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The company has been unable to provide adequate cleaning supplies to employees,

So up until they closed, it was business as usual at GameStop.  Any use disks were so grimy from unwashed child hands that I avoided buying games from them long before now.

My job in a pathology lab is business as usual over the last week.  We expect to see far fewer elective surgeries in the coming two weeks though.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Saturn
« on: February 24, 2020, 10:09:22 PM »
Every since thrift stores stopped accepting CRTs as donations I've not been able to run down a good CRT. I had a 36" Sony Trinitron that lasted forever that was perfect for gaming. I've been keeping an eye out for a big WEGA or a broadcast monitor but nothing yet. At this point I don't know that I'd have a place to put it! I do miss those virtua cop, house of the dead, lethal enforcers, TIME CRISIS kind of games

I still have my 27" WEGA and will keep it 'til it dies!

This weekend, Renee and I found a stored Saturn at her mom's house.  Some of you might remember DeathMonkeyOmega on Steam; he is Renee's brother and left his Saturn there!  I think we are going to have to adopt it!

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Retro Junkie!
« on: February 19, 2020, 08:51:20 PM »
Happy birthday, Retro! Game on!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Saturn
« on: February 19, 2020, 08:50:58 PM »
I remember Quake III being awesome on the Saturn, or was it the DreamCast?  Apparently there was also a version of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, relabeled as Noctourne in the Moonlight, that had additional levels compared to the PlayStation version.

Those Sega systems are a bit blurred in my memory.  As far as light gun games go, seek out an old Sony WEGA for the best in CRT gaming! :D

General Discussion / Re: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:59:22 PM »
There is just so much material in the Star Wars cannon now.  I am glad that The Mandolorian is happening.  The Clone Wars and Rebels are my favorite parts of the series currently since both series really give time to appreciate stories within the universe.

IDků @Grindspine I mean... generally once you get above 60fps... I don't think it matters as much.  Definitely if are lower than 60 versus 60 and above... there's a distinct advantage.  But 120-240 fps?  I'm not sure there's really an advantage.

what do you think @trkorecky @Polygon @Jack ?

Did you watch the video?  The evidence presented is pretty convincing that there is an advantage with higher frame rates for casual, hardcore, and pro gamers.

General Discussion / Higher FPS = better competative gaming? Let's explore.
« on: February 02, 2020, 03:58:23 PM »

Loser! (La-Hooo Sa-Her) / eSports cheese!
« on: February 02, 2020, 12:57:03 AM »
This video is eSports cheese from DOTA, StarCraft, Counter-Strike, and even RuneScape going back for years of high level cheese!

Loser! (La-Hooo Sa-Her) / Modern Warfare
« on: January 25, 2020, 01:47:17 AM »
This article is echoing my thoughts on the game.

Destroyed tonight 17 to 2 in my last game.  I had to walk away at that point.  There is no victory to be had.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Borrowed meme for PS2
« on: January 11, 2020, 01:51:05 PM »
The PS2 works great with those Monster component cables that were sold early in the PS3's cycle.  Many people do not know that the PS2 and PS3 had the same analog output.  Similarly, the GameCube Monster S-video cables work great for the SNES!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Borrowed meme for PS2
« on: January 09, 2020, 07:06:52 PM »
PS3 really was when 3D games had matured.  PS2 definitely had some blocky graphics, but still had an amazing library.  It was the first system to really offer backwards compatibility and CD/DVD player.

The PS2 is still one of my favorite systems.  The SNES, PS2, PS3, and PC have gotten more game play time than the other systems I have owned.  On a side note, my PS3 runs cooler since it is a slim 160 GB model.  I did eventually upgrade to a 240 GB SSD though!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Genesis Mini - Pre-order
« on: January 09, 2020, 07:02:29 PM »
That would be awesome, as would an N64 Classic mini or an Atari Jaguar mini!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Genesis mini: it is happening!
« on: January 09, 2020, 07:01:00 PM »
That is  the review that I am looking for. Someone here that has it. I want their impressions.

I am glad that you got one, Retro!

Renee and I have played it a bit here and there, same with the NES Classic and SNES Classic.  It is nice that the three share the HDMI connector and the micro USB power.  All three are fun to have without feeling like a huge investment or like they are too bulky.

On one 46" Sanyo HDTV, I can have all three of those, my PS3, my Xbox 360, and my original Xbox simultaneously!

Also, Altered Beast is still awesome.

