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1281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That woman is beautiful...or is she? on: October 02, 2008, 08:22:56 PM
There's airbrushing, and then there's overdone airbrushing. To me the ones that get overdone are uninteresting. A lot of airbrushing removes depth of the image. And so what if people aren't perfect? That's part of the charm. Imperfections are being removed by 1's and 0's. Is this what we want to be remembered by?
1282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to the Future... 2, or 3? on: October 01, 2008, 06:32:52 PM

Quote from: joeyjazz on October 01, 2008, 09:22:06 AM

I can see debating whether 1 or 2 is better... bringing #3 into the equation seems on par with comparing The Godfather III to the first two.

I think he meant to compare sequels not which is best out of the trilogy, Mcfly! Now if we're comparing all of them, then the first is easily the winner.
1283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to the Future... 2, or 3? on: October 01, 2008, 12:44:01 AM
Three. It was the more interesting one out of the two. But two had hovercars and hoverboards... Hmmm.
1284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jonas Brothers stole my man card! on: September 28, 2008, 06:47:22 PM
God, I find them so annoying. The newest "no talent" on the block. They can't sing, they can't play and they sound like crap, like a weasel being sucked into a hair dryer.
1285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: September 26, 2008, 09:15:54 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 26, 2008, 07:44:15 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 26, 2008, 07:36:03 PM

Why does Survivor always have to be in warm climates?
I agree with you in principle, but the producers are going to keep it set in a locale where the participants can wear as little as possible.

Well, I think wearing as little as possible is a pretty weak excuse if you ask me. They could have games like  polar diving and sled dog races. Other times off camera could have them in a heated cabin which I think would be a good compromise.
1286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: September 26, 2008, 07:36:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 26, 2008, 02:51:20 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 26, 2008, 01:46:53 PM

If Survivor is going to last longer they really need to mix it up.

make it a true survivor and give everyone a revolver, six bullets and nothing else on a deserted island.

Better yet, set it in the arctic. Warm climates have become boring. Why does Survivor always have to be in warm climates? Where's the fun in that when you know what to expect in them? Finding an isolated location in the arctic would be easy enough. Set it near Resolute Bay, the northern-most point of civilization, and they'd be near it in case of emergency, yet still far enough.
1287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dont forget Knight Rider starts tonight. on: September 25, 2008, 06:16:59 PM
I thought it was fun, but it certainly took liberties and managed to make the original look like it was rocket science. That scene where KITT is on fire and where they strip was completely ridiculous.

While the dialogue was pretty bad, it was actually an improvement on the pilot movie, and KITT finally did sound like a computer. A bit like HAL, actually.
1288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do I turn in my man card? on: September 24, 2008, 03:01:19 PM
I thought Enchanted was Ok, but I'd never willingly sit through Sex and the City.
1289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 22, 2008, 12:14:27 AM
Well, apparently the ads are scrapped.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3043687/Microsoft-adverts-with-Jerry-Seinfeld-and-Bill-Gates-scrapped.html

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The 90-second spot, one of three adverts for which Seinfeld was paid a reported $10 million, was designed to kick off an ambitious $300 million campaign to relaunch the software company and its troubled Windows Vista operating system.

But two weeks after debuting, the three commercials were withdrawn in favour of other adverts in which Seinfeld, whose eponymous hit sitcom ended a decade ago, is replaced by such stars as the actress Eva Longoria and singer Pharrell Williams.

1290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google + Valve? on: September 18, 2008, 06:20:03 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 18, 2008, 03:27:25 AM

Quote from: crumsteel on September 17, 2008, 11:38:35 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 17, 2008, 08:53:39 PM

This would be huge. I wonder if this means Google wants to get into Games?

A google console?

You're thinking too small.  A Google Portal gun!  Tie it in to the street level view, register your Portal Unique Designator, and one of their Street View cars will generate a portal keyed to your device.  Simply open a portal on your end and step through!

