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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 09, 2014, 04:53:22 AM
Well that got weird.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 09, 2014, 01:47:18 AM
Got the 3 free packs and bought 7 more with gold. Got a lot of double/triples unfortunately. I did get a new Warrior legendary though. I have no idea what to do with all these new cards.  icon_cry
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Crew Thread is Broken? on: December 06, 2014, 04:25:10 AM
It loads for me.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 05, 2014, 07:11:59 PM
Monthly cost is the biggest concern I have, but it has to be HD, so quality is a close second. I watch very little TV, I only have cable for soccer. If I could cut everything and just pay $20 a month to watch soccer online I would do so in a second.

I just did my first year with Comcast so my bill is jumping from something like $85 to $130 (with internet). That includes HBO, which was free for a year. That's insane to me. I am going to cancel HBO, which I like, but again I don't watch it enough to justify the $20 extra it is a month. I think I would be willing to pay about $5 a month for it. The value just isn't there for me. TV is too expensive for what it is. Sports seems to be the only thing that keeps many people paying for cable.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 05, 2014, 05:53:37 PM
Nah, the writers will suddenly give her a whole episode next season where we will learn more about her as we find out she is sleeping with Rick's kid (who has also taken a backseat in the story).
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: December 05, 2014, 12:00:31 AM

Quote from: Crusis on December 04, 2014, 07:53:15 PM

For now, it's a very cool gadget to show friends. I DO think that the Echo has a future but the device needs time to mature.

Ha, you don't make it sound very cool. You can show friends how it doesn't work, nor sound that great!

It seems very strange to release a tech they haven't tested in a $200 device. At least Google/Apple have been playing with it in phones. They seem to understand that the tech isn't there yet for a full blown device based on this (although it's getting there).

I think I said this in the other thread, but we need a company like Google or Apple to do this. Amazon's hardware is ok, but they just copy the big guys. Their claim to fame is cheap, not innovation.

Edit: Did you do to the voice analysis thing? Seems to work quite well in YouTube videos.
87  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Puzzles and Dragons, what gives? on: December 02, 2014, 10:41:30 PM

Quote from: Kvothe on December 02, 2014, 05:36:38 PM

This game is enormously popular and I don't really get it.  Seems like just another matching game, made well, but doesn't seem to warrant the popularity in my opinion.


That describes most of the free app store for me. I really don't get it. Even Candy Crush was mildly amusing, but I don't think I would pay a $1 to play it. People are willing to give them hundreds though.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shopping list app/program? on: December 02, 2014, 10:35:20 PM
Tried to various shopping lists over the years, and never found one I really liked. I just use iOS reminders for it now. If I think of something I need I just use Siri to add it. Syncs between phone and my computers so it's great.

That said, if I could find a shopping app that tracks prices at different stores I would pay for it. Don't think that exists on iOS.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 30, 2014, 05:49:11 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 30, 2014, 04:03:05 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 29, 2014, 04:22:07 PM

Just remember, we were all really excited when we saw the Phantom Menace trailer too.

Actually, I was FAR more excited about the Phantom Menace trailer than I am with this piece of crap. You don't 'tease' anything by showing absolutely nothing whatsoever.

Somewhat related to the trailer:

Wow, I have seen some skeptical reactions, but nothing that cynical. Sure they didn't show anything about the story, don't care, thought it looked cool anyway. (I haven't read any spoilers, I know nothing about the movie.)
90  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / MP3 meta data - software recommendations? on: November 30, 2014, 03:19:26 AM
Recently I bought a Sonos, which is amazing, but my oldest music isn't showing album art. The stuff I ripped myself over a decade ago. iTunes shows album art for it, but its a bit of a process to get it embedded into the file so everything else shows it. I have been poking around the internet and I am still kind of lost on an easy way to get this done. Anyone have any recommendations for software that will do this easily? OS X or Windows, but it would be great if I could do it right on the NAS where the music is stored (Linux, I think). Willing to spend money.

