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  1. 10 points
    Contributed whatever was left over after my ex-wife's alimony check went out.
  2. 10 points
    Well, I am a bad boy. I haven't really bought much of anything in a long time and haven't treated myself since landing a pretty cool job a couple of months ago, and I'm still rocking my launch PS4 with my 4k projector. So...I paid the Ebay tax and bought one of the PS4 Pro 500 Million edition bundles. Should be here early next week, looks like a pretty nifty piece of gear.
  3. 9 points
    If you can believe it, it's been over 4 years since we last raised any money for the forum. To put it into perspective, the last time we ran a fundraiser, Fifty Shades of Grey and the first Kingsman movie were topping the box office The Order: 1886 and Evolve were just released Age of Ultron was the most current Marvel movie The Walking Dead topped TV ratings Barack Obama was the President of the United States Actually, the last time it was predicted that we'd raise enough get to a point where: At least two of those came true! About a month ago, you probably noticed the great outage of March the 22nd when the forum was down for almost the entire day due to depletion of funds. And then the other outage of Two Days Ago because my slack ass hadn't put up the fundraising post yet 😆 We've gotten to a point with our setup where the features we have are close to everything we need, and the software we now use is stable. Pretty much all we need coverage for is hosting. I'm also working on getting those costs lowered a bit to $45 a month. Think we can pre-pay keeping the lights on for at least another 2 years? If so, that'd put our goal close to an even $1000. Last time, 23 of us stepped up to contribute. If you can, consider contributing a month! But really, anything and everything helps. We can even take payments directly within the forum now! This month starts our 16th year together here on LCVG. So here's to many more, with discussions on PlayStation 5, Xbox Next, and everything else in between. To donate, click the Donation Goal Progress Bar at the bottom of this thread!
  4. 9 points
    Yeah, thanks for checking. We finally got our car back nearly 1 full month after the wreck. The total damage bill was just shy of $9k. All of us are feeling fine, except my wife, who is still getting some physical therapy for neck and shoulder issues. Everyone except her has settled our medical/pain-and-suffering claims. They want to wait until my wife is done with treatment before talking about her settlement. Being back behind the wheel of the same car was definitely a weird feeling, but I've settled back into my routine. I've recognized it as a fluke, and I'm back to my normal driving habits, though I do find myself checking my rear-view a bit more still. I did ask about the other driver, since he was taken by ambulance from the scene. They said that he would be fine, which was all they could tell me. Carlos.
  5. 8 points
    I'm going to a Triple Feature of the John Wick movies tomorrow at the Alamo. I can hardly wait!
  6. 8 points
    I was gonna try to book tickets despite my wife + kids being lukewarm on it after their irrational dislike of the first film, but I came into work to find out our office manager booked us a private screening for the Friday, so I'm good
  7. 8 points
    That reminds me of the time I tried getting the trophy for speedrunning RE1 under 3 hours. The game doesn't give you a timer and just shows the results at the end. My results screen:
  8. 7 points
    Well, Jeff inspired me, I threatened to do it, I realized I owned every game... it’s happening. I’m going to run the main Zelda series from the beginning, tackling each entry in release order. We’ll see the dizzying highs and terrifying lows and I traverse Hyrule and beyond... I’ll use this as a sporadic posting spot, but this project is probably at LEAST a two year commitment. But I also haven’t beaten so many of these and I really should... So, the proper order of play will be... The Legend of Zelda Adventure of Link Link to the Past Link’s Awakening Ocarina of Time Majora’s Mask Oracle of Seasons Oracle of Ages The Wind Waker The Minish Cap Twilight Princess Phantom Hourglass Spirit Tracks Skyward Sword Link Between Worlds Breath of the Wild The first step is getting out of the weeds on the NES releases. I’m six dungeons into Zelda 1 and have done some basic grinding and a dungeon in 2 to get myself a bit of a head start, then it’s proper order the rest of the way. I was going to replay Four Swords but that’s honestly a multiplayer game and a greatest hits mix of series beats, and the list’s long enough as-is...
  9. 7 points
    John Wick 3 is fabulously absurd.
  10. 7 points
    Started a new job almost a year ago still doing software development, I am the lead mobile dev for a three year-old startup based out of Seattle area. I handle both the iOS and Android versions of our end-user app. We have a small office in the Bay Area, too, but I'm the only person that is truly remote. I thoroughly love all of the people I work with, I get to travel out to Seattle every few months where my best friend lives, and occasionally to SF as well. At the same time, if you've followed my other thread, I own a couple of beer bars (our second one opened a few weeks ago) which are hopefully my long-term plan. I love my day job, and also after 20+ years in the dev world, I look forward to the day when I write my last line of code. I could probably eek by on the income from the first bar (and my wife's job) and quit my day job in theory, but I'm just not ready to do that yet.
