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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Laptop is dead. Long live my laptop! on: February 18, 2015, 04:27:03 PM
It might help the insurance company evaluate the claim if you send them the before picture.

82  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Possible big XBox sale coming on: February 17, 2015, 05:42:20 PM
Dragon Age on sale?
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 17, 2015, 03:24:00 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 17, 2015, 03:15:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 17, 2015, 03:09:26 PM

To sell stolen goods (or goods you found floating around in space) you need to go to a black market.  You'll find it under the Contacts tab of a space station, but not every station has one.  Anarchy systems generally always have one, but even regulated systems often have a station or two with a black market.  I don't remember if there's a way to check from the galaxy map, but if you look at a solar system map you can look at the owning faction of a station to get a hint.  Something like Blue Sun Boys is probably a pirate group, and probably has a black market.

See, that's what I thought.  I found a station in the Brani system with a black market (Wundt Hub), but got scanned as I came in to dock and was hit with the fine.

I suppose I should assume that just because there's a black market at a station doesn't mean it's safe to land there?

Big stations, where you fly into the interior to dock, may have someone try to scan you as you enter.  One typical method to smuggle things in is to stay 8km away and fly to align yourself as well as you can with the mail slot, turn off all nonessential systems until your ship cools down and your cabin starts to freeze, ask for docking permission, move forward and turn off flight assist so you can coast in, turn on silent running, get close to the mail slot and panic and turn on flight assist and frantically realize you're misaligned and pray you maneuver into the slot without hitting a wall.

Small stations, the ones that look like the Spaceballs diner

almost never scan you.  Just fly onto a pad with your contraband, worry free.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 17, 2015, 03:09:26 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 17, 2015, 02:32:24 PM

Paid the fine this morning to avoid getting turned into a pile of space dust.  I apparently need to figure out where I can actually land to off-load this stolen stuff, as I came across more last night.  Didn't dare grab it though, as there's no way I could afford another fine like that.   I also managed to screw up a delivery mission (didn't get to the delivery system in time), which apparently cost me $15K.  Didn't even realize I lost the $$ until I went to refuel and it said my balance was only $86.

I may as well just start over at this point...at least I'd have $1,000.  frown

To sell stolen goods (or goods you found floating around in space) you need to go to a black market.  You'll find it under the Contacts tab of a space station, but not every station has one.  Anarchy systems generally always have one, but even regulated systems often have a station or two with a black market.  I don't remember if there's a way to check from the galaxy map, but if you look at a solar system map you can look at the owning faction of a station to get a hint.  Something like Blue Sun Boys is probably a pirate group, and probably has a black market.

The black market prices also vary depending on your favor with the black market's faction.  If you take up a life of pirating and smuggling, you can increase your faction with Blue Sun Boys, for instance, and get better returns.

If you get scanned with stolen goods, the fuzz will start killing you.  This is where smuggling fun comes into play; there are several methods of entering a station while avoiding scans.  But for an easier path, land at a small outpost instead of a big station.  Outposts rarely have police ships there to scan you.

Oh and don't overly worry about the initial learning curve.  It's part of the initiation ritual for everyone to accidentally get blown up for carrying some benign stolen good, or to accidentally afterburner into the interior wall of a space station.  Everything will click soon enough. : )
85  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 15, 2015, 10:44:46 PM

Quote from: Canuck on February 15, 2015, 10:38:08 PM

I can only imagine the "who's on first" routines that will occur in the future. (Hey, you said you were selling a New 3DS! this one  is used!)

I seem to remember a similar wave of confusion when an iPad newer than New iPad released.
86  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 15, 2015, 07:19:37 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2015, 06:16:10 PM

There maybe a couple of games that use the extra processing or control nub, but I honestly don't think any will require it.  And over time, I don't think we'll see many that even use those features.

The retailer and consumer backlash that'll come from people buying games that are labeled "New 3DS required" when they may have just recently purchased an "old" 3DS is just too great.

You could be right, but remember when the original DS came out and Nintendo said it was going to supplement the Game Boy line rather than replace it?  I think as long as the New 3DS sells well, developers will want to take advantage of the bit of extra horsepower as much as possible.  Then again, maybe it'll be like a portable version of a Sega 32X upgrade.
87  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 15, 2015, 06:20:36 AM

Quote from: TiLT on February 14, 2015, 04:25:07 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 14, 2015, 03:34:38 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 14, 2015, 02:06:08 PM

Quote from: Canuck on February 14, 2015, 11:35:08 AM

Quote from: ChaoZ on February 14, 2015, 02:23:00 AM


First thing that struck me was how low res the screens are. I guess I'm just used to cell phone screens.

