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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 08, 2014, 06:41:59 PM
Expansion news.

First wing free if you log in during the promotion period. Other four are $7/700gp a wing. Also has bundle pricing. Release sometime soon, don't see an exact date.
82  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: July 08, 2014, 06:22:37 PM

Quote from: Zekester on July 08, 2014, 01:06:30 PM

For the record i'm not trying to be an ass with my posts, but the views on this forum are so slanted to one side a balance has to come from somewhere.

...and that other thread being locked, I reported no one.

I thought you left R&P? Attention whore.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 08, 2014, 06:16:14 PM
You beat me to it Isgrimnur, just came to post that.

Did some research on my issues. The trackpad, I have no idea what the problem is, but it seems intermittent. With my first Surface I had to reattach the keyboard at times to clear up minor issues with it. Guess things haven't changed there (could just be me). The wifi problem was introduced in a June 21 firmware update that only affects machines connected to AC routers after they are woken up from sleep mode. The suggested fix is to downgrade the firmware and turn off auto updates. You can just turn wifi off and on for a temporary fix the problem as well.

Still torn on it, it's not a huge problem, but annoying. I don't understand why MS isn't rolling back the drivers/firmware themselves. That it's been 2.5 weeks and it's still not fixed is concerning. At this point I think I will wait a couple more days and see what happens.

Edit: Ha, new firmware just released that supposedly fixes it. Will post later if it actually does or not.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 08, 2014, 05:41:41 AM
And mine is buggy. Just woke it up, trackpad wouldn't work. Rebooted and trackpad works for the most part but pauses at times. The wifi either times out or takes a very long time to load anything. It's supposedly a driver issue that was introduced with an update in late June. Don't know what to do, I really like it, but this is unacceptable. Not sure how long the return policy is, but I don't think I want to wait for them to fix it either. This thing is too expensive to not work perfectly out of the box.
85  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 08, 2014, 03:01:57 AM

Quote from: hepcat on July 08, 2014, 02:31:55 AM

crybaby

No Zeke means fewer laughs.  This thread became tragic.

He doesn't mean it, he needs the attention. He'll be back.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Changes in gaming habits over the years... on: July 08, 2014, 01:04:57 AM
What bothers me most in the way I have changed with gaming is my unwillingness to learn how to play new games, and how quickly I give up on a challenge. Back in my C64 days in the 80s, where I pirated everything I could get my hands on, I would dedicate all my time to learning a new game, no matter how complicated. If the game was difficult, I would play and play until I got past the part that was I was struggling with. Now? If I can't learn a game in 10 minutes, I don't have much interest. And forget reading manuals, I never do it anymore. Back in the golden days when games came with hefty manuals that was one of my favorite things to do, sit down and read through it (Darklands, Ultima IV, and Battle of Britain come to mind). Also, now if I find a game overly hard, I give up rather than repeatedly try to get past it.

I was like you Rittchard, and doing all my gaming on iOS, but the way the games have changed, I don't even play those much anymore. I can't be bothered with the majority of the F2P stuff and there is just too much garbage out there that I can't be bothered to sift through.

Still, I am PC gaming more lately and kind of enjoying it again.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 08, 2014, 12:52:37 AM
Gabe of Penny Arcade posted some more about his Surface 3 today. He basically finds it almost unusable for drawing.

While I will only really use the pen for OneNote, which it seems to work fine with, this scares me. Is it a software problem that they can fix? Or is it a hardware, which will mean MS will be quick to push out a new version to fix it? Would be quite disappointed if its the later causing my system will be quickly outdated.
88  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 07, 2014, 09:14:21 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 07, 2014, 08:11:16 PM

I ultimately decided it wasn't for me, but iOS just got a new Monster Hunter release which seems to be pretty well received.  

http://toucharcade.com/2014/07/03/monster-hunter-freedom-unite-review/



Shocking, TA gives a 5 star review to a big name game. icon_lol I expect no less from them. I am sure it's good, just not my type of game.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 07, 2014, 05:45:58 PM
Thanks for the recommendation. I plant to get one next month. Need to spread the pain out.  icon_neutral

Not usually a warranty guy, but on a mobile device it makes me feel a bit better about dropping it, etc.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 07, 2014, 07:40:09 AM
Yep, MS store. I am hoping they send me a customer survey. I really liked the 2 employees that were helping me and would like to leave good feedback for them as well. Even if the manager had been more helpful, it looked really bad, if it wasn't for the uniform I would have just assumed he was some guy playing Xbox while he was waiting for his girlfriend. He never once talked to me even though he came over at least 3 times trying to get the discount right.

