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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sony on a roll (positive personal story) on: July 08, 2013, 04:01:38 PM
I started noticing a thin vertical line last year on my 52 inch Sony Bravia that I purchased in the Fall of 2009.  Over the past year that line has become darker, turned into 3 lines, and never leaves the screen.  Just last week a new line appeared down the center of my screen.  As you can imagine, it's not good, and really distracts from watching.  Because the TV is well past the 1 year warranty, my wife and I resigned ourselves to the reality that we bought a dud (which we paid off late 2011).  

I decided to give the Sony consumer electronics support line a call, just on the remote chance they could refer me to a local authorized repair shop.  Imagine my surprise when after taking my personal info, model # and serial #, the rep came back a few minutes later and said with a cheery attitude, "Good news, your model is under an extended warranty program.  We can replace your TV with one that has been factory refurbished, and send it to you at no cost.  Would you like to do that?"

I was floored.  I knew they had issues with those models, but I was not prepared for this.  Of course I said yes.  She went on to say, "Don't worry about the return shipping cost.  We will include a prepaid label with instructions.  Just send your TV back within 15 days.  Your refurbished TV will come with a 2 year warranty at no additional cost.  You will receive it in about 5-7 days.  Here's the reference #.  Is there anything else I can do for you?"

I just thought that entire experience was amazing, and not at all what I was expecting.  I wanted to share because I think it highlights a customer focused company.  They could have easily said they wouldn't help because my 1 year warranty expired over 2 years ago.  
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Citizen, space combat simulation game (Chris Roberts' latest) on: July 08, 2013, 03:03:21 PM
It's a different mindset with crowdfunding now.  We've been programmed over many years to think about pre-purchase spending from the mindset of a pre-order.  I've had to change how I think about it.  I look at contributions like Greggy_D's as passionate patronage now.  I don't see any difference between being a patron of the fine arts, or a patron of a specific video game development studio or project.  There's absolutely a risk, but patronage is bigger than just getting a return on the investment.  For me it's about supporting a project because of the risk they're willing to take.  

I contributed more than the value of the game for Wasteland 2, but I viewed that as being a patron of a type of entertainment that most big publishers won't fund today.  I hope Star Citizen releases, and that it's a great game.  I can thank people like Greggy_D and Arkon for contributing as much as they have so I can benefit from the development and purchase it at retail  icon_smile  

I don't think it's crazy.  I'd rather have studios developing to the wants/needs of patrons and fans than big publisher investors.  For a few recent examples of why, look at what EA did to Mass Effect 3 (decaying end game troop strength to encourage...supporting EA's social gaming vision) or Sim City.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood survival advice on: July 03, 2013, 11:56:54 PM
Waving a torch at a large nest of snakes seems like a horrible idea.  I think that would just agitate most snakes, or really get their attention when they weren't really looking at you as a threat.

Sucking out snake venom always seemed crazy to me, especially when they tried to teach us this was an acceptable last resort as young cub scouts.  Uh, no thanks.  I'm not sucking deadly venom into my mouth.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 on: July 02, 2013, 06:46:41 PM
It seems strange that Respawn is releasing a version of Titanfall for the 360 too.  I don't remember a developer ever doing that during a new console generation launch.  They normally go all in with the new generation of consoles.  I'm sure they know there will be side by side comparisons between XB1 and 360 versions.  I would think they would want the difference to be huge, to encourage more XB1 sales, and to validate new XB1 purchases, but at the same time they don't want to make a crappy 360 port.        
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 19 Firefighters Killed in AZ Wildfire on: July 02, 2013, 02:45:41 PM
I worked as an auxiliary forest firefighter when I was in college for a few years.  It was organized through my school.  We were called up when the full time US Forestry teams needed help.  It was not what most of us thought it would be.  We were armed with rakes and other landscaping tools that were used to cut away vegetation (fuel) and create fire lines that hopefully the fire wouldn't jump across.  The more advanced teams had torches that looked like small flamethrowers to burn away vegetation (controlled fires) in advance of the larger fire. 

