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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 20, 2015, 06:19:39 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 20, 2015, 04:38:18 PM

Just got to the episode with this quote:

http://tinyurl.com/kn5wfl2

I spit out my coffee.

Is that connected to the quote in my signature (which is also Britta)?
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: March 20, 2015, 06:02:59 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 20, 2015, 04:40:22 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 19, 2015, 09:54:24 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 19, 2015, 07:55:28 PM

Also all it takes to have a blast is 5 people

That's a massive requirement.

No, I think Massive is using four players for The Division. Could be wrong.

click
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who: the original series on: March 20, 2015, 04:19:34 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 20, 2015, 03:56:46 PM

I used to watch the old Dr Who with my dad all the time as a kid, and of course Tom Baker was the favorite of both of us.

I tried to watch one of the new Who's a few years ago and just really couldn't take it.  It has the problem of being a modern low budget sci fi show, which just makes everything look like terrible digital effects.  People say it has the same feel, but to me it was totally different and the worse for it.

When did you see it?  Their budget has increased pretty significantly as the show has become more and more popular.  I haven't heard anyone make that complaint before, actually.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: March 19, 2015, 09:54:24 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 19, 2015, 07:55:28 PM

Also all it takes to have a blast is 5 people

That's a massive requirement.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This is my thread on: March 19, 2015, 07:23:03 PM
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who: the original series on: March 19, 2015, 12:24:51 PM
The only caveat on watching New Who is to make it through the WWII creepy gas mask kid episodes.  The show doesn't really start clicking until then.  It's still a little uneven after that, but knowing how good it can be will keep you around.

The WWII eps were also the first written by Steven Moffat who quickly became a fan favorite and wrote some of the best episodes, including "Blink" and if you make it to that one, you won't stop watching.

Moffat is now the producer of the show, such was his rise over there.  There are positives and negatives to that, though.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This is my thread on: March 19, 2015, 12:15:05 PM
Thanks for starting this thread for me, Ironrod.

As he said, this is my thread.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 18, 2015, 07:51:40 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 18, 2015, 06:14:50 PM

Pixels - Official Trailer (HD) - Summer 2015

More 80's gaming nostalgia. Though I would prefer a movie based on Ready Player One.

You mean the movie based on Ready Player One.  They are making one.

I thought this looked pretty terrible.  I was excited for this movie, but I didn't know it was an Adam Sandler movie.  His appearance made my expectations sink. And then Kevin James appeared...
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 18, 2015, 07:48:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 18, 2015, 07:46:35 PM

I've owned and played real guitars for most of my life but somehow that didn't stop Guitar Hero and Rock Band from being fun to play.  I guess if you're skilled enough to learn any new song in a matter of minutes and have extremely accessible bandmates you can have arrive at your house at will it might make Rock Band a little redundant, but I think it will be a while before I hit that point.

Even then, you'd still need to hire a crowd to cheer or boo you, as appropriate.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 18, 2015, 04:01:06 AM
I've only watched the first one, and I loved it.

But, man, Yahoo Screen is a pain in the ass.  I'm watching on the 360 (first of all, lame that it's not on a current gen console), and the sound was off, so I switched back from full screen to see if there were options, and it restarted the entire episode.  So I had to fast forward and rewind, with nothing but a time stamp to go by.  And then the Yahoo Screen menu was stuck on the screen and in trying to get rid of it, I backed out and had to start AGAIN.  Ugh.  Good thing I like this show.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 18, 2015, 03:56:31 AM
That's the one.  Ha!
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 17, 2015, 08:34:34 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 17, 2015, 07:26:30 PM

The juxtaposition of Eugene and Nicholas was heavy handed in this episode, but still great.  Eugene thinks he's a coward and isn't afraid to vocalize it, while Nicholas pretended to be braver than he really was.  When it came time to prove their claims, both men failed spectacularly.  In the case of Eugene, it showed everyone that he's a much better man than he lets on, while Nicholas...well...you know.

p.s. "I gotta send a fax to Cleveland" will forever be a part of my vocabulary.

That one took me a moment, then I guffawed.

Also, what was it that Abraham said when he started shooting zombies?
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 17, 2015, 07:16:28 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 17, 2015, 12:48:58 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 16, 2015, 06:23:14 PM

Yeah I'm also not sure what's going on with the priest story arc.  I totally don't remember what happened with him in the comic, but I never had the impression he went bonkers like this.

