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161  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.
162  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.
163  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.
164  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.
165  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.
166  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.
167  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.
168  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.
169  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.
170  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.
171  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.
172  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.
173  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.
174  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.
175  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!
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 01, 2014, 02:03:00 AM

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.

It's not you Hark, it's me. slywink I am a snob and very particular about my entertainment. I usually don't like the stuff that gets mass popularity. Die Hard, the Matrix, etc, stuff like that I tend to hate. I like dramas and movies that make me think in order to figure out the meaning. I am not a big reader anymore, but when it comes to teen fiction, I really like Neil Gaiman's stuff, it's darker. Most of what is commented on here I don't consider watchable so I ignore entertainment threads.

As far as games, lot of people agree with me on Dream Quest.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 30, 2014, 10:26:38 PM
No, I didn't even bother to read what he wrote because of his font choice.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 30, 2014, 07:04:07 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 30, 2014, 06:24:31 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 30, 2014, 06:21:29 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on May 30, 2014, 05:08:56 PM

Also, READ HARRY POTTER!

No. Tongue The above description alone says I should not read these books (I read half the first one and got bored and stopped).

My description of the elf thing?  There are a few other things that happen in the books aside from just sock gifting.

Yes, that sounds silly to me. I don't want to read a book where giving an elf a sock sets it free. That goes against everything that an elf is to me! I am sure I have read books with similar silly things, but that along with what I know of the series, doesn't make it seem like something I would want to read. As I said though, I tried to read the first one, and I have seen parts of the movies, I wasn't impressed. I don't understand many things from current pop culture, but HP is one of the greater mysteries to me. That and Big Bang Theory.

(When it comes to books, movies, and TV I disagree with GT/OO etc about 99% of the time.)
179  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 30, 2014, 06:57:37 PM
Reading the comments, Eli of TA seems to think its because kids like this model. I thought the only people who played Candy Crush, and could afford to put down that kind of money, are rich adults. The kids in my family won't pay money for any app, let alone an in app purchase.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 30, 2014, 06:21:29 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on May 30, 2014, 05:08:56 PM

Also, READ HARRY POTTER!

No. Tongue The above description alone says I should not read these books (I read half the first one and got bored and stopped).
181  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 29, 2014, 05:49:27 PM
I stopped taking TA reviews seriously long ago, I just don't think I am the same kind of gamer as they are. For that matter, I am most certainly not the same kind of game as their forum goers.

I played for an hour or so last night. It has become more challenging, I am having fun with it, but it still hasn't grabbed me.

The controls are getting on my nerves. I turned on auto-move to attack because it was annoying fighting an archer, knocking it back, and then having to tap to move back into attack range. Then I did the the boss battle with the pig riding orc and the controls are driving me nuts. Sometimes I want to auto move, and other times I don't want to, especially when dodging attacks.
182  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 29, 2014, 05:36:07 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 29, 2014, 03:11:23 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 29, 2014, 02:17:10 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 29, 2014, 12:02:03 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 28, 2014, 10:45:16 PM

I ignore tons of games that I am told are great for whatever reason. The designer can't be bothered to polish and market his game, I can't be bothered to play it. I don't have enough time for all the games I have already.

And I played, and loved games like 100000, this game isn't even up to that level. It's hard to look at the screenshots and take it at all serious.

It would be easier to take you seriously if you had paid a college student $100 to write your post.

I did. I am a college student.

Point taken that my grammar sucks. Overall point missed, I am not trying to sell you anything, or particularly care if anyone agrees with me.

Mostly the point was to be funny.

I guess the additional point is that it sucks to have something you did dismissed because of something that's maybe not your strong suit.

