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1041  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deals: 5-16-2011 Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising on: May 16, 2011, 07:49:27 PM
Swords and Soldiers HD is also on sale for $5.
1042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Real Steel on: May 12, 2011, 12:22:05 AM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 12, 2011, 12:02:07 AM

Maybe it'll be good, but it's hard to imagine audiences rooting for a tin can in a boxing ring.
Hmmm
1043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: April 28, 2011, 05:43:00 PM
Maps are cool but I would much rather they hurry and get Pistons out.  Maps add convenience; Pistons would actually let us build things that are new.
1044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: April 11, 2011, 08:44:16 PM
I still don't get it.  icon_confused
1045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: April 11, 2011, 01:28:29 AM
I don't get what the significance of that is.  A bumper?
1046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: April 07, 2011, 04:12:00 PM
Hopefully it means weather will be fixed for Multiplayer. 
1047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Sonig The Hedgehog (again) on: April 07, 2011, 04:07:31 PM
Does this mean their attempt at episode based Sonic 4 failed?
1048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 02, 2011, 04:48:34 AM

Quote from: theohall on April 02, 2011, 01:54:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 01, 2011, 10:37:34 PM

I'm not sure if it's still up but they also had another Discworld two part series: The Colour of Magic.

It is still up.
Still worth a look but I thought Color of Magic was far inferior of the two.  Color of Magic being a lot more fanciful showed the limits of their budget a lot more and I didn't care for the direction they took with many of the characters.
1049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 01, 2011, 10:01:42 PM
A couple I would recommend.

The Secret of Kells (Unique animation and well made)
Monsters  (Cloverfield except character driven and without the shakycam)
Hogfather (Terry Pratchett movie, great for fans OK for everyone else)
The Pillars of the Earth (Miniseries political epic focused on the church in 12th century England)
1050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 31, 2011, 07:21:45 PM
My preorder bonuses came today.  $15 game and creepy bear carrying case.  Yay!

1051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 29, 2011, 09:09:23 PM
My first impressions are a bit mixed.  It's probably just me but the 3D doesn't work as well as I expected.  On the one hand I can clearly see a lot of depth looking into the 3DS but nothing has really appeared to POP out for me yet.  That aside I'm not disappointed. 

Setup was a breeze.  Unlike my PSP where I had to fight with it for almost an hour to get it to connect to my network the 3DS was logged in within seconds.  The system is a lot smaller in my hands than my old DS but it still feels sturdy and I like that it has some real weight to it. 

Graphics are good (but not great). I would say they look better than my Wii does but as expected are far removed from the likes of my PS3.   Still, for a handheld this is the perfectly fine for me. Sound is good and the controls feel a lot smoother than they do on my old DS.

The AR cards are probably the real highlight so far and I had fun turning my coffee table into an archery range, although my cat got curious what I was doing and kept getting in the way of the arrows.  If they had opted for higher resolution cameras this mode alone could have been a system seller for a lot of casual gamers.


1052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 28, 2011, 06:31:47 PM
Just got the notice that my 3DS has shipped from Amazon.  Looks like they upgraded me to free one-day shipping and its supposed to be here tomorrow. 
1053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why did the Bigfoot cross the road? on: March 24, 2011, 05:06:07 PM
We have Champ here in Burlington Vermont.  He's a lovely sea/lake monster that gets spotted every few years.  He is so popular that he is the mascot for the local sports team.

What's more likely is that we have been known to get ridiculously large leach/eel type things in the lake here which could probably be taken as a monster if not viewed too clearly.  I think I would rather have the lake monster. paranoid
1054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boss Satisfaction vs. Salary Satisfaction on: March 15, 2011, 06:43:18 PM
I have a very comfortable income but loath my boss.  I'm looking for another job...
1055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If possible, I'd also like a golden chair and perhaps a hovercraft on: March 14, 2011, 06:00:32 PM
I have absolutely no experience but will work for a fraction of that!  Can I apply?
1056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: March 09, 2011, 12:01:31 AM
New OO server map for those interested.

We had to change the orientation because the old was doing odd things.
Click for full size.