I think you need to reread the comics then.   icon_wink

Noah's death hit me harder than I expected.  The actor who played him has been a favorite of mine since his days on Everybody Hates Chris.  He made Noah his own and it was heartbreaking to see him go out like that after such a poignant scene at the beginning of the episode.   icon_cry

Yeah, I was surprised by the impact that had on me, too.  So much potential, and the death was so frustratingly pointless (not from a story point of view, of course).
94  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Dungeon Hunter 5 on: March 17, 2015, 07:12:36 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 17, 2015, 05:28:44 PM

Good write up, I personally say no to paid games with tons of IAP. 

I find IAP to be a cancer to portable gaming.

I say all that , because this game looks good otherwise

DH5 is free, not paid
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 17, 2015, 03:43:48 AM
I wondered what the normal response would be, too, but I think it would be more about getting her and the kid away from him.  Sure prosecution and whatever, but taking them out of the environment would have been paramount (and also still possible).

Just to be clear about the crazy thing, I was not saying they were all crazy in that trio.  I still think Carol is further gone than she lets on, but she started letting her guard down with the kid, and helping the owl woman could go a long way to recovery for her.  I was saying that someone was more f'ed up than was apparent, and it was going to be an (the) issue.  My money was on Carol (and maybe Maggie).  I wouldn't have pegged the priest.  And I still find his move to not make sense, so I hope we get an explanation in one of the next two episodes.

But don't kid yourself, when they were discussing the coup, that wasn't a contingency plan.  They may have been saying they'd see what was what first, but none of them believed it would go any other way.  The ball was already in motion.  Surprisingly, Daryl backed away first, though Rick was there, too and couldn't admit it to himself.  But it's only been this recent incident that paralleled her own life in the old world that has started turning Carol around.  

But in that meeting, Rick didn't say, "We'll have to take it over."  He said, "We'll take it from them."  That's not hero talk.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 16, 2015, 10:33:44 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 16, 2015, 06:23:14 PM

Yeah I'm also not sure what's going on with the priest story arc.  I totally don't remember what happened with him in the comic, but I never had the impression he went bonkers like this.  It definitely makes for an interesting curveball for the Alexandrians, to have the priest tell you the group is evil.  Everyone trusts a priest, right?   icon_wink

It's also interesting that a lot of the post-show analysis seems to revolve around someone in our group (Rick, Carol, Sasha, etc) to go "bonkers".  They certainly seem to have shown each of the main characters going unhinged at some point.  But ultimately I'm not sure that really matters - in this post-apoc world, unhinged is the new hinged, so to speak.  In spite of some of the choices they've made, our group is still portrayed as the "heroes" of the story.  When others don't listen to them, bad things happen.  When they let their guard down, bad things happen.  They are always the first to sense things going wrong, or anticipating the next bad thing to happen.  Or is the point that somehow they are ultimately bringing these bad things down upon them themselves?  I don't read it that way, but I guess you could make a case for that.

Anyway, just a fantastic show, albeit a bit too graphically gory this ep even for me. 

The story has definitely been indicating that if there's a bad apple in paradise, it's in Rick's group.  Of course they're the heroes, but they've also been put in a situation where they don't know how to handle themselves.  The most interesting aspect of all this (and what makes this the best arc in their history so far, AFAIC) is that the situation they don't know how to handle is essentially what the world was like before the shit hit the fan.

But apart from the Doucheson and now Dr. Wifebeater, there has been no evidence that this situation is anything other a group of good people trying to get back to what worked.  As far as Rick, Daryl and Carol knew at the time, that's what it was, too, but they still were plotting to stage a coup.  That's like trying to stage a coup in Mister Roger's Neighborhood (and I still think Mister McFeely would give you a much harder time than any of these people).

Of course, even the less than desirable original Alexandria members are just like the normal dicks you get in society today, which shouldn't be that different.  The problem, again, is that Rick and Co don't know how to deal with a normal world anymore.  And so, instead of a normal response to handle Dr. Wifebeater, they're just going to kill him.  This and the mayor's dead douche may lead to things coming to a head.  Given there are only two episodes left, that seems likely.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/17) on: March 16, 2015, 11:57:31 AM
I imagine I'll get Battlefield.  I'm a little reluctant after trying to play through the previous campaign 3 times.

I will be getting RE:R2 on disc, though maybe not quite yet.

And Mario Party 10 is kind of a must buy in our house.

Elliot Quest is heading to the Wii U eshop, and that looks good.

