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161  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: March 05, 2014, 08:33:00 PM
Fiscal conservatives are the only group that kept my county from falling into a state of near bankruptcy. Despite high foreclosures in the area, and a reduction in businesses, the Democratic block felt the best way to increase revenue was to increase taxes and sternly "suggest" the law enforcement agencies to double down on issuing tickets.

Forget about tightening our belts. No, they wanted expenditures to rise on the backs of the people who can barely afford to stay in their homes. And while doing that, give them a speeding ticket when they rush home from working two jobs so they can spend an hour an evening with their families.

Squabbling about petty bullshit like this is akin to to arguing over a slice of toast at the breakfast table while the house is burning down. A basic human right is not the freedom to buy a cappuccino wherever you damned well please. If you hate that a person or persons excludes another from service based upon religious reasons, use economic forces to solve the matter. The owner has the right to give the gay customer the finger based upon his religious beliefs, and the gay customer has the right to give the business owner the finger, and take his business, and all of his friends' business to the competitor next door.

162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on: March 03, 2014, 09:44:53 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 03, 2014, 09:11:14 PM

Just finished the game, and absolutely loved it. It's good already at the beginning, but it really does get better in the final half. Where the first half is slower-paced, with more focus on platforming, exploration, and combat against common enemies, the second half pits you against an almost constant series of awesome boss fights, sometimes with no chance to rest between them (three of the best bosses came in a row, with just one group of common enemies between two of them). The boss fights in this game are far superior to the last one, with some encounters that are pure, awesome Castlevania fan service. The bosses that, by tradition, always show up in classic Castlevania games, show up here too, and now they are closer to their classic forms than they were in the previous game.

The reviewers who rated this game low were out of their fucking minds. The much-criticized stealth sections are indeed horrible, but they account for roughly 5% of the total game's length, and pretty much never last more than 5 minutes each. The "horrible" stealth section that had Edge stuck for 4 hours, according to themselves, took me all of 3 minutes, and that seems to be the general experience among players I've heard from. The future environments are dull and clichéd too, but they also don't last very long. The modern cityscapes are gothic and atmospheric on the other hand, and the castle itself is pure eye candy.  

The story kind of doesn't really end where you expect it to though. It seems they might finish the last part of it in the upcoming DLC, and I'm going to get it Day 1. smile

Total playtime: 16 hours.

You  had my interest until you mentioned three boss fights in a row without any rest. I don't think I have the fortitude for those types of grind sessions any longer. Lol. glad you enjoyed it.
163  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / TitanFall Digital Download on: March 01, 2014, 11:41:59 PM
I'm purchasing the XB1 TitanFall edition from Amazon, but have no desire to play a multiplayer only title. I'd like to sell or trade for a different game, and send you the digital code. Looking for "like new" (complete) copies of:

-Dead Rising 3
-Ryse Son of Rome

I'd also take a $40 Amazon e-mail gift card

The delivery date for my system is currently 1-3 days after TitanFall's release, so please note I could not provide the code on its initial release day.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 24, 2014, 09:10:43 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 24, 2014, 06:03:41 PM

Our review is on the front page.   smile

In short, play it like a Thief game and you'll enjoy it.  Play it like a shooter and a.) you are an idiot and b.) you aren't going to enjoy it.    Almost every negative review I read prefaced their opinion with "I'm more of a first person shooter guy" or "I've played all of the Call of Duty games" (well good for you, junior).   I also get the feeling that some of these guys didn't play past the first two levels.  

This is a great point, and I've seen that mentality is some of the other stealth games. I remember one review for Splinter Cell Blacklist said something akin to 'the game is highly improved as a run-and-gun title, but could still use some refinement in those mechanics..." Er.... Spinter Cell isn't meant to be a third person shooter.

