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3121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 (spoilers) on: June 28, 2010, 08:47:51 PM

Quote from: Devil on June 28, 2010, 07:15:34 PM

Finally - Last night kicked things up a lot.

I thought it was odd (but good for the show) that people suddenly started teleporting around locations to advance the plot.  Reminds me of the end of Lost (remember season 1 it would take days to get anywhere, by S6 they could jump to the temple to the beach to the Dharma barracks in an instant).  The pacing and sheer amount of subplots and new characters is a bit too much this season, I kind of wish they'd tone it down and stay focused on the core crew.

One thing that confused me a bit, are we to assume that Bill is seriously stuck/trapped and has given up on escaping?  The end sequence was pretty bizarre and seemed very out of character and almost out of the blue for me.  But maybe I have/had too much confidence in his ability to escape or just leave.  Also can someone refresh me on who that chick was?  I thought she might have been his maker, but then I thought Eric was his maker.  Bad memory!
3122  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 28, 2010, 05:48:00 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 28, 2010, 05:06:33 PM

On the iPad front, last week was the release of "My Kingdom For The Princess."

If YK is featured as the princess, I'm all in!!!
3123  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 28, 2010, 04:15:28 AM
I don't know if this one has been mentioned earlier in the thread, but I've recently become addicted to Strategery.  It's basically a simplified version of Risk with randomized maps and conditions.  I thought it would be lame but I am finding it really addictive.  Even on Easy mode I lose quite a bit as there is definitely a luck factor mixed with the skill.  I've also been playing Blood and Honor, another Risk clone for iPhone/iPad.  It uses real maps and world scenarios so it's much more like real Risk.  I like them both a lot, but I think I like the fast pacing of Strategery a bit better (you can allow the AI to place units for you so it can go really fast).

Also I just started playing Farmville lol.  Don't know if anyone is playing that from Facebook or not.

I'm always rittchard for these games so feel free to add me as a friend if you want some multiplayer action.
3124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: June 28, 2010, 04:09:10 AM

Quote from: KC on June 28, 2010, 12:08:00 AM

I caved and picked up a 32 gig wifi version.  I know that I kept saying that I would wait until next year's version 2, but I finally saw a non-3g version available for purchase in-store and snapped it up.

btw, which case are you guys using?

Congrats and welcome aboard!

For general usage, I actually prefer no case at all.  I love the feel of the device on its own and I've found any added weight annoys me.  The only thing I had to have was a shield/cover for the screen; I chose one from SGP Steinheil (www.sgpstore.com) which ended up being the only one I was able to get on without a ton of bubbles.

For the treadmill, I slip on a rubberized cover from Incase:  http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/protective-cover-cl56426/2
This is a good general protective case and allows you to get a decent grip on it.  I was leaving it on everywhere for a while, but decided I didn't like the extra weight.

I also have the Apple case, which is the nicest one for reading/typing.  It's very thin and slick and probably the best for reading in bed or sitting it on your lap.

And finally for work, I bought a rather large-ish leather portfolio type of case which has a side pocket for business cards and papers, etc.  The iPad is held down by rubber band-ish things on the 4 corners.  I haven't used this one much as I kind of decided to keep this iPad at home.  Eventually I'm thinking I will buy a second gen iPad and then one of them will be a work iPad and one for home use.
3125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone know about FHA Loan Streamlining? on: June 28, 2010, 03:56:05 AM
I've definitely thought about paying more principal, but then again there are about a gazillion other things I might want to spend on as well, many involving upgrades or remodeling on the house.  But that's kind of a separate topic/issue, I'm very curious about this in particular as I believe a 0.5% decrease in the interest rate would be a major amount for me.  If I did the calculations correctly, it would bring my monthly payment down by around 6%, and of course that would all be extra money that I could use to pay into the principal and/or remodel or save/invest.  So really I'm just concerned this isn't some weird thing that ends up screwing you over, I suppose I could just call and find out what the real terms are, but it all just makes me a bit nervous not knowing if anyone has ever done it before.
3126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone know about FHA Loan Streamlining? on: June 27, 2010, 08:48:06 PM
I find it very confusing but I keep getting stuff in the mail about it.  I thought it was a total scam at first, but then I saw this online:

http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/buying/streamli.cfm

Still that confused me as well, I'm not sure what to think.  They say the only qualifications are:

Quote
The mortgage to be refinanced must already be FHA insured.
    
