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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 04, 2014, 08:00:56 PM
I had a giant response to all of this, but it gets away from the OP and the point of this thread.

The Japanese market is both unique in its game interests as well as its reticence to adopt products from outside it's own. I simply pointed out that besides one country, where any other country including the US were removed it would not create so significant a gap in product attach rates comparative to the rest of the global markets. I then also referenced the positions of both companies globally.

To try and declare a winner is kinda dumb, IMO, and goes entirely away from the OP. (I include myself in that statement, so let's not get too carried away in people getting feelings hurt with the word dumb slywink)

Ultimately the comment was on losing, not so much that one company over the other managed to sell a fractional amount more. Actually losing out - as in, their product simply doesn't sell. If the PS4 came out and didn't sell, it could put the entire health of Sony on the line. If the Xbox One bombed? I don't see it having the same impact.

If you want to discuss how the XBone can do better, go ahead. Otherwise, open up a different thread to discuss what you think are the winners of console generations. That's just console-war-bait though, so good luck with that.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: January 04, 2014, 05:17:17 PM
Uhm, no. Sorry, but the SW movies are overblown. It was a B movie that went over budget. Phenomenal special effects of its day but so much of what made it great has been tinkered and tampered with - the characters and the license are pretty much dead to me.

/rant from someone who just completed Force Unleashed ][
83  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: on: January 04, 2014, 05:12:27 PM
I bought a set of z320s for my sons PC. They have decent range for the on sale price of 45 bux.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 04, 2014, 05:09:48 PM
That was sexy.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 04, 2014, 05:06:09 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 04, 2014, 03:41:41 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 04, 2014, 02:27:05 PM

At the very least, Microsoft can afford to "lose" one console generation. The same can't be said about Sony at this point.


Microsoft "lost" their last two console gens  icon_confused.... or did you mean "one more"


Lost? If we remove the disturbingly xenophobic Japanese marketplace, the Xbox 360 won the last Gen handily.

From a global sales perspective they're so close to each other as not to matter. Coming from the 2001 Xbox market position and Sonys Ps2?

I don't know how you classify the 360 as a loss.

Regardless, the xb1 has an uphill battle. I'm of the mind that is the best position for MS to be in - they do well there. I just wish they'd not made some key decisions that caused the uproar and the subsequent 180.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 04, 2014, 04:59:12 PM
That's the first I'd heard PvP. Seems silly if we're all working towards the common goal. We'll see how they write that up.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 04, 2014, 02:55:34 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 04, 2014, 02:27:05 PM

At the very least, Microsoft can afford to "lose" one console generation. The same can't be said about Sony at this point.


I concur.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 04, 2014, 02:55:01 PM
JayDee, I use the connect every day. Xbox on, certain voice commends, controller recognition. It's not what's wrong with the platform IMO.

When devs start competing with each other on feature sets - that's when we're gonna see the Kinect 2 really get used to its advantages.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most anticipated titles of Q1 2014 on: January 04, 2014, 05:05:12 AM
... and it's an RPG.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 12 things the Xbox One does well, 11 that it doesn't on: January 04, 2014, 02:22:20 AM
I didn't want an Xbox 3602, and I'm not unhappy with my Xbox One. But you have to admit, there is a ton of room for improvement.
91  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 04, 2014, 12:58:09 AM
I have z5500's as well.
92  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.
93  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 03, 2014, 08:40:49 PM
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082302&p_id=8323&seq=1&format=2


sound reproduction for $23 is really, really good.
94  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.
95  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,
96  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?
97  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.

Quote
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.
98  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.
99  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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowrun_Returns
100  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:

http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf4/soldier/leo8877/stats/285404344/ps4/

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
101  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: on: January 03, 2014, 04:07:13 AM
Earphones. 8322 from monoprice iirc. ~20bux
102  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?
103  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.
104  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.
105  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
106  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
107  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.
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  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).
112  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.
113  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.
114  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
115  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 )
116  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?)

Completed:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
117  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).
118  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
119  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?
120  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.
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