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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 18, 2015, 05:54:11 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 18, 2015, 04:02:59 AM

I'll go along with that. Creepy clean-cut guy is obviously going to be a problem. Clean-cut guys always are. I hope he doesn't derail the journey-to-DC arc because I like TWD best when they're on the road.

It's really interesting to hear the fan reaction to the new guy.  I often wish I could experience the show without having read any of the comics to have a completely unbiased outlook watching it.  Even though the writers have departed from the comic early and often, many of the core characters, plot locales and themes are the same or similar. 

What's Aaron's secret????

Spoiler for Hiden:
He's GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous

You want to know more? 

Spoiler for Hiden:
In the comic he's a good guy!!!

82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick my next game on: February 18, 2015, 01:10:06 AM

Quote from: JayDee on February 17, 2015, 09:02:09 PM

I really want to get DA: I if only because I want to get involved in a big, deep RPG. But there is no guarantee I'm going to like it since it's been years since I've played a tactical RPG. SoM, however, is right up my alley. I really like Action RPGs. So I *should* get that to stay in my comfort zone, right? But I've heard such good things about DA: I. I want to experience that joy too!!!!

Keep in mind DA:I can be played very much like an Action RPG if you so desire.  If you play on an easier difficulty and allow your other part members to pretty much do whatever they want, combat can have a pretty action-y feel to it. 
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 17, 2015, 06:29:27 PM
Interesting transition episode this week.  Nice to finally see Aaron show up, what a cutie! 

I imagine some people may not have enjoyed the slower pace, but I thought it made for a good mourning/catharsis episode (as well as transition to the next phase of the show), since the audience really didn't get that last week.  It was really nice to see the entire group in their full glory all together, which is such a rarity in this show.  Even though they weren't doing a whole lot, I found it comforting to see everyone and some characters interact that generally have not been shown together.  I also liked seeing some of the more "realistic" elements that often get glossed over, such as lack of food and more importantly, water.  Of course I still wonder how Judith stays so chubby, I have a theory that she's secretly a hybrid zombie baby that goes off and eats people when no one's paying attention.
84  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Playing Diablo 2 on a Windows Tablet? on: February 11, 2015, 10:13:24 PM
Just a brief update, I was able to get things more or less running fairly easily.  I couldn't get that thing I bought from Steam to work correctly, but the Touchmousepointer did work, with the caveat I had to run D2 in a window.

Short version - it works, but the interface is, not surprisingly, awkward.  This is partially because of the effectiveness/sensitivity of touchmousepointer, but also because of the way D2 is strictly point and click.  It seems like it really wouldn't be difficult at all to do a mixed interface update that would make it run smoother and allow people to play D2 on Windows tablets with minimal fuss.  Thumb-stick control on the left and two buttons on the right and the game would be playable.  If I get more time I may take a look at virtualgamepad again.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Phase 3 Updates on: February 10, 2015, 08:57:43 PM
I do hope they put Spidey in Civil War.  I'd be even happier if they cast Dylan O' Brien, I think he's got just the right amount of charm, nerdiness, sexiness and humor.

http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/content/casting-5-actors-marvels-spider-man

I do hope the stand-alone movie is not yet another retelling of the origin story.  How many different ways can you get bit by a radioactive spider?!?

86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 10, 2015, 12:38:14 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 09, 2015, 11:33:08 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 09, 2015, 09:11:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 09, 2015, 08:39:34 PM

I can't imagine how it was "lame".

Boring, with needless cameos from past cast members that were silly, an uninteresting story line of watching a character (that they never developed into anything interesting) dying, dragged out for an hour, etc. This is the most wish-washy shows I have ever watched, some great stuff, interrupted with long boring shows with uninspired writing. I just don't care about the characters, I don't find them interesting. They were in the early seasons, there were dynamics between them. Now, I don't know how to describe it, they are just boring and predictable. I want Rick to die at this point, the shows needs to move in a different direction.

Lee, I almost can't respond to this (though obviously I can).

