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TopicJohn McAfee died in prison
Bartzyx
06/23/21 4:44:31 PM
#1
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/john-mcafee-dead/2021/06/23/912f66ce-9ac8-11eb-9d05-ae06f4529ece_story.html

my new laptop came bundled with his garbage software

RIP

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TopicBest Spielberg Film Day 6
Bartzyx
06/22/21 5:29:53 PM
#6
another joke poll from nick

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TopicNintendo has won E32021.
Bartzyx
06/15/21 1:00:47 PM
#13
who cares

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TopicHow much time do you spend viewing pornography each day?
Bartzyx
06/15/21 11:12:36 AM
#4
MZero posted...
is this including days of no pornography consumption or only days on which at least some pornography was viewed?

Take your weekly time and divide by 7

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TopicHow much time do you spend viewing pornography each day?
Bartzyx
06/15/21 11:06:08 AM
#1
On average, how much time per day is spent viewing pornography of any kind?










I was randomly curious to see what is "normal" for people around here.

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TopicBest Star Wars Lightsaber Duel Day 9
Bartzyx
06/10/21 4:47:54 PM
#2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxwEX_J_6CQ

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TopicWhat's the shortest amount of time between a game and its remake?
Bartzyx
06/10/21 9:55:50 AM
#47
oh sure if you use japanese release dates but who does that

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TopicWith mask mandates ending
Bartzyx
06/10/21 9:54:07 AM
#2
I wear masks still in any indoor place with people that I don't know. Do not wear masks outside except when required, but I never did that anyway.

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TopicBest Star Wars Lightsaber Duel Day 6
Bartzyx
06/07/21 7:10:50 PM
#2
ah yes, the fight in which three jedi masters just stand there and die

my favorite

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TopicGot kids, Board 8?
Bartzyx
06/02/21 11:14:31 PM
#15
will probably get started on having a kid in the next year or so.

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TopicDo you have UltimaterializerX on ignore?
Bartzyx
06/01/21 12:44:07 PM
#61
imo babe brawl is bad enough

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TopicBoard 8 Trophy Summary for May 2021
Bartzyx
06/01/21 11:00:33 AM
#4
Gotta thank that dumb bomberman game for pushing me into the top 20. easy trophies.

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TopicFavourite Game by A-Z
Bartzyx
05/19/21 9:32:45 PM
#38
Age of Empires 2: The Conquerors
Bioshock Infinite
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Deus Ex
Excelsior Phase One: Lysandia
Final Fantasy V
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Hotline Miami
inFamous
Journey
Kirby Super Star
Last of Us, The (or Loom, if you don't count "The" games)
Metroid Fusion
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Operation Neptune
Pinball Dreams
Quake
Rock Band 2
Spec Ops: The Line
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
Wing Commander
Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht
Yoshi's Story
Zone of the Enders (I don't even like this game)

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TopicSummer Games Done Quick schedule is out
Bartzyx
05/18/21 12:38:26 PM
#3
Is this one going to be remote still? Or are they in-person again?

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TopicWhat comes to your mind first when you hear, name a famous asian american?
Bartzyx
05/18/21 11:48:31 AM
#59
voltch posted...
Do Indians count as Asian American in NA?

In the UK asian for usually refers to India/Pakistan/Bangladesh etc

They are considered Asian for demographic purposes but don't usually come to mind for most people, since East Asians are a lot more common in the US.

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TopicWhat comes to your mind first when you hear, name a famous asian american?
Bartzyx
05/17/21 9:34:17 PM
#32
a porn star for some reason

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TopicI have to say, my hat goes off to the USA for their vaccine rollout
Bartzyx
05/17/21 9:18:23 PM
#29
It's two weeks after the second shot that you are considered "vaccinated"

that's where the "two weeks" comes from

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TopicI have to say, my hat goes off to the USA for their vaccine rollout
Bartzyx
05/17/21 2:52:42 PM
#3
It wasn't really anything special besides being the most powerful country in the world. Anyone else with that much power could do it too.

