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1361  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.
1362  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.
1363  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?
1364  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
1365  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.
1366  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::
1367  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.

1368  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.
1369  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.
1370  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.
1371  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.
1372  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.
1373  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.
1374  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.
1375  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.
1376  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.
1377  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?
1378  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.

1379  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.
1380  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.
1381  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.
1382  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. 
1383  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.
1384  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.
1385  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.
1386  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.
1387  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.
1388  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.
1389  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.
1390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 11, 2009, 06:32:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 11, 2009, 06:25:44 PM

hmm.. apparently if you bought the Steam version you don't need Steam to be up and running if you make a shortcut directly to the risen.exe.

That's how my wife and I our playing it at the same time. Just running it from the .exe.
1391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Park: Season 13 [spoilers] on: October 08, 2009, 06:17:03 PM
Was pretty bored by this episode. I liked the setup focusing on the recent high profile celebrity deaths but the Six Sense parody's is overdone, the Poltergeist one wasn't funny and the Ghost Hunter one was basically one joke for 5 minutes. When it got to Michael Jackson I thought it would improve but him trying to win a pageant? Pretty lame.

With all the dead celebs they had to choose from it seemed to me they missed a great opportunity by primarily focusing on just the two - and really Billy Mays???

Was that Chipolte bleeding thing based on a news story or something? The whole thing had me going "huh?"
1392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 08, 2009, 06:00:30 PM
What are the AP status points you get? I don't see them in my character profile. Like I got 10 AP in Humanitarianism or something like that. Typically get them as you complete quests.
1393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero: Van Halen on: October 06, 2009, 05:56:18 PM
Well that explains that. Its too bad that had to be one of the omissions.
1394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero: Van Halen on: October 06, 2009, 03:14:37 AM
For those that sent in for the free copy you should be getting it soon. I just got mine in the mail today and I sent it out a week or so ago after GH5 launch. You don't get much with it. Just a sleeve containing the disc and some pamphlets for Band Hero and GH:WT.

I played a few of the songs and really enjoyed myself. I was a big Halen fan so kicking the game off with Panama was great and only got better once Running With the Devil came up as an encore. I'm playing on medium and both those songs felt just right with the notes that were popping up (for guitar) so it gives a great illusion of playing that shit. The entire band is on stage in their younger form...although Michael Anthony didn't look quite right to me. I'm also guessing this was back in the days where everyone was getting along because the few times I could look up Dave and Eddie were sharing some toothy grins singing together.

There is a career mode where you play as VH and earn money and then for the non-VH songs you create your own band ('Spotted Dick' in my case) from the GH cast and play those. You can use the money you earn to purchase new outfits and equipment. I didn't see much else there to purchase but didn't really look in to it too much. I just checked out Billy Idols White Wedding which was boring to 'play' on guitar but a fun song nonetheless and some Blink 182 song I almost got 100% on; missed the last goddamn note!

It looks like you cut back and forth between playing as Halen and then your generic band at each venue you unlock. There's some extras for the Halen content where you can see the Lyrics or facts about the song as it plays. Didn't see much else but only played a bit so far. Thumbs up for free.
1395  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: October 02, 2009, 06:40:04 PM
Fun video made back in beta when the growth bug still existed. So this video features Power Rangers and some gigantic robots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1l8dfqFv1s
1396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Path on: September 30, 2009, 05:54:32 PM
Was pretty bored by it even though it looked interesting. I couldn't really figure out what I was supposed to do for any of the puzzles and eventually just gave up. It's also on GameTap if you have a subscription on that.
1397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pandorum on: September 28, 2009, 03:15:08 AM
Saw it today. There were a total of 7 people in the theatre which should tell you how quick this one will be around.

The beginning of the film is great and reminded me a lot of the movie Cube. You got two people who wake up with only some memory of who they are and try and piece together things based on what little they know and the few clues they have to work with.

The movie starts going downhill once they come across their first monster. Then the film switches from smart psychological sci-fi to Resident Evil complete with lame characters, actiony sequences, and other unbelievable stuff. It stays with that almost till the end. Then the last 2 minutes of movie were great.

I really wished they kept the tone that the movie began with. That would have been a much better and more interesting picture.

Its still worth a rental or better Netflix streaming.
1398  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamestop online: Champions Online $39.99 + free 60 day card on: September 26, 2009, 12:27:18 AM
Pretty decent deal. Plenty of time to reach level 40, play around with different characters, and L40 one of those too.
1399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: September 25, 2009, 06:04:03 PM
Rodeo Cheesburger from BK. Haven't been to BK in forever so not sure if they brought them back but I know the last few times I went they were not on the menu. These were value cheeseburgers with BBQ sauce and onion rings. Loved those things.
1400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite Podcasts on: September 24, 2009, 06:19:54 PM
I'm still trying to lock down a good gaming podcast. The 1UP podcast so far seems the most professional out of the ones I've listen too. CAG was pretty decent too but that Wombat guy is annoying to the point where he ruins things. Joystiq seems to be similar where there's the one annoying juvenile guy. Unfortunately that guy was substituting for the main host during the podcast I listened to. At one point when Ludwig (I think) was giving their impressions of Mini Ninja's, a game I was curious to hear a bit about, the host jumped in and basically said they only want to hear about real games - which I gathered were any FPS or games with lots of explosions. I'll have to give it another listen when the main host is back. Hopefully whomever it was that was hosting that podcast is normally put on a short leash.
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