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1121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: December 17, 2010, 08:05:34 PM
Dang. Just recently finished the first season via Netflix streaming and liked it quite a bit. Its an odd show since many of the characters were not that likable or just wooden but the overall story and individual episodes won me over and kept me interested. It's too bad they don't give these shows a better shot. Even the first season of Fringe wasn't all that hot but got significantly better in the subsequent seasons.

Not much sci-fi to look forward to watching. Not sure if I'll bother finishing The Event and gave up on V a few episodes in. Nothing else sci-fi related has caught my eye.
1122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [anime] Summer Wars on: December 16, 2010, 04:34:04 AM
Been awhile since I've seen anything anime related that's got me exited but this movie looks pretty awesome.
1123  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoG Holiday Sale on: December 16, 2010, 04:21:01 AM
I haven't purchased much from GoG before but figured with these prices might as well get some of the games. So picked up:

Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic (had 1 and 2 but never this one)
Waxworks (Forgot about this game! Had it on the Amiga. Now they just need to get the Elvira games)
Realms of Arkania 1-3 (Had them all but likely not going to dig around trying to find these discs)
Another World (Figure I'd try the enhanced version finally)
Temple of Elemental Evil (still have the CD around somewhere but figure its going to be a pain to get working)
Outcast (ditto on above comment)

Really hope they get the Elvira games. I remember those as actually being pretty good.
1124  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Fileplanet] Free Downloadable Soundtracks for Games on: December 14, 2010, 07:27:18 PM
Another one worth mentioning that isn't on the list but is a free DL is the Lord of the Rings Online soundtrack: http://www.fileplanet.com/199894/190000/fileinfo/The-Lord-of-the-Rings-Online-Soundtrack

Works good as background music when I'm reading on the train.
1125  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon 17 Days of Video Games: Day 14: Role-Playing Games + Halo Reach Legendary on: December 13, 2010, 07:08:22 PM
Kinda limited on the RPGs. 90% Square RPGs. And ones for the PS2? Really?

FF13 is tempting at that price but I know I'll play it 2hrs and then never touch it again. I did order Chrono Trigger as I never did play that one but I ordered it the day before so missed the sale price!  icon_evil Of course it was only $1 more expensive but...  icon_twisted
1126  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: December 13, 2010, 07:00:51 PM
Some good 50% dealies the next 7 days: http://www.lotro.com/lotrostorefeatured/913-lotro-store-daily-deals

Highlights:

Wed - 50% off removing Currency Cap
Thur - 50% North Downs quest pack
Sun - 50% Evendim quest pack
Mon(next) - 50% off Inventory bags

North Downs and Everdim should compliment each other well for the post Lone Lands (L25-L30) crowd. We purchased the Everdim pack awhile back when it was 20% off and had a lot of fun there. It's well laid out and looks great. There's an odd leveling gap in there around L32 where quests dry up but then they pick up again around L34 and really hit their stride where there are a large amount of quests offered in the same general area. Another bonus if you're a prospector/miner is the entire zone has huge deposits of Rich Iron/Gold.

I remember hating North Downs when the game first came out. Back then it took forever to get your horse so even at L30 you were running around without one. It just took forever to do any questing in that zone.
1127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 10, 2010, 01:07:18 AM

Quote from: rittchard on December 09, 2010, 10:17:46 PM

Sash is getting more and more annoying, if that's even possible.  Didn't he say he was going to play his idol or was that just BS?

He probably didn't play it because he won individual immunity. I can understand that. But we'll see if he plays it the next time he doesn't win it. It is pretty smart to tell everyone you're going to play it as they are unlikely to vote for you in fear you do actually play it. A good tactic.

I think Sash made the right choice with going with Chase/Holly/Jane. If he actually makes it to the final four and doesn't win final immunity I think they would take him as someone who probably isn't liked over someone like Jane who is. Of course that person who's left out will be pissed and probably give their vote to Sash. On top of that there's three jury members who were part of his alliance (Brenda/NaOnka/Useless Kelly). So maybe the voting will be pretty close if he makes it to the end.

