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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 30, 2015, 05:37:49 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 30, 2015, 02:21:38 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 30, 2015, 05:18:09 AM

As for the preload - you know that they've reserved massive amounts of bandwidth on CDN, but are trying not to be dicks about choking the internets with millions of upgrades, right? Tongue

I'd say it's more like a billion upgrades, not just millions.  Windows 7/8/8.1 hold over 75% of the OS marketshare online and there are something like 2 billion PCs on the internet.  That's a lot of potential bandwidth, and probably just one of the reasons they planned a slow rollout. 

And a slow rollout is just that, it's not all immediate on day 1.  If you haven't noticed, they also do that with Xbox One system updates and there's a couple orders of magnitude fewer of those.  If you're a power user paying attention you can go and manually update it as soon as an update is announced/released, otherwise if you're just a "normal" user they'll notify you within a week or two in order to cycle people though at different times.

We are on new ground, usually very few people upgrade Windows when a new version comes out. A large portion of PCs are at corporations, government, etc, and they certainly won't upgrade for months or years. This is the first time they have made it free though, but I doubt that means billions in the first few days. Most people just stop don't care or want to risk it. Upgrading an OS on day one is more of a power user type thing I would guess.

I still think they could have handled it better. They shouldn't have hyped it, putting a constant reminder on my taskbar if they planned to take days to weeks to allow upgrades. IMO, it would have been better to do it more subtly, make it so only the people who actively check in updates see it first, let the people who care get first chance, and then start letting the general public know.

I am knit picking though, seems like a successful launch so far. There are problems for some people, but overall it seems to have gone well.

We really need a thread for this.  icon_smile
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: July 30, 2015, 05:40:33 AM
Played it a bite more and I am starting to get used to it and enjoying it. So with that, I am done playing it until it's finished.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 30, 2015, 04:18:27 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 30, 2015, 03:32:20 AM

The point of that notification thing is so they can roll it out slowly, and have the "general public" prepared for the change. 

I don't think your average Windows user is sitting around waiting for July 29th and wondering "Where is my update?", they'll just do it when the icon tells them it's time. 

I know that was their point, but why not let me take advantage of the preload that that they went to the trouble of doing? Your average user will probably just let it update when it finally wants to, and they could have just surprised those people when it was ready. Its seems odd to me to put an icon on the screen telling me its coming July 29th, and then not letting me get it 19 hours into the day. I see more confusion about how to get update from people who want it than there should be (people are getting errors or are genuinely confused). It's not a big deal at all, just seems strange way of doing business to me. Just another reason I am a Mac user. :-) (OS X launches are to a smaller base of course, and the problem there is that a few million users try to get the update at once, so it goes dreadfully slow. Maybe its time to switch to Linux?)

Now let me delete the stupid tablet version of OneNote on my desktop computer MS! I will never ever use that half-assed version of the app, even if I still had my Surface. I think I finally got it to stop showing up. Of course I say that...
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 30, 2015, 03:14:03 AM
Just used the tool to update, everything appears to be working fine. Sort of strange launch, it didn't want to update itself, but I can go hit a button on a webpage and it installs fine. What was the point of the preload and the little icon in the bottom right, if I can't use them?

Really like it so far, huge step up over 8.1.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 10:30:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 29, 2015, 07:31:46 PM

I just discovered that the fan is cranking, even though I have nothing running my Nvidia card.  Sigh.  I'm sure these things will get ironed out eventually, but it sucks for now.

Nvidia just released a new driver today, have you tried that?

My computer hasn't done its Windows 10 update itself yet (still says it will notify me when it's ready), and after reading some of the problems I haven't bothered to download it to a DVD and try that yet.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HBS Studios Battletech Game going Kickstarter Fall 2015 on: July 29, 2015, 04:59:11 PM
Need far more information before I can get excited, especially when it still needs to get through a Kickstarter. Still, I miss all the mech games we used to have, whose names I have all forgotten except Mech Commander, which I really enjoyed. I think I liked the Battletech game that came out for the C64 decades ago, but it wasn't one of the standout games of my childhood.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 29, 2015, 04:06:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 29, 2015, 01:21:30 PM

I agree with many of the things he says about the liberal bias and how it has killed any and all dissenting voice but GT is just a microcosm of what's going on in our country.

