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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 17, 2014, 08:26:49 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 17, 2014, 08:15:15 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 17, 2014, 07:54:01 PM

Also, I am aware that Blizzard has announced cross-platform play, which is awesome.  I'm curious though, will my unlocks/decks be tied to my battle.net account and automatically be available on the iPad version?  Hopefully they will... 

I think it's pretty much guaranteed that both versions will connect to the same card collections.  Don't hold your breath for the iPad version, though, it sounds like it's a long ways off from being ready.

Good, if it was on the iPad I probably wouldn't stop playing it. I would have a lot more rage quits as well.
122  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 17, 2014, 08:24:14 PM
I just can't get any better at Threes with a high score in the mid 3K range. I have read the strategies, like the corner one, and while it has made my scores more constantly high, I still haven't gotten higher than a 192 block. Anyone doing better? Some of the people I follow in Twitter are getting insane scores.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 17, 2014, 08:14:16 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 17, 2014, 07:21:10 PM

I'm glad they made the psycho kid a girl as opposed to the comic book version.  For some reason, it adds a bit more impact to her actions.

What was with the rabbits and her? They showed rabbits. They showed her draw a knife. Did she kill them? There wasn't any blood or screaming, so I wasn't sure what that was supposed to be.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 17, 2014, 03:02:49 AM
Now that should have been last weeks show. Glad I kep with it.
125  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 17, 2014, 01:58:38 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on February 16, 2014, 11:31:36 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 16, 2014, 06:51:51 PM

Meh, it's a word, it only has as much meaning as you let it.

That can be said about any insulting word or description of any race, sexual orientation.....      So why even go down that path?

Because it's not like he used a term that goes back to hundreds of years of a beaten down race (and even then, why let a word get to you?). You can insult my race, religion, or whatever you want, unless you know me, meh, feel free. Lot bigger things out there to be upset about.

Think less of the person who uses the term, but let's not be overly dramatic about it.
126  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 16, 2014, 06:51:51 PM
Meh, it's a word, it only has as much meaning as you let it.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 16, 2014, 01:01:46 PM
Kegerators aren't a good idea for people without willpower. I think there might be a name for that... icon_confused

I can keep hard alcohol or wine in my house and it can last months to a year. Beer, not so much. If I have it, I will drink it.

Back to seltzer, I found the Trader Joe's stuff, while dirt cheap, doesn't have the carbonation of the others I have tried. Perrier is easily my favorite so far, since it has the best natural tasting flavors to it. Not cheap though, probably ends up being as expensive as Canada Dry.

I really should check out to see if a Costco membership would be worth it, that could help keep me stocked for cheap.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 16, 2014, 02:54:48 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 15, 2014, 09:30:47 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 15, 2014, 07:25:44 PM

I agree much more with the critics than the fans on almost all of those. Especially as time has gone by, Return of the Jedi was a solid 100 when I was 13, not so much now.

Only since Episode I was released have I noticed more backlash against ROTJ because of the Ewoks,I had never really noticed it before,probably because i was a kid and was wrapped up in it all anyway - the Droids and Ewoks cartoons were always on on my TV as a kid...but since Episode I was released,I have noticed people start to question the whole Ewoks Vs Stormtrooper thing in Jedi,rather than the love i thought it had when it was released

I loved Return of the Jedi to pieces and still do,and the film has the greatest opening half hour of any film i can think off...screw the haters Tongue (until George put an MTV music video slap bang in the middle of that half hour anyway disgust)

Yeah, you might be right on that. I always took it to be as a result of the generation that saw it as kids getting older and having seen it so many times by this point that we can see the flaws easier now. RofJ was never my favorite (unless you would have asked me in 1983/4), that will always be ESB. All three make me laugh today, but I still love them.

Re: Godfather II, the critics do seem a bit harsh on that one, still doesn't have the flavor of 1 for me though.
129  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 15, 2014, 07:32:45 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 15, 2014, 04:57:53 PM

Well I got up to
Spoiler for Hiden:
the fight against the Monk and White Mage
and I used a friend summon because I kind of wanted to see how it worked and also I thought I might die against them and I killed them with one attack.

Now I feel like I kind of cheated and there's no way to redo that part other than starting the whole game over. frown

I tried the friend summons last night as well, just see how it worked. Won the battle easily because of it. Felt like cheating. I know I don't have to use it, but I also know I will if I am struggling in a battle.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 15, 2014, 07:25:44 PM
I agree much more with the critics than the fans on almost all of those. Especially as time has gone by, Return of the Jedi was a solid 100 when I was 13, not so much now.
131  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 15, 2014, 05:47:47 AM
Ok thanks guys. So I still just go by the stat changes listed. The letters are just more of a quick look of what weapons are good for each class. Like in the dagger case I listed above (it was a freelancer), the dagger was just of such a higher grade than the sword that the letter grade didn't matter.

