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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 15, 2014, 12:18:30 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 10, 2014, 08:19:41 PM

I've never played the Dragon Age games, largely because I'd rather control one character than a whole party, so maybe you could ask them what this game has that might attract those who enjoy Skyrim more than Baldur's Gate?  (although I know that's near sacrilege to the people who don't want this to be an action-y RPG)

It's been a while since I played, but I always felt like I was playing the games really focused as my main character - ME - and allowed the party to generally take care of itself.  Honestly if you were to ask me I'd say the game was much more similar in feel to Skyrim than BG, and it sounds like this sequel will be even more so in the sense that there's more freedom to explore.  

Now probably there was some limited amount of micromanagement I had to do, but for the most part I felt the games were very playable the way you wanted.  I chose to play them as more of a story/character focused ARPG.  Of course keep in mind that I did keep the difficulty lowered so I didn't need to worry much about managing battles.  And mainly I just tried to force as many gay romance scenarios as possible, but that's completely unrelated.   icon_twisted

Which leads to my question - will there still be the same opportunities for romances?
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 13, 2014, 07:58:39 PM
Upon my second viewing (awake) I definitely enjoyed it much more.  I still think the premiere lacked something, maybe a more interesting villain.  The weather dude was just kind of lame IMHO.  I mean what the heck was he planning to do with his stupid tornado lol? 

All in all I think the show has a lot of potential, definitely excited to see the addition of Robbie Ammell for more shirtless Ammell goodness.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 13, 2014, 07:56:23 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 13, 2014, 06:49:15 PM

It's interesting to see how my feelings have Carol have changed from indifference (early on), to hatred (when she got kicked out of the prison), to omgwtfbbqsauce when she told someone to look at the flowers, to utter adoration when she played her bad-ass card this episode.

If I was a woman, I would totally go as blood covered Bad Ass Carol this Halloween.

Oh yeaaaahhhhhh!!!  So much awesomeness and Carol has really taken over the show as the biggest badass able to make the toughest decisions.  All without compromising her humanity; loved the HUG!!

Oddly enough, I was moved to tears multiple times during the episode.  I was so absorbed in the whole thing.  I even got the feeling when they aired the commercial celebrating the fans.  Damn I'm such a sap.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 10, 2014, 04:43:43 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 10, 2014, 02:45:58 PM

I have to say I really miss the size of the 5, only because it was easier to use one handed. I could reach the upper left easily, and it just felt more comfortabLe to hold. As far as in pocket, the difference is barely noticeable. On the other hand, I really do like having a bigger screen and would hate to go back to a smaller size. I guess I have two years to figure which is more important.

This is exactly where I am.  The larger screen is really fantastic, and I suspect it will lead me to start playing more games on it.  But there's no way around the fact that it's overall a much less convenient size.  On top of things like not fitting well in pants and being awkward even on a belt, the weight balance when you hold it in one hand is just a bit off.  It's too top heavy or just too long IMHO, so it doesn't feel as secure in one hand as I'd like.  And I'd say my hands are average to large size.  I suspect the 6 would have been better for me, but I know myself and I'd always be wanting to try the larger one.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Money pit so it seems. on: October 10, 2014, 04:34:57 PM
Unless it's a brand new house, I suspect the majority of houses can easily become money pits.  When I bought my house it looked like it was in really nice condition and just needed some minor updates, and only if/when I felt like it.  But the longer I live in it, the more things I see that could or really should be done.  I have a list of like 10 major things and 20 minor ones lol.  And that's AFTER spending around $40k on a kitchen remodel, and another $10k on flooring and water heater and AC.  Not to mention the 30 year mortgage which I've barely made a dent in.  So yeah...MONEY PIT!!!!
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 08, 2014, 08:22:10 PM
I was really looking forward to it but I felt it kind of fell a bit flat.  I think I fell asleep a couple times during the episode so that's not saying much.  I'll have to check it out again to give a better review.
87  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Vainglory on: October 07, 2014, 09:25:31 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 07, 2014, 07:39:05 PM

If I'm not mistaken, ritt takes a flight to NZ and back every time an iOS game comes out with MOBA elements or adorable animals involved.

LMAO nice!!!

