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3161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 10:21:25 PM
My question is how rugged it is.  If the whole family is supposed to use it will it tolerate my kids dropping it?  The iPhone won't so will this be tougher?  Or am I going to have to carry it on eggshells?
3162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 10:04:03 PM
I would be happy if he got me one!  I promise I would buy lots of apps from the store.

3163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 09:59:38 PM
I like your post, but I was shocked at how many extras you will need to buy just for a normal day!  "Hit the Infrared Remote app (this requires an additional attachment)", "At the meeting, I use the VGA adapter to put my presentation up on the projector screen", "and start playing some background music through the Airport-enabled speakers".... not to mention a bluetooth enabled stereo in the car!  Seems like your iPad is going to need a lot of stuff to help it along. 



3164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 09:49:16 PM
I think this article really hits on something for me  Link  The distinction between old world and new world hit me really hard. 



3165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 03:52:11 PM
I got to play last night - for the 3rd night in a row! That is something amazing with two kids and a wife who wants to spend time with me.  

I am still a bit fuzzy on the tech upgrade stuff.  I picked up some "sub zero" (or whatever it is called) and upgraded one thing - then I couldn't upgrade anything else.  However I have no idea how much zero stuff I had or how much each research thing used so I didn't feel like I made very informed choices.  

I wish they would have played X-com a few more times to learn how to do a basic research tree since they wanted to have it in the game.
3166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 28, 2010, 10:14:58 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 28, 2010, 10:10:26 PM

So, 22 hours in already, and I've hit the second disc. Wasn't exactly a giant pivotal point in the game, either. It just sorta...happened.

Keep in mind they have stated that you play disk 1, then disk 2, then disk 1 again so you are not halfway done you have just reached Bioware's odd spot for a disk swap.
3167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 28, 2010, 10:11:41 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 28, 2010, 09:37:35 PM

Nor did they have an installed base of 100,000 apps developed specifically for them. 

Really?  There aren't 100,000 apps developed for Windows XP?  That is what most notebooks run and I am pretty sure there are a lot of apps for it.  There are really more apps for the iPhone than for windows?
3168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 28, 2010, 03:29:59 PM
I found this comment on Slashdot.com interesting.


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"This is a huge step backward in the history of computing," said FSF's Holmes Wilson, "If the first personal computers required permission from the manufacturer for each new program or new feature,"

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The iPad has DRM writ large, you can only install what Apple says you may, and "computing" goes consumer mainstream — no more twiddling, just sit back, spend your money, and watch the show — while we allow you to.
3169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 28, 2010, 03:15:16 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on January 28, 2010, 04:25:19 AM

Surprising no one, I am already on the waiting list to order one. This device looks marvelous to me. The fact that I can put iWork on it and get some real work done, without luggin my laptop around, is a big deal to me. Since AT&T has forced me to switch to a Verizon Droid (ugh), having access to all my iPhone apps again will be marvelous, as well. [/flash]

I can't imagine working without having a couple things open and being able to cut and paste between items.  I have Word and Excel open or want to launch an attachment from mail.  Perhaps the iPad will do that but the current iPhone software doesn't so I can't imagine how Apple will get it on the iPad.

3170  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: iPhone headphones on: January 27, 2010, 04:44:45 PM
That would be great!  I know they are not great headphones but since Apple decided to make that stupid different size jack it means none of the ones I have work.

3171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 27, 2010, 04:39:17 PM


Don't peak at the properties please
3172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 27, 2010, 04:37:18 PM
Under the Tuscan Sun
3173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 02:30:17 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 27, 2010, 01:06:45 PM

Wow - Even though I pretty much knew what was going to happen, I was still blown away by the intro sequence. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Walking into the main area of the Normandy, looking up, and seeing big chunks of the ship floating into space was just amazing.  One question - Is the person who appears with you in the intro the one you romanced in the first game, or is it always Liara?

Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't have an import game and picked female and I got Kaiden
3174  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: iPhone headphones on: January 26, 2010, 08:11:12 PM
Mine got lost and I would love to get some cheaper than new.  I am hoping that some person who cares more about quality of sound might have bought a better pair than comes with the iPhone and might be willing to sell their old ones.

PM me with an offer if you have some.

3175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 26, 2010, 06:03:18 PM

Quote from: Chaz on January 26, 2010, 04:14:51 PM

I don't understand the practice of giving the review of a sequel to someone who didn't like the previous game(s).  They're predisposed to not liking it. 


The same could be said for giving the review to someone who loved the first game though.  If someone loved ME, played it multiple times, did everything, tried every possible action then they probably would love the sequel so the review wouldn't mean as much either.

I guess it is just best if they state their bias up front and be as professional as they can.

3176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: January 26, 2010, 02:06:22 PM
Well that episode was pretty lame.  Among the least funny and least exciting for me.  It just didn't feel funny to kidnap Lester, and I was shocked at how stupid the whole joystick coming out of the console was.  Didn't these people see Star Trek: Insurrection?  It was dumb then, it is dumb now.



