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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/29/14 -- Labor Day Weekend Edition! on: September 01, 2014, 04:49:27 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 31, 2014, 06:31:20 PM

Has anyone heard from Gratch yet?  It isn't like him to miss a weekend playlist and he hasn't posted any updates about his Final Fantasy XIV Dragoon or raid plans yet.

-Autistic Angel

It's comforting to know that if I completely disappear from the internet, at least a couple people will realize it.  smile

Just more FFXIV for me.  Running a bunch of the high-end raids to try and gear out my bard and dragoon in ilvl 100 gear, while leveling up both a white mage and thaumaturge (precursor to black mage).  Plenty there to keep me busy.

I did decide to give Wildstar one last look, as I hate paying $45 for a game and not really giving it a fair shake.  I also thought that maybe I just didn't like it during the initial couple tries due to my FFXIV addiction. 

This try confirmed it...still dislike pretty much everything about that game.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 24, 2014, 03:41:11 AM
Saw it tonight.  Absolutely LOVED it.  Haven't had that much fun at a movie in a long, long time.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: August 23, 2014, 08:14:45 PM
Oh man, I'm so sorry
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/22/14 on: August 22, 2014, 08:06:23 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on August 22, 2014, 03:47:43 PM

It's!!!!... The Weekend Playlist! Today is my birthday. 41.

Happy Birthday! 

Probably not much gaming this weekend, as my 40th birthday is tomorrow.  We're doing a get together with the extended family tonight, and Mrs. Gratch has some sort of surprise planned for me tomorrow.  Will hopefully get in a little FF XIV on Sunday.  I've started leveling a healer class, which is an MMO first for me.
5  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 09:26:22 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 21, 2014, 08:04:30 PM

Actually nothing to do with Palin. I said that because when I check here I seldom post because the only R&P posts I see are someone mocking a conservative followed by a handful of other patting him on the back or trying to outdo whatever conservative attack was launched. Can't recall when the last time I saw an intelligent discussion here with people differing on the position in a civil manner and discussing nuances.

I'd love to discuss politics here with civility and nuance.  But when the only ones who bring a conservative viewpoint are scorched earthers like Zeke and Eco (and occasionally you), I'm not even sure how that's possible.
6  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 07:09:27 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 21, 2014, 05:38:00 PM

This forum should be renamed to "Echo Chamber"

And here I was thinking that mocking Sarah Palin was the one thing folks on both sides of the aisle could agree on.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 21, 2014, 03:00:09 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 20, 2014, 05:50:01 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 19, 2014, 07:50:22 PM

They're not particularly "metal" any more, but Opeth's new album is streaming in its entirety here

Thanks for the link, will give it a listen tomorrow. I don't expect much, loved Opeth but they have lost it. I am all for branching out, but they went a bit too far for my tastes. Still, I am sure I will end up buying it.

I wouldn't go so far as to say they've "lost it" (the songwriting is still very solid)...more that they've gone in a direction I would have preferred they didn't.  Most of what made me love Opeth was the creative interplay between brutal death metal and stunningly beautiful melodies.  It made for a very unique combination and was always an fun listen.  This dynamic is lost with the move to all prog, which makes it far less interesting, IMHO.

That said, I've listened to this new one a couple times.  It's actually pretty good...much better than "Heritage", anyways.
8  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 12:09:08 PM
Sarah Palin: I hate that Tina Fey made me look like an idiot

I'm pretty sure you managed to do just fine on that front without Fey's help.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 07:23:53 PM
We very occasionally buy DVD's of kids movies, as we don't have any sort of streaming capability on the TV in the main playroom. 

99% of what I or Mrs. Gratch watch is either through Netflix, iTunes, or Comcast PPV.  Haven't bought any physical media in years.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 19, 2014, 07:50:22 PM
They're not particularly "metal" any more, but Opeth's new album is streaming in its entirety here
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 18, 2014, 06:18:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 18, 2014, 05:03:19 PM

Was curious, actually, about how they were going to do that...if perhaps the show focuses around Saul BEFORE he meets WW. That would be pretty interesting actually. Show how he connected with Gus and Mike but only as call backs to BB, not main plot points.