Also I hear that Jamestown+ is coming to PS4 this week. This is an excellent game.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 16, 2015, 11:50:41 AM

Quote from: naednek on March 16, 2015, 06:05:15 AM

Quick question

Spoiler for Hiden:
What did Deanna's son say to Glen before he was chewed up?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Something along the lines of "They weren't the ones who panicked. We did."  It was a deathbed confession, meaning the people they lost on the previous patrols didn't die for not following orders, but were left in the proverbial revolving door.

Now, can someone tell me what I'm not remembering that made Gabriel be such a dick?  Did he just decide that since the priest thing wasn't working out he'd be evil?  I don't get his motivation at all.  His reaction so blindsided me that I felt sure I had missed or forgotten something.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gene Gene the Dancing Machine Dead at 82 on: March 14, 2015, 03:18:56 PM
Gene Gene the Dancing Machine Dead at 82

Daaaaaah dah duhduhduh
Daaaaaah dah duhduhduh


I loved this guy.


Gene in action
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: March 14, 2015, 01:53:03 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 13, 2015, 10:40:35 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2015, 10:12:22 PM

You are mentioning Deadwood in the same breath as Firefly?  Seriously?

Yes, because Deadwood was also a show that had a strong push to get revived for many years after its run was over. It didn't happen within a reasonable length of time, and with that, the opportunity was gone forever. It's the same with Firefly. The opportunity is gone and won't come back.

While I'm not saying that Firefly will come back, as there are too many timing issues, I think you are severely underestimating the rabid Browncoat fanbase.  And severely overestimating the Deadwood one.  As I just mentioned, they have a name for fans of Firefly.  You know what they call a fan of Deadwood?  That guy who is somehow still into Deadwood.

Go type "Deadwood" into Amazon.  There are 8 results for the show. All are for the show itself, either on disc or streaming.  Try "Firefly" and you get pages and pages of stuff.

These are not comparable things at all.

Also, "too much time" is not a thing in the sci-fi world.  Star Trek went from series to a film a decade later.  There were 16 years between Jedi and Phantom Menace and another 10 between RotS and the new one.  Hell, even Veronica Mars, which has nowhere near the following Firefly has (and is part of the reason we're even able to talk about this), went nearly a decade before a fan supported film showed up.

If the stars aligned and everyone finally found themselves free for a good enough chunk of time, this thing would get made in a heartbeat.  No question.  Slap it up on Kickstarter.  Done deal, day one.

If you don't believe me, just take a look at how much Con Man is raking in RIGHT NOW (as I write this, it's over 1.6 million, 395% funded with 28 days left, and it's been up, what, 2 days?).  This is not even associated with Firefly, it just has two actors from the show.  And fans are crapping their pants.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: March 14, 2015, 01:27:38 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 14, 2015, 12:33:31 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2015, 10:15:18 PM

I myself have tried to climb decorative ladders.

But you won't know they're decorative until you try to climb them.

And you also don't keep trying for 15 real life minutes!  The guy doing it also yelled at his baby at 12:30 am because he/she was crying.  He was/is trash.

Blech.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: March 13, 2015, 10:15:18 PM
I myself have tried to climb decorative ladders.

But you won't know they're decorative until you try to climb them.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: March 13, 2015, 10:12:22 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 13, 2015, 08:39:18 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 13, 2015, 08:05:22 PM

I mean, come on, aside from Nathan Fillion, none of them have been doing that great.  So if he's involved in this, I'm pretty sure he could figure out a way to work around his stupid Castle schedule.  I love his "too soon" jokes in the promo video BTW.

I would say look at the IMDB pages for the other actors from Firefly and several of them have been very busy.  Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres...they've all had recurring roles in multiple TV series and been in several movies even just in the last few years. 

Either way, I find it surprising how people can hold a torch for 12 years for a show that was only on for one season.  And I imagine this Con Man show will be making fun of both sides of that equation.

Um, we're also forgetting a key ingredient.  Whedon has been pretty busy himself, what with Much Ado About Nothing and other films.

Quote from: TiLT on March 13, 2015, 09:41:35 PM

People have got to realize at this point that Firefly is dead and will continue to be so, just like Deadwood won't ever see a continuation. It's dead Jim.

Con Man is a great way to have a little fun with the whole idea that the show is dead. It's not an attempt at resurrecting it, and it won't ever be.

You are mentioning Deadwood in the same breath as Firefly?  Seriously?

