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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 21, 2015, 11:27:49 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on May 21, 2015, 09:06:31 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 21, 2015, 04:58:52 PM

Well I for one am enjoying the show immensely still.  I think it's fantastic that they gave Sansa an interesting plotline instead of leaving her cooped up in the Aerie or whatever.  They've done a great job with all the characters that bored me the most in the book (Margaery, Sansa, those boat people).  I enjoy the actor who plays Ramsay and the Ramsay/Theon stuff is just plain sick fun (for me) to watch.  I'm looking forward to seeing Sansa turn her fortunes around.  Also enjoying the way they are playing out Arya's training and last week's CGI reveal was fantastic.  Ditto on the recent dragon CGI.

The thing I do find confusing (but this was the same in the books) is the passage of time, which I can never tell.  When you're watching the show it feels like everything is happening concurrently.  But obviously there are things that have to have time passed, like Tyrion sailing or Arya training, but  I never get a sense of just how long things are happening.  Winter has been coming for five seasons lol, just how long does it take to come?  No pun intended.  Well maybe.  This is a problem for me in the books as well, but in the books it's a different effect since you read everything from a single character point of view.  Maybe it's not important, but I'm curious about things like how long Arya "trains" before becoming awesome.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Oh yeah and what happened to UNDEAD CATELYN!!?!??!?!  I demand zombies!!!!


I saw an article dealing with the passage of time in GoT, and it was interesting.  The problem they are facing is that each book covers less than a year, whereas each season needs to cover at least a years time.  Its easy to squeeze an entire book into a 3 month story, no matter how long between books it has been.  However, every season of the show the kids are one year older, no matter how little time has passed between their story lines in the books. 

lol yeah I keep waiting for Bran to show up as 6 foot, 160 pound teenager and have Hodor unable to carry him.  And hopefully Arya won't blossom suddenly like that girl from Modern Family lol.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 21, 2015, 04:58:52 PM
Well I for one am enjoying the show immensely still.  I think it's fantastic that they gave Sansa an interesting plotline instead of leaving her cooped up in the Aerie or whatever.  They've done a great job with all the characters that bored me the most in the book (Margaery, Sansa, those boat people).  I enjoy the actor who plays Ramsay and the Ramsay/Theon stuff is just plain sick fun (for me) to watch.  I'm looking forward to seeing Sansa turn her fortunes around.  Also enjoying the way they are playing out Arya's training and last week's CGI reveal was fantastic.  Ditto on the recent dragon CGI.

The thing I do find confusing (but this was the same in the books) is the passage of time, which I can never tell.  When you're watching the show it feels like everything is happening concurrently.  But obviously there are things that have to have time passed, like Tyrion sailing or Arya training, but  I never get a sense of just how long things are happening.  Winter has been coming for five seasons lol, just how long does it take to come?  No pun intended.  Well maybe.  This is a problem for me in the books as well, but in the books it's a different effect since you read everything from a single character point of view.  Maybe it's not important, but I'm curious about things like how long Arya "trains" before becoming awesome.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Oh yeah and what happened to UNDEAD CATELYN!!?!??!?!  I demand zombies!!!!
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Pitch Perfect (1 and 2) on: May 19, 2015, 11:20:03 PM
Resurrect!!!

Saw PP2 this past weekend.  If you were a fan of the first (and/or a fan of Glee's first few seasons), the second is a no-brainer, everything is pretty much taken to the next level.  Plenty of good music and choreography mixed with a variety of humor.  A lot more borderline inappropriate/racist/misogynist jokes this time around, but all in good fun I guess. 

Apparently it made close to $70 million opening weekend against Mad Max, $5 million more than the original's entire theatrical run! 

As an individual movie, I still prefer the original, but this one definitely has a lot of fun, and I suspect will have lots of rewatch value.

4  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 19, 2015, 10:14:21 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 19, 2015, 08:24:57 PM

So I finished up Knights of Pen & Paper 2 today, and came away fairly disappointed.  The humor was occasionally good and the retro-graphics were neat, but there was nothing terribly engaging about the whole thing.  I never found a crafting recipe other than the initial ones that were provided, and experimenting never came up with anything.  There wasn't really much need to grind, and the only bosses than gave me any sort of trouble were the last two.  There were hardly any options available to improve the game room.  Things were poorly explained in-game, or just not explained at all.  I only found one additional class. 

