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Signed On Nov 25, 2003, 20:36
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Amazon in the Eighties May 22, 2018, 15:28 TheBigVlad
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 22, 2018, 14:55:
TheBigVlad wrote on May 22, 2018, 14:30:
In 2001 when I was 19 and was new to the stock market, I used all the extra money I had at the time to buy $1000 worth of shares in Amazon for $9.08/share. I sold it off a few days later after it jumped to $11.05. I was happy to make an easy quick little profit at the time. If I'd left it in though, it would be worth $174,000 right now. I know there's no point in dwelling on 'what-ifs' but damn.
Yeah, this is a semi-favorite subject when investing is the conversation. The question is, "How long could YOU hold on?" If you make any investment, and it grows by 50%, what do you do? Hold on? Take your profits? What if it gets to 100%, 200%? Obviously, there are lots of variables. If the original investment amount is a small percentage of your net worth, then you are more likely to be willing to let it ride, but say it was equivalent to 1/2 or a full year's salary? Then the pressure is much higher.

My own most recent "if only" investment story is when I bought some Facebook purely on whim. Eventually got up to 100 shares at an average of $25 a share. The plan at that point was to just sit on it. But I decided the options were too juicy. The third time they ended up getting ripped from me. Made something like 40% on my money in 4 months. But if I had just held it, I would now be up about 600%.. oh well...

Yea it is interesting to think about. At the time I sold the Amazon stock, a few hundred bucks profit was too hard to pass up (I was young and jobless). Shortly after that, I put my money into Sun Microsystems (which would have been a less fruitful investment had I hung onto it) and promptly sold it the next day in a panic after it had dropped a few % points. I learned a lot about how the stock market works during that period, so even though in the end I didn't make any huge profits, I did come out slightly ahead and much wiser. Like Tipsy said, I think everyone has these types of stories. Still fun to think about though.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Amazon in the Eighties May 22, 2018, 14:30 TheBigVlad
 
In 2001 when I was 19 and was new to the stock market, I used all the extra money I had at the time to buy $1000 worth of shares in Amazon for $9.08/share. I sold it off a few days later after it jumped to $11.05. I was happy to make an easy quick little profit at the time. If I'd left it in though, it would be worth $174,000 right now. I know there's no point in dwelling on 'what-ifs' but damn.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Season 13 Ends Soon
4. Re: Diablo III Season 13 Ends Soon May 20, 2018, 16:38 TheBigVlad
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 20, 2018, 16:16:
Janky? Not sure what you mean by that. D3 is tops in numbers of monsters killed per second, but a good PoE build isn't far behind. The variety for builds in PoE seems to be better. In either case, I'm not completely sold on this idea of starting over ever season/league.

Animations are a little stiff and combat isn't as over-the-top and showy as D3. I know it's a personal preference but I like to see monsters just explode when I whack them. Not to say that PoE is bad or anything. I like PoE more in just about every other aspect apart from how satisfying the actual combat is. It just doesn't have quite the polish that D3 does in that area. Still a very good game though.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Season 13 Ends Soon
2. Re: Diablo III Season 13 Ends Soon May 20, 2018, 15:53 TheBigVlad
 
I've put a ton of hours into the game but I finally stopped playing for good about 3 seasons ago. I played a bit of Grim Dawn and PoE as well but D3's combat is so smooth and gratifying that those other games feel janky in comparison. D3 improved a lot over time but it still could have been so much more. Doubt we'll see another direct sequel anytime soon though. Instead, it will probably be a Diablo-themed battle royale game or something.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Jails are replacing visits with video callsóinmates and families hate it. May 15, 2018, 11:24 TheBigVlad
 
Prisoners have become so dehumanized, it's sad. I would argue that their constitutional rights are being violated on a large scale (cruel and unusual punishment) but almost nobody cares enough to want to change it. Not everyone in jail/prison is a serial child murderer.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse May 8, 2018, 13:38 TheBigVlad
 
jdreyer wrote on May 8, 2018, 13:29:
I couldn't make it through the first epi of S4. I have little hope for S5. And I say that as someone who watched S1-3 twice.

