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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [netflix] The OA on: January 04, 2017, 06:44:21 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 03, 2017, 02:53:33 PM

Just watched the 3rd episode last night and I'm not sure what to think, especially if the finale is all those things the Polygon article mentions. Out of curiosity, do they ever explain what "The OA" means? I have a guess but it's not really based on anything so far other than... guessing.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Not really a spoiler but I'm pretty sure someone calls her "Original Angel" - maybe herself.  There might be other things as well.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: January 03, 2017, 01:21:30 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 23, 2016, 12:18:43 AM

Put another 4 hours in. This will be my last quick update until much later in the game. I'm still greatly enjoying Trails of Cold Steel, and I can see it turning into one of my favorite JRPGs of the year. However, I can also see the game turning off alot of people. After I completed the first dungeon, it was over two hours before I entered the next one. Now, about half of that was doing side tasks, but realize the game is very heavily skewed toward story and characterization in the early stages. Combat takes a back seat.

Yeah, this was my problem.  Funnily after purchasing the game and installing it, I was asked if I wanted to continue my game - and so I eventually realized I had already started playing this game over a YEAR ago.  It started coming back to me, and I had forgotten many of the details.  I tried to get back into the game again yesterday but it was just too slow going for me.  I really liked so much about the game, but as mentioned it took a couple of hours to get back to the action.  During which I was asked to do fed ex quests, talk to one person or another, do some fishing, etc etc.  It really takes its time building the atmosphere but unfortunately I really started to lose patience.  I realize not every game has to be nonstop action, and I really appreciate the kind of open feel the game is promoting but I just don't think it fits my gaming style, which tends to be short and bursty.  The only reason I had a significantly longer block of time was because I have a cold.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [netflix] The OA on: January 03, 2017, 01:12:35 AM
lol AA, thanks for the impressions.  While I usually get really annoyed with shows that overly pretentious or self serving, this one really didn't bother me.  I think it has a bit to do with how little I knew about it and how quickly I watched it (3 days I think).  I rarely go into a show with zero expectations, but this one I did and I think that helped.  If I had read some of the info I later saw, or even known it was written and produced by the lead star (I didn't pay attention to the credits), that probably would have changed the way I thought about it.

For me, what worked for the show was the disruption between episode to episode, which I suppose normally would have really bothered me.  I felt like Ep 1 was taking the show a certain direction and then suddenly Ep 2 went completely sideways from my expectation.  And then Ep 3 seemed like it was the start of a completely different type of show.  The middle episodes were more linear and flowed faster, but then the finale was kind of a letdown. 

Ultimately though, I think the shallow part of me was just into a number of the boys in the show, lol, and that was more than enough to keep me interested.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [netflix] The OA on: December 30, 2016, 06:32:20 PM

Quote from: ericb on December 23, 2016, 04:50:08 PM

It's good...and I'm actually enjoying Travelers as well.  Less puzzles and twisty, more straight sci-fi.  I actually watch Netflix more than anything else lately.

Thanks for the tip on Travelers, I'm pretty hooked about 8 episodes in now.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Carrie Fisher on: December 29, 2016, 03:59:03 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on December 28, 2016, 01:45:12 AM

Screw you 2016

Seriously!  ....and now her mom, Debbie Reynolds, died as well...
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [netflix] The OA + Other Recent Sci-Fi shows on: December 22, 2016, 05:56:35 PM
You may have noticed a slew of short "series" on Netflix the last few weeks.  I have no idea why they are suddenly throwing so many out there, some with very little fanfare, but it's hard to know which are worth the effort, especially when you have like 30 hours of backlog on your regular DVR  icon_wink

Anyway, I took a chance on The OA and was really surprised.  I didn't read up much on it at all, and I think that's the best way to go into it.  I felt like I was constantly being surprised and unable to predict where the show was heading.  Admittedly it's a pretty weird show for lack of a better word, and I hesitate to recommend it on some level.  It's certainly not "fun" in the way Stranger Things was, but does have some of the vibe of that show and perhaps Sense 8.  Ultimately I thought it was still worth mentioning because I found it so completely riveting in parts, but for difficult to describe reasons.

