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1321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cars 2: It stinks! on: June 24, 2011, 07:05:35 PM
I had no interest in the original Cars and only ended up seeing it because Amazon had the Bluray on sale for about $10 last Christmas.  That said, having actually watched it I don't think it deserves the hate it receives.  It IS my least favorite Pixar film but I still found it quite enjoyable.  Cars 2 on the other hand looks downright embarrassing.
1322  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: How do you feel when playing the "evil" path in games? on: June 19, 2011, 03:20:28 AM
I dislike games that define it as Good and Evil.  Just because you want to have absolute power and rule the world doesn't necessarily make you evil.  Maybe you're just good at it! Maybe power is a means to an end; a way to stop social injustice and remove the true corruption. 

Sadly, most games don't share this view point.  The only game in recent memory to allow this was Fallout: New Vegas where I was able to achieve absolute power for myself and still bring peace and prosperity to the wasteland.
1323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 3 on: June 17, 2011, 03:30:06 AM
The Ork campaign in Retribution is actually almost as good as the other two campaigns and a whole lot funnier so you may not want to write it off entirely.   Tongue

 Find a friend to play through them in co-op and your enjoyment of all of them will increase tenfold.
1324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Samuel Jackson reads audiobook "Go the F*ck to Sleep" on: June 15, 2011, 10:19:44 PM

Quote from: Exodor on June 15, 2011, 03:31:54 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 15, 2011, 01:14:29 AM

Holy hell...first you have to figure out if you have an amazon account, then you have to download their proprietary music player, then you have to install it, then you have to download the file, then you have to register the player. All for a 6-minute sound clip.  finger

It was worth it, though.   thumbsup

Yeah, I "bought" it but I'm not installing their crapware just to listen to it.

At least, not on my home PC.    ninja

I've downloaded lots of files from Amazon and never had to do all that.  Let the file down loader run and then open the folder on your computer where it downloaded it.  C:\Users\NAME\Music\Amazon MP3 by default on Windows 7.
1325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Gods Coming to HBO on: June 15, 2011, 10:15:23 PM
I imagine each episode could focus on a particular god with lots of flashbacks to when they were in power. That would allow for the series to occupy a much longer time period and deliver more background on each character without a lot of wordy exposition.

There is very little Gaiman has done that I haven't enjoyed.  Loved Stardust and Mirrormask and thought Coraline was very good as well.  Little known fact, Gaiman also helped with the script/translation for the English version of Princess Mononoke.
1326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sidescrollers on: June 08, 2011, 08:52:15 PM
Trine is my favorite sidescroller of the last few years but its more platformer than combat oriented.  It's also on sale on Steam right now for $4.50.

Edit: After clicking your links Trine isn't what you're looking for at all.
1327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Siege 3 on: June 08, 2011, 03:00:05 AM
Played the demo.  Felt like it might be fun on consoles if you were playing with a group of friends but as a PC game it's pretty lackluster.  Controls felt awkward with mouse and keyboard, voice acting was awful and the story was uninteresting enough that I just skipped it.  The one thing I really liked is that when I finally leveled up there were about 3-4 different screens worth of customization for my character. 
1328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tornado's... on: May 26, 2011, 08:54:51 PM
Strangely enough there is a tornado watch in Burlington Vermont as well.  That's not supposed to happen here!
1329  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: OnLive Warhammer 40K Space Marine Deal on: May 26, 2011, 06:41:09 AM
Any chance this can also be activated on Steam like the PC versions?  Would be a fairly brilliant move if it could to get people to try out the system. 
1330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout:New Vegas and Steam........WTF on: May 23, 2011, 05:07:51 PM
I love games that use Steamworks.  I refuse to buy a retail game that I can't activate over Steam because it's just so convenient if I ever want to reinstall a game or switch computers.

That said technically you only need to be online once to activate the game, after that you can run in offline mode if you really want. 
1331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 20, 2011, 05:31:18 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on May 20, 2011, 04:33:38 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 20, 2011, 04:00:31 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 20, 2011, 03:25:06 PM

I don't get it.

Bad senior photo. More

My eyes!!
Some of those look awesome compared to some in my yearbook.  Whatever possessed the school to not only let students design the yearbook but also to submit any pictures they wanted is beyond me.
1332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Terraria- Minecraft type game, sideways, and more game. Not out yet. on: May 16, 2011, 07:52:34 PM
Out on Steam right now.  Anyone interested in a 4-pack?
1333  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.
1334  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.
1335  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.
1336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: April 11, 2011, 08:44:16 PM
I still don't get it.  icon_confused
1337  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?
1338  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. 
1339  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?
1340  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.
1341  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)
1342  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!

1343  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.

1344  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. 
1345  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
1346  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...
1347  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?
1348  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.

1349  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.
1350  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.
1351  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.
1352  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...
1353  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.

1354  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [PSN] Free Movies on: February 19, 2011, 08:34:29 PM
Stranger Than Fiction is excellent.  Highly recommended.
1355  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.
1356  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.
1357  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!
1358  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!

1359  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.
1360  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.
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