It's not the dissenting voices that have been killed, its the way the dissenting voices go about it. Most of FB friends are conservative and they don't just post political stuff that expresses their point of view, but stuff that emphasizes how liberals are idiots, the country is being destroyed, how poor Christians are being repressed by the liberal elitist atheists, etc. That is not inviting debate, its being aggressive and insulting. The conservative points of view here have been no different with little to no effort made to actually debate anything.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 29, 2015, 05:25:59 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 29, 2015, 05:09:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 27, 2015, 11:23:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 27, 2015, 04:45:35 AM

It's free, but Windows 10.

Yeah, me too.  Woohoo!  slywink

Aw, man, I forgot they'd probably be doing a slow roll out.

I just read it could even be weeks.

 icon_cry

My desktop downloaded the installer today. Windows update says "failed" and if you check the update history, the fail is 10. Doesn't mean anything, but it's nice knowing it has already downloaded at least 3gb of it.

Edit: Download the installer here.
49  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 27, 2015, 09:23:52 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 26, 2015, 01:29:28 PM

I think I like Long Siege, but my brain is having a hell of a time reconciling what's going on in both the upper (battle) and lower (match 3) screens at the same time.  Paying any attention to the combat loses my train of thought on the match-3 part, and vice versa.  Need to get better about managing both.

I apparently missed the part of the tutorial that explained what those dark purple tiles with what looks like an upside-down grey crown do.  Can someone fill me in?

The purple tiles are the currency for leveling up your minions. Gold buys some stuff, purple coin thingies buy better health/attack.

The game is well done, but I don't think I like it that much. Maybe I burned out on it from the 100000000 games, but it just isn't click with me. The pauses when I can't make combos as I have to wait for something to happen drive me nuts too.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 27, 2015, 09:20:42 PM
It cracks me up that we are the ones who aren't good enough for him. I used to think this way a lot, if people didn't like me, it was because they were idiots. It finally occurred to me that it was my fault and my behavior needed to change.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: July 27, 2015, 09:16:43 PM
I am really regretting buying the space grey model now. I want some color, and the black is just too limiting. Pad & Quill has some nice leather bands coming out, and I don't think a black watch would look right with a brown band. Nor do I want black leather, because as with the black Sport band, it's just too much black.

I don't tend to switch bands as much as I thought I would though, so maybe it doesn't matter? To the watches credit I am walking 4-6 miles a day now, and swapping bands before/after my walks is too much hassle to make it worth it. I am almost as fit as I was when I was a runner/cycler but eat better and drink less now so I weigh a lot less and feel better than I did then. I think the Watch/phone constantly tracking and displaying my stats has helped a lot.

I am starting to get frustrated with the watch's activity app. I used RunKeeper pre-Watch, and while the GPS location had a lot of play in it, it was pretty consistent on where the 1 mile mark was in my walks. I always carry my phone with me, and with the Watch, the 1 mile mark can fluctuate as much as .1 of a mile. It was actually about the same as Runkeeper, until the last watch update came out and something changed to make it vary more. It does all tend to iron out though, so even if it gets the first mile short, in the end it all averages out.

Now if I could just find some good open bluetooth headphones so I could drop the phone.

Really looking forward to watchOS 2.0.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 27, 2015, 08:44:32 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 27, 2015, 08:27:07 PM

It was actually fairly enjoyable with your expectations in check.

I think that is the secret for almost any movie. I had low standards for the Hobbit trilogy for instance, but quite enjoyed them for what they were. Sometimes it doesn't work though, I had incredibly low standards for Inception, and it was actually worse. :-) All that said, you are the only the person who I have seen/heard that had anything nice to say about Pixel.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: July 27, 2015, 06:13:44 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 23, 2015, 09:14:46 PM

If you are stuck and would like another shot at it, feel free to ask for hints.  Many puzzles have relatively easy solutions that you may not see because you donít know that a component can be used in a clever way.

Thanks Lordnine. I did look around online and there are sites to help, but I figured if I needed help, it defeats the purpose. Maybe going back now will give me a fresh look at the puzzles?
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) on: July 27, 2015, 06:11:35 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on July 27, 2015, 05:29:08 AM

Colonial Conquest on PC.

I'm sure it won't live up to the nostalgia, but I expect I'll get some enjoyment out of it as long as they didn't change things too much updating it.

Really looking forward to impressions on this one. I remember the cover art and name, but the screenshots don't look familiar. Considering I owned/pirated just about every game in existence in the mid 80s, I must have played it. I can't imagine this would survive the tests of time though.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 27, 2015, 06:07:40 PM
LOL, I quit this forum, but came back to post. Not sure you understand what quit means. You really are losing it Eco.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/28) ) on: July 27, 2015, 04:45:35 AM
It's free, but Windows 10. Get rid of that godawful 8.1 wannabe touch interface with its full screen apps. Hopefully everything still works.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 26, 2015, 02:25:47 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on July 26, 2015, 01:19:38 AM

Victor Vran on the pc so far. Very fun ARPG.

