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I think it is an even toss up between either one being cut if they even cut one of them. I don't think they worry too much about hero-villain ratio just as they do not care too much about man-woman-thing ratio.

General Chat / Re: Disney buying Lucasfilm, Star Wars 7 in 2015
« on: Yesterday at 05:43:37 PM »
Well that is interesting to hear. I'm not opposed to disregarding the EU. Changes would have to be made to adapt to film in a way that would be engaging to all fans and potential viewers. But I do hope they take the EU into consideration. Keep the characters, alien designs and pieces of the lore and place it in some way into the future films in some way.

Can you link some reliable articles with any more details? I'm curious about what will happen with the EU novel series.

General Chat / Re: Disney buying Lucasfilm, Star Wars 7 in 2015
« on: Yesterday at 07:25:04 AM »
I just want to know what his race is called.

If you include the Darkhorse comics "Tales of the Jedi" then the Jedi were a galactic peace keeping force 4000 years before Episode 4. These are events from before the "Knights of the Old Republic" game (the game actually references some of the characters and lore from the comics, which was a nice touch).

The stories actually begin relatively close to the discovery of hyperspace travel as there are explorers out mapping new routes and discovering new star systems.

I do wonder where the Jedi originated from. Did it start on one planet and spread with space travel? They appear to be quite numerous and entrenched in their position in the Republic serving Empress Teta from the get-go. Now that I think about it, were they even a Republic at that point if they had an Empress?

I would read some books on starting a business. I started reading one by a financial coach, Dave Ramsey, called EntreLeadership (Entrepreneurial Leadershp). It talks about how he started his business in a living room on a card table and now it is a huge national company.

After reading some I would dabble around in it on a small scale to get an idea of how much you can bring in. Who knows, maybe you could become so successful that your income could surpass SSI?

Just make sure to only spend a set amount of money - if any - to start. That way you don't hurt your financial situation. I have an agreement with my wife I can turn "selling crap on craigslist/ebay" into a side job so long as I only use the money I make from selling our extra junk to start buying older games to resell and the money I make after that is all I can use to keep the business rolling. If it isn't sustainable then I'm stopped before I can get to our personal funds.

Another good reason is because studies show people (especially men it seems) are prone to depression when they do not work. Work give so much to a person and creates a lot of meaning in your life. Sitting around all day doing nothing makes you feel you are unsuccessful and that your life is worthless. Go out and find something to do. Work, volunteer, start a business, do something. Just make sure the work is something you can be passionate about so it can come as naturally as possible.

General Chat / Re: Disney buying Lucasfilm, Star Wars 7 in 2015
« on: April 20, 2014, 04:56:47 PM »

Posted about this on another forum and thought I would bring the conversation here too.

I am hoping that Disney gives the Star Wars series a Marvel treatment and gives us supplemental TV shows and spin-off films. We could even get some more animated projects. I would hope they can pick a point in the timeline and just move along from there and allow characters to age, die, and move on in the show with children and new characters taking their places down the road. there is a lot of potential and they have plenty of Extended Universe material they can pull from for initial scripts and rework the characters and plots for the films.

Is there nothing you could do to bring in a better income? You could start a business. Buy old games or golf clubs, fix them up and sell them online for a profit. There are a bunch of businesses you can do from your computer at home and even a little bit of extra cash would help, wouldn't it?

Maybe finding something like that you can pour into and receive a benefit from could help you in other ways. Finding a new purpose, passion or mission is a great way to bring vitality to your life.

NoA still lives like it is the 90's and they are the only source of information about games. We can see what Japan is doing and we want it too.

General Gaming / Re: What is your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: April 19, 2014, 11:56:15 AM »
Where did you find Rayman Legends for $20? It is $30 right now on Amazon.

Really want Rayman, Deus Ex and Darksiders 2 to hit that 20 buck sweet spot.

TalkBack 2 / Re: I have a date on Thursday. WHAT DO
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:36:55 AM »
Flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep...

I own the first two games on WiiWare but never picked up the third. I may just get this instead as I wouldn't mind getting a physical version of them.

Any idea if this will release with the extra cases that you could download as DLC on the WiiWare version? (Think there were also in the DS releases of the games).

General Chat / Re: All Things Netflix! Now With Original Programming!
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:12:07 AM »

Only 2 active streams at once is now being enforced.

It would be a nightmare for only 2 devices.

Up until last night, my Netflix was active on the following devices:
3 Computers
1 Smart TV
1 Smart Phone
3 Tablets
3 Wii
1 Wii U
1 Smart Bluray
1 Roku

being used by upto 6 different people at any given time.

now I'm down to:
2 Computers
1 Smart TV
1 Smart Phone
1 Tablets
1 Wii
1 Wii U
1 Smart Bluray
1 Roku

and only being used by 3 people. 2 streams should never be a problem again.