  11. 7 points
    I’ll be contributing on Friday. Thanks to everyone for their donations! LCVG Gold logins will be sent out by months end.
  12. 7 points
    Holy shit, we are getting a couple of months away from when we starting planning this second location. Yuck! 😐 We are getting close to opening, should be in the next 4-6 weeks. 170 year-old buildings suck, I will tell you that much! I'll update with pics when we have the opening and when we run our first show. Otherwise, we celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the first spot at the beginning of February, super-duper busy weekend and things continue to go well there. I still drink too much beer. Onward and upward! 😀
  13. 7 points
    Well...... The outcome to this exchange now has the potential to be more interesting than the movie. Joey?
  14. 7 points
  15. 6 points
    It's here. For fun I put my outgoing projector on top of the Epson. Needless to say the Epson is BIG. I've gotten it hooked up and have taken a quick gander at some 4K HDR stuff, and oof it's quite beautiful. So much lovely detail. I do have to take a moment to praise the old Panny, though. It provided many years of stunning imagery itself. But the future is definitely here.
  16. 6 points
    Good news, fellas! It looks like I may be able to afford that new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR after all. My Barclaycard with Apple Rewards just increased my credit limit to $11,500! Of course, this means that I won't be able get the stand for the display right away. Maybe someone can buy it for me for my birthday. Or I could just do this:
  17. 6 points
    Needs to be one with Jon Snow saying "I left the cave and the redhead with nice tits for this?" Carlos.
  18. 6 points
    All setup. No issues other than me not plugging in the power connection inside the cabinet deep enough. I had a minor heart attack thinking the thing was dead but with some minor troubleshooting, all was well. Played all three games with a buddy of mine and had a blast! My only complaint is I wish I could turn down the brightness on the LCD just a smidge.
  19. 6 points
    I've been managing technical teams for the better part of 15 years now and I enjoy it. I can't say I love it but there are worst careers. I enjoy managing and mentoring people. With that having been said though, I officially accepted a new position in my company doing Salesforce administration today. It's an opportunity that presented itself seemingly out of nowhere but the woman in charge of the IT group is going on maternity leave and we've been without any CRM administrators for the better part of 3 months now due to regular attrition. I have had some experience with it in the past and she gave me administrator rights and I've been functioning in that role as a side job to my regular day job helping her out. She loved the work I did to the point where she aggressively headhunted me and officially sent over a job offer through my HR rep for a significant amount of money and senior analyst title that I could not say no to. It helps that I really enjoyed the hell out of the work itself, too. So I'm a little scared but super excited. Scared because its a whole new world but excited for the challenge and to get my feet wet in the world of Salesforce which is a highly marketable skill that will allow me to branch out from what I've been doing for a very long time.
  20. 6 points
    Got the decals put on today. And the riser is technically backwards. The Arcade 1up emblem on the front is huge and would have been peaking out behind the MK 2 logo. I decided to just turn it around since there was no functional or real cosmetic difference.
  21. 6 points
    Feel free to send her the link as well.
  22. 6 points
    Man, it almost here!
  23. 6 points
    After Capcom's arcade stick announcement, the PS5 design has leaked... (Credit to BumbleChump over at Resetera who created this)
  24. 6 points
    Aquaman is a waste of your precious time. Avoid at all cost (recognizing my warning is too late to save you all).
  25. 6 points
    Calling out your own trolling because it apparently wasn't savage enough for anyone online to give a shit about,... That's a first world problem!
  26. 6 points
    A reasonable attempt at the beginning of Wish You Were Here. Carlos.
  27. 6 points
    I have a proper, full-sized Mortal Kombat machine in my living room, but I will be the first in line to get the Arcade1Up version the moment it gets dolleyed off the truck. That lineup of new announcements is stellar (note Karate Champ has Burgertime, which should have been the marquee title of that set imo). At the last CES someone took a pic of what looks like an NBA Jam cab inside the Arcade1Up VIP room (see below). Rumors are that The Simpsons, X-Men, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game will be included as well. People are expecting a slightly larger control deck to accommodate 4 players as the Rampage cab supports 3 and the formfactor is pushed well to its limits there. Some people have modded Rampage A1U cabs to play NBA Jam and have opted to add a USB port to the front of the unit to accept standard controllers, so that's a solution that might work too. Regardless, that one is definitely going in the collection when it hits. The trackball on the Golden Tee is a proper Happ unit. Expect it to last through the zombie apocalypse. I picked up 3 units to have in the game room, complete with risers, Rampage, Street Fighter 2, and Centipede. Arcade1Up sent replacement deck graphics and plexiglass covers within a few weeks free of charge (as the units were new, I didn't need to replace the graphics). I immediately replaced the ball top sticks on the SF2 cab with bat top because I'm not a heathen, but other than that they are all stock. I like them so much I might just go full-on crazy and line the other wall with a lot more of them. And if the rumors are true, I'm going to run out of space quickly. For people of a certain age, there's just something about walking into a room with upright arcade cabs. I am of that age.