I don't get how Nintendo gets a complete pass on that from all the review sites.  I read somewhere online (in a comment not an article so take from that what you will) that the new 3DS XL has a 95 ppi. If true then that's just horrible. I suppose being an upgrade and not a brand new system they maybe can't change the resolution but hell.

What are they supposed to do?

Ooh ooh! I know this one!

They could increase the pixel density! 

And what would that accomplish? If you want to increase the pixel density while keeping the same resolution, you'll just have a smaller screen. That's the regular 3DS size.

I'd want them to up the resolution of both the small and the big versions. Once games start coming out that require the extra analog thingie and the extra processor power, the New 3DS turns into another new handheld with backward compatibility, just one with the tiniest of improvements over its predecessor.
88  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Re: Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 14, 2015, 03:34:38 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 14, 2015, 02:06:08 PM

Quote from: Canuck on February 14, 2015, 11:35:08 AM

Quote from: ChaoZ on February 14, 2015, 02:23:00 AM


First thing that struck me was how low res the screens are. I guess I'm just used to cell phone screens.

I don't get how Nintendo gets a complete pass on that from all the review sites.  I read somewhere online (in a comment not an article so take from that what you will) that the new 3DS XL has a 95 ppi. If true then that's just horrible. I suppose being an upgrade and not a brand new system they maybe can't change the resolution but hell.

What are they supposed to do?

Ooh ooh! I know this one!

They could increase the pixel density! 
89  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [XB1] Evolve on: February 12, 2015, 07:19:37 PM
I'm busy entertaining out-of-guests through the weekend, but I'm hoping to join the Evolve party on Monday or Tuesday.

There's not some other big multiplayer release about to come out and make you all move onto something else, is there?
90  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 11, 2015, 04:35:11 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on February 11, 2015, 04:29:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 11, 2015, 04:02:02 PM

Lord help me, I'm actually considering picking up a New 3DS.   I can transfer my game data over from my old 3DS system, right?

As you wish. 

Yes you can, but it is a bit tedious.  You need both systems in hand to do a system transfer, which is pretty much an automated process where all your data is moved over to the new system and then deleted from the old. 

Here's how to do it in 16 easy steps!

All you need is:
  • The existing system
  • SD card
  • New Nintendo 3DS XL system
  • Micro SD card of equal or larger size
  • A size 0 Phillips screwdriver
  • A computer
  • An adapter that will accept both sizes of SD cards
91  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 11, 2015, 04:01:55 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 11, 2015, 03:31:08 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 11, 2015, 01:48:12 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 11, 2015, 06:56:37 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 11, 2015, 12:58:44 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 10, 2015, 04:21:03 AM

The comparison GIF is for Xenoblade Chronicles, a game which originally came out for the Wii and is being ported over to the new new 3DS.

The Wii U game you're referring to is Xenoblade Chronicles X, which is a completely different game (and looks much better).

Oh, well, how could anybody ever make a mistake between those games.   retard  (blaming the silly naming convention, not your explanation)

And what happened to Xenoblade Chronicles II through IX?

They are only playable on Windows 9 or on Xboxes 2 - 359.

Ah, I remember the XBOX 127. What a great machine. Spent so much time playing BMX XXII on that thing.

I still maintain that Call of Duty 7,344 was the best of them.
92  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 11, 2015, 01:48:12 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 11, 2015, 06:56:37 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 11, 2015, 12:58:44 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 10, 2015, 04:21:03 AM

The comparison GIF is for Xenoblade Chronicles, a game which originally came out for the Wii and is being ported over to the new new 3DS.

The Wii U game you're referring to is Xenoblade Chronicles X, which is a completely different game (and looks much better).

Oh, well, how could anybody ever make a mistake between those games.   retard  (blaming the silly naming convention, not your explanation)

And what happened to Xenoblade Chronicles II through IX?

They are only playable on Windows 9 or on Xboxes 2 - 359.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 09:39:20 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2015, 09:33:33 PM

No one here uses average star ratings on Amazon to get a general basis of what is good before researching further? I don't see how Metacritic is any different. It's a helpful tool, but not something you rely on alone.

