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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 16, 2013, 05:15:14 AM
I seeing increasingly large numbers of people on various websites experiencing a "blue light of death" with their new PS4 units. Some go bad after a few hours of play, others are bad right out of the box:

http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-Battlefield-Launch-Day-Bundle-4/product-reviews/B00DE2W5XG/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_link_1?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=byRankDescending


Any chance this is just software related, or does there indeed seem to be a large number of defective units in the first batch?
122  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / How Much Bandwidth Do You Consume? on: November 16, 2013, 04:25:21 AM
My fiancee moved in with me a few month ago, and both of us are fairly avid Netflix streaming users. Out of curiosity, I decided to check how much bandwidth we've been using. I was shocked to see for the past four months it has ranged from 338GB all the way to 553GB!  Thank GOD Comcast suspended the 250GB cap for the moment.

With UltraHD streaming on the way, and 1080P gaming already here, I'm curious what direction service providers will take.

So are you the type of person who uses the Internet primarily for Facebook and forums, or are there rolling blackouts in your city when go go online?
123  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: SSD Drives on: November 16, 2013, 04:17:26 AM
Newegg has the Seagate 600, a very solid SSD drive, on sale for $149 @ 240GB. Worth every penny to double your capacity for an extra $50 over a 120GB SSD.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820248016
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 6 hours until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 15, 2013, 02:30:28 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 15, 2013, 01:50:27 AM



I didn't realize that the XBone was so much bigger.

That image sums up one of the main differences between Sony and Microsoft. You can clearly see Sony's manufacturing history and hardware expertise being leveraged- a faster system that is more elegant and in a smaller form factor.

I'm still amazed at how small they managed to make the final Playstation 2 back in the good ol' days.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 13, 2013, 05:21:12 PM
I just order a new GTX 780ti graphics card for the gaming rig I'm building. My fiancee was LESS than pleased to see me spending $730 on a video card, but she finally calmed down.

Today I suddenly remembered that a couple months ago i had ordered a Day 1 PS4 Killzone bundle. I had completely forgotten about it, and the reason I was able to appease her on the video card was because that was my final big gaming purchase of the year. If that $500 Amazon box had shown up on our door, I'd probably be looking for a new woman. Lol.

So, I cancelled the system a few minutes ago. I know I'll eventually grab the PS4 and XB1, but for the first time in three (?) different console launches I've decided to sit this one out. Best luck to all of you that are excited about release day! I hope everything meets your expectations!

126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 20, 2013, 08:37:25 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 18, 2013, 04:38:09 PM


I wonder if this will include the original game, or if there will be a Diablo 3 with enhanced graphics for the Ps4. My only compliant with the console version was the visual gap between the PC and consoles.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: October 16, 2013, 06:58:16 PM
I've decided to cancel both of my preorders. This appears to be the first time that the new console generation will have graphics trailing significantly behind the PC market. Previously the PC played catch up for a short period of time. I'm disappointed by this small upgrade over last generation. Some of these release games aren't even in 1080p. Sad.

meanwhile, I have an Alienware HTPC which runs everything at 1080p with all the added bells and whistles. So I'll see no jump in visuals with the next gen consoles compared to what I'm already accustomed to.

I'm looking forward to the launch fanfare, but I can wait until after Christmas for an actual purchase.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New BEYOND: Two Souls video / screens / art from Tribeca on: October 10, 2013, 01:19:24 PM
Amazon is running a promotion. If you trade in $20 in games, you get a $40 credit toward Two Souls. Based upon that I decided to Pick this one up. so far I'm very pleased with the purchase. Although the gameplay is rather spartan, the story and visuals are very well done. Adventure game fans should definitely take the plunge.
129  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl on: October 08, 2013, 10:49:58 PM
I have Etrian Odyssey one through four in my backlog, along with The Millennium Girl. Is it even worth playing the first few games anymore? On a couple other forums people are saying skip the first three games and just play the remake and Etrian Odyssey 4, as the number of improvements in later games is dramatic.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Riddick on: September 29, 2013, 05:16:14 AM
I just read this and thought it was interesting. kind of cool to see an actor be see passionate about a character:

When Universal wanted him for a cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, he asked for the rights to the Riddick character instead of an acting fee. Diesel and Twohy tackled the script problems and went into production on the threequel. When a completion bond fell through, Diesel personally advanced funds until bank loans were secured. Eventually Universal came back in with an equity position but also insisted on a PG13 rating. Diesel fought the studio for an R rating – and the result is more bone-crushing and blood gushing violence. Oh joy. As Diesel told interviewers pre-release: “There’s something appropriate and liberating and honest and free about going into a picture like this, and being able to make it a rated-R picture and not have to comply with an understandable studio mandate of PG filmmaking for the blockbusters.” (Is it any wonder that half of America hates Hollywood?) Now Riddick’s international release is being handled by various independent distributors and opens this weekend in 22 overseas markets including the UK and some European countries, Hong Kong, and the Middle East
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legacy of Kain Reboot? on: September 26, 2013, 05:04:10 PM
The original series had superb voice acting, and some of the best dialogue ever seen in a mass produced game IMHO:

"Given the choice - whether to rule a corrupt and failing empire or to challenge the Fates for another throw, a better throw, against one's destiny - what was a king to do?"

132  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Finally making the jump to flatscreens. Yes, finally. on: September 16, 2013, 06:28:58 AM
I'm partial to Panasonic plasma, but this is a fantastic LCD TV:

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-TC-L47E50-47-Inch-LED-LCD/dp/B00752RABI/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1379311950&sr=8-24&keywords=Panasonic+plasma

free shipping. No tax. Ive purchased very expensive TVs from Amazon with absolute confidence. My friend payed the full retail price and liked the TV so much that he bought a second unit for his man-cave. My recommendation is to always stick with the tier 1 manufacturers: Panasonic, Samsung, Sony. Avoid Vizio, Westinghouse, Insignia, etc. The fit-and-finish, and overall build quality suffer somewhat in comparison to the previously mentioned brands. They are by no means bad TVs, but the devil is in the details.

in your price range I would personally get this, but as mentioned above, I'm very biased and vastly prefer to do my gaming on a plasma:

http://www.sears.com/panasonic-50inch-class-smart-viera-reg-s60-series-1080p/p-05771531000P?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2

And btw, since you mentioned shopping at Sears, the LCD I listed above is MUCH better than this model you may be tempted by at Sears. this one is fine, but the E50 has better features and specs.

http://www.sears.com/panasonic-50inch-class-smart-viera-reg-s60-series-1080p/p-05771531000P?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2

good luck hunting for your new baby!


  
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Riddick on: September 09, 2013, 05:25:54 PM

Quote from: Abaddon on September 08, 2013, 08:46:39 AM

My understanding is Vin Diesel conceptualized Riddick as a three part series with Chronicles as the original First story/film. However this was rejected by the Hollywood execs so Vin came up with Pitch Black which they liked and made a 2 picture deal for Pitch Black and Chronicles. The 2nd part of the original concept was to move on to an Underverse story line. I haven't seen the new picture yet but from the trailers I am rather disappointed as this seems like a rehash of Pitch Black, which was good movie but I wanted more of Vin's original vision. 

I wish they would have taken the Chronicles of Riddick movie and adapted that into a Star Wars-esque trilogy. I know that Chronicles underperformed, but I don't know by what margin. Vin Diesel attributed it, in part, to the story being slightly disjointed due to about 15 minutes of film that was left on the cutting room floor, even after the slightly more cohesive Director's Cut, which added in the dream sequence. The cut portion took place when he was first taken prisoner, and it detailed how he escaped from their ship and what he witnessed during that escape.

Anyway, I saw this movie and enjoyed it. if you are a fan of Riddick (as I am) there is absolutely no reason not to see it. It is definitely not a reinvention of the first movie, but its scope is similar, unlike the larger universe being constructed in Chronicles.

Recommended.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 09, 2013, 03:21:56 AM
My company just purchased an outrageous number of iPads and iPhones for the entire network. It is my understanding that Windows tablets and phones were never even considered, and Android was considered to be unsecure and of questionable stability.

