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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: Today at 02:44:15 AM
It's already the 64th highest grossing app, those newbies are buying the packs up. I doubt it will beat Clash of Clans and the like though, people spend thousands on those. Hearthstone will have a bigger base I am sure though.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 16, 2014, 10:50:01 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 16, 2014, 10:07:20 PM

I just found it by typing Hearthstone.

Blizzard responded to people with the same problem on Twitter, it takes awhile for the app store search to update its results. So it's fine now.

Thanks to the retina display, Hearthstone looks better on the iPad than it does my computers. Runs great as well. A couple of slow downs, but I probably need to shut down some apps anyway. You get a free pack for playing a game on the iPad as well.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 16, 2014, 07:59:10 PM
Of course their search is so broken that you can't find it by searching. Had to find it through a Twitter link.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: April 12, 2014, 09:10:29 PM
Haven't been this excited for a new game in a long time. I am more concerned with them capturing the backstory of the factions like in Alpha Centauri than I am about how they do combat. Its been a long time since I played AC, but my strongest memories of it are the different factions and trying to deal with the land itself so you could grow. If they can capture that, this is a sure winner.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 12, 2014, 06:02:39 PM
Damn, will be here Monday. I still have a ton of Kuerig pods to drink as well.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 12, 2014, 05:58:58 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 12, 2014, 05:40:09 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 12, 2014, 05:05:20 AM

And I know this sounds silly/old/etc, but why does no one seem to say "good game" anymore?

There's no chat to be able to. All you can do is emote "well played"

That's what I mean. It used to be common back in the day (a month ago) for everyone to say well played at the end of the game. Now it seems rare. I used to greet everyone as well before I realized I was the only one doing it.

I am old, and rarely play online games, and this is kind of why. The person across from me might as well be a computer if there in no interaction. On the other end of things, if there was free chat, I would have to turn it off because everyone is an ass online.

Nevermind me. icon_confused
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 12, 2014, 05:05:20 AM
And I know this sounds silly/old/etc, but why does no one seem to say "good game" anymore?
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 12, 2014, 04:08:33 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 12, 2014, 02:42:55 AM

The kinda consensus in the community is that Blizzard uses their secret hidden skill rating as part of their non-ranked matchmaking.  Don't know if there's ever been an official word one way or the other, though.

I literally can't win anymore. As I have stated many, many, times in this thread, I suck at this game, but I could always do unranked games and have fun, winning some and losing some. Now, with any deck but my mage, I am getting slaughtered. I see legendaries being played just about every game, which seems new in unranked play. I do better in ranked play than non, now.

Sidenote: Murloc warlock decks, is anyone not playing them anymore?
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 11, 2014, 06:56:21 PM
A couple of you have mentioned Peets. People seem to either love it or hate it, there isn't much in-between. I think they have a store in the local mall, so I may give it a try.

Also, ordered paper filters. Should I have just got the gold filter?
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 11, 2014, 06:49:21 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 11, 2014, 06:00:51 PM

Ok, I asked my coffee fanatic brother-in-law for his recommendation for your situation.

His first thought was a large Chemex, but he said you'd have to pour it into a preheated thermal carafe to keep it warm for your later pours.  Basically the same thing you'd have to do to keep a large french press brew warm.

But then he said if you can spend the money, Technivorm makes the best drip coffee makers.  More affordable but still great: Bonavita.  These drip makers get the temperature right.

He said anything you see for sale at Clive Coffee is going to be great.  Here's a link straight to their drip makers.

Thanks for just costing me $300. slywink Got the Bonavita, plus $12 off the grinder I mentioned above. And to think that I thought the $200 I spent on the Keurig at the time was a lot, but that thing lasted me years, hopefully this does too.

Still interested in going with a press, but this will take care of my morning coffee when I don't want to mess with it, nicely.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 11, 2014, 04:30:03 PM
No interest in doing the region switch thing. Plus I am worried about the iPad release, it will make it too easy to play.

I can't make it above rank 19 playing with my mage. That seems to be my limit.