I keep a second iPad for NZ releases  icon_lol
88  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS] Vainglory on: October 07, 2014, 06:06:34 PM
http://www.vainglorygame.com/

This is the newest MOBA for iOS, the one demoed at the last Apple announcement.  It's still in soft launch (NZ) but I believe it's supposed to be released by the end of the month.  It's a 3v3 single lane with jungle map, simple but well done.  There's a shop in the middle of the map, as well as two mines in the jungle which make your minions stronger.  Couple of other things in the jungle area as well.

Tried it out last night and it's definitely impressive, I'd say the best MOBA I've played on a tablet.  Graphics were fantastic and the gameplay was solid.  It kept telling me I had a poor connection (200-300+ ping) but I had no problems playing.  The match was a little too long for what I'd like on tablet, but that also meant that there was considerable back and forth swings in the game momentum, which made for a pretty exciting first match for me.  I think I actually turned the tide in the match at a crucial juncture, and ended up with the best K/D ratio. 

If you want some portable MOBA action, this is probably as good as it gets.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: October 07, 2014, 05:31:05 PM
I definitely enjoyed last night's episode, and I like the references to Arkham, etc that seem like they should be leading up to more cool stuff, but...  I can't get Autistic Angel's comment out of my head.  Gotham is already a place filled with corruption left and right.  But no matter what good Jim Gordon accomplishes in this series, all it's going to amount to is everything getting even worse.  Even in a best case scenario that the show goes for 10 years, that little boy will only be 23 and not really Batman-ready.  And each year there're just going to be more and more criminals developing.

I guess we are just supposed to enjoy the ride, but it kind of feels defeatistic (I just made that word up).
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 06, 2014, 11:31:20 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 06, 2014, 10:58:14 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 06, 2014, 08:49:19 PM

Gratch, let us know how the Banner Saga looks and plays. I can't find one review online.

Looks great, just as good as the PC version.  I do notice a little slowdown during battles though, but nothing that's a deal breaker. 

Only problem is that playing for longer than 15 minutes makes my iPad feel like it's going to melt.  Probably as hot as I've ever felt when running a game before.

Heh - ditto on the heat.  It's not horrible on my Retina Mini but definitely noticeable, and battery drains quick too.  The touch interface is not quite as precise and responsive as I'd hoped; sometimes it can be hard to tap on the exact square you want, which is obviously a big deal in a game of this type.  Other than that it's pretty amazing to be playing this on a tablet.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: October 06, 2014, 11:28:40 PM
I enjoyed the finale much more than the last few episodes, but overall I felt like the series didn't live up to the feeling I got from the premiere.  While I enjoyed the team based action sequences, I really have to wonder just how it is that everyone seems to have "levelled up" their skills lol.  Supposedly the whole first season was just happening over the course of two weeks (?) and yet somehow everyone seems to have deadshot shooting capability as well as sword decapitation precision.  I guess it's all in good fun!
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 06, 2014, 11:25:00 PM
I loved and raved about the first book.  The second one was a major disappointment for me, half the time I felt like I was reading some cheesy romance novel.  I get the sense that Rothfuss is moving into that "too pretentious for his own good" space that George RR Martin went to a while back.  Hopefully both authors will come back down to earth to conclude their respective series.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 06, 2014, 07:42:07 PM
Gonna get 2K15 for Xbone, hopefully the network crap will be better this year.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 06, 2014, 07:40:45 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 05, 2014, 11:55:43 PM

My primary platform is probably iOS nowadays.  I buy a higher quantity of games on iOS than on any other platform, and it's the only platform I game on at some point every day without fail. 

After that, PC, PS4, and XB1 are pretty much tied.  I go to whichever one has the game I happen to be into at any given time.  My PC probably edges out the consoles as far as "primary" qualifications, since Steam sales mean I buy a crapton more on the PC.

My 3DS is my most disappointing current platform.

100% ditto for me.  Although I'd add Vita to the disappointing platforms smile

I've spent so much money on other platforms, but iOS is where I'm spending all my time these days.  Will likely head back to PC for Dragon Age.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 01, 2014, 09:10:55 PM
I thought they skipped 9 because people hated 8 so much they wanted to distance themselves further from it.   icon_twisted icon_twisted icon_twisted
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: September 30, 2014, 11:34:09 PM
Aside from the hit squad, I've found the last few episodes a bit dull.  The Master's huge lips are just horrible, the blond chick is completely unconvincing as a master hacker that brought down the entire networking infrastructure, Abraham is acting like a crazy senile badger, and I miss Sam.  Characters I don't care about keep dying, it just makes me kind of numb to the whole thing.  I can't put a finger on which episode it seemed to take a turn.  Thinking back, I did enjoy the one when the gang is in the gas station, as well as the backtrack episode with the wife.  Maybe the finale will turn things around a bit to set up next season.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: September 29, 2014, 08:21:40 PM
So is anyone giving this a shot?

