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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost a friend on: May 25, 2016, 06:35:48 PM
I'm sorry for your loss.  It reminds us not to take any day for granted.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: May 18, 2016, 04:46:13 PM
It sounds like Rebel Galaxy may be more of what your looking for.  It's simpler.  It's got a relatively short campaign.  It's available on the XBone.  It still scratches that space adventure itch.  I'm not saying it's a better game, but it may be closer to what you'd like.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pinball FX2 on Steam on: May 15, 2016, 05:20:25 AM
Anyone still playing?  Apparently, Zen reset all the leaderboards late last year after an exploit was discovered.  I started playing again to try out the Force Awakens tables and get my scores back up on the boards.  I've noticed that there are only a smattering of former players from my friends list who've posted any scores at all since the reset.  I haven't bought the new Aliens Vs. tables yet.  I'm not sure if I will if no one is playing any more.

Anybody?  What about that deaf, dumb and blind kid?
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice/input welcome for my amateur fighting career! on: April 30, 2016, 04:48:46 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 31, 2016, 03:48:01 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 29, 2016, 06:25:30 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 29, 2016, 02:17:33 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 29, 2016, 06:29:58 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 29, 2016, 06:18:03 AM

What happened to the October fight?

Short story version is that my opponent missed weight. Not by a little either, his KFC loving butt was two weight classes above 48 hours before weigh ins.  I wasn't not able to to accept the fight even if I wanted to due to commission regulations, however I was fairly compensated for showing up at weight.  Very anticlimactic end to a grueling fight camp in which my trainer had two world class strikers from Thailand help train me.  

TWO weight classes?  What is that, 15 pounds?

Almost 18 pounds overweight, so ridiculous  disgust

Good grief.

If I had to fight Kato, I'd be stress eating as well.
5  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Laser multifunction recommendations on: April 15, 2016, 02:00:08 AM
My faithful Canon multifunction laser printer is dying. It still prints just fine, but copy sheet feeder stopped working and now the manual print feed has died. Oh, and I can't scan on my main computer. I have to hook it up to the laptop running windows 7 to get it to scan. I think it's about time to replace it.

Ideally, I'd like something with full network printing and scanning. Wireless printing would be a plus, but not required. I don't need fax capability. Black and white printing is fine. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Cross posted at OO.
6  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: All of my Steam games updating??? on: April 15, 2016, 01:58:24 AM
One of the games that updated on my system had a new prompt on start up. It said use "Win + G" to open game panel.  It looked like it had some Xbox style game functions when you pressed that key combo.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: April 05, 2016, 03:33:04 AM
Apparently, the Windows 10 store doesn't do preorders.  So it should just show up for purchase once the store updates tomorrow.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: April 04, 2016, 04:15:06 PM

Quote from: Azhag on April 03, 2016, 05:23:11 PM

Well, Ron certainly liked it. Any idea where to actually buy the PC version? No pre-orders I can find.

I thought it was exclusive to the Windows 10 store.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: March 16, 2016, 10:05:11 PM
Bulk Image Downloader can grab them.  It's a handy tool if you want to grab a bunch of images.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: March 03, 2016, 11:58:07 PM
Don't forget the $150 Explorer's Edition.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 16, 2016, 06:18:49 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2016, 08:10:12 PM

Just to be clear: I am a parent.  My 12 year old asked if she could see Deadpool, and I nearly spit out my scotch.

For some reason, I got a vivid visual of this scene.  It was rather like Andrew's imagination in the Buffy episode, "Storyteller."  You sitting in your high backed chair near the fire, wearing a smoking jacket, pipe in mouth (a bubble pipe, of course), sipping your Glenfiddich, flipping through a massive tome.

My kids are way too sensitive to be seeing R rated movies before their time.  Heck, the new 'live action' Jungle Book trailer creeped them out.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4,XB1,PC] Rebel Galaxy, by ex Diablo/Torchlight devs on: January 21, 2016, 07:25:29 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 19, 2016, 07:33:14 PM

Admittedly, not really.  They exist primarily as quest dispensers. 

