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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War: Judgement on: March 25, 2013, 08:08:16 AM

Can you speak a little more about the SP campaign. Gears has been one of my favorite series of this generation, but I don't play multiplayer. I've read that Judgement is almost solely focused on multiplayer, and the campaign is fragmented, the missions are very short, and there are no "epic" set pieces.

Is it worth a purchase for SP only?
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider on: March 25, 2013, 03:40:01 AM
I just completed Tomb Raider. This is easily my game of the year so far. Impressive set pieces, fun combat, and the best interpretation of Lara yet. It also featured the most entertaining bow usage I've seen in any game.

I'm hoping Bioshock Infinite unseats Tomb Raider for my favorite game of 2013, but it won't be easy. And that is coming from someone who is a Bioshock fanboy.
163  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / (PC) XCOM: Enemy Unknown *Steam Key* SOLD on: March 22, 2013, 11:29:03 AM
I already own XCOM on the consoles, and I'm about to get a copy of the PC version of the game from a pre-order. I was curious if anyone would be willing to purchase my upcoming, unused Steam Key.

Looking for:

Steam $15 gift card code
Amazon $15 gift card code
Xbox live points for DLC
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War: Judgement on: March 18, 2013, 08:18:14 AM
from Destructoid: "Missions are short, lasting no more than a few far the least memorable of all Gears campaigns in terms of story"

.....aaaaaand per-order cancelled, as I'm mostly a single player gamer.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider on: March 05, 2013, 07:35:10 AM
I'm really enjoying the game also. It is a massive step up for the last game. They seem to have studied the mechanics of the Uncharted and Batman titles, and incorporated small portions of it into their design.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiU: Worth the Investment? on: March 04, 2013, 01:53:10 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 04, 2013, 01:48:46 AM

$335 shipped:

Seems to be about the going price now for a new one on Ebay.

I'm still on the fence about the Wii U mainly because they left out DVD/Blu-ray to "save money", but they have backwards compatibility and free online multiplayer going for them, so might bite the bullet as soon as it drops by $50.

Definitely not a bad price, but for an extra $14 at Newegg I can get a bundle with the game ZombiU ($40-$60 value depending upon where you buy), and a pro controller ($50 value). Neither of these are included in the normal deluxe set.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiU: Worth the Investment? on: March 03, 2013, 09:09:53 AM
That Lego game looks fairly awesome, but you guys had me at Shin Megami x Fire Emblem. Those are two of my favorite series.

Bayonetta and anything Shin Megami make the system an insta-buy. Now I'm just hoping I enjoy ZombiU. I'm a sucker for survival horror, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WiiU: Worth the Investment? on: March 03, 2013, 04:29:27 AM
NewEgg is running a promotion where you can get a deluxe WiiU ZombiU Edition for $349.
This includes a WiiU Deluxe, Nintendo Land, ZombiU, and a Pro Controller. Seems like a great deal. My only problem is that I'm not a fan of any of the staple Nintendo franchises, except for Metroid. So far, the only games I see that really interest me are ZombiU, Monster Hunter Ultimate, Bayonetta (HUGE fan of this) and The Wonderful 101. Other than that I see nothing else, and I'm certain I'll purchase all 3rd party titles for the Xbox.

So, is it worth the investment? Am I forgetting any Nintendo exclusive games that looks good? Ones that aren't Mario?
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [?] Buying an iPad Soon[ on: February 17, 2013, 05:50:07 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on February 17, 2013, 05:19:28 PM

Thanks for bringing me up. Eco-logic, I'll sell my 4th generation 64GB ipad to you for $549. I haven't had time to place it on the Amazon marketplace yet. Mint condition.

1) I don't recommend 16GB to anyone. Always get more storage space, especially with the direction apps, comic and movies are moving. A few of my newest apps clock in at 3250-500mb. 1 HD moie can be anywhere from 1 to 6GB.  Get at least 32GB.

2) Unfortunately, you'll be converting most of your movies and TV episodes. ipad doesn't support MKV files, for example. Luckily, Handbrake (a free program) makes conversion simple, and it is easy to use. PM me if you have any problems using the program. It now supports subtitles, btw:

3) The Logitech keyboard is good.

