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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 12, 2012, 09:12:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 12, 2012, 06:00:45 PM

$199 for 16GB. $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB.   hits the 19th.

This actually had me excited for a minute - I thought maybe they decided to join the real world as far as pricing goes.  But no, it's still $699 for a phone according to my apple store.  Yawn.

Edit - just read not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards!  Interesting.  So I couldn't buy one and put my old SIM in anyway in order to retain my existing contract and data plan.  Apparently it's sign a new contract with the cell companies or nothing.  Since that amounts in Canada to indentured slavehood to Rogers, I guess I can definitively take iphone5 off my interested list for my next phone.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: August 23, 2012, 03:16:11 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 29, 2012, 03:30:32 PM

They took away our used games on PC, and I haven't heard of anyone abandoning the platform for that.  I just hope that the console market has an impact on pricing like the PC market did.  Prices seem stickier on console games to me than they do on the PC side.

Price is the difference.  My PC games come exclusively from Steam Summer and Holiday sales at this point - I pay $30 at the max for a AAA game, and $5 for most of them.  When I can buy console games for $5 - $30 then they can take used games off the table without it being as big a deal.
43  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: HAWX 2, From Dust, Silent Hunter 5, Driver SF - $1 on: August 19, 2012, 01:57:43 AM
Agreed - wouldn't install Ubisoft software and support their DRM model if the games were free.
44  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chick-fi-a Today on: August 04, 2012, 08:42:49 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 02, 2012, 11:24:21 PM

Victor, I'm getting tired of your lecturing tone. You are talking down to everyone else in this thread. Take your superior attitude and shove it.

LOL!  Is this what happens when someone on the right side of an issue out debates the usual dog pile on the left side of the debate?  I've never seen that before, and am quite enjoying his very logical, well reasoned replies to those attacking his position.  Hats off to Victor!
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rome 2: Total War? Total War: Rome 2? War Total: 2 Rome? on: June 29, 2012, 05:51:35 PM
The problem with the Total War series is they're limited to time periods where melee combat is a major component because of the tactical variety it brings.  You have to have units that are faster or slower, can charge or flee, etc if you want to do anything interesting tactically, which is half the game.  Besides the crippling bugs, one of the biggest problems in Empire was that combat came down to two lines of infantry shooting at each other - cavalry being the exception.  Imagine Shogun, Rome or Medieval where all you had was archery units.  Still a great game?  Empire was about the most modern thing they could do.  WW1, 2 or anything beyond that might still have a great strategic component but the combat would be broken.

If they want to stop making sequels, they should really create a fantasy themed Total War.  The engine would be perfect for elvish archers, dwarven infantry, trolls, giants, castles, whatever.  Then they wouldn't need opposing sides to be palette swapped same units - they could create truly different sides with their own unique models and completely different abilities.  I suppose a sci-fi theme could also work if they adopted a melee model.

Rome TW was my favourite time period, so Rome 2 sounds good to me; but sooner or later they are going to have to stop pumping out sequels and come up with a new idea.  Will people really buy Shogun 3 in 5 years time?  (after Medieval 3 and Empire 2, presumably?)
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: June 23, 2012, 05:24:39 AM

Quote from: kronovan on June 23, 2012, 12:45:06 AM

Quote from: Canuck on June 23, 2012, 12:22:47 AM

Also, Edmonton has had the number one pick for 3 years in a row?  Are they going to start rocking the NHL '80s style or are they content to finish in last place every year and keep getting no1 picks?

They haven't made the playoffs since 2006 and they're in a city with a population less than 1 million, I think those 2 facts answer that. That said, I don't think Yakupov is the guy who gets them there. Unless Tambellini is planning on trading him for a top D man who's in their mid 20's, but I don't see many of them around that are available.

1.1 million, actually.