Firefly has games and novels and comic books still coming out today.  This is the first mention I've seen of Deadwood apart from some parenthetical references for Molly Parker in House of Cards.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: March 13, 2015, 06:26:19 PM
Okay, I'm terrible at these games, but I just wanted to come in here and boast my all time best game.  First place!  3.00 D/K ratio.  2000+ score (more importantly, it was more than six hundred over the next lowest score). And, for the first time in my life, I called in my third score streak bonus: The Goliath.  I have no idea what happened to it.  I think it got destroyed.  It may have even been taken over by the enemy, if that's a thing, but who cares, I got to call it in.

I'm sure this'll mostly get a pat on the head and a response of "Isn't that cute" from many of you, but I'm psyched!
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 13, 2015, 06:22:57 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2015, 05:57:11 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2015, 05:10:07 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2015, 04:16:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2015, 02:54:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 13, 2015, 01:43:04 PM

They use different systems? I didn't know that. Aren't Google Wallet and Apple Pay on the same system (NFC), so you should be able to use either when you see the NFC symbol? I remember reading when CVS shut it off because of Apple Pay, it also shut off Google Wallet as well.

As I understand it, it's not about the NFC, it's about the proprietary smart wallet stuff.  They can both technically connect, I guess, but if a store is aligned with one and not the other, it won't work.  So far the dividing line seems to be between Apple Pay and CurrentC, which I don't think is even out yet.  Many stores are already aligned with that, though, and aren't taking ApplePay as a result.  Wal-Mart is one of them.  If you go into a Wal-Mart, you may well see an NFC thingie at checkout, but you can't use ApplePay.

Most of the existing ones use NFC as I understand it.  CurrentC (which will fail miserably imo) uses an app which produces a QR code that the cashier needs to scan.  CVS, et al turned off all the NFC terminals when Apple Pay was launched in hopes it would not gain traction.  In doing so, they also disabled google wallet etc.  There is no way to explicitly turn off Apple Pay and still use NFC (as I understand it).

Having NFC is just how it connects, I think. 

It's like having a card swiper at checkout but not accepting American Express, for example.  Sure, technically, the machine could read an American Express card, but if the store isn't accepting the card, you're out of luck.



Yes but when CVS turned off their NFC readers after Apple Pay launched, it stopped all NFC payments.  Alternately, Peet's coffee (here in SF bay) is not an Apple Pay "partner", but they have NFC terminals and my Apple Pay works just fine there.

I'm just trying to clear up the "different systems" vs "NFC" confusion.

Obviously, if you disable a card swipe machine, it would disable all cards being swiped not just American Express, as in my previous example.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 13, 2015, 05:10:07 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2015, 04:16:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2015, 02:54:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 13, 2015, 01:43:04 PM

They use different systems? I didn't know that. Aren't Google Wallet and Apple Pay on the same system (NFC), so you should be able to use either when you see the NFC symbol? I remember reading when CVS shut it off because of Apple Pay, it also shut off Google Wallet as well.

As I understand it, it's not about the NFC, it's about the proprietary smart wallet stuff.  They can both technically connect, I guess, but if a store is aligned with one and not the other, it won't work.  So far the dividing line seems to be between Apple Pay and CurrentC, which I don't think is even out yet.  Many stores are already aligned with that, though, and aren't taking ApplePay as a result.  Wal-Mart is one of them.  If you go into a Wal-Mart, you may well see an NFC thingie at checkout, but you can't use ApplePay.

Most of the existing ones use NFC as I understand it.  CurrentC (which will fail miserably imo) uses an app which produces a QR code that the cashier needs to scan.  CVS, et al turned off all the NFC terminals when Apple Pay was launched in hopes it would not gain traction.  In doing so, they also disabled google wallet etc.  There is no way to explicitly turn off Apple Pay and still use NFC (as I understand it).

Having NFC is just how it connects, I think. 

It's like having a card swiper at checkout but not accepting American Express, for example.  Sure, technically, the machine could read an American Express card, but if the store isn't accepting the card, you're out of luck.

107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: March 13, 2015, 05:07:30 PM
I was just being flippant, anyway.

The main reason that's not happening is that people are involved in other things and don't have time.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 13, 2015, 05:06:18 PM
I was mulling over this half season, and it occurred to me that Carol's behavior, both in the past and at the camp, might be smoke and mirrors for someone else to go whackadoodle.

