Went all the way back too 03-04. Found some Popcorns, RPGs, threads..etc...wow. Being 23 now, I can hardly remember being a little kid commenting on these threads. I feel like hitting up some of my "Neo-Fam"...just for fun. See if you remember what I do...or remember stuff I don't. :D
New fatalism - Meaning what? A feeling that effort reaps no rewards and so is not worth making; that the world is what it is and cannot be changed — at least not by me, even if I felt like changing it, which I don’t; that luck or inborn talent (which, being inborn, is just luck under another name) determines destiny, excluding most of us from the really good things in life — if they really are good, which they’re not, so to hell with them.
Hey folk, so I'm considering doing something different -- starting today. Rather often I tend to have a few stories that just don't have the substance for a proper news piece. Patch notes or random trailers and the like. Rather than just discard these, I want to start posting them as simple forum threads and then collecting them in a daily round-up.
Please give me your thoughts on the idea. I wouldn't mind adding stories from other community members too, but I'm not sure how to do that just yet. Maybe have them post their news on the previous day's round-up and then I'll make sure it's on the next day's list? If this turns out to be semi-popular, I wouldn't mind publishing it to the front-page rather than as a blog, either. Feedback is demanded. <3
Rory Young - bluexy
The Daily Extra - Bonus News Round-Up for Wednesday, February 6
As a competitor for GMC at Madden Bowl XXI this last weekend I had the chance to drive the GMC Canyon during my stay in Phoenix, this isn't a total review but a bit of a diary of experiences with the Canyon over the 5 days we (my guest and I) had with it.
*Full disclosure: VeGiTAX2 was a competitor representing GMC at Madden Bowl XXI in Phoenix.
We came across our SLE 4WD after arriving by plane, the Quicksilver Metallic finish stood out in a line of new and used cars in the lot. It catches light and stands out with a crisp finish, the metallic flake balances with the paint to catch the eye without being overkill, many silver finishes often fall on the flat side, creating a dull appearance that feels lackluster. While many cars are doing this more, trucks don't always get the same treatment, GMC put a solid blend in on this color to really catch the eyes.
Once loaded up with luggage in the crew cab to prevent any rain from reaching the luggage we were on the move, the dash immediately boots up as the driver enters the car, allowing the nav / user interface to run post with enough time before they pull out of the car. It's a good consideration to those on the go as the system is ready before the driver is on the move. Features like the backup camera engage automatically by response to the transmission choice, the moment reverse engages it kicks on with guidance pattern to help new drivers understand if they're on the right angle to get out. As a new driver to the Canyon it was a nice help, the radius adjusting on the fly in response to my wheel angles.
Once we were on the move it was easy to feel the power of the 3.5L V6, it packs 305hp with 269lb-ft of torque and has no problem picking up the pace as needed, getting on the freeway it rolled on the power quickly to the drivetrain, the key of course is the same with any manual to apply the acceleration equally. For those who might be heavier on the gas, the manual mode also allows for more control by letting drivers wind out the gears to their desire vs having the automatic try to catch the proper gear to match the acceleration profile.
Personally I enjoyed both options, not for power purposes but to feel a closer level of control while cruising as someone coming from manual cars. It's not about winding out gears but just being able to feel things out while enjoying the ride, after a long day though it's nice to slip into drive mode and leave that up to the automatic to handle. When taking things off on the trail it's certainly understandable that drivers would want more control of their car also and this completely plays to that area.
It poured the first few days in Phoenix, while it was fun driving in RWD mode, the interest was putting that All Terrain feature to use, slipping into automatic 4WD mode allowed the Canyon to use best judgement while traveling over wet and puddled surfaces. While running on gravel and pavement we hit many scenarios but regardless the Canyon kept traction on without slip. Regardless of higher speeds on the freeways with sections of flooded underpasses on a fresh first rain or on gravel roads and dirt sucking up water and making puddles the Canyon handled the terrain without issue and in total comfort.
With a smooth ride and stable response the key was the steering using the upgrade packages for the all-terrain mode. Luckily the Canyon demonstrated smooth control, fairly generous turn radius and strong grip around the long bends without a lean. Those who get used to the dimensions fast will have no issues in parking lots or tight spaces, the steering response is quick for a higher profile vehicle without having a large dead zone or too much play in the wheel. Even with the electric steering the car still translates the road to the driver without feeling dead or clouded.
With smooth control and ride the Canyon of course finishes rounding out the package with a braking kit that allows for smooth speed reduction and quick response in tight moments. While we didn't push the truck into extreme braking we did have our share of stop and go not just in commuter traffic but in high pedestrian areas and wet weather which tested the response over the days.
While the Bose audio system within the SLE is very enjoyable, the feature of the GMC Canyon is the cabin sound or really, the lack of sound. The truck minimizes road noise to allow for a smooth ride experience, instead of hearing every element of the road and nature in the drive there's a quiet experience that allows for passengers and the driver to talk, enjoy the scenery, use the hands free system or the radio. It's a genuinely welcome experience for those coming from older models or other brands that have heavier cabin noise that catch winds and rough pavement sounds.
