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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist - 3/13/15 on: March 13, 2015, 08:41:23 PM
I'll be putting in some more hours in Cities: Skylines for sure.  And at least popping in to Marvel Heroes and Rocksmith 2014 like usual. 

One of these days I need to get back to Dying Light, but I think there are too many other things on my plate for that right now.  Plus, I had 20+ hours played and was only ~25% of the way through the game, I'm not sure I really want to spend the time to finish that much more crap.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: March 13, 2015, 08:39:18 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 13, 2015, 08:05:22 PM

I mean, come on, aside from Nathan Fillion, none of them have been doing that great.  So if he's involved in this, I'm pretty sure he could figure out a way to work around his stupid Castle schedule.  I love his "too soon" jokes in the promo video BTW.

I would say look at the IMDB pages for the other actors from Firefly and several of them have been very busy.  Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres...they've all had recurring roles in multiple TV series and been in several movies even just in the last few years. 

Either way, I find it surprising how people can hold a torch for 12 years for a show that was only on for one season.  And I imagine this Con Man show will be making fun of both sides of that equation.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 12, 2015, 11:30:33 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 12, 2015, 12:12:54 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 11, 2015, 07:09:58 PM

Has there been any recent news about a sequel?

The only news out there for the sequel is that Titanfall will no longer be an exclusive title.

Minor news of the sequel and discussion of the game from Zampella before the BAFTAs.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: March 12, 2015, 09:25:34 PM
I'd say that the Cities In Motion games would be a better example of the DLC to expect, since that's the same developers (and publisher).

I know there will be plenty of user made stuff rolling in constantly, but in general I tend to prefer a bigger DLC package of content that fits together with new features than piecemeal random mods.  I have no problem supporting developers that make a good game, though if it's just fancy cosmetic things I probably won't get it.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: March 12, 2015, 05:59:03 PM
Apparently this has sold really well, and was the top first-day sales for titles published by Paradox with over 250,000 copies.  Good for them!  Nice to see some success for a small development team doing quality work.

And hopefully this also means a long support and expansion tale on this game as well. 
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP: Terry Pratchett on: March 12, 2015, 03:58:38 PM
Noooooooooo.   crybaby 

He has been one of my favorite authors for the last 20-something years.  I know he's been struggling with Alzheimer's for a while now but I kept holding out hope that he always had another book (or two, or three) in him. 
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: March 12, 2015, 02:42:24 AM
Here ya go. 

A couple funny guys are crowd sourcing a comedy show and it looks like they're already nearly at a million dollars.   icon_eek
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: March 11, 2015, 09:52:19 PM
Yeah, I was just saying it didn't take policies or anything.

Anyway, I apparently suck at this sort of game and I'm constantly broke.  How do you earn any money?  I have to keep raising taxes and then my people keep getting mad.  And I've already taken 2 loans out to pay for emergency stuff.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: March 11, 2015, 09:15:49 PM
I've only played for an hour or so, but couldn't you just create a residential area without access to the higher education to create uneducated residents that will take those lower skill jobs?  At least with my first elementary school it seemed to have an effective range and any houses outside of that stayed ignorant.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2015, 07:06:49 PM
They have also given free access to all DLC for players on the PC and 360.  Clearly they're trying to get people back into the game, but I'm all for free stuff!
51  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 11, 2015, 06:11:05 PM
Distance is cool, but still has a ways go to for content.  If you're interested in Distance but don't want to take that $13 plunge, check out the precursor student project from the same guys: Nitronic Rush.  It's a free download and has many of the same concepts as Distance in an early (but fun) form.

I was a KS backer for Distance, though, so maybe I'm biased, heh.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 11, 2015, 04:49:31 PM
The bank I use for debit and one credit card (Chase) actually removed all the RFID pay chips from their cards last year because nobody used them and everybody saw it as a security risk. 

I have no idea if that was some old, less secure standard or what, but I personally never used it so I didn't mind. 
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: March 11, 2015, 02:38:21 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 11, 2015, 01:40:25 AM

Hmm, I wonder if they reviewed an earlier build. There was a bug just recently before release that was making cars not properly use all available lanes.

Yeah, I would assume they had been playing a pre-release review build.  Hopefully this is fixed, though I have seen it mentioned in multiple reviews.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Inside Out - Pixar's next movie on: March 10, 2015, 06:07:04 PM
This feels to me like Pixar making a Disney movie, which is a step down. 