Been playing with OneNote, it's pretty smooth. Very easy to use but some of the interface options are a bit confusing (for instance adding rows/columns to a table should be easier). When using the pen it removes all of the interface so it feels like you are using a pen on a blank piece of paper. I would like the tool bar to stay up though, it slowed me down a bit having to switch between pen and keyboard when a quick button press would have been easier. For a productivity device I am really liking it. Although it would never replace an iPad for a general screwing around while watching tv device. And if I was typing a paper it wouldn't replace a full laptop with keyboard just because the feel of the keyboard isn't quite the same. The track pad sucks compared to a MacBook's trackpad as well. It really does fall somewhere in the middle between a tablet and laptop. Doesn't quite live up to either but is decent at both. Still the main thing holding it back is Windows 8. I do think it will be perfect for school.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 07, 2014, 04:02:25 AM
I am weak, I got one. Got at 10% discount for being a veteran, which made it a bit easier to stomach. Got the i5 8GB model. Destructor is right, it is way over priced, I just can't see buying a laptop with less than 8GB. Also I was shopping for a Windows laptop earlier this year and found most to be cheap crap. For a decent laptop not made of plastic and low quality parts you are easily going to pay $1500. If you compare the Surface to the better ultrabooks out there, the price isn't that bad. The hardware feels to be very high quality and the specs are decent with the a great display and AC wifi. (Praying I don't have the reported wifi issues.)

I am an Apple guy, so I am biased, but MS has a lot to learn from Apple as far as stores go. Employees needed the manager's help with the discount. The manager was busy playing Xbox and was quite annoyed that he had to help out. They were trying to get me a package deal with the warranty, case etc, which would have been cheaper, but they couldn't get it to work with the discount. Again the manager was too busy to care. I almost walked out due to him, but the employees themselves were doing everything they could to work it out and were very friendly. You could tell they were very embarrassed by the manager as well. I am going to see if I can leave store feedback somewhere.

I am very impressed though. New kickstand is great. Touch keyboard has greatly improved. OneNote with the stylus is nothing short of great. I would kill for an iPad with a stylus like that, but it don't think Apple will ever do it because they are so against stylus. Note taking with my finger just doesn't work well unfortunately.

Windows 8 though, ugh. Had to run a bunch of updates. Figured a new device would be more up to date and/or they could bundle the updates to one download like you would get on an Apple computer. 2 firmware updates later, as well as about 50 software updates it's working well.

Metro still seems very tacked on. I shouldn't have two different sections for preferences. You have Metro preferences and then you have desktop preferences. I can't change the track pad options in desktop options, I have to use Metro's preferences. Plus I had to reboot just to get the trackpad preferences to even show. I don't use Windows much, so maybe I'm just rusty, but I am having a hard time just finding things despite the improvements. Still Windows 8 is getting better.

Nice to see there is no longer screen magnification. Civ 5 you had to mess with magnification on a Surface 1' but that is gone. This time I had to jump through a few hoops to get it running buy it seems to work fine now. It does get very hot though. Other games like Air Patrol work great as well. It seems like this could be a decent gaming machine outside of FPS.

I am disappointed to see that metro apps are still not the same as desktop apps. The metro Evernote app even asked if I wanted to install the desktop app, which is vastly superior. Having two different versions of one app is just silly. Metro should take me to the desktop app.

So while I really like it, Windows 8 is still the major thing holding it back. But as I said, I am an Apple guy, that may just because I am not used to it.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 06, 2014, 09:47:19 PM
Thanks Naednek, I don't read DQ as much as I used to and missed that. Always trust Bill Harris's opinion.

Destructor, I thought when I bought at Surface 1 it came with free Office? Now that I think about it, you are right, it came with a free year of 365.

I was looking at the more expensive model for the memory more than the drive. I use cloud services so much that I don't need the bigger drive, and this won't be a machine used for storing big items or watching movies. More memory would be nice for the occasional game like Civ V, which I know from my Surface 1 has a touch interface. I didn't like gaming on the 1st one because the screen was too squished and before loading a game you had to go into menus to change the screen magnification first otherwise much of the interface was cut off. That is my first question, do you still have to mess with magnification for running desktop applications, and if you do still need to, is it buried in control panel or is there a quick way to change it?

