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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 02, 2013, 05:49:27 PM
I'm a grad student in Biology at the University of Florida studying animal behavior. I'm pretty close to graduating, though, and so am in the process of applying to postdoctoral positions.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: March 29, 2013, 03:53:47 PM
I'm still playing when I get the chance. I think I've put in something like 28 hours or so into the game; I'm not sure how close I am to the end (
Spoiler for Hiden:
I just got the dragon.
). It's been a fun game, although I think I'm no longer into JRPGs so much. At least the battles are generally avoidable.
123  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Korea threatens 'final destruction' of South Korea on: March 28, 2013, 01:00:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 27, 2013, 06:49:34 PM



That soldier looks like he's about 14 years old.
124  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gabby Gifford's Husband tires to save baby sea lion from dog attack on: March 26, 2013, 09:15:29 PM
That's sad. And yes, if you can't control your dog you need either 1) to have someone else to walk it, 2) a better leash that allows more control (gentle leader?), or 3) a muzzle.

For future reference,  one way to make sure a dog release its grip on something is to stick your finger up its ass. Gross but effective. Or so I've heard...  ninja
125  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty on: March 20, 2013, 04:24:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 20, 2013, 12:36:28 AM

The world did really need one more match 3 game.   icon_wink

At some point someone somewhere is going to make a match 4 game and blow these guys out of the water.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can you truly cut the cable? Getting away from the cocks at Cox. on: March 20, 2013, 01:24:12 PM
I think Cox or ESPN has caught on that people with just cable internet and no cable TV have been able to watch ESPN3 for free. When I tried watching a game last week, they made me sign into my cable provider and then told me access was denied.  disgust
127  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: North Korea threatens 'final destruction' of South Korea on: March 12, 2013, 08:51:47 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 12, 2013, 02:34:45 PM

The escalations continue.

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North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.

Wow - today's escalations seem exactly like the escalations from 4 days ago!

Quote from: CeeKay on March 08, 2013, 04:06:27 AM



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North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21709917

 Tongue
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Found? on: February 19, 2013, 04:44:53 PM
When I was a kid I found a large quartz crystal with a pine needle (I think) inside it which now that I think about it seems pretty amazing.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meteorite Shower hits Russia,injures 500 on: February 15, 2013, 01:50:23 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2013, 01:35:20 PM

Yeah, I've been reading news and watching videos all morning, too.  

Someone clarify this for me: the reports I read all talk about this thing "shooting across the sky" but no mention is made of its making impact.  The meteorite just skimmed the atmosphere, basically?

Sounds like it exploded in the atmosphere.

Despite what they've said so far, I'm still skeptical that this meteorite is not in some way connected with the asteroid passing by. Maybe it's coming close enough for chunks to break off?
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 13, 2013, 08:39:29 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 13, 2013, 07:07:55 PM



 thumbsup icon_lol
131  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 7 Things Democrats Would Have Freaked Out About If Bush Had Done Them on: February 12, 2013, 07:29:36 PM
To get back to the list and away from the silly squabbling, I don't know that you'll find too many Democrats who aren't seriously dismayed by some of the things Obama has done or failed to do (e.g. the drone strikes, the memo about killing Americans without due process, not shutting down Guantanamo).
132  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 11, 2013, 05:48:23 PM
Once you level up the Paladin, he's hard to beat. The resurrection skill alone guarantees at least an extra 10 levels. And if you manage him carefully, you can do really well. For instance, if there's a monster with more HP than your attack power, the prudent thing to do is fight an undead creature first. Often times the bonus attack power that you get for that will be enough to take down the harder monster in one hit.
133  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 11, 2013, 04:48:10 AM
I'm not sure if it's a fluke and I just got lucky or if previously rare drops are more common than before, but I attribute my success in my last game to getting 3 resurrection stones. Without those I would probably have finished somewhere around level 40.

