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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Wildcard on: January 11, 2016, 05:08:05 AM
Never ever leave your playoff fortunes in the hands of a kicker.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: January 10, 2016, 06:43:42 PM
I agree. That is the one saving grace of Disney under Bob Iger. The way he's led the company has been nothing less than brilliant. Movies, merchandising, theme parks, whatever the property, they've generally done things right. I feel pretty comfortable that the quality and integrity of the Star Wars universe will be maintained.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Wildcard on: January 10, 2016, 06:39:14 PM
That was one of the most epic meltdowns in football I've ever seen. From Jeremy Hill fumbling all the way to the last second of the game, just EPIC. The enduring image from the game was the random crowd shot of some grown woman crying like baby. Football fans are the best!

The secondary result of the Bengals choke is that it looks like Hue Jackson is on the verge of being hired by the Niners to be their head coach.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 17 on: January 04, 2016, 09:16:35 PM
The way the Niners make decisions, the next coach will be Mangini. Then we can all collectively cry in our beers.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: December 23, 2015, 07:06:04 PM
My impression is that Jeremy might not have been considered so much of a physical threat as others because he only won one immunity challenge near the end. Everyone was so focused on Joe for a while and then Kelly Wentworth, then Spencer and Keith since they were winning all the challenges. That probably allowed Jeremy to get he social game going, but he played that aspect masterfully, although he could have really blown it by being so mean to Kimmi when she was eliminated.

Spencer did blow it though. He was all about working on his social game but judging from the comments from the jury at the last tribal council, he was only partially successful since they still thought he was an arrogant prick a lot of the time.

Tasha played the classic end game fail. Ride other people's coat tails to the very end and get no jury love because they all thought she coasted to the end.

I really hope they bring back the second chances format again soon. It's way more fun seeing a group of alpha types who all know how to play the game.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: December 22, 2015, 11:22:54 PM
Arise! Since the season ended last week.

It was probably the most entertaining season in Survivor's long run. Seemed like every week was a blindside vote at tribal and we had just about everything happen this season. Horrible torrential mind numbing rain, injuries, a player suddenly pulling out due to family emergency, crazy immunity idol shenanigans, alliances that changed literally week to week. My favorite moments this season:

1. Kelly Wentworth playing her idol, surprising everyone at tribal, including Andrew who was blindsided by the votes cast against him. The look on Andrew's face was classic, only to be topped off by him flipping Kelly the bird as he was leaving.
2. Stephen's Moby Dick-like obsession with trying to get Joe the golden boy out of the game. It was like a geek's life metaphor.
3. The wild final tribal council where two idols were played and ALL votes were nullified. First time in Survivor history.
4. Jeremy's emotional answer at the jury questioning tribal council. He pretty much won it right there by tugging on everyone's heart strings. Maybe a calculated tactic, but he seemed pretty sincere. He was a very worthy winner.
5. Kelly Wigglesworth absolutely laming out and having her vote for a winner determined by random number selection. It was stupid in season one and it's still stupid. Wigglesworth sucks.

Next season, in February is the return of a normal cast but they're bringing back the lame brains vs. beauty vs. brawn format. Ugh. It's going to be a massive letdown after the wild drama of second chances but of course, I'll be watching.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: December 22, 2015, 10:18:15 PM
It's close to my price ceiling, but I'll get one then.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: December 22, 2015, 09:06:50 PM
Unless it is outrageously expensive, I'm IN!
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 20, 2015, 06:52:28 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
The reuse of plot elements and themes from the past movies, there was an article with JJ Abrams, which I can't find right now, where he says the repeating elements was intentional to drive the notion of passing the legacy on to a new generation. I know a fair number of people didn't like it because it invites the criticism that the movie is just a rehash of episode 4, but I think it works and it didn't bother me one bit. Yes, theme are recycled but there's still plenty of new fresh things and by grounding a lot in familiar territory it retains the whole "Star Wars-y" feel that everyone has been longing for since the prequels.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 18, 2015, 09:22:40 PM
Regarding Kylo Ren:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I love the fact that he isn't a one note villain. He's an evolving incomplete bad guy which I find much more interesting. It did strike me that he was moody, and a tad aggro-emo but somehow it was pulled off successfully, unlike Hayden Christensen's Anakin. Because Ren is still conflicted, it sets up the whole idea that maybe he can be saved, or he goes full dark side. We don't know at this point and we can only assume that is a thread of the next two movies.

