Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 15, 2016, 03:28:12 PM
Delayed until May!
The important bit from the press release:
The highly anticipated STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will now launch in May 2017. The new premiere date is driven by the belief of the creative team that this gives the show the appropriate time for delivery of the highest quality, premium edition of the first new “Star Trek” TV series in over a decade.
Weird. I'm not sure who is "highly anticipating" it though. None of my friends, and pretty much all are/were huge Star Trek fans, seem to be too interested.
Between the wacky monthly fee crap and it being another prequel series, I've pretty much stopped caring.
Quote from: Victoria Raverna on September 14, 2016, 08:04:20 AM
I didn't follow iOS 10 news so I just found out today that you can delete most of the "built-in" apps with iOS 10.
That is good news for me. Not to free up space but not having apps icons that I never need or use is nice.
I generally just create a folder and dump all the Apple app icons into it. Just one fits all of them now I think so it doesn't really impact you much but you still have access to all of them just in case.
I just finished the first tutorial campaign. It's definitely not one of those games that excites you immediately, but I think it might be the type that has legs if you played it a while with a group. I think it reminds me more of Risk than HOMM or Civ, but certainly Risk with a HOMM-ish influence.
We should try to get a game going and see what it's like.
This is not really a spoiler but more of a conjecture/spoiler. Based on who supposedly has been in the cast for the first episodes of Season 7, Negan's victim is likely:
Spoiler for Hiden:
BOTH Glenn and Abraham!!!
I also watched some long analysis on Youtube which indicated it was Glenn.
Anyway, I've gone back to watch Season 1 from the beginning, and wow is it ever a different show. I had forgotten how many they started out with. The only character who hasn't changed too much is Daryl. Carol is so freaking annoying in the first two seasons. I love knowing how she evolves and I'm excited to watch how it happens. In fact almost everyone is whiny and bitchy about everything all the time, it's pretty hilarious thinking about how much worse it's gonna get.
I just started Season 2 and I loved Maggie's horseback scene. It was interesting as I was watching FTWD, I was thinking it was finally getting better. Then I watched a couple of the old TWD episodes and realized it was still a long ways away.
Quote from: gangeli on September 12, 2016, 07:18:41 PM
My problem would be two fold, and its not because i'm "scared of the future" or apples future anyway.
One, I need another product to worry about charging like I need a hole in the head.
Two, I'm more than happy with my $5 corded headphones. I don't need $50, or $100, or whatever they cost bluetooth headphones. Forget my headphones at home? Buy a new pair. Break my headphones, buy a new pair, etc
As mentioned, they are including a wired pair for free, as well as an adapter to use your old headphones. I thought they'd do one or the other, but having both seems to be a pretty nice concession to the majority of users.
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 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.
Looks interesting, TBS, cross between Civ and HOMM, cross-platform on PCs and iPad with an 8-player online mode. Anyone interested? I'll try to check it out on iPad later, would be fun to do a multiplayer game.
As usual Apple has managed to create a shortage of their newest color version, and as usual I got suckered into it lol. I was pinging Apple Store at midnight and couldn't get in, and by the time I made it the Jet Black was already on delay (looks like it's estimated at November now). Then with delays trying to access ATT I got further delayed. I think I finally got an order in at the ATT site in the end. Not a big deal but just for once I'd like a seamless experience pre-ordering
For the watch, I didn't have trouble placing the order, but for whatever reason shipping also got delayed, and I couldn't access the pick-up option even though it was clearly listed. They took the website down for like 5 hours, you'd think they could figure this simple shit out after so many years.
Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on September 07, 2016, 10:54:53 PM
I watched the live event online and boy, Apple sure does an expert job at being pretentious. I had to chuckle because as far as I can tell the camera is now about in line with my Galaxy Note 4. Only Apple can hype features that are a couple of years late.
That being said, the camera is THE most important thing to me. Two years ago, I switched from being an iPhone person to the Samsung Note 4 because the camera simply blew away the iPhone's camera at the time. While the switch to Android didn't bother me that much, I still missed the aesthetic simplicity of the iPhone. So as long as the iPhone 7 camera is on par with the Note 4 I'll definitely switch back.
I was debating phone cameras with my co-workers yesterday. Here's an interesting article comparing the Galaxy S7 (same camera as Note 7 I believe) and the iPhone 6S.