I'm  growing tired of amateur Internet reviewers basing their ratings on what they wanted or expected, instead of the the design vision and execution of that vision.  I don't need Call of Duty multiplayer components wedged into Dishonored. It just diverts resources and talent onto something shoehorned into the wrong package.
165  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [VITA] Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on: February 24, 2014, 07:13:51 AM
This game is fantastic! If you enjoy visual novels, it should be an insta-buy for your Vita. The characters are over-the-top anime stereotypes, but the story is engaging, the trials are fun, and the visuals are outstanding for this genre.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/24) on: February 24, 2014, 07:02:36 AM
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
Thief (I'm hoping this will be in the running for my Game of the Year)
Shadowrun Dragonfall
167  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Inazuma Eleven on: February 21, 2014, 01:06:41 PM
great game, but absurdly easy. They definitely needed a higher difficulty level for adults. Apparently games 2 and 3 addressed this issue in some fashion.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Drakengard 3 Announced on: February 10, 2014, 10:00:05 AM
A few people on Neogaf have said that the Japanese press found it to be mediocre. The first two games, iirc, we're nothing to rave about, either.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Suggestions for a great mattress on: February 03, 2014, 08:04:47 AM
I'm looking to get a new mattress, so some suggestions would be appreciated. Currently I have some random Sealy model that I purchased at Menards several years ago. Either I'm getting older, or this mattress is getting crappier. smile

I still haven't decided on a budget. I have a hard time believing that mattress costing thousands of dollars can be that much better than their less expensive cousins, but I'm open to counter-arguments. I'm leaning toward memory foam at the moment, but nothing is certain yet.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: February 03, 2014, 07:52:12 AM

Quote from: soulbringer on February 02, 2014, 11:16:03 PM

Dont get me started on this damn use tax shit.  My wife works at the state govt.  Each year, I get a lecture on how Im supposed to pay the sales tax on the shit I buy online and pay the difference in my local tax if I bought something out of state or in another county.  For example, If I go to Charlotte and buy something and pay 5% sales tax (no idea if thats there tax rate) Im supposed to pay 3% to the state to make up the 8% tax for where I live.  I asked if I bought something somewhere that had a 10% tax if I got a 2% refund and was told no. So screw em.  To stay on topic, Amazon recently built a hub here about 10 miles from me so there will be sales tax coming from them in the next year or so.  

Yeah, Illinois is filled with the same type of crooks. Our property taxes are supposed to be tied to our home values. But when my home lost ~40% of its value, I attempted to get them lowered. THAT was an exercise in red tape and frustration. But they were damned near instantaneous on RAISING my taxes during the two years my property actually appreciated before the real estate bust. I didn't even need to leave my home. A shiny new bill just arrived one day with the increase.

But when I go to lower my taxes? Well...One of the clerks, after seeing me for the fifth or sixth time, had the audacity to say "The state still needs its money."

My friends in California have it much worse. They can be considered solid middle class. When you take into account all of the federal, state, and sales taxes they pay it comes out to almost 50% of their paychecks go to taxes. I don't think the founding fathers had these levels of taxes in mind.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: February 03, 2014, 07:44:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 30, 2014, 08:39:26 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on January 30, 2014, 07:21:37 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 28, 2014, 06:28:22 PM

Yeah when we got it last year (CA) I was pretty bummed but what can you do.  The fact is it does make the competition more fair for companies like Best Buy and Target, not to mention the last remaining traditional book stores.  Still, even with the taxes, with free Prime shipping I'll still tend to go with Amazon out of convenience - and of course their pricing is almost always the best unless there's some sort of special/exclusive sale.

You know, if it means we keep a book store in town or a Best Buy I am willing to pay sales tax on Amazon purchases.

I can't remember the last time I walked into a brick and mortar book store.  But I'm sure when I did it was a Barnes & Nobles, so it's not like I was helping some small local business.

