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81  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.
82  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.
83  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

84  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.
85  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.
86  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.
87  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.
88  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
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Photography for beginners - looking for tips on: August 11, 2013, 03:00:17 PM
Don't do this
90  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.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you ever beaten... OFF? on: August 07, 2013, 12:02:32 AM
I am right now!
92  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.
93  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.
94  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.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What music streaming service do you use? on: July 30, 2013, 07:47:37 PM
Spotify for me.
96  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.
97  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
98  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.
99  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.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NO, Adrian! on: July 25, 2013, 09:10:06 PM
Bah.  Sly, stop it.  Now.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Orgasm on: July 19, 2013, 06:45:59 PM
zombie apocalypse
102  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
103  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.
104  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.
105  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.
106  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
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test? on: July 06, 2013, 02:04:54 AM
18 out of 20
108  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.
109  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/
110  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
111  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
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: June 27, 2013, 11:30:22 AM
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And in a recent interview, she admitted she would have to lose weight to reprise her role as Luke's sister, hinting that she may even wear her character's famous gold bikini again.

I hope that statement was made with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
113  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-10600 SODIMM memory - $60 shipped or trade for Last Of Us. on: June 24, 2013, 03:24:26 AM
Not sure of the terminology exactly.  It says PC3-10600 on the memory; Wiki says that equates to  DDR3-1333.
114  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1333 SODIMM memory - Dropped to $50 on: June 21, 2013, 05:08:12 PM
Originally pulled from my late 2011 Macbook Pro.  "Lifetime Memory Products" brand, part #SK21027 - $50 shipped, or I'll trade for Last of Us.  PM if interested.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 19, 2013, 09:26:29 PM
Good on MS for listening to the consumer.  I'm still waiting until mid-2014 at the earliest to jump in, but glad to see it's competitive again.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Returns on: June 18, 2013, 03:08:38 PM
Release date - July 25
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 17, 2013, 12:57:03 AM

Quote from: Canuck on June 14, 2013, 12:19:31 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 14, 2013, 11:10:05 AM

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5. The 2 new games per month for Gold membership lie/misdirect. They clearly marketed this to detract from Sony's deal. See, PS+ members have been getting a really great list of high-profile titles for free ($50/year) for over a year now as well as access to a lot of neat features. The one-game per month thing just keeps happening and sometimes it's more. The fact that Microsoft announced that and hid the fact that it ends this December brings to mind the thinly veiled deceit that a company like EA would pull to justify doing something wrong.

Wait... they didn't hide anything unless I'm misunderstanding the complaint.  It was known on the same day they announced the free games that the promotion would be over at the end of the year.   Yeah, it's a response to the Instant Game Collection - so? People have complained about not getting their money's worth with Gold, so MS sweetens the pot.  I fail to see the problem.  As long as your rights to play the games don't disappear come Dec 31, that's fine.

And I disagree with Sony's "really great list of high profile titles for free" - the IGC is quite a value, no doubt.   But the list of games the US has gotten is average at best, with only a handful of "high profile titles" sprinkled in as the next gen battle for hearts and minds heats up.  Yeah UC3 and XCom are great, but there were months and months of tripe like Bloodrayne Betrayal, Knytt, Frogger Returns, etc. with very few AAA titles.  I'm not complaining - free is free (well, $50/year), but let's not exaggerate the overall quality of the titles included.
No, not every game is a blockbuster but if you get two games per month then at least one of them is a AAA game.  For example, I've had PS+ for just over a year and this is what I have in my gaming backlog thanks to PS+:

Deus Ex
Sleeping Dogs
Demon's Souls
Vanquish
The Cave
Darksiders
Resident Evil 5
Little Big Planet
Rachet and Clank All 4 one
Saints Row 2
Space Marine
Infamous 2
Magic 2012
Lara Croft Guardian of Light
Virtua Fighter 5?

And then this month there's UC3, Xcom and Little Big Planet Karting
Plus there are a few games that I have gotten but havent downloaded to my PS3
And then finally there's all the free games (about 10 so far?) That I've gotten for my PS Vita.

Yes there is a little chaff-but I would say it's 30% at most.

They came out of the gate strong, and as I mentioned they ramped it up again leading up to E3.  But there were several months of jack and shit between the two.  And seeing the EU get stronger titles on average, and sooner than their US counterpart, just rubbed salt in the wound.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Fathers Day gift. on: June 17, 2013, 12:51:53 AM
I got ties.  Seriously - ties. 

I wore a tie *once* in the past year.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen purchase poll on: June 17, 2013, 12:50:19 AM

Quote from: msduncan on June 16, 2013, 03:47:39 PM


Bullwinkle just hit on something and it came on like a light bulb.

The last generation launch had a bunch of fanbois insulting each other, fighting tooth and nail, being completely irrational just to defend their chosen system, etc.

This time around it's almost universal disdain for Microsoft.   Even the people planning to still purchase the Xbone are doing so in a passive way (ie saying "I understand why you guys are buying the PS4, but I'm sticking with Microsoft").

This can't be a good sign for Xbone.
I dunno... between the $599 price tag, the giant enemy crabs, "RIIIIDGE RACER" and the boomerang controller, Sony pretty much stunk the place up and had a similar reaction from gamers at the PS3 reveal.  It just wasn't as amplified back then - we're far more connected now with social media and whatnot.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen purchase poll on: June 17, 2013, 12:48:16 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 16, 2013, 09:26:10 AM

The amount of negativity and vitriol in these new console threads is so discouraging and off putting.  One fact that all the expert Gamestop genius employees that get quoted all the time seem to miss in the PS4 vs XB1 Pre-order war is that what I buy won't cost anyone else a red cent.  That's right whatever I choose will incur no cost or obligation to others, so why try to make a big issue about which one is best when we won't see either one for 5 months at least? 

I guess it is fortunate that consoles only get updated every 7 years, this is ridiculous to follow.  Gaming Trend doesn't seem to have a younger audience so I will assume that the users here can be relied upon to make their own decisions in regards to their own monies and desires.  I see no need to descend into mudslinging just because you don't like someone elses choices. 



The internets love a good pile-on.
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