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1201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie - Quarantine on: December 26, 2009, 12:03:56 AM
Yeah I heard Rec is the better movie but Quarantine was a nice surprise and I enjoyed it. Rec 2 is on the way at some point.
1202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The BBC is re-making the Day of the Triffids for TV on: December 23, 2009, 07:50:39 PM
For those that have Netflix streaming the original BBC Day of the Triffids mini-series is available for streaming video. I watched it awhile back and really enjoyed it. It has a slow pace to it but I stuck with it. One fun thing about the series is it shares several similarities to 28 Days Later indicating that Danny Boyle likely used it as an influence for the film.
1203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: December 22, 2009, 07:04:10 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 22, 2009, 06:38:56 PM

Interesting about Russell being on the new show - I would think he would be at a big disadvantage since no one would have heard or known anything about him.  His aggressive attitude worked on this season because there were so many fodder players, but in a team with a bunch of "villains" as devious as he is or worse, I don't think he can go very far.  Maybe that's why he looked so devastated to lose this one as well because he'd already been voted off in the other?  Then again, maybe the producers can just load a bunch of "hidden" immunity idols for him to find without clues lol.

Yeah I wonder how its going to play out for him. It could work in his favor too as they won't see him coming. I bet some of Season 19 aired before Season 20 started filming so they probably have somewhat of an idea of what he's like. But I doubt they have a full sense of what a strategist he is and what he's willing to do to win. I can see him putting together another "dumb blondes" group to do what he says
Spoiler for Hiden:
(Johnny Fairplay / Coach / Courtney)
and making a nice mess of things if he makes it to a merge.

Also being an unknown the bigger known threats like
Spoiler for Hiden:
Boston Rob, Parvati or Richard Hatch
are likely going to be targeted first.

* Spoilerized in case those original names in the spoiler turn out to be true.
1204  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online demo on: December 22, 2009, 06:43:10 PM
If its just the tutorial zone that doesn't make a lot of sense and they're certainly doing no favors. There's gotta be more to it as they say you can get up to Level 15 which I can't see doing in just the tutorial zone. If they really wanted people interested they would do a demo of the Monster Island area and that initial PQ which was a lot of fun.
1205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 question- controllers on: December 22, 2009, 06:35:11 PM
I went with the Harmony adapter too. The price has seemed to increase somewhat as I paid just under $50 around Black Friday for it. For the convenience of using a single remote for something I'm going to be using a lot of (Blu-Ray player) I justified the price and have been happy with it.
1206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: December 21, 2009, 10:51:53 PM
From what I'm reading they filmed this one back to back in Somoa (same location) and it just finished filming. Russell is in it which means he had to go right back in to the game after Somoa wrapped. That's really tough to do but as Amanda from Survivor China and Micronesia (Fans vs Favorites) proved it can be done - she made it to the final 2 in both.

Last night Russel looked pretty beat and certainly lost a bunch of weight which might be telling to how far he went in this next Survivor. They'll throw him on the Villains team but damn if he isn't a Survivor hero.
1207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: December 21, 2009, 05:05:42 AM
Well it was definetly a specticle. I think the comment about how you stopped thinking of the characters as CG and more like just another character on the screen, like Gollum, is spot on. Really just sat there and enjoyed it.

I saw it with the Real D 3D projection and was pleased with the results. There were a few odd moments at the beginning where things popping out of the screen had a strange flicker to it that didn't look very good and really took me out of the spectacle. But as the film progressed I either got used to it or it was seemless enough to stop noticing. In the end I just enjoyed how the 3D added an additonal layer of depth to the picture. It was really the best use of 3D I've seen in a film and wasn't there just for gimicks. 

Looking forward to seeing it on IMAX next.
1208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 question- controllers on: December 21, 2009, 04:47:07 AM

Quote from: Old Negus on December 21, 2009, 04:14:15 AM

So this topic is months old but it asks the exact question I was going to pose. Has anyone since June found a better (larger) controller for the PS3 that will prevent someone with large hands from cramping up after an hour of use? I'm loving the first Uncharted but really can't play now because of the awful awful design of the stock PS3 controller.

If the Xbox 360 controller works for you then you might consider the Rocketfish controller from Best Buy which has the same layout as the 360. I went out and bought one the same night I got the PS3 after trying to play Killzone 2 with the Dual Shock. I've been extremely happy with the Rocketfish.
1209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: December 19, 2009, 12:58:04 AM

Quote from: naednek on December 19, 2009, 12:07:04 AM

Is the whole movie in 3d for Imax, or just parts of it?  It's gonna be real fun with trying to wear the 3d glasses over my glasses.

