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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 02, 2015, 07:53:43 PM

Quote from: Crawley on September 02, 2015, 07:43:02 PM

Was only able to finished the first four missions yesterday but also have a positive impression initially. We'll see as it goes on. But yeah it seems like most of the reviewers were being pretty harsh - maybe coming off the Warner Bro's negativity from the Arkham Knight PC version.

And although it isn't a new phenomenon there seemed to be quite a lot of posters on the Steam forums reveling in the negative reviews that were initially coming out.


I agree. steam users in multiple discussions seem to be falling into group think scenarios.

I'm only one hour in, but I thought that first hour was fantastic. And considering that area is basically a tutorial, I'm hoping for a great game overall. I was worried about the desert being bland, but they did a good job mixing it up.

The main questions are can the car combat stay entertaining for 20 hours, and will the side missions all be cookie cutter or will a portion of them be memorable.

My lazy, cliched unfulfilled wish- I wish the mechanic had been an attractive female, instead of chum bucket. When I'm stuck carrying someone around the wasteland in the back of my ride, I prefer they look like the ladies from Fury Road....smile
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/25) on: August 24, 2015, 05:36:23 AM

Quote from: TiLT on August 24, 2015, 04:28:01 AM

I would normally be all over Until Dawn on the PS4, which looks awesome from all accounts. However, I'm swamped in games already and need to deal with what I've already got. Until Dawn will have to wait.

I'm in the same situation. My backlog in Steam is over 250 games. That doesn't include consoles, handhelds, or ios. Until Dawn, the Gears remake, and Satellite Reign are all on my radar. I picked up warhammer in early access.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/PC] Galak-Z The Dimensional on: August 09, 2015, 10:20:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 08, 2015, 08:55:09 PM

Thanks for the review today.  Looks like this will be yet another game that goes on the "looks really cool but far too frustrating" pile for me.  frown

You and I share many of the same interests in games. And while I am enjoying Galak Z, I think I am also more willing to slog through frustration. The fighter reminds me of Battlestar Galactica, and it has the same type of front, back and side thrusters you see in that program. There is definitely a learning curve, and I would prefer my weapons be on the trigger buttons instead of the face buttons. More than once I've had an enemy dead in my sights, and then I tapped afterburner instead of fire weapon. In battles this frantic, that is a huge mistake.

I'm certain I'll acclimate, but the first time I die from it I'm going to be very pissed off.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Swindle - 2D procedural heist game on: August 09, 2015, 10:11:01 PM
A lot of steam reviews speak of substandard, sluggish controls. Is that hyperbole, or an accurate representation?  Also, how is the story?

I love these types of games, so my interest is still high.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Swerve or Stay In Your Lane? on: July 27, 2015, 03:06:43 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 27, 2015, 01:24:12 AM

Yeah, it's too situational to answer that. If the lanes next to me were clear I'd move; if not, I wouldn't. Definitely wouldn't stop or brake hard on a busy freeway, though.

I tend to swerve first, and THEN look in the lane next to me....

I'm amazed that every one of the ducks made it. If you watch the very end of the video, a much larger surge of traffic passes just as the family makes it to the other side. Lucky, lucky.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Swerve or Stay In Your Lane? on: July 26, 2015, 11:46:22 PM
Watch this crazy video. What would you do? Swerve, or continue on your path?

http://www.grindtv.com/wildlife/motorists-told-not-to-stop-for-ducks-crossing-freeway/#pqhll1rYFpsrXEft.97


I would have swerved, and probably gotten myself killed!
7  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: July 25, 2015, 02:18:08 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 24, 2015, 09:06:38 PM

Does anyone else want to walk Dante Rising through the fact that the Republican and Democratic parties swapped social ideologies midway through the 20th century, beginning with the New Deal and culminating with the Civil Rights Act?  He seems reasonable and earnest enough to be worth the effort but I'm trying to finish off a couple daily quests before tonight.
-Autistic Angel

Ha! This is why I love being a gamer. It reminds me of the time I was discussing politics with a friend while fighting a very difficult boss in Dark Souls. In frustration I eventually turned to him and said, pointed to the TV and said, "Mike, can this discussion wait until tomorrow? I'm getting dismantled over here..."

