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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: July 31, 2015, 11:22:24 AM
I have bowed out of this "new" gen after owning all 3 of the last gen, but that doesn't stop me from having opinions of the current consoles.

I am mystified at how expensive the Wii U is. Well I know that the game pad is the reason, but I still think its ridiculously overpriced for a console that is good for nothing but playing Nintendo games and virtually no third party support. I also can't fathom that the console will be three years old without a Zelda or Metroid game.

 The Xbox One has the absolute god awful worst interface I have ever used. It's just terrible. I remember spending a ton of time just trying to find settings. The original 360 interface was SO GREAT. Even the vastly inferior current 360 interface is navigable. I absolutely loathed my limited experience with the One,

Getting back on topic, I think Sony is bat shit crazy to stubbornly stick to a controller that all but about 4 people think is vastly inferior to the Xbox ones from the last 2 generations. WE WANT THE LEFT STICK HIGHER! I really wish Sony would make an official alternative controller which I expect would crush their dual shock styled one in sales and make them see sense. I might  have been tempted buy the PS4 at one point if I just had the option of another controller type.

Oh well, enjoying having a proper up to date gaming PC again which has better graphics, cheaper games, mouse and keyboard, and 360 controller support and still works on my plasma and surround sound.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: July 31, 2015, 11:07:26 AM
I upgraded last night. It was mostly painless although there was a scary period where my monitor was sleeping for an extended period and I feared something may have gone wrong... (It hadn't.) I had heard lovely stories about not having to reinstall drivers, but that wasn't true for me as I had to reinstall drivers for video, mouse and my knockoff 360 wireless receiver. I suppose I ought to reinstall my chipset drivers as well.

So far all my applications, games, and files seem in tact, I upgraded from 8. I would instead say that 10 looks like 8 with a bit of proper Windows put back in, or what Windows 8 should have been. 8 is actually an awesome OS with a terrible interface that no one asked for. 10 remedies the interface in a big way. I am concerned about all the hidden aspects of Micrososft turning Windows into a "service". I am excited about what a lot of articles have written about the benefits of DX12 once games start using it.

 Windows will let you "go back" for 30 days if you wish. I also used a free 10 to 8 backup utility recommended by CNet, although I doubt I'll need it at this point.

I played Witcher 3 last night and noticed no differences.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Its the weekend playlist 6/26/15 late edition on: July 01, 2015, 12:20:40 AM
I finished Witcher 2 this weekend. Started Witcher 3. I also started batman arkham origins which I am enjoying to a point. Tried starting this a while ago and didn't really feel like lesser arkham city, at the time. Now I guess this is ok.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: April 04, 2015, 02:17:15 AM
After around 100 hours, I finished this today. I must say the final boss battle was very anti-climactic and frankly pushover easy. At level 23 I had plenty of fights that were still challenging, but this one I barely used any potions on.

The most interesting thing about the ending was the post credits sequence which leaves a lot of interesting questions and (I assume) will set things up well for DA4.

I have mixed feelings about the shift to the "open world" areas. I think the whole open world thing is a trend I would like to see "un-trended" soon. It's undeniably fun in many games, but I grow weary of seemingly every game incorporating it. I think it takes away from actual level design. I loved all the hand crafted dungeons from DA1 and there were hardly any of them in this game. There was also a lot less main quest content in this game compared to the predecessors. On the other hand, I can't deny I had a lot of fun with this game. It's just hard for me to let go of the vastly superior first game.

Anyway still a thumbs up overall, and it restored a tiny amount of faith in Bioware after having buckets of rotten manure dumped on me during the ending of ME3.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who: the original series on: March 19, 2015, 10:50:34 AM
Two thoughts:

Watch the new series. While it is different due to the time it is made in, it is fundamentally the same show, and it is made by die hard fans of the original series.

If you are a life long fan, I strongly suggest you google "Big Finish Productions" and open yourself up to a giant era of "classic Who" that is still being made. The tv show both past and present is my all time favorite, but Big Finish has made some of the absolute best Doctor Who, ever. And yes they have stories with Tom Baker and Louise Jameson (Leela).
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 14, 2015, 12:33:20 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 11, 2015, 01:19:23 PM

That Apple Pay? You guys in the States (in any of the ones I've been to) don't even have chip support or Tap 2 Pay. I can imagine the spotty support that Apple Pay will get.

Apple Pay is pretty interesting. It's actually using old (not EMV) contactless card technology. It was never highly adopted here, but many PIN pads in the wild already support it (from a hardware perspective). It's basically using old tech in a slightly more advanced (secure) way (tokenization). It's a shrewd way for Apple to get wide acceptance of their payment without forcing merchants to upgrade hardware. 
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 14, 2015, 12:29:21 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 11, 2015, 04:38:06 PM

Chip card (EMV) deadline for financial institutions is October 2015. After that, the onus of fraud losses shifts to them.  Even if not everyone makes it by then, they'll be moving forward on it.  

