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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 24, 2014, 02:25:43 PM
I played for an hour last night, and for me, it's not so much that it isn't AC, it's that it really does feel like Civ V with a different wrapper. That's not to say it isn't good, but it does have a mod feel to it for me.

I spent most of my time and effort dealing with aliens. I pissed them off, not by attacking them, but I let some earth plant life become invasive. I have no idea if that's the real reason, but they were leaving my units alone, and then within a few turns there was just tons of alien units all over the place and they started attacking. It made it very interesting and fun.

I had a weird bug where I couldn't click and hold the right mouse button to move. Loaded up Civ V to test my mouse, then back to BE, and it was gone.

I am really hoping to find some time to play it tonight, school papers be damned for one night.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 23, 2014, 11:29:22 PM
After watching Total Biscuits game play review, I am considerably less excited. Still looks neat, but really it is just is a stripped down Civ V in a different setting. Written reviews seem all over the place on it. Most seem to like it, just nothing to get excited about. Hopefully some expansions can add some uniqueness to it.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 23, 2014, 03:29:26 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 23, 2014, 03:27:51 PM

As expected the reviews for this are running extremely high.  I was planning to hold off, but I think I will have to buy it now... sigh

Polygon is high, a 9 , none of the others were that I read. Escapist gave it like 3 stars. Overall sounds like its good, not great. Civ with a Sci-Fi theme.

The bigger names are all pretty average.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 04:45:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 22, 2014, 04:35:01 PM

I think the perfect ending the series would be the reveal that the host did it!

I don't know who she is, but I just love her. How she adds little anecdotes that she is thinking, her gut reaction, even if they might be taken as silly. Still, depresses the hell out of me that we already know the outcome.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 03:36:17 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 22, 2014, 02:58:16 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 22, 2014, 02:37:00 PM

Briana can do that, she did before all this happened. I am not sure a Twitter hashtag and some gaming forums really amounts to that much and are worth the time.

I feel like there's some misunderstanding here.  The hashtag is used by the harassers, in part as a way to organize and call out targets.

Right, but Twitter is a pretty vile place in general, gamersgate hashtag or not. The amount of abuse on any subject is nothing short of disgusting. I love the service, but I don't know why anyone of even smalltime fame would use it. Liberal use of the ignore function is the best you can do if you want to be active on the service. For me the real issue here is that Twitter should be stepping in and banning IPs that post the abuse.

If people like Briana Wu want to fight it, more power to her, but I think she is nuts, that crap isn't worth the time or stress for me.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Health] The Infectious Diseases Thread on: October 22, 2014, 03:28:40 PM
I haven't had so much as a cold in the last 3 years, I laugh at your infectious diseases as I knock on wood.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / IRe: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 02:44:44 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 22, 2014, 02:03:02 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
1) what's his motive? So far, we've heard nothing to suggest that he has beef with either Adnand or Hae (Hay? Hey?).

2) If he did it, why go to the police at all? Wouldn't it be much safer to have no involvement whatsoever with the cops?

3) Who was the anonymous caller who tipped the police off about Adnand?

Clearly, Jay had more involvement than he let on. His story keeps changing and it seems pretty clear that at the very least he helped hide the body. I have no doubt he his an accessory to murder (do we know what happened to him? Did he also get locked up or is he scott-free?) but why he would have killed her in the first place is my biggest nagging doubt about Jay.

Spoiler for Hiden:
1. Jay was jealous that Adnand that was close to his girlfriend, maybe there is more to that side of the story? Maybe there was more going on with Jay and Hae than we know about? Maybe Hae rejected him?

2. Because he's an idiot. From the Jen interviews, he was heavily involved and greatly concerned about destroying evidence.

3. No clue on the caller, a friend of Jays?

I don't have a good answer, it's just that he doesn't seem at all trustworthy and was very much involved in what happened.

88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 02:37:00 PM
Briana can do that, she did before all this happened. I am not sure a Twitter hashtag and some gaming forums really amounts to that much and are worth the time.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 01:44:08 PM
Re: Serial.

It was Jay. Maybe next episode will change my opinion, but so far it seems overwhelming that it was him.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 01:41:55 PM
It's still a thing because people are giving them the attention they want. I completely understand Briana Wu's reaction to them, but IMO, she should just ignore them and move on, it's just prolonging the whole thing.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 22, 2014, 01:39:22 PM

Quote from: Roman on October 22, 2014, 11:51:23 AM

Quote from: Caine on October 21, 2014, 05:27:20 PM

Sad to see that character go like that. I felt like he had a decent character progression from where we saw him at his lowest.  I also like the actor and thought it would be funny seeing him and the preacher in a role reversal from The Wire.  Then he goes and does something stupid. 