Up until her child-threatening speech, I thought her unhingedness had been played fairly subtly.  Melissa McBride's performance, along with her sad eyes and nurturing face, bely the broken parts of Carol.  We've only seen it in a couple of instances, really. 

But what if someone else is going to be the one to go off the deep end?

You know who's been really quiet lately?  Surprisingly quiet given all the awful crap that has gone down?  Yeah, Maggie. 

She seems to be fitting in fine.  But I just can't imagine that she's taken all the punches life has given her and shrugged them off.

I guess we'll see, and my money's still on Carol, really, but even so, Maggie may be a ticking time bomb for another arc.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 13, 2015, 04:59:26 PM
Damn it.  It's shit like this that kills the momentum on a game.
110  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: March 13, 2015, 04:57:33 PM
Gotta say, I'm playing the shit out of the thing. Way more than my old 3DS, but not more than the other consoles, of course.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 13, 2015, 02:54:40 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 13, 2015, 01:43:04 PM

They use different systems? I didn't know that. Aren't Google Wallet and Apple Pay on the same system (NFC), so you should be able to use either when you see the NFC symbol? I remember reading when CVS shut it off because of Apple Pay, it also shut off Google Wallet as well.

As I understand it, it's not about the NFC, it's about the proprietary smart wallet stuff.  They can both technically connect, I guess, but if a store is aligned with one and not the other, it won't work.  So far the dividing line seems to be between Apple Pay and CurrentC, which I don't think is even out yet.  Many stores are already aligned with that, though, and aren't taking ApplePay as a result.  Wal-Mart is one of them.  If you go into a Wal-Mart, you may well see an NFC thingie at checkout, but you can't use ApplePay.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: March 13, 2015, 11:41:18 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 12, 2015, 08:21:14 PM

At $1.3M now.  Makes you wonder how much they could generate for a sequel to Serenity/Firefly.  

I'm fairly confident Alan Tudyk will not be generating money for a Serenity/Firefly sequel.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 13, 2015, 11:40:16 AM

Quote from: Lee on March 13, 2015, 03:44:28 AM

Quote from: Purge on March 13, 2015, 01:46:17 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 11, 2015, 05:07:20 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 11, 2015, 01:19:23 PM

That Apple Pay? You guys in the States (in any of the ones I've been to) don't even have chip support or Tap 2 Pay. I can imagine the spotty support that Apple Pay will get.

Errr it's already been in McDonald's for quite a while and I've used it there all the time.  Also used it at Big 5 a while back.  They just announced another batch of vendors that are using it too.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2834669/the-ultimate-guide-on-how-and-where-to-use-apple-pay.html



If I have to

A) own your product (and not be able to get it anywhere else)
B) check a list of retailers who support it

then no.

I don't use the wallet feature on my phone either.

No checking websites, if you see a terminal with the wifi symbol, it works. Except maybe CVS/Riteaid who had it, but turned it off because of Apple Pay (because they are on the CurrentC bandwagon). Plus it's not accepted at that many places yet, I tend to shop at the same old places, so I know who has it and who doesn't. It's so easy to use, and secure, there is no reason not to use it when I can. It stops stores from tracking you with your CC number for instance. They don't need that in their databases.

Of course local Whole Foods type gourmet grocery store across the street has it, but still requires a signature. It's pointless because they don't need it, but it's not that big of a deal. I just scribble something illegible.

Samsung is coming out with their version soon, and I think I read Google is redoing Wallet. This could very well catch on.

The only place that I have used it is Whole Foods (one time), and I didn't have to sign.

In fact, it is so easy that it doesn't feel secure at all.

But if there are multiple versions of these things and different ones work at different stores, I don't see how this'll catch on at all.  I've looked at the checkout devices and they all have different googahs on them.  Some work with ApplePay, some don't.  I can't keep track of what does and doesn't.  It's easier for me to just do what I'm used to with a credit card than to ask the person at the register who will likely have no idea or to just try it and look like an idiot or be told "No" with a potentially condescending look.

ApplePay has ease of use if you can actually get past the unease of confusion and anxiety.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 13, 2015, 11:32:59 AM
Both of those last two were good.  Stoopid kids... [sniff]
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 12, 2015, 05:24:04 PM
RB4 Song Request Page
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP: Terry Pratchett on: March 12, 2015, 05:19:23 PM
I just posted this on Facebook:

Sad face.

I just started my 14th Discworld book just a short time ago (after too long a break).  I am a little chilled that just last night I was wondering how much longer he'd be around.