On the visual starkness, that's kind of interesting. I sort of noticed that. Especially when the story moved off of Jakku. My theory is that was wholly intentional as a theme in the context that in the 30 or so years since Jedi, things have deteriorated across the galaxy. We all know Lucas's original vision was a world where things looked used and lived in. I think in this movie they took that notion to the next level. The interiors of the Falcon looked pretty drab and junky, as an example. A lot more than it was in the previous movies.


Spoiler for Hiden:
There were so many nods to the old movies I have to see it again to remember them all. I got a chuckle during the scene in the Falcon where I think it was Finn rummaging through the tool boxes and found the training drone from the scene in A New Hope where Ben is giving Luke an intro to the force when he was trying out the lightsaber.
The Daniel Craig thing was hilarious because when Simon Pegg accidentally spoiled it months ago, Craig emphatically denied it as being ridiculous. What a liar!
Finally, I got the little remote controlled BB-8 (the expensive one, not the crappy cheap one) when it first became available and it is all sorts of awesome.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 18, 2015, 06:17:03 PM
Totally agree with your assessment. I saw it last night and holy cow, what a great movie. It's unfortunate but the longer you put off seeing it the greater the chances that the one major plot twist will be spoiled because it WILL be discussed openly as the days and weeks go by. Knowing that twist before seeing it will dampen the impact.

As a Star Wars fanboy, I would rank it below Empire, but above Jedi. Maybe just a hair below A New Hope mainly because of the cultural impact that movie has had since 1977.

A few other thoughts:

-Finally a legit non-princess-y female hero for little girls to look up to. Rey is an awesome character. I am excited to see how she evolves through the trilogy.
-BB-8 really steals most of the scenes it's in. Remarkable that the little droid is so expressive and almost human. Reminds me so much of how people took to R2D2 back in the day.
-Han Solo's dialog is priceless. Harrison Ford really brought it as an actor bringing back the old Solo we all love.
-For me though, my favorite character was surprisingly, Poe Dameron. His piloting surpasses even Anakin's legendary status. Plus, he's such a likable charismatic guy. Oscar Isaacs was an inspired casting choice.
-All I will say about Kylo Ren is that he is a very different kind of villain in the Star Wars universe. Not cookie cutter at all.

I'll be seeing it again Saturday afternoon. Can't wait!
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Napster Coming to Wii U on: December 16, 2015, 10:16:41 PM
Send me an invite on Friendster!!!
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Napster Coming to Wii U on: December 16, 2015, 08:59:56 PM
What. The. Hell??
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 08, 2015, 12:04:05 AM
I just bought the game but have not tried it yet. In the meantime, I watched the Giant Bomb quick look of the game and wow, this game is all over the place. Some of the music and voice acting is truly mind numbingly bad yet hysterically funny at the same time, but the graphics look nice and the massive open world is pretty impressive. There seems to be a LOT of detail embedded in the game but trying to decipher it all is part of the challenge I guess. At the end of the video, the two guys estimate that playing the game beginning to end would take easily 100 hours. Yikes.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Announced! on: December 06, 2015, 05:59:57 PM
Loved the first game. It's been quite a while since I finished it, but it looks like this sequel has no link to the first one. Still quite a nice surprise that a sequel is coming.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 emulation on the PS4 is an exciting prospect on: December 04, 2015, 11:34:46 PM
As much as I'd like to play a lot of those games again, the prices are outrageous.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 01, 2015, 06:56:20 PM
Well yes. I've been watching the show from the very beginning and this season started out very strong up until the episode where Glenn's predicament sent everyone into a frenzy, which to me felt like such a cheap gimmick which the show has never had to resort to. After that, it lost all its momentum and got stuck in a lot of overwrought moralizing, questionable decisions and really bad dialog. Part of the problem was that the jumping around in time sequence really messed with the pacing. I get the whole artistic intent of all that, but imo it screwed up the intense pacing they had spent the first half of the season creating. To give an example, the Daryl episode when he ran into the trio of people in the woods. Daryl's been built up to be the show's badass loner and expert tracker and hasn't done anything questionably stupid that I can recall, yet the way he ended up losing some key items (without spoiling details) was unbelievable.

