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1561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 29, 2009, 07:29:27 PM
This night turned out far better than I thought it would after hearing the genre of music. No really bad performances [other than Matt] so I don't have too much to complain about [other than Matt] but will do so anyways.

I really like Allisons voice and performance but this is the first time I've noticed that she doesn't pronounce the words fully. It sounded like she was mumbling a few times which took me out of the performance.

Kris was alright but I think he may be in trouble too tonight as nothing about that set him apart from the others. It was a "nice" performance - definitely in the bottom 3.

My *almost* surprise moment of the night came from Danny, who [other than Matt] I don't really care for. When he started out his singing sounded great. Fantastic in fact as he toned it down and just sounded smooth. Then about 15 seconds in his voice began to bottom out and got a bad sound to it. Then he launched in to the same yelling routing and ruined the whole thing.  Bleh. And what's with the "thank you" "thank you" and love signs he was doing after the performance? Damn, he could have turned me around with that performance if he delivered on how he began the song.

Adams performance totally blew me away though. At the end of it I was like "WTF did I just see there?". I was actually stunned at how good that was. I came very close to rewinding the DVR to watch it again and I've never done that. My wife made a comment that she can't wait to see him in concert (I'll skip that one) but its a good point. Which of these guys would you actually pay $50 to see in concert? If I had to choose I think Adam and Allison would both have pretty entertaining concerts. I'm not so sure about Kris or Danny - is there someone else I'm missing?
1562  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy $10 game sale on: April 27, 2009, 06:03:16 PM
I went to the BB near here after 1pm (yesterday) figuring I wouldn't find much but was surprised that they had multiplies of just about every game listed there on it's own sales rack right in the games department. It wasn't labeled very good that these stacks of games were on sale - each one had a tiny $9.99 sticker on it, sometimes on the top of the case.

In any case I was easily able to get the three games I was looking for - Condemned 2, Silent Hill: Homecoming, and Ninja Gaiden DS.

Red Alert was tempting but would rather play that on the PC.
1563  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamersgate Weekend Deal: Space Siege 75% off on: April 27, 2009, 05:57:07 PM
Yup, worked just like you guys said. No client install so this was definitely a good deal and just what I was looking for. Thanks.
1564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Rodriguez's Predators on: April 24, 2009, 07:14:20 PM
I just got AvP2 on Netflix. Boy that movie stunk. About 60 minutes in they seemed to bail on the story and copied Aliens, complete with the same lines from that film. The Predators really lost the cool factor since the sequels/spinoffs were made so hopefully this reboot will bring that back.
1565  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamersgate Weekend Deal: Space Siege 75% off on: April 24, 2009, 07:06:15 PM
Is GamersGate a download service where you need to have the client installed to run the game? I've been waiting for this game to get super cheap, and that price certainly is, but want to avoid having to download yet another download client.
1566  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: "Quiet" Radeon 4850? on: April 24, 2009, 06:55:53 PM
Yeah. I had ordered a replacement GeForce card for the one that bit the dust. Then thought this might just be an opportunity to put in the best video card my computer could handle, which was the 4850. Not a huge improvement over the 8800GT but definitely noticeable in many games, Particularly in Warhammer Online which allowed me to play with all graphics maxed when there where a lot of people on the screen at once.

The performance improvement won me over the sound of the fan which I would stop noticing a bit after starting up a game. So I kept the 4850 and sent the 9800GT back.

I haven't looked at after market coolers before. That would just replace the existing video card fan? I haven't looked how the fan is attached but I imagine an adhesive of some sort.
1567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Ruins on: April 21, 2009, 06:37:38 PM
This one had crummy reviews so I was expecting bad when I went to watch it but it wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be. Since it was by the Simple Plan author I was still hoping for bet...hang on a sec...I think my cell phone is ringing..
1568  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: April 21, 2009, 06:32:13 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on April 19, 2009, 03:51:21 PM

Soviet Kitsch by Regina Spektor

If you've never heard her, I can sum her up in one sentence: Tori Amos without the rape.  Talented and often very amusing songwriter.
This one was a few days ago but just spent some time listening to it. The first few songs I was like WTF as there's some odd lyrics and melody changes. But as I continued I got in to it and looked forward to those quirky moments in her songs. When I finished I had to listen to it again.  Very unique - and I like the accent.

