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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS on: February 27, 2014, 02:05:46 PM
Yeah, I was a little shocked by this news, too.  Maybe they're thinking it will force people to switch to Wii U?  Seems more likely to anger people to the point of not wanting to give Nintendo any money.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360, XB1, PS4, PC] Trials Fusion on: February 26, 2014, 08:32:24 PM
Yeah, these things keep sucking me in, too. Excited about a next gen version.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 25, 2014, 11:59:58 PM
I'm finding Focus makes the game very enjoyable and not overpowered at all.  It's also limited (with no way to refill it in a level that I've seen so far).  In fact, I overused it at the start and ran out before I was done, which was frustrating.

My only issue so far are with the VOs.  I found the woman to be really irritating, frankly, and Garrett is just bland. 

Also, did they say "friggin'" all the time in the old games?  I can't remember, but I'm finding it distracting.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One] Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on: February 25, 2014, 03:44:07 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on February 25, 2014, 03:40:30 PM

Local co-op is apparently stripped down
http://www.destructoid.com/review-plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-270427.phtml

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Sadly, split-screen is limited to a pared-down Garden Ops mode that's only playable offline, and player two can't earn coins or achievements. While it is nice that some sort of concession was made to even allow split-screen in the first place, it's a shame that the second player can't earn their own rewards or play online in general. With those options, Warfare would be a force to be reckoned with in terms of local play.

Also I think it's super dumb that EA went exclusive (timed at least) with this so close to Titanfall.  They could have done well on PS4/PS3 and not had to worry about eating their own sales with Titanfall.

I imagine they saw this as a way to entice people to buy Xbones before Titanfall launches.

Honestly, it has upped the likelihood of my picking one up.  By itself, it wouldn't have done it, but as a one-two punch with Titanfall it seems likely.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harold Ramis passed away today on: February 25, 2014, 01:17:19 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 24, 2014, 08:25:23 PM

I'll just put this here.  I think Ramis would appreciate it.

Awesome.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harold Ramis passed away today on: February 24, 2014, 08:22:01 PM
This hit me like a ton of bricks.  From SCTV to, hell, everything.  Unfortunately, many will see him as just a utility player, but it wouldn't take much digging to discover what an impact he had on the world of comedy.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC]Heroes Reborn on: February 24, 2014, 01:52:16 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 24, 2014, 12:38:35 AM

I hope they make Sylar insane one episode, misunderstood the next, a hero in a few and then  he turns into a shrub for the finale.  After the original run, I'm pretty sure the audience would just shrug and collectively sigh, "That sounds about right."

I hope that all happens in the same episode. 
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/24) on: February 24, 2014, 01:49:29 PM
Same boat as everyone for Thief.  Seems likely (PS4), but dependent on reviews.

When does the Thief embargo lift?


I was also hoping to get Castlevania on PS4, and I'm a little disappointed it's not out for next gen.  IIRC, they said it won't be coming, too.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The LEGO Movie - the movie of Legos on: February 20, 2014, 08:27:42 PM
Just saw it, and both my daughter and I loved it (though, as I feared, I'm already getting tired of Everything is Awesome).

The ending danced a little close to sappy, but I think they pulled it off.

Big thumbs up from me.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Strider returns! on: February 20, 2014, 02:50:15 PM
You do gain the ability to go back to other areas, right?  There were spots that I couldn't get to in that first area.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 20, 2014, 02:46:48 PM
I get what people are saying here didn't work for them in the game, but it is odd to see the press who lavished high raise when it was released come down on so hard.  

BI got As almost across the board (which, by the way, doesn't make it a AAA title, that has to do with how much money/effort was put behind it as a release), sitting within the top 5 releases of last year on GameRankings.  Why all of a sudden is it garbage?
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 19, 2014, 06:41:21 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 19, 2014, 06:21:49 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 19, 2014, 06:07:57 PM

I think his point is that rabbits scream when they're being murderized.  Loudly.

Not clicking that link, the one time was enough. It sounds like a small child being tortured.

I understand why they did it quietly in the show, they are trying to set the picture of this troubled girl torturing animals. I just wasn't sure what was going on when they showed her drawing the knife, because killing animals takes a bit more effort than that and they tend to make noise (not learned from personal experience).

I figured Bullwinkle was just giving me crap.

Shoulda put a winkie in there.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 19, 2014, 04:43:21 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 18, 2014, 06:14:05 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 18, 2014, 03:17:50 AM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on February 17, 2014, 10:35:42 PM

I though she was gonna off that baby too  icon_eek
I was rooting for her. I'll bet that baby will think twice before it starts bawling when Lizzy's around.

Actually she should be careful.  Have you noticed how fat that baby is?  You don't get that fat on limited supplies of baby formula.  Clearly Judith is a zombie hybrid and eating brains whenever you aren't watching.  That's why she's always crying, she wants to eat more brains.

- - -

I liked the episode a lot but I feel like the shows I've been watching keep using that same "rewind from different perspective" technique so it didn't have the freshness it might otherwise have.

Oh yeah, question:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I thought they found the little girl's black shoe in the first sequence so assumed she was dead.  Did they ever address that or was that just a red herring?

Also great catch on the rabbits, I totally missed that.  I kept staring at the screen trying to figure out what the heck was in those logs.  Now I have to go back and rewatch the episode.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The boot seems to have been a red herring.

Quote from: Lee on February 17, 2014, 08:30:03 PM

Ah, ok thanks. They handled that a bit badly then. My cat killed a rabbit once, I can't unhear it.

It sounds more like you handled it badly.

I agree with all that this was a fantastic episode (and everyone in it had a "goal," btw...wink).  I had a moment where I worried that Tyreese might be going through an Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge scenario and might wake up by those tracks having imagined everything that happened after.

The pre-credit narration/on-screen stuff was just about perfect, too.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 19, 2014, 04:31:54 PM
Just watched the trailer.  Count me in the know next to nothing about the characters and very excited to see the movie camp.

That last group shot shows that they know what they're doing here.  Just perfect.

Also, is that Peter Serafinowicz in the background at the prison?
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/17) on: February 19, 2014, 04:20:17 PM
Picked up Strider last night and will get DKC on Friday.

Also, I think I'll finally be seeing the LEGO Movie this week and will get the game for that, too.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First Nintendo Direct of 2014 on: February 15, 2014, 08:22:08 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 15, 2014, 09:49:48 AM

I"d love to see a return to the GBA-style Mario Golf games, but I'm glad World Tour seems to have more to it than the bare-bones Mario Tennis for 3DS.  X looks great, but I wish they'd have had more to show.  I'm also looking forward to NES Remix 2, as I'm really enjoying the first one.

I never understood why the console versions of Mario Golf had significantly less to do than the handheld ones.  Those were so much more interesting with their RPG stories.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: February 14, 2014, 02:37:24 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 14, 2014, 02:39:13 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 13, 2014, 04:59:06 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 13, 2014, 01:38:31 AM



Did anybody else notice Stan Lee's cameo?



Notice it?  I'm not sure how you could miss it.  They were pimping it in commercials for two weeks and even if you missed those, it wasn't exactly subtly placed.

I don't see commercials because I only watch recorded shows. Guess it wasn't much of a "cameo" if they were hawking it in ads. Thought I was clever for recognizing him.

Sorry, didn't mean to rain on your parade.  My daughter even said, "Stan Lee, duh" when he popped on screen.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 13, 2014, 09:03:28 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 13, 2014, 07:48:14 PM

But if you recall, multi episode goals did arise in the prison.  Two of the bigger ones were to find the person responsible for the deaths of the infected, and to find the medicine/survive long enough to get said medicine.

When they were on the farm, the goal was to find Carrol's daughter, amongst other things.

When they were in the RV club, the goal was to get to the CDC.

They're never going to let the show become the Seinfeld of horror in which nothing happens and the stories arise from the banality of that.  Every time they've achieved any kind of normalcy that results in anything resembling complacency, they've had a conflict arise that forced them to act. At the very least, that forces them back to the goal of survival and the search for the aforementioned community that represents their best bet for such.

I'm guessing that the goals presented are actually just seen as boring by some, hence my earlier assertion that nothing less than a cure (or something equally as huge...but incongruous to the tone of the show) is going to satisfy some.


If you'll recall, I said the writers are good at getting the show on track, but it's not true that they've never let the show fall into a period without a goal or only a vague one.  Or let a goal stretch too long with no active movement on it, which amounts to the same thing.

The show can dip into aimlessness at times.  As I've said, sometimes that works as it fits the world, but sometimes it takes a little longer than it should to get on track again.  I generally trust them to keep the show moving, but I can see it as a valid complaint, is what I'm saying.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 13, 2014, 07:39:49 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 13, 2014, 05:02:33 PM

I get the feeling that some folks want that goal to be "find a cure" essentially.  This is a very bleak show and I doubt that kind of ultimate resolution is in the cards.  Short term goals are the only reasonable ones they can have, given the world they live in.

But I think that if there is a primary, long term goal to be found in the show, it's that everyone is attempting to achieve (whether knowingly or unknowingly) the establishment of a community of some sort.  The prison, the farm, the RV camp...all of them were attempts to find safety and comfort through a community.  

Whether or not that's enough of a goal is up to the viewer.  Personally, I find it perfectly fitting for this kind of show.  

I don't think anyone is looking for "find a cure" as a goal, just "get to X" or "we need to find a Y or so and so will die" or something to give episodes a certain thrust instead of just "survive" which leads to aimlessness.  "Clearing out the prison to establish it as a home" is a good example of one.  "Live in the prison" is not.  Even "live in the prison while the Governor is out there maybe doing something" is not. 

An overarching goal is not necessary, but a multi-episode one is fairly important. The writers are usually good at getting the show on track, but the show sometimes suffers until they do.  It doesn't take a lot to have a goal.  And sometimes it's refreshing to not have one, but spend too long doing that, and the viewers get restless.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: February 13, 2014, 04:59:06 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 13, 2014, 01:38:31 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 05, 2014, 09:11:47 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 05, 2014, 06:48:44 PM

Big reveal and plot moves last night - not sure about "season changing" but pretty cool stuff.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Deathlok, whoa!!!!!!  And Skye is.... Illyria?!?!  She was kind of blue wasn't she?  Kidding!!!  Or will she die and her body be sent in that chamber to the bottom of the ocean, only to be reborn as a.... phoenix?!?!  Also kidding, yeah yeah they can't use X-characters.  Soooo I searched around and didn't see any other interesting theories, besides one saying she is Lady Sif's daughter (fallen from the "sky").  

I don't get the "season changing" description - if she had actually died I could see it being a game changer, but she wasn't dead and her story is far from complete so it's not that big a deal is it?  I guess everyone on the team is super pissed their precious little Skye got stabbed so now the show will be "darker"?  Or was the big thing Deathlok?  As much as I like them, I think a more dramatic turn would have been to actually kill off either Fitz or Simmons, possibly making room for a cooler character to join them.  Kind of like when 7 of 9 joined Voyager or Dark Wesley joined Angel.  

Also read more about Bill Pullman coming in, as well as Lady Sif (aka Jessi XY) guest starring soon too!  So the "back half" of the show looks like it could be pretty exciting.

The unfortunate WTF news is apparently the next episode airs in March, so it looks like the idiotic tools at ABC are trying to Lost-fuck the show's ratings/fans.  (Hey did I just coin a cool new term?)  Hey, we've got an episodic show that relies heavily on plot points happening from episode to episode, so... let's air them one at a time randomly each month!!!!!  So aggravating.

I imagine this episode was team/season/story changing, but we haven't seen exactly how just yet, only that the ball is in motion.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think we'll see some kind of power develop from Skye now that she's in that chamber. 

Knowing that Sif is coming in a future ep makes that Sif's daughter theory pretty respectable, I have to say.

Well I don't know the whole Marvel mythos, but I expect Skye to become a cyborg or alien-human hybrid or something equally superheroic. Not spoilering that since it's just speculation.

Did anybody else notice Stan Lee's cameo?



Notice it?  I'm not sure how you could miss it.  They were pimping it in commercials for two weeks and even if you missed those, it wasn't exactly subtly placed.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 13, 2014, 04:49:08 PM
While I agree with Hep's counter arguments, I think Zin makes a valid complaint.  Not having a destination or stated goal can make the show feel aimless.  And while that certainly may be "realistic" in a survivalist setting, it's not necessarily compelling.  Generally, I feel they can get away with that for only a couple of episodes before they have to find something to do.

It is a little worrying that we're going to have to see what each splinter group is up to before they can start writing them together believably.  Assuming there are only three of them (Rick & co., other prisoners, Carol), we still could be looking at six episodes before things start to gel again.  That's nearly the whole half season.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Star Wars Rebels on: February 13, 2014, 04:39:30 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 13, 2014, 04:07:03 PM

I'd totally watch a show with Hans Olo!

Ve are going to shoot [clap] you first.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: February 13, 2014, 02:40:14 AM
This video has everything.  Skydivers giving the finger, cameras accidentally falling from a plane and surviving a crash in a pig pen.  Also, pig pen inhabitant.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here come the remakes of mediocre 80's movies on: February 12, 2014, 08:23:47 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 12, 2014, 05:27:46 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 11, 2014, 03:59:27 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 11, 2014, 03:56:34 PM

I never did see About Last Night,i did see,and own on DVD St Elmo's Fire,which also starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore

I remember, uh, a particular scene in About Last Night that I REALLY liked when I was a teenager...
A few critics thought Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins were the more fun to watch pair, and wished the movie was more centered around them but of course mid 1980s, Lowe and Moore were seen more as the star power. As a middled aged guy, I kind of wish they'd bring back Moore and Lowe today, as they are now, and revisit the characters.

The 1986 film was loosely based off a play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and so much of the criticism back then was the movie not living up to the play:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_Perversity_in_Chicago

I'm not sure there's anything wrong with remaking movies that were modest successes are not terribly memorable. If you try to remake a classic, then all you get are complaints, the deck is already stacked against you (see Robocop opening today). If you try to put a spin on something that was just so-so in its day, then you might actually be given more room by audiences to succeed.

Sexual Perversity in Chicago is one of Mamet's first plays.  About Last Night is decidedly not Mamet.

Still, if you can get past that, it works on its own level.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 12, 2014, 08:21:58 PM

Quote from: JCC on February 12, 2014, 06:44:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 12, 2014, 01:26:24 PM

...oh, wait that plot was just terrible.  Why am I pretending to care?

LOL. That greatly encapsulates my continuing reaction to the show. I can't quite explain why I enjoy it as much as I do, since many of the plot lines irritate me, but it's just so charming and well performed, I keep returning to it. Plus, as others have noted, any scene with Maggie Smith is just fantastic.

When she was sick this week, I said to my wife that if she died every TV in America would shut off.

The face bandaged mystery man was the only story line that really bothered me to any major degree (man, did I hate that).  I actually enjoy the writing and performances all around.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 12, 2014, 01:26:24 PM

Quote from: JCC on February 11, 2014, 09:27:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 11, 2014, 05:25:18 PM

They even did bring someone back from the dead already (though he wasn't a character we knew).  Granted, it was the single worst storyline in the show's history, but they did it.

Did they? I liked how they left that ambiguous, but I left that thinking he was a fraud.

True, I probably should have slapped some quotes around that.  I think because it was nice to see Edith have some connection for once, it was a little believable...oh, wait that plot was just terrible.  Why am I pretending to care?
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 11, 2014, 05:25:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 11, 2014, 04:36:39 PM

When I heard this season was soap opera-y it was because their was a plot twist that wasn't very believable. I read what that twist was, it didn't seem too out there to me though. I will watch this season eventually.

I wouldn't call that unbelievable at all, if it's the angst mentioned by JCC.  I also think they've handled it quite believably.

This show has always been about what I guess some are calling soap opera drama in uppstairs/downstairs trappings.  They toyed with the Mary/Matthew will-they/won't they stuff for multiple seasons, for example.  And the hot one hooked up with the driver.  There was scandalous death by sex in the first season and financial intrigue aplenty. 

They even did bring someone back from the dead already (though he wasn't a character we knew).  Granted, it was the single worst storyline in the show's history, but they did it.

I guess the point is this show is what it has always been.  I'm not sure why people think it's turned into something different.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 11, 2014, 02:08:00 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 11, 2014, 01:32:08 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 11, 2014, 12:33:51 AM

Can you...well...watch something else?  Or perhaps play a video game or read a book during that time?  I guess I don't understand why, if you don't enjoy it, you would continue?   icon_confused

Because I did like it, and keep hoping I will again. Of course I seem to be going in the opposite direct now. I am curious of where they are going with it, which may also be why I am still watching it. I will try to be quiet next Sunday.  icon_neutral

Naw, you're welcome to your opinion and to say it out loud.  It keeps things interesting.

Plus I may need you when the Governor comes back (however that's going to be).
109  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Flappy Bird is no more on: February 10, 2014, 11:01:03 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2014, 10:54:43 PM

I would be surprised to hear anyone is actually buying those phones. If you played it, you already own it. If you didn't play it, why would you spend a fortune just to try it?

Well, checking ebay, there is one at $3,000 with a bid, but most of the 1k and up ones don't have bids.  However, there's one currently at $305 with 10 bids already (that may have more to do with a cheap iphone).  At one point today, there were bids for phones over $90,000.  Maybe they were self-driven prices?

As far as spending a fortune if you haven't played it, though, there's a mania that develops for some knowing that they can't play it.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 05:55:47 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 10, 2014, 05:41:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2014, 04:31:23 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 10, 2014, 03:55:31 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2014, 02:44:09 PM

Michonne: Cutting off arms and jaws make the zombies likes puppies on a leash? Every other zombie fights until the end no matter how destroyed it's body is. Hers stop and move with a shake of her leash. And now she can walk with the zombies? She couldn't do that when she had her zombie puppies the first season. In the first season smearing guts all over themselves barely worked, yet she can walk freely with zombies because she has pet zombies?

Uh, no. She used her previous zombies in the same manner. It's the whole reason she had them.

Doesn't make any sense, it goes against everything the show does with zombies. Not that I remember her walking safely with zombies when she was introduced.

So why do you think she chained two armless jawless zombies up and walked them around? Why does she do it again during this episode? If she liked them as pets or something like that, why didn't she keep them around before, or make new ones before?

Well, in fairness, there was another reason, and the new ones weren't worthy substitutes, clearly.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 05:47:00 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2014, 04:41:44 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 10, 2014, 04:16:50 PM

Carl walked the zombies away from his unconscious father so they wouldn't, um, eat him.  Carl is addicted to the gun, apparently (I think his relative height to the zombies is part of the reason, though this is less of an issue than they probably imagined while writing it due to that kid shooting up like a weed; another reason is that his dad told him not to use it).  Anyway, he wasn't going to be using the quite option, so he needed them away from the house so they wouldn't draw more.

Except he doesn't care about being quiet anymore as he kept demonstrating over and over this episode. And you don't go for a causal walk with zombies following you, as the show repeatedly shows, because you will fall down and almost get eaten. They are seasoned survivors at this point but still act like people do in low budget horror movie. Going for walks while not paying attention and not properly clearing out houses is a common theme of the show and it's getting a bit old.

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Carl eating pudding on the roof with the zombie behind him wasn't for generic "action" so much as to illustrate the dichotomy between the old world and the new world.  And to highlight Carl's general acceptance of that new world.  He's become numb to them.  We've certainly seen zombies reach non-threateningly for effect before, so I don't get why that's a big deal.  It served the story.

Because it was silly. If they wanted effect, close the window and have the zombie trying to break it. Just an arm sticking out of the window looked cheesy.

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I thought the dream sequence, illustrating Michonne's very, very different past life was fantastic.  And paralleled the dichotomy I talked about before.

The acting/script was painful, dream or not. Lover, really? That's the best way they could tell us who he was?

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If you're done, you're done, but it sounds like you're looking for excuses.

That said, I think I may be okay with Carl getting bit.

It's a show I really haven't liked much except for one or two seasons that were interesting and exciting (2 and 3?). I look for excuses to keep watching it, hoping it will get better, it's not for me. Maybe I love to hate it at this point?

Carl is a kid trying to act more mature than he is (and trying to convince the world he is more skilled than he is).  He actually did show that he knew to be quiet in the scene where he yelled at his dad on the couch.  He looked to the door and then continued in a quieter tone.  When he loudly pronounced that he would be fine if his dad died, he was posturing again.  Of course this was clear at the end when he was admitting to his fear, but his actions of leading the zombies away also illustrated the point.  It wasn't a casual walk, it was a plan.  But he is a kid who is acting beyond his capacity, and the plan got away from him all too easily.  Sure, we know it's a bad plan, but that's what creates the dramatic tension.  Waiting for the inevitable, then watching to see how he'll handle it when it comes.  Carl thinks he can take on the world, but he really can't.  This was the whole point of Carl's storyline in the episode (and the reason he was hungrily chowing down on a massive tub of desert at the end, just like a little kid).

The point of the shot of Carl on the roof was Carl, not the zombie.  Having the zombie banging on the glass would distract from the point.  It would also add unnecessary tension that the scene didn't need.

I thought the acting was great in the dream sequence.  They themselves made fun of the awkward use of the word "lover" in the scene, which made it a human moment.  The scene grew increasingly separate as it went on, with Michonne acting in her old manner, ignoring the horror that was building around her, again highlighting the old world/new world chasm, and showing the pain of loss not just for the people in it, but also of that world itself.  The fact that the scene was about the katanna wielding silent kick ass Michonne, illustrated the contrast even more.

I also have been frustrated by this show in the past (the Gov being a particular sticking point with me), but when they pull together a great episode like this one, it's a little bizarre to hear that people don't click with it.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 04:16:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2014, 02:44:09 PM

I hated it to the point I think I am done (until I am bored on a Sunday night again).

The tripping thing is old. Who didn't see that coming as Carl took the zombies for a walk? The only question is why was he taking them on the walk? So he could fall over and let them attack him? They needed some action, so the did the ole standby falling over thing?

Michonne: Cutting off arms and jaws make the zombies likes puppies on a leash? Every other zombie fights until the end no matter how destroyed it's body is. Hers stop and move with a shake of her leash. And now she can walk with the zombies? She couldn't do that when she had her zombie puppies the first season. In the first season smearing guts all over themselves barely worked, yet she can walk freely with zombies because she has pet zombies?

And the dream sequence? Ugh, it was painful to watch, dream or not.

Carl eating pudding, with a live, loose, zombie in the room behind him. The window is open, yet for some reason the zombie just puts his arm out the window and doesn't even try to get out?

They are trying to throw in action so everyone is not bored to death. Their characters aren't developed enough to make me give a rats ass about them and have become more annoying than anything else. Please Carl, get bit.

Yeah, the Michonne thing was pretty much the same as it was before (except they are doing the jaw thing a little cheaper now with some sort of rubber extension).

Carl walked the zombies away from his unconscious father so they wouldn't, um, eat him.  Carl is addicted to the gun, apparently (I think his relative height to the zombies is part of the reason, though this is less of an issue than they probably imagined while writing it due to that kid shooting up like a weed; another reason is that his dad told him not to use it).  Anyway, he wasn't going to be using the quite option, so he needed them away from the house so they wouldn't draw more.

Carl eating pudding on the roof with the zombie behind him wasn't for generic "action" so much as to illustrate the dichotomy between the old world and the new world.  And to highlight Carl's general acceptance of that new world.  He's become numb to them.  We've certainly seen zombies reach non-threateningly for effect before, so I don't get why that's a big deal.  It served the story.

I thought the dream sequence, illustrating Michonne's very, very different past life was fantastic.  And paralleled the dichotomy I talked about before.

If you're done, you're done, but it sounds like you're looking for excuses.

That said, I think I may be okay with Carl getting bit.

113  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Flappy Bird is no more on: February 10, 2014, 04:04:03 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2014, 03:21:57 PM

He pulled the ads in the last update, so he isn't getting anything anymore.

I really don't see the big deal, these silly games do well with the masses who own smart phones and then they move on to something else. For some reason sites like Touch Arcade made such a big deal out of it that in the process turned it into a bigger drama than it needed to be. Eli Hodapp (one of TA's site operators) loved it, but yet they didn't even review it. Probably because they would have given it a good review and the site's readers who seem to be mostly gamers (as opposed to the masses) would have flipped.

It's not just the sites who are making it a big deal.  Now that the game has been pulled, phones with Flappy Birds installed are selling for big bucks on ebay.

This whole thing is baffling: the game's sudden rise to intense popularity months after release, the designer pulling the game and advertising, the mania ramping up after that.

Of course, this has extended the mania for this little game, but I'll be disappointed if the designer has some kind of a faux mea culpa and rereleases it "due to popular demand" or does so under a bigger publisher.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 01:24:59 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 10, 2014, 07:25:43 AM

So how about them zombies? I enjoyed the season 4.5 premier, especially the echoes of early episodes (burning tank, comatose Rick, reference to Shane). It's like the characters are coping with their disorientation by going back to the beginning. Enjoyed seeing bratty Carl taken down a peg, too. The diaspora is a good development if they don't spend the entire rest of the season reuniting people (as it looks like they might do).

Yeah, it was all good stuff, Carl was starting to lose me, so I'm glad he seems back on track (but I'm growing less certain about the actor, if I'm being honest).
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 10, 2014, 01:23:08 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 10, 2014, 07:16:54 AM

I just didn't buy it. It felt forced and arbitrary, from a plot/writing standpoint. I was being manipulated to feel  icon_eek but I only felt like  Roll Eyes I hung in there for a couple more weeks but increasingly felt that Downton has become a parody of itself.

Which is not to say that I'm right and you're wrong; my wife's still thoroughly engrossed in it. They just lost me and I wasn't really their audience in the first place. They'll get over it.

I'm sure it would have felt forced and arbitrary if it had been the stranger they keep pretending it is.  They built it up well with that guy, IMO.

Now Mary's various suitors have felt a little arbitrary, OTOH.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/10) on: February 10, 2014, 01:19:50 PM
Last of Us DLC.  Maybe some iteration of Far Cry Classic, but I doubt it.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 10, 2014, 05:24:06 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 10, 2014, 02:34:54 AM

I officially bailed on this show effective with tonight's episode. I started to lose interest -- and the show started to wander -- when WW1 ended. Then a few weeks ago they threw in a subplot that was completely gratuitous because they felt like a particular character (OK, Anna...if you're watching you know what I'm talking about) was too happy or needed some conflict. It crossed completely into soap opera territory at that point. Now that The Walking Dead is back on the same day and time, I am done with Downton.

The first two seasons were really good, I'll give it that.

Wow, I couldn't agree less about the Anna storyline.  It has brought some excellent performances, made other characters even more important (Mrs. Hughes, in particular went from a supporting character to an outright favorite in my book), and has me stirred up in the most intense of ways.  The end of tonight's episode highlighted all of those elements particularly well.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Amazon] The After on: February 07, 2014, 01:44:11 PM
Maybe it's because I only recently watched Insidious, but I keep seeing this title as "The Further"
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: From the "What the hell did I just watch" department on: February 07, 2014, 01:40:01 PM
Bronovich & Associates
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The LEGO Movie - the movie of Legos on: February 07, 2014, 01:09:29 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 07, 2014, 12:46:09 AM

Early reports are that this is super good.  99% on Rotten Tomatoes currently.  Sweet, can't wait to see it!   icon_biggrin thumbsup

Yeah, I'm very excited that my fears were misplaced.  Looking forward to seeing this.
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