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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 13, 2015, 11:25:38 PM
Yeah, I always switch to sword mode when facing a single enemy or two.  I learned that the hard way.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Carls Jr - now in Toronto should I try it? on: April 13, 2015, 05:55:00 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on April 11, 2015, 10:05:21 PM


1. Cut up some red potatoes into french-fry sized pieces. I use 1.5 potatoes per person.
2. Soak them in cold water for 5-10 minutes. Pat dry with paper towel.
3. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
4. Preheat oven to 350.
5. Arrange fries in a single layer. Spray with the nonstick spray. Apply salt and pepper (I like cayenne).
6. Bake for 30 minutes, turning them once halfway through.


I just drove to BK and bought fries in the time it took to simply read that.   slywink
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/14) on: April 13, 2015, 04:52:03 PM
Yup.  The AoW3 expansion might be my most anticipated release of the last couple of months.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 13, 2015, 03:18:29 PM
Okay, so I'm about 4 hours into the game.  I've explored a lot of the first zone and I'm about to tackle the Cleric Beast in earnest.  I am absolutely loving the sword cane that turns into a whip.  I know most sites suggest other weapons for those who want an easier time of it, but I think it's great.  

My only complaints so far are:

I wish they'd kept the new game/bonfire mechanic from DS2 that allows you to eventually stop respawns in a region after about the 8th or so time you clear it.  I liked that about DS2.  It gave me a chance to fully explore an area without having to worry about mobs that were usually (by that point) more an annoyance than anything else.  

The summon help mechanic seems like a big step backward to me.  I liked the DS2 method of signs on the floor that indicated someone was available to help.  This new mechanic with the bell just seems awkward and unfriendly in comparison.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 09, 2015, 12:55:45 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 08, 2015, 08:30:57 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 08, 2015, 08:23:09 PM

Sorry if this has been asked already, but does this have the same limited respawn rule as DSII for non-boss creatures?

No, but it does remain the mechanic that has been around since Demon's Souls where certain non-boss enemies will never respawn once killed. I know this at least goes for the hunter-type enemies in Bloodborne.

Shoot, I kind of liked that mechanic in DS2.  

I broke down thanks to you bastages and bought it last night.  I played for a bit.  It gives me my Dark Souls fix, so I'm happy with it.  I need to figure out the eccentricities of this entry in the franchise though.  But I have to do that with every game they release.

I do prefer the gothic horror of this game over the previous medieval setting.  I rather hope they make a few more games set in this world.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 08, 2015, 08:23:09 PM
Sorry if this has been asked already, but does this have the same limited respawn rule as DSII for non-boss creatures?
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 08, 2015, 06:06:32 PM
Oooh....good question!   nod
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 08, 2015, 05:08:21 PM
What's going to suck though is trying to fit a GTX 980 SLI setup in the case.   icon_cry
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Compute Stick! on: April 08, 2015, 04:59:46 PM
I've been interested in something like this for a while (HDMI computer sticks have been around for a little while).  I'd like to install Kodi on one and make it into a full fledged media server.  But most of the released sticks have been android based, or have had issues with overheating and other problems when they offer a linux version. I may just go ahead and grab a chromebox.  But I'd like to see reviews from folks who try to create a media server out of this intel stick first.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 07, 2015, 06:14:47 PM
 *Fist Shaking*
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 07, 2015, 03:24:56 PM
Argh, I'm trying to avoid picking this one up until it drops in price.  I've already got enough of a backlog. But you folks are making it hard to do that!   crybaby
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] It Follows on: April 06, 2015, 07:10:32 PM
Cross posted from OO because I think there's more than a few folks here who'd love it.  

It Follows is a small budget horror film that recently made waves at Sundance and quite a few other film festivals.  It's one of those great horror films that manages to be both scary and thoughtful at the same time.  I finally got around to seeing it last Friday and I loved every second of it.

In a nutshell:

A teenage girl named Jay has sex with a guy she's been dating for a short while.  After the deed is done, she's told that her beau has passed on to her a curse that manifests as something that is constantly chasing her...albeit via a slow walk.  And that something can take the form of anyone.  

