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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 01:29:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 01, 2014, 01:41:34 AM

Quote from: farley2k on July 31, 2014, 04:21:07 PM

I agree with Isgrimnur.  This is what governments are for.  When it isn't profitable for companies to do it.

That's pretty much economics 101, but there has to be a public demand for it. The way it works in this country though, is the demand is only when there when is a current event where the press reminds the public. As soon as the press stops covering it we go back to no one caring again. That said, today the WHO pledged $100M to fight this disease.

The US government forcing drug companies to research, create, and then mass produce a drug would be the beginning of the end of pharmaceutical advancement. Like it or not the free market is the best economic system to advance medical technology. It sucks but it's the truth. 

Also, I'm not too worried about Ebola in its current form for all of the reasons pointed out above, but I do hope the African Countries are some how able to contain it and stop the spread within their borders.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] EA Access on: July 30, 2014, 05:22:01 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2014, 04:28:54 PM

fwiw, Crysis 3 (an EA published game) is free next month on PS+.  Battlefield 3 and Kingdoms of Amalur were on it a year ago as well. 

They aren't that common on PS+, but they have had them on (and still do). 

Dead Space 3 was free on PS+ last month.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: July 30, 2014, 04:06:53 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2014, 03:33:22 PM

PS+ games for August

Road Not Taken
Fez (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)

Crysis 3
Proteus (PS3, PS Vita)

Dragon's Crown (PS Vita, PS3)

I'm not sure about the cross-buy status of these games, but this is what they posted.  Fez and Proteus are cross-buy when you buy it but Dragon's Crown isn't. 

I thought for sure that August would be the month that we saw AA to AAA PS4 title coming to Plus. Guess I was wrong. My money is on Thief eventually landing on PS+ for the PS4.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 30, 2014, 02:12:58 PM

Quote from: DD* on July 30, 2014, 04:53:00 AM

In honor of your hospitality, I bring you a batshit crazy Russian...

I predict that he is going to die young and it won't be an open coffin funeral either.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xbox 360]Games with Gold on: July 29, 2014, 01:02:41 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 29, 2014, 12:33:55 PM

August Update


Crimson Dragon
Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut


Motorcross Madness

Looks like Microsoft is starting to understand that they need relevant games in order to compete with Sony's PS+ program. It's a win for gamers.  thumbsup
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acid motherf****ing reflux! on: July 21, 2014, 03:52:20 PM
Drinking will cause me to get it, that's how I know when to stop drinking (Aside from the other obvious signs). Going cold turkey will be like night and day on your stomach. I don't smoke, so I can't speak to that.
167  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: July 09, 2014, 07:14:00 PM
I imagine that it actually hurts her brain when she tries to think. Either that or it's just numb all the time and it doesn't realize that it should be hurting.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: July 09, 2014, 04:12:46 PM

Quote from: kronovan on July 09, 2014, 04:00:24 PM

Necro'ing this thread because I actually just got the game. I previously tried Risen 2, but it just didn't click with me - this has.

Anyhow...I'm wondering if anyone who's completed this could let me know if it's possible to take the quests for all 3 factions in Harbortown? So far I've only been taking the quest of the group that follows the Don, but I've encountered a number offered by the Order. I'm planning on joining the Don's alliance and taking a more Rogue-like path, mostly because I almost always play casters in RPG's.  I'd like to take the other quests for experience, but I don't want to jeopardize the chances of my PC joining the Don's alliance.

Yes you can do all of them, up until the point where they give you the obvious dialogue choice to join their faction.  This XP system is a staple of the Gothic/Risen series.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 09, 2014, 03:02:24 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 09, 2014, 02:55:58 PM

I have no idea what to do about this game.

I'm desperate for something new but am not interested in MMO's in any form or fashion.

YK- There will be an XB1 beta or did I miss it already?

I'm undecided on this one too, I may wait for impressions before I buy. But I'm not worried, the Lord of the Rings game comes out soon after and it looks awesome, the Infamous DLC comes out just before it as well. Dragon Age will also be a must buy for me, but probably on the PC.
170  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: July 09, 2014, 02:48:07 PM

'm banning Zekester for 3 months.  This is his 3rd incident. He's not here to add to the community, he's here to get a rise out of people.

Thanks, Obama!


