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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: June 18, 2015, 05:14:01 AM
After 6 or so hours with an Echo, my early impressions are good. Granted I haven't done a lot with it yet, and my intended uses are mainly as a Bluetooth speaker, home automation control, and just to have a new gadget toy.

I am an Apple guy, I am strongly entrenched in their ecosystem (which I have probably said elsewhere in this thread), but I also buy a lot of music through Amazon. This split is limiting my uses a bit. For instance I use Siri on my phone/watch/iPads for shopping lists, todo lists, calendars, etc. so while it is neat it does those things, I can't take the full advantage of it that a Google user could.

Also, my music is torn between ripped CDs, Amazon, and Apple. I can play my music through Bluetooth from my phone connected to my NAS, but then I lose the coolness of voice control. Which is pretty neat, saying "Alexia, play Slayer" and music starts immediately is very cool. Another issue, is the one speaker sounds ok, but it pales in comparison to my Sonos and computer set ups. And finally, it supports Pandora and a couple of others, but not some if the big streaming services like Spotify.

Controlling my Hue lights is really neat. While I have ways to turn lights on/off with other gadgets, doing it through Alexia is incredibly easy and cool. The only drawback here is you have no control over colors or brightness. Often the lights just come on at the lowest brightness so I still have to go into the app. With something like Wemos it would be much better, but whatever the case, walking in to a dark room and just saying to turn on the lights makes me feel like I am in the future.

As a toy it's neat but I haven't found a lot of uses yet. It's voice recognition has been surprisingly good, better than Siri,often. The news/weather report is pretty neat if you are just laying in bed. It can answer simple questions etc, but most I have thought to ask was too complicated for it to give too much info. A huge drawback for me is it doesn't know sports teams outside the U.S. (Not even Manchester United). It gives a list of things to try, but I haven't gone through it much yet.

Anyway, I like it. Don't need it, and I will dump it as soon as Apple does their own version, but for a first-gen product, there is tons of potential. Especially if you are a heavy Amazon user.
122  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 17, 2015, 02:22:11 PM
There is too much going on in YMBAB for me. To the point it doesn't add much for me. So much to upgrade, all these bonuses, they all start to mean nothing very quickly (it doesn't help that there is no stat summary screen). I played the new one a lot, but I need to get two 5 tile matches in one run to move on, and I just can't find the urge to finish.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 15, 2015, 09:52:07 PM
Pretty desperate attempt at humor ATB. Hint: you don't need to post the conservative stuff you find on Facebook here. At least post it in R&P where it belongs.

The problem is she lied since you don't seem to understand that. Not sure what Jenner has to do with this, other than to attack something you hate.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 15, 2015, 09:47:59 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 15, 2015, 08:56:56 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
 Of course the simplest is just that he didn't 100% die, it's not like other characters on TV haven't been stabbed more than 4 times and survive lol.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't know, laying face up, with your eyes wide open, in a pool of blood looks very dead to me.
125  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fallout Shelter on: June 15, 2015, 09:37:56 PM
I only played 30 minutes or so, but your description is way too kind IMO, Rittchard. I will say it's an advanced Tiny Tower, but that's about it.

And comparing it to FTL? You must be day drinking! Tongue
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 15, 2015, 02:48:03 PM

Quote from: Exodor on June 15, 2015, 01:32:40 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 15, 2015, 12:03:52 PM

The book is full of foreshadowing of two ways for him to come back.   The opening chapter of the book is specifically about a wildling warg body jacking on death, as well as all the stuff with Stoneheart etc.  Also, in the books Jon has a bunch of dreams that seem to match old prophesies and he is an active important participant in his dreams.  So in the books there's reasons to question that are essentially absent from the show, note I called this out  up thread.

If only someone with the power to return the dead to life had just traveled to the wall...


Ha, yeah I kind of forgot it is set in a fantasy world. Melisandre hasn't done much magic in the show, and outside of the baby thing when she was introduced, I started to think she was a fraud. I noticed when she arrived at the wall she was all wrapped up as well, as if she lost her god. I guess anything is possible.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: June 15, 2015, 09:06:42 AM
Saw on Qt3 that the presentation videos made no mention of skills. Is it dumbed down?
128  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fallout Shelter on: June 15, 2015, 09:01:36 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 15, 2015, 08:41:33 AM

I do wish exploring resulted in more stuff like the hint text says it does.  So far I get a little exp and a few caps.  Waiting for babies to drop so I can build some other room, I need at least one more person to unlock the room.  Seems ok so far.

