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1161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coolest wedding ever? on: July 26, 2009, 05:15:30 AM
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1162  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!
1163  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.
1164  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.
1165  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*
1166  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.
1167  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.
1168  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.
1169  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
1170  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
1171  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.
1172  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.
1173  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!
1174  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…
1175  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. 
1176  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.
1177  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.
1178  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.
1179  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.
1180  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.
1181  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.
1182  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.
1183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Silly steam question. on: May 04, 2009, 11:28:53 PM
I’ve used steam for two years now and I have absolutely no idea what this button does.  For some reason it’s really bugging me today so please educate me! 
1184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Plants vs Zombies (demo is out) on: May 04, 2009, 05:28:17 PM
I liked the Demo.  Full version is well worth $10.  I just wish I could use my Steam order number to unlock it now.
1185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: April 30, 2009, 07:02:51 PM
Or use liquid nitrogen to freeze him.
Or drop him into a swimming pool filled with partially solid cement. 
Or since his skeleton is magnetic why not use a big electron magnet to catch him?

Gee, super villains aren’t very creative are they?
1186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: April 30, 2009, 06:56:30 PM
Actually, if his bones weigh that much he should sink like a rock in water.  Knocking him into the ocean seems a very logical way of getting rid of him.
1187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: April 30, 2009, 05:30:50 PM
Pretty much impossible to cut off his head if his spine is indestructible…and you would have to remove his heart by reaching up underneath his ribcage. 
1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: April 26, 2009, 06:27:11 PM
How much would someone have to pay you to live alone on the moon for three years?

A year I could probably do but I think three would drive anyone crazy…  paranoid
1189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: April 17, 2009, 06:20:45 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 16, 2009, 10:34:47 PM


Spoilers on that:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Basically, the whole watcher society collapses, everything.  But, Garret finally accepts and takes his place as the father of a new watcher organization.  As he's walking the streets he goes through a scene just like the beginning of Thief 1 where a talented thief girl sees him, and tries to pickpocket him.  He catches her and says that quote that went along the line of he has work for her, for it is hard to spot a watcher, especially one that does not wish to be seen.

So, female protagonist in the new one, with an old Garret heading up this new watcher organization?
"To see a Keeper is not an easy thing. Especially one who does not wish to be seen"
1190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Impressions and demo on Steam! on: April 16, 2009, 05:56:18 PM
Jow and I started playing through the campaign in Co-Op and it was a lot of fun.  Each person has control over two squads and since you are able to use your abilities much more efficiently you can pull off some things you would never be able to in single player.    Voice chat is mandatory for effective play. 

The one think I would suggest is make sure you are playing with someone who plays at a similar pace and has good communication since the host controls which missions you go to it’s possible to get dragged to a mission without knowing anything about what you will be facing. 
1191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: April 16, 2009, 05:49:39 PM
Thief 1 & 2 are nearly perfect in my opinion.  Thief 3 was “ok” but it just didn’t have the charm and the setting felt a lot more like generic fantasy than the world from the original games. 
1192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: no more wii for mii... on: April 05, 2009, 05:26:59 PM
It’s funny; I’ve had my Wii for a few months and about the only time I would play it is if guest came over.  Well that was until last week when I got a copy of No More Heroes from Amazon for $15.  Completely over the top, crude and looks just terrible on a HDTV but I love it!  I also like that it’s fairly short, I’m eight hours in and I only have two more bosses left.  The older I get the more I realize that I am more apt to play short games because I hate starting a game I won’t finish.  This is likely the first console game in over a year I will actually finish.
1193  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Change File Associations in Vista on: April 01, 2009, 10:49:35 PM
Victory!

After two days of searching I found a program that does exactly what I needed. Once I could add the programs to the open with list all the associations fixed themselves.
For anyone else who has this incredibly annoying problem check out OpenWithAdd v1.2 for Windows® XP/Vista.

Big thumbs up to Author of this little piece of software.
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/openwithadd.htm
1194  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Change File Associations in Vista on: April 01, 2009, 01:23:52 AM
I recently upgraded my adobe suite to CS4 which is great but it broke all my file associations. I can open all my files manually but I can’t click on a file and have it open correctly. Choosing the “Open with” option does not display the correct programs and even if I navigate to the location it won’t let me add it to the selection. Same thing applies for going through Vistas "set associations" program.

I’ve had this problem before when I updated Word and managed to download a program to fix it but I can’t remember for the life of me what it was.

Any Thoughts?
1195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New game - post the first image in your My Pictures folder! on: March 26, 2009, 06:17:27 PM
1196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woohoo! I'm rich! on: March 25, 2009, 05:17:23 PM
At least it’s an email address from the right company…
1197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kill Bill in 60 seconds on: March 22, 2009, 10:41:56 PM
I think I prefer it to the real version…
1198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Penumbra- any impressions? on: March 09, 2009, 09:17:34 PM
There is some combat, or at least there was in the first one, but it’s handled in a more reserved fashion than most FPS.  No guns if that’s what you’re looking for but I remember being able to set enemies on fire in creative ways.
1199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which old PC Game Developer would you bring back? on: March 09, 2009, 08:37:12 PM
Another vote for Looking Glass. 
1200  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: February 27, 2009, 05:53:23 PM
+1 Gratch
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