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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 14, 2015, 09:10:31 PM
Just when I thought I never needed a Wii U...

Wow that looks fantastic, but boy those 3 sure do a lot of running.  I felt tired for them just watching.

Isn't there another Wii U exclusive that was supposed to be really good?  Was it Bayonetta 2?
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: January 14, 2015, 09:06:01 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 13, 2015, 04:11:14 PM

Just take my money now, Marvel.

I may have spooged just a little  icon_eek
163  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: January 12, 2015, 07:31:25 PM
Yeah, Hero Emblems is pretty sweet!   thumbsup thumbsup

Templar Infinite Crusade is a pretty addictive little game too, $1.99 no IAP.  It's kind of a rogue-like, but distilled to an even simpler format. 

Among the throng of IAP games, I'm still enjoying Crusaders Quest quite a bit, and in spite of being willing to support the game, I still have yet to have found the need to spend any real money.  It's odd the way they have priced things out, it just doesn't seem like you get much bang for your real $.  The game is fun enough that just playing more seems to be rewarding enough as is.

164  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fire vs DS on: January 12, 2015, 07:26:03 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on January 12, 2015, 02:35:10 AM

It's pretty cool seeing how happy my daughter is trading pokemon with me.  Now she hunts for unusual ones to trade with me.  That's worth the price of admission alone.   

That does sound priceless!  Now I want a 2DS, Pokemon game, AND a daughter lol.   paranoid paranoid paranoid
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: January 09, 2015, 12:45:57 AM
Nooooooooo!!!!  Damn Season 3 finale  icon_mad icon_mad icon_mad

Even though I knew it was coming at some point, it was still painful to watch.  I think I'm gonna go watch The Guest a few more times to cheer myself up.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 09, 2015, 12:42:58 AM
Here's some stuff about curved TV viewing:

It still seems like it would only be effective on a really huge (theater-like) scale, or, as mentioned, for a single person's personal space.  As the main TV servicing a general family room, it seems like it would be more detrimental since anyone stuck on the sides gets a more distorted view.

Given that, it really makes me wonder what the use case is for a curved phone?   saywhat

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I love the line about the toaster and fridge conspiring lol.  While I am intrigued by the concept of appliances and other items having a common API/language, I'm still wondering where the benefit lies.  So let's just imagine in the extreme, every single thing in your kitchen is capable of communicating on a common platform with each other and thus with your phone/watch.  That's still not going to allow the dishes to wash themselves or the food to cook itself.  Maybe if you added robots into the mix?  I guess we're really getting into Terminator territory then lol.

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

167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: January 07, 2015, 09:40:04 PM
Two-hour premiere!!!

I had already decided to pass on this, but when they announced the Ant-Man trailer would be on it, I decided to give it a chance.  Glad I did, as it was all around a pretty fun show.  Good action, nice humor, amusing plotline.  I found myself not caring how and why it would tie into other Marvel stuff, so that's definitely a good sign.  In many ways I felt like it worked as a stand-alone series much better than Agents of Shield does.

Also loved the inclusion of Jarvis, and glad to see a few actors/actresses from other shows that I like (the guy from Dollhouse, the girl from Nikita, etc).
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 07, 2015, 09:35:36 PM

Now I have a pretty open mind when it comes to electronics, and I'm as much of a gadget freak/early adopter as the next guy (probably more so), but there are some trends I just don't get:

Curved TVs:  I checked them out recently and while the picture looked fantastic when you are facing it dead on, it was just terrible from the sides, the curve was beyond just a distraction, it made me feel like part of the picture was missing

Curved phones: what need does this serve at all?  Seems like it would just be more difficult to store and protect, and visually I thought the whole idea was to be able to give a more "widescreen" feel, but that would only be in larger screen TVs

Thinner TVs:  OK this is kind of cool from a technology standpoint, and I can certainly see the benefit if you are going wall mount or want to hide the TV.  But in the case of the new Sony, it's a bit perplexing.  They've made it super thin, but the support pieces look the same, so you still need the same footprint if you aren't doing a wall mount.  Ultimately, though, I am not moving it around or looking at the sides of the TV, so what do I care if it's thin or not lol?  And again, if I don't wall mount I don't even save any space.