When we received our training, we practiced deploying the "baked potatoes" as fast as we could.  Even with the emphasis on those drills, the veteran forestry guys told us we were most likely fu**ed if we got cutoff and had to use the shelters.  Those fires are so GD hot and toxic I don't know how anyone could survive anything but a very fast moving fire in a shelter without portable oxygen.

When I heard that they found 19 shelters deployed, and some were inside, my heart sank.  They did everything they were trained to do, but it was too much.  We had it easy in the Mid-Atlantic forests, where the natural fuel isn't nearly as combustible as the vegetation in AZ. 
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Under the Dome coming to TV on: June 28, 2013, 04:39:53 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 28, 2013, 04:20:38 PM

That was good to read.  I agree wholeheartedly.  Thanks for sharing.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Under the Dome coming to TV on: June 28, 2013, 04:36:40 PM
I liked it, especially compared to all of the reality programming that seems to dominate prime time tv in the summer.  I appreciate original, scripted programming these days.  I don't usually get hung up too much on show writing, unless it's just awful.  

It's too early to tell if the cast and story will work, but I'm sucked in enough to be looking forward to episode 2.    
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen purchase poll on: June 26, 2013, 07:17:42 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 26, 2013, 03:22:08 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on June 26, 2013, 03:04:37 PM

The 360 controller has been one of my all time favorites in terms of comfort, especially for marathon stretches of gaming.  It's not the offset sticks that make the 360 controller my favorite of this generation, it's the space between the right stick and the face buttons.  My thumb cramps quickly due to the short distance between the right stick and face buttons of the ps3.  I have to lay my right thumb flat over the face buttons rather than arch it during longer play sessions.  I've never had that problem on the 360 controller. 

The ps4 controller looks bigger, which makes me optimistic that it will be a better fit for my hands.       

I don't think I am entirely sure i understand what you mean(i have the 2 controllers in my hand trying to figure it out,LOL)do you not rest your right thumb on the right analogue stick(for either controller that is) while playing games?
Yes, definitely resting on the right thumbstick icon_razz (I'm imaging you trying to make sense of what I was trying to say and then applying it to your controllers).  When I move my right thumb from resting on the right thumbstick to the face buttons on the dual shock, the ergonomics and spacing seems cramped compared to the 360 controller, if that makes sense.  It's not as comfortable as the 360 controller, espcially if I play for an hour or more.  My thumb will start to ache.  I don't think people with shorter (normal?) fingers and thumbs would notice it.  Too bad thumb wrestling isn't an olympic sport. I was undeafeted in school because of my wierd long thumbs.     
169  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Xcom coming Thursday 6/20 on: June 26, 2013, 03:08:02 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 26, 2013, 08:06:20 AM

FYI, XCom is currently free for PS+ members.
Wow...that's awesome.  It's one of my favorite games of this generation.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen purchase poll on: June 26, 2013, 03:04:37 PM
The 360 controller has been one of my all time favorites in terms of comfort, especially for marathon stretches of gaming.  It's not the offset sticks that make the 360 controller my favorite of this generation, it's the space between the right stick and the face buttons.  My thumb cramps quickly due to the short distance between the right stick and face buttons of the ps3.  I have to lay my right thumb flat over the face buttons rather than arch it during longer play sessions.  I've never had that problem on the 360 controller. 

The ps4 controller looks bigger, which makes me optimistic that it will be a better fit for my hands.       
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 12, 2013, 07:37:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 12, 2013, 06:22:38 PM

Don't like Windows 8?  get Windows 7!
It's our good fortune as customers that we can do that.  Otherwise, we would just have to deal with it.


Xbone region availability by country seems to be blowing up today for MS.  It's seems like...oh nevermind, I can't even possibly begin to understand what MS executives are thinking.
172  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/Xb1/Ps4] Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade on: June 12, 2013, 05:09:43 PM
That reads like my dream list for a 40k mmo.  4 playable factions?  Bring it.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: June 12, 2013, 04:57:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 12, 2013, 03:57:33 PM

Wow, thanks for the size comparison pic.  From all the standalone pics I've seen so far I just assumed all these consoles were about the same size.
That's what I was thinking too before I saw the comparison picture.  The PS4 has a smaller footprint and it's slimmer.  

