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1121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 24, 2011, 07:41:10 PM
If the movies don't center around Neo then that might be ok. Do more of a side story like the "Final Flight of the Osiris" in Animatrix.

I always found the fight sequences with Neo in the last two movies to be boring since he was basically a god like character and couldn't be beat while in the matrix. The fighting was pointless.
1122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/24) on: January 24, 2011, 06:56:06 PM
Dead Space 2 for 360. Normally I wait till the price goes down but started playing through the original again (damn you Steam!) and can't wait now to place the sequel.
1123  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: LotRO Angmar 1 day sale on: January 22, 2011, 09:29:42 PM
It's a good zone. I think I got that one for 50% off awhile back and it was worth it for that so 75% is a steal. It's a higher level zone area (L40-L50).
1124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: January 22, 2011, 01:22:59 AM
A new trailer released today. There's a few good laughs in it.
1125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: January 21, 2011, 07:39:24 PM
Holding off as well. Beyond the high price for the unit/games the low battery life has given me pause. Will wait to see what the next revision of the device brings.
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Event on: January 20, 2011, 07:02:20 PM
The flashbacks didn't bother me so much. It just that none it turned out to be that compelling - the flashbacks or current time stuff. I watched the entire season but already I can't recall how the season ended. I'll probably give it another shot but I can see pulling the plug pretty quickly if it doesn't grab me.
1127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: January 20, 2011, 06:56:59 PM
I went in to it expecting it to be awful but came out liking what I saw. I thought Stephen Tyler would be a joke but he actually had some constructive comments along with a few witty ones. I also liked that he really got in to some of the auditions - like when he knocked on the table during one of the songs. J Lo was a turn off since she kept whining about having to say 'no' but I think she'll come around. Randy was Randy but not so annoying as he normally was - he's looking good too.

I liked that the voting was a lot quicker and a lot less informal. Before there would be the whole drama of hemming and hawing before someone said "yes/no". Now it was like "just give them the golden ticket" or "yes/yes/yes". I also liked there was hardly any segments of Ryan talking to contestants before/after they audition. I think that allowed them to show a lot more auditions which is what I want to see. And finally they showed just the right amount of bad auditions - very few.

Really the only thing they need to work on is dialing back the the melodramatic imagery during the sob stories. The family walking through a bad neighborhood, a quick shot of police arresting someone, the dangling phone. All a bit over the top for me.

Otherwise I had no complaints. It might actually be a good season.
1128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Quest for Glory Retrospective on: January 19, 2011, 02:39:44 AM
They were fun but I recall also frustrating. The combat wasn't fully intuitive and I ended up enjoying the adventure portion of the games more. I only had the first two games as I grew sick of the adventure games by the time the 3rd one came out so never played the others so would be curious to check them out. For the first game I purchased it when it was known of "Hero's Quest" before the name change. Pretty sure I still have the box/discs/manual somewhere at my fathers place.
1129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Priest on: January 17, 2011, 08:55:51 PM
I was looking at the Priest poster and I thought I saw something odd with the forehead cross...

Using the image magnifier on that spot I found....OH MY GOD!

1130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: January 17, 2011, 06:46:57 PM
To unlock 11-15 you need to complete the second quest the trainer sends you on.

To answer the previous question I've been adding to mindread pretty regularly throughout the game. By the time I hit the expansion I had 12 points in it and then a +2 mindread bonus from some armor that got me up to 14.
1131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Singularity on: January 17, 2011, 06:39:58 PM
In the same boat as Greg. It wasn't quite cheap enough for the Steam sale. When it gets in the $10-$15 range I'll jump in.
1132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: January 17, 2011, 03:44:42 AM
Ok. After multiple tries and LOTS of frustration I got past that part and finished the game. Basically what I did....

Spoiler for Hiden: to hide in a little corner where she didn't immediatly see me. Then take out the mind killer guys. While I was doing that my pet was getting agro on her. Once my pet had some good agro I would pop out and poison her with my arrows and then pop back in my little hiding spot. I died a few times trying this but one time my pet was holding agro enough time where I was able to get her down to a sliver of health and kill her.

She never casted that health drain spell on me which is why I survived.

I did read a tidbit about using the Hall of Echos shield you get and did that for the time I won but no idea if that actually helped or not. I didn't see a buff or anything appear.

That ending was unsatifactory so glad the expansion started right where it left off.
1133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2: Ego Draconis/ Flames of Vengeance add-on/ Dragon Knight Saga info! on: January 17, 2011, 02:31:51 AM
Gawd. I've gotten stuck right near the end. I'm in the Hall of Echo's and...

