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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Roger Ebert RIP on: April 05, 2013, 05:11:03 PM
Ebert wrote this last July about the love affair with his wife. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking to read the day after his death. We should all be so lucky to have anything close to a relationship like this with a partner.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2012/07/roger_loves_chaz.html
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar-Finding Dory on: April 04, 2013, 10:41:41 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on April 04, 2013, 07:35:49 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 04, 2013, 05:11:55 PM

Noticed that Andrew Stanton is the director of this, which is fascinating to me since he was the director of the mega-flop that was John Carter. A buddy of mine who knows people within Pixar says Stanton will never direct another live action film again as long as he is still within the Disney movie collective.

Stanton also directed a little film called "Finding Nemo". And that's...the rest of the story!

Well yeah, I knew he directed Nemo. My point is that unless it's Pixar animated movies, he's not getting any more shots at live action non-Pixar stuff as long as he is associated with Disney. After a colossal flop on the scale of John Carter, I would have expected him to be the fall guy and end up leaving Pixar/Disney, but apparently he is still respected by the leadership at Pixar, thus a second chance to restore his name with Finding Dory.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar-Finding Dory on: April 04, 2013, 05:11:55 PM
Noticed that Andrew Stanton is the director of this, which is fascinating to me since he was the director of the mega-flop that was John Carter. A buddy of mine who knows people within Pixar says Stanton will never direct another live action film again as long as he is still within the Disney movie collective.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney closes Lucasarts! on: April 03, 2013, 09:59:25 PM
Been spending a little time today researching the LucasArts game library to remind myself of some of my personal favorites. Looking back, they sure did make an incredible number of great and classic games:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LucasArts_games

My favorites:
Rescue on Fractalus - That and Ballblazer were the first LA games I ever played. Rescue was so awesome because of the jump-out-of-your-chair moment when the pilot you were supposed to rescue was an alien and scared the living crap out of you. Good times. icon_cool

Their Finest Hour/Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe - I spent countless hours at my friend's house playing these games. As flight sims, they were not terribly realistic even back in the day, but the gameplay was so incredibly addicting and compelling. The graphics at the time were pretty awesome too.

X-Wing/Tie Fighter - A couple of the greatest games ever made in my opinion. Yes, the missions were highly scripted and almost puzzle-like a lot of the time, but there was nothing cooler than flying those iconic Star Wars ships. The fact that a modern sequel, or even reboot game was never developed was a colossal missed opportunity by LA. Hell, even reskinned versions of the originals on Xbox Live or PSN would have been a sure fire hit.

Full Throttle - Probably my favorite LA adventure game. The story, voice acting and soundtrack were all perfect. If only the game wasn't so short. I still listen to the soundtrack today, by the Bone Jackals (Bone to Pick is the album and still available on Amazon). This game deserved a sequel, which LA attempted twice but canceled.

*sigh* truly an end of an era...
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney closes Lucasarts! on: April 03, 2013, 06:36:17 PM
LucasArts was no more than a shell of their once great selves. It's sad but it's a nostalgic sadness more than anything. Sucks for those who all got laid off though.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 02, 2013, 07:13:20 PM
QA engineer at Roku Inc.

I test Roku streaming products by watching TV all day. icon_smile
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: March 29, 2013, 06:17:32 PM
LOL, I would think that him leaving would actually be a GOOD thing.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: March 29, 2013, 06:12:01 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on March 29, 2013, 03:53:47 PM

I'm still playing when I get the chance. I think I've put in something like 28 hours or so into the game; I'm not sure how close I am to the end (
Spoiler for Hiden:
I just got the dragon.
). It's been a fun game, although I think I'm no longer into JRPGs so much. At least the battles are generally avoidable.

You still have a ways to go. icon_cool
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: March 29, 2013, 05:47:53 AM
Yep, still grinding away. I believe I am very close to the endgame now. I only have to kill the ultimate bad being. It's a great game.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead moonwalk onto AMC for Season 3 on: March 25, 2013, 06:43:21 AM
That. Was. Awesome.

For all the faults and frustrations of this show, it's moments like the end of this episode that make it worth watching.
171  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Target] 3DS XL $159.99 3-24 through 3-30 on: March 25, 2013, 01:43:42 AM
I thought about getting the Pikachu edition 3DSXL but didn't want to get up before 8am on a Sunday to go battle it out with other people at my local Target store. Instead, I ordered the red one online for the $159 sale price. Free shipping too.

Now to go research what games to get... icon_cool
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 15, 2013, 11:09:06 PM
But shouldn't there be at least some percentage of traffic that still takes the straight dirt road since it is the most direct patch? All traffic ends up completely ignoring the original path entirely which seems weird.

