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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: November 05, 2015, 08:37:47 PM
Hidey ho destinyorinos!

Looks like today's daily heroic is "Paradox". This is the one where we go to the Vault of Glass to clean out the Taken who are trying to take it over. Also, this is the one where you can pick up 4 hidden ghosts in order to initiate the first step of the exotic quest to get the "No Time to Explain" exotic pulse rifle.

The main requirement here is that the fireteam cannot wipe (aka everyone in the fireteam is dead at the same time). If that happens then one has to restart the mission because now you can't pick up the 4th ghost and initiate the exotic quest. So, rather than going in by myself as a fireteam of one, I was wondering if there was anyone else who wanted to do it as well so that they can start the exotic quest line.

From what I've been told it is not that hard. You should probably be at least light level 240, which is the minimum recommended for daily heroic missions. I was planning to start around 8:30pm because I have a limited playtime. I will put up a voice chat Party and anyone who wants to join can do so.

Even if you don't get on as early as 8:30 I suggest grouping up and trying to get the ghosts tonight. Who knows when Paradox will come up again in the daily heroic rotation. Here are some links that explain what to do:

step 1. find hidden ghosts in Paradox daily heroic.

steps 2-8 for the rest of the quest
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 29, 2015, 06:32:52 PM

Quote from: Crawley on October 29, 2015, 06:03:03 PM

I finished up the main campaign and House of Wolves the other day. The last level in House of Wolves, with the jumping section, was terrible with the Warlock class. With that class you can only jump up and then glide at that height for a bit. So there's one part of the jumping puzzle if you don't glide at exactly your peak height you'll miss the jump.


But got it done and moved on to the Taken King section.

I got the Stormcaller subclass for Warlock - which seems to kick ass. Is there any reason to go back and finish up my previous sub class (think I have 6 or so unlocks left)? The other subclass is fine but this one seems like its much more powerfull.

I'd say complete the Stormcaller then once that's done you can finish up the other subclass via doing PVE bounties - most of which will be completed during the course of running through the Story or doing other things. For example - things like "kill 10 fallen majors" or "kill 50 taken". Those bounties will be satisfied just by running through the story.

Just remember to switch from Stormcaller to your other class before turning in the bounties so that your other class will get the XP and the unlocks.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 28, 2015, 11:46:03 AM
Hey guys,

Calling all guardians at light level 260 or higher. Thinking of doing a "Festival of Light Friday" this Friday. Which means doing things inspired by the Festival of Light quests given by Eva Levante. So if you have the Traveller or Speaker mask and want to do Court of Oryx or Heroic Strikes you're in luck! We want to do them with you!

Or, even if you don't have either mask - which I don't - this is your opportunity to do Court of Oryx or Heroic Strikes - which also satisfy some other quest lines.

At the very least we can do the Daily heroic together (recommended light 240) to get our 15 legendary marks.

I plan on playing around 8:30 Friday night. I will host a party chat called "Destiny Help Desk". Feel free to join it. It should pop up in our PS4 interface when you go online and join Destiny. If not, press the PS4 button, scroll up to Party and choose "see all available parties". Then join. This will allow us to coordinate via voice chat and figure out what fireteams we should form and which content we should run. IIRC the party chat will still be up even after the host quits  - so long as there is at least 1 person in the party. So feel free to continue even after I turn into a pumpkin around 11:30pm.

If you haven't hit light level 260 yet, fear not. I would like to try alternating Fridays between higher light level and lower light level players, so I'm hoping we can get together for "Next Tier November" next Friday.

See you there!
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 05, 2015, 12:11:48 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 05, 2015, 04:23:58 AM

Been trying a mission (Fist of Crota) that is marked as Level 10.  Got frustrated because the boss kept wiping me out in one hit at level 16.  So I used the item to automatically jump to level 25, which literally doubled my light level...and he still wipes me in one hit.   saywhat The few times I've actually been able to dodge an attack or two, I get swarmed under by what feels like a bazillion adds before I can even blink.

Should I assume enemies also scale with your level?  Or is this simply another case of "Gratch, you really suck at this game"?