The 3D glasses of today will fit over your regular glasses.

Unless you wear something like this.

1210  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 12-17-09: Team Fortress 2 50% off on: December 19, 2009, 12:52:45 AM
If Torchlight was another $5 off I'd buy it for sure but no way at $10!

I kid. ::nab::
1211  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GOG Weekend Deal]: Might & Magic games up to 50% off on: December 19, 2009, 12:51:12 AM
Damn. I know I'll probably never play MM 1-6 but that deal is too hard to pass up.  mad
1212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: December 17, 2009, 08:53:52 PM
So does anyone know which 3D projection is the one to watch this in? I notice there are two types in my area:

Digital 3D and Real D 3D.

Anyone know what the difference between these two are and if they are at all noticeable? The IMAX theater around here is showing it in Digital 3D on both the regular and IMAX screens. But I notice a few other theaters here are touting showing it in Real D 3D.

What 3D is the one to see it in if you have a choice? I figure I'll catch it on the IMAX in a month when traffic dies down but wondering which one I should go see it in on the regular screens.
1213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any fans of the guilty pleasure "District B13?" There is a SEQUEL! on: December 17, 2009, 07:44:49 PM
I watched the original movie not too long ago when they put it on Netflix streaming. I hadn't heard of it even though it was by Luc Besson (Fifth Element) so figured I'd watch it. I didn't expect much but it ended up being a great time. It's like a crazy Jackie Chan meets Escape from NY mash up done by the French. Lots of energy, colorful characters, insane situations and some wild stunts.

I'll still wait for the sequel to hit DVD before seeing it but looking for to watching it.
1214  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse: Today Only: Demigod 75% off on: December 17, 2009, 07:37:27 PM
This is pretty much a multi-player RTS correct? Is there much single-player value?
1215  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: December 11, 2009, 08:02:25 PM
Those impressions are not helpful much since they are impressions of just the tutorial. And not even the entire tutorial as they didn't even get to the commanding a ship part - which is equally basic. Not sure why they even bothered to write impressions for 10 minutes of play. And they even left out impressions of the loading screen. It says "Star Trek" and everything!  slywink
1216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Flash Forward on: December 07, 2009, 07:25:06 PM
The last few episodes definitely were not as engrossing as the first few. They had kinda a neat setup with the missing daughter from the military but instead of using that line to advance some of the story they have her sitting at home drunk. The main character has some major trust issues to the point where you hate him. The doctor looking for his Tokyo girl turned out to be pretty boring despite her being kinda cute. The altruistic kid is annoying. There seems to be some last minute sidestepping on just who is responsible for the blackout - maybe I missed something but didn't they actually admit to causing it in the poker game.

I wish they played up a more sci-fi reason for the cause than some potential scientific screw up or a potential conspiracy.

I'll still keep it on the DVR but this season ending killed off a lot of the interest I initially had in the show.
1217  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal: Tomb Raider Underworld 75% off on: December 04, 2009, 01:23:12 AM
Sweet Baby Jesus! Been waiting for a significant price drop on this one for awhile now. Was going to ask for it for X-mas but now.... ::nab::
1218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is the Left for Dead 2 DEMO dead? on: December 04, 2009, 01:21:28 AM
2 million in sales bad practice.

Honestly the demo levels they offered were kinda poor and not a good representation of a lot of the other levels offered that are really good. If you played the original L4D you would know what to expect for the sequel. Gameplay wise its not too far off.

If you don't have the original they have been practically giving it away off-and-on for awhile now.

1219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legend of the Seeker, Season 2 on: November 19, 2009, 07:17:36 PM
Just a heads up it looks like Netflix is adding episodes of Season 2 to their streaming service soon after they air. This was a helpful find for me as the DVR was starting to fill up.
1220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 12 sci-fi shows that dies too soon on: November 19, 2009, 12:55:00 AM
There were five seasons of "Al!" "Sam!" "Damn it Ziggy!". That's enough.
1221  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 12 sci-fi shows that dies too soon on: November 17, 2009, 07:49:05 PM
Dunno if I'd put Bionic Woman in there even though I did watch it but didn't care that it got canceled. I would add Journeyman in there as I felt disheartened once it got pulled. The underling plot and the writing for that show was really better than most stuff on TV at the time. They ended it without getting to explain why these people were time traveling and having that loose thread hanging sucks.

