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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: August 24, 2014, 07:57:18 AM
Damn, six years is short, especially for smaller breeds. Sorry for your loss.

When my German Shepherd died at my house it really hit me hard. I couldn't own a dog for several years after that, since he died in my arms. I can still recall his eyes looking up at me in his last moments like it was yesterday. Every time I think of it, I need to go and play with my two Great Pyrenees.

Planning on getting another dog?
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Go to a mirror. Look into it. Inhale deeply through only your nose. on: August 24, 2014, 07:46:08 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 24, 2014, 05:34:13 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on August 24, 2014, 04:55:11 AM

What inspires this action? What's it mean?!?

Right nostril constriction has a 73% correlation with a preference for furries.

Not true. I'm dressed up like a furry right now, and I constrict on the left.

The right nostril correlation only works if your testicles hang more to the left, which offsets the speedier inflow of air into your right lung. Its all about balance, really. I saw a documentary regarding this on Netflix.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 20, 2014, 12:45:06 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on August 20, 2014, 12:53:44 AM

Quote from: Canuck on August 19, 2014, 01:28:16 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 19, 2014, 10:52:13 AM

I hate this game. I had my girlfriend play it, and she got so freaked out that she couldn't fall asleep. Instead she spent the whole night keeping me awake.
And not in the good way, right? slywink
You mean like cooking?

She kept reading me poetry from her class of third grade students.....(she's a teacher)

I'm serious. F!ck this game. That was true horror.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 19, 2014, 10:52:13 AM
I hate this game. I had my girlfriend play it, and she got so freaked out that she couldn't fall asleep. Instead she spent the whole night keeping me awake.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 16, 2014, 06:00:42 PM
I'm hoping this generation brings us more horror games with a psychological focus, instead of the normal Resident Evil run-and-gun. Photorealism will do wonders for the genre if the right developer decides to focus on story and atmosphere.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: August 08, 2014, 11:20:44 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 08, 2014, 02:27:23 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on August 02, 2014, 04:45:03 AM

The recent CGI Captain Harlock movie just showed up on Netflix. This is something I've been dying to see since I saw the trailer months ago. I heard it's not that good but I loved the old Harlock TV series so I'll still give it a go.

Huh, watched it last night and enjoyed even with not knowing anything about Harlock going in.

I also enjoyed the new Harlock CGI movie. like you, I've never watched an episode of the series. the movie had absolutely beautiful animation.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 05:35:01 PM

Quote

1. Again - you can't ever change the neighbourhood and the train will also always be there and you will never get used to the 'white noise' people will tell you it ends up being. You will always love the home but hate, hate, hate the area where it is located plain and simple


It's interesting that you bring this up, because people keep telling me that "you get used to the train, and soon you don't even notice it..."  except for one of my friends, who said he would absolutely, positively never live by a train again.

The home is brick with triple layered glass, so the train sound was definitely muted when I was in the home as one passed by. it could absolutely be heard at a level that was noticeable and distracting.

but every one keeps saying give it a few weeks, and it's just background noise.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 03:23:40 PM
I'm surprised that so many people,are picking house two, although it does fall under the old mantra of "location, location, location". my one added concern with house number ONE is that the appraisal was supposed to take 48-72 hours to get a response back. It has now been 12 days. Our mortgage broker said the appraiser is having a very difficult time coming up with a number.

I'm guessing that he is looking at the amount the builder put into the home (all the receipts), but can't properly marry that to the location, where it is about $80,000 above the other homes in the immediate area.

one other fact :

House 1 selling price: $200,000.
town's average home price (population 9800 people) $135,000

House 2 selling price: $205,000
Town's average home price (population 2300 people) $212,000

I think part of the problem is I'm emotionally invested in house one because I love the history behind it and the fact that one main rebuilt it as a labor of love

9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 11:14:39 AM
Home 1




Master bedroom



Home 2




Master bedroom
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 06:55:28 AM
I could really use all of your opinions on a home purchase that I’m about to make, as I’m currently gridlocked on the final choice. Hopefully a voice of reason here will sway me that 1% point in either direction.
I currently have two homes that just went under inspection. I'll post some pics later.

