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1081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Terra Nova on: October 12, 2011, 06:32:57 PM
Agreed. That episode was a let down.

Here's my unspecific semi-no spoiler recap of why the episode sucked:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The setting was basically a typically Star Trek episode plot with a virus causing amnesia, fear of  the virus spreading and a core team trying to find a way to stop it before it kills them. However they somehow butchered any tension gained from the setup, threw in a bunch of stupid stuff, and made the cure so obvious early on that by the time they figure it out near the very end you wonder how these people could be in the medical profession.

That said the guitar made an appearance and there was some strumming.
1082  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Chessmaster + THQ Week - Duke Nukem Forever- Baconing on: October 12, 2011, 06:18:11 PM
Guess I'm in for Armageddon and the DLC. Also picked up Duke. It can't be THAT bad for $10.
1083  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PS3 - turns itself on on: October 12, 2011, 06:13:30 PM
No. Not part of PSN.

The unplugging or turning thing off I would like to avoid as its a hassle to get behind the media center. I have everything set up so I don't have go in there.

It didn't turn on last night when I had the controller out of the room so I'm wondering if the controller is defective. The other thing I'm thinking it could be is the Harmony adapter. Going to try re-syncing both of those to the PS3 and see if it stops.
1084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orcs Must Die! on: October 12, 2011, 06:08:06 PM
I'm enjoying the game quite a bit. It's a 3rd person tower defense game like Sanctum but much better in my opinion. The defenses you can place are quite fun and have different uses.

My only complaint so far is that there are not enough waves. The level is over just as you're starting to build up your defenses. I'm hoping this is just for the few several missions as each you introduces to the level and how the new defenses work.
1085  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / PS3 - turns itself on on: October 12, 2011, 12:50:57 AM
Been having an odd issue with the PS3 of late. I found that its turning itself on. At first I blamed my wife (always a good tactic!) but then I saw it turn on when I was in the same room. I did the standard thing by taking the batteries out of all remotes (even though they're IR) and the batteries out of the Wii remotes (think they're bluetooth) then went upstairs. About 30 minutes later I heard it pop on. No one was in the room and the room was dark.

I have the PS3 controller removed from the room now so will see if that does anything.

Anyone run across this before or recently? I've had the PS3 for a few years now and this is the first it's happened. Haven't introduced any new bluetooth devices in to the house hold. There internet hasn't been much help since most people are reporting the issue back in 2007 and it having to do with the PSP, routers or light sources (sheesh).
1086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Drive on: October 12, 2011, 12:30:15 AM
Someone didn't like it:
1087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: October 12, 2011, 12:23:29 AM
Both those games were a lot of fun but damn tough. Wish GoG bundled both of them together. May wait till they add the 2nd one and get'em on sale.
1088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 11, 2011, 05:52:43 PM
Another +1.

I wasn't sure what the big deal was when I started watching Season 1. It was ok but not great. S2 is where it gets good.
1089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones on: October 11, 2011, 05:41:58 PM
Ygritte was cast:
1090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC (spoilers) on: October 10, 2011, 06:27:39 PM
There are 6 webisodes for The Walking Dead up on the AMC web site. Quality is actually pretty decent and there's a nice tie in to a season 1 zombie.!type_minisode/season_2
1091  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Ancients of Ooga + THQ Week on: October 10, 2011, 06:11:34 PM
Seems like there's a THQ catalog sale every other month.
1092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Defenders on: October 08, 2011, 10:42:47 PM
Check out the pre-order bonuses. Some Portal and Team Fortress tie-ins.

I did the pre-order needless to say.
1093  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Broken Sword Series + Fable 3 Sale on: October 06, 2011, 06:32:47 PM
I really liked Fable 3. Put 41hrs in to it. It's more of the same but not quite as good as Fable 2. I think it got an unessisarily bad rap. There is so much to do in the game, a lot of fun quests, and a neat world to explore.

I also purchased all the DLC. Here's my feelings on those:

Dog Outfit - Put it on once
Industral Knight Outfit - badass...wore this quite a bit
Dog Breed Set - mainly used the clockwork dog which was neat or just stuck with the default one.
Understone Quest Pack - This actually adds a new area to Fable and its kinda a hommage to the Fallout games. But its short and buggy (textures go missing, framerate issues at time, other oddities)
Traitors Keep Quest Pack - This doesn't kick in till after you finish the game. It's a pretty meaty expansion with a few new areas to discover and a bunch of new quests. I enjoyed it.