This is not correct. The shift of liability is going to the issuers who continue to issue non-EMV cards, and the merchants/retailers who do not accept EMV cards. Trust me that there will be plenty in both category who aren't hitting that deadline.
8  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 15, 2015, 02:14:39 PM
I can't figure out why there isn't virtriolic backlash over these things selling without a charger. That's the most wtf omission...
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jupiter Ascending on: February 11, 2015, 12:02:01 PM
Any sci-fi fan worth their salt knows that The Matrix ripped off Doctor Who in a story that was itself a rip off of The Manchurian Canidate.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 14, 2015, 06:28:13 PM
I have sworn off JRPGs as I always run out of steam and never can finish them anymore. So, I have no interest in this. But, it certainly does look beautiful.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: November 10, 2014, 11:19:25 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 10, 2014, 08:06:38 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 10, 2014, 07:18:55 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Is the master really dead? It looked like she ported out right as the doctor was about to shoot. The effect of her "gun" was always to burn up the victim, but the effect on her was the blue glow she had previously when teleporting.

I also didn't understand why Clara was important in the plan and why the master needed to choose her.

Spoiler for Hiden:
It was not her gun that fired, though. It was the CyberPink. 

None the less, she'll be back.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Not CyberPink. CyberBrigadier (Kate's dad). Either way, I think she teleported. I hope she's back next year, I absolutely loved Missy.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 26, 2014, 11:22:54 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 24, 2014, 09:16:48 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 24, 2014, 08:46:02 PM

That can't be good news of Microsoft.

I dunno. 40 percent is waaaay better than what has been estimated based on public statements by the two companies so far. When the PS4 reached the 10 million mark, the Xbox One was supposedly still just past 5. This 40% number confuses me in light of that, as this would have required the Xbox One to have sold considerably more than the PS4 worldwide since this summer, which I strongly doubt that it did.

No it wouldn't. All that would be required is that the XBone get outsold by a smaller ratio to reduce the percentage to 40%. Given that they are now the same price I would be amazed if that didn't happen.

Edited to correct my silly percentage error.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 15, 2014, 10:45:05 PM
If ESPN would do this with their various WatchESPN apps, I would be done with pay TV forever.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 08, 2014, 10:21:15 PM
Finally got to look at and hold both an iPhone 6 and 6 plus (tethered). I came away very impressed. God the 6 plus is huge, then again I have generally found all phones with screens beyond the 5" mark to be ludicrously big. But anyway, both felt nice in the hand, and both were impressively thing. Both screens looked great. Now that Apple FINALLY has an acceptable screen size, if I were due for an upgrade I would seriously consider making the switch to an iPhone and seeing how I liked it and how much if at all I would miss the flexibility and foibles of Android. As it is I am still quite happy with my one year old HTC One that I bought for $50. My wife will be getting the iPhone 6 (upgrading from 5) near the end of the year.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 05, 2014, 01:55:33 PM
At this point it's my aging PC.

So far, I think the PS4 and XB1 are both overpriced junk. I see only a marginal improvement graphically over their predecessors. Almost all of their games come out for the PC and are pretty much better on the PC. I have never given a shit about Sony's exclusives and so far don't care at all about any MS exclusives. While a gaming PC costs MUCH more than these consoles, the games are always cheaper plus I can replay all my old favorites or older games I never got around to playing long ago. I very rarely play online multiplayer, but if I do, I don't have to pay a ludicrous fee to do it.

I am also growing further disillusioned with and moving away from what most of the big studios are doing these days. I loved Skyrim and always have fun with (but never finish) the GTA games, but I generally think the open world game is ruining video games. Good level design is being tossed aside in favor of the open world. I thought the Batman Arkham series was completely ruined by the switch to open world. AA had such perfectly crafted areas, and I felt like AC was so hollow. When I tried to start the 3rd one as soon as I got out of Blackgate I didn't want to continue it.

At launch the PS4 and XB1 were inferior media devices to their predecessors. Have either added DLNA streaming yet?

I assume I will probably get a Wii U at some point, since I believe it will eventually have around 5-10 games or so I will want to play that I can't play anywhere else. But, I will definitely not pay $300 for one.

I suppose it's possible I might get an XB1 or PS4 if I can't ever fit building a new PC into the budget. I do miss gaming more comfortably with a big screen, but I may consider a Steam Box-ish PC for that.

16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 04, 2014, 12:39:04 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 03, 2014, 09:23:41 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 03, 2014, 09:21:38 PM

I really loved the first book but unlike you guys I found the second one mildly disappointing.