Home 1: $200,000 .25 acre lot.  2400 sq. ft, 5 bedrooms, “library”, 3 bathrooms, detached garage. Unfinished basement.

The first home is from 1860. All brick, albeit very worn. Brand new everything. A retired custom home builder purchased this dilapidated property for $30,000 and gutted it down to the studs. He added $100,000 in hard wood (floor, chair rails, crown molding), premium appliances, all brand new heating/cooling. Brand new roof. On the interior, the home is absolutely breathtaking. He did almost all of the work himself over an 18 month period, and invested $160,000 of materials into the home. (He, literally, has every receipt.) The home inspector stated that the interior workmanship and quality of the products used is some of the finest he has seen in the 10 years he has been inspecting homes. Unfortunately for him, he overimproved the inside, and is now forced to take a loss on the home. Thus he stopped adding any landscaping.

The yard is very small and it is in poor condition. The home is also about 100 feet from a train. (7 times per day) Finally, the neighborhood is referred to as a “tear-down” area. This means the 4 homes on my block are all fully restored, but they are surrounded by homes that are only a few notches up from being considered shacks. The brand new police station is two blocks away, so crime is not a concern but the community is very safe anyway. For a quick comparison, the homes on my block would average $205,000 in value. The surrounding 8 blocks average $45,000. The town as a whole is shifting slightly, from solid middle class to lower middle class. The surrounding towns are upper middle class.

Home 2: $205,000. .49 acre lot. 2500 sq ft.  4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, attached garage, partially finished basement.

The second home was built in 1998. It is built from cedar. The owner has kept it in immaculate condition.  The interior is part hard wood and part carpet. Compared to the first home, the entire interior is less premium, but well maintained. Appliances, heating and cooling are all older units (5+ years). Kitchen cabinets and space are smaller, master bedroom is smaller, etc. But the large yard and landscaping are outstanding, and the house sits at the end of a dead end street, with a massive farmer’s field bordering the back yard. The town is solidly middle class to upper middle class. The surrounding towns are upper middle class.

Basically, I’m stuck between choosing a home that is absolutely gorgeous on the interior, all brick, new everything, but is stuck in a horrible location and coupled with a small yard and unimpressive overall exterior. Versus a home that is in a better community with more land, better landscaping, better looking exterior, but lacks all of the premium interior construction of the 1st home.

Taxes and mortgage would be nearly identical.

Any advice?

11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 04, 2014, 01:24:34 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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



If this us accurate, then I would definitely grab the game
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 03, 2014, 08:12:39 PM
Never played Defiance. On various forums I've read that single player is going to be lackluster, and by going solo much of the game content is one huge roadblock. Then in the next post I read the opposite.

I love the idea of a living, breathing environment. But I don't want to be tied to a clan, or harassed by some 12 year old over voice. I prefer being the observer, and maybe lending a helping hand here or there without the constant pressure to join, join, join.

I know that is counterintuitive to a multiplayer focused title, but my schedule often makes me drop in and out of games randomly, so it is often difficult to be part of a team.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 03, 2014, 07:49:00 PM
Can someone better explain the single player aspect of the game, and how effective a person can be going lone wolf in the multiplayer portion? (If they can even be divided up under those headers).  The information I've read in a couple places is contradictory.

I'm not a big fan of multiplayer, mostly because I have limited time to sink into these games. By the time I'm at level 5 it seems like everyone else is at level 50. smile

14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: July 28, 2014, 08:56:28 PM
If your asking yourself these questions, and have been doing so for awhile, it is time for a change. Be cautious, however, as the grass usually isn't much greener.......
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 27, 2014, 08:59:13 PM
I haven't paid any attention to the news regarding the single player campaign, and the end product seems a little underwhelming. I expected some type of storyline or maps, more artwork, more animations, etc. instead it's seems to be a line of matches just stringed together.

still fun, but I expected more from blizzard, especially for $20.
16  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Gamer's 100 most anticipated iOS/Android games on: July 22, 2014, 10:59:59 AM
Lots of sweet, sweet Warhammer love coming to my iPad.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 22, 2014, 10:51:45 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 18, 2014, 10:50:27 PM

I've had Comcast cable and internet service for going on 17 years now, and can count the number of issues on one hand.  Even when one does arise, they've been pretty quick to get it fixed, and their people have all be quite nice (even if they don't seem like the sharpest knives in the drawer). 