In conjunction with the Amazon score average, do you at least skim through the written reviews?  If you see that most of the 1 star reviews have nonsense like "took a long time to arrive" or "product is exactly the size mentioned in the description but it's still too small for my widdle poopsie bear and I sent it back", do you disregard those reviews and put more stock into other reviews?  If so, you're probably not the kind of person we're talking about regarding the ways metacritic aggregation gets misused and misinterpreted.  Many people do rely on the Amazon average or the metacritic number alone.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 07:32:48 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 10, 2015, 07:25:11 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 10, 2015, 06:38:00 PM

I highly recommend reading The Martian by Andy Weir if you like books that I'd rate a 9.5 for various behind the scenes reasons you'll never see.  Do you prefer romance novels, serious ones, or even like sci fi?  Irrelevant.  The question is just whether or not you like 9.5 books.

I'm not sure what your point is.  I can look on Amazon and see that it's a 4.5 star book, and since I do like scifi I'm going to dig more and see if it's worthwhile*.  If it was a 2 star book, I wouldn't bother regardless of any other details since most people clearly don't like it.  

* hypothetically.  I have already read The Martian and it's fantastic.

If The Martian was a game, hordes of people would just see "wonderpug: 9.5" on metacritic and not read anything about why I liked the game so much.  The only other review on metacritic at the time is a 4.5 by TiLT.  Average score 7, so... probably worth skipping for most people.  Why even read the reviews?

If you scrap the numbers, then you have to read the reviews and see that wonderpug loves sci-fi books and TiLT was kicked in the shin by Andy Weir when they were children.

Honestly, I think I have a bigger beef with score aggregation sites than I do with the concept of number scores.  I'd love to see a Rotten Tomatoes style aggregator for gaming, because I find that approach is much more reliable for figuring out if a movie is universally loved or hated, or if it's love/hate and I need dig into reviews to see which side I'd fall on.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 06:38:00 PM
I highly recommend reading The Martian by Andy Weir if you like books that I'd rate a 9.5 for various behind the scenes reasons you'll never see.  Do you prefer romance novels, serious ones, or even like sci fi?  Irrelevant.  The question is just whether or not you like 9.5 books.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I took a wrong turn and ended... on: February 08, 2015, 05:04:16 PM
Great to have you back! We missed you!
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 06, 2015, 06:37:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug 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.

Mac Update
Work on Elite: Dangerous for Mac is progressing well and we’re still on track to enter beta by the end of March. This beta period will be longer than the short 1.1 Beta test and we’re anticipating a period of around six weeks for testing.
 
We still have a whole bunch of optimisation work to get through so we’re not ready to provide a minimum spec just yet, but we can confirm it will be available as a 64 bit build.

We’ll have more on the Mac release soon.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: February 05, 2015, 05:41:56 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on February 05, 2015, 05:16:46 AM

Almost fight time, just a couple more weeks.

Have you tried talking out your differences with your opponent before a fight?  Maybe hug it out?
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TurboTax or an Accountant? on: February 04, 2015, 05:36:13 PM
Do you have any out of the ordinary situations you think you may be entering wrong in TurboTax?  I get the feeling that if you're a fairly standard case, an accountant is going to ask you the same exact questions you get asked in the TurboTax wizard.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starbound on: February 01, 2015, 06:51:46 PM
The big gimmick with this one is traveling to other worlds and seeing unique randomly generated environments and creatures, so if you haven't left your starter planet yet it's going to seem pretty ordinary.
101  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 30, 2015, 02:27:23 PM
Buyer beware on HOMM 3.  I read it's based on the Steam HD edition and user reviews are mostly people angry at Ubisoft for cutting out features and doing other half-assed things to the remake.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: January 29, 2015, 08:29:59 PM
The 800 series had smooth, youthful skin.  We spotted them easy, but these are new.  They look geriatric... wrinkles, hearing aids, Old Spice smell, like to watch Matlock, tell rambling stories, everything.  Very hard to spot.  I had to wait till he moved his walker with tennis balls toward you before I could zero him.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Grim Fandango Remastered on: January 29, 2015, 02:04:49 AM
Thousand points to Ron for including the Robert Frost quote!
104  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 28, 2015, 07:24:34 PM
I've had a lot of fun with Starbound.  Some of its fans got grumpy because there was a pretty long dry spell with no big updates, but the development team seems to be back in the swing of things.  The randomly generated planets and creatures make exploration a lot of fun. 
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: January 26, 2015, 07:48:52 AM
Run, you pigeons! It's Robert Frost!

(Can't wait to replay Grim Fandango)
106  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.
107  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.
108  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.
109  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.
110  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. 
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What am I buying this week? on: January 12, 2015, 04:46:28 PM
 
112  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!
113  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.
114  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.
115  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?
116  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.

 
117  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.
118  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!
119  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.

120  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?
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