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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone been to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans? Other cool stuff there? on: August 16, 2014, 03:55:09 PM
I attended a friend's wedding in the French Quarter back in Feb. 1991. I guess all I can really vouch for is riding a large paddle boat/ferry on the Mississippi River and stuffing one's face with beignets and French coffee was fun.  icon_smile

I'm a bit of a WWII history buff too. I haven't gotten to visit that museum -- I think that one and the National Museum of the Pacific War ( in Fredericksburg, Texas are ones I'd like to visit some day. I should figure out a way to do that -- not getting any younger.  icon_smile

If you visit the museum in New Orleans, I hope you share some photos here. Have fun. icon_smile

Here in Virginia the most fun I had from the WWII history perspective were the U.S. Marine Corp. Museum in Quantico, and the Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport. While they aren't WWII-specific museums, it makes up a huge chunk of the exhibits and classic aircraft on display.  icon_cool
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 10, 2014, 02:40:23 PM
Took my older brother to see it Friday night -- ah the joys of $17 3-D tickets -- and he loved it, and said it was the most fun he had at the movies in years. He was very much "like but not love" with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I can't believe we're related.  icon_razz

We did notice a sprawling line of parents and their sugar-numbed kids waiting in line for the Turtles movie, which is apparently wiping out Guardians of the Galaxy and everything else at the box office this weekend.
Quote from: H.L. Mencken
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

I figure parents are simply starved for some cotton candy to take their kids to and just assumed talking CGI-motion capture turtles from the director of the "beloved" Battle Los Angeles (??) was the way to go.   Roll Eyes

At the least, looks like my precious Captain America: The Winter Soldier's box office champ title (in North America anyway) for this year will stay intact.  Bring your own!
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 06:20:25 PM
James Gunn wrote a lovely thank you letter to fans, Marvel etc. on Facebook. He loves the characters so much, I don't think they'll have any trouble enlisting him for however many sequels they want. He sounds in interviews to have ideas for even spinning off the characters into their own films (I figure Rocket and Groot are a duo movie, right?  icon_cool), if Marvel went that way.

But he divorced from Jenna Fischer (The Office) in 2008, so he's not perfect, right?  icon_wink

EW had a fun profile on Chris Pratt. He apparently auditioned for both JJ Abrams' Star Trek and for Cameron's Avatar. I think actually he may have been a fun Kirk if the idea was for the reboot to be in the same era as the original TB series (when Shatner was 34-47; Pratt is 35). Gunn wanted no part of "that chubby guy from Parks and Recreation" and only the casting director's persistence convinced him to audition Pratt. Pratt apparently acted exasperated/frustrated because he had no script to audition from, and after 30 seconds of listening to that frustration, Gunn found that to be "exactly what Peter Quill would say!"  icon_smile
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 04, 2014, 06:10:52 PM
I knew the Super Soldier Serum would solve everything. Now I'm curious to know what happens when you cross that with the Ebola virus.  icon_eek
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: August 01, 2014, 09:50:11 PM
It's fine (saw it before Guardians of the Galaxy last night), but imho any movie that posits we'd ever scrape up enough pocket change for NASA to actually tackle a space wormhole project is Science Fiction. Alas.  icon_neutral I mean for crying out loud we're relying on Russia to get our astronauts up to the international space station.

But, we do pay good MLB pitchers about $25 million a year to pitch maybe 30 games a season...  Roll Eyes
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebola outbreak on: August 01, 2014, 09:45:06 PM
CDC's taking care of bringing the two infected U.S. citizens to Atlanta. What could go wrong?

Doesn't it sound like a The Walking Dead spinoff?  Bring your own!
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:36:41 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 01, 2014, 05:02:15 PM

Question for those who saw it:  is the 3D worth the extra cost of admission?  Or does it seem tacked on or superfluous?
I saw it in Real3D at a Rave Xtreme screen (might catch it on IMAX next weekend), I can vouch that the 3-D pops in many scenes in cool fashion -- downright beautiful in one scene. Since I haven't seen it in 2D yet though, I maybe can't speak to the "is it worth" it factor.

