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1161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Troll Hunter on: June 09, 2011, 05:49:20 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 09, 2011, 04:27:47 AM

I haven't seen the movie myself, but I'd imagine it requires some knowledge of Norwegian trolls to understand what's going on, what with the stuff about smelling Christian blood and so on.

There's probably some in-jokes and other references to stories but you don't need to know them to enjoy the film. When they mentioned trolls smell Christian blood I just took it at face value along with the other Troll lore that was mentioned. Coming in to the film without any knowledge made it that much more intriguing to me. Best thing you can do is just go with it and enjoy the ride.

There is a reference to the Three Billy Goats Gruff story which I think most Western audiences are familiar with. So there's that.
1162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Troll Hunter on: June 09, 2011, 03:35:43 AM
This is due out in theaters this weekend in limited release. I saw it wasn't playing anywhere near so ponied up the $10 to see it on On Demand. Completely worth it. It's a shakey cam film but done very well. The film looks great with some really scenic areas in Norway and the story is one where you can't wait to see what happens next. Totally grabbed me and by the end I wanted more.

So if it's playing in your area would definitly reccomend checking it out. Think it stops its On Demand run tomorrow.
1163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2011: Let It Begin! on: June 08, 2011, 12:33:16 AM
I think the Wii U controller might offer a pretty fun gaming experience. I remember playing Gamecube game Legend of Zelda Four Swords where we hooked up our GBA's to it. It and made for a pretty unique experience. You would control what's happening on the TV with the GBA and the GBA screen would serve as the inventory. But then at times your character would appear on the GBA screen and you would be playing on that screen while the others were still playing on the TV. I recall it being a lot of fun and seamless.

So I do think they have something here with offering unique gaming experiences. Just have to see if they can fully pull it off this time.
1164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bryan Singer to return to direct X-Men:First Class on: June 07, 2011, 12:01:26 AM
Quote from: rittchard
And with Mystique, to me it seemed they did exactly what you said they didn't - used her as the vehicle to define the differences between the two.  They set her "conflict" with Xavier up from almost her first/second scene - he just never "got" the whole "us vs. them" mentality that she had, even as a child.  The need to hide who you truly are vs. taking pride in it, the understanding that just being different can make you an outcast.

You're right there were a couple scenes. Magneto did comment that she should show her real form and there was the one scene were Charles freaked out a bit when she did show her form. I was hoping that struggle would play a bigger part in the film and think that would have been more interesting triangle for all three characters (Charles/Magneto/Mystique). So I guess I was just disapointed with that there was little focus there.
1165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bryan Singer to return to direct X-Men:First Class on: June 06, 2011, 11:54:36 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 06, 2011, 06:41:07 PM

Quote from: Crawley on June 06, 2011, 06:33:57 PM

I didn't care for this one. For a film that revolved around the relationship between Xavier and Magneto I thought it did a pretty poor job at handling it. Conversations between the two characters lasted no more than 30 seconds. They really didn't have enough dialogue between them to set up their relationship. It was like one character would say something meaningful, the other would have a short response. Cut. Next scene. You basically had to buy their friendship at face value with all the quick chummy scenes and because they kept reminding each other they were friends. Would rather have had some scenes with actual dialogue that clearly showed these two could really be friends instead of being explicitly told or shown.

I didn't get that same opinion, I guess.  I thought they established their friendship quite well.  Being verbose isn't the only way to handle character interaction.  As a matter of fact, I feel it's oftentimes a crutch employed when a writer feel the audience isn't bright enough to understand something.  

It doesn't have to be full on dialogue but a few key scenes that spend some time with the two characters to show that yeah the two could be real good buddies. I came away feeling I had to take that relationship at face value.
1166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bryan Singer to return to direct X-Men:First Class on: June 06, 2011, 11:49:18 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 06, 2011, 09:48:23 PM

Quote from: Crawley on June 06, 2011, 06:33:57 PM

So the movie kinda lost me there.

 Havoc was just silly. The kid was some tough guy but can't be watched when doing his thing? Dumb. I can understand being a bit wary of hurting others but afraid of being watched?

