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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 30, 2012, 03:42:17 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 30, 2012, 03:07:30 PM


I get that you find it offensive and not funny but there is a ton of stuff in this 390 page thread that different people don't find funny or find offensive.  There is a lot I find offensive and not funny myself.

That doesn't mean you need to get personal and nasty.  Please stop.

Why don't we next post some pic of people in blackface getting lynched?  

HAW! HAW! HAW!   That would be a hoot!


There's a big difference between offensive and bigoted.  I think we've just learned a lot about each other and what it says about some of you isn't particularly good.  I'm out.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 30, 2012, 02:52:48 PM
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Oh, bigoted and misogynistic stuff is just so funny.  Grab my dick bitches!  "Arabic Muslim" goat fuckers!


Go fuck yourself.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Trend's Countdown to the End of the World Giveaway: Divinity Anthology on: November 29, 2012, 09:27:09 PM
There doesn't seem to be any way to enter for those of us who don't use Facebook or Twitter.  Too bad.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2012: GOTY/GOAT of the year? on: November 27, 2012, 08:47:01 PM
GOTY: Guild Wars 2.  While I consider 2012 to be one of the best years of gaming of all time, I don't think there's been the "supergame" of the year.  Instead, there's just been a constant stream of extremely good games all year long - GW2, XCom, FTL, Walking Dead, Borderlands, Darksiders, Anno, etc.  Of the bunch, GW2 gets my vote.

GOAT:  Diablo 3.  It wasn't entirely a disaster, but it certainly was pretty disappointing considering what it could/should have been.
5  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Rev. Graham: Obama won because Christians didn't vote on: November 26, 2012, 06:20:04 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 26, 2012, 04:29:12 PM

I'm simply saying that you're ignorant of what Mormons really believe as you still maintain they're heretical blasphemers.  A stance I believe stems from your lack of knowledge about what Mormons today really believe.  There's no insult intended in that charge.  I consider myself ignorant as well, but I'm able to find numerous rebuttals to your posted reasons as to why they're not Christians...and we have Gratch who actually has first hand knowledge and no real reason to lie about it. 

...and I'm still waiting on the reasons why this country would have been lead astray by a Mormon president.

Ignoring stated, common facts to reach a predetermined conclusion isn't just ignorance, it's willful ignorance.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I love sales on: November 26, 2012, 03:06:41 PM
Very nice.

So far I'm in for:

Kingdoms of Amalur @ $8
Torchlight II @ $10
Warlock DLC @ $3
I may not be done yet.

I was sooooo tempted to get Lone Survivor for $5, but I didn't pull the trigger fast enough.
I almost jumped on Dark Souls for $12 on Amazon, but I don't have a controller for my PC. 

I also bought my son Civ IV's expansion for $8.  Combine that with getting the base game for free from the XCOM deal and that's a $40 X-Mas gift for 80% off.   icon_smile
7  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Rev. Graham: Obama won because Christians didn't vote on: November 26, 2012, 02:36:29 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 26, 2012, 02:26:36 PM

I'm not going to defend myself.  I chose not to vote for Obama or Romney.  Nor am I going to dance the dance and argue theology here.  Mormonism is clearly not the same fundamentally as Christianity.

Mormonism is just yet another branch (or sub-branch) of Christianity, like Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Pentacostal or Protestant.  So while Mormonism may not be the same as your version of Christianity, you're not the determinant of what makes up a Christian faith.

Simply put, you're wrong.  Again.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 11 on: November 20, 2012, 06:43:50 PM

Quote from: naednek on November 20, 2012, 07:00:58 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 20, 2012, 06:47:02 AM

From Chris Mortensen:

@mortreport: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on QB starter next time out, Smith or Kaepernick: We'll see.Tend to go with hot hand.

If you take Smith out now, then there's no going back.  Talk about confidence crusher.  It be one thing if Smith was playing horribly.  He's no elite QB or anything, but he's done a decent job this year.  His INT's have increased due to him passing more compared to last year when they didn't really have any targets, and the niners were game managing him (which I still don't think that's a negative term)  But to kick him out now would really screw with his confidence should he have to come back as a starter.

