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1001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / State of Fear on: December 16, 2004, 07:56:41 PM
Anyone else digesting the new Michael Crichton- State of Fear?  Any takes on his theory on global warming?  Only about half way through this latest book but it is enjoyable so far.  I found Prey to start out well but run out of steam ... Surprisingly enough, for someone that likes sci-fi and fantasy, I thought Airframe was a great book.  

1002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / For parents: How old to watch Lord of the Rings? on: December 16, 2004, 07:51:33 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
After seeing the movies, my daughter has moved on from (she is nearly 12) Harry Potter type books to more mainstream fantasy like Weis/Hickman's old Dragonlance books. She is currently reading the first Robert Jordan WoT book. I am nothing but impressed by how the movies pushed her to want to read larger and slightly deeper books.

Not trying to come off as criticzing here, but moving from Harry Potter to Dragonlance seems like a step backwards to me. The Harry Potter series strikes me as much more literary than Dragonlance and/or Jordan.

Wait a sec - Harry Potter is deeper than Wheel of Time?  I admit I managed to make it through only half of the first book - but are they that deep and involving?  For my take I found Harry Potter to be extremely simplistic - comparable to someone like Eddings (sorry Eddings fans!!!).  Maybe I am missing out here?  

Anyway, I am surprised that my 11 year old is enjoying Jordan.  Then again she is only on the first book so the plot is not terribly deep.  If she makes it to book 5 or 6 and starts theorizing on who killed who then I will be REALLY impressed heh smile

1003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / For parents: How old to watch Lord of the Rings? on: December 16, 2004, 03:33:00 AM
My daughter and I have seen all three at the movie theater.  She is 11 now so I guess she started at 8.  My son is one year younger and did not care for them much.  In he defense he has autism and sitting through a 3 hour movie is sort of torture - but he wanted to check it out so I said more power to him at the time.  Tonight when I showed him the running time on the new extended Return of the King he ran away smile

After seeing the movies, my daughter has moved on from (she is nearly 12) Harry Potter type books to more mainstream fantasy like Weis/Hickman's old Dragonlance books.  She is currently reading the first Robert Jordan WoT book.  I am nothing but impressed by how the movies pushed her to want to read larger and slightly deeper books.

1004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / HDTV - my new passion on: December 09, 2004, 01:35:57 AM
I am also a HDTV fanatic, in fact I hate watching anything that isn't HDTV.  We bought our Hitachi 57" Diamond scan almost a year ago.  

The TV is huge and I had a set of Energy Take 5's for my speakers.  I felt the speakers were too small (I can't believe the logic worked on my wife) so I had to upgrade the fronts to Monitor Audio silver S 8's.  Once those were in I explained that we now had a 7.1 system but no reciever capable of producing 7.1 sound - thus came the Yamaha RV-V2400 reciever.  

Once all that was in it turns out we had an old DVD player that was unable to play progressive scan.  Once again I explained how important this was (not how much I wanted high rez audio CD support) so we got a Yamaha DVD player that could do all that goodness.  

Looking back now it is almost comical that I pulled that one off.  I think one reason this worked is that my wife is Japanese and she is pretty addicted to electronic goodies.

Anyway, can't reccommend a HDTV enough, if you have the means GET ONE!

1005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Dark Tower - No Spoilers Please on: December 08, 2004, 05:40:10 PM
Cool Thread!

Been a reader of DT for a long time.  Book 4 goes back to Roland's early days and is one of my all time favorite books.  Since he took ages between books I believe that book 4 gets you back up to speed quickly.

Book 5 I did not enjoy as much as I hoped I would.  It's basically a retelling of the Magnificent 7 or similar movies where cowboys ride into town and help the people get ready for an army of bad guys that are coming.  It took me several restarts to get through this book - can't quite place my finger on why I found it so boring.

Book 6 (which I am almost done with) is a great read, really there are some parts taht are so original they will blow your mind.  Since we don't like spoilers I ain't saying a word.  Trust me, this book is simply crazy!

Book 7 is a massive tome that is waiting to be read.  I may get to it today as a matter of fact since I have 5 days off.

1006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 03, 2004, 07:42:27 PM
I think I messed the first quote up a bit, I think he says "I'm either in love with your daughter or I've found a new found respect for life".

