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1  Past LAN Archive / NeXus LAN 17 - General Discussion / Re: Random Teams... on: April 10, 2016, 11:55:26 PM
I'll chime in and say that a lot of us are hoping for a BYOT option in the future for actual competition. I get it, you want the most people to partake in a tournament, but a lot of people are turned off by the idea of random teams and I had a friend specifically not participate because of that. He's super competitive and is far more interested in playing against other people who've invested as much time as he has into the game, instead of being matched up with folks that have installed the game that day or week and hardly know what they're doing (especially in MOBAs).

That said, very few high-skill players are honest about their skill level when they register, and some people might even miss the option of choosing and just register without changing the default. I'd say true random without skill-weight would be the best option here if that's the route you go.

Rage-quitting is never cool, just ride it out! https://youtu.be/EV2ojmVY3Vk
2  Past LAN Archive / NeXus LAN 12 - General Chat / Re: E-Cigs on: June 24, 2014, 05:56:01 AM
In regards to 2nd hand effects: http://clearstream.flavourart.it/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/CSA_ItaEng.pdf "No toluene, xylene, CO, NO x ,nicotine, acroleinor PAHs were detected on room air during the e-CIG session." and this was in a 16ft x 16ft room, around an 8 ft. ceiling. Also: http://acsh.org/2013/08/new-study-finds-no-health-concerns-in-e-cig-vapor/

By reviewing over 9,000 observations about the chemistry of the vapor and the liquid in e-cigarettes, Dr. Burstyn was able to determine that the levels of contaminants e-cigarette users are exposed to are insignificant, far below levels that would pose any health risk. Additionally, there is no health risk to bystanders. Proposals to ban e-cigarettes in places where smoking is banned have been based on concern there is a potential risk to bystanders, but the study shows there is no concern.

ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross, a close follower of the e-cigarette literature and regulatory scene, commented as follows: “Prof. Burstyn’s comprehensive analysis should help put to rest the good-faith concerns of some in the anti-smoking community who continue to doubt the safety of e-cigarettes’ ‘second-hand vapor.’ Unfortunately, for the bulk of the harm-reduction haters, this will probably have little impact, since they are refractory to science-based discussion, fixated as they are on their various perverse agendas.”

The main concern is propylene glycol, which some folks can be potentially sensitive/allergic to.Propylene glycol is found in toothpastes, lotions, shampoos, hospitals as an air purification, foods, fog machines, etc. The other ingredient is vegetable glycerin. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-vegetable-glycerin.htm I use high VG:PG blends (70:30, or Max VG) because I don't like the intended feeling (to replicate the feeling of smoking a cigarette)

Most ecig juice vendors are voluntarily adhering to regulations stricter than those proposed by the FDA, and have made it public knowledge of dangerous additives to not use. Popcorn/butter flavoring for example, like the kind you get a movie theater or in microwave popcorn, is FDA approved safe for consumption, but dangerous when vaporized, and can give you "lipid pneumonia", and is banned in the ecig markets even prior to the FDA testing it in that manner.

As for using them for cannabis, yes, it's possible but only as a tincture. Vaporizing an oil is extremely dangerous because of the lipid pneumonia. There are dry herb vaporizers on the market already. The smell is very strong from a tincture infused liquid, so it's not really that incognito. I do not use cannabis, so my knowledge of this is limited to what I've read over the years regarding all of that.

Honestly, I'm not as into ecigs as I was a year ago, simply because it's an expensive hobby. It's a fantastic way to quit smoking, which it helped me do, and isn't expensive compared to prescription pills, or patches/gums. It's a great hobby, just expensive once you hit a certain point, what with all of the various mods, batteries, atomizers, juices, etc. So yes, in respect to it being a bad habit, sure, it's expensive but it isn't inherently addicting (I can go for days without touching nicotine, it's like going without coffee or energy drinks). Plenty of things are bad habits though, and this has been a great thing for local small businesses and economy. People are getting together on their weekends to talk shop over their ecigs, making friends, having fun.
3  Past LAN Archive / NeXus LAN 12 - General Chat / Re: E-Cigs on: June 16, 2014, 04:31:04 AM
Necro! Read this. Please. It doesn't change anything specifically for the venue, but hopefully it'll change your views. https://medium.com/@ianfirth/what-if-i-never-exhaled-fd62a177b988
4  NeXus LAN - Gaming Discussion Forums / FPS Games / Re: Who all bought Titanfall? on: March 13, 2014, 04:45:51 PM
I did, as well as mc_disease, Dreyvas, and Arxon.

