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41  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: October 30, 2013, 03:28:46 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 30, 2013, 01:17:08 PM

You are also going to lose your plan if it is too good, as it then is one of the 'cadillac' plans that is going to be taxed out of existence.     Obamacare is a complete disaster and people are finally waking up to that fact.

Whew! Thank goodness I don't make enough to afford one of those 'cadillac' plans. Must be nice to have all that dough though.
42  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: October 30, 2013, 12:50:34 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 30, 2013, 04:35:40 AM

The only thing that surprises me is how many people actually thought that when he said "No matter what you have heard, I'm telling you. You can keep you insurance if you like it. You can keep your doctor."

Dupes.

Anyway in reference to this piece of the lie.

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None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date -- the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example -- the policy would not be grandfathered.

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Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.” 
That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.
Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”
“This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said  Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.

http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/28/21213547-obama-admin-knew-millions-could-not-keep-their-health-insurance

Note that is an NBC story, where if it is about the administration and it bad you know it has to be true or no way in hell would they print it.

Face it what he aws saying was not true and HE KNEW it. Well in as much as he seems to know anything.

I agree. He really should have had the balls to say "Look. If you have a crappy plan, you will be forced to drop your crappy plan. But face it, it's cheap because its crappy. Are you willing to risk your savings on a crappy plan that won't cover hospitalization, outpatient procedures, specialist referrals, or pre-existing conditions?"

Faced with this I think Congress has only one solution. Push for a Crappy Care Act that forces insurance companies to re-instate their crappy cheap plans with the caveat that people on the crappy plans are on the hook to pay any out-of-pocket costs.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 22, 2013, 12:53:09 PM
Just checked prices on the PS3. This could be the year that I get one for Christmas!
44  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 21, 2013, 06:00:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 21, 2013, 05:22:16 PM

Quote from: raydude on October 21, 2013, 04:24:12 PM

What is there to stop an employer from doing this in a universe with no Obamacare? Or - to rephrase the question, neglecting the Obamacare option, how many of us think that the health insurance plans our employers give us are equal to or better than the health insurance plans we received fifteen years ago?

Because now they have a convenient scapegoat for gutting insurance.  Whether it's really true or not (and we all know how little people are actually paying attention outside of their preferred news provider's soundbites), they can now say "Obamacare is forcing us to discontinue health insurance" instead of "we're going to slash your benefits to increase our profit margin".  The latter would send people running for the exits while the former might not.

I'm just speculating here.  My hope is that companies will realize they still need to care for the employees in order to retain talent, but we all know that $$ will trump everything.

My point is that over a long time scale I do not conceive of a scenario in a non-Obamacare universe where employers do not eventually either drop employee health insurance because it is too expensive or because they are too focused on profit margin. I could be convinced otherwise but I think the long-term trends suggest that in a non-Obamacare universe employee health insurance would, in my lifetime or my kids lifetime, become a thing of the past - just like employer provided pension plans.
45  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 21, 2013, 04:24:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 21, 2013, 04:11:10 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 21, 2013, 03:46:16 PM

You are dreaming if you think employers who drop health coverage are going to give all the money they paid for insurance back to the employees to do the exact same job they were doing before.   It just isn't going to happen.    

As much as it pains me to agree with brett, I think he's right on this one.

In a perfect world, if a company drops their insurance and sends everyone to the exchanges, they would provide an raise equivalent to what they were previously paying.  In reality, however, I seriously doubt that's going to happen.  My guess is that lots of companies will simply drop employee's insurance with NO raise and either a) hope that their employees don't look elsewhere or b) use it as an opportunity to bring in cheaper labor.

That's been one of my biggest concerns about ACA from the get-go.  Companies are going to use this as a cost-cutting measure because there are lots of people out there looking for jobs.  They might lose some talent, but when people are strapped for cash or enjoy what they do, they're going to be reluctant to look elsewhere.

What is there to stop an employer from doing this in a universe with no Obamacare? Or - to rephrase the question, neglecting the Obamacare option, how many of us think that the health insurance plans our employers give us are equal to or better than the health insurance plans we received fifteen years ago?

