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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 25, 2012, 03:54:25 AM
I do smugly own an iPad Truthiness! I did miss that part sorry. I don't think I'll ever buy another one though. I quickly learned that I don't enjoy being locked into Apples caged store.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 24, 2012, 11:57:39 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 24, 2012, 09:26:06 PM

This is my first tablet but I'm sure my PC laptop got hotter than my iPad, I have yet to play games for any length of time on it (come on Balders Gate) but videos haven't caused that much heat IMO.

If only you got an android tablet:
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cheapest 3 month TV options... on: March 24, 2012, 06:01:53 AM
Usenet the games?
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 22, 2012, 03:07:54 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 22, 2012, 09:36:49 AM

Only if you let it :-)


Spoiler for Hiden:
The ending basically invalidates all of the previous choices in the game. Nothing you did mattered.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 21, 2012, 07:41:38 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 21, 2012, 05:49:37 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 21, 2012, 04:55:37 PM

see,the thing i want most right now,before any DLC,or any different endings,is THEIR explanation on the ending,seeing things from their point of view may explain some of the seemingly dumb things we have witnessed in that end and what they were thinking off as a whole etc

Let me translate that press release:

"Coming in April: New paid DLC that expands and explains the ending to Mass Effect 3."

Yeah, seems like a bullshit blog post either way. I have little hope for any sort of proper ending that does the rest of the series justice.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: March 20, 2012, 03:08:08 PM
Sadly TiLT makes all valid points so I will now approach any future Bioware game until it's released and out for a few weeks.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: March 20, 2012, 01:13:33 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 20, 2012, 12:39:11 AM

looks like they're done with DA2 and finally putting their entire focus on the next phase of Dragon Age, which hopefully means Dragon Age III.  I guess that means we're looking at 2013, probably fall.

and at least 5 different colors in the ending.

If they don't have fucking cyan.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 19, 2012, 02:01:12 PM
It's ending stuff just so people know.

Spoiler for Hiden:
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands 2 on: March 18, 2012, 10:47:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 17, 2012, 12:10:23 AM

hello my future Borderlands 2 PC player.

Claptrap always says the sweetest things.

This, this makes me happy.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 15, 2012, 09:56:00 PM
And with the release of the app Bioware locked there forums. It is getting to hilarious levels.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 15, 2012, 07:50:52 PM
So there is an ipad app that was released called Final Hours, some awesome stuff in there:

Mac Walters on the Star Child/Reapers
"Originally, with the catalyst, the star child at the end of the game, I had written that much more in the guise of a investigative style conversation, where there is something he tells you but then, you get to ask a bunch of questions and you get your questions answered. But then me and Casey talked and decided, lets keep the conversation "High level". Give you the details that you need to know, but don't get into the stuff that you don't need to know. Like "How long have they been reaping?" You don't need to know the answers to the mass effect universe. So we intentionally left those out"

Casey on after Mass Effect 3
"Whatever we do would likely happen before or during the events of Mass Effect 3, not after"

On delaying the game 
In march 2011, he also faced a roomful of Mass Effect developers who expressed concern about hitting the promised holiday release date... New release date set for March 2012. After much deliberation, the CAT mission (or rather, the Prothean mission) had to be removed from the set of tasks. The missions would later be completed as post-release content"

Casey on the End Boss
We had the final fight with the Illusive man in the game, but it just felt very Video Gamey. It didnt fit in with the themes. And really, is there a point of the end boss if only for the sake of an end boss?

On Tali's Face
We eventually decided that she gives you a memento of her pictures, but the team was throwing around a lot of pictures and designs until we decided on something and said "Yup, that's her".

On Deciding the End of the Game
The illusive man boss fight had been scrapped... but there was still much debate. On night walters scribbled down some thought on various ways the game could end with the line "Lots of speculation for Everyone!" at the bottom of the page.

And even in November the gameplay team was still experimenting with an endgame sequence where players would suddenly lose control of Shepard's movement and fall under full reaper control. (This sequence was dropped because the gaemplay mechanic proved too troublesome to implement alongside dialogue choices).

And now:

172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 15, 2012, 02:43:16 AM
I thought this was a fucking masterstroke:

173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 14, 2012, 04:49:20 AM
What that person says scarily kind of fits with a lot of the ending. But if that is true that must be the biggest "Fuck you!" twist ever. And if Bioware really does go "Haha! Fooled you, now give us 20 dollars for the rest of the ending" I would be even more pissed than I am now.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 14, 2012, 01:45:06 AM
I did think that this is pretty cool:

Over 10k raised in protest to the ending.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 13, 2012, 02:30:58 PM

Quote from: Asharak on March 13, 2012, 02:36:12 AM

I'm not sure why we need spoiler tags in here, but I'll use them anyway. This is just cross-posting my initial comments about the ending from the general impression thread, since I figure most people over there won't dare click on them. Thoughts about other aspects of the ending(s) tomorrow, probably:

Spoiler for Hiden:
So the ultimate explanation for the cycle of extinction is that this being, whatever it represents, believes that all organic life ultimately creates synthetic life, that synthetic life inevitably rebels against its creators and the resulting conflict would be so horrific that using the Reapers to "clear the deck" of advanced organic life just before this armageddon occurs in each cycle is justified.

