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1161  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: May 30, 2009, 07:59:06 AM

Quote from: Arclight on May 29, 2009, 09:56:32 AM

Any news on when this game might hit N.America?
The graphics, from the 2 videos I just watched, were really nice looking. So that's one point in their favor.


Well, the Alpha/Friends & Family/Open Beta phase just ended and they're gearing up for closed beta now. Can't really say much beyond that, and the reason for the lack of hype would be that they're not ready just yet to start hyping it since they're not at that point yet. And yes, lots of localizing. The game's really outstanding graphically and you often do have to think in a 3rd dimension.
1162  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anyone have any experience with Trend Micro Anti Virus? on: May 27, 2009, 06:41:08 PM
Yep, NOD32 here. Just had to renew my subscription, actually.
1163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: War of Canadian Aggression on: May 26, 2009, 11:27:11 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 26, 2009, 09:00:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 26, 2009, 07:39:03 PM

Be careful of Arclight.... He's one of those Candians, with the wee beady eyes and that little smirk that says 'you know you're  going to eat my poutine'.....

I'm one of those too........well, I don't like poutine and I don't have beady eyes.......but yeah, I'm a Canuckle.. nod

I'm one of them too, but I don't like Hockey.
1164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need book recommendations/ideas on: May 26, 2009, 09:52:47 PM
The Last House in the Galaxy by Andy Secombe. I'm currently reading through it, and it's an awesome, funny book. Basically, if you liked Douglas Adams, you'd love this. It's Sci-Fi/Fantasy with Douglas Adams style humour.

Quote
Across the aching wastes of space a terrible war is raging. The Gologons, long relegated to being the garbage disposers of the Galaxy, have finally rebelled, and now rampage across the universe, led by the pitiless Gulgus Filch. The only thing standing between them and universal domination is a small breakaway faction of the United Planets Federation.

Meanwhile, in rural Devon, Sir Mortimer and Lady Trenchard are trying desperately to prevent their beloved, crumbling Hambledon Hall from falling into the hands of a City whizz-kid who plans to turn it into a weekend conference centre. If the Universe is to have any kind of hope, the UPF needs to find a safe place where they can gather and plan a counter-attack. And because of its handy location at the terminus of a wormhole (opening beside an azalea just beyond the ha-ha), Hambledon Hall is ideally situated to provide just such a haven
1165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 26, 2009, 05:46:14 PM

Quote from: McNutt on May 26, 2009, 03:26:39 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 26, 2009, 12:45:02 AM

They don't have inertial dampers yet, after all.

They don't?  I thought inertial dampers were what kept everybody from flying out of the front of the ship when the exited warp.

Yeah, they do. Heck, if I remember right, it's even mentioned in the movie.
1166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 25, 2009, 09:53:21 PM
Everywhere, really, which is why I say that it was overused.
1167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 25, 2009, 07:26:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 25, 2009, 06:37:37 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 25, 2009, 05:51:15 PM

Speaking of which, most shakycam usage has some explanation in the plot, like in Cloverfield. Are we to assume it's a redshirt holding the camera and really needing to go? Aside from that, while it's supposed to feel immersive, due to that, it actually does otherwise as you'd never have a crewman walking around with a camera. It's technical, yeah, but how else would you get that kind of camera work? Tongue

Did you need an explanation for the simulated depth-of-field effects in WALL-E?

Err no, because it's an animated movie. Such things are just taken for granted to fulfill the movie experience.
1168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 25, 2009, 05:51:15 PM
I didn't see the Bourne movies either, but you really notice with this movie because it hasn't been done before with a Trek movie and essentially feels out of place. I actually felt it took me out of the action and felt less immersive because it was so distracting. I'd rather have clean shots when watching Star Trek. It felt like the camera man really needed to go pee and couldn't find the head in the Enterprise.

Speaking of which, most shakycam usage has some explanation in the plot, like in Cloverfield. Are we to assume it's a redshirt holding the camera and really needing to go? Aside from that, while it's supposed to feel immersive, due to that, it actually does otherwise as you'd never have a crewman walking around with a camera. It's technical, yeah, but how else would you get that kind of camera work? Tongue
1169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 24, 2009, 05:05:17 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 24, 2009, 08:12:46 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 23, 2009, 03:51:40 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 22, 2009, 06:05:48 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 21, 2009, 09:37:24 AM

Saw it tonight and loved it but there was too much "shakey cam" for me, made it hard to focus on the action.  I'm getting old I guess.  Oh and I hate (HATE) movies that have some sort of applause scene at the end (ok Star Wars (the original) gets a pass on that), it just looks hokey to me.

