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1321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now I just need a black 1982 Trans-Am! on: June 26, 2008, 02:15:06 AM
That's pretty damned cool.  Fits in perfectly within the spirit of KITT. Now you just know that some who build these KITT replicas will want to use this and somehow revise their replicas to include this into the dash.
1322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: African-Canadians? on: June 20, 2008, 06:21:24 PM
I think it's an issue of not being from said country and not hearing it. I live in Canada and hear it almost all the time.

And DF, because it sounds cooler smile
1323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google's new Favicon on: June 20, 2008, 05:24:09 AM
Well, apparently we're not the only ones as other sites have complained about the icon, so apparently it does matter. You know the old saying, "It's the little things that make a difference". Well, this is one of them.
1324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google's new Favicon on: June 20, 2008, 04:31:20 AM
What's with the attitude? It's not like I know any more than anybody. I'm just saying that I dislike the current favicon, which reflects Google's branding, or lack of it. And it's annoying as it takes me awhile of looking at it before I realize it's actually Google compared to their old one. It should be my right to vent about it. If you don't like that I'm venting about it, then why are you posting in it? Obviously others share my opinion.
1325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google's new Favicon on: June 20, 2008, 02:41:40 AM

Quote from: The Grue on June 19, 2008, 11:14:47 PM

This thread is proof that people on the Internet will bitch about anything.  I'm sure there i someone out there who is willing to sue over it, too (hopefully not on this forum).

Right, and I'm sure you're one of the people who don't realize how much Google has a hold on the internet. The world would be a boring place if nobody had any places to vent.

The fact is that the new one has a distinct lack of branding.
1326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google's new Favicon on: June 19, 2008, 09:40:59 PM
SUCKS! It utterly sucks. I miss the colourful G with the white background. Now it's just like a plain purple G. Doesn't look distinctive enough. When I look at tabs, I forget they're Google tabs.
1327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 19, 2008, 08:17:34 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on June 19, 2008, 07:42:50 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 19, 2008, 05:21:05 PM

Here's an easter egg: about:robots

Heh.  I don't get the fourth reference though.

I think it's a reference to Futurama's Bender, who often said, "Bite my shiny metal ass!"
1328  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Firefox 3.0...What's your take so far? on: June 19, 2008, 06:22:44 PM
I'm finding that with a lot of tabs open, it tends to lag a bit, so much that if you click on a tab, it will take a few times to get into focus, which wasn't the case with Firefox 2. In the end, it kind of makes it feel clunky.
1329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 19, 2008, 05:21:05 PM
Here's an easter egg: about:robots
1330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warren Spector: games are too long! on: June 19, 2008, 04:59:22 PM
Yes, Canadian. But unless they're budget titles, I've seen them way up there. For example the Starcraft Battlechest or was it the Warcraft Battlechest? I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the price: $99.99.
1331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warren Spector: games are too long! on: June 18, 2008, 07:24:49 PM
Like I said in the previous post, RPGs are the exception. It's all part of the gameplay.
1332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warren Spector: games are too long! on: June 18, 2008, 07:02:46 PM
Yes, I think they do. If anything, the price of games have gone up while games have gotten shorter. That alone makes me consider long and hard whether I want to buy a game or not. I want something that will make me feel like what I paid was worth it. I've bought Morrowind and Oblivion in the past because they're an exception, where I felt I'd be getting my money's worth. Games here are close to $80, sometimes even $90, which is a far cry from $60 and $70 back in the early 90's. To me, I don't care so much if I see the end. I only care that I get my money's worth enjoying a game, and if it takes me a long time to even get near the end, then so be it. I think some people like a challenge, where games are a journey from beginning to end.

And there's also the factor of consolizing. Games have more and more been designed for consoles first, and PCs last. Console gamers I think tend to have short attention spans, where games are designed with smaller levels so that people can feel they can play "bite sized" game sessions. They haven't been designed with patience in mind, but for twitchy minds.
1333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warren Spector: games are too long! on: June 18, 2008, 06:45:11 PM
In other words, he wants people to pay more for less.  Roll Eyes It's ironic since Deus Ex was one of the longest games in recent memory. Everything these days seems bent on being short, and I think people feel cheated if they're too short. Some games like RPGs need to be long. It's all part of the accomplishment, part of the gameplay and discovering what you need to do next. Short RPGs tend to not feel epic. It's the difference between slaying a dragon and delivering a note.
1334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 18, 2008, 06:35:27 PM
Whenever I used to log into Hotmail and view a graphic filled email, I'd get lines as I scrolled. It was very annoying. I'm glad they fixed the rendering problems.


As for it being a memory hog, the only thing I've noticed is that it lags if you have a lot of tabs open and takes awhile for the tabs to get into focus. Other than that, it's been speedy fast.
1335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I love the dentist! on: June 18, 2008, 06:12:52 PM
The last time I went to the dentist, she found a popcorn kernel. No kidding.
1336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Get Smart - Impressions on: June 18, 2008, 06:10:48 PM
Quick, in the cone of silence!
1337  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.
1338  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.
1339  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.
1340  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.
1341  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.
1342  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.
1343  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.
1344  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/
1345  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.
1346  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?
1347  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.
1348  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.
1349  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.
1350  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.
1351  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.
1352  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
1353  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.
1354  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.
1355  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
1356  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!
1357  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?
1358  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
1359  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?
1360  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.
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