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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: Today at 07:48:52 AM
Run, you pigeons! It's Robert Frost!

(Can't wait to replay Grim Fandango)
2  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Incorrect temp bans on: January 22, 2015, 05:55:42 AM

Quote from: Kvothe on January 22, 2015, 02:59:04 AM

Is OO on the same server as GT now?  I didn't realize that.

They got merged after we all heard Obama's amazing State of the Union. I mean, if there's ever been a man to unite people (and forums), it's him. What a true leader and inspiration. I think we can all agree he's put this country (and forums) on the right track for a bright future.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 22, 2015, 05:51:25 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 22, 2015, 05:38:39 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 22, 2015, 05:25:14 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 21, 2015, 10:34:37 PM

I keep getting locked up when I play.  I get like an hour and then the game just freezes. 

I think it's time to rebuild the pc. 

Could be a heat or memory problem. How much RAM do you have?
8gb.  It may be a driver issue as I updated since I played beta

I'm having similar problems (with more memory than you) and I think mine is a heat issue. Asteroid fields seem particularly deadly for my tower if I do extended visits.

Updating drivers is a good idea though. If you're on nVidia, there was a driver release specifically naming Elite in its patch notes.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 6 announced on: January 14, 2015, 12:39:14 AM
Maybe I'm a virtual reality fanboy, but by the time Forza 6 hits I think VR offerings will either be released or close to release, and even the 2d sims with the best graphics ever are going to look quaint and old fashioned compared to VR equivalents.
5  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)? on: January 13, 2015, 07:24:45 PM

Quote from: Crawley on January 13, 2015, 07:16:36 PM

Yeah, I did see that the other day and considered the Tiamat but the reviews were somewhat iffy and I may want to pony up for a higher quality headset. I do like the rubbery mic and magnetic foam earpieces though.

If it's really 50% off though, a Tiamat for $100 would be a steal.
6  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)? on: January 13, 2015, 07:09:52 PM
FYI, there is a 24 hour sale on all Razer products going on right now, and they will be doing it again later this month due to technical issues they had today.  If I'm reading the announcement right, you could get a nice Razer headset for 50% off. 
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What am I buying this week? on: January 12, 2015, 04:46:28 PM
 
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 11, 2015, 10:15:21 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 11, 2015, 06:41:44 PM

It also sounds like a World War II bomber during normal cruise which is a natural plus.

I had been eyeing the Python for my next ship upgrade but now I think I've got to get an Asp!
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 10, 2015, 04:36:32 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 10, 2015, 04:26:28 AM

Alright, I'm really loving my VoiceAttack. Wasn't there some other module or something that people recommended to add to this? I looked but must have missed it.

HCS Voice Packs

The product itself seems pretty awesome, but to really get won over look at the guy's story about how this got developed stemming from him wanting to make it easier for his wife with multiple sclerosis to play games.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 09, 2015, 07:35:00 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 06, 2015, 01:27:08 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 05, 2015, 09:25:37 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 05, 2015, 09:20:27 PM

Great. Now I just need to find a Windows 7 ISO so I can install it.

The perils of no longer having any optical drives.

Are you on OS X or Linux?  Supposedly there will be an OS X release in the next few months.

OSX. That's awesome news. If that's the case, I'll just wait.

From today's newsletter:
Regarding Elite: Dangerous on Mac, as you know we have been working on putting the native Mac version of the game together and, as expected, this should enter Beta in about three months time. As the specific Beta date for this is firmed up we’ll keep you updated.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 09, 2015, 02:34:46 AM
Have any tv companies hinted at developing flexible TVs?  Flat for everyday use, curved as much or as little as you want when one or two are watching?
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 08, 2015, 05:00:07 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 08, 2015, 04:52:01 PM

This isn't about your toaster oven telling you the weather. This is about making electronics speak a common language so that they collectively become self-aware and take over the world.

 
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" of CES 2015 on: January 08, 2015, 02:34:59 AM
I didn't see much in that article to get excited about, but I do love that we live in an age where "best robot or drone" is a valid category.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 12 dead in Paris on: January 07, 2015, 07:23:48 PM

Quote from: Kvothe on January 07, 2015, 07:14:16 PM

What the hell indeed.  Religion of peace my white ass (when peaceful Muslims become vocal about such atrocities, I'll back off).

here you go!
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fire vs DS on: January 06, 2015, 07:55:45 PM
I would also think a 2DS would be better than a Fire for a 4-year-old, so I read your post but didn't think I had anything to contribute.  I guess I'd say another option for a 4-year-old would be one of those touchscreen Leapfrog thingies.  They have a lot more content geared toward that age group and more stuff that's educational in ways a 4-year-old probably won't realize.

