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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: July 25, 2013, 07:43:30 PM
I have to give it to The Last of Us so far this year, and I can't imagine much topping it...easily one of the best games I've played in a very long time.

GTAV is still on the horizon though...
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/19/13 on: July 20, 2013, 03:39:44 PM
Tomb Raider for me...several hours in after starting earlier in the week and loving it so far  icon_cool
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Sony on a roll (positive personal story) on: July 08, 2013, 07:47:29 PM

Quote from: Laner on July 08, 2013, 04:27:00 PM

Glad they did right by you.  They refused to do anything about my 2006 Sony DLP which crapped out after two years, despite it being a widespread problem among their DLPs (failed optical block).  They were finally forced to address the issue for nearly every other model due to lawsuits, except my model, of course  finger

I had the optical block failure (green blob) on my 2006 SXRD (A2000 model) when the set was about three years old. They replaced the optical block under extended warranty and it worked for about a year before failing again. I contacted them a second time and they offered to replace my faulty set with a steeply-discounted brand new LCD thanks to a class action lawsuit over the issue. I was able to replace my five-year old faulty 55" SXRD with a new 42" 3D LCD for only $200 out of my own pocket. I then sold that replacement without even opening the box for a $500 profit and used the money toward buying an awesome 55" Panasonic plasma.

I got a pretty good deal in the end, but I won't buy another Sony tv because I know many others weren't so lucky, and there are plenty of better options now for less money.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: July 07, 2013, 11:07:17 PM
I finally finished this afternoon...absolutely loved it and I can't imagine anything being able to top it as my game of the year. TLoU has one of the best-told stories I've ever experienced in a game, not only because of the fantastic character relationships and dialog, but also because of ND's ability to convey so much emotion and realism in the way characters move and speak. I could go on for a while repeating all the great things that others have said, but the most significant compliment that I can give is that The Last of Us really is an amazing artistic, storytelling, and gameplay accomplishment that has a well-deserved spot on my list of all-time great games icon_cool
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: July 02, 2013, 06:23:56 PM
I've recently began my push to finish WoT after making it through the first seven books roughly 15 years ago. I was waiting for book 8 at that time, picked up the hardcover when it was released, and never got around to reading it. I eventually decided to just put it all off until the series was complete.

Fast forward to the present day, and I've started again, determined to make it to the end. I just recently started book 2 and hope to finish sometime early next year. I'm confident that I can read a book a month, but I will probably squeeze a few other things in between...will see how it goes...
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: June 27, 2013, 08:00:57 PM
The jokes only happen at very specific times during the game, you have to talk to her when she has a triangle over her head, and that triangle only appears after she's been idle in a specific location for a while. There are five points in the game where you can hear the jokes, and catching them all actually nets you a trophy.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meet Alex, the first Muppet to have a dad in jail. on: June 18, 2013, 10:50:42 PM
I think the big thing that is missing from this discussion is the fact that the Alex character and this conversation did not appear on the Sesame Street show. That segment, along with a great deal of other clips and information, are part of an online toolkit that Sesame Street has created for parents to use in helping their children cope with difficult issues.

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration Tool Kit

The Sesame Street organization has a whole series of tool kits dealing with different topics that parents can use to help kids that are struggling. In this case, they recognized a situation that affects a significant number of children and chose to provide resources to help parents who aren't sure how to address it on their own. That seems like a pretty respectable idea to me...
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Geek or Nerd on: June 05, 2013, 09:28:16 PM
I'm pretty firmly in the upper right-hand corner...equal parts major nerd and geek :cool:
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: June 02, 2013, 10:01:31 PM
Today was the big day for running my 10k race...woke up bright and early to run at 7:30 this morning. When the race started, it was already about 75 degrees and 80% humidity. Those of you who have run before can probably relate to how miserable those conditions are for a long run...might not seem all that warm when you're just standing around, but that kind of humidity and bright sun can really steal your energy. I think most people did pretty well for the 5k and 10k events, but it really took a toll on the half-marathon runners who were facing temps around 85 degrees by the time they were finishing...saw a number of people stumbling across the finish, and heard that several had collapsed along the course. It was still a fun morning, but I'll be hoping for something a little cooler for my next race.

