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    It is a testament to how much I love TAG that it is a Saturday morning, my kid and wife are still asleep, I could be playing Zelda but I choose to share the love of Switch with you guys instead. This one is for you @BDaddyK I have spent roughly 3 hours playing with Nintendo's newest creation and my overall impression is that the Switch is a solid piece of portable hardware that is slightly underbaked at launch but has remarkable potential. Whether it will mark a recovery from the misstep of the Wii U and bring back the fascination that the general public had with the Wii remains to be seen but, slight hardware problems aside, I feel it is off to a great start. Out of the box the Switch is remarkably simple to set up. You go through a couple of screens to connect and remove the joy cons, set up wi-fi, and that is about it. In the past Nintendo has layered on their patented charm and while that is often appreciated and makes things feel magical it is clear from the instant you pull the Switch out of the box that Nintendo wants to make things understated and simple so that you can get right to playing. The OS is stripped down. You don't even get playful music on the dash or the eshop. You aren't inundated with a ton of options either. Front and center are the game tiles (assuming you have a cart in the system). This stripped down nature makes everything snappy and quick. Going from game to dashboard to settings to whatever is so fast it puts the Xbox One dash to shame. I appreciate this no-nonsense approach and some might interpret it as a sign that the Switch was rushed to market but I like to think of it as the end of the era of Nintendo trying to treat us all like children and hand hold us through everything. What about the hardware itself? Well, it is small. In a good way. It feels great to hold. The joy cons when attached to the system feel natural and satisfying. When the system is docked I prefer the pro controller over the joy con grip controller but either way works fine. Overall Nintendo has succeeded in making a portable system that works equally well as a home console. It certainly isn't as powerful as its competition when attached to a tv but it is more than adequate (saying it is about one notch up from a 360 might be underselling it but that is kinda the ballpark). When on the go, however, the Switch is unparalleled. Typically handheld systems are solitary affairs. Something to do on the plane or bus to make getting from point A to B bearable. But she Switch is more than that. It makes portable systems social. Everywhere you go you have a 2nd controller with you. I took the system to work yesterday and we played Fast RMX split screen with the joy cons and it felt great. Sure the screen is small but who cares when you can be doing couch co-op from the top of Mt. Everest. Snipper Clips also went over well with my co-workers. The joy cons might be small but the recall the original NES controllers and handing one to someone, even if they aren't a typical gamer, is met with instant familiarity. The hardware is solid and doesn't feel cheap at all but it should be said that I don't think this is a device for kids to handle without adult supervision. I mean you could back over a 2DS with a truck and not have to worry about it but the Switch, while solid, doesn't feel as kid proof as everything Nintendo has ever produced. Oh and a word of warning from a dumbass that did this on his first try...the bumper attachments on the joy cons only work if you put them on one way but you can totally slip it on the wrong way if you aren't paying attention and it locks into place and it nearly impossible to get off without breaking the damn thing. Luckily I wasn't the only person to do this and there are youtube videos out there describing how to remove it without damaging the controller. It feels like a big oversight in the design and I can't help but think that Nintendo will revise these things as soon as possible. Honestly it is worse than the Wii-mote slippage that led to Nintendo sending out free Wii-mote condoms to everyone. So what about the games? I haven't had any time to do a full play through of anything so I will just sum them up quickly. Fast RMX is futuristic racer that is a cross between Wipeout and Ikaruga with a F-Zero GX aesthetic. It is a fast, beautiful, and really well made indie title that is certainly punching above its weight. Online multiplayer works seamlessly. Local multiplayer does also and, as I mentioned previously, split screen with joy cons on the go is pretty awesome. Snipper Clips is a 2 to 4 player couch co-op puzzle game that might just be the way you sell your wife on letting you get a Switch. It oozes charm and the puzzles are well thought out. Playing with your SO could either serve as a bonding experience or end in divorce (whatever works for you). At the $20 price point both games are worth the purchase to help flesh out the somewhat paltry launch line up. And that brings us to why you really want to purchase this system in the first place...Zelda. I have only played for a couple of hours at this point so I am not ready to call BoTW the greatest game every