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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]A Slight Trick of the Mind-McKellen as Sherlock Holmes on: September 06, 2013, 10:38:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 06, 2013, 10:30:29 PM

needs an X-Men reference now.

You mean like casting Patrick Stewart as Lestrade for instance? slywink
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Robocop! on: September 06, 2013, 10:34:04 PM
Yeah, the cartoon would have done it, I'm sure. Funny thing is, I wasn't even aware of there being a cartoon. There was a lot of cool stuff I wanted to see as a kid, that for some reason or another wasn't available in all markets, which is where syndication became important. Networks back then, even down to the affiliates, were a lot more varied in the stuff they showed, and that a local affiliate could be showing something not offered in a different part of the country. I was only ever aware of the live-action TV series.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]A Slight Trick of the Mind-McKellen as Sherlock Holmes on: September 06, 2013, 08:36:08 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 06, 2013, 08:31:18 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 06, 2013, 05:54:24 PM

Interesting. Sounds very promising.  Seems like the a similar direction to having an older Sherlock Holmes like when Christopher Lee had the role. And there you have it, a LOTR connection slywink

*ahem*


(LOTR/Hobbit...same thing Tongue)

Hah, you're right. More of a connection than I originally thought smile
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 06, 2013, 07:46:56 PM
Well, my bad then, I thought we were talking about the market in general, not just Apple vs MS. If we're comparing directly against Apple, then yes, I'd agree.

Edit: Hah, Ok reading comprehension fail. I went back and looked at it again and to see it was an ad vs the IPad. Oops smile
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 06, 2013, 07:13:56 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 06, 2013, 01:45:18 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 06, 2013, 05:14:32 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 06, 2013, 03:55:18 AM

a USB port

That's a selling point?? Must be some magical USB port. icon_lol

Ask an iPad what kind it has? slywink


Right, but it still isn't much of a selling point when you consider that other tablets do have usb ports.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]A Slight Trick of the Mind-McKellen as Sherlock Holmes on: September 06, 2013, 07:11:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 06, 2013, 06:28:20 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 06, 2013, 05:54:24 PM

Interesting. Sounds very promising.  Seems like the a similar direction to having an older Sherlock Holmes like when Christopher Lee had the role. And there you have it, a LOTR connection slywink

have Christopher Lee play an aging Moriarty!


Haha, I'd see that! Actually, that might not be a bad idea, even if it's only a cameo.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Robocop! on: September 06, 2013, 06:12:22 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on September 06, 2013, 05:52:42 PM

They want to sell toys.

That's likely very much it. I'm not sure how the original was treated in terms of toys, but in this day and age, it would likely be difficult to sell toys based on an R movie to kids, without the kid wanting to see the movie.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Stargate being rebooted? on: September 06, 2013, 06:02:38 PM
I loved the first movie, but I was never really able to get into the TV show, so I was disappointed that there was no followup to the first movie.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]A Slight Trick of the Mind-McKellen as Sherlock Holmes on: September 06, 2013, 05:54:24 PM
Interesting. Sounds very promising.  Seems like the a similar direction to having an older Sherlock Holmes like when Christopher Lee had the role. And there you have it, a LOTR connection slywink
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's September 2013, How's Your Year Been? on: September 06, 2013, 05:48:24 PM
Pretty good considering I went on a dream trip with my Dad by travelling all the way from Northern Ontario to California and spending 3 weeks on the road.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 06, 2013, 06:56:59 AM

Quote from: Turtle on September 06, 2013, 05:42:12 AM

Again, it was a clear sign of the kind of arrogance you can get when a company is too used to dominance in a market, with minimal effort. It can lead to the corporate culture inside the business becoming complacent. It's one of the main reasons MS does so poorly when they jump into markets, not just the gaming market, but plenty of other markets they tried to just jump into across the years. You can find example after example of it with quick searches online, and just as many articles pointing this out.

Yep, and not to pick on MS, but it happened with Sony and the PS3 too, and many other companies that have had a lead in an industry. If you rest on your laurels long enough, your competition will pass you by. Remember Netscape? Remember Wordperfect?  I think MS has had a cumulative effect with the original XBox and the 360, and they simply got too confident with the XB1, thinking that people would have blind faith and accept the restrictive policies. But they've burnt their bridges with many of their loyal users. The hardware could be very good, but that means nothing if they don't have the userbase to support it. First impressions mean everything. Especially in a world that moves so quickly as electronics, as people will just move on to the next thing if attention is not captured. There's a world of difference between the MS that launched the 360 and the MS that announced the XB1, and that lies in the change in culture mostly.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Robocop! on: September 06, 2013, 05:17:24 AM
For a PG-13 Robocop, you'd have the same effect of watching the original on broadcast TV  icon_lol
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 06, 2013, 05:14:32 AM

Quote from: gellar on September 06, 2013, 03:55:18 AM

a USB port

That's a selling point?? Must be some magical USB port. icon_lol
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 05, 2013, 07:18:20 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 05, 2013, 01:25:41 PM

You need to realize that the reason why MS dominated in those areas is because that corporate push was led by windows domination of the is market, with no one that could complete.