My ideal final 3 for this season would be Chase/Holly/Dan. Dan won't get a single question asked his way. Chase will give stupid answers. And Holly will just be crazy paranoid.
1128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starting casting on: December 07, 2010, 04:19:20 AM
HBO's "Making Of" video for Game of Thrones: http://www.makinggameofthrones.com/production-diary/2010/12/5/inside-game-of-thrones-feature.html

Can reccognize several scenes from the first book. Get a look at Sandor Clegane, Petyr Baelish, Jorah Mormont, Viserys Targaryen and I think a quick peek at Sansa and Arya Stark. Then hear how bad you mangled their names in your head.
1129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 03, 2010, 07:35:02 PM
Another boatload of movies were put on streaming the last few days so take a peek at feedflix.

Have two to recommend:

Twilight Samurai - Not your typical samurai flick. It reminding me a bit of Unforgiven as the main character is an unassuming family man financially in trouble that is given a job he doesn't want but is capable of doing. It's mainly a drama with little fighting so have that expectation going in.

Dorm - Coming of age story with a supernatural theme. Saw this a few years ago after a friend recommended it and it really surprised me. I was expecting your typical asian horror flick but it wasn't that at all. There's a couple of WTF culture shock moments in there but otherwise is easily digestible for the Western audience.

A slight nod to The White Ribbon. German film that takes place right before World War 1. It's kinda a Mystery but there's no answers given to anything that happens in the film. You kinda have to draw your own conclusions of who might have done what. Which some will probably like, others (like me) will be just ok with, and then some will hate that there's no resolution. What I enjoyed most about it was just seeing the daily life of this small town in the early 1900's. It was kinda like a dark and gritty version of Wallnut Grove.
1130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will you use a public toilet that is hugely soiled? on: December 03, 2010, 01:47:26 AM
Saw the same thing happen where someone apparently missed the entire toilet and had some small explosion while doing their thing. I couldn't figure that out. How do you miss the entire seat? And what the hell is going on to make a splatter pattern like that? It was at least two weeks before I even considered using that stall. If someone actually sat in it while I was in the other stall I'd break protocol and ask what the hell they thought they were doing.

Thankfully our office is pretty decent and while every once in awhile there's some disgusting backup or what not the cleaning crews come by twice daily to make sure everythings in order (poor them). But damn that incident just didn't make a damn bit of sense to me.
1131  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Turbine 100K points Contest for LotRO and DDO on: December 03, 2010, 01:28:51 AM
Sweet. Yup, second place prize is just as good.
1132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holy Crap! Star Blazers Returns! Space Battleship Yamato! on: December 02, 2010, 07:19:45 PM
In the trailer the amount of yelling compared to the amount of special effects are =
1133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 02, 2010, 07:10:50 PM
I think I'm more peeved that they're allowed to be on the jury and vote who wins. That should not be. You quit you shouldn't have a say in anything in the game.

Kinda hoping Dan wins this season to seal it as the worst one.
1134  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: December 01, 2010, 06:46:26 PM
So the massive update was added to the game the other day. If you are a F2P person Lowlands is now free for all so you can quest up to about 34-35 level range. There's some nice improvements to the bank to allow easier sorting of items. They added a bunch of items to the various factions where they had little to offer before (e.g horses/weapons/armor/etc). And to help gain faction and fill out those quest leveling gaps they added random daily quests.

They also have a promotion going on the entire month where one new store item each day will be 50% off. http://www.lotro.com/lotrostoreonedaysale
1135  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Give & get Sale 2010 is ON! Fill you wishlist up! on: November 29, 2010, 07:41:24 PM
Lots of good ones up there today. Dirt 2 and Metro 2033 are steals. Will probably get Alien vs Predator for that price and eying the Indie Air Pack even though I probably won't try anything but Gratuitous Space Battles.

It seemed like all my Steam Black Friday purchases are impulse buys on games I hadn't considered buying but can't pass up the cheap price on. Had no intention of playing Alpha Protocol or Kane and Lynch 2. And seeing as I have yet to install GTA 4 since purchasing it 2 years ago I probably shouldn't have gotten Episodes from Liberty City. But then again I only spent about $20 on all that.