91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 29, 2014, 06:26:47 AM
While that's pretty neat, since we know nothing about the characters, it's kind of silly. They could be random characters just setting the mood that something is coming and people (and soccer balls) are fleeing.

I listened to a podcast tearing apart every detail of the trailer tonight. An 80 second clip generated a 70 minute podcast. Was pretty great.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 29, 2014, 01:24:33 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 29, 2014, 12:02:17 AM

Quote from: ATB on November 28, 2014, 11:54:34 PM

Not a huge SW fan, but I did get chills when the falcon came on screen.

I agree. It's not so much the images, but the sounds of the x-wings, droid, Falcon, and the soundtrack that put a stupid smile on my face

That's what did it for me, the sounds. From the music to the tie fighter engines(?), it made me teary.

Don't get all the negatives I have seen around the net, Star Wars was pretty cheesy, I am perfectly ok if the new movies are as well. I can't wait for December 2015, even if I am worried that the end result won't be any good.

And the Stormtrooper in the opening? Who said he is a real Stormtopper? I assumed he wasn't, just someone who stole a uniform. I hope they don't make them appear human, I like them better as mindless cannon fodder.
93  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 27, 2014, 08:24:22 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 27, 2014, 07:41:47 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 26, 2014, 06:49:46 PM

And $7.50 for Civ V Complete? That's insane, anyone who is even slightly on the fence about it should pick it up.

Hmm, I'm seeing Civ V Complete for $12.49 USD, still a good deal. I have the base game but wasn't that impressed with it. With the two big DLC (Brave New World and Gods and Kings) is it now a must get? I've been a Civ lover since the first one, but Civ V left me cold. Oh, I'm also guessing that it's cheaper to buy the Complete edition than just the two DLC Roll Eyes.

You're right, faulty memory as I wrote that. The expansions do make the game a lot better, but if you didn't like the base, I don't know if they would change it enough to convince you.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 27, 2014, 08:21:25 AM

Quote from: JuniorDan on November 27, 2014, 12:23:41 AM

Clash of clan, Boom Beach and since no one else want to say it but all\most do Porn.

Probably because there was no to say it, good for you though, congrats. And actually I don't use a tablet for that.

Clash of Clans and Boom Beach? You are everything that is wrong with tablet gaming.  Tongue
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 27, 2014, 12:44:09 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 26, 2014, 10:07:35 PM

GT's excellent review of Rollers of the Realm moved it from a "someday" to a "right now" purchase.
Be interesting to hear your thoughts. Its fun, I like it, but it never really hooked me. I would say it's a wait for a sale game.
96  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 26, 2014, 06:49:46 PM
LOL, every game on my wishlist is on sale. Now do I hold out for a better "featured" sale or buy now? Almost everything is at least 40% already.

And $7.50 for Civ V Complete? That's insane, anyone who is even slightly on the fence about it should pick it up.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 26, 2014, 04:08:10 PM
Waiting for the price and reviews of Warhammer 40k Armageddon on PC. Unfortunately reviews will probably be mixed and it will be expensive. Edit: it's on sale for $30.
98  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: November 25, 2014, 07:40:56 AM
Well it seemed to clear itself up after I wrote that post. I had done reboots before, but it seems the last one cleared up any trouble (or something did it), it's been rock solid since I posted that. I give up trying to figure out computers. But anyway, I am very happy with it now, it's a pretty awesome machine.

For some reason I like Windows 8 with a mouse much better than I do on my Surface too. It's not so bad on a desktop.

Anyway, thanks for the replies guys.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 10:03:43 PM

Quote from: Torfish on November 19, 2014, 10:02:05 PM

PC Civ Beyond Earth - It might be a little flawed right now but I'm still having a blast with it.  Type of game that gets better as you learn it.  It will be supported for years and I can't wait to see what they do with the DLCs/expansions.  

