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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 10, 2013, 06:53:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2013, 08:47:49 PM

Laner isn't a hick?

Whut y'all flappin yer gums about?
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Mac/iOS] Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father - 2014 on: October 09, 2013, 12:42:51 AM

Quote from: TiLT on October 08, 2013, 05:59:27 PM

Nice! I never got to play the original (but played and finished the second one), so this will be a good chance to catch up. Sort of a shame about the missing voice files though, but maybe it's for the better? I know Tim Curry is great, but this game was made in a different time with different expectations of voice actors. Would most of them even hold up to today's standards?

Probably not, but that opening scene in the bookstore is burned into my memory.  Watching that with different voices will be a (minor) disappointment.  Otherwise I'm looking forward to it.

I hope it's a success and they remake the second one (my favorite of the three).
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box - pre-made or build your own in 2014! on: September 27, 2013, 05:33:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 27, 2013, 05:21:23 PM

wat

LOL.  My thought exactly.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box on: September 24, 2013, 02:50:48 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on September 24, 2013, 01:35:40 AM

Quote from: Laner on September 23, 2013, 10:23:30 PM

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In-home Streaming
You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!

My favorite part... you could have a relatively low-powered box sitting under your TV and stream locally from your gaming rig in another room.

Or I could just play the game on my gaming rig.


What's the point of this thing? Because I don't see it.

*shrug* I prefer playing on the couch on a big TV for a number of reasons.  Having access to my entire Steam library in the living room sounds great.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box on: September 23, 2013, 10:23:30 PM
Quote
In-home Streaming
You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!

My favorite part... you could have a relatively low-powered box sitting under your TV and stream locally from your gaming rig in another room.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: September 23, 2013, 02:58:13 PM
the what?
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: September 17, 2013, 11:03:59 AM
Just canceled both of my preorders. At this point I can't justify spending the money, and I'd rather wait a while and see how things shake out.  Maybe next year sometime.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/02) on: September 03, 2013, 04:11:58 PM
Diablo 3 - someday.  May wait for the next gen console version.
89  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New monitor choices: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 on: August 31, 2013, 09:47:49 AM
1920x1200 has been a standard gaming res for nearly a decade - shouldn't have any problems there.  I've had a Dell 2405FPW at that res since 2005 - The 2-3 games I've encountered that max out at 1920x1080 simply have slight letterboxing on the top and bottom.  If for whatever reason I have to drop the resolution lower than that, 1280x800 works fine... the picture gets slightly soft, but nothing egregious.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: August 30, 2013, 04:10:46 PM
Man... I wish Rayman was for the PS3.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What stupid things did you do as a teen? on: August 28, 2013, 05:11:03 PM
Committed a federal crime via several rounds of "mailbox baseball" in the outskirts of our town one summer.  The local paper ran a story, suggesting there were multiple groups doing it, listing the various locations.  They were all areas we hit.
92  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Nintendo 2DS? on: August 28, 2013, 04:15:21 PM
Had to check the calendar and make sure it wasn't April 1st.  I'd be tempted if I could fit it in my pocket.

$129, no clamshell, no 3D.  But they kept DS compatibility.  Available October 10.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-08-28-nintendo-cuts-wii-u-by-USD50-announces-2ds-handheld

93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: August 27, 2013, 11:51:25 AM
I've preordered both.  If I decide to keep one (which is unlikely ATM), it will probably be the PS4.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for feedback : Video reviews on: August 24, 2013, 01:02:02 AM
I agree with wonderpug about the intro length.  I'm sure someone spent a lot of time creating it, but it's simply too long. It would be much better at 5 seconds - 10 seconds tops.  Just about every credible online video expert I've read/heard emphasized the need to get straight to the content as quickly as possible due to short attention spans.

Otherwise, they're well done.  Just don't let them replace the text reviews... I'm much more likely to read a 1000 word review than sit through a 5 minute video.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What D&D character are you? on: August 19, 2013, 10:12:06 PM
Neutral Good Human Bard/Cleric (3rd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 14
Dexterity- 16
Constitution- 15
Intelligence- 15
Wisdom- 14
Charisma- 11

Alignment:
Neutral Good- A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Bards- Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.

Secondary Class:
Clerics- Clerics act as intermediaries between the earthly and the divine (or infernal) worlds. A good cleric helps those in need, while an evil cleric seeks to spread his patron's vision of evil across the world. All clerics can heal wounds and bring people back from the brink of death, and powerful clerics can even raise the dead. Likewise, all clerics have authority over undead creatures, and they can turn away or even destroy these creatures. Clerics are trained in the use of simple weapons, and can use all forms of armor and shields without penalty, since armor does not interfere with the casting of divine spells. In addition to his normal complement of spells, every cleric chooses to focus on two of his deity's domains. These domains grants the cleric special powers, and give him access to spells that he might otherwise never learn. A cleric's Wisdom score should be high, since this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home theater speakers? on: August 19, 2013, 11:37:50 AM
Check out the Energy Take Classic 5.1 setup - you can get the full set for $350 on Amazon.  I bought mine back in the late 90s, and they're still going strong.
97  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EA Humble Bundle for charity on: August 14, 2013, 06:14:06 PM
https://www.humblebundle.com/

Pay what you want for:

Dead Space
Dead Space 3
Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
Crysis 2 Maximum Edition
Medal of Honor
Mirror's Edge

Beat the average (Currently $4.91) and get:

Battlefield 3
The Sims 3+ Starter Pack
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Photography for beginners - looking for tips on: August 11, 2013, 03:00:17 PM
Don't do this
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you ever beaten....a Wing Commander game? on: August 08, 2013, 03:30:14 PM
I've owned all of them, finished 1, 3, and 4.

