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@  PlutoniumBoss : (14 December 2019 - 03:27 AM)

Wouldn't that just add packaging authenticity? :D

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 December 2019 - 01:44 AM)

I read a anecdote of someone recently receiving a Glacialord with mold because apparently online stores' warehouses have been sitting on Fansproject products like that for years.

@  Rycochet : (13 December 2019 - 11:56 AM)

Unlike many of his peers, Morton diesn't seem to have gone out of his way to try and take every drug going so he's aged remarkably well.

@  Donocropolis : (13 December 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Doesn't seem to have been a market for it, which is too bad, because it perfectly does what it sets out to do.

@  Donocropolis : (13 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Just opened it and suddenly I'm 9 years old again.

@  Donocropolis : (13 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Bought myself Fansproject Glacialord for my birthday during their Black Friday sale.

@  Nevermore : (12 December 2019 - 07:45 PM)

Morten Harket of A-ha might have aged 35 years on the outside, but his voice is still pretty much the same as it was in 1984. That's some great training and exercise for you.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 December 2019 - 06:59 PM)

Depends entirely on how badly you cooked them. What?

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 December 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Can it raise the dead?

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Cheddar can do just about anything.

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Cream cheese has to be on a bagel or crackers.

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:31 PM)

(for example: I like Swiss cheese on sandwiches, but find it merely tolerable by itself)

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 05:30 PM)

I mean are you eating it by itself? With crackers? On a sandwich?

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

I would ask, but I'd rather not know.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (12 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

With my mouth, usually.

@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 08:48 AM)

Depends on how you're eating it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (12 December 2019 - 01:40 AM)

Havarti, without a doubt.

@  Greebtron : (12 December 2019 - 01:28 AM)

Not Don, thanks. I'd like a writer who actually cares enough to do the job properly

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 09:34 PM)

What's your favorite cheese? I'm not sure, but it's hard to beat muenster.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:10 PM)

Man I wish IDW could do a season 2.5 with a few writers like Michael Charles Hill or Donald F Glut or Paul Davids involved.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 04:33 PM)

They were looking for Skids, but the animators forgot he existed again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 02:58 PM)

He regrouped with Omega Supreme, the Dinobots, Skyfire and the Protectobots.

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 08:20 AM)

Did he get infected with the rest of the Autobots or did he smartly remain off-planet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 05:38 AM)

He really just went to the beach for a couple of days, then called it in. Who's gonna follow up on it?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:05 AM)

Anyone really believe Cosmos searched far enough for more ingredient for Corrostop?

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

Oh, we are pretty good at "forgetting" about that. Insisting on sending people home on their overtime, THEN suddenly rushing to do the "backlog" stuff when it's really overdue.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 December 2019 - 05:43 PM)

I've yet to find an organization which didn't have a backlog of "stuff" that needs to be done, but isn't important enough to put on the schedule proper.

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 December 2019 - 05:01 PM)

I'm sure most good/bad (depending on your POV) bosses would be able to find something for the worker to do, in most cases, even if it's spending 8 hours pretending to push a broom around

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 December 2019 - 04:39 PM)

Still better than American jobs. x.x;

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 December 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I'm pretty sure you've already mentioned this before. Especially that last one.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:05 AM)

That can be fun if you're strong-willed enough. "Hey, you want to go home? Overtime reduction, there's nothing to do..." - "Nah, not today. I want to work."

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:04 AM)

This applies to the field of work as well. Meaning, your boss orders you to show up for a full shift, you show up on time and are absolutely willing to work, and then your boss realizes he has no work for you, your boss has to pay you for a full shift even if you don't work at all.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:03 AM)

Fun fact: German law has a concept named "default in acceptance", which postulates that if there is a "service for payment" contract, the party that should provide the service correctly offers their due service, and the party that should pay fails to accept the service within due time, the second party still has to pay the first party even if there was no service delivered.

@  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.


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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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