Which is kind of sad because now it seems like Disney is maybe making the more interesting movies these days.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: March 10, 2015, 05:53:27 PM
Stupid forum effect...
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 10, 2015, 04:04:52 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 10, 2015, 02:58:30 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 10, 2015, 01:28:59 AM

You have rittchard

I can only dream. icon_wink

Huge backlash on the pricing. I have been reading the /Apple sub-Reddit, iMore, Macworld, and Engadget comments and the response is overwhelming negative (Reddit being a bit nicer than the rest). Engadget commenters have always been very anti-Apple so they aren't a big surprise, but iMore and Macworld commenters are usually very pro-Apple, obviously. On one hand I get it, $400 is a lot for something that is little more than a second screen for your phone. As a gadget, it's not cheap. As a watch, with a  nice band, it is not that expensive. My most expensive watch is $500, it's not made of any fancy precious metals, it doesn't have any fancy features, it sits on my wrist and tells time. Of course I think it look goods too. A $500 watch is low-end though, and it isn't about what it does, but how it looks. As a watch the Apple Watch is not that pricy. Plus the high end models isn't meant for me. The pricing is all relative.

Hard to say where this is going to go. A lot of people hate Apple and anything they do people will bitch about (as this thread has shown). But there was a lot of negativity about the iPhone and iPad as well, and we all know how that went. From a marketing perspective I can't wait to see how this turns out.

I am pre-ording, but I am a fanboy.

The difference between this $500 watch and your other $500 watch is that this one will be obsolete in a year. 

Not that I can really comment on watches, I haven't cared to carry one in ages and when I did I used a pocket watch to avoid troubles when typing.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: March 09, 2015, 11:01:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 09, 2015, 09:08:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 09, 2015, 08:24:10 PM

Well, it's official...
$15 / month. 

...ly stupid
Quote
When HBO launches HBO Now, its new standalone subscription service, Apple will be its exclusive partner. You'll be able to watch after you sign up using an iOS device or Apple TV.

Hey HBO, how about all of the people who are interested but do not own an Apple product?   finger  No, I do not need nor desire to buy an Apple TV, I already have an Amazon TV stick, a PC and 4 consoles that all have network streaming capability.  I also own 2 chromebooks and 3 Kindle devices.    You couldn't have had a less likely subscriber from me unless you had tied your service to Zune.



It's only a 3 month exclusive.

I hadn't read about how long the exclusivity will last, do you have a link for that? 

I still think it's kind of a stupid idea, since to me the whole idea of launching this service would be to transition as many people as possible from torrenting into being paying HBO customers.  If you start off a new service with new seasons of shows but 3 months of being exclusive to a device those people can't use, I'd imagine they'll just go back to old methods.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Tomorrowland on: March 09, 2015, 08:21:25 PM
I'm still a bit baffled by this movie, but it should be interesting at the least.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 09, 2015, 04:03:25 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 09, 2015, 02:54:19 PM

Iím interested in Cities: Skylines, Code Name: STEAM and Ori and the Blind Forest but no day one purchases at this point.

Same here.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rimworld [PC] on: March 07, 2015, 05:33:58 AM
Awesome, thanks for the update, Lee!  This game continues to tempt me despite the fact that I have many other games I still need to play.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 05, 2015, 09:57:23 PM
Really glad that they are committed to supporting old DLC that people already own. 

I'm not sure I'm actually ready to go back to a Rock Band game, though.  Partly because I'm trying to learn real guitar with Rocksmith and partly because I'm no longer really in the atmosphere where I get together at a friend's house to hang out and play party games regularly.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: March 04, 2015, 07:57:38 PM
I don't want to get into the peen counting, but First Light isn't a full game, it was a standalone expansion.  I would also count Rayman Legends in Microsoft's favor.

Both have good games available pretty regularly, just be happy with that.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 04, 2015, 01:08:48 AM
Trailer looks great.  smile

For anyone who cares, the Harmontown movie/documentary also went up on Netflix Instant Watch this last weekend.  I thought it was pretty good.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old member, coming back after almost 4 years of absence =) on: March 02, 2015, 11:52:07 PM
Welcome back! 

If you've been gone 4 years, you'll probably find that several people who used to post regularly are now MIA, so maybe everyone you offended has taken off anyway.  slywink

Either way, we could use some "new" blood posting around here!    icon_smile
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rimworld [PC} on: March 02, 2015, 11:48:35 PM
I read the OO thread on this a while ago and it seemed really interesting, but I was kind of waiting until it had gotten further along.  At this point I'm still interested but I think I'll be waiting until they get a Steam release

I've never played Dwarf Fortress, at least partially because the ASCII graphics were a real turn-off.  These graphics look fine if not remarkable, though, beyond the characters taking directly after Prison Architect.

It's always good to hear that a game still supposedly in "alpha" is really fun to play and has enough systems to keep you addicted like that!  I also look forward to further impressions and hearing how they expand on it.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Robocop! on: March 02, 2015, 10:28:08 PM
If you can build robots smart enough to be an invading force of another country, you can sure as shit build some that carry the extra batteries.  Tongue
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 02, 2015, 06:44:20 PM
I wanted to be excited for Screamride, but the demo didn't do a whole lot for me.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So 2015 the year of VR? on: March 02, 2015, 12:31:27 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 01, 2015, 10:52:42 PM

(didn't the Rift start at Valve and Valve let the developers go after deciding not to pursue it?)