Play with what you have.  Colin will be around, continue to develop him.  One good game doesn't mean you're ready to go.

I agree, though I think a 70% completion rate and a QB rating of 104 is better than "decent".  He may play safely within the system, but he's executing that system very well.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: November 18, 2012, 04:43:17 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 17, 2012, 03:50:49 AM

Maybe I'm not aware of any previous altercations, but I thought the big smilie made it pretty obvious it was a joke or friendly jab.   icon_confused


Seriously, some people need to unwad their panties.   Tongue
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: November 16, 2012, 10:45:14 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on November 16, 2012, 06:22:57 PM

I guess I really need to read wwz.  It's been on my list forever it seems. 

That would require you to learn how to read.  Don't strain yourself.    icon_biggrin
11  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Election: Obama Wins!!!!!! on: November 15, 2012, 04:47:56 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 15, 2012, 04:05:57 PM

I guess this absolves GWB for getting us into Iraq when in fact there were no WMDs.

Case closed.

So at what point on GT can we call a fucking stupid troll a "fucking stupid troll"?  At some point it's not an insult, it's just a fact.
12  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... on: November 14, 2012, 01:47:05 PM
Didn't you say you were leaving?
13  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: CIA Director Petraeus resigns on: November 13, 2012, 04:06:08 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 10, 2012, 10:49:20 AM

I simply cannot even begin to fathom what this guy's personal sex life has to do with his job. Why should it matter in the slightest? If a guy in the upper echelons of Norway's elite was unfaithful with his wife, the media might mention it, but apart from that it'd be business as usual.

When I was there, having an affair was a reason for dismissal (covert) and at the very least cause for them looking very hard at you and what you're exposed to (non-covert).  Even a bad credit score was cause for concern.

Even if the rules have changed since then, the Director having an affair sets a very poor tone for the entire organization.  You might be able to have an affair heading up the Department of Education and easily get away with it.  As the Director of the CIA?  No way.
14  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's a <n word> but I'm not racist! on: November 13, 2012, 02:58:25 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on November 13, 2012, 02:52:26 PM

First off, racism is a sub set of prejudice.  You can be fine with describing prejudice, when discussing racism because racism IS prejudice, its just racially focused.
 The main issue here is trying to see racism as cut and dry.  Like most social, moral issues it isnt.  Does a racist remark make someone a racist?  Tough question.  I think a little perspective necessary before you can liberally apply that label.  Things like context are important.  Whats more important in defining a person, his words or his actions?  Is an emotional outburst reason to label someone a racist?  Howard Cosell was fired ( some say he was voluntarily retired) from Monday Night Football for saying "look at that little monkey run"  yet was also a staunch supporter of civil rights and openly supported Olympic sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith after they raised their fists in a "black power" salute during their 1968 medal ceremony.  Was Cosell racist?  

Yeah, this doesn't need to be a semantic dance.  Calling Obama a nigger is racist...there's no other way around it.  That someone tries to brush it off as not racist makes them look the same.

Oh, to defend Cosell...he had used that phrase before with a white player and called is grandchildren "little monkeys".  It was part of his vernacular.  So while what he said was grossly insensitive, the little monkey comment wasn't due to Alvin Garrett's race and had no racist intent.    
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's a <n word> but I'm not racist! on: November 12, 2012, 07:53:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 12, 2012, 07:03:49 PM

Because someone says a racist thing does not make them a racist.

Yeah it does.  Thanks for playing, please try again.
16  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: November 08, 2012, 08:10:14 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on November 08, 2012, 08:00:00 PM

The fact of the matter is that this president had a number of scandals that would have brought down a Republican administration, but thanks to AA and Heps butt buddies in :-) the mainstream media hardly anything was said about it.

If you don't think "fast and furious" and Solandra would have been covered differently if they had occurred under a Republican administration you're even more delusional than I thought.

