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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: July 16, 2015, 01:38:10 AM
I am enjoying mine, but I don't use it a ton. I use it constantly for turning on and off lights, as well as a Bluetooth speaker for an iPad, but I never ask it questions besides for the weather and news. When I have asked questions, it usually doesn't know. Siri is only a bit better, but Siri also has far more personality.

So it's basically just a light switch/Bluetooth speaker for me. I do think it would almost be better in the kitchen over my bedroom, but there my Sonos sounds far better, and my watch is just as handy for timers. Plus I found timers on the Echo to be awkward because I can't quickly know how long I have left. I kind of think the Echo needs a small LCD screen for stuff like this.

I am just on too many devices at this point. Apple vs Amazon music, Sonos system, Hue lightbulbs, Roku/Apple/Amazon streaming. I wish I could have all these devices/ecosystems work with each other, and some do, there is way too much fragmentation.

Another 10 years and this stuff will be awesome.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dear Gamespot, Stop Trying to Make Me Care about Your Host Personalities on: July 13, 2015, 06:19:12 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 13, 2015, 02:53:36 PM

What you need to understand is, that right now you are the minority.  The majority of people consuming content are looking for videos. Not video game related but just look at The Dissolve, a movie site whose focus was on quality writing,  just shut down last week due to not being able to make it in the current marketplace.

The only text based stuff that seems to still do well are clickbait and listicles.

Is this true though, that video is the more popular source of information now? I don't know how Gamespot ranks among the gaming sites, but are they going to video because it's popular or because they are trying to differentiate themselves by going for a YouTube kind of thing? Are they the goto gaming site now because they have so much video?

News web sites all seem to want to play a video article now, but is that because they can force an ad in that probably generates more money than a print ad, or because the video draws more views? (Not to mention they already have the content made from their channel, so there is no added expense and it advertises for their channel/shows in the process.) There doesn't seem to be anything that suggests news sites that play video are more popular than non/video sites, since most of the top sites don't use a lot of video. There are many top news websites that are very successful using little to no video.

The Dissolve shut down sounds like it was just harder to survive and get noticed in a crowded web than anything to with video vs writing.

I am old, but I much prefer a written review over a video one unless it's a game I am really unsure about and want to see a video of. I can get the highlights and the general overview by the time the video ad is over. I can't believe I am unique in this way. Video sites have their place, but I doubt they are preferred for many.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/14) on: July 13, 2015, 05:10:42 AM
Stardock's the Sorcerer King is out Thursday for the PC as well.

Which I doubt I am buying at release, but it looks it pretty good.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter]Bard's Tale IV - InXile at it again on: July 12, 2015, 07:09:18 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 12, 2015, 06:22:26 AM

Yeah, I had fond memories of the first one(s) on our Apple IIGS, but it's not something that I've ever thought needed to be resurrected. 

From my perspective (I was pretty young when playing those first ones), something like Legend of Grimrock is more of a successor to those games than the one they put out on Xbox, since it was that first person grid-based type game.

Legend of Grimrock is more of a puzzle game for me. There seems to be a very set order of things to be done, and you can't grind to get past them. Each level is a puzzle. Bards Tale, at least in my memory, was very tough and very much about grinding to get through it. The first one had a town with a few shops and a dungeon. You go into the dungeon and fight as far as you could to level up, exit, replace dead party members, and repeat. Mapping was a necessity. The next few squeals just expanded on this, harder dungeons, more areas to explore.

I can't think of a modern game that is similar. Etrian Odyssey on Nintendo DS is probably the closest I can think of.

It was a classic in its day, but saw a much smaller audience if my memory serves correctly. Everyone was about Ultima 3-6 in that era. Wizardry was similar and drew a lot more attention than BT.

Man, I miss those days.

I fully expect Tilt to tell me I am remembering incorrectly now. :-)
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter]Bard's Tale IV - InXile at it again on: July 12, 2015, 03:58:53 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 12, 2015, 02:18:02 AM

My only exposure to the series was on the Xbox. I found that title to be lackluster, and I recall trading it in after only a few hours of play time.

I don't think that game counts. It was the Bard's Tale in name only, with no other ties to the classic game really, other than maybe some lore.

