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1121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Career Help - Is IT doomed? on: November 11, 2009, 05:28:01 AM
Well, my brother graduated  a few years ago with a degree in Computer Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, and he's now working for CSIS: Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the equivalent to the NSA in the US. Got hired right after he came out.  So, is the IT field doomed? Dunno, I think it depends what you shoot for. He loves his job and it's pretty secure in that they can't give it to anyone overseas.
1122  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The IP you'd like to see developed into an MMO... on: November 11, 2009, 02:36:42 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on November 11, 2009, 01:34:21 AM

A LEGO MMO.. that would allow you to use the bricks to collectively build cities, space stations, and such.. I love LEGO but don't wish to necessarily collect the bricks. If they could bring the entire LEGO brick-building wholly online, I they would totally have my money! Which reminds me..

http://universe.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx
1123  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: IP vs. FRANCHISE ... Thread on: November 10, 2009, 10:37:48 PM
Well, the way I see it, franchise for the already established material of multiples and IP for original material, though sometimes they intersect.

In my eyes, WoW is not a franchise. Warcraft is. WoW is part of the Warcraft franchise, but in itself, I see it as an IP, belonging to that franchise.

Star Wars is a franchise. Star Trek is a franchise. Though I wouldn't dare call SWG, SWTOR, or STO a franchise, unless SWTOR and STO spawn sequels.
1124  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The IP you'd like to see developed into an MMO... on: November 10, 2009, 10:29:15 PM
Dune. It's got it all. Planets, Houses, Alliances, backstory. One of the few franchises that doesn't need much tinkering to make it a viable MMO property.
1125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it about movie comedians getting stale? on: November 10, 2009, 10:09:32 PM

Quote from: Toe on November 10, 2009, 08:23:25 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on November 10, 2009, 07:47:29 PM

Seems like comedy is both easy and hard to make. Easy in that you can put a really low budget comedy together and watch the money pouring in, and hard to make a good smart comedy that will make a lasting impression like The Jerk or even Scent of a Woman.

Scent of a Woman was a good smart comedy??  saywhat

Well yeah. It will brilliant in every way. Love the classic Ferrari blind driving scene.
1126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it about movie comedians getting stale? on: November 10, 2009, 07:47:29 PM

Quote from: jament on November 10, 2009, 04:02:25 PM

Some of those comedians are also victims of changes in society.

I don't think that movies like "The Jerk" or "Blazing Saddles" would get made today.  You can have all the fart jokes and drugs and sex you want in a movie but when you start lampooning the intelligence of society and class and race, studios won't take that chance.  A lot of those comedians were funny because of their edginess but those roles aren't out there any more.

Exactly. Seems to me that a lot of the soul behind comedy is gone, and I don't think it's a generational thing either. A lot of the movies these days seem to rely on fart and poop jokes, or anything really disgusting. It's one reason why I don't watch teen movies. The industry itself doesn't seem creative, and instead grabbing any actors that are out of work and willing to make a quick buck, translating to a cheap movie for a studio to make. Otherwise, why do we have the likes of Larry the Cable Guy?

Seems like comedy is both easy and hard to make. Easy in that you can put a really low budget comedy together and watch the money pouring in, and hard to make a good smart comedy that will make a lasting impression like The Jerk or even Scent of a Woman. I know the industry likes to grade actors based on how much they make and how bankable they are, with D actors basically being washouts and has-beens. I'd like to think that Steve Martin is now a D who was once an A or even a AA.
1127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Progressive Girl & Glade Girl on: November 08, 2009, 08:11:10 PM
For me, it's the kraft girl.
1128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it about movie comedians getting stale? on: November 07, 2009, 08:49:34 AM
The thing is, I think comedians should branch out more and try something out of their comfort zone. I like Robin Williams for doing that, as it kept him fresh and interesting, as you never knew what kind of character he'd play or even how he'd play him. It made him grow overall as an actor, and I think we can all appreciate that. That's a mark of a good actor; one who's flexible in what he plays. If more comedians did that, they'd experience some growth that comedy alone wouldn't be able to offer. Same with Dustin Hoffman or Richard Dreyfuss. They've all done comedies, but they also have their serious roles. You see very little of that in the current crop of comedians. All they know is being funny. Would it kill them to branch out?

As for TV stars, well, Micheal J. Fox actually started out on TV, went into movies and came back to TV. I guess you could say he never left being a TV star.

