JonCole

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  1. Since Black Friday is clearly over and there seemed to be a handful of topics around the Steam holiday sale, I figured a general, persistent thread might be the way to go. Anyways, just thought it was worth pointing out Dirt 2 as the weekend sale on Steam, for $20. I know we were talking about various racing games on one of the prototype Formula Thumb sessions and there seemed to be interest in the latest Colin McRae offering, so there ya go.
  2. Destiny (MP)

    5/14/15 Update - Zeus has made a shared calendar on which to list your availability for strikes/raids. You can access it here - http://teamup.com/ksab7bace4e91c1f8a/#/ Also, I removed the list of people and their platform IDs because it was out of date. In lieu of that, I created a new sheet in the Idle Thumbs Consolidated ID workbook specifically for Destiny players. I included anyone who has posted their ID in the last calendar year or is active in the main Destiny thread. Feel free to add your name if you're left off - Destiny ID Exchange (click the Destiny tab at the bottom) --- Mington has been good enough to make us a Idle Thumbs [iDLE] clan for the game which you can find on Bungie.net at the following link - http://www.bungie.net/en/Clan/147032
  3. Backlog Busters

    I figured I'd make this topic at least for myself, but also for anyone else who finds their time much more plentiful due to the glory of summer break. My conundrum is one of the best possible kind - way too many great games to play. As a result, I just don't know where to start in my huge-ass backlog... so hopefully some of y'all can help. All that I ask is what games would you absolutely insist I play before the others: - Batman: Arkham Asylum - Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks - Metal Gear Solid 4 - Lost Odyssey - Secret of Monkey Island - Zeno Clash - Banjo & Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts - Tales of Vesperia Again, there's no real connection between that stuff... just things that I have on my shelf that I haven't played and am currently interested in. Any help would be much appreciated!
  4. Is there any reason we have separate threads for listings of usernames for various gaming services? I know that when I first started reading these forums, I was a little intimidated by the 10-20 page long listings with no context for whether people who posted at some point in the past are still active on Steam or whatever. Would anyone be opposed to me (or someone else, if more appropriate) creating a public Google doc that people could just input every one of their IDs into so that we can 1) have an accurate, recent accounting of everyone's stuff 2) not have to consult a ton of different threads for basically the same purpose? Edit: Alright, made it! Here's the link - http://bit.ly/thumbsidex
  5. Destiny

    Good to play with you guys again, glad y'all made it through. If you need any help with the Outbreak Prime quest, feel free to hit me up. I've done it on all my characters so I can fill the Hunter/Warlock/Titan spot in your team as needed. If you want to take a crack at HM, I'd recommend that the group be average 385 light. A bit easier to do now that everything has been bumped up in terms of rewards, Heroic Strikes and Archon's Forge do wonders as well as Iron Banner when that rolls back around in a couple weeks.
  6. Destiny

    I can understand that, people have been saying the same about Overwatch re: 60fps though I'm not sure if you're talking about the pace of combat or the framerate. I'm pretty content with Destiny having a slower pace of combat, it actually makes the PvP interesting in my mind. Though there is an ever rising complaint about how the primary game in PvP is gone because of stuff like the Universal Remote, max range shotguns like Party Crasher, and snipers, I feel like that really mostly applies to public games. I've been getting more and more into sweats, 3v3 games that are effectively crude forms of custom games with rules that facilitate primary weapon gunplay. All of that said, I'm really only at this place because I truly haven't stopped playing since the end of CE and I'm just at a place where I need to find new ways to enjoy the game if I do want to keep playing. Anyways, if anyone needs help completing MoT hit me up. I'm around all of the time. Edit: Oh, one last thing - if you need to gear up, Iron Banner starts tomorrow and is a good way to get end-game leveled drops. Since everyone and their mother is playing it, there tends to be a better range of skilled players so matches tend to be less sweaty.
  7. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    For the record and I'm sorry I'm late with this, but some PSU's may have a high total wattage but not enough voltage rails to properly power everything. Basically too many things are asking for too much power and the PSU just doesn't have enough big voltage bandwidth channels to deliver that power (this is highly dumbed down, honestly I don't fully understand it because my electrical engineering courses are a little buried in the memory banks). This can usually be avoided without having to do considerable research by buying Gold/Platinum PSUs, in my experience, as they tend to not cut any corners that budget PSUs sometimes do.
  8. I'm playing on PS4. 30 second - 1 minute wait times are generally expected during daytime hours, but peak hours (like... 7pm EST - 10 EST) usually see 1-2 minute waits and weekend peak hours like last night can see 3-4 minute wait times in the worst cases. Also, fwiw I usually queue in groups at night so that may affect the times. Still something to consider when backing out mid-match, particularly considering it's kind of a pain in the ass to reform groups in this game because there is no way to pull out a full group from the round start screen.
  9. I always stick it out because 1) stomps go fast, so the matches will be over soon 2) gotta get that XP, yo 3) the time to find a game is crazy, you'll spend more time requeueing than it'll take to finish a stompy match. I also generally find that I mind less when I can attribute a loss to bad rando team comp, because that's just stupidity that I can't really avoid. I get way more salty when my team has nearly perfect comp but we still don't stand a chance.
  10. The threat of Big Dog