3177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 teaser and stuff! on: January 25, 2010, 10:01:36 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on January 25, 2010, 09:44:22 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on January 25, 2010, 09:32:45 PM

My alarm goes off at 6:15am

I haven't used an alarm clock in years.  On average I wake up between 5 and 6:30 am everyday including weekends.   That's regardless of what time I actually went to sleep.


Me neither.  Our kids are always up between 5:30am and 6:30am so I have set the alarm since they were born. 

3178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: January 25, 2010, 08:44:53 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 23, 2010, 05:40:23 AM

Lets not forget the Newton  retard

How could we?

3179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 24, 2010, 03:06:11 AM
We have a great 16 page thread going, lets not let it become about something besides Mass Effect 2.  I know it is a touchy subject and I also know that some people find it hard to let go once the subject is brought up but lets try.
3180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 22, 2010, 04:46:26 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 19, 2010, 10:07:40 PM

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‘The Cerberus Network’ is a conduit for players to receive bonus content as well as daily messages and news on upcoming releases for Mass Effect 2 for no extra charge. For players who do not buy the game new, ‘The Cerberus Network’ can be unlocked through a one-time, in-game purchase of a new activation code*.


Unless the "no extra charge part" refers only to the "daily messages and news on upcoming releases" part, then it sounds like it's all included.  Also, if you don't get everything, why would there be a "one-time" charge to activate the network?

Here is an interview with Greg Zeschuk - at the six minute mark or so he clearly says that of course their will be pay DLC.  Not everything will be free. 

3181  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 21, 2010, 08:20:13 PM
Me three.  I have The Quest, Undercroft, Wolfenstien RPG but I constantly play Sword and Poker!  I just love playing quick lite games.
3182  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 21, 2010, 06:36:37 PM
Yes!  Lets port the most boring, storyless, old games in the franchise!  That will win over new fans! 

3183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vandal Hearts questions on: January 21, 2010, 06:18:15 PM

Quote from: skystride on January 21, 2010, 05:46:28 PM

Speaking of SRPGs, they really should add Gladius to Live.  The five people who played it know how great it was.

"For Nordath!"  smile


It was great but I actually had to turn off the sound.
3184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vandal Hearts questions on: January 21, 2010, 03:32:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 20, 2010, 02:58:33 PM

The Eurogamer review answers a lot of those questions.

This review reads like someone who doesn't really like the genre.  Sure it doesn't innovate but does it do the core SRPG functions well?  The reviewer seems more hung up on how the genre as a whole isn't this or that rather than if this game is a good SRPG.
3185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 19, 2010, 10:13:32 PM
It won't be free.  Come on do people really expect a company to put out DLC for free just because they love us so much? 
3186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lunar : Harmony of The Silver Star on: January 18, 2010, 05:40:45 PM

Quote from: depward on January 18, 2010, 04:41:34 PM

Anyway, played the demo and it was alright; it seemed incredibly easy, though, which I guess 9 times out of 10 RPGs are fairly easy in the beginning. But they have an automatic battle option and I used that the whole time. The game looks pretty good... but the FMV sequences are done in a smaller box and not widescreen.

I played this on the DS and it was way, way, way, way easy.  Unless they modified it a lot you will be able to shut your eyes and just hit buttons and win every fight.
3187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 17, 2010, 01:48:47 AM
The difficulty of that battle is sometimes caused by when you go to that planet.  If you go to early it is hard if you go to late it is easy.

And yes they should have had an auto save after the elevator reached the top but before the Krogan started talking.  It would have been simple and saved a lot of gamers annoyance.

3188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 15, 2010, 09:48:35 PM
3189  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So. Full Body Scanners. on: January 15, 2010, 04:17:11 PM

Quote from: Crux on January 15, 2010, 01:08:44 PM

It may not catch everything. But, as much as anything it is a deterrent. It eliminates a large range of possibilities for would-be terrorists. In addition they have to be wondering - does it really only catch what they're actually telling us it can catch? Or can it do more?

It lets them concentrate other assets on finding other things. It reduces the chances of a terrible incident. That's good enough for me.

Besides, most of airplane security is smoke and mirrors anyway. It's all designed to keep the sheep happy and flying so the economy doesn't shut down smile


At what a cost to tax payers? Who is going to pay?  Should tax payers pay millions - heck billions - so that sheep are happy while flying?
3190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: McGwire Admits to Roids on: January 14, 2010, 09:55:33 PM
Who really cares?  I just wish people would stop talking about it like it matters.  Ticket sales are great, viewership is great, revenue is great.  It is quite clear that fans don't give a crap about drug use by their stars so why do we keep pretending?
3191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: January 14, 2010, 09:51:48 PM
I am glad I am renting. 
3192  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So. Full Body Scanners. on: January 14, 2010, 04:18:27 PM
I don't like the privacy issues but I could live with them if the technology worked but they can't even guarantee it would have caught the latest bomber!  If you put it under rolls of fat, or in a body cavity it can't see the explosives either.  So for $100,000 per machine - and you will need several per airport - we are not even going to be able to stop current terrorist attempts....much less what they can think of.

