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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 05:50:09 AM
digital version unlock times

Midnight Pacific for XB1, but midnight Eastern for PC. I guess it's because of Live vs Origin, but still  retard
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 12:55:31 AM
What time do digital games become available on the XB1?  Is it right as soon as it clicks over to 12:01am in your particular time zone?  If so I may stay up past my bedtime to get the download started ASAP.

Also, I have been sacrificing one goat a day to the Azure gods, so hopefully we'll have a better chance at a functional first day.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 09, 2014, 09:37:00 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 09, 2014, 09:30:28 PM

I'm trying to think what my next Xbox One game is going to be.  I'm getting Titanfall on the PC, so that's not one that applies for me.  What else is coming up soonish?

Metal Gear Solid?  Trials?
164  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF Kinect(360) and or UFC Personal Trainer on: March 09, 2014, 04:23:48 PM
edit: woops, thought I hit the PM button.  PM incoming!
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 09, 2014, 02:10:42 PM
Respawn has said they don't want people streaming before launch day (though they're ok with people playing if they find a copy).
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 09, 2014, 12:55:57 AM

Quote from: Scraper on March 08, 2014, 02:10:58 PM

Off the topic of adds and DX12, has anyone been using the fitness programs? Specifically P90X and Sean Ts, and if so does it add anything over their standard DVDs? I have P90X1 but I was thinking about buying Sean Ts, which will run me about $150. Are these workouts still free if you have Gold and if so are they going to remain free or do you need a separate subscription? Also is it worth buying the Xbone just for this function (assuming you work out enough to use it, which I do)? I already have the PS4 and a good PC and to be honest the Xbone doesn't offer enough exclusive games to make me interested in the console for exclusives alone.

So can I justify spending $500, plus $50 for Gold in order to gain all the workout programs? Also what workout programs are on there?

I was under the impression that Xbox Fitness was going to be totally free for a while (with a Gold subscription), but there are only a handful of titles from each series that are free.  If you want the full Sean T Insanity workout, you're going to have to pony up a bunch of money to get all the episodes unlocked.

As for the program itself, I think the only thing you lose compared to the DVDs is that the video is displayed a little smaller and a little lower quality.  The Kinect stuff really adds to it, though.  Sometimes I'll be doing an exercise perfectly and it won't think I am, but it almost always tracks me correctly.  It's gratifying to hear "try moving your arms more!" and then do it, and then get praise for it.  The 'gamification' of the workouts also adds a lot.  Even if I'm completely exhausted, any time the workout pops up a little challenge to beat my age demographic's average performance on an exercise, I can't help but go all out to try and beat the challenge.

I mentioned it earlier in the thread, but the Kinect heartrate monitor really does work.  I did exercises with a chest strap heartrate monitor and the Kinect was within a few BPM of it every time--it's pretty creepy/magical.  I just wish the game had a constant display of your heartrate instead of just showing it a handful of times a session.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 07, 2014, 04:53:34 PM
I am excited for this game.
168  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ruh Roh. (video card? system overheat?) on: March 06, 2014, 09:39:18 PM
It was hard to decide to put money into a 4GB 760 or a 2GB 770, so I compromised and got a 4GB 770.  icon_wink  Got a bonus at work this week that gave me more "oh just go for it" justification.

I don't upgrade my computer very often anymore (this card is replacing a GTX 260) so I just couldn't resist getting the extra memory to prepare for PS4/XB1 games in the next few years that may be demanding it more.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 06, 2014, 04:27:14 AM

Quote from: JuniorDan on March 06, 2014, 03:50:29 AM

Just pre ordered my XBOX One Titanfall bundle from BestBuy. I really was trying to hold out for Watch Dog but this game looks good and I saved $60.00.

If you were already thinking of getting one in the near future, it's hard to resist a $440 XB1!  Especially since the latest system patch is fixing so many things that should have been there on day 1.

