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Derek Thorson (Thor)
Gamer, Computer Geek, Programmer, Gadget Nut, Dog Lover
Gamer, Computer Geek, Programmer, Gadget Nut, Dog Lover

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G2A you're not doing yourselves any favors. By NOT taking the actions that Gearbox suggested (reasonable considering their concerns about your business practices), you basically admitted that you allow the sale of illegally acquired keys (that does not mean they are illegitimate keys, a distinct difference) on your marketplace. You can claim ignorance but that does not excuse your responsibility....especially when you can do something about it. You are not ebay....ebay can do very little to verify that products for sale on there are acquired legally and can be sold legally. Keys to games can EASILY be checked by developers and publishers against known blacklisted keys, even in an automated way (as suggested by Gearbox).

Anyone who has or was thinking about using them, please stop. They are a cancer on the gaming industry that needs to die (in its current form).

G2A I suggest you backpedal....take and implement ALL the suggestions by Gearbox with every publisher you have games for. Become the marketplace for game keys that people can rely on. There should be absolutely no reason why you cannot verify keys with the people who make and sell the games. There should be no reason why there needs to be a G2A shield product. Get your revenue elsewhere...not from gamers scared they are going to get screwed by the sellers you allow to operate on your marketplace.

-a former customer

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if you don't want to hear anything about Mass Effect Andromeda, don't read or look at the pictures below. Some very mild spoilers in what I've written here...they are quite minor though and nothing that really spoils any story.

So I just got done with my 10 hour Mass Effect Andromeda trial. Below are the pictures of the characters I created, and their father. I'm playing as the male, who I named Thunder. The woman is my I tried to make her reasonably close to me in look.

I'm quite happy with the game so far. I didn't get as far as some in the trial story because of a couple of reasons:
-My difficulty is insanity
-because I chose to restart my character and create a custom character.

I started at first with the default characters....but I wasn't happy with Scott Ryder's look...the scruffy non-beard just bugged me. Not entirely happy with the texture beard, but it's better than the scruff of the default character.

One of the "major" issues people bitch about with the game is the facial animations. I really think that the hate over the animations is overblown. Yes there are some issues with facial animations, but they don't detract from the game. People are nitpicking.

The story so far is about what I expected going into it. One point is predictable, but there are enough complications in this story to make me happy. I was wondering how they would explain the existing settlements in the trailers I've seen. I'm happy with the story so far and waiting for more.

I've only scratched the surface on the game mechanics. The combat is very solid. Cover is good for the most part. One of the gripes I had with ME3 was the stickiness when you entered cover (unable to leave cover or unexpectedly switching between two cover places). That problem doesn't exist in Andromeda. Getting in and out of cover is as simple as walking up to the right in game objects that will provide cover. If it looks like you can hide behind it, you'll likely get the "cover" status from it, which protects you. I like the ammo/health stations rather than the "see if you can find them" ammo drops.

Performance is good for me, despite playing at 4k. The only times I really see any decrease in framerate if I've seen any, is in cutscenes...just doesn't look as smooth as it should be. Gameplay itself is smooth as silk. I don't know how many fps I'm getting as I don't have an fps counter, but it looks smooth to me.

I can't wait to play it more.
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Is there such a thing as chronological order for G+? I'm tired of seeing 4 day old shit when I refresh the page right next to 5 minute old shit.

edit: and yes this is for my home stream. I don't want to deal with making sure a specific circle I have everyone in, has everyone in it, just to see the damn posts in chronological order.

Want: The ability to disable showing the plus ones from everyone I follow (the opposite side of the "show my +1's to the world")
Want: The ability unfollow plus ones from specific people. (extending the ability to unfollow or follow collections from a specific person to plus ones as well)

I've seen all Star Wars movies up until the newest. Just got done seeing Rogue One. I'm of the mind that each and every Star Wars movie had a spot to fill including the prequels. I like the prequels....there were some obvious flaws in the prequels, but I don't really care.

I didn't go into the movie knowing anything about it other than it was building upon the already very familiar story. I didn't know where it fit in the story. I figured it out probably about halfway through. I knew what sequence of events I would be seeing at the end of the movie.

It was completely what I expected and I was not let down at all by it. It was so satisfying for me that I honestly shed a few tears of joy after I got back to my truck. I just thought it was presented beautifully. If you are a Star Wars fan, you owe it to yourself to go see it and try to do that without reading the stories deconstructing the trailers or the'll be happier with it if you do. Just ENJOY it...use your own brain to decide if you like it or not.

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Bravo advertising for you :P

Love this video.
Ok, Boeing ad, but DAMN inspirational

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When the hack results screen took up most of the screen. #IngressVintage

(Was on my original Nexus 7 tablet I believe)

(January 12, 2013) +Matilde Tusberti​​

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I think Google is suggesting I behave a certain

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If you're ever waiting on the north side of Union Station for the Metra trains to arrive in the cold months...the location below is where you want to be. The benches in the picture get exposed constantly to the cold wind coming through the sliding glass doors to the platform. The spot where I'm sitting is not only shielded from that...but also directly below a heating duct making the spot nice and toasty. No seat but I'll trade that for not having to keep my gloves on. This is track number 9.
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Something I'd like to mention. Outstanding support from EVGA.

I own an EVGA GTX 1080 ACX 3.0 8GB GPU.

They got reports that after some high strain testing, reviewers were finding that some parts of the PCB on the latest 10 series cards, were getting quite warm. Concerning warm. After a few people complained about this and complained about issues with their cards that could be attributed to overheating, EVGA responded.

They created a program where you could either send your card in to get some thermal pads applied to resolve the potential issues or you could sign up to get a kit to apply your own set of thermal pads supplied by EVGA (completely free of charge). I took the latter option. I received the kit a couple weeks ago....but hadn't gotten around to performing the upgrade.

Then, last night I had probably the worst freeze up of the video card that I have experienced since I got it. The video just died in the middle of playing Watch Dogs 2. This was after a few hours of playing the it had ample time to warm up. The video didn't come back at all despite my best efforts. I could still hear the music of the game playing, so I knew the game hadn't frozen.

I had a few freeze ups prior to this occurrence, but nothing quite that bad. The drivers would usually reset after a short period of my monitors going dark. Everything would resume fine, and I could continue playing. This time made me decide to apply that thermal pad kit.

EVGA, when releasing this upgrade kit, stated that it was an optional upgrade that should not be necessary in the vast majority of cases. I guess I was one of those cases where this kind of upgrade was a good idea. My system was showing the signs of overheating after long gaming sessions.

So I performed the upgrade. It was simple enough. I have been building my own PC systems for about 20 years now, so managing the cooling on my system is not something new to me. It was my first time touching the GPU though as I usually leave the stock cooler in place on my GPU's.

They provided complete instructions on how to take apart the card and apply the new thermal pads. And the installation was a success. After a long gaming session tonight, I had absolutely no issues with any freezing, even after several hours of play. This is an initial test, but things look good.

So thank you EVGA for listening to your concerned customers. I was not one of the customers posting concerned threads on reddit, but I found out about the thermal pad kit program after you announced it and before you shipped them. You didn't have to do it. You could have just stuck by the original cooling solutions you created. But no, you admitted it could be an issue, and gave owners the option to mitigate it. Again, thank you.
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