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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public speaking on: October 30, 2014, 11:08:10 PM
I think that moving around is pretty much a requirement as a speaker.  I can't imagine listening to someone who stood rooted in one spot.  That said, you need to be careful how and where you move.  A good rule of thumb I've read is the "vision cone".  Hold your arms up at about a 45 degree angle and imagine they create a cone that goes outward (think of the guards in Metal Gear Solid).  You're safe to move anywhere, as long as the audience stays within that cone at all times.

Probably not explaining it very well (much easier to demonstrate), but hopefully that makes sense.
2  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 30, 2014, 06:58:04 PM
If you enjoy Breakout-style brick breaking games, be sure to check out Grey Cubes.  Been having a blast with it today.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 29, 2014, 12:02:39 PM

Quote from: Fireball on October 29, 2014, 07:49:23 AM

So, I have been tangentially aware of this for awhile, but not really paying attention. I don't see how anyone could argue that women are treated horribly and deeply objectified in many (most?) mainstream games, or justify any sort of harassment of those who point this clear fact out.

This childish, hateful behavior makes me sad.

What makes me even more sad is that after cracking the lid of this thing to look in, I quickly came across posts from Adam Baldwin (Firefly) and Nick Searcy (Justified) that make it pretty clear that they are immensely hateful and intolerant people with no ability to think beyond their limited and selfish perspective. That was heartbreaking.

Surprised you didn't know that about Baldwin.  He's always been very staunchly anti-gay and ultra-conservative.  As much as I love him on Firefly/Angel/etc., he pretty much seems like a raging asshole off the set.
4  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 27, 2014, 11:59:38 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 27, 2014, 11:52:29 AM

I am a positive person - I am grateful for my life, both for successes and challenges.
I am open to the world, and push positive energy out which reflects and comes back to me. I have faith that these good things will happen (without evidence to prove they will).

God, the universe, the life force, whatever you call it, it reacts to the frequency of your life - the higher the frequency, the better it is.

My faith requires no history lessons, or the indoctrination of my children. Just as both plants and animals which are loved and fed as they grow, feeling and living and loving, the moment we live in is the solely the present.  since we have no tardis to examine the events or motivations of those who've crafted the faiths we hold so dear, I've release myself of the baggage and bondage to the words and ideas of the past.

I have faith that this is the right thing to do.

(my 2c)


 thumbsup thumbsup
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/24/14 on: October 24, 2014, 06:39:09 PM
Trying to finish up a bunch of stuff before the FF XIV 2.4 patch drops next week.  It adds a new playable DPS class (Rogue-->Ninja), so I need to get my Healer and/or Tank geared up so I don't have to sit in queue for ages.  Will probably spend some time with Infamous Second Son (68% complete) and Theatrhythm FF as well.

And of course the big Utah/USC matchup on Saturday night.  Gonna be a blast.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 03:37:33 AM
Debating whether to bite on Dreamfall Chapters now, or wait until it's finished.  I really want to play, but I'm afraid I'll forget major plot points if there is a significant gap between installments.  I really want to wait, but my love of that series may just win out.
7  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: October 19, 2014, 03:29:46 PM
The first expansion to FFXIV was announced yesterday, entitled "Heavensward".  Looks to be pretty awesome, and includes:

-  Level cap raise from 50 to 60 across all jobs and professions.
-  Massive new areas.
-  A new player race with both male and female characters.
-  Multiple new jobs.
-  New Primals, one of which will be completely unique to FFXIV.
-  Many new dungeons — more than 3 or 4.
-  High-end raids
-  Airships, Airship, Airships — Free Companies can band together and build their own airships.
-  New gear and recipes.

Will be out in Spring 2015.  Between this expansion and the ongoing patches (2.4 is rumored to drop this week), they are consistently adding a huge amount of content to the game.  Every time I feel like I might be getting burned out, they drop in something totally new that keeps things fresh. 

