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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 13, 2014, 03:58:48 AM
I personally think that Duck Dynasty should be on that horror game list of yours up top too. I mean, seriously, I can't imagine that being anything even remotely good. icon_twisted

Also, Legend of Grimrock II (along with the latest (free) expansion to Star Trek Online) are my choices for this week.
2  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Terra Battle, from the creators of Final Fantasy on: October 11, 2014, 05:59:29 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 11, 2014, 08:52:43 AM

I still can't understand why more developers don't give the option to choose between IAP, or a full priced premium download. The number of games I've skipped because of these stupid timers is in the dozens.

Because they're stupid, that's why.

Also, they like money - games that stop you via 'energy' tend to make a TON more than normal premium downloads.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 08, 2014, 06:14:17 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 08, 2014, 05:11:10 PM

While I love the 6, the whole thin-ness thing is really reaching the point where you're almost trying to grab a razor's edge if you don't add some sort of case on it. It's also such a slick surface that it'll slide out of your pocket at the slightest change in body angle. As I found out.  icon_redface

That's one reason why I got an Apple case on my 5 - the thing was too small and too slick. I was afraid of dropping it too.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 08, 2014, 06:11:11 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 07, 2014, 04:07:17 PM

A comment from someone on the Ubi team has made me worried about these consoles, he basically said that AI is processed by the CPU and that the PS4/Xbox are not powerful enough to handle the game above 30FPS (steadily) because of it. Granted, AC games tend to have more AI characters on screen at once than most games, but it's still disheartening. I'm hoping the limitation is overcome as time goes on or at least only applies to open-world games of this magnitude.

Keep in mind that (apparently) both consoles are 1.6GHz quad-core AMD machines of some generation. I'm not at all surprised we're running into problems especially considering that PCs are available 2GHz faster (and I'm guessing a generation or two ahead in efficiency, too).

In short, there's no way we're reaching the 'mythical' 1080p at 60fps this console generation either.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 07, 2014, 02:04:07 AM
Thanks, XB1 owners - Assassin's Creed Unity is being nerfed down to your level because of bags of money (and/or corporate stupidity):
http://kotaku.com/ac-unity-will-have-same-specs-on-xbox-one-and-ps4-to-av-1643054770

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It started with a quote from Ubisoft Montreal producer Vincent Pontbriand, speaking to the website Video Gamer about their decision to keep Unity maintaining 900p resolution and 30 frames per second on both the Xbox One and PS4.

"We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff," Pontbriand reportedly said, no doubt referring to a string of extended conversations that have sprung up in the past year over the technical differences between Sony and Microsoft's current-gen consoles.

No doubt this also means that like Watch Dogs, the PC version will be shit and/or heavily modified. Hopefully a few ini tweaks (and other things) can restore the game to looking like it should on the PC version.

(I'm joking about blaming XB1 owners - but I still think it's a terrible idea.)
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 06, 2014, 06:20:37 AM
Enjoy Smash Bros? Wish it had some different music in it? Well, I can't do anything about the actual included soundtrack, but instead, go visit here and rock the night away from some fantastic player made stuff.

PS3:
Alien: Isolation
Jet Car Stunts
NBA 2K15

PS4:
Alien: Isolation
Divekick
Driveclub
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Minecraft PS4 Edition
NBA 2K15
Pix the Cat
Spelunky
Styx: Master of Shadows

PSV:
Jet Car Stunts
Pix the Cat

360:
Alien: Isolation
NBA 2K15

XB1:
Alien: Isolation
Divekick
NBA 2K15
Project Spark
Styx: Master of Shadows

WiiU:

3DS:
Alien: Isolation
Tenkai Knights Brave Battle

PC:
Costume Quest 2
Final Fantasy XIII
NBA 2K15
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Styx: Master of Shadows

What are you buying this week?
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 05, 2014, 03:10:24 PM
PC > 3DS >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> PS4.

