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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware News: Zeschuk and Muzyka retire on: September 29, 2012, 06:34:28 PM
I'm quoting from terrible memory here but there was a question posited about why do people (It may have been Whedon specifically) continually make shows for FOX when there is an extremely good chance it will be canceled early. The answer essentially was they need to make a paycheck like everyone else and a lot of the time FOX is willing to try new things.

Having said that in a dream world I wish that publishers and developers were separate. The developer owns the IP and the only involvement that a publisher has is the initial loan, distribution, and promotion and at most first refusal rights. And even then a developer could decide to take on one or both of those tasks themselves. It's heartbreaking to see a developer being shut down because their latest game didn't quite reach the sales of a previous one or that they didn't meet expectations or that the publisher just didn't want anything to do with that world regardless of its sales (see NCSoft).

There is an offshoot of what I want, happening now with the crowd funded development. But there are perils in that as well. We all know that a high profile take the money and run will happen. One thing I also think will happen is a burnout from the newness of it all and just like now people are going to realize that if I don't have time to play all those games why should I be spending money like I do.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [CBS]Elementary on: September 29, 2012, 03:11:26 AM
Caught the tail end of NPR interviewing Lucy Liu, about the show. The creator has stated that there will not be a romance but rather a bromance between the two characters.
Having said that this is an American tv show and what the audience wants they usually get. Course maybe they could introduce a love interest for Moriarty whom Holmes is also interested in. Perhaps a tragic death is what causes the two to become enemies.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did Blowing Into NES Cartridges Help? on: September 26, 2012, 04:05:36 PM
It didn't really happen that often for me. Whether it was because I was pretty good about putting the cartridge back in the sleeve or just random luck. The times that the cartridge didn't work I would blow on it though I remember using less breath and more air (Lips being in a whistle shape versus having your cheeks puff out). It is encouraging to see I was doing what was suggested in the article. When I couldn't get it to work the first time I would use isopropyl alcohol.
124  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fundraising in Israel with Romney on: July 13, 2012, 05:39:18 PM
They were talking about this on NPR. There are apparently voters living in Israel and the Jewish population, in general, votes more republican versus here. The GOP knows they cannot win the American Jewish vote but they're hoping to grab a few percentage points away from the democrats.
As far as funding goes afaic Citizens United pretty much killed any rules we had.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LTTP: Mass Effect (1) on: April 17, 2012, 02:45:38 AM
Don't buy every license. Your shop on the ship randomly picks, from the ones you have, to sell to you. So you have less of a chance to get what you want with a larger catalog being pulled from.
Recommend Kassa Fabrication, Geth Armory and Serrice Council. Pinnacle Station also rewards you with good weapons but honestly if you don't want to go through the grind I believe the Spectre ones are better.
126  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Campaign ad appears to link Obama with Ahmadinejad on: March 27, 2012, 01:40:43 AM
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 23, 2012, 05:31:25 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 22, 2012, 07:56:17 PM

Ceekay's room. Link.
My first thought was marshmallow ponies. Do they have that?
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 23, 2012, 05:28:21 AM
I heard the only way to get 5000 is to not sleep with any of the characters. So it's basically impossible.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 22, 2012, 02:37:37 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 21, 2012, 06:35:46 PM

Honestly, until the last five minutes of the game I would say that ME3 is the best game in the series.  But those last five minutes....
There in lies the problem though, with those final moments. It's like having the greatest piece of pie ever and then someone comes up and craps on the last bite. No matter how great the experience was, up to that point, you can't help but dwell on that final piece and your opinion for the whole is tainted because of it.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 21, 2012, 06:24:47 PM
For only $10 per character you can see what happens to each member of your team(s).

