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121  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Monument Valley on: January 16, 2015, 03:28:06 AM
Monument Valley infographic.
122  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 13, 2015, 10:24:52 PM
Your summary describes some of my feelings Gratch. I only just started and seemed a bit tedious with the sudden difficulty spikes and losing all progress. Plus I really dislike the art style.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Relationship Help on: January 09, 2015, 01:10:00 AM
As someone who sucks at relationships, I can't imagine asking a SO those questions. Shouldn't you just do the those things you need to do without asking?
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 09, 2015, 12:57:08 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 09, 2015, 12:42:58 AM

Other smart home items I can see some benefits in, and as mentioned in the Echo thread, I can imagine a common interface binding them all together - the Nest, door locks, home security, lighting, TV, etc.  A futuristic home where most common things are voice or watch/phone commanded via a seamless wireless interface. 

Apple is trying that with Homekit, which should be out this year. I believe Google has their own version centered around Nest as well. WeMO is extending their stuff too. It's coming, but unfortunately there won't be one standard.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 08, 2015, 04:01:32 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 08, 2015, 03:00:16 AM

Maybe the "Internet of Things" really is the Next Big Thing, but it strikes me as a solution in search of a problem. I'd worry about my toaster and my refrigerator conspiring against me. Maybe I'd let my guard down if they went back to calling it the "smart house."

I love the whole Internet of Things idea. I need my phone to turn on most of my lights or to play music, but that really isn't an issue since I always have my phone close. If I didn't live an apartment I would get a Nest in a second. Not sure I need anything connected in my kitchen though, I can't think of any uses. Like the wifi crockpot, a device that has two or three settings and it's something I need to prepare and monitor myself, so why do I need it online?

I was looking at electric toothbrushes they other day. There is a bluetooth one that you use your phone with. Seems completely pointless. Some of this stuff is really a fad.
126  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: January 08, 2015, 02:43:49 AM
There have been a few articles over the years talking about how Android users don't spend much on apps compared to iOS users (iOS users also do a lot more online shopping from their devices), so that part wasn't really a surprise to me. But 60% pirated on iOS? I find that hard to believe unless jailbreaking is a lot more common than I thought, and those same users pirate lots of games.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 08, 2015, 02:38:08 AM
I think a computer monitor might be cool since viewing angles aren't usually an issue. Still I am not sure if there is a really a point. Like YK said, it seems they are just doing it because they can. All these manufacturers are desperately looking for anything to stand out, and this is their latest attempt.

128  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: bluetooth headphones for PC on: January 08, 2015, 02:32:51 AM
Yep, just get one of these. Never used one, but it's pretty cheap.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 06, 2015, 01:12:24 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 06, 2015, 12:33:45 PM

resistance is failing....

Go read one of the threads or watch a Youtube video talking about how the game becomes boring quickly due to lack of things to do. icon_wink
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Space Hulk Ascension (bloody fun turn-based squad combat) on: January 05, 2015, 10:20:24 PM
The Rock, Paper, Shotgun review is what put me off. Sounds like the interface is more of a chore than it should be. The first one the complaints were also about a bad interface and very slow animations IIRC as well.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/5) on: January 05, 2015, 09:04:08 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 05, 2015, 05:26:29 AM

Warhammer Quest looks interesting. I'll at least be keeping an eye on it.

It's a fun game on iOS, but it looks like this is a straight port without much added. Was really hoping they would beef it up for the PC. Highly recommended for an iPad game though.
132  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Any interest in setting up a topic for trading Steam cards? on: January 03, 2015, 09:26:22 PM
I would.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 03, 2015, 06:02:32 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on January 02, 2015, 01:18:31 PM

Lee: If you got the joystick Hark recommended - the game does not automatically recognize the engine throttle on the bottom of the joystick.  You probably already know this- but you can go into options and set it up yourself in about 5 seconds.

Thanks Lockdown, I got figured it out. I was expecting the joystick to have stuff like that set up already is all (some of the videos I watched people just seemed to select their joystick model in a pull down). Not a big deal, I am just trying to get all the commands down and it set up now.

Is there a setting to make the yaw on the Logitech Extreme 3D not so sensitive? If I even rest my hand on it I yaw to the left a bit. It would be nice to make it so it takes a bit more pressure than that to yaw.

I have been doing the practice fights and taking off and landing; it is quite a bit of fun.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/02/15 on: January 02, 2015, 10:53:25 PM
Attempt to learn Elite Dangerous.

Attempt to win a game of Endless Legend.

Continue Wasteland 2.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 02, 2015, 07:43:10 AM
So there aren't advanced predefined joystick setups for this? I put it on "generic joystick" and it didn't recognize the throttle. Which I turned on, but it's way off, and can't go to max. Plus it's way too easy to put into reverse.  I had a Thrustmaster back in the day and I don't remember having to mess with it. Jeez with age I am becoming a noob.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 02, 2015, 05:21:16 AM

Quote from: Lee on December 31, 2014, 08:24:43 PM

Quote from: dback99 on December 31, 2014, 07:28:39 PM

The damn forum effect is pulling me in....must resist..backlog too great..

