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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 19, 2015, 12:21:19 AM
I was surprised to see the pre-release was unlocked and is now playable on PS4. I've seen one strange stuttering when a cut scene started, otherwise the game plays well and it's absolutely gorgeous.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 14, 2015, 03:15:16 PM
I caved and pre-ordered on PS4 while it's on sale. I've always liked the Witcher games so this is a no brainer.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: April 22, 2015, 10:14:10 PM
Mine makes a lovely addition to the room. It doesn't get used but it looks nice.

It's kind of funny if the name Alexa comes up on the television. The Echo always lights up - waiting for a question.

One fun thing is to take the remote into another room and do a "Simon Says ..." - freaked my kid out a few times she just blasted out something like "Nick, do the dishes."
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 31, 2015, 03:11:35 PM
Got this up and running on my macbook retina. Gorgeous game and holy crap I got sucked in, before I knew it I'd played a few hours last night and wasn't even paying attention to the time. I'd planned on spending 20 minutes looking at the pretty scenery. Phew, sleepy morning for me.

I'm seriously thinking about trying another character and paying more attention to the character creation screens. I kind of buzzed through them and created a big blue paladin. I'm intrigued by the possibility of playing an armor wearing wizard.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 30, 2015, 04:52:53 PM
I purchased the Mac version and downloaded it yesterday. After I got to the first mission it hard crashed. Argh. Also, weirdly, all the bonus content that came with my version can't be found. I've tried to uncheck the DLC on Steam and check it again. It reports downloading but there's no making of video, manual, sound track, or map. Hoping this upcoming patch fixes these issues. Sadly I didn't get a chance to go back after creating my character, watching the intro movie, and getting my first small quest.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interrogation or helpful? (GameStop) on: February 23, 2015, 06:19:12 PM
I hate going to gamestop. The constant "Do you want to pre-order. You should pre-order. PRE-ORDER MUTHA FUCKA!" "Got a tablet to sell?" "OMG we have a strategy guide! Bwaaaaafluffleburgersturgle!"

One of the worst experiences, and the one that made me start pre-ordering on Amazon, was when my son wanted a game for his Birthday. I went on the Gamestop site, found that a local store had them, and filled out the little reserve thing. I went to the store a few hours later and they said "Oh man, we sold out of that game a few minutes ago." I showed the guy my little reserve thingy and he said that it wasn't a guarantee. Then he asked me if I wanted to pre-order something. ARGH!
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Year's Eve: How as your 2014? on: January 05, 2015, 12:20:41 PM
2014 was one for the books ...

Pros

-Started seeing an amazing woman. She was a very close friend for years
-Finished a few books and had my best year as an author with over 20K book sales
-Day job saw a nice raise
-Joined Horror Writers Association
-Attended ComicCon, Texas Frightmare, World Horror Con, OryCon, Rustycon, and Crypticon. I made great contacts at all of these
-Lost 30 lbs at the beginning of the year and kept if off

Cons

-Started the year with divorce after 20+ years of marriage
-My 14 year old black lab got cancer
-Late delivering several manuscripts
-Dealt with heavy depression (but kicked it!)
-Barely had any gaming time
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: December 30, 2014, 06:08:19 AM
The final (I think) showed up a few days ago. My girlfriend and I were surprised to find a deed to some land. It was just LOL funny. This was the best $15 grab bag I've ever spent money on.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2014 Christmas Loot on: December 26, 2014, 08:47:09 PM
It was a great Xmas.

Harley Davidson boots
Biker Daryl Pop vinyl figure
Game of Thrones (Stark) mug
Seahawks socks
and the Breaking Bad complete set in the money case because my girlfriend is awesome.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: December 13, 2014, 06:37:08 PM
My first 4 packs have arrived and they are amazing. LOL.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: December 04, 2014, 09:33:24 PM
I'm not sure how they'd get software updated on the device. There's no way to plug it into a USB port of any kind. Maybe it can just download them. Since Echo, like SIRI, is cloud based I suspect all of the updates will happen online. I did notice that Echo was slightly sharper the second day. My son and I did a side by side comparison between Echo and Siri and Echo had a LONG way to go. I'll think about putting together a short video and popping it up on youtube.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazon Echo on: December 04, 2014, 07:53:15 PM
I got my Amazon Echo yesterday and was somewhat underwhelmed. While it is very cool technology it isn't nearly as useful as Siri. The majority of my questions were answered with "I don't have an answer or that." One question I asked was how far the earth was to the moon. But Echo did tell me how large the moon was. I was also able to tell it to play specific songs from my prime music which was cool. The sound quality for music isn't that great. My little Klipsh bluetooth speaker is a lot more powerful and clearer.

