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121  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 07, 2013, 12:09:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 07, 2013, 12:23:10 AM

well, the cheapest plan it shows me is $245.47 a month with a $6000 deductible.  if I want a reasonable deductible I can pay $355.90 a month for a $1000 deductible.

I think I'm just going to let them try and take the fine from me.

Just a note, I think (someone else would need to verify) that the price you are shown is before any subsidy you might be eligible for. So if you are eligible, you'll  need to take that into account when calculating your costs.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dumb and Dumber To on: September 26, 2013, 04:40:08 PM
The Farrelly brothers haven't made a good movie since the 90s; I'm not holding out much hope for this one.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 23, 2013, 07:48:52 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on September 23, 2013, 07:12:54 PM

And then there's not making it to the finish line at all, in a spectacular fashion.

And before you ask, the driver and co-driver were OK.

I like how the guy at the end sees the crash and then nonchalantly goes back to looking at his phone.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: September 23, 2013, 12:03:47 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 23, 2013, 04:52:53 AM

Damn.   Meth Damon is one cold SOB.

But it was nothing personal.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: September 16, 2013, 03:32:27 PM
I never noticed any input lag either. The game didn't seem any less responsive than other games I've played.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: September 16, 2013, 03:18:56 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
He was telling Todd that the video of his confession/tell all is at Hank's house. That doesn't bode well for Marie next episode...
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: September 13, 2013, 03:41:30 AM

Quote from: ATB on August 01, 2013, 10:40:20 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 31, 2013, 11:23:04 PM

Finally finished this.  Holy shit what an awesome game.

Quote from: ATB on July 15, 2013, 07:21:22 PM


A masterwork to cap off this generation.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I would have made the same choices Joel made humanity be damned.

Same here, and I so very much felt aligned with...
Spoiler for Hiden:
Joel's state of mind and his decisions at the end that I'm having a hard time understanding how other people could have felt any different.  I'm catching up on end-of-game discussions around the interweb and I'm boggled at seeing so many people say "well Joel isn't a hero" or "the ending is what Joel would do, not what you as the player want to do."

I see his actions at the end as being the heroic path.  If Ellie herself consented to giving her life, maybe that introduces some grey area, but to kill an innocent kid to get at the cure?  Or even an innocent person, regardless of age?  I saw every Firefly in that hospital as a monster, surgeons included.  They had lost their humanity, same as the cannibals, and the only right path was to rescue Ellie at any cost.

The only place I saw any grey area at the end was in lying to Ellie about what happened at the hospital.  But I think Joel knows Ellie well enough to think she had a very high chance of giving her life to humanity voluntarily.  That was the point he really abandoned humanity for the sake of saving Ellie, not when he was in the hospital.  I'd like to think I would have done the same thing.  Sorry, humanity.

I disagree

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think Joel knew that Ellie was doing it voluntarily the whole time he was going to rescue her.  The voice recordings of the firefly leader and the difficulty she was having with the decision too highlight this I think. Ellie was willing,  she was making the sacrifice for the greater good, but those who cared about her were not necessarily ok with it. Firefly leader swallowed the pain and went with the 'greater good' despite her personal feelings. But, Joel could not abide losing his daughter again, so he went full vengeful dad in a way that he could not with his own child. I don't know that it was the heroic path or not.  I know it was the one any father would make.

I just finished the game and I'm with ATB on this:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Joel's decision is largely selfish. He lost his daughter and he's not going to lose Ellie. I think he knows that Ellie would have voluntarily given up her life if it meant saving humanity, but he couldn't give her up. And at the end, I think Ellie knows, or at least deeply suspects, that Joel is lying.

From the beginning, Joel is shown to be not such a great guy. He kills indiscriminately and without much thought. He gains some of his humanity through his connection to Ellie, but from almost anyone else's perspective, he's till a pretty bad dude. Whether his actions at the end were right or not is up for debate, but I find it hard to think of Joel as a "hero".
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/02) on: September 03, 2013, 08:24:50 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 03, 2013, 05:36:04 PM

