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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! God & Kings! on: June 19, 2012, 12:27:47 PM

Quote from: ydejin on June 19, 2012, 12:12:35 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on June 19, 2012, 11:56:38 AM

Quote from: ydejin on June 19, 2012, 02:38:07 AM

I could see giving a high 70s score to a game that was very interesting, but the AI was broken.  Or if you really thought the game mechanics were great, maybe even an 80.  But a 90+ score for a game with an AI that can't even handle the game mechanics.  No way.

Those 90 scores were off a lot more than Tom Chick was.  Any reviewer that gives a 90 to a game were the AI can't play a moderately skilled human opponent and is making incredibly stupid mistakes like placing generals alone and unguarded is not worth whatever they are getting paid.  I've beaten Civ V on Diety.  I've never beaten another Civ game above the Emperor level.  The Civ V AI at release was just awful.

You realize that high 70s or an 80 is a lot closer to a 90 than a 50, right?

Anyone who gave Civ V a score over 80 was either a chump or a stooge.  Really the fact that you're citing Metacritic's 90 score as a sign of Civ V's release quality is more a sign of how broken professional game critics are than anything else.

Are you denying that the game's tactical AI was pitiful at release?  Are you denying that many features of the game (such as anti-aircraft guns) simply weren't useful/relevant because of the poor state of the game AI at release?  If you aren't denying that, how can you in any way complain about a reviewer giving a 50 to a game that is essentially broken?

If anything we should want more critics to pound on games that are poor at release, maybe it will make game companies stop releasing stuff until it's ready.  

Here's another game that was broken at release that has a 90 on MetaCritic: [ulr=http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/empire-total-war]Empire: Total War[/url].  Turns out that the AI couldn't handle naval combat or overseas empires -- kind of a problem given that that's what the game was named after.  

Is this the quality of strategy games that you want the industry releasing?  If not, stop touting the 90+ scores and take a look at why an honest review might decide that these kind of strategy games don't deserve a good score unless their AI can actually play a reasonable game.

Nice try in shifting tactics.  Let me know when 50 is closer to 80 than 90 is.  But I'll play along.

As far as the rest of it, the AI in every Civ game hasn't been good and Civ V was no exception.  There were (and remain) issues with the AI's treatment of tactical combat.  It still put up a decent challenge, still worked, didn't crash, etc.  But that's a far, far cry from the game being "broken".  Elemental was broken.  The hyperbole of trying to claim Civ V was/is "broken" doesn't serve you well.  
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! God & Kings! on: June 19, 2012, 11:56:38 AM

Quote from: ydejin on June 19, 2012, 02:38:07 AM

I could see giving a high 70s score to a game that was very interesting, but the AI was broken.  Or if you really thought the game mechanics were great, maybe even an 80.  But a 90+ score for a game with an AI that can't even handle the game mechanics.  No way.

Those 90 scores were off a lot more than Tom Chick was.  Any reviewer that gives a 90 to a game were the AI can't play a moderately skilled human opponent and is making incredibly stupid mistakes like placing generals alone and unguarded is not worth whatever they are getting paid.  I've beaten Civ V on Diety.  I've never beaten another Civ game above the Emperor level.  The Civ V AI at release was just awful.

You realize that high 70s or an 80 is a lot closer to a 90 than a 50, right?
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! God & Kings! on: June 18, 2012, 11:18:59 PM

Quote from: skystride on June 18, 2012, 09:01:13 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on June 18, 2012, 08:49:36 PM

Quote from: skystride on June 18, 2012, 08:38:14 PM

He is a bit of a TBS game grognard though so you'd think his opinion might be useful when it comes to a game like Civilization.

If you think Civilization V was a 50/100 type of game, then by all means, read his shtick.  If you think that grading Civ V lower than Elemental is ludicrous, then you probably won't get much out of his reviews and nor should you.  Does anyone think that it's just coincidence that his score on Gods and Kings is half the consensus Metacritic score?  Of course not.  He shit all over Civ V and now he has to justify it on the expansion.  

As I said, he's the Armond White of game reviewers.

