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#14399748 Walmart YMMV In Store Clearance Thread I (READ THE FAQs)

Posted by SackAttack on 27 May 2021 - 09:48 PM

Found Wasteland 3 XB1 and Desperados 3 PS4 for $0.03 at my local store today. Last copies. Grabbed em.

#14399061 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by SackAttack on 25 May 2021 - 06:17 AM

Twins are AL, but are the Cubs more than a day trip from Green Bay?

I spent time in Wisconsin but never got up to Green Bay. Where I was, I definitely heard more about Badgers (football and even more so basketball) and the Brewers than anything else. Lots of Cubs fans too. And soccer fans, even. But surprisingly little NFL, honestly the average bar patron I met would laugh off football or say something something Ray Rice. To be honest I would have liked to meet a few more NFL fans because I like watching Aaron Rodgers play.

Plenty of Bucks fans too. I ran into Jason Kidd on two separate occasions.

A bar friend of mine was from Green Bay and didn't have many good things to say, he also said the Packers was the only thing people there cared about, although he admits that having been convicted on a minor marijuana possession charge up there soured him on the town.

Cubs aren't more than a day trip, but Chicago-area traffic is one of the few things that compare to the 5 at 6pm. So you can boomerang a day game. Night game would be rough (went to a Blackhawks game at night, so I know whereof I speak).

Maybe southern WI is different. Up here, it's Packers 25/8/367. Unless they suck. Then the city mysteriously discovers that it loves whichever WI sports team is having success. Unless they all suck at once, and then the Packers are the default.

But they'll tell you all day long about the decades-long season ticket waitlist and how they "own" the team.

#14398793 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by SackAttack on 24 May 2021 - 05:52 AM

There are eleven MLB teams in the Midwest, and only five in California (in about the same amount of area). If you're into baseball, you can have your fill in the Midwest. Maybe you just chose a crappy city in the Midwest? Are you in Iowa or something?

I've never watched so much baseball or been around so many baseball fans as the time I've spent in the Midwest. Even more than living in NYC.

Honestly the same is true of any sport. The Midwest has by far the largest share of NFL (eleven) and NBA (seven) teams, and it is second only to the East Coast for NHL teams (eight). And that's ignoring the popularity and quality of college sports in the Midwest.

It's not a dearth of baseball. It's, specifically, Dodger baseball. :-D

They only come to Milwaukee once a year, and while there are other Midwest MLB teams, some of them are AL and some aren't really day trips.

There is an embarrassing amount of baseball to be had here, but Dodger baseball requires planning now. Whereas, in CA, I literally got out of class one day and went "fuck it, I'm going to Opening Day." I could DO that, there.

Less so, here.

Also: Green Bay. I don't know about "shitty," but this entire state defines itself by Packer success and sports coverage is 99% NFL no matter the calendar date.

#14398238 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by SackAttack on 21 May 2021 - 04:41 PM

What do you mean by can't afford it? This seems to be a subjective term. To me, if you can't afford something, you don't have it. If you couldn't afford to live in a certain place, you wouldn't live there. So if you can't afford to live where you do, how do you still live there? My expenses come to like $1100 a month. I make more than that a month so I can afford to live in California. Do you mean that you will never be able to own a house where you live? I pay $950 a month for a 400sq ft studio. Now that could get me a 3 bedroom apartment in many other states so I can see someone saying they can't afford that if they want to live in a 2 or 3 bedroom place etc but they could technically live where I do but their place would just be smaller. Again, can't afford it seems to be used wrong or people don't understand it's subjective.

I left California in 2008 because I couldn't afford to live on my own on what I made working 30 hours a week.

Like, the choices were roommates or live with my parents in perpetuity.

Neither was appealing, so I moved to the Midwest. I miss being able to go to Dodger games on a whim, yes, but my standard of living is higher now than it would have been at any time in the last 13 years in CA.

#14395943 XBL Deals - DwG: Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, more | Golden Week, Star...

Posted by SackAttack on 10 May 2021 - 03:56 AM

Congrats to the winners, and thanks for the contest, Bloomy!

#14393888 Playstation 5 Re-stock Thread

Posted by SackAttack on 29 April 2021 - 06:15 AM

Makes sense but damn it’s been like half a year now and Sony knows people want a different color other than white

Most consoles, when they release in special colors or editions, do so to juice sales. Sony doesn't have that need right now.

#14393289 Xbox Series S/X Re-stock Thread

Posted by SackAttack on 26 April 2021 - 05:52 AM

I kinda think game pass is meant for you to try many different games. The game pass quests have you playing new games every week. Seems only Microsoft bothers to make games significantly smaller for the S. I’m glad it’s affordable at $299 but with a little over 350 GB of usable space...