Now, to be fair, this theme doesn't come out of nowhere. ME1 and ME2 both dealt significantly with dangers of artificial intelligence: the VI on Luna, the AI behind the Presidium Emporium, the question of using even a shackled EDI (then even more so the unshackled one) and, of course, the Quarian-Geth conflict (which would seem to be the ultimate proof positive of this concept).

Except: the first 98% of ME3 turns this on its head. EDI, now completely unshackled and supposedly incredibly dangerous, demonstrates herself to be completely loyal and devoted to Shepard (and possibly more importantly Joker's) cause. She doesn't betray you to Cerberus, her creator, or to the Geth, her kin. Shepard's conversations can even guide her to, in Shepard's words, discovering a little humanity. Likewise, the Quarian-Geth conflict has backstory added that shows the Geth capable of compassion / mercy (they allowed the original Quarians to flee Rannoch, rather than annihilating them) and it is possible to resolve that plot with both races returning to Rannoch and beginning to live in harmony again.

Up to this point, we have a pretty great story: the first two games establish a galaxy full of fear and suspicion for AIs -- but then two powerful examples in ME3 demonstrate how myopic this belief is and introduce the possibility of a conclusion where artificial life (possibly even including the Reapers?) can be redeemed. And then the ending completely ignores BOTH of these plots from ME3, forces you to make a decision based on the now-demonstrably-false assumption that organic and synthetic life are incompatible and doesn't even give you the chance to argue your experiences to the being that was behind it all. Where were the "You're wrong! I just fought my way to you with an AI at my side!" or "Look at Rannoch, where centuries of bitter hatred have been replaced by co-existence and co-operation!" dialogues? Where was the ending that allowed you to pacify / talk down / reprogram the Reapers and lead the two forms of life, while still separate, to exist symbiotically?

I'm not saying you should have to take that ending. A "you annihilated half the galaxy, you must BURN" ending still makes a lot of sense as well. But to not even present the option, to not even acknowledge the possibility, to in fact force you to choose from three outcomes that are all based on the diametrically opposite premise is an incomprehensible travesty. Whoever wrote that final scene simply didn't. Play. The. Game.
Or am I totally off base here?

- Ash

This right here pretty much sums up how pissed I am at the ending. Besides the fact that for some weird reason I got neither the Paragon or Renegade options with TIM. When my reputation bar thing was 99 percent paragon. That I am left with 3 horrible choices that go against the whole rest of the game that I just played. The only other thing is that really, those 3 choices had nothing to do with my past decisions, nothing I did would effect the 3 outcomes. Whether I was renegade or paragon, I don't see anything I've done to effect the outcome.

I am...angry at a fucking video game.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 08, 2012, 08:46:04 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 08, 2012, 08:20:20 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 08, 2012, 05:27:45 PM

Ok. Well. Looks like I'm gonna go with a Wi-Fi only model:

Apple’s new iPad can max out your data plan in 10 minutes
Combine the realities of multimedia file size and a blazing fast connection that allows transfer of said files at unprecedented speeds, and you have a recipe for potentially expensive disaster. One careless download of a 1080p high-definition movie from the iTunes Store over 4G could eat up your entire monthly plan and then some. In fact, if you could achieve download speeds at the theoretical maximum 72Mbps of LTE, you could blow through a 5GB plan in just under 10 minutes, and Verizon's largest 10GB tier in about 20. Real-world speeds of course are actually going to be somewhat lower, but we're still talking about the potential to obliterate your entire expensive monthly data plan in much less than a single day.

Just because you can download a file faster doesn't mean much.  In the end, if you are downloading a file 2 GB in size, if you get it in 2 seconds or 2 hours, it still only eats up 2 GB of your monthly plan.

Edit - About the only place I can think it will matter is something like a NetFlix where the better your connection, the bigger the file size it will pull down.  I know NetFlix, on some platforms, has been allowing you to fix the quality, though, so you can manage it against the cap.