My PS4, which I bought at launch, is just gathering dust. The only thing I turn it on for is playing the console exclusives - everything else is absolutely totally better on the PC (which what the PS4/XB1 is to begin with, except extremely behind in tech)...what games I actually play to begin with.

Like JCC, I'll buy a WiiU one of these years (maybe), just for their exclusives...but we'll see.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 03, 2014, 04:25:29 PM

Quote from: EddieA on October 03, 2014, 08:28:55 AM

This was my favorite of those Colin Mochrie puns

The best part is when Ryan would actually lose his otherwise absolutely solid composure and break out laughing (like in the last pic in the sequence). It took a LOT to get him to laugh on camera, but when he did it was glorious. biggrin
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: October 03, 2014, 04:20:36 PM
Still totally waiting until after release to even think about getting this to see if it holds up past all the reviews.
10  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Smash Bros. 3DS on: October 03, 2014, 04:20:08 PM
Smash is absolutely totally awesome. That is all. biggrin
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 03, 2014, 04:18:20 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 02, 2014, 03:49:22 PM

I despise 8, this can't come soon enough (I thought I just needed to get used to it, that wasn't the case). Anyone jumping on the beta?

There is nothing wrong with 8 (once you either update to 8.1 so you don't boot into Metro anymore or you install a replacement Start Menu bar (Classic Start Menu is awesome)). That's all 8 did over 7 - change the UI. And it's something I fixed Day 1 upon installing.

Quote from: Purge on October 03, 2014, 01:50:00 AM

Running tech preview. Enjoying it sofar. Since I've got a Surface Pro 3, looking forward to the Continuum feature.

I'd love to hear more (as I also have a Surface 3). What makes it different and/or better?
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 02:12:48 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 01, 2014, 05:34:54 PM

*sigh* Another game that reinforces just how stupid separate release dates are in this day and age. I can't even preload this game yet, and it's not being released until Friday.

But it takes a long time for those digital bits to go through the intertubes to other countries!

...yes, it's a piece of shit and needs to abolished.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 02, 2014, 06:09:09 AM
So, they may be skipping Windows 9 because of...lazy coders?:

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When Windows 10 got announced, there was one immediately glaring question: Why Windows 10? Maybe for the extra distance from 8, but a Redditor who claims to be a Microsoft dev has a better—and funnier—answer. The name "Windows 9" could break a whole bunch of lazy code.
Code:
Microsoft dev here, the internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form

if(version.StartsWith("Windows 9"))
{ /* 95 and 98 */
} else {

and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.

If this is true or not I have no idea. But to be frank...I wouldn't be surprised at all. Also explanation of what the code above means and why it's bad is in the link.

EDIT: This link is provided at one point:
https://searchcode.com/?q=if%28version%2Cstartswith%28%22windows+9%22%29

You know what? I do think this is entirely true.
14  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Can't login to my account on firefox on: October 01, 2014, 06:36:23 AM
I use Firefox... *looks* ...version 32.0.3, and I have no problems logging into the site or anything else. Using it right now to post, too.

Hopefully somebody can have some actual help though, as I'm not sure short of the usual things.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 01, 2014, 06:31:48 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 03:42:44 AM

I had heard they were releasing 9 and it was a free upgrade if you have 8. Or is that 10 now?

Yes, people will get Windows 9 for free...

...when it comes out. NEVER! Tongue
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 29, 2014, 08:05:02 PM

Quote from: Exodor on September 29, 2014, 05:25:43 PM

The 5S is about as big as I want my phone to get.  I'll probably wring another couple of years out of it before I look for a replacement.  Hopefully by then Apple will again offer a phone for those who don't want to carry around a huge device.

