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Signed On Jul 23, 2010, 17:26
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
35. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 31, 2013, 15:13 Jivaro
Beamer wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 13:55:
The media streaming was a big part of why I bought the PS3. Xbox couldn't do it, PS3 could.
Thing is, by the time I actually got around to it, I'd replaced virtually all media streaming needs with Netflix and Amazon, along with the occasional on-demand rental via my cable box.
Heck, I haven't even listened to an mp3 in years.

All of that was exactly the same for me, plus I didn't have to pay a monthly fee to use services I was already paying a monthly fee for. Just like you said, I didn't end up using any of it. Ironically I even ended up getting PS+, which has been awesome in terms of content for both my PS3 and PS Vita, so I ended up paying the subscription as well. Obviously I could let it drop and still get Amazon, Netflix, etc, but the whole thing only proved to me that ultimately I buy a game console to play console games and everything else is just a bonus that probably shouldn't affect my buying preferences a whole lot.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
22. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 31, 2013, 12:35 Jivaro
My gut tells me this won't be a big deal to most PS4 customers. I am totally generalizing and have zero way of backing this up, but I think most console gamers won't notice this or care about it. This forum is made up of individuals that will notice. We are PC gamers, we like options and features. The mainstream console gamer on the other hand buys a console to game. Being able to use Amazon Prime or Netflix is a huge bonus as well but it makes it hard to sell "smart" TVs if you are also selling "smart" consoles. I think Sony is trying to see what exactly they have to put in and what they can get away with leaving out. Things like external storage, CDs, etc don't really seem like they factor into the mainstream console gamer's buying choices when looking at it from a very stereotyped and generalized perspective.

I could be wrong, it wouldn't be the first time. Something tells me if I am wrong (which makes Sony wrong) we will see support for these feature patched in rather quickly however. I see external media storage support being one of the first things if they really expect people to do most of their purchases through digital distribution this generation. I mean some of the launch titles are 25-40 GB in size so storage will be at a premium and I just can't see the mainstream being happy with having to switch internal drives or deleting and redownloading games. Unless of course Sony has plans on selling some sort of proprietary external hard drive for the system. That would suck for all the obvious reasons, but it would also provide a solution.
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News Comments > Blackwell Deception Free
6. Re: Blackwell Deception Free Oct 31, 2013, 12:16 Jivaro
Sounds like they decided to just give it away through the site and skip Steam all together. Can't say I really blame them.  
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News Comments > Blackwell Deception Free
3. Re: Blackwell Deception Free Oct 31, 2013, 10:54 Jivaro
8:00AM PST, site is already (still?) not accepting more "purchases".

Guess they got surprised by the demand.
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News Comments > CD Projekt RED Reaffirms Anti-DRM Stance for The Witcher 3
15. Re: CD Projekt RED Reaffirms Anti-DRM Stance for The Witcher 3 Oct 30, 2013, 23:59 Jivaro
Ladron3dfx wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 23:45:
A hard line against DRM but allows its game to be DRM'd on Steam with Steamworks.

CD Projeckt makes no damn sense.

It makes perfect sense. Steam users who wish to purchase the game through Steam can. It's called "giving the customer what they want" and it really isn't that hard of a concept. As they said, you have the choice to buy it where you want. You aren't a Steam fan, so buy it from someone else and you don't have to worry about it. I am not against Steam however many of it's features that other people seem to value really don't interest me. Consequently I would buy a non-DRM version from someone else most likely. That doesn't mean my preferences get to dictate the preferences of someone else. Nor does it mean that CD Projeckt should turn down an obviously huge financial opportunity by selling the game through the single largest game distributor on the platform.

How in the world does that not make sense?

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
11. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 30, 2013, 23:56 Jivaro
I decided to simply wait on buying either. Too many features and limitations still shaking out for me to throw down the money, particularly when I spend most of my gaming time on a PC anyway. I have a hard time envisioning circumstances that would lead to me purchasing an XBONE, but I think I might want to wait until the dust settles a bit on the PS4 before jumping in.

