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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] EA Access on: July 29, 2014, 06:16:46 PM
Yeah, just seems like an extension of the EA Sports season ticket program.  It's all about monetizing things that people were getting for free.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 06:14:50 PM
That's already happened.  There's no reason for me to pay down my student loan debt, the majority of my debts, any quicker than the 20-30 year remaining term, as it's the lowest permanent rate of debt at sub-4%.  Of course, I'm looking at probably quadrupling my debt load next year through a mortgage acquisition.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:46:00 PM
Tongue

In short, you don't have to play the game for which they've developed the scoreboard.  It's not crap, it's just not useful to you.  For other people, this score determines a good portion of how major life decisions play out and how much they cost. 
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:33:45 PM
TransUnion
125  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 29, 2014, 05:16:11 PM
Daily Deal: The Fall -50% $9.99 $4.99 (80)

Midweek Madness: Age of Empires II HD -75% $19.99 $4.99 (68)
 - 4-pack $14.99
 + The Forgotten Expansion $7.49
 + FE & AoE III $13.74
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:13:48 PM
I'll take better than median.  I've never wanted to be a complete front-runner.  I'll take being in the front half of the peleton.  It keeps the wolves from trying to pick me off and the hunters from wanting to mount my head.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 29, 2014, 04:31:42 PM
Looks like today is the last day to drop $50 and get the lifetime expansion pass, which does not include the base game.  This is apparently included in the Alpha and Premium Beta packages.
128  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: July 29, 2014, 02:19:16 PM
No matter which way the wind blows, someone's making money. 

Aetna to expand private health insurance offerings next year.

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Aetna said this morning it will expand its private health insurance products on government exchanges under the Affordable Care Act next year to the additional market of Georgia based on the company’s first-year successes.

The Hartford-based health insurance giant, which raised its earnings guidance for the year to $6.45 to $6.60 per share from $.6.35 to $6.55, said during its second-quarter earnings call that its full year 2014 profits will be higher thanks to growth in lines of business across the company.

Though new membership from government run, so-called “public,” exchanges under  the health law is just 2 percent of company business, Aetna is seeing a boom in Americans signing up to the expanded Medicaid program for the poor, which is another key part of the Affordable Care Act.

During a 70-minute conference call with analysts and investors, Aetna chairman and chief executive Mark Bertolini said 45,000 of the company’s 79,000 new Medicaid health plan members in the quarter were related to “ACA expansion.”
...
Aetna is already a big player on the government-run exchanges, offering health plans in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Aetna or its Coventry subsidiary are offering health plans on public exchanges operating in the District of Columbia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and certain areas of Arizona, Florida, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina, the company said.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 01:56:35 PM
I checked my FICO score through my Discover Card (one of the best perks ever), and have moved into the "very dependable" bracket with my score of 747.

Which makes me much better off than one-third of everyone else:

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More than a third of the country is in trouble when it comes to paying debts on time; 35% of Americans have debt in collections, according to a study out Tuesday from the Urban Institute, which analyzed the credit files of 7 million Americans.

That means the debt is so far past due that the account has been closed and placed in collections. This typically happens after the bill hasn’t been paid for 180 days. It also means the debt has been reported to credit bureaus and can affect someone’s credit score.

Southern states especially stand out with the highest concentration of people delinquent. In 13 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and West Virginia — and Washington, D.C., more than 40% of the population with a credit file has debt in collections. Nevada, one of the states hardest hit by the housing crisis and recession, has the highest share, at 46.9%.

The 77 million Americans with debt in collections owe an average of $5,200. That includes debt from credit card bills, child support, medical bills, utility bills, parking tickets or membership fees.
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At the same time, a significant number of people with debt in collections aren’t aware of the bill and may otherwise have great credit, especially when it comes to medical bills that patients often think were picked up by insurance, says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.com.
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The research only draws on data from Americans with a credit file, so the researchers say lower-income consumers are underrepresented, and alternative forms of debt such as payday loans aren’t included.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 29, 2014, 01:38:51 PM
 crybaby
131  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 28, 2014, 06:26:37 PM
72 weeklong deals

Spellforce Complete $14.99
Pool Nation $1.49
Ironclads collection $12.48
Hearts of Iron II Complete $5.09
Hacker Complete Bundle $4.49
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 28, 2014, 01:55:11 PM
Nada.
133  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 28, 2014, 12:09:54 AM
Daily Deal: Landmark packs -66% (Early Access)
134  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 28, 2014, 12:09:00 AM
To be fair, the Brits do celebrate the Gunpowder Treason Plot.
135  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 25, 2014, 05:04:01 PM
Daily Deal: Broken Age -50% $24.99 $12.49 (82)

Weekend Deals:

Carnage Racing -75% $9.99 $2.49
 - 4-pack $7.49

Ace of Spades -80% $14.99 $2.99
 - 4-pack $8.99
 - Free to play weekend
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware - "You've been chosen"? on: July 25, 2014, 04:57:58 PM
IGN coverage

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A teaser site has been revealed, along with several other pages linked to footage from the trailer, including  reports for a missing person named Henna Caplin and a fake college called Woods-Watson Institute of Higher Learning. Is this part of a viral marketing campaign, or does it point to Augmented Reality Gameplay?