It's main purpose would be school, especially OneNote for use with the stylus. Have you messed with OneNote? I am already a big fan of the program and would love to replace paper/pen for note taking in class. I have heard there is some major stylus lag for artists, but is this the case for writing? Is the stylus as quick as if I was using a pen on paper? Memory comes into it here too, how does it perform if I have a bunch of apps open? Does it cause lag with the stylus if I am writing in OneNote, have a large PDF open, a webpage, and Word?

With my first Surface, what I really hated was that there would be two apps for things like Evernote, one for Metro and one for the desktop. I have read MS is trying to fix this, make it so all the apps are universal, have they been successful? Is there still a Metro version for apps that is weaker than the desktop version? Do you find you use your Surface in desktop mode or Metro?

Thanks!
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculus on: July 06, 2014, 09:16:04 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 06, 2014, 04:51:51 PM

All this talk bout learnin makes me tired.

Ha, try doing it again, school is far more draining at my age than most of the jobs I have had over the years. Plus I don't even get the social element like I would if I was still 20. It's weird being around 20 year olds all day (and not being their supervisor), although everyone has been really cool to me. Just sucks when you are talking to a girl and then you remember you are twice her age! icon_frown I don't envy these kids though, a lot of them are working full time and going to school full time. I can't even imagine doing that.

I am intrigued by your degree Isgrimnur, I had never heard of it. I love computers, but I ruled out CS because of the math. I wonder if I should look more in that area? Although I do quite like accounting, I just don't know how far I am going with it since certification will take quite awhile (if I go that route).
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/4/14 on: July 06, 2014, 06:27:08 AM
It appears I am a gamer again for the first time in a long time. Still playing time wasters though. Ace Patrol and Desktop Dungeons mainly tonight. Need to do some serious time with Divinity Original Sin tomorrow or start Might and Magic X. Itching for a game of Civ as well.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface - Surface Pro 2 unveiled on: July 06, 2014, 06:00:08 AM
So has anyone tried out a Surface Pro 3? Seriously tempted to pick one up since they seemed to have fixed everything that was wrong with the first one. The only thing holding me back is price, the model I want will be $1400 with the keyboard and I am not sure it's worth that much to me (I think that still includes Office). If they have a sale I will probably crack and get one. I believe they are selling quite well so far, so probably won't see a sales anytime soon. Heck I would even take throwing in the keyboard for free.

Anyone get one? Impressions?
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: July 06, 2014, 03:13:48 AM
D:OS runs great on an over 3 year old PC as well.

(Disappointing from a Mac standpoint, my Mac has far better specs than my PC, but they limited the detail level  to medium on it.)
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Godus on: July 06, 2014, 02:12:56 AM
Anyone else give it a try lately? Just did, it has changed a lot. No more constant clicking. Starting to see some more direction, but still kind of lost as to what is going on even with the tutorial. Still, very glad to see some progress on it.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 05, 2014, 10:51:43 PM
Unfortunately the Dutch pulled it off. I hate them more and more with each game. Stupid RvP and new United manager.

Predictions: Germany 3:1 over Brazil.

Argentina 2:1 over Holland

Germany 1:0 in the final.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 05, 2014, 09:24:17 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 05, 2014, 09:00:45 PM

Brazil is down their captain and their star player for them and they haven't really impressed the whole tournament so Germany could take them.

I always remember Brazil as having its stars, but also for having a strong team. They weren't about the individual, but the team. That doesn't seem true this year where it was all about Neymar. If Germany get rolling, I think Brazil is going to get beat badly. Of course Germany has been pretty stale themselves.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculus on: July 05, 2014, 09:20:34 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 05, 2014, 08:20:06 PM

I have a double business degree from a 4-year university in Business Programming and General Business.  Not once did I have to take a calculus class nor have I ever been presented with a working problem where it was required.

I took statistics, business math, accounting, finance, and way too much economics.  But calculus was never required.

That's interesting, you have a programming degree and didn't need calculus? I figured that would be a math heavy degree.

This transfer degree I am getting is a core group of classes that WA universities agreed upon. Any state U will accept it for entry into their business departments. I am not sure why business calc is required, it seems way above anything I would need for accounting, marketing, or anything else.