It was pulling me in and then I watched some videos of it and decided I would never learn how to play it. Plus I would have to buy a joystick. I am enjoying reading threads like this one about it though.

So I lied. Still scared this game is too much for me, but it really it is reminding me too much of my Wing Commander 3 days (didn't really get into Privateer). Bought a Logitech joystick too, thanks Hark for recommending it.

Thanks for the detailed explanation on exploration as well AA.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 01, 2015, 11:15:56 PM
The exploring thing: I have seen in videos people say that some planets were already scanned. Wouldn't all the planets in the world be scanned by now so this is no longer a money maker? Probably a dumb question, just trying to figure out how the game works.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: New Year's Eve: How as your 2014? on: January 01, 2015, 02:47:06 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 01, 2015, 02:00:23 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 01, 2015, 03:00:59 AM


I blame everybody at GT who didn't click the link in my sig and buy something. Yes, you.
Sorry but I use Tapatalk and I don't think forum sigs show up there. smile

Modern phones support regular webpages fine so no need for some app to view forums. No excuse.  icon_razz
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 01, 2015, 04:06:43 AM
So when I watch these videos and the pilot is looking all over the place all the time, is that using mouse look or are an IR trackers? I can't imagine someone is piloting and looking around constantly with a mouse.

I never played Elite back in the day, but it does make me miss Wing Commander and X-Wing/Tie Fighter badly.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going "Full" 4K! on: December 31, 2014, 08:29:03 PM
This whole 4k thing kind of scares me. Are Blu-Ray going to be replaced soon? How well will 4K movies stream?

I started buying Blu-Rays on sale and ripping them and it's already hard enough to steam them unless you can get the file size down. I would think this will be near impossible with such a big leap in screen resolution. I don't want everything I have bought to become obsolete again.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 31, 2014, 08:24:43 PM

Quote from: dback99 on December 31, 2014, 07:28:39 PM

The damn forum effect is pulling me in....must resist..backlog too great..

It was pulling me in and then I watched some videos of it and decided I would never learn how to play it. Plus I would have to buy a joystick. I am enjoying reading threads like this one about it though.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Year's Eve: How as your 2014? on: December 31, 2014, 08:14:07 PM
I'ld give it a B, but that's not solid. icon_wink Probably the most stressful year I have had in quite awhile.

Pros
  • Got straight A's in school and I am very close to my second Associates degree. I hate school and I did horrible in high school, but I found out if I try, I can do it.
  • Arsenal won the FA Cup.
  • I took the summer off and did nothing but watch the World Cup and screw around. It was great.
  • Another great year on the stock market.

Cons
  • My father died (at the same time this is a pro since it was a long drawn out illness where he was almost a vegetable).
  • School is extremely stressful and I did almost nothing but study in 2014 (outside of the summer).
  • Indecision about what am I am doing and what my goals are. When not studying thought about the future too much. Added to the stress.
  • Money was extremely tight, and it's not going to get any better in 2015.
  • Dealing with the VA and my retirement crap. It didn't work out the way I had hoped and I have to appeal.
  • Lots of little health issues that are ongoing into 2015

2015 looks to be more of the same.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN and Live down on: December 29, 2014, 05:39:36 AM
Steam is having issues tonight. Only thing I can find is a Lizard Squad FB message saying they were turning their attention there next. No idea if it's a real page or not.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 29, 2014, 04:39:37 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on December 29, 2014, 03:48:08 AM

Itís such a great game; it disappointed me that most people seemed to be passing on it.

I am waiting for a significant sale on it. It's probably worth the current price, but I have enough to play as it is.  Threads like this one have definitely made me want the game.
145  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Buying a new computer on: December 26, 2014, 05:24:28 PM

Quote from: Laner on December 26, 2014, 05:09:04 PM

120gb SSD is going to get cramped pretty quickly; considering how much prices have fallen this year, I'd at least go for something in the 240-256 range.

I have a similar setup, but my SSD is 256 I believe. I put all the games on the HDD so my SSD still has a ton of space. I guess that kind of defeats the purpose of having an SSD though.

I personally would rather have a Nvidia card than AMD, I find their software to be much better. Probably not a big enough difference for most people though. Also might be worth getting more memory on the video card. A 4gb card if you can afford it.
146  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Router Cooling? on: December 26, 2014, 05:18:39 PM
Never heard of that being a problem, sure that isn't normal? Although I checked mine, an Apple AirPort, and it is barely warm.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2014 Christmas Loot on: December 26, 2014, 05:13:14 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 26, 2014, 02:22:17 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 26, 2014, 02:20:14 PM

Keurig 2.0 - I already hacked it to accept off brand pods
 

There was just a huge recall on this brand. Check it out before getting too deeply in love with it.

Only the mini made before July, 2014. I believe they will send you a kit to fix it as well if that is the one you own.

I got a jacket and Amazon gift cards. Bought myself some Philips Hue bulbs and some Sonos stuff.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going "Full" 4K! on: December 25, 2014, 06:56:45 PM
I can't wait for my crappy, expensive Samsung TV dies so I can buy a new one (which means it will last forever). Not sure I would go with a 4k yet though with so little content available and the tech still being in the early stages. Unlike the 3D craze though, this one should catch on eventually, the bigger question for me is how far away is that?

