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General Chat / HBO Now thoughts?
« on: March 28, 2015, 01:11:14 AM »
I am just wondering if anyone is interested in this new service? I am fairly certain this won't be on Wii U at this point but if it is on PS3 or PS4 then I might consider it.

Administration / Official collectors rehab and relapse club
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:28:43 AM »
If you have a problem with collecting, which let's face it we all do, use this as a support group to help each other in our time of need.

I see many of us needlessly collect something. For me it used to be old video games and consoles, Transformers action figures, and films on DVD & Blu Ray. Lately I have gotten off all that but recently I have gotten into "digital" collecting. I have gotten to the point where I will buy a game I already own on an original console for Wii virtual console, then turn around and buy the same game on Wii U when it gets discounted, then download the PC version and if it is available on PSN I will buy it there too. It's not just multiple copies of games, which is not as bad as it sounds I actually only have a few true duplicates, but I find myself buying games just to have them all. At one point I thought I would try downloading every game on Wii virtual console, until I sat down and added up what it would cost to do so.

I keep telling myself I have games I will never play enough is enough and every paycheck I find myself right there on the digital stores, mostly Wii U and PS3, buying yet another game I either already own, have had and never played, or will play once and forget about. This wasn't so bad when I could buy physical games because you could always trade stuff and keep the collection fresh. Well that isn't possible with digital games.

I thought for sure the cure for buying too many games would be to own a Wii U but no they had to go and make it backwards compatible with Wii Virtual Console.

General Chat / Any good movies playing lately?
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:15:41 AM »
I got some free movie passes from work and have been holding on to them for a while. I have tomorrow off, the first Friday night I have had on in who knows how long, so I am excited for that. I would like to go see a good movie but am not sure what is out there that is worth seeing anyone have any suggestions?

General Chat / What are your top ten favorite songs from the 80's?
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:13:18 AM »
Since it was mentioned in the 90's thread the 80's were supposedly better for music, I figured why not.

I am not that familiar with the music of the decade outside the few big dance pop/new wave one hit wonders VH1 used to play constantly, and some hair metal, so I don't know where to start. My 80's playlist on my ipod consists mainly of various New Wave compilations, the Ghostbusters soundtrack, and a whole lotta Madonna, Debbie Gibson, and B-52's with some scattered Beastie boys and Run DMC sprinkled in here and there.

General Chat / I would like to issue a statement.
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:08:58 AM »
On behalf of the lame State of Nebraska, I am sorry for Ernie Chambers taking up so much of your news broadcasts these last few days. On the bright side, for us at least, it got us away from talking about cows for a while. Too bad it won't last long because 90% of our viewers only care about cows, corn, and the Huskers.

Administration / The Spiders Lair lives!
« on: March 26, 2015, 02:26:32 AM »
I decided to find a way to keep my website alive. The only downside is I had to sacrifice my personal blog for the time being. The good news is a friend from work agreed to sign up and help me create new content for the site. This means we might actually turn it into a pretty decent little site after all. Still shopping for a reasonable web hosting/domain provider that is both affordable and up front with their pricing policies.

Administration / Why haven't we made Britain a state yet?
« on: March 24, 2015, 01:12:16 AM »
I get why we don't want Canada in our perfect union, yuck who would even the UK was happy to let them go without a fuss. But we should be pressuring the British to apply for Statehood. I want to be able to take Doctor Who away from the Brits and give it over to an American network so they can fix it like they did Torchwood just make sure it has lots of boobs and explosions and it will be so much better than that lousy English crap that actually tries to get you to think, who wants that TV isn't supposed to make you think why else would they call it the idiot box damn brits get with the friggin program.

Also if we made Britain a State we could put the Queen on Mount Rushmore, finally work together to end the spread of that disease they call "soccer", and while we are at it we can fix their broken roads and teach them how to use the English system of measuring they friggin invented and get them off that damn overly complicated worthless metric system once and for all.

We need to elect a President who wants to make annexing Great Britain as the 51st and 52nd States of the Union, England and Scotland will be one State and Ireland will be the other, nobody wants Whales so it can stay all alone over there.

Getting a new Nintendo console is always exciting and disappointing at the same time. There is always the big reveal that gets people hopeful for the future and the twist that makes everyone nervous.

We had some fun speculating what the "Revolution" controller would be like before the big reveal. I know it is a year away before announcement but when as that stopped us from speculating endlessly before. E3 is right around the corner depending on what the Wii U line up looks like will give us a clue how soon this thing should be ready to release.

