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1321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Reasons you don't play certain genres on: June 18, 2008, 07:01:07 AM
RTS games. The last one I've played was Warzone 2100. I had bought it when it first came out. It's now free for download after having been released as open source. That should tell you how often I play them.
1322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 18, 2008, 03:42:09 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 17, 2008, 07:15:25 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 17, 2008, 05:50:28 PM

Here's what I'm wondering. The Sporepedia has downloads as jpegs. Does that mean when you download one of those jpegs, that the game literally recreates it? What happens if you put something in there that wasn't originally created with the creator? Or do the jpegs contain the data needed for the creatures?

The downloads are actually PNG, not JPG. All the creature data has been rather cleverly encoded into the PNG itself, so yes, the Creature Creator will be able to replicate any creature by just seeing its thumbnail picture.

Err, yeah, that's what I meant. I knew it was some graphic format lol. That IS very cool and innovative and I wonder if other games will follow suit. It's actually quite brilliant since it doesn't require big files to download and unzip like most games would require you to do.
1323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love the dentist! on: June 18, 2008, 02:59:34 AM
I have some dentistry work that needs to be done soon. It will cost me around $1000 CND. Yes, there are some things our healthcare won't pay for and for some stupid reason, the government decided that dentistry doesn't fall within the guidelines of healthcare coverage.
1324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: June 18, 2008, 02:25:26 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on June 17, 2008, 11:25:25 PM

Something I don't recall being mentioned in this thread, and it's bugged me since I left the theater on opening weekend...

Where were the puzzles? Sure, there was a single death-trap at the end, but where were the puzzles set out so a smart adventurer could make his way to the big treasure? All we got were "Exposition Mode" Indy, and "Survival Mode" Indy.

You know, the friend I went with mentioned this after the movie, and I realized he was right. It was a bit like it had caught the Da Vinci Code bug. Makes me wonder how different this would of been 5 years ago before the Da Vinci Code came out. The one thing I really liked about the Da Vinci code that I felt they did right were the visual cues, things that were originally described in the book as narration.

And Grue, I also disagree on that. I mean, I saw the Chronicles of Narnia the day after I saw Indy and I thought even that was a much better movie. I felt like it trounced all over it in terms of a cinematic experience, to the point that I almost forgot about Indy,  so for me, until The Dark Knight, Ironman and The Chronicles of Narnia have been my favourite movies of the summer.
1325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 17, 2008, 11:18:11 PM

Quote from: dangerballs on June 17, 2008, 10:47:35 PM

You can also download it from here:

http://www.spreadfirefox.com/en-US/worldrecord/

if you want to help Mozilla on their Guinness World Record attempt.

Yeah, though that link is getting a lot more traffic than the other one, which is why I posted the other one. It was getting hammered and I couldn't access it.
1326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 17, 2008, 10:42:40 PM

Quote from: gellar on June 17, 2008, 10:28:38 PM

Any other OS X users know if it uses the Keychain this time?  That's been my big sticking point with Firefox.

gellar

I'll be installing it on my MacBook in a few days and I'll let you know if someone doesn't before then.
1327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 17, 2008, 10:16:57 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on June 17, 2008, 10:04:06 PM

How has it changed from the previous version?

Well, the memory leaks are supposed to be fixed, for one. The other is enhanced security and one-click bookmarking, and native OS look. I just installed it on my Dad's computer which has 2K and it looks different to mine which has XP, which again would look different to someone using Vista or MacOS.
1328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Firefox 3 is released! on: June 17, 2008, 10:01:23 PM
I'm surprised, and kind of disappointed that nobody has posted about this yet. Today is Firefox 3's release.

Get it here: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
1329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How to Rip Off Every Game Ever Made on: June 17, 2008, 05:51:05 PM
Yep, they used the Wintermute engine.

Quote from: baelthazar on June 16, 2008, 09:48:24 PM

I don't believe they did code the game engine, I think they used an third-party engine.

Gambling debts... that's a brilliant idea! I hadn't thought of that for a motive, but it certainly fits. I mean lawsuits from legal companies are always better than concrete galoshes or broken legs!

