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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 28, 2015, 07:14:25 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 28, 2015, 01:16:00 PM

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Also, congrats on turning your life into an eighties sitcom.  icon_lol


 saywhat

Damn it...I'm Mr. Drummond, aren't I?   Son of a.....

Thanks to everyone for the advice so far.  Keep it coming!

Possibly Mr. Seaver (and DiCaprio being your 15yr old)...

but really, I was thinking Edna Garrett.  icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol
82  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 28, 2015, 07:02:48 PM
A round of applause for our diligent GT members Isgrimnur and Caine for keeping up with the Steam deals for us.

83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 28, 2015, 06:56:52 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 27, 2015, 08:44:32 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 27, 2015, 08:27:07 PM

It was actually fairly enjoyable with your expectations in check.

I think that is the secret for almost any movie. I had low standards for the Hobbit trilogy for instance, but quite enjoyed them for what they were. Sometimes it doesn't work though, I had incredibly low standards for Inception, and it was actually worse. :-) All that said, you are the only the person who I have seen/heard that had anything nice to say about Pixel.

I think it has to do with how the movie is presented.

For instance, when `Sm-ow-g` instead of `Sm-aw-g`is named thusly for the accuracy of some index in the back of a book somewhere that only the die-hards have read, and yet the dwarves battle him inside the lonely mountain? It creates a certain amount of dislike for disparate stance on accurate recreation.

When a movie is goofy to be goofy and does it well? I`m not going to bitch about the far-fetched nature of the premise.

I will not be watching Pixel in theatres - but I may still watch it.

I got some Neverwinter in, and some Arkham Knight.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 28, 2015, 12:26:10 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 28, 2015, 03:37:42 AM

I'm the Assistant Director of IT, and Security reports to me.   I think you can infer how I'm going to solve this problem.  "Hey, unblock me.   Thanks"

 ninja2

85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm fostering a kid for a year (maybe more?) on: July 28, 2015, 12:18:51 PM
Is 15 too young for punching? slywink Oh, wait, you`re taking him to martial arts - I see some `lets spar` moments in your life, Ron.

biggrin

In all seriousness, you two would make good parents - just don`t expect the world of yourselves or the kid in this situation. Knowing how you`ve run a voluntary team of unfocused individuals, I think you`ve got this - I`ve seen you NOT go all military on people whom you`ve wanted to - remember to hide your anger when the kid `presses your button` (and they will, mark my words)... that frustrates their attempts and could see them simply accepting instead of turning every situation into a potential conflict.

My advice is to be steady, consistent, and like Kung Fu masters of old, do not let your charge enrage you as it will slow the learning process. Oh, and never have parental disagreements with them in audience - have your discussions private and keep a unified front - those little bastards live on `divide and conquer` slywink It is also important to support your partner, but they need to be supportive of you in this. Sometimes this can be the biggest challenge.

Also, congrats on turning your life into an eighties sitcom.  icon_lol
86  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: July 28, 2015, 12:09:16 PM
SCIENCE! Holy crap! A civil, well-reasoned discussion on politics... Eco needs to quit more often! biggrin
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have passed 50,000 achievement points on: July 28, 2015, 11:59:51 AM
I'm on the cusp. Never really been a points collector - more a "I want to accomplish that thing". Given my general avoidance of PvP MP, a lot of games tie those points up there.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 22, 2015, 07:20:02 PM
Aww, it's OK buddy. In Canada, we don't just have spiders...

Spoiler for we also have ...:

CROSS-BRED SPIDER-MOOSE!!!

Still trying to think of a good name for them.

Top contenders are:

1) Spoose
2) Spidoose
3) the mislabelled "Spideer"

"Antlered Spider Monster" has come up a few times in the focus groups.

You should see the size of the webs they make.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Muppets on: July 22, 2015, 03:41:17 PM
IN!!
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 22, 2015, 01:06:50 PM
Spoiler for kato, I got the guest bedroom set up for you:
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... and the soothing background sounds of the occasional spider running across the top of the sheets.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 22, 2015, 01:06:19 PM
Back to the business of pushing funny pics:










92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 22, 2015, 12:40:16 PM
I come in here to see funny stuff. This? This is a bunch of R&P whining.

ATB will play The Church is Persecuted card, and then anyone else will pipe up and pop him on the head like a whack-a-mole. More often than not, his unwavering faith prevents his acknowledgement of said whack, so it looks like the whack-a-mole machine is broken.

This is why instagram is important. You can find tons of funny pics, PLUS get %10 off Supps if you use the code GTGIVESME10OFF at my store http://www.thisismysuppstore.com/ig/hashtag/peddle.

Oh, and any hot chick with more than 5 thousand followers has booking info.