With the caveat that I haven't tried the new addition, I've also found that the Paladin is the strongest character. A bit odd that the starting character is the most powerful.
134  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 10, 2013, 11:29:31 PM
Dungelot has an update today that adds in a whole bunch of things (new monsters, a new class, some new game mechanics such as certain items (the map, the compass, the lantern) that don't take up an inventory slot). It also seems to have been balanced a bit better. At first I thought it would make the game harder, but in the one game I played I managed to go almost twice as far as any previous game; I think I got to level 70 or so. It's worth checking out if you haven't for awhile.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pick Your Apocalypse on: February 06, 2013, 09:38:20 PM
Assuming I survive and am not immediately stricken with cancer, Nuclear war seems to be the way to go. As long as you could get to an area that was free of radiation, you should be able to live a fairly normal life. In all the other cases, you're either going to be constantly looking over your shoulder (for zombies or machines  or some infected dude) or have to deal with crazy new elements (waterworld, the years of darkness accompanying am asteroid strike,, etc.).
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 06, 2013, 08:24:57 PM
I've sneaked up on monsters (or at least it gives me the "surprise" exclamation mark) and when I first get to the battle screen, their backs are turned. But it seems that as soon as I click "attack", no matter how fast I am, the monsters turn around and the battle begins like normal. I don't seem to be getting in any extra hits or doing any additional damage.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 06, 2013, 06:48:57 PM
Do familiars gain experience after battle whether you've used them or not? Or do you have to actively fight with them from them to level up? It seems that the first familiar gets experience even when I don't deploy him.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: February 06, 2013, 05:08:01 PM
Has Microsoft just given up on the rest of the world? While I would guess that the majority of people with X-Boxes here in the US have broadband internet connections, I doubt that's the case in many other countries. I have no idea how accurate or up-to-date (maybe 2011?) the numbers are, but according to this site, only 34% of the world has broadband. Requiring the internet to be always on will cut off a big chunk of their potential market.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 06, 2013, 03:16:38 PM
I got this yesterday and played until getting into the city. So far, so good but I'm not sure I understand completely how combat works (and the manual didn't help).

1) When I select "attack", for instance, do I need to keep pushing the button or does pushing it once cause my guy to continually attack?

2) What is the clock like thing on the left side of the screen? I assume it's a timer but I can't quite figure out what it's trying to tell me.

3) I'm also not clear on how to get the "Nice" bonus; do you just need to attack at certain times depending on the monster? Or is it positional (i.e. getting behind the monster helps)?

4) Speaking of getting behind monsters, I've surprised a few but they still seem to turn around before I can attack them. Is that supposed to happen?

5) Finally, what's the benefit of using the familiar if my main guy has a higher attack power, since the HPs and MPs are shared?

Ok, I think that's about all the questions I had.


For now....

Thanks.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- OFF SEASON IS NOW OPEN on: February 06, 2013, 01:47:10 AM

Quote from: Biyobi on February 05, 2013, 11:00:02 PM

So people buy new gear.

Unfortunately they must have forgotten that the Jaguars have no fans.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- OFF SEASON IS NOW OPEN on: February 05, 2013, 04:37:14 AM
If they had called it, the 49ers would've gotten 4 more plays. Defensive holding or a pass interference is an automatic first down.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- SUPERBOWL aka HARBOWL on: February 04, 2013, 06:16:27 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 04, 2013, 05:29:15 PM

Dunno.  But it is the wrong stadium.  That's replay footage from a previous MNF game.  Either that, or they've gotten really good at seeing the field from above through an opaque dome.   icon_razz

Er, yeah, I knew that.  ninja
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- SUPERBOWL aka HARBOWL on: February 04, 2013, 05:26:15 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on February 04, 2013, 03:28:11 PM



Is that flash of light to the left of the stadium a generator blowing up?
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you do your own Taxes? on: January 31, 2013, 09:42:50 PM
I do my own, but I have very few investments and make very little money, so it's pretty easy. Three cheers for being poor!
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 31, 2013, 05:33:52 PM
I watched a documentary called Indie Game last night. It follows two groups of developers (each comprising of only two people) each trying to make an XBOX Live Arcade game. It didn't go too much into the game industry, but it did give you a good picture of what it's like to be on such a small team making a game. The short version is that is looks completely shitty and stressful. It's not too surprising that two of the people they concentrate on seem pretty depressed. It's definitely worth watching if you have an interest in games (and if you don't, why the hell are you on GamingTrend?).
146  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 31, 2013, 04:12:56 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 31, 2013, 12:39:31 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on January 25, 2013, 03:05:47 PM

I got it this morning and played around with it a bit. It seems like there could be a pretty decently deep and interesting game there, but so far it hasn't been so promising: playing on my iPod 5 the game has already crashed twice and given me low memory warning. This all in about 10 minutes of game time.

From Itunes review:
IMPORTANT: The game needs a lot of memory due to its bitmap graphics. If you encounter memory issues (app crashing), please use the "low resolution" settings in the app settings.

I've done that and turned off the wireless and other background apps and since then no crashes. I think my iPod 5 is fairly similar in specs to the iPhone 4s, so you'll probably be ok. It's a fun game and definitely worth $1.99.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Movie 43 on: January 29, 2013, 08:38:55 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 29, 2013, 07:08:31 PM

Tanked at the box office.  And rightfully so if the 4 percent rating they got on Rottentomatoes.com is any indication.

