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1321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Onlive beta on: March 10, 2010, 07:35:52 PM
I think the difference here is that it's $15 a month plus the price you pay to purchase/rent the games. That seems a bit pricey. If it was $15 a month and you get to play whatever until your service ends that would be different.

And what happens with the purchased games if you cancel the service? Do you get a digital copy or are you out until you subscribe again?

The ideal for me would be a 6mo/12mo fee where you get to play whatever they have on the service.
1322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: March 06, 2010, 10:08:54 PM
I think we need to get this out of the way first....Amanda all oiled up was hot!

Russell going for the idol the way he did was not smooth at all. If someone else finds it then he's done for. He needs to find the hidden immunity idol and keep finding them going forward. I hope his gamble pays off but right now it looks disasterous for him. Other than strengthening Parvity and Danielle's alliance with him I'm not sure who else would join his group. It's unclear where Courtney and Jerri stand within that tribe. I don't see Sanda or Tyson siding with him.

I'm with you Rittchard with how to feel about Cirie going home. It was the best possible thing to happen for the tribe at that point. Cirie was a bigger threat than Candice and Cirie doesn't help much in challenges. But I'm sad to see her go since she is so entertaining. It will be interesting to see how JT manages to stay in the game after that vote.
1323  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 3-4-2010: Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising 75% off on: March 06, 2010, 09:52:23 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on March 06, 2010, 07:12:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 06, 2010, 03:50:35 PM

Toki Tori is also on sale for $2.45.

That looks pretty awesome!  Wonder how bad it is playing with a keyboard?

I tried it with keyboard/mouse which was acceptable. With the mouse you can just click where to go and you'll move to that point.

But I ended up plugging in a 360 controller and found that the more intuitive control scheme for me.
1324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What was your first CD? on: March 06, 2010, 01:55:17 AM
Pretty sure it was Pink Floyd: The Wall. I seem to recall it was like $40 too as it was 2 CDs and this was back when cassette players were in high use and records starting to go on their way out.

Or it could have been one of The Cure albums "Head on the Door" or "Standing on a Beach/Staring at the Sea: The Singles". I do recall the later album was pretty neat as the record, cassette and CD had 1 song that didn't appear on the others. At least back in 86' I thought that was pretty neat.
1325  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Penny Arcade Games $5 each on Steam on: March 06, 2010, 01:43:18 AM
Neat. Been waiting forever for episode 2 to have a reduction. It never came up as a weekend dealie.
1326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand [new TV series] on: March 04, 2010, 09:56:30 PM
Just got done watching the last 3 episodes and agree the series has improved. But not by much. I can't say I'm invested in any of the characters but I did like both "The Pit" and "Shadow Games" storylines - plus that final battle against Occulus (or whatever the giants name was) was pretty damn decent. I'll still keep watching but its one of those series where you know you should stop watching cause its not that good but just can't - like Heroes.
1327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 28, 2010, 07:41:23 PM
Gotta hand it to Randy for even trying. You could tell as the matches went on James was getting more pumped. That would have given me second thoughts of getting in there with him. But I did laugh as Randy delivered a hard blow straight to James' face which didn't even stun him.

James doesn't have a chance of winning this so I'm fine with his antics.

I really hope Russel hides Boston Rob's cap. It would be fun to watch Rob's reaction. And if he can somehow pin it on Coach that would be a nice bonus.
1328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: February 24, 2010, 06:44:30 PM
Definitely plenty of choices to cleave out for the girls. Only two girls stand out to me (Crystal & Lilly) and only four others seemed worth listening to (Didi, Katie, Soibhan and Michelle). Even for those four none were that great.

Oh well that's what the getting rid of 2 at a time is for in these early stages.

I hate to admit that I don't hate Ellen as much as I thought I would but there's still no need for a 4th judge when they're just going to mimic the others.
1329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 20, 2010, 07:43:16 PM
I couldn't quite fathom why they were choosing between Amanda and Stephanie to vote out. Both Stephanie and Amanda seem pretty strong and they need all the strong players at the beginning. Rupert seemed like the logical next choice as he isn't adding anything to the tribes with his broken toes and complaining - I used to like Rupert too. I feel bad for Stephanie leaving so early but I didn't think she had a chance at winning as she's too outspoken. Now it sounds like Cobly or Tom will be on the chopping block next if they lose again.

I'm surprised Parvity didn't have a big old bruise on her face after that hit in the challenge. Was waiting for them to show something.

And was it me or did I see Courtney and Randy...hugging??? Guess their bad blood isn't THAT bad.

Russell going out to kill the chicken to steal Robs thunder was a bad move. Would have been better if he just let Rob have his day, wait for people to complain about food, then be the hero by bringing back a chicken.