Does the show get better after the first few episodes of S1? I remember watching a couple of episodes (maybe it was just the pilot) early on when everyone was raving about it and I didn't find it funny at all, just weird for the sake of being weird. It's been a while though so maybe I'll give it another chance. I don't actually remember anything about it, just that I didn't like it at the time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 8, 2018, 13:01 TheBigVlad
 
NKD wrote on May 8, 2018, 10:45:
Melania running Anti-Cyberbullying campaign while her husband is cyberbullying people.

It would sort of be like if Laura Bush had spent her time on anti-war efforts while GWB was in office, or if Michelle Obama lobbied for the NRA to eliminate gun restrictions or something. The irony is overwhelming. But hey, I won't hesitate to give her credit if she does have a positive effect. So good luck to her.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Apr 29, 2018, 19:55 TheBigVlad
 
rawbelly wrote on Apr 29, 2018, 10:07:
I still can't wrap my head around why people need Facebook so much. When you are "on the other side" it seems utterly ridiculous to hear about people dealing with this stuff. Same with Twitter. It's like watching someone standing in the corner of a subway car mumbling and punching themselves in the face.

I have an older family member who spends almost all day on facebook. She spends countless hours posting comments on random posts that show up in her feed. Facebook is her life. She doesn't really interact with people face-to-face, so I think it makes her feel she's part of a conversation in some way, even though no random stranger actually gives a shit what her thoughts are on any topic. She posts a lot of comments on those 'news' stories (a lot of it conspiracy stuff) with hundreds or thousands of existing comments, as if she will be the one to set the record straight. She does this all day. It seems pretty sad, but I try not to judge too much. That's how she chooses to live her life.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 5, 2018, 18:28 TheBigVlad
 
Hoop wrote on Apr 5, 2018, 17:32:
I finished The Sopranos a couple of days ago & just loved re-watching it.

You reminded me that I need to get around to watching The Sopranos. I've never watched the show (well, I did watch the first episode but that's it) which is strange because I've always enjoyed gangster movies. I don't watch a lot of TV shows but I loved Breaking Bad and a few others. In a weird way I feel intimidated to start watching it because 6 seasons is a lot to get through so I feel like it's going to eat up a lot of my time, but of course that's silly because I can pace the viewings out however I want. Maybe I'll try to get a few episodes in this weekend.
 
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News Comments > Shadow of War Dropping Microtransactions
11. Re: Shadow of War Dropping Microtransactions Apr 3, 2018, 06:13 TheBigVlad
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 21:18:
Huh. This sounds really good. What's the catch?

Simply being aware that they are available for purchase reduces the immersion in the world

Yes!!!

While This may be a PR move, that quote is going to bite them in the ass in the future if they don't ease up on MT next time. I'm actually really surprised that they just came out and said it.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Apr 1, 2018, 00:02 TheBigVlad
 
1996 is my personal best year for gaming. I was obsessed with Diablo and Quake. Modding Quake was so easy. I remember making a Quake mod that made the rocket launcher shoot barking dogs instead of rockets, and thinking it was the funniest shit ever (hey, I was a kid).  
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News Comments > Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Next Month
7. Re: Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Next Month Feb 16, 2018, 00:23 TheBigVlad
 
Saboth wrote on Feb 15, 2018, 18:17:
I picked up the first one in a bundlestar deal recently, but haven't played it because I'd be playing single player and people say the bots really suck and make the game frustrating.

If I recall correctly, the bot AI has been improved in some of the more recent updates. I think it has gotten better, but some of the maps (the ones where you have to carry around objective items from point A to point B, which bots can't help you with) are a real chore to play solo. Still, I mostly played the game solo and I had fun.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jul 18, 2015, 19:15 TheBigVlad
 
Yea, using the curation system for this kind of thing is kind of clunky and it shouldn't have to be done this way, but itís better than nothing. This kind of information should definitely be presented in technical specs. I cannot play FPS or other fast-paced games at 30fps. Itís unplayable. I have issues with FOV-locked games as well, but thatís usually bearable. Sure, I can wait a while after release and check forums etc. for that kind of info, but it would be so much easier and convenient if this kind of basic information were presented on the Steam page in a standard way somewhere.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 8, 2015, 14:42 TheBigVlad
 
Season 5 has been the weakest so far IMHO, but it's still Game of Thrones and I'm enjoying it. I haven't read the books and I don't know what will happen eventually, but I feel like they had Stannis do what he did in order to eliminate any sympathy we had for him so we won't feel bad when the "good guys" (Jon Snow and/or Dany) do him in eventually. Stannis is a SOB, but I was always sort of rooting for him, despite his craziness. I still hope he crushes the Boltons (they are worse) but once he does, I'll definitely be off Team Stannis.