The way I've been told it works, the players are scaled down to the enemies level during story missions (not sure if also doing strikes and patrols). So even if a level 40 joined you he would still get smacked in one hit. The boss at the end is meant to teach you a useful tactic in Destiny - the Benny Hill. Sardon (the boss) has a killer melee attack and a ranged shockwave attack when he strikes the ground with his sword. Run away from him till you're out of his melee and and shockwave range, turn around and start shooting at him. When he comes closer, Benny Hill away from him again and repeat. This is also one of those missions where it is a lot easier w/ more than 1 person, as one is usually Benny Hilling while the other is already at range and shooting Sardon.

Also, a word of warning for those who are just starting out with Destiny and want to use the auto-level-25 item.  Your map will freaking explode with new markers once you do it, which can feel more than a bit overwhelming if you're still trying to get the hang of the game's structure.  Probably not a big deal to most folks, but I found it to be more than a little frustrating.

Bungie has tried to alleviate some of the 'what do I do now' feeling w/ the quest tab. At this point you can just follow the current quests in your tab(feel free to skip the Crucible quests as that is PVP stuff - unless you want to do it). If you want more quests then just go to the planets w/ the purple crown looking icon on them and then head to the NPCs w/ the crown icon over their heads.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 04, 2015, 06:20:13 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 04, 2015, 05:41:25 PM

Quote from: raydude on October 04, 2015, 05:33:33 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 04, 2015, 05:08:09 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 04, 2015, 01:24:44 AM

Yeah had a great time. Bummed that I'm away for a bit for work, but will definitely play with you guys again when I get back in a few weeks.

Poor Covenant had to deal with my utter inability to jump with any sort of accuracy.

There's a group/race called Covenant in Destiny? Odd considering that's a major race in the Halo series (obviously a Bungie thing).

Sorry - "Covenant72" from Octopus Overlords.

Btw - for the folks that I see online playing w/ level 8 characters or thereabouts. If you have The Taken King expansion feel free to use the one time ability to get your character to level 25. If nothing else because it opens up the bounties, crucible (PVP), and Taken King story content (which is the best so far).

I'm not a fan of jumping into mid- or end-level content without knowing what the heck I'm doing.  Doubly so in a game/genre like this where I'm extremely unfamiliar with the basic mechanics (and really suck at it).  I'd much rather play the whole thing from the start and learn as I go.

If I roll an alt, however, I'll definitely use the item to make the jump.

Ok then If nothing else because it opens up the bounties.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 04, 2015, 05:33:33 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 04, 2015, 05:08:09 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 04, 2015, 01:24:44 AM

Yeah had a great time. Bummed that I'm away for a bit for work, but will definitely play with you guys again when I get back in a few weeks.

Poor Covenant had to deal with my utter inability to jump with any sort of accuracy.

There's a group/race called Covenant in Destiny? Odd considering that's a major race in the Halo series (obviously a Bungie thing).

Sorry - "Covenant72" from Octopus Overlords.

Btw - for the folks that I see online playing w/ level 8 characters or thereabouts. If you have The Taken King expansion feel free to use the one time ability to get your character to level 25. If nothing else because it opens up the bounties, crucible (PVP), and Taken King story content (which is the best so far).
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 03, 2015, 06:41:22 PM
Post 10/2 report:

First off - my apologies to anyone who showed up and didn't get an invite. It's hard to monitor when or if friends come online and start playing Destiny. However, based on our two events now I think the following worked well:

I started a PSN party (a PSN voice chat channel) and invited folks I saw online. For the future, when you join destiny (and if you friended me) you should see a notice saying "raydudePrime has started a Party channel". If you see something like that it means "Here is a meeting place if you want to play with friends". Feel free to join that party and start talking to us.

Xmann, Covenant, gellar and I were online. I partnered with Xmann and Covenant with gellar and both teams played through the Taken King Story. Xmann went up 3 levels and is now only 3 story missions from the end while gellar finished the story and went on to play a few strikes and Court of Oryx w/ Covenant. It was a blast listening to everyone as they played through their missions and lots of fun was had by all.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 02, 2015, 10:48:57 PM
I'll send you a friend invite. That way I can see when you're online.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 01, 2015, 12:25:10 AM
I'd like to declare that 10/2 will be Taken War Friday. I've put the call out on OctopusOverlords. We're going to take the war to the Taken, which means doing Taken War: <blah> quests, Court of Oryx, and even Taken war story for those of us who haven't finished the main story mission yet. Let's shoot for 8:30pm EST again and see who shows up. We'll need to split up if odd numbers show up since everything except the raid and Crucible only allows a max of 3 people in the fireteam.

