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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Frankenstorm! on: October 27, 2012, 07:32:37 PM
Ready here in the southeast corner of PA (about fifteen minutes from both MD and DE). We rode out Irene just fine here, loss of power and a few books when our library roof leaked but that was it. Mostly just keeping an eye on severity - my mom lives on the Delmarva peninsula and I've got a standing offer to pick her up and let her ride it out here if it looks too bad down there.

Pretty much nobody here is panicking though - went to the store today to stock some stuff for our Halloween party, and was able to get bread and some spring water just fine. I figure it's the same as usual here - be ready to lose power for a day or three, have food and water on hand, and fresh batteries for all the camping lanterns. If the effects last any longer, I'll have to head west to find somewhere to work from anyway, so I'm not too worried about an extended power outage. And we're on a hill here, so no worries about flooding.

Mostly just rolling my eyes at one of my housemates, who believes that the annual big storm is pretty much a media fabrication since she personally has never been severely affected by one.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface on: October 17, 2012, 12:09:42 PM
I'm skipping the RT, but the Pro model has the potential to be a really, really nice device for work, since I'll be able to run all my MS-native software on it, and it should be able to work with the online suite I use.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MLB 2012 Season on: October 13, 2012, 05:03:21 AM

Quote from: Azhag on October 13, 2012, 04:55:43 AM

Can only hope the skins turn it around Sunday. If I have to rely on the Wizards it's going to be a rough winter  Tongue

Let's not get crazy. DC United can clinch a postseason berth Sunday.

Besides, Ted Leonsis is getting none of my money while a lockout is going on in his other league.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MLB 2012 Season on: October 13, 2012, 04:51:18 AM

Quote from: Azhag on October 13, 2012, 04:39:30 AM

Sucks to be a DC area native today that grew up with the O's and now with the Nats too  crybaby

This. That one was a gut-punch. No hockey to fall back on, either (though that collapse rivaled or exceeded Capitals-level playoff choking anyway).

I mean, just devastating. It's every bit of awful DC sports fan experience rolled up into a little ball of awful.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Forza Horizon on: September 27, 2012, 01:58:15 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on September 27, 2012, 01:37:12 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 27, 2012, 01:14:41 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on September 07, 2012, 01:47:09 AM

Very long article on some more obscure aspects of Forza Horizon. Barns, rubber banding, that sort of thing  icon_biggrin

hot air balloon racing?

Got to have some great upgrades for that, including... wait for it... balloon tires! icon_lol

"How's the ride?"

"Well, it's a little floaty in the corners."
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 24, 2012, 03:42:04 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on September 24, 2012, 03:39:36 PM

I'm "hearing" rumors that a demo is being released today.  I'm at work, and have to be careful how I surf.
Anyone know for sure if this potentially awesome news is true?

Does this pass the filters?
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/24) on: September 24, 2012, 11:50:46 AM
I've still got Torchlight 2, Borderlands 2, and NHL 13 (plus FTL) to keep me busy. Maybe Little Big Planet Vita next time I look to be on the road. But we've finally hit the stretch of the year where there's too many games and not enough time.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: September 16, 2012, 02:09:28 PM
Reposted from my morning rant on Facebook:

Well, since it's happening - here's my thought on the lockout. I believe both the players and the owners have made a terrible miscalculation - that any lengthy lockout will have as few lasting ramifications as the last one. The league is competing with so much more than they were last time around - and my whole generation of fans, who were in school or just starting out, and came back with our time and our disposable income, just came flooding back last time. Now we have families, careers, other responsibilities, and a lot of other things in our lives that we made trade-offs with to have the money and the time to spend on the NHL.

It's just so trivially easy to replace our entertainment now. Me, I'm going to replace the hours I spent watching hockey on Netflix or other things, and the travel and the money going to games will be for other things now. And when NHL hockey comes back, it won't be filling a hole - it will be competing with that other stuff, and the longer this goes, the harder it will be for the NHL to get as much of my time and attention ever again as it's had since the last lockout.

