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I'll Fight You For Bacon t-shirts

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Not sure how much traffic I see come through here, but my wife has designed and is selling "I will fight you for bacon" t-shirts on etsy.com. Full link to the shirts can be found by clicking here I will fight you for bacon t-shirts

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They're really nice t-shirts, high quality and the image is screen printed so you shouldn't have to worry about the image fading, rubbing or flaking off.

If you enjoy bacon and like witty shirts and want to let others know you mean business when it comes to bacon, then look no further.

Extensive Back Log of PC games - update 7/13/14

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Yes, I've posted this before, but I wanted to bring it back to the top of my blog

I've got an extensive backlog of games....still, that I have yet to beat. My goal is to hopefully get through all these games. I will list all games I have that I have not beaten.

I'm sure the game list will grow (I'm hoping it will shrink) due to me coming across more games that aren't on the list.

  1. Age of Empires III (not really my game, doubt I will play. It came free with some hardware purchase)
  2. Alpha Protocol
  3. Amnesia: The Dark Descent (was gifted on Steam - not sure I'll play it)
  4. Arma II & Operation Arrowhead
  5. BioShock 2
  6. Boiling Point: Road to Hell
  7. Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
  8. Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
  9. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (younger brother has it, so I can't beat it until I get the game back)
  10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  11. Call of Duty: World at War
  12. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
  13. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge
  14. Command & Conquer: Renegade
  15. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
  16. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm
  17. Commandos 2: Men of Courage
  18. Commandos 3: Destination Berlin
  19. Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
  20. Company of Heroes
  21. Contract J.A.C.K.
  22. Crysis 2
  23. The Dark Eye: Drakensang
  24. DarkStar One
  25. Darkstone (don't remember if I beat this game)
  26. Dawn of War II
  27. Diablo II (never beat it, I get bored by the time I hit Hell)
  28. Drakensang: The River of Time
  29. Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition
  30. Dungeon Siege II (slow work in progress)
  31. Exodus from the Earth (game glitched on me on Steam and I couldn't progress any further, was probably about 1/2 way through. will have to try again)
  32. Evochron Mercenary
  33. F.E.A.R. Extraction Point (this one or Perseus Mandate is unopened, I just don't remember off hand)
  34. F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate
  35. Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel
  36. Far Cry 2
  37. Far Cry 3
  38. Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone (a pain to install, my HDD crahsed and I never tried to get it running again)
  39. Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition (played the crap out of this game, just not through the actual Story of it)
  40. Gods: Lands of Infinity (won't install, I guess it hates Vista 64 - thankfully I only paid $1.99 for it)
  41. Gothic 3
  42. Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods
  43. Grand Ages: Rome
  44. Heroes of Might and Magic V
  45. Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
  46. King's Bounty: Armored Princess
  47. Legendary
  48. The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth
  49. Mafia II
  50. Mars: War Logs
  51. Max Payne 2
  52. Max Payne 3
  53. Medal of Honor Allied Assault
  54. Napoleon: Total War
  55. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of The Betrayer
  56. Nexus: The Jupiter Incident
  57. No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way (everyone said how good this game is, but I can't bring myself to open an unopened copy to play it....must be the collector in me that's keeping me from playing the game)
  58. Omikron: The Nomad Soul (one of my favorite games, sadly though, I just never beat it)
  59. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (got it through Steam as a gift, didn't want and I don't find it any fun)
  60. Painkiller: Gold Edition
  61. Pariah (can't get the damn sound to work, so I haven't played it yet)
  62. Orcs Must Die!
  63. Orcs Must Die 2!
  64. Rage
  65. Red Faction: Guerrilla
  66. Resident Evil 5 (very close to beating in co-op, waiting on younger brother to get it re-installed)
  67. Risen
  68. Risen 2 - Dark Waters
  69. Sacred Gold
  70. Serious Sam 3
  71. Shadow Ops: Red Mercury
  72. The Simpsons: Hit & Run (couldn't get past one of the last few races, also there is a lot of work getting the damn game uninstalled - probably won't ever finish, but it's a fun game)
  73. Total War: SHOGUN 2
  74. Sins of a Solar Empire
  75. Space Hack (bought for $1.99, didn't like it very much....but I'm going to give it another chance)
  76. Space Trader - Merchant Marine (eh...Steam impulse buy for $1.99....kind of a bland game)
  77. SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm
  78. SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars
  79. SpellForce: Shadow of the Phoenix
  80. SpellForce: The Breath of Winter
  81. SpellForce: The Order of Dawn
  82. Star Wars: Empire at War (slow work in progress)
  83. Star Wolves 3: Civil War
  84. Stronghold
  85. Stronghold 2
  86. Stronghold 3
  87. System Shock 2
  88. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (one hell of a long game, but oh so fun. I'd have to start over since I haven't played since my last HDD crashed years back)
  89. The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal
  90. The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
  91. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  92. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
  93. The Scourge Project: Episodes 1 and 2
  94. The Settlers: Rise of an Empire
  95. The Walking Dead
  96. The Witcher 2
  97. Thief 2
  98. Thief: Deadly Shadows
  99. TimeShift
  100. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  101. Tomb Raider
  102. Trine 2
  103. Turok
  104. Two Worlds: Epic Edition (I'm sorry, but there is nothing "Epic" about this game...it is awful. I'm certain I'll never play this game again)
  105. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
  106. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault (the origianl 40k was very easy and boring, never bothered with the expansion)
  107. Wizardry 8 (love this game, just gets long - so I take breaks from it and then I forget what I'm doing so I have to start over)
  108. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  109. Ys Origin
  110. Ys: The Oath in Felghana

