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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 (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / 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

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Necro Roll Call!
« on: June 13, 2017, 07:00:09 AM »
Ok, time to resurrect this sub forum from the almost dead.  Who will be here? Its all but announced its here soon.

Who will be there on day 1?  Who will be there soon?

I predict a few 4 player necro groups lol.

I'm aiming to do a HC campaign for the hell of it, and SC season from level 1

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Unofficial necro release date
« on: June 10, 2017, 07:20:50 AM »
Around 20 july (next season).  Why else would they have a month long gap between seasons? normally 2 weeks.  Most likely current season ends, necro released, maybe a few days to try stuff, then season 11 starts, or maybe at the same time

I foresee lots of 4 person necro groups :P

Gaming General / Free Games thread!
« on: June 08, 2017, 03:46:41 PM »
Two other threads, but might be useful to keep how we used to.  I'll start with offering Payday 2!  Only 5 million though.  Hopefully still there when i'm home from work ..

General Discussion / America's Cup
« on: May 29, 2017, 04:34:07 PM »
Does anyone else know this is on?  Or care about it? 

That sport where you need about a hundred million to get a team in it, where the previous winners can set the rules to whatever they want!

There is Team USA who has an Australian at the wheel.
Team Japan has a New Zealander at the wheel.
Team GB has an Olympian who has won more sailing medals than anyone by the sounds of it. He seems to think this race is actually a demolition derby and keeps crashing into other boats/the wharf.
Team Sweden has an Australian at the wheel
France and NZ actually have someone from their country driving :P

The Australians withdrew, maybe due to their best people on other boats? lol

Some of it all seems a bit silly, in the previous cup, after it was over, they said the boats would never sail again.  They needed a massive crane to lift them out of the water and put them back which is expensive to operate.

Other Tech Toys / VR
« on: May 21, 2017, 07:44:47 PM »
Anyone got it yet?  Seems to be quite expensive .. and you need a really good computer to be able to power it.

Due to this, I'm a long way off having it myself.  I'm going to try to visit a friend in a few months when he is back from holiday and have a go at it.  I heard you can't really have it explained, you have to experience it.

Maybe there is a theme here.  People (without kids) who can afford a 2 month holiday, can afford VR :P

Also VR is very new relatively at this point, there are a lot of silly little things around.  I'm interested in Serious Sam VR myself.  They ported their old games (all of it) with full motion, not just stuck in a spot with waves coming at you.

Music / RIP Chris Cornell
« on: May 18, 2017, 04:13:06 AM »
Shit, dying at only 52! His voice was a massive part of my teen years and beyond.  Luckily I heard the man sing live 3 times, solo and in Soundgarden.  I'm not sure a musician dying has hit me like this before.  So unexpected :(

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