But the timing with Ackryod saying the same thing 2 seconds later cracks me up every time.

There are so many great quotes in that movie.  Can't remember it but when he is talking to his therapist and says something like "why don't you want to treat me, I know where you live." is just LOL funny!

OH!  And the conversation with the dad:

"What do you do?"
"Professional killer"
"Ah - it’s a growth industry"

That Sponteneity one is tickling the back of my mind ... gimme a few.
1007  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: there is something wrong with me! on: December 03, 2004, 07:11:15 PM
I already have EQ2 but thanks for all the kind offers.  smile

I don't really know what made EQ so addictive over the years because it seems like such a grind.  As with most MMO's though, the social aspect is very strong.  Grouping is neccessary to do anything beyong level 10 (for the most part).  

Another main draw to EQ is being in a 400+ member raiding guild.  

Anyway, thanks a lot for all the input gang.  I did log into WoW last night and then logged out about 10 minutes later.  DOH!  At least my daughter wants to play through the free month.

1008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 03, 2004, 05:59:17 PM
Grosse Pointe Blank - John Cusack ...

1009  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: there is something wrong with me! on: December 02, 2004, 11:32:24 PM
I was/am a total EQ junkie.  In fact thats where I found out how much fun the social aspect of MMORPG's can be.  I really like EQ2 as well but I have a 6800GT and the <insert copious amounts of swearing here> graphic stuttering problems are driving me insane.

I am going to check out the Whisperwind server and try to hook up with Wanderers.  

1010  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: there is something wrong with me! on: December 02, 2004, 10:16:12 PM
do you enjoy EQ2 - mb?

1011  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: there is something wrong with me! on: December 02, 2004, 09:23:31 PM
Because I am already bored with WoW.  I don't get it, the game is getting rave reviews, its getting praised everywhere for it's gameplay over EQ2.  And afer a week I already feel like I did with CoH - bored.  

I think one of the problems with both CoH and WoW is that the quest system is fundamentally "go here and kill x number of foozles, come back for reward".  Sure most MMO's are like this but it is so repetitive in WoW, why can't they have EQ2 type quests where you actually have to work at finishing the quest (I'm thinking specifically of the Hidden Eye quest early on in EQ2).  

I do know one thing that turns me off about WoW is the maturity level of players.  When I play a fantasy game I don't care to group with "Potsmokerboi".  Also the game seems centered on soloing - and I prefer a more social game, I love grouping and guilds.  

So what have I missed in WoW?  I really like the characters, graphics - sound!   But I have no desire to start it up again.  HELP!

1012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game - Round 2 on: December 01, 2004, 04:49:13 PM
Hey Zimm don't ask for dick, Zimm tells you the way it is... or else

Get Shorty - love that one!

Here is mine:

"I'm either in love or I have a new found respect for life."

then 2 seconds later:

"He's either in love or has a new found respect for life"

One of my all time fav movies!   Cool

1013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need fantasy books for my X-mas list on: December 01, 2004, 04:41:05 PM
I got so sick of Jordan that I wrote my own tongue in cheek 2 page ending to the series.  I wish I still had it laying around.  

After 10 books I will be a fool again and buy the next one.  And I will be disappointed AGAIN   :x

1014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need fantasy books for my X-mas list on: November 30, 2004, 07:26:22 PM
Ok, I have a question.  I missed the documentary on why everyone hates Robert Jordan.  So I'm rather uninformed.  I've been reading his Wheel Of Time series for a while now.  I'm mid way through the 4th book.  

The problem with Jordan is that he sort of forgot what he was doing after book 6.  What WAS a great series with tons of plot, sub-plots, great characters and really bad bad guys, has turned into the Seinfeld of fantasy series.  It has become a series about nothing (but not in a good way).  

I don't know why I still plod through them - I read book 10 and was absolutely pissed when it ended and nothing had happened!  Every few years I read though book 1 - 6 and remember what a great writer he was.  

Just my opinion.

1015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOTR Time Again - Holy crap! on: November 30, 2004, 06:29:11 PM
Quote from: "JayG"
Ah but isn't Blade 3 being released this holiday season? Can't beat vampires for that feel good feeling.

Is anyone else looking forward to Blade 3?  Everytime I see the preview I want to rush out and see it.  Are any reviews in at least?  I sincerely hope they don't screw this one up cuase Blade 2 was such a fun movie.