Not sure about Yak, but you have to take the best player in the draft.  You can't take Murray and gift someone else with the best player when you have it available.  Besides, drafting a D doesn't help next year either.  The Oil have plenty of strong D prospects in the system in the 2 - 3 years out range.  Only way to get significant help next year is to trade or sign it.  You don't draft top 4 dmen and expect them to play right out of the draft very often.  Hedman went 2nd and didn't do much in Tampa.  Larsson was ok last year, but again didn't have that much of an impact.  Certainly a Hedman or Larsson performance on the Oilers last year wouldn't have improved the team that terribly much.

I would have liked to see them trade the pick for a top 4 d whos going to help next year - extra firepower is nice but having the best powerplay on earth (or a line comprised solely of #1 picks!) doesn't get you into the playoffs. 

That said... Yak is a right winger.  We already have Eberle and Hemsky.  Who's getting demoted out of the top 6?  Ebs is too good, and Hemsky can't produce with pluggers.  This smells of a trade bait and if they trade Ebs the city will pull a Vancouver.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface on: June 22, 2012, 07:12:49 PM
Frankly looks great to me.  I have never really felt compelled to get an Ipad - there have been a few ios games I've thought might be nice, but as a productivity tool it just isn't compatible with what I need it to do.  Surface on the other hand, as long as the price isn't outrageous, looks like something I'd be much more interested in.  It combines the entertainment factor of a tablet like an ipad with serious work tools.  An ipad could never replace my laptop for work - the surface looks like it could.  Thumbs up!
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: June 21, 2012, 02:35:53 PM
D3 for some reason is just not holding my attention the way D2 did.  Early last week I hit Diablo with my wizard, died a few times and have felt zero compulsion to play again.  I don't know if it's just my general level of annoyance with all the MMORPG trappings, but I think I'm done with D3.  I've gone back to Fallout New Vegas and Civ 5 Gods and Kings and haven't really felt the pull at all.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: June 06, 2012, 04:02:52 PM
So today I try to play D3 and after logging in get a message that a patch is available, so the game will close and download the patch.  The game closes, restarts, and tells me it's up to date.  Login again and get the same error.

Guess I'm not allowed to play my single player Diablo game today.  Unreal.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 16, 2012, 03:25:01 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 16, 2012, 01:18:58 PM

Quote from: Misguided on May 16, 2012, 02:19:14 AM

For me, having an economy that isn't completely broken is totally worth it.

I agree, and this isn't on the same scale as D1 or D2.  It's much easier to have a smoother launch with a fraction of the players even if it's 12 years earlier.

This would be a whole lot easier on people if they stop even referring to it as 'single player'.  there IS NO SINGLE PLAYER MODE.  You can group with yourself and go solo, but it's still not single player mode.  More like an instanced MMO.  The mindset makes all the difference in frustration. It's not like you're playing Super Mario Bros and get disconnected right before you jump on the flag post.

Agreed, this definitely should have been made clear.  I wouldn't have paid any attention at all to the hype or been disappointed if I had known this was not a single player game.  I have zero interest in playing Diablo online or with other people.  Between the SC2 cash grab of splitting one game into three and now this...  Blizzard has thrown away the credit they had built up for so many years.  Very sad.

Funny how BioWare tanks when EA gets involved.... now Blizzard has missteps in the first two games since Activision got involved.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 15, 2012, 11:38:12 PM
Bought the game today at lunch... but based on Meta Critic, Amazon, OO and here, think it's going back to the store unopened.  No patience for this crap in a game I simply want to play single player.  What a nightmare.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Playoffs (Conference Finals) on: May 13, 2012, 03:02:40 AM
The Kings have the highest percentage of x-Oilers, and I really, really like the way they're playing right now.  Go Kings!  (Go Penner.  Win a cup and show those pancake haters what's what.)
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 24, 2012, 07:14:48 PM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on April 24, 2012, 06:15:28 PM

Quote from: Enough on April 24, 2012, 04:29:53 PM



 eek

Did Homeboy Douchebag just pick up that dog's scat and monkey sling it at the owner?

