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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 06, 2013, 11:13:11 PM
So if it's now up to the publisher, what incentive is there for them to allow used resale of their games?

Wow, Sony is getting the next generation served up to them on a silver platter, if they are smart about it. Then again, it's Sony so I expect them to blow this opportunity somehow.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 04, 2013, 04:51:02 AM
LOL, girls are SO emo! icon_lol
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 03, 2013, 07:53:13 PM
I wonder if the girl in this video will stop watching.  icon_lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNipTRi7t2o

(Spoiler alert: don't watch if you have not seen the episode yet!)
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 03, 2013, 05:54:31 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 03, 2013, 08:29:23 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on June 03, 2013, 05:43:08 AM

Tonight's episode: holy shit! Holy SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!

And it wasn't even the finale!  eek

Are you one of the unsullied?  No spoilers and have not read the books?  I kinda wish I did not have pre knowledge of events.

Read a comment tonight that cracked me up, they called Jorah  "Sir Jorah of House Friendzone"

Obviously I have not read any of the books, which is a conscious decision I made back when season 1 ended. I figured I would get the full head exploding experience by not knowing anything that might be coming. Glad I decided to hold off on the books. From what I have heard from those who have read all the books, even crazier stuff happens later on. Bring it on, I say!
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 03, 2013, 05:43:08 AM
Tonight's episode: holy shit! Holy SHIT!! HOLY SHIT!!!!!

And it wasn't even the finale!  eek
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 31, 2013, 11:20:33 PM
LOL, you guys need new friends then. icon_razz

I've been doing crossfit for 5 years and typically the obnoxious ones are the one who are high strung, type A personalities who are hardcore into the competition aspect of it. I do it because it's the only thing in all the years I've struggled with my weight that has actually worked. If done properly at a good gym, it can really change your life, both physically and mentally, but I learned a long time ago that evangelizing it only works when people are ready to make that commitment and are truly interested. Being obnoxious and pushing it on people is a waste of time and really off-putting, so I only tell people about if they ask me about it first.

Anyhow, whether it's crossfit or any other exercise program, people in general should do what they are comfortable with and what works best for them.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Machete Kills - Yes, they made a sequel on: May 31, 2013, 04:53:02 PM
Machete don't text!
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 31, 2013, 01:03:08 AM
I do Crossfit and that looks a lot like a Tabata workout which in 8 cycles of 20 seconds of movement and 10 seconds of rest. Only thing is that Tabata is commonly used as a warmup activity instead of the actual workout.
169  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MS Store: 1200 points ($14.99 value) for $4.99 on: May 28, 2013, 09:42:55 PM
Last time the online MS store had a sale on points, they screwed up my order (sent me the confirmation email with no redemption code), which then took two weeks to resolve through their incompetent outsourced "customer service".

Never again for me, unless they're giving away points for free. finger
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the first video game you ever purchased? on: May 24, 2013, 06:44:17 PM


Jumpman: one of the greatest, if not THE greatest platform game ever created. For my Atari 800 back in the day.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2013: Fans vs Favorites 2! on: May 15, 2013, 08:02:22 PM
I was disappointed the reunion show never addressed Shamar's drama, or Brandon's "I am the author of my demise" meltdown. I couldn't even tell if Brandon was there (the non-jury cast members were in the front of the regular audience), although it would be understandable if the producers did not invite him to the reunion.

The Blood vs Water season coming this fall is supposed to be past contestants returning to play against family/loved ones. I pray they do not invite Dawn or the Hantz men back for that. I wonder if they are considering bringing back Boston Rob vs Amber for another go at it.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/Wii U]Injustice:Gods Among Us(DC fighting game from MK makers) on: April 17, 2013, 12:33:04 AM
Game is out apparently.

I just read the GT review, which got me all excited. Then I read the Gamespot review which in comparison confuses me. From the GT review I got the sense that there is an extensive tutorial system that teaches moves of the characters and other various nuances of the fighting system. In the Gamespot review, this bit seems flat out contradictory:

"If you're new to fighting games, you'll find Injustice's educational options disappointingly sparse. An extremely basic tutorial runs first-time fighters through the fundamentals, and that's it. There's a practice mode, but any information on fighting game theory or character-specific instructions is left to independent study. The S.T.A.R. Labs missions, Injustice's version of MK's challenge tower, offer some character-specific instruction, but are more of an enjoyable distraction than a way to prepare for real combat.

To further compound the confusion, other, lesser features are left completely unexplained."


I tried the demo, which I liked, and I trust GT reviews more than Gamespot reviews, but the differences in the reviews are...interesting.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: April 16, 2013, 05:43:59 PM
What the hell??

Anyone care to speculate as to what ship the Enterprise is fighting at 1:13 and 1:29? Enterprise-E (no way)? Re-imagined USS Reliant?
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Breaking] Explosions at Boston Marathon on: April 15, 2013, 11:17:15 PM
One of the two confirmed dead was an 8 year old boy.

