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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish you could get into but can't on: February 01, 2014, 11:30:10 AM
Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis, and the Football Manager series. I love the subject of the games and I can watch hour long tutorials on them which I thoroughly enjoy. Except then when I go to play the games, I just feel overwhelmed and lost. When I was in my 20s I would have spent hours reading manuals and figuring it out. The last 10 years, if I don't catch on quickly, I don't bother.
162  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: February 01, 2014, 11:22:38 AM

Quote from: TiLT on February 01, 2014, 10:05:27 AM

Before we go lumping people into groups here, I'd like to make it clear that I'm not an atheist. Atheism does require a bit of faith ("there are no gods. I can't prove it, but I'm certain!"), which I'm not comfortable with. Consider me a non-believing agnostic. To me, everything points against earthly religions being right, but who's to say there isn't something out there that humanity would consider a god? Not me, at least.

This is me as well, I am not really an atheist. The problem is that if you say agnostic to a Christian they assume you could be in doubt about the Christian God, which I am not. It's easier to just say I am atheist.

Honestly it's gotten to the point where I would rather avoid the subject in person. It used to be fun to argue, now it seems people either feel I need their help, or there is a certain amount of disdain about it.
163  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: February 01, 2014, 12:10:18 AM

Quote from: Arclight on January 31, 2014, 03:37:57 PM

Sometimes people have pre-conceived ideas of what  a certain group, or certain beliefs are all about. Either caused by Hollywoods mind bending effect over people by portraying people in a certain light, all the time. Some people think that all Christians are the same. That all Christians are like those portrayed by Hollywood. So with preconception comes the subtle interpretation of things being said by people, in this case Christians.

You lost me by saying that Christians might be misunderstood because of Hollywood's portrayal. I am not even sure what portrayal you are talking about, it's usually a subject avoided. The Christians I have met throughout my life have given me the opinion of Christianity that I have.
164  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: February 01, 2014, 12:02:20 AM

Quote from: msduncan on January 31, 2014, 07:39:39 PM



Quite a few people who are without faith sure seem to be militantly so, and militantly paranoid that any comment is some sort of an affront to their non-belief.

Some of you guys have religion, you just don't realize it.   It's the religion of non-belief.

Yes, there are aggressive atheists. Yes some atheists make a religion out of it. Never seen an atheist be as in your face aggressive as I have seen Christians on many many occasions. Never had an atheist knock on my door either.

Atheists tend to get that way because the way they are treated as well. As polls have shown, atheists as a group are hated. They get their fair share of disrespect. Just saying you're atheist is usually not a wise thing to do in a group setting.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: January 31, 2014, 11:00:01 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 31, 2014, 04:48:36 PM

I hate this because all the analysts talked about the last few years was how Amazon could charge $20 for it and still make a profit.

Those same analysts are bitching about how Amazon doesn't make any money. Bezos has never cared what shareholders thought, so this is kind of surprising.
166  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Android/iOS] Star Command on: January 31, 2014, 11:53:29 AM

Quote from: EddieA on January 31, 2014, 11:48:03 AM

Star Command is Amazon's Free App of the Day for 1/31.

Not worth it.  icon_confused
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bitcoin explained on: January 31, 2014, 06:48:12 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 30, 2014, 11:41:17 PM

Quote from: Punisher on January 30, 2014, 06:51:26 PM

I still don't "get" what a bitcoin is or how it has value.

This. If it can't be converted to US dollars or euros or some other common currency, how is it ultimately worth anything? Can a bitcoin billionaire pay the rent with them?

It's the same as the dollar bill you have in your pocket, if everyone recognize that it has value and will accept it as a thing of value, it's worth something. There are enough people backing it at this point and willing to accept it as money that it's slowly becoming more accepted.

I have been heavily into the stock market the last few years, and stocks have more than enough volatility for me. I can't imagine playing with bitcoins that fluctuate in value like crazy without any real driver for those changes. I guess there is a lot of money to be made, but I don't have the confidence to risk it.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 31, 2014, 06:38:53 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on January 30, 2014, 07:21:37 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 28, 2014, 06:28:22 PM

Yeah when we got it last year (CA) I was pretty bummed but what can you do.  The fact is it does make the competition more fair for companies like Best Buy and Target, not to mention the last remaining traditional book stores.  Still, even with the taxes, with free Prime shipping I'll still tend to go with Amazon out of convenience - and of course their pricing is almost always the best unless there's some sort of special/exclusive sale.