Yeah, the shakey cam was one of my disappointments about this movie. Great movie, but just too much shakeycam. It becomes particularly jarring.

We just saw it today. I had two complaints: shakeycam made the action too hard to follow, and much of the music was over the top. Otherwise these two trekkers had a blast. Leaving aside any trouble with quibbles, this movie was firing on all cylinders.

The McCoy actor was channeling DeForest Kelly perfectly, the Spock actor meshed with Leonard Nimoy, and the Kirk actor knew better than to try to play Shatner playing Kirk. They even withheld Simon Pegg's scene-chewing Scotty until late in the movie. Good judgment all around.
  again, please tell me where the shakycam was? I dont like that normally, and have no clue where it is in this movie :-)

You're kidding, right? It was all over the place, the most noticeable during the ship battles where it wasn't focusing on any one part of the screen, but shaking constantly. Then character closeups would pan fast from one to the other and shake, instead of staying steady. This was the most blatant overuse of shakycam I've ever seen. It fit in BSG, but felt out of place in Star Trek and was very distracting. Almost like someone had to go pee while holding the camera.
1170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 22, 2009, 06:05:48 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 21, 2009, 09:37:24 AM

Saw it tonight and loved it but there was too much "shakey cam" for me, made it hard to focus on the action.  I'm getting old I guess.  Oh and I hate (HATE) movies that have some sort of applause scene at the end (ok Star Wars (the original) gets a pass on that), it just looks hokey to me.

Yeah, the shakey cam was one of my disappointments about this movie. Great movie, but just too much shakeycam. It becomes particularly jarring.
1171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Zemeckis' A CHRISTMAS CAROL on: May 21, 2009, 10:45:41 PM

Quote from: Jeff on May 21, 2009, 09:44:59 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 21, 2009, 05:43:47 PM

I do like the Patrick Stewart version a lot.

+1 (million)

Patrick Stewart was easily the best Scrooge ever, even better than George C Scott's version.

Well, I still like the George C Scott version, but as a modern interpretation? I think it's one of the best, right along there with Micheal Caine playing Scrooge in A Muppet Christmas Carol.
1172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Zemeckis' A CHRISTMAS CAROL on: May 21, 2009, 05:43:47 PM
Ugh no. I hate Jim Carrey.  Pass.

I do like the Patrick Stewart version a lot.
1173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]Sherlock Holmes on: May 19, 2009, 08:23:47 PM
Meh. That doesn't look like Holmes at all. I too thought it would have a more serious tone to it. I hate how Robert Downey Jr. looks as Holmes. It goes against canon. I've always seen Holmes as a quiet sophisticated individual, which the cocaine addiction contrasted. I really want to see a serious big screen Sherlock Holmes story. We haven't had one in a long time, not this crap.
1174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battleship the Movie on: May 19, 2009, 08:11:27 PM
This would only be good if Samuel Jackson is in it. Can picture it now:

"You motherfucker sank my battleship! I'm going to sink you whole damn motherfucking fleet!"

Ironically enough, Monopoly I could see working the best.
1175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 18, 2009, 06:08:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2009, 12:40:58 AM

weekend estimates are 43 million.  damn, I was hoping it would crush Angels and Demons but I guess Tom Hanks new hairdo helped carry the movie ahead by about 5 million.  this weekend brings out the big guns.

I heard that it's the most successful franchise reboot, beating out Batman Begins, Superman Returns and whatever else.
1176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ....I've been hesitant to say this, but... on: May 18, 2009, 05:38:50 PM
Another possibility would be a blood clot. Those are usually followed with pain and numbness.
1177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Golden Compass points to suck on: May 12, 2009, 04:43:58 AM
I liked the movie, but yeah, switching the A & B plots made no sense. There was so much exposition during those parts, that moving them around effectively removed a lot of the soul from the story.
1178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Slotmachine explodes and kills 10! on: May 07, 2009, 06:26:28 PM
That's one hell of an explosive jackpot.
1179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guilty TV pleasures on: May 06, 2009, 11:01:49 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 05, 2009, 02:53:33 PM

Definitely Degrassi: TNG.

