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161  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
162  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
163  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.
164  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.
165  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.
166  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. 



167  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!!!
168  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.
169  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.
170  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%.
171  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.
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 28, 2014, 03:48:19 PM
A friend posted this on FB this morning...I thought it was hilarious.

After being introduced as the "most influential woman in the history of the republican party" (no, really.  Stop laughing.), Sarah Palin proceeded to have a completely incoherent, rambling bout of talking point diarrhea on stage, leading many to wonder how drunk she was.  The hilarity can be found here.
173  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 28, 2014, 03:25:19 PM
Sword & Poker, one of my favorite "classic" iOS games, got a F2P reboot from Konami.  It all looks very slick and plays great, but they put in a stupid timer system that gives you one battle allowance every 15 minutes.  I played about 20 minutes on the initial allotment, then ran out of allowances and had to wait to play any more.  Deleted.

I also tried the F2P remake of Darkstone (a port of the 1999 PC Diablo clone), which apparently released a couple months ago without any fanfare at all.  I knew it was in soft launch mode, but just last night heard that it got a full release.  It's decent, but getting used to the touchscreen controls is proving to be quite challenging.  Brings back some good gaming memories.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/25/14 on: July 26, 2014, 05:41:52 AM

Quote from: Crawley on July 26, 2014, 04:20:39 AM

Found a PS2 emulator (PCSX2) earlier this week and got it working after fiddling around with it for about two days. Really neat. Just pop my PS2 games in to my DVD drive and launch and go.

Put a few hours in to Final Fantasy XII, this is the ones with the bunny women. With AA, AF, FXAA, and setting the resolution at 1920x1200 the game looks surprisingly good. The distance textures are great. And everything about the characters/monsters are smooth.


The fact there has not been a FF XII HD remake is baffling to me.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/25/14 on: July 25, 2014, 08:11:39 PM
Hoping to finish up the third (of 9) book for my Animus weapon, hit the final tier of the Kobol best tribe questline, run the new Syrcus tower raid, and hit max level on my Dragoon in FF XIV.

None of which means anything to any of you.  smile
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 25, 2014, 04:40:31 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 25, 2014, 12:08:55 AM

I keep telling her I don't want to read it after her because I'm not a horny middle-aged housewife who enjoys terrible writing.

And thus begins YK's 6-month dry spell.
177  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 25, 2014, 04:16:11 PM
Chick-fil-a has never bothered me.  Jimmy Johns, on the other hand, I can hardly stand walking into.  Having 15 people screaming "HELLO!!!" when you walk in drives me nuts.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's Talk Yogurt on: July 24, 2014, 03:39:57 PM
Archer: HOLY SHIT! Yogurt is amazing! Why have I never tried yogurt?
Lana:  How have you never tried yogurt?
Archer:  Mmm, I didn't know it was that good.
Malory: It's good because it's cocaine!
Archer: Oh my God, and little kids eat it!?
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would you ever??? on: July 23, 2014, 10:27:47 PM
The only time I ever found those amusing was when I saw a pair hanging from the back of a Prius.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 23, 2014, 07:47:10 PM
I watched lots of anime back in the day, but have been out of the loop for many years now.  I've tried watching a few of the newer series (Attack on Titan, most recently), but none of it really grabs me anymore.  I did enjoy Samurai Champloo, but that's the only recent anime that I've liked.

That said, my favorites back in the day were:

-  Ninja Scroll (the movie.  I thought the series was terrible)
-  Record of Lodoss War
-  Rurouni Kenshin
-  Trigun
-  Cowboy Bebop
-  Vampire Hunter D
-  Ghost in the Shell
-  Anything by Miyazaki
-  Berzerk

I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting. 
181  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 23, 2014, 07:42:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 23, 2014, 05:44:09 PM

This pitch sounds pretty nutty, but it's worth noting that some countries do have forms of mandatory military training and service. 

Not for school-age kids though, right?
182  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 23, 2014, 05:22:41 PM
NRA pitches the idea of "mandatory firearms training" in public schools that would be required for students to progress to the next grade.

Seriously...there are no words.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, Mac,360, PS3] Sacrilegium-1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 21, 2014, 08:53:46 PM
I thought both of the Two Worlds games were terrible, so I'm not holding my breath on this one.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 21, 2014, 08:33:05 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 21, 2014, 08:29:06 PM

Just a heads up, Journey to the West is up on Netflix streaming.  If you even remotely enjoyed Kung Fu Hustle, you'll love this new film from the same director/star.  It's silly but extraordinarily fun.