No, the Rift started as it's own thing.  There were a couple different teams at Valve working on VR and AR, but they laid off the AR team and let some key people from the VR team leave last year (like Michael Abrash who went to work at Oculus).
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: March 01, 2015, 03:40:25 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 27, 2015, 06:19:20 PM

How much does it cost to play a game?

The Eurogamer article says "at £2 a play for each of the missions, I blasted through a tenner to see the 15 minutes of fun the game offers".  A direct conversion would put that at something near $20 total US, but it may be cheaper in reality.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 09:22:22 PM
To me, this proves the "white gold in true sunlight, bluish and darker brown in shade", but to my buddy who sees it as blue/black he thinks it proves the opposite.

https://vine.co/v/O2rvPnlEzqi
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 07:57:18 PM
Pug, that test doesn't really make any sense and I hope it's a joke. 

Yes, the true chromatic color of the pixel may be light blue, but that says nothing about the true original color of the real article in shaded sunlight.

The argument isn't over the exact pixel color values of the image, it's about the color of the dress in reality.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 06:26:33 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 27, 2015, 04:59:56 PM

Gold isn't a colour

What?  Yes it is.  Always has been.  There are many shades of gold, but it's definitely a color.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: February 27, 2015, 06:25:02 PM
Live long and thanks for all the fish.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 06:22:55 PM
The problem with this is without another picture it's just a pointless argument.  It needs real resolution to be satisfying to me.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 04:56:56 PM
Here is the Wired article and frankly I still don't believe their logic or their terrible Photochops.  I don't think you can get a gold color from any black source regardless of the amount of light on it.  

And the dress seems very clearly to actually be under an awning (look in the upper right corner), which leads to the white and gold in shadow conclusion.

You can take any section of that original picture away from the background or contrasting color and it still appears the same color (to me).  

I'd like to see another image of the actual dress not photoshopped but taken in better light.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 27, 2015, 04:46:36 PM

Quote from: raydude on February 27, 2015, 01:08:30 PM

I've found that it's frequently not the cashier who holds up the line, it's the customer. Particularly if they're paying with cash or a check. It's like, they know they're going to pay with a check so can't they just open the checkbook while waiting and fill out the stuff they know in advance? Like the date and the store's name? Or, if they know they'll be paying with cash they can at least estimate to to the nearest twenty and get that money ready?

Yeah, this definitely happens as well.  It is probably ageist of me to say it, but it usually seems to be older people that this applies to.  They seem to be the most likely to still use checks and least likely to be aware of their impact on other people. 

Certainly not all old people are going to hold up the line, but if you see a little old lady in one line and a single dude in his 30's or 40's in the next, I know which one I'm getting behind.  Which, now that I say it, sounds like something Rittchard would say...   icon_surprised
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 04:41:25 PM
To me it seems really clearly a white and gold dress in shadow.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Knight is rated M on: February 26, 2015, 07:39:52 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 26, 2015, 05:29:02 PM

My in-laws let the then-7yo play Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed.  And there were no qualms about letting the 4yo watch. 

Yeah, I mean that's their decision.  A lot of people are not comfortable with kids that age playing M-rated games or seeing R-rated movies.  Developing brains and influence and societal norms and all of that.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Knight is rated M on: February 26, 2015, 05:06:48 PM
Yeah, when buying games for myself ratings don't matter at all. 

But it has been a big concern when buying them for my nephew who is now 12.  For example, he's been super interested in Halo for a couple years and has lots of toys and talks about it a lot.  I'd love to get him the remastered games to start from square one, but because it's an M-rated shooter series he hasn't actually gotten to play any of them. 

And I respect that choice of his parents, and I would probably do the same in their position.  Even though I know there are tons of 10-15 year olds who have been playing Call of Duty and whatever for years.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 26, 2015, 06:15:48 AM

Quote from: Destructor on February 26, 2015, 05:28:19 AM

...actual cashiers who can do things TONS faster than the stupid scanner can. And baggers, too.

Hah, then you clearly don't work in any of the grocery stores I use!   icon_evil

I'm really sick of cashiers that don't bag things until they're done ringing things up.  Or that insist on chatting and commenting on the things I'm buying instead of scanning things more quickly.  Or just move like molasses as if there aren't people waiting in line.

And baggers that have no idea how to bag, keeping frozen things together, and fragile/squishy things on top, and not using a ton of bags.

I can (and do) bag all of my things faster than either of the other two actual employees.  The only thing inefficient about self checkout are some idiots that use it and the fact that the employee that's supposed to be over-seeing it is never around or not paying attention to their job.
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