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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 09, 2013, 10:30:00 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 09, 2013, 09:08:53 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 09, 2013, 04:14:27 PM

From my limited understanding of this, I think the main source of the noise was that a DVD needs to spin faster than a blu-ray, and that can get loud with some drives. Now that both consoles use more advanced blu-ray technology, it shouldn't be a problem for either. I suspect fan noise is a bigger risk. The Xbox One has bigger fans, which typically translates into less noise, but its memory architecture should produce more heat. The PS4 has smaller fans but a somewhat more ambitious design in its air throughput, not to mention its extremely experienced hardware teams. Nobody has been able to reach any consensus on noise levels for either consoles at this point, and it could definitely go either way, if any way at all.

bluray actually has the disadvantage here because though it stores more, the slower spinning is a 'bad' thing.  It meant that games can't/couldn't stream enough data on the fly and HAD to be installed just to run.  I suspect mandatory installs on both systems this time around.

PS3's blu-ray drive is a 2X which has the same speed as the min speed of a 12X dvd drive that XBOX 360 use but slower than the max speed (DVD-DRIVE read much faster on the outer edge than the inner edge). So the PS3's drive is same or slower than XBOX 360 but if they use a 4X blu-ray drive then it is the same as the max speed of a 12 X dvd drive.
82  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 06, 2013, 07:18:11 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on September 06, 2013, 07:10:35 AM

Starting to sound like our rush to war in Iraq over their WMDs.

At lease we have evidence this time around!

Does anyone really believe the Assad government launched chemical weapons attacks against rebels and civilians?

That virtually every politician and pundit talks about the attacks as if it were proven they occurred and that Assad’s government perpetrated them is beyond surreal. U.N. weapons inspectors say that they won’t even be able to confirm that chemical weapons were used for two more weeks. Yet, the Obama administration says it is not only certain the attack occurred, but that Assad’s government launched it.

This despite strong suspicion that it was the rebels, not the Assad government that launched the chemical weapons attack earlier this year. As reported by Shaun Waterman in the Washington Times on May 6,

“Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.”

The rebels stood to gain far more from last month’s chemical weapons attack than Assad. The government had the upper hand in the two-year-old revolution. The attack would increase the chances that an outside force like the U.S. would join the struggle on the rebels’ side. Judge Andrew Napolitano is skeptical that the attack occurred at all and, if it did, that Assad perpetrated it.

If the rebel used chemical weapons, is that going to change the equation again for US? Maybe instead of bombing Assad, US can bomb the rebel instead?
83  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 29, 2013, 07:30:37 AM
Terraria ios and Terraria's clone Junk Jack X released. Anybody bought one or both of them?

84  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: August 16, 2013, 10:16:03 AM
Do you need a key to play the beta? I want to try it out to see if the game is playable from Indonesia before I purchase the game. Some MMORPGs (WoW, Neverwinter, Secret World) are okay, but other MMORPGs (like Champions) are laggy.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Movie) Oblivion, Re-visited on: August 13, 2013, 03:31:18 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
None of them are original but all of them are Jack.

All the clones have brainwipe but some can remember part of the memories of the original one.

86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Wolverine on: August 06, 2013, 02:06:40 AM

Quote from: hepcat on August 05, 2013, 08:04:43 PM

We have Ninjas in the Appalachians.  But we call 'em "Ninjers".  I once saw one take on a half dozen rev-uh-nooers.

...he lost...horribly...and within seconds.

i'm guessing ninjer training isn't quite up to that of their asian counterparts.

But seriously...ninjas?  This would've have been cool in the 80's, I guess.  Maybe have Wolverine driving a muscle van with a wizard painted on the side and perhaps a monkey sidekick he named Diablo.  But in 2013?

...well...okay, the monkey sidekick thing still works in 2013.  But ninjas?

Still cool in 2013.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: August 05, 2013, 03:50:45 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 04, 2013, 03:09:54 AM

By the time these release they're not going to have the 3D gimmick to fall back on, so I sure hope they're making better overall movies.

They'll have new gimmicks. We'll be able to smell the world of Avatar in addition to the 3D with the second one. For the third one, we'll be able to have surround 3D so we'll be able to have 360 degree pararoma view. With the fourth one, we'll be able to jack in directly to the brain so we can fully experience the world of avatar. smile
88  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Intermittent USB sound issue on: August 01, 2013, 01:39:16 PM
Have you tried to use other USB mouse or keyboard? Problem like this can also from faulty USB devices.

