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6681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) 2 Refurbs or 1 New? on: December 14, 2009, 05:48:31 PM
two issues here.  refurb systems are generally either older generation and more prone to burn out even after a refurb.  you can't polish out design flaws when it's the cpu/gpu size that's the root cause.  i wouldn't take a chance on a used system without full proof, in person, that it could play games online, not after that mass Live banning that just occurred a month or so back.  plus, you have the problem of MS not allowing you to transfer the warranty on a used console, so if it goes TU two months after you get it, it's a full price repair. 
6682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I finally understand the hate for the Sci Fi channel.... on: December 14, 2009, 05:42:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 11, 2009, 09:07:24 PM

LOL, I wasn't paying attention to the number of episodes listed and so many series I watch lately are only 10-13 episodes so I was thinking at 6 episodes I was halfway done, but Farscape has proper seasons so I'm delightfully a third of the way through the first season.

oh, how i envy you the experience of watching this the first time.  were it possible to inflict brain damage related to just watching this show, i would be tempted, just to get to see it again for the first time. 

glad you stuck with it through the opening season stumbling blocks.  had i not know how good it would get, i would have dumped it myself after disc 2.  luckily, they tightened up the storylines and introduced their best characters/story arcs, not to mention, drop that bad habit of fully orchestrating every scene like it was a george lucas movie. 
6683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 6 Things Hollywood needs to stop doing on: December 14, 2009, 05:38:10 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on December 14, 2009, 02:25:35 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on December 14, 2009, 01:06:07 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on December 13, 2009, 06:53:15 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 13, 2009, 06:16:05 AM

Then there's the Lord of the Rings or the first three Star Wars movies.  Those were planned and one movie flowed into the next.

So the Luke kissing his sister in Star Wars was intentional? icon_lol

George had originally planned for the series to be nine movies long.  However, he had to get the first movie made and then hope that it would be a success in order to make more movies.

As for the kiss being planned, we all know that George works from a vague outline and then makes up the story as he goes.   Have you ever read an original draft of the first Star Wars movie?  Ugh!  What a convoluted pile of crap that was.  Good thing he had people around him to help him with rewrites, pacing, and dialog.

Too bad he didn't follow the same plan with Episodes I - III.


Yes!  The treatment for Star Wars is hilarious, and the name "Starkiller" was a little on the nose.

on the nose, or more to the side, on the cheeks?
6684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: December 14, 2009, 05:35:28 PM

Quote from: cheeba on December 13, 2009, 11:04:31 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 13, 2009, 06:16:45 AM

Like almost all of Cameron's previous films?  That's the guy's MO.

Yeah a bit. The Terminators were a bit less preachy at least. The overarching theme to the Terminator series was that it's human nature to kill ourselves, but that wasn't the plot of the movies.

i think it was more like the line from sarah, 'the future is what we make it', ie. don't give artificial entities control over your life, be it corporate or AI.  that's why they invented skynet, to take control of our nuclear arsenal so we wouldn't have to be afraid of a power hungry mad man behind the button.
6685  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flight of the Conchords on HBO on: December 14, 2009, 05:30:59 PM
sad, but not unexpected.  i bet it takes them a while to write each episode and coming up with new material plus acting is a lot more work than they first thought it would be.

what, no love for 'leggy blonde', 'sello tape' or 'humans are dead'? 

imho, there were only two songs from season 1 that i didn't like, and that's 'mermaids' and that one in french.  i also think that some of the songs worked better as stand-up, but others, especially 'beautiful girl' work much better in the show. 
6686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First trailer for Pixeljunk 1-4 (Shooter) on: December 14, 2009, 05:27:31 PM
I have a sinking feeling that I might be close to the end.  If that's the case then it means there are not that many levels.  So far, I've seen four suits and substances.  There are some cool interactions between some of them and the suits.  I've found all but one of the named miners and saved every one so far.  I really hope there is more as I've had a lot of fun with it.
6687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another pet vacuum thread on: December 14, 2009, 05:24:07 PM
another vote for the dc17.  i recently ran a test using our older bissel and then ran the dyson after it downstairs (where the kids hang out 90% of the time) and there was still half a can's worth of hair in there (wife and daughter both keep their hair past shoulder length).  basically, the bissel got the visible stuff you see on the carpet and barely touched the embedded stuff. 

it's pretty close to 5 years old now and runs as good as it did when we got it.
6688  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse weekend sales on: December 13, 2009, 06:43:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2009, 05:42:11 AM

wait, are Time of Shadows and Dawn of Magic 2 the same game?

NM, looked it up and they are indeed the same.

yeah, that's odd. 

to add to the oddness, the box art for dawn of magic 2 is that of the first one. 

so impulse sells both the european and US version of the same game under different names without mentioning it.   awesome.
6689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 6 Things Hollywood needs to stop doing on: December 13, 2009, 06:19:37 AM

Quote from: Qantaga on December 13, 2009, 05:39:00 AM

These are all pretty good, but I would add a seventh:
   
7. Stop changing major plot points in book adaptions for no other reason than your hack screenwriter just wants to put their grubby fingerprints on perfectly good source material.
   
I know there can be time considerations and production issues that necessitate some changes, but there are way too movies (and even tv shows) adapted from books that have major plot changes made for no good reason other than screenwriter, director, or producer ego.

+ eleventy billion.  'i am legend' would have been a much better flick if they had kept the 'whole damn meaning of the title' correct instead of the dying hero bs we got.

i, robot gets into this category on the sheer awfulness of taking a bunch of related stories and making a movie with such a disjointed representation of their themes.

as for the trilogy issue, if the story natively has three major acts and can be adapted to film without scimping on the story, then go for it.  lotr did it successfully because they knew they had an established and popular book to go off of.  spiderwick, not so much.  same with golden compass.  narnia is close enough to almost make it, but don't blow your wad of cash too soon or you won't last out the slow stuff that kills your sales.
6690  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 12 Sims 3 $39.95(daily sale) on: December 13, 2009, 06:05:20 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2009, 05:48:28 AM

on a side note, they have changed the list from what was shown at CAG.  CoH: Tales of Valor was not on it.

i noticed that, and with the weak sales on sims and dragon age, i have less faith that i'll score a cheap copy of risen from this sale.  bummer.
6691  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse weekend sales on: December 13, 2009, 05:37:59 AM
agreed.  had i known that's what they did, i wouldn't have bothered posting.
6692  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 12 Sims 3 $39.95(daily sale) on: December 13, 2009, 05:37:24 AM
wow, a $10 sale on a what, 6 month old game?  i guess i can ignore the page until monday. 
6693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: True Crime 3 to the PC? on: December 13, 2009, 05:33:21 AM
it did several things differently, most notably the melee combat, but also that you supposedly had multiple endings and could kill off major characters, changing how the plot flowed later on.  not sure if that was really in there or if it was anything more in depth than gta 4's approach.  i did enjoy the police work aspects to it and how you were penalized for excessive force and not apprehending small time perps.  shooting while driving was odd, but a huge step above gta: sa and let you aim in all directions due to a bullet time aspect.  they also allowed you to use BT to disarm opponents, most useful for those with a hostage.
6694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My first CD of FarCry is bad - How can I get a copy? on: December 13, 2009, 04:53:36 AM
i'll let you know if i still have a copy of it.  been a while since i searched through the box
6695  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse weekend sales on: December 12, 2009, 11:29:20 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on December 12, 2009, 10:35:44 PM

Is that a good price for AI wars and Gratuitous Space Battles?  I'm interested in both, but neither seem like they'd be long term interests, more casual fun kind of games.

tbh, it looks like $20 is the price for these.  that's what they are running on steam atm.

current price for GSB is 23 on impulse, $20 for ai wars.  not sure if that's due to the bundle pricing though.

6696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: December 12, 2009, 10:42:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 12, 2009, 07:31:00 PM

Quote from: Rhinohelix on December 12, 2009, 07:24:05 PM

Even the reviews that liked it mention the heavy-handed, cliched nature of the plot.  What really saddens me is that now by inserting ham-fistedly environmentalist, radical left wing politics into sci-fi action adventure, yet another venue has been infected with polarizing ideology.  Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes I want to just go see a movie without re-fighting the political battles of the Aughts.

But all of Cameron's movies are that way. The "corporate bureaucrats are soulless and evil, but blue collar workers are good" themes in Aliens, the Abyss, and T2 were similar.  Even Titanic had a very strong class system divide. 

too true, and something we tend to forget when we look back on his movies.  i'm not surprised that avatar takes this same approach, but i think about it and District 9 and how similar the themes are and yet how wide the gulf is in terms of cost.  i was talking to someone the other day over this and it strikes me how cameron took 300 mil to make aliens that look like ST: TNG aliens, ie 'humans with crap on their face' and makeup whereas D9 took cgi aliens that not only looked like they were in the picture, but were so different from us and still believable.  when you consider the basic theme of both movies, i'm surprised it hasn't been pointed out by reviewers. 
6697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First trailer for Pixeljunk 1-4 (Shooter) on: December 12, 2009, 06:53:56 PM
got stuck in one of the fire and ice levels. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
how does one, using a water cannon, get through cooled lava rock? 
6698  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 10 Battlefield 2 Complete $14.95(daily s on: December 12, 2009, 05:09:54 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 11, 2009, 09:02:46 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 11, 2009, 09:02:17 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 11, 2009, 06:27:09 PM

Dragon Age: Origins for $39.95 doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

no, it isn't, unless it's the CE.  i would have been on the fence for that. 

what's next in the ornament of prophecy?
Sims 3

bugger.  if i got it, it would just end up like the last two.  two weeks of play before i got tired of watching virtual people do things less interesting than i do every day. 
6699  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 10 Battlefield 2 Complete $14.95(daily sale) on: December 11, 2009, 09:02:17 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 11, 2009, 06:27:09 PM

Dragon Age: Origins for $39.95 doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

no, it isn't, unless it's the CE.  i would have been on the fence for that. 

what's next in the ornament of prophecy?
6700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can a PS3 Slim use PS2 power and a/v cable? on: December 11, 2009, 08:56:29 PM
if they are both just cables and not adapters, you *should* be fine.  cables are providing the same power from the outlet, after all.  check the input voltage specs just to be safe.  the av cables shouldn't be a problem though.  i've been using the same 3rd party component cables from my ps2 since i got the ps3. 

6701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First trailer for Pixeljunk 1-4 (Shooter) on: December 11, 2009, 06:07:49 PM
odd that nobody has mentioned this since it hit psn yesterday.

had enough time to play through the first 2 levels of about 5 stages each. (i could be off).  most of them are several screens in width/height and have a number of people to pick up, enemies to shoot and environmental hazards to avoid/use.  graphic style is clean and vibrant and the control scheme is not bogged down with complex commands. 

i was a little bit put off by how the ship flies vs. how i expected it to based on similar games, but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it at all.  basically, i thought it would be like many gravity based shooters where you have to balance your fuel usage and amount of thrust and which direction your guns were pointing.  psn's other recent gravity based shooter is a perfect example of that control methodology.  here, they stuck with a simpler base for movement.  left stick moves you in that direction, right stick rotates your craft, so you can easily shoot at the ground while moving up.  gravity effects are light and that extends to inertia on your ship as well. 

so far, it sounds pretty basic.  you fly around, shoot enemies and pick up colonists, gems and the remnants of your enemies.  once you get to the environment and how to interact with it, things get more interesting.  so far, i have encountered lava and water which cools it into rock which you can shoot.  it's not instant, so newly cooled rock can be melted by the lava but larger chunks of rock will hold.  add in a few tricks like water filled grenades you drop or shoot, tetherable sponges witch soak up either substance, enemies that soot lava at you, pickups like heat shields and a rocket attack which raises your ships temperature.  i'm sure there is more to come and the 2nd level i played was a bit more complex than the first.  you do get a small branching level choice after the first one too. 

and it's remote playable on a psp.  sweet.
6702  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 48 Hour Madness: White Friday on: December 11, 2009, 04:59:18 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 11, 2009, 03:14:12 PM

Ooh, I'm in for Rise of the Argonauts at $9.90.  I've heard enough good about the story to make it sound worth $10.00. 

yeah, that sounds just about perfect for me too, price wise. 
6703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mel Brooks movies on: December 11, 2009, 03:22:18 PM
Yesterday, one of my coworkers and I were explaining the plot of the producers to someone as an example of the kind of movies Mel was famous for.  He didn't know what 'Springtime for Hitler' even was until yesterday.
6704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: December 11, 2009, 08:34:15 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 10, 2009, 05:08:35 PM

looks like February 2010 is the release month, but they aren't giving a date.  looks like Q1 is turning into the new Q4 for releases  icon_lol

no kidding ck. feb/march '10 is going to be big. this, avp, bioshock, sc conviction, yakuza 3, mafia 2. 

it's going to be another rough month for the 'ol wallet
6705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what's your Downloadable GOTY? on: December 11, 2009, 06:32:10 AM
if you were one of the hold outs for shadow complex, it's in the rumor mill that it will be on sale this month for 800 points.  maw is also set to be 400.  just an fyi
6706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I guess Thirteenloodfumble isn't that bad after all on: December 11, 2009, 06:31:00 AM
yeah, i read this earlier as well.  it's nuts to consider how much time that is and how specific she plays games just for points. 

hell, i had to push myself to get the last 60 points in asscreed2, and i enjoyed that game.  those last few hours were pretty monotonous and unrewarding and i could not fathom what this woman has put herself through. 
6707  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Impulse weekend sales on: December 11, 2009, 06:22:59 AM
they put some of their bundles on sale this weekend:

AI War: Fleet Command / Gratuitous Space Battles - $40
Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus - $5
some of the deals
Time of Shadows - $15
Dawn of Magic 2 -$15
Dawn of Discovery[/url - $35
[url=http://www.impulsedriven.com/citiesxl]Cities XL
- $20

they are also offering 10% off Divinity 2 - $45  release 1/5/10

6708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: December 08, 2009, 10:24:21 PM
wife and i finally watched this last night.  i am kind of let down even though i enjoyed it.  on one hand, they really nailed the special effects and the look of everything.  it all felt like what a modern star trek should look like.  the action scenes were well done and a great show piece for an action movie.  i did appreciate that they managed to give all the supporting cast moments on screen, even though chekov's scene came off forced.  Bones' intro was the best of them all.  he nailed the attitude and behavior much better than i thought possible.  scotty's was pretty good too, even though a bit over the top. 

i was hoping for a better plot and story though.
Spoiler for Hiden:
the timeline twist does explain how they will diverge from TOS and the rest, and i don't fault them for doing that.  i do think they could have restarted it all without tie-ing it to the other treks and just as good though.  it reminds me too much of ST:NG Generations and kirk's role in it.  they try to clean up the plot with a 5 minute exposition and it comes off as just a reason to use the mind meld.  kirk vs spock was also an odd scene and same with the stranding.  it wasn't a move i felt spock would make.  maybe that's more in line with his younger attitudes, so i can accept that.

i also thought the use of lens flare was abused a bit.  every time the camera swept past a light source, it felt like a 14 year old's attempt at film making.  i remember a scene where it was so bad, i thought they were doing a fade out. 

i have hopes the sequels will be better now that they've gotten the origin out of the way.  if they can pull off their own 'dark knight', then i will be very happy.  but this one has more in common with batman begins; overall pretty good, nothing significantly bad, but definitely a less refined movie. 
6709  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 8 Mercenaries 2 $4.95 (daily sale) on: December 08, 2009, 08:33:25 PM
was mercs on the pc a good port or did it get ported by the B team?  i would hope for a mod scene, but my hunches say no.
6710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: December 08, 2009, 06:59:19 PM
yeah, it will have some stiff competition with bioshock 2 hitting just before, and if splinter cell isn't a train wreck either. 

i also think this won't be given the ad dollars to make a noticeable impression on people not familiar with the series, so in other words, 80% of the ps3 game buying public. 
6711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's that time again! What's Your Game of the Year 2009 on: December 08, 2009, 06:55:52 PM
so far, i have several candidates for goty

batman: aa - just about perfect in every way.  best game based on a comic book hero
uncharted 2 - pitch perfect sp campaign through the first 90% or so, but loses ground at the end.
mw2 - sp has some great moments, even though it's a bit derivative of the first.  mp is top of it's class
infamous - like this one far more than i did prototype due to the latter's insistence on lame-ass timed super blocking boss battle

unplayed contenders
dragon age - could be great, but i have only got a few hours in.

honorable mentions
borderlands - great all around, but not quite goty material imho.  
ghostbusters - while it's the perfect example of how to do a movie franchise game right, it doesn't push into the top honors.
red faction guerrilla - most fun i've had all year.  
6712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what's your Downloadable GOTY? on: December 08, 2009, 06:43:49 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on December 08, 2009, 06:30:34 PM

Shadow Complex, but the Lost and the Damned add-on for GTA 4 was a very close second
(I'm not sure if DLC is included in the category or not)

good call.  i had forgotten about TLaD. 

Quote from: WinoMcCougarstein on December 08, 2009, 06:07:34 PM

With all the mentions of Flower I'd like to try it.  Is there a demo on PSN?

i don't think there is, as i never tried it before i bought it.  i would have recommended it as a blind purchase a few days ago as it was just on sale for $5
6713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: December 08, 2009, 06:41:45 PM
after many delays and much speculation, it's been announced that they will be bringing it stateside and to europe in march '10.

woohoo

looking forward to it
6714  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 7 LotR Conquest $9.95 (daily sale) on: December 08, 2009, 06:07:32 PM
i was very close to pulling the trigger on majesty 2 as well but decided it would probably just sit in my perpetual backlog.  at least with the DL services, you can have them keep the 'shelf' organized for you and not worry about misplacing it when you get the urge to try something.

really hoping we get some good stuff after mercs. 
6715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / what's your Downloadable GOTY? on: December 08, 2009, 01:38:26 AM
this year has been pretty good for xbla/psn/wii releases and i have had as much fun with some of them as i did their big brother's on disc.

shadow complex ranks as my top contender so far, but the race for goty is pretty contentious and won't be over for a few weeks.

braid, flower, bf1943, peggle, bionic commando rearmed, 'splosion man, plus we still have pixeljunk shooter and alien breed coming.

and those were just the ones i played and could remember.  (no wii, so no 1st hand experience, sorry)

so, what's your top download game of the year?
6716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Breed coming to XBLA! on: December 08, 2009, 01:24:14 AM
Alien Swarm, a UT 2k4 (and maybe ue3, unsure) mod with 4 person co-op.  if not a remake then, it pulls from the standards of the genre, dating back to what, Aliens? 

either way, i would have loved to have 4 person co-op here, but 2 person will suffice. 

if they can nail this, it will make the Downloadable goty list a bit longer.
6717  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG Weekend Sale: Rage games 25% off on: December 07, 2009, 11:46:42 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 07, 2009, 07:20:07 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 07, 2009, 07:09:08 PM

i wouldn't expect any problems running it on a recent machine.  it's pretty old ( i think i ran it on a machine two generations ago.  it is 8 years old in any case, so as long as your laptop can run 3d games and has some video memory, you should be good.

Well...my laptop has a Pentium 1.4 Ghz w/768 MB Ram. It has a 3d Video card with 64 MB, but...

"NO Pixel Shader..."
"NO Hardware T&L"
"NO Vertex Shader..."

Those words are direct from the mouth of Can-You-Run-It. icon_confused Unfortunately that site doesn't have a listing for Hostile Waters.

well, the requirements for it were an 8mb video card, and that seems about what i remember.  the cpu is certainly more than the minimum by a generation or two and the system ram is well above the minimum.   as for the warnings you got, those are features introduced after the game did, so you shouldn't be missing anything.  pretty sure the card i ran it on was a geforce 2. 

reference:
PII 266 or equivalent. RAM: 64 MB Video Memory: 8 MB Hard Drive Space: 620 MB
6718  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG Weekend Sale: Rage games 25% off on: December 07, 2009, 07:09:08 PM
i wouldn't expect any problems running it on a recent machine.  it's pretty old ( i think i ran it on a machine two generations ago.  it is 8 years old in any case, so as long as your laptop can run 3d games and has some video memory, you should be good.

i really wish they would come up with a remake of this. 
6719  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Router woes on: December 07, 2009, 06:22:50 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on December 07, 2009, 06:33:53 AM

From my experience, the WRT54G are awesome routers hindered by horrendous software.

You should put a different one in - like Tomato or DD-WRT.

+ to this, but take note of the model you have.  i know they purposely nerfed the ability to mod with some versions of the wrt.  i picked one up from a trade here and had some success with it.  sadly, it only seemed to work for about a week before it stopped providing dns resolution, so i reverted back to a different router. 

i then compounded the problem by mucking about with it a while ago and got it to stop responding completely.  it's settings are screwed up and make it the most secure router in existence, aka unable to be reached by any means over the network.  i need to read up on it and refresh it's firmware.
6720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Breed coming to XBLA! on: December 07, 2009, 06:17:16 PM
only 2 player?  i was really hoping they would have made it 4 person, so i could get a good "alien swarm" buzz from it.  (yeah, i know AS is pretty much a remake, but still, 4 person top down aliens shooter?  awesome)

this will be my last purchase of the year. 
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