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TopicFavourite game by #
Bartzyx
05/17/21 11:15:29 AM
#5
Deus Ex
Age of Empires 2
Seiken Densetsu 3
Uncharted 4
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy VI
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Final Fantasy IX (I don't like this game but it's the only #9 I have played, I think)
Spec Ops: The Line


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TopicWhat is the longest you have stayed at one job?
Bartzyx
05/16/21 10:04:39 AM
#1
Longest time at a single employer without quitting, changing jobs, etc.?










Can count self-employment if it's your primary source of income.

I have hopped around jobs for my whole life. Might be changing jobs again soon.

Interested to hear the stories of any outliers!

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TopicWhat's the weirdest old game you've ever gotten the urge to immediately play?
Bartzyx
05/10/21 10:06:26 AM
#16
LordoftheMorons posted...
This old mid-90s PC game called Stay Tooned

Unfortunately as far as I can tell it's impossible to play on any remotely modern operating system

dosbox?

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TopicFavorite Voice Actor for Mega Man
Bartzyx
05/06/21 8:34:49 PM
#6
I hope my body can take it

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TopicWhat's the biggest video game series you've beaten every entry in?
Bartzyx
05/04/21 8:36:12 PM
#55
Unless you count the defunct flash game, then it would be Bioshock for me. 3 games.

Most series there is a mobile, browser, or handheld game that I did not get to

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TopicSeeking advice for an acquaintance
Bartzyx
05/04/21 12:18:09 PM
#3
He should disclose his disability if the company will need to provide any sort of accommodation for him to do the job. It's illegal for companies to companies to discriminate on the sole basis of a disability as long as the disability does not prevent him from doing the job.

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TopicBoard 8 #sports Discord Ranks Their Top 100 Video Games Finale: THE TOP 10
Bartzyx
05/01/21 9:15:27 PM
#192
It's nothing like REmake, to be fair

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TopicDo any of you stream gaming content regularly?
Bartzyx
05/01/21 9:12:31 PM
#28
The only real surefire way to make a living on twitch is to stream only one game (as long as it has an active playerbase), and be one of the best people in the world at it. You can be dull as dirt and people will still watch you if you are skilled enough.

Most people on twitch just want to watch someone play their favorite game.

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TopicEVERY single one of us knows the ff7 spoiler right
Bartzyx
05/01/21 12:31:54 PM
#9
Terra is half-esper

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Topic"Aeris dies" should be a legal spoiler on b8 because everyone knows it
Bartzyx
04/29/21 11:57:28 PM
#13
Meg Ryan is a total dream

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TopicHow interested are you in watching the NFL Draft tonight?
Bartzyx
04/29/21 9:48:56 AM
#3
I will watch tonight but not any of the other rounds

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TopicBoard 8 #sports Discord Ranks Their Top 100 Video Games Finale: THE TOP 10
Bartzyx
04/22/21 10:33:46 AM
#184
And so I'll talk a little about the actual game, now that I've bored you with the history of it. Why do hundreds of thousands of people still regularly play this old game? Well, it's because it is the best real-time strategy game ever created. Maybe when they make a better one, people will move on.



It should be no surprise to you that I consider it the best, seeing as I have it at the top of my list. The game has an incredible amount of content. Now, dozens of single-player campaigns, over 30 unique civilizations to choose from, and the heart of the game, the "Random Map" mode. Random Map is what makes Age of Empires II worth playing, and endlessly replayable. Whether against the computer or online, you play every game on a unique procedurally-generated map, and the odds of seeing that exact iteration of the map before or after are practically zilch. There are hundreds of map templates to choose from, ranging from battles on islands, to the classic "Arabia," to mountainous highlands or the Asian steepes. While only a few dozen templates are high enough quality to see regular play at the highest level, there are all kinds of options that offer distinct experiences. Seeing as every game is unique, Age of Empires II encourages on-the-fly thinking and problem solving that you don't find many other places. Basic build orders have been refined over decades, but there is still a large amount of improvisation that occurs every time based on the massive (or even minute) differences that each map generation presents, the civilization matchup, and the playstyle of your opponent(s). It introduces a bit of chance into the game, so the better player may be crippled by a bad map. But the best players find ways to overcome their disadvantages and prevail, which is satisfying when you do it, and also incredibly entertaining to witness.