I'd say she sounds a bit more like Bijork than Tori Amos, especially with her lyrics but she definitely has the Tori flavor with the piano. Her myspace page ( has a bunch of song selections but only one off this album (Us) which happens to be one of my favorites from it. 

I ended up buying her other album that has some odd stuff but looks like she went more current ditching the piano for a more traditional pop/rock sound in many of her songs. It's not bad but a bit different than this one. I was a bit annoyed at Amazon for not making the Prince Caspian song a single download as I'd like to get that too but I can live without.
1569  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: "Quiet" Radeon 4850? on: April 19, 2009, 07:19:30 PM

Quote from: ericb on April 15, 2009, 01:19:34 AM

I have the 4850 (one of the early ones with the craptastic loud fan) and it's a great card except for the fan/noise.  I do have the manual fan control setting on my ATI overdrive tab...what driver version are you using?  And do you have the full CCC package installed?

It looks like it's the latest Catalyst version (8.6). I created a profile and manually edited the profile file to turn the fan down but it doesn't appear to be working for some reason. It sounds just as noisy any speed I change it to.
1570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 15, 2009, 06:28:12 PM
I'm rooting for Allison but year she didn't quite fit with that song. She didn't sound all that great either and I like her voice. I was floored by the gushing comments from Paula and Simon over that crummy performance. When they've been so harsh on many of her previous fantastic performances  ("you got talk more" wha...?) this definitely came across to me like they had a pre-written comment script.

Kris's song choice was neat since I love that album, but not "love love love dawg" the album like Randy. That's a difficult song to get across in 2 minutes and I don't think he succeeded especially if there's already complaints here about not recognizing the song which is another strike in peoples books. If it was Top 5 he would normally be in trouble for something like that but I don't see it here.

I think California came close to a power outage with Adam's song. They threw every light trick they had at that performance.  It was fun to watch but probably one of my least favorite by him.

I think Anoop, Lil and Matt are bottom three. Anoop did the best out of those three. I'm hoping either Matt or Anoop go as I'd like Lil to stay around for another week. I'd be happy if she actually does something amazing but equally fine if she does another dreadful song exposing how off the judges were with their early praise.

And was it me or was Quentin Tarrintino trying to mask a huge pot belly? Something was not quite right there in some of those mentor videos. It was also a bit odd with him offering singing advice as he's just a fan of the show and doesn't actually have a music background.

Finally when Kara was giving "critique" on a performance there was a shot of the judges table and you could see Simon trying to hack something up. What was that about?
1571  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: "Quiet" Radeon 4850? on: April 14, 2009, 06:09:37 PM
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. I think my best bet is to try and turn the RPMs down on the fan. The Help Files indicated that when the card starts to heat up it will spin faster until cool then go back to whatever speed you set it at. The only problem with is I can't locate the fan speed controls. The Help Files say they are in the Catalyst Overdrive tab but it looks like I can only control the clock speeds there.

Anyone familiar with this? According to the Help Files my card does support fan control.
1572  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / "Quiet" Radeon 4850? on: April 13, 2009, 06:41:29 PM
My GeForce 8800GT card bit the dust a few days ago so I took it as an opportunity to upgrade to a Radeon 4850, which is the fastest video card my computer would be able to support.  However, whereas the GeForce 8800GT was basically silent the VisionTek Radeon 4850 fan is annoyingly loud. On the plus side games do actually run a bit faster.

I hate having to compromise sound level with performance gain and was hoping someone might know of a 4850 card that is a bit quieter? Each one I look at seems to have this huge fan attached to it.

1573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2009, 06:46:13 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 08, 2009, 03:57:52 PM

When he started singing I turned to my wife and screamed, "HOLY SHIT!  THAT'S THE GEARS OF WAR SONG!"

When he started singing my wife turned to me and in a little girl voice said "He's sooooo coooool!!!!" And she was not kidding around. I died a little inside when I secretly agreed with her.
1574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2009, 06:42:53 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 08, 2009, 06:07:35 AM

What song did Adam sing? Paula's drug induced ramblings caused the show to go overtime by 5 minutes which means my TiVo cut the end off.