made yet but I can say that this game is the departure from the Zelda formula that the franchise has needed ever since it went 3D. Perhaps the biggest and most appreciated aspect of this is the lack of hand-holding. You aren't going to spend your first 5 hours running around a safe village being forced over and over to carry barrels just in case you forgot how to push the A button. Instead you are thrust into an open world and immediately invited to explore. Whenever you encounter something new you are greeted with a quick image that tells you how to use it but that is it. No long tutorials. No heavy handed exposition. Just you and your wits. It is fun to discover a new move you didn't know Link could do. There are many ways to approach and fight enemies. Hell you can even spend your time climbing or cutting down trees if you want. It is a game of exploration and the sense of discovery is extremely rewarding. For twenty years we have been asking Nintendo to treat us like adults while still letting us feel the wonder of being a kid. This Zelda delivers on that big time. I can't wait to jump back into that world and learn its secrets. Also being able to pick it up off the dock and carry Zelda to bed with me is a major plus. Ok. My kid is awake now and I have totally squandered my precious early morning play time. I will chime in on discord or in this thread with other observations as I get more time with the system. Feel free to ask me questions if you like. I will end by saying that I can understand why someone would want to hold off on getting a Switch at this point but if you are on the fence you don't have to be shy about getting one. It is a solid system that is sure to bring you lots of enjoyment.
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    Digging through some files earlier and found these. Completely forgot about this. They say never meet your hero, you will be disappointed. In this case, boy were they wrong. Fun times in Vegas. They spent as much time in the lobby meeting fans and taking pictures as they did on stage. Love me some Penn and Teller.
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    It's almost been a year since I first joined, and I have to confess that I wish I stumbled on you guys much sooner. Every other old game community I've been in has died at this point except this one. Standing the test of time means something. But all good things must come to an end, and that means my gaming passion. I'm not getting better at it (the contrary is the case), I'm not having more fun with each new game (I'm getting grumpier with each release), and what time I could have spent bettering myself IRL I instead chose to spend trying (and forever failing) to be an online l33t badass. I think it's time for me to walk away from the hobby and fix my own life rather than use it as the permanent escape from it that it has become. So, adios amigos. You can't have my stuff (unless you want to buy it, heheheh). I've had the best gaming year with ya'll that I've had in a while. Thanks for that. This community really is one in a million, even if Discord did kill the forums. o7
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    Yes, an actual serious face post from moi! For those who don't know, this is National Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health is that red-headed stepchild issue in the United States that affects each one of us directly or indirectly but isn't something we, at least on a political level, are interested in addressing at all. I personally struggle with I'll describe it as a spectrum, or circle of inter-related diagnoses: post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and major depressive disorder. Just sharing this is often a bad decision for employment or relationship prospects due to the very real stigma that applies to mental health, but I'm sharing it because I also want to offer that if anyone else suffers from similar issues, know that you can always hit me up to talk about it if you need an ear to listen to or a shoulder to lean on. All that said, I'll just toss out two links (okay, technically three, but it's a two-part) that do a better job documenting the real struggles of folks than your typical Hollywood film ever will. And, as an aside, Hyperbole and a Half is a really funny blog written by an Oregonian. Make sure to check out her post on "Alot", too! Depression: Part 1: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/10/adventures-in-depression.html Part 2: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2013/05/depression-part-two.html OCD and Anxiety:
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    A little about me.... Married, 45 yrs old, living in northern Alberta. Been a gamer since I was 10, I miss the old vic 20!. I enjoy playing PC games and hope to meet new members and particpate and contribute to the community. QntumCanuck
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    Doubtful I'll get on tonight. We had our second daughter on Tuesday. I present to you lilmissxbox2 Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    Sounds like a good time to throw out our This is What TAG's About video, taken from a Halo night.
