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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/28/14 on: February 28, 2014, 08:45:24 PM
Thief and some Bravely Default.
82  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 28, 2014, 05:27:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 28, 2014, 05:16:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 28, 2014, 05:03:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 28, 2014, 04:00:21 PM


There are Christians who think the Arizona legislation was horrible and wrong,

Tilt articulated it very well above, but any derision I have towards Christians is directed only at those who supported this legislation under the guise of "religious freedom". 

I think we're on the same page, then.  The way you worded your response to Arclight made it sound like you were lumping all Christians together because of the acts of this asshole subset, but if that's not the case, then The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

Ah, apologies to Arclight then.  Mrs. Gratch is a devout Christian...dinnertime would be kind of awkward if I felt animosity towards Christians in general.  smile
83  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 28, 2014, 05:03:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 28, 2014, 04:00:21 PM


There are Christians who think the Arizona legislation was horrible and wrong,

Tilt articulated it very well above, but any derision I have towards Christians is directed only at those who supported this legislation under the guise of "religious freedom". 
84  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 28, 2014, 03:53:55 PM

Quote from: Arclight on February 28, 2014, 03:46:28 PM

Do you think knocking Christians is any less wrong than knocking Gay's?

Last I checked, gays weren't attempting to pass legislation that would write discrimination against Christians into law.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Countdown to 40 on: February 26, 2014, 04:49:02 PM
I'll be hitting 40 this year as well.   disgust

Quote from: ATB on February 26, 2014, 01:21:55 PM

Was thinking about having a 40th birthday party where instead of celebrating myself, I invite people close to me and then give them gifts that show how much they mean to me.

That's a great idea ATB.  Will mention that to Mrs. Gratch so she doesn't think she needs to put together some big bash. 
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 26, 2014, 02:57:50 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 26, 2014, 02:55:41 PM

On PC I found that the game is performing quite well, but the prerendered cutscenes do not.

That's been my experience as well.  I didn't have a single framerate hiccup during gameplay, but the cutscenes turned into slideshows at some points.

Quote from: Teggy on February 26, 2014, 02:55:41 PM

Their benchmark tool scene also takes place during a steady rain which is a lot more resource intensive than most of the game which takes place either indoors or during dry weather.

I'm running at 1920 X 1080 with everything set to "High", and am getting 42.8 FPS on the benchmark.  I've got a new mid-range rig, AMD FX 8-core @ 4.40, 8 GB RAM, Radeon R9 270 2GB.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 26, 2014, 06:17:12 AM
Played through the first two missions, both took me about an hour.  Playing on the default difficulty and didn't fiddle with any of the settings.  This new iteration took a little getting used to, but I'm really having a blast with it now.  It's not the same Thief that we remember, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun.  Rather than being able to take an "anywhere and everywhere" approach, they've made the game smaller and force you to sneak through some really tough spots.  The tension is absolutely still there, but in a different way.  Tough to describe but it feels closer and more claustrophobic, which ups the excitement considerably IMO.  I don't find that any of the new additions (i.e. Focus powers, the new arrows, etc) detract from the experience in any way.  Throughout the first couple missions, I've only used Focus a couple of times.  The only thing I haven't really figured out yet is the Swoop function.  It worked in the tutorial mission, but I haven't been able to get it to work since.  Pressing a direction then the space bar just makes Garrett run to the new spot, he doesn't Swoop in.  Probably just need some practice.

It looks fantastic, but I have had a couple odd technical glitches.  The lip synching came unsynched during a cutscene, I could hear one snoring guard crystal clear on all three floors of a building, and I had one random CTD.  I was trying to make it through the entire game without killing anyone (although I'm certainly not above a good knockout blow), but when I set down one of the guards I knocked out, he slipped over a ledge and fell to his death.  Oops...

My guess is that there are lots of old guard Thief players who will dismiss this very early on because they can't go exactly where they want.  That would be a shame, as I think there's a really good - although very different - stealth game to be found here.  Granted, I'm only a couple missions in, but from what I've seen, Ron's review was spot on.
88  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 26, 2014, 03:12:40 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 26, 2014, 02:21:03 AM

Personally I think the most intriguing thing about this bill is how they intend it to be enforced.  Will people be required to have their sexuality listed on their ID cards, or maybe everyone has to have an RFID tag implanted?  Or more intriguing, has Arizona secretly perfected the first working GAYDAR?!?!  

