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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 07, 2014, 03:19:35 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 07, 2014, 02:05:04 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 06, 2014, 10:27:21 PM

So you think this sounds useful? Especially for that price point? I am really curious about who would want this and why. What does it offer that you think you might use daily, while not annoying everyone else you live with? I use Siri when I am driving because it is handy. I will use "Hey Siri" when my phone is plugged in occasionally, but I don't really have a regular use for it. Siri has never made me think that I would want a device that just does this.

Even if the music part was nice, it better have great sound, which for that price and a single speaker, it doesn't appear to. How is it in any way better than a Sonos for playing cloud music?

From an investing point of view this seems completely nuts. Amazon drains money like a sieve year after year. They put out the phone, showing they have no idea what they are doing or what their customers want, so of course the phone bombs. Now this thing? Is there a demand for this thing? What does it solve for the buyer? Did the Xbox One Kinect do so well that it convinced them  they needed to attempt to do the same thing for their own content?

Right now I have a little bluetooth speaker for when I want to stream music and I have to bring my phone from its normal place into the room where I want to listen to music. 

I also have a radio next to it so I can get local stations.

It seems like this device does both those things, is always on and always ready for me to fire it up.

The Sonos device seems to be $199 so the Echo (for me as a prime member) is a bit cheaper. 

Also unless I leave my phone on all the time - not sleeping I can't just say "Ok google" and get it to do stuff.

So I guess I think it doesn't solve any issues but it does wrap up several solutions in one convenient spot. 

That's tecnically false... one of the recent Google updates will enable always  on for Google Now, but it will only work will on the charger
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 06:43:57 PM
This is cool and before I had a XB1 I would have called it a novelty, but I love controlling my XB1 with my voice and I think I would love this too.  I signed up for an invite
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 06:11:08 PM
Amazon Echo   This came out of nowhere.  


Youtube video
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 06, 2014, 03:04:31 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 06, 2014, 02:45:40 PM

Has there been any word on whether you'll be lost if you played the first game but mostly skipped the second?


Just do the Dragon Age Keep and you'll get a reminder when the tapestry plays
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 06, 2014, 11:35:59 AM
Yeah, I really wish I would have remembered I pre-ordered this disk, so I could cancel it.  Story is just more of the same.. Going to push through it and just sell it to GameStop for XBOX credit
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [indie film]Hardcore on: November 04, 2014, 10:15:45 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 04, 2014, 09:46:41 PM

Made me think of

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgox84KE7iY

then I see it is the same folks so that makes sense


edit: Also Soul lose the timestamp from your video.

done
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [indie film]Hardcore on: November 04, 2014, 07:46:51 PM
Indie film shot entirely like a FPS  If shaky cam makes you sick you should probably avoid this short teaser trailer
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 04, 2014, 08:59:30 AM
holy hell..  just got the notice that Amazon shipped my pre-order..  DOH  saywhat

i forgot to cancel that game.. Well I guess I can burn through the SP and then sell it to GameStop to recoup part of the cost
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 03, 2014, 07:40:09 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 03, 2014, 07:03:29 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 03, 2014, 06:57:55 PM

I think I understand your complaint, but you don't think the player should be the hero instead of a NPC?

That's the exact opposite of my point. I don't think the NPCs should constantly tell you what to do, including who to fire upon and when. This game is essentially like a huge, glorified quicktime event. You have no agency, and only exist in the campaign to aim and to click buttons when the game tells you to. Tactics are mostly wasted as the NPCs tell you what to do and what to use at pretty much all times.

Let's put it like this: If you joined a squad of elite soldiers and one of the soldiers in that squad kept constantly telling one particular other soldier in that same squad what to do, even including things they've drilled on and practiced for years, wouldn't you get a little worried?

Point, well stated and I actually agree
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 03, 2014, 06:57:55 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 03, 2014, 06:07:27 PM

I have no intention of buying this game, but I've been watching a Let's Play on YouTube since I want to see Spacey in action. Don't get your hopes up about the story. It's beyond stupid (jaw-droppingly so at times), as is the setting itself. Spacey is brilliant as always though, and the spectacle is over the top as always. The graphics are also quite beautiful for the first time in years for this particular series of games.