I have to agree.  A new faction and area open up during the story, but that's about it.  The new faction also has some different loot, so that might interest you.  I enjoyed it, but it was a make you own fun sandbox.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak on: January 21, 2016, 07:20:18 PM
Ron liked it.  If he had given us a heads up, there was a 20% off preorder on steam.  I'll grab it once I clear the holiday gift backlog.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Biggest disappointment of the year 2015 on: January 09, 2016, 09:21:10 PM

Quote from: Crawley on January 09, 2016, 08:34:22 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on December 21, 2015, 10:00:19 PM

Disappointing: The Pillars of Eternity expansion.  Not because its bad, by all accounts it is really good, my problem is it is a midgame expansion instead of a continuation of the story.

I had the same experience the first time I played it.

The parkour was slow. Anything I jumped to it would take a second or two to pull yourself up. So I ended up stopping about 3hrs in when enemies were easily overpowering me and it was tough to maneuver.

But I gave it a second try a month ago or so and it was a totally different experience. Apparently I wasn't doing the parkour right. If you double tap the bumper - once to jump and the second time when you land or grab on to something - you fly over everything. Completely changed the game.

Moving around was fun now. Even got to the point where getting to night drops were a blast.

The ending of the game still sucks but everything else was great.

I'm guessing this had to be about Soulchilde's Dying Light post.  I'm pretty sure parkour isn't part of Pillars of Eternity.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4,XB1,PC] Rebel Galaxy, by ex Diablo/Torchlight devs on: January 04, 2016, 07:19:23 PM
It's available everywhere, but it's almost never required.  Most of my trading was selling the lost cargo of people who decided to attack me.  You can choose how you want to play the game, but you'll probably need weapons and shields appropriate to the system you're in.  Ok, exploration probably won't net you enough money to do much, but mining, security, piracy, bounty hunting and trading are all viable.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: January 02, 2016, 08:24:29 PM
By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth, I can feel the excitement building.

Sorry, looks good.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Man Gaming and CDKeys on: December 21, 2015, 06:22:04 AM

Quote from: Destructor on December 21, 2015, 03:58:53 AM

Keep in mind you're gimping the developers money by doing this, plain and simple.

That's only true if I would have bought it at full price in the first place.  Pricing is always a negotiation.  I want the most value for my dollar.  They want the best price for their item.  We make a deal when we agree the price is right.  In these cases, they get my purchase now rather than waiting for a sale later.  I'm also giving up my, admittedly limited, return rights under Steam.

If I want to support a developer, I will happily do so.  I've even been known to pick up some ridiculous collector's editions.  I'm looking at you my Homeworld remake Mothership.  Let's not even get into Kickstarter.

I do appreciate the input.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Green Man Gaming and CDKeys on: December 21, 2015, 02:51:36 AM
GMG seemed a little shady when they were first starting up, but they've proven to be a reliable, reputable and lasting company.  I've gotten some great deals from them.  Now CDKeys seems to be following their business model.  I've bought from them once without any problems.  How's your experience been with them?  Is there anything squirrelly about their model?
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: December 16, 2015, 09:52:32 PM
I can't say it's a great game.  I can say I had a ton of fun with it.  I posted some more impressions on my blog (link in sig).  So yes(ish).
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 emulation on the PS4 is an exciting prospect on: December 05, 2015, 05:56:37 AM
I was expecting $5-10, but I didn't realize they 'added value' by uprendering and supporting casting, remote play and trophies.  That also leaves some room for them to go on sale.  I played and enjoyed almost all of those back in the day.  Never tried Rogue Galaxy for some reason.  I'll probably pick up War of the Monsters sometime to play with my kids.

