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Everything posted by Kevin_Walter

  1. I currently have a non-smart phone that isn't worth naming, and an Amazon Fire HD 6. I take both of these to work, but I'm looking to replace them. I'm tired of carrying two devices with me everywhere, the battery on the tablet isn't that great, and the charging port on it is dying. I won't even go into all the issues I'm having with the phone... I mostly use my tablet for web browsing (which is stupid slow), watching youtube videos, making notes and lists, running various 2-factor authenticators, and some mild gaming. I mostly play the Kingdom Rush games and sometimes others like Boom Beach, Exploding Kittens, and *coughCandyCrushcough*... I'm basically wanting something that works at least as well as the tablet, but is also a phone. Considering the tablet was only in the neighborhood of $80 when I bought it like 4 years ago, I'm assuming just about anything releasing since then will work just as well with the exception of maybe super-budget $50 garbage, right? I'm not interested in spending $100 a month to have a smartphone. I'd like to pay less than $200 and get a phone that I can use with something like Verizon's prepaid service. I use wifi at home and at work, so I have no use for unlimited data plans and all that. I'm also very phone-illiterate. This would be my first smartphone. Help me, LTT Forums. You're my only hope!
  2. Kevin_Walter

    Looking to replace a dumbphone and aging tablet...

    It's a Kin. One of the small ones. Predecessor to the Windows Phones. Thanks for the suggestions, peeps.
  3. I have an older receiver that supports DTS and DD 5.1 audio, and it's a great sounding system. The problem is that it's from the 90s, so there aren't any fancy HDMI passthroughs or anything like that for me to pipe my audio though. Instead, I use S/PDIF. This obviously works perfectly fine for movies, which have a pre-compressed 5.1 audio signal. However, games don't have compressed audio, for obvious reasons, and the raw 5.1 channel audio needs to be compressed by your audio solution before it's passed to the receiver. The motherboard in my previous desktop was a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3. Actually a really decent board. The on-board audio supported DD Live/DTS, which was nice. However, my current build includes a Gigabyte Z170X-G5... which doesn't support any of it. If I watch video with compresses 5.1, my receiver recognizes it as it should. Just doesn't support 5.1 in any games. So, as the title of this thread asks, could someone point me in the direction of a reasonably priced (~$100 US or so) sound card or DAC that supports compressed 5.1 DD/DTS audio through S/PDIF? The ones I've been looking at either don't seem to support it, or don't have it clearly listed in their specifications. I'm not fussed about the drama between internal sound cards and DACs. The differences, to me, don't matter. As long as it's not so low-quality that it's going to distort the signal, I don't really care which I have. Thanks.
  4. Kevin_Walter

    Anyone here preorder For Honor?

    GreenManGaming has it on sale 20% off. So you can get the Gold Edition for like $80. I'm just curious because I picked it up and I'm wondering how it appears in other people's uplay libraries. I'm preloading it now, but it's listed in my library as "For Honor !!". I'm guessing the !! stands for "Gold Edition" or something.
  5. Kevin_Walter

    Anyone here preorder For Honor?

    Pretty sure it's preaching about how evil preorders are over and over again and expecting reality to shift to a point where it actually matters.
  6. Kevin_Walter

    Anyone here preorder For Honor?

    I'd be lying if I said Andromeda didn't look somewhat decent, but Mass Effect 3 was probably the 3rd biggest disappointment of the last decade for me. Right behind Destiny and Fallout 4. I used to want to play No Man's Sky, but I'm always wary of any games that have anything to do with "procedural generation". I've yet to see a game that does it really well and at least somewhat avoids the quick familiarity with the algorithm. And as for The Division... LOL. I'm glad I didn't buy it. A friend did because he thought it would be fun to play together. I made it to level 30 and finished the story and haven't touched it since.
  7. Kevin_Walter

    Anyone here preorder For Honor?

    Good god, they're like vegans...
  8. Kevin_Walter

    Anyone here preorder For Honor?

