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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Moto X is the best phone I ever purchased. on: November 12, 2013, 01:34:19 AM
You're right. I skimmed my article quickly and missed that it was just working from the home screen.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Moto X is the best phone I ever purchased. on: November 11, 2013, 11:17:18 PM
It sounds like the voice activation will work with other phones running KitKat. Below a site got it by hacking the google launcher from the Nexus 5 update on other phones. I would guess, that when phones get "officially" updated to KitKat, that they will also offer this feature. Still, cool for the Moto X to be ahead of the curve on this feature.

123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 6 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 09, 2013, 11:02:29 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on November 09, 2013, 10:25:51 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 09, 2013, 10:03:57 PM

Is anyone considering buying a Wii U when Mario comes out rather than an XB1 or PS4?

(PR laughs.. heartily)

No one is buying a WiiU until Nintendo gets off their asses and make the next Zelda or Metroid game.

Quoted for truth. Though I'd add "good" to that sentence. smile
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: November 09, 2013, 10:50:37 PM
From the article it sounds like Blizzard is skeptical about D4 working well on such a small screen.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: November 09, 2013, 03:23:41 PM
For those who care, the PS4 version will not support remote play per gamespot. Though blizzard is still mulling it over.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: November 08, 2013, 10:02:52 PM
I thought the first half of season 5 was less interesting than the rest of the show, but season 4 was tremendous (my favorite season) and the 2nd half of season 5 (or season 6, whatever they are calling the last 8 eps) was awesome, and I absolutely loved the ending. Maybe the best ending a show ever had.
127  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Configuring a PC on: November 08, 2013, 01:39:34 AM
Grats, Kratz.

Let's see some pics!
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 07, 2013, 07:38:16 PM
Most (if not all) TVs with an optical output only pass 5.1 audio out of that output when the Antenna/Coax input of the TV is being used.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Dead Rising 3 on: November 06, 2013, 02:08:12 AM
Thanks CeeKay.

Wow, they finally got rid of the clock that ruined the series for me. And now there is a next gen system that actually has a game I would like to play....
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Dead Rising 3 on: November 06, 2013, 01:31:56 AM
So does DR3 use the same timer/death/replay mechanics?
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Previous Launch Console Experiences on: November 05, 2013, 12:25:08 AM
Great stories!

The only console I ever got near launch was the Wii. While the hype was interesting, I decided I wanted to play Zelda Twilight princess on the Wii instead of the cube. I think I lined up somewhere on Black Friday (I think this was slightly after launch, maybe later in the week?) early, and wasn't nearly close enough to the front of the line to end up with one. I think a week later, my wife to be, was sick of me moping for  new Zelda and I was no longer willing to stand in line before the store opened, so she lined up at Best Buy before it opened, and ended up with a ticket for one. I raced over there and picked one up. And,  twilight princess was awesome!

No plans to buy either console this month. Neither has any games I want. I'll probably buy a Wii U eventually assuming Nintendo cranks out a good Zelda and Metroid for it. I'll likely get either an XB1 or PS4 at some point, but no plans any time soon...

I may buy a new PC (or Steambox) before buying a new console. Who knows? Plans change....
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword on: November 05, 2013, 12:01:56 AM
Still playing. On the 3rd temple (the desert one). Still feeling mixed about this. There are some very fun Zelda moments, but the controls are as much a negative as they are a positive. Twilight Princess handled the motion controls much better. Things like aiming with the remote work mostly well, though it's irritating that L targeting can't be used for shooting weapons. The sword controls are still mostly a struggle and more often irritate me than entertain. I also find the bomb throwing controls fine out of combat, but when I had to use them in a boss fight, once again it was an artificial, frustrating difficulty increase.

The content of the game is excellent thus far. It would be nice to have the option to disable Fi or whatever they named the hint system in this game. The hand holding as referenced before is a drag...
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword on: November 02, 2013, 03:16:33 AM
I guess I'll buy that there's more of it in SS, but I just replayed about half of Wind Waker and it has PLENTY of hand holding in its own right. The king of red lions is basically telling you where to go and what to do. Wind Waker was certainly easier than SS so far... Although most of my difficulty is with the controls and winning even some of the routine fights take me way too long.

Just entered the second temple and am still having enough fun to keep playing, but I know the battles are going to get harder and I shudder to think how much more "precise" I am going to have to get with the sword....
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword on: November 01, 2013, 09:02:10 PM
Hard to believe I waited 2 years to try a new Zelda game, but that says nearly everything about the meteoric rise and catastrophic fall of the Wii.