Adding all the DLC is a bit of a confusing mess as you have to go through Windows Live - also make sure to grab the few free DLC content you see on there. Co-op is also a bit of a confusing mess to get going but when my wife and I got it working it worked flawlessly.
1094  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: eBook bargain thread on: October 04, 2011, 11:56:09 PM
They're both "decent" as you said. The sequel is about as good but doesn't quite stand out either. Some good characters and there was enough mystery for me to easily hang with it to see where it went.

Can't go wrong with the first one for $2.
1095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Talk me out of getting a Zune? on: October 04, 2011, 06:25:52 PM
I still have/use my 120 regularly but its getting a bit embarrassing using it as its comparatively bulky to everything else and the touch pad is so retro. Still like it though. Still have 60MB of storage left and like the Zune software itself.
1096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix splitting DVD and Streaming fees (now splitting into two entities!!!) on: October 03, 2011, 06:16:18 PM
A boatload of TV shows and movies were put on Netflix the other day. One of the highlights is the entire The Wonder Years series. Some other notables are Frasier, Warehouse 13, DS9, and the last season of Psych. Not much in the way of maintream flicks but did see they had Tron Legacy up there.
1097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 29, 2011, 09:34:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 29, 2011, 08:09:49 PM

Dubbing is great for those of us with

... blindness caused by a runaway case of syphilis?

Just taking a stab of what you meant there.
1098  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 29, 2011, 09:27:10 PM
Zombies, run! combines gaming with exercise. Not out yet but is a novel concept.
1099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Fall 2011 on: September 29, 2011, 07:00:29 PM
Yeah Ozzy's tribe isn't too interesting. It would be nice to see if there is some upset of power there and Ozzy goes home, or at least has to use the idol to stay alive, but I'm not buying it. People have a habit of just laying down and letting things happen as long as it isn't them chosen next - until it is it's too late and they can't do anything to stop it. So hopefully this Cochran thing pans out or a bit or Ozzy's "brother" (can't think of his name) pulls something off sooner than later.

For the other tribe my wishful thinking is that they get rid of Brandon. Then Mikayla (not that she deserves it) and the two of them have to live on and face off against each other on Redemption Island. ::pray to the TV gods::
1100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 29, 2011, 06:44:12 PM
Agree. I can't stand the dubs. I really wanted to watch "Ichi" but its all dubbed and couldn't listen to more than 10 minutes it.  Also wanted to see the Swedish film "Together" but its almost impossible to watch with that bad dubbing. I'm hoping Netflix will offer subtitled/dubbed audio options at some future point.
1101  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: September 29, 2011, 12:18:54 AM
Not part of the deal but there's this one too for $4.99

Tori Amos
Night of the Hunters

This is her new album that came out a few days ago. In my opinion its her best album since her first - she hasn't sounded better. A few tracks also feature her daughter who has a very unique voice. Check her out on these track samples: Job's Coffin, Cactus Practice, The Chase and Snowblind. I hope she sticks with singing. In any case this is a concept album so its just vocals, piano, strings and wood instruments.
1102  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: September 28, 2011, 06:22:05 PM
$2 MP3 credit you can add to your account: FALLMP3S
1103  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Rift + Daggerdale - Witcher 2 on: September 28, 2011, 06:18:06 PM
If it comes with 30-days free totally worth it to check out. It's a pretty solid MMO with some great mechanics where you can easily change roles within the class you choose (The sabatour role is a lot of fun). There's supposed to be a lot of life in the game after you hit the level cap but its mainly around raid dungeons and getting gear which I don't find so appealing. So I stopped playing a few weeks after hitting the cap with one character and getting a bunch of levels in to others.
1104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 27, 2011, 05:56:12 PM
Looks like Trollhunter made it on to Netflix streaming. It's a fun shaky cam adventure.
1105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/26) on: September 26, 2011, 06:27:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 26, 2011, 07:58:28 AM

... will be an eventual buy, but nothing this week game wise-  Pink Floyd ...

Those Immersion Sets do look neat but it'll be hard for me to justify forking over $120 on each of those. The Wall set looks to be the least interesting of the three, which is a surprise. I'll probably eventually break and get the other two. Thankfully they didn't make an Animals set or I'd be fretting not getting that one right away either.
1106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Fall 2011 on: September 22, 2011, 06:25:18 PM
Thought this was another good episode with the whole creepy factor of Mr. Hantz being tempted by someone who barely knows he exists. It was both funny and a bit scary as Brandon was going in to full witch burning mode because, I'm guessing from the way he was talking, he's afraid he's going to rape Mikayla or something. Yow.

