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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 16, 2014, 11:43:12 PM
It's not about being cynical. It's about the media saturation everyone has access to from every online source imaginable. In today's world, long before any movie is out, you can find out just about anything and everything about it before setting foot into the theater. I 100% guarantee that the plot of the new Star Wars movie will be leaked/stolen/posted months before anyone will see it. It's this kind of ease of access in media that makes it just about impossible for a movie to come out of nowhere and really surprise people in a magical way that Blackjack was referring to. IMO, people are even conditioned to find out everything they can about a movie before paying to see it. I really doubt a lot of people want to purposely avoid reading/watching anything about a movie in order to just walk in thinking "I wonder what this is about".

I'm not being critical of this attitude, just saying it's a product of today's social media and online saturated world we live in, and it's changed the movie watching attitudes of everyone. Nothing cynical about that.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: December 16, 2014, 10:06:34 PM
Did anything noticeable change on the map? Are there still treasure chests that require the stupid mobile app to unlock?
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft - A sinking ship? on: December 12, 2014, 08:34:39 PM
If you're going to compare Ubisoft to any company, a more relevant comparison would be EA.

Thing is, as high profile a disaster as AC Unity has been, it's not like Ubisoft has been a flaming plane crash of a company. The reality is with any mega-publisher of their scale, they are going to run the gamut of successes and failures. Sure Unity and The Crew have been the more recent missteps, they also release a number of successful franchise games in the last year. I thought Assassin's Creed Black Flag was their best AC game by far. While it's had no publicity, AC Rogue has had decent reviews even if it is a derivative lesser release. Far Cry 4 has had good reviews. Rayman, Rocksmith are well regarded. Also, Ubi published what I consider two of the most underrated games in the last year. Valiant Hearts and Child of Light.

Anyhow, as for a direct comparison between Ubi and Naughty Dog, I don't see it.

And Shadows of Mordor is a phenomenal game (not an Ubisoft game btw).
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 15 on: December 10, 2014, 08:09:45 PM
Haha, that is awesome.

The Niners are going to get clowned so hard in Seattle.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 07:47:51 PM
According to the movie's IMDB page, they shot 80% of the movie with practical effects, which is about as old skool as you can get nowadays on a movie of this type.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 07:40:10 PM
Whoa, didn't even catch that until you brought it up.

The trailer is all sorts of crazy. Reading up on the background of this, it's a reboot but George Miller decided to go straight to the apocalyptic wasteland story rather than retell the origin story from the very first Mad Max movie. Smart move IMO. The Road Warrior was the best out of all the Max movies and the simplest of stories and it sound like Miller wanted to return to that. I'm really looking forward to this new movie.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 07:33:48 PM
Mel Gibson??
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 14 on: December 09, 2014, 09:58:01 PM
I understand that, but I would expect more professionalism from coach and the QB. It's ridiculous for Kaep to give one or two word answers to legit questions. Look, I watch the replay of many of the press conferences and obviously there are certain reporters who are just incredible dicks. Guys like Lowell Cohn and his amateur level son Grant, Tim Kawakami, Ann Killion to name a few. But there are other reporters who are respectful and ask questions I would not consider outrageous. As a fan, I want to hear what their thought process is. Look at the difference compared to Frank Gore and Vernon Davis. Things are bad and they face the questions and answer them honestly. The press doesn't seem to have any problems with them.

Kaep, when he's on, is an otherworldly talent, but as a fan it is so frustrating to see his behavior. He is so obsessed with this world is out to get me attitude that it's distracting. He should spend less time worrying about what people are saying to and about him and spend more time on figuring out how he can improve his game.

Whatever though. The whole season is a train wreck and could have been avoided by all parties involved. Everyone should share the blame.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 14 on: December 09, 2014, 08:06:38 PM
If they hire Jim Tomsula as the head coach, then we'll know all they wanted was a 'yes man'. Now if they go out and get someone like Sean Payton, then maybe there's hope.

Problem is we have no freaking idea what they are thinking. Baalke talks like there is nothing wrong with the relationship with Harbaugh and other than the infamous Thanksgiving night tweet, who knows what wonderboy Jed York is thinking. I thought maybe he'd be different and be more like Eddie D, but in the end he's coming across as just another clueless York family member.