I want to let this be a speculation of not what NX will be for us, or Nintendo, but what it will lead to inevitably after it's time has come. In other words will NX be the "savior" of Nintendo and unite the scattered fans into a single, massive unified bunch of satisfied gamers, or will it be the final death nail for a dying Nintendo console division that got some life support with Wii but was mostly false hope?

I don't know I loved the Wii when it was new, then grew to hate it, now am starting to re-appreciate it for what it was. I go through this every console cycle, not always with Nintendo but whatever anyways this is Nintendo NeXt or Nintendo Xross either way it is going to have an impact on our lives so might as well get started on the discussion now.

I don't see a "PS4" rival coming from Nintendo not just anytime soon but ever. They have made it crystal clear they do not have the talent, time, resources, or interest in making the types of games that not only sell on that type of hardware but require that type of hardware to exist. They will make a console that suits their needs period.

Based on the new deal between them an DNA, I won't spell it that way because its confusing, anyways we know they will get some major online infrastructure out of this deal. With PS4 and Xbox One making sharing such a huge part of their consoles I can see Nintendo thinking that is why those two are selling so well and finding a way to incorporate that element into their new console. Between the name, the partnership, and the integration with the upcoming mobile platform, I get the impression that is the direction they will take.

I have no problem with better sharing and community integration as they built up MiiVerse as something special only for it to be a major let down. I would prefer if Mii's go away entirely but it seems like with them forcing you to have a Mii on Wii U that is not an option. I think they will be here to stay for the long haul, unless Nintendo gos the full rebrand route which is unlikely.

I HOPE NX does not contain Wii in the name as Nintendo should have learned from that mistake.

IF NX does fully integrate the community aspect including introducing a unified account system that allows for cross-buy and interaction with the mobile, console, and handheld games, that would be really interesting. I can see them using both Pokemon and Animal Crossing as a way to realize this. They might even do so in a way that makes me actually consider buying either of those properties.

I suspect the hardware itself will be a moderate step above Wii U. I think Iwata said he wants to be more like Apple with incremental upgrades here and there, between 2DS, and New 3DS I think he meant what he said. I would imagine NX to be something like this. They release the unit, whatever it is, but make it so it can be upgraded easily or replaced by "next years model" easily.

I don't know if I believe it will be a true hybrid as some have suggested, but this could be a major step in that direction. What I do believe is it will bring handheld and console gamers together in a unique way that has not been tried before. I suspect something similar to connectivity where the handheld can be integrated into the console. Since Game Cube, well even SNES if you count Super Game Boy, Nintendo has been trying to merge their split markets into a single customer base that makes them even more money.

Here are a few ways I can see it working out. You buy the New 3DS version of the next Pokemon game and there is a mobile app that works like a Pokedex where you can view and organize your Pokemon and even trade with friends using the App. Then there is a console game, probably a Colosseum type game where you just basically train your Pokemon in the handheld game but can bring them into the Console game to battle on "the big screen" as it were. There would be exclusive quests and Pokemon in the console version but what makes it unique is it has access to all the Pokemon and areas from different games, all unified into a single game. The core RPG game itself is still the Handheld game but the Console version truly supplements it well.

Animal cross I know very little about but it has been mentioned before I suspect it will be something similar where the main quest is on the handheld held and the mobile app is used for inventory management, Unlike Pokemon where there are two connective but different games, Animal Crossing will be true Cross buy, it will be like Smash is now it exist in one form for both units. It will be buy one get the other free, like Mario and DK is now too. This will encourage gamers from the two markets, handheld and console, to interact more fluidly instead of awkwardly on internet discussion forums. It will also allow trading and sharing of virtual items via both versions using the new sharing system they will introduce.

I suspect the main games will be similar to how it is now but scalable. There will be ONE Super Mario whatever but it will exist on both units so gamers can choose if they prefer gaming on the go or the console experience. Instead of a hybrid it will be two separate releases but either using Cross Buy or the sharing mechanic it will be scalable at the software level, meaning you buy ONE version for Console and get a FREE download of the DS version.

Other games that will likely use better integration would be Wii Sports and Mii type games that allow you to customize, create, and trade Mii's using the mobile App and share Mii's made on one device across all three platforms.

 Virtual Console will be simplified into a single experience where they will find a legal loophole to merge the new store into the old store so you can keep your games if you are grandfathered in. This might require them to do some legal dancing with lawyers and stuff but we all know Nintendo has some of the worlds finest lawyers around so they will get it done.