Do you read the text or do you just go by scores?  His complaints about AI are pretty much universally accepted by everyone who played Civ 5.  If he's saying that nothing has been improved in that department, that's relevant information for me affecting my buying decision of the expansion.

If you have a hangnail, do you carry on like you broke your arm?  If you have a broken arm, do you carry on like it's terminal cancer?  That's Chick's reviews in a nutshell.

I don't want to turn this into the Tom Chickenshit thread, but just realize how far out of the mainstream he is on his reviews. 
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! God & Kings! on: June 18, 2012, 08:49:36 PM

Quote from: skystride on June 18, 2012, 08:38:14 PM

He is a bit of a TBS game grognard though so you'd think his opinion might be useful when it comes to a game like Civilization.

If you think Civilization V was a 50/100 type of game, then by all means, read his shtick.  If you think that grading Civ V lower than Elemental is ludicrous, then you probably won't get much out of his reviews and nor should you.  Does anyone think that it's just coincidence that his score on Gods and Kings is half the consensus Metacritic score?  Of course not.  He shit all over Civ V and now he has to justify it on the expansion. 

As I said, he's the Armond White of game reviewers.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Oatmeal gets sued - raising a $20K FU on: June 18, 2012, 07:22:01 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 18, 2012, 07:09:18 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 13, 2012, 07:08:22 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 13, 2012, 05:34:11 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 13, 2012, 04:44:55 PM

Quote from: Kagath on June 12, 2012, 03:16:39 PM

Is this the same Oatmeal from the GG/OO/GT sites?

Are you maybe thinking of TheMeal?

By the way, it seems the asshat lawyer is trying to get the charity drive shut down now.

That's sure to be popular.

That clinches his chances of being Dick of the Year


Apparently, he's no longer content with just Dick of the Year and is going for a Lifetime Achievement.  

He is now suing The Oatmeal, The National Wildlife Federation and The American Cancer Society.

I hope he enjoys paying fees after the inevitable and successful SLAPP countersuit.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! God & Kings! on: June 18, 2012, 05:27:24 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 18, 2012, 04:51:34 PM

Quote from: ydejin on June 10, 2012, 11:22:10 PM

Here is the best summary of Civ V: Gods and Kings that I've seen.  It should give you a very good idea of exactly what is getting added.  What it won't tell you is what they've managed to fix from the original game.


On that point, Tom Chick is absolutely savaging the expansion.

Quote from: Tom Chick
Some new units make an appearance, and most notably the naval balance has been reworked. Itís hard for me to care about this when the computer is still incapable of playing the game as designed. Mongolia throws units after unit into my defenses, so I couldnít care less what the units are. France parks armies underneath ranged fire and waits for them to die, so what does it matter if I kill them with a new tank or a biplane bomber? Siam marches its generals up to my front lines. Carthage declares war on me and never send a single unit against me. If you want to play a game about civilizations shuffling their armies around ineffectually, Civilization V remains the game for you, and now it has new units to shuffle around ineffectually.


-Autistic Angel

Tom Chick wouldn't know a good game if it hit him in the nose.  He's the same asswipe who gave Civ V a 50 (Metacritic: 90) Fallout 3: NV a "F" and shat all over Skyrim.  Essentially, if it's a blockbuster PC release, either Chick drools all over it or shits all over it - there's no middle ground.  But if it's an indie release, he just drools all over it.  He's the Armond White of game reviewers, and that's not a good thing.  
47  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: June 15, 2012, 08:03:50 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 15, 2012, 07:41:20 PM

Rift seems to be humming a long pretty well. I don't subscribe anymore, but I still get their emails and it seems like they are constantly adding nice new content. They've announced their expansion as well.

RIFT is doing well.  I just stopped playing recently and it has a pretty lively community.  LOTRO is another very good MMO.  As far as MMOs go, right now I think RIFT is probably the best of the bunch.  That is until Guild Wars 2 is released.

Yeah, and that expansion is huge.  They're tripling the size of the world.   eek
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lance Armstrong to be charged with doping by USADA on: June 14, 2012, 12:46:15 PM
Does anyone give a flying fuck anymore?  Besides, it's not like they weren't all doping back then anyway, so it was a level playing field.
49  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Americans unhappy with Supreme Court on: June 11, 2012, 08:16:59 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 09, 2012, 02:30:17 AM

Put me in the Disapprove camp, especially since the Citizens United decision turned elections over to the highest bidders.

