Quote from: rittchard on October 04, 2016, 04:33:30 PM
Not sure if it was just bad timing or too dense (or I'm too dense lol), but I found it kind of boring and just couldn't stay awake. I will try watching it again.
Finally watched and re-watched both first two episodes. Definitely an intriguing show and premise, but there are some things that nag at me when I'm watching.
I think from a gamer's point of view, it's really interesting because it's essentially the ultimate "living" MMORPG, more so IMHO than an "amusement park". What I don't get is how/why it resets every day, meaning how do you create a truly immersive story if it's just going to reset within 24 hours? Wouldn't it make more sense and be much more entertaining to have something like a "season" where an entire storyline plays out and characters actually have full story arcs and evolutions? That would encourage more repeat business as well over the long haul. Anyway, I guess that's probably not important to the overall story.
I'm really enjoying Warlords - Call to Arms, it's a hex based TBS that plays in very quick/small battles. It starts out relatively slow but there seems to be a lot of progression to enjoy if you like that sort of thing. The IAP is pretty unobtrusive. There are some timers to recover units but in general the better you play the less it slows you down, if it all. On a side note, I really like the splash screen artwork. Also, it doesn't seem to have anything to do with any of the original/old Warlords games in case you were wondering. My only complaint is that they don't do anything with units helping each other like they did in some older hex games. I don't recall a hex game that does that in quite a while, can anyone think of any recent ones?
I'd give the Conviction premier a solid B. If you like Hayley Atwell, you definitely get to see a lot of her The show itself doesn't go too far above a general procedural, and the premier ep had to do a lot of exposition to set things up and give you background on all the side characters. I think they would have been better served focusing all on Hayley and then slowly introducing the rest of the cast's subplots, more along the lines of Blindspot. Luckily the cast is generally very likable, otherwise I'd be giving it a pass.
Designated Survivor wasn't as good as I'd hoped, but I still love the premise and it's nice to see Kiefer try to give a more nuanced performance. Unfortunately as ever his strongest moments are when he's yelling at people, and you only get to see glimpses of that. Maggie Q has been pretty much wasted in the first two episodes and there haven't been many standout moments.
Just in case anyone is confused, Jimmy is referring to Fear the Walking Dead - I agree with the assessment wholeheartedly. Particularly the thing with the blood, they use it so cheaply it's crazy. Having just re-watched TWD Season 1, remember Rick takes a long time to hack a body up and put the guts all over him, and even then it starts to run out when there's some rain. Here they just take a few seconds and it seems like they are totally immune, and apparently everyone can do it at the drop of a dime. Overall, the show still doesn't reach the levels of the original for me in terms of making me care about the characters, but in general the back half was a lot more fun to watch.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Ofelia! Yeah! She went from a nothing character to what I'm guessing is Fear's version of Michonne. At least I hope so. Also enjoying the sister's level ups in personality and skillz.
So glad they killed Chris, I couldn't stand him. Although his character was just finally becoming interesting, so I suppose that might have been a missed opportunity. Ditto with his "bros" - I feel like there was a more interesting story there that was wasted.
Still can't stand Travis, although watching him turn psycho was pretty fun. I'd be fine if they eliminated him. Ditto on Madison, she seems all over the place now.
Druggy Son is starting to grow on me, and I liked his girlfriend too, hope she isn't dead. Same sentiment with Strand.
Here's hoping for a reunion back in the good ol USA!
Sure it's a bit gimmicky of a start, but of all the gimmicks they've used, this one seems to, at least in Ep 1, be panning out the way it's intended. The generational differences really seem profound, and the Millennials for the most part behave the way I might have imagined. The Gen-Xers seem a bit more diverse thus far, but kind of hard to tell. Anyway I found the first ep pretty amusing. Actually I have a number of millennial co-workers and friends, and we get a long great, but there are times when something comes up and I can just feel the generational gap. Half of my group had never seen Star Wars, so that's saying a lot.
LOL, I don't think they are that crazy, Bull. I think that was a specially tailored trailer featuring the Kingdom, and showing Ezekial, only because they don't want to give away who died. The previous trailer I saw had Carol in it as well, and a lot of other stuff again not including anything involving any of the victims.
From everything I've heard, they will show/resolve who dies pretty quickly and then move on fairly quickly as well to get this year's plots moving.
I have to agree with this review. I'd long given up on WoW and only rejoined on a fluke, but thus far I've enjoyed my time in it more than I have in most of the newer, fancier MMORPGs I've tried these past years. The caveat (sorry to be repetitive) being that I have been playing exclusively (solo) from 100 to 110 (almost there!).
Quote from: Zinfan on September 21, 2016, 02:09:56 AM
Nothing looks interesting to me either new shows or returning ones. Just burnt out on TV I guess, I'd ditch it if the wife would allow it and how would rittchard afford a new iPhone if I left DirecTV?
lol seriously!!!! Thanks for the support
I caught "This is Us" last night after seeing a lot of buzz about it. It's a drama centered around 4 characters who all share the same birthday, and in the pilot are turning 36. I know it doesn't sound exciting but it is extremely well done and worth the watch IMHO. By the end of the episode I think you'll see what the fuss was about.
Tonight things start heating up with Kiefer's show, probably the most hyped/buzzed about this season. Also Modern Family and Survivor (Gen X vs Millennials) return, and Blindspot, AHS are already back. Wednesday night is probably my biggest TV night.
So here we are with another new season of glorious TV. Admittedly things are much different from the way they were in the past given the emphasis on cable channels and streaming. Hopefully the big networks still have a few good things up their sleeves.
The one new (network) show I'm most looking forward to is Designated Survivor. I would have watched it just for the concept, or just for Kiefer, but I just found out Maggie Q is in it too! Jack Bauer AND Nikita?!?!? Count me in! I do realize they are going to try to neuter Kiefer but I can always hope. But even the premise seems like it could be a lot of fun. I guess some of the ground might have been covered in The Last Ship but I'm expecting a lot more from this show.
Other than that, the only show I am considering is Conviction. Not really sure I need a generic crime show, but the cast has Hayley Atwell, Emily Kinney, Eddie Cahill and Shawn Ashmore, so I will give it a chance.
I know there are some time travel shows (Timeless?) and various sci-fi/horror series (Exorcist, Van Helsing) which I will probably give a chance to as well, but I'm not too thrilled about any of them in particular.
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: