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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 08:47:23 PM
Let's try to salvage this before it goes any further...farther...

2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: July 31, 2014, 04:45:36 PM
PlayStation Now subscription option 'definitely in the works'

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To recap, PlayStation Now lets players stream PS3 games from Sony's cloud servers to PS4, and other systems in the future. Currently the beta only offers rental options, with players able to access games for either 4 hours, 7 days, 30 days or 90 days. As displayed in a new video, there are different prices for different games - Vigil Games' Darksiders, for example, is $3 for 4 hours, $6 for a week, $8 for 30 days and $15 for 90.

The pricing structure has been the major point of contention for potential customers, reflected by Buser noting there'll be "reduced pricing" on some of the four-hour rentals in the coming weeks, bringing them down to $2. He also noted some of the games come with DLC included. However, it's likely most scrutiny will be reserved for how Sony approaches a subscription model, which the company plans to reveal more about "later."
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 04:21:07 PM
I agree with Isgrimnur.  This is what governments are for.  When it isn't profitable for companies to do it.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: July 31, 2014, 03:51:02 PM
We have the science to build an Ebola vaccine. So why hasn't it happened?

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The problem, instead, is the economics of drug development. Pharmaceutical companies have little incentive to pour research and development dollars into curing a disease that surfaces sporadically in low-income, African countries. They aren't likely to see a large pay-off at the end — and could stand to lose money.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 31, 2014, 01:20:10 PM
I certainly hope so.  It is just silly.

6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: July 30, 2014, 07:14:48 PM
New trailer.

http://youtu.be/Lm8p5rlrSkY

Looks like a very interesting movie.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Phones must now be unlocked? on: July 30, 2014, 06:03:31 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2014, 04:38:00 PM

yeah, I've never understood the drive to buy a phone full price either unless you travel out of the country a lot.  Otherwise, you pay the same monthly rate I do as a subscriber but paid more for your phone.  I know it's due to the companies not wanting to cut profits though. 

I buy mine because none of the carriers sell a subsidized phone without a data plan.  I don't use data at all.  At work and home I have wi-fi and I can live without the times between.  A plan without data is $20 less than one with data.  Over the course of two years that is $480.  My Google Nexus 5 was $350.  So I saved $130 by not getting a "subsidized" phone. 
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 30, 2014, 03:20:17 PM
Really?  I would normally dis regard it because a. geared towards younger players and b. I hate having to buy a lot of extras to play the game.

9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 30, 2014, 03:01:48 PM
Thank you all for the idea.

We have most of the lego games on the Wii U and the kids do love them.  I will check out everyone's suggestions.

10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 30, 2014, 02:39:44 PM
So after seeing the side by side of Destiny on the PS3 and PS4 I sold my PS3 and am buying a PS4 tonight. smile 

On the plus side it means I just "finished" several games in my backlog but now I need something to tide me over until Destiny actually launches.

So what game should I buy for the PS4?  I am leaning towards Infamous because it seems like the one I am most likely to be able to play with my kids watching (ages 8 and 6) because while their is a fair amount of violence you can choose to be good and save people. 

What else should I consider?

11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: July 30, 2014, 02:28:44 PM
Here is the best HD version I have seen.  Watch it fast!

http://youtu.be/I5UyfaCoQWI
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: July 30, 2014, 01:53:44 PM
How long will this one last?
13  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 30, 2014, 01:30:59 PM
I reinstalled Sword and Poker 2 after playing the new one for a day or two.  It doesn't look as good but it is more fun.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The economic turmoil thread on: July 29, 2014, 05:40:52 PM
Seemed timely


The middle class is 20 percent poorer than it was in 1984

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Nostalgia is just about the only thing the middle class can still afford. That's because median wealth is about 20 percent lower today, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was in 1984.

Yes, that's three lost decades.

Now, as you might expect, the middle class has been hit particularly hard by the Great Recession and the not-so-great recovery. It's all about stocks and houses. The middle class doesn't have much of the former, but it does have a lot of the latter. And that's bad news, because, even though the crash decimated both, real estate hasn't come back nearly as much as equities have. So the top 1 percent, who hold more of their wealth in stocks, have made up more of the ground they lost. But, as the Russell Sage Foundation points out, the slow housing recovery means that, in 2013, median households were still 36 percent poorer than they were a decade earlier.

