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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 25, 2013, 06:31:38 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 25, 2013, 05:45:42 PM

This game is one of a select few PS4 games available to buy before the European PS4 release this Friday, so I went ahead and bought it today. Now I've got the box sitting in front of me, taunting me.

Neener neener neener! icon_razz
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 20, 2013, 07:03:09 PM
Personally, I just want my console to play games. All this other extra media hub business is just pointless distraction, and if the functionality isn't spot on, then what's the point?

Aside from the price point, the main reason I went PS4 instead of XBO is that I felt more interested in Sony's emphasis on the games rather than all the other extra stuff. Sure it may be PS3 2.0 but that's fine with me.

I guess I'm old skool that way. tear
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Almost Human on: November 20, 2013, 06:56:33 PM
I really like this show. I hope they can maintain the FX budget they have because the world they've created looks pretty awesome for a TV show.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 15, 2013, 09:36:26 PM

Quote from: shon on November 15, 2013, 09:29:15 PM

Mine just came in and I hooked it up and it downloaded the update extremely fast.  Trying to logon to PSN and it just sits there saying please wait.

According to this:

PSN is currently offline.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 14 hours until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 14, 2013, 05:01:27 PM
My Amazon pre-order (placed June 10th) status is now 'preparing for shipment'. My order for three games (Knack, Killzone, Assassin's Creed) is coming today.

Tomorrow's gonna be a perfect day! icon_cool

What's not going to be so cool is the time I'll have to spend rewiring and reconfiguring my entertainment center to fit the thing. My biggest problem is having enough electrical plugs to fit everything. The negative of being a techno-boy is having too many gadgets. Gah!
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 13, 2013, 07:26:35 PM

Quote from: Scraper on November 13, 2013, 07:20:58 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 13, 2013, 07:16:58 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 13, 2013, 07:14:51 PM

That link Jimmy gave doesn't seem to be the update to me.  It seems to be the full install if you are installing a new drive and need to get the OS installed.  Maybe it will work like the update, but you are downloading more than you need to.

Egads I think you're right!

This procedure is for initializing your PS4 system and performing a new installation of the system software, such as for when you replace the hard disk drive.

Jimmy is a Microsoft plant!!

Wait a minute are you saying Hetz was right? Damnit, I don't want to apologize to him, you can't make me.


Oops. Oh well. At least I had good intentions. I yield to Hetz's superior powers of attention to detail.

Kinda ironic. I actually did work at Microsoft about 10 years ago. For the record, it SUCKED.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 13, 2013, 06:31:20 PM
Oh Hetz, that lovable scamp.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 13, 2013, 06:11:25 PM
Thanks guys. Good to know that we are all still in a waiting pattern.

In the mean time, in anticipation of the onslaught of new PS4 units hitting Sony's update servers, I'm not taking any chances with slow download access of the day one patch, which is nearly 1 GB in size. I recommend downloading it and copying it to a USB drive now so that you don't have to wait during setup. Instructions here:
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 13, 2013, 06:01:06 PM
Any of you guys pre-order from Amazon? I did my pre-order back in June and the order status still says 'not yet shipped'. My paranoia is starting to make me nervous that I will not get my launch day unit in time.

Damn this new console excitement! crybaby
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 12, 2013, 10:41:57 PM
More like Elizabeth Berkley's stunt double in Showgirls.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: October 29, 2013, 05:20:20 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 29, 2013, 04:42:39 PM

Huh.  I haven't had any significant issues with my iPad 3 and the new OS.

Me neither.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 13, 2013, 07:58:28 PM
Good job. I hit the wall at pretty much the same point my first time too, but that feeling of accomplishment when you finish is awesome.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2013-14 Season on: October 10, 2013, 10:53:17 PM
Probably take a dump in Adam Oates' bowl of cereal.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: October 10, 2013, 04:47:59 PM
Brilliant. Simply brilliant.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2013-14 Season on: October 09, 2013, 04:15:35 PM
Tomas Hertl with the goal of the year right here:
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 09, 2013, 03:39:54 AM
Damn, you are hardcore! It sounds like you've been training appropriately for it so you will no doubt kill it. Good luck!
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 08, 2013, 10:25:16 PM
That's crazy talk! Honestly, I'll have to think hard about trying another half marathon again. I'm glad I did it the last two years but it's definitely at the upper end of my pain tolerance.

If I do another one, no more Gatorade for me. That stuff is so overrated.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 08, 2013, 12:10:54 AM
There were water and Gatorade stations all along the route, but I didn't start taking any until around the 4 mile mark. Then I hydrated at every station until the end, although I skipped the last one since it was so close to the finish. I also took one of those Gu energy packs at the midway point.