So clearly, I need to see it in IMAX and then in 2D to be able to provide the proper feedback.  icon_wink
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 12:17:36 PM
I can only speak from my experiences with Molly (1998-2010, "hand me down" white/grey tabby from my older brother) and JJ (tuxedo cat adopted from an Animal Welfare League shelter in Aug.2011), who's doing great.  icon_smile

*Human Society may differ but Animal Welfare League facilities seem to require you be working (I think full time though perhaps part-time is OK), they check work and personal references.

I had to fill out pages of forms (including outlining my work sked and even a tentative "when would I make time to play with JJ' sked), and do a sit-down interview with an "adoption counselor" at the facility before we completed the adoption in August 2011. Why? People are constantly returning cats and dogs to shelters for so many reasons -- allergies, moving and not wanting to take the pet, pet not getting along with children in the household, expenses becoming too much for the adopter etc. Keeping the adopted cat indoor 100% of the time (for safety reasons) was another requirement you have to agree to.

*If your cat's not healthy (Molly), the vet bills can rack up quickly and if you don't have pet health insurance (I didn't, and still don't -- JJ has been much healthier, knock on wood), more serious medical care can reach human costs (thousands of dollars).

*If your cat's fond of wet food, the expenses can rack up quickly month to month. I feed JJ a wet packet, a wet can of food and some dry (to snack on) daily. I probably spend more than $80-$90 a month on his food. You can get cheaper crap food (per grocery stores) to save money but cats can be real finicky about food preferences.

My recommendation if you're "on the bubble":
-Check if a local animal rescue league or shelter provides volunteer opportunities where you can take care of cats a bit. I've seen these listed, sometimes it's just changing food/water and playing with cats that are up for adoption at a Petco or other pet store, or doing similar at a shelter. This would give you a chance to spend some time with cats without the financial commitment to worry about.

-Check for "foster care" opportunities with rescue leagues and animal shelters. If a cat's having trouble adjusting to the caged environment at a shelter type facility, they'll seek volunteers to care for the cat at their home for a certain amount of time. I'm not sure if this has a requirement that the volunteer be employed. It might give you an opportunity to care for a cat in your home for a limited period of time and see if you enjoy it. From what I've read, foster care situations can vary a lot in duration -- sometimes just days or weeks, sometimes a year or more.

-I agree with Eco --a Petsmart or Petco plan (Petco often has clinics where you can bring a pet in for discounted vaccinations w/o an exam) could be options for saving on vet care prices.

Of course I love cats, and Molly and JJ were and are like family to me.  icon_smile When I was out of work for 6 months in late 1991-spring 1992, one of my favorite things was visiting with my brother and playing with his orange tabby Serendipity.  icon_smile

As Turtle said, it's a major financial commitment and please don't go into it lightly or think, "Oh if it doesn't work out, I'll just dump the cat back at the Humane Society." (welll, the Society - probably like the Welfare League - would require you return the cat to them if it didn't work out. I just mean, they want you to be a permanent, happy owner).

The cat deserves a permanent, loving home. I'd postpone that but consider the volunteer opportunities above as a way to enjoy and take care of cats on a more limited basis until you're working again (at least part time).  icon_smile
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:13:23 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 01, 2014, 05:04:57 AM

And I got a great tiny poster as I was seeing it opening night (or first performance period, I dunno) over at my local IMAX.
Speaking of posters.  icon_smile

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Mondo Posters on Sale Tomorrow from Artists Tyler Stout, Francesco Francavilla, and More
*Pricey but not crazy-so ($45)

Rocket was wonderful. Though every closeup, I thought of my cat JJ - they have similar whiskers.  icon_smile
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 04:48:41 AM
Saw it tonight. Funny, fun, sweet, stupid and goofy in the best way, full of heart too. Not a full house (late Thursday releases tend to sneak up on people), but a couple rounds of very warm applause at the end.  Bring your own!