I'm well aware of the changing landscapes of the of the parties, then and more recently. I've had that discussion all the way through how Regan could not lead the modern GOP and Kennedy could not lead the modern Democratic party, despite the parties hypocritically using both men as billboards to forward their political desires. But not the governing philosophies, of course.

My point regarding the Republican voting record was to drill further into the history of those men, as many of them were quite conservative in philosophy. It was not directed strictly to Republican/Democratic governance of the time. And please note I'm referring to the more progressive American conservatism, obviously not the same thing as European conservatism, which was more concerned with aristocracy, restoring pre-revolution tradition almost a century later, and a greater focus or hierarchical rule. (Or, of course, you may subscribe to the meanderings of Amrose Bierce, who defined conservatism as “a person who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.” smile  )

And regarding Rush, I view him through the same prism as Mike Malloy, who has stated wonderful things such as:

“These teabag bastards, who by the way, I just wish they would all go away, or like in Passover, I just wish there was an angel of the Lord that would pass over, instead of killing the first born in all the households of Egypt, just wipe out all the teabaggers. Just, you know, the terrible swift sword, just (Malloy emulates sound of sword cutting repeatedly through the air) lop their heads off.”

-or-

"You're average Republican wants slaves back in the cotton fields, and women stricken of their right to vote." He then mildly commented that only one half of that statement was true, but he would let his audience decide which part was which.


I periodically listen to Rush's rhetoric simply to marvel at how one man has been given so much power by both his fans and his enemies. And he actually does makes sense at times...until he jumps the shark. But I suppose to be equitable I can say that of Mike Malloy and Michael Moore also.

As I mentioned earlier, I wish I had more time for these conversations. My point of all of these long-winded posts was just this- Conservatism is not one ideology, one group of talking heads, or one monolithic movement. I become frustrated when people point a finger at Rush and assume he IS the Conservative movement. (And I'm not suggesting Autistic Angel was defining it as such, but it seemed to be moving in that direction from an earlier post.)
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Magic Circle on: July 25, 2015, 01:16:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 24, 2015, 03:41:26 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 23, 2015, 03:17:28 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 23, 2015, 10:15:58 AM

I viewed some screenshots, and walked away confused. Is this story driven? Some form of FPS? Or basically a puzzle game?
It’s story driven with an emphasis on using your special abilities to unlock all areas of the world. 

There is combat but you don’t have a weapon.  Instead you control minions a bit like a FPS Necromancer; you “edit” enemies and turn them into allies.  All interactive objects in the game have a bunch of attributes like Movement, Attack, Special Ability and Ally/Enemy.  You capture an object with your edit ability, strip out their abilities and then you can assign them to minions you control. 

An example being, Rocks are fireproof; edit the Rock, steal that “Fireproof Ability” and place it in your dog creature and you get a fireproof attack dog.  Or if you prefer, edit your dog creature, take out its legs and give it to your new Attack Rock!


This pretty much sold me.  smile

That makes two of us. I'll place it in my wish list. Thanks for the info!
9  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: July 24, 2015, 12:29:56 AM
My meaning was clear. You've limited the scope of your rhetoric to the tyranny of the conservative movement, but I've not seen you show the same passion toward other movements that share some of the same apparent perspectives on a much grander, and far more violent scale. As one example, Islam in general, and radical Islam in particular, fall squarely into that category. Angst toward Rush Limbaugh but not Anjem Choudary or Abu Qatada? All three are conservatives by your definition.

I've not engaged in any far reaching discussions with you, so perhaps you limit your political leanings to the problems at home. I also don't often frequent the political portion of the forums, so perhaps I am unaware of your other discussions about such topics. But if one views history on a global scale, America and Western civilization are falling further into marginalization.

And let's not be too revisionist in our history of the country. Conservatism, which more closely aligns with Republicanism, was not on the wrong side of Emancipation.  Abraham Lincoln was a Republican president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War.  Furthermore, the 13th Amendment emancipating the slaves was passed with 100 percent of Republicans (88 of 88 in the House, 30 of 30 in the Senate) voting for it. Only 23 percent of Democrats (16 of 66 in the House, 3 of 8 in the Senate) voted for it. And while I will agree that Abraham Lincoln would be considered a moderate or liberal Republican by today's definition, a large number of the Republicans that voted YES we're quite conservative.