I mean, I believe I'm the type of fan the NHL should be terrified of losing - I have season tickets when practical, I travel to games in multiple cities, I always have Center Ice, I go to the Winter Classic every year, and I'm damn near always trying to be part of the conversation about hockey online, building its profile and spreading the game. Now I just have lockout fatigue - I'm done evangelizing the game for a while, even when it comes back, because hockey was the last thing I let myself get really emotionally invested in that I had absolutely no control over. At least when I suck at golf, or making candy, or writing, or anything like that - I own my failures and learn from them.

It would be nice if I felt like the NHL and the NHLPA were doing the same with their own failures.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: September 15, 2012, 05:00:00 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on September 15, 2012, 01:30:46 PM

I laid in bed last night thinking of alternative strategies to deal with intruders and whether to spend my money on this system or that. It's one of those type games.

This morning I played some more. One good tip, don't spend your scrap until you check the Jump Map. I missed out on a chance to buy a couple of crewmen because I was in too much of a hurry and didn't wait to check the next store.

I've flown and lost four Kestrels in a row, but I've got an Engi right now, which seems to be a slightly better ship. I'm doing decently, but I've reached that point where I'm reluctant to jump to a new system because it might just be the one that kills me paranoid

Man, I am just having such a tough time with combat in the Engi. So far I'm still tooling around with the Kestrel.

Lost my last ship when, down to a single crewmember, I decided to look into the Eye of Zoltan... and it transcended her to another plane of existence. Yow.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: September 15, 2012, 01:19:51 PM
Bought it last night. Played a good bit, and I'm really enjoying it. Frustrated that my mouse decided to stop working today - this isn't really a great trackpad game. Back to it when I get a new mouse!
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/10) on: September 10, 2012, 08:38:08 PM
NHL '13 Collector's Edition for me.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 7th Season on: September 05, 2012, 03:50:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 03, 2012, 11:07:28 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 03, 2012, 09:36:27 PM

I'm over the whole Rory/Amy eternal love business though I like the, well enough otherwise. I could get used to Oswin, though...

The marital conflict thing seemed a little out of left field and there to serve the story instead of a natural progression for the characters.

I had a two-hour conversation with my housemates about this after watching the episode. I actually think significantly worse of Amy Pond's character for the way she handled it - I thought what she did was childish (in that, even though it was selfless, it was also very thoughtless). If this is the last we hear of it - lazy writing and it made me dislike the character, so that would suck. But I don't think it will be - I think that this opens up the potential for Rory to start having some doubts, not necessarily about whether Amy loves him, but about what she would do in a crisis and whether he can trust her.

My housemates are so wrapped up in Rory-love that they feel that it's central to his character that he OMGLOVESAMYFOREVARS, and that it would ruin his character to have him doubt her, even for a moment - while I think it would be awesome to see him have to really, genuinely struggle with a tough decision in a crisis and have to take her behavior into account. I think it's interesting in that all the external conflict made Rory a giant bad-ass, but now he might have some genuine internal turmoil to deal with.

I hope hope hope it makes for interesting characters, even if they're darker and maybe less likable (or if, since this is Doctor Who after all, they struggle with that, overcome it, and come out with happy endings).
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Switch in schedule. on: September 04, 2012, 01:23:16 PM
Yep. The human mind is pretty incredible, it can adjust to damn near anything within about 2 weeks. I would say don't be afraid to use short naps to get yourself into the right rhythm - you'll lose some of 'your' time in off-hours, but it really can help. Plus, naps are awesome.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Torchlight 2 on: August 27, 2012, 02:41:49 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 25, 2012, 02:51:07 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 25, 2012, 11:52:00 AM

Runic has said we'll learn the release date on August 31.

If it's not also released on August 31, I'll be pissed. Want. This. Now.

Well, Steam has it listed as Summer, but also in between items at the end of September and the start of October in their release order. I'd guess around then is more likely.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 23, 2012, 01:15:06 PM
I don't think Blizzard is shy about doing big changes, even well after a product has gone live. I wouldn't be shocked if we're seeing some major systems changes in a patch about a year out from release, and more when they release an expansion.