Games from my list that I beat:

  1. Neverwinter Nights 2 (7/1/11)
  2. Madballs in Babo: Invasion (7/5/11)
  3. Fallout: New Vegas (7/14/11)
  4. Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale (7/20/11)
  5. Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 (7/30/11)
  6. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (7/31/11)
  7. Assassins's Creed: Brotherhood (9/14/11)
  8. Avencast: Rise of the Mage (10/3/11)
  9. Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (10/18/11)
  10. Alpha Prime (10/19/11)
  11. Just Cause 2 (10/28/11)
  12. Back to the Future: The Game Episodes 1-5 (11/7/11)
  13. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (3/1/12)
  14. Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link (3/4/12)
  15. Dead Island (3/17/12)
  16. Batman Arkham Asylum (4/21/12)
  17. Dragon Age: Origins (7/31/12)
  18. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2/1/13)
  19. Saints Row: The Third (2/5/13)
  20. Bastion (2/5/13)
  21. Torch Light II (2/7/13)
  22. Mass Effect 3 (3/20/13)
  23. Borderlands 2 (4/24/13)
  24. Kingdoms of Almalur Reckoning (9/12/13)
  25. Dishonored (11/25/13)
  26. Assassin's Creed III (12/26/13)
  27. Deadlight (12/27/13)
  28. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (1/30/14)
  29. Sleeping Dogs (2/6/14)
  30. Metro: Last Light (3/5/14)
  31. State of Decay (3/19/14)
  32. Batman: Arkham Origins (4/22/14)
  33. Of Orcs and Men (7/13/14)

Can't help but be mad....

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Alright, maybe I'm not mad, but I am greatly disappointed. I'm always overlooked and never thought of and maybe this stems from me being the middle child (have 1 older and 1 younger brother) - I've always been ignored.

No one offered to help me with college, but everyone jumped to help my younger brother.

My older brother no longer wanted a 46" LCD TV because he bought a newer and bigger one - I wasn't offered the TV, it was given to my younger brother.

When I turned 15 my mother signed me up for an application to the local grocery store and I had to work. After I got a job my mom never took me clothes shopping or helped pay for anything (not even my first car). My younger brother wasn't asked (yes, asked) to get a job until he was 17 and his first car was given to him. He also got his car insurance paid for whereas I had to pay for mine.

My younger brother had so many clothes from our mom constantly taking him clothes shopping he literally filled 4 - 30gallon garbage bags when he cleaned his room (getting ready to go to college) and he had enough clothes to fill another 5 or 6 bags. I never got that treatment from mom after I was forced to get a job.

My older brother purchased 3 different seasons of Green Bay Packer tickets (last 3 seasons Brett Favre played for the Packers) and he divided tickets up between himself, friends and my younger brother - never once did he ask me, not even ask me, if I wanted to attend a game.