What an asshole!  Heaven forbid the guy leave the tiny little dogs crap on the grass where it will be decomposed in 3 days and fertilize the soil!  He should have wrapped it up in a plastic bag and let it go to the landfill where it can stay nicely preserved in it's pristine plastic wrapper for the next 500 years or so!  Get crap off the sidewalks and walkways, yes, or kick it under the nearest tree out of the way of a kid, but don't be a douche about something so small.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: April 15, 2012, 03:30:29 AM

Quote from: gellar on April 14, 2012, 10:17:05 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on April 14, 2012, 10:09:43 PM

Here's hoping Tambellini tries to trade the pick down and get a solid D in addition to a top 10 pick...  Another sniper is fine, but the Oilers need a play-in-every-situation D who can help right now, not some more D prospects that help 4 years from now.  Would love to take OEL from Phoenix and trade picks with them, for example.  Its a fine line... if he's gonna get fleeced then just take Nail.  (do not want Luke Schenn!)

With Tambo's history, he should just draft Nail.



Sadly, you're probably right.  Best move the Oil could make this off season would be to get a new GM.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Off-Season on: April 14, 2012, 10:09:43 PM
Here's hoping Tambellini tries to trade the pick down and get a solid D in addition to a top 10 pick...  Another sniper is fine, but the Oilers need a play-in-every-situation D who can help right now, not some more D prospects that help 4 years from now.  Would love to take OEL from Phoenix and trade picks with them, for example.  Its a fine line... if he's gonna get fleeced then just take Nail.  (do not want Luke Schenn!)
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2012 NHL Playoffs (1st Round) on: April 09, 2012, 03:49:33 PM
Philly - Pittsburgh is going to be epic. 
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: April 09, 2012, 05:56:13 AM

Quote from: kronovan on April 08, 2012, 07:32:17 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on April 08, 2012, 06:15:11 PM

Which only serves to highlight my point about not knowing what you're talking about.  Go take a look at the Oilers road record in the second half.  Go take a look at the Oilers record in March.  Go take a look at the Oilers record back in October.  Compare the number of 1 goal losses this year to the number of 1 goal losses in 2010.  Look at the Oilers special teams this season compared to last season.  The Oilers improved leaps and bounds this year, despite our GM (and coach that doesn't understand line matching or chemistry).  Tambellini is an idiot, you're right - he trades away our best d in Gilbert and signs terrible players for support like Barker, Hordichuck and Eager (look, more ex-Canucks!) instead of getting the pieces we need.  The Oil underachieved this year because of management.  I'm not content with the status quo - it's time this team got a real GM instead of leftovers from Vancouver or old boys from the 80s.  Having said that, anyone who looks at the Oilers in 2011-2012 and says 'Lord, what a terrible team, they should be in the AHL' is someone who either doesn't understand hockey, or doesn't know anything about the Oilers.  Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Hemsky, Gagner, Petry, Smid and Dubnyk are a core that rivals any other team in the league - our GM and Coach keep picking up veterans that are holding the rest of the team back.

All of which gets a big whatever from me. I go by the stat that counts and last I looked the Oilers were 2nd to last in the entire league. I don't deny Hall, Eberle and Nuge are good players that may eventually amount to great ones; albeit I'm admittedly annoyed the Oilers have all of them due to consistently underachieving.


Eberle was drafted 22nd overall.  The Oilers have had exactly 2 lottery picks in their history - Hall, and Nuge.  Anyway - enjoy the playoffs. 
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: April 08, 2012, 06:15:46 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on April 08, 2012, 05:02:05 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on April 08, 2012, 03:20:12 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 08, 2012, 04:40:42 AM

Good God are the Oilers ever a terrible team. You'd think their players would have some concern for their jobs and actually play decently in the last game of the season, but they absolutely caved to the Canucks getting outshot 42-17. Honestly, if it wasn't for the stellar play of their goalie Dubnyk they would have lost by far more than 3-zip. The NHL really needs to turn the AHL into a lower linked league like the Premier division and 2nd Division in English Football. That way they could boot teams like the Oilers and Bluejackets down to that league and stop them from whoring all the top prospects.  icon_razz

