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121  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Does this go in Portable Gaming or Here? Baldur's Gate coming for the iPad! on: March 26, 2012, 01:46:11 AM

Quote from: Ridah on March 25, 2012, 10:53:00 PM

So how much space is this "app" going to take up?

Didn't the original fit on 7 CD-ROMs?  So figure ~600MB x 7 CD-ROMs = ~4 GigaBytes or about the same as one 2-hour HD movie.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: March 25, 2012, 12:10:04 PM

Quote from: Doopri on March 23, 2012, 09:10:42 PM

i took a lot at screenshots for the first time a few days ago - really neat!  wasnt expecting the comic / teamfortress "lite" animation style.  whens this out again?

Autumn this year.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: March 25, 2012, 12:09:07 PM
From Blackjack's SPOnG interview:

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How much did you guys deliberate on having fog of war in the game?  Because in modern turn-based games it seems almost like a faux-pas to include it.

Really?  WTF is wrong with you kids.  Now you want to get rid of Fog of War?  Why don't you just put in an instant win button and be done with it.  Get off my lawn dammit.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 24, 2012, 10:03:40 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 24, 2012, 09:26:06 PM

This is my first tablet but I'm sure my PC laptop got hotter than my iPad, I have yet to play games for any length of time on it (come on Balders Gate) but videos haven't caused that much heat IMO.

It sounds like it only gets warm when the graphics chip is doing heavy amounts of work, and even 720p (1080p?*) videos don't seem to give it much of a workout.  I think the only thing that's really likely to give it a good workout is something like Infinity Blade.  It sounds like the LTE might also have an impact on heat, although that might be hearsay.

I've been using mine a lot since release date and I have not noticed any real warmth at all.

* Not sure I actually have any 1080p unless the iTunes store has been serving them up now for the new iPad and the new AppleTV.  I have been running iTunes HD with no real warmth generated.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 24, 2012, 09:15:54 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 24, 2012, 09:07:42 PM

Wife has been wanting one of these for awhile now so just picked up a new iPad3 for her. Now, I'm wondering... is there really a need for a screen protector? I've had many 'touch screen' devices, including a couple of Nintendo DS units, a PSP and now a Vita and the only thing I've ever bothered to put one on is my smart phone and they've all survived just fine. Anyone out there using one or think it's really necessary?

My impression is that very few people put screen protectors on iPads -- at least not of the "transparent overlay permanently stuck to the screen" variety.  Most people do either have a protective case they place the iPad in after use, or have something like the official Smart Cover which protects the screen when not in use.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 24, 2012, 05:20:15 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 24, 2012, 03:30:52 PM

Penny Arcade Report's take
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The effect of the new screen is oddly personal, and some people may not even notice the change. I checked with my own family, and with a wife and three kids of varying ages I was the only one who was suitably impressed with the retina display. My wife didn’t see much improvement, even after I compared two images from different versions of the iPad. I even pulled out my jeweller’s loupe to compare the pixel density under magnification.

Yes, there was an upgrade, she finally conceded, but for her it wasn’t dramatic. She was happier with the higher quality camera, but the extra heat the iPad 3 pumped out was a turn-off for her.
...
I’ve spent hours playing games, editing pictures, and reading books on the latest iPad, and personally I’m in love with the screen. I’ve dialed down the size of the text in the Kindle app to compensate for the improved sharpness, and the graphics in games are much smoother and feature deeper colors than the iPad 2. You get used to the change very quickly, however, and now instead of marveling at the new screen it’s just hard to go back to previous versions of the hardware. A number of people who have used the hardware have told me that they can barely see a difference. If you’re interested in upgrading, you need to head to an Apple store and spend some time with the product before you put your money down.
Overall he loves it, he just cautions that people who already own iPad 2 probably oughta check out in person before assuming the graphical upgrade would be noticeable to one's own eyes. And apparently the increased heat is quite noticeable, if not scalding. e

I'm pretty shocked that someone wouldn't be able to tell the difference looking at the two screens side-by-side.  I'm somewhere in the middle.  While I can clearly see the difference between the two screens, and agree very much that the new screen is better, I'm not all that excited about it.  I was perfectly happy with the iPad1 screen and the main impact of the better screen isn't so much that I really love the new screen as it is that I know dislike the iPad1 screen which I had thought was quite good.

