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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 06:12:04 PM
After seeing the pictures, I would go with number 2 even more so.  It seems like a really nice home that has easy improvement potential.  Take out the carpet and replace it with hardwood, change some light fixtures and you would probably love it just as much if not more than the other house.  The other house will never have a half acre and will always have the train (it would never become "white noise" for me, but that's me). 

You hit it on the head with the appraisor.  He probably can't make the numbers match the asking price, even with the upgrades, due to the location. 

House one looks nice and if you are sold on it, you have to live with it not anyone here.  Go with what you love, but just be sure to think it through completely and not go off of the fact that you love the home alone. 
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 07:58:25 AM
I move more than many, so take that into account with my opinion.  I am not a real estate professional in any way, so take my opinions with a grain of salt.

House 1:  I always have to consider resale in a home when I look at them.  If you think you will ever have to sell the house or are concerned about value, I suggest shying away from the first home.  As nice as it may be, I don't see the value of the home going up without major changes to the surrounding community.  From the way you are describing it, I see value going down.  It doesn't matter how nice a house it is if no one will want to live in the neighborhood or around the eyesores that are near it.  In addition, dealing with a train 7 times a day next to my house would not be pleasant, but that might not bother you. 

House 2: This would be my choice.  It is a better neighborhood with more potential for resale.  The bigger yard and field behind is a pretty big plus to me, as that’s something you can’t improve in the other home (from the way I read it). You can put new appliances and flooring down to make a nicer house in this one.  It has more square footage, so some renovations could make it even better.  I know it costs money, but I'm assuming this is a long term investment for you and not a short term residence.

Much of my opinions are going off of resale.  I've been in the dilemma before and had to choose the safer resale.  If you know you will never move again (I envy you), then you can go with the house you love but I would be very careful with the first one.

Hope this helps in some way.



3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 04, 2014, 04:45:58 AM
Oh, I agree completely.  I don't play multiplayer shooters (and the amount of times I get killed shows that) but I think game is pretty damn awesome, but I don't want someone going in thinking they will get their money's worth just from the story. 
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 04, 2014, 04:15:26 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 04, 2014, 01:24:34 AM

Quote from: EddieA on August 03, 2014, 09:04:38 PM

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is how the content breaks down - There are four main types of content -

Campaign - single or co-op story mode with cutscenes.  instanced, so you don't see other players unless they're in your party.  Missions are replayable, but people are speculating the campaign will probably be about the same length as the Halo campaigns.  I think the whole campaign is supposed to be playable solo, but we won't know for sure until the game is out.

Crucible - 6 multiplayer game modes, like deathmatch, capture the flag, control points, etc. 1-6 player teams

Free roam - single or co-op.  wander around open areas taking on enemies and random events.  You can play by yourself, but other players will be visible.

End-game/other - strikes, raids, daily events.  strikes and raids require groups, but I'm not sure about the daily events



If this us accurate, then I would definitely grab the game

From what I've seen, this is pretty close if not right on.  I've played both the alpha and beta and it seems like this is accurate.  It's the end game stuff that I'm not sure about, as the beta only let you go up to level 8 (I think).  For any stuff at that level, you could use matchmaking without issue.  Obviously, you take your chances with that just like any game. 

So you are aware, the single player story on this game is not a stellar story.  Admitingly, many of the story elements are being kept out of the beta, but what is in there is not an amazing story.  The game is fun (in my opinion), but if you want to play it for the story only, you would probably be better off waiting until some reviews come out from the final game to see if it improves.  The most fun I've had with the game had nothing to do with the story, but with the random events that occured bringing in a bunch of people to destroy a walker or protect something. 
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 02, 2014, 10:34:00 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 02, 2014, 12:59:27 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on August 01, 2014, 05:13:45 PM

Keep in mind that this specifically applies to the end-game raids

True, this isn't going to affect much content.  Bungie hasn't confirmed this, but it looks like there might only be one raid in the whole game.