PC Rigs, Builds, and Peripheral Devices / Re: Mouse?
« on: January 07, 2020, 06:58:16 PM »
I am using the Proteus Spectrum with my desktop PC and the Hyperion Fury with the Asus TUF laptop for the time.

The G5 really was perfection for a gaming mouse for me for the longest time.

General Discussion / Re: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
« on: January 07, 2020, 06:56:04 PM »
There were a few things that I would have done differently, but, it did a good job of tying the loose ends from The Last Jedi and went a long way to correcting complaints many had about that movie.

It was solid.  I especially like the array of light sabers that make appearances in the movie.  >:D

General Discussion / Re: The Incredible Hulk - Ed Norton 2008 Version
« on: January 03, 2020, 01:44:26 PM »
As much as I have seen the MCU movies, this is one that I have not seen yet.

From what I understand, The 2008 Hulk and Iron Man 3 are the two movies that can be skipped where you still get the full MCU build up to Avengers: Infinity Wars and End Game.

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 25, 2019, 02:07:57 PM »
So I had bought an Asus TUF laptop for Renee as an early Christmas present back on Black Friday.

Today she gave me Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask for the 3DS since those were two that I had not gotten yet.

General Discussion / Re: Post Your Recent Gaming Purchases Thread
« on: December 24, 2019, 12:52:17 AM »
Nier was and is awesome!  Since then I did get Modern Warfare, which you know.

I did get Renee an Asus Tuf laptop as well!

My fiancÚ has been using a half-broken laptop for a year, so I convinced her that a solid gaming laptop was a good idea.  We decided on getting her an Asus Tuf with a Ryzen proc and GTX 1650 graphics card.  Of course, the condition was that I would get to borrow it sometimes.  >:D

General Discussion / Re: Tis the Season to be jolly
« on: December 24, 2019, 12:47:21 AM »
There were many Thanksgiving and Christmas nights that Bluevoodu, SpartanEvolved, MasterMario, and I would get together for some LAN gaming.  Good times!  With three of us moving from the area, it is harder to do LAN and more about online play.

General Discussion / Re: The Mandalorian.........hmmmmm yeah right.
« on: December 15, 2019, 02:44:41 PM »
The Babysitter  ???

General Discussion / Re: Tis the Season to be jolly
« on: December 15, 2019, 02:44:09 PM »
With Christmas proper being on a Wednesday, I have to work the day before and the day after.  I now live about two hours from most of my family, so I will not be seeing them this Christmas, though in years past I often had to work the holiday due to my job in healthcare.

This is going to be a very different year for the holiday.  I am unsure of what to expect.

Gaming / Movie / Media Deals / Re: Nier Automata on Steam
« on: December 14, 2019, 04:40:02 PM »
Yeah I only play when I know I can dedicate several hours to it, as I end up usually playing about three or four hours worth at a time. I'm still on 2B's part and I accidentally advanced the story past a point where I can no longer do some of the sidequests, so I'll probably even go back to an earlier save and get them done before I move on.

When you finish all three story lines, you can then go back to any chapter to finish side quests and complete your item collecting!

Modern warfare PC version sets itself to high priority, often sourcing 100% of the CPU and causing other essential functions of the computer to not work.

The fix is apparently to manually reset the CPU process priority to normal on EVERY startup of the game.

I have having so many issues with paying full price for a game with this many PC issues. :(

Gaming / Movie / Media Deals / Re: Nier Automata on Steam
« on: December 05, 2019, 02:10:57 AM »
I am not... I believe it was @Mai Valentine or @Aya-Kun that used to play this on the Console.

My guess is the game is a console port to PC.   I was looking into this game as well.. but haven't pulled the trigger.   $26+ is still a bit salty too me with a large backlog as it is.

You probably would not really play all the way through it, and it is a game that needs to be played ALL of the way through to really get it.  The first two parts of the game are similar play through campaigns with 2B and 9S.  The third "chapter" brings it together with the character A2.  It has a very complex story line, so it is not a game that you can just pick up and play for a few hours.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 28, 2019, 12:16:42 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving!

Steam is having their Autumn sale, consoles are hitting Black Friday pricing, and many of us will have some gaming time over the weekend!

I have an appointment at 1 pm, so I may be back this evening?  >:D

The game has some pretty low frame rates soon after loading.  Although my core i5 is well over the minimum specs, the sheer size of the game files are probably the cause there.

My frame rates were better with the sound card switch over.  The game was playable, though not nearly as smooth as some older FPS games that I have played on this setup.

We should do that this year too!

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