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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 18, 2016, 12:38:27 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 17, 2016, 01:35:43 PM

Did I mention the solid-state capacitative home button is way more annoying than the absent earphone jack? imho, it'll be the biggest stumbling block to customers moving to 7. It's really more of a vibrating home button than a click now.

Also, you won't be able to use regular gloves with it.  disgust I thought the fingerprint sensor stuff was great -- this so far just strikes me as weird and difficult to get used to, and "gizmo-ing for the sake of gizmo-ing."

I wonder how they marketed it in meetings. "Now, you don't have to deal with that annoying home button click you've been so comfortable using for 9 years! We'll also remove that pesky 'finger swipe to unlock your iPhone' feature, because you didn't want that feature anymore!"

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/09/16/iphone-7-solid-state-home-button-works-on-capacitive-touch-gloved-users-beware

I'm not planning to return it or anything. Just I think the non-physical home button may prove to be a bigger "get used to it" stumbling block than other aspects of the iPhone  7 or iOS10. fwiw. Maybe I'll feel differently in a week.  icon_smile



I actually found it really easy to adjust to and I was expecting it to be difficult, FWIW.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 15, 2016, 08:28:46 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 15, 2016, 08:21:53 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 15, 2016, 03:57:08 PM

fwiw, I ordered black 128GB iPhone 7 over the weekend. Just got a text this morning it is supposed to reach my office tomorrow (Friday).  icon_smile

Was that Matte Black or Jet Black?

I have a Matte Black 128GB arriving tomorrow.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 13, 2016, 01:54:16 AM
Very excited for this. FH2 is probably my favorite racing game ever made.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2016, 07:53:52 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 12, 2016, 06:37:14 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 12, 2016, 04:56:37 PM

Here are some nice photos Sports Illustrated took at an NFL game:

http://www.si.com/nfl/photo/2016/09/11/iphone-7-plus-sneak-preview-photos

As for the headphone jack, it's always annoying when you lose a port or interface you are comfortable with, but that's also a move to the future and part of the growing pains of engineering.  Some day soon there will likely be NO interface port and everything will be handled wirelessly.  The phone will be water resistant by having the speakers shoot water out of them  icon_wink   Honestly it could already be done right now, but it would likely freak people out who can't handle too much change too quickly.  And isn't it just a little bit ironic that in an age of "wireless connectivity" people are getting so upset about losing a wired connection?  I can't wait to see how the masses react to autonomous cars, now *that* is going to be exciting.

If you really want to "fight the future" there are plenty of excellent alternative options with the 6 series.  And even with the 7, Apple provided what I felt was a surprising concession by including both wired (lightning) headphones AND an adapter to analog.  Only the simultaneous charge and wired use case requires the Belkin adapter.

And I'd bet there will also be cases coming out that add a 3.5mm jack.

That would be a significantly large case.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2016, 05:13:01 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 12, 2016, 02:18:08 AM

Well, my iPhone 5 is now 3.5 years old or so. What's another year if the 2017 version should be so 'absolutely amazing'? Then again, that's not like Apple to make major changes to a phone on the 'off years' when they release the S versions.

Who knows if my battery will last that long though.

Not sure about the 5, but I could easily get my 6 battery replaced for a small amount. Would be worth looking into if you want to keep the older form factor.

6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2016, 09:05:36 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 11, 2016, 08:07:30 PM

What's agitating me to apoplexia (and always has) is this stated attitude of "Bah, it's not an issue to me, therefore it's not an issue."  That just gets in my craw.

I personally have never, ever cared about issues that don't directly affect me. In general: sucks to be you, but I don't care.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 07, 2016, 11:01:22 PM
I'm due for a refresh and the announcements made me happy. The nicest thing is that I'll have to pay $100 less for 128GB than I was expecting. Other than that the biggest thing I'm looking forward to is increased battery life, both from having a new vs 18 month old phone and just the increase in capacity.

I think we've got to the point where I don't really know what feature would get me excited for a new phone. I guess maybe if they made one drop proof.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: August 01, 2016, 11:32:08 PM
I hope Background Music brings Spotify to the system. Pandora is fine, but I actually pay for Spotify each month so having it on both the PS4 and XBone would be nice.

As a big detractor to the system in the past, I have to say the most recent updates have made it much better. The UI doesn't chug nearly as much as before and I can generally get to what I want quickly without trying to too hard.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienation - Space Diablo? on: June 29, 2016, 04:58:48 PM
Same here. It's a great game but I sort of got lost in other things and forgot I own it.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, Xbox One] DiRT Rally - new Codemasters racing game on: June 10, 2016, 12:18:00 AM
I've been playing this a bit on PS4 and would definitely recommend it. Its fun, but not punishing.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 24, 2016, 04:14:23 PM
That's pretty ridiculous, but yet also somehow not at all surprising.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 16, 2016, 05:18:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 16, 2016, 02:23:32 AM

Quote from: gellar on May 16, 2016, 01:52:03 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 16, 2016, 12:45:10 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Guybrush Threepwood
may be my favorite easter egg cameo of all time.