My mom's niece got married, was living out in Phenoix, she paid for my younger brother to go out to the wedding and never even offered to see if I could attend the wedding with them (even though all family was invited).

Now, my mom was given 6 Packer tickets for the play off game going on between the Packers and Vikings in Lambeau field today (1/5/13) and she never asked if I wanted to go with....and she literally lives 5 minutes away. She took my younger brother, his wife and my brother's friend and his girlfriend (along with my step-dad) to the game.

Like I said, I'm not mad.....but I'm not happy either. I'm tired of getting ignored and when I do say something I'm treated like I just kicked a baby.

My wife (who's not a real fan of football) was irritated because we weren't even asked. We were just overlooked/ignored as usual and my younger brother got the spoils of war.

I want the Packers to win, but just to spite my family's visit out to Lambeau field, I hope the Vikings win....but as I type this out I don't think it'll happen since Packers are up 24 to 3 in the 4th quarter.

Day Care costs in MN...WTF?

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I know it depends on where you live that can determine daycare costs, but what the fück is up with the daycare costs in my area?

You're left with a problem when looking for daycare. You either A) pay out the a$s for a certified business that takes a lot of kids from the surrounding area and they follow strict guide lines or B) you find a liscensed at home daycare provider that has fewer kids and less restrictions to follow.....but also you're more likely to find some freakie daycare provider that may harm/neglect kids....but you save a lot of money.

My 4 year old costs me $73 for a full day (can be up to 12hours; 6am to 6pm) a day and my soon to be son will cost $95 a day at the near by KinderCare. Which means if just alone you have a newborn, that's $475 a week which means you'll spend just under $25k.

What kind of jobs do these businesses think parents have? We're not all doctors and lawerys. If you only make $16 an hour, after taxes you're roughly making $25k a year. If you have a newborn at this daycare by my house, you're fücked. You have no money for mortgage/rent, for food, for transportation or for baby needs. How the hell do these businesses get away with this?

$73 a day = $365 a week = $19K a year for a toddler. $19-fücking-thousand dollars a year. That is just as much or more than tuition at most public colleges. So when my kids grow up and ask why there's no money for college, I'll let them know not to have kids on their own unless you want to spend any possible college money you'd save for them just on daycare expenses alone.

Thankfully my work is letting me change around my schedule so I'm not dropping $40K in daycare expenses (about $6k more then what I make before taxes) to working a 4 day 10hour shift that spans Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Yes, I miss out on some family time which sucks, but I also get to have the kids at home for 3 of the 5 weekdays. We go from having to spend almost $40K a year to around $15K....what I could do with an extra $15K a year that's not going to daycare.......makes my head hurt thinking about it.

If you live in MN, for the love of everything awesome....don't have kids because the daycare charges here are a hazard to your health. Do yourself a favor and save the headache, money and sanity. Go far away from MN, far, far away.

Dreams; peek into the near future?

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My dream on Sunday night (actually Monday morning, woke up about 4am) had a couple of interesting things in it.

It took place in some wooded area. My wife, daughter and I were on a boat like vessel going down a river and my daughter had us get to the side of the river so mom could take her in the near by building to go potty. She said, "Mom, my tummy hurts. I think its because I have to go poops." My wife and daughter depart from the boat and start walking up the path....

I step off the boat and peer down at my feet and I pick up some money that someone dropped - I don't know the currency amount on it because the bill is folded in such a way that no easy to identify marks are visible on it. I never unfolded it and put it in my pocket.

I then hear in the distance my daughter saying, "My stomach hurts maybe because I have to throw up." They go from my view as they go around the corner as the path bends to the nearby house.

I stand there waiting and as they're coming back from the house I'm awoken from my dream, I hear my daughter coughing and then throwing up in her bed.

So, the wife and I end up spending half hour getting her cleaned up and things washed. She came in and out of our room about a half dozen times after that and didn't really sleep much - neither did the wife or I. I took the day off from work to watch her. By now it's about 7:30am, wife has left for work. My daughter is laying on the couch like a lump and I get my dogs collars on to take them outside quick. As I step outside I notice it had lightly snowed, enough for a small film to cover the side walk. The wind was blowing pretty good as well. As I take my first step onto the snow covered side walk, there's money on the ground - the bill is folded up in a manner where I couldn't see what amount it was.

