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The Gaming Lounge / Secret of Mana Remake
« on: March 04, 2018, 05:43:51 PM »
This remake seems to have really left people very divided over it. I'm almost done with it. I just need to level up my magic for the last time and then head to the Mana Fortress.

I'm playing the PC version. Ridiculous bugs and unnecessary censorship aside, I think it's a very faithful remake.

General Chit Chat / I really HATE home Wifi
« on: January 10, 2018, 03:09:18 PM »
I really HATE home Wifi. You'd think that with all the technical advances over the last decade that issues with random drops, channel congestion and overall slow performance would be a thing of the past, but nooooooooooooooo.

Wifi is as unstable and miserable as ever on home routers! I had a router go bad so I got a new one and it was fine for a while. Signal strength was good, performance was way better than the old one, etc. but then we started getting random drops everywhere (including wired connections). OK, so after fighting with the limited settings on it, I did the usual 'google it' and found the firmware was highly suspected to be buggy and the cause of all the issues. OK, so I look for updated firmware and sure enough, there isn't any. The damn manufacturer is selling new routers with buggy firmware with no updates.....grrrr....

OK, so I look at my old friend DD WRT. Sure enough they have firmware for the router so I flash it with DD WRT thinking that'll at least tell me if it's really firmware or hardware. The DD WRT firmware did help. The wired connection stopped dropping and the Wifi devices appeared to stop dropping and performed a bit better (DD WRT lets you substantially increase transmission power and antenna gain).

Then the next day, the same Wifi issues returned. Poor signal strength, poor performance, and random drops....again.

I ended up getting yet another router today. The router that gave me all the problems was a Linksys WRT3200acm. It really should have performed way better for the specs it had. By all rights it should've kicked the Netgear AC1900's ass I picked up at f'ing Best Buy today that's performing way better than the Linksys ever did.

Seriously, WTF is wrong with router manufacturers!? I've used Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, and Belkin and they're all a roll of the dice as to whether or not you get something that'll work reliably and I'm really getting sick and tired of that crap. I get asked a lot about home Wifi routers (comes with the territory of being a net admin) so every time I tell people the same thing...research it and roll the dice. It's basically become a taboo subject when I wish I could tell people go to X manufacturer and look up router X, Y, and Z.

General Chit Chat / Solar Eclipse
« on: August 21, 2017, 07:57:03 PM »
Anyone see the solar eclipse? I was right in its path for it today and it was quite the spectacle. I've seen pictures, videos, simulations, etc back in school, on TV, and on the Interwebs, but seeing it in person well worth it. They pretty much closed down everything at work so everyone could go outside and see it and passed out the eclipse glasses for it. I tried taking a pic of it with my cell phone when the moon was completely covering the sun, but couldn't get a good pic of it.

The Gaming Lounge / Steam Controller
« on: October 29, 2016, 12:53:08 PM »
I don't recall this getting brought up here, but has anyone picked up the Steam Controller?

I just got me and so far I'm impressed with it. I love how it lets me control the mouse in games like Civ VI. I've only used it for about a day, and I do get what critics are saying with the learning curve to it, but truthfully, it's really not that hard to use. It takes some getting used to, but then we all had to get used to new controller layouts before and this one really isn't that far off. Going from my old Logitech F310 to the Steam Controller is like going from the NES controller to the SNES controller. It's different, but there's a natural feel to it.

The Gaming Lounge / The one thing Nintendo is good at...
« on: September 21, 2015, 07:11:25 PM »
...besides making a few good games and a handful of OMG great games, is MAKING PEOPLE ANGRY!

If you haven't heard already, they're cracking down on Youtube videos involving Mario games for tool assisted speedruns, hacks and the like:

This also comes after I hear about the NX being rumored to be less powerful than a PS3, with download only games (no discs, cartriges, etc. and supposed to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One) makes me wonder if all the people who've been saying Nintendo is dying a slow painful death may be right.

To a degree, I can see the logic behind it with Mario Maker out there (and wouldn't be surprised if it was one of the reasons why they made Mario Maker in the first place), but come on. Instead of penalizing fans they should be showcasing Mario Maker and why it's more fun and easy to use than hacking a game if they want to deter people from doing so. THEY AREN'T GOING TO STOP THE HACKERS! Instead they should be taking the free publicity from them and their videos and turning it to their advantage, but I guess they're just too full of themselves for that. Instead they'd rather alienate people instead of responding fondly to their enthusiasm for the games (this is not the only time too).

I just don't get it. They missed TONS of opportunity with how strict they are with controlling content and under powered consoles. I don't know what the hell they're thinking, but they really need to get it in gear. Mario will only take a console so far. Sega was betting on Sonic to save them with the Dreamcast and that didn't work either. Mario > Sonic as far as fan base goes BUT the more Nintendo makes these boneheaded moves, it's not going to last IMO and I really don't want that to happen.

General Chit Chat / Uncle GW
« on: March 06, 2015, 10:05:21 PM »
I found out this week my sister's going to have a baby. She's due in December. Now I get to plan on all the things I get to teach it and send it back to its mom when it visits (like new 'words' when it comes to venting frustrations when playing games). ;)

I don't have any kids (and I'm glad since I can't afford it), but it's a life change of sorts anyway. Anyone else an aunt or uncle?