I'm the same way. Amazon, Newegg, iTunes and Steam account for just about everything I buy. I remember growing up, I used to love going into the mall. Electronics Boutique and Borders were two of my favorite places.  A couple weeks ago I stopped in a mall to grab a last minute present for someone, and I couldn't wait to get out of there. I was also surprised by how few customers were walking around. It was the first time in about 6 or 7 years that I've been back in one.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/03) on: February 03, 2014, 07:32:49 AM
Bravely Default
Fable Anniversary

173  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Android] Uhr - Warlords on: February 02, 2014, 09:23:58 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 27, 2014, 09:19:39 PM

OK here's an update.  The game is less like HA than I originally thought; though there are many similarities, in some sense it's a much more strategic affair.  From what I can tell, there's very little (perhaps none) randomness involved.  I believe you and your opponent have access to the exact same pool of unit types, and the only difference would be you each have 2 spells which could be different.  From a map standpoint, it's a square grid, with the variation being where "power points" are located.

Here's how the game works.  Each turn you start with a set number of energy points, nominally 10.  These are used for summoning a unit, moving a unit, casting a spell, attacking, etc.  Holding a power point at the end of your turn increases the number you have available to you, so these are important spots.  The match is won by either killing enough of the enemy units (1 pt per kill) or destroying enough of their towers (2 pts per tower), or some combo in between (total of 10 points needed to win).  There are about 7 or 8 unit types; each has a different set of stats and move/attack capabilities.  Some units can only move diagonally, others can only move forward or to the side, ditto on attacking; range and energy points vary as well. Early on I suspect it's more about just getting used to the different units and understanding their limitations, and then as you become more experienced you'll understand what units counter what others the best, as well as different tactics/strategies to try.

Game modes are relatively straightforward.  Multi is either local or internet (not sure if it's async but I assume so).  Single is either campaign or custom.  Campaign is really just a series of matches unlocking using different exterior maps with different accessible spells for you and your opponent; there's not much variation as far as I can tell.  Each mission has different sub-goals if you are into that sort of thing (like only summoning a limited number of units, winning in an allotted time, etc).  Otherwise you may have more fun just creating the custom fight you want to try, since you can choose the map (both graphically and where power spots are located), which spells you each get, etc.  I haven't seen any different AI settings; I'm gonna ask about that.

Thanks for the update! Have they discussed a release date? Also, does it play somewhat similar to chess, ala Battle Chess?
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: February 02, 2014, 09:17:06 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2014, 02:47:39 AM

Quote from: Ridah on February 01, 2014, 12:46:52 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 31, 2014, 01:28:01 AM

3 hours in, and I'm absolutely loving it...and this is coming from someone a) with zero investment in the Metal Gear games and b) who typically doesn't like action games very much.  This one is completely absurd, but a hell of a lot of fun.  My only real gripe is with the sometimes wonky camera, but it only cause me problems a couple of times.  The combat system is incredibly fluid (no surprise, given the devs), it looks incredible on my new gaming rig, it's alternately corny, ridiculous, hilarious, and pulse pounding, and the set pieces are fantastic. 

Quote from: Ridah on January 27, 2014, 07:24:12 AM

I'm definitely rooting for you to enjoy the game, Gratch. It probably was just something that didn't click with me.

Sounds like that's the case. 

Save your judgement until you finishing playing through it. What difficulty setting are you on?

I'm playing on easy, as I do with nearly every action game.  I'm not much of a twitch gamer to begin with, and enjoy being able to kick ass any enjoy a fun story and world.

I play games to have fun, not to be frustrated.  smile

I played on normal and loved it until one specific boss. Then things became absurd. Later, I entered another boss fight, and the checkpoint saved while I had no rations. Wanted to throw my controller through the plasma TV.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish you could get into but can't on: February 02, 2014, 09:13:24 AM
Metal Gear Revengeance. I wanted to love it, but it just didn't grip me. A couple very hard bosses, coupled with a poor dodge mechanism, ruined it for me.
176  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Android] Uhr - Warlords on: January 26, 2014, 10:15:49 AM
looks great! I didn't even know this was in development. My ipad is quickly surpassing my PC as my platform of choice for strategy games.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 22, 2014, 12:38:39 PM
For veteran strategy game players, would you recommend the game be played on normal difficulty, or hard difficulty?
178  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita Impressions! Price drop! Casual Edition! Vita TV! on: January 12, 2014, 08:31:15 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 03, 2013, 09:35:25 PM

Don't listen to him. 16 GB is enough as long as you don't expect to keep your entire game library installed at all times... after a while. You'll be fine for a good few months anyway.