132  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 15, 2014, 03:41:19 AM
I do have a question. The equipment ratings. What exactly do they mean? If I have a character that can use a sword or a named dagger but the swords he is a B in and daggers he is a C in, what does it mean? The named dagger clearly has a better stats bonus.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 15, 2014, 02:26:06 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 15, 2014, 12:34:20 AM

The orange gemmed cards (legendary) are pretty darn rare.  I think I read that you have a 20% chance of getting a purple and a 5% chance of an orange.

When I play ranked games I always get rank 24 people (I am still 25) but what seems odd to me that they have so many good cards. Ranked games in general seem out of my league. Maybe it will get better when it comes out of beta and you have all the iPad newbies.

I will start playing arena I guess. Just have to get used to the deck building, but I think my strategies are getting better for most classes.
134  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 15, 2014, 02:19:32 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 15, 2014, 12:29:33 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 14, 2014, 11:52:47 PM

Thanks rittchard. I have to say, after 6 hours into it, I still feel like I am battling the interface. I am rusty, or old.

Anything in particular throwing you off?  Some of the game mechanics I don't think are explained very well, such as assigning subjobs and sub-abilities, but the interface itself seems pretty snappy to me.

No nothing in particular, thanks. Just things don't see very intuitive to me and I feel like I have to go through too many menus to find things (the jobs/support skills screen in particular seems very annoying). I am learning as I go, and as you said, they could have explained some of the stuff better.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 14, 2014, 11:56:04 PM
I haven't been doing the arena outside of the first free entry into it, which I lost all 3 badly (I was playing the priest, which I hate). Arena is better than just buying packs for 100gp I take it?
136  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 14, 2014, 11:52:47 PM
Thanks rittchard. I have to say, after 6 hours into it, I still feel like I am battling the interface. I am rusty, or old.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 14, 2014, 10:51:04 PM
I have accepted I just suck at this game, but I am ok with it, I enjoy playing it. I have a mage deck that I do really well with in casual, winning more than I lose. Go into ranked though and I always get killed. People are playing a good portion of gemmed cards usually with at least an orange card or two. Are people spending real money? Just play a lot? Good at arena? I only have one purple card, let alone an orange.
138  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 14, 2014, 10:13:23 PM
Ok, I am confused. I added people as friends (need to add the people who have posted recently still) and they show as 3DS friends, but in the game no one shows up. How do I get everyone in the game, I go to friends in game and it's blank.
139  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 12, 2014, 04:02:10 PM
Mine is 0490-6537-1421

Added everyone who posted. Still confused by how this works of course.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 11, 2014, 04:36:39 PM
When I heard this season was soap opera-y it was because there was a plot twist that wasn't very believable. I read what that twist was, it didn't seem too out there to me though. I will watch this season eventually.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: February 11, 2014, 01:39:03 AM
Hate the video, like the song. Thanks for posting, didn't know they had a new one out.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 11, 2014, 01:32:08 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 11, 2014, 12:33:51 AM

Can you...well...watch something else?  Or perhaps play a video game or read a book during that time?  I guess I don't understand why, if you don't enjoy it, you would continue?   icon_confused

Because I did like it, and keep hoping I will again. Of course I seem to be going in the opposite direct now. I am curious of where they are going with it, which may also be why I am still watching it. I will try to be quiet next Sunday.  icon_neutral
143  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) - Circle Pad Pro XL! on: February 11, 2014, 12:31:59 AM
Picked one up to play Bravely Default, which they were sold out of so ordered it off Amazon. Bought Zelda A Link Between Worlds. What else do I need to get? Mainly an RPG player, love games like FF Tactics. So I guess Fire Emblem? Animal Crossing? Pokemon?
144  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Flappy Bird is no more on: February 11, 2014, 12:10:33 AM
I don't really use eBay so I really don't know, but I have heard that usually obscene bids on items like this aren't serious and are never collected. If those bids are real, I really am old and don't understand kids.
145  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Flappy Bird is no more on: February 10, 2014, 10:54:43 PM
I would be surprised to hear anyone is actually buying those phones. If you played it, you already own it. If you didn't play it, why would you spend a fortune just to try it?
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 10:18:48 PM
Well clearly I am in the minority here. I will shut up for now, at least until I watch it again next Sunday and get pissed at myself for watching a show again I really don't like. icon_wink
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 10, 2014, 10:09:46 PM
Well that's your guys problem, Portland is the Central West, not Pacific NW. (I am kidding).