Not sure I'll get all Captain America about it, but I would gladly run back and see it again when time permits.  icon_smile
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Dead Island: Epidemic on: May 26, 2014, 04:56:09 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 26, 2014, 04:30:32 PM

crossbow fires at the same rate and is just a reskin on the rifle fwiw.  Keep in mind survivor Bryce at level 4 gets a faster rate of fire with rifles.

Also why did you dig up the older post when I have one just below this one that has been active lately?  odd unless you just REALLY don't like posting in my threads.  ninja
I did a search on this specific name and this was the thread that came up. If you don't like it, then tell the moderators to delete this thread to avoid confusion.

Maybe part of the reason people are leaving this forum is they're sick of people jumping on their ass about what thread they post in as if we're all intentionally trying to be pricks.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, let me explain how the Internet works... on: May 26, 2014, 04:50:50 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 26, 2014, 06:35:47 AM

It's both a blessing and a curse. One has to wonder if the Internet will work the same way in, say, 20 years.
Don't worry. By then the autonomous robots will have taken over Earth, and we won't have to do anything anymore. Internet will be irrelevant.  We put the fun in funeral
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: May 24, 2014, 04:06:09 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 23, 2014, 09:34:26 PM

Hmm, that's interesting.  Not in a good way, of course.  

I've heard that Edgar is very particular and will re-shoot things many times to get the shot he wants, but that seems to have done him well in the past.  Could just be that Marvel doesn't want to concede total control to somebody else.
I don't have a clue who will fill in, but you know a director with some experience working with miniaturized cast members? Cap 1 director Joe Johnston (Honey I Shrunk the Kids), who still is under Marvel contract for one more movie. I doubt his sense of humor is quirky enough for this material though.

I'm hard pressed to think of a director who'd be comfortable jumping in on a big Marvel movie that another director spent years developing, and then having to meet a fixed release date just over 1 year (!) away (July 17, 2015). It's gotta be someone who works fast and is at ease taking over the reins of someone else's baby, so to speak. Since the Russo's worked out well, wouldn't surprise me if they tabbed someone else more experienced in TV, where you have to work fast and generally the director hasn't written the material.

Not thinking it would be someone Marvel previously worked with because they probably still want a fresh take and not someone associated with a different Marvel franchise (i.e., not Jon Favreau again, or Thor: The Dark World's director who's already signed for Thor 3 I think).

Wright co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Cornish, so presumably he'll still be in the credits unless they start over from scratch. Seems unlikely if they're holding to that 2015 release date.

Wright was apparently working in some form (screenplay, pre-viz etc.) on the film since 2006 (!). So I don't think he'd lightly step away from something he spent 8 years working on.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: May 23, 2014, 09:01:04 PM
Aaaand, end scene.   tear

Edgar Wright exits Marvel's 'Ant-Man'
Marvel Studios and Wright issued a joint statement Friday announcing the news: “Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”
I suspect it's a question of whether you can subvert one's indy sensibilities to the Marvel Movie factory. The Russo brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) seemed [seems on Galaxy; I realize it's not out yet!  icon_smile] able to balance that -- perhaps Wright wasn't interested in that. Well, that's my penny ante speculation, I'm sure the Internet will be rife with more thoughtful discourse.  icon_razz
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: May 16, 2014, 06:26:50 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 07, 2014, 02:55:11 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 15, 2013, 03:26:45 AM

Interesting cast.  I dunno about Matthew McConaughey as the lead though.  I don't dislike him and I know he's supposedly been working hard at becoming a "serious actor" but he just doesn't inspire me.  

After True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club I'm hoping he's won you over.  If not, he probably never will.  Personally I think he's become one of the most fearless actors out there right now.  Something I never would have thought possible even 5 years ago.
McConaughey's also very good in Mud, which is on Netflix. I finally caught it there.

