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General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: Yesterday at 06:41:52 PM »
Now I want fried chicken. Lunch was supposed to be provided today but they didn't bring enough food for everyone. So I'm starving and have another two hours to go. :P

General Chat / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: Yesterday at 10:16:56 AM »
I really should get around to watching all the Terminator movies for once. I finally got around to seeing all the X-Men movies for the first time last month. Well, except for Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine. Still, all in all, it's been a pretty well handled film series. As much as Sony gets crap for how they've handled other superhero properties like Fantastic Four and Spiderman, they've really done a good job with the X-Men franchise as evidenced by the fact that no one really seems to be calling for Marvel to talk it back over. X-Men: First Class is probably the high point so far of the series.

Fatty is correct in the breakdown of film rights. I know for me the greatest reason that I am not calling for Fox to hand back X-Men is because they have handled it well enough, so there is little chance of it happening anytime soon. I would love it just to get everyone back together, but it just won't happen right now. It took a huge studio network hack and a failed Spiderman movie to bring Sony to the bargaining table.

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

A pretty good emulation of Bird's Ghost Protocol overall style and feel with it's continued deconstruction of the franchise and spy movies. The massive motorbike chase mid movie was a true stand out moment for the film although it is interrupted with an almost nuke the fridge moment that tarnishes it. No doubt all the biking was to make up for how little Tom gets to run.

The camera is nice and smooth outside of hand to hand fights which is a shame because the fights is good enough not to need them. Bolt on cameras are used to best effect during the chase scenes.

The bad was the gratuitous product placements, this is contrasted by how well it does its callbacks which are rewards for the observant viewer. There were an overuse of "smart" type devices which I guess was an attempt to avoid looking like the period piece that is the first mission impossible has become despite its use of then bleeding edge tech.



I have a soft spot for number 2. It is a fun popcorn action flick.

TalkBack / Re: Telltale Bringing Minecraft: Story Mode To Wii U
« on: September 01, 2015, 12:16:05 PM »
I always figured that was because they inked a deal "pre-Microsoft sale" so it still had to be honored.

TalkBack / Re: Telltale Bringing Minecraft: Story Mode To Wii U
« on: September 01, 2015, 10:43:10 AM »
Plus Microsoft would probably not want to give help to the Wii U. I could see them doing a 3DS version though. Microsoft has been willing to release games on Nintendo handhelds in the past.

General Nonsense / Re: Safe Words 6 Sign-Ups.
« on: August 31, 2015, 10:11:39 PM »
I'm in since I fail at start the next mafia game.

I really should post a signup for Mafia soon. I'd like to complete it before school starts on the last week of September.

General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: August 30, 2015, 10:38:57 AM »

I left a bunch of clay in the community center of ShyCity. I'll grab more on my next trip.

You could make a TGI Fridays.

General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: August 30, 2015, 09:56:51 AM »
Three bricks in the shape of a bowl.

The thumb drive looks cool. Not $20-30 cool on a limited gaming budget though.

I had to do a double take myself. And that was only because I noticed no Spidey and thought he was hidden in the background. I suspect they don't have him in the shots because they have not done a reveal of his MCU look yet.

Not shown: Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Nick Fury.

You need to check out Cap's shoulder in that last image, or Hawkeye's shoulder in the image before that one.

PS- Antman was amazing. Funniest Marvel movie to date and was a very enjoyable ride. Only two bumps for me. The romance fell flat (other than the humor attached to it), and the opening relationships, which felt a bit forced and contrived (though I came around to them by the end of the movie).

I'd give it a solid 9/10. Better than Winter Soldier? They are close. Both have different qualities that I deeply enjoyed. If I had to choose three movies to showcase the Marvel cinematic universe to a newcomer it would be Avengers, Antman, and Winter Soldier.

General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: August 27, 2015, 09:51:11 PM »
I want more stone block designs.

General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: August 27, 2015, 05:33:13 PM »
You have to fulfill the other criteria. Did you catch my convo on the server?

Type /rank then select any of the ranks displayed and it prints your time on the server, the criteria for ranking up, and which of them have been completed. I think you have to level up to about 15 to quality for rankup.

General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: August 27, 2015, 10:47:53 AM »
I burned in lava again. I think I have a problem. This time I only lost more easily replaceable stuff, but it is sad all the same. I was nearly full and about to warp home, had lots of redstone and iron and even a few solid veins of gold/diamonds/obsidian. I just had to mine one more chunk of Iron and accidentally mined down. I wasn't fast enough to warp home because I tried to get onto a ledge right next to me.

I'm about 12 hours away from getting the next server rank. Though I need to get to the nether to complete all of the achievements for the rank-up. I'm going to start delving into Nether and spells more. I'm building lower levels to house that stuff. I'll make my Nether gate look like a Stargate.

TalkBack / Re: Telltale Bringing Minecraft: Story Mode To Wii U
« on: August 26, 2015, 09:37:47 PM »
Hint that Minecraft is coming?

