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161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 04, 2014, 12:58:09 AM
I have z5500's as well.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: January 03, 2014, 08:43:55 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 03, 2014, 08:33:13 PM

Combine this with Activision losing their Spiderman, X-Men and Deadpool licenses, and it's starting to look like the ending to The Godfather. slywink

Or Casino.
163  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 03, 2014, 08:40:49 PM

sound reproduction for $23 is really, really good.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 03, 2014, 08:30:56 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 03, 2014, 07:01:17 PM

Also is it just me or is the UI maddeningly slow?

Sometimes, yeah. I spoke around the point (IIRC) with the loading of different apps.

The cable box stuff I couldn't speak to, I'm in Canada, so the OneGuide is currently derelict. Hit X to bring it up automatically from the dashboard.

I like that hitting B takes you back into what you were just in (as if the dashboard is like the "360 button blades".

I played a bit last night (I'm coming down with a cold and have zero energy to focus on gaming). Halo:SA has some bugs in the first few levels including one crash and a bug where getting out of a turret starts firing your guns and your special ability: you have to tap fire to stop it. KD assures me his copy stopped pulling that crap later on, but I'll say this - they really need to fix system stability. The 'bone doesn't crash often, but it sometimes surprises you.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: January 03, 2014, 08:15:43 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 29, 2013, 06:17:18 PM

I'm so thankful for the invention of GoPro cameras.   icon_twisted

Seriously, that pain just keeps going, and going, and going, and going....

I love that they were able to go slo-mo and enjoy every bounce against the cliff wall, plus two cameras on him and one from the first  guy who jumped.

I also enjoy the fact that he didn't die, and that he was willing to share his pain,
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: January 03, 2014, 04:20:40 PM
I'm about to watch this show contiguously.

Worth it?
167  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 03, 2014, 04:19:31 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 03, 2014, 04:01:29 PM

Quote from: Arclight on January 03, 2014, 03:43:46 PM

I tend to feel the same way about the big bang THEORY...Notice all these theories? Meaning, un-provable.
There-fore if you believe in evolution, and the big bang theories, then you're already are in the realm of Faith

You have no understanding of the term as used in the realm of science.

A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on knowledge that has been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimentation. Scientists create scientific theories from hypotheses that have been corroborated through the scientific method, then gather evidence to test their accuracy.

Your definition of theory is the same as a scientific hypothesis.  A hypothesis is an untested idea.  Once it has been tested, retested, and reviewed by others and determined to fit the facts of observation, it becomes a big-T Theory.  We know how the Theory of Gravity works because we've tested it.  Science may not know how it works, but they know that it does.  And honestly, science doesn't care about why.

Also, that Theory? It isn't afraid to be challenged, at any time as long as there is sufficient reason to do so.

This is what's wrong with "belief in science". Once a thing has traveled from science to common knowledge, common knowledge often prevents science to challenge its own Theories when required.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: January 03, 2014, 03:13:47 PM
Know your audience, I suppose.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 03, 2014, 03:13:08 PM

Quote from: Turtle on January 03, 2014, 10:11:57 AM

I'm honestly rather surprised that there wasn't a resurgence in turn based games, or turn based mechanics, due to the success of XCOM.

Not sure if this is because of XCom, or for the same reason XCOM was able to come back:
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: January 03, 2014, 02:05:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 03, 2014, 01:39:23 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on January 03, 2014, 08:48:54 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 16, 2013, 09:45:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 16, 2013, 09:42:30 PM

So is this game so broken that I should return it?

I can't speak for Xbone, but I've logged over 70 hours of playtime on PS4 and absolutely loving it.  My stats are not great, but you can verify the playtime:

It's gotten alot better recently. I suck at it but its tons of fun. And now stable. Single player is still crashtastic but mp hasn't crashed in weeks since the last patch.

How does one find a server? They're all 0/xx or if i try quickmatch it never finds one.

I joined one game and I was the only one in there.

Your K:D ratio is too high. No one wants a show-off. slywink
171  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: on: January 03, 2014, 04:07:13 AM
Earphones. 8322 from monoprice iirc. ~20bux
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Someone's been using my Netflix account on: January 03, 2014, 01:07:06 AM
Perhaps you didn't wipe well enough?
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 03, 2014, 01:05:46 AM
Yes, Tolkien was horrid at getting to the point - it seems like Peter Jackson suffers the same ailment.