The video at the link showed Fantavision.  With all the great PS2 library, was anyone asking for Fantavision?  I replayed Mark of Kri a little while back.  I had forgotten how bloody and violent it was.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need PC recommendations on: November 28, 2015, 07:16:22 PM
Now I feel lazy for not writing more up, but I figured it was better to get a list out there before the sale was over than have a bunch of perfect blurbs too late.  Here are some games I was keeping my eye on for the sale.  I haven't played them, but I've heard positive buzz.  Unfortunately, some don't appear to be on sale:

Victor Vran
The Swindle
Thea --- The Awakening  -- Bill Harris is gushing over this at Dubious Quality
Satellite Reign

Enjoy getting back in PC gaming.  I'll defer to Gratch on the best version of HOMM III.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need PC recommendations on: November 27, 2015, 08:17:02 AM
Running through my steam list, here's what I came up with.  I figure you'd know better what you might like than I would.

Kerbal Space Program
The Stanley Parable
Elite Dangerous
Mount and Blade
Endless Legend
Cities Skylines
Civ V & Beyond Earth
Company of Heroes 2
Gridiron Solitaire
Age of Empires II HD
Age of Mythology EE
Age of Wonders III
The Banner Saga
Blade Symphony
Cities Skylines
Defense Grid I & II
Crusader Kings II
Dominions 4
Door Kickers
Frozen Synapse
The Golf Club
Grey Goo
Kentucky Route Zero
Homeworld Remastered
King Arthur II
Massive Chalice
Papers Please
Pillars of Eternity
Prison Architect
Planetary Annihilation
Rebel Galaxy
Sunless Sea
Thirty Flights of Loving
Warlock 2
Wargame Airland Battle
Total War: Rome II
Total War: Shogun 2
Starcraft 2
Diablo III
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Van Helsing Final Cut on: November 08, 2015, 05:48:10 AM
It appears to take all the refinements and additions they made across the series and created a consistent experience across all three games' content.  Now you have the classes from the beginning.  Drops seem better.  But no, it's not a new game.  It is a director's cut of the series.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Van Helsing Final Cut on: November 07, 2015, 07:18:17 PM
After several delays it's "Finally" been released.  If you own all three, you get it free, but it doesn't just show up in your games list or inventory.  No, you have to go to the neocore redemption page and log in with your steam account.  Apparently, you must have your account set to public for the redemption.  I don't have any impressions yet since, even though I have all three installed, it's still downloading 12.9 GB's.

<insert Van Helsing redemption joke here.>
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: November 07, 2015, 06:52:38 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on November 05, 2015, 11:48:44 PM

OK, picked this up today and I'm going to give it a whirl tonight. If anyone has any items they're not using, I'd appreciate getting the chance to kick demon butt with them. icon_cool

I haven't played for a while, but I'll take a look.  What platform and class are you playing?
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 18, 2015, 05:29:48 AM
Volume is the Robin Hood meets Metal Gear Solid VR missions, right?  I'll watch for impressions.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jonathan Strange movie rights on: August 03, 2015, 09:01:38 PM
I saw all the episodes.  The pacing was much better for the miniseries.  It seems like it could have been confusing if you hadn't read the book, but it's hard for me to judge.  The casting was even better than I was expecting.  Overall I enjoyed it and recommend it.  Though if you don't like the feel of the first episode, it doesn't really change.  They did not change the ending.  If anything, it felt less satisfying.  Maybe that's only because the sequel still hasn't shown up.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 28, 2015, 04:14:41 AM
Wow.  Starting with a teenager (with thug friends no less).  My kids are younger, but the first piece of advice that comes to mind is that it's easier to relax strict rules than it is to try to tighten up rules once trouble begins.

Good luck.  Martial arts seems like a good idea since it will help him learn self discipline while making him realize he doesn't want to cross you.

Oh, and from friends who had kids with drug problems, zero tolerance for illegal activity.  As in, yes, I will call the cops on you myself.  Protecting them from the consequences of their actions only teaches them that there are no consequences.