I'm trying to be clairvoyant and pick which day to take off from work for a Titanfall launch bonanza.  Even though they gave it their all trying to stress test things in the beta, I'm not expecting to be able to play at all during Tuesday night prime time, and I'm worried even Wednesday during the day may be rough.
170  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 06, 2014, 04:23:00 AM
Ascension just got some big changes.  There's a new 'promo pack' for sale (those just have a handful of cards) but now the base game is free and the expansion card packs that have already been out are available in a $5 bundle.  The game is now ad-supported in a very strange way.  There are now big annoying full-screen ads, even if you've already made purchases before, but if you know to look in the options menu you can uncheck a box to turn all the ads off.  I read someone say you can disable ads even if you haven't spent any money.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 05, 2014, 11:50:05 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 05, 2014, 11:29:33 PM

The patching system these guys use is so dumb. It supposedly went up last night, but I have it on Standby and it never downloaded anything.  Major Nelson has this to say:

Quote
How do you get the new update? For the vast majority of Xbox One owners who use “Instant On” (the low power state that allows you to instantly power up your console by saying “Xbox On”), the console automatically checks for updates when customers turn it off. This means that once we’ve made the March update available (late tonight, Pacific Time), the next time you turn your console off it will take the update during off-peak hours in your local time. Ultimately, you’ll see it sometime in the next day or two.

Great, so I have to just wait and hope by box downloads this thing.  Meanwhile, Sony lets me know there's a new patch and you can't get online until you update.  They also have a Check for Update option.  MS really should go this route.

I tried shutting the box down fully this morning and booting back up and it didn't prompt me to update.

Wait, how does the PS4 do it?  It's not the same as the PS3, is it?  Despite the drawbacks of what you're describing about the XB1 way, that's vastly superior to the PS3 way.  When I turn on my console I almost always intend to use it right away.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 05, 2014, 10:46:26 PM
I think of 8-bit as referring to the CPU.  The NES had an 8-bit processor, the SNES and Genesis had 16-bit processors, and the Sega 32X had a 32 bit processor, and the Nintendo 64 had a 64-bit processor.  

And, surprising to me, the cabinet that ran Asteroids had this 8-bit processor.

Games with vector graphics arguably have higher 'resolution' than even an Apple Retina display because the beam of light is directly moving between the points specified.  You could even say the original Asteroids game has a higher resolution than this Titanfall version, since a vector machine has literally zero aliasing.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 05, 2014, 09:45:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 05, 2014, 09:36:39 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 05, 2014, 08:29:00 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 05, 2014, 08:12:49 PM

i think they don't know what 8-bit is/was

I was about to take up a pitchfork and torch with you, but apparently the CPU for the Asteroids cabinet was indeed 8-bit.

That's not what he meant. The games (or at least the first one presented on the site) are anything but 8-bit. Not even close. Those are stylized 32-bit graphics that don't even bear the most basic similarity to 8-bit graphics.

To be fair, I see this a lot these days. Almost every time someone claims to have made something that looks 8-bit, they've completely missed the mark and don't even realize why.

Other than the Titan and its weapons, what part of the game defies 8-bit capabilities?
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 05, 2014, 09:29:04 PM
Season Pass Info

Season pass is $25 for what would otherwise cost $30 and includes 3 map packs and "more" of some some yet to be determined nature.  If you're going the PC route you can preorder the new "Digital Deluxe" version being offered for $80 which includes the season pass.

I normally wouldn't touch season passes with a 10 foot pole, but $25 is a pretty easy pill to swallow given how likely it is I'll want all this stuff.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 05, 2014, 09:19:52 PM
Well I think the idea is that you can just plug in regular headphones into the controller and listen to all game audio that way.  Listening that way would be just stereo, similar to how even optical out right now doesn't output surround (unless you've got the patch early access installed).  But just to make things more confusing, Astro says its stuff is smart enough to still get surround out of MS's stereo Dolby signal, and I can't tell if they're just blowing smoke or using an a looser definition of what surround sound is.

I guess we'll find out for sure in a week one way or another.
176  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: March 05, 2014, 08:51:40 PM
This way out there, but is there any possible way proposing and/or passing a bill like this could be or become a criminal offense?
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One] Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on: March 05, 2014, 08:30:40 PM
Ha, if you really want to min/max you'd have to manually factor in the downtime between rounds, since as long as the plants don't win on the first point G&G usually lets you play longer.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 05, 2014, 08:29:00 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 05, 2014, 08:12:49 PM

i think they don't know what 8-bit is/was

I was about to take up a pitchfork and torch with you, but apparently the CPU for the Asteroids cabinet was indeed 8-bit.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 05, 2014, 06:46:14 PM
what the...   retard

I guess this is what it looks like when a company goes all in on a marketing campaign?

Titanfall Arcade - 8-bit is better with a Titan

Currently featuring Asteroids, with Missile Command and Centipede on the way.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One] Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on: March 05, 2014, 04:51:12 PM
Maybe I've just had a lucky streak of teams, but I haven't found a need to spam consumables to do well in G&G.  I do always start as an engineer when I'm on the zombie team, though.  If there's another engineer racing me to the teleporter right at the start, super, that means I can try a different class.