I mean, end of the day, what Microsoft wants from you out of Game Pass is that you remain subscribed. How you use the service in a way that furthers that goal, I think they're less concerned about. Yeah, encouraging you to Play A Bunch increases the chances of knock-on revenue from buying Game Pass titles. That ain't nothing. But someone who pays $15/month to play Football Manager, Crusader Kings III (on PC), and, Fuck, I dunno. Tetris Effect? They're paying the same $15 month as the butterfly who plays 20 different games.


But, again, I think it's important to keep in mind the difference between the PS5 disc and digital editions, and the Series X and Series S.


Sony made the decision to offer functionally the same hardware to two different market segments and trade the folks willing to lock into the digital ecosystem an optical drive for a Benjamin. So you've got the same internal SSD, everything else, it's just a question of whether you're poly-gamer-ous, or locked into digital.


Microsoft cut a few corners with Series S. The CPU and GPU hit lower benchmarks. The SSD is smaller. There's no disc drive. Etc. It's not really designed to be anybody's "primary" console, except maybe the "I don't have more than $300 to spend on a console" demographic. It's aimed at an introductory or possibly a complementary audience. People for whom the newest generation of Xbox is gonna be their main machine are almost certainly looking at a Series X, and if they buy an S, it's as a stopgap until they can FIND an X.


#14392631 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by SackAttack on 23 April 2021 - 12:45 AM

The high cost of video game cartridges was due to the cost to make the ROM in the 80's and 90's.. The high cost of todays games is due to the high cost of video game development.

And yet despite the explosive growth in costs, adjusted for inflation (and in some cases pure dollars also), today's games are cheaper than 30 years ago.

Just to add to your point.

#14392564 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by SackAttack on 22 April 2021 - 06:47 PM

I feel like my mom paid toys R us 80 bucks for a sega genesis version of Street fighter 2 special championship edition. what a ripoff. That was when everything else cost half the price as it does now.

spent $100 in birthday money on Back to the Future III for the Sega Genesis back in the day.

$70 for Returnal would be a steal by comparison, just on a $/hr played basis.

#14392227 Amazon Warehouse Deals Thread XVIII

Posted by SackAttack on 21 April 2021 - 07:27 AM

My "very good" DualSense controller arrived with bite marks on and around the left thumbstick. It even had a bubble underneath the rubber like if it had come off and was put back on. There was grime all up the sides too, so very used.

It's going back and luckily there are some "like new" controllers in stock for just a few dollars more, so I'm going to try my luck with those. Sorry to the next person who gets it. At least I cleaned out the grime for you.

I honestly think they just grab a product at random without reference to whether it matches the description or not. That's the only way such disparate experiences can be reconciled.

#14392196 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by SackAttack on 21 April 2021 - 02:29 AM

Man, TV-TV-TV was the least of their PR issues. "Xbox One requires always-on internet" and "developers can disable used game playback," anyone?

#14390647 Playstation Deals, PS Plus games, and Discussion

Posted by SackAttack on 12 April 2021 - 05:27 PM

I wonder if starting a petition and boycotting the PS5 will force Sony to fix this issue with both the PS3 and PS4 (and the PS5 if it also has the same issue). The PS5 is six months old and if demand dramatically decreases Sony would have to do something to appease its players.

That might matter more if the system were conventionally available and not being snapped up by bots...

#14390473 Playstation 5 Re-stock Thread

Posted by SackAttack on 11 April 2021 - 02:39 PM

Yep, they totally nailed their target audience. :-

I mean, make fun. It's fine. But as a hearing impaired gamer, I'm used to being everyone else's collateral damage because "iT'S ToO DistRaCtInG" to have subtitles on by default in a game.

Now, as long as the game has subtitles, Fuck what they think: I'm good.

It's not that I don't *care* about everything else Sony is doing with the next gen, don't get me wrong.

It's that, as quality of life goes, this is gonna matter to me more than loading times (and I say that as a heavy player of Borderlands 3 on PS4, where you can just about make a meal waiting for the game to start from scratch).

#14390084 Playstation 5 Re-stock Thread

Posted by SackAttack on 09 April 2021 - 01:01 AM

Got my PS5 today. As goofy as it's gonna sound, my favorite feature isn't the loading times, or the haptic feedback, or even the 4K (which my OG PS4 couldn't do).

It's the system-level settings for subtitles. Y'all have no idea what a quality of life improvement it's going to be for me not having to worry about turning subtitles on when I play a new game.

#14386770 Walmart YMMV In Store Clearance Thread I (READ THE FAQs)

Posted by SackAttack on 26 March 2021 - 12:16 AM

Found a 1200 lumen Stanley flashlight at the Walmart by my fiancée's parents. Holy hell, is that thing bright. Was 29.97, on clearance for 15.00.


814632011960, looks like.