Online will NOT be free forever. there will be Free to play and there will be premium services, I suspect this they will get wrong. Sony charges for Online play Microsoft charges for the entire service Nintendo will do it backwards, you play online for free but if you want Netflix or premium stuff you pay a, small fee, of like $25 a year, they don't want to milk you but they want something for their trouble. This will NOT motivate them to actually update the Netflix app regularly but it WILL inspire them to create a NX specific version of the App that fits their needs. Similar to how Sony has Max, Nintendo will replace the Facebook sharing aspect with their own sharing protocol built in. This will require them playing hardball with Netflix but based on the Zelda announcement I assume that game has already begun and deals have been struck we don't know about yet.

All of this could either lead to Nintendo making a console everyone wants with the games that come quicker than normal and between cross buy, mobile, and the strength of the handheld games the entire experience is improved enough that people who saw potential in Wii U but thought the execution was a mess will reconsider NX because it will unite the base better than ever, it will not address every major issue but it will have the games, they will be easier to access for once and because Cross buy and sharing will be so integrated that 3rd party support will be better by default as it will only require them to make a DS version that they can scale up for the console market but not have to make it on par with PS4, I especially see indie's and retro studios cashing in better than they did on Wii U because the customer base will be there.

After NX Nintendo will either go the Tablet route, or eventually once they prefect the system and the infrastructure they will got he hybrid route then.

General Chat / The anthem of our generation?
« on: March 23, 2015, 12:05:22 PM »
Would you consider Chumbawumba's "Tubthumping" to be the anthem of the 80's/90's generation? I was listening to it today and it pretty much sums us up. I think the anthem of today's generation would be a tough one, any takers?

Administration / Well it is late
« on: March 18, 2015, 11:43:43 PM »
I will have to call it a day but I shall return tomorrow to bring joy to your lives. Or misery I haven't decided yet.

Administration / I really hate commas.
« on: March 18, 2015, 11:42:20 PM »
They irritate the crap out of me. Why can't we, as a culture, stop using stupid commas all the, damn time? I mean nobody ever uses them correctly, we just throw them around willy-nilly, so why can't we, just stop using them, altogether, I mean damn.

General Chat / Grandma is sick
« on: March 18, 2015, 11:29:51 PM »
She is 93 years old, went into hospital with a cold last Thursday, she is still there. It is not looking good guys.

General Chat / I need help- support group thread
« on: March 18, 2015, 11:13:23 PM »
Alright long story short, I need to get in shape. Recently I had gotten off soda and worked my way down to a respectable weight. Now I was doing fine, buying new clothes, working a great job, met a nice woman, even bought a new car things were going fine.

Things were going good and then juggling school, work, and girl friend began getting to me the stress and all. So I withdrew from school shortly before my girl friend broke up with me. Needless to say back to binging on soda and junk food I not only gained all the weight I lost, I went a little too far in the other direction. Its not an easy thing this life stuff so I am asking for support, someone or group of friends who can encourage me and keep me in check. I normally just turn to my sisters or cousins but they have lost the ability to affect me as well they all suck so I tend to tune them out these days.

I am moving to a new city and starting a new school, and new job, in the fall so that gives me from now to August to get back in shape and try to turn things around.

If anyone has tips, advice, suggestions, words of encouragement please share them here. Others in the same situation feel free to make this a support thread for those who need support.

Nintendo Gaming / Speculate new game ideas for mobile platform
« on: March 18, 2015, 06:04:27 PM »
Its still a new announcement but why not. Post your ideas for game ideas you would like to see.

I do not play games on my phone so I have no idea what that market is even like so I am going in blind here.

What I am imagining would be like the mini games they used to have in DS games like the Mario games had. Maybe a Wario Ware type game not a straight port but a collection of the most "mobile" friendly mini games or something like that?

I am thinking some stuff along the lines of NES Remix would be doable but they would have to do more than just pick out challenges from the existing games they would have to really tweak them for touch controls.

A new Mario vs. DK similar to the one they just released would be fine too.

Any other ideas?

All I read about online are endless jumpers and candy crush clones. I don't really know what either of those mean so have no comment but they do not sound fun to me.

Make a virtual Nintendo land theme park or something where you can store all your trophies and achievements from past games in one place in a virtual world similar to Animal crossing or PS Home something like that?

A new touch Dr. Mario game would be fine too.