Spoiler for Hiden:
...I'm at the battle where you fight multiple former enmies. I fight Marus and that's all fine. Then Sassan comes in and literally about a second after the dialogue stops I get hit with multiple spells and I'm dead. I manage to pause and use a potion but it can't keep up with the damage. I'm dead as soon as I unpause.

I'm Level 35 and have about 650 health so I'm wondering if that's the issue. If so I'm screwed.


Note: I figured out what's going on. She's doing a quick health drain that basically kills me in seconds. I found that if I hide in a corner before the battle starts I can kill the mindreaders and then pop around my hiding space to hit her with my arrows (I'm a ranger) but as soon as she casts that spell I'm dead - and she seems to cast that spell each time.
1134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 16, 2011, 05:15:46 AM
Saw another pretty decent film titled "Frozen". If you're a skiier then you've probably had a passing thought about what happens in this film. Basically 3 friends at a ski resort get abondond while on the chair lift. It's too far to safely jump and bad weather is coming in. To make things worse the resort won't open again for another 5 days.

It's basically Open Water on a chairlift. It gets a little crazy at times but I was in to it. Whenever the chairlift would stop I would always feel so helpless if it was too far up at the time.
1135  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / OnLive - 18 Free Games (till Jan 31st) on: January 15, 2011, 05:38:10 AM
If you have an OnLive account you can play the following games for free up until Jan 31:

Alien Shooter: Vengeance
Defense grid gold
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Frontlines: Fuel of War
King's Bounty: Armored Princess
LEGO Batman
NBA 2K10
Ninja Blade
Prince of Persia
Puzzle Chronicles
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Tropico 3
Unreal Tournament III: Titan Pack
World of Goo
Zombie Shooter 2

I haven't checked out the service in awhile and I do have to say it seems like lag is almost non-existant now. Graphics still are a bit muddy on my monitor still but many games still seem playable.
1136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your favourite Game cover art? on: January 15, 2011, 01:06:54 AM
Oh yeah....

One of those faces may look familiar - the company name would be a hint.
1137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A Pac Man Reality Series? on: January 14, 2011, 07:37:05 PM
I will not be putting a quarter in to that machine.
1138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: January 14, 2011, 07:33:43 PM
It'll make good TV so I'm fine with it.

If Rob winds up on Redemption Island I can see him sticking around by winning those challenges. If Russell winds up there I don't see him getting far as he's never been good at challenges.

Beyond that the rest of the cast looks pretty good this season. I can't imagine they will be as dumb as last seasons contestants.
1139  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: January 14, 2011, 07:25:31 PM
That's a fun album. Regina may be a bit of an acquired taste as she does some odd vocal inflections and unexpected melody changes. There's a few catchy tunes (Fidelity, Better, On the Radio) and the album has one of my favorite songs from her (lyric wise) Sampson.
1140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your favourite Game cover art? on: January 14, 2011, 07:06:46 PM

The box was oversized (long/tall) and just cried out "pick me up and bring me home!" - which I did.
1141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 3 on: January 13, 2011, 06:48:19 PM
Does it come with a birthing action button or something?
1142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 09, 2011, 05:21:45 AM
Saw another good recently added movie by the title of "Exam". Takes place in the future where 8 job applicants are placed in a room together. The room has 8 desks with 8 pencils. There is a guard in the room. Their instructor gives them a set of rules to follow. If they don't follow the rules they are disqualified. There is a single question they must answer. He starts a timer. 80 minutes are on the clock counting down. He leaves the room but the gaurd remains.

The applicants must figure out how to answer the question with the rules they've been told. It's an interesting process and I didn't feel cheated at all by what developed through the course of the movie. It's not perfect and I wish it went another direction towards the end but it was entertaining. If you liked movies like Cube you'll probably enjoy this one.

I also noticed that some movies were now offering different audio options for streaming (on the PS3 at least). I was hoping for choices between the subtitled/dub audio tracks but it looks like it may just be a choice between stereo and 5.1 tracks right now. It's a start.