Does anyone believe that the forthcoming ruling on Obamacare will be rooted more in law than in politics?

Does anyone believe that virtually every decision since Bush vs. Gore has been rooted more in law than in politics?
50  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: June 11, 2012, 03:53:29 PM

Quote from: Jag on June 11, 2012, 02:52:14 PM

I really should have played classes I won't play at release, the problem was I really didn't like playing them, so I went back to my 2 starting classes, Guardian and Elem.

It surprised the hell out of me that I enjoyed the Ranger as much as I did.  I've never been able to play a bow/pet class - I've always found them boring as hell.  In fact, the level 18 GW2 character is the highest I've ever managed to level one of those.

Guardian is going to be my first class on launch - a melee/bubble class sounds right up my alley.
51  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: June 11, 2012, 02:39:57 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 11, 2012, 02:36:10 PM

Man, I put in a ton of time this weekend.  Got to try all the classes. Such a fun game.

+1, though I only tried one class (Ranger) I have no intentions of playing at release.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Endless Space (new TBS 4X) on: June 06, 2012, 02:58:49 PM
I've been playing this for about a month now.  I haven't played since the major beta changes were released, but so far I've been thoroughly impressed.  There are problems and there are holes, but it was an alpha.  So complaining about balance (like overpowered missiles) dumb AI or diplomacy just doesn't seem fair that this stage.  But the core game was already very solid - lots of options, good interface, strategy, etc.  It has more personality than GalCiv 2 in many ways (no "Laser 2" techs) and seemed to strike the right balance between depth and playability.

I'm eager to give the beta a go in the next week or two.  But at the alpha stage, I've been impressed.  This feels like it might really be the successor to MOO more than any other 4x space game I've played in the last 15 years.
53  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Risk of non-citizen voters at center of election year struggle on: June 04, 2012, 03:07:15 PM
I actually don't have a problem with states using the DHS database to check on legal status.

But in this case, it's not hard to read between the lines.  As AA pointed out, Republicans have been actively trying to suppress the vote for years and there are literally dozens of examples to be had.  If someone doesn't recognize this, then they're an ostrich.  The whole effort over Voter ID isn't about fraud since there's never any examples they can point to.  It's largely about putting up barriers to entry in poor and minority districts that tend to vote Democratic. 

For example, when a study showed that 1/2 of the students at Benedict College in SC (a historically black college) didn't have the required ID for SC and wouldn't be able to vote if their law stands, one of the strategists of the SC Republican Caucus said that's why the law was needed - not because they shouldn't vote, but that now they wouldn't be able to.  Or that the GOP in Ohio tried to pass (it was pulled after it became apparent that a voter referendum wouldn't support it) a law that would have forbid poll workers from trying to help people find their correct voting place - the 2nd most common reason for a tossed ballot.  Guess who that would impact most?  Or how the GOP passed a law preventing early access voting in Ohio a week before the voting weekend...the election night robocalls in MD telling people to take it easy and not vote to 50,000 people in Democratic districts...

The timing of getting this done now isn't coincidental either.  They've had 4 years to deal with this issue since the last Presidential election.  Trying to do it 6 months in advance of the general election isn't simply an accident - there's no doubt in my mind that if these Republicans had their way, 180,000 Floridians in largely Democratic districts would be wiped off the roles with no good notification system so that when they showed up to vote they'd simply be ineligible. 

Oh, and this gives a bit more information:  http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/florida-gop-takes-voter-supression-to-a-brazen-new-extreme-20120530

The GOP Campaign Slogan: If you can't beat 'em, cheat 'em!
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I ended up in the hospital yesterday on: May 26, 2012, 06:37:11 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 26, 2012, 05:35:11 PM

So the visit to the Cardiologist went well.  They did an EKG and it looked exactly the same as my previous one.  He says that might just be normal for me, and as predicted in this thread, it was likely a "vasovagal event".  To confirm, he's putting me through a "Nuclear Stress Test" on Tuesday.  Isotope in the blood, run on the treadmill, rinse repeat for 4 hours - sounds awesome.  I feel fine now - just a little tired.  I'm hoping that that all passes quickly - E3 is just around the corner. 