The mortgage to be refinanced should be current (not delinquent).

The refinance is to result in a lowering of the borrower's monthly principal and interest payments.
    
No cash may be taken out on mortgages refinanced using the streamline refinance process.

My situation is this: if you recall I just bought a home almost exactly a year ago, so I have an FHA loan at 5.25% for 30 years.  Obviously after only a year I've been paying pretty much nothing but interest, and that will continue for quite a while.  I know generally you can't do a refinance until you have more equity but this thing seems like a different animal than a conventional refinance.  Ideally I'd like to get my rate down below 5% (4.75% is what they are advertising), and I'd be willing to pay some up front money to make it happen.  I figure since I'm just starting, over the long haul dropping my rate is going to be pretty beneficial no matter how you work the numbers.

Anyone have any experience with this?  I'm very leery about it as I feel like there has to be some horrible catch, or it's fake or just a waste of my time.

Oh yeah, wmsloans.com is the one who has been most aggressively sending stuff to me.
3127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 27, 2010, 08:35:30 PM
Regarding the antenna, initially I was unable to reproduce the effect, but I did some more "testing" and this is what I found.  I had to hold/touch the antenna feed (or whatever you want to call it) in a very specific, deliberate and tight manner to observe the effect (basically I had to squeeze on the phone, which I would never normally do).  This was on 3G only, and I was running Speedtest to check (as opposed to staring at the bars).  I should note that once I did get the effect going, it was extremely dramatic, I was able to slow the download to a crawl and completely kill the upload test.  Today I tried again but Speedtest was wonky (or perhaps it doesn't like the 3G Microcell) - on the Microcell, not only did I have to hold/press in the spot(s) tightly, I also had to tilt the phone at specific angles before I could get the bars to drop appreciably.

I do agree this is an incredibly poor design flaw and it's almost unbelievable they allowed it to go to production like this.  Hard to believe Steve Jobs is trying to say it isn't an issue.  It seems like adding a simple thin dielectric coating or protection might have prevented this, though that might deter from the elegance of the outer design.  Personally I don't see how software can "fix" this since it is clearly a physical phenomena, unless there is some sort of backup antenna that it can switch to when the problem is detected.

All that said, because of the specificity and unnaturalness (for me) of the way the problem is initiated, I don't see it really affecting me.  I had to really work at it to get it going.  Plus I will more often than not be using some sort of protection.

Now given that I am somewhat familiar with antenna design/engineering professionally, I have to say this is a very interesting issue and I'm very curious how Apple will address it. 
3128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 26, 2010, 04:07:47 AM
I *finally* got my phone after 2 days and about 5 hours total line waiting.  I went last night and after 3 hours was given a voucher to come back today.  At the store today there was really no line but somehow the throughput was excruciatingly slow and it still took me 2 hours to get out of there.  Eventually I'll post in more detail on my blog, but this has by far been the shoddiest, most unprofessional launch of the four iPhones.  Couple that with inane AT&T upgrade policies and the antenna design debacle, and I've been having serious glitches in my Apple fanboyism the past 2 days.

However I have to say that holding it in my hand, it definitely is a gorgeous piece of electronics.  The screen and overall feel are wonderful.  If the camera(s) and battery life and overall performance hold up to snuff, I'm sure all will be forgiven.

- - -

As for cases, Apple was out of bumpers when I was there, so I ended up grabbing the ifrogz Luxe Original case.  I like the overall look of it but Im not sure I'm happy with the red top which was the only color they had.  It will have to do temporarily until I figure out how I want to protect this guy.  I'm using the SGP crystal clear shield which looks really good, but seems to attract more fingerprints than I'd like.  I may have to go to something smoother/different eventually.
3129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 24, 2010, 03:14:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 24, 2010, 01:49:17 AM


OMG that dog is so cute.  What kind is it?  Sorry to go OT but I've been really wanting to get a dog lately, but I've never owned one so I'm kind of afraid of the responsibility.