Pretty sure that's the entire premise of "Better Call Saul".  From the Wiki page:

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Set in 2002, it focuses on the life of small-time lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad, though events during and after the original series will also be explored.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/15/14 on: August 18, 2014, 04:31:22 AM
Level 50 Dragoon gear in FF XIV is rad.

13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 16, 2014, 01:49:25 PM
Props to you both for the civil discussion.   thumbsup

Quote from: YellowKing on August 15, 2014, 10:32:58 PM


The other big change in my life, and it may sound somewhat silly, is that my son got a year older. He's now almost 3, and that's a big difference from "almost 2" which is where he was around console launch. I think dealing with a 3 year old and a 1 year old last year had me pretty damn stir crazy. This year (particularly over the summer), I was really able to start doing some things that I haven't been able to do much since my oldest was born. Go to concerts, take up disc golf, start running seriously. Those outlets have helped a great deal with my temperament.

If you ever feel like you need a refresher, I've got a couple 14-month-olds you can borrow.  slywink
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/15/14 on: August 15, 2014, 02:45:08 PM
There's a nifty seasonal event in FF XIV, will be jumping into that.  Almost have my Dragoon to 50, so I can start picking up Darklight gear now.

Will also give Divinity Original Sin another look.  First impressions were very poor...hopefully that changes.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Norway on: August 13, 2014, 02:50:24 PM
That looks...different.

Although any movie with the line "I bestow my balls on you instead" can't be all bad.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: August 13, 2014, 02:46:56 PM
A couple albums that I've liked enough to actually buy lately instead of just streaming them from Spotify. 

Allegaeon - Elements of the Infinite.  I'm typically not a big tech-death fan, but these guys can craft some seriously wicked (and catchy) melodies.  Plus, they make funny videos.



The Ocean - Pelagial.  This album has secured a spot in my personal "Top 10" favorite albums.  A unique concept album about diving through the different depth layers of the ocean.  Starts at the top very light, very upbeat...and absolutely crushes you by the time it gets to the bottom.  Probably my favorite song is Bathyapelagiac II...gods, what a riff.



Voyager - V.  Voyager's "The Meaning of I" was an absolutely brilliant album, and "V" carries that torch proudly.  Yes, the singer sounds like a dead ringer for Simon LeBon and there's a certain cheese factor to what they do, but the songs are just so damn good.  t's not *quite* as good as Meaning of I, but that would be a tough one to top.  You can listen to the full album on their Bandcamp page



Demonic Resurrection - The Demon King.  I'll admit it, I mostly bought this one for the cover art.  smile  However, the glowing review from No Clean Singing didn't hurt.  I'm a total sucker for some melody and orchestration in my death metal, and these guys do a hell of a job with that.  I really dig Trail of Devastation

17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: August 13, 2014, 04:38:48 AM
Ever since this released, I've been trying to get myself psyched to play an old-school RPG...finally decided I may as well give it a shot tonight.  Only put in about an hour, but my first impressions weren't particularly favorable.  Some UI wonkiness, I can already tell I'm going to get annoyed by the inventory system, a dialog option led to an outcome that I didn't intend at all (attacking a pair of friendly guards), and the camera annoys the hell out of me (it never seems to let me rotate the way I want to in order to see something).  Hopefully it'll click better as I get into the game proper, as I think I barely got out of the tutorial.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 12, 2014, 07:33:43 PM
The decision is even more baffling when you consider how Squeenix had completely unrealistic expectations for the reboot.

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Astonishingly, the publisher hoped to sell between 5 and 6 million copies of Tomb Raider in its first month, which would have placed it amongst some of the fastest-selling games ever. It managed 3.6 million, which by most standards is an extremely impressive launch.