The audio system in the Canyon allows for multiple levels of compatibility, aside from the radio, it allows for XM reception and bluetooth connectivity for media sync. The sound is rich and smooth even at higher volume levels without distortion. The combination brings a rich sound field with nice bass and welcoming midrange, the higher range does suffer somewhat but a bit of tuning with the head unit can fix that.
One of the big features of the GMC line is the Professional Grade quality, as such stitched leather throughout the cabin welcomes drivers and passengers in the SLE, it's a comfortable seating zone for the driver while the passengers can enjoy the stitched leather and metal accents throughout the truck interior and take in the features of USB charging, WiFi hotspot and bluetooth connectivity to share music and heighten the experience while riding along.
During the ride it was pure comfort, the electric seats allowed for quick adjustment depending on the time of day and level of traffic with materials that ensured a comfortable ride during the journey. Despite any rougher bumps or terrain, none of managed to really translate to the seating itself.
For many it's easy to claim a top quality interior experience but it's always clear at some point where the plastic or the vinyl comes into play at just the wrong point. In the case of the Canyon these elements exist when needed (who would really have a leather wrapped 12v port?) and they're carefully used to keep up the design goals.
Our Canyon drive was a positive one, with over 400 miles put on in mixed freeway and street driving we didn't even go through a whole tank. With a V6 pushing 305hp and variable driving through the experience it was very enjoyable having power and fuel economy on our side. The Canyon provided a smooth ride in multiple driving conditions and a comfortable experience through not only the seating but the low noise cabin and responsive climate control and automated 4WD and even lighting system.
After being in other class competitors like the Frontier and Tacoma I can say it's a very different feel in the Canyon, the ride is stiff enough for off-road but not so much that it's jarring to the ride, it takes the hits and works hard to make sure everyone has the best ride possible. For those looking to find a truck that delivers comfort and functionality the Canyon has the best of both worlds, a comfortable interior for the family and a functional design and power to take on bigger workloads.
I do like being on camera when I'm live on Twitch because when I watch other people and their on cam I feel a connection going on between the audience and the streamer. But I also feel uncomfortable... I love all the attention and all that but at the same time I hate it.
I hate it because people say girls do it only for the attention, I don't and many girls don't, I personally do it to connect with people and play the game but I feel like in some cases people don't take the game seriously and watch because "it's a girl". Then it make it feel pointless to me...
So I've decide to focus on my YouTube more :D
I'm game capturing and commentating for game walkthrough's and I don't go on cam at all! <3 The difference is I feel like I'm putting in some work with the play and editing and I may help someone that needs help, even if it is one person I feel like I can do what I want and don't fall in to the category of "attention whore girl gamer".
It's crazy to think that some people think that girls shouldn't be playing games, I've seen all sorts of comments on YouTube and it's crazy.
The downside to me doing this YouTube thing is my the way I talk, for some reason even though I know what I want to say another word comes out.. I think it's something to do with my dyslexia and lack of sociel connection. Yes I can kind of spell so I'm not incredibly dyslexic, but when I was 16 I was still learning how to spell they and what it meant. Spell check is wonderful xD
So what do you think about girls playing games? Has some girls just given the rest of us a bad name? Or is it a case that boys do boy things (console games, action men and army) and girls should do girl things (make-up, barbie and dress up)?!?!?!
Ok i need a new pic something along the lines of a Gangster Pikachu to go with my Xbox live gamertag. Would love people suggestions so please post your pics ( I Would like to see other peoples artwork because i think everyone has a hidden artist in them). THANK YOU!
What's a guy to do when it seems there's no way out of a slump? Elo hell is a real phenomenon in League of Legends - you can easily get stuck in a lower bracket because you're constantly stuck queueing with poor players who drag down the entire team's performance, not to mention smurf accounts. Here are a few ways you can try to escape elo hell:
1. Play every champion once. This will help you learn the strengths and weaknesses of each champion.
2. Find a pro streamer and watch how they play. What items do they buy in which kinds of situations? Where do they position themselves at different stages of the game?
3. Cultivate a positive attitude. Give compliments for strong play. Gently make suggestions when you see a player out of position or pursuing a strange build. Don't Monday-morning quarterback failed team fights - the damage is done. If you find you've gotten angry after a game, take a break.
4. If all of the above fails, hire a coach to watch your play style and give you pointers. This will help you correct mistakes directly rather than taking stabs in the dark as to where you can improve.
5. If even that fails, you could always buy elo boosting. Although you may not be able to compete in the higher brackets, and you could make some people mad, you'll at least have a chance to test your strength against higher level players.
"A storm cloud stalks me making what should be a sunny day, Shed tears of lonesome and despair in the form of rain, I've devoted my life to rid you of your pain, For feelings of acceptance, which reveal themselves feigned, Do not mind that, scream the, voices in my brain, But if I stop giving, only I remain Though I know not of misery, For I lack the company it needs to be entertained, But misery would be a nice change, This solitude drives me insane" -Eric Boone :'(