We got an inch in Mill Creek. Roads were fine. UPS must be an amazing company, something that came from Maine through a much bigger storm in the east, made it on time. Fedex from CA still is looking to be  at least 4 days for a next day air (not counting Sunday obviously). We'll see if it shows up tomorrow.

I am aware it's all about hubs and Fedex's hub must be in Oregon, but I never have these problems with UPS. Fedex it happens far too often, weather or not.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 10, 2014, 04:45:15 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on February 10, 2014, 04:24:09 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2014, 02:47:02 PM

I didn't bother with watching this season after it seemed everyone in England hated it, saying pretty much what Ironrod said. Too bad, loved the first two seasons.

The ratings for season 4 in the UK were as high as past seasons.

Just going off of people I follow on Twitter, who were disgusted by how soap opera-y it got. There a few articles at the time in the English papers talking about it as well. (Yeah everyone = people I follow on twitter. icon_wink )
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 04:41:44 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 10, 2014, 04:16:50 PM

Carl walked the zombies away from his unconscious father so they wouldn't, um, eat him.  Carl is addicted to the gun, apparently (I think his relative height to the zombies is part of the reason, though this is less of an issue than they probably imagined while writing it due to that kid shooting up like a weed; another reason is that his dad told him not to use it).  Anyway, he wasn't going to be using the quite option, so he needed them away from the house so they wouldn't draw more.

Except he doesn't care about being quiet anymore as he kept demonstrating over and over this episode. And you don't go for a causal walk with zombies following you, as the show repeatedly shows, because you will fall down and almost get eaten. They are seasoned survivors at this point but still act like people do in low budget horror movie. Going for walks while not paying attention and not properly clearing out houses is a common theme of the show and it's getting a bit old.

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Carl eating pudding on the roof with the zombie behind him wasn't for generic "action" so much as to illustrate the dichotomy between the old world and the new world.  And to highlight Carl's general acceptance of that new world.  He's become numb to them.  We've certainly seen zombies reach non-threateningly for effect before, so I don't get why that's a big deal.  It served the story.

Because it was silly. If they wanted effect, close the window and have the zombie trying to break it. Just an arm sticking out of the window looked cheesy.

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I thought the dream sequence, illustrating Michonne's very, very different past life was fantastic.  And paralleled the dichotomy I talked about before.

The acting/script was painful, dream or not. Lover, really? That's the best way they could tell us who he was?

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If you're done, you're done, but it sounds like you're looking for excuses.

That said, I think I may be okay with Carl getting bit.

It's a show I really haven't liked much except for one or two seasons that were interesting and exciting (2 and 3?). I look for excuses to keep watching it, hoping it will get better, it's not for me. Maybe I love to hate it at this point?
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 04:31:23 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 10, 2014, 03:55:31 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2014, 02:44:09 PM

Michonne: Cutting off arms and jaws make the zombies likes puppies on a leash? Every other zombie fights until the end no matter how destroyed it's body is. Hers stop and move with a shake of her leash. And now she can walk with the zombies? She couldn't do that when she had her zombie puppies the first season. In the first season smearing guts all over themselves barely worked, yet she can walk freely with zombies because she has pet zombies?

Uh, no. She used her previous zombies in the same manner. It's the whole reason she had them.

Doesn't make any sense, it goes against everything the show does with zombies. Not that I remember her walking safely with zombies when she was introduced.
151  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Flappy Bird is no more on: February 10, 2014, 03:21:57 PM
He pulled the ads in the last update, so he isn't getting anything anymore.

I really don't see the big deal, these silly games do well with the masses who own smart phones and then they move on to something else. For some reason sites like Touch Arcade made such a big deal out of it that in the process turned it into a bigger drama than it needed to be. Eli Hodapp (one of TA's site operators) loved it, but yet they didn't even review it. Probably because they would have given it a good review and the site's readers who seem to be mostly gamers (as opposed to the masses) would have flipped.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 10, 2014, 03:12:37 PM
I have been saying how Amazon has always been on time if not early for me and the rest of you are just unlucky. So of course this weekend Fedex didn't deliver something on Saturday because of a winter storm in the Pacific NW. There was no storm, and the package was coming from CA. I am not going to complain to Amazon though, they rarely use Fedex, thankfully, and maybe the weather was bad somewhere in the chain. I always have terrible luck with Fedex.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 10, 2014, 03:07:15 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on February 10, 2014, 05:38:36 AM

So Lee, are you suggesting that $80 a wk in beer is too much?  paranoid I only pay wholesale through my work. That surely makes it better, right? Tongue

A year ago, I was paying more than double that. Well not every month, but a bad month could go as high as $200 (I also drink scotch though which is very expensive). Being unemployed means I can't spend that much anymore even if I wanted to. But it's not really about the money, and more about my health and that it was time for me to start becoming responsible. Having finals to study for and papers to write means I don't have time for alcohol (although writing is much easier with a few beers).