What am I missing? What do you find engaging about it?
129  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fallout Shelter on: June 15, 2015, 07:47:11 AM
Been playing it some more. So you don't spend money to speed up timers (but there are timers on resources), you get lunch boxes in game that give you cards. Cards give you weapons and outfits which you then can equip to send people exploring. You can buy lunch boxes with real money. I haven't had much happen with explorers yet. Besides that it is really pretty and well done, I don't understand what the point of it is. I feel like I am missing something with it, but there doesn't seem to be any game so far.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 15, 2015, 06:43:08 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 15, 2015, 06:24:24 AM

So.......


Spoiler for Hiden:
according to the show runners, Jon Snow is really dead. Kit Harrington says he's not coming back next season. The perfect fuckery ending to a terrible season.

I liked the season, very entertaining. What didn't you like? Can't wait for next season since it is set up for a lot of stuff to happen. I do wish the good guys would stop dying, but then again, I love a story which isn't all roses and where good doesn't always triumph.

I read the book spoilers, so tonight's ending was no surprise. Thought they made it pretty obvious he was dead, not sure why anyone would think he wasn't.
131  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fallout Shelter on: June 15, 2015, 06:33:05 AM
Just a timer game. Spend money to speed up collecting resources, etc. Looks great, very polished, but initial impression is you're just waiting for timers to finish. If you like the Tiny Tower games, seems you will like this. Not for me.
132  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fallout Shelter on: June 15, 2015, 05:08:36 AM
No clue what it is (besides screenshots), but it is there now. F2P with IAP scares me. Will give it a try later.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1] Dishonored 2 on: June 15, 2015, 05:05:02 AM
PC as well isn't it?
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 13, 2015, 05:11:41 PM

Quote from: Azhag on June 13, 2015, 04:57:25 PM

I love Valkyria Chronicles. Played it on PS3 (where it was a port from PS2 I think)

Which is another thing about the PC version, its a straight port. Done seemingly without making any changes for the PC. Awkward menu controls, low-res graphics, barely any options.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 13, 2015, 03:50:51 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on June 13, 2015, 03:12:30 PM

Turn-based Valkyria Chronicles is on sale but I find the videos puzzling, and not sure it's something I'd like or not.

I got it a few months back. I can't say I like it much, but I haven't given it much time. It's this weird real time/turn based combat. During your turn, you can move a set amount as enemies shoot at you. It's not frantic or anything, just kind of annoying. But what really turned me off is the JRPG characters, it starts off with a sensitive guy drawing pictures of fish falling in love with some young girl leading the town patrol in a miniskirt. I can handle JRPG stuff to a point, but this one just seemed overly silly too me.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/12/15 on: June 12, 2015, 04:13:49 PM
Good luck to your father and your family, Gratch.

I have been really enjoying Massive Chalice, but it's going to be a busy weekend. Not sure how much game time I will get.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 12, 2015, 03:02:52 PM
Wolfenstein for $30 $15 (I bought it thinking it was on sale for $30, but it went on sale for $15 today. Get to test Steam refunds.)
Homeworld $14
Witcher 2 $3
Don't Starve $4 (Don't think this game is for me, but someone I know seems to love it, so I have to see what it's about)
138  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 11, 2015, 08:56:02 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 11, 2015, 06:39:32 PM

They also have some sort of Monster Game clicker-type thing that may affect the next day's Flash Sales, but it seems to be drastically over populated and running like crap right now.

Not working on my Macs. Is it a Flash game? I don't have Flash installed.

Edit: It appears to be a flash thing. Seems pretty pointless anyway.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 10, 2015, 02:57:19 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 10, 2015, 07:25:52 AM

Why are we in a Season 4 thread?

