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1161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Give me your top 5 "must-see" anime on: August 21, 2009, 02:33:45 AM
Series
Last Exile
Le Chevalier d'Eon
Gunslinger Girl
Haibane-Renmei (slow paced, probably not for everyone)

Movies
Princess Monooke
Millennium Actress
Howls Moving Castle
Castle in the Sky

Also…
Avatar (technically American but still must see)
1162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: whole buttload of info released on: August 17, 2009, 05:26:05 PM
Gameplay trailer looks extremely polished as always but watching it I can’t shake the feeling that the DoWII campaign has already surpassed it in every way. 
1163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazingly good shows that died WAY before their time on: August 17, 2009, 12:38:55 AM
Firefly
Pushing Daisies
Dead Like Me
Carnivale
1164  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive: Empire Total War $24.95 on: August 16, 2009, 11:11:58 PM
I like the ease of Steam.  If I get a new computer down the line I can install all my games from a single place without having to worry about swapping CD’s or remembering CD keys.
1165  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive: Empire Total War $24.95 on: August 16, 2009, 10:53:23 PM
Well I decided to try it and it does allow you to download directly from Steam.  Once purchased it took me to a page containing my CD Key and I input it into the Add Steam game field.  Currently downloading!
1166  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive: Empire Total War $24.95 on: August 16, 2009, 04:44:34 PM
Has anyone tried to activate this version on steam?  I prefer to keep all my digital games through one place and I see that Empire retail can be.
1167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Trine 25% off on: August 14, 2009, 05:54:04 AM
Trine has 15 levels.  So far its been taking me 40 minutes to an hour to get through each so a 10-15 hour game.  Not bad in my opinion.  A lot of the fun for me has been trying to get all the experience potions and treasures to level up my characters.  As the game goes on you gain new abilities and I've been having a blast just building towers with my wizard to get around. 

Highly recommended.
1168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Shock 2... it's been 10 years. on: August 13, 2009, 08:14:33 PM
L…L…LOOK AT YOU….H…HA…HACKER… A pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?

Good memories.
1169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX] Lawman on: August 13, 2009, 04:38:00 PM
Anyone else read this as Lawnman and become very disappointed?
1170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Internet Explorer 6 support tied to XP lifespan on: August 12, 2009, 06:18:25 PM
I hate having to support ie6 with a passion.  It’s the main reason I was disappointed when Vista failed to take off.  Death to XP!
1171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday Time Waster: This is the Only Level on: August 11, 2009, 10:07:13 PM
That one lacks acrobatic elephants. 
1172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mermaids spotted....'Splash' Fantasies can continue!! on: August 11, 2009, 07:01:58 PM
Given how vast the ocean is I think it’s possible that something like a humanoid mermaid could exist.  That said I think the chances that said creature would be even remotely attractive to humans is highly unlikely.  Things that live in the ocean tend to be scaly, fat, deadly and/or smell bad.
1173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tuesday Time Waster: This is the Only Level on: August 11, 2009, 06:07:22 PM
Finished it in 12:22:45
Deaths: 144

8 and 10 were the worst.
1174  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Blu Ray B2G1 free sale on: August 11, 2009, 04:49:41 PM
Yep most of these prices are heavily inflated.  I saw a number of these for $15 each last week.
1175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buld your own Companion Cube on: August 08, 2009, 05:03:44 PM
link doesn't work for me  icon_frown
1176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is /your/ Top 25(ish) PC (Computer) games of all time? on: August 07, 2009, 08:24:34 PM
X-com
Diablo II
Thief II
System Shock 2
Starcraft
Fallout
Myth
Quake 2
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Dungeon Keeper 2
Total Annihilation
Stalker
Baldurs Gate 2
Planescape: Torment
Half-Life
Deus Ex
Alpha Centauri
World of Warcraft
Gothic II
World of Goo (yes I’m serious)
Simcity2000
Grim Fandango
Medieval II: Total War
Unreal Tournament
Rainbow Six