To then turn around and essentially cut your potential audience for the sequel by 2/3?  That's a bizarre move.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 12, 2014, 01:20:49 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 12, 2014, 01:03:56 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 12, 2014, 12:59:44 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 12, 2014, 12:54:59 PM

I believe the Tomb Raider deal is timed as they said exclusive for 2015.  That must have cost Microsoft a fair bit as Definitive Edition sold about double on PS4 compared to XB1.
I was worried MS was going to start paying to delay/cancel multiplatform versions.

Quantum Break looks great.

agreed it cost MS a fair bit of money to get timed exclusive

Some reporting it's not timed now.  I guess to some degree it makes sense for SE to not compete with Uncharted directly, but like I said the PS4 version of TR DE sold around double the XB1 version.  Also no PC version...

That really just...sucks.  frown  I absolutely adored Tomb Raider and a sequel would absolutely be one of the extremely few upcoming games that would be a day one purchase for me.  Guess not, since I have exactly zero interest in ever owning an XB1. 
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/8/14 on: August 11, 2014, 06:32:14 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 11, 2014, 03:50:58 PM

Final Fantasy XIV looks like a good game and I do enjoy MMOs now and again.  The trouble is that they tend to overtake everything else.  It's hard to spend time with any other game when there's a paid subscription quietly ticking away and your friends are waiting on you to help out with the next group objective.

Very true.  I haven't played anything else since I started FF XIV (outside of an ill-conceived plan to give Wildstar a look...wish I had that $45 back).  This is the first MMO that has actually had legs for me though...they're usually a "play like crazy for 30 days then quit entirely" sort of thing.  Helps that there hasn't really been anything else that has interested me for a few months either, and probably won't be until Dragon Age 3 hits.  I'm sort of interested in Divinity, but I just can't seem to get myself in the mood for an old-school RPG right now.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 11, 2014, 04:31:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 11, 2014, 03:58:03 PM

I find it interesting that the second house looks cookie-cutter to some of you.  I don't think I've ever seen a house in California that looks like that, and there's definitely nothing like that in New Mexico.  While I do like house #1 better, I like house #2's stacked porch & balcony, and the sideways garage is neat.

Agreed.  To me, there's nothing "cookie-cutter" about either of those houses.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 09, 2014, 05:55:53 AM
Auntie Annie's pretzel dogs.   drool

It's a damn good thing they only sell those in airports.  Otherwise, my heart would have simply exploded by now.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/8/14 on: August 09, 2014, 05:54:09 AM
A bunch more FF XIV.  Wondering if Autistic Angel will bite the bullet and join in, since there is a 14-day trial available now.  smile
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 07:35:07 PM
House #1 is neat, but as everyone else is saying, location is everything.  I'm really not that crazy about my house itself, but I never want to move simply because I absolutely love my neighborhood.  Makes all the difference in the world.

#2 seems like a no-brainer to me.

Out of curiosity, whereabouts do you live?  Those seem like crazy low prices for homes of that size/quality. 
25  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 08, 2014, 07:31:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 08, 2014, 04:18:37 AM

Gave Godus a try. After 15 minutes it asks you to rate the game (by giving you an in game reward that turns out to be a message asking you to do so). Then it tells you if you want to keep playing you need to register with their site. Also told it not to allow notifications, it did so anyway. Deleted.

Yeah, people are pissed at Molyneux about Godus, especially those who backed it on Kickstarter.
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 05, 2014, 01:57:42 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 05, 2014, 01:21:32 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 04, 2014, 08:40:52 PM

Secret of Mana is only $3.99 today.  Worth it just for the music.  smile

On sale through the 10th. However, what worries me is it is an iPhone game... how does that translate to playing it on an iPad?

It's ok on iPad.  Gets a little tiny bit fuzzy when you blow it up to 2x, but I don't find it distracting a at all.
27  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 04, 2014, 08:40:52 PM
Secret of Mana is only $3.99 today.  Worth it just for the music.  smile
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 03, 2014, 08:46:59 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 03, 2014, 08:27:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 03, 2014, 03:19:05 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 02, 2014, 09:13:40 PM

I'm approaching the 40-hour mark in Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii.  I just unlocked a new region to explore, and since the game thankfully doesn't have any spoken dialogue, I'll be able to keep the Gratchcast on and streaming his Final Fantasy XIV adventures while I play.