The main thing I like about the new iPad is increase in memory and performance from my iPad1.  My web browsing experience (which is by far my biggest use of the iPad) is much, much better now that it (1) doesn't randomly crash on some websites and (2) actually can remember the contents of more than one tab.  Now if it could only remember the contents of the last webpage it visited so the back button would cause an instant reload, I would be a happy camper (I really don't understand why it doesn't to this, as far as I can recall pretty much every non-Apple web browser I've used does).
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 23, 2012, 10:47:16 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 23, 2012, 10:43:48 PM

Thanks!

Posted from Teggy's iPad using his fingers.

Don't use your fingers Teggy, use the dictation feature (unless you got the iPad2, of course, in which case revel in your $100 saved).
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 23, 2012, 10:14:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 23, 2012, 07:37:19 PM

I am so weak.

Congrats on your new iPad!  icon_biggrin
129  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: New iPad tops 3 million sold in first 3 days on: March 22, 2012, 07:45:40 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 21, 2012, 03:17:33 PM

Quote from: ydejin on March 20, 2012, 11:43:18 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 20, 2012, 10:19:23 AM

Quote from: Hetz on March 19, 2012, 09:46:14 PM

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/03/19New-iPad-Tops-Three-Million.html

Highest sales numbers for the iPad ever at launch.

Sony and Nintendo have got to be pissed/scared. The iPad is a sales monster.

Nintendo might be worried since their focus is on the casual/family market, but I seriously doubt Sony has any concerns about the iPad. Their markets barely overlap at all.

I don't know about that.  I've got a PSP.  I would probably get a Vita, except I just can't justify it.  I don't travel that often and when I do my iPad can fill in for the on-the-road gaming I would have used a Vita for.  I'm going to bring along the iPad anyway for casual work support and recreation (videos, websurfing, etc) so it doesn't make a lot of sense to have a second expensive device along just to play games, when I can play decent, but not great games on the iPad.

Now as far as giving up my PS3 or XBox for the iPad, no, but the iPad is definitely a reasonable replacement for a PSP, Vita, DS, for all but the hard core gamers.

You are in other words a casual user. You're not the target audience for the Vita, at least not at this stage of its lifetime. My point stands. Sony isn't planning on regaining the entirety of the PSP market because they know that is practically impossible at this point.

Given my rather large gaming budget, and the fact that I own three portable gaming consoles (PSP, DS, and Gameboy SP) along with five consoles (XBox 360, XBox, PS3, PS2, and Wii) and a gaming PC with a $300-400 graphics card, I'm really not sure I can be considered a casual user.

I'm a user that would have purchased a Vita if Apple hadn't come out with the iPad.  So I am exactly the kind of user that was in the Sony Vita's target market that just isn't going to buy their product anymore.

If their markets barely overlap at all it's because Apple has completely eaten up a large part of their market and as you say it will be impossible for Sony to recover it.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 20, 2012, 10:53:21 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 20, 2012, 10:36:56 PM

Funnily I took my iPad 2 and new iPad to show my parents yesterday, and they both insisted they liked the iPad 2 screen better.  After many looks my mom finally agreed that the resolution on the new one was better but she still preferred the other one.  Normally I would think they were just being cheap/frugal, but this time I could tell they just liked it because it looked "brighter" or something.  It might be because of the different screen protector I have on the new one, I'm not sure.  In all honesty there are certain instances where I do agree the screen seems to look almost grainy.  I'll check it out more once my backup screen protector arrives.  I kind of screwed up the first one anyway.  Anyone have any particular recommendations on protectors?  Or just to not use them at all?