I fear the first line might explain your opinion.  If you don't understand what's going on, it's hard to like something.  Havok wasn't afraid of being watched, he was only afraid of hurting people.  How you picked up on that I'm not even sure.  He can't control his power at all, that's how he ended up in prison.

I didn't mean lost in I didn't know what was going on. I meant I lost interest with how the film was going about building Xavier and Magento's friendship.

But I did not get that Havoc was afraid of hurting people. That whole scene where he kept asking the other mutants not to watch indicated to me he was self-consious of using his powers in front of them. He did say "I can't do it while you watch" or something along those lines. Not "I don't want to hurt anyone."
1167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bryan Singer to return to direct X-Men:First Class on: June 06, 2011, 06:33:57 PM
I didn't care for this one. For a film that revolved around the relationship between Xavier and Magneto I thought it did a pretty poor job at handling it. Conversations between the two characters lasted no more than 30 seconds. They really didn't have enough dialogue between them to set up their relationship. It was like one character would say something meaningful, the other would have a short response. Cut. Next scene. You basically had to buy their friendship at face value with all the quick chummy scenes and because they kept reminding each other they were friends. Would rather have had some scenes with actual dialogue that clearly showed these two could really be friends instead of being explicitly told or shown.

So the movie kinda lost me there.

The Mystique character was pointless as she only became a factor for one scene near the end. If the movie explored the differences in how Xavier and Magneto see the world with Mystique being caught in the middle that probably would have worked better for me. Again that choice came down to a split second scene at the end. I did dig the relationship between Mystique and Beast though and wish they focused more on that.

I also thought the other mutants were pretty damn boring. I haven't read X-Men in a number of years so was not familiar with Havoc, Banshee, Darwin, or Angel but each of those mutants seemed pretty lame. The Angel one in particular looked dumb while flying (not buying those wing can hold her) and the strange mismatch of flaming venom power. Banshee also looked totally dumb flying by sound - didn't buy that working either. Havoc was just silly. The kid was some tough guy but can't be watched when doing his thing? Dumb. I can understand being a bit wary of hurting others but afraid of being watched?

It wasn't awful but I was disappointed in it as it seemed like the short changed the characters.

Two final gripes. One they gotta stop shooting that scene where the commanding officer says to his men "it's been a pleasure serving with you" "no sir the pleasure was all mine." Ugh. The other gripe is that this was the first film I saw where they didn't swap out the 3D lens. The entire film was dark with a lot of muted colors. Details were particularly hard to see during the night scenes. Basically imagine turning the gamma correction down on your monitor and playing Doom 3. So I won't be going back to the theater I saw it in and hope other theaters don't carry on this trend or else everything just going to be DVD rentals.  disgust
1168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: May 26, 2011, 07:19:21 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 26, 2011, 06:34:11 PM

Anyway, one other interesting tidbit from the folks at VFTW.  They call it the Kristy Lee Cook curse.  The last 4 years has given us 4 winners who were white boys with guitars.

KRIS allen scotTY mcreery LEE dewyze david COOK

See anything interesting there?  And one last thing, wth happened to Lee?  Don't they always have last year's winner perform?  Is he that much of an embarassment/disappointment lol?

That's funny. Also I was reading the "Mommy" song that Lauren sung was a Kristy Lee Cook song so there's that too. That girl is just plain EVIL.
1169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: May 26, 2011, 07:15:11 PM
That was a very odd finale. Its like they combed the Vegas strip for performers then randomly threw in A-listers and has-beens.