Any rumors on if they are going to have introduce a hidden immunity idol or exile island this season? Seems like they are doing it Season 1 old school - which I'm fine with too.
1330  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online 1.3.4: Scenario System being improved on: February 19, 2010, 07:19:30 PM

Quote from: skystride on February 19, 2010, 07:00:10 PM

What WAR did better than any game was bridge the gap between PvE and PvP.  I bet there were a lot of people who never played PvP going into RvR pools and thinking, "hey, this PvP stuff isn't as bad as I imagined".

That's how I felt. I've PvPed before but never really cared for it. WAR implemented it so well that after leveling my first character I spent the majority of my time leveling up my other characters in the RvR and having a blast doing it.
1331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: February 19, 2010, 07:11:58 PM
Dark Descent indeed. Two of those screen caps are so dark I can't see anything.
1332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 17, 2010, 07:37:26 PM
I actually like Courtney as she makes no qualms about not caring that she's there, winning challenges, or what others think about her. She's basically the anti-Survivor contestant.

So if anyone is smart they'll take her to the end. She won't win a challenge against them, will put her foot in her mouth and when asked what she would do with the million it would probably be something selfish. That's practically an instant win.
1333  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Midweek Madness 2-16-10: Shadowground series 75% off on: February 17, 2010, 07:32:41 PM
These are fun mindless shooter games. Basically Doom from a top-down view. I enjoyed the first one a lot more than the second but played them both through (about 5-10 hours to complete each one).
1334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trying to remember this older PC Adventure game on: February 15, 2010, 06:39:36 PM
I think you're thinking of Noctropolis. I had this one but recall it wasn't that fun to play so never got too far in it:
1335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 14, 2010, 05:06:33 PM
I'm still rooting for Russel to win this one. He has set up a clear goal to win this not just for the money but to see if he can outplay the former contestants. So far no one else, that they've shown, has indicated they have a clear desire to best everyone else.  Amanda was my person to root for on the Heroes team but she really didn't seem all there yet so hard to back her at this point. I forgot how much I liked Stephanie's game (and looks) but I don't think she's going to last long as she's too outspoken and I get the sense the sneaky players and coattail riders will be the ones to make it near the end.

I still don't know who Danniel is.

And is it me but do the women have like 20 pairs of clothes each? And WTF Tyson with the speedos?
1336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 14, 2010, 04:48:31 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on February 14, 2010, 04:54:20 AM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on February 14, 2010, 04:10:39 AM

"Honey, Survivor isn't in our saved list on the DVR."

"I thought you set it to record."

"Nope. I thought you did."


Watch it online, and make sure it's set to record next week!

I missed the first six episodes of Chuck because the last I heard it wasn't coming back until March. Luckily they are easily found online.

If you have Comcast you can watch it ON Demand too - in HD. That's how I did the last season rather than recording it since I had so many other shows I was recording at the same time.
1337  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: D2D Overlord II 75% off on: February 06, 2010, 01:08:49 AM
Not as good as the original apparently. I have it with some Steam compilation I got awhile back but haven't played more than the beginning - which is apparently the best part. The wife played most of it before giving up on it. She loved the original and didn't care for the sequel much at all.

I can see myself going back to it at some point but my expectations are low that it will have the magic of the original.
1338  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: STEAM Weekend Deal - Far Cry Complete Package $14.99 on: February 05, 2010, 03:26:50 AM
Ya know I purchased Far Car 2 during Black Friday 2008 for around $25 and still have yet to install it. Damn.
1339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Francis goes OFF on WOW and STO. Video on: February 05, 2010, 03:22:52 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 05, 2010, 01:34:30 AM

Quote from: Mithridates on February 05, 2010, 01:22:35 AM

Who is Francis?

I don't know, but he needs to lighten up. slywink

A Stripes reference AND an unintentional pun!

1340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oscar nominations out on: February 02, 2010, 07:43:10 PM
Hmm. Wonder how AMC theaters are going to do the Best Picture Showcase this year. Can't see sitting through 10 flicks even if they spread it out over two days.
1341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown on: January 28, 2010, 08:01:58 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on January 28, 2010, 06:35:05 PM

Quote from: Laner on January 28, 2010, 02:07:21 PM

A Win7/64-bit/3D accelerator-compatible version of Interstate 76 please...

Yes please!

GameTap had (or may still have) Interstate 76, the Nitro pack, and Interstate 82.


As much as I had fond memories of I76 the game did not hold up well. The graphics are lot worse than I recall and the controls are horribly complex by today's standards. I played a few missions before realizing I just wasn't having any fun and it was better to remember the game as how it was than how it is now.