1057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution on: March 03, 2011, 07:50:42 PM
Chris and I finished the Chaos campaign last night. Overall it was pretty well done but the ending denouncement was a bit nonsensical and disappointing. I've also played about halfway through the Eldar Campaign. If I was to rate the overall campaigns from DoW2 I would give them the following.

Dawn of War II - 8 - Very compelling and well done only held back by some repetitive missions and insane time commitment to kill end level bosses.

Chaos Rising - 9 - A true classic. I would recommend this campaign to people who hate RTS games. The only failing is that certain elements were clearly held back by budget constraints.

Retribution - 7 - Worthy of its heritage but a definite step down in quality over previous offerings. Biggest weakness is that the campaign has been simplified to accommodate all races. Still worth the money to fans of the originals and at $30 not a bad place for newcomers to hop in.
1058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution on: March 01, 2011, 06:35:42 PM
There is a map but it's nothing like the territory maps from Dark Crusade and Soulstorm.  It plays very much like the DoW2 campaigns in that you occasionally get to choose which star system/mission you play next.  So far as Chaos they are impressively diverse and story driven.

Quote from: Roguetad on March 01, 2011, 06:24:35 PM

Does the campaign feel more like a standard build and fight rts with active building and unit micromanagement now that you can build structures?  Or is it still more on the action rts side controlling heroes and units and their special abilities?  I liked that direction in DoW2 and Chaos Rising, and wasn't excited to read that they added building micro into the expansion campaigns.   

So far the campaign still lets you play pretty much exclusively with just your hero units if you choose to.  You do occasionally capture shrines around the map that lets you produce units but I wouldn't say it's required.  At the end of each mission you choose whether you take a piece of war gear or unlock another unit that you can build at the shrines. 

All these impressions are based on the Chaos Campaign.  Other race campaigns might be slightly different.  I assume the Tyranid campaign involves a lot more unit building since they only have one hero.
1059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution on: March 01, 2011, 06:02:11 PM
Cross-posting my impressions from OO.

Chris and I started up the Chaos campaign last night and while we're only three missions in we were both pretty impressed. While it's true that the campaign isn't quite up to par with Chaos Rising it is loads better than Dark Crusade. The very first mission sees Eliphas acting much more like he did in Dark Crusade with a lot of personality and charisma. As you pick up heroes they are assigned to your Co-op ally if you have one but after capturing shrines you are also able to build additional units. Units and in mission hero upgrades are purchased from a shared pool between you and your ally. Units purchased during a mission are not carried over to the next. One thing I found interesting is that heretics in the campaign have a melee weapon upgrade they don't online.

The between mission briefings from DoWII and Chaos Rising return. The briefing following the first mission was suitably epic and wouldn't have been out of place in Chaos Rising. The next two missions weren't quite as in depth but there is still a lot of in mission chatter and personality going around.

If the other campaigns are put together this well there is going to be a lot of replay value here for $30 just in single player alone.
1060  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend 2-24-2011: Command & Conquer Sale on: February 26, 2011, 03:59:30 AM
I picked up C&C4 and honestly I don't get the hate this game received.  On the one hand its true it doesn't play like any other C&C game but I only played the previous games for the campaign and what I've seen so far seems pretty well done.  Perhaps it falls apart in multi-player but I never intend to try that...
1061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 23, 2011, 06:20:39 AM
All Turtles know that the key to success is a goodnights rest in a king size bed.

1062  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [PSN] Free Movies on: February 19, 2011, 08:34:29 PM
Stranger Than Fiction is excellent.  Highly recommended.
1063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Worlds Largest Crab on: February 19, 2011, 05:32:18 AM
The first people to eat things that looked like that were either desperate or insane.
1064  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive & Steam Square Enix Week: Steam Day 5: Hitman Sale on: February 19, 2011, 05:29:20 AM
I would just go with Blood Money.  While fine for their time the older games in the series haven't aged well and come across as very finicky and frustrating; not to mention the older games leave a lot to be desired in the graphics department.
1065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: February 16, 2011, 04:14:00 PM
That is awful!  Captain Flapjack looks nothing like that!
1066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 14, 2011, 06:10:16 AM
In an effort to dominate the shipping market first we christened our first boat!