Beep beep beep - GAY!  

I support this bill because I want that technology.  Just imagine the fun you could have with it.

I've been wondering the same thing.
89  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 26, 2014, 02:45:31 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on February 26, 2014, 01:28:39 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 26, 2014, 12:29:39 AM

So... what's the deal with the Nemeses? I've got the full complement of 7 sitting in the village, from level 70 to 99. Do I just leave them alone until the party levels up to something in that range? For grins, I tried to 'Fight' one of them and it was a one-shot party wipe. Youch.
My Norende is filled with them.  The only impact they have is that my villagers appear to be in a constant state of panic running and screaming everywhere.  That's what they get for moving into a village located next to a sink hole to hell.

 icon_lol  I tried fighting one early on and got my ass whooped, haven't bothered with them since.  I think they give a good chunk of XP, but that seems to be the only benefit.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 25, 2014, 10:15:56 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 25, 2014, 08:58:32 PM

According to those I've heard from who've played the game for a bit, Focus makes the game way too easy and is better left off for gaming veterans. The game is supposed to be more enjoyable without it, no matter how it's explained in the game.

There are lots of folks (myself included) who play games to simply be engrossed in a virtual world, and not necessarily because we enjoy a massive challenge. 

I'm planning to play on Normal and leaving Focus on, unless it becomes too terribly distracting.  I'm not great at FPS games to begin with, so I'm sure that'll be about right.  I can always start over if it's way too easy.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 25, 2014, 01:56:03 PM
 eek eek

Damn Turtle, glad you're still with us. 
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 24, 2014, 06:19:21 PM
Great review Ron.  I'm pretty excited to get started on this one...it might even break my Bravely Default addiction.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 24, 2014, 03:20:02 PM
The reviews are about what I expected.  Still looks like a game I'll enjoy though...even moreso because it was free with the new PC I just got. 
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/24) on: February 24, 2014, 03:11:49 PM
Thief is pre-loaded and ready to go on Steam...mediocre reviews be damned!
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/21/14 on: February 24, 2014, 04:00:25 AM
I was all over the place this weekend.  Most of the time was spent with Bravely Default, but I also put a couple hours into Strike Suit Zero, Zen Pinball, Unreal Tournament 3, Banished, Fez, and Bioshock Infinite (PS3).

Oh, and I also got a new high score on Temple Run 2, with a run of 19,485,689 and 39,842 meters.   icon_cool
96  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 24, 2014, 02:48:17 AM
If this passes, I cannot wait for the first time a Christian is denied service in Arizona due to this law.  The poutrage will be epic.
97  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 23, 2014, 02:03:24 AM
This response was awesome



As was George Takei's response.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 22, 2014, 09:54:26 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 22, 2014, 09:44:23 PM

Be prepared for...shoddy physics and bizarre AI.

So, exactly like the first three games then?
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 22, 2014, 06:30:54 PM

Quote from: naednek on February 22, 2014, 02:05:01 AM


I used this and it makes a HUGE difference in how Thief Gold looks.  It's still butt-ugly (always was), but is at least tolerable with this mod.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sooo....Am I the Only One Here Watching the Olympics? on: February 22, 2014, 06:20:14 PM
This is the first time in my life that I have not payed any attention to the Olympics.  I usually really enjoy them, but real life has thrown up too many distractions over the last couple weeks and I just haven't been able to generate any interest at all.  frown
101  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 21, 2014, 03:15:17 AM
This is an excellent new table, with one significant flaw, IMHO.

-  The offense/defense dynamic is lots of fun. You build up attack capability by hitting the ramps.  Once you hit enough ramps, you get the chance to advance to the mini playing field to get a shot on goal through a bunch of barriers (defenders).  The more offensive power you've built up, the fewer defenders there are to block your shot.
- Consistently missing the ramps depletes your offense and builds it up for the other team.  If you're completely depleted, you have to hit a couple designated targets within a time limit to prevent them from scoring.  Miss those targets and it's a goal for them.
-  I love the fact that outlane drains can be mitigated by the lower flippers.  You run the risk of giving up a corner kick though, which requires you to hit a specific ramp, or they score.
-  The overarching goal is that you are playing a series of 10 league games to become the League Champ.  Matches are on a running timer, 45 minutes/half (sped up so each half takes 7-10 minutes of real time).  This leads to the major flaw.

