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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: June 02, 2013, 01:13:37 AM
I've got a dev kit on order - I'm hoping to have it within 4 weeks or so. I'll gladly post impressions as soon as I can.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/06) on: May 06, 2013, 01:43:33 PM
Wait, Fatal Frame re-release? IN!  eek
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon 2: Electric Boogaloo? on: May 06, 2013, 02:45:25 AM
Damn it, publishers, STOP LEARNING THE WRONG LESSON.

The lesson is not that we want more Blood Dragon.

The answer is that we want more fun, unique little things without a number after them, for less than AAA money!

QUIT FRANCHISING US TO DEATH.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: May 03, 2013, 08:32:24 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on May 03, 2013, 08:28:19 PM

Quote from: Arkon on May 03, 2013, 01:59:56 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on May 03, 2013, 12:53:41 PM

That Eller hit... man, Diaz owes him about fifty "I'm sorry" fruit baskets for even attempting that pass.

I can't for the life of me understand why Gryba is scheduled for a hearing...that was a clean hit.
A report on SB Nation says Gryba is getting a two game suspension.  F' that.  I haven't seen any angle on that play that shows me Gryba did anything wrong.

His jersey's not in the top 200 in sales on NHL.com, and he was on the news. That's basically what he did wrong.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: May 03, 2013, 12:53:41 PM
This year is the year I finally feel old - I can't both stay up for every night of late games AND be sufficiently productive at work. So I hit a middle ground - gut it out for a period or two, feel tired when I wake up, and also feel bad that I missed exciting endings.

Love the result of Rangers-Caps last night, not too happy with how we got there though - I'm still not 100% sold on Oleksy but with passes like that it's getting harder and harder to believe that he's just an uncannily lucky AHL scratch made good. What I'm hoping is that Lundqvist looks human for 3-4 minutes at a time every game - a little secondary scoring like that Chimera goal is going to make this series much easier than having to gut it out on 1-2 Ovi/Backstrom goals a night.

That Eller hit... man, Diaz owes him about fifty "I'm sorry" fruit baskets for even attempting that pass.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Receiver on: May 01, 2013, 11:55:32 PM
I really, really want Hydra controls for this.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drop - typing game from Minecraft creator on: April 29, 2013, 08:55:54 PM
It got a lot easier when I started to recognize words and phrases from the dictionary - boosted from 80ish to 120ish score just by recognizing every second or third word.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kerbal Space Program on: April 29, 2013, 03:52:27 PM
Any general impressions on this? I'm super-interested, but I have no idea how "done" it is - I thought it was beta but I'm never sure anymore whether they mean "Minecraft-style" beta or really unpolished and missing important features.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monaco - We take things from you on: April 29, 2013, 03:51:30 PM
I really need to get together a crew for this.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: April 27, 2013, 02:06:04 PM
Well, got my playoff ticket. On the glass, right by the home team bench.

Gotta love AHL hockey. Forty bucks to be right on top of it. I'll go back to cheap seats for the rest of the games but it's nice to get on top of it for 10% of what Leafs fans are paying to get in the door.

Oh, also, go CBJ! THERE'S STILL HOPE!
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Breaking] Explosions at Boston Marathon on: April 16, 2013, 12:17:16 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 15, 2013, 11:17:15 PM

One of the two confirmed dead was an 8 year old boy.

What the FUCK is wrong with people these days?? It's all so frustrating and depressing...

You could think of it like that. Or you could think of it like 'within 60 seconds of the explosions, there were police and Guardsmen and civilians pulling down barricades, and using belts to improvise tourniquets, and reacting so quickly and skillfully that even with a ghastly event like this, only 2 people (so far) have died.' They did that after 2 blasts, so they must have known, on some level, that another blast was possible, but they did it anyway. I don't think we're in a world where we just happen to have a high percentage of our good guys happen to stand around when this stuff happens - I think a damn high percentage of people are, when it comes down to it, selfless and well-meaning - I'll take that against bemoaning the one in a million people who are really, truly, maliciously insane.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 03, 2013, 02:51:33 AM
I'm a management consultant, with a technical background. I do a mix of architecture, business intelligence, data architecture, business process, and just plain making things work.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's a fun toy I don't own? on: March 19, 2013, 02:02:26 AM
You could preorder an Oculus Rift? That's pretty firmly in the 'toy' category.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 15, 2013, 03:35:28 PM
I feel bad for the product team, and worse every time more of this nonsense comes out. EA as a corporate entity obviously are at fault here - but this is -such- a train wreck that we know that the project team has to have been handcuffed by release date and PR from implementing well or talking honestly.

