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Re: The Life Thread
« Reply #105 on: September 08, 2019, 02:13:32 PM »
She posted on IG that she would offer a few lessons and for once, I happened to get in on time :-)

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« Reply #106 on: February 19, 2020, 07:22:13 PM »
I was talking to a friend the other day about how my life has bracketed the gaming industry from the beginning.
In the 70's, Odyssey and Pong, followed by Atari and on and on...
In the late 70s, the Mattel’s LED based handhelds were the freakin rage and I lost mine to teacher confiscation for a while of course.
Then the boom in the 80's obviously was a blast, and I didnt slow down even out of high school.
By then, video games were seen as childish by many, not to be engaged in by sensible young adults like myself.
But by the late 80's as the arcade/entertainment/restaurant Dave & Buster's were exploding, so was the home entertainment gaming community, albeit quietly.
Some friends and I would see who could complete Legend of Zelda first and then we had more friends over for Madden tournaments, before it was even thought to be a thing.
Contra and Mortal Kombat were huge crowd pleasers and around now, gaming was more acceptable among friends who didnt play, i.e. girlfriends, but still, should you really be playing games all the time?
Yup.
We moved in to the next gen and it became more cinematic and an industry was actually developing and beginning to slowly blend with sound design and movie making, storytelling, far more in depth.
Ill never forget, a friend of mine who was well in to his 60's at the time mentioned he had a PS2, I felt it was becoming ok to be outed as a gamer.
Keep in mind, its different for younger fellas that grew up later when video games were much more visible, but a fella in his early 30's? eaaaaaaa, I dunnnnooooo....but the hell with em.
Ill end the story here because everyone knows it from here on out, but as I was talking to my buddy, I just thought that was kinda cool, reliving my life via video games, the countless hours of fun Ive had, wouldn't trade it for $100  ;)

It's kinda like being able to say Ive seen every original Star Wars release in the theatre.
These are the highlights of my life I guess lol
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Re: The Life Thread
« Reply #107 on: February 19, 2020, 08:41:18 PM »
It's funny, even being born in 87, I feel like I'm at the start of, lets say "video game dominance."

I've read about the gaming consoles that preceded the NES (and of course arcades before that, the handled LED games as you mentioned).

We already had an Atari 2600 in the house in my earliest memories, as well as an NES. Also had a few handhelds, Gameboys of course but then the little games, a little X-Men Mattel handheld, a Jurassic Park one, and my favorite, the Ninja Turtles basketball handheld, haha.

I remember my mom didn't want us to have an SNES when that released, but one of my aunts got it for us anyway. Admittedly, sometimes I wonder if maybe my mom was right, considering how much gaming I've done since with basically no other hobbies (well, movies). Would I have actually been more interested in learning how to, I dunno, change the oil in a car if I wasn't spending all my time as a kid playing games? Eh, maybe, but I could learn to do it any day now and still haven't, so what's really to blame?

We had so many NES games (remember the early days when the movie tie-in games were so much more prominent, and are basically non-existent now?) We had the Karate Kid game which was just...awful, and yet you played it, because you liked the movie and this was the NES, you took what you could get, haha.

I remember Mortal Kombat as like a flashpoint in gaming history. I was never a huge Street Fighter fan (still am not, because I suck at every iteration of the game), but like any other kid back then, I got absolutely sucked into it. We ended up getting it for the Genesis later.

Yeah, we had the Atari, NES, SNES, Genesis and Playstation. When we got the N64, we had to sell everything but the Playstation.

It's weird now. I still play videogames, obviously, sometimes because it's fun, sometimes because I'm just passing time, sometimes because I'm tired and don't want to leave the house, or for whatever other reason, but my gaming lineup has shrunk significantly. For years it was basically just Madden and MLB: The Show. Recently I expanded (or, at least, acquired more games), yet I find myself pretty much just playing For Honor. It kind of helps me defeat the "videogames are pointless" voice in my head, since I'm playing against other people and I have to actually use my brain and react (aka I get competitive), vs say, going through God of War and just fighting enemy spawns. But really, considering there's no story, no real objective, I suppose it's a pointless game, yet, it brings me some form of joy. Meanwhile I still haven't finish GoW, and I got Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and Persona 5 for xmas and have played 0 of either, so, I dunno.

