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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 09, 2014, 09:41:37 PM
Later this month I'll have the opportunity to play Dragon Age: Inquisition, experiencing the first few hours of gameplay, along with a good bit of the multiplayer experience.

The three main classes for the Inquisitor are listed below.   Since I'll be doing capture for my preview, which of these would you like to see any why?  I'll only have time for one...

Warrior: Two-Handed
Warrior: Weapon and Shield
Rogue: Dual Wield
Rogue: Archer

Realistically, you'll get to see much of this anyway as I'll have a full party at some point, with a spattering of these skills under their tunic, robe, or belt.   My tendency is towards Mage for my first Inquisitor.  Thoughts?

I'll also have the chance to sit down with team for an interview or two.  Let's drum up some questions.  I'll start:

1.) It's a huge tactical change to remove healing spells from the game?  Will there be other methods of healing? 
162  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Favorite forum software? on: October 07, 2014, 09:40:23 PM
You might also check into Vanillaforums    We use SMF, but I can't say I recommend it. 
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 07, 2014, 06:43:37 PM
Through a screwy confluence of issues, I got my copy today.  I'm working on a review and should have that up shortly.   The early buzz is super positive though - a refreshing thing.  smile
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hardwood floors and dogs. Any suggestions? on: October 07, 2014, 06:42:46 PM
I have 3 dogs and hardwood flooring.  You just kinda get used to having to sweep, often.  I gave up on the Roomba and I just use an old fashioned broom. 
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We lost a forumer last night :( on: October 07, 2014, 06:39:20 PM
Oh man....I'm really sorry to hear that.   frown  My heart goes out to his family.
166  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: September 27, 2014, 03:20:01 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 26, 2014, 10:36:10 PM

It sounds like you are trending toward a generic spirituality or mysticism -- deism, animism, or some other paganism -- rather than a religion. Religion is about answers based on revealed truth, not questions. That makes it the opposite of science. Science thrives on "unanswered things" and does not ask you to believe in it except as a powerful method of investigating and understanding the material world.

While I think all religions can be philosophically illuminating, none of them are as "true" as they think they are, and none are worth joining or following unless you crave the social inclusion.

I don't believe in any religion (obviously) nor am I very spiritual, so this probably isn't the perspective you're looking for.

On the contrary, it's exactly the perspective I'm looking for - a rational one.  I guess that's the part that sticks in my craw; the revealed truth.  Truth hasn't been revealed to me, I have to buy into it.  I'd rather my belief not resemble a magic trick where I have to believe hard enough to make it real.  There are entirely too many things out there that can't be explained away by science or religion that make it where I can't let go of "God" (or whatever powerful force created us little ants) but I can't look at, for instance, the Bible and say "Yea, everything in there?  Totally real."  I'm sure I'm "going to Hell" and all that at this point, but I think it's more important to be as good a person as I can rather than ascribe to a religious dogma. 
167  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Crisis of faith or is it over? on: September 26, 2014, 09:52:56 PM
I was raised "platform agnostic" but lean more Baptist than anything else.  I've found that as an adult my philosophy with martial arts and my time in the military had an interesting effect on my faith.  Reading and re-reading the bible, watching documentaries from all sides, and watching the absolutely vile people who call themselves Christians but then go very far out of their way to cast aspersions and judgements on their fellow humans have driven me down a path where I feel like I only believe in the general concept of Christianity lately.   I thought maybe crisis of faith, but it isn't passing.  I still believe in God, or a higher power that put all this random shit together, but there are too many unanswered things on both science and religion to fully accept and believe either.   I think I'm a good person, but I find myself having less and less in common with anyone who would call themselves "religious". 

