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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: {Movie]Automata on: August 21, 2014, 01:54:14 PM
Looks like it could be interesting, but I'm not sure why you would compare this to Interstellar as their premises are completely different. This seems like they've taken a lot from Blade Runner.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: August 13, 2014, 10:25:37 PM
That's real purdy.  drool
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 13, 2014, 02:09:03 PM
The episode where
Spoiler for Hiden:
Hank dies
had the most tension of any episode of any show I've ever seen. I agree that things really picked up in Season 3 but from then on every season was incredible; it really makes a difference when the writers know the arc of the show in advance.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Better Life Index Tool Tells You Which Country Is Best For You on: August 13, 2014, 03:38:17 AM
Surprisingly got Australia as my top choice, followed by 3/4 of Scandinavia.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 12, 2014, 01:50:38 PM

Quote from: stessier on August 12, 2014, 01:22:55 PM

How is the Rich Eisen podcast?  Good guests and discussion?  Can I find it on iTunes?

It's not bad; they usually have two or three guests each week, often times with one guest being a celebrity. The interviews with the football players are usually decent, but Rich has a tendency to talk a bit too much about himself sometimes. And they're clearly not on a defined schedule since they will often spend 20 minutes talking about the same thing rather than moving through it and getting on to something else (current topics of obsession: Johnny Manziel and, to a lesser degree, Michael Sam). In any case, it's entertaining, especially once the season starts.

It should be in iTunes.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 11, 2014, 07:44:54 PM
My podcasts, in order of how I usually listen to them each week (if weekly):

Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me - the NPR humor/news quiz
This American Life
RadioLab - the This American Life of science
Snap Judgement - the hipper This American Life
Ask Me Another - Another NPR quiz show
Sound Opinions - about music. Reviews, interviews, etc.
Rich Eisen Podcast - An NFL podcast
The Moth Radio hour - people telling stories about the lives
Risk! - like the Moth but usually trying to gross you out. Is very hit or miss and the host is kind of annoying.
Selected Shorts - actors on stage reading short stories. Usually very good.
New Yorker Fiction - one a month podcast where one fiction story from The New Yorker's archives is read by another New Yorker short story author.
Orvis podcast - about fly fishing. I rarely listen to this as I don't really fly fish, but they do sometimes talk about non fly fishing stuff.

That should take out a good chunk of your week...
7  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Apple banning apps that reward video ads/sharing on: August 08, 2014, 02:45:33 PM
The only game I've played that has videos to watch for in-game currency is Tetris Blitz. But it's completely optional, so was never a big deal. I do hate games that make you watch videos between turns (e.g. Word with Friends).
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: August 03, 2014, 01:53:35 PM
Currently I agree that it would be unlikely for NASA to get the funding for that sort of endeavor. However, the impression I got from the trailers is that the earth has gone to shit (not sure if it's due to climate change, over population, etc. in the movie) and there's a worldwide crises. I can imagine in that sort of situation the governments might pool resources together if they thought the project has some chance of making a difference.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 29, 2014, 05:05:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 29, 2014, 04:15:39 PM


Here's more to whet your appetite:

<useful links to the game, and to previews & impressions>

<intriguing videos of combat and spinning spacestation docking>

<cool looking screenshots>

<neat comparisons of ships from the original Elite and their modern counterparts>

<handy links to affordable joystick and HOTAS options>

Oh man - those really did whet my appetite! Especially the <cool looking screenshots>.  drool
10  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 25, 2014, 05:00:42 PM
Wait a second - I was thinking of Avernum Escape from the Pit (made by the same guys) which was awesome. I did play the first Avadon (The Black Fortress) as well; it was good but not nearly as good as Avernum. Much less exploration and a fairly linear storyline without many meaningful choices. I'm sure it's still worth $5, but I would pay the extra $5 and get Avernum first.
11  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 25, 2014, 04:49:04 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on July 25, 2014, 02:29:23 PM

It reminds me of an old Commodore 64 game "Montezuma's Revenge".

I loved that game!
12  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 25, 2014, 04:47:57 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 25, 2014, 02:28:20 PM

Avadon 2: The Corruption is on sale for $4.99 for the first time.

Anyone played this?  I love spiderweb software so I am interested but I know I will probably never finish it! smile

I would definitely get it if it were on the Kindle. I just beat the first Avadon game (Escape from the Pit) and it was great. One of the better RPGs I've played in years on any system. It took me probably 40 - 60 hours to beat and I never got tired of it. I'm not sure how the sequel compares, but I would be shocked if it weren't good.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 25, 2014, 04:45:38 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 25, 2014, 03:56:03 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 25, 2014, 02:56:33 PM

But if it were better written it would be in your wheelhouse, right?

The bigger issue is that the YQ feels she needs to read it AND that he needs to read it.