If I had to pick a game released this year, this would be mine. Do you think we will see support for years though? We didn't see anything for Colonization.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 10:01:21 PM
Civ V, played it more than any other game this year. After that Diablo III. I am not very current I guess.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 19, 2014, 05:06:20 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 19, 2014, 04:33:10 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 16, 2014, 07:50:48 PM

My Surface 3 (the piece of crap that it is with its shitty built in Maxwell wifi chip) is just my secondary computer if you will. It holds all my chat clients, Skype, and everything else I need. It sits underneath my gaming PC's monitor (or next to me when I'm on a console) and it gives me access to anything no matter what I'm doing.
You have problems, even after all the firmware updates? Contact support. Get that fixed up. Mine runs like a champ.

Yeah, wifi hasn't been issue for months, a firmware update took care of my problems. As I said though, my Surface Pro is flakey and I have to reboot it once a week.

My biggest gripe right now is that with a bluetooth keyboard hooked up, it still likes to pop up the onscreen keyboard sometimes, which resizes all my windows (unless they are maximized). It drives me nuts. Then there are apps like Steam that just either don't support touch, or have such small hit boxes it makes it a complete pain in the ass. The Surface to me is a laptop with touch capabilities more than it is a tablet. Don't get me wrong, if someone told me they were going to buy a laptop, a Surface Pro would be my first recommendation (after Apple), but I would not recommend it to someone who wants a tablet. Not even in the same ballpark on weight, easy of use, or even performance (both Android and Apple tablets are getting to be quite powerful and don't have fan and heat problems like a Surface). Tablets are still too limited for many things that are just easier to do on a laptop, for this stuff, the Surface is great.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 19, 2014, 05:16:58 AM

Quote from: EddieA on November 17, 2014, 10:11:57 AM

Rollers of The Realm for PS4/Vita, a pinball RPG

Picked this up, its a fun little pinball game. Interesting elements to it. You have to level up your party, get new equipment, etc. As you take damage it wears away your flippers making it harder. It was really easy until I got to the third area. Now I am having to grind to get some money for better equipment.
103  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: November 18, 2014, 04:08:18 PM
Mixed reactions so far. As soon as I turned it on I get a message to update the video card drivers. Nvidia had upgraded the drivers two days before it shipped, so not a big deal, and I upgraded them. Except I am getting some crashes that as far as I can tell are video driver related. So maybe it's the new drivers? It may be sleep related as well. I have the computer set to sleep after an hour, and it worked the first time, but after that it would crash trying to sleep. Then that stopped, and it would sleep, but it wouldn't wake with a keyboard press. The keyboard would light up, but nothing else would happen. Thankfully pressing the power button wakes it fully. Not bad, but not normal. Sleep has always been a major issue for me on past PCs, so this is no different.

Then yesterday it crashed on loading multiple games. It's intermittent, sometimes a game will load fine, sometimes it will crash. All video card driver related as far as I can tell. Haven't called/email tech support yet, trying to narrow the problem down myself so I can provide adequate details. Odd that besides sleep issues, it worked well all weekend then started crashing yesterday. So this kind of sucks. Sure it will get fixed, but I don't want to deal with this.

I am not convinced it's not just because Windows 8 sucks as well. My Surface Pro has to be re-booted at least once a week because it will start acting flakey.

Otherwise, the computer is a speed demon. Obviously the fastest computer I have owned. Boots in seconds. Since I don't have any really modern games, I can run everything in max detail for the most part (Far Cry 3 isn't quite maxed, but close). The responsive of the thing makes it a joy to use. Love the minimalist looking case and the whole Falcon NW presentation. Disappointed with crashes, but as a long time PC user it's par for the course (that's why I am mainly a Mac user, but they are far less than perfect themselves lately).
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 17, 2014, 10:38:24 PM
I enjoyed it, until the van landed on it's wheels. It was clearly going to land front end first in the real world. icon_twisted
105  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: [PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox1, Xbox 360]Can we dispense with the thread naming convention on: November 15, 2014, 08:06:38 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on November 15, 2014, 07:44:01 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 13, 2014, 01:26:52 PM

All I can say is this- we've got new forum software lined up for the beginning of the year. Tagging is one if it's features. If we try to install a plugin for this software, it is far more likely than not that those tags would not survive a forum migration.