I'm gonna be playing this game for a while, it's fantastic. This is the spiritual successor to games like UT, Quake 3, even COD4. The intensity just never slows down, and there are very few campers (rather, it's really, really tough to camp).
5  Past LAN Archive / NeXus LAN 12 - General Chat / Re: E-Cigs on: November 09, 2013, 07:29:43 AM
Really? Ugh. That really sucks. It's not smoke, it's water vapor (that doesn't affect computers, btw) I understand the position you're in, especially with a venue that you don't want to have any issues with (especially that of a Moose Lodge), but I recall going up to the bartender (I know, disregard what's going on in the bar area...) last time and asking him to which he whipped out his own e-cig and took a big puff while saying "go for it!" with a smile. It's not that big of a deal, plus the more people that go outside to smoke, the higher the chances of keeping the building cool what with all of that RAAAAWWWW PC POOOWWWEERRRR going on.

6  Past LAN Archive / NeXus LAN 11 - Tournaments / Re: CS:GO Tournament Rules on: May 16, 2013, 06:23:30 PM
Mods feel free to move this if necessary.


"CS:GO is free to try, from now until Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time!" (so, 4pm EST?)

Perfect timing for the LAN! So for anyone hesitant to enter the tournament or don't already have it, get on it! Wooooo free weekend!
7  NeXus LAN - Gaming Discussion Forums / FPS Games / Re: The Battlefield 3 Beta is a MASSIVE letdown. on: October 03, 2011, 06:23:09 AM
Another reason not to get this game!


@zh1nt0 aka Daniel Matros: "Voice chat and squadding will be on the battlelog side of things"


"According to the Battlefield 3 community manager, zh1nt0, the squads can only be managed on Battlelog and not in the actual game.
This means you can no longer create squads/make private squads while in game. You can only join or leave squads.
Hundreds of Battlefield fans are dissapointed and many are cancelling their PC pre-orders right now. Nothing is yet confirmed on how consoles will work. "

Modern Warfare 3, here I come!
8  NeXus LAN - Gaming Discussion Forums / FPS Games / Re: The Battlefield 3 Beta is a MASSIVE letdown. on: October 01, 2011, 05:55:30 AM
I'm not so sure people should be giving it the "it's just a Beta" excuse. Folks, this game releases on the 25th. If anything, the Beta is focusing on issues like network stability and such. I feel like the glaring problems we're seeing with the game mechanics are going to have to be fixed via patches.

Last night I experienced a MAJOR problem involving a BSOD and subsequent frustration trying to figure out the problem. I think BF3 killed my video card. Rather, I think the updated "preview" drivers did it. I suppose it's partially my fault, because I didn't notice that the ATI version was intended only for 5xxx and up cards. Mine is a 4850 and had been running fine, but from what I gather is that it overheated. I'm currently running on a backup GeForce 8800GTX (  Cry ) and the 285 drivers they released list that the 8 series is in fact supported. Haven't attempted running BF3 yet to see if it will even compare. MC Disease might sell me his, (5970? I can't recall. 5870?) so there's hope yet. What's insane is that his card is AMD's 3rd fastest card out right now. The recommended specs for this game are bananas.

MW3 is looking more and more appealing by the minute...
9  NeXus LAN - Gaming Discussion Forums / FPS Games / Re: The Battlefield 3 Beta is a MASSIVE letdown. on: September 30, 2011, 04:21:27 AM
Earlier I managed to play through a whole round of rush, and noticed another change that I'm none too happy about. It seems that outdoors, they've added this "glint" or lensflare effect on scopes, so snipers are incredibly easy to spot. I'm actually not sure if this is limited to just snipers, or anyone who has a scope. I am seeing a LOT of complaints on this new "feature", so I figured it's worth mentioning.