Back on the phone, and having some knowledge of RF and antenna technology, I really have to wonder about this new phenomena.  Dielectric surroundings can de-tune an antenna, but it's hard to believe they wouldn't have done extensive testing with the beam-shape detuning from a human hand.  You'd think that would be the primary thing checked first.  Hopefully I'll get mine tomorrow and be able to do some testing.  FWIW, I've seen bar fluctuations at home on my 3GS as well, and that's even with a new 3G Microcell installed. 
3130  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 22, 2010, 08:05:58 PM
Bah, thanks to that $0.99 sale I bought a whole bunch of those EA games lol.  Thank goodness for iOS folders so I can organize everything!
3131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 22, 2010, 05:28:08 PM
Apparently pre-orders are being delivered to homes tomorrow (the 23rd), a day early!  I was never able to pre-order due to the server crashes mad

This release has been all around annoying for me, I feel like Apple is sending me a message to go to Droid X.
3132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: June 21, 2010, 08:32:43 PM

Quote from: Roman on June 19, 2010, 11:52:01 PM

Quote from: ravenvii link=topic=35132.msg694189#msg694189 date=
Quote from: Roman link=topic=35132.msg694125#msg694125 date=
Just downloaded a different browser client called Perfect Browser and love it!!!!!!!!

Tabs just like in IE or FF with the same browser controls etc. No more hunting for opened links and trying to get back to your previous instance thanks to the tab interface. 

Very slick check it out.


I'm hearing rave reviews about Atomic Browser, and quite a few people like iCab as well. Have you tried
them? What made you go with Perfect Browser?


Nothing in particular led me to this -just blind luck i guess. I will certainly look into the atomic browser option a little later and perhaps even the icab. I am brand new to this world  eek so making choices is sometimes a  little hard to make.

I have Perfect and Atomic, both are good particularly at giving full tab browsing.  I think Perfect is the best of the bunch at the moment, if only for a single feature: there's a slide bar on the right hand side that allows you to scroll down very quickly, which is incredibly useful for long pages like the ones in this forum.
3133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 21, 2010, 05:47:42 PM
It's starting to update now from what I read in Macrumors, although apparently not for all users at once:

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/06/21/apple-releases-ios-4-with-multitasking-ibooks-and-more/
3134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 (spoilers) on: June 21, 2010, 05:46:44 PM
Yeah this ep was a bit of a letdown after last week, it felt like they were introducing a dozen new characters and subplots at once, getting kind of lost.  And the Bill dinner sequence just wouldn't seem to END!  Hopefully things will start to tie together soon. 

Still I enjoyed the (brief) Godric flashback (I still say I'd love an Eric and Godric prequel series, really seems like they've had the most interesting vampire lives) and shape-shifting/stripping scenes.
3135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I ate 5 Guys on: June 21, 2010, 05:43:35 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on June 21, 2010, 03:57:34 AM

Yum. I think I got my limit of salt in one visit. Loved it. Will go back.

I felt cheated by the title of this thread until I read the text more closely (see above).
3136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 17, 2010, 08:41:51 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 16, 2010, 06:44:45 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 16, 2010, 05:22:43 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 16, 2010, 04:13:55 PM

Statement by Apple on iPhone 4 Pre-Orders

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple's new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.

Pathetic and embarassing.

Embarrassing, yes. Pathetic? 600,000 iphone pre-orders? I'm sure they expected a ton, but that's freaking huge. I'm not sure that anybody predicted that much for a pre-order. That's a lot of hammering on the fulfillment system.

That said, I still maintain the problem originated with ATT...

I agree AT&T is probably the bigger issue, though at 2am people were getting through AT&T and NOT with Apple...

But like the MMORPGs that come out and are caught unprepared at how many people show up on launch day, I have to wonder how much competency it takes to "prepare for the worst" so to speak with things like this.  Not to mention we are talking about 2 huge companies with tons of money and 3 years of experience doing this now.  They've sold like 50 million of these phones now, and have touted the iPhone 4 as the most significant release since the original, so should they really be shocked that about 1% of that number want to pre-order the new version?