    Well we all have to be adamant about something sometime, I guess.
  9. Kevin_Walter

    Anyone here preorder For Honor?

    I generally don't like PvP focused games like this. Never really got into Dark Souls invasions, for instance. Generally don't like fighting games. Personally, with the nearly 30 hours I've put into this game across multiple tests, I consider it worth the price of admission. The $60 base game, at least. Can't really go wrong waiting to get it cheaper though of course.
  10. Kevin_Walter

    Anyone here preorder For Honor?

    Games are pretty close to finished within about 3 months of launch. They're generally around that "feature complete" stage, and the remaining time before launch is for testing and squashing bugs. It varies from developer to developer, but to say that people are preordering long before games are finished, while technically true, is completely inconsequential to anything. Also, I feel there should be a clarification. There's a difference between a preorder and a prepurchase. Preorders mean even less as little to no money changes hands before launch. Prepurchases are different, and a lot of online marketplaces don't even let you prepurchase as early as the physical retailers allow you to preorder. So what? The preorder incentives for For Honor are a few cosmetic outfits. That's it. They're completely meaningless to anything. Sure, you can make a stink about games with elaborate preorder incentives that cut out chunks of games and reserve them for preorders. That's shitty. Games that come to mind are Mass Effect 3 and Mankind Divided. And you know what happens with those games? People bitch about them incessantly until the game is changed (as seen in the case of Mankind Divided). Ultimately, this issue has nothing to do with people choosing to preorder and everything to do with publishers who get stupid ideas. At the end of the day, it's the people who go on forums and reddit and facebook and make it known that they don't want those kinds of preorder incentives who get them changed. Not from people deciding not to preorder at all. I mean why should a publisher care whether or not you preorder if you're going to buy the game anyway? lol wow. Talk about a childish argument... First of all, your analogy is garbage. In your mind, everything is reinforced by preorders, because you're arguing about things that are entirely unrelated to preorders. You probably think that games like Battlefield 4 are rushed and riddled with bugs because of preorders as opposed to the reality of tight schedules because Publishers want to be competitive. You don't get to just say "preorders are related to X and X is bad, therefore preorders are bad!". That kind of circular logic is just stupid. Oh, I absolutely understand what you've said, but unlike yourself, I understand the industry and know that what you've said is unrelated to preorders at best, and patently false at worst. Cute. I've spoken to more developers than you'll likely ever know. None of them have cared to bring up preorders when bitching about their jobs. Ever. I'm sure some lament... those who work on games where publishers have their balls in a vice and try to make them work on garbage like Destiny... Your problem is acting as though exceptions are the rule, and think that you choosing not to pay for a game today as opposed to tomorrow actually means something. Good. Have a nice day.
  11. Kevin_Walter

    Anyone here preorder For Honor?