Woo hoo, Hockey Night in Canuckistan just cut to the Kings Vs Sharks game with 10 minutes left. Awesome!

 finger

Having a D composed of several AHL players and worse than AHL players tends to ruin your chances, no matter how well the rest of your team plays.  F-ing Canucks fans...  You'd think someone who cheers for a team who's won exactly 0 cups in their entire history and who's entire playoff success consists of 1994 and 2010 would be careful about throwing around terms like 'terrible team'.  Yes, the Canucks are decent right now!  Congrats.  Shut your yap about how bad you may or may not think other teams are if you don't know what you're talking about. 

Spoken like a true Oilers fan?  Let me guess you are from Alberta.

They're so cute when they get angry, especially when they bring up how many cups the Oilers have, and the Canucks don't.  It actually gets pretty tiresome after a while.  Congrats on the dynasty.. now excuse me while I watch my team in the playoffs.. not lining up at the draft.


Enjoy!  Try not to burn down the city this time.
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: April 08, 2012, 06:15:11 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 08, 2012, 05:17:19 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on April 08, 2012, 03:20:12 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 08, 2012, 04:40:42 AM

Good God are the Oilers ever a terrible team. You'd think their players would have some concern for their jobs and actually play decently in the last game of the season, but they absolutely caved to the Canucks getting outshot 42-17. Honestly, if it wasn't for the stellar play of their goalie Dubnyk they would have lost by far more than 3-zip. The NHL really needs to turn the AHL into a lower linked league like the Premier division and 2nd Division in English Football. That way they could boot teams like the Oilers and Bluejackets down to that league and stop them from whoring all the top prospects.  icon_razz

Woo hoo, Hockey Night in Canuckistan just cut to the Kings Vs Sharks game with 10 minutes left. Awesome!

 finger

Having a D composed of several AHL players and worse than AHL players tends to ruin your chances, no matter how well the rest of your team plays.  F-ing Canucks fans...  You'd think someone who cheers for a team who's won exactly 0 cups in their entire history and who's entire playoff success consists of 1994 and 2010 would be careful about throwing around terms like 'terrible team'.  Yes, the Canucks are decent right now!  Congrats.  Shut your yap about how bad you may or may not think other teams are if you don't know what you're talking about.

Huh, where you get that my comments were a rah rah go Canucks chant escapes me. I was commenting on the piss poor play of a team that's been consistently bad for a number of seasons now. And BS its just their defence;  a team doesn't get blanked and outshot 42-17 in a game solely on account of their defensive core. IMO their whoas start at the most senior level and run throughout the organization down to the D-core. Great that their fail-to-nail approach has netted them some talented young gunners, but management teams them with players like Eager.  retard I had high hopes for Tambellini based on the sound performance he put in as a Canucks Exec, but good God his results have been dismal. I'm glad you're content with the status quo, but I personally find it embarassing that only 2 Canadian teams will make the postseason - at least the Flames and Jets put in a good fight for 8th and the Habs manged an imperssive season ender.

Which only serves to highlight my point about not knowing what you're talking about.  Go take a look at the Oilers road record in the second half.  Go take a look at the Oilers record in March.  Go take a look at the Oilers record back in October.  Compare the number of 1 goal losses this year to the number of 1 goal losses in 2010.  Look at the Oilers special teams this season compared to last season.  The Oilers improved leaps and bounds this year, despite our GM (and coach that doesn't understand line matching or chemistry).  Tambellini is an idiot, you're right - he trades away our best d in Gilbert and signs terrible players for support like Barker, Hordichuck and Eager (look, more ex-Canucks!) instead of getting the pieces we need.  The Oil underachieved this year because of management.  I'm not content with the status quo - it's time this team got a real GM instead of leftovers from Vancouver or old boys from the 80s.  Having said that, anyone who looks at the Oilers in 2011-2012 and says 'Lord, what a terrible team, they should be in the AHL' is someone who either doesn't understand hockey, or doesn't know anything about the Oilers.  Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Hemsky, Gagner, Petry, Smid and Dubnyk are a core that rivals any other team in the league - our GM and Coach keep picking up veterans that are holding the rest of the team back.