This got a bit more rambly than I expected. I guess I still have that voice in my head that tells me "videogames are for kids, just because they're accepted now doesn't mean it's not true." Like, sure, they've aged up the content and we have Hollywood level stories and production, but it's still me, sitting on my bed, starting at the TV with the controller in my hand, so what's really changed, you know?

That's what I do best though. Simplify things down until I can hold them against myself, hahaha
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Re: The Life Thread
« Reply #108 on: February 26, 2020, 12:08:13 PM »
It's funny, even being born in 87, I feel like I'm at the start of, lets say "video game dominance."

I've read about the gaming consoles that preceded the NES (and of course arcades before that, the handled LED games as you mentioned).

We already had an Atari 2600 in the house in my earliest memories, as well as an NES. Also had a few handhelds, Gameboys of course but then the little games, a little X-Men Mattel handheld, a Jurassic Park one, and my favorite, the Ninja Turtles basketball handheld, haha.

I remember my mom didn't want us to have an SNES when that released, but one of my aunts got it for us anyway. Admittedly, sometimes I wonder if maybe my mom was right, considering how much gaming I've done since with basically no other hobbies (well, movies). Would I have actually been more interested in learning how to, I dunno, change the oil in a car if I wasn't spending all my time as a kid playing games? Eh, maybe, but I could learn to do it any day now and still haven't, so what's really to blame?

We had so many NES games (remember the early days when the movie tie-in games were so much more prominent, and are basically non-existent now?) We had the Karate Kid game which was just...awful, and yet you played it, because you liked the movie and this was the NES, you took what you could get, haha.

I remember Mortal Kombat as like a flashpoint in gaming history. I was never a huge Street Fighter fan (still am not, because I suck at every iteration of the game), but like any other kid back then, I got absolutely sucked into it. We ended up getting it for the Genesis later.

Yeah, we had the Atari, NES, SNES, Genesis and Playstation. When we got the N64, we had to sell everything but the Playstation.

It's weird now. I still play videogames, obviously, sometimes because it's fun, sometimes because I'm just passing time, sometimes because I'm tired and don't want to leave the house, or for whatever other reason, but my gaming lineup has shrunk significantly. For years it was basically just Madden and MLB: The Show. Recently I expanded (or, at least, acquired more games), yet I find myself pretty much just playing For Honor. It kind of helps me defeat the "videogames are pointless" voice in my head, since I'm playing against other people and I have to actually use my brain and react (aka I get competitive), vs say, going through God of War and just fighting enemy spawns. But really, considering there's no story, no real objective, I suppose it's a pointless game, yet, it brings me some form of joy. Meanwhile I still haven't finish GoW, and I got Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and Persona 5 for xmas and have played 0 of either, so, I dunno.

This got a bit more rambly than I expected. I guess I still have that voice in my head that tells me "videogames are for kids, just because they're accepted now doesn't mean it's not true." Like, sure, they've aged up the content and we have Hollywood level stories and production, but it's still me, sitting on my bed, starting at the TV with the controller in my hand, so what's really changed, you know?

That's what I do best though. Simplify things down until I can hold them against myself, hahaha


LOL that's pretty much me dude.

I get this post completely and yes, of course I too was in your scenarios lol
To me, it's just another form of entertainment but one that should be accepted by adults, just like Backgammon as an example.

Remember when we here at BSB used to connect and play NHL and MLB, not to mention Burnout Paradise.
Ill never forget once when one of the guys here remarked about my "colorful language" regarding our hockey matchup  :D

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Re: The Life Thread
« Reply #109 on: February 26, 2020, 12:21:31 PM »
And now Im moving from a fun post to one not so fun.

Just prior to Tday 2019, I became run down with what I thought were allergies. Turns out it was, but I had an ear infection on top of it.
Then, just as I beat those obstacles, I had a full blown cold through Christmas.
All through this, I had a terrible popping sound in my ear, like a stalk of celery being twisted apart and it was annoying AF.
Beginning of 2020, I was over everything but still had the popping sound. ENT doc said it will go away.
That didnt fill me with confidence so I reluctantly went to a TMJ specialist and dropped $600 to hear him tell me that yes, I do have TMJ and treatment will be $6k. And then I would have a 1 in 5 chance of the popping sound going away completely.  :o
He also said Was lucky there was no pain, but eventually there will be. How nice, I thought.
I went to another TMJ specialist only to hear the same.
Some days, it felt like it was dissipating so I was holding out hope. I doubled up on Ibuprofen per doc as a possible cure to no avail.
I began CBD oil which also doesn't help.
It's clearly not going away, so now, with 2020 sucking major ass, I have to somehow find $6k, all due up front, while business is suffering. Ive had most of February cancel and my CPA hit me with my tax return which I owe almost 10k, but I kinda knew that was coming.
Still, life sucks and I am not happy and this doesn't help my tendencies to becoming depressed.
Emotional eating has doubled, I feel terrible, and am in terrible health, probably worst in my life, and the worst part? I dont give a shit.
Hopefully things change for the better, and soon.