Everything has been mostly easy so far, except this. I am really stressed out over and feel like a loser for giving up. I decided I have to do this though, I have to get through this and get at least an AA degree. I just turned down a job offer too. icon_neutral
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calculus on: July 05, 2014, 12:11:15 PM

Quote from: Azhag on July 05, 2014, 10:41:54 AM

What exactly did college algebra go over? Did it introduce you to integrals, derivatives, etc or no? If not, you might want to consider pre-calc - there is a reason Algebra 2 and Pre-Calc are two separate classes.

That's part of the problem, I don't really remember what it covered. I mean we did lots of graphs (by hand), factoring, quadratic equation calculations, etc. I really don't remember much of it. I can factor basic equations, I know the difference between various graph types, but I am really limited. What I am unsure of is how much algebra do really I really need to know for calculus? Is it just the basics, or does it refer to it heavily? The business calc class starts off with a couple of days of algebra review but it seems to rely heavily on a graphing calculator which I have never used. I talked to both professors and I get a "you should know this stuff already, if not get a tutor" answer.

Last quarter the kids in my my class that were in the calc class I dropped spent the quarter stressing over it, a few didn't think they were going to pass. The two guys I talked to this quarter were both on their second attempt to pass the class. Heck I even talked to my schools tutoring sections and they even said calculus was generally their weakest area.  I think I am psyching myself out over it at this point.

Edit: and pre calc isn't required. My required classes are college algebra and business calc (or regular calculus). I am more than willing to take pre calc if it's helpful, I just can't seem to get a straight answer from the professors on what I should take.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Calculus on: July 05, 2014, 09:26:16 AM
Posting this here because 1) I have an hour to waste to waste until the start of the Tour de France, and more importantly, 2) I believe most here are quite educated and could possibly provide advice in this area.

I am working on a second AA degree, because my first one is useless. I am currently in a community college and have a couple of quarters left for a business transfer degree (goal is accounting). My problem is that calculus is kicking my ass. I am 26 years out of high school, where I found math really easy but haven't used it much in that time. About 3 years ago I took College Algebra online and got an A. I got that grade because the class was homework based but the book came with a CD where every homework problem was displayed in detailed. The tests I didn't do great, but the homework made up for it. I learned nothing and while I can do basic algebra, my skills are weak.

So fast froward to this year where I have to take Business Calculus. I was taking it last quarter with a full load of classes. I was finding that every night all my time was taken trying to learn calculus and left me little time for my other classes. So I dropped it. I decided to take only Business Calculus this summer so I could put all my time towards it. This time I felt way behind the rest of the class. Everyone seemed to understand what was going on while I was just lost even though I was doing 5-6 hours of homework a night. So I dropped it again. I think I could have powered through it, but getting an A is extremely important.

Between Kahn Academy and Wolfram I am slowly getting there, but I figured I need to start from scratch. What route should I take? Do I retake College Algebra? Will that teach me how to use a graphing calculator that everyone else in my class seems to be quite familiar with? Should I take pre-calculus? GPA is extremely important so I can transfer to a good university for the accounting degree. I have time to drag this out if need be, but would rather not. What is the best route to go to take business calc with an A without killing myself over stress?
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: July 05, 2014, 09:03:39 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 05, 2014, 03:44:33 AM

The reports I hear is that's exactly what it is.  It's the same Civ V engine with a new spacey setting.  It's a standalone game. 

The preorder price is set at $50.  I'm sure I can wait for a Steam sale eventually.

That sounds pretty great to me. Still not going to buy it day one more than likely just because I won't have time for it. Steam Christmas sale I will be all over it.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: July 05, 2014, 09:01:41 AM
I bought it and played for a couple of hours. I like it, but it does still feel slightly rough still. Seems like it's going to be a fun game.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: July 04, 2014, 10:30:23 PM
I was ignoring D:OS because I don't have a PC that will run it. Then I saw that it's Mac too. Why isn't there an impressions thread?

Is it good? Haven't seen any reviews yet.