Web-based kitchenware stuff:  this wasn't in the CES 2015 best of article, but I keep hearing about more and more "connected" kitchen items.  I keep trying to figure how this would be useful but I keep coming up empty

All in all I didn't see anything that jumped out at me, YMMV...
169  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: January 07, 2015, 09:12:37 PM
As an additional note, if the "IAP" model as a counter against piracy is one of the big things, there are still better game designs than the traditional pay to continue playing type of model.  You can do the IAP where it doesn't impact gameplay and is only for things like new costumes or whatever, a la LoL.  Or alternatively, you can do it as a "demo" type, where you give access to a significant portion of the game for free, and then have a single unlock fee to open the rest of the game up. 

The kind that stinks the most is where you have to pay to actually continue playing with the alternative being forced to wait.  That said, even that model can be done better or worse.  I'm currently playing Crusader Quest, which is that model type, but somehow I haven't hit the wall yet where you have to pay to continue.  Only once did I play long enough where I needed to refill my "stamina" and I could do that with an IAP gem (of which I had collected a few in game). 

I guess what I'm saying is I do hate the trend, but given that it seems to be a "necessity" financially, the challenge is still on game designers to do it in a non-obnoxious way.
170  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: January 07, 2015, 09:03:00 PM

Quote from: Kvothe on January 07, 2015, 07:11:36 PM

Wow  that is eye opening, I had no idea piracy was that rampant...

Holy crap, I had no idea either.  How do they know how many pirated installs there are?  And if they somehow "know" someone has a pirated copy, can't they do something about it?
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Relationship Help on: January 07, 2015, 08:59:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 07, 2015, 08:06:45 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 07, 2015, 02:09:35 AM

So now, every day I ask her three things before we go to sleep:

1. Have I made you feel loved today?
2. Have I made you feel cherished today?

I really like this.  I need to be far more proactive with these in my marriage as well, as I tend to really take her for granted.  This sort of daily affirmation will be a really good place to start.

Thanks for this input ATB.   thumbsup

Very nice!  But as I mentioned before, you might even want to start with something even simpler/easier: just try actually listening to your partner with your full attention; they probably crave that more than anything else on a day to day basis.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: January 07, 2015, 08:55:39 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 07, 2015, 04:00:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 07, 2015, 12:52:01 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 07, 2015, 05:05:00 AM

The visuals are cool, and I like Rudd's lines, but everything Douglas said was hack and hollow to me.  It's also way more serious than I was expecting.

I also thought it seemed way more serious than I was expecting.

Ditto - especially with the choice of Paul Rudd.  On the bright side, looks like he's toned/buffed up - yum!

In general this one's really got me scratching my head.  Personally I always liked Ant Man, but I never thought he'd be worth his own full screen feature, and I never had the impression he had much of a fan base.  But... I also was pretty skeptical about Guardians and Agent Carter, and both of those were nice surprises, so maybe I should just trust Marvel  nod
173  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: January 06, 2015, 09:08:58 PM
It's really a shame because there are a lot of games that have fun twists, great artwork, fun storylines, core gameplay, etc but are ultimately hampered by IAP design decisions.  It's interesting just how many IAP games get released, I find it hard to believe they all make money and were worth the development cost/time.  As Rogue said, just give us a freaking full release game experience for a reasonable cost. 
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fire vs DS on: January 06, 2015, 08:55:08 PM
Kindle Fire definitely seems like more of an adult toy to me.  Even an iPad seems a bit much for a 4yo (without some supervision).  I've seen little babies playing on iPads but only with an adult nearby.   Then again I may be behind the times because my sister really limited what electronics she allowed for her kids.  She wouldn't even let me get my 9yo nephew an iPod Touch for Xmas.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: January 06, 2015, 12:54:40 AM
I avoided this show for no particular reason for the longest time, but this holiday break I broke down and started watching and promptly became hooked.  I'm somewhere in the middle of the third season and just loving it.  Maggie Smith just cracks me up to no end, and the couple episodes with Shirley Maclaine interacting with her were priceless.