I agree that it's crazy to fire Harbaugh over what amounts to butt hurt feelings but it doesn't help their cause when he and Kaepernick are so openly defiant and often hostile to the local media. As a fan I want to understand things from their perspective both in good times and bad times, but it's hard to sympathize with either of them at this point.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 06, 2014, 08:29:53 PM
Wow, that looked amazing. The thing that stood out to me was that the enemy death animations looked completely improvised. Nothing canned looking. Also the textures and lighting were sheer eye candy.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 04, 2014, 10:53:58 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 04, 2014, 10:26:14 PM

While I enjoyed Courtney's work in Spartacus, can Hollywood please stop trying to jam him Jai down our throats as the New Action Star Du Jour? Just reminds me that the late Andy Whitfield probably would've done much better work in movies here had he lived to get the chance.  tear

And please let's have a moratorium on "person hanging from a person hanging from a person, dangling off a bridge or rooftop or helicopter or etc. etc." There has GOT to be a different signature action scene someone can come up with, right?  icon_razz

imho the beauty of the first film (my brother and I did see it when it opened in 1984) is not something you can recapture today. You just can't do this type of film with "practical" FX on a shoestring budget and actually surprise people. You can't get people to go to a Terminator film and wonder, "What is this about it? It's probably terrible," because you don't know what to expect, and then deliver a wonderful experience instead. Now it's just a long in the tooth franchise dragging around too much expectation and hype.

They can reimagine it and reboot it and recast aside from Arnold along with a dozen digital FX houses painting every frame digitally and trying to make Arnold looking young again, but I suspect that's not going to do any better box office than Jonathan Mostow's Terminator 3, which actually did pretty well overseas but nobody afik fondly remembers it.

Exactly how I feel. Sadly, I think the same thing can be applied to the new Star Wars movie as well. Not to say that it won't be a really good movie, but the sense of wonder and magic is near impossible to capture in today's media saturated world.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 04, 2014, 07:43:44 PM
I don't know. It seems like a reboot/alternate/parallel universe story sort of like the Star Trek reboot movies. I was skeptical at first, but I'll give it a chance. It'll either be a flaming wreck of a mess or a pleasant surprise.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 03, 2014, 10:45:32 PM
Her name is Tara, and yes, the character is gay. In season 4, she was shacked up with one of the women in the trailer camp that the Governor ended up becoming the leader of.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 28, 2014, 05:58:35 PM
Nerdgasm for the X-Wings on the water and the spectacular looping shot of the Falcon.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 17, 2014, 11:34:36 PM
But the airbag deployed! ninja
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 11 on: November 17, 2014, 08:12:10 PM
Niner game was a total shit show, with Brooks sulking on the sidelines as an added bonus.

Hopefully gellar escaped without getting assaulted.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 08:10:01 PM
Dear lord, this week is going to hurt:

Little Big Planet 3
GTA V
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Far Cry 4
Super Smash Bros
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 13, 2014, 12:06:34 AM
I don't have the game...yet, but some of the bugs are laugh out loud hilarious:

http://kotaku.com/assassins-creed-unity-has-the-best-glitches-1657939797

I so wanted this game but I guess I'll wait a while for it to go on sale cheap, or Ubisoft to fix these kind of game breaking issues.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Loot Crate on: November 07, 2014, 10:43:42 PM
I subscribe to a similar thing called Nerd Block. Same concept of a monthly subscription where you get random mystery items. The kicker for me though is that every month comes with a Shirt Punch t-shirt. I generally like Shirt Punch t-shirts so those are usually the thing I look forward to the most. The quality and "coolness" of the other items will vary wildly from month to month, I am sure as it does with Loot Crate. Nerd Block also has several other theme subscriptions in addition to the main "classic" subscription. They have cheaper ($20) subs for boys and girls. I tried both but canceled the boys sub because I found the quality of loot from month to month pretty poor. The girls Nerd Block surprisingly has been very good so far and my 10 year old daughter loves it. They also have a horror Block and an Arcade (gaming) Block. I have not tried either of those because it would be way too expensive to subscribe to 4 of these things at one time.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 05, 2014, 10:37:37 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 05, 2014, 09:07:18 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 05, 2014, 08:55:45 PM

I know you can transfer over the last gen saved game file but holy crap, the game looks so amazing I think I'd rather just start over from the beginning.

That's not the case. You can only transfer your GTA Online progress, not the single player.

Aw man, guess I'll have to start the single player game from the beginning then.

21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 05, 2014, 08:55:45 PM
I know you can transfer over the last gen saved game file but holy crap, the game looks so amazing I think I'd rather just start over from the beginning.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 9 on: November 03, 2014, 06:51:19 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 03, 2014, 04:46:42 AM

The 49ers are not a particularly good football team.