Yeah... I really don't want a bigger phone either. I love how small my 5 is (with the Apple case on it - which I put on partly because I felt like I was going to drop the phone) and I want another phone that small.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/29) on: September 29, 2014, 05:31:43 AM
I've heard good things about Pier Solar (the non-HD one) - actual Genesis cart and everything when it first came out (and obviously, yes, it played on a real Sega Genesis). Curious how the HD remake changed things around.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 28, 2014, 02:23:15 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 27, 2014, 11:16:55 PM

Honestly the conditions you'd need to put it in in order to break it sound pretty fucking uncomfortable in the first place. That's what's dissuading me - the likelihood it will not feel good in my pants. The bending is a far secondary concern.

Yeah, that's my issue too. I just need to visit an Apple store and see how both feel/fit into the clothing I usually wear.

Also, once you put any sort of case onto the phone (even the minimal Apple ones for example) it'll strengthen the case itself dramatically.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 28, 2014, 02:19:23 AM

Quote from: TiLT on September 27, 2014, 08:50:04 PM

Jamming is an entertaining stat, as proven by Space Hulk. It keeps you on your toes and makes you keep your options open, rarely being able to expect things to run smoothly. And no, you don't multiply by 10. The percentage is accurate in my experience. 

And I've run into segments that I call, "The RNG is trying to kill me." Gun has 1% jam chance. It jams. Next turn I hit reload to fix it. I go to shoot the next turn and it jams again.

That said, spread out over what I've played so far, the jam chance seems to be accurate. It just means that every single gun needs a Sturdy Mag installed into it.
20  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So...those 900 series graphics cards on: September 27, 2014, 07:11:37 PM
Yeah, I agree - give it a year or two and games will (finally) start pushing graphic cards again because yes, all the developers are aiming towards what this 'next generation' of consoles can do...which is already behind the curve of us PC gamers.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 27, 2014, 07:07:58 PM
Yeah, the forums are saying that they (somehow) upped enemy's movement capabilities in the patch instead of lessening it.

Tactics? Who needs it. CHARGE!
22  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Can't reach the forums from the front page on Safari (iPhone) on: September 27, 2014, 07:00:06 PM
As mentioned in the topic - I just realized that the entire upper bar (the controller, search button, and all the buttons to go to reviews, features, forums, etc etc) doesn't appear under the Safari browser that's on the iPhone (5, if you need it, current version of the OS).

I see the header (of your current review), then the top ad, and then everything else below it. That 'bar' doesn't appear at all.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 27, 2014, 06:49:26 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 27, 2014, 02:37:59 PM

"Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed"

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/09/consumer-reports-tests-iphone-6-bendgate/index.htm

I'm shocked!
Because they, like Apple, tested it at the very MIDDLE of the phone...and not the massive weak point at the volume button.

http://imgur.com/a/FBegH/noscript

Take a look/read - quite informative IMHO as to why the phone breaks down as it does.

Also, BTW, between the three latest iPhones, the force in pounds needed to bend the phones in the middle:

5 - 130
6 - 90
6+ - 70

Yeah I get the phone is bigger but ouch.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 24, 2014, 07:41:26 PM
Word of warning - the iPhone 6 (and especially the plus it seems) is entirely capable of being bent out of shape by the strength of just your hands (as well as sitting around in a pocket).

Yes, this is an issue with a lot of larger phones it seems (especially since we're in the 'make it tiny thin above all else!' times), but frankly it's something I'm surprised to hear about in an iProduct. Looks like it's well worth investing in a good case (as it'll help absorb any kind of bending stress like that).
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (09/22) on: September 22, 2014, 06:04:58 AM
*looks up from where he's currently busy playing Wasteland 2* Uh? Ack!