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    We're just re-releasing this as a remastered discussion for the forums.
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    On what planet was the SNES mediocre or the N64 a flop? I agree that everything past the N64 was a steaming pile of shit and this new console looks to be more of the same but c'mon bro. Just say you were a Sega kid and move along but don't slip these opinions in as if they're facts.
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    I know some folk are on the fence about this game because their hasn't been a lot of information about what the game actually is. I picked it up yesterday and I will have to say that I haven't lost myself in a game like this in ages. I am only about 4 hours in and just now opened up the ability for interstellar travel so I don't think I have begun to scratch the surface of what the game has in store but here is kind of an overview of what I can tell so far: What NMS isn't: It isn't a multiplayer game. Yes, everyone inhabits the same universe and yes you can discover and name just about everything and other players can in theory visit the places you have discovered and they will see the stuff you have named. But, they have said it is highly unlikely that you will ever actually run into another player live. Some folk on reddit attempted to do a meet up and, even though they were in the same place, they couldn't see each other. So while you might see some TAG planets eventually you probably won't see any TAGers during your journey. What NMS is: You can look at NMS as an exploration game with resource management and survival aspects. There is combat both on the ground and in space but it isn't the focus (at least not early in the game). So far my focus has been to repair my ship so that I can leave the initial planet, tour the solar system looking for the parts needed to jump to other systems. I assume that is the bulk of the game. There is a map that shows the critical path to the center of the universe but you don't have to do that at all if you don't want. I presume hitting the center will be the end game but, with a universe of 15 quintillion worlds, you can explore forever if you want. So far I have explored multiple planets, begun to learn an alien language (to facilitate trade), scanned a lot of objects to "discover" them, been attacked by sentinel robots/maneater beasts/space pirates, discovered new technologies, gathered resources, made some aliens very happy by giving them some shit they could have easily found on the ground themselves. I get the feeling this makes up the bulk of the game loop but I hope that the game still has a lot of surprises in store. More than anything NMS fills me with a sense that anything can happen and I don't want to stop playing because I don't know what will happen next. If nothing else it is the realization of my childhood desire to have a game where I could fly around in space, see a planet, and go there. The feeling of taking off for the first time, breaking atmosphere and seeing space unfold before you is wonderful. I do admit that it will likely wear thin eventually but feeling that just once was almost worth the price of admission for me (hyperbole).
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    So I was playing some TitanFall2 last night and, was having a very poor showing (I think I only killed 3 grunts in a game). Then I was magically (and completely randomly) put into a party full of people who said they were from a group called TAG. All of a sudden my game started to improve, I was no longer at the bottom of the scoreboard, and was on the winning team. They were very helpful and friendly, so I said I would look this group up in the morning. So I just want to say thanks to, I hope I remember these names correctly: Harvik, Hapless, Toy, and Aurthrpt1. Thanks for letting me play guys, you made this ol' derelict gamers night. P.S. They also mentioned something about a Halo on thursday, I'm not sure what that is but it sounds like they were excited about it, so maybe I could learn that next
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    If it's a hiatus I can't let my brain know lol. But my consoles are gone. I rarely make good decisions in life but so far my gaming abstinence has done me good: I scored a much needed raise and lost 15 pounds thus far. I'm chillin' today as I wait to travel early in the morning tomorrow for additional job training. Also a big thank you to everyone as well. Means a lot!
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    Halo night is usually past my bed time but my nurse says i can play for a few minutes this week if i finish my pudding cup and make a solid poop.
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    ...in JJ's hello thread. He said joined for Achilles, and that is why I joined, to get into a spartan company. But it got me thinking that it was probably around this time that 343 released the Achilles. So went and checked my profile and sure enough, one year ago tomorrow, January 21st, is when I joined tag. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO GET THOSE 365 DAMNED DAYS BACK YOU SOB'S!!! Actually, now that I think about it, it has been pretty good times, even if you all just use me for target practice all the time. Hope year 2 is just as fun.