Saw someone tweet that it is built around a controller rather than a keyboard and mouse, true? (I don't have a controller, but may pick up a Steam one when they come out.)
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Muppets on: July 26, 2015, 12:09:45 AM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on July 25, 2015, 11:30:52 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 22, 2015, 07:12:57 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 22, 2015, 06:44:26 PM

Oh and I loved the first movie, the second not so much.

I did too, but I was only 9 in 1979. For the second one in 1984, I was too old and didn't like it either. Tongue

(1984 was the third one - 1981 was the second.)

Ruin my great joke! Thanks.  icon_biggrin
59  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 23, 2015, 07:27:33 PM
Picked up Prune today which is pretty good if you like the atmospherey, artsy, relaxing type of games. Each level you grow a tree that grows up until it his something. You need to prune branches off to guide it up to the sunlight. Not far into it, but it's not hard, but fun in a sit back and play kind of way. Nice music and interesting graphics. Not cheap at $4, but so far seems worth it.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: July 23, 2015, 07:23:11 PM
As much I would like to get it, because I really enjoyed the game, I rage quit the game halfway through. I just don't have the patience.
61  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 23, 2015, 05:27:33 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on July 23, 2015, 04:54:41 AM

Wow really? Where did you hear that?

It's more wishful thinking than anything else. About a month ago they claimed that ad revenue wasn't enough anymore and that they needed $10k a month to stay open. So, they opened a Patreon site to raise money. Last I checked they were in the $7k area.
62  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 22, 2015, 11:36:58 PM
Speaking of TA, aren't they closing down soon?
63  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: You! Must! Build! A! Boat! on: July 22, 2015, 09:47:43 PM
It was fun for awhile, some of the later challenges were just too hard and I was getting burned out on it. I liked it, but in the end it was just the same game with a bunch of stat modifiers.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Muppets on: July 22, 2015, 07:12:57 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 22, 2015, 06:44:26 PM

Oh and I loved the first movie, the second not so much.

I did too, but I was only 9 in 1979. For the second one in 1984, I was too old and didn't like it either. Tongue
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Muppets on: July 22, 2015, 05:26:48 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 22, 2015, 04:56:33 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 22, 2015, 04:36:13 PM

Got to admit there were some funny parts, but I can't say I would watch it. Stuff like that is funny in small chunks. Watching that made me miss being 10 again more than anything else.

See, I had the opposite impression.  The first trailer I saw was basically this in smaller chunks.  I thought that was funny, but I was worried it wouldn't work in an extended format.  I was very happy to see this (which may well be how the 1st ep will start) and find that it made me laugh a number of times.

Curious to whether you liked the movies? I thought they had their cute/funny parts, but there wasn't enough there for a movie for me. I guess this kind of felt the same for me.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Muppets on: July 22, 2015, 04:36:13 PM
Got to admit there were some funny parts, but I can't say I would watch it. Stuff like that is funny in small chunks. Watching that made me miss being 10 again more than anything else.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 21, 2015, 10:29:24 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 21, 2015, 09:30:53 PM

Sigh.   It was actually more even (head to head) with me making it to 6 and you being in the teens (on the ladder) I could actually give two shits about that (focus on 2 shits, because that's a theme about my feelings regarding GT).

This is a sad liberal, left leaning, heavy handed pig sty that I'm ready to be banned from.  In some ways Ron should actually thank me as my banned/moved threads have as many views as any.

Poking the pigs is how I honestly have thought of it the past 3 years. 

You delusional fools.  You'll have conversations with your grandkids discussing what the hell happened to our Country, maybe still not realizing you lead to the fall. 

Ignorance at it's sad best.  Anyone that thinks Obama has been anything but a failure is an absolute brain dead chimp (not racist you PC idiots).    Not even a democrat vs republican thing at all, a good vs ignorant evil thing.  I'd not hire this piss-ant fool of a president to do anything, much less run the most powerful country on earth.   This tool only order flags to be taken to half staff today, yet posted a rainbow whitehouse  immediately.  The chickens have and will continue to come home to roost (quote from your President's "Pastor", which you all likely forgot, as you ignored it when you voted for this lunatic).