I'm almost wondering now if they are limiting the pre-order quantities not due to lack of hardware but in order to smooth out the activation load.
3137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSN) Journey, from the makers of Flower on: June 16, 2010, 05:29:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 16, 2010, 12:52:50 PM

As long as I don't have to listen to "Don't Stop Believing" one more damn time, I'm IN.

Damn you stole my joke!  Except I was going to make a Glee reference smile
3138  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Thinking of trying a.... <gulp> Macbook on: June 16, 2010, 05:26:34 PM
Actually if you want to lock in to $1000, the Macbook is perfect right now - they just updated recently:

http://guides.macrumors.com/MacBook_Buyer%27s_Guide

The guide over at macrumors is excellent and tracks when everything released.
3139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 16, 2010, 05:22:43 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 16, 2010, 04:13:55 PM

Statement by Apple on iPhone 4 Pre-Orders

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple's new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.

Pathetic and embarassing.
3140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 15, 2010, 09:10:21 PM
If pre-orders were such a mess, I can only imagine what the 24th is going to be like lol.  I hope they don't do what happened last time when they released the OS upgrade on the same day, it will completely break the servers.

I called the Apple store, basically they said nothing they could do with AT&T - however the girl recommended I try the Apple Store app on the iPhone.  Using the app, I was actually able to make a "reservation" to pick one up at the store in short order, it seems like it bypassed the AT&T section (which makes sense, why not just defer that torture until the time comes when you are actually buying the unit).  However I was unable to reserve a second unit and I have no email confirmation.  A "reservation" does show up on the app itself, but who knows if that is considered legitimate.
3141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 15, 2010, 08:40:00 PM
I've tried apple and att with the same/similar results.

I did get through on the phone with att only to find out I qualify for exactly NO discounts lol.  Oh well at least I don't have to extend my contract so I'd be free to leave next year.

In the mean time they just said to go to a store or continue trying. 

LAME.
3142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 15, 2010, 06:01:51 PM
The online site keeps giving me errors and telling me to call "premier support."  I went on hold for about 20 minutes on the number they gave, and then it just said to call back later and hung up on me.  WTF?!?!
3143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 on: June 15, 2010, 05:17:08 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 15, 2010, 02:31:16 AM

I'm very curious to see where Sam's story is going. Sookie was definitely kind of whiny during the episode. After a very annoying beginning I am really liking Jessica. You can see how conflicted she is.

I've read Sam's story arc involves meeting his strange shape-changing family (and learning about his past), of which we've already met his cute little brother (Marshall Allman who played Lincoln's son in Prison Break).  From what I've read though the brother is going to be causing him a lot of trouble.  What I don't know is if/how his storyline is going to tie in with the rest of the "main" plotline, which seems to be about the werewolf clan.
3144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 15, 2010, 05:13:28 PM
I've been trying to pre-order since 2am my time (well I did go back to sleep in between) and no luck.  Earlier the Apple system was overloaded and now the AT&T one is completely down/broken, what a disaster.  Reminds me of some MMORPG release days lol.  It's kind of strange because last year there were no problems at all, I guess the demand is much higher this time?
3145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: June 15, 2010, 12:00:09 AM
I'm kind of interested in playing volleyball (and other sports games) on it - I've yet to play a really good volleyball game on any platform.  Also curious what basketball might be like, i.e. if it can actually capture your shooting style or dribbling/passing style.  I think longer term it might be an interesting peripheral provided someone can come up with interesting game concepts and use of the UI.  I would think a street-fighter type game would work really well but I didn't see anything like that listed.  Also you'd think they could do something like Tom Cruise in Minority Report, interacting with pictures and files on the screen in a physical way.

