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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer Beers on: April 22, 2012, 11:20:39 PM
So I went to the liquor store and...they didn't have nearly what I hoped. So I went with my fall back which I like which is Great White.

And I grabbed this:

As something different and interesting. We just had some of the great white. I will try the other one later. I tried to find things but I guess I have to go to a different liquor store or to Whole Foods which has a good beer selection. Sorry for the anti climacticness.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer Beers on: April 22, 2012, 12:13:39 AM
Anything good that fits the hot weather the past few days.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Summer Beers on: April 22, 2012, 12:05:17 AM
So it's my friends birthday tomorrow and he is a person who loves beer. So I'm trying to find some good summer beers that I can get when I go over tomorrow. I'm in Reno so I will probably have access to any west coast beers and some from the Denver area. We have quite a few out of the Oregon breweries.

So far my list is basically the one that I love which is Great White. I also know that he loves Scotch Ales but those seems a bit heavier with it being so hot. That and I don't know what goes into a good Scotch Ale.

Any suggestions?
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a pill dispenser... on: April 15, 2012, 06:57:11 PM
My light googling didn't find what you were looking for.

If I understand right you want something that you can take a bottle of pills and dump it into 1 bay, and then another bottle into a different bay. Then you program it, in the morning 1 from bay 1 and 2 from bay 2 and so on.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: James Cameron wants The Godfather in 3D on: April 15, 2012, 05:40:04 PM
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 12, 2012, 04:02:54 AM
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tribes: Ascend on: April 08, 2012, 12:57:28 AM
I'm SkyLander in game if anyone wants to add me.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: April 04, 2012, 01:47:54 PM
Bioware has a panel at PAX East, as well as them dropping stuff about new DLC plans. We will see what they say. Everything I've seen is that there is going to be more DLC to "flesh" out the ending. I don't want a fleshed out ending, I want a fucking new one. So, no more money for Bioware. I'll just youtube whatever they release.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find my next car... on: March 31, 2012, 06:28:27 PM
You can probably find a pretty nice Mazda hatchback that's a few years old. I think 09 was really good right before they added the goofy happy front end. My friend has the sedan version and he is 6 foot and seems to be comfortable in it. What about a crossover? Either a Sorento or Tuscon or something?
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: March 31, 2012, 12:48:29 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 30, 2012, 08:03:32 PM

Hey, you can use an iPhone's 3G connection (tethering?) using a WiFi-only iPad, right? Of course right now I'm still using a 2004 Nokia brick phone so this question is strictly hypothetical. I just don't know anyone who's used one that way and can maybe speak to whether it works OK.

I think my Verizon Wireless contract renewal is approaching, and might be a good time to finally upgrade. God knows I waited long enough.  icon_redface

If you jailbreak it, or you pay the extra 20 or whatever plus a month for tethering which only gets you 2Gig if that.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Work decision on: March 30, 2012, 02:29:24 PM
If you have unlimited internet on your phone and the signal is pretty stable along the freeway, you can stream a lot. That and you can dial in a lot better the music you want to listen to. My issue with satellite was just how crappy it sounded since they can only do about a 64k stream.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How long does an employment background check take? on: March 28, 2012, 06:38:27 PM
Depends on how much stuff you put into the application or not. I think mine took a week to a week and half. But that is probably because I've never had one done before. My wifes who has a much more complex history only took a week.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Work decision on: March 28, 2012, 03:35:02 PM
I would argue 60% offsets the commute. And I would say challenge is a good thing as long as it doesn't add to your stress as well. Basically will they give you the chance to learn and adapt to all new things before deadlines crash down on you.

So besides the commute I see no cons. I'm assuming there company is pretty stable?
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 28, 2012, 05:53:40 AM

That video sums up things very well. Everyone should watch it.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 27, 2012, 02:00:08 PM
I could live with ghost boy and the stupid 3 choices ending, if they actually showed me that all the work I did building alliances, scanning all the planets and getting all of the resources for that final fight mattered. It didn't. I could probably fucked up everything and done zero things and I would of made it to that same elevator and talked to ghost boy on the citadel. The ending invalidates all of the decisions and choices I made in the past 3 games. That is what pisses me off the most. I've actually tried to replay it, going through it and trying some different things because of Tuchanka and Mordin and because of that Quarian/Geth part. I have no issue recommending the game that 99% of the game is amazing, I'll just tell them to let Marauder Shields kill them. But the ending has just destroyed all of it for me.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 27, 2012, 02:17:11 AM
There was bonus ending DLC for Fallout 3, I believe one of the biggest examples was Sherlock Holmes had the ending change.