I'm not sure that some of these items couldn't have been predicted (is it really a shock that providing an efficient auction market resulted in drops being de-emphasized?), but given that they're willing to make changes and support this thing well out from release, I bet they solve at least a solid majority of them.

I know a lot of players would be screaming over it, but I wouldn't be shocked to see a Bind on Equip system make its way into 1.1 - that would resolve a lot of the AH issues.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2012, 04:19:26 PM
Spent some good time on this last night. My WD is hugely buffed - the pet changes are massive and make the class a lot more fun, at least for the high-30s level range I was kind of mired in. The Monk changes are much subtler and I didn't really notice any outright differences, except that I was able to get through Act I of Inferno when before I was stuck in the Halls of Agony, where elite packs were wiping me every time - but I also got a good gear upgrade from a drop, so who knows if that's what pushed me over the top - probably a combination. 2H weapons are viable for Monks now, which is cool.

I ended up getting to Paragon level 1 with the Monk - it's got a nice little 'ding' animation, and I have to admit it was nice to have something other than gear to keep me playing, even if that bar does move veeeeery slowly. NV stacks contribute an experience bonus, which was another good reason to just run an entire Act - we'll have to see how I do on the 2nd act of Inferno now, whether I hit the wall or not.

Didn't really notice any rubberbanding, and the better animations for Molting and Frozen help out a lot - I might actually consider playing a hardcore character when I get bored with softcore now that I can see the things that will blow me up better.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN/XBL]Counter-Strike:Global Offensive on: August 15, 2012, 01:46:18 AM
Snagged this on Mac, played the beta a little bit tonight.

It feels like CS, pretty much. I'd never played Arms Race, so I'm having some good fun with that. Just like every other CS, I'll probably play short bursts every few months against bots, play online once, and give it back up.
178  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Sony Worldwide Studio Pres: Sony struggling to recruit 3rd parties for PS Vita on: August 10, 2012, 12:29:41 PM
Yeah - EA declining to put their entire sports game lineup on the system is a huge disappointment, and definitely subtracts some of the value I was hoping to get (seriously, I have an iPhone, iPad, had a PSP before, and a Vita now, and there's not a single mobile hockey game I've yet found to be playable!).
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard internal network hacked, some BNet account details compromised on: August 10, 2012, 12:38:25 AM
Well, that would explain why my Gmail account got logged into from Mexico City the other night.

PASSWORD REUSE IS BAD, kids. And don't trust encryption.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Doom 3 remastered in BFG Edition on: August 03, 2012, 05:07:34 PM
The PC version of this will support the Oculus Rift headset. Which is actually pretty cool-looking.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: July 26, 2012, 10:15:50 PM
Pretty gutsy by the 'Canes to bring in Sasha Semin on a 1-year deal at $7 million.

That's high, but he is a heck of a player, and on top of the forwards they already have his possession and defensive skills could make a big difference. I wouldn't be shocked to see him pot 35+ goals, and north of 40 if he's a first-liner there is not out of the question.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 14 Dead -50 Wounded on: July 20, 2012, 01:54:23 PM
Jessica Redfield, an aspiring hockey broadcaster, was among those lost last night.

Her last blog post was about her experience in last month's Toronto mall shootings, which she was present at.

Horrible, and horrifying, and just about incomprehensible. I hope we just get to appreciate that for a few hours before the 24-hour news cycle turns it into wharrgarbl about politics and celebrity news and money.

Edit: And she was an intern for You Can Play Team, Pat Burke's advocacy group for GLBT hockey players (and athletes in general). Just feeling sick right now - that's one of the best, most personable and likeable groups working in hockey. What a loss. frown
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/15) on: July 17, 2012, 09:11:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 17, 2012, 06:39:26 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on July 17, 2012, 06:26:21 PM

I actually decided to skip two of the titles on my 'want' list from the Steam sale (Sniper Elite and Spec Ops) since I was feeling 'meh' the longer I waited. That money probably goes into Dyad and Tony Hawk.