How does the game pick opponents for non ranked games? I used to be able to win regularly in play mode with most characters, but lately the competition has gotten a lot better. Not sure if it's because of my combined level of characters or just that everyone else is getting better at the game.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 11, 2014, 04:18:48 PM
For the grinder I have pretty much decided on the Baratza Encore. Marco Arment (Apple developer who created Instapaper), recommended it if you can't afford it's big brother that is twice the price. He's a big coffee snob and seems to know his stuff.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 11, 2014, 04:14:00 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 11, 2014, 04:05:11 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 11, 2014, 01:32:04 PM

"CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America"

Stay classy, Rush.

ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the only person on the planet who thinks Stephen Colbert is the character he portrays. 

what a colossal tool shed. 

Over the years I have worked with many of people who listen to Rush religiously. There are a lot of people who think like him unfortunately.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 11, 2014, 04:11:31 PM
Thanks for the input. The clever coffee dripper looks cool, and it's similar to my loose-leaf tea maker which is very cool. While I think I am going to get something like that or the Aeropress eventually, I keep thinking of my Saturday morning coffee. Saturday morning is my "finances" morning (I go through all my finances/budget) and I typically drink about 3 cups of coffee. I don't want to take a break and have to make another cup, I just want to go pour it and get back to what I was doing. This goes for my weekday cup of coffee as well, I want simple in the morning. For that reason I keep thinking I need a regular drip maker. I have been looking at them on Amazon, and I guess I am just going to go for one of the more expensive Cuisinarts, because if it's more expensive, it must be better. The problem is they are all huge things, I do not need to make 12 cups of coffee, ever.

Ironrod, I have always been similar to you, thats why the Keurig was good enough. And I don't mind it still, but I enjoy a Starbucks Americano much more, they don't even compare. While I will never get espresso quality coffee at home easily, I figure the least I can do is get something that approaches that richer flavor.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Coffee at home on: April 10, 2014, 11:53:34 PM
I have used a Keurig for years (around a decade?). I like the ease and the lack of clean up, but I like really strong coffee, which the Keurig doesn't do. After reading a few recent articles pointing out the negatives (chemicals, price, excess garbage), I am playing with the idea of moving to something else. I have never owned any other type of coffee maker other than a Keurig, so this is a new world to me. I made the mistake of reading some articles on coffee, and it put my beer snobbery to shame. Coffee making is serious business.

Everything says that you have to grind your own beans right before brewing. Gold cone filters seem to be the favorite for drip coffee. The Aeropress has a big following from the snobs. It looks like I have to spend $100 for a grinder, and at least $40 on a coffee maker, if I don't go with a press.

How do you brew coffee at home? Positives? Negatives?

Where do you get your coffee from? (I have 4 Starbucks within a 2 block range, so that is probably where I would go, plus I like Starbucks).
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: April 10, 2014, 11:43:15 PM
I like Kass. Maybe I am buying into her talk, but I didn't think she had a lot of options with either tribe so why not play the middleman? Her alliance wasn't the best so she made some big moves. She won't win, but I don't she was in the a position to win anyway. Might as well stir it up a bit. That's what I would do if I was on Survivor. (No I wouldn't.)
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 10, 2014, 05:45:20 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 09, 2014, 03:39:35 PM

Combo meals have always been mostly a ripoff for lazy people - like me - who just don't want to laboriously order individual items. imho soft drinks are still where most restaurants (fast food or "casual" like Chipotle) stick it to you. Some charge like $1.59 to $2 or more for a cup of soda (if you're getting to go, no refills involved to make the cost make sense).

How so? They aren't exactly a deal, maybe $.10 cheaper than ordering separately, but they aren't a rip off. If you mean you can eat cheaper, sure, but I am not willing to eat a McD's cheeseburger with it's sliver of meat and dehydrated onion. I want something closer to a real burger, like a Quarterpounder, which isn't on the cheap menu.

My niece absolutely loves fast food, so I have been eating a bit more of it recently. It's always disappointing. I am at the point I would rather go to Red Robin and pay more than I would go to McDs.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 10, 2014, 05:34:23 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 10, 2014, 04:59:40 PM

I am torn.  He will reach more households but I am not sure his "stichik" will work as well on a non-cable network. 