Glad you're enjoying the season thus far though. It's been too much of an up and down frustrating rollercoaster for me, but I'll still keep watching. The key character they are bringing in during the second half of the season will certainly make it entertaining.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 30, 2015, 07:22:05 PM
It was a terrible episode. In fact, the last several episodes have been nearly unwatchable. Rick and company really should have left Alexandria long ago because staying there has made them all stupid. The whole Carol-Morgan-evil Dave Grohl sub plot was painful to watch. The blonde's wimpy son Sam, please let him die.

The only good thing is that we're all on a trajectory to bring Negan into the story, which will really stir things up, assuming the writers don't screw that up.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/17) on: November 18, 2015, 08:34:21 PM
Anyone notice that the old SNES game Super Star Wars is available for $9.99 on PS4 and Vita? I'm tempted to get it but I've heard nothing about this port and how good it is. Hmm.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 8 on: November 02, 2015, 10:29:27 PM
Niners traded Vernon Davis to Denver for essentially a 6th round draft pick in 2017.

101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 8 on: November 02, 2015, 06:50:57 PM
I hate him.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 26, 2015, 09:08:02 PM
I watched last week's and last night's episode back to back. Man, that was a brutal grind as a viewer to endure.

It's interesting to read all the rumor scuttle about is he or isn't he dead but I have mixed feelings about that because it seems like such a cheap and gimmicky thing to do to make it look like he died and then surprise! A magic escape.

My theory is that he'll return as a hallucination to his significant other, who will descend into madness now that the only important thing to her is gone. Sort of like when Rick hallucinated Lori after she died.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 7 on: October 25, 2015, 06:42:48 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 23, 2015, 04:17:48 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 23, 2015, 03:25:47 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on October 23, 2015, 05:42:20 AM

Jed York and Trent Baalke need to fucking die.


I don't blame the coach, I don't fully blame Kap or the O-line, this all stems from York and Balke which caused the mass exodus.

Stems from, but the other three aren't blameless. Kap is probably the least to blame, but he's also played even worse than expected.

Kaep shares some blame, but I agree that he is least to blame. He does have raw physical talent as a QB. Problem is that the environment and coaching have pretty much destroyed him mentally. The way they are going, he's going to get cut or traded by next season and I bet if he goes to a good team who knows how to develop him he will eventually be a good QB. If there is any poetic justice, he'll come back as the QB for another team and shred the Niners.

Everything else about the Niners is a flaming train wreck. A head coach in way over his head, but to be fair he was set up to fail miserably by management. The GM is bizarrely afraid to talk to the press and hasn't drafted well, wasting picks on redshirted injured players. The owner however deserves his own special place in hell. Letting go the best coach they've had in a generation over ego and butt hurt feelings. Plus he's a hypocrite. Win with class? Ha. Yeah tweeting a post throwing your coach under the bus after a loss is real classy. The most laughable thing is him saying fans should hold him accountable since he is the owner. Yet he's completely disappeared this season.

