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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 20, 2014, 06:31:48 PM
Watched every game. Being unemployed is awesome this time of year!

Very glad to see England out of it. I know their team very well since I watch Premier League a lot, so I already despise most of the players on the team (basically I only like Arsenal players). Worse are the British press and fans who act like England is so good, and the US is so bad. For instance, I was listening to an Apple tech podcast this week, where neither the American or the Brit on it follows soccer, yet they were both talking about how bad the US team is and as if the England team was some how much better. Just like four years ago (that was a miserable cup I am glad to forget) when England played the US and all the talk up to the game was about how the US was just a nobody team England would beat easily. So good riddance to them.

Oh, and the thought of Liverpool fans imploding when their star player (Suarez) knocked England out of it, it brings me to giggles.

Spain also happy to see go, they have been dominating for too long. Holland look good, but they have Van Persie so need to lose. Italy have looked like nothing special. Brazil are the favorites, but they really don't look that great. I can see them getting knocked out unless they pick it up a bit.

This looks to be all about CONCACAF. Germany and US are my teams...both still in it and Germany look good.
122  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 20, 2014, 05:05:17 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 20, 2014, 04:46:07 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 20, 2014, 04:39:45 PM

I have learned that it's pointless.

As opposed to arguing on a forum?   icon_wink

Yes, FB is much worse. Basically all the friends of my friend who I don't know jump in, and it gets worse than arguing with Zeke. It just results in one liners about how liberals are stupid and Obama is a Kenyan.
123  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 20, 2014, 04:39:45 PM
It's probably trolling sure. But having lived in the Midwest, working in an overwhelmingly conservative profession, I can tell you people honestly feel like Zeke and Rip. This whole thing is just liberal silliness to them.

And I am not getting involved in the FB crap. I have learned that it's pointless.
124  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 20, 2014, 04:48:55 AM
According to my Facebook friends, the new argument is that Oklahoma means "red people," so we better change the state's name now too.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 20, 2014, 04:43:50 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 20, 2014, 01:23:12 AM

None the less, I suspect I'll only really consider this after a couple of iterations go by.

Good call. Like all of Amazon's hardware, they will nail it on the about the 3rd try.

Off topic, but curious as to what Android/MS phone you are going to move to then Bullwinkle. Thoughts?
126  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 19, 2014, 11:50:52 PM
Rush is blaming the president apparently.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 19, 2014, 11:24:46 PM
Amazon has never been shy about getting their content on all devices. Sure the Kindle runs its apps slightly better, but I can still get all my Amazon stuff on my iOS devices. I wouldn't be surprised if we do see some version of Firefly on the other platforms eventually. Especially if the phone doesn't sell. Amazon really needs to start turning things around before stockholders get too restless. For some reason they have gotten away with it so far.

Of course we will never know how the phone does. Amazon doesn't release numbers, just numberless charts.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 19, 2014, 07:57:27 PM
If I am shopping in a store for almost anything, I have already checked Amazon, and/or I want whatever I am shopping for immediately. It's already so easy to find stuff on Amazon I don't need a special app for it. Plus a phone for me is more about all the other apps, I do almost no shopping on my phone besides music.
129  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 19, 2014, 06:51:48 PM
This has become cringe worthy.
130  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 19, 2014, 05:04:49 PM
The thing is, I don't think Zeke's is joking, unlike Colbert. I know many people who feel the same as Rip and Zeke on this.

I don't think it's even really about the football team, it's just another thing to be angry at the left for.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 19, 2014, 03:06:07 PM
Much more positive hands on from Techhive.

They really liked it. Firefly does sound incredibly impressive. Except, I buy almost everything through Amazon, and I don't think I would ever use it besides the occasional song.
132  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DNS Server? on: June 19, 2014, 01:52:52 AM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on June 01, 2014, 09:22:41 AM

funny, i just switched from my ISP DNS server to OpenDNS just yesterday.

I haven't noticed any difference after the switch. I did hear in some podcast that DNS might affect things like caching of YouTube. As in your cable company's DNS server might direct you to YouTube videos that are on a cache of YouTube instead of actual YouTube, which may cause slowdown.
133  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 19, 2014, 01:49:15 AM
I couldn't care less Zeke's, I just find your logic amazing. All the stupid crap I have seen you get upset at over the years, and yet you can't see why someone else might be upset just because you aren't. You really can't see how someone else might feel about it?
134  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 19, 2014, 01:29:01 AM

Quote from: Zekester on June 19, 2014, 01:23:52 AM

This honky cracker privileged white bread knuckle dragger wouldn't give 2 shits if a team was called "Palefaces"

That makes it ok in Zeke's world.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 19, 2014, 01:27:21 AM
Ars Technica impressions.

Maybe they are still refining it, but it doesn't sound too good.
136  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Pop-ups from ads on mobile on: June 18, 2014, 09:33:56 PM
iOS 8 stops the App Store redirects. Can't wait for that alone.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 18, 2014, 09:15:10 PM
On the iPhone there are a few apps that analysis a song and show me what it is along with a button to purchase.  The Amazon phone seems far more limited than an iPhone or any other Android phone out there. Unless of course you like buying Amazon stuff, then it's the best phone there is.