Bael

Or, the other thing I've been thinking about related to the Poker winnings, is if this game is self-funded as I've heard, that they used their poker winnings to fund the game. Then the publisher wouldn't have known what they'd done until receiving the game and getting complaints of thievery. But that idea isn't as fun  icon_lol

Either way, Poker's gotta be involved somehow.
1330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 17, 2008, 05:50:28 PM
Here's what I'm wondering. The Sporepedia has downloads as jpegs. Does that mean when you download one of those jpegs, that the game literally recreates it? What happens if you put something in there that wasn't originally created with the creator? Or do the jpegs contain the data needed for the creatures?
1331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How to Rip Off Every Game Ever Made on: June 16, 2008, 06:46:16 AM
Exactly my point. I heard about the Poker champ thing too, and they must be used to bluffing by now. Also if you look at the picture circulating, they look like very shady people. Particularly the guy on the right. The North American publisher pulled the plug, but there's still the European publisher, which I don't think we've heard from, so it's still making money from some sites in the UK, I think.

Would it be too far fetched to think that they wanted a publisher to front money in order to pay for any gambling debts they may have had? The fact that they just took screens makes me think they didn't really work all that long on it as we're lead to believe. Sure, making a game takes a long time, but I'm just wondering if the publisher started asking questions as to when they would have it, and maybe there was a rush to keep the publisher happy. Slap something together really quickly, make it look legitimate, and by the time it ships, they're out of the country. Coincidence? I think not.
1332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 16, 2008, 05:54:27 AM
Ok, maybe I don't get it, but why are they making people pay for the creator, that should come free with the game?

I refuse to be hyped up by this game. I mean, I'll eventually buy it, but I got burned by Black & White, and this has the same vibe. The game will only be good as the sum of all its parts. Don't forget, the media praised Black & White, sites gave the game top reviews, but when it actually came to playing, the game just wasn't that great. It does seem like an interesting game, but the media exposure on this is already making me feel like I've already played it and tired of it. That doesn't bode well and I just wonder how much longevity the game will have.
1333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How to Rip Off Every Game Ever Made on: June 15, 2008, 07:09:31 PM
This is really quite amazing. When I first heard about it, I thought, "Well, that's just placeholder art", right? It just astounded me that they actually managed to publish a game that just so blatantly copies. If you follow the Neogaf forum link, you can see they even copied things back as far as their Amiga version.

All this however feels like a con. The men must of knew what they were doing. They just didn't expect any Adventure Game players to recognize games that they wouldn't have played. Though they also didn't expect that some players don't just play adventure games, but play different genres. So, they publish their game and they then happen to be "on vacation". They must be laughing all the way to the bank.  They not only fool the publisher, but the players as well. I'm sure this will make publishers extra cautious when publishing something.
1334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek: Of Gods and Men on: June 15, 2008, 03:49:08 AM
One of the sorriest excuses of fanfilms. I can't honestly believe the stars were taking part in this. I saw the first part and I felt it was so bad.  I much prefer New Voyages.
1335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 13, 2008, 08:16:42 PM

Quote from: jpinard on June 13, 2008, 07:04:07 PM

When was it Hollywood decided it could just create a "do-over" of a film that was released just a few years prior?  It's kind of odd if you think about it.  Also, what's that say about the directors and actors from the first version?

Yeah, I wondered about that too. Seems a bit too soon for a remake. But I guess Marvel feels that now they have their own studio that they're able to do it the way they wanted it and do it right.
1336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: June 13, 2008, 05:05:09 PM
Tony Stark has a cameo. You can see part of it on TV Spot 8.


http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=BOq0BD_Eiig
1337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: June 12, 2008, 07:22:37 PM

Quote from: rickfc on June 12, 2008, 06:52:05 PM


Quote from: wonderpug on June 12, 2008, 06:43:01 PM


The far-fetched religious stories are based on ancient artifacts and legend, which fits for a fantastical archaeologist adventure.  The alien story is based on stories invented in the 50s, which isn't as fitting for a fantastical archaeological adventure.  When you hear "archaeologist" do you think of people digging up religious and/or historical artifacts or do you think about people digging for proof of alien conspiracies?

He didn't go digging for alien conspiracies.  He went digging for the truth behind the crystal skulls and happened upon an alien conspiracy.  That's very different.  Archaeologists dig for facts, regardless of their origin.