    Oh, the irony... Bullshit. There's no commitment. There's just your decision to buy a video game. Whether you buy it before or after launch, you're still buying it. Especially now, when you can return games to digital markets like Steam.Your argument here is entirely emotional. "If you buy X and feel cheated..." preorders have nothing to do with buyer's remorse other than to say that the buyer in question is an idiot for buying something they clearly didn't understand in the first place. Again, an emotional non-argument. Blah blah blah paywalls, blah blah blah locked content, blah blah blah exclusives... none of these things are going to change whether you preorder or not. The only thing that changes is the date in which the money comes out of your wallet. The only thing that can change those other things is severe public outcry, which is never triggered by people not buying a game. Paywalls can, will, and do exist without preorders. Preorders have no effect on them whatsoever. And when was the last time you've seen "paywalls" removed from a game? Locked content? See "paywalls"... unless you're trying to suggest that they're separate things. Exclusives? Really? You think preordering has ANYTHING to do with exclusives? At all? If so, you're dumber than I thought. And no, they don't "already have your money", idiot. As I stated before, you clearly have no idea how games are developed. 1: An idea for a game is pitched to a Publisher. 2: Publisher accepts the pitch and creates a contract that dictates how much they're willing to invest in development. 3: Development begins on the project. Developers begin earning their wages. 4: The game is announced/promoted/market/preorders are opened up. 5: People preorder the game, giving retailers early profits and returning some of the investment made by Publishers. 6: Game is released in exactly the same state it would have released had their been no preorders. Because preorders don't mean jack shit when it comes to launch day, because you clearly don't know how ANY of this works. Preordering has time and time again been used to confirm the biases of people such as yourself, who make emotional arguments with no basis in reality, you mean. Except for the fact that it has no effect on anyone else whatsoever. You're boycotting something that will never go away, and scapegoating something that is completely irrelevant to the shit you want to bitch about. You're trying to fix a flat tire by pissing in the radiator. Preordering is a personal choice that has no effect on anything other than the rare games with bullshit incentives. Though most developers have wised up to that one and just toss in a few cosmetics these days. Oh and by the way, the only logical evolution of preorders is early access... essentially paying to alpha/beta test, which I'm sure you'd also be bitching about. Now please stop derailing my thread. It has nothing to do with your anti-preorder religion. EDIT: The quote system on this site is incredibly frustrating...
  12. Kevin_Walter

    Anyone here preorder For Honor?

    Except those aren't "facts" whether you label them such or not. They're your uneducated opinion on what happens because you think you need a scapegoat to blame for your disappointment in games. Preorders have no effect on the state in which a game is released. None. Zero. Nada. Zip. You're not giving anyone anything for nothing. You're giving a retailer or web store money for a code that unlocks your game. They're giving a portion of that money to a publisher that is getting a return on the investment that they placed into development and marketing. The developers were paid a long time ago. Your temper tantrums don't mean shit when you're buying the games anyway. There's literally no difference other than the date on which you pay. Oh, and news flash, you're not the arbiter of when a discussion is over. I'll reply if I want to.
  13. Kevin_Walter

    Anyone here preorder For Honor?

    Preordering has no effect on anything other than your wallet. The anti-preorder crusade is really old and annoying.
  14. Kevin_Walter

    What's that unpopular game that you like to play?

    Diablo 3 is a guilty pleasure. Everyone hates it, but I'm back on it almost every new season. Probably going to get the Necromancer when it's released later this year. Then I can have another character with 500+ logged hours...
  15. So this issue is incredibly annoying and I've been experiencing it for quite some time. While running a game on my primary display, my secondary display will drop to about 1fps. This is especially annoying when trying to use an application like OBS, which has the preview window for monitoring, as well as trying to watch videos and such while gaming. It doesn't do this for all games. For instance, Diablo 3 doesn't cause this. I frequently watch youtube videos and play that. Both fullscreen and borderless windowed modes work fine. Then there are games like Fallout 4, which cause this issue whether I'm running fullscreen or windowed. All I can find online is stuff related to Windows 8 and power settings. Though many of those issues seem to have been fixed with a Windows 8 update. Unfortunately, I'm running Windows 10, and yes, everything is up to date. Windows 10 i5 6600k @ 4.3 GHz R9 390 16 GBs RAM Both monitors are connected to my GPU via DVI. This issue doesn't seem to affect recording. The recordings turn out fine. It's just the stuff that's displayed on the second monitor. And here's a nifty little video showing this issue when trying to record Stalker. Sorry for the potato quality, I'm pretty sure the camera in my tablet is a literal piece of shit.
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    Playing games on primary display causes secondary to lag.

    No. This has been happening for a long time. Through multiple Windows and driver updates.
  17. The average seems to be about a 300% increase on mechanical drives. 500 GB HDs cost around $50-60 on average. Meanwhile 500 GB SSDs cost in the neighborhood of $150+ Is there a compelling reason as to why exactly this is, or is it just a "because they can" kind of thing? I mean it's not like SSDs are cutting-edge technology anymore. They've become pretty common over the last several years.
  18. Kevin_Walter

    Is there a valid reason why SSDs are still so expensive?

