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81  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 05, 2014, 02:26:06 PM
What you will see is the Republicans submitting a lot of "for the people" bills that they know Obama will veto, just so that in 2016 they can show how the Democrats rejected every attempt to help the country.

Unfortunately politics has become more about the next election than about getting anything done. The 2016 election starts today.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PC/Wii U/3DS/DS/Ps3/Ps4/Vita] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on: November 05, 2014, 02:22:01 PM
Wow, I'll definitely pick this up for the kiddos (and me) slywink
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/03) on: November 03, 2014, 06:50:57 PM
Nothing this week, with Sunset Overdrive actively playing and Forza Horizon 2 in the backlog. Also the next two weeks bring some must-buy titles, so I'm digging a deep hole right now as it is.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: November 02, 2014, 05:25:10 PM
I haven't played the alpha yet, but I was a little worried about that. I spent one night watching gameplay videos and by the end I was less excited than when I started. It looks neat, but I got tired of Titanfall after a month. I can imagine this would wear out its welcome even more quickly than that.
85  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked $30 (normally $120) 20% All Games for 2 Years on: November 02, 2014, 05:22:45 PM
If I buy as many full price games next year as I bought this year, then I'll save $132 in 2015 and $264 over the life of the deal. Considering Best Buy charges tax, those numbers are slightly higher than reality, but any way you slice it, it's a great deal if you're willing to lock into one vendor and go physical. I'll essentially be getting two games a year for free.

If I take advantage of pre-owned games and trade-ins, I can probably ratchet up those savings quite a bit more.

86  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked $30 (normally $120) 20% All Games for 2 Years on: November 02, 2014, 03:50:48 PM
Looks like this deal may have been extended. It was mentioned in today's flyer (Sunday, Nov. 2), and it's still on the website.

I took advantage of it yesterday. Unfortunately Forza Horizon 2 had already gone off sale, but I still wound up getting it for $48 once the GCU 20% applied, so I didn't mind. Total for Forza Horizon 2 + the 2 year GCU membership was $78. Insane!
87  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: November 01, 2014, 06:34:25 PM
I went through all this awhile back, and it wound up resulting in some depression and dark moments.

I was raised Baptist and was 100% firm Christian believer all the way up through college, when it all kind of went off the rails. I ignored religion entirely in my 20s, and when I hit my 30s I started questioning God, the universe, and everything. I wound up going through an Atheist period, and struggled with the depressing aspects of that for quite some time.

However, that journey all led to a good place.

After years of reading both the religious and scientific sides of things, I came to the conclusion that I don't know, and I will never know. I do not have enough faith to embrace the concept of God, yet I don't have enough arrogance to believe man understands everything there is to know about the universe. In that respect I guess you could call me agnostic, but I think that's too simplistic to describe what I believe.

Ultimately I believe that being a good person is the right thing to do. I believe that religion, like everything, can be good or bad depending on how it is used. I prefer it to be used for good, and I embrace the things that are positive about it and reject the things that are negative about it. I believe my family, friends, and loved ones are the most important things in life. I believe in making memories at every opportunity, because they are what give your life value. In this way, it doesn't matter whether or not there is a God. If He exists, then you have lived your life in a way compatible with what He would want. If He doesn't exist, then you've still made a positive impact on the world.

This philosophy gives me comfort. I don't feel like I have to know "the truth" because it doesn't impact my actions either way. I try to keep in mind that even the "worst case scenario" - no God, no afterlife, no point to this whole thing - I was given the rarest of rare opportunities to witness this universe. To be a sentient being witness to this wondrous creation and have the ability to impact it even if it's in a tiny way. We've all already won, no matter what the endgame is.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/31/14 on: October 31, 2014, 07:28:28 PM
Sunset Overdrive for sure. If I cave and buy Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition I may dabble in that just to change things up a bit.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 31, 2014, 07:13:56 PM
Quote from: EngineNo9
I saw Kotaku recommended playing through the Awesomesmithing mission to get the last major movement advancement, but that's halfway through the 4th and final chapter, so they're basically saying "complete 95% of the game and then do the open world stuff" which seems crazy to me.