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    WHAT!???!?!? Super Mario 64, GoldenEye, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire; Donkey Kong 64, Star Fox 64, Super Smash Bros; Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask!
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    So Christmas morning I was opening the present my wife got for me (and I mean actual gift, this isn't a euphemism). It had arrived just before Christmas and was still in all the overpack and shipping boxes. I couldn't tell what it was , I just kept opening the next box....and then this happened. Now this may not be the best packaging of an item, but when a box has it's own fanfare when you break the seals and remove the top, well it has to be the best designed thing ever. And I don't think I'm exaggerating. (Please, please, please let this link work) https://youtu.be/kq3QJUDINek
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    Merry Christmas TAG! Hope your holiday weekend is filled with good cheer, great presents, yummy food, and frothing beer.
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    Who the hell is the sober one?!?!?! Can Goo not drink because he has a new kid and has to breastfeed?
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    Like a BOSS!!!!! You betcha!!!! But not for very long, this thing needs to air out. Just opening the box you can smell the fumes. And after trying it out for about 5 minutes, I'm thinking I might be high as fawk. Or I'm just taking years of my life by breathing in it.
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    30 people signed up, & that's counting the people to volunteered for things (captains, LTs, the medals, what event goes when, & so on). Basically, that's 10 people per team going by the 3 teams model we've been using over the years. Now put "everyday life issues" into the equation (Jobs, family issues, can't make a game a certain day or days for whatever reason... & so forth) & that number probably drops to about 6 per team. Keep in mind that up until this year we've usually had, on average, in the mid to high 70s as far as players went & there have been entire nights when we couldn't have an event or events because numbers were so low (usually the Fighting Game events, mind you). It's at times like that, that I really hated being the TAG Games yearly summary guy. I wonder if this is what the IRS guy who has to audit their own family feels like.
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    I pulled this "passing on the left, and over the top" off on Monday. (Really I'm just trying to see if I can post something without the link breaking) Edit: and somehow I put it in here twice, jeebus. and cant figure out how to remove one. (Ehh with my luck they will probably break soon anyway)
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    and thus it came to be known that on the 14th day of october in the year 2016 did studknckl begin his apotheosis. and the believers shed tears of joy while the infidels cowered in fear at his mighty visage.
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    WHoa whoa whao @Deadmeat You broke protocol. Its DARE,Double Dare, Triple Dare and then Dog Dare,Double Dog Dare and THEEENN the Creme de la Creme TRIPLE DOG DARE. This was explained on A CHRISTMAS STORY.
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    No worries guys. I am in the update program and will set up the club for TAG. just have to check to see if i have the new dash yet.
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    Like the title says, do you guys do at work? I like to make tape balls. My current one is about the size of a cantaloupe and weighs almost 4lbs. It's all tape, no starter core.
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    I would like to announce the birth of our 3rd child. Mr. Griffin James. All is well & home resting. Griffin arrived 7/25 at 1:24am.
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    We don't do the clan thing but we do teabag in the name of TAG. Join us on thursdays for some good clean halo fun.