Edit: nice trolling in the signature Eco. Come on man.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 18, 2014, 08:06:29 PM
I thought one of the Android phones already did the eye scrolling thing, no? The Galaxy was it?
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 18, 2014, 06:19:51 PM
Yep, nothing special. Unlimited photo storage is cool. Mayday? Meh, never needed help figuring out my phone. If people do need help, that doesn't say much for the usability of the OS.

Bottom line seems to be the same as the Kindle, if you love Amazon content, it's a good device for you.  Otherwise there are better options out there.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qvadriga - Roman Chariot Racer Simulator on: June 13, 2014, 11:18:56 PM
Out on Steam now (and tablets). There is a way to convert your current key to Steam, but haven't researched it yet.
141  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 13, 2014, 11:05:26 PM
Qvadriga is out for $10 (see the PC game thread for lots of info). I really enjoyed it on PC and it should work well with touch controls. Hesitant to spend $10 on it currently though, any takers?
142  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which portable device is best for MS Office? on: June 13, 2014, 02:28:12 AM

Quote from: Greggy_D on June 12, 2014, 11:31:45 PM

Surface RT or Surface Pro?

They still make the RT? Everything I read about it made it sound kind of pointless. The Pro is great for Office, but out of his price range. I sold my Pro because despite really liking it, it was more of a laptop and slightly awkward to use because of it.

I am not a 365 subscriber, but have read the reviews of the Office for iPad and people seem to be very impressed with it. If you don't become a subscriber you only read your docs. You can edit Word files in Pages though, which is free on iPad.
143  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Apple banning apps that reward video ads/sharing on: June 12, 2014, 03:02:06 PM
Jetpack Joyride was updated last night and includes a video to watch to get something. Not sure if that means anything, but maybe Apple reversed their decision on it?
144  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Apple banning apps that reward video ads/sharing on: June 11, 2014, 02:44:35 AM
Engadget article about it.

I don't think I have seen any games that give you in game currency for watching a video, but I have seen the share with FB stuff. I won't miss it.

I follow Nimble Bit on Twitter and they retweeted a TA article about how this is bad for developers and gamers (I didn't read the TA article). I can see how developers like Nimble Bit would hate this, but they are very giving with their in app currency so I can't see this as hurting them too much since they seem to have a strong following. Couldn't they give away less free "bux" and make their games more difficult so people are more enticed to spend?

How  do gamers lose? Less F2P games maybe? The Reddit Apple thread seems to be overwhelming for the ban. I think it might actually be better for gamers, if there is no incentive to make all these F2P game, maybe it will clear out the store of all the crap. I don't play these type of games though, so I am probably not a good representative of your average iOS gamer. A lot of people must like the free coins for watching an ad since those games do quite well.

Thoughts?
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 10, 2014, 03:46:08 AM
It's just wrong that no one has mentioned the game's name. Doesn't look familiar to me.

Edit: Top Gun, never played it. I didn't really play NES, I was a C64, PC, Amiga gamer.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a big scardey cat on: June 10, 2014, 03:29:24 AM
I would be anxious too if I was going to use AirBnB. Have heard more good stories than bad about it, just sounds like it could easily go wrong. I won't do a vacation on the cheap. I keep playing with the idea, but the amount of money I need to do it right, I can't talk myself into it.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: June 07, 2014, 09:27:59 PM

Quote from: EddieA on June 07, 2014, 12:03:26 PM

Here's a pre-E3 interview video showing off some gameplay.

Thanks for posting. It is sounds more and more like AC. Can't come soon enough.
148  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 07, 2014, 06:18:33 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 07, 2014, 05:45:33 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 07, 2014, 04:31:55 PM

TA makes Bubble Witch 2 game of the week, I comment on the article that the whole game of the week thing for a review site is fishy, and that they probably did sell it to King. Got banned. Never been banned from a site before, doesn't feel too bad.

I really respect review sites with good and plainly stated transparency policies.  Just state up front whether or not you got money to feature Bubble Witch.  Problem solved.

Maybe they didn't sell it, but why put yourself into that position of doubt in the first place? If a game is good, give it a good review. The problem is this game they gave a 3.5 to, not bad by any means, but is that a game that stands out and is deserving of extra attention? Featuring is a marketing tool for sales, not something a review site should do in my opinion.

Can't say I am bothered by getting banned. I didn't name call or anything, but I was snarky about it. Still, it seems a bit over the top to me, but it's their site. Not a huge fan of TA anyway, but there aren't enough good iOS game sites out there. Pocket Tactics and 148apps are the only others I read. The former is a very good site, just limited.
149  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 07, 2014, 04:31:55 PM
TA makes Bubble Witch 2 game of the week, I comment on the article that the whole game of the week thing for a review site is fishy, and that they probably did sell it to King. Got banned. Never been banned from a site before, doesn't feel too bad.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 06, 2014, 02:25:32 AM

Quote from: Biyobi on June 06, 2014, 01:59:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 05, 2014, 07:28:35 PM

It's just Hipster Bearded Jesus.  He has flannels on beneath his robes, and a craft beer is just out of view.  slywink
And he was way into God before he got popular.

 icon_lol You win the internet for the day.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 05, 2014, 08:33:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 05, 2014, 07:54:59 PM

I liken it to when the Segway was teased.  It had been shown to a group of high-up people (Bezos was one, IIRC) and their reactions were similar in the giddiness, haven't seen this before kind of way.  We didn't see the reactions, of course, and there was talk about that device changing the way cities worked, so it got over-hyped.  Plus, it was something like a year before they told us what it actually was.  

