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  1. Raijin, you sound a bit like me in a sense. I used to hook my computer up through a VGA to DVI adapter to my aforementioned Sony CRT, since I never really had a proper monitor for the computer, just always hooked to the TV. Man, this makes me realize how great HDMI is. Not a fan of a couple aspects of it, but in general, it's a standard that is very widely accepted. No longer do you need to deal with a multitude of monitor hook ups, many of which I've forgotten the names over the years. RGA, VGA, EGA(?), RGB, coax, composite, component, YPB, etc, etc... I like the idea of only needing one cable to hook it all up. Which brings me to a similar, if opposite point: I have a TV, but I treat it exclusively as a monitor. It's never had cable or any of that nonsense hooked up to it, just my computer and gaming systems.
  2. High five! Same here... first thought when you said strategy game? Final Fantasy Tactics. Not sure why, just the first thing that came to mind. Not sure I could do it though, given my love of touch screen accuracy. I think a game like Suikoden might work alright on a phone though...
  3. Scroll wheel, I would definitely have trouble going without that in this day and age. What irks me though, is when websites break keyboard functionality. It would be one thing if it were a new site, or a new to developing creator, but when you already have a solid foundation for a website, and you update it, and now the enter key no longer works, I have to click on a space on the screen way down below? Well, ya done messed up at that point.
  4. You know, I've always been partial to the nub style mouse found on some older laptops. They work well for limited size applications... I do see your point though, and even though my iphone is a 6 I believe, it still just doesn't feel right to not actually be touching anything when I try to type. I swear the thing thinks I'm hitting every key OTHER than the one I'm trying to hit, unless I take my time and carefully try to type out what I mean. Even then, it's a crapshoot compared to my Casio. Perhaps a compromise then, albeit an unlikely one: keyboard for text entry, and stylus for pointing. My human fingers aren't so good at touching what I want, and while there are very few ways for me to get genuinely frustrated, a phone that doesn't work as I intend it to is very much one of them. That last point you make, about surfing without a mouse? I'm actually one of those folks who learned how to use a computer without one at all... there aren't many things I haven't figured out how to do with just a keyboard. Huh... perhaps that explains a lot, now that I step back and think about it. Go figure, DOS-kid has little use for touch screens. Back in my day... That said, the mouse has its uses, and it isn't fun to be without one, but it can be done.
  5. I know what you mean about the Blackberry, even their larger model had really small keys. A shame, really, because I liked a lot of other features of them, but the keys were too small for my fingers. However, I've owned a couple different LG models (the VX9800 and EN-V, I think it was called) as well as a Casio G'Zone Brigade that I still use daily. All of them had reasonable sized keyboards, the Casio is roughly 3.75" in width, 1.75" in height. Not big enough for all eight fingers that you'd normally type with, but big enough that someone with fast thumbs (like your typical gamer) can type out a coherent message just fine. I've had an iphone for work for about 2.5 years now, and unless I absolutely have to, I avoid using it to message people or email from it. What would take me just a couple minutes to type out on a computer or my personal phone would take 10 to 15 minutes, with me fixing all the errors. I'm a firm believer that if something needs technology such as auto-correct or talk to text in order for it to be used, it was a bad design in the first place.
  6. You make a lot of good points. The visual quality isn't a HUGE improvement, at least to my eyes, and the sound is only gonna impress if you're willing to set up a surround sound system. My old Sony setup, I picked it up for a reasonable price on Amazon shortly after buying my LCD, and realizing that thin tv sets have terrible speakers. It was a huge improvement over what came in the tv, and I was satisfied. It worked for the house we bought a couple years later, nothing too overpowering that the neighbors (rotten though they were) would have had trouble sleeping if we were watching a movie, so it was a good setup for the time. It has since been relegated to the garage now that we've moved into a standalone house. On that note, depending on the construction density of your house or the distance between your property and your neighbors, that will dictate, along with room layout, as Kitsunebi points out, what to do about speakers. Our main living room is of decent size for about 5 to 6 people. The speaker setup my buddy talked me into is by Klipsch, and while it does take up some floor real estate, I couldn't be happier. The T-rex escape scene in Jurassic Park? It sounds every bit as thrilling as it did in theaters. All that said, all depends on your desires and how much sound matters to you. For me, it's a big thing. Fortunately, speakers have come a long way, according to Crutchfield, even smaller speakers these days sound very convincing if you don't have the space for floor standing speakers... As for me, one of these days I would like to have a Klipsch THX system in the basement, once I figure out how to sound proof the walls and ceiling.
  7. To be clear, my biggest criticism of modern phones is simply the lack of buttons. Give me a big screen and a flip down or slide out keyboard with buttons that fit human thumbs, and I'll probably buy one. Touch screen only? I'd sooner go back to a flip phone, if only because I've yet to have one of those make me wanna toss it across the room... or in the nearest pool... or into traffic... you get the picture. As for my specific case, I live in what could best be described as the middle of nowhere. Apart from hanging out with friends, there really isn't much to do around here, so I spend most of my free time at home. Also, if you're hanging out with friends, and your phone is a big factor, I'd suggest that perhaps you're doing it wrong.
