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13001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiWare Impressions on: May 26, 2008, 02:54:49 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on May 25, 2008, 08:37:00 PM

finished mlak (seriously over-leveled thanks - i'm thinking - to the extra dungeons). surprised by the amount of stuttering when trying to do stuff once my town was built up (how weak is the wii?), but i easily got my $30 worth out of it (& i stand corrected - there is a game+ save, & 2 more difficulty levels, once you finish - plus, you can put that save in another slot, in case you wanna pick up from the pre-final boss battle as new content is released)...
  How long did it take?
13002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: May 23, 2008, 06:18:56 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 23, 2008, 02:23:46 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 22, 2008, 03:33:00 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 22, 2008, 03:29:27 AM

Well, we are a (nearly) Boston-based developer.  We're slightly biased.  There's a reason that the hometown for any created band is Boston.  Also, did you know that the address for The Establishment, the second venue in Boston in the world tour, is for our office?  Now you know, and knowing is half the battle!

I had an out-of-state guest visiting last weekend and discovered he's a huge Rock Band addict.  I pointed out the Harmonix office when we were on our way to the Red Line and he was exceedingly disappointed in the place's mundaneness.  He insists you guys install a giant Hard Rock Cafe guitar or something on the front of the building.

Game developers don't really want to be noticed.  We'd need a full-time crew to fend off the internet fanboys who would camp out at our doorstep to demand that their awesome ideas be integrated into the game.  Heck, I spent a full year living 1/2 mile from Irrational while they were working on Bioshock, and probably could have gotten a job there when I was looking when I first moved there, and had no clue until after moving away from there.  I even walked past it on my way to and from work every day for a month.

As opposed to the internet fanboys hounding you with suggestions right here.
13003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: May 21, 2008, 06:07:15 PM
So The Cars The Cars is the next album.  Man, there must be a lot of Boston, MA guys on the Harmonix team.

Personally, I'm psyched for this.

Now let's line up some Pixies, Breeders and Blake Babies (?), maybe?
13004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Haze gets 4.5 from IGN on: May 21, 2008, 04:27:38 PM

Quote from: somoflange on May 21, 2008, 03:21:56 PM

I guess when you compare it to other games that were really nothing but generic shooters with a questionable story (Resistance and Turok for example) I have to question why the other games get a pass and this one doesn't.

It does offer excellent controls, good framerate and decent online deathmatch and coop. These things aren't that common on the PS3. I suppose it's a matter of timing, if it came out when it was originally scheduled to I think it would have fared better.

I must admit when the best thing they can hype is that Korn likes it they are probably in trouble.

But then I really like Free Radical and I'm probably just in denial that they made a total turd.  crybaby


I'm shocked with Free Radical failing, too.

I've been saying for a while that we got spoiled in the fall by some exceptional games that raised the bar, but that we shouldn't condemn the more straightforward ones just because there were a handful of amazing games.

But then I played Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.

There were some amazing set pieces in that game, but it really was extremely lackluster.  It wasn't just average, it was below average.

I'd be interested to here how Haze compares to that one.  It sounds like the control and framerate are better, at least.

However, I was expecting Free Radical to deliver on story, and it sounds like they didn't live up to the potential there, either.
13005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Haze gets 4.5 from IGN on: May 20, 2008, 03:26:51 PM
Wow, I really didn't hate the demo as much as some others, but that is a bad score.  I guess the potential just gets squandered.
13006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiWare Impressions on: May 19, 2008, 08:09:42 PM
I have a couple of questions on MLAK.

1st, I've seen the install size listed as 287 (!).  I'm assuming that does not include the downloadables.  How many blocks do those take up?

Also, how long does it take to complete?  I moved some stuff around for Lost Winds, and I'm enjoying it, but one of the reasons I did is because I felt like I could finish it and take it off in a reasonable amount of time.  I'm still completely irritated that I had to go through all this, but the game kept calling to me.
13007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 19, 2008, 03:53:05 PM
Wii Fit and Penny Arcade Adventures YES.