Thanks for the reviews. One small critique of the Diablo review: both the video and, to a lesser extent, the text focused  on comparing the 360 version to the PC version. This makes the game a bit hard to judge because not much time is spent in the review talking about the actually gameplay. While I know that many people on this forum have some familiarity with the PC version, there are probably some of us like myself and many non-forum members who don't know the ins and outs of the game. The review is well written and the video is good, they just didn't give the level of detail about the gameplay I was hoping for. I guess I could always read the PC review to get that information, but that shouldn't really be necessary. In any case, thanks for the review. Keep up the good work!  thumbsup
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 1 on: September 03, 2013, 07:40:43 PM
I really wish there was a Hard Knocks type show that went through the whole season. I can't imagine that wouldn't be a hit. I guess the hard part is getting a team to let you have full access for a whole year.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Article]25 Celebrities When They Were Young on: September 03, 2013, 07:39:29 PM
Ryan Seacrest and Larry David are the two most unrecognizable to me. And Sean Connery looks like he has boobs.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What stupid things did you do as a teen? on: August 28, 2013, 12:33:35 PM
The dumbest thing I ever did was bringing an old, non-working, WWII rifle to an elementary school's ground to film a movie for school (I think it was about the JFK assassination?). It was the afternoon so school was out, but we didn't think about the kids in afterschool. We filmed a few scenes and then came back the next day. As soon as we got there the principal rushed over and asked what we were doing. When we told him, he let us know that the day before kids in afterschool had seen us, freaked out, and the whole afterschool went on lockdown. The cops had been called but we were gone by the time they arrived. The principal was kind enough to let us finish filming our movie in an area of the school where no kids would be around.

This was back in 1995 or so. If that had happened after Columbine, I'm sure we would have been in some serious trouble.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 03:48:54 AM
What are the chances that Walt was in New Hampshire because he joined the witness protection program after testifying against Hank?  icon_eek

And it's looking more and more like that massive gun (rocket launcher?) that Walt has is meant for Todd and the Nazis (good band name!).
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don Mattrick leaving MS for Zynga - Ballmer retiring too! on: August 25, 2013, 01:57:03 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 24, 2013, 01:26:32 AM

I had a Zune as well. I think they got a bad rap. Every time I have to use that god-awful POS called iTunes, I question people's sanity about why iPods were so much better. Unfortunately Microsoft was just behind the curve on music devices (and now phones).

iTunes sucks, but the interface of the iPod is light years ahead of the Zune in ease-of-use. My dad got a Zune a few years back and it took me a ridiculous amount of time to figure out how to do the simplest things.
134  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Oceanhorn on: August 23, 2013, 05:14:53 PM
Haha - that really is a rip-off of Wind Waker.  eek   icon_lol
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 23, 2013, 02:34:31 PM
It seems like most of the water was lost before the helicopter got over the fire. Doesn't look like the most efficient way to fight a fire....
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Commando + 20 Years: Does Not Hold Up At All on: August 22, 2013, 01:04:36 PM
Commando was never all that great to begin with but it has two things going for it:

1) The music, like most 80s action movies, rocked.

2) "I let him go". Easily one of the top 5 Arnold lines.

It also taught me how to escape an airplane that has just taken off. Assuming, of course, it's flying over a swamp...
137  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Best Gaming Laptop for different price ranges on: August 18, 2013, 08:34:58 PM
I and a friend have both gotten new Lenovo Y-series laptops recently. Hard to beat components (8 Gig Ram, 2 Gig Nvidia graphics card, new Intel chip) for under $1000. I bought a bunch of games in the Steam sale and have been able to play all of them, although Tomb Raider runs a bit choppy with the higher settings enabled.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: August 08, 2013, 01:27:48 PM

Quote from: McNutt on August 07, 2013, 06:35:25 PM

I read the book in my twenties and it was indeed a surprise.  Keep it that way, director. 

I read it last year and
Spoiler for Hiden:
it was a surprise.
Spoiler for Hiden:
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: August 07, 2013, 03:04:18 PM
That trailer also makes it seem that (major book spoilers):

Spoiler for Hiden:
the audience may know that Ender's "test" at the end isn't really a test. Hopefully they don't go that route because that would lose the biggest impact of the book. Of course, they've already spoiled the end in the trailer, so who knows what they'll do.

That trailer also makes it clear that Harrison Ford is just going through the motions. That was one seriously emotionless voice over.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stardock rebooting Star Control on: July 24, 2013, 12:27:13 PM
Star Control 2 is one of my top 5 favorite games, so even just a "Star Control inspired" game would be great. And while I loved the aliens in Star Control 2, I think starting that part from scratch may make the game a bit fresher; continuity of that universe isn't all that important to me.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: July 15, 2013, 02:14:07 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 14, 2013, 04:40:38 AM

Just saw it today and thought it was awesome.  Some small criticisms, but overall it's the best kaiju movie in a long time.  Some cheesy bits but overall was still a great ride.  I can't wait for the flood of copy kaiju movies.  biggrin

Here you go!
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 11, 2013, 12:31:25 PM
At least 10,000 of CeeKay's posts must consist of nothing but " icon_lol"
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: July 09, 2013, 08:34:11 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 09, 2013, 07:37:53 PM

Michael/Jordan? That's got to be intentional.
144  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 08, 2013, 12:58:39 PM
A bunch of games are free this week to celebrate the App Store's 5th anniversary.