Because CeeKay has been gone for 1.5 years, but his name is still everywhere.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/9) on: June 08, 2015, 08:43:14 PM
Nothing new, but the Steam Summer Sale starts Thursday, so I am sure I will buy plenty of games that I might one day play.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 08, 2015, 02:24:24 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 08, 2015, 02:10:41 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 01, 2015, 09:36:39 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 01, 2015, 08:12:06 PM

I want to see bad things happen to bad people, not good people!

Bad choice of series then  icon_lol  I also hope the tide starts to turn soonish.

Considering how D&D have mishandled some plot points, I expect them to end the season on a scene that will cause a lot more people to give up on this show.

People are going to give up the show for not following the books, a really nasty scene from the book, or more excessive violence?

Thought last night was decent. We knew the princess scene was coming, so that wasn't a surprise and they did a decent job of getting the emotional impact from it. I don't know which side I want to see lose more in the coming battle at this point. I was not expecting the rebellion at the games so that was a nice change of pace. Looking forward to see how they finish up the season next week. It hasn't been a great season, feels as if I am waiting for something to happen, but enjoyable.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter]Bard's Tale IV - InXile at it again on: June 07, 2015, 07:17:31 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 07, 2015, 05:29:51 AM

Quote from: Lee on June 06, 2015, 10:29:47 PM

I don't know, the Bard's Tale to me was mapping tile based maps and the combat system.

Yes? That's what this game is. Read the Kickstarter page. It's not long.

I did, and reread it in case I missed something, but I admit going off of the video more than the intro. It mentions mapping and grid based movement which you can turn off. The video definitely doesn't show game play if that the case. I need a little more than a kickstarter blurb and a fancy video to see how close to the original that is, which I don't think is feasible in a modern game.

You don't get what I mean though (because I didn't express it very well). The Bard's Tale was very different and I have very distinct memories of it. Sitting there with graph paper trying to make accurate maps despite the traps that would make it more difficult.  I don't know if I really want that again. No way I would do real paper maps again. And the combat system wasn't that great, but it made the game what it was. I don't think I would want to play that game again, and even if I did, an updated modern game would never live up to my memories. Just like Wasteland 2 didn't bring up any memories of Wasteland 1. A new BT would be in name only for me.

TLDR: show me where it says it's going to be paper, do it yourself mapping, with the word based combat system.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter]Bard's Tale IV - InXile at it again on: June 06, 2015, 10:29:47 PM
I don't know, the Bard's Tale to me was mapping tile based maps and the combat system. Without either of those, it's not Bard's Tale to me. I don't remember a great story or anything behind the games, just that it was very difficult at first and took a lot of resting.
144  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 04, 2015, 07:18:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 04, 2015, 07:12:26 PM

You Must Build A Boat is out...and it's awesome.  It's by the same guy who did 10000000, which is one of - if not the - best match 3 games out there.  YMBAB is more like a full-fledged expansion of 10000000, adding a ton more collectable and RPG elements to the mix.  This will be a serious contender for mobile GOTY.

+1, more of the same so far (only played 10 minutes) but that is good with me, really enjoyed 1000000.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sepp Blatter Will Resign on: June 02, 2015, 06:55:36 PM
ABC is saying the FBI is investigating Blatter himself. There's another reason. I believe he was trying to say only the Americas were under investigation, not FIFA as a whole, so much for that.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sepp Blatter Will Resign on: June 02, 2015, 06:06:34 PM

Quote from: Scraper on June 02, 2015, 05:48:54 PM

Quote from: farley2k on June 02, 2015, 05:47:04 PM

Popping up all over on the news sites. 

Personally I could care less but I do wonder why he bothered to run for reelection only to resign a couple weeks later.


Days not weeks. He was re-elected last Friday. My guess is FIFA's sponsors have finally had enough or he knows he is about to be indicted as well.

Or one of his friends (Jack Warner most likely) decided to throw him under the bus. The latest letter about the Diaspora Legacy Programme was pretty damning as well and could have had something to with it. Not to mention UEFA is threatening to go its own way.