All in all, it felt like a game that was released waaaaaaay too early.  I've heard they pushed the Steam release back to November, and I'd certainly recommend waiting until then.  It's not a terrible game as-is (I still put about 8 hours into it), but it's not one I'd highly recommend either.  C+ grade, if I'm being generous.

Ouch!  I bought it day one based on how much I liked the first one, but your review sounds pretty consistent with others I've read.  Not even sure I want to spend any time with it given my addiction to H&C2, not to mention Witcher coming out too.
5  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Heroes and Castles (1 and 2) on: May 19, 2015, 10:12:27 PM

Quote from: morlac on May 17, 2015, 12:59:51 PM

Loved the first one!  i am grabbing this later today.  Ritt let me know if you are up for coop.

Definitely!  Are you on my Game Center friends?  I'm rittchard of course  icon_smile  Co-Op unfortunately has been hit or miss for me so far.  Lag, dropouts, crashes, but worst of all no randoms to play with!  No idea if the game is not doing well or if they are having server issues.
 
Otherwise the main game is fantastic, still just scratching the surface on the second class I've tried.  I started with Mage but have been playing Druid since then.  Seems to be a really good support class thus far.  Have claimed about 30% of the map and unlocked maybe around half the units and research.  Gear is still pretty mediocre, a couple of rares but nothing thrilling.  Apparently there are Legendary and Epic so I've got a ways to go. 
6  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: More DB errors on: May 19, 2015, 05:41:23 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 18, 2015, 11:27:50 PM

Holy crap was today crashy!   Sorry folks.  frown

whew thought it was just me!

Is there an easy way to indicate when the forums are actually down so I know it's just an individual thing?  Maybe a note on the front page or even on Twitter?
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: May 15, 2015, 05:54:41 PM
OMG this looks so awesome, I'm so excited!!!!  I love super teams smile

So happy to see Caity Lotz back, I hope she gets to hook up with her hot Asian girlfriend.  Also like the new white outfit.

Love love love Wentworth Miller, and even better with his Prison Break brother.  Hope he gets a nice boyfriend.  Looks like they dumped his sister though, for whatever reason.

HAWKGIRL, w00t!  No idea how they'll explain her (wasn't she an alien or something in the comics or am I imagining it?  I'm not really a big DC guy), but who cares.

And Brandon Routh as Ant Man, I mean Atom - SWEET!

Plus that main guy is pretty cute too.

Only disappointment for me is no Robbie Amell, but looks like he might end up on Flash?
8  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Heroes and Castles (1 and 2) on: May 14, 2015, 10:19:02 PM
OK, first impressions.... 

If you liked the original game, this sequel has everything that one did and tons more.  This is easily my game of the year (at near the midway point), on ANY platform.  Yeah yeah I know Witcher 3 is coming out next week, but I suspect this is ultimately going to eat more of my time.

The core of the gameplay remains intact, except with much improved, more detailed graphics.  You play your character in 3rd person and must use a combination of strategy and combat skills to battle through a variety of different scenarios, each with its own set of enemies.  You have access to a very similar set of minions that you can summon to help, or if you are bold you can try to just kill everything on your own (not recommended). 

This time out instead of set classes, you start out as a human and as you level you can choose to develop in any of the 3 classes.  This gives a ton of customization options to build the character you want.  As in similar skill tree games, the more points you spend in a particular branch/class, the more new skills you will unlock access to.  So you can play the game similar to the original as a single class if you choose all skills from one tree if you so desire.  You also have freedom to choose whatever weapon(s), armor/shield and runes to equip.  As you complete missions, you collect crystals, which are used to upgrade pretty much everything.  These are also available as IAP for what seems like a more than fair price (to me), and largely unnecessary to enjoy the game.  For a fairly low cost, you can unlock 2 other races (elf and dwarf), each of which give you access to 3 of their own classes.  So if you like this kind of thing (I am a total sucker for it), you can mix and match and customize to your heart's content.  You will need to balance the upgrading of your castle defenses, your units and your gear as best fits your playstyle.

The other major new addition to the game is a main map.  You will be able to defend against attacking waves on your castle similar to the original game, but you will also be able to attack, claim and defend outposts on the map.  Claiming a spot gives you some sort of bonus.  This is a really nice way to mix things up a bit.  In the original game, you basically just ran the same maps over and over to level up and gain more crystals (a playstyle which has still been left intact if you so choose).