Are you assuming he is going to continue playing the character of the Colbert Report?
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 09, 2014, 05:00:30 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 09, 2014, 01:53:49 AM

Quote from: Lee on April 08, 2014, 09:26:25 PM

Wish I could do it. I have a Mac Mini running as media server on my TV and a Roku I sometimes use. I watch less than 10 hours of a TV to week and everything I watch is available online (and if it isn't I don't care enough of about it to care about missing it).

Except soccer. When NBC took over english soccer, they put all the games online, but you have to have a cable subscription to get them. If I could find a reliable way to watch soccer, even for a monthly cost of up to $20, I would cut cable in a second.

You should look into whether a British VPN would get you the coverage you need via BBC online streaming. I saw lots of reports of doing that to get access to BBC Olympic coverage for I think less than $10/month.

I read into that a while ago and it wouldn't be much help. Games are on Sky, BT Sports, and whatever other channels. As strange as it, we get better coverage in the US of games than they do over there. They black out games to encourage people to support their local teams/leagues. UK fan I follow on Twitter have to follow Arsenal on shitty streams a lot of times. I went down that road as well, it's not worth it.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 08, 2014, 09:26:25 PM
Wish I could do it. I have a Mac Mini running as media server on my TV and a Roku I sometimes use. I watch less than 10 hours of a TV to week and everything I watch is available online (and if it isn't I don't care enough of about it to care about missing it).

Except soccer. When NBC took over english soccer, they put all the games online, but you have to have a cable subscription to get them. If I could find a reliable way to watch soccer, even for a monthly cost of up to $20, I would cut cable in a second.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 08, 2014, 07:56:06 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2014, 07:09:23 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 08, 2014, 03:17:12 PM

And maybe it's just the OCD gamer in me, but I can't imagine leaving huge areas of the maps unexplored.  For me, the chance of finding that legendary item tucked over in a remote corner is a huge part of the draw of these games.


I think the odds are just as good that you'd find it in the next area.

It's not just legendaries, but special events. I don't want to miss a special event that I haven't seen yet. I suppose if I researched it, I could find out what events I haven't seen yet and play those areas until I have.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 08, 2014, 02:20:48 PM
They brought it back huh? I used to like a Chili Cheese burrito myself. Never understood what it is about the thing. I can make one at home, and it's just not the same. It's not like TB chili is anything special either.

Can't remember the last time I ate at TB.
23  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] 'FTL: Faster Than Light' is Headed to iPad in Early 2014 on: April 07, 2014, 08:19:31 PM
You can't be doing that bad if you just unlocked the 3rd ship. I have only unlocked one ship, and I consistently make it sector 5 in the game assuming a decent start (I know not great, but it makes for a decent length game).
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Age of Wonders 3 on: April 07, 2014, 08:17:17 PM
No time, but after reading some of the Qt3 thread on it I am looking forward to it.  Top of my buy list when I have time/money.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 07, 2014, 08:13:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 07, 2014, 06:31:39 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 06, 2014, 05:58:31 PM

4.  The areas just seem to be getting larger and larger with fewer and fewer checkpoints, which is rather irritating.

For #4 is it possible you've upped the difficulty too high?  On Normal I honestly felt the areas were too small/fast.  Keep in mind this is from me who has been ridiculed for my video gaming skillz lol.  I suspect if you are playing on a difficulty level that is too high the fights may be taking much longer and thus the maps feel larger/slower.  Or maybe back to point 1 there's something corrupted but I haven't heard about anything like that.