1067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gearbox Owns the Duke! Duke Nukem Forever WILL BE RELEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1! on: February 10, 2011, 06:25:34 PM
Just an FYI...there is a naked women on Dukes pen in the above screenshot.
1068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 4000 DOW 2 opinions on: February 09, 2011, 07:37:16 PM
Just a heads up.  These are both worth it for the single player game but after this month very few people are going to be available to play multi player as the newest expansion is coming out.  The new expansion is entirely standalone and uses Steam as its matchmaking service instead of Live.
1069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 07, 2011, 02:23:34 AM
There are a lot of mapping programs for Minecraft.  Cartograph just tends to be the most popular because its one of the easiest to use and outputs nice maps.  It is unstable however.  When the OO server world went over 150mb it would almost always crash when rendering.  You should check out some of the alternatives here.
1070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 04, 2011, 05:16:10 PM
File is 5mb so I'm only going to link it but you can view the new world OO map here.
1071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 02, 2011, 05:23:32 AM
OO Server is up and running at the original IP address.  
1072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 01, 2011, 06:09:08 PM
OO transfer is taking slightly longer than expected.  I'll post here when its finished.  If you would like access to the new world when it opens please send me a PM here and I'll be happy to let you in.
Some OO'ers have been beta testing the new server.  Here is the spawn location of the new world!
1073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 31, 2011, 09:17:37 PM
Well Chris has the new OO server running so I think 6pm eastern time is going to be the cutoff point for making changes to the old. The new server has a nice blend of biomes with the spawn point being in an arctic zone.

Carry over request list looks like this currently.

Castle Noventia (Chris/lordnine)
Fortress Duncan (msduncan)
Lava Vegas (Skafe)
The Crystal Palace (Mold Maker)
The Cake Shoppe (Turtle)
The Picnic shelter of DEATH (Madmarcus)
Utter Madness (Archinerd)
Harold
Archinerd's Pet Sheep


Am I missing anyone?
1074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 30, 2011, 06:14:49 PM
The OO Server has grown to the size that it's eating through hardware resources right and left and most of the map is unused; only having been filled out because people explored for hundreds of miles in random directions.  Because of this many of the new resources such as the blue stone, proper biomes and the new trees are extremely rare or nonexistent. 

Certain members have requested a complete server refresh and we are considering it.  We think it would be possible for old users to transfer over ONE building to the new server if requested but otherwise this would be a full refresh. 

If you have land on the OO server please voice your opinion if you would like to see this happen and if you would like to transfer a main base.  This would also be a great opportunity for new people to join the server as the world would be new again.
1075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 25, 2011, 09:29:47 PM
Server restored.  As it turns out you CAN restart the computer remotely.  Now you can all stop being productive at work and get back to mining.    icon_wink
1076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 25, 2011, 04:51:46 PM
Update OO Server: I remotely logged into the server computer.  It appears that it has hard-locked/crashed.  Sadly, I'm going to have to wait for Chris to reboot it because I'm on the opposite side of the country.
1077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 25, 2011, 07:19:53 AM
Weird.  We tried to boost the memory of the server a couple days ago because it was eating through the 1.5 gig we had allocated for it.  I wonder if we broke something...  Will check into it.
1078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 24, 2011, 09:14:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 23, 2011, 09:34:31 PM

That reminds me.  the last time i checked, i was able to log in but my friend couldn't. 

There shouldn't be any problems there.  We've only blacklisted one person and pretty sure it wasn't your friend.  I would say have recheck the IP address.  Sometimes when you copy/paste it doesn't work.
1079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: January 23, 2011, 09:20:41 PM
We've have about 5 new people join the OO server in the last week so here is a new map.

Click for full size.

1080  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupid paranoid banks! on: January 21, 2011, 09:56:44 PM
I had this happen a couple months ago when I placed a couple small orders.  The bank told me that it's the smaller transactions that raise red flags because people who try to steal numbers do so with instantly processed online transactions.
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