In fact, the housing bust was big enough to erase all the gains the middle class had made the past 30 years—and then some. As you can see below, median households didn't add much wealth between 1984 and 2007. That's what happens when real wages don't increase, and the cost of a middle class lifestyle—housing, healthcare, and higher education—does. So, as Dean Baker points out, when the crisis did come, it devoured these meager gains and left the middle class with 20 percent less wealth than they had when it was "Morning in America."
15  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / *SOLD* PS3 250 GB slim on: July 29, 2014, 01:23:37 PM
Of course since it went on Amazon it was just the system so now I have a game to sell.  Actually I had three but the Amazon price for 2 of them is under $10 and I don't see why anyone would pay be enough to get a bit of profit and still cover shipping so I think I will just take them to the store and trade them in.

So the one game:

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD - $25




16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: July 28, 2014, 07:14:44 PM
Trailer for part 3

http://youtu.be/ZSzeFFsKEt4


Got to say it looks too somber and depressing for me.  I have thought that through the whole series though.  I don't think Jackson captured the child's adventure story part of the hobbit. 

17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 28, 2014, 04:50:24 PM
Gaystation 4 up for auction



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In celebration of pride week in Sweden, retailer Webhallen is auctioning off a customized PlayStation 4 to support The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights (RFSL). Designated the "Gaystation edition," the auction for the $400 console is already up to $1,630 (as of this writing).

"For many young people, the world of games will become a refuge to escape the taunting or worse of real life. On Webhallen, we are gamers in heart and mind, and are keen that as many as possible have the opportunity to feel welcome and enjoy the world's largest and fastest growing interest: video games," notes the Webhallen post, with #thisisforthegaymers.

The site also notes that 100% of the proceeds will go to RFSL Newcomers, which works with asylum seekers, undocumented migrants and new LGBTQ arrivals under that division.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: July 28, 2014, 04:02:09 PM
It looks appropriately dark, unhappy, and depressing for a post-apocalyptic world.  I have no desire to see it but it seems to fit what one would expect.

19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 28, 2014, 03:56:58 PM
I have been loving the beta on the PS3.  Watching a comparison with the PS4 almost makes me want to get a PS4 just for this but I have several games to finish on the PS3 (someday) so I can wait.  There isn't anything else for the PS4 that really gets me excited. 

However Destiny has been pretty great. 

Friend me up on the PS3 (Farley3k) if anyone is playing it.

20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: July 28, 2014, 03:47:06 PM
Vision. 

21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 28, 2014, 02:23:43 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 02, 2014, 08:44:29 PM

Actually, from the same user:
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...the PS3 still sees it as a generic controller. So sixaxis, vibration and PS button still won't work

And some games like GTAV still don't support it.  Not sure half-assed support is really worth it to me at this point, but I do hate the PS3 controller.

I got one and have been using it for Destiny and Ni No Kuni so far I love it.  The lack of a PS button is only annoying when I want to quit a game.

I have tried the PS3 controller, the Mad Catz, and Logitech ones as well and it is the best feeling of all of them.  So while I don't like some parts it is the best I think I will find.

22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 25, 2014, 08:44:51 PM
Most of his movies are decent, if not great.

23  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 25, 2014, 02:28:20 PM
Avadon 2: The Corruption is on sale for $4.99 for the first time.

Anyone played this?  I love spiderweb software so I am interested but I know I will probably never finish it! smile
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 25, 2014, 12:50:22 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on July 24, 2014, 07:39:25 PM

just saw this last night - technically, the most impressive Marvel film yet. nice resolution, good use of 3D in parts.

otherwise, your enjoyment of this hinges on your tolerance of a nearly non-existent plot, many cliches, quite a few dorky moments and a film that, overall, seems to be trying to make a parody of itself.

I am so going to love this movie!  smile
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 24, 2014, 01:24:43 PM
http://youtu.be/z4nJX8snP4s

Could also be called boring, poorly acted, dull, and yet destined to make millions.

26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 22, 2014, 03:07:00 PM
Great extended clip you should watch


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzI-U1Fh9zc
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dual Shock 4 now works with PS3 on: July 21, 2014, 05:43:10 PM
So I picked a PS4 controller up and put about an hour into Skyrim (so like 1/50th through smile) the PS4 controller worked great.   It is much more comfortable than the Dual Shock 3 so I am pretty satisfied.
28  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 21, 2014, 05:31:19 PM
If you like Monument Valley, you may love...