You still only have 3 balls, so if you drain the third ball anytime during the match, it automatically ends regardless of the score.  The next game then starts that match over again.  So if you're up 5-0 and drain your third ball, it's all for naught and you have to start over.  Same thing if you're down 5-0.  It took 6 games for me to finally get through the week 2 match, even though I had big leads in 4 out of 5 of those matches.  I finally just ended up holding the ball on one of the flippers to run out the last 20 minutes of the game so I could get the win.  Not exactly a compelling victory, but I was getting tired of playing the same team over and over again.  Let's face it, keeping the ball in play for 15-20 minutes is tough.  You can also just let the ball drain if you don't want to take a loss.  It would be way better, imo, if the next game picked up where the last match left off.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unsettling Feeling of Work Lulls [Update: Laid Off] on: February 20, 2014, 11:56:24 PM
Damn, sorry Ridah.

I also think you're out of luck on the bonus.  My dad just got hit with the same thing (nothing like getting laid off at 68  Roll Eyes) and he's going to be out a huge bonus from last year's performance.  They've basically told him "tough shit".
103  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 20, 2014, 09:20:34 PM
The new Super League Football table is out for Zen Pinball.   thumbsup

Downloading now...impressions later

EDIT:  Word of warning right off the bat.  Be sure to do "Select Team" BEFORE purchasing the new table.  Apparently each team is a separate $1.99 purchase, and if you don't select your team before purchasing, you download the default "Zen Pinball" team.  You'll then have to pay for it again if you want an actual FC.  Would have been nice to have that warning up front.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strike Suit Zero on: February 19, 2014, 06:38:38 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 19, 2014, 05:44:15 PM

coming in March this to PS4/XB1

Quote
ANNOUNCING STRIKE SUIT ZERO: DIRECTOR’S CUT
Hear that sound? It’s the news horn! Which means we have some big news to share.

Today we’ve announced Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut, which will be heading to both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March (£14.99 / $19.99). The Director’s Cut version of the game not only takes advantage of the power of the next-gen consoles, but adds a host of other additions and improvements, making this the definitive version of the game. Later this Spring, we’ll be following this up with a version of the game for PC, a platform that is very much considered a home by space combat fans. We’ll keep you updated with any developments relating to the PC version as they happen.

The Director’s Cut features a restructured campaign – particularly relating to the first few missions, allowing the player to get in the cockpit of the Strike Suit much earlier – with an adapted story and all new dialogue. We’ve also given the game a complete graphical overhaul, including upscaled ships and updated textures and lighting. We’ve also included the Heroes of the Fleet mission pack, and both the Marauder and Raptor Strike Suits. We’ve taken a year’s worth of comments and suggestions on board, too, directly addressing the points of our community and critics.

God dammit...I just bought the regular version last weekend.   icon_evil
105  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 19, 2014, 04:41:22 PM

Quote from: Crusis on February 19, 2014, 01:40:40 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 17, 2014, 08:24:14 PM

I just can't get any better at Threes with a high score in the mid 3K range. I have read the strategies, like the corner one, and while it has made my scores more constantly high, I still haven't gotten higher than a 192 block. Anyone doing better? Some of the people I follow in Twitter are getting insane scores.

3K?! - my best is a measly 2,500.

I swear to god. Everytime I start a new game I tell myself that after this game I'll put the iPhone back in my pocket. Then I play another game. Repeat about 30 times.

Same here.  I swear, I'm actually getting worse at this game the more I play.
106  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 19, 2014, 04:40:43 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 19, 2014, 03:04:24 PM

Plus he doesn't look like a furry.

 icon_lol  The Ranger costume drives me nuts...doubly so since I've had one my party consistently since it unlocked.

