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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torchlight, a follow-up to Fate and Mythos on: November 05, 2009, 11:28:18 PM
Quote
X) Visible/increasing chance of stripping enchants via enchanter. Price based on # of enchants.

Cool. Adds more enchanter risk.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: help me with my next Stephen King book on: October 23, 2009, 10:13:04 PM
I've read all 3. Cell is probably the most straightforward - more Richard Bachman style Stephen King. Lisey's Story was generally forgettable - I can't remember anything about it at all. I really enjoyed Duma Key, but it's definitely more character drama with horror wrapped in, where Cell is horror with some character thrown in. I think both are enjoyable - which one to start with depends on your preference and whether you prefer older Stephen King (Cell) to more modern Stephen King (Duma Key).
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How many jobs do you have? on: October 19, 2009, 05:10:41 PM
Good timing on this, as it looks like I'm about to go from 1 job to 2, as I'm (hopefully) about to pick up a job teaching software for a local community college. Until now, it's been the one 40 hr job for about 7 years. I used to work a 2nd retail job and then eventually gave it up when I finally was driven insane by the hours. This upcoming job is only for about 10 weeks of 3 hours a night - it would basically destroy most of my free time for a couple months, but it pays out in a decent chunk of change and most importantly, it doesn't require a bigger commitment than that. If I want to do another semester, I'll be able to (assuming they're happy with me) but if I decide the extra hours and commute is too much, I'm done. This will hopefully clear the last of my credit card debt, so it's a pretty big deal.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One exclusive you would like to see cross over to your console of choice on: September 29, 2009, 03:28:36 PM
Currently playing through Indigo Prophecy, so I'd have to say I'd like to see Heavy Rain make it to the 360.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/25 on: September 25, 2009, 05:02:50 PM
Been playing DDO and really enjoying it. The dungeon design feels very clever, like it really puts all your skills to work and makes it ideal to have a solid group without making that necessary. If you're just one guy, you may miss out on some optional stuff and you'll have to think to get around certain things, but it is very entertaining.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 09, 2009, 10:33:33 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 09, 2009, 09:23:05 PM

Quote from: Jeff on September 09, 2009, 09:19:20 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 09, 2009, 09:05:35 PM

Just beat it and MY GOD. Easily my GOTY. No question. The ending fight is a little WTF and I also didn't care for how they have you go from one end of the island to the other constantly, but other than that it was perfect. WOW. Love just oozes out of every single pixel. Wonderful, epic game.

GOTY is a frequent comment about this game, but I'm even hearing people ranking it on their 'best games ever played' list. I'm about 50% through it, and already I'm thinking there's potential for 'Top 10 all-time', maybe higher.

Thinking about it, it's almost the perfect storm of single player gaming. It's all there.


It's just that good.  I got to the third Scarecrow section
Spoiler for Hiden:
with the thing messing up your TV and replaying the intro with roles reversed
and that just about cinched it for me.  Definitely one of my all-time favorite games I have ever played.


Yeah, this hits my Top 10 easy. So many quality elements blended together so well and it created an experience that I will remember playing long after other games have come and gone.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fantastic Four to return to the big screen on: September 02, 2009, 05:26:41 PM
From that article, the key:

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Though Marvel Entertainment owns and finances properties like "Iron Man" and "Thor," Fox controls "Fantastic Four" in perpetuity -- as long as it continues making the films. Fox has the same arrangement on Marvel Comics properties "X-Men," "Daredevil" and "Silver Surfer." Marvel is a producer and financial participant through a licensing agreement.

Which means that we're likely to see these films constantly remade - actors decide that they don't want to keep coming back and Fox has a financial need to keep making movies to keep the rights.

With Fantastic Four, I honestly don't mind a reboot - the first two weren't all that great. I would mind, on say, a X-Men reboot, but it looks like Fox is just going to make lots of Origins movies to keep hold of those properties, so a reboot seems less likely.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 29, 2009, 01:55:29 AM
http://www.arkhamcare.com/

http://www.gothamcitymunicipal.com/

Awesome. Read the articles and the "comments".
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 27, 2009, 01:29:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 27, 2009, 01:18:58 PM

Quote from: Malificent on August 27, 2009, 01:01:59 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 25, 2009, 06:07:20 PM

The Coldfire Trilogy is absolutely amazing. Gerald Tarrant is one of my favorite fantasy characters of all time. The first book is a slow burn:

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Sun-Rising-Coldfire-Trilogy/dp/0756403146/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251223386&sr=1-1



+1. These are fantastic.