Taken War: <blah> quests are pretty quick to finish and definitely go faster with a fireteam.
Court of Oryx is a blast, is a good source of engrams, and also goes pretty quickly with a fireteam.
And Taken war story missions are always a good chance for those of us with alts to take them and help our fellow guardians who are doing the Taken story for the first time.

See you there.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 28, 2015, 11:16:39 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on September 21, 2015, 12:25:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 21, 2015, 04:47:31 AM

Quote from: Ridah on September 20, 2015, 10:01:40 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 20, 2015, 06:22:24 PM

Holy shit, I'm terrible at this.  I'm already stuck on a mission and it's only level 6 (I've died about a dozen times and had to respawn at the start of the fight).  frown  The baddies just keep coming in waves and I can never seem to reload fast enough to take them all out.  

Seems fun enough, I'm just awful.

Are you playing alone? I find that the game is easier when you have at least one other person with you.

And speaking of playing alone, damn is this game boring to play alone.

I've seen some other people running around, but have no idea how to interact with them.  Everyone I've seen is level 40 as well.  I'm guessing there's something specific they're looking for, and it's not helping a hapless noob.

Not sure what a Patrol is, but I'll check it out tomorrow.

Few tips Gratch.

1. Pick up bounties.  There are PvP and PVE bounties
2. Story mission can be difficult if you're not geared for it and the mission description will tell you if it's too dfficult for you.  
3. Don't stick with a underpowered  weapon versus and upgrade you don't want to use.  At those levels weapons are pretty disposable
4. Speaking of weapons , gear and skills.  Don't forget to upgrade them

For step 1, don't worry if you don't see any bounties yet. I don't think those unlock until your level is in the teens.

Another nice tip when you're doing the story missions: you don't need to kill everything. Run, run, run, past the evil bad guys until the story doesn't let you run anymore. You'll know it when you reach a dead end or a door that your ghost needs to unlock (or if your arrow on the minimap disappears). The XP that you get from finishing the mission is far higher than the XP from killing bad guys. And you'll find that even when there are mobs of bad guys they seem to shoot like stormtroopers when you're running past them.

Also, there are a few of us on the octopusoverlords site that became PSN friends and played some Destiny on the PS4 this past Friday. Feel free to post your PSN ID there too.

Mine is: raydudePrime.
(modified to fix the case on my account name, in case it matters)
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grills? What say you GT? on: March 18, 2015, 12:34:06 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 17, 2015, 06:56:30 PM

Weber Gold.  The cleanup is much easier on the Gold and it only costs a teeny bit more.

I have this one. 22" Weber One touch Gold, charcoal grill. Going on 5 years now and I have no complaints. I got mine for $75 from a Grill store going out of business sale, but a quick web search shows it goes for about $195 online. Also bought a grill cover for it to protect it from the elements. After envying folks who had a smoker, and after trying a DIY smoker converter guide (which used bricks to convert my grill into a smoker) I decided to go with the $75 Smokenator 1000 kit. Much easier and simpler than the bricks method - and more reliable in terms of temperature maintenance. I've used the smokenator to great success with pork ribs and beef brisket. I want to try smoking a turkey next.

And I just take the smokenator out and put charcoal baskets in if I want to do some regular style grilling.

52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: March 09, 2015, 12:32:34 PM
Also, the game supports both online and in-person multiplayer - AT THE SAME TIME! My friend was trying to get his wife to play on the same console as him, while he was in an online game w/ me. Good for those of us who have a significant other or kids that can fill out the squad roster smile
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 09, 2015, 12:29:24 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 05, 2015, 06:30:36 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 05, 2015, 05:16:16 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 05, 2015, 03:24:22 AM

I really like this.  Had some good games with Rogue and RuperT.  There's some definite benefits to having a diverse makeup of weapons with your squad.   The SMG gets a mild stun effect that comes in super handy for slowing the swarms and it's also a one handed weapon so you can still use it while carrying a blackbox.
This game is awesome.  There were some great moments calling in support and revives when all hell was breaking loose, especially at the last extraction.  I really like the dynamic of having to be mindful of friendly fire.  It makes for some good coordinated fire and maneuver that you wouldn't get in a run and gun type game.  I'm looking forward to trying out the exo suits we unlocked.     

They are burly, but slow turning and you cannot reload once ammo is gone.  I've seen people fill all 4 slots with EXOs though so you have multiple drops per mission.  I wasn't aware that you could use the same special in more than one slot.