I've never used one on the iPad.  I do always make sure to put the iPad in its slipcase if I'm stuffing it in my backpack or otherwise carrying it out of my apartment or my office.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 20, 2012, 06:23:24 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 20, 2012, 03:10:16 PM

Quote from: Roman on March 20, 2012, 02:20:39 PM

while I am sure that the additional pixel count will look better than my 1st gen. I do however want to point out that I do not get even remotely close enough to my ipad when reading, looking at pictures etc to notice the current pixel config at all.
I mean - look at the picture above - how close do you actually need to be?

You don't even need to hold it up close.  I was messing around with my new iPad and glanced over at the original iPad's screen and the original just looked blurry in comparison.  I get the same effect when I play on my PS3 or XBox 360 and then go to the Wii.

It is rather shocking. I was really happy with the screen on my original iPad, but going back to it after working with the new iPad it sure is blurry.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 20, 2012, 05:20:42 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 20, 2012, 02:19:09 PM

Quote from: Morgul on March 20, 2012, 01:33:17 PM

Are any of you seeing it overheat after extended use?

None here, but sounds like its a gaming or LTE thing and I don't game much or have LTE.

Same for me. I haven't noticed any heat at all, but I'm not using my LTE and I haven't done any gaming which uses 3-D graphics.
133  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: New iPad tops 3 million sold in first 3 days on: March 20, 2012, 11:43:18 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 20, 2012, 10:19:23 AM

Quote from: Hetz on March 19, 2012, 09:46:14 PM

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/03/19New-iPad-Tops-Three-Million.html

Highest sales numbers for the iPad ever at launch.

Sony and Nintendo have got to be pissed/scared. The iPad is a sales monster.

Nintendo might be worried since their focus is on the casual/family market, but I seriously doubt Sony has any concerns about the iPad. Their markets barely overlap at all.

I don't know about that.  I've got a PSP.  I would probably get a Vita, except I just can't justify it.  I don't travel that often and when I do my iPad can fill in for the on-the-road gaming I would have used a Vita for.  I'm going to bring along the iPad anyway for casual work support and recreation (videos, websurfing, etc) so it doesn't make a lot of sense to have a second expensive device along just to play games, when I can play decent, but not great games on the iPad.

Now as far as giving up my PS3 or XBox for the iPad, no, but the iPad is definitely a reasonable replacement for a PSP, Vita, DS, for all but the hard core gamers.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 17, 2012, 04:55:41 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 17, 2012, 02:39:17 AM

Can anyone explain this to me?

For some reason Hero Academy looks absolutely amazing on the iPad 3 in 2X mode.  I mean it seriously looks like a native app, whereas on the iPad 2 it is very blocky and pixelated.  I thought the higher res would make things look more pixelated, but maybe I'm just confused.

Same thing for my iPhone only apps running on the iPad3.  The story I heard was that the original iPad took the low-resolution version of these apps and doubled their pixel size, whereas the new iPad take the high-resolution version of these apps and doubles their pixels.  I have no idea why the original iPad didn't jsut take the high-res version of these apps and not double their size, but presumably it didn't.  Regardless the iPhone apps I tried look much, much better in the new iPad.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 14, 2012, 07:38:57 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 14, 2012, 07:00:04 PM

Ritt, by that logic, you could just as easily say that it was and always has been the most expensive on the market.  slywink

It's also the best selling tablet on the market.  Most of the time, when something becomes very popular, price gradually comes down.  That hasn't been the case with the ipad line, where price has been consistent, except for gently discounting the previous version while making small improvements to the new versions.

By contrast, the Kindle line started out very expensive, got popular, and has gotten cheaper with each iteration, even while improving technology.  Yes, they've certainly modified it by removing 3g and going to an optional ad-supported model, but price has still be consistently dropping over the years.

iPad to iPad2 definitely agree fits your point.  But quadrupling the pixels isn't a small improvement.  I'm actually rather surprised we didn't see a price hike for that kind of feature.  I thought there was a good chance they'd split into a regular line of iPads and a premium HD line with a premium price.  I suppose they did split into two lines in a sense by leaving the iPad2 16GB out there, but the HD versions are coming in at the same price point as the old ones.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: March 13, 2012, 09:22:45 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 13, 2012, 05:50:40 PM

