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81  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
82  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
83  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:
84  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
85  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
86  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
87  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:
88  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.
89  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:
90  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.
91  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.
92  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
93  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
94  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
95  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
96  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
97  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
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Are You Stepping Into the Next Gen? on: February 01, 2013, 05:43:22 PM
I will definitely pick up the next Xbox, and possibly the PS4 if a must-have game shows up or they implement some new tech well. That's mainly because I haven't touched my PS3 in months but still use my 360 several times a week. I'm not sure that I'll be rushing to get the next Xbox if I can still play the 360 while they work out any kinks though. I shipped my 360 back to MS three times for the RROD and would rather not deal with that type of thing again.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you do your own Taxes? on: February 01, 2013, 12:17:31 AM
I've been using H&R Block Online for a few years now and it's always worked great...really couldn't be much simpler.
100  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: 12 Month Xbox Gold $35. on: January 28, 2013, 01:22:49 PM
They're on sale for $34.99 at Best Buy all week as well
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: January 26, 2013, 09:30:16 PM
I played the demo earlier this afternoon and thought it was pretty cool. It's definitely an action/fighting game instead of stealth, but it does have a MGS vibe and might turn out to be a pretty cool game. I'm definitely more optimistic after playing the demo that it could be a worthy addition to one of my favorite game series of all time. I guess we'll know soon enough...
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: January 24, 2013, 12:00:33 AM
My girlfriend has been a runner for many years (ran the Boston Marathon two years ago and has done a couple triathlons) and has been trying to get me to join her for quite a while. I have never really enjoyed running and avoided it last summer by focusing on cycling instead. I haven't been on my bike since late September, however, when the temperatures started dropping and it becomes dark too early to safely go for rides after work in the evening. As a result of not exercising during the winter holiday season, I've regained most of the 15 pounds I managed to drop over the last year and a half. I can feel myself sliding backward and it's a feeling I really don't like.

In an effort to turn things around, I've decided to start running and give it real effort for the first time. It all started when I somewhat-jokingly made a comment to my girlfriend about running the Hartford Half-Marathon with her next year...and she let a small laugh slip at the idea. This has inspired me to push myself to see just what I'm capable of over the next 9 months. I joined a 5k running program at my local running store two weeks ago, and I'm set to run my first 'official' 5k race only eight weeks from now (March 17th). After that, I'm making a 10k race sometime over the summer my next goal. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get from nothing all the way up to a half-marathon in less than a year, but my ultimate goal is to run 13.1 miles on October 12th. It's a bit of an intimidating goal right now, but even if I don't make it to the big race, the effort should get in me into the best shape of my life. Wish me luck! icon_cool
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: January 09, 2013, 01:22:51 AM

Quote from: walTer on January 08, 2013, 10:13:42 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on January 08, 2013, 07:49:31 PM

Dollar Shave Club advertisement.  I never heard of these guys before but I just might be turning in my electric razor for good.

Our Blades Are F**king Great!

Looking good pop-pop!  smile

They are totally worth a try.  Fantastic price, you can stop any time and you switch to different razors whenever you want.  Been using them for about a year now- such a great deal- and yeah while it was recommended by a buddy of mine, the video inked the deal.

Now visit Dorco USA and buy the exact same razors that Dollar Shave Club will send you direct from the manufacturer. You can get the same product for even lower prices than you would pay the club. Their commercial is still awesome though icon_cool
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2013 Edition on: December 31, 2012, 12:42:52 AM
My reading accomplishments for 2012...15 novels over 12 months, with hopes to expand the types of books I read and increase the number I complete in 2013 icon_cool


Finished

The Ghost in the Wires - Kevin Mitnick - January 14
The Zombie Wilson Diaries - Timothy Long (aka GT's own Crusis) - February 26
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time - Book One) - Robert Jordan - April 28
American Gods - Neil Gaiman - June 3
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card - June 18
The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time - Book Two) - Robert Jordan - July 20
The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time - Book Three) - Robert Jordan - August 12
The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time - Book Four) - Robert Jordan - September 14
The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time - Book Five) - Robert Jordan - October 20
My Appetite for Destruction - Steven Adler - October 31
Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time - Book Six) - Robert Jordan - December 26


In Progress

A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time - Book Seven) - Robert Jordan
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games finished in 2013 ALL GAMING PLATFORMS (including Mobile Games) on: December 31, 2012, 12:36:06 AM
My meager accomplishments for 2012...only completed four games, which is by far my least in years. I think there were really two causes for the 'decline'...spending the first half of the year playing nothing but Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim (164 hours!), and having a few distractions in my personal life. I'm hoping to get back into the groove for 2013 though icon_cool


Finished

Assassin's Creed: Revelations - January 31
Dishonored - February 25
DmC - Devil May Cry (Demon Hunter) - March 19
God of War: Ascension - April 5
The Walking Dead - April 6
Bioshock: Infinite - May 14
Gears of War: Judgment - June 6
The Last of Us - July 7
Tomb Raider - August 24


In Progress

Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Rage
The Witcher
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: December 21, 2012, 11:29:27 PM
Awesome...congrats on finishing the book! I really enjoyed Among the Living and look forward to checking out the follow-up...will gladly give my money to the cause once it's released icon_cool
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If you could have any car $100,000 USD or less, what would it be? on: December 18, 2012, 11:03:59 PM
Under $100k, I have to go with the Nissan GT-R. My real dream car is a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, but you can't get one of those for less than six figures anymore...
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 16, 2012, 06:32:19 PM
I saw it in HFR 3D yesterday afternoon and absolutely loved it.  Sure, there are a few changes in scenes from the book, and a lot of material from sources other than The Hobbit has been added, but it all comes together to make a great film that is obviously going to tell a much more epic story than the book from which it gets its name. I will admit that it can get a little slow at times, but I really didn't mind those parts and I think that they did tend to add to the plot in important ways. Overall, I loved the movie and would encourage anyone to see it whether you're a Tolkein fan or not.