  8. I'm waiting on OLED tech to become a bit more reasonably priced (sub-$3000 for 65" class) before I finally upgrade. I used to get a new tv once every 6ish years, but I've been on the current set for 8 years now, and don't expect to be upgrading within the next year or two. The idea of a bigger tv introduces a bit of a conundrum in that I'd have to move my PC somewhere else, as it wouldn't fit where it is now if I went much bigger on the screen size. First world problems, I know... Areala, no need to re-buy your movies on another format, but going forward with new purchases, I'd suggest it, particularly if you and the missus are audiophiles in any sense. The sound quality you get from Blu-ray is pretty awesome.
  9. I find smart phones to be sub-par at a LOT of things in the same way I find a multi-tool to be useful in a pinch, but not what you'd WANT to use if you have a choice. I'm not out and about often though, so if I need the computer, camera, flashlight, game system, music, what have you, my work phone is rarely ever the first thing I reach for.
  10. This is exactly the image I had in mind when I posted my last reply... glad to see we're on the same page.
  11. I'll admit to being one of those kids, even though I'm old enough to have owned an NES when they were still the hot new system. Why, you might ask? I can enjoy watching someone play a game for 15, 20 minutes, then move on to whatever else I have to do. Being an adult has perks for sure, one of them is definitely not an abundance of free time like I had 20 years ago... I'll offer up the channel Continue? as a great example. Those guys are just a lot of fun to watch. Their commentary and banter are every bit as entertaining as the games they are playing, it just reminds me of all the fun times I had growing up, gaming with friends. Now almost all of the people I grew up gaming with have scattered all over the country (and even other parts of the world), so I scarcely get the social interaction that I used to with gaming. Why would I spend $400+++ on a new system if I'm just gonna be playing alone? In the last 5 years, only Breath of the Wild has even managed to catch my eye enough to make me consider dropping the money for a new system. Say what you will about online gaming, it's amusing, but nowhere near as much fun as hanging out on the same couch. I think you hit the nail on the head here, logistically. System popularity follows the games, in a sense. Personally, I use my PC for all the other aspects, but gaming is a very small priority on my rig. I think it has to do with the fact I always leave other stuff running, I doubt I could bring myself to shut down everything else (like you had to do, back in the 90's golden age) in order to play a game. I like having my browser, notes, music, video, etc, at the ready at a moment's notice.
  12. I know I'm gonna catch a lot of grief for this, but Half Life 2. To be fair, I played the PS3 version, which as I understand was less than optimal of a choice. However, the PS2 version of the original was great, where could I have gone wrong with HL2? Oh yeah... COD4 came out the year before, and suddenly the controls in HL2 (non configurable at that!) just didn't feel natural to me. Shame, because the game itself was really cool. I think the biggest thing to remember folks, is to go into a game with a fresh and open mind. I purposely avoid spoilers for anything that seems like it is getting a lot of hype, natural or a result of good marketing. This approach has served me well, and I'm rarely disappointed by games or movies if I've left the opportunity to experience it all for myself without having the opinions of others make an impression on me.
  13. According to Retro magazine, this one was released here in the US, but in rather limited numbers. Check out the Zelda themed issue if you like (it is a good one), they had a feature on the CDi games. I remember seeing at least one of the three in a Sears when I was a kid, thought it rather strange that a Zelda game wasn't on a Nintendo system... Either way, from what I understand, you're REALLY not missing anything by not having played it.
  14. Various contributing factors, as pointed out. Smart phones. The economy in general. The internet having a wide appeal and various ways to entertain. Is the primary function of a game escapism? If so, there are MANY ways one can do that in this modern age. Personally I really only buy games anymore if I truly dig the art style or it presents a fun new twist on gameplay, or just does an incredible job all around. Art - Valiant Hearts, WWI era... uh... game? I mean, technically it's a game. It isn't very challenging or technically impressive, but between the art style, the integration of the music into the gameplay, and the overall care put into the atmosphere makes this a really good one. Gameplay twist - Portal turned the first person genre on its head, brought comedy, physics, puzzles, logic, and a sterile environment all into a smooth playing romp that is fun for the whole family. All around - Valkyria Chronicles falls into this one for me. The art is what drew me to it, the gameplay kept me hooked, the challenge and sandbox nature of the loosely "rock paper scissor" rule structure... I loved it all. Breath of the Wild also appears to fall into this category, but I haven't picked up a system to play it on yet... All this is a long winded way to say that consoles / home gaming will always have a place in my heart, as long as quality games are still made. If the day comes that phones are the only way to play, well, I'll probably have quit playing new games by then.
  15. Give it a couple more years, at least. They seem to be on a 5 year (give or take) cycle when it comes to new titles in the series. The first two were in the mid / late 90's, Morrowind sometime around 2003-ish, whatever 4 was called came out around 2008-ish, then Skyrim in what, 2012? Now we're looking at ESO, I figure you'll see another game in the main series in the next two, maybe three years. I've never really cared for them as much as most people, but I purposely avoid them so I can continue living my real life, if that makes sense. I got pretty hooked on Arkham Asylum, I can only imagine how many thousands of hours I could pour into a game like Skyrim... *shudders*