1016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need fantasy books for my X-mas list on: November 30, 2004, 06:12:38 PM
I second the Steven Erikson recommendation - Gardens of the Moon.  I think the second novel will be published in the US very soon.

OH!  Stick it out with Lord Foul's Bane.  As dispicable as the character is the story is really excellent.  If you go for any Sci Fi then Donaldson's Gap series is very good but the characters are almost as pathetic as Covenant.

1017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is there anyone who still needs/wants a Gmail invite? on: November 24, 2004, 11:58:46 PM
Thanks Warning!

1018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is there anyone who still needs/wants a Gmail invite? on: November 24, 2004, 11:20:22 PM
I would appreciate a gmail invite if anyone has any available.  Thanks!

[email protected]

1019  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The Monstrous Regiment (WoW Guild) New Home-Please Read! on: November 24, 2004, 01:25:01 PM
I want in on this guild!! (picking up WoW today or Friday first smile) I love Pratchets work in fact I have been to two signings and they were both like comedy shows - he doesn't read he talks about whatever he feels like.  If you get a chance to see, don't miss out.

Speaking of guild names - anyone remember these EQ guilds?  Pretty Pink Prancing Ponies?  How about Raiders of the last Orc ...

1020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Vampire really needs! (besides patched) on: November 23, 2004, 08:40:35 PM
Have to agree on this one.  Doesn't the game seem like every room has an unfinished feel?  Its obvious from the bugs (and I am not a "bug hunting" person) that it was rushed for holiday release.  

Every room has a very barren feel to it and I am always disappointed when the little "use" hand icon thingy doesn't come up.  And why can I pick up stuff like boxes in rooms when there is nothing to use them for/on (besides tossing at a wall).

Still, for its flaws, this is the game that is taking me away from HL2 and EQ2.

1021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gene Wolfe: Wizard Knight pt. 2 on: November 23, 2004, 02:39:26 AM
Funny you mention this.  For whatever reason this is the first Tad Williams book that I have taken an interest in right away.  Normally I have to plod through a 100 or so pages before they click.  


Quote from: "JayG"
Just started Shadowmarch myself. Have to admit, that while I loved all of William's previous books, I'm finding this a little hard to get into. Probably the wee folk. Then I hope to read thr new Tomas Covenant.
1022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire Quest Help Thread-Spoilers!!!! on: November 22, 2004, 02:06:39 PM
Stuck on two early quests.  Where can I find the blood bank freezer code.  Also for the life of me I can't seem to find the apartments that Carson is in.  The Bail Bondsman says to look in Santa Monica Apartments (I think) but they don't appear on the map.  Is this something obvious I missed?

1023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gene Wolfe: Wizard Knight pt. 2 on: November 20, 2004, 03:33:11 AM
Woo hoo .. for other Gene Wolfe fans.  Wasn't The Knight a fantastic book?  Just added this and the new Tad Williams (though I never got through the 4th Otherland book) to my book stack of TO BE READ SOON.  Also new Terry Pratchett is out.

1024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Everquest 2 - first impressions on: November 16, 2004, 03:58:38 AM
After a week of playing EQ2 nearly non-stop I must say that this is a nice upgrade to EQ.  Now let me preface that by stating that I am sort of a hardcore EQ gamer, I really get into the background of the game, the depth is something I doubt we will ever see in an online game again becuase it turns a lot of people off.  I know most consider EQ and EQ2 a "grind" game but I guess I don't play them that way.  Give me hard quests, make me work for stuff.  Make this another fantasy world I can live in while I'm away from real world.

My old guild has started up on EQ2 (we are something like 420+ strong on EQ - serious raiding guild ...) so the game is a much more sociable experience for me.  That EQ magic seems to be here, I'm really looking forward to the looky-loos to move on though so there is not so much freaking lag  biggrin

I did play the 1st WoW open beta and had a great time with it.  WoW is definitely a game I will look forward to in a few months - now back to EQ2!  

(this post was not in any way meant to offend anyone, and if you get on Mistmore send Happenstance a tell!)