You may also wish to look more closely at the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the voting record, and some of the conservatives and conservative philosophies involved in that.

I truly wish I had more time for discussions such as these, but I simply lack the time. Any movement can be painted with a broad brush. Conservatism as a movement is far more multi-faceted than the one of which you speak. I hold this perspective to be equally truthful of the Democratic Party, Liberalism, Libertarians, etc.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Magic Circle on: July 23, 2015, 10:15:58 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 20, 2015, 04:17:46 PM

I finished the game last night.  It goes to some very interesting and unexpected place, both with story and gameplay.  I don’t want to say too much because I think it would ruin the experience.  What I will say is the “antagonist” is basically a combination of David Cage and Peter Molyneux, which is fun.

The short of it is, it’s not a perfect game and is a little on the short side (~6hours) but it is definitely unique and will keep you interested.  I would recommend it at full price if you enjoy non-traditional game play experiences and still recommend it on sale even if you don’t.


I viewed some screenshots, and walked away confused. Is this story driven? Some form of FPS? Or basically a puzzle game?
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 23, 2015, 10:13:34 AM
For me the problem is that I'm usually playing games long after everyone else has moved on to the next hot title, so I can contribute very little. My backlog is monolithic.

But I would rather have a smaller community than something akin to Neogaf. Threads there will be 30 pages long filled one or two word with posts like: "damnnn!" or "I agree!"  Many times, I've been on the 1st page of topics, I'll refresh the page, and the topic I was hoping to read next has already moved to page 2 or 3 within a few minutes.
12  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: July 23, 2015, 09:26:34 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 27, 2013, 06:15:52 PM

Emancipation, women's suffrage, desegregation, the Civil Rights Act, anti-semitism, gender discrimination, the Americans With Disabilities Act, sexual harassment law, hate crime legislation, the Fair Pay Act, gay rights -- every time America raises the idea of expanding the rights and protections for the voiceless members of society, the Conservative movement has been there to represent the losing side of history.  Many of the popular ones still do it: Ann Coulter will happily explain how women lack the intellectual capacity to responsibly vote, both Senators Paul are on record opposing the Civil Rights Act, and Rush Limbaugh's daily show has a daily three-hour show dedicated to telling "real Americans" how their moral Christian lifestyles are being endangered by the blacks, the feminists, and the gays.
-Autistic Angel

"Losing side of history" ?  Do you mean American history? You must absolutely detest Islam, along with a variety of other cultures and institutions around the globe. From a world view, enlightened Western civilization and Christian lifestyles are increasingly on the losing end of the equation.

You paint with a very broad brush and seem blind to your own myopia. I'm conservative, and you failed to describe me in your sweeping generalizations.

Regarding women in the military, I think all citizens should have the right to defend their country, in any capacity that benefits the military's strategic and tactical needs. However, there is a hint of Pandora's box in the equation, and Americans will need to increase their intestinal fortitude as we walk further down this road. The first time an American woman in combat is captured, brutally raped, and discarded on a YouTube video, the nation will view the situation as an entirely new type of horror that will not be easily overcome.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: July 21, 2015, 06:34:13 PM
I tried playing watchdogs twice, and both times my interest waned right after meeting up with that female hacker and exploring some unmanned base that turned into your headquarters (I assume).

I'm still not sure why the game didn't hold my interest. It had solid mechanics, a good variation in gameplay, and the hacking was fairly well implemented. I had hoped for a greater emphasis on hacking. I also recall not liking the protagonist, and the evil entity you were fighting against wasn't very well defined.

I would try Watchdogs 2, but it wouldn't be high on my radar. Maybe I just didn't play far enough to let the game spread its wings.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocket League on: July 21, 2015, 06:16:38 PM
Single player option?
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/14) on: July 15, 2015, 09:11:43 AM

Quote from: rittchard on July 13, 2015, 07:50:31 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 13, 2015, 05:10:42 AM

Stardock's the Sorcerer King is out Thursday for the PC as well.

Which I doubt I am buying at release, but it looks it pretty good.

This definitely looks interesting, did anyone play the early access or beta?

Yes.