A friend of mine who unlocked the EXO suit loaded up w/ 2 of those while I loaded up w/ two autoturrets. This way I could play w/ the EXO suit and he could still have a reserve for himself. With my two turrets it was a pretty good combo for a few of the planets.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 27, 2015, 01:08:30 PM
I've found that it's frequently not the cashier who holds up the line, it's the customer. Particularly if they're paying with cash or a check. It's like, they know they're going to pay with a check so can't they just open the checkbook while waiting and fill out the stuff they know in advance? Like the date and the store's name? Or, if they know they'll be paying with cash they can at least estimate to to the nearest twenty and get that money ready?
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 23, 2015, 07:44:17 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 22, 2015, 06:10:27 PM

Unfortunately, I don't think that will be a viable configuration in a Lakon T9.  I've never piloted one, but if the T7 was like flying a stack of shipping containers, this will be more like a soaring warehouse.  I'm proceeding on the assumption that it'll be too unwieldy to evade interdiction, too slow to keep distance in realspace, and too large for even the greenest of newbies to miss.  That means turtling.  Thick shields, thicker armor, point defense and chaff launchers, with enough automated turrets to make sure every hostile in a two kilometer radius is having a real rough ride -- I'm aiming to make the Skinypupy an absolute flying fortress. Truthiness!

Man, I can just imagine having a trading company of friends making armed transport runs in a formation of T7s w/ auto turrets. I wonder how viable that would be?
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 23, 2015, 07:41:37 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 22, 2015, 06:43:25 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 22, 2015, 12:57:16 AM

EDIT #2:  Three more "give me your cargo" interdictions tonight when my cargo hold was empty.  One of which killed me, along with my map data that I'd spent the last 90 minutes collecting.   finger  I'd be happy to drop some cargo so they'd get off my ass...if I had even a single thing to drop.  Maybe this is just a Solo play thing, does that happen often with NPC's in Open Play as well?

Based on the design documents, at least, pirates or enemy explorers will hunt down ships with map data to obtain it from you, or hinder you from selling it in order to increase the value of their own data.

Interesting. I'm just wondering - how would they know my ship has map data as opposed to mp3s of Taylor Swift?
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: February 20, 2015, 02:07:40 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2015, 04:53:09 AM

I did have an issue with the joystick coming out of calibration after about an hour though.  It started constantly rolling to the left when in the center position, which made it really hard to do that last dock before logging out.  A quick unplug/replug into the USB port seemed to fix it, so I'm hoping it was just a one-time fluke.  Will be keeping an eye on it.

I actually consistently have that problem with my Saitek X45s (the rolling to the left thing). It seems to happen after I leave a game menu screen and go back to the piloting view. For me the fix is going back to a menu screen, jiggling the joystick, then exiting the menu. I was thinking that perhaps the problem is with my X45s (since they are several years old now) and I was hoping the X52s would not have this issue.

Please let us know if you see the issue again - I've been keeping my eye on the X52s and perhaps might ask for it as a birthday present.
58  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 07, 2014, 01:24:33 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 06, 2014, 11:12:01 PM

Quote from: Rip on November 06, 2014, 11:06:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 06, 2014, 10:56:16 PM

Anyone who believes Obama initiated any of the things ATB mentions is showing a level of naiveté I consider very depressing.  I'm fine with saying they continued it when they shouldn't have, but the insinuation that this hasn't been going on across multiple presidents and without the tacit approval of both parties at various times is shockingly ignorant.

So it is finally time to admit that "hope and change" was really nothing more than a catchy slogan?

Aren't all political slogans nothing more than marketing? Anyway, you aren't arguing the point.

Actually not all. I would argue that the Republican "fear and loathing" campaign went quite well this past election.
59  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 06, 2014, 02:36:27 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 05, 2014, 11:35:42 PM

It's pretty clear that Republicans didn't win so much as Democrats lost, and they lost primarily because people deeply dislike Obama. So this Republican wave has a mandate be Obama? Or something like that.

This fellow's take on it is interesting: It was a victory for the Left.

Running on those issues is one thing. Actually following through and implementing is another thing entirely. I'll believe it when I see bills created and voted on.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 23, 2014, 01:14:01 AM

Quote from: Graham on September 22, 2014, 07:15:06 PM

I will be upgrading my phone, but I'm not sure about getting the 6 Plus since it seems so big.  I currently have a 4S, so anything would be an improvement for me.  Has anyone handled the 6 Plus and thought it was too big?

