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1401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 06, 2010, 07:24:32 PM
I thought Rob had Russell figured out early in the season, but he continued to underestimate him.  Rob said a few times that Russell was now playing with the pros, and that he would learn that lesson the hard way.  Rob's comment was eerily correct, but not for Russell, for him.  Russell still stinks at the long term social game, but in the day to day tactics of survivor, he's awesome.

I was glad to see Colby back.  Weak Colby was no fun to watch.

I think Coach's brain is going to be mush by the end of this season.  He is a naive nutty lamb amongst wolves, and he doesn't have the brainpower to keep up.  He's on the wrong team too.  He's a nutjob for sure, but he's more of a benevolent crazy, not a calculating villain.  Rob's "Little Man" comment is going to mess with his head.

The villains team is going to crash and burn without Rob.
1402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cops can't chase in Welford. Not RP, just funny. on: April 06, 2010, 06:29:05 PM
That's awesome that the town of Welford allows the homeless to sample different government jobs for the day, even town mayor.  The real mayor was just off camera feeding her answers about workers comp.  Well done town of Welford.
1403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: March 25, 2010, 05:26:20 PM
I swear I've had them steal vehicles back after I've jumped out, and then use them against me.  Sneaky bastards. 
1404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 24, 2010, 06:22:12 PM
I was hoping that Richard would have been from ancient Egypt, somewhere around 4,000-6,000 years old.  I mean, he has the cool black eye liner to go with that motif.  I guess I was just hoping for more dramatic mystery than what was revealed in the episode.  Even something like he was a feared and ruthless pirate captain would have been cool, rather than a prisoner.

They played enough dialogue games in this episode that I'm still not sure who is good/evil, if there is such a neatly defined concept on the island.  The producers definitely use the imagery for good/evil.  The white rock.  Jacob wears a white shirt, Smoke Monster wears a black shirt.  Jacob even uses words like evil and dark to describe the Smoke Monster.  All of that seems too much like a convenient setup by the writers though.  

I do think that Richard was royally messed with by both sides, for their own personal agendas.  It also supports the theory that both sides need people to do their dirty work.  Most of their energy is spent recruiting.  
1405  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Alganon and Derek Smart - Their new CEO on: March 24, 2010, 06:08:01 PM
If someone would publish 10 minute episodic sessions of DS ranting and talking, and then post them on xbox live or the internet, I would watch those.  His kind of crazy makes me feel better about myself.  That's a gift to make other people, particularly strangers, feel better about their professional and personal lives.
1406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: March 24, 2010, 04:21:32 PM
In the span of about 2 hours last night I did the following:
- Attacked a Casino
- Rescued a drunk informant while hanging from a helicopter with no pilot and grapplelining into a skywalk to save him...after I blew out all of the windows and glass
- Blew up countless jeeps during a vehicle pursuit by shooting out their tires
- Took down a stronghold hidden away and protected by a snow covered mountain
- Found a runway for fighter jets at the base of a mountain
- Hijacked a jet...crashed the jet
- Blew up several small outposts, stole helicopters, destroyed towers, generators, comm equipment, stole an armored car-tank, blew up more outposts
- Found a port.  Blew up everything.  Hijacked a cool military powerboat. 
- Discovered a large island refinery plant while joyriding in the powerboat.  Hijacked a patrolling attack helicopter, blew up the entire island refinery plant.
- Found a sniper on one of the refinery upper structures (silly laser sight gave his position away), yanked him down with my grapple, took his sniper rifle, countersniped all of the snipers that survived my initial 15 minutes of destruction with headshots while zipping around the upper structures.
- Called in a batman like speedboat from the black market, returned back to the main island, shot up some government patrol boats on the way.
- Drove the patrol boat out of the water into the streets of a small village.  Hopped out, hijacked a ladder fire truck, and drove it around the village smashing into security jeeps and pulled down a statue.