What the FUCK is wrong with people these days?? It's all so frustrating and depressing...
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roger Ebert RIP on: April 05, 2013, 05:11:03 PM
Ebert wrote this last July about the love affair with his wife. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking to read the day after his death. We should all be so lucky to have anything close to a relationship like this with a partner.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2012/07/roger_loves_chaz.html
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar-Finding Dory on: April 04, 2013, 10:41:41 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on April 04, 2013, 07:35:49 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 04, 2013, 05:11:55 PM

Noticed that Andrew Stanton is the director of this, which is fascinating to me since he was the director of the mega-flop that was John Carter. A buddy of mine who knows people within Pixar says Stanton will never direct another live action film again as long as he is still within the Disney movie collective.

Stanton also directed a little film called "Finding Nemo". And that's...the rest of the story!

Well yeah, I knew he directed Nemo. My point is that unless it's Pixar animated movies, he's not getting any more shots at live action non-Pixar stuff as long as he is associated with Disney. After a colossal flop on the scale of John Carter, I would have expected him to be the fall guy and end up leaving Pixar/Disney, but apparently he is still respected by the leadership at Pixar, thus a second chance to restore his name with Finding Dory.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar-Finding Dory on: April 04, 2013, 05:11:55 PM
Noticed that Andrew Stanton is the director of this, which is fascinating to me since he was the director of the mega-flop that was John Carter. A buddy of mine who knows people within Pixar says Stanton will never direct another live action film again as long as he is still within the Disney movie collective.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney closes Lucasarts! on: April 03, 2013, 09:59:25 PM
Been spending a little time today researching the LucasArts game library to remind myself of some of my personal favorites. Looking back, they sure did make an incredible number of great and classic games:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LucasArts_games

My favorites:
Rescue on Fractalus - That and Ballblazer were the first LA games I ever played. Rescue was so awesome because of the jump-out-of-your-chair moment when the pilot you were supposed to rescue was an alien and scared the living crap out of you. Good times. icon_cool

Their Finest Hour/Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe - I spent countless hours at my friend's house playing these games. As flight sims, they were not terribly realistic even back in the day, but the gameplay was so incredibly addicting and compelling. The graphics at the time were pretty awesome too.

X-Wing/Tie Fighter - A couple of the greatest games ever made in my opinion. Yes, the missions were highly scripted and almost puzzle-like a lot of the time, but there was nothing cooler than flying those iconic Star Wars ships. The fact that a modern sequel, or even reboot game was never developed was a colossal missed opportunity by LA. Hell, even reskinned versions of the originals on Xbox Live or PSN would have been a sure fire hit.

Full Throttle - Probably my favorite LA adventure game. The story, voice acting and soundtrack were all perfect. If only the game wasn't so short. I still listen to the soundtrack today, by the Bone Jackals (Bone to Pick is the album and still available on Amazon). This game deserved a sequel, which LA attempted twice but canceled.

*sigh* truly an end of an era...
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney closes Lucasarts! on: April 03, 2013, 06:36:17 PM
LucasArts was no more than a shell of their once great selves. It's sad but it's a nostalgic sadness more than anything. Sucks for those who all got laid off though.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 02, 2013, 07:13:20 PM
QA engineer at Roku Inc.

I test Roku streaming products by watching TV all day. icon_smile
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: March 29, 2013, 06:17:32 PM
LOL, I would think that him leaving would actually be a GOOD thing.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: March 29, 2013, 06:12:01 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on March 29, 2013, 03:53:47 PM

I'm still playing when I get the chance. I think I've put in something like 28 hours or so into the game; I'm not sure how close I am to the end (
Spoiler for Hiden:
I just got the dragon.
). It's been a fun game, although I think I'm no longer into JRPGs so much. At least the battles are generally avoidable.

You still have a ways to go. icon_cool
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: March 29, 2013, 05:47:53 AM
Yep, still grinding away. I believe I am very close to the endgame now. I only have to kill the ultimate bad being. It's a great game.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead moonwalk onto AMC for Season 3 on: March 25, 2013, 06:43:21 AM
That. Was. Awesome.

For all the faults and frustrations of this show, it's moments like the end of this episode that make it worth watching.
185  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Target] 3DS XL $159.99 3-24 through 3-30 on: March 25, 2013, 01:43:42 AM
I thought about getting the Pikachu edition 3DSXL but didn't want to get up before 8am on a Sunday to go battle it out with other people at my local Target store. Instead, I ordered the red one online for the $159 sale price. Free shipping too.

Now to go research what games to get... icon_cool
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 15, 2013, 11:09:06 PM
But shouldn't there be at least some percentage of traffic that still takes the straight dirt road since it is the most direct patch? All traffic ends up completely ignoring the original path entirely which seems weird.