It is a "Must Buy" for fans of strategy/fantasy games.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remastered Journey coming to PS4 July 21 on: July 13, 2015, 03:28:18 AM

Quote from: TiLT on July 08, 2015, 06:36:11 PM

I guess it would help understand my frustration when I say that the pre-release marketing for this game specifically said that it could be played either alone or with another player. They never gave any sort of indication that multiplayer would be forced upon you. To most people that might be a pleasant surprise. To me it was false advertising, leading me to purchase a product I might otherwise have reconsidered.

This sums up my anger with the game. I would have loved to play solo, or invite one specific friend to enjoy the landscape with me. Instead, when I attempted to play it was clear the person who dropped in to my game had already completed it in the past. He was a complete distraction throughout the short time I played.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter]Bard's Tale IV - InXile at it again on: July 12, 2015, 02:18:02 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 11, 2015, 03:04:35 AM

Their Kickstarter ended today, with a total of $1,519,495 out of a $1.25 million goal. 

I didn't really follow it but the last 3/4 of their campaign wasn't setting things on fire so I think it's safe to say that they might have been hoping for more.  At least they set their goal reasonably high. 

Is Bard's Tale a game that a large number of  gamers have been requesting to see resurrected? I think they set the goal with limited interest in mind. I've never seen in commonly discussed, unlike Shenmue, Wing Commander, Final Fantasy VII, Ultima, etc.

My only exposure to the series was on the Xbox. I found that title to be lackluster, and I recall trading it in after only a few hours of play time.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Telltale & Minecraft on: July 04, 2015, 01:49:35 PM

Quote from: EddieA on July 04, 2015, 11:11:36 AM

Here's a trailer and it actually looks pretty cool.

I agree. If the can channel something akin to a Lego Movie vibe, this may do very well for them. On a side note, has TTG's game of Thrones and Borderlands titles sold well?
19  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 28, 2015, 07:21:08 AM
Congratulations! I'm certain the divorce court lawyers across the nation are at their local bars, buying drinks for everybody! A whole new class of clients!
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 21, 2015, 11:31:22 PM
My final tally was:

Age of Decadence
Craft the World
Risen 3
Game of Thrones
War of the Overworld
Dungeons II
Borderlands The Pre Sequel
Wolfenstein The Old Blood
Tales of the Borderlands
Metro Redux Bundle
Space Hulk Ascension plus all DLC
Creeper World III
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 20, 2015, 07:33:48 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 19, 2015, 12:28:30 PM

I wound up returning several games because I realized I was just completely overwhelmed in backlog. It's stupid for me to keep buying 100-hour RPGs and such when my game time is so limited. So I scaled way back. Below is my current haul:

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
Cook, Serve, Delicious
Age of Wonders 3

Not saying I'm not going to buy anything else, but I'll be much more selective in choosing titles that I genuinely feel that I'm going to play in the near future.

Yellowking,

Absolutely, positively grab the DLC for Age of Wonders. It's somewhat expensive even while discounted, but worth every penny.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: June 18, 2015, 10:17:25 AM
I love that they took user feedback on tied Audible to the Echo. Now when I'm listening to an audiobook in my car, I car enter the house, and the Echo will pick up exactly where I left off while driving.

The speaker is also louder than I expected, and it makes a great Bluetooth speaker for my ipad. This little gadget is a steal for $99.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 15, 2015, 06:54:00 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on June 14, 2015, 02:23:14 AM

OK on Wolfenstein, I didn't understand how gifting works with the new Refund Policy. If you go into Steam support and click the "it's not what I expected" option, you're prompted to click a checkbox that allows the original gift-buyer to request a refund. The original gift-buyer spent the money, so that's the person that can get a refund if you don't want/can't play (my motion sickness case) the game.

I'll mention this in the Steam refund policy thread. It wasn't what I'd call an intuitive understanding on my part.  icon_smile

I had no idea that refunding gifts was an option. I just just got a refund on The Forest, and the process was simple and fast. Steam gets better and better, but I wonder what the long term developer backlash will be.

In other news, I grabbed Dungeons II. Another member of Steam was kind enough to gift me an additional 10% off coupon, on top of the already discounted price. If any of you have that Dungeon Keeper itch, this is very similar and seems to be excellent from the 90 minutes I played. It also has an overworld aspect, where you send some of your minions to the surface to wreak mayhem in a simplified RTS game while you continue building the dungeon.  