And this isn't artistic integrety, there wasn't a singular group of people that had a full idea from start to finish for these 3 games. I believe there are only a few of the original writers from ME1 all the way through to 3. There might of a been a central idea or theme which they kind of kept through the series but from what I understand that kind of went out the window with the ending. Since the narrative changed so much within that last 5 minutes I have no issue calling for a new ending. Sadly we aren't going to get it, the only thing we will get is 10 dollar DLC that "explains" the shitastic ending.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 25, 2012, 03:54:25 AM
I do smugly own an iPad Truthiness! I did miss that part sorry. I don't think I'll ever buy another one though. I quickly learned that I don't enjoy being locked into Apples caged store.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 24, 2012, 11:57:39 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 24, 2012, 09:26:06 PM

This is my first tablet but I'm sure my PC laptop got hotter than my iPad, I have yet to play games for any length of time on it (come on Balders Gate) but videos haven't caused that much heat IMO.

If only you got an android tablet:
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cheapest 3 month TV options... on: March 24, 2012, 06:01:53 AM
Usenet the games?
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 22, 2012, 03:07:54 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 22, 2012, 09:36:49 AM

Only if you let it :-)


Spoiler for Hiden:
The ending basically invalidates all of the previous choices in the game. Nothing you did mattered.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 21, 2012, 07:41:38 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 21, 2012, 05:49:37 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 21, 2012, 04:55:37 PM

see,the thing i want most right now,before any DLC,or any different endings,is THEIR explanation on the ending,seeing things from their point of view may explain some of the seemingly dumb things we have witnessed in that end and what they were thinking off as a whole etc

Let me translate that press release:

"Coming in April: New paid DLC that expands and explains the ending to Mass Effect 3."

Yeah, seems like a bullshit blog post either way. I have little hope for any sort of proper ending that does the rest of the series justice.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: March 20, 2012, 03:08:08 PM
Sadly TiLT makes all valid points so I will now approach any future Bioware game until it's released and out for a few weeks.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: March 20, 2012, 01:13:33 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 20, 2012, 12:39:11 AM

looks like they're done with DA2 and finally putting their entire focus on the next phase of Dragon Age, which hopefully means Dragon Age III.  I guess that means we're looking at 2013, probably fall.

and at least 5 different colors in the ending.

If they don't have fucking cyan.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 19, 2012, 02:01:12 PM
It's ending stuff just so people know.

Spoiler for Hiden:
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands 2 on: March 18, 2012, 10:47:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 17, 2012, 12:10:23 AM

hello my future Borderlands 2 PC player.

Claptrap always says the sweetest things.

This, this makes me happy.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 15, 2012, 09:56:00 PM
And with the release of the app Bioware locked there forums. It is getting to hilarious levels.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 15, 2012, 07:50:52 PM
So there is an ipad app that was released called Final Hours, some awesome stuff in there:

Mac Walters on the Star Child/Reapers
"Originally, with the catalyst, the star child at the end of the game, I had written that much more in the guise of a investigative style conversation, where there is something he tells you but then, you get to ask a bunch of questions and you get your questions answered. But then me and Casey talked and decided, lets keep the conversation "High level". Give you the details that you need to know, but don't get into the stuff that you don't need to know. Like "How long have they been reaping?" You don't need to know the answers to the mass effect universe. So we intentionally left those out"

Casey on after Mass Effect 3
"Whatever we do would likely happen before or during the events of Mass Effect 3, not after"

On delaying the game 
In march 2011, he also faced a roomful of Mass Effect developers who expressed concern about hitting the promised holiday release date... New release date set for March 2012. After much deliberation, the CAT mission (or rather, the Prothean mission) had to be removed from the set of tasks. The missions would later be completed as post-release content"

Casey on the End Boss
We had the final fight with the Illusive man in the game, but it just felt very Video Gamey. It didnt fit in with the themes. And really, is there a point of the end boss if only for the sake of an end boss?