I don't see how MS can hope to recoup their investment. They would have been better off doubling down on the Xbox, and purchasing something like EA or Ubisoft, and securing rights to a large stable of exclusives. Either that, or acquire a series of top-tier developers, and consolidate them under Microsoft Studios.

Windows tablets and windows phones will not capture any significant market share, despite being quality products. the MS surface Pro and Windows phones are great devices, but the marketing has been horrible and consumer interest is almost non-existent. They simply aren't cool or fashionable, and to recoup the type of money they just spent, they will need significant consumer sales. So what now?  A billion in marketing to shift the image?
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Hulk: Death Wing - FPS on: September 03, 2013, 10:29:45 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 03, 2013, 06:42:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 03, 2013, 05:54:45 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 03, 2013, 05:13:39 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 03, 2013, 04:51:47 PM

Considering the wonderfully detailed universe, I'm disappointed at how poorly WH40k has translated into gaming and cinema.
This.  I think Relic did a great job with the Dawn of War RTS series but aside from those two games everything else has been mediocre to pretty bad.  Even when Relic made Space Marine it didn’t live up to its potential.

 I think the problem is that there is too much backstory that you need to know to make sense of the 40k universe and if you don’t have that it is going to come across as confusing and unpleasant.


I think it's more a fear of that than actually that.  I think that when you get away from the "niche" category of PC RTS (what a world), the suits start worrying about dumbing it down for the masses.  Whereas, if you threw those details in, keeping the story coherent, the audience will catch up.

There is an inherent problem when it comes to bringing 40k to the masses though.  Aside from a couple exceptions there are no “good guys” in the 40k lore.  The human factions are just as bad, if not worse, than the monstrosities that they fight.

Relic bypassed this a bit with when Games workshop gave them complete creative control over the Blood Ravens.  Relic made them fairly heretical for a loyalist faction which actually made them more humane and appealing.  There were even lots of lore items in the games that alluded to the fact that they were actually descendent from a chaos faction. 

Aside from taking similar liberties most people are not going to want to play as fanatical characters who commit atrocities as part of their daily routine.


I think that is an excellent point, but I would use Gears of War as a counter agreement. In the first game Marcus is hardly a heroic character, but the graphics, setting, and gameplay trumped the lack of a strong main character.

Actually, Just give me Rainbow Six, but swap them out for Space Marines  and I'd be a happy camper. For an RPG, a character like Eisenhorn would make for interesting gameplay, although he could hardly be considered the typical model for a heroic lead.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Hulk: Death Wing - FPS on: September 03, 2013, 04:51:47 PM
Considering the wonderfully detailed universe, I'm disappointed at how poorly WH40k has translated into gaming and cinema. There are so many great stories to be told, and none of it translates over well. they need to hire an extremely competent developer to nurture Warhammer.

Any why no Warhammer RPG? Mass Effect sold well, and no one is willing to take a chance?
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/02) on: September 02, 2013, 03:13:25 PM
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons if the reviews are favorable
138  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita/3DS]Batman:Arkham Origins Blackgate on: August 31, 2013, 12:36:40 AM
I'm definitely looking forward to this. It looks like they nailed the environments, and the camera angles keep it away from simply being a Vita version of the flagship titles.
139  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Best Gaming Laptop for different price ranges on: August 22, 2013, 10:05:55 PM
I have the Alienware 14 gaming laptop. It is one of the few laptops available with an IPS screen, and it is absolutely stunning. I've been able to play every game I've thrown at it in 1080p with high or ultra details in every occasion. So far I've tested:

Xcom
Civ V
Tomb Raider
Batman:AC
Assassin's Creed 3
Deus Ex Human Revolution
Battlefield 3
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: August 22, 2013, 04:02:44 AM
I'll be getting a PS4 for free with the points Ive accumulated by using my Playstation Visa card. I charged everythingunder the sun to that card- food, gas, online purchases, etc. Day 1 consoles wont be available, but customer service was confident they would be available for card users before Christmas.