Stuff I liked:

- Haley and Tony Bennett - thought they sounded great together but it seemed like Tony got lost a few times.
- Jacob gospel - yes I actually liked this. It fit Jacob to a T and he was having fun with it although at times he was dancing like Pee Wee Herman
- Spiderman song - That was actually a pretty fun song and thought the Peter Parker singer sounded pretty good but looked frightened
- Carrie Underwoods legs - wow
- Most Shocking Elimination segment - Some of those barbs between Casey and James were pretty funny and the end of it was great
- Scotty giving out hugs to his family during his victory song - and Jack Black looking wounded he was denied a hug[/li][/list]

Stuff I really didn't like:
- James + Judas Priest - should have been a lot cooler than it was. They didn't seem to have chemistry
- The medleys - both the girls and guy medleys looked and sounded horrible. In some cases it they seemed lost on when to sing or where they should be.
- TLC - was pretty random appearance although that one woman's abs were amazing
- Beyonce - really two songs? I did like the choreography in the first song though. smile
- Lady Gaga - I did watch the whole thing though to see where it was going with that whole rock tower. Let down.
- Tom Jones - Wow he's old and really scary looking. I did dig Jack Black's dancing to it though.

Best post-Idol comment:

- News caster on Today Show reported that Scotty "the macotti" had won it. It should have been "the body". When questioned about "the macotti" part the reporter insisted that was his nickname and people were holding up signs with the nickname. I'm hopeful his first album is called "The Macotti".
1170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: May 25, 2011, 06:14:31 PM
Well they seemed to be doing everything in their power to get Lauren to win this thing. She apparently damaged her vocal cords but would still be a trooper and sing, she sang an I love Mommy song while hugging her mommy, and gained all the judges approval for winning it all - with the exception of JLo who said she's not sure who's going to win it but somehow forgot just 60 seconds ago she told Lauren she probably won it with the Mommy song.

Don't care who wins it but man that seemed like some manipulation going on to boost votes for Lauren. Scotty seemed to get the short end of the stick with the original song. I love you this >Scotty's hands spread wide< big! What a dumb song.

But not as dumb as the Taio Cruz song I'm positive...I'm positive...I'm positive...I'm positive. I'm also positive he had sound issues between the pre-recorded vocal track and his live voice. So despite all the positivity it wasn't a good night for him.

This is one of the few years where I don't have anyone to root for at the end. I don't hate either of these guys but they just don't do anything for me. Will still be tuning in to see the finale which is usually pretty entertaining.
1171  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deals: 5-23 Mini Ninjas + Ubisoft Week! on: May 24, 2011, 03:40:48 AM
Yes its removed for AC2. Not sure about AC though.
1172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: May 19, 2011, 06:31:52 PM
I hope this isn't going to turn out to be an all country finale. But here's what I thought of last night:

Round 1:

Scotty: His high note signing didn't sound all that great but otherwise typical Scotty
Lauren: Didn't do anything for me but guess it was sung well.
Haley: Really enjoyed it. Loved that her father got to play on the song too. Was getting a bit silly how much of a big deal they made about the trip.

Round 2:
Scotty: Really enjoyed this song. Not familiar with it (does that mean I'm supposed to hate it automatically) but it had a lot of energy and I liked seeing Scotty with the guitar rather than doing the typical flute thing with the mic.
Lauren: Didn't do anything for me but guess it was sung well. The wife mentioned Lauren was having a deodorant  malfunction but I didn't notice anything.
Haley: One of the judges commented on that they thought the song was going to build to something. That's how I felt about it. Haley just stood in the wind machine the entire time. It was distracting me from listening to her singing as I was anticipating her doing something else. Like dancing around or singing with the band or anything. So didn't care for it.

Round 3:
Scotty: Typically Scotty. Not bad but nothing new either.
Lauren: Didn't do anything for me but I guess it was sung well.
Haley: Not much singing in the song and talk about a stripped down stage. No band, no light show, no smoke effects, no random audience member, nothing. Didn't work for me.

Finish Him! Scotty Wins!

I really want Haley to be in the finale but not sure if she would get enough votes. My hope is Scotty goes home as then at least the finale would be somewhat interesting. Otherwise Scotty wins.
1173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hunger Games on: May 19, 2011, 06:12:56 PM
Hmm. Woody should make a pretty good Haymitch.
1174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: May 17, 2011, 12:08:17 AM
"I wanna be on TV!" explains Natalie and most of the others that didn't really come to the show to play the game. But she made it to the finale so there's that. And the allure of getting there by having to do next to nothing but be loyal is probably pretty alluring. Even with what I know about the game I might jump at that oppertunity to stay in the game as long as possible rather than chaning being voted off sooner.

