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1281  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: May 07, 2010, 12:18:18 AM
If they can do it for free great. But somehow I bet any free content will come piecemeal over time which you would blow through within an hour or two when released. I'd pay $30 to get a large content update, covering a wide range of levels, offering many hours of play, and having it all at once.

Or if they're too lazy steal City of Hero's archetect tool and let the playerbase build new stuff.

They need to do something big and soon about the lack of overall content to keep the game fresh.
1282  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Demon's Souls $32 @ Amazon(PS3) on: May 06, 2010, 07:27:16 PM
Where can you see your promotion credits? I've only known them to appear during the checkout phase.

1283  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: May 06, 2010, 07:20:13 PM
Hopefully the next thing they work on is new L1-L30 content. It gets an A+ in the variety of character creation/classes but its so hard playing through the same exact areas each time you start a new character. I love the class I'm playing but running through those same missions/areas kills the fun.

$30 expansion for those level ranges with a few new "dungeons" and it'd be a sale.
1284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Attempted car bombing in Times Square? on: May 04, 2010, 06:27:22 PM
Early on they were showing a video of some guy near the scene that was taking a shirt off or something and had a red shirt beneath it. The news was putting a lot of emphasis on this guy and how odd doing that was (umm..maybe it was hot?). Is the guy that got arrested the same one in the video? 
1285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] A Princess of Mars (2009) on: May 03, 2010, 06:14:56 PM
Got as far as this John Carter getting transported to Mars and then decided I have better things to do.

But I'll probably go back and try and watch the whole thing to see how much more it can go off kilter from the books.  icon_frown
1286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 30, 2010, 06:38:39 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on April 30, 2010, 03:06:56 PM

Colby & Rupert need to gang up on Russell and beat the livin' tar outa him.

Before they got 30 feet to him they would have been knocked out by all the Immunity Idols Russell would throw at them.

BTW there was this tidbit from Jeff Probst blog:

"Next season it will take more than just looking under a rock to find a hidden idol.  I won’t give away what we’re doing, but in planning our creative for next season we coined a phrase, “The Russell Factor” and it influenced how we will play the hidden idol next season."
1287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 30, 2010, 06:35:48 PM
I think I would have flipped too if I was Candice. If she stuck with the Hero's she would be the first one to go once all the Villains were gone. No changing that short of getting immunity each time. By switching she looks to be at the bottom of the Villains as well but Russell had mentioned to her that he would need to call on her sometime later in the game...or something to that effect. To me that sounded like he was suggesting he would use her to get rid of one of his alliance members (Parvity?) before the end.

So for me that sliver of a promise is better than what was already set in stone. I'd roll the dice.

In the strategic sense of things Russell needs to get rid of Parvity to have a chance at winning. The people that are on the jury and who will be on it hate Parvity but really detest Russell. That'll likely favor Parvity. Plus Parvity had that huge move with playing the two hidden immunity idols - they are not soon to forget that and I bet even some of the hero's will respect that move. Remember none of the hero's saw Russell's battle with Boston Robb and all the amazing tribal council plays he had up until that point. So that's potentially 5 voters who are going to vote  on what they've seen since the merge.

So with that in mind I think Russel would be open to using Candice to get rid of Parvity and bring her to the end. If the final 3 was Russell, Daniele and Candice who would people vote for? Russell would wipe the floor with those two as they didn't do squat.
1288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 30, 2010, 06:02:30 PM
Attempted the capture the Great Jaggi quest last night and failed - I killed him. But I came away with a lot more information to know when he's primed for capture. Wasted the first trap and tranq bombs using those way too early. Luckily got a few more completing the sub quests but never got to use them.

I wasn't thinking it was going to be that much fun trying to capture an animal but it turned out even more intense than just straight killing. I'll give it another shot tonight.

A need to use traps a lot more - those rock.
1289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Jonah Hex movie just got hotter. on: April 30, 2010, 12:33:27 AM
Whoah! I am so IN

...for Netflix streaming

maybe.
1290  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 4-29-2010: Codemasters Racing Pack 75% off on: April 30, 2010, 12:23:43 AM
Well I know Dirt 2 and Grid are fantastic racers and run great on lower end systems. I've played a bit of Dirt but only recently and think I was spoiled a bit by Dirt 2 so not digging it as much as I probably should be.