Xbox One is pre-ordered.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What D&D character are you? on: August 21, 2013, 08:36:25 PM
Look at those well-rounded stats!  icon_biggrin

Neutral Good Human Cleric (5th Level)



Ability Scores:
Strength- 14
Dexterity- 15
Constitution- 16
Intelligence- 16
Wisdom- 15
Charisma- 16


Guess I need to stop playing a ranger in all those RPGs....
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: August 21, 2013, 08:09:00 PM
Those 40 new maps will be very welcome. I hope they are more varied than the original game's designs.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Ps3] Splinter Cell: Blacklist on: August 21, 2013, 08:06:54 PM
Fantastic game. Stealth fans need to pick this game up ASAP.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the DLC sweet-spot price point for you? on: August 14, 2013, 02:44:33 PM
Unless it is a game I absolutely have an urge to play right now, I've been training myself to wait for the inevitable Game of the Years edition. And then I usually wait for that to go on sale for at least 10-25% off.

This is much easier to do when you have a backlog.
145  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Dragons crown is out! Vita/ps3 on: August 08, 2013, 03:41:18 AM
Decided to grab this. As Gratch mentioned, the artwork is absolutely stunning. I'm still surprised by backlash against the female character designs, yet these same people have absolutely no problem with the equally over-the-top male characters. People just need to stir up needless drama.

The controls are fluid and responsive, but the square button is used too much, for too many commands. And as already mentioned, your character can easily be lost amidst the chaos on the screen. I recommend choosing a brighter colored outfit at the design screen. Combat is highly enjoyable, however.

If the game had a true story, it could easily be one of my top titles of the year. I know this is a brawler game, but the lush environments and character designs just scream for a solid storyline to flesh them out. such a missed opportunity...
146  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Dragons crown is out! Vita/ps3 on: August 06, 2013, 09:40:17 PM
The game looks brilliant, but I've never been a fan of the brawler genre. For some reason I thought this was an action RPG, so I'm slightly disappointed to find out that isn't the case.  If it had a adequate storyline I would be more intrigued, but reviews seem to say it is an afterthought. It definitely looks slick, though.

I'll wait for a few Reviews from forum members before I decide.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pikmin 3 (WiiU) on: August 06, 2013, 08:57:36 PM
I was really interested in this game until I heard it uses the old Wii controller. I detested that thing. And from what I've read the regular game pad controls are unintuitive, and I've long since passed the point in my life where I'm willing to spend time fighting a control scheme.

but I'm happy to hear that some people are really enjoying the game.

148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Elder Scrolls Anthology on: August 02, 2013, 12:19:31 AM
Would have been cool if it was some type of HD remake of the earlier games. At least the packaging is slick, and they are including all the official DLC.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny being remade on: July 30, 2013, 05:42:31 PM
Do not, under ANY circumstances, buy this game in its current state. it is so bad I'm afraid it may open a portal into another dimension and release squid overlords into our realm if too many people sacrifice themselves to the horrors of this title.

I wish I was joking....
150  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 16, 2013, 03:41:57 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 15, 2013, 10:23:34 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 15, 2013, 09:01:03 PM

What I find to be detestable is how the media is trying their hardest to stir the flames of racism over this story. Several stories I have read are calling Zimmerman "a white male" when in fact he is part hispanic and part white.

It's possible to be both.

Quote
As of 2010, 50.5 million or 16.3% of Americans were ethnically Hispanic or Latino. Of those, 26.7 million, or 53%, were White.

Oh, I understand that perfectly. But just like African American, the usual term is white hispanic. I'm willing to go on a limb and say the media felt the story is better if the "hispanic" portion was left off.

I'm especially unhappy that the media seems hellbent to find out who the jurors were, despite their requests to remain anonymous based upon the hostility and threats directed at them. By all means, please add the jurors so we can publicly shame and torment them for doing your civic duty.

My favorite is Carol Ostello from CNN, where she asked why the jury wasn't three African Americans females and three white females.
or when she said that the jury members should go public, as "protests are going on all across the country and the jury-members they have a chance to kind of settle things down. Only they can answer questions as to why they found George Zimmerman not guilty. For instance did they think race did not factor in?"

What does she expect? A jury member to say "Yeah, he was obviously innocent because he wasn't black!" NOTHING a jury member will say can appease the emotional masses using Martin as a tool to grind their own axe. As I mentioned before, if the law is in need of change, then peacefully make that change. Instead of focusing on the law that allowed Zimmerman to be free, the media is focused on Zimmerman.


