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41  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Hometown Story on: October 23, 2013, 01:42:42 AM

Quote from: msduncan on October 23, 2013, 01:28:22 AM

I'm having trouble figuring out what kind of game this is?     Can someone enlighten me?

Something like Harvest Moon but the focus is slightly different. You're running a store instead of a farm.
42  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 22, 2013, 05:36:31 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 21, 2013, 09:57:54 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on October 21, 2013, 04:03:01 PM

Before Obamacare, why employers pay for health insurance for their employees? Is there a law that force them to do so?


No, it is a legacy of the 1950s, when both healthcare and insurance were very cheap. 100% employer-paid health insurance was a standard part of most companies' compensation plans.

That was all well and good until costs started to skyrocket in the '90s. Whether or not it still makes sense for employers to be in the insurance business is a matter of opinion. Obamacare makes companies with 50+ employees either provide insurance or pay a fine -- the first time they've been mandated to do so.

If there is no Obamacare, what is stopping brettmcd's employee from dropping their insurance then? Why people are blaming Obamacare for employee dropping insurance coverage if before Obamacare, there are no law that forcing employee from providing it?

43  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 21, 2013, 04:03:01 PM
Before Obamacare, why employers pay for health insurance for their employees? Is there a law that force them to do so?
44  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 20, 2013, 11:48:32 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 20, 2013, 05:17:52 PM

And many many more people will be entering those ranks as companies discontinue their health insurance.    If that was to happen to me I would be completely screwed.   I don't have the extra money to pay more for crappier insurance.

If your company discontinues their benefit, they'll have to compensate you with higher salary, right? So you'll have the extra money to pay more.
45  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pokemon X and Y. It's coming ya'll on: October 15, 2013, 12:22:55 AM
0275-7927-6578
46  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pokemon X and Y. It's coming ya'll on: October 07, 2013, 01:46:55 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 06, 2013, 12:34:17 AM

Jesus, they added a subscription scheme to the series?! It's not enough of a subscription that we keep on willingly buying the same game year after year?

It is optional and it is $4.99 per year.

I think while free is better, the pokemon bank is a good idea and good thing since in the future it is likely that you'll be able to use pokemon bank to transfer to newer pokemon games. It makes things much easier for hardcore pokemon gamers that like to transfer their exclusive pokemon to newer games. Instead of having to do thing like transfer from game A to newer game B then from B to newer game C then from C to D, etc. In the future, we just transfer the exclusive pokemon to the bank and from there to the newest pokemon game.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: October 04, 2013, 11:25:16 PM
EA is probably going to shut down the server soon after they have offline mode.
48  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: October 04, 2013, 01:49:57 AM
http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/us/en/pc/games/mmos/guild-wars-2-digital-edition-na/

$36.99. Slightly cheaper for the digital heroic edition.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SteamOS, Steam Machines, Steam ____. What will Valve reveal tomorrow? on: September 27, 2013, 03:35:37 PM
SteamPad, a gamepad that is designed for use with SteamOS and Steam Machines.
50  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Plants vs Zombies 2 out in iOS app store on: September 27, 2013, 03:45:33 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 27, 2013, 03:01:55 AM

EA is actually handling this better than Disney is with Where's My Water 2.  They have the energy timer, let you play through two full sets of levels, then put you up against a hard lock that either requires Facebook friend spamming or $2.7 in purchases.

Does the $2.7 purchase unlock the whole game permanently or just give you some energy timer to play until the next hard lock?
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon's new tv show on: September 26, 2013, 03:53:49 AM
LMD isn't a sentient robot, right? So if he is LMD, then Coulson is still alive somewhere controlling the LMD. Maybe in Tahiti. smile

52  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: September 24, 2013, 02:26:41 AM

Quote from: The Grue on September 24, 2013, 02:14:04 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on September 23, 2013, 10:46:25 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 23, 2013, 10:39:27 PM

There is still one fossil that I have never seen in this game and I got the second to last fossil like a month or two ago.  Unbelievable that I wouldn't have just happened to get it by now.  frown

I completed the fossil section of the museum about a month ago.

What is the last piece of fossil that you need? I dig fossils every morning and sell them. If I find the piece that you need, I  can keep it and then arrange a town visit with you.


Peking Man.  I have not missed a day playing this game since it came out and dig fossils every day.  You'd think I'd have gotten it by now.