The Hobbit was not the same as LOTR. I had never finished LOTR until I was adult. The Hobbit was a pretty easy read, and there was far more "adventure" in its telling.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 02, 2014, 10:58:17 PM
Bilbo Baggins, IIRC, never had a "my precious" moment himself. It simply wasn't a thing, and his entire time with Smaug was pretty much veiled as invisible. I was worried that it would be in that stupid half-world view with the roaring black-and-white wind.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Turns out, they found a worse way to deal with it by tacking on an action scene during what was supposed to be an encounter where the dragon was trying to figure out riddles.

Bag End indeed.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 02, 2014, 10:44:14 PM
Smartglass does all of that.

So, effectively, if you have a smartphone or tablet, you already have full control of audio. Sending numeric signals to, say, change channels is possible, but the Kinect doesn't (at this time) have that type of control.

When you open Smartglass (and it's set to connect to your console), there is a remote icon in the bottom right, as well as an icon for sound.

Last week I was messing with my kid by changing the volume while he was playing on the XB1 in the basement while I was upstairs cooking in the kitchen. biggrin
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on: January 02, 2014, 10:41:48 PM
Oh yeah, that's right.

I suppose he's just a creature of habit. biggrin
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/27/13 on: January 02, 2014, 09:20:17 PM
Night Shift's bottom has come in handy.

Wow, that sounds bad.

Anyways, I swap to his ghostly teleport powers since I have his recovery power where when you're defeated you can come back again (with more health, x2).

I find that even on normal, going in with a low level Skylander can be treacherous.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/PC/Wii U]Batman:Arkham Origins on: January 02, 2014, 09:17:32 PM
I find the combat to be more tedious than Ryse.

Batman, why you so bad?

I hope Rocksteady is working on something more awesome, because this game is weaksauce.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 02, 2014, 09:15:43 PM
Kratz, I totally agree.

These films are not The Hobbit - they are LOTR Ep.1 and Ep.2.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So....these snow globes and cards and stuff. [Steam] on: January 02, 2014, 09:09:39 PM
Ive got four of them. Can we trade them? If anyone wants mine, speak up. I also have a DOTA common item crafted.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most anticipated titles of Q1 2014 on: January 02, 2014, 06:04:40 PM
There are only a handful of those games I'll be picking up (as my last-gen machine just became a fulltime Skylanders / Minecraft machine for my son).
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: January 02, 2014, 03:44:51 PM
It will automatically delete your "Xbox, Record That" content unless you flag it to keep.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 02, 2014, 05:53:09 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 02, 2014, 04:30:09 AM

When I saw that the party system was number 2 thing they got right I almost stopped reading. I think you're the only one on the internet who has that opinion.

One of the big bullet points earlier in 2013 was the touted "set up a mp game, and join in later when you're ready". This is that thing, but it is feature-bare.

The time I've spent in party chat hasn't been painful. The voices are clear, and when it's worked, it worked well. I've been able to transition between two games with the same member, and everything worked. I think the party system needs an overhaul, but I swear I'll go and kick EVERYONE in the 'nads if they push this back to the "360" method of having dropped game sessions killing parties and the like. I can't stand the gaming moments where you spend 15 minutes trying to find everyone you were just playing with, and getting multiple game invites stacked from a bunch of people who are trying to rebuild the party.

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is working 100% on the Xbox One. Is it a dreadful pile of failure? No. It's a product of Xmas push and midstride direction-changes that they had to sew it up as is to satisfy perceived business needs. It's functional, it has some nice features, but the apps clearly need more time to bake.

FWIW I also hate having to switch disks to play different games, so perhaps I'm more willing to look for progress over clinging to the past.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on: January 02, 2014, 05:41:28 AM
I'd be curious to see if:

Spoiler for Hiden:
A) the photographer is visible in the shot where he's in the final Time cover
B) Whether they have a satellite phone bill on his list of expenses
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 02, 2014, 04:20:10 AM

Quote from: Hetz on January 02, 2014, 04:17:58 AM

Good article! I agree with pretty much everything you wrote.

This makes me uncomfortable. slywink

(I kid, I kid).