The game supports up to eight players, and playing 4v4 team games is my cup of tea. I stick a lot to the standard maps, but also sometimes venture into the truly absurd ones, just for fun. Whatever map I play, I just really enjoy being on a team with others (even with strangers) and working together to come up with a winning strategy. Given how many civilization combinations there are, these team matchups are usually fresh and require some thinking to evaluate how to gain the advantage on your matchup.

But the number of maps, civilizations, campaigns, etc., should not put anyone off from trying the game. It's remarkably simple to pick up and play, if you have played any RTS game before. Through all the different options, each civilization plays basically the same. You start with a small base in the dark ages, and advance through research and production to an imperial age army. And the vast array of game modes, settings, difficulty levels, and so on make the game enjoyable for anyone at any skill level. The newest version has a pretty good ELO-based matchmaking system, so even online games will eventually pair you against someone that will be on your level. And like I said, as someone who was probably in the top 1 or 2 percent of all players when at my best, I still got wiped away by any of the top players. There are so many levels of play with tons of people to compete against wherever you fall. And then of course, you could play the single-player content for hundreds of hours before running out of campaigns and custom scenarios, and after that there are random map sessions against a myriad of different AI opponents. And after all that, there is a trove of thousands of player-made scenarios available online.

The game is pretty popular to watch online. I have not played a game in a while, but I pop onto YouTube or Twitch every few months to watch a random game. It never gets old for me. I included below a recording of a recent tournament final that shows the kind of energy and intensity that are found in broadcasts. Defending world champion Kai Kallinger versus 20-year veteran Darko Dautovic. Even if you don't understand all the rules, the enthusiasm is contagious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_lD3tnlhaE&t=5280s

(Video should start at 1:28:00 for the fourth game of the series)

So it's a game that I love playing, and it's one of the few games that I love watching other people play. Honestly, if I was stuck with only being able to play and watch one game for the rest of my life, it would be this one, and I do not think I would ever get tired of it. For me, it is literally endlessly replayable. And it has produced so many of my favorite video game memories ever over 20 years, which makes it the easy choice for me for my number one game of all time!

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TopicBoard 8 #sports Discord Ranks Their Top 100 Video Games Finale: THE TOP 10
Bartzyx
04/22/21 10:33:41 AM
#183
#1 Age of Empires II: The Conquerors (Microsoft Windows, 2000)

Not many commercial games from before the year 2000 are still releasing paid expansions. I think just Ultima Online, Everquest, and Age of Empires II? 22 years is a long time to still get money out of people, and there was a long period without any new official content, but Age of Empires II (the original release was in 1999) has recently resurged to a level of popularity that it has not enjoyed since the original release.



My history with this Real-Time Strategy game is off-again, on-again. I got started with the first expansion back in the year 2000. First played the game on a demo disc, and was hooked instantly. Quickly picked up the full game on release, and played it like crazy. Soon started playing with my brothers over LAN, which took up countless afternoons. I dabbled a bit in online play, but at that point I just did not have a good enough connection to make it enjoyable. Few people did.

I would come back to it from time to time, just messing around versus AI or playing the campaigns. Microsoft stopped supporting the game after a couple years, but the community remained active and an enthusiastic group of people made patchwork improvements to the game, which improved and maintained compatibility with future versions of Windows. An unofficial second expansion was even developed. When I heard about the "HD Edition" coming to Steam in 2013, it inspired me to really get into it again. I had a couple online friends who also picked it up, and we played online against each other or versus the AI. At that point, with the advent of twitch.tv, I started getting into the competitive aspects of the game. I turned on a random stream one day and watched a game between two of the top players in the world. That level of play was completely mind-blowing to me; I was transfixed.