I have fond memories of the first 2-3 of the series in the 80s, but it paled in comparison to the Ultimas of the time for me. I can't say what I saw of the Kickstarter interested me much at all. Or that it's a game I really I want to play again.
126  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Magic Duels: Origins on: July 08, 2015, 07:08:28 PM
For someone who loves Hearthstone, but is burned out on it, is this worth it? Seems more difficult/complicated.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 07, 2015, 01:57:53 PM
Yeah, yeah, yeah. icon_smile I am slow to catch on to things. In my head I kept saying "Beetle equals feature?" Except I never say Beetle when I see one in real life.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: July 07, 2015, 01:49:03 PM
I expect more from you Blackjack. If you are going to compare it to TQ, you should go back and do a full play through and provide tons of screenshots reflecting it. slywink Loved that game, I would actually enjoy that.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 06, 2015, 07:29:06 PM
I had to look up the Bug thing. That is so obscure I am surprised many people get it, but it went to #1 on Reddit a few days ago, so obviously I am the slow one.

Anyone who doesn't get it: Think software, it's not a bug, it's a feature.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4th of July Edition on: July 06, 2015, 02:24:36 AM
I found Mini Metro and that ruined any serious gaming for me this weekend. Played it for about 10 hours over the last two days. Addicting little game.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4th of July Edition on: July 03, 2015, 12:38:41 AM
Fallout New Vegas. Finally playing it.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: July 02, 2015, 09:44:15 PM
Can't remember if this has been discussed in this thread, but how do you find new death/black metal Gratch? I find it difficult finding new stuff that I like because of lot seems to be garbage that is completely generic for the genera. Sirius has a pretty decent metal station, but I no longer have it.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: July 02, 2015, 09:20:27 PM
Nice, cannot imagine a 6 year old liking Sigh. The kids in my family have only heard Slayer and think I am nuts for liking that!
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Orkambi and Cystic Fibrosis FDA Approved! on: July 02, 2015, 06:56:57 PM
Good to hear. I know little about the disease besides from reading your posts. I can't imagine what it must be like for a kid to have to grow up with this. Hopefully the research continues to get better.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: July 02, 2015, 06:54:27 PM
Love Sigh and didn't realize they had a new one out. I am having a difficult time keeping up on music, you would think between Amazon and Apple the would have their recommendation systems down so I would just get told bands I like have new albums out, but they both fail (especially Apple). Already gave up on Apple Music (although the they do have some good curated playlists for other types of music).
136  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 02, 2015, 04:10:28 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 02, 2015, 02:04:23 PM

I also like being able to visit this thread without encountering plot spoilers for every entertainment product released between His Girl Friday and Untitled Star Wars Film (2019).

-Autistic Angel

You maybe following the wrong people then. I love Twitter and have it open all day. Seeing the Steam deals there is really handy. Of course I am probably the exception on my Twitter usage. I think it's the best think on the Internet, at least when people aren't being psycho crazy.
137  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 01, 2015, 06:55:05 PM
Not to discount the time Caine takes to post these everyday. If you follow Steam on Twitter, they tweet their deals everyday as well.
138  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 10:18:53 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 30, 2015, 10:10:32 PM

This is very simple: if you believe same-sex marriage is sinful, don't get married to someone of the same sex.  But if you believe your religion empowers you to seize basic civil rights away from other people who have nothing to do with you by the way, that's not piety.  You're just an asshole.

Judging from my class last night, many seem to wrongly think that this forces churches to marry gay people. They were also upset that a businesses cannot refuse to serve gay people. I argued that it was no different than refusing to serve people of race, but they disagreed because being gay is a sin. To which I compared it to all the other sins, they are ok with the others. They had no argument, but were firmly entrenched that a business should be able to refuse gay people.
139  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 08:36:53 PM
Who is your quote from ATB?
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 30, 2015, 08:24:52 PM
Didn't realize that's who it was. Thanks.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 30, 2015, 08:04:09 PM
I don't get what I am seeing here.
142  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 06:31:46 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 30, 2015, 06:21:40 PM

Not to derail this thread, but in that poll, what does that last part mean?  "Whites and blacks do not include Hispanics; Hispanics are of any race."????

I believe its because many hispanics identify as mix race. When someone says I am hispanic/black, they are registering them as hispanic and not counting them in the black count. There are also many classifications of hispanic that derive from where someone is from (country, area of origin). When they count them, they all fall under the same "hispanic" category.

I had to do a marketing report broken down by race and this was a constant problem because there are so many categories of hispanic and how people identify themselves.
143  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 04:08:52 AM
Ironically, I was in class tonight (Business Ethics) and same sex marriage was brought up. Everyone in the class, (20 people) is enlisted, retired, or a spouse/child of military. I was the only one who was for it, although one girl told me on break she agrees with me just wasn't saying so in class. Enlisted military are a breed of their own, but it was a nice reminder of how different it can be.

Interesting, to me anyway, me and that girl were the only Air Force, everyone else was Navy/Marines.
144  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 29, 2015, 05:31:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 29, 2015, 04:52:53 PM

The only people that oppose this are Christians with antiquated, questionable values.  The same values that saw them so actively oppose interracial marriages not that long ago.