4) Man, almost EVERY app is better on the ipad. smile  It depends on what type of genres you like.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita] Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time on: February 16, 2013, 03:25:08 PM
I played the demo and really enjoyed it. I'm going to purchase this as soon as I complete the HD Collection.
171  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Cannot Update Steam on: February 16, 2013, 05:15:51 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on February 16, 2013, 03:52:41 AM

If you can login to the client then go access the setting windows then try changing the Download Region to other location at the Download + Cloud tab. Try several location if it still doesn't work.

Here are the latest client update note:

- Fixed texture corruption when using the Game Overlay in OpenGL games
- Fixed failing to do HTTP downloads from hosts that started with a numeral  <--- Maybe this bug is the cause of your problem.
- Linux - Added X window manager name to system info dialog

I can't log in because Steam automatically tries to update before entering the client. But I think something may be wrong on their end. Their website is loading VERY slowly, and when I attempted to reinstall Steam I can't even download the 1.6mb file from their site. It times out.

Are you guys able to log in without incident? Perhaps they're getting flooded due to the Linux release?
172  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Cannot Update Steam on: February 16, 2013, 02:54:40 AM
I'm having issues updating Steam. Whenever I attempt to do so, it begins the download for several seconds and then gives me the message: "Error. You must be connected to the Internet for this update." Then the update promptly exits unfinished. At first I thought it was an issue with my wi-fi laptop connection. I went to, and everything reports back normally. I'm also able to navigate websites and download files elsewhere.

I attempted to update Steam via my gaming desktop, and I get the same error. I turned off my firewall, but this did not help.

Any suggestions?
173  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fire Emblem: Awakening coming Feb. 4 2013 to North America - Finally on: February 09, 2013, 09:34:35 PM
I usually like to play games like this on hard. But out of curiosity, is it possible to slowly lose characters over time to the point where you no longer have an army strong enough to complete the game? In other words, if my characters continue dying along the storyline arc is there a "critical mass" where I have too few units left to continue?
174  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dell Customer Service Rant- What would be your next step? on: February 08, 2013, 11:41:06 AM

Quote from: Biyobi on February 06, 2013, 11:12:05 PM

Did they say 24 contiguous hours?

They simply said "24 hours". Its absurd that something this trivial has taken so long. This started on Monday. As mentioned before, I sent the chat log AND the website screen capture. I've sent out two more e-mails, and a CSR tersely responded that they are in communication with the sales rep, the egift card department, and management. He hopes for a quick resolution.

The gift card is important, but how I am treated as a customer is even more important. When my friend's ipad was improperly engraved by Apple, their customer service department had a resolution in 1 day, and expedited a new ipad. With Dell I sent all kinds of information to make their decision easy, and I am now on day 5, checking a website that simply states "your case is under review". Perhaps this is a small glimpse into why one company is worth over 400 billion dollars, and the other was forced to go private.
175  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dell Customer Service Rant- What would be your next step? on: February 06, 2013, 12:04:54 PM
My CSR stated they would call me within 24 hrs with a resolution........nope. no callback.
176  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Dell Customer Service Rant- What would be your next step? on: February 04, 2013, 10:55:23 PM
So I purchased a new Dell system that was on sale recently, and it came with a cash back rewards gift card for $100, and a promotional gift card for $200. I received the $100 card, but not the $200 card.

I placed the order by phone, have a chat log where the CSR confirms that both promotions had been applied. I also have the saved HTML files from Dell's website, showing the promotion. (I was nervous about ordering over the phone). A week ago Dell reps told me that the promotion delivery window still had a few days before it was over, and that I should call back on Monday.

Today I called back because I didn't get the gift card. The new CSR states it doesn't show one for my order. I sent him the chat log and HTML files from Dell's site. He escalated the matter. Now here is the second twist. I told him that if I was not given the cards as promised, I wanted to return the system. He said that was not possible, as the return Window ended a day ago.

So, what would be your next step if they call me back and try to say that I won't get the card? I'm thinking of calling the BBB and closing my Dell Preferred credit card. THEN sending a letter higher up the food chain at Dell. I just don't know who. I'm trying to remain professional, but I'm relatively unhappy.

Again, this may be premature. But I thought the chat log confirming that I got the promotion, plus a snapshot of the website SHOWING the promotion, would have made this open-and-shut. Apparently not.