I remember the sales dude at Babbages rolling his eyes when I was there before the store opened the day WC3 came out.  Of course, my 486 at the time was woefully inadequate for the task, so I had to wait until I got a Pentium to actually play it at a decent framerate.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you ever beaten... OFF? on: August 07, 2013, 12:02:32 AM
I am right now!
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you ever beaten....an Ultima game? on: August 06, 2013, 11:53:48 PM
Ultima 5 was my introduction to the series and RPGs as a genre - I made significant progress, but never finished it.

I've beaten 1, 6, 7, and Underworld.  In addition to 5, I've gotten close to finishing Serpent Isle, 8 and 9.  Dabbled with the rest (including Escape from Mt. Drash)

Edit:  following Usenet discussions leading up to the release of Ultima 9 is how I ended up at Gone Gold, and eventually here.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CD Players In Cars On the way Out on: August 05, 2013, 05:27:02 PM
My current ride has a single cd in the dash, and a factory installed cd changer in the back.  Haven't used either more than a handful of times - in fact I don't think either works anymore. I've used iPhone -> aux in jack for music since the day I got the car. 

My MIL has a 2007 car with a tape deck, believe it or not.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: August 04, 2013, 03:38:46 PM

Quote from: msteelers on August 04, 2013, 03:03:29 PM

I just started wearing a watch again a few months ago. I have one watch that I save for special occasions where I need to dress up. I have another watch for more normal occasions.

Needless to say, knowing the time has very little to do with why I like wearing a watch. It's an accessory for me, which is incredibly odd because I usually don't care much about fashion. Example A: I'm currently at work wearing jeans with a hole in the crotch.

I haven't worn a watch since the 90s, but lately I have been trying to punch up my style, and having a nice watch is part of my plan.  Haven't bought one yet, but hopefully soon.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What music streaming service do you use? on: July 30, 2013, 07:47:37 PM
Spotify for me.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you beat....Final Fantasy VII? on: July 30, 2013, 02:16:37 PM
Nope.  Got to the second disc then lost interest.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: July 26, 2013, 04:57:25 PM
Yeouch if true... OS overhead takes up 3.5GB of PS4ís 8GB of RAM
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you beat.... Super Mario Bros? on: July 26, 2013, 03:50:01 PM
Never really cared for the Super Mario games.  2 was probably my favorite, but never came close to beating any of them.


Edit:  unless the Mario & Luigi RPGs count... I beat a couple of those.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you beat....Fallout? on: July 26, 2013, 03:44:09 PM
Fallout is one of those games I keep coming back to, but never finish.  Though I've finished both FO3 and NV.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NO, Adrian! on: July 25, 2013, 09:10:06 PM
Bah.  Sly, stop it.  Now.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Orgasm on: July 19, 2013, 06:45:59 PM
zombie apocalypse
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vitamins on: July 11, 2013, 12:31:15 PM
Most multivitamins are pretty crap.  If you're going to go that route, get the good stuff at least.  Here's what I take daily:

Omega-3
Vitamin D (2000 iu minimum)
Psyllium husk (fiber)
Low dose aspirin
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [RIP] Ryan Davis of Giant Bomb, dead at 34 on: July 11, 2013, 12:26:16 PM
I listened to most of it yesterday... they spend most of the time sharing funny stories and poking fun at themselves as well as Ryan.  Not maudlin at all.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you have a will? on: July 11, 2013, 12:23:17 PM
We did ours through Legalzoom - probably not as good as going through a lawyer face to face, but our will isn't complicated.  It basically states who will take over our children's guardianship if we were to both die and what happens to the assets (trusts, who controls them, at what age the children have full access, etc).

Though it needs to be updated since the addition of child #2 last year.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [RIP] Ryan Davis of Giant Bomb, dead at 34 on: July 09, 2013, 12:16:33 AM
Man... That sucks on so many levels.  Heartbreaking.  RIP Ryan.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sony on a roll (positive personal story) on: July 08, 2013, 04:27:00 PM
Glad they did right by you.  They refused to do anything about my 2006 Sony DLP which crapped out after two years, despite it being a widespread problem among their DLPs (failed optical block).  They were finally forced to address the issue for nearly every other model due to lawsuits, except my model, of course  finger
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test? on: July 06, 2013, 02:04:54 AM
18 out of 20
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Non-Sequitur (aka CeeKay's Playhouse) on: July 03, 2013, 03:02:57 PM
I'd like to buy a knife.  The pointy ones are my favorite.
118  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: "Ultimate game sale" next week on Live on: July 02, 2013, 11:11:21 AM
First round is up - http://majornelson.com/2013/07/01/xbox-live-ultimate-game-sale-starts-today-2/
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: June 29, 2013, 02:43:00 AM

Quote from: faide on June 26, 2013, 05:06:49 AM

The new Queensryche album hit today and I am deeply enjoying it.  New vocalist is excellent!

Same here... What I've wanted from them ever since Promised Land.  Too bad it was hit with "brick wall" mastering
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xbox 360]Games with Gold on: June 29, 2013, 12:23:08 AM
On Major Nelson's podcast today, he hinted that Defense Grid would be part of this promotion.

Edit: confirmed... July 1
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