I understand that it's cloud based and that it will improve. For now, it's a very cool gadget to show friends. I DO think that the Echo has a future but the device needs time to mature.

Anyone else excited about this new gadget?
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 18, 2014, 10:56:54 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 18, 2014, 08:45:09 PM

FYI this game went live digitally on PS4 at 9 PM Pacific time on Monday.  Wonder if that's a new trend.  I like it!

I had this downloaded and watched the timer click over through the last 30 seconds. Then came an agonizingly slow install. After an hour it was at 20% installed so I went to bed. This morning it was at 66%. I hope it's not my connection.

On the other hand. The pre-load was over 40 gigs - I wonder why it wasn't play ready at midnight EST.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: November 14, 2014, 05:36:49 PM
Ordered! This sounds like fun.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 07:49:35 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 13, 2014, 06:58:27 PM

I really feel like I need to write something and submit it, but I've never had the discipline to do the necessary rewrites. One of these days I keep telling myself I'll find the time to really focus on it, but then a good game comes out or I find some other hobby to explore and I never get around to it.

This was me until 5 years ago. I didn't submit my first story AND collect my first rejection until I was 40. The problem is that now I don't have time for games and it kinda sucks. I'd love to spend a weekend playing Diablo 3 but I have to freaking write.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 05:44:26 PM
8 novels, 1 novella, 1 novellete, and about 20 short stories. My latest story - actually just finished it this morning, is called Dr. Spengle vs. The Unihorn Horror because Nazi's vs. magical, foul-mouthed, battle armor wearing Unicorns. It ran close to 9K words.

As far as plotting I usually have a terrific start in mind, then muddle through the middle parts, and come up with an end - about the time it's time to write the end. Phew - that was a run on sentence. I've written outlines before and managed to stick to them so I'm not adverse to doing them. I find I work best when I jot down plot points, as they come to me, inside the document I'm writing. My first major 3 page outline was for my former agent so she has an idea of where to potentially pitch the book.

When I'm done with a book I call it the "puke-draft" because no one should see what I've vomited onto the page. After about my 3rd rewrite I feel like it's getting there. By the 5th rewrite I've got a decent manuscript. I don't ever workshop or ask for critiques. I work with pro editors and they are good at content stuff as well as correcting my crappy grammar. The reason I no longer workshop is I find that all of that feedback strips my voice right out of the story.

If you want to learn the craft I suggest taking a class. I did a year of classes online at Gotham Writer's Workshop but there are any number of great schools out there. Taking a single creative writing class can be enormously helpful.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/31/14 on: October 31, 2014, 03:25:57 PM
Sunset Overdrive when I can find the time. This game is bonkers.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 06, 2014, 03:28:37 PM
PS4. I used to be a PC gamer but I switched to Mac a few years ago and for the most part I don't miss PC games. Playing PS4 on my flagship Samsung with in wall Polk Audio speakers and a 12" sub is pretty awesome.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 12:28:28 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 01, 2014, 03:23:08 PM

Quote from: Crusis on October 01, 2014, 03:16:32 PM

Gorgeous game on the PS4 - what little I got to play. After the opening chapter I was stuck a screen that said "Downloading - 45 minutes remaining." This was after the game had downloaded. Will this happen with every freaking level for the digital edition?

No, it won't. You didn't fully download the game before playing, but had you waited a bit, you wouldn't have had to see that screen you're describing. Almost all PS4-games support playing before the download is fully finished, and the download bar on the main UI only shows how much you need to reach the ability to start the game. You can find the actual download size and progress in the console's settings menu.

The bar was finished as in 100%. I don't know what was going on but it played great last night.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 03:16:32 PM
Gorgeous game on the PS4 - what little I got to play. After the opening chapter I was stuck a screen that said "Downloading - 45 minutes remaining." This was after the game had downloaded. Will this happen with every freaking level for the digital edition?
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 26, 2014, 10:04:03 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 26, 2014, 09:17:31 PM

It surprised me that Apple has made its new default screen size 4.7 inches with the iPhone 6... and scarier that so many people are buying the Plus. I had an HTC One X (4.7 inch screen) for two years and moved to the iPhone 5s because I wanted a smaller phone. My wife has a Note 3 (same size screen as the 6 Plus) which, because it certainly isn't going to fit in her skinny jeans pockets and she rarely carries a purse, I end up having to carry. If she had the 5s (or any smaller sized phone) she could fit it in her back pocket at least, which is what I do and is kinda annoying.

I don't think people realize how much one-handed utility you lose with the larger screens, either. It's super clumsy to hold so your normal operation of the device becomes two-handed which to me is counter-intuitive. The only time I use two hands with my 5s is when I'm typing, and even then I can still get away with one hand a lot because of suggestive/predictive typing. I was always fumbling with my One X.