-Autistic Angel

EDIT: Wait, I just remembered Gratch isn't streaming his games yet.  Apparently he still values flexible time with his family over meeting the capricious demands of random strangers on the internet.  Oh well: I guess I'll just go squat on an overturned bucket in the basement and eat these tubs of Rocky Road ice cream all weekend instead. tear

Funny you should mention that.  I found out this morning that our Labyrinth of the Ancients and Syrcus Tower runs were being streamed last night by one of our FC members.  It's here, our run starts about the 2 hour mark.  I'm Bayard Elderwood...you'll see me running around not knowing what the hell I'm doing.  smile


Yeah, 02:07:30 if anyone else wants to see it too.

This is my first exposure to Final Fantasy XIV, but the fact that one of the streamer's quest objectives reads "Reattune to the aetheryte at Natalan" tells me it's very faithful to its source material.

Does that harp icon next to your name indicate that Bayard is your bard?

-Autistic Angel

Yep, icon indicates class/job.  Those two raids were fairly high-level content, so I was running them with my max-level+ Bard.  I've also got a Dragoon that's almost max level (44 of 50), and am working up a Gladiator (tank) as well.

There's a 14-day free trial now, you should give it a look.  The game has completely changed my perspective on MMO's.  It's an absolute blast and has (obviously) consumed my entire gaming world.

If you do decide to jump on, just wait until I get back in town on Friday so I can show you the ropes.  smile
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 03, 2014, 07:25:22 PM
Was there a "final straw"?  Or was it more just a gradual separation?
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 03, 2014, 03:19:05 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 02, 2014, 09:13:40 PM

I'm approaching the 40-hour mark in Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii.  I just unlocked a new region to explore, and since the game thankfully doesn't have any spoken dialogue, I'll be able to keep the Gratchcast on and streaming his Final Fantasy XIV adventures while I play.

-Autistic Angel

EDIT: Wait, I just remembered Gratch isn't streaming his games yet.  Apparently he still values flexible time with his family over meeting the capricious demands of random strangers on the internet.  Oh well: I guess I'll just go squat on an overturned bucket in the basement and eat these tubs of Rocky Road ice cream all weekend instead. tear

Funny you should mention that.  I found out this morning that our Labyrinth of the Ancients and Syrcus Tower runs were being streamed last night by one of our FC members.  It's here, our run starts about the 2 hour mark.  I'm Bayard Elderwood...you'll see me running around not knowing what the hell I'm doing.  smile
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 02, 2014, 05:47:51 AM
Got a new mount (bomb chair), a set of weathered gear to hit ilvl 96, tanked my first dungeon in a year, and finished my 4th Animus weapon book in FF XIV.  That's a full weekend right there...and I got it all done tonight.  Lots more Saturday and Sunday.  smile
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 09:53:55 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 01, 2014, 09:16:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 01, 2014, 08:06:21 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 08:33:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 31, 2014, 08:20:56 PM

so after asking everyone else not to make this a political thing, you go and do it yourself.  Brilliant  Roll Eyes

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 07:57:03 PM

I pray to God you're right, but with the Islamist extremists running rampant, I don't find it all that far fetched.
If  that's a political statement I'll eat my hat.  That's an accurate statement of what is going on in our world, not political, nor religious.  Go stir shit up somewhere else or contribute to the thread.

There are Islamist extremists running rampant...in Mexico?  And they're coming over the border?

Apparently I have missed some significant developments lately.

There are 1,000's of non-Mexicans crossing daily.    To think that those that want us all dead haven't already used the open border, or aren't actively trying to is completely naive.   Almost as naive as thinking a majority of those crossing are children.