Bard is up to ilevel 107 (max is ilevel 115), I have one other glass maxed as well and am working on White Mage, and I've started getting serious about the crafting and gathering classes.  Still so much to do...  smile
8  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: October 18, 2014, 06:46:25 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 18, 2014, 05:19:25 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 17, 2014, 02:44:57 PM

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The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government.”

If there was ever a chance that I would hate voted for Abbott, this statement would put the nail in that coffin.  So if they want to engage in blatant political maneuvering, snake handling, polygamy, or child marriage, their religious freedom should keep them sacrosanct from government oversight?  Bullshit.

What one engages in and what one says are two different things. One of them is protected by this thing called the 1st amendment.

You're correct, the church has every right to say whatever they please from the pulpit.  The government also has every right to ensure that what they say is in compliance with the guidelines of non-political speech that provides them the significant tax-exempt advantages they enjoy.  If those regulations are violated, then the church should have no problem paying their taxes.
9  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 17, 2014, 03:54:44 PM

Quote from: WorkingMike on October 16, 2014, 09:25:23 PM

What ever happened to just being cool? I neither believe nor disbelieve in God. I actually don't give it any thought at all. I do, however, try to treat people well. I watch out for my family, my neighbours and my friends. If I have more than I need, then I try to kick a little over to those who don't.

I have faith in myself and in the better nature of people. Folks can often be greedy, short sighted and foolish, but mostly every person just wants the same things, health and happiness and a little bit of security. I think that maybe if you stop worrying so much about the big picture and pay more attention to the smaller details, then everything else takes care of itself.

If there is a God, I'm pretty sure that I'm gonna get a high five when I die. I'm kinda aiming at a cosmic high five.

Well said Mike.   thumbsup
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 13, 2014, 03:02:44 PM
Splurged last week on Infamous Second Son and Styx, so probably nothing this week.
11  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Terra Battle, from the creators of Final Fantasy on: October 13, 2014, 02:29:30 PM
I don't disagree with anything said here.  The energy system sucks, IAP sucks, and it's a shame they decided to go that route instead of giving the option to pay one price for the full game.

But holy shit, the gameplay is so damn good...Mistwalker just absolutely nailed it on that front.  Reviews tend to agree, with a 4.5/5 from both Toucharcade and Gamezebo and an 8/10 from Pocketgamer UK

I'm curious if/when the paywall will hit.  I haven't hit it yet (just finished Chapter 3), but am perfectly fine just playing in small chunks.  I'm sure those who are trying to grind straight through will hit it in a hurry.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/10/14 on: October 13, 2014, 02:15:58 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 10, 2014, 03:06:22 PM

It's going to be a gaming ADD kinda weekend.  Picked up Styx:  Master of Shadows yesterday.  Really enjoying it after a couple hours, and will be digging into it further.  I've started both Banner Saga and Terra Battle on iPad and continue to be enthralled by Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on 3DS.  Will also be trying to beat down those gorram Extreme Primals in FF XIV and might try to get Shadows of Mordor to click. 

So in short, I have no damn idea what I'm going to play, but have a shitload of options.  smile

Or I could just ignore all of these, pick up Infamous Second Son on a whim, and spend most of my weekend with that.  smile  I mainly just bought it out of the guilt of having a PS4 and the one other game I had (Shadows of Mordor) wasn't really clicking.  I had to have something to play on a brand new console, right?  I typically dislike open world games, but Second Son is far more fun than I expected.  I got to about the 45% completion point, having liberated (?) four of the Seattle districts. 

Also spend most of Sunday leveling up my crafters in FFXIV and starting my Novus weapon upgrades.  Eagerly awaiting the 2.4 patch, which should be dropping in the next couple weeks.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: October 11, 2014, 04:37:47 AM
I grabbed this on a whim today (mainly because Shadows of Mordor wasn't really doing much for me), and have spent all night playing it.  Surprised how much I'm enjoying it, as "open world" anything typically isn't my thing.