It's odd but I've found Paula to be rather clear headed this year. She actually has a lot of constructive things to say to the contestants. It takes her forever to get to her point but the advice and criticism she is delivering is usually dead on.
1575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Stargate SG-1] Does it get better? on: April 07, 2009, 06:22:55 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 07, 2009, 01:54:07 PM

Quote from: Razgon on April 07, 2009, 01:31:43 PM

I guess its like any show, where both the characters have to become more familiar in their roles, and I have to get to learn them to know as well... I just hope the "Scenery" improves as well, beyond the forest they always seem to visit ;-)

Ah, the Canadian forest set that they always seem to use. biggrin

Or at least wherever they're situated when they taped these shows.

O'Neal makes a crack about all the planets looking like forests in one of the early episodes which was a nice way to poke fun at their limited filming locations. The show was definitely done on the cheap with limited resources but it makes do just fine. Even the episodes where they go all out to create a unique look to the planet it never comes off as spectacular. But its the characters and stories that make it all work.
1576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band LEGO? on: April 06, 2009, 08:34:07 PM
As long as they include the Zak the Lego Maniac song all will be well.
1577  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer dollar deals ($1-4) on: April 03, 2009, 07:28:40 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 03, 2009, 04:37:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 03, 2009, 05:03:53 AM

Horizons: Empire of Istaria

I thought this game was a completely dead mmo. Why would they be selling it?

It looks like its still alive. Played through it in alpha/beta and except for a few elements (dragon playable race and crafting) it was all ho-hum. My wife tried to subscribe to the game about a year after it launched to see if there was anything new. She had a hell of a time getting through the billing process. It was like they were purposely making it difficult to take your money. When she finally got through the game wouldn't launch. It was subsequently uninstalled and the subscription canceled.

So the price they have listed here seems a bit high.
1578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crank 2 on: April 02, 2009, 02:32:54 AM
I'm actually really looking forward to this one. The first film is a guilty pleasure as its just so over the top and doesn't give a damn.
1579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let the Right One In on: March 30, 2009, 02:33:05 AM
Just saw this the other night finally. Very good film. If you liked this one you might want to check out the Singapore film Dorm which this one reminded me a lot of. It's another thoughtful horror film where two kids share a relationship but one is a supernatural being.
1580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 27, 2009, 07:14:23 PM
Here are 9 comments from the results show last night*

1. The live group performance lip-sync changed to a taped group performance lip-sync. It was bad before but this is even worse. Will they do that on the tour?

2. The Adam/Lil/Danny Judges Save is a farce and they should cut their loses and just use it on the next show regardless who is slated to go home just to make the whole thing null.

3. I forgot how much Ruben sweats.

4. The Joss Stone/Smokey Robinson duet was both awful and creepy. For some reason I couldn't tear my self away.

9. I wasn't feeling Stevie at all even though he tried to bring some life to the show. And wasn't that supposed to be a Motown medley? It sounded just like snippets of Stevie songs. And someone's gotta keep Stevie away from the bon bons! Had to be said.

* Using Kara Dioguardi mathmatics
1581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Park: Season 13 [spoilers] on: March 27, 2009, 06:49:31 PM
Just caught up on the last two episodes and had a question about the Coon episode. There was a scene where Mysterio went to Kyle's room asking for help. Nothing seemed to come of that. Did I miss something? Or was that supposed to be Kyle at the end as Mysterio?
1582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" Buy Managers violate price match, get bonuses on: March 26, 2009, 09:28:43 PM
I've only bothered to price match once at Best Buy. I used it for the Rock Band bundle. Circuit City had it for like $25 off regular price and I wanted to use my Best Buy gift cards to take the sting out of buying the thing. BB had no problems price matching when I showed them the CC ad. Painless.

But perhaps this comes more in to play with big ticket items like HDTVs.
1583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: March 23, 2009, 06:41:57 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 23, 2009, 05:28:24 PM

I also had too many questions about what effect seeding the planet with people would have. First of all, English would have been the dominant language worldwide, and there would be sudden evidence of complex tools being used, even if they got rid of all of their existing technological equipment. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

You know those cylons that took off with the base ship? On their way past Jupiter they said "screw this" turned the ship around and came back guns a blazing. Only Hera survived.

