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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/02) on: September 03, 2013, 08:24:50 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 03, 2013, 05:36:04 PM

Thanks for the reviews. One small critique of the Diablo review: both the video and, to a lesser extent, the text focused  on comparing the 360 version to the PC version. This makes the game a bit hard to judge because not much time is spent in the review talking about the actually gameplay. While I know that many people on this forum have some familiarity with the PC version, there are probably some of us like myself and many non-forum members who don't know the ins and outs of the game. The review is well written and the video is good, they just didn't give the level of detail about the gameplay I was hoping for. I guess I could always read the PC review to get that information, but that shouldn't really be necessary. In any case, thanks for the review. Keep up the good work!  thumbsup
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 1 on: September 03, 2013, 07:40:43 PM
I really wish there was a Hard Knocks type show that went through the whole season. I can't imagine that wouldn't be a hit. I guess the hard part is getting a team to let you have full access for a whole year.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Article]25 Celebrities When They Were Young on: September 03, 2013, 07:39:29 PM
Ryan Seacrest and Larry David are the two most unrecognizable to me. And Sean Connery looks like he has boobs.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What stupid things did you do as a teen? on: August 28, 2013, 12:33:35 PM
The dumbest thing I ever did was bringing an old, non-working, WWII rifle to an elementary school's ground to film a movie for school (I think it was about the JFK assassination?). It was the afternoon so school was out, but we didn't think about the kids in afterschool. We filmed a few scenes and then came back the next day. As soon as we got there the principal rushed over and asked what we were doing. When we told him, he let us know that the day before kids in afterschool had seen us, freaked out, and the whole afterschool went on lockdown. The cops had been called but we were gone by the time they arrived. The principal was kind enough to let us finish filming our movie in an area of the school where no kids would be around.

This was back in 1995 or so. If that had happened after Columbine, I'm sure we would have been in some serious trouble.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 03:48:54 AM
What are the chances that Walt was in New Hampshire because he joined the witness protection program after testifying against Hank?  icon_eek

And it's looking more and more like that massive gun (rocket launcher?) that Walt has is meant for Todd and the Nazis (good band name!).
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don Mattrick leaving MS for Zynga - Ballmer retiring too! on: August 25, 2013, 01:57:03 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 24, 2013, 01:26:32 AM

I had a Zune as well. I think they got a bad rap. Every time I have to use that god-awful POS called iTunes, I question people's sanity about why iPods were so much better. Unfortunately Microsoft was just behind the curve on music devices (and now phones).

iTunes sucks, but the interface of the iPod is light years ahead of the Zune in ease-of-use. My dad got a Zune a few years back and it took me a ridiculous amount of time to figure out how to do the simplest things.
127  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Oceanhorn on: August 23, 2013, 05:14:53 PM
Haha - that really is a rip-off of Wind Waker.  eek   icon_lol
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 23, 2013, 02:34:31 PM
It seems like most of the water was lost before the helicopter got over the fire. Doesn't look like the most efficient way to fight a fire....
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Commando + 20 Years: Does Not Hold Up At All on: August 22, 2013, 01:04:36 PM
Commando was never all that great to begin with but it has two things going for it:

1) The music, like most 80s action movies, rocked.

2) "I let him go". Easily one of the top 5 Arnold lines.

It also taught me how to escape an airplane that has just taken off. Assuming, of course, it's flying over a swamp...
130  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Best Gaming Laptop for different price ranges on: August 18, 2013, 08:34:58 PM
I and a friend have both gotten new Lenovo Y-series laptops recently. Hard to beat components (8 Gig Ram, 2 Gig Nvidia graphics card, new Intel chip) for under $1000. I bought a bunch of games in the Steam sale and have been able to play all of them, although Tomb Raider runs a bit choppy with the higher settings enabled.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: August 08, 2013, 01:27:48 PM

Quote from: McNutt on August 07, 2013, 06:35:25 PM

I read the book in my twenties and it was indeed a surprise.  Keep it that way, director. 

I read it last year and
Spoiler for Hiden:
it was a surprise.
Spoiler for Hiden:
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: August 07, 2013, 03:04:18 PM
That trailer also makes it seem that (major book spoilers):

Spoiler for Hiden:
the audience may know that Ender's "test" at the end isn't really a test. Hopefully they don't go that route because that would lose the biggest impact of the book. Of course, they've already spoiled the end in the trailer, so who knows what they'll do.