I need to figure out how to turn off the OCD gamer in me, because I know that trying to grab every item/side mission/etc will keep me from actually finishing it.  smile
14  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Terra Battle, from the creators of Final Fantasy on: October 10, 2014, 07:03:38 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 10, 2014, 05:44:03 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 10, 2014, 03:18:39 PM

So Terra Battle is the newest games from Mistwalker, Hironobu Sakaguchi's studio.  It's a big departure from their previous efforts, and sees them trying to capture some of the lightning in a bottle that Puzzle & Dragons was able to do so well.  I was very skeptical about this tile-based battler, but it's really starting to grow on me.

The basic premise is very simple:  moving your tiles to surround an enemies on both sides allows you to attack.  However, there is a ton of strategy involved as you add in elements such as gaining additional attacks through ally positioning, unique skills for each character, massive combos, movement limits, etc.  I initially wrote the game off, but it's really started growing on me.  It's like a hyperactive chess game where every move matters.  Throw in a roster of 165 unique recruitable characters, a wide array of equipable items, and a full fledged job system, and this starts to become really interesting.  I'm still very early on, but have been having an absolute blast with this.

It does have one huge, glaring wart though:  an IAP energy timer system.  Each battle requires stamina, which slowly recharges over time.  So you can only play for a set number of battles before your stamina runs out, or you can (of course) buy more through IAP.  This hasn't been an issue so far (I just play a few battles then set it aside), but I can see it being a deal breaker for some folks.

I'd give it a tentative thumbs up.  It's free to try, with the only cost being whatever you decide to pay in IAP.  Doubt it'll be something I play over the long haul, but it's certainly been a worthwhile diversion for the last few days.  Oh, and did I mention it has an Uematsu soundtrack?  smile

Website is , it has some details and gameplay vids. 

Appreciate the heads up, sounded good till the timer shit, lost me there.  Wish they had a premium version, one time fee that removed that shit.  That's what it is, it's shit, and I'll never pay to extend a timer.  Fuck that.

I mostly agree...the timer might end up making it a no-go for me as well.  Like you, I'd gladly pay for a full unlocked version, but refuse to pay for incremental playtime.  That said, the gameplay is so solid that I may just adjust my paradigm and make this a "15 minutes a day" type of game.
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS] Terra Battle, from the creators of Final Fantasy on: October 10, 2014, 03:18:39 PM
So Terra Battle is the newest games from Mistwalker, Hironobu Sakaguchi's studio.  It's a big departure from their previous efforts, and sees them trying to capture some of the lightning in a bottle that Puzzle & Dragons was able to do so well.  I was very skeptical about this tile-based battler, but it's really starting to grow on me.

The basic premise is very simple:  moving your tiles to surround an enemies on both sides allows you to attack.  However, there is a ton of strategy involved as you add in elements such as gaining additional attacks through ally positioning, unique skills for each character, massive combos, movement limits, etc.  I initially wrote the game off, but it's really started growing on me.  It's like a hyperactive chess game where every move matters.  Throw in a roster of 165 unique recruitable characters, a wide array of equipable items, and a full fledged job system, and this starts to become really interesting.  I'm still very early on, but have been having an absolute blast with this.

It does have one huge, glaring wart though:  an IAP energy timer system.  Each battle requires stamina, which slowly recharges over time.  So you can only play for a set number of battles before your stamina runs out, or you can (of course) buy more through IAP.  This hasn't been an issue so far (I just play a few battles then set it aside), but I can see it being a deal breaker for some folks.

I'd give it a tentative thumbs up.  It's free to try, with the only cost being whatever you decide to pay in IAP.  Doubt it'll be something I play over the long haul, but it's certainly been a worthwhile diversion for the last few days.  Oh, and did I mention it has an Uematsu soundtrack?  smile

Website is , it has some details and gameplay vids. 
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/10/14 on: October 10, 2014, 03:06:22 PM
It's going to be a gaming ADD kinda weekend.  Picked up Styx:  Master of Shadows yesterday.  Really enjoying it after a couple hours, and will be digging into it further.  I've started both Banner Saga and Terra Battle on iPad and continue to be enthralled by Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on 3DS.  Will also be trying to beat down those gorram Extreme Primals in FF XIV and might try to get Shadows of Mordor to click. 