I'm always leery of books described as "slow burns" or "slow starters", since that usually translates to "boring as hell for 500 pages, then good for the last 100".  Looks like the reviews on these are good though...might have to check them out.

If you liked Tad Williams' "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" books, I think Coldfire Trilogy is similar in terms of pacing.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 27, 2009, 01:01:59 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 25, 2009, 06:07:20 PM

The Coldfire Trilogy is absolutely amazing. Gerald Tarrant is one of my favorite fantasy characters of all time. The first book is a slow burn:

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Sun-Rising-Coldfire-Trilogy/dp/0756403146/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251223386&sr=1-1



+1. These are fantastic.
51  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 19, 2009, 03:01:19 PM
I still can't get in as of last night. Redownloaded from fileplanet - when I enter my name and password I get to a "Unable to authorize, server is down" message.

Grrr.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazingly good shows that died WAY before their time on: August 17, 2009, 04:36:35 PM

Quote from: Dramatist on August 17, 2009, 03:49:08 PM

I'll go way back and say "Police Squad".  It needed way more than 6 episodes.

Let's say that Police Squad was canceled too early.

"Police Squad was canceled too early."

I love this show.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: August 15, 2009, 07:46:15 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 15, 2009, 03:31:26 PM

Quote from: Malificent on August 15, 2009, 03:01:45 PM

Just finished a couple more:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - This is a fantastic modern day "locked room" mystery set in Sweden. The characters are complex and compelling, the plots are interesting without being overwhelming, and the look into Swedish culture and politics is neat. Its really too bad the author died right after handing in the completed manuscripts for his only three books. I need to get the sequel "The Girl Who Plays with Fire" as soon as I can. 5 stars out of 5.

There is a movie out now for the above book, in case you didnt know. 98 percent of all that watched it loved (I didnt, hated it in fact), but it may be for you, if you like the book :-)

No, I didn't know that - I added it to the saved DVD portion of my queue on Netflix - I'd love to give it a shot.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: August 15, 2009, 03:01:45 PM
Just finished a couple more:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - This is a fantastic modern day "locked room" mystery set in Sweden. The characters are complex and compelling, the plots are interesting without being overwhelming, and the look into Swedish culture and politics is neat. Its really too bad the author died right after handing in the completed manuscripts for his only three books. I need to get the sequel "The Girl Who Plays with Fire" as soon as I can. 5 stars out of 5.

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston - Set around crime scene cleaning, I thought this was generally well done, but I honestly didn't like the way he handled dialogue - I occasionally got lost. Not a bad book, really, but not my style. 3 of 5 stars.

Roadside Crosses by Jeffrey Deaver - This was one my mom rented from the library and I read while I'm visiting. This book would be nothing special generally - standard crime fare. However, this one was made about 50 times worse to read because the main plotline revolves around a blogger and an MMO player. It is pretty clear that Deaver just did enough research to be dangerous and it becomes a very painful read very quickly when he starts making up terminology and mangling existing terminology, plus generally using hideous stereotypes. Stay far, far away from this. I'm not even sure why I finished this other than the fact that I'm a glutton for punishment. 1 star out of 5.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Hurt Locker on: August 12, 2009, 10:45:20 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 12, 2009, 06:27:39 PM


The only thing that really bothered me in Hurt Locker was, late in the movie...
Spoiler for Hiden:
Why would the three guys split up and run around dark alleys in a strange Iraqi town in the middle of the night? Even if the lead character was desperate, he seems to be all about making sure his fellow soldiers are safe - splitting up in that situation just seemed more like suicide to me, or a way to result in one of these terrible soldier-kidnapping situations we read about all the time. There's strength in numbers, right?  confused

It made sense for "storytelling" but it didn't make sense to me tactically. Maybe I've played too many squad shooters. icon_razz