My honorable mentions:

The Lost Room - would have liked to seen this continue as a series but am ok where it ended
4400 - even though after season 2 it started to suck would have been nice to have some closure
Moonlight - despite being a chick show the ongoing story was pretty decent and I likely would have watched a second season...or two.
1222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles on: November 12, 2009, 06:44:13 PM
Wow. I actually said "that's the best game trailer ever" after I watched it. Wasn't expecting that at all.
1223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - Slim or Fat? on: November 12, 2009, 01:47:40 AM
Has anyone used one of the bluetooth > IR converters (like ps3toothfairy) to control the PS3 with a universal remote? I'm considering a PS3 as a replacement to my current DVD player but also looking for good solutions for having my universal remote control it for movies.
1224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Clash of the Titans Re-Make on: November 11, 2009, 07:59:40 PM
Better looking than I thought it would be.
1225  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW offering first in-game micro transactions on: November 07, 2009, 05:49:32 AM
I did see someone walking around with one of these today (the floaty one). So the price looks justified if people are going to buy them.
1226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legend of the Seeker, Season 2 on: November 02, 2009, 06:55:33 PM
Did the Netflix streaming on this series as a lark awhile back and after getting past the first few episodes I was surprised how much I enjoyed the whole thing. I'm definitely in for season 2.
1227  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: October 28, 2009, 03:09:05 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on October 28, 2009, 12:19:27 AM

Is there a way to see what addons and such are part of my account without rejoining and logging in?

I don't think you can without being able to log in and managing your account.

There may be a site that tracks Wow characters and displays their armor and what not. I know EQ2 has something like that on a few pages. If there's a page like that then you may be able to see their status.
1228  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Witcher Enhanced Edition 50 % off on: October 28, 2009, 03:00:05 AM
I seem to recall reading that the boxed version comes with a nice manual or something. Any pros/cons buying the digital version vs. boxed? Also it looks like you can get the original boxed version for about $20. That can be upgraded to this version correct?
1229  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: October 27, 2009, 06:31:59 PM

Quote from: ktdiehard on May 22, 2008, 08:58:04 PM

Same issue here. Cancelled the account in 2005 some time - just got email(s) about it being banned like you. I did manually log on the account - and that also says I am banned. So it is legit. No clue where to go from here. I emailed them but from my work email account because I couldn't get my 'official wow' email account to work from work for some reason.  I am locked out of my account maintenance so I can't change the email addr. round and around we go.

I have a new comptuer and Wow is not even installed - infact - I don't even think it is installed on my now 'old'  comptuer I used for the last year and a half - So unless they got my account info back in 2005 - the only way they could have gotten it sence then is from bizzard. Not from my machine.

So this whole account takeover ended interesting enough with KT making out like a bandit. To recap KT and I haven't played WoW since 2005. In 2008 KT got an email saying she had been banned from the service and could not access her account.

This weekend I had an odd hankering to play WoW and had two Burning Crusade Trial disks sitting on my shelves since around 2007. So we decided "why not?" and began the long patch process for entering WoW. I got in fine and all my characters were there. KT on the other hand couldn't access her account as it had been banned for "exploitation of the World of Warcraft economy or for being associated to accounts which have been  closed for intended exploitation." She went through the process of getting the account back by sending Blizzard a scan of her drivers license.

Blizzard responded promptly the next day and she had her account back. From the account history we could see someone paid for a complete month in 2008 and then entered in a 60-day game card after that. 5 days after they put in the 60-day game card they got banned from WoW. By now we pretty much feared the worst figuring the account had been stripped clean.

Things got worse when KT couldn't get in to the Burning Crusade trial. It kept saying the account was ineligible. With a little investigation we turned up that the Burning Crusade expansion was already added. So whomever had control of the account actually purchased the expansion.   

We weren't sure what to do at that point. It looked like we would have to pony up the $15 to see the account. Thankfully there was a 10-day trial for the Wrath of the Lich King and KT was able to use that one to get in to the game.

What we discovered kinda blew us away. Not only were all her characters still there with everything on them but her main character had gone from L55 to L70 and was all decked out and on a flying mount.

It could have ended badly but whatever Blizzard was doing to track this stuff and effectively disable the account so only the original owner can get back at it seems to work pretty week. Kudos to them.

1230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesomely Bad Movies on: October 23, 2009, 07:34:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 22, 2009, 12:32:42 AM

Quote from: WorkingMike on October 22, 2009, 12:25:19 AM

I give you Superfuzz


that reminds me of Heartbeeps.