    Ah. That makes sense.
  19. Kevin_Walter

    NZXT S340 Stock Fans

    You should disconnect them from the 4-pin extension and plug them into the fan headers on your motherboard. They're usually found around the outer edges of the board. If you're already using all of the fan headers on your board, you can just plug the fans into an available 4-pin connector on your PSU, however, the fans will run at 100% if you do this, and will probably be pretty loud. Personally, I removed the upper fan (my heatsink gets in the way anyway), and use two front intake fans and the rear exhaust to maintain positive pressure and help guard against dust, but it's really up to you. Curious why you thought they would already be connected to your PSU though. lol
  20. Kevin_Walter

    Plans for $2000 Gaming PC

    >considerably cheap >on-board wifi Pick one. I have the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming-5... but it doesn't have on-board wifi and it's like a $150 mobo.
  21. Kevin_Walter

    Extended partition?

    So I have a mysterious "Extended Partition" on one of my drives and I'm not quite sure where it came from or if it's safe to delete. Attached a screenshot. Disk 0 is the drive Windows is installed on, Disk 1 is my basic storage drive and where I install games and such, Disk 2 is my Linux drive. As you can see on the right, the Windows partition is 224 GBs with 13 free, which is reflected in the partition manager. So I'm not really sure what that Free Space partition is. Since it says that it's free space, and I seem to have no way of accessing it, shouldn't is be safe to delete it and then expand my Windows partition? Because all of the boot and system stuff is obviously on the Windows partition anyway. The only thing I can think of to explain where this partition came from... is it may be empty space left over from when I had Ubuntu installed on the same drive as Windows. Though it's been a long time since I've done that...
  22. Kevin_Walter

    Any decent Asymmetric Class-Based PvP games out there?

    Funny... it was already in my Steam wishlist. I probably saw it at one point and added it because it looked kinda neat. Same reason I played Nosgoth, actually. Unfortunately, it sounds like the game has been abandoned and is left a mess, from what I'm reading.
  23. I'm trying to fill the void left by Nosgoth. For those who don't know, Nosgoth was a game based on the Legacy of Kain series that was shut down entirely earlier this year after being in development/beta for around a year or so. Basically, there weren't enough players to justify further development or even maintenance... plus Psyonix went on to have great success with stupid Rocket League... Anywho, the game was a F2P 4v4 PvP game where one team played Vampires and the other team played Humans. Within these two factions, there were several classes and they all played differently and had different strengths and weaknesses, not just between the classes themselves but within the factions. For instance, humans in general were ranged attackers who were pretty squishy while vampires relied mostly on melee, had more health, could heal themselves by eating corpses, and could climb on walls. I can't think of any games like it. There are asymmetric PvP games, sure... Evolve is one of them. Left 4 Dead is another. But these kinds of games aren't really the same kind of gameplay as Nosgoth, which really focused on the PvP element whereas most others seem to have other objectives and aren't so much focused on unique faction battles. So... does anything like Nosgoth exist?
  24. Kevin_Walter

    Any decent Asymmetric Class-Based PvP games out there?

    I don't think you're talking about Nosgoth, or maybe you're a little confused on the time. The servers were taken offline entirely back in May. You can't even download it anywhere... except maybe a torrent or something... but who would seed a game that can't be played?
  25. Kevin_Walter

    Any decent Asymmetric Class-Based PvP games out there?

    Well that's just it... there IS NO last server. lol The game is completely dead and gone. Though I can't say I'm surprised. The game had some issues and I think that's one of the things that drove people away. It was fun, but matchmaking had trouble, there were a few balance issues, and there was little motivation for players to actually spend money considering the only things you really needed to buy were cosmetic. Not to mention, Legacy of Kain had a cult following that wasn't huge, AND Square Enix did a pretty crappy job of marketing the game. It was sort of a perfect storm for low player counts. I mean, you're going to have to give me a little more to go on... the dude has like 900 videos. lol