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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TurboTax or an Accountant? on: February 11, 2015, 06:26:17 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 10, 2015, 08:23:59 PM

Love it.  But it's for those who just want to toss money into the world of stocks and bonds without actually learning much about it.  That's not to say you can't, they include a ton of info, but they do manage it all for you.  They go with Vanguard so I'm pretty comfortable with their choices.

You still have to know some stuff don't you? Lets say you are saving for a short term (1-2 years) goal, do they warn you of the impending interest rates rise that will greatly affect bond prices? Or are you only using it for long term so stuff like that doesn't matter?
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 11, 2015, 05:11:09 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 11, 2015, 04:12:40 AM

I hate scores on reviews because all too often the entire text of a review will be glowing, then the score low or the other way around.  It's infuriating.  They'll be like this game is pretty damned amazing and I LOVE everything except this one little nitpick... 7/10  makes no sense at all.

That just means its a shitty site not worth reading.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 09:50:17 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 10, 2015, 09:39:20 PM

Many people do rely on the Amazon average or the metacritic number alone.

I wonder how many people do rely on Metacritic score alone. They had to have some interest in the game, knew something about it, then saw the score was good and used it to justify buying a game they already wanted. They were looking for anything to support purchasing it. I see people in my family buying games all the time because the way it was marketed, or because it was cobranded with a popular toy/movie etc. They bought crappy games without any research while something as simple as checking Metacritic could have helped them. I just don't think Metacritic is so horrible as I keep people proclaiming around the internet lately.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 09:33:33 PM
No one here uses average star ratings on Amazon to get a general basis of what is good before researching further? I don't see how Metacritic is any different. It's a helpful tool, but not something you rely on alone.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 06:47:57 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 10, 2015, 06:37:15 PM

But you don't need the score to do that.

I do. Chances are I am not going to visit a site like IGN anyway. If I am looking at Metacritic and I see IGN gave a game I am following a high/low score that differs from the rest, I am going to go there and see why. Otherwise, the score is enough for me.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 06:22:51 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 10, 2015, 05:54:38 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 10, 2015, 05:51:43 PM

It seems so silly.  I can still take a quick look at the "recommendation system" rather than read a full review.  This just makes it harder for something like Metacritic.  

DING!

Reading a quick synopsis of the review is enormously more informative than looking at a review score anyway, so it's all good for both consumers and, uh... consumers.

Sometimes I don't even care to read that much. There are plenty of games that I just want an extremely quick at a glance overview of where it stands. Sure it doesn't happen often, but if I am looking at a list of games and see something standing out with an exceptional score (either positive or negative), I take notice.

It all depends on the site though. I enjoy RPS reviews and will generally read the whole review for a game I am interested in. Most sites/games I just look to see what they scored it, if it's something I am really interested in or their score got my attention, I will read the review.

But the end I don't have time for most game review sites. I look to see what people are talking about on here and Qt3 usually.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Medieval Engineers (from the Space Engineers folks) on: February 10, 2015, 02:12:38 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 10, 2015, 02:00:50 AM

Yeah, this is a definite pitfall to EA to me.  Along with all the "new/fresh" enthusiasm being completely worn off by the time a game actually launches.  It can be a double edged sword.

I am very skeptical of the whole EA thing after Godus (RPS article about how they basically dropped it) burned me. Although that didn't stop me from getting Darkest Dungeon.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 10, 2015, 12:48:11 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 10, 2015, 12:38:14 AM

I'm actually starting to picture Lee as Jebediah Atkinson lol:

Ha! Probably right, I am not much of a TV/movie person, I am very critical. Nor have I ever understood the shows that seem popular on OO/GT. But I do like AMC's other stuff, Mad Men is great, and I as said, Saul's new show started off very strong, really excited about it.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 09, 2015, 11:39:13 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 09, 2015, 11:33:08 PM

Lee, I almost can't respond to this (though obviously I can).

Boring just doesn't seem possible to imagine for me on this one.  The cameos were so far from needless or silly - they were germane to understanding what the other character was going through, which was nuanced and thought-out and so inspired that I honestly can't understand why you're even bothering with the show.  It seems to have moved beyond you.

Different strokes I guess, I can't believe anyone was entertained by last nights show. Tongue I am near dropping it, I have been for a while now, but it still does shine when they actually do something. If there was something better on, I would jump ship without a second thought.
50  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Nintendo 3 DS XL (blue) on: February 09, 2015, 11:32:04 PM
$100 OBO with Zelda and Bravely Default. Perfect condition, didn't use it much.

Electronic payments only. Amazon or Paypal.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Medieval Engineers (from the Space Engineers folks) on: February 09, 2015, 11:28:51 PM
Thanks for posting. Watched the video and I am not sure though. I didn't play Space Engineers and the video for this game just left me with more questions. Would like to see how survival in action works.
52  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a New Laptop on: February 09, 2015, 11:20:23 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 09, 2015, 07:38:53 PM

There are some wonderful touchscreen apps that work best as a tablet (OneNote for instance, or Sketchbook Express, FreshPaint, and a bunch of mindmapping software). There are a handful of must-use apps on it depending on what you want to do, but when it comes to using it as a Tablet, it's more of a "clipboard".