I knew it was end game content, hence me not being too annoyed by it.  I hadn't heard only one raid possibly.  If we are talking only one or two raid situations, then it is definately minimal.  I still don't like it, but I understand it with the time commitment they are talking to finish something like this (unless I'm misunderstanding).  Still, this is is more likely to make me not play that content, as opposed to changing my gaming habits, but who knows. 
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 01, 2014, 04:46:21 PM
Let me throw the reason I don't like no matchmaking out there.  I'm in the military and stationed in Korea right now.  Due to this, my timeframe for playing is when everyone I know is mostly sleeping in the states.  This makes it more difficult to find people that play, as people I know who play won't be playing when I am.  I am not a social person, so just picking up and making friends in the game will most likely not happen.  I get that's what they invision, but I'm a big boy and will make my friends how I make them.  In addition, any friends I make there would be potentially not playing at the times I will be playing once I return home.  Now, I admit my problem is a unique one that will not affect many players, but it would be much easier for me if I could just join a match to play these raids.  Will they change the system for the minority of players like myself? Of course not and i wouldn't expect them to, but I, personally, do not like no match-making for raids.  Of course, I am probably one of the most anti-social people with zero friends on my psn account, so I'm going to have to reach out anyway eventually.  Who knows, maybe you guys are right and this will actually make me branch out and get some friends on my list.  I'm certainly not outraged by this and am still buying the game, but I'm not terribly happy about it.  Hell, I may never get to the point of doing raids anyway due to the time commitment in them.  My 2 cents.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 19, 2014, 01:55:51 PM
If anyone needs a code, I have two I am happy to give away (PS4 Americas).  Don't let my lurker status keep you from playing if you need a code.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Deployment on: December 12, 2012, 04:41:07 AM
I'm more of a lurker around here, but as someone that is just over 21 years in the military, I feel like congratulations are in order.

Good job Kato and you'll be fine.  My wife retires in Jan (yes, we are dual military) and I'll give you the same advice I'm giving her.  Take some time for yourself, you've given enough to earn it.

Take it for what it's worth from a guy you don't know on the internet  icon_wink
9  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Quiet but Deadly (PC build) on: February 20, 2012, 09:18:28 PM
I just want to say I love the way you are breaking this down.  I'm actually thinking of starting to build a PC once I get back to the states and this post is pushing me more towards that option.  Bravo!
10  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: January 10, 2012, 04:46:49 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on January 10, 2012, 01:30:31 PM

I finally beat that damned Smuggler mission.  For whatever reason it just all fell together this morning and I was able to get through it handily.

Headed back to Alderaan so I can complete my class missions there since I've already completed about half of the non-class missions already.

Thanks for all the tips and suggestions (not to mention putting up with my ranting).

Glad to hear you beat it.  As I said, I haven't had that much trouble with any other boss fights, so you should have smooth sailing (at least until Hoth and beyond, haven't been there yet, so can't speak on it yet).  All other tougher fights I was able to clean out the trash support, die, and beat the boss solo without it reseting.  I think the restarts were the most annoying part of that mission and I haven't had that happen anywhere else.  
11  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: January 09, 2012, 05:24:15 PM
I had a really hard time on it the Tatooine Smuggler end battle as well. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
Are you keeping Corso on passive to keep the idiot from using any of his area effect attacks?  Corso kept pulling the Sith from area effects, I think, with me at first.  Also, the only things I worried about interupting were the green icons (I'm pretty sure that was the heal one).  I used Dirty Kick for the first interrupt, which gave me the chance to get some extra damage while he was stunned, then used distraction, then used flash grenade (just made sure I was far enough away to not area effect the Sith), then distraction was ready again (I think).  I was on the bridge.  After I beat Diago, I did not use any special attacks on the Sith, just plicked her with my normal attack and let the Jedi keep the aggro.  I even kept Corso on passive.  Once she finally came at me (Had about 1/3 of her health left), I activated Corso and laid into her.  Sadly, I went from getting wiped immediately to finishing with over half of my health.


You may of already been trying all this, and, if so, I feel for you.  I know I wiped in the double digits on this fight.  No other fights have been even close to this tough, in my opinion (I'm a level 38 Gunslinger now).  Hope this helps at least a little.  Good luck.
12  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: December 25, 2011, 06:30:09 PM
Hey guys.  Mainly a lurker here, but figured I would see if I could get a couple of questions answered, if you don't mind.  First off, I'm currently deployed to Honduras (USAF) and am paying for internet by the freaking gigabyte basically.  What kind of bandwidth use should I expect?  Goggle isn't telling me much, but I'm guessing it's about the same as WoW (which I can find info on it).  I can purchase 2 GB chunks every week for like $7 or 5 GB chunks (supposed to be for a month) for $27.  Not the cheapest means, but I'm just happy to be able to play while I'm here.  In addition, the retail game should be here any day (Crosses fingers).  Does anyone know what I can expect the "update" download to be like after my install.  Downloading the client beforehand at 20GB just isn't cost effective for me.  I'm chomping at the bit and want to make sure I have plenty of bandwidth before it gets here.  Thanks for the help.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what do you know about San Antonio on: May 21, 2011, 12:48:03 AM
I was stationed there for 5 years (2005-2010).  Schliterbahn is actually in New Braunfels, which is up the interstate a little bit.  If you live on the east side of San Antonio, not a drive at all, but its about 30-45 minutes from the west side (which I lived at, by Sea World).  Cost of living is fairly low.  The real estate pricing was pretty stagnant the five years I was there, as we are lucky we sold our house due to.  On that note, that's the story most places at that time.  I had a three bedroom, 2100 sq foot home with about a 1/4 acre yard for roughly $150,000 and we sold it for a little over that with the improvements we made in it (granite counter tops, wood floor, etc.).   The Alamo is cool to see once, as is the Riverwalk, but I'm not into the night scene so it wasn't much for me.  One thing about San Antonio to be ready for.  It's freakin' hot.  The summer seems like most people go do what they need to do and then stay inside with the air conditioning.  I'm talking over 100 with a lot of humidity too.  Depending on your background, that may be a big deal to you or not.  Well, I'm kinda rambling, but let me know if you have any specific questions and I'd be happy to answer them.