I'm also upgrading from a 4S. I was jonesying for a 6+ because of the optical image stabilization of the camera but was concerned about the bigness of it. I decided a hands-on test would be the best thing so I went to the ATT store and played around with both. I can safely say that for my hands I feel more comfortable with the 6. And after reading reviews of both cameras I feel more confident that I'm not losing out much by getting the 6's camera.
61  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 24, 2014, 12:17:38 AM

Quote from: Fireball on July 23, 2014, 05:08:51 AM

I also fail to see how this has anything to do with religion.

But I do get the part about not liking it when people are creepily overly polite or enthusiastic. I walked into a McDonalds once and everyone behind the counter turned at once and yelled out "Welcome!" and "Hello!", etc. It really upset me because I felt like I was suddenly being thrust into the center of attention. I turned and walked out.

Never had that experience at a Chick Fil A, though. Admittedly, I don't go there very often.

That reminds me, I remember when the sushi chefs at most sushi restaurants would call out "Irasshaimase!" every time a customer walked in. In fact, my wife and I giggled at the sushi restaurant scene in Monsters Inc. when the octopus chef would say that, because we knew the reference. But nowadays I don't hear that anymore when entering a sushi restaurant. And it makes me feel a bit sad.
62  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 07:43:41 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 21, 2014, 03:50:25 AM

The location by me is so freaking bizarre and they are getting to me. Everytime I say thanks, they say, "my pleasure". Like over and over and over again. I go through the drivethru one day and see a person outside taking orders. So I say oh the microphone or something must be broke, just making small talk. Her response was that they want to serve me better to make sure that I'm pleased. Overboard. I just want my sandwich!

In this example, weren't you the one who prolonged the conversation by asking whether the microphone was broken? You could have just not said anything and gotten your sandwich sooner smile

There's always local church members in there for what I believe is hrs talking to the managers etc. Most of the time it's just comical, but sometimes it's way too much. When they ask what I'm doing on said day and I say just running errands or what have you, please don't further nag me for details! I want a sandwich, give me that sandwich! Rant over.

So if the church members were not in there would it not be overly religious?

This kind of reminds me of the time my wife and I and her sister and my brother-in-law took a trip to Hong Kong. We ate dinner at a nice restaurant and as we were leaving the employee at the door smiled and said "Thank you for coming.". My brother in law remarked that she probably didn't mean it. I thought to myself, perhaps she didn't, but would you have liked it better if she said "'Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out" ?

Don't get me wrong, I hate chatty Kathy customer service but if someone says "thank you" and offers me polite service I wouldn't wish it were otherwise.
63  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 07, 2014, 06:57:57 PM
The "after" lunch looks a lot like what we packed my daughter for lunch at summer camp today. With the exception of the refried beans, she doesn't like that - and she doesn't like the mayo and mustard. And I have no idea what jicama is, so that's not in there.

Then again, she wouldn't have touched the burrito in the "before" lunch either.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 03, 2014, 03:15:31 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 03, 2014, 03:46:29 AM

I've seen it on both sides when I worked retail.  I rang a guy up for some stuff (under $20) and when I gave him the total, he asked me if I knew about reparations.  I responded that I had and that I was waiting for mine from the Russian government for losses suffered during the revolution, then asked him if he wanted to pay by cash or credit.  I got an odd look for that but he paid and left.

Oh man, I have got to remember that. Not that I have ever gotten asked about reparations but it's a nice line to come back with smile
65  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: July 02, 2014, 01:01:36 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 02, 2014, 01:14:18 AM

My god, is there ANYTHING better than a Zeke post?  Especially when he's not quite sure what's going on?  I love the internet!  This almost makes up for the US loss against Belgium earlier.

I admit, I got a chuckle out of it. While I miss verbose Zeke I actually find laconic Zeke still pretty funny.
66  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: July 01, 2014, 02:43:26 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 01, 2014, 12:41:40 PM

Seriously, Hep, the only thing I'm angling for is consistency.

My conservative friends go buck on Obama left and right for doing the same things bush did and my lib friends give him a pass for doing the same things bush did.

If something should cause outrage with a repub in office, it should cause outrage when a dem is in the office.  That's all man.  THAT'S ALL!

Of course maybe the lack of threads in R&P is due to the drop in participants in the forum and not just having a dem in the WH.

