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Signed On Oct 22, 2003, 23:07
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Masculinity Ideology Jan 11, 2019, 10:00 sliv
Skillings said parents can play a part, too.

Uh, yeah, parent's must play a part in the development of their children's lives, a major one. Especially dad's for their sons...

With all the numbers they threw out, I wonder how many boys had unhealthy or non-existent relationships with their fathers OR, where their father may have been around but wasn't a good role model.

Not enough blame or responsibility is placed on the parents or, more specifically, the dad in these cases. It's hard to parent (I've got two boys of my own) but it doesn't mean you use that excuse not to.

And I know the boys are partially to blame; we all have to make choices for ourselves but boys need those role models. They won't say it, but they do.

It's why we hear about "dead-beat dads" and "single-mom" so often these days. It's disgusting...

Edit: one of the best scenes on television about this
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 18, 2018, 17:15 sliv
Every generation gets accused of being "bad" for various reasons. It is the nature of things...

Human nature used to be desiring and striving for the greener grass. It's easier now to just bash other people's grass hoping to make your own grass look greener.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 20, 2018, 17:42 sliv
My standing desk at work really helps with my lower back pain.

Yep - mine too. I never considered it "exercise" to stand up so not sure where that notion came from.

My chiropractor said to get one to help with posture, spine alignment, and to keep me from sitting in one position for hours on end which is just bad all-around. I even bought a semi-uncomfortable stool I can either sit down or lean against so it forces me to get up on occasion.

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 3, 2018, 14:35 sliv
Amazing how just adding "Trump" to a headline gets everyone so stirred up. "OMG, how dare Trump do ANYTHING, especially to ME! Think of the CHILDREN!!!"

It was just a notice. Big deal. Stop adding to the echo chamber. Relax, move on and do something productive today.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: TiVo Sep 27, 2018, 17:10 sliv
We got the Roamio OTA a while back which was pricey $399 (I think) but it gives us their service free for life. Works really well, multiple tuners, can set One-Pass recordings to record only new episodes, one-button commercial skipping... Not 4K but you're not getting that over-the-air anyway so not really necessary unless you're using it for streaming services which this late in the game you're already streaming with something else anyway.

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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: Tattoo Sep 26, 2018, 16:56 sliv
My original pick of Atari was purely nostalgic. If I was going based on time spent on a specific game, it'd have to go with the Gauntlet "Humiliation!" medal/badge from Q3.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Tattoo Sep 26, 2018, 10:30 sliv
It all started with getting an Atari 2600 for Christmas when I was 8. So I'd have to go with the Atari logo. Maybe with the ET bicycle flying over it.

Before the internet was around to say why the game sucked, I spent hours/days/weeks/months trying to figure out how to even play it. I always thought it was me.
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News Comments > U.S. Video Game Spending Up 40%
17. Re: U.S. Video Game Spending Up 40% Aug 30, 2018, 10:54 sliv
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 29, 2018, 19:11:
it can't be that bad, can it?

Nope, it's worse.

*rolls eyes*

Economy is up -> more faith in spending -> more expendable income -> increased spending on frivolity. I'm sure spending is up on a lot of non-essential things. Gaming, vacations, etc. Safe bet is money spent at strip clubs and porn is on the rise as well.

Stop blaming your bad attitude (and pretty much everything else) on Trump all the time, so tiring...
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Pinball Aug 22, 2018, 16:39 sliv
I had no idea grown adults playing pinball like a 6 year old was a thing. My 6 year old doesn't even play frantic like that...

I still practice on the Wii winning individual goals for free ( ) and then go to the local arcade to play the same cabinets. They did a good job matching the overall experience. Funhouse and Pinbot are definite highlights.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: animal crackers Aug 21, 2018, 14:09 sliv
**rolls eyes**

"...we urge Nabisco to update its packaging in order to show animals who are free to roam in their natural habitats." ... or in my mouth

They're upset with the box but are good with the fact that we're still eating delicious crackers made in the animal's likeness. How barbaric...
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News Comments > Trump Calls Game Meeting
45. Re: Trump Calls Game Meeting Mar 2, 2018, 14:14 sliv
When you complain about an echo chamber on this issue, on this forum, it just looks like you're looking to pick a fight.