If you have another USB keyboard, then try to use that and see if the problem go away. If not then you try replace the USB mouse. If you still have problem after both keyboard are mouse are replaced then at least you know the problem is not with the devices but with the computer (either software or hardware).

89  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Rune Factory 4 on: August 01, 2013, 01:44:20 AM
I love Harvest Moon games and I prefer Rune Factory series over the regular Harvest Moon games.
90  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: July 24, 2013, 04:56:13 AM
To enjoy this game, it is important to relax and not force yourself to do stuffs just to earn enough bells for the next upgrade or project. Just have fun do anything you feel like doing at the moment. The only "chore" that I'm doing daily is to go to the store and buy the fortune cookies. Other activities are optional. I only dig up stuffs if I walk nearby and notice them. I only water flowers when I want to. I also bring my 3DS everywhere I go so that I can just play for a few minutes then put it back to sleep mode.

The other way to play is to set a goal for yourself then try to do it.

Example of goals you can set for yourself:
1. Collect a full set of furnitures for your home.
2. Rearrange your fruit trees so that you have separate sections of each type of fruits instead of just plant fruit randomly.
3. To own all kind of fruit trees in your town.
4. Decorate your town with flowers.
5. Have animal residents which each is a different animal type (no two bears for example). Or you can do the opposite and have all your animal residents from the same animal type.

91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Lone Ranger on: July 09, 2013, 03:12:17 AM
Same here. I love it. It is a strange experience. It is not a standard western. It has funny moments but also serious and sad moments.

I think it is unfortunate for it to be released on the same week as Despicable Me 2. Also the critics probably started their reviews with a strong bias against it. They wanted to slam the movie so they're looking for fault instead of trying to enjoy it.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test? on: July 08, 2013, 02:12:17 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on July 08, 2013, 01:08:16 AM

19/20 Didn't think the Speaker of the House took over if the Potus and VP can no longer serve.

I think I know this from watching '24'.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test? on: July 05, 2013, 03:50:31 PM
Failed. Only got 13 correct answers.
94  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 27, 2013, 02:37:56 AM
Please keep your visitor's gate open as often as possible.

95  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 26, 2013, 01:29:44 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 25, 2013, 07:01:18 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on June 25, 2013, 02:55:39 PM

When I first setup my game I just chose to set the in game time to be 3 hours behind the real time.  I think you can tell your assistant she has the time wrong anytime you start the game as well.

I thought about doing this, but I was afraid it would consider that "cheating" and start calling me a time traveler or whatever.  I already had to correct the time once when I fixed my system region and wasn't sure if there was a limit to doing that.

On a different note, I built an expansion to my house with a 98,000 bell loan, but I can't seem to find out anything about that loan.  There is no option to pay it back in the ATM, even though I have more than enough to do so.   icon_confused

Change the time to advance for a few hours or back a few hours should not be a problem if you don't travel back before your last save time.
96  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 25, 2013, 02:47:23 PM
If it is anything like the previous Animal Crossing DS game, you can change the Animal Crossing clock so that it is not the same as your local time. For people that play early in the morning, they can offset the in-game clock to be several hours ahead so that the store will be open earlier in the morning. The same for someone who play late at night, they can set the clock to be several hours behind.
97  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 20, 2013, 11:42:20 PM
Got the pop-tart 3ds xl. My friend code: 0275-7927-6578.

I added everyone with friend code in this thread. Please add me.

98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen purchase poll on: June 18, 2013, 01:29:36 AM

Quote from: Purge on June 17, 2013, 05:45:31 AM

I'm glad you're waiting on me - I have a ton of game impressions to post (most being multiplatform), so I'm going to keep this brief as I have a lot to do.

Online persistent worlds are, for the most part, static. They do not experience things like continental drift- what I mean is that nano-changes, not even at a micro level, happen. You ride a mount, the same mount, every time. There is no wear on them, there are no changes. You do not impact the world around you in any significant way. Instances are instances. You don't get to build and customize a house in a neighborhood. You are above the cellophane sheet, where the world you're in is below it.

The possibility of cloud gaming has the possibility to change that. Consider you litter items on the ground, and log out. Your stuff will disappear as the server farms aren't capable of keeping track of it. Perhaps an item was a seed - no tree will grow. Cloud computing can change that if there is a developer interested in doing so.

I don't think you understand Cloud Computing. There is no different between MMO servers and cloud computing servers. There is nothing that cloud computing servers can do that MMO servers can't.

