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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Serious flightsimming: f4: af and il-2 on: January 23, 2009, 12:00:27 AM
i haven't sent this to admins yet, but one of my buddies at work also worked for MS' flight sim group.  that part of the games division has been eliminated and the current project (FS 11) has been canceled. 

not sure if this has hit the news sites yet.
7282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Atlantis Season Finale on: January 19, 2009, 11:00:56 PM
i never got into it as near as everyone else did, but when ben got on the show, i couldn't distance myself from seeing chichton in a different uniform.
7283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! on: January 19, 2009, 10:57:46 PM
damn, just reading your spoilers, rittchard, i am now excited again.  last season's shock moments really upped the ante.  i anticipate some interesting encounters with sayid and ben.  payback time, sucka!
7284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Outlander..a Chris roberts movie..ya the Wing Commander guy on: January 19, 2009, 10:52:48 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 18, 2009, 02:23:59 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on January 18, 2009, 12:52:34 AM

This movie is so bad, it makes the live action stuff from the Wing Commander 3 and 4 games look like high cinema. They could have shot a full movie with that cast (Mark Hamill, Ginger Lynn, Tom Wilson, etc.) and it would have been better than the "real" movie. Chris Roberts can rot in hell for ruining the WC franchise in his egomaniacal effort to become a hot shot movie producer.

What? Me bitter? Nah.

Agreed. That would've totally rocked.

And an eternal pox on the devs for making Hobbes turn traitor for absolutely no reason whatsoever in WC3. He actually HAD a reason to do so (if you got the 'movie reel box edition' you got the full script of the game, including what wasn't used), and it was never revealed in the game at all.

No, I'm not bitter at all. biggrin

interesting.  please tell me more.  hobbes' betrayal still ranks high as one of those "oh shit, he did what?" moments of gaming.  i remember when i saw that, i was so damn excited to talk about it to a friend who would be playing it after i lent him the discs. 
7285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 1/19: When video game movies go bad on: January 19, 2009, 10:32:29 PM
count me in as also morbidly curious.  the trailers looked good, so at least it has that much going for it.  still, a rental first.
7286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do people make me want to hurt myself? on: January 19, 2009, 10:13:23 PM
deep fried land fish,  mmm, mmmm, good.

my first thought was that this was the other peta, aka people eating tasty animals. 
7287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator stuff that doesn't make sense on: January 19, 2009, 10:05:13 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on January 19, 2009, 02:23:42 AM

Why if the machines are smart enough to plan all this to do they keep coming back later in time...why not go earlier and kill off Sarah Connors parents?  They will not be alerted to Terminators the way Sarah and John now are.

i have wondered about this too, but it makes for better movies.  terminators in 1950 would be so lop sided.  of course, it also seems odd that nobody other than john connor is capable of leading the resistance?!  what if John simply eliminated his rivals through bad tactical choices so he could assume the mantle?  hell, it's not like a bunch of 4 star generals are just going to start listening to some tweak-ed out looking guy just because he says he had a pet terminator as a kid? 

Quote from: Jaddison on January 19, 2009, 02:23:42 AM

Given the state of the future under SKynet how does the resistance keep getting weapons and ammo?  How do they get fuel for their vehicles?

or better yet, why doesn't skynet build front line terminators with built in weaponry so they couldn't be fired by a human?  or build them with some kind of ID checking tag so only a skynet machine could fire the trigger? 

i have taken the storyline for granted that it is designed around making the best scenes for movies, not as a wholly plausible universe strictly beholden to reality.  aka, turn off part of the brain while watching, specifically anything related to time travel.
7288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Playoffs - AFC/NFC Championship Games on: January 19, 2009, 07:23:12 PM
as a seahawks fan, i only say, go cards!


and yes, we do think the whole mora/zorn deal stinks.  but we do cross our fingers that mora is a better coach than an assistant coach. 
7289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whee.. I'm 32! on: January 19, 2009, 07:08:14 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on January 19, 2009, 06:46:51 PM