I have found the touch screen apps to be just featureless versions of the desktop apps. I stopped using the Surface version of Onenote and set it to default to the desktop version.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 09, 2015, 09:11:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 09, 2015, 08:39:34 PM

I can't imagine how it was "lame".

Boring, with needless cameos from past cast members that were silly, an uninteresting story line of watching a character (that they never developed into anything interesting) dying, dragged out for an hour, etc. This is the most wish-washy shows I have ever watched, some great stuff, interrupted with long boring shows with uninspired writing. I just don't care about the characters, I don't find them interesting. They were in the early seasons, there were dynamics between them. Now, I don't know how to describe it, they are just boring and predictable. I want Rick to die at this point, the shows needs to move in a different direction.
54  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 09, 2015, 06:59:43 PM
Grimrock would be great for the iPad. Even more excited about the possibility of Darkest Dungeon on the platform.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TurboTax or an Accountant? on: February 09, 2015, 05:41:48 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 09, 2015, 05:35:38 PM

I just finished up my taxes this weekend after betterment.com released my dividend statements.  I used Turbotax like I always have.  I've never had any problems and my taxes take all of 30 minutes to finish. 

Betterment? How do you like it?
56  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a New Laptop on: February 09, 2015, 05:40:00 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 08, 2015, 11:45:22 PM

Lee, I appreciate the insight.  I'm still considering a Mac, but my wife is completely against it.  I think the Surface Pro is interesting, but I already have a great iPad and don't really need another tablet type device (though it sounds like you don't really use it as a tablet). 

Yeah, don't think of it as a tablet, it is only in that if you want to sit on the couch and surf the web without a keyboard and mouse you can (but even then it's a bit large and heavy for that). Anything else? Forget it. Even MS is marketing it as a MacBook Air competitor, not versus an iPad.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 09, 2015, 07:12:33 AM
Well, tonight was lame. Thankfully "Better Call Saul" was awesome.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10) on: February 09, 2015, 04:38:03 AM
Nothing on the list. Sunless Sea came out Friday which looks interesting, so maybe that. And maybe Offworld Trading Company since that looks really neat. Not sure about getting another early access game though, but Tom Chick seems to love it.

I don't use my current DS, so no chance of me buying the new one. Stupid impulse buys.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: February 09, 2015, 03:53:05 AM
Blackjack, I didn't mean to stop posting. I just thought it was funny because you usually you post screenshots/stories of games that people haven't really played (which has made me buy a couple of games), but this time you were posting about a very popular game. I still liked seeing how you were doing in it.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TurboTax or an Accountant? on: February 07, 2015, 01:55:39 AM
To further scare people away TurboTax, there has a a rash of fraudulent filings. They say they haven't been hacked, so it must be from outside. I just logged in and I had to verify it was me though my email address, which it has never asked for before. Supposedly you can't E-file right now through them either, but it didn't give me any warnings about that.
61  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Playing Diablo 2 on a Windows Tablet? on: February 05, 2015, 10:34:15 PM
Ha, have you been on the App Store?  Tongue Full of garbage. Even the reputable apps are just weak, simple versions of the full PC apps.
62  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a New Laptop on: February 05, 2015, 09:45:00 PM
Can't stand cheap laptops myself. It's one of those get what you pay for things. While the XPS 13 does get good reviews, if gaming isn't an issue, just get an Apple. Metal case, nice display, SSD, and a touchpad that has far more functionality than any PC touchpad. Have been using an Air for 4 years now, and it's still better than my 2014 Surface Pro (but the Surface has better Office support).

For a PC though, the Surface Pro is really good as long as you don't mind the keyboard. Its flimsy and can be a bit loud if you hammer away at it. I use a Bluetooth keyboard and a regular wireless mouse with it just because I hate PC touchpads, as I said. I love the kickstand on it, and the pen is pretty great in Onenote. It's quite a nice laptop (it's barely useable as tablet since almost nothing supports the touch interface, and what does is easier to use with a keyboard and mouse). And it will play some games: Civ V (which supports the touch interface), Darkest Dungeon (but had to jump through a hoop to get it to run), games like that. Hearthstone plays MUCH better on the iPad though.

(Edits because I keep think of more stuff.)
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TurboTax or an Accountant? on: February 04, 2015, 07:14:30 PM
I had a ton of investment stuff a couple of years ago, and I took it to a H&R to see if they could sort through it. They wanted over $300 and told me some tax credit stuff I knew was incorrect so I decided to just keep using TurboTax. Unless you know you have some odd tax situation, or just have a lot of stuff to input, I can't see it being worth it.

(Edit: I am having my father's taxes done by a real CPA actually, at least he owns the business. I am interested to see how much it runs me. I am using them just because that's who my father was using before, and I have no idea where to begin with his taxes.)
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 04, 2015, 06:03:06 AM
LOL, thanks again Ydejin.