The basic premise, and I won't divulge more than what I saw in the info, is that a blind girl returns home after being missing for 7 years, but can now see.  That's really just the tip of the iceberg for the show, and it goes all sorts of directions, and apparently is filled with lots of interesting puzzles or clues in the background if you are up for that kind of thing (I missed all of that and still enjoyed it).  

So if you're looking for something kind of different this holiday season, give it a whirl and let me know what you think.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 20, 2016, 06:48:52 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 20, 2016, 01:49:41 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 19, 2016, 04:41:57 PM

My biggest surprise was Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steal 1 on the Vita. I literally knew nothing about the game having bought it on a whim when it went on sale. It is easily my favorite JRPG that I have played in the past 5 years. The story is incredibly deep, it sets up each character with their own background and makes them all feel unique. It plays more like book 1 of a novel series that has a planned beginning, middle and end. With part 1 just containing the beginning of the story.

This seems to fit here.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Announced as PS4 Exclusive; First Screenshots Released

Forum Effected - ordered Part 1 yesterday to arrive today lol.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (CoD goes Halo) on: December 19, 2016, 10:10:53 PM
I keep seeing the commercials which look fantastic, twice I thought it was a movie preview - does the gameplay hold up to that?  The reviews I read were mixed on the campaign. 
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 19, 2016, 10:09:16 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 19, 2016, 01:38:42 PM

Biggest surprise is Overwatch.   I'm not much of a FPS, but I can jump into QP (no competitive for me) and feel like I contributed.  I can play at my pace and still have fun

I like the premise of Mafia 3 but the execution was poor.  You were supposed to be the Boss, but damn the game still made you feel like a lackey.   I beat the game, but I mostly skipped all the side stuff to do it. 

Sadly by biggest disappointment was Overwatch.  I thought Blizzard would be the one that made a FPS PvP game viable for me, but as discussed before, it just did not play well for me at all.

Biggest surprise?  That the best MMORPG experience I had all year was in WoW (Legion).  Here's hoping for something new/fresh next year.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WTF Russia on: December 19, 2016, 10:04:49 PM
This is awesome, do you think we can vote Trump in to be in it?  The ratings would be HUUUFUUGGGGGGEEEE!!!!
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rogue One - A Star Wars Story on: December 19, 2016, 10:02:33 PM
I thought the movie was absolutely fantastic.  When I first heard the idea I had my doubts, especially when they talked about it being a kind of "Mission Impossible" type of scenario which I (mistakenly) assumed would occur a while before the first movie.  I interpreted that as being a fun romp, steal the plans, etc. and get out before the dumb empire guys knew what hit them.  I hadn't read about the movie being "darker" so I'm glad I didn't go in with those expectations, and the much weightier feel made for a much stronger movie.  I love that they tied the plot all the way essentially to the beginning of Ep. IV.  Somewhere in the middle of the movie I started realizing they were going to do this and I became almost giddy with anticipation.

As Hark said, I'm sure there are plenty of plot things to pick apart, but at first watch, it answered every question the little kid in me had questioned for almost FORTY years.  It was such a relief to have those nagging nitpicks put to bed.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2016 - Millennials vs. Gen X on: December 16, 2016, 12:13:07 AM
Crazy and interesting finale, with a genuinely likable (or at least non-hatable) cast.  I don't remember an episode where they did 3 immunity challenges in a row, but that certainly upped the intensity level.  As for the final tribal, it was interesting to see how the contestants perceived themselves vs. how they were perceived by the jury (and presumably the audience).  Hannah came across as a neurotic flipper, but seemed to think she was orchestrating big moves/blindsides.  The truth was probably somewhere in between; her flipping was her move, so unless you were in her head and listening to all her reasonings, it just came across as a panic flip.  Ken, in spite of his loyalty shtick and getting out of his shell, I think was perceived as a tag along for the most part who wasn't really playing in the same league strategy-wise.  I thought he'd get a little more credit for his immunity wins, but I guess not.  Maybe just too aloof to anyone outside his core people.  The interesting thing is that he lost in a complete sweep, indicating just how out of touch he was.  Given that, he might as well have stayed with his alliance with David and let David sweep; at least he could say he help up the "honorable" title throughout the game.