I gave this to my brother for Xmas two years ago, and this year he finally gave up on it pretty close to finishing it. My best gaming friend is a much more die hard video game player than I am (I apparently like reading gaming forums and news more than playing games these days....) and he gave up on this game because he hated the controls. So, my expectations were very low when I fired this up earlier this week.

I will admit to being VERY charmed by this early on. I liked the way they built up to your first time flying and it did have me anticipating it. I also found the Zelda/Link relationship cute. I even found the motion controls to be pretty fun the first night. However, the second and third day I played this when I finally got to some actual gameplay, my opinion definitely soured. This game exemplifies what's wrong with motion controls. WAY WAY too much of this game depends on shoe horned motion controls to accomplish certain things I would much rather do with a thumbstick or button press. The more intense fights I have had so far have had me furious at the sword controls, which don't always respond correctly. Plus, they just aren't quite responsive enough, which acts as an unwanted difficulty booster. Controlling the beetle with the Wiimote is a torturous pain, and would be 100% easier just driving it with the thumbstick. There are many other examples of these types of things where traditional controls would increase my enjoyment and decrease my frustration. I think there is a pretty neat Zelda game to be had here, but I expect it's a matter of when, not if, I give up in frustration. Still enjoying it enough to plod on... for now.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: October 29, 2013, 11:18:43 AM
Gamespot review does (briefly) talk about the PS4 version. They loved it 9/10.

This review has made me think that this series is just not for me anymore. I am in the minority in that I really did not enjoy the ship combat in AC3. It sounds like the ship combat is a major component to this game, which will probably please many. I loved AC2, brotherhood, and even the first one. But Revelations and AC3 turned me off greatly and if anything this new one seems less appealing to me, and veering farther away from what I loved about the series in the first place.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: October 29, 2013, 03:56:12 AM
Not the one you asked, but many ipad 3 owners, including myself, wish they hadn't upgraded to IOS7. There is a noticeable dip in performance. It's nice that the newest update allows us to disable the zooming effect which was very stuttery. But, there is no denying how much smoother my ipad worked before the jump to 7. I still like my ipad a lot, and it's still a much better tablet than my previous android tablet was, but it  just doesn't work as smoothly on version 7. And personally, I preferred the old look (not that I hate the new one). I also see little functional gain from the upgrade. The one thing I can think of which I like better is the multitasking/application interface which is much nicer. I'd still prefer my ipad the way it was, assuming I could keep apps up to date and not lose functionality.
137  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Warband + EVE - Mass Effect 2 - Deep Silver Sale on: October 27, 2013, 03:12:33 AM

Quote from: Caine on October 26, 2013, 07:33:46 PM



Oh, how I long for a sequel....
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 26, 2013, 01:21:34 AM
I think the surprise is while the XBone only runs at 30 FPS in 720p and the PS4 runs at 60 FPS at 1080p, the PS4 version is only displayed in black and white while the XBone is in color. I was pretty surprised!
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/PC/Wii U]Batman:Arkham Origins on: October 25, 2013, 07:05:42 PM
Definitely waiting for the bargain bin for this one. I liked Arkham Asylum significantly more than Arkham City.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 19, 2013, 04:28:16 PM
Nothing for me. I already bought my last gaming console for a while this week, the 3DS XL. smile

I think the launch lineups are awful for both consoles. Of the 3 "next gen" consoles, the Wii U has one game I am interested in (Wind Waker HD) which is something I've already played.

I really was hoping the XBone or the PS4 would come out for around $300. At $399 or $499, I am just not interested until one of them has multiple games I am interested in playing.

Now, I keep hearing about how these things are basically "PCs". If someone hacks one puts Windows on it and declares one or the other a viable gaming PC, then I would be far more interested. Or, if not viable as a gaming PC, if viable as a HTPC, then I might get one sooner than planned.

But, no immediate plans to buy either running their native OS.
141  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: October 16, 2013, 11:24:36 AM
I own a DS but haven't done much with it the past few years. I think the last game I bought for it was Zelda spirit tracks which I really didn't care for. I'm excited for the Zelda in this thread which looks fantastic. I am curious about the new lungi mansion game which looks cute. I am curious about super Mario land 3d if isn't too difficult. Any other must haves for the 3ds?
142  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: October 15, 2013, 11:30:32 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 14, 2013, 06:18:23 PM

What is your problem with the 3DS?  I've been very happy with mine.

