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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Announcement] Gaming Trend unveils a new review and scoring system! on: October 29, 2013, 06:21:19 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 29, 2013, 05:36:37 PM

Can all the reviewers also post pictures of themselves so I can rate/review them for how hot they are using the same new scale?

Well, I WAS planning on doing a 'hot or not' implementation on the new author page template...
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Announcement] Gaming Trend unveils a new review and scoring system! on: October 29, 2013, 05:58:57 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on October 29, 2013, 04:23:51 AM

I was just thinking about this after reading the Batman review.  Pretty much everyone else grades from 70-100.  If I'm a publisher, why would I ever want to send you a prerelease copy of a game?  Even a decent score from you will drag down my metacritic/gamerankings average.  It might get you more readers as some people like to check out the outliers, but if I were a publisher, I'd cut you off.

What about Joystiq? Quarter to Three? Giant Bomb? Hell, even Metacritic assumes a larger range. There are MANY sites out there that don't adhere to this unspoken 70-100, enough to where I'd say the percentage of sites that do only have a slight majority. They continue to get product to review.

We are holding ourselves to a higher standard. High scoring reviews on this site will now mean something. We've been 'cut off' and cut on for far more whimsical reasons in the past, this will change very little.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 28, 2013, 06:04:49 PM

Quote from: Hetz on October 28, 2013, 05:39:52 PM

Things should become clearer in the next 24 hours when people get to see for themselves the PS4 vs XB1 footage of Battlefield 4.

That's assuming that the Xbone embargo is the same as the PS4 embargo. I'm going to bet it isn't.
164  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Forum is absurdly slow today on: October 27, 2013, 04:40:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 27, 2013, 06:52:09 AM

it's actually Mike's fault.

lynch Mike.

You couldn't pay me to sift through this shitty code
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lots of PS4 game reviews in the next two weeks....no XB1 game reviews on: October 25, 2013, 06:54:14 PM
 ninja
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lots of PS4 game reviews in the next two weeks....no XB1 game reviews on: October 25, 2013, 06:49:08 PM
The one PS4 game I'm reviewing has the same embargo as current-gen, while the Xbone version embargo is a week later. I assumed it was due to the console release dates.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HELP!] Job seeking advice needed on: October 15, 2013, 11:00:11 PM
Oh yeah, one other thing- LinkedIn. Flesh out your LinkedIn profile as much as you can. It can supplement your resume'
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HELP!] Job seeking advice needed on: October 15, 2013, 10:09:28 PM
Recruiters and hiring managers look at any single resume an average of 7 seconds. Your resume needs to catch their attention and intrigue them enough to entice them to want to know more. Don't do more than one sheet, front and back if you need to, but no more.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming Trend to speak at SXSWi 2014 with Richard Garriott? Only if you help! on: October 14, 2013, 11:39:01 PM
The first wave of panels has been announced, and...


We got in!

http://sxsw.com/interactive/news/2013/interactive-programming-announcement

Thanks for helping, everybody! Looks like I'm finally going to drag Ron down to Austin biggrin
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 11, 2013, 11:53:08 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 11, 2013, 04:23:39 AM

Quote from: Turtle on October 10, 2013, 11:15:59 PM

Stupid China's terrible and corrupt labor and business culture. I hate having to worry about this with every big purchase.
The worst thing about this particular instance is that consumers get screwed either way because there's not a lot of choice when it comes to games consoles. We don't have much power to influence the console manufacturers here. Only for electronics where there is actual choice do we get the chance to make a difference. I know Apple uses Foxconn extensively, despite getting grilled about it in the media multiple times. Don't buy iPhones or iPads. Buy competing products that don't use labor practices that equate to slavery. I think some of their competitors do the same thing (Samsung maybe?) but I don't remember the details at the moment.

All of them do it. ALL of them. Don't buy the horseshit that it's just Apple. Our electronics empire is built on the back of cheap asian labor, and it's not going to stop until China changes their labor laws
171  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Only getting a blank white main page on: October 11, 2013, 02:25:51 AM
Whoopsy, I broke something Tongue

It's fixed now
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 09, 2013, 06:36:01 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 09, 2013, 06:28:50 PM

Yes they did get a shutdown, and the dems want the shutdown to hurt as many people as possible for political gain.   So they are both getting what they want right now.

How does the shutdown hurting as many people as possible give the Dems more political gain?
173  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Our new site design is LIVE!!!! on: October 08, 2013, 05:48:26 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on October 08, 2013, 05:39:51 PM

Yeah, the fix worked.