Boring just doesn't seem possible to imagine for me on this one.  The cameos were so far from needless or silly - they were germane to understanding what the other character was going through, which was nuanced and thought-out and so inspired that I honestly can't understand why you're even bothering with the show.  It seems to have moved beyond you.

Have to agree with Bullwinkle, sounds like Lee is mentally done with the show.  Reminds me of a lot of different people reacting to Lost at certain points in the show.  They shifted from avid fans to haters and it seemed like nothing the writers did could change the course.  The fact is it's always easy to poke holes and find things to dislike if that's the mental space you approach it.  I'm actually starting to picture Lee as Jebediah Atkinson lol:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/603074

Anyway back to the ep, I also have to agree that the cameos were excellent, though I think one cameo I would have liked to have seen would be his girlfriend from the prison.  Also maybe Herschel would have had more emotional impact for the fans.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jupiter Ascending on: February 10, 2015, 12:20:37 AM
I was totally planning to see it but got sucked up prepping my house for some remodel work.  The bad press and general negativity were kind of annoying but that wouldn't have deterred me.  Unfortunately since Kingsman comes out next weekend I suspect I'll miss it in theaters completely, but oh well!  I will definitely grab it when it comes on Amazon.

That said, I have to admit I cracked up a ton for the Spongebob preview...
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 09, 2015, 09:14:34 PM
I read an interview from the writer saying he thought this ep was "like a poem" and would either be a fan favorite or a most-hated episode depending on the person, so that seems to be playing out from the feedback I've been hearing.  Personally I thought it was extremely well put together artistically, but in spite of understanding the themes they were driving at, I was not a fan of the plot outcome and how they arrived at it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
For Tyrese to go out being bitten by a stupid little mini twin zombie was just kind of disappointing.  I get the whole "giving up" and "being done" motif, but there had to be a better way to set it up.  Not to mention he was just reunited with his sister, who just lost someone else she loved, so it's quite a disservice to her for him to just give up at this juncture.  The implication is that he's more or less committing suicide which just doesn't feel consistent with the character.  


P.S.  That link leads me to some Netflix show with two ladies tied up  eek

I think this is where it was supposed to go:

http://io9.com/the-walking-deads-never-been-more-devastating-than-it-1684666091

89  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Playing Diablo 2 on a Windows Tablet? on: February 05, 2015, 10:26:41 PM
There's a product on Steam called Gestureworks Gameplay which seems to address this, but it doesn't appear to be much of an attraction.

https://gameplay.gestureworks.com/

I wasn't able to get the overlay to show up on Diablo 2 yet, but there are some things I probably need to try tweaking.  Will update if I see any notable progress.

It's interesting to me that this doesn't seem to be a space of much interest for gamers, in spite of the growing number of Windows tablets and hybrids out there.  Seems like a ton of older games could be made fun/playable on low end tablets, and even many newer ones could work well on high end tablets like the Surface Pro 3. 

I suppose it's just so much easier to grab something off the App store that was built for touch...
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel + Netflix = Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessic Jones, Defenders on: February 04, 2015, 09:54:24 PM
Nice abs, what a cutie!  Not quite Stephen Amell territory but good enough to get the job done.   thumbsup thumbsup

Speaking of which, seems like the show has a similar vibe to Arrow, but likely much darker.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TurboTax or an Accountant? on: February 04, 2015, 09:48:29 PM
I used to use Turbo Tax or the equivalent for many years until I bought a house.  There were too many things with credits and deductions and refunds and interest, etc etc.  At that point I felt like it made more sense to have a professional do my taxes, just for peace of mind.  Mine was recommended from a friend and I really like her. 
92  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Playing Diablo 2 on a Windows Tablet? on: February 03, 2015, 01:16:38 AM
Has anyone tried to play D2 on any of the newer Windows tablets?  I mean actually playing on the tablet like a tablet game and not using external mouse and keyboard.

It seems like any of them should have plenty of processing power to handle it, but the interface would likely be a mess?  I know there are emulators like:

http://www.lovesummertrue.com/touchmousepointer/en-us/

http://palmtime.net/virtualgamepad/

to help but it doesn't seem like anyone has done it successfully.

