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PA Comic: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 - The Conflux, Part Seven

Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
edited December 2011 in The Penny Arcade Hub
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  • kingworkskingworks Registered User regular
    "Between realms."

    My current employment situation.

  • I kinda suspected that would turn out to be the case. There's something to be said for adversarial GMing, but interpreting any semantic ambiguity in the rules as an excuse to no-saving-throw your players isn't being adversarial - it's just being a dick. Adult gamers tend not to have the patience for it.

  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON IndiaRegistered User regular
    The news posts are of course always amazing, but this one I particularly enjoyed:
    It’s not especially hard to force a system update on the Xbox, provided there is one to get: going into Network Settings and testing your connectivity to Live is enough. But what if you don’t actually like what you get? Then, there is no recourse. Well, you can buy a PS3, I guess. They update that system every thirty-three seconds, but they rarely “improve” it in such a way that it becomes completely alien.

    I liked the screenshots I saw beforehand. Brenna, like most sentients, likes what technology can enable but has no patience or enthusiasm for pure novelty. “Newness” is a concept with no currency. So when you remove Netflix, and you remove Hulu, and then you replace them with versions that are demonstrably less useful, you impact my life in a negative way. This new Netflix app in particular is brutal and user aggressive, replacing the lavish DVD covers with endless rows of chomping shark-teeth. Most dangerously for their partners, I opened up the store to familiarize myself with it and decided I didn’t have time to learn how to pay them money. I retreated from their user experience at a full run, routed, taking shelter in Modern Warfare.

    Yes, it’s true. I would rather be aerially bombarded than suffer through another round of Soviet reeducation.

  • SyphyreSyphyre A Dangerous Pastime Registered User regular
    On a rating of one to seven, I rate the 5th strip (to saaaaaaand) the highest of this continuum.
    I liked the screenshots I saw beforehand. Brenna, like most sentients, likes what technology can enable but has no patience or enthusiasm for pure novelty. “Newness” is a concept with no currency. So when you remove Netflix, and you remove Hulu, and then you replace them with versions that are demonstrably less useful, you impact my life in a negative way. This new Netflix app in particular is brutal and user aggressive, replacing the lavish DVD covers with endless rows of chomping shark-teeth. Most dangerously for their partners, I opened up the store to familiarize myself with it and decided I didn’t have time to learn how to pay them money.

    Truth. So much truth. Updating for the sake of updating is sometimes taking steps backwards.

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  • GreasyKidsStuffGreasyKidsStuff MOMMM! ROAST BEEF WANTS TO KISS GIRLS ON THE TITTIES!Registered User regular
    I agree with Tycho, I updated my XBox yesterday and Netflix was... a struggle.

  • RehabRehab Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    Hooray, now we can move away from dreaded continuity again!

    The ending is decent enough though and the news post is indeed enjoyable.

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  • AurichAurich Registered User regular
    Going straight from Gabe's lonely "you guys were supposed to order pizza" to Tycho's satisfied pizza nomming is very funny to me. The pizza seems somehow poetical.

  • SlothboySlothboy Registered User regular
    I was in the beta for the dashboard update so I've had a bit more time to get used to it, but I still find it clunky by comparison to the previous dashboard. They have sacrificed useability to the gods of Looking Pretty and I hate them for it. At what point in your UI testing do you decide that requiring MORE button presses to reach content is better? And when do you decide that seeing more options on the screen at once is bad? "Why should we show you a list of your games? It is better to fill each screen with just three "box covers" so you have to navigate to the right towards infinity."

    Netflix though, man. That shit is wrecked. They added 5.1 support (good) and completely ruined the user experience (bad).

  • jackaljackal Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    It's more like they are sacrificing to the gods of making their phone and OS and game system look the same. It seems kind of silly though since no one knows if they like Windows 8 yet, and everyone knows they don't like Windows Phone.

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  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    For those of you who use Netflix/Hulu/etc, don't forget about Quickplay! On the home screen, right under the disc option, it shows your most recent selections, so if you use Netflix or anything else very often, you can easily get to it from there instead of going down to apps and then loading it.

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  • Black_HeartBlack_Heart Registered User regular
    hah, I knew it would turn out this way.

    Tycho's motivations are always to erode people's souls, he sees DMing as a means to crush the human spirit and frustrate others.

    Gabe just wants people to have a fun time and be challenged.

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  • ChickeenChickeen Registered User regular
    Slothboy wrote:
    Netflix though, man. That shit is wrecked. They added 5.1 support (good) and completely ruined the user experience (bad).
    I was in the preview too, but hadn't xbox netflixed for over a year before then. How was it better before? Doesn't seem that different from what I remember. But I'm old...

  • EvilBadmanEvilBadman DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN Registered User regular
    My main issue with the new Netflix is the unannounced removal of Party viewing.

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  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    I was really hoping that the third panel would have involved Gabe brutally murdering Tycho.

  • SlothboySlothboy Registered User regular
    Chickeen wrote:
    Slothboy wrote:
    Netflix though, man. That shit is wrecked. They added 5.1 support (good) and completely ruined the user experience (bad).
    I was in the preview too, but hadn't xbox netflixed for over a year before then. How was it better before? Doesn't seem that different from what I remember. But I'm old...

    Fewer titles visible on screen. Replacing the "cover" with a random frame from the last episode you watched in a series, lack of visual reference when you fast forward or rewind, lack of a list view for the episodes in a series, autoplay when you select a movie or series, removal of "watch with party", and reduction in streaming quality, weird system for starting the next episode in a series - the screen shrinks down to a box in the corner before the episode is even complete, and then all kinds of options pop up at the bottom of the screen.

    These are the things I have noticed so far. :\

  • TurambarTurambar Avocado at law Registered User regular
    I was really hoping that the third panel would have involved Gabe brutally murdering Tycho.

    It's implied

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  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    Fuck that. I demand blood.

  • RehabRehab Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    Who has the watch right now anyway?

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  • PeccaviPeccavi Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    Oh, is this where I can complain about the new Netflix app for Xbox?

    Fuck you, Microsoft. How much did Comcast pay you to screw over Netflix with that goddawful new UI?

    Edit: As I was typing that, I realized that didn't make sense. Netflix makes their own apps for platforms. Guess they're really trying to screw themselves over.

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  • The Good Doctor TranThe Good Doctor Tran Registered User regular
    Peccavi wrote: »
    Edit: As I was typing that, I realized that didn't make sense. Netflix makes their own apps for platforms. Guess they're really trying to screw themselves over.

    Their semi-recent rash of announcements and 'divestings' certainly implies a trend toward self-destruction.

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  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium Registered User regular
    Slothboy wrote:
    lack of a list view for the episodes in a series

    How can they take that out? I don't watch Top Gear in order, I watch whichever episode I fancy watching at the time. How can I do that now?

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  • agilemaniaagilemania Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    You click "Top Gear" and it starts buffering and playing whatever it decides is the next episode. While it is buffering or playing, you can select a "more episodes" option, which opens a horizontal list of screenshots of episodes.

    I only played with it a little bit so I may not have all the details right. Short version: the auto-play is great for movies but sucks for TV shows.

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