So how did my run go? I had set a goal to finish 6.2 miles in under an hour and just barely came up short...crossed the line with an official time of 1:01:38 (9:56/mile pace). Even though I didn't quite make my goal, I'm happy with my time given the day's tough conditions and fact that I could barely run a single mile (let alone six) at the beginning of the year. I still feel like I've come a long way and plan on continuing to push myself in the coming months. It has taken me 4.5 months to get this far, and I have the same amount of time to finish my prep for my first half-marathon in October...and a second 13.1 a month later. I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life at 34 and don't plan on stopping any time soon icon_cool
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 30, 2013, 01:30:49 AM
I ran my second 5k race this past Sunday morning and finished in 28:05 (9:05 pace)...ahead of the 9:15/mile goal that I had set for myself, and shaved 2:45 off my first 5k just over two months ago Headbanging!

Now I'm only a few days out from my first official 10k race this Sunday, and feeling really good about meeting my 60 minute goal. I ran the course with my training group two weeks ago and finished in 62 minutes, and that was coming off a week of being sick...should have a much better go at it this weekend icon_cool
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: What is the first video game you ever purchased? on: May 24, 2013, 08:15:19 PM
I used to play Jumpman on the C64...awesome game!
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: What is the first video game you ever purchased? on: May 24, 2013, 03:11:40 PM
Mine was definitely something for the Atari 2600, but I have no idea exactly what it was...maybe Asteroids?
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 24, 2013, 01:27:24 PM
I played a fair number of original Xbox games on my launch 360 during the first year, but that was mostly because the flow of quality new games wasn't up to speed yet. I also didn't have the time or money to play the original Xbox, so I was interested in experiencing the previous generation. There are so many new games hitting the market at this point that I never feel that I need (or have the time) to go back and play stuff that was released 8+ years ago.

This time around, I already have a 360 and PS3 on which I've been able to play most of the games that have interested me, and I'll still have them for the early next gen when new releases might be slim. For those reasons, I just don't see backward compatibility as a significant concern in my gaming future.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: May 19, 2013, 11:12:21 PM
I  saw it in IMAX 3D this afternoon and loved it...great movie from start to finish that had just the right combination of humor, action, and nods to long-time Trek fans. I had my suspicions about where the story was going as all the twists began to unfold, but there were still a lot of unexpected parts, and it was really cool to see exactly how it all plays out.

Anyone who has any interest in seeing this definitely needs to make sure they avoid spoiling the plot early if they want to enjoy it to the fullest though...
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video game fonts: how many do you recognize? on: May 19, 2013, 06:28:33 PM
I can identify 36 out of 60 for certain, along with good guesses at a few others...pretty crazy how things like that jump into mind even when you haven't seen some of them for a long time.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/10/13 on: May 13, 2013, 12:06:15 AM
Still working my way through Bioshock: Infinite...love the game, but I just haven't had much time to play lately. Fortunately, I think I'm pretty close to the end and excited to see how it all comes to a close icon_cool
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 11, 2013, 03:02:44 AM
Bought my first album (on cassette) when I was in the 4th grade...

98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: May 08, 2013, 05:14:34 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 08, 2013, 03:44:43 PM

Of course, to all those people waiting in line, you walked past them to D-Bag seating.

You mean all those people who could have also bought their tickets online if it means that much to them? I fail to see the problem...
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: May 08, 2013, 01:25:10 AM
I don't understand why reserved seating for IMAX is a problem either. Just like TEW, I love that I can buy my tickets and choose my exact seat days ahead of time, then walk into the theater right before the show starts and have a guaranteed awesome seat. When I do decide to see a movie on short notice, I can still use my computer, phone, or even the kiosk in the theater lobby to see exactly what seats are left and pick one that I like...no worries about getting there early for a good seat, or I can pick a different time if I don't see a decent seat. I think it's a great idea, especially for a large theater like IMAX.

That's why I'll be buying my tickets for Star Trek in advance and locking in my favorite seat for opening weekend icon_cool
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: May 05, 2013, 08:34:31 PM
Time for another update!

