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  1. You fell for the shiny marketi....oh, nevermind, that's just waaay too easy. :)
  2. Awesome, been waiting for the release!! Thanks for the heads-up, DVD ordered, review inbound in a few days. :)
  3. My Hak5 brothers and sisters, if you're into first person shooters, seedy crime movies, and lots of fun, you likely already have Payday 2. If you don't....GET IT NOW!! This has to be one of the most underrated, under-advertised, most fun games I've ever played!! And the price is right too!! $34.99 via Xbox Live download $29.99 on Steam $39.99 if you want a disk Long story short, pre-release, I was channel surfing on a Sunday am and happened across the last 30 seconds of a bit in some electronics review type show, heard the name, saw 3 seconds of game play, and thought "hmmmm....." So, I happened to "get a copy" for my "totally legit unmodded Sony-approved PS3" a few days before release, and fell in LOVE with it!! I bought 2 copies for Xbox (one for me, one for my son), and a copy on Steam to play on lunch hour with my buddies (who also bought copies via Steam). Onto the game! It's based in some ambiguous metro area, where various jobs are popping up in crime net...initially these are fairly simple jobs...jewelry store hits, "four store" hits, bank hits, and a few others. You get a crew of 4 people (including yourself). You pick a job, and others will join, or you can kick it off with the rest of the crew being AI. The AI isn't too bad actually, but you'll want to find people to play with (not hard, lots of great folks out there for this one). You have 4 skill paths you can follow: Mastermind (health, domination), Technician (c4, explosives), Ghost (electronics, jammers, etc) and another I can't remember right now, but (guns, ammo, firepower). You can mix match your tiers of skills, and re-spec your skill sets as well. When looking for others to play, it's good to get a complimentary array of these skills, but they don't have to be, it's always fun. You level up as you play, get skill points to spend, get money from your jobs, and lots of ways to get extra cash, etc. At the end of the rounds you can win new masks, new weapons and attachments, etc...which then become available for you to purchase between jobs. As you level up, new job types open up to you, which are worth more points and cash. Those jobs are more complex and can take 2-3 days (in game time) to complete. For instance: Watchdogs - Day 1 you and the crew are in a truck with 9 duffel bags of coke which crashes. The cops are outside, and you need to get the coke out of there safely. The boss sends you a driver, and there are cops everwhere. Sometimes things go bad, your driver gets smoked by the cops, and the boss has to send a helicopter to get your crew and the coke out of there. That's day 1. Day 2, you need to take the coke and get it onto a boat at the docks..holding out between rounds until the boat returns for more bags of the coke. There are lot of other job types and subtleties I won't go into detail in here, but you get the idea, and you really need to work together as a crew to get the job done and get the most out of it. It's tons of fun! The jobs themselves are extremely fun. You can try to "stealth" the mission, take out the guards, answer the pagers, avoid cameras and suspicion by civilians, etc, get the objective, and escape before the alarms go off or cops arrive. If you blow it, you "go loud" and must shout all the civilians down, zip tie them so they don't get in the way (shooting civvies costs you money), as the cops, FBI, etc, start showing up and you're in a massive shootout to get the jewels, cash, etc, out of the area and into the escape van. Anyhow, you get the idea. It s a VERY unique game in many respects, and if you like a good crime movie (think Oceans Eleven, etc), you will LOVE this game. There is a lot more to this game than I'm willing to type out here, but you get the jist of it, and can probably determine if the game's for you or not based on this info. One AWESOME bonus about mulitplayer in this game: The shouting, foulmouthed 12 year olds screaming "ni**a this and b**ch that" in castrati soprano voices are almost non-existent! I've quickly amassed a great group of about a dozen players who all appreciate the game, and play seriously, but have fun too. You''ll find those that you prefer working with on your crew of 4, and take it from there! Summary: Payday 2 is the underdog of the year in my opinion. This flew entirely under the radar and I never saw a single ad for this game, but it is really well done, the devs came up with a real winner here, a unique gaming experience, and I expect as word gets out this game will take off even more. Really fun game, really good people to play with, and the DLC hasn't even come out yet!!
  4. We love you, man. :) Round of applause and kind thoughts headed your way.
  5. ahah! No worries brother, you were spot on with what you said, and DEFINITELY the troubleshooting advice you offered was a good call. I too had multiple issues with those damn cruzer fit drives. I threw THREE of them away after they went "read only", 2 of them literally within minutes of creating the swap partitions. I have 2 now that I trust, but only to a degree as I'm pretty put off by the unreliability of the cruzer fits. Great form factor, though a coin flip as to whether or not it will go tits up at any point in the game. ;)
  6. ^^^ all of this ^^^ However, since he's already got that hub, he wanted to know how to get it to work with the 12V Anker. If he doesn't plug in the red end of the Hakshop USB hub (cutting the "red wire" is a different issue), and just uses it as a non-powered hub, it works great and he doesn't have to go buy anything. Agreed on the troubleshooting as well.