16  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 06, 2015, 06:25:38 PM
Is X-Plane lovely as-is, or do you need to invest time installing mods and such to get it to a good state?
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 06, 2015, 02:05:18 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 06, 2015, 01:52:31 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 06, 2015, 01:12:24 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 06, 2015, 12:33:45 PM

resistance is failing....

Go read one of the threads or watch a Youtube video talking about how the game becomes boring quickly due to lack of things to do. icon_wink

I've been watching game streams and it seems interesting.  Only two things really holding me back is price point and no steam client

Do you just want it to be listed in your Steam library or is there another Steam benefit you really wish Elite had?  (Aside from Steam sales!)

18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 06, 2015, 01:37:19 AM

Quote from: gellar on January 06, 2015, 01:27:08 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 05, 2015, 09:25:37 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 05, 2015, 09:20:27 PM

Great. Now I just need to find a Windows 7 ISO so I can install it.

The perils of no longer having any optical drives.

Are you on OS X or Linux?  Supposedly there will be an OS X release in the next few months.

OSX. That's awesome news. If that's the case, I'll just wait.

I don't know if they've mentioned the release recently, but the company line used to be "OS X version a few months after PC release."
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 06, 2015, 01:16:51 AM

Quote from: drifter on January 05, 2015, 10:47:31 PM

Are you guys able to connect with each other and help each other out either on missions or financially?  like mining in a dangerous area and another player covering them etc.?

I can't comment much on the current state since I've still been playing solo, but I know they've been saying the next big update on the way (next month or two) is going to be heavily aimed at beefing up coop play.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 05, 2015, 09:25:37 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 05, 2015, 09:20:27 PM

Great. Now I just need to find a Windows 7 ISO so I can install it.

The perils of no longer having any optical drives.

Are you on OS X or Linux?  Supposedly there will be an OS X release in the next few months.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 05, 2015, 12:27:43 AM

Quote from: gellar on January 04, 2015, 10:42:39 PM

Has anyone tried playing this with the Xbox 360 controller? I'm interested, but I really don't want a joystick sitting on my desk. Also I'd have to install Windows again.

You'll be using your keyboard (or Voice Attack) for a lot of commands, but I've heard of a lot of folks doing just fine with a controller.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 04, 2015, 09:33:42 AM
If you're in the mood for action, head to a 'conflict zone' if you can find one, or a 'resource extraction site' which are pretty easy to find.  You should see a constant influx of things to blow up, much faster than you can find by searching unidentified signal sources.  Nav beacons can also get a lot of traffic.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 03, 2015, 07:18:51 PM
I just did some futile Google and ebay searches, so maybe they don't make them anymore, but I think what you'd want are one of those old fashioned headset mics that have just a mic and a headstrap, no audio output at all.  I've never seen those as bluetooth though, only with a regular stereo mini cord.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 01, 2015, 07:19:33 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on January 01, 2015, 06:05:40 PM

4.  Anyone try the Eagle just for simple bounty hunting at Nav Beacons?  If so - what are your thoughts?
The Eagle is great for combat, being very nimble and having I think the highest turn rate of any ship.  It's not very hardy, though, so if you start getting shot a lot (or ram into something) you can die pretty quick. 

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Edit to add Question 5.   What about picking up illegal cannisters?  It is really bugging me how I get scanned about 75% of the time, and end up paying more in fines than my "stolen" cargo is worth at the Black Market.  Any tips for that?
There are a few ways go go about this.  If you find a black market in an unaffiliated port in an anarchy system, I think those have less of a chance of having police around who want to scan you.

If there are police at the station you're approaching, they need line of sight to be able to scan you, so you can try and keep the station itself in between you and the police ships for as long as possible.

Finally, you can use silent running to sneak your way past the police.  (Do the stealth tutorial mission if you're not sure how silent running works.)  Some people take this to an extreme and get themselves lined up with the station entrance miles and miles away, so they can do one burst of thrust and make it all the way into the station with hardly any further adjustments or thrusts.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 01, 2015, 01:06:14 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 01, 2015, 01:00:10 AM

Unless your opponent decides to use chaff, at which point your gimballed weapons will hit everything but your target.

Have you seen the AI use chaff much, or is that more something you see in PvP? 
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 31, 2014, 11:55:58 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on December 31, 2014, 10:35:46 PM

I just bought an Eagle fighter, equipped with two pulse lasers, plus an open small mount and an open utility mount. I have lots of cash, what do folks recommend to fill those empty slots for someone who's planning to go in harm's way?