Guy needs to grow up.

Strategically I think Coach needs to start thinking about a way to get rid of Brandon if he wants to stay in the game. Brandon's probably going to come up with some religious excuse to justify getting rid of Coach first. I dunno why but I am kinda liking Coach 3.0 and hope he sticks around for awhile yet.

Edna proved she can't think on her feet by mixing up her story to Christine. But I was digging her visor.

Cochran needs to go. I liked him before but now just see him as annoying. All his Survivor knowledge apparently didn't translate in to learning how to live outdoors before coming on the show.

Albert is on the upswing for me though. At the tribal council he was very coherent in his comments and could pretty clearly describe the situations going on to Jeff. I think he'll be one to watch.

Was happy at the outcome of tribal but that first Redemption challenge is probably going to be lame with those two.
1107  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG D&D Games Weekend Sale on: September 22, 2011, 05:56:18 PM
Interesting idea for a sale.
1108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wasted on Steam (calculates your Steam stats) on: September 20, 2011, 10:09:51 PM
Pop in your Steam ID here:

Here are my stats:

•Has logged 774.4 hours of playtime — that's 32 days, 6 hours, and 24 minutes worth
•Has spent the most time playing Dragon Age: Origins, which accounts for 9.0% of their playtime
•Has played 104 games, while 140 remain untouched frown you can also view unplayed and played games
•Owns 244 games for a total worth of $2323.36 (at the games' current prices)
•Eleven games Crawley currently owns are on sale. View all of them?
•Their overall account cost per hour of gametime of the games list below is $3.00

Dragon Age: Origins as the most time played surprised me. I had put in 69.4 hours in to that game. I thought Majesty 2 would be the top one - I put 69.1 hours in to that. Bastion I played through twice and only racked up 12.6 hours. 140 games untouched...ugh.
1109  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: iBomber Defense + Two Worlds 2 on: September 20, 2011, 05:22:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 20, 2011, 05:16:32 PM

Twor World 2 is on sale for $24.99, plus it's expansion nis 10% off/

It's a decent game but for one that's been out awhile still seems like it should have been about $20 or less for the main game. Will wait till the expansion gets to around $15.
1110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix splitting DVD and Streaming fees (now splitting into two entities!!!) on: September 20, 2011, 03:27:18 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 20, 2011, 12:29:35 AM

I don't understand the logic if banking your business on streaming only unless you can get new releases at the time of release.  I don't want to watch old movies, I want to see the stuff I didn't catch in theaters.  Surely I can't be the only one who thinks that way.  Are there really enough people out there watching old movies over and over again to bank your entire business on streaming?

I don't know about watching old movies over and over but the streaming service has certainly gotten me to watch a number of non-blockbuster flicks I've really enjoyed - either stuff that's been reccomedned here or stuff I've discovered on my own. I've kinda gotten used that. They also have a pretty good selection of television programs on streaming, many decent ones I missed when they first began airing (Nip & Tuck, Pawn Stars, and now BreakingBad). I have 139 items in my streaming queue which is plenty of stuff to go through at the moment.

So for me the $8 a month is fair for what I get but realize it's not going to be desirable for everyone (or most).

I think they're also right on banking on streaming and winding down the DVD service. If the post office starts cutting back on distribution days or continues raising the price of postage that'll hurt. Better to switch the focus when they have the money to rather than wait for a last ditch effort.
1111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Fall 2011 on: September 15, 2011, 07:07:27 PM
I thought it was a good start. I thought I would enjoy Ozzy coming back and hating Coach coming back but its the other way around. Ozzy comes across as a bit arrogant and I hate that it looks like his tribe is looking so much to him, like they did Rob last season. I loved how no one wanted coach at the start but then it seems there was a bit of a turn around by the end of the show where a good number of people on his tribe were accepting him.

Cochran certainly stands out but man for someone who knows the show so well he was making an awful lot of mistakes. He didn't want to get in the water. It doesn't look like he prepared any basic camping skills. He started arguing with people early. In the tribal council he was basically digging his grave by bad mouthing Semhar. But then he talked his way back in saying how he was an open book (only gotta teach me once) which is pretty good. Then talked himself right out agian by prattling on some other complaints about Semhar just standing by the pot of water. I think he'll be gone soon.