I don't have time to pick fights, too much work to do. So, yeah, you're right, shouldn't have said anything to begin with.

Been following Blues since 2003 and Voodoo Extreme/Gaming Groove for years before that so I'd say I have a soft-spot for the gaming community because I used to be in it. Unfortunately, when I see how a lot of forums here sounds like every other forum out there, it saddens me a bit and makes me less likely to look at discussions anymore.

I'm guessing when you hit your 40's you don't have time for this stuff except my kids are getting into it now so I still need to keep connected in some sort or fashion. Blues helps with that but I'll just need to ignore the forums. Lesson learned, moving on...
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News Comments > Trump Calls Game Meeting
41. Re: Trump Calls Game Meeting Mar 2, 2018, 11:59 sliv
If you want to to have a real conversation bring some solid evidence to the table that people can present counter evidence too or pick apart the flaws in. Just making blanket statements and then shouting to the wind "prove me wrong" just invites equally empty retorts and does nothing to change anyone's mind.

I think it's perfectly fine to share opinions. Do you think the only reason to share your opinion is to change someone else's mind? Yes, futile but also a completely wasted opportunity to gain some perspective outside of what I know. I have my opinions that I've instilled by life experiences and from those I consider mentors. But to say you'll only have a real conversation with someone who only comes with facts, that's pretty close-minded as well.

This conversation won't show any facts, we're not robots so you can't possibly prove that video games cause violence.

I never said don't have the conversation, what I'm saying is don't state opinions as facts and belittle those that have differing opinions than yours. It creates an echo chamber which helps no one.
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News Comments > Trump Calls Game Meeting
38. Re: Trump Calls Game Meeting Mar 2, 2018, 11:19 sliv
Numinar wrote on Mar 2, 2018, 10:02:
sliv wrote on Mar 2, 2018, 09:44:
ECHO CHAMBER! .... echo chamber ... echo chamber ...
ECHO CHAMBER! .... echo chamber ... echo chamber ...

Yep, it's still working

Maybe. Or maybe your ideas are wrong and/or you are in the very tiny, possibly idiotic minority. At least on this board.

No, I think most don't even bother having a conversation because it's futile. Especially when you immediately think someone who has a different opinion than yours as "wrong" and part of a "tiny, possibly idiotic minority".

I offer this as evidence as to why no one responds, it's a complete and total exercise in futility. But, please, continue going on and on how superior your opinion is stating them as facts to your assumed majority. Mature adults generally don't mind talking with those with different opinions. They call it "open-mindedness" but that doesn't matter these days.

You all are acting like this attack on the video game industry has never been brought up before. I don't think video games have anything to do with shootings at school or gun violence in general but to continue carrying on blaming everyone you personally despise just to add fuel to your special little fire; it's nauseating.
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News Comments > Trump Calls Game Meeting
23. Re: Trump Calls Game Meeting Mar 2, 2018, 09:44 sliv
ECHO CHAMBER! .... echo chamber ... echo chamber ...
ECHO CHAMBER! .... echo chamber ... echo chamber ...

Yep, it's still working
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News Comments > Trump Calls Out Video Games
19. Re: Trump Calls Out Video Games Feb 22, 2018, 23:03 sliv
Everyone wants to blame something, something to demonize thinking if we just take this thing away everything will be better and we don't have to worry about it anymore.

10,497 - the amount of deaths caused by drunk drivers in 2016. A good friend of mine was killed along with his two boys and their friend by a head-on collision coming home from soccer practice by a drunk driver last year.