Curious, what width resolution are you coding for?

Well, the default right now is optimized for screen width of 1280 (page width is about 1135, leaving some gutter on either side), but the design was optimized to be responsive- I've got a whole new theme I'm working on that is responsive that won't be completely ready until after the fall rush. There were a few things that we wanted pushed before then, however, hence the current theme adjustments and new index page. We have one more big release that I'll be rolling out in a couple of weeks  icon_twisted
174  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Buttons no longer work? on: October 07, 2013, 06:09:45 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 07, 2013, 05:15:04 PM

yay!  now the extra smileys are back.  Headbanging! I know how you solved it too,  SCIENCE!


 The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

How? I don't think anybody actually did anything....
175  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Our new site design is LIVE!!!! on: October 06, 2013, 08:47:49 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on October 06, 2013, 07:43:42 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 06, 2013, 05:36:37 PM

It's not supposed to wrap. Can you let me know what browser/OS and whether you're on the index page or an article page?

Here's a screenshot. Safari, OS X 10.8.5.


Hah! I know what the problem is!
176  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Our new site design is LIVE!!!! on: October 06, 2013, 07:32:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 06, 2013, 02:08:23 AM

posted this in the other thread, but it fits better here:

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pros and cons that I see (I'm assuming this is a work in progress and you'll be looking for feedback):

thumbsdown the light blue or light grey text on a white background used for categories, dates and names is not visually friendly.

icon_neutral miss the quick text blurbs for everything but I imagine the articles will get more page hits that way.

icon_confused the tooltip that pops up for each article says 'permalink to xxxx'.  should that be popping up like that?

thumbsup like the scrolling for the reviews, but...

icon_frown to me it seems poorly placed; 4 news bits then 2 rows of reviews then more news.  maybe if the review bar was placed and scrolled vertically on the side (remember, some people like it vertical slywink)?  not sure what resoultion you are optimizing the page for, but if it is 1920x1080 or higher you got room on either side.

I've adjusted the font weight and the shade of blue, let me know if that helps

killed the permalink bit on the tooltips

The way we've partitioned different kinds of content will make sense as we build on this. The primary goal is to surface more of our original content as opposed to just news (old layout- that stuff got buried quickly). Reviews tend to get featured more often than other content and will take top billing quite often, and there are pending menu improvements that will make other content even more accessible.
177  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Our new site design is LIVE!!!! on: October 06, 2013, 05:38:21 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 06, 2013, 05:16:20 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 06, 2013, 04:04:20 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 06, 2013, 03:19:05 AM

Hmm, not lookin right in iOS Chrome:

Yep, we are working on launching a mobile-friendly version very soon and that'll address what you are seeing.  And I don't mean a "it kinda works", I mean a fully-responsive and well-structured mobile site.   This is just the first step towards that - the mobile version is coming very soon.  smile

I'm sure you get a large variety of use cases, but FYI when I'm browsing on my iDevices and see a mobile version of a site the first thing I do is try and get to the full version of the site, no matter how snazzy the mobile version is.

To be clear, I will be fixing some bugs so that the site is more compatible with mobile, but we will be implementing a responsive design that will automatically adjust to the screen size soon.
178  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Our new site design is LIVE!!!! on: October 06, 2013, 05:36:37 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on October 06, 2013, 04:35:28 PM

More candid feedback:

1) Get rid of the social media crap in the top bar. Or make it smaller. Otherwise it looks like shit for people who don't let the browser window take up the whole screen; the social media stuff wraps, making the bar double-sized.

2) Links to ZergNet? Tacky. Actually clicked a link thinking it's a link to another article on the size. Ended up on ZergNet. Hope you guys get paid dearly for those.

It's not supposed to wrap. Can you let me know what browser/OS and whether you're on the index page or an article page?

Zergnet actually yields us quite a bit of traffic. We try to differentiate those links by saying 'Elsewhere on the web' in the header for that section
179  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 04, 2013, 04:21:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 04, 2013, 03:48:21 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 04, 2013, 03:00:34 PM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/03/how-the-white-house-sees-the-shutdown-and-debt-ceiling-fight/

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As the White House sees it, Speaker John Boehner has begun playing politics as game of Calvinball, in which Republicans invent new rules on the fly and then demand the media and the Democrats accept them as reality and find a way to work around them.

that looks very familiar...