That one is a rare one for me, too. I don't remember getting that more than once.
53  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: September 23, 2013, 10:46:25 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 23, 2013, 10:39:27 PM

There is still one fossil that I have never seen in this game and I got the second to last fossil like a month or two ago.  Unbelievable that I wouldn't have just happened to get it by now.  frown

I completed the fossil section of the museum about a month ago.

What is the last piece of fossil that you need? I dig fossils every morning and sell them. If I find the piece that you need, I  can keep it and then arrange a town visit with you.
54  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Sonic All Star Racing Transformed on: September 17, 2013, 03:31:22 AM
I think I still have two cd keys left for the Sonic All Star Racing Transformed from a 4-packs (if I didn't give them to someone and totally forgot about it) that i purchased so if anyone want one, you can pm me. First two to pm me get the game for free. smile

Both keys are taken.
55  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 17, 2013, 01:59:08 AM

Quote from: Exodor on September 16, 2013, 08:54:25 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 16, 2013, 10:06:54 AM

He never should have made his 'don't cross this line' bullshit to begin with.     That is the problem.    Also that you think Obamas threat is what made all this happen is laughable.   Syria was ignoring it and laughing at the US until Russia got involved.

Russia never would have gotten involved if Obama wasn't threatening to bomb their ally.

I think Obama's "red line" comments were stupid and it certainly looks as if they backed into a solution - but a solution that requires no effort from us that removes chemical weapons from the region seems like a Good Thing to me.

Did the red line stopped comments Syria from using the chemical weapons for several months before they decided to test the red line by using it once and if the US reaction because of the red line comments now stop Syria from using it again? If so then the red line comments is useful.
56  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Hooking my Xbox to my PC/Monitor on: September 12, 2013, 02:26:04 PM
Not sure what you're trying to do with the video card. If you want to try to connect the XBOX to your video card then from your video card to monitor, that isn't going to work since your video card's 2 HDMI ports are for output only.
57  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [iOS] Ultima IV C64 Free on: September 11, 2013, 02:04:13 AM

Quote from: heloder on September 07, 2013, 03:48:48 PM

What's the install size on this? 136 MB download seems excessive for a game that came out twenty years ago.

I think that is it because it is not a port but a C64 emulator running Ultima IV.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 09, 2013, 10:30:00 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 09, 2013, 09:08:53 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 09, 2013, 04:14:27 PM

From my limited understanding of this, I think the main source of the noise was that a DVD needs to spin faster than a blu-ray, and that can get loud with some drives. Now that both consoles use more advanced blu-ray technology, it shouldn't be a problem for either. I suspect fan noise is a bigger risk. The Xbox One has bigger fans, which typically translates into less noise, but its memory architecture should produce more heat. The PS4 has smaller fans but a somewhat more ambitious design in its air throughput, not to mention its extremely experienced hardware teams. Nobody has been able to reach any consensus on noise levels for either consoles at this point, and it could definitely go either way, if any way at all.

bluray actually has the disadvantage here because though it stores more, the slower spinning is a 'bad' thing.  It meant that games can't/couldn't stream enough data on the fly and HAD to be installed just to run.  I suspect mandatory installs on both systems this time around.

PS3's blu-ray drive is a 2X which has the same speed as the min speed of a 12X dvd drive that XBOX 360 use but slower than the max speed (DVD-DRIVE read much faster on the outer edge than the inner edge). So the PS3's drive is same or slower than XBOX 360 but if they use a 4X blu-ray drive then it is the same as the max speed of a 12 X dvd drive.
59  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 06, 2013, 07:18:11 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on September 06, 2013, 07:10:35 AM

Starting to sound like our rush to war in Iraq over their WMDs.

At lease we have evidence this time around!

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Does anyone really believe the Assad government launched chemical weapons attacks against rebels and civilians?

That virtually every politician and pundit talks about the attacks as if it were proven they occurred and that Assad’s government perpetrated them is beyond surreal. U.N. weapons inspectors say that they won’t even be able to confirm that chemical weapons were used for two more weeks. Yet, the Obama administration says it is not only certain the attack occurred, but that Assad’s government launched it.

This despite strong suspicion that it was the rebels, not the Assad government that launched the chemical weapons attack earlier this year. As reported by Shaun Waterman in the Washington Times on May 6,

“Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.”

