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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old Spice, Hair and Huey Lewis on: March 10, 2014, 08:23:02 PM
What

The

Hell

 retard
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2014 Offseason on: March 01, 2014, 05:54:58 PM
Oh shit, I've been outed! icon_smile
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 20, 2014, 09:20:00 PM
Oh man, the speaker scam out of the back of a van is LEGENDARY. Back in the late 80's I was hit up at a bank walking up to the ATM. Two guys in a plain white van came screaming around the corner, threw open the door and tried to sell me a pair of speakers they said they had extra stock of due to an inventory mistake. I'll never forget their sales pitch:

"The subwoofers have nitrogen cooling!"

Wow, really Mr. Wizard? Needless to say, I laughed at them and walked away.
44  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Flappy Bird is no more on: February 12, 2014, 05:15:10 PM
What a bunch of pointless stupid drama.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on: February 11, 2014, 09:20:56 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 11, 2014, 08:35:45 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 11, 2014, 06:20:27 PM

So Ron, without giving anything away, were you ultimately able to beat those sadistically hard boss battles? It's one thing if those fights are hard, but if they at least are beatable in a mildly realistic way then I guess it's tolerable.

I was, but man...they always felt totally unfair.  I have 2000HP versus their 400,000HP?  And I can only heal with my 6 potions, but he has a skill that allows him to get all of his HP back once?  0_0   You really feel like the cards are stacked against you, and those fights take upwards of 15-20 minutes each.   It feels a little like a combination of luck, trial and error, and some laser-precision with blocking, and even then even the most minor of slips can kill you.   One boss had an attack that did just shy of 2k worth of damage if you missed the block.  No way to beat him when you have 1400HP (the staying in one area thing I mentioned), but if you do a bunch of side quest grinding and get up to 2k HP you can live through it, once.  smile     It's just odd to go from "this is kinda challenging" in a good way to "WTF?  How was I supposed to prepare for this?!" kind of moments.  

Sheesh, the Final Fantasy series really has jumped the shark. I just picked up the game but I have a feeling it's going to be one of those experiences where it stops being fun and becomes just a chore to finish for the sake of finishing it.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The LEGO Movie - the movie of Legos on: February 11, 2014, 06:25:17 PM
There must be some correlation with how much of a Lego maniac you were growing up. I thought it was one of the best "kids" movies in a very long time. I found it clever, incredibly funny and surprisingly touching at the end. Then again, I still build Legos as an adult. My 9 year old daughter loved it too.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on: February 11, 2014, 06:20:27 PM
So Ron, without giving anything away, were you ultimately able to beat those sadistically hard boss battles? It's one thing if those fights are hard, but if they at least are beatable in a mildly realistic way then I guess it's tolerable.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Superbowl on: February 03, 2014, 06:11:51 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 03, 2014, 06:04:55 PM

HOLY FUCKING AWESOME.

+1000

For god's sake, he has a FLAMING SLEDGEHAMMER!!
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Fable Anniversary on: February 03, 2014, 06:01:34 PM
Was your copy a pre-release copy or was it the final retail version?

Seems pretty outrageous that a game that old has bugs that serious, even if it has a new graphical shine.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish you could get into but can't on: February 01, 2014, 12:02:55 AM
Minecraft. I just don't get what the point is, much less the cult-like appeal.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: January 27, 2014, 10:23:43 PM
I finally finished this game on PS4 last night. I have mixed feelings about the whole experience though. I really enjoyed the pirate theme and the ship to ship combat is loads of fun. Ubisoft really nailed a lot of the period and the look and feel of the time. I really hated the land missions where you either had to chase someone or eavesdrop on someone because they really disrupt the whole free form world dynamic and forces you to complete that specific task before you can return to the open world. I think that was a bad design choice despite the fact that I guess those kind of missions were also in the prior AC games (I think, since I am not familiar with the past games).

Somewhere around 3/4 of the way into the game though, the story really loses steam and the end was pretty disappointing. The modern day stuff in the Abstrego offices seems tacked on and totally pointless, unless I am missing something. Also, without giving anything away, there is a character that shows up literally in the last minute of the game where it seems like such a cheap plot device to give Kenway some sort of closure at the end. But there is literally NO reference to this character at any point during the entire game until this last part. Felt really tacked on, like the developers were just tired of the whole thing.