You're still not thinking big enough. Gordon Freeman's already in France, right? Point a Google Portal to CERN and have HL3 set at CERN!  icon_lol
1291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google + Valve? on: September 17, 2008, 08:53:39 PM
This would be huge. I wonder if this means Google wants to get into Games?
1292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Test Drive Unlimited: Megapack on: September 16, 2008, 04:40:13 AM
Some months back, an expansion pack for the game was released that catches up the PC version of the game to the DLC content of the XBox.  Has anyone bought this? It's downloadable only.

http://www.atari.com/us/games/test_drive_unlimited_megapack/dvd_rom

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1293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 16, 2008, 04:29:02 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 12, 2008, 02:19:02 PM

Im always going to be of the opinion if you dont like the legal methods a company takes to secure its own products then DONT BUY THEM.   Its pretty simple as you arent forced to buy these games.   Much more logical to do that then go to piracy, cracks and other such bs.

Brett, I'm right there with you on this one. I don't buy many games, so the games that I do buy have to be ones that hold a lot of value to me. I've managed to ride the Starforce wave and not buy a single game using Starforce. There was a demo I had downloaded which used Starforce, but had installed that before I knew of it. Besides that, it never touched my system. Ironically, none of the games that used Starforce really appealed to me for some reason. I figure, if I really want a game, It will have to be a game good enough for me to put on my machine without any stupid DRM. I like games that use limitation creatively to curb pirating. For example, with TDU, a game which I love btw, the game is literally an MMO on wheels with it seemlessly blending Online with Offline content. If you don't have an online account, or a modified game, then it won't let you online, which limits Pirates to single-player. You can't complete the game without going online either.

Btw, about TDU, did anyone know that they finally released a car pack to catch up with the XBox? Yep, they did. I don't have it, but they put in nearly every car that the XBox had as part of DLCs.

http://www.atari.com/us/games/test_drive_unlimited_megapack/dvd_rom
1294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ender's Game? SF Book Question on: September 16, 2008, 01:58:04 AM

Quote from: Zero on September 16, 2008, 01:08:11 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 16, 2008, 12:56:49 AM

I must be one of the few who didn't like it. Didn't like the theme of the book, ie using children to fight a war. I was actually pretty pissed off at the way they were treating him.  Am I the only one? Oops, I guess there are. Didn't fully read the thread.

I was bothered about that at first - but then thought, its a book - a sci-fi/fantasy novel.  I've read worst and seen worse in RL.

Yeah, see that's the thing. It's the fact that it was sci-fi that bothered me the most when there IS in fact kids in other countries fighting wars in real life. I felt it was almost as if it was saying it was OK for it to happen, and that disgusted me.
1295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ender's Game? SF Book Question on: September 16, 2008, 12:56:49 AM
I must be one of the few who didn't like it. Didn't like the theme of the book, ie using children to fight a war. I was actually pretty pissed off at the way they were treating him.  Am I the only one? Oops, I guess there are. Didn't fully read the thread.
1296  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Your First PC on: September 14, 2008, 07:04:40 PM
Vtech? Hehe, that's not a name I think of when I think of PCs. Don't they make those kid computers?

My Dad just bought a new computer to replace his aging PIII 350. He's had it and been using it for 8 years. It was getting to the point that it was too much of a bother to do anything on it anymore, especially after he had a virus on it and with the anti-virus locking up on it due to being so slow.

Our first computer was an IBM clone, an 8088 which served us well for many years. We had moved on to a 286 running Win 3.1, and then my Dad bought an Acer Lunchbox 386 to serve alongside. Around that time, I invested in getting my own PC, an amazing Pentium 133. Then later my Dad got the one he recently replaced.
1297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apathy in Healthcare? on: September 14, 2008, 06:59:27 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 14, 2008, 03:22:11 PM

Quote from: Chaz on September 13, 2008, 05:54:30 PM

Move to Canada?

Trust me in saying that what KD describes here is not an ucommon scenario in my Canadian city at all. As much as there's many good things about government healthcare, one of the downsides is that payment caps to practicioners means many of them don't want to be GP's. So moving north of the 49th parallel unfortnately wouldn't alleviate this kind of problem.