Sounds to me like professional (or more serious) photographers would prefer the iPhone (even more so now in the 7 where you will be able to output RAW), but the S7 has better low light performance and gives better (for the most part) looking shots straight up.
I finally had a few bigger blocks of play time to sink into WoW, and it's been largely very rewarding. Presently I'm only in the soloing phase to get to 110, after which I believe a lot of new "endgame" options will open up.
While the core gameplay presently is still very much traditional WoW in terms of questing, they have done a fantastic job integrating ideas from other games like GW2 and Neverwinter to make it a much more pleasant experience. For instance, the old problem of camping for a particular mob is mostly alleviated as everyone gets quest credit for a mob kill regardless of whether you are grouped. That one thing alone makes questing infinitely more fun, as random people will help you out (and vice versa) instead of deliberately trying to horde (no pun intended) certain mobs. All you have to do is tag something to get credit, and others don't really lose much (some mob xp).
More importantly is that the new Legion quests are for the most part more fun/creative and purposeful than generic WoW. Yes, there are still the old staples of Kill X and Click X, but there is enough variation and dramatic progression that you don't feel like you are just plodding from one spot to the next doing the same thing. And again for the most part, every quest you do is at least indirectly related to the goals set out in the main storyline. Sometimes the devs can't help themselves and throw in some old "kill x bears" or "find x doodads" on "y demons" quests, but there are definitely more creative quests and novel uses of the engine.
I believe there's some system in place now that allows you to try out different classes at lvl 100 for a brief period, but I don't know exactly how that works. Either way, assuming they are still doing it, I definitely recommend using the lvl 100 boost and playing the Legion content.
Quote from: Blackjack on September 01, 2016, 01:40:58 PM
While they're spoken of as Legendary Games at this point (CH and TQ), my recollection is neither one was really a sales blockbuster -- TQ didn't move Diablo numbers, Company of heroes didn't move Starcraft/C&C numbers -- and I never quite understood why. With TQ I recall some of that lack of huge sales was blamed on piracy but dunno that I ever saw empirical evidence of that. It may just go back to the idea that if your name isn't Blizzard, you can't spend a fortune making an ARPG or RTS and really turn a big profit on it.
I've always been a big TQ fan, but I felt the multiplayer just wasn't up to par compared to Diablo 2, which in turn shortened its overall lifespan. Without dedicated servers, I think it just opened up to cheating which ruined a lot of the looting fun. And from what I recall there wasn't any sort of "endgame" other than to repeat killing bosses. Which seemed to work in D2 but again, without a stronger MP element, quickly lost momentum in TQ.
Quote from: BrianE on September 01, 2016, 06:58:18 PM
I haven't played since '14 and never got a character past 20-something, but figured with all this talk I'd check it out again. I rolled a Death Knight on Dalaran, but would be interested in just about anything.
I'm on Thrall, I believe Hark is playing there too.
I don't know if the lvl 100 boost is still available but if so, it seems like a nice way to bypass a lot of the old content. Not that the old stuff is all bad, there's certainly a lot of good in there, but clearly Blizzard has devoted a lot of energy into making this new part of the game their focus.
I think part of it for me is there's just an overwhelming amount of choices. I have every console out there, every portable, plus iOS and Android (on mobile and tablet). It's just insane. The "next big thing" is pretty much always happening and it's difficult to focus. Pretty much any game, no matter how casual, requires some time investment for it to really feel like I'm getting into it, but with so many distractions I can never motivate myself to put the time in. So maybe that's why going back to these old games offers more comfort value, I dunno.
I had a significant lull for a few months earlier this year where every new game I tried wouldn't keep my interest, but oddly I found myself back in the gaming groove with a bunch of old games: Diablo 3, League of Legends and now WoW.
I started playing again the last couple of days with the release of Legion. It's been many years and it looks like they wiped all the characters off my account. Luckily with the free lvl 100 it almost felt like I was just starting a new game from scratch. (Interestingly, though, it seems like they retained my old hotkeys...).
I've only played a couple of hours, but thus far I liked what I've seen. The overarching storyline with the return of the Legion isn't anything particularly creative, but it certainly sets the stage nicely and the presentation is much more compelling and personal than what I recall from years past. The game graphics are really feeling dated these days, but that is only a minor distraction. The new cutscenes and addition of more voiceover work is impressive. Most importantly the questing so far appears more focused and relevant to the core storyline, and thus draws you in deeper than in days past where it became difficult to remember why you were killing the 100th boar.
