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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 25, 2016, 03:51:39 PM
I still see metallicorphan pop up.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Recore on: September 24, 2016, 02:50:40 PM
For the ending, what I've heard is that they uber-padded it into a worse-than-Wind-Waker fetch quest.  Where you might have needed a handful of orbs to get into a dungeon each time in the main game (or something, I haven't played it), all of a sudden, you need something like 43 more of them.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefront 3 finally announced! on: September 23, 2016, 05:46:41 AM
Well, I got to play through the whole string as the rebels, and yeah, it was a lot more fun.

The Empire spends the whole of each mission just defending.  Thematically, it makes sense (though, if you're sticking to theme, a rebel transport did not land on the Death Star to rescue R2-D2), but it leaves their gameplay underwhelming comparatively.

In this series of missions, I got to fly the Millennium Falcon and take out Star Destroyer nodes (and managed to take down Slave 1, too) and defend Wedge Antilles along the way; play as R2-D2 and scurry to the LZ, covering with smoke and zapping (helmeted) storm troopers; and finally take down Darth Vader over the Death Star (I did not get to perform a trench run, which is my only regret). 

That trench run sequence still feels a little unfocused to me.  And as cool as it is that there's a campaign to fight through (and it's a very iconic one, at that), there's not a lot of variety to it.  And it does tend to take a while.

None the less, the effort is appreciated.  I had a lot of fun.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: September 22, 2016, 09:46:05 PM
Man, I hope so.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat Racing Games on: September 22, 2016, 04:12:50 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 22, 2016, 03:42:08 PM

Oh, I guess I forgot to mention, did you try the new Carmageddon?  It isn't quite weapon-heavy like Blur, but it is racing with powerups and has lots of crashing and blowing up other cars in it.  They should be releasing the console version any week now I think.

The console version came out a couple of months ago.  With a thud of bad reviews and not great performance, as I understand it.

I've actually had the most fun reliving Carmageddon on the iPhone, bizarrely.


Quote from: coopasonic on September 22, 2016, 03:03:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 22, 2016, 01:54:43 PM

Why, by the love of all that's holy, has no one remade I76?  I would take some "spiritual successor" nonsense, even.

Mad Max?

Mad Max is great and a lot of fun, but it isn't anything like I76.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: September 22, 2016, 02:22:20 PM
Trailer for Season Premiere

It's all Morgan, basically.

AYFKM?!  Of course they're going to do this.  Of course they are.  It is so blindingly obvious that it's something they shouldn't at all do, that it didn't even occur to me that they might.

They're going to make you wait for the resolution to what shouldn't have ever been a cliff hanger.  Maybe a whole episode.  Hopefully not, but maybe.  Hell, maybe they'll stretch it out until the mid-season premiere, just to teach us a lesson or something...I don't know what the hell is going on in their brains anymore.

Oh, and guess who wasn't in that trailer at all, by the way.  That's right, Carol. So seeing what happened to her could be a second episode.  Then they've got to deal with the Kingdom.  Then Carol will get shoved behind a door and Morgan has a "tiger or the lady" dilemma.  Then the girl following Morgan (was that Fistbump Notcop or the annoying teenager who may have betrayed the gang last season?) will get an episode.  Then she'll ride in on a second tiger she found, but this one is a zombie, but she trained it!  And then they escape the Kingdom, only to find out it was contained in an even larger Kingdom the whole time, run by that dude's brother...who is Negan.  Duh duh duh.  Tune in for more in 2017!
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat Racing Games on: September 22, 2016, 01:54:43 PM
Why, by the love of all that's holy, has no one remade I76?  I would take some "spiritual successor" nonsense, even.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefront 3 finally announced! on: September 22, 2016, 05:30:50 AM
The Death Star DLC was released and blah blah blah oh my god the stormtroopers have helmets on!  THE STORMTROOPERS HAVE HELMETS ON!!

This has been a mild irritation since the game released.  I'd get used to it quickly, because there wasn't much of a choice, but any time I'd come back to the game from some time off, it would strike me again that the Empire was getting a little lax in the discipline department if so many stormtroopers were running around out of uniform.  Well, it's been officially decreed that they'd better shape up and shoot straight (because that's what stormtroopers are known for).

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From the patch notes:

“Appearance: With the arrival of the Imperial Officers, the certification for Stormtroopers to remove their helmets in combat has been withdrawn.”

Woohoo!