Whoops!
180  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 04, 2013, 03:00:34 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/03/how-the-white-house-sees-the-shutdown-and-debt-ceiling-fight/

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As the White House sees it, Speaker John Boehner has begun playing politics as game of Calvinball, in which Republicans invent new rules on the fly and then demand the media and the Democrats accept them as reality and find a way to work around them.
181  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Buttons no longer work? on: October 04, 2013, 02:47:22 PM
Which theme are you all using?

I just tested it in Chrome on Mac with the default theme and all works fine
182  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 03, 2013, 03:20:56 PM
So I calculated what it would cost for my family of 5 so I could compare the premiums to the horrible money toilet that was my last plan at my previous job, and it looks like I would be paying about $100 less a month for slightly better coverage. I think this underscores how shitty the coverage was at my last job more than anything, but it definitely looks like a YMMV situation.

Thankfully, my new job pays 100% of premiums for me and my whole family, and the plan is stellar. When I was briefed on the coverage a couple of months ago my jaw literally hit the floor and any doubts of taking the job flew out the window.
183  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 02, 2013, 03:49:49 PM
The sad thing is, The Daily Show continues to be the only American "journalism" that actually resembles, well, journalism.

Take this article, for instance: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/1/reporting-governmentshutdowndemocracy.html

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U.S. news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms. It is supposedly the result of a "bitterly divided" Congress that "failed to reach agreement" (Washington Post) or "a bitter budget standoff" left unresolved by "rapid-fire back and forth legislative maneuvers" (New York Times). This sort of false equivalence is not just a failure of journalism. It is also a failure of democracy.

When the political leadership of this country is incapable of even keeping the government open, a political course correction is in order. But how can democracy self-correct if the public does not understand where the problem lies? And where will the pressure for change come from if journalists do not hold the responsible parties accountable?

I've been pretty fed up with ALL American news outlets for some time. Yes, the obvious targets of FoxNews and MSNBC pushing their respective affiliation's talking points show no signs of changing, but there has been a steady decline and now outright failure of American press for some time now. Increasingly, I've been getting my news from BBC, which at least holds on to some proper concept of what journalism should be. Maybe its time to fold Al-Jazeera America into the mix...
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 02, 2013, 01:40:56 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 02, 2013, 01:04:53 PM

For anyone who didn't click through the link, the rules are as follows: 1. The setting is the frontier. 2. The future is old. 3. The Force is mysterious. 4. "Star Wars" isn't cute.

I love this.  It really boils what worked and what didn't into simple points.

I would argue that we already started losing point 2 by the second movie.  Not entirely, mind you, but A New Hope had a gritty, dirty feel (that was probably mostly a product of its small budget) that was already getting polished by Empire.  I remember, even as a kid, being disappointed that things were shinier in Empire Strikes Back.  It's part of the reason I think ANH is the best of the films.

And, of course, we were well on our way to losing 4 in the third movie.  But at least the ewoks were dangerous. 

I found it to be whiny and self-entitled. I agree, those were great aspects of the original trilogy, but I wouldn't go so far as to say the original trilogy was great because of them.
185  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 02, 2013, 01:36:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 02, 2013, 12:23:56 PM

As usual, Jon Stewart made an excellent comparison:



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Did you see the Giants game on Sunday? They lost 31 to 7. And you know what the Giants didn't say after that game: 'If you don't give us 25 more points by midnight on Monday, we will shutdown the f**kin' NFL!' They didn't say that."

I know. I said it five posts up Tongue
186  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 01, 2013, 08:50:15 PM
Jon Stewart nailed it
187  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 01, 2013, 06:08:09 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 01, 2013, 05:55:58 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 05:24:29 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 01, 2013, 04:16:26 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 04:01:08 PM

Situation is what situation is, it didn't get there overnight in a vacuum.

You keep on saying this as if it somehow equivocates the two party's approaches.

You say that as if I feel any need to. They are all pretty much a bunch of worthless crooked douchebags.

They are all acting pretty much in the exact way I have come to expect them to act. ALL of them, I am not the one trying to blame one side.

I can agree with this.. There is enough blame for both sides

See, I can't. I'm not saying Dems are squeaky clean, here, but they aren't the ones who are trying yet again to kill a bill that was passed, vetted by the Supreme Court, and unsuccessfully repealed several times already. They lost that battle multiple times yet here we are again, only this time the collateral damage spills beyond just wasting everybody's time. They had plenty of chances and things didn't go their way. Now they want to cut off the nose to spite the face and I think it's pretty asinine.
188  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 01, 2013, 04:16:26 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 04:01:08 PM

Situation is what situation is, it didn't get there overnight in a vacuum.