Spoiler for Hiden:
Actually he didn't seem "all about making sure his fellow soldiers were safe" to me - he seemed like someone who was addicted to the rush of danger and was willing to occasionally put people in danger to do things his way. Whether or not THAT is realistic, I don't know.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: August 11, 2009, 10:27:38 PM
My (incomplete) list of books read so far in 2009:

Last Call by Tim Powers - This book hit every weak spot for me - Tarot, Poker, Fisher King, Vegas. Powers is maybe the most interesting modern fantasy author writing today and Last Call is a fantastic read. It's only flaw is really a backhanded compliment - while well paced, it has a lot of mythology and information coming at you and it can be very easy to get caught up in story, read past some of the mythology and then get lost a little later on because you weren't paying enough attention. Almost occasionally too deep and complex for my tastes. 4.5 out 5 stars.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi - I really, really enjoyed this one. Military space opera where the Earth is quarantined away from the rest of the galaxy by the Colonial Defense Force with the excuse that the universe is too dangerous - they then recruit elderly people from the earth who get remade into younger bodies - really good reads - I blew through this and the sequels (Ghost Brigades and The Last Colony) as fast as I could get hold of them. 5 out of 5 stars.

Android's Dream by John Scalzi - I'll let the Booklist description speak for the book:

An interstellar scandal explodes when a human diplomat assassinates an alien diplomat by farting at him, albeit using a scent-emitting communicator. To forestall interspecies war, the government enlists former war hero and current uberhacker Harry Creek. His mission: to placate the aliens by finding a unique form of sheep used in the aliens' upcoming coronation ritual. The sheep, in this case, turns out to be unassuming pet-store owner Robin Baker, whose genes improbably incorporate ovine DNA. Before Baker can be secured and summarily dispatched, however, Creek must contend with a succession of meddlesome adversaries ranging from a cult of sheep worshippers to alien thugs itching for interstellar war.

This book was hilarious and I'm now firmly ready to read anything Scalzi produces (as soon as I can get it from the library). 5 out of 5 stars.

Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling - The world changes when suddenly all technology from gunpowder onward mysteriously stops working. This book was decent - it had the feel of any of the post-apocalyptic novels I've read, except with a bit more Wiccan slant - one of the main characters is Wiccan and it is clear the author has an indepth knowledge of the religion. It occasionally felt like Wiccan recruitment. 3 of 5 stars.

The Mark by Jason Pinter - A young journalist gets caught up in a very very bad situation and is forced to run for his life. This book would make a good movie - it was paced well and the characters were interesting. It surprised me to find out that this was the first in a series of novels about the character - this book was very self contained. 4 of 5 stars.

Superpowers: A Novel by David J. Schwartz - 5 young adults suddenly gain superpowers and form a super team but being real life, run into problems. I was kind of disappointed in this - I was expecting more out of it. I don't know if it took itself too seriously or that it was just treading ground that has been done before and revisited recently, but I was not excited by this. 2 of 5 stars.

Infected by Scott Sigler - Science Fiction/Horror thriller where a strange disease is turning people into homicidal killers. Another one that read like a movie where I could almost visualize how the scenes would play out. Yet he manages to weave in a twisted black humor into a lot of it that somehow doesn't throw off the mood but increases it. This doesn't jump into literature, mind you - but it's a very good example of its genre. 4 of 5 stars.

The Fantasy Writer's Assistant: And Other Stories by Jeffrey Ford - Really good set of fanatstical short stories crossing from pure fantasy to fairy tale to modern day fantastical realism to WTF? If you're a writer, I think it is worth reading for the story the collection is named after - it was nominated for a Nebula and really speaks to the writer in us. I'd give it 5 stars if it wasn't for a couple stories that I read and then said "What the hell did I just read?" 4.5 of 5 stars.

The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie - Really interesting fantasy novels where every character is flawed - when the most sympathetic, interesting character is a crippled, lame sadistic torturer, you know you're not getting your standard sort of characters. A series where while I was reading them, I didn't feel like I was stunned by them, yet after finishing them realize that I really enjoyed them. 4.5 of 5 stars.

Black Ice, Black Echo, City of Bones - by Michael Connolly - Beach trip had me reading all sorts of mystery fiction. I enjoy these for the main character, even if the stories are somewhat formulaic. I'm not going to rush to get his latest stuff, but they're an enjoyable read if I'm given one. 3.5 of 5 stars.