I am starting to wonder how he is tied up in the abduction and why he was alone in the church but seemingly able to get along just fine while being completely useless against zombies.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I knew Rick would regret not going back to finish off the Termites. 

My guess is that preacher man has been conspiring with terminus people in that he offers up fresh meat for supplies. That was he stays alive and ridden with guilt.

I think he has to involve the speeding car with the cross, not Terminus. And it looks like we get to find out what happened to Beth..
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 22, 2014, 04:17:02 AM
Whoops, Civ BE wasn't showing as a top seller because I was on my Mac. its not coming out for OS X for anther month or so.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 21, 2014, 09:57:53 PM
A lot of people are buying Civ BE here, but it's not looking like the blockbuster I expected it to be considering it could very well be though of as a sequel to Alpha Centauri. It's not even in the top 10 of sales on Steam when I looked recently.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 09:53:39 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 21, 2014, 09:38:52 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 21, 2014, 09:28:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 21, 2014, 09:14:31 PM

It's a terrible thing. A huge number of people were trolled and continue to be trolled. The threats are embarrassing, the advertising bans are embarrassing, the ethics conversation is embarrassing. Anyone who actually understands how this started and what it's become should rightfully think that both sides, the 4chan trolls and the hashtaggers who continue to think this is a real issue, are a bunch of tools.
  I think you are misusing both sides there, as the trolls and hashtaggers are on the same side.

Not exactly. The trolls started the whole thing. The overwhelming majority of people using the hashtag are the ones who were fooled by the trolls into thinking it was a real thing. That includes #gamergate and the #notyourshield tag which got a lot of use as well.

You are giving people too much credit. icon_smile

I haven't spent much time reading the hashtag posts, but 99% of what I saw is garbage. The majority who seem to be using that hashtag weren't fooled, they are ignorant f.....
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 21, 2014, 09:50:06 PM
I went to McDs just to try Apple Pay. Very cool. Held up my phone to the pad, screen comes on with a picture of the CC, press Touch ID, and the phone vibrates. It took seconds. You have the option to switch credit cards before you press Touch ID, but otherwise the whole thing only requires that you hold your phone up (screen turns on automatically) and put your finger on Touch ID. This needs to catch on, I love the idea of just paying for everything with my phone like this.

I have 4 credit cards, AmEx and Capital One work, while my USAA card will work in November. Just took a picture of them and they are in there. Chase CCs work, but not their Amazon card, which is what I have. People on the Amazon forums are claiming Amazon doesn't want the card to work with it, but Amazon is telling people it's Chase's decision. I believe the Amazon iOS app already allows you to use Touch ID for one touch shopping, so it's not a huge deal, but if this catches on I will definitely use that card less.

Also, Touch ID has quickly become my most loved feature of the phone. 1Password with it is great, not having to use it for passwords from some apps or in web pages. Having my phone easily unlocked while still being secured is great. Buying stuff that supports it, like the app store, is so handy. I am even tempted to get an iPad Air 2 for Touch ID. Well that and because its supposedly has 2 gigs of memory and three processors which will make a huge difference. Not that my Air is slow by any means.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 02:38:06 PM
Why sympathy for the movement initially? The whole thing started because a girl slept with a journalist who didn't review her game, despite the claims otherwise. There has never been any legitimacy to the movement since it was based on weak links that in the end didn't hold water. It seems like it's just an excuse for kids to troll.

Did I miss something where any truth/reason was presented in this whole thing?
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 21, 2014, 02:01:45 AM

Quote from: rittchard on October 20, 2014, 11:31:22 PM


Spoiler for Hiden:
Throughout the cellar/water sequence I kept thinking someone would die or at least get bit.  I thought Bob might have been bit underwater but then they kind of went another direction.  Still, I couldn't tell what his crying sequence was all about, I was still suspecting he had been bitten and was essentially saying goodbye.  Could it be that he was bitten, and the leg that they ate was the infected one?  Ironically they would have saved him and possibly poisoned themselves?  Would be kind of cool but the previews didn't look like they were going that direction.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I took it as Bob being bit. I assumed that as soon he went under, and then with the limp and crying, it confirmed it for me. That scene seemed considerably stupid in the first place when they knew there could be walkers under the surface (or maybe I only thought it was obvious from reading World War Z?) Anyway, everyone is already infected, so I wouldn't think eating his leg would mean anything. Although, my first thought was that's where they were going to go with it, but they still have 8 more episodes to fill up with this story line, so it couldn't be that easy.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 21, 2014, 12:44:00 AM
Ha, thought it was boring as could be. I hate the character development episodes, I just don't think the characters are as interesting as the writers seem to think (I am sure I have bitched about this already in this thread). Plus, it was very predictable that certain people would be getting revenge very soon. We knew that this season was going to be an ongoing battle with that other faction after the first episode. Maybe that speeding car will introduce something more interesting.