I did my net invites yesterday and had one guy come back with a special attack rated 9999 (level 11 Ninja).   eek He was 3 levels lower than me and had put in about 2 hours less than I had.  Apparently, I am an epic fail at this game.   crybaby
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 19, 2014, 05:28:42 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on February 19, 2014, 04:34:00 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 19, 2014, 04:30:51 AM

I'd add David Bowie to the list...especially since I had a chance to see him back in college and passed on it.  Was during the NIN/Bowie tour in the mid-90's, and I was a DJ at the campus radio station.  We got some free tickets to the show, but while I loved NIN, I wasn't really that into Bowie yet.  (This was Earthling/Outside-era Bowie, which is still my least favorite phase of his.)  I decided the 2 hour drive from Pueblo to Denver wasn't worth it just to see NIN as an opening act, so I skipped on the show all together.  Totally kicking myself over that decision, as I'm pretty sure I'd donate my left nut to see a Bowie/NIN show today.  frown

They did a great transition between NiN and Bowie for that tour.  The band members slowly swapping, and NiN doing a Bowie cover leading into Bowie doing a NiN cover.

Oh sure, rub it in.  slywink
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Banished on: February 19, 2014, 04:33:39 AM
Put in about an hour.  I think I like it, but I'm not much into city-builders so I don't really have a basis of comparison.  Still trying to wrap my brain around how everything fits together, which is a bit...challenging.  Seems like a nice relaxing change of pace.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 19, 2014, 04:30:51 AM
I'd add David Bowie to the list...especially since I had a chance to see him back in college and passed on it.  Was during the NIN/Bowie tour in the mid-90's, and I was a DJ at the campus radio station.  We got some free tickets to the show, but while I loved NIN, I wasn't really that into Bowie yet.  (This was Earthling/Outside-era Bowie, which is still my least favorite phase of his.)  I decided the 2 hour drive from Pueblo to Denver wasn't worth it just to see NIN as an opening act, so I skipped on the show all together.  Totally kicking myself over that decision, as I'm pretty sure I'd donate my left nut to see a Bowie/NIN show today.  frown
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 18, 2014, 07:45:21 PM

Quote from: Ridah on February 18, 2014, 07:38:44 PM

2K still owns the Bioshock IP, I don't get why people have to be laid off. Can't Ken and his 15 disciples depart and the rest of the team continue building another Bioshock game?

That was my thought as well.  Odd that they would shut the whole thing down.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Steam "Early Access"...do you do it? on: February 18, 2014, 04:15:48 PM
I'm curious how many folks pay for games in order to get early access.  I've never done it, as the idea of actually paying to beta test an unfinished game seems silly to me, especially for single player games.  If I know that they're going to constantly be tweaking/revising/changing/balancing/adjusting/adding content/etc. before release, why would I want to jump into an early version then have to replay it in order to see the "latest and greatest"?  My gaming time is at far too high a premium to be spending it on incomplete games.

I don't really get it, but am sure there are other schools of thought out there.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 18, 2014, 03:53:39 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on February 18, 2014, 03:42:18 PM

That show had a really well run pit too, I saw someone fall over and immediately a group formed a barrier around the guy that went down and someone helped him up and out.  

That has been standard moshpit etiquette (for lack of a better term) for as long as I've been going to metal shows.  Maybe the nu-metal crowd is different animal though...

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 18, 2014, 03:49:31 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 18, 2014, 02:46:24 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 18, 2014, 02:44:04 PM

I'm a huge Martin Atkins fan, but never really got into Killing Joke. Which brings me to my next "wish I'd seen": Pigface (original lineup)

Pigface had an "original lineup"?  I always just considered them an ever-rotating group of rivetheads.

EDIT:  Speaking of Pigface, I just stumbled across this footage of Ohgr, Reznor, Atkins, and Jorgenson on stage together doing "Suck".  Early 90's, I would assume. 

Well, yeah- the lineup from their first album/set of shows

I never realized the extent of people who had come through the Pigface lineup.  From their Wikipedia page, spoilered because the list is huge:

Spoiler for Hiden:

