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161  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).
162  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!

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

CastleStorm Definitive Edition
Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack
Defense Grid 2

Arcana Heart 3 Love Max
Frozen Synapse Prime

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

Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack
Defense Grid 2

Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack
Hyrule Warriors


Defense Grid 2

What are you buying this week?
163  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.
164  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.
165  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.
166  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.

167  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.
168  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.

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.
169  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):

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.
170  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!

171  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.
172  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
173  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.
174  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:

You know, I thought that being completely online would've prevented things like this.
175  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.
176  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.
177  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.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 02:18:14 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 09, 2014, 10:48:59 PM

The idea that it not require a phone is ludicrous.
It may be ludicrous with today's technology, but in my opinion it's the only way these things will ever be worth a damn. I'm not spending $350 to carry around a piece of equipment that offers the same functionality as my phone as long as I'm also carrying around my phone.

You've said everything I want to say. I haven't even thought of having a watch since I got my first cell phone quite a long time ago. There's just no point. And as such there's no point to this too.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/08) on: September 08, 2014, 04:11:41 AM

Quote from: Caine on September 08, 2014, 03:01:57 AM

But we also have this year's rendition of the best sport on ice.

You mean the game that's missing a TON of pretty major features because it's another obvious money grab?

Didn't they skip 2014 just to make sure 2015 was proper on the PS4/XB1?
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (09/01) on: September 01, 2014, 04:28:54 AM
September: Another month, and another month closer to Winter. I'm tired of the Arizona summers.


Velocity 2X
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Don't Starve: Giant Edition
Joe Danger
Velocity 2X


Dance Central Spotlight
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate



Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition
Guilty Gear XX #Reload
Stronghold Crusader 2
The Sims 4
And some Indie titles like Runers, Train Fever, and McDROID.

What are you buying this week?
181  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: September 01, 2014, 03:21:25 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 30, 2014, 09:55:33 PM

Xenoblade Chronicles is likely to be an anomaly instead of the norm since developers will not want to limit their install base.  In that way, it will be an upgrade that is nice to have instead of something that is mandatory.

Except now developers not only have more system power to use, but a second analog stick built in, AND an extra pair of L and R buttons.

So either all the functions will get used, and alienate the old users, or none of the functions will get used, because the install base won't have the consoles.

This is EXACTLY like Kinect on the XB1 and 360. Not everybody will have one, so NOBODY will make a game that requires it.
182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: August 31, 2014, 03:02:55 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 31, 2014, 09:17:58 AM

I would be excited for this if I didn't just have plenty else to play. 

I know. I sorta feel the same way.
183  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: August 30, 2014, 08:24:07 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 29, 2014, 09:59:37 PM

I swear, Nintendo has the worst marketing department on the planet. This is even worse than the name "Wii U". I'm sure there won't be any confusion at all when games that can't be played on the 3DS and 2DS but can be played on the "New 3DS" come out.

I agree. As one of my mottoes goes:

"The average person is a complete idiot."

This is going to bomb and going to bomb hard. Either consumers will never understand what the difference between the 3DS and the New 3DS are (especially on game purchases), or the people themselves will rebel over this 'new and improved' version and drop Nintendo.

They are not Apple. They can't pull a 'new and improved' device every year like they do.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/25) on: August 25, 2014, 05:15:40 AM
I see a few others this week too:

Walking Dead: Season 2 - No Going Back (for some reason this isn't due to come out the same day as every single other version)

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (08/18) on: August 18, 2014, 04:13:04 AM
In this corner, we have Diablo 3! In the other corner, we have everything else! Now fight!

Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition
Kung Fu Rabbit
Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Tales of Xillia 2
The Last Tinker: City of Colors

Arcade Archives Rygar
Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition
Hotline Miami
Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
The Last Tinker: City of Colors

Gravity Badgers
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition
The Golf Club

Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition

Life Force (eShop)


The Golf Club
A whole bunch of Steam Indie titles like Shadowgate, Amazing Princess Sarah, and Chess 2: The Sequel

What are you buying this week?
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 12, 2014, 06:19:50 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 12, 2014, 03:30:34 PM

Looking at one of Tomb Raider's developer's twitter it seems they may have got blindsided by this yesterday, and he doesn't seem too thrilled about it either.

Doesn't surprise me in the slightest that even the developers got blindsided by this. Because they know IT'S FUCKING RETARDED.

So, let me get this straight: The TR reboot didn't make its (entirely unrealistic) sales goals when it launched, and now it's going exclusive (timed or not, who the hell knows) on the console that's selling THE LEAST?

BTW, the PS4 hit 10 million units BOUGHT BY PEOPLE today (or was announced today anyhow). What is the XB1 at? Who knows, because they still use the outdated (because it looks better) 'sold to retailers'. But I do know it's nowhere near where the PS4 is at.
187  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: SMS issues on: August 11, 2014, 02:55:35 PM
1) I can't believe they upgraded to a new iPhone right now. As you mentioned. The 6 is due next month!
2) The iPhone at least should happily be able to text if it's on wifi even if it has no signal. Or so I'd think.
3) If Sprint calls their house a dead zone, they should offer you one of their 'hook this into your router so you'll get telephone service' things absolutely free. Get that. That said...yeah, Sprint isn't telling the truth there. If you have 3-4 bars, you're not in a dead zone. Everything should work just fine without any problems.

