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@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:54 PM)

If it's seasonal affective disorder, check with your doc about vitamin D supplements.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:46 PM)

That's what I was thinking too, It's the christmas rush and if that's not stressful enough the cold weather can also impact mental health.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 12:41 PM)

Might be a stupid question given the comment, BUT: have you done anything outside the ordinary lately? Might just be a stress reaction.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I've experienced sleep paralysis with ghostly images and similar things in the past and can snap out of it through moving my fingers. I've definitely hallucinated before and members of both sides of the family have had similar experience, some suffered forms of mental instability in two cases schizophrenia.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:47 AM)

So... either a hallucination or night terrors. Are you prone to this kind of thing?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:55 PM)

It kept repeating until I sat up.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:54 PM)

I've been up since three and when sheepish I was hallucinating something knocking twice against my bedroom door.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 December 2019 - 06:58 PM)

Then repaint Apeface and Snapdragon as Transmetal Optimus Primal and Megatron. It's crazy enough to work.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Moral imperative.

@  Nevermore : (07 December 2019 - 05:13 PM)

Wishful thinking, rumor or leak?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Snapdragon for Earthrise.

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 December 2019 - 10:22 PM)

Still not the weirdest thing a Nic Cage character has done in a film

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 04:00 PM)

Couldn't be worse than him pissing fire as Ghost Rider.

@  Rycochet : (04 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

The Tim Burton Superman Movie is the DC movie we deserve. It would have Nic Cage in a technosuit punching polarbears.

@  Paladin : (04 December 2019 - 02:59 PM)

Wonder Woman was great. Shazam was amazing. Aquaman... exists.

@  RichardT1977 : (04 December 2019 - 01:54 PM)

TBF, Aquaman and Shazam! were pretty good.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Not a difficult feat.

@  Benbot : (04 December 2019 - 11:50 AM)

You just put more effort into telling a compelling story than all of WB's execs.

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:41 AM)

Cue the flashback to Jonathan, reassuring a terrified child: "What you are is never as important as who you are." Cue Superman's response to Brainiac: "I already know who I am."*John Williams fanfare plays*

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

I don't think we even really need to see Krypton. I'd start with Clark growing up in Kansas, thinking he's normal, and follow him through the development of his powers. There've been enough alternate takes on Krypton that it could actually work as a mystery; is this the pre-Crisis utopia, the sterile science world, or the relic of a fallen empire? Brainiac was there, and he tempts Clark with the knowledge of what he really is.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:12 AM)

First, a Krypton film, ending with baby Kal-El being found on Earth.  Then Supe's early career film, establishing his values... and if Jonothan Kent needs to die, it happens because of something like a heart attack while Clark is savnig folks on the other side of the world.  After we know Clark minimizes property damage and never kills, have Zod & Company show up and force him to make tough choices.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:07 AM)

Man of Steel seems like someone came up with a Superman trilogy and then the execs said "We've got to catch up to Marvel, make it one film!".  I don't mean that based on the film's actual pacing, but because various story beats make more sense to me if they weren't all squished together.

@  Cybersnark : (03 December 2019 - 07:44 PM)

I've been wanting to write a Superman movie trilogy for years; "Man of Steel" (featuring a Terminator-like Brainiac) was going to be first, with "Last Son of Krypton" (featuring the Eradicator) as the sequel and "Man of Tomorrow" (in which Luthor makes his face-heel turn) as the conclusion. Thanks to Snyder I have to re-arrange my titles.

@  Nevermore : (03 December 2019 - 06:15 PM)

I still wish "Man of Steel" had instead been an adaptation of both the John Byrne miniseries of the same name and the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale miniseries "Superman For All Seasons".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (03 December 2019 - 04:42 PM)

A take I just read: Man of Steel is shot with such a lack of lighting that it is easier to discern what is going on in a porn film.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 December 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Making Soylant is harder then it looks, it's not like the movies, you have to keep whacking and hacking at the ingredient, it'll scream and fight, maybe bite but eventually it will go down.

@  Paladin : (03 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

varies from person to person.

@  Benbot : (03 December 2019 - 11:34 AM)

It's an acquired taste

@  CORVUS : (03 December 2019 - 11:17 AM)

Soylent? Its pretty awful.

@  unluckiness : (03 December 2019 - 02:49 AM)

Depends on your denomination of Christianity

@  Patch : (02 December 2019 - 05:52 PM)

@Benbot Do they have a soy-free version? Like maybe just "Lent?"

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 02:03 PM)

Just occurred to me 'Autobot' Megatron happened in Target 2006.

@  Benbot : (02 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

have you tried Soylent? It's pretty good! https://soylent.com/

@  Paladin : (02 December 2019 - 10:01 AM)

i prefer free-range human usually. pain in the ass to hunt though...