Edit: Also, the way the game constantly tells the player what to do is quite patronizing. Watching the story unfold without having to actually play it, it becomes blindingly obvious how NPCs keep telling the player every single thing he has to do (use your EMP grenade! Find some cover! Aim for the tanks! Place the mine! Climb the wall!), while not even a single NPC receives similar instructions. Yet at the end of the day, it's always the player who's the hero for some reason. Go figure.

I think I understand your complaint, but you don't think the player should be the hero instead of a NPC?   My main complaint about these games is the A.I. and how everyone enemy NPC focus fire on you instead of the entire squad.  

Anyway, I'll probably pick this up next year for the SP when there's a gaming lull
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/4) on: November 03, 2014, 01:39:28 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 03, 2014, 11:48:20 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 03, 2014, 10:19:22 AM

nada ..   I don't do COD MP anymore especially after watching some streams, so I'll wait for a price drop to play the SP.  


What did you see in the streams that made you not want to play the multiplayer anymore?  Is the new version too fast or too vertical?

-Autistic Angel

Both..   I just don't have the situational awareness and reflexes for this type of shooter anymore.   Not a failing of the game, just no longer my perference
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/4) on: November 03, 2014, 10:19:22 AM
nada ..   I don't do COD MP anymore especially after watching some streams, so I'll wait for a price drop to play the SP. 
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: November 01, 2014, 06:13:21 PM
Just noticed on my Battle.Net Client that I was in the Hero of the Storm Technical alpha.  Somehow I missed the invite that was sent to me on 10/15.  This will be my first MOBA experience
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/31/14 on: October 31, 2014, 02:44:13 PM
I have all these games I need to play

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Sunset Overdrive
Crimes and Punishment; Sherlock Holmes
World of Warcraft

Probably will be Sunset Overdrive and World of Warcraft
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: October 31, 2014, 01:17:48 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 31, 2014, 12:05:17 AM

Got my first few matches in, Assault, Support and Monster.  Here's the Monster run

http://www.twitch.tv/harkonis/c/5401814
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liIsgdG83Fk

Hark, saw the invite, but was heading out to work.  Should have time to play tonight
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wonder Woman on: October 31, 2014, 12:28:56 PM
The actress they cast for this is critical.  I'm thinking a relative unknown would do well
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: October 30, 2014, 12:35:34 PM
faq  on the Beta boards states that the Keep will pull in your characters from the defunct Bioware Social Network (BSN) but won't update the keep with your choices you will have to manually do that and  push the save out to DA:I. 

Sadly, I think they just had too much trouble with all the variables in save games and this was the best option.

BTW,  you save games must be linked to your BSN account for the Keep to see 
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: October 30, 2014, 12:56:15 AM
been accepted into the alpha starting tomorrow on the xb1
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movies]Avengers: Infinity Wars 1 & 2 2018-19 on: October 28, 2014, 06:50:23 PM
Yeah, BOY
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Constantine on: October 28, 2014, 02:07:28 PM
Watched it last night off my tivo.. it was okay, but I think it will fall by the wayside with me as I just can't watch 22-26 episodes anymore. Sadly, Netflix and Amazon has me spoiled with tight stories and being able to binge watch a season
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 28, 2014, 11:48:40 AM
installed this morning and game looks crazy as expected.  Learning how to move and shoot has been my challenge, I will probably putting more time into the game this evening
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 27, 2014, 02:46:54 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 27, 2014, 02:20:14 PM

Xbox One getting holiday only price drop to $350

http://kotaku.com/xbox-one-is-getting-a-50-holiday-price-drop-1651181972

MS really fucked up the initial launch of the XB1, but it's like they didn't learn anything from Sony and thei rlaunch  of the PS3.   The install base gap must be getting larger.  
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 27, 2014, 12:41:39 PM
Sunset Overdrive reviews have been trending fairly high, but I'm thinking about picking up WWE 2K15 instead.   My gaming budget has took a hit as I jumped on a few games I was planning to hold off on until a price drop.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 27, 2014, 11:23:25 AM
Most reviews from the major sites are running pretty high for this game.  Joystiq gave it 5 stars

Another game I am buying right away instead of holding off... sigh
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / School shooting in Marysville, Washington on: October 24, 2014, 06:28:00 PM
On CNN at the moment

At two students shot both air lifted
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/24/14 on: October 24, 2014, 05:36:01 PM
Shadow of Mordor .. pushing through the main story