I thought some of the other cast members they featured a bit will also be good. There's Jim who is going to rub everyone the wrong way. Dawn the mother who had a bit of a breakdown - can she pull it together? Brandon the leering, preaching, Hantz clan member who is going to see if he can keep his shirt on. Christine who fooled no one by looking for the idol immediatly. And Papabear who is probably too friendly for his own good. So some good short term fireworks.

I'm curious to see more of the Rick the cowboy as he just stands out visuallly. Then there was that Albert guy who pulled that one tribe member up the wall by sheer strength - want to see how he does in challenages. Sophie seems like she may be a long term PITA but so far she's only showing that side via the personal interviews - if she's keeping her opinions just to that and playing the game she could be a player.

I hope to god the tribe Ozzy is on is not going to give him much say and should put him in his place sooner than later. Right now most of them seem to be looking to him for answers.

But I think it was a good start and I'm hopeful the contestants start showing a bit more initiative rather than the ones from last season.
1112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Fall 2011 on: September 14, 2011, 10:02:12 PM
I don't think the 2 returning cast members is a spoiler. They've had at least one article about them on EW awhile back. It's Ozzie and Coach for those that are not following.

Ozzie did say a viable strategy for him would be to get voted out to redemption island and just keep winning there - which might be possible for him. But other than that so far this season doesn't look too interesting. Might feel different after tonight.
1113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Goodbye Spartacus, you will be missed on: September 12, 2011, 06:33:12 PM
A bit sad over this passing. Seems like he was finally just starting to make a name for himself. It's also a bit shocking that he could be in such good shape and a die in about a year.
1114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 12, 2011, 06:24:53 PM
Sweet about Breaking Bad. Was one of those shows that I always meant to watch but just kept on missing it when they replayed it.
1115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV/Film)Various Stephen King projects in the pipeline on: September 12, 2011, 06:20:10 PM
Couldn't even finish Under the Dome. Too many unbelievable and dumb characters.

I wish they would give Cell a shot at a film or mini-series. First half of the book was fantastic. Just need to rejigger the second half.
1116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Island on: September 09, 2011, 11:36:30 PM
Loosk like multiplayer is working. But sounds like the mic situation is screwed up where the mic is always on and you can't use 3rd person services. So I'm turning mine off.

Steam profile here if you're interesting in joining a game:
1117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Island on: September 09, 2011, 03:22:56 AM
I'm liking the analog controls more. I found out that you can target specific body parts. Basically you have to have the recticle on the body part you want to attack BEFORE you go in to combat mode (left trigger). Then all your swings aim for that body part. I've been crushing heads, chopping off limbs, all sorts of grusome things.

Also found that jump kicking almost always knocks the zombie down. Very helpful when you have to deal with several zombies at once.
1118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: September 08, 2011, 05:53:48 PM
Dunno if I could play through 4 and 5 again. U6 I missed completely. I had an older PC at the time and the requirements for that were too high. By the time I got a new computer U7 was out and just went right to that and didn't look back.

U9 is the other one I'd probably try. Recall having the demo and it ran like crap so not getting the game - which ended up being a good idea since the release was almost unplayable. But I'd still buy it for cheap just to have it. smile
1119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Island on: September 08, 2011, 05:40:10 PM
I switched over to using my 360 controller and am finding that works really well with the game. I'll stick with using it over the mouse/keyboard. I also am trying the analog combat controls, where you use the right controller to swing your weapon. It took a bit to get a hang of but is pretty satisfying when you do. Not sure I'll stick with it though. One issue is if you invert your control scheme it doesn't invert the combat controls which is annoying. Another is I'm finding it hard to smack zombies with the controls once they are on the ground. Then I keep having a reoccurring situation where a pack of zombies shamble towards me, I wind up for my initial swing, and miss. The zombies get all on me and I go in to panic mode. I forgetting how to fight, take a bunch of damage, and run away. But maybe that's not such a bad thing as its made for some real tense situations.

I have to say I'm really enjoying the game so far. I'm only a few hours in though but am eating it up. Would like to try some co-op once its fixed.

Any interest here?
1120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Island on: September 08, 2011, 03:18:48 AM
There was someone who posted a similar screencaps on the Dead Island forums on Steam. Looks like one other person who had the same issue had the gamma all the way up:

I know I had to turn it down quite a bit. It says so the "Dead Island" logo is barely visible but I had to turn it well below being visible.
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