Anyhow, I started out really loving the game but the end was a chore to get through and made me feel just sort of 'meh' at the end. I didn't even take on any of the legendary ship missions and now I feel no desire to do so. Maybe if I leave the game alone for 6 months and then return I'll feel motivated.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 21, 2014, 08:41:18 PM
Hmmm, does not seem to be a widespread problem then, although it would suck to be hit by it since it appears to corrupt saves in a really awful way.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 20, 2014, 10:26:40 PM
Anyone having issues with corrupted saves/games that won't load?

http://www.joystiq.com/2014/01/20/report-playstation-4-error-is-corrupting-user-save-files/

I haven't powered on my PS4 in a number of days but I never experienced these reported issues (knock on wood) in all the time I've had the system. The weird thing is that the huge Sony support forum thread that is referenced in the article is from the European support page. I took a quick look at the U.S. support forum and there isn't anything close to that in comparison.
54  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless router with good range? on: January 14, 2014, 12:48:52 AM
I have this:

http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-Router-AC1750-Gigabit-R6300v2/dp/B00EM5UFP4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389660323&sr=8-1&keywords=netgear+r6300

It might be overkill for most people. I'm not some sort of networking power user that configs the heck out of routers, but the wireless range that thing puts out is ridiculous. The price has gone down though. I bought it for $199 when it was a new model release. In the time I've had it, I've never had any problems with it and it performs like a champ.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 08, 2014, 06:26:32 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 08, 2014, 06:21:03 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on January 08, 2014, 06:06:02 PM

I wonder if anyone archived any of the old Gone Gold web content. It would be kind of a kick to see some of that stuff again for old times sake.

This?

Ha! OMG, you are the man. That is so awesome.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 08, 2014, 06:06:02 PM

Quote from: Crusis on January 08, 2014, 03:45:58 PM

I used to hit gone gold every day, it was probably my first stop in the morning. I had even agreed to do some game reviews for the site, (I was the games editor at another site, and writing for a few others) but then everything just went south. Anyway, GT's a great place to hang. Here's to another 10 years - <virtual quaff>.

Yeah, Gone Gold was my go-to gaming stop too. Really sad when it died. I liked Rich and corresponded with him occasionally. Nice guy. Then he literally disappeared, the site withered into oblivion, and the rest is Gaming Trend history.

I wonder if anyone archived any of the old Gone Gold web content. It would be kind of a kick to see some of that stuff again for old times sake.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 08, 2014, 06:02:41 PM
I order a ton of stuff from Amazon and the vast majority of stuff arrives on time as expected. Amazon uses a bewildering array of delivery options though, so if there are problems, take a look at your order history to see if there are specific delivery options that are failing to deliver on time. Also, keep in mind that during the holiday season, UPS and I believe the US postal service, had issues keeping up with the volume of package deliveries. In my experience Amazon uses these options:

1. UPS - seems to be the most common. For me, has been pretty much 100% reliable.
2. Smartpost (FedEx and UPS) - this is where FedEx or UPS will deliver to the nearest US Post Office to you and the USPS makes the local delivery. If anything goes wrong, it is usually because the USPS delays/loses the package.
3. Local regional delivery vendor - In the SF Bay Area where I live, the local vendor is Ontrac. It's like a courier service. I occasionally get packages late from these guys. It's possible consistent delivery issues may be due to these local delivery companies. Reliability will vary from region to region depending on the local delivery company.
4. US Postal Service - occasionally, I'll get orders delivered end to end by the USPS. Usually small items like video games or movies. Very occasionally will get delayed a day or two.
5. DHL - Every once in a blue moon, Amazon ships something to me via DHL. I have no idea why but it happens maybe once or twice a year. Usually reliable, but it's a small sample size.

Overall, Amazon Prime has been excellent in my experience, but I live in a major city with lots of nearby delivery stations and hubs so I'm sure it's not quite as reliable as living out in more sparsely populated areas where there are not as much infrastructure.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 08, 2014, 05:48:33 PM
Gamestop is going to be so screwed.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: January 07, 2014, 11:38:53 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 07, 2014, 07:13:49 PM

Not falling for this again!

Me neither. There hasn't been a decent Alien game since the Sega Genesis days.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 07, 2014, 05:21:04 PM
Oct. 13, 2004 for me.

Sweet Jesus, we're old.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Almost Human on: December 10, 2013, 07:19:02 PM
The whole metaphysical nonsense didn't bother me much. I was much more interested in the cloning stuff they integrated into the story. So far I have been really really impressed with the series. The blending of current tech and extrapolation into future/sci-fi tech is incredibly well done. None of it seems contrived to me at all, which makes the world they've created feel totally plausible yet retain the whole exotic future that makes the show feel unique.

I agree though that the ineptitude of the MX androids in comparison with Dorian is really jarring. They've only made vague references to the fact that the DRN models are "crazy" so hopefully they will expand on that angle in future episodes.

I've always liked Karl Urban but he is really awesome in this series.

The show has set a high bar right out of the gates and hopefully they will continue those standards. Anyhow, it's fast becoming one of my favorite shows on TV right now.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Nymphomaniac on: December 05, 2013, 01:01:02 AM
Oh boy. Since it's a Lars Von Trier movie, it's going to be visually stunning, if disturbing at times, with crushingly depressing themes and all sorts of uncomfortable scenes.

In other words, not the feel good comedy of the year stuff. icon_razz

I'm still emotionally scarred from Dancer in the Dark and Anti-Christ.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: December 02, 2013, 07:14:59 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on December 02, 2013, 04:33:17 AM

Quote from: Punisher on December 02, 2013, 04:21:29 AM


Spoiler for Hiden:
also, not 100% sure the governor is dead. They did not show the actual headshot. She might have flinched at the end.