Back at E3 2014, BioWare announced its Edmonton studio is working on something original and new, which executive producer Casey Hudson promised wouldn't focus on a singular story, instead being more about "This is what the world is doing right now. Come and play." Judging by that quote, an ARG wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility.

The other option is BioWare's unrevealed project with Failbetter Games, the developer best known for creating Fallen London and Sunless Sea. The brief glimpses we got of the new franchise BioWare teased at E3 didn't look much like this trailer, but then there's no gameplay here.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware - "You've been chosen"? on: July 25, 2014, 01:37:08 PM
And here I thought I was special.   crybaby

Poor marketing choice, as I was all set to see what beta I'd gotten into.

"You have been Chosen.  To spend $60 on a late beta release of our new property.  A property that was written by junior high drama students."
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's Talk Yogurt on: July 24, 2014, 05:14:46 PM
biggrin
139  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 24, 2014, 05:14:19 PM
Daily Deal: Viscera Cleanup Detail -40% $7.99 $4.79 (Early Access)
 - 4-pack $14.39

Weekend Deals:

Dead Island Weekend
 - Franchise Pack -75% $29.99 $7.49
 - Dead Island: Epidemic Free to Play weekend

Ace Combat Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition -75% $19.99 $4.99 (77)
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's Talk Yogurt on: July 24, 2014, 04:56:54 PM

Quote from: Roman on July 24, 2014, 04:42:49 PM

#AmericansAreWeird icon_razz

How much peanut butter have you eaten in the last year?
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 24, 2014, 03:48:17 PM
 Is there any chance your jolly Garchomp is female?
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's Talk Yogurt on: July 24, 2014, 03:05:49 PM
Most of the yogurts on the market are also packed with added sugar.  I tried them for a while, but the 110 calories per small cup and the flavor weren't quite doing it for me, so I gave up on it.  And I'm not likely to enjoy anything less sweet in the less adulterated versions.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 23, 2014, 07:07:59 PM
Trigun starts off goofy, but gets darker as it proceeds.
144  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 23, 2014, 05:17:17 PM
Daily Deal: EA Racing Pack -75% $69.99 $17.49
 - Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box $4.99
 - NFS Undercover $2.49
 - NFS Hot Pursuit $4.99
 - NFS Shift $4.99
 - Shift 2 Unleashed $4.99
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 05:16:21 PM
The Darth Maul fight was decent.  It was fun to see some more advanced saber fighting techniques in the new films, barring the final battle with Obi Wan and Anakin fanning at each other and the whole high ground nonsense.

I'm hoping they continue with more advanced techniques like these.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Star Wars movie poll on: July 23, 2014, 02:35:52 PM
Are you trying to make us feel old?  @#$(*&%
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 22, 2014, 06:07:58 PM
Trigun is (was) on Netflix streaming. The Big O and Cowboy Bebop were Netflix disc only.
148  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 22, 2014, 05:15:13 PM
Midweek Madness: EVE Online (88)
 - Starter Pack -75% $19.99 $5.00
 - Entrepreneur Bundle -33% $29.99 $20.09
149  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 22, 2014, 05:13:48 PM
Daily Deal: ibb & obb -50% $11.99 $5.99
 + soundtrack $7.99
 - 2-pack $6.99
 + soundtrack $9.49

Midweek Madness: Planet Explorers -40% $24.99 $14.99 (Early Access)
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 22, 2014, 04:26:00 PM
I'm a fan of Trigun, personally.  I'm overdue to get through Cowboy Bebop, but that requires disc rental at the moment.  And I love The Big O.  How can you not love Batman as a giant mech pilot?
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: July 22, 2014, 02:06:19 PM
Z-95 Headhunters only have 2 guns.

152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/21) on: July 21, 2014, 05:24:33 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 21, 2014, 02:51:39 PM

Has a release date been announced for the non PS4 version of Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty?  I cant find any news articles about them.

Other than "near future" from an article posted today, it doesn't appear so.
153  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 21, 2014, 05:10:06 PM
Daily Deal: Syberia Bundle -90% $14.99 $1.49

57 Weeklong Deals
Supreme Commander Gold $4.99
Sword of the Stars Complete $2.49
Worms Armageddon $4.49
154  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 04:23:29 PM
It must be a thing for that location/franchisee, as I don't get that at any of my local ones over the years.  

I'd get breakfast at the one by my place more often if it didn't involve going through a school zone twice before heading to work.  Their loss is Sonic's gain.
155  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 02:33:13 PM
I might be misreading it, but the flow seemed to imply to me that it was the church members were asking what he was doing on said day.  I could be wrong, and it's the employees.  It's constructed in a manner to be unclear at best.
156  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 21, 2014, 02:26:01 PM
 
157  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 02:24:20 PM
Letting church members use the space for proselytizing customers sure seems like a religious topic.

As for the overly friendliness and getting the entry person moving down the line is strictly in the customer service realm. 
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/21) on: July 21, 2014, 01:45:04 PM
Nada.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2014 Edition on: July 21, 2014, 12:36:49 AM
Shadowrun: Into the Shadows

A neat little set of stories that Michael A. Stackpole ties together into a good story of Seattle in 2050.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/18/14 on: July 20, 2014, 02:22:49 AM
I came in second in playing the Firefly boardgame.  Tomorrow, we're going to scope out the Fort Worth Stockyards and see if we want to have our engagement photos taken there.
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