Tiny Wings (iPhone / iPad)
Badland (iPhone / iPad)
Sword & Sworcery (iPhone / iPad)
Infinity Blade 2 (iPhone / iPad)
Where's My Water (iPhone / iPad)
The Idiot Test 3 (iPhone)
Pig Shot (Universal)
Glow Puzzle (iPhone)
Real Steel (Universal)
Sentinel 2 : Earth Defense (iPhone)
Sentinel 3 : Home World (Universal)
War of Reproduction (iPhone)
Liquid Sketch (iPad)
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 19, 2013, 08:55:07 PM
Wow, they pretty much changed everything about their policies that sucked (except for the always on Kinect part). Now if only they would reduce the price to $399....
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas? on: June 16, 2013, 04:31:55 PM
Other than the bugs (which are hopefully fixed by now), I found F:NV to be a superior game in almost every way.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 13, 2013, 03:07:31 PM
Mmmm... flounder...
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrested Development Returning! on: June 11, 2013, 03:50:07 AM
Just finished this tonight. Overall I thought it was pretty disappointing, although there was some laughs in there. It all seemed rather disjointed, but I suppose it's meant to be watched multiple times. My favorite episodes were definitely the George Michael and the Buster episodes. I just find Buster hilarious no matter what he's doing/saying.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:19:46 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 10, 2013, 06:11:14 PM

Eh, I don't think the pricing is as much a failure this year. These new consoles are coming with a lot more tech in the box, namely the new cameras and controllers. $500 is slightly more reasonable now with the new kinect camera included. Likewise for the new eye and controllers.

Also, these consoles will have free to play games available to play on them day 1.

But, since MS set the price at $500, I don't think Sony will go any lower than $450.

The problem is that most people I know don't care about the Kinect at all. They have no option but to buy it. And, as far as I could tell, none of the games they showed today had much, if any, Kinect functionality. So why package this hardware device if the biggest games don't use it?
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:08:09 PM
I think this is shaping up as Sony's E3 to lose. You show some good games and announce a decent price ($350 - $399), and they've got it. Especially with all the other concerns swirling around the XBox.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:00:07 PM
 Yeah, that ain't happening. The only games they showed that interested me were MGS5 and The Witcher 3, but both are going to be on other consoles, right?
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 05:56:43 PM
$499!!!! Oh lordie!
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]get Fable 3 for free(Gold Only) on: June 10, 2013, 12:24:39 PM
Cool. Just purchased it from my computer. Got the "transaction is complete" message but haven't tried to actually download it on my XBox yet.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 06, 2013, 05:44:19 PM
George RR Martin has amazingly short arms for his body.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 06, 2013, 05:42:33 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 06, 2013, 05:28:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 03, 2013, 01:40:53 PM

Reality isn't nearly as entertaining... (well, maybe for the boyfriend...)

If you put in the exact wording from the original picture ("how do I get my boyfriend/girlfriend") rather than your wording ("How to get my boyfriend/girlfriend"), you do come up with the results shown above.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/03) on: June 06, 2013, 04:53:14 PM
I'm a bit confused: is Class of Heroes 2 playable on a PS3 or only on a PSP/Vita? I see it listed as being on the PSN but everything I've found online only talk about it in relation to those handhelds.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 04, 2013, 09:29:04 PM
How Michael Douglass got throat cancer (very NSFW!):

 icon_eek icon_lol
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 30, 2013, 06:42:09 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 30, 2013, 05:25:07 PM

That's from The Guild.  IIRC, his character (who is a complete asshole) had it painted after he and Felicia Day's character briefly hooked up.

Are you sure it's not supposed to be him with Beverly Crusher? 
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 24, 2013, 06:04:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 24, 2013, 04:13:35 PM

they updated that article:

Update: You, the shopper, won't have to pay the activation fee for a used Xbox One game - the shop will. Therefore, the price you see on a second-hand Xbox One game in a shop is the price you'll pay to be able to play it.

That's what a high-ranking UK industry source explained to me this afternoon.

The reason there's all this confusion is because Microsoft hasn't decided what the activation fee will be yet. The 35 figure reported in the story below sounds too high - perhaps it includes the shop's sale price as well.

My source confirmed that part of that activation fee will go to a publisher and part to Microsoft.

What this means for second-hand games is that Microsoft effectively controls how much they cost, because it controls the activation fee. Whether that fee will move up or down or diminish over time isn't clear. But it does mean second-hand games will probably be more expensive than they are now.

My source didn't know what Sony was up to but doubts the PlayStation maker will do the same thing, not because it's angelic but because it lacks the kind of pricey infrastructure something like this requires.

If this is the case, then not only will you likely have to pay more for used games, but you'll also probably get less for trading them in. It'll be interesting to see what happens if used Xbox 1 and used PS4 games are drastically different in price. Of course, knowing Gamestop, they'll probably just jack up the price of used PS4 games to match.  icon_confused
160  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: May 23, 2013, 04:46:52 PM
The latest Obama scandal!

Obama was clearly trying to move in on his best friend's girlfriend!
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