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« Reply #110 on: February 26, 2020, 01:46:20 PM »
It's funny, even being born in 87, I feel like I'm at the start of, lets say "video game dominance."

I've read about the gaming consoles that preceded the NES (and of course arcades before that, the handled LED games as you mentioned).

We already had an Atari 2600 in the house in my earliest memories, as well as an NES. Also had a few handhelds, Gameboys of course but then the little games, a little X-Men Mattel handheld, a Jurassic Park one, and my favorite, the Ninja Turtles basketball handheld, haha.

I remember my mom didn't want us to have an SNES when that released, but one of my aunts got it for us anyway. Admittedly, sometimes I wonder if maybe my mom was right, considering how much gaming I've done since with basically no other hobbies (well, movies). Would I have actually been more interested in learning how to, I dunno, change the oil in a car if I wasn't spending all my time as a kid playing games? Eh, maybe, but I could learn to do it any day now and still haven't, so what's really to blame?

We had so many NES games (remember the early days when the movie tie-in games were so much more prominent, and are basically non-existent now?) We had the Karate Kid game which was just...awful, and yet you played it, because you liked the movie and this was the NES, you took what you could get, haha.

I remember Mortal Kombat as like a flashpoint in gaming history. I was never a huge Street Fighter fan (still am not, because I suck at every iteration of the game), but like any other kid back then, I got absolutely sucked into it. We ended up getting it for the Genesis later.

Yeah, we had the Atari, NES, SNES, Genesis and Playstation. When we got the N64, we had to sell everything but the Playstation.

It's weird now. I still play videogames, obviously, sometimes because it's fun, sometimes because I'm just passing time, sometimes because I'm tired and don't want to leave the house, or for whatever other reason, but my gaming lineup has shrunk significantly. For years it was basically just Madden and MLB: The Show. Recently I expanded (or, at least, acquired more games), yet I find myself pretty much just playing For Honor. It kind of helps me defeat the "videogames are pointless" voice in my head, since I'm playing against other people and I have to actually use my brain and react (aka I get competitive), vs say, going through God of War and just fighting enemy spawns. But really, considering there's no story, no real objective, I suppose it's a pointless game, yet, it brings me some form of joy. Meanwhile I still haven't finish GoW, and I got Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and Persona 5 for xmas and have played 0 of either, so, I dunno.

This got a bit more rambly than I expected. I guess I still have that voice in my head that tells me "videogames are for kids, just because they're accepted now doesn't mean it's not true." Like, sure, they've aged up the content and we have Hollywood level stories and production, but it's still me, sitting on my bed, starting at the TV with the controller in my hand, so what's really changed, you know?

That's what I do best though. Simplify things down until I can hold them against myself, hahaha


LOL that's pretty much me dude.

I get this post completely and yes, of course I too was in your scenarios lol
To me, it's just another form of entertainment but one that should be accepted by adults, just like Backgammon as an example.

Remember when we here at BSB used to connect and play NHL and MLB, not to mention Burnout Paradise.
Ill never forget once when one of the guys here remarked about my "colorful language" regarding our hockey matchup  :D


Oh man, I had forgotten about that! Was it, oh man, what was his name.....holy crap, I can't think of it. Mexico City Aztecs owner (but I remember that?) He played as, I think, the Flames with, I THINK, Khabibulin in net and that dude was just UNSTOPPABLE. No pucks got past him in that game, it was insane, hahaha.

So much fun.

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Re: The Life Thread
« Reply #111 on: February 26, 2020, 01:49:43 PM »
And now Im moving from a fun post to one not so fun.