I randomly grabbed Journey To The West through iTunes back in March. My expectations were pretty low, as I wasn't a huge fan of Chow's previous work, but the 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes intrigued me.

It's a retelling of the 16th Century Chinese novel, as only Chow could do. I absolutely adored this film. It's by turns hilarious, ridiculous, thrilling, terrifying, and touching. Not everything about it works (some of the effects are pretty sketchy, but that might be by design), but it's just such a wonderfully fun ride that I can't help but recommend it. There were moments that had me laughing so hard the guy next to me on the plane kept giving me strange looks.

If you enjoy Chow's work at all, or are just in the mood for something fun and a little different, don't miss it. I'm guessing it's going to sadly fly under most folk's radar, which is a real shame.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 21, 2014, 08:09:16 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 21, 2014, 07:58:53 PM

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.

That you are probably paying entirely too much compared to what some countries in Europe or Asia get for their money should make you a little bit unhappy with them.

I suppose, but then you could say that about a lot of things.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 21, 2014, 07:49:25 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 21, 2014, 07:31:08 PM


I initially had zero interest in this, but definitely plan on seeing it in theaters now.  Every trailer I've seen just looks better and better.  These sort of comments (taken from that link) help too:

Quote
Random GUARDIANS thought: In many (good) ways, it's about as indebted to FIREFLY/SERENITY as it is to the look/feel of other Marvel Movies.
187  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 04:31:09 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 21, 2014, 04:03:25 PM

Okay fools I clearly am bad with explaining this. They are just plain old creepy. I don't need a side of "Jesus" with my sandwich. Period. Even my wife, who almost never complains, says he same thing . She stopped saying "thank you", because the conversation would go like this. "Thank you", "My pleasure, my pleasure, my pleasure, my pleasure". If you don't say thank you, the following doesn't happen in spades. She even filled out a comment card stating "enough with crazy amounts of MY PLEASURE!".

It just feels like Jesus meets twin peaks is the best way to describe it...

I'll ask again, what does any of this have to do with religion?  "Over the top" customer service has always been a Chic-fil-a trademark, but I'm having trouble connecting that to religion in any significant way.  If their response was "MY PLEASURE, JESUS LOVES YOU", then I could see the complaint.  Otherwise, they're just being overly friendly.

Not saying it isn't creepy (it kinda is), but I don't think it has anything to do with religious beliefs.
188  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 02:29:39 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 21, 2014, 02:24:20 PM

Letting church members use the space for proselytizing customers sure seems like a religious topic.

Didn't sound like that was happening though...he said the local church members spent time talking with the managers (not the customers).
189  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 02:16:04 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 21, 2014, 03:50:25 AM

The location by me is so freaking bizarre and they are getting to me. Everytime I say thanks, they say, "my pleasure". Like over and over and over again. I go through the drivethru one day and see a person outside taking orders. So I say oh the microphone or something must be broke, just making small talk. Her response was that they want to serve me better to make sure that I'm pleased. Overboard. I just want my sandwich ! There's always local church members in there for what I believe is hrs talking to the managers etc. Most of the time it's just comical, but sometimes it's way too much. When they ask what I'm doing on said day and I say just running errands or what have you, please don't further nag me for details! I want a sandwich, give me that sandwich! Rant over.

And this has anything to do with religion because...?   icon_confused
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/18/14 on: July 21, 2014, 12:17:18 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 21, 2014, 03:35:52 AM

I really wish Wildstar would get a price drop. I really want to give it a fair shake but damned if I want to spend $60 to do so. I did try a 7 day friend trial, but I didn't have enough back to back playtime to really get over the beginning hump.

I wish I could just gift you my copy.  I did spend the $60, and disliked nearly everything about that game.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast 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.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/18/14 on: July 18, 2014, 08:42:29 PM
Haven't touched a game all week, hoping to get some time with FF XIV this weekend.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: July 18, 2014, 08:40:00 PM
What happened to the GT review for this game?  Metacritic shows it was there (a 75/100, screenshot below), but their link goes to a 404 page and there's no mention of it on the front page.

194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 15, 2014, 12:20:50 AM
I sell leader development training to federal government agencies. 

It's about as exciting as it sounds.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The weekend playlist - 7/11 on: July 13, 2014, 09:43:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 13, 2014, 06:19:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 12, 2014, 10:57:47 PM

A huge patch for FFXIV hit this week, adding a whole bunch of new stuff.  Will be running the new dungeons and starting on my wild hunting log.


Did you ever find the other six Atma Crystals you needed to build a new weapon?