The comparison picture also makes me shake my head in disapointment at MS not even trying with their console design for the Xbox one.  I'm looking forward to reading the industry development post-mortem on the Xbox One whenever that comes out.  That can't have been their concept design.  They have very talented people working for them, and that's the best they could do?  I find that really hard to believe.  I'm thinking they ran up against a time contraint and just said "F**k it, put it in a rectangular box, we don't have enough design/production time anymore.  Some people will like the minimalist, blu-ray player look."      
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen purchase poll on: June 12, 2013, 04:41:47 PM
PS4 for all of the reasons that have been discussed.  I was an early original Xbox adopter, and got a lot of use out of my 360.  I've been playing mostly PC games (thank you Steam sales) and PS3 exclusives the past couple of years though. 

I am really turned off by the direction that MS has been going with the Xbone.  Their communication has been terrible, and they seem really disorganized & flat-footed this time around.  They also are pushing their own agenda rather than listening to customers and the community, and I don't have any tolerance for that.  I didn't even purchase a PS3 until late in this generation, and skipped the PS2, so I don't have a history of being a Sony supporter. 

Regarding the pre-purchase, I don't want to have to deal with camping out in lines for hours like I did for the 360.  I have no interest in doing that again.  I'll wait for Amazon to deliver the PS4 to my house.         
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: June 11, 2013, 04:58:49 PM
I can't remember another example of a company giving consumers such strong reasons not to buy their product, to the point of creating a viral movement against their brand.  MS's xbone marketing strategy has actually made their brand into the greedy, anti-consumer choice.  They've found a way to turn not buying their product into an opportunity for consumers to stand up for their rights.  I don't know how that's not considered anything but a branding disaster, no hyperbole intended.

Meanwhile, Sony is playing a brilliant game of marketing chess, always staying several moves ahead, endearing themselves to consumers, and doing it with a good sense of humor too.  Sony's PS4 vision is sharp and focused.  It will be interesting to see how this translates into preorder and launch sales, and 1st year sales.    

    
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Sony up later. on: June 11, 2013, 03:19:42 AM
That was strong Sony.  Holy shit.  It's not even fair.  Preordered PS4.  
177  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Warhammer Quest on: June 06, 2013, 12:40:35 AM

Quote from: tiktokman on June 05, 2013, 03:53:17 PM

I'm most definitely hooked on this game.
I already have 25+ hours played according to my save.  I saved the Stirland finale quest, and have been working on all of the Reikland quests.  There's another region on the bottom of the map that isn't connected to either Stirland or Reikland...yet.  I can't make out the name of the region, it's mostly blacked out. 

This game has pulled me in like the XCOM: Enemy Unkown did on the pc.  I'm a sucker for turn based games with rpg elements. 
178  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Warhammer Quest on: June 04, 2013, 02:17:20 PM
There are a few enemy types that could make a hardcore run really tense.  I don't remember seeing them until the level 4-6 quests in Stirland and Reikland.  There's a goblin shaman type that has a high damaging nuke that can insta kill characters with less than 25 wounds in one cast (it's the repeating globs of green).  In the skaven dungeons there are grey seer bosses that can nuke hard too.  Most other enemies don't dish out a lot of spike damage. 

If I were doing a hardcore run, I'd equip 1 or 2 +8 wounds rings on my characters to get them over 25 wounds. 
179  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Warhammer Quest on: June 03, 2013, 09:17:45 PM
I think character stats are somewhat random.  If you retire a character, or have one die on hard, the next character of that class may/will have different stats.  It seems like the stats gained at each level may be somewhat random too.  My level 5 waywatcher only has 1 melee attack, but is a great with a bow.  My level 5 archmage has 2 melee attacks.  The order of spells/skills gained at level ups may be different too. 
180  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Warhammer Quest on: June 03, 2013, 04:25:57 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 03, 2013, 03:52:57 PM

I've only advanced my Wizard to level 2 (man, it's tough for him to kill stuff), but I'm assuming the only way to gain additional spells for him is to level up, correct?  Or is there somewhere you buy additional spells?
I felt the same way initially with the grey wizard and archmage.  Once the grey wizard gets his area attack (shadow bolt I think), leveling goes much faster.  With a ring of fortitude the mages won't be complete pushovers if they take some damage.  The only way to get new spells is to level up.  Mages in this game don't seem to be as fragile as they are in other settings, especially with decent equipment. 

