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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: March 31, 2015, 05:08:44 PM
April's PS+ list is out today.

Nothing I intend to grab but it does have some good looking stuff.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: March 31, 2015, 04:59:18 PM
New Episode VII Trailer Debuting With Obscure Indie Flick Age Of Ultron

In news that is rocking the movie entertainment industry to its very core, it has been announced that the new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens will be attached a little-known film titled Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, set to debut on a mere 5-3,000+ screens on May 1st.

Age of Ultron, as its name suggests, is a period piece about an upper-class couple named the Ultrons, who live in late 19th century New York City. But when Mrs. Ultron's rakish brother, Anthony Stark, comes to visit, their high society lives are thrown into disarray. Or something like that.

I believe they meant "In news that shocks no one except those who just called out a bunker...."
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TDS-Jon Stewart to take summer off,John Oliver to fill in on: March 31, 2015, 04:52:59 PM
I saw the thing about the tweets this morning and I just kind of shook my head - we live in a digital world so if you aspire for things years from now you have to plan today.   
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TDS-Jon Stewart to take summer off,John Oliver to fill in on: March 31, 2015, 01:47:17 PM
I don't know, I find him pretty funny.

Trevor Noah On The Royal Variety Performance 2014

Slightly different version of the same routine.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Re: How far would you commute for a significant pay raise? on: March 30, 2015, 05:30:53 PM

Quote from: Xmann on March 29, 2015, 01:23:00 AM

Quote from: Canuck on March 28, 2015, 11:59:36 PM

If the commute was a train ride I could do it. But driving that far every day is a lot.

But the catch is that it won't be every day. I'll find out this week how often it would be.

Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk

If it is driving, even if it isn't every day, you are putting yourself at a lot of extra risk from accidents, wear and tear on you car, etc. 

Doesn't mean it isn't worth it but it would sure be better if you could ride commuter rail or something.

46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 30, 2015, 05:26:38 PM
I am not playing the game but I saw this and thought people who are playing might want to read about it.

Pillars of Eternity has a serious bug; here's how to avoid it

The bug is described at length in this thread on Obsidian's official forums. In this reply, an Obsidian developer says that they do have a fix for the bug and that they're "trying to make it retroactive, so it will fix any save games that have this problem."
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Toren [PC, Mac, PS4] on: March 26, 2015, 09:13:57 PM
Looks cool.  Of course cut scenes often do so I will be waiting for a release but waiting with interest.
48  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: March 26, 2015, 08:43:27 PM
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D - video review.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 26, 2015, 07:51:44 PM
Jimmy Kimmel Proves No One Knows What's Going On In March Madness

Lordy that is funny.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top Gear [US] on: March 25, 2015, 01:46:27 PM
Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear contract will not be renewed

Jeremy Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed after the Top Gear presenter was involved in a 30-second physical assault on a producer, the BBC’s internal inquiry will report on Wednesday.

A BBC investigation led by BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie is thought to have found that Clarkson engaged Oisin Tymon in a 30-second physical assault after a 20-minute verbal tirade.

But a source close to the inquiry said: “There can’t be one rule for talent and one rule for ordinary human beings.”

51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tie Fighter Anime - Fan made on: March 24, 2015, 09:16:51 PM

and you are right, it is great.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 24, 2015, 07:39:54 PM
Just coming to post that.  I want a full movie of that.  Or they could do the Thrawn trilogy as an anime in that style....oh that would be cool.

53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 24, 2015, 03:27:04 PM
Dark Lord will funk Harry Potter up!  A pretty good parody song.


Every Tom Hanks movie is 8 minutes.  It reminds me that he stared in some real stinkers in his early career.

54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: March 24, 2015, 02:32:13 PM
Watching the Gametrailers review now.  Sure looks pretty.

Polygon also have a big write up

55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: March 24, 2015, 01:17:05 PM
FINALLY!  How long have we suffered with games that don't really reflect hair growth?  It is time for the pain to end!

The Witcher 3 will have dynamic beard growth over time


The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red have included one slightly bizarre new feature to the upcoming game: Geralt's beard will grow over time.

In a statement made to Eurogamer, the studio's communications chief Michael Platkow-Gilewski confirmed the protagonist's facial hair has a variety of beard "states" that will triggered over time. Players can alternatively choose an unchanging style of facial hair by downloading the free Beard and Hairstyle DLC coming to the game.

"The beard grows as time passes and when Geralt moves between locations. The beard has several "states" and these states determine its length - the longest is really long but it's not Gandalf-long," Platkow-Gilewski explains.

"When you download the free Beard and Hairstyle DLC the growth of the beard will stop because we decided that when players want a predefined look, it would be weird to require from them to reapply it time after time."

The Witcher 3 launches on May 19 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One weird trick for finishing a lot of games on: March 23, 2015, 07:43:57 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 23, 2015, 05:30:20 PM

Backlogs hate him! You'll never guess what happened next!

The funny thing is, even though I have beaten so many games, my backlog has probably grown due to bundles. the money other people spend on coffee or cigarettes I spend on games. $3-$6 a week and you've added somewhere from 5-15 games to your backlog each week. Oh well.

I just want to point out you actually had 6 tricks and the title says one.  smile 

However I have thought about it and I will be selling my kids so I can finish more games.
57  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: March 23, 2015, 05:47:00 PM
Digital version of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D doesn't fit on the New 3DS's standard SD card

Nintendo has revealed that the digital version of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will not fit on the standard microSD card that comes with the New Nintendo 3DS and New 3DS XL.

This information is noted at the bottom of the game's listing on the website. It reads:

"The download version of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D does not fit on the microSD card included with New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL systems: an 8GB or larger microSD card is required to download this game from Nintendo eShop."

So, yes, if you plan on purchasing Xenoblade Chronicles 3D through the 3DS eShop for your New Nintendo 3DS, you'll also need to buy an 8GB microSD, or higher.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is also the only game that requires a New 3DS or New 3DS XL to play. So it's turning out to be quite an expensive game to play.

It'll be out on April 2nd in Europe and Japan. The US gets it on April 10th.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who: the original series on: March 20, 2015, 01:38:37 PM
I love the original series.  They were great.  While the slower approach is somewhat jarring but there was so much more time for character development.  If there is one thing I really dislike about the new series it is that no one really has time to grow or become a "real" person.  They are just throw away characters gone by the end of an hour.  Certainly there are a few who stick around but basically 90% of the cast is new all the time.  I never really care about them. 

Anyway I love the classic series for what it is and I like the new one too but I would still rather watch Tom Baker than Matt Smith.

59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: March 20, 2015, 01:08:29 PM
Loved it! - Because it doesn't try to have that dark heavy feel the first trailers have gone for.  It reminds me of the first movie.  

And this interview with Joss ran after the trailer on Youtube.  Slight spoilers so don't watch if you are worried about that kind of thing.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 18, 2015, 08:23:24 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 17, 2015, 12:51:29 AM

I hope this becomes a thing - The Leviathan.

61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 18, 2015, 06:00:24 PM

62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 18, 2015, 05:54:02 PM

63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC pulled a Batgirl cover variant on: March 18, 2015, 05:40:47 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 18, 2015, 05:23:55 PM

That's a shame. That's a really brilliant piece of artwork.

As a society I think we're really in danger of watering down everything into a mush of mediocrity in an attempt not to offend anyone's "delicate sensibilities."

I am so old....but considering what was acceptable when I was a boy compared to what is commonplace now I don't think we are in any danger of watering down everything.   There is so, so, so much more offensive stuff today than would have been allowed years ago that I don't see any danger of that.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel + Netflix = Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessic Jones, Defenders on: March 18, 2015, 01:22:39 PM
Kind of neat....I don't know what you would call this but it is artistic and neat.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your cell provider? on: March 18, 2015, 01:11:58 PM
I use Ting because I love pay as you go.  I am also a very, very light user so I would never reach the caps on 90% of plans offered. 

66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: March 18, 2015, 01:08:04 PM
Can you show how they do their hair?  smile

Seriously I can't think of anything but don't forget to come post the link when it is up so I can check it out.


67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Interview tips/advice for security analyst or architect on: March 17, 2015, 10:39:06 PM

Below are the needs. I meet them all but I haven't really done this position. Anyone have good suggestions of sites I should read up on so I sound knowledgeable when I interview?


    To be eligible for the IT Security Architect (PIF3) classification, the candidate will typically have:

    3-5 years’ experience working effectively with systems administration, network engineering, and/or security analysis including supporting and managing related technologies
    Applications are being accepted only from: 1) current University of Iowa employees appointed in budgeted positions at 50% effort or greater; 2) furloughed UI employees; and 3) UI ADA referral applicants.

    Demonstrates an ‘extensive’ level of knowledge and ability with:

    Networking concepts, protocols, and services
    Setup, maintenance, and security of Windows operating systems
    Setup, maintenance, and security of Unix Operating systems
    Demonstrates skill in technical problem determination and analyzing system specifications
    Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with technical and non-technical staff
    Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; technically curious and self-motivated

    To be eligible for the Sr. IT Security Analyst PIE2 classification, the candidate will typically have:

    1-3 years’ experience working effectively with systems administration, network engineering, and/or security analysis including supporting and managing related technologies
    The required qualifications are same as above demonstrating a 'working' level of knowledge and ability

    Desirable Qualifications:

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS for both IT Security Architect (PIE3) and Sr. IT Security Analyst (PIE2)
    Demonstrates a ‘working’ proficiency level of knowledge and ability with

    Setup, maintenance, and security of Unix Operating systems (PIE2 only)
    Performing network intrusion detection and responding to security incidents
    Setup and maintenance of network devices such as routers, switches, or VPN devices
    Experience using computer security tools and techniques
    Installing, configuring, and maintaining firewalls
    Forensic examinations of computers
    Specifying and implementing security architectures
    Experience programming or scripting language
    Leading project teams or workgroups
    Security, network, or systems technical certifications; or an advanced degree in a relevant field
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 17, 2015, 09:20:42 PM
This is the way to burn calories on the treadmill (SFW)
69  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call on: March 17, 2015, 08:40:01 PM
Check out the new DLC songs in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 17, 2015, 08:23:17 PM

71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 17, 2015, 07:54:34 PM
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grills? What say you GT? on: March 17, 2015, 06:49:22 PM
My thought is buy something on sale.  In Iowa they tend to rust out after 3-4 years so I find that I don't buy expecting it to last.   
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: March 17, 2015, 01:48:36 PM
Gametrailers is streaming the demo on Twitch now (Tuesday 3/17 8am central).  It will be archived so you can watch it later.