I would guess, there is a lot of closed door meetings and paper shredding going on at FIFA right now.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: June 01, 2015, 06:46:55 PM
I am just thrilled that it is PC only. Not that I had anything against XCom's UI, but it will be nice to have a game designed for the PC first and foremost.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/2) on: June 01, 2015, 04:20:14 PM
Massive Chalice is officially out on PC today as well. Watched a YouTube of it briefly, but it didn't look too impressive. Waiting for reviews.

It really saddens me that Hatred is the top seller on Steam. (Because it looks like a crappy game that is selling because of controversy, not so much because of the content, not that I understand that either.)
149  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Pop-ups from ads on mobile on: May 30, 2015, 08:40:23 PM
I have been getting pop up ads on Safari on iPad the last couple of days. Even worse today though, an App Store redirect for something called DraftKings.
150  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 27, 2015, 08:37:31 PM
Desktop Dungeons out tonight. A pretty good rogue-like. $10.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Island on: May 26, 2015, 05:35:47 AM
Turned it off at the halfway point.  Tongue
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 25, 2015, 11:16:15 PM
Yeah kind of slow and was getting a bit bored, but then interesting developments started to happen. Now I can't wait for next week. It was shows like this one that made me wish I started watching at the end if the season so I could watch them all over a couple of days.

I really do wish Theon would recover his senses. Even if he dies in the process. (Please don't tell me what happens.)

Which reminds me, I really need to make another attempt at reading the series.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had one job! on: May 22, 2015, 02:03:00 AM
Congrats man. I am semi retired (at least for now) and it's pretty great not having to worry about being any where. Be safe on your travel. Take lots of pictures.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 21, 2015, 04:54:57 PM
To a certain degree, don't you have to separate the show from the books like any book to movie transition? For instance I liked the Hobbit, but I accepted it was not the same as the book and took it as its own thing. I don't think I have ever seen a book to movie that didn't make changes, for better or for worse. A Clockwork Orange is the closest movie made from a book I have read/seen, but even that changed some scenes and cut off the books ending. Still good, just different.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 20, 2015, 08:40:16 PM

Quote from: Fireball on May 20, 2015, 04:47:35 PM

Sadly, the show has become bad fan fiction. It's George R. R. Martin's fault for not getting the books out in a timely manner, but the quality of the story has collapsed since the writers began broadly making stuff up as they went.

Are people not enjoying the show then? If so is it because it doesn't follow the books closely enough, the violence, or do they just don't think it is very good?
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 20, 2015, 03:39:56 AM
I understand your point, but I disagree with a couple of things. I thought the Cersi/Jamie thing looked very consensual. I also get the feeling from the show no one is safe. My first thought Subday night was someone was going to die soon between the various plots. Too much stuff is building up. Maybe I am the exception in those 2 things?

The prior things Ramsey had done in the show have been FAR worse to Theon. I can't believe someone could continue watching after its very much implied that Theon had his penis cut off, but then a rape of a woman was over the line. Every time they show Theon I still wince.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 20, 2015, 03:12:43 AM
Seems there is some internet outrage over this. Rape is horrible, but so are many things that happen in real life and TV shows, why should it not be covered? Plus, they didn't show it.

I am not sure it is rape though, at least not by standards then. An arranged marriage in medieval times would be similar and was probably very normal. It was the wife's job to provide children and from my very limited understanding, servants would often be around. Of course it was a little different in this case.

People are always going to find things to get outraged about, just surprised people who like the TV show are somehow think this crossed the line compared to all the other horrible things that have happened.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Galactic Civilization 3 on: May 19, 2015, 02:23:27 AM
I have learned a lot more about the game just playing a medium size world with a few alien races than with the tutorial. The tutorial throws you into the game with aliens around you and tells you to do various things without really teaching you anything. A real game starts off much slower and I was able to concentrate on each individual element as I went.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 18, 2015, 07:18:03 PM
I am one of the few not buying the Witcher I guess. I honestly don't know what the hype is about, not because it doesn't deserve it, but I haven't read anything about it other than skimming the thread here.

Nothing for me, I need to play the games I have now. icon_cry
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 18, 2015, 04:56:46 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 18, 2015, 04:15:11 PM

Seriously...f this show!

Referring to the end? I am assuming that story line is about to break. Reak seems like he is coming closer to remembering who he is.
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