Anyway, the Death Star stuff is fairly amazing, though I haven't stumbled on anything super iconic yet. 

The Death Star lurking in the background while a battle rages over a Star Destroyer is pretty great and makes you wonder why space battles haven't been in this iteration before now. 

Running around the Death Star itself, I did run through a compactor and a prison hallway, but they felt a little underwhelming.  Certainly nothing as cool as stumbling into the carbon freezing chamber in the Bespin level (though the city level itself is a bit weak, IMO).

And the trench run is cool as well, but its a little all over the place.  There are trenches, sure, but I never got the feeling that I was defending the trench.  Maybe that feels differently if you're playing the rebels.  I was Vader's Wingman a couple of times, but it was hard to keep track of his location.  I think I helped take Luke down, but, again, it wasn't clear who the glowing blue enemy actually was (though hearing that the pilot designated Red 5 was starting an attack run was pretty cool).  I know at one point I was able to pretend that I killed Porkins.

Anyway, there are things in here that feel like this is what I've been waiting for (and I've enjoyed the game all along), but I still come away a little disappointed, even if I can't put my finger on why.  It may just be that I have to explore it more.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Read any good comics recently? on: September 21, 2016, 03:53:43 PM
I don't read comics nearly as much as I used to (the mainstream stuff largely passes me by), but I just finished the first TPB of the Big Trouble in Little China series by Eric Powell (The Goon), and really enjoyed it.

However, if there's one series I feel the need to tie people down and read, without a doubt, it's Saga.  Holy shit, it's absolutely fantastic storytelling/world-building/character creation, accompanied by some amazing artwork.  If you pick it up and flip through the pages, it might look too weird (and decidedly not for kids), but there's magic in those pages that will work on you.

Do Not Miss SAGA!
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 20, 2016, 02:51:47 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 20, 2016, 01:11:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 20, 2016, 05:32:13 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 20, 2016, 03:45:21 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 19, 2016, 03:32:41 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 19, 2016, 03:22:25 PM

Finally played the demo this weekend. Wow. I can't wait. The only question now is which version and which format. ultimate to play early and get all the things? Digital to be playable on the PC as well? I'm having a hard time spending $100 and having no trade-in option vs $48 on amazon and being able to trade in for $20 when I am done with it.

Either way I will definitely be playing.

Well if you are getting it from Amazon anyway, you can get the Ultimate Edition in disc form for only $80.  

Did you mean the 'Deluxe' edition? That's the one that shows up as $80, the Ultimate edition is $100.

I think he meant with Prime.  It's $80 for the physical Ultimate Edition with Prime.

Okay, thanks. I was looking for mention of the Prime discount but didn't see it last night, even put it in my cart without it showing up. You have to actually start the checkout process for it to show the $20 coming off. So, save $20 and not have the option of PC play or go the full $100 for the digital version?  Hmmmm....

It tells you on the product page, too.  It says:

$ 99.99
FREE Shipping for Prime members once available
Pre-order Price Guarantee. Learn more.
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Your price at checkout is $79.99.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 20, 2016, 05:32:13 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 20, 2016, 03:45:21 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 19, 2016, 03:32:41 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 19, 2016, 03:22:25 PM

Finally played the demo this weekend. Wow. I can't wait. The only question now is which version and which format. ultimate to play early and get all the things? Digital to be playable on the PC as well? I'm having a hard time spending $100 and having no trade-in option vs $48 on amazon and being able to trade in for $20 when I am done with it.

Either way I will definitely be playing.

Well if you are getting it from Amazon anyway, you can get the Ultimate Edition in disc form for only $80. 

Did you mean the 'Deluxe' edition? That's the one that shows up as $80, the Ultimate edition is $100.

I think he meant with Prime.  It's $80 for the physical Ultimate Edition with Prime.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 17, 2016, 02:11:15 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 17, 2016, 01:35:43 PM

Did I mention the solid-state capacitative home button is way more annoying than the absent earphone jack? imho, it'll be the biggest stumbling block to customers moving to 7. It's really more of a vibrating home button than a click now.

Also, you won't be able to use regular gloves with it.  disgust I thought the fingerprint sensor stuff was great -- this so far just strikes me as weird and difficult to get used to, and "gizmo-ing for the sake of gizmo-ing."

I wonder how they marketed it in meetings. "Now, you don't have to deal with that annoying home button click you've been so comfortable using for 9 years! We'll also remove that pesky 'finger swipe to unlock your iPhone' feature, because you didn't want that feature anymore!"