Oh, and no...not buying a sports car and getting a girlfriend....I did just buy a CX-5 though.  The girlfriend thing might get me killed though...

Awesome, Ron.  Glad you're feeling better.  Just get some rest - the stress of such a situation can take a lot out of you.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I ended up in the hospital yesterday on: May 24, 2012, 06:08:28 PM
Hope you feel better soon, Ron!





(but if you don't, can I have your stuff?)   icon_lol

*runs from the room, ducking from the rotten tomatoes*
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 22, 2012, 01:43:18 PM
Major gripe time:

Itemization is just beyond screwed up.  I had an Orange (Legendary) level 10 two-handed Monk weapon drop (Daibo) and I equipped it...briefly. After a minute I went back to my two blue fist weapons. What a frigging waste.  So I looked at the AH and at some posts online and it seems to be screwed across the board.

A lot of the magic in the Diablo series was having that new Green/Gold item turn up that you generally knew was going to be an upgrade over the blue you were holding. Opening your inventory to look at it was like opening a Christmas present. Occasionally you got socks, but other times you got the new awesome GI Joe with the Kung-Fu Grip. Looking for that next special color to flip up kept a lot of people playing just a little bit more (or a lot more). With itemization this screwed, that magic is lost and the game is really diminished.
 
I'm still having fun, having polished off Act III, but I hope they get some of this stuff sorted out soon.  Of course, knowing Blizzard, it'll take forever and a day to get fixed.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your street name? on: May 21, 2012, 06:39:28 PM
My street name is hepcat, but some asshole stole that here, so I had to come up with another one.     icon_twisted
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 21, 2012, 01:46:52 PM
Well, for good or bad, my sister didn't cancel the gift preorder from Christmas and Amazon finally got around to delivering D3 on Saturday, so I'm in.

I've always enjoyed playing Diablo solo and so that's how I've decided to roll for now. I've had bad experiences with Diablo multiplayer, so that's not something I want to tackle at this point. I picked the Monk, largely because that's what I played in AD&D and in the Baldur's Gate games. The story/voice acting/cut scenes are good, graphics ok, atmosphere generally fine, voice acting ok, some of the skills are interesting, etc. I'm deep into Act III, so obviously I spent a fair amount of time with it yesterday and it was generally pretty fun. It's Diablo. Again. Welcome back my old friend.

But I guess that's the concern. It doesn't feel like anything is new. It's Diablo. Again. I've basically been sleepwalking through the first 3 Acts while using the fairly simplistic skill system to mix things up occasionally. Hell, I wasn't even using the supposedly overpowered melee skill for the Monk (Crippling Wave) because I didn't need to - the whole thing has been pretty much a cakewalk. The one death was my stupidity - running headlong into 50 or so mobs, 3 of whom can Jail you, is a good way to get killed. The crafting hasn't produced much interesting yet. So I'm wondering if the game has any long-term legs for me. Will I want to play again after winning with my Monk? Will I want to try a harder difficulty? Will a new class keep me interested? I'm not sure. One of the main things that Diablo I had going for it was that it was randomized, so the dungeons were always different. I'm not sure how much I'll miss that in a future D3 game. I got months of game play from the original Diablo. The Jury is out whether or not I'll get weeks from D3. We'll see. It's Diablo. Again.

I avoided the messy launch issues on Tues/Wed, which is good. Those were some of the same issues I experienced back during the Beta - interesting how those same things cropped back up on release. I did experience a bit of ghosting and warping, which is annoying as hell. Nothing like beating on a mob right next to you, seeing his health bar never go down and then seeing that mob warped 15 feet away from you a few seconds later. But that's been really the only issue, which is a welcome change from the issues seen in beta and many people encountered during release.

TLDR version; fun for now, we'll see about the future.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: May 14, 2012, 02:33:53 PM
Go for it Scraper!