No idea how the other racers are. But if you don't have any of those and even have a passing interest in racing games you can't go wrong at that price. Dirt 2 and Grid are worth that alone.
1291  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Demon's Souls $34 (PS3) on: April 29, 2010, 09:55:55 PM
I'm in for Demon Souls and for the wrong reasons.

Its one of those games that looks like it'll be so frustrating I'd probably give up after 30 minutes - so why bother? But at the same time there seems to be a lot of buzz around the unique experience this game offers.

I have a hard time passing up games that offer unique experiences. 5-10 years down the road someone will post a blog entry or a post about great games of 2010 you never played and Demon Souls will listed. Then there will be the two posters leaving comments about how they loved that game and never have played anything like it since. Then I'll be kicking myself for not plucking down the $35 to try it out.

So a bad reason to buy a game.
1292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 28, 2010, 06:31:38 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 28, 2010, 05:50:52 PM

Aaron did a decent over the top ballad but it was kind of disturbing when he dedicated it to his mom.

Kara's comment to him about him changing the "making love" lyric made it disturbing too. I didn't know the song so wouldn't have known either way if he changed it but that comment just put a horrid image in my head.

In any case I agree with you about the season. I'll stick it out but certainly one of the least entertaining seasons of Idol. I'm ready to skip to the finale. It seems like everyone has peaked so its going to be more of the same until the end.

Part of the problem this year is they've been so restricted in choices. Instead of Country week its Shania Twain songs. Instead of Rock week it was Rolling Stones songs, then McCartney/Lennon, and Elvis songs. Would be nice if they allowed them more freedom of choice so they could pick more current songs they can connect with. That would also dispatch with all the hollow "I'm honored to sing this song" comments.
1293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legend of the Seeker, Season 2 on: April 27, 2010, 06:56:49 PM
The show seemed to begin sputtering a bit in this second season which is unfortunate since it started off so great and I love the Cara character. But the stories didn't seem quite as good as the last season. If they had more scenes of Cara and Kahlan in the Underworld the show would have continued on just fine.

I'll have to read the books at some point to see where they planned on taking things - I know the show is only loosely based on the books but the overall aching plot is similar, correct?
1294  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Gold Box 360 deals on: April 27, 2010, 06:47:39 PM
If it matters the Bioshock 2 dealie comes with one of those $10 credits towards a future Amazon video game purchase.

It matter to me so I took the deal even though I have some many games on the burner.  disgust
1295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 27, 2010, 06:44:12 PM
Speaking on inventory what items are must have in your inventory?

I typically keep it down to:

Heal Potions
Pick
Harpoon
Net
Whetstones
BBQ Spit

Then when I get a quest I'll grab:
Potions
Rations
Torch
+ special items for quest (e.g. flash bombs, tainted meat, etc)

Still finding it difficult not filling up my inventory by the time the quest is complete.
1296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 27, 2010, 12:23:32 AM
I was upset Amanda lost to Parvity too but I couldn't blame the votes. Amanada didn't bother to talk about all the things she did in that season to make it to the finale, and I seem to recall she did a hell of a lot. If you can't sell yourself by the end by explaining to people what you did to get there, good or bad and standing behind those decisions, there's little chance to get any votes your way.

BTW my "scripted" comment was directed at how perfectly the episode played out drama wise with an incredible twist at the end.  I don't think the show is influenced and am aware of the editing techniques - which go beyond not showing certain scenes to camera men asking the Survivors to re-enact conversations if they weren't able to get a good shot the initial time it occured. But that's pretty harmless.
1297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultima IV 25 years anniversary this year! on: April 26, 2010, 06:52:42 PM

Quote from: Fellow on April 26, 2010, 12:14:23 PM

I also discovered that, if I put the dungeon floppy in the drive while walking overland, it would start loading blocks of dungeon cells with multiple chests in them and in effect let me loot them for treasure. So in effect I discovered the art of cheating. In a game about virtues.

