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  1. 10 points
    Holy Fucking Shit! Look at this message I just got on Twitter from the official Xbox account: I guess I made the right move by not buying Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order yet, huh? Because that shit is MINE. 😁 😁 😁
  2. 10 points
    Contributed whatever was left over after my ex-wife's alimony check went out.
  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. 8 points
    Gutted the Retro setup and wire managed the fuck out it where I could. Those who have been to my place and checked out the setup knows that there was a rats nest of wires hanging behind the furniture. I tried my damndest to clean that up. Anything left are things I need access to and can’t tie down. Some during and after shots....
  5. 8 points
    Yesterday I took delivery of a new gaming peripheral designed to help me win more rally stages in Dirt Rally 2, and more generally to assist in any driving game where I use my FFB wheel setup. It's well-made (in America no less), on the expensive side for what it does, and so far seems to be exactly what I needed. I felt more comfortable in teh driver's seat and more able to handle the capricious vicissitudes of a brutal rally sim. What is this magic gaming peripheral? .... A lumbar car seat insert. Some of you already know I have a ruptured L4-L5 disc, and it so happens the position I sit in while using my steering wheel setup is the worst for my condition. I've paid the price a few times for spending too many hours playing driving games. To the point where I can barely walk, and even one trip to the ER. The pain usually sneaks up on me before I'm aware of my poor posture. But lately I've paid special attention to my seating position, and realized that I need something other than carefully stacked couch cushions to maintain an ergonomic position. All of this got me thinking that many of us here are in the first generation of video gamers who will be seniors in the not too distant future. I'm 50, the first game I ever played was an arcade Pong machine when I was a kid, probably in 1975. How will games adapt for older folks? And how will we adapt to the physical and mental requirements of gaming? Gaming is not exactly hard labor, but it does require manual dexterity, extended periods of cognitive attention, and some degree of stamina. In terms of physical input, the work of Microsoft on their input devices for the physically disabled is perhaps a good example of what us elders may be using in our later years. It may end up being a big part of the gaming world to design more such peripherals, which could benefit both the disabled and the elderly.
  6. 8 points
    I didn't want to post until the ink is dry, but I'm excited to announce my own premium streaming service: MonkeyVision+. What do people look for in entertainment today besides another goddamn streaming service? Remakes and reboots -- anything that comes with a built-in nostalgia factor. Our viewers want comforting, non-challenging entertainment. With that in mind, check out some of our exciting TV shows and original movies! A remake of Papillon starring Tracy Morgan and Melissa McCarthy. A television series based on the hit movie Dunstan Checks In in the style of a CBS police procedural. Scarlett Johannson is voice of Dunstan the Orangutang who solves crimes over the internet. Cedric the Entertainer plays the irate hotel concierge who suspects the guest in Room 221 is an ape and wants him out. Who pops over during sweeps? Jason Alexander as Dunstan's client who suspects his wife is cheating on him! We hope to get some pop from internet outrage because ScarJo is not in fact an orang. A remake of the Small Wonder tv show, starring Ashton Kutcher as the dad and Millie Bobbie Brown as the robot girl. A grim and gritty movie remake of Home Improvement, starring Liam Neeson as the dad, Forrest Whittaker as Al, Peter Weller as the voice of Wilson and introducing introducing Willow Smith as a villainous studio head. Chris Hemsworth as the Tool Time Girl. Directed by Zack Snyder. A remake of Blues Brothers 2000 (the sequel, not the original) starring Chris Kattan and Mark Wahlberg. A remake of Backdraft starring Jonah Hill in the Kurt Russell role, Jesse Eisenberg as the imprisoned whackadoo arsonist, Olivia Munn as Adcox the villainous father figure, and Owen Wilson as voice of Fire. We're also planning to launch Visión de mono+ in Spanish markets, of course.
  7. 8 points
    Alright, regarding Dan’s staggering cultural myopia. I’ve let it stew for more than 24 hours, but no more. If an alien species communicated with us, querying what it is to be human, asking for a piece of art that defines our species, Tony Scott’s 1986 opus Top Gun is the answer. We would send it hurtling, digitized, through the stars, to trumpet our readiness for the uplift, our fitness for galactic apotheosis. That it has been unseen by a member, a MODERATOR EVEN, of this board, is shameful. I have never been more embarrassed to be a colonial, to know that in the distant past, our peoples were one. Your blithe ignorance of Top Gun is retroactively the reason the United States should have only declared war on Japan in 1941, continuing Lend-Lease for all time. Not seeing Top Gun is akin to never watching the sun rise. I am aghast.