Pretty.  Combat reminds me of Xenoblade.  Real time, members doing their own things, etc.


Apparently some embargo lifted today because Joystiq/Engadget is now streaming it as well.

I like their cometary better because I remember the voice from other Joystiq streams.


I will just add videos to this comment since it really is just more of the same.

Here is the Gametrailers "Just Played"
74  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Dungeon Hunter 5 on: March 16, 2015, 08:54:36 PM
I think I agree with most of this.  It certainly won't say long on my iPad.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PC RPG) Lords of Xulima on: March 16, 2015, 06:22:09 PM
I have been eyeing this for some reason.  I have an older PC so I can't really look at the cutting edge stuff and I love the old school RPGs.

I saw a couple impressions, anyone else have opinions? 

76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: March 13, 2015, 05:40:40 PM
77  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: March 13, 2015, 04:06:01 PM
I thought this fit here.

Nintendo's 3DS beats out PS4 and Xbox One for February hardware sales


Nintendo's 3DS platform outsold Xbox One and PlayStation 4 throughout February in the U.S., the company's American arm announced in a press release following data provided by The NPD Group.

The 3DS family, which emcompasses the Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL and the New 3DS XL, sold 395,000 units across the U.S. last month. According to Nintendo, "The great majority of these sales were New Nintendo 3DS XL systems, which sold 130 percent more units in its initial frame than Nintendo 3DS XL did when it launched."

During the first two months of this year, sales of 3DS hardware have increased more than 90 percent compared to this same period last year. The recently released The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was the top-selling game of February as well, while Nintendo's Wii U sales have increased by more than 20 percent over sales during the same period in 2014.

Sony's PlayStation 4 is February's highest-selling home console in the U.S., it was also announced. According to Sony, this refers specifically to home console sales and not overall hardware, adding that the PS4 remains the "cumulative leader in hardware sales with more than 20.2 million units sold" worldwide.

Microsoft notes a similarly positive February for its Xbox One, stating it's experienced "record February sales in the U.S." with 84 percent more consoles sold compared to January 2015.

"All three categories of hardware, new physical software, and accessories experienced sales increases in February 2015 with combined sales of $956 million, up 8 percent over last February," said The NPD Group's Liam Callahan.

And the new 3DS didn't even come out until Feb 13 so only half a month.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: March 13, 2015, 03:52:59 PM
Worth watching - a Gametrailers "Just Played" discussion about the a demo at PAX East.

Man I hope this comes out for consoles. 
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sid Meier's Starships on: March 13, 2015, 03:50:56 PM
My thoughts;  It is fun, strategy light. 

I will copy a post by LordGek on Toucharcade's forums to describe the gameplay.

You are racing about the galaxy trying to earn favor from its inhabitants via various tactical combat missions while a couple of other AI controlled fleets are doing the exact same thing. While there are a few ways to win, the main one is simply winning over 51% of the galaxy's population. Run a mission for a planet and you'll gain both favor and some valuable resources. Do missions for the same planet a couple of times before the AI get a chance to do so and then you'll own the planet which grants you even more resources and puts you completely in charge of its defense.

These resources you collect come in a few different forms and each of the palnets you gain influence over will have its own specialties. Off the top of my head I can't recall which does what other than some obvious stuff like food allows you to build cities (more cities on a planet the higher their resource production), research allows you to improve your various ship functions, and metal is used to create/repair/improve ships.

While the various empire ships can all look different, they're all essentially the same basic ships with just different ratings on their individual components. Even research, at least as I've seen so far, will never offer up any radically new components or weapons, just ways for your existing guns to do more damage or your shields to absorb more punishment.

One concpet pretty original is the whole Shore Leave thing. The game allows you to decide how much you want to get done in a single turn at the cost of greater and greater crew fatigue for each mission you take in that single turn. While resources will only be generated once on all of your systems at the end of your turn, you could just keep it safe and run a single mission that turn with your crew at peak efficiency, or end up doing 3 or more missions with a crew practically falling asleep (stats for the ship are lower and enemy hits will do extra damage) by the end.

I had a lot of trouble with the touch interface.  Several times I touched an area to move the map so I could look around and my ship moved to that place.  When you upgrade a ship you have a confirmation check box why not have that for movement?  I could see the trouble with people moving all over to scope out enemies but that seems easy to solve - you don't see anything about an area until you check the accept box. 

Anyway, it is fun for the short I got to play.

80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP: Terry Pratchett on: March 13, 2015, 01:07:41 PM
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