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/09/16/iphone-7-solid-state-home-button-works-on-capacitive-touch-gloved-users-beware

I'm not planning to return it or anything. Just I think the non-physical home button may prove to be a bigger "get used to it" stumbling block than other aspects of the iPhone  7 or iOS10. fwiw. Maybe I'll feel differently in a week.  icon_smile


The home button was the #1 wear and tear cause of repair, apparently.  That should no longer be an issue.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: September 15, 2016, 03:28:12 PM
Delayed until May!

The important bit from the press release:
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The highly anticipated STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will now launch in May 2017. The new premiere date is driven by the belief of the creative team that this gives the show the appropriate time for delivery of the highest quality, premium edition of the first new “Star Trek” TV series in over a decade.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 14, 2016, 03:23:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 14, 2016, 03:01:36 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on September 14, 2016, 02:26:12 AM

Pac-Man is disappointing

Championship DX was all sorts of awesome, and I was hoping for more of the same.  That not the case?

No, sadly.  It's not bad, by any means, and if either version of the original game didn't exist, this would be a good, fun game, but as it stands, you just keep feeling the missteps.

Even if the originals didn't exist, though, this new one wouldn't be setting the world on fire.

The controls for the last games were so damned tight.  This one is fine, but something feels off, comparatively.  In the original games, I turned when I wanted to turn (even if it was a twitchingly bad choice), while in this one, I feel like I'm turning at the wrong time constantly.

They've made the weird choice of letting you bump into ghosts a number of times with no issue.  After a number of bumps in a row, they jump somewhere else, get angry, and try to come after you.

You have an ability that hops you back to start whenever you want.  You earn points for not using it, but it's there.

There is an optimal path through every maze.  You're meant to follow it.  Sometimes, when things get hectic, you lose sight of the path, but not that often.  And with the bump ability, I find that I'm usually just trying to follow the path (then trying to get back to the path when I make a mistaken wrong turn) and just shoving my way through any ghosts that are in my way.

The power pellets only show up every few maps.  Along the way, you're triggering minion ghosts who start following the ghost (or ghosts) that are wandering the maze.  You grab a fruit, hop to a new maze, and do it again.  Eventually, instead of a fruit, you get a power pellet.  Then the chase begins.  This is the most skillful part of the game, somehow, because you have to chase down the blue trails by studying their paths and getting ahead of them.  Unfortunately, their trails often get in the way, so you have to plan to avoid them.  More unfortunately, the missed turns mean it's really hard to get to where you need to go in this frantic chase.

The boss fights seem like they're going to be a big deal.  There's a cutscene where the boss comes together, then it's constantly hovering behind the maze, waiting for you.  It's a nice build up.  The problem is, there's no real fight.  You just kind of do the same thing you usually do, but this time, instead of a fruit or pellet, you're going after a super pellet.  At which point, there's a cut scene where you bounce into the boss.  He turns into little ghosts, and how many extra lives you built up before that have some effect on how many you can gobble up (automatically), but it really feels like you should be doing something during the boss fights.  Oh, and there's a terrible, goofy animation at the end, where Pac-Man faces you, grinning, bouncing up and down.  Blech.

And, sometimes, the fruit or pellets bounce away from you.

I'm making it sound much worse than it is.  It's really not bad.  I played for an hour last night.  There's fun to be had.  It's just that you finish a map, sigh, and remember how much better the previous iterations were.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 13, 2016, 09:46:59 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 13, 2016, 09:36:49 PM

Quote from: Azhag on September 13, 2016, 09:17:15 PM

May regret it, but Recore preorder is on its way.

Mine arrived today and so far it seems cool.  I may end up regretting it, but I don't think so.  It's easy to say something looks bad if you have a direct comparison in the same room to the PC version, but I still think it looks great.  And since it's a game I think I'd rather play in my living room I decided the extra load times would be a fine compromise.

Let us know how you're feeling once they get to two and a half minutes!

Seriously, do.  I'm still curious about this title, though I'd probably go PC now.  None the less, the crazy extended fetch quest at the end sounds to be a bit too much.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: September 13, 2016, 07:29:30 PM

Quote from: Punisher on September 13, 2016, 07:24:36 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on September 13, 2016, 06:26:34 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 13, 2016, 02:35:44 PM

I wonder if there are any theories that no one dies. There are several ways this could realistically happen. Sudden walker heard or maybe they somehow manage to get the upper hand. Who knows, but it's an acceptable outcome if you ask me. They somehow escape and the stage is then set for total war.