-Autistic Angel

Yep.  Now working on the next level grind.  smile
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your current jam? on: July 13, 2014, 12:49:48 PM
When Angry Metal Guy awarded The Ocean's "Pelagial" with their Album of the Year award last year, I kinda scoffed.  I'd heard a couple tracks, but nothing that really pulled me in.  On a whim, I gave it another listen about a month ago...and have listened to it every single day sense.  It really is a wholly remarkable album.  My favorite track that is stuck in my head this morning is Bathyalpelagic I:  Impasses.

I also can't get enough of Voyager's new album, simply titled "V".  Check out Hyperventilating
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The weekend playlist - 7/11 on: July 12, 2014, 10:57:47 PM
A huge patch for FFXIV hit this week, adding a whole bunch of new stuff.  Will be running the new dungeons and starting on my wild hunting log.

Trying to resist the temptation of the new Divinity game as well.
198  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: July 10, 2014, 12:28:11 PM
Patch 2.3 was released this week, which brings a ton of new additions.  Wild Hunts (similar to FF XII), a new PvP mode, multiple new dungeons, a continuation of the main storyline, chocobo raising, on and on.  Most of the new content is intended for high level, so I'm very excited to get going on it.  Bard is now at iLvl 94 with an atma weapon, working on my animus books (got 2 of 9 complete).  All this new stuff should keep me busy until the expansion next year.  smile

Thought this was a cool sunset shot in Limsa Lominsa, standing right outside the Grand Company HQ.

199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Changes in gaming habits over the years... on: July 10, 2014, 03:48:09 AM
I've seen a seismic shift in my gaming habits over the last 5 years.  Part of it is due to having kids (hence a lot less free time), but there have been some other big changes as well.

-  I've pretty much given up on consoles.  There isn't a single game that interests me enough to buy either of the current gen systems.  I had a Vita, but it collected dust and I sold it.  Have a DS, but haven't really played anything on it except Bravely Default.  The only game on the horizon that might get me to make the leap is Final Fantasy XV, and even that's iffy at this point.

-  I've really gotten into MMO's, which is a sentence I never thought I'd utter.  Guild Wars 2 and SWTOR were the ones that really got me hooked, and I've tried a ton of them since:  Rift, Tera, Neverwinter, Secret World, Aion, even WoW.  I rarely get to the end game stuff (not having much gaming time doesn't really lend itself to high end raid content), but I've spent at least 50-100 hours with each of these.  Final Fantasy XIV is the one exception, and it has completely taken over my gaming life for the past 6 months.  It's made me realize how much fun these things really can be, and I can see myself playing it for a long time.

-  I have little patience to learn complex games anymore.  If something doesn't grab me right off, I tend to shelve it very quickly and move on to something else.  I want games to be fun, not overly frustrating.  I also find that having more disposable income means I have less connection to the games I buy.  Used to be that I could only buy one or two games a month, so I made damn sure I got my money's worth.  I don't have that burning desire anymore, and have no problem giving up on a game if it's not clicking with me.

-  I played a ton of iOS games when I got my first iPad, but I've really cooled on that scene lately.  Everything simply seems like a clone of a clone of a clone, and there isn't much that is terribly interesting.  I also don't enjoy physics puzzlers or tower defense games, which seem to make up 90% of what's out there for iOS.  Every once in a while something comes along that I spend time with, but they're becoming few and far between.

Overall, I feel like I'm really starting to disconnect from the hobby. Since I don't care for open world or military games, I'm not into multiplayer FPS, and my favorite genre (JRPG) is all but dead these days, there simply isn't anything out there that I'm overly excited about.  Looked at the E3 coverage this year and realized there were literally only one or two games coming in the next year that I had any interest in at all.  I'm sure I'll never give up on the hobby entirely, but it's certainly not nearly the focus it used to be.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: Where have you been all my life on: July 10, 2014, 03:33:35 AM

Quote from: ATB on July 09, 2014, 02:07:31 PM

Upon rewatching, the death that haunted me most was that of

Spoiler for Hiden:
Brodie. I had forgotten he was killed and I thought for sure I remembered a scene of him still sitting on the corner at the end of the show…but apparently that was at the end of one of the other seasons.  It was a gut punch.

While not a death, the one that got me the worst was

Spoiler for Hiden:
Dookie.  Seeing him go from being the one kid in the bunch with promise to shooting up in a back alley was heartbreaking

The death that got to me was actually very early on:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Wallace.  Watching him beg for his life from Bodie and Pooh was just brutal.  Especially since he was basically in charge of raising all the other neighborhood kids
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