Personally, given that fifteen years ago I didn't really have to worry about whether I was in coverage or out of coverage, it was a lot better back then than it is now.
46  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 17, 2013, 01:07:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 17, 2013, 11:59:29 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 17, 2013, 10:47:45 AM

Here, I doubt we'll have to wait a full week before one of the 144 Republicans who voted against the bill last night is invited on television to complain about what a dangerous anti-American spendthrift Barack Obama is.

A week?  More like not even 8 hours.

Oh. My. God. I think my IQ dropped 10 points just reading that. How the hell can he write all that with any shred of journalistic integrity? I think hey may be the living embodiment of False Equivalency.
47  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 16, 2013, 12:34:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 16, 2013, 02:02:47 AM

heh.  if you look closely, the guy in front of her wearing a dark blue cap is wearing a white coat that is blending in with her pasty white skin.

Um, if that blue cap guy belongs to the white coat body and hands then he has a seriously elongated neck. I think there is a short senior citizen lady with white hair (you can see it poking out of the forehead of the girl with backpack) wearing a white sweater holding her hand up.
48  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 10, 2013, 10:11:30 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 10, 2013, 02:40:08 AM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on October 09, 2013, 11:28:17 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 09, 2013, 06:28:50 PM

Yes they did get a shutdown, and the dems want the shutdown to hurt as many people as possible for political gain.

No, we don't. How do we gain politically from it? This insanity is not doing anything to help the member of Congress I'm most concerned with (other than the historic polling collapse for the GOP, I guess... but that's hardly worth this cost). There is a bill in the hopper of the House, passed and engrossed by the Senate, which the Speaker could put on the floor any day with two hours notice. It would pass. The shutdown would end.

Why is he prolonging the shutdown by not doing so?

Of course your party gains politically by people being hurt as much they can be by the shutdown as you can blame the opposing party for everything.    The people don't matter to anyone in DC anymore, whatever gains the most power over the opposition is all that matters.

The same can easily be said for the obstructionist party holding up the bill from the Senate. In fact, even more so since evidence clearly shows the trend is increasing negative public perception towards the obstructionist party the longer the shutdown goes on. Which begs the question, why is Boehner prolonging the shutdown by not holding an up/down vote on the Senate bill? Is he in favor of self-destruction of his party?
49  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 09, 2013, 06:12:49 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 09, 2013, 04:00:06 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 09, 2013, 03:41:06 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 09, 2013, 02:51:11 PM

You wouldn't even need that. The republicans have tried to take the approach of sending on the stuff everyone can agree on so it can be whittled down to budget areas where there are differences. That was not acceptable to Reid/Obama. They fear loosing leverage for the stuff they know wouldn't get through. Both sides are more worried about getting their less popular pet issues through than the most important meat items that neither one dares oppose.

Right. Because that's how a government should be budgeted and run. Defund everything, then refund things one at a time in a knee-jerk fashion, based on whatever the media happens to focus on.

Well in some ways that would be better then the current dem plan.   Do everything you can to make the current shutdown as painful as possible for as many people as possible as a political game to put pressure on the other party until you get what you want.

When is a shutdown not a shutdown? When it doesn't affect your pet agency. Republicans wanted a shutdown. They'll get a shutdown.
50  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [USA] SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! Exclusive DLC 'The Ceiling' coming soon! on: October 09, 2013, 01:26:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2013, 09:40:24 PM

hopefully they fix this piece of bullshit right quick:

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In what veterans call an outrageous slight after the ultimate sacrifice, the shuttered federal government is withholding a $100,000 payment normally wired to relatives of fallen soldiers — including the families of five killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.

The payment, known as the death gratuity, is typically sent to families of the fallen within three days to help them cover funeral costs or travel to meet the flag-draped coffins of their loved ones.

“It is upsetting because my husband died for his country, and now his family is left to worry,” said Ashley Peters of Springfield, Mo., whose husband, Jeremy, was a special agent assigned to the Army’s 5th Military Police Battalion and was among the five killed. “My husband always said if something happened to him we would be taken care of.”

“I’m a stay-at-home mom, which is what my husband wanted,” she said. “He wanted me to take care of our son.”

Outrage over the lapse built Tuesday in both parties in Congress, among the relatives of the fallen and among veteran advocacy groups, which characterized it as an unacceptable breach of the country’s obligation to its volunteer military and their families.