So in short, I have no damn idea what I'm going to play, but have a shitload of options.  smile
17  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call on: October 08, 2014, 05:14:47 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on October 08, 2014, 03:04:47 PM

I loved Theatrhythm, but I've been hesitant to play this one. I got tired of just running through the same songs over and over again (unless I wanted to buy the DLC, of course!) without any sense of continual progression. I know you said they improved that, but in what way?

For starters, there's over 220 songs.  I've been playing for over 12 hours and haven't even seen half of them.

Did you play it before on iOS or 3DS?  The iOS version of the first game implemented a quest system, which carried over to Curtain Call.  It's pretty cool, allowing the player to progress through a short/medium/long series of songs with branching paths and unique rewards.  Even includes boss fights.  This is where I've spent the bulk of my time.

Where the previous version simply gave you seemingly useless skills as you leveled up, this version allows you to manually assign skills for each party member.  These skills can give significant benefits, and the right mix can make or break the higher level quests.  You can also use the cards you collect to level up specific stats.  I haven't delved into this at all, but have heard it can make a big difference as well.  

The lower levels still feel kinda the same as before, as you typically won't need the skills to get through a song or quest.  When you start getting to the high level (i.e. Ultimate Score) stuff, however, they become something you can't really ignore if you want to survive.

Hope that helps...ping me with any questions.  

EDIT:  When you "beat" the game at 20,000 Rhythmia points, there's an absolutely brilliant ska version of the FF and Chocobo theme that plays over the staff credits.  I could listen to that all day. 
18  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 08, 2014, 05:04:39 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 08, 2014, 02:29:27 PM

I’m not convinced that many of you are willingly seeking God other than to mock him and those who espouse him. But not trying is not loving either.

There's no seeking of God from me, mocking or otherwise.  I feel I live a very purpose-driven life without the need to justify behaviors to a higher power.  I've also found the about the guilt-driven aspects of religion (i.e. Do it this way...OR ELSE!!) to be very...distasteful.

I'm glad that a belief in God/Jesus/whatever strengthens folks like ATB, Arclight, and most of my immediate family (who are very religious).  As long as it isn't used as a justification to persecute or remove the basic rights of others, I've got no issue with religion and would never try to dissuade anyone from it.  I've just personally never felt any need for it.  
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 08, 2014, 02:53:16 AM
I like this game, but I am seriously terrible at it.  Which is odd, as I never really had much trouble with the AC games.  It's a little frustrating that anytime you get spotted, you're immediately surrounded by a dozen enemies.  I haven't been able to get the hang of combat yet, and I'm afraid I'm going to break the game with the number of Orcs that are getting promoted because they killed me. 
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Styx: Master of Shadows [PC/PS4/XB1] on: October 08, 2014, 01:56:03 AM
Thanks for the impressions Dante.  Will definitely give this one a look.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 06, 2014, 10:58:14 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 06, 2014, 08:49:19 PM

Gratch, let us know how the Banner Saga looks and plays. I can't find one review online.

Looks great, just as good as the PC version.  I do notice a little slowdown during battles though, but nothing that's a deal breaker. 

Only problem is that playing for longer than 15 minutes makes my iPad feel like it's going to melt.  Probably as hot as I've ever felt when running a game before.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We lost a forumer last night :( on: October 06, 2014, 06:33:45 PM
RIP, and condolences to his family.

And fuck cancer.   finger
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 06, 2014, 03:48:00 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 06, 2014, 03:31:09 PM

That’s fair, but is this REALLY the only game that interests you on the system?  The WiiU actually has a pretty good exclusives lineup now, at least better than the XBONE and PS4 currently has.