If that were to happen, the shark would have jumped so hard, it'd be in orbit.
You have just described the plot for Sharknado 10.

Er, that actually really did happen in Sharknado 3.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 13, 2016, 06:53:42 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 13, 2016, 04:04:19 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2016, 03:55:53 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 13, 2016, 01:01:10 PM

Hot Shots Tennis (PS4)

Wait...what? 

I guess it is the PS2 game that's coming to their PS2-on-PS4 library as of today.

According to the store, that's right.  Supposedly updated to 1080p, so, there's that.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: September 13, 2016, 02:49:04 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 13, 2016, 02:35:44 PM

I wonder if there are any theories that no one dies. There are several ways this could realistically happen. Sudden walker heard or maybe they somehow manage to get the upper hand. Who knows, but it's an acceptable outcome if you ask me. They somehow escape and the stage is then set for total war.

I think there would be a bigger riot than if Darryl's the one to go.  That would feel like an insane cop out, IMO.  All that tension, making you wait months and then: saved by a deus ex machina?!  No, thank you.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 12, 2016, 04:50:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 12, 2016, 04:32:31 PM

I think I'm going to pick up ReCore on the XB1, since I've heard good things, it's only $40 and Prime saves me 20% off that.

You might want to take a look at the reviews that hit this morning.

I thought I was getting ReCore, but the reviews are telling me otherwise.

As for me, I already paid for Pac Man Championship Edition 2 (although I'm not as confident about it as I was when I pre-ordered).

I'm keeping my eye on Rive, too.  I may pick up the Bioshock Collection someday.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2016, 10:52:06 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 11, 2016, 09:05:36 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 11, 2016, 08:07:30 PM

What's agitating me to apoplexia (and always has) is this stated attitude of "Bah, it's not an issue to me, therefore it's not an issue."  That just gets in my craw.

I personally have never, ever cared about issues that don't directly affect me. In general: sucks to be you, but I don't care.

And that's fine.  It's also not the same thing as saying it's not an issue.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2016, 08:07:30 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on September 11, 2016, 07:47:01 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 11, 2016, 07:40:24 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 11, 2016, 07:28:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 11, 2016, 04:43:52 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 11, 2016, 12:05:51 PM

A slap in the face... really... My daughter was bitching about this as well, my response was well if you want a 7 get some wireless earbuds. I'm waiting for the next iteration as I already have a 6S and will plan on there not being a headphone jack on the next one as I cant imagine they'll backpedal on it.

Yes.
 
You seem to be missing the point.  It's not just that your old headphones don't work or that you have to buy a proprietary adapter or a whole new set of earbuds (which may not be comfortable for your ears - my wife spent months finding a set that didn't fall out of her ears all the time).  It's not even that you can't charge and listen at the same time, although that's a pretty big fuck you.  It's that they took it out for more space in the unit...and then did nothing with it.  

As a result, this change comes off as something they did for profit and not at all something they did for the consumer.  And, yes, that's a slap in the face.

I don't get why you're pretending this isn't an issue.  Have you looked anywhere online at all?  This is all people are talking about with the new phone.

Again, this change doesn't even effect me directly, and I find it offensive as hell.

Seems it hasn't affected demand for it.... But what Rav said, they just didnt take it out and not use the space lol... And I'm not pretending anything, it really isn't an issue, its not like you're being forced to buy one.

Okay, "pretending" isn't the right word, maybe, but you keep saying it isn't an issue, while everyone else is telling you it is.  It is not an issue to you.  Fine.  That's not the same thing as it not being an issue.  So you're not pretending.  You're being obstinate.

Whether you're buying one or not, it is an issue, as Apple is forcing this change without offering proper and available counter possibilities.

And raven says I'm incorrect about not using the space, but then, a few lines later, says, " It was blatantly clear that, other than the camera and the SoC, they did not put much engineering thought into the layout and innards of the iPhone for this iteration...miniaturization efforts is probably minimal (pun unintended), and the space that they freed by removing the headphone jack is used to accommodate the new technologies which they are likely designing against the 2017 iPhone" which is essentially saying that they did nothing with the improved space for the phone they forced it on, the iPhone 7.  My point wasn't that nothing is or isn't there.  It's that, no matter how technical you want to be, they created a nuisance for their consumers without adding any benefits for the user to compensate.  I didn't say they didn't put anything in that space, I said they did nothing with it.