1025  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Low end systems for EQ II on: November 16, 2004, 03:37:51 AM
My main is a AMD64 3200+ with a gig of twinX mem, ATI 9800XT ... it runs OK.  Not great but I attribute that to lag (somewhat) since it can turn into a slide show when you are in a busy city (think bazaar in EQ1).

My second machine is a AMD xp 2800, 512 ram and a old beater Geforce 3 Ti 500.  The game runs like complete and utter crap on it.  If I were to invest in a bit more mem and a decent video card it might look better.

STILL, on my main machine EQ2 looks pretty good by using the balanced settings.  I was able to use a high setting on noob island.  YMMV.

1026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Got $3500 and need a car, help me choose on: November 09, 2004, 06:14:11 PM
I love Honda's but my wife is against getting one - aren't they the most stolen car in America (at least that is her reasoning)?  I saw a news report the other day that a car is stolen every 15 minutes in Washington state.

1027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / George RR Martins Latest Book on: November 07, 2004, 06:30:43 PM
heh - I'll never forget my reaction to finishing the first Erikson book.  I stared at it with my mouth open for a few seconds, shook my head like I had been in some weird day dream and promptly started reading it again.  I had the same initial reaction as others, it was hard to get through the first half of the book because, quite frankly, this is not typical American fantasy that holds your hand throughout.  This is more Glenn Cook style where you actually have to pay attention LOL!  I mean the book is so deep and complicated..

Book two's ending - OMG I never saw that coming.

Now I have read fantasy for about 25 years and I can't think of a writer I like more (cept ole GRR Martin) than Erikson.

1028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Star Wars Episode 3 Trailer - November 4th! on: November 06, 2004, 03:36:41 AM
They prempted the local news in Seattle today to show the trailer ... must be a slow news day.  That trailer was damn impressive.

1029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / George RR Martins Latest Book on: November 06, 2004, 03:33:09 AM
If you like nice long dark gritty fantasy (very complicated fantasy) I highly recommend Steven Erikson's books.  He has 5 of the Malazan book of the Fallen published in Britain but only the first novel, Garden's of the Moon (with a REALLY bad cover) here in the USA.  

These books were not published here because they were deemed far to complicated for us simple Americans ... Anyway, check them out if you get a chance.  Next to GRR Martin Erikson is probably my favorite fantasy writer of the last 20 years.

I gave up on Robert Jordan because his books now revolve around long conversations and descriptions of what the characters are wearing.  zzzzz.  Book 1 - 6 were good though.

1030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Speaking of books - Baroque cycle anyone? on: November 03, 2004, 04:55:35 PM
I think I had to start Quicksilver 3 times before I really got into it.  Also the books are SO long that I had occasion to set them down and read another book before getting back into them.  

Its been a few weeks since I polished off Confusion and I have to say it is one of the better books I have read this year.  Thinking back on some of the funnier scenes keep bringing a smile to my face.  Seriously funny stuff here with the spanish inquisition (I know, how do you make that funny without going Monty Python?)

I have to agree with BigRedCat - don't take any of the slow parts for granted in Quicksilver cause they are all in there for a reason.  

BTW when I went to the Stephenson signing someone asked what he was working on now and he said "nothing" so it may be a while till a new works from him sees the light of day.  OH!  He also said that it took several years for Cryptonomicon to be published (he did not elaborate ...).

1031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Speaking of books - Baroque cycle anyone? on: November 03, 2004, 12:43:20 AM
Anyone else caught up in Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle?  

Cryptonomicon is one of my all time favorite books so I was a sucker for Quicksilver the day it was published.  I spent about a month trying to read it before it clicked and I really enjoyed it.  Then I waited for the next two to come out so I could read them back to back - even went to the last book signing about a month ago (sort of a unenthusiastic speaker ole Neal is...)

The second book had more swashbuckling adventure than I could have imagined and the end just left me breathless for the third book which switches gears yet again.  And he wrote the whole 3000 pages longhand?  Un-freaking-believable...

I think that Baroque cycle as a whole is an amazing undertaking but not for everyone.  For every page of fast paced action (and humor) there is a page of conversations or people writing other people letters.  

So anyone else deeply into the books or has finished them?  Thoughts?  Perplexing questions?  