I guess Gatorade is suppose to hydrate you but I still felt thirsty after drinking that stuff. I think I should have stuck to plain old water. If I ever decide to run another half marathon, I might buy one of those belts with the small water bottles and hydrate on my own schedule rather than relying on the stations along the race route.

Amazingly enough today, the day after, I don't feel bad at all. The hamstrings are a little sore but that's it. The hurt in the feet is gone and the knees feel okay.

Some of you may remember that I do Crossfit regularly and I really believe that has helped with my overall strength, endurance, and ability to recover. I did not specifically train as much for the half marathon this year. The longest distance I ran in preparation was 6 miles and I only did that twice. Otherwise I ran 3 miles multiple time over the 4 weeks leading up to the race. However, I stuck to my Crossfitting routine of 3 to 4 times a week, with a good mix of metabolic stuff and weightlifting. From what people have been telling me, a near 10 minute improvement in my half marathon time is pretty major, so I am happy about that.

Now I have to decide whether or not I want to run it again next year. I am not that much of a fan of distance running. The only reason I did the half two years in a row is due to peer pressure from my friends.

Oh, and the winner of the San Jose Rock and Roll Half Marathon this year finished in 1:02. That's better than my 10K time! Gah!
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 06, 2013, 08:22:03 PM
Finished the half marathon in about 2:20 which is almost 10 minutes better than last year. I was in good shape until about mile 11 when I really started to feel it physically. The last mile was done solely on guts, duct tape and string. I SO wanted to walk across the finish line but fought that urge mentally and managed to run the entire race (no walking).

My legs are sore in a way that cannot be described. Hopefully some Aleve and rest in the next 24 hours will enable me to walk again.

I have no idea how people can do a full marathon. The thought of running for four hours is incomprehensible to me.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 04, 2013, 11:45:13 PM
I have a half marathon this Sunday. For the last month, I've been running 3 mile, then 6 mile loops one to two times a week. I ran 6.35 miles this past Wednesday in 1:08 and felt pretty good at the end. Certainly could have kept going, so I don't feel as nervous about going past the 6 mile barrier. I ran the same half marathon a year ago and did that in 2:28, so I guess I am shooting for around the same time.

Sorry to derail the conversation. Carry on...
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 02, 2013, 11:05:03 PM
That looks like the same technology James Cameron used to make Avatar.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Tom Clancy on: October 02, 2013, 10:25:38 PM
I read Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising years ago, which I consider two of the best books I've read. The pacing in those two were so well done you couldn't put them down.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Silk Road Tor Site seized by FBI on: October 02, 2013, 10:22:02 PM
I wonder if Princess Buttercup will have to come up with bail money. icon_razz
144  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Router on: September 27, 2013, 08:55:11 PM
I have the Netgear R6300 wireless ac router. A big, expensive beast of a router, but the wireless range that it puts out is ridiculous. I recommend it to anyone who needs a wide area of coverage.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney closes Lucasarts! on: September 27, 2013, 05:27:41 PM
Wow, that was a really good read. A real tragedy how it all went down though, and yet another sad example of how leadership that has no clear strategy can destroy a company.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 24, 2013, 06:29:38 PM
Wow, really odd that some of you are seeing such a performance hit on the iPad 3. I just don't see it, or maybe I'm not looking hard enough. icon_razz

One thing I would recommend is after the update, power the device off and then on to reset it. Let the battery run all the way down until the device shuts down on it's own, then charge it up fully. From what I've been reading, that will help with performance and battery life.

It's a bit bizarre that the experiences of people are so all over the map.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 23, 2013, 08:25:54 PM

Quote from: Exodor on September 23, 2013, 07:50:56 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on September 23, 2013, 07:08:08 PM

I went ahead and updated my iPhone 5 and iPad 3 over the weekend.

What the performance like on your iPad3?

I've been holding off on updating mine after reading about a pretty big performance hit.

I did upgrade my iPhone4 and although it's slower than my work-provided 5 it's still usable.

Performance feels pretty much the same as before the update. I have not noticed anything out of the ordinary.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 23, 2013, 07:31:44 PM
LOL, that retaining wall didn't really do much retaining.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 23, 2013, 07:08:08 PM
I went ahead and updated my iPhone 5 and iPad 3 over the weekend. I was dreading the worst, but it seems to have gone off without any problems. I updated them through connection to a PC and downloading via iTunes. The battery performance on the iPhone is actually the same as before so luckily I avoided the weird battery issues many other people have reported. On the iPad the battery seems to drain a little faster than before but still acceptable in my mind.

I like the new look but a couple of things are annoying:

1. The folder view has been reduced to a 3x3 grid, resulting in a lot of wasted screen space and the need for extra swipes in folder that have more than 9 apps.
2. The default OS font is harder to read, even with the bold text enabled. For old fogies like me with not so great eyesight, it's a pain in the ass.