Quote from: ydejin on March 13, 2012, 02:58:20 PM

Thanks for the Q&A information Blackjack.  That all sounds awesome!
I realize Gamespy gets a lot of abuse but ironically maybe, now that they're forced to only cover PC games (because it's part of the IGN stable and they didn't want duplicate console coverage, is how I understand it), I think their PC gaming coverage is much improved. Though that's because they just don't have a choice.  icon_smile

Back in the late 1990s, I tried to do a little fan site just about squad strategy gaming coverage. There was just too much to cover. I'd love for this to be a strong enough success that others would do similar kinds of things. Maybe a turn-based squad strategy (albeit with Modernized changes) renaissance?  icon_cool

Preach it brother!!!  icon_biggrin
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 13, 2012, 09:21:25 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 13, 2012, 08:35:48 PM

Maybe I should wait for the...

"Newer, Smaller iPad" (or some such clever new name  Roll Eyes), iPad Mini, Min-iPad...

Samsung confident Apple will maintain 'partnership'
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2012/03/129_106677.html
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``The contract is expected to rise to $11 billion by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung’s faster solid state drive (SSD) storage,’’ the official said.
Take with a giant salt-lick since rumors of a smaller iPad have been around since... the Old iPad...

It's such a weird situation where your fiercest competitors are also basically making your stuff, but in this day of giant conglomerates maybe tough to avoid.  icon_confused

It really depends on what you use it for.  For my purposes I have no desire to get a smaller iPad.  I mostly use it for reading the web at home and at work.  I also sometimes use it to read PDF papers.  I can't imagine that reading on a half-sized screen would work as well.  Heck if they'd come out with a 12" one, I'd probably get that one instead of the current one.

OTOH if I really needed to carry it around a lot, I can imagine the half-size tablet would be great.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: March 13, 2012, 02:58:20 PM
Thanks for the Q&A information Blackjack.  That all sounds awesome!
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox reveal next year?(and Timesplitters 4 for next gen) on: March 13, 2012, 12:14:04 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 09, 2012, 08:34:23 PM

If there's no disc drive in the next Xbox, there goes any hope for backwards compatibility.

While I buy all my multiplatform releases on the PS3, I still buy the 360 exclusives like GOW III and going forward it's going to be harder to justify $60+ on a game that may not even be compatible come next generation.

That's one of the biggest PC advantages - games you bought 15 years ago STILL work on the PC you just bought today.. no need for 4 different computers to play 4 different games.

I beg to differ with you on that.  There's a fair number of old games that simply weren't probably designed to take the faster speed of today's processors into account.  For example try playing Sid Meier's version of Magic the Gathering and you'll discover that everything runs at hyper-speed and is completely unplayable.  There are utilities that attempt to chew up enough processor time to slow things down to a playable rate, but they don't always work.  There are also other games that do weird graphics calls that now crash your machine.  Plus there are games that depend on various copy protection schemes that don't work anymore.  And then there's the fact that I've got all these games on 3.5" disk and modern computers don't come with 3.5" disk drives anymore.  In fact there are quite a few 15-year old games that don't work at all.
140  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is Santorum's Run Finished? on: March 10, 2012, 01:48:36 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 08, 2012, 07:01:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 08, 2012, 06:58:11 PM

well, looks like he's sticking around.  looks like they all are.

They're all gluttons for punishment.

Define punishment.  There's a lot of thinking Newt is just trying to raise his profile so he sells more books and gets on more talk shows.  Hard to say what Santorum's deal is, maybe he wants to follow Huckabee and Palin into getting his own TV show?  Or maybe he figures he'll be a front runner for 2016 if Romney loses to Obama.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 08, 2012, 08:26:40 AM

Quote from: Lee on March 08, 2012, 07:32:41 AM

For those commenting on 16gb will be enough, I thought 32gb would be more than enough for my first iPad. If you are going to game they seem to be getting bigger and bigger as time goes on. 14gb of my current iPad is apps alone. Of course you can delete things you don't play as often, but I would expect app size to only get bigger with the new capabilities of the iPad.