There we go. All explained. I expect that's what the Battlestar Galactica: The Plan movie will show or there about.
1584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I deleted LOST and Heroes on: March 23, 2009, 06:32:43 PM
Heroes you're not missing a thing.

As for Lost...are you crazy!?
1585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 19, 2009, 06:46:09 PM
The Judges Save was all drama without any meaning again last night. Anyone notice how the judges were barely paying attention to Alexis' performance when she was singing for her life? I think Simon looked up for a bit when she walked towards the judges table but no one else was paying attention which indicated to me the whole thing is a farce.

Not that its going to change much but that whole element is as unnecessary as the judges walking out from behind the stage on the competition night.

Out the final 2 up there Alexis should have been the one staying but neither of those two had a shot in hell at winning as is.
1586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Tocantins on: March 17, 2009, 07:22:00 PM
Caught up on the season this weekend (On Demand). So far its an ok season. No one is standing out to me as someone I really want to root for although Taj is at least perking my interest as she's seems the be the only one willing to add some strategy. I do have to say that challenge where they spun the people on a top was one of the most hilarious challenges in any season - although a bit out of place for the show overall.

Coach is definitely the Ace of this season. You can't wait to see him go down and be humiliated.

BTW: I couldn't remember Ace's name so I Googled "survivor fake accent" and the first thing to come up was "Is Ace's accent on Survivor fake? - Yahoo! Answers"
1587  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: 10 years of Everquest on: March 14, 2009, 09:13:54 PM
Spent at least 4 years playing it. Started in one of the early betas and finally stopped playing after the Shadows of Luclin addon. I went back to it late last year when they re-activated everyones account for a month and you could download the game + all expansions and play it for free. Had a lot of fun revisiting all those areas and seeing some of the changes that were made. But had no desire to go back to it. Its still a grindfest with a complicated UI (remember you can only memorize about 8 spells at a time) and I'm spoiled by the ease of todays MMO's.

What's fantastic about that game is I still come across some of the guild members on other MMOs I've played over the years.

1588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap - free games + price increase coming on: March 14, 2009, 08:59:39 PM
Gotta say it again, this is the best PC gaming deal out there. $60 a year for a large variety of games with 2 games added weekly. Plus a single account comes with the ability to create logins for family members, I think up to 3, at no extra charge. So I have my own account and I created a login for my wife so she can play any of the subscription games on her own computer at no additional fee. This is my 3rd year on it and we both use the service regularly.

Here's a page where you can see a listing of all their games:

The main complaints I read about the service are:

- You don't get to keep the games after the service ends
- Can't use 3rd party mods
- Games not always patched to latest version
- Minor Mac support
- No support for Windows 64-bit operating systems (although that's supposed to be supported soon)

None of these issues have bothered me and I think the pluses outweigh the negatives. There's such a large variety of games and I've discovered quite a few gems I normally wouldn't have purchased or wanted and never got around to it.
1589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting on: March 14, 2009, 05:06:13 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 13, 2009, 09:34:04 PM

Quote from: kadnod on March 13, 2009, 07:16:31 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on March 11, 2009, 06:33:16 PM

I'd watch a Boba Fett: Body Hunter series.

I'm hoping for a buddy cop series staring Boba Fett and Jar Jar.

J.J. & the Fett?

If it's on Fox - Dollhutt: The Leia Organa Chronicles

Han Solo travels back in time to warn Leia that judgement day is coming to Alderaan but the bitch's been mind wiped by some crime lord and now thinks she's a wookie.

1590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 14, 2009, 04:54:36 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 13, 2009, 09:34:15 PM

I don't like the judges' save rule. As justification Ryan points to contestants like Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson who were voted out early. Bad examples - they went on to be superstars! Winning American Idol isn't necessarily the golden ticket to fame - sometimes getting the boot is a GOOD thing.