It seemed like 15 minutes to me, but the game clock showed I'd been playing for 2 hours.
1407  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Alganon and Derek Smart - Their new CEO on: March 22, 2010, 03:21:17 PM
I'm starting to think they hired him just to stir up the internet and bring attention to their game.  Which worked for me, because I had never heard of Alganon.  His public internet persona is toxic and nuclear, so I can't think of any other reason to hire him into a leadership role unless the investors are stupid, insane, or unaware of who he is...which equals stupid.
1408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Go is a collossal failure on: March 20, 2010, 05:33:26 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 20, 2010, 03:25:46 AM

Quote from: Ridah on March 20, 2010, 02:47:56 AM

It begs the question: if the PSP Go was released at a lower price point, say $199, and all of the games were 100% transferable to digital format (or, upon providing proof of owning the original you could make a trade perhaps), would it have been a success?


You get the convenience of carrying around multiple games with you at once (like the pirates can), with better loading times (like the pirates can), and it's an overall smaller design.

As you described it, the PSP Go would be an improvement across the board (assuming you like the smaller size) over the older designs. As is, the PSP Go is a total downgrade if you already own games/movies, and a sidegrade at best if you don't have it (due to it being more expensive to buy over the older models, and the expensive PSN Store (compared to retail, especially in the used department)).

I would have bought that.
1409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Go is a collossal failure on: March 19, 2010, 03:59:49 PM
I don't know how the PSP Go passed the common sense test.  It just doesn't make sense.  It would be funny if they released an attachment that allowed for the playing of umds, making it heavier than the original psp.  
1410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tiger Woods destroys his reputation in a car crash on: March 18, 2010, 08:30:59 PM
That's nuts that he had the time to manage all of the secret meetings and rendezvous personally.  I can barely keep up with the logistics and communication with my small circle of family.  Add in 13 women (allegedly), plus his family, and he managed all of those texts, calls, meetings on his own?  How in the world did he have time?  I mix up my kids names when I'm tired, I can't imagine keeping all of that secret shit straight for as long as he did.  
1411  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 12 Hottest Redheads of All Time on: March 18, 2010, 05:41:39 PM
Christina Hendricks is a natural blonde?  Never knew that.  I also never knew she was that chesty, and by chesty I mean enormous.  Geez.

Thumbs up for Ann-Margret. She also had her own Flinstones character.  Ann Margrock or something.
1412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on: March 18, 2010, 05:30:05 PM
I'll admit that I was immediately disappointed when I saw the label Action RPG.  I was hoping for a tactical party based RPG, set in the North.  My first reaction was, ugh, another EA LOTR Conquest game.  But after watching the trailer, it looks promising.  I like action rpgs, but man, the lotr setting would be well complimented by a good tactical rpg system like Dragon Age. 
1413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 17, 2010, 05:14:53 PM
Some of you are only putting the debuffs on when they are staggered?  Are they not effective to use when they are not staggered?  For tough fights I've been debuffing right away, so that when they do get staggered, I can just focus on damage. 

I get frustrated (at myself) if I have to use stagger time to buff/debuff, or spend a lot of time healing.  I feel like I've wasted that opportunity, or that I should have timed the stagger build up better.     
1414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interesting article about video game addiction on: March 17, 2010, 12:34:10 AM

Quote from: Butterknife on March 16, 2010, 10:29:31 PM

I guess my gaming personality must be highly resistant to addiction or something.  Once a game stops being fun, I stop playing it.  All of the things that are listed to keep me playing usually drive me away.  A boss battle that is too hard, things that I've earned disappearing, a lack of rewards for some time (a boring section) -- I can list many games that I've quit for each reason.

I'm the same way.  Add in having to pay a monthly fee, and my tolerance level goes way down for something that is no longer fun to me.  The second a game starts to feel like an obligation or responsibility, I'm usually out.  I have enough obligations and responsibilities in RL.  I just don't have large blocks of time I can devote to mmorpgs or mmos.  3 young kids and a spouse have most of my devoted free time.  I can usually do an hour at a time, maybe 90 minutes in the late evening. Weekends are family time, sports, activities, etc.   

