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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Week 17 Discussion on: January 02, 2012, 10:33:34 PM
Well, it was great to see the Pack beat the Lions while sitting a few key players.  It was a pretty crazy game and my voice is still a little hoarse.

I admit I wouldn't mind the Lions to beat the Saints if for no other reason to see the Lions make it back to Lambeau.  The only team the Packers should have a tough time with in the playoffs is the Giants.  They played the Packers the hardest during the regular season, and the other teams are dome teams that will wish they were playing at home during the playoffs.

While it'd be interesting to see a rematch of last year's Super Bowl, I doubt it will happen, but a rematch of Super Bowl XXXI looks very possible.  That would be a fun game to watch.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Week 16 Discussion on: December 28, 2011, 04:01:44 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on December 28, 2011, 01:42:42 PM

Im going to be quite interested in who and how the Packers play vs the Lions this weekend.  The game is meaningless, positioning wise and I wonder how long they are going to be willing to risk Rodgers ( as well as a few other key players ).  Against Detroits d-line and vs a team thats needing a win for a better playoff position?  I would be surprised to see Rodgers play more than a series or two.  If the Packers take the loss here, people will understand but if they play for the win and lose Rodgers to injury, their Superbowl dreams would likely be over.

I'm guessing that they'll play their starters for at least a half unless Rodgers is getting pounded on early.  The Packers will have a bye week, but you don't want them to be rusty.

Also, Rodgers had more yardage in both games against the Bears than Brees had.  Just saying.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Week 16 Discussion on: December 28, 2011, 06:28:35 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 27, 2011, 08:12:38 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on December 27, 2011, 08:08:40 PM

Call me crazy but I think the Niners could give the Packers a good game.  They can control the ball with the run, they minimize turnovers and keep the ball away from the other teams offense so perhaps they can frustrate the Packers like that, of course they would need to score TD's when in the red zone and not more FG's.  I'm not sure how that same style would work against the Saints but who knows eh?

We saw what happened to the Pack when Rodgers is rushed hard like the Chiefs did.  The Niners can definitely bring it.  As for the Saints, they just can't play in NO for the Niners to have a shot.

We also saw what happened when the Bears did it to the Packers this past Sunday.  While the Bears have an injury riddled offense, the defense has some very good players and Rodgers still carved them up with a patchwork O-Line and without Greg Jennings.  The Packers have their issues on defense, but I still think that the Packers are the most dangerous team in the playoffs.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "what should I ask for the holidays" thread on: November 29, 2011, 11:13:39 PM
Can we get back on topic please?  Mostly because I need help in figuring out what to ask for as well.   icon_biggrin
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Muppets on: November 29, 2011, 11:09:59 PM
While a lot of movies my wife and I have seen haven't lived up to the hype, we both loved The Muppets and thought that it was the best movie of the year.  It's exactly what you expect from a Muppet movie.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone-4 must have apps. IYHO on: November 21, 2011, 07:41:43 PM
My Game Center ID is GrahamGT.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone-4 must have apps. IYHO on: November 19, 2011, 04:57:44 AM
Well, my wife has an account already set up on iTunes. Can we both have an account on the same computer, or do we need to share the same account?
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone-4 must have apps. IYHO on: November 17, 2011, 07:11:18 PM
Rise from your grave!!!!

I will soon be switching over to the Dark Side.  I will have an iPhone 4S in my hands hopefully tomorrow, otherwise on Monday.  Are these still good apps to get, or have newer ones replaced them?  I really would like a good turn-by-turn GPS, but I'm looking for other suggestions too.
49  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: MTG - Old School Decks vs. Overpowered New Stuff? on: October 09, 2011, 06:07:10 AM
They provide a card with the regular back on it that shows the different double-sided cards.  Once the card is put into play, the double-sided card is put into play and the placeholder card is set to the side.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Redbox Question on: September 23, 2011, 07:06:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 23, 2011, 05:57:26 PM

Can you return a Redbox rental to any kiosk, or does it have to be the same one you got it from?

You can return it to any Redbox.  We've even done it across state lines.
51  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG D&D Games Weekend Sale on: September 23, 2011, 03:41:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 23, 2011, 02:52:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 23, 2011, 01:11:42 AM

Quote from: KC on September 23, 2011, 12:45:23 AM

I've never played the BG or IWD games or Planescape Torment games.  Are they hardcore difficulty or do they have easy difficulty modes?



IIRC they all have the option to change the difficulty levels.  I know the Baldur's Gate games did, so I can't imagine the others not having it.

Pretty sure BG & IWD has sliders, but I don't recall anything in PS: T.  Don't let that deter you though, Planescape Torment is one of the finest games ever created.  If you're going to give them a shot, be sure to grab the widescreen and bug fixing mods.  The character sprites are crappy, but the handpainted backgrounds on these games are stunningly beautiful...even by today's graphics standards.