They can't leverage and bully with that windows dominance in these markets. It means squat to these consumers and devs. Nor will people put up with any deficiencies that come from getting lazy in its dominance. One look at the crap they tried to shovel on us during those between years of dominance in office and windows, and now the xb1 too.

A common Dev platform is still only worth it if it's managed well and people even want to use it in the first place.

This. They don't have any dominance in this specific market. After all these years trying to get in the market, they're still considered a new kid on the block, struggling to gain a foothold, and mostly because they've come in late in the game, every single time. They need to build a better brand and culture that will allow them to anticipate upcoming trends. They might as well hire a trend analyst. 

They've gotta work on rebuilding their reputation in the market. One thing that they could do is spin off the phones into a new company with a name unrelated to MS, which would help both in creating a distinctive image and brand not associated with MS's mobile reputation, otherwise, if it continues as is, they could just end up in the same situation as their past efforts, which would be a negative association.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Article]25 Celebrities When They Were Young on: September 04, 2013, 01:50:48 AM
Is it just me or does Drew Carrey look like someone you'd see in Fallout: New Vegas?
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MSFT buys Nokia 7.2 bil - Win Phones here to stay on: September 03, 2013, 06:51:44 PM
I don't see how that's going to change anything. A Nokia phone under Microsoft will still be a Microsoft phone.  Nokia has admitted that they haven't been doing very well since the alliance with MS.  With how much bad luck MS has had with phones, I foresee MS sinking them faster than the Titanic. Read an article and it was very clear they were clueless. They want to catch up to Apple and Android. Good luck, I guess. They're going to need a lot of it. They're going to need more than a buyout of Nokia technology to make Microsoft phones successful. They'll need a change in culture that will let it adapt to oncoming trends rather than a follower that arrives late in the game. Currently they've just been too slow to adapt.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brace yourself - Fall 2013 preview list on: September 01, 2013, 12:08:18 AM
GTA5 and likely Kingdom Hearts for me.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cool future technologies that have come true on: August 30, 2013, 05:16:28 PM
Everyone likes to attribute it to Star Trek, but in 2001, Clarke referred to a "Newspad, a kind of flat portable TV device which can display any type of visual or printed material."
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Shock 2 Saves on: August 30, 2013, 02:58:44 AM
Maybe this will help? Seems like it needs a folder called "Current" and the game doesn't create it for some reason.

http://ttlg.ttlg.mobi/forums/showthread.php?p=2058452
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 06:19:48 PM

Quote from: arcanis on August 29, 2013, 05:47:33 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on August 29, 2013, 05:44:27 PM

Whoever owns and runs VD shouldn't even be in the business. Hell, it would be criminal for them to keep accepting new clients when everything is down like this, yet I hear one of the first things to come back up was their billing software.
Well I made sure to say allegedly, because as of right now we don't know. I happen to believe it is true, especially since Burst.net started off defending them then quickly changed their tune. I see there being some court documents for us to reference soon enough, even Burst may have some actions against them due to how they got emails of VD's clients and sent them an email.

True enough. I should state what I said as allegedly smile
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 05:44:27 PM
Whoever owns and runs VD shouldn't even be in the business. Hell, it would be criminal for them to keep accepting new clients when everything is down like this, yet I hear one of the first things to come back up was their billing software.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thanks America! on: August 29, 2013, 06:15:28 AM

Quote from: Punisher on August 29, 2013, 12:42:49 AM

Quote from: JayDee on August 28, 2013, 02:59:09 PM

Next month she's bringing up Cheesy Garlic Bread chips. Can't wait!

Up in Canada our "novelty flavours" included the abomination called Grilled Cheese and Ketchup. More than one person in the office agreed that they tasted exactly like vomit.
We just came back from CanadaLand and saw a whole bunch of different oddball flavors that we don't have down here.. Didn't get to try any though....
not a fan of the Cheesy Garlic Bread chips... Have an unopened bag of chicken/waffles @ home right now...


