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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 03, 2015, 09:16:50 PM
I picked up Rayman Legends for XB1 for free, and also plan on picking up the 4 PS4 freebies for this month. However, so far this year I've resisted spending any money on games.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So 2015 the year of VR? on: March 02, 2015, 12:19:04 AM
I'm thinking 2016 or 2017 for it to truly hit mainstream. It took a year for the XB1 and PS4 to semi-mature and get people on board, and I think this is an even steeper adoption curve. It's all going to be about the software, and it's going to take time to make those "killer apps" that get the general public on board.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What skills will be obsolete in 50 years? on: February 27, 2015, 01:32:11 AM
I think people are only afraid of self-driving cars because we've always been in control and can't imagine a state where we are not. People were also terrified of elevators when they were first invented (for many of the same reasons), and yet now we go up and down them every day at heights that would kill us instantly if they failed.

4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 26, 2015, 03:45:59 AM
I'm not much of a social extrovert, so I prefer someone who is cordial but not chatty. Just a basic level of common courtesy. I find trying to maintain small talk with strangers rather exhausting. 
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What skills will be obsolete in 50 years? on: February 24, 2015, 09:33:07 PM
Physical media, at least from a consumer standpoint. Everything entertainment-wise will be delivered from the cloud on demand.

I don't think physical books will be obsolete, but I think traditional community libraries might be.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/24) on: February 23, 2015, 09:56:45 PM
I pre-ordered The Witcher 3 because I had a bunch of Best Buy credit to burn before it expired and didn't really have anything else to spend it on. Total cost out of pocket: $3.  icon_biggrin
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interrogation or helpful? (GameStop) on: February 23, 2015, 01:19:10 AM
I haven't shopped at a Gamestop since my whole Destiny pre-order fiasco. I may have recounted it here back when it happened, but I basically had to argue with the girl for 10 minutes about wanting it on XB1 instead of PS4. She just could not fathom that I didn't care about the PS4 bonus stuff. To add insult to injury, I had to deal with another guy trying to get me to pre-order Bound By Flame which I knew was going to suck because I actually do research instead of blindly walking like a sheep into a game store and blindly accepting whatever they are trying to shovel down my throat.

In fact, it made me so mad I think I never even got my $5 back from when I canceled the pre-order. I guess it's still in their computer somewhere waiting for me.

I completely understand that the employees are being driven by their management, who in turn is being driven by corporate to make all these extraneous sales to keep them profitable. I also completely understand that this is why I do my shopping online.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 02/20/15 on: February 20, 2015, 07:29:29 PM
This will be a boardgame weekend for me too, since I'm still not out of my (video)gaming slump. I think it's the amount of work stress I've been under. When I get home, the last thing I feel like doing is staring at a screen.

First up will be The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, which I've played through several times solo but have yet to get a group together. I'll also be tackling the tutorial mission for Imperial Assault solo in order to get a grasp of the rules. I'm not going to spring this one out for game night until I have all the miniatures fully painted. I want it to be total shock and awe when it's revealed.  icon_biggrin
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/17) on: February 16, 2015, 09:09:49 PM
The Xbox Live Ultimate Game sale starts this week, so I have my eye on Alien: Isolation and Lords of the Fallen, depending on the depth of discount. Lords of the Fallen has been rumored at $9, so I'm really hoping that turns out to be legit.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Sword Coast Legends - New D&D game on: February 13, 2015, 03:00:55 PM
Shut up and take my money, your ideas intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter, etc. etc.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10) on: February 09, 2015, 12:09:12 PM
I'm sitting on the fence about whether to spring for the new 3DS XL. I've never owned a 3DS, so it should seem like a no-brainer, but on the other hand I'm wary of introducing yet another game console into the house when I don't have the time to play the games I already have.

I have zero interest in Evolve. I don't think I ever even played the beta I was invited to multiple times.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/03) on: February 03, 2015, 12:38:26 AM
Game of Thrones Episode 2, because as a season pass holder, I'm entitled to it. Chew on that, peasants!
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS+ Feb Games! Great Month on: February 03, 2015, 12:35:30 AM
Kicking myself for buying Transistor during the Steam Christmas sale. Haven't even booted it up yet.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 31, 2015, 10:19:25 PM
But that's the thing, the outpost was cleared, and literally 3 minutes after clearing they repopulate.  I'm sorry, no military is that efficient

If it's an actual outpost (smoke coming out of it), and it has actually been cleared (you get the cinematic showing it's cleared), then there's no way they respawn because good guys take over and you have missions and a safehouse inside there.