Ron, thanks so much for the help on this one. smile

You folks have no idea how much that man endures to work with me.  (but I'm sure some might guess Tongue )
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: January 02, 2014, 04:01:50 AM
Spoiler alert:

I'm illiterate. (does it show?)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Adventures of Tintin [movie] on: January 02, 2014, 04:00:38 AM
Just watched this again with my son.

First of all : crane fights are awesome.

Secondly, some of the transition scenes were fantastic (boat on the ocean becomes a puddle that the cop then steps in, or folded hands that become the desert ridges at night).
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 02, 2014, 03:58:13 AM
K, but the recursion thing with the Eye of Sauron? Watch out! #fractalofevil
189  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 02, 2014, 03:53:59 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 02, 2014, 12:14:08 AM

Quote from: hepcat on December 30, 2013, 08:53:54 PM

Mmmmmmm....Amen Noodles....
Ra-men.  Pasta be with you.
I don't want to eat raw men.

Frankly, I'm not sure "cooked" is better either. Can I go back to just eating dead animals, eggs, and dark, leafy vegetables?

Spoiler for "By dark, leafy vegetables, I do not mean...":

Also, seen the trailer for Son of God yet?
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on: January 02, 2014, 03:47:51 AM
You mentioned that you know people in Iceland (or are you friends with the entire country?)

Spoiler for Hiden:
In the movie, when he finds the thumb, there is a comment that in Greenland there are only eight people.
191  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 02, 2014, 01:32:07 AM
steam down for anyone else?
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on: January 01, 2014, 06:26:27 PM
Which one of the eight ... oh wait, that was Greenland. Tongue
193  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon PCDD deals: Winter sale on now on: January 01, 2014, 05:21:18 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 25, 2013, 01:07:22 AM

Quote from: EddieA on December 25, 2013, 12:14:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 24, 2013, 11:09:11 PM

in that case, you should go mug someone, take the money to 7-11, buy yourself a $5 Amazon gift card, redeem it on their website and then buy the game.

It would be easier to just steal the $5 Amazon card slywink

I thought about recommending that, but they're usually activated at the register though, just in case some unscrupulous individual tries that.

Would it not be more appropriate to steal it from, say some dead dude in a mausoleum?
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar virgin no longer [Rocksmith related] on: January 01, 2014, 03:34:53 AM
I think I'd like to cut my teeth on learning Would (AIC).

Perhaps working my way up to Frusciante's "Snow (Hey Oh)" ... you know, in like, 20 years. Tongue
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar virgin no longer [Rocksmith related] on: January 01, 2014, 03:28:37 AM
Can one simply plug in their own guitar in? Is there a simple adapter?

I have a few electric guitars and a bass that someone gave to me...
196  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Presenting the Gaming Trend ULTIMATE Friends List on: January 01, 2014, 03:27:11 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 04, 2013, 05:47:32 AM

I cleaned up the document a bit. It had turned into quite a mess with irregular bolding, broken borders, random text alignment, and so on.

I re-added the irregular bolding, broken borders and random text alignment. I could not find the "so on" option. Someone else will have to contribute.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/PC/Wii U]Batman:Arkham Origins on: January 01, 2014, 03:21:25 AM
I've just started it on PC to test out my wired 360 controller I got on sale on Boxing Day - it's "only alright" for me.
198  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Upcoming ios/android games you are looking forward to on: December 31, 2013, 09:22:18 PM
Why not Windows Phone games? There's Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 games. Plus, there are all the not-so-smart-phone games too!

(like, all 3 of them!)

I think the title needs to reflect all of that.

... and also Blackberry. slywink
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 31, 2013, 09:17:43 PM
Smaug was good, the movie met all technical merits, but it really failed to excite me.

I started noticing things like how the same set of six stairs appears in all locations, and that in Middle Earth, they've never invented handrails.


Spoiler for Hiden:
The whole "dwarves inside the mountain" running around and riding chains up and down? That killed the entire Smaug scenes for me.

Also Bilbo earned everyones respect by saving them from the spiders and the elves, and yet we fail to see much of that.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld HD Survey on: December 31, 2013, 09:14:41 PM
... and FWIW, they haven't assigned the QA department from A:CM - apparently they didn't have one anyways. Tongue
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