And that's it exactly. Compared to previous Indy installments, this feels more like a modern concoction than something to do with the past, which is what the others were about. Putting aliens in a story like this feels like a copout, especially with the ending that didn't make sense.
1338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Smurfs...they're back! on: June 11, 2008, 07:29:04 PM
That's true. She got created so they could all go berry picking...  Remember all the berry picking they did in the show? Man, when you think about it, the series had dirty written all over it.
1339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In which you cannot stop staring on: June 11, 2008, 07:27:41 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 11, 2008, 01:45:25 PM

Quote from: Jag on June 11, 2008, 01:38:43 PM



I love the fact that she is holding the top of the WiiMote... I bet they're playing a Japanese game slated to hit our shores this winter: Wii Love Sybian! (Piles incluses)

Is she playing No More Heroes? icon_lol
1340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Smurfs...they're back! on: June 11, 2008, 06:35:23 PM

Quote from: morlac on June 11, 2008, 06:14:00 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 11, 2008, 06:04:06 PM

Part live action? What the hell? There was no live action in the Cartoon. What are going to do, dye someone blue? Or is Gargamel going to be live action?

So wee can see Smurfettes 'Smurf Berries' live and in the flesh.  That dirty little village whore.

Damn, so that's what they meant by berry bush!
1341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Smurfs...they're back! on: June 11, 2008, 06:04:06 PM
Part live action? What the hell? There was no live action in the Cartoon. What are going to do, dye someone blue? Or is Gargamel going to be live action?
1342  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / ACTA: Copyright's answer to NAFTA on: June 11, 2008, 06:16:21 AM
Well, this truly blows!  eek

 Posting this here because of political implications.

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/story.html?id=ae997868-220b-4dae-bf4f-47f6fc96ce5e&p=1

If this passes, it's going to change a lot of things here. I truly hope this doesn't come to fruition.

Quote
OTTAWA - The federal government is secretly negotiating an agreement to revamp international copyright laws which could make the information on Canadian iPods, laptop computers or other personal electronic devices illegal and greatly increase the difficulty of travelling with such devices.

The deal could also impose strict regulations on Internet service providers, forcing those companies to hand over customer information without a court order.

Called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the new plan would see Canada join other countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, to form an international coalition against copyright infringement.

The agreement is being structured much like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) except it will create rules and regulations regarding private copying and copyright laws.

Full article at the link
1343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New BMW Cylon-mobile! on: June 10, 2008, 08:51:09 PM
What I want to know is, what happens when you take it to the car wash?
1344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Canada losing its "second national anthem"? on: June 10, 2008, 02:19:48 AM
They just announced that CTV bought the rights and that they'll be using it on TSN and the Vancouver Olympics.
1345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I have found my summer ale on: June 10, 2008, 01:26:19 AM
One of my favourite breweries when I go out to Vermont every summer is Otter Creek.  One of my favourites is Stovepipe Porter.

http://www.ottercreekbrewing.com/
1346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Four Things I Learned By Watching "G4TV Rewind" on: June 08, 2008, 02:30:07 AM
Kevin Pereira annoys me to no end. I absolutely hate when he goes on to talk about something he has no clue about, trying to look smart. And yeah, the network is pretty much dead to me now since The Lab with Leo got cancelled.
1347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Actual Duke Nukem Forever gameplay footage! on: June 07, 2008, 08:39:06 PM
This looks like something I've seen before, like in Duke 3d? Where's the innovation?
1348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The mysterious lightsaber from Hong Kong on: June 07, 2008, 06:54:40 PM
Yep, I have one of those in green. It's pretty cool. And I know of people who have bigger ones.
1349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Golden Compass points to suck on: June 07, 2008, 04:24:58 AM
What pissed me off the most about it was the chronology of the two major events in the movie. Having the bear fight near the middle and the blowing up of the institution at the end, which totally changed the underlining nature of the story since there were a lot of plot threads in book related to these two events, and now those were gone. The way the movie set things up made everything seem like it was just a simple excersize.
1350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You want me to spell WHAT?? on: June 05, 2008, 07:57:14 PM
Hmmm, actually it's due to how the forum shortened the link.