Good to know. That's what I wanted to know. Thanks smile

He means in 2020. Tongue
106  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iPad] Battle World Kronos on: November 14, 2014, 11:59:45 PM
I won't click on a TA link, so I don't know what they gave it, but Pocket Tactics thought it was ok. 3 stars. Sounds like an OK game, but I have enough to play that I can't be bothered with it.

Did you play it Rittchard?
107  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Apple TV 2 - Jailbreak with XBMC Frodo - version 12.3 on: November 14, 2014, 05:54:10 PM
I am confused, a new one goes for $100, and XBMC is free isn't it?
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 14, 2014, 05:06:05 PM
Two papers due on Sunday, and a major test on Monday that I need to study for...but, new gaming PC arrives today. Probably going to play some Far Cry 3 to test it out. Or maybe Dishonored (I bought it and never played it, think its supposed to be good)? I am not sure if I have many games that can really test it.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 14, 2014, 04:02:57 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 14, 2014, 02:22:32 PM

I would love to be able to write something substantial. I enjoy reading very much and loved the creative writing assignments way back when I was in school. The problem is that I have less than zero creativity in my brain. I simply cannot think of anything to write about. I'm thinking of maybe taking a creative writing class at a local college just to force myself to write something. But I keep putting it off. But man, it would be so great if I could just get over this hump and write "something".

This is pretty much me, I am not creative at all. Of course I was our regular dungeon master back in the 80s, so maybe I am not as lacking as I think? My initial plan for fiction is just to do a book in the style of a dungeon adventure. Group meets in the local inn by chance, then has to save the town from the evil lurking nearby. Simple stuff and just about as cliche as you can get, but I am doing this for fun so I am not too worried about it.

I didn't take creative writing classes, but had to take two college level english classes fairly recently, and I didn't find them helpful at all despite the almost constant writing assignments. Just a grind to get something on paper that I didn't give a crap about.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: November 14, 2014, 03:54:30 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 14, 2014, 03:29:31 PM

Well this is getting quite good reviews, in stark contrast to Unity. I'm not buying it next week but I may have to pick it up before year end, hopefully on a holiday sale.

A sale this early? Even with the holiday sale coming up, is that likely? I must be getting old, I am not paying $60 game that is already advertising for it's DLC/season pass. I will wait for it and all it's DLC for half the price.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 11:13:57 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 13, 2014, 05:25:16 PM

I find it vital to have a dedicated application to write my novel in, and for that purpose I've used Scrivener. You will not be able to be effective with something like Word, which was never intended to write long documents. Scrivener is almost an "industry standard" as far as I've seen, and a safe choice for writing multi-chapter books. For mapping out the chapter structure and keeping a chart of questions, answers and connections, I use Scapple, though there are probably better alternatives, depending on your needs.

I use Scrivener now for longer college papers. Dividing a paper up into sections really helps me stay focused and keep on topic. I tend to be long winded and ramble so it helps to stop that. I know it does outlining too, but I haven't used that feature before. I was thinking of taking full advantage of its index cards when I start this project.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 04:39:17 PM
When you write, do you outline, or just dive in and see where it goes? I won't have time to really start my project until December, so I am sort of planning in my head, but I am not sure I like plans. It seems like I should just start writing from the start and see where it goes.
113  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Monument Valley on: November 13, 2014, 04:26:59 AM
Twitter reaction seems to have won, it's back to 4.5 stars. Still, all the top reviews are complaining about the price. Have these people failed to notice that all the top grossing games are free to play?
114  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: November 13, 2014, 01:23:28 AM
It shipped! Will be here Friday. Except...I have two papers to write this weekend, as well as a major macroeconomics test on Monday to study for. Damnit, I hate school. icon_cry
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 13, 2014, 12:11:05 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 12, 2014, 11:54:38 PM

Trying to work on a tablet, like writing large documents is a lie, none of the interfaces work well for it, and using your finger to pudge around to put the cursor at the correct spot to make corrections is a nightmare. That's even after getting a bluetooth keyboard, and even if I had a bluetooth mouse, the office apps just are that sophisticated on it, and transferring files is still a bit messy.