151  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 15, 2013, 09:01:03 PM
What I find to be detestable is how the media is trying their hardest to stir the flames of racism over this story. Several stories I have read are calling Zimmerman "a white male" when in fact he is part hispanic and part white. I guess that makes Tiger Woods a "white male" also. Then I love how they've been stating the jury was six females, one black and five white. Why is that important? The press keeps adding small amounts of kindling to an explosive situation, and its regrettable because most people don't worry about looking at the facts. I've seen dozens of stories about the impact to Martin's immediate family and extended family. What about Zimmerman's family?  What about all the threats to his life? The sports stars saying "the hood will catch up to him...the jury should go commit suicide...", etc.

The bottom line is that the man was found innocent, and the jury had more information than we do. He should be allowed to live his life, without always having to look over his shoulder. Justice was served, and if people are unhappy with the outcome they should work peacefully to change the laws. One man is dead, and the other had his life forever changed for the worse. It is a tragedy from every angle. The only winners in this are the media, who love to stir the flames of racism to sell a few extra newspapers or increase their viewership.

152  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: SUMMER SALE!!! on: July 11, 2013, 10:25:13 PM
Anyone want to go in on the Don't Starve 2 pack with me? Comes out to $6.75 instead of $8.99
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: June 21, 2013, 08:22:02 AM

Quote from: ATB on June 20, 2013, 02:05:42 AM

Are there encounters where if you hide long enough human troops will pull out?  Or do I just have to constantly stealth kill my way through them?
Do you specifically mean troops, or any human enemy? I recall two specific encounters where roving bandits left the area while I remained hidden. I'm at 38% complete.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 20, 2013, 11:03:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 20, 2013, 10:57:45 PM

Quote from: Canuck on June 20, 2013, 01:11:37 PM

How many days since E3 and the pre-order version of Xbox still hasn't sold out. When did Sony sell out? Like two days after E3?

Amazon is still showing Ps4 launch bundles available.

that is for the standard edition, which they clearly state is not guaranteed to be available on launch day. They do, however, have bundles still available. I grabbed the Killzone bundle with PSN.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One]Fable IV on: June 03, 2013, 08:24:08 PM
Liked Fable, loved Fable 2, detested Fable 3.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/03) on: June 03, 2013, 08:21:46 PM
Remember Me for the PC
157  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: MS Surface Pro 128GB w/case $750 (reserved) on: June 03, 2013, 08:00:49 AM
Item is reserved. (On Hold)
158  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / MS Surface Pro 128GB w/case $750 (reserved) on: June 01, 2013, 02:44:49 AM
Well, time to start scraping money together for my MBA.

I have a mint-condition MS Surface Pro 128GB for sale. Like new, with original packaging and receipt. It also comes with a case that I purchased for $25. Nothing special, just for protection. It will be shipped insured via UPS.

Cheapest price on Amazon is $905. Before I ship it off there, I'm willing to discount an extra $155 for Gaming Trend forum members. Pictures available on request.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 29, 2013, 08:42:06 PM
I'm still surprised by the amount of angst all over the Internet in regards to the Xbox One no longer being a true gaming console.

I'll agree that their messaging was poor in terms of used games and certain Kinect functionality, but the reveal was never supposed to be about games. That will take place at E3, an actual gaming conference. And besides, does anyone think that almost every third party game will NOT be on both consoles? And MS has already spoken about the significant number of IPs they intend to roll out within the early stages of the console.

If even ONE of those new titles becomes "lightning in a bottle" similar to a Halo franchise, everything else will become meaningless very quickly for a significant number of gamers. These various forums that talk about the X1 being the next PSP Vita or WiiU are absolutely absurd.
160  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MS Store: 1200 points ($14.99 value) for $4.99 on: May 26, 2013, 02:36:08 AM
BTW, I only ordered one card and received confirmation from MS. Some greedy idiots are using the code to order dozens of cards, and it looks like some of them are having all of their orders cancelled. Just a friendly warning to go easy on the code.
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