I haven't tried the Co-Op mode yet, but that was one of my favorite features of the original.  At some point I'm also planning to test it on my iPhone (running nicely on my iPad Mini at present) to see how that changes the feel. 

Anyway for $1.99 again this is an unbelievable steal.  For another $0.99 you can unlock the other 2 classes and still have a little left over. 
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 14, 2015, 09:56:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 14, 2015, 04:58:51 AM

You never said what you thought of the MacBook Rittchard. Hope I didn't rub you the wrong way talking about the launch thing, just teasing a bit. I have seen a few complaints about speed, but I think some people, much like the watch, had unreasonable expectations.

Oops I must have missed that - I really like the new Macbook.  I'm gravitating toward using it as my primary computer around the house (when not doing serious gaming).  The portability and screen are fantastic and pretty much what I'd hoped for when finally ditching my MBA.  I can't say I like the new keyboard feel, it still has a slightly odd crunchy feel to me, but it definitely doesn't seem to impede my typing speed whatsoever.  It's not bad, just different.  I haven't had any noticeable performance issues, but then again I haven't really pushed it too hard.  Probably the most intensive thing I ran on it was Diablo 3 and AoW3, both which ran good enough for my standards.  The only thing I've been kind of disappointed with it battery life.  Seems to run down a lot faster than I'd hoped, but I guess it's not too surprising given how nice the screen is and the fanless design.  Also I need to double check but there might be some setting I forget to change that helps a lot, I vaguely recall needing to do that on my mbp as well.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 13, 2015, 09:04:04 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 13, 2015, 07:47:17 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2015, 09:28:40 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 03:15:43 AM

I have the new MacBook in space grey. it is a fantastic machine. Excellent build quality, gorgeous display, and no slowdown for the apps and programs I use. It certainly isn't a processing Titan, but it gets the job done.

Good to hear. I was really impressed with it, and it sounds like most people are quite happy with it.

I am worried because I bought a rMBP last summer and wifi kept dropping on my home network using an Airport Extreme. It only happened on my home network though, while nothing else on the network has any problems. Someone on Mac Rumors and Reddit is reporting the exact same problem with the MacBook. Maybe I need to get ride of the Airport if I have the same problem with the new machine.

I use an airport express, and I've never had any wifi issues with the new macbook. Anecdotal, obviously, but I don't think you need to concerned. I love the size and weight, but most important to me is the screen and and absolute silence of the laptop. For a first gen product it is stunningly well designed, if it fits your needs. I thought the keyboard would take a longer acclimation period, but it is very responsive and after a brief usage period I don't even notice a difference in my typing speeds between the rMB and my MBP.

I use an Extreme in a weird config with another Airport (as extender) and I occasionally have wifi issues with both rMB and rMBP.  Nothing so obvious that I can directly attribute it to a specific piece of hardware though.  It's more like things just kind of freeze up for a bit and then comes back, but this could just be my service in general for all I know.

That said, there were reports of wifi issues related to the initial release of Yosemite, which were supposedly addressed in 10.10.3:

http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/mac-software/mac-os-x-yosemite-wifi-airdrop-fix-update-new-features-bugs-uk-video-10-10-3-photos-3493748/

11  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Heroes and Castles on: May 13, 2015, 06:48:06 PM
Tonight's the night!  Get ready for a barrage of pimping!

12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 13, 2015, 06:41:45 PM
Got my SGS yesterday, a day ahead of the first estimated date.  From what I've seen online and experienced myself, it's pretty apparent that Apple's intent is/was to get you product on the first day of the estimated date range.  If they realize they can't hit it, they send you out an "email of death" - which is just a vague reiterating of the original dates.  Not the best system but not the worst either.  If they could zero in on the week a little better when they send out the email of death, I think customers would really appreciate it.

Anyway, really liking the feel of the Sport model much much more than the SS.  You'd think 20g is not a big difference but I can totally feel it.  While I'm still not super comfortable wearing a watch in general, this one is far more comfortable for me.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: May 13, 2015, 06:27:56 PM
Yeah that last scene was a fantastic cliffhanger!  The whole episode was pretty cool and action packed, well worth the wait.

But to Turtle's comment, I'm not sure where you are getting the idea that the ratings for the show are good.  I just looked at the ratings this morning and last week's ep was around 4 million.  Considering that was the lead-out from Avengers, I was expecting a lot more.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [2015] Team Ethan Great Strides --Updated, need your help-- on: May 12, 2015, 04:38:33 PM
Looks like my company will match my donation, but from the note I got it may not reach the foundation until the end of the month so it may not get counted.  I guess they lump all donations together or something like that.

