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1441  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO or Warhammer on: December 02, 2008, 07:22:50 PM
Touch choice between these two. LOTRO was one of those MMO's that I loved at first but after about 6 months got tired of it and canceled. I get the sense I'll be doing that with Warhammer as I don't think there's enough to keep me interested after the 6 month period.

I keep going back to EQ2 which now has solid play mechanics and a hell of a lot of content to keep me busy.
1442  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon gold box - Midnight Club, Force Unleashed for 360 on: November 24, 2008, 08:33:13 PM
Dang. Missed Force Unleashed. Picked up Soul Calibur for that price. Looks like Mortal Kombat vs DC may be later based on the description. If it's $30 I'll probably get that one too.
1443  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Gold Box - insane deal on Buffy TVS, complete series on: November 21, 2008, 08:41:16 PM
Wow, fantastic deal.
1444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: November 18, 2008, 01:17:35 AM
Well some good news for me. I don't have to see this in the theater with my wife afterall. She's afraid I'm going to pick it apart afterwards - which I would if its really bad. She is however going opening night with 2 other coworkers who are also obsessed with the books.

So any other husbands dreading doing a husbandly duty this week, this could be a way out.
1445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead. You are not ready. on: October 20, 2008, 06:46:20 PM
Was heading in to Chicago on the Metra this morning and happened to look out the window as we passed a huge Left 4 Dead billboard that was facing the highway. It was just the severed hand with the web site address on it. That's the first time I've seen a full billboard for a game around here. I've seen ads for GTA and Spore on buses and at bus stops but never a full blown billboard ad for any game.

Guess they feel its time to expand.
1446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 19, 2008, 05:04:27 AM

Quote from: The Grue on October 19, 2008, 01:22:38 AM

Quote from: kratz on October 18, 2008, 10:50:11 PM

Yeah, I was.

Took me 10+ tries.  The aiming was awful.

One of the writers on the MTV Multiplayer blog (or was it Kotaku?) said that this section almost made him put the game down forever.  He said it took him an hour to beat.

I can see that. I was really frustrated with this portion of the game. The movement was just too sensitive for the thumbstick. Then they would start throwing 4-5 asteroids at you at once, forget it. It probably took me around 15 tries to finally got past it. The guy saying "almost there" and "just a minute more" got infuriating.
1447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My New Game Buying Policy; No Offline Mplay = no Buy. on: October 07, 2008, 09:12:12 PM
So your policy reads: No purchases of games that fail to include offline multiplayer...unless you really want the game. I have a similar policy. No purchases of games at full price...unless I really want the game.

I'm not sure your quite being left out in the cold with that clause.

But a well written letter (not email) tends to get attention. So that is a good plan for getting your message in front of the gaming companies. For me offline multiplayer is not something that impacts my gaming habits or purchases. If its in there great.
1448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Blindness on: October 06, 2008, 09:26:22 PM
I read the book awhile back and enjoyed it even though it was pretty dark. It's an interesting read as there is little punctuation in the book which makes for big blocks of text before a break. There are no quotes so its just the thoughts of characters telling you what other people are saying. And at any time you can go from one characters point of view to an others. Surprisingly I got used to it which on reflection may be on purpose as all the characters in the book get used dealing with being blind.

I haven't seen the film yet. The poor reviews kept me away this weekend but some of the positive comments here make me a bit more open to giving it a whirl next weekend.
1449  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: October 03, 2008, 07:09:24 PM
Yup, they should have voted Ace out. They actually fooled me in to thinking that had a chance of going through. I was really hoping it would since it might be an indication of another season of blindsides. But I was just happy the other team won both challenges. I thought for sure Fang would continue to lose until the merge.

I also have to give it up for the gaming guy (still don't know his name) for figuring out the puzzle first. I wish more puzzles were like that rather than puzzle pieces.

They gotta do something with the hidden immunity idol though. Its way too easy to obtain.
1450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: September 30, 2008, 08:01:09 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on September 30, 2008, 12:41:59 PM

Is anyone rooting for the gaming nerd? Too bad his girl got voted out first. She was nice to watch.

