from: Blizzard
Crusaders now take 15% less damage from all sources


-Autistic Angel
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 08, 2014, 08:06:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 08, 2014, 07:56:06 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2014, 07:09:23 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 08, 2014, 03:17:12 PM

And maybe it's just the OCD gamer in me, but I can't imagine leaving huge areas of the maps unexplored.  For me, the chance of finding that legendary item tucked over in a remote corner is a huge part of the draw of these games.


I think the odds are just as good that you'd find it in the next area.

It's not just legendaries, but special events. I don't want to miss a special event that I haven't seen yet. I suppose if I researched it, I could find out what events I haven't seen yet and play those areas until I have.

In Adventure Mode, many of the Bounties center on completing special events in the various Acts.  Do enough Bounties and you're guaranteed to see all of the events, except with much high gold and XP rewards at the end.

That said, I tend to explore every corner of the map when I play story mode, too. smile

-Autistic Angel
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/07) on: April 08, 2014, 06:16:41 PM
I'm playing with the beta patch so the AI is less Disjunct-happy already, but to be honest, it wasn't really bothering me before.  I mean, any time the AI has a strategic spell running that gives them a benefit or disrupts my empire in any way, you can bet I prioritize Disjuncting it as soon as I can.

No on the ethnic cleansing, though.  I like playing a Good campaign, so my current empire is an amalgamation of Draconian, Orc, and Goblin cities which have been liberated from the other leaders.  I think I even converted a Human city last night.  They all like different environments too, so I've used the Terraforming spells to make Goblin lands really wet and marshy, the Draconians live in the desert, and so on.

It's good to keep everyone as happy as possible since the Orc Warlord has some sort of Drums of the Apocalypse spell he uses to herald a major invasion.  It basically craters morale, so anything I can do to offset its effects makes my cities easier to defend.

-Autistic Angel
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/07) on: April 07, 2014, 04:36:21 PM

Quote from: EddieA on April 07, 2014, 08:36:53 AM

Warlock 2 : The Exiled is also out on PC this week.


Boy, Warlock 2 has a tough row to hoe following the release of Age of Wonders III.  I fall squarely in their target demographic and I feel like my 4X fantasy strategy needs have already been covered for a long time to come.

To give you an idea, I've now been on the giving and the receiving end of the Plague of Bandits spell that establishes an enchanted Thieves Guild in a city.  Don't let the "Tier 1" descriptor fool you: waves of Scoundrels with poisoned blades can annihilate an unprepared garrison and leave you wide open to enemy conquest.  I'm still on the second campaign map, and I've already faced some really tight battles against an AI that knows how to probe for weaknesses.

-Autistic Angel

100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 07, 2014, 11:23:16 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 06, 2014, 05:58:31 PM

EDIT:  Can't say I'm hugely impressed so far with the expansion act:

1.  I've seen a ton of bugs, including placeholder "Bad Data" text instead of tiles, baddies getting stuck on the environment, enemies models stretching halfway across the screen when they are killed, etc.


I haven't encountered anything like this so far, and been playing a great deal since the expansion came out.  Maybe some element of the download was corrupted?  Can you try reverifying the files the way you can in Steam?

-Autistic Angel
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 05, 2014, 03:41:05 PM
Don't forget to hold on to your franchise mode saves.  Apparently those will be importable to next year's edition!

-Autistic Angel
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/4/14 on: April 05, 2014, 03:20:25 PM
My Draconian Druid in Age of Wonders III likes living in the desert.  The Dire Penguin that arrived by way of a Summon Animal spell does not.  He has a constant -600 morale penalty, meaning that he basically does nothing but waddle around and look really pissed off.

I'm going to keep playing Age of Wonders III.

-Autistic Angel
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 02, 2014, 06:13:15 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 02, 2014, 05:23:19 PM

Btw, do the resistance from Diamonds stack?   I haven't run the numbers since that isn't my thing, but I'm curious  to know


Yes, all benefits from gems stack.  Diamonds are basically the all-purpose anti-elite gems, granting increasing resistances to their elemental affixes and maxing out the damage you deal in return.  At the higher difficulties, they're absolutely invaluable for tweaking up your Toughness!

-Autistic Angel
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 01, 2014, 12:05:01 AM

Quote from: The Grue on March 31, 2014, 08:16:00 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 31, 2014, 08:01:54 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 31, 2014, 03:14:55 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 31, 2014, 02:27:37 PM


Grue remember monster scale up based on group size and gear levels, so you were probably outleveled based on these criteria.  You might have had a easier time if you tried Torment lvl 1 solo.  

Just a thought


Yeah, wasn't sure if Paragon levels kept scaling that up or not.  They were almost 100 Paragon levels over me.  I will probably just open a game and hope people join.


What's your Battle.Net name?  It doesn't appear to be on the official list.

-Autistic Angel

TheGrue#1545


Okay, I just sent you a Friend Request.  I'm closer to your level -- my Damage Rating is only 341k -- so we'll run a couple bounties on Torment 1 and see if they're doable!