Damn Obama and his hippie loving army of "fags". It's all their fault that Zeke is banned, it's a liberal conspiracy for sure, if people would just let him use his "alternative" and "non-traditional" meanings of the word fag then he could be in conservative bliss right now. Instead his 1st amendment rights have been violated. (Or something like that, I think?)
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: July 09, 2014, 12:49:52 PM
Brazil literally had no defense. They just stood there and watched Germany take practice shots. Heck half of their goals came after multiple passes in in the box. That  shouldn't happen at this level. Hell I would be mad if the defense did that on my U9 team.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomorrow is July 1, will we have ATB's GOTY? on: July 08, 2014, 03:44:12 PM
I'm going between Infamous and Wolfenstein right now. Both are good games. Infamous I platinum-ed and Wolfenstein is such a well built single player shooter.

I've probably put the most time into The Show 14 though, my Road to the Show character is currently in his 3rd full season.

Goat is probably Watch Dogs. I'm playing through that right now, but it's not really grabbing me, I don't like the forced stealth and the side activities feel flat. I do like the scale of the city though and I don't have a problem with the driving aspects. I'll probably burn through the main mission then never look back, unlike other open world games.
173  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 08, 2014, 12:46:21 PM
For the record I love Zeke posts and hope he's just bluffing. Everyone agreeing with AA all the time gets old. Plus he gives Hep a good outlet for his insanity.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 07, 2014, 08:27:40 PM
Am I wrong to think that this game looks a lot like Borderlands as far as the gameplay goes or is there more to it?
175  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 03, 2014, 04:22:58 PM
How about this burger, it's southern Fried chicken, with a beer burger and a side of PBR. Now that's just about as conservative as they come:

176  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 03, 2014, 04:18:09 PM
I found a restaurant for Zeke:

177  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 03, 2014, 03:53:47 PM
I predict this thread goes from amusing to awesome once Fireball jumps in.

I also wonder how much bacon a super straight conservative burger would have on it. One thing's for sure it wouldn't have any secret sauce. The whole thing reminds me of this scene from Bruno:

178  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 03, 2014, 03:46:57 PM
179  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: July 03, 2014, 01:02:17 PM
Off topic True story:

I was playing Watch Dogs last night  randomly scanning the NPCs and a guy named Zeke came up. His description was "Likes to troll political message boards". I just about lost it. Too perfect. I took a screen shot with my PS4 but I'm not sure how to transfer that to this board.
180  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: July 02, 2014, 04:53:59 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 02, 2014, 04:38:40 PM

The independent thing is an ongoing joke with ATB.  But you're right on the money with everything else!  The Zeke and I were married in a civil union years ago.  Thankfully this country has opened its mind since then and we're planning a Fall wedding!

Let me guess, Zeke will be the one wearing the leather tuxedo with the ass-less chaps at the wedding ceremony?  finger
181  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: July 02, 2014, 04:36:49 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 02, 2014, 02:58:27 PM

I honestly have no idea what the fuck is happening in this thread. WHAT IS EVEN BEING DISCUSSED?

I just re-read the 2nd page of this thread to see if I could figure out what's being discussed and I can't figure it out either. I think Zeke wants HepC to admit that a decision that was counter to Hep's stance was the correct decision. But what that decision was and what stance HepC has is beyond me. I think at this point HepC and Zeke just like to argue for the sake of arguing, kind of like brothers or an old married couple.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Confessions of an Xbox One addict on: July 02, 2014, 04:25:34 PM
There's no way Hetz wrote that post, is it possible Ceekay hacked into his account and has assumed Hetz's identity? Ron can you look into that?

Seriously though I think it's awesome that this console Generation is off to such a good start. I literally have a new game to play every week and I only own the PS4. Ubisoft alone has released a bunch of good games for both the PS4 and Xbone. This year alone I beat ACIV, Child of Light,  I just beat Valiant Hearts (which came out of left field for me) and I just bought Watch Dogs. That's just the games from Ubisoft. Once you get into exclusives and indie titles you can literally play a great new game every week if you want. Heck I still haven't bought Transistor. Also Sunset Overdrive may be the game that gets me to buy an Xbone.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 on: June 30, 2014, 07:44:48 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on June 30, 2014, 07:32:58 PM

Mexico played their hearts out yesterday, but just couldn't keep it together for the final 10 minutes against the Netherlands.  The Dutch team was patient.  They let the Mexican players wear themselves out and then capitilized on their late game mistakes.  I don't know how they do that.  I guess it's just experience. 

The Costa Rica and Greece game was a nail biter too. 

Some of the European and South American players are so talented, it's like they were born with a soccer ball at their feet.  I don't know how the US team stands a chance other than to maybe outwork the other teams just through sheer determination.  Some of the things I saw European and South American teams do just moving the ball around were amazing.  Backwards heel flick passes, lots of slick 1 touch passing. 