Dude, then why not just buy the 6s? Or even the SE? You're being way too stressed over this.

There's a good chance I'll do that, though I'd like the improved speed.  I wish I could wait a year, but my current phone won't make it.

I'm offended by the corporate choiced here, but I'm not stressed about it.  What's agitating me to apoplexia (and always has) is this stated attitude of "Bah, it's not an issue to me, therefore it's not an issue."  That just gets in my craw.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2016, 07:40:24 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 11, 2016, 07:28:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 11, 2016, 04:43:52 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 11, 2016, 12:05:51 PM

A slap in the face... really... My daughter was bitching about this as well, my response was well if you want a 7 get some wireless earbuds. I'm waiting for the next iteration as I already have a 6S and will plan on there not being a headphone jack on the next one as I cant imagine they'll backpedal on it.

Yes.
 
You seem to be missing the point.  It's not just that your old headphones don't work or that you have to buy a proprietary adapter or a whole new set of earbuds (which may not be comfortable for your ears - my wife spent months finding a set that didn't fall out of her ears all the time).  It's not even that you can't charge and listen at the same time, although that's a pretty big fuck you.  It's that they took it out for more space in the unit...and then did nothing with it.  

As a result, this change comes off as something they did for profit and not at all something they did for the consumer.  And, yes, that's a slap in the face.

I don't get why you're pretending this isn't an issue.  Have you looked anywhere online at all?  This is all people are talking about with the new phone.

Again, this change doesn't even effect me directly, and I find it offensive as hell.

Seems it hasn't affected demand for it.... But what Rav said, they just didnt take it out and not use the space lol... And I'm not pretending anything, it really isn't an issue, its not like you're being forced to buy one.

Okay, "pretending" isn't the right word, maybe, but you keep saying it isn't an issue, while everyone else is telling you it is.  It is not an issue to you.  Fine.  That's not the same thing as it not being an issue.  So you're not pretending.  You're being obstinate.

Whether you're buying one or not, it is an issue, as Apple is forcing this change without offering proper and available counter possibilities.

And raven says I'm incorrect about not using the space, but then, a few lines later, says, " It was blatantly clear that, other than the camera and the SoC, they did not put much engineering thought into the layout and innards of the iPhone for this iteration...miniaturization efforts is probably minimal (pun unintended), and the space that they freed by removing the headphone jack is used to accommodate the new technologies which they are likely designing against the 2017 iPhone" which is essentially saying that they did nothing with the improved space for the phone they forced it on, the iPhone 7.  My point wasn't that nothing is or isn't there.  It's that, no matter how technical you want to be, they created a nuisance for their consumers without adding any benefits for the user to compensate.  I didn't say they didn't put anything in that space, I said they did nothing with it.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2016, 04:43:52 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 11, 2016, 12:05:51 PM

A slap in the face... really... My daughter was bitching about this as well, my response was well if you want a 7 get some wireless earbuds. I'm waiting for the next iteration as I already have a 6S and will plan on there not being a headphone jack on the next one as I cant imagine they'll backpedal on it.

Yes.
 
You seem to be missing the point.  It's not just that your old headphones don't work or that you have to buy a proprietary adapter or a whole new set of earbuds (which may not be comfortable for your ears - my wife spent months finding a set that didn't fall out of her ears all the time).  It's not even that you can't charge and listen at the same time, although that's a pretty big fuck you.  It's that they took it out for more space in the unit...and then did nothing with it. 

As a result, this change comes off as something they did for profit and not at all something they did for the consumer.  And, yes, that's a slap in the face.

I don't get why you're pretending this isn't an issue.  Have you looked anywhere online at all?  This is all people are talking about with the new phone.

Again, this change doesn't even effect me directly, and I find it offensive as hell.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2016, 10:37:50 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 10, 2016, 10:12:17 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 10, 2016, 05:40:35 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 09, 2016, 11:51:56 AM

The 7 is coming with the lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the box and one of the 3rd party acc providers announced a combo adapter so you can use headphones and charge at same time.
So in order to get the exact same functionality I currently have with my iPhone 5 (using headphones and charging my phone at the same time), I have to have TWO different dongles plugged into my phone, one of which costs $40?!