Harbaugh is going to get fired no matter what happens the rest of the season.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: October 30, 2014, 11:08:18 PM
I am completely amazed that time and time again, developers and publishers of server and network intensive games constantly underestimate the server capacity required to launch their products.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LucasArts games coming to GOG on: October 29, 2014, 06:35:45 PM
Amazingly enough, I busted out my ancient Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 USB joystick which I probably have not used in 10 years. Works perfectly with X-Wing and Tie-Fighter.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LucasArts games coming to GOG on: October 28, 2014, 05:14:53 PM
Holy crap. I just bought X-Wing and Tie Fighter and both games include PDFs of the old Prima Games strategy guides that were 400+ pages long! You also get both the original 1994 DOS and 1998 collector's editions as separate installs. Well worth $10 for each game, IMO.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LucasArts games coming to GOG on: October 28, 2014, 04:25:29 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 28, 2014, 02:25:52 PM

I can't wait to see how the difficulty level now compares to my memory of the difficulty level.  Remember the mission where you have to defend a frigate and you have to keep boosting power to engines because the TIE Bombers keep appearing on opposite sides of the map?

OMG, most frustrating level ever. I can't even count how many time I failed that mission and had to start over.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LucasArts games coming to GOG on: October 28, 2014, 12:03:11 AM
There is a thread over on the GOG.com messageboards where there is increasing evidence that LucasArts games will be coming, maybe as soon as tomorrow. There are supposedly a total of about 30 games due to be released over time but the initial group will consist of:

Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition
Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition
Sam & Max Hit the Road
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Personally, this is incredibly exciting. X-Wing and Tie Fighter are no brainer purchases, as well as the Indy game. I would assume that The Dig and Full Throttle will be coming later, which are two more must-haves to me.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 06:07:50 PM
It's all a bunch of crap. First of all, other than GamingTrend, QuarterToThree and a handful of other more independent gaming sites, I ignore the "mainstream" gaming sites because I find them all embarrassingly bad.

Second, airing everyone's dirty laundry, along with all the blatant misogyny, is so far out of my interest as a gamer I find it all just disgusting. I do sympathize with the women in gaming who are under the constant barrage of idiocy bombarding them. I don't always agree with Anita Sarkeesian's opinions, but I respect the fact that she expresses them intelligently, no thanks to the trolls who insult and threaten her in all sorts of disturbing ways.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 07:00:31 PM
The only "yeah right" moment in an otherwise awesome episode was Carol's incredible accuracy with the bottle rocket fired from her sniper rifle to detonate the gas tank. REALLY lucky shot!
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: October 08, 2014, 10:59:38 PM
So, I just read the GT review of the XBoxOne version of the remastered edition. Anyone know whether the frame rate issue plaguing that version also occur on the PS4 version?
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lifestyle] Breaking my addiction to white powders (sugar, flour). on: October 08, 2014, 06:02:33 PM
Good job Purge! Bringing the sexeh back to gaming! slywink

What's your target weight?
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Trailer] Taken 3 on: September 30, 2014, 06:56:59 PM
Wow, no kidding, as in "what the hell was the studio thinking by spoiliing that?"

First Taken was good. Second one sucked. Hopefully, this one saves the series. It looks decent enough.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: September 29, 2014, 11:26:28 PM
I'm giving it a shot but honestly I don't see how the show has a long term future. It was cool novelty to see all the young versions of the various heroes and villains, but how sustainable will the stories be considering we all know that EVERYONE grows up to be adult versions of themselves fighting the same conflicts. The first episode was well done though, IMO.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cholesterol Blues (Paging Pete Rock) on: September 25, 2014, 06:17:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 24, 2014, 11:17:03 PM

I am with you guys. My cholesterol is always high, but since hitting 42 or so it's been non stop medical problems. I am at a point where I have no choice than to quit all the bad stuff. Not just fatty, greasy foods, but sugar and alcohol as well. I would kill to go out for a burger and beer, but my body has already decided those are no longer options for me. I would do anything to be in my 30's again and not have to worry about this stuff. Getting old sucks.

Getting old does suck in concept but it doesn't have to be a total drag. Getting healthy doesn't automatically mean you have to deprive yourself of stuff you like. I still like the occasional burger and beer and I will treat myself to that every once in a while. The key is to stop eating and drinking that stuff so frequently. Believe me, I LOVE a good burger but I only have one maybe once every month and a half. Even then, sometimes I'll substitute to try to maintain some standards, like getting the burger protein style wrapped in lettuce instead of on a bun. Being health conscious doesn't mean you have to punish yourself by completely denying the stuff you enjoy. After a while it becomes second nature. I could go out and eat junk every day again if I wanted to, but I'm in a place mentally where I don't feel like I need to, but when I do get that occasional craving, I'll enjoy myself.

In my experience, the physical part isn't the hard thing, it's the mental part. I still struggle with it sometimes, but I'm also in a place where my mind doesn't feel right if I miss too many days off at the gym.