And yes, teams do get outshot and pinned in their own end when their defense is incapable of keeping the other team out of their zone and getting the puck up to the forwards.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: April 08, 2012, 03:20:12 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 08, 2012, 04:40:42 AM

Good God are the Oilers ever a terrible team. You'd think their players would have some concern for their jobs and actually play decently in the last game of the season, but they absolutely caved to the Canucks getting outshot 42-17. Honestly, if it wasn't for the stellar play of their goalie Dubnyk they would have lost by far more than 3-zip. The NHL really needs to turn the AHL into a lower linked league like the Premier division and 2nd Division in English Football. That way they could boot teams like the Oilers and Bluejackets down to that league and stop them from whoring all the top prospects.  icon_razz

Woo hoo, Hockey Night in Canuckistan just cut to the Kings Vs Sharks game with 10 minutes left. Awesome!

 finger

Having a D composed of several AHL players and worse than AHL players tends to ruin your chances, no matter how well the rest of your team plays.  F-ing Canucks fans...  You'd think someone who cheers for a team who's won exactly 0 cups in their entire history and who's entire playoff success consists of 1994 and 2010 would be careful about throwing around terms like 'terrible team'.  Yes, the Canucks are decent right now!  Congrats.  Shut your yap about how bad you may or may not think other teams are if you don't know what you're talking about. 
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: April 05, 2012, 04:32:58 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on April 04, 2012, 01:47:54 PM

Bioware has a panel at PAX East, as well as them dropping stuff about new DLC plans. We will see what they say. Everything I've seen is that there is going to be more DLC to "flesh" out the ending. I don't want a fleshed out ending, I want a fucking new one. So, no more money for Bioware. I'll just youtube whatever they release.

Ditto.  I'm nearing the end of my current game and guess I'll just quit soon and see if I feel like ending it in the summer.  Stupid, stupid writers and their 'artistic' vision.  Just end the game with the same level of scope and detail that you wrote the rest of the trilogy!  What a let down to such an epic trilogy of games.

edit - at least it's going to be free.  I'm glad they didn't set off that nuclear bomb.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Organized Competitive Adult Sports... on: April 01, 2012, 08:09:33 PM
I've been playing city league basketball for 15 years, ever since I got out of high school.  I've been on teams as high as Div 3 (out of 12 divs) where the level of play is mostly guys who played college ball or good high school ball, and all the way down to div 10 where it's more recreational but still competitive.  There's something awesome about playing organized sports with reffing and a league and playoffs.  Pickup ball is fun, but I'll play league bball as long as I can - although my kids are getting to the age now where I'm getting involved in coaching, which is rewarding in a different way.  Probably run into a conflict there eventually.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: March 20, 2012, 04:43:20 PM
A Boston Philly or Boston Pittsburgh series would be great.  I'd be damn afraid to play the Bruins if I was Crosby coming back from a year and a half of injuries, guaranteed they'll try to take his head off.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: John Carter of Mars coming to the big screen on: March 14, 2012, 04:21:29 PM
I saw this yesterday and am baffled by all the hate.  It was good to very good.  I've read the books, and certainly they merged all kinds of things together to come up with the storyline, but by no means is it a bad movie.  I can understand that if it really cost $250 million that it's probably not going to be a huge financial hit, but as far as a typical summer movie I was content.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: February 15, 2012, 04:30:42 PM

Quote from: Devil on February 15, 2012, 04:13:05 AM

I like that about him/everyone in here. All different points of view makes it fun.