Best of luck!
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Job stuff] So....I did it on: May 11, 2015, 05:48:52 PM
OMG please come to Santa Monica to work at Riot!!!!  Ron + LoL + Stalker (me) =  thumbsup
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 5/8 on: May 08, 2015, 08:27:55 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 08, 2015, 02:58:23 PM

Just hit 40 in Neverwinter on the XB1.  I'm having so much fun in this game  especially since the PC version didn't hold me long


Just curious, what's better/different on XB1?
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: May 08, 2015, 08:26:48 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
So happy Dichen killed Edward James Olmos, I just can't stand him!  Of course now she's probably gonna die... again.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: May 08, 2015, 08:25:05 PM
Definitely looking forward to this, will be interesting to see how they integrate with the other 2 shows.  Odd that Robbie Amell (other half of Firestorm) wasn't included.  Also not sure it was confirmed if Caity Lotz would be explicitly playing Black Canary again.  Maybe an alternate timeline Canary?
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: May 07, 2015, 08:42:21 PM
Good episode but it seems like they've got some continuity things to work out.  Next week's Flash preview has Oliver showing up to fight Reverse Flash, but he's still in the middle of a cliffhanger at the end of last night's Arrow episode. 
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 07, 2015, 08:40:22 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 07, 2015, 07:42:40 PM

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Fish - this was the biggest disappointment of the entire show.  I had doubts about Jada to begin with, but she started off with a really strong performance.  But then they just took the character all over the place and most of the time it felt like she was in another show.  Then suddenly she's back in Gotham going wild and after all that she gets put down by the Penguin?  Ummmm, no.  I suspect she wasn't happy with the show or something and decided to leave, and after that the writers just threw her off the cliff - literally.

She landed in water.  If television has taught me anything, it's that if you land in water, no matter the height you're dropped from, you will live.
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Plus, I think she's on the show purely to spite the legions of viewers who find her friggin' annoying as hell.  I have a feeling the writers are just sadistic pricks in that regard.

She announced she's not coming back next season, but certainly I agree she isn't dead if she wanted to come back.  Either way, I still never saw the point of her character.  They specially created someone outside the Gotham universe, and then had her almost never interact with half of the stars of the show.  Then they wrote her into a weird side plot, brought her back and then wrote her off.  It's almost like she was filler for the show.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 07, 2015, 08:35:38 PM
I'm getting more used to having a watch on my wrist, and I'm definitely enjoying the psychological comfort of it again.  Physically, though, I'm still finding it not as comfortable as I'd like, so I'm really looking forward to receiving my SG Sports model some day (still processing lol).  Because of the discomfort, I tend to take it off when I get home so I may not be getting the most usefulness out of it.  The bright side is battery level is not even on my radar.  I just throw it on the charger magnet when I get home and don't think about it.  I think the times I checked I had over 60-70% battery life.

Usage wise, I've answered a couple of calls, listened to voicemail, viewed and answered quite a few text messages, did some minor gaming, checked the weather and sports scores, been prompted to stand and move around, checked my heart rate...  it's definitely been a mix of usefulness and not so useful.  I really like having a constant but unobtrusive heart rate monitor, especially since I am in the "at risk" group based on weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc. - if they can eventually get a reliable blood glucose monitor as they originally talked about, it would be a "must wear."  As it stands, for me it's more for fun and some limited added convenience.  I'm getting much more used to the UI and customizing it to my liking, but I think I still need more time (and better apps - speaking of which the calculator app I got seemed to have no clear button, wth?) to really take advantage of the technology.

One of the main things that I had originally wanted to use it for was music playback and control when going on walks, and I haven't tried that out yet.  I suspect that may be one of the prime applications for me.  I really like the fact that I can use that feature with or without the phone (assuming I make a dedicated playlist for the watch), although I'm not sure how headphone pairing works in that case.  Definitely something to try out.



TLDR: Lots of potential, still getting used to it comfort-wise
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: May 06, 2015, 05:06:20 PM
(Season and Finale Spoilers throughout)

Well, that was it?  I didn't even realize I was watching the finale...  All in all I did enjoy the show and will definitely be back, but that finale was kind of disappointing.  It felt like after doing such a nice job of slow building plotlines and characters all season, they just blew them all up in that episode, but in an unsatisfying way.