I don't think I could knock out 100 in a row, but when I do P90X Chest and Back, I'm usually clocking in between 230-260 push ups for the entire routine.

I'd also recommend not just going with pure push up counts, but varying the types of push ups.  Hands far apart, close together, staggered, chest fly pushups, declines, etc.  They all will work your chest, shoulders and triceps in different ways. 
60  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: May 14, 2012, 02:28:06 PM

Quote from: Arkon on May 11, 2012, 06:39:12 PM

If folks thought SWTOR looked bad, the Secret World is much worse.  If your cut scenes are going to have such pitiful voice acting, terrible lip syncing and really bad graphics...just don't do the cut scenes.

Combat lacks any sort of feedback and feeling of "oomph" for lack of a better term, at least in the early going.  I had to pick up a shotgun to use, the default attack with it has nearly 0 visual impact, I couldn't even tell half the time if it was actually firing, in part because I had no clue if I was even in range of what I was trying to hit.  There was no kick to the gun at all.

I was so bored by the end of the roughly half hour I had played I quit in the middle of a mission because there was nothing giving me any sort of desire to keep going.

That about sums up my feelings as well.

I like the concept, but the execution just didn't do it for me.
61  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time on: May 08, 2012, 01:41:21 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 08, 2012, 02:26:20 AM

You use "dur hur" as a basis of argument and then pretend to care what I think?

That's enough food for you, I think.



Ah, the old Brettmcd tactic - get pissy, act wounded when someone returns the favor and don't answer any questions.  Ok.
62  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time on: May 07, 2012, 05:40:22 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 07, 2012, 03:43:38 PM

... or how the natives saved the lives of the plaque-bringers when they first landed and were ill-equipped to handle the weather here.

You know, because we SAVED them. Roll Eyes

I'm sure the grain and sugars that we then brought forth didn't wreak havoc with the diet, etc or using the native tribes against each other fighting US vs Britain, Britain vs. France, etc...
Or you know, the systematic and deliberate hunting of the native americans to the extinction of their culture.

Even if 90% died of infections, How would you justify the remaining 10%. A rounding error?

Well, that would mean that 100% died and that didn't happen. 

And as for the rest of your dur hur post, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.  Not to mention that the UN's supposed report isn't going to concentrate on issues that happened to people who are no longer alive perpetrated by those who are no longer alive.  Ya know, since there's not much chance for a productive discussion between those two groups.   Roll Eyes

So let's back off Fantasyland and back to the supposed purpose of the UN's "investigation" - the current state of Native Americans.  Do you realistically think that any findings from any UN panel will carry any significant weight in the US Government?  Even if the findings are damning beyond expectations, do you think there's any realistic chance that the UN can and will do any significant damage to the US - economically or politically - over such findings?  Because in the real world, the answers are simple - no and no.
63  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: May 07, 2012, 03:06:00 PM
Seems another round of beta invites went out for this today...

 ninja
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: May 07, 2012, 01:15:03 PM
Saw this on Saturday.  Really, really awesome flick.  It ranks right up there with The Dark Knight and Iron Man as one of the best superhero movies of all time and is just a superb summer action movie. 
65  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time on: May 07, 2012, 01:11:57 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 06, 2012, 09:32:41 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 06, 2012, 04:54:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 06, 2012, 07:30:02 AM

Blackaddar,

I'd have not replied at all, but I wouldn't want you to think I was being rude and ignoring you. You make assumptions of what I think, and rather than correct them I acknowledge your comments, disagree, and withdraw from talking about it.

I had a big response written up, but I think the important thing is the OP - this is to bring visibility to a deficiency in human rights and that's where my interest starts and stops. Genocide is genocide - it doesn't matter what the victims look like or to which deity they pray. I hope this action can see some level-headed and appropriate resolution to the injustices.

Generally, neither those who committed the discrimination nor those who were discriminated against are alive today.  And as for genocide, Mother Nature was responsible for 90% of that.  So what "resolution" do you foresee?  

Mother nature responsible for the native north americans dying? Really? saywhat

I see no point in replying further. Clearly the natives all stubbed their toes and died of gangrene.