From interviews, I think it's more that he decided to stop settling for working on movies with lazy scripts and directors with no particular vision. The fine "The Lincoln Lawyer" seemed to be a tipping point of sorts in a more interesting direction for him.

Now he wants to work on movies with intriguing, challenging scripts and directors who have a specific vision -- whether that vision's really box office friendly or not. And the more films (and TV work in Showtime's case) he does like that, the better the quality of the material offered to him or that he's alerted to.  It seems more a conscious effort to find better, more challenging material rather than proclaiming, "I'm a serious actor now, give me my Oscar, alright, alright, alright..."  icon_smile
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of thrones come to you from Word Star 4.0 on: May 16, 2014, 06:23:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 16, 2014, 05:09:03 PM

Hey, if it works for ya, then it works for ya.   I know a (admittedly hipster) writer that still uses Ye Olde Fashioned typewriters for his work.  Some poor bastard has to OCR it when he's done, but it's his "thing". 
For sure I have read of many screenwriters, novelists and short story writers who still use manual or electric typewriters. I think some of it comes down to whether you prefer to write and re-write in your head (and then bang out the results on a typewriter), or if you prefer to keep revising and reiterating on screen (then word processing's the thing).

Although my professors encouraged doing outlines and such before actually typing up a paper, most of my later high school and then college time was spent on a Brother and later Smith-Corona (the snap-in square cartridges seemed so high-tech  icon_cool) typewriters, with the "OMG, it's due tomorrow!" juices driving me to type thoughts as fast as I could think them. I try very hard in my current trade media reporter job to get stories done as early as I can rather than wait for inspiration to hit me.  icon_smile
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of thrones come to you from Word Star 4.0 on: May 16, 2014, 04:46:26 PM
I bet it's malware and virus proof in today's world. They probably don't even know what to DO with Wordstar and DOS at this point.   icon_smile

I did actually use Word Star (CP/M version I think) at our college's "computer lab" in 1986-1987 to write some English papers. That was before my ordered hot rod Amstrad CP/M green screen word processor (and cromagnon CP/M computer) with the world's loudest dot matrix printer arrived at Sears and changed my life forever.  Cabbage Patch
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: May 15, 2014, 06:13:06 PM
I take my post back; after seeing a colorized version of the photo at Collider (, the costume looks more like a potato sack, and the Batman logo is so phat you can barely even tell it's a bat at all. Maybe it's supposed to represent a paunchy, middle-aged bat?  smirk

I like the gloves. Not sure about the short ears. While that's in line with Miller's comics, it kind of makes him look more like my cat JJ to me.  icon_smile
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: May 14, 2014, 10:05:30 PM
OMG! The suit has VEINS! At least we've moved on from Batman costume nipple discussions.  Fabulous
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 14, 2014, 01:05:54 PM  Fabulous

Who cares about the plot? :-)

From what little the writers said in that Collider review:
-it'll start in 1946
-They'd like to have Howard Stark as a "recurring," not regular character. DumDum Dugan (Neal
 McDonough) appeared in the Marvel One Shot on the Iron Man 3 BluRay.
-S.H.I.E.L.D may eventually come into play, but not right away, even though the Agent Carter One Shot already mentions it.

It's the right era for some Cold War stuff. Not sure what else would come into play then.

The Agent Carter One Shot summary from Wikipedia:
Agent Carter, released on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release on September 24, 2013, as well as part of the digital download release on September 3, 2013, sees Hayley Atwell reprise her role as Peggy Carter.

The short also sees Dominic Cooper and Neal McDonough reprise their roles as Howard Stark and Dum Dum Dugan, respectively, Chris Evans via archive footage as Steve Rogers / Captain America, and introduces Bradley Whitford as Agent Flynn and Shane Black as the Disembodied Voice. It was directed by Louis D’Esposito and written by Eric Pearson. The short was filmed over five days.