In true gamer form he voted her out too. She was deemed not hawt and below gamer standards. Perhaps if she had worn the elfin ears like he suggested she would not have been sent to walk the Fail Trail.
1451  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: September 26, 2008, 05:56:04 PM
Everyone on that tribe seem pretty stupid based on the clips they showed, including the guy who couldn't figure out the Exile clue. I have to admit I like the older fella on Fang that banged his head. At first I wasn't so sure about him but it looks like that bump made him pretty clear headed about seeing how things are on his tribe. No amount of positive energy, or whatever they were calling it, is going to pull that tribe through. I love how he's willing to watch everyone self-destruct while he sits back. I imagine he'll be happy as stitches in a wound if he makes it to the merge. 

I do kinda wish the teams were more even this year. There's been too many lopsided teams where you know one is just going to slaughter the other.

Will see how it pans out though. The Fans vs Favorites started out kinda slow and lopsided after a couple challenges too but turned out to be one of my favorite seasons.
1452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any Bike Riders here..(Motorbikes) on: September 23, 2008, 06:39:56 PM
I'll echo and say take the MSF classes. You'll find out pretty quick if you want to ride a bike or not.

I took the classes and MSF test on a motorcycle but ended up purchasing a scooter as I had my heart set on getting a Vespa. If your concern is with gas milage you might want to look at scooters. They should generally provide better gas milage. Not all scooters are dinky little things either. I've ridden my Vespa 250 GTS Super on the freeway and can keep up fine with traffic (albeit in the right-hand lane) - 74mph is the documented top speed for the 250 GTS but people have reported getting it up in the 80-85mph range. There are several maxi-scooters with larger engine displacements that offer plenty of horsepower if you're looking for mainly freeway driving.

I've hardly driven my car since I got the scooter and if I was in a climate where I could ride this thing year round I would dump the car.

Edit: You asked for experiences so I wanted to add that too.

I've only been riding for about two months now so my experiences are limited but I've run in to a few of the things vet bikers speak of. Mainly of people not paying attention. I've had two instances where drivers have changed in to my lane - one because they didn't do a head check and the other because they were on the phone and didn't do a head check. Then one old guy decided he was going to walk across the street just as I was coming up upon the crosswalk (I was going about 30-35 at the time). Although concerning I was able to handle each of these situations just fine.

One of the things the MSF courses teaches you is to always be vigilant and have escape routes planned. I am constantly paying attention to what the other drivers are doing and making sure I'm not in a spot where they don't know I'm there. I try not to put my self in a situation where I won't have some sort of escape plan. I trust my skills and I trust my bike and that makes riding a lot less stress free and above all fun.

But when you ride you never want to zone out.
1453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG to Sell Cheap Downloads of Classic PC Games on: September 22, 2008, 07:11:26 PM
The email I got back said I had entered in my email incorrectly when I made that account. That didn't make much sense to me since I got the email and was able to log in to the account the first time just fine. The suggestion was to make a new account, which I did, and it worked.

I logged in and promptly purchased the Redneck Rampage collection and went to get my free download (Fallout 2). Only it never came up with the offer for the free download. After reading the fine print it indicated you had to get in to the beta between such-and-such date. My original account was created during that time but the new account was not. So I lost out on the deal.  icon_evil

It looks like the games use DosBox to run. I did have to change some settings in DosBox and the RR config files to get the game running without major flickering and graphical glitches. The forums on GoG were invaluable at getting that fixed.

I have to say we've come a long way with controlling FPS. The default RR control scheme is keyboard with the Up/Down/Left/Right arrows being used to controll your characters movement and turning. And to get mouse aiming to work you need to hit a key each time you start a game to enable it.
1454  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How has the economic downturn affected you? on: September 19, 2008, 02:38:10 PM
It made me buy this.  thumbsup

1455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis Warhead on: September 18, 2008, 06:39:13 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 18, 2008, 03:48:19 AM

They spent so much time modeling realistic military humans, plausible weapons with (after patch) good damage against humans if you hit weak spots.  But then they use a crappy hit point system for tanks where it doesn't matter where you hit a tank, it'll always take 3 hits to kill one.