I found the premiere pretty decent based on the acting and overall look/feel of the show, but I still have doubts as to how this is a sustainable concept.  Sure it's cute to see little Catwoman, young Poison Ivy and pre-pubescent Batman (I like that kid they chose too, he was in Touch last year) - plus Penguin and Riddler, etc. - but... how far can they take these characters and hold our interest?  I will continue to watch for Ben McKenzie, but so far he's pretty much the same character he played in Southland, except less interesting.

I think I read the show is based on a comic series, so that gives me some hope that there is a bigger overall arc/plan for the TV show, but all in all it feels like a really nice production and cast wasted on a poor premise. 
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Gauntlet on: September 25, 2014, 11:22:38 PM
I only got to try it out a few minutes last night but I really liked what I saw.  Keyboard controls were a pain though so I'm going to look into using a controller.  Really feel like this would be better on a console.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 25, 2014, 11:20:08 PM
It's been nearly a week of usage for me, and while I can't say I'm regretting the decision, I still feel like the Plus is just a tad too big as a primary phone device.  Little things like how it sits in my pockets, how it feels to use/hold in one hand, the positioning of the off button - they are all kind of off for me.  I'm now trying a belt pouch/case in addition to the Apple leather case (which is fantastic btw), but that has its own awkwardness associated with it when sitting down. 

The tradeoff is of course the larger (and gorgeous) screen.  That would really be hard to give up now that I'm getting used to it.  Haven't tried the camera out enough to know if it's really that much better, and don't know about battery life.

This is the first Apple purchase I've made in a long time that I'm kind of on the fence on.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes on: September 24, 2014, 11:21:12 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 24, 2014, 07:31:53 PM

Yeah, it seems the heroes are really gimped at the beginning so that you can unlock all of the skills to make them actually fun.   icon_confused   

I played a little last night, fairly enjoyable.  There did seem to be a huge discrepancy in power between Black Widow and Thor at level 1.  I guess that's really as it should be based on their powers, but usually these types of games find a better balance.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/22) on: September 22, 2014, 08:40:42 PM
I pre-ordered Inifinity a while back, I don't actually remember why lol.  I think it was mostly due to obsession with Guardians.

I didn't realize Gauntlet was coming out but I'll get that for sure.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 22, 2014, 08:36:43 PM

Quote from: Graham on September 22, 2014, 07:15:06 PM

I will be upgrading my phone, but I'm not sure about getting the 6 Plus since it seems so big.  I currently have a 4S, so anything would be an improvement for me.  Has anyone handled the 6 Plus and thought it was too big?

I have the 6 plus, and for some things I do feel like it's a bit too big as a phone.  I can't really comfortably use it one-handed, even with the new features that are supposed to help with that.  I suspect it may just take some getting used to, but I feel like it causes more fatigue in my hand as well because of the width.  It fits OK in my pockets (haven't tried jeans yet), but it certainly leaves more of an impression that it's there, and for whatever reason I feel like it's more fragile or prone to being dropped when I take it in and out of my pocket.  I ordered an additional sleeve/belt holster so that might help in the long run.

Overall I do love the screen and I really like the new dual column mode in mail and messaging.  I haven't got to test the camera out yet but from what I've read I suspect that will be a key feature over time.  Gaming is also more enjoyable on the larger screen.

The way I described it to a friend of mine, in terms of the way I use and hold it, it feels more to me like a mini iPad mini, as opposed to a giant iPhone.  Not sure if that makes sense or not.  
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer TV Binge Watching Report on: September 17, 2014, 04:48:56 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 16, 2014, 08:59:20 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 16, 2014, 08:21:39 AM

Quote from: rittchard on September 15, 2014, 05:45:22 PM

Presently I'm in the middle of Parks and Recreation.  I don't recall why I never got into it before, but I am just totally in love with the show now.  I mainly wanted to see Chris Pratt, but really the entire cast is fantastic and just grows on me more and more.  And I admit I am absolutely obsessed with Chris Pratt, who am I kidding?  I think chubby/dumb Chris Pratt is even more appealing than handsome/buff/action Chris Pratt, it's insane that it's the same guy.