Half a dozen James Patterson novels - They've all kind of blended together. I didn't realize Patterson wrote stuff other than Alex Cross - half the stuff I read were one off novels. It wouldn't surprise me if they were all lesser known writers put under the Patterson name to sell. These books really are the perfect example of literary fluff. 2.5 of 5 stars.

The Photographer's Eye - Michael Freeman - Fantastic book on composition in photography - a subject that seems to be ignored for the most part in mainstream photography books in favor of more technical information. This book has a fantastic set of example images and goes in depth about shapes, color, frame, lines, gestalt, and just about anything you can think of that would help you compose a better photograph. If you're at all interested in taking photographs, this book is worth reading. 5 of 5 stars.


57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Achievement Unlocked] You Haz Babby! on: August 10, 2009, 10:59:42 PM
7 lbs? Your baby is a wuss...slywink

Congratulations, sir - they change your life in so many ways, most of them good. smile
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ascaron Bankrupt, closing down on: August 10, 2009, 08:36:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 05, 2009, 02:11:59 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 04, 2009, 05:11:19 PM

I don't think it's an accident that every Diablo clone I've liked was made by a dev who eventually shut down (French dev Delphine's Darkstone, Iron Lore's Titan Quest, now this). I think Silverfall's dev may also have had the same fate, I've lost track.

In a way, Diablo clone, wannabe whatever is "Fool's Gold."  icon_cry

I imagine that's partly because none of these games were even close to as good as Diablo II was.  For me, all the hack-n-slashers that have come since have been missing that tough-to-define "it" factor (personality, atmosphere, artistic direction, story, music...whatever) that made the whole Diablo II experience so much fun.  Frankly, Sacred II and Titan Quest were two of the most generic,  boring, cliched, soulless games I've have ever played.   

I like Sacred 2 and Titan Quest. But they do pale in comparison to the experience I got from Diablo 2 and honestly, I'd say it is random maps. The fact that every playthrough was a different experience made a big difference for me. It also allowed them to make a more focused game - Sacred 2's biggest problem for me is that it is really almost too big. I can't imagine wanting to go back and play through at a higher difficulty level like I did with D2.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [ABC] Defying Gravity on: August 04, 2009, 05:08:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 04, 2009, 04:54:53 PM

Quote from: Malificent on August 04, 2009, 04:14:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 03, 2009, 10:46:37 PM

I thought it was OK, the one on Fox was definitely better.  Of course it's not like there's anything that great on during the summer anyway (except True Blood!), and certainly it's nice to see a sci-fi series on a major network. 

If you're not watching Leverage (or for that matter, Eureka), you're missing out.

+ a million to Eureka, never heard of Leverage though.

Leverage (on TNT) is best described as Ocean's 11 crossed with a modern-day version of the A-Team. Every episode is a self-contained heist/long con of the week. Characters are fantastic and I look forward to it every week. You can stream it on Netflix, season 1 and current episodes of season 2.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [ABC] Defying Gravity on: August 04, 2009, 04:14:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 03, 2009, 10:46:37 PM

I thought it was OK, the one on Fox was definitely better.  Of course it's not like there's anything that great on during the summer anyway (except True Blood!), and certainly it's nice to see a sci-fi series on a major network. 

If you're not watching Leverage (or for that matter, Eureka), you're missing out.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: July 16, 2009, 12:33:48 AM

Quote from: KC on July 16, 2009, 12:07:47 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 15, 2009, 10:18:16 PM

This might be a loaded question to ask in a console forum, but any recommendations on which version to pick up? I have a 360 and a state-o'-the-art PC. I plan on focusing solely on single player, so I guess it would come down to which version controls best, has the finest eyecandy, and is the most stable.

Thanks!

I don't have the PC version, but based on your post, I would lean toward the PC version unless someone with experience with the PC version says otherwise. 

The 360 version is fun if you want to play on your TV while sitting on the coach or if you are an Xbox Live achievement whore .