Cannons work better against the hull than lasers (which work better against shields) so a cannon on your 3rd weapon hardpoint would do you well.  I'd also make sure all three weapons are gimballed -- it really makes life easier.  For the utility hardpoint, I'd go for a kill warrant scanner so you can find more bad guys to shoot.

But don't forget to upgrade your internals, too!  Upgrading life support doesn't cost much and can give you much more time to deal with a hull breach.  Upgrading your power plant and power distributor can help make sure you keep those lasers firing longer.  Pretty much all the upgrades for internals are useful.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 31, 2014, 10:14:16 PM

Quote from: Obrusnine on December 31, 2014, 08:37:09 PM

Quote from: Lee on December 31, 2014, 08:24:43 PM

Quote from: dback99 on December 31, 2014, 07:28:39 PM

The damn forum effect is pulling me in....must resist..backlog too great..

It was pulling me in and then I watched some videos of it and decided I would never learn how to play it. Plus I would have to buy a joystick. I am enjoying reading threads like this one about it though.

You don't have to buy a joystick. A normal gamepad works just fine. If you have a gaming console those controllers would also work fine. I've been playing the game using an old Logitech Gamepad and I'm having a blast.

I also see numerous people on other forums who even seem perfectly content with keyboard & mouse for this game.

Quote from: jztemple2 on December 31, 2014, 09:20:51 PM

OK, I'm confused. On the Module subdisplay on the right hand panel, is "1" the lowest priority or the highest priority? In other words, if I assign "1" to a module, will it go off line earlier than a priority "2", or will it be the last to go offline?

I'm 73% sure that the 1 priority items will be the last to go offline.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN and Live down on: December 30, 2014, 02:06:27 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 29, 2014, 10:50:58 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on December 29, 2014, 10:42:25 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 27, 2014, 07:13:34 PM

Don't blame Microsoft or Sony for their networks taking a hit during this debacle. There's little anyone can do to prevent or stop a sufficiently large DDoS attack. Even worse, it requires just about no skill to pull off for the "hackers" (trust me, they aren't hackers even if they like to pretend to be).

This is not true. Companies that are well prepared can mitigate and recover much faster than what happened hear. This is not something that can't be dealt with.

It's impossible to fully protect yourself against DDoS attacks, especially ones of the magnitude we've seen this Christmas. What could they possibly have done? It's possible to have a server park that is so huge that a DDoS doesn't really make a dent (Amazon, for example), but you can't expect every company out there, even the big ones, to have something like that. Microsoft has this kind of thing, and even they collapsed under the pressure. You can't just "fix" the problem either. From my understanding of this, you have to identify and block the unwanted traffic without blocking your actual customers, and that's easier said than done if the DDoS is well executed.

The DDoS is the greatest weakness the Internet has, and there's nothing anyone can do to protect against it. All they can do is try to recover, and that's MUCH easier said than done. You're vastly underestimating this attack.

What if at some traffic threshold they made it so you had to do a captcha code to log into PSN or XBL?  Would that work/help?  Annoying for legitimate users, but not as annoying as having the systems totally down for this long.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going "Full" 4K! on: December 29, 2014, 04:33:45 PM
For some reason, every time I come across this thread title it sounds like ritt is declaring he's going to start watching TV in the nude.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 27, 2014, 09:25:29 PM
I no longer get annoyed at the process of decelerating out of supercruise now that I'm using this great rule of thumb that's been floating around:

Keep full throttle until your ETA gets to 7 seconds, then adjust your throttle as necessary to keep it at 7 seconds. You'll slow down to the blue exit markers just about as efficiently as possible without overshooting your destination.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 23, 2014, 05:12:14 PM
Yeah, I love having all my games on Steam as much as the next guy, but since we haven't had a game like this in over a decade I'm willing to bend the rules a wee bit.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 23, 2014, 03:17:41 PM
I love some of the emergent gameplay you can get with this game.  I was exploring systems in my new Adder and fishing for pirates at signal sources to see how the ship handled in combat, and I got into a hairy but manageable 2 on 1 fight.  My shields are down but I'm about to take one pirate out and turn the tide, when my windshield shatters.  I hear the sounds of a breather mask come on, all the ship/space audio changes to account for the environment change, and I see a "5 minutes of oxygen remaining" warning. 

I flee the fight and head for the only station in the system, dock as fast as I possibly can, land with 20 seconds of oxygen remaining.... and discover that the little outpost has no repair facilities.  Can I make it to another star and dock again within 5 minutes?  I pay for exploration data to find which systems even have repair facilities, realize I made my funds dip below the insurance level, sell off some nonessential ship parts, curse how the oxygen timer starts even while my ship is just being moved to the launch pad...