I remember doing that to. I recall reading about the trick in one of the computer magazines - Family Computing is coming to mind. It was a neat cheat and I remember I used it for both unlimited chests and walking from one island to another. Going from one island to the other was somewhat dangerous as you generated tiles with hallways leading to a dead end meaning you could wind up in the middle of the ocean. But typically the cheat would get you close enough to the island that you could just blink over there when you got stuck.

A fun cheat.
1298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 25, 2010, 10:23:41 PM
Is there a place where you can purchase/mine/combine to get armor spheres or do they only come as quest rewards? Would like to work on getting a new set of armor but the armor spheres seem to be rare.

Also is there a way to go to the second island (Sandy Plains) outside of questing there? I can't find a way to get there from the village or Moga Woods.

Right now I've primarily been focusing on using the hammer, and have it upgraded to the highest level. As a Monster Hunter newb should I focus on using and upgrading a single weapon or focus on getting them all? So far the hammer has done everything I've needed it to. I'm not sure if each weapon has different strengths/weakness against monsters or its just the attack/defense styles that differ with each.
1299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 23, 2010, 07:28:06 PM
I think this is the first time that I ever had an inkling an episode could be scripted. That was just too perfect. And now I know what it feels like to be blindsided as I did not see that scenario playing out the way it did in any shape or form - I love it!

The one thing that really gives it away this episode was scripted was Rupert calling everything the way it was. He didn't trust Russell because Russell swore on his kids with some horrible acting, he thought Parvity had a hidden immunity idol because she quit the immunity challenge quickly, and he knew you have to wait until the plantains are ripe before eating! His clarify on this episode almost made up for that ghastly showing the previous episode where he was drooling and slobbering over his mountain man beard trying to prove he was the shit - that image can't be unseen.

Parvity really upped her game in this episode and maybe even topped Russel's big move earlier when he gave the HII to her. If Parvity gets to the finals the non-vindictive hero's (which is probably everyone but Rupert) are going to remember that big move but have no clue about Russell's earlier big move along the same lines. There may be another russellgotscrewed.com web site in the future.

It almost feels like a lock now that Parvity/Russell/Danielle will be at the final tribal council.

Other things of note. Boob jobs apparently don't hold up well after hanging on to a 20 foot pole for hours. Amanda is a horrible liar and manipulator "my head hurts!". Colby has checked out again. And here I thought the kimono was a bad choice of fashion.
1300  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest 2: Halas Reborn on: April 20, 2010, 06:17:51 PM
I gotta resub to this at some point and check out all these new areas. I purchased the Rise of Kunark and Shadow Odyssey expansions without even touching any of the zones as I kept leveling up new characters.

I do have to say this Halas expansion doesn't do anything for me. The ice zones always seemed boring and barren to me.
1301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dirt 2 on: April 19, 2010, 06:52:43 PM
Yeah I picked it up for $45 way back when and after some initial frustration with the game the driving mechanics clicked and this game became my favorite racing game. $10 is a steal. The game runs amazingly fast with everything turned on and I have a low-end system (Q6600 / Radeon 4850).
1302  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 4-15-2010: Star Wars Force Unleashed Sith Edition 50% off on: April 16, 2010, 06:36:16 PM
Almost went for the $15 but started reading about how bad the PC port was. But what really turned me off was the large install. Even if it went down to $5 I wouldn't get this because of the install size.

Paying me $15 I probably would get it though.  thumbsup
1303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 14, 2010, 06:33:21 PM
Surprisingly I thought Tim had one of the best performances of the night. I thought he sounded great and actually performed the song really well. He didn't resort to the creepy stare he normally does.

But yeah Ryan's dancing was a distraction and pretty disrespectful. Even though Tim is joke (except for tonight) that wasn't classy. Ryan seemed to be saying or doing strange crap the entire night.

I didn't care for Shiobans performance either. Even though I really liked her at the start her quirkiness is starting to get a bit old. Similar to how Kelly Pickler's dumb southern blonde act got old. I get the sense she may be in the bottom three this week.