Sent from my Iconia A500 using Tapatalk 2

Ah, the "liberal media" argument...the last bastion of blame for the mentally bankrupt.

Tell me again who owns the media, Illogic?
17  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: November 08, 2012, 03:00:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 08, 2012, 02:02:21 PM

You guys are whatever the liberal equivalent to rush limbaugh is. Shout loudest to stifle discussion and then prance when no one dissents with you.

We'll revisit this thread if Obama's second term has any scandals and you can make up reasons why they're not legitimate or why they are the  GOP's fault and yell down anyone who dare says anything that contradicts your party line.

Independent in 2016!

Keep fucking that chicken! 

FYI, you're neither as clever or as witty as you think you are. 

18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC Steam] Steam Greenlight Towns now available on: November 07, 2012, 08:24:28 PM
I wonder how it compares with Gnomoria.
19  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: November 07, 2012, 07:00:35 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 07, 2012, 04:44:39 PM

Karl Rove Melt's down

Decided to paste Deadspin instead of Perez Hilton

Denial isn't just a river in Egypt.
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: November 07, 2012, 06:59:47 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 07, 2012, 03:45:37 PM

They always happen in the 2nd term because all the corrupt things presidents do in the first term come to light.

What are they going to be for Obama?

21  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: November 07, 2012, 01:15:46 PM
How about that election, Eco?  

I think Milquetoast was dead the minute that 47% video came out.  It confirmed to enough people what many speculated - that he simply didn't give a shit about you unless you had a big pocketbook.  While that may be true of all candidates, he wore that on his sleeve and people got tired of it.  That the Republicans couldn't win back the Presidency with the unemployment rate hovering at 8% is very, very telling. 
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do You Go To High School/College Reunions? on: November 06, 2012, 06:53:30 PM
No.  Haven't been and don't plan on going. 
23  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: October 30, 2012, 12:44:53 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 30, 2012, 12:07:01 PM

Thanks for the link, which further proves my point that this race is "in the bag"for neither candidate.

Obama used to lead in all polls in Ohio, outside the margin of error.  Now he is down in one, and within the margin of error in nearly all the others.  That is encouraging.

Has anyone claimed the race is "in the bag"? 

Eco-illogic strikes again!
24  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: October 29, 2012, 06:57:21 PM

Quote from: Scraper on October 29, 2012, 06:52:13 PM

This is the biggest reason Obama won't be getting my vote. Civil liberties have always been a huge issue for me and Obama is a complete and total disappointment in his lack of regard for the 4th and 5th amendments.

I agree that he's been a total disappointment in regards to civil liberties.  Unfortunately, you might as well vote for Mickey Mouse if you're expecting anyone to change it.  Milquetoast isn't planning on rolling back any of that either.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely...
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Final debate 10-22 on: October 29, 2012, 05:37:24 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 28, 2012, 01:33:48 PM

I actually look at Rasmussen most often.

Ranked in the top for accuracy in 2008, logical choice

Except they weren't.  They were 9th in 2008 - and dead last in the 2010 midterms. 

26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Donald Trump says he will release 'very big news' about Obama this week on: October 26, 2012, 08:00:36 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 26, 2012, 06:18:28 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 25, 2012, 05:29:55 PM

I'm not a "birther", but I've never understood why those things haven't just been released.   That's a simple question.

*Snicker!*  icon_biggrin

Your sentence is easily comparable to someone saying "I'm not racist, but...". Anything following that statement is more or less guaranteed to be racist. You're hopefully not racist, but I can tell you right away: You're a birther. And just like with racism, the person suffering from the being a birther doesn't have to be aware of this fact for it to be true. In my experience, they typically aren't aware. It's a natural defense mechanism for the mind.

27  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Donald Trump says he will release 'very big news' about Obama this week on: October 25, 2012, 07:13:51 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 25, 2012, 05:29:55 PM

I'm not a "birther", but I've never understood why those things haven't just been released.   That's a simple question.