This is clearly a project driven by the checkboxes EA wanted on a feature list, not by what a designer thought would be fun. I bet the original intent was to have cloud computing driving things like Sims, traffic, etc - but when the implementation was broken, or just not practical, the product team didn't have the weight to throw around to make the PR spin change. This just had to be an always-online, cloud-driven project, because the cloud is hot this year, don't'cha know? The folks saying it has to be aren't the ones figuring out how that will make it more fun.

Having been on doomed projects before (albeit not in this industry) - even the hopeless optimists on their side have probably known for a long time that this thing wasn't going to come together. That is the worst kind of work, and I hope the folks who are (justifiably) mad pile on where it's justified, instead of saying the product team is awful.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 11, 2013, 01:25:21 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 11, 2013, 04:28:14 AM

Dammit. Devs have admitted that casinos are broken and they're working on a fix.  Recycling plants are broken. Pathfinding is broken. I've been pretty forgiving about the server woes but I'm getting really disappointed that the game itself is turning out to be half baked.

If I had to guess - probably a lot of this stuff was working great on dev servers, but they've had to tune down/turn off anything remotely computationally intensive under a full server load in production. I know if I were building a game like this with cloud processing, pathfinding would be something I'd write a super-easy algorithm for just as a failsafe, assuming it would be used little enough that nobody would notice. They might just be waiting for enough people to move on to other games that they can turn it back on.

Or it might just be half-baked.
96  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / MLB 13: The Show [Vita] on: March 11, 2013, 03:50:39 AM
Anyone else playing this? I love the series, so I downloaded it Tuesday night - and promptly have run into a roadblock of having zero time so I've only managed to fit in about three half exhibition games.

It seems solidly harder than 12 was, even after turning down the difficulties - pitching is fine, but I'm having real trouble stringing hits together. Most of my games end up being 1-0 or 2-0 shutouts with me on the wrong side.

Frame rate is much smoother than last year's, so that's nice. It's still a damn attractive game for portable, and I still don't think there's a better ball game out there - until an NHL game comes out for Vita, this will probably be my top game in hours played on the platform.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 08, 2013, 04:03:33 PM
Aside from the obvious, the city sizes are a big thing that make it less appealing to me.

I want to build this and instead they're letting us build... what? Spokane? Madison?
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Football Manager 2013 on: March 08, 2013, 02:30:58 PM
Would the interface for this work well with touch/pen only? I have the Surface Pro and it strikes me as a game that could easily enough be played in tablet mode, and I can't possibly have enough of those.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/04) on: March 04, 2013, 02:24:00 PM
The most likely outcome is that I have zero spare time this week, but MLB 13 for the Vita is almost a certain pickup at some point this month. Ditto for SimCity, especially if someone posts video of it running smoothly on a Surface Pro.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface on: March 02, 2013, 03:03:09 PM
Random unstructured impressions before a busy weekend:

It's thicker, and heavier, than I expected, even knowing it was going to be thicker than the iPad. It feels pretty solid though - the kickstand is a really nice touch. I know a lot of folks who are super-picky about ergonomics complain that you can't really change the angle of it, but it works for me.

Mini-DisplayPort is great. I already have a cord for that kicking around for my Macbook so the thing docks right into my existing setup. The built-in display is crisp and bright, though auto-brightness is a bit wonky to say the least (I read that MS is already looking into patches for this).

Speaker is just okay, and I haven't had opportunity to try the headphones out yet.