Those are both great games you're passing on.

I know, but at this point I have games I bought at the Steam Christmas sale I haven't touched, and not a ton of gaming time. I figure I'll stick with some more casual games as purchases until the backlog thins out a little (and work is calmer), and I can probably pick them both up for $10 in the next Steam holiday sale.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: July 17, 2012, 07:38:46 PM
If they assume the status quo is the players' starting point (which is not unreasonable, the players seem okay with the current system and even offered to play another system under it), then meeting in the middle would be something like 51.5 percent to the players, which is reasonable. I would actually see 50-50 as likely the final split, but only if the players trade that 1.5 percent for the other bargaining chips the owners hold (getting rid of escrow, better final appeals process for discipline, schedule/realignment concerns, etc). If I were a betting man, we end up there, but the players have to give more than they wanted - maybe a fourth year on entry-level contracts, maybe expanding the contract slippage threshold to 20 games instead of 10, or giving up salary arbitration entirely.

Personally, I think it's a non-starter - rolling player salaries and share back isn't going to fix what's wrong with the league structure, which is the disparity between haves and have-nots from a market standpoint. They need to rework the whole revenue-sharing model, which is going to pit owners against owners (exactly why the league doesn't want to put it on the table).

The choices as I see them - address competitive concerns by screwing the players out of mobility (making small teams more competitive by giving them 3-4 more years of control and cheap salaries over drafted players), or do it by screwing big-market owners out of competitive advantage by making them share cash more evenly with their Sun Belt brethren.

I really do feel more pessimistic that we're going to lose October hockey at least.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/15) on: July 17, 2012, 06:26:21 PM
I actually decided to skip two of the titles on my 'want' list from the Steam sale (Sniper Elite and Spec Ops) since I was feeling 'meh' the longer I waited. That money probably goes into Dyad and Tony Hawk.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We need fresh blood- dont we? on: July 05, 2012, 02:32:13 PM
A lot of it, and I think this is a shame, is just that time and moving sites has just split the 'original' forum population up to the point where there's no longer critical mass. I think a lot of the folks I enjoyed interacting with on the forums went even farther back than the Console Gold days, back to the original Gone Gold forums - then I think when in my life that was. When I was a more active part of that community, I was in high school, had all the time in the world, etc. The forum splits happened while I was in college, but it was cool because I had the time and energy on my hands to still follow both of the split forums pretty extensively. These days, I pretty much check here out of habit, and don't post a lot because I'm not a college kid spending all day on the Internet anymore - I've got a job that takes a bunch of time, way more non-computer-based hobbies, and when I am on a computer I'm spending my limited time playing games or doing other stuff than forums. Twitter has also sort of bumped forums down my list of 'things I do on the Internet', as well.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's had a ton of life changes in the decade-plus I've been participating in the various forums this community has drifted between. There are some fantastic folks around here, but you take any group of people with interests so varied and a few of them will drift off over time.

It sucks, but that's sort of just life. One moves on, finds other communities on other mediums, etc. I guess I could post a new non-depressing thread if it'd make anyone feel better. smile
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: June 26, 2012, 08:45:12 PM
All the former teammates are weighing in that Oates is a good communicator and has a lot to say about hockey. Hopefully someone's listening!

Also, first head coaching gig and HOF in the same day? Pretty good one.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Oatmeal gets sued - raising a $20K FU on: June 12, 2012, 05:44:15 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on June 12, 2012, 04:48:37 PM

Just to clarify though, The Oatmeal is not getting sued and wont ever get sued for this particular issue.  An asshat decided to try legal extortion through an attorney. It happens all the time.  Awesome though that this is going to generate a ton of money for two very good charities.  Fantastic response to this by The Oatmeal and if karma comes into play, FunnyJunk will lose the vast majority of their internet traffic (and thus their income ) over this.