Just prior to Tday 2019, I became run down with what I thought were allergies. Turns out it was, but I had an ear infection on top of it.
Then, just as I beat those obstacles, I had a full blown cold through Christmas.
All through this, I had a terrible popping sound in my ear, like a stalk of celery being twisted apart and it was annoying AF.
Beginning of 2020, I was over everything but still had the popping sound. ENT doc said it will go away.
That didnt fill me with confidence so I reluctantly went to a TMJ specialist and dropped $600 to hear him tell me that yes, I do have TMJ and treatment will be $6k. And then I would have a 1 in 5 chance of the popping sound going away completely.  :o
He also said Was lucky there was no pain, but eventually there will be. How nice, I thought.
I went to another TMJ specialist only to hear the same.
Some days, it felt like it was dissipating so I was holding out hope. I doubled up on Ibuprofen per doc as a possible cure to no avail.
I began CBD oil which also doesn't help.
It's clearly not going away, so now, with 2020 sucking major ass, I have to somehow find $6k, all due up front, while business is suffering. Ive had most of February cancel and my CPA hit me with my tax return which I owe almost 10k, but I kinda knew that was coming.
Still, life sucks and I am not happy and this doesn't help my tendencies to becoming depressed.
Emotional eating has doubled, I feel terrible, and am in terrible health, probably worst in my life, and the worst part? I dont give a shit.
Hopefully things change for the better, and soon.


Saw this one after my other response. Sorry to hear things are going that route for you Crewe. Life's a bitch and all that. I like to tell myself that it's been a bitch before and somehow I was able to make it through, so hopefully this time will be the same. That helps me feel a little better when I'm going through stuff.

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« Reply #112 on: February 26, 2020, 02:04:01 PM »
It's funny, even being born in 87, I feel like I'm at the start of, lets say "video game dominance."

I've read about the gaming consoles that preceded the NES (and of course arcades before that, the handled LED games as you mentioned).

We already had an Atari 2600 in the house in my earliest memories, as well as an NES. Also had a few handhelds, Gameboys of course but then the little games, a little X-Men Mattel handheld, a Jurassic Park one, and my favorite, the Ninja Turtles basketball handheld, haha.

I remember my mom didn't want us to have an SNES when that released, but one of my aunts got it for us anyway. Admittedly, sometimes I wonder if maybe my mom was right, considering how much gaming I've done since with basically no other hobbies (well, movies). Would I have actually been more interested in learning how to, I dunno, change the oil in a car if I wasn't spending all my time as a kid playing games? Eh, maybe, but I could learn to do it any day now and still haven't, so what's really to blame?

We had so many NES games (remember the early days when the movie tie-in games were so much more prominent, and are basically non-existent now?) We had the Karate Kid game which was just...awful, and yet you played it, because you liked the movie and this was the NES, you took what you could get, haha.

I remember Mortal Kombat as like a flashpoint in gaming history. I was never a huge Street Fighter fan (still am not, because I suck at every iteration of the game), but like any other kid back then, I got absolutely sucked into it. We ended up getting it for the Genesis later.

Yeah, we had the Atari, NES, SNES, Genesis and Playstation. When we got the N64, we had to sell everything but the Playstation.

It's weird now. I still play videogames, obviously, sometimes because it's fun, sometimes because I'm just passing time, sometimes because I'm tired and don't want to leave the house, or for whatever other reason, but my gaming lineup has shrunk significantly. For years it was basically just Madden and MLB: The Show. Recently I expanded (or, at least, acquired more games), yet I find myself pretty much just playing For Honor. It kind of helps me defeat the "videogames are pointless" voice in my head, since I'm playing against other people and I have to actually use my brain and react (aka I get competitive), vs say, going through God of War and just fighting enemy spawns. But really, considering there's no story, no real objective, I suppose it's a pointless game, yet, it brings me some form of joy. Meanwhile I still haven't finish GoW, and I got Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and Persona 5 for xmas and have played 0 of either, so, I dunno.

This got a bit more rambly than I expected. I guess I still have that voice in my head that tells me "videogames are for kids, just because they're accepted now doesn't mean it's not true." Like, sure, they've aged up the content and we have Hollywood level stories and production, but it's still me, sitting on my bed, starting at the TV with the controller in my hand, so what's really changed, you know?

That's what I do best though. Simplify things down until I can hold them against myself, hahaha


LOL that's pretty much me dude.

