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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 19, 2014, 07:58:35 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 19, 2014, 07:41:08 PM

I'm surprised that avid Amazon shoppers aren't more excited by Firefly, actually.

If you currently have the Amazon app, there is a feature in the search menu called "Flow" which can give you an idea of how this can be used.

Here's an example of where I tend to use it:  If I'm browsing Barnes & Noble and I see a book I might be interested in, I will either scan the cover or the barcode which immediately brings up the product info and I can get to the Kindle version from there.  At this point, that requires a number of steps (get to the app and open it, go to search, choose Flow and then get to the Kindle version from there).  If the option is available to just hold down a button and immediately find that product, I would use it even more.

I never go into bookstores anymore, but for anything I want the best price on I just remember the name of it and look up prices when I get home.  I don't need an app that only shows me prices from one place, that's pretty limiting.  If I already know I'm getting a Kindle book, I just browse on the website at home, not on my phone while I'm in public.  I don't see that as a big limitation, it's not like I'm buying 5 books a day or anything.

Add to this the idea that I can do the same thing to find out about a song on the radio or a movie I catch the tail end of, and this could get a lot of use.

I don't listen to the radio by choice, and if it's ever on I pretty much hate all of that music.  I don't have cable, so the movies and tv shows I watch are also by choice on disc or streaming, so I never just catch the tail end of anything by chance.

I would hope that it wouldn't just lead to shopping stuff but also directly link to AllMusic info or IMDB pages or Goodreads reviews, but I imagine the point of it is to take you to Amazon.

See, that's the problem.  If it was a full price comparison across many stores, that might be useful.  The fact that it's only giving me Amazon (where I already shop a ton) means that it isn't super useful as a consumer tool to me.  I never feel like I'm out and about and need to look something up on Amazon.  My life is just not that crazy, I guess.
82  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 19, 2014, 07:44:22 PM
Hmm, nothing too good yet.  A little tempted by Dead Rising 3 prepurchase, but will wait for a lower price later.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 18, 2014, 09:55:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 18, 2014, 09:00:44 PM

For example, the Amzon app on ios currently uses Flow search, which seems to be a predecessor of Firefly, and it works fairly well (I usually scan a UPC, though).  If I can do that and find info on songs and movies all from the same feature, which is at the push of a button, that would be incredibly useful to me.  It would save me half a dozen steps that I'm taking now to find out all I want to know about a song I'm hearing.

Yeah, that Firefly thing seems to be combining functionality from a lot of things that already exist (that Flow search, Google Goggles, Shazam, etc), which makes it both less revolutionary but also more convenient.  
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 18, 2014, 07:57:23 PM
Oh yeah, I forgot that this was revealing today. 

Seems like a neat device overall, but I agree that being limited to the Amazon app store instead of the full Google Play store just doesn't seem like a good tradeoff to me.

The autoscroll seems like the handiest feature to me, and that is something that any phone should technically be able to do at this point so I'm sure plenty will mimic it.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/16) on: June 18, 2014, 07:49:41 PM
I guess the downloadable game Sixty Second Shooter Prime will be out on Xbox One tomorrow. 
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casey Kasem passed away today at the age of 82 on: June 18, 2014, 04:51:17 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on June 18, 2014, 05:23:32 AM

Only 3 responses. icon_confused

It's a sad thing, but I kind of thought he was dead already.  I guess when he quit doing Shaggy a few years back that was as good as dead.

But I definitely have memories of listening to his top 40 countdowns on the radio as a young kid sometimes.
87  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Origin free game - Peggle on: June 18, 2014, 04:42:16 AM
The new Origin One the House game for the month is Peggle.  Same deal as always, free to keep once you claim it.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: June 18, 2014, 02:53:04 AM

Quote from: ATB on June 18, 2014, 01:33:36 AM

I'm intentionally avoiding everything about this game.

Is it an MMO or what?

There is a dance emote bound to a direction on the d-pad.  That should answer your question.  slywink
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Changes coming to Team Fortress 2: Two Cities update! on: June 18, 2014, 12:02:37 AM
So I guess it's the Love & War update with... new expressions?  Ok.