I have no problem with it as much as I have tried to avoid it due to my tiring of the portable gaming device form factor. I prefer gaming in front of a PC or on a big TV rather than my hands cramping and my eyes straining on a small hand held console. I'd probably prefer it if the 3ds had a form factor more similar to the Vita (one big screen instead of 2 smaller screens).

Having said that, games wins out I guess. I finally took my first leap to the "next gen" and got a 3DSXL yesterday. I was very concerned about how bad the screen looked for a while until I finally figured out that the 3d slider clicks off to turn actually turn off the 3D. (I have double vision so 3D doesn't work for me. With 3D on, even on the lowest setting the whole screen looked wobbly to me in a very bad way.). Of course it took a couple hours for me to figure this out.

Fry's had one for $20 off and I couldn't resist. smile

So once I finish with Ocarina (which looks very nice on the tiny eye straining screen and heaven knows I needed to spend money on yet ANOTHER copy of that game) what should I get next?
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: October 14, 2013, 10:47:04 AM
Anyone know if it's possible to get inside (indoors) the airport? I am on my 3rd full work week traveling and when I return I think I could really channel a lot of frustration if I could run wild in a virtual airport.
144  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: October 12, 2013, 08:35:32 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on October 11, 2013, 11:01:15 PM

Looks pretty damn good to me.

Agreed, I thought it looked awesome. Too bad it's only on a system I don't plan to ever own. I'll repeat it again. I would buy a Wii U today if it had a GBA player like functionality for 3DS games.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 30, 2013, 03:05:16 AM
Memo to the sopranos writers..... THAT is how you end a series!

Just awesome. I withdraw all of my earlier sentiments about wishing the show ended at the end of season 4.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Putting down a pet sucks on: September 27, 2013, 11:42:56 PM
We had to put our oldest cat down on Labor Day weekend. We've had to put 3 cats to sleep over the past six years. It just keeps getting more and more difficult. This recent one was my "stalker". 9/10 times when I would sit on the couch he would be on the couch within a few minutes butting his head against me to get on my lap and be petted. It almost got annoying. Now my lap is cold. Even after nearly a month I keep looking around when I am on the couch (like right now) looking for someone that isn't coming.

Sorry for your loss.
147  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Router on: September 27, 2013, 07:43:40 PM
I actually got the 66U, the AC one, this week. Haven't really put any heavy load on it yet, but it's fine so far. Very simple to set up and seems to have a wide array of options for stock firmware.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 23, 2013, 12:22:27 PM
Awesome. The ending was awesome seeing the transformation on Walt's face. I expect high amounts of bad assery next week.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 22, 2013, 02:30:41 AM
I don't care if Intellivision has better graphics than my Atari. I don't like that goofy disc controller and Atari still rules.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 19, 2013, 04:53:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 18, 2013, 04:17:34 AM

hold down on the left d-pad to bring up a radial wheel with all the stations, then use the right thumbstick to browse them.  whichever the thumbstick is on when you release the d-pad will be your new station.

Thank you! (Big help! I am sad that Just or Unjust didn't seem to make it to the sequel.)

Despite the lower potential for firey carmageddon, I am really enjoying the game. One thing that is so much improved here is when you fail missions (I do this a lot) you can restart (or retry if you have progressed in the mission) without replaying lots of things over again. I think the mission which drove me to give up on GTA4 was the strip club mission. Once I got to the driving/chasing/shooting part of that mission, I just could never complete it. Not only did I have to start the whole mission over every time, I had to drive across town to get to the damn mission. This is a huge improvement in 5 (at least so far).

At some point I am going to hope Franklin dies... How many times is he going to keep going along with Lamar's hair brained schemes? I'm beginning to think Franklin is actually the bigger idiot of the two since he just keeps going right along with him...
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 18, 2013, 03:50:01 AM
The glowing reviews and finding out I had $170 in Best Buy reward zone points resulted in me unexpectedly buying this.

It does seem to look a bit better than 4. I don't really notice any big differences in the driving. I don't really have much empathy for any of the characters yet, unlike Nico. I do like that fairly early on you can pretty much drive anywhere you want, unlike in 4 where they kept you locked in one section of the city. On a drive around, I did see some awesome scenery.