The touchscreen is responsive, and the pen is fantastic - it acts as a pointer when it's close to the screen, which I didn't know and which is great.

It's fast, for a tablet - I threw Steam on there, and while I haven't played much of anything besides BIT.TRIP RUNNER, that ran smoothly, and even with the Type Cover controls well enough that I got through 1-11 eventually. I'm planning to use it for the foreseeable future more as a retro/adventure gaming console than anything that's going to push it, gaming-wise; it looks like I'll be able to play Sam and Max, Walking Dead, Monkey Island, and the Longest Journey series with just the pen (though I do have to tinker with the app settings to turn off the pixel scaling). Throw in Syberia and some other adventure games off of GOG, Football Manager, and maybe OOTP and I should have a lot to do without having to even set up as a laptop.

Battery life is adequate, for me - it's plugged in if I'm doing real work, and it lasted a night on my lap in front of the TV, so I don't need much more.

From a 'real work' perspective - I threw VPN on there, and was able with just a Bluetooth keyboard and the pen (day before my Type Cover arrived) VPN to my corporate network, remote desktop to a server, pull in some files via FTP, and do some work setting up applications and databases. With just this and a 3G hotspot, and especially now with the Type Cover, I can basically handle anything short of running a full HyperV environment for demos and research (and I'll do that as soon as there's an i7 model with 8GB+ of RAM).

Things I don't like - the Windows app store is crap (but I knew that already), so a lot of the stuff out there that would make the Metro part of the OS useful on a tablet is just awful. I haven't found a good Twitter client, there's a million unofficial Facebook apps that look sketchy as hell, and I haven't seen a good Google Reader client that doesn't crash. So my Metro usage consists of the touchscreen IE, my IM client (which is actually okay), and a Reddit app that's alright but prone to crashing. I'm hoping as this thing gets out in the wild in bigger numbers it'll start to see some real app support, just because the more things that are usable as a non-keyboarded tablet the more useful it'll be.

I think, just from the perspective of having a usable work laptop along with a LOT less weight than a full-size one, it's already a success - it's basically going to be my default personal machine for travel from now on, and I see it getting some time in front of the TV as a tablet as well (though I wouldn't use it for Kindle, etc - too heavy to sit and read with).
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface on: March 01, 2013, 01:57:39 PM
Sigh... I am weak... impressions of the 128GB Pro coming soon.
102  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita Impressions! Vita Digital Purchases Beating PS3 - no NA price cuts on: February 23, 2013, 01:40:57 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 22, 2013, 05:31:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 22, 2013, 05:24:46 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on February 22, 2013, 03:49:20 PM

Also - for anyone else with a Vita, is the PSN store just a godawful mess for anyone else lately? For the past month or so I can hardly check even new releases without retrying multiple times, let alone browse any selection, and the one thing I did buy (Pinball Arcade table pack) I had to retry 3 times. It might have been longer - hadn't touched the store in months before that.

I don't recall any issues, but I haven't really checked the Vita version since they put the store online.

I've been checking the store regularly on my Vita and haven't had any problems.  I'm assuming you've updated everything?

Latest firmware, and I've turned it off and on again. Maybe it just flat-out doesn't like my router - I'm on FIOS so it's probably not a speed thing.
103  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! Vita Digital Purchases Setting Company Records on: February 22, 2013, 03:49:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 21, 2013, 11:57:56 PM

looks like the digital download business is doing well with the Vita:

Quote
"Digital business is the faster growing business" he said. "We do not publish numbers, but every month it's almost a new record that the purchase on Vita is higher than the PS3, because everything is available [digitally]."

http://www.destructoid.com/sony-digital-business-is-the-faster-growing-business--246237.phtml

That's sort of full of weasel words though. Of course you would expect a newer console with a small install base to have faster-growing sales than a console with a mature market and rumors of an impending successor. And the 'almost' means that it might not even be there.