I think the main thing to draw me in, though, was Dan Stevens, who I saw in The Guest (a campy movie but worth watching just to see his performance, he's just so freaking sexy).  It's a bit annoying for me to know he leaves the show, but I'm trying to avoid spoilers on exactly when and how his character goes out.

I guess the 5th season just started airing in the US last night, curious if anyone here is still following?

176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Relationship Help on: January 06, 2015, 12:40:04 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 02, 2015, 02:07:49 PM

3. I am madly truly deeply in love with my wife and always have been.  You say you're not and never have been. Frankly, I think you're full of shit.  I think you're going through a patch where it's not what it is supposed to be in your head, or you've changed and are becoming more selfish.  No offense.

Also, 'not having anything in common' is easily fixable. But you have to be willing to work at it.

I thought these were some very interesting points. Both of these ideas ("never in love" and "nothing in common") seem to be similar thoughts I hear from friends (and myself I suppose) any time they ostensibly are looking for a way out.  You can really convince yourself of anything when you are trying to justify a position.  Time and circumstance have a funny way of skewing our perspectives to focus only on the bad memories, so I would echo the sentiment of seeking counseling and really figuring some things out.  Try to put yourself back in time; something drew you to your wife at some point - enough to want to get married - and it's hard to believe it was only out of "pity".  I've had discussions with one of my best friends who seems to constantly be on the brink of divorce, and it's very interesting to me how over the years, as things have not gone well, how he will rewrite history in his head.  I challenged him a couple of times and it helped him realize feelings and details he had conveniently forgotten. 

Now maybe none of that matters because you are truly, utterly unhappy, and the only solution is to get out sooner rather than later.  But personally I would want to be certain it's not that you have just convinced yourself of that because it's an easier route to take.  I think one of the best ways to gain clarity is to seek professional guidance.  I used to be reluctant, but in later years I found it extremely useful to have an unbiased party to talk to and help provide an alternative perspective.  If you don't talk about things, it's very easy to get stuck in your own head.  (Sidebar: one of my favorite "exercises" a therapist mentioned to me was to try this: when your partner is telling you something, just completely focus in on him/her and do nothing but actually listen to what they are saying.  It can be a jarring experience, because it makes you realize how time can make you pretty much indifferent to what they are saying, and then you wonder how much damage that does to a relationship.)

- - -

To answer the original question, from what I've heard, it seems very common to couples who have been together for extended periods of time.  It's easy to take things for granted.  I don't think you're a shithead for considering leaving, but I do think you should take a moment to truly consider everything.  It's possible, as an example, this is just a "fight or flight" reaction and you are simply overwhelmed with the prospect of having a kid and having that define your future.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going "Full" 4K! on: January 05, 2015, 10:02:47 PM

Quote from: Lee on December 31, 2014, 08:29:03 PM

This whole 4k thing kind of scares me. Are Blu-Ray going to be replaced soon? How well will 4K movies stream?

I started buying Blu-Rays on sale and ripping them and it's already hard enough to steam them unless you can get the file size down. I would think this will be near impossible with such a big leap in screen resolution. I don't want everything I have bought to become obsolete again.

I heard 4K Blu-Rays would be coming out late this year, not sure when.  4K movies stream just fine if you've got decent bandwidth/connection.  It's not the highest quality of 4K possible (I don't know all the details), but it is definitely a very noticeable step up from 1080p on larger size TVs. 

As you said, file sizes are huge to support the added resolution, so that's an issue at the moment.  Things won't be "obsolete" since 1080p is nice and newer devices will upconvert to 4K.  But of course if you always want the absolute best quality then yeah, you'd have to "upgrade."
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going "Full" 4K! on: December 29, 2014, 07:49:02 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 29, 2014, 04:33:45 PM

For some reason, every time I come across this thread title it sounds like ritt is declaring he's going to start watching TV in the nude.

Wait you guys watch TV clothed???  Way to ruin my fantasy life.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going "Full" 4K! on: December 29, 2014, 12:14:45 AM
In no particular order...