And the stadium scene wasn't very good and probably would have been better as jacobvandy described it (as in the books). Having the dragon come in the nick of time to save the day seemed too convenient.}
 
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News Comments > Cities: Skylines Patch
4. Re: Cities: Skylines Patch Apr 7, 2015, 12:16 TheBigVlad
 
The gameís flaws do start to become more apparent later on, but like you said itís still a good game and I wouldnít hesitate to buy any expansion packs once they come out. I havenít tried any mods or user assets yet, but Iíll probably come back to this game in a few months once Iím done with other games.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Max Payne 3: Painful Memories
2. Re: Ships Ahoy - Max Payne 3: Painful Memories Dec 5, 2012, 10:28 TheBigVlad
 
I know there's not a lot of love for this game here but I absolutely loved it. For me the issues with the frequent cutscenes and stylistic presentation were drowned out by how engaged I was in the story. I also admit I'm a little biased since the first two games were some of my favorites of all time, so getting to play as Max again really satisfied my nostalgia. Haven't touched multiplayer though.  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale May 30, 2012, 01:24 TheBigVlad
 
Insane deals. I want to play Crusader Kings II but I know that if I buy it, I won't touch it until next year sometime. Diablo 3 is keeping me busy and after that, I still have several other games I need to get around to playing as well.

It's weird because I can't help but feel slightly guilty for not buying such awesome games at such great prices. Can you buy Amazon digital downloads as gifts for others? Maybe I'll do that so I can support the devs.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
67. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:50 TheBigVlad
 
Verno wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:35:
TheBigVlad wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:31:
I would think the point would be to entertain. Many of the choices I made during the series did alter my gameplay experience enough that I felt like they mattered, but I never expected them to make any huge impact to the overall story. I'm not sure why anyone would, honestly.

Bioware has literally said that the game is all about building "your Shepard and telling your story". I get what you're saying about not expecting a totally personalized ending but its hard to argue that it wasn't sold that way. In fact Casey Hudson also said there would be individualized endings that were "too many to count" and claimed that there would not just be a simple three choice ending.

It's not totally about personalization either, a lot of people were very attached to their companions and wanted some explanation in that regard too. The ending should have worked on some level but it just doesn't really seem to satisfy most people no matter what you're into - lore, the characters, your protagonist, etc.

Alright, I understand that people had certain expectations based on BioWare statements and marketing. That makes sense. I guess it just didn't bother me as much as others because I stayed away from all ME3 related hype until release, because I had such little interest in the game other than seeing how the story ends (because I loved ME1). As I've said before, I had no expectations for the game other than it being utter crap. So, it's really hard for me to not be somewhat satisfied.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
62. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:31 TheBigVlad
 
Creston wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:15:
TheBigVlad wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:06:
It's a story-driven action game. I wouldn't expect my choices to have mattered much, if at all.

It's clear you really understood the whole point about the entire Mass Effect series...

Creston

I would think the point would be to entertain. Many of the choices I made during the series did alter my gameplay experience enough that I felt like they mattered, but I never expected them to make any huge impact to the overall story. I'm not sure why anyone would, honestly.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
46. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:06 TheBigVlad
 
Just finished the game 30 minutes ago. I was happy with the ending as is. If the problem people have is that the choices you make during the game(s) don't matter in the end... well, this isn't an RPG. It's a story-driven action game. I wouldn't expect my choices to have mattered much, if at all. I guess it's hard for me to not be satisfied though since I thought ME2 was a huge disappointment and I expected ME3 to be total shit, and it wasn't.  
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