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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:19:46 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 10, 2013, 06:11:14 PM

Eh, I don't think the pricing is as much a failure this year. These new consoles are coming with a lot more tech in the box, namely the new cameras and controllers. $500 is slightly more reasonable now with the new kinect camera included. Likewise for the new eye and controllers.

Also, these consoles will have free to play games available to play on them day 1.

But, since MS set the price at $500, I don't think Sony will go any lower than $450.

The problem is that most people I know don't care about the Kinect at all. They have no option but to buy it. And, as far as I could tell, none of the games they showed today had much, if any, Kinect functionality. So why package this hardware device if the biggest games don't use it?
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:08:09 PM
I think this is shaping up as Sony's E3 to lose. You show some good games and announce a decent price ($350 - $399), and they've got it. Especially with all the other concerns swirling around the XBox.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:00:07 PM
 Yeah, that ain't happening. The only games they showed that interested me were MGS5 and The Witcher 3, but both are going to be on other consoles, right?
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 05:56:43 PM
$499!!!! Oh lordie!
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]get Fable 3 for free(Gold Only) on: June 10, 2013, 12:24:39 PM
Cool. Just purchased it from my computer. Got the "transaction is complete" message but haven't tried to actually download it on my XBox yet.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 06, 2013, 05:44:19 PM
George RR Martin has amazingly short arms for his body.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 06, 2013, 05:42:33 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 06, 2013, 05:28:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 03, 2013, 01:40:53 PM

Reality isn't nearly as entertaining... (well, maybe for the boyfriend...)

If you put in the exact wording from the original picture ("how do I get my boyfriend/girlfriend") rather than your wording ("How to get my boyfriend/girlfriend"), you do come up with the results shown above.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/03) on: June 06, 2013, 04:53:14 PM
I'm a bit confused: is Class of Heroes 2 playable on a PS3 or only on a PSP/Vita? I see it listed as being on the PSN but everything I've found online only talk about it in relation to those handhelds.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 04, 2013, 09:29:04 PM
How Michael Douglass got throat cancer (very NSFW!):

 icon_eek icon_lol
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 30, 2013, 06:42:09 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 30, 2013, 05:25:07 PM

That's from The Guild.  IIRC, his character (who is a complete asshole) had it painted after he and Felicia Day's character briefly hooked up.

Are you sure it's not supposed to be him with Beverly Crusher? 
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 24, 2013, 06:04:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 24, 2013, 04:13:35 PM

they updated that article:

Update: You, the shopper, won't have to pay the activation fee for a used Xbox One game - the shop will. Therefore, the price you see on a second-hand Xbox One game in a shop is the price you'll pay to be able to play it.

That's what a high-ranking UK industry source explained to me this afternoon.

The reason there's all this confusion is because Microsoft hasn't decided what the activation fee will be yet. The 35 figure reported in the story below sounds too high - perhaps it includes the shop's sale price as well.

My source confirmed that part of that activation fee will go to a publisher and part to Microsoft.

What this means for second-hand games is that Microsoft effectively controls how much they cost, because it controls the activation fee. Whether that fee will move up or down or diminish over time isn't clear. But it does mean second-hand games will probably be more expensive than they are now.

My source didn't know what Sony was up to but doubts the PlayStation maker will do the same thing, not because it's angelic but because it lacks the kind of pricey infrastructure something like this requires.

If this is the case, then not only will you likely have to pay more for used games, but you'll also probably get less for trading them in. It'll be interesting to see what happens if used Xbox 1 and used PS4 games are drastically different in price. Of course, knowing Gamestop, they'll probably just jack up the price of used PS4 games to match.  icon_confused
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: May 23, 2013, 04:46:52 PM
The latest Obama scandal!

Obama was clearly trying to move in on his best friend's girlfriend!
173  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Deals (keep it updated!) on: May 22, 2013, 05:21:45 PM
FWIW, I've been listening to the new The National album on Grooveshark and it's pretty darn good.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: May 22, 2013, 05:06:06 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 22, 2013, 03:17:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 22, 2013, 12:17:22 PM

ARGH! To wait for reviews or to get on launch!?

Launch on this one.   I'd stake my rep on it, even only spending 2 hours with it.  Naughty Dog has outdone themselves.   We've not seen multiplayer, but I don't even need that for this game.  The only thing that might sting is if they (uncharacteristically) made a very short game. 