Not sure what DRM is being referred to.  Is it that Netflix and Amazon only support certain TV sets?

HDMI cable is not the issue, just the chipset to support HDMI 2.0. Most of the newer sets do support it. But keep in mind even regular HDMI can handle 4K, just at a lower frame rate.

Content-wise I think we will see things jump dramatically next year.  It's pretty clear the big names are all pushing it, so it's just a matter of how quickly they can push.  Broadcast-wise, though, I think we are still talking 2016. 
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Going "Full" 4K! on: December 22, 2014, 07:28:35 PM
I've had a cheap smaller 4K TV (Seiki) for quite some time, but really didn't do much with it.  Tried a bit of gaming, experimented with some video and upconversion, but it was mostly a bust.  I just use it as a regular HDTV and it's fine for that.

I had decided a while back to wait for my giant-sized DLP HDTV to crap out before upgrading to something nicer.  I was hoping to do it around middle of next year to let prices come down further.  But my TV got a big bright white dead pixel smack dab in the middle of the screen, and I started noticing more smaller pixels shimmering in the same row.  It just got too distracting given how much TV I watch, so I made the plunge for a nice new Sony, a bit smaller than the DLP but with a boatload of features.  I've only done limited testing and watching thus far, but I'm very happy with the improvements.  

General TV watching: I think everything is automatically up-converted, I'm not actually sure.  Either way it looks crisp as can be, and does not suffer from the "soap opera" effect with out-of-the-box settings.  I can notice a lot more detail than before, but it could just be because it's an LCD and not DLP.

3D: I popped in Guardians and was pleasantly surprised to see it auto-recognized as 3D and everything just worked without me doing anything.  Contrast that to the crazy amount of effort I had to make to get 3D out of my old set and it's just unbelievable.  More remarkable was the quality of the 3D itself.  I had read reviews saying the 3D was better than in theaters but I thought it was just hyperbole.  But sure enough, this is the best 3D I've seen - most importantly you don't lose the color the way it typically looks in the theaters.  The glasses are passive, super light and fit right over my regular glasses.  I'm generally not much of a 3D fan but this really makes me re-think my position.  

4K Streaming: First thing I ran was some nature shows off Netflix.  Holy crap that stuff is amazing.  I'm not generally a nature fan but I could watch this all day.  It's just fantastic and really showcases the higher resolution and better color gamut well, particularly the different shades of blues from the ocean and sky.  My only complaint is out of the box, some of the reds/oranges seemed a bit too saturated.  I didn't want to fiddle too much with settings yet since I'm generally not too picky when it comes to calibration.  I then watched Crouching Tiger and it was fairly impressive in some parts, others not so much.  I was definitely impressed with the fighting sequences that the fast motion was rendered well.  Next I tried the first episode of Orphan Black (off Amazon Prime) and it really looked stunning.  It's not really the kind of show that showcases beautiful vistas or wide angle shots, but I was very impressed that a close-in drama could look so sharp without creating too odd of a look.  As kind of a comparison, I watched Homeland last night (nominally up-converted) and in spite of it looking really good in general, there was still a very noticeable difference in clarity compared to Orphan Black.  I also checked out the new Marco Polo show briefly, which looked pretty good too.  It's very exciting to see that Netflix is really pushing 4K support; apparently all their new shows will have 4K (Daredevil!).  But of course the price per month has been jacked up to $12 if you want access  mad

4K USB Playback: not tested yet.  I like to use "Timescapes" in 4K on a USB stick as my benchmark, but I haven't gotten around to playing it yet.  I also found a site with 4K porn but I haven't decided if it's worth testing lol.

"Mastered in 4K" Blu-Ray: also not tested yet.  Given that true 4K Blu-rays are supposed to be coming next year, I'm not sure this is worth the effort but I might try one out just for kicks.

Gaming: not tested yet.  Couple of things I want to try but those are slightly bigger projects.  Was hoping the Steam box stuff would have been ready by now but oh well.