Let's try this:

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=VjzrNWPul9E
1351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Canada losing its "second national anthem"? on: June 05, 2008, 07:18:55 PM
Not like it matters much to me since I'm not into Hockey, but they could always, you know, write a new theme.  But, I do find that little by little, Canada is losing some of its distinctiveness due to greedy people. First the censorship bill issue and now this. What's sad is that CBC is really the only one still airing lots of Canadian Content. The others like CTV and Global fight each other on who will kick more ass with American TV shows they've bought and then do the signal superstitions thing to get more advertising dollars. Lazy BS.
1352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / You want me to spell WHAT?? on: June 05, 2008, 07:15:17 PM
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...Bo6ArgKh4IysCQ


Man, the reaction the kid has once he realizes it's not the word he thought it was is priceless!
1353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: June 04, 2008, 08:47:25 PM

Quote from: MHS on June 02, 2008, 03:20:33 PM

It also touches a place inside any women who has ever been single and makes us remember what it's like to feel that hopelessness that you're ever going to find someone and that fear that there is something terribly wrong with you and why does everyone else seem to have a boyfriend, which is why so many women relate to it.

I just have to say that this problem isn't exclusive to women. I'm 31 and I've been single since High School. And yes, I do often feel the sense of hopelessness, so I don't really think it's fair to generalize it as a woman-only issue.
1354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 02, 2008, 06:21:58 PM
Some of these movies I wouldn't even consider as a trilogy when it comes to them as TV movies or direct to video garbage.
1355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much hassle to cross the border into Canada? on: May 31, 2008, 08:26:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 31, 2008, 04:04:22 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 31, 2008, 01:29:27 AM

Quote from: Purge on May 30, 2008, 08:23:06 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 30, 2008, 08:15:55 PM

Yeah, you need a passport starting this year. Don't forget your passport!

wrong (according to border services)

But you DO need one if you're a Canadian entering the US.


Wrong again. slywink

Quote
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a U.S. law that requires all travellers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport or another approved secure document when travelling to, through or from the United States from within the western hemisphere. The U.S. WHTI is being implemented in stages by mode of transportation.

The new document requirements were implemented for air travel to or through the United States in January 2007. Final document requirements for those seeking to enter the United States at land or water ports of entry will take effect June 1, 2009.

We still have a year from Monday to travel to/from the US by ground or water without passports. By air has been a requirement since 2007 though (so I guess only wrong for the time being, and assuming you were referring to the OP's stated method of travel).



Yeah, and that's because the office that processes them got overwhelmed due to so many requests since all passports have to pass through one location, and people were getting worried they wouldn't be getting theirs in time due to the wait, until they devised some hubs so that people could get them taken care of there, instead of having to mail their requests in.
1356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Okay, now that is kind of scary on: May 31, 2008, 08:14:28 PM
Wasn't one of those motion sensitive lights was it?
1357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much hassle to cross the border into Canada? on: May 31, 2008, 01:29:27 AM

Quote from: Purge on May 30, 2008, 08:23:06 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 30, 2008, 08:15:55 PM

Yeah, you need a passport starting this year. Don't forget your passport!

wrong (according to border services)

But you DO need one if you're a Canadian entering the US.
1358  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Speaker Recommendation on: May 30, 2008, 09:37:01 PM
I picked myself up a pair of Bose Companion II's, and they sound great! Best part about it? You don't even need a subwoofer, seriously. The way the sound is channeled makes a subwoofer an unnecessary thing. And the awesome thing is, the tone is very similar to my old Altec Lansing ACS 33's, with pretty much the same amount of bass. So anyone finding themselves disappointed like me in 2.1's these days, you should seriously consider getting a pair of these.
1359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 30, 2008, 09:32:43 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 30, 2008, 09:12:37 PM

If I may turn sexist, shallow and ridiculously misogynistic for a few minutes; what the hell happened to Sarah Jessica Parker???  i swear i can remember a time when she was actually the stuff of teenage fantasies.  now she looks like Charles Nelson Reilly in his Lidsville outfit...

She's a prime example of plastic surgery gone wrong. That's what happened.
1360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 30, 2008, 08:19:38 PM
Remember, it's all about the fashion. So that women have new things to want, such as more shoes and handbags, and more shoes.
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