Would it be that uncharacteristic for the game to be short? I seem to recall Uncharted 3 being shorter than 10 or so hours long, right? And I don't recall Uncharted 2 wasn't much longer. I would consider both of them fairly short games.
175  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 10000000 is Amazon's Free App Today on: May 22, 2013, 12:42:19 PM
Only for Android.  icon_cry
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: May 21, 2013, 06:46:55 PM
I know they didn't announce it, but thoughts on the price? With all the stuff they have (8 Gig RAM, 500 Gig HD, Kinect included, etc), it's got to be at least $400, right?
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: May 21, 2013, 06:27:42 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 21, 2013, 06:24:17 PM

Microsoft has confirmed that all Xbox One games will require mandatory installation onto the system's hard drive and, to install the same disc onto another user's drive, a fee must be paid.

Individual games will be tied to Xbox Live accounts, Microsoft said, meaning that the software giant can detect whether a game has been sold to a retailer and repurchased, or handed from one friend to another. In such instances, the second user must pay a fee.

"On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play," a Microsoft representative told Wired.

The company added that, once discs are installed on the hard drive, games can be played without a disc being in the tray.

The Wired article then elaborates: "What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner."

It added: "Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc."

Microsoft did not disclose what the second-user fee would amount too, and did not clarify further on the matter.

The article claims that there is no sweeping 'always-online' requirement for future Xbox One games.

I think i may very well be out just because of that first line

If this is the case and you can pass a disc on to another person to install, I'm guessing that second fee is going to be mighty high.
178  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Deals (keep it updated!) on: May 21, 2013, 05:14:30 PM
It may be that these last two have been $7.99 because they are just released (as in, that day) albums from some pretty big name groups. I wouldn't be surprised if the $5 album of the week returns eventually.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pimp my friends' video! on: May 21, 2013, 04:45:32 PM
Hey everyone,
    A couple of friends in my department are in the running for an NSF "Public Choice Award" for a video they made about their research. They are competing with groups all across the country for the award (which I think is mainly just some recognition but also includes a little bit of research $$$). At the moment, they are in second place. Not surprisingly, they are losing to a cat video. If you guys could visit this site and click the "like" button, it would be much appreciated! Voting ends tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 10:00, I think. Thanks for the help!
180  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Small nitpick: Add placeholder space for ad banners at top of forum on: May 13, 2013, 08:39:40 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 13, 2013, 08:27:46 PM

Now this has gone from a small annoyance to a big one, mainly because it's such a constant issue. I visit these forums regularly and every few times I load a page, it gets timed almost perfectly that the banner loads right before I click. That happening multiple times a day, every day wears thin.

It always jumps right before I click as well, causing me to always click on the "GAMINGTREND" logo. At the main page is getting more hits!
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 12, 2013, 01:56:45 PM
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: May 08, 2013, 04:13:39 PM

Quote from: McNutt on May 08, 2013, 03:52:03 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Agreed.  The trailer doesn't indicate that Ender knows he's killing the Formics.  In the book he saw a realistic simulation and for all he knows that shot of the explosion is just what he thought was part of the simulation.  I can't imagine them changing that aspect of the book.  That would be a MAJOR change and a MAJOR mistake IMO.

Spoiler for Hiden:
And more or less ruin the coolest part of the story.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: May 08, 2013, 03:16:14 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 08, 2013, 03:06:07 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I thought the main point of the book was that Ender didn't know that they were actually fighting the aliens, that they were all just training/simulations? I guess it seems like they all know what they are doing.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Nothing I got from the trailer necessarily suggested to me that Ender knew he was actually directing the fleet. That scene with the planet blowing up, even if that is what I think it is, doesn't mean that Ender is seeing that's what's happening.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: May 08, 2013, 02:23:02 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 07, 2013, 10:35:16 PM

New trailer released today.  icon_biggrin

Did that trailer (SPOILERS for the book):
Spoiler for Hiden:
just show the ending???
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 01, 2013, 05:20:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 01, 2013, 01:49:55 PM

Tried to youtube that jimmy connors clip. Only version I found was in french... frown

You're not missing much. I checked out the video and it's not the commentators from the match, but rather just a highlight clip from a news show describing exactly what you see in the video. Not terribly exciting.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: April 30, 2013, 06:58:42 PM
The facial modeling looks great, better than L.A. Noire even. Very impressive. But yeah, none of those characters look very sympathetic.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Bay Apologizes for Armageddon on: April 24, 2013, 04:21:55 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 23, 2013, 06:22:39 PM

Btw, Armageddon was a hell alot better than Deep Impact

I'm completely the opposite. Liked Deep Impact and hated Armageddon. I would've walked out on Armageddon if my friend hadn't been my ride.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: April 16, 2013, 03:13:06 PM
A video by my friends who are looking for someone to adopt their duck. It's gotten 170,000+ views in three days!
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Just In: I don't find Kate Upton all that Attractive on: April 12, 2013, 12:32:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 12, 2013, 12:28:02 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 12, 2013, 06:30:26 AM

The older I get, the more "my type" gravitates toward any non-obese female under 50 who has a pulse.