Isn't the tank section like 15 minutes of this entire game? I don't think it was intended as a realistic tank simulation...more like lets blow shit up for awhile.
1456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis Warhead on: September 16, 2008, 12:10:31 AM
I don't know if I'd actually classify it as "looking forward to" but I plan on getting it this week at that price point ($25 at CircuitCity). I did enjoy the original Crysis (the random InternetGuy complaints seemed overblown) and expect I'll enjoy this one as well.
1457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: September 15, 2008, 06:55:10 PM
The wife is all over these books. She then told the women at her office about the books and they were all over them too. The romance between the girl and the vampire is supposedly something special.

So I read the first book.

I just didn't get what all the fanaticism was with it. The story went along slowly and was rather boring - very little in the action department. The romance between the girl and the vampire was creepy. The vampire is so cold and the conversations between the two seem so basic they're boring. He also has this unhealthy obsession of keeping the girl safe from everything. He thinks of her as his little lamb that needs constant protection. And because the girl is a bit of a klutz he's worried about her falling or bumping in to things continually. I can't figure out how these women are loving the romance angle of this story - it has me completely mystified.

In any case I'll probably be seeing this opening weekend as part of a husbandly duty.
1458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What size TV do you play the Wii on? on: September 15, 2008, 06:36:05 PM
42' Plasma looks fine with some picture calibration. You're going to get jaggies as its 480p but they seem so minor to me. As reference of my jaggies tolerance level, PS2 games (FFXII / GOW2) look fine too.
1459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG to Sell Cheap Downloads of Classic PC Games on: September 14, 2008, 09:48:59 PM

Quote from: frost on September 14, 2008, 04:26:16 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 14, 2008, 02:34:45 AM

Can you guys log into your accounts?  I wanted to DL Fallout Tactics tonight, but it keeps telling me my e-mail address is invalid.  frown

I was having the same problem last night, and have not tried to log on today

I'm getting the same thing. I sent an email in to them asking for assistance.

It was odd because I got my email on 9/11 and logged in fine when I saw it at 7pm. Just kinda checked things out and logged off. Then I went back at around 10pm intending to purchase a game and got the invalid login message. I've tried off an on since the 11th and still get the invalid login. We'll see what they say. Hopefully will be able to log in before the "Buy One Get One Free" deal ends.
1460  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 48 Hr Madness - Alone in the Dark $15, Star Wars games $6 on: August 28, 2008, 06:22:03 PM
I half remember the demo. And my thinking was it was ok but there may have been too many shooters out at the time to warrant a purchase. I did check IGN for a quick ratings check on Republic Commando and it had 8.3 or something like that. AITD PC had like a 3.5.

For $24 I'm sure I'll find some entertainment value in one of those games.
1461  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 48 Hr Madness - Alone in the Dark $15, Star Wars games $6 on: August 28, 2008, 01:33:56 AM
Ooh not bad. For $15 I'll give AITD a shot. I keep hearing how there was so much potential to it but its ruined by the game mechanics. I imagine at some point someone will make a home brew update to fix things. Also picked up Republic Commando which I was always curious about.
1462  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW Lich king cinematic on: August 22, 2008, 06:09:41 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on August 21, 2008, 07:25:27 PM

Final Fantasy: Spirits within was pretty lame. But Final Fantasy: Advent Children? That was awesome.

I didn't care for either of them but out of the two I actually thought Spirits was slightly better. Advent came across as another generic Anime to me. It didn't bring anything new to the plate other than the visuals and that wasn't enough as the world was just all desolation and rubble which. A far cry from all the colorful and clean cinematics that were in the FF games.
1463  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WoW Lich king cinematic on: August 21, 2008, 07:17:16 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 21, 2008, 06:06:47 PM

Wish they'd make a Warcraft CGI movie damnit.