I'm ready to put this season to bed though. Rob won and deservedly so but it wasn't a very exciting season overall.

I do hate the idea of bringing back two previous players but it would really depend on who they bring back.
1175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: May 05, 2011, 05:56:33 PM
Ok, that had to be the most off the judges were the entire season with their critiques.

James - His first song was way overpraised. Honestly I thought that was the worst he's sounded and performed the entire season. The second song was better but not that great either. The emotional thing was a bit much. He's still safe.

Jacob - Pretty bad in both songs. The judges spent the most time commenting on his initial performance and their comments were all over the place. Do they really think he has a chance to win?

Lauren - Entertaining first song. Lauren really seemed to be trying to work the crowd and the stage. But it seemed so forced to me. I don't think this was any fault of her own. It seemed like every contestant tonight was told to make a moment, work the crowd, work the stage. It came off a bit desperate with all the jaunts into the crowds and bunch of people on stage. It just came off like they weren't being themselves. Her second song was just ok too.

Scotty - Really tried working the crowd that first song. Vocals suffered due to it but honestly if he stood there and made a few browsies at the camera it probably would have still been a pretty mediocre delivery. Second Elvis song was also mediocre. The wife who is big in to country, Elvis, and Scotty hated it. So there's that.

Haley - Judges tore Haley up for doing the unreleased GaGa song. I don't get why thats bad. If she sings it wells and the song is good who cares? And she sung it very well and the song was not bad (maybe that's why Lady Gaga is performing it at all her shows???). Hell it was sung 100% better than any of the previous songs and had a lot more complexity to it. Haley was right to give the FU hand on hip look to the judges. Her second song was great and the heap of praise from the judges seemed so fake. I can understand while Haley seems confused and looks like she doesn't care anymore when it comes to the judges critiques. I'm there too.
1176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Lantern: The Movie on: May 05, 2011, 05:30:08 PM
I'm not sure what to expect from this movie. The initial trailers made it seem like this wouldn't take itself seriously and it'd be another Fantastic Four (bad). These latest trailers are more serious and look pretty decent.

I'm wanting the more serious film but I expect it's going to be more hokey. This is definitely a film reviews will help decide if to see it or not.
1177  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam EA Week: Day 2 Need for Speed Day on: May 03, 2011, 05:41:38 PM
Dangit. I had just purchased Shift 1 for $13 on Amazon. Will pick up Hot Pursuit for that price though.
1178  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam EA Week: Day 1 Dragon Age Day on: May 03, 2011, 01:06:06 AM
Same. Based on reviews it needs to get in the $20 range. Or I'll just wait for the version with all the DLC included.
1179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for Speed: The Run on: April 29, 2011, 12:03:43 AM
That actually doesn't look too bad of a concept. I'd be ok with a single route if the route is entertaining.
1180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Majesty 2 announced on: April 28, 2011, 12:18:05 AM
There's only the one campaign and all the DLC. I would do the tutorial levels to learn the ropes. The campaign gets very difficult quickly and the DLC doesn't play around either.

I've put 69hrs in to the game according to Steam. The only campaign I didn't like was the monsters DLC which I ended up stopping after a few levels. The units seems to be too costly to maintain and the levels were becoming frustrating rather than challenging. But up until that point  thumbsup thumbsup
1181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down going on a week now on: April 26, 2011, 12:23:57 AM
For those that use their PS3 with Netflix you can still use it but its a pain. The wife really wanted to watch Ghost Whisperer this weekend and discovered Netflix will eventually stop nagging you to log in. I watched her go through the process. The login screen comes up about 6-7 times before it finally goes away. While the login screen was up Netflix was doing some odd stuff like launching a random show from the queue - she may have just been "spamming" the select button there. Dunno.

But she was able to replicate it a few times to watch her show so its doable.