It seems especially crazy given that the collectibles are used to purchase amps. If you totally ignore them, you're losing out on a lot of upgrades that could potentially make your life easier.

I've settled on a compromise solution - I don't go out of my way to get collectibles, but I'll pick up any that I see and that are within reach on the way to each mission waypoint. So far that has worked out pretty well and I've been able to afford some amps without spending a great deal of time collecting stuff. I did buy all the collectible maps so that I'd be able to see everything that is in the vicinity.

It remains to be seen if I'm going to have the tenacity to go after everything once I've beaten this game, though. Under normal circumstances I'd be all over it, but with so many good games coming out in the next month it's going to be tough to justify sinking hours into a game I've technically already "finished."
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 31, 2014, 06:03:57 PM
One little piece of advice:

If you're like me and like to spin off and do a lot of the collectibles before doing the main story, be aware that there are some that are unreachable until you unlock the appropriate move in the storyline missions.
91  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked $30 (normally $120) 20% All Games for 2 Years on: October 31, 2014, 01:56:04 PM
I'm going to pull the trigger on this tomorrow, even though I had not planned on buying anything. I'm just going to pick up Forza Horizon 2 or something and count it as one of my birthday presents.

There are at least 5 games on the pre-order list that I'd be getting an extra $10 in reward money on. Combine that with the 20% and free shipping and I think I'd just be kicking myself for the next two years for not taking advantage of this.

[Edit] Forza Horizon 2 is on sale right now for $47.99 - makes it even more of a no-brainer for me!
92  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked $30 (normally $120) 20% All Games for 2 Years on: October 30, 2014, 12:37:04 PM
I really wanted to stop buying physical media but damn that's a lot of money to be saved. I hate the idea of going all the way across town to Best Buy every time I want a game but 20% is not insignificant.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 30, 2014, 12:27:34 PM
Also, I love my character, but I'm not sure I'm getting what's so fun or special about character creation.

Basically the fact that it exists. They could have easily just made the mohawk dude from the commercials the main character and called it a day. It's nice that they not only did the wacky outfits, but let you play as a man or a woman, various races, etc. It's not that the character creation is revolutionary or anything, just that it's there and has a lot of choices compared to a lot of other open world games.

And yes, the weapon ammo is annoying when you run out, but I understand the need for it. They had to give you some motivation for switching weapons frequently and leveling them up. The more I play, the less I mind it. There are crates everywhere you can smash for ammo, and once you get used to the movement it's not that difficult. Also, refilling all your ammo is DIRT cheap.

This does seem like a game that rewards the time put into it. The first night I played I was absolutely HORRIBLE and never felt truly comfortable with the controls. Last night after putting another couple of hours in, I was stringing together traversal combos, had my style meter pegged, shooting stuff while grinding and bouncing, etc. At some point it starts to click.

The thing about the combat in this game that is really tough compared to a lot of other open world games is that you never catch a break. It's not like you can go leisurely hunting collectibles, because in any given area you will have swarms of roaming enemies. And once they realize you're in the vicinity, they start zerg rushing you. However, areas can be "cleared" temporarily if you're patient. My typical strategy is to put a waypoint down for a collectible, head over, then start killing until I've cleared the wave. Grab the collectible, move on to the next. It gives me an excuse to fight rather than avoid.

If you're having problems, all I can say is keep playing. It does all start to click, and as your weapons grow in power and you start keeping that style meter full, things start to get easier to manage. Make no mistake, though, the game is not a cakewalk by any means. For some reason I thought cartoon = easy and I've been getting my ass handed to me.  icon_biggrin
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 29, 2014, 07:39:48 PM
Dragons Age, GTA5, Far Cry 4, Little Big Planet 3, WWE2k15 for PS4/XB1 and more...

That's only if you have enough money left over from the previous week's Assassin's Creed: Unity and Master Chief Collection.  crybaby
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 29, 2014, 12:30:29 PM
Ok, some more thoughts/impressions after getting a little more play time in:

- While the humor style isn't completely my cup of tea, I admit to laughing out loud a few times.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The "unseen narrator" telling me I need to go through the tutorial because it's the "best way to learn shit" then getting mad when I didn't practice an attack roll like he wanted me to.