Story of my life.  icon_cry icon_biggrin

Fair play to the developer, he had a good idea for a game which seems to be impressing many people. I just won't be one of them. From a marketing point of view, he is missing out on more sales by his decisions.
183  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 29, 2014, 02:17:10 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 29, 2014, 12:02:03 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 28, 2014, 10:45:16 PM

I ignore tons of games that I am told are great for whatever reason. The designer can't be bothered to polish and market his game, I can't be bothered to play it. I don't have enough time for all the games I have already.

And I played, and loved games like 100000, this game isn't even up to that level. It's hard to look at the screenshots and take it at all serious.

It would be easier to take you seriously if you had paid a college student $100 to write your post.

I did. I am a college student.

Point taken that my grammar sucks. Overall point missed, I am not trying to sell you anything, or particularly care if anyone agrees with me.
184  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 29, 2014, 02:19:59 AM
Developer is posting a patch for bugs tonight. (from Twitter)
185  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 28, 2014, 10:45:16 PM
I ignore tons of games that I am told are great for whatever reason. The designer can't be bothered to polish and market his game, I can't be bothered to play it. I don't have enough time for all the games I have already.

And I played, and loved games like 100000, this game isn't even up to that level. It's hard to look at the screenshots and take it at all serious.
186  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 28, 2014, 08:28:17 PM
I won't buy Dream Quest with those graphics (hell I wouldn't try it if it was free). I am not really a graphic snob, but there are too many decent looking games to choose from where the designers put the effort into it to make their game stand out. I won't buy all these crappy retro graphic games let alone a game with Dream Quest's art. He could have paid an art school student $100 with better results. When the market is that crowded, cheap games or not, they need to give me something to notice their game (in a positive way).
187  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 28, 2014, 08:20:52 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 28, 2014, 07:55:41 PM

I'd say give it some more time, Lee.  I think the depth of the game will shine over time, we'll see...

Cross-posted at TA:

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I'm really enjoying the game, as I knew I would. The artwork, gameplay and class system are all fantastic. So happy there's a cloud save option so I can switch readily between my devices.

Some minor nits:

- Would be nice to have info on what skills and requirements there are so you could do a little pre-planning. I suppose many people would like to just discover this and experiment as they go along, but I suspect others would rather micromanage their character design

- The game starts off kind of difficult, and as others have mentioned, you can be left feeling lost or lose track of quests. So a journal would be great for that.

- The other thing I'd like is a way to get out of a map midway, some kind of town portal or whatnot. Particularly early on I'd be midway into a map and run out of all my potions, so you either have to backtrack all the way or die to get out. I've also run into maps where the chests wouldn't open and I couldn't get the exit to engage. So maybe a pay option to exit early would be simplest, else buying a portal scroll or something so you have to plan in advance.

- This was a bit of a controversial topic during development, but now having played the game I have to reiterate that I still would have preferred an invisible joystick type of movement (see Dungeon Quest! for a well implemented version) over the touch-based. Having tried the game on both iPhone and iPad, intuitively I try to move using my left thumb. Having to tap for both skills and movement makes combat that much more difficult, as I'm doing everything primarily with one thumb. I get some limited use out of left thumb but all in all it's not as efficient as I believe it could have been. Just my two cents.

I played some more last night, and it's fun, just not living up the original for me. I agree with your points above, besides the final one. I won't buy virtual joystick games, I don't like them, my thumbs end halfway across the screen trying to push the controls. I don't play a game like this with my thumbs anyway, I don't find the controls bad at all using my index fingers other than that it can be hard to target/move when you are surrounded.
188  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 28, 2014, 04:09:37 AM
It's fun, not great so far. Too much walking around in each area just to fight a mob or two. More walking around to find path branches. Walking in town just to buy something. It's too far zoomed in too. But it's kind of fun, all about leveling and saving cash to be a badass. I'll keep playing it, but after an hour of play, it's no Battleheart.
189  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 28, 2014, 03:04:22 AM
It's out, $5.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you recommend a Cloud Storage Site? on: May 27, 2014, 08:45:58 PM
Dropbox is great because apps I use support it for syncing across devices that aren't iOS/android dependent. Also unlike some others, it creates a folder on your drive which it syncs, so even if you are off line, you have access to all files from when you were last online. It will then sync changes next time you get online. I have generally found it to be the best for my uses, but you don't get as much space as others, unless you pay.

