Category: Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk #193: Have Games Desensitized You to Violence?

Posted on August 4th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 12 comments
After E3 2010, I vaguely remember an article by some guy I can't remember saying that videogames have desensitized people. The premise was that gamers have spent too much time shooting enemy soldiers, decapitating villains, and blowing buildings up that it no longer seems shocking. I started thinking about the issue again after the excellent people at Gamasutra started discussing it.

Coffee Talk #192: “CSR Nightmares” or “Sprint CSRs Suck”

Posted on August 3rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Mobile Tech, Today's Specials. 35 comments
After installing FroYo on my Evo 4G, I decided that I was going to commit to the phone and reactivate it. This is a big deal for me as I have all sorts of commitment issues. I figured A) it's a great phone that was free, B) I'm eligible for an upgrade straight away, and C) I get a service discount as a Google I/O attendee. After 25 minutes and three CSRs, I was unable to activate the phone with the discounted plan.

Coffee Talk #191: Will Mice Become Niche Gamer Products?

Posted on August 2nd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Today's Specials. 51 comments
So I'm still thinking about Apple's Magic Trackpad (way more than I ought to). It's more than that though. I'm thinking about the evolution of input methods. Games started with Pong paddles, moved onto joysticks, which gave way to gamepads, which are currently being overshadowed by the dawn of motion controls. Phones had rotary dials, eventually started using digital keys, and now use touchscreens.

Coffee Talk #190: What’s Your Favorite Star Trek?

Posted on July 30th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Geek Stuff, Movies, Today's Specials, TV. 34 comments
Last week a few of you started a fun Star Trek fight debate. It started with The Original Series vs. The Next Generation, moved onto Kirk vs. Picard, and even touched on Spock vs. Data. I was thoroughly entertained and hope you're up for it again! This time around let's include all of the Star Trek shows -- even Voyager (Come on! A woman captain and a black vulcan?!?). Let's start with the poll:

Coffee Talk #189: How Often Do You Change PCs?

Posted on July 29th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Geek Stuff, PC Gaming, Today's Specials. 43 comments
RPadholic smartguy brought up an interesting conversation starter yesterday: how often do you change PCs? Some of my friends get new machines every year. Others have had the same system for more than five years. It's really all over the place with the people I know and I'm sure it's the same for you guys.

Coffee Talk #188: Has Technology Ever Gotten You Out of a Jam?

Posted on July 28th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Geek Stuff, Mobile Tech, Today's Specials. 19 comments
Last night I was at Ralph's buying some groceries and the Motorola Droid X helped me save $5. You see, I love taking advantage of promotions. Ralph's currently has this deal that lets you save $5 for buying 10 participating items. I diligently found sale items that were eligible for the promotion. Getting an additional $5 off items that are already on sale is awesome. As I was walking out the grocery, I noticed that two of the items didn't register for the promotion and I didn't get my $5 savings.

Coffee Talk #187: The Limbo Length Argument

Posted on July 27th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 41 comments
My friends were arguing about Limbo for Xbox Live over the weekend. They all agreed that it's a clever game with a fantastic art style, but they differed on whether it's worth 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15). I haven't played the game yet, so I was a curious and impartial observer (like Switzerland...but without the chocolate and yodeling). It was a fun argument to watch because both sides were sure they were right. One argued that it's a unique experience that's so different from anything else on Xbox Live. The other argued that it was simply too expensive for a three-hour game with low replay value.

Coffee Talk #186: Make Your Own Limited Edition Console

Posted on July 26th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Today's Specials, Videogames. 39 comments
The Halo: Reach special edition Xbox 360 has me thinking about limited edition consoles again. Specifically, I was wondering about the kind of consoles you ladies and gents can dream up. If you could design your own special edition console, what game would it be for? What would it look like?

Coffee Talk #185: Your Favorite News From Comic-Con 2010

Posted on July 23rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Comics, PC Gaming, Videogames. 18 comments
I've been doing a piss poor job of keeping up with Comic-Con 2010 news. Part of it is because I've been busy with another project and part of it is because I'm jealous of all my friends at the show, causing me to ignore its existence. I'm digging that Joss Whedon will be directing The Avengers movie, but I'm dying to hear more details about Green Lantern (even though I'm convinced that his costume was inspired by a rotten piece of salmon nigiri). A bunch of my friends have been raving about the Tron Legacy trailer, while others are hyped on DC Universe Online (videos of both are below)!

Coffee Talk #184: Games That Aren’t As Good as You Thought

Posted on July 22nd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Videogames. 42 comments
RPadholic Big Blak posted some interesting and uncommon thoughts on Final Fantasy VII. He loves the game, but admits that he overrated it because of nostalgia. My problem with most "FFVII apologists" is that they can't admit that. Some games are remembered fondly simply because they were played at the right time and at the right place.