Also - for anyone else with a Vita, is the PSN store just a godawful mess for anyone else lately? For the past month or so I can hardly check even new releases without retrying multiple times, let alone browse any selection, and the one thing I did buy (Pinball Arcade table pack) I had to retry 3 times. It might have been longer - hadn't touched the store in months before that.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [USA] Who's off today? on: February 18, 2013, 02:21:54 PM
Nope. Current client switches off between President's and MLK off each year.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So How's Your Week Going to Be? 2/18 Edition on: February 18, 2013, 02:03:09 PM
Homebrew club tonight! Unfortunately none of our recent brews are ready (two in secondary, one kegged but without a way to get it easily to the club, one bottled but not fully carbonated yet). Next month should be great for that, as we'll have the equipment to bring properly carbonated draft beer in plus (with any luck) three or four new bottled varieties.

So today is just tasting and thinking up the next thing - probably ordering ingredients for an 80 Shilling ale someone wanted to try.

Work is work and we're just going to see what the rest of the week holds. Considering that last week had System Shock 2 come out, a Longest Journey sequel announced, and an awesome time at a speakeasy in a 1920s gangster costume, this week has its work cut out for it to measure up.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Don't Starve on: February 15, 2013, 05:16:16 PM
I'd love to pick this up but splitting it with someone would be even better. Anyone interested?
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So How's Your Week Going to Be? on: February 11, 2013, 05:55:00 PM
Shaped like a bell curve. Slower day today (going to try out a new board game tonight, actually), but then tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday I have pretty significant stuff to do at client sites, so that'll likely be all-consuming. Then a slower day Friday, capped by trying out a speakeasy I've been wanting to go to for ages with a friend.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface on: February 11, 2013, 05:20:53 PM
It sure sounds like the Pro was only launched in name only this weekend. Places that got them only got low single-digit numbers available, and it sounds like a lot of places didn't get any of the 128GB unit. Consider that plus the delays, and maybe Microsoft is having trouble with yield or supply chain that means that we're only going to see this trickling into the wild.

Which might actually work well for them, as by the time the things are generally available, they may have their 'accessory spine' connector ready to go (or more likely, announced but not released yet). If that includes some Type Cover-type devices with a better trackpad and some built-in battery, then I'll definitely consider picking one up.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: February 10, 2013, 12:55:07 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on February 10, 2013, 12:47:08 AM

Is anyone else watching the Netflix original show "House of Cards"?  Watched the first 5 episodes so far and they are pretty good. 

Watched the whole season and it was pretty good - but if the BBC original is still available on Instant, I would -highly- recommend watching it first (or instead). It's a much more outstanding series.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface on: February 08, 2013, 03:36:02 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 08, 2013, 03:09:08 PM

Quote from: Crusis on February 08, 2013, 04:24:28 AM


Maybe it was 95ish. I checked with my son and he said it wasn't 105. I removed a few apps that I don't use as soon as I got the air so I'm probably remember the newly freed space. I'd check but I returned the machine (too cramped) and got a macbook 15" retina while they were on sale at BB this weekend.

They had Surfaces on display and they were pretty cool. Loading Word on a tablet was a trip. The little flat keyboard that came with it was really hard to type on. I had to really press down to get keys to register. Overall it was nice and snappy.

I'm not willing to drop a grand sight unseen on one - I was just pointing out the space comparison slywink.

I'd love to have one, but I think I'm going to wait till G2 if at all. I used to be an early adopter - but with a kid in sports and a gf who is on disability, I'm fighting debt with whatever spare money doesn't go to meager living. Hell, I'm about to sell at least one of my consoles and sit on the cash to help with the holiday buy this fall. (720 *or* PS4 - a decade ago it would have been *and*)

Same for me - I like the idea, and I'm trying to be more involved in the MS mobile ecosystem, but I don't think based on what little buzz there is on the Pro plus middling early reviews that this is going to be a runaway success. I took the bullet on the Vita last year, someone else can early-adopt this time around. I'll get the 2nd-gen one that sheds a bit of weight and/or adds some battery life, and doesn't have noisy fan problems.