I'll wait till its fixed for real.
1182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/24) on: April 25, 2011, 06:17:45 PM
ZEN Pinball: Sorcerer's Lair (PSN) for me, once there's a code up for it on Amazon and the PSN issues are resolved.
1183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 - IT'S ALIVE! on: April 23, 2011, 06:40:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 23, 2011, 02:04:50 AM

Ah. I got in the room and heard the music but couldn't find anywhere else to go in that room. Didn't make the connection the music was coming from the turrets just thought it was background mood music for the room.
1184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: April 23, 2011, 03:37:14 PM
Now that we're getting close to the final I'm gonna take a educated guess on who will be the final 3:


They'll somehow get one girl in to the final 3 and I'm betting it won't be Lauren. They seem to be building Lauren up to be a final 3 contender but given her last few performances she seems to be getting a bit shy. She didn't even respond to the judges last time which makes me think she's given up a little.

James and Scotty are a lock for the final. They are the most comerically viable. Scotty will have a carerer regardless if he wins or not. Haley will be out at 3 and will release an album no one buys.

My guess for the order of elimenation is:

1185  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [iTunes/Android] EA Blowout Sale on: April 22, 2011, 05:45:57 PM
Ooh nice. Picking up Dead Space for iPad. How's C&C Red Alert for iPad?

Gonna have to start hiding all these games as I'm using the company's iPad.  banned
1186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 - Now invading other games! on: April 15, 2011, 04:50:50 PM
Good enough excuse as any to get back to completing the Defense Grid DLC. Neat marketing ploy too.
1187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: April 14, 2011, 07:16:02 PM
If Rob is going to get outsted you picked the two people that will have to make that happen - Grant and Andrea. There's no one else on Rob's team that could get anything going. I would think that Philip would be open to turning on Rob too.

So until/if that scenario plays out this is going to be pretty much by the numbers.
1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: April 11, 2011, 06:17:45 PM
Finally caught up with this episode and did love it. But am a bit worried about the future of the season as the only one playing the game right now looks to be Rob. Matt and Mike could have changed things up but that's gone now. The other "group" doesn't have an immunity idol now. There's no point in anyone flipping or changing things up for awhile. The only interesting question is when will Rob's team decide to turn on him and will it work?
1189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol 2011 on: April 08, 2011, 06:22:18 PM
Wow. I did not expect that! I'm gonna miss the voice, the performance, the dress and those looks as I don't think Iggy Pop will appear back on that stage ever again.
1190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Majesty 2 announced on: April 06, 2011, 03:19:52 AM
Hell ya I'm still playing this. 55hrs in and am just posting some spoilers for another very hard mission in the Battles of Ardania DLC. Figure I'd post this in case someone at some point decides to play. The third mission "Fire Wall" had me fuming! But finally got through it with. Here's some notes:

Spoiler for Hiden:
After pulling my hair out on this mission I checked some of the boards and the first thing I found was mention of a bug where if load a save game from this mission that will kick-start some of the events to happen sooner than they should. Mainly the Minotaur and Dragon attacks. So you basically get overwhelmed pretty quickly.

Here's the keys to this mission:

- Get dwarf's as quickly as possible (build 2 dwarf guilds)
- Have at least 1 clerics guild
- Explore the SW corner for the trading post and build that quick
- Clear out the mob generators as your hero's find them
- Do not go to the North where the minotaurs are (use fear if you need to)
- Once your dwarf's get near level 10 start building up your cash
- When you're ready start marking the minotaur to the north with 500gp kill quests
- Do not put money on the destroying the minotaur temple as that will just bring too many to handle
- Put lots of cash on defense of the two towers
- Put 500gp (or whatever you can manage) on new minotaurs that show up
- Use the King avatar when groups of minotaurs appear to be overwhelming your heroes. That will allow the hero's to kill them without taking more damage. Your clerics should heal them up if they got hurt
- When the two towers are built you got it somewhat easy at this point
- Build the dwarf towers around your town to help take out dragons
- Then just continue building your army, find the other towers and do the same tactic with those until they are built
- You have 75 days to build 6 towers
1191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]REC 3 Genesis on: April 05, 2011, 06:40:56 PM
I'm probably one of the few that actually liked the Quarantine remake better than the original but it may be because I saw that version first. I also went in not knowing it was a remake and figuring it was going to be a crummy horror flick. I was wrong.