Of course, I bet the moment you start adding cross streets and increasing the possible routes, the traffic algorithm completely breaks again.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 14, 2013, 11:26:38 PM
Seriously?? Wow. FAIL.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 14, 2013, 05:52:10 PM
Just noticed this update from the Sim City blog:

Server Upgrades: We’ve completed the migration of all our original servers to the new, faster/higher capacity server architecture. We’ll continue to provide ongoing optimizations for our servers.

They hit reset and completely changed their server infrastructure, post-launch. More power to crunch numbers of population that doesn't exist!  icon_razz

http://www.simcity.com/en_US/blog/article/simcity-update-7
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 14, 2013, 04:31:24 PM
Knowing EA's track record, they will eventually declare that sales did not meet expectations and then promptly disband Maxis.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead moonwalk onto AMC for Season 3 on: February 26, 2013, 06:00:17 PM

Quote from: Moliere on February 26, 2013, 02:14:08 PM

I keep wondering why they don't stab all those walkers through the chain link fences. That seems like an easy way to clear the area.

LOL, I was thinking the exact same thing! Merle's stick on a stump would have been perfect for that.

FAIL  icon_smile
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: February 21, 2013, 10:31:29 PM
Maybe I am so old now that I am no longer in Sony's target demographic, but after yesterday's press reveal, I have no motivation to get a PS4. Hell, what little info they did reveal made it LESS appealing to me:

1. Tepid, at best, statement about backward compatibility (not a deal breaker but would have been nice)
2. Current PSN purchases and saved games will not be able to carry over to the PS4
3. No pricing info, no SKU info, not even a mock up model for display
4. This is the big one for me. This whole social network integration is a MASSIVE turnoff for me. The last thing I want is to broadcast my gaming habits all over the online world, spamming Facebook and Twitter with posts every time I do something. And this notion of being able to look in on other gamers live while they play games is both unsettling and creepy. I'm assuming Sony will give the user full control over just how much social interaction you can allow, but it's a distracting headache when all I want to do is play games.

I get that it's an evolving landscape when it comes to gaming. The alleged real time demos that were shown were impressive for the most part, but other than that, I didn't see anything that would make me want to get one. There's so much emphasis on what I think is a lot of useless chrome when all I want to see is compelling hardware that is simple and easy to use and games, exclusives most importantly, that make you want to play them.

Maybe Microsoft will be different, but I fully expect an equally uninspiring reveal of the next Xbox.

Oh well...*sigh*
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3/WiiU]Aliens Colonial Marines on: February 15, 2013, 09:31:41 PM
LOL, as Hudson would say, "Game over, man. Game over!"
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3/WiiU]Aliens Colonial Marines on: February 13, 2013, 11:15:02 PM
Geez, that is tragic on an epic scale. What the game is compared to what it could have been is so mind-numbingly sad.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead moonwalk onto AMC for Season 3 on: February 10, 2013, 08:16:43 PM
They have also expanded the Talking Dead aftershow to one hour. Of course that means you have to endure 30 more minutes of Chris Hardwick. icon_razz
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 29, 2013, 07:53:06 PM
This is probably a stretch but here goes. Any of you with the Wizard's Edition, would you consider selling the plush Drippy doll? My daughter would love that thing but no way am I going to pay the ridiculous prices the whole package is going for on eBay ($300 to $400).
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 28, 2013, 07:02:44 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 28, 2013, 12:45:21 AM

Some thoughts after 6 hours (just got to Al Mamoon):

The bad
-  Probably the only RPG this generation that I honestly cannot think of a negative thing to say about it.  Been racking my brain...nothing comes to mind.  That's a good thing.


It's a trivial thing I guess but I wish the spoken audio was more consistent. The english voice acting is quite good and I find myself not pressing buttons to skip though the dialog. However, there are times when text boxes will appear along with the spoken audio and then will stop and all you get is just the text boxes. It would enhance the immersion in the game if the spoken audio was heard through all the text box sequences. Like I said, just a trivial thing to me. Otherwise, it's a fantastic, cinematic game.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Divisional Playoffs on: January 13, 2013, 05:08:25 AM
Poor Alex Smith. This generation's Steve DeBerg.

Unbelievable how Kaepernick ran every which way through the Packers defense. Then Crabtree goes crazy. Then Gore goes off. Great display of offense.
184  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 20, 2012, 06:31:04 PM

Quote from: KC on December 20, 2012, 05:31:05 PM

Final Fantasy Tactics is on sale!

Wow, half price now.

So instead of ridiculously expensive, it's just expensive.  icon_razz
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [News] Mass shooting at Conn. elementary school (26 dead, including 18 kids) on: December 14, 2012, 07:48:40 PM
More details coming out about the shooter. He was a 24 year old ex-school employee who was fired. His mom worked at the school. Both his parents were also found dead.

Just beyond tragic...
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [News] Mass shooting at Conn. elementary school (26 dead, including 18 kids) on: December 14, 2012, 07:21:38 PM
Any of us who have young kids should take an extra moment today to hug them and tell them how much we love them.