I get this post completely and yes, of course I too was in your scenarios lol
To me, it's just another form of entertainment but one that should be accepted by adults, just like Backgammon as an example.

Remember when we here at BSB used to connect and play NHL and MLB, not to mention Burnout Paradise.
Ill never forget once when one of the guys here remarked about my "colorful language" regarding our hockey matchup  :D


Oh man, I had forgotten about that! Was it, oh man, what was his name.....holy crap, I can't think of it. Mexico City Aztecs owner (but I remember that?) He played as, I think, the Flames with, I THINK, Khabibulin in net and that dude was just UNSTOPPABLE. No pucks got past him in that game, it was insane, hahaha.

So much fun.

Was it zooboy or something similar? Those were fun times

Appreciate your sentiment in the other post, I have to adopt that outlook. I guess we all do

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« Reply #113 on: February 26, 2020, 05:21:26 PM »
And now Im moving from a fun post to one not so fun.

Just prior to Tday 2019, I became run down with what I thought were allergies. Turns out it was, but I had an ear infection on top of it.
Then, just as I beat those obstacles, I had a full blown cold through Christmas.
All through this, I had a terrible popping sound in my ear, like a stalk of celery being twisted apart and it was annoying AF.
Beginning of 2020, I was over everything but still had the popping sound. ENT doc said it will go away.
That didnt fill me with confidence so I reluctantly went to a TMJ specialist and dropped $600 to hear him tell me that yes, I do have TMJ and treatment will be $6k. And then I would have a 1 in 5 chance of the popping sound going away completely.  :o
He also said Was lucky there was no pain, but eventually there will be. How nice, I thought.
I went to another TMJ specialist only to hear the same.
Some days, it felt like it was dissipating so I was holding out hope. I doubled up on Ibuprofen per doc as a possible cure to no avail.
I began CBD oil which also doesn't help.
It's clearly not going away, so now, with 2020 sucking major ass, I have to somehow find $6k, all due up front, while business is suffering. Ive had most of February cancel and my CPA hit me with my tax return which I owe almost 10k, but I kinda knew that was coming.
Still, life sucks and I am not happy and this doesn't help my tendencies to becoming depressed.
Emotional eating has doubled, I feel terrible, and am in terrible health, probably worst in my life, and the worst part? I dont give a shit.
Hopefully things change for the better, and soon.

Sorry to hear this, my friend. Really do hope things turn around quickly for you.
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« Reply #114 on: February 26, 2020, 09:37:47 PM »
thanks. like buc said, it gets better, just have to weather it. Appreciate the sincerities bud

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« Reply #115 on: February 27, 2020, 04:19:50 PM »
thanks. like buc said, it gets better, just have to weather it. Appreciate the sincerities bud

I hope things turn a corner for you soon.  In the end, life is basically a rotation of good and bad experiences that for whatever reason seem to come in corresponding bunches.  Just hold on the wheel will turn and the good will come.

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« Reply #116 on: February 28, 2020, 06:47:39 PM »
thanks. like buc said, it gets better, just have to weather it. Appreciate the sincerities bud

I hope things turn a corner for you soon.  In the end, life is basically a rotation of good and bad experiences that for whatever reason seem to come in corresponding bunches.  Just hold on the wheel will turn and the good will come.

me too, and I appreciate the sincerity.

Ill start trying to stave it off this weekend. Im taking a BBQ day trip through central Texas and will be packing up an absurd amount of food followed by a poker game Sunday.

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« Reply #117 on: February 29, 2020, 08:40:01 PM »
Leg one of said tour complete.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop eating poorly

https://imgur.com/3cqoTV3

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« Reply #118 on: February 29, 2020, 08:55:53 PM »
Leg one of said tour complete.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop eating poorly

https://imgur.com/3cqoTV3

Hot damn, I haven't had meat in a year and that still got me feeling hungry. Quite the haul

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« Reply #119 on: February 29, 2020, 09:04:00 PM »
Leg one of said tour complete.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop eating poorly

https://imgur.com/3cqoTV3

Hot damn, I haven't had meat in a year and that still got me feeling hungry. Quite the haul

Seriously? How? And I mean that genuinely.
My other nephew is a vegetarian...I think. He will eat shrimp, or anything without a central nervous system, dont know what you call that, but in any event, Im curious, do you sub tofu, fish?

 

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