Looking at pics on the larger screen sure is nice, though.

I had a Note 3 for about 9 months and loved the screen real estate - just hated Android. A guy at work just got his 6 plus and he's kind of freaking about how big it is. He had a iphone 4s before this.

I'm enjoying the size of the iPhone 6 quite a bit. The 6 plus will be here on Monday so I can compare and decide which one to keep.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 24, 2014, 10:02:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 20, 2014, 01:17:37 PM

Was just searching for apps, and the top trending app is something along the lines of Verizon data transfer with another for AT&T. People have no clue about back ups and iCloud I guess. 

I just used the AT&T app. It transferred all of my pictures, contacts, and stuff from my Android phone to my new iphone. Sure, I could back all that crap up but why not use this simple utility? It's pretty slick, I got them both on the network. My Note generated a QR code, my iphone read it and started transferring all of my stuff.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 19, 2014, 04:19:26 PM
I got up early on pre-order day. Ordered through AT&T and got a shipping date of October 31st. People are walking into AT&T stores and buying phones today. Awesome job, AT&T...
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 06:12:25 PM
I have the Note 3. About an hour after I got it, I forgot it was so huge and then wondered why I ever had a tiny screen before. I am all over the iphone 6 plus.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 10, 2014, 06:02:52 PM
Destiny seems fun but as soon as I made it to the hub, last night, I got booted off the servers repeatedly. Annoying.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/29/14 -- Labor Day Weekend Edition! on: August 29, 2014, 06:25:13 PM
Diablo 3 on PS4. This is the way D3 was meant to be played. On a big ass screen with huge speakers shaking the floor.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 08, 2014, 09:39:14 PM
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vessyl on: August 07, 2014, 03:55:41 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 06, 2014, 12:47:12 PM

I remember where I had seen this before, on the Colbert Report. Maybe that tainted my view?

(Not trying to mock something you are clearly excited about Ravenvii, just really needed a laugh, so I thought I would share.)

Haw! Colbert was the first thing I thought of as well. Love the device or hate it, this is a funny segment.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acid motherf****ing reflux! on: July 21, 2014, 10:27:21 PM
I used to have a horrid case of this. Even woke up a few times gasping for air as acid worked it's way up my esophagus. I've lost 35 lbs this year and the problem is completely gone.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 17, 2014, 01:16:37 PM
Software engineer nerd by day / bad boy zombie author by night. Actually, I have very low aspirations of becoming half as cool as Hank Moody.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / San Diego Comic-con on: July 16, 2014, 09:31:01 PM
I just saw a post about Gencon. That reminded me that SDCC is next week. I'll be there for the entire con, any other GT'ers planning to attend?
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of thrones come to you from Word Star 4.0 on: May 15, 2014, 12:43:57 AM
My hero!
33  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Back into the iOs realm - your top 3 games? on: May 01, 2014, 10:18:47 PM
Don't forget Warhammer: Quest. The game is ridiculously addictive.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: April 27, 2014, 02:25:18 PM
The mac version finally hit. This is definitely my kind of game. I've always loved the M & M and Wizardry games so this is a real treat. The game looks and plays great on my macbook retina at 1920 rez. This game just screams old school.

How great would this be on a tablet?
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 17, 2014, 03:42:25 PM
Maybe the theater upgraded the screen and or projector. I was getting so sick of half-assed 3D but this was almost as good as Avatar. The funny thing is I wanted to see it in good old 2D but I picked the wrong time and would have had to wait an hour.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 16, 2014, 01:46:21 AM
I'm a huge fan of Marvel movies. For some reason I came away from this one thinking it was good, but not on the same level of The Avengers. Still, it was a helluva fun movie. I took my daughter to a 3D screening. Is it just me or have 3D films improved?
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Z Nation on: April 09, 2014, 10:14:34 PM
I think they should have done a zombie tornado movie instead. Meat Bags at 600 MPH.

Hmmm. New story idea is brewing.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Z Nation on: April 09, 2014, 04:26:21 PM
A new zombie show is coming to SyFy and it's by, Asylum, the studio that brought us the gem Sharknado. It will be a Fall show so I guess they want to compete with TWD? Oh boy ...
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: April 04, 2014, 04:06:11 PM
I'm so glad I pre-purchased this back in August for the Mac version. Yep, still not out.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Music and I-Phone Question on: April 03, 2014, 12:36:22 AM
The short answer is: Yes.

Amazon has an iPhone app that allows you to download your purchased music from "the cloud." The only downside? You can't use the iPhone EQ with the app.
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