I can't speak to the PC version, but I was surprised how comfortable and easy to use the console control system was.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: July 14, 2009, 04:16:08 PM
Heh, so after complaining here, last night I got 2 set pieces (from the same set) within 5 minutes of each other.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: July 13, 2009, 10:34:40 PM
I'm up to level 23 and I've not seen a single set item or any non-white item at all. I have enhanced perception at 28, which is decent for the level, so I figure I'm just getting unlucky.  My seraphim is using the revered technology combat arts for the most part, and she handles masses of creatures with little to no problem. I still can't kill the goblin chieftain though. Craziness. I'm going back for another attempt this evening. smile
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venting: It's not going to be me this time. on: July 09, 2009, 03:31:36 AM
This tactic doesn't work for everyone, but I've found that for really touchy subjects, it occasionally can be good to basically write a letter to her, detailing out what the problem is and why it is bugging you so much. Reading something like this keeps the chances of an emotional escalation where nothing gets solved down and it lets you take the time, outside of the heat of the moment to really articulate your thoughts.

Also works well when it has reached a point of no conversation - this can't substitute for conversation, but it can help get a conversation started.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 10:12:05 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 08, 2009, 08:49:55 PM

Quote from: Malificent on July 08, 2009, 08:47:29 PM

So, in short, everyone's ability to suspend disbelief is different and the things that trigger the inability to suspend disbelief are also different for each person.

Cool.

Don't go all rational on people here...we're having a few bets on the fights by PM's.. ;-)

Damn, I could've been in on that! Curse you, rational logic!
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 08:47:29 PM
So, in short, everyone's ability to suspend disbelief is different and the things that trigger the inability to suspend disbelief are also different for each person.

Cool.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: July 03, 2009, 08:43:46 PM
Just got my copy in the mail - i'm excited (and mildly intimidated) to get started!
68  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag REQUEST THREAD on: July 03, 2009, 08:41:01 PM
Gamertag is Malificent42.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: June 29, 2009, 12:58:33 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on June 28, 2009, 11:16:22 PM


Sometimes I think I should feel bad for people who can't just enjoy a movie, despite the plot holes, grade school humor and weak dialog. On the other hand, apparently 2001 is awesome despite the fact it put me to sleep on all 3 attempts to watch it. At least Transformers 2 kept me awake. slywink

My thing is that I have a limited amount of time and a huge backlog of movies to see that don't have all the plot holes, grade school humor, and weak dialog. Some of them are even action movies. smile
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] The Box on: June 28, 2009, 03:39:12 AM
This is based on the classic, classic Richard Matheson short story "Button, Button" - that was turned into a Twilight Zone episode. The ending for the short story was great - the kind of ending Matheson was generally known for. The TZ episode ending was different and Matheson disapproved. I have no idea how they are going to stretch this into a full length movie.
71  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The *real* answer to health care on: June 26, 2009, 08:45:00 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on June 26, 2009, 02:18:05 AM

Solution: Tax people based on how much they weight.


My wife would pay way too much on that plan. She's on an antidepressant due to pain issues and one of the side effects...weight gain that is near impossible to dump - she eats well and gets a decent amount of exercise. I mean, I know you can't legislate based on single examples...but lord, that would suck.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Jackson has a heart attack on: June 26, 2009, 04:18:52 PM
Michael Jackson, more than any celebrity I can think of, could really use a Speaker for the Dead right now.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How long has Lady Gaga been famous for? on: June 13, 2009, 08:12:43 PM

Quote from: Moliere on June 13, 2009, 05:32:52 PM

Quote from: cheeba on June 13, 2009, 04:33:07 PM

So west coast swing dancing involves turning the chick until she hurls?

No. Here are some of the best in the world at it.

Wow, that was fantastic. Thanks for linking to that. Also, I'm totally on board with Brian Setzer and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, although I've heard Setzer more often described as rockabilly rather than big band swing.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Older movies that caught you by surprise on: June 09, 2009, 12:11:58 PM

Quote from: Exodor on June 09, 2009, 02:55:23 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 09, 2009, 02:52:38 AM

A couple of nights ago I wrapped up a Paul Newman streak with The Hudsucker Proxy, a 1994 Coen Brothers film whose existence had escaped my attention entirely. I can't remember the last movie that made me LOL so many times...it was a 5-star movie until the last 20 minutes fell apart. I gave it 4 stars despite the goofy ending. Maybe I was just in the right mood for it.