- - -

On a side note, I know it will never happen but it would be so cool if Blizzard ported D2 over to tablets in general...
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 30, 2015, 07:12:51 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 30, 2015, 03:13:14 PM

I'm sort of coming to terms with the idea that I'm approaching age 50 now, and my D1/2 memories were when I was about 32 and 35. Virtually all the pals I played those games with then no longer game regularly due to family commitments. So to some extent when I lament the change of the gamer base, I've simply outlasted my peers in PC gaming and am whistling in a graveyard. I sound like Debbie Downer. icon_smile

In retrospect, that sounds 100% like me too lol.  Is there a Debbie Downer emoticon? 
94  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 30, 2015, 01:07:19 AM
Two PC ports are out now:  HOMM3 "HD" Edition and Runespell Overture (poker/solitaire/CCG game).  Both look like pretty solid iPad ports.  I don't think either adds anything to the originals so this is really just for the novelty and ease of playing on the iPad.

http://might-and-magic.ubi.com/universe/en-gb/games/all-games/might-and-magic-heroes-3-hd/

http://store.steampowered.com/app/102200/

95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 30, 2015, 01:00:56 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 29, 2015, 08:19:37 PM

I can't really wail about gamer preferences changing. Except I guess in my days of Diablo I and II, maybe even in terms of City of Heroes for the few months before WoW launched and stole its thunder, is people seemed to play more in those days because the act of playing was fun, act of splurching monsters and doing so through fun, mostly randomized environments (D1, D2, I mean; not COH) was fun. And it wasn't necessarily only to reach the cap and then just keep expecting the game to spit out end game loot repeatedly like a Pez dispenser.

It just doesn't seem like gamers actually enjoy playing games anymore. They don't enjoy the journey, that is. They want to reach the end and get all the best stuff, and then complain about it not really being the best stuff, and nothing new to do, why should I continue playing? This seemed similar to how people reacted to Arrowhead's Gauntlet reboot. Race through the levels, complain there's "nothing new to do" and then stop playing.

At least that's what I glean from the official forums. Perhaps they don't necessarily represent a broad enough view, and I'm oversimplifying the gaming world today.  icon_smile

As much as I like Diablo 3, I said it long ago but once the vision for the game moved away from a number of the things that many D2 fans loved, this was more or less inevitable.  D3 was designed from a skills standpoint so that you would never have to reroll, and I think many people like that style.  But because of that flexibility, you lose the subset of gameplay that involves committing to concrete build choices and sticking with them, and everything that goes along with that style of game.  I completely lost count of the amount of times I started a brand new build with a concept in mind in D2.  But each time I did that, I'd go through the entire game again.  Sometimes people would skip me through portions or I'd get power-leveled, but more often than not, the group I played with would always go through the full game again.  And again, and again.  And it was fun.  I don't think anyone ever got to max level, so there was always that small carrot dangling, and good loot just seemed so much more precious.  In D3 it really is like a pez dispenser and so much of it is just dumped, even legendaries. 

In an odd way, I think D3 just gives players too much, too easily, without consequence or commitment, and that ultimately ends up hurting its longevity.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: January 30, 2015, 12:32:48 AM
Just a general comment, I'm still surprised, but I am really enjoying this show.  Actually both this show and The Flash keep surprising me with how engaging they are.  I was concerned about the Flash's tone being inconsistent with Arrow given that they are in the same "universe" but somehow they are both managing to maintain very separate identities while overlapping nicely.  (Although I can't help but think Felicity would have called Barry over to help take out the Juggernaut and his minions, but oh well.)  Kudos all around.
97  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS, Android] Cards and Castles on: January 27, 2015, 09:36:09 PM
Game was patched again and servers improved.  There are still some issues but things were much smoother last night.

I forgot to mention there is also a draft mode similar to other games of the genre.  You get to select your two factions and then you get a series of cards to choose from to build a deck.