Now if your version of cloud computing is the peer to peer cloud computing then it might be something that is different from current MMO games, but there is nothing that prevent MMO games from doing some peer to peer cloud computing using the game client application.

99  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 11, 2013, 04:21:21 AM
100  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 11, 2013, 01:16:47 AM
This is probably the game that is going to make me purchase 3DS. Is there a bundle version of 3DS with Animal Crossing New Leaf?
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 07, 2013, 02:03:29 AM

While the broadband connection doesn't have to be "persistent" to use the Xbox One, Microsoft says the console is "designed to verify if system, application, or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend." Your primary console can be offline for up to 24 hours without this online check-in, while a secondary console (i.e. one accessing your library/account at a friend's house) can only be offline for an hour at a time.

So the earlier article was right, Xbox One require online connection DRM for all games not just those that use cloud or need routine online update to function.

I wonder why Microsoft implement this very strict DRM. They can change it to once 7 days or once a month online check-in and it is still good enough to protect games from piracy or trading.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: June 01, 2013, 08:03:35 AM

Andrew Scott Reisse, co-founder of the company that made the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, was struck and killed while walking in a crosswalk Thursday, ABC has reported.
103  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blizzard's Next MMO: Titan 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.
104  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Rand Paul defends Apple's tax avoidance on: May 23, 2013, 02:20:03 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 22, 2013, 09:08:25 PM

I think the entire bloated ass tax code should be completely redone actually.

I do not think our governments time should be spent questioning Tim Cook for the legal methods Apple has utilized to avoid taxes.

How about they actually grow some balls and revamp what is an overly complex tax code and couple that with significant spending cuts??

To revamp the tax code and close loopholes, they need to understand the problem first, right? To question Tim Cook and others about how corporate use loopholes to avoid taxes is a reasonable way to research the problem.
105  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Norton virus? on: May 13, 2013, 01:58:26 AM
I think best solution is to burn the bootable cdrom version or bootable usb drive version of anti virus using your PC or someone else. Both should work even if the virus disabled the usb drive because they're running before the virus is loaded.

Since we don't know the actual malware/virus, you probably need to download and burn several different antivirus for her to try.
106  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios-] Sid Meier's Ace Patrol on: May 13, 2013, 01:48:25 AM
Are there missions to attack Zeppelins if you're playing the German side?
107  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Norton virus? on: May 12, 2013, 09:12:42 AM
Tried Malwarebyte Anti Malware?

If that doesn't work or run, then another option is to get a bootable antivirus that can boot from cdrom or usb drive, then just boot from there and scan the system. The virus will not be able to block that because they're not loaded if you don't boot from the harddisk. She need to use an uninfected PC to download the antivirus and burn it to cdrom or install it on bootable usb disk.

There are several choices for that including a solution from Microsoft:
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Iron Man 3 on: May 11, 2013, 06:54:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 11, 2013, 01:52:28 PM

Question for folks who know the comic books:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Is Pepper turning into an action hero something that happens in the comic books? That part at the end where she saves the day seemed really out of place to me.
109  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Star Command finally releases! on: May 02, 2013, 08:04:57 AM
Bought it, first impression is that it is not as fun as FTL and too much micromanage and bad UI design.

For example:
To fire the gun, you need to wait for the gun to be ready then choose when to fire. Same with FTL, but with FTL, you can do autofire. For gun with ammo, you have an extra step that you need to build the ammo first and then collect it (you can stock up a limited amount of them before battle).
To dodge, you need ammo. Which you build by clicking on the room and choose to build ammo. (Two clicks to build, then you need to collect it, so 2 clicks wait then click again to collect). You also have to time your dodge since you have to dodge manually by clicking on the icon.
To fight the boarding troops, you need to micromanage and play like RTS game but you can only control one at a time.

I don't think this is FTL + Game Dev Story. It is more like FTL with some bad RTS element and some bad action element, with bad UI plus too much micromanage.

Avoid this title and wait for FTL for ios.

110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starbound on: April 17, 2013, 01:21:08 AM

Quote from: Zarkon on April 17, 2013, 01:16:39 AM

When the beta actually rolls out, I'll be getting it.  Until then, they don't get my monies.