All in all I'm pretty impressed so far.  Obviously as everyone knows, content is the biggest thing missing at this point, but it's pretty remarkable how much progress has been made in the past few months.  I think next year it's going to ramp up even faster.  The biggest lag will be with live/broadcast, which won't be ready until probably 2016.  Quality-wise, it's certainly not the dramatic jump from SD to HD, but I do think it's more impressive than what many people are anticipating.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: December 18, 2014, 11:54:31 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 16, 2014, 11:27:18 PM

Getting back into this with some friends and we need teammates!  We use Mumble and will be playing at all hours of the day.  Lemme know.

Does this include teammates that suck at the game that you can yell at?   slywink
182  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Multi] Dungeon Quest! on: December 17, 2014, 09:47:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 10, 2014, 04:45:41 PM

Thanks for bumping this.  Not sure how I missed it the first time around, but it seems like it has a ton of potential.   thumbsup

EDIT:  Tying skills to specific weapons is a strange choice for such a loot-driven game.  If I spend a bunch of points upgrading one specific hammer skill, then the Ubersword of Infinite Awesomeness happens to drop an hour later, then all my skill upgrades are now worthless because I didn't happen to upgrade that one particular weapon.  Or am I missing something?

Nope - it's definitely an odd design decision, but on the flip side I guess it gives you the option to completely switch up the gameplay style at your discretion (similar to D3).  I try to keep at least one of the best version of each item type so I can theoretically change builds at any time.  In reality I don't do this much, though, I tend to get locked into 1 or 2 that I like the most and only end up using those.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 17, 2014, 09:43:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 16, 2014, 11:48:52 PM

I purposely avoid reading/watching spoilers about a movie in order to walk in thinking "I wonder what this is about."  If I see enough of a trailer to know I want to see something, I usually avoid all future trailers, don't rewatch the one I saw, and definitely don't go frame by frame looking for hidden details in the trailer.

Ditto here - except when it's something like Avengers or X-Men and I just can't bear to not know more.  Most recently I took this approach with Interstellar and it worked out really well.  A couple of minor things got leaked/spoiled which diminished the experience but for the most part I got to go in completely without foreknowledge.  In general, I tend to avoid reading reviews of any movie I know I'm going to watch until after I've seen them.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 16, 2014, 11:21:38 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 04, 2014, 10:53:58 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 04, 2014, 10:26:14 PM

While I enjoyed Courtney's work in Spartacus, can Hollywood please stop trying to jam him Jai down our throats as the New Action Star Du Jour? Just reminds me that the late Andy Whitfield probably would've done much better work in movies here had he lived to get the chance.  tear

And please let's have a moratorium on "person hanging from a person hanging from a person, dangling off a bridge or rooftop or helicopter or etc. etc." There has GOT to be a different signature action scene someone can come up with, right?  icon_razz

imho the beauty of the first film (my brother and I did see it when it opened in 1984) is not something you can recapture today. You just can't do this type of film with "practical" FX on a shoestring budget and actually surprise people. You can't get people to go to a Terminator film and wonder, "What is this about it? It's probably terrible," because you don't know what to expect, and then deliver a wonderful experience instead. Now it's just a long in the tooth franchise dragging around too much expectation and hype.

They can reimagine it and reboot it and recast aside from Arnold along with a dozen digital FX houses painting every frame digitally and trying to make Arnold looking young again, but I suspect that's not going to do any better box office than Jonathan Mostow's Terminator 3, which actually did pretty well overseas but nobody afik fondly remembers it.

Exactly how I feel. Sadly, I think the same thing can be applied to the new Star Wars movie as well. Not to say that it won't be a really good movie, but the sense of wonder and magic is near impossible to capture in today's media saturated world.

Boy you guys sound pretty cynical.  I understand what you are saying but I think perhaps it's more that you yourselves are older and more jaded.  I think if I were a teenager not too familiar with the franchise (or even not), a well made movie can still recapture a sense of wonder.  It all depends on the quality of the movie.  The Star Trek reboot was a great example of this, mixing familiar and iconic storylines with fresh new twists and artistry.  And even though Guardians is kind of a "new" franchise, it also showed that you can still make an excellent (and fun) space opera movie with good source material, a director with a strong vision, and a great cast.  So there's still hope for Star Wars too.