The parallax home screen and dynamic backgrounds are an interesting curiosity but disabled after the initial wow factor.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: September 19, 2013, 12:11:14 AM

Quote from: Lee on September 18, 2013, 11:01:27 PM

Really like it so far. Some of it is quite ugly, like the Safari icon, but lot's of nice little touches. Finally an Android like control panel!

Battery is getting slaughtered on my iPhone 5 of course.

Turning off Background App Refresh and enabling "Reduce Motion" to kill the annoying and gimmicky parallax effect is believed to improve battery life. If you could, try that and report back if it makes any difference. I'm holding off on the update until there is more info on the battery problem. Plus I'm sure the update servers are getting slammed now anyways.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Dad! on: September 13, 2013, 12:49:06 AM
Cutie alert!! icon_biggrin
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Puppeteer on: September 10, 2013, 09:59:38 PM
Dumb question: do you play this with the standard controller, or is the Move thing required?
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 1 on: September 09, 2013, 07:06:53 PM
Gellar says:

1) I didn't see it live, but post game I saw the replay. The hit was incredibly dirty, but it's not suspendible. If Matthews were some jobber maybe, but the league is not going to suspend Clay Matthews on a personal foul that didn't injure someone. Staley's penalty was laughable, and the league stated as such post-game.

Yep, that hit was pretty ordinary by dirty hits standards in the NFL. The only concern I had was Staley or someone else doing some thing stupid in retaliation and getting kicked out of the game and possibly suspended. Thank god that didn't happen.

2) Jim Harbaugh would drive me insane if he was not the coach of my favorite team. How other 49er fans can't agree that he is a complete and total asshat is beyond me. But he's OUR asshat. Let's embrace it.

Totally agree. As a Niner fan, I find him hilarious at best and an obnoxious douchebag at worst, but the guy is an awesome head coach. He's our Bill Belichick, and as long as the team keeps winning, the personality is not an issue.

3) Yes, most 49er fans know nothing about football. But that's true of all football fans. Collectively, it's the biggest group of passionate, non-sensical fans in all of sports. Maybe basketball rivals them in cluelessness, but not passion.

The post game call in shows are totally unlistenable to me just based on the sheer idiocy half drunk people spew on the way home from the game.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 1 on: September 09, 2013, 06:02:52 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 09, 2013, 01:11:10 PM

Quote from: Graham on September 09, 2013, 04:04:54 AM

Quote from: naednek on September 09, 2013, 12:52:42 AM

Hard fought game in SF. Clay Matthews is a great LB, but he's Harbaugh's an ass. That's all I gotta say about that.


At least Harbaugh doesn't intentionally try to injure the QB of the other team with a dirty, laaaaaaaaaaaaaaate hit.  If Rodgers got hit as late as Kaepernick did, the league office would have exploded.  

Please tell me you don't honestly think that is true. It's a late hit, which Matthews even owned up to after the game, but intentionally trying to injure? Come on now.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 1 on: September 09, 2013, 03:42:07 AM
Kaepernick is the whole package. The one thing that he does which is underrated now is his ability to throw on the run. The few times he rolled out, by design or not, the passes he made were incredible. Right on target with velocity. Boldin must think he's gone to football heaven.

No way the Niners win that game with Alex Smith.

And on an unrelated note, LOL at the Buccaneers giving the game away to the Jets and saving Ryan's neck.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Ps3/Vita] Guacamelee on: September 04, 2013, 04:17:51 PM
I have not run into any impossible situations yet. The frustration comes from the pattern memorization through constant failure. It's required a level of gaming patience from me that I have not had to dig into in a long time. It's kind of old school.

Every time I get so frustrated I am about to break the controller, I have to stop playing and go do something non-gaming related (like laundry LOL). I come back to it later and am able to get past the frustrating part. It's all very zen in a bizarre way.  icon_smile
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MOVIE] Scorpion King 4 on: September 03, 2013, 11:38:23 PM
I didn't think it was possible to top any movies with The Rock, Randy Couture, and Dave Bautista.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 03, 2013, 11:35:53 PM
All those Nokia employees better start updating their resumes quick because stuff is going to start going downhill soon.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Ps3/Vita] Guacamelee on: September 03, 2013, 09:39:37 PM

I picked this up on PSN as it is discounted for PS+ subscribers. Really good Metroid-vania type game with slick colorful graphics, but holy cow, some of the moves you need to pull off are nearly worthy of throwing the controller across the room in frustration. The speed and precision with which moves have to be executed are almost too much for my advanced aged skills.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: August 26, 2013, 08:22:20 PM
Tried the XBox 360 demo last night. If anything, it sure is a pretty looking game.
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