Something that may be confusing you is that "conservative" and "liberal" mean different things for some people and do not fully encompass or describe a specific individual's political beliefs. I'm sure that on some issues you, and hepcat, and I will disagree - yet that still doesn't mean that we can't agree on the WTFness of some SCOTUS decisions. Also - people change. Some do anyway. A vocal few profess to never ever change - because that would be compromise, and that's french for surrendering.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Probably buying a house! on: July 01, 2014, 11:49:26 AM
Hoooooooray! Probably congratulations!  slywink But seriously, that's awesome!
68  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again: Welcome to the Police State! on: July 01, 2014, 11:31:15 AM
I think Rip is disappointed that we aren't exhibiting 'the outrage  mad' like a few people do when reading true (or untrue) things that they don't agree with.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 19, 2014, 01:11:00 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on June 19, 2014, 12:14:39 AM

Quote from: Rip on June 18, 2014, 11:20:31 PM

I always wondered who it was that bought all those cheesy shirts that only someone on vacation should dare wear.

Now I know.
One man's cheesy is another man's freedom of expression slywink

Or yet another man's attire on "Aloha Fridays" at the Catholic HS in Hawaii. Sooo much better than wearing a shirt and tie.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 05, 2014, 02:03:33 PM

Quote from: Lee on June 05, 2014, 01:39:25 PM

Amazon's promotional video is so bad, what were they thinking? As someone on Twitter said, it's as if the people in it just discovered their genitalia.

Saw the video after reading this and it was hilarious!
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: May 15, 2014, 02:01:35 PM
Playing undisturbed on my 24" monitor, headphones on and volume up, while the kids and the wife take an afternoon nap on the weekends....priceless.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: April 12, 2014, 01:47:49 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 10, 2014, 05:02:13 PM

A complaint I've heard is there isn't enough stuff to unlock but I think it's more that you unlock everything relatively fast.  A lot of modern games are built with the treadmill/carrot mindset where you need to play 40+ hours to see all the weapon unlocks and mods.  As such, many modern gamers have been conditioned to consider chasing the reward to be the fun of the game instead of the actual gameplay.  Titanfall has a more old-school approach.  You may not get everything unlocked from the start but you can unlock everything or almost everything in about a casual week of play.  If all you care about is chasing a carrot then the game doesn't offer much for you to do.

Interesting. Ironically a friend of mine was bemoaning the fact that all we get nowadays are games where you have to play and increase in level to unlock all the weapons instead of getting everything at the start. His argument is that everyone should have a level playing field so that one knows they were beaten by a more skillful player, not one who played longer and had no life and therefore unlocked all the weapons.

I told him that gamers these days play the "lets play for better stuff" game because that's all they know. It never occurred to me that gamers would actually find the "play to unlock" process part of the fun.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coffee at home on: April 11, 2014, 06:09:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 11, 2014, 12:40:37 AM

As for grinding, if you're fine with the cost then a conical burr grinder is super nifty.  The big advantage is that it ensures all your coffee gets ground down to the same size bits, with no risk of overgrinding.  You can also usually adjust the coarseness to suit different brewing methods.

That said, a cheapo spinning blade grinder really does work just fine.  Source: my coffee fanatic brother-in-law who owns at least $5000 worth of coffee brewing equipment.  If you don't want to spend a ton on a fancy grinder, just get a cheap one.  You do get the best taste the closer to brewing you grind your beans, and a cheapo grinder will get you that.

This. In fact I highly recommend getting the spinning blade grinder regardless because you can also use that to grind your own spices. If you truly want to see if you are missing out by not buying a burr grinder then do the following experiment: Go to your grocery store's coffee section and grab 2 bags of whole coffee beans. Use the store's burr grinder to grind one. Take the other bag home and grind one cup using the blade grinder. Make coffee from both. See if you can taste the difference. If you can't then you're not missing out.

And finally as for beans, just go ahead and start out with your local Starbucks since you already like them.  If you decide to get more fancy, find a local coffee place that roasts their own beans so you can get really freshly roasted beans.