How about a simple Zelda dungeon crawler done in NES style graphics but you use only the touch screen and the game puzzles are all touch related? I am not sure how this would work but it would be interesting to see them come up with something.

There will need to be a "New Super Mario Touch" or something that is tailored for this device that sells you on the Mario game play, or reminds you how awesome it is, and entices you to try out the real deal latter maybe?

In App purchases that tie to your unified account connected to your console and DS device is also mandatory I would think.

They could do a really neat Ice Climbers game that goes on forever.

I am out of ideas at the moment who else wants to speculate? Also would we move discussion of these games, platforms into the hand held forum or is it okay to leave here? This is going to be an interesting few months.

Administration / I need a new secret identity.
« on: March 16, 2015, 11:20:35 AM »
Now that my cover is blown on my two primary accounts, this and the long hidden but most useful Khushrenada, I have decided it is time to go back into hiding. Maybe I will get some more use out of my Lucario account. That one seems to get people worked up.

General Chat / Should I report to Amazon?
« on: March 15, 2015, 10:07:47 PM »
Alright so I buy a CD from Amazon, title is not important, what is important is the CD never arrives and after a month the seller refunds my money. No big deal must have gotten lost in the mail. I check Amazon seller has item in stock and the price has gone up since I first ordered and seller had item listed as Out of Stock after my last order.

General Chat / Some 70's questions
« on: March 15, 2015, 09:56:46 PM »
I am watching That 70's Show on Netflix. I also have the series on DVD but it is so much easier to just start up the Netflix. I am sitting here going through the show once again and I realize they are really teetering on the whole Fenton and Fez being either homosexual or bi-sexual. In the pilot they kids were at a concert and met a gay couple and then there was buddy in season one then all of a sudden they dropped all gay references outside a few you know random comments as jokes from time to time. Fenton, or is if Phenton? Anyways he made some comments that kind of got me thinking.

Anyone that was actually around in the 70's was it illegal to be gay, openly I mean, or just socially unacceptable? Some of his comments made it sound like it wasn't just taboo but actually illegal. Also Fez comes off as a little too comfortable with his bi-sexuality for the period. I always wondered if that was just because the show was made in our modern times or were things more complicated then that? I was a kid in the 80's and I remember watching the LGBT thing become a major force so I just assumed it all began in the 90's but I guess it might have been around in the 70's. I just remember from Revenge of the Nerds and Police Academy I got the impression being gay was a serious taboo at that time period. I remember the lesbian thing on Friends caused a lot of stir but that was like early to mid 90's.

Also in season 6 Kelso comes back from police academy and he is wearing what looks like a pretty modern Reebok shirt. I was wondering if Reebok had shirts like that then or if they even existed then?

Administration / Who likes Math?
« on: March 15, 2015, 09:47:17 PM »
Okay so there is a certain song by the B-52's that I used to listen to all the time. It was like my number 3 favorite song by them. I used to listen to their tape over and over when I was younger. This song I haven't hard it in maybe 20 years or so, I was in middle school so it was a while back. Just the other day I buy the CD and listen to the song on repeat a couple of times because it takes me back and I still really enjoy the song. These guys are one of my favorite bands so I am surprised it took me this long to get the CD. I haven't heard the song since I was in middle school and today I walk into a convenience store and this very song is playing on the radio its not even at the starts its already up to my favorite part. Now what are the odds of that happening because I was actually thinking of the song earlier today. Am I psychic, or what?

I am working on a new music video for my latest CD. I decided to look into buying some stock footage to spice it up a little. I was curious if there are any video producers around here who have any experience using stock footage and what are your thoughts. According to the license agreement I can use any number of clips but the derivative work can't be more than 50-60% of their footage. I don't really want to even use that much stock footage to be honest. Since I am paying for it I would like to get as much for my money as I can. I also don't want my projects to be made up largely of stock footage.

So my questions are, who here has used stock footage? Where do you get yours from? What are your views on when, and how much to use?

Nintendo Gaming / PS4 Error CE-34878-0 anyone?
« on: March 15, 2015, 12:21:23 AM »
I have tried every fix but nothing seems to work. It only affects one specific save the others all work just fine. Is there a way to recover a corrupted save file or am I just going to have to accept that this world is gone?

General Chat / I have a job interview.
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:33:05 PM »
I began the application process to transfer from my current school to UNL the big one in Lincoln Nebraska. I decided it wouldn't hurt to go a head and call ahead to the news stations in Lincoln and see what they might have going on. Based on a quick phone conversation with the news director she already asked me to come in for an interview and told me she already has a position in mind, full-time, that I would be perfect for. If I get this it means I will be moving sooner than I originally planned but a full-time job is a very tempting offer.