Same here. I feel it's a well written show in general. Though I haven't been watching lately because I haven't been able to figure out when new episodes are on because the guides are all describing the show generically, like what the show in general is about rather than the episode. What I really like about the show is how the adults play into it. They're not just in the background like in many shows, but often have storylines written for them. That's something I wish 90210 would have done.
1180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Roger Rabbit movie? on: April 30, 2009, 11:34:21 PM
Oh man, this could be good. I loved the setting and I loved the effects. I just wonder what they could do with it at this point, but I'd only see it if the original actors like Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd are in it. But please, no children as sidekicks. The thing that worked with the original was that it had more adult overtones to it, and was entertaining to children as well, without pandering to them Lucas style.

Bob Hoskins simply has to return. So does Roger Rabbit. I'd like to see Richard Dreyfuss and Dustin Hoffman possibly have roles in it, but someone younger would also be needed. No Johnny Depp, no Seth Rogan and no Leonardo DiCaprio just to put it out there.

I think the original had animation as a focus of the story, didn't it? Toontown? I hope the cell-shaded look doesn't go away in favour of 3D animation, but what they could do is make 3D part of the plot, as in Toontown being amalgated into a larger 3D city, with it being in danger of ceasing to exist as the new town encroaches itself onto Toontown. You could have 3D villains terrorizing Toontown.
1181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best swordfight in a movie on: April 30, 2009, 11:20:47 PM
I loved the sword fighting in Master & Commander. The way it was done showed how frantic the action was, the way you couldn't follow everyone or everything.
1182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just when you thought Hollywood was out of ideas: Humpty Dumpty! on: April 30, 2009, 03:24:27 AM
I seriously don't get it. Why are they making a horror movie based on a children's fairy tale?
1183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Quit giving your kids silly names on: April 28, 2009, 05:51:04 PM
Like Scuzz, my last name is very uncommon. My Dad is the only one listed in the phone book with that name in our city, so he's easy to find. Not sure how many of us are in Canada in total. But the last time I checked, there were around 1000 of us in the US. I've always had people try to correct my last name, which is presumptious. I mean, if you're living with that last name, wouldn't you know if it was right? I had even sent for something in the mail one time, and whoever processed the application had "corrected" the name to something more common. That kind of thing annoys me.
1184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ridley Scott does Robin Hood on: April 23, 2009, 05:32:49 PM
Ridley Scott should make it interesting. Alan-a-dayle is played by Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, and it's also his first acting gig. Russell has been a friend of his for quite some time now. Alan Doyle produced his latest album, 'My Hand, My Heart', and they co-wrote a song called Company of Fools that appears in GBS's newest album, which is a song that might make an appearance in this movie considering the subject matter.

1185  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion, anyone heard of this MMO? on: April 22, 2009, 10:11:33 PM
Yep, doing the Friends & Family North American/Europe test. It's very nice graphically. Very immersive.  Love flying. There's nothing quite like feeling the air beneath your wings as you look down below.
1186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Curb Your Enthusiasm on: April 22, 2009, 08:21:42 PM
A new season is coming where the cast of Seinfeld is reuniting.
1187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sometimes, they really do got talent... on: April 16, 2009, 03:02:16 AM

Quote from: mytocles on April 15, 2009, 08:24:48 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on April 15, 2009, 07:47:38 PM

For a good quality clip, check this one out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z0h1NNk1Ik

Oh, thanks a lot, Rumpy! You made me watch it one... more... time...  slywink

I do like the parts where folks had their smug, smirky looks change to wonderment, but I hate that those looks were there in the first place.  What the hell is wrong with being 47, anyway - too young?  And why deride her before even hearing her sing a note - because she looks "frumpy?"  The youth, beauty, and anorexic "ideal" that has taken over pop culture for decades now is just plain stupid.  Also, is no one polite anymore, has that gone completely out of style?  Ms. Boyle is a human being, she can actually see the looks on those people's faces.  Grrrr...  disgust

Yeah, actually she reminds me a lot about Canada's Rita McNeil. Big heavyset woman who sings. Not very well, in my opinion, but hey, she's got a career:

1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sometimes, they really do got talent... on: April 15, 2009, 07:47:38 PM
For a good quality clip, check this one out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z0h1NNk1Ik
1189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sometimes, they really do got talent... on: April 14, 2009, 07:07:38 PM
Next year, they'll probably have another of these talents. Then the 3 of them could form a trio.
1190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Bob Thornton is a douchebag on: April 11, 2009, 07:11:22 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 11, 2009, 04:47:25 AM

Huh, the interviewer drums in Moxy Fruvous? Interesting.