  28. 6 points
  29. 6 points
    Well Amazon delivered a day early and my X is sitting boxed in its X box box in the corner. I wasn’t prepared for this at all as I’m trying to press on with God of War. I’ll make some time later to get the system set up at the very least.
  30. 6 points
    "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this...and this....and this and this. And don't forget your sweater!" We're coddling children with safe spaces these days 😄
  31. 6 points
  32. 6 points
    That motleyfool article is completely devoid of insight, original opinion, or value.
  33. 5 points
  34. 5 points
    Back from the trip. Overall it was totally amazing. But as this is the beer thread I will endeavor to only offer some highlights on that topic. For now I'm focusing only on the first city, Amsterdam. Our first 5 days were in Amsterdam, and despite that not being a cultural capital for beer, we did manage to find some gems (either in the form of bars or breweries). the first gem was a taproom in Amsterdam Centrum called Foeders, they specialized in Dutch and Belgian beers and have the personal distinction of being the first taproom where I have seen 3 Fonteinen by the glass (the below pic only shows part of their menu, the 3Fs are on the chalkboard that says "Lambic by the glass"). They also had a great bottle collection (compared to any taproom in the the west coast US), and while these prices aren't exactly bargains, they looked to be a little cheaper than in the US (IME). Also they had some beers you just can't get outside of Europe like De Cam: Foeders was also the first place I tried a local (Haarlem) brewery called Uiltje (meaning "little owl"), which was the start of a nice discovery. More on Uiltje later. The second bar that turned out to be a gem was De Struif, also in Amterdam Centrum. The best thing about De Struif is the atmosphere. Very small, very old school, the clientele seemed largely local, the vibe was convivial. We mostly stuck to Belgian Trappist beers here, like Westmalle. Here is a random pic from De Struif, I do not know anyone in this pic 🙂 The 3rd gem in Amsterdam is De Wildeman, here is a pic: This place had a nice draft list, covering beers from many western European locations. To me, the most exciting find was an IPA from the UKs Cloudwater, which I've only read about prior. I had one of their New England IPAs (and yes, the irony of an English brewery making a "NEIPA") was not lost on me :-). It was quite good. After that I treated myself to a bottle of Cantillon "Rose De Gambrinus" a beer I've never seen for sale before. Much to my surprise it came served in a traditional wicker caddy, to leave the beer as undisturbed as possible (to not kick up sediment), classy. It was, as you might expect, exceptional, raspberry puree with a beautiful tangy burst and well controlled acidity. The 4th gem in Amsterdam was a bar called Arendsnest (eagle's nest), which unlike the others so far, specialized in Dutch beer. Here is a terrible shot of their menu: Needless to say I was mostly lost with this list, although I did recognize Uiltje. I ended up with the Jopen "Totally yuzu" for two reasons. One I had been seeing a lot of "Cascadian Dark" ales around, which intrigued me since I'm not familiar with the style (turns out it's kind of like a black IPA). Also I was hoping it had Yuzu in it, but it did not. While the beer was nice, it was the view from the outdoor seating at Arendsnest that really made it a nice spot. This is a whot from where we sat: The next day we headed out of town to the MC Escher Museum in The Hague, which, as a life-long fan of his work, was amazing. But, this is beer, so I'll stay on topic. One the way back from The Hague, we stopped in Haarlem. I'd already heard good things about the city (and it is indeed a super charming place), but now I knew two breweries there which became targets for a visit, Jopen and Uiltje. Turns out Jopen opened in a former church building, which is simply stunning: Their menu had 30 beers on draft. I tried a few of them, including a Belgian Pale, which was very nice, light and refreshing. I also tried their version of a NEIPA called "Yankee Punch" - and while it didn't rival the best I've had from Treehouse or Fieldwork, it was quite good. Tearing ourselves away from Jopen we headed to Uiltje (pronounced Owl-Chuh). The brewery itself was not open, but their taproom was, although Haarlem is not a late-night city, so we only had about 30 minutes here. Of all the places thusfar on the trip, this felt the most 'american' in vibe. The bartender was also one of the brewers, so he was entertaining to talk to. It was clear he as a fan of the American craft movement and it's penchant for experimentation. He excitedly described one such experiment Uiltje tried, which was to throw an entire Christmas tree into a batch of Christmas beer. There was a bit of a pause at this point, when his voice changed from excited to more sober. The experiment was an utter failure and ended up clogging up all their equipment, he then acknowledged than the established method of adding plant matter to beer sealed in cloth bags was in fact the best way. But hey, "we tried!" I tried their Mosaic Mammoth NEIPA which was very good, and then on his recomendation I tried the "Sombre Pharos" porter (off camera to the right in my pic) from a UK berwery Vibrant Forest. It was absolutely amazing, a rich almost umami dark cocoa beer, not very sweet, with a slight bitterness like 80% chocolate. The final spot, back in Amsterdam, was a place I'd been hearing about since we arrived. Brouwerij 't Ij (the Ij is the river through Amsterdam). I knew it was housed in a windmill, but the actual site as even more impressive: Ufortunately, the beer here was not as special as the setting. It's still very much worth going to see the place, it's pretty dazzling visually, and the beer is 'fine' but it's not going to keep you coming back. That's it for the Amsterdam leg of the beer journey. After this was Brussels, which I will post about soon. Even though (or perhaps because) Brussels was more beer focused, I didn't document it quite as well.