Fish - this was the biggest disappointment of the entire show.  I had doubts about Jada to begin with, but she started off with a really strong performance.  But then they just took the character all over the place and most of the time it felt like she was in another show.  Then suddenly she's back in Gotham going wild and after all that she gets put down by the Penguin?  Ummmm, no.  I suspect she wasn't happy with the show or something and decided to leave, and after that the writers just threw her off the cliff - literally.

Catgirl - wtf?  Just as out of the blue, she suddenly becomes Fish's hench-girl and a full fledged criminal carrying a gun?  Did I fall asleep in a previous episode, because last I recall she was busy helping lil Bruce with his bad guy problems...  At least her new hairdo was cool.

Baby Bruce - his storyline was one of the few I was OK with, but they kind of blew the final moment by showing it in the commercials, grrrr.  So his dad built the batcave, perhaps?  Intriguing.

Crazy girlfriend + crazy Riddler - yet another wtf moment.  I guess they hinted at it a bit, but it still felt jarring in a totally scripted sort of way when she tries to kill Morena.  Ditto on the Riddler.  I like the season build up for him, but the trigger that sets him off seemed weak.  And his acting style felt more Joker than Riddler.  Oh yeah, I'm totally enjoying Morena on the show, but I get the sense she's gonna get killed off eventually.

Overall I felt the strongest writing and story went to Gordon, and I suppose that's the way it should be since he is the star of the show.  I like the choices they made with him and this is definitely Ben McKenzie's best work as an actor.  And villain-wise it looks like Penguin became the clear focus/star (which may also explain Jada's departure).  In some ways you could argue the entire season was more about Rise of the Penguin than anything else.  Gordon made some strides in his career, but Penguin went from zero to Mafia King who eliminated all comers.

It will be interesting to see where they go next season.  Are they going to accelerate things now that there's a Batcave and the pre-villains are getting more villainous?  Or will that break the premise of the show?  What will they do if lil Bruce hits puberty and grows 6 inches over the summer? 
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Digital vs. Physical Comics on: May 06, 2015, 04:43:54 PM
I'm still collecting physical comic books, although my interest has been waning.  I haven't been to pick up my holds in over a month, so I better get my butt over there soon lol.  When the iPad first came out I was really enamored with the digital version but fairly soon I went back to the physical media.  There are some things that just don't transfer over, particularly when the artists do something clever with full/dual page spreads and panels.  But more than that I just like the comfort/feel.  Of course dealing with the tons of extra boxes is certainly an issue.  I feel like I have a huge project waiting for me if I ever get to retire  icon_smile
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: May 02, 2015, 04:25:26 AM
Saw it, loved it, gonna go see it again tomorrow  nod

I will refrain from any spoilers, and actually I don't think plot-wise there is too much to be spoiled, but anyway, I will say there are a couple of action sequences that were just filmed/digitized/presented (or whatever you want to call it) brilliantly.  It was the most I've ever felt like the pages of a comic book were coming alive before my eyes.  The last X-Men movie had a bit of this as well, but this one was like a work of art for someone who's been reading comics for over 40 years.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Avenger's - Age of Ultron Edition on: May 01, 2015, 06:34:22 PM
Hehe original Wanderers Forge and then later Wanderers Forge posted back to back.   ninja

I suspect this is only amusing to myself and maybe 1 or 2 other people on the planet.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [2015] Team Ethan Great Strides Sacramento on: May 01, 2015, 06:14:57 PM
Best of luck again to Team Ethan!!!


P.S.  Don't forget to check if your company does donation matching.  I totally forgot about it but it looks like mine does so I just sent in the request.  Hopefully it gets processed faster than other stuff does around here  icon_smile
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 01, 2015, 05:45:19 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 30, 2015, 09:33:48 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 30, 2015, 08:21:39 PM

First impressions: feels kind of heavy, reminds me of why I stopped wearing watches as my wrist tends to get sweaty.  Sport band is OK for look and feel.  I suspect I'll ultimately prefer the Sport model if it's significantly lighter.  The main unit is a bit chunkier than I'd imagined, it's definitely thicker than the phone.