And a new 15 minute animated movie.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 17, 2014, 11:42:13 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on June 17, 2014, 03:13:50 AM

I'm also seeing that blurring when I drive, or heck, when I walk. What it reminds me is those tilt-shift photographs or videos, where things tend to look out of focus beyond a certain distance, say about 100 50 meters in this game. It's a smooth transition, no line or anything, but after these challenges I can definitely say that, for me, the quality of the graphics isn't as good as before, since before the graphics looked sharp for hundreds of meters. What I'm losing in graphic quality I'm gaining in stable (but lower!) frame rate. Since I'm more interested in a less choppy frame rate change, rather than pretty graphics at a distance, I'll stick with the patch for now.

If you don't like the extreme Depth of Field they've enabled with this mod you can turn it off entirely in the game options.  That should get you your more stable framerate without the insanely short clear view distance.  There's a reason some of those old settings looked good for an E3 video but suck for actually playing with, heh. 
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Changes coming to Team Fortress 2: Two Cities update! on: June 17, 2014, 09:34:17 PM
Currently there is a countdown on the TF2 website targeting 5pm PST today.  No idea what it is, but with the Summer Sale rumored to hit this week I wouldn't be surprised to see a potato-like tie-in for TF2 and other games.
92  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 17, 2014, 08:17:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 17, 2014, 05:07:51 PM

Midweek spotlight


This is a fun little game, definitely worth a dollar.
93  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Has anyone had a good experience with the GeForce Experience? on: June 17, 2014, 04:32:21 PM
I've run it on multiple machines at home and work with no problems.  I think by default it really does nothing but tell you when there are new drivers available, and you can certainly change whether anything is automatic or not.  As long as it's not automatic you have to go in and individually tell it to "optimize" settings for any games that you want.  No idea why it would cause any system stability issues or cause issues with your screensaver. 
94  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 17, 2014, 12:56:00 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on June 17, 2014, 12:28:27 AM

The tiny number of weekly deals sure makes it feel like the summer sale is coming soon.

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.  Looks mighty suspicious.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 16, 2014, 06:39:51 PM

Quote from: gellar on June 16, 2014, 05:33:47 PM

IF YOU'LL RECALL, I was shouting about this when it was first discussed slywink

If you recall, you weren't the only one.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: June 14, 2014, 05:52:09 PM
Huh, for some reason I got an email with an alpha code from Amazon.  I suppose I've spent enough money there on games that they are just trying to get me to preorder this one.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FILM] The Interview - Rogen and Franco kill Kim Jong-Un on: June 13, 2014, 10:28:08 PM
Also, I'm not sure I would go so far as to call this a "FILM".  slywink
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FILM] The Interview - Rogen and Franco kill Kim Jong-Un on: June 13, 2014, 10:26:59 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 13, 2014, 02:15:33 PM

I saw the trailer for this during the Daily Show. My immediate thought was what the reaction would be if another country made a comedy about trying to kill the sitting US president.

With these sorts of movies that specifically target one actual country and person, I always kind of have a small thought in the back of my head like "do you think some of their funding was funneled from intelligence operations?"  Because really, this is the sort of thing that implants ideas of other countries into "the youth of today".  Now I'm off to polish my foil hat...
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/13/14 on: June 13, 2014, 10:23:23 PM
Probably fire up some Spintires again now that the final build is out.  Maybe some Mario Kart 8 to finish up the 150cc cup.  And I've been playing Forza 5 lately.  Man, I need something where I'm not driving a vehicle...
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: June 12, 2014, 09:25:22 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 10, 2014, 09:13:10 PM

Looks pretty cool from the Giantbomb Unfinished.

Yeah, this was the first thing that actually showed me what the game is.  It's seemed pretty nebulous to me up to this point.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: June 12, 2014, 07:46:50 PM
This was the most recent Amazon Prime thread, so I figured this could go here: Amazon is introducing Prime Music streaming, active as of today. 

A little more than 3 years ago we launched Prime Instant Video, adding unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows to the existing Prime benefit of Free Two-Day Shipping. It has turned out to be one of the most important things we've done for Amazon Prime members. Today, we are doing it again for music — introducing Prime Music, the newest benefit of Prime membership.

With Prime Music, you can listen ad-free to over a million songs and hundreds of expert-programmed Prime Playlists. Prime Music includes tens of thousands of albums from top artists like Daft Punk, P!nk, Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton, The Lumineers, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. And we'll be adding more music all the time. Here's a list of popular artists in Prime Music.

In designing Prime Music, we wanted to remove the barriers between you and the music you love. We removed cost. You can listen to the entire Prime Music catalog for free — it's included in your Prime membership. We removed interruptions. Don't worry about having your music constantly disrupted by ads... you won't hear any. We removed listening restrictions. Choose exactly what song to listen to, repeat your favorite song over and over again, or download music to your phone or tablet to listen offline.