The one game I was hoping they would have a deal on, Darksiders, didn't appear. Maybe before X-mas.
1136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Requesting info regarding getting online with a PS3 on: November 29, 2010, 07:21:03 PM
Quote from: jztemple2

Quote from: Teggy on November 29, 2010, 01:45:31 PM

You can buy stuff off Playstation Network with dollars (quite a novel idea, huh?) Or is you concern putting your credit card info into their system?

Yeah, I'd rather not give them my credit card info. I know it's all very safe now on the Internet slywink but I'm still a bit of a chicken.

I don't like doing that either so I do my PSN purchases through Amazon. When you buy PSN content on Amazon you get a code for the game/content then enter that code in to PSN. The content is then unlocked.

I do notice that it sometimes takes a few days for content to appear on Amazon after release. And I'm not sure if they match sale prices if PSN is doing a dealie on a game/content as I don't purchase a whole lot on PSN. But I've gotten a few games and Zen Pinball tables without issues.

If you go to the Video Games section on Amazon you'll see a category for Playstation Network.
1137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol, now with impressions! on: November 28, 2010, 01:13:30 AM
I started playing with the gamepad and like that better. But some of the quick switches of the camera angles suck - like when you jump or climb down from somewhere the camera is usually in an awkward location where I can't see what I need to see.

Stealth doesn't seem to be working all that well but it also doesn't seem to matter. Took a mission where I needed to place bugs all around an airport without being detected. There's a gaurd right in front of you when you enter the level. So I moved a bit away from my initial cover and was detected. After killing a bunch of guards I was able to disable the alarm only to have it go off the next time I tried a zipcord. I completed the mission just running and gunning. For some reason the mission was a success and I got a boat loat of money.

Oh well. $5
1138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should they kill Cyber Monday? on: November 27, 2010, 08:19:11 PM
I can't recall any really good Cyber Monday deals. Seem to recall always being disappointed in them.
1139  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Black Friday/Thanksgiving Sale 2010 is ON! Fill you wishlist up! on: November 27, 2010, 08:13:03 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on November 27, 2010, 06:34:34 PM

Are the Kings Bounty games fun?  The videos look cool!

They are good games but can get somewhat tough. I had to restart the game once or twice as I got myself in to a hole. But once things get rolling its hard to put down. $9 for all three games is a steal. I didn't have the expansion (Crossworlds) so picked that up for $5.
1140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on: November 22, 2010, 08:33:28 PM
This is the one of the few movies I've seen where I liked the movie better than the book. I didn't care for the last book so my expectations were not high going in. So I was surprised when I found I didn't want it to end. Definitely a dark film with few light moments. But I was digging that the actors had a wee bit more serious content to chew on. That dance scene in the tent kinda surprised me as when they started I was like "what the hell is this? This is gonna be dumb" but turned out to be sweet. 

It was a bit odd to leave on such a down note in the film too. Not a single clap from the audience when it was over.

Its hard to say where this stacks for me in ranking with the other films since it was such a different flavor than the others.
1141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starting casting on: November 19, 2010, 08:08:45 PM
Entertainment Weekly has 10 photos from the series up on their site: http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20385926_20442931,00.htm

Looks like Sam's in the first pic and Bronn in the last. Catelyn look a bit more pudgy than I had pictured her.
1142  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Pre-Black Friday Video Game Deals Week: Day 5 Stocking Stuffers on: November 19, 2010, 07:50:51 PM
Looks like it was Metroid: Other M for $20. Which is sold out now.
1143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: November 19, 2010, 12:51:09 AM
This has been a horrible season but this last episode was fantastic. Finally a major wakeup call to many of the players. I think it was actually Holly, the lady who wanted to quit at like day 2, that realized Brenda was a threat and had to get shit moving. NaOnka, bless her insane head, took the idea of getting Brenda out and ran with it. I'm glad that Brenda/Sash alliance is broken up as if that alliance held there would have been little excitment in who they would choose to vote out week after week.