-Autistic Angel
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 31, 2014, 08:01:54 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 31, 2014, 03:14:55 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 31, 2014, 02:27:37 PM


Grue remember monster scale up based on group size and gear levels, so you were probably outleveled based on these criteria.  You might have had a easier time if you tried Torment lvl 1 solo.  

Just a thought


Yeah, wasn't sure if Paragon levels kept scaling that up or not.  They were almost 100 Paragon levels over me.  I will probably just open a game and hope people join.


What's your Battle.Net name?  It doesn't appear to be on the official list.

-Autistic Angel
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/31) on: March 31, 2014, 02:35:18 PM
Bought Age of Wonders III yesterday with the intent of preloading overnight...before discovering there's no preload for this game.  Hopefully I'll still be starting that up sometime this evening, though.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 31, 2014, 11:22:55 AM

Quote from: The Grue on March 31, 2014, 02:07:58 AM

Quote from: dangerballs on March 31, 2014, 12:09:35 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 30, 2014, 10:43:02 PM


Also, are Blood Shards only an Act V thing?  I started over from the beginning with a Crusader, and haven't seen anything about Blood Shards yet.

You get them in Adventure Mode when you collect bounties.

Do you have to do all the bounties in an Act to get them?  I've done a bounty here and there and have not gotten a shard yet.

In my experience, Blood Shards are your reward for completing more than one bounty in a single Act.  I've never received any as an enemy drop or from finishing one bounty, but they become your quest rewards for finishing additional bounties.

I've been playing with my Monk on Master where one of the rewards is double Blood Shard drops.  The rules may be different for other difficulty levels.

-Autistic Angel
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 31, 2014, 01:09:02 AM

Quote from: dangerballs on March 31, 2014, 12:09:35 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 30, 2014, 10:43:02 PM


Also, are Blood Shards only an Act V thing?  I started over from the beginning with a Crusader, and haven't seen anything about Blood Shards yet.


You get them in Adventure Mode when you collect bounties.


And spend them at a special Adventure Mode merchant who exchanges them for mystery gear.  Blizzard recently tweaked the payout to "significantly increase" the odds of getting a Legendary piece of gear, but I don't know what the numbers behind that are.  I picked up 5 - 6 bracers and every one was worse than the yellow ones I already have.

-Autistic Angel
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 29, 2014, 11:49:30 PM
Lego games have traditionally been pretty easy to get all the Achievements / Trophies in.  I have the full 1000 points in Lego Batman 2, Lego Indiana Jones, and Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4, for example.

Is there something about Lego Marvel that makes it tougher than its predecessors?

-Autistic Angel
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 29, 2014, 11:21:48 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 29, 2014, 10:18:20 PM

Considering remote play from my PS4 to my Vita is pretty awful within my own house, I can't see how PSNow would be playable at all.  Is anyone able to actually play games with remote play?  Is there some trick to get it work correctly?  My Vita gets awful download speeds, mostly less than 5 MB/s, but my computer and iOS devices get 20 MB/s on average.


On the Jumping the Shark podcast, Brandon noted that the Vita defaults to connecting directly to the PS4 even if its signal to your home WiFi router is much better.  He solved the same connectivity problems you're describing by going into the Options and setting his Vita to always connect to his home router instead.

-Autistic Angel
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/28/14 - Hope Spring has Sprung edition on: March 28, 2014, 04:16:10 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 28, 2014, 03:56:05 PM

More Guild Wars 2 for me. Got my Guardian to level 30 last night. And I think I want to start an alt.


How do you feel about their plans to completely replace the perk tree with an all-new system a part of the big April update?

-Autistic Angel
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 27, 2014, 04:19:54 PM
The game limits your ability to change difficulties while playing, telling you that you must "Start a new game" to change things further.  It actually means you need to start a new session by exitng out to the main menu and using the options there -- you will not lose any story progress, character stuff, or unlocked waypoints by doing this.

It's important to know because, as your character gets stronger, you really want to bump up the difficulty for more challenge and greater rewards.  Sometimes you may find you've set it too high, though, so rest assured there's no risk of losing progress if you need to turn it back down.

-Autistic Angel
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: March 26, 2014, 09:44:54 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 24, 2014, 06:10:32 PM

This show will die a quick death..  See TWD for how to make characters look believable in a end of world setting.   


In fairness, The Witcher Diaries has its own set of problems.  I'm as big a fan of Jeffrey Coombs as anyone, but he's a *terrible* choice to play Geralt.

-Autistic Angel
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 25, 2014, 05:44:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 25, 2014, 02:47:38 PM

The pull of this was too much to resist.  Grabbed it this morning and will be jumping in a new game with the Crusader this afternoon. 


What time are you going to be playing?

-Autistic Angel
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 24, 2014, 10:13:12 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 22, 2014, 04:59:02 AM

So far I'm not really a fan of the combat in this game.  It seems like the melee isn't nearly powerful enough to be useful most of the time, and I don't really like all of the "shooting" and now I'm constantly getting shot from a long way away. 