I'll try to pay more attention the next time I'm a plant, but for the most part I only notice a crappy CPM if our team just gets completely steamrolled.  Then I only have like 200 CPM. 
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 05, 2014, 04:13:01 PM
Found it.  There was this:



Followed by this:

182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 05, 2014, 03:13:45 PM
I meant some time in the past.  I thought Respawn had said they were against the season pass model.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 05, 2014, 02:41:26 PM
Didn't Respawn say there'd be no season pass?  Or was that just one of those vague "we have no plans to share at this time" things?
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One] Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on: March 05, 2014, 01:56:44 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 26, 2014, 04:50:40 PM

there is a limited time achievement to play a game in the 'mixed mode playlist' yet there isn't one in the game.. yay!?

Mixed mode was in there last night, as well as two new team-specific 20,000 coin card packs.

I know you said your CPM was better in TDM, but I seem to usually get 500-600 in G&G unless my team just completely flops on the first checkpoint.
185  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 04, 2014, 08:00:25 PM
For choosing your next star, I haven't played enough to figure it out but I assume different star types are more likely to have one type of planet or another.  If you want to find more alien species, maybe you aim for yellow dwarf stars, for instance.

But I think more of the risk/reward calculation they're referring to has to do with ship space and resource management.  Your hull is damaged you're low on iron, and also low on fuel.  Do you go to a gas giant first to get more fuel?  There's a risk of hull damage if you go there, but if you do repairs you won't have any iron stored in case your engine breaks.  You could go to the metal-rich planet first to try for more iron, but between landing, takeoff, and travel to the gas planet you don't have much fuel to spare for drilling.
186  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Tablets] First Strike on: March 04, 2014, 07:30:12 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 04, 2014, 06:57:21 PM

This is coming out next week 3-12-14, the interface looks pretty sweet and it's been a while since I've played a good old fashioned thermonuclear war game  icon_wink :

http://www.firststrike.mobi/

Weird--I'm looking up some info on game strategy for this and it seems like there's only one winning move.
187  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ruh Roh. (video card? system overheat?) on: March 04, 2014, 06:47:05 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 04, 2014, 06:37:29 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 04, 2014, 06:28:44 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 04, 2014, 06:18:18 PM

you're doing it wrong  ninja
I'm going to correctly probably buy this 4GB EVGA GTX 760 and a Samsung SSD of some sort.  Commander Keen is going to look awesome on my rig now.

I recommend against a 4GB card. Unless you're triple monitoring things your card will become outdated before you'll need the 4GB of memory. Get a 770 instead.

Thanks for the input.  I'm going back and forth on 2GB vs 4GB.  I was thinking 4GB to be more future-proof as games start taking advantage of it more for the PS4/XB1 era, but you make a good point.
188  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ruh Roh. (video card? system overheat?) on: March 04, 2014, 06:28:44 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 04, 2014, 06:18:18 PM

you're doing it wrong  ninja

I'm going to correctly probably buy this 4GB EVGA GTX 760 and a Samsung SSD of some sort.  Commander Keen is going to look awesome on my rig now.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 04, 2014, 03:48:58 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 04, 2014, 03:34:55 PM

Yeah. I dunno.

BF4 just seems so robust and there's SO much going on. These scaled back shooters- regardless of how 'different' they are- seem somehow empty and devoid of action.

 icon_neutral

I mean, Titanfall certainly isn't going to be for everyone, and that's totally fine, but I'm having a hard time thinking how your beta gameplay could possibly have been empty and devoid of action. 
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 04, 2014, 01:28:24 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 04, 2014, 10:17:08 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 02, 2014, 03:06:24 PM

Don't forget the official headset mic adapter comes out on Titanfall Day. Not sure if that's what your headset needs, but it's what I've been waiting for for my Astro A40.

I believe that the headset adapter doesn't do surround sound, only stereo.

Hmm, Astro took down their setup walkthrough I linked a few pages back in the thread, so now I'm all kinds of confused.  With the 360, I used optical out to go to my Mixamp for Dolby surround game audio, and I'd run a separate cord from the 360 controller to the headset so it could record my voice.  I assumed I'd be able to do the same arrangement with this new adapter, but I'm admittedly unsure now.  The only Astro official word I can find on their forums seems to support what I'm saying, but it's so sparse on details it's hard to be sure.