Regarding mmos, I tend to binge play them, and once the fun curve slows down or starts to feel like a job, I'll move on to something else.  Unfortunately, that makes me pretty flaky when it comes to playing mmorpgs with friends and guildies beyond a few months.   
1415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass viking grave found in England on: March 16, 2010, 02:04:44 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 16, 2010, 01:12:06 PM

Quote from: Crux on March 16, 2010, 12:24:42 PM

From the look of that picture they left one alive! I never knew vikings wore yellow.

I'm confused by combination of the yellow vest with reflective tape and camo pants. Mixed message.

Oh that's just traditional hunter attire.  Camouflage pants, shirt and jacket, deer piss rubbed into the skin, bright reflective vest (yellow, orange or pink will do), reflective hat optional.  Still, you're right, something is amiss in the photo.  I don't see a cooler.  
1416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mass viking grave found in England on: March 16, 2010, 12:35:56 AM
I'm not buying it was the anglo saxons, my money is on the Kiwis...they eat vikings for breakfast.   
1417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 16, 2010, 12:14:39 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 15, 2010, 10:27:26 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 15, 2010, 10:24:13 PM

Yeah, I have no idea what's going on there.  There is some meter that runs down, but you can also go into gestalt mode.  Not sure how you are decide when to move from one to the other.  Just before it runs out?

Yes.  The higher you build Gestalt (basically the same idea as Staggers), the longer you can use Gestalt mode.  So you want to build it up as much as possible before time runs out and then trigger Gestalt mode at the last second. 
What does the tachometer thing do after you go into Gestalt mode?  I figured out the timing of the purple gestalt bar, but that dial tachometer thing that appears in the UI after I activate gestalt mode is all kinds of weird. 
1418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 15, 2010, 09:18:17 PM
They did such a good job with most of the tutorials, but that Eidolon gesalt rpm tachometer thingy came out of left field.  I have no idea what to make of that.  I just press A.  They look cool, but don't seem to do a lot of damage.
1419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 15, 2010, 06:11:09 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 15, 2010, 06:03:24 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 15, 2010, 06:01:50 PM

Iíve noticed that the CP cost associated with each NPCs roles are different, which supports the idea that it is more efficient to level up specific roles with each NPC.  I know thatís probably a nobrainer for most of you, but I was surprised to see the costs were different.   

Are you sure you aren't looking at different tiers (ie comparing Tier 2 skills from one character to Tier 3)? 
I donít think so.  Hope and Vanille had really low CP costs for their 1st tier medic rings(60-90 per), while Lightningís 1st tier Medic costs are significantly more expensive (200-300 per).  Maybe the roles they start with are cheaper to level up than the roles they pick up throughout the game? 
1420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 15, 2010, 06:01:50 PM
I am regretting not being more focused with CP for Sahz and Hope.  Thankfully Iím still early in the game (CH5), so I think Iím still ok.  I focused on both of their Ravager and Synergist roles, and didnít level up Medic.  Now Iím going back and trying to bring Hopeís medic back up. 

Iíve noticed that the CP cost associated with each NPCs roles are different, which supports the idea that it is more efficient to level up specific roles with each NPC.  I know thatís probably a nobrainer for most of you, but I was surprised to see the costs were different.   
1421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: March 12, 2010, 09:33:35 PM
I can't figure out why the heroes seem so dumb, naive, and clueless compared to the villians.  It's like watching an amateur team go up against professionals.