Which is a damn shame, because I want a mobile device that runs Project Pro and I'd rather have a consumer-focused device from a big name than have to go researching and learning about all the other ultrabook-tablet hybrids. Price is pretty secondary if they can actually build what I want to use, but it has to be best-in-class and it doesn't sound like the Surface is.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Photography Thread on: February 08, 2013, 03:30:41 PM
If I'm getting the ball rolling, the rest of you are getting this golden orb spider from my recent trip to Costa Rica. This guy was just hanging out in the national park, letting me snap as many shots as I wanted of him.



112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me buy a DSLR on: February 08, 2013, 01:02:06 PM
I love threads like these - photography is one of those things I'd love to spend more time on than I'm able to. Congrats on the purchase - I swapped up from a Canon XS to an XSi a few years ago and I love it.

Definitely jealous of the 18-135mm lens - one of the things I've found is that, while switching lenses while actually shooting (at home, or when I'm really set up somewhere) is not a big deal at all, switching it while actually doing travel-y things that don't revolve around photography is a pain. I actually ended up getting a Powershot G12 to carry in my DSLR case as a backup - I take wide-angle shots with that so I can leave my 55-250mm lens on my XSi for tight shots. I looked into superzoom lenses, and I probably could have gotten an okay superzoom for the same as that camera, but this gives me some added flexibility to have a RAW-capable camera with manual controls that I can carry around much more easily.

If you really want to start understanding what you're doing, I can't recommend the book 'Understanding Exposure' (by Bryan Peterson) enough. There's a Kindle version and having that on my iPad has been great for quickly brushing up on basic technique (and more importantly, why to pick the settings I do) when it's been a long time since I've had a chance to shoot anything.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: February 07, 2013, 08:34:21 PM
Employee of the Year at my company. Considering the quality of the folks I work with, that was a really, really, REALLY high compliment, and something I took to heart.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pick Your Apocalypse on: February 07, 2013, 12:43:41 AM
Grey goo. Just so it's completely inexorable.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/04) on: February 06, 2013, 04:25:16 PM
The reviews on the Surface Pro aren't exactly brutal, but they're not exactly making me want to put up with the quirks of a first-gen device either (I already took that bullet on the Vita last year, I'm good for a while). I think that puts me out for this generation unless I get my hands on one and it impressses. Battery life and usability are the big concerns - I like all the ideas, but if it's awkward on the lap, and only gets 3-4 hours battery life, that's just not there for me.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/04) on: February 04, 2013, 04:18:14 PM
If I can get my hands on one to try it out, and get some positive impressions overall, I'll probably be in for a Surface Pro 128GB. I've been looking forward to being able to drop one of my laptops from my work bag, and this one will let me use all the software I need for work (plus I'm looking forward to having it as a portable machine to play Good Old Games releases).

If I don't like it, or the battery life doesn't sound like it's going to be up to par, then nothing for me this week.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you do your own Taxes? on: January 31, 2013, 10:19:27 PM
Yeah, but I hate it and I'm thinking about just having someone do it this year.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's Your Typical Evening Like? on: January 29, 2013, 12:33:55 AM
Depends where I've had to travel to. If it's Jersey I typically get home around 730 to 830, have dinner, watch some Netflix, and crash. If it's closer to home I typically get home 630-7, have dinner, maybe watch 1-2 shows on the big TV, and then crash.

Exciting!
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- WildCard Edition on: January 07, 2013, 12:56:12 AM
Ugggggh.

DC sports. We can't just lose, we have to look at that knee buckling for the next six months. Certainly hoping it's not structural - otherwise it's going to be a looooong 2013 season. Just run out the cap penalties, draft some folks, and spend the season developing Cousins.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2012-13 season thread. on: January 06, 2013, 12:43:46 PM
Done deal. $64.3 cap in 13-14, so Wild fans can exhale a little. Contracts kinda-sorta fixed to allow some cap circumvention but not too much. Two amnesty buyouts (bye-bye, Gomez, Redden, Kaberle!).

Now let's all hope they feel a deep and abiding sense of shame. Still have no regrets about spending my hockey budget for the year on a vacation instead.
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