I will probably get Haze, but I'm waiting to see if a 360 version gets announced.
13008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Multi-Platform Juggle (Gaming Gluttony?) on: May 18, 2008, 06:51:04 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 18, 2008, 05:40:18 PM

Quote from: JSL on May 18, 2008, 04:48:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 17, 2008, 02:35:42 PM

I would like to point out that Boom Blox is the perfect type of game for this.  It's something that you can play for ten or twenty minutes before getting back to your obsession.  While it's very addictive, it hasn't taken me away from GTA IV.

I've put over an hour into some puzzles on Boom Blox. I think this has to do with my obsessive compulsive nature, but my point is that it is not a 10 to 20 minute quick fix for me.

I don't necessarily spend an hour on one puzzle, but I agree that it is not a game I can only play for 10 or 20 minutes. 

You know, Boom Blox is probably a bad example.  It's a game that seems like you can hop on for twenty minutes or so, but, yeah, it does wind up sucking a lot more time. 

However, no matter the time commitment, it's still a palate cleansing game.  It's not "deep" at all.  There's a story mode, but it's not going to win any awards or keep you up wondering what'll happen next.  When I play, I don't feel like it's taking me away from some other game.
13009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiWare Impressions on: May 17, 2008, 05:38:44 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 17, 2008, 05:09:33 PM

Interesting Gamespot seems not to like WiiWare games while everyone else is giving them decent scores. They gave Life as a King a 5/10 and Lost Winds a 5.5/10. Both games are getting 7.5+ from everyone else. Did Nintendo refuse to advertise with them or something?

Gamespot seems to a negative bias to the Wii anyway.  I thought that more to do with Gerstmann who couldn't be bothered to get off the couch to play Wii Sports, but clearly it runs deeper than that.
13010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Conduit - could have some potential - video link inside on: May 17, 2008, 02:38:21 PM
Wow, that's on the Wii?  eek

I'm looking forward to that.

I wonder if everyone will be named after presidents.
13011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Multi-Platform Juggle (Gaming Gluttony?) on: May 17, 2008, 02:35:42 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 17, 2008, 11:53:58 AM

Just stop buying games for everything.  I have all the current consoles except the PS3, and large collections of games for each.  Since I have very wide gaming tastes, I found myself picking up a lot of games, to the point where games that I really, really enjoyed would get put aside to play the new thing I just got. 

I've only been on my game buying hiatus for a month or so, but I've already seen it allow me to devote time to GTA4, whereas were I still buying games, I'd have picked up Boom Blox at least, and stopped playing GTA.  Much as I want to play Boom Blox, I have to get used to the idea that the vast majority of games will be available for a long time, and I should only buy a new one when I can't find something to play in the games I already own.

Though Atlus titles do make me nervous with their tendency to become rare very fast.

I'm like Chaz in the sense that a new game will put me off finishing a game I'm enjoying.  To compound this problem is the notion that I need to savor games.  I don't like games I'm enjoying to end, so I stretch out playing them for longer than I should and I lose the plot, as the English say.

There are some games, though, that need a break.  FPS is a genre where it happens a lot, since the mechanics don't change much, even in the best of them.  So, I need a breather from the same activity.

I would like to point out that Boom Blox is the perfect type of game for this.  It's something that you can play for ten or twenty minutes before getting back to your obsession.  While it's very addictive, it hasn't taken me away from GTA IV.
13012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Multi-Platform Juggle (Gaming Gluttony?) on: May 16, 2008, 04:23:43 PM
I'm in the same boat you're entering.  I find that after that initial bout of being overwhelmed, things settle into a rhythm.  Consoles drop off the radar because there are no good games for them or they're more trouble than they're worth.  

The nice thing about having too many consoles is that it keeps me from buying too many games.  I often buy a mediocre game just to have something new.  Now I find myself passing on the question marks and only jumping on ones I know I'll give some time to.  The PSP get very little playtime from me, for example, but I did buy Chains of Olympus and played through it.  I also gave a fair amount of time to Patapon before that came out, but I haven't been back to it since finishing CoO (I think it may still be in the PSP, in fact).

My wife would never believe the argument, but I've found that since jumping in on the PS3, I've become more selective.  It helps that I never had a PS2, and I'm working through some of the more classic games from that system, too.

Of course, I'm wired wrong, and I'm sure that need for something new itch will hit over the summer and I'll pick up games I don't really need/want just to see what they're like.
13013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Great Story Driven Games? on: May 16, 2008, 03:38:29 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 15, 2008, 11:18:17 PM

Plot doesn't need to be complicated to be executed well.  I know you don't dig Kratos as a character which is going to have a dramatic impact of whether you enjoy God of War's story. Sands of Time is nother game that is rather simple in terms of story but deserves it's place on this list because the execution is so good. 

Sands of Time was the pinacle for me of a story that is perfectly woven into the game.

Then Portal topped it.
13014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Great Story Driven Games? on: May 15, 2008, 10:58:49 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on May 15, 2008, 10:35:56 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 15, 2008, 03:55:10 PM

I have re-re-re-preorderd the Kratos bundle...

Speaking of: I would even consider GOW a great story driven game. I thought the story was incredible...not to mention the awesomeness of the setting...

seriously - if you thought the story of gow was incredible, i'm not sure there're many other games in existence that would disappoint you smile ...

I think the story of God of War is very good, too.  I was actually moved by the PSP version.

Maybe the story isn't deep, but it fits the game very well giving it more weight than you'd expect.
13015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Haze requires 5gig install on: May 15, 2008, 08:31:35 PM

Quote from: gellar on May 15, 2008, 08:24:59 PM

5GB?  Holy crap.

gellar

Hey, thanks for buying Haze!  Please wait while we install the game.

Feel free to put on the long, white beard we've included in the box.

Your game will be available to play sometime next week.  Please do not turn off the PS3
or attempt to use it for anything else in the meantime.

[Optionally, you could wait for Haze to finally come out on Xbox 360.
It should be available by the time this install finishes]

Thanks!
13016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 15, 2008, 03:20:59 AM

Quote from: JSL on May 15, 2008, 12:01:36 AM

Is there any strategy for getting a gold medal on "The Plumber" level? The best I can get is silver, although I was really close to getting gold. The laser levels  in explore mode haven't been that bad really. I got a gold on the first one and then silver on the second, although I am pretty sure I can get gold with a little more practice.

"The Plumber" is my one silver level that I have just given up getting gold on.
13017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rumoured 360 spring update details on: May 14, 2008, 09:26:25 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 14, 2008, 07:57:22 PM

Actually, we try to weed the walrus out of our pot.

No one likes the smell of burning walrus blubber.

Damnit, where did I put that rimshot...?
13018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 14, 2008, 09:21:26 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on May 14, 2008, 08:30:11 PM

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I think the cast/writing of the past couple of seasons may have caught the mainstream public off guard simply because it's a bit *too* "out there" and intellectual.

Contrast something like Fred Armisen's "bad comedian" bits on Weekend Update - the guy who reads from the headlines, the blind comedian, the Native American comedian, etc. to something like Adam Sandler's crazy costume man or Opera Guy. Don't get me wrong, I find them all funny, but it takes a little more thought to "get" the portrayals Fred Armisen's trying to convey versus watching Adam Sandler hold a pickle in his sleeve.

This post-Ferrell cast is devoid of pratfalls and slapstick. Gone are the days of Chris Farley breaking tables or Ferrell garnering laughs just from dropping his pants.

I'm not saying one is better than the other; I enjoy both styles of comedy, but I'm sure there are some who prefer the physical stuff versus the intellectual stuff. But I definitely see a difference between this "era" of SNL and what came before it. And maybe that partially fuels the debate.

You know, I was going to mention Armisen's stand-up guys earlier, but I wasn't sure anyone would necessarily get it just through description.  It's not the kind of thing that's water-cooler funny, but it's pretty damned clever.  And the fact that he's found this very weird niche and has tapped into so successfully in varied ways is impressive.  Also, watching him go off on Amy as the headline reading guy, interrupting himself as he derails his own train of thought continually is great.*

Quote from: hepcat on May 14, 2008, 08:47:08 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 14, 2008, 08:01:43 PM

I don't remember seeing anything like that, but it's just luck and averages that'll be sure to have more crap than good on after this lengthy discussion.

 icon_lol

well, just remember that this is just some good natured back and forth, so even if it does have the aforementioned skit i'll just laugh along WITH you instead of rubbing your nose in it.

Thanks for that.


*EDIT TO ADD: Found a clip.  http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/play.shtml?mea=229107
13019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 14, 2008, 08:01:43 PM
I don't remember seeing anything like that, but it's just luck and averages that'll be sure to have more crap than good on after this lengthy discussion.
13020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 14, 2008, 06:35:44 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 14, 2008, 06:34:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 14, 2008, 06:30:01 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 14, 2008, 05:56:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 14, 2008, 05:20:16 PM


It's not that the newer stuff is better, though, it's just sad to see so many people fall into the cycle of dumping on SNL because it's become common to do so. 

please realize that some of us formed this opinion outside of any social gestalt.  we honestly think the new SNL has sucked for years.  If everyone were to suddenly start thinking it was brilliant, those of us who truly dislike the show would most likely seek asylum in countries that currently do not have electricity.   icon_wink

p.s. of course i'm just teasing (for the most part).  however, i can't help but see the horrid Jimmy Fallon, those annoying cheerleader skits with the misused Will Ferrell, and the numerous attempts at trying to coin a catchphrase that overpowers everything else when i mull over SNL's recent history (recent being 10 years or less, to me).

...then again, we always should remember that the impetus behind many of my posts can be directly traced back to my childhood love of lead based paints.

But it does seem you're basing your opinions on sketches and actors that haven't been on the show in nearly 10 years.  Again, dismissing it without any current viewings to back it up.

Then, in the interest of fairness, I promise to watch it this weekend. 

But I swear to God, if there's even ONE skit based around awkward teenagers running their own private video/radio/internet show out of their basement, i'm coming for you...



I have no doubt, then, that this will be the single worst episode of SNL in its 30+ year history.
13021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 14, 2008, 06:34:47 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 14, 2008, 05:33:25 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on May 14, 2008, 05:27:35 PM

One of Yahtzee's comments got me to thinking. He complained that the game takes us back to Liberty City, rather than breaking new ground. However, the graphics engine upgrade since GTAIII really makes it such a significant change that I don't get any feelings of deja vu. NYC is arguably the most iconic city in the world and so is fertile ground for this new generation of GTA.

I did enjoy the pleasures of the new generation of the game when I took a walk down a major boulevard in Algonquin. While the NPC do repeat, there are more templates than before. Also there are a lot of details on the buildings, behind the glass storefronts, and all around. I spotted the "Opium Nights" hotel, got dirty looks from a couple of doormen at swanky walkups, and read the posters stuck in the alleys.

Also, it's not the same Liberty City.  I've been replaying a bit of GTA3 recently and there isn't a whole lot of resemblance between the two cities other than the middle island being a take on Manhattan.  The names, layout, and feel of the areas are totally different- to the point where IIRC the airport in GTA3 is on the western island instead of the eastern island. 
 

The first time I drove over to that little island at the top (Bohan, or something?), I found myself in a part of the city that felt familiar.  I realized that I was cruising around the neighborhood of the first apartment in GTAIII.  The roads went the same way.  There were similar hills and the water was in the same place.  There was even the same apartment building complex with a similar playground/enclosure, but it was different, too.  It really was as though time had passed and new buildings had gone up and old ones torn down, improvements had been made in some areas while things were deteriorating in others.  Incredible.
13022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 14, 2008, 06:30:01 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 14, 2008, 05:56:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 14, 2008, 05:20:16 PM


It's not that the newer stuff is better, though, it's just sad to see so many people fall into the cycle of dumping on SNL because it's become common to do so. 

please realize that some of us formed this opinion outside of any social gestalt.  we honestly think the new SNL has sucked for years.  If everyone were to suddenly start thinking it was brilliant, those of us who truly dislike the show would most likely seek asylum in countries that currently do not have electricity.   icon_wink

p.s. of course i'm just teasing (for the most part).  however, i can't help but see the horrid Jimmy Fallon, those annoying cheerleader skits with the misused Will Ferrell, and the numerous attempts at trying to coin a catchphrase that overpowers everything else when i mull over SNL's recent history (recent being 10 years or less, to me).

...then again, we always should remember that the impetus behind many of my posts can be directly traced back to my childhood love of lead based paints.

But it does seem you're basing your opinions on sketches and actors that haven't been on the show in nearly 10 years.  Again, dismissing it without any current viewings to back it up.
13023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 14, 2008, 05:27:10 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 14, 2008, 04:48:59 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 14, 2008, 04:47:19 PM

Do you guys seriously have money issues in this game? After that bank robbery mission that I scored $250,000 out of I've never had to worry.

I worked hard for that money...

...so, you'd better treat him right.
13024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 14, 2008, 05:26:05 PM

Quote from: Misguided on May 14, 2008, 11:49:22 AM

Anyone had trouble with throw recognition?
My son and I were having a great time, but had difficulty with the MP tiki towers (knock em down for points).
On that particular part of the game, I had a terrible time getting throws to register properly.
I'd have a great shot all lined up and the ball would be so soft it didn't reach the blocks.
No troubles in any other part of the game so far.

I find that the soft throws happen because of where you've targeted.  I was getting extremely frustrated with that happening, but then I noticed that it's very pixel-specific, but you can't always see the pixel you've targeted because it's too far away (my kingdom for a zoom mode).

I've also had moments where the game doesn't register that I've clicked the button or where the cursor is missing for a bit, but I think that has more to do with my set up and distance from the TV.  My new HD Sensor Bar is helping, though! icon_biggrin
13025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 14, 2008, 05:20:16 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 14, 2008, 12:03:46 PM

well, all teasing aside, i do want to say that there is actually no right or wrong in this discussion.  what people find funny is purely up to them and my opinion that the older stuff is funnier is just that:  an opinion.  if you find the newer stuff to be better, than that's yours...and theres absolutely nothing wrong with that.   icon_biggrin

It's not that the newer stuff is better, though, it's just sad to see so many people fall into the cycle of dumping on SNL because it's become common to do so.  Dismissing every single thing they do with lines like, hmm, let me see if I can find something...oh, here:

Quote from: CeeKay on May 14, 2008, 07:51:38 AM

hell, watching Hillary Clinton having a case of diarrhea on top of Bill's head is still funnier than their current stuff.

Add to that the magic paint brush of memory that gives a lot of the awful stuff from the "good" years a pass, and it gets even more frustrating.

I'm not saying the new stuff is better.  I'm not saying the original cast isn't the best at this.  They were the first, after all.  I'm not saying that the Hartman, Carvey, Hooks years weren't another pinacle that will be hard to top.  All I'm saying is that the current cast frequently tries to do new things.  They've had bad sketches, even bad episodes, but they've also had some incredibly clever, funny and fresh things put out there.  It's too bad that the good work not only doesn't get recognized, it gets dismissed and dumped on by people who watched the cold open and part of a monologue one time in the last year and feel they have sufficient evidence to say that SNL should have died before Denny Dillon came on.
13026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 14, 2008, 03:52:19 AM

Quote from: hepcat on May 14, 2008, 02:56:31 AM

the level of comic genius from years 1, 2 and 3 are so far above what's been seen in the last 10 years of SNL that it's not even a contest, old boy.  sorry.

year 1 may have had its share of bad sketches...but it was SNL's first year of existence, for cryin' out loud.  they were inventing the formula that would later be butchered by people like kattan and fallon.  even then i'd still stack the unfunny ones up against anything the current regime is doing.

...the GTA sketch, for example.   slywink

as i said, there are exceptions to the rule (will ferrell), but every year i try to watch a few episodes to see how it's going and every year I say to myself, "I wonder what's on the paid commercial channel right now?".

Stack that GTA sketch up against the "classic" scotch tape store sketch and see how it holds up.  Or any of the muppets scenes which were in every single first season episode.  Or the entire Louise Lasser episode. 
13027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 14, 2008, 03:26:56 AM
I've had a ton of fun with Boom Blox, too.  The adventure mode can get frustrating, but it's the good kind of frustrating.  You usually can't change your view there, and there's a lot of trial and error, but I've found myself trying to improve my score for 30 minutes+ on a single level.  The "poems" are god-awful, though.

Haven't had a chance to do MP yet, but I think it'll be fun.
13028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie 3 shots, Viva Pinata 2 coming on: May 13, 2008, 11:27:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 13, 2008, 11:17:11 PM

Ok, after having seen some footage, I have to say I am now tentatively excited for Banjo Kazooie. 

That bit with the coconuts looks frustrating, but I like the idea of upgrading your vehicle to get to new areas (a staple of platforming).  Control is going to be key.
13029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WORST.AD.EVER on: May 13, 2008, 11:25:18 PM
That guy has a thumb for a penis, if you know what I mean.
13030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 08:46:26 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2008, 08:43:02 PM

I will say that Norm McDonald is a god:

Quote
After the announcement that Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley planned to divorce, Macdonald joked about their irreconcilable differences on Weekend Update: "She's more of a stay-at-home type, and he's more of a homosexual pedophile."

although my favorite moments from his SNL days was his continual tormenting of Chris Kattan (who apparently wasn't too happy about it and still hates the man to this day).  Mean...but freakin' hilarious.



Well, Kattan sucks.
13031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 08:40:40 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 13, 2008, 08:21:38 PM

i'll admit i haven't watched an episode in quite a while.  in fact, i would be hard pressed to say what the last bit i watched was about. 

each generation of cast members had their stand outs and their fade outs, even back to the beginning.  of course, you can also call out bits that even the unpopular cast did quite well.  jimmy fallon did a bit on the news sketch as dave matthews i liked, also one parody of a pop song involving skiing down a mountain out of control.  he also had the occasional funny news item.  i wouldn't put him on a talk show by himself though.

most of my favorite cast members through current watching were from the early 90's. i like the old stuff of the 75-80 and 80-84 casts, but i grew up with the 90's group.  farrell, sandler, myers, carvey, rock, schneider, farley, spade, meadows, mcdonald, nealon, hartman.

hell, take a look at the list over on wiki and tell me there aren't more standout cast members from the middle years than the last 10. 

I don't mean to say that the current eps are better than the first couple of seasons were at their best or even better than the Hartman/Carvey/Hooks years (just that there are more low points in those stellar seasons than people like to remember, and sometimes they were extremely low or they were bits that just would not work today), but it infuriates me the way it gets dismissed out of hand so frequently.  It was a trend that started with the press and has never died.  Even during the Hartman/Carvey/Hooks years, the press was going on and on about the death of SNL.  And it just keeps happening.

I will say that I think most of the current cast is superior to the gang after Hartman, Carvey and Hooks left.  The Farley/Sandler/Spade years.  In fact, the only real problems I have, cast-wise, is that Amy Poehler is in every freakin sketch and is getting tired and the new girl is just awful. 
13032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLM - Free Indiana Jones downloads! on: May 13, 2008, 08:30:55 PM
Where the hell's the LEGO Indy demo?!?  It's on the PC already.
13033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 08:02:05 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2008, 07:52:05 PM

Hell, even Garret Morris was funnier than 90 percent of the "comics" they've employed in the last 10 years on SNL.  He played up the whole "I'm a token cast member" bit and brought true sarcastic humor to racism that pointed a mirror back at the audience in many of his appearances.


I will admit that Ferrell was a diamond in the rough during the last decade or so, but I most definitely view him as the exception to the rule.

This from the man with Carrot Top as his icon.   icon_wink

AANYWAY, interesting trivia for you guys about that GTA sketch.  Both Bill Hader and Fred Armisen (who played Niko and Vlad) are in GTA IV as talk show voices.  Jason Sudeikis is, as well.  He's the O'Reilly clone.  He's another one to keep you eye on in the current cast.
13034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 07:47:39 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 13, 2008, 07:04:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 13, 2008, 06:59:36 PM


Go back and watch actual, full episodes of the original cast.  There are just as many clunkers in there as there are now.  Or, perhaps nearly as many, as we were more accepting of the new style they were trying.  There's a lot of stuff that just wouldn't work today.

I have to ask everyone who uniformly bashes SNL what were the last recent episodes you watched.  I find that nearly everyone who rips the show apart watched maybe two sketches a few months back.

The difference being, is that I have tried, on multiple occasions, to watch a full episode of SNL, and get through a quarter of the way, at best, before I turn the TV off in disgust.  And as far as the old stuff is concerned, I used to watch the reruns on Comedy Central and E! almost religiously because they were that good.

Sorry to disappoint.

And those reruns have been edited down to an hour.

Quote from: hepcat on May 13, 2008, 07:26:56 PM

John Belushi vs. Jimmy Fallon...

...sorry, i didn't mean to humiliate some of you.   icon_wink

Jimmy Fallon?  Nice, topical reference.  He hasn't been on the show in four years.  Toss Will Ferrell up agains Belushi, and it comes closer.  I'm talking supporting scene player Ferrell, by the way.  The go-to guy that you could toss into any sketch, and he would make it funnier without stealing focus.  Brilliant as Belushi is (and I put him in the top echelon of all comedians), he was a scene stealer.  For what it's worth, Kristen Wiig is doing the same thing on the show right now.

Don't get me wrong, some of the original cast is on a pedestal for me, too, just by the nature of doing something that had never been done before.  But they also had Lauraine Newman and Garret Morris.

13035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 06:59:36 PM

Quote from: Booner on May 13, 2008, 05:51:20 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 13, 2008, 05:08:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 13, 2008, 03:43:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2008, 01:03:49 AM

anyone else remember when SNL used to be funny?
Anyone else remember when people didn't just bash SNL because it's a typical thing to do?

Dude, it's not bashing when the material is shit.

I concur.....long gone are the days of Rovco's Super Bass-o-Matic '76. frown

Go back and watch actual, full episodes of the original cast.  There are just as many clunkers in there as there are now.  Or, perhaps nearly as many, as we were more accepting of the new style they were trying.  There's a lot of stuff that just wouldn't work today.

I have to ask everyone who uniformly bashes SNL what were the last recent episodes you watched.  I find that nearly everyone who rips the show apart watched maybe two sketches a few months back.
13036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WORST.AD.EVER on: May 13, 2008, 06:53:57 PM
FTW!  I mean, WTF?!  Damn. I always get those confused.
13037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 13, 2008, 06:52:12 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 13, 2008, 04:53:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2008, 04:52:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 13, 2008, 04:40:38 PM

You know what suddenly struck me as I was walking down the steps to my office?  GTAIV accurately models walking down steps.  It actually has annoyed me in-game because you always slow down when you hit steps, but I can't recall another game that has a realistic animation when walking down steps.  Is there?

too bad they don't let you take stairs two or more at a time when running up them.

I usually jump and end up jumping up half the flight of stairs at a time.  biggrin

I do the same, but there are some stairs where I go leaping over the side and fall a few stories, so I'm trying to be more cautious.  I wish he'd take the stairs faster, too.
13038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 04:52:11 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 13, 2008, 12:56:29 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on May 13, 2008, 02:58:38 AM

I got it, but thought it was incredibly not funny too. A real missed opportunity. The Daily Show reporting live from Liberty City was much better.

On the bright side, the "murder mystery at the 70s game show" sketch was uncommonly creative. And Leboeuf freakin NAILED Doug Henning. <twinklefingers/mouth the word "magic"> Hilarious.

I missed the show and can't find the Henning clip anywhere.  My google-fu fails me. frown

I remember being a fan of Doug Henning as a child even though I saw through a lot of the tricks.  We went to one of his shows when I was <5 and I called him on it and it was a bit embarassing overall smile  He pulled a coin from my ear and I said loudly that I saw it in his hand before.  oops!

Here go: http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/play.shtml?mea=250057

IMO, this is a fantastic sketch.  It helps that I am a huge Match Game fan, but there's so much going on here.

Except, I should point out that the new girl is a scene killer.
13039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]Skies of Arcadia 2 on: May 13, 2008, 04:39:48 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 13, 2008, 03:21:48 PM

Quote from: Eightball on May 13, 2008, 02:53:47 PM

Hey <random encounter> that's <random encounter> exciting <random encounter> news!

LOL.  The encounter rate in that game drove me absolutely nuts.

From what I understand, they toned that down a lot in the Gamecube version.
13040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 03:43:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2008, 01:03:49 AM

anyone else remember when SNL used to be funny?
Anyone else remember when people didn't just bash SNL because it's a typical thing to do?
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