Titanfall - new MP co-op mode looks good (Thanks, Hark for the streaming)


WoW probably do some lfr this as well
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: October 23, 2014, 06:04:29 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 23, 2014, 03:36:50 PM

While exciting, I do hope at some point to see a Marvel movie end with something other than space aliens, robots or a guy in a metal robot suit beating up someone else in a metal robot suit, or giant flying things crashing into the ground and other giant flying things. Perhaps this is a futile wish. smirk

Of course I'm the guy lining up 3-5 times to see said endings. I suppose if I want different endings, I should stop throwing my money at them, right?  icon_smile

Captain America: Winter Solider  fits those criteria
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 23, 2014, 03:27:51 PM
As expected the reviews for this are running extremely high.  I was planning to hold off, but I think I will have to buy it now... sigh
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 23, 2014, 01:46:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 23, 2014, 01:03:26 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on October 23, 2014, 06:08:00 AM

That's been what Ive been thinking. I think I'll scrap this for whatever it's worth. Not enough time in the day to waste it doing the same thing over and over again, then up charge me for even more of the same..

There are many games where people enjoy doing the same thing over and over again. Instead of trying to figure out if you'll enjoy Destiny, why not just play it for as long as you find you're having fun, then stop playing when you're no longer enjoying it?

That's pretty much what I decided. I'll come back for the DLC, but I'm off the grind.  The game is tons of fun especially in a group, but the repetition can be taxing
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: October 22, 2014, 11:34:05 PM
Leaked

trailer gives away alot of plot, imo

Marvel Released trailer
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [xbox LIVE] - Halo: Nightfall on: October 22, 2014, 05:08:31 PM
Trailer
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legend of Grimrock II - looks sweet on: October 22, 2014, 02:03:45 PM
I've added this game to my backlog..  Tried the opening area and got my ass kicked by trees, but you're warned not to travel at night which I was doing.  Game is pretty nonetheless
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 11:22:22 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 21, 2014, 10:18:35 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 21, 2014, 10:12:00 PM


By the way, I consider myself a Social Justice Rogue. Warrior classes are so bland. I can't call myself a wizard though, since my coding skills are crap. Tongue


awesome
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 02:10:47 PM
So, I've been watching this whole Gamergate ordeal spiral to a level I never thought I would see in gaming as I initially felt sympathy towards the whole movement, but threatening the opposition ( mainly women) hurts any legitimacy.   




I think what bothers me the most is that politics no matter your leaning is creeping or has creeped into gaming and this was one of the last places that felt safe to me from reality
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 20, 2014, 11:39:28 PM
My gaming Podcast

Isomeritc with Brianna Wu (yes the one recently in the news)  Last one was pretty difficult to listen too

Bombcast

Co=Optional (TotalBiscuit, Dodger and Jesse Cobb + a guest host) Mostly youtubers
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 11:47:40 AM
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth   - Sooner or Later I just have too many games on my plate.  I need to finish Shadow of Mordor and Crimes and Punishment Sherlock Holmes
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 16, 2014, 02:31:50 PM
One Warchield + 19 Bodyguard Captain Epic battle for the ages
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 08:27:31 PM
What to steal 
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 13, 2014, 01:53:20 PM
crossed posted from the weekend play list thread

I love the premises of Destiny, but I think Bungie missed the ball on so many fronts that I find logging on to become quite tedious.   I'll probably log on to do strikes and to certainly check out the DLC since I already paid for it but I don't feel like farming mats and running the same bounties ad nauseam .  Loot dropping needs to be looked at as well.  I know they don't want to go the route of Borderlands and Diablo, but at the moment there systems sucks ass to me
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/10/14 on: October 13, 2014, 01:50:42 PM
Picked up Sherlock Holmes Crimes and Punishment on Steam (darn steam sale prices), so I spent plenty of time with that over the weekend.  Completed some side mission on Mordor  and I completed 1 or 2 strikes in Destiny.   

I love the premises of Destiny, but I think Bungie missed the ball on so many fronts that I find logging on to become quite tedious.   I'll probably log on to do strikes but I don't feel like farming mats and running the same bounties.  Loot dropping needs to be looked at as well.  I know they don't want to go the route of Borderlands and Diablo, but at the moment there systems sucks ass to me
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