Let's not short-change the movie - among the top critics it managed to get a whopping 7% rating!
148  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 29, 2013, 02:43:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 29, 2013, 02:24:46 PM

Quote from: Misguided on January 28, 2013, 12:06:32 AM

Dungelot is a damned good game and free for the moment. Casual roguelike.

I'm glad folks are enjoying it, but Dungelot is completely lost on me.  It feels like nothing more than a game of whack-a-mole with very little strategy involved.  Maybe I'm just missing something...

I enjoyed it for a bit, but it lost its luster pretty quickly. Still $2 for a few hours of fun isn't a bad deal.
149  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 28, 2013, 01:59:17 PM

Quote from: Misguided on January 28, 2013, 05:43:16 AM

Is 2 bucks really worth getting your blood pressure up about?

Yes!  mad


 icon_wink
150  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 28, 2013, 01:33:03 AM

Quote from: Misguided on January 28, 2013, 12:06:32 AM

Dungelot is a damned good game and free for the moment. Casual roguelike.

How is it that as soon as I buy a game it either drops in price (Dungelot) or becomes free (Dungelot again)??

 mad
151  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 26, 2013, 03:31:15 PM
I seemed to have fixed the crashing problem (knock on wood!) by making sure to close down all my other apps and turning off the wireless. It must have been a memory problem with the iPods.

I've played about 2 hours so far and it's been pretty enjoyable. I'm still a bit confused about some of the classes that I didn't see as options during character creation (sorcerer for one) and whether that means that certain classes can eventually morph into those upper level classes. There also seems to be a lack of skills for certain classes. For instance, when my warrior levels up he only gains HP and sometimes a stat increase. I guess that means that many classes (warriors, rogues, hunters, monk, as far as I've seen), don't have any class specific skills other than certain weapons/armor they can use.
152  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 25, 2013, 03:05:47 PM
I got it this morning and played around with it a bit. It seems like there could be a pretty decently deep and interesting game there, but so far it hasn't been so promising: playing on my iPod 5 the game has already crashed twice and given me low memory warning. This all in about 10 minutes of game time.
153  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 25, 2013, 02:06:29 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on January 23, 2013, 01:49:51 AM

I am so tempted to get this game, SilverSword. The few reviews it has are good and I like the screenshots, but it is obviously a one man operation and it's $5, so I'm hesitant. If it were only $2, I'd take the chance.

This is your luck day - Silver Sword has dropped to $1.99! For that price, I might even check it out on the iPod despite the small screen size.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: January 23, 2013, 06:04:22 PM
It all sounds pretty good, except that the game will be almost a year old when the expansion is released. If this had come out back when I was playing the game, I would be tempted. Now? not so much.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The next Terminator film after Salvation on: January 23, 2013, 04:20:53 PM
Maybe he'll be a terminator sent back to infiltrate a retirement home.
156  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 23, 2013, 01:36:02 PM
I've been interested in Silversword as well. Unfortunately, at least on review states that you really need an iPad for this game; the smaller screen on the iPhone makes it too frustrating.
157  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 19, 2013, 03:41:37 PM

Quote from: Misguided on January 15, 2013, 03:13:16 AM

If you have any work to get done in the next week or so, do not download Dungelot.
If you an imagine a casual rogue-like, dungeon raid, and minesweeper all tossed into a blender, this is it.
Turn-based on a grid. You tap squares to reveal monsters, chests, traps, etc.
There is no goal, it is a high score game. There are multiple classes w/ skills to upgrade.
Very, very, fun. Do NOT download!

This just dropped in price to $.99. Curses!
158  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 15, 2013, 05:55:17 PM
Is there any way to tell (a la Minesweepers) how many enemies there might be in adjacent squares? Or is it all luck?

Also, is there any way to go back to a previous level? I had one door say I need to bring a lantern, but there was no lantern on that level that I found (or any subsequent one for that matter).
159  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 15, 2013, 03:37:34 PM

Quote from: Misguided on January 15, 2013, 03:13:16 AM

If you have any work to get done in the next week or so, do not download Dungelot.
If you an imagine a casual rogue-like, dungeon raid, and minesweeper all tossed into a blender, this is it.
Turn-based on a grid. You tap squares to reveal monsters, chests, traps, etc.
There is no goal, it is a high score game. There are multiple classes w/ skills to upgrade.
Very, very, fun. Do NOT download!

I didn't listen to your advice. Tried the demo, seemed fun, bought the game. You accomplished exactly the opposite of your goal with that post!
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Divisional Playoffs on: January 15, 2013, 03:36:30 PM
I suppose the refs could've penalized the Falcons for a delay of game? Or unsportsmanlike conduct? Not that they ever would in that sort of situation, but they probably have that right. Apparently the Ravens kicker also got in a practice kick(s?) between the 1st and 2nd OTs before the refs saw him and kicked him off the field.
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