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161  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.
162  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.
163  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.
164  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.
165  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.
166  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?
167  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?
168  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.
169  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.
170  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.
171  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
172  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?
173  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.
174  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.
175  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'.
176  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?
177  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?
178  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.
179  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
180  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.
181  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.
182  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.
183  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.
184  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.
185  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.
186  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?
187  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!
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: July 22, 2014, 11:24:53 PM
Well, the thing is - do you want a person without Bartering to be doing all your buying and selling? Because of that, the 'money is not pooled' makes some sense.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (07/21) on: July 21, 2014, 04:20:49 AM
So, as there's not much coming out this week, I'll instead link you this:

Anyone remember the classic gaming covers of their youth? This one guy apparently had a very big hand in a lot of them. Go read his book about them for absolutely free:

Now onto the games.

The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 4: Amid the Ruins (PSN)

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (PSN)


The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 4: Amid the Ruins (XBL)


Wii Sports Club
Master Reboot (WiiUShop)
Wooden Sen'SeY (WiiUShop)

Siesta Fiesta (3DS Shop)

The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 4: Amid the Ruins

What are you buying this week?
190  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ArchAge on: July 19, 2014, 08:23:34 PM
So what is it like, Harkonis? What makes it so special in an otherwise busy MMO market? And how much of the game is PvP based (and is it optional)?
191  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What virus/malware software do you use? on: July 14, 2014, 05:18:31 AM
Yet another happy user of MSE. But as mentioned before, I watch over what I do on my own PC(s) and don't let anyone else mess around with them.
192  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Aaaaand we're back on: July 12, 2014, 05:50:18 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 12, 2014, 05:16:46 PM

what happen?

Someone set us up the bomb, of course. slywink
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The weekend playlist - 7/11 on: July 12, 2014, 05:34:51 PM
Divinity: Original Sin, along with work.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 09, 2014, 02:06:52 AM
I need to look around at firmware updates (or if I even want to go that route) - I've just done the usual Windows patches and haven't had any issues.

Personally, the only touchpad issues I've had is where it (and the rest of the keyboard) seem to go into a 'sleep mode' of sorts. Keys work instantly if the backlighting of the keyboard isn't on, but the trackpad takes a second or two to 'wake up'. Then again I don't use it much (the trackpad) as I always have my mouse hooked up and running. *shrugs*

And I've had wifi issues where it's just 'not as fast' as it is when it's plugged into the mains. But then again I've had this issue with -every- laptop I've owned in like the last 10 years. I think it's part of just How Windows Works. Although if there's a way to override it, I'd love to hear it.

EDIT: Looking at the PA posts, I agree that yes, there is a 'hover lag' that Gabe talks about, but it doesn't seem to affect anything that I've used my Surface 3 for.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 07, 2014, 04:20:01 PM
May I recommend you get the Arc Touch Surface Edition mouse? It's a decent enough mouse on its own (and folds flat for easily stuffing into a small bag for travel), but it's also Bluetooth based, which means you don't have to clog up your one USB port for a cable or adapter or anything else.

Also, I got mine at Best Buy (didn't want to drive ages to the only Microsoft store in the state). Despite it being Best Buy, the crew there were quite nice and helpful and didn't push anything on me short of their warranty (which I turned down). And then I went back the next day to grab said mouse and a case to take my Surface and everything else to and fro.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (07/07) on: July 07, 2014, 03:13:14 AM
Ah, the joys of the summer holidays...when despite the kids being out of school, nothing too major gets released.

Another World 20th Anniversary Edition
One Piece Unlimited World Red
Saints Row IV: National Treasure Edition
The Wolf Among Us Episode 5: Cry Wolf
Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death (PSN)

Another World 20th Anniversary Edition

Another World 20th Anniversary Edition

Saints Row IV: National Treasure Edition
The Wolf Among Us Episode 5: Cry Wolf


One Piece Unlimited World Red

One Piece Unlimited World Red

Saints Row IV: National Treasure Edition
The Wolf Among Us Episode 5: Cry Wolf

What are you buying this week?
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 06, 2014, 10:09:32 PM
OneNote is really cool. You can even access it with the device off...somehow. I don't understand what trickery they're using. Just tap the back of the pen (which works quite nice) and OneNote boots up no matter what the device is doing. And it looks like real handwriting, too, instead of just random lines. It follows and displays your marks very accurately. Also, OneNote is a Metro app ONLY, so for me at least, it'll drop back into it until I hit the Windows button to go back to Desktop mode.