Guess I should just consider myself lucky.

I've also had exceptional service from Comcast. My first outage in the last year happened three days ago, and when I called an automated message replied that the issue for my address was known, and a team was out fixing the problem, with a three hour window until service was restored.

Can't ask for much more than that. And my price plan is reasonable after one phone call was placed.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 21, 2014, 07:40:13 AM
I'm an Operations Manager for a large Distribution Center. I've got about 150 employees working for me, so every day brings new....er.....rewards.....
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acid motherf****ing reflux! on: July 21, 2014, 07:31:40 AM
I had it briefly, and it was horrifically painful. My throat was so burned badly in one overnight attack that swallowing anything felt like molten lava moving down my throat for about three days afterward. the pain was borderline unbearable. You know how the average person doesn't realize how often he or she blinks? Well, the same can be said swallowing and random clearing of the throat. But after those three days I learned that both of those bodily functions happen with more regularity than I ever suspected.


Gah!! I don't even like bringing up those memories!
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: July 21, 2014, 07:23:28 AM
I'm pleased to see that Divinity OS has been pulling in some good sales numbers. this is easily one of the best RPGs I've played in the last couple years. I'd love to see this team build upon this franchise.
21  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Civilization Revolution 2 Reased for Ipad...and apparently nobody knew... on: July 02, 2014, 10:39:11 AM
Did anyone here realize that a new Civilization Revolution game had been released? Or that it was even in development? I'm a fairly hardcore strategy game fan, and I heard absolutely nothing about this game until it showed up on Appshopper. None of my friends knew it was in development either. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing....

Quick! Someone go be the forum Lab rat!
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 09:54:27 AM
nothing for me. I need to take a second mortgage out on my house after all the games I bought from Steam this past week...
23  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Alienware X51 HDTV PC for sale <price drop to $445>. **SOLD** on: June 19, 2014, 07:14:52 PM
Sold
24  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: (PS4) Wolfenstein: New Order for (PS4) Watch Dogs ***SOLD**** on: June 14, 2014, 05:38:00 PM
sold
25  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / (PS4) Wolfenstein: New Order for (PS4) Watch Dogs ***SOLD**** on: June 14, 2014, 06:43:21 AM
PS4 version. Excellent game, especially in later chapters.

Like new. Original packaging.


Will trade for a like new copy of Watch Dogs for the PS4
26  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Ipad 3 w/Retina Display 16GB Wi-Fi $195 ***SOLD*** on: June 14, 2014, 06:26:36 AM
SOLD and delivered
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 08, 2014, 10:49:27 PM
3D on my Nintendo DS was cool for about 3 days. I haven't used it since. I imagine it would be the same on a phone.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official god hates me this week on: May 17, 2014, 07:31:13 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 15, 2014, 03:28:07 PM

You must live here.




Gratch wins the Internet! That is the funniest post I've seen in a long time. My wallet got stolen this weekend, and I thought I was having it bad. I come here and......


hope things work out. keep us informed.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, 360,PS3] Bound by Flame on: May 16, 2014, 11:19:34 PM
Any more impressions? I'm still on the fence about purchasing this.
30  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Ipad 3 w/Retina Display 16GB Wi-Fi $195 ***SOLD*** on: May 10, 2014, 09:53:56 PM
My fiancee moved over to an ipad mini, so I'm looking to sell our 3rd generation ipad w/ Retina Display. 16GB, wi-fi only. White. Perfect condition, as it has been in a protective case the entire time. This item is RARE! I've been told there is only ONE of these is existence!*

What was that? What are we doing with the case?! Why it is yours for free, of course! And its a sophisticated purple color for all you wanna-be members of royalty!!!