Thank god the kissy kissy relationship is over.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 21, 2014, 12:37:46 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 20, 2014, 11:39:28 PM

My gaming Podcast

Isomeritc with Brianna Wu (yes the one recently in the news)  Last one was pretty difficult to listen too


Co=Optional (TotalBiscuit, Dodger and Jesse Cobb + a guest host) Mostly youtubers

I tried to get into Isometric, I like everyone involved, but they are all very different gamers than I am. Plus the constant laughter got old quick (obviously I haven't listened since Gamersgate, which has probably made the tone much more serious).
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 20, 2014, 10:21:45 PM
Some of the ad pricing I have seen for some of the more popular Apple/tech podcasts is about $3700 an ad. These are generally 2-3 minutes, very personalized ads by the hosts. I would think something like This American Life does a lot better.

Distribution and hosting is free unless you use something like Stitcher, or pay someone to edit and finds ads.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 03:49:12 AM
Already ordered Beyond Earth. Zero time to play it though. Hopefully find time to give it a look over this weekend, that's about it.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 19, 2014, 02:16:40 AM
Speaking of This American Life, another good one that is sort of a spin off is Start-up. It's about Alex Blumberg's attempt to start his own podcast network after leaving This American Life. It follows the steps he goes through and what he learns on the way.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 19, 2014, 01:33:17 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 19, 2014, 12:44:50 AM

Well we know the end result of the trial, so unless they find something that can be used in court, I don't see how it will turn out positive.

You're right of course, but whether it's logical or not, hearing it play out, it's hard not hope there is something.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 18, 2014, 08:52:41 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 18, 2014, 08:32:46 PM

The new podcast Serial has been great so far. It follows the This American Life format but follows one story for the whole year (12 episodes, I think?). The focus this season has been on the murder of a high school girl in Baltimore in 1999 and whether or not the person convicted (her ex boyfriend) actually did it. So far I've vacillated back and forth on whether I think he's guilty and seemingly change my mind as each new piece of evidence is revealed. It's worth a listen to if that sort of stuff interests you.

Came here to say this. The first series is so depressing but so addicting at the same time. I am really hoping it ends on some sort of positive note, but I am not sure how it can.
105  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Any Safari users on the forum? on: October 18, 2014, 02:12:14 AM
Use Safari on two different Macs (Yosemite) and never had that problems. No problems on iOS Safari either. What are you cookies set to? (Wild guess)
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CBS offers standalone streaming service on: October 17, 2014, 03:56:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 17, 2014, 02:14:41 PM

The over 60 crowd is going to go nuts for this!

It just occurred to me, this may not be true anymore. Is CBS still the channel that old people watch? I watch Survivor, that's it. I think I have seen 10 minutes of one of the CSIs, that was more than enough to make me vow never to watch the channel outside of Survivor again.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CBS offers standalone streaming service on: October 17, 2014, 02:14:41 PM
The over 60 crowd is going to go nuts for this!
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 11:32:16 AM
I don't think Terminus is wrapped up, the leader that Rick wanted to kill was still left.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 13, 2014, 10:54:35 PM
What was the after credits scene? I didn't see it.
110  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Terra Battle, from the creators of Final Fantasy on: October 11, 2014, 04:47:56 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 11, 2014, 08:52:43 AM

I still can't understand why more developers don't give the option to choose between IAP, or a full priced premium download. The number of games I've skipped because of these stupid timers is in the dozens.

Thats me too. I usually won't even try a game with timers because I am scared that if it is good, I won't be able to play it. No way in hell I am paying money to reset a timer each day. I am more than willing to pay for a game.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 10, 2014, 02:45:58 PM
I have to say I really miss the size of the 5, only because it was easier to use one handed. I could reach the upper left easily, and it just felt more comfortabLe to hold. As far as in pocket, the difference is barely noticeable. On the other hand, I really do like having a bigger screen and would hate to go back to a smaller size. I guess I have two years to figure which is more important.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We lost a forumer last night :( on: October 06, 2014, 09:24:01 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 06, 2014, 06:33:45 PM

RIP, and condolences to his family.