One year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter, now a member of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, is stuck compiling data instead of working field cases. One night while alone in the office, the case line rings, informing Carter of the location of the mysterious Zodiac. She goes to the location, and is able to retrieve the serum single-handedly. The next day, her misogynistic boss, Agent Flynn, reprimands her for not going through the proper procedures to complete the mission. Carter explains that the mission was time-sensitive, but Flynn is unmoved, dismissing the indignant Carter as an "old flame" of Captain America's who was given her current job out of pity for her bereavement.

As Flynn heads to his office, the case line rings, this time with Howard Stark on the other end. He tells Flynn to inform Carter that she will co-head the newly created S.H.I.E.L.D. and that Flynn must personally assist Carter with her things. In a mid-credit scene, Dum Dum Dugan is seen poolside with Stark, marveling at two women wearing the newly created bikinis. Dugan asks Stark if he invented them, to which Stark replies "No, the French".
Bradley Whitford's show "The Trophy Wife," was canceled so he'll be available.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: May 11, 2014, 03:02:21 PM
Oh, per my "flying dildos" comment way back around release -- my friend and I started laughing during this scene, just about blew our beer out our nostrils -- it's up on YouTube for posterity.  icon_razz

Man of Steel: Flying Dildos
No sounds, so you can add your own screenplay.

"We banish you! To frozen Dildo-dom!"
"May you forever be imprisoned in your Dildos!"

Probably some sort of mature Zack Snyder metaphor...  Fabulous In retrospect, it seems like an outtake from Prometheus.  smirk
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: May 11, 2014, 02:11:36 PM
So it was a far larger screen than I expected  Bring your own! (part of the small Angelika chain), and my mom loved it. icon_smile She's a bit child-like when she enjoys this type of movie so I saw her do a little clapping, cheering and fist pumping on occasion. I explained the mid-credits extra scene.

I explained when I could, though she professed later to missing a couple plot points while overall being delighted with it.

All this time after release a few folks in the audience were still surprised by the Bucky "reveal." I tried to refresh my mom's memory of the first film over lunch before. She said she was a bit tired and to consider the outing our Mother's Day outing, though I still got stuff for her today. That's the end of the Momma's Boy report.  icon_smile
143  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita Impressions! Price drop! Casual Edition! Vita TV! on: May 10, 2014, 01:14:48 PM

Quote from: Hetz on May 08, 2014, 02:52:31 AM

So, my wife now owns a slim Vita and I got the Borderlands 2 code. smile

The slim Vita is quite nice and the screen is pretty good. I still prefer the OLED screen, but the LCD screen on the slim is not bad at all.
How is it to hold? I have fairly large albeit thin hands (I'm 6'4"  icon_smile). Read some concerns about the new model maybe being harder to grip (though I suspect accessory makers will come out with some sort of grip add-on for the Slim model). Just wondering -- I haven't seen the new model in stores yet.
144  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wildstar (Carbine Studios' first project) on: May 10, 2014, 01:10:50 PM
I liked the look and hey, I started this thread  icon_smile, but everything everyone says in terms of "you may like it if you're into This or That" just screams this Isn't the MMORPG You're Looking For (at least on my narrow tastes).

City of Heroes is still my all time favorite mmorpg even if only for a short time (2004-2007 mainly), and I used to play and try all sorts of NCSoft stuff. They've just lost me these days.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: May 10, 2014, 12:47:33 PM
My mom's feeling a bit better and was finally game today to see an early afternoon show.  Bring your own! And it's actually been long enough since my last viewing I might've forgotten some things.  icon_razz

I'm afraid it's really not on any nice size screens around here anymore so we'll be seeing it on a relatively tiny, non-3D screen (which is fine -- will be my first 2D experience of this at least). Think it'll be the same screen we saw American Hustle after it had been out for quite some time. For me the one thing I appreciate about 3D when attending films with my mom is she always wants to sit near the back of the theater and 3D glasses sort of artifically make me feel like I'm still close to the screen. Though really in a auditorium as small as the one we're attending, maybe that doesn't matter much.