As for the media center features the PS4 is missing at launch....I want to be upset because I think it is a bit shady to make the announcement this late. I just can't seem to drum up any "care". None of those features factor into my actual use of a gaming console, nor do I wish they did.
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Oct 30, 2013, 11:27 Jivaro
Dorn was part of a group that pitched a new series not so long ago, it didn't gain much traction outside of the Worf fans that managed to find out about it. Nobody argues that Worf is popular but apparently CBS didn't think he was popular enough to have him be the captain in a new show. Dorn speaks about it here.

I think they need to stop going to the well of existing characters and previously made shows and instead create a whole other show with new characters, a new captain, etc. I don't really care which timeline they use, but my gut says that the original one would make for better "TV" over a 4-8 season show because so much lore is already established. If they want to throw some fan service in there and have some pre-existing characters make appearances, fine.

I am one of those weirdos that has never seen a Star Trek TV show or movie that he didn't like. Yep, even Enterprise. Yes, even JJ's stuff. It would really brighten my DVR schedule to have at least one Star Trek show recording that was bring new content to the ST universe.
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News Comments > The Walking Dead Season 2 Announced
9. Re: The Walking Dead Season 2 Announced Oct 29, 2013, 23:53 Jivaro
nin wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 20:12:
Guess I should finally play season 1. It's in this impossibly huge stack of games, including the email I just got for the Hearthstone beta...

Same problem. I have no idea how I am ever going to catch up. At this point I will never buy a game "day 1" or even "month 1" ever again....there really isn't any point since I probably wouldn't get to it until "year 2"
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation<br> Thanks nin.</p> <ul> <li> <a href= Oct 29, 2013, 00:58 Jivaro
It is interesting that they pick now to part ways with Tiger. He just won 'PGA Player of the Year' and had the most dominant year he has had since the hydrant incident. I mean, don't get me wrong, I think the franchise should be called 'PGA Tour Golf' and use a different golfer(s) every year on the cover. I also think they should be more aggressive with using pro women golfers on the cover and in the marketing. It is better for the sport and it is better for the video game. I just think it probably isn't as good for overall sales to not have Tiger on the cover so I never thought EA would drop him when they didn't drop him during his flame out.  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Oct 29, 2013, 00:45 Jivaro
I loved Darkstone. Great game for ARPG fans, provided they haven't already played it. It hasn't aged well, so only the most devout of fans would find revisiting the game worth the time when there are so many other ARPGs that have been released since then that are far more polished.  
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Turns 5
18. Re: Fallout 3 Turns 5 Oct 28, 2013, 23:58 Jivaro
Beamer wrote on Oct 28, 2013, 22:41:
Cutter wrote on Oct 28, 2013, 22:04:
While FO 1 & 2 are my fave games of all time. 3 rocked pretty good - even with the transition to 3D - and FONV rocked even harder. So yeah, I'm down with 4 when they come out with it. And mean while, yes we have some old school isometric goodness on the way from a few KS games. Life is good right now.

This is the most positive thing I've seen Cutter say about current gaming, and he's 100% correct. I've never agreed with anyone more.

I was going to say...Cutter, did you get laid or something?

Anyway, totally agree. 1/2 were clearly classics, and despite the changes Fallout 3 was an extremely enjoyable game. As was FONV.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 28, 2013, 20:09 Jivaro
Cutter wrote on Oct 28, 2013, 17:55:
Hey, I was at my new grocery store and they Sweet Baby Ray's in stock so I picked up a jar of the original and 1 of the honey. Who was it that said it was really good again? Seph?

One bottle of Sweet Baby Rays
One 12oz bottle of beer, preferably a pale ale of some quality. Can be whatever you want, but I find something like Sierra Nevada's pale ale to be good for cooking. I have also used a stout with success but it does kill some of the "sweet" in the sauce.
One package of 6 skinless/boneless chicken thighs
Toss it all in a crock pot on low for 6-8 hours depending on size of crock pot and size of chicken thighs. When it's done, separate the chicken from the sauce. Use a pair of forks to shred the meat. mix some of the sauce back in as desired. I call it my "Sweet and Stupid" pulled chicken. Sweet sauce, stupid easy.

