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121  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: April 29, 2012, 02:16:45 AM

Quote from: JCC on April 28, 2012, 01:47:29 PM

I finally officially bailed on this earlier in the week. I really had only played sparingly since I finished the Jedi Knight's final boss. I give kudos to this MMO for being the most solo friendly, story driven, least grind laden MMORPG ever (at least in my experience). But, I essentially just played this as a single player RPG, and frankly I would have just rather played a single player RPG. While it would have had 1 story instead of 8, it would have been a better, more rich story, and there would not have been as large a gap between key plot moments.

I guess I am saying what others did when this was first announced. I would have much rather they made a KOTOR 3 than this, despite the fact that I got a lot of hours of enjoyment from this. Sadly, I doubt a KOTOR 3 is coming any time soon, if at all.

Whining aside, this was a very solid B game, and it managed to entice me back into a genre I had sworn I would never revisit if a monthly fee was involved, so they must have done something right....

I have mixed feelings. I'm mostly playing it as a single player RPG (although my JK has played through a good half-dozen flashpoints with the Qt3 crew).  But if it had been just a single-player game, we would have had one story and it would have been the Jedi Knight one.  IMO the fact that we've got all these new perspectives on the KOTOR/SW universe is a great thing.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesome 8-bit Landscapes on: April 28, 2012, 10:28:25 AM
Those are great!  Thanks for the link Bullwinkle.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: April 27, 2012, 10:17:26 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 27, 2012, 02:42:58 AM

HERE is my first iPad touchscreen post here. aaaaaaaaaaaie! if only ihad smaller hands.

Graz on the new iPad!  And Happy Birthday  icon_biggrin
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: April 26, 2012, 07:10:27 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 26, 2012, 04:02:30 AM

Thanks. Although I'd never really thought of it as anything more than a color preference, I noticed some YouTube videos that attempt to point out some differences the color choices bring:

Apple iPad 2: White vs. Black (Pros and Cons)

White vs. Black The New iPad

Wow that first guy is extremely observant, I wouldn't have thought of any of that stuff.  I got a white one because I'd owned a black iPad1 for two years and decided to be different.  I had similar concerns to you, and I checked with a friend that had owned (and still owns) a white iPad2 for a year, and specifically asked about smudges.  She said she's never had any issues.  I can tell you I haven't noticed any problems with smudges or fingerprints in the five weeks I've owned a white iPad.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: April 21, 2012, 03:56:45 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 21, 2012, 03:40:49 AM

As far as a fresh question, I do have an iPod Touch with a lot of stuff on it. I wasn't quite sure if when you add an Ipad, if it's as simple as just synching all the iPod Touch stuff onto it via iTunes, or are they considered entirely separate devices with sort of separate accounts, and you would have to sort of buy an app twice in order to use it on both your Touch and iPad?

It's the same account.  Some applications have iPad specific versions.  If you want to run the iPad version you would have to purchase it.  More and more apps though have a single version that will run in either an iPad or an iPhone/iPod.  For those you can either sync with iTunes or redownload them for free. For the one's with a separate iPad version, you can always just run the iPhone version at double-size if you already own it and don't want to by the iPad version.  Generally on the new iPad, 2x iPhone apps actually look pretty decent -- much, much better than on older iPads.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad on: April 20, 2012, 11:20:16 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 20, 2012, 06:23:26 PM

I thought I asked you guys earlier, maybe it was a different thread; if you own the NewTM iPad, are you guys having any concerns about the increased heat, or with too many programs not supporting the Retina screen and thus being pixelicious? My bday's approaching and I'm close to finally getting one. I just haven't decided whether to get a new one or get one of the now heavily discounted iPad 2s.

Certainly I've read many reviews, but I often find first hand observations more useful.

I haven't had any heat problems.  OTOH I haven't really been running any 3d games on it.  I use it for very long periods of time and will play videos for hours at a time or boardgame-type games on it, in addition to a lot of web surfing, some comic book reading, and other random apps.  It does run hotter than my iPad1, but for the applications I've used it for, it's never gotten past the slightly luke warm stage.

The only place I've had issues with not supporting Retina is on some magazine apps, it's very noticeable.  Other than magazine apps, it's been a non-issue for me.
127  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Android/iOS] Star Command on: April 17, 2012, 11:32:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 17, 2012, 04:59:21 AM

how the Kickstarter money was spent.

Star Command developer Warballoon, which funded its Kickstarter project in the BDF (before Double Fine) era, decided to share details on where its cash went. The company stressed this isn't it saying "oooops," but simply helping out future kickstarters to think more about their prizes and where their money will go.

I think that's neat that they shared that information.  Hopefully something that will help out future teams.  I hope they do well with their game.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Kickstarter on: April 17, 2012, 07:59:26 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 16, 2012, 03:03:27 PM

USB dog tags are tempting.

I was already at the $100 level and there was a significant amount of swag offered for upgrading to $125 so I went ahead and upgraded.   icon_smile
129  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: April 13, 2012, 06:03:48 PM

Quote from: Asharak on April 13, 2012, 12:42:58 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 13, 2012, 03:38:16 AM

Everyone else get 30 free days?

Nope. Only people with a L50 as of 12:00 PM yesterday, as I understand it. My top character is L48.

With that criteria in mind and stripping out the marketing BS about "thanking you for your support", it sounds like a stealth apology (and a please-don't-leave-in-a-huff plea) for stripping out the Ranked Warzones from 1.2, for which a lot of endgame players were presumably waiting.


- Ash

That's my theory too.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Kickstarter on: April 07, 2012, 08:38:10 PM

Quote from: skystride on April 04, 2012, 09:29:22 PM

Never played Shadowrun but I like RPGs so I backed this one and Wasteland.