Interested to hear what you folks have to say...
168  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / So...those 900 series graphics cards on: September 26, 2014, 09:46:25 PM
I feel like I just bought my 780 and apparently I'm now two generations behind.   I look at the Xbox One and Playstation 4 and I think to myself "Yep, that's where developers are going to aim for this generation" - is there even a point to pushing much higher than I am right now?  Or is there some incredible PC game that I need to have that isn't on XB1/PS4?  I just feel like Nvidia is upgrading for upgrade's sake. 
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Information Society fan? I have news for you.... on: September 26, 2014, 09:42:59 PM
Aaand now the whole shebang has been released:

170  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: The forums - how can we improve the experience? on: September 18, 2014, 07:52:45 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 18, 2014, 03:39:38 PM

What's the word on Tapatalk integration?  I've come to appreciate it more than mobile site navigation. 

It would be great to have better integration with the front page reviews and topic discussion, but it might make those non-specific discussions drop off from awareness. 

What's missing from Tapatalk?  Should be working as that not the case?
171  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / The forums - how can we improve the experience? on: September 12, 2014, 10:05:12 PM
We've had plans to get the forums, the front page, G+, facebook, etc. all integrated to all comments from all locations feed the same.  It helps spur conversation.  I'm going to put finances on that to make it happen, with any luck, before the end of this year.  I wanted to ask though...

What else would you like to see?   What other wish-list items do you have?

For frame of reference, this is an example of the software we'll be moving towards and how it can be implemented:

I welcome your feedback and look forward to making some serious improvements across the entire site.  smile
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Information Society fan? I have news for you.... on: September 04, 2014, 07:19:34 PM
Original lineup of Kurt, James, and Paul are back after 20 years.  First single hit from their upcoming _Hello World_ album.  (do we still call them albums at this point?)

If you are NOT an information society fan, you still might wanna take a listen.  smile
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: August 27, 2014, 06:36:51 PM
I put together a writeup on my thoughts on the road to release for Dragon Age: Inquisition and why it's the most ambitious, and thus most dangerous, game that Bioware has ever made.  hit the front page and you'll spot the sweet banner Mike put together, but here's an easy link:

174  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Release Day Calendar on: August 27, 2014, 06:35:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 22, 2014, 03:07:05 PM

Updated with everything I can find through November, so basically this year. 

Can we make it public?

Yessir!  I will commit to doing it this week.  Can you email me all the info on it please?  burke (at)
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Need for Speed on: August 01, 2014, 04:25:46 PM
So I scored an early copy of the movie and put up a review on it:

The plot is tired, but uhm...there's almost no CGI in this movie.  0_0   That kinda takes the crazy stunts to a new level for me. 

176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 07:47:01 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 31, 2014, 07:30:10 PM

Quote from: Roman on July 31, 2014, 05:14:22 PM

wow! Talk about doomsday here guys.

The 'experts' are all saying that should it migrate to NA we have tried and true quarantine procedures that would serve to greatly lessen the impact.

Nothing to see here - move along (or keep watching Fox News..... ninja)

I'd like to politely ask to keep this from being moved to R&P because I legitimately want to participate, and my conservative ass isn't allowed there.

However, to think that it's unlikely it gets here is naive at best, and I Hope to God our quarantine procedures are that bullet proof.  The Fox News jab was frankly nauseatingly naive as well.

I agree - this isn't a political conversation.   Let's not make it into one unduly. 
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: July 28, 2014, 09:38:23 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 28, 2014, 09:14:25 PM

This is why I hate work. Not because of the actual work, but bc of this shit.

THIS!   I love my work, but there are so many people who seem to exist for the sole purpose of making my work more difficult.  Political posturing and ass covering make it worse until it's no longer bearable.  *shakes head*
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: July 28, 2014, 08:22:49 PM
Yea, I'm not going to jump ship before I have sturdy something or other to land on.  I do feel like my job is paralleling a Dilbert cartoon though.

