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41  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.
42  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.
43  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
44  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.
45  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.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 25, 2013, 03:06:22 PM
This probably doesn't help the XBox's chances in Europe.

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The Xbox One's TV integration suffers noticeable judder in the UK, tests have revealed.

Website HDTVTest.co.uk first flagged up the problem, which occurs when you run a live TV feed from your set-top box, such as a Freeview HD, Sky or Virgin Media box, into Microsoft's console using the HDMI-in port.

The UK and Europe use a 50Hz broadcasting system. The Xbox One outputs at 60Hz, so if you feed it a 50Hz HDMI source, one out of every six frames will be a duplicate, causing judder.

47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 20, 2013, 08:37:41 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on November 20, 2013, 08:04:06 PM

This is the year that I ran into the worst game that I've ever played.

Ni No Kuni


I finished the game, I tried to find that shining gem everyone was seeing, but I never found it.

Really? The worst game you've ever played? Sure, it might not have lived up to the hype but it was still pretty fun. And why play a 40 hour+ game to completion if you thought it was terrible? Sounds torturous.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 20, 2013, 08:30:35 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 20, 2013, 07:56:40 PM

Honestly, even though "Digital TV" is popular, the vast majority of TV programs aren't recorded in 5.1 - so it's not as big a deal for most people - also, home theaters are a drop in the bucket compared to sound bars and TV speaker use (sad but true).

Is that true? Unless it was just being upscaled by my receiver and I didn't realize it, I think most of the big networks broadcast at least their primetime shows in 5.1 as do the movie channels (HBO at least). As gellar points out, setting it up the way you advise would mean any movie/show watched on HBO wouldn't have surround sound.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NBA2k14 on: November 20, 2013, 04:24:59 AM
IGN crushed NBA Live. The difference between the two is pretty amazing. It only makes it even more frustrated that EA has the exclusive NFL rights.  disgust
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 12:47:50 PM
I found the name of the basketball game that was so bad - NCAA Final Four 97. Just seeing the cover is bringing back horrible memories.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 19, 2013, 02:44:07 AM
I can't remember the name of the game, but my worst game was a college basketball game for the PS1. It was a complete mess of a game. I remember simming a season and every team had one player who averaged 90% of their team's points (e.g. Usually ~50 points a game). I was so posses off that I wrote a scathing email to the company. The next day I had a response from their president apologizing for the game!
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 18, 2013, 06:08:47 PM
Sounds like DR3 is not the prettiest game in the world but it is loads of fun. I'll take fun over graphics any day.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Noah - 2014 on: November 15, 2013, 12:25:54 PM
That looks incredible.

I mean, incredibly stupid.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 14, 2013, 07:54:36 PM
I'm sure this would get old pretty quickly, but the stuff with the camera is pretty cool.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: 5 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 11, 2013, 05:31:23 AM

Quote from: Canuck on November 11, 2013, 03:24:09 AM

Aren't the first release of all EA sports games on the new generation of consoles always terrible? I've always gotten that impression.

Usually. What generally happens is that they improve the visuals a bit but then remove most of the features (e.g. game modes, AI (although Madden doesn't have much of that anyway), etc.) that are in the current gen version.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: November 11, 2013, 12:18:20 AM
I watched a movie called The Bay last night. More or less an environmental found footage horror movie with a bit more substance than you usually find in these sorts of things. It wasn't great but had some good moments and the premise was interesting enough. I'd give it 3/5 stars. 
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: 8 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 07, 2013, 04:05:42 PM

Quote from: Canuck on November 07, 2013, 03:40:51 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 07, 2013, 03:07:36 PM

http://youtube.com/watch?v=gLQyZspx0a8

Video of Killzone remote play on the Vita! Looks incredible!   drool
Is he playing on two screens at once? Awesome? I didn't notice any lag at all.

Forgive my ignorance but why would you ever do that? Or is the video mainly just to show that there isn't lag and most people will play far away from their tv? On that note, does the PS4 need to be on for remote play?

That workout program for the Xbox1 looks great. I don't think I would ever use it, but I'm sure that'll be a big draw for a lot of people.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kato, don't eat that banana! on: November 06, 2013, 05:35:56 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 05, 2013, 05:37:02 AM

and if that image wasn't enough to scare the shit out of you, consider what happens if it bites you:

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Aside from causing intense pain, the venom of the spider can also cause priapism in humans. Erections resulting from the bite are uncomfortable, can last for many hours and can lead to impotence.

The ultimate irony: an erection so large and long lasting it results in impotence.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Previous Launch Console Experiences on: November 04, 2013, 09:31:11 PM
I've never bought a console at launch. Captain Caveman did (or tried) a few times, though. From what I remember he got a PS2 at launch (I remember playing a bunch of Madden and SSX) but failed miserably in his quest to get a 360 at launch. He got one eventually, but I can't remember how long it was after the launch.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: November 04, 2013, 03:27:05 PM
A few years old, but I had never seen it. Kermit sings NIN's Hurt (surprisingly NSFW).
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 28, 2013, 11:24:05 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 28, 2013, 09:44:31 PM

I propose we throw in images or arguments from outdated console wars any time the current one starts getting to bickery.



Oh man - I lusted for a Genesis and Sword of Vermillion. I was so pissed when my dad wouldn't let my brother and I sell our NES to buy a Genesis because he thought no console other than one made by Nintendo would last. I was even madder when my friend to whom we were going to sell the NES then bought a Genesis.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 28, 2013, 08:23:07 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 28, 2013, 07:34:53 PM

Ok, and this may still just be a rumor, but I just read that the Xbone won't even have blast processing.

As long as it has Mode 7, I'll be ok.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: October 28, 2013, 07:01:49 PM
The Ohio State marching band with the best halftime show I've ever seen. Of course, it probably looked like a jumbled mess to those not sitting in the upper rows of that side of the field.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 7 on: October 21, 2013, 06:48:32 PM
Now that Norv is gone, SD is actually playing some decent football. While I thought Indy would beat them, I wasn't shocked when SD won.

Unfortunately for Indy, Reggie Wayne is done for the year with a torn ACL. They have some good young receivers, but Wayne was still their most reliable and consistent WR.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My First Order From Amazon Was Over 13 Years Ago on: October 18, 2013, 08:43:20 PM
January 17, 2001:

Items Ordered    Price
1 of: Chronicle of the Roman Emperors : The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome [Hardcover]
By: Chris Scarre
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
   $23.96

The price has gone down $3 since then. I got hosed!
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 17, 2013, 07:51:07 PM
I'm sure I'll get one of the new systems at some point, but it won't be for awhile. None of the launch games really interest me and I just don't have the gaming time I used to. Plus, I'll let all you guys be the guinea pigs testing these things out.  Cabbage Patch
67  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Dragon Quest 1-8 headed to iOS and Android on: October 09, 2013, 12:46:12 AM

Quote from: farley2k on October 08, 2013, 02:36:47 PM

I appreciate nostalgia but those games were long, hard, and actually pretty boring by today's standards.

Probably true, but I LOVED the original NES Dragon's Quest.
68  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.
69  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.
70  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.
71  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.
72  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.
73  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...
74  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

Finished.

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".
75  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
76  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.
77  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.
78  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.
79  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!).
80  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.
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