I'm the type of person that likes their entire library pre-installed on the device. I was forced to import the 64GB card over Christmas. $92. But I agree that 16GB would be more than enough for most people, if they use the Vita strictly as a gaming device. That is easily enough to hold 8-10 titles, and even more if you are an indie gamer.
179  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [VITA] Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on: January 12, 2014, 08:27:47 PM
I have my doubts, but I hope the game sells above expectations. I would love to see more of these types of titles on the Vita. I'm purchasing all my Vita titles via PSN, so I'll be downloading this the moment it is available.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Ps3] Deadpool on: January 03, 2014, 11:11:43 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 02, 2014, 03:20:33 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on January 02, 2014, 03:10:26 PM

I know this is a conversation for another thread but this is just one of the many reasons I hate/fear the move to all digital.

Actually, I think I am going to go digital with my XB1 as I very rarely buy physical media on my PC anymore.  The convenience of Steam, GoG and Amazon just work for me. They only thing that is really holding me back is prices..   If Microsoft would drop prices like these other services it would be a no brainer for me.  Recently, I wanted to pick up FIFA 14 digitally, but MS was still selling at full price where Amazon  had dropped the price for the physical disk by 15.00 bucks during a holiday sale, so picked up from Amazon.  

Thing is switching to the digital copy on the XB1 works so flawlessly  you can see where MS was going with the buy the disk to install and never need again practice.  If they had that option now I would use it as I rarely sell my games off

I've gone completely digital with the Vita, and I love it. Of course, PSN regularly runs sales, reductions, or freebies. I wish the XB1 came with, at a minimum, a 1TB hard drive. The current model simply can't hold a decent library. 2TB would be ideal, as that way I could have all of the games I want to "collect" stored locally.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most anticipated titles of Q1 2014 on: January 02, 2014, 05:23:47 AM
Being a gamer nowadays can be overwhelming. I almost wish there were fewer consoles and handhelds. Between the Xbox, XB1, PS3, PS4, Vita, 3DS, WiiU, iPad and PC I have waaaaay too many platforms to keep up with. And each has a strong stable of upcoming titles.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: December 18, 2013, 02:42:50 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 13, 2013, 05:05:50 PM

For Ryse I signed up for a 30-day free Gamefly trial, put only Ryse in my queue, then plan to beat it and promptly cancel my subscription. smile

I can't tell if that's evil, neutral, or genius.

Genius, if the company wasn't managed so poorly.....

They recently had a PC digital download sale and EVERY SINGLE GAME that I attempted to purchase kept coming back with the error "Your cart has been modified. The game you are attempting to purchase is no longer available."  I couldn't purchase anything. So I sent them an e-mail asking when they would be getting more digital keys back in stock. Even though they promise a response in 24 hours, it took them almost two days.

Miraculously, I received an e-mail from them three hours AFTER the sale ended. Every game was suddenly back in stock and and the e-mail stated "We have reviewed your request and are pleased to inform you that the titles you requested are in stock. You may begin purchasing them immediately."

Yeah, at full price. thanks. I sent a response saying that it might be nice, from a customer service standpoint, to grey out the "purchase button" when they run out of keys. GreenManGaming and GOG manage to do this, so their customers don't spend time loading up a cart with items that are unavailable.

And back when I rented console games, the time it took to actually receive an Xbox or PS3 title increased by about 2 days once my free membership ran out and I was paying for the service. There was an article in the past about how trial memberships were always put to the front of the queue, to lure in new customers.