That trailer also makes it clear that Harrison Ford is just going through the motions. That was one seriously emotionless voice over.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stardock rebooting Star Control on: July 24, 2013, 12:27:13 PM
Star Control 2 is one of my top 5 favorite games, so even just a "Star Control inspired" game would be great. And while I loved the aliens in Star Control 2, I think starting that part from scratch may make the game a bit fresher; continuity of that universe isn't all that important to me.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: July 15, 2013, 02:14:07 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 14, 2013, 04:40:38 AM

Just saw it today and thought it was awesome.  Some small criticisms, but overall it's the best kaiju movie in a long time.  Some cheesy bits but overall was still a great ride.  I can't wait for the flood of copy kaiju movies.  biggrin

Here you go!
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 11, 2013, 12:31:25 PM
At least 10,000 of CeeKay's posts must consist of nothing but " icon_lol"
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: July 09, 2013, 08:34:11 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 09, 2013, 07:37:53 PM

Michael/Jordan? That's got to be intentional.
137  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 08, 2013, 12:58:39 PM
A bunch of games are free this week to celebrate the App Store's 5th anniversary.

Tiny Wings (iPhone / iPad)
Badland (iPhone / iPad)
Sword & Sworcery (iPhone / iPad)
Infinity Blade 2 (iPhone / iPad)
Where's My Water (iPhone / iPad)
The Idiot Test 3 (iPhone)
Pig Shot (Universal)
Glow Puzzle (iPhone)
Real Steel (Universal)
Sentinel 2 : Earth Defense (iPhone)
Sentinel 3 : Home World (Universal)
War of Reproduction (iPhone)
Liquid Sketch (iPad)
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 19, 2013, 08:55:07 PM
Wow, they pretty much changed everything about their policies that sucked (except for the always on Kinect part). Now if only they would reduce the price to $399....
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas? on: June 16, 2013, 04:31:55 PM
Other than the bugs (which are hopefully fixed by now), I found F:NV to be a superior game in almost every way.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 13, 2013, 03:07:31 PM
Mmmm... flounder...
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrested Development Returning! on: June 11, 2013, 03:50:07 AM
Just finished this tonight. Overall I thought it was pretty disappointing, although there was some laughs in there. It all seemed rather disjointed, but I suppose it's meant to be watched multiple times. My favorite episodes were definitely the George Michael and the Buster episodes. I just find Buster hilarious no matter what he's doing/saying.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:19:46 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 10, 2013, 06:11:14 PM

Eh, I don't think the pricing is as much a failure this year. These new consoles are coming with a lot more tech in the box, namely the new cameras and controllers. $500 is slightly more reasonable now with the new kinect camera included. Likewise for the new eye and controllers.

Also, these consoles will have free to play games available to play on them day 1.

But, since MS set the price at $500, I don't think Sony will go any lower than $450.

The problem is that most people I know don't care about the Kinect at all. They have no option but to buy it. And, as far as I could tell, none of the games they showed today had much, if any, Kinect functionality. So why package this hardware device if the biggest games don't use it?
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:08:09 PM
I think this is shaping up as Sony's E3 to lose. You show some good games and announce a decent price ($350 - $399), and they've got it. Especially with all the other concerns swirling around the XBox.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:00:07 PM
 Yeah, that ain't happening. The only games they showed that interested me were MGS5 and The Witcher 3, but both are going to be on other consoles, right?
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 05:56:43 PM
$499!!!! Oh lordie!
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]get Fable 3 for free(Gold Only) on: June 10, 2013, 12:24:39 PM
Cool. Just purchased it from my computer. Got the "transaction is complete" message but haven't tried to actually download it on my XBox yet.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 3 is here. on: June 06, 2013, 05:44:19 PM
George RR Martin has amazingly short arms for his body.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 06, 2013, 05:42:33 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 06, 2013, 05:28:27 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 03, 2013, 01:40:53 PM

Reality isn't nearly as entertaining... (well, maybe for the boyfriend...)

If you put in the exact wording from the original picture ("how do I get my boyfriend/girlfriend") rather than your wording ("How to get my boyfriend/girlfriend"), you do come up with the results shown above.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/03) on: June 06, 2013, 04:53:14 PM
I'm a bit confused: is Class of Heroes 2 playable on a PS3 or only on a PSP/Vita? I see it listed as being on the PSN but everything I've found online only talk about it in relation to those handhelds.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 04, 2013, 09:29:04 PM
How Michael Douglass got throat cancer (very NSFW!):

 icon_eek icon_lol
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 30, 2013, 06:42:09 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 30, 2013, 05:25:07 PM

That's from The Guild.  IIRC, his character (who is a complete asshole) had it painted after he and Felicia Day's character briefly hooked up.