Yep, exactly. In fact, a lot of Canadian practitioners have moved to the US, leaving us with a shortage of doctors. Most people in Canada don't have a family practioner, and a lot of them aren't accepting new patients. Contrary to popular belief, the medical system doesn't pay for everything. For example, I'm having wisdom teeth removed and the system doesn't cover that, even though you'd think it would considering dentistry is a form of health care.  And waits can be long. I was told I needed my wisdom teeth removed sometime in March and I'm getting them removed this Tuesday.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/healthcare/familydoctors.html
1298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 12, 2008, 07:49:12 PM
Uh Ok, that new one is just as weird as the first one.
1299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE Impressions on: September 09, 2008, 10:22:05 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on September 09, 2008, 03:18:19 PM

I'm gonna go ahead and pat myself on the back for not buying this one and waiting for feedback  icon_wink

Hehe, same here, Jeff.  Seems to me like most of what I thought would happen is turning out to be true.
1300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 09, 2008, 06:54:16 PM
So true  icon_lol


What would of been better is if Seinfeld asked him if they were anywhere near making a shoe phone like in Get Smart. At least that would have tied it to technology.
1301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 09, 2008, 06:49:13 PM
Yeah, exactly. I think you hit it right on the mark.

The whole significance of this campaign will just fly right over the average computer user. And consider the fact that the average computer user doesn't care about what they're using as long as things work, they won't care about the origin of Windows.

And considering even technologically minded people can't even really figure out what this is all about, think about all the "huh?" and furrowed brows that this is generating to the average user. Just a load more of confusion that MS doesn't need at this point.
1302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Fall TV Season 2008 is here! on: September 07, 2008, 07:06:48 PM
I admit, I watched 90210 because I was curious and thought it was total crap. Even considering the original 90210, I don't think it fell within the same standards. Way too much drama for a first episode and too much superficialism. If someone plagiarizes you, I would think you'd be angry with the person for at least the entire season, if not the entire series, and not have everything be hunky dory by the end of the episode and be friends again with that person. My Brother went through an ordeal awhile back that very nearly kicked him out of university due to something a team project member had plagiarized. Friends with the jerk who did it? Hell no.  And the plane trip to San Franscisco dinner date? Please. That just doesn't happen in the real world.  One that revolves around high school kids anyhow.

Ironically, the actress that landed the main role, Shanea Grimes came over from Degrassi: TNG, and  I think that's a much better series. I almost feel bad for her that she had to leave the success of that show for this, although it should open more doors for her.
1303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 06, 2008, 09:21:00 PM
Oh, I don't doubt it. But for some reason, I get the feeling the next ones will be more WTF, and if that's the direction MS is going in, then uhhh what?

Although, I admit, it would be pretty funny seeing Seinfeld take him to the comedy club and have him do standup.
1304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 06, 2008, 08:21:09 PM

Quote from: rickfc on September 06, 2008, 04:40:30 PM

Quote from: namatoki on September 06, 2008, 05:21:14 AM


If you have to explain it, then it's not effective marketing.

I happen to agree. I predict an epic fail. Imagine spending all that money on this campaign only to have people scratching their heads in confusion. That's exactly what MS doesn't need right now. With the web of confusion that is Vista, they need something clear and concise to reassure people of their buying decisions, not a philosophical rambling about shoes.

I'm reminded of a commercial years ago that gave me a serious WTF moment, and not in a good way.  It was a Chevy commercial advertising one of their trucks, only it kept going on and on about "You've Got Mail", and how they loved it. Not once did the commercial say anything about the truck. Not even at the end. It made me wonder what exactly they were advertising. Were they advertising the movie, which was already out on video at this point, or were they advertsing Chevy? It felt like the commercial had an identity crisis. It was also the only time I ever saw the commercial. I figure it got pulled.
1305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 05, 2008, 07:56:21 PM
WTF? LOL Man, it makes it seem like those two have shoe fetishes or something.
1306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Fall TV Season 2008 is here! on: September 03, 2008, 06:36:55 PM
Where's Knight Rider? I'm not seeing it on the listings for tonight. Does it debut this week or not?
1307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars - remake(Would you watch it?) on: September 01, 2008, 08:31:12 PM
Rather round?  Not quite sure what you mean by that...


http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mara_Jade
1308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars - remake(Would you watch it?) on: September 01, 2008, 06:49:52 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 01, 2008, 02:54:28 PM

Not sure about who'd play Leia or more importantly Mara Jade.