Heh, we have a TV show in Canada called This Hour has 22 minutes. slywink
1129  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: November 06, 2009, 07:28:32 PM
Well, someone's breaking the NDA..  icon_confused
1130  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: November 06, 2009, 08:15:59 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 06, 2009, 03:51:19 AM

Dunno if anyone pointed this out earlier, but Eurogamer claims that Atari's set Feb. 2, 2010, as STO's North American release, and Feb. 5 as the European release. Is setting a "hard" date at this point a bad idea (meaning if the game is still in bug-fest mode Feb. 2, it's still releasing), or does it give them something to shoot for? It does give the angry "Why aren't I in closed STO beta yet!!!" mobs a vague idea of when the closed beta would end I guess.

Star Trek Online out in February
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/star-trek-online-out-in-february
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Cryptic and Atari have confirmed that their MMO Star Trek Online will be released for PC on 2nd February 2010 in North America, and 5th February in Europe.
fwiw, I'm a little leery of vague articles with no attribution (as far as a person/source), and no official announcement.  icon_neutral

Was browsing their forum earlier today and there was a thread about it. Someone asked one of the reps in chat:

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[22:34] <Cryptic_Stormshade> As far as I know (and I know) we haven't announced anything of that sort yet.

And in yet another thread about it, the same rep goes on to say:

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No one has missed anything.

When we confirm our launch date, I assure you, that you will find that information here before anyone else.

Thanks,

Stormshade
1131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do I need to defend purchasing music? on: November 05, 2009, 10:56:06 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 05, 2009, 08:29:46 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on November 05, 2009, 08:06:03 PM

Quote from: deadzone on November 05, 2009, 07:00:59 PM

True story:  the one time I ever went hog wild and downloaded everything I could get my hands on was with MP3.com.  It was cheap, easy to use, and they had a humongous selection.

It was also 100% illegal, and no artist got one red cent from what you paid, but you don't seem particularly concerned about such things.

You're off base on this one.  

Quote from: Wiki
The vast majority of content on MP3.com was posted by unsigned or independent musicians and producers. Many of these artists worked in the then emerging forms of electronic music, including ambient, trance, drum n' bass, and various types of house music. One of their most high profile releases was a song/score soundtrack for the film Three Kings which was otherwise unreleased. It was made available as a packaged CD with video interviews with Ice Cube.

At the end of 1999, MP3.com launched a promotion called "Pay for Play," or P4P, involving an algorithm to pay each MP3.com artist on the basis of the number of streams and downloads of their songs.

I own a CD from an artist that released an album through MP3.com.  

One of the first bands I remember from the MP3.com era was Carbon Leaf. This was before they were big and before CNET owned the site when they changed to a more commercial spotlight.
1132  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: November 05, 2009, 08:37:14 PM

Quote from: Aganazer on November 05, 2009, 02:22:35 PM

The number one thing I'd like to know about STO is about non-combat activities. All the released info is about combat. What else is there? The Star Trek TV shows and movies have always only been about 25% combat and the rest being about other stuff like science, exploring, and diplomacy. My biggest issue with Champions is that there is nothing else to do besides beating things up.

Yeah, me too. Sadly, it seems like they're thinking more about combat than exploration, which leaves me feeling empty. I would think part of the fun of a Star Trek MMO would be exploring, both new and established systems.
1133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do I need to defend purchasing music? on: November 05, 2009, 08:00:20 PM
I buy all my music on CDs.
1134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]Sherlock Holmes on: November 05, 2009, 07:55:11 PM
Well damn. When I go to that link, it gives me a choice of either the American or Canadian site. If I go to the American site, it tells me I can't watch it. If I go to the Canadian site, it doesn't have the same content.

Edit: Well go figure. It works today.
1135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it about movie comedians getting stale? on: November 05, 2009, 07:12:55 PM
They tend to get worse scripts as they get older, I find. And they get less and less picky of the work they do as long as it brings them money.  I mean, look at Steve Martin. When was the last time he actually did anything decent? The Jerk was brilliant. Probably the best he's done. The Parenthood movies were good too. But recently, the Dirty Dozen movies and the Pink Panther remakes? Lousy. Comedy's an art form, and another aspect is that it seems Hollywood has lost their touch with the art. Now it's just stupid all the time. Where are the smart comedies? You can only have so much shit, puke, and fart jokes. A lot of the comedies out these days are stupid teen comedies that have no substance to them, and the actors are just so quick to cash in.

And I feel for the actors who have gotten into comedy recently. What they've gotten into is rarely funny.  Look at that Rotten Tomatoes list of 100 worst movies. Most of them are comedies. Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell for example have had a few movies you could call genuinely good, but the rest are forgettable, mostly caused by bad scripts and bad concepts instead of just being clever. The concepts themselves are tired.