Absolutely.  90% of the Native Americans died due to diseases of which they had no immunity to and were unknowingly carried by Europeans - things like Chicken Pox, Smallpox, the Bubonic Plague and Typhus.  That's Mother Nature's doing and not man.  If you don't understand that very basic fact, then you're right in that you shouldn't reply further.  

I'd suggest you begin reading Guns, Germs and Steel.  
http://www.amazon.com/Guns-Germs-Steel-Fates-Societies/dp/0393061310/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336396009&sr=8-1  

It shows how the Eurasians's ability to domestic animals led to the creation of these diseases and their subsequent immunity, which was not shared by other populations who then succumbed to those same diseases when the populations crossed paths.
66  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time on: May 06, 2012, 04:54:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 06, 2012, 07:30:02 AM

Blackaddar,

I'd have not replied at all, but I wouldn't want you to think I was being rude and ignoring you. You make assumptions of what I think, and rather than correct them I acknowledge your comments, disagree, and withdraw from talking about it.

I had a big response written up, but I think the important thing is the OP - this is to bring visibility to a deficiency in human rights and that's where my interest starts and stops. Genocide is genocide - it doesn't matter what the victims look like or to which deity they pray. I hope this action can see some level-headed and appropriate resolution to the injustices.

Generally, neither those who committed the discrimination nor those who were discriminated against are alive today.  And as for genocide, Mother Nature was responsible for 90% of that.  So what "resolution" do you foresee?  
67  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Stickies? on: May 04, 2012, 03:13:42 PM
It may be time for some new ones, but the last time any of those were used was last year, so I'd say dump the existing stickies.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Amazing Spider-Man on: May 04, 2012, 01:05:34 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 04, 2012, 12:16:27 AM

That looks awful.

+1

Maybe it'll be good, but right now...meh.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just saw the Beach Boys in concert at St Augustine FL on: May 03, 2012, 12:25:41 PM
Saw them 2 or 3 times when they played on the Mall for free during the 4th of July in DC (back in the 80s).  They were pretty awesome.  thumbsup
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: May 01, 2012, 05:08:05 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 01, 2012, 04:31:23 PM

Good stuff.

Good stuff Pete.  I agree that any fitness >>> no fitness, but I also believe that some of us have a tendency to work out too hard and burn ourselves out.  I know that if I don't feel like I'm really pushing the edge, I don't feel like it's a worthwhile workout.  It's taken years for me to listen to my body and actually tone down the workouts for a while before ramping up the intensity from time to time.  I've done P90, P90X, TurboFire, Insanity, Peak Fit Challenge and many other programs.  But I do much better when I rotate in and out of difficult programs versus trying to go at peak intensity every single day.  Now maybe El doesn't have that issue, but it's something that I always caution against because of my own tendencies.    

The workout program I suggested (X-Factor) is very much like that You Are Your Own Gym program.  In fact, the Dirty Dogs are done starting Week 2 (I think).  In terms of no-equipment strength/core work, I've never seen a better DVD set than that one.  It's all Core/Strength/Explosion work.
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DareDevil and Fantastic Four Movies on: May 01, 2012, 02:32:18 PM
They need to reboot FF anyway.  The casting in that movie - especially Reed and Sue - was downright awful.  Storm and Thing weren't bad, but anytime the movie focused on Reed and Sue (and their relationship), it came to a grinding halt.  Ioan Gruffudd just doesn't carry the weight or depth of Reed Richards.  He always looks like a Jr. High School kid working on a science experiment instead of a genius on par with Tony Stark.  And Jessica Alba was absolutely miserable playing Sue, who came across like a frat girl most of the time.

Then again, the plots weren't very good either.

And Daredevil was just awful.  I kind of liked Michael Clark Duncan as Kingpin, but beyond that it was a giant piece of shit.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: May 01, 2012, 12:17:40 PM

Quote from: rickfc on April 30, 2012, 08:42:00 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on April 30, 2012, 07:30:31 PM

I'm starting the Insanity workouts, as I borrowed from a friend.  That starts tonight so we'll see how it goes!

I will completely disagree with Blackadar and say that Insanity is awesome. I lost well over 25lbs the first time I did it, and am already ~4lbs down again (3 weeks in).