As for the HFR 3D, it is definitely a major change in the way we're used to seeing movies in the theater, but I came away very impressed in the end.  The clarity of the picture is incredible, and it pairs with excellent use of 3D to make the sharpest, most realistic movie I've ever seen. It really is almost like looking through a window onto Middle Earth at times. I will admit that the clarity makes a few of the more effects-heavy scenes appear more artificial than they might otherwise, but I think that is a small price to pay for how great so many other scenes look. It does take a little adjustment, and there were a handful of shots that seemed to be moving in fast-forward, but once you get used to the change, it really is an impressive difference. I can definitely see it becoming the new standard with time, but it is going to take most people a little while to accept something so different.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: December 11, 2012, 01:35:42 AM

Feynman recounted another good one upperclassmen would use on freshmen physics students: When you look at words in a mirror, how come they're reversed left to right but not top to bottom? What's special about the horizontal axis?
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: December 06, 2012, 10:01:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2012, 09:39:00 PM

A mug, a pitcher, and one or several mischievous tomatoes.

This guy is really good.

Not sure if this is sleight of hand so much as sleight of reality.

Awesome...really slick technique and very creative presentation icon_cool
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: December 01, 2012, 04:52:00 AM
Long-time readers of xkcd will get this most out of this one...very nicely done...


She won the first half of all our chemo Scrabble games, but then her IV drugs started kicking in and I *dominated*
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/30/12 on: December 01, 2012, 04:38:34 AM
Halo 4 - Spartan Ops!
Assassin's Creed:Revelations
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 24, 2012, 01:18:16 AM
Have to take back what I said...Waypoint is back to locking up the whole system if I try to load from inside Halo 4. It worked right after I reinstalled yesterday, but I guess that was only temporary mad
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 22, 2012, 06:56:21 PM
The Waypoint delete and reinstall fixed the problem for me as well...loads right up now  icon_cool

I also managed to finish the campaign on Heroic today...really enjoyed the whole thing, although the final gameplay portions didn't really feel like they built up to any big finish. The ending cinematics were interesting though and really leave me wondering where they're going to take the series next. I think overall that 343 did a great job with their first entry in the franchise, producing a game that was not only technically impressive but gives us more story and emotion than we've seen before in a Halo game...couldn't have asked for much more. Now it's time to get into multiplayer and see what Spartan Ops is all about...
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bluetooth Speakers on: November 22, 2012, 02:29:45 AM
While I have never heard the Bose or Braven options, I have listened to the original (small) Jambox and was very impressed with the sound that comes out of a such a small device. I think it's pretty well regarded by just about anyone that has heard it, and the big version is supposedly even better.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 21, 2012, 12:55:41 AM
Someone on the xbox forums claims that deleting Waypoint and reinstalling will fix the lockup issue. I'll be trying it this evening and will report back...
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wreck-It Ralph on: November 18, 2012, 11:31:29 PM
I finally got to see it this afternoon and loved it from start to finish...really cool concept, cute story, very funny, and only made better by all the classic video game references. It's very obvious that the creators of Wreck-It Ralph are truly fans of gaming themselves and it had to be a labor of love for them. I think any long-time gaming fans owe it to themselves to see this one icon_cool
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 18, 2012, 04:38:56 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 17, 2012, 07:03:28 PM

BTW I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing problems  accessing Halo Waypoint from the menus. Tying to access it from the Halo 4 menus, I can reproduce a crash of my 360 as sure as death and taxes every time. Meanwhile, I don't have any problem accessing Waypoint from the 360 desktop.

Same issue here...try to access Waypoint from the Halo 4 menu and it freezes my 360 on a black screen every time. It's surprising that they left such a big bug in the game given how much they're trying to push Waypoint now, but it doesn't really bother me because you're exiting out of Halo and starting a new app regardless of the path you take...still have to restart Halo 4 when you want to play again.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 13, 2012, 05:15:56 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 12, 2012, 04:52:32 PM

You need to find all of the terminals

I've just finished mission 5 and found four of the terminals so far.  They're definitely worth keeping an eye out for as they provide some very interesting backstory to the Halo universe and the unfolding plot of the current game. Watching the domain terminal videos shows that 343 really has put a lot of effort into building significant history into their new story, and I'll definitely be putting in the effort to find the remaining terminals...plus finding them all can unlock some more cool stuff icon_cool
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: November 13, 2012, 02:48:33 AM
Alternate audio version of the trailer...might be more entertaining than the original icon_wink
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