Used to. They're no longer together, with the different members having gone their seperate ways. Jian Ghomeshi took up interviewing at CBC.
1191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Billy Bob Thornton is a douchebag on: April 11, 2009, 03:53:24 AM
I saw it as a guy who was more or less just keeping up appearances and not really caring about the interview, thinking it didn't really matter much. He seemed pretty apathetic despite the interviewer's best efforts to keep things on track.

And btw, Jian Ghomeshi, the interviewer is a musician himself, having been (the drummer ironically enough) of a fairly successful band, Moxy Fruvous. He himself has a passion for music, and is genuinely interested in what other musicians are doing. He gives everyone of his guests, musicians or not, some context. It's his courtesy. And being a musician himself, he tends to know the questions to ask. He's a very well-respected interviewer in Canada.
1192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And I thought sleeping bags smelled bad, on the outside.... on: April 07, 2009, 08:29:47 PM
Doesn't look very warm. Looks quite thin.
1193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good and Bad TV Series finales on: March 27, 2009, 06:57:55 AM
Seinfeld's coming back, sort of. Larry David's said he plans to do a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and he wants to have the actors come back for a reunion. Wether they'll be in character or not, it hasn't been said.
1194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Naked Gun: What 4? on: March 22, 2009, 07:11:09 PM
Leslie Neilsen is getting old. It would be better seeing him as Chief and having new people run missions.

Hmm, well, I guess I should have read the article first. Looks good. I would hope that Paramount would change their mind about it being a DVD release. I think Get Smart showed that people were still hungry for that type of humour, and if successful, would encourage the genre to come back.
1195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SyFy Channel on: March 18, 2009, 08:49:34 PM
Yeah, it definitely helps. For instance when G4TechTV changed to G4, in Canada it stayed as G4TechTV and then we got Leo in the form of Call for Help and then The Lab with Leo.

Although there's still A LOT of crap on TV and the CRTC has gotten somewhat lax in their restrictions. For example, showing CSI: New York on the History channel, and the reasoning behind it was due to 9/11.  The CRTC slapped them and told them they couldn't do that though.

Still, you get a lot of crap that doesn't fit on the channel, like Sci-fi movies appearing on Lonestar.

What happens with having so many channels and not much that we actually produce ourselves is that, stuff just tends to get shoved wherever they want to put it and the usefulness of the channel tends to go away as it's the same stuff you can see on every other channel. We tend to import a lot of American programming, and so a lot of these channels are reruns ad infinitum. Also, half the time I turn on the TV, 90% of the stuff on it is reality programming which sucks when I want to find something with more depth.

The only thing Canadian on G4TechTV anymore is Electric Playground and its number of different versions such as EP Canada, EP Weekend.
1196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MacGyver the Movie on: March 18, 2009, 07:45:18 PM
Exactly. I wouldn't exactly call him marginally known. He's actually quite well-known.
1197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MacGyver the Movie on: March 18, 2009, 05:39:33 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 18, 2009, 04:20:33 PM

I am not going to say I am going to look as good or will but if you are trying to make a big budget hollywood blockbuster you probably wouldn't pick him as the leading man. 

And why not? He looked as good as ever in Stargate SG-1.
1198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SyFy Channel on: March 18, 2009, 06:14:08 AM
Yeah, I'm glad Canada has its own instead of like other countries having versions of the Sci-Fi channel.
1199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MacGyver the Movie on: March 18, 2009, 01:38:55 AM
Actually, I happen to think he looks a lot better now than he did on Macguyver. I'd say he's aged well.
1200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SyFy Channel on: March 17, 2009, 07:43:39 PM
At least the Space channel here in Canada has actual Sci-Fi. Star Trek, Star Trek: TNG, DS9, Voyager, Stargate SG1 & Atlantis, Eureka, and just recently added to the schedule, Dr Who and Torchwood, and many more.

And you seriously can't beat their TV commercials. Good stuff there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrMk9hP4OnY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpp9t9svpdk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH_C4Of1KvY
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