I feel that choosing beans that you like is the same as choosing wine that you like. You just have to try different ones because one person's bean of choice is another one's "cup of roasted dirt". That said, if you like strong coffee, then give Peets Major Dickason's blend a try. I thought Kona was my favorite then I had the Major and never looked back.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 16, 2014, 01:39:59 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 16, 2014, 12:18:00 AM

After spending a couple hours with Titanfall, I've come back around to the notion that no matter how polished they are, MP shooters simply aren't my thing.  Everything is far too hectic, and I can't even begin to wrap my brain around what the hell is going on.  All I know is that if I meet up against another player, I'll be dead within 5 seconds.  With enough practice, I'm sure I could probably gain enough skill to improve on my current "get killed within 10-15 seconds after spawning" situation, but I'm not sure I really enjoy the core gameplay enough to actually put in that time...especially with other games that are much more my slow-and-steady pace waiting in the wings (i.e. Thief).

 I'm going to try and play to at least the 8 hour mark (it's the same time commitment I give to RPG's), but I can't really see myself warming up to it a whole lot.  Hopefully I'm wrong.

Domination maps are good for playing defensively - which also slows down the pace of the game (for the person playing defense). I've found that, once you control a point, friendly AI will come by and help guard it. On defense I go into a corner somewhere and use the AI defenders as audio "tripwire". As soon as I hear them firing I know an enemy is nearby, so I hit "cloak" and check it out. Or even better, wait until the hardpoint location is being captured then hit "cloak" and head out. The cloak is good enough that it can buy you the few seconds you need to kill the person capping the point. Go back to hiding spot and repeat. Plus you get points for guarding the location.  I actually finished first in points that way by holding a location for most of the game.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall - loadout question on: March 15, 2014, 05:56:53 PM
Question for the PC version:

How does one select the preferred loadout for pilot and titan? In the campaign matches I played last night I am frantically clicking on "Assassin" and "Tank" loadouts before the match starts yet I always spawn with the carbine instead of smart pistol and Atlas instead of the other one.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 15, 2014, 05:54:01 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 15, 2014, 03:08:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 15, 2014, 01:47:26 PM

Is there a way to play against fellow low-level folks?  I just jumped into the campaign last night (figured that's as good a place as any to start) and when I got to the end of my last match, I noticed that I was the lowest level player by at least 15 levels.  I was 4, everyone else was at least 19.  Or do you just have to endure being target practice (me, doubly so) through the low levels until you gain some XP?
If you are playing in attrition mode don’t worry about being the lowest ranked person on the team.  Just do your best to avoid enemy pilots and go hunting for the enemy NPCS.  Killing a bunch of them is actually more valuable for your team than going only for pilots.  Playing to avoid is a valuable skill to learn so this is good practice anyway.  In this game more than any other FPS, if you stop moving you are dead.

Also, some people have already flipped their rank over and started again (after rank 50 you go back to 1 with a fancy icon).

I started the campaign at level 1 last night and saw that next lowest rank was 3. The other team had a few that were 20+. Our team still won. In the second game I was still the lowest rank person and ended up first in points. Oh, and our side won. Playing with your team - or picking someone and being his "shadow" helps both of you survive and gain points.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: March 01, 2014, 03:37:10 AM
Hey Turtle,

Just wanted you to know I enjoy reading your posts even though I may not comment much. Hang in there. At least you know what you have to do and it sounds like you'll make an honest effort to do it.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 21, 2014, 04:38:40 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 20, 2014, 12:43:37 PM

My last two clips from beta, including a triple kill with a nuke and a bunch of wall hanging defending in hardpoint.  fun stuff

Were the nuke kills just a function of how close they were to the blast? I've noticed in some videos that the titan explosion doesn't seem to faze other titans near it.
79  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 18, 2014, 03:27:25 PM

Quote from: Rip on February 18, 2014, 03:20:54 AM

So basically they are mad for exposing the truth to the people that vote for them. If the voters want that then it shouldn't be a problem, nothing to be mad about. If they feel that they should allow the Democrats to spend as much as they want if they have 51 votes all they need to do is stand up and own up to it, no reason to be mad about it.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but raising the debt ceiling is akin to promising one will pay the credit card bill when it comes due. The racking up of charges itself is done in the approval of the budget, the most recent example of which seems to have passed with both the Republicans and Democrats blessing (at least in the House):

"the budget plan easily passed the House on a 332-94 vote, with solid majorities of both parties supporting it."

So it seems to me the Republicans are also to blame for racking up the credit card bill. They're just mad that they have to pay it when it comes due.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 12, 2014, 07:59:57 PM
I am IN, but as a humble Wanderer. I did spend $25 for the paper diorama though. That looks pretty cool.
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