Last night I ended up in an epic battle from Draft.  It kept going back and forth, every single time I thought I had the match under control, my opponent would counter with everything he had.  And then vice versa, it was just crazy.  I ended up winning but I'm not entirely sure what happened.  I think the opponent forfeited but I don't know if it was by choice or if he ran out of cards or what.  While I thought I was up, I'm not entirely sure I had the match won when he quit.  Either way it was one of the best online matches I've had in a long long time.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Helix on: January 27, 2015, 07:11:55 PM
I finally caught up with the first two episodes of S2 and I have no idea what to think.  I know I must have missed a few details here and there since I fell asleep a couple times lol but still the new season is kind of crazy.  Whether it's crazy good or crazy bad remains to be seen.  On the plus side, I do like Matt Long.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [teaser trailer] Fantastic 4 on: January 27, 2015, 07:09:55 PM
I almost fell asleep waiting for something to happen.

I do like most of the cast though, so at least that's a plus.  Of course you're never gonna beat Chris Evans as Johnny Storm but whatever, I guess he's moved on  Tongue
100  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS, Android] Cards and Castles on: January 26, 2015, 07:02:26 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 25, 2015, 04:56:40 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 25, 2015, 03:48:16 AM

Granted I've only been playing this a couple of days, but thus far I've found it more engaging than either Hearthstone...

Strangest thing I have read all day. I now have to call in to question everything you have ever said. icon_twisted

lmao!  I do enjoy Hearthstone, but I think I'm a bigger fan of the TBS/tactical genre over the CCG/deck building genre.  This game scratches both itches.  Obviously it doesn't have the strategic depth or "character" of HS, but the tactical portion is something HS just doesn't have.  I guess I feel more connected once the card units become actual playable units on a battlefield.  And certainly there's another dimension added when you have to consider range, motion, position, etc.

Last night one of my matches the computer AI had me almost crushed.  Everything I brought out it would kill using a strategy similar to my own deck (damages units whenever you draw a card), but I knew I had some solid cards in my hand if I could just hold on.  The AI was closing in with a number of units on my base so I knew I had just a few more turns to make a play.  I finally got a Sniper out and loaded him with buffs, both attack and healing - and basically created a super unit to take the AI units out one at a time.  It was a really gratifying win since it really required the full combo of tactics, patience, trust in my deck... and a little bit of luck.  On the flip side, I played an MP match with the same deck and got totally crushed after making a silly mistake or 2, and just not getting any luck on units appearing when I needed them.  The opponent played all basic cards (looked like the default deck) but was able to load up enough buffs to devastate my base.

Unfortunately they do seem to be having some issues with servers/connections, particularly in draft mode.  I hope they get it ironed out because it's really a fantastic game.  Luckily there's enough single player content to last a while.
101  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS, Android] Cards and Castles on: January 25, 2015, 03:48:16 AM
www.cardsandcastles.com

I'm not sure how this one slipped through the cracks for me.  A search shows Hark ninja mentioned it a while ago, and I vaguely recall planning to check it out but apparently I never did.  Some of you may remember a while back there was a well received mobile TBS game called Hero Academy that a number of us played.  Essentially it was like the tactical battle portion of HOMM, but pretty much multi-player only.  It did provide both async and live MP which was very nice.

This game retains that competitive MP format, but takes it a step further, adding computer AI scenarios/campaign - but more interestingly a CCG element similar to MTG or Hearthstone.  You can create a custom deck from cards that you win through completing scenarios, quests and, of course, spending cash.  Decks are built from 2 "factions" (i.e. colors from MTG, which include Vikings, Ninjas and others) plus neutral cards in a deck of 40.  Battles play out in a very simple grid-based map.  The only variation on maps comes in the form of towers which can be controlled by attacking, after which they can be used to attack in a limited range.  Controlling towers is not essential to win, as the only thing you need to do to win is destroy the other player's castle.  However, towers are in close proximity to the castles, so depending on you strategy, they can be very useful.  The single resource used during the game is gold (replacing mana), which simplifies gameplay somewhat.

