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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What skills will be obsolete in 50 years? on: March 24, 2015, 06:07:02 PM

Quote from: stessier on March 24, 2015, 04:37:49 PM

That guy doesn't work in a business with those functions or for someone who reports to shareholders.  I'm sure the view from his ivory tower is quite rosy.  smile

I've worked with an automated portion of the warehouse - it was FANTASTIC...when it worked (infrequent).  When it didn't (frequent), forklifts and their drivers were quite busy.  Real estate will almost certainly disappear, but while food ordering might, food preparation is far less likely.  Then there are all the factories - stuff that creating reliable robots for is too hard or costly.  20 years is a pipe dream.

On the other hand, maybe he's right.  I mean, you were able to place your order for a flying car this week, right?

Amazon is an example of a business that has utilized automation to make their warehouses much more efficient, essentially bringing the product to the packagers.

LEGO also has a nearly fully automated facilities for manufacturing and packaging of millions of bricks.  They only have a handful of people watching the whole place and don't even let the bricks be "contaminated" by human handling.

UPS and FedEx also have large mostly automated sorting facilities.

It's certainly possible even right now for companies that have the money and foresight, I imagine it will only become more adopted with time.  I don't think 20 (or 50) years is out of the question at all for more widespread impact.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: March 24, 2015, 05:55:13 PM
Hmm, too bad.  Doesn't even sound like they've solved the issue if they're just seeking ways to improve it, so it may not even happen.

Although it seems like it may be headed to PC at some point, and that shouldn't have the same issues.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: March 24, 2015, 03:52:37 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 24, 2015, 11:03:36 AM

Good thing the long load times are addresses in the upcoming patch.

That's good news.  Did they say how soon that patch might be dropping?  Or was it part of the massive day 1 patch?
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 24, 2015, 05:11:55 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 23, 2015, 03:39:29 AM

I'll be waiting on reviews for Bloodborne.

Well, reviews are hitting and current Metacritic average is 93.  Damnit, I guess I'm also buying Bloodborne.   icon_twisted
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 24, 2015, 01:13:27 AM

Quote from: Purge on March 23, 2015, 07:26:44 PM

XB1 also has the Abe's Oddessy remake, and the Fast and Furious standalone/expansion for Forza Horizon 2.

Oh, I guess I will be "buying" (for free) the F&F thing.  I already forgot about that, heh.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 23, 2015, 03:39:29 AM
I'll be waiting on reviews for Bloodborne.
87  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Kickstarter] Crowfall - "Game of Thrones meets Eve Online" on: March 21, 2015, 08:49:54 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 27, 2015, 06:55:35 PM

Surprised no one here is interested in this type of game?

It sounds interesting, but I think I'm just a bit burned out on Kickstarters these days, especially really long term ones like an MMO is bound to be. 

It also felt like some of their design ideas sounded a little too high level and hand wavy and not enough specific, concrete details for my taste.   

I'm glad they made their goal, but I'll probably wait to check back on the game when they have something more real to show.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: March 21, 2015, 08:36:18 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 21, 2015, 04:17:19 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 21, 2015, 04:08:25 AM

I think I'm firmly in the "wait for reviews" camp, but if they're good I'll jump on it next week.  I enjoyed Dark Souls 2 for the most part, but I never played Demon Souls or Dark Souls 1. 

Man you played arguably the worst one. Demon's has the most memorable areas, and the first Dark has the most cohesive interconnected world.  DS2 is good but the world and level design were a bit weaker than the first one, the combat had some issues as well with some weird hit boxes.

I have Dark Souls on PC, but I could never get the higher res mods to work correctly and it looked terrible at default resolution so I couldn't stand to play it for very long.  The fact that they couldn't eve provide a half decent port or fix it later rubbed me the wrong way as well.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who: the original series on: March 21, 2015, 08:32:22 AM
Um, I don't know, several years ago.  Maybe 2009 or so.  It might have been David Tennant, though I don't pay much attention to the newer doctors. 

One episode I remember was something about a little girl drawing monsters and the monsters came to life or something, and it looked bad and was generally wooden over acting.  That sort of thing was funny when it was from the 70's or 80's, but just seemed sad in modern day.  I tried a couple others after that but nothing stuck and it seemed to be not what I was looking for so I chalked it up to the usual nerdery over hype. 

It was probably no worse than any SyFy show or anything, I just really tend to hate "low" budget modern TV sci fi.  Even the best of it frequently has to be looked at in rose colored glasses in my opinion.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 03/20/15 - The 'Where the heck is everybody?' Edition on: March 21, 2015, 04:10:15 AM
More Cities: Skylines for sure.  I'm on my second city and feeling better about things now.

And I'm sure I'll get in a few hours with Marvel Heroes 2015 since they're having their "all events at once" weekend. 

And probably more Rocksmith to try and earn my chops.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: March 21, 2015, 04:08:25 AM
I think I'm firmly in the "wait for reviews" camp, but if they're good I'll jump on it next week.  I enjoyed Dark Souls 2 for the most part, but I never played Demon Souls or Dark Souls 1. 
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who: the original series on: March 20, 2015, 03:56:46 PM
I used to watch the old Dr Who with my dad all the time as a kid, and of course Tom Baker was the favorite of both of us.