Brian
14  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dell XPS 420 on: January 09, 2008, 01:13:21 AM
I'm reading on the readyboost now and it seems interesting.  I've got plenty of flash drives, so maybe I'll give it a shot.  I think I'm going without the soundcard as Destructor suggested.  Worst case, I buy an aftermarket soundcard if sound sucks.  I'm not an audiophile, so I'm guessing I'll be fine with on-board.

Well, the more I think about it, the more I think I'm getting this.  Barring someone here or at home talking me out of it, I'm ordering it.  I'll let anyone interested know what I think of it once it arrives.  Thanks for the feedback all.

Edit: The "Internet Security Suite" is included in the price.  I'd go with a free one myself if it wasn't a gimme.
15  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dell XPS 420 on: January 08, 2008, 05:12:25 AM
I'm not a huge fan of proprietary stuff either, but I've had a Dell for many years and it hasn't been a huge issue yet (cross fingers).  I'm hoping I wouldn't have to worry about that for a few years anyway.  The way I seem to work is replacing a computer every three to four years anyway.  I honestly wasn't going to go Dell, as I don't really like the 700 XPS to much, but this one I like. 
16  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Dell XPS 420 on: January 08, 2008, 02:22:45 AM
Hey all.  I'm looking at buying a new computer soon and saw the Dell XPS 420.  Anyone seen one or have any opinion.  I'm not interested in building a computer and I'm looking for a decent game machine although I don't seem to game as much as I used to.  Mainly some WOW and, hopefully, Crysis (plus some future games).  I'm looking for good performance but don't need "cutting edge".  This computer will last me a few years hopefully.  I'm looking at spending around $1500 on the below possibly.

XPS 420  Intel® Core™2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)   
Operating System  Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium with Digital Cable Support   
Memory  3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs  3GB84   
Monitors  No Monitor  N   
Video Cards  512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT  5NV88   
Hard Drive  500GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache  500S   
Floppy Drive and Media Reader  Dell Media Card Reader included in Dell Bluetooth Package   
Optical Drive  Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability  16DVDRW
Sound Cards  Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music  XFI
Security Software  Trend Micro Internet Security 15-months  TM15M 


http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/xpsdt_420?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~tab=bundlestab

Any opinions?  Thanks.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good games from 2004-2006? on: December 26, 2007, 01:41:09 AM
I second Dawn of War.  I'm in the same boat with an old computer and it runs smooth.  In addition, there is tons of content between the original plus two expansions (another expansion is on the way as well if it floats your boat).  However, it is not too taxing for a mid-grade computer if that's what you are looking for, in my opinion.  Titan Quest was more taxing that Dawn of War on my computer. 
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 3 ruined my X-mas! (well sort of) on: December 26, 2007, 01:36:27 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 25, 2007, 01:12:26 PM

Quote from: Bashtor on December 25, 2007, 04:25:34 AM

I don't know if it helps, but, if you like the wired controller enough, you can buy a cord extender.  I'm going to possibly do that myself seeing I have the guitar that came with GH2 and have heard mixed things about the wireless guitar.  In addition, I don't really want to spend the 90 bucks for a new guitar (but I probably will because I have no willpower).

Heya Bashtor - welcome to the site!

Thanks!
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 3 ruined my X-mas! (well sort of) on: December 25, 2007, 04:25:34 AM
I don't know if it helps, but, if you like the wired controller enough, you can buy a cord extender.  I'm going to possibly do that myself seeing I have the guitar that came with GH2 and have heard mixed things about the wireless guitar.  In addition, I don't really want to spend the 90 bucks for a new guitar (but I probably will because I have no willpower).
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