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    I got to play a little last night and I am liking the skills so far. The Necro starts off as a really strong class for leveling. The very first skill you start with a small circle aoe that does 150% dmg/sec. So it makes for a very strong starter skill for aoe clearing. Corpse explosion with bloody mess rune is ridiculous aoe clearing ability for a low level class. I also like the Blood Siphon generator that does 300% dmg per tick. It is super strong single target damage and that helps get a corpse to start your explosion chain going. y Pets are okay so far. The skeletons being passive spawns are nice, but I feel the active portion while nice for directing your skellies ends up feeling kinda expensive to use and I mostly ignore it and just use the skellies as bodies to block mobs. The golem just feels like a Gary. You can't really direct him so he is just like a WD pet. You can activate him on a 60 sec cooldown which does re position him and spawns some corpses for you to use. The skeleton mage skill feels more like a spender skill rather than a pet in my opinion. I like the skill because the mage you summon will sort of immediately target what you aimed at and follows for a short while. I don't like the archer rune much because it seems to me to make the targeting of the mage slower from the start. It is the best rune for a full pet build though because of the attack speed buff it can provide, so I may just need to get used to it. The death nova is interesting as a skill too for a spender. It is a 25 yard point blank aoe that does decent damage (350% base rune), but corpse explosion which you get earlier does 250% in a 20 yard radius (25 with bloody mess rune) and costs nothing but to have a corpse. I kinda feel that nova gets overshadowed because of this. You use a generator like Dual Scythe or Blood Siphon (the two most damaging ones) to make a corpse and then just chain reaction Corpse Explosion everything on the screen till it is gone. If there are still elites or a pack left the toss out a couple skeleton mages to mop up. The gameplay feels good so far, and I certainly plan to play necro next season. Myself also being a multiboxer, I see a lot of potential for multiboxing necro's. Skeleton mages is a great auto targeting skill for boxing and the way the corpse mechanic works and globe spawning ability of corpses and a necro passive could make boxing multiple necro's pretty amazing. The only problem is there are not a lot of synergy multiple necros can provide to each other. The best thing would be having 4 possible curses, but I haven't looked at runes to see how beneficial that would be yet. Not a lot of other buffs that necro's bring other than globe spawning tho. The thing I hate most about necro so far is the armor skill. It is just another skill that changes your characters appearance and is up permanently, which is slightly annoying. The worst part of it though is it functions just like soul harvest for the WD used to in the fact that it has stacks based on the number of mobs hit and instead of just refreshing the cooldown and adding to the stack count like harvest now does, it functions like harvest used to and adds a new buff with whatever the number of mobs you hit each use. This means you have to only use it when there are 10 mobs around you or you can actually lower the buff from the skill. Makes using it slightly frustrating. With this being a large portion of the Necro's dmg mitigation it is just a stupid concept to use a known skill method that didn't work for a previous skill like Soul harvest over again. I only managed to get into the mid 20's last night soloing my way through season 11 on the ptr, so I haven't yet experienced a ton of the Necro, but from what I can tell right now is that the class will be a strong leveler for a season. The base skills just provide all the right combination of single target and aoe options and they damage they do base and with early runes is on the stronger side of classes. They have the best mix of it all that I can see. Item support and sets will really determine the endgame potential, but for now they are a strong base class (and I am not even abusing the broken revive skill)
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    Did someone say TEABAGS?!
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    Being released in its classic packaging. .
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    I wouldn't call what we do in Halo "competitive". More like drinking beer and laughing at each other's life mistakes. You should check out our shooters forum. We have Destiny specific threads in there. http://theadultgamer.com/forum/index.php?/forum/58-shooters/ Also, Tuesdays are our official Destiny night. I think our biggest Destiny crowd is still on PS4 but there is a group of folk who play on Xbox as well.
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    If you didn't get the announcement through steam already: I started clearing out steam group members that I didn't recognize. If I kicked you and you'd like back in, please just request an invite. Thanks!
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    I am, lol. I stayed up to watch the Nintendo release thing, and then stayed up til the preorders dropped. Picked up a pre-order at best buy, but I ended up getting one today on the trade in promotion at Gamestop. Traded in the Wii U and all the games I had for it and ended up paying a little over 10 bucks (less than tax) and I got Zelda to go with it. The extra $75 trade toward the switch was a great deal, especially when they are paying 120 trade in already for the Wii u. Basically gave my 200 just for the Wii u, all the games pushed it up and over the retail of the system. SOoooooo...basically traded in the old Wii U for the new model =) I'm excited. I love new consoles...