Of course, I bet the moment you start adding cross streets and increasing the possible routes, the traffic algorithm completely breaks again.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 14, 2013, 11:26:38 PM
Seriously?? Wow. FAIL.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 14, 2013, 05:52:10 PM
Just noticed this update from the Sim City blog:

Server Upgrades: We’ve completed the migration of all our original servers to the new, faster/higher capacity server architecture. We’ll continue to provide ongoing optimizations for our servers.

They hit reset and completely changed their server infrastructure, post-launch. More power to crunch numbers of population that doesn't exist!  icon_razz

http://www.simcity.com/en_US/blog/article/simcity-update-7
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 14, 2013, 04:31:24 PM
Knowing EA's track record, they will eventually declare that sales did not meet expectations and then promptly disband Maxis.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead moonwalk onto AMC for Season 3 on: February 26, 2013, 06:00:17 PM

Quote from: Moliere on February 26, 2013, 02:14:08 PM

I keep wondering why they don't stab all those walkers through the chain link fences. That seems like an easy way to clear the area.

LOL, I was thinking the exact same thing! Merle's stick on a stump would have been perfect for that.

FAIL  icon_smile
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: February 21, 2013, 10:31:29 PM
Maybe I am so old now that I am no longer in Sony's target demographic, but after yesterday's press reveal, I have no motivation to get a PS4. Hell, what little info they did reveal made it LESS appealing to me:

1. Tepid, at best, statement about backward compatibility (not a deal breaker but would have been nice)
2. Current PSN purchases and saved games will not be able to carry over to the PS4
3. No pricing info, no SKU info, not even a mock up model for display
4. This is the big one for me. This whole social network integration is a MASSIVE turnoff for me. The last thing I want is to broadcast my gaming habits all over the online world, spamming Facebook and Twitter with posts every time I do something. And this notion of being able to look in on other gamers live while they play games is both unsettling and creepy. I'm assuming Sony will give the user full control over just how much social interaction you can allow, but it's a distracting headache when all I want to do is play games.

I get that it's an evolving landscape when it comes to gaming. The alleged real time demos that were shown were impressive for the most part, but other than that, I didn't see anything that would make me want to get one. There's so much emphasis on what I think is a lot of useless chrome when all I want to see is compelling hardware that is simple and easy to use and games, exclusives most importantly, that make you want to play them.

Maybe Microsoft will be different, but I fully expect an equally uninspiring reveal of the next Xbox.

Oh well...*sigh*
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3/WiiU]Aliens Colonial Marines on: February 15, 2013, 09:31:41 PM
LOL, as Hudson would say, "Game over, man. Game over!"
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3/WiiU]Aliens Colonial Marines on: February 13, 2013, 11:15:02 PM
Geez, that is tragic on an epic scale. What the game is compared to what it could have been is so mind-numbingly sad.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead moonwalk onto AMC for Season 3 on: February 10, 2013, 08:16:43 PM
They have also expanded the Talking Dead aftershow to one hour. Of course that means you have to endure 30 more minutes of Chris Hardwick. icon_razz
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 29, 2013, 07:53:06 PM
This is probably a stretch but here goes. Any of you with the Wizard's Edition, would you consider selling the plush Drippy doll? My daughter would love that thing but no way am I going to pay the ridiculous prices the whole package is going for on eBay ($300 to $400).
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 28, 2013, 07:02:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 28, 2013, 12:45:21 AM

Some thoughts after 6 hours (just got to Al Mamoon):

The bad
-  Probably the only RPG this generation that I honestly cannot think of a negative thing to say about it.  Been racking my brain...nothing comes to mind.  That's a good thing.


It's a trivial thing I guess but I wish the spoken audio was more consistent. The english voice acting is quite good and I find myself not pressing buttons to skip though the dialog. However, there are times when text boxes will appear along with the spoken audio and then will stop and all you get is just the text boxes. It would enhance the immersion in the game if the spoken audio was heard through all the text box sequences. Like I said, just a trivial thing to me. Otherwise, it's a fantastic, cinematic game.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Divisional Playoffs on: January 13, 2013, 05:08:25 AM
Poor Alex Smith. This generation's Steve DeBerg.

Unbelievable how Kaepernick ran every which way through the Packers defense. Then Crabtree goes crazy. Then Gore goes off. Great display of offense.
198  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 20, 2012, 06:31:04 PM

Quote from: KC on December 20, 2012, 05:31:05 PM

Final Fantasy Tactics is on sale!

Wow, half price now.

So instead of ridiculously expensive, it's just expensive.  icon_razz
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [News] Mass shooting at Conn. elementary school (26 dead, including 18 kids) on: December 14, 2012, 07:48:40 PM
More details coming out about the shooter. He was a 24 year old ex-school employee who was fired. His mom worked at the school. Both his parents were also found dead.

Just beyond tragic...
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [News] Mass shooting at Conn. elementary school (26 dead, including 18 kids) on: December 14, 2012, 07:21:38 PM
Any of us who have young kids should take an extra moment today to hug them and tell them how much we love them.

My heart just aches for those kids who died and the parents who are going through one of the most unspeakably terrible events in their lives.
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