Man, if you're in the market for stronger melee, the Neon power set is made to order.  Flicker-speed light tackles are one-hit kills on the regular grunts, plus a sweet Force Push ability for bowling over groups or blasting aside destructible cover.  And that 80's light blade is the MC Skat Kat of the upgrade tree.

This game is tits.

-Autistic Angel
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 23, 2014, 05:58:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 23, 2014, 05:33:46 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 23, 2014, 05:00:09 PM

This is fairly tempting.  Is it still true that you can use the XBox One without ever connecting the Kinect?

-Autistic Angel

I don't know for sure if you can omit the Kinect for the entire setup process, but I've played my XB1 without the Kinect attached a bunch of times and it works just fine.  You lose out on the facial recognition automatic profile login, and you get a constant reminder in the corner of the screen that the Kinect is disconnected, but I was able to game without issue.


I didn't know the console pesters you about it.  Is this article correct that the unplugged Kinect reminder only appears on the dashboard -- not while you're playing a game?

-Autistic Angel
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 23, 2014, 05:00:09 PM
This is fairly tempting.  Is it still true that you can use the XBox One without ever connecting the Kinect?

-Autistic Angel
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: March 23, 2014, 11:51:19 AM

Quote from: Crawley on March 23, 2014, 12:27:24 AM

Of the 100 kids that were prisoners some of them have been living in those cells for years. But apparently everyone gets to visit with the best hair stylist in the galaxy. While the clothes looked completely used the hair on everyone was perfect. The mystery kid who was in prison for like 10 years or something, her hair was fantastic - and her body was in great shape. The main "do-gooder" girl had this complex braid thing going on with her hair that there was no way she could do her self. Even those not in the cells had nice and well maintained haircuts.

That just kinda ruined the believability of the whole thing.


I'm going to wager that you haven't yet seen the CW's Starcrossed.  It's basically a television version of District 9, except the aliens crash land in Louisiana instead of Africa.  Oh, and instead of being giant disgusting bugs addicted to cat food, all the aliens are Abercrombe & Fitch models.



-Autistic Angel
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 23, 2014, 01:20:05 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 22, 2014, 10:08:58 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 22, 2014, 10:05:24 PM

The tutorial said to hold it sideways the whole time.  I tried to do it the regular way, and it doesn't work as well.  And I still have to turn it sideways to start.


Turn it sideways, shake, then immediately turn it back the normal way. It works perfectly for me. I've done this for all but the first of the graffiti tasks in the game, and I've done almost all of them by this point.


I must have missed a part of the tutorial -- I knew to hold my controller sideways while shaking up the can, but it never occurred to me to leave it that way while filling in the stencils.  Now I kind of want to give that a try. icon_redface

-Autistic Angel
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 22, 2014, 03:40:32 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 22, 2014, 04:59:02 AM

So far I'm not really a fan of the combat in this game.  It seems like the melee isn't nearly powerful enough to be useful most of the time, and I don't really like all of the "shooting" and now I'm constantly getting shot from a long way away. 


Approach it like a Nightcrawler game.  You can't hit hard enough to put anyone down with one punch, but you've got the tools to scatter enemy formations and the speed to take down isolated targets before they can react.

I'm playing with the Good karma powers so far, so I approach enemy squads with a spread of sulfur grenades to disrupt their aim, blink takedowns on anyone unlucky enough to get blinded, and some Arkham City-style acrobatic melee strikes to keep the stragglers from drawing a bead on me.  It's *much* easier to close distance on a target in Second Son than the previous games, and it turns out tactical armor does little to mitigate the accuracy loss of being whipped in the head by a smoulder chain.

Also, trampolining off a car or ejecting through a vent for an immediate ground-pound makes you feel like a boss every single time.

Obvious exceptions include APC turrets and those minigun-toting brutes who act like you're tickling them with a length of yarn.  Those guys you really do need to keep your distance from; I recommend lateral teleports and liberal expenditure of your cinder rockets.


Quote from: YellowKing on March 22, 2014, 02:37:45 PM

I've only had the chance to play about an hour, but I'm really loving it so far. The graphics are amazing for a console title, the combat is just challenging enough, and the powers are a ton of fun. I have never played any of the games in the series, so I didn't really know that powers were limited by energy, and that has made all the difference for me. I really like the idea of having to be a little conservative so that I don't run out mid-battle.


This is a subtle change from the earlier games.  Cole also had to charge his powers up, but sources of electricity were so plentiful that you were never more than a couple steps from a street light, circuit breaker, or air conditioner you could use to juice up.  By contrast, Seattle has a real scarcity of billowing black smoke holes.

I try to keep one rocket in the chamber for igniting an abandoned car anytime Delsin needs a quick fix.  This may stretch the boundaries of "Good karma," but with all the bullet holes and concrete shard damage to the body, I figure the owner would have been shopping for a new ride anyhow.

-Autistic Angel
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