Shit man, we need another Mel Brooks to come along and turn these frowns into grins.
1136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Meat Hand. That is all... on: November 05, 2009, 04:39:40 AM
Disgusting. I suppose this was made for Halloween?
1137  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 05, 2009, 04:08:12 AM
I think this is mainly a ground combat game, though it does make me wonder if they will have space battles. Your post made me wonder if we'll see more ships like the Ebon Hawk around. Hmmm, personal ships? Have they said anything about personal ships yet? Even if they're just to travel around like in the original games.  I'd like to see them handled like they were in original games as a sort of hub where you can invite your friends and drag them around the galaxy to do missions.  Oh man, that does sound like fun, having parties in a ship and heading out to do missions.
1138  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: November 05, 2009, 02:18:01 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on November 04, 2009, 12:12:32 AM

I was thinking. If the Klingons are an unlockable and everyone has to play Federation for a while to unlock them. then wouldn't the Klingon players be at a disadvantage right off the bat because the feds would already have much better ships while the Klingons would all be in their Bird of Noobness?

BTW I must be a Gorn! i want a Gorn Dreadnought!

Except that Klingons are for PVP, not PVE. They're not going to experience the mission-type gameplay that's part of the core game.

Quote from: Blackjack
Hey, who got SWTOR, CoX and Champions in our Star Trek Online? Is this Reese's Peanut Butter Cups or something?  icon_smile

Yeah, sorry, my fault Tongue I just see it as two of the big franchises going head to head. Either way, I just feel like SWTOR looks more polished. Even if the Smuggler's the only one getting those cover points, it still shows that they've been thinking about it. But maybe I've been a little harsh with STO considering that was beta footage.

Slower paced ship-to-ship battles is one thing, but they're doing this in 2.5D, so it kind of seems to me like a waste since it's not a real 3D space. Seems like the use of tactics, which is what they're aiming for, would be quite limited, like shown in that video I posted from PAX with the guy getting stuck in the boundaries. Noob or not, people are going to hit those boundaries.

I heard a pretty apt analogy somewhere. Someone described it as driving a car in GTA. You'd be going forward, steering from side to side, but with no up and down, with it being pretty linear. If that's the way it's going to be, then I see the tactics being quite limited.

1139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]Sherlock Holmes on: November 05, 2009, 02:06:46 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 05, 2009, 12:54:00 AM


How about a link that works for your cousins of the north Tongue
1140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saw my first Xmas commercial last night on: November 05, 2009, 02:05:13 AM
I actually saw my first Christmas commercial last week. Might of been on Thursday or Friday. It was quite a surprise, because I had been watching TV on a Canadian channel lately, and switched to an American feed of the same show because the Canadian channel was having problems. I noticed something. American channels seem much more agressive and tend to start showing Christmas commercials earlier than a Canadian channel, because Canadian channels haven't started yet.
1141  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 03, 2009, 07:13:20 PM
Saw STO's ground combat and SWTOR's feels way more fun and inspired, not to mention more involved rather than just standing around looking stiff.
1142  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: November 03, 2009, 06:44:20 PM
A new video, from a demo at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo). Make sure you watch the HD version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq8XQXxdMAQ

Gotta say thumbsdown  icon_eek icon_frown. The ground combat in particular looks like uninspired. The characters look stiff and it just looks disappointing overall. This is a section of the game that will need to be heavily improved, if at all, before it ships. I like SWTOR's ground combat a lot more from what I've seen, where it points out objects you can use as cover.

The ship to ship battle also feels boring, and from what I've heard, episodes (missions) will always comprise of both ship to ship battle and ground battle, and be heavily instanced.

Kills my enthusiasm for the game.
1143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who has a Google Wave account? on: November 03, 2009, 12:21:01 AM
It's basically more tightly integrated services from what I can understand. Google Docs and the like would be more tightly integrated into Gmail.
1144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drunk Ewoks on today show on: November 02, 2009, 07:12:42 PM
Hilarious.
1145  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: OSX AntiVirus on: October 30, 2009, 02:07:58 AM
Whatever you do, don't get Norton for the Mac. It's bad on the PC, but even worse on the Mac.

Your best bet is getting ClamAV which can be downloaded for free. You don't need it running all the time unlike on a Windows PC. Just run it and scan files on your thumb drive.
1146  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: October 29, 2009, 11:40:09 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 29, 2009, 11:09:54 PM

That's how it's normally done during the closed portion of beta. That isn't something peculiar to Cryptic.

Well, now that you mention it, when I was in the AION alpha,  I was invited to the closed beta which they did every weekend. But I didn't really have time for it so, I never participated after the alpha was done.