After all the depressing losing seasons between Mariucci and Singletary, I can't take any more of the loser culture under the Yorks. Niner football is dead to me until they sell the team, which will never happen since they got their shiny cash cow stadium.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 7 on: October 23, 2015, 05:42:20 AM
Jed York and Trent Baalke need to fucking die.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 20, 2015, 04:25:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 20, 2015, 04:29:32 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 20, 2015, 03:22:33 AM

Great trailer. I'm a big fan of trailers that leave some mystery to the movie going in.

They've been very deliberate about it. I heard something about how the previous teasers hadn't shown anything that isn't in the first 1/3 of the film, and it doesn't look to me like the full trailer goes any further in. Just the way a good trailer should be for a franchise as familiar as this. We have the basic outline of a plot, but not enough to actually spoil it.

I for one appreciate the trailer still leaving a LOT unanswered. The trend of trailers nowadays pretty much giving away the whole story, or huge spoilers (Terminator Genisys anyone?) is ridiculous.

BTW, the new SW trailer is GLORIOUS.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 12, 2015, 09:11:24 PM
They could have saved themselves a lot of effort by simply throwing a whole bunch of molotov cocktails in the quarry, but I guess it's less dramatic that way.

Also, where did they get all those cars to line up along the sides of the road??

I wasn't a fan of the constant jumping back and forth between the black and white flashbacks and the colorized action. It was too distracting to the flow of the story.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: October 06, 2015, 03:09:21 AM
The original Walking Dead season 1 was awesome despite a small handful of episodes.

The Fear finale, well the pacing for most of the episode was well done. The big problem I had was with the appearance of the massive herd, which I guess was the crowd locked up in the arena? It wasn't clearly defined which is just flat out lazy storytelling. Wherever the horde came from, it was pretty laughable that Salazar just strolled right up to the military compound so casually with the zombie herd literally right behind him. That was truly a WTF moment. Then the lady doctor mercy killing everyone and then sitting there in a mentally checked out state was such a cliche moment.

The character who died at the end because she was bitten, well that bite looked so unconvincing. It looked like a deep scratch and completely unbelievable. I get that they wanted to make it a surprise moment at the end for drama, but hiding it by making the "bite" a mere flesh wound was lame.

A truly frustrating season to watch. There were elements that were compelling or interesting, but holy cow there were so many missed opportunities and unlikeable characters. I'll still give it a go with season 2 because they've set up some interesting stuff like the boat, zombie apocalypse coast side, the mysterious rich black guy, and the remnants of the army are still running around.

Now we have Walking Dead to look forward to next Sunday.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 4 --- Make it stop! on: October 01, 2015, 05:44:46 PM
Brace for another Niner ass-whipping.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: September 25, 2015, 09:42:37 PM
The hidden immunity idol became a part of the show starting season 11 in 2005 (Survivor: Guatemala). Those players from the first 10 seasons better get their game going fast.

I can't wait to see what other crazy stuff Psycho Abby stirs up. You get the feeling that she is a ticking bomb ready to blow up. She talks about being more patient and becoming "a better person", but trying to learn life lessons on the fly in that environment is going to be hard.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: September 25, 2015, 12:00:33 AM
I'm excited about this season too. Having all these returning players means it's hardcore strategizing from the moment they hit the beach so hopefully we don't have to endure the stupid stuff when novices have no idea what they hell they are doing.

I won't mention who got eliminated first in case there are people who have yet to see the first episode, but the person booted out first was a bit of a surprise. There are a couple of people already on shaky ground, like Abby the crazy psycho Brazilian woman ("WHERE'S MY BRACELET!!!") and Stephen the physically hopeless nerd. Since these people all more or less know how to play the game, I expect big blindsides of some of the physically strong people long before the merge happens. It'll be awesome.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 22, 2015, 05:32:22 PM
Yeah, I guess I can see that comparison with the Alexandria group, but it's a weak premise to me. Taking a step back, it's kind of ridiculous for us to second guess how people would behave during a zombie apocalypse. It's not like any of us has any experience with that.  icon_razz paranoid

I think for me, I'd be willing to accept the whole notion of pretending life is normal if the characters were more appealing and easier to sympathize with. For whatever reason, I just have not had an easy time getting behind all these people.