177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: February 02, 2013, 01:05:21 AM

Quote from: morlac on February 02, 2013, 12:47:38 AM

Quote from: Turtle on February 01, 2013, 12:03:21 PM

I stand by my statement. That article talks about the overall success of this generation of consoles, but the reality is the Sony hemorrhaged money just to maintain their market share, as opposed to MS which just grew and grew.

Except MS did not.  In fact apparently both companies lost a metric shit ton of money this gen.

Granted Sony did lose more, Ill give you that.  PC's making a huge comeback.  Consoles are DOOMED!   nod

Ok Maybe not but that sure is eye opening if true.

Does MS actually break out financials for the Xbox, or are they taking numbers from the entire Entertainment & Devices Division? It was my understanding that the profits of the division are driven by the Xbox.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are You Stepping Into the Next Gen? on: February 01, 2013, 07:38:05 PM
I would love to be Xbox exclusive, because I vastly prefer its controller and dashboard. However, almost every exclusive game that I enjoy resides on the PS3- Uncharted, Infamous, Sly Cooper, God of War, Yakuza, Killzone, Resistance, etc. That means a PS4 is mandatory.

Meanwhile, from a gaming perspective I'm most able to dump the Xbox, as MS has basically destroyed their 1st party development. I'm not a Halo, or Forza fan, and Gears will go multi-platform if it continues next gen, and Fable is underwhelming.

PS+ is gaining ground on Xbox Live very quickly, and from a price-to-value point it has in many ways surpassed it. If this trend continues into the next generation, and MS has no stable of exclusive 1st party games for differentiation, I could see MS losing ground.

But for the moment, I'm in for both.
179  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: White 64GB Ipad4 (i.e. ipad with Retina Display, wi-fi only) *SOLD*** on: January 31, 2013, 10:23:12 PM

So Apple announces the 128GB version of the ipad, 6 weeks after I buy the 64GB. The extra space is important to me, so it is time to trade up. Thought I'd offer it to the community members before going to the Amazon marketplace.

White, 64GB, wi-fi, she's not even two months old!

Mint condition, original packaging included, purchased directly from Apple. This ipad has been in a case since it arrived on my doorstep. I would be happy to send images.
Purchased for $724, looking to sell it for $635. Dropped to $549. (I forgot how much Amazon takes when you sell on their website. I'd rather pass the savings on to a forum member)

I'm willing to possibly take a combination of standard payment, along with either Amazon gift cards or Steam wallet codes. The ipad will be sent to you via UPS.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DmC - Devil May Cry on: January 26, 2013, 09:52:05 PM
I've played about an hour of this last evening, and it is very, very good. I've never been able to get into the Devil May Cry series, so the fact that I'm enjoying this one means Ninja Theory, at least for me, succeeded in their hopes of refreshing the series. And after the first level, I would really like to see them create a full-fledged horror game.

Avoid the fanboy criticism on this one. The reviewers are right.
181  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GetGames] Aliens: Colonial Marines PC 39% off on: January 26, 2013, 08:11:20 PM
A gameplay vid. Looks somewhat average, but might be okay at $30. I was disappointed to hear that your main marine counterparts don't ever panic. A few previews say they maintain their composure throughout the game. I wanted some "game over, man!" moments:
182  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GetGames] Aliens: Colonial Marines PC 39% off on: January 26, 2013, 07:50:46 PM
...and its a steamworks code, which heightens my interest. Any word on if the game is supposed to be any good? I see its made by Gearbox.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 24, 2013, 04:12:01 AM
I am REALLY pissed at Namco. I pre-ordered the Wizard edition, and just received a notification that my credit card declined the transaction and my order was cancelled. They also stated that I couldn't re-order because it is sold out.

I called my CC company, and they stated that no attempt was ever made to charge my card, and that no transaction -ever- has been declined.

Then I found out on another website that Namco OVERSOLD the pre-orders and is now randomly cancelling orders. Using a lie about my credit card company being at fault  to cancel an order for their mistake just irritates the hell out of me.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/21) on: January 21, 2013, 07:46:14 AM
Ni No Kuni
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DmC - Devil May Cry on: January 20, 2013, 05:14:34 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 20, 2013, 03:40:27 PM

Was just wondering about this after I saw The Grue was playing it. Just checked and it has a Metascore of 86, Giant Bomb gave it a 100 and yet you have user reviews that go all the way down to 0... but par for the course nowadays, I suppose. May just have to pick this one up. 