I picked it up and unfolded it, it was a 10 dollar bill. It's not mine because all I had was 20bucks from yesterday and I spent that on gas, so I had no more cash. No one walked by and dropped it, there were no other foot prints on the sidewalk...wind must have blown it to my front walk.

I don't remember my dreams very often and the ones that I do, some part of them or the dream entirely comes true....it made for an interesting morning for me.

Deja Vu....does it happen to you?

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Does anyone else ever get Deja Vu?

I constantly get extreme cases of it. It's actually quite...jarring at times. I don't often remember my dreams, but the ones I do, majority of them happen later in life - generally within the week. Though I have had some dreams that seemed so real and I kind of forget about them, then months later everything in my dream happens.

My last big Deja Vu event happened at work a few months back and it's been bugging me. I work on a tech support call desk and the day started out like any other....

As soon as I answered the call and heard the lady's voice - I instantly knew her name, the ticket number she was calling about, the problem she had and needed resolved.....plus the entire conversation we were going to have. Even though I knew everything that was going to happen, I didn't detour from anything.

About a month later a new lady started at the company, some sort of management/overlook position she was doing (I'm still not sure what her function is at the company). She sits on the other side of me in her cubical. She asked me about kids (making small talk) and instantly I knew exactly what she was going to say when I showed her the picture of my daughter and where the conversation was going to go.

I've always had this happen to me, ever since I can remember. Sometimes they just pop into my head and I instantly relive small chunks of time or they come in my dreams that happen some amount of time in the near future.

It's rather daunting at times and produces a sensation that I can't describe, almost scary at times. Anyone else every experience Deja Vu....if you do, is it at the same level I do?

My extensive game backlog (Just PC games) - Update 19

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I've got an extensive backlog of games that I have yet to beat. I know I posted this before in a blog a ways back, but I figure it was easier to create a new blog instead of trying to find and update the old one. My goal (aside from a few games that I will make reference to) is to finally get through all these games before continuing on with getting new ones. I will list all games I have that I have not beaten, I will also mark games in RED that I have not even opened; along with games in GREEN that I have on Steam (or Digital Download due to no Physical Copy being available for the game or the DD was so cheap I couldn't pass it up) that I've never downloaded and played.

All other titles are in BLUE, those are games I've played and just never beat - I'll provide reasons on some games why I never beat them, but for the most part, I just got bored and moved on to the next.

6/30/11 - found another game "Darkstone" to add to my list. Wife wanted me going through old boxes of stuff and toss out things not needed. I found my Diablo II box (which I thought was lost) and a couple of games I forgot I even had the CDs for (no boxes though); Quake 1 and Quake 2, Doom II and a CD with a ton of different Doom II levels as well as SimCity 2000 (even still have the manuals for the game).

7/1/11 - I came across a few more games I've picked up and add them to the list: Avencast, Napoleon Total War, Just Cause 2 and Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale (this game I found for $8.99 a few weeks back and picked it up because it was cheap)

7/31/12 - Added a handful of more games I've picked up and put a couple on my completed list....my list grows faster then I can beat the games. I'm trying though. Sadly I did take a bit a of a break from really trying to beat games on my list and fell back to playing ones I've beaten in my collection already because I really enjoyed them. I've also been spending a bit of time doing co-op games with my younger brother. I'm back on track for now, working games that are on my list.

