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  1. I saw that and thought of you, just so you know. I started a thread on Apple Arcade, if you want to talk more about that. It seemed appropriate since it's a gaming subscription service and we're on a video game forum.
  2. Apple Announces Apple Arcade, A Subscription Service For Premium Games Mike Fahey writing for Kotaku: Here's the video Apple showed at the press event today: For me, this was the most exciting announement Apple made today. I love playing games on my iPad, and I try to stick with games that require me to pay up front with no in-app purchases. Unfortunately, those titles are overwhelmed by all of the Free-to-Play games that rely on predatory monetization schemes. I like the idea of this service as it may give developers who want to make games like Monument Valley or Alto's Odyssey a way of making money for their games without being chocked out of the market. Here are the questions I have about the service: Can developers make enough money off of this service to be profitable? Will iOS users be interested in a paid subscription service when they can already play games for free? What games will be avaialble at launch and will the by any good? Will I be able to buy an Apple Arcade game outright. I'm sure we'll know more in the months to come. In the meantime, I may have to purchase and play some of the iOS games I have on my wish list.
  3. I don’t even have a Netflix subscription, so this Apple streaming service is of no interest to me. I don’t watch very much TV these days,so it’s hard to get me excited about video content of any kind. Frankly, all the cool Apple news happened for me last week with the release of all the new hardware. The only thing that does interest me is how this will integrate with their other services, if at all. Will it be a completely different plan from Apple Music? How much will it cost? Will there be options to bundle Apple Music and the video service together in some way?
  4. That’s one of the reasons why I decided—almost on the spot—to pick up the iPad Pro last night. The Pencil is an accessory I think I would find really useful, but the way it integrated with the previous iPad Pros seemed all wrong—no place to store it and charging it by sticking it into the iPad’s Lightning port looked really dumb. My concern was that I would buy one, and then never use it because it was never with the iPad and possibly never charged. The new design fixes both the storage and charging problems in one fell swoop. It’s brilliant. I went a month without an iPad once. It drove me crazy. I sold my first gen model the day before Steve Jobs introduced the iPad 2. Unfortunately, it didn’t release until the following week, and when it did, supplies were extremely limited. I couldn’t get the model I wanted on launch day (Apple didn’t let people take preorders for it), and had to wait another 2-3 weeks before mine finally arrived. I didn’t realize how much I loved the iPad until I didn’t have one anymore. I vowed to never sell my current model until I’ve purchased one to replace it first. By the way, I showed my oldest boy the new iPad Pro today. I let him hold it for a bit, and I could see the lust in his eyes. If you love iPads, I don’t think there’s any way you can look at the current iPad Pro models and not think they’re cool as shit.
  5. An Apple Pencil 2 is likely in my future. I had to draw the line somewhere last night (no pun intended). I was already spending way more money than I had originally anticipated and figured I can scrape by a little longer without a Pencil. Besides, I should be earning between $50-$75 in Apple Store credit for the purchases I made last night. Combined with the option to trade in a couple more iPhones for store credit—something I confirmed with the employee who rang me up last night—I may have enough money in store credit to pay for an Apple Pencil outright if I just wait a little longer. I don't have any plans at the moment to buy any USB-C hubs. I don’t have any need to plug the iPad into an external monitor, and I don’t know what I would do with any USB-C hubs. Perhaps we’ll see some improvements made to iOS at WWDC this summer that justify getting one, but for now, I’m very much in a wait-and-see mode. I do have a pretty sweet solution for typing though. It's an Apple Magic Keyboard combined with a Canopy by Studio Neat. Basically, you affix the keyboard into this folio that folds out into a stand for your iPad while you’re typing. Then it wraps around the keyboard for protection when not in use. You can see exactly what it is a the link. Overall, this option is great because I get to use Apple's far superior desktop keyboard for typing on the go instead of the crummy keyboards they’ve shoved into all their laptops these past few years.
  6. I took a trip to the Apple Store this evening. I walked out with following new toys: iPhone XS — 64GB Space Gray iPad Pro 11-inch — 256GB Space Gray WiFi Smart Folio Case for 11-inch iPad Pro Smart Cover for iPad (6th gen) (for my kid) USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adaptor In the process, I traded in my old iPhone 7 and received $250 in store credit toward the XS. I also had $50 in Apple Store gift cards to use, which helped bring the price down even further. I also brought in my third-gen iPad so that they could recycle it for me. To my surprise, they actually offered me store credit for it to the tune of $49, which went toward the iPad Pro. It’s not a lot, but it’s more than $0, which is what I expected them to give me in the first place. At this point, I think I’m pretty well set up for the next few years as far as Apple products are concerned. I expect this iPhone XS will hold me over for at least 2.5 years, which is how long I held onto the iPhone 7. The iPad Pro—which is just so amazing, let me tell you—should be good for a while as well. I still have my 2015 5K iMac in use, but I don’t think I will be upgrading it for a while. I don’t use it nearly as often as the iPhone and iPad, and it still runs amazingly well. I mean, it should—I put a 512GB SSD and 32GB of RAM into it so that it would last a long time. So far, it appears as though I made the right call there. Now I just have to pay for all this shit. Be sure to check out my GoFundMe page in the next few days so that I can pay off all these credit card bills. 😄
  7. I've bee playing quite a bit of Tetris Effect lately. I finished Journey Mode (the game's main campaign) on Normal the other day and have been playing around with some of the Effects Modes. These are different variations of the main game with different challenges or objectives. Some of these include Marathon (clear 150 lines), Sprint (clear 40 lines as fast as you can), and All Clear (earn as many All Clears as you can before time runs out). One of the modes I decided to give a try was Master Mode. The description simply reads, "Insanely fast Tetris. Not for the faint of heart." This is accurate. The Tetriminos don't really fall down the board but rather suddenly appear at the bottom You have to move and rotate them into position before they settle into place and the next one appears. To win this mode, you have to complete 300 lines. I managed to make roughly between 10-20 lines before the blocks reached the top. To give you an idea of what it's like, here's a video of someone—presumably a Tetris master—completing it in about five and a half minutes: Honestly, if I didn't know better, I would have assumed that someone just took a time lapse video of themselves playing Tetris and posted it online. It boggles my mind that anyone can play the game that fast. When it get to level 10 or above, I'm all like, "What the fuck am I supposed to do now?"