Parenting will teach you a lot about love, both the joy and the pain.  It will bring you and your wife together especially as you try to stay on the same page.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice/input welcome for my amateur fighting career! on: June 22, 2015, 04:02:16 AM
Still, your student mastered ceiling fighting.  I gave up after wall jumping (just couldn't get wall running).  Even losing while fighting on the ceiling is a major accomplishment, especially as a senior citizen.


Try not to break the guy's bones though.  Unless he's asking for it.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jonathan Strange TV Series on: June 10, 2015, 06:08:20 PM
So the BBC adaptation of this is starting Saturday on BBC America.  I thought the book was alternately brilliant and tedious.  It did seem a bit long for a movie, so perhaps this adaptation will work well.  It's worth checking out.  Set your DVR's or you can check out the first episode at the link.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: May 16, 2015, 11:04:45 PM
I feel much better about Pixels now.  Thanks.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: May 15, 2015, 08:51:59 PM
I know this should be too stupid to watch, but I think I'm sitting right in the heart of the target demographic.

33  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 13" or 14" Gaming Laptop Recommendations on: April 08, 2015, 08:17:00 PM
I haven't looked recently, but the last time I was notebook shopping Sager had nice models. 
34  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: HDMI Troubles on: April 08, 2015, 03:05:54 PM
Tested all the ports and tested with another TV.  The problem seems to be with the receiver.  I'm pretty sure it was caused by my toddler's rapid button pressing.  Now I have to find a replacement receiver.  Anything cool out there these days?  Are they all 4K compatible?
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ISP and TV Bundles on: April 07, 2015, 04:23:42 AM
We're moving to a new house.  It's just a couple of miles from our old one.  It's bigger and will better fit our family.  In our current house, we basically only had Comcast as an option.  There has been recently really slow DSL service, but it's not even competitively price per Megabit.

Amazingly our new house has options.  We can stick with Comcast, we can go with ATT Uverse (with promises of gigabit service in the works) or we could go with Verizon FIOS.  Comcast has been reliable and has decent online and mobile tools to fix problem.  Things go terribly downhill if I have to actually talk to a person. 

We're not looking to do cord cutting in the near future.  We currently use a Tivo with a cablecard.  I understand those don't work with Uverse. 

Any advice related to those services would be appreciated.  Thanks for the help.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC Jumping on the Old TV Series Revival Bandwagon on: March 30, 2015, 08:23:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 30, 2015, 02:18:15 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on March 28, 2015, 01:41:55 PM


Audiences the world over had so many unanswered questions after it ended.  I know I would love to get some closure.

You want closure.  Try being a fan of The Phoenix.  And what happened to the Misfits of Science?
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remember when Worms was good? on: March 16, 2015, 05:24:23 AM
I played a lot of Scorched Earth.  I also played Rampart and Smithereens back in the day.  You might enjoy this article.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thumb sucking on: March 03, 2015, 03:48:18 AM
I'm not much help either.  Our kids only fought over giving up the pacifier.  Well, we don't know about the youngest yet.  I could point out the obvious to reinforce and reward the good behavior while pointing out and discouraging the thumb sucking.  Or I could point you to this product that always shows up at the last column of the Amazon windowshop app:  Thumbusters.  Good luck.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old member, coming back after almost 4 years of absence =) on: March 03, 2015, 03:39:50 AM
Shifty and Mirage back again.  It's like the most interesting man in the world and Trololo dude found a double rainbow.  Welcome back.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Samsung and HTC at Mobile World Congress on: March 02, 2015, 04:18:39 PM
So Samsung announced two new Galaxy S6 models and HTC tried to fix the flaws with the One M8 with the strikingly similar looking One M9.  Are any of these good enough to knock off the Nexus 6?  I think I'm leaning toward the S6 Edge, but with little kids, I'll need a good case.  That might remove the advantage of the Edge.
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