Spoiler for Hiden:
After being run clean through with a sword and left in a field of zombies, I think the only question is whether the Gov is going to be eaten or zombified, or if he was spared both of those fates. While it's true that we didn't see the coup de grace, I'll be very surprised if he comes back after that.

Speaking of not seeing the body, though, are we sure that Little Asskicker is dead? We saw a bloody carseat, but no actual baby bits (unless I missed that). It's possible that Weird Girl or some other child got the baby onto the bus.

Spoiler for Hiden:
In the Talking Dead after show, the governor was included in the "in memorium" segment which confirms he is dead.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 25, 2013, 06:31:38 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 25, 2013, 05:45:42 PM

This game is one of a select few PS4 games available to buy before the European PS4 release this Friday, so I went ahead and bought it today. Now I've got the box sitting in front of me, taunting me.

Neener neener neener! icon_razz
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 20, 2013, 07:03:09 PM
Personally, I just want my console to play games. All this other extra media hub business is just pointless distraction, and if the functionality isn't spot on, then what's the point?

Aside from the price point, the main reason I went PS4 instead of XBO is that I felt more interested in Sony's emphasis on the games rather than all the other extra stuff. Sure it may be PS3 2.0 but that's fine with me.

I guess I'm old skool that way. tear
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Almost Human on: November 20, 2013, 06:56:33 PM
I really like this show. I hope they can maintain the FX budget they have because the world they've created looks pretty awesome for a TV show.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 15, 2013, 09:36:26 PM

Quote from: shon on November 15, 2013, 09:29:15 PM

Mine just came in and I hooked it up and it downloaded the update extremely fast.  Trying to logon to PSN and it just sits there saying please wait.



According to this:

https://support.us.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/237

PSN is currently offline.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 14 hours until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 14, 2013, 05:01:27 PM
My Amazon pre-order (placed June 10th) status is now 'preparing for shipment'. My order for three games (Knack, Killzone, Assassin's Creed) is coming today.

Tomorrow's gonna be a perfect day! icon_cool

What's not going to be so cool is the time I'll have to spend rewiring and reconfiguring my entertainment center to fit the thing. My biggest problem is having enough electrical plugs to fit everything. The negative of being a techno-boy is having too many gadgets. Gah!
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 13, 2013, 07:26:35 PM

Quote from: Scraper on November 13, 2013, 07:20:58 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 13, 2013, 07:16:58 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 13, 2013, 07:14:51 PM

That link Jimmy gave doesn't seem to be the update to me.  It seems to be the full install if you are installing a new drive and need to get the OS installed.  Maybe it will work like the update, but you are downloading more than you need to.

Egads I think you're right!

Quote
This procedure is for initializing your PS4 system and performing a new installation of the system software, such as for when you replace the hard disk drive.

Jimmy is a Microsoft plant!!

Wait a minute are you saying Hetz was right? Damnit, I don't want to apologize to him, you can't make me.

 crybaby

Oops. Oh well. At least I had good intentions. I yield to Hetz's superior powers of attention to detail.

Kinda ironic. I actually did work at Microsoft about 10 years ago. For the record, it SUCKED.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 13, 2013, 06:31:20 PM
Oh Hetz, that lovable scamp.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 13, 2013, 06:11:25 PM
Thanks guys. Good to know that we are all still in a waiting pattern.

In the mean time, in anticipation of the onslaught of new PS4 units hitting Sony's update servers, I'm not taking any chances with slow download access of the day one patch, which is nearly 1 GB in size. I recommend downloading it and copying it to a USB drive now so that you don't have to wait during setup. Instructions here:

http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 13, 2013, 06:01:06 PM
Any of you guys pre-order from Amazon? I did my pre-order back in June and the order status still says 'not yet shipped'. My paranoia is starting to make me nervous that I will not get my launch day unit in time.

Damn this new console excitement! crybaby
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 12, 2013, 10:41:57 PM
More like Elizabeth Berkley's stunt double in Showgirls.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I hate about IOS7? on: October 29, 2013, 05:20:20 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 29, 2013, 04:42:39 PM

Huh.  I haven't had any significant issues with my iPad 3 and the new OS.

Me neither.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 13, 2013, 07:58:28 PM
Good job. I hit the wall at pretty much the same point my first time too, but that feeling of accomplishment when you finish is awesome.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2013-14 Season on: October 10, 2013, 10:53:17 PM
Probably take a dump in Adam Oates' bowl of cereal.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: October 10, 2013, 04:47:59 PM
Brilliant. Simply brilliant.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL 2013-14 Season on: October 09, 2013, 04:15:35 PM
Tomas Hertl with the goal of the year right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMw4nksG7UQ
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 09, 2013, 03:39:54 AM
Damn, you are hardcore! It sounds like you've been training appropriately for it so you will no doubt kill it. Good luck!
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: October 08, 2013, 10:25:16 PM
That's crazy talk! Honestly, I'll have to think hard about trying another half marathon again. I'm glad I did it the last two years but it's definitely at the upper end of my pain tolerance.

If I do another one, no more Gatorade for me. That stuff is so overrated.
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