That's where I learned about Voobly. It's a third-party multiplayer client for the game, and at the time of the HD edition release, it's where the most competitive players played. Turns out the HD edition was rather shoddy and did not really match up to the improvements the community had made over time, so, while the HD edition boosted the profile of the game immensely, the top players more or less ignored it, content to continue playing The Conquerors expansion from 2000.

That is, until Microsoft decided to make an investment in the game again. Microsoft hired the team, Forgotten Empires, who developed the second expansion to make it for the HD edition, and it was a huge success. The team stuck together and started making improvements to the HD edition, along with another two expansions over the next three years. The product still paled to what was on Voobly, but modders found a way to integrate the new expansions into the Voobly version, which for years more remained the way that pro players preferred to play.



Along with the investment into the HD edition, Microsoft also made an investment into the esports scene. Tournaments with not-insignificant prize pools were staged on the HD edition, luring the top players over, if only to participate in these games. Seeing the potential, Microsoft commissioned another release of the game, this time a full remake, dubbed the "Definitive Edition." The game was developed and designed by fans of the series, including the Forgotten Empires team, and was embraced wholeheartedly by the community when it came out in 2019. The release coincided with a fifth expansion, and a sixth one came out just a couple months ago.

The competitive scene remains vibrant, at least internationally. Almost all the top players are from Europe or China, which is a stark contrast to the Korean/Japanese/US domination that you see with many other online games. Prize pools totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars annually support the top-tier players, and a lot of them make a living as streamers as well. Seeing as the game is almost 22 years old now, very few of the current pro players were playing the game when it came out, and those who did are now well into their thirties, which makes it difficult for them to compete. The current top player, a teenager from Austria, was not even alive when the game first came out. Weird to see that, but it makes sense.



I'm not a pro player in any sense, although I did play in a tournament or two. I'm currently on a break from the game, and I follow it very casually right now. Life is too short and busy to play Age of Empires II all the time, and the competitor in me does not enjoy it much if I can't dedicate the necessary time to playing at my best. When I played most recently though (2019-early 2020), I was skilled enough to be just short of the brink of the competitive scene. Good enough that I could at least play in the same atmosphere as the pros, even if I could not take one game in a hundred from them. But I could take the rare game from people who could take maybe a game in a hundred from pro players, if that makes sense. The skill cap for the game is just so incredibly high.

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TopicHave you ever been threatened with a gun before ?
Bartzyx
04/21/21 6:25:19 PM
#21
I worked fast food as a teenager and there was an armed robbery during my shift.

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TopicFuck, don't know if I want RE:Village more or Figuarts Tien more...
Bartzyx
04/20/21 6:16:10 PM
#2
so you can waste it on garbage?

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TopicAnybody every worked a second shift schedule?
Bartzyx
04/19/21 7:29:06 PM
#2
I did for a while when I was a teenager and it was fast food. It's nice if you like to sleep in a lot, and you can run errands during the day. That's about it.

If it's M-F, I guess you just accept that your social life will be limited to the weekends. I didn't do it for long.

edit: to be clear, I would not take a job like that now under normal circumstances. I like 9-5 too much.

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TopicMy wife loves a VG character's name I suggested for our daughter. Take a guess!
Bartzyx
04/19/21 10:26:27 AM
#40
Nidoqueen

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TopicWhat's the biggest waste of money you've ever spent?
Bartzyx
04/17/21 3:26:09 PM
#21
I once booked a pair of flights for the wrong date and had to pay an extra like $300 to get it fixed.

I once bought a bicycle for $600 that I ended up riding like twice. Was able to sell it for $400 a couple years later though, but that was a big waste.

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TopicHow do you rank the Disney Princesses?
Bartzyx
04/16/21 1:35:09 PM
#13
I don't

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TopicThe Fitness Topic
Bartzyx
04/12/21 11:15:17 AM
#2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5WYgROHnI8

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TopicI am so glad that Sephiroth didn't end up being completely broken in Ultimate
Bartzyx
04/10/21 10:49:16 AM
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TopicI am so glad that Sephiroth didn't end up being completely broken in Ultimate
Bartzyx
04/10/21 10:43:47 AM
#2
would you give sephiroth a blowjob

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TopicAnyone here have experience with personal trainers?
Bartzyx
04/09/21 4:20:48 PM
#3
I didn't have a personal trainer but I have worked out with a trainer in small groups. It is very helpful if you are not sure about form and routine and so on. Even watching videos it is hard to get the form down for certain lifts without someone knowledgeable there to critique you.