1143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: January 08, 2011, 03:52:09 AM
It does not. But the game doesn't start exactly where the demo does and the sections from the demo are spread out throughout the game. So there will be moments of retreading what was in the demo but its not that big of a deal. There will be new stuff before/after those sections.
1144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Catherine on: January 08, 2011, 03:48:03 AM
It looks like the game is a puzzle platform style game from those pictures. Not what I was expecting if that's the actual gameplay from it. Less interested if so.
1145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Look back at Carmageddon on: January 07, 2011, 07:33:54 PM
I remember picking that one up on a whim and being surprised how much fun it was. Put many hours in to it. I had Carmageddon 2 and 3 but don't recall if those were as good.
1146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: January 07, 2011, 07:26:35 PM
The game was freaky and according to my wife I was pretty vocal at times but man that guy is a bitch. "there are no cubbies to hide in! ::whimper::"
1147  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: January 03, 2011, 07:24:44 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 03, 2011, 06:09:26 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 03, 2011, 09:47:21 AM

One of my favorite albums OF ALL TIME.

1148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's The First Game You Remember Finishing? on: January 03, 2011, 07:19:15 PM
Video games: either Superman or Raiders of the Lost Ark for 2600

Neither game had much in the way of hints telling you what you need to do next. I know for Raiders I had to wait until Video Games Magazine had a few tips on it for advancing in the game. Recall one of the hardest parts was an area near the start where Indy falls down from the top of the screen and needs to maneuver to a hidden "cave opening" that's right below a branch. The "completion" screen had Indy standing on these titles with the Ark overhead. I remember my sister and I looking at each other at the moment we saw that and saying "what does it mean?" I still don't know.

Computer games: Ultima 2 for Apple //e

Had just gotten an Apple // and had Ultima 3 but was struggling through it when I got Ultima 2 for X-mas. I played it non-stop until I finished it. Loved that game. I did finally finish Ultima 3 - once those helpful Quest For Clues books came out.
1149  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A Cataclysm coming to WoW: Impressions Incoming! on: December 31, 2010, 04:34:14 AM

Quote from: rittchard on December 30, 2010, 08:30:49 PM

Has anyone else had trouble with their account getting hacked into?

I found out a few days ago someone hacked my account and started using a Cataclysm trial for my account on Christmas. I hadn't used the account in about 7 months. Thankfully I caught it early and nothing was deleted. The person just leveled my character 10 levels. I changed the password then had Blizzard lock the account. I plan on going back to WoW once I get tired of LOTRO and will go through the process of re-activating it after being locked (think you have to send them some infomation).

No one had access to my account so its a bit of a mystery on how it got hacked. Dunno if I'm going to bother with the authenticator - shouldn't really have to it resort to that.
1150  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 30, 2010, 07:07:11 PM
Some good games there today but after everything I bought already the $20 and up prices are to steep.  icon_frown
1151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft modified AC2's DRM? on: December 30, 2010, 07:04:41 PM
To answer the original question there is an option to save locally. I'm glad you started the thread as I had forgotten about that when I heard it mentioned awhile back. I bought the game during the Steam sale and had been playing it regularly so certainly want to save locally. It took me a bit to find where to change that setting. You would think it would be in the game options or on the silly Ubisoft UPLAY service but its not. When you launch the game there's a login window (to Ubisoft) and on that window is a small star type icon. If you click on that it prompts you asking if you wish to save locally.

If there was another location to change this where its more clearly laid out I didn't see it.

In the few days I played before turning this option on I did not have any issues with losing progress or getting disconnected from the game.
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Richard Garriott will take your photo...from SPAAaaaace on: December 30, 2010, 12:31:33 AM
If anyone's interested The Moth recently recorded Garriott talking about his space adventure and the difficulties of getting to the point where he could go in to space. Some interesting stuff in there including a brief history of how he got in to creating the Ultima series. It about 12-14 minutes total:

1153  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 29, 2010, 07:23:19 PM
Any opinions on Swords and Soldiers?

Probably in for Greed and Archon. It'll have to pass the work day test. If I still recall they're for sale when I get home I'll buy'em.
1154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld Strangers Wrath and Munch's Odyssey on the way to the PC on: December 28, 2010, 07:54:02 PM
Something to look forward. I was so disappointed in how poorly Munch and Stranger played I deleted them both as they aren't worth playing in their current forms. This or a patch fixing current issues would get me to reinstall.

Really was looking forward to playing Munch as I always regretted not picking that up in stores when I had the chance.
1155  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: December 23, 2010, 07:45:24 PM
LOTRO has started this daily lottory thing that's turned out to be pretty good. I've already won it several times on various characters. Lottories happen hourly and are easy to join.

Just go to and login. Then click on "more widgets" and select Lottory. You can then go in to the widget and see all the lottories. Just have to click on which characters you want to join the lottories and you're in. Check back in an hour to see if you won and also join others. Prizes range from various items, mounts, silver and what not.

Also today Virtue/Class/Race are 20% off today if you were holding off on spending any points unlocking them.

