TheBrainninja's forum posts

#1 Posted by TheBrainninja (181 posts) -

I'm not an expert, but I think the idea of Microsoft Points was specifically to eliminate regional pricing; everything would cost the same number of points in every region, but different regions might charge different rates for the same number of points. So...I think all points are created equal.

However, they've moved away from Points and onto direct currencies. So Points cards are probably harder to find these days, and I don't know for how long they'll continue supporting them.

#2 Edited by TheBrainninja (181 posts) -

No, they cannot. They use their own kind of internal virtual memory card. It was the first thing I tested when they put Persona 3 up for download, and I was incredibly disappointed.

#3 Edited by TheBrainninja (181 posts) -

I have problems with that sometimes too; your RAM might be overheating? If you have bad airflow in your case, your CPU could be fine (depending on your cooler), but other components could heat up too much and cause a fault. Just a thought, as I am not a doctor, but my machine has problems not unlike this during the summer months.

#4 Posted by TheBrainninja (181 posts) -

I wouldn't have had as much of an issue with the checkpoints if it had been fun to play through that stuff again; the issue I had was mostly that it was frequently multiple combat encounters between checkpoints, and the combat encounters were so far from being fun that it was just rage-inducing.

#5 Posted by TheBrainninja (181 posts) -

I haven't tried it, but I just got an update notice that the Giant Bomb Video Buddy app had added Chromecast support. Good on that duder!

#6 Posted by TheBrainninja (181 posts) -

I usually stay out of threads like this (not that I'm all that active in the forums anyway, but whatever), but since this one's been resurrected I may as well chip in.

I view my subscription more as a patronage, first and foremost. I have faith that, without financial pressure, they will eventually produce content I'll love more than almost anything. I kind of couldn't care less about wrestling games, even if I'm loving the Power Bombcast (or however it's intercapped), but all of those Sleeping Dogs quick looks were some of my favorite things that I've ever seen. I figure it evens out in the end.

As far as what I get out of it directly, it's the archive downloading that's most important to me. I don't really have the time/availability to watch most things live (unless I schedule a day off, like I've done for console launches), and I hate watching video in a web browser anyway. The user experience of streaming video - not just here, but anywhere - is so exceptionally poor that it's well worth my $50 annually to never deal with it for their content. I really wish Tested would make that available, but since they're YouTube dependent I don't know that they ever will; that's kind of the only reason I don't sub to Tested, and I feel bad about it because I like those dudes.

tl;dr: It isn't about the content, for me - I don't see a distinction between member content and free content, because it all comes through the same RSS feed for me. I subscribe to support what they do, regardless of who else sees it, and for the convenience offered by ad-removal and archive downloading.

#7 Posted by TheBrainninja (181 posts) -

Seems like Podcast Addict [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en] might be your best bet? It was the first thing that popped up when I searched "authenticated podcast feeds android," so I can't vouch for it. I use Juice [http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/] on PC for all of my video/premium podcast subscriptions, and it works well there; it doesn't help with listening to premium podcasts on the go, but I've just given up on that. I use Pocket Casts [http://www.shiftyjelly.com/pocketcasts] on both Android and iOS for all my other podcasts needs.

#8 Posted by TheBrainninja (181 posts) -

I was using a Steelseries mechanical keyboard until recently; I hated its stupid key placement, seemingly made by people who never have to type, and it eventually started repeating random keystrokes. Outside of warranty of course. It felt nice to type on, but was a huge annoyance otherwise. I've used Logitech mice for the last several years, and they've been very good to me - the model I have has a scroll wheel lock, so you can undo it and spin it freely.

#9 Posted by TheBrainninja (181 posts) -

I turn it off all the way, because I hear the fan running in standby and it bothers me. Same with the Xbox One, it makes just enough noise to where I notice it, which kills the whole thing. If I didn't have all my consoles in my bedroom, maybe this wouldn't be a problem.

#10 Posted by TheBrainninja (181 posts) -

@abrasion: It might not work well for your specific internet situation, but I use Juice to download videos from the Premium RSS as it supports authenticated feeds. Since it sounds like you can't just leave it on all the time, it might make more sense to just do them one at a time in the manner Fattony described. Also, I don't know how long videos stay in the RSS.