Just something to think about.

It really depends on what you store on it.  I've got 14GB of music and audio books on mine, and that's nowhere near my entire music collection.  The real killer for me though is Video.  Once you start packing TV shows and movies on, particular in HD, the space goes real quick.  A decent length 720p movie will take up around 4GB.  With the new AppleTV supporting 1080p, I assume iTunes will start serving up 1080p movies and TV shows, which will chew up storage space at a horrendous rate.  As I mentioned in the Tablet thread, I would happily pay good money, say an extra $200, for an iPad 128GB instead of 64GB.

On the other hand if you only want to store a limited amount of audio, and you don't want to store any video, you can probably get away with a smaller storage size, although as Lee points out, you can chew up storage space with Apps, and in fact with the move to HD presumably iPad games are going to start taking up even more space.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 07, 2012, 09:46:29 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 07, 2012, 09:32:32 PM

Do you guys think the Apple Care extended warranty stuff is worth bothering with?

Targus announced some new cases:
http://www.tuaw.com/2012/03/07/targus-welcomes-the-next-generation-ipad-with-seven-new-cases/
*I think some of these are just updated models, and others are new designs.

Aaand, read they'll continue also offering the 16GB WiFi/3G model for $529 (WiFi only model $399), with the 32GB and 64GB iPad 2 models discontinued. I'm sure the various retailers will start discounting all that stuff soon.

I know a lot of people who drop their iPhones a lot, so for those people I think it's worth it for the iPhone.  I don't know anyone who has dropped an iPad, at least not and had their screen shattered, but it's certainly possible.  I personally didn't get it.  I figure if anything happens to the iPad, I hopefully have had it long enough that there's a new model to upgrade to.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 07, 2012, 09:25:09 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 07, 2012, 09:10:35 PM

I was favoring the 32GB 4G version. I mean really, I'd feel the same bad having a $729 device stolen or broken as a $500 or $600 device so why not go for it.  icon_cool

Definitely a consideration.  When I think of how many $$$ of electronic equipment I schlep around everyday it is quite astonishing.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 07, 2012, 09:07:31 PM

Quote from: rickfc on March 07, 2012, 08:38:45 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 07, 2012, 08:30:19 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 07, 2012, 08:28:14 PM

i think my iPad 2 will hold me over until the iPad 4.

I think you mean "The Newer iPad".

It'll be the iPad Harder.

Also, store was up for like 10 min and now it's back down. I keep throwing my wallet at the screen but nothing's happening.

I've managed to get past the configuration page to the accessories page, but now it's crapping out on me  icon_frown

Also on my desktop machine (running Firefox) it says Choose Network Carrier and gives me the choice of AT&T or AT&T.  When I visit the same page on my iPad it gives me AT&T or Verizon which is, I presume what it's supposed to say.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 07, 2012, 08:35:28 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 07, 2012, 08:32:50 PM

Me I don't have one, and I want one. I certainly don't Need one, and that's why I've resisted tablets to this point even though I've very much enjoyed trying them in stores (including Android models too). icon_smile

If you do a lot of reading online, which given your industry seems likely, I've found that reading is much more comfortable with a tablet.  Just being able to move about, shift sitting postures and such with a tablet means it would be very, very difficult for me to go back to doing my online reading on a laptop or a desktop.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 07, 2012, 08:33:36 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 07, 2012, 08:10:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 07, 2012, 08:06:23 PM

hmmm... maybe it's because I slept through most of the event but now that it's official I'm not excited about this as I thought I'd be.

I'm not excited, it's an iPad and will do what my first generation one will do. It will just do it faster and look better doing it. Which at this point I desperately want because iOS5 is way too slow on the first gen.

Just like the Apple TV, ordering one because I use the last one all the time and would like 1080p. Not exciting though.

Me too.  I didn't upgrade from iPad1 to iPad2, but this is clearly the right time for iPad1 owners to upgrade.  Both the combination of Retina Screen and just the fact that some apps just don't work that well on iPad1.  