I don't really see the "wow" of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce for simple grilling, but used in the slow cooker like that it really comes to life. My opinion anyway. Obviously a brain dead easy recipe, which makes it very easy to play with and customize to your own tastes. I have also used Sweet Baby Rays as a glaze for both baked and grilled salmon. My family loves it, i would prefer something a bit less sweet.
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
19. Re: Saturday Mobilization Oct 27, 2013, 03:07 Jivaro
If I was in the market for a productivity tablet or laptop right now there is no doubt in my mind that a Surface Pro would be one of the "top 3" I would scope out before making a purchase. It's a nice piece of tech and the only Microsoft anything I have been truly impressed with in a very long time.  
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News Comments > Path of Exile Launches
8. Re: Path of Exile Launches Oct 23, 2013, 20:36 Jivaro
PHJF wrote on Oct 23, 2013, 19:41:
Routinely blue screened my system via my x-fi sound card. Wasn't alone.

Well, at least you weren't lonely right?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2013, 12:02 Jivaro
This week the hardest 2 picks are both NFC East games.

The Giants are going to Philly. The Giants, under Coughlin and with Eli, are notorious for winning a game that suddenly turns into a string of games and so it is tempting to believe they are starting to find their groove. The problem is that they really didn't look any better against the Vikings, the Vikings just looked worse. Eli in particular looked just as bad as the Vikings dropped what should have been 2 additional interceptions. The Eagles on the other hand are all over the place and really lack consistency. They are however the quicker and more athletic team on offense, defense, and special teams. My gut says Giants, my brain says Eagles. I am going to go with the Giants because ultimately I am not all that smart.

The other hard choice is Dallas at Detroit. Dallas is a pretty good indoor football team but, like Philly, they are extremely inconsistent. If Dallas plays their best game and Detroit plays as mediocre as they have been, Dallas wins. If both teams play well, Detroit wins. I think this is a shootout but it will be a defensive stop that wins the game late and the better defensive pass rush is Detroit. Detroit by a touchdown.

I think the rest of the games are pretty easy to surprises this week.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 22, 2013, 15:05 Jivaro
nin wrote on Oct 22, 2013, 14:49:
I have a cat on twice daily meds that frequently adopts the "dear god, YOU TRIED TO KILL ME" look, despite us going through this routine like clockwork...

Yep. My cat is exactly the same way. Same with car rides. She has been on a billion of them and still acts like I am taking her to her death.

Could be my driving I suppose.
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News Comments > Thief Dropping XP System
14. Re: Thief Dropping XP System Oct 17, 2013, 11:54 Jivaro
InBlack wrote on Oct 17, 2013, 10:47:
Fuck. Now I want to play Dark that was a great game...

Yes, yes it was. Loved that game. Not very often a shooter or a Star Wars game generates that kind of enthusiasm for me anymore. Probably a combination of me getting older and the games not being quite as bold in their design.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2013, 00:12 Jivaro
Acleacius wrote on Oct 15, 2013, 19:11:
Anyone tried Neverwinter Online? As long as it's not terrible, was thinking of giving it a try, but saw we have to install something called ARC. Now worried ARC is something like Origin.


Neverwinter Online gave me a month or so of entertainment. Some folks might find it more entertaining, for me it just started to drag a bit. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be and some of the custom stuff people are doing with the Foundry are pretty fun. I imagine with an active guild that consists of D&D fans the game gets considerably better. I have only played it solo and an occasional PUG.

As for the ARC thing, its just a unified publisher updater for the most part. Like Blizzard or NCSoft have. No big deal really. I didn't realize it was mandatory now. I have Neverwinter, Champions, and Star Trek Online all on my gaming rig and I still don't have ARC installed. Must be for new installs only if it is required now.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 15, 2013, 11:40 Jivaro
I am doing great picking wins/losses....wish my fantasy teams were doing as well.  
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News Comments > Avadon 2: The Corruption This Month
1. Re: Avadon 2: The Corruption This Month Oct 15, 2013, 11:33 Jivaro
Sweet. Always ready for another Spiderweb Software game.  
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