I'm not a fan of either Mario or Zelda games (the next one of either franchise that I enjoy will be the first).  So yeah, in looking at the top rated WiiU games there really isn't anything there that jumps out at all.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 06, 2014, 03:07:02 PM
Such a shame this is only on WiiU.  I'd buy it in a heartbeat, but there's no way I'm buying a WiiU just for one game...learned that lesson the hard way with my Wii and Xenoblade Chronicles.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 06, 2014, 03:05:56 PM
This past year has been almost exclusively PC, mostly because I've only really only played one game since February (FF XIV).  Got a new PS4 over the weekend though, so that might change with some of the new things coming out.

I used to do a ton of iOS gaming, but it's felt really stale lately.  Everything feels like a copy of a copy of a copy, and nothing has really grabbed my attention since "Threes" came out.  frown  Picked up Banner Saga today...looking forward to giving that a spin.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 06, 2014, 02:39:07 PM
I also grabbed Banner Saga for iPad this morning.  It's a game that I tried on PC, but it didn't really click with me for some reason.  Hoping the portable format (engrossing TBS games are godsends for cross-country flights) changes that.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 06, 2014, 12:07:37 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 06, 2014, 11:15:45 AM

I'll be interested to see how the reviews for Styx: Master of Shadows turn out.  The preview content they've been putting out has looked so polished, I initially had no idea it was a PSN downloadable title.  I like stealth games, and I've been on something of a fantasy kick lately with Shadow of Mordor, Age of Wonders III, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

On the downside, Styx is made by Cyanide Studios, a developer that has become increasingly notorious for undercutting its awesome game mechanics with the most brain dead AI this side of Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.  It wouldn't surprise me learn the AI guards in Styx have dialogue like, "Eh?  What was that?  I must be hearing things again....better jam this dagger into my own ear to be sure-BLRRK!"

-Autistic Angel

I'm keeping an eye on reviews for Styx as well.  I'm always a sucker for a good stealth game...hopefully this one delivers.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 04, 2014, 10:07:38 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 04, 2014, 08:17:31 PM

1) What is your PSN gamertag?

2) Are you going to come play Destiny with us?

3) Now that taking the Gratchcast live is literally a button on your controller, are you planning to start the show this week or next week?

4) Do your Final Fantasy XIV characters import from the PC version, or do you have to start from scratch?

5) Seriously: GRATCHCAST!

-Autistic Angel

1.  skinypupy
2.  Probably not.  I'm absolutely terrible at FPS on PC, doubly so on console.
3.  lol, that would require me figuring out how that all works.  Probably not anytime soon.
4.  Apparently.  I did the upgrade this afternoon, and will know in a couple hours once everything downloads. 
5.  We shall see.  smile
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 04, 2014, 07:15:02 PM
Got a bonus from work this week, so I went ahead and pulled the trigger on a PS4.  That new Middle Earth game looked too cool to pass up.  Will be hooking up and jumping in later this afternoon.

May even try FF XIV on it and see how that works.  Would be cool to play on the big screen.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/3/14 on: October 04, 2014, 01:51:08 AM
I was *this* close to buying a PS4 today, but none of the stores I went to had a copy of Shadow of Mordor.  Oh well...

Will just spend the weekend with FFXIV instead.  Our free company just got a house yesterday, which opens up a bunch of new stuff to do.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 03, 2014, 12:21:56 PM

Quote from: EddieA on October 03, 2014, 08:28:55 AM

This was my favorite of those Colin Mochrie puns -

Our top story today - Famous playboy Hugh Hefner managed to successfully stop an order of monks from operating a business on his property. The police forced the friars to close down their stall, which was outside the playboy mansion, where they had been selling flowers. Said one friar, ‘Well if it was anyone else, we may have gotten away with it but, unfortunately, only Hugh can prevent florist friars.

 icon_lol
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Longest Journey game (kickstarter) on: September 30, 2014, 02:30:03 PM
ARISE!!!!

Dreamfall Chapters comes out October 21.