I've been continuing my 10k training over the last six weeks and broke the 5-mile barrier for my first time yesterday morning, running 5.18 in just under 53 minutes. I was actually at about a 9:30-9:45 pace for most of the run, but I finished up with a set of hill repeats that made up the last 6/10 of a mile, bringing down my average a bit. It was a perfect morning and the best feeling run I've had in weeks, despite pushing to a greater distance than I've done before.

I'll be running another 5k event in three weeks, which is actually a pretty easy distance now, and I think I'm in good shape to do my first official 10k on June 2nd. I feel like that's pretty good for a guy who had never run more than a mile before January 12th icon_cool
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: What's a good Bluray player? on: April 24, 2013, 01:53:56 PM
Panasonic makes very well regarded, relatively inexpensive players. I've had one for almost two years, and while it was updated several times in the first year, new firmware is pretty rare now. I've never had trouble playing any disc, and the streaming features work well. The only real weakness is that their user interface isn't the best, but it does the job well enough.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Oblivion on: April 21, 2013, 07:59:06 PM
I saw this on IMAX this afternoon and really enjoyed it. The plot had enough twists to keep things interesting, Cruise turns in a very good performance, and the visuals are fantastic. Put all of those positives together, and Oblivion is one of the better sci-fi movies I can remember seeing in the last few years.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/19/13 on: April 20, 2013, 03:31:02 PM
I'm finally getting some gaming time this weekend with Bioshock: Infinite...haven't been able to play for almost two weeks and am itching to get back into Columbia  icon_cool
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: March 24, 2013, 03:55:42 PM
I totally forgot to come in here and post last weekend, but I successfully ran my first official 5k last Sunday...started running on January 12th, and managed to do 5k in 30:48 only 9 weeks later. My goal was to finish in under 30 minutes, and in retrospect I could have done it if I watched my time more closely and pushed a little harder. I felt great when I crossed the line, like I could have been faster, but I was holding myself back at the beginning over concerns of burning out on a long uphill during the third mile. I'm getting to know my capabilities better all the time and will be ready to push the pace a little more next time.

Speaking of which, I start a 10k program on Saturday and hope to reach that distance goal in time for a race the first weekend of June icon_cool
105  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: [Gamestop] Buy God of War Ascension get God of War Saga free on: March 23, 2013, 12:19:28 PM
I saw that yesterday...pretty awesome deal for anyone new to the GoW series
106  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: Target: Buy 2 games, get 1 free on: March 23, 2013, 01:58:13 AM
I got roped in by this deal yesterday, using it to pick up Gears of War: Judgement, God of War: Ascension, and Tomb Raider for $120 (essentially $40 each). Pretty great price for three high-profile recent releases, and will mean some great gaming over the next few weeks :cool:
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/18) on: March 21, 2013, 11:08:49 PM
I picked up three games this evening as a result of Target's Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale...lots of good gaming ahead icon_cool

Gears of War: Judgement
God of War: Ascension
Tomb Raider
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DmC - Devil May Cry on: March 20, 2013, 01:48:25 AM
I just finished DmC tonight after spending about 12 hours on my first run through the game on 'Demon Hunter' difficulty and loved it from start to finish. They've created a very complex and challenging fighting game, but at the same time kept it very accessible and fun for those who aren't completely dedicated to the series. Mix that gameplay with some of the most creative and dynamic level design that I've seen in a long time, and it made for an incredibly fun experience. The art design was always interesting on its own, but the way the environments were constantly morphing and rearranging themselves around Dante was really what stood out to me...very imaginative level design that was always surprising with something new. I think the 'dance club' level was one of the most creative and trippy things I've seen in a game in quite a while. Mix all that in with an a story that does a great job of reinventing a well-known character, and I have to say that Ninja Theory's take on DMC is a great success  icon_cool
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: What are you buying this week? (03/11) on: March 11, 2013, 01:31:07 PM
Maybe God of War, but I still have some other stuff in my backlog that I should finish first...might wait a bit
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/8/13 on: March 09, 2013, 01:10:25 AM
More DmC: Devil May Cry...love the style and creativity of the game so far, and I know that I've barely scratched the surface :cool:
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: [PC/360/PS3] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on: March 01, 2013, 07:39:49 PM
I played it on the 360 and don't remember any issues at all. In fact, I think I did that over the PS3 after doing a little research about the better version. I could be mistaken though...

