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7121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The best year for movies? on: August 03, 2010, 08:45:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2010, 02:50:48 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 03, 2010, 02:36:23 PM

What year did Battlefield Earth come out, again?  Any year but that one.

it came out in 2000, along with:

Almost Famous
Gladiator
X-Men

Gone in 60 Seconds
Memento
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Snatch

Shanghai Noon
The Whole Nine Yards
High Fidelity
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Boiler Room
Coyote Ugly
American Psycho
Bring It On
Charlies Angels
Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
The Patriot
Pitch Black

of course that year also had Dungeons & Dragons....

yeah, hard to throw out the baby with the bathwater on this one.  all of the bolded movies override the stench of battlefield earth imo.
7122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 03, 2010, 08:42:47 PM
biggrin
7123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Famous Movies in Famous Places... on: August 03, 2010, 08:42:06 PM
especially rocky.  my biggest regret from the philly trip was not getting time to go inside the museum.  at least i got to see the view though.
7124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Bad Person Because... on: August 03, 2010, 08:40:44 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 03, 2010, 08:32:48 PM

I'm a bad person because I was in a hurry to get my clothes clean for my cousin's rehearsal dinner, but there was someone else's clothes in the dryer, so I took his out to dry mine real quick. I put extra money in the dryer so that everything would even out after I came back, got mine, and put his back in... but karma bit me in the ass. I pulled out my clothes, and I've never seen so much lint in my life!

I was so upset, I didn't go to the dinner. Which sucks, 'cause it turns out that woulda been my last chance to see my uncle alive.

sorry, fireball, but this must be said.  your inability to plan ahead does not grant you the right to dump other people's stuff out, sob story or not. it also does not excuse those who cut in line at the grocery store, those who cut in at the last second on a crowded off-ramp or those who steal the parking spot you were clearing waiting for.  bad behavior is still bad regardless of the underlying cause.  
7125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox's lack of Blu-ray a 'problem' for developers on: August 03, 2010, 08:35:31 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 03, 2010, 08:20:57 PM

If anything, this may drive Microsoft to be first out of the gate for the next generation.  They'd need to get around to joining up with the Blu-Ray Disc Association to get things rolling, but if they can make the justification to move to the next generation (especially if they provide 100% reverse compatibility), I think that will give them a huge leg up on Sony in the next go-round.  The real trick is not only outstripping their current capabilities, but the PS3's as well.

I can tell you what won't benefit them: an add-on BR drive.  I fail to see them getting enough market penetration and developer buy-in to make that a long-term viable option.

if nothing else benefits from the awful hd-dvd add-on, i hope the lesson was learned back then; add-on peripherals rarely become mainstream and all too often become a footnote in the end.  they also hamper future generations from trying it, for the wrong reason.  i also hope they have realized the error of offering arcade units.  don't make your lowest common denominator be your developers biggest obstacle. 
7126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another year, another 10,000 Gamerscore on: August 03, 2010, 08:24:43 PM
i've more than surpassed my 30k at the end of the year.  already at 41820 and i still have 5 months to go.  should be around 45-46k by end of year.  mafia 2, fable, halo reach, moh, cod, not to mention the backlog of games that await. 

of course, the current hankering for starcraft 2 keeps me off the console pretty effectively.

since april '07, i have averaged about 1072 gs per month.  not bad.  i guess that means i should be close to 49k by years end.  maybe make 50k the end of year goal just to have it a tad more difficult.
7127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: August 03, 2010, 05:43:09 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2010, 02:59:00 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 03, 2010, 01:32:09 AM

On Mission 7, I just want to say...
Spoiler for Hiden:
Slow down, you #$*#$(*&#%*(#%*()#%ing TRAINS!!!!!!!  @#$(*&%

that may not necessarily be everyone's mission 7.

either way that was a cakewalk.

yup, i've done 8? and haven't hit that one yet.  as i said before, it's unfortunate that you can't revisit old missions with new toys without starting a new character, at least not as a replay. 
7128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gameinformer on: August 03, 2010, 05:40:58 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 02, 2010, 09:08:45 PM

The reviews have come a long way since their 6.75 Paper Mario 2 debacle.  They are well suited for their target audience and seem to generally align well with the overall metacritic score on a game even if GI is almost never an outlier in terms of rating a game high or low.