The families of five U.S. troops killed overseas this weekend will not receive the usual "death gratuity" due to the government shutdown. A typical $100,000 compensation is wired to families within 36 hours to help with funeral and other expenses.

“Impacting grieving families when they are at their absolute weakest point is just disgusting,” said Joe Davis, a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the largest organization of combat veterans in the United States.

“Veterans, military personnel and now their families are not to be used as leverage in this political game of blame,” he said. He called on leaders in Congress to “put the country ahead of their politics.”

Congress passed a law last week to pay the military during the shutdown. Pentagon officials studied it to assess whether it might cover the death gratuity and determined that it was not possible, a defense official told NBC News on Tuesday.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/08/20871220-just-disgusting-outrage-after-shutdown-delays-payment-for-families-of-fallen?lite

I wonder if we could push all aspects of the government through media outrage and re-open the government bit-by-bit. Wouldn't that be a hoot to have House Republicans wake up and realize too late that their leverage is gone. smile
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/Wii U]Injustice:Gods Among Us(DC fighting game from MK makers) on: October 08, 2013, 04:21:45 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 20, 2013, 07:19:43 AM

Watch places like Buy.com and such - you can pick up fighting sticks on the cheap.  Know those awesome Street Fighter sticks from MatCatz?   The ones that are over 100 bucks a piece?  Yea the wrestling themed ones were 20 bucks the other day.   Same stick, different graphics, who cares.   It's the only way to play.  smile

Just wanted to chime in with regard to fighting sticks. I bought myself the qanba q1 after seeing a review of it by a youtube guy who posts fighting game videos. His review is here. Injustice input test at 6 minute mark.

It works flawlessly on the PC. I've been using it to play skullgirls on steam and it really makes pulling off combos and special attacks a lot easier. A really good stick for the price.
52  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 05, 2013, 05:36:51 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 05, 2013, 03:29:46 PM

Defaulting on our debt for the first time in history will cause a hell of a lot more then some families having tough times.

Somebody better tell this guy.  A quote that should shock all of us:
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“I think we need to have that moment where we realize [we’re] going broke,” Yoho said. If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, that will sure as heck be a moment. “I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets,” since they would be assured that the United States had moved decisively to curb its debt.
53  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare Exchanges Are Live. How's it Looking For You? on: October 03, 2013, 04:02:13 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 03, 2013, 02:02:08 AM

Its part of the overall pay and benefits from my employer at this time, so yes they do pay for part of my insurance.   So as long as it is part of that package they give me in exchange for my work, yes I do expect them to pay.

Then you have nothing to worry about do you?

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So what that means as more and more employers shove people off to the government plans people will get royally screwed.   I know if my employer did that I couldn't afford to have insurance.
54  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: October 02, 2013, 10:52:09 AM

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 05:24:29 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 01, 2013, 04:16:26 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 04:01:08 PM

Situation is what situation is, it didn't get there overnight in a vacuum.

You keep on saying this as if it somehow equivocates the two party's approaches.

You say that as if I feel any need to. They are all pretty much a bunch of worthless crooked douchebags.

They are all acting pretty much in the exact way I have come to expect them to act. ALL of them, I am not the one trying to blame one side.

You sure? Because this:

Quote from: Rip on October 01, 2013, 04:02:17 PM

By traitor?

speaks volumes about which side you think is to blame.
55  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 13, 2013, 03:45:41 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 13, 2013, 03:34:20 PM

After looking at the photos of the recent execution by rebel forces, it makes me sick we're actually arming these savages. Seriously, just let all these psychotic evil fucks kill each other at this point and save us the trouble.

Not to sound cynical but isn't that part of the point of arming the rebels? To ensure that the killing of two bad choices keeps going on?
56  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures on: September 10, 2013, 12:35:42 PM
I have 2 starter sets, the Falcon, 2 Y-wings, and the Tie Interceptor. And no one to play it with.   crybaby
On the plus side, the models are awesome cool and make a great display on my bookshelf. Especially the Falcon. If nothing else, you should get that - even if only for display purposes.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld: Shipbreakers on: September 06, 2013, 12:21:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 06, 2013, 03:55:36 AM

Quote from: Caine on September 06, 2013, 03:34:10 AM

it would take some seriously bad acting on top of Lucas to get me to give up on this game. 