  1. Age of Empires III (not really my game, doubt I will play. It came free with some hardware purchase)
  2. Alpha Protocol
  3. Amnesia: The Dark Descent (I didn't want this game, was gifted on Steam - probably never play)
  4. Arma II & Operation Arrowhead
  5. BioShock 2
  6. Boiling Point: Road to Hell
  7. Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
  8. Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
  9. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (younger brother has it, so I can't beat it until I get the game back)
  10. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  11. Call of Duty: World at War
  12. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (bought these C&C games when I was really into RTS, but never played them. Not sure if I'll get around to them)
  13. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge
  14. Command & Conquer: Renegade
  15. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
  16. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun - Firestorm
  17. Commandos 2: Men of Courage
  18. Commandos 3: Destination Berlin
  19. Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
  20. Company of Heroes (So close to beating....so close!)
  21. Contract J.A.C.K. (A really BAD game, most likely will not play again)
  22. The Dark Eye: Drakensang
  23. DarkStar One
  24. DarkStone (came across this masterpiece while cleaning out old boxes, forgot I had it. I don't remember if I beat it or not)
  25. Diablo II (never beat it, I get bored by the time I hit Hell)
  26. Drakensang: The River of Time
  27. Dungeon Lords (I don't remember if I beat this game years ago, picked up a cheap copy for $1.99 and everything is very familiar, so I'm thinking I beat it already)
  28. Dungeon Siege II (boring story and some of the worst voice acting - I'll have to force myself to play through)
  29. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (one hell of a long game, but oh so fun. I'd have to start over since I haven't played since my last HDD crashed years back)
  30. The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal
  31. The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
  32. Exodus from the Earth (game glitched on me on Steam and I couldn't progress any further, was probably about 1/2 way through. will have to try again)
  33. F.E.A.R. Extraction Point (this one or Perseus Mandate is unopened, I just don't remember off hand)
  34. F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate
  35. Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel
  36. Far Cry 2 (the idea of Malariea - or however you spell it - really turned me off on this game, so I haven't giving it a fair chance yet)
  37. Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone (a pain to install, my HDD crahsed and I never tried to get it running again)
  38. Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition (played the crap out of this game, just not through the actual Story of it)
  39. Gods: Lands of Infinity (won't install, I guess it hates Vista 64 - thankfully I only paid $1.99 for it)
  40. Gothic 3
  41. Grand Ages: Rome (never could get into it....maybe some other date in time I'll try again)
  42. Heroes of Might and Magic V
  43. Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
  44. King's Bounty: Armored Princess
  45. Legendary (I tried to give this game a chance, but it sucks. I played about 4-5 hours and couldn't stand it anymore)
  46. The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth
  47. Medal of Honor Allied Assault
  48. Napoleon: Total War
  49. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of The Betrayer
  50. Nexus: The Jupiter Incident
  51. No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way (everyone said how good this game is, but I can't bring myself to open an unopened copy to play it....must be the collector in me that's keeping me from playing the game)
  52. Omikron: The Nomad Soul (one of my favorite games, sadly though, I just never beat it)
  53. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (got it through Steam as a gift, didn't want and I don't find it any fun)
  54. Painkiller: Gold Edition
  55. Pariah (can't get the damn sound to work, so I haven't played it yet)
  56. Orcs Must Die!
  57. Red Faction: Guerrilla
  58. Resident Evil 5 (very close to beating in co-op, waiting on younger brother to get it re-installed on his new PC)
  59. Risen
  60. Sacred Gold
  61. The Scourge Project: Episodes 1 and 2
  62. The Settlers: Rise of an Empire
  63. Shadow Ops: Red Mercury
  64. The Simpsons: Hit & Run (couldn't get past one of the last few races, also there is a lot of work getting the damn game uninstalled - probably won't ever finish, but it's a fun game)
  65. Total War: SHOGUN 2
  66. Sins of a Solar Empire
  67. Space Hack (bought for $1.99, didn't like it very much....but I'm going to give it another chance)
  68. Space Trader - Merchant Marine (eh...Steam impulse buy for $1.99....kind of a bland game)
  69. SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm
  70. SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars
  71. SpellForce: Shadow of the Phoenix
  72. SpellForce: The Breath of Winter
  73. SpellForce: The Order of Dawn
  74. Star Wars: Empire at War (slow work in progress)
  75. Star Wolves 3: Civil War
  76. The Witcher 2
  77. Thief 2
  78. Thief: Deadly Shadows
  79. TimeShift
  80. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  81. Trine 2
  82. Turok
  83. Two Worlds: Epic Edition (I'm sorry, but there is nothing "Epic" about this game...it is awful. I'm certain I'll never play this game again)
  84. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
  85. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault (the origianl 40k was very easy and boring, never bothered with the expansion)
  86. Wizardry 8 (love this game, just gets long - so I take breaks from it and then I forget what I'm doing so I have to start over)
  87. Ys Origin
  88. Ys: The Oath in Felghana

Games from my list that I beat:

  1. Neverwinter Nights 2 (7/1/11)
  2. Madballs in Babo: Invasion (7/5/11)
  3. Fallout: New Vegas (7/14/11)
  4. Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale (7/20/11)
  5. Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 (7/30/11)
  6. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (7/31/11)
  7. Assassins's Creed: Brotherhood (9/14/11)
  8. Avencast: Rise of the Mage (10/3/11)
  9. Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (10/18/11)
  10. Alpha Prime (10/19/11)
  11. Just Cause 2 (10/28/11)
  12. Back to the Future: The Game Episodes 1-5 (11/7/11)
  13. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (3/1/12)
  14. Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link (3/4/12)
  15. Dead Island (3/17/12)
  16. Batman Arkham Asylum (4/21/2012)
  17. Dragon Age: Origins (7/31/12)
  18. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2/1/13)
  19. Saints Row: The Third (2/5/13)
  20. Bastion (2/5/13)
  21. Torch Light II (2/7/13)

Wife said I need to throw out my old games....

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WTF? Seriously?

My response to her was (with a nasty glare in her direction), "Umm...no. Not going to happen."

She stared at me in disbelief, but that's okay. I used to have a large collection of games when I was young - till my dumbasš older brother stole 95% of what we had and pawned it to feed his drug problem at the time.

What we used to have the following:

  • 2 Gameboys - 15-20 games (1 got lost at my dad's so he bought me a new one, then a while later the old one popped up)
  • TurboGrafx 16 - 6 or 7 games (was my brothers)
  • Atari 2600 - copy of every single game ever made (including the x-rated ones); dad gave to both my brother and me
  • 2 Nintendo - roughly 4 dozen games (one was my older brother's)
  • Sega Genesis - couple dozen games (Mine)
  • Sega Genesis 32x - 6 games (Mine)
  • 2 SNES - couple dozen games (one system was my older brother's, other was mine)
  • 1 SNES Super Famicom - brother converted a third SNES to a Super Famicom version; had a couple of games for it
  • Vitrual Boy - every game (dad got for me)
  • Neo Geo - was my brothers, only had a couple games

We had thousands of dollars into this stuff we've been collecting over the years...I came home one day from school (I was 12, maybe 13) and almost everything was gone. All I had left was:

  • Sega Genesis - handful of games, most were taken
  • Virtual Boy - only 2 games left for it

Everything else was gone. I never got it back, any of it. Also not to mention that almost $500 in cash was stolen from my room. My parent's called the cops, the cops gave my brother 24hrs to at least return the cash or he was getting hauled off. The next day my missing cash happened to appear in my room again, but nothing ever returned from the games or systems.

Since then I've purchased a PS2 - I've got a dozen or so games for it. Plus I still have 4 or 5 PS1 games I bought and kept after my younger brother's PS1 broke. I've got a PS3 with....7 or 8 games.

I did pick up a Nintendo years back for about $20, it still works last I tried it and picked up my favorite series from GameStop (when you could still find old Nintendo/SNES games at them) - Dragon Warrior 1-4. I've got hundreds of games today - maybe 15% are digital downloads, otherwise all others are physical copies. There is no way in hell I'm giving up my collection again. It'll be a cold, damn cold, day in hell before that happens.

I love my wife, but she can kiss my asš if she thinks I'm tossing my stuff out because she wants to make room. She's got 4 giant tubs (big enough where I could put my 75lb huskie in - if he let me) of all her graphic design crap that she said she needs for her portfolio....how she's going to fit all that in her portfolio is beyond me. I've got 1 decent sized box with computer games and another box a bit smaller in size with my Virtual Boy and Nintendo stuff.

Only reason she's digging through things is because she's been watching "Hoarders" on NetFlix and she thinks we need to start pitching stuff because we don't use it. I collect two things; 1) games - if I buy it, I'm not letting go of it. 2) Garfield stuff - I don't really buy anything Garfield anymore, but if someone gets me something, I keep it. Other then that, anything else stashed away in boxes for me is old stuff I was given by my grandparents - old WWII items and such things. Oh well....I've rambled on enough, I'll just stop here.

Building a decent gaming computer isn't expensive

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Granted I don't recall the exact items I helped my younger brother pick up from MicroCenter over the weekend (and then I mostly made him build it so he can learn).