Plus...  Jai Courtney is so freaking HOT he makes my toes curl, and even though I am the biggest Linda Hamilton fan I know, I'm still excited about having Daenerys play Sarah Connor.  On a side note, isn't it interesting the TV show had Cersei as Sarah...
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: December 12, 2014, 07:28:57 PM
Excellent mid-season finale!!!  The main actor is finally growing on me and I especially like how they've handled the various interpersonal relationships.  The Reverse Flash plotline is really excellent, I have no idea where they are going with that, particularly with the notion that he can look into the future, etc.  And that there was another "Flash" present at time of Flash's mother's death - can our Flash go back in time too???? 

The only problem I see with this style is that since it's in the same universe as Arrow, they seem to be much more willing to play with non-realistic comic-booky stuff, so staying overally consistent in both shows could be problematic.

And a side note, love the guest appearance by Amanda Pays - hopefully they find a way to reunite her with John Wesley Shipp for some old school Flash fan goodness nod
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: December 12, 2014, 07:23:49 PM
WTFTWTFWTWTF  eek eek eek eek eek

Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't suppose Stephen Amell is really gone, but I guess he's been toying with fans on twitter with messages like "It's been a good run."  I guess the working theory is he will be brought back to life in some Razagul resurrection pool.  All I know is if I don't get my regular dose of shirtless Amell I might not survive.
187  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Multi] Dungeon Quest! on: December 09, 2014, 11:49:02 PM
This game has been updated a number of times since my last post.  Core gameplay remains the same but they've added more loot options (sockets and upgrades) as well as a talent tree using an account-wide point system similar to D3's paragon levels.   I still have yet to find a better Diablo clone on iOS.  There have been quite a few with better graphics and more complicated customization, but this one still shines in terms of nailing the pure "loot and level" mentality.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 09, 2014, 07:24:23 PM
What on earth is Tennis in the Face?  Will have to look that up.

I loved the original Suikoden but I think I've kind of phased out of JRPGs, will also have to take a look.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculator on: December 09, 2014, 05:50:04 PM
Phone app - I generally need one that's good with exponents so I ended up with PCalc Lite.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 06, 2014, 01:21:48 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 05, 2014, 07:56:18 PM

Maybe it'll turn out she was smuggling diamonds and the main, likable cast will bury her on the beach.

I totally heart this reference!!!!!!!!!
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 06, 2014, 01:21:12 AM
It's really interesting how there's that dividing point of people who watch sports and those who don't, it really makes for a fairly clear break in consumers.

I had another question pop in my head while driving, how about exclusive content?  I guess that's kind of covered by the HBO question, but I guess more pointedly how important is new exclusive content to you?  Personally I pay for Netflix pretty much just for their exclusive shows, I rarely watch anything else with it. 
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 05, 2014, 06:28:01 PM
Great responses, guys!  Keep 'em coming if you have them.  It's all very enlightening.

I know my company is working hard and focusing on improving customer service and customer retention; it's definitely much better than it was 3 or 4 years ago but I still hear stories from my friends that seem to indicate they have a ways to go. 

Unfortunately the stuff that YK mentioned is still prevalent.  I believe it's an unfortunate byproduct of the way the entire system works.  Programmer costs are constantly rising every year, and they continue to try to gouge more at every opportunity, so as providers, the economic model inherently is built to have costs increase over time.  It's not really that you are paying "more for the same content" over time - it's more like Microsoft or Sony selling their consoles initially at a loss to make profit over time with the games.  Both hardware and programming costs have to be de-frayed over time in order to get customers to bite initially.  Which goes to my "threshold" question - if you were given the more realistic price per month to begin with (in YK's example let's say $75/month over two years instead of 50 the first year and 100 the second), would you be more willing to pay it?  Is there some magical number or range that people would be more willing to stomach?  I'm not saying I like this system or agree with it, but I think that's why it is still the way it is.  I've heard some of the numbers of what we are charged per customer from some of the bigger guys and it is really unbelievable, I think people would be shocked; I know I was. 

