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121  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.
122  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?
123  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.
124  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.
125  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.
126  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.
127  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.
128  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.
129  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
130  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?
131  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.
132  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?
133  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
134  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.
135  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 )
136  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?
137  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.
138  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.
139  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.
140  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.)
141  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.
142  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.
143  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?
144  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.
145  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.
146  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.
147  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.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 07, 2014, 08:36:10 PM
I bought the lemon/lime stuff.

Drinking some now...needs gin. icon_wink
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 07, 2014, 07:18:10 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 07, 2014, 06:55:29 PM

I drink seltzer all afternoon so I need something heartier in the evenings. Hadn't thought about herbal teas. Do those have the same diuretic quality as decaf coffee? Getting up in the middle of the night ruled that one out.

I haven't had any issues, but then again I don't sleep for more than about 2 hours at a time (not because of that).

I would love something heartier in the evening as well, but after years of drinking, I figured it was time to cut that crap out if I want to be live into my old age (had a health scare a few months back but it was all in my head/stress). Plus, drinking good beer get's really expensive. I limit myself to $40 a month for beer, so about 4 6-packs. I won't say how much I used to spend. icon_confused

Just got some seltzer water (thanks for the recommendations), figured I would do a taste comparison of Canada Dry vs Krogers so got a 12 pack of each. I didn't look at prices until I got home. $2.50 for the Kroger, but $6.50 for the Canada Dry, that's more than they wanted for Coke products. Anyway, I better like it, I have a case of it in my fridge.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Soft drinks? on: February 07, 2014, 02:33:33 PM
Some teas are free of everything including caffeine, that's what I go to if it's late (at least I used to, when I slept like a normal person). Tea is probably is the most interesting non-alcoholic drink for me, many different flavors and subtleties (Tazo and Teavana). I just can't drink it cup after cup.

Never heard of Waist Watchers but I have never found a diet soda to be drinkable. Well besides Coke Zero, but that has aspartame. I really don't drink anything with artificial sweeteners (Vitaminwater Zero is a natural sweetener), which knocks most drinks out of my consideration unfortunately. I should probably get over that. It can't be worse than the 2-3 cans of Coke/Sprite I drink now.

That's another drawback of lack of alcohol, I drink/eat a lot more sugar.
151  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 07, 2014, 06:05:46 AM
Threes is incredibly addicting. It didn't look like anything interesting, but nongamers I follow on Twitter kept mentioning it so I checked it out. Really fun game. Very simple to learn, hard to master kind if thing. Slide tiles creating multiples of 3. Slide a 2 into a 1 to create a 3. Slide a 3 into another 3 to create a 6. Slide two 6s to create a 12...etc.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Soft drinks? on: February 07, 2014, 04:41:36 AM
I like beer, a little bit too much. This realization hit me about a year ago (well truthfully I always knew this, but I finally started to take it seriously about a year ago) and in that time I have been trying to drink a variety of different drinks from coffee, tea, flavored waters, and soda. I pretty much always have to have a drink, usually water, throughout the day. I am bored with water though, and since my lifestyle has become much less active I really need to cut back on the calories.

Anyone have any suggestions? Mio is kind of meh. I love Vitaminwater Zero, but at $1.25 a bottle I limit myself to one a day. Crystal Light has aspartame in it, which I won't drink. Anything I am missing?
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hacked at the Olympics (Or: Why the press is useless) on: February 07, 2014, 04:31:42 AM
Blog post about the story. Turns out it happened in Moscow, not Sochi.

The first comment to the blog, referencing how he opened the Mac Air, is amusing as well (at least to the Apple community). Engel just rips open the box like a cereal box. Airs come in a rather high quality, thick paper boxes that opens like a shoe box.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Subway to remove chemical from bread on: February 06, 2014, 03:11:15 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 06, 2014, 02:59:41 PM

Quiznos is disappearing because a) Subway figured out how to toast sandwiches, and b) Subway charges a lot less.

People are going to go where it costs less to eat, quality be damned.

But, even toasted, subways bread is just so....meh.

I think it's more in that Subway is everywhere. There seems to be at least 2 Subways within one mile of wherever I am in the country. You can't get away from them. Quiznos also shot themselves in the foot long ago with that advertising campaign that put a bunch of people off of them.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hacked at the Olympics (Or: Why the press is useless) on: February 06, 2014, 03:02:33 PM
I am sure everyone has seen the NBC News video about visitors to the olympics being hacked immediately.

I saw the video, read a couple of the articles talking about it and didn't believe it was that easy. NBC News is selling the idea that if you must bring electronics to Russia, remove all important data from them because you will be hacked. Really? They make it look like just logging on to your computer in Russia will allow it to be hacked.

Someone on Twitter linked to this Reddit comment on the story. Turns out they installed an odd virus detector on the Mac Air. Opened a phishing email on the Windows machine, and ran a setup program on the Android phone. An iPhone wouldn't be hacked so easily since it's locked down.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Subway to remove chemical from bread on: February 06, 2014, 02:17:19 PM
I live in an area with Quiznos close by again, so forget Subway (I like Subway, but Quiznos' bread is far superior, and we all know that the bread is the most important part of a sandwich).
157  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Final Fantasy 6 and possibly 7 on iOS/Android on: February 06, 2014, 02:14:44 PM
I watched about 5 minutes of the TA plays video, and he commented that the backgrounds are pixelated and the characters are blurry. The characters (not the portraits, but the actual characters) didn't look particularly sharp to me. You don't agree?

I think 6 is the one I played way back when on Super Nintendo. I have fond memories of it.

I bought FFV last month, and I just can't get into it. It's been awhile since I have played a JPRG, and I guess I forgot how cheesy they can be. What really drives me nuts for some reason is how the speech avatars for the characters look nothing like the onscreen character figures. Not only do they not match (hair color, style, etc) they just look really feminine. That really annoys me for some reason.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 06, 2014, 02:03:58 PM
Changed my name to my old EQ name, Sixtus#1376.

I am using a deck I designed myself and I did a bit of reading on deck building, so going to play with it a bit. Been playing other classes this morning so I have a better understanding of what different classes are capable of.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 05, 2014, 08:40:51 PM
Will have to do that Wonderpug. My problem with all games I play is that I tend to rush and not think things through, and that is hurting me (I am not a patient person). I do win games in casual, just those last 2 games were frustrating.

I was playing casual against people because you supposedly get more experience than playing the computer. Plus it helps complete quests.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 05, 2014, 08:07:30 PM
Playing casual games with a Shamen trying to figure out how to play it. I lost 2 games in a row without even damaging my opponent. The first was a warrior who kept building up armor and I could never get any minions established. The second was a mage, but this battle was different. The players name was "Unknown" and they really knew what they were doing. I saw my first orange card played even. He trashed me, and again I could never get any minions set up, he would knock them down before I could get anything in.

Getting very disheartened with this game.
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