I hear they hired Tara Reid to do all the female voicework.

Surprisingly, I'm in smile
58  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 04, 2013, 05:32:44 PM

Quote from: Rip on September 04, 2013, 04:08:32 PM

Quote from: raydude on September 04, 2013, 01:28:27 PM

Quote from: Rip on September 01, 2013, 01:02:25 PM

Quote from: Canuck on September 01, 2013, 08:35:22 AM

I think  Obama is probably happy to have passed the buck. He's probably not looking forward to something that he is pushing being rejected but if it is then he can say his hands are tied. Win/win for Obama.

and a lose/lose for America.

Wait, I'm confused. So if he attacks without consulting Congress it's Obama's fault. If he consults Congress but still attacks it's Obama's fault. If he doesn't attack without consulting Congress it's Obama's fault. If he doesn't attack because of Congress it's Obama's fault. Sounds like someone has a case of 'I just don't like Obama'.

I didn't say anything about Obama's fault. I said lose/lose for America and could give a shit about who is at fault. Anything we do unilaterally in this case is a loss when the dust settles.

Actually if we do nothing we would not be doing it unilaterally. We would be in company with the Brits and a majority of countries by doing nothing. Hence my confusion that you interpreted a "do nothing" action, such as if Congress said no and Obama said his hands are tied as a "lose/lose".
59  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: September 04, 2013, 01:28:27 PM

Quote from: Rip on September 01, 2013, 01:02:25 PM

Quote from: Canuck on September 01, 2013, 08:35:22 AM

I think  Obama is probably happy to have passed the buck. He's probably not looking forward to something that he is pushing being rejected but if it is then he can say his hands are tied. Win/win for Obama.

and a lose/lose for America.

Wait, I'm confused. So if he attacks without consulting Congress it's Obama's fault. If he consults Congress but still attacks it's Obama's fault. If he doesn't attack without consulting Congress it's Obama's fault. If he doesn't attack because of Congress it's Obama's fault. Sounds like someone has a case of 'I just don't like Obama'.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: peanut butter on: August 21, 2013, 01:37:39 PM
Has anyone tried Cookie Butter, aka Biscoff spread, aka Lotus Speculoos spread?

This stuff is amazing. Spread it on an apple slice and you'd swear you were eating apple pie. I just had it this morning spread on bread and it was like eating a cookie sandwich. Not the sickeningly sweet kind either. It's surpassed Nutella as the "evil" spread from Europe that I just can't get enough of.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: August 21, 2013, 01:14:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 20, 2013, 10:45:27 PM

you can also add PC.

Most excellent! I am hoping the # of players online in the same "universe" or "shard" or whatever will scale upwards for the PC version. This may be a co-op game that will bring all my PC gaming friends together.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC]Skull Girls Beta on: August 20, 2013, 12:13:19 PM
Anyone else bought Skull Girls for the PC? I'm having a blast with this 2-D fighting game, mainly because now I understand more of the underlying strategy behind blocking, hitting, and counters. And THAT is because the tutorial for this game is probably the best I've seen for any fighting game to date.

The tutorials do a step-by-step introduction to the ins and outs of the Skull Girls fight mechanics, from basic "this is your low, med, high punch/kick. Try it now" to "this is what hit confirmation is. So, if the hits are blocked do [blah] but if not, do [blahblah]." The nice thing is that, since the terminology and tactics are the same as in most fighting games, the tutorial really is a primer for "how to be better at any fighting game".

As an example, I never really knew what the heck people were talking about when saying one can "cancel your attack into another attack". The tutorial explains it, shows it, and then gives the player an opportunity to try it. As a side bonus it shows and allows you to practice some neat combos for a few of the characters in the course of teaching you a particular technique (like air combos, or air juggling).

The game is still in beta so story mode is disabled, but there is still arcade mode, the tutorial, the training room, and online multiplayer. Haven't gone online yet but I may try it later on this week.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hyperloop on: August 15, 2013, 12:56:10 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on August 14, 2013, 06:05:03 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 14, 2013, 06:41:53 AM

I assume this would be a high-speed train tube thingie, that has no stops? How useful is that to the community compared to its costs?

Normal high-speed trains at least can have stops on the way, this seems designed not to, as I see it

I find Mag Lev trains to much more interesting, and useful to society.