I agree with Gratch on this, and I don't think it's a difficulty thing. Some of the areas (the swamp for example), are huge with a few dungeons to visit on top of it. Now of course you don't have to do the whole map, you can get what you need and get on with it, but I always feel I have to explore every part of a map. Of course I also don't mean checkpoints in the traditional sense either, I won't stop a play session until I find a portal spot back to town. That way when I restart I don't have to reclear areas.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: March 29, 2014, 03:59:46 PM
Good to hear it's not too bad, Turtle, and thanks for the update, I have been wondering. At least life is returning to some normalcy.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LEDs too bright at night, and using blackout tape on: March 29, 2014, 03:57:13 PM
 Ha, you guys would go nuts if you had to sleep where I do. Recently moved into a much smaller apartment than I had for quite awhile and had to put my 2 computer desks in the bedroom. It's quite a light show, with the modem, router, NAS, and various standby lights. The modem is the worse since it always has flashing lights going. Unless I tossing and turning it doesn't usually bother me. If it does, I arrange an office chair to block my direct eye site at the modem, but it still does a good job lighting up the wall next to it.
28  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] 'FTL: Faster Than Light' is Headed to iPad in Early 2014 on: March 27, 2014, 10:33:41 PM
April 3 release date.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: March 27, 2014, 09:25:29 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 27, 2014, 09:10:13 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 27, 2014, 08:53:57 PM

Dangit, I like Alexis. Those eyes. I don't remember feeling that bad for someone being voted out as that one. She was shocked and barely holding it together as Jeff put out her torch. I felt really sorry for her.

And now my favorite eye candy is gone.

She was really extremely pretty for sure, but take heart at least BOOBS is still around.  I don't think I've ever felt so bad for someone getting voted out in terms of the crying.  She just seemed so genuinely sad/disappointed. 

As usual it seemed like there was missing info.  I would have understood more if they kept Doofus for physical challenges but it seemed like they just wanted to get rid of Alexis because she seemed more untrustworthy.  I don't recall why that was but Spencer kept mentioning that, even though he also said he didn't believe Doofus (who actually was telling the truth for once).  Going into the merge it doesn't look great for them since they seem kind of all over the place (aside from the Brain 3).  Hopefully there will be plenty of excitement since both LJ and cop guy have idols, and I'd imagine both should be big targets at this point. 

BOOBS does nothing for me, and I find her a bit annoying. She does have a nice rack, but that's not really my thing.

Anyway! They really are editing up the tension this season. After the fact, it seemed they all had decided on Alexis, but they edited the show in a way that the viewer was blindsided as well. It makes for good TV, but it doesn't seem like a good representation of how things went down, which I would like to see.

After a season, if CBS allowed it, I was love to read a book on the how things happened behind the scenes. All the stuff we don't see.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: March 27, 2014, 08:53:57 PM
Dangit, I like Alexis. Those eyes. I don't remember feeling that bad for someone being voted out as that one. She was shocked and barely holding it together as Jeff put out her torch. I felt really sorry for her.

And now my favorite eye candy is gone.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: March 27, 2014, 08:45:26 PM
I burned out on it. I played it all night long one night last weekend. In unranked matches I tend to do pretty good, but that night I got match after of people who just destroyed me (saw my first all murloc deck as well, it was devastating). I don't seem to be getting better at the game for some reason so I think I have become a bit disheartened with it.

Agreed on Warlock btw, it's the most fun deck to play.
32  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: March 27, 2014, 05:51:33 PM
Great info, especially the pictures, thanks guys. That sounds like exactly the kind of experience I want when buying a PC. I believe they also come with the windows disk, correct? I got in a Dell support chat last night asking about recovery options. They will mail you a recovery disk anytime you ask. "But one doesn't come with the computer, nor does a Windows disk?" I asked? "No". I know this isn't a big deal, you can make your own recovery USB/disk pretty easily, but just the fact they don't include it turns me off. It sounds like Falcon NW goes above and beyond. Have always wanted one since Rich of Gone Gold got one.

The hard drive seems to have died in my Alienware. I shouldn't be surprised, that thing has always seemed like it had to write to the drive often. The drive would never go in to sleep mode because the thing would write to it every 10 seconds even when sitting idle.