    An AI wrote a screenplay using the same adaptive speech technology that's used in predictive keyboards, then some actors acted it out and it's insane
  11. I feel like the stomping comes far more frequently when I am in a group vs solo queue, whether it's us stomping or the ones being stomped.
  12. Destiny

    I read it as either them selling a console bundle or them allowing there to be some kind of upgrade path to 360/PS3 owners who have physical editions of the game (since only the digital versions have cross-platform licenses at the moment).
  13. There is a server change in event of severe skill mismatch thing, but I've only seen it happen a couple times. I think the round has to end in a couple minutes twice in a row, or something like that.
  14. It would be interesting if they made it so you could still change characters mid-match, but you had a limited number of changes. So you could make your setup more reactive, but you'd have to calculate your choices much more actively and then live when them if you use all your swaps.
  15. For capture point two of Anubis, I've found that the best strategy is putting a tank + 2x DPS on mid-lane, Hanzo/Widowmaker on right side, and Junkrat/Pharah/Reaper + support on left. Snipers on right can clear anything on that pocket left side when you grapple/climb up on the small platform there, I often clear out at least one turret/bastion/handful of Symmetra turrets from that position. Tank + DPS pulls aggro hard and hopefully absorbs/wastes enemy ults during the push. Then the left team can do serious damage while the whole team is focused on the harassing sniper and heavy hitting mid-squad. The times I've won on that point have been mega close and have really required every person being on point. I've been defeated on defense by similar strategies, and earlier today got wrecked by a team that had a really good forward Symmetra teleporter and switched to all Genji/Reaper/Tracer as soon as cap point 1 was complete then they rush capped the cap 2.
  16. police constable on (star wars) expanded universe servers (I'm actually playing on PS4)
  17. Destiny

    welp. i took a long break between vanilla and the end of HoW, but since then i've been pretty bang on
  18. I also use Private Internet Access and I'm a fan.
  19. this is why i can't handle this, because i love owl but i also love cat D:
  20. how can i be expected to choose between a cute cat and a cute owl fml
  21. Silicon Valley

    I just burned through the past two seasons and love it. It's weird because I feel like it's made for me specifically, some nerd who cares way too much about the startup industry and knows a lot of the jargon they're using for no good reason. Do you have this kind of background as well? I vaguely wonder what the appeal would be for someone who doesn't have that familiarity with the industry. Not to say I assume you don't have it, I'm just curious if the humor gets past that specificity. I do like pretty much all the comedians who work on that show in a more broad standup context, so I assume the show does have some level of broad appeal.
  22. Movie/TV recommendations

    I love all of those personal favorites and I was vaguely interested in 12 Monkeys, thanks for this. Definitely going to check it out ASAP. Did you ever watch that last season of Continuum? I was kind of afraid that it had completely gone off the rails with the indeterminate moratorium and the total insane cliffhanger of the previous season.
  23. Destiny

    I've never stopped, personally, except for maybe a short break the first two weeks The Division came out. I'm loving the April update, just hit level 335 on my main through the help of Iron Banner and some good Trials luck. I've mostly stayed active all this time with my clan, so he's my obligatory invitation to join that if anyone is looking to get back into the game regularly. To get into slightly more background on what Vasari is saying, many of the end-game activities reward maximum 335 loot (Hard Mode King's Fall Raid, Challenge of Elders, Trials of Osiris, Iron Banner, Exotic Engram decoding, Shaxx weekly bounty, Nightfall). All of these activities grant loot based on a range of 1-5 levels over your current light level, so if you're 310 and do the raid, all of your drops will be 311-315. Beyond that, the rate at which you get reputation for pretty much all factions has increased and the 3/week free sterling treasures have a chance to give you reputation boosters which give you enhanced rep gain for a limited period of time. Faction packages can grant up to 330 light level gear, which is a great reason to continue the more mundane grinds of bounties, regular activities (strike playlist, 6v6 pvp, etc). All of this stuff together has really tightened the game loop and gives way more rewards on a much more regular basis. Add some other elements, like the fact that they've added some new exotics to the game, revived some old year one weapons like Shadow Price and Longbow Synthesis for the nostalgic masses, etc and you get a much more pleased fanbase. It seems like with every big update to the game including this one, it's even more appropriate to say "this is a good time to get (back) into the game".
  24. General Video Game Deals Thread

    There's definitely a bit of a nice ecosystem going on at Humble, most of the recent Humble Bundles have a 10% coupon for the Humble Monthly that I believe can be applied for current subscribers on the next month's charge. So basically, you buy a bundle, you save 10% on the monthly, which in turn saves you 10% at the store. Few different bundles every month, so you could potentially save 10% on that monthly continuously unless I'm just reading the terms incorrectly.
  25. Edit: I'm going to periodically add links to the OP to better contextualize some of the talk on this thread. Reference Links Jeremy Parish of USGamer talks about Objectivity Polygon's Ethics Statement The Guardian's Editorial Code (for reference to media covering other topics) Kotaku changes their policy regarding Patreon Joystiq's Editorial Ethics Policies Original Post I didn't know if someone was going to make a topic, but here one is! Kindly continue the conversation from the Feminism topic here. I'll throw in this particularly interesting write-up by some YouTube game personality, where he talks about some of the irrational psychology behind the kind of journalistic integrity conspiracy stuff we're seeing - http://jamsponge.tumblr.com/post/95731137698/why-the-games-press-wont-talk-about-ethical-corruption