Same here.  The first one blew me away but the second didn't have the same magic and even got tedious at times.  I'll still buy book 3 the instant comes out, though.

Me 3. I am still very engaged and really want to see where the story goes next, but I enjoyed book one much more than the second.
17  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So...those 900 series graphics cards on: September 26, 2014, 10:43:14 PM
Oh and the 780 is still a titan (no pun intended) of a card. (Even if it's not a Titan.)
18  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So...those 900 series graphics cards on: September 26, 2014, 10:41:04 PM
If it makes you feel better I am still rocking a geforce 460 on my six year old gaming pc! I had to get a new power supply for it today. Hopefully I can carry it over to a new pc i want to build next year. At least the new PS is much less noisy! I was stunned how quiet it was when taking Bioshock Infinite for a test spin.
19  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Another video card question on: September 15, 2014, 09:01:18 PM
For September in your price point, Tom's recommends the GeForce 750 Ti as noted above. This one is nice if you have an OEM PC, since it's friendly with low end power supplies and does not require a power supply connection (in almost all of its variances).

For $150, this month, Tom's recommends the AMD R7 265 which out performs the GeForce 750 Ti.

Link to Tom's hardware article
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 15, 2014, 08:32:23 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 15, 2014, 06:28:53 PM

Minecraft has fallen into the space where Pokemon and Skylanders reside - it's my big mental box called "Shit that Kids Really Love That I Don't Care About."  icon_biggrin

Completely agree. I never "got" Minecraft at all.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 21, 2014, 11:51:46 AM
I still buy blu rays. Most movies include a digital version.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 04:24:23 PM
#2 is the obvious choice.

But whether you buy 1 or 2 be sure to get a 15 year fixed rate mortgage.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: July 26, 2014, 12:33:22 AM
Not until you have another job. Going through the job hunt should help you confirm that your working conditions are really that bad... or perhaps make you realize it could be worse.

Either way, I would never quit without having another job offer.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: July 03, 2014, 07:00:16 PM
So, last weekend I finally got to actually play with a Wii U for the first time. I came away very impressed. The controller is pretty comfortable and the screen is cool (though it was pretty ridden with fingerprints). I thought Mario Kart was just stunningly gorgeous. Is it true that if you transfer a Wii VC game then it can't be played remotely on the controller? That is QUITE lame if true. Still, I could see me putting this in the living room and using remote play of VC and other titles to make sitting through my wife's TV shows more tolerable. (Better yet would be a controller update which extends the range so I could hook it up in my basement but use the controller up in the living room...)

I would say this thing is a price drop and good Metroid/Zelda away from me being really tempted. I have almost given up all hope on this "new" gen since there is nothing on the horizon for the PS4/XB1 that I am interested in that can't be played on the PC. But, maybe I'll be suckered into yet another Nintendo console.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 14, 2014, 04:53:11 PM
I'm happy and agree with Microsoft dumping Kinect. It has changed me from a "never buying" to a weak "maybe one day buying" an XBone. I think the lineups for all 3 consoles are so weak right now, even accounting for the earliness of the PS4/XBone lives to date.

I'm happy that the XBone is an option now since my buddy has one and loans me lots of 360 games. I am just in gaming doldrums now. There is no officially announced title that I am anticipating.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: May 14, 2014, 04:44:17 PM
I remember when a buddy showed me Rogue Leader on his brand new GameCube, I was blown away by how much better it looked than anything I had seen before on a PC. That's the first time I ever thought consoles surpassed pcs graphically.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: When do you buy games? on: May 01, 2014, 12:06:47 AM
I used to be a day 1 (or near day1) buyer for the games I was psyched about, but lately not so much.

I did buy thief 4 early since it was 20% off from GMG.

Right now, I am aware of no forthcoming games that I would buy on release day.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 11, 2014, 12:41:48 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 11, 2014, 12:18:31 AM

Quote from: JCC on April 10, 2014, 11:37:16 PM

Sounds like punishment for people who haven't bought the  expansion to me...

how could you possibly see that?  paranoid?  seems odd.  they didn't say nobody gets loot unless they bought the expansion.

They've reduced loot drops in the main game and increased them in content that is expansion only. Seems like a logical inference to me.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 10, 2014, 11:37:16 PM
Sounds like punishment for people who haven't bought the  expansion to me...
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 27, 2014, 11:14:53 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 27, 2014, 07:39:24 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 27, 2014, 05:24:42 PM

Holding out for the PS4 version of this is going to be tough....the new expansion sounds awesome. Hopefully, the "Ultimate Evil" edition will be out by summer on the PS4.

Agree Hetz, I played D1 a bit, didn't touch D2, but Hearthstone and the forum effect has made me all over D3 when it comes to PS4.   Can't wait...