Pictures available upon request. $195, insured to your doorstep by the wonderful people at UPS!





*One in existence refers to others ipads sharing this exact same serial number. It is, however, possible that 36 million other ipads exist....
31  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Alienware X51 HDTV PC for sale <price drop to $445>. **sold** on: May 06, 2014, 10:50:54 AM
<edit> Dropped to $445 due to high fees @ Amazon. Some people asked for more detailed specs. I've listed them below.

I'm looking to sell my Alienware X51 PC, and wanted to see if there is any interest on the forum before I sell it elsewhere at a higher price. it got minimal use as I spent much of the year working extended hours on the job, so gaming time dried up. Mint condition. Original packaging. Actual size is similar to an Xbox One.

Looks like this:
https://www.google.com/search?q=alienware+x51+pics&client=safari&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ML5oU8XaNISSyASOooC4Dg&ved=0CCcQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=672

It is an excellent machine for playing Crysis, Thief, Tomb Raider, etc at high settings @ 1080P. Especially good as an HDTV PC. Paid $1299 when I grabbed it last year.

i7- 3.4GHZ (3770)
8GB RAM
nvidia GTX 660 1.5GB
1TB HD 7200RPM
Win 7 Home Premium

499 dollars shipped w insurance.
32  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New gaming computer? Where to buy? on: May 05, 2014, 02:25:17 AM
I've always wanted a Falcon Northwest computer, but I could never justify the cost. The closest I ever got was Hypersonic PC, which was a custom builder without the pedigree of FNW.

When I learned how truly easy it is to build your own computer, I just started doing that. I can build a computer about 20 faster than a Falcon Northwest for the same price. But I still always stop by Falcon Northwest's website to see what they are up to. I love the Tiki, for example.

For my builds I grab a high quality Lian Li chassis, Gigabyte mobos, Seasonic power supplies, Samsung SSDs, Intel processors, Micron memory, and Nvidia graphics cards. rock solid stability every time.

Best of luck in your search!
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: May 03, 2014, 05:57:43 PM
Are the PC, XB1, and PS4 versions any different in terms of graphics? I was curious if there is a preferred platform among these 3. I assume the PC can play at resolutions above 1080P, but are the XB1 and PS4 running at that resolution?
34  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: LA Clippers Owner Guy on: May 01, 2014, 10:36:39 AM
and in reponse  Larry Johnson calls for an all African-American league, but somehow he isn't a racist. What would happen if Brett Favre called for an all white football league? Jesse Jackson would be on Brett's front lawn, frothing at the mouth, feeding off of the event like the parasite that he is.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 30, 2014, 10:59:48 AM
I'm in the same boat....somewhat.....


I tried to cut Comcast cable altogether, but they offered to increase my Internet speed to the next tier, and the reduced my bill by $55 per month. I lost the premium channels, but we still get FX, Food Network, Lifetime, AE, etc.

We'll see what happens in one year....

my biggest concern is that Comcast will stop the bleeding by significantly raising Internet prices, especially for heavy users. one HD movie on Netflix can run over 5GB. In a week we hit about 60GB just from Streaming movies and TV shows. I think that day is fast approaching. Too many people are dumping cable and phone service.
36  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Back into the iOs realm - your top 3 games? on: April 29, 2014, 12:29:58 AM
There are SO many good games on IOS now, that it is very difficult to drive it down to three. What's even better is that most games have such a small footprint that you can easily fit your entire collection the ipad. I have the 128GB model, 41 games installed, and I still have 71GB open.