I think regardless of whether she follows the twists and turns of Cap 2, she'll enjoy the characters and set pieces and stuff. And unlike American Hustle (which I found as hard to follow at times as she did), I know and love the story and characters enough to patiently explain it and refresh her memories of the first if she needs me to.  icon_smile She loved the first movie as much as I, it just isn't fresh in her memory.

What makes me curious about the ending is (trying to be sensitive to folks holding out for the BluRay release later):
Spoiler for Hiden:
Wouldn't the Avengers: Age of Ultron events happen before Cap and Falcon can go searching for Bucky/Winter Soldier?

I mean, I dig the ending has this propulsive, "oh boy, what happens next!" feel.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 09, 2014, 05:27:36 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 09, 2014, 04:08:46 PM

There was an existing thread talking about this a little while ago.  
Nothing came up when I did a search on it at the time, so I blame the forum software.  icon_razz
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: May 09, 2014, 03:46:27 PM
Agent Carter Ordered to Series (w/ Hayley Atwell)
Marvel’s Agent Carter will star Hayley Atwell as the titular Marvel character, who was initially seen onscreen as Steve Rogers’ love interest in the first Captain America film.  In the subsequent Marvel One-Shot (ie. short film) Agent Carter, it is revealed that after Rogers’ disappearance, Carter became one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper).

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely penned the script for the Agent Carter pilot, and we previously spoke to the duo at length about their plans for the potential series.  They revealed that the show would start in 1946 and find Carter in a world where “people are disrespecting her and she’s proving herself and going on missions and things like that.”  Additionally, their hope is that Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark would be a recurring character on the series.

Markus and McFeely also told us that they envisioned the show as a maximum of 13 episodes per season, maybe less, with one idea being that each season is almost like a limited series that spans the length of one year.

We recently heard that ABC was strongly considering ordering Agent Carter to series without the production of a pilot, since the Marvel One-Shot acted as a sort of proof-of-concept, and now we can see that is certainly the case.  Additionally, rumor has it that the network has been mulling over the idea of using Agent Carter as a midseason show that will fill in the gap while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes its winter hiatus.  
I'm just a jibbering, middle age Hayley Atwell fan but if the show's well written I think I'd much rather spend 45 minutes or so with her than the whole Agents of SHIELD cast.  icon_smile  drool She has expressed a lot of enthusiasm about reprising the character on TV, and said she was game to move to the U.S. for the series (it's a 12-13 episode type series so shouldn't be as grueling as a full 22-26 episode type series).

Of course there's no Steve Rogers, Red Skull or even Tommy Lee Jones' character. I don't think Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark) has been officially asked yet but my recollection was he enjoyed playing the character in the first film.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: May 09, 2014, 03:42:45 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 09, 2014, 03:45:32 AM

ABC has renewed SHIELD for next season and added a new show called Marvel Agent Carter.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on: May 05, 2014, 03:16:12 AM
My brother and I saw it. It's generally fine imho. No desire to see it again. It's probably gonna make $1 billion overseas so I suspect Sony won't lose sleep over its opening weekend falling shy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier's April 4 weekend launch.

I could waste about 17 paragraphs in spoiler codes nitpicking on cockamamie screenplay/storyline decisions or the questionable usage of some scene snippets in TV trailers that are misleading but hey, it's Sony's reboot franchise and they can do what they want.  icon_neutral I was entertained, even though I'd probably be fonder of the movie if they had cut about 20-25 minutes from the end.

btw, this movie does have one thing in common with Spider-Man 3 imho, it's the perhaps warped belief that really awful hair styling (Electro, Osborn/Goblin; arguably Peter himself) can somehow portray a character's emotions more than the actor can.  icon_razz
150  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Vita games coming to US on: May 02, 2014, 12:46:13 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 19, 2014, 06:48:22 PM

Despite being a "dead" system, I'm very happy to see publishers still supporting the platform. My 64GB card is already over half full, and will be getting quite a workout this year. I'm especially interested in Tales of Hearts and Oreshika.
Helldivers might get me into the Vita pool.  icon_smile I'm impatiently awaiting news on a release date for that (early summer).

