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41  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.
42  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.
43  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?
44  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.
45  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.
46  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.
47  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?
48  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.
49  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.
50  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.
51  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.
52  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?
53  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.
54  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.
55  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?
56  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.
57  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.
58  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.
59  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
60  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.
61  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.
62  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.
63  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.
64  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.
65  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?
66  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.
67  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
68  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?
69  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.
70  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/
71  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.
72  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.
73  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.
74  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?
75  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.
76  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.
77  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Question involving AZ Shooting on: January 13, 2011, 04:57:34 AM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on January 13, 2011, 01:23:13 AM

On the floor of the US House today, Congressman John Dingell ran through some selected quotes *just from the last year* from Republican candidates and major conservative media figures.

Quoting Sharron Angle: "People are looking towards the second amendment remedies and saying my goodness, what can we do to turn our country around."

Quoting Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN): "I want people in blank armed and dangerous on this issue [of the energy tax] because we need to fight back."

Quoting Glenn Beck: "I want to kill Charlie Rangel with a shovel."

Beck again: "Every night I get down on my knees and pray Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames."

Quoting Texas GOP candidate Stephen Broden: ''Our nation was founded on violence. The option is on the table. I don't think that we should ever remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms.' '

Quoting Sarah Palin: "Don't retreat, reload."

Quoting would-be Alan West chief of staff and radio host Joyce Kaufman: "If ballots don't work, bullets will."

Would anyone argue that these comments are reasonable? Can someone provide quotes from Democratic candidates saying that if they don't win the election, bullets might be the solution. Or a major liberal media figure praying for the death of a Republican officeholder?

Oooooh.  You had to use a web site (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/john-dingell-runs-through-litany-of-violent-rhetoric-on-house-floor-video.php) and cut and paste instead of doing research yourself.  Here are some quotes from John Dingell, who made the quotes:

"My old daddy used to say 'kill the closest snake first'."
"The consequences of the behavior of the BATF in these kinds of cases (events such as Waco) is that they are not trusted. They are detested, and I have described them properly as jackbooted American fascists."
"The harsh fact of the matter is, when you're going to pass legislation that will cover 300 American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people."

Finally, there's no proof he listened to talk radio, on either side.  We do know he has some kind of altar in his back yard, he was anti-war, and atheist, and his reading materials included Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto.  Blaming this on political rhetoric is illogical.
78  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Question involving AZ Shooting on: January 13, 2011, 04:47:00 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 13, 2011, 02:48:51 AM

....like this, for example.

Quote from: Zekester on January 13, 2011, 02:06:51 AM

Right off the top of my head, I can think of Rev Jeremiah Wright. You're not telling me that his rants diguised as preaches were not enormously inflammatory. And this racist, hate-monger had a big influence on our current president, no less.


What are some of the things Barack Obama has said or done that demonstrate the "racist, hate-mongering" influence of Reverent Jeremiah Wright?

-Autistic Angel

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." --Obama in Philadelphia
 "If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, 'We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,' if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's gonna be harder."  --Obama responding to criticism of him by Latinos.
"We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."


79  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Question involving AZ Shooting on: January 12, 2011, 11:50:16 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on January 12, 2011, 10:02:22 PM

If liberal media leaders and political leaders are making statements tinged with violent and eliminationist rhetoric as often as Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Mark Levine, et al, are, then it should be child's play to show evidence of it. Where are the equivalent statements from the Keith Olbmermanns, Al Frankens and Joe Bidens of the world, for instance?

Then you won't have a problem showing quotes either.  I've shown proof, now you give me yours.
80  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Question involving AZ Shooting on: January 12, 2011, 09:59:10 PM
Quick primer of liberal hate
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