I don't think either mage is necessary.  The random nature of when they can use their spells can make them really helpful, or not so much.  An all melee or melee plus ranged would work well too.       

181  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Warhammer Quest on: June 02, 2013, 05:22:49 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 02, 2013, 02:02:36 PM

-  Are there ever any positive random events?  The only ones I've seen either in dungeons or towns either take away my gold or reduce my stats.  Never seen anything positive happen...just wondering if they are a possibility.  Side note:  completely random events that take away gold you purchased through IAP is a bullshit design decision.

-  On the unique (I.e. Red flag) missions, do you only get one chance to do those when you first get them, or can you come back to them later?   I skipped the "get the lute" quest in the first town, and now it's not showing up anymore.  Wasn't sure if that was supposed to happen or if it was a bug.
Yes to the first question, although as you've noticed, it doesn't happen often.  The one positive random I've seen a few times is the halfling sharing his meal with the party, which heals the group.  There's also a random event involving crossing a river that can result in a 1 dungeon perk.

I've been able to go back and do the settlement and region quests whenever I wanted, even after failing them.  I even had one where an earlier decision had prevented me from completing a settlement quest, only to find out that the consequence for my group's selfishness started a different quest chain.

I really enjoyed Hunters, and this combines Hunters with Warhammer, and improves on the game design.  The 2 mages don't really start to come into their own until level 3+, where they have a few options each turn.  The melee classes I've found to be all good, except the Warrior Priest.  He's a fragile noodle compared to the Marauder, Ironbreaker, and Slayer.  Even the Archmage has a better melee weapon skill by default than the WP.  It's sad.  They need to boost that guy up some.

Gameplay tip:  When triggering a room, pull the one melee character that entered the room back one square.  You can funnel most encounters into a 2x2 fight, forcing enemies to stack up right in front of your melee (who are blocking for your back 2).  Both the Grey Wizard and Archmage will level up much faster using their aoe attacks with this setup.  Put rings of regeneration on your 2 melee to keep them healing in between turns.  Have your back 2 carry a couple of healing supplies when needed.

I hope they release additional characters for a more chaos and greenskin flavored campaign. 
182  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Warhammer Quest on: May 31, 2013, 09:35:52 PM
The Marauder is a killing machine starting at level 3+.  The number of attacks he can get in a single turn is crazy.  I've seen him with 6 or 7 attacks with berserk + battle rage + the warrior priest's Vanquish blessing.

Edited to add: I first thought the Grey Wizard was a bit weak, but once I figured out how to use his spells, he's good.  He can help clear rooms or damage a lot of monsters with shadow bolt.

I would like to see some running statistics per character, tracking things like total kills, toughest kill (by wounds), % of total kills, things like that.     
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on: May 30, 2013, 01:19:23 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 29, 2013, 06:34:53 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 29, 2013, 05:45:16 PM

You might try bumping her potion drinking slider a little higher, maybe to 40-45% health, so she doesn't get killed by spike damage before the potion kicks in.
Hmmm, I know she can use potions but didn't realize she had a slider for adjusting usage of them. Is that on the Behaviors tab? The list of things I didn't know just gets larger...  icon_redface
Yes, on the behaviors tab, near the middle.  It's a slider that says HP Threshold, or something like that.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What book/book series do you wish you could read again for the first time? on: May 29, 2013, 07:15:24 PM
This is still fresh in my mind, but I wish I could read the first 2 books of Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles again for the first time.  Both Name of the Wind and A Wise Man's Fear were fun to read.

As has already been said, the first 3 books of A Song of Ice and Fire were excellent.

I wish I could read Ender's Game again for the first time.  I loved that book in high school.  