I loved, loved, loved the video in that article.  This might be the game that finally pulls me away from my year-long FFXIV obsession.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/25/14 on: September 29, 2014, 02:08:02 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 26, 2014, 06:56:12 PM

My FF XIV Free Company (guild) might be able to get our house this weekend.  It's taken nearly 8 months to save up the 36 million gil (we don't have a lot of crafters), but we're just about there.  Looking forward to working in the virtual garden and raising Chocobos.

We were able to buy the virtual land, but then found out you need an additional 3 million gil to get the actual house.   mad  In order to raise some Gil, I spent nearly all weekend crafting and gathering...two things I swore I would never do in an MMO.  It was actually pretty fun though.
34  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: September 27, 2014, 07:40:35 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 27, 2014, 03:20:01 PM

I think it's more important to be as good a person as I can rather than ascribe to a religious dogma. 

That's pretty much the manta I live my life by.  If it means I can't get into some sort of exclusive afterlife club because I didn't happen to do it "in the name of Jesus", then so be it.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/25/14 on: September 26, 2014, 06:56:12 PM
My FF XIV Free Company (guild) might be able to get our house this weekend.  It's taken nearly 8 months to save up the 36 million gil (we don't have a lot of crafters), but we're just about there.  Looking forward to working in the virtual garden and raising Chocobos.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Sons of Anarchy Season 6 on: September 25, 2014, 03:56:04 AM
Anyone else watching the final season of Sons of Anarchy?  Yes, it's all very silly, but I thought the first three episodes have been excellent, and I can't wait to see how it all wraps up.  With the path Jax is currently on, things are going to go very bad for all involved, methinks.  I'm really interested to see who actually comes out the other side alive.

37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cholesterol Blues (Paging Pete Rock) on: September 25, 2014, 03:47:33 AM
I just turned 40 in August.  It's probably time to actually get serious about some of this health stuff.  I haven't had anything really serious, but I also haven't been in for regular checkups.  My diet has gone to hell and exercise has been non-existent since the Wonder Twins showed up, and I'm pretty sure my blood pressure and cholesterol are going to be a mess.  I've gained nearly 30 pounds in the last 18 months, and while I don't have any serious health issues (that are manifested, anyways), I can tell that I'm headed down a bad path.

Thanks for the reminder to go get checked, even know I know I'm not going to like the results.

Oh, and I miss Pete.  frown
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XV on: September 23, 2014, 01:43:35 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 22, 2014, 10:59:02 PM

Will your frequent flier points have expired by then, or will they carry over so you can get it for free?

-Autistic Angel

They carry over.  Will probably cost fewer by the time FF XV actually comes out too.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XV on: September 22, 2014, 10:53:52 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 22, 2014, 09:05:12 PM

So what do others think? 

Looks neat.  I'll buy a PS4 when this comes out.
40  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call on: September 22, 2014, 05:30:09 PM
I put about 10 hours into this over the weekend, and am absolutely in love with it.  Takes everything great about the first game and ratchets it up a couple hundred notches.  220 songs ( eek), 60 characters, multiplayer, collectables, quests...there's a boatload of things to do.  I really like the way they tweaked the character customization aspects this time.  Being able to allocate specific skills gives a very noticeable advantage during the tougher songs.  There's actually a sense of progression, rather than simply gaining meaningless levels.  The quest medley mode is very fun (a huge improvement on the iOS version), although I do wish the nodes had randomized rather than set songs.

I really only have two complaints:

1.  Switching from playing the original on the iPad to this one on the 3DS is a really difficult adjustment.  I find stylus control to be far more difficult than touch, and it can be a little tough to see the directional arrows on the smaller screen.  While I could knock out the Ultimate Score for most songs in the original, I'm stuck at Expert on the 3DS. 

2.  I find that I have to press quite hard during the FMS songs, otherwise it stops registering the slide notes.  I've unexpectedly lost many a Perfect Chain as a result.

If you even have a casual interest in FF or rhythm games, I would highly, highly recommend picking this up.  It's all kinds of awesome.
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