You know, if it means we keep a book store in town or a Best Buy I am willing to pay sales tax on Amazon purchases.

If you are hoping to keep that Best Buy, hopefully you are buying from them instead of just using them as a showroom like everyone else does.
169  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 30, 2014, 05:42:11 AM
It's great that your RELATIONSHIP with JESUS works for you. Don't assume that those of us who don't have that RELATIONSHIP are missing out. There are plenty of things I think everyone would benefit from, then I remember not everyone is like me. Sadly.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 30, 2014, 03:35:59 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 30, 2014, 03:22:48 AM

Wyoming (PDF) apparently gets 84.1% of its monies from sales tax. Seems like they need to diversify.

WY makes their money off of coal and oil.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 30, 2014, 03:12:20 AM
And apparently I have no idea what the sales tax is in the state I live in. Guess it's only 6.5% here (7.7% in my county).

So looking at the list, it seems most states with an income tax also have a large sales tax. I wonder how the non income tax states make up for it?
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: January 30, 2014, 02:16:03 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 29, 2014, 07:59:21 PM

Washington, Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Florida.

I have spent a good portion of my life living in 4 of those states, I guess that is why I always though the majority of states didn't have an income tax. Since I had never really thought about it, and I have always been a legal resident of WA no matter what state I have physically lived in, I have a question: when you have an income tax, are the other taxes cheaper? Is there a lower sales tax, etc? For instance WA sales tax is something like 10%, is it cheaper in states with an income tax?
173  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 29, 2014, 05:35:25 AM
Ahh, thanks, didn't watch the video. All they had to say was Arsenal to ensure I buy it.
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 29, 2014, 04:50:55 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 28, 2014, 10:43:52 PM

What looks to be a very cool new table coming out soon for Zen Pinball:  Super League Football

I saw this and it looks pretty cool. Curious what teams you will be able to pick for it. Premier League? La Liga? MLS?
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defender's Quest (Tower Defense RPG) on: January 28, 2014, 09:54:46 AM
Been checking on this myself periodically. Looking forward to it.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Blackguards (turn-based tactical strategy/RPG) on: January 28, 2014, 03:37:36 AM
Thanks for the write up Blackjack. I downloaded the demo, but haven't tried it yet. Read some of the reviews and the forums as well, it sounds a little rough around the edges. Curious if the devs are working  and smoothing things out (better tutorial, bugs, interface issues).
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/27) on: January 27, 2014, 09:16:52 AM
Broken Age on PC (Mac) probably.
178  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Bardbarian and Hero Siege on: January 25, 2014, 05:35:15 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 24, 2014, 11:56:20 PM

Coincidentally the day after I posted about it, it won Game of the Week from Touch Arcade and got a 5-star review:

http://toucharcade.com/2014/01/20/bardbarian-review/

I haven't played Bardbarian, since I am hopeless at games with virtual joysticks so I stayed away, but I am starting to trust Touch Arcade less and less. Their game of the week seems to mean nothing as far as game quality goes, and some of their non-reviews just sound like they press releases. Plus some of their highly reviews games I bought have been pretty meh for me. Starting to rely more on Pocket Tactics. The problem with most mobile game review sites is that they can't keep up on all the releases so you get really spotty coverage.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 24, 2014, 08:02:38 PM
Thanks for the info. Guess I need to read more about it. Now I am wondering if I should even continue playing until it's released. Just started a new wizard.

Still seems a bit much on price, but it's Blizzard so at least you can expect a high quality product for the price.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 24, 2014, 06:46:24 PM
The expansion is $40 ($60 for the deluxe edition). For that price you get one more act and a new class (which looks cool as hell). That seems a bit overpriced for what you get.

Started playing last night again after not having played since it was released. I am having fun, but it's not really pulling me in yet. Doesn't seemed to have changed much, but it sounds like most of the changes are for the higher up difficulties.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: January 24, 2014, 06:40:32 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 24, 2014, 06:36:49 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 23, 2014, 08:51:36 PM

The arena? I don't think I have seen mention of that.

Apparently you have to beat each of the AI guys once before Arena unlocks.

Since I can't seem to beat the dang priest, that maybe an issue. (not that I have tried since yesterday morning).

Ironically my CPU in my Macbook Air (2011 model) doesn't meet the specs for this game, but my iPad will (eventually).
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: January 23, 2014, 10:31:11 PM
Leeabe51#2458

Changed to Sixtus#1376
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: January 23, 2014, 08:51:36 PM
The arena? I don't think I have seen mention of that.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hearthstone on: January 23, 2014, 07:37:07 PM
Anyone else playing this? In typical Blizzard fashion, I am blow away after a couple of hours of play with the polish and game play.