Within the final six, it basically boiled down to 3 hardcore players and 3 others (Not really goats but also not power players).  It would have been cool to see Jay, Adam and David as the final 3, the voting would have been so much more interesting.  But with semi-goats Ken and Hannah in play, pretty much whoever went with them was likely to win, save maybe Bret.  So that would also have been a much more compelling, though less deserving, final 3. 

Great season overall, hopefully the next one measures up.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 12, 2016, 11:52:34 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 12, 2016, 08:29:36 PM

Random thoughts:

I really loved the conversation between the priest and hatless hottie, too.  Best thing either of them has done in the series.  That moment of "It shouldn't have been you" really justified a lot of what she'd been doing and explained her jumping the gun with the, er, gun later in the episode.

It may be because the actor does nothing for me, and I can never remember that he was the mayor's son once upon a time, but I have no recollection of him and Rosita being a thing.  Was that sprung on us last night?  If so, it felt a little contrived for the events that followed.  If not, it still felt a little contrived, but I can let it go a little easier.  I did like his practicing for what seemed like a date, but turned out to be Negan.  

I thought Negan solidified that he's not just being crazy and out of control for crazy's sake in this episode.  I've seen some complaints online that he's just crazy or just a thug, but I don't think that's true at all, and this episode showed that he's both smart and calculating, choosing his moments to go specifically over the line.  He saw right through boring Mayor's son guy.  He made examples where he needed to do so.  I was surprised at how much the arbitrary death hit me.  Nicely done.

What the hell was Daryl staring at in that one room?  It looked like a bunch of military figurines, but I couldn't tell if those were supposed to have some sort of remembered significance or if it was foreshadowing.  

At one point, I thought Daryl was going to cut his hair to disguise himself.  At least a trim.  No such luck.

Daryl's beating of that one guy was a nice moment of venting for him.  It seemed to come out of nowhere, but it really didn't.

The rando who came to Morgan and Carol seemed odd to me.  I imagine he was Ezekiel's right-hand-man in that earlier episode, but it was soooo long ago, that he just felt generic to me.  And why the hell did he push the sign that was hiding his hidden caravan down?  Apart from letting the audience see it, I mean.

Anyway, overall, this was a return to form for the show for me, with the promise of good stuff when it comes back in February.

Much agreement on pretty much everything here.  I think my biggest problem with the way they handled this half-season, and probably my only complaint with the writers in general, is with their handling of time passage.  Sometimes it isn't clear that time has passed, or time hasn't passed, and sometimes when it makes more sense that time has passed, you find out really no time has passed.  I re-skimmed some of the comics last night, and while it wasn't the way I remembered it, there was a much more logical flow/progression for Rick's change of heart.  In the TV show it felt like hardly any time had passed, and he just kind of flipped to the other side pretty quick, which kind of lessens the impact of breaking him in the season premiere.  I realize no one wanted to see a bunch of episodes of "broken Rick" but it just seems like this could have been handled better.

Agree on the Rosita/Gabriel scene, finally a nice moment for him.

Rosita and Spencer did hook up a while back, it might have been right after she got dumped for a quick hookup.  I don't remember the details but I do remember her doing it.

Negan is definitely an interesting character, I suspect you'll get to learn a lot more about him as things progress.  You can tell Kirkman just loves him (both the character and the actor).