Problem with these lists is that what they actually measure differs based on the criteria.  Simcity might have been revolutionary but I would never play it over Simcity2000.  For that reason a game or sequel that did nothing new but perfected what it attempted would still rate higher in my list.  The exception being a sequel that took the game away from the greatness of a predecessor.
1177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Impressions and free soundtrack! on: August 05, 2009, 03:31:42 AM
Also, in the campaign losing a mission isn’t always a bad thing.  You retain your experience and loot which means if you play the same mission again it SHOULD be easier.  The exception to the rule is if you’re playing on one of the higher difficulties and you lose repeatedly the enemy starts to build up in strength.
1178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Behold! Planescape Torment...Lego? on: July 27, 2009, 10:01:13 PM
I must have a Nordom of my own!
1179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coolest wedding ever? on: July 26, 2009, 05:15:30 AM
 thumbsup
1180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tim Burton-Alice In Wonderland on: July 26, 2009, 05:09:45 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 26, 2009, 03:26:36 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 25, 2009, 06:28:16 PM


with the love of growing up with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory(Gene Wilder),i didn't really give Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a chance


T Without that bias, the remake was slightly better for being more twisted.
More twisted?  Maybe you should rewatch the original… Click Me!
1181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tim Burton-Alice In Wonderland on: July 25, 2009, 05:52:14 PM
I actually really liked Burtons Charlie and the Chocolate Factory EXCEPT for Depp.  The original Willy Wonka remains an all time favorite character of mine but the thing in the new movie was a travesty.  I have a bad feeling that the Mad Hatter is going to be a repeat.
1182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trine on: July 21, 2009, 12:23:38 AM
I had a lot of fun with the demo but I just can’t bring myself to pay $30 for a short game that is bound to be on sale for $20 or less in a month’s time.  I know the price difference is trivial but I can’t help myself.
1183  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: paradox Interactive Week Long Sale on: July 20, 2009, 05:34:08 PM
Ok, that was annoying.  I had to click 5 links just to get to their website so I could see what the games were.  For everyone else!

Click Me!

*edit* Oops…or you could click the 2nd link from the first page linked. *edit*
1184  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: massive Amazon Blu Ray sale on: July 19, 2009, 05:36:34 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on July 19, 2009, 01:49:18 PM

Meh.

Blu-Ray will never take off as long as new prices are $30 and 'sale' prices are $20. 

Especially when they're not worth it if you don't have a 42" or bigger TV.
I have around 20 blue rays and except for buying the Dark Knight when it first came out I’ve never paid more than $16 on any of them.

I have a larger set now but even when I had a 32inch I could still see a definite difference in quality.  I suppose it really depends on how far away you sit though.  HDTVs are made for closer viewing than traditional sets.
1185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Team Fortress 2: Soldier update next and King of the Hill returning? on: July 17, 2009, 05:19:57 PM
Nice.  I always end up playing Soldier despite hating the class because no one else on my team wants to.  Hopefully this will mean a few more people are willing to take the role.
1186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: July 09, 2009, 12:42:07 AM
I wonder if I played a different version of this game than you guys…

I picked up the PS3 version a couple weeks ago and loved almost the whole game; it is actually the first PS3 game I’ve finished since I bought the system a year ago.  The only two levels I didn’t like were the early Junk Plant level and the Star Destroyer Stage.  Junk planet was just boring and had some annoying jumping segments and the Star Destroyer took me like 10 tries to beat.

Killing enemies never seemed much of a problem because almost everything in the game can be killed in one or two charged lightning saber slashes.  The only exception was the giant troopers but my force lighting/energy pool was high enough that I could shock them to the point where one saber slash would kill them.  Learning the combos really helped and most of the time I could clear a room in just a couple minutes.
1187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 29, 2009, 08:57:22 PM
That might be pretty cool.  Can they just fix the plumbing and let people live in it as is? icon_biggrin
1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica finally coming to Blu Ray on: June 07, 2009, 01:10:00 AM
That box confuses me.   icon_confused
1189  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Sale: Penumbra Collection $5 on: June 06, 2009, 05:27:05 AM
I enjoyed the first but it’s not for everyone.  It’s more of a first person puzzle-sneaker than a typical survival horror.  I picked this up because I never played the sequel.

It’s one of the most atmospheric and downright scary games I’ve ever played.
1190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: M. Shamalamadingdong Night's Last Airbender movie on: May 28, 2009, 06:52:01 PM
I just can’t see this working.  The series was surprisingly mature and put children in the position to terribly maim or outright kill each other, not to mention that the magic is based on incredibly complicated martial arts maneuvers.  I have a hard time believing they will be able to pull it off with real actors and not make it look foolish. 