On Tali's Face
We eventually decided that she gives you a memento of her pictures, but the team was throwing around a lot of pictures and designs until we decided on something and said "Yup, that's her".

On Deciding the End of the Game
The illusive man boss fight had been scrapped... but there was still much debate. On night walters scribbled down some thought on various ways the game could end with the line "Lots of speculation for Everyone!" at the bottom of the page.

And even in November the gameplay team was still experimenting with an endgame sequence where players would suddenly lose control of Shepard's movement and fall under full reaper control. (This sequence was dropped because the gaemplay mechanic proved too troublesome to implement alongside dialogue choices).

And now:

188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 15, 2012, 02:43:16 AM
I thought this was a fucking masterstroke:

189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 14, 2012, 04:49:20 AM
What that person says scarily kind of fits with a lot of the ending. But if that is true that must be the biggest "Fuck you!" twist ever. And if Bioware really does go "Haha! Fooled you, now give us 20 dollars for the rest of the ending" I would be even more pissed than I am now.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 14, 2012, 01:45:06 AM
I did think that this is pretty cool:

Over 10k raised in protest to the ending.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 13, 2012, 02:30:58 PM

Quote from: Asharak on March 13, 2012, 02:36:12 AM

I'm not sure why we need spoiler tags in here, but I'll use them anyway. This is just cross-posting my initial comments about the ending from the general impression thread, since I figure most people over there won't dare click on them. Thoughts about other aspects of the ending(s) tomorrow, probably:

Spoiler for Hiden:
So the ultimate explanation for the cycle of extinction is that this being, whatever it represents, believes that all organic life ultimately creates synthetic life, that synthetic life inevitably rebels against its creators and the resulting conflict would be so horrific that using the Reapers to "clear the deck" of advanced organic life just before this armageddon occurs in each cycle is justified.

Now, to be fair, this theme doesn't come out of nowhere. ME1 and ME2 both dealt significantly with dangers of artificial intelligence: the VI on Luna, the AI behind the Presidium Emporium, the question of using even a shackled EDI (then even more so the unshackled one) and, of course, the Quarian-Geth conflict (which would seem to be the ultimate proof positive of this concept).

Except: the first 98% of ME3 turns this on its head. EDI, now completely unshackled and supposedly incredibly dangerous, demonstrates herself to be completely loyal and devoted to Shepard (and possibly more importantly Joker's) cause. She doesn't betray you to Cerberus, her creator, or to the Geth, her kin. Shepard's conversations can even guide her to, in Shepard's words, discovering a little humanity. Likewise, the Quarian-Geth conflict has backstory added that shows the Geth capable of compassion / mercy (they allowed the original Quarians to flee Rannoch, rather than annihilating them) and it is possible to resolve that plot with both races returning to Rannoch and beginning to live in harmony again.

Up to this point, we have a pretty great story: the first two games establish a galaxy full of fear and suspicion for AIs -- but then two powerful examples in ME3 demonstrate how myopic this belief is and introduce the possibility of a conclusion where artificial life (possibly even including the Reapers?) can be redeemed. And then the ending completely ignores BOTH of these plots from ME3, forces you to make a decision based on the now-demonstrably-false assumption that organic and synthetic life are incompatible and doesn't even give you the chance to argue your experiences to the being that was behind it all. Where were the "You're wrong! I just fought my way to you with an AI at my side!" or "Look at Rannoch, where centuries of bitter hatred have been replaced by co-existence and co-operation!" dialogues? Where was the ending that allowed you to pacify / talk down / reprogram the Reapers and lead the two forms of life, while still separate, to exist symbiotically?

I'm not saying you should have to take that ending. A "you annihilated half the galaxy, you must BURN" ending still makes a lot of sense as well. But to not even present the option, to not even acknowledge the possibility, to in fact force you to choose from three outcomes that are all based on the diametrically opposite premise is an incomprehensible travesty. Whoever wrote that final scene simply didn't. Play. The. Game.
Or am I totally off base here?