I also was wondering what Daryl was staring at, all I could guess was it was something they stole from Alexandria so it pissed him off even more?  I also thought he would cut his hair lol, would have been much easier to fit in with the others.  Slaughtering Fat Joe was a pretty big surprise moment, but I agree it totally made sense.  At least we got to see him get a hug in the after show.

The "rando" was Richard, I think he was the guy that got into the altercation with the Saviors in the other episode?  If so he'd be clearly motivated to fight sooner rather than later.  

edit: yeah he was the guy, see

94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 07, 2016, 09:02:26 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on December 07, 2016, 07:27:35 AM

I guess so but why was Jesus in the van?  And why was Daryl the only one who seemed to notice him on top of the truck before it left the compound?  Still need some sort of advancement on the storyline, all I'm getting is various setups that are taking way too long to resolve IMO.

I thought someone (Maggie?) asked Jesus to see if he could find the Savior's hideout, it was at the end of the Maggie/Hilltop episode.  No one else noticed him because he's a freaking NINJA!

I need to go back and reread the comics, but I thought I recall this portion "A Larger World" (forgot the exact title) taking place over a longer period of time.  The TV show seems to be building it up in a much shorter time frame, just spread out across multiple locations.  I think the ultimate point will be that they all need to align together to beat the bad guys rather than each going at it alone.  Nothing earth shattering lol, but trying to coordinate will be the toughest part.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 06, 2016, 11:52:14 PM
Don't think that last episode did much to get people back on board, but I enjoyed seeing a Carl-centric episode.  Of course this entire side plot I find a bit ludicrous, from Carl essentially doing a suicide mission (doesn't he give a crap about his dad or sister anymore?) to Negan NOT killing him.  But... from what I recall, the episode really reflected how the entire event played out in the comics.  The big difference was Carl was much smaller/younger in the comics, so it was a little more believable that his judgment would be lacking, and that Negan would find him more amusing.  Anyway it made for a nice showcase for Carl and a little more insight into the Savior's world. 
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 11:47:07 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
What I think is different is that previous episodes they showed that even with "intent" to harm a human, somehow programming overrode it.  So even though they thought they were self aware they weren't actually independently sentient.  Through suffering and/or finding/solving the maze, Dolores broke this last threshold and was able to physically harm William as well as Ford.  I don't know if we're supposed to assume the same is true with some of the others.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 09:25:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2016, 08:34:22 PM

The "center of the maze" stuff felt like a bit of a copout to me.  And what was required didn't follow for me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
How does killing everyone make them self-aware, exactly?  That seemed kind of "we need this for the story" instead of organic.  Maybe Arnold needed it to get Dolores to kill him, but why did Teddy do it?  

Spoiler for Hiden:
I thought it was that killing a human was the definitive break in being programmed (and controlled) by humans.  Wasn't it a "prime directive" that they could never deliberately harm humans?
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: December 06, 2016, 07:02:22 PM
I apparently pre-ordered Last Guardian a long while back, so I think it's coming today.  Unfortunately after reading some of the reviews, I wonder if that was a mistake.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 06, 2016, 07:00:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 03, 2016, 11:37:37 PM

Pro tip #2:  You get to the Warp Points during battle by holding the warp button (triangle on PS4).  I thought you just had to be facing it, and have been endlessly frustrated that I haven't been able to warp to them consistently.

OMG thanks for that.  It's been driving me crazy as well!  The odd thing is I could swear during the tutorial it worked with just a button press instead of holding it down (I assume that's what you meant). 
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 06:56:07 PM
whhhhhaaaaa????  No discussion at all???  My mind was suitably blown.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2016 - Millennials vs. Gen X on: December 02, 2016, 12:49:19 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 01, 2016, 08:14:18 PM

Damn, last night's tribal council was epic. The person who got voted out got hosed big-time indirectly by Ken the model, who did something so headscratchingly lame it's a wonder he didn't get eliminated himself.