I do agree that the best idea would be some sort of bundle package where the viewer gets to choose the pieces he wants, but that is likely a logistical nightmare to implement.  But who knows, if that's what people ultimately want maybe someone can figure it out.

Another question comes to mind, since we are more of the tech-oriented people here.  Does newer tech like 4K influence you at all?  Would some form of live 4K content (sports, concerts, etc) drive you to an alternate solution?
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 05, 2014, 06:06:53 PM

Quote from: Lee on December 05, 2014, 05:53:37 PM

Nah, the writers will suddenly give her a whole episode next season where we will learn more about her as we find out she is sleeping with Rick's kid (who has also taken a backseat in the story).

Wait are you saying doing Carl is kind of like doing a girl?!?!  icon_twisted
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 05, 2014, 12:17:46 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 04, 2014, 11:40:16 PM

I'm in the same boat, Travis, though I haven't given up many opportunities to play it. While it actually lends itself well to short play sessions since you can go knock out a quest or two and then set it aside, it's more rewarding and addictive when you can play it for a longer stretch. The most fun I've had with it so far is when I was able to play for a couple of hours uninterrupted.

With so many other games I want to play right now, this may just be the one that I'm content to finish over the course of several months rather than just trying to knock it out. The RPGs I've finished have typically been ones I've played when there was nothing around to distract me.

I'm kind of in the same boat as well.  It's hard to get longer blocks of time to play, and that's definitely when the game is most rewarding.  As I mentioned before I took to playing the game in casual difficulty largely so that I can see as much as possible without being slowed down.  It's kind of a bummer as I suspect some of the fights could be a lot of fun playing the game as a more tactical/strategic affair, but if I played it like that I probably wouldn't have made it out of the prologue section lol.

I've rarely finished any game I've played, and as most of you know I buy a ton of games  ninja  But... Dragon Age 1 and 2 are two of the very select few I completed, so we'll see how this one holds up.  Thus far I am still very happy with it. 
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 05, 2014, 12:10:14 AM
As many of you know, I work for Directv so I'm often engaged in discussions regarding how much people are willing to pay for what these days, and how that's evolved the past couple of years.  I know we have a fairly diverse population here between cord cutters and cable/satellite customers, so I'm curious about a few things.

What are your biggest concerns when it comes to TV viewing?  Is it monthly cost, up front cost, programming, sound/picture quality, etc.  For those that have "cut the cord" are you happy with the decision?  What, if anything, would it take to make you come back to some sort of cable/satellite provider?  Do the new "a la carte" options from HBO, CBS, etc change the outlook on your current setup?  Some context on the type of viewer you are might also be helpful in the discussion, i.e. do you watch alot of sports, how much broadcast TV do you watch a week, etc...

196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 04, 2014, 06:09:12 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 03, 2014, 10:45:32 PM

Her name is Tara, and yes, the character is gay. In season 4, she was shacked up with one of the women in the trailer camp that the Governor ended up becoming the leader of.

Oh yeah I totally forgot about that!!  I guess I'm constantly surprised that she isn't dead yet.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 03, 2014, 10:32:01 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 03, 2014, 05:20:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 03, 2014, 01:28:09 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on December 02, 2014, 11:05:41 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 02, 2014, 09:43:29 PM

But... a new gay character will be introduced soon.  Is there any relevance to the character being gay?  Not really but who cares!  Every show needs a token gay guy!!!

What if it isn't a guy?!?

Despite her recent fondness for Eugene, I thought Fistbump Notcop was gay.

Also, they do have a priest...

Isn't the Woodberry chick gay? (Sorry I have no idea what her name is, as she is now the least interesting character on the show).

LMAO I honestly have no idea what that girl's name is.  I don't know who started the "Fistbump Notcop" nickname but that's just how I think of her now.