Having said that, I am disappointed in this early on. Oh, the game may end up better, but a couple of the things I loved about 4 don't seem as good here:

1. The radio. I wasn't exactly a huge fan of 4's music either, but it just seems dreadful here. I need to look up the song list. I also have been disappointed in the talk radio I've heard so far. I chuckled a lot at this in 4, but thus far, I've barely cracked a smile in this one. Plus, I hate the interface for the radio. It's hard for me to tell what station I am on (it goes away too quickly) and I hate only being able to tune in one direction. BOOOO! I really wish they'd do another 80s game. I love Vice City's soundtrack.

2. It's hard to blow up cars in this game! I never finished GTA 4, as I just lost interest in doing some of the goofy missions. But, I played GTA 4 enough hours to probably get through the game a few times. The main thing I loved to do in 4 was drive around in a car, crash into a lot of other cars until it caught on fire, then try to park the car in close proximity of other cars. Then I would run from my car and watch my car blow up, and cause a chain reaction of other explosions on other cars. This always cracked me up. I swear one time I blew up around 40 cars from my car's first explosion since more and more cars kept driving up and catching on fire. This just doesn't work well in this game. So far, 2 out of the 3 times I got a car on fire, the flames simply went out and the car was dead. BOOOO! I did get one to blow up, but I had to get it seriously burning first, and I barely got out of it on time to not be blown up. Probably no big deal to most people, but seriously, this was my favorite part of GTA4. frown

Guess I will have to find new ways to have maniacal fun in this new sandbox. Maybe I'll play the main story all the way through, although I tend to suck at these missions in these games.
152  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Finally making the jump to flatscreens. Yes, finally. on: September 16, 2013, 11:17:32 AM
At your price range buy a Panasonic plasma. The low end 50" can be had for as low as $450. Even these bottom of the barrel 720p plasmas look better than the vast majority of the much more expensive LED sets you'll see. Spend a little more and you an get a 1080p plasma for well within your budget.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: September 12, 2013, 11:43:47 PM
I loved TP. I thought and think WW is great, but it had some glaring flaws, especially the excessive sailing and triforce hunt. TP I think is on par with Ocarina of Time (I probably prefer TP but OoT was more original and TP to a great extent mimics it). I have still never played Skyward Sword since I have heard so many negatives about the controls.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: September 12, 2013, 03:13:49 AM
The HD version is almost universally better... but, the bloom is overdone for me. Of course, I generally don't care for bloom effects anyway. I feel there are some scenes where the colors are a bit washed out looking on the HD one. Still for the most part, the HD version is pretty impressive. When the Wii U is cheap in a few years, I'll probably check this out again. (As I mentioned earlier, been playing the cube version the last few weeks, and it still looks great on a 60" plasma.)

(Forgive me if I posted this earlier). I really think Twilight Princess would benefit more from the HD remake than WW. The cel shaded style holds up pretty well, but TP had some seriously blurry textures that would probably look amazing cleaned up in HD. I also like TP a lot more... not that WW isn't great.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 10:27:34 PM
Sigh... I knew it wasn't coming but still bummed at the lack of a bigger screen size. Oddly enough I am mildly tempted by the cheap 5c. If the S4 would drop to $99 this Fall, that would create a nice dilemma for me.... Or I may just suffer with my Razr for another 6-12 months....
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 03, 2013, 02:09:01 PM
Rest of the world to Microsoft: we will continue to not buy them.

I look forward to the next wave of Windows phones... With mobile Kinect bundled in.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brace yourself - Fall 2013 preview list on: August 31, 2013, 12:12:33 AM
Nothing for me.

GTA 5.  maybe later..
Ac4. Not now. Revelations and III burned me.
Batman... After AC not willing to pay full price... Unless I hear it's more like AA.

I think the next new game I'll pick up is Thief depending on PC system requirements.

I think my tastes are drifting away from the norm somewhat, as I think this fall release slate is pitiful. I also can find zero launch games of interest for the new consoles.
158  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 2DS? on: August 28, 2013, 05:24:42 PM
I would be SO IN if this were clam shell. Sigh....

(Still might be in... Damnit)
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 11:18:57 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 26, 2013, 04:28:54 AM

The restaurant scene, the confession, and the desert scene were all incredible.  Chin hit the floor, holy shit I can't believe that happened type of awesome.  Jessie piecing together the ricin cigarette from Huele lifting his dope felt like a HUGE stretch though.

I agree 100% with this. I was grinning like a madman when hank and Marie watched the confession video. The Jesse revelation at the end was my least favorite part, and I agree seemed a stretch.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wheel of Time beginning to the end. on: August 25, 2013, 03:41:26 AM
Stessier if you want a simple right or wrong answer to your theory...

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