The rebels stood to gain far more from last month’s chemical weapons attack than Assad. The government had the upper hand in the two-year-old revolution. The attack would increase the chances that an outside force like the U.S. would join the struggle on the rebels’ side. Judge Andrew Napolitano is skeptical that the attack occurred at all and, if it did, that Assad perpetrated it.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2013/sep/6/does-anyone-really-believe-assad-used-chemical-wea/

If the rebel used chemical weapons, is that going to change the equation again for US? Maybe instead of bombing Assad, US can bomb the rebel instead?
60  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 29, 2013, 07:30:37 AM
Terraria ios and Terraria's clone Junk Jack X released. Anybody bought one or both of them?

61  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: August 16, 2013, 10:16:03 AM
Do you need a key to play the beta? I want to try it out to see if the game is playable from Indonesia before I purchase the game. Some MMORPGs (WoW, Neverwinter, Secret World) are okay, but other MMORPGs (like Champions) are laggy.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Movie) Oblivion, Re-visited on: August 13, 2013, 03:31:18 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
None of them are original but all of them are Jack.

All the clones have brainwipe but some can remember part of the memories of the original one.

63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Wolverine on: August 06, 2013, 02:06:40 AM

Quote from: hepcat on August 05, 2013, 08:04:43 PM

We have Ninjas in the Appalachians.  But we call 'em "Ninjers".  I once saw one take on a half dozen rev-uh-nooers.

...he lost...horribly...and within seconds.

i'm guessing ninjer training isn't quite up to that of their asian counterparts.

But seriously...ninjas?  This would've have been cool in the 80's, I guess.  Maybe have Wolverine driving a muscle van with a wizard painted on the side and perhaps a monkey sidekick he named Diablo.  But in 2013?

...well...okay, the monkey sidekick thing still works in 2013.  But ninjas?

Still cool in 2013.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: August 05, 2013, 03:50:45 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 04, 2013, 03:09:54 AM

By the time these release they're not going to have the 3D gimmick to fall back on, so I sure hope they're making better overall movies.

They'll have new gimmicks. We'll be able to smell the world of Avatar in addition to the 3D with the second one. For the third one, we'll be able to have surround 3D so we'll be able to have 360 degree pararoma view. With the fourth one, we'll be able to jack in directly to the brain so we can fully experience the world of avatar. smile
65  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Intermittent USB sound issue on: August 01, 2013, 01:39:16 PM
Have you tried to use other USB mouse or keyboard? Problem like this can also from faulty USB devices.

If you have another USB keyboard, then try to use that and see if the problem go away. If not then you try replace the USB mouse. If you still have problem after both keyboard are mouse are replaced then at least you know the problem is not with the devices but with the computer (either software or hardware).

66  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Rune Factory 4 on: August 01, 2013, 01:44:20 AM
I love Harvest Moon games and I prefer Rune Factory series over the regular Harvest Moon games.
67  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: July 24, 2013, 04:56:13 AM
To enjoy this game, it is important to relax and not force yourself to do stuffs just to earn enough bells for the next upgrade or project. Just have fun do anything you feel like doing at the moment. The only "chore" that I'm doing daily is to go to the store and buy the fortune cookies. Other activities are optional. I only dig up stuffs if I walk nearby and notice them. I only water flowers when I want to. I also bring my 3DS everywhere I go so that I can just play for a few minutes then put it back to sleep mode.

The other way to play is to set a goal for yourself then try to do it.

Example of goals you can set for yourself:
1. Collect a full set of furnitures for your home.
2. Rearrange your fruit trees so that you have separate sections of each type of fruits instead of just plant fruit randomly.
3. To own all kind of fruit trees in your town.
4. Decorate your town with flowers.
5. Have animal residents which each is a different animal type (no two bears for example). Or you can do the opposite and have all your animal residents from the same animal type.


68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Lone Ranger on: July 09, 2013, 03:12:17 AM
Same here. I love it. It is a strange experience. It is not a standard western. It has funny moments but also serious and sad moments.

I think it is unfortunate for it to be released on the same week as Despicable Me 2. Also the critics probably started their reviews with a strong bias against it. They wanted to slam the movie so they're looking for fault instead of trying to enjoy it.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test? on: July 08, 2013, 02:12:17 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on July 08, 2013, 01:08:16 AM

19/20 Didn't think the Speaker of the House took over if the Potus and VP can no longer serve.