I have two PSPs and a drawer full of games, just haven't seen much on Vita of interest to my niches tastes.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's the word? on: May 01, 2014, 05:40:05 PM

"Canuck struggled to remember the word that haunted his memories. However, in the end, he was onomatopoeia'd."  smirk

No it's a noun I learned in high school English that has never been useful and is too long to even pull off in Scrabble.  icon_razz
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on: May 01, 2014, 03:42:44 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on May 01, 2014, 04:47:09 AM

Shakespeare from the writer of Transformers.
OMG! And directed by JJ Abrams! That would be SO AWESOME!   icon_smile

I don't like any of the Transformer films (the first one I could maybe sit through again). Yet I liked the rebooted Star Trek movies. I like some of the Kurtzmann/Orci TV stuff and others do nothing for me. So I don't know if their names drag baggage (just from my narrow perspective  icon_smile)

The first AMS made $750M globally so nobody can say it didn't succeed. Though Raimi's more maligned Spider-Man 3 made more than $336M domestically and $890M globally, and yet somehow is seen as not successful. Probably because of Tobey's bad haircut and Topher Grace both seeming like really poor casting.  icon_razz

I dunno. imho it is possible to make a zillion dollars and yet not be seen as having fans' affection.

I didn't hate the first Amazing Spider-Man. It's just doing another origin take on the character seemed unnecessary, I forgot the movie the moment I left the theater and had zero desire to see it again (still haven't to this point).

imho, I don't think there's anything wrong with letting Peter Parker grow up a bit so it seems wholly silly to have a nearly 31 year old actor and 25 year old actress still playing teens. I think it'd be fun if the rebooted movies had let Peter grow up a wee little bit, but I don't know jack. Maybe a 28 year old Peter Parker would terrify young audiences? icon_smile

I do plan to see it. My brother's visiting me tomorrow, so we might see it. I could also just see myself waiting until next weekend.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel Heroes on: May 01, 2014, 03:26:40 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 01, 2014, 01:44:34 PM

good news is that every hero I play I like
bad news is that every hero I play I like
Heh, yeah, my Synergies screen (this was before I picked up Luke Cage) here reads like short attention span theater. I'm hoping the bonuses will be a carrot for me to at least try to get all my heroes to L25.  icon_smile
I tried the revamped DD a bit last night and he was fairly fun. I'll probably try to get some more time in on him and Luke Cage, see if I can get them to 25 at least. Though I guess I oughta just put a bit of time in on Cable to get him to L25 for the next synergy bonus.

Though I like the idea of the "buy one get one" promo going on, when I bought Luke Cage my reward was... another Scarlet Witch  icon_razz Thouigh now at least you can use it later to upgrade her Ultimate power.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel Heroes on: May 01, 2014, 01:09:34 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 30, 2014, 07:55:33 PM

The devs only watched it twice  ninja
Slackers!  Bring your own!

I did read they revamped Cap's Airborne Assault animation based directly off a sequence in the movie (the Cap leap off the VTOL fighter on the bridge. Think they tweaked it in last night's patch after some negative feedback - veteran players preferred the original animation.

I bought Luke Cage last night. Very fun in terms of both attacks (throwing chunks of pavement and eventually cars even if no cars are around) and a pet tree of sorts (starting with Iron Fist) where eventually you can call in several Luke's friends for a short period of time.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel Heroes on: April 30, 2014, 06:40:02 PM
Finally got Captain America to L40, and chose the special "empties clips" pistols attack for Falcon. While it's pretty fun to watch (he jetpacks up a bit in altitude and "empties his clips" at enemies at rapid speed), as I near Doom's castle in Heroic mode it was pretty clear Falcon was going to die quite frequently with my Team Up powers set up as they are.