Coincidentally, those were the exact requirements CK put on his eharmony application.

Except for the pulse part.
190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Korea threatens 'final destruction' of South Korea on: April 03, 2013, 01:10:47 PM
I heard part of an interview on Fresh Air yesterday with some professor who studies North/South Korea relations. There is apparently a large industrial complex in North Korea that sends goods to South Korea and employs many South Korean workers. It makes up an important part of the North Korean economy. The professor stated that you didn't need to start worrying as long as that complex continued to work as usual. Well, today North Korea stopped the South Korean workers from entering that complex.

North Korea on Wednesday stirred up fresh unease in Northeast Asia, blocking hundreds of South Koreans from entering a joint industrial complex that serves as an important symbol of cooperation between the two countries.

North Korea's decision Wednesday to prevent South Korean workers and managers from entering the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which sits on the North's side of the border but houses operations of scores of South Korean companies, is a tangible sign of the tensions between the two sides.

It's also a move that could end up hurting Pyongyang financially, since Kaesong is considered to be an important source of hard currency for Kim's regime.

More than 50,000 North Koreans work in the zone, producing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of goods each year. Those workers earn on average $134 a month, of which North Korean authorities take about 45% in various taxes.

The North had threatened at the weekend to shut down the industrial complex.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 02, 2013, 05:49:27 PM
I'm a grad student in Biology at the University of Florida studying animal behavior. I'm pretty close to graduating, though, and so am in the process of applying to postdoctoral positions.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: March 29, 2013, 03:53:47 PM
I'm still playing when I get the chance. I think I've put in something like 28 hours or so into the game; I'm not sure how close I am to the end (
Spoiler for Hiden:
I just got the dragon.
). It's been a fun game, although I think I'm no longer into JRPGs so much. At least the battles are generally avoidable.
193  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Korea threatens 'final destruction' of South Korea on: March 28, 2013, 01:00:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 27, 2013, 06:49:34 PM

That soldier looks like he's about 14 years old.
194  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gabby Gifford's Husband tires to save baby sea lion from dog attack on: March 26, 2013, 09:15:29 PM
That's sad. And yes, if you can't control your dog you need either 1) to have someone else to walk it, 2) a better leash that allows more control (gentle leader?), or 3) a muzzle.

For future reference,  one way to make sure a dog release its grip on something is to stick your finger up its ass. Gross but effective. Or so I've heard...  ninja
195  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty on: March 20, 2013, 04:24:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 20, 2013, 12:36:28 AM

The world did really need one more match 3 game.   icon_wink

At some point someone somewhere is going to make a match 4 game and blow these guys out of the water.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you truly cut the cable? Getting away from the cocks at Cox. on: March 20, 2013, 01:24:12 PM
I think Cox or ESPN has caught on that people with just cable internet and no cable TV have been able to watch ESPN3 for free. When I tried watching a game last week, they made me sign into my cable provider and then told me access was denied.  disgust
197  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Korea threatens 'final destruction' of South Korea on: March 12, 2013, 08:51:47 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 12, 2013, 02:34:45 PM

The escalations continue.

North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.

Wow - today's escalations seem exactly like the escalations from 4 days ago!

Quote from: CeeKay on March 08, 2013, 04:06:27 AM

North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.

198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Found? on: February 19, 2013, 04:44:53 PM
When I was a kid I found a large quartz crystal with a pine needle (I think) inside it which now that I think about it seems pretty amazing.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meteorite Shower hits Russia,injures 500 on: February 15, 2013, 01:50:23 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2013, 01:35:20 PM

Yeah, I've been reading news and watching videos all morning, too.  

Someone clarify this for me: the reports I read all talk about this thing "shooting across the sky" but no mention is made of its making impact.  The meteorite just skimmed the atmosphere, basically?

Sounds like it exploded in the atmosphere.

Despite what they've said so far, I'm still skeptical that this meteorite is not in some way connected with the asteroid passing by. Maybe it's coming close enough for chunks to break off?
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 13, 2013, 08:39:29 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 13, 2013, 07:07:55 PM

 thumbsup icon_lol
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