That said, I hate all of the flopping, fake injuries, and pretend head bumps.  It's insane.  They look like idiots.           

The US's passing and ball possession leaves a lot to be desired. This is where Bradley was supposed to help, but he isn't playing up to the level that he has proven that he can. Maybe the MLS move was bad for him?
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/neXtBox/360/Ps3/Ps4] Wolfenstein:The New Order on: June 30, 2014, 07:42:20 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 30, 2014, 07:32:12 PM

Do you need to play the earlier ones to enjoy the new one?

Last Light is a direct sequel to 2033. So I would recommend playing both. 2033 is a really good shooter, Last Light is 2033 with improvements to the gameplay, set pieces and pacing. Both are outstanding though.

You could technically plat Last Light without playing 2033, but you would miss a lot of the story.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 06:40:29 PM
Zip. PS+ is giving me 6 games on Tuesday.  drool
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/neXtBox/360/Ps3/Ps4] Wolfenstein:The New Order on: June 30, 2014, 06:39:23 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 30, 2014, 03:06:17 PM

I don't usually pay full price for shooters, but having played it, I'd make an exception for this one. In terms of sheer entertainment value, it's worth full price. If you can get it cheaper, then I'd say it's a no-brainer.

Also note - Amazon has the PC digital download version for $29.99.

Agreed. It's the best single player FPS to come out since Metro Last Light. And if you haven't played Last Light yet, then do so when it comes out for the PS4.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360]Metal Gear Solid:Ground Zeroes on: June 27, 2014, 02:28:33 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 27, 2014, 02:22:17 PM

Ah. He didn't say PS3.  Missed that.

Aaaaand my PS3 died shortly after finishing Last of Us....SO. PSP it is.

There's a 360 version that also controls better and looks better if you have a 360 hooked up.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360]Metal Gear Solid:Ground Zeroes on: June 27, 2014, 12:32:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 26, 2014, 08:22:12 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 26, 2014, 05:24:16 PM

Although I would recommend going with the HD version if you can find it.  Much easier to play with MGS 3 style controls vs Portable Ops (ie, 2 analog vs 1)


What more is there to explain? The PS3 version uses the dual shock 3 with two sticks. The PSP version has 1 stick. Thus it's easier to control the PS3 version. Not to mention it looks better.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360]Metal Gear Solid:Ground Zeroes on: June 26, 2014, 03:58:21 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 26, 2014, 03:42:35 PM

Just watched a demo on Phantom Pain. Holy Moly. May be rescinding my 'won't buy it because MGSIV was the perfect ending to the series' statement.

Should I bother with Ground Zeros?

Unfortunately if you are going to play Phatom Pain then you need to play Ground Zeros. Ground Zeros is essentially the prologue to Phantom Pain.
190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 26, 2014, 02:12:55 PM
I'm just amazed that 46-50 one isn't red skinned. Everything else about it screams cheesy stereotype. Hey at least the Indians organization never put a bottle of booze in the logo. So I guess it could be worse.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 10 Commandments of RPGs on: June 26, 2014, 12:55:02 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 26, 2014, 04:21:57 AM

Quote from: rittchard on June 25, 2014, 04:42:59 PM

Thou shall "experiment" with gay romance options but not tell anyone.   ninja

"Not tell anyone"? Since when?

Seriously I just assumed Ritt went with those options.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valliant Hearts - The Great War on: June 26, 2014, 12:53:58 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 26, 2014, 01:47:55 AM

I like everything about this except the gameplay slywink  I'm not into puzzlers like this but I love the art style and theme.  Hope it does well

I'm in the same boat, but I may try this one out if the forum affect gets me.
193  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 26, 2014, 12:51:52 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on June 26, 2014, 04:48:37 AM

Quote from: hepcat on June 25, 2014, 08:39:31 PM

Another group is planning a lawsuit against the Chief Wahoo logo for the Cleveland Indians.  Unlike Snyder though, Cleveland was already in the process of phasing out the logo in favor of a red block letter C.   I think they realize it was coming and they most likely won't be making as big a stink about it.  Fans, maybe a bit though.  But that's to be expected.

I live in the Cleveland area and not a single person I've spoken too think this is a good idea. Crazy.

I live near Cleveland too and the only reaction I've heard to the phasing out is that the Block C logo is really lame, it could be used for any number of teams including the Reds and the Cubs who already use a similar logo. It's just generic. But honestly Wahoo is a portrait of a racial stereotype. It's not any different than using a black face cartoon character as your logo.