Yeah, and there's a simple answer.  The birth certificate was released. 

And you're a birther.
28  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Third debate 10-16 on: October 17, 2012, 03:52:29 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on October 17, 2012, 03:05:31 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 17, 2012, 02:10:23 AM

Obama makes me wish I had a freaking punching bag next to my couch...  I truly cannot comprehend anyone in their right mind supporting him:
As a Republican, I would have thought that you'd also be angered by Romney coming out in favor of affirmative action for women, giving people more free money by expanding pell grants, arguing against tax cuts for "job creators", ensuring that every woman has access to contraception regardless of employer beliefs, favoring a pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants, etc. The dude is morphing into a Democrat before our eyes. I guess Republicans are so intent on beating Obama that it doesn't matter, or they simply believe (with good reason) that he's such a shape-shifter that he doesn't really mean any of these things and will sift back further to the right once elected.

Except his history isn't too far right.  He talked a good game to get the nomination, but Romney's track record in MA is quite moderate.  He's the epitome of a RINO.
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Third debate 10-16 on: October 17, 2012, 12:30:49 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 17, 2012, 11:41:36 AM

I'll just leave this here:  Romney's Tax Plan

LOL.  Good one.

Romney got stomped last night. 
30  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: UN Convention on the Rights of a Child UPDATED: Now with UN Taxes on Citizens! on: October 11, 2012, 07:35:23 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 11, 2012, 12:58:28 PM

See updated post at the top.

I know it's fox and a guy pitching a book, but if you can get passed that, there's some scary things in there. Combine it with what I posted 3 years ago and, well,...sounds like treason to me.


Yeah, if you can get past made-up bullshit someone is spouting to try to make a quick buck from people who are stupid enough to believe that shit, there's some scary things there.     saywhat
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 18, 2012, 06:30:11 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2012, 01:05:49 PM

A little context:  Mr. JD "Fuck You" Falslev here was on the field an hour before the game giving no end of crap to the Utah fans.  Cursing at them, mocking them, talking trash, etc., etc.  Someone asked them how he felt about the Utes after they lost...and this was his reply.

Schadenfreude is delicious.  icon_twisted

He puts the ass in classy.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Castle Story on: August 27, 2012, 06:31:15 PM
I backed this one (only the 2nd one I've ever backed).  It just looked great and for $15, it's not that big of a deal.
33  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: August 27, 2012, 06:25:56 PM
Guild Wars 2 First Impressions:

Over the weekend I got to really jump into GW2 for the first time since Beta 2. It's been a while. Here's some off-the-cuff impressions of my journey to level 21:

Technical: Not bad for a launch. Not bad at all. They brought the servers up promptly at midnight, which was 3 hours early. They were slammed, but it worked well. I managed to create a few characters and while I didn't get all the names I wanted, I got most of the important ones. One thing about GW2 is that names are unique to the game and not the server. So there won't be 2 different "Blackadar" characters on two different servers. I think they need a random name generator, because good names are already scarce. The overflow server concept worked well. I found myself often in the overflow, but it didn't prevent me from logging in and having fun. Much, much better option than queues. The only grumble is that you can't queue up for WvWvW from an overflow server, so if you're kicked during a match, you have to log back in, get through the overflow server and then queue back up for WvWvW.

Saturday morning the game was down for an extended period - I tried getting on about 7AM and quit about 9:30 AM and never got on. But Saturday evening and most of the day Sunday I was able to play with no issues. I did get kicked out once on Sunday evening in a WvWvW match, but that was the only disconnect.

The Auction House was down all yesterday, so I can't comment on that.

Graphical: It runs like a champ on my less-than-optimal video card at high resolutions. I'm constantly getting 30-40FPS with high textures. The environments are gorgeous and so are the monsters. It's not afraid to show you how beautiful it is, either. When you find those overlook points, you get a slow, sweeping view of the entire area. Only then do you realize how amazing it looks. Most of the spell animations are pretty good, though some could use some work - my guardian spells are a bit bland. I'd like to see more visible shields and stuff like that. Some of the fire spells look great.