Screen is gorgeous, but I find myself wiping it off constantly.  OCD.  I'm having a bit of trouble adjusting to the interface, I don't find it as intuitive as I might have hoped.  Pressing "forcefully" was totally hit or miss for me and the crown is not as simple as I'd imagined.  I finally was able to swap to a different face, which is pretty cool.  I'll install a few games and other apps eventually to see how that goes.  Also I don't know if it's my fat fingers or what, but it doesn't seem to respond in the way I want all the time.  Sometimes I think I'm hitting cancel and nothing happens, for example. Then times when I think swiping should do something, it doesn't.  Probably just need some time to get used to, but it feels like it could use some sort of calibration.

It's funny how my first thought was the opposite as far as weight is concerned. This thing is thin and light for me! I don't even notice I am wearing it.

You don't sound impressed otherwise, but it is still early. While your impressions of first use mirror mine, I thought it was pretty cool out of the box. There are certainly quirks though as you pointed out. Interested to hear your impressions over time.

Lee - looks like you got the Sport SG model, correct?  That's the one I really wanted, and still have on order.  I don't know the exact numbers but I did read it is significantly lighter than the SS.  I used to be a total watch person, nothing fancy but it was just a habit for probably around 30 years.  I still remember my first Star Wars red LED watch as a kid, I loved that thing.  But now that I'm older and fatter, I'm not as accustomed to having something on my wrist, and it tends to sweat a lot.  This is no fault of the Watch, it's just me. 

I really do like the psychological comfort of having something there again, and one thing I am definitely impressed with is how the screen lights up when I simply rotate my wrist up to view it.  I'm using the astronomy face, which I also think is fantastic.  I also like that there is a constant heartbeat monitor (took me a while to learn how to access it though) and I'm intrigued by the sensor capability to detect sit/stand (still not sure how it determines that).  I just answered my first text from the watch in the bathroom (super convenient), and yesterday I did a successful test phone call which was pretty damn cool.  I've only tried 2 games, a simple blackjack game and also Runeblade, which is definitely decently amusing for a watch game (basically like Tap Titans if you've played that).

All that said, I'm still not in tune with the interface, it's probably just going to take a few days.  I finally figured out how to get "Glances" to work, but unless I missed something, the only way to get out of an app you went into from Glances is to hit the crown?  I'm finding myself swiping left and right, up and down, but often not knowing what's supposed to happen.  I guess once I get past that things will be a lot smoother.

Short version: definitely a cool, fun gadget with loads of possibilities, but for me, the added discomfort may end up outweighing the fun, hard to say.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 30, 2015, 08:21:39 PM
First impressions: feels kind of heavy, reminds me of why I stopped wearing watches as my wrist tends to get sweaty.  Sport band is OK for look and feel.  I suspect I'll ultimately prefer the Sport model if it's significantly lighter.  The main unit is a bit chunkier than I'd imagined, it's definitely thicker than the phone.

Screen is gorgeous, but I find myself wiping it off constantly.  OCD.  I'm having a bit of trouble adjusting to the interface, I don't find it as intuitive as I might have hoped.  Pressing "forcefully" was totally hit or miss for me and the crown is not as simple as I'd imagined.  I finally was able to swap to a different face, which is pretty cool.  I'll install a few games and other apps eventually to see how that goes.  Also I don't know if it's my fat fingers or what, but it doesn't seem to respond in the way I want all the time.  Sometimes I think I'm hitting cancel and nothing happens, for example. Then times when I think swiping should do something, it doesn't.  Probably just need some time to get used to, but it feels like it could use some sort of calibration.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 30, 2015, 06:29:24 PM
Really great episode leasing into Avengers 2, and hopefully next week's lead out will follow suit in similar fashion to last year's Captain America extravaganza.  I'm trying my best to stay away from all forms of spoilers, but it's so hard lol.

Spoiler for Hiden:
So are these "Inhumans" from the show the actual Inhumans from the comic, like they are based on the moon or whatever?  And Lockjaw?!?!?!


P.S.  Dear Joss, please don't kill Dichen Lachman again.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 30, 2015, 06:24:29 PM
Even as a hardcore dedicated Apple fan, I sometimes find the apologistic nature of other Apple fans (and even myself) strange.  We all pay large amounts of money to this company, and many of us have helped generate substantial interest among friends and family members where none existed before.  So why not hold them to a higher standard, or at least to the standards they have set themselves in the past?  