I think you're talking about something other than an outpost, or else you didn't actually clear it all the way.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Super Bowl Edition on: January 30, 2015, 09:18:42 PM
I've been in a bit of a gaming slump this week. 45 hours of Far Cry 4 just burned me out hard, so I took a few days off to catch up on some TV and movies.

If I play anything this weekend, it will probably be just nibbling away at GTA V.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 30, 2015, 09:14:48 PM
Animals only became unannoying when I unlocked the Buzzsaw. That thing will take down a bear with one burst.

I never bothered trying to kill eagles. Once you get attacked the first time, if you just run out of their aggro range they'll give up. I never really had them chase me across the map like some of the ground based animals.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 30, 2015, 12:21:59 AM
Whether they respawn or not is irrelevant. You will be attacked by wild animals:

- Whenever you need to be stealthy
- Whenever you only have one bar of health
- Whenever you barely survive a vicious shootout
- Whenever you've almost beat that mission that took you five tries
- Whenever you are on fire
- Whenever you are swimming
- Whenever you are sprinting
- Whenever you are running
- Whenever you take a breath in real life because the developers are sadistic assholes who enjoy tormenting their customers
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: January 28, 2015, 01:26:15 PM
Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are two of the best things about the new SNL cast, so I'm very happy. Leslie Jones is so good, in fact, that she started out as an extremely minor bit player (I think it was just one Weekend Update cameo) and was such a hit they promoted her to feature cast member.

I'm not really crazy about the idea of them putting the Ghostbusters name on this, however. I really hate Paul Feig's take that this should not reference the original movies/original movie universe. Then why steal the name? If you're not going to pay homage to the originals, then your blatant cash grab is even more blatant.

I'll try to keep an open mind, though. Those are four of the funniest ladies in the business right now.

19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [teaser trailer] Fantastic 4 on: January 27, 2015, 07:15:55 PM
I wish they would just stop trying to make Fantastic Four cool and relevant. Even as a kid I remember thinking they were the lamest superhero team. I also don't like how young they made all of them. It's about as convincing as your dad telling you how "totes adorbs" Taylor Swift is.

20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Overblown Deflategate Edition on: January 27, 2015, 01:39:55 PM
The Patriots put themselves in a position to be viewed as cheaters. So now even if they're not cheating, the perception is already there. No sympathy.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: January 26, 2015, 09:13:08 PM
I had originally planned to pick up Grim Fandango, but to do so would be to break my "no new games" rule, so I'm going to pass. I'm sure it will be available on the cheap later this year.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 24, 2015, 07:46:13 AM
I expect our company's Windows 10 adoption will be quicker than our Windows 7 adoption (which only came about due to XP end-of-support). The reason being we are moving to Office 365 this year. I imagine as we grow accustomed to that service-based model, we'll be more inclined to do the same on the OS side. I also imagine MS will be building plenty of hooks into 10 to make it a natural fit with their Office suite and other service offerings. We're also slowly becoming more OS agnostic as we move more and more of our apps to Citrix.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/23/15 on: January 24, 2015, 07:36:30 AM
You thought I was going to say Far Cry 4 didn't you?

Now that it's FINALLY behind me, I started dabbling in some other games to see which one clicks. Started Tales from the Borderlands Ep. 1, GTA V, and Halo: CE.

Tales from the Borderlands seems really good so far - I'll probably go ahead and knock it out for the quick win.

GTA V I'm been itching to get to. I played about 15 hours on the Xbox 360 and never finished it, so I'm really looking forward to it.

Going back to Halo was a tad painful. While the remastered graphics look great by and large, the physics haven't aged well. I also forgot how much I've come to rely on things like waypoints. While Halo has some waypoints, there are many instances where they just drop you in a big zone and go, "Eh....he'll figure out eventually." I still want to complete all the remastered Halo titles before Halo 5 hits, but this will probably be one I nibble on throughout the year.

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What to look forward to in 2015 on: January 24, 2015, 02:00:14 AM
I'm making a concerted effort to buy fewer games in 2015. I'm not so much concerned about the money as I am finishing the things I start. I'm really bad about jumping from hobby to hobby, project to project, game to game, and one of my 2015 resolutions was to be more focused. Not even counting most of my insane Steam backlog, I'm sitting on $200-$300 worth of unfinished games. That's unacceptable.

There are some 2015 games on my "must buy" list, however. Arkham Knight will be a day one purchase most likely - I've completed all the Arkham games and just really enjoy that series. Witcher 3 is also a no-brainer, but I won't buy it until I wrap up Dragon Age 3. No Man's Sky is very high on my list barring terrible reviews.