The whole sequence was really tense and exciting fun.  It wouldn't have been nearly as thrilling if it had been a scripted scenario doing the exact same events, because I'd know if it was scripted then it was designed to be beatable.  When this happened, it was entirely possible that I wouldn't even have been able to make it to the local outpost to replenish my oxygen.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Color Suits these Arctic Countries: USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia? on: December 23, 2014, 01:52:10 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 23, 2014, 12:10:41 PM

Yeah, locally I'd say Red for Denmark, but then again, it depends on the audience. Red is also associated with Canada here. Have you considered two colors instead of one? Base one color, the rest another for instance? OR perhaps use the RISK colors? Here in Denmark that would mean Blue for scandinavia, Yellow for America, Green for Russia and White for Greenland. I assume RISK has the same colors everywhere of course, but thats a rather well-known game whose color themes should be easily recognizable by everyone.

Those are the RISK colors for you?  Over here we have:

34  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)? on: December 22, 2014, 02:41:25 PM
I've been really happy with my A40, but I can't argue with Turtle.  The headset is perfectly competent--sounds great and is very comfy--but take the Mixamp out of the equation and the headset is probably not quite as comfy as a comparably priced Sennheiser.  I'd do some mathy figurin to see how much more a Mixamp + Sennheiser a la carte option would be compared to an all-Astro bundle.

If this interests you, I'd also do a bit of research to see how the newer Astro offerings handle PC audio and the newer consoles, depending on which systems you're planning to use the headset on.

Quote from: Turtle on December 22, 2014, 08:31:25 AM

All you really need is the mixamp. That has dolby headphone built in, so it's able to take a 7.1 (or 5.1?) signal, then process it to simulate a very convincing 5.1 simulation, all without the quality loss that comes from having multiple tiny speakers instead of a single one.

My older Mixamp only does Dolby 5.1, but I think the newer ones can do 7.1 now.  (Don't take my word for it.)  The 5.1 simulation is really great for both gaming and movies.  I don't know how they do the magic but it works. 
35  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)? on: December 22, 2014, 02:25:32 AM
Something something Astro A40 + Mixamp.

When I get more time I'll try and sell you on it.  Having a headphone amp makes a big difference, and the Mixamp is a great one for gaming.  Are you going to be using it more for PC gaming, console gaming, or both?
36  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)? on: December 21, 2014, 12:24:53 AM
Aiming for around $100, or could you go higher? Is ~$250 too much?
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 16, 2014, 11:48:52 PM
I purposely avoid reading/watching spoilers about a movie in order to walk in thinking "I wonder what this is about."  If I see enough of a trailer to know I want to see something, I usually avoid all future trailers, don't rewatch the one I saw, and definitely don't go frame by frame looking for hidden details in the trailer.  The best situation is when someone recommends a movie or book to me without telling me anything about it.  I got to watch Primer that way and it made a big difference in my enjoyment.  For books, I recently got to read The Girl With All the Gifts without knowing a thing about the premise.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 16, 2014, 01:25:52 PM

Quote from: Obrusnine on December 16, 2014, 06:50:49 AM

If only I could play this game. The launcher is terrible, I flat out can't download the game...

It's ridiculous really, you have platforms like Steam for games like this and they still opt to using launchers that constantly get in the way of actually playing the game.

It's driving me insane... I've been trying to play for 9 hours now, lol

Not that it's much consolation, but the installation and launcher issues only came up recently.  I just tried to patch up my game this week and I kept having the installation stall out around 60% and display 0MB/s for the download.  After a few futile attempts to fix the issue, I ended up just leaving the launcher running for a few days and it finally finished the update on its own.
39  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 11, 2014, 08:43:33 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 11, 2014, 08:32:16 PM

Papers Please is coming to ios

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That's right. Papers, Please, the dystopian paperwork simulator--and one of the most unnerving, claustrophobic games I've ever played--is coming to iPad on Friday. Papers, Please won just about every gaming award possible when it was released, and it deserved them all.

If you didn't play this game on the PC (shame on you), here's another chance, and it should work perfectly on the iPad.

I follow the developer on twitter, and he said he had to remove the pixelly monochrome nudity in the game because Apple said it counted as "pornographic content."   icon_lol
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 11, 2014, 07:47:47 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 11, 2014, 07:34:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 11, 2014, 07:01:47 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on December 11, 2014, 02:43:21 PM

Yeah, I suppose you're right, it isn't an MMO, per se.

There's also a solo mode available, in which case it matters even less if some players get a head start. 

I'd say it matters about the same (but of course, you're technically correct anyway), as the chances of running into other players are pretty damn low in this game.

I haven't played in a patch or two -- didn't they add some kind of way to track people in hyperspace and intercept them?
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