Edit: read Qt3's thread. People seem to like it...sounds like it still has a few patches coming out.  I am torn, I have the summer off (unfortunately) but I am broke. Food or new game? Decisions, decisions...
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on: July 04, 2014, 10:26:24 PM
It's falling quickly in the audience ratings as well as time goes by. I know this means nothing to you guys, but my 15 year old niece loves Tansformers. She loved the first 3 movies, watches them entirely too often, collects the cheap toys (that I am not allowed to transform because I will break them), and wouldn't shut up about this new movie. Even she was disappointed. I told her she us finally becoming an adult. No offense to those of you who liked it. Tongue

Curious what you mean by this movie being closer to respectable, Rowdy?
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: July 04, 2014, 09:08:57 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on July 04, 2014, 08:55:12 PM

I guess my real concern is with the game engine. I never did come to like Civ5, although I was a huge fan of Civ4. I'm wondering if this is going to be a problem for me with C:BE. I'm going to hope for a demo...

Did you see the E3 walkthru? To me it looked exactly like Civ V with a scifi setting.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 03, 2014, 11:59:53 PM

Quote from: Zekester on July 03, 2014, 11:25:16 PM

2) why did you move to another line??? Fuck that.

Not to answer for Naednek, but that's pretty obvious. Crap like that isn't worth the hassle. Easier to avoid the nuts then to aggravate the situation.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday Ron! on: July 03, 2014, 11:57:14 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 03, 2014, 11:32:53 PM

Torches and Happiness!

Nice reminder of all the people who have left.
110  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 03, 2014, 11:56:13 PM
Zeke is trying to hard.

It's far more amusing that people are even bothering to try to counter his points. You really think Zeke reads past the first line?
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: July 03, 2014, 04:21:42 PM
Release date is October 24.
112  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Civilization Revolution 2 Reased for Ipad...and apparently nobody knew... on: July 03, 2014, 02:56:55 AM
Pocket Tactics says it's just a graphics update, game play is the same. They will have a review up tomorrow. Sounds like I will skip it from what I have seen posted about it in various places.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 03, 2014, 02:35:30 AM
Yikes, but I can't say I am surprised, I have seen that kind of attitude as well. I was a supervisor in a place that was mostly white but there was only one black guy. This guy kept a little notebook in his pocket so he could record any racist incidents. My name was written in it because everyone was sitting around, and I told him to take out the trash. In his eyes I was racist because I picked him instead of all the others sitting around. He refused to do it as well. In reality I picked him because he had been the least helpful that week (also the biggest pain in my ass). Learned a lot about supervising that day.

Glad to hear at least the people around you backed you up. Sounds like the guy was delusional.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 01, 2014, 07:26:32 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on July 01, 2014, 04:45:35 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 01, 2014, 02:57:57 PM

FIFA is against changes unless they can make money off of it.
Don't you think they would make a boat load of money off in game televised advertising?  I hope it never goes in that direction, but I think in game advertising would be much more profitable than adboards at the stadium.

It's so weird as an American trying to understand that there is an entity (FIFA) bigger than the commerical enterprise of a league.  In my mind the Premier League, like the NFL or NBA, should be able to do whatever they want in the interest of their league and sport.  But all of the pro leagues are overseen by FIFA?      

Good point, if FIFA can profit of of ads then it wouldn't be surprising if they are coming. I think there would be quite a bit of backlash though. People were already disgusted with the cool down break ads from what I saw on Twitter and a couple of blogs. FIFA seems to be against any change though, for instance there has been lots of calls to be able to take 30 seconds to review calls and they won't do that. Goal line technology has been around for years and they were reluctant to even adopt that until now. They want to keep the human element to the game.

I believe the structure is FIFA, from there it breaks it down into regions like UEFA, CONCACAF, etc, then to each country's football associations (FA), and then the leagues themselves. The big european leagues threaten to break away from FIFA every few years or to make their own super league but I think there is just too much money involved in it and it would create other problems. Having a governing body is good in that it helps organize all the international cups, tournaments, etc. If the leagues were in charge they wouldn't let their players play in international duty for instance, so it good having something like FIFA providing the rules.

I think the difference between US sports and soccer is that US sports don't compete at a world level so it works for them. In soccer there are just too many competitions between all the countries on a country and club levels so a governing body is need. On international level you have WC every 4 years plus all the qualifying for that. Each continent has a cup, such as the Euros or African Cup of Nations that occur every 1-4 years. Then you have your World Club Cup, Champions League, and then all the tournaments for each countries FA. Arsenal for instance are involved in 4 competitions each season, plus letting their players go off to play what ever international competitions are going on. In other words, it's complicated.  icon_smile
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 01, 2014, 02:57:57 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 01, 2014, 12:27:15 PM

I wonder if having the time stop every time the whistle is blow would help get rid of these delays. Of course that would make the game a lot longer. They could reduce the halves to 30 minutes to offset that.