Most of the really low user scores are from hardcore Dante fans who refuse to accept ANY changes to the way Devil May Cry looks or plays. Neogaf has a whole thread with people bashing the game, many of whom haven't even played the demo.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 20, 2013, 08:46:14 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 20, 2013, 03:12:48 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 20, 2013, 02:46:57 AM

My biggest problem is that the overworld random battles were absolutely brain-dead easy, and apparently there are tons of them. I prefer my random battles to be like Persona or Nocturne, where there is a slight chance to die at any time. In Ni No Kuni I didn't even need to look at the screen.

I know excessive easiness was a major complaint against White Knight Chronicles, but I generally consider Eurogamer to be pretty discerning:

Quote from: Eurogamer
Ni no Kuni is not afraid to test you, either. Boss fights are abundant and the regular battles between them are far from thoughtless chaff. After establishing the basics, the game stretches its legs and offers consistent challenge, regularly stepping up the toughness of the monsters you face and offering some thorny tactical combinations. Mana is a precious resource that's expensive to refill and this is one JRPG where you'll actually need to use and restock your items, where the sight of an inn brings relief.

The difficulty and levelling curves have been tuned with such care that as soon as the fights in one area become easy, you're on to the next. You'll rarely, if ever, need to grind; the game is comfortably padded with fun side-quests and challenging monster bounty hunts instead. Seldom has a console role-player been so perfectly paced, or side-stepped the onset of ennui with such sure footing.

The review also specifies that Ni No Kuni takes a bit to unveil all its battle systems, so I'd assume the demo is only presenting the most basic elements of game play.

-Autistic Angel

Good to hear. Its a shame they didn't bother to show that in the demo. But as others have mentioned, RPG demos are usually fairly dubious.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 20, 2013, 02:46:57 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 20, 2013, 01:28:49 AM

I should probably just break down and try the demo.  I've been avoiding it because JRPG demos typically do more harm than good for me, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to give it a look.

The demo was quite mediocre. If it is a good representation of the game, I'm concerned.

My biggest problem is that the overworld random battles were absolutely brain-dead easy, and apparently there are tons of them. I prefer my random battles to be like Persona or Nocturne, where there is a slight chance to die at any time. In Ni No Kuni I didn't even need to look at the screen.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 19, 2013, 07:07:40 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 19, 2013, 02:02:14 PM

Looks cool but $1000 for PC with limited GPU upgradeability means no sale for me.  I would not call going form a  GT660 to a GTX670 an upgrade path.  Sure it is slightly better but you are being locked into a single generation of GPU.  I don't see any chance of it running video cards in the next generation with the wimpy PSU.  I need my PC's to go 4+ years to justify the $, this won't do that.  Lastly, I would imagine that the next generation consoles rumored to be around the corner will match it performance wise and be half the cost.  However, it does look like a neat piece of hardware and you do get some solid components for the price in a nice little package.  In other words I want one smile

Never pay full price for Dell/Alienware. They run deals somewhat regularly. I got the $1000 version for 25% off, plus a $100 Dell gift card.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I would like to see another Dot Hack title. on: January 19, 2013, 07:04:40 PM
I have the .HACK GU games, but I still haven't gotten around to playing them. I opened the first one and tried it out for about an hour before putting it aside for reasons I don't recall. It had a wonderful art style for a PS2 era game, and the real-time combat seemed well developed.

I need to get back to these titles.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 19, 2013, 06:52:25 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on January 19, 2013, 05:23:07 AM

How noisy is it? I assume it has a fan of some sort.

Yes, it has fans. it runs at about the same noise level as the xbox360 slim when playing games. When on the Internet the system is basically silent. You can also download various programs to control fan speed if you desire. Note that I download my games from Steam, so I haven't used the DVD drive very often.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 19, 2013, 03:51:48 AM

Quote from: Alefroth on January 19, 2013, 01:52:52 AM

How did you handle the sound?


Sound is handled via HDMI. You can set the system up in about 30 seconds, just like a console.

There is a solid state drive option, but if I recall it was a $200 option.
192  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 19, 2013, 03:49:35 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 18, 2013, 11:46:05 PM

If only...

Track the newest iPhone and iPod Touch apps, updates and price changes here at AppShopper.

Download our Free iPhone and iPad App!