Edit: never mind about the included windows disk, I see it in the picture above.
33  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: March 27, 2014, 06:01:18 AM
The Alienware I bought in 2011 has had nothing but issues from day 1. Locked up out of the box, which was caused by memory that comes loose if you touch the computer. Its huge, heavy, and just an all around pain in the ass. I hate the thing, worst PC I have bought, but it is pretty, and it is fast when it's working (well, at least it was fast 3 years ago). I hadn't it set up after I moved, but finally got around to it last night and installed all the windows updates, and not much else (4 months of Windows updates takes a long time). Today, it won't even boot. Been trying to troubleshoot for about 5 hours now, and at this point I am just waiting for a fresh Windows 7 install from the disk, which is also taking hours. I have a feeling something is seriously wrong because just trying to troubleshoot means waiting long periods just to get it to load anything.

I am sort of playing with the idea of getting a new PC. I used to build my own, but will not do it again. Not that it was bad, and I built some great PCs, but I just don't care to do that anymore. I am a Mac guy, I buy a computer and just want to unbox it and use it. I know how much cheaper it is, but I also know how much fun researching and troubleshooting can be.

I am scared to buy another Dell, I can't say I have ever been really happy with anything I have bought from them. I looked at Cyberpower PC and they are all these huge flashy things, that I do not want. Where do I buy from where I can get a decent, plain, mid tower, with high quality parts that isn't filled with bloatware? I am tempted to just get a NW Falcon Talon, which is exactly that, but the old builder part of me can't get over how it's twice as much as anything else with similar components.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 27, 2014, 05:40:45 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 27, 2014, 04:18:52 AM

just got a weapon that turns one of my wrath spenders into a free spell, so I no longer run any of the basic builders.  It's crazy

I have played D3 quite a bit (which isn't much compared to everyone else), I have finished the game a couple of times, but haven't been past Master level. Whatever you just said, made zero sense to me.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 27, 2014, 05:38:08 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 27, 2014, 03:19:52 AM

Now my biggest complaint is how I can have my crusader wield an awesome gigantic 2-handed weapon in one hand... that magically disappears and turns into the same old whip spell effect animation every time.  I know the original classes also had weapons that vanished for spell effects, but that seems like something they could have done a little better with this brand new hero.  Ah well.

This drives me nuts about Diablo in general. Equip cool weapon, animation doesn't show it. I get why it's like this, but it's always very distracting to me.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Verizon Contract Is Up, Don't Want to Renew Due to Grandfathered Data- Halp! on: March 25, 2014, 06:43:38 PM
ATB doesn't strike me as an iPhone guy. I am guessing Android.

I didn't want to give up my unlimited at the time either, but I have been on 2gb/month plan for 2 years now I think. The only time it's a problem is when I was doing a lot of traveling. Otherwise, I never even get close to to the max. I know, that's not the point, I am just saying, it isn't that bad losing unlimited. Unless you travel a lot, then it's miserable.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 25, 2014, 03:33:00 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 25, 2014, 03:22:42 AM

gonna be playing Act V with my monk at midnight if things work out

I thought we all had to start Crusaders at midnight?
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: March 21, 2014, 06:10:29 AM
Thanks for the updates, I am fascinated by this game and an enjoy the screenshots and posts. Question about lanes and corners: Are you stuck in your lane in a corner? You can't take the apex in the corner like you would driving a car? It looks a bit strange in the screen shots that the chariots seem stuck in a lane around corners, or is that not the case?
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: March 19, 2014, 10:37:03 PM
Game plays nicely on my new MacBook Pro retina. Doesn't even kick the fans into high gear. I have a Mac Mini media set up as a media server that struggles to run it which is too bad because it's nice to sit back and playing it on my TV.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Linux/Mac/Ps3/Vita] Luftrausers on: March 19, 2014, 06:37:36 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 19, 2014, 03:33:20 PM

Keyboard (and no doubt joystick) are the only control options.

Basically the game controls exactly like the arcade classic Asteroids, except there's gravity. And you can't teleport. And your ship regenerates health when not shooting.

Turn left, turn right, thrust, shoot. 3 arrow keys and X.

And as mentioned, the game is a ton of fun and very addicting. I love it. biggrin

Awesome, thanks Destructor and Bullwinkle.
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