Wow.  Is it just me...or does birthday excitment run on an inverse curve.  It drops after 21, hits its lows in the 40s, then curves back up in the seventies?   I am just so not excited about my birthday today.

i was heading in this direction until two things happened.  my wife threw a big surprise party for my 30th with a whole room full of friends and family, which i was honestly not expecting.  they have the big grin photo to prove it.  the second change happened when my son was born the day after my birthday, which means our parties will forever be linked to each other (i will be in the background to be sure, but until he hits middle puberty, it should be fun. 

less than one month away, in fact. 

happy b-day DS!  liquor and whores for everyone!
7290  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 13 Month XBOX Live Gold Card for $30 on: January 19, 2009, 07:00:44 PM
awesome.  thanks for posting about amazon. 

missed it the first time and now i can go another year for cheap.

now i just need to find some cheap points cards and i'll be set for a while.
7291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 16, 2009, 11:19:51 PM
sadly, he did not get to keep the card.

7292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wheelman on: January 16, 2009, 11:09:37 PM
so maybe 'talented developers' was a bit early to call, then? 

end of day, i guess i am right back to where i started then.  firmly waiting for gt impressions. 
7293  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance 2009-01 on: January 16, 2009, 11:05:49 PM

Quote from: Mithridates on January 16, 2009, 10:35:39 PM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on January 13, 2009, 05:34:31 PM

I got Patapon for $5 today.

I hate you.  My Target didn't have it.  I had to fork out $18 for a used copy at Gamestop.

i would have sold you a copy cheaper than that.  hell, it was $20 new. 
7294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: January 16, 2009, 10:13:07 PM
like the game?  yeah, i guess that would work too, but unless you want to step into the comedian's twisted life, i have to wonder how much they can squeeze out of the license. 
7295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where were you the day Batman....(spoiler) on: January 16, 2009, 09:57:20 PM
what can you expect from a series where this is the plot>

The series deals with alien villain Darkseid's plot to overthrow reality

um, ok.  'overthrow reality'.  isn't that just giving you carte blanch to do whatever the hell you want?  it's basically like starting a movie and telling you it's all a dream. 

i just read the plot on the wiki page and it's pretty bad.  c quality 1950's super cheesey sci-fi bad. 

'Sonny Sumo and the Super Young Team'  ?!  is this where DC has taken super hero comics these days?  holy hell, this sounds like a bad band name or a parody on fark.

At that moment, Superman returns to Earth from the 31st century, where he was given access to a reality-altering machine...

blah blah blah.  deus ex machina taken to the 10th degree. 

can we just reboot the whole damn thing now?  dc has jumped the shark so many times, the shark has died of old age.

7296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: January 16, 2009, 09:52:53 PM
that's a relief.  i was afraid all of the theater material i saw the last time i walked past were just going to be wasted.  it sucks that fox gets to take so much of the pie for doing so little, but at least the movie moves forward.

btw, what the hell are they talking about sequels for?  are they purposeful trying to F with alan moore?  from the scenes in the trailer, they aren't splitting the movie up, so i don't know what they are talking about. 
7297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [A&E] The Beast on: January 16, 2009, 09:47:17 PM
i got the same vibe from some of the extended commercials they were playing the other day when i was watching csi miami. 
7298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wheelman on: January 16, 2009, 09:39:49 PM
ah, got it.  i saw 'produced' and read it as 'developed' i guess.  it's a good sign that the producers are using talented developers though, and not going with a cheap movie tie in quality studio.

now, if they could just get a second movie going, all would be good. 
7299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [A&E] The Beast on: January 16, 2009, 09:36:36 PM
damn, i missed this.  this looks like it could be pretty good, and i am very surprised to see swayze doing his stunts.  say what you will about his past roles, but this guy is dedicated.
7300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 16, 2009, 09:34:40 PM

Quote from: Jag on January 16, 2009, 09:28:32 PM

That picture is awesome beyond words. Looks like the guys in back are eating it.  icon_twisted

no doubt, if a second picture was taken just afterwards, they were eating it. 