Honestly it's a good thing I decided to hold off on this one. As someone who values story and storytelling above all else everything I've read indicates that the level of excellence wasn't carried over from the first two.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Point and Click Adventure Games on: February 28, 2012, 04:08:31 PM
I haven't had time to check them out yet but Chris Jones and Aaron Conners have worked on three newish games.
132  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / So my iTunes account has been hijacked again on: February 27, 2012, 02:42:16 AM
Had my account hijacked last month as well, as did others (Some lost as much as $100). This time they were much cleverer and purchased a free app that had in-app purchases. So I'm most likely out $15 because they were in-app. Not a whole lot but it's still irritating. Both times have been Chinese developed games. I had changed my password from a single word to a word plus numbers and letters. My touch was jailbroken and I had updated over wifi a couple times so it might have happened because of that. Went ahead and updated it which removed the jailbreak. I know my computers are both clean (Haven't clicked on anything suspect, haven't opened any mail except when I was resetting a password, haven't visited any off the path websites) and earlier this month I completely wiped all permissions for iTunes. Also my account is not linked to a credit/debit card.

Anyone have any other suggestions for things I can do to prevent this from happening again? I'm also thinking I might as well purchase something that will kill the remaining credit that I have, if for no other reason than to not lose any more money.
133  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: You shouldn't vote for Romney because he speaks... French *gasp* on: January 14, 2012, 12:26:30 AM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on January 13, 2012, 11:16:10 PM

There are people out there who find such advertisements persuasive.

I plan to take advantage of them, hire them at substandard wages to perform my various menial tasks, and find ways to take their money to buy a beach house and maybe educate my children at ivy-festooned schools.  If it amuses me, I may find a way to have them legally classified as cattle.

First thought that popped in my head. God I hope he doesn't milk them.
134  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / You shouldn't vote for Romney because he speaks... French *gasp* on: January 13, 2012, 09:39:37 PM
The ad, released by rival Newt Gingrich, seeks to draw unflattering parallels between Mr Romney and another Massachusetts politician, John Kerry.
Entitled The French Connection, it features a clip of Mr Romney talking in French when he ran the Winter Olympics.
Correspondents say the highlighting of Mr Romney's alleged French-language skills is an attempt to portray him as an elitist, European-style liberal wimp.

This is Gingrich realizing he is done and trying anything to diminish Romney, if only by a little bit, just out of spite.
135  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Michelle Bachmann will not run in 2012 on: January 04, 2012, 09:52:40 PM
I wonder, did her husband tell her to quit or was she allowed to make the decision on her own like a big person?
136  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Great Gift Pile (trade talk - coupons, coal, etc.) on: January 01, 2012, 06:53:29 PM
2x 50% off Valve published
33% off Valve
50% off Revenge of the Titans
137  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Holiday Sale! on: December 26, 2011, 10:36:04 PM
While not really the best place for this, would anyone be interested in trading 7 coal for either 50% off Valve Library or 50% off Revenge of the Titans?
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 05, 2011, 01:38:56 AM
You may be on
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 23, 2011, 01:06:10 AM
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Latest PS3 Update EULA Taking Away Users Rights? on: September 18, 2011, 04:03:50 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 18, 2011, 03:33:17 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on September 17, 2011, 11:45:41 PM

Perhaps I mis-read the agreement, but there is a way to opt out of the binding arbitration and class action waiver under section 15.  What is the downside to opting out?

The downside is that you can't update your PS3 anymore, which means you can't play newer games or access the PS3 online store.

sgoldj isn't talking about not updating as a way to opt out. You can send a letter to the address they list and be removed from waiving your rights. A couple comments from ArsTechnica if you do plan on doing this. Make sure you send it by something like USPS signature confirmation so they cannot claim to have never gotten the letter. Also it's not clear if you will have to send a letter each time a new update comes around.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Latest PS3 Update EULA Taking Away Users Rights? on: September 17, 2011, 04:49:02 AM
That's really not much of a choice. Not only are they holding hostage a user that has purchased content from PSN or wishes to play online but also the developers that have their games up for download. I also don't like the precedent this might set. Yes there are probably other ways the company can be punished if found to have done something against the law. But those usually end up not reimbursing the customer but rather the state.
I'm speaking from no knowledge of this but it seems like the best way a customer can bring a company to court is through a class action along with other like minded people, otherwise the company will just draw it out knowing that an individual cannot afford a lengthy battle.