Pretty simple mechanics, gain mana each turn, get a card, play minion cards or cast spells until you run out of mana. Attack with minions, special powers, some heroes can attack with weapons, etc. Really nothing new as far as these types of games go, and you will have the basics figured out in 10 minutes. Something like 8 classes to unlock and level, each with 20 core cards. You start with 10 core cards and collect the rest just by playing the computer it seems.

I have been playing the mage in practice mode (I cannot beat the priest with her and it's driving me nuts), but then a quest came in to play a multiplayer game (took about 30 seconds to find a match). So tried it out and I got another new player playing a mage as well (but he had a lot of different cards than I did a mage). I beat him pretty easily which was surprising because I really suck. Completing the quest got me a 5 card bonus pack.

It's really fun, and it's free. I still haven't gotten into deck building and whatever sort of crafting it has. Just been trying to unlock characters.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/20) on: January 22, 2014, 01:54:41 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 21, 2014, 11:54:58 PM

PC:
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Now in open beta, and since they're done doing wipes of card collections, it's just about as good as released.

Regions other than North America will have access in the next few days.

Just installed it and played through the intro/tutorials. Very easy to learn and fun to play.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Door to Door Salesmen (fun times) on: January 22, 2014, 01:57:11 AM
Fair enough. This is why I am not married, I dated a girl who freaked out over something similar, and I was frustrated with her for not just telling the guy to get the hell out.

I would say call Kirby, but they probably encourage crap like that.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 22, 2014, 01:38:27 AM
Yeah, saw repeated stories today that King is going after all sorts of other software companies for their titles. They have "candy" trademarked or something. Seems a bit nuts. I agree, I almost want to buy a copy just to support them (but I am really not interested in the game at this point).
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Door to Door Salesmen (fun times) on: January 22, 2014, 01:35:17 AM
Questions:

Your wife called the neighbor to call the police? Why didn't she just call them?

What would you have done if you found him before the cops did?

What did he do to be "in the back of the car"? Meaning, did he do something illegal?
189  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 20, 2014, 11:50:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 20, 2014, 08:11:36 PM

As long as the word "theory" continues to be (willfully?) misused by those on the side of creationism, these discussions are going nowhere.

These discussions are going nowhere regardless of the meaning of the word theory. I have a fundamentalist friend I used to argue with, which can be fun, but he is never going to change his ideas of god and religion no matter what I or any other atheist says to him. They have their belief system which means everything to them, so they are not going to listen to any logic or science on the matter. Arclight's argument is atheist debate 101 (floating tea cups etc), but nothing anyone can say to counter it will be taken seriously by him.

These arguments are all pointless outside of the fun of the debate and will usually just leave everyone involved frustrated in my experience. I will give Arclight credit for trying, but it's too bad he broke down into insults. (Why Harpua3 quoted Tilt's response as crossing the line instead of Arclight's was beyond me.)
190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 18, 2014, 05:42:36 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on January 18, 2014, 04:06:30 AM

All joking aside, this actually has turned into a pretty good controlled discussion. Thx GT.

I don't think we're reading the same thread.  icon_wink
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 16, 2014, 07:27:05 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 16, 2014, 06:25:58 AM

So why wait, as you said would be a good idea? None of the things you mention will be changed by waiting. These are inherent to the game design. This is why I called you out.

Because they could change/improve things from feedback (for instance I would expect the save system to be vastly improved and the story tracking issues to be fleshed out). If not, I can wait until chapter 2 to see what they do with it. If I then feel compelled to get the first one on sale at that point, great. $25 isn't much, but more than I am willing to pay for a game that in its current form seems to need some work.

Heck if I start seeing people finishing the game and singing its praises, I am in. Just not now.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 16, 2014, 05:54:45 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 16, 2014, 05:22:04 AM

Quote from: Lee on January 16, 2014, 03:46:01 AM

Looking through various forums seems to say wait on this one.

Please excuse me if I don't take that seriously with no references, when compared to the metacritic rating of 84, with 23 out of 25 reviews very positive and the remaining two mixed. What are you supposed to wait for, according to those forum posts? The game is supposedly solid, both in terms of polish and playability.