So in the end, I'm sorta at a loss just like you are.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 09, 2014, 08:34:14 PM
I don't see that - I just see TiLT very well explaining exactly what is going on and why there's no hope whatsoever for anything good out of what we're discussing.

And to be frank, he did a heck of a job doing so, too.

So yeah, back to 'this is nothing good at all for us old-timers who actually remember Sierra when they were big'.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 09, 2014, 04:31:50 AM
I thought that Telltale completely dropped/returned the King's Quest license because their Walking Dead series did SO dang well.

Also, personally, I expect the 'just using the company name to try to do something nostalgic based which will be crap' thing, especially out of a company like Actizard. It's not like they can rerelease the games (because they've all been on GoG for like ever now - in fact, go buy and play them now!).

I guess we'll see at GamesCon?
190  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: August 09, 2014, 04:25:30 AM

Quote from: ericb on August 09, 2014, 01:14:46 AM

Much better than I ever expected, definitely not for everyone, hardcore raiders who hate PvP should avoid.

I'm not a hardcore raider but I hate PvP. Thoughts?
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 05, 2014, 04:12:54 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 05, 2014, 02:02:35 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 04, 2014, 07:52:53 PM

Probably Sacred 3 for PC.
Have you looked into this?  It's not the same game that Sacred 1 and 2 were, more like a Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
And from reports, it's nowhere near as good as BG:DA was even.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 04, 2014, 01:52:58 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 04, 2014, 05:33:43 AM

Nothing, finding my old games to me much for fun. Just installed Skyrim again.

Yeah, surprisingly enough I reinstalled Skyrim as well and have been having a ton of fun once again. biggrin
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: August 01, 2014, 02:41:00 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 01, 2014, 06:44:11 AM

And I ask again, how is network coverage, is that 4G?
Yes it's 4G/LTE/whatever it's called supported, and there's plenty of places in the Phoenix area that have it. Strangely enough not at my house despite where it is, but I have wifi so that really doesn't matter.

Have I done any traveling with it? Nope. But since it piggybacks on AT&T as far as the network goes, I doubt I'll have any problems if I decide to do so.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: August 01, 2014, 05:56:20 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2014, 04:38:00 PM

yeah, I've never understood the drive to buy a phone full price either unless you travel out of the country a lot.  Otherwise, you pay the same monthly rate I do as a subscriber but paid more for your phone.  I know it's due to the companies not wanting to cut profits though. 

I bought my iPhone 5 outright because on T-Mobile, I have 100 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data, and free wi-fi calling for $30 (plus like 3 bucks in tax) a month.

So over the usual 2 year agreements...yeah, I save a crapload of money.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter on: August 01, 2014, 05:18:00 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 30, 2014, 05:33:13 PM

Coming to the XB1 in China this fall with a worldwide release in 2015.

Seems weird to release in China first

Shouldn't this be in the MMO forum? Tongue

Also, I don't think that the XB1 (and PS4 eventually, no doubt) crowd would accept things like $100 DLC. No, I didn't type in one too many zeros.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PSN/XBLA]Sacred Citadel ..also Sacred 3 about to be announced? on: August 01, 2014, 05:07:20 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 31, 2014, 03:04:10 PM

Looking further into what they changed, I am disappointed that this is what they came up with.  This is not Sacred and should not have been billed as a sequel in any form. 

The only reason it would get any sales (because I expect this to get trashed in reviews) was because of the name, if I had to make a guess.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:04:57 AM
The movie was AWESOME!

Honestly, I was worried that lightning wouldn't strike twice with Marvel (the first was when they turned Thor into a pretty fantastic film series), but they knocked it out of the ballpark with Guardians.

Also, MAKE SURE you stay for the after-credit sequence. It is so amazing that I could flat out tell you what it is and nobody here (who hasn't seen the movie yet) would believe me. biggrin

And I got a great tiny poster as I was seeing it opening night (or first performance period, I dunno) over at my local IMAX.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: July 29, 2014, 08:36:53 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 28, 2014, 06:12:04 PM

One thing though, aren't At&T and Verizon on two different network types? So you still couldn't switch easily, at least between those two.
You can't switch at all with that.

Verizon/Sprint is mostly US (with some Mexico and Canada access) based. And then there's AT&T/T-Mobile (worldwide availability). The frequencies used are not compatible with each other at all.

So technically you could go from Verizon to Sprint and back. Or you could go from AT&T to T-Mobile and back. But that's it.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 28, 2014, 01:29:32 PM
This late WAYBTW I blame upon Skyrim. Because I was playing it again. Maybe I'll actually finish it this time around (doubt it).

Rogue Legacy
WRC 4 FIA World Rally Championship

Pure Pool
Rogue Legacy
The Last Of Us Remastered

LEGO Ninjago Nidroids
Ratchet & Clank Collection
Rogue Legacy
Treasures of Montezuma: Arena
WRC 4 FIA World Rally Championship



Ice Cream Surfer (WiiUeShop)
IQ Test (WiiUeShop)
XType Plus (WiiUeShop)

LEGO Ninjago Nidroids
Steel Empire (3DSeShop)

Sacred 3

What are you buying this week?
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 27, 2014, 02:20:20 PM
One thing to keep in mind is to use Hibernate (Start - Shutdown - Hibernate) instead of Sleep. Hibernate (in theory, as I've had it wake up on its own during transport somehow), shuts the computer completely off to boot back up quickly later. Like 5 seconds quickly. The joys of SSD drives - it's so fast.

Did not know about the screenshot thing - that could be useful. Thanks!
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