Remember last year when Nintendo was asked about Minecraft they made a cryptic comment about how they were aware of it and may have been working on that route? Maybe they have been building their own version as well similar to Sony? If they cut a deal before selling it could still be in the works.

TalkBack / Re: Telltale Bringing Minecraft: Story Mode To Wii U
« on: August 26, 2015, 07:28:08 PM »
Why must they torment us?!?

General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: August 26, 2015, 08:17:48 AM »
I trusted you guys so you can ride the train.

Didn't have time to do much last night. I hope to get a lot more time this weekend.

Is there a way to check the server stats or leader boards without playing? I'd also love to get one of those overhead map views of the whole server. Is that possible to look up?

Pokemon Stadium U?!?

General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: August 25, 2015, 09:23:56 PM »
Username is SatansNemesis. Nickname is Stratos.

General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: August 25, 2015, 11:25:28 AM »
Now that is a dilemma. I'll ad you but if I want to grant general use I think I need to do a sub-claim and grant trust to anyone in the sub-claim.

General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: August 24, 2015, 11:12:27 PM »
Thanks for the support guys. I appreciate it.

I need to decide how the line to Lucina will run. I got to the end of the sugar farm and wonder if I should go around. I'm going to land the station next to the storage tower. I've torched off a zone for it.

I got a nice chunk of the line to Shy City done as well. Looks like it will turn out to be a fun and scenic ride. Parts of them are live if you want to try. I built a contraption to collect the mine carts at my station. The chest there has extras if anyone wants to try them out. Careful because the stopper seems to hurt people slightly.

I like the new riding mechanics. Makes things a whole lot easier. Just hop in and push the direction you want to go. No need for buttons or slanted start spots. Plus the redstone blocks are much cooler than the old torches.

Also, I made it back out to the mesa. I setup a base there and it is one of my sethome locations. I brought back a bunch of clay and dropped it off at the Shy Community Center. Next time someone is one with me they can TP to my location over there for easy gathering if we need a lot more of the mesa mats.

I was really set on buying this for the holidays. I'll eventually get it if it is digital only but, geeze, why do that when it is physical in EVERY OTHER REGION and Europe gets an awesome special edition.

I almost wish NoA got assimilated into NoE and they became Nintendo of the Western World. Their leadership is way more on point right now.

Nintendo Console Discussion / Re: Let's Talk Amiibo!
« on: August 24, 2015, 09:29:02 AM »
Please help me.

Come, join the darkside... you know you want to.

If that leads to better support for Android phones by Nintendo (versus only supporting Apple) then I will be all for it.


This has me revisiting a daft idea I had that is a compromise between the all-digital future and retail stores. The idea is kiosks in the store that locally stored the data for a lot of video games. You can purchase games from the kiosk, have it loaded on to your special cartridge, USB stick, or (maybe special?) SD card faster than it would take to download it, and then bring that data back home to your system. Of course, there will be redundancies to ensure the purchase is tied to your Nintendo account; the locally stored data is for those with poor (or maybe no) internet connections. These kiosks can have chain-specific sales too.

I say this is daft because there are security issues, you still have a retailer as a middle-man, you will need to train retail staff to operate and maintain the kiosk, and this process is too complex compared to buying a disc or from the eShop.
I don't think that's a daft idea if only because Nintendo already tried a similar service with the iQue Player in China which was meant to curb piracy in that region (as well as circumvent the now lifted console ban). Perhaps security can be handled similarly to how eshop cards have no value until purchased. Say you buy a download card from the store employee then you go to the kiosk and insert the card like you would an ATM, it reads the barcode (so you're not actually typing anything) then a slot opens for an SD card or USB port.

The main issue I see is how long will it take to copy multiple GBs of data from a kiosk. I recently backed up a few GBs of music onto an SD card and it took 20 minutes. Synching pretty much the same data onto an iPod Touch via USB was much faster. My MacBook Pro is roughly five and a half years old. With newer tech, this may not be a problem. I'm hoping Nintendo adopts USB Type-C.

Nintendo also used the idea of special re-loadable cartridges in Japan as well with the N64DD. I'm not sure how far it was implemented since the system failed, but that was supposed to be a key concept for the system. I don't see it flying because technology is quickly passing any need for that type of system.

If they truly want to go all digital I see them still supporting retail by shipping boxes that have download codes in them, but no actual discs.

General Gaming / Re: Minecraft
« on: August 22, 2015, 10:27:37 PM »
Found the mesa at 5202/71/-9192... pretty far out.

...and then I fall into lava while building my rail line to Lucina. I lost most of my sandstone, red sandstone, a stack of redstone BRICKS, and a lot of coal, gold, and iron. Not to mention ALL of my regular and power tracks. I HAD to stop and mine a redstone deposit... All of my things burned.

The rail line is close to halfway to Lucina, but now I have to break to mine more iron and gold.

Next time I head to the mesa I'm going to setup a second home so we can have an easy warp.

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