I think I know this from watching '24'.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test? on: July 05, 2013, 03:50:31 PM
Failed. Only got 13 correct answers.
71  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 27, 2013, 02:37:56 AM
Please keep your visitor's gate open as often as possible.


72  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 26, 2013, 01:29:44 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 25, 2013, 07:01:18 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on June 25, 2013, 02:55:39 PM

When I first setup my game I just chose to set the in game time to be 3 hours behind the real time.  I think you can tell your assistant she has the time wrong anytime you start the game as well.

I thought about doing this, but I was afraid it would consider that "cheating" and start calling me a time traveler or whatever.  I already had to correct the time once when I fixed my system region and wasn't sure if there was a limit to doing that.

On a different note, I built an expansion to my house with a 98,000 bell loan, but I can't seem to find out anything about that loan.  There is no option to pay it back in the ATM, even though I have more than enough to do so.   icon_confused

Change the time to advance for a few hours or back a few hours should not be a problem if you don't travel back before your last save time.
73  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 25, 2013, 02:47:23 PM
If it is anything like the previous Animal Crossing DS game, you can change the Animal Crossing clock so that it is not the same as your local time. For people that play early in the morning, they can offset the in-game clock to be several hours ahead so that the store will be open earlier in the morning. The same for someone who play late at night, they can set the clock to be several hours behind.
74  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 20, 2013, 11:42:20 PM
Got the pop-tart 3ds xl. My friend code: 0275-7927-6578.

I added everyone with friend code in this thread. Please add me.

75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen purchase poll on: June 18, 2013, 01:29:36 AM

Quote from: Purge on June 17, 2013, 05:45:31 AM

I'm glad you're waiting on me - I have a ton of game impressions to post (most being multiplatform), so I'm going to keep this brief as I have a lot to do.

Online persistent worlds are, for the most part, static. They do not experience things like continental drift- what I mean is that nano-changes, not even at a micro level, happen. You ride a mount, the same mount, every time. There is no wear on them, there are no changes. You do not impact the world around you in any significant way. Instances are instances. You don't get to build and customize a house in a neighborhood. You are above the cellophane sheet, where the world you're in is below it.

The possibility of cloud gaming has the possibility to change that. Consider you litter items on the ground, and log out. Your stuff will disappear as the server farms aren't capable of keeping track of it. Perhaps an item was a seed - no tree will grow. Cloud computing can change that if there is a developer interested in doing so.

I don't think you understand Cloud Computing. There is no different between MMO servers and cloud computing servers. There is nothing that cloud computing servers can do that MMO servers can't.

Now if your version of cloud computing is the peer to peer cloud computing then it might be something that is different from current MMO games, but there is nothing that prevent MMO games from doing some peer to peer cloud computing using the game client application.

76  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 11, 2013, 04:21:21 AM
77  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 11, 2013, 01:16:47 AM
This is probably the game that is going to make me purchase 3DS. Is there a bundle version of 3DS with Animal Crossing New Leaf?
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 07, 2013, 02:03:29 AM
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/06/microsoft-details-xbox-one-used-games-always-online-and-privacy-policies/

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While the broadband connection doesn't have to be "persistent" to use the Xbox One, Microsoft says the console is "designed to verify if system, application, or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend." Your primary console can be offline for up to 24 hours without this online check-in, while a secondary console (i.e. one accessing your library/account at a friend's house) can only be offline for an hour at a time.

So the earlier article was right, Xbox One require online connection DRM for all games not just those that use cloud or need routine online update to function.

I wonder why Microsoft implement this very strict DRM. They can change it to once 7 days or once a month online check-in and it is still good enough to protect games from piracy or trading.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: June 01, 2013, 08:03:35 AM
http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57587189-235/oculus-vr-co-founder-33-killed-by-speeding-car/

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Andrew Scott Reisse, co-founder of the company that made the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, was struck and killed while walking in a crosswalk Thursday, ABC has reported.
80  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blizzard's Next MMO: Titan on: May 29, 2013, 01:17:48 AM
I guess the era of subscription based MMO is over. They're probably going to rework the whole thing into a F2P MMO.
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