I remember being on a trip to England many moons ago.  At the time, Discworld was not in print in America.  I called around to a bunch of used book stores to find the collection to that point. It took me two tube rides to get there, and the store owner was perplexed, not thinking that Pratchett's stuff would work for Americans.

If you want to try something, but don't want to get into the series, Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman) is hilarious and awesome.  The Apocalypse doesn't get better.


I imagine everyone who has an interest has already read Good Omens, but if not, read it.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 12, 2015, 03:57:46 AM

Quote from: TieGuyTravis on March 11, 2015, 05:54:21 PM


Teggy-
          Haha! Nope. I assume you just got to the end of the first dungeon?

I did.  I was playing through it and found it challenging enough.  A step up from the exploring to that point, but not insurmountable.  Finished everything and did a good thing, then got punished for it for the next 45 minutes or so.  Holee crap was that a pain in the ass!

Spoiler for Hiden:
Are you kidding me with that water spout on my tail?!  Screw up even one time and it's back to the beginning, and that sucker is long with no checkpoints at all. 

Then I finally made it and the friggin' owl showed up.  I was half expecting that cut scene to turn into another fight or worse, another chase sequence.

I was really cranking on this game, and I thought I might play it straight through, but now I need a long breather.  I'm exhausted.

Still loving it, though.  I just hope nothing quite so frustratingly challenging appears any time soon, though I imagine it will the next time I clear a dungeon.
118  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Code Name S.T.E.A.M on: March 10, 2015, 04:21:59 PM
Pretty much the opposite.  I enjoyed the demo a lot, and it moved up to must buy for me.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 09, 2015, 05:08:37 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 09, 2015, 04:49:46 PM


Speaking of Rick, I wasn't quite sure what was going on with that last scene where he's touching the wall and listening to the zombie.  Was it comforting for him to hear that?  Was the point that he is more comforted by the zombie sounds than dealing with "civilized" humans?  Anyway, it was a great way to end the episode...


I think that's kind of it.  It also bookends with Sasha at the beginning going out and shooting the pictures of the people who are now undoubtedly zombies and saying, "Come and get me."

I liken what they're going to with people who spend their whole lives in cities suddenly having to deal with the peace and quiet of the country (or even suburbs).  A lot of them can't handle the lack of noise.  The noise here, of course, is ever impending danger.  Bottom line is, though, they miss the zombies.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 09, 2015, 12:21:19 PM
So, as I was saying about Carol...

Wow, that was a great speech with the kid.  Creepy as shit.  We saw both other members of the coup group start to accept this place.  Rick took the stamp and gave a kiss and saw Carl happy.  And I have to say it was awesome watching Daryl with Aaron.  They picked the perfect job for him, too.

So they both seem to be on their way back to accepting society.  Sure, there's some tension bubbling.  That's going to surface like it did for Sasha (I thought we were going to lose her at one point, which would be a shame because I think she's pretty good [and I like looking at her]), but you can see them fitting in, eventually.

But Carol is on a crusade.  Maybe it's because she spent her time in the old world with an abusive husband, pretending the world was normal, and she wants to destroy anything like that, but I just think she's in a different place than everyone else, but like she says, she's invisible, and they haven't seen it. 

Carol isn't invisible to the kids, though.  She wasn't back at the prison where she was teaching them to be hard and soulless in secret.  And she wasn't invisible to the kid in Alexandria either.

Carol is a full-on sociopath.  She knows how to appear "normal" and fly under the radar, but she has stopped seeing people with any kind of compassion, really.  Apart from Daryl.  It'll be interesting to see how that goes down.

This was a fantastic episode.  To me, this is what Walking Dead is about.  Seeing how this new world they're in differs from ours and what that does to people.  And now we're seeing it in direct comparison, in a way we haven't before, and it's fascinating.

Sometimes they get a little heavy with the symbolism (Michonne literally hanging up her sword), but as I said before that often works for this show.

The horse was an amazing bit of symbolism to me, for example (and it explains why Daryl was further along the path to accepting Alexandria).  There was the line about "the longer they're out here, the closer they get to what they really are" which was not really subtle when it comes to seeing that horse as a symbol for the group.  And then they wanted to capture it and bring it back to Alexandria.  It didn't want to and eventually, inevitably, it got eaten.  Such is the fate of staying out there.  You can see how Daryl maybe started thinking twice about being part of society again.

I honestly think this is the best arc in WD's history.  Can't believe there are only 3 episodes left.  We'll see if they can stick the landing.
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