I suspect I may not last too long in the end, but you never know. Right now I'm pretty excited about the game again.
That chair definitely looks pretty slick, I had no idea there were chairs dedicated to gaming.
I've used a couple of different office/exec chairs over the years, but recently after getting these at work, I've changed to a "mesh style" back. Depending on the chair, they can be surprisingly comfy and supportive, but most importantly for me, they help with heat dissipation. I'm a pretty big guy, and I tend to generate a lot of heat so having the mesh on the back has really made a difference. Be advised though, that the different chairs can feel really different. I went to Staples and tried like 10 of them, and it was really hit or miss in terms of which ones felt good to me and others just didn't fit me no matter how much adjustment I made.
I think this is the one I ended up with, it was one of the more pricey ones but I felt it was worth it, and thus far it hasn't let me down:
Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 12, 2016, 04:20:09 PM
I still can't decide if I want to get this game on PC. I really love exploration and discovery in games, but I'm kind of burned out on general survival mechanics that it sounds like make up the majority of this game.
I know I could just wait until it's cheaper, but this feels like a game that I'd want to be part of at the beginning if at all.
Can someone who's playing answer this - when they say "survival" mechanics does that mean you actually die and have to start over or something? From Crusis's description it didn't sound like that at all, more of a crafting/mining thing than survival.
I think it's the perfect kind of game for mobile, I can't imagine spending much time with it on PC. Go in and make a few swipes and see where it goes. Come back later and do the same. And it just keeps going and things keep happening, usually for the bad. So far it has not been repetitive and I am on my 5th of 6th king I think. I've been killed by my kid, usurped by the clergy, killed by the masses, etc etc. But yeah it definitely seems to be tilted toward the negative.
I would say it's Tinder interface mixed with a Rogue-Like mentality, influenced by Game of Thrones.
OMG another freaking PREQUEL, seriously? Why why why? Didn't they get the message with Enterprise?
Hopefully it's what I heard before and each season will be set in a different timeline or something like that. And not that I'm complaining, but why all the emphasis on gay characters? How does that matter at all for STAR TREK!?!!?
Playing this on iOS, just released today. It's fantastic thus far, very easy to jump right into and a lot of fun. Perfect on mobile phone for sure. Will be interesting to see how much variation and replay-ability it has. I've had two 20-year reigns so far, neither has gone particularly well lol.
Quote from: Punisher on August 08, 2016, 05:18:54 PM
Family saw this on Saturday night and overall we liked it. My wife said that Harley carried the movie for her and she really liked the character and I would agree. I'm still not sold on the Joker though.. Something just seems off about him (ironic, I know). My wife definitely liked it better than BvS.
Heh, you posted just as I was posting - 100% agreement with you and your wife. I think this version of the Joker is simply too obnoxious. The best Jokers have been totally crazy and humorous and in their own world, but not necessarily assholes per se. Here they seemed to want to make him like a psycho mob boss or something. Maybe he felt like he had to differentiate himself from Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor.
Saw it Saturday night, was pretty much along the lines of what I'd expected, and definitely more enjoyable than BvS. Personally I thought it was fun, definitely some good moments in the middle of an overall messy kind of movie. Probably worth it just to see Harley Quinn in a breakout performance.
Like BvS, though, I think the DC team strives to be more than what they are capable of - here it felt like they wanted to capture the essence of Guardians of the Galaxy AND the first Avengers movie. That's certainly not a bad goal, but it's the kind of thing that takes a lot more care and planning and vision. In this case, I think they needed to omit a character or two, as well as a subplot or two, and focus on a better main plot. It felt like a lot of convoluted elements that really weren't necessary to get to where they needed to be. In fact, in spite of all the hype on Jared Leto's Joker, I found him overrated, annoying and more of a distraction than anything else. They could have completely removed him and I think it would have been a stronger movie overall. This would have allowed more screen time for some of the others, like Katana, Boomerang and the Alligator guy, who all were underutilized. Not to mention other cast members like Scott Eastwood, who I still can't even tell you who he played lol.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Pros: - Pretty much every scene HQ is in. - Batfleck!!! This is the perfect amount of him in a movie lol. - Good effects - Good cast - The soundtrack!