Even with major battles in WvWvW, the game ran fine. I had very little stutter or frame rate loss, even with a lot going on. It did get choppy in a couple of places, but that's to be expected with so much going on. I didn't notice much of a difference between high and medium textures, so dropping the textures is a way to boost the frame rate without sacrificing beauty.

Sound: I've always thought that sound was especially important in MMOs. Spells, battles and weapons all get more oomph from the sounds which go with those actions when there's good effects. Guild Wars 2 doesn't disappoint. Whistling arrows are especially neat and the impact of a two-handed hammer is different than the swoosh of a sword. Very well done. I don't really remember the music, which is probably a good thing. Usually memorable music in a MMO means I'm turning it off.

PvE Gameplay: It may be evolutionary and not revolutionary, but it's an improvement. Running around and working on dynamic events is vastly more enjoyable than "kill x ogres", even if a few events boil down to killing ogres. Some of the events/quests weren't great (one in particular about spraying blue stuff on some frog people was very confusing), but most were good if not great.

What is revolutionary is what the quests do to the community. Because there's no kill-stealing, node-stealing or XP loss for group kills, the community instinctively works together. In any other game, if you die, you might as well resurrect at the spawn point because people will just step over your body to get to the next mob. Here, people will take the time to resurrect you because you can help them as soon as you're up. It's an awesome dynamic and the game feels like it has the old EQ or start-of-WoW kind of community - cooperative, not competitive. There were only a couple of quests that I did where I felt I was competing against others.

When you get tired of event-driven questing, then you hit your story line. They're as good as a good SWTOR story and give your character a sense of purpose or help make you feel unique - a difficult thing in an MMO. I've enjoyed every one of my story quests greatly.

It says something that when I was PvPing last night and leveling, I was thinking about "out-leveling" the content and I was a bit concerned about that. Then I realized that with down ranking levels so they're appropriate for the content and so forth, I haven't missed a thing. I'm going back to PvE more and I don't care if I'm level 21, 25 or 30. I'll still go back and do some of those level 16 events. Why? Because they're fun and I still get credit. When the makers of GW2 talked about a different leveling experience for every character, I didn't believe that at first. Now I do. Because once you're level 10 or so, how you level and where you level is mainly up to you. Want to go explore the beginning Charr area as a level 20 Norn? Go do it. You'll get plenty of XP and have a blast doing it. For the first time, I don't have to go from zone to zone as dictated by my level. The only advantage to leveling up is that I can just go to more places (though the higher level places will have better gear/money rewards).

PvP Gameplay: I only played WvWvW, so that's what I'm basing this off of. I am not a fan of PvP. I'm generally pretty bad at it, I get killed a bunch, pick squishy support classes that are no fun in PvP and so forth. And the first hour or so in WvWvW, I didn't have much fun. I ran out, got rolled, died, repeat. Then I started to figure it out a bit. What my role was. What was going on. And I'm about to pay GW2 a major compliment - this is what Warhammer Online should have been. Considering how much I loved WAR when it came out, that's high praise. There's just so much to do. The maps are huge. Want to help the team by securing some supplies? Get a small squad together and do it. Want to take some keeps? Get in with the zerg. Want to help the team and solo a bit? Go kill some of the monsters so that other monsters side with your team. Want to just run around and look at the vistas? Do it (though you need to avoid the zerg). Siege weapons work wonderfully and I had an absolute blast playing WvWvW last night. Yeah, some classes are more powerful than others, but this isn't a 1-on-1 game.

Technically, it worked great too. Even with dozens of players on my screen, I didn't have major problems with frame rate. I didn't get pulled through walls. I didn't fall through the earth. 3 Bright Wizards couldn't control the map. I was able to just have fun.

Crafting: I didn't do enough to really comment, though finding mats is a bit of a challenge. Looks interesting and people seem to be getting some decent stuff by crafting.