Are you sure it's not supposed to be him with Beverly Crusher? 
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 24, 2013, 06:04:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 24, 2013, 04:13:35 PM

they updated that article:

Update: You, the shopper, won't have to pay the activation fee for a used Xbox One game - the shop will. Therefore, the price you see on a second-hand Xbox One game in a shop is the price you'll pay to be able to play it.

That's what a high-ranking UK industry source explained to me this afternoon.

The reason there's all this confusion is because Microsoft hasn't decided what the activation fee will be yet. The 35 figure reported in the story below sounds too high - perhaps it includes the shop's sale price as well.

My source confirmed that part of that activation fee will go to a publisher and part to Microsoft.

What this means for second-hand games is that Microsoft effectively controls how much they cost, because it controls the activation fee. Whether that fee will move up or down or diminish over time isn't clear. But it does mean second-hand games will probably be more expensive than they are now.

My source didn't know what Sony was up to but doubts the PlayStation maker will do the same thing, not because it's angelic but because it lacks the kind of pricey infrastructure something like this requires.

If this is the case, then not only will you likely have to pay more for used games, but you'll also probably get less for trading them in. It'll be interesting to see what happens if used Xbox 1 and used PS4 games are drastically different in price. Of course, knowing Gamestop, they'll probably just jack up the price of used PS4 games to match.  icon_confused
153  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: May 23, 2013, 04:46:52 PM
The latest Obama scandal!

Obama was clearly trying to move in on his best friend's girlfriend!
154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Deals (keep it updated!) on: May 22, 2013, 05:21:45 PM
FWIW, I've been listening to the new The National album on Grooveshark and it's pretty darn good.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: May 22, 2013, 05:06:06 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 22, 2013, 03:17:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 22, 2013, 12:17:22 PM

ARGH! To wait for reviews or to get on launch!?

Launch on this one.   I'd stake my rep on it, even only spending 2 hours with it.  Naughty Dog has outdone themselves.   We've not seen multiplayer, but I don't even need that for this game.  The only thing that might sting is if they (uncharacteristically) made a very short game. 

Would it be that uncharacteristic for the game to be short? I seem to recall Uncharted 3 being shorter than 10 or so hours long, right? And I don't recall Uncharted 2 wasn't much longer. I would consider both of them fairly short games.
156  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 10000000 is Amazon's Free App Today on: May 22, 2013, 12:42:19 PM
Only for Android.  icon_cry
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: May 21, 2013, 06:46:55 PM
I know they didn't announce it, but thoughts on the price? With all the stuff they have (8 Gig RAM, 500 Gig HD, Kinect included, etc), it's got to be at least $400, right?
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: May 21, 2013, 06:27:42 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 21, 2013, 06:24:17 PM

Microsoft has confirmed that all Xbox One games will require mandatory installation onto the system's hard drive and, to install the same disc onto another user's drive, a fee must be paid.

Individual games will be tied to Xbox Live accounts, Microsoft said, meaning that the software giant can detect whether a game has been sold to a retailer and repurchased, or handed from one friend to another. In such instances, the second user must pay a fee.

"On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play," a Microsoft representative told Wired.

The company added that, once discs are installed on the hard drive, games can be played without a disc being in the tray.

The Wired article then elaborates: "What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner."

It added: "Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc."

Microsoft did not disclose what the second-user fee would amount too, and did not clarify further on the matter.

The article claims that there is no sweeping 'always-online' requirement for future Xbox One games.

I think i may very well be out just because of that first line

If this is the case and you can pass a disc on to another person to install, I'm guessing that second fee is going to be mighty high.
159  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Deals (keep it updated!) on: May 21, 2013, 05:14:30 PM
It may be that these last two have been $7.99 because they are just released (as in, that day) albums from some pretty big name groups. I wouldn't be surprised if the $5 album of the week returns eventually.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pimp my friends' video! on: May 21, 2013, 04:45:32 PM
Hey everyone,
    A couple of friends in my department are in the running for an NSF "Public Choice Award" for a video they made about their research. They are competing with groups all across the country for the award (which I think is mainly just some recognition but also includes a little bit of research $$$). At the moment, they are in second place. Not surprisingly, they are losing to a cat video. If you guys could visit this site and click the "like" button, it would be much appreciated! Voting ends tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 10:00, I think. Thanks for the help!
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