- The game is not easy - while death doesn't have a lot of consequence, even some of the early missions are quite challenging to complete since you're having to fight while trying to get used to the controls. The challenges are very difficult early in the game (maybe it gets easier once you get more amps, etc.) I had trouble even getting bronze on a lot of them.

- Like the best open world games, it starts off limited in scope and slowly reveals new layers that expand the complexity. I can already tell I'm going to have a TON of fun trying to unlock everything.

- The weapons are awesome and really make you want to buy them as soon as possible to try them out. The shooting is very forgiving - basically as long as you're pointed in the general direction of the monster it will throw a target up on it and shooting will kind of auto-hit it. However, due to the number of enemies, the amount of damage they can do, and the speed at which they move, it's certainly not a cakewalk even with the assist.

- To show you how good the character creation is, I spent $6500 on a bikini for my avatar. Partly because I'm a perv, and partly because it just matched her jean shorts so well.  unibrow

96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies]Avengers: Infinity Wars 1 & 2 2018-19 on: October 28, 2014, 07:41:19 PM
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 28, 2014, 12:57:01 PM
I stayed up until midnight when it unlocked to give it a shot. Haven't even finished the tutorial yet because the character customization was so much fun. They seriously have a better character creation system than some MMOs I've played. I wound up creating a cute little ponytailed punk chick that I think fits in perfectly with the game's style.

If you're on the fence about this game, the first gun you get to shoot has testicles. That pretty much sets the tone.  icon_biggrin

I'm still far too early in the game to get a great feel for how good it's going to be, but the movement and combat feels good. While the grinding and jumping around looks slow in the gameplay videos, I understood it better while playing. It's fast enough to get you around, but slow enough that you have time to strategize combos and engage in combat while on the go.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 28, 2014, 12:11:17 AM
The reviews have persuaded me to pick this one up. (Dammit!) Microsoft is on a roll with these XB1 exclusives; I hope they can keep the momentum going.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 27, 2014, 04:42:07 AM
Well, there's a big difference between a console reversing its success from one gen to the next, and that same console being "dead." The PS4's slow start compared to the Xbox 360 didn't kill Sony, and they had far fewer resources to spare on it. The XB1 still has a huge install base and plenty of room for growth, so it's not going anywhere.

However, I will concede that the XB1's performance this gen could kill the successor to the XB1. MS's shareholders have been wanting to get out of the console business for awhile now, and MS may just say "F--- this" and bow out next time. That would not surprise me one bit.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 27, 2014, 04:35:47 AM
Nothing for me unless Sunset Overdrive or Lords of the Fallen get stellar reviews. I'm still holding out for AC: Unity and Far Cry 4.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 27, 2014, 01:47:19 AM
Any talk of XB1's demise before Master Chief Collection & Halo 5 come out is super premature.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 26, 2014, 03:05:50 AM
Waiting for reviews. The gameplay videos haven't really done anything for me. I'm not sure if it's the game's style that is turning me off, or the fact that the grinding around looks too slow. 
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/24/14 on: October 24, 2014, 04:58:25 PM
I finished up Shadow of Mordor last night so now I'm deciding whether or not I want to buy a new game (Forza Horizon 2? Fantasia?) or just knock out The Last of Us DLC and tinker with some PC games until Assassin's Creed: Unity hits.

First world problems!
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 08:57:01 PM
Yeah, I could listen to her talk all day. She has the uncanny knack of making you feel like she's discovering all this stuff for the first time right along with you, even though she's been immersed in the case for a long time.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360] Fantasia: Music Evolved on: October 22, 2014, 08:52:55 PM
I played through the demo last night as well, and it was a lot of fun. In a less crowded gaming season I'd pick this up without a second thought, but with a ton of AAA titles coming in the next few weeks, I'll have to pass for now and wait for a sale later on.

Still, it exceeded my expectations. I found it quite challenging - I'm usually really good at music games but it took me a few tries to wrap my brain around the timing on this one. I'm also a big Disney fan, so I really enjoyed the artwork and presentation.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: October 22, 2014, 08:46:41 PM
Yeah, I think you're right. It's been a long week.  icon_razz
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: October 22, 2014, 06:09:51 PM
No, I mean you can't find Grubbins on Ice anymore.