You keep on saying this as if it somehow equivocates the two party's approaches.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon's new tv show on: September 30, 2013, 06:57:32 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 30, 2013, 06:19:29 PM

Angel's cast was mostly plain or even unattractive (hello Charisma Carpenter!)

You had me up until you said that. I couldn't even continue reading and consider anything you said credible after that point.  saywhat
190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: September 30, 2013, 06:54:00 PM
I'm sick to death of Republicans holding our government hostage. I realize I am vastly oversimplifying things by stating it that way, but no matter how you look at it that's what this amounts to. Its supposed to be checks & balances, not gridlock. These fuckers need to do their fucking jobs.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 25, 2013, 05:22:42 AM

Quote from: kronovan on September 24, 2013, 09:33:42 PM

I'm picking this up on Friday, since the impressions here seem good. I love that the local co-op is split-screen yet still supports 4 players - a real rarity for games on the 360. Can't wait to play this with my son and daughter.  slywink

Pretty sure it ISN'T split screen
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: lost/stolen phone help on: September 15, 2013, 09:52:35 PM
Anybody who has an iphone should enable this stat: http://www.apple.com/icloud/find-my-iphone.html

If you used iCloud at all you might be able to get this going right now
193  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is our children learning? on: September 13, 2013, 05:17:36 AM

Quote from: Purge on September 13, 2013, 03:36:28 AM


Bad science happens too - and not challenging science is about as bad as it gets*. Scientific process demands challenge - just because it has not been dis-proven does not mean it is *fact*. The problem with what we call scientific "fact" is that often what was accepted gets disproven and thrown out - and in doing so we discredit this "science" thing, instead of teaching the scientific method.

Creationism very MUCH has a place in science - it is a counterpoint. Can we disprove the world is more than 6000 years old? What methods are there? How reliable are they? Regardless of whether creationism is based on faith or not, it can be used to hold up against evolution, and even open discussions as to other possibilities. Creationism "taught" is different than "examined". There is nothing wrong with the examination.

What people who are looking to introduce creationism into schools are looking for, however, is some kind of equivalence between the two, and that just doesn't exist. Yes, individual hypotheses have been disproven along the way, often leading to better knowledge and understanding of evolution as a whole, but there is enough good science to back up the theory of evolution out there to consider it viable. You can teach how scientific method led to the theory of evolution and how that theory evolves as we learn more about it without holding up it to a subjective faith-based 'theory' that can't hold up to the same level of scrutiny.
194  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is our children learning? on: September 12, 2013, 05:40:11 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 12, 2013, 05:34:48 PM

Also, I believe while our theory of evolution is correct, there's a reason it's called a theory. It can't be proven conclusively, so to call it a "fact" lumped in with the age of the Earth is incorrect.

A theory is not the same as a hypothesis, as a theory is a 'proven' hypothesis, that, in other words, has never been disproved through experiment, and has a basis in fact.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 07:11:24 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 10, 2013, 07:06:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 10, 2013, 07:00:07 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 10, 2013, 06:53:13 PM

Glad I didn't hold out for Apple to come out with a larger phone and keep me from moving to the beauty that is the Galaxy S4.  I've had iPhones ever since they came out with the first one, but after playing with an S4, I couldn't resist and made the switch.  Definitely love the phone more than any of the iPhones I had.  If they made one with the same screen size as the S4, I could maybe be convinced to go back, but Android is pretty stellar now.

Meh, Android doesn't hold a candle to iOS and the Galaxy is too big. nod

I used to think like you on iOS.  It's come a long way and it is definitely better than iOS now.  I had tried an Android once before with the Motorola Droid 2 and felt like Android was behind back then (I was forced to switch from my iPhone because of work). 

The bigger, the better, too.  The iPhone feels like a toy in my hand now.  My giant, manly hands.

I couldn't stand to have a phone that big.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 06:27:00 PM
well, that's fucking stupid Tongue
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 06:17:06 PM
sweet. pre-order day is Friday biggrin
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 04:43:36 PM
Yeah, that's what I thought Tongue
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 10, 2013, 04:32:38 PM
I forget- if it's a pre-order, does Apple charge your card immediately or do they charge when shipped? I'm in for upgrading my iphone and my wife's iPhone, but can only pay for one today (get paid on Friday)
200  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 09, 2013, 08:30:57 PM
http://freakoutnation.blogspot.com/2013/09/president-obamas-brilliant-strategy-no.html

Food for thought, eh?
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