Do you not see the absolute insanity behind Apple's lack of intelligence here?

I wont be getting a 7 but I dont see an issue with this either, I've never needed to charge and use the headphone jack at the same time and now in my car I charge and play thru the lightning port on my new Kenwood CarPlay head unit.

I never understand this argument.  You don't have an issue with it personally, so there isn't an issue?  People have told you there's an issue.  There's an issue.

I also have never needed to charge and listen at the same time.  Doesn't mean I think this is anything but a slap in the face and idiotic.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 08, 2016, 07:05:39 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 08, 2016, 04:05:01 PM

In 2 years no phone will include a headphone jack

Yes, and in -4 or so years, phones will be able to charge wirelessly.  Also, fast charging, which would also alleviate the problem to a lesser degree, does not exist on Apple phones.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 08, 2016, 05:11:43 AM

Quote from: Destructor on September 08, 2016, 05:04:07 AM

Now, Android exclusive!



As someone who currently owns and uses an iPhone 5 (non-lettered) right now, I find the lack of a headphone jack to be...fucking stupid.

For those of you who both use the headphone jack and plug in your device at the same time (something I do at work the entire shift I'm there, to put my device's music onto a stereo system for all of us to hear, plus keep it charged because the phone wouldn't survive 8 hours otherwise), what the hell are you supposed to do now?

Can they even make a device to split both power and headphones off of the same connector? It sounds like an electrical risk of some sort to my very limited expertise.

Here I wanted an iPhone 7. Now...I guess I'll wait to see if they make the all important adapter first, because Apple decided to remove the headphone jack because it was the next evolution in phone technology or something.

Yeah, my iPhone is dying a slow death. Broken GPS, spotty wifi.  It's time, and we're so locked into the damned app store as a family, that it makes no sense to switch.

Fortunately, I almost never use the headphone on my phone, but that would annoy the hell out of me if I did.  What a stupid ass decision.  If they had finally included wireless charging, it would have been fine, but this is just asinine. 
27  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo Direct discussion on: September 06, 2016, 04:01:49 PM
They keep talking about how they learned the necessary lessons from the Wii U.  I feel like Reggie says a variation on this any time anyone asks him a question about anything.

But we'll see.  If the NX really is trying to compete with the mobile market, I think they're shooting themselves in the foot right out of the gate, but we'll see.

Doesn't mean they're not holding releases until the big reveal, though. And it definitely feels like they've given up on the Wii U (and are on the road to the same with the 3DS).
28  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo Direct discussion on: September 06, 2016, 01:56:58 PM
I suspect they're hording releases for the NX at this point.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Other than gaming, what are your hobbies? on: September 02, 2016, 02:12:49 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 02, 2016, 09:49:03 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 31, 2016, 06:02:49 PM

Last time I explored a ghost town, I got locked in a jail by Jim Backus.  Good thing I was wearing a belt.

Someone is going to have to explain this to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwIkHbSfN6At=15m36s

It was a purse, not a belt.  My memory is blending all of my jailbreaks together.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 02, 2016, 03:53:28 AM
Dancing in the Street (with the music removed)

Hilarious.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming: Meh. on: September 01, 2016, 08:22:53 PM
I'm going through this, too, right now.

I've only been playing small, quick hit games, but I'm not feeling inspired to do so.  I have big ones from last fall waiting to finish plowing through before sequels hit, and I just can't be bothered.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan Quest Anniversary Edition [PC] on: September 01, 2016, 03:02:56 AM
It seems I've figured out my save issue through trial and error.  Hope they fix the mouse issue, though.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan Quest Anniversary Edition [PC] on: August 31, 2016, 07:58:33 PM
I'm also having an issue where I get no mouse cursor if I load the game full screen, so I'll be waiting to play anyway.

Nice that this combined game takes up less space than the two other ones.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan Quest Anniversary Edition [PC] on: August 31, 2016, 07:57:34 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 31, 2016, 06:09:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 31, 2016, 06:00:40 PM

Do we know if our saves will work in this new version?  This is a game I keep coming back to every few months, and I'm pretty far into it, and I wouldn't want to start over!

Somebody said this in one of the Steam threads:

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I didn't have Titan Quest installed, but after I installed this AE I could select my old chaacter from the old game. Just Awesome !!

So I'm assuming if you had saved an old character to the Steam Cloud it just pulls that in and works like a charm!  Very cool of them to do that.