LOL yeah - but shockingly if you watched the actual final vote, none of the drama mattered.  Will actually stayed with his flip so the outcome would have been the same.  Essentially Adam wasted his hidden immunity idol.  That said, it was a little odd how he decided to play it for Hannah, as you said  it seemed more logical to have gone for Ken for being an idiot.

The interesting thing in the last couple episodes is how Jay suddenly went from hot target to "under the radar."  Sneaky!  He's got the athleticism to win challenges and a couple of free votes on the jury, so why not go for him?

That said, I do think neurotic David can bring a couple of sheep with him and win the whole thing.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DirectvNOW Launches on: November 30, 2016, 09:43:27 PM

Pretty exciting, I'm cautiously optimistic.  They are missing CBS and NFL streaming rights, so that could be the limiting factor if that can't be solved.  

Other than that, I've been playing around and it's pretty impressive thus far.

$35/month at launch for 100 channels (live streaming + VOD).  If you pre-purchase 3 months you can get a free Apple TV.  $5/month to add a single HBO channel.  Otherwise you can try it out for 7 days free.  
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2016 - Millennials vs. Gen X on: November 29, 2016, 06:06:24 PM
This season has been fantastic.  Last week's 2-hour episode was pretty epic, ending with stones being drawn.  I don't remember the last time that happened and it just seemed insane in this episode.

I can't say there's any one member I really love, but as a whole I like that just about everyone on the show is really playing.  Of course some harder than others but for the most part there are very few complete sheep.  I think they mentioned it on the show as well, it's almost like a cast of veterans.

I seem to recall early on Jeff making a comment about the final (?) having people you wouldn't have expected, so I'm guessing neurotic David and some form of his alliance ends up making it all the way. 
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 29, 2016, 05:56:50 PM
I think it was said or implied that the whole reason Heath and Tara were out scouting was primarily for weapons, so Rosita's desperation for a lead was fairly justified (though it did seem a bit too specific when she phrased it).  Food of course too, but I thought one of them was specifically talking about ammo.  Then again, from their perspective they should have just got a bunch of crap from the Saviours, plus Eugene has his factory, so it doesn't make that much sense.

Anyway, this period again reminds me a lot of what happened with Lost in Season 3 and 4 (or thereabout).  The writers got so enamored with back stories on new characters and spent weeks apart from the core cast, and ended up re-treading the same period in time (with different cast members) over and over.  Diehard fans might appreciate this type of storytelling and even eat this kind of thing up, but general fans tend to get impatient and annoyed.  Personally I could go either way.  As someone who has watched the entire Lost series multiple times, I do feel the show was "deeper" and more involving overall because of the additional content, but plays a whole lot better when you binge watch the whole thing over a short period of time.  I suspect TWD will feel similar.  The key difference though is Lost was always planned with a story end in mind, whereas the TWD comic/story has no end in sight thus far.

I didn't realize the ratings had dropped so much, maybe the show has really reached its peak, and as the article mentioned people were likely pissed at the double death, even more so when they realized it was just the beginning of a more arduous period of waiting for them to get their mojo back.  I still give them kudos for being willing to take chances on (possibly) one-shot character/story episodes that may or may not affect the "main" plot.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 27, 2016) - Cyberdemon Monday Edition on: November 28, 2016, 06:35:13 PM
FF15 pre-ordered...

Also interested in this one:  "More Early Access garbage"   icon_wink
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: November 28, 2016, 06:33:40 PM
Thanks for the review of the reviews Gratch, I also give a big thumbs up to the Kotaku review lol.

