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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robin Williams found dead on: August 12, 2014, 01:20:40 PM
Sad news.  He will be missed.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 07, 2014, 03:15:45 PM
Replace sounds in the Matrix with 8-bit video games sounds.

Fun to watch.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: August 05, 2014, 04:15:14 PM

George R.R. Martin To Republish 'Game Of Thrones' Children's Book

If there’s one thing we’ve all thought as we watched a brutal swordfight or X-rated act of incest on HBO's drama “Game of Thrones,” it’s definitely “I wish I had an age-appropriate way to share this story with my young kid/niece/nephew/godchild.” Now, finally, winter is coming for the kids as well. This fall, Tor is rereleasing George R.R. Martin’s 1980 children’s story The Ice Dragon, which is set in the same A Song of Ice and Fire world as "Game of Thrones."

The Ice Dragon was originally published as part of a 1980 anthology, Dragons of Light. In 2007, the story was released as a book, but it is no longer in print -- meaning for several years now, children have had no way to experience "Game of Thrones" mania for themselves, short of scouring used book stores and eBay for a used copy. The new edition, re-imagined with delicate, dreamy illustrations by Spanish artist Luis Royo, hits bookstores Oct. 21.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 05, 2014, 01:59:24 PM
You should make a Guardians movie night

85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMNT Live Action Reboot inc? on: August 05, 2014, 01:32:10 PM
This may surprise you...

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is a Hollow Shell of a Movie

At one point in the latest iteration of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, our heroes in a half-shell are flying through the sewers on their way back home after a victory against the Foot Clan. After some quick sliding, flipping, skateboarding and more they all go flying towards the entrance back to their home pipe, but all four of them end up getting stuck in the doorway, and Michelangelo farts. That's what Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feels like amidst an onslaught of remakes, reboots and sequels: another fart from the studio system that churns out films like this as if they were delivery pizzas that not even the turtles will eat.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 04, 2014, 09:27:44 PM
That is hilarious!  Cut and Paste...then forget to cut net time you do it...

After looking at what I had meant to post I have to say the mistakes is funnier, and kinder so I think I will just leave it.

87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 04, 2014, 06:20:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 04, 2014, 03:00:29 PM

Pretty fascinating article about a secret super experimental drug that appears to have saved the americans.

At least we can save the white people
88  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: August 04, 2014, 01:25:42 PM
Bioshock is coming to ios!

And here is some video of gameplay.
89  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...

90  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'

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."
91  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.
92  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?

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.
93  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.

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

Looks like a very interesting movie.
95  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. 
96  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.

97  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.

98  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?

99  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!
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: July 30, 2014, 01:53:44 PM
How long will this one last?
101  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.
102  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

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."
103  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

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

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. 

105  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

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.
106  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.

107  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.

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

109  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:
...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.

110  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.

111  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
112  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
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 24, 2014, 01:24:43 PM

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

114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 22, 2014, 03:07:00 PM
Great extended clip you should watch
115  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.
116  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. 
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This is Jim Rockford at the tone leave your name and messag I' 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. 
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: July 17, 2014, 06:24:49 PM
Microsoft to shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios

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.
119  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.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weird Al's Latest Album, Mandatory Fun on: July 17, 2014, 03:53:41 PM
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