Finally, we removed one more barrier — deciding what to listen to. Just play any of the hundreds of Prime Playlists our music experts have created for you. Check out the Prime Playlists here.

Prime members in the US can start listening to Prime Music today at Kindle Fire HD/HDX devices will get Prime Music in an automatic, over-the-air update. You can also download the latest Amazon Music app in the Android and iOS appstores. If you're not yet a Prime member, start a 30-day free trial today. We think you'll find the convenience of free two-day shipping combined with access to a huge selection of movies, TV, music and books to be an incredible value for just $99 a year.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: June 12, 2014, 07:22:46 PM

Quote from: Fireball on June 12, 2014, 07:09:59 PM

So, the release of Mario Kart and the video of the upcoming Zelda game have me longing for a Wii U. I've had basically every Nintendo console except for the SNES, but haven't bitten on the Wii U because it sees like it might be a waste of money. Other than Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros U, and the upcoming Zelda and Star Fox games, are there enough games to make it worth the price?

Are there any baseball games at all?

Personally I think a Wii U is worth owning even just for the first party games, and there are a few third party games that I consider gravy on top. 

In addition to the ones you mentioned and all of the others coming soon or next year, Pikmin 3 is really good and just got another update.  Super Mario 3D World of course.  LEGO City Undercover was a great LEGO version of GTA.  Wind Waker HD is a good update if you want to play that again.  Apparently Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze is also good if you like those games (I haven't played it).  Rayman Legends was basically made for the Wii U.

So with the ones you mentioned that sounds like about 8 games already out that are an easy good bet, and then there are those on the horizion for later this year and next.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dumb and Dumber To on: June 12, 2014, 12:22:34 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 11, 2014, 10:01:00 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 11, 2014, 12:07:10 PM

I wasn't expecting to, but I laughed.  Heartily, even.

I didn't.  I think those 20 years have just been too long, not into that humor at all.
104  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 12, 2014, 12:15:20 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 11, 2014, 05:05:33 PM

Same price as the Christmas sale past.  Last on sale for more on Valentine's Day.

My personal thing lately, since we've been doing this for a few years now, is to look back and see if the deals have gotten better, or if they're just trotting out the same deals over and over again.

If you install the Enhanced Steam Chrome or Firefox extension you can see current lowest price from several stores and historical low prices, so you don't have to remember if it's been on sale for less before.  It also has a few small nice features like showing which games or DLC you already own or adding an Early Access banner on those games.  Small things that Steam should do but doesn't.

105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 12, 2014, 12:03:10 AM

Quote from: Caine on June 11, 2014, 04:26:48 PM

Lee Bradley over at x360a just put together a great post of every ID@XBox game posted during the conference.

They had a bunch of stations with these indie games on them on the show floor as well, which was nice to see.  Looks like they are taking indies seriously (finally/again).
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PC/Ps4] The Crew on: June 12, 2014, 12:01:03 AM
I tried this out at E3 today and overall I'm still not completely sold, mostly on the handling.  It wasn't terrible, but hopefully I get in the PC beta next month and can try out more cars.

The demo they gave had me do two missions (with two other random people in my crew), the first one driving a "Perf" road car (looked like there were 6 car categories).  I didn't really want to waste time customizing so I just chose one of the premade Mustangs they had and started tooling around the city.  I have been playing a lot of Watch Dogs and Forza 5 lately, so it's not like I'm rusty on driving but I just couldn't get this car to drive really well.  It felt a bit mushy/unresponsive and kept understeering when cornering but then fishtailing when trying to go straight, so kind of the worst of two worlds.  Maybe I just chose a "bad" car for me, though, so it's hard to judge the whole game by that.  However, none of our 3 people finished the race against the AI, for what it's worth.

The second half of the demo was better with the offroad stuff.  I got to drive a Raid-style RUF which was cool.  This mission was a chase with all 3 of us trying to destroy some other Raid truck by ramming it.  We went all over the place and really got to feel like it was open world, but since we had to load into the mission and load out (through a mini cutscene transition) I'm not sure if you really could just keep driving at that point or not.