I'm assuming it's a guy because there were a couple of more prominent gay male characters in the comics.  One I don't remember (Jesus), and the other (Aaron) who lasts quite a long time in the comics and apparently appeared sooner than Jesus.  I'm guessing it will be the latter but I guess it depends on what the next big story arc is going to be.  A lot of the storylines kind of blend into each other for me.  According to the wiki, Aaron appears in the Alexandria Safe Zone plotline.  This would actually be consistent with some of the other hints that Kirkman alluded to, such as the gang getting away from Atlanta.  It's also close to DC so maybe they still decide that's the direction to head.  But... it looks pretty damn far from Atlanta so I'm not sure how they'd get around that.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/2) on: December 02, 2014, 09:51:21 PM
I hadn't heard of Fantasy Hero but it looks pretty cool, will probably get that.

Game of Thrones - I'll probably wait for iOS I think.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 02, 2014, 09:43:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2014, 01:09:14 PM

Now the thing that did surprise me and gave me an emotional reaction was seeing how Rick handled the running cop at the beginning.  That was brutal.  I would say too brutal, but I think it was meant to be.  I think Rick might not be quite as over his loopiness as he seemed to be.  Or it may be, especially pairing it with Beth's murderlust, that the group is just too far down the bend now.

I think that's one of underlying themes for this season.  They hinted at it in Terminus as well, but are never specific about what actually turned "normal" "good" people into cannibals.  Arguably each of the groups, including our heroes, have done things to survive in this apocalypse that might be unspeakable otherwise.  All of it allows viewers to think about the definition of "morality" in this era.  I think Rogue gave a great description of what was wrong with the hospital society in the context that we got to see it.  But again I'd argue had we been watching an alternate show focusing on that group where each of the characters was given the same treatment, we could just as easily see them as protagonists.  If you were to just list things out that our group has done (Carol killing the girl, Carl killing his mother, Rick killing Shane and executing others, etc etc), it would probably read pretty nasty as well.  But because we're invested in these characters the perspective is so different.  Now could you ever write a story where cannibalism and rape is justified?  Probably not, but you never know...

Interestingly enough, the Rick scene didn't surprise me at all.  I found myself cheering when he executed the guy, which kind of shows you how far gone I am on this show too lol.  It's all about trust, and he did give the guy multiple chances after he had betrayed their trust.  As Rick said, all he had to do is stop running. 

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In other news, Daryl is NOT GAY!!!

But... a new gay character will be introduced soon.  Is there any relevance to the character being gay?  Not really but who cares!  Every show needs a token gay guy!!!
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 01, 2014, 09:53:42 PM

Quote from: Roman on December 01, 2014, 07:45:57 PM

do the markings on the trees in the forest hold any significance? We always see them when Morgan is on screen.

I thought those were just carvings that the priest did so he didn't get lost.  But that's a pretty boring explanation lol.

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I'm not sure what is spoiler worthy and what isn't at this point, so I'll just give a general Spoiler Alert here.

I was really caught off guard by last night's events, and had a much more emotional reaction than I thought I would.  Interestingly I had a moment (when Michonne tells Maggie that Beth is alive) where I was thinking "oh nice way to jinx it lol" - but I honestly never thought it would go down quite like that.  I was never a big Beth fan but I like what they did with the character this season.  I think the emotional reaction was more for how bad I felt for Maggie in particular that she never got a chance to say goodbye.  Then to get her hopes up and then crush them, it was really heart-wrenching for me from that perspective.

I do agree with some of what Bullwinkle said, but with some caveats.  I don't think the idea was that this group was "inherently evil" or "horrible" - but it clearly was not a place where Beth wanted to be.  Not to mention Carol (or the majority of our heroes for that matter), I mean can you imagine trying to force Rick or Michonne to live there?  They had their own particular survival system and society which worked for them, but forcing newcomers to stay and adhere to their rules (under the delusion they would eventually be saved), was simply a way of life that would never work for anyone in our group.  It's a makeshift society that works, but since it's not based on personal choice/will, it could be viewed as a prison to people who have been living free and surviving that way.  It's not necessarily a right or wrong judgment, but the way it's been portrayed from the viewpoint of our cast.  In retrospect, you could just as easily have had a show running 5 years about the hospital group becoming what it was and portrayed them as the protagonists, which would make this cast look like a bunch of ungrateful psycho terrorists.

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Anyway, I found the episode riveting, even though some of the character plot decisions were annoying and Michonne fighting with Judith on her back was just hysterical.
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