I wonder how the show would have been perceived if the original series had never happened. The bar has been set so high and Rick and the gang are so ingrained in viewers' minds it's hard not to compare the two series even if it's not a fair comparison.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 2 --- GIVE ME MORE FOOTBALL!! on: September 21, 2015, 06:20:23 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 20, 2015, 10:39:35 PM


Its really hard to do anything if your offensive and defensive lines are terrible. QUEST FOR SIX WINS.

The good news was that it gave me an excuse to stop watching at halftime and start playing Destiny. At least in that game, my offense was SWEET.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 21, 2015, 06:01:57 PM
I'm trying to think back to when I watched season 1 of Walking Dead for the first time and I don't recall any of the characters being so annoying or plain stupid. Maybe Dale or Carol, but most importantly, Rick and Shane were well written believable characters from the very beginning and as the focal point of those early episodes, the show was way more compelling than this new series. Honestly, I find ALL the characters on Fear the Walking Dead to be annoying, stupid and not very believable. The episode last night, they were making it so hard to stay with the series. Without spoiling anything, the mom did something so unbelievably stupid and irrational I was shaking my head. The drug addicted son is such an unlikable character you WANT him to get bitten. The emo daughter is useless. The dad is a weakling, and maybe it's me, but jogging in the middle of the zombie outbreak?? Is he in training to run away from them? And 9 days after the outbreak, the army sure did erect that fence in a hurry. Donald Trump should hire those guys for the border fence he wants to build.

I love the original WD show, even with all its faults, but holy crap, this new series is so hard to watch. There's a lot of potential material telling the story of the outbreak origins, but building the story around such a collection of unlikable characters is derailing all the potential. I'll keep grinding through it since there are only two more episodes, but the writing HAS to get better for the inevitable season 2.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 21, 2015, 05:45:29 PM
I have to say, I suck at these type of games, online shooters, so I've been focused on the basic story mode by myself. After a number of missions, I hit a mandatory co-op multiplayer mission which matched me up with two random people. I don't use a headset during gaming so there was no coordinated effort when we hit the level boss, but I really enjoyed the level. The other two players were a lot higher level than me but just the simple notion of ganging up on the boss and resurrecting each other when someone died was more fun than I had expected.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 18, 2015, 05:00:47 PM
I'm assuming it's the original release of the game, without any of the DLC.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 1 -- FOOTBALL IS BACK! on: September 15, 2015, 07:38:59 PM
Dilfer didn't bother me as much as Chris Berman did. Every time he referred to Levi's Stadium as "the big bell bottom" I wanted to punch him.

In other news, I could watch this clip all day:
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 1 -- FOOTBALL IS BACK! on: September 15, 2015, 05:32:09 AM
Wow, Carlos Hyde is pretty good.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 1 -- FOOTBALL IS BACK! on: September 14, 2015, 10:46:02 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 14, 2015, 12:56:38 PM

Oh man.  Really trying to hold it together. One game doesn't mean anything. But we might be on the cusp of something special in Buffalo.


They have guaranteed at least a  1-15 season.

There's that's more like it.

At least the Bills QB has one of the best football nicknames ever: T-Mobile  icon_cool
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 1 -- FOOTBALL IS BACK! on: September 12, 2015, 12:40:36 AM
I kind of think the Niners will surprise people this year. That's not based on anything tangible other than my desperate hope to not suck anymore.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 09:00:36 PM
I remember when I saw Aliens in the theater for the first time. Ebert's reaction is totally not what I felt. I walked out thinking "phew, that was intense, but AWESOME!".

I had the same reaction walking out after Mad Max Fury Road.

From a technical standpoint, both movies were about as good as it gets.
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