Wait what? I missed this.

Spoiler for Hiden:
When Nate's doing the puzzle with the pirate sigils and the portraits, there's one portrait he doesn't recognize. He's younger than the rest, is all they say of him. But he's gangly and has his hair pulled back in a ponytail, is wearing clothes of a similar color and style (if more realistic) and is in a Guybrushy pose.

His sigil is a monkey.

God I totally didn't catch that at all. I blame old age.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 16, 2016, 01:52:03 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 16, 2016, 12:45:10 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Guybrush Threepwood
may be my favorite easter egg cameo of all time.

Wait what? I missed this.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 15, 2016, 01:09:13 AM
Finished it. Might well be the best gaming experience I can recall.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: May 07, 2016, 08:11:14 PM
Good lord that was an excellent trailer.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: April 21, 2016, 06:22:20 PM
Just tried a few more attempts with a friend, first as a pair and then second as a PUG of two randoms. Both failed miserably.

Basically the only real part of the end game at this point is DZ/daily grinding until you get a massively high enough gearscore that you can do the incursion. I'll likely be shelving it for a bit until they add more content.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: April 21, 2016, 05:19:39 PM
I tried soloing yesterday with a gear score of 176. I did not get remotely close to past the first wave. His DPS is WAY higher than mine based on how fast he's dropping the enemies.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: April 18, 2016, 10:31:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 18, 2016, 09:10:45 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 18, 2016, 04:12:10 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 18, 2016, 02:57:21 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 18, 2016, 02:01:25 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 17, 2016, 11:52:17 PM

I'm happy with everything in the patch except the Incursion. That thing is terrible.

I haven't done it yet - what don't you like about it?

It's horde mode, imo, with nothing but gold enemies with a APC as the end boss.   Basically, Challenge level enemies..  It's definitely a gear gated

Gear gated with not fun tactics required to make it. You definitely can't do it without coordination, which makes PUGs difficult. But mostly its just not fun at all. Its one room, wave after wave of enemies, with nothing interesting happening.

After mission designs like the Lexington Event Center, Police Station, and Russian Consulate... this is a big let down.

I'm still playing the game a lot though.

Is that on hard or challenging difficulty?

Hard. I can't even begin to imagine it on Challenging. And this is with a 175 gear score, which while not great is well above the recommended minimum.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: April 18, 2016, 04:12:10 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 18, 2016, 02:57:21 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 18, 2016, 02:01:25 PM

Quote from: gellar on April 17, 2016, 11:52:17 PM

I'm happy with everything in the patch except the Incursion. That thing is terrible.

I haven't done it yet - what don't you like about it?

It's horde mode, imo, with nothing but gold enemies with a APC as the end boss.   Basically, Challenge level enemies..  It's definitely a gear gated

Gear gated with not fun tactics required to make it. You definitely can't do it without coordination, which makes PUGs difficult. But mostly its just not fun at all. Its one room, wave after wave of enemies, with nothing interesting happening.

After mission designs like the Lexington Event Center, Police Station, and Russian Consulate... this is a big let down.

I'm still playing the game a lot though.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: April 17, 2016, 11:52:17 PM
I'm happy with everything in the patch except the Incursion. That thing is terrible.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: March 26, 2016, 06:17:22 PM
After taking some time off because of travel/The Division, I fired this up for a few hours over the last few days and found myself still really enjoying it. Man the first few rounds were really rough though... being out of practice and used to shooting Division AI bots really ruins your ability to track and shoot humans in Blops.

Still though... looking forward to the next expansion.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: February 12, 2016, 09:50:39 PM
Definitely not seeing any lag issues here. Happens from time to time, but no moreso now than anytime during the few months its been out.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: February 11, 2016, 12:38:04 AM
They get $$$.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 SuperBowl on: February 09, 2016, 03:35:14 AM
I actually really enjoyed that game. Two excellent defenses. Difference in the game was that Panthers o-line was horrifyingly overmatched (much like the Pats line was) and the Broncos D just put their offense in excellent position all game. Manning was horrible, but predictably horrible and his D won him the game.

I really wanted to see Cam dominate, but defense wins championships.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 01, 2016, 12:26:37 AM
I enjoyed the beta quite a bit. Really looking forward to the full game now. Dark Zone is well implemented versus a pain in the ass, which was a pleasant surprise.

I do wish the combat was more satisfying (comparing it to Destiny primarily), but its a small nit on what otherwise seems like a game thats right up my alley.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 27, 2016, 09:11:37 PM
I'll be on the PSN beta if anyone wants to link up. PSN ID is gellar.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: January 11, 2016, 04:54:00 PM
I've definitely not noticed a change with the Kuda and Vond didn't tweet anything about it (he's been good at that for Blops 3), so I think its in your head/connection.