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 14, 2015, 12:21:24 AM
I might grab Borderlands the Pre-sequel, now that it is 67% off. But the released so much DLC for Borderlands 2 that I still fell somewhat burnt out on the series.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 12, 2015, 07:41:24 PM

Quote from: Crawley on June 12, 2015, 06:29:01 PM

Darkest Dungeon - $14.99

Currently debating:

Grey Goo - $19.99
Starbound 4-pak - $30.14

Can't think of anything major I want on sale that I would immediately jump on.

I just picked up Wolfenstein: The Old Blood for $10. I'm debating Legends of Grimrock II for $6, but I've heard many of the puzzles are ridiculously hard. I hate scouring the Internet for a FAQ, so I'm on the fence.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 12, 2015, 07:10:02 AM
The summer sale begins! This sale will be something of an experiment, as the new refund policy may make the flash sales a non-issue. Previously, if you purchased a sale item and it went on an even deeper discount during the flash sale, you were screwed. Now can you ask for a refund and then purchase the game again? It would seem so.

Anyway, post your loot!

Out of the gate I snagged:

-Metro redux package at 80% off  (This is a fantastic FPS series if you don't already own it)
-Tales from the Borderlands at 50% off (This will be 75% off by winter, but I've got the itch for this type of game now)

I'm disappointed to see that Witcher III is only 10% off, and Borderlands the pre-sequel only dropped to 50% off. I was expecting at least 60%-75% off that title. There are 13 more games waiting in the wish list, hoping for some sweet, sweet love during the flash sales.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: June 09, 2015, 03:52:59 AM
do any of you remember this video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_qYnvp2VVg

Awesomeness.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Does Fallout New Vegas Build Upon Fallout 3? on: June 09, 2015, 03:46:13 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 08, 2015, 10:40:16 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on June 08, 2015, 10:25:17 PM

With the announcement of Fallout 4 I decided to FINALLY play Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. Unfortunately, Fallout 3 crashes randomly every 30-60 minutes, mostly when loading new rooms or areas. Although not game breaking, I can't seem to enjoy the game because I'm always anticipating a system lockup. This lingering sense of frustration keeps me from becoming immersed in the game. I have a very minimal set of mods installed, and those are only texture upgrades. The community patches are installed. So I'm assuming it doesn't play well with Windows 8.


It is more likely that Fallout 3 doesn't play well with your multicore processor.  Here's the fix that worked for me when I encountered identical symptoms:

Quote
Open up the fallout.ini file in: My Documents\My Games\Fallout3
Find the line:

bUseThreadedAI=0

change it to:

bUseThreadedAI=1

Add another line after it and insert:

iNumHWThreads=2

This will limit the game to 2 cores and prevent the engine bug from causing the game to freeze.

*If the game still crashes write this iNumHWThreads=1


I went on to play 107 hours without having another crash.  What a shame the screenshots of my completed bobblehead collection and cool power armor didn't survive the last forum migration.  

Anyway, I hope the fix works for you as well!

-Autistic Angel

I'll check that out. Thank you.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Does Fallout New Vegas Build Upon Fallout 3? on: June 08, 2015, 10:25:17 PM
With the announcement of Fallout 4 I decided to FINALLY play Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. Unfortunately, Fallout 3 crashes randomly every 30-60 minutes, mostly when loading new rooms or areas. Although not game breaking, I can't seem to enjoy the game because I'm always anticipating a system lockup. This lingering sense of frustration keeps me from becoming immersed in the game. I have a very minimal set of mods installed, and those are only texture upgrades. The community patches are installed. So I'm assuming it doesn't play well with Windows 8.

Can I skip it and move on to New Vegas? Or will I lose out on alot of the mythology? Very frustrating as it is a spectacular game.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Final Fantasy Type 0 on: June 03, 2015, 11:04:19 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 02, 2015, 02:17:38 PM

FF Type 0 is coming to PC. 

Will be interested to see if they are able to do anything to bump up the visuals.  This was originally a PSP game, after all.  And with all these FF games coming to PC, where's my remake of FF XII dammit?