I don't find this to be the case at all using an iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard. I use Pages, Omni Outliner, Evernote, and OneNote quite a bit and have no issues. All use their own file systems that works across devices which makes file management easy (although icloud is still buggy, Apple needs to slow down on updates and get their shit together). With handoff I can literally be working at my Mac, pick up my iPad and hit a button and start right where I left off.

I can type away easily enough writing papers, but I would agree cut and pasting is a hassle, I wouldn't want to do any heavy editing. With a keyboard I can easily take notes from a text book by just putting the keyboard on top of the book and not even looking at my iPad that is sitting next to me. Far easier than a bulky laptop.

I only find a laptop superior if I have to do a lot if editing or I need multiple windows open as reference. If Windows 10 can finally nail down the tablet/laptop interface, it could be near near perfect for this kind of stuff.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: November 12, 2014, 11:22:36 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 12, 2014, 11:18:09 PM

Sorry, not much help, but knowing that lots off people facet they same hurdles may help you.  Good luck.

Thanks, but not looking for help so much, just discussion. Although I don't really no where to start, an outline I guess? I am going to attempt to write my memoirs if nothing else. Thought others might like to share. didn't think it was worth trying if you couldn't get published? Wouldn't be fun to try regardless of the outcome?
117  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: Re: Monument Valley on: November 12, 2014, 11:18:45 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 12, 2014, 11:12:46 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 12, 2014, 10:54:22 PM

PSA if you like premium priced games: Monument Valley's makers released a paid expansion to the game and people are giving the game 1 star reviews because of it. I had no interest in the game, but I will be buying it now in order to support the premium price model. Anyway, it's supposed to be really good.
I haven't looked at reviews, but why are they panning it?  The game wasn't big to begin with, so anyone who was a fan of the first release should already know what to expect.

Speculation is because it's a paid expansion, thats the word on Twitter at least. It was a 4.5 star game with over 7000 reviews. The release today it is now a 3 star game with 69 reviews. Todays update does not break the game in any way, so there is no other reason for the sudden drop in stars (no written reviews have been published yet).
118  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Monument Valley on: November 12, 2014, 10:54:22 PM
PSA if you like premium priced games: Monument Valley's makers released a paid expansion to the game and people are giving the game 1 star reviews because of it. I had no interest in the game, but I will be buying it now in order to support the premium price model. Anyway, it's supposed to be really good.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 12, 2014, 10:45:51 PM
If so, how did it go? What did you write? Did you finish it?

I suck at writing, as anyone who reads my posts here knows. I do get As on all my college papers though, so I must not be too bad at it when I really try. I enjoy writing, even if I do struggle with proper grammar and how to express myself in a manner that gets my point across. I used to have a blog that no one read (which is good because it was pretty bad), and I played with the idea of bringing that back, but I think I want to write something big. A novel maybe? I am not sure how creative I am though, so I may just start with my memoirs. I would never let anyone read it, I just want to try to write something major. Even if I don't finish it, I want to give a try.

Anyone else? Thoughts?
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 12, 2014, 10:16:53 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 12, 2014, 06:02:12 PM

I also play Hearthstone regularly and can do so on either device.  The only reason I'd ever play it on the laptop over the iPad is if the iPad battery is dead.

The iPad was designed to play Hearthstone if nothing else. My high end Surface Pro 3 has to turn on the fans at full blast to run Hearthstone, and it still doesn't look as good or run as smoothly as it does on the iPad. My iPad barely gets warm running Hearthstone.
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