IIRC, don't you have to die a few times in PS:T to actually complete the game?
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Streaming through Amazon Prime on: September 21, 2011, 06:36:06 PM
We are currently looking at using Amazon Prime for Streaming instead of Netflix.  Has anyone done this?  The thing we liked about Netflix is that we could steam it to any console we had.  How do you do it with Amazon Prime?  We don't have a TV with wireless built in, so that is out of the question.
53  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Quarriors - Dice Building Game on: September 21, 2011, 03:59:25 AM
I just got a copy of it.  I'll have a review of it eventually.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Redbox Question on: September 21, 2011, 03:50:16 AM
Redbox kiosks are open if the store is open if it's inside the store.  If it's outside the store, it's 24 hours.

If you rent a game at 12:30 AM on Tuesday, it is due back 9:00 PM on Wednesday.  It is always the next day AFAIK.

I haven't rented games from them, but that's how the movies have worked.  It's pretty seamless and easy.
55  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone have a spare Suuper Street Fighter IV Manual? on: September 08, 2011, 04:09:15 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 06, 2011, 04:41:19 AM

What kind of information are you looking to find?  Unless you're looking for something specifically printed in the manual, I can probably point you to an online resource that will serve your needs much better.

I lost my manual when I had a laptop get stolen and the manual was in there.  I just like to have the actual manual (it's the completist in me), but it's not that big of a deal.
56  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone have a spare Suuper Street Fighter IV Manual? on: September 06, 2011, 12:37:50 AM
I lost mine a while back and forgot about it.  Does anyone have one they aren't using?
57  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Conquest of Nerath and Thunderstone Dragonspire reviews on: August 25, 2011, 07:57:46 PM
I have two new board game reviews posted.

D&D: Conquest of Nerath:
http://gamingtrend.com/other_reviews/dungeons-and-dragons-conquest-of-nerath-review/

Thunderstone Dragonspire:
http://gamingtrend.com/other_reviews/thunderstone-dragonspire-review/

Take a look and let me know if you have any questions.
58  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: GenCon...because Origins wasn't enough on: August 23, 2011, 01:54:09 AM
Here is my report on GenCon:

http://gamingtrend.com/2011/08/22/gencon-2011-report/

I couldn't cover the whole show, but I think I got a pretty good sampling.
59  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG Might & magic Weekend Sale on: August 05, 2011, 04:27:23 PM
I already have the M&M 6-pack, but I could never get it running in Windows XP/beyond.  Does GOG make them playable without having to jump through hoops on Win XP/Vista/7?
60  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: GenCon...because Origins wasn't enough on: August 04, 2011, 01:32:07 AM
I'll be running around.  I have several meetings on Thursday with different publishers.  I might be at the Battleship: Galaxies event afterwards.
61  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: I just bought Carcassone and Arkham Horror! on: August 03, 2011, 02:49:58 PM
If you get the original Ticket to Ride, get the 1910 expansion right away.  It comes with normal-sized cards and more routes than what is in the original.  It is well worth the price.  I would stay away from Marklin until you have played Ticket to Ride for a while.  If you can get a hold of Switzerland or Nordic Countries, they are great for 2-3 player games, but very cutthroat.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Avoid Rowdy's Posts If You Haven't Seen It on: July 07, 2011, 06:58:48 PM
I went ahead and put in spoiler tags into the post.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Well, crap. Big Bang Theory eps? on: May 26, 2011, 05:20:33 AM
There are six full episodes available at tv.com right now:

http://www.tv.com/the-big-bang-theory/show/58056/videos.html?tag=vid_carousel;more
64  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: MTG - Old School Decks vs. Overpowered New Stuff? on: May 05, 2011, 07:33:25 PM
You could create a Shadow deck from the Tempest era, since Shadows can only be defended by other Shadows.  Mix in a couple of strong monsters and you could probably hold your own.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are we slowing down? on: April 22, 2011, 08:10:58 PM

Quote from: Razgon on April 22, 2011, 08:11:28 AM

I'd be willing to take up reviewing all those wonderfull games though - just ship em to me ;-)

If you're really interested, send me a PM and show me what you got.
66  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Gamestop] B2G1 free on used games starting 4/8 on: April 01, 2011, 06:51:07 PM
I was hoping the 50% extra trade-in bonus would be in effect.  Now I'm not sure if I should trade in my games or just wait.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: March 25, 2011, 06:40:09 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 25, 2011, 02:19:56 PM

Glad they renewed, even though I'm not enjoying season 3. I don't think splitting the storyline between the two worlds was a good idea. I feel the main storyline should be on our Earth.. and I find myself not caring when I see a whole episode set 'over there'. I'm wondering if there's some ulterior motive for the split this season. We don't see Peter now for episodes at a time. Olivia has been brainwashed to believe she's from over there and she's not as likeable nor as strong a character now. Oh well, I'm gonna slough thru this season and hope season 4 gets better.

My wife is in this camp.  She didn't like the Alternate Universe episodes at all.

Quote
I actually enjoy the episodes on alternate earth.  I think it's great that instead of having some nameless, faceless enemy that wants to do us harm for evil means, we're getting us...and by that I mean an earth filled with folks just trying to defend themselves from an enemy THEY think is just evil for evil's sake.