But I'm hoping it will be Andrew and Aaron going home tonight.
1304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Park Season 14 on: April 13, 2010, 05:58:22 PM
So how did this one end? My TiVo cut off the last few seconds I think. Stan was saying how he sent all his profile fiends away or something and then it cut out. I'm guessing all friends went to the unpopular kid?
1305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 09, 2010, 07:18:42 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 09, 2010, 06:43:28 PM

I thought for sure Courtney was going and they still managed to switch it up on me.  I'm still a bit confused on how it went down, as I believe the final vote was 4-3, and I'm pretty sure I saw Russell vote for Courtney.  Did Danielle stick with the plan and vote Coach?  What the heck was Russell doing, did he know they would be starting the jury already and this way he could say he never voted for Coach?  Speaking of which, if they started with 12 and jury is beginning, does that mean they are going to do a 3-person finale (9 person jury)?

Yeah, its going to be a 3-person finale. Those suck.

I'm not sure exactly why they split the vote but Russell did vote for Courtney instead of Coach. And if you noticed he also signed his Courtney vote. I hadn't seen him do that before so my thinking is he was sending Coach a message showing he was loyal to him and can say to him if he makes it to the end that he never voted for him.

Danielle voted for Coach.

I'd definitely like some inside info on what went on there with the votes. Russell may have said one thing to the girls and then did another.
1306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 09, 2010, 07:11:36 PM
Yup, some fine Amanda editing this week. That certainly compensated for Rupert's metamorphosis to an extra from Quest for Fire. Dress him up with a lion skin and club and we got our Captain Caveman live action film.

JT is in such hot water now. He tried to make the best of getting caught with his pants down but there's not much you can do to diffuse that. It was a risk looking for the idol that won't pay off now. But I love that the Hero's tribe has jumped to the conclusion that there's an all girl alliance. Could things work out any better for Russell....unless there is actually one there they haven't shown us. But I don't think there is - it's old school Survivor now and I always recall those falling apart pretty quick with the bickering.

I also love how Sandra exploited Russell's weakness for fear of people gunning for him. Well played. But I think that still worked to Russell's benefit due to this all girls alliance idea. This should solidify in the Hero' mind there is one when they meet next...well until Courtney or Sandra give it away.

But the best part of the episode for me came during the previews for the next episode where they showed all the stupid Survivor moves over the past 19 seasons - then showed a new clip of JT telling the tribe they should give the immunity idol to Russell. Bahahaha! I really hope that happens as I'd love to see their reaction when it bites them.

These last few seasons of Survivor have been so good. Just when you think things couldn't get any better something new happens to top everything before.
1307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2010, 06:33:50 PM
I noticed when Tim was asked to stand up for the results there was a lot of high-pitched squealing. I have a feeling the Aaron fan base is starting to go to Tim. I have sinking feeling though that Tim might make it to the final 4.

I'm glad they finally got rid of the save for the season. I didn't think they would use it on Mike as while he's ok he's not great. But I have to say he really seemed to be giving it his all with his performance last night. I think that was the first performance someones done since they implemented the judges save where I actually felt they should use it. But I don't think Big Mike has much of a future. He'll release an album and fade away.
1308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 02, 2010, 08:16:58 PM
Well the Russell vs Rob thing ended with a bit of a fizzle. I was hoping there would be more of a power play but it didn't seem like Rob put up much of a fight trying to get Coach and Jerri back on his side. But I did love how Coach looked like a sad puppy when Rob denied the "little man" a hug. It almost made up for the showdown fizzle. I can't wait to see what Coach says about that next week.

Colby is back! Yeeaaaaaaaah! He needed to show he was back in a big way, a competitor, a gladiator, a superman and by Jupiter cock he did! I don't know what Jerri was thinking trying to stop James 2.0 from laying up his air balls. Push, splash! Shove, shove, splash! Wiff! Wiff!

He showed he got his mansuit back. Even Candice knew not to try and stay the Beast of Somoa's hand from grabbing and squeezing her ass.

He and Rupert need to go on the WWE as the new Somoan Brothers! Ruperts got part of the look down but they both have the attitude.