I will agree that the workouts are incredibly difficult. IMO, in order to see the results, you need to not only follow the workout routine, but also a nutrition plan to complement it. You don't necessarily have to follow the recipes that come with the program, but there is a formula to calculate the amount of calories you should take in daily based on your level of activity, weight, etc.

Once, and if, you get through the 60 days of Insanity, they have Insanity: The Asylum, which is even harder, and can achieve better results in 30 days.

The results are typical of any exercise program that you'd get if you followed the diet plan since for most people it's 80% diet and 20% workouts.  The point is that you don't have to work that hard to achieve the results and Insanity isn't based off of any decent science.  It's just a "go full tilt until you puke" method of working out, which increases the risk of injury and provides no more benefit than HIIT, Tabata or even typical Interval training (where you do get rest).  But to each his/her own and if it worked for you, congrats.  You're one of the few I've spoken to for whom the program actually worked.

Also, Asylum isn't harder.  Different, but not harder.  If anything, it's easier and a bit more fun.  Some of the ladder work is a real blast.
73  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 30, 2012, 08:36:18 PM
Excellent write up, Booner.   thumbsup
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: April 30, 2012, 07:56:52 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on April 25, 2012, 02:15:45 PM

Cool, I may have to try Insanity it sounds perfect.  Shorter workouts, and no equipment.  Perhaps I'll combine it with running/cycling, like 2 or 3 Insanity workouts a week.

Insanity sucks.  I can't put it any differently - it's an awful program.  Not just for difficulty, though it's incredibly difficult.  It's that there's no real science behind it.  You work at maximum effort for 30-40 minutes, but there's no reason to do so.  You will see your cardio conditioning go up, but you may not see anything else - no muscle definition, no weight loss, nada.  I did it for 30 days and didn't lose a pound.  So to work that hard for minimal benefit because it's not based on any kind of science just sucks.

By the way, it's not just me.  I'm on a website called Video Fitness, which is a very large fitness forum that has everyone from users to trainers.  So the knowledge level of the users there is very high.  The general consensus over there is that Insanity is a horribly designed program.  A few users got results, but the large majority did not and hated it.  The dread factor creeps in with Insanity after a couple of weeks and gets worse as time goes on.  If there's a gym in hell, they're doing Insanity.

Maybe it will work for you, but I'm glad you didn't shell out any money for it.  FYI, the follow up to Insanity is Asylum which was received more positively.  

If you don't like Insanity, I'd recommend the Weider X-Factor.  It's all body weight, has extremely effective core work, the workouts are 35-45 minutes, very effective for both cardio and core and runs $30 for about 10 DVDs.  In terms of workout bargains, it's really high on the list.  You can get it for $30 or so from Walmart/Target or places like that.  As someone who works out to DVDs 5 days a week, it's the best bang for my buck that I've ever purchased.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warlock: Master of the Arcane on: April 29, 2012, 10:13:13 PM
I've put some extensive time into the demo and I entirely disagree with Hrothgar - this game is weak.  I love TBS strategy games, but not this one.  

The game looks and feels like a Civ V mod and that's not necessarily bad, but this feels like a dumbed-down amateur mod.  Instead of having a tech tree, you have a pretty paltry set of spells to research.  I could deal with that, but the spell animations are pretty weak and sometimes it's tough to even figure out if the spell did anything.  Otherwise, it's like HOMM - build structures to build certain types of units.  Again, that's not necessarily bad, but there's very little real strategy involved in picking which building to build next.  The diplomacy options are pathetic - there's nothing more than bribing characters to not attack you now.  So diplomacy may as well not exist.  As far as strategy goes, I don't think there's all that much there.  Yeah, choosing buildings to build (very limited by population caps) is pretty decent, but there doesn't seem to be any penalties for city spam or unit spam.  Spam more cities = more gold = more units = win.  It's that simple.  As such, there's very little strategy involved.

Simply put, it's a Civ 5 mod that's poorly thought through.  The AI and strategy portions are weak and so the game is boiled down to a city-spam, unit-spam game.  There's apparently no depth here.