I think people who live on the coasts and large cities are forgetting that fact. Jesusland is huge, and unlike racism, they believe they can directly link being gay as a sin to the Bible. And it isn't even like it an older generation stuck in their ways, the young Christians feel just as strongly as their parents did. Christians are not just going to drop this and become accepting of this anytime soon. Instead they will react as ATB has, and take it as some sort of attack on their beliefs.

In the military over the years, I worked with a lot of Christian's from small midwestern towns, they are not going to become more accepting anytime soon, and they are going to teach their kids the same standards.
145  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 27, 2015, 05:07:26 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 27, 2015, 03:22:26 AM

Marriage equality has been the law in MA for 10 years. What seemed audacious then is unremarkable now. Ten years from now the rest of the country will most likely feel the same way -- by 2025 everyone will wonder why this was ever a big deal.

Said like someone who has never been to the Midwest. icon_smile
146  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 26, 2015, 04:55:03 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 26, 2015, 03:41:13 PM

Now watch as freedom of religion is systematically attacked and eroded.

What does this have to with your religion? You are free to believe and worship however you want. Marriage is contract that has financial benefits that shouldn't be limited by a religion's sense or morality.
147  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Office/Task Chairs on: June 21, 2015, 11:28:57 PM
I love the Wirecutter, I go there first when I am shopping for anything now. They have never steered me wrong. BUT they do recommend the Marcus, so I might have to rethink that. icon_smile
148  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Office/Task Chairs on: June 21, 2015, 03:11:17 PM
It's a Markus, its just 3 years old (so cannot return it), they used to come in green and blue as well (I think red too). It looks exactly the same as what you have, except yours has actual padding on the armrests. As you said, the clothes ones do not.

I say it's too narrow because of the arm rests, I feel constrained and can't get my arms in a comfortable position because they are too close. You often see on narrower chairs where the arms flair out to give more space, these do not.

I was stupid to buy it because I didn't sit how I really sit when I was in the store. I loved the reclining back and that sold me.

Sorry to shit on your purchase, just my hate for that chair grows every time I sit in it, and I finally got the chance to finally tell the world about it. icon_confused

Next time I buy an office chair I am going all out and spending $600+. I spend too much time at my computers to be sitting in these cheap chairs I keep buying.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 20, 2015, 11:33:29 PM
$.25? I am lucky for .08.
150  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Office/Task Chairs on: June 20, 2015, 04:45:31 PM
I have that chair, except green cloth. I despise it. I still use my old, falling apart chair that it was was supposed to replace because I find it so uncomfortable. I have tried to get used to, but after an hour I just can't handle it anymore. The main reasons: the seat part is way too short, so it doesn't give full support to your thighs; the chair is too narrow (I am 175lbs, 6'); the armrests are padded with hard rubber which is very uncomfortable. I do really like the full size, mesh back. I am considering just giving mine to Good Will.

Congrats on the new chair though! icon_wink They seem to be quite popular, so it's probably just me.
151  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chocolate Lab For Sale on: June 19, 2015, 01:51:16 AM
It's very much R&P because the right has made it so. Notice the 2 people who posted jokes about it are both known for being conservatives and one of them were is trying desperately to make some sort of point. I don't think the rest of us care.

And yes, I agree Eco's was funny, but knowing how the right is up in arms over this, it makes it feel like trolling.
152  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chocolate Lab For Sale on: June 18, 2015, 07:40:13 PM
I don't know why anyone cares about this unless they are involved in the NAACP. I am guessing my conservative friends are just looking for any opportunity to attack the left? Posting on a forum that is known for leaning left is nothing short of trolling, as ATB has proved.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: June 18, 2015, 06:51:18 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on June 18, 2015, 10:17:25 AM

I love that they took user feedback on tied Audible to the Echo. Now when I'm listening to an audiobook in my car, I car enter the house, and the Echo will pick up exactly where I left off while driving.

The speaker is also louder than I expected, and it makes a great Bluetooth speaker for my ipad. This little gadget is a steal for $99.

Unfortunately it is $150 now, but it seems like it could be worth it if a person can think of uses for it. As only a Amazon Prime music player or gee whiz info machine, it's probably not worth it, at least until they upgrade the speaker. Not that it sounds bad, just that their are better options for music.

I have been playing with the idea of subscribing to Audible, and this may just push me over the edge. The Echo would be awesome for audible books.

Also figured out how to change my lights dimness. You have to say another phrase "Set bedroom lights to 50%" for instance.
154  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.
155  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.
156  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.
157  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.
158  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
159  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.
160  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?
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