Yeah, Canada does have some rather exotic chip flavours. The President's Choice brand seems to have a lot of odd ones, including Beer flavour. Yeah, no thanks. Others under that same brand include: Chipotle Ranch, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Sweet Chili Thai, Ballpark Hot Dog, Greek - Feta, Olive and Oregano, Baby Back Ribs, Tandoori Barbecue, Spicy Piri Piri, Szechwan, and General Tao Chicken.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What stupid things did you do as a teen? on: August 28, 2013, 07:13:30 PM
How about playing golf in the house? Yeah, that didn't play out too well as you could guess. I had one of those Nerf indoor miniput sets, and instead of using their rubber balls, I decided it would be a brilliant idea to use a real golf ball and try hitting it as hard as I could. End result was a large hole in our front window which needed replacing.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [kickstarter] Precinct on: August 27, 2013, 09:01:56 PM
Yeah, by then they'd become better games.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [kickstarter] Precinct on: August 27, 2013, 07:28:33 PM
The only true Police Quest games were the first 3. The fourth was completely unrelated other than the theme, designed by someone else and was the start of series' decline. The ending to that game was a punch to the gut, making no sense at all after all the detective work it made you go through. This new designer was also responsible for moving the series into the SWAT direction, first a full-motion-video game, then top-down, and then the first-person Rainbow 6 style. Not saying those are bad, but that they should have been a separate franchise altogether.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: August 27, 2013, 07:08:10 PM
Yeah, really odd choice to release GT6 on the PS3. Would make so much more sense for it to be a PS4 launch release.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 06:14:52 PM
Download Speed: 19443 kbps (2430.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 966 kbps (120.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 32 ms
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 03:14:31 AM
I go away for two days and all hell breaks loose. I thought someone maybe had invoked the dreaded Monty Python curse...  icon_lol
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don Mattrick leaving MS for Zynga - Ballmer retiring too! on: August 26, 2013, 03:07:16 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on August 23, 2013, 04:41:47 PM

From the linked article:
Quote
Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

This has always been their albatross.  I have an old HD Zune at home collecting dust that I'm going to save as a potential tech relic.  They were doing well when people were willing to pay for their incremental OS and MS office updates every few years.       



That's going to bode well considering their previous success with consumer devices. Yep. They should have an easy time overtaking Apple!

They really are better as a software company, and I think that's what they should stick with and leave out the subscription BS.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: August 20, 2013, 06:07:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 19, 2013, 08:51:02 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on August 19, 2013, 08:26:17 PM

So, I'm a little confused. Is GTA Online a seperate thing or is it a side-element of GTA5? The video has made it sound like a seperate thing, almost like an MMO version of GTA. I'm willing to bet that there will be character presets, among them being CJ slywink


buy GTA5 on 17th,and you can only play the Single Player,2 weeks later(I'm guessing that)there will be an update and you can then access GTA Online,through GTA5

R* have said they have no plans to sell GTA Online separately,its part and parcel of GTA5(just not at launch)

Oh, I see. Sounds cool. I assume it will be somewhat similar to RDR's multiplayer, but on an even higher level.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: August 19, 2013, 08:26:17 PM
So, I'm a little confused. Is GTA Online a seperate thing or is it a side-element of GTA5? The video has made it sound like a seperate thing, almost like an MMO version of GTA. I'm willing to bet that there will be character presets, among them being CJ slywink
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Better for kids to watch me Batman: Arkham City or Mass Effect 3 on: August 19, 2013, 08:21:51 PM
Yeah, been playing the original Arkham and it's quite intense at times.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: August 16, 2013, 09:43:46 PM
Well, GTA SA kind of did that by giving us a huge playground, but yeah. Looks like this will be even more extensive. I hope it gives us more side-missions and more things to play with that aren't required to finish the game, but just fun to do.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whore of the Orient on: August 02, 2013, 04:56:17 PM
Yeah, I too thought they went under after L.A Noire. What's the deal?
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Possible Outcast sequel on: August 01, 2013, 10:32:35 PM
Yeah, true. I had a concern about the voxel engine when I wrote that. I don't know what kind of alternative it could use though or what they're planning to use for the sequel. As for it feeling rather limited, that's why I suggested XBL and PSN. I also feel it had the best water rendering of any game for many years after its release.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Possible Outcast sequel on: August 01, 2013, 10:20:05 PM
I'd love to see an HD remake of the first one. Also, I might be remembering wrong, but I think it was purely a PC game, and in the case of an HD remake, they could make it available on consoles via XBL and PSN as it would work very well as a console game, and prepare people for the possible sequel.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: July 28, 2013, 04:29:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on July 27, 2013, 10:34:56 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 27, 2013, 08:32:42 PM

Quote from: Doopri on July 27, 2013, 05:24:19 AM

ugly rumor in the financial world is that smartglass, windows phone (not so much rumor as confirmed) and MSs presence in the "