@  TheMightyMol... : (02 December 2019 - 09:42 AM)

If your human is all bones, you may have purchased a skeleton by accident. Contact your grocer to inquire about exhange policies.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 09:31 AM)

Vegans are categorised as human therefore just fall under Soylant, they are usually all bones.

@  wonko the sane? : (01 December 2019 - 04:47 PM)

Cause... that latter one is technically all burgers anyway.

@  wonko the sane? : (01 December 2019 - 04:46 PM)

So... a burger made without meat, or a burger made with the meat taken from a vegan?

@  Maximus Ambus : (01 December 2019 - 04:22 PM)

I had a vegan burger last week, this week I'll give a vegan steak a shot.

@  wonko the sane? : (30 November 2019 - 12:37 PM)

a proper paradox would have broken the board. Nice try though.

@  Maximus Ambus : (30 November 2019 - 01:47 AM)

This shout is empty.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (30 November 2019 - 12:01 AM)

I've got the admit. tubi tv is great. It's got a lot of stuff.. Including Super Sentai.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:35 PM)

There is frankly no better place to (legally) find schlock on the internet for free than Tubi TV

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:33 PM)

It's got all the graphic violence and gratuitous nudity a late 80s OVA should have.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:32 PM)

Available for free with ads on Tubi TV.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 November 2019 - 10:32 PM)

It's "Goku: Midnight Eye". Originally produced in the late 80s, it apparently wasn't dubbed until the late 90s given Steve Blum was the lead.

@  wonko the sane? : (29 November 2019 - 06:38 PM)

The description makes it sound like some high grade, mid 80's shlock. Which, frankly, is my groove.

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 November 2019 - 12:37 PM)

Was wondering how long it would take someone to ask.

@  wonko the sane? : (29 November 2019 - 09:58 AM)

okay, it's been like two days so far: what anime is this, cause I'm dying to know.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 November 2019 - 09:23 PM)

You know you're in for a good time when an old anime starts with a crime lord uses roller skates in his cybernetic legs to skate down the side of the building, launches to a dock and into a getaway boat.


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#1 ZacDeath

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 12:13 PM

My last system was a PS2, but most of my free time, I play Sega Genesis. I want to get into some new games like Shovel Knight, and the Messenger. I would rather just play these on my pc, rather than buy a new system. It appears I can download these games through sites like Steam, but have no idea where to even begin, or how it all works. If some young person who hasnt been out of the loop for 20 years can offer some advice, that would be great. Thank you.
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Posted 15 September 2019 - 12:36 PM

Steam is probably the go-to PC gaming "system"

 

All you'd have to do is download the Steam client, purchase the game through Steam and it'll be added to your Steam library. To play the game you'd launch Steam and then start your game of choice.

 

It does require an internet connection to start, update, and play however. There's an offline mode but it gets to be somewhat of a hassle to use.

 

GOG.com is another good service. No client or library. You'd buy the game and then download it to your system and can start playing. There's no DRM or need for an online connection after you've downloaded the game. It's the closest you'd get to purchasing a physical copy (sans the literal physical copy natch)


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 01:12 PM

GOG used to be older games, but it's getting more to update as of late, so you can find new and newer stuff on there too. I hope your PC is fairly up to date, as some games do have some wicked running requirements: even stuff which doesn't look like it would require a beast of a machine to run can require a beast to run. Even more so with games in early access.

 

So yeah, Steam. Download the client, make an account, and then... have fun. The store is built in, so you can check out games to your hearts content. It also offers a "free to play" section. It's a lot of crap, but usually less system intensive as they tend to be designed to be accessible to everyone (cause they survive on microtransactions.) and there's a lot in there.

 

In a similar vein: bethesda, EA, epic games, ubisoft and probably a bunch I don't know about have their own clients. If you end up at a point where you want to play a game, and cannot find it on steam, it's likely on one of the others. Lots of times, games end up on steam (being the biggest such service.) eventually, but it's entirely up to the different companies and whether they want exclusivity.

 

If you want to build a collection of stuff quickly, and fairly cheap: hit up the humble bundle. Games for donations. I mean, more to it than that, but that's the concept.


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 08:36 PM

If you are just interested in more "lower tier", older, or indie games, GoG is a solid recommendation.  They do have a nice client and by not requiring DRM gives you a LOT more flex with when you can play your games.

 

Not sure I've bought much from Steam since going all in GoG.