Same for me.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: inXile Wasteland Kickstarter coming! on: April 07, 2012, 08:36:48 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 15, 2012, 10:56:06 AM

They've reached their goal.  I'm in for $15 even though I've never heard of this game before.  I like the idea of ordinary people being able to control what kind of games get made instead of nothing but CoD XX

Late reply, but I completely agree Canuck.  I never played the original Wasteland, although I have greatly enjoyed Fallout 1 through 3.  But I kicked in some money in part because I really like the idea of funding some more traditional RPGs and not just creating what the suits in marketing say should be made.
132  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Combat Mission coming to iPad on: April 02, 2012, 12:20:13 AM

Quote from: Crusis on April 02, 2012, 12:08:45 AM

I completely wrote this off figuring it was an April Fool's day gag.  icon_biggrin

I think most of us did, and I presume they put out the announcement on April 1st on purpose.  I'd still think it was a gag, but I actually loaded up the game on iTunes by switching to the Australian store -- can't buy it yet, but in a mere 7 hours it shall be mine  thumbsup
133  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Combat Mission coming to iPad on: April 01, 2012, 07:18:35 PM
So Combat Mission is coming to the iPad tomorrow.  Information is up on the Battlefront Homepage.  There was some speculation that this was an April Fools joke, but apparently it is not.  The Battlefront folks linked to the Australia iTunes website (where it's actually April 2) and sure enough it's there.

I'm pretty excited about this, although I'm a bit nervous about their In-App purchase model.  For $4.99 it comes with 7 scenarios with additional ones available as in-app purchases.  To be honest, I prefer the Battle Academy model of relatively large number of scenarios available with higher initial price.  But I can see the advantages to the CM iPad model, particularly getting customers in the front door.  We'll have to see how much additional scenarios cost.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Clone Wars(2003) Vs The Clone Wars(2008) on: April 01, 2012, 07:23:51 AM
I really like both series.  I can definitely recommend the new series, although the quality is a bit uneven (anything with Jar Jar in it is bad, some of the stranger ones are a bit meh), generally I'd say about 2/3rds of them are really great and maybe 4/5 are at least decent.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blast Chiller: Never drink warm beer again! on: March 29, 2012, 05:07:03 PM
136  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Nightfall coming next week on: March 29, 2012, 03:58:31 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 29, 2012, 01:58:47 PM

Deck building game, no collectible aspects (except for expansions, of course).  Read more about the source game here.

That's good.  I like Deck Building games, but Magic and its ilk make me too nervous from a pocketbook perspective for me to want to try them, even though they seem like they would be a lot of fun.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 28, 2012, 10:46:18 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 28, 2012, 07:40:53 PM

So have people received their pre-ordered NewTM iPads yet? Is the increased heat really noticeable enough to be bothersome? Is the fact most apps aren't updated to Retina support yet make everything look crappy and pixelated?

There are a few apps that out and out don't work properly (for example the Ravenmark game guys say that their tiling is broken on iPad3's and have promised a fix this week), but I've never seen an app that works and that makes things look crappy and pixelated.  In general there are a lot of apps that just auto-magically look much better -- particularly any app that uses text, but also apps primarily designed for the iPhone tend to look better because they use the high-res images designed for retina iPhones instead of the lower res ones that the older iPads used.

I haven't noticed any heat, but I haven't done anything that would seriously tax the graphics chip -- no 3d gaming for me.
138  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: New iPad tops 3 million sold in first 3 days on: March 26, 2012, 07:57:05 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 26, 2012, 04:41:06 PM

I debated buying an iPad 3 over the weekend, then I remembered I need new tires and this morning I got a $400 phone bill.

Ain't happening any time soon  icon_cry

$400, ackk!  Where are you calling Ridah?  Back when I was in college it costs $1/minute to call overseas and I definitely did get a few phone bills that big.  But these days even my overseas calls are dirt cheap.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PAX East 2012 on: March 26, 2012, 10:40:48 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 28, 2012, 08:19:14 PM

It was also a lot of fun seeing Bill Amend talk about his geeky gamer side and how he tries to bring it into Foxtrot as much as possible--and how his World of Warcraft addiction played no small part in Foxtrot turning into a one-a-week strip instead of a daily.

Okay, that is just sad.  I suppose if he's wealthy enough now that he doesn't need to work, it's his decision.  But to think about how many people enjoy his work and to see him not doing it because he's playing WoW.  That's just sad.

There's plenty of us where if we didn't work, it really wouldn't matter to anyone else but us, one way or the other.  But Bill Amend is not one of them.  I suppose it could be worse, at least he's not setting aside curing cancer for playing WoW, but still I can't help but be sad that more Foxtrot has been traded off for WoW playing time.
140  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.
141  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.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: March 25, 2012, 12:09:07 PM
From Blackjack's SPOnG interview:

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.
143  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.
144  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.
145  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
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 didnít see much improvement, even after I compared two images from different versions of the iPad. I even pulled out my jewellerís loupe to compare the pixel density under magnification.

Yes, there was an upgrade, she finally conceded, but for her it wasnít dramatic. She was happier with the higher quality camera, but the extra heat the iPad 3 pumped out was a turn-off for her.
Iíve spent hours playing games, editing pictures, and reading books on the latest iPad, and personally Iím in love with the screen. Iíve 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 itís 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 youíre 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).
146  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


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).
147  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
148  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

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.
149  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.
150  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.
151  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.
152  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

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.
153  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.
154  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.
155  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
156  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'
``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 Samsungís faster solid state drive (SSD) storage,íí 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.
157  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!
158  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.
159  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.
160  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.
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