Also, here's a Eurogamer preview that pretty much says the same thing:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-04-09-warlock-master-of-the-arcane-preview-reviving-microproses-magic
76  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time on: April 25, 2012, 08:05:26 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 25, 2012, 07:11:34 PM

I can understand the veto that they hold today - were the UN around in 1939 and Germany was a founding member (League of Nations is a different animal - let's not go there) - you think that the other founding nations PLUS the rest of the world would kowtow to a vested interest veto, regardless of military ability - especially after history has already taught that lesson in recent past?

Secondly, per GDP(2012), the US is ranked second behind the EU, and if you look at PPP (purchasing power parity), China is less than 4 points behind the US.

I think my point ultimately is that one can sit in a house on a mountaintop and consider oneself safe - even though one may be on a fault line. I -for one- disagree with how the natives of NA have been treated mistreated, and that isn't necessarily just by the government. I'm interested to see change and progress in this area, and I look forward to what the UN report has to say.

On your Nazi stuff:
1.  Godwin'd the thread.  Pity.  
2.  The actions against Nazi Germany only took place due to attacking other countries, not internal policies or politics.
3.  You're again mixing the actions of a body like the UN with the actions of individual countries.  So no, the UN wouldn't have done anything in 1939 besides fall apart.  The individual countries going to war would have their own treaties with each other, but not through a body like the UN.
4.  WMD's tend to change how countries react to each other in the modern age.

On your econ stuff:
1.  The EU isn't a country.  
2.  The accepted way economies are measured is in GDP and the US has twice the GDP of China.  
3.  PPP is used in calculating the foreign exchange rate, not the economic might of any given country.  If the yen falls by half against the US dollar, the Japanese aren't poorer by half.  So trying to use that to compare economies is an Econ 101 Fail.

On the UN/Native American Stuff:
1.  I have little faith that such an "investigation" is taking place without bias or prior intent.  I don't want to cast aspersions on James Anaya's intent here  but he is a vocal critic for NA rights and has pursued a number of court cases.  He's already stated that he's investigating to "identify needed reforms".  That's a search for a justification, not an investigation.  
2.  Whether his findings are relevant, fair and impartial really make no difference unless he's able to effect change within the US Government.  Trying to do so via an outside source like the UN is actually counterproductive, as it will be met with increased resistance because the politics of the US make it very resistant to change when pressured from outside sources.  
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: April 25, 2012, 07:27:45 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 25, 2012, 06:34:40 PM

Apparently the Hobbit is using a new 48 fps tech like motionplus and it looks like a soap opera dammit.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-57420795-10391698/the-hobbit-sneak-peek-gets-mixed-reaction-from-critics/

I'm not overly worried.  Some said Avatar's 3D wouldn't be impressive either.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The company I work for is being bought... on: April 25, 2012, 06:48:07 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 25, 2012, 06:43:40 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on April 25, 2012, 05:56:43 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 25, 2012, 04:03:32 PM

I am the sole technical instructor for my company, so to be honest I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

I don't want to be an alarmist and I hope this doesn't happen to you.  But in every buyout I've ever been a part of, the training team of the company being purchased was one of the first to be laid off.  There was an occasional survivor, but most of 'em were gone within a month.

Phew good thing you don't want to alarm me...

 crybaby

Sorry man, but perhaps it's better to be safe than sorry...throw out a couple of feelers out there in case you need a lifeline.  I hope you don't need one.
79  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 25, 2012, 05:57:47 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 25, 2012, 03:41:02 PM

I'm finishing my writeup today, but we'll have ooooh.....around 300GB of video to share with you guys over the next few days before the beta opens, plus my writeup, and over 100 minutes of interviews.  Yea...we're doing it up like that.

Don't keep us in suspense.  Thumbs up or down?  Those of us on the preorder fence need a push one way or another!
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The company I work for is being bought... on: April 25, 2012, 05:56:43 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 25, 2012, 04:03:32 PM

I am the sole technical instructor for my company, so to be honest I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

I don't want to be an alarmist and I hope this doesn't happen to you.  But in every buyout I've ever been a part of, the training team of the company being purchased was one of the first to be laid off.  There was an occasional survivor, but most of 'em were gone within a month.
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