There's no two ways about it, this release was poor at best *by their standards*.  Others have expressed it much better than I can, but here's an easy way: do you honestly feel this is how Apple intended to release this product?  To have NO stock in all their stores on their widely publicized "launch date"?  To have roughly only a quarter or less of online pre-orders fulfilled on said launch date?  Don't give me that BS about a shipping window.  This is a company which in past launches has had merchandise sent directly from China to LA overnight, and then had UPS hold it for days until their designated release date.  Don't tell me they don't know what they are doing, or can't handle a few extra SKUs.

It's been pretty much confirmed they had supply issues, probably related to the taptic engine.  They could have simply been more forthcoming with this information, or simply delayed a couple of weeks to allow stock to catch up, but instead they chose to plow forward with what limited stock they had.  Then they sent many of us an email which told us nothing.

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/29/apple-watch-taptic-engine-bottlenecks/

...now all that said, my unit was supposedly just delivered so I'm gonna go try to pick it up lol.  It's not that I'm expecting this to be some sort of miraculous product, this is more about my expectations from what is supposed to be a top tier company, about how they handle manufacturing, stock, advertising and PR.
31  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Implosion: Never Lose Hope - Diablo meets sci-fi on iPad on: April 28, 2015, 11:27:51 PM
I like a lot of aspects of the core gameplay, but I'm a little confused on the upgrade/skill system.  It looks like only the middle slot thing affects what skills you use?  And at higher levels they allow access to more than 1 skill?  And then the side ones can be occupied by different drops, some drops can fit into multiple slots? 
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 28, 2015, 11:25:44 PM

Quote from: Fireball on April 28, 2015, 08:37:58 PM

Would you have been as mad if you'd signed on at 3:05am and discovered that your Watch was now "sold out" for April 24 and you'd get yours by May 8? Would that wording have satisfied you?

Actually, I would have been upset initially, but yes it would have.  Because a) I might have not placed that order and ordered an alternate model, b) for certain I wouldn't have spent the week before the release date anxiously checking my order status, and c) I definitely wouldn't be wasting my time arguing with people who already got their watches lol!  Let's face it it's always easier to apologize for Apple when you are on the "other side of the fence."  Hell I was doing it myself last week when I got my Macbook on time, so I probably just jinxed myself.

33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 28, 2015, 08:25:00 PM

Quote from: Fireball on April 28, 2015, 07:51:29 PM

Or they could sell them with a wide delivery window, which is what they did. Why is that unacceptable? Has Apple missed the delivery window they gave you?

Not yet, still have a week to go....

So why am I still unhappy?  Because based on every hardware pre-order release they've done since the first iPhone, about 90% of which I've participated in (this includes iMacs, Macbooks, iPhones, iPads, etc), plus the advertisements and public statements that were made, the expectation was that people in the so-called "first wave" would receive their orders on the "release date."   I don't know how many ads I saw with the 4-24-15 date shown as the last image they left you with.  So sure, it's OK to sell with a wide delivery window, but then they should have advertised with that window as well.  "Apple Watch - Coming To YOU some time between April 24th and May 8th!"

No matter how you slice it, this was a botched release.  They simply didn't have the stock available to support a true launch date, so why continue to advertise as if they did?  At bare minimum they should have retracted the ads displaying the date.  Can you imagine if something else with a widespread release date came out only being able to fulfill less than a quarter of the orders?  Shortages are one thing, but wacky/confusing release dates are just poor management.  What if you went to see Avengers on Friday and found out it was only on 1/4 the screens?  Or if the PS4/XB1 only shipped 1/4 their pre-order units on day one?

But anyway, this article pretty much sums it up:

http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-watch-orders-22-percent-slice-intelligence-failure-ahrendts-2015-4
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 27, 2015, 11:43:10 PM

Quote from: Fireball on April 27, 2015, 09:30:03 PM

They didn't launch one model, though: they launched 38 different products, without the ability to perfectly predict which ones would sell out the fastest. They probably knew to build more Watch Sports that just Watches, but did they know the preference the 42mm over the 38mm? How accurately did they predict the band combinations on the Watch? It seems like the watch I bought was "less popular" by several measures: stainless steel over aluminum, 38mm over 42mm, which probably is why I got mine so quickly. I also knew exactly what I was going to ordered before I signed on, and was done with my purchase before 3:05am EDT. Even with that, I was given a range of between April 24 and May 8. I was just lucky to have picked a product that was in lighter demand, and so I got it earlier.

