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61  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: March 14, 2014, 09:17:09 pm
I don't know if it's exactly a PP but I don't get pharmacists.  Earlier this week was a classic example.  I took off work to get my possibly dislocated shoulder checked out (probably just hyperextended or slight muscle tear vs. dislocated but it still hurts like hell) and I get prescribed some industrial strength anti-inflammatory drugs (because the swelling was apparently pinching a nerve and making my arm go numb) and muscle relaxers.  OK, cool.  So I go to Wal-Mart, where the prescription has been called in already before I left the clinic.  It's still not even mid morning and Wally world is a ghost town, there's more people behind the presription counter (six, I counted) than customers in the whole store and yet I'm told it will take another 45 minutes to get my prescription filled.

Excuse me, why?  Why the fuck does it six fucking people 45 minutes to take pills out of a big jar, count them, and put them in a smaller container to hand to me?  The big jar is even labeled and everything.  I could do it myself in ten minutes if I counted them out using an abacus and hand wrote the label for the pill bottle. 

And they get cranky with you when you stand at the counter waiting.  Like maybe they're worried I'll notice it won't really take them 45 minutes?  "You can continue with your shopping," they say, "we'll page you when we have it ready."  Except I'm not shopping, I'm only there for the pills so I can take them and hopefully numb the pain enough so I can sleep.  So finally after about ten minutes or so of the whole gaggle of them just shuffling around and looking at me over their shoulders I go to the restroom. 

They page me before I'm even done washing my hands.  I swear to God, they had to be fucking with me.  Like I said, I don't get pharmacists.
62  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: March 13, 2014, 10:32:26 am
Which reminds me, I never get back to playing the original Dark Souls after I picked up the DLC.  I need to do that one of these days.
63  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: March 11, 2014, 07:52:08 am
PP:  Think I dislocated my shoulder playing tug of war with my dogs last night.  We have this rope with a handle in the middle so you can play tug of war with two dogs at the same time.  Which is great until one drops their end and the other runs full speed in the opposite direction.
64  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: March 10, 2014, 11:46:35 am
Funny, Charlie was talking to zombies earlier.
Yea but they were zombies he could see which probably made it slightly less weird.  You know instead of the zombies in Katies head.

I can totally picture Charlie's next line.  "SAM!  Katie broke her brain again!"  Or I could be wrong...

EDIT:  I was totally wrong, apparently Charlie's next line is Sammie's ventriloquism. 
65  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: March 09, 2014, 08:08:35 pm
Thief is very slow going for me, I've been crawling over the bank heist level trying to find the last few loot pieces and 1 document I'm missing.  I thought I had it because I was super thorough.  Stupid completiontist streak.

EDIT:  Picked up Rogue Legacy this weekend because it was on sale.  Holy crap is it addictive fun.  Imagine if someone combined the bitch hard platforming of "I want to be the guy" with the roguelike attributes of perma death and level randomizing ala "Nethack" and toss in a VERY warped sense of humor along with roguelite resource management.  Add it all up and I don't know what the fuck it means but it's a bad ass fun game.  I've lost count of how many children I've fed to the meat grinder, some only last seconds but there's always one more ready to jump in.  My favorite so far has been my adhd giant barbarian queen. Though the paladin who was "the one" and a dwarf was also pretty memorable. 
66  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: March 09, 2014, 07:59:21 pm
It's okay, I bought a PS4 when I probably shouldn't have. Granted, I didn't know I was going to be fired shortly after.

But muh MGS5.
Get you some of that free DCUO action.  I hear it looks killer on PS4 and I need people who aren't random internet douches to play with.
67  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: March 07, 2014, 01:05:13 pm
Nice, I loved AFI back in the day (and have this EP naturally) their punk years were awesome.  The later stylistic shift towards gothic/emo began with Black Sails at Sunset and I really consider that their last good album.  Sing the Sorrow wasn't bad but it wasn't really an AFI album in the sense that it really wasn't really hardcore punk by any stretch.  I stuck around for whatever their next album was hoping it was going to start swinging back the other way but nope, haven't listened to anything new from them since.
68  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: March 05, 2014, 09:47:12 am
PP:  Found out yesterday my dog has severe hip dysplasia (despite his parents being hip certified.)  This is upsetting on so many levels, not least of which is I was sort of justifying the obscene amount of money I've sank into this dog already (AKC registration, obedience training and oh by the way, emergency care because he almost died of kidney failure when he got into something (that we never really did figure out what)) with the thought that we would be able to breed him and maybe make back a little bit of that coin.  Nope, no one is going to pay money to get gimpy puppies.  And the surgery to correct this is of course ridiculously expensive.  I should know by now that any time I manage to have any money in the bank disaster is right around the corner.  I already should also know by now that my ability to pick out dogs is the worst ever.  Run down of last three... sociopathic dog we had to put down, great dog born with a heart defect that was undetectable as a puppy but killed him in just over a year, and now this.  My wife doesn't get why I don't want anymore dogs after this but that's a whole seperate PP.
69  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: March 01, 2014, 09:27:28 am
I loved the original.  It still has some of the most memorable gaming moments I ever experienced.  The reboot is definitely improving now that I reached a larger hub area.  Much better than the uber-linear intro sequences.  Though the progression for some of the side missions doesn't make much sense.  I don't have a tool I need to loot a collectible but the shop guy doesn't sell it yet, I resorted to google and found out it won't be available until after the next chapter.  Lolwhut?  Hopefully I can replay it after I get what I need to 100% it.  Fun fact, I spent most of yesterday just wandering around pickpocketing and doing random breaking and entering as I explored.  I still hate the new Garrett voice though. 
70  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: February 27, 2014, 09:33:41 am
I played a bit more last night but still not far enough to have formed a really concrete opinion yet.  The game has a TON of polish (the animations where he pulls out and stows his lockpicks for instance is brilliant), I like the fact his hand motions/positions keep you cued in to which stance you're in without having an out of place crouch indicator.  I dislike how Garrett's mechanical eye seems to have been replaced with "magic" or whatever they're using to explain his Batvision new focus ability.  There are a handful of things I'm waiting to see before I can consider it a good Thief game.