On top of this wake up call you had what had to be one of the best stupid things Survivors had done by protecting their fire with 3 wooden chests full of supplies and then leave it! Oh how wonderful that was! And to top it off they were shocked these things could catch fire.

There was much more goodness in this episode. I loved Jeff Probsts ragging on the losing team of the reward challenge. "And Benre with the ceremonial loser dismount!" Ha! Then you had one of the best immunity challenges ever with young vs old. How could you not root for Jane in that challenge. That was a most satisfying conclusion. And yet another great moment was when Kelly Purple finally got some screen time...and showed viewers exactly why she's not shown. Hillarious!

Best episode of the season.
1144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: November 19, 2010, 12:33:27 AM

Quote from: theohall on October 29, 2010, 05:48:46 AM

The Girl Who Played with Fire is up on IW.  It is the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and features the same two lead actors.

Swedish with sub-titles - just to warn those away who cannot stand sub-titles or do not speak Swedish.


Wasn't as taken by the second film as I was the first. It seemed like they were trying to make it a james bond style film complete with a villinous henchman. I got lost during some of the plot lines but it was certainly watchable. I still love the Lisbeth character.
1145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Skyline trailer on: November 16, 2010, 12:17:18 AM
That pretty much sums up my feelings for it too.

Reading some of the critics reviews and seeing the 11% Rotten Tomatoes Meter score I was expecting the worst. But it was actually watchable. The FX were the main attraction of course and they ranged from very impressive to needing a bit of work. The story didn't come close to satifying me in adequetly explaining things and because the limited locations of the film there wasn't enough of a ride to forget about the explination.

I would have been satisfied with seeing it on Netflix streaming.
1146  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: November 12, 2010, 06:55:40 PM
Wasn't the previous Lifetime subscription $199? I have one and can't recall exactly what I paid but I think I would balk at $299.
1147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: November 12, 2010, 03:47:07 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 12, 2010, 12:04:46 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 11, 2010, 07:57:17 PM

The previews for next week were the most exciting part of the show. Wonder what happened? Something tore up their chickens maybe?

Someone finally killed Naonka and chopped her into pieces!!!   icon_twisted

Or found her back at camp chomping on an artificial leg.
1148  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 11-11-2010: F1 2010 33% off/ Risen 50% off on: November 12, 2010, 03:43:48 AM
I haven't installed GTA 4 either and I got that back in the Dec 09 sale. Too many games.  icon_neutral
1149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve killing the PC game market? on: November 11, 2010, 07:57:15 PM
Yeah my digital DLs exclusively come from Steam. I found pretty quickly it would get hard to keep track of which service I downloaded what game from. Even if a game I want has a good sale on another service I won't get it unless I can transfer it over to Steam.

I don't even care that all my eggs are in one basket. The egg prices are low and its convenient.
1150  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: November 10, 2010, 07:31:21 PM
A couple good deals today only:

50% off both expansion packs: http://www.lotro.com/lotrostorefeatured
1,111 points for $11.11: http://www.lotro.com/lotrostorepointpromo

The Moria expansion comes with the two new classes Warden/Runekeeper. I do have to say I'm having a hell of lot of fun playing the Runekeeper. Its like the best of both worlds (damage/healing) rolled in to one. Haven't even touched the Moria content yet.
1151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC on: November 09, 2010, 07:34:56 PM

Quote from: morlac on November 09, 2010, 05:18:54 PM

I agree That the guts thing was new and created some of the most tense moments I have ever experienced in a television, once i stopped laughing at sausage links hanging around their necks smile

I dunno. That seemed familar to me. Either something I read or had seen in another zombie movie where that was tried. The blending in thing certainly has been done going way back to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. But for whatever reason it didn't seem a new concept to me. I'm probably just geeking out on zombie lore knowledge.