Other than that it will be more of a wait and see. I'm sure, just as in 2014, there will be plenty of surprises that go completely under my radar but wind up being purchases.

The good news is the gaming glut of the holiday season left me with plenty of big titles to play. So it's pretty easy to resist temptation right now. My goal right now is to not purchase any new games for six months. I'm sure I may change my mind, particularly if one of the above three come out in that time frame, but for now it's a realistic goal that is keeping me on track.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 24, 2015, 01:48:34 AM
I finished this last night at 42 hours, 98.5% completion. The only thing I was missing was a skill unlock that required Arena Level 2 and a weapon unlock that required Arena Level 10. Since I really hate the Arena stuff, I was going to just leave it at that.

Then today at work all I could think about was that missing 1.5%. To get so close to 100% completion and then to just quit. Those 42 hours just a wasted effort, an epic fail.


So I came home today and made it to Arena Level 5. I plan on grinding the rest out tonight and being done with this game once and for all. I do really resent that they locked that last 1.5% behind "challenge" type content, but I guess I should consider myself fortunate. There are probably 500 secret locations and 1000 treasure chests that DON'T count towards 100% completion, or else my obsession would have probably lasted an additional 40 hours.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 23, 2015, 03:38:04 PM
I think the other thing that killed the Windows Store (at least for me), was the way Windows 8 was configured. I never wanted to launch apps because I'd have to toggle between Metro and the desktop. It was SUCH a pain in the ass. I wanted to use apps, but the toggling between environments was just horrible. To this day, it's the only thing that I really truly despise about Windows 8.

Windows 10 allowing apps to open seamlessly in the same environment as the desktop should go a long way in making apps actually relevant again.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 22, 2015, 08:59:49 PM
The one thing I'll say for Microsoft is that they're not afraid to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. That's not to say they haven't made some mistakes repeatedly, nor that every correction they've made is for the better, but for such a large business they at least give the appearance of being fairly dynamic.

I'm specifically contrasting them to another big corporation I work with a lot - IBM. IBM doesn't give a fuck. IBM does things IBM's way, and if you don't like it then to hell with you. They're perfectly content to be entrenched with the same customers they've had for decades, and they're not going to go out of their way to adapt.

Now, I'm not naive - Microsoft's adaptability comes from competition, not from altruism. But that's a good thing. Companies like Apple, Google, and Sony have spurred them to wake up, and that benefits everyone because MS has the deep pockets to make good innovations happen. They just need that reason to do so.

So yeah, I'm all for MS putting a renewed focus on gaming. For changing the way they think about Windows. For pushing augmented reality hologram glasses. Even if none of it pans out, we ultimately benefit from Microsoft's failures as much as we do their successes.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/20) on: January 19, 2015, 08:44:38 PM
Nothing. This might be the first time in my gaming career that I'm actually happy about the Q1 gaming drought.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist - 1/16/15 on: January 16, 2015, 04:22:58 PM
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, more Far Cry 4! I'm over 70% now - been knocking out a lot of the collectibles, so most of the remainder are side missions and a handful of story missions. If I can get a good session in tonight and tomorrow night, I should be close to wrapping this one up and moving on.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 6 announced on: January 13, 2015, 11:19:39 PM
I'll pass. While I put enough time in both Forza 5 and Forza Horizon 2 to get my money's worth, I don't have the same level of fun with them as I do with say, an open world game that features some driving. That's not a knock against the games themselves, just that the older I get the more boring I find just plain racing.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/09/15 on: January 12, 2015, 01:31:24 PM
Took a significant chunk out of Far Cry 4.

Strategy alert (I'll put in spoilers just in case, since it's kind of cheaty):

Spoiler for Hiden:
I realized you can just fly the gyrocopter and land on top of towers without having to climb them. Knocked out about half the towers in 30 minutes.

All towers are unlocked, and I've only got two outposts left.

I'm sitting at 50% completion right now, but I believe the back half of the game will go much quicker now that I have quick travel to just about anywhere on the map.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Divisional Round on: January 11, 2015, 05:22:44 PM
Yeah that was a predictable loss. I'm happy the Panthers somewhat turned their horrible season around and started playing a little better towards the end, but I don't think any Carolina fans thought we had a chance in hell to win that game. My only consolation is that with the Patriots and now the Seahawks moving on, there's a good chance I'll have a villain to root against in the Super Bowl.  icon_twisted
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/09/15 on: January 09, 2015, 09:04:18 PM
Still chugging my way through Far Cry 4. Just passed the 20 hour mark, though it feels a lot longer than that. I'm still having fun with it though. It's taking a while just because my game time has been cut quite a bit, so I'm only averaging about an hour a night.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 09, 2015, 02:51:05 PM
Quote from: Ironrod
So if I'm forced to adopt the solution, the problem will follow? Got it.

