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General Discussion / Mad Men
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:25:06 pm »
If you haven't seen it, do so. Unless you just don't watch shows that is.

Here's a taste of some of the more powerful scenes of the main character, Don Draper. He's head of Creative at this Madison Avenue advertising firm. I withhold judgement until the series is finished this year, but it is front runner for best series ever, IMO. Top notch scripts, casting, sets and acting.

Note that these scenes aren't completely spoilers because much of what is going on with the characters can't be seen in these relatively short clips. Small | Large

Lego games 75% off. Batman games 75% off. Scribblenauts 75% off.

Check it out now!

Destiny / Destiny Is Being Ported To PC
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:25:22 pm »
I've found a couple of mentions while searching the webz but don't see it confirmed/linked here.

General Discussion / Microsoft Just Called
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:51:37 pm »
Yeah, so I ignore 1-800 calls, etc. I got a call from a real extension just now. The number was 1-212-334-5780. So I took a chance and answered it. The delay after I said hello before I could hear anyone's voice almost got me to hang up, which I also usually do when I do answer the phone.

So I guy says in stilted English that sounded a lot like the guy that answers customer service calls in India "Hello, this is Peter from Microsoft Programming and Maintenance". I said, "You're kidding, right" with a little laugh.

He hung up.

Sad thing is, people fall for this stuff.

I don't think anyone that reads this here needs a reminder but we have family and friends that do.

The Elder Scrolls Online / Steam Version Of ESO
« on: September 11, 2014, 05:09:09 pm »
I'm reading that some people claim ESO doesn't work through Steam. Any feedback on this?

General Discussion / The Midnight Special
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:37:27 pm »
I'm going to occasionally post videos from Burt Sugarman's The Midnight Special musical show. Feel free to join in. You can read about it here:

I have a slight fascination as, due to the time slot, I never saw this growing up. I feel I missed out on so much.

As an inaugural post, I'm going to share Peter Frampton live. I don't know why but I love this song and this video. Maybe it's the talkbox, which isn't that amazing by itself but was groundbreaking at the time. Also probably his style, which is way into making his music. Small | Large

Other Games and Interests / Simunomics (Business Simulation)
« on: September 10, 2014, 09:17:15 pm »
An interesting looking web browser "free" game to check out if you are interested in business simulations.

General Discussion / Best Cover Ever, or Rockin' It With Two Coffee Mugs
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:12:10 pm »
My favorite cover. And a great video. Great beard. Best bald bass in the business, Fake fireplace, vest and workboots. I could go on but who would listen? Small | Large

Other Games and Interests / Rimworld
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:04:50 pm »

In development, with regular progress. Small developer. Overall, making progress and looking good! Be advised the game is moddable and there are some good mods out there.

Not on Steam yet but will be some day.

Any thoughts about this area? We are considering moving sometime in the future and trying to scout out possible areas. Nothing set in stone, just reviewing our near future plans and options.

In general I don't like snow, but we want a place closer to Indiana than where we're at, and we'd also like smaller population than the Houston area with the ability to get away quickly. While I technically have a veritable frontier out in Texas, usually when we want to head out of town everyone else is doing the same thing and you have to drive several hours to clear datum; what usually takes a half an hour can take 1 to 2 hours driving just to get out of town.

Just want a quieter life. Also looking for a lower crime rate, though we've not had bad luck here.

Not sure I won't lose a ton of income so that may hold us back.

Was also thinking South Carolina for a warmer alternative.

Tennessee would be closer to "home".

Thanks for any thoughts!

General Discussion / Current Steam Sale- Weekend of August 30th 2014
« on: August 31, 2014, 08:44:31 am »
Microsoft has a few things on sale. The real must buy, however, is Toy Soldiers at $2.

In Toy Soldiers, you play within a stylized toy box in which your goal is to prevent the other toy soldiers from crossing the map and getting through your gate. You do this by placing down weaponry that will automatically destroy enemies. However, you have the option to jump into the emplacements yourself. Doing so has benefits. For example, machine guns only open fire when an enemy is so close. When manning the weapon yourself, you can shoot any target you can see which allows you to gun down enemies from afar. The mortar allows you 3 rapid shots when manning it. The howitzer allows you to take control of the projectile and steer it to target. Units can be upgraded up to three times. However, units and upgrades unlock as maps are played. Once unlocked, maps may be played over with already earned units and upgrades.

This game has surprising depth for an arcade style game. There are hidden achievements. You can play it tower defense style, or jump into any of your positions and blow plastic enemies to smithereens! Operating tanks and planes is also possible on some maps. Don't forget the sniper tower! The sound is pretty top notch too. In an especially nice design touch, there is no blood. Your enemies will fly dozens of feet in the air and be blown to many bits, but they are only plastic. A refreshing change from many games.

I had a hard time finding a decent PC video, but this one isn't too bad. Small | Large

General Discussion / Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:15:16 pm »
Didn't see a thread on search, which is almost criminal.

Spoilers would be criminal, so none please!

If you didn't see it and like sci-fi, particularly if you are over 40, Guardians of the Galaxy is a must see on the big screen. I recommend 3D as this is a fantastic version of the film. I don't usually say such things, but it's the kind of movie I'll always be glad I paid to go see.

Applicant Introductions / Re-Introduction (Maligner)
« on: August 19, 2014, 08:48:37 pm »
Hello to all the members.

I go by the name of Maligner here on the forum and in most games. I am a former member that is reapplying.

A quick note about the name; it is intended to be pronounced Muh-line-er using the root word malign. In truth, I don't really care but I know from past experience that many people struggle with it and this is distracting, so there you go. Also note that it derives from my first World of Warcraft character, a Warlock, and was intended to by appropriate in a role-play lite fashion. I find the name to be not popular and therefore largely available and have thus used it for over a decade now. I don't think I've ever explained the evolution of the use of the name before so thought I'd pop that in here.

I joined in 2011, I believe in December of that year. I joined for SWTOR, although I did not stick with that game. The bulk of my membership was spent as a "Primary Game: Other" status.

I resigned membership in 2013, also in December. There were many factors, but the driving force was a general sense of depression and isolation that I was experiencing at the time, having moved to Hawaii by myself for a temporary contract work assignment. I won't go into the details, but suffice to say that I felt that I was detrimental to others, at least as far as my attitude was concerned. I'd imagine this sounds like a strange excuse, but in truth it was a very stressful time. I haven't been that unhappy in several years. I wasn't really thinking as clearly as I normally would either.

When I resigned, my sole focus was to avoid any drama and I do think I achieved that goal. I believe my actions in resigning were a mistake.

Moving forward, my purpose is to correct my error. I'll be the first to say that I don't assume I'll be a shoe-in. I fully expect The Guardians to make an informed decision. To that end, I will be happy to answer any and all questions.

Thanks for your time!


General Discussion / If You Like History (WWII History)
« on: August 16, 2014, 06:07:52 pm »
Hold left click on the pictures and move your mouse side to side. Pretty darn cool.

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