In the mean time, I don't think it's going to be a big hit if titles like dancing/singing games and The Biggest Loser (seriously?  is it just going to scan my fatness and then make me humiliate myself online against other fat gamers?) are all they have to offer.
3146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on: June 14, 2010, 10:39:34 PM

Quote from: skystride on June 14, 2010, 10:26:10 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 14, 2010, 07:26:03 PM

Yes, I believe it does matter. It seriously dilutes the source material. I mean, look at yourself! You actually thought that there were wizards in the LOTR universe, probably because you've seen them in games or you just made an assumption based on generic fantasy, and there are probably a lot of people who think the same. Neither the books nor the movies contain any spellcasters apart from the Maiar. In a time when games are such a considerable part of culture as they have become, I feel it's important that things are done properly and with respect.

Is it that hard to disassociate yourself from a game and the lore material?  I don't freak out while playing Lego Star Wars because the real characters aren't made of Lego blocks!

WTF?  Han Solo isn't made of Legos?!?!  Where's the spoiler alert!!!!
3147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: June 14, 2010, 10:36:02 PM
I'm not sure if this is considered spoiler worthy but just in case:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Lou Diamond is listed on IMDB as apprearing in only 12 episodes, the last one being next season's premiere.  The doc is listed at 30 episodes so clearly she's fine.
3148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: June 14, 2010, 06:14:42 PM

Quote from: ydejin on June 13, 2010, 11:17:02 PM

Quote from: Aganazer on January 21, 2010, 06:07:21 PM

I just looked over their feature list. I not really seeing anything that compels me to preorder anything. Its getting harder and harder to get excited about yet another Diablo clone. I already have a shelf full of them. Granted TQ was one of the better ones, but its going to take a bit of innovation to convince me that I shouldn't just play one of the other few Diablo-likes coming out or wait for Diablo 3.

Coming in pretty late here for a response, but I would say that the one thing that makes this standout from the other Diablo-like clones is the time period.  It's Victorian era, not Medieval, which is a nice change of pace. 

I loved Titan Quest and played the heck out of it.  One character through all three difficulty levels, and a second character through the first difficulty level + the expansion, got a third character I'm slowly getting through playing with my brother we're somewhere in late China.

I kicked in a donation.  Sure there's a decent chance it's tossing money away.  But it's a chance to support a team that built a game that I really enjoyed a lot.

If you're having fun with TQ still, be sure to check out the TQ Lilithpaths mod thread that I just bumped up.  Awesome mods that should keep you satisfied until we get some Grim Dawn to check out  thumbsup
3149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 14, 2010, 06:13:07 PM
Still having a blast with this combo mod.  I now have 3 different characters, 2 of which are roughly at the same spot about midway(?) in the game, getting ready to hit the Cursed Woods.

They play very differently.  The lightning based one has a giant zapping cloud that follows him around and one giant pet.  So basically I hit the cloud and run around attracting mobs, hoping the pet will get some aggro.  The cloud zaps stuff and then I use chain lightning to kill stragglers.  I can decimate an entire area in a matter of seconds but if I'm not careful and the pet goes down I can be in danger just as quick.

The second guy is a more traditional pet class with skeletons.  It started off very weak and difficult to play (plus the class has an inherent xp penalty), but now is doing great.  I have 4 skelly fighters and 3 skelly mages.  The fighters stink but they do hold some aggro and provide limited CC, but the mages rock the house.  Generally I don't do much fighting myself, the mages are kicking everyone's asses, and all I do is keep summoning more fighters and looting.  I'm wondering how long this type of strategy can last, I presume at some point the pets are going to run out of steam.

The maps in the game are very impressive, though certain areas like the Land of the Dead can be confusing to navigate.  Still you gotta give these guys credit for coming up with all this new content. 
3150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on: June 14, 2010, 06:05:45 PM
I think it's "mature" in that they finally develop the Sam/Frodo romance that develops on Brokeback Mountain.

Frodo:  "Gimme the Ring, bitch!"
Sam:  "I wish I could quit you!"

3151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 on: June 14, 2010, 06:02:20 PM
Loved the ep!!!  Just couldn't get enough, all of the characters are so engaging, I was definitely sad when it ended.  Did they change the actress playing the Queen? 

I'm sure it's not too difficult to guess my favorite scene of the night:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Damn that Bill/Sam dream sequence was so f-ing hot.  And funny too.  I kept thinking it was some shape-shifter trick, not sure why I didn't guess it was a dream.