Saw an article last week someplace talking about OLED TVs, now those look pretty cool.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Interview on: December 25, 2014, 06:51:42 PM
Funny how this worked out. Looked like a very average movie, that would have probably been soon forgotten. Now, it seems that everyone on them Internet can't wait to see it.

Still haven't heard if it's any good.
150  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: December 21, 2014, 05:04:52 PM

Quote from: msteelers on December 21, 2014, 04:38:21 PM

I've been playing the SimCity Citybuilder for a couple of days now, and I can honestly say I don't even know where to go in order to pay real money for things. Maybe I just block it out because there is a zero percent chance I would ever spend money, but I can't say the IAP are in your face at all.

Is it fun? Is there a real game to it, or is it just another timer reset game?
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 21, 2014, 04:54:45 PM
SNL nails Serial.
152  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: December 20, 2014, 07:40:08 PM
Games like Threes! and Monument Vally have done pretty well from what I have heard, but I don't have any numbers. Clash and Candy have been in the top 5 of money makers for how long? Seems like well over a year (but my memory sucks), everyone wants to copy them. I can't even imagine what kind of money they must be making.

The newest big hit free to play is Crossy Road, and they have a really generous pay model. You just pay to buy new skins. They don't add any special abilities or anything, just make your character look different. You can get them all quite easily without paying a dime. The two guys who made it said they have made more than enough to retire off of it (source: ATP podcast). So even generous FTP can make you money if you have a good idea and execute it well.
153  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: December 20, 2014, 05:20:20 AM
Looks like they must have pulled the old iPad Simcity, I can't find references to it in the store (some gaming sites talk about it). I had it, never played it. It's probably backed up to my computer.

There just isn't money to make in iOS unless you do free to play unfortunately. I find it insane that anyone pays money for that stuff, but to each his own I guess.
154  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: December 19, 2014, 10:47:31 PM
There is a full mobile version of Sim City, its been out for years. I haven't played it, but reviews always made it out to be very buggy and EA didn't support it.

Agreed though, I mostly gave up on iOS gaming. Of course I will still buy the good stuff. Just bought Qvadriga.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Interview on: December 18, 2014, 08:21:14 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 18, 2014, 05:04:53 PM

Eh, it was a stupid concept to begin with.  Can you imagine the outrage and anger if some middle eastern country had made a movie all about killing the actual president?  (pretending that they have a Hollywood size industry, stars, budget, marketing, worldwide distribution, etc like Sony and this movie)

That's my take on it, although I think they were just cashing in on a very popular image of Kim Jong Un as this very odd character. I don't think they would have dreamed of doing it with any other country, but NK's leader just begs to be made fun of. Anyway, they have every right to make such a movie, but it is in poor taste.

Did Team America call out the leader by name?
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 18, 2014, 08:14:49 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 18, 2014, 02:45:48 PM

Also, being able to 1.5x or double speed podcasts is the greatest thing ever. Obviously some lend themselves to it more than others, but I've been doing some major catch-up at work by putting some on 2X and ripping through them.

If you are on iOS check out Overcast. It has "smart speed" that speeds up the little pauses people make when they speak. The time it saves adds up a lot quicker than you would expect.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 18, 2014, 09:20:45 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 18, 2014, 05:10:53 AM

Quote from: Lee on December 18, 2014, 03:45:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on December 17, 2014, 04:40:43 PM

Command + Space + equation I want to solve.

I just tried that. Doesn't work.

Then I realized that I am on a PC, which doesn't have Spotlight (or Alfred).

Or a Command key.

I'm a Mac guy, so I didn't even think twice about that. I use all sorts of keyboard shortcuts, but I couldn't tell you what 99% of them are, they just come naturally. Outside of gaming and Excel, I have no idea why anyone would use a PC.  Tongue
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 18, 2014, 03:45:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on December 17, 2014, 04:40:43 PM

Command + Space + equation I want to solve.

I just tried that. Doesn't work.

Then I realized that I am on a PC, which doesn't have Spotlight (or Alfred).
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 18, 2014, 03:41:35 AM

Quote from: hepcat on December 18, 2014, 03:30:11 AM

Tomorrow's the season 1 finale for Serial.  I'm going to find the wait for season 2 difficult.

I can wait. Season 1 sucked after 6 or so episodes. We still don't know who did it and he is still in jail.

(Joking, but I do find it very disheartening that we still don't really know anything, and I still don't feel like we know enough facts to be sure of anything. I can't imagine being in his shoes if he is innocent.)

Did you guys hear Best Buy did an ad advertising that they had everything but pay phones? Pretty awesome.
160  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama on the Colbert Report on: December 17, 2014, 01:05:18 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 17, 2014, 12:29:26 AM

...whereas Obama went on Colbert to reach a friendly but tuned-out demo (more young people).

Colbert gets a wide range of age groups. His audience is also very pro-Obama (see Fivethirtyeight.com link)

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