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161  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.
162  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.
163  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.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LucasArts games coming to GOG on: October 28, 2014, 12:03:11 AM
There is a thread over on the 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.
165  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.
166  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!
167  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?
168  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?
169  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.
170  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.
171  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:

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.
172  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 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.
173  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
174  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.
175  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!
176  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.
177  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.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMNT Live Action Reboot inc? on: August 05, 2014, 06:38:45 PM
That is both sad and fucking pathetic.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 11:30:04 PM
I saw it in 2D on Saturday afternoon. While the plot was not particularly complex or compelling, the mix of music, interesting characters and snappy dialog was off the charts awesome. I'm amazed that James Gunn, a semi-known indie director, was given such a big budget high profile film and pretty much hit a home run. Rocket Raccoon is my favorite character. The little dude is so fun to watch in a wise ass, homicidal sort of way.

Of course it must be said once again: DANCE OFF!!
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: August 02, 2014, 04:45:03 AM
The recent CGI Captain Harlock movie just showed up on Netflix. This is something I've been dying to see since I saw the trailer months ago. I heard it's not that good but I loved the old Harlock TV series so I'll still give it a go.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: July 31, 2014, 06:07:26 PM
It so happens that I ordered one of those extended batteries for the pad from Amazon. At the time I ordered it, the cost was $65. Now it's up to about $75. It looks like Nintendo no longer sells the extended battery themselves. I checked the website and could not find it. If it is discontinued, the prices on Amazon are going to get ridiculous, so if anyone is interested in getting one, now would be the time to get it.

This is the product page on Amazon:
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 30, 2014, 05:37:05 PM
I recommend Child of Light, Ubisoft's downloadable beautiful RPG. As RPGs go, not terribly complicated or deep, but the watercolor style graphics are awesome.

Another vote for Strider, especially if you like Metroid-vania style games.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 24, 2014, 04:46:32 PM
Not nearly enough mutants or explosions.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 22, 2014, 06:29:35 PM
Whoops, it's the remake BGC 2040. Still worth seeing though.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 22, 2014, 06:22:01 PM
Kill La Kill is on Netflix and Hulu.
Attack on Titan is on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
Trigun is also on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

A couple more that I can think of:
Bubblegum Crisis on Netflix - old school 80's anime that is vaguely inspired by Blade Runner
Rurouni Kenshin on Crackle - about a samurai who protects people in need. Really well done series. Kind of odd because there is an underlying violence that is contrasted with the slightly more whimsical animation style.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 22, 2014, 06:02:39 PM
I'll have to check those out. I love me some good mecha anime.  icon_cool

It's not out on any streaming service that I know of but Space Cruiser Yamato 2199 is a reboot/remake of the original Space Cruiser Yamato (aka Starblazers) TV series. The animation is superb and there is enough in the story that is different from the original that it still feels fresh.

I actually liked Kill La Kill. I went into it not knowing anything about it other than the crazy costumes that some female cosplayers were making based on the show. The series is good but holy cow it is a hyperactive, over the top crazy show.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 22, 2014, 05:46:36 PM
Trigun and Cowboy Bebop are classics. Can't go wrong with either.

Netflix has Knights of Sidonia, which is a mecha based show. I've always been partial to mecha anime shows and it's nice to see since mecha isn't as popular these days for some reason.

There is also Attack on Titan and Kill La Kill. Both seem pretty popular although I didn't really connect with Titan. Kill La Kill is just...well let's say it's pretty over the top.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack is back - 24 returning on: July 22, 2014, 05:42:09 PM
I finished up the season watching the last three episodes last night. Overall, a really well done season and the suspense during those last three episodes was really awesome. The president's conversation with the British PM at the end was really sad and poignant, and the final exchange between Jack and Chloe was a really nice emotional touch. I hope Fox renews 24 for another season. They can't leave a badass like Jack rotting away in a prison in Russia. That's no way to go out. Ideally, Chloe and Jack's mercenary friend are coming up with some plan to spring him from prison and save the world one more time.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: July 21, 2014, 05:48:21 PM
Arise!  icon_biggrin

I just got a Wii U Deluxe over the weekend. When this thing first came out, I swore I would never get one, but the temptation was too much. There seems to be a critical mass of good games out or coming out in the next year that makes it worth getting now. I got Mario Kart 8, which is a total blast. I downloaded the Zelda HD remake as my freebie game and it looks pretty awesome. A couple of things were really annoying thought. First, the initial setup is such a long and convoluted process, particularly since you have to download what seems like a fairly large software update after connecting to the internet. Second, I knew the pad battery life was not great but holy cow, does it suck. I had to do a full recharge the next day. I ordered a Wii U Pro Controller which apparently has a really long charge capacity so while the pad is pretty cool in concept, I think I'll do most game playing with the other controller instead. I've seen a larger capacity battery for the pad on Amazon. Anyone have any experience with these?

