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Gaming General / Your newest games
« on: January 03, 2018, 04:10:00 PM »
I thought we could have a thread to say "Hey I just picked up this game".

I picked up a few from the Xmas sale and some money I got.
Bulletstorm (new version), really enjoyed the last one, this one has the option of Duke Nukem as a playable character, and steam achieves.
CoD MW4 Remastered.  Again .. an old game I enjoyed with some achievements etc
Serious Sam Bogus Detour.  It has Serious Sam in the title :P and achieves.
Omegaland.  This looks fun and was cheap
Plantera: same as above

Movies & TV / Last Jedi thoughts with spoilers
« on: December 19, 2017, 03:00:54 PM »
No thread yet, I'm sure most of us have seen this already.  I saw some talking on Facebook.

A few thoughts I had from my first and so far only viewing:

It seemed to go on a lot longer than I expected
There were a number of plot twist I didn't see coming
Diversity everywhere, this is very much a 2017 movie
Lots of character development
Maybe more humour than normal? There were a few times a bunch of people in the laughed out loud.
Only a few space battles or lightsabre action, but less than some others surely.
At least one kid did a WOOOOOAH moment when the rebel ship jumped and ripped through the other one.
Those penguin things are the new wookies?

Apart from some thoughts of .. "ok, they must be wrapping it up here, then, nope its still going!" I enjoyed it.

I have MANY questions, but I'm sure quite a few of you who know things outside the main movies will understand all the backstory.

I have seen headlines about controversy, but I haven't bothered to read it.  No Jar Jar, no cruddy teen romance.  Overall a pass from me.

I'm not sure how it will be with a 2nd or subsequent viewing.

The Argument Chamber / Zimbabwe and Mugabe
« on: November 23, 2017, 03:28:43 PM »
I'm not sure if this is making the news where you are, but after 37 years of corruption, a dictator has been forced to stand down.  He did many things wrong in his overlong time holding onto power. 500 billion% inflation at its peak is the type of stuff you'd only hear in movies.  At 93, he has lived far longer than he probably should have.  But when you can take state funds and fly yourself to the best hospitals around the world that is to be expected.

Who knows if his replacement will be an improvement.  I just know that I've been waiting for this day for a LONG time!

Gaming General / EA and Loot boxes
« on: November 21, 2017, 08:10:34 PM »
So, this sounds like a major PR disaster, anyone bought games affected by this?  I hear as well as the new Star Wars it was in the new Need for Speed, but patches are making it "not as bad"

Gaming General / Free Games thread!
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:59:48 PM »
Humble Bundle has Killer is Dead for next 48 hours.

Free is free!

Gaming General / Starcraft 2 going Free to play soon
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:08:34 PM »

In case you missed this news like me.  November 14 it kicks off.  Not all of the game free in terms of expansions.

The Argument Chamber / NZ General Election 2017
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:06:17 AM »
Well, this has been quite an uncertain time.

Last year our Prime Minister of 8 years decided to leave on his own accord.  His enemys suspected dirt would follow but it hadn't.

Moving into election year, a 3 term government still had poll ratings in the high 40%s The main opposition was getting worse and it seemed we would get our first 4th term party since 1969.

Then shit happened, a bunch that would have been hard to predict:
1) The co-leader of our Green party launches a policy about increasing benefits. At the time she tells a story publicly that she was forced to commit benefit fraud to survive as a single mum and didn't tell the authorities she had people living who helped pay her rent.  She was studying Law at the time. Must has slept through ethics classes.  They get a temporary boost in the polls.  Then it all starts to fall apart.  People find she actually also commited electoral fraud.   Her position changed many times from "I'm not sorry, I won't do anything", to "I'll pay it back if they ask", then "ok, I'm definitely meeting with them", then "wow they were professional, but for a normal person that would have been rough".  Always stuck to "she had to break the law".  The father of her childs family had to say, actually we did support her and the child, don't drag our names through the mud to advance your cause!

Eventually she resigned as co-leader, staying on as a candidate in a seat she won't win.  Her reason for quitting was that the questions and exposure on her family was too much!  The other co-leader fully stood by her.  Their support went from 15% to maybe around 5% and possibly not being in the next parliament!

2) The leader of the main opposition party shot himself in the foot in an interview and quit.  Deputy becomes leader and their rating goes up roughly 15% over time.  They got a massive input of cash from donations and on the cusp of winning!

3) A 30 year MP who basically was the only voice of his party saw poll results that he would lose,  he just quit.  He had been propping up the current government for 9 years.

4) A new movement got started at the end of last year. I predict with time they will end up as a 3rd major party as they are going for some out there policies based on need.

A few smaller scandals, some of the biggest polls had been contradicting each other, but now they are in line and showing either side may come out on top.

Election day is Saturday. Advanced voting is higher already than all of the previous election.  There is a lot of people wanting change .. but a big amount who want to keep things as they are ..

Too close to call!

Gaming General / Some controversy from the SPF
« on: September 07, 2017, 06:45:39 PM »
Some of you may still read the SPF and have seen this, others might not, but there has been a bit of controversy on some new stuff, and like older times, it has caused a bit of a rift.  Please note all of this is publicly visible.  I'm just putting a few bits of information in one place.

This time the main mod (Thyiad) wasn't happy with the direction of things.  Keep in mind the rules there are basically a dictatorship vs consensus driven.  Unlike here, they do have an active D2 community still, but its smaller than it used to be.

FYI there are two more recent things people may not know of.
1) "Hybrid Rares"   Get a rare item in an old classic version.  Bring it straight to a very recent version.  It does some interesting things with the stats and CAN make very power things, but odds are low. Possibly uber gear 500+% ED on a weapon  Due to this, a decision was made they can't be traded
2) The D2X beta I mentioned.

Have a look at some of these
You have the mod stating her view of the world, having a go at those who don't match that view, equating new ideas with breaking the rules/foundations of the place, and finally shutting down any ability for replies.

That later spawned this reply which is now 100 posts long

Almost 80 pages into that Thyiad replies again

What do you think?

Gaming General / Diablo 2 beta of LoD (pre 1.07)
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:02:55 PM »
Is anyone else apart from DT interested in this?  Think of it basically like 1.07 with some differences and bugs.  Probably some better things that didn't hit 1.07.

Movies & TV / Game of Thrones (no spoilers)
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:48:56 PM »
So I'm late, just finished Season 4.  Enjoying it! Our friends only had DVDs up to this point.,

Gaming General / Path of Exile vs Grim Dawn
« on: July 19, 2017, 11:27:59 PM »
Thoughts .. anyone played both?  One is free, the other is not (and I don't have yet)

Diablo 3 / Where is Grogs?
« on: July 19, 2017, 04:42:31 PM »
He said he would be back for the necro ..

Gaming General / Prime day
« on: July 05, 2017, 11:15:59 PM »
So it sounds like this is an uber deals day, not sure if they would have any games that day too?  Lemming? have you picked yourself up from D2 to look at the outside world?

Wonder if its worth looking at, or getting someone who is on it to help get something?

General Discussion / Epic thread of win
« on: June 13, 2017, 08:37:24 PM »
So I'll start with a gamble. Haven't heard the audio, but the video looks good

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