Screw Gamefly.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2920 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: December 12, 2013, 03:22:01 AM
It would be interesting to hear numbers on defective hardware rates, although neither company will ever allow that. Among my circle of friends there have already been 5 defective consoles, 2 XB1s and 3 PS4s. I don't recall anything like that last generation. Clearly nothing like the RROD, but based upon friends, consumer commentary on sites like Amazon, and various forums, it seems like both consoles are having growing pains on the hardware front.
184  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How Much Bandwidth Do You Consume? on: December 11, 2013, 06:44:19 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on November 24, 2013, 10:54:36 AM

I run Tomato firmware on my Asus router and use its bandwidth meter, I avg ~300GB a month which is largely due to Netflix.

I hit 642 GB for the month of November. God help me if they ever start charging for bandwidth over 250 GB. That was due to game downloads and Netflix HD streaming.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long will my "fixed" 360 work? on: December 04, 2013, 04:52:09 PM
I tried it awhile back. Got about 10-15 hours of gameplay, maybe. I was doing a marathon  session of Oblivion when it broke again, so I may have pushed my luck. perhaps with mild gaming sessions of 30 minutes or so, you might fare better.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job Promotion: What Would You Do? on: November 28, 2013, 01:25:27 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 27, 2013, 10:03:14 PM

How old are you, and do you have any live-in family or significant other? The reason I ask is I think my answer would very much depend on how much an overnight shift would infringe on your life.

single. Late 30s
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job Promotion: What Would You Do? on: November 27, 2013, 09:44:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 27, 2013, 08:36:55 PM

speaking of work, did you ever hook up with that chick?

Different job icon_biggrin
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Job Promotion: What Would You Do? on: November 27, 2013, 09:44:36 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 27, 2013, 08:35:54 PM

Does the base pay factor in the extra 4 hours per week?

@20/hr that works out to 4K in just working more.

It is strictly salaried. Basically, I would be working on extra 4 hours per week, and 52 extra 10 hour days per year, so:

52 (weeks) x4 (hours)=208 hrs.  52 days (1 extra day per week) x 10 hour shift= 520 hours, so 728 extra hours per year. (If you are an 8 hour workday person, that is equal to 91 extra days per year). If you look at it strictly on pay-per-hour, and factor in gas and drive time, I would be making less than I am now

In terms of moving up in the organization, I would have to say no. I LOVE the company, but a 15% increase per each higher tier would have compounding effects with each step up. For example, if I take this position I am making about $8,000-$10,000 less than a potential candidate off the street who can negotiate their salary. (Our salaries are based upon pay grades, and each grade has a fairly large range. Internal candidates are given the lower portion of the pay grade.)

If I moved to the next higher job title, and increased another 15%, I would be making $16,000-$22,000 less than an external candidate. Basically, I would need to take this title to leverage it at other companies where I could aggressively negotiate my salary.  But thus title would definitely prepare me for elsewhere. We have a very strong program for professional growth.

There is ONE other curve ball. I would be obviously taking the unwanted shift, as I would be the newest manager. However, management can move me to that shift anyway after one year on my current shift as a supervisor. Our policy allows for management to move supervisors to any shift, and any department, after 1 year of service. So in 6 more months there is a possibility I would wind up there anyway, although I think the chances are rather slim.

189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Job Promotion: What Would You Do? on: November 27, 2013, 07:47:00 PM
My company is offering me a job promotion, and I'm uncertain if I should take it. I'm curious what all of you would do;


+Better title on my resume (Supervisor to Manager)
+Increased prestige at the company
+$8,500 base pay increase
+$2,500-$3,500 annual bonus increase depending upon department performance
+$7,000 a year in restricted stock (which vests in 3 years. I'm assuming that you lose everything if you leave before the vesting period, but I have not checked yet)


-Move from 1st shift to overnight shift for a minimum of 1 year
-Move from a three day per week schedule (Sunday thru Tuesday mornings, 12 hours each, 36 hour work week) , to a 4 day week per schedule (Monday thru Thursday evenings, 10 hours each, 40 hour work week)

This would be my first time having "manager" on my resume, so I'm assuming that would make applying for other manager jobs elsewhere easier. I'm just slightly disappointed because internal candidates tend to get lowballed, but that seems to be par-for-the-course at most Fortune 100 companies. External candidates have an open field for negotiation, whereas internal candidates seem to be locked in at a 15% pay increase for each new elevation.