I'm sad to say I saw both of those movies in theaters and remember it. Hell I can recall acting like I was Super Fuzz on the playground.

Nice little trivia about Heartbeeps - John Williams wrote the score for it.

Another movie I saw in theaters I kinda want to add to this group is Saturday the 14th. I only vaguely recall it but I get the sense it was fun.  One for sure I'll add to the list is Modern Problems with Chevy Chase.
1231  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: October 23, 2009, 06:50:11 PM
There seems to be speculation they're letting people in in waves. Which I guess makes sense if they're trying to limit bandwidth problems. For Champions Online it was awful on the open beta launch day just trying to get in the game. They had screwed up the pre-launch beta downloads and instead of having all those pre-downloads install a small file it started installing the whole 2gig game. The downloading was so slow as everyone else was trying to do the same thing. So if they're doing the waves it may be to avoid having it take a full day for people to download the game.

It would be nice to have them explain what their plans are for adding people.

I haven't gotten an email invite yet either.
1232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Season of the Witch on: October 23, 2009, 12:53:06 AM

Quote from: hepcat on October 22, 2009, 07:03:12 PM

I think he's talking about the remakes from Rob Zombie.  IMHO, they're weak sauce when compared to the brilliance of the original, Carpenter film(s).  I love Rob's music and his enthusiasm for the horror genre, but he really did mess up the Halloween franchise. 

No, meant Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. Which like metallicorphan was the first in the series I saw. Haven't seen the Rob Zombie remakes yet.
1233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dollhouse Season 2 on: October 22, 2009, 06:55:14 PM
It didn't really seem to pick up at all this season after a nice buildup of last. Unless the rest of the season rocks I'd be ok with seeing it die out. It's no Journeyman. 
1234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Season of the Witch on: October 22, 2009, 06:51:21 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 22, 2009, 12:33:00 PM

and from your title,i thought Rob Zombie was announcing Halloween 3 remake icon_wink

That's a guilty pleasure movie for me. I seem to be one of the few that actually enjoyed it. And it's the only Halloween movie I actually liked.
1235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Death Rally by Remedy released as freeware on: October 20, 2009, 06:16:35 PM
Wow, I remember playing the hell of that game.
1236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 20, 2009, 06:15:10 PM
I wish there was more to the final boss fight than what there was but by the time I got to that point I was pretty satisfied with the game so was fine with it ending. I ended up at L28 with 12k gold and 10 learning points I couldn't decide what to use with. I was a battle-mage with L7 sword skill and L10 frost skill.

Skills I found most useful:

- lockpicking
- sneak
- alchemy (for + stat potion)
- pickpocket (L2 worked well)
- smithing (for later in the game when working with obsidian)

I didn't find much use for scroll or rune casting even though I maxed both those.

Great game overall. I went ahead and installed Gothic 2 Gold as lot of people seem to be comparing this one to that. Hopefully I can get past the horrid controls this time.
1237  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] THQ Week: Day 4: Saints Row 2 75% off on: October 15, 2009, 07:07:34 PM
I don't have any personal experience with this but I seem to recall the PC version having some frame rate issues at one point. It may have been taken care of by now (anyone know?) but just wanted to give an FYI on that in case it hasn't.
1238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: October 14, 2009, 06:46:54 PM
Just a heads up the The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks graphic novel is out now. It's basically an anthology where it shows zombie outbreaks over the years - starting with cavemen. The art in the book is really good. Lots of detail and not a wasted frame - which is important as there isn't a whole lot of text here. I went through the book in about an hour and got from it about what I expected.

There's a few memorable stories including a gruesome zombie domino effect aboard a slave ship and a story about some Russian Cossacks that get whats coming to them. But my favorite of the bunch would have to be a story involving the French Foreign Legion who get little warning about an army of undead coming their way. I could see that one being made in to a TV style movie.

If you liked World War Z or the original Survival Guide this is a nice addition to add to the collection.
1239  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: October 12, 2009, 04:52:03 PM
Hmm interesting. There is mission later on in the game where you get a similar injection that does the same thing but you can't use it outside of that mission. But I can't see the connection between Mr. Zombie and that mission so it may be a mistake rather than some early tie-in, which would be nice.
1240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 12, 2009, 04:46:47 PM

Quote from: Jag on October 12, 2009, 03:31:14 PM

My funniest moment so far was on the beach. I was poking around looking for stuff and wandered a little deeper into the surf...  icon_lol

(I won't spoil it)

Yeah that was a "holy shit!" moment.
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