I'm more of this camp.  Though the best AU episode was the one with the guy who caused chaos with a pencil that didn't have anything to do with this universe.

At first I wasn't very impressed with Anna Torv because she seemed way too stiff and emotionless.  She has definitely gown into the role, and she has done a spectacular job with all of the roles she has had to play within the series.

I'm happy to hear that they renewed this for another season.  While I hope that it won't be the last, at least they can wrap things up if it is.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Grill suggestions on: March 24, 2011, 04:21:45 PM
We need to purchase a new grill.  The one we have is about six years old, but in all honesty it probably should have been retired last year.

We are going to go with a gas grill, only because it takes a while for a charcoal one to warm up.  There is a local hardware place that has some Weber grills from last year on sale, and we are leaning towards one of those, but wanted to get some suggestions if there are other grills we should look at.

I think we are looking at about three burners and porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates.  We usually grill for ourselves, but we occasionally have others over and grill when they are around.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Causality-Violating Higgs Singlets discovered tomorrow at the LHC on: March 17, 2011, 07:14:03 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 17, 2011, 05:21:57 PM

You're thinking of warp factor 10. slywink

And then you devolve into weird lizard creatures?
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack Codes to give away on: March 16, 2011, 09:15:09 PM
Codes have been given away.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 15, 2011, 07:17:39 PM
You can read some of my quick impressions here:

http://www.gamingtrend.com/Articles/articles.php?artID=627
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack Codes to give away on: March 15, 2011, 04:48:42 PM
I have five codes to give away.  Who wants them?
73  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WI democrats walk out of Senate on: February 22, 2011, 07:16:57 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on February 22, 2011, 07:11:14 PM

And more proof that it is truly fake:

http://dailycaller.com/2011/02/21/the-fake-doctors-notes-are-really-fake-fake-doctors-notes-or-something/

Breitbart was the one that started this flame on the doctors notes.

Their "proof" is that Breitbart recorded it, and therefore it's true?  LOL  That's paper thin.

So this guy here who is claiming he's a doctor, with his license # on the note, isn't really a doctor?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjFbMDp5Pg8&feature=player_embedded

BTW, nice link change there.  Also, your new article is trying to discredit the messenger, not the actual message.  According to the article you link to, he is an actual doctor.
74  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WI democrats walk out of Senate on: February 22, 2011, 06:46:15 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 22, 2011, 06:10:26 PM

Rachel Maddow did an interesting piece on Scott Walker's history of trying to break up unions.  Video is here.

-Autistic Angel

That video from Maddow has been debunked:

http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/feb/18/rachel-maddow/rachel-maddow-says-wisconsin-track-have-budget-sur/
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: most terrifying rumour ever-Activision to buy Take-Two on: February 12, 2011, 05:54:11 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on February 12, 2011, 03:29:15 AM

Activision should just make a new Mechwarrior or Heavy Gear .

The rights for Battletech/MechWarrior seem to be with the original creator, but it doesn't seem like he might be quite ready to sell the rights again.  There was that video of a mech game over a year ago IIRC, but no news about it since.

Heavy Gear is a property of Dream Pod 9.  I don't believe that it would be difficult to get the rights to use it.

The thing is, mech games haven't been all that popular lately.  Front Mission Evolved got a tepid reception.  Chrome Hounds has shut down its servers.  It's been a while since we've had a good pure mech game.  It's kind of like space flight simulations like X-Wing, Wing Commander, and Freespace haven't been made recently.  I don't know if we'll see either of these genres make a come back any time soon.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Marvel vs Capcom 3 on: February 12, 2011, 05:23:51 PM
I'll need some players on 360 who can beat me up.  I love fighting games, but I don't have a chance to know all of the characters.  Should be a great game.
77  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Singularity $15.99 [xbox/ps3] @ Amazon on: February 11, 2011, 09:19:47 PM
Thanks for posting.  I have waited to pull the trigger on this one.  I finally decided to get it.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going on a naked cruise on: February 10, 2011, 06:05:25 PM
How come I thought when I clicked on this thread there was going to be a joke posted with a punchline at the end?
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Social Network (Facebook) on: February 08, 2011, 04:23:23 PM
Just watched this last night.  I'm surprised that the buzz on this kind of died down quickly.

My wife and I thought the movie was good, but not "Best Picture" worthy.  Part of the problem was that the writing was just too clever for everyone involved.  I couldn't imagine the real conversations actually being said the way it was portrayed.

Also, none of the characters were likeable at the end of the movie.  The Winklevoss twins, Saverin, Zuckerberg...I just wanted the movie to end with all of them in the conference room with their lawyers and have a bomb explode killing all of them.  It would have been more fitting of an ending.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tr2n trailer(yes that says Tron 2)*sorry bad quality* on: January 20, 2011, 06:19:16 AM
Considering this movie has been in the theater for over a month I think it's done moderately well.  It's not the huge blockbuster that I would have hoped for, but when I saw it at the IMAX 3D theater a week and a half ago, the entire theater was full.  I was happily surprised by that.
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