That said, I find their Second Opinions very suspicious- they are almost never more than a point off of each other and usually much narrower than that. 

agreed on the second opinion stuff.  it usually seems to echo the main reviewer's take on it with not much variety.  certainly not as the old mag that did it.  who was that that had 4 people's takes on a game?  no doubt out of business but the reviews always stood out imo. 

GI isn't bad for previews and stuff, but the only reason i have a sub is due to the recent gamestop sales on used games.

if you want to see a corporate shill mag, look at the one best buy hawks.  i got one in a promo and it reads like paid hype from the advertisers.  their "review" on crackdown 2 is poor writing at best and barely concealed  corp-speak at worst. 
7129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3 on: August 03, 2010, 05:35:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 03, 2010, 03:40:04 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 02, 2010, 10:17:21 PM

I'll probably grab both versions.

they just announced the PC version is delayed, so I guess I'll be getting the 360 version first.

what, we didn't respond fast enough for you or something? Tongue

replying to yourself is the first sign of schizophrenia you know.  either that or get the bot's logic tree checked; the "respond to self" verification is broken again.    icon_razz
7130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/02) on: August 03, 2010, 05:32:36 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 02, 2010, 11:33:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on August 02, 2010, 11:30:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 02, 2010, 06:58:51 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 02, 2010, 06:20:45 PM

I looked at the release dates for the rest of the month (Wow, August already...?) and there's nothing that really piques my interest except Madden. 

the only game out this month on my gamefly queue is mafia 2, and i would not be surprised if that got bumped back a week or two. 

Your tongue. Bite it. Now.

+1.

of course I still have to play through Mafia......

there's still time left to play through it. 
7131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The best year for movies? on: August 02, 2010, 07:22:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 02, 2010, 07:02:53 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 02, 2010, 06:38:11 PM

Johnny Mnemonic had Dolph Lundgren.  Don't dis the Dolph.

It also unfortunately had Keanu in it.  I'm considering it a wash. 

how could you say that?  sacrilege!  heresy!  how could you look down on works of art such as this?
7132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/02) on: August 02, 2010, 06:58:51 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 02, 2010, 06:20:45 PM

I looked at the release dates for the rest of the month (Wow, August already...?) and there's nothing that really piques my interest except Madden. 

the only game out this month on my gamefly queue is mafia 2, and i would not be surprised if that got bumped back a week or two. 
7133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: August 02, 2010, 06:56:45 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 02, 2010, 11:54:19 AM

Quote from: jersoc on August 02, 2010, 10:03:00 AM

pfft, i can play this in 2 months  nod
I think you mean 2 years, in keeping with the "new series entry every 12 years" Blizzard tradition.  icon_razz

Diablo II (just 4 years after Diablo) messed up my expectations there. I thought by now we'd be waiting for Diablo VI...

once they went with wow, they didn't need to worry about long dev times draining the coffers.  and they know that despite how long a game takes to come out, we'll still buy it by the bucketload, as seen by sc2's player population. 
7134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty **Screenshots* (no -spoilers- please) on: August 02, 2010, 06:54:57 PM
the one thing i am disappointed is replaying missions after you've teched up a bit.  the new units don't become available in the replays.  as far as i can see, you have exactly the same tech you had the first time you played it.  might not be true on different difficulties, but i haven't gone to the trouble to load up and see.  i wanted to go back and get the extra protoss research items on the jungle mission and both the merc unit and the upgraded goliath tech were not there in the replay. 
7135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: August 02, 2010, 06:49:46 PM
actually, i am expecting a thrice-bred ? version of kerrigan to emerge after some kinky zeratul/kerrigan phase warpy thing and you end up with a Dark over-Queen of the Templar Blades who controls infested protoss against a combined dominion-zerg force led by a twice-resurrected Arcturus Mengsk who has been melded at the waist to his son and somehow shares the personality with Liquid Snake. 
7136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2010, The Worst Movie Year Ever? on: August 02, 2010, 06:37:37 PM
yeah, this year isn't as strong as 2008 (iron man and dark knight, tropic thunder) or even last year (avatar, district 9, inglorious basterds, star trek, the hangover) i have liked what i have seen so far.  shutter island was pretty good, iron man 2 was a strong, if not stellar, sequel and toy story 3 was a great finale on that storyline.  the expendables looks like a kickass summer action flick, inception is from what i hear, awesome, and tron legacy is this years end-of-the-year movie to look forward to. 
7137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what if the famous guy you're posting about drops in to chat? on: August 02, 2010, 06:30:53 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 02, 2010, 05:22:00 PM