I haven't seen any mention of iPad3 main memory.  Does anyone know if it got upgraded to 1GB?
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 07, 2012, 08:31:32 PM

Quote from: Crusis on March 07, 2012, 07:21:04 PM

I wonder how much of a cluster this launch is going to be. I remember last year's nightmare of stores getting 5 iPad 2's and having 50 people waiting in line for them. Why can't they just get Amazon a few million of these babies. They have the most organized ordering system around especially if you have prime.

Wasn't the iPad2 launch partly messed up by the Japanese Tsunami situation messing with shipments coming in from the Pacific Rim?  That's my remembrance anyway.  I realize that iPad's come from China, not Japan, but I still recall general shipping issues.  
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: March 07, 2012, 02:22:31 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 07, 2012, 02:04:59 PM

Would anyone slap me if I started an iPad 3/HD thread, given today's upcoming event? So we can keep this thread more generally tablet-y in nature.

Another more weird rumor about possibly haptic-touch:
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/03/07/apples_third_gen_ipad_rumored_to_feature_never_before_seen_touch_technology.html
*Yes, of course, the mind quickly runs into the gutter about "creative" ways to use that.   drool icon_lol

Hmm, well the original announcement was "We have something you really have to see.  And touch."  However, unless they can do it pretty cheap, it just doesn't seem worthwhile.  They need to keep their prices low to box out the Android tablets.
149  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: March 05, 2012, 12:17:13 PM
Schedule for today's Guild Summit livestreaming and recorded videos to be provided.

    10:00AM CST (4PM GMT) – Welcome and Introductions
    10:30AM CST (4:30PM GMT) – State of the Game and Game Update 1.2 Presentation
    Break (Livestream offline from 11:00am to 2:00pm)
    2:00PM CST (8:00PM GMT) – Operations and Flashpoints Discussion
    2:45PM CST (8:45PM GMT) – Player vs. Player Discussion
    3:30PM CST (9:30PM GMT) – Legacy Presentation
    4:00PM CST (10:00PM GMT) – Economy and Crew Skills Discussion
    4:30PM CST (10:30PM GMT) – Roleplayer's Discussion
    5:00PM CST (11:00PM GMT) – Guild Features Discussion
    5:30PM CST (11:30PM GMT) – User Interface Presentation
    6:00PM CST (12:00AM GMT) - ...And The Rest
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: March 05, 2012, 12:41:12 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on March 05, 2012, 12:27:10 AM

Based on recent trends (the last year), I think it's likely that Apple will release the iPad 3 a week or two after the announcement, not months.

And unless you're talking about the screen, don't hold your breath on being blown away - aesthetically it (likely) will look almost exactly the same as the iPad 2.

Well.  I have an iPad 1, which I love.  But it's got issues. 

The web browser, for example, crashes constantly on some websites -- AIUI it has something to do with Safari's poor handling of memory used for JavaScript.   While the web browser can hold a full nine tabs, switching between tabs almost always forces a reload, which I assume is also a main memory limitation, although I haven't tried an iPad 2 so it's possible Apple's software just sucks.  Similarly hitting back forces a reload and has a really bizarre behavior on some websites where the page slowly reloads, but it does so from some cache displaying data from a day-or-two prior.  So for example if I'm on MSNBC, I'm on the homepage, I visit an article, I hit the back button, I don't see today's homepage, instead it seems to drag a version of the homepage from the previous day.  It's really strange, since it doesn't load quickly like it's coming from a memory cache, yet it clearly is because of the content.  This happens in probably 30-40% of all news websites.

There are also some games which don't work all that well.  Again I'm assuming they've been thoroughly tested for iPad 2's greater memory and processing speed and only sort of work in iPad 1.