And the stylus is surprisingly well made, too. It does what people says it does, although I put a screen protector on my Surface the instant I bought it, so I have no idea how it feels without. And I've seen no input lag of any sort, no matter what I'm doing to the system, and I was stressing it pretty heavily with a full screen stream via Twitch for hours on end when I first bought it.

I run my Surface entirely in Desktop mode. I absolutely despise the giant icon interface of mess (Metro) so I never ever see it. But the size of everything seems fine (but it's at 1 'slider mark' past Smaller - by default it's 2 marks up), although at my level, some people will find it tiny. User's choice. And short of gaming (again, haven't done much), my desktop apps (browser, Steam, Pidgin chat client, etc) all work happily.

It's easy to get into the settings for screen size - Right Click the desktop, hit Screen Resolution, then Make text and other items larger and smaller. Adjust the slider from there, hit okay.

$300 for 4GB of RAM just such a crazy price. Yes, I realize that more is better, but in this case, it's not worth that kind of money for the upgrade in my eyes. That said, the included 4GB should be enough for light games like Civ 5. I've personally only run Pinball Arcade on it, and have done so with no problem. Maybe I'll go install Shadowrun Returns just because it has a touch interface too and try that out for fun.

Finally, I think the Surface RTs (the non-real-Windows Surfaces) came with free Office...because you weren't getting a full OS with your purchase. The Surface 3 does not have the RT option - it is only available as a full WinOS 8.1 machine.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 06, 2014, 08:31:13 PM
1) No version gives you Office for free. Come on now - that's Microsoft's cash cow. They even 'rent' it to you for a yearly free nowadays (although my local Best Buy still had the 'buyable' version which works forever). biggrin

2) IMHO, get the $999 one (and then spend $150 for a keyboard). It has a SD-XC slot supporting up to 128GB of storage...which will cost you a SHIT TON less than Microsoft's absolutely ripoff prices for getting a bigger SSD drive. Seriously, $300 to go from 128GB to 256GB, along with 4GB of RAM to 8GB? An insult.

3) That said, I'm typing this post on my $999 model with keyboard...and I really love it. It's just the right size for a secondary laptop/tablet, it has a fantastic absurdly high resolution screen on it (so expect to use the 'zoom' function that Windows has, which has issues with a few things unfortunately), and it has a great battery life. It's even capable of gaming to a limited extent (just don't expect miracles). Although I have not tried out Steam's streaming function from my true gaming rig to see how that performs.

4) As a small laptop, and even as a tablet for reading lots of PDFs and such in a vertical orientation, I have few complaints. My big ones is that the Virtual Keyboard sucks if you're at all used to say, a cell phone keyboard or something like an iPad or such. It offers NOTHING but a basic generic keyboard. No auto correct, no auto capitalization, no auto anything. And the layout stinks.

That said, I've found out how to bring up the 'real' keyboard that has been with Windows since like forever (under the Ease of Use Access Center in Windows 8, not sure on older versions), and that keyboard is far more useful if you're say, typing with the pen or something as it's an exact duplicate of any keyboard you've seen since keyboards were widely used. And it's infinitely resizeable and minimizeable and such. In my experience however, the auto-suggest words did not work with programs I tried it on (that said, very few programs), so I dunno if that is a Windows problem or not. I'd have to test it more.

5) I've had little experience using it as a laptop on my lap, but it seems that the new magnet introduced with the new keyboard, along with the very large range of angles the stand can be put to, make it seem like it would work quite well.

6) My cat constantly walks all over this keyboard whenever she wants attention. She avoided my actual laptop I had before this. I'm not sure why.

So far, this has been a good (and expensive) purchase. I'm glad I bought it though. Any further questions? Ask away.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: July 06, 2014, 02:43:56 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 04, 2014, 11:52:04 PM

It’s good, very good in fact.  Do you like games like Fallout 1&2 or Baldur’s Gate?  If so you will probably like Divinity: Original Sin.  Even better if you play it in co-op.

That's a great way to put it - it plays just like the old classic games above and is absolutely amazing because of it.

If you enjoyed any of the titles listed and have fond memories of them, buy D:OS NOW. Better yet, buy TWO copies, and then you can play with a friend in co-op!
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 05:15:34 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 30, 2014, 04:51:11 AM

Divinity: Original Sin backer here. Going to dive into that today, I think.

I'd wait until tomorrow - the full game launches on Monday. Tongue

Also, D:OS for me too. Whoo!
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