In my opinion they should come up with a new logo that identifies as being Indian but isn't offensive. Heck they could take the feather from Wahoo's bandanna and focus on that and it would be better than a lame Block C.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 10 Commandments of RPGs on: June 25, 2014, 04:56:29 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 25, 2014, 04:42:59 PM

Thou shall "experiment" with gay romance options but not tell anyone.   ninja

Someone has been playing a little too much Dragon Age 2.
195  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: June 25, 2014, 03:59:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 25, 2014, 03:40:24 PM

The supremes got one right!  

So now you can get stopped based on an anonymous call and they can swab your mouth for DNA, but they cannot search your phone! slywink

Yeah this ruling amazes me. Not that it went the way it did, but that it was 9-0. Surely Thomas could have found a way to shred the 4th amendment on this one too. he must have been too tired to try.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360]Metal Gear Solid:Ground Zeroes on: June 25, 2014, 02:45:01 PM
I picked this up on the PS4 on sale and after "finishing" the main mission I feel ripped off. This game exists for nothing more than to buy some more time to finish the Phantom Pain. I know I can go back in and play the side missions, but I really have no desire to. The single map in the game is tiny, the enemy AI is brain dead and why the hell can't snake lean left or right from behind cover? Reading the prologue material and watching the end movie was much more enjoyable than the actual gameplay. I have no idea how this game scored so well with reviewers. This is coming from someone who has played every single Metal Gear Solid game and loved them (Except for that action one with Raiden as the lead, please god no more Raiden). I might pay $5 for it, but even that is a stretch, I suppose I should be happy I only spent $18 instead of the normal $29.

It really ruined my desire to play the Phantom Pain when it comes out.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 23, 2014, 12:41:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 23, 2014, 11:59:31 AM

With both sides only needing a draw to advance, the US/Germany might be the most boring game in the history of World Cup football.  They're both going to play extremely conservative, not wanting to take any chances and give up a stupid goal.  That's what I'm hoping for, anyways.

I'm thinking Germany will play really conservative, all they really need is a tie and even if they somehow lose to the US they are +4 on goal differential so the only team that has a chance of squeaking by them is Ghana at -1 and no way is Ghana going to outscore Portugal by that many.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World Cup 2014 - Man have Spain, England and Italy Sucked! on: June 23, 2014, 02:27:05 AM

Quote from: kronovan on June 21, 2014, 03:45:02 PM

As to Concacaf teams performing well, I don't really see this being a big break-through world cup for the conference. I'm still of the mind that Croatia will find a way to advance at the expense of Mexico in Group A, and Honduras is out unless you believe in divine/miraculous math. IMO Costa Rica and USA are the only Concacaf teams that will advance to the round of 16. As to teams of the Americas doing well (thinking Columbia and Chile here in additional to the usual Argentina, Brazil) in general, I think that's par for the course for world cup held in the Americas. All World Cups hosted in the Americas, have always been won by a team of the Americas:

Uruguay 1934 - Uruguay
Brazil 1950 - Uruguay
Chile 1962 - Brazil
Mexico 1970 - Brazil
Argentina 1978 - Argentina
Mexico 1986 - Argentina
United States 1994 - Brazil

Now if you were to be talking Women's World Cup - hell yes, both USA and Canada are cup contenders from Concacaf.  slywink thumbsup

Mexico will advance. Concacaf has been tough in this cup and Mexico is playing with a new found confidence.
199  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 19, 2014, 04:41:28 PM

Quote from: naednek on June 19, 2014, 04:37:14 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 19, 2014, 04:34:43 PM

I don't think anyone's actually upset.  We're just blowin' off a little steam...waiting for the steam sale, ironically enough.

edit:  wait...your four year old is upset that the redskins are losing their trademark!?!


I have had two reports in a 10 minute period.  Someone is upset Tongue

I'm reporting whoever reported Zeke for being an unnecessary tattle tale.
200  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 19, 2014, 03:27:31 PM
Getting past all the arguments, here is what I see as the likely outcome of this case. The Redskins appeal the decision, which is a lengthy process (Their last appeal on this issue took 17 years). While the appeal is open they retain their trade mark protection. BUT the NFL steps in (Much like the NBA) and kindly tells Dan Snyder that they need to change the name and logo. The combination of pressure from the NFL, activist groups and the amount of money the Redskins will have to spend just to appeal this case could be enough to make then "voluntarily" change the name.

ON the other hand Snyder could take the the Donald Sterling approach and say F-you all and fully litigate it. In which case who knows what the outcome will be.
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