How about if I go by category?  slywink


Strategy:
Neuroshima Hex (especially once you add the in-game purchases)
Skulls of the Shogun
Battle of the Bulge

Strategy (Card Based):
Hearthstone
Summoner Wars
Ascension

RPG:
Baldur's Gate Series
Shadow Sun
Knights of the Old Republic

Action:
Infinity Blade series
Dead Space
Deus Ex: The Fall

Adventure:
Oceanhorn
Waking Mars
Horn

Other great Odds and Ends:
Amber Route
King of Dragon Pass
Rebuild
Hitman Go
Waterdeep
Agricola
Faster than Light
Gemini Rue
Art of War
New World Colony
Republique
Empire
Warhammer Quest


37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs martial arts easier on PC than X360? on: April 28, 2014, 08:55:41 AM
That nightclub mission is honestly one of the harder missions in the game. The PC version is in no way easier, but you can go into it better prepared than the demo allowed. Grab the right clothes, eat some food for perks, and there is a checkpoint in the PC version. Don't know about the 360 counterpart
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 27, 2014, 07:04:20 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 27, 2014, 02:46:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2014, 09:22:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 26, 2014, 07:50:24 PM

I'm still trying to figure out the discrepancy between Comcast's Speed test, which rates my connection as 36Mbps, but I can't stream a Netflix HD movie without it randomly degrading to 480P, and my connection to Steam downloads caps out at about 4Mbps. I've got top tier equipment, so it can't be the hardware.

In general, this is exactly what net neutrality was intended to fix.  Without that your ISP can give preferential treatment to traffic from any companies that they want, and require payment from others (like Netflix) that use a disproportionately large amount of bandwidth or else throttle it.  You have no idea who or what could be throttling things behind the scenes but it's likely entirely out of your control.  


 I live in a suburban area on the East Coast with comparatively modern infrastructure, and my current options are:

1) Comcast cable
2) AT&T DSL

That's it.

-Autistic Angel


I have those exact choices also. Godawful DSL or Comcast. And although Comcast's service has been reliable (cant recall the last outage) the quality fluctuates greatly. With so many people dropping regular cable TV in favor of things like Netflix and HBO Go, I foresee Comcast turning the screws on the streaming content providers AND the customer. In my area Comcast has already instituted a 250GB cap. (although it is temporarily suspended). After surpassing that cap they were planning to charge $1 for every extra 1GB in my area. Between downloading PS4 and Vita games, coupled with Netflix for my family, I run about 300GB per month. That would place my bill at $110 instead of the current $60.

Basically, that would place me right back to where I was before I dropped cable TV for only Internet service.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 27, 2014, 12:02:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2014, 09:22:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 26, 2014, 07:50:24 PM

I'm still trying to figure out the discrepancy between Comcast's Speed test, which rates my connection as 36Mbps, but I can't stream a Netflix HD movie without it randomly degrading to 480P, and my connection to Steam downloads caps out at about 4Mbps. I've got top tier equipment, so it can't be the hardware.

In general, this is exactly what net neutrality was intended to fix.  Without that your ISP can give preferential treatment to traffic from any companies that they want, and require payment from others (like Netflix) that use a disproportionately large amount of bandwidth or else throttle it.  You have no idea who or what could be throttling things behind the scenes but it's likely entirely out of your control.  

Also, make sure you're using an independent speed test and not something that is Comcast-only, as that will likely give you inflated numbers compared to reality.

I also use speedtest.net, and it reports basically the same thing. I have noticed, as you've mentioned, speeds can vary dramatically, as one time last week I was having trouble streaming Netflix and speedtest logged my connection as .2Mbps. I also think that Comcast begins throttling my bandwidth after a certain download cap. As the month goes on my speeds seem to become increasingly varied.

The bothersome part is that i purposefully picked the more expensive plan to avoid these issues. Regarding Net Neutrality, I agree that Pandora's Box may soon be opening as gamers and movie aficionados absorb more bandwidth due to the quickly growing data transfer sizes. Comcast and other providers will definitely begin a tiered system, and I have a feeling it will be rather restrictive or expensive.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 26, 2014, 07:50:24 PM
I'm still trying to figure out the discrepancy between Comcast's Speed test, which rates my connection as 36Mbps, but I can't stream a Netflix HD movie without it randomly degrading to 480P, and my connection to Steam downloads caps out at about 4Mbps. I've got top tier equipment, so it can't be the hardware.

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