Amen. With FFX HD selling better than expected, I hope it is in the pipeline. I own FFXII, but never played it yet.
31  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Question about Internet speeds and connections (AT&T/Comcast related) on: May 19, 2015, 10:49:50 AM
So I called AT&T to cancel my installation. The CSR was very polite and asked why. When I mentioned that I would be dropping from Comcast's 50 MB/s service down to 18 MB/s with AT&T, he understood my concerns. Trying to get comparable Internet service, according to their website, is an additional $25 dollars per month.

30 seconds later he increased my Internet service by by 2 tiers (to 45 MB/s) for $1 extra per month.  Competition for the win.

32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 18, 2015, 06:13:41 PM
Witcher 3 is an absolute purchase. I keep hearing good things about Life is Strange, so I'm considering episode 1. Just hoping it isn't all teen-angst and high school.
33  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Question about Internet speeds and connections (AT&T/Comcast related) on: May 18, 2015, 08:00:36 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on May 18, 2015, 07:30:26 AM

This is true whether you use fiber, cooax, or anything else. At some point you WILL share bandwidth.

50 mbps is pretty good. If you're getting real speeds of 5-7 MB/sec for downloads you're getting excellent results for it... I'm assuming that's what you meant even though you actually put Mbps. Correct me if you actually meants Mbps.

Have you noticed traffic congestion on your cable?

Remember, salespeople are salespeople. They're programmed to sell. The truth is sometimes an inconvenience to them.

Atomic


I meant MB/s.  Looking at my monthly avergage, it has ranged from 3.2 MB/s to 6.6 MB/s over wireless. In terms of "real world" usage, with Comcast my fiancee and I can both be on separate TVs watching Netflix in HD (which happens with relative frequency),  plus I can be downloading a file from the internet and I'll have no slowdown. I have not noticed much congestion on the line. Perhaps once or twice a month.

Netflix currently recommends 5-6 megabits per second in terms of speed for their HD content. UHD is 25 megabits. (Which I have not used yet.) Using those numbers it looks like I would, in some cases, already be moving toward or peaking the AT&T plan.
34  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Question about Internet speeds and connections (AT&T/Comcast related) on: May 18, 2015, 02:23:52 AM
I'm hoping some of the more Internet savvy of you could help answer a question I have. AT&T just rolled out a fiber optic network in my town this week, and the sales force is going door-to-door trying to take away Comcast's monopoly in my area.

I currently have Comcast Blast! which offers speeds of up 50 Mbps. When downloading programs from PSN or Steam, the average download speed is 5-7Mbps, and torrents run at about 1.5Mbps. (wireless connections) Netflix works flawlessly. I online game infrequently. Speedtest does show with Comcast connection at 32Mbps down and 9Mbps up at the moment. (again wireless connections) Current router is an Apple Airport Express 802.11n

AT&T is offering me their "Max" U-Verse package, which runs up to 18Mbps. The salesperson has three other tiers available, but he said that this tier is best suited for me, and I didn't need anything higher when using a fiber optic network. When I mentioned 50Mbps vs 18Mbps, he said the Comcast 50 was "theoretical", on copper wire, and the usage was more dense, so I am sharing the bandwidth at a much higher traffic level. He mentioned this new fiber optic network being wide open, whereas the Comcast copper lines in the area are much older and at peak capacity.

Can anyone shed light on any of this?  Would fiber optic be better than copper? Will 18Mbps be a visible decline in my Internet service?


AT&T would be $25 more expensive per month ($125 vs 100), but they are also offering 50 additional premium channels, 3 DVRs, and 1 additional wireless receiver for any room of my choice.


Thanks!


35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Galactic Civilization 3 on: May 17, 2015, 07:58:25 AM
I grabbed it during early access, but haven't had a chance to play it yet. However, I wouldn't call ANY of the GalCiv games immediately accessible. Stick with it. The series of games are very rewarding.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: May 14, 2015, 07:37:51 PM
I know the Lego games are designed with a younger audience in mind, but I wish there was an option to increase the difficulty level during combat. I love the atmosphere in the games, but combat is so easy and dull.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 13, 2015, 07:47:17 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2015, 09:28:40 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 03:15:43 AM

I have the new MacBook in space grey. it is a fantastic machine. Excellent build quality, gorgeous display, and no slowdown for the apps and programs I use. It certainly isn't a processing Titan, but it gets the job done.

Good to hear. I was really impressed with it, and it sounds like most people are quite happy with it.