And fuck cancer.   finger

This. Friend's wife is going through it. Fuck cancer.

113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 05, 2014, 04:25:19 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 05, 2014, 12:51:28 AM

...and if they manage to get their store to sell desktop apps as well as native windows apps, it could be a tipping point.

First they need to clear out all the garbage, create some sort of approval process, and then maybe it will be useable. From what I have read, the store is so bad that no one uses it. Did they clean it up for 10 or something?
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 03, 2014, 06:07:45 PM
2013 April fools joke about skipping Windows 9.

If you've been looking forward to Windows 9, the OS that will fix what Windows 8 got wrong, you're in for a surprise: There will be no Windows 9. Instead, Microsoft announced it will proceed directly to Windows 10.

"The Windows 9 internal beta was a phenomenal success," said Microsoft PR rep Cheryl Tunt. "I mean, it blew Windows 8 out of the water, and as we all know, Windows 8 is nigh flawless. After discussion at the C level, Microsoft has decided it will not mess with success and will leave Windows 9 exactly as it is. As such, work is now getting under way on Windows 10, which should see a public release."
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 03, 2014, 05:05:37 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 03, 2014, 04:18:20 PM

There is nothing wrong with 8 (once you either update to 8.1 so you don't boot into Metro anymore or you install a replacement Start Menu bar (Classic Start Menu is awesome)). That's all 8 did over 7 - change the UI. And it's something I fixed Day 1 upon installing.

Maybe, but I shouldn't have to install a mod to fix an OS, or in this case to make it work like Windows 7. I don't mind booting into Metro, that really isn't issue for me (I almost never reboot anyway). What I hate is that I have a huge full screen start menu divided into two sections, metro versions listed first, and then normal apps listed second. I hate that there are two versions of software and that I have to play with defaults to get the right one to open as default. I never ever want the gimped metro version of something to open, but it seems every program defaults to this. This is all fixable, but I shouldn't have to fix it. Windows 7 worked fine, just give me that.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 02, 2014, 10:30:04 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on October 02, 2014, 10:25:48 PM

Windows X? (say that one out loud... maybe X Windows, hmmm)

Too Apple-y.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 02, 2014, 03:49:22 PM
I despise 8, this can't come soon enough (I thought I just needed to get used to it, that wasn't the case). Anyone jumping on the beta?
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 01, 2014, 03:36:07 PM
As a Surface user, I am looking forward to its increased awareness of what kind of hardware you are using. Windows 10 will supposedly adapt its interface to how you are using a device (tablet with or without keyboard, laptop, touchscreen, etc). It's still early in development though, so won't be in the initial builds.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 29, 2014, 08:59:57 PM

Quote from: Exodor on September 29, 2014, 05:25:43 PM

Hopefully by then Apple will again offer a phone for those who don't want to carry around a huge device.

Again? They still do, the 5c and 5s. Really besides NFC, there isn't that much difference between a 6 and 5s. Sure the 6 is faster, but unless you are getting into some hardcore gaming, does it really matter? (And even then, I don't think it makes that much difference with the majority of apps.) Having messed around with a 6, as well as comparing my 6's case (the phone will here Wednesday) with my 5, the 6 really isn't that much bigger. Not enough that it will make any difference in my pocket at least, and I wear skinny jeans.

Apple seems to be looking to offer a variety of phones for people who want different sizes. I bet we see some sort of 5c/s upgrade next year.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 27, 2014, 10:55:03 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 27, 2014, 06:49:26 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 27, 2014, 02:37:59 PM

"Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed"

I'm shocked!
Because they, like Apple, tested it at the very MIDDLE of the phone...and not the massive weak point at the volume button.

Take a look/read - quite informative IMHO as to why the phone breaks down as it does.

Also, BTW, between the three latest iPhones, the force in pounds needed to bend the phones in the middle:

5 - 130
6 - 90
6+ - 70

Yeah I get the phone is bigger but ouch.

Still don't see the big deal. Thin metal and glass to make a light weight device? It's going to be weak to a degree, but why would you ever put your phone in a position where this could happen? If you are that rough with you phones, buy a plastic one that can hold up better (and is cheaper to replace).

Dropping it and shattering the glass is far easier to do, as well as more likely. Bending it ranks about 10th in the  likely ways I could damage my phone. This whole thing is way overblown because it brings page hits. I went to Bloomberg yesterday and their leading story was this (over everything in the news world). Web sites are trying to cash in on 10m+ phones being sold, so they are creating controversy. Just like the OS X shellshock bug, non issue for the majority of users, but it was listed right below Bend-gate on Bloomberg.
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