#likesforlikes #followme #fitspo
93  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This is Fun Pt. 4: Religion and Politics Edition (NSFW Warning) on: July 22, 2015, 12:34:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 17, 2015, 11:47:13 PM


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Cuz there is no way it belongs in the other thread. Tongue
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 22, 2015, 12:22:42 PM
Frankly, my lack of participation can be summed up in three points:

1) I became single - as an employed parent / homeowner / single man, time becomes even more precious.
2) My forum time used to impact work (and this site has been intermittently blocked by the company)
3) The console wars and the vitriol brought to the table do not appeal to me.

I'm currently dating, my house goes up for sale in the next week, and (at least on GT) the console wars have settled down some. I'm not "coming back" but I might spend a bit more time here.

We'll see.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/14) on: July 13, 2015, 12:48:08 PM
That Trials fusion thing comes out too. Dunno if it's DLC or a standalone.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo CEO Iwata dead at 55 on: July 13, 2015, 12:46:42 PM
frown Such a charismatic man with idealistic views and a healthy outlook on gaming.
 
Rest well.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 02, 2015, 04:19:22 PM
So tempted to write an opinion piece on the Batmobile, and the place that game mechanic evolution has - where adding elements don't always improve your product, esp. when the draw to the next game isn't because it's bigger or better, but simply a progression in the compelling storytelling of a fantastic plot.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 02, 2015, 04:17:44 PM

Quote from: JayDee on July 02, 2015, 01:16:52 PM

I am loving the game the more I play it. Just finished the Ace Chemicals sequence and man that was some of the most fun I've had on my PS4 in a long, long time. I'm even loving the Batmobile at the moment. So good. Want to play more.

One question I do have with the story though (I'm just past the chemical plant so no spoilers beyond that please).

Spoiler for Hiden:
Is Batman infected with Joker blood or is he just seeing Joker because he's infected with Scarecrow gas? The sequence in the power plant with Joker was a little confusing to me because my wife was asking me a couple of questions and I missed a couple lines of dialog.

That wasn't answered yet (I'm just past there myself).

Spoiler for Hiden:
There is a gap where we don't know who the fifth infected is - whether it be Batman, Gordon, or someone else. I love the fact that Joker is always around to quip etc. Also random thugs you fight will appear as the Joker. Nice touch.
99  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 30, 2015, 03:43:29 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 30, 2015, 12:44:43 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 30, 2015, 03:46:45 AM

The Silent generation? I haven't heard of that one before.

ooooh, i saw what you did there.   ninja

Bet you didn't hear it.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Its the weekend playlist 6/26/15 late edition on: June 30, 2015, 12:27:14 PM
I used what little gaming time I had to level up a cleric from 0-20 in Neverwinter (Double XP weekend).

Played a bit of Batman.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/30) on: June 30, 2015, 12:14:50 PM
Quiplash is also available for XBONE:

http://majornelson.com/2015/06/29/quiplash-is-now-available-for-xbox-one/
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 29, 2015, 04:57:09 PM
http://topsy.com/analytics?q1=xbox&q2=wiiu&q3=ps4&via=Topsy

Heh. WiiU
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 29, 2015, 03:30:42 PM
According to social media, MS did better than expected:

http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/23/xbox-one-won-e3-at-least-according-to-amazon-and-social-network-data/

Keep in mind that the Amazon info in the article is UK based, but the social media measurement is global (twitter accounting for 84% of the collected data).

104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you Batman Batman Batman Bat-(sorry) buyying this week? (6/23) on: June 29, 2015, 03:27:23 PM
Returned my Batman disk version - it's good enough to keep so I went ahead with the digital version and the return money went towards the XBONE Lego Dimentia. Err, dimensions? Yeah. Dimensions.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: June 24, 2015, 02:03:01 AM
Dammit. Caved and got the Goddamned Batman.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: June 23, 2015, 05:53:45 AM
... How much do empty drawers cost? Maybe they could cut that particular corner. 😒😉😂
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: June 23, 2015, 04:58:02 AM
Imo there wasn't any "drop the mic" conferences.

It looks like between 2015 to 2016, it's a great time to be a gamer.

As for the new UI on xbone, that's windows 10. The quick response will be a blessing. The promise of easier porting of PC games will be the real value though,

We'll see - I've had a mixed bag of experiences.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: June 23, 2015, 04:27:37 AM
Nada.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: June 23, 2015, 04:26:00 AM
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110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: June 23, 2015, 04:22:59 AM
There was an xb1 release of quantum redshift I think... I'm holding off on any purchases though
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: June 12, 2015, 04:44:34 PM
FYI: It was said by an unnamed Capcom rep that any iteration of Street Fighter 5 will not be making it to the Xbox side.

*IF* a SF game comes over, it would have to be 6 etc ...
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: June 12, 2015, 04:37:49 PM
Really? slywink My less-than-angry comment was tongue firmly planted in cheek on the word-play of MAD having two meanings - I assumed we all knew that I've got a fairly good grasp of diction.