It's just a shame that not more folks are linking/name-and-shaming the attorney who sent it, not just FunnyJunk. They're both culpable.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Playoffs (Finals) on: June 12, 2012, 12:54:46 AM
Ooooooof. I mean, ow. Really, ow.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple WWDC 2012 on: June 11, 2012, 06:30:19 PM
Do Not Disturb mode for iOS - FANTASTIC. I've been craving this - I have a family member who has no concept of phone etiquette, so now I can make sure that those go straight to voicemail while letting work or the rest of my family through.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple WWDC 2012 on: June 11, 2012, 05:56:02 PM
Yeah, mine was a little more spendy than that - but then, I'd be going well above the defaults of what the new one has too, so I bet it could still escalate quickly.

I'm also not due for a hardware refresh for a long time yet, but that's a pretty exciting laptop right there. Certainly makes me more likely to consider selling mine in the next year or so to accelerate the upgrade, for sure.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Playoffs (Finals) on: June 10, 2012, 03:15:40 AM
Just in case, I just pulled the trigger on a ticket for Game 7. I was going to be in town anyway....  ninja
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: June 04, 2012, 05:35:43 PM
It's always a blow to deal with the Pens, especially for a serviceable player. But I think, given Fleury's regression, it's the right move for both teams - the Caps get something instead of nothing, and the Pens absolutely needed someone to push Fleury harder than Johnson could. Given that Washington has about emptied their system (the only high-ranking prospects they seem to have left outside of DC now are Grubeaur, Eakin and Galiev), moves like swapping Bourque for Hamill and Vokoun for a 7th should hopefully help rebuild some depth (not to mention hopefully holding on to the 1st from Colorado and their own). It's definitely a team that's going to have some holes to fill soon, and free agency can't hit all of them.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: June 04, 2012, 12:03:33 AM
I need to get back into this like nobody's business. As soon as I get in a little more Diablo 3.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: June 01, 2012, 02:18:32 PM
I've beaten the game with my Witch Doctor - I started Nightmare a little bit, and it is fun, but I think I'm going to get my other four characters through Normal pretty quick too. It's more fun keeping a bunch of characters close, as I can use about any well-rolled rare drop on somebody.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 29, 2012, 10:15:40 PM
Yep, looks like another Patch Tuesday fiasco. Extended maintenance plus downtime.

I sort of remember early WoW being this bad or worse on Patch Tuesdays, though. The saving grace there was that there were enough realms that if you had a character on a second realm you had a good shot at one of the two being playable.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 29, 2012, 06:53:17 PM
It's actually pretty interesting to watch what's going on as they work on the Diablo 3 infrastructure - I mean, I run a much, much smaller application at my job, and I've seen some of the same kinds of things - for example, when the AH auctions were all unsorted. Our application tends to get a little weird with SQL queries when the DB is in bad shape, and sorting seems to be the first thing to go out the window - so seeing today's patchnotes where they talk about sorting of past auctions being fixed, then the AH still being down for 'database checks', makes me think "Hey! I bet they're scrambling around to defrag indexes, update statistics, and/or optimize queries 'til everything works!".

Not that it's such a stretch to imagine that the AH is wonky because the databases are slow, but it makes me feel better that Blizz deals with the same stuff I've seen, and the same patterns (sorting goes odd, then transactions get slow, then you have to start taking stuff that's not working offline)!

Wonder if they're fixing up the queries in-house, or if they've got some database consultants in to optimize the hell out of any calls against their AH database. Maybe they pulled queries from the WoW AH that scaled well to one side of one realm but couldn't scale up to all of D3.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You can't fire me... because I quit on: May 29, 2012, 05:58:45 PM
Are those PC Gamers from back in the 90's?

199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Playoffs (Conference Finals) on: May 26, 2012, 12:38:53 PM
Ugh. Mandatory training until 7:30 on Wednesday. So I'll miss puck drop, for sure - hopefully I can get to the Rock in time for part of period 1, at least.
200  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Diablo III Battle.Net tags. on: May 21, 2012, 04:52:15 PM
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