I encourage you and any other old timers here  slywink to just go for it. Come up with a plan, start off gradually but really stick with it. Know that there will be setbacks along the way but as long as you stay consistent and keep up the intensity at the gym or with whatever activity you choose the changes will happen. If you guys really want to make the change, we can use this thread as a support group to help each other out, whether it's planning specific programs, advice, or just a place to vent.

Getting old doesn't mean you stop enjoying life. At 46 now, I feel more content and healthier than at any point in my life. I only wish I had committed to change a lot sooner but better late than never. Like I said originally, I do Crossfit and I like showing people this video:

http://games.crossfit.com/video/vivienne-henderson-fit-61

Lady is 61 years old and proof that being old does not mean you are doomed to be in a wheelchair or using a walker or trapped at home, but you don't have to do Crossfit. The point is that as long as you find something that works for you, it can open up a whole new lifestyle.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cholesterol Blues (Paging Pete Rock) on: September 24, 2014, 08:33:13 PM
I'll echo all the info so far. When I turned 40 (I am 46 now), my cholesterol was way high, like 260 I think it was. That and the fact that I was starting to experience health issues I had never seen before scared the crap out of me to start doing something about it. My doctor put me on cholesterol meds at the time but he strongly suggested that I address the problem through diet and exercise long term. While the cholesterol meds are a legit way of lowering it, you don't want to be stuck taking it for years and years. You risk exposing yourself to side effects and you never know what kind of weird shit it does to your liver or kidneys. Taking meds as a lifestyle routine is never a good thing in the big picture.

First thing I did was quit soda cold turkey, and that includes diet soda. Also quit sugary juices. I substituted water, both regular and sparkling. Honestly, that was so hard to do. I was addicted to soda for so long it took some time to shed the cravings. I still have a soda occasionally as a treat, but I am no longer guzzling it like water. Also, I stopped eating out all the time. The quality of food, especially fast food, and portion sizes really do a ton of damage to your health. It's hard to cook for yourself especially if you have no cooking talent but there are ways to simplify things to make it easier. Plan and pre-pack meals for a week at a time. Crock pots/slow cookers are a saving grace. Throw a bunch of stuff in one, cook it all up, and you have meals for days. Really watch the portion sizes too. I drastically cut back on my carb intake as well. I loved eating pasta all the time but nowadays I rarely have it. Same with bread and rice. If I do eat that stuff, I make sure to only eat a very small portion. I increased my intake of meat and fish, particularly chicken, pork, and salmon. Beef is okay as long as you don't overdo it. Eat more vegetables as well. If you don't like veggies in general, you have to come up with creative ways of cooking them to make it palatable. If there is one recipe resource I recommend to people it's www.thefoodee.com. It's more of a paleo themed resource (you can Google 'paleo diet' for a ton of info). I don't eat strict paleo but definitely changing my eating towards that has been a great benefit.

In tandem with diet, you have to exercise. IMO, you cannot concentrate on one without the other and hope to see the health changes you want. I've been doing Crossfit for 6 years, but really find whatever activity you like that works for you. Whatever you do, make sure you really up the intensity. Going to the local 24 Hour Fitness, hopping on a treadmill and walking 30 minutes while watching TV or reading is not going to be much benefit over the long haul. You have to really push yourself effort-wise.

Yes, heredity is a factor in high cholesterol but you can't write it all off to that. Also keep in mind that there is some new thinking within medicine that slightly elevated overall cholesterol may not necessarily be the horrible thing we've been taught. I've seen articles that say cholesterol in the 200 to 220 range is acceptable as long as the good cholesterol (HDL) is high and the bad cholesterol (LDL) is low. 

I think I was on cholesterol meds for a couple of years before the lifestyle changes I worked on allowed me to get off them for good. The day my doctor told me I no longer had to take them was one of the best days of my life.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 09, 2014, 10:41:01 PM
I'm so torn between the iPhone 6 Plus and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Argh!  crybaby
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 29, 2014, 10:00:45 PM
LOL, never occurred to me that I could cannibalize an external drive. The procedure seems pretty simple enough. I'll order one and try it out as well.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 29, 2014, 08:07:22 PM
Where did you get a 2TB drive for $90? That's dirt cheap!
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 19, 2014, 09:17:02 PM
Wow, I thought I was the only wuss when it came to this game  icon_razz

As great a game as it is, it's probably the most relentlessly dark and depressing game I've played in a long time.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] EA Access on: August 15, 2014, 07:33:43 PM
I haven't bought a Madden game in years but the commercial EA made for this season's game is hilariously, yet bizarrely, epic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DL0W9AUCuY
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