My current job is about two hours from Lincoln so in order to conduct and interview I will have to schedule some time to drive over there on one of my days off.

General Chat / A sincere and long over due apology
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:15:54 PM »
Recent events in the funhouse, as well as a few conversations I have had with others have forced me to do some reflecting. I challenged another forum user to go back and read up some of the old posts on here just to get a feel for the history we have had. It was all mixed up in whatever Khushrenada was doing. Anyways during this quest I made the mistake of actually re-reading some of my previous posts from when I was new.

Guys I owe you all sincere and earnest apology I was a complete and total idiot. I had no idea I was that bad, I honestly thought I was goofing around just like what I figured everyone here was doing. It turns out that I was not a very friendly, considerate, or even coherent poster. Man my spelling was far from the worst thing you all had to sit through. To make it all worse I actually went on some long tangent about how lame you all were for correcting my mistakes because I thought it was all a personal attack. I made some enemies early on based simply on me misunderstanding what people were trying to say.

This is a sincere letter of apology to everyone I offended, pissed off, attacked, insulted or argued with over nothing important. I lost my temper one too many times and some of you have put up with me when I was at my worst. I am genuinely trying to be a better person both here and in real life too.

I am far from perfect but please know that I will do my best to be better. I will try to keep the crazy contained and will do my best to avoid active confrontations. I wish VUDU was still here man I think I treated him far worse than anyone else aside from Ty who I guess wasn't as bad as I had imagined he was.

Please from the bottom of my heart forgive me for being a complete idiot. I will try harder to be cool.
Those who did put up with me and try to help me out over the years thanks for being supportive, especially Uncle Bob, Khushrenada, and Kairon who continues to pretend like we don't exist around here.


Your Friend the rat.

Administration / I confess it was me
« on: March 10, 2015, 12:01:04 AM »
I killed Khushrenada and turned his looney alter egos loose on the world. It was supposed to be a prank but it somehow went horribly, horribly, wrong. Just like the day I went back in time and told  Hayao Nakayama as a joke it would be funny if he released a baby Saturn for the Genesis and called it 32X. Turns out that little move backfired and destroyed the company I was sent back in time to save and now the world is a sad place indeed without quality titles like Flicky and Boogerman getting yearly sequels.

General Chat / I lost my job today.
« on: March 09, 2015, 09:45:15 PM »

Well okay not exactly but it was the equivalent of a demotion in away. We had a pretty stressful week at work and I had I guess a pretty terrible shift on Friday running cameras. Long story short the bitch lady who I had to get off day shift to get away from basically sabotaged the show Friday to make me look bad and told the big boss she can't work with me anymore. So he says nothing personal but we can't let you work cameras on mornings anymore. I love the day shift people they were all super nice but with the reporter that I did make good friends with moving away to get a better job in a bigger market and life in general sucking at the moment I have one off day and things go to ****.

The bright side is my sister and her kids are all up visiting from Texas so at least having the next two days off means I get to spend more time with the kids. The down side is I worked basically four fucking hours total this week and that ain't gonna pay no fucking bills.

So if I get a little weird these next few days heads up I am probably going downhill for a bit. I will bounce back cuz at least I still technically have a job I just won't be doing what I have been doing.

Now in all honesty/fairness camera op was NOT my primary job it was something I filled in once in a while, all it really means is I won't be picking up extra shifts running cameras in the AM any more. I can still fill in cameras in the evening and weekend shows but I cut a really sweet deal with my boss that allows me to come in on the weekends and do some archiving of the sports stuff, we have 20 years of Husker videos all on TAPE we need to transfer to the digital so I volunteered for that task and they are pretty much agreeing that once they work out the logistics that will be a thing I get to do. So in a roundabout way its actually a good thing, despite the really awkward conversation with my boss about how he doesn't like to fire people and my job is safe as long as I don't piss anyone else off. **** I am in deeper than I thought...

General Chat / Who here actually reads books?
« on: March 07, 2015, 11:07:26 PM »
Are you into classic books or ebooks? I have never read a digital book, never even bought one but my book shelf is over flowing and I have run out of room to buy new books so I am wondering if any old timers have made the switch what are your thoughts is it an easy transition like going from tape to CD then Mp3 or is it more like the painful mess of going from DVD to everything digital that sucks because its not DVD?

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