Gillian Anderson was born to play Mara Jade.
1309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passchendaele the movie. on: August 27, 2008, 05:51:49 PM
It honestly looks like a CBC TV movie. Nice to see an effort though with a story told from our point of view though. It's about time though that we got our own War movie.
1310  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Google Question on: August 26, 2008, 10:02:24 PM
http://lifehacker.com/5042006/disable-google-suggest
1311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jay Leno sucks on: August 26, 2008, 06:03:05 PM

Quote from: cheeba on August 26, 2008, 12:33:32 PM

I hope his next gig is some kind of Top Gear type of show, which could last 10 seasons just on the vehicles he has in his garage.

I have no idea if these are actual segments that appear on the show, but his site is cool: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/

There were rumours awhile back that he was going to be one of the co-hosts for the American version of Top Gear, but he shot those down.
1312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is the last season of Enterprise worth watching? on: August 12, 2008, 11:32:57 PM
The last season is much better than the first two combined, save for the last episode which was essentially a middle finger to the fans.
1313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek Movie Cast Photos on: August 12, 2008, 07:04:00 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 12, 2008, 08:41:29 AM

lets face it - no-matter what they do, it will NOT be the old cast...

so, die-hard trekkies will moan and groan, but those of us just wishing for a great sci-fi adventure set in the Star Trek universe, should at least go into it with an open mind

It's not that at all. It's the fact that looking at them, I can't even recognize what characters they're supposed to be. And open mind or not, recognition is going to be a big part of it. And it will take a lot of good acting to convince my mind that these are in fact the same characters we grew up with.
1314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek Movie Cast Photos on: August 12, 2008, 04:57:01 AM
Well, I'm not too impressed. I look at these posters and I wonder what I'm looking at. They're not giving me the vibe that they're supposed to be classic characters.
1315  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: August 11, 2008, 06:56:10 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 11, 2008, 05:26:31 PM

Keep in mind there was already a lot of work done on it from the original devs.

Emmert says that there were no assets taken. All they took was the license.

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Cryptic recently announced it had secured the rights to develop and publish "Star Trek Online" from CBS Consumer Products after now-defunct Perpetual Entertainment set the besieged project to kill.

"We had a friendly relationship with them," Emmert said. "As it became apparent they weren't going to continue to function, they decided to sell off the license. We swooped in and grabbed it. We took no assets. There was nothing to be had, to be honest. We're building everything from the ground up."
1316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 09, 2008, 03:34:18 AM
My favourite part was the lighting of the torch. Very dramatic. And those fireworks... wow.
1317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:50:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 08, 2008, 06:34:31 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on August 08, 2008, 06:11:16 PM

Oh, this is easy, and I figure I'll get some heck for this, but Pan's Labyrinth. Came away feeling numb from it.

Same here, although I think that had more to do with my personal expectations of the film.  I thought it was going to be a fantasy movie with a bit of real-world war story mixed in, not the other way around.

Yeah, and I thought that was due to the way it was marketed. Anyhow, my senses felt assaulted with all that violence. Just not something I was expecting, and it made me wonder just what people were seeing that made them rave about it.
1318  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 08, 2008, 06:11:16 PM
Oh, this is easy, and I figure I'll get some heck for this, but Pan's Labyrinth. Came away feeling numb from it.
1319  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Anti-virus program needed on: July 27, 2008, 08:26:05 PM
NOD32 here.
1320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 26, 2008, 05:13:06 PM
Wow, here we go again. I wonder if this had anything to do with the upgrade. Last night I got some database error. Tried reloading and it's been a perpetual wait ever since.
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