I'm guessing there's going to be a merge next week which I'm really looking forward to. Russell needs a new challenge and I think that will present him with one. I'm also guessing the Hero's hidden immunity idol will play a part it in as they didn't show any scenes of them looking for or discovering it.

I also have to give it up to Jerri for realizing her old way of playing Survivor just isn't going to work and that Russell will really be an asset to her. But it sounds like Parvity is looking to start an all girls alliance...or did I hear that wrong? Didn't she mention something like that that right in front of Russell? Russell no like.
1309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Car accidents blow. on: April 01, 2010, 09:12:23 PM
What was the other persons story?
1310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Survival of the Dead on: April 01, 2010, 06:20:52 PM
As much as I love zombies I think I'm getting tired of these old school ones. Or maybe it was just a bad trailer. The only thing memorable from it was Romero's glasses.
1311  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: April 01, 2010, 06:11:59 PM
Shia's got a voice like buttah.
1312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 29, 2010, 06:51:30 PM

Quote from: JCAnejo on March 29, 2010, 02:12:46 PM

My daughter graduated with Siobhan so things around here are so Idol crazy  it is sickening. I have had to watch more of this crap then I ever thought I would. it just amazes me that with all the talent that is out there they still pick mostly crappy people to compete. I just don't get it. And who helps them pick the songs they sing some just monumentally horrible choices.

I'm sure quite a few of the choices are selected as cannon fodder for those initial weeks and so the standouts actually stand out. And there's some good ones they pick that just don't work out for whatever reason. Really the only contestants that matter are the Top 10 for the tour and then the final three.

As far as picking songs its left up to the contestants. Thats why you keep hearing the judges harp on song choices. I know in the past too some contestants have complained they had to switch songs at the last minute due to the show not being able to get the rights for their original song choice. I'm ok with the contestants choosing their own songs because it helps show if they know who they want to be as an artist and they have no one to blame but themselves if their choice is a disaster.

I think it was last season in one of the early rounds one of the girls chose to do "Every Breath You Take" by the Police. This girl was teen pop song material and decided to make the song fit her style. She had this horrible up-beat arrangement and smiled through the entire thing not realizing the song was about a creepy obsessed lover. It was hilariously bad. But half the fun of the show is watching train wrecks like that.
1313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An Apology for Battlefield Earth on: March 29, 2010, 06:25:25 PM
Not a huge fan of the book either. I had someone suggest to me it was a great book but didn't sit down to read it until I heard they were going to make a movie out of it. It wasn't a horrible book. I'd say its good but I can never see myself re-reading it.

The movie was bad but not Wing Commander bad. I at least go through the whole thing.
1314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: March 27, 2010, 12:21:36 AM
Here's what Tyson said on why he voted the way he did: http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/03/25/survivor-heroes-vs-villians-tyson-apostol-dumbest-move-ever/

So basically a selfish reason to try and get Russel and Russel's idol in his pocket.
1315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: March 26, 2010, 07:18:31 PM
I'm missing James now. The REAL James which finally showed up for this episode to offer some hilarious comments on banana etiquette and flabby guys in a muscle suit. I dunno who this other angry roidrage James was in these first few episodes. That wasn't the James I used to know and enjoyed watching. Too bad he's gone now.

But maybe this means my other favorites will show up instead of these impostors. Like Rupert! You remember him, right? That fun loving pirate! And Amanda! That never give up until the very end hottie - Ok the impostor is still hot! And Super Survivor Challenge Dominator Colby! Maybe they'll make a return - at least in the episode they are voted out.

Oh well.

Tyson is definitely up there with dumbest survivor moves ever. Why turn a win situation in to a potential no win? It wasn't quite as bad as Erik giving his immunity necklace away at tribal and then getting voted right out but its up there. I still don't quite understand how Russell was able to get Tyson to vote that way based on that speech but I guess he's a great judge of character and manipulator - but that's master level manipulation.

I did love the silly speech Russel gave for Coach's benefit about loyalty before giving the immunity idol away. I think that's going to work with getting Coach on his side. I have an odd feeling that Russel is going to turn this whole thing around. If he was able to manipulate Tyson to put it in his head to vote the way he did I have some faith he'll be able to manipulate Coach to be on his side. I'm thinking Jerri would move over with Coach too. It might be as easy as asking them "Do you want to be instrumental in taking out one of the biggest threats in Survivor history?" (which is Russel but they don't know that).