Still, ATB seems to be looking for a backup solution (unless he doesn't have a lot of photos), so none of these will really work for him for his stated purpose. Also, if he's talking only pictures there are various services for that, but I know little about those.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you recommend a Cloud Storage Site? on: May 27, 2014, 05:30:14 PM
I use or have used all of those. Most of those services are for files you use regularly, not saving tons of photos, music etc. Dropbox is my goto service for stuff I want to be able to access on whatever device I am on. I believe you are an Android guy so Apple's iCloud, while it works well enough, isn't for you. Box is another service that works much like Dropbox but offers more storage for free.

Sounds like you want a backup system though. I use BackBlaze for full back ups and it works well. It works in the background and after the initial huge upload, I never notice it. $5 a month is a pretty good deal. Also Amazon's cloud service is dirt cheap for large backups, but it's not very user friendly in my experience. Crashplan is also pretty popular and I have heard good things about.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 27, 2014, 02:38:51 PM
RPS has mixed feelings about it it seems. From what I have read, the PC version sounds a bit rough around the edges.
193  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 27, 2014, 02:37:25 PM
Developer posted it comes out the 28th. TouchArcade says that probably means tonight 11EST. Out in New Zealand and elsewhere already. 
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/26) on: May 26, 2014, 04:50:03 PM
Shouldn't the "classic" version have a disk?
195  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 23, 2014, 02:34:56 PM
Assuming the controls are exactly like BH, it looks good. But only controlling one character will lose something. I really haven't read much on this, but I would hope you eventually get a party.
196  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 23, 2014, 01:20:09 PM
$5 with no IAP. Some screenshots on Touch Arcade. Worried about this, it's supposedly quite a bit different than Battleheart, which is still probably my all time favorite iOS game. I hope it's not too different.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tonight. We dine. In HECK! on: May 19, 2014, 10:30:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 19, 2014, 09:22:25 PM

damnit ATB.  is this going to a once-every-three-years event?

He's worse than CK.  icon_cry
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: May 16, 2014, 04:17:00 AM
I am not looking forward to the final as much after reading the below quote. Not sure why they think social media interaction makes good TV, but apparently they do. I never liked the live part much, outside of seeing how everyone looks cleaned up.

On the plus side I was glad to see there was no Sprint Selling a Phone family challenges this season (or did I fast forward through it and forget it already?). Hopefully they will skip the remembering the past players/torches part as well.

Jeff Probst on the this years final episode

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I love that we’ll have our finale on a Wednesday! It just feels new and fresh and fun! We’re changing things up in other ways too. To start with, I’ll be live from the beginning of the two-hour finale. I’ll also be live at the end of every act. I’ll be interacting via social media @jeffprobst with fans at home and in the audience. We’re endeavoring to make this more of a shared event rather than a passive viewing experience. I’m excited. I think it’s going to add a nice bit of energy to the show. As for the finale itself, still more surprises to come regarding how it finishes and two of the most exciting challenges of any finale. Then we have the reunion. where we’ll focus on some of the more interesting relationships of this season — there is definitely a lot of unfinished business that we’ll deal with.  I anticipate a really fun night to finish off a really fun season!
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 16, 2014, 12:22:21 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 15, 2014, 09:27:50 PM

I'm seriously considering shorting the absolute hell out of MS stock, just saying.

Not sure the Xbox is a big enough drag on the company where I would short them. Office is doing great for them, and they just came off a decent quarter as well.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official god hates me this week on: May 15, 2014, 06:07:09 PM
Not that my week compares with your guys, but this has been a crappy week. If you guys don't drink, I will for for you tonight.
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