- Ash

This right here pretty much sums up how pissed I am at the ending. Besides the fact that for some weird reason I got neither the Paragon or Renegade options with TIM. When my reputation bar thing was 99 percent paragon. That I am left with 3 horrible choices that go against the whole rest of the game that I just played. The only other thing is that really, those 3 choices had nothing to do with my past decisions, nothing I did would effect the 3 outcomes. Whether I was renegade or paragon, I don't see anything I've done to effect the outcome.

I am...angry at a fucking video game.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad 3/HD on: March 08, 2012, 08:46:04 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 08, 2012, 08:20:20 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 08, 2012, 05:27:45 PM

Ok. Well. Looks like I'm gonna go with a Wi-Fi only model:

Apple’s new iPad can max out your data plan in 10 minutes
Combine the realities of multimedia file size and a blazing fast connection that allows transfer of said files at unprecedented speeds, and you have a recipe for potentially expensive disaster. One careless download of a 1080p high-definition movie from the iTunes Store over 4G could eat up your entire monthly plan and then some. In fact, if you could achieve download speeds at the theoretical maximum 72Mbps of LTE, you could blow through a 5GB plan in just under 10 minutes, and Verizon's largest 10GB tier in about 20. Real-world speeds of course are actually going to be somewhat lower, but we're still talking about the potential to obliterate your entire expensive monthly data plan in much less than a single day.

Just because you can download a file faster doesn't mean much.  In the end, if you are downloading a file 2 GB in size, if you get it in 2 seconds or 2 hours, it still only eats up 2 GB of your monthly plan.

Edit - About the only place I can think it will matter is something like a NetFlix where the better your connection, the bigger the file size it will pull down.  I know NetFlix, on some platforms, has been allowing you to fix the quality, though, so you can manage it against the cap.

Why do I have to be forced to download an app on Wifi, when the 4G connection is just as fast? Inifinity Blade is what, 2-3 gigs? I hate everything that has to do with caps. They are only implemented to make more money, they do nothing to throttle.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 05, 2012, 06:56:26 AM

It's a meme but it made me laugh.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 29, 2012, 07:20:51 PM
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 27, 2012, 04:53:31 AM
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is Apple going after this week? on: February 19, 2012, 12:41:59 AM
My main confusion is that all of these lawsuits directly pertain to Android, so why hasn't one of the judges or Apple just go after Google on them? Is really that much easier to sue all the handset manufacturers directly then go after Google?
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 17, 2012, 04:10:24 AM
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Laptop: Apple or Windows on: February 15, 2012, 04:15:26 PM
The last laptop I bought for myself was a Mac. At the time there wasn't much else out there that was as portable yet powerful enough, and it was stupidly easy to get windows on it so I can bounce around multiple systems easier than using GRUB or something else. My few issues with it which I'm sure at least one thing has probably been fixed is that:

It's a block of aluminum, so certain parts got uncomfortably hot for me. Never enough to burn but if I was doing a heavy compile or I wanted to game a bit the thing just got hot.
The edges are sharp which would cut into my wrists after typing for a long time.
Without having a proper delete key it made programming a bit more of a pain. Older versions of VI don't like backspace....

Those were my main beefs with it. But in general it took my beating the shit out of it through college and kept running.

Now some of my issues with MacOS, I hate the trend they are going towards if you have to actually use it to work on things going to a "task centric" model over a "windows centric" model is the wrong fucking move. I program so I need multiple things open at the same time, it takes longer for me to swipe or move to another app then if I just move the mouse over and write out something in a terminal window. Doing these full screen apps and so forth is the wrong direction. And it's not just Mac I know, Windows 8, Gnome 3, Ubuntu's Unity they are all going this direction.

Anyway, I would do what I did with my wife and get a good Sager or Asus or something laptop. They are just as powerful and are now just as sleek and portable as Macs are for a lot cheaper. I bought hers from XoticPC. The only thing that nobody has really caught up to mac is with the trackpad. I have yet to find another laptop that has as nice a trackpad as macs new glass one. And there are no bios changes/hardware changes with Windows laptops, they've been using UEFI just as Mac has for the past few years. And a good chunk them you can still change out the friggin battery if you need to. Unlike the new macs.

Or you can always go insane and get one of these:
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 14, 2012, 11:38:30 PM
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Iron Sky on: February 14, 2012, 08:25:11 PM
Apparently they played the only good part to the song in the trailer.
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