For me, you should have some sense of pity, understanding or empathy to the main character. His plight was unimportant and had he died half-way through, I wouldn't have cared one smidge. As for madness and redemption, Nicholas Hoult kicked his ass all over the map. As someone who has no strong attachment to the character Max (given my last watching of those films are twenty-five years ago), it means that the direction and acting failed to make him anything more than a placeholder for someone who isn`t a fan. Is that all Hardy's fault? No.

Truth be told, I have yet to see him in a role where I enjoyed any part of his performance. That does not mean I've not enjoyed other aspects of the films (consider for a moment that I liked Mad Max for most things that didn't have to do with him or his portrayal). I enjoyed Inception, Black Hawk Down, This Means War, and even Star Trek: Nemesis (as a silver screen TV episode of ST:NG, certainly not as a film itself). Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a movie I've not seen, and Layer Cake is something I've always been meaning to watch but never have. Having Hardy in them lowers the priority significantly.

I really didn't like the final of Nolan's Batman films. With time passing, they certainly didn't hold my attention as being important in the grand scheme of movies that I've watched and influenced me. Bane was arguably the star of that last movie and Hardy did nothing for me.

TL;DR - If a film has Hardy in it, it lowers my expectation, and if he is starring in it, I'd have to be coaxed into watching it.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: June 11, 2015, 07:52:40 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on June 10, 2015, 03:15:14 AM

Quote from: Purge on June 03, 2015, 02:12:45 PM

FWIW I think Bana's portrayal of Robert Bruce Banner was far more compelling than Norton's, and he seemed genuinely haunted and conflicted.

Tom as Mad Max? Ugh. Too much focus on "madness" (and uncompellingly so) and less on Max.

This was Death Race 2000. That's it.

Well, the first word in the title was "Mad" after all. smile Part of what I liked about this was how Max starts as a feral animal, and gradually regains his humanity over the course of the film. The opening narration is absolutely true when he says he's reduced to a single instinct. That's not a far cry from where he ended up after Thunderdome when he was lost to the sands and the wastelands. One could see him devolving further over time until we meet him again in Fury Road, by which point there's very little humanity left.

Oh, and I barely breathed during the final sequence when he was climbing over the guitarist and the action was happening in 57 different places at the same time. A lesser hack like Michael Bay would have fumbled this so catastrophically I can't even begin to imagine it.

I agree the spectacle was entertaining, but the plot was thin and it was almost like the main character was over-thought and under-delivered (IMO). At best he was a supporting actor. At worst, he was a bloodbag prop with some action scenes thrown in.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Halo 5: Guardians on: June 11, 2015, 07:47:09 PM
But if you get it digitally, you can share your game and still get co-op on one license. biggrin biggrin biggrin
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 Games you care about on: June 11, 2015, 07:45:52 PM
Amped. I want another Amped like #2 for XB1.

Oh, and for gods sake MS, let me play my own damned music without having a snap window going. I want to suppress game music in favor of something good.
* Purge looks sideways at Neverwinter, Minecraft (my son's obsession).

How about you announce that? Thanks.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocket to the Sun - These Actors Need to go on: June 11, 2015, 07:43:40 PM
Tom Hardy - You weren't even a Little Bit Angry Max. In the last two movies I've seen you in, You've had your face covered up.

I appreciate the sentiment.  Given your acceptance of being put on the very front of a vehicle, go ahead and get your blood donor ass up on the top of the rocket.

The seat he would otherwise occupy can go to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who made Megan Fox look like a real actress. Good luck sneaking that by Statham though.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Castlevania successor) on: June 11, 2015, 04:01:36 PM
I can give 28bux for a digital copy.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 Games you care about on: June 11, 2015, 03:48:22 PM
Crackdown
Phantom Dust (which they swear isn't dead and gone)


I'm bothered by the "MP only" games - esp. if something like RS:S doesn't have terrorist hunt. I'm truly worried that this will be the E3 where everything I love comes out in the Titanfall / Destiny / Evolve trajectory.

What I really want to see is a coop MP campaign mode for MechWarrior.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: June 04, 2015, 04:13:07 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 03, 2015, 03:25:53 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 03, 2015, 02:12:45 PM

FWIW I think Bana's portrayal of Robert Bruce Banner was far more compelling than Norton's, and he seemed genuinely haunted and conflicted.

Tom as Mad Max? Ugh. Too much focus on "madness" (and uncompellingly so) and less on Max.

This was Death Race 2000. That's it.

So I can add movies along with games to things I fundamentally don't agree with Purge on.

... and reciprocated.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: June 03, 2015, 02:12:45 PM
FWIW I think Bana's portrayal of Robert Bruce Banner was far more compelling than Norton's, and he seemed genuinely haunted and conflicted.

Tom as Mad Max? Ugh. Too much focus on "madness" (and uncompellingly so) and less on Max.

This was Death Race 2000. That's it.
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