Obviously, YK is not getting the job done.

 eek

 icon_lol
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acid motherf****ing reflux! on: July 21, 2014, 12:24:00 PM
I never had it and then, in my freshman year in college, I had an appendectomy. Afterwards, I would get acid reflux bad enough to keep me awake at night but not horrible. Then, one day after staying up all night and eating crap, I had the worst case I've ever had. It was non-stop for hours and just felt like my chest and throat were disintegrating from the inside. I went to the doctor and they had me drink this numbing agent that calmed it down (or at least it was gone by the time the numbing agent wore off). After that incident, I started taking Zantac daily (was prescription only at the time). That seemed to control it well enough; I never got it while taking the meds. I got off Zantac after about 6 months and haven't had acid reflux. *knock on wood*.

In any case, the point being if it's bad enough that you're throwing up you should 1) go to a doctor or, at the very least, 2) try something like Zantac and see if that helps.
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Civilization Revolution 2 Reased for Ipad...and apparently nobody knew... on: July 02, 2014, 05:18:13 PM
Has there been any changes to the map sizes? My main quibble with Civ Rev was that even the largest maps were too small; it was impossible to avoid the other civilizations even early on in the game.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 18, 2014, 01:57:36 PM
FWIW, even from the very beginning of the show they talked about magic and monsters being gone from most of the world but still present beyond the wall. That's one of the reasons there's a wall in the first place! Outside of the wall, with just a few instances, there hasn't really been much magic/fantasy (the notable exceptions being the dragons, Melissandre, and the warlock). And notice that all three of those things either come from or take place in the continent across the sea from Westeros.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 11, 2014, 04:16:17 AM
Haven't most Zelda games been open world? It seems like in most of the ones I've played, you could pretty much go anywhere you want except certain areas were blocked off until you found whatever tool you needed (bombs, boomerang, etc.). How is this Zelda going to be different?
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 09, 2014, 04:59:06 PM

Quote from: Zekester on June 09, 2014, 04:01:50 PM

haven't seen last nights ep (is there even one?) but what was the point of Tyrions beetle story? Was the Mountain the simpleton?

I think it was partially a reflection on the idea that the world can be a pretty ugly place and sometimes there is no rational explanation for it.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wire: Where have you been all my life on: June 02, 2014, 04:20:18 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 01, 2014, 07:54:04 PM

I still never made it past the first season.  I thought it was alright but couldn't see the "best show ever" comments at all.  I've heard things pick up in the second season but can't bring myself to start it up again after so long.

If you didn't like the 1st season, not sure you would like the rest (although Seasons 3 and 4 are incredibly good). I actually thought Season 2 was a bit of a let down, but mainly because they focus on a different set of characters than in the other seasons.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: May 26, 2014, 03:26:47 PM

Quote from: PhreezePeach on May 26, 2014, 02:00:31 PM

<---- wasteland2 opening movie  ninja

They may be going for camp, but even still that was pretty bad.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 22, 2014, 05:45:53 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 22, 2014, 05:31:47 PM

shouldn't it be 'AN Ubisoft production' not 'A Ubisoft production'?

Depends on the pronunciation. You don't say "an unicorn", right?
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 10, 2014, 11:17:57 PM
I stopped by a Taco Bell for the first time in a while today. God, it was terrible. And I don't mean that the meat was cheap (which it is) or that the ingredients weren't fresh (which they weren't), but it just tasted bad. I got a chicken burrito and the 5 layer beef burrito and both just tasted like acidic mush. I should've just stuck with the soft tacos as those actually taste like real food.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 09, 2014, 01:07:38 AM
Not necessarily something that's gone, but I went to Wendy's for the first time in years today. What happened to their dollar menu? A Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe is now $1.59? A Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger $1.79? As far as I could tell, they only had three items left priced at $.99: a Jr. Cheeseburger (I guess it's just bread, meat, and cheese?), the crispy chicken sandwich, and the value fries.  The 99 cent menu used to be the reason Wendy's was my fast food of choice back in the day. And even the "value" meals are crazy expensive ($6+). Has low quality ground beef gone up in price that much?
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 12, 2014, 02:33:34 PM
He's probably just being nice and letting Ron get within 50,000 posts of him....  eek
25  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 06, 2014, 03:08:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 06, 2014, 04:23:00 AM

Ascension just got some big changes.  There's a new 'promo pack' for sale (those just have a handful of cards) but now the base game is free and the expansion card packs that have already been out are available in a $5 bundle.  The game is now ad-supported in a very strange way.  There are now big annoying full-screen ads, even if you've already made purchases before, but if you know to look in the options menu you can uncheck a box to turn all the ads off.  I read someone say you can disable ads even if you haven't spent any money.