You'd be better off playing diablo 2 in the interim. The loot patch improves 3 a lot and it's a lot of fun, but Diablo 2 is a better game.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 27, 2014, 01:41:04 AM
According to the diablo 3 website, 75% bonus exp and gold on Hard.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Verizon Contract Is Up, Don't Want to Renew Due to Grandfathered Data- Halp! on: March 25, 2014, 06:28:40 PM
I think they have recently bumped the bandwidth up to 3Gigs now.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 16, 2014, 04:43:04 PM
Just finished. I had an extremely long review in my head ready to type up, but really the Zero Punctuation review nails it. My only real difference of opinion is that I enjoyed this game much more than he did despite everything in the ZP review being 100% correct.

I think the low reviews are quite warranted. But if it's a 6/10 game, it's at least a fun 6/10 game for people like me who want more Thief 1-2 and can't get it, but can still enjoy bland substitutes for what they are.

I have discovered over the past few years that I am starting to hate open world games except in RPGs and GTA like games. First the Batman Arkham series has been ruined by it, and now (and before in Thief 3) Thief. FUCK CITY SECTIONS. If you want to allow us to explore the city, put a fucking mission in it. Don't make me traipse through the same sections over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over (and over) again. Especially when it means I get fewer missions.

And, while I found the new voice actor for Garret acceptable in the missions, he was at times awful in the (awful) cut scenes. There was no good reason not to bring Stephen Russel back unless he didn't want to besmirch himself by playing such a mediocre characterization of Garret. The story in this game was by far the least interesting.

Thank goodness for The Dark Mod! Thief with a graphical upgrade that doesn't have small, linear missions!

(Seriously, I did like the game, but it's a distant 4th in the series. Behind the 3rd which was a distant 3rd in the series.)
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 15, 2014, 09:20:13 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 15, 2014, 07:57:22 PM

Ummm I don't see any war here - if anything I see camaraderie...

Agreed. One person with neither console discussing sales numbers and what they mean with another person who (now) owns both consoles. Which opposing sides of the "war" are we supposed to be on?
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: March 15, 2014, 01:03:41 PM

Quote from: disarm on March 15, 2014, 12:39:40 PM

I don't know why it should make a difference, but I got a Titanfall bundle this week and the box is not a slipcover. It's a fully custom-printed box for the bundle. Everything inside the box is standard except for the Titanfall download card though.

Yes I saw one of these at best buy this week. I thought it looked pretty sharp, and that's coming from someone with no interest in titanfall.          
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 15, 2014, 02:12:25 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 15, 2014, 12:23:32 AM

Quote from: JCC
I really don't have any dog in any console war since I am sitting comfortably on the sidelines, but I think any comparison between XB1 and PS4 monthly sales is meaningless until the PS4 is as readily available as the XB1. I haven't seen a PS4 anywhere in weeks.

I don't think it's meaningless for the simple reason that the PS4 outsold the XB1 2:1 in January, yet one would presume it was just as scarce then (if not scarcer).

(Shrugs) I can't possibly comment on whether or not the ps4 was more or less supply constrained in the US in February vs January. What I do know is that the xbox one was not supply constrained in February and the ps4 was. I am not in any way implying that the xbox one is doing poorly, but comparing sales of it to the ps4 is silly when ps4s are hard to find and xbox ones are not.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 14, 2014, 08:33:27 PM
The Wii U actually did "180%" better than last year. Which I am guestimating means it sold somewhere around 150k-180k. I guess people really wanted a new Donkey Kong country game...?  confused

I really don't have any dog in any console war since I am sitting comfortably on the sidelines, but I think any comparison between XB1 and PS4 monthly sales is meaningless until the PS4 is as readily available as the XB1. I haven't seen a PS4 anywhere in weeks.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 10, 2014, 05:01:38 PM
I think the game is a lot of fun, but I still have many annoyances with it. I will go into details once I finish it. I currently have two chapters left. I think it's obviously a game that had competing philosophies behind it.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 08, 2014, 02:43:49 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 08, 2014, 06:32:23 AM

Quote from: JCC on March 07, 2014, 09:44:34 PM

Nintendo is selling the Wii U deluxe for $200 on their website. I'm still not biting until they put out a good Zelda and/or Metroid.

It's refurbished, before anyone gets they're hopes too high.

Damnit! I apologize. I knew perfectly well it was refurbished, but I tend to leave out words when I post on my iPad since I get so impatient using the on screen keyboard. I have edited my post.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 07, 2014, 09:44:34 PM
Nintendo is selling the Wii U (refurbished) deluxe for $200 on their website. I'm still not biting until they put out a good Zelda and/or Metroid.
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