  7. If you're talking about the "powered hub" that has a red and black connector, and the mini connector, it's easy and no dont' cut anything. - Power the MKIV directly with the Anker 12v cable - plug hub (black end, NOT red end) into the MKIV - plug mini-usb into Alfa - plug USB into any of the other 3 slots on the USB hub Good to go. I run it this way exclusively and it works flawlessly. NO cutting required, everything powers up fine, and stays powered up for endless hours of fun
  8. ;) Shitty Monday at work, figured I'd start a thread for us Trailer Park Boys fans in Everything Else...apparently I'm the only fan of the show. :) Yeah, if you're not familiar with the show it probably looks pretty herpity derpity doodledy doo, but for a fan, that was a god tier start. That was KIND of the intention of being vague to all but the TPB fans...but no fans = guess I owe an explanation lest one thinks I'm bongin' at work. ;)
  9. "What if it's a samsquamch? "Bubbles, they don't exist" "You tell that to all the people that got eaten by them. Greasy bastards."
  10. There was a thread or blog somewhere I stumbled upon where there was a question posed "What do you think about making the next Fallout rated PG?" Apparently there was some rumor or blurb somewhere about Bethesda considering taming the content down to get a larger audience. I don't have the link, but of course my response was filled with a great deal of colorful strings of four letter words coupled together with the word "no" over and over. :) I can't WAIT for the next Fallout!!! It's a ways off though...gotta try to be patient.
  11. Wow, that is a conundrum. I LOVED them both...in fact, the two are probably my two most favorite games EVAR. I played the shit out of both of 'em and all the DLC. That is a tough call, and I have to agree for the most part with the others, that one isn't really better than the other. They were both very polished and engaging. That said, I thought the DLC content for New Vegas was a little disappointing and seemed to be "forced" a bit....some pretty redundant stuff going on there, but overall it is a big fat tie and collectively they are the most amazing games ever to grace human kind. :) Seriously. :)
  12. I'm a huge Bioshock fan from the beginning, so there's a bias here, but I have to tell you that I was prepared for extreme disappointment because the other Bioshock's were sooooo good....hard to do 3 in a row that are all winners. ...and I was NOT disappointed. In fact, at the end I was blown away at how great it was!!! Seriously, I can't really put into words how amazing the game is....the gameplay is awesome, graphics are just brilliant, and the storyline is totally engaging, with plenty of twists and turns. These guys are AMAZING storytellers, and the game itself was done brilliantly. Dishonored was disappointing, but not awful. Just a bit boring and repetitive. No where NEAR the graphics quality nor the depth of story that Bioshock had. My opinion is that they're both "good", but, even if you're not a Bioshock fan, there is simply no comparison between the two, and Bioshock Infinite blows Dishonored away in every aspect. Happy gaming!
  13. I've had exactly the same issue, however, it's *NOT* the fault of the pineapple, the version #, etc. The issue is that all USB ports on any machine don't appear to necessarily put out enough juice to run the setup along with powering a USB thumb drive. Someone here earlier said it, and that's the MKIV really wants 12v, but can run in a quite large range of voltage (5v - 12v). So, the juice you get from a USB port is dependent on the hardware hosting that USB port. That's why you're seeing a wide variance of answers here in this thread. Some it works, some it doesn't. I was also bummed about it, but there really isn't anything one can do about it, save for trying some other USB drives which *may* have very slight requirements and, again, depending on the hardware hosting that USB port, it may make the difference. Just know that you're operating it on the very edge of required voltage if that's the case. In the past we've discussed trying to draw power from 2 USB ports using a "Y" adapter, etc, and all those threads are still there for the perusing. I can attest that after all is said and done, I scrapped running it from a USB port altogether and now run my MKIV's exclusively with an Anker 10K mAh, 5/9/12v battery: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NGKR54 This thing seemingly lasts forever on a single charge and there is NEVER an issue with power, etc. It's just easier this way. The native output cable for the battery is exactly what is required for the barrel connector on the MKIV. I run it on 9V and it's rock solid. The 12v is always there if you require it. If there is 110 available, I use the wall wart, but otherwise, the Anker is my choice. I own 3 of these and use them for all sorts of things. They're a fantastic buy and now less than $50 on Amazon. Do yourself a solid favor and purchase one of these, you'll have plenty of juice to run the MKIV happily for a very long time, your USB will always power up dependably, and you'll have remote juice to drop one of these MKIVs in place remotely without worrying about where you'll get juice.
  14. I have the Anker Astro3, not the 3E. the Astro3 9v/12v output <which is what I use to power my MKIV) uses an output cable that is identical to what the MKIV uses, its a one-to-one. When I'm using it with an MKIV I don't need any of the adapters for the 9v/12v, just the cable. very sweet. The Astro 3 and Astro 3E are the same battery, but the non-E version has that 9v/12v goodness instead of 2 5v outputs. Amazon sells a USB to Type M Cable, search for it on Amazon. cheap. I can testify that the multi-voltage Astro 3 is a match made in heaven for the MKIV. I bought 3 of them. They're $49 at Amazon right now...I paid more and was happy. kn fact, I'm going to buy another right now. :) seriously though, get a multi-volt Astro 3 and never look back, or buy the cable from Amazon.
  15. BOOOYAH!! I'll second THAT request! Good call!! Agreed on all other points, though I must say that even though I'm not a Linux guru, the incessant bash commands/tips/tricks...and just even exposure to Linux as Darren brings it (and lately Snubsie too!) have been eternally helpful! I have to agree with what most here already know and have stated....things change, and Hak5 does a pretty good job of keeping it all fresh and keeping us on the cusp. I too often reference past shows because the content is still incredibly relevant.
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