Coach is such a nutcase, but he is the biggest source of entertainment for me each week.  Even Russell was surprised by his insanity, literally bowing before him.  The bowing part surprised me, but not that Coach would jump to Russell.  He feels spurned by Rob, like a jilted lover.  Rob should have spent more time on the island doing...stuff, dragon slaying stuff, with Coach.  He could have been Coach's Merlin.  Instead, Coach has sworn fealty to the sleazy oil guy.  Awesome!           
1422  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Alganon and Derek Smart - Their new CEO on: March 12, 2010, 09:19:14 PM
Wow...if he was their fixer guy, they need to keep him locked away fixing, not representing the game or talking to the public.  Oh and if I were the attorney representing 1 or both of the guys that were fired, I would love it if he posted more about that publicly, in more detail.

He always has good ideas, but they get lost in the delivery.  A lot of the points he made were logical and made sense, but he shouldn't be interacting with people...ever.  

1423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 12, 2010, 04:41:44 PM
That crafting system sounds nuts...and seems really convoluted compared to the rest of the RPG steamlining I've experienced so far in the game.  I hope it just reads that way, and that when I get to the crafting it will be more intuitive. 
1424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: February NPD: 360 Wins, PS3 Close Third on: March 12, 2010, 04:10:16 PM
Count me as one of those missed opportunities for Sony because of their supply issues.  I was seriously thinking about buying a PS3 slim to play God of War 3, and some of the other PS3 titles, but there is not one to be found where I live. 
1425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 11, 2010, 09:16:04 PM
Being off the island had a weird effect on Alex...she became super hot! 

For most of the series I've thought of Ben as just a pawn, albeit, an important one, because he was so impressionable due to his need to be important and wanted.  He was simple to manipulate with a few tweaks to his ego, and off he would go.  The alt reality was the first time I saw Ben rise up above that need to help someone...Alex.  I've always thought of him as an intelligent and calculating character, but not particularly strong of character or will.     
1426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Expansion coming for Dawn of War 2: Chaos Rising on: March 11, 2010, 08:44:20 PM
The planet disappearing into the Warp and then returning has an Event Horizon feel to it.  My veteran commander from the 1st campaign just made landfall. 
1427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 11, 2010, 08:38:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 11, 2010, 12:43:40 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on March 11, 2010, 06:09:23 AM

afa vanille: after her most recent pre- boss encounter performance, i'm just gonna go with her as being mildly delayed. seriously. if you accept the fact that she's not playing with a full deck, it actually goes a long way in explaining much of her 'inappropriate' behavior smile ...

 icon_lol icon_lol  You're right, looking at her in that light does make some sense...
She is...special.  Where was someone like her when I was Hope's age? 
1428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 11, 2010, 04:19:24 PM
The disk thrashing on Fable 2 killed my launch 360, so I definitely recommend installing that one to hard drive.  It seems like Fable 2 was Death on a pale horse for a decent amount of 360s.

1429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 11, 2010, 02:26:24 PM
Considering Jack's previous leaps of faith have mostly blown up in his face, and the people around him, I was fully expecting the dynamite to literally...blow up in his face.  I liked the nutty look he had as he stared down a hopeless Richard. 
1430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Expansion coming for Dawn of War 2: Chaos Rising on: March 10, 2010, 06:02:16 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on February 24, 2010, 03:41:41 PM

Well, I got mine now. I guess I can DL Saint's Row 2, but I probably won't. So excited to play as Chaos!

I played Saints Row 2 the past couple of nights courtesy of the free give away with the purchase of the expansion, and that game is a good way.  I don't know how I missed it, but it's been more fun than GTA4.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the temptation of Chaos plays out during the campaign.  I can't decide if I'm going to succumb to the dark gods on my first playthrough, or be the ardent, zealous follower of the emperor.  It would be cool if you were forced to go down that path, "for the greater good", and ultimately ended up corrupted. 
1431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman Arkham Asylum 2 due this October? on: March 09, 2010, 09:42:17 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 09, 2010, 09:26:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 09, 2010, 05:02:41 PM

Tim Drake was replaced as Robin by Damian Wayne (slightly illegitimate son of Talia al Ghul (daughter of Ras al Ghul) and Bruce Wayne) when Dick Grayson became Batman.