It is a huge, huge waste of money which doesn't even promise security.  How anyone can be in favor of such stupid wastes of money is beyond my comprehension.

3193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Thing Prequel on: January 14, 2010, 03:30:21 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 14, 2010, 09:01:30 AM

It actually was Norwegians. It's pointed out at several times in the movie and the helicopter has "Norge" written all over its said. Also, the guy who gets shot in the beginning speaks Norwegian (poorly. They got a non-native Norwegian to play the part). He says something to the effect of: "That's not a dog! It's some kind of thing!".

I am glad it was in Norwegian othewise it would have spoiled the whole movie right in the first few minutes.

3194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can someone recommend a good book light to me? on: January 14, 2010, 02:10:12 PM

Quote from: Shkspr on January 14, 2010, 02:04:32 PM

Right now the book light I think is the most effective is the Lightwedge.  It fits snugly over most HC book pages (you can get them in smaller sizes if you read mostly paperbacks) and illuminates the whole page without a whole lot of bleedover.  The downside, of course, is the need to pick up and move the wedge when you turn the page.  Depending on how you read, this may make it uncomfortable.  The light is bright, however, without putting illumination all over the room.

The out-of-the-box solution I've been enjoying is an over the ear model.  I pick them up fairly cheap, and find them handy.  I think my first one lasted about 6 months, and I only picked up a new one because I accidentally left mine on when I took it off and ran down the battery.  At any rate, it hooks over the ear like a bluetooth device and I angle the halo of light (at arm's length it's about 6-7 inches) to center exactly where my focus is, and then forget about it.  I have light wherever I look, so no need to adjust the device, and I can use it to pad around a darkened house after my family goes to bed (my wife and I have different schedules).  I find the fact that the light is focused the same place my eyes are compensates for the single LED output, and the plastic so far has held up at least unil the battery dies - you can replace the battery in the model I own, but I get the lights cheaply enough that it's a wash with the battery cost.  If you spring for a more durable light, you may find otherwise.

I don't think I'll ever go back to a book mounted light thrower.

I never did like the lightwedge.  I just never found it to illuminate the page perfectly.  Some spots were always darker than I wanted. 

I like the idea of the over the ear thing but I read in bed next to my kid so I look over at him often and I would think shining the light in his eyes might annoy him.
3195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can someone recommend a good book light to me? on: January 14, 2010, 02:06:12 PM
I use the engergizer book light  It is cheap, and bright.  I bought mine at Target for around $10.

3196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck vs. Season 3 - Mondays 8/7C on NBC. on: January 13, 2010, 09:21:11 PM
Lets also be honest and admit that Chuck isn't going to be around for a lot more seasons.  Maybe one or two after this one.  So while them being a couple might now work for years it doesn't have to.

3197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck vs. Season 3 - Mondays 8/7C on NBC. on: January 13, 2010, 01:57:42 PM
I really am tired of the forced relationship.  They have said they love each other in more ways, more times than I have with my wife I think but somehow they each wonder if the other really cares? 

I mean how stupid is Chuck to wonder if Sara loves him?  She was willing to run away with you in Prague - thus destroying her entire life up to that point for Chuck.  Isn't that good enough?  It just starts to feel stupid. 
3198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck vs. Season 3 - Mondays 8/7C on NBC. on: January 12, 2010, 05:23:26 PM
So far I have only watched the first part of the premiere but I thought it was ok at best.  As someone said it felt colder than season 2 in some way and having to reboot the whole show was kind of silly.  We had season 2 so don't just dump all that progress.

Still going to watch though.

 
3199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly - Yea or Nay? on: January 12, 2010, 05:02:35 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 11, 2010, 06:36:27 AM

Hey all, thanks for the responses.  I am going to try it out for a bit.  Question: For those of you with 2 consoles, do you normally put the X game in your queue on both consoles, or do you stick with 1?  If you put both, do they ever ship you the same game on 2 consoles?  I want to get X game asap, so I don't care which console it comes on, but I don't want to get 2 discs of the same game shipped if possible.

90% of the time one version has something better or worse so I pick the best version.  The only game recently which I didn't hear about any big differences was Batman: Arkham Asylum.  Bayonetta has load time issues on the PS3, Darksiders has screen tearing issues, etc. 

3200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spider-man: Sam Raimi out! re-boot in progress! on: January 12, 2010, 02:35:51 PM
What an odd choice.  They basically had a blockbuster or as close to a sure thing as possible in Hollywood and they tossed it away.  I can't imagine suits being willing to take that risk so I bet Rami must have just said FU! and walked because they wouldn't do his story idea. 
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