Still want to see Rec 2 but it hasn't been released here yet.
1192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top 50 scariest Horror Films? on: April 05, 2011, 06:35:13 PM
I was looking at "Quatermass and the Pit" wondering what the heck that was. But then saw it was titled "5 Million Years To Earth" in the US. I vaguely recall seeing when I was kid and would like to see it again. Kinda recall it was neat but don't remember being frightened by it at all.

I'd also swap out Evil Dead in place of Evil Dead 2. Except for near the end that one took itself more seriously as a horror flick. I seem to recall 2 was more campy.

Never understood the love for Jacobs Ladder.

Videodrome I know doesn't hold up well as I tried watching it awhile back on Netflix Streaming and it just came across as boring and bizarre.

I'd push Exorcist up to #1 for me. That movie still scares me.
1193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Majesty 2 announced on: April 02, 2011, 03:48:10 AM
Ok. I realize I'm probably the only one playing this game at the moment but I'm really addicted to this thing. Finished the Kingmaker DLC. Put 47hrs total in to this game and am pumped for the next DLC missions. The last Kingmaker mission was a PITA but finally got it done. Found out you really need to build multiple's of the same guild type to hold your own against the endless waves of vampires and goblins.

Just a few notes on the final Kingmaker mission if anyone plays this at some point:

Spoiler for Hiden:
For that final mission cleric guilds were the key for building a fighting force that wouldn't be wiped out. Once I had 6 clerics out there with all their powers I felt I had a bit of survivability. Once you can add the dwarf's to the fray things start going more your way. And I found that when the goblins attack putting a bounty on the shaman shorten the battles some. Towers are of little help although I had two up at any given time to help out. I only started doing the side quests after I felt I could really hold my own against the goblin waves. The extra cash you get for completing them helps build an even stronger force. But I wasn't in any rush to get the tasks done.
1194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will be joining the motorcycle a few years on: March 30, 2011, 05:57:05 PM

Quote from: Zekester on March 30, 2011, 12:15:00 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 30, 2011, 06:24:37 AM

Is there a good brand of 250 scooter out there that's mechanically sound yet can be had at a nice cheap used price? They seem pretty nice and they are automatic and seem better for passengers.

Mine was a Kymco.... made in Taiwan. They're a well-known brand overseas, and mine was built well. I bought it for $3200 brand new, and sold it for $2000 in good shape with 3,000 miles on it.

Any of the Japanese brands are ultra-reliable.

The Italian scooters can be iffy. If there's one you like, be sure to scour the net about it first before buying.


Yeah I hear Kymco is really good. I always liked the look of the Aprilia Sport City scooters (Italian) - they have larger tires and are not expensive. The Honda scooters look to be under 250cc and don't know much about them. The Suzuki Burgman's are popular but are 400cc and above - never cared for the look of them.

You might want to take a peek at the Vespa's in your area. They're supposed to be getting rid of the 250's models in favor of the 300 models so may be able to find some deals there:

Actually there's sale going on now where you can get $1,000 off a 250 model:
1195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do we really need any more zombie books? on: March 28, 2011, 05:38:08 PM
Gratz! I did really like the novella version of "Beyond the Barriers" so looking forward to the full thing.
1196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will be joining the motorcycle a few years on: March 25, 2011, 03:23:21 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 24, 2011, 11:48:04 PM

Ninja 250? Perhaps Im too old for it. My beard is gray.

Might want to look at the Yamaha V-Star or Honda Rebel for 250 cruisers. The class I took used both of those bikes for teaching with. If I didn't have my heart on a getting a scooter I would have got the V-Star as my first bike. 
1197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will be joining the motorcycle a few years on: March 23, 2011, 03:27:33 AM

Quote from: Zekester on March 23, 2011, 02:36:56 AM

Scooters have come a long way. I had a 250 a couple of years ago, and it would do almost 80mph. And there are 650cc scooters now that easily top 100

Yeah the Vespa I have is a 250 and will go 85mph before the rev limiter kicks in. I hit that a couple of times on the freeway. But that's pushing it. The bike comfort zone is really around 55mph. There's still plenty of power on hand if you need to accelerate quickly.
1198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Will be joining the motorcycle a few years on: March 23, 2011, 12:29:11 AM
Take the riding course to get your license before you put money in to anything. That will not only give you the experience you need for the license test but allow you to ride bikes in a "safe" environment. It'll also allow you to see if this is what you want to be doing. Beyond your bike cost you'll also want to factor in equipment as it's pretty expensive too.