From what I could get out of the guy there, you can't actually upgrade every car to be crazy Raid offroad style or slammed or whatever, it's only certain kinds.  Which sort of rains on my excitement a bit since I thought you could take any car and make it a crazy offroad monster.  Who doesn't want a Ferrari with 34" mud tires?
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 11, 2014, 11:43:30 PM
You can also buy a bunch of those components in pawn shops that have a map icon like fire or explosion or something.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 11, 2014, 05:23:23 AM
A perfectly insane Trackmania track run
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 11, 2014, 04:25:54 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 11, 2014, 04:16:17 AM

Haven't most Zelda games been open world? It seems like in most of the ones I've played, you could pretty much go anywhere you want except certain areas were blocked off until you found whatever tool you needed (bombs, boomerang, etc.). How is this Zelda going to be different?

They have all been sort of illusions of open world, with the content in locked off dungeons or like Wind Waker had you going on the boat to small islands and still locked off by needing certain items.  Supposedly this is going to be more like Skyrim, just a giant open world and you can truly go anywhere.  I'm certainly hoping for that.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Battlefield: Hardline on: June 11, 2014, 04:23:12 AM
I played a few matches of each type today.  I know I tend to be a bit cynical and negative in general anyway, but it's really hard not to just rip on this game for being basically a straight up Battlefield mod.  Same UI and everything.  Yikes.  Except they've removed a lot of the alternate objectives so it's just kind of the worst parts of BF.

And they'll still probably sell 5 million of them.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 10, 2014, 11:06:15 PM
I always just waited in hiding until it was about 80% probability and then started running up and did a takedown right before they did anything.

The design of those "stop a crime" missions really left me wanting.  As if preventing the crime from happening at all is less preferable than waiting for it to happen first.  And I'm not sure how many I failed immediately because I accidentally walked or drive right near the criminal.

112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: June 10, 2014, 05:58:36 PM
It's funny, the earlier leaked video looked much like a new Dark Souls game, but the E3 trailer just looked like a gory horror game.  I wish they had shown the actual game, but I suppose it's too early for that.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Dead Island 2 on: June 10, 2014, 05:54:58 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 10, 2014, 01:09:23 PM

The first game provided me the most "authentic" zombie experience I've had in a game yet. Navigating through the town in the second chapter was particularly haunting, often requiring clever use of rooftops and sneaky movement to not use up all your resources on pointless zombie killing before you even reached your destination. I hope this sequel can capture some of that feeling.

If you're looking for "authentic" zombie experiences, you should maybe check out State of Decay as well.  That game was basically everything I was ever looking for in a zombie survival game.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Battlefield: Hardline on: June 10, 2014, 05:49:16 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 10, 2014, 01:26:45 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 10, 2014, 01:13:48 PM

Is this a full retail game or is it a DL like BF 1943?

Full release

Yeah, I think if this was a half price $30 title like BF: Vietnam or something it would go over much better than essentially being a full priced mod.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 05:48:00 PM
I assume you're talking about the Twitch stream?  There are many sources of information for E3 coverage.  slywink
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 04:46:56 PM
Man, Nintendo really knocked that shit out of the park.  Of course a lot of those are 2015 titles, but at least they are showing people what they really want to see is actually being made.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Dead Island 2 on: June 10, 2014, 05:25:00 AM

Quote from: Canuck on June 10, 2014, 04:57:35 AM

Dead Island trailers are the best.

Yeah, we'll see if they can deliver gameplay to match this time. 

Also, the video really seemed to indicate a much lighter tone, almost more like Dead Rising or something.  That sounded like Jack Black at the end.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 03:08:51 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 10, 2014, 03:05:22 AM

Not sure anyone won this year.  Looks like most of the awesome is 2015.

Yeah, the majority of big stuff is next year at the earliest.  Which is a bummer.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 03:08:18 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 10, 2014, 02:54:18 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 10, 2014, 02:53:20 AM

No sign of Drive Club is a bit worrying.  

They got that out of the way before E3, so there's nothing to worry about.

To me, when you're not showing a supposed flagship game that's shipping this year at your game press conference, and spend time on other dumb numbers, prototype hardware and movies, that's not a good sign of confidence in it.  My opinion.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 02:59:05 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 10, 2014, 02:57:36 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 10, 2014, 02:54:18 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 10, 2014, 02:53:20 AM

No sign of Drive Club is a bit worrying.  

They got that out of the way before E3, so there's nothing to worry about.

Wonder what the release dates are for Forza Horizon and Drive Club, Forza now having day/night and weather.

Forza Horizon 2 is September 30, Driveclub is October 7th.
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