1342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand [new TV series] on: January 25, 2010, 08:35:33 PM
Gladiator + HBO's Rome + 300 + Script written by a Starz exec's nephew = Spartacus: Blood and Sand

It was pretty bad but I'll watch a few more episodes before giving up on it.
1343  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: January 25, 2010, 08:27:08 PM
Same. Never really listened to Muse till Amazon put Absolution up for $3. It became one of my most listened to albums. But I'm too cheap to buy their other stuff at full price so I'll keep waiting till the others show up for $3.
1344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen:Could it be a surprise hit? on: January 25, 2010, 08:15:37 PM
I loved the game. It was one of the few games I've actually stuck with to finish. But a crummy port would make me a bit warry of getting it - at least at full price.
1345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: January 24, 2010, 06:01:45 PM
We had the same experience trying to get in to see it on IMAX where it was sold out each weekend. We ended up getting tickets a week in advance on Fandago to see it.

My impressions of the IMAX version are no where near as postive as yours. I had previously seen it in on a regular screen (Real3D).

To start with some negatives the IMAX version did not take up the entire screen. There were large chunks of space not used on all sides of the image. That said the image was still larger than what you would get on a regular screen. And that was probably a good thing because I found it very difficult to follow the actions sequences. Things just became a blur and you couldn't appreciate it. IMAX has the same problem with other action pictures where you just can't follow whats going on when there's a lot of movement and fast cuts going on.

I also didn't think the 3D effect was as good as what I saw on the regular screen. There appeared to be less depth to the picture and the images that popped out of the screen had an odd shimmering effect which I don't recall happening the original time I saw it. I don't know if this was because of the IMAX picture or the Digital 3D conversion.

I still enjoyed it but both my wife and I agreed the better way to see it is on the regular screen.
1346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Onlive beta on: January 22, 2010, 08:01:00 PM
PC Perspective posted a review of their OnLive beta experience. It's an thorough and interesting read. I like how the previewer compared the local compies of the games to the OnLive experience.

My own take is that there is real potential here. It looks like this would open up a big oppertunity to Mac users to be able to play PC games. And if this eventually makes it so you can play these games on a television that should be a blast. But it doesn't sound like the experience fully meets their initial claims of running these games on the highest video settings which would be the main draw for me. Still its beta so hopefully they'll add those features and fix the FPS issues.
1347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tekken the Movie on: January 16, 2010, 04:38:08 AM
 mad BRING.....IT......ON!!!!!  mad
1348  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 1-15-2010: Dirt 2 50% off on: January 15, 2010, 07:44:05 PM
I've been playing the PS3 demo of this quite a bit. I suck at it. I always end up in last place. I either end up going way too fast where I'm flailing off the track or too slow to be effective. But am obsessed with trying to improve my placement. I just don't get how the driving mechanics on dirt are supposed to work. I know it's gotta click at some point though.

I so want to buy this but I am afraid I'm just going to end up frustrated.
1349  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Midweek Madness 1-12-10: King's Bounty games 75% off! on: January 12, 2010, 07:46:53 PM
Sweet. Had gotten the sequel for $10 during their X-Mas sale so was hoping the original would go on sale soon too.
1350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: January 08, 2010, 06:57:12 PM
Entertainment Weekly has some short video interviews will all the contestants:

It was filmed on location and they've mixed in some behind the scenes stuff with some of the interviews. So you can see a few of who's paired up and a contestant minor injury before a challenge even begins. Each contestant also talks about who they want out first. Boston Rob, Cirie and Sugar got mentioned a few times.

Russell looks to be in a great spot as he's the big unknown. It sounds like none of the contestants saw what he was all about. I think Amanda and Russel will be the ones I root for.
1351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game Room coming to XBOX LIVE on: January 08, 2010, 06:48:20 PM
If there are some competition elements added to it I might be in for it. One of the neat things Gametap used to do was have high score competitions on many of the old games. Basically they would choose one of the old games (arcade/2600/whatever) and people would have x number of hours to obtain the highest score. The winner would get some swag related to the game.

There was a high score board that would update as people submitted scores so you could tell if you had a chance in hell at winning. It was pretty fun and brought back a lot of that old arcade feeling of having to get on the leaderboards.

So if they did something like that along those lines I might be in. Would help if they just bundled access to all Arcade games in to some type of small yearly fee. From the list there I don't see any I would buy outright.
1352  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: January 03, 2010, 12:10:54 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 02, 2010, 07:00:51 PM

Not as memorable as their first album but still decent. It start sounding samey after awhile but for $2 can't really go wrong.
1353  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.
1354  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.
1355  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.
1356  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.
1357  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.
1358  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.
1359  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.
1360  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.
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