That's how I felt about the Final Fantasy cinematics. Then they made the movies.  thumbsdown

I can imagine them screwing up a WoW movie by trying to appleal to non-gamers in typical Hollywood fashion. "A young boy...bullied in school...finds a secret amulet...that transports him to....Azeroth. Join Jason...and an unlikely band of adventurers...on an amazing quest...where the key to saving Azeroth from murloc invasion...rests soley in one boys hands."
1464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: American McGee's Grim on: August 01, 2008, 01:19:41 AM
Wow that was a boring game. I think they might have been shooting for Katamari Damacy gameplay (powers grow as you spread your evil) but it came off so wrong. The entertainment value of changing the word from good to evil should be way more fun than this! It's not even in the least bit difficult to do. The "cleaners" who turn the world from evil back to good are pointless. There are too few of them and they're too slow to be a hindrance or a challenge.

The three or four platform elements in the game don't even reach Mario 101 levels - its so simplistic.

I didn't like the Grimm character. Didn't find him loveable. Didn't find him nasty or funny or whatever they were trying to get at with him. The tepid dialogue in the story didn't even make watching the cinematics entertaining. On top of all that the story it self was boring. And the whole moral didn't make a lick of sense. Fear from being married? Really??? That's the scariest thing they could come up with for kids in the 17th century. If I hop in a time machine and go back to the 17th century I would be the baddest MF there is there - by default.

And what the hell was the use of the Grimm character peeing? I got that you jump wherever you pee (huh?) but it didn't factor in anywhere to actually be needed. You literally pee 2 feet in front of your character. Do you really need a guide of urine to help you jump that far? No.
The art style sucked and just came across as bland. This is the Unreal engine here! It can look better than cardboard cutouts.

And the voice actors. Oh, the poor voice actors. They were either overly whiny or sounded like they took their inspiration from the John Lovitz "It's Acting!" SNL skits. Not good.

The next episode better get hard core really fast to keep any interest in this series.
1465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Gametap - free option and new games on: July 24, 2008, 07:04:25 PM
No problems with Vista 32. Dunno about 64.

But yeah you can create accounts for your family members and they have access to everything on the service same as you. It doesn't cost extra or have restrictions placed on them short of being able to activate parental locks on content. Any multiplayer games will also work on sub accounts. We don't play too many of those but we gave a few a try at the beginning, like Altered Beast, and they run fine with the two of us playing together on separate computers.
1466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Which Pokeman game? on: July 24, 2008, 06:54:53 PM
What are the differences between the sets of games? I never understood that so pretty much just ignored this whole series of games just for that. Are they totally different RPGs or just different pokemon guys in whatever one you choose?
1467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Gametap - free option and new games on: July 23, 2008, 02:00:01 AM
I think the $60 per year is standard. I'm paying $59.40 per year and this is the second year in a row doing so. Best value ever.
1468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's ok Doom 3, I love you on: July 22, 2008, 07:19:17 PM
I'm with a few others here in that I didn't think it was a bad game at all. In fact I really enjoyed it as it felt like I was going through a funhouse - odd sounds startling you, monsters popping out at you from the darkness. Great stuff. Very few games actually put me on edge and this one certainly did. By the time the pink daemon came crashing through the glass I was totally engrossed which made that particular gaming moment stand out for me.

The flashlight mechanic never bothered me either. I thought it was neat idea that you had to make the trade off of either fending off the darkness or defending your self. It made for some really hectic moments.

So for me I never understood the complaints being so one sided on this game.
1469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Dead Rising - Zombie Sacrifice on: July 21, 2008, 06:39:01 PM
If it's $20 or cheaper I'd probably get it again.
1470  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We are in this generation... WATCHMEN on the walls of world freedom... on: July 18, 2008, 07:31:47 PM
I read Watchmen somewhat recently based on recommendations here and other places for graphic novels to start with. I wasn't too sure of it since I hadn't read comics in about 15 years but gave it a shot. By the end of the novel I really dug the story, the characters and just how creative the whole thing was (loved how the shipwreck story was weaved in throughout).

From the trailer I can see how people who have not read the graphic novel might not be so thrilled by it. It does look like every other super hero movie from the quick flashes of scenes that were shown with little context of plot. But for someone who read the book that trailer was like bringing the graphic novel to life. I didn't see a scene from that trailer that also wasn't in the book.