Quote from: stimpy on July 29, 2010, 05:55:22 PM

Ewwww....who would put syrup on their fish sticks?
No.... Who puts custard on his fish sticks...

do you like fish sticks?
7138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The best year for movies? on: August 02, 2010, 06:30:24 PM
two great years come to mind, but i need to flesh out 1999 as i just know it was better than just these 5

1999
Fight Club
The Matrix
The Sixth Sense
Office Space

1995
The Usual Suspects
Se7en
Braveheart
Heat
Toy Story
Twelve Monkeys
Casino
Johnny Mnemonic Tongue
Die Hard: With a Vengeance
7139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist -- 7/30/10 on: August 02, 2010, 03:56:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 31, 2010, 06:49:17 AM

SC2 and a dose of dawn of discovery on the pc and tomb raider underground on the 360. Maybe go after the low lying achievements left in crackdown 2 before I ship it back.

If I go for anything else, it will be from the backlog. That thing has been clawing me with promises of good games misses for a while.

Starcraft 2:  played a couple of missions a night
dawn of discovery: no time
Tomb raider: finished a level; these levels are big
crackdown 2: ignored
7140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty **Screenshots* (no -spoilers- please) on: August 02, 2010, 06:36:39 AM
same here.  great take on the zombie theme.
7141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/02) on: August 02, 2010, 06:33:04 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 02, 2010, 06:30:44 AM

nothing for me.

+ 1 more mission in sc2

that castlevania game sure sounds fun though.
7142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: August 02, 2010, 02:46:06 AM
http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/profile/867406/1/Caine/
7143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: July 31, 2010, 07:48:32 PM
You are a cruel, cruel man ceekay. If that happens, I expect PR to bust an artery or two.

On that note, wow. I am shocked it took that long.
7144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Men of War: Assault Squad & Vietnam too! on: July 31, 2010, 07:13:06 AM
I used it quite a bit. Basically, I play the squad leader and let the ai handle the rest of the group. That way, I got to have a bigger impact on who died first and when the battle would start. It made the game a genre if it's own, IMO. I will definitely try out the vietnam game when it hits. I missed the last time one of these was on sale on steam, but if there was any way to recover my old account, I would play it again.
7145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach on: July 31, 2010, 06:52:25 AM
Not sure I would bother with he legendary solo one as I think a legendary co op run is more fn any ways.
7146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist -- 7/30/10 on: July 31, 2010, 06:49:17 AM
SC2 and a dose of dawn of discovery on the pc and tomb raider underground on the 360. Maybe go after the low lying achievements left in crackdown 2 before I ship it back.

If I go for anything else, it will be from the backlog. That thing has been clawing me with promises of good games misses for a while.
7147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Really LttP: Mafia on: July 31, 2010, 06:44:39 AM
Yeah, it really makes the later years in the game far more interesting as the cars get progressively better. The guns do too.
7148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty **Screenshots* (no -spoilers- please) on: July 30, 2010, 04:41:43 PM
yeah, the graphics look pretty damn good, especially on my old beast of a pc. 

i'll see about posting up some pics after the next time i play
7149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 15 cute animals that could kill you on: July 30, 2010, 04:19:15 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 30, 2010, 02:05:49 PM

I think calling a cuttlefish cute is a bit of a stretch.

crikey, the watched "finding Nemo" one too many times if they think that.
7150  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: D2D $5 off any game $5 or more. on: July 30, 2010, 01:26:37 AM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on July 29, 2010, 10:38:40 PM

Code doesn't work for me with Starwolves 3. 
Thats odd. They must have changed the code to stop working on sale items. I wonder if it still works more than once?
7151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Didn't Circuit City go out of business? on: July 30, 2010, 01:21:06 AM
The disappearing cashier is one if CC's trademark business practices. It's right up there with the battery sales pitch from radioshack clerks and clueless best buy sales people.