I'm a little bit disappointed the Captain America: The Winter Soldier film didn't apparently inspire Gazillion to add any content specific to it beyond Falcon as team-up and one Captain America costume (the early stealth one in the movie w/ more subdued colors). I don't think I've read about any plans to add Winter Soldier as villain, hero or team-up to this point.

I mean, Thor: The Dark World got content, levels, and Loki, and the Marvel Heroes splash screen is still Loki-specific. No I didn't expect them to have Helicarriers crashing into oblivion and what not, just thought there might be a more specific tie-in of some kind to the movie.  icon_neutral
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: When do you buy games? on: April 30, 2014, 06:35:09 PM
Steam mostly now. Origin a bit a couple years back (Mass Effect 3, couple other things).

My last boxed PC titles I bought at Target, which has a surprisingly decent PC games section. However, when you more and more often buy a boxed game and the instructions tell you to go to Steam and download the game there (the disc is essentially useless), it doesn't give much impetus to buy boxed titles anymore.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First CK, now MO? on: April 30, 2014, 06:11:35 PM
Quite true. I've noticed more and more sites giving up on forums (perhaps they just don't want to mess w/ moderation issues) in favor of Twitter, Facebook et al.

With me, I really try to keep my Gaming self and, uh, Regular Guy self separate on Facebook. I just don't post about gaming on Facebook because I think too many of my non-gamer pals think gaming is the Evil.  icon_razz If I say, posted on Facebook that pixelized explosions of blood spray and gore in Broforce tickle me... I don't think they'd understand. Here, I think people would.  icon_cool

I like sifting through Twitter for interesting posts but haven't so far been willing to Tweet. Perhaps if I can just get a Twitter going as my Blackjack self and focus it that way, it might be fun.

As far as comments on the Gaming Trend news/video items, can we use our GT forum accounts to login there? Or does it have to be a separate login we set up for comments-only?
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Almost Human = cancelled on: April 30, 2014, 06:08:43 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 30, 2014, 05:01:13 PM

Damn it Fox.  Why do you kill everything I love?!  It ONLY had 5.6 MILLION viewers.  Obviously we need to cancel that and replace it with some other shit-tastic realty or singing show....
While I wasn't quite able to get into it, it seemed like something I might enjoy enmass (full season) on Netflix or something.

I wonder if SyFy, Ion or some other channel like that might pick it up and give it another chance? I guess it depends on if the production costs are too exorbitant.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: April 30, 2014, 03:08:46 PM
Ratings-wise, imho it was a mistake to counter-program an old ratings warhorse like NCIS. I don't see Agents ever having strong ratings against it. Not even if they turn Coulson into Thanos, Maria Hill into a strip tease dancer, Sky into a virtual prostitute and Ward into a robot Nazi.  retard So my theory is find a time slot where fans can find it but where it won't get pummeled into the ratings by a top-5 show that has built up a huge audience over many seasons.

My gut feeling is ABC/Disney will renew the show so as to not tick off Joss Whedon by firing his brother and sister-in-law. And perhaps they think if the show survives long enough, maybe Whedon will get more directly involved in the show once Avengers: Age of Ultron's released (almost exactly 1 year from now - May 1, 2015).
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: April 29, 2014, 09:22:51 PM
Where's Wedge???? Bring your own!

While it's all well and good, I'm 49 now, not 12-18 (my age during the original trilogy). I don't respond to the same things in movies or TV anymore (yeah I still see spring-summer movies I love 3-5 times), though obviously SW in its heyday appealed to everyone across all ages. I wish JJ and co. best of luck in finding that sort of broad appeal again in an era where the Internet monitors and analyzes every millisecond of your work.  icon_smile
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