The collective hate for the Bruins and Rangers is our one common bond.

 icon_biggrin

Hey, I kinda like the Bruins.  I'll take the Bruins over the Canucks any day.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Okay...enough with the "found footage" horror film craze already on: February 03, 2012, 04:05:11 PM
I'm hearing this one described in the 'horror' genre, which quite frankly I'm not interested in at all, but everything on Rotten Tomatoes makes it sound more like a super-hero movie, with one of the friends going bad.  What makes it horror?  Is this horror as in scary, or gorefest, or what?
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: February 03, 2012, 05:21:19 AM
OILERS.  Gagner ties Gretzky record.  Fuck I love this team.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 4 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: January 30, 2012, 04:34:23 PM

Quote from: Asharak on January 29, 2012, 01:25:04 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on January 29, 2012, 05:05:26 AM

I hear you, and I know we're supposed to imagine it all worked out alright... but I have trouble with that.  I prefer to see them walk through the door of their house and having a baby to know that the imaginary characters that apparently have the ability to make me lose sleep are ok.

FWIW, the ending I was expecting since about five minutes into "Chuck Versus Sarah" was that Chuck had the trump of Intersect "flash cards": I was waiting for him to pull out that little drawing he did of Sarah with the baby and the house and the picket fence, which I was sure was going to undo all of Quinn's mental manipulations. I was quite surprised that that drawing never popped up again.

- Ash

That would have been genius!  Sarah could have flashed on the drawing and everything come flooding back.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 4 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: January 29, 2012, 05:05:26 AM

Quote from: Asharak on January 29, 2012, 03:20:02 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on January 28, 2012, 04:30:25 PM

The show was effectively a fairy tale, so where's the happily ever after?

Right there in front of you, when Prince Charming kissed Sleeping Beauty in the show's very final shot.

I'm serious: the ending was only a bummer if you don't believe Morgan's "crazy theory". If you do, though, then the show really did end with Chuck and Sarah getting their happily ever after. And the episode took pains to show that Sarah's memories weren't completely gone - she remembered carving her name in the doorframe, she remembered the layout of the Weinerlicous, she remembered Irene Demova - so it's not much of a stretch to think the kiss really did bring her back. I suppose they could have been a little more obvious about it - ending with Sarah opening her eyes, maybe, or even putting the kiss at the start of the beach scene and then playing that final montage on her retinas, Intersect-flash-style - but even without hitting me over the head with it, I don't have a problem going away with the belief that Chuck got the girl (back).

As for the rest of the episode, I agree that it was an underwhelming finale on the whole. All their other "we may never get another episode" episodes were better, most notably "Chuck versus the Ring" and "Chuck versus the Honeymooners". Quinn was a thoroughly underwhelming final villain and the "chase Quinn around the globe" plot was entirely pedestrian. I also didn't like that, despite the attempt to showcase the original Badass Casey, he basically never got to be a badass. He deserved a cavalry-to-the-rescue scene (preferably with Gertrude) on par with his through-the-ceiling takedown of Ted Rourke.

That said, Jeffster got a great send-off, selling the Buy More to Subway was hilarious and I was happy with Ellie and Awesome's resolution. I also think it was appropriate to make the final episodes focus around a Chuck and Sarah will-they-or-won't-they, since that was  the driving force for the entire show...it just could have been handled a little better.

I'm not happy that the show's over and it's shame that they didn't go out on a high note but I'd say they went out on a solid middle-C, which is more than a lot of a shows (*coughEnterprisecough*) manage, so I can live with it.

- Ash

I hear you, and I know we're supposed to imagine it all worked out alright... but I have trouble with that.  I prefer to see them walk through the door of their house and having a baby to know that the imaginary characters that apparently have the ability to make me lose sleep are ok.   icon_biggrin

Yes, I would have preferred a intersect style montage of Sarah getting her memories back, or eyes opening wide and throwing her arms around him, or something.  I guess I'm a softy that way.  I take solace in the fact that apparently Yvonne Stravhosky felt the same thing I did when she first got the script - she described it as a bit of a tragedy and major suprise compared to how she thought the series would end for her character.  Stupid writers having to be mysterious and interpretive. 