The Hudsucker Proxy is one of my top-five favorite movies. 

And not just because of my inexplicable crush on Jennifer Jason-Leigh.

I even like the ending.

One of my top-five too. You know, for kids!
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Older movies that caught you by surprise on: June 09, 2009, 12:11:21 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on June 09, 2009, 08:00:46 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on June 09, 2009, 04:45:19 AM

Maybe because I'd heard it wasn't that great, and baseball movies usually aren't, but I really enjoyed Robert Redford in The Natural when I saw it.

Whoever told you that is a damned, dirty liar.

Yeah, no kidding. The Natural is a freaking classic. Baseball as myth.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Up - Down? on: May 31, 2009, 04:31:12 AM
I loved it. Thought it was touching with some very funny characters. Not quite Incredibles level for me, but definitely upper tier.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You've just faked the kidnapping of yourself and your daughter! What's next? on: May 28, 2009, 08:52:11 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 28, 2009, 05:54:16 PM

"I'm going to Disney World!"

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Authorities are looking into additional charges of theft against Bonnie Sweeten, the Bucks County mother whose bogus claim of being kidnapped with her 9-year-old daughter set off a massive law enforcement manhunt and a national media frenzy.  The saga ended yesterday at Walt Disney World, where Sweeten, 38, had flown with daughter Julia Rakoczy Tuesday after emptying thousands from various bank accounts and using a former coworker's driver's license to travel.
...
The efforts to track down Sweeten - which included an Amber Alert and massive local and national media coverage - began when she told a Philadelphia 911 dispatcher about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday that she had been abducted by two black males and stuffed into the trunk of a Cadillac.  Authorities said she made several calls in which she claimed the men had kidnapped her after a minor accident at a busy intersection on Street Road in Upper Southampton.  Several calls were cut off, but Sweeten spoke at least twice with a Philadelphia dispatcher.  In the calls, Sweeten indicated that her daughter was with her, but the girl's voice could not be heard, said Lt. Frank Vanore, a Philadelphia Police Department spokesman.

Police who responded to the Street Road scene found nothing to indicate an accident or a struggle. Authorities nevertheless issued an Amber Alert for the child and began a region-wide search.  Though police initially treated the case as they do most reported kidnappings - approaching it with an open mind and considering a range of possibilities, including a hoax or a custody dispute - officers found Sweeten's 911 call especially convincing.

We'll know we're really past racism in society when every faked crime doesn't involve one or more black males. Jeez, people, throw in a Asian guy for some variety, for pete's sake.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: M. Shamalamadingdong Night's Last Airbender movie on: May 28, 2009, 08:50:15 PM

Quote from: hispanicgamer on May 28, 2009, 02:09:59 PM

M. Night Shyamalan has a better track record than Kevin "I can't do better than Dances with Wolves" Costner. I enjoyed everything up to The Lady in the Water, which I didn't see because of the bad reviews. I might have to rent his other movies to see if they really are that bad. I do, however, agree that he needs to cut back on the acting in his own movies. Walk on cameos are more fun.

I'm about as big a M. Night fan as exists - I love love love everything up to Signs and really enjoyed the Village. Up to then, I saw every movie he did without regards to reviews or subject matters. With that as background, Lady in the Water and The Happening are absolutely hideous stench filled abominations which basically have nothing whatsoever in common with his other films. It's like he got replaced with a pod person. Which would've made for a more interesting and well written movie than Lady in the Water or The Happening.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What if they remade the movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on: May 27, 2009, 11:52:57 AM
I much prefer the TV show. I don't really care about the movie as long as they don't try and use the history of the TV show as foundation. In other words, like Joss ignored the first movie, the second movie would have to ignore the TV show.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie[ UP! .....Pixar's new one on: May 19, 2009, 05:39:05 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 19, 2009, 03:06:59 PM

I'm waiting for DVD on this one.  the dog bit looks hilarious but it's not enough to drag me away from all the other movies I want to see this summer.

I, on the other hand, can't think of anything I want to see this summer *except* Up. It's the barren movie summer for me. Time to catch up on my Netflix list.
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