In any case, it really is a great game and a steal for only $5.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/1/2013 on: March 01, 2013, 06:22:28 PM
DmC: Devil May Cry...only played the first level last night, but really liking what I've seen so far :cool:
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: March 01, 2013, 03:55:56 PM
That's only the theatrical cut though...easy to get that one out quickly and make some money. They're holding off on the extended edition until sometime in the winter holiday season.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: February 26, 2013, 05:18:42 AM
I just finished this tonight and have to say that I really enjoyed it overall...very cool and well executed concept. I was going for a non-lethal playthrough and almost succeeded, but I somehow got charged with two kills over the course of the game. I went out of my way to avoid intentionally killing anyone, but the level stats show that I killed one person in each of two different levels...not sure what happened. That still gave me the most positive ending though.

That said, I did find the ending to be a little disappointing. After all that happened in the game, I found the final mission to be surprisingly simple and was really disappointed by my final deeds that brought on the ending cutscene...pretty anticlimactic. I still had a lot of fun getting there, however, and think that Dishonored is a great game overall...would love to see a follow-up at some point  icon_cool

Spoilers for my ending...
Spoiler for Hiden:
I managed a 'very low chaos' ending in which I stopped Granny Rags, saved Emily, left all the major characters alive, brought an end to the plague, and died a hero...not a bad life's work. I was really disappointed that my final mission to stop Havelock was as basic as climbing the lighthouse, walking into a room where he was standing alone at a table, Blinking behind him for a choke-out, and letting Emily out of a locked room. As soon as she jumped into my arms, the final cutscene and credits rolled...no final dialogue with the big bad guy, just a summary of everyone's life after the rescue.  It wasn't bad, but I guess I expected a bit more.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: February 23, 2013, 05:47:14 PM
Update time!

I posted about a month ago that I was taking up running, with the ultimate goal of completing a half-marathon in October. The first step I've been pursuing along that path is to run a 5k race on March 17th.  This morning, after beginning my first attempt at running exactly six weeks ago, I ran 3.3 miles in 35 minutes. My official 5k race is still three weeks away, and I've managed to hit my goal distance early. That means I get to spend the next three weeks pushing the pace a little so that I can reach my goal of finishing the 5k run in under 30 minutes. I was running with a beginner group this morning and they were slower than the 10:00-mile pace that I've been setting when I run alone, so I really don't think I'll have any trouble getting my time down.

I'm six weeks into my attempt at improving my overall health, and I can already feel the difference. My first runs were barely more than a mile, and I would finish aching and short of breath. I finished this morning's 3-mile run feeling great and ready to go farther. I still have a long way to go, but that 13.1 mile goal doesn't seem nearly as daunting any more  icon_cool
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Onward to Season 3! on: February 23, 2013, 05:07:31 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 23, 2013, 05:47:24 AM

Season 3 trailer is UP!

Awesome...lots of great stuff shows up in that trailer, but as someone who has read all the books and knows what is coming, one thing in particular caught my attention...
Spoiler for Hiden:
It can't be coincidence that they show a shot of Robb and Catelyn Stark when you hear the words "Death is coming for everyone and everything"...great tease for fans of the books  icon_cool
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/22/13 on: February 23, 2013, 01:21:09 AM
Girlfriend is out of town and we're getting rain/snow all weekend, so that means plenty of time inside with Dishonored  icon_cool
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/15/13 on: February 16, 2013, 02:53:04 AM
Dishonored...on the third mission and loving everything about the game so far  icon_cool
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/08/13 on: February 09, 2013, 05:22:34 PM
I'll be playing Dishonored all day...not much else to do when you're surrounded by almost three feet of snow  icon_cool
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: <Brag> What's your Life's Greatest Achievement? </Brag> on: February 08, 2013, 02:01:28 AM
Graduating from college and medical school, finishing residency, and becoming a board-certified anesthesiologist...will probably only be surpassed by having kids some day
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