Well in theory, you're not actually being forced to do anything or use anything in a different way. The only difference would be that the electronics in your refrigerator you never notice would run on a standard platform instead of on Java or whatever. It's not like you're going to stop buying appliances with electronics, since all of them have it anyway. The internals would just be on a standard.

Other smart home items I can see some benefits in, and as mentioned in the Echo thread, I can imagine a common interface binding them all together - the Nest, door locks, home security, lighting, TV, etc.  A futuristic home where most common things are voice or watch/phone commanded via a seamless wireless interface.  Maybe it's just the kitchen stuff that's bugging me.

I think the use cases are definitely more useful for the stuff you described (lighting, security, etc.) but there are some good appliance uses as well. Health monitoring, for instance. Your dryer could send you a text and tell you the heating element is starting to go out. Or your fridge could alert you when it's time for a new water filter.

I also see the potential to make very smart "green" appliances that could regulate their power consumption based on certain conditions. Maybe your washer can sense the load and use the precise amount of water and power to use to wash it, then communicate that information to the dryer.

If every appliance is aware of its environment and has the ability to communicate, then every appliance could be a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector. We'd move away from the concept of a house full of disparate machines, and into the concept of a house being an integrated, self-aware ecosystem.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 08, 2015, 06:03:39 PM
I, for one, welcome our new Terminator overlords.  icon_smile
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 08, 2015, 04:52:01 PM
I think the "Internet of Things" thing is a really necessary infrastructure and could pay huge dividends down the road that we can't even fathom right now. The problem is that as consumers it understandably feels very gimmicky because the actual important use cases can't come about until it's a standard. I believe this is one of the rare instances in which the technology needs to be forced on consumers. Standard API that is just built into everything whether you utilize it or not. Once it's out there, application developers can start making feature sets for it.

This isn't about your toaster oven telling you the weather. This is about making electronics speak a common language so that our environment can work as a cohesive system rather than a bunch of disparate units.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: January 08, 2015, 03:35:37 AM
I've picked up a few more podcasts that are not new, but I have really enjoyed. I'm currently working my way through the archives of these.

The Memory Palace - clocking in at a mere 14 minutes or less (sometimes as short as 2 minutes), these infrequently produced snippets are beautiful little works of art. Each focuses on an interesting person or event that, in many cases, has fallen out of remembrance. With many of the stories, rather melancholy, I've never had a podcast make me a little misty-eyed like this one. If you love interesting figures in history, you'll love this one.

99% Invisible - I avoided this one for quite some time because it was about architect and design, which I don't have a particular interest in. A couple of episodes and I realized what a mistake I made. While there are certainly episodes about buildings and plazas and the like, most focus on the design we don't always appreciate - the art of postage stamps, the clicks of an iPhone, theme park queues. No exaggeration - this podcast really has changed the way I look at things. Another short podcast, with most episodes in the 15 minute range.

Here Be Monsters - Think of this as 99% Invisible for weird subjects. Similarly formatted and clocking in at a similar length, this podcast explores more unusual subjects but from a grounded perspective. Subjects I've listened to so far range from giant octopi in Washington state to the intelligence of horses to the hallucinogenic effects of pure darkness.

TED Radio Hour - I've always enjoyed TED talks but never really knew where to begin when browsing them. The TED Radio Hour basically does the curating for you, presenting highlights and discussion of various talks each podcast. I really like that this covers topics I'd probably not think to click on, but so far have all been really entertaining.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 08, 2015, 01:21:50 AM
I agree on the curved TVs. I went to Best Buy and looked at a 78-inch curved one and dead center I could see the appeal since it made the picture slightly more immersive, but from the sides I didn't find it particularly better than viewing any decent flat-screen TV at an angle. And it would look utterly ridiculous wall-mounted.

I think this is a case of manufacturers doing it because they stumbled upon some tech that looks cool, not something that actually fulfills any consumer need.

I don't mind the thinner TVs - thinner = lighter, and all that eventually trickles down to lower cost. Less materials, costs less to ship, etc.

Honestly most of this CES seemed more about stuff that I think is still a few years away from being ready for prime time. VR, self-driving cars, smart watches? I think those are all a ways off from mainstream adoption.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: January 06, 2015, 02:58:55 PM
I take it for what it is. You can't blame a melodrama for being melodramatic.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/5) on: January 05, 2015, 09:22:46 PM
I'll grab Infamous: First Light. I'm on a self-imposed spending freeze until I can work through some of my extensive AAA backlog.
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