My epic nerd rage is fading today, thankfully - my wife was somewhat concerned last night when I stomped down the stairs announcing that I was going to go burn down the NBC studios.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 4 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: January 28, 2012, 04:30:25 PM
The 4th and 5th season were all about Sarah and Chuck gradually growing beyond spies and wanting a normal life.  The whole theme of the 5th season was Sarah literally pining for a house with a white picket fence and a baby.  Morgan, Ellie and Awesome, Jeff and Lester all get their happy endings, but for the two main characters, we get a final scene where Sarah (and the fans) have been robbed of all the growth and emotion that's built up over 5 years and Chuck and Sarah are reset back to the starting point, with the added bonus of Chuck getting to know what he's lost.  Closure!

This wasn't MASH, which was a comedy set in a tragedy.  Chuck was a great show because it was generally lighthearted, happy, funloving, goofy, nerdy, loving and romantic.  Bad guys were caricatures, good guys were awesome.  It had two of the most likeable main characters of any series ever, who were just generally great people who grew greater as the show went on.  In season 3 they tampered with that formula, and the show sucked.  Look at anyone's top episodes list and see if there's anything from season 3 on there - there isn't.  Season 3 is when they tried to go dark and angsty.  That's not what people like about Chuck!  So naturally they decide to end the series by taking away all of their hopes and dreams, and leaving everyone wondering where they go from here.  The show was effectively a fairy tale, so where's the happily ever after?

The Weinerlicious, the tango, Jeffster were all great.  They could have revisited all those scenes and locations in an epic chase of Quinn.  Even that was a let down - we're to believe that he was the mastermind behind the big bads of seasons 1, 2 and 4 - and yet he goes out with a wimper.  There was zero reason to torture the characters and fans by reverting everthing that had been accomplished, and absolutely refusing to give them the happy ending that the series was leading up to. 
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 4 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: January 28, 2012, 06:08:31 AM
WTF was that?  Why do I get the feeling that ending was a giant f-u to Chuck fans?  Would it have killed them to write a happy, non-ambiguous, non-break up the team, leave everything in limbo ending?  Why do writers think that anyone likes these kind of endings?
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: January 23, 2012, 09:32:17 PM
That's been a topic of discussion the last two years - draft what you need, or the best player?  I can get behind the logic that says you draft the best player - but the implication of doing that is that when you draft two 'skill' forwards in a row, then that means you better be prepared to bump everyone down a spot and start trading / using those prospects that just got bumped to address your gaps.  If it was me, Gagner, Piajarrvi, Hemsky, Horcoff (lol), and most of our prospects not named Hall, Eberle or RNH would be on the block for a couple of household name, established top 4 defensemen or a long term goalie solution.  Regardless, in the team's current position, if there are any high level D picks that are deemed ready for the NHL ala Larsson or Victor Hedman, I'd draft them over Nail at this point.  We don't need more small forwards, and even if you have them, experience shows that other GMs aren't going to trade you high level D for them after you've had them for a couple years.  Potential to score a ton of goals doesn't mean anything if your team can't get it out of your own zone up to your forwards, and they just get frustrated watching their goalie or D not play at their level.  (see Hall, Taylor)

edit: I should clarify - those are the ONLY conditions I'd be trading prospects or Gagner or Hemsky under.  I fully expect though that Tambo will trade Hemsky for a bag of pucks and a bunch of draft picks that may or may not bear fruit in 5 years and do nothing but make the team worse right now.

I also don't understand signing Ben Eager and then playing him 3 minutes a game.  You signed him to be a pest / agitator who can somewhat play, so let him play with someone who's not a complete scrub!
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: January 23, 2012, 08:34:25 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on January 23, 2012, 05:47:21 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 22, 2012, 05:29:32 AM

Flames still own the Oilers.

Oilers continue their quest to Fail for Nail.

Suck and Pluck.  They will continue on this path until they have a complete team of 1st round picks.