The only thing that bugged me was Rogue constantly asking people questions about this and that; did they forget she is a TELEPATH?  All she needs to do is use her powers and get the answers she needs.

Best line of the night from Rogue (I don't remember the exact quote):

"I'm not in the mood for any of your weird lesbian stuff right now."  - Even funnier given Anna Paquin's recently coming out as being bisexual.
3152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: June 14, 2010, 05:58:43 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 14, 2010, 03:17:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 14, 2010, 02:09:03 PM

I do have to say I am hoping they don't end up keeping some of the Alliance guys alive and make them part of the crew, that'd be a bit too Voyager for my tastes.

They lack  a glowing red eye and mechanical arms.

And giant boobs.

Check again, that one chick has huge ones.  All you need to do is implant her with some cyborg tech, put her in some spandex and you've got a winner.

I was wondering if they'd go Voyager as well, but then I saw Rhona Mitra is too busy with The Gates.  Maybe they'll kill Rhona and she'll come back as a vampire.  Or they'll just add that buff dude that the doc saved.

I really liked the finale, I'm curious if they'll actually be bold enough to kill some folk off (like Lou Diamond) permanently.  I was surprised to see my favorite preggers doc go down, killing the unborn baby would just be too harsh wouldn't it?
3153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 10, 2010, 09:09:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 10, 2010, 08:41:32 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on June 10, 2010, 08:24:26 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 10, 2010, 06:41:35 PM

http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=1574#tab3

From the fact sheet:

Quote
How many devices can I preorder?
AT&T stores will sell one iPhone 4 per person for new customers, and one device per household for new orders placed online. Existing customers may purchase one per eligible telephone number online or through our stores.

So it looks like if you want a family plan, you are screwed? (For pre-ordering)  This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of.

Why? This isn't any different than any other store with limited stock limiting what customers can buy.  Given the demand of the previous phones, AT&T is just trying to make sure to spread the joy as well as take care of their existing customers. 

Why is because if we go in separately, we can get new phones, but if we want a family plan we cannot. 

Can't you just do a mix?  Order one online and get one in store?
3154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Control-Vee! on: June 10, 2010, 05:35:42 PM
Cute thread idea, mine is from the GW2 thread:

We want experimentation with traits to be fun and engaging, so we've made the rules for changing traits extremely flexible. With no in-game cost, you can respec at will, outside of combat. This means you are open to experiment with what works and what doesn't work on the fly, without having to go back to town or worry about if you have enough gold.

Whether it's adventuring around Tyria trying to stop dragons or fighting other players in World PvP - the trait system is there to experiment with, to have fun with, and to allow you to feel like you are actively mastering the profession you have chosen. Like Guild Wars, there are countless unique and clever combinations to be found.
3155  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: June 10, 2010, 05:34:36 PM
Holy crap just saw the videos, the animation is absolutely amazing, it's like watching an animated film.  As far as I can tell, that's actual gameplay footage right?  Or intended to be gameplay-like footage at least?  (I don't think anyone would be working the camera quite like that while they were actually playing.)

Also like the stuff on traits, nothing extraordinary here but it sounds like the system is built for experimentation in different builds (and with no penalties or grind aspects added to it), which I personally love.

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We want experimentation with traits to be fun and engaging, so we've made the rules for changing traits extremely flexible. With no in-game cost, you can respec at will, outside of combat. This means you are open to experiment with what works and what doesn't work on the fly, without having to go back to town or worry about if you have enough gold.

Whether it's adventuring around Tyria trying to stop dragons or fighting other players in World PvP - the trait system is there to experiment with, to have fun with, and to allow you to feel like you are actively mastering the profession you have chosen. Like Guild Wars, there are countless unique and clever combinations to be found.
3156  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: June 10, 2010, 05:28:24 PM

Quote from: skystride on June 10, 2010, 03:59:25 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 10, 2010, 03:20:24 AM

careful sky, you were this hyped with both WAR and Aion

I still think WAR is a great game and if it was completely F2P like Guild Wars, I'd still be playing it for the Scenarios.