Legally I suspect that since they provide a way for a customer to opt out of surrendering their rights after accepting the download it will be fine. A bit grey but fine.

As far as spending their money on things other than lawsuits, I'm pretty sure that's what their lawyers are paid to handle already.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Latest PS3 Update EULA Taking Away Users Rights? on: September 17, 2011, 02:40:23 AM
It's as silly as shrink wrap EULAs. Though I'm pretty sure those did withstand a lawsuit.
143  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Portal was so bad Valve has to give it away - Until Sept 20 on: September 17, 2011, 02:37:22 AM
Oh sure they may try to disguise it as "helping" educators teach physics and critical thinking. But we all know what their plan really is. To get the kids hooked with their sweet sweet candy thereby destroying generations of young peoples hopes and dreams. Because really which would you rather do, study all night or think with portals? Trick question, there is no study only portals. So when the world is reduced to burning rubble and the populace are forced into Newell re-eduction camps don't come crying to me. No really, don't bother me, I've got portals to make.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 16, 2011, 01:17:00 AM
Star Fox Space Oddity
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Someone check Myto's attic: The Search for the Golden Cartridge on: September 14, 2011, 02:09:17 AM
Remember the guest that Weekend Confirmed had on that talked about his collection. Want to say he was a couple games short of having the full NES library. I believe he stated that someone had contacted the winners of the Nintendo Power contest. I'm assuming the guy had offered money and probably had a few takers, but where the cartridges are now I don't know.
146  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Free to Play (DDO and LOTR online), couple questions on: September 06, 2011, 05:14:20 PM
Here you go.
Click on details and it will show you how each of the tiers measures out.
147  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bachmann: Irene was political message from God on: September 02, 2011, 02:54:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 02, 2011, 03:38:39 AM

I think it's more likely God thought she'd be on the east coast and took the shots, but like a poor marksman he kept missing the target.
So you're saying God is a stormtrooper?
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 30, 2011, 04:49:56 PM
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars Kinect on: August 28, 2011, 12:19:49 AM
While it certainly is possible that the sync is off between the two videos. Going by the GameInformer piece, though, wow is this bad. I had definite reservations when they would show the player trying to lift away the speeder or really do anything, but figured that it's something that could be better tuned. But the Rancor footage is just awful.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft won't publish games on XBLA if they were on PSN first on: August 26, 2011, 02:18:39 AM
That whole thing reads like a little kid having a tantrum from not getting it's way. Maintaining a level playing field by restricting access to timed exclusives even though we do the same thing. Wow, just wow.

It's funny, when I initially bought both consoles in December I had a fear that the PS3 was just going to gather dust as I would mainly use the 360. But from the beginning I've found myself experiencing the opposite.
  • Media player is infinitely better
  • Dashboard is cleaner and quicker
  • Don't have to be online to play arcade type games
  • No bloody avatar
  • No imaginary currency
  • Controller feels better (Personal opinion)
  • HD upgrades are not x times more expensive than market
  • Larger swath of genres and more imaginative games
  • The trophy notification doesn't get in the way

I'm sure there are more but would probably be getting into more and more personal preference.
Also I'm not saying Sony hasn't miss-stepped as well. I definitely wish backwards compatability was still included. It would also be nice to see an indie space as maybe they would do a decent job at promoting it.

I am now wondering if this will be like the Gamecube for me. Where I end up buying games for it to justify the purchase.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 24, 2011, 04:01:47 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 24, 2011, 03:22:21 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on August 24, 2011, 03:11:54 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on August 24, 2011, 02:23:11 PM


There's no G in Thrift Store.