Looking forward to the game, I'm sure I'll never finish it but it looks like it will be fun while it lasts.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 28, 2016, 06:25:44 PM
This one was a pretty nice surprise for me.  I have not been a Tara fan at all, so I thought giving her an entire episode was a pretty risky move.  For most of it I thought it was going to be another Beth-special where they would kill her off at the end.  But instead they did a really nice side story with her, and it does seem like it is a setup to add to the eventual Saviour-rebellion.  I still don't like the Tara character that much, but it certainly helped make her a little more interesting.  I liked hearing she did all her own stunts after just coming back from having a baby, so gets plus points for that.

"Two episodes left" sucks!  I can't recall another ensemble show that has this many interesting characters and fully has the ability to just take a few episodes off to feature one or two of them each time.  Lost was maybe the closest thing, and maybe The Next Generation?  Anyway, I do believe they will be ramping things up as they head to the "winter finale."  Note that Daryl is the special guest for the finale so there should be something big happening soon.  At least the wait won't be as long this time, they are back in February for the back half.

Oh yeah, I think ratings have been holding fairly stable at around the 10 million mark, which is pretty fantastic for a cable show in its 6th season.  I think a lot of people like to save episodes up and then binge watch them all together, so the finale numbers should see a nice spike.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: November 28, 2016, 06:13:34 PM
I can't really figure out what's going on, but I am totally intrigued.  I don't know about some of those more complex theories, though.  Even at face value the storyline(s) are kind of hard to follow, they may risk losing people entirely if they make it even more complicated.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 23, 2016, 09:56:10 PM
New rumors abound that Carl may be the next to go.  His father recently tweeted a thank you at the end of his son's seven year contract (then removed the tweet), and then Chandler Riggs just tweeted he was accepted into college.  Could be negotiating tactics for a contract renewal?  Or maybe he just really wants to move on to college and the rest of his life given that he's spent a huge chunk of it fighting zombies.

But... turns out that the college is Auburn, which I see is very close to Atlanta, so my guess is that he'll just move to Guest Star status and just be in the show less, maybe only film during summer break or something.  Shouldn't be too difficult to pull off given the number of characters they have floating around now.

110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 21, 2016, 10:26:32 PM
Loved seeing Maggie again, I liked this storyline/location better than the last couple.  Happy they let her have some action even though she's preggers.  Jesus was super cool too, I'm hoping they hook him up with Aaron eventually but I guess that would be kind of too obvious.  Carl's pretty long hair is driving me nuts but I did enjoy his scenes with Enid.

This period reminds me of some other series (maybe Lost) where each week you only got to see a subset of the stars, so it would be pretty hit or miss whether you really enjoyed the episode depending on which characters you got to see.  I suspect this is going to keep going a while until they start to unify with the other groups.  Perhaps Carl's road trip will be the impetus, I forgot what it was in the comics.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/18 pre-Thanksgiving edition on: November 21, 2016, 10:19:01 PM
But most importantly, what happened to your tooth?!?!

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I started Tyranny as well, but just scratched the surface.  The character creation "Choose Your Own Adventure" was pretty fun on its own, kind of like that recent game that came out for iOS (sorry can't remember the name off the top of my head) where you make choices about your kingdom.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/18 pre-Thanksgiving edition on: November 18, 2016, 07:02:49 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 18, 2016, 05:43:49 PM

And it looks like I may be getting a surprise root canal today as well.  Woke up yesterday with a massive toothache, seeing a orthodontic specialist in an hour.  Boo.   crybaby

ouch ouch ouch good luck!  As someone who has suffered through many horrible tooth problems I hope it gets taken care of today!
113  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 17, 2016, 05:58:46 PM
Sorry to belabor the point, but another good article on the Electoral College, why it should change (but probably never will, and hey, even Donald Trump agrees!):

In the mean time, the lead is currently around 1.2 million.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Tyranny on: November 15, 2016, 09:02:54 PM
I couldn't find a separate thread for this, surprised as it seems like the type of complex RPG that would be really popular here.  

Edit: Looks like quite a few people were planning to pick it up in the 11/6 Buying thread.