  8. 8 points
    I finally watched Spiderman - Into the Spiderverse this weekend. I assumed based on word-of-mouth, that I would probably like it, but holy shit, it's an absolutely astonishing film in every respect. First of all, the story was really engaging and well put together. As someone who has grown very weary of superhero films (yes, even Deadpool), this was a real delight. It seems designed to subvert expectations, with a wink and a nod toward the genre. It also manages to be very inclusive without being at all forced. Simply great storytelling with great characters. Technically it's spectacular, the animation is very stylized, which could be a distraction, but instead it elevates the visuals to match the great storytelling. I must say, it was absolute projector porn, the 4K image is literally jaw dropping. I swear I said "wow" out loud more than any movie I've seen in many years. The color rendition is hard to even believe. During some sequences, it was like someone had thrown fluorescent ink on the screen and then hit it with the world's brightest blacklight. I'm possibly the last person on this forum to see this movie, but if any of you haven't seen it, you're in for a real treat.
  9. 8 points
    I agree. The internet has become one giant echo chamber where people amplify opinions into deafening screams of both agreement and disagreement. Usually it's taking someone else's opinion/idea/creative output, pulling apart some portion of it, with the intent of bending it into something not only more bite-sized and click-baity, but more outrageous, and controversial...rinse and repeat until it's whipped the faithful and/or haters into a froth. It's but one of the reasons I come here so frequently. LCVG is an oasis.
  10. 8 points
    I'm going to a Triple Feature of the John Wick movies tomorrow at the Alamo. I can hardly wait!
  11. 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
  12. 7 points
    It’s going to take a hell of an act to follow up the first one. Really looking forward to it.
  13. 7 points
    One thing I haven’t mentioned on LCVG at all is that I recently got a new job. Today was my first day there, and now that this has become a reality, I went ahead and ordered an iPhone Pro. One of the main motivations for the new job is a nearly 20% salary boost (also, the company is less than a mile from my house and a bunch of former co-workers are there), so I feel more comfortable with the cash outlay and, frankly, it also feels like a nice celebratory gift to myself.
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  15. 7 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. 7 points
    John Wick 3 is fabulously absurd.
  17. 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.
  18. 7 points
    I’ll be contributing on Friday. Thanks to everyone for their donations! LCVG Gold logins will be sent out by months end.
  19. 6 points
    Breath of the Wild And that, as they say, is that. Breath of the Wild took the Zelda mould, stripped it bare, kept the lore, and then smashed it to pieces. No traditional dungeons. Your weapons and shields break. You get every skill you’re going to need in the tutorial area. What’s left? Well, I don’t mind saying that this series dive ended with one of the best games I’ve ever played in my life. It’s a top five, no question, and if I was told I had to restart it from scratch tomorrow I’d charge up the controls and get to work, happily. Player agency is front and centre in this game at all times. There’s some gating, but you can circumvent it if you want to work the systems and the game’s happy to let you. When the breadth of this world makes itself known to you from the top of the Great Plateau and you can just walk wherever you want it’s an amazing feeling. And there’s ALWAYS something to do or see. You have piles of side quests that you can do if you want. Every location probably has a hidden korok seed to expand your inventory, or a shrine housing a puzzle or combat challenge that then lets you upgrade Link so you can do even more, and the weapon durability means you’re always on the hunt for new gear and it keeps exploration fresh and meaningful the whole time. The story is great, told in vignettes, and you don’t even have to touch it if you don’t want to. But it’s a very excellent tragedy and the best damn version of Princess Zelda I’ve ever seen. And the Divine Beasts. And the physics engine. And the cooking. And the art style. And the music. There’s nothing here I didn’t like. I cannot wait for the sequel - if it’s the same damn thing I won’t even care and it was one of the only open world games I’ve ever played that never once bored me. Final Ranking: 1) Breath of the Wild 2) Wind Waker 3) Link to the Past 4) Ocarina of Time 5) Link’s Awakening 6) Skyward Sword 7) Link Between Worlds 8.)Twilight Princess 9) Oracle of Seasons/Ages 10) The Minish Cap 11) Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link 12) Majora’s Mask 13) The Legend of Zelda 14) Spirit Tracks 15) Phantom Hourglass
  20. 6 points
    No, I don't have a small penis. Why do you keep asking?