Finally they brought back the double-points package bonuses which are pretty good deals. Especially if you are F2P as any purchase of points will upgrade your account to Premium (1 additonal character slot and 5gp gold cap).
1156  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: December 22, 2010, 04:00:58 AM
The traits really arre not going to factor in to much of anything at that level. At L40 we still only have 2 virtue/race trait slots open and its barely effected us. We did open up the class ones which had some significant bonuses. You can earn points (5/10/15/20) for completing deeds in areas and there are plenty of deeds to complete in the free to play areas. So with a little work you don't have to pay anything to open up new slots.
1157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld Strangers Wrath and Munch's Odyssey on the way to the PC on: December 21, 2010, 06:52:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 21, 2010, 12:07:22 PM

I fired up Strangers Wrath and played through the tutorial.  Water textures look screwed up, and there is no resolution options other than full screen (stretchy) or windowed (looks better), but it seems to be running OK so far.

You can modify the config file to put in the resolution you want:

The textures still look pretty horrible in spots and gameplay is not smooth at all. Hopefully they can fix Stranger's and Munch's to a playable state. Really want to play Munch since I missed that one.
1158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 20, 2010, 08:25:08 PM
Yup, that was a entertaining last episode. I'd say the last two episodes were the best from the season and the right person won. I forgot which contestant said Fabio had shown the most growth but he certainly grew during this last episode. I loved seeing Fabio get some smarts and made Sash look like an ass and didn't make Chase or Holly look too good either. He played that perfectly with everything he said and did. Plus the group voted out the right person, Holly, who would have had a good chance at winning.

I was wrong about how the final tribal would play out. I figured Chase would basically give it away but he actually fought. I don't think he sold himself on some of the things he said although Alina seemed to buy in to it with the whole man/boy thing - which I don't think she fully understands. I also figured there would just be a bunch of comments made by the jury but they actually asked questions. Useless Kelly even asked a useless question - didn't Sash basically just answer Kelly's question a few seconds before she asked it? I also liked how Chase, Sash and Fabio were jumping in on each others comments - which allowed Chase to burn Fabio on reminding everyone how clueless he was after the votes were in. If there are any takeaways from this season it would be for the final contestants to continue fighting even if it isn't their "turn".

But other than that this whole season was horrible. Probably one of, if not, the worst. In fact it's got me so upset I've started investing in this new venture capital that is global and has an eco-friendly atmosphere and is looking to OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT! Wha? Quick Wendy pass the bong back to Fabio. Jeff's about to ask how your husband correctly told you that you would be voted off first. Strange. I heard words coming from your mouth but they didn't make a whole lot of sense. In any case I know if you continue to wear that cowboy outfit with the oversized hat and tassels there will be no fluffing in your future.

So is this next Survivor with redemption island going to be another All-Star style game? There were quite a few former contestants in the audience. And they played up the Cerie vs Rupert thing. It seems too soon but the prospect of seeing Russel vs Rob is titillating. The All-Star crew would be the best ones to sell this "twist" if its going to be included going forward.

But the best news of night was that Survivor wouldn't allow quitters on the jury! Oh...unless they decide they want them on it. Soooo... did anything change?
1159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor. Where's the thread? Oh, here it is. on: December 17, 2010, 08:40:33 PM
Quote from: rittchard
Now I know I'm a bit biased, but I think people misread Chase as being flat out dumb, when I think his problem is not stupidity but more of an innocent uncontrollable sincerety that has gone so far awry in this game that he ends up unable to shut himself up even when he knows better... Colby kind of had that problem as well, the angst between being fundamentally a "good guy" vs wanting to do what it takes to win the game.

Yeah, I was thinking along the same lines with him being similar to how Colby acted in Season 2 by basically giving away the game. And while Holly isn't exactly as likable or as in the background like Tina was in S2 the finale may play out similarly. If those two are in the final I can see Chase doing something stupid like apologizing to Jane and telling her he doesn't deserve her vote and she should vote Holly.

It's really hard to say who might win at this point as there is no clear cut player left that is fully competent. Plus you have a jury that's full of angry, crazy and indecisive people. After what what went down at this last tribal I'm not sure how they would throw their vote. I get the sense there will be more speeches made than questions asked this year.

I also have to say I love Jane for throwing water on the fire to show that Dan's knees were just fine. He jumped up off the shelter like he had a pair of alligators going for his ankles.
1160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Blake Edwards Dies Aged 88 on: December 17, 2010, 08:09:58 PM
Oddly my favorite movie from him is Skin Deep with John Ritter. It was never well reviewed but always gets me laughing.
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