1032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Stephen Donaldson: Anyone reading? on: November 03, 2004, 12:36:16 AM
Yeah Covenant is really one of the greatest anti-hero's ever.  Most of my favorite parts of the books is when he is forced to come to grips with and use his power.  Or scenes like in the first novel where they are interrogating him and he rips the ring off his chest (where it was taped) and everyone freaks out and bows down before him.  All the while is whining that he doesn't want the power at all.

I love the part where he calls the sand-gorgon to rip the doors of Revelstone so he can finally deal out some righteous retribution hehe.

1033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Stephen Donaldson: Anyone reading? on: November 02, 2004, 08:05:12 PM
Thomas Covenant returns at the end.[/quote]

More Spoilers

I wonder if it is really him, at one part doesn't he speak through the old guy and say "don't trust me, I'm dead" or something to that effect?  Then again this is the "LAst chronicles of Thomas Covenant" so I imagine he will have to show up at some point.   Cool
1034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Music] 3 Inches Of Blood on: November 01, 2004, 09:16:37 PM
Some parts of the singing remind me of Dani from Cradle of Filth (like a chipmunk on Meth) and at other times he reminds me of King diamond and OR the guy from Crimson Glory.  

The vocals are growing on me, heh!

1035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Road To The Grudge Is Paved In Suck on: October 31, 2004, 05:55:08 PM
My wife and I watched the Japanese version (Ju-On) last night on DVD and I was left confused.  The movie made no sense whatsoever - it was like a bunch of loosely connected stories centering on some kid that meowed a lot.  It jumped around so much I felt like I was on a trampoline.  Has anyone seen the original that can explain what the hell the movie was about??

1036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Music] 3 Inches Of Blood on: October 31, 2004, 05:46:51 PM
UGH!!  That singer is sort of like fingernails on chalkboard to me.  The music is good ... and this from a guy who's favorite band is Opeth with a growler for lead vocals (ok half growling, half mellow).

I'm an old school metaler from the 80's and refuse to grow up, 36 years old and I have been to these concerts already this year.

Opeth / Moonspell - Lamentations tour!
Queensryche (3 weeks ago)
Dream Theater

1037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Cast Ever in a Movie on: October 28, 2004, 05:46:10 PM
The three leads in 21 Grams were amazing.  I normally avoid Sean Penn but this movie is so damn good it is worth it IMHO.  

Benecio Deltoro (sp?)
Naomi Watts
Sean Pen

1038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Favorite Albums on: October 28, 2004, 01:56:26 AM
Cool topic.

In no particular order ...
Black Sabbath - Mob Rules & Sabotage
Anacrusis - Screams and Whispers
Vision Divine - Stream of Consiousness
Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt 1
Opeth - Damnation/Deliverance (hard to decide ...)
Opeth - My Arms Your Hearse
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind & Live after Death
Buckethead - Bucketheadland
Flowerkings - Star Dust We Are & Flower Power
Transatlantic - 1st one
Anathema - Alternative 4
Anthrax - Spreading the Disease
Pink floyd - The wall
Tool - Undertow
Slayer - Decade of Aggresion
Nightwish - Once

1039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Stephen Donaldson: Anyone reading? on: October 26, 2004, 07:31:02 AM
Thanks for the reply Whipsnade.  I have a Steven Erikson Novella that is signed by Erikson and oddly enough Donaldson as well (his forward is signed).  I guess if I had gone I would have asked him about the SE books cause I find them to be my favorite fantasy novels of the last 20 years.  GRR Martin is up there too of course smile

I finished the new Covenant book over the weekend and WOW what a cliff hanger!  No spoilers though, just - WOW.  During one of Donaldson's interviews he indicated he has not even started on the next book yet so I guess we have a long wait.  Oh well lots of books to be read in the mean time.

Anyone else read the new R. Scot Baker book called 'The Darkness that Comes Before'?  Good stuff, nice and dark.

1040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Stephen Donaldson: Anyone reading? on: October 24, 2004, 06:07:29 PM
I didn't go - at the last minute my friend backed out.  Did he talk about Steven Erikson's work?  For a while I have suspected that he was influenced to get back into fantasy by Stevenson's work since he praises it so often (Stevenson is just about the best fantasy writer out there today IMHO).

So what surprised you about him?  What were some of his better Q&A's?  I wish I had gone but it is a 90+ mile round trip to get there and when my friend backed out at the last minute I just stayed in bed.  

Oh what other fantasy writers does he like?
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