Anyone have any thoughts on it?  The reviews I've read have been pretty positive.  I'll prob pick it up soon.

115  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 15, 2016, 12:28:13 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 14, 2016, 08:26:47 PM

It just seems counter productive to blame the electoral college when it cannot reasonably be changed due to its constitutional protections. 

Constitutional protections for who?  Slave owners?   icon_twisted

Some interesting reading:

As they mention, it is an inherently *undemocratic* system that no other country uses.  Sure there might be some complex system you could come up with to try to appease different factions, but ultimately someone would find something to bitch about, and what could be more truly democratic than having EVERY VOTE COUNT? 

You could argue all sorts of different ways about how such a system favors such and such, but the fact is you don't know what would happen, because we've never had this system.  No one can say exactly how it would affect voter turnout, and even what candidates rise to the top.  But there's no doubt it would be a more accurate representation of the true will of the people.

116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Once Upon a Time + Once Upon a Time in Wonderland on: November 15, 2016, 12:05:00 AM

Quote from: sgoldj on November 12, 2016, 12:05:01 AM

If anyone else is still watching this: Most Disfunctional Family Ever.

I'm still watching but I'm a few weeks behind.  This is my goto relax show, it's nice to have episodes sitting around if The Walking Dead or other shows are too intense  icon_smile
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 13, 2016) on: November 14, 2016, 07:18:22 PM
Shoot, for some reason I thought Final Fantasy was coming out this week!  Bah!

I finally got my shiny (or not so shiny) PS4 Pro set up in anticipation, but I guess I have a few more weeks to wait.  I'll look into those new VR games but other than that probably nothing.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Arrival on: November 14, 2016, 07:15:41 PM
Gonna highly recommend this one.  Easily the best movie I've seen this year, and probably going on my all-time best sci-fi list. 

Reminded me a lot of Contact, with elements of Interstellar and Inception.  As some of the reviews have said, it's a very personal and "intimate" sci-fi story. 

It is fairly cerebral and definitely does not have much "action" per se, so you might need to be in a particular frame of mind to enjoy it as much as I did.  For me, it was the perfect antidote for some of my post-election anger and bitterness, kept me completely engaged for the entire two hours, sometimes literally on the edge of my seat.  It's been a long time since a movie absorbed me like that.  YMMV.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 14, 2016, 07:11:31 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 14, 2016, 04:37:47 PM

I think Negan's great.  Most interesting TWD villain for me, by far.  Frankly, I don't really even want a backstory on him.  I'm sure we'll at least get hints of something, but I wonder if that won't weaken him.

Agreed!  But I think you're gonna get a Negan backstory fairly soon, and I'm guessing it will humanize him somewhat.  In the mean time, I think he's exactly the kind of leader to keep all those crazies in line.  I love how he is constantly testing/goading his people (now including Rick), leaving obvious openings for them to try to backstab/attack him. 

As for Daryl, I suspect he is going to be pivotal as an inside man eventually.

From an emotional standpoint, I really liked Rick's Judith reveal, I thought he played the moment beautifully.
120  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 14, 2016, 07:07:17 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on November 11, 2016, 09:57:27 PM

Never say never but I can't see the Electoral College being rescinded since it will need 75% of the states and 66% of the House and Senate to change the system.  In no way would the lower population states prefer to see the system change to a popular vote system no matter how logical or sensible it may seem.   That L.A. times article mentions some states want to send all their votes to the winner of the popular vote but look at the breakdown of this election and all those red states across the country, why would they cede power to the mass population centers?  It is a strange system but we aren't getting anything else anytime soon.

I agree it's not gonna change anytime soon, but it needs to be looked at by *anyone* who feels "disenfranchised".  I read over the weekend over 4 million votes from California hadn't even been counted yet, but were considered "inconsequential" to the outcome.  How can you convince people that their votes actually matter in such a system?  Do I have to move to freaking Ohio (no offense) to have a vote that "counts"?
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