I've moved pretty much exclusively to TDM now. Just easier to get a game and I found that KC just takes a long time now that I am used to the TDM match pace. I really wish I could play some Dom, but solo Dom is just asking for pain.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: January 05, 2016, 06:55:30 PM
I'm a huge fan of the Ripper as well, though using it does basically always lead to an eventual death for me. It's still fun as hell and I can get 2-3 kills before someone shoots me as I'm trying to stab them in the face.

I can see ATB not enjoying it based on his self-described play style. You have to run around a lot to make it fun, otherwise its never useful.

29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 17 on: January 04, 2016, 05:56:16 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 04, 2016, 02:19:40 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 04, 2016, 05:15:26 AM

My best case realistic hire for SF is Doug Marrone.

He had the Bills poised to do something at the end of last season before the whole he resigned and rex ryan debacle.  It will take him a couple seasons, but he could be a good coach for SF.

Yeah I wouldn't hate the hire, but I wouldn't love it either. It would depend a lot on who he could get to coach the offense and defense. It certainly would be better than this year.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 17 on: January 04, 2016, 05:15:26 AM
Tomsula certainly wasn't the entire problem, but he was definitely a problem. Keeping him was a non starter since his assistants are extremely terrible and no credible NFL assistants would work for him.

Kelly would be a significantly better hire than Holmgren, but I don't think he's stupid enough to come to SF. Payton would be better than either, but I don't see that happening either.

My best case realistic hire for SF is Doug Marrone. That's not really filling me with confidence. Then again I somehow managed to not lose a ton of money on my tickets this year, so maybe there's some hope for next year.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: December 28, 2015, 09:35:39 PM
For headshot (if you are trying for camos), use high caliber.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: December 08, 2015, 04:17:46 PM
Ah that's a good point. My time has been 100% solo.

Agreed on KC, but I just find it more interesting than TDM. It's also easier to get reasonable streaks vs TDM because you can luck across three or four tags vs in TDM where you have to hope you don't die to some corner camping asshole.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: December 07, 2015, 11:54:04 PM
Holy crap what game mode are you playing to get that W/L ratio?

My KD is barely over 1.0, but my SPM is over 100 pts higher.

My W/L is basically even though. I've been playing primarily KC lately and the game's matchmaking puts me with the worst goddamn players in the lobby. I've gone 41-17 with 30 confirms in KC and we've still lost by 20. It's ridiculous.

Less extreme example: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-bhTaO28BpzU/Vl6V0EZTzCI/AAAAAAAAAzU/QELdP0KGBK4/w860-h1146-no/2015-12-01.jpg

34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 13 on: December 06, 2015, 11:09:56 PM
Not even good at being bad. Goddammit.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: November 24, 2015, 06:03:16 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 24, 2015, 04:33:56 PM

I'm about 99% sure that in this version LMG's move at the exact same speed as AR's (except the XR-2 which gets a mobility bonus).



Interesting. Will have to try it.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: November 24, 2015, 03:26:02 AM
I wish I could use the LMGs... I just run around a lot and find the movement penalty to be too much.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 17, 2015, 10:36:14 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 16, 2015, 10:59:52 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 16, 2015, 10:50:12 PM

The shooting is also good. I haven't used VATS at all and I used it extensively in Fallout 3 and a good 25% of the time in New Vegas.

Yup, I've been noticing this too. VATS comes in handy in certain situations, but otherwise it's playing very well as a FPS.

When I hit about ten hours in I was feeling very meh about the game, but now that I've hit about twenty hours I'm really enjoying it. However, I would say that part of a reason (maybe a big part of the reason) is the settlement activity. It gives a reason to go wandering around looking for fans and radios and other odd stuff.



I assume you guys are playing PC? The shooting on consoles is... bad.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 15, 2015, 04:04:51 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 14, 2015, 12:17:18 AM

I think I'm level 9, somewhere around a dozen hours in, and so far this game isn't really grabbing me.  I think at least partially because 90% of my time is just looting, worrying about loot, and emptying my bags. 

I don't particularly like the combat, it tends to feel bad whether I'm shooting something in real-time or using the VATS system.  It's like the worst feeling FPS in the world, so any time enemies show up I groan inwardly.

I also don't think that any of the base building stuff is very good, or has much of a point.


I'm right there with you. I think I'm level seven or eight and I don't fully understand why I'm playing. Agree with all of your points.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: BlOps 3 on: November 08, 2015, 12:52:08 AM
Yeah I'm really impressed so far. The map design is just... well after the last two COD games, going back to Treyarch maps just makes me very happy. Creative, colorful, and fun.

I actually even played two of the campaign missions and had fun with those, which might be the first time I've ever said that about a COD game.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: November 06, 2015, 03:37:31 AM
That was fun. Thanks for setting it up.
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