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1121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: December 21, 2012, 02:57:56 AM
I watched the film recently.  As it was I thought it was OK but after it finished I watched the deleted scenes and was surprised just how much better many of them would have made the movie.  Most of them were fairly minor but added a lot more depth to many of the characters actions.

The biggest scene omission in my opinion happens pretty close to the end.
Spoiler for Hiden:
In the theatrical cut the Space Jockey/ Engineer wakes up and for no reason starts killing people.

In the deleted scene he actually has a brief conversation with the people in the room.  The Engineer is actually fairly calm until the Old Dude starts yelling that humans are their equals and that they are both like gods; at which point the engineer becomes offended and then attacks the people in the room.

For me this makes it perfectly clear as to why the Engineers would choose to exterminate the human race after their creation and added extra meaning to the movie.
1122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: December 21, 2012, 01:04:46 AM
Ah, you clearly have a more sophisticated setup than I do.  I have no external sound system so switching input is enough for me.  That does make me wonder if that will be coming down the road since they do plan to support DVR which also doesn't work currently.
1123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: December 21, 2012, 12:48:39 AM
The remote works with my cable box just fine.  Under TV controller setup there is now an option to do TV + Cable Box.  You get an extra power button when you hit the main TV button on the remote.
1124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: December 20, 2012, 09:06:06 PM
TVii is neat but the interface is definitely made for someone with smaller hands than I have.  I dislike the fact that you HAVE TO use the touch interface for it to work.   The remote has joysticks, let me use them if I want to!  Still I do like how easy it is to setup, makes keeping track of my channels easier and means one less controller on my coffee table.
1125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well done video of upcoming games in 2013 on: December 20, 2012, 05:06:20 AM
Not much there for me.  A couple look mildly interesting but definitely not day one purchases.
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] Your Book of the Year? on: December 19, 2012, 04:34:01 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 19, 2012, 02:33:06 PM

My sister kept asking me to read the Hunger Games, but told me to avoid the third novel cause it would piss me off.   First novel was good, but the story started going downhill in book 2 and I had to force myself to finish it.  I have no desire to read the third novel

How or why this was green lighted for a movie series is baffling
I actually enjoyed the second book almost as much as the first.  The problem is that the 2nd ends on a cliffhanger which basically forces you to read the third.  The third book *could* actually work better as a movie but I really hope whoever produces it is allowed to take some liberties with the script.  The way it plays out basically ruins the memory of characters from the first two books as well as making the point of the first book all for nothing.
1127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: December 19, 2012, 04:28:26 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on December 19, 2012, 12:51:31 AM

Are you going to play Rayman Legends when it comes out?

-Autistic Angel
Who are you asking?  I Will be!  Rayman Origins was a surprise for me and turned out to be one of my favorite games of the year.
1128  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Happy Holidays - Enjoy a couple games on me on: December 18, 2012, 10:24:48 PM
Really like the art style of Who's Afraid of the Dark. 

If you will accept a bit of constructive criticism I would say the interface for that one is a bit too large and busy but overall good work!
1129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] Your Book of the Year? on: December 18, 2012, 07:53:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 18, 2012, 07:45:57 PM

Oh. My worst book of the year is Mockingjay (book 3 of hunger games).

I got it from the kindle lending library in APRIL and still have not finished it. It's just terrible.
Don't finish it.  Imagine your own ending.  The real one will just piss you off.
1130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Rise of the Guardians on: December 18, 2012, 05:13:20 PM
I would recommend the movie as well.  It's not as good as How to Train Your Dragon but it's miles ahead of most of the movies that Dreamworks puts out.
1131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] Your Book of the Year? on: December 18, 2012, 05:58:07 AM
The Wool Omnibus would be my pick.  Technically itís 5 books but they all continue the same immediate story and none are very long.  I picked it up on a whim after someone on Slick Deals recommended it when the kindle version was on sale.  Itís been a long time since a novel has hooked me as much as this one did.

The book is about people that live underground in silos after some catastrophic event (Think Fallout and the Vaults).  Each book within in the Omnibus is told from the perspective of a different person within the silo except for the last book which ties all the stories together and completes the narrative.
1132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 16, 2012, 07:28:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 14, 2012, 06:04:10 PM

Candy and frosting kinda ruined that.
1133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U]ZombieU on: December 15, 2012, 02:19:47 AM
Iíve started to encounter some zombies of people from my friends list which is both very cool and helpful!  Anyone else want to be my friend?  I needs to loot your corpses!

Has anyone figured out how to leave survivor messages?  Iíve encountered a few but I either donít know how to leave them or donít have access to the ability yet.
1134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U]ZombieU on: December 14, 2012, 03:59:27 AM
My copy just arrived and I have successfully killed two survivors in about an hours time!  I think the game is at its best when you are allowed to explore at your own pace but the game seems to insist on throwing in ďscrew youĒ moments where it just throws about a half dozen zombies at you without warning.  Both my deaths occurred when the game spawned a small horde on me in an area that I had previously cleared.