Great deal. I went ahead and bought the bundle. If anyone wants to play online, feel free to friend me. My username is ralph-wiggum.
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 05, 2014, 01:40:43 PM
I just recently finished Avadon: The Black Fortress on my Kindle Fire HD. It was a good game but it was extremely linear. There was an illusion of choice but they really made no difference to the game, story, or quests available (except for the very last choice). There isn't even all that much choice in the skill tree since most skills require you to have equal levels of skills in other tracks (i.e. so you can't just build up one of the three tracks and ignore the other two possible tracks for your class). There was a lot of game there, though; I think it took me ~40 hours to beat it. But by the last 10 hours or so it had gotten fairly repetitive.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 15, 2014, 04:35:38 PM
Where are they getting this Critic's Meta Score from and how in the hell does the Godfather 2 get a 71 and The Empire Strikes Back a 78???
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X being teased on: February 06, 2014, 08:13:03 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on February 03, 2014, 09:54:10 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 24, 2014, 08:27:23 PM

Gah, I just got some codes to do a giveaway, and so many of you already bought it!   I'm going to try to spin up the giveaway asap.  smile

Did this happen and I missed it? That would make me sad.  crybaby

Man - talk about a thread killer. Sorry guys!
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X being teased on: February 03, 2014, 09:54:10 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 24, 2014, 08:27:23 PM

Gah, I just got some codes to do a giveaway, and so many of you already bought it!   I'm going to try to spin up the giveaway asap.  smile

Did this happen and I missed it? That would make me sad.  crybaby
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X being teased on: January 24, 2014, 09:08:07 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 24, 2014, 08:27:23 PM

Gah, I just got some codes to do a giveaway, and so many of you already bought it!   I'm going to try to spin up the giveaway asap.  smile

 thumbsup
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 21, 2014, 02:18:28 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 21, 2014, 08:39:22 AM



Mind. Blown.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who's the Best Looking Gaming Trend Editor*? on: January 15, 2014, 03:05:47 PM
Clearly the correct answer is Victor Grunn.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Telltale]The Walking Dead on: December 30, 2013, 09:49:56 PM
If you aren't importing your Season 1 saves, is there a way to go through at the beginning of Season 2 and input all your past choices? I'm thinking of switching platforms for Season 2, but I would really like my decisions to be remembered.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: December 28, 2013, 02:37:32 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 27, 2013, 07:10:21 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 27, 2013, 02:36:47 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 26, 2013, 08:02:21 PM

I've already vocalized my distaste for this game, but seeing it receive so many GOTY awards is making me feel remorseful and want to go back and give it a second try. Hopefully one day we'll get a "definitive" version of it on the PS4 so I might have that opportunity (already gave my PS3 away to my brother).

Weren't your complaints graphical or something?

It's easily a game of the generation candidate.

I did have an issue with the framerate in a specific section of the game, but mostly I disliked the combat and most of the gameplay mechanics.


So more or less you disliked just about everything? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that maybe it's not worth trying to get another copy of the game.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2013 GOTY/GOAT on: December 13, 2013, 05:36:00 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 13, 2013, 05:00:44 PM

 
GOAT definitely is A:CM, only by virtue being picked up instead of Simcity, for the despicable approach they took to marketing the game and how badly they mis-managed it.  it wasn't a pretty game to look at either.

I'm confused. Does GOAT not equal Greatest of All Time? From Caine's quote and a few other things, it sounds like it is supposed to the worst game of the year?
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 13, 2013, 05:30:34 PM
I watched Side Effects the other night. Pretty good, although I thought it tailed off a bit at the end. Worth a watch, though.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 14 on: December 09, 2013, 04:07:19 AM
Luckily for Seattle, it'll take a complete meltdown not to have homefield throughout the playoffs. The Seahawks at home >>> The Seahawks on the road.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: December 06, 2013, 02:10:05 PM
How not to cliff dive.   icon_surprised
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has your life changed since the last "next gen"? on: November 25, 2013, 06:04:54 PM
In 2005 I was living in NC and working in an incredibly boring job. I moved down to Florida in 2007 to get a PhD in biology and somehow, I'm still here.  eek  It's been a great 6 years, though. I should be finishing up in the spring and in the process now of applying for postdocs, so I have no idea where I'll be a year from now. As for gaming, I don't play as much as I used to. I'll still occasionally get into a game and play the hell out of it for a few weeks, but those times seem to come months rather than weeks apart now. Over the last year especially I've gotten into fishing (I've got to take advantage of Florida while I'm still here!) and spent most of my free days out on the water in my somewhat newly purchased kayak.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you change your allegiance? on: November 25, 2013, 04:12:26 PM
I don't understand having an allegiance to a console maker. I know people do, but why? Just get whatever has the games/features you want, who cares who makes it? I have a friend that refused to buy an XBox 360 because he's always been a Sony guy and then he complains about games he would like to play on the 360. It's completely ridiculous.
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