I don't want to give anything else away.  The movie is just a fantastic little film that should be experienced by any fan of well made horror...or simply a well made film.  It works as an allegory about the dangers of teen sex, while not sacrificing any of its scares in pursuit of its heavier story.

By the way, the soundtrack screams 80's horror with its synthesizer score.  I loved that about it.  I also loved its attempt to create a feeling of timelessness by featuring old style tv sets in people's homes alongside newer hand held electronic devices for some of the teens.  The film looks like it could be set in 1970 or 2015 in many ways.

Two enthusiastic thumbs up for this little gem.  I highly recommend it!
13  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: April 06, 2015, 02:13:14 PM
I really enjoyed How to Survive.  It's a fun top down game with crafting and zombies.  What's not to like?
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who: the original series on: April 06, 2015, 01:22:46 PM
Very cool!  Thanks!
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on: April 01, 2015, 12:48:23 PM
That it's available only in Canada but not here in the states is just further proof that Canada is a second class citizen in the eyes of corporate America. 

But seriously, I feel the need to apologize to Canada for the film.  Not only was it friggin' awful, it also features Mark Wahlberg.  That's like putting a razor blade in a candy apple, then putting that inside a bomb and hiding it in a teddy bear.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC Jumping on the Old TV Series Revival Bandwagon on: March 31, 2015, 02:27:30 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on March 30, 2015, 08:23:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 30, 2015, 02:18:15 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on March 28, 2015, 01:41:55 PM

MANIMAL!!!!!!

Audiences the world over had so many unanswered questions after it ended.  I know I would love to get some closure.

You want closure.  Try being a fan of The Phoenix.  And what happened to the Misfits of Science?

When I was a kid, my friends and I watched the Phoenix each week. I remember the highlight was an episode in which he levitated a box of kittens out of a fire or something.  But while doing so, you could clearly see the cables they used to make it fly.  Ah, childhood.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: March 30, 2015, 09:05:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 30, 2015, 02:03:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 30, 2015, 02:16:02 AM

You should check out Rick and Morty, and The Venture Bros.

Does Rick get less irritating after the first episode?

Honestly, I recorded all of the episodes because of Dan Harmon, but I haven't been able to watch more than the first one because that dude is just...blech.

One man's "blech" is another man's treasure.  Rick is an out-frigging-standing character.  I think he's perfect the way he is.  He's the sleazy, selfish version of Doc Brown that we all secretly wished for while watching Back to the Future all those years ago...well, those of us with borderline sociopathic tendencies, anyway.

But to answer your question:  no, he (thankfully) never changes.  I would say go ahead and free up your DVR space.   icon_wink
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC Jumping on the Old TV Series Revival Bandwagon on: March 30, 2015, 02:18:15 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on March 28, 2015, 01:41:55 PM

MANIMAL!!!!!!

Audiences the world over had so many unanswered questions after it ended.  I know I would love to get some closure.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: March 30, 2015, 02:16:02 AM
You should check out Rick and Morty, and The Venture Bros.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 08:22:44 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 23, 2015, 07:56:50 PM

I have enhanced the importance of your lack of discretion.

slywink

<Purge drops mic>



p.s. I still find it hilarious that Jim Rash (the Dean) has an Academy Award sitting at home, and he still loves doing stuff like Community and Mike Tyson's Mysteries.

Although, I'm guessing just having an Oscar doesn't automatically mean you're in demand in Hollywood.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 07:33:54 PM
Done...of course, with your quote still having them out there for all the world to see, it's probably not going to help much.   Tongue
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 07:27:58 PM
Sorry, yeah...Purge has a point.  Enjoy being surprised by this stuff later after you watch the episodes.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 07:10:44 PM
Some folks complained that the first few episodes weren't that funny, but I thought they were quite good.  However, once the cast has had time to gel and come together, it's non-stop funny. 

...except for the season which will not be named.  You can skip that season.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Season 4...ugh, I hate even saying it.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 06:19:44 PM
If you even remotely find any of the shows you listed funny, you will experience comedy bliss while watching Community.  If you're also a bit of a nerd, you will probably pass out from laughing at some point.