1.  Difficulty changes affect story driven objectives.  I'm pretty sure I've talked about this one before, and as much as I liked Thi3f it failed by lacking this staple of the first two games.  Harder difficulty meant you got additional objectives that added the story.  Saving Basso the Boxman from prison in the first game is one of the most dramatic examples, if you didn't play the hardest setting in Thief 1 for the Clragscleft prison job you had no idea who he was when he appeared in the first mission of Thief 2.

2.  Huge open levels that allow dramatically different approaches to your objectives.  Haven't seen this yet though the area I'm in now is opening up a little so it may be better later.

3.  The watchers.  Garrett's whole backstory revolved around them in the original trilogy which was brought full circle in the end of the third game (setting up for the sequel I still look forward to).  Haven't seen a whisper of them yet which is hugely odd.  Maybe they appear later, I hope they do.  Across the three games they built a very rich mythology, why bother rebooting if you discard it?  Same goes for the Hammerites and Pagans though I think I heard someone discussing the Hammers in an overheard conversation so I hope the old mythos is still present.

4.  Stealth based game play.  So far this is great.  Light/dark gauge works like I would expect and I love that they give you a more overt visual cue (the little pop of bright washout if you you step out into the light.)  I also like the little dash move they've provided to help you get back into the shadows quickly.  Not sure where they're going with the parkour type stuff they introduced in the tutorial section, but I can see it fitting if used right.

5.  The ability to fight your way out if you absolutely have to.  Back in the day I liked doing iron man runs in Thief.  Load up a level, no save scumming, do or die.  You fought like crap but you COULD hack your way out of some bad situations if you fucked up your stealth run.  So far I haven't seen evidence that Garrett is packing a sword or even dagger which feels weird.  Maybe later? 

I plan on playing this much more this weekend.  Hopefully it has most of the stuff I'm expecting from it.  It has a lot of potential.  It would be a shame if it was wasted.
71  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: February 26, 2014, 09:37:03 am
So after spending most of the weekend preloading it, I played the new Thief right after I got home from work last night.  Within two hours I was back to playing DCU Online trying to grind for a couple of rare style drops I'm still after.  

So... yea... not super impressed with Thief so far so here's a dump of my initial impressions.

Linear as fuck so far and along with that the prologue was painfully annoying.  Here's an unlikeable character, now spend forty minutes hanging out with her.  I also hate the new voice of Garrett.  Seriously hate it.  The graphics are decent but not amazing, certainly not at the same level as Tomb Raider (which I call out because it's another Squeenix game), or even Far Cry 3 though for some reason the benchmark for Thief ran much slower and my CPU SRCREAMS at this game.  Like I got Far Cry 3 to make my CPU throw up a heat warning on a hot day after a couple hours of play time.  Thief?  It made my CPU puke out the next level heat warning ON THE MENU SCREEN, so I have to assume it's not optimized for PC terribly well.  I do like the little touches of looting, methodically searching drawers, feeling for hidden switches behind painting frames, the lock picking isn't terrible.  The checkpoint save system is neat (if you hide undetected in certain lockers/cabinets/closets you get a checkpoint save.)  It has potential and it might get better later.  I certainly hope it gets better later.  But for now I'm pretty saddened that they put the Thief name on this product.  
72  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: February 25, 2014, 08:59:12 am
The long awaited return of Gutted Hobo!!  (tm)

73  General Discussion / Webcomics Discussion / Re: The Web Comics that Were... on: February 21, 2014, 11:41:39 am
Good thread.  I also have a few favorite moldy oldies.

Warp 9 to hell was a fun, completely disrespectful and profane comic chronicling the misadventures of Usagi and Mofo.  Memorable for joking about anthrax on pancakes during the height of the post 9/11 'thrax scare and the long running and oddly hilarious "I cannot move my arm" gag that went from a joke strip about shitty webcomics, to a fan comic dub to full canon.

Mall Monkeys.  Mall Monkeys was great and set completely in a shopping mall.  Memorable for a great Flash "dress up" game that's still on Newgrounds (the easter egg outfit combos and animated intro were what made it great) and the fact that before taking it off the web the creators made a CD available for fans to buy that included every strip and "extra" they had ever posted.  I own one of those CDs and once gave Randy Milholland (of Something Positive fame) a zip file including every strip because he was also a fan and missed out on nabbing the CD.

The Blue Beetle.  It's still archived somewhere but I'm too lazy to google where exactly.  It was a fun deconstruction of superhero comics.  Memorable for being one of the first web comics I can remember that actually had GOOD art.  In the earliest days most webcomic pioneers were more computer savvy than artists and it showed.  Also memorable for the exploding jar of semen gag Warp 9 to hell later ripped off.
74  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: February 17, 2014, 11:36:10 am
PP:  This fucking weather.  I should have called off work today and be sitting in of my PS3 blasting dubstep.  Instead I'm at work and the way it looks right now I may not be leaving today.  I am seriously looking at moving south after this season.

EDIT:  Seriously, fuck this goddamn weather.  Two hours of sitting in my car without moving, pretty soon I'llhave to choose between freezing to death or having enough gas to get home.  Fuck winter.
75  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: February 14, 2014, 11:19:28 pm
I really liked the first one.  I had a horrible bootlegged copy that I eventually replaced with the Steam version, which I hardly played... but I saw what they were going for, you can't beat it.
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