PS3:
Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star
Arcana Heart 3 Love Max
Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack
FIFA 15

PS4:
CastleStorm Definitive Edition
Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack
Defense Grid 2
FIFA 15
Flockers

PSV:
Arcana Heart 3 Love Max
FIFA 15
Frozen Synapse Prime

360:
Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack
FIFA 15
Slender: The Arrival

XB1:
Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack
Defense Grid 2
FIFA 15
Flockers

WiiU:
Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack
Hyrule Warriors

3DS:
FIFA 15

PC:
Defense Grid 2
Gauntlet

What are you buying this week?
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 19, 2014, 05:57:16 AM

Quote from: Lee on September 18, 2014, 04:10:59 AM

This is the article that convinced me not to try it. It uses AT&T for roaming, but they charge T-Mobile for it, so the user's data speed is throttled.

If there was a way to test out their network without buying I would be willing to try them, but no one I know has T-Mobile. I don't want to risk buying a full price phone even if I can switch to AT&T, because then I end up paying a lot more in the long run. Unfortunately it's easier to just keep giving Verizon money.

Very interesting. Well, only thing I can say is that I spent all my time in a very populated city, so I just don't have to worry about roaming and such (also, my brother has AT&T and I haven't seen any performance differences between the two). Although I'm not happy to learn that my wifi calling doesn't actually 'work' as I'm on a prepaid plan. Oh well. Still don't make any calls. LOL

Quote from: wonderpug on September 18, 2014, 04:31:39 AM

The area bracketed in red is how much of a forum I now see when I'm writing a post.  This is using the Chrome app and the new default Apple keyboard.  In that screenshot, I'm responding to a big quote tree and already have several lines of my own text entered.

This is one of the current annoyances I have with my iPhone 5. On the flip side, I now have SwiftKey installed on my phone, so I can enter text quite easily with the phone in the vertical orientation.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 18, 2014, 03:46:18 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 18, 2014, 12:49:02 AM

Upgrade time for me is in about 9 mos, so I'll be waiting until then.

I'd wait 12 months then and get the iPhone 6 Version 2. No point getting the current model with the Next New One so close.

Quote from: Lee on September 17, 2014, 03:53:32 PM

Actually ordered twice now. T-Mobile one will be here Friday, but after reading an article about how bad their network is, even worse than Sprint, I decided to get a Verizon phone again. Verizon is far from perfect, and expensive, but I know it works. Won't have the Verizon phone until October unfortunately.

T-Mobile piggybacks on AT&T's network and it's quite solid (subscriber here since April of '13). It's not Verizon, but nothing else is.
28  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: September 18, 2014, 03:38:35 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 08, 2014, 04:21:59 AM

How does the crafting work?  The website says you can craft houses, ships and castles.  How in-depth is this?

From my understanding, it's more about resource collection than anything else. Do you not own land (which is easy to do as each server has a land max, and, well, they're all taken within the first day of a server opening)? Well, you can plant trees and herbs and such anywhere you want...and then anybody can take it from you as well.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 17, 2014, 06:21:20 AM
I really should play Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director's Cut considering that I backed it too. Just gotta find the time for it.

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30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 16, 2014, 07:43:01 PM
I really should play Wasteland 2 considering that I backed it too. Just gotta find the time for it.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 07:40:51 PM
Some things in retrospective:

THE ENTIRETY OF MARVEL, which includes all the comics and movie licenses and toys and everything else was sold for $4 Billion.
THE ENTIRETY OF LUCASFILM, which is everything Star Wars (basically) was sold for $4 Billion.

Mojang, which exists as a single (hugely) popular game and one that isn't so (especially in comparison of the first), along with server rentals and a multitude of action figures? $2.5 Billion.

...the figures just don't add up at all. Especially since Microsoft says that they'll make their money back in a fiscal year (by June 2015). Wow. Just...wow.