Good enough, thank you!
193  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 18, 2013, 11:38:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 18, 2013, 10:23:52 PM

Penny Arcade the Game: Gamers vs Evil is on sale for a buck.  It's a deck-building card game along the lines of Ascension, but more light-hearted and filled with PA references.  Pretty well done game, and definitely worth a buck if you like deck building games.

Thanks! I've been waiting for a price drop on this! I really wish there was an app that tracked the prices of other apps that you bookmarked. lol.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 18, 2013, 11:29:25 PM

Quote from: ydejin on January 18, 2013, 11:00:19 PM

That looks very nice!  The power supply seems pretty limiting though.  Does the 240 watt standard supply come with the regular Intel i5's and the 330 watt one come with the Intel i7's?  I couldn't figure out what determined which power supply it comes with.

The PSU is definitely the limiting factor. The 330 watt PSU comes with the 660 graphics card upgrade. It isn't based upon the processor. Alienware will also verify which PSU option comes with the build you choose. If you desire to throw in an improved GPU later on, it is absolutely the way to go. Incidentally, that PSU limits the graphics card upgrade to a GTX670. Several people have tried a GTX680, but the system isn't stable due to the power draw. A few have also reported that a 400 watt PSU is available at NewEgg, but I couldn't confirm this, and no one has tried it.

For the record, I grabbed the i7 version, 8GB RAM, 660 GPU, and Win7. I'm debating moving to Windows 8 via the $15 MS upgrade option, but the system is so stable now that I really don't want to risk any headaches.

BTW, it is very hard to find online reviews since Alienware refreshed the graphics card. Until September they were using the 555 and 545 Nvidia cardsand most reviews are based on those cards. The new 660 is significantly faster. The only game that has made the system whimper is The Witcher 2 with every possible feature, including AA and Tessellation maxed out. I'm in the process of downloading my Steam library onto the X51.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [movie] Dredd on: January 18, 2013, 09:22:34 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 09, 2013, 12:33:22 AM

Just rented Dredd, I thought it was so good that I went out to Best Buy to purchase a blu ray copy. It is truly unfortunate this movie didn't do well.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Sounds like I'm gushing, but this is what I love about this film:
1. Pulls no punches depicting violence
2. Karl Urban's performance. No nonsense, voice was perfect for Dredd. He moves like a trained killer would, with complete confidence and most importantly the will to kill.
3. Simple but effective plot and premise.

I did the exact same thing! I watched Total Recall and Dredd this morning. I was quite surprised with how good Dredd turned out to be, as I expected something truly low brow and low budget. grabbed the Blu ray off Amazon. the actor who played Dredd did an excellent job- much less forced than Stallone's version. it seemed like Stallone was trying too hard to be a badass. This guy just came across as one immediately.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: has this Remake been mentioned yet?..Total Recall on: January 18, 2013, 09:13:03 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 18, 2013, 08:40:42 PM

This just came out on video.  

This was surprisingly good.  I don't see the huge reason to use the same name as the Arnold version since the story is 90% different but it was much better than I expected.

I agree. I just saw this and was very impressed. it was a great popcorn movie, and I'm pleased that they didn't just remake Arnold's version. And holy sh!t is Kate a badass! I wish they kept the "why are you sweating?" part instead of using tears, however.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Replaying KOTOR on: January 18, 2013, 09:09:34 PM
which mods do you guys recommend for this? Is 1.8 the latest version of the restoration mod? There seem to have been a few grips working on different restoration projects.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 18, 2013, 08:57:51 PM

The upgrade path is limited to the video card and RAM, but that is all most people upgrade anyway. In the Alienware forum, users have successfully been upgrading the video card all the way to a GTX670. The limiting factor is the power supply, which is NOT easily changed, as it is an external brick that looks almost exactly like the one from the 360.

One fairly awesome point is that even if you upgrade the video card, Dell still honors the full warranty, with the exception of that component.

I should also point out that if you buy the i5 version with the GTX660, it still has ALOT of headroom for future gaming based upon the frames per second it already pumps out. At 1080P I'm getting over 120 fps in Dishonored, and over 80 in Hitman and Crysis 2, both at High settings.Games in two years may drop those numbers into the 50s, or 60s, but it is still very acceptable. And then you could always upgrade the vid card. If you do buy an X51 IMMEDIATELY update the video card drivers. For some reason Alienware sends out new systems with the drivers a few versions behind what is on nvidias site. My FPS jumped by 50-200 percent after I made this one change.