What season are you on?  I consider season 4 to be the greatest single season in sitcom history, so if you haven't watched it yet, you're in for a treat.  Unfortunately, it goes downhill after that, but season 4 alone would have sealed its place on the list of greatest sitcoms ever.

Sweet, I was afraid I was already in the peak time!  I'm in the middle of Season 3, which I thus far have found fantastic.  For YK, I'd definitely recommend at least trying Season 2+.  I felt like Season 1 was a bit off, like they were trying too hard to make Amy Poehler the female version of Michael Scott.  Season 2 and 3 they tweaked her persona effectively, and all of the support characters really start to come alive IMHO. 

Slight addendum, apparently I am already right in the middle of Season 4, and it is definitely filled with awesome sauce!
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 09:16:32 PM
I never got into Minecraft at all but apparently it's a very popular thing with kids.  My 9yo nephew has never played the game but went through an obsessive period with it just watching Youtube streams of other people playing the game. 
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer TV Binge Watching Report on: September 16, 2014, 08:59:20 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 16, 2014, 08:21:39 AM

Quote from: rittchard on September 15, 2014, 05:45:22 PM

Presently I'm in the middle of Parks and Recreation.  I don't recall why I never got into it before, but I am just totally in love with the show now.  I mainly wanted to see Chris Pratt, but really the entire cast is fantastic and just grows on me more and more.  And I admit I am absolutely obsessed with Chris Pratt, who am I kidding?  I think chubby/dumb Chris Pratt is even more appealing than handsome/buff/action Chris Pratt, it's insane that it's the same guy.

What season are you on?  I consider season 4 to be the greatest single season in sitcom history, so if you haven't watched it yet, you're in for a treat.  Unfortunately, it goes downhill after that, but season 4 alone would have sealed its place on the list of greatest sitcoms ever.

Sweet, I was afraid I was already in the peak time!  I'm in the middle of Season 3, which I thus far have found fantastic.  For YK, I'd definitely recommend at least trying Season 2+.  I felt like Season 1 was a bit off, like they were trying too hard to make Amy Poehler the female version of Michael Scott.  Season 2 and 3 they tweaked her persona effectively, and all of the support characters really start to come alive IMHO. 
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Summer TV Binge Watching Report on: September 15, 2014, 05:45:22 PM
Well the summer TV season is winding down, looks like the Fall shows are starting up as early as this week.

The last few summers I've been doing binge watching on shows I missed during the regular season, and it's turned out pretty well.  This summer I started with Person of Interest at my sister's repeated recommendation.  First season was a little slow for me, but I really got into the second and third seasons and I'm really looking forward to it now.

Next up I did Orphan Black, which was just fantastic from the getgo.  Actually it took maybe the first 2-3 episodes to completely sell me, but after that I was hooked.  Definitely see what all the fuss was about, and the lead actress really deserved at bare minimum an Emmy nomination. 

Presently I'm in the middle of Parks and Recreation.  I don't recall why I never got into it before, but I am just totally in love with the show now.  I mainly wanted to see Chris Pratt, but really the entire cast is fantastic and just grows on me more and more.  And I admit I am absolutely obsessed with Chris Pratt, who am I kidding?  I think chubby/dumb Chris Pratt is even more appealing than handsome/buff/action Chris Pratt, it's insane that it's the same guy.

Anyone else do any binge watching?
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 11, 2014, 11:35:09 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 11, 2014, 12:45:44 AM

That right there may be one of the reasons I don't really get the thing. I am about as far removed from a "watch guy" as there probably is. I don't think I ever wore a wristwatch at all until I was in my 20s. The concept of spending more than like $100 on a thing that tells time sounds utterly insane.

I did appreciate from the article that he explained some of the things that would make it appealing if you are into watches though.

What I think will be interesting is to see if non-watch people get sucked into it for some reason or another.  Prior to the iPad I had many spirited debates about the "use case" of a tablet; a lot of people just didn't think they'd ever want one or couldn't visualize what the use cases would be.  Maybe it will take a killer app or just some unforeseen usage case, I'm looking forward to it.  As an example, today while driving to work I noticed my eye often glances naturally around my wrist level - seems like an opportunity for something cool.