So I'm looking forward to this one as it looks like its going to remain true to its roots. It will be interesting to see how they will market this one going forward to shows its not just another super hero story.
1471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My kitty is dying [Update: He's gone :( ] on: July 02, 2008, 03:58:53 AM
Yeah its rough to go through this. We ended up having to put down a 21 year old cat (yup 21) due to kidney problems. Then a few weeks later our 17 year old due to cancer - that was a particularly toughy for me since he was "my boy". The house felt empty for the first month. The worst feeling of loss is when you still expect them to be in their normal spots and they aren't any more.

It does get a bit better after awhile - especially knowing we gave them a great life here. But we did break down after a few months and get 2 new kittens and that actually helped. One has turned out to be great with an over abundance of personality. The other is similar to "my boy" to the point where I've called him by that name a few times.

Damn these little pets get under you skin and close to the heart.

1472  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Starship Troopers 3 Trailer! on: June 24, 2008, 07:58:49 PM
The new trailer is worth watching just to hear how the voice over say "Lola Beck" and "Dix Hauser".
1473  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Return to the original Everquest - 3 Years Later (56K Warning) on: June 11, 2008, 07:07:03 PM
Not all the old zones were redone. In fact many are just the same. The character I took around the original zones started in Oggok and, except for a few additional NPCs using the new character graphic look, Oggok is still the same as it once was.

Even the starting tower is still there. I always felt this was a nasty new character starting point as you couldn't tell you were high up. So if you moved forward after entering the world you fell and died.



As you can see the guards are identical to how they originally looked as well as the same textures and zone appearance. And many of the original areas didn't get graphical overhauls. So upon wandering out to Ferrot all the creatures I remember were wandering around and camped exactly where they were 3 years ago.



Including this guy which I fondly recall killing over and over again.

Some of the original game mechanics of EQ are still in play which most other MMORPGs have done away with. For instance it was a shocker to me to remember you could only memorize 8 spells at a time. Not only that but to memorize a spell you had to go through the process of sitting down, opening your spell book, clicking on a spell icon, moving the spell icon to the spell hot bar, and then waiting for the spell to memorize.

I can also recall how dangerous it was to memorize spells as the spell book used to take up the entire screen. So you had to sit there and hope that wandering monsters wouldn't attack. That mechanic is gone at least now.

One other thing that caught me off guard was that monsters flee in battle. I was crossing So Ro when an orc attacked me. After fighting it for a bit and getting the orcs health down he started running!



It stunned me as I totally forgot about the fleeing monsters. So off I went chasing the orc. I had to make sure I was in range so my auto-attack would go off. It wasn't easy, especially at the end where the monsters slow down as their health gets lower. Near the end you have to tap the forward button every few seconds so stay in auto-attack range or else the monster will heal up and come at you again in a few minutes.



But as you can see I finally got the orc after chasing him down for a minute or two.

The other thing that I wasn't used to was that monsters don't give up after they're engaged. Later I had logged in a higher level character and visited The Overthere in Kunark. I ended up angering a few guards by mistake. I turned around and ran for a bit to get them off my tail. When I turned around to go back I was shocked to see they were still coming at me! The only way to break agro in this game is to kill the monster, die, or do what I did and run across the entire zone (The Overthere is HUGE) to zone in to a new area. I had forgotten how nasty the game was in this respect.

Its all fun though. I haven't tried dieing yet but will have to give that a go as I hear its a bit easier on you. There's a bunch of other zones I still want to check out too in Kunark like the gigantic bridge in Firona Vie and that tower I forgot the name of where one floor has a wedding taking place. Should be fun.

* minor grammatical, spelling and content edits - this time without boss interruption.  ninja
1474  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Return to the original Everquest - 3 Years Later (56K Warning) on: June 11, 2008, 03:53:18 AM
Sony is doing the Living Legacy promotion for Everquest & Everquest 2. Basically if you had an account in either game you can play for free until July 25th. Not only that but you have access to all the expansion packs - you can download them for free.

So after being away from the original EQ for 3 years I figured I would log back in and visit some old haunts. Plus I was curious to see what changed 10 expansion packs later.

When I last left off they had released the Shadows of Luclin expansion which had graphical overhaul updating the old character models and updating the UI. But I soon stopped playing it so this was the UI I mostly remember.