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What fumble is that, exactly? I thought the CO launch was smooth by MMO standards.

I can't quote exactly, since I don't play it, but apparently Cryptic made a big gaffe. Maybe someone here who's in it can explain. All I know is that I saw a lot of concerned people over on the STO forums.
1147  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: October 29, 2009, 10:54:44 PM
And now there are rumours that even though you get in, they're only doing testing 2 days a week, for a think 2 hours each day, instead of it being a 24/7 affair. I heard that they did this with COH and CO. Is this true?  icon_eek

And there are also some concerns and doubts that Cryptic can handle a franchise with such a big fanbase considering their recent fumble. I'm going to guess that STO is going to be a much bigger MMO for them than CO is.

I won't lie. It's making me nervous and wondering if they'll be able to pull it off. If they do fumble it, it won't be a good day for them to die. Fans will be angry. It's a big gamble.
1148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: October 29, 2009, 06:51:58 AM
True, but even then, these klingons don't even look like anything, smooth head or not. Looks more like a wrestler.
1149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: October 29, 2009, 04:49:32 AM
After seeing that deleted scene, I'm kind of glad that they cut it out. If anything, Klingons are one thing you shouldn't mess with. These were unrecognizable from Klingons and would of just created confusion when seen on the screen.
1150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rollercoasters on: October 26, 2009, 06:12:29 PM
I'm a wuss when it comes to them. I've never been on a big one except for Thunder Mountain I think it was at Canada's Wonderland. Was supposed to be a family ride, but we all hated it and I remember wanting to get off.
1151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Death Rally by Remedy released as freeware on: October 23, 2009, 03:06:56 AM
They should make a sequel to this game.
1152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesomely Bad Movies on: October 21, 2009, 08:25:41 PM
Drowning Mona. Good cast that's absolutely wasted. It was on TV last night and I couldn't stand any of the characters. They were all acting like jerks.
1153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barnes & Noble Nook on: October 21, 2009, 01:12:14 AM

Quote from: Lee on October 21, 2009, 01:08:01 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on October 21, 2009, 12:52:36 AM

If they make it available in Canada, it would be a winner right away. The Kindle isn't available here.

The Nook is only in the US. Really surprised the new Kindle isn't in Canada yet. More than likely because of shitty networks.

Yep, they advertised that the Kindle was now available internationally. Internationally except for Canada. And it's not about the networks this time. It's more due to content and rights, the same thing that holds back all kinds of media in Canada. Oops, nevermind. You're right.

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Why isn't it available in Canada?

Amazon typically has to overcome two major hurdles when introducing the Kindle to a marketplace: copyright and related issues with book publishers, and agreements with carriers for the device's wireless capabilities.

Canadian publishers say they're not the ones holding things up.

“As far as we know there's nothing related to copyright issues, but more an issue with the wireless networks,” said Diana Barry, director of digital services for the Association of Canadian Publishers. “We're quite keen to work with Amazon to include our members' content in their services.”
   
   
1154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barnes & Noble Nook on: October 21, 2009, 12:52:36 AM
If they make it available in Canada, it would be a winner right away. The Kindle isn't available here.
1155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nepal man comes up short on: October 17, 2009, 09:40:25 PM
Now that's what I call a dwarf.  icon_lol

Funny thing is, I didn't immediately see him in the image.
1156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Share your urban myths on: October 17, 2009, 07:38:31 AM
Well, I have an aunt and uncle who are wildlife photographers. They've travelled all over the world and gone to many interesting locations and gotten themselves into some interesting situations. After the Gods Must be Crazy movie came out, she was telling us a story about their adventures in the Saraha and claimed that the couple in that movie and the situations they went through were based on them.
1157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The surviving members of Monty Python will be on..... on: October 17, 2009, 04:17:50 AM
Bah, Britney is this generation's Madonna. She's always sold out from the beginning and puts on bad shows.
1158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The surviving members of Monty Python will be on..... on: October 16, 2009, 02:15:35 AM
Their appearance on Regis & Kelly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMoJHmIZpj0
1159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Independence Day 2 in the works on: October 15, 2009, 11:36:07 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 15, 2009, 02:29:16 AM

Quote from: iloveplywood on October 14, 2009, 10:22:22 PM

Maybe this is going to be a reboot?
But does cntrl/alt/del work on Macs?  confused

It does actually. Just a different key combination.
1160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The surviving members of Monty Python will be on..... on: October 15, 2009, 07:22:20 PM
They were on Regis & Kelly this morning. They were great.
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