Good Night  to the wonderful desolate, desert GT.

Good times were had here, but that time is over.

Chris

Thanks buddy.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 21, 2015, 09:04:23 PM
Actually if you remember right, you only beat me in one game. Oops.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 21, 2015, 08:43:40 PM
I am! Some day I hope to graduate and become a stockbroker! Then I can tell everyone what I do! I was just telling someone the other day, "I was playing Hearthstone against a real stockbroker!" They couldn't believe it!
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 21, 2015, 08:12:24 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 21, 2015, 07:58:45 PM

I've noticed as well.  The ideas thrown around above are likely part of the reasons.  I know of a couple more reasons that pertain to GT though...  Hardly worth discussing as no one would even read it.

"Poor me..."
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 20, 2015, 09:13:44 PM
Thanks for the reply Naednek, and I do see your point.

We don't need a picture thread in R&P obviously, but he could easily make a thread on the topic at hand where it could be discussed. We move threads posted in off topic to R&P if they are political because that is the place for them. Just seems like if you can't move his posting, it should be deleted and for him told to post there. IIRC R&P was created because people didn't want to see that stuff in off topic, even though traffic is slower these days, it should still stand, if you want to post politics, there is a place for that. I believe in other threads people have been warned or threads moved when that went political.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 20, 2015, 08:13:47 PM
Point proven.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 20, 2015, 06:20:12 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 20, 2015, 06:05:48 PM

I'm not so sure that's the case. ATB's view of the world has always been very different from most of the rest of us, at least as far back as I can remember. He may not even see the image he posted as provocative in any way.

Heck, if anything, ATB has gotten way more mellow since the early days at Gone Gold, though he's been slowly spiraling back into his old ways lately.

He knows the readers of this forum mostly lean to the left and are not religious. He posted a picture that he knew most, if not all, of GT's forum members would find objectionable in a thread that is supposed to be about funny/interesting pictures. There is a whole subform just for this kind of thing where he could have posted it for discussion (not that he would have discussed it). To me, that is the definition of trolling.

How is this different than what Eco does? (Other than Eco will at least defend his position, ATB just likes to do drive bys.)
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 20, 2015, 05:23:45 PM
Not that I want to support Eco's rants, but if he would have posted something political like this here, it would have been deleted/moved to R&P. Why is ATB, who is obviously trying to troll and going against the spirit of this thread, allowed to do so?
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you like bananas? (NSFK) on: July 18, 2015, 02:58:02 PM
The way the banana skin split open and the spider fell out looked like it was edited. Besides the fact that a banana skin is really thick and anything that small would have a hard time slicing through it like that.

Edit: a quick internet search says that spiders do not lay eggs in bananas, but on the outside.

Edit 2: Yep, fake.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: July 18, 2015, 02:52:53 PM
Thanks, I will give shift a try when I get back to it, but I am definitely going to give it some time and see where they go with it. I really did not enjoy what I played of it so far, but then again I haven't put in enough time in to see if it's something I can get used to either. It may just be the initial learning curve takes time or maybe I just wasn't in the mood for learning a new game last night.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you like bananas? (NSFK) on: July 18, 2015, 07:54:16 AM
I watched it. That was so fake looking it didn't even bother me. Come on, do better than that.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: July 18, 2015, 07:49:33 AM
If I miss clicked because of tiny click boxes, maybe the game isn't for me? I was experimenting with the system and I seemed to be missing far too often. That isn't fun for me. If there is a lot of action going on, which is normal in a ARPG, I shouldn't have to worry about missing my clicks by that much.

Granted its been a long time since I played TQ, but I remember loving it from the beginning. I don't remember having interface issues with the game. It may not have been the perfect ARPG, but it was leaps and bounds better than GD. I don't remember feeling like the interface was a complication I need to learn like it is in GD.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: July 18, 2015, 06:32:13 AM
Just played for 20 minutes and decided I need to wait until it's further along. This game's interface is very rough, it still needs a lot of work. Tiny font on everything, a tutorial kept advancing while things are going on in game (pause the game if you want to teach me how to play it), an awkward inventory system, limited info on stats that makes me feel like  I have to dig for info on the character screen, click and hold on an enemy and I am running past it instead of attacking, etc. It looks like it has great potential, but needs a lot of work.

Comparing this to Titan Quest seems very strange at this point.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 18, 2015, 12:00:26 AM
Why are you posting your political bullshit here ATB? Take it to R&P.

And just as when you posted shit mocking people being killed, fuck off.
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