That's what I thought you might have meant.  I'll refrain from comment so as not to take it in an R & P direction.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 08:06:21 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 08:33:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 31, 2014, 08:20:56 PM

so after asking everyone else not to make this a political thing, you go and do it yourself.  Brilliant  Roll Eyes

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 07:57:03 PM

I pray to God you're right, but with the Islamist extremists running rampant, I don't find it all that far fetched.
If  that's a political statement I'll eat my hat.  That's an accurate statement of what is going on in our world, not political, nor religious.  Go stir shit up somewhere else or contribute to the thread.

There are Islamist extremists running rampant...in Mexico?  And they're coming over the border?

Apparently I have missed some significant developments lately.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 05:52:15 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 01, 2014, 05:49:01 PM

Apartment life with a cat worries me. A lot of cats like to go outside, and while I am surrounded by woods, there is a major road not far from here. My last cats hated to be inside and I couldn't open a door without one of them trying to get out.

I've always had indoor-only cats and never had a problem with them.  Even in an apartment.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 12:08:47 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 01, 2014, 10:06:30 AM

Even though a cat can be way less maintenance than a dog, it's still a pet that will rely on you, that includes financially.

Wait until you have a more stable job or other income source.

+1.  Cats are awesome, but they can definitely be expensive.  We adopted our new kitten (Obi Wan Catnobi) a couple months ago, and between adoption fees, neutering, shots, checkups, toys, and the entirely random dislocated back toe he somehow managed, we've spent close to $1,000 on him. 



36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 04:34:45 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 31, 2014, 04:21:07 PM

I agree with Isgrimnur.  This is what governments are for.  When it isn't profitable for companies to do it.

SOSHULISM!!!
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: July 30, 2014, 02:27:46 PM
It's here, at least for the moment. 

I know nothing about Deadpool, but that was pretty damn awesome.
38  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 30, 2014, 01:12:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 30, 2014, 04:43:26 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 28, 2014, 06:28:16 PM

The timer might actually be the least egregious of the freemium aspects.

Really? If I like a game, I just want to play it, not wait for when it will let me play it again.

Let me clarify.  The timers are awful, but they are only one of the ridiculous freemium aspects.  In order to purchase even low-level weapon upgrades requires gems, which come at a ridiculously slow pace.  A basic weapon costs 500 gems, and you might get 5 after clearing an entire level of between 4-6 battles.  So you'd have to clear nearly 100 levels to be able to afford even a basic weapon.  And since a single level requires you to spend 10'ish battle points (the timer currency), you can only clear 1-2 before having to either wait for the timer to reset or pay for more.  I can't even imagine what it would cost when you get to the higher levels.  If there's a flat fee to remove the timers, I didn't see it anywhere.

It's really quite ridiculous, and reminds me of EA's Dungeon Keeper freemium fiasco.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 04:15:41 PM

Quote from: Lassr on July 29, 2014, 03:58:57 PM

I'd be curious to see mine these days. I remember about 10 years ago when I was buying a car from Nissan and I told them I wanted their 1.9% interest deal, they said that was reserved for people with excellent credit ratings, which I thought was kind of an asshole-ish thing to say to your customer but when he checked my rating I had an 815 score and was offered 0% interest.  Tongue

Same here. I had an 800'ish rating last time we bought a car (2 years ago), and I assume it would be the same.

Having 35% of the population with debt in collections is a staggeringly high number.  The more interesting question to me is how and why folks are in so much debt.  Catastrophic bills (i.e. medical)?  Unemployed or underemployed?  Simply not living within their means?  What's the largest culprit?

I'm amazed at how many people just in my neighborhood have the nice house, the new cars, the boat, the ATV's, do yearly cruises, etc...then you find out they have multiple maxed credit cards, are in collections or foreclosure, or rely on payday loans to make ends meet.  Folks that you would never suspect are in that 35%.
40  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 28, 2014, 06:28:16 PM
The timer might actually be the least egregious of the freemium aspects.  The whole thing is a mess, which is a shame as the gameplay is actually very fun.
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