I'm hoping an iPad 3 will do much better with more main memory and a much faster and multi-core processor.
151  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: March 04, 2012, 02:36:32 AM

Quote from: ericb on March 03, 2012, 07:11:50 PM

I'm really disappointed the "coming soon" features are still coming soon.  I quit playing around a month ago (in the 30s with 2 characters) while waiting for the dungeon fixes and UI changes.  I don't understand why we're still waiting especially when they've shown a working UI scaling design in a video over a month ago.  Meanwhile we get bug fixes like not being able to leap to a hologram.  Also the changes they took out from beta (that were working) that still haven't made it back in...honestly with that much money and talent and months of work you can't get a working search field in your AH?  It's very clear this is their first real MMO and I can cut them a little slack but it's getting to the point of just coming back 6-12 months later instead of a month.  So much missing or still broken.  

One thing to keep in mind is that some changes are easier to make than other changes.  Changes to the underlying engine are going to require much more extensive work than scripting or geometry changes.  The vast majority of the changes we've seen look like they are tweaks to numbers or scripting code, not to the underlying engine.

Also throwing more programmers at a program particularly at this stage can be counterproductive over the short term.  If you take a programmer that hasn't been working on the User Interface and toss them into the User Interface team, it's going to take them time to come up to speed on how the UI code works.  The current UI team is going to have to take time away from their programming to get the new guys up to speed.  Over the long term, more programmers may increase the productivity of the team.  But not over the 2 to 2.5 month period that you are expecting them to get these changes done in.
152  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: March 04, 2012, 01:55:19 AM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 04, 2012, 01:28:36 AM

actually software development is not really slow, compared to the rest of the business universe. Excuses are pretty shallow in an endeavor such as this with so many resources.

FYI- I work in software development.

I have also worked in software development.  I also have a PhD specializing in Software Engineering.  A 3-month product cycle is very fast.

I don't think there is much excuse for SWTOR not having a modern scalable user interface with properly moveable windows at release.  However, given that they didn't have one, expecting them to come out with one in less than 3 months is not particularly reasonable or realistic.  Yeah they might have come out with some half-assed piece of junk in a shorter time frame, but it would have been pretty crappy.  (Of course they might still come up with something pretty crappy, I guess we'll see one way or the other in the next month.)

Think about what ericb is asking for.  The game was released a little over 2 1/2 months ago.  However, the release coincided with the holidays.  The team is probably coming off of major crunch time from release.  You are not going to keep the team pushing hard until after New Years.  That means the team has had 2 months at most to get the new scalable user interface up.  Unless we want a piece of crap the team has to spend some time thinking about what this feature should look like.  Then they need to implement it.  Once the thing gets implemented they need to thoroughly test it.  It's scheduled to be released for beta testing shortly (they are currently asking for beta testers and have promised release sometime in March).  I think that's pretty short time frame, and I think it's actually pretty fast.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: March 04, 2012, 12:38:22 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 01, 2012, 07:04:40 PM

Another rumor du jour:
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/03/01/rumor_apple_to_unveil_8gb_ipad_2_alongside_ipad_3_on_march_7.html
*This latest one from Taiwan suggests Apple will drop the 64GB option and offer 16GB and 32GB iPad 3 models, alongside a closer to bargain-priced 8GB iPad 2 model with the idea of combating lower priced tablets at least to some extent on price (Kindle Fire, Nook Color Tablet etc.).

Seems in line with the iPhone in the past from the standpoint of continuing to offer at least one older model at a substantially lower price than the new line.

But, it also conflicts with other rumors with purported iPad 3 price lists showing the traditional three models (16, 32, 64GB).

Dear lord I hope not.  I wouldn't mind seeing a 8GB model, but as far as cutting the 64GB model, ugh.  I'm already constantly out of memory with my 64GB model.  I want a 128GB model and I don't mind paying a few hundred dollars more for it.
154  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: March 03, 2012, 11:54:24 PM

Quote from: ericb on March 03, 2012, 07:11:50 PM

I'm really disappointed the "coming soon" features are still coming soon.  I quit playing around a month ago (in the 30s with 2 characters) while waiting for the dungeon fixes and UI changes.  I don't understand why we're still waiting especially when they've shown a working UI scaling design in a video over a month ago.  Meanwhile we get bug fixes like not being able to leap to a hologram.  Also the changes they took out from beta (that were working) that still haven't made it back in...honestly with that much money and talent and months of work you can't get a working search field in your AH?  It's very clear this is their first real MMO and I can cut them a little slack but it's getting to the point of just coming back 6-12 months later instead of a month.  So much missing or still broken. 