Like some have already said, The Stand was such a good novel, especially at that time in my life.  I know this is going to sound like marketing hyperbole, but when I was reading The Stand, I felt like I was in that world, on that same grueling journey.  It took me a long time to finish in high school, but it was so good.

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett was another novel that made me feel like I was in that world with those characters.  That book was a great escape for me during a tough semester in college.
185  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blizzard's Next MMO: Titan on: May 29, 2013, 06:03:22 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on May 29, 2013, 01:17:48 AM

I guess the era of subscription based MMO is over. They're probably going to rework the whole thing into a F2P MMO.

I wouldn't think that they would have to entirely scrap their work thus far to make that change.  I'm wondering if what they had just wasn't good by today's standards?  A nuke-it-from-orbit and start again approach doesn't sound good.     
186  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Am I the only one that would like a good old fashioned pay to play MMO? on: May 29, 2013, 05:56:13 PM
I like the buy to play model, where buying the game grants access to the full experience with no penalties.  I'm happy at that point to pay for the additional major content expansions that I want (like Guild Wars did).  I'm ok with an in-app store, as long as the real money purchases don't drastically change the gameplay.  If someone wants to pay $ to get an experience gain boost, more power to them.  As long as those boosts are not requried to level and experience the content normally. 
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on: May 29, 2013, 05:45:16 PM
To help her live a little longer I equipped her with the best gear I could buy/find with + Body, +Hitpoints or + Defense.  I try to find melee weapons with those stats too for her.  I put most of her attribute points into Body, with some in Willpower to boost her resistances.  I also make sure she has at least 25 health potions in her inventory.  You might try bumping her potion drinking slider a little higher, maybe to 40-45% health, so she doesn't get killed by spike damage before the potion kicks in.  I also do my best with my 5/5 heal skill to keep her healed up.  

I've found that in combination with her drinking potions earlier and me healing off cooldown, she doesn't die nearly as much.  That said, she still dies, and I still have to kite on occassion, but it works ok.  She mostly goes down when I encounter those super huge swarms of baddies, or when I pull 2 large swarms at the same time with champions mixed in.  I look at her as buying me time to kill, with some kiting and moving required.  If she dies, I have the perk that shortens her cooldown.

Enemies that have large amounts of spike damage are a problem for her (and me).  The companion AI doesn't seem smart enough to move out of the way of the obvious power moves from certain enemies. I end up kiting on some of those.          
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on: May 29, 2013, 03:44:47 PM
I like that there are perks that support rage spending, and perks that support someone who doesn't want to mess with power ups and rage.  It's nice to have that option.

I've been picking perks that toughen up Katarina as a melee tank.  She looks badass in her Aliens/Species looking melee form.  Once I figured out that I could drop potion stacks into Katarina's inventory (and that she will use them based on the slider setting on her behavior tab), she's been decent as a tank.  I've also maxed the heal trick, which works well to keep her going.  So far so good.

I've been working on ranged Occult Hunter skills for VH.  I'm just using Shoot (default) and Explosive Shot (RMB), but I'd like to try out Poison Shot too.  The + damage power up x3 on shoot is good for bosses and tougher enemies.  I use the + damage powerup x3 for Explosive Shot to help clear out packs.  Lots of Rage spending.  I also picked up the passive that heals every time I spend Rage.  It doesn't seem that useful now, but maybe at higher skill levels?     
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on: May 28, 2013, 05:15:27 PM
I'm really enjoying the game too.  What a nice surprise to find a gem like this that I had never even heard of 2 weeks ago.  I need to spend more time learning how to setup combos and using the function binds (thanks for those of you who explained this). 

This game has a lot of good things going for it.  The art, music, setting, characters, companion feature, flexible skill tree system, balanced loot!, pacing, and combat are all good.  Best $13 I've spent in a long time.   
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on: May 24, 2013, 04:25:14 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on May 24, 2013, 01:31:54 PM

Once I saw rittch's endorsement, I grabbed the game. smile
Me too.  I'm looking forward to playing tonight.  I really like the gothic setting mixed with steampunk. 