California's HSR will not be Mag Lev. In fact it will barely be high speed as it is stopping about every 50-60 miles. It also goes through a populated and farming area whereas the hyperloop proposal goes through about 200 miles of nothing (Interstate 5 from Livermore to the Grapevine).

Burrito? Is there a good reason for the HSR to go through populated and farming areas? Is it stopping there? If no good reason, then why doesn't it go through 200 miles of nothing? Seems less expensive that way.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What D&D character are you? on: August 14, 2013, 07:11:20 PM

Neutral Good Human Wizard/Sorcerer (3rd/2nd Level)


Ability Scores:
Strength- 12
Dexterity- 14
Constitution- 12
Intelligence- 14
Wisdom- 11
Charisma- 12
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 28, 2013, 12:44:59 PM
Someone on here recommended The Rook a while back. I remember browsing through the first paragraph via Amazon and it hooked me enough to make an instant purchase. The first line sets it up nicely:

Dear You,
 The body you are wearing used to be mine.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 11:22:12 PM
"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents!" - Little Women
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone interested in a creative writing class w/ lectures by Brandon Sanderson? on: July 08, 2013, 11:37:10 PM
This looks pretty neat. I've always wanted to write but enthusiasm and self-criticism always seems to get in the way. I've gotten several how-to-write books but they don't seem to keep me on track either. Maybe I need a class environment to keep me writing. Signed up and will definitely try to stay on it.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 - Now with GT Review on page 2! on: June 22, 2013, 11:39:21 PM
played a few automatches vs AI today. I got to see the importance of roads on the winter maps. Saw a german squad try to make their way through waist deep snow to a resource point. They moved slowly and ponderously. Gave my flamethrower engineers time to hurry up the road and take cover before giving them a good roasting. I'm guessing this means we need to pay attention to setting up waypoints lest our squads take the most direct - but slowest path to the target destination.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: June 13, 2013, 01:46:31 PM
One thing that helps me, when it comes to wondering whether or not to let a reviewer influence my buying decisions, is to ask myself whether said reviewer and I agree on which games are good. And if so, how many times do we agree vs. disagree? If I find that I agree with a reviewer on a majority of his reviews then I know that my tastes align with him and therefore I should give his reviews more weight.

Because ultimately, besides providing entertainment value, a review is used to determine where I should spend my money. And if the reviewer and I don't agree on most games then he is a poor reference for me to use when deciding what games to buy.
70  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Planetside Next (Planetside 2) on: June 03, 2013, 03:01:29 PM
Been playing this exclusively for a while now. I really wish there was a way to see:

1. on the squad/platoons page, what continent each platoon is fighting on. That way I can switch to the continent before joining that platoon.

2. Related to that I wish the "press insert to be deployed near your squad" button included continent switching - such as if the squad is on a different continent from your current one.

71  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Planetside Next (Planetside 2) on: May 30, 2013, 01:12:40 PM
What a difference watching tutorial videos makes! smile  I spent some time watching videos explaining the map and more importantly how to choose your spawn points and redeploy. Also, I spent some time in game without joining any squads and just walked around the warp gate. I noticed that the galaxy transports spawn outside on the ground. So, with that I insta-joined a squad.

A good squad leader also makes a hell of a difference. My first time out our squad leader did not talk much except to say things like "come on bravo squad, we need to get to our galaxies." And on our first game the platoon leader did not talk at all. The squad leader from my first game also made disparaging remarks like "just take off in our galaxy. Leave the retards behind." Way to build morale for the new guys, dude!

This second go-around was much different. The platoon leader would give all of us the name of the objective and how we were going to get there. Then my squad leader would clarify that for our squad AS WELL AS throw out squad spawn beacons. So much easier to figure out where the hell to go. I managed to get in on a platoon sized galaxy drop on a Vanu-held tech facility. We held it and converted it to NC. I was playing a combat medic and generally staying inside our objective, only straying out to revive dead guys. I guess my squad leader liked me enough to invite me to their outfit. So now I'm part of Phoenix Battalion smile.