I feel like I've said this elsewhere, but they should do it like Apple with iTunes and allow you to authorize and de-authorize each device. I think Amazon does a similar thing for their cloud services.

Also a priority list. Say I have 10 devices for my family of 4 (hypothetical family, thankfully no kids yet for me!). I want MY tech to not be booted from Netflix. Set it up so that my wife and I get priority viewing and then the kids' devices get booted from active service when my wife and I are watching something.

So Dad's computer and Mom's phone get a higher priority than the kids' 3DS or iPad.

Make 'sub accounts log-ins' as well. I'd like to be able to ban individual children from using the service if they have been bad and also restrict mature content from the little guys. Also older kids could use a password to access the stuff of their age.

It could also teach them a lesson in internet security and safety if they give out a password to a sibling and I catch them. Some day I may hack into their emails (if possible and relevant) and change their passwords so they know the dangers associated with it.

I'm in the 'waiting for a price drop' group as well.

I liked the original so I like hearing it has similarities to it.

Deus Ex and Thief were but more fun to wander around in and explore than actually follow the plot.

There was some leaked 'test footage' that was similar in looks but completely out of tone from the original. I think it is one of Ancel's babies that Ubi just won't commit resources to complete.

I could easily see Nintendo snatching Ancel and getting a spiritual sequel going.

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Super Smash Bros. for WiiU (& 3DS)
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:43:28 PM »
Heh. I read the name and thought it was Shedinja the ghost/bug monster they added as a playable character.

I was reeling for a minute.

TalkBack / Re: So What Exactly Is Disney Magical World?
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:56:08 PM »
I am growing more and more interested in this game as I learn more about it.

General Gaming / Re: What is your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:37:26 PM »
I'd like to hear a report of how Pirates! turned out on the Wii. I have the PC version but wouldn't mind the Wii one as well because I don't have it installed all the time on my computer.

This will be interesting. I rooting for Beyond Good & Evil but will be fine if Boom Blox wins out.

TalkBack 2 / Re: What'cho say?
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:18:19 AM »
Thanks for making my Sunday morning so bright, guys.

Careful guys. All this collection-platformer talk could lead Nintendo to think we want Donkey Kong 64 2: Even more crap to collect!

TalkBack / Re: GameSpy Ending Game Hosting Services at the End of May
« on: April 05, 2014, 03:04:11 PM »
I need to get the most recent expansion. I like what I have seen of it.

Interesting looking games. These are indeed curious times.

I agree with Shyguy, this may be a repeat of the post-16-bit/32-bit/pre-64 era. It was a strange time. My neighbor had an uncle who would get him a different system each time he visited and I remember playing 3DO, Saturn and Jaguar among other 'off brand' systems at his house.

After the initial wow factor wore off we ended up back at my house playing SNES and N64 games again. I expect that Nintendo will endure this time through the 'haze'. Though it probably won't be like the last outcome where we lost Sega and got the N64 out of it. I'm hoping for another 'Nintendo Renaissance Era' a decade from now.

TalkBack / Re: GameSpy Ending Game Hosting Services at the End of May
« on: April 05, 2014, 12:16:52 PM »
They probably have only played the game pre-expansion. The expansions fixed a lot of the problems with the original game. Last I checked they had a demo for the first expansion. Would try it before judgment is cast on the entire game going forward, Rab.

There's an interesting feature: having games where the gamepad is just running the camera so that you can watch yourself play.

I hate that feature in Starfox 64 3D. People don't want to see the other persons face all contorted while playing.

General Chat / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: April 05, 2014, 12:08:09 PM »
I'm not gonna miss part of the movie or draw unneeded attention to myself by the staff. I'm a big black man, intimidation works well enough to quiet disrespectful punks. I'll even put a parent in check if they let their kids act up in the movie.
I'm not trying to get them banned from the theater, just want them to shut up and sit still while I'm trying to watch my movie. If that is too much for them to handle, then wait till it comes out on DVD and watch it at home.

Have you ever listened to 'The Mens Room'? It's a local Seattle radio show (you can stream it or download the podcast online, 99.9 KISW) and one of the guys is a black guy named Thrill. I always picture you sounding and looking like him because he seems to have a similar demeanor and humor to you. Except I can hear him and only read your posts.

It's funny when a white caller accuses them of being 'racist white men' for making comments about black folk and Thrill responds "You do know I'm black, right? I'm talking about my family there."

NWR Mafia Games / Re: Future Mafia Games
« on: April 04, 2014, 06:52:34 AM »
With how things are turning out I will not be able to host a game in the near future. My only window will be the next school break so I must pass  to the next player.

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