Here, though, it's pretty obvious from that video that they're talking about a phone or something along those lines.  I do think most people would take away that whatever this is, it'll be a phone, most likely.  But the question will be: What's special about it that has these people intrigued?

Even if they didn't read about what that may be, there are hints in the video that still might give them the correct impression.  And even if they have no idea what it is, they only have to wait less than 2 weeks to find out.  That's not a bad tease at all.

I knew nothing about it before I watched the video. While watching I thought it was a new Kindle with a fancy screen that did something silly when you moved it. Something that would be neat the first couple of times before it was turned off as a gimmick. The video did entice me to do a search afterwards I must admit.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 05, 2014, 06:56:01 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 05, 2014, 06:07:03 PM

Personally, I think the video is great.  I'm actually not sure why others think otherwise (although the genitalia view is brilliant).  It seems like a string of real reactions to a cool product that I'm now curious to try.

For me it's because watching people's reaction to something, without hinting at what it is, comes across as over-hyped marketing. It doesn't get me excited to see whatever they are looking at nor does it give me any details of what it is that I should be excited about. You know the leaked info so you are excited, the average person who goes to Amazon and sees that play does not.

I think they should learn from Apple, just say they have something to announce and leave it at that. Of course I am not sure there are any other companies that can get away with that. Honestly, outside of some new fancy eInk reader, I don't have a lot of interest in what they release. Love Amazon the store, but the Kindle line doesn't even compare with Apples stuff IMO.
153  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 05, 2014, 02:05:14 PM

Quote from: farley2k on June 05, 2014, 01:54:26 PM

I picked it up.  I probably won't even play it for for Free I can have it tied to my account and if I do decide to play it in 6 months I will have it.

Of course that is how 90% of my backlog was created but hey at least it is free!

I quit doing that just because I sync my iOS devices to a computer and after years of downloading free games just to try them out, it got a bit out of hand. I have become very selective about what I download. Really wish they would change that behavior, maybe in iTunes 12.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 05, 2014, 01:39:25 PM
Amazon's promotional video is so bad, what were they thinking? As someone on Twitter said, it's as if the people in it just discovered their genitalia.
155  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iOS8 - Metal on: June 03, 2014, 02:21:34 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on June 03, 2014, 01:27:48 PM

Plus, it sounds like another way to gouge the devs/publishers by charging them for the privilege of using this system, and thus the games get more expensive.

Developers have to pay extra for it? I thought it was just part of the developer tools they get for signing up (paying) to be an Apple developer? Which is something like $100, I believe.

To be cynical (would anyone expect less from me?), the trend is to release time wasters and retro games now, not well polished games. The App Store is more about making a quick buck than well polished games. Not to say there aren't still great, well done games, just that it seems like the majority of developers won't care.

For example, TA is running a news story for a minimal graphic time water from a designer who published one mediocre game. That's noteworthy? Apparently it is. That sums the state of iOS gaming to me.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi guys! on: June 03, 2014, 02:09:49 PM

Quote from: Scraper on June 01, 2014, 01:16:57 PM

I find it odd how some old school GGers only post on OO or only on GT. How did they decide which one to post on? I do both, but I think I'm more active here. Mostly because this site has a lot more console game threads.

I tried to post on OO a couple of weeks ago because I figured it would be a good source of info, and I do miss it a bit (active with smart people). Just didn't feel right though. It's just a place I used to post on now.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 02, 2014, 05:05:30 AM
Oh man, that ending had me laughing to the point of tears out of surprise/shock. I know anything can happen in this show, and I was kind of expecting it, just not quite like that.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi guys! on: June 01, 2014, 05:02:54 PM
The U2K thing, what was that 10 years ago? We're all old now.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man applying for work is hard on: June 01, 2014, 02:08:44 AM
I am staying out of the labor market for a couple more years, but from what I have looked it doesn't seem that bad. Submit résumés to various sources that are accepting them (companies, USA jobs, etc). For large companies enter your info into their database where they will get back to you if interested. Is that not the way it works?

Of course I haven't even started on a résumé yet, so maybe I am way off. As Storm Crow said, I am much more worried about the interview process since I have a less than sparkling personality.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 01, 2014, 02:03:28 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 31, 2014, 06:07:24 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 31, 2014, 05:31:23 PM

I'm afraid Lee and I share pretty much nothing in common other than being forumites here.

Harkonis > Harkonnen
Baron Harkonnen > Played by Kenneth McMillan
McMillan > Also starred in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three > Also starred Lee Wallace as the mayor of NYC

 nod

Nicely done!
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