Yes, I'm sure that's the organizational strategy.   icon_confused

Look, the Oilers suck right now, no doubt.  The game Saturday night made me want to puke.  I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that we have 1 NHL level defenseman (two if you count Sutton) playing right now, and our goalie is a 39 year old drunk who everyone in Edmonton not named Renney or Tambellini knew was going to suck this year.  It probably has nothing to do with the fact that Eberle, Hall and RNH all went out at close to the same time with injuries, never mind Gilbert and Whitney (who, given the history with his foot, will likely never play at last years level again), and Hemsky who started the year injured and hasn't found his game back yet.  This team has been gypsy cursed for the last few seasons as far as injury goes, and our GM doesn't seem to realize that going out and signing Cam Barker doesn't count as getting a top defenseman.

Some of the pieces are there.  Now the Oilers desperately need to obtain two top D men and adopt something similar to a long term goalie plan, since Dubnyk doesn't appear to be it.  October shows that when this team is playing defense and getting goaltending support, it's going to be an elite level team.  Management just needs to wake up and realize that 10,000 prospects are only useful when you can parley them into actual NHL players, either through development or else trading them away for established players.  More firepower is fine if they do end up in the one or two pick position, but now is the time to start trading away the pieces that don't fit for the pieces you need to make the team click.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's coming up for 2012 on: January 09, 2012, 05:20:57 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 04, 2012, 06:59:55 PM

Quote from: naednek on January 04, 2012, 06:58:23 PM

you guys realize starcraft 2 isn't an expansion pack right?  There 3 separate full games.

If that's what you think, then Blizzard has succeded slywink

+1.  Just because they're big x-packs, doesn't change the fact that Blizzard split one game into three in order to charge people three times and spread the revenue stream out for 5 or 6 years.  I'd bet a thousand dollars that after the protoss 'game' comes out in 2014 or whenever there will be an 'SC2 Ultimate' version that contains, wait for it, all three campaigns in one game.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 04, 2012, 11:08:14 PM
#15 on that list makes me crazy.  Pick up the damn phone you just called me!
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Push to Get Rid of Cable on: December 15, 2011, 04:07:50 PM
My wife and I would love to get rid of cable, but we don't know how to get our HD hockey fix.... any Canadians ditch their cable and still be able to get HNIC, Sportsnet and TSN?  I want to watch my Oilers in glorious HD on the 60 inch TV and the lousy low res stream the Oilers put out sucks.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2 on: December 05, 2011, 10:02:29 PM
Wonder if Abrams is going to exterminate all the Klingons this time?  Maybe we'll get Kirk and Spock in zero G suits using swords to cut through Khans men and firing shoulder mounted portable modified photon torpedo launchers into a supernova - oh wait; forgot we already did the supernova thing with the Romulans.  Hmm.  Black hole?  No, did that too...  Maybe Khan should have stolen Borg tech - ah, crap.  Well, we'll work out the details later but I see lots of lens flares and exciting combat, cause that's what TREK was all about!  disgust
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help Me Decide on a TV (for January) on: November 28, 2011, 06:08:39 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 28, 2011, 05:02:29 AM

Looking at one of the two following TVs:

LG Infinia 55LW5600 and the LG Infinia 50PZ750.  The 55 Inch is LCD/LED and is about $1335, the 50 inch is plasma and under $1000.  Opinions?

Look at the 60" LG 60PV450.  Fewer useless (IMO) bells and whistles, (no 3d, no internet apps) excellent picture quality.  Bigger screen and still under $1000, or should be - I got mine (in Canada) for $1075 last month.  Love it.  Compares very favourably in PQ to the Panasonic ST30 mentioned earlier, for similar price and bigger.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: November 20, 2011, 05:03:44 AM
If Whitney wasn't made of glass, he'd fill the role fine.  Gilbert is looking much improved this year too.  I had lots of doubts about him as even a 3 or 4 D but this year hes been handling heavy minutes, mentoring and covering for AHL players much of the time.

Wonder when Khabibulin is going to turn back into a pumpkin.  This can't last.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Season 2011-2012 on: November 20, 2011, 04:39:58 AM
Oilers laying the smack down on the 'Hawks tonight!   eek  Picked a crappy night to bench Hall and Eberle on my fantasy team.   mad
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