As for the moral dilemma that would have probably worked better if the guy wasn't such a threat. He was ready to fight and potentionally kill others. If he was released that likely would have happened again so why let them go? If the person was someone who was weak, confused and in need of assistance it would have been more impactful. I think they missed the mark on it.
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC on: November 09, 2010, 12:56:24 AM
Didn't care so much for the second episode. I like that it veered from the comics but the episode wasn't compelling at all. Pretty much standard zombie stuff. It seemed like they were trying to shoot for some ethical dilemma with the van realization at the end "oh shit what did we do?" but the person central to that dilemma was so despicable who cares? The gore scene was over the top silliness and to me it came across as the television network trying to boast what they could get away with in showing gross out moments.

Damn reading all that back I sound jaded...but I guess I am as I've read/watched/played so many zombie things I'm just looking for something more clever and new. I'm sticking around for the show but I really hope they don't lose focus on what they set up and turn it in to another low budget zombie flick.

I do have to say I loved the final scene.
1153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: November 04, 2010, 06:56:42 PM
Hmm. What did the IWD2 "adventure pack" consist of? I don't recall an expansion for the game.
1154  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: November 03, 2010, 05:52:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 03, 2010, 04:05:37 PM

I meant to download and check out the Halloween stuff, but at this point is it still up?

It was still up last night but dunno about today. If the Halloween event message appears on the login screen then it may still be up.

Just an FYI on the Haunted House after the initial timed quest you get in there you have to exit the haunted house to pick up all the other quests (can only do 1 quest at a time). The first time in there I was running all over the place looking for the other quests not realizing I had to turn in the one I was doing to get the others.
1155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend a spooky, maybe "doom like" FPS? on: November 02, 2010, 06:44:26 PM
Amnesia at the top of the list (not a shooter). L4D2 for sure. Bioshock. Prey. Doom 3 which felt like a haunted house to me and I enjoyed that but many did not. Minecraft if you're willing to be a bit creative (not a shooter). Dead Space for a 3rd person shooter. Resident Evil 4 has a few scares. Call of Cthulhu was a bit scary for the first few hours but then got crummy so only get on the cheap.

Not sure how System Shock 2 holds up in the scares department. I played it a few years ago again and it was more for nostalgic interests. Undying doesn't hold up in the scares department and was a bit of a let down when I played it again a few months ago. I had very font memories of that game. Fear 2 I didn't find scary at all and was a bit boring to boot.
1156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC on: November 01, 2010, 06:50:59 PM
This turned out a lot better than I thought. I've read the first three "books" in the series and overall thought the books were just ok. So the series was a nice improvement adding some new scenes and situations. Hopefully they can keep it up.

The last 5 minutes or so were when it took a dive for me. It basically turned in to the a-typical zombie horror flick with the moaning and the chomping on guts and what not. Wish they had done something unexpected or new there rather than same old same old. Then to follow that up with an odd music montage kinda turned me off.

But up until that point I was really enjoying what was there.
1157  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: October 31, 2010, 09:12:38 PM
If you purchase Mines of Moria it comes with the 2 extra character slots and the two new classes with the L50 zones. But its a bit pricey in the online store (2500 points) if you don't have any characters close to 50. Maybe some Black Friday and X-mas deals in the near future.
1158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: watching any scary movies this weekend? on: October 31, 2010, 12:13:58 AM
Started watching Dead Set on IFC. 5-part mini-series from the BBC where a zombie outbreak occurs while Big Brother is recording. Haven't finished it yet but its a lot better than I thought it would be. I never watched Big Brother and not at all familiar with the UK personalies but that hasn't effected me from enjoy it. If they do one with Survivor or Amazing Race I'm there.

Also have Descent 2 on Netflix streaming. Hear its not so great a follow-up but plan on watching it either tonight or tomorrow.
1159  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: October 30, 2010, 04:29:43 PM
There's a $3 MP3 credit you can add to your account: STUDENT3

When you click on an album click on the "Redeem a gift card or promotion code & view balance" hyperlink under the 1-Click Download button to enter the code.
1160  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: October 30, 2010, 12:09:14 AM
Another good deal. The Lone Lands quest pack is on sale 86% at 50 points. It's unclear if this is a temp price drop or a permanent one.
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