Also, you know how in BC2 when the round is over and it's loading the next game, you can see your level progression and various pins, all at once? Well BF3 has an incredibly dramatic, Call of Duty-style section showing you EACH. AND. EVERY. DETAIL, with a ridiculous metal-synth SMASH FUCK YEAH VIDEO GAMES RAAAAAAAH effect for each item and notable thing you've earned, and no way of skipping it.

Once you finish a round, say you don't want to play another, right? In BC2, you did have to wait for the "join" option to show before hitting "exit game" to back out. Not in BF3. You actually have to join, and deploy. Then hit ESC and exit game. OH BOY!
10  NeXus LAN - Gaming Discussion Forums / FPS Games / The Battlefield 3 Beta is a MASSIVE letdown. on: September 29, 2011, 08:03:49 PM
Hi everyone. Dave Peeples said this would be a good discussion topic/post for these forums, so as my introduction and first post, here goes.

Just downloaded the FOUR GIGABYTE (4GB!!!) Open Beta. I've already encountered so many problems and issues, it's hard to think that this game comes out next month.
1. It forces you to run Origin, EA's version of Steam. The problem with this is it's not nearly as useful as Steam, it merely serves as a storefront, at least for BF3. Right now, it's using 102MB of system memory just running in the background, about half of Steam, but surprising considering how little it does in comparison.
2. When you decide to play and double-click on the game in Origin, it doesn't actually launch the game. It opens Internet Explorer (no way of changing this to a different browser after searching around) to the server browser. Yeah, the server browser isn't built into the game. What's up Gamespy Arcade circa 2001? Ugh. This essentially makes Origin entirely pointless, because I simply bookmarked the server browser page and put it on my Bookmarks Bar in Chrome. So it just sits there in the BG, collecting data and using memory. NEAT.
3. The server browser itself is god-awful and UGLY. Filtering search results doesn't work (probably a Beta issue), and matchmaking doesn't work. Oh hey, this server is 18/32, I'll join it--NOPE SERVER FULL. WTF? Please EA, give us an ingame server browser back.
4. Upon boot, it defaults to a windowed mode. Once in game, I decide to mess with my settings such as graphics, audio, video, etc. Keybindings are wonky and after changing one, the mouse disappears, forcing me to alt-enter and back to see it again. Graphics are set to "Auto" but I can't run this game for shit. Yes, my video card is 2 years old and I plan to upgrade it someday, but even setting everything to Low, turning off AA, AF, and HSAO, it's still quite graphically intensive and lags quite a lot for me, especially in firefights with lots of smoke particles and lighting.
5. For the sake of "realism", they've added quite a few things that I feel detract from the "arcade-sim" type of shooter BF has always been, to more of a legitimate war-sim, which SUCKS. A good example is the addition of flashlights attached to guns. They quite literally fill your vision with LED-type light, completely blinding you. Teammates and enemies alike. COOOOOOOOL. It's too unbalanced, because it's basically a constant flashbang, rendering you totally vulnurable and DEAD.
6. After playing a 20 minute Rush match, we finally set the charge for the final MCOM station and the siren hits the last stage signalling it's about to explode. SERVER TIMED OUT BACK TO THE DESKTOP YOU GO! God damnit. Now, in BC2, if you decide to leave a game, or the server times out, you don't get penalized for whatever advancements or levels you earned, it will still update your stats. Not BF3. I had leveled up twice by playing support, and was in 2nd place on my team. All gone. Still at level 0, like I had never played at all.
So, I probably won't be buying this game, at least not until they actually listen to the feedback their whole community has been giving them. I was willing to run Origin (even though my entire library is on Steam), I was going to eventually upgrade my hardware, but for what? The multiplayer game is SHIT. It's like Crysis 1, just use it for system benchmarks, but don't expect any substance.
I'll see you guys in BF: Bad Company 2.
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