My heart just aches for those kids who died and the parents who are going through one of the most unspeakably terrible events in their lives.
187  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: November 30, 2012, 11:57:18 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 30, 2012, 10:41:03 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 30, 2012, 10:27:36 PM

I downloaded it. Basically it's Bookworm meets Street Fighter.

Have you played Bookworm Adventures?  Any comparison?

I have not played Bookwork Adventures before but looking at the screenshots, I don't think Writer Rumble is as complex a game. WR takes the basic Bookworm game and adds a much more frantic time element so you have to find words a lot faster. At the same time you are making words and killing off monsters, or your opponent in the head to head matches, your character is getting hit as well. In that regard, it's like a Street Fighter game.
188  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: November 30, 2012, 10:27:36 PM
I downloaded it. Basically it's Bookworm meets Street Fighter.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waterworld Remake on: November 28, 2012, 06:37:07 PM
I actually enjoyed the movie, but holy crap, it is NOT a film worthy of a remake.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 12 on: November 22, 2012, 03:36:44 AM
No surprise to  me. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Kaepernick was told he is starting against the Saints.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 11 on: November 20, 2012, 06:59:38 PM
My guess is that this whole controversy will have one more week before it goes thermonuclear in the Bay Area. Smith may not be medically cleared to play by the concussion doctor this week.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome on: November 19, 2012, 07:59:35 PM
Totally agree with that assessment of the actor playing young Adama. If anything he reminds me of an overly caffeinated version of Freddy Prinze Jr. from the ghastly Wing Commander movie.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome on: November 18, 2012, 07:10:53 PM
It's been really good so far. The only criticism I have is that Adama and his co-pilot aren't paticularly deep characters. They're corny stereotypes up to now. Also, dialog is often over the top cheesy, with an over abundance of "frak" this and "frak" that. However, the battle sequences are really well done and the overall look is great. The old school Vipers vs. the original Cylon raiders is really cool to see for those of us who grew up watching the original series.

SyFy is crazy for not developing a series around this.
194  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: November 15, 2012, 02:14:16 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 14, 2012, 06:36:45 PM

In Knights of P&P, is there a way to get rid of party members or change their class?  I just unlocked the Hunter class, but can't for the life of me figure out how to get rid of or switch the class of any of my existing party members.  The Paladin is completely worthless, and I'd like to replace him with something.

I believe in the castle north of the Default City, there is a shadowy character who can dump characters for you.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead moonwalk onto AMC for Season 3 on: November 12, 2012, 10:09:39 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 12, 2012, 07:23:31 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 12, 2012, 03:52:15 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
*Speaking of which, is that bloated walker that Rick hacks up, is that maybe a walker that ate Laurie's corpse or something? I wasn't really clear on that.
*Any idea what tiny thing Rick picks up? I assumed maybe Laurie's wedding ring, or a finger?
Spoiler for Hiden:
The walker with the full belly probably chowed down on Lori. But I thought that Rick picked up the bullet that Carl had fired. We didn't see Carl shoot Lori. Finding that bullet might mean that he didn't.

Spoiler for Hiden:
During The Talking Dead after show, Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode, confirmed that the bloated zombie in the boiler room had eaten Lori's corpse. Also, the object Rick picked up was indeed the bullet Carl fired into mom's head.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: November 01, 2012, 08:24:59 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on November 01, 2012, 07:30:39 PM

Lindelof?

Fuck

Oh god. ANYBODY but him.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MLB 2012 Season on: October 31, 2012, 05:21:20 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 31, 2012, 04:26:19 PM

I'm bummed to be missing the parade today.  I made it to the 2010 one, but can't get work off today to go down there.

You can always watch it live: http://www.csnbayarea.com/worldseries2012
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 8 on: October 30, 2012, 04:49:56 AM
Highlight of the game for me was Doucet getting absolutely blown up by Goldson coming at him like a heat seeking missile. Awesome highlight reel hit.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MLB 2012 Season on: October 29, 2012, 05:20:54 PM
The difference for me this run is that I really appreciated it a lot more than 2010. The first one was just awesome because it had never happened before and it was a surprise the way they caught fire at the right time. This time, the pitching, defense and clutch hitting just came together in an awesome display of synchronicity that was a sight to behold. Sure they got a few lucky breaks, but the bottom line is that the starting pitching was incredible when the pressure kept ratcheting up. The defense was lights out, especially Crawford and Blanco. The hitting was beyond clutch. Scutaro was just automatic in RBI situations. Even last night, when Theriot was on second and Scutaro came up, I just knew that he would come through.

Looking back the 2012 Giants overcame so much stuff, from Wilson blowing out his arm, Melky getting suspended, Panda going on the DL for long stretches, and everyone assuming the Dodgers would win the pennant after all those big trades. I'm going to remember this season for a long time and really savor this run. Just incredible.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MLB 2012 Season on: October 23, 2012, 06:07:57 AM
Fuck yeah! This year's Giants team is unbelievable.
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