Granted I've only been playing this a couple of days, but thus far I've found it more engaging than either Hearthstone, MTG or Hero Academy.  Elements from each of the games are incorporated but simplified to some degree, so the gameplay is easy to learn and moves very quickly (live MP games have a timer).  There is definitely enough variation in cards (units, all sorts of unit buffs, global buffs in the form of buildings which can also serve as tactical pieces, nukes, heals, etc etc) that strategic deck creation is very important.  Battlefield complexity is just interesting enough that tactics definitely come into play.  I found it really easy to pick up initially, but very quickly solid planning, smarter card choices and tactics became important to get further, both against humans and AI.  It's really a fantastic blend of CCG with TBS.  I've tried a number of games similar to this on iOS, but this is the first one I felt did a really successful blend that's both easy to get into but complex to master.

My big concern for MP is that certain cards or card combos will be unbeatable but I suppose that's always a risk with CCGs.  I really don't know enough about the game to know what overall card balance is like.  The good thing is that even if MP is a bust, there are plenty of SP scenarios to play as well, which is something that Hero Academy really could have used.

Would be fun to get an async group going again - as always my account name is "rittchard"  thumbsup
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What to look forward to in 2015 on: January 23, 2015, 07:28:16 PM
My gaming interests really seem to be shifting away from PC/console, as none of the big releases are really exciting me as much as I try to psych myself up for them.   crybaby

That new Blizzard franchise looks like it has potential, but other than that I can't think of much.

On the mobile side, I'm really looking forward to Heroes and Castles 2, which I expect to be madly pimping in the next few months.  nod
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jupiter Ascending on: January 23, 2015, 07:23:25 PM
Cool special effects? Check.
Sexy chick in tight leather outfit? Check.
Hot muscley shirtless Chan Chan?  Check.
BOROMIR?  Check.

What could possibly go wrong???
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early 2015 Movie Fest! on: January 22, 2015, 01:22:32 AM

Quote from: Lee on January 21, 2015, 10:56:34 PM

You lost me at Bruce Willis.

lmao!  The sad thing is I just realized I had confused Bruce Willis with Harrison Ford in Blade Runner.  I am getting way too old I think my brain is deteriorating faster every day.   saywhat saywhat saywhat
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Early 2015 Movie Fest! on: January 21, 2015, 09:17:44 PM
I don't remember another year where there were this many sci-fi/fantasy/horror/action flicks in the early part of the year.  I'm pretty excited!

Jan 16

VICE - Bruce Willis in some sort of Blade Runner-ish flick, I'll probably wait for video
blackhat - Thor as a super hacker, super believable!!  Prob wait for video

Jan 23

The Loft - psychological thriller
The Atticus Institute - institute for peeps with supernatural abilities, sounds cool but I'll prob wait

Jan 30

Project Almanac - looks like Butterfly Effect, I can't resist alternate timeline movies
Alien Outpost - I have no idea what this is, I think it's also listed as Legends from the Sky

Feb 6 (kind of annoying that 2 sci-fi/fantasy flicks are debuting on the same day, will likely cannibalize each other at the box office)

Seventh Son - previews look sweet
Jupiter Ascending - previews also look sweet
Spongebob - superhero Spongebob, nuff said

Feb 13

Kingsman - really looking forward to this one, young Brit super agents led by Colin Firth, yum!

Mar 15

new Paranormal Activity

Mar 20

Divergent: Insurgent


106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 16, 2015, 12:10:43 AM
I love Rogue's sales pitch, "if you like FUN..."   nod icon_biggrin icon_lol
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 15, 2015, 12:44:28 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 15, 2015, 12:20:58 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 15, 2015, 12:16:10 AM

Dammit, you people are not helping.

Tell me about it, I started checking prices right after reading this  thread!   ninja

Ugh, I hate myself.  And I hate you guys! 
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 15, 2015, 12:20:58 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 15, 2015, 12:16:10 AM

Dammit, you people are not helping.

Tell me about it, I started checking prices right after reading this  thread!   ninja
109  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?
110  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
111  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.

112  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
113  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.
114  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:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/01/whats-the-deal-with-curved-tvs/

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

- - -

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.

115  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).
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 07, 2015, 09:35:36 PM
http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/07/introducing-the-best-of-ces-2015-finalists/

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...
117  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.
118  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?
119  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.
120  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
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