I love this Rob vs Russel showdown and hope Villains win immunity next week so the showdown continues.
1316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best gaming magazine (console/computer) on: March 26, 2010, 06:30:53 PM
I get PC Gamer and GamePro still and they fill my needs - I'm first a PC gamer and a light console gamer.

GamePro gets a lot of flack but I've been with them for about 6 years now. The mag covers both console and PC gaming but leans heavily on console gaming. It's a nice mag for me since I can just quickly flip through it and see what console games might be worth a look.

But they recently redid their magazine. It is now more article focused and less tiny paragraphs surrounded by glitzy screen caps. So I miss the quick read and throw away style. I'm not bought on this new style and since most of the articles are console centric they don't hold a lot of interest to me. But the subscription is dirt cheap so I'll probably keep with it.

It's something to read while on the can.
1317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trying to think of a comic I used to have.... on: March 25, 2010, 10:02:16 PM
I think I found it. The cover looks very familiar and I think it did have Howard the Duck in it. http://www.comics.org/issue/37120/#217306
1318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trying to think of a comic I used to have.... on: March 25, 2010, 06:34:11 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on March 25, 2010, 04:22:09 AM

I hate you because I had that one, and now it's driving me crazy.

Santa fell off the roof and killed the kid's father -flattened him. He waited until the next year and cornered Santa. "Holy Christmas! I didn't think anyone saw me."  "I saw you old fart."

"It's amazing how realistic they make toys nowadays.  And to you a good night" RRRAAAATTTAAAATTAAATT (Santa shooting at the kid)
(Kid kills Santa with a poker)  "I did it, Mom, I killed Santa."

Skip to one year later - Spring.  The kid comes home from the mental hospital.  Mom hears something at the door and goes to check.  Final panel- Mom squished under a colored patterned egg.  "THE BUNNY!"

Now I have to go find it - pretty sure it was DC or Epic.

Oh wow. Yeah that's exactly the one I was thinking of. I hadn't thought of that comic in over two decades and no idea why it just popped in to my head the other day.
1319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Trying to think of a comic I used to have.... on: March 24, 2010, 09:52:05 PM
Had an odd thought pop in to my head about this comic I used to have way back when - thinking mid 70's or so. I'll try and describe as best as I can remember:

I don't believe the comic was mainstream (DC/Marvel) and may have only had a few issues. I'm thinking there was more than a single story in the issue. I think the issue was penned in blue and black ink but the cover may have been colored. The initial story was a Christmas one where a kid discovers Santa on Christmas morning placing gifts under the tree. Santa looks all jolly and what not. The kid *I think* asks for his gift which turns out to be a working machine gun, pistol or some type of gun. The comic goes from jolly to dark as the kid starts shooting at Santa who's first surprised then gets vengeful. There's a big fight between the kid and Santa where I think Santa gets shot a few times and maybe died from injuries.

That's about all I remember. I do recall it was shocking to read that as I had only known Spiderman/Hulk/etc before then and had never seen that level of violence in a comic book.

I was thinking the book was part of the Plop! series but I'm not sure that's the case. By Googling Plop! I see that I had issue #3 but I don't recall if those comics were super violent. I'm pretty sure it wasn't from Heavy Metal as I remember it being just a regular sized comic rather than magazine sized.

Any ideas? I did buy the comic from a drug store but it seems like this one would be too obscure to grace the shelves of most drug stores.
1320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: March 24, 2010, 06:03:04 PM
Yeah, the Miley Cyrus mentor thing confused me as well. It seemed a bit awkward for someone who is probably spoon fed music to offer up advice but oh well. Half the mentors they have typically give useless advice/critiques and are just there to pimp whatever they're doing.

That Paige performance was so bad. Like Kara pointed out it looked like she gave up on the competition and just went on stage for the hell of it. Glad the judges didn't try and sugar coat their comments. What sucks is she's shown she has a good voice but certainly not enough to win. Maybe she didn't want to be on the tour.
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