Overall: Now these are first impressions. I have no idea how the game holds up in 2 weeks or 2 months. But I've been burned out playing MMOs the last couple of years and with the Secret World and SWTOR, I was able to dismiss those during betas as not worthy of my time. GW2 feels different at this stage. I want to level...but for the first time ever in a MMO, I don't need to. I want to get better with my guardian, but I wouldn't mind taking a couple of other classes out for a test drive. I want to do some PvE instances, but there's so much to do in the world that I'm not in any hurry. Right now, I'm simply having fun. The endgame may suck. I don't know at this point. But I wouldn't mind leveling another character in this game, because it's such a great experience. And with no $15/mo fee, I can take a break and come back at my leisure. Right now, this game gets two huge thumbs-up from me.
34  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Jindal School Vouchers Called 'Destruction Of Education' By Religious Group on: August 09, 2012, 12:25:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 09, 2012, 05:43:19 AM

so, the vouchers let the parents choose where to send their kids?  is it really the State's fault if they want their kids to attend these institutions?

It's not the State's fault that bigots and morons want their kids to attend these institutions, but the State shouldn't be paying them to do it.
35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chick-fi-a Today on: August 01, 2012, 07:58:37 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 01, 2012, 07:17:08 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 01, 2012, 07:01:40 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 01, 2012, 06:49:07 PM

It makes me nauseous.

Are you sure that's not just the Chick-fil-a?

Chick-fil-a is delicious. Their leaders' point-of-view and charitable contributions are appalling. I'll have to find my fill of deliciousness elsewhere.


I'll just do what I did with Dominoes back in the 90s when their owner was funding anti-choice groups - no one from my household will eat there for any reason whatsoever. 

If others want to support bigoted, narrow-minded views, then that's their prerogative.  It's also my prerogative to call them narrow-minded bigots. 
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: July 30, 2012, 08:39:49 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 30, 2012, 07:14:55 PM

Are they going to have to schedule more shooting now?  

No, they have 3 movies in the can.  I'm sure they'll have some pickup shots, but they have all the footage.  Of course, they should since they shot for 266 days.  LOTR was 274 days, so don't be too concerned about any lack of footage.   icon_biggrin
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2 returning, more Lucasarts classics coming? on: July 06, 2012, 03:36:38 PM

Quote from: Atheist on July 06, 2012, 03:33:11 PM

Quote from: Greggy_D on July 03, 2012, 12:23:06 AM

Curious to see if there is:

1. Native Widescreen
2. HD Remake
3. Win 7 x64 compatibility
4. New KOTOR 2 ending  icon_biggrin

I'd love to see them actually fix the last world.  Aside from that, I loved Kotor II

KOTOR II was fixed by Darth Stoney's mod, including the last world.  They even got the mech factory back in.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead State: The Zombie Survival RPG on: July 04, 2012, 11:09:48 PM
This is the first kickstarter I've supported.  The game looks and sounds awesome.  The December, 2013 date gave me concern, but this is a project I'd really like to play.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: June 22, 2012, 07:08:03 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 22, 2012, 06:56:09 PM

Worse - if you had high galactic readiness at the time, it's probably crappy now, so you need to go play a bunch of MP.

Or just download the free app and bump it up in a day or two.

No one has been harder on the ending than I, but I'll give this a go.  It's free and the last time I played a changed ending (the FO3 DLC), it was well worth it.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! God & Kings! on: June 20, 2012, 12:36:51 PM
That still doesn't come close to "broken", ydejin.  Not using one branch of one era of military units effectively isn't anywhere near broken.  MOO3 was broken.  Elemental was the epitome of broken.  Ultima 8 was broken.  Empire:TW was broken in multiple ways (game crashing bugs, ATI cards couldn't load the game, the AI didn't have any code to undertake seaborne invasions).  Civ V's issues don't come anywhere near those. 