I bought beer yesterday for the Walking Dead opening. I looked at beer prices. None of the good beers were cheaper than $7.50 with the vast majority at $7.99 for a 6 pack. 12 Packs were all $15-16 as well. I suppose I should get a Costco membership.

It seems I have taken to seltzer, been going through it and drinking less soda. It's really starting to grow on me, so thanks for the recommendations. Now I just need to find a place that sells it cheap. The Albertsons across the street is not that place. (I thought the grocery stores in FL sucked, Publix is far better than most of them here.)
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 10, 2014, 02:47:02 PM
I didn't bother with watching this season after it seemed everyone in England hated it, saying pretty much what Ironrod said. Too bad, loved the first two seasons.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 02:44:09 PM
I hated it to the point I think I am done (until I am bored on a Sunday night again).

The tripping thing is old. Who didn't see that coming as Carl took the zombies for a walk? The only question is why was he taking them on the walk? So he could fall over and let them attack him? They needed some action, so the did the ole standby falling over thing?

Michonne: Cutting off arms and jaws make the zombies likes puppies on a leash? Every other zombie fights until the end no matter how destroyed it's body is. Hers stop and move with a shake of her leash. And now she can walk with the zombies? She couldn't do that when she had her zombie puppies the first season. In the first season smearing guts all over themselves barely worked, yet she can walk freely with zombies because she has pet zombies?

And the dream sequence? Ugh, it was painful to watch, dream or not.

Carl eating pudding, with a live, loose, zombie in the room behind him. The window is open, yet for some reason the zombie just puts his arm out the window and doesn't even try to get out?

They are trying to throw in action so everyone is not bored to death. Their characters aren't developed enough to make me give a rats ass about them and have become more annoying than anything else. Please Carl, get bit.
156  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Final Fantasy 6 and possibly 7 on iOS/Android on: February 09, 2014, 06:48:08 PM
So...how is it?
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hacked at the Olympics (Or: Why the press is useless) on: February 08, 2014, 02:09:07 PM
Kyle Wilhoit's, the security expert in the video, blog post on the subject.

While he doesn't say anything we don't already know, he does seem to realize the piece NBC showed was edited it make it worse than it was.

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Second, these attacks could happen anywhere. They would not just happen in Moscow, nor did it require us to be in Moscow. Whether those attacks occur while you are sitting in a coffee shop in Berlin, or your home in Tokyo, these types of attacks can and do occur, on a worldwide scale.

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Finally, to reiterate, while all three devices looked like they had been compromised with no user interactions that was just not the case. Incorrect impressions may have been formed due to the editing process; no zero-days were used and all infections required plenty of risky behavior to succeed.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 08, 2014, 01:29:59 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 08, 2014, 02:49:54 AM

Most of my income goes to beer, but I don't buy anything else so that's OK. It's a wee bit more than a buck a bottle in 12-packs.

My parents gave up beer when they were around 60. I once told my mom "I suppose someday some doctor will tell me I have to quit, too." She said "No, your body will tell you that." It's been 57 years and it hasn't balked yet.  thumbsup But I am cutting back a little to save on calories, hence my search for a satisfying low- or no-cal Sober Sundays beverage.  

Plain store-brand seltzer is 77 cents for a 2-liter bottle. Coca-cola just bought 10% of Green Mountain Coffee, the people who brought the Keurig machines to market, because they're working on a single-dispenser cold drink machine that somehow doesn't need CO2 cylinders. It's supposed to be the Soda Stream killer -- the gas refills are what holds its market penetration to 2-3% of American households.

A buck a bottle? What are you drinking? I should probably buy what is on sale, but I only buy 2 beers, Dale's Pale Ale and New Belgium's Ranger. I am in one of the best areas for beer and yet I drink CO beers. Not that the locals are any cheaper. Western WA is just extremely expensive on all things.

I could see myself getting into this seltzer thing, it's more interesting than plain water and looks to be cheap if I don't buy Canada Dry. Will have to check out Trader Joe's as well (thanks for the idea Zinfan).

Is Sodastream big enough that it needs a killer? Never heard any mention of the product before this thread (I was aware of it only because of the stock). I looked into it and the CO2 canister does seem to be too much trouble to make it worth it for me. I am pretty happy with my Keurig coffee maker, so if they got into the business, I would probably be an early adopter.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EPL 13/14 - OO continuation Thread on: February 08, 2014, 01:18:39 PM
Turned it off after 4. No reason to watch that. The old Arsenal is back.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: From the makers of Dollar Shave Club on: February 07, 2014, 10:58:33 PM
Before I grew a beard, I used their service, at least for razors. Good company, and yeah their ads are pretty good.
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