  8. This game sold like gangbusters on Xbox and PC, in excess of two million copies, the last I heard. Given how well indie games like this tend to do on Switch, I'd be interested to see how well it does on there.
  9. Nightdive Studios does good work. Fans of this series should be really excited by this.
  10. It has been way too long since I’ve played the original Contra for NES. Amazingly, it’s never appeared on the Virtual Console for either Wii or Wii U.
  11. It looks like a cross between a PlayStation controller and a Switch Pro controller.
  12. Man, new iPads and new iMacs within a day of each other? It's like Apple is speaking directly to me. I currently have a baseline late-2015 5K iMac configured with 32GB of third-party RAM and a 512GB SSD. I bought it a little over three years ago, which is usually the amount of time I wait before replacing a computer. But, like my iPad Pro, I can't think of anything that the new iMac would do for me that my old one can't. It still runs great,thanks in no small part to those memory and SSD upgrades. Do I try to sell my current model and upgrade to a new one? Would it make that much of a difference? What kind of price could I get for selling my old computer? If it's worth it, I may seriously look into selling the old iMac. I love this product, and would like to keep as up-to-date on it as possible. More to come...
  13. Konami already made this for the NES. Also, when was the last time you heard someone say, "I fuckin' love Konami"?
  14. Yeah, lack of TouchID is what prompted me to wait on replacing the ol' 3rd gen model back in the day. Thankfully, they added it in the Air 2.
  15. Funny, I just bought a new 9.7-inch iPad this weekend for my youngest. Target had the 32GB model on sale last week for $249.99 (regularly $329.99), and I figured it was about time to finally replace the old third gen iPad he had been using. In case you don't remember, that was the first Retina iPad, which was so terrible that Apple replaced it a mere six months later. It still worked for the most part, but it was incredibly slow, and it couldn't be updated any more. Often times, apps would freeze or not respond to touch inputs right away. We did get about 7 years or use out of it though, so I guess I got my money's worth. That said, my oldest boy is rocking an iPad Air 2, which he received as a hand-me-down after I bought my 10.5-inch iPad Pro back in 2017. Even though it was released in late 2014--only about two-and-a-half years after the third gen iPad--it's still going strong. You wouldn't know from using it that it is almost four-and-a-half years old now. It still feels fast and responsive and is still shockingly thin and light. It's amazing how much progress Apple made in its mobile chip designs in such a short period of time. $499 for a new iPad Air looks like a pretty sweet deal. Based on what I see from Apple's website, it looks like it's essentially my 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017, but with the A12 instead of the A11 chip. As much as I would love to get a new iPad Pro, I can't think of anything the new models would do for me that my current iPad Pro can't. FaceID would be cool, as would a bigger, screen, but it's not enough for me to jump ship and pick up a new model.
  16. Yeah, I think I’ll dive into it as well this weekend. I needed a bit of a break from it given that I played it pretty intensely for a couple weeks before getting that Platinum trophy. I think I may try to do each part of it over the next few weekends to pace it out a bit.
  17. I'm just saying, if I were you, I would not go around proclaiming who is smart and who isn't.
  18. Good call. You probably don't want to see that shot of Spider-Man cutting Thanos's head off with Stormbreaker. I can't believe that was the first shot of the trailer!
  19. By the way Bonnie Ross, head of 343, did an interview with Ryan McCaffrey as part of the IGN Unfiltered series. In it, she goes through the history of her career, how she became the head of all things Halo, what went wrong with the launch of MCC, why Halo 5’s campaign didn’t resonate with fans, and what they hope to do with Halo Infinite. It’s a great interview and well worth your time if you have any interest in the series.
  20. It will be interesting to see what they charge for Reach. ODST was $4.99 if I recall correctly. Ever since I replayed all the other campaigns on the MCC, I’ve been itching to play it again. It’s my favorite campaign of the series, and one aside from the original, the only one that I’ve completed on Legendary. I could have played the 360 version via back compat, but I held off because I really wanted that 1080p60 experience. It’s nice to see my waiting was not in vain, even if it took 343 way longer to do it than I would have liked.
  21. FYI, Amazon has Eero sets on sale right now for $299. That's $100 off the normal price. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0713ZCT4N/?tag=stith06-20
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