The game I am really looking forward to is Bayonetta 2. I loved the first one and played the hell out of it on the Xbox 360, so the Wii U will be worth it just for the sequel.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] - Kite on: July 18, 2014, 05:57:12 PM
Interesting. I wonder how faithful it will be to the original anime, which was pretty graphic.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack is back - 24 returning on: July 15, 2014, 08:35:22 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 15, 2014, 06:05:13 PM

Did anybody else end up watching this (Live Another Day)?  Wrapped up last night, writing and direction in this last episode felt really choppy and discombobulated, and I found the last couple of plot "twists" irritating and contrived.  Pretty disappointing after a good start to the season, and I really liked Yvonne Strahotski in it.  I suspect the show won't be back, but who knows.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Really?  After all they did to bring Audrey back, this is how they kill her, without even a scene with Jack in the final episode?  I found it almost insultingly annoying, pretty much a slap in the face.  I call it the Game of Thrones effect.  Everyone and their brother now apparently thinks it's cool to kill off main characters for shock value.  The whole point of bringing the show back, I thought, was to service the fans with a last hurrah (or two).  Instead I guess they thought it would be cool to kill off one of the series' best characters (again) with an unceremonious random shot.  Sadly the only actress Kiefer Sutherland has ever shown any palpable chemistry with is Audrey, so it was pretty stupid all in all.  Oh well, time to move on.

It actually kind of makes sense in that:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Just about everyone Jack really cares about eventually gets whacked.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 15, 2014, 08:32:50 PM
Senior (not Senor) QA Engineer at Roku Inc.

I basically watch TV all day.
193  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: July 08, 2014, 11:16:51 PM
Thanks for all the recommendations. There are some good looking games in there so we'll check them out.
194  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: June 27, 2014, 05:57:29 PM
Actually we don't have much in the way of co-op games. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Forbidden Island. If you have any good recommendations, that would be most appreciated.

Dixit was appealing because the sessions seemed like they did not take too long to play. My family doesn't have a ton of time to spend playing board/card games, so reasonably quick games are what appeal to us.
195  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Question about Dixit on: June 27, 2014, 12:32:11 AM

Unfortunately, an overwhelming percentage of people do not recommend the game for a group of three. That's a bummer. We rarely game with more than three people. Oh well...
196  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Question about Dixit on: June 26, 2014, 06:55:02 PM
I just read the review of the Dixit: Origins expansion on the GT front page and it's piqued my interest.

I was wondering though. It seems to be the kind of game that is more fun with a larger group of people. Anyone know how well the game plays with the minimum three people?
197  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 08, 2014, 01:51:25 AM
The only mobile gaming site I trust these days is Unfortunately their focus is more on strategy games, but it's still a really good site and their reviews are generally tough.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2014 OTAs on: June 05, 2014, 06:42:16 PM
No kidding. Kaep gets a shit ton on money if he keeps getting better each year and the Niners can cut bait at any time if they feel like he is not giving them what they want on the field or if he gets hurt. Baalke should get a trophy for hammering out a deal that seems to satisfy both sides so much.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2014 OTAs on: June 04, 2014, 11:33:38 PM
Considering what Cutler and Flacco are making, Kaep's deal isn't all that outrageous in the context of what upper tier QBs make in the NFL. Yeah, it's a lot of money, but I'm okay with it because it wasn't that long ago that the Niners were trotting out the likes of Tim Rattay, JT O'Sullivan, Shaun Hill and shellshocked Alex Smith at QB.
200  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 28, 2014, 10:28:22 PM
Honestly, I would not have bothered with Dream Quest without all the positive word of mouth on the gameplay.
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