I don't hear anyone calling for alcohol to be illegal. Do those deaths not matter as much as a school shooting? Who will be the first to stop drinking alcohol? Where's the outrage?

We have a societal problem; bullying, lack of proper parenting, schools more worried about standardized testing scores than making sure their students matter and are cared for.

This can't be fixed or even controlled with our current system. We're a divided country, straight down the middle with everyone armed with bullhorns and earmuffs. We have a complete lack of respect, patience, willingness to listen or actually stop and think about their actions as opposed to doing whatever as long as it "feels right".

No accountability, no moral standards, and we're surprised when tragedy strikes. All it could have taken was one person to connect with this boy, let him know he does matter, things could be different. It can make a difference for a lot of students going through the same thing right now.

No, it's easier to just get angry at guns.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 7, 2017, 17:37 sliv
We have the Continuous Flow and Divergent Diamond within 5 miles of each other by my house. They work well until the holidays when we have out-of-towners who, understandably, get very confused. Especially the Divergent Diamond where we see cars going the wrong way heading towards oncoming traffic daily.

The simulation has a different traffic light pattern as there rarely is anyone crossing the bridge north/south at the light waiting on the bridge to exit the divergent part. It's usually open so anyone wanting to cross over the straight bridge (north/south) will automatically think "stay on the right side of the road" and start heading toward the group of cars heading their way (3:22).

It's a bit confusing at first but it makes traffic smoother. Unless you're one of the poor souls traveling east/west and want to stay on the access road through the light to get to the gas station on the corner. Lots of u-turns and driving through parking lots.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 3, 2015, 13:56 sliv
There will be alternatives. Just like hybrid and electric cars took away business from the gas & oil companies, there will be some who will move to using only cellular data for internet from smaller independent companies. Sure they may not have the massive 90%+ coverage of the US, but I never travel and could care less if Des Moines has great coverage while I'm here in Austin; that's not a selling point to me. I'm seeing more and more unlimited data plans being available, even one that will let you keep your phone from another provider.

Being that this is a gaming community website with a majority played online, having high bandwidth is worth your money, however I would guess that 85% of the US population would be just fine using cellular data at home.

I prefer not to have the government (an unregulated and corrupt monopoly in and of itself) manage business. I don't want a complete stranger who is more concerned about winning his next election speak for me. It's about how and where you spend your money. It's amazing how cheap cable is now that everyone is cutting the cord.

Or, better yet, go and create your own competition and make some money.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 13, 2014, 18:20 sliv
When I read the title, a flood of specific parts of games came to mind; and I'm glad to see that a lot of them made it in the list:

- Battletoads speeder level
- Megaman laser level
- TMNT's water level (Help me, Rafael, you are my only hope)
- Earthworm Jim's glass sub
- and pretty much any game that didn't have a save feature or gave you a 37 digit alphanumeric code

What I didn't see make the video and should be the crown-jewel as it was near impossible to play was E.T on the Atari. I was 9 years old and spent months trying to figure out how to play it. I was convinced that I was missing something since game developers couldn't possibly sell a game that made no sense. I read through the manual countless times determined to figure it out.

Years later when I heard that it was the worst gave ever created and that it really doesn't make sense, there was a sense of relief that it wasn't just me.
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Jul 11, 2013, 00:18 sliv
Alice: Madness Returns on Steam. Save 75%

And yet no plans for a Mac version. Used on PS3 is my only hope, though I doubt I'll find it for $4.99.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 27, 2013, 09:55 sliv
We've been streaming-only for a year and a half and have not missed cable at all. Sure I miss ESPN during football season, but 16 games is not worth the price of cable. I do love going into Best Buy and the DirecTV guy walks up asking if I've seen their new rates. I simple ask "is it better than free?" and tell them we couldn't be happier cutting cable.

We're setup with an Elgato TV to record OTA local stations on my Mac automatically exporting to iTunes, bought a couple of AppleTV's and have bought the lifetime license of for the PS3.

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