  35. 5 points
    Good God Alien truly does look magnificent. What a disc, and kudos to Fox for again, like Die Hard, offering up the original audio mix as an option. It’s so exciting that we can have this kind of quality at home... and yet I’m terrified of what the future holds for Fox catalogue releases under Disney. 😔
  36. 5 points
    I'm wondering this, too. And is this for LCVG or the Keith-free site we rolled out last year?
  37. 5 points
    Thank you for your service. I saw the first third (half?) and didn't post a warning like you just did. Seeing your post made me feel like the type of person who puts a carton of spoiled milk back in the fridge.
  38. 5 points
    Well, fellas, it looks like I’m officially in the Spider-Man Platinum Club! (This is my third Platinum trophy—the other two being Sly Cooper and the Theivius Raccoonus and Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy.) Feels good.
  39. 5 points
    To put a bow on the Virtual Boy collecting, everything cased up nice and pretty like. I don't think I'm missing anything within reason (Jack Bros is not within reason, obv.) and besides, the Flashboy is there to fill in the gaps. On to the next terrible quality-of-enjoyment vs money-spent ratio'd purchase that is retro game collecting in the modern age.
  40. 5 points
  41. 5 points
    The new 4k restoration of Alien will have its premiere next month at the Glasgow Film festival before receiving a two-week engagement at the BFI in London on 1st March, then a rollout to other cinemas in the UK. That probably means April/May for the disc.
  42. 5 points
    Catching up on a few movies. First up - Kingsmen - Golden Circle. Utterly pointless sequel missing almost all the charm & fun from the first movie, with a "twist" setting in Jack Daniels country that just takes away all of the class fight fun of the first. None of the new characters are interesting. The action scenes are messy. And the plot is dumb, even by dumb action movie standards. Some good laughs, some good moments, but man, a waste of great potential from the first movie that I loved.
  43. 5 points
    I ended up getting the refurb. Traded in some stuff and it only ended up costing me $40. It is a V2 headset. Also came with a 1yr warranty so it was too good of an offer to pass up. Played some demos and did a few races in Wipeout. Didn't have any issues thankfully with sickness. I'll probably check out some 3D movies later tonight.
  44. 5 points
    Full December Game Pass lineup. Hot damn, there's good games here. And Pro Evo.
  45. 5 points
  46. 5 points
    Started to get a feel for the “Zone” thing. Scored an Octris and a Dodecatris in one game. It’s a smart addition to the game without disrupting the standard mechanic. I havent played much Tetris since my original Gameboy, where I played the living shit out of it. If only the 20 year-old me knew I’d be playing Tetris again at 49 in virtual reality 🤯 Pre-ordered
  47. 5 points
    I had a somewhat similar experience this afternoon. I could’ve definitely used a good push to get out of this spot. Just a couple more feet and I would’ve smashed that Fast Travel board too!
  48. 5 points
    If they did a stand-up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men and Simpson arcade games.........and in a 4 player config.....
  49. 5 points
    Normal --- X Everyday ---- X I suppose you struck the loophole under "and/OR cool." I'll allow it. Carlos.
  50. 5 points
    Officially (although I have been sick for a few days) lost 60 lbs. since starting this diet/lifestyle change. I still firmly believe in the 16/8 diet more than anything I've come across over the years. The pounds don't melt off, but I don't gain either, and that's with being able to eat pretty much anything I want after the 16 hours. Intermittent fasting works for me, and I don't gorge myself when it is time to eat. I even try to completely fast for 24 hours at least once every couple of weeks, just to make sure I stay on track. I'm still shooting for 78 total weight loss.
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