I told my boss today that I don't feel appreciated, haven't for several years, I think my previous bosses have torpedoed my chances of success here, and as a result I feel like I might need to start looking for other work.   I figure that'll either light a fire under his ass, nothing will happen, or I'll end up leaving.  Either way, it'll work itself out and I just started the countdown....
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So when do you quit? on: July 25, 2014, 10:24:36 PM
So I've been at my job for coming up on three years now.  In that time I've had 8 bosses, 6 VPs, and 4 CIOs.  My newest boss sat back and analyzed things for over 4 months, leaving an ailing department to suffer in the wake.  We've also had 7 reorgs in that time.   I've not received a decent pay raise in three years.  (The first was pro-rated because reasons, the second they punished everyone because our current CIO was angry at our boss at the time, and the third got shuffled out to January to reset the cycle as we used to get raises in July)  I've been handed four teams to manage, with two managers reporting to me that I have to mentor.  I made a case for a promotion to Director more than enough times and I'm getting the runaround.   People adjacent to my boss in the org chart are telling me that it'll work itself out if I'm patient, but c'mon...I've been hearing that for three years.   I feel underappreciated and underpaid for the amount of work I do.   At what point do you say enough is enough?     icon_cry
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yogscast Yogventures successful Kickstarter ($570k) game cancelled on: July 19, 2014, 02:32:57 PM
I look at Kickstarter as gambling.  I only play with as much as I'm willing to lose.   There are some awesome things that I've backed that came to fruition, but at the end of the day I always knew that it could be something that bore no fruit. 
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Unlimited - $10 a month for books on: July 19, 2014, 02:30:54 PM
That's really the big challenge.  I read a stat that most people read about 6-8 minutes a day.  A DAY!   I think I read a little more than that, and perhaps if I could have a book open on my second monitor all the time I'd read a lot more, but I just don't know if I'd read enough to justify the price.   I wonder how publishers are taking it....
182  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Any interest in an Alienware Laptop? on: July 19, 2014, 02:29:04 PM
Gorgeous laptop.  Let me ask some friends....
183  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What virus/malware software do you use? on: July 17, 2014, 02:42:47 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 14, 2014, 07:55:45 PM

Turn on your status bar.  When I was having HDD issues, it would hang on Waiting for cache...  I've also seen the AdBlockPro hang things up early in a session.

Status bar?  What status bar?
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 17, 2014, 02:42:05 AM
Just got into this tangle with Centurylink.  So my mom lives in a 55+ community.  At the pedestal outside the park they are getting 26db of signal, but by the time it makes it to my mom's house it's 5.3 db, less than what is required to even remain connected, much less actually use the Internet with any reliability.  So I talk to the tech and he tells me that they'll likely just disqualify the entire area and roll back all of their internet rather than putting a tap in to boost the signal.   saywhat   I'm continuously blown away by just how awful customer service has become.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 17, 2014, 02:39:05 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 16, 2014, 10:36:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 16, 2014, 07:49:35 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 16, 2014, 07:03:08 PM

And to start that, I guess I'll say I'm a game programmer.

Did you program Gears of War 3? I LOVE that game!

No, but I worked on Hawken and LEGO Universe.

I have sported a red Hawken lanyard at work for about 2 years at this point.  smile
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Taken 3? on: July 17, 2014, 02:37:44 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 16, 2014, 05:15:45 AM

If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of funny cat pictures, funny cat pictures I have acquired over a very long career.

LOL at the both of ya.   Nice.  biggrin
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/14) on: July 16, 2014, 02:40:07 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 15, 2014, 07:05:23 PM

Whatever the fuck happened was likely an accident.  Sorry, whatever the hell I said is 100%  accurate, if it wasn't said in my signature it was meant to be said there and not in the thread itself. 

I really don't care all that much is the  ultimate point.

Never going to say told you so, as we all suffer from the incompetence.  Also, climate change, as articulated by the global warming fools, is total shite.

No idea why this is in a gaming thread at all.  I've removed your signature as it's inflammatory and doesn't belong at the bottom of every post. 
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 16, 2014, 03:54:50 AM

Quote from: Roman on July 15, 2014, 11:21:33 PM

Day to day title is: IT Consultant - Project Manager.

By night I'm Buck Naked!

At least it's not Buck Angel. 

On second though...don't look that up.   icon_eek

(an Engineer that works for me worked for a porn billing company and showed me...things.  Too many things....things I can't unsee.)
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 16, 2014, 03:53:48 AM

Quote from: dbt1949 on July 15, 2014, 10:30:20 PM

Normally I'm a burden on society (social security) but after my last visit the site crashed for two days so I think that's my calling.