Spoiler for Hiden:
p.s. be prepared to rewind a lot.  There's a LOT of stuff that whizzes by fast, or won't be immediately apparent.  And even more stuff that pays off later...sometimes even years later.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This is my thread on: March 23, 2015, 05:54:52 PM
It's Gary Shandling's Show was arguably one of the most innovative, influential sitcoms in the history of comedy.  I remember being in awe of the show when I first saw it.  Of course, I later found out it was something that had already been done (in a more subdued manner) by The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, as well as The Jack Benny show.  But at that time in television, it was utterly unlike anything else.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 23, 2015, 05:09:02 PM
Pillows and Blankets is my favorite episode of all time.  When Pierce submits his plans for the Pillow Man, make sure you pause and read them.  They're freakin' hysterical.



27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This is my thread on: March 20, 2015, 03:44:24 PM
And this the theme to Gary's show.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who: the original series on: March 19, 2015, 06:33:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 19, 2015, 12:24:51 PM

Moffat is now the producer of the show, such was his rise over there.  There are positives and negatives to that, though.

Mostly negatives for me.  I freakin' loved his Who stories in the earlier seasons.  When it was announced he was taking over, I was sure this signaled a golden age for the show.  But the last few years he's just been churning out crap, or approving crap, as the case may be at times.  What the hell happened to the man??
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC pulled a Batgirl cover variant on: March 18, 2015, 09:15:25 PM
I think comics in general are in a precarious position in the publishing world.  They're still flashy enough to attract kids and teens, but they're often aimed at older audiences.  So they walk a very fine line sometimes. 
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cord Cutting Tool on: March 18, 2015, 08:37:38 PM
I had never heard of Playstation Vue.  Sounds like a great idea...if it weren't 50 bucks for the lowest plan.  I'll give the free trial a try, but there's no way I'm going back to paying almost cable level costs for tv again.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 18, 2015, 08:15:08 PM
It's not really murder though, is it?
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 18, 2015, 08:11:42 PM
My luck, they'd accidentally shine it on its side and Isgrimnur would freakin' show up.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 18, 2015, 07:18:11 PM
"a" denotes singular.  When have you ever known me to travel with a single source of good lighting?
34  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Any Sales on Elder Scrolls Online? on: March 18, 2015, 06:56:49 PM
Check isthereanydeal.com and setup an alert.  That's what I did and I got ESO for 17 bucks about two weeks ago when gamesrocket.com had it on sale for 24 hours.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 18, 2015, 05:35:38 PM
 icon_lol
36  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage and the Churches on: March 18, 2015, 05:25:46 PM
They're partially right.  Slavery was only part of the reason for the Civil War.  I do have to add I'm not sure how you can draw a comparison between what I wrote and what they believe.  I'm not saying that gay rights were coming anyway and we shouldn't have done anything to help it along.  

If you look back at Civil Rights, Women's Suffrage, etc., they all gradually came into being (and I might add, through the work of great individuals).  At no point was there an overnight proclamation from the general populace supporting these things.  Change that happens quickly has a tendency not to last, I believe. Change needs to gradually work its way into the public consciousness.   I wish that wasn't the case and we could accept such things quickly, but the first impulse by most is to kick back against societal changes that they don't initially agree with.  

Real change takes time.  Period.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 18, 2015, 05:21:35 PM

Quote from: Geezer on March 18, 2015, 05:18:43 PM

This sucks.  I can't find a SXSW thread so I can complain about SXSW, and the fact that a freaking stage lighting company showed up at my neighbors *house* the other day.

Are you still mad the spotlight isn't going to be on you??  I've told you before:  a one man show called "Geezer Eats Stuff and Looks at a Birdhouse" is NOT a good idea for an off broadway production!
38  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage and the Churches on: March 18, 2015, 05:18:10 PM
I've come to the conclusion that "ripping the bandage off" is not the way to go about change in our society.  It happens gradually.  Hopefully they'll (and others)  will continue to grow in the direction that I think any just and compassionate God would approve.
39  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Congrats Bibi on: March 18, 2015, 05:12:30 PM
Sometimes a huge mistake takes time to hurt you.  

<insert THANKS OBAMA code into the Rip automated reply system>
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: March 18, 2015, 05:04:38 PM
I fully expect you to make that your desktop background. 

It looks like a drunk Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, doesn't it?
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