190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "No Next-Gen Console" Support Group on: November 25, 2013, 05:31:04 AM
This is the first new generation that I am taking a brief pass on.  I've decided to try out that "fiscally responsible" thing my parents tried to teach me back when I was a kid. I own Playstation Visa card and an Amazon Visa card, so I'm going to do my best to hold out and collect enough points to get free consoles.

I'm charging EVERYTHING to these cards: Mortgage, car payment, groceries, gas, etc. With the triple and double point bonuses, you can rack up savings fairly quickly, and I make sure to pay off the principle before the end of the month.

Two of my friends already had their PS4's break. I'm confident both companies will be hard at work hammering out the hardware and software bugs over the next few months, so I'm also using that rationalization.

but I'm a hardcore gamer, so the wait is agonizing.  mad
191  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS, Android] Dungeon Keeper on: November 20, 2013, 09:26:43 PM
Strange. I'm seeing a few reviews for this, but it does not seem to be available in the USA for iOS. But apparently the Canadians have had the game for the last 30 days.  mad
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Ps3] Splinter Cell: Blacklist on: November 18, 2013, 06:25:40 AM
Just finished this one. Fantastic game, and probably tied as my favorite in the series. I certainly hope it sold well.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 18, 2013, 06:15:59 AM
Looking back at the last generation, my console of choice was the Xbox 360. I vastly preferred the PS3 exclusives (Killzone, Infamous, Valkyria Chronicles, Uncharted, etc) but I've always preferred the Microsoft controller, so their console became my platform of choice for all third party software.

Would some of you mind giving feedback on the new PS4 controller? Some forums are calling it a significant improvement, while others are more subdued in their assessment.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 16, 2013, 05:43:50 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 16, 2013, 03:17:26 PM

So got mine yesterday from Amazon, and plugged it up last night.  Everything is pretty and awesome, and then I update to 1.50.....

now it won't give me video or audio unless I go into Safe Boot and reboot it again from there.  It's not a hardware issue that I can tell, because it works once it goes to Safe Boot.   I haven't re-initialized the system yet, but I may.  I'm thinking this 1.50 firmware update has issues.

A friend of mine left me a text with a very similar problem. system worked fine, updated to 1.50, and now his system is apparently dead. He can't even get into safe mode. He waited outside all night before the release, so I feel really bad for him. He was a big Xbox fan, and never owned the PS3. Not a very good first impression for him.
195  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How Much Bandwidth Do You Consume? on: November 16, 2013, 07:14:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 16, 2013, 05:22:18 AM

I don't trust Time Warner's usage tracker.  for example:

July 246GB
August 203GB
September 5GB
October 0GB
November 2GB


I wish Comcast tracked that poorly....

Ha! What were you doing in October? Cross-country beer run? Finishing off a jail sentence?
196  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How Much Bandwidth Do You Consume? on: November 16, 2013, 05:20:59 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 16, 2013, 05:14:11 AM

Unfortunately it doesn't look like Charter actually has a way to see how much bandwidth I use per month.  

But I definitely use my internet all the time for streaming Netflix, Hulu, Giant Bomb videos, YouTube, downloading games, and so on.  Thankfully I haven't been contacted about excessive usage since going on Charter 1.5 years ago.

Comcast implemented a 250GB cap, but then promptly suspended it due to bad press. (Which is strange because apparently only about 1% of their customers exceed that goal.)  With Netflix's improved HD streaming, if you have your settings at "high" you are basically eating up 3 to 3.4GB per hour of video. I've lowered mine to medium (.7GB per hour) for TV shows. Movies get bumped to the highest setting.

With Comcast, you can log on at any time to their website and view your usage.
197  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:

Any chance this is just software related, or does there indeed seem to be a large number of defective units in the first batch?
198  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?
199  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.
200  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.
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