now, imagine that they both puked as a result of getting puked on/in their mouths, thus setting off a 'stand by me' moment. 
7301  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 16, 2009, 09:30:08 PM
wife is working this weekend, so count me in.  i just need to reactivate my live cards. 
7302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wheelman on: January 16, 2009, 09:28:03 PM
i was ready to write this one off, but knowing that the same people behind CoR: EFBB makes it worth watching. 

so now feb is getting ugly with the expected releases.  first sacred 2, then this, then gf2?!  urrrrgh, this will be a fun (and expensive, i expect too) month. 
7303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U.S. Airways plane has gone down in the Hudson River on: January 16, 2009, 08:32:53 PM
this has to be the most successful splash down of a large jet in a crowded area in history.  hell, most water landings make it obvious why you don't try this kind of thing unless you have no chance of making it to land
7304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's Cold! on: January 16, 2009, 08:29:14 PM
thank god the pac nw is back to its usual self, all cloudy and mild, with a chance of sunshine. 

we get bonus points due to our pale white skin reflecting the sun's rays back up into the clouds, thus lowering our carbon footprint. 
7305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Mafia/Mob Movies? on: January 16, 2009, 08:25:13 PM
while i don't think Heat really fits, it does stand as one of the best crime movies of all time, imo of course.

the departed is also a damn fine mob movie. 

other notable mentions for mob/mafia related plot lines

Enemy of the State - the set up for the MiB vs the mob in that film is great
True Romance - great scene with christopher walken and dennis hopper, plus an awesome mexican standoff.
7306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Karma is a bitch, not a Chameleon on: January 16, 2009, 08:19:04 PM
this joke writes itself.   once word gets out on the block that the new fish is none other than the man who 'gave' us such great mind melting songs which stick in your mind like a dog with peanut butter stuck to it's mouth, he's done for. 
7307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Circuit City up for sale/auction on: January 16, 2009, 08:15:43 PM
CC problems are traceable to a drastic change in upper management polices, starting with the transition from higher paid salespeople to basement level waged anybody's.  the management saw this as a good cost saving measure, but it really tore down what made cc a good place to shop:  knowledgeable salespeople, and buyers started to see this more and more. 

since then, it's been story after story of price-matching and sales screw-arounds, shoddy customer service, and managers acting like punks.  their rep has taken a dive and as more of the anecdotal stories were publicized, it started to happen to more people in larger numbers and upper management just sat on their thumbs. 

depending on the liquidator, i wouldn't count on any big sales just yet.  the last one who took over cc's closing stores was found marking prices up so they could keep the appearance of a clearance sale.
7308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best way to learn console shooter controls? on: January 16, 2009, 07:21:23 PM
how about a nice fps shooter like fallout or bioshock?  both are pretty slow compared to anything like halo or cod.  while they are diversions, they are good for getting your instincts down. 

for a true shooter, i second hark's recommendation of rainbow six.  one of those games which work so much better with the controller than a keyboard.  r6v is where i got familiarized with the console control scheme. 
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV on: January 15, 2009, 09:34:39 PM
except now you've explained it and borked the whole thing up.  nice comedic timing there newman  Roll Eyes
7310  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: January 15, 2009, 09:32:57 PM
true camping is a skill you need to develop, and to paraphrase kenny 'beadface', you need to know when to hold on to them, and know when to fold and run.  as msteelers points out, all the really good camping spots are known, and it's up to you to either secure them with betties, change it up a bit by being just off the usual spot, or be willing to relocate if the enemy knows you are there and makes a concerted effort to get you. 

the power of a good camp spot is offset by the knowledge once everyone knows you are there.  there are some maps where it's really easy to relocate from decent spots (seelow, church tower in outskirts, shady grass in makin and courtyard) and in that case, it's best to avoid the alternatives unless you know it's clear.  but no spot is unsurmountable, and glitchers tend to be identified pretty quickly, even in HC as it's easy to spot people doing abnormal behavior where a glitch is exploited.
7311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV on: January 15, 2009, 09:20:08 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 15, 2009, 07:57:11 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 15, 2009, 07:46:23 PM

Damn Hark that sucks, sorryo to hear man.