If it weren't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deadly Premonition-Prequel,Sequel and Special Edition planned on: August 24, 2011, 04:00:11 PM
No real opinion on the game other than I hope Jeff Cannata is forced to play it.
153  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Looking for a gaming laptop and possibly a netbook. Recommendations needed on: July 22, 2011, 11:56:07 PM
First off the laptop will not be a desktop replacement. What I would like power wise is something that can play MMOs on medium to high (I'm thinking LOTRO but really any of them) and at bare minimum run Mass Effect 2 at medium/high. Of course if I can get something that runs better than that I'm all for it.

As far as specifics I would like at least a 17" screen with a good view angle (My last one starting loosing color and brightness as soon as you deviated from dead center which was annoying). Would prefer an AMD/Radeon but I'm not firm on that. Would like a fairly large HD so SSD are out especially with how much they still cost. Would like an internal wireless and at least two USB ports. Anything else like say an HDMI out would be nice but certainly not a deal breaker. Oh and would like the speakers to be of decent quality as I would probably be using them as I watch something else on the TV, especially if I'm playing an MMO. Lastly, I do not care if the design is as ugly as sin just as long as typing on it is comfortable. I'm fine with spending $1000+ but something like from Apple is way too much for what you get.

Now on to the netbook or whatever. What I would like to use this for is document viewing/editing, web browsing and video playback. So while I am playing something on a console or computer to be able to look at it for reference and modify text as I go along. If and this is a big if since I will have the laptop, I do want to game on it I'm thinking DOSBox or maybe something like Uplink. I'm open to a tablet but it seems like what I want to do, especially text modification, requires more money beyond the initial investment. Admittedly I was looking to see if there were text editors for the touch so a tablet may be different. The big thing though is I want to be able to use this while offline. I don't keep my connection on at all times so some kind of storage is necessary. Also this device, whatever I may go with, should be fairly inexpensive so something like the iPad or probably most tablets are probably off the table. Again I would only be using this to fill a pretty small want so something fancy is not required.

Hope I listed everything that might come up.
154  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DVD ripping & reverse converting - what is the best? on: July 22, 2011, 10:57:39 PM
It doesn't look like they provide ripping if the disc is encrypted/protected.

I will give this one a shot since I have a few FLV files that Super, DVDFab, or the PS3 Converter from 4Media just have a hard time with. Actually I can eventually get Super to work and it plays fine on the computer but the PS3 doesn't like it.
155  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DVD ripping & reverse converting - what is the best? on: July 22, 2011, 03:39:44 PM
Might take a look at DVDFab. Used it in the past and worked incredibly well when I was ripping some of my dvds. Didn't use it to convert files but the option is there depending on which package you choose.
Super is something you might also look at. This one is free. It only does conversions thought.
156  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / My Final Fantasy XIII 360 ver for your PS3 ver on: July 18, 2011, 02:06:53 AM
I'm just throwing this out there to see if anyone would be interested in a swap. Just opened the shrink wrap on my copy, haven't put in the 360 yet. Initially decided I would rather have the 360 version because everyone seemed to be more in love with the gamerscore and achievements. But having played both systems I find that I don't care whose rewards I get but the idea of unlockable themes appeals more to me than gamerpics.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 07, 2011, 02:27:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 06, 2011, 06:20:12 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on June 06, 2011, 04:49:11 PM

Does anyone even start to believe that these are real?
From I remember, listening to VideoGameOutsiders, one of the creators has said that they made a fair amount of them up at the beginning. I'm pretty sure that she also said that they made some up for the book as well. It wouldn't shock me to hear that 25% are real with the rest being made up by the creators and contributors. I think it has also been pointed out here that some of the corrections shouldn't have happened to begin with.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A new chapter in The Longest Journey? on: April 09, 2011, 09:59:55 PM
The last solid news Ragnar had put out was that the third game was going to be episodic. He also said that even if they just make it a book he want to finish the story. Nothing new here, much like when BG&E pops up every once in a while and most everyone pines yet again for more.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 04, 2011, 12:43:16 AM

Landing strip?  saywhat
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Charlie Sheen rushed to Hospital on: March 01, 2011, 05:29:01 PM
It's going to be a good harvest this year.
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