Cons: - Main plot is needlessly convoluted, blending the origin story with the big bad and squeezing the Joker in as well? - Sorceress seems like such a cool character but felt like a missed opportunity - Good cast makes it feel like a shame the story/writing wasn't better
Watching TV (I do consider it a hobby given how many shows I watch), movies, comics and volleyball. Hmmm that's about it I guess. I do collect lots of toys and electronics and other assorted crap but I'm not sure that's considered a hobby. Right now I'm in a Funko Pop phase.
I think I was the only person on the planet who liked the sequel lol. Don't ask me to tell you what it was about though because I have zero memory of the story.
Anyway glad to hear this is a sequel. I just presumed it was some sort of "reimagining" because the preview had that same creepy shot of Josh in the corner (which was the absolute best part of the first movie). I hope they actually get to see a little more of what's behind everything and it's not just a tease.
I think the big thing with the original was how many people thought it was real, coupled with the amount of business it did relative to how much it cost to make. Unfortunately I saw it much later when it came out on video and was all hyped up to be scared silly. Instead my friends and I found it kind of boring and disappointing.
This remake looks pretty good to me but I'm a fan of cheesy horror AND found footage flicks. Hopefully there's more focus on making it a fun/scary movie without the gimmick of people thinking it might actually be real.
I'm constantly on the lookout for the elusive "ultimate" ultraportable. There are so many choices these days it's insane. Ideally I'd want something super light, new/powerful processor, long battery life, able to play some games (Diablo 3 minimum), doesn't get too hot in your lap, big/nice screen (touch optional but nice), good keyboard and touchpad, backlit keyboard, decent RAM and SSD speed/size, "instant" on...
Depending on priorities, there are some great and interesting options out there. The Dell XPS 13 is really attractive. I had an early version and it's only getting better with time. It meets almost all my criteria with a 13.3" screen at just about 3 pounds and the battery life is fantastic. There are a number of 2-in-1s that come close feature-wise, including the Microsoft Surface series. I've been using the Surface Book which seemed like it was going to be more or less the best of both worlds, but in practice it falls short for me in a key usage scenario. Like other transformer types I think the core circuitry is all held in the tablet unit, but for whatever reason that messes up the return from sleep/off time, especially if not plugged in. If it runs out of battery, even plugged in I often couldn't get it back up and running quickly. For something like this I want to be able to hit the power button (or better yet open the screen like a Mac) and just get back to it. Very frustrating because I like most of the rest of the design choices. Speaking of Mac, the recent Macbook (12" at 2 pounds) pretty much fits all my criteria as well, but the negative was the battery life wasn't meeting my expectations, and the screen size felt a little small. Also the USB-C single port is/was kind of annoying, especially since it's used for power as well.
I wasn't necessarily looking for a replacement, but I was at Fry's the other day and happened on the above-mentioned LG unit. As I walked around looking at the laptops, I would pick them up while checking out their screens. This one when I picked it up I thought it was a fake/shell because the screen wasn't on initially and it felt too light to be a real laptop (especially at 15"). The difference between a 2 pounder and 3 pounder is really incredible. Is it really helpful or necessary? YMMV, but there's no denying it's a different experience carrying around. The LG is by no means perfect. The keyboard is just OK and the touchpad is really lacking compared to a Macbook Air. But a 15" 1080p screen at this weight is absolutely insane, particularly running with the latest i5/i7 processor. I haven't done much with it yet but I really do marvel at the weight, and so far it's been good at getting me back to my desktop quickly. I suspect the battery life is going to be disappointing, and there's no backlight on the keyboard, which is a bit annoying for me.
Ultimately I don't know if such a design/featureset is really useful for most people. I guess it depends on specific needs/desires. Maybe nice for college students on the run a lot who really want the lightest weight but also prefer a larger screen? If you happen to come across it, though, I do recommend lifting it up just to get the feel of it, it's definitely very different from the vast majority of ultraportables.
I think that's one of the attractive things about this production - it really works as a standalone piece of entertainment. The pacing is fast but not rushed; most of the ensemble cast gets a fair amount of screen time and individual plot elements.
Ultimately I think most people will enjoy it enough that they want to see more, but as the writers mention, the next "season" would be more like a movie sequel than part 2 of an ongoing series.