I'm getting an older version of the character when I load it, which is a bummer.

I'm wondering if I applied a mod somewhere down the line, but I have no idea how to check that.

Steam automatically loads saves to the cloud, right?  It's not something I need to be doing manually, is it?
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 31, 2016, 07:38:17 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 31, 2016, 07:03:22 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 30, 2016, 11:49:27 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 30, 2016, 09:30:19 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 29, 2016, 01:01:31 PM

Here is what Thor was up to during Civil War

link to io9 since I can't figure out the direct link to a Facebook video

https://io9.gizmodo.com/so-heres-what-thor-was-up-to-during-civil-war-1785863205

I haven't seen Civil War yet...will this spoil it at all?
dont think so, but depends on how strict you are.
are aware that
Spoiler for Hiden:
thor and hulk are not in it?

No, I was not aware of that.  And the second one is my favorite character so that's a real bummer.

Well, at least it's not a spoiler now.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Other than gaming, what are your hobbies? on: August 31, 2016, 06:02:49 PM
Last time I explored a ghost town, I got locked in a jail by Jim Backus.  Good thing I was wearing a belt.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan Quest Anniversary Edition [PC] on: August 31, 2016, 06:00:40 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 31, 2016, 05:50:11 PM

The newly rebranded THQ Nordic has surprise launched a new version of Titan Quest on Steam today for the 10th anniversary.  This new version includes a bunch of changes including bringing The Immortal Throne expansion into the game itself as well as lots of bug fixes, performance tweaks, multiplayer updates, balancing, etc.

You can check out the full super huge changelist here:

http://titanquestgame.com/pcchangelog/TQ_AnniversaryEdition_FullChangelog.txt

Oh, and if you already own Titan Quest you get this upgrade for free.  If not, it's on sale at 75% off right now ($5) and is totally worth it for ARPG fans.

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One Question: “Why?”
Before someone comes around asking why we give our games out for free (or almost for free if you want), here’s a quick explanation: After our name change from “Nordic Games” to “THQ Nordic”, we wanted a running start for our new identity and had to think about how to begin the new era with the most positive connotation possible (for a publisher).

So, many months ago, we had a conversation in our marketing department which went something like this:
“Guys, what can we do to make people like us and stay with our brands?”
“Easy, we just have to be grateful. Remember, without them, we would be nothing.”
“And how should we show gratitude?”
“Free stuff… I guess. Everyone likes free stuff.”
“Well then, give them free stuff, for f***’s sake”

So, that’s basically where we are now.

 icon_biggrin

Considering they ported this to mobile not that long ago, I wouldn't be totally surprised to see it also come to consoles at some point.

Do we know if our saves will work in this new version?  This is a game I keep coming back to every few months, and I'm pretty far into it, and I wouldn't want to start over!

Still, pretty awesome move on their part to make it free.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mark McMorris Infinite Air snowboarding [PC/XB1/PS4] on: August 31, 2016, 05:12:47 PM
I liked the Golf Club a lot, but it certainly wasn't everyone's cup of tea.

Given the dearth of snowboarding games lately, there's probably room for two.  But I imagine there's more of a hunger for the arcade side of things.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/PS4/XB1] Livelock on: August 30, 2016, 09:19:59 PM
Does anyone know anything about this game Livelock?

It came out today, and a couple of the smaller review sites seem to be spooging over it.

It's a top-down co-op twin stick thing with a scifi setting and lots of explosions, apparently.  You can play one of several killing robots, all with different abilities.

On paper, it doesn't seem like anything special, but a couple of the reviews are so positive, it makes me wonder if they haven't been paid off!  Okay, not really.  But maybe?
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 30, 2016, 02:39:26 PM

Quote from: Arclight on August 30, 2016, 11:48:59 AM

It should only scare those away who intended on following the same path. IE: BS'ing their way to success. If they're genuine in their desire for some fringe exploration, failure wont stop them. But the fear of being found out lying, might scare the less sincere in our midst. I still say they have lied.

Well, the flaw in your theory is the assumption that Murray was maliciously lying, which, again, I don't agree with.

But the result will be the same, regardless: The reins will be tightened. Large companies haven't been known for their bold choices, but they'll shy away from projects that do.  Indie companies would collapse under a problem like this, and so will avoid it like the plague.  It'll be interesting to see if Hello Games survives.  I suspect they'll get one more shot, maybe two.
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