And there were three books.  The first was a little slow but two and three were pretty incredible for an animated TV series.
1191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wednesday / Thursday time waster - Crush the Castle! on: May 28, 2009, 06:45:40 PM
Hah, finally got!  It was actually a rafter falling that got the last target but a win is a win!
1192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wednesday / Thursday time waster - Crush the Castle! on: May 28, 2009, 06:28:47 PM
I got most of them in just a couple tries but I can’t figure out 24…
1193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books that break "good guy always wins/lives" scenario on: May 27, 2009, 05:35:26 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 27, 2009, 04:58:14 PM

Quote from: Jag on May 27, 2009, 01:37:59 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 27, 2009, 01:03:16 AM

I really thought the Dark Tower series fell off the rails towards the end.  Or I was just not interested anymore. 

For me Dark Tower was all about the journey and not the conclusion. I typically don't like those types of endings, but when I was finally done I realized that I honestly didn't care how it ended because I enjoyed the story for what it was. That was unique for me at least.

I can't stand this argument. No offense against you personally but King and others have made that argument about this and other stories and here's my question: "So if the story is about the journey, then why should I care about what happens when the journey ends?"

Spoiler for Hiden:
By the end of the story, the characters will usually have changed for the better or for the worse, and worlds will have been changed. Yet my argument on the Dark Tower series is that it basically is little more than The Matrix series if the series had followed the One prior to Neo. It would end as all the others have, only maybe there would a slight hint that next time things would be different (ala the horn that Roland ends the story with). So why the hell couldn't we have had THAT story instead, King? Was 30+ years not enough time to draw a conclusion? Hell I came up with a better one in about 15 minutes after finishing the book.

In my ending, Flagg is still the dangerous wizard he always was and when he realizes Mordred has entered his mind, manages to trap Mordred there and paralyze him. Flagg then stomps the spider to death and rips off the seal from his chest (aka the key to the Tower). He then heads straight for the Tower knowing the sub-routes throughout the world. As such, it comes down to a footrace to the Tower. "The man in black fled across the blasted wasteland and the gunslingers followed." It comes down to Roland and Flagg shooting at one another as they both race for the Tower across the field of roses while dodging attacks from the Crimson King.

I hadn't planned anything more than that, but that alone strikes me as way the hell better than what King did.

Yes I'm still bitter at the final book and a half of the Dark Tower series. smile I maintain that Wizard & Glass though is one of the finest books I've ever read, period. I still have trouble believing just how great that book is. It is magnificent.

I liked the ending of the Dark Tower well enough but I have to admit I would have preferred your ending.

To the original question I would suggest the
Spoiler for Hiden:
Long Walk
also by King as Bachman.  It leaves you guessing until the very end as to who will live or die.  The fact that I read it right when the reality TV craze was first starting up added a lot to the story. 
1194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Arcanum. Yay or Nay? on: May 27, 2009, 05:12:40 PM
It’s very much a spiritual successor to Fallout, which is not surprising since it’s made by much of the same team.  The amount of options you have in both character creation and game play progression are astounding. 

There are really only two problems I have with what would otherwise be a classic game.  The first is that unlike in Fallout where you could do no wrong, it is entirely possible to create a broken character in Arcanun.  The second problem attributes to that and it’s the fact that the last ¼ of the game is terribly combat heavy. 
If you play a technologist, which I would highly recommend to get the full flavor of the game, get used to having to switch back and forth between turn based and real time combat depending on your situation. 

Either way make sure to track down the restoration project that fixes many of the bug/incomplete quest that were in the original game.  Even with all the problems I think it’s still worth a look.
1195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Plants vs Zombies (demo is out) on: May 26, 2009, 02:23:53 AM
Either  use the Tentacle Plant or put a Wallnut/tallnut on a lily pad and make sure you have stuff to shoot behind.
1196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I've graduated! on: May 24, 2009, 05:37:40 AM
Congratulations!

 I was one of the lucky ones who found work shortly after graduation so it is possible.  Let’s hope your luck is the same.
1197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pushing Dasies... on: May 19, 2009, 04:10:46 PM
Amazon has Season two set to come out on DVD July 21 for anyone who is interested in buying it.
1198  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Kingdom of Heaven on Blu-Ray on: May 14, 2009, 03:41:06 AM
Make sure you end up with the Directors cut.  It makes a mediocre movie into one of the better epics I’ve seen.
1199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Steel 2 on: May 05, 2009, 10:29:37 PM
If they can match the controls like it looks like they do in the video that would be awesome but I thought No More Heroes did a much better job with sword motion controls than the original did.
1200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silly steam question. on: May 05, 2009, 03:04:48 AM
Yay pancake button…
...aww stop button?  Do people really use stop buttons on browsers anymore?  Opera doesn’t even have one.
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