I don't know how many people used it, but I'm guessing a lot of fans like myself did: the Apple Store had a "Favorites" function which allowed you to choose the exact model you preferred and save it into their system.  This should have meant that they had a good deal of information on preference in advance, at least enough to do some statistics.

It's also not too difficult to simply guess that the less expensive model would be in higher demand on an unproven product, particularly when there is no difference in the capabilities.  I'd also imagine men are much bigger early adopters when it comes to new tech, so the larger screen would have been the more popular choice overall.  Not to mention a lot of early reports were talking about the screen being relatively small because the dimension they give is the larger one, so it's less screen area than a circular design with that diameter.

If they couldn't handle the volumes properly, they should have just delayed another week or two.  It's interesting that Tim Cook makes it sound like they are actually delivering MORE than they anticipated, which just seems to indicate how poor their planning is.

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/27/apple-watch-supply-demand-balance/

35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 27, 2015, 08:23:46 PM
Season 5 comments? 

I guess a major divergence from the books is shaping up, looks like a great choice to me!

Spoiler for Hiden:
I always felt like Sansa was a horribly dull character in the book, leading to a rather dull plotline in the show, so I'm really looking forward to seeing how she handles this major plot diversion.  I would love to see Ramsay fall for her or something odd like she ends up being able to control him, would just like to see her assert some power over situation for once.

Oh yeah, and wtf was that Frankensein thing?
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 27, 2015, 08:19:59 PM
I'm still in limbo, this is definitely the worst pre-order experience I've ever had with Apple.  Following the threads, it looks like they are fairly (I guess) moving in order of when orders were received, and mine was only confirmed 7 minutes after midnight.  Unbelievable that their stock could be this poorly planned out for "launch."  Seems like they should have known well in advance exactly how many units they had and then partition the ship dates with more intelligent windows based on order time, rather than lead all million+ pre-orders to believe they would be received on the original release date.

It's not even that I can't wait to get the watch to use, it's more just irritation that a minute or two of hesitation caused days/weeks of delay.  Lame!
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Raph Koster's Blog - Star Wars Galaxies Guy on: April 23, 2015, 10:26:00 PM
Just discovered this blog today.  I only read the article I'm linking to below which I found a great read, but looks like he has tons of posts involving the design and problems of SWG's launch.

http://www.raphkoster.com/2015/04/16/a-jedi-saga/

If you are/were at all a fan of SWG, this is worth a look.  This article in particular is also relevant to a lot of our discussions on other MMOs and TV shows, movies.  How do you balance out one uber powered person/class (e.g. Jedi) with all the "regular" folk?  Kind of like Thor in Avengers or the powered folk in SHIELD.  It definitely becomes a delicate balancing act, which only gets amplified in a MMORPG, and I can see SWG's Jedi being one of the most problematic design problems in MMORPG history.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 23, 2015, 10:17:26 PM
I keep thinking one of these shooter-style games is going to mix/change it up to allow for significantly different play-styles and skillsets to inter-mingle and all contribute in different ways, but still allow everyone to enjoy the overall experience together.  It just never seems to materialize the way I imagine it.  I'm wondering if Blizzard's Overwatch might be the game to do it.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: April 23, 2015, 06:40:10 PM
The whole League of Assassins plotline seems off to me.  Earlier they made it sound like once he took over he could do whatever he wanted with it.  So why not just take it over and have them all stop killing people, or all kill each other or whatever lol.  Now they seem to have flipped and want it to be much more negative. 

Either way I don't think it was the right direction to go with the show.  Killing off Sarah was stupid to begin with, but I guess it gave Lauren more to do. 

I'm still invested in the characters (and shirtless Amell!!!) so I will keep watching til the bitter end, but I'm hoping they tie this up and do something different/better next season.  In contrast The Flash has been a much better show all around.  Here's hoping he goes back in time and saves his mom and changes the entire timeline so this whole stupid League plot gets erased lol.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 23, 2015, 06:34:54 PM

Quote from: Fireball on April 23, 2015, 02:06:21 PM

I got my shipping notification very early this morning: 38mm Stainless Steel with Black Classic Buckle is inbound for tomorrow!

Still nothing here, I've pretty much given up for tomorrow.  It's kind of annoying to see how haphazard and random it all appears.  Some people who ordered later and/or had much later windows are still getting theirs tomorrow.  

As for the allure?  It's something new and different and fun and Apple.  Many people didn't see the allure of the iPhone, or the iPad.  Did they "get it right" with this product?  Only one way to find out!
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