Agreed on this, WAR scenarios were always a blast. 

That said, I don't think any of us were as hyped with WAR or Aion.  Sure we were all excited about WAR (less so with Aion), but we knew enough about the game design elements that we weren't drooling in anticipation.  WAR we knew was serving up some minor innovations like scenarios, castle takeovers, and public quests, but nothing nearly as ambitious and innovative as what Arena is proposing with GW2.  I have complete confidence that these guys are going to pull off at least a good portion of what they claim; they've proven themselves already with GW1 and all the improvements they made there.
3157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 09, 2010, 12:39:12 AM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on June 08, 2010, 06:32:28 PM

Quote from: Canuck on June 08, 2010, 08:52:08 AM

I'm a little underwhelmed.  Higher resolution and front facing camera is great and all, but so what?  I'm much more excited for the upcoming iOS4 update which will turn my 3GS into a machine that will actually be able to do more than one thing at once!!  That is a must, must, must.  Front facing camera?  Nice but meh.  I'll pick up the iPhone 4 4GS in a few years when my contract is up.

Man, people are getting really jaded. They significantly improve processor speed, significantly shrink the device, add an extra camera, significantly improve battery life, AND offer the best display you can buy on a mobile device.

You forgot improve the main camera too!  I think jaded is probably correct for many of us, partially because we're kind of approaching the limits of what you can do in a device this form factor, so there's less and less "wow"/revolutionary factor.  I'm one of the biggest Apple fans I know, and I do plan on getting one of these, but I was also fairly underwhelmed.  Of course some of this had to do with the whole leak business which pretty much told us everything we needed to know.  But really, what could you do to really revolutionize something like this at this point?  Apple is definitely hitting some limits.  They've pretty much refined the multimedia stuff to death.  Once OS4 is out, multitasking will be in and probably refined further over the months.  The screen likely is not going to get much better than this, maybe they can make it a bit larger but as a phone form factor will dictate this.  With HD video recording and a 5-MP camera, there's only so much more room to improve.  Processor and battery life will probably keep getting better, but at some point, those kinds of things won't have much impact on the jaded tech audience. 

So I'm excited, but only mildly.  At this point I think I'd be more hyped up if they did something brand new with AppleTV, or with a Mac Mini Re-vamp, or even with the rumor of a giant touchpad interface.
3158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 08, 2010, 12:03:21 AM

Quote from: Grimwar on June 06, 2010, 01:58:27 AM

I can't believe I did not find that.  Thanks!  I am sure it probably fixed something I would have encountered later, but I still have my checkerboard UI.  I thought for sure your find would have fixed it =/  I guess I'll have to resort to what I have been trying to avoid and do a full reinstall of everything.  crybaby

Grim, it's definitely not the most straightforward of processes.  I've updated the initial thread based on memory but I'm not 100% sure I got it right.  I'll try to double check again tonight or tomorrow to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Essentially for Lilithpaths (the combo) to work correctly, you need to do a mix of the installs so that Paths has the masteries, but you are using the Lilith maps and the All-skin creatures mod.  The paths and lilith mods are held in your My Games folder, the creatures is in the main game folder. 

Once you have everything there, you should be able to play any combination of Original game with Paths masteries, Original masteries with Lilith map, Paths masteries with Lilith maps.
3159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 07, 2010, 06:25:52 PM
I'm getting bored and hungry, hurry up with something exciting!!!
3160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 07, 2010, 05:40:14 PM
http://live.gizmodo.com/

WWDC Announcements today (will be updated):

Farmville for iPhone!
Guitar Hero for iPhone
new Netflix
5 billion app downloads
1 billion dollars paid out to developers

iPhone FOUR

- 24% thinner (personally I don't care)
- Stainless steel antenna band as part of mechanical structure (cool for nerdy engineers like me)
- Front facing camera
- Four times the resolution (retina display, huh?) oh OK it's 326 dpi, human eye limit is around 300dpi
- 800:1 contrast, IPS screen (same as iPad)
- Battery is bigger, A4 power management is better, 40% more talk time, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing ,10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, 300 hours of standby
- 5 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video
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