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    Appreciate the offer, thanks. But luckily crisis averted, got home and went down in the basement and somehow found the box and there was a set buried inside still in the wrapper. Can't believe that I found them, should go buy lotto ticket. But you my friend, you got a pm coming. alright alright alright
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    I didn't play too many games actually made in 2016. So, I say this lightly when I say it must have been Gears 4 as my worst. I actually liked it mostly. I never played much more than campaign in any Gears iteration, so I'm oblivious to the mainstream complaints. The campaign did lack some punch, I felt like I ran into something new and cool every turn in Gears 2, but I wouldn't say that made the campaign bad. Guess this means a I had a good year in gaming! p.s. I'm glad I didn't shell out for a no mans sky PS4 bundle.
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    I loved this movie. I really enjoyed seeing the star wars universe from a non-jedi, grunt soldier sort of perspective. The tying in to 4 was done beautifully, the easter eggs for fans were excellent, and the special effects were amazing in 3D. Felicity Jones did a fantastic job and I loved the blind jedi and his heavily armored buddy. I could watch movies based on their backgrounds, too. I'm eagerly hoping for a Rogue Two as I'm sure there will be to cover the second death star.
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    Isn't this what you meant to say
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    Found the workaround, which is incredibly easy: Sign into Xbox Live as my alt profile. Start party as alt profile. Party is fully functional and normal. Go to any game. Launch game. Switch profile in-game to Wolfrat primary account. Party as alt stays active. No glitch. No issue. One-week chat ban successfully circumvented. Tested this with multiple friends across multiple games. I will have fully functional Xbox Live Party Chat with my friends while playing Titanfall 2 as Wolfrat the minute it launches (Thursday, 10-27-2016, 9 PM Pacific). In the words of Sgt. Abraham Ford, I say to AIRSTRIKE 88: "Suck my nuts!" You are a steaming sack of sh*t and I circumvented your ban, troll! BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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    I started with WWF and moved to WCW before joining the NWO which split and I joined the NWOWP before going back to WWF which became WWE, after poor booking I ended up with TAG
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    shot em in the face. i think i got the BoS ending cause thats what i did. shot everyone in the face and blew it all to hell. fuck synths.
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    hello community I am sado magnus 86 I belong to the xbox 1 console I play mostly destiny but starting to get into overwatch and I cant wait for gears to come out I am married with no kids and 3 cats and work overnights so I primarily play of a morning I hope to get to know some members of the community very soon
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    Looks pretty awesome! Will be fun to introduce my kids to gaming this way. http://kotaku.com/nintendo-announces-the-mini-nes-will-play-30-classic-g-1783660997 Looks like we might be playing Zelda this holiday after all—just not the one we expected. Nintendo today announced the mini-NES, a new $60 machine that will come pre-installed with 30 classic Nintendo games. It’ll also come with an HDMI cable, a power adapter, and what Nintendo is calling an NES Classic Controller, “patterned after the iconic design of the original NES controller.” It’ll be out in stores on November 11. Here’s the full list of games, via Nintendo: Balloon Fight™ BUBBLE BOBBLE Castlevania™ Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™ Donkey Kong™ Donkey Kong Jr. ™ DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE Dr. Mario™ Excitebike™ FINAL FANTASY® Galaga™ GHOSTS’N GOBLINS® GRADIUS™ Ice Climber™ Kid Icarus™ Kirby’s Adventure™ Mario Bros. ™ MEGA MAN® 2 Metroid™ NINJA GAIDEN PAC-MAN™ Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream StarTropics™ SUPER C™ Super Mario Bros.™ Super Mario Bros. ™ 2 Super Mario Bros. ™ 3 TECMO BOWL The Legend of Zelda™ Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™
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    so im still working my way around this site but my name is lauren, i play way too much ps4 and need some adults in my life! my psn is thegirlsgotgame and i play competitive cod (mlg is thegirlsgotgame but have lots of accts on umg), destiny &fallout mostly. im from jersey. hope to make some new friends. k thanks =)
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