  21. 6 points
    On an impulse, yesterday I traded in my launch PS4 for a Pro at GameStop. I intended to get a new one, but they had a used one available. I realize it was a gamble, since I could have gotten one of the jet engine Pro’s, but I lucked out and got a 7215b. It’s not whisper quiet, but it’s not distracting either. The controller looks barely used. I also picked up a used copy of “Control” - but when I got home the first two games I tried were God of War and Tetris Effect. GOW is just ridiculous. It already looked great in 1080, but in 4K HDR with my new projector’s expanded gamut, it’s unbelievable. Likewise TE was eye-popping. I still love the immersion in VR, but the color and razor sharpness in 4K is stunning. I also gave Control a spin. I’ll post impressions in that thread. So far, I’m liking it.
  22. 6 points
  23. 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:
  24. 6 points
    Needs to be one with Jon Snow saying "I left the cave and the redhead with nice tits for this?" Carlos.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 6 points
    Feel free to send her the link as well.
  29. 6 points
    Man, it almost here!
  30. 6 points
    After Capcom's arcade stick announcement, the PS5 design has leaked... (Credit to BumbleChump over at Resetera who created this)
  31. 6 points
    Aquaman is a waste of your precious time. Avoid at all cost (recognizing my warning is too late to save you all).
  32. 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!
  33. 6 points
    A reasonable attempt at the beginning of Wish You Were Here. Carlos.
  34. 5 points
    I can't believe I'm about to start my 4th year of playing. It's been going great. Can't say that I"m growing in leaps and bounds, but I have seen continuous improvement. I recently learned the solo for "You Shook Me" by AC/DC, and I'm currently 60% through learning the solos (both Felder and Walsh) for Hotel California. I'm definitely a musician now. Feels great to be able to say that, after waiting my whole life to start. I still play almost every day. I've been saying it for a while, but this will be the year in which I'm going to pivot to the blues, and focus on improvisation. Carlos.
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  36. 5 points
    The Irishman is a magnificent achievement on so many levels. A truly compelling three and a half hours from beginning to end. Very glad I got to see this in the big screen. I only wish the chances of being able to own it someday were not so slim.
  37. 5 points
    The iPhone 11 Pro Max's camera has impressed me.
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  39. 5 points
    So perhaps the universe has a way of course-correcting. A few weeks ago I noticed a Golden Tee 1-up on a local auction site and it was marked as new. It sold for over $300. For some reason it came back up for auction again, I know it was the same one because the picture was exactly the same. So I put my bid in of $115. Bid went through, with taxes totaling about 26.5%, total came to $145. Machine was pristine, outer box had been opened, but all inner boxes were still sealed. Nothing was missing. Works perfectly.
  40. 5 points
  41. 5 points
    Alrighty, did more reading after all of the great advice from @Magness and filled in the rest of the gaps after a couple of hours (such as, why I needed an X570 chipset motherboard for the new Gen3 Ryzen CPUs and PCIE4 compatibility). Final list: AMD Ryzen 3700X CPU Gigabyte X570 Gaming X motherboard G.Skill somethingorother 32GB DDR4-3600 memory Sabrent 1TB M.2 / PCIE4 SSD Fractal Design Meshify C case EVGA RTX 2080, Black Edition GPU Man, that PCIE4 throughput is insane, can't imagine what the OS speed is going to be like and should have enough space left for lots of games, didn't want to spring another $200 for the 2TB version, that can wait. Went with the DDR-3600 memory after reading some about how the Ryzen gen3 chips work with the latest chipsets, seems to be a decent upgrade. And RTX 2070 Super cards are sold out everywhere, so bit the bullet and bumped up to the RTX 2080 😬. No way I was going to pay the premium for the 2080Ti. Going to be about a week before everything gets here, the CPU was the bottleneck since the next shipment is hitting on the 22nd just about everywhere.
  42. 5 points
    Mindhunter finally returns Aug 16th
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  45. 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.
  46. 5 points
    Guess I should give my own update, seeing as I brought the thread back to life after finding it randomly while searching for something else Since my last post? Still thoroughly love what I do, despite the ups & downs of the game industry. I've survived layoffs, been through one studio closure (and literally moved to another studio on the same floor - meetings in our "old" space were weird), moved to Austin, and have thoroughly put down roots here. I'm now part of a studio that definitely not going away any time soon, so there's more security than I've had in 15 years. They keep giving me more responsibility, I still get room to make a frontline impact on our live product ("DevLive" for the win), but I definitely don't get to code as much as I'm used to.
  47. 5 points
    The room is coming together...
  48. 5 points
    You're all a bunch of racist tree-hugging baby killing gun-toting terrorist hippies. Sanders-Trump 2020!
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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