I have to ask - How does one have a "slightly" illegitimate son?
That's funny...I was wondering the same thing.  Were they engaged?
1432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lindsay Lohan hits rock bottom on: March 09, 2010, 06:10:19 PM
What E-Trade did is lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous!  Jackie Chiles would win this. 
1433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on: March 09, 2010, 05:39:31 PM
I really liked the 2008 PoP as well.  I hope they continue that storyline.  I look at this release as 90% movie tie in, for better or worse, with a nod to the older games.

1434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 08, 2010, 05:25:17 PM
It's like they threw James Bond, Spider Man, and El Mariachi from Desperado into a fun machine, and out popped Scorpio.  My son and I have watched the beginning scene of the demo so many times now that we both wait for his last line, and then say it together, followed by lots of laughing.  "I hear I'm the best".  If they can do that for the rest of the game, that would be awesome.
1435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/08) on: March 08, 2010, 04:25:20 PM
Already preordered Chaos Rising on steam.  The only FF game I've played was the mmo FFXI.  I have a few games that I would like to complete before trying FFXIII.  My 5 year old boy came up with his own conclusion about FFXIII after watching the trailers, "Daddy, it's a game about girls."  I've never shared my thoughts on the game with him, so that was 100% on his own.    
1436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2- demo due 3-4-10 on: March 07, 2010, 02:23:57 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 06, 2010, 10:09:35 PM

Quote from: lex on March 06, 2010, 09:25:01 PM

so far the film grain thing is in the opening cinematic, but the rest of the game is fine.  So I don't know if it's intended?

if it's intended it looks pretty ass-tastic.

I've spent time playing both the pc and 360 demos, and there's no grainy film effect for the 360 cinematic.  I'm thinking something is not working right with the extra fancy pc graphics.
1437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2- demo due 3-4-10 on: March 06, 2010, 05:28:41 PM
I spoke too soon.  The grainy effect goes away in-game for me with shadows set to medium, but the cinematic is still hosed.  No other weird issues to report yet. 
1438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: March 06, 2010, 12:42:33 AM
Coach was hilarious.  What a nutcase.  I loved it when he was pleading with Rob to spend more time with him on the island, hang out, you know, do stuff together.  Rob just stared at him and told him to start acting like a man. 

Cirie was deadly during her season because of her Sith mind control ability, where she could completely change minds while sitting comfortably from her under the radar position of power.  She was on the wrong team.  She orchestrated a lot of the big moves during her season, and was about to do another in this one. 

James was never a hero.  He was always kind of an ass, especially when he started getting frustrated with someone. He's on the wrong team too.  They could have brought back better heroes to join that tribe.

1439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2- demo due 3-4-10 on: March 05, 2010, 09:28:25 PM
If you're playing on the PC and have a 360 controller, I recommend using it.  Works really well.

I was able to fix the grainy effect during the cinematic by dropping shadows to Medium.  They also look better in game on medium too, which is weird. 
1440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 05, 2010, 08:40:12 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 05, 2010, 07:32:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 05, 2010, 07:06:08 PM

If I had to bet I'd say it's Sawyer who makes the ultimate heroic sacrifice and becomes the protector (Jack seems too obvious). Maybe he's playing a long long con against Smokey and of course still has to sacrifice for Kate. 

This is my guess too.  I would be consistent with the way Sawyer's character has been written since the 1st season. 

I agree completely.  The Sawyer-Kate-Jack triangle will never be resolved until one of the guys is out of the picture...and not just with another woman.  You could still see the connection with Kate and Sawyer even when Juliet was still alive.  Jack will want to play the hero role, but Sawyer will do something surprising to step into that role in the end. 

Jack will make the world better by being a good dad.  Sawyer needs redemption on a much larger scale. 
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