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Posted 30 September 2019 - 05:41 AM

I got both Steam and GoG. At first this seemed like a gold mine. The idea was I would connect my tiny laptop to the TV, then play using my old pc controller. GoG wont recognize my controller and I lose sound and it gets glitchy using a hdmi cable with Steam. I havent thrown any money down anything yet. I really want to play the Messenger, but I need to figure out all the bugs, before I start investing.
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Posted 30 September 2019 - 04:00 PM

You can turn off the steam overlay if you want, under "steam", then "settings" then "In-game" and unchecking the box that reads "enable the steam overlay while in-game". But it should be your graphics card outputting to the TV, so maybe try using a different HDMI cable if you can. Double check your video drivers as well: being up to date makes a difference.

 

There is NO universal controller support. Some work, some don't. PC's automatically recognize xbox controllers if you plug them in. It takes some work to get PS3/4 controllers to work, but they do work (and do so fairly well.). Third party controllers (like logitech.) are generally well supported. You need to look at the information for each game on the store page (in steam: It'll be on the right side of the page. Along with information like how many players it supports, if it supports cloud saving, or VR, all over the language options.) GoG.com has the same information in a similar place. Just look for it under a heading called "game details". You want the words "full controller support" there to make sure it's mostly likely going to work. So maybe get the model of your controller and see if there's up to date drivers for it. Otherwise, maybe invest in a cheap new controller.

 

You have a good idea there. But the connection from PC to TV can be finicky at the best of times. Some times jiggling the port works, sometimes you need a better quality cable (I learned this lesson myself cause of a recent acquisition of a higher end DVI cable and was utterly SHOCKED at how much better, brighter and faster it was responding. I am genuinely considering switching the monitors around now.) and make sure your TV can handle the resolution your laptop is outputting. Downscaling always sucks. But since you said the sound was cutting out, I suspect you simply need a new cable.


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Posted 30 September 2019 - 11:14 PM

GoG wont recognize my controller

 

I'm confused what this means, since GOG is neither an operating system nor a game. Are you saying you've already bought games from them, and none of them support the controller? Or that you can't use the controller in lieu of a mouse for the desktop or something.


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Posted 01 October 2019 - 06:54 AM

Pretty sure he meant the game. But GoG DOES have a new launcher called GoG Galaxy, and it seemed pretty good when I last looked at it.


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Posted 01 October 2019 - 11:17 AM

I can also suggest the XBox game pass for PC. Its a flat rate each month and you get a lot of games to choose from. I have been using it to play Dead Rising 4 and Hollow Knight recently. 



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Posted 02 October 2019 - 07:52 PM

I got some free games, Crossing Souls specifically says to use a controller, but it doesnt work, so I use the keyboard and it is hard. I also got a controller game through Steam, and my controller works fine.
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Posted 02 October 2019 - 09:50 PM

Yeah, the game itself might not be recognizing the controller OR the game might require you choose to use the controller in the options. Check the games options to see if you can switch to a controller, if yours is recognized it'll work.

Which controller is it anyway? You might be able to find out it's general level of compatibility if you have a name and model number.
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Posted 03 October 2019 - 07:31 AM

Most modern pc games with controller support expect an xinput compliant controller, so any xbox 360/one gamepads SHOULD work. Non xinput devices can be made to work by using either a special xinput driver to translate the inputs into xinput format or by going into the game's controller settings and making adjustments. I use my old dualshock 3's on my pc all the time.

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 06:42 PM

Steam recognizes my old school Gravis Gamepad, I just had to cycle through the settings menu. I bought The Messenger and I am loving this game. Thanks for your help everybody. I need to be careful, I could easily blow $500 buying all kinds of games on this.
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Posted 13 October 2019 - 06:46 PM

Steam recognizes my old school Gravis Gamepad, I just had to cycle through the settings menu. I bought The Messenger and I am loving this game. Thanks for your help everybody. I need to be careful, I could easily blow $500 buying all kinds of games on this.

Awesome, Glad you got it to work!

 

Yeah, you can. Quite easily. I spent 200 on my first steam sale when I didn't really have it. The next year I dropped another hundred. The following year, and since... about 20-30. You have a wishlist; make judicious use of it. Steam will tell you when a game on your list goes on sale. And they will always have sales. They do weeklys, and the summer and winter sales, and flash sales sometimes for special events. You do not have to pay full price unless you absolutely want to. Build your wishlist, and just enjoy the free game steam will always provide: the waiting game.

 

Edit: ALSO! Steam has forums for each game. You can check them for technical stuff, like making the game run smoother, or cures for CTD's, and changelogs for updates and community opinions. Like all forums, don't take it too seriously, some games have outright toxic fandoms.


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Posted 14 October 2019 - 12:33 PM

And to make doubly sure you don't pay any more for a game than you have to, SteamDB keeps a graph of the price of every game over time, so you can see if "on sale" means "as cheap as it's ever been" or not.

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