The Gaming Lounge / More Final Fantasy games on Steam
« on: September 28, 2014, 06:41:18 AM »
Probably old news to most of you, but Final Fantasy III and IV are on Steam with XIII coming out in October. :)

Final Fantasy III and IV are ports of their DS remakes. I've been playing both and it is really nice to not be looking at a tiny screen to play them. ;)

General Chit Chat / US could get cut off from space....
« on: May 13, 2014, 07:34:57 PM »

This was coming long before Ukraine, but Ukraine happened to be the event that triggered it. I blame Obama and congress for this but mostly Obama. He failed to stop Russia from taking Crimea which ended up in a ridiculous sanction bitch-slap fest and he's always been against NASA. Not that the bureaucracy in NASA isn't a problem but thanks to Obama, we will likely be cut off from space. The private sector which has had to start from scratch is nowhere near ready to take over to get Americans out in space again.

By the time we get ourselves straightened out, we'll be so far behind the other nations that it will be way beyond sad and pathetic....

We can argue that Obama had other priorities he felt were more important but fact is, if they had managed to fix NASA's problems it wouldn't cost nearly as much for them to do anything and we could have still remained the leader in space without breaking the federal budget more than it already is.

This is going to hurt us technologically and economically too. Since NASA can't even build damned rockets to launch satellites you don't have to be a genius to see how this is very bad for national security and the economy. Besides keeping an eye on other nations and collecting data for the weather, TV networks broadcast content over satellite. Even cable providers like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cox, have satellite dishes setup to receive the broadcasts to route over their cable networks to the customers' TVs. If those satellites 'break down' when we are cut off from space...well it wouldn't be pretty that's for sure.

OK I'm done ranting now. While I've come to expect a lot of failures from our government (which is sad in of itself) there are some things that go beyond the norm.

General Chit Chat / Microsoft bringing back the Start Menu
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:49:08 PM »

It's about time. I also just got an update that allows me to pin those Windows Store apps (that I have none of) to the taskbar on the desktop. Microsoft still hasn't said when it's going to release the update for the Start Menu, but it looks like it's a step in the right direction.

It also looks like when the Start Menu comes back, we'll be able to run the Windows Store apps right on the desktop in a Window.

The Gaming Lounge / FFX and FFX-2 in HD
« on: December 21, 2013, 10:13:06 AM »
FFX and FFX-2 are getting redone in HD for the PS3.

Not that I don't like FFX, but IMO if they're going to port one of the FF games to the PS3 for graphical improvements, they should have chosen something else like FFVII whose graphics certainly did not age very well. What do you think?

General Chit Chat / To our resident paladin
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:07:53 PM »
Happy Birthday Aegis!  :lo_o

May you eat lots of cake and have a good one. ;)

General Chit Chat / 12 years and fashionably late
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:20:27 PM » anniversary. :P

As of yesterday I've been here 12 years. I've seen a lot happen to GU over the years from its birth to today and here I still am.

When GU officially started I was in my last year of high school and going to vocational school for Computer Science and computer networking. Back then my classmates and I hacked the network so we could go to any site we wanted and GU and the pre GU site Jimmy was running before GU was some of the places I would go to. :P

Since then I've gone on to college and gotten my degrees in Computer Science and Network Admin, worked at IBM (as a contractor and it was hell on earth), an engineering firm, Time Warner Cable (and it was hell on earth but not as bad as IBM), and now for a credit union. I've also moved out of NY State to South Carolina and have been through some really rough patches.

For all the things I've been through IRL, there's always been GU and I'm glad for it. So thank you all and here's to many more years to come! :l^_^

General Chit Chat / GU Scavenger Hunt
« on: April 24, 2013, 05:34:43 AM »
It's that certain time of year again and rather than just having a thread for it like we normally do, I thought it would be nice to have a scavenger hunt through GU's history. For those of you that can't remember what day I'm talking about I'm talking about GU's Anniversary.

Below are the questions to be answered (I'm not good at making clues for a real scavenger hunt so I went with it). Some are easier than others and you'll need to hunt through GU to find the answers. Since most active people have been here 9+ years I expect this will get finished by the end of the day today, but you have until GU's Anniversary to finish it.

Those who can answer all these questions get bragging rights for knowing a thing or two about GU's history.

Good Luck!

What was the first account registered on GU?
When is Jimmy's birthday?
What was GU Radio?
Who started GU Radio?
Who was the last person to post in GU's Art Gallery?
When is GU's anniversary?
Who runs the Yamazaki vs. the World, Fight Comics?
What's your title when you hit 666 posts?
What was inori's project called?
Who coded GU Fighter when it was in it's prime and super popular?
What project is a tribute to Might & Magic?

The Gaming Lounge / Games you want to be remembered for
« on: April 06, 2013, 08:32:31 PM »
I came across this touching posting about how Secret of Mana reminded this person of her grandfather:

There aren't that many articles that make me stop in my tracks like this one and it also got me thinking. Is there any game you're likely to be remembered for after you die? It can be something you played a lot, developed, or in case of the posting, something you didn't finish.

For me it would probably a Final Fantasy game. What about you?

General Chit Chat / Happy Easter Everyone!
« on: March 31, 2013, 12:10:12 PM »
Happy Easter to GU! :cool:

Even if you're not religious, there's still a lot of candy and/or family traditions to be had.

We still color Easter eggs and have our black egg contest every year with my mother. Hope everyone has a good day today. :)

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