If you switched to full screen none of the icons or windows would appear. When the Luclin expansion came out they allowed icons and windows to be displayed full screen.

Here's what the new UI looks like.



This is actually the new tutorial zone for the game. As you can see you still have to kill rats and bats.

So I visited a bunch of old haunts including the Common Lands. The Common Lands tunnel used to be the hub of sales. You would basically take your wares and park yourself at the tunnel and use the chat channels to make deals on items you had. I can recall I made a mint on selling dragoon dirks as, being an evil race, I had two different locations to acquire them from (one from Oggok). Here's what the Common Lands tunnel used to look like:



And now here is what it looks like when I visited it 3 years later:



Empty. There wasn't a single person to hear my cry of SOW PLZ! in the entire zone. The Luclin add-on featured some new merchant type dealies that started killing off the Common Lands tunnel selling. I'm sure there were other features added too that made selling even easier.

So I continued on and made my way to Oasis, which I found no longer exists. It was redone and now is just part of Southern Ro. It received a graphical upgrade it looks like but everything is still there. The spectre tower is still there and I saw a giant as I went through. The big hangout there was at the docks:



Sadly with the exception of one other person one some mechanical beast the zone was empty and there were no cries of "GAINTS TO DOCKS!" nor was Lockjaw anywhere to be seen.



I have to admit though that with the graphical upgrades the nights of Ro look nice even for this aging engine.



A visited a bunch of other haunts like Befallen, Misty Thicket, Nektolus Forest (which was also revamped) and the starting city of my main Oggok - which hasn't changed a lick since I was there. It's been a blast visiting all these places I haven't been to in years.

So if you're looking to kill some time check out the Living Legacy promotion for either EQ, EQ2 or both: http://livinglegacy.station.sony.com/

Just be prepared for some major downloading and patching - ugh.


1475  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: June 10, 2008, 06:41:57 PM
Is that the final shot from "Dude! Where's my Car?"
1476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Actual Duke Nukem Forever gameplay footage! on: June 07, 2008, 08:59:01 PM
Tough to say if it looks good or not. There was nothing from that footage that had me going "Oh wow!" or "what is this crap!?" as there wasn't anything shown that I hadn't seen before in other FPS. But from what I saw it reminded me a bit of Prey, which isn't a bad thing.

It certainly was nice seeing those classic weapons in use again.
1477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Classic Video Game Theme Song Quiz on: June 06, 2008, 06:36:33 PM
10/10. Wish they did a few more obscure themes.

But man that pic of R.C. Pro Am brought back a lot of memories. I loved that game to death on the NES.
1478  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 03, 2008, 06:42:34 PM

Quote from: Moliere on June 03, 2008, 05:19:11 PM

Quote from: deadzone on June 03, 2008, 05:16:08 PM

Also - For some reason, I think the Saw series seems to get better and better.  I think there are 4 Saw movies though...

Really? I thought they only tried to outdo each other in gruesomeness. The compelling story and mystery was lost after the first one.

The second one on its own wasn't very good. But I thought the 3rd film actually weaved up movies 1&2 in to a nice coherent plot quite nicely. They actually had an interesting story to tell. I'm not sure if the overall plot was pre-planned or cobbled together as they went along but they certainly did a better job with with story than some pre-thought out trilogies (Matrix).
1479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chronicles of Narnia: Caspian on: May 27, 2008, 07:02:58 PM
Saw it over the weekend. It was certainly watchable but I was also kinda bored since I've seen all this stuff done before in the myriad of fantasy films (mainly LOTR). Asland came across as a total prick to me too. I may have missed it but why the hell did he wait as long as he did to get involved? It seemed like he was just hanging around doing nothing for no reason. Was he incapacitated or trapped?

I did like that dwarf though. He was a more well rounded, and likable, character than the Prince. Hopefully the next move has him in it...kicking Asland's ass.
1480  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: May 22, 2008, 08:04:05 PM
This is timely. My wife was just pinging me earlier this morning that she got an email from Blizzard stating her account was banned. Which is odd since the last time we used our accounts was June of 2005 - which is when we canceled. I checked my account and it's still listed as Frozen.
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