But yeah, once you have learned how to do it, the main benefit is the structure/motivation/accountability. I work out on my own now that I know how to do all my exercises and I supplement with online research when needed.

That being said, I would not really trust a trainer from a place like Planet Fitness. Would get a referral from someone who you trust.

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TopicSo my relationship is over...
Bartzyx
04/09/21 4:14:24 PM
#79
Then take back the car lol. It's yours

you're going to have to pay child support, dont let her screw you even more

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TopicXenosaga 2 and Final Fantasy 8 are the best games in their respective series.
Bartzyx
04/01/21 12:36:26 PM
#3
Neither of those games are the worst in their respective series, at least.

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TopicWhat's the justification for paying (Mortgage) interest up front?
Bartzyx
04/01/21 12:27:47 PM
#6
By the way, if you think that's a scam, there are literally mortgages where you only pay the interest for the first several years. In that case, you would still have the same principal amount as you did when you started.

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TopicWhat's the justification for paying (Mortgage) interest up front?
Bartzyx
04/01/21 12:20:43 PM
#5
It's the result of amortizing the loan over a period of 30 years. In order to make the payments the same every month, you will not have much money left to pay principal at first.

If you want to pay more principal than interest from the start, you would have to reduce the term of the loan to less than 15 years (depending on the interest rate, more or less), which is not a financially feasible solution for most borrowers. Especially on a VA loan which may not require a down payment.

Remember, you borrowed tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars. Interest is going to be a bitch.

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TopicWhat's the justification for paying (Mortgage) interest up front?
Bartzyx
04/01/21 11:36:25 AM
#2
Not sure what you mean? The mortgage accrues interest on a constant basis. At the beginning, the loan amount is higher so you pay more interest. As you pay down the loan, there is a lower balance and therefore less interest to pay.

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TopicInvest in stocks, or try to get a condo?
Bartzyx
03/29/21 2:30:22 PM
#33
If you do not intend to use the money before retirement age, then always use a tax-advantaged account. You can only put in $6000 into an IRA, but you could dump 19.5k into your employer-provided account.

There are penalties associated with early withdrawal from a traditional IRA, and your 403b might not allow early withdrawals at all. You will want to check the plan document to make sure. A Roth IRA is after-tax so has the most flexibilityyou can take out your contributions at any time if you need to.

As far as lump investing vs cost averaging, it all depends on your risk tolerance. Cost averaging is much safer, but on average your returns will be lower than if you just invest all your money immediately.

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TopicInvest in stocks, or try to get a condo?
Bartzyx
03/29/21 2:08:55 PM
#27
Stocks are liquid, but are not risk-free. Having 3-6 months emergency cash is a good idea, especially if you are single. It's to protect you if you lose your job.

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TopicRumorzone - PS3, PSP and Vita PSN stores closing this summer
Bartzyx
03/29/21 1:45:24 PM
#19
They don't have to pay to run the store anymore. There are costs associated with running an online store beyond just having a server. Customer service, refunds, licensing, etc..

There are also opportunity costs. Every customer hanging around on the PS3 platform is someone that could instead be spending money on PS4 or PS5.

They certainly have thought this through and believe it is in their best interest to do this.

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TopicInvest in stocks, or try to get a condo?
Bartzyx
03/29/21 1:22:48 PM
#20
It's not about making them money. In many cases these are working-class parents who need help from their children to make ends meet. I don't think Zach's mom is getting rich off of him living with her.

If your parents are well-off in the US, they probably are not charging their kids rent.

There's also the cultural difference where children are not expected to support their parents in retirement here. So it's a trade-off in a way.

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