Because software development is relatively slow and there's a heck of a difference between having prototype quality code and having bulletproof code that can actually be released to customers.
155  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Could GOP be in for a late entry? on: February 26, 2012, 12:59:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 25, 2012, 05:41:41 PM

http://nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/23/10487536-gop-skeptics-holding-out-for-late-entry-hero-to-save-2012

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What were once murmurs about a late entry by a candidate into the Republican presidential primary or a potential convention fight for the nomination have become a topic of open speculation in the GOP, reflecting concerns about the party’s existing crop of competitors.

Odds remain heavily stacked against the party arriving at its convention without a nominee, but the remaining candidates face lingering doubts about their strength versus President Barack Obama ... and that's fueling discussion that some kind of “knight in shining armor” could, or should, ride in to “save” the GOP at the last moment.

Mitt Romney in particular is facing fresh doubts about his ability to take the reins in the Republican primary after failing to win several recent caucus contests. Now Romney appears to be at risk of losing next Tuesday’s primary in his native Michigan to Rick Santorum.

Romney has failed to seal the deal in a series of key primaries and caucuses over the month and a half, struggling to win over skeptical conservatives. Santorum, in turn, has rallied those conservatives to score victories which stymied Romney’s momentum, but did nothing to quell doubts about the former Pennsylvania senator’s ability to square off against Obama in November.

The speculation -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who’s endorsed Romney, acknowledged Wednesday that he’s still facing pressure to wage his own campaign -- may well reach a fever pitch after Super Tuesday on March 6.

Chris Christie is way too liberal for today's GOP.  Among other things he recently appointed a Muslim as a judge and an openly gay man as a judge.  He also dismissed concerns that the Muslim might impose Sharia law as pure bullshit.

I don't like Chris Christie because he's an ass and a bully, and I don't think we should have elected officials who act like asses with their citizens, even when those citizens may deserve it.  It's unprofessional, and would result in serious reprimand or firing in any regular professional position.  But got to give him big props for his defense of the Muslim he appointed.

Right now he's a clean blank slate to most conservatives, same as Rick Perry was before him.  They've put him in the role of their next great hope.  But once they see that he's a muslim/gay loving governor of a North-Eastern state he's pretty much toast.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: February 16, 2012, 06:33:55 AM

Quote from: Doopri on February 16, 2012, 03:56:02 AM

odd - should i infer, from the button-presses indicated onscreen, that this is coming out for consoles as well?  also, love firaxis as a dev and am sure theyll do a nice job of it

Yes definitely cross platform.  If you've seen any of the screenshots they clearly show XBox controls all over the place with X, Y, A, B, and RB, LB sprinkled about.  If you haven't seen any screenshots get yourself to GameInformer.

Here's their central XCom hub.  Two of my favorites are the Tactical Battles walkthrough (part 1 and part 2).
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: February 16, 2012, 03:01:28 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 14, 2012, 02:58:51 PM

...
Dunno if that was previously confirmed, but you can apparently rename soldiers.

Here's a screenshot showing their current soldier customization (from GameInformer's interactive X-Com base):



158  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: February 14, 2012, 06:36:30 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on February 14, 2012, 06:32:11 PM

... That being said, Ive enjoyed SWTOR a lot and have no regrets with the purchase.  I am gettling great bang for the buck out of the game. 

Me too.  I finished the Jedi Knight story and have restarted as an Imperial Agent.  Currently in the low 20s and enjoying seeing things from the other side.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/13) on: February 13, 2012, 02:01:13 PM
Crusader Kings 2
160  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: February 09, 2012, 05:29:43 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 09, 2012, 04:33:34 PM

A note to anyone getting into the high levels - the first planet story quest on Voss is bugged and you can't progress past it. Devs know about it but have not said when it's going to get fixed.

I assume this is on the Imerial side?  I don't recall running into any problems finishing Voss on the Republic side (or did they break something during one of their patches).
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