I'm reading the 2nd Patrick Rothfuss book, so I'm sure I'll end up channeling Kvothe into my Van Helsing's skill selections.   
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 24, 2013, 04:18:19 PM
Maybe it's just careful and careless marketing speak from both Sony and MS respectively.  I'm paraphrasing here, but the message "we're making a console for gamers and developers", is right on target for me.  From a consumer point of view, it seems like MS leaders are struggling to find a unified message for the new Xbox.  What is it?  Why does it exist?  Their answers to both questions during the reveal were not what I was looking for.

I like good competition.  MS needs to get their message and concept sorted out for E3.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: May 21, 2013, 09:11:30 PM
It seems like MS is confused about who their customers are.  Putting their business partners before their customers may not work out well for them.    

Edit: Hell I don't even know if I'm supposed to be a customer.  I don't need help watching and organizing my TV efforts.  I want a console to play next gen games. 
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: May 20, 2013, 04:21:14 PM
Great movie...even for people not passionate about Star Trek. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
I had a hunch about the reveal, and was very happy when it was confirmed.
  The casting is just perfect.  All of the characters do a great job in their roles. 

Regarding the ending...
Spoiler for Hiden:
I loved the role switch with Kirk and Spock.  So good.  Kirk's re-stating of the mission of the Enterprise in the end, with the 5 year jounrey added, gave me chills.  Major nostalgic flashback to watching tv with my dad at dinner time catching another episode of Star Trek.

Did anyone else notice what looked to be the space shuttle enterprise in the collection of models behind the admiral?  I thought that was a nice touch.   
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: May 20, 2013, 03:59:58 PM
This looks really good.  I'm loving these late generation games on the PS3 and 360.  Developers are really pushing the limits of the hardware.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 18, 2013, 01:05:10 AM
Their decision to release another console with modest, last gen tech looks like a major blunder, especially when the Wii U isn't even considered a next gen console by 3rd party developers.  I'm confused why they even bothered to release a new console if they weren't serious about devoting the tech/resources/money and marketing to compete with the next generation.  Hardware is a huge $ sink.  I just can't believe that they would be happy with a niche Nintendo fan base only market share in North America.  If that's the case, they really should focus on making great multiplatform games instead.         
196  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Sorcery! on: May 06, 2013, 01:07:56 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 05, 2013, 04:54:52 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on May 05, 2013, 01:45:40 PM

Not sure what you mean. All of the spells have their letters at the top of the page and they "light up" if you can cast them. You're not seeing them?

Huh.  I looked all over but I didn't see the letters at the tops of the pages.  I'll have to check again on my next playthrough (currently trying on with the 'no spellbook' choice at the beginning.)
I think that's some type of display bug.  I had the same experience when I first started the game playing in landscape on my mini.  Exiting and restarting in portrait, or whatever the vertical position is called fixed it.  I could then turn the sceen landscape and I could see the spell names and letters fine.     
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Defiance on SyFy on: April 24, 2013, 04:35:01 PM
I almost never bail on a show after just 1 episode, I even stuck with Terra Nova through its entire run.  I was already wanting to jump ship after the first 30 minutes of the Defiance pilot.  Nothing was clicking for me, none of the characters, the pacing, the effects, or the story.  I tried hard to make it through the entire pilot, but I just couldn't do it.  I'm a sucker for ok to good sci fi, but this seems pretty terrible.  If it gets better later in season 1, I'll try and go back and watch again. 
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 3 on: April 23, 2013, 06:17:33 PM
I'd take Dawn of War 3 over CoH2.  Hopefully DoW3 will be built on the tech and lessons learned from CoH2.   
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Heads up to XBox Live Family Pack subscribers on: April 12, 2013, 02:37:07 PM
I wonder if MS is paving the way for the new xbox pricing model?  The family live pack seemed like a step in the right direction. 
200  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: April 11, 2013, 08:36:04 PM
I have 2 level 50s now courtesy of the double xp weekends, but I'm not really interested in doing the Makeb expansion yet.  I just wanted to experience the main storyline for those characters as a preferred status player.  

I don't know about the game going away anytime soon, it depends on how much $ they are making from subs+the Cartel Store.  It would be interesting to see what those #s looked like after switching to the ftp model.    

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