Items he needed:

  • PSU
  • MB
  • RAM
  • CPU
  • HDD

He picked up the following:

  • Corsair 600W PSU - $69.99
  • ASUS 870chip MB - $104.99 (has $20 MIR)
  • 4GB (single stick)DDR3 1333 RAM - $39.99 (has $10 MIR)
  • Phenom II x4 840 (he doesn't OC, so perfect for him) - $97.99
  • 1TB WD Black Caviar HDD - $79.99

After the $40 saving bundle for the CPU and MB, and taxes, he spent right around $385. Don't forget he's got at least $30 in MIR (might have more, but I only recall those two off the top of my head). So when all said and done, after the MIRs, $350 or so.

He had a tower and thankfully his GPU still worked - so that saved him easily $200. He also had his Vista 64bit so no need for an OS (saving of at least $100).

I OC'ed the CPU a little without adjusting the voltage, it's up from 3.2GHz to 3.34GHz. I also OC'ed his 8800GTS 640MB card up about 150MHz on all clocks - gained about a 15% boost in performance from it.

Aside from the GPU, this is a great step up in performance over this older computer. His last computer, the PSU went out and took the MB, CPU, RAM and HDD with it. All the capacitors on his MB popped, the RAM looked fine but doesn't work in my PC and I can't get the HDD to respond. His old PC ran my old Evga MB and Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (OC'ed from 2.8GHz to 3.18GHz) and some low end DDR2 800

So, for a couple hours of our time, about $400, he's got a computer that getting close to the performance of my computer - minus the GPU power. After a while, if he upgrades to something along the lines of GTX 470 or better, he'll have a PC about as good as mine and it only cost about half the price.

I spent nearly $1200 building my PC over the course of 1.5 years. Then 1.5 years later my younger brother can buy parts for around $600-700 (for everything) that performs just about as good as mine does.....that's sad if you ask me.

Anyways, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to build a decent gaming PC. Minimum of $650 for everything. Sometimes you get lucky and have older parts to use to save a few bucks here and there. My brother is thrilled, he's excited to get Steam installed again and his games going again.

"Future proof" your "bottleneck"!

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Two terms I constantly see on any forum I go to that has folks posting about computer parts.

[sarcasm] Will this GPU bottleneck on my system? I have a Q9650 that's OC'ed to 4.0GHz and I'm using a 1080p monitor and I have a HD5870, but it's just not playing this one game I have at a solid 50+fps anymore, it dips to to about 40 sometimes and that's just unacceptable. So I want to buy a HD6990 or I might go with the GTX 580 since I don't really want to deal with Crossfire/SLI....will my CPU bottleneck either of these GPUs? [/sarcasm]

Holy hell! Shut the hell up! Bottleneck, bottleneck....cry, cry, cry! Damn it, just buy whatever damn part you want. Did my old Athlon64 X2 5600+ hold back my dual 8800GTS 512 in SLI? Damn right it did, but running two cards in SLI provided more performance in games then one card did. Eventually upgrading to my Phenom II x4 940 let those GPUs fly!

Your computer is only as good as the slowest part. Shut the hell up with the bottleneck questions already.

Then there's the is my computer "furture proof" questions. Damnit people, your computer is only as good as you think it is. Some people could buy the latest and greatest items out there, 6 months later a new line of CPUs or GPUs comes out so they build a new rig of the latest and greatest. That's what they want to do becuase they feel they're on a crappy rig already....that's just how they feel.

Some people get a PC, use it for 3-5 years and eventually hit a point and say....this new game is struggling to run on even medium settings, I need something better now.

Future proofing is in the eye of the beholder, nothing more. My computer runs all my games just fine.....I'm sure it will for the next 1-2 years. However, would I like a new GPU or MB/CPU? Sure, why the hell not. But to me, I tend to take advantage of my PC parts as much as possible and when I'm done, they tend to be handed down to my younger brother or I'll eventually build a PC just for the daughter so she stops wanting to play her games on mine.

So folks, here's what you do. Research, ask questions, but for the well being of everyone's sanity, stop using "future proof" and "bottleneck". Buy your parts, build your PC and enjoy what you have...once you no longer enjoy it, buy something new again! The cycle continues.

Thanks, have a good night.