Ironically, though I'd never consider myself a real "watch guy", I used to wear watches as a kid all the way through college and work until... the iPhone lol.  I pretty much stopped wearing a watch once I realized I was using the phone to check time. 
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2014, 11:20:33 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 11, 2014, 12:10:03 PM

This brought to light the issue that has kept me from actually pulling that Android trigger: the apps.  I have a lot of 'em (I like buying games more than actually playing them, it seems).  The Android store is certainly becoming better, but they have nowhere near the level of the App Store.  Additionally, now that my kid has an iPhone, it's way more cost effective for me to continue along that trend.  Plus I have an iPad.  And no Google devices at all.

This is how they get you.

So it looks like I'll be getting the 6, though I'm decidedly underwhelmed.  If the HTC One had a better camera, the story might have been different.  I'm sure a new version will be out next spring that will change that story.  I understand AT&T will let me lease with a pretty early buy-out option...

iOS 8 Family Sharing will be even nicer:

http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/family-sharing/

I'm going to try the AT&T Next program (which I think is what you are referring to by "lease"), though I'm not sold on it.  The way I understand it you pay only tax up front and then a monthly amount for 20 months to complete the buy.  At the 1 year mark you have the option to trade-in your current unit for the latest and greatest, or pay off the remaining 8 months to get full ownership.  What you lose by all this is the discount pricing.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 10, 2014, 09:57:36 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 10, 2014, 09:32:03 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on September 10, 2014, 09:08:18 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 10, 2014, 08:59:10 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 10, 2014, 08:55:32 PM

Infamous is not a 'shooter'.

Yes it is. It's more forgiving than most shooters, but it's still a shooter.

The combat is even fairly close to Destiny, shoot, throw grenade, engage melee, retreat to cover while shields regenerate, repeat.

I meant it's not an FPS. My bayd.

Hmm. Is infamous 2S 1st person?  Or is it like Gears? 3PS but with FPS aiming?  Because an FPS is muuuuuch different than a 3PS even if that's true.

Unless you mean the act of launching a projectile of any kind is ritt's achilles heel. slywink

Nah I have some projectiles I'm really good at launching all the time  icon_biggrin icon_biggrin icon_biggrin

I'm not sure if it's reflexes or timing or just the perspective, but I do tend to have a harder time when it's full FPS (as opposed to being able to zoom out to third-ish behind the back perspective) or anything that requires a lot of jumping/timing.  It's not just a pure hand/eye coordination issue because there are arcade-ish games I'm still pretty good at (or at least I used to be really good at), but they exercised different kinds of coordination (for instance Zuma or Tetris).

I also think there are design decisions that can be made to get around my issues.  An easier difficulty setting that's more forgiving on aim or gives the player more of an advantage (at the cost of experience or whatever), or simply a way to outlevel the content the way many RPGs do.   I think that's why I was able to do fine with Hellgate.  When content got too rough I would just go back and level/gear up.  It seems like FPS designers don't like to provide that kind of option.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 09:47:53 PM
Here's a really good read from a "watch guy" (as opposed to a gadget/electronics guy I guess):

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/hodinkee-apple-watch-review

111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 10, 2014, 06:09:15 PM
I suspect there's not much help for me, but I'll inquire any way.

I made it to the first mission after the hub (to get a ward drive or whatever) but couldn't get past it.  The first section was OK, and there were a couple other strangers with me.  But at some point you get some warning and then the other players vanish and there's a ton of bad guys which I just can't get past without dying again and again, and they seem to reset each time so I can't even whittle them down.  Am I missing something or is this just another one of those FPS games I can never get far in?  Oddly I can't even lower the difficulty to "1" - they only have the option for "2" - Normal and "3" - Hard.  Is that correct?

I was thinking that maybe I simply cannot play FPS, but then I remembered the one time I was successful - that was Hellgate London.  I had no trouble in that game, so what I'm saying is it's not 100% me lol.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 06:03:30 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on September 10, 2014, 03:13:54 PM

I agree, I don't see how smart watches will become mainstream until they aren't tethered to a smartphone.  And Apple playing catch up on technology innovation is weird to see.  They had a good run.   