The worst fallout from CC going under is the lack of competition for best buy. No reason for good sales any more. Same thing happened o Fry's.
7152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what if the famous guy you're posting about drops in to chat? on: July 30, 2010, 01:14:28 AM
Well, according to the rule of three, if I'm quoted three times, he'll appear.
7153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown 2: Impressions and Reviews incoming! on: July 29, 2010, 11:09:47 PM
warning, semi-rant incoming.

imho, the middle 3 levels of your skills are the best time to be had.  you are still getting access to new and cool areas, hints of areas you will be able to reach eventually, and a sense of progression.  the game still has potential.  once you max out, all of the areas you see 'should' be accessible and every missed ledge and jump begins to annoy you as some surfaces are no longer as easily climbed as before.  one building in particular is a perfect example in how annoying it gets.  there are a series of lips which go up to one of those AU's.  they are easily gripped but the game somehow makes it imperfect to do.  instead of having the guy grip the next highest point automatically as he has done for every similar building surface since, he now seemingly jumps out a tad each time, meaning you miss the ledge.  if you don't press forward the whole time, you miss the ledge. 

some of the end game stuff is pretty irksome too, at least it was for me.  suicidal agency choppers that always seemed to turn my way when i was flying one for clearing freak breaches.  imprecise bat-wing gliding when going after the rings.  the way the damn suv always seems to fly off the road at the slightest bump making many jumps more of a pita than they are worth.  getting juggled by rocket thugs with no way to break out of the chain unless you fall out of sight.  hell, even the agency chopper is its own pita.  trying to land it without taking even a sliver of damage is futile. 

some of the achievements are just plain finicky.  purge and i tried for the "drive the suv into the chopper" and despite getting it a few times, did not get the achievement.  the first time we tried it, he hit the chopper dead on from a ramp and blew the thing up.  nothing. 

anyways, i enjoyed much of the game, but just like the first one, the end game is where the fun begins to turn into frustration.  after the missions are done, you have nothing significant beyond orb hunting and some slightly fun challenges. 
7154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: July 29, 2010, 10:41:23 PM
i hear you on that ceekay.  i have a handful of achievements that wouldn't take more than a night to get and i'd rather be playing something else, even on the pc without some form of gs tracking. 

i have a buddy who is pretty determined to get the 1100 though and has since gotten more of them than i have.  at the rate i see him on live, he might soon pass my mp rank on the way to 50 too. 
7155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 thread anywhere? on: July 29, 2010, 10:38:58 PM
i go back to it now and again when the more cerebral games get all brainy-like on me.  it's great for letting off steam in enjoyable ways and you can still work towards 100% completion even when you only get small amounts of play time.

i still have the first one and it is better in every way imaginable. 
7156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: July 29, 2010, 10:34:18 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on July 29, 2010, 10:08:07 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 29, 2010, 09:03:08 PM

i haven't got the korean's affinity for mp skill.
Hey, I'm part Korean and I have zero affinity for Starcraft 1/2 mp skill. It really doesn't run in our ethnic blood lines.  icon_lol I fondly remember helping a visiting Korean uncle snare copies of Diablo and Starcraft at Best Buy in summer 1998 to take home to a cousin who was a PC gamer. I wonder sometimes if he is out there on battle.net now among the masses.  icon_smile
no offense intended BJ.  biggrin  comparing myself to the best players in the world is like comparing CoD K/D ratios with hark.  i call it a good day when i get over 1:1.  translated to SC2 terms, that would be like living more than 5 minutes against some of the people who already dominate the game.  
7157  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starcraft 2 Friends list on: July 29, 2010, 09:51:35 PM
Caine
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7158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Street Slide on: July 29, 2010, 09:33:02 PM
they started with seattle too, so if you ever wanted to see the city without dealing with the ever-present traffic, there you go.  awesome stuff and it reminds me of the internal stuff that they revealed while i was working there. 
7159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what if the famous guy you're posting about drops in to chat? on: July 29, 2010, 09:19:22 PM
he may be an ass, but he's no derek smart
7160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Men of War: Assault Squad & Vietnam too! on: July 29, 2010, 09:11:03 PM
i had the first game on my old steam account and if you played soldiers: heroes of ww2, it's pretty much the same game with updated graphics and more weapons (guessing as i played the first level before the steam account was lost).

the game as a design has a lot of great aspects which i have always liked (direct control) but it is punishingly difficult at times and very unforgiving of tactical mistakes.  once you get your head around the mechanics, it is very satisfying to pull off ambushes and attacks without taking casualties.
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