I love Minecraft (and bought it for a very early beta price of like $12 years and years ago, and still play it today, although it's heavily modded up) just as much as the next person. But it's absolutely not worth that price.
32  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Smash Bros. 3DS on: September 14, 2014, 03:09:37 PM
So, two things so far:

1) The game is awesome. biggrin
2) The 3DS' controller doesn't seem to be capable of holding up to the stresses of a fighting game (SPOILERS of hidden characters in the screenshots):
http://kotaku.com/super-smash-bros-is-wrecking-some-peoples-3ds-handheld-1634549128

While I really, really want the game after playing the demo (you rock, EddieA!), I'm not sure if I want to risk my console.
33  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Smash Bros. 3DS on: September 13, 2014, 09:53:56 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 13, 2014, 09:42:29 AM

I have three demo download codes.  If anyone wants one, I'm prepared to accept your various gifts and offerings slywink

I have a mob of angry pitchforked people all demanding a code. Mind giving one over here before they raid your house or something?

 Torches and Happiness!

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34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elminage Gothic on: September 13, 2014, 03:21:15 PM
Wow, look at the size of the font in those pictures!

This is a PC we're using here. Wow. Talk about a port.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 13, 2014, 12:22:53 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 12, 2014, 03:42:59 PM

I'm grandfathered into AT&T's unlimited data plan at $30 a month.  Most of the other unlimited plans I've seen only guarantee 4G speeds to a certain bandwidth cap, then start throttling you.  Unless things don't get demonstrably worse for me than everyone else, I have no good incentive to move providers.

I'm shocked they still let you get new phones at that price. They must be seriously hating you. biggrin
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2014, 05:04:00 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 12, 2014, 01:58:06 AM

Quote from: Destructor on September 11, 2014, 02:09:59 PM

Get off the contracts! Contracts are the devil! Go to T-Mobile! Tongue
64 GB iPhone 6+:
AT&T - $399
T-Mobile - $849

So not signing a 2-year contract to get the device subsidized, when I've used all my previous devices for three years, will cost me an extra $450 dollars?  I think I'll pass.  Tongue

I pay $30 a month plus tax on T-Mobile for my iPhone 5 (web only plan of 100 minutes, 'unlimited' data, unlimited text, full LTE support). A similar plan would be $80, easily (and it was that -after- discounts on Sprint, the last plan I was on). So you save $50 a month.

Over the usual 2 year contract (24 months), you've saved $1200...assuming you don't break the phone (this plan does not allow insurance) or do something like upgrade in a year (although you'd still save money in the long run).

EDIT: Yes, I realize that I run my phone under a very 'specialized' plan, but it has saved me so much money already. And it'll keep doing so, too.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2014, 04:56:53 AM
Looks like there's some rather ugly exploits out in the wild already:

http://kotaku.com/players-have-already-started-to-mod-destiny-1633772088

You know, I thought that being completely online would've prevented things like this.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk iPhone on: September 11, 2014, 02:09:59 PM
Get off the contracts! Contracts are the devil! Go to T-Mobile! Tongue

In more helpful thoughts - Bullwinkle, I'd honestly completely wipe your contracts and start over. Something has obviously gotten very confused at one point and I'd just nuke it from orbit.

And yes, once you're in one company's ecosystem, you just don't want to leave it.
39  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Smash Bros. 3DS on: September 11, 2014, 02:05:42 PM
And with the Japanese version of the game right around the corner, people are discovering the secret characters left and right (because somehow people got the retail copies of the games in early).

If you want to be surprised, you have been warned.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 02:24:13 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 10, 2014, 01:57:49 AM

Who in the world uses a phone to talk on anyways? smile For my next phone I would seriously consider just grabbing the LTE version of whatever the next Nexus 7 turns out to be.

I laughed and then thought of my time on my iPhone 5 - I don't talk on it at all...which is a good thing as I only have a 100 minute a month plan. LOL

The iPhone 6 Huge (as I'm jokingly calling it) is just too damn big. It's designed to be stored in a purse instead of a pocket. I'd be too afraid of breaking it when I sat down or something common. The iPhone 6...I dunno. I love my 5 simply because I think it's the perfect size - something small and easy to pocket and carry, but just big enough to actually do things on. The 6 breaks that.

I'll have to see it in person first before I jump in.
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