The X51 is a full blown windows PC. I use games from Steam, GOG, or from retail. I also installed MS Office, Firefox, etc. Another great point is that I've now starting modding Fallout and Skyrim with the latest PC mods.

The system comes with a mouse and keyboard, but I haven't used it in any games. I only use it to launch Steam, and then I immediately start using the Xbox controller once I launch the game. And the Xbox controller is very precise, especially in comparison to older controllers. It is immediately recognized in every modern FPS and action game I've tried, simply by changing the control device to "game pad" in the game options. Then you can easily change the x and y axis response time, invert controls, etc.

The X51 is basically a home theater PC, dressed up to look like a console. You could absolutely build the same system yourself, but it is difficult to find a chassis that looks as nice. and then there is the complication of actually building a system in such a small chassis. Building a large PC is an easy affair. Smaller chassis become much more difficult due to cable management, heat management, and just getting your hands in such a small chassis. As I mentioned, I build PC systems quite regularly, And I would have only saved about $150 dollars if I built it myself when compared to the sale Alienware was running. Wasn't worth my time.

Hope this helps.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CD Projekt Red - Cyberpunk 2077 on: January 18, 2013, 02:21:12 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on January 11, 2013, 03:36:05 PM

I'm a sucker for sci-fi neuromancer/blade runner settings.  I wish they didn't tease the game 2 years out from the release though.

Yeah, this has ALWAYS been my pet peeve. They pull this crap with movies, too. A few weeks ago my girlfriend and I were at the theater, and one of the coming attractions was for early 2014. WTF?!  Good thing they told me now! Gives me time to reschedule my yearly colonoscopy! 
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Alienware X51- I'm almost a console!! on: January 18, 2013, 02:01:27 PM
I'm in that strange gaming stage where I'm torn between the significantly better graphics of my desktop gaming PC, or the comfort of playing games on a console while relaxing on a couch in front of a large plasma TV, but with noticeably crappier graphics. And since I'm a graphics whore.....A friend introduced me to the Alienware X51, which is basically a Home Theater PC, dressed up in a chassis that is only slightly larger than the original Xbox.

I decided to grab one, and instantly fell in love. It fits in perfectly with all of my home theater components and consoles. Plus, I now can game in full 1080P with maximum quality textures, shadows, AA, etc. Couple this with a wireless Xbox 360 PC controller, and you basically have something akin to a next-gen Xbox (albeit without Xbox Live). I downloaded Crysis 2, Hitman Absolution, Dishonored, XCOM, and Far Cry 3 from Steam, and all of them play at over 60FPS with just about ever bell and whistle toggled on at full 1080P.

The difference between these games on the 360/PS3 and the X51 is stunning. In addition, most upcoming action/FPS/sports games have full controller support embedded in the game, so even though the X51 uses the PC version, they play exactly like the console release. (Or you can use a wireless mouse/keyboard if you desire) I've already changed my Devil May Cry and Bioshock Infinite pre-orders from the 360 to Steam.

I'm throwing all of this out here because Alienware (Dell) has made a great little system that looks perfect in the living room, and allows gamers to experience their favorite titles with a fidelity that the PS3 and Xbox simply can't match. Now the caveat is that this is a PC, so it is still more expensive that a console- significantly so. However, Dell runs deals on the X51 with some regularity. Systems start at $699 and move into a range over $1000 dollars. However, Dell has been offering $100-300 gift cards with these systems, cash back, rewards, etc. Refurbed systems at the Dell Outlet store can also be significantly less $$. You also, obviously, can't delve into the PS+ or Xbox live ecosystem, so if that is a huge part of your gaming experience, then the X51 should be avoided.

I've built my last 3 PCs, and I had a difficult time matching the X51 if I bought comparable components myself. Plus, building a system this small is....kinda a pain in the a$$. But its nice to see that PC components have become small enough, and powerful enough, where they can fit unobtrusively in the living room. Plus, the almost universal acceptance of the Xbox controller for the PC has made things so much nicer. I remember my early days of PC gaming with various controllers from Logitech, Belkin, etc. Most of the time they weren't supported, had buggy software, or the controller just plain sucked! What a difference between then and now!

Anyway, its tax season, so those of you getting a return....

Out of curiosity, do any of you already PC game on your big screen TVs?

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