Hell if I care if you take me seriously. If it sounds good to you, buy it, I am not trying to steer anyone away from it, just stating it doesn't seem like something I am interested in and others should read around if they are interested. For reference I read Qt3 forums, Steam forums, reddit, Tom Chicks impressions, and the reviews on Metacritic (most of which I have no faith in, good or bad, besides the sites I trust, being RPS and Eurogamer). Sounds like a decent game, but needs refining. Don't want to be frustrated by an overly compacted story that is hard to follow (which is a common complaint), losing characters over a multiple choice questions, and a battle system that is easy once you figure it out but becomes repetitive. The only thing that is prevalent is that it's beautiful, which isn't enough to convince me to buy it.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] Unsung Story, spiritual successor to FF Tactics on: January 16, 2014, 03:57:45 AM
Did the $20 option. I really hate buying a game now that won't be out for a year or two. I want to play now. I like instant gratification.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 16, 2014, 03:46:01 AM

Quote from: Azhag on January 16, 2014, 02:28:47 AM

Agh. Started this tonight and enjoying it, but I just did something stupid and my best fighter is now dead  crybaby

That seems to be a common problem.

Looking through various forums seems to say wait on this one. I want to support them for releasing an OS X version, but I don't think I would like it going by the posts/reviews I am seeing.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nuclear Map on: January 15, 2014, 04:34:05 AM
America, fuck yeah!

Had no idea that France was such a big player.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 14, 2014, 05:41:36 PM
I was ready to purchase, especially after the GT review, but then I read RPS's "Wot I Think" on it. Sounds like it really bogs down and becomes tedious. Going to wait for some impressions I think.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: January 14, 2014, 12:07:09 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on January 13, 2014, 10:59:13 PM

Quote from: naednek on January 13, 2014, 10:32:06 PM

They have said from the beginning and over and over again that the map size won't be changing.  The design of the game is different from past games and people really need to get over it, because it's not going to be added officially.

They have also said from the beginning that offline mode is virtually impossible. smile

Exactly. They also said the map size was fixed for the near future. One of the interviews I read when it was released said it's a possibility in the future once machine specs improve a bit.

Did some reading to see if the game is any more playable now, offline mode or not. Consensus seems to be no: map size still makes it pointless since you run out of room so quickly, that the traffic model is still broken, as well as various other bugs and limitations of the game model

 SimCity is pretty much dead to me. Actually, anything EA releases now is dead to me. Of course one big name, must have game would probably reverse that, but I wouldn't buy without reviews/forum chatter. I also don't think that game is in the works from EA.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/13) on: January 13, 2014, 08:41:37 AM
I wanted to get Banner Saga, but the RPS impressions last month scared me off. It sounds confusing and difficult, not sure I want to deal with that.
199  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless router with good range? on: January 11, 2014, 06:38:34 AM
I have been using a Netgear Rangemax for the last 3 years or so. I was very happy with it, no problems until I subscribed to Backblaze which seemed to cripple my network while doing the initial back up. Went through the settings and couldn't find anything wrong. I am an Apple guy, 3 out of my 4 computers are Macs, and then the iPad and iPhone so I figured I should just get an AirPort Extreme. What a difference, everything is faster, even when using Backblaze, and there are no longer drops in my wireless signal strength that I always had with the Netgear. It's not cheap ($200) but I am very happy with it, easily worth the money to me.

The AirPort won't be for everyone, especially PC users, but my point is you should treat yourself to a new router. The technology is getting better and you might as well get an AC router now.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 09, 2014, 04:41:35 PM

Quote from: Default on January 09, 2014, 04:16:54 PM

I'm curious as to how the mail is transported. Is it handed off to MATS? Does it go through the local po?
As far as the lack of insurance, we offer that option for the cheapskate. Again, why should we be dunned because the customer chooses that option? It is always offered at the retail b&m level, whether it's at a station or one of those mailbox stores. If you don't understand the phrase, "Would you like tracking or insurance" and English is your only language, I don't know how to help you.

I dealt a lot with people ordering stuff through a company, the company shipping it as cheaply as possible, and the package never making it to our post office. My customer is pissed because they can't track it and company says tough luck, we shipped it. Granted places like Amazon will fix the problem, but I found out a lot of companies don't live up to Amazon's customer service (Eastbay). So I was left trying to explain to a customer who is mad that there is nothing I could do for them and they go away pissed off that their package is lost.

I think USPS needs to include tracking automatically, as the big commercial shipping companies do. They also need to unify the services that often just confuse the customer (delivery confirmation, insurances, certified, etc). Finally tracking needs to work a lot better, this may be where the military is messing up, but when trying to track stuff down, I often couldn't. Places wouldn't scan and the package would just disappear.
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