    Martin Atkins (Public Image Ltd, Ministry, Killing Joke, Brian Brain, Murder, Inc.)
    William Rieflin (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, R.E.M., King Crimson)
    Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels)
    Danny Carey (Tool, Green Jello)
    En Esch (KMFDM, Slick Idiot)
    Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy, ohGr)
    cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy, The Tear Garden, Doubting Thomas)
    Paul Barker (Ministry, Lead into Gold, Revolting Cocks)
    Flea (The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fear)
    Chris Connelly (Ministry, Murder, Inc., Damage Manual, Revolting Cocks)
    Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle)
    Dean Ween (Ween, Moistboyz)
    David Yow (The Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid)
    Black Francis (Pixies, Frank Black and the Catholics)
    Joey Santiago (Pixies, The Martinis)
    Steve Albini (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac)
    Michael Gira (Swans, Angels of Light)
    J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus, Clint Ruin, Steroid Maximus)
    Paul Raven (Killing Joke, Prong, Murder, Inc., Ministry, Godflesh)
    Youth (aka Martin Glover) (Killing Joke, The Fireman)
    Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke, Warrior Soul, Murder, Inc.)
    Jared Louche (Chemlab)
    Alex Paterson (The Orb)
    Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk)
    William Tucker (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, Regressive Aid)
    Lydia Lunch
    Charles Levi (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
    Groovie Mann (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
    Buzz McCoy (aka Marston Daley) (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
    Kitty Killdare (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
    Laura Gomel (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)
    Michelle Walters (Voodou, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Super Sport, Bomb Gang Girlz)
    Steven Seibold (Hate Dept., Damage Manual, Super Sport)
    Duncan X (Sheep On Drugs)
    Lee Fraser (Sheep On Drugs)
    FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten)
    Jennie Bellestar (The Belle Stars)
    Wayne Static (Static-X)
    Sigtryggur "Siggi" Baldursson (Sugarcubes)
    David Wm. Sims (The Jesus Lizard, Unfact, Rapeman, Scratch Acid)
    Michael Balch (Front Line Assembly)
    Joel Gausten (The Undead)
    Chris Randall (Sister Machine Gun)
    Louis Svitek (Ministry, Mind Funk, M.O.D.)
    JS Clayden (Pitchshifter)
    Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Lard, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine)
    Andrew Weiss (Gone, Rollins Band, Ween, Butthole Surfers, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine)
    Chris Haskett (Rollins Band)
    Chris Vrenna (Tweaker, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson)
    Jim Marcus (Die Warzau)
    Van Christie (Die Warzau)
    Hanin Elias (Atari Teenage Riot)
    Meg Lee Chin (Crunch, Teknofear)
    Edsel Dope (Dope)
    Naoko Yamano (Shonen Knife)
    Atsuko Yamano (Shonen Knife)
    Michie Nakatani (Shonene Knife)
    Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat, The Newlydeads)
    "Beefcake the Mighty" (aka Michael Bishop) (Gwar, Kepone, American Grizzly)
    "Slymenstra Hymen" (aka Danielle Stampe) (Gwar, Girly Freak Show, Brothers Grim Sideshow)
    Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Scorn, Lull)
    Fallon Bowman (Amphibious Assault, Kittie)
    Jason McNinch (Lick)
    Alex Welz (Lick)
    Krztoff (aka Chris Liggio) (Bile, Black From the Dead, Napalm)
    Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb)
    Becky Wreck (Lunachicks)
    Mary Byker (Apollo 440, Gaye Bykers on Acid)
    Noko (aka Norman Fisher-Jones) (Apollo 440, The Cure)
    Martin King (Test Dept)
    Gus Ferguson (Test Dept)
    Curse Mackey (Grim Faeries, Evil Mothers)
    BobDog (aka Robert Catlin) (Evil Mothers, Flesh Fetish)
    Algis A. Kiyzs (Swans)
    Marc Heal (Cubanate, C-Tec)
    Jamie Duffy (Acumen Nation, DJ? Acucrack)
    Marydee Reynolds (Chainsuck)
    Jeff Ward (Low Pop Suicide, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lard, Nine Inch Nails, 1000 Homo DJs)
    Mark Spybey (Dead Voices on Air)
    Lesley Rankine (Ruby, Silverfish)
    Andrew "Fuzz" Duprey (Silverfish)
    DJ Lumis (Bazerk)
    Dirk Flannigan (77 Luscious Babes)
    JP Centera (Darkgroove)
    Matthew Schultz (Lab Report)
    Hope Nicholls (Sugarsmack, Fetchin Bones)
    Lacey Conner (Nocturne, Lords of Acid)
    The Enigma (Human Marvels, Jim Rose Circus, Brothers Grim Sideshow, Show Devils)
    Barbara Hunter (aka Barb Ruchhoft) (Roundhead, The Afghan Whigs)
    Sally Timms (The Mekons)
    Mark Walk (Ruby, Skinny Puppy, ohGr)
    James Teitelbaum (Evil Clowns)
    Flour (aka Peter Conway) (Rifle Sport, Breaking Circus, Flour)
    Lee Popa (Slammin' Watusis)
    Obioma Little
    Sean Joyce (Revolting Cocks)
    Kim Ljung (Zeromancer, Seigmen)
    Alex Møklebust (Zeromancer)
    Martin Bowes (Attrition)
    Laurie Reade (Attrition, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, High Blue Star)
    Anders Odden (Magenta, Apoptygma Berzerk, Cadaver, Celtic Frost, Satyricon)
    Raziel Panic (You Shriek)
    Anna Wildsmith (Sow)
    Cynthia Plaster Caster
    Joe Trump (Elliott Sharp's Carbon, Brian Brain)
    Mike Dillon (Les Claypool's Fancy Band, Ani DiFranco, Critters Buggin)
    Fiona Kilpatrick (Dragster)
    Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller)
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 18, 2014, 03:30:00 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 18, 2014, 02:44:04 PM