I am worried because I bought a rMBP last summer and wifi kept dropping on my home network using an Airport Extreme. It only happened on my home network though, while nothing else on the network has any problems. Someone on Mac Rumors and Reddit is reporting the exact same problem with the MacBook. Maybe I need to get ride of the Airport if I have the same problem with the new machine.

I use an airport express, and I've never had any wifi issues with the new macbook. Anecdotal, obviously, but I don't think you need to concerned. I love the size and weight, but most important to me is the screen and and absolute silence of the laptop. For a first gen product it is stunningly well designed, if it fits your needs. I thought the keyboard would take a longer acclimation period, but it is very responsive and after a brief usage period I don't even notice a difference in my typing speeds between the rMB and my MBP.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 12, 2015, 10:35:15 AM

Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2015, 07:56:40 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 11, 2015, 07:40:55 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2015, 06:03:57 PM


And before anyone throws themselves into the defense of preorders right now, ask yourselves this: What products beyond games do you buy before they are done and tested, based on the creator's controlled marketing efforts alone? Movies? Nope. You get reviews of those first. Physical goods? Please.

Umm the Apple watch?  Or any new Apple product really and they are much more expensive than a game.  And yes I'm part of The Witcher III million gamer march.

Apple fans are in a class of their own though, and have always been. I'll never understand it. It's more like a religion than capitalism.

heyyyy....I'm one of those Apple people, although I don't wait in line. I find the hardware quality and ecosystem to be superlative. End of story.

Back to the Witcher and pre-ordering, I do agree that it is a slippery slope, much like free-to-play and DLC.  On more than one occasion I've been unhappy to see a publisher split up varying pre-order bonuses among different retailers. In a couple cases the preferred bonus content was available exclusively through I retailer I dislike (Gamestop) while a lesser bonus was available through my preferred merchant. (amazon) That is NOT a wise decision.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 11, 2015, 06:27:50 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 11, 2015, 05:00:37 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2015, 04:34:56 PM

They're celebrating one million preorders for this game right now, and that just makes me sad. This game could be the best game ever, and CD PROJEKT RED has a well-deserved good reputation, but people are still handing over money for a product they have no idea whether or not will be awesome, great, good, mediocre, or plain bad.

A million preorders is cause for the industry to bow its head in shame and sorrow. This is what our hobby has degenerated into, and it's not looking like it's going to become better any time soon.

Preorders will be fine in two days, after the reviews have been allowed to sink in. At that point the preorder is justified. Right now though, this is a dark day for gaming, and that it's being celebrated makes it even darker.

To those of you who preorder games blindly: Shame on you!
Or, people want to make a statement that they are willing to support a game and a developer who doesn't pull the same pre-order shenanigans that almost every other company does.  CDPR  is not offering different in game content depending on who you buy from, only physical goodies or digital for GoG/Steam.  None of this exclusive quests/weapons/armors like most retailers.  They have also committed to a lot of free DLC at and after launch.  This is a a stance I and many others get behind and want to show them and the industry how we want pre-orders to be structured.  

I see Tilt's point, but this is one company that I think deserves my pre-order "vote". They are not churning out multiple variations of the title, as witnessed with games like Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty. They made significant updates to the first game for free, and were active in taking community feedback. Most important, the second game was a significant improvement over the first, and the third game seems to continue that trend based upon the previews I have seen.

and don't forget CDPR is releasing the embargo on reviews before release date.

To reply to your message about other things people preorder, the answer is..... Cars. A LOT more expensive, unknown quality, and it flies in the face of the "never buy a first year production run" adage.  I'm assuming you are against early access games also?
40  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 10, 2015, 09:58:46 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2015, 09:24:18 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 06:37:14 PM

Americans love complaining about how much they hate Congress and The President, but Thomas Jefferson said it best: “The government you elect is government you deserve.”   

I don't feel this is true anymore. I feel like our government is controlled by lobbyist and money so it doesn't matter who I vote for, in either party. I don't feel like there is anything we can do as citizens/voters to change this. Am I being overly cynical thinking that?

Lobbyists definitely have a significant sway in government. Like you, I'm not enthusiastic about either party. I'm a fiscal conservative, and both the Democrats and the Republicans are too attached to their pet programs. I also believe all branches of government should have term limits, IMO. Career politicians are not a good idea. 

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