Though now that I look at it, it appears that the current original version of Costume Quest includes it. So maybe I just need to reinstall mine and I'll get it automatically.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: October 22, 2014, 04:47:39 PM
I held off on buying it just because I never played Grubbins on Ice. However, I can't find it for purchase anywhere.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 03:08:37 PM
Just started Serial last night and it's quite fascinating. Thanks for the heads up.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360] Fantasia: Music Evolved on: October 21, 2014, 08:14:50 PM
Very tempted by this one as well. I'm going to try the demo as soon as I get home tonight.

I figure I may as well have some reason to keep my Kinect turned on.   icon_biggrin
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 12:33:18 PM
Provided I finish up Shadow of Mordor, I'll probably be picking up Forza Horizon 2.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CBS offers standalone streaming service on: October 17, 2014, 06:04:52 PM
It just occurred to me, this may not be true anymore. Is CBS still the channel that old people watch? I watch Survivor, that's it. I think I have seen 10 minutes of one of the CSIs, that was more than enough to make me vow never to watch the channel outside of Survivor again.

The median age for NCIS viewers is 61. Half of NCIS viewers are above retirement age.  icon_eek

While CBS isn't truly an "old person's network" in terms of demographics (they just attract a lot of viewers, period), the perception is still there. That isn't helped by the large amount of procedural series they air, and 60 Minutes.  icon_biggrin

They're trying to shake loose that perception with some genre shows like Under the Dome and Extant (and an upcoming Supergirl series - blechh), but I think they have their work cut out for them.

Still, you wonder if they even need to shake the perception. So far it's certainly not hurting them.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 17, 2014, 04:41:40 PM
Update on my podcast habits since I wound up getting totally hooked:

My current subscriptions:

- In the Loop - theme park podcast - industry news, interviews, and commentary, but pretty informal.

- CoasterRadio - probably my favorite podcast - very informal theme park and rollercoaster discussion, family-friendly - If you click on show 902 at and jump to the 25 minute mark you can hear my live trip report from Scarowinds.  icon_biggrin

- Chips, Dips, & Dorks - 80's movie podcast where they discuss a different 80's movie every week. Fun show and co-hosted by Mike Collins from CoasterRadio.

- GiantBomb Bombcast - I changed my mind about Giant Bomb - I love these guys now.

- Screenrant podcast - I needed a good pop culture podcast to fill that gap and this one fits the bill for now. Movie/TV news with an in-depth featured movie review each week.

I will definitely check out Metatheory!
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 16, 2014, 01:19:18 PM
Getting close to wrapping this one up. Once you unlock your 4th tier abilities you really start feeling like a bad-ass.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD Veterans (and noobs): Are you getting Advanced Warfare? on: October 16, 2014, 01:12:43 AM
Not buying.

I'm generally not a fan of the "future tech" style shooters. I either want balls out sci-fi like Halo or Titanfall, or realistic/historical.

Coupled with the fact I'm generally just burned out on the Call of Duty franchise in general, and this year definitely equals a pass.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 10:52:27 PM
Yep I misread. Rick bites people, Coral does the shootin'.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 07:10:07 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Rick didn't kill him, he shot him. Morgan had body armor on.

118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 01:31:52 PM
Yeah, Talking Dead more or less confirmed that Terminus is done.

I thought the weakest part of the episode was the weak sauce justification of people turning from kidnappees to cannibals. I almost wish they had just let it remain a vague mystery.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 06:53:29 PM
Thanks for taking one for the team TiLT. I think I'm going to pass on the platinum for this one. As much as I like this game, I think I'm ready to finish it up and move on.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 13, 2014, 06:49:15 PM
It's interesting to see how my feelings have Carol have changed from indifference (early on), to hatred (when she got kicked out of the prison), to omgwtfbbqsauce when she told someone to look at the flowers, to utter adoration when she played her bad-ass card this episode.

If I was a woman, I would totally go as blood covered Bad Ass Carol this Halloween.
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