Yeah, it was my 3rd Puppy show- always a blast. I actually took my 15 year-old son who recently started considering them his favorite band in the last 6 months or so.

Slight derail:  There was a guy at the Amon Amarth/Enslaved/Skeletonwitch show last week who had what I assumed to be his daughter there with him.  She was riding on his shoulders the entire night, and couldn't have been much older than 7 or 8.

I'm all for diversifying my kid's musical experiences, but a death metal show at 7 years old seems a bit much.  Not to mention that he didn't have any sort of hearing protection for her, and it was one of the loudest shows I've ever been to.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sv: Space combat games? on: February 18, 2014, 03:26:29 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 18, 2014, 03:13:24 PM

Im invisible now?

You mentioned, Starpoint Gemini, so I suppose I can add it to the "mediocre review" list with a 46% Metacritic score.  The sequel looks like it'll be better, but I'm generally not into paying to beta test a game.  The other two (Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous) both look cool, but seem to be a ways off.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 18, 2014, 02:46:24 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 18, 2014, 02:44:04 PM

I'm a huge Martin Atkins fan, but never really got into Killing Joke. Which brings me to my next "wish I'd seen": Pigface (original lineup)

Pigface had an "original lineup"?  I always just considered them an ever-rotating group of rivetheads.

EDIT:  Speaking of Pigface, I just stumbled across this footage of Ohgr, Reznor, Atkins, and Jorgenson on stage together doing "Suck".  Early 90's, I would assume. 
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space combat games? on: February 18, 2014, 02:36:28 PM
All of the space combat games mentioned in this thread have received quite low Metacritic scores.  SSZ is 69%, Miner Wars 2081 is 52%, SOL Exodus is 57%, X Rebirth is 33%, etc.  X2 seems to be the best of the bunch, and that one is only at 72%.

Are they actually mediocre games, or are reviewers in this particular genre just overly picky?  Or both?
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space combat games? on: February 18, 2014, 02:25:53 PM
Thanks Caine, that'll give me something to start with.

Quote from: Caine on February 18, 2014, 04:56:08 AM

the more recent X Rebirth goes for a smaller scale with a single upgradable ship to pilot but keeps the large scope and universe building options.  also, the newest if you want the bells and whistles.  

Looked at this one on Steam, but the 33/100 Metascore scared me off.   paranoid
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 18, 2014, 03:22:13 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on February 18, 2014, 02:22:38 AM

Just saw Skinny Puppy Saturday and it was another great show by them, my 3rd time seeing them.

I'm seeing Skinny Puppy for the 5th time on Feb 26.  Of the hundreds of shows I've seen, SP puts on the best by a mile.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 18, 2014, 01:09:42 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 17, 2014, 09:18:53 PM

I'd have loved to have seen Oingo Boingo in concert.  Sadly that's obviously not gonna happen now without some reunion tour.  :/

Very much this.

I'd also have killed (pun intended) to see Death with Chuck Schuldiner and Christian Death with Rozz Williams.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Space combat games? on: February 18, 2014, 01:08:30 AM
I grabbed Strike Suit Zero (very accurate GT review here) on a whim today.  Maybe it's just because it's really the first one I've ever played, but I put in a couple hours and am thoroughly enjoying it despite the crazy difficulty (and the fact that I pretty much suck).

Space combat is a genre I've never really explored before, wondering if there are any "must have" games out there. 
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