Overall I like a lot of what the game is trying to do but I think it could have used a bit more time to fine tune.
1135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: December 13, 2012, 07:40:06 PM
Demos are now available for Rayman Legends and Sonic All Stars Racing.
1136  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wii U Nintendo ID List on: December 13, 2012, 01:35:30 AM
1137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: December 08, 2012, 11:56:11 PM
Also be aware that the transfer process removes everything from the original Wii console. 
1138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2012: underrated games on: December 06, 2012, 05:22:10 AM
Thomas was alone - Most people take one look at the screenshots and give it a pass but despite the polygon protagonist this game has some of the best character development of the year, thanks largely to it's Bastion style narration.

Mark of the Ninja - This received universal critical acclaim but I still don't think many people have played it.
1139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: December 05, 2012, 05:01:09 PM
The newest firmware update is out.  I played around with it last night after it finished and noticed a significant improvement in performance.  Load times on games have been reduced by 4-5 seconds and loads times on menus and wiishop/internet apps have been cut in half.  This really feels like where it should have been on release.

There is also speculation that this update contains the WiiTVii update and it will be turned on later in the week.
1140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 03, 2012, 05:56:43 AM
1141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2012 Gaming Character of the Year? on: November 28, 2012, 07:39:47 PM
Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2.
1142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2012: GOTY/GOAT of the year? on: November 27, 2012, 08:19:46 PM
My Game of the Year would be Dishonored.

Runners up would go to XCOM and Mark of the Ninja.
1143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 26, 2012, 02:55:04 AM
Iíve made it to the Screw You levels of Mario now.  After unlocking everything in NSMB2 on the 3DS without much trouble Iím surprised how challenging theyíve made some of these levels. 
1144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 23, 2012, 03:48:00 AM
Played some multiplayer Nintendoland yesterday and today.  If you have a group of friends or family this could actually be a system seller in of itself.  Two of the competitive games are just brilliant for a party setting. 

In Luigis Mansion (or something like that) one player controls a ghost who is only visible when hit by light.  The ghost uses the WiiU pad exclusively and hunts down the other players (up to 4).  The four other players use normal Wii remotes and use flashlights to try and kill the ghost as a team.  If they are grabbed from behind the ghost paralyzes them until they are picked up by an ally or there are no more players.  This is all played from an overhead perspective Pac man style.

The other competitive game we had a blast with is fairly similar but much faster paced and in 3rd person.  One player uses the game WiiU pad which has the entire map of the arena and the other four players again use the wii motes.  The Wiimoters play in a 3rd person perspective and have to talk to each other to track down the WiiU pad player who can see where everyone is. 

As far as single player games I found the Yoshi game to be quite addicting despite its simplistic nature.  In a nutshell you use the WiiU pad to plot (draw) a course for Yoshi to pick up objects on the screen.  The challenge is that the objects and arena hazards donít show up on the pad and you have to guesstimate the course by looking at your tv screen.

Most of the other games are decent but forgettable.  The exceptions being the dance and race games which are abysmal.
1145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 22, 2012, 05:54:57 AM
That seems strange about Mario.  It looks good on the pad but much better on my TV, more vibrant and colorful.  I have a 42inch LG so maybe certain brands or sizes make a big difference.
1146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 22, 2012, 12:24:31 AM
My console arrived earlier today.  My very brief impressions are that the WiiU does some things phenomenally well and so when it fails it other areas it’s very disappointing.  Backwards compatibility is clunky; I gave up trying to transfer my wii data over after I saw what I would have to do and the initial startup interface is slow and clunky.  I’m really hoping that maybe a firmware upgrade can solve a lot of the problems. 

I also feel that the lack of a blueray player is actually going to be one of my biggest annoyances with the system.  Currently I use my PS3 as a media center but after using the WiiU pad for just a couple hours I really love how fluid it is to browse the net/youtube and I assume Netflix will be the same.  The fact that I can’t play normal movies with the controller is a huge letdown.  Also, has anyone figured out if you connect a cable box like you can a normal TV?  That could be another problem if you can’t.

Impressions on games is limited to just Mario but I can happily say that this is my favorite Mario title since Super Mario World on the SNES.  So far my only complaints with it are that I feel like there should be twice as many worlds per over map section and for some reason it really bugs me that Yoshi cant aim his tongue straight up like he could in SMW.  Very small complaints.
1147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best 42 inch tv for the buck? on: November 19, 2012, 11:56:00 PM
I've purchased two LG's in the last 5 years (32in & 42in) and have been happy with both.  Neither was 3D so I cant comment on that.
1148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/19) on: November 19, 2012, 03:55:55 PM
All preorders that I didnít realize would arrive on the same dayÖ

Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion

Hitman: Absolutions

WiiU Deluxe Console with Nintendo Land
New Super Mario U
1149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 18, 2012, 05:56:53 PM
I preordered primarily because after the shortage the Wii experienced I didnít want a game I really wanted to play to come out (Pikmin3) and I not be able to find a system.  Beyond that Iím pretty sure I will love New Super Mario Bros U, I doubt the system is going to get many good deals between now and March, and I have the money now so why not?
1150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 18, 2012, 02:43:59 AM
Amazon and Nintendo had a falling out after the original 3DS.  Currently they are refusing to stock the Wii U and have only recently started carrying the 3DS XL.
1151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 17, 2012, 02:08:47 AM
I took the Walmart Delux bundle and my order is all over the place.  Mario U is supposed to arrive tomorrow, the console itself is still processing and the pro controller has been delayed until December.
1152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 15, 2012, 09:42:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 15, 2012, 07:12:29 PM

from IGN:

New Super Mario Bros. U 9.1
Nintendo Land 8.7
Wow, it sounds like Iíve finally gotten the Super Mario World 2 Iíve always wanted!
1153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC + WiiU] Little Inferno (World of Goo Developer) on: November 15, 2012, 06:56:33 PM
Already posted this on OO but I figured some people here might be interested as well.

Iíve been looking forward to this one since I first heard about it.  This is the newest game from the World of Goo developer.  Today I saw that anyone who preorders on their website will get access to the beta and also receive a Steam key when it comes out officially this Sunday.

First things first.  This is not a game in the traditional sense.  At the start of the game you get a fireplace and some basic instructions on how to light a fire.  The only problem is you have nothing to burn so you do the logical thing and throw your instructions into the fireplace and light those.  And then youíre alone. Not long after though you receive a catalog in the mail that lets you buy all new things to burn and the game officially starts.  

The gameplay itself is very simple, order a product, light it on fire and get more money.  Light objects on fire in the right combos and you unlock future catalogues and story elements.  And here is where the game actually gets interesting.  Much like World of Goo, Little Inferno has a story to tell and uses both humor and disturbing imagery/atmosphere to tell it very well.  The disturbing is played up in the main gameplay very effectively as you can see.

Itís really hard to talk about the overreaching gameplay and story without giving too much away but I will say itís definitely an interesting experience.
1154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 15, 2012, 02:46:48 AM
Wii U can at-least use just about any HD.  Hitch a nice terabyte drive to it and never have to worry about space again.
1155  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: New Green Man Gaming 25% off code or 35% off XCOM, Borderlands 2 or Chivalry on: November 11, 2012, 08:34:55 PM
Chivalry is a lot of fun.  Picked it up yesterday.  Surprisingly deep melee combat with objective based multiplayer similar to the assault maps back in the original Unreal Tournament.
1156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard gets sued. on: November 11, 2012, 03:39:14 AM
I donít think itís worth a lawsuit but I do have a problem with the way Blizzard handles Authenticators.  Not everyone has a smartphone (I donít) and there are other measures they could have taken to protect users that wouldnít involve a keychain doodad.  If I recall correctly there are many countries where itís not even possible to buy the physical authenticator.
1157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3/Wii]Epic Mickey 2 on: November 09, 2012, 06:29:14 PM
I played the PS3 and the 3DS demos yesterday. 

The PS3 version seems like it will be a great co-op experience.  Mickey and Oswald each have their own abilities that you need to use in tandem to get through the levels.  Oswald can  fly short distances and Mickey can grab onto his feet similar to Tails and Sonic.  Mickey of course has his paint brush and Oswald also can interface with machines.  Co-op is drop in at anytime and the AI fills in when a human isn't controlling the second player.  The only problem here is that from what I've read there is no online co-op which is really going to limit it's potential.

The 3DS version is an entirely different experience.  At first I didn't care for it; Mickey feels very slow and floaty compared to most modern platformers.  The further I got into though the more I appreciated what they were doing and when I reached the end of the demo I wanted more.  The game-play mixes classic Castle of Illusion platforming with an almost Metroidvania style of upgrade progression.  Rescuing Disney characters gives you access to new abilities and new quests which leads to even more powers and abilities.  One early chain was upon rescuing Scrooge he requested that I find his lucky coin so he could open a store.  After finding his coin he opened a shop where I could upgrade my health, damage, and paint efficiency.  All the characters seemed to have similar quests to some degree.  In the end my only complaint with this one was that I dislike how much it uses the touchscreen.  I really hate having to keep the stylus out when playing a game.
1158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC Steam] Steam Greenlight Towns now available on: November 07, 2012, 08:34:11 PM
I have both.  Towns is better at automation and building but has a pretty bad interface for digging unground.  Gnomoria is a bit clunkier getting things set up but has a great engine for mining. 

Ultimately I think Gnomoria will eventually become the better game but right now Towns has it beat.
1159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC Steam] Steam Greenlight Towns now available on: November 07, 2012, 07:56:59 PM
Demo is a good call on this one.  I really like the game but itís definitely not going to appeal to everyone.
1160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC Steam] Steam Greenlight Towns now available on: November 07, 2012, 07:47:58 PM
Iíve been playing it for a couple weeks.  Itís basically above ground dwarf fortress with an actual interface and graphics engine.  Itís not quite as deep as DF but they are continuously adding new features so someday it could be. 

The tutorials are a bit lacking however; donít expect to pick the game up and be able to figure out everything on your first go.  In fact I restarted 5 times before I got the hang of it and that was with using the online wiki for tips.
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