I don't see this as playing catch up.  It's the same situation as iPod, iPhone and iPad; there were music players, touch smart phones and touch tablets out before each of those products hit the market.  I should know since I owned all of them lol.  The success of Apple's products always hinges upon whether or not the actual usability and functionality exceeds the initial imagination of the general populace.  There were tons of naysayers for the iPhone (I was one of them), and tons more for the iPad, and look how that all worked out.  This is iteration 1, and I believe it's going to be another smash hit for Apple, but probably more so in the second or third iteration. 

The tethering to the smartphone will likely be addressed in the long run if that's what people really want.  Technology-wise it will probably take some time to integrate all that in a single chip solution without consuming tons of battery power, maybe another generation or two of processing improvements.  The fact is at the moment, I can't see not having a device to surf the internet and play games on with me at all times, so I'm likely always going to have my phone anyway.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2014, 05:54:31 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 10, 2014, 05:20:34 PM

For "pocket testing," folks might find this guy's PDF drawings useful:
http://photos.appleinsider.com/iPhone6_preorder_picker.pdf

Thanks for that!  I had already decided on the Plus, but this seals it further.  It fits really easily in the palm of my hand, the width is really not bad at all.

I suspect that the Plus is going to far outsell the 6, but it will be interesting to see.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 28, 2014, 08:28:32 PM
At first I thought you guys were exaggerating, but I've been having an excessively easy time on Expert with my WD as well.  Basically all I do is use the slow AoE and the poison AoE and then run around collecting stuff while my pets finish everyone off.  For bosses I repeat this maybe once or twice and that's it.

It doesn't really bother me that much but it's definitely noticeable relative to the PC version.  I think they lowered the difficulty AND also increased the amount of legendary drops (plus gifts) so that's made it even easier.  I don't recall what my main damage numbers were relative to where I am in the game, but I'm pretty sure they are quite a bit higher.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: August 28, 2014, 08:23:43 PM
Oh I totally agree the Hoyt/Jessica resolution was contrived, forced, and ignored the depth of the issues they had in the storyline.  But I'm such a sucker for the actors I was OK to overlook all that.

But yeah, on top of all the inconsistencies, it was so freaking boring.  No action, no magic powers, no fairy light effects, just... blah.  What a sad way to end what started out as such a fresh and exciting series.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood will reboot anything - Underworld on: August 28, 2014, 08:19:22 PM
I love the Underworld flicks, and love Kate Beckinsale.  Will be tough to find a replacement.  Maybe Chloe Grace Moretz, she can kick ass (pun intended) and has played a vampire before.
117  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Okay I've tried before but.. on: August 27, 2014, 11:27:08 PM
Add me as well: rittchard

My play times are kind of sporadic but now with the Vita/PS4 remote I should be able to play later.  Plus I'm always game for 3-way action.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: August 27, 2014, 04:52:50 PM
Did anyone watch the last season/series finale?

SPOILERS INCOMING...

What a horrible way to end the series.  Not so much the finale itself, but just an entire lackluster season which seemed to just chop out characters on a whim for no good reason.  Worse than that the main plotline was just incredibly boring.  I think the "big moment" where Sookie puts Bill out of his misery was symbolic for putting viewers out of theirs for such a weak final season. 

OK, yeah, so I'm a sucker for happy endings and "closure" for my beloved TV characters, so I was genuinely pleased with the Hoyt/Jessica wrapup.  That was probably the only storyline I enjoyed for the entire season.  Lafayette and Sam got nice wrap-ups but barely any screen time to go along with them.  Jason's was decent all in all.  But the mis-handling of some of the other characters was borderline insulting.

And seriously?  The big bad villain that gets eternal torture and vengeance placed on her is.... Sarah Newman?  Come on, give me a freaking break.  That was just pathetic all around.  I wasn't sure if it was being played for laughs or what. 

While the show has certainly had its ups and downs and was clearly on the downward trend, there were always at least some interesting things going on each season and story arcs with some substance.  This one just seemed like a tepid soap opera wrap up, with some random slayings of main characters thrown in for shock value.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon bought Twitch on: August 26, 2014, 05:54:29 PM
So what are the ramifications of this?  Does Amazon now own Harkonis?  Can I use my Amazon Prime membership to demand naked Harkonis videos?
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: August 26, 2014, 05:53:24 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on August 26, 2014, 01:58:45 AM

I'm enjoying the series, how many episodes this season? Was this the finale?

Don't know how many total but I think there are either 1 or 2 more.
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