Remember, I'm of the mindset that Civ IV >>> Civ V.  That doesn't make Civ V a bad game though.  Civ IV just happens to be the best TBS game of all time in my book.  If I were still writing reviews on games, I'd have given Civ V somewhere between an 82-85 (or a Silver award on GamesDomain) - not the Gold award level that I gave SMAC many years ago.  Who knows, maybe Sid Meier told him to fuck off sometime in the past or maybe the bribe check for a good review bounced.  But when there's 70 reviews and there's one that's 20 points lower than the 2nd lowest score, that's someone with an obvious axe to grind. 

Oh, interestingly enough, that's about the same score I'd have given Civ IV vanilla.  It was only the BtS expansion that somehow made all the pieces of that game fit perfectly.  There are so many broken/lousy systems in that game, yet it somehow all works brilliantly.  I probably have over 1,000 hours invested in Civ IV - I've won with every leader in that game.  At least twice.   eek

Let's get back to actual experiences on playing Civ V.

I played the expansion for about 4 hours last night and I have to say I'm liking it - a lot - so far. The whole religion aspect gives a new dimension to the game, though one I don't fully understand yet. But still, it's a new "arrow in the quiver" and a pretty large on at that. I'm just now getting to some espionage, but that looks a little more tacked on since you don't even play that from the regular map. But given the annoyances with spying in Civ 4, maybe that's not a bad thing. The new tech tree offers some good choices so I don't feel as constrained as before.

But it's not just the new toys. It's the whole host of tweaks that matter the most. Like the free settler bonus in the Liberty tree. Because it's buried deeper, it's no longer the "chop rush/Oracle" strategy of Civ V - you know, the automatic one you lead off with every time. Or that siege units don't take resources, allowing a resource-poor nation to actually mount an attack. Or the new bowmen, which fills a needed gap. Or the unit HPs being increased to 100 - it's not THAT different, but it does change things somewhat - battles feel a touch more epic. Siege weapons are now awesome against cities, but so unbelievably weak against regular units. You got to get them in, set up and you will lose one or two during the course of a city siege.  All of those little changes make sense and improve the same in a myriad of ways.  I don't think I've stumbled across one yet that I didn't think improved the original game.

REX has been the dominant strategy in every Civ. I think Civ V probably gives players the most options if they don't want to REX than any in the series. And for those of us who like to build large, expansive empires, at least it's a little easier now. Before, with happiness so damned scarce, anything more than 4-5 cities was often impossible. But resources are still grouped, so REXing still requires trading partners to pull off. That requires diplomacy and having some friends, something that wasn't always necessary in prior versions of the Civ series.  So you still can't expand willy-nilly, but it is a bit easier now.  That helps for those of us who really like city specialization.

The AI still isn't great, but I think it's improved. Suleiman launched a very early attack on one of my cities. It happened that the city was relatively undefended, so I got to watch him set up his units around the city. He set up everything right. Of course, what he didn't count on was my units coming from other cities on the flanks of his attacks (my units happened to be above and below that city, so I didn't come from behind it as any opponent would expect). When I simultaneously hit him on both sides, he was in big trouble and I quickly decimated his units. He was smart enough to pull back and sue for peace before I launched a counterattack - gave me some gold and some resources and then quickly asked for a statement of friendship. I thought that was pretty decently smart of the AI - it knew that it was in a bad way and decided to cut it's losses before I could counterattack and make things much worse. And since I was worried about the Austrians to my north, I took the deal.

But it's still not great. Later on, I took on the Austrians and they were pretty pathetic. I pretty much rolled them. Of course, they had been in a few conflicts and with only a couple of cities, there wasn't much they could do. The AI had a couple of chances to take out a couple of my archers, but then again they'd have lost those units the next turn, so I'm not sure if that was just bad AI or just a very weak opponent.

Overall - I'm having a great time. I liked Civ V (I had 100 hours in it after all), but this just feels more "complete". I have more choices and I don't feel locked into one or two paths. I can REX again, but I'm still limited by the happiness. I'll need another 20 hours or so to make a final determination, but so far so good.
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