Why do I have to be forced to download an app on Wifi, when the 4G connection is just as fast? Inifinity Blade is what, 2-3 gigs? I hate everything that has to do with caps. They are only implemented to make more money, they do nothing to throttle.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 05, 2012, 06:56:26 AM

It's a meme but it made me laugh.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 29, 2012, 07:20:51 PM
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 27, 2012, 04:53:31 AM
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is Apple going after this week? on: February 19, 2012, 12:41:59 AM
My main confusion is that all of these lawsuits directly pertain to Android, so why hasn't one of the judges or Apple just go after Google on them? Is really that much easier to sue all the handset manufacturers directly then go after Google?
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 17, 2012, 04:10:24 AM
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Laptop: Apple or Windows on: February 15, 2012, 04:15:26 PM
The last laptop I bought for myself was a Mac. At the time there wasn't much else out there that was as portable yet powerful enough, and it was stupidly easy to get windows on it so I can bounce around multiple systems easier than using GRUB or something else. My few issues with it which I'm sure at least one thing has probably been fixed is that:

It's a block of aluminum, so certain parts got uncomfortably hot for me. Never enough to burn but if I was doing a heavy compile or I wanted to game a bit the thing just got hot.
The edges are sharp which would cut into my wrists after typing for a long time.
Without having a proper delete key it made programming a bit more of a pain. Older versions of VI don't like backspace....

Those were my main beefs with it. But in general it took my beating the shit out of it through college and kept running.

Now some of my issues with MacOS, I hate the trend they are going towards if you have to actually use it to work on things going to a "task centric" model over a "windows centric" model is the wrong fucking move. I program so I need multiple things open at the same time, it takes longer for me to swipe or move to another app then if I just move the mouse over and write out something in a terminal window. Doing these full screen apps and so forth is the wrong direction. And it's not just Mac I know, Windows 8, Gnome 3, Ubuntu's Unity they are all going this direction.

Anyway, I would do what I did with my wife and get a good Sager or Asus or something laptop. They are just as powerful and are now just as sleek and portable as Macs are for a lot cheaper. I bought hers from XoticPC. The only thing that nobody has really caught up to mac is with the trackpad. I have yet to find another laptop that has as nice a trackpad as macs new glass one. And there are no bios changes/hardware changes with Windows laptops, they've been using UEFI just as Mac has for the past few years. And a good chunk them you can still change out the friggin battery if you need to. Unlike the new macs.

Or you can always go insane and get one of these:
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 14, 2012, 11:38:30 PM
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Iron Sky on: February 14, 2012, 08:25:11 PM
Apparently they played the only good part to the song in the trailer.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Iron Sky on: February 14, 2012, 06:40:03 PM
Anyone happen to know what the song is towards end of the trailer? Is that specific to the movie or an actual song somewhere?
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 09, 2012, 07:09:50 AM
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 06, 2012, 06:40:29 AM

188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desperately need Cisco, UC, UCS engineers (Central US) on: February 02, 2012, 09:21:34 PM
I'm not but I know someone that might be is there a more linkish place that would have this? something that I can foward.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 24, 2012, 06:48:19 AM
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 06, 2012, 06:56:43 PM
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 14, 2011, 09:05:50 PM
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] G.I Joe 2: Retaliation on: December 14, 2011, 03:12:45 AM
Would have to try really hard to be as bad as the first one.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 13, 2011, 10:09:14 PM
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Three Stooges: The Movie on: December 08, 2011, 03:51:39 AM
The gag parts are funny, interjecting pop culture people kind of ruins it though.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need Suggestions on how to spend $1000 on: December 04, 2011, 04:19:28 AM
I would say the monitor is really nice, does data services include your data plan for your phone? Maybe wireless internet for your laptop?
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We as a society are messed up on: November 26, 2011, 05:58:26 AM

Quote from: Gromit on November 26, 2011, 02:55:28 AM

Utterly pathetic.

I'd rather pay full retail than endanger myself dealing with these dregs of society.

This is why we never go to Walmart.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration on: November 20, 2011, 03:21:08 AM
It's okay, because pizza is a vegetable.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 19, 2011, 07:02:27 AM

Quote from: spoonful on November 19, 2011, 06:58:56 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 19, 2011, 06:43:21 AM

I hope the cat wasn't declawed, the kid deserved to get cut the fuck up by the cat for hitting it.  either way the situation should never happen if the parent's or camera holder wasn't an idiot


199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 19, 2011, 04:23:34 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on November 19, 2011, 04:15:46 AM

Quote from: tjg_marantz on November 19, 2011, 03:56:35 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on November 15, 2011, 07:00:36 PM

Quote from: rickfc on November 15, 2011, 05:36:12 PM

Whoa...the thread made it to page 2 on the boards? NOT ON MY WATCH!

The cat delays a second or two and then says fuck it, the kids got to pay!

Hopefully the cat was declawed and the kid learned a lesson or two.

 retard You fucking serious?

Uh yeah,  I hope the cat was declawed so the kid wasnt seriously hurt and I hope the kid learned that hitting an animal, even a domesticated one, is risky.    Not quite sure why you find that retarded but then who knows. 

Because declawing cats is retarded. You don't detooth a dog because they nipped at someone for fucking with them.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help Me Decide on a TV (for January) on: October 30, 2011, 03:47:25 PM
And I believe a lot of the heating issues have been sorted out. So they aren't giant furnaces on your wall anymore.
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