I watched a YouTuber play the game and he said something about not being familiar with the ACC system. From that moment on I think I associated ACC with armor class or THAC0. That's my excuse at least.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 04, 2015, 01:19:04 AM
Thanks Ydejin. Beat the tutorial the second try by the skin of my teeth. 3 of the characters are crazy at this point, and I didn't get any healers on the coach, so my vestal is going to have to go back in, crazy or not. I am wondering if it would have better to abandon the quest instead of fulling stressing my character and finishing it. If you abandon, is the quest gone, or can you regroup and give it another try?

There are a lot numbers and stats, but I am still finding it a bit confusing. I don't see where the inflictions actually say what they are doing. I guess that is part of the fun, seeing how they will react. Even when there are descriptions though, the wording isn't always clear. For instance, I still don't know what ACC is exactly, other than having to do with chance to hit.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 03, 2015, 10:31:25 PM
Impressed so far. Love the artwork and voiceovers, it really provides a great atmosphere. As everyone else has pointed out, it is hard though. I kept my torchlight up, but by the final fight of the tutorial dungeon all of my guys were maxed on stress. I got surprised on the final fight, which messed up my order, and after that I never got a foothold in the fight and got wiped. Can you not camp in the tutorial? I was looking for an option but didn't see anything.

I shouldn't have bought it, now I want to try again, but I have work to do.
67  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Playing Diablo 2 on a Windows Tablet? on: February 03, 2015, 06:24:43 PM
The only game PC I have seen that supports touch out of the box is Civ V, and even that is more enjoyable with a mouse. Even if there are mods that help D2 work with touch, I don't think it would matter, the interface really needs to be overhauled.

I have a Surface Pro 3 and it sucks for gaming anyway. Very slow, gets hot, and even the simplest of games makes it sound like a 747.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/03) on: February 02, 2015, 07:02:34 AM
I pretty much think Early Access games should be ignored. There is just too much crap coming out on Steam at this point to waste anyone's time keeping up on it. In this case it was a game I was interested in hearing about. I would say, officially, leave them off and let people comment on them as need be.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 02, 2015, 06:44:31 AM
People still shop at GameStop?
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: February 02, 2015, 06:42:36 AM
It cracks me up (but don't stop) that you are posting screenshots of a game that pretty much all of us, at least those with even the slightest interest, played a couple of years ago.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/03) on: February 02, 2015, 06:38:58 AM
I am still waiting for Tilt to tell me if Darkest Dungen is any good. Maybe that.

(Do Early Access games count as new releases?)
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Superbowl Week on: February 02, 2015, 04:09:39 AM
My neice stopped talking to me after I gave her crap with a 10 point lead. Thanks Seahawks.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: January 31, 2015, 12:43:42 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 30, 2015, 10:14:59 PM

Feel free to watch my stream if you're remotely interested in this game

You were too busy playing Destiny. (I assume you are Soulchilde on Twitch as well.)
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sid Meier's Starships on: January 30, 2015, 05:21:15 PM
Another play through here.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sid Meier's Starships on: January 29, 2015, 09:55:34 PM
That's why you jump to the 30 minute mark. He's live streaming on Twitch today too. Seems the game is ready now, wonder what they are waiting for?

Anyway, I watched the gameplay part, and I don't know. Maps that have tons of space debris (no idea if all maps are like that) with random open close points for entry just seems odd for a starship game. And that you can modify all your ships at any point seems a little too loose (and all the equipment is just a boost to a number, no real differences it appears). Do your ships carry with them every spare part you can imagine and can then install it in the seconds just before a battle starts? Yes it's a game, but stuff like that takes me out of it a bit. And then planets are just resource generators that you don't get to improve, it left me wanting just a good 4x game, even if it's simplified. I'll still buy it, might be a fun time waster for the iPad, but I was hoping for a bit more I guess.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 29, 2015, 04:23:03 AM
TotalBiscuit did a video going over the framerate problems here. It seems like the game needs a patch.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 27, 2015, 02:18:45 AM
Thanks for the update Purge. I am tempted to try it out myself on my Surface, but if there are video driver issues I think I will wait.

It never occurred to me until you posted, but I have never had a PC with a built in microphone. On Macs, it's standard. I won't be able to use Cortana on my desktop because of it. Not that I probably would use it anyway.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Overblown Deflategate Edition on: January 26, 2015, 10:29:03 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on January 26, 2015, 10:15:49 PM

Tyson and Nye commenting with slipshod science is one of  the most disappointing things about the whole affair.  I'd expect our public science figures to address it thoroughly or not at all.

How much is there to do from the science side of it? Seems to be a simple formula (that I couldn't do) dealing with air temperatures and pressure. What more are they supposed to do/say?
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Overblown Deflategate Edition on: January 26, 2015, 09:13:42 PM
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter: For the Patriots to blame a change in temperature for 15% lower-pressures, requires balls to be inflated with 125-degree air.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: January 26, 2015, 06:34:55 AM
I am not sure how, but I missed Grim Fandango back in the day, despite having played all the other LucasArts games. So I guess I should get that.
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