+1. And I'll probably just wait until it is out of beta before paying them.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/15) on: April 16, 2013, 06:02:53 AM
I use paypal to purchase from GMG.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/15) on: April 16, 2013, 03:56:11 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 15, 2013, 06:53:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 15, 2013, 05:42:00 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 15, 2013, 05:22:29 PM

PC: Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall

oh yeah, that's coming out.  definitely getting it but I'll probably wait for a sale since I won't get to it right away anyways.
I don’t blame you for waiting on DLC but it looks like it’s only $10.  Dishonored was my favorite game of last year so if the missions are as long and in-depth as they were in the main game that’s not a bad price for the time it will take to play through them.

Use GMG20-GGN5D-FC3NA 20% off code at and you can get it down to $8.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Better for PC gaming: Windows 7 or Windows 8? on: April 14, 2013, 12:05:43 AM
I know one game that doesn't work with Windows 8. The Sims Medieval with latest patch doesn't work because of the DRM. If you can find the patch that remove the DRM, it'll run without any problem on Windows 8.

Windows 8 seems to be more stable than Windows 7 for me.

114  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Kansas: Life begins at fertilization on: April 11, 2013, 07:45:21 AM
With IVF normally there are some leftover embryos. So does destroying those count as abortion if life begins at fertilization?
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: April 10, 2013, 07:21:43 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 10, 2013, 03:59:45 AM

I religiously use Steam, so the "always on" feature wont bother me....unless it is as sh!tty as Uplay.

Always on of the new xbox according to rumor is the same as the uplay back when they'll kick you out of your game if you lost connection to the server.

Steam's version is to verify when you start a game when in online mode and unless you're playing multiplayer game, it'll not bother you until you quit your game when it'll fail to sync to the cloud if you use cloud save. Steam version also allow you to switch to offline mode which doesn't require internet connection as long as you have played the game once in online mode.

116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ATB] It's April! What's your game of the quarter? on: April 10, 2013, 06:34:18 AM
Tomb Raider

Biggest disappointment: Simcity
117  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: April 03, 2013, 02:03:51 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 03, 2013, 12:50:58 AM

There should be a valid reason for removing access to anything in a free society. Having rifles be 5% of the weapon chosen for murders doesn't meet that standard, in my opinion.

I might not agree with them on most social issues, but at least my reps won't sell me out on pointless gun restrictions.

Do you support a handgun ban?
118  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Tucson gun store owner cancels purchase by Gabrielle Gifford's husband on: April 01, 2013, 12:49:39 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 31, 2013, 05:47:54 PM

And I think the idea that "assault" weapons are the problem is ludicrous.  A lot more people die from handguns than long rifles or "assault" weapons.  And again, all of them are semi-auto, one bullet per trigger pull.  Extended magazines exist for pistols as well.

I'm willing to look at efforts to improve restrictions to licensing regulations.  But when the ratio is 17:1 of handgun to all rifle deaths, I see the focus on "assault" rifles as ludicrous.  I understand it's because of the visibility due to the recent shootings, but again, people in this country, and a lot of others, are more interested in doing something that has a high visibility than spending the time to do the right thing and actually have an impact.

So maybe instead of "assault" rifle ban, you need handgun ban. smile
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm tomorrow! on: March 13, 2013, 03:23:48 AM

Quote from: Caine on March 13, 2013, 03:06:05 AM

Quote from: lex on March 11, 2013, 02:40:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 11, 2013, 10:58:21 AM

had a couple of hours to kill this morning so I fired up Wings to continue the campaign.  got all set to play when the game started updating and then it said it needed to reconfigure the game files, which proceeded to kill about 90 minutes with what appeared to be a massive download frown

It's preloading about 6 gbs worth of HOTS data, even if you didn't pre-order it.  It did that for me too when I re-installed SC2 last week.  If you go into your SCII install directory\updates folder, there should be a folder with HotS somewhere.

they actually did this?  loaded an entire expansion on your pc even though you haven't bought it.  what a pain in the ass if all you want to do is go back and finish up the first one.  I was tempted to revisit it myself and finish up WoL, but between the huge patches which it will need to get plus this, I'm going to spend my gaming time 'playing something', not watching a download bar inch across the screen slowly. 

I think you can start playing after "setup" phase is done and let the rest download in background.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 13, 2013, 01:01:39 AM
I think the server serves two functions, for the city saves and the region saves (or snapshots). No complex computation on the server side.

To play, you need to be able to load your saves then you can lose connection to the server and you can continue play as long as you don't quit. And to be able to save your progress, you need to have access to the server when you quit the game.

So there is no real  gameplay reason why there is no offline mode.
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