You too?  I'm a collector from the guv'ment too thanks to my military fun.  I guess I forgot to include that part.  "freeloading veteran"  slywink
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Taken 3? on: July 16, 2014, 03:51:14 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 14, 2014, 05:06:38 PM

Liam tries to post on Facebook that he's finally made sure that he and all his love ones are secure, but instead he gets a notification that his password has been Taken.

That sounds like it could be more boring than Harrison Ford in Firewall.   saywhat
191  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Aaaaand we're back on: July 15, 2014, 08:19:08 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 15, 2014, 05:15:32 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 15, 2014, 05:10:33 PM

I seriously, SERIOUSLY, hate this goddamned forum software....

time for an upgrade?   Need funds towards it?  I was starting to have withdrawal symptons

I'm actually planning exactly that.   We are looking at alternatives that would seamlessly integrate with the front page as well.  As far as funds, I'll probably do a small fundraiser to try to do this right. 
192  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Aaaaand we're back on: July 15, 2014, 05:10:33 PM
I seriously, SERIOUSLY, hate this goddamned forum software....
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 14, 2014, 06:17:24 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 14, 2014, 06:16:06 PM

Whaaa?  I didn't know that was a thing!
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 14, 2014, 06:17:06 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on July 14, 2014, 05:56:17 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 14, 2014, 05:51:31 PM

If you can party up with randoms, I'm fine with 3-6 man raids.  I've always had good luck with randoms believe it or not in games that require cooperation...

We'll see. Really hoping this game is great.  If it is, I'll probably bump up to the one with the expansion pass...

In the alpha it was quite easy to get into a random group, I just selected the mission area and the game found two other players to join in.  No issues at all.

Yep, talking with the team at Bungie that's their goal.  They want seamless jump-in, jump-out at all times, even for Raids.  
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/14) on: July 14, 2014, 06:15:15 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 14, 2014, 05:51:51 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 14, 2014, 03:46:29 PM

New maps for BF4 Prems!


Oh yeah! I forgot.

Are you playing on PC or console?
196  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What virus/malware software do you use? on: July 14, 2014, 04:55:59 PM
I've been using Norton 360.  It's went pretty well so far, though the password vault can be incredibly intrusive / dumb at times.   My PC has developed a hitch while I browse the web where it pauses every 5-7 seconds for about a second.  not sure if that's Norton or something else. 
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Taken 3? on: July 14, 2014, 04:52:57 PM
So I was looking at the next year's slated movies and I spotted Taken 3 on the release list for mid next year.  Turns out that it's a thing:

I really, really enjoyed the first two, but I have no idea where they'll go with 3.  Is the daughter going to have a kid so they can have three people kidnapped to match the sequel number?   icon_eek
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 14, 2014, 04:49:01 PM
It's been a while since we had one of these threads.   What do you do for a living?   I'll start:

I am the Manager of Production Network Engineering at Go Daddy.  It's the equivalent of four jobs in one, that's for sure.   I also occasionally teach martial arts at a not-so-nearby studio.  Oh, I also run this place. 
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any bass players out there? I'm buying a new rig! on: July 14, 2014, 04:47:34 PM
I'll have to take a pic of the wife playing this monster bass she owns.  It's a 1970 Ampeg Big Stud bass.   It looks and sounds amazing.  smile
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Played my first gig in 8 or 9 years last night. on: July 14, 2014, 04:46:30 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 14, 2014, 05:30:13 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 12, 2014, 06:11:11 PM

Any chance you've got video or at least audio?   My wife is whipping ass on the bass so I've certainly earned an appreciation for that. 

Not as of now. Well, maybe. But low quality. Like iphone shot stuff. We recorded a few weeks back still waiting for it to get mixed this week. 8-10 hrs of recording turns into a chore. A fun chore but still..

Keep us posted - would love to hear it. 

As for the mixing stuff, yea...I've done my share of that in the past.  It's a lot of small adjustments on super-zoomed waveforms and audio balancing over and over and over.  Tedious, but when it's done right it's pretty awesome. 
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