My impression was that I would still be getting game audio via optical out, same as I do now, and that I'd voice audio would go
191  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ruh Roh. (video card? system overheat?) on: March 03, 2014, 10:31:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 03, 2014, 10:24:09 PM

Seriously though, this is looking like a video card.  got any spares to test with?

Hmm, instead of testing with another older video card I think I may just run with it and assume this means it's time to upgrade...

Quote from: Caine on March 03, 2014, 10:24:09 PM

Did you try turning it off and on again?
Hard reboot went strangely slow in the beginning so I cut the power and am planning to wait for everything to fully cool before trying another boot.
192  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Ruh Roh. (video card? system overheat?) on: March 03, 2014, 10:09:14 PM
So I fired up Diablo III today.  Hooray!  The new loot system really is better!

Boo!  It crashed to this:


The little square in the middle is my mouse cursor, which I could move around.

I hit CTRL+ALT+DEL and it switched to this:


Just in case, I made my eyes diverge while looking at the screen but it unfortunately did not result in a 3d image.

So what's going horribly wrong?  Video card?  System overheating overall?  Soot sprites?
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a restart. on: March 03, 2014, 09:57:03 PM
I often have a problem being impatient for the final step and being paralyzed about taking the first few.  A ways back, I really wanted to finish up the college degree I abandoned, but the process and the time it would take just kept on being too overwhelming and I'd do nothing.  Two years would pass, and I'd beat myself up for being afraid of a two year process--if I'd have just started right away I'd already be done.  Then two more years would pass in the same manner.

I finally progressed when I got myself to stop looking at the big picture and just look at the next step.  Ok, gotta gather my old transcripts.  That's all there is to do.  Ok, gotta meet with the admissions counselor.  That's all there is to do.  Lo and behold, I finally finished my degree in just a year or two.

So for you, instead of an inner dialogue of "play more music, come on, what's wrong with you, you used to play music so much more often.  Gah, why won't you get with it?" set a goal you can reach.  Play music just once a week.  Then you can do that, and feel good, and with that victory you've got momentum to build on.

Another mind trick that works really well for me is "just do it for 5 minutes."  If I have to write a paper or something, I can easily get stuck in a horrible procrastination loop, but just 5 minutes?  Ok self, I guess I can do it for just 5 minutes.  Of course, those first 5 minutes are the hardest, and more often than not when the 5 minutes are up I'm making good progress and don't want to stop.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 03, 2014, 08:36:49 PM
Commercial: Life is Better with a Titan
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 03, 2014, 08:33:12 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 03, 2014, 06:39:07 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 02, 2014, 02:14:48 AM

I still miss putting points into stats and upgrades, but I suppose that won't ever change in this game.

You'll get a little bit of that feel *after* you hit level 60 (70 in the expansion).  Why they structured it like this is still something I'll never understand, but whatever it's better than nothing.

For those of you that haven't followed the late/end-game, lotsa lotsa text

Interesting, thanks for all that.  I thought I wanted to wait until the expansion to try the new patch tweaks, but maybe I'll fire up some of my old characters now after all.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: March 03, 2014, 06:09:33 PM
I feel like most of the legendaries are way better at late-game finishing blows than non-legendary options.

But stuff like Nat Pagle just plain improves any deck you stick it in, regardless of just about anything.
197  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 03, 2014, 03:16:58 PM
For me it feels more like an adventure game version of FTL.  I think I should temper my initial enthusiasm a bit, because after playing it some more it has more niche appeal than I thought at first.  I'm really enjoying it, though.  I really like the way you have to learn the alien languages as you go. 
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/03) on: March 03, 2014, 03:02:09 PM
Surprising to me, I just bought Planetary Annihilation.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: March 03, 2014, 01:57:31 AM
Yeah, I had a run of lackluster card selections in Arena which was deflating, but then just now I made it to 7-8 wins. Of course, the legendary I got in this deck (Deathwing) was pivotal to my success.

From my perspective I agree they should better normalize how many "better" cards are in an Arena draft, but then again I know players better than me can do consistently well no matter the draft options, so I'm not sure I'm good enough to say it's imbalanced.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 02, 2014, 04:01:35 PM
I think community-run wikis are the modern day Falcon 4.0 binder manuals.  Just about any game that could benefit from a nice thick manual probably has a great wiki page out there with more info than a paper manual ever would.
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