A nice write up by pocket gamer of games like Monument Valley which I thought was pretty great.  I will be checking out a few of them. 
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This is Jim Rockford at the tone leave your name and messag I'll...be in Heaven on: July 21, 2014, 12:45:57 PM
Sad but certainly one of those lives you can't say was cut short.  It was full and wonderful. 
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: July 17, 2014, 06:24:49 PM
Microsoft to shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios

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Following the 18,000 layoffs Microsoft announced this morning, the tech giant has also confirmed reports that it will be closing its Xbox Entertainment Studios division within the next few months.

Though the closure of Xbox Entertainment Studios will drastically reduce Microsoft's plans for original Xbox programming, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer claims that a few key projects will live on. "Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like 'NFL on Xbox,' and we will continue to enhance our entertainment offering on console by innovating the TV experience through the monthly console updates," Spencer wrote in a statement to Recode.

According to Variety, it also appears likely that the Ridley Scott-produced Halo prequel Halo: Nightfall will survive the death of Xbox Entertainment Studios, both because it's quite a ways into development already and because Microsoft is currently in negotiations with Showtime to broadcast the series on premium cable alongside its Xbox debut.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passenger Jet Shot Down over Ukraine on: July 17, 2014, 04:27:58 PM
frown  Sorry for all the families and friends of those who died.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weird Al's Latest Album, Mandatory Fun on: July 17, 2014, 03:53:41 PM
Handy!
33  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Gamer's 100 most anticipated iOS/Android games on: July 17, 2014, 01:10:29 PM
One I didn't see on the list but one which will be out next week

80 Days

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Inkle, the studio behind the excellent interactive gamebook adventures Sorcery! and Sorcery! 2, have a new game hitting the App Store next week called 80 Days. Based on the Jules Verne classic Around the World in Eighty Days, you'll follow Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout as they try to make it around the world in an alternate-history, steampunk version of the late 1800s.

There are a multitude of paths you can take, as well as a variety of different vehicles for you to travel in. As with the Sorcery! games, the story unfolds in bits of choose-your-own-path dialogue. You're free to choose your own route around the world, and in a very cool twist there will actually be a live feed of the paths other players are going via an in-game 3D globe.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weird Al's Latest Album, Mandatory Fun on: July 16, 2014, 04:58:39 PM
35  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Gamer's 100 most anticipated iOS/Android games on: July 16, 2014, 01:34:55 PM
Framed and Plunder Pirates are already games I have on my watch list on TouchArcade (I love watch lists.  I like just getting a little note that my games is released, updated, or has a price drop)

Warhammer 40k: Space WolfExiles, The Witness, Aralon: Forge and Flame, Gabriel Knight: Sins of our Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition all look pretty great as well. 

I really need to finish some of my backlog....

36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weird Al's Latest Album, Mandatory Fun on: July 15, 2014, 06:30:09 PM
Really?  How was that trip to the Amazon jungle for the last few months?  Because that song has been beaten to death everywhere icon_lol

http://youtu.be/y6Sxv-sUYtM

37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Weird Al's Latest Album, Mandatory Fun on: July 15, 2014, 06:23:53 PM
I have stolen this whole topic from GamersWithJobs and a user named Frahg but I wanted to share it with all of you!  Listen it is great!

Weird Al's latest album is coming tomorrow, and to promote it he'll be releasing a new video every day for eight days

All videos available at:  Weird Al's Website

7-14: Tacky

7-15: Word Crimes
38  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] OTTTD (Was Cool June Releases) on: July 14, 2014, 04:16:58 PM
For free how could I not at least try it?

OTTTD, the Silver Award-winning mix of tower defence and RTS, is this month's IGN free game for iOS
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dual Shock 4 now works with PS3 on: July 09, 2014, 08:04:22 PM
Considering I still have several PS3 games to finish you are probably right. 

40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dual Shock 4 now works with PS3 on: July 09, 2014, 07:42:51 PM
Dual Shock 4 now works with PS3

I have a PS3 and I have never really liked the PS3's dual shock controller.  Should I buy one? 
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