I tried to watch one of the new Who's a few years ago and just really couldn't take it.  It has the problem of being a modern low budget sci fi show, which just makes everything look like terrible digital effects.  People say it has the same feel, but to me it was totally different and the worse for it.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kojima no longer associated with Metal Gear Solid on: March 19, 2015, 08:47:07 PM
I think this topic deserves a question mark in the title until there is something publicly confirmed, no?
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 19, 2015, 08:36:10 PM
Huh, I watched both episodes streamed to my Chromecast from a tab on my laptop and had no issues with the Yahoo thing.

I did enjoy the episodes as well.  smile
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove on: March 19, 2015, 08:24:09 PM
I really barely played the TJ&E games so my opinion doesn't carry much weight, but I have to agree with some people that have said it might be better if the voices and music was all unintelligible 16-bit style.  Giving real voices and raps is probably only going to come off as low budget or really date the game.

I'm also pretty concerned with the number of physical rewards they are giving out, and at really low pledge levels.  Even with their current pledge levels they are shipping out nearly three thousand packages with a whole variety of things in them, and that takes a lot of time and money.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 18, 2015, 04:00:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 18, 2015, 03:35:30 PM

The NCAA tournament starts tomorrow as well, and we can't talk about it (not guessing it would get much traction here).  frown

Or you could just start talking about it here and see.   (not that I'll contribute, but other sports threads exist here despite me smile )
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 18, 2015, 02:49:51 AM
First episode is available!  Check it out here:

https://screen.yahoo.com/community/ladders-070001899.html
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kiva - Microlending to the less fortunate on: March 17, 2015, 04:04:53 PM
Ah, that's the first I've heard of one getting defaulted on. 

My current loan is a longer one so I often forget about it until I get the repayment emails.  I won't get the full money back for re-lending until August, but I suppose I could always add more...
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: March 17, 2015, 03:56:45 PM
I guess I almost always play on slowest speed.  I still tend to have plenty to do most of the time without being overwhelmed.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/17) on: March 17, 2015, 04:47:55 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 16, 2015, 09:47:55 PM

FWIW, GT's review does seem to be a pretty significant outlier, at least in terms of the score.

The ironic thing is that this statement is not an outlier when it comes to GT reviews.  slywink
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: March 17, 2015, 01:05:48 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on March 16, 2015, 09:05:26 PM

They did kind of milk some Firefly references in the kickstarter video.

I think they've made it pretty clear that this whole series is going to be about milking Firefly references.

Quote from: TiLT on March 16, 2015, 09:21:46 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 16, 2015, 07:28:20 PM

I trust the whole series isn't set in a restroom? Although that'd certainly trim production costs!  smirk

They've mentioned two pretty expensive sets: A con, and the spaceship from Spectrum. The con will require a bunch of extras too.

Meh, if web shows like The Guild can do cons and crowds on a low budget, I don't see them having any trouble.  It's all about the illusion, you don't have to actually have that large of a space.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for Gaymerz... on: March 17, 2015, 01:00:16 AM
Bravo to them if they've made a realistic gamer and game developer.  Most of the time movies or TV shows have somebody be a "game developer" it's usually some terribly inaccurate stereotype, as if they took the guy who wrote the "tech talk" from any cop procedural and assigned him to "gamer speak". 

It generally infuriates me just like those commercials where they "tighten up the graphics on level 3" and they're "just testing out the new level then we're going to design a new game".

I do find it funny that you had no idea the Gaymer thing existed, you must not frequent sites like Kotaku or Joystiq or any of those that reported on it quite a bit.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 17, 2015, 12:51:29 AM
I hope this becomes a thing - The Leviathan.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: March 16, 2015, 03:59:26 PM
I'm not really sure, to be honest.  I see the red overlay and figure I should place one near by to fix the "problem", but I'm not sure if it actually leads to unhappiness, or less productive something.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/17) on: March 16, 2015, 03:57:20 PM
Nothing this week.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: March 15, 2015, 08:06:08 PM
They've put up a 4 minute teaser video on the Indie-Go-Go page.  It seemed mildly amusing.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: March 14, 2015, 09:57:35 PM
I think I might be running out of steam on this already.  Or maybe I just need to start fresh with a new town.  I think my town is around 20,000 people, so not even that big, but I'm not enjoying it as much now as I did when it was smaller. 

One thing is that I'm constantly struggling with having to plow down a ton of the industrial sites that can never find workers, even though I have tons of people that should be outside the basic education zones.

Of course my town has grown to now be impeding on areas that were originally designated as polluting industrial sites (I had no idea how to build farms or tree places for several hours...).  And I have roads that need to be upgraded to fix traffic but I don't want to have to plow down the one part of my city that is actually flourishing to make those changes.
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  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.
112  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. 
113  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. 
114  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
115  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.
116  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.
117  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!
118  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.
119  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. 
120  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.
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