I agree with that. It also adds some emotional value to the show when someoned good gets voted out. Then the next day at work you get to bitch about it with your co-workers and say stuff like "Did you vote for them! No!? Me either." Plus the Daughtry thing wouldn't have mattered with this rule as he was voted out in the 4th round and this is only good up till the 5th.
1591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Scariest games on: March 11, 2009, 05:56:08 PM
I would put Doom 3 up there as a scary game. Headphones + lights out made for a frightening experience. I would have put Dead Space in there as that was just outright creepy and had plenty of scares.

I started playing Undying again a few weeks ago. It doesn't hold up quite as well as I recall. But I remember the initial time through it was pretty freak'n scary.
1592  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Bitter Rivals on: March 10, 2009, 07:12:14 PM
Completing the event (you actually don't have to do everything) gets you the unlock a week early and they're unlocked for those people today. So a week from today is when everyone has access to them.
1593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 06, 2009, 08:25:19 PM
As much as I hate Tatiana's personality the girl can sing. I thought she sang better than any of the wild card picks that night. But I hadn't realized this was the same song she did before - twice. So am kinda glad they didn't bring her along as to me that's a cop out. On the flip side Anop went ahead and sang a song he already performed and while he didn't sound that great I like his personality, so I'm glad they added him. Not sure how long he'll last though as his vocals were pretty rough.

Maybe it was just me but I actually started laughing when Von Smith started singing. That was the worst singing voice ever. Should have worn the hat.
1594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of the Triad returns on: March 04, 2009, 08:03:07 PM
I remember being excited about this one. Back then I was scooping up anything FPS - I was even excited over the Tek War demo even though the demo ran like crap and had bugs galore. I did purchase ROTT when it came out and I recall the big thing with this one was how lousy the multiplayer was implemented. I believe this was Apogee/3D Realms first stab at multiplayer and they just didn't code it well. By then Doom/Heretic/Hexen was running mutliplayer games just fine so it was a disheartening to get drops every few minutes. Thankfully when Duke 3D got released the company had overcome their multiplayer issues.

Overall though this was a pretty generic FPS. A step back from Doom which had been out for more than a year already.
1595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: March 02, 2009, 08:17:09 PM

Quote from: cheeba on March 02, 2009, 08:00:36 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 02, 2009, 07:35:56 PM

Here's my question. Did Boomer actually make the jump or did she hit the side of the ship and explode? I thought she exploded. I didn't watch next weeks previews though so they may have showed more.
No, she made the jump. But the jump so close to the Galactica caused the explosion/implosion whatever it was. Of course this makes one wonder why the cylons have hit the Galactica with so many nukes. Why not just get a bunch of raiders to jump right next to it?
I'm just going to go with it for fear or more montages of Adama weeping over the bulkheads with corncern.
1596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 27, 2009, 08:00:39 PM
Wow, forgot about the Faces of Death series. I remember those being quite disturbing especially since I saw them at a young age (gonna guess around 12-14). I still remember the monkey brain scene in particular since I had just seen it on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - although this of course was more sadistic with the beating of a live monkey.

Didn't realize most of it was faked though. Days of childhood trauma all for naught.
1597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 10:13:36 PM
The first film that came to mind when reading the subject was Battle Royale which was probably more shocking than disturbing (although it was that too). But I recently saw it again and it didn't have the same effect the 2nd time as the initial time.
1598  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All PS2 Gold Box Monday 2/23 on: February 23, 2009, 09:54:14 PM
Picked up Persona 4 for $26. Just started playing Persona 3 about a week ago. I think I paid $25 for 3 FES on Black Friday so $26 seems like a pretty good deal.
1599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coldstone Creamery on: February 18, 2009, 01:44:47 AM
Cold Stone ice cream cakes are awesome. But the only ice cream concoction I every liked from there was the All Love'n No Oven. Ever other concoction I've tried has had too much going on to taste good. Guess my taste buds are not sophisticated enough.

I would be curious if anyone has come up with a good concoction to try. I'm always tempted to make one myself but know it'll suck.
1600  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Star Wars Force Unleashed Xbox 360 $25.98 (4 hours only) - on: February 18, 2009, 01:40:55 AM
Gah! I missed this. Missed it the first time it was on Gold Box for $35 and now this.
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