It's ok, since you can release the focus attack to unleash an attack at any time it's probably usually too risky for your opponent to go in for the throw if you're charging focus.

this is not the 'quote post' button you were looking for.  :waves hand

i hadn't caught this in the thread either (nor on live, hmmmm).  damn man, does this mean you won't be mp'ing as much now?
7312  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it Unreasonable to Fear for Obama's Safety? on: January 15, 2009, 09:14:59 PM
nevermind the oddly derailed topic considering the impending inauguration, i am a little surprised the state stepped in on this one.  there is more that we haven't been told yet (or ever)
7313  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is this the final nail in the coffin for the 4th Ammendment? on: January 15, 2009, 09:10:43 PM
a system designed to keep track of people currently wanted by law enforcement failed to update it's records more than 4 years after the warrant expired is shocking.  especially considering that they haven't been lapse in going after people wanted for crimes since then.  it's only by chance that this guy happens to be a habitual law breaker.  call it what you will, but letting evidence stand simply because the person once had a warrant is shoddy enforcement of the 4th amendment. 
7314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hope she's not going into medical school! on: January 15, 2009, 07:42:24 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on January 15, 2009, 07:31:16 PM

Sometimes I fear for the human race, are people really this stupid and helpless?

half of me sympathizes with someone who was sold something by a rep with an agenda ("stick with ubuntu, you will love it, blah, blah").  dell should have just made the change without trying to make a linux convert. 

the other half faults this woman for blaming dell for all of her problems when a little due diligence (and a backbone on the phone) would have kept this from being a problem.    if you don't know what you are ordering, don't flatly accept the sales pitch;  ask someone who knows or get a review of the spec sheet before you buy it. 
7315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Outlander..a Chris roberts movie..ya the Wing Commander guy on: January 15, 2009, 07:35:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 15, 2009, 03:15:37 PM

sounds like a big bowl of suck with a side order of crap.  Chris Roberts should spend his time on something useful, like making Freelancer 2.

big +1 to this. 

hell, i would rather watch the cinematics for WC 1-5 than all of the drek that movie was. 
7316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Khan is Dead on: January 15, 2009, 07:30:58 PM
sad day for star trek fans everywhere.  khan ranks as the best villain in any of the ST movies or shows imo. 
7317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider Anniversary downloads for 360 on: January 15, 2009, 07:27:02 PM
just cause definitely pales when compared against current games, but part of the fun is taking over the islands for the locals.  it's very repetitive, but if you like the thought of exploring a huge chain of islands and can accept the limitations, it's pretty enjoyable.  note that i never retook more than half of the island and the associated story missions, but i got it cheap, so i don't feel too disappointed. 

it would be hard to go back after far cry 2 though.  JC doesn't have nearly as much attention to detail and lacks variety in the environments.
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 2 Knothole Island now available! on: January 15, 2009, 07:10:36 PM
that right there is enough for me to never bother with this.  patches and downloads which invalidate my save game are bad enough as it is.   afaik, the only way to get a copy is to buy one of those memory cards.  i'm kicking myself for not grabbing one on clearance a year ago.  could have come in handy with those games where you only get one save.  thankfully, there aren't many of those.
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mount and Blade on: January 14, 2009, 06:12:06 PM

Quote from: Chaz on January 14, 2009, 04:13:38 PM

Looks like Gamestop is clearing these out.  I found a copy for $5 there last night.  YMMV

great price.  i will look for one as soon as i can get over to a GS.
7320  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoD:WaW on: January 14, 2009, 06:11:17 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 14, 2009, 03:30:40 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 14, 2009, 03:26:01 AM

My K/D in normal is much, much lower than in HC

Hmm. Maybe i should just play HC then Tongue

+1 to this SL.  in fact, if nobody is on to play HC, i usually play something else entirely.  far cry 2 has my attention at the moment and is much more enjoyable than normal cod mp. 
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