72  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Planetside Next (Planetside 2) on: May 27, 2013, 01:48:58 AM
My second night playing and my first night playing with a squad that I insta-joined {insert key}. They seemed pretty competent and were using voice comms, which is why I felt like such a loser when the majority of them left in a galaxy while I was busy trying to find out where the hell everyone was. I finally managed to find the "redeploy on squad leader" button, and I wish that button would stay on the map screen. But it seems like sometimes that button is there and sometimes it isn't.

So, after redeploying on the squad leader I kind of redeemed myself by reviving teammates and healing them and generally staying out of the way of others who were shooting up in the sky (we were trapped in a building and getting pounded on). I think our facility got captured so we fell back. I heard on voice comms that they were regrouping and were going to get into a galaxy again - but I'll be damned if I could tell where the heck my squad was on the map. I got lucky and guessed that they would be at the 'blahblah air point' (or something to that effect). Sure enough they were, but I'll be damned if I couldn't find a big transport ship - I didn't know whether it was on the ground outside or on the roof.

I could kind of guess what the squad symbols were (they kind of look like atari logo right?) so I tried to follow them, but reached a dead end. I heard "you coming bravo 2?" on the comms and realized he was probably talking to me (position 2 on bravo squad). I didn't want to embarass myself yet again so I logged off and tried to find some decent tutorials on "how to find your squad" and/or "where is the insta-button to redeploy to the squad leader?"

Great game, I just wish I didn't look so retarded to my squadmates.
73  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Soon we'll be taxed on internet purchases on: May 09, 2013, 02:09:44 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 08, 2013, 03:21:40 PM

On the one hand, I'll miss saving a few coins when buying on the internet, on the other it does help to even the playing field for brick and mortar stores...primarily small ones. 

Exactly. Where's the outrage for the mom-and-pop stores who offer products that can't be sold on the internet? Why do they have to pay sales taxes while "internet" companies don't?
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Science quiz on: May 06, 2013, 05:23:57 PM
13 for 13.
75  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Star Command finally releases! on: May 03, 2013, 07:52:35 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 03, 2013, 07:03:03 PM

I'm personally enjoying the heck out of the game. I don't know what kind of replay value it has, but for my first run at least, I'm having oh so much fun with it.
Just keep in mind that yes, it's supposed to be frantic paced. There's no pausing and giving orders here.

I like it for the frantic pace as well. I typically zoom in during space battles after hearing and identifying where invaders will start beaming aboard my ship. Then I set up a red-shirt firing line smile
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: May 02, 2013, 06:16:00 PM
To be fair, one stood better chances of outright surviving a tour of duty on the Enterprise versus other Constellation class starships:

USS Constellation - entire crew died from planet eater. Captain Deckard piloted ship on kamikaze mission to destroy planet eater
USS Defiant - entire crew driven to insanity and killed each other
USS Excalibur - all hands lost in war games with M5 computer (installed on USS Enterprise)
USS Exeter - entire crew died from contamination to bateriological disease. Captain Tracey arreseted for violating Prime Directive
USS Hood - severely damaged in war games with M5 computer
USS Intrepid - almost all vulcan crew. Destroyed by huge single-celled organism whose energies were totally destructive to all known life. No survivors.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The new Jack in Box Commercial is Idiocracy on: April 28, 2013, 01:58:41 AM
So far I haven't heard people around here say "totes". Please tell me this lack of usage is "totes" more common than not.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Among the Sleep on: April 23, 2013, 02:23:14 PM
Great looking game. I am intrigued, but I have a 15 month old and she makes the same quick breathing sounds as in that gameplay trailer. Thing is, she does that when she's all excited and happy. I think its going to screw me up to associate it with fear.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: April 16, 2013, 04:02:34 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 09, 2013, 03:39:48 PM

New pics, yet still no explanation why the bridge doesn't have airbags and seat belt harnesses. "It's just more fun to have crew members falling out of their seats, flying all around the bridge, and crashing into bulkheads!"  icon_razz

Star Trek Into Darkness (10 new photos)
http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20647938_20689497,00.html

One could ask the same thing about submarines. Why don't those guys have airbags and seat belt harnesses?
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: April 03, 2013, 01:46:09 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 02, 2013, 03:29:54 AM


Yeah, that makes me wish so much that I had a PS3. Damn Sony for making Naughty Dog publish only on their platform. I guess I'll just wait until the PS4 comes out and drives the PS3 prices down.
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