This will be my third year riding and I've already had a couple close encounters. The worst of the bunch happened on highway where some idiot in the center lane hit the breaks so they could get off at an exit they passed. There were two cars in front of me and I saw them brake hard. I did the same but started feeling my bike skid. So I let off the breaks and swerved in to the left hand lane avoiding the car that was in front of me which was now almost at a stop. Thankfully no one was in the left-hand lane or it could have gotten bad. The other incidents were mainly people not paying attention but I was so no problem.

But hey its also a hell of a lot of fun the majority of the time. Last year I road my bike (a Vespa) from Chicago to Connecticut and back again. It was fun, boring, exilerating, tiring, stupid and freeing all bunched together. Looking at doing another road trip this year.

1199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Majesty 2 announced on: March 21, 2011, 12:12:12 AM
Picked this up during the Steam sale a few weeks ago and have been playing it quite a bit (25hrs according to steam). There's something about this game that's very addicting to me.

Still working through the main campaign and had a few tough missions but got through them. Then I hit the third to last mission "Pretenders to the Throne" where you have two kingdoms on either side of you and need to take them out. That mission almost made me give up the game right then and there. None of the strategies I've used before worked and trying something new only ended the same way - my settlement being overrun by powerful Paladins just when I was starting to get things going. Very frustrating. Even after reading some strategies online I would still get overrun.

So if anyone happens to be playing this still and wants yet another strategy for this particular level I'm spoilerizing it before I forget.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Towers are your key for winning in this level. You need lots of them and need to get dwarf towers soonish. Once you have a good tower setup going to stop both kingdoms attacks you can build up forces to attack.

Start building things as far SE of the keep to open up the area where the caravan can be build. Build a warriors + rangers guild and marketplace. Build two defense towers. One will go dead center of the norther part of you keep building - get it as close to the keep as it'll go. The other will go to the SW corner of your keep - again as close as it can go. These two areas are going to mark where you build all your towers.

When the marketplace is up build the carvan (no need to upgrade it). Pump out your warriors/rangers and upgrade their keeps so you get the first level powerup for them.

Build a blacksmith.

Focus on building defense towers. Get 3 in the norther portion of your keep and four in the SW portion. Put them as close together as you can. It won't look pretty but it'll keep the attackers at bay.

Clear the dens that are in the immediate vicinity (wolf + bear den to the South of the keep, wolf den to the East of keep). Don't bother doing anything else with your heroes.

When your defense towers have been upgraded work on upgrading the keep. once you have that upgraded build the dwarf guild. And once you have that start building dwarf defense towers. Put one in the SW corner of the keep first. Then one in the north section of the keep. You'll need at least two in the SW portion to keep attackers at bay. Three would be better.

It's slow going to get enough cash for all that but once you have a stable defense you can start building other guilds, upgrading, exploring and attacking the other keeps.

BTW, I'd recommend attacking the SW keep first as they're the stronger of the two.

Forget about trying to save your villagers and Fast Forwarding the time is a big help on this mission.
1200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: March 18, 2011, 06:38:36 PM
This past episode was pretty boring. The one interesting thing about it was Rob replacing the new hidden immunity idol clue with the old useless one. Since both tribes now have dominant groups in charge, and both of those groups have the hidden immunity, things won't get interesting until them merge and individual immunity is up for grabs. So they basically need a merge in this next episode to keep things interesting or else it'll be either Philip or Stephanie.

I do kinda like Redeption Island for allowing the two teams to trade information or call out people if they have the oppertunity. I'm not sure how big a factor the person coming back in to the game will play.
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