NO! I keep hearing this from what I assume are people who don't watch soccer much. The game works fine as is, stopping the clock would kill the flow of the game and introduce tv ads to the game (although there is fear that is already happening with the cool down breaks). The clock does stop, the ref keeps the official clock and stops it for long pauses. The 45 minute haves work fine as is. Luckily there is no chance of this happening. FIFA is against changes unless they can make money off of it.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 01, 2014, 05:52:04 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 01, 2014, 01:56:12 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on June 30, 2014, 07:32:58 PM

That said, I hate all of the flopping, fake injuries, and pretend head bumps.  It's insane.  They look like idiots.           

Seriously, soccer players are the biggest pussies of all time.  I've been into this world cup, but it's painful to watch sometimes. 


Oh come on. I admit most of it is pretty embarrassing, but usually it is just to get fouls/cards/influence the refs and/or time waste. Unfortunately it works, so they do it. Nothing to do with being a "pussy". I can also say having played when I was kid and seeing some of the pictures over the years of the injuries the pros get, some of it does hurt like hell. American's like to think it's not a contact sport, but it is. I have seen players get gashes in their head stapled on the sidelines and go back in and play.

It certainly makes the sport look bad, I do agree, but if you watch enough of of it you get used to it. When Arsenal players do it, I am scared that it may be a real injury. When opponents do it I am cursing them for diving/over exaggerating. It's all just part of the game.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 30, 2014, 09:59:00 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on June 30, 2014, 07:32:58 PM

That said, I hate all of the flopping, fake injuries, and pretend head bumps.  It's insane.  They look like idiots.           

That seems harsh. Maybe I am so used to it I don't notice it anymore? Outside of the usuals offenders like Robben and Ronaldo I don't think it's been bad at all. In fact it seems much more physical than the WC usually is. We have seen a broken arm, a couple of black eyes, cleats dragged across shins, and collisions that caused bloodshed on more than one occasion.

So many great games so far, this has been the best WC I remember ,and I haven't missed one since 1986.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on: June 27, 2014, 09:24:19 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 27, 2014, 07:03:22 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 27, 2014, 09:26:13 AM

Side note, $14 for a popcorn and large drink??? I can't believe how expensive it is to go to the movies nowadays.

Expensive???  Try watching a film here in Chicago.  I had to prostitute myself in the alley behind the theater to get money for a medium sprite. 

...and by prostitute I mean threaten to take off my shirt if they didn't pay me. 

Speaking of horrible experiences, I refuse to pay for any movie featuring the Walhberg.  My hatred of that schmuck knows no limit.

I think for 3 of us the whole night was about $80. Maybe $25/person for 3 hours of "entertainment" isn't bad? How much would it be in Chicago if everyone ordered a snack and drink as well? Luckily we didn't do dinner first or I would be eating ramen for the rest of the week. :-)
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on: June 27, 2014, 09:14:57 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 27, 2014, 08:07:36 PM

I've heard that the product placement in this one is taken to a whole new level of in-your-face douchebaggery and that they don't even try justifying showing half of the crap they're shilling.

Maybe I am immune to it, but I only noticed it once where it was really blatantly over the top. Something is traveling down the road at a high rate of speed and there just so happens to be a Bud Light truck going right through the intersection. It's done in a way so the truck stands out so that your eyes go right to it. The thing hits the truck spreading aluminum bottles of Bud Light everywhere. A character opens one, takes a swig and says yet another cheesy line. Outside of that, I don't remember anything other than the normal stuff like you can clearly see a character wearing Oakleys, etc.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on: June 27, 2014, 10:51:54 AM
No. slywink The first was bad, but I remember enjoying the special effects/action for what they were. The second one I don't really remember. Didn't see the third (I actually thought this one was the third). Admittedly I am a movie snob and this was very far from the kind of movie I enjoy.

It did seem like it fell flat with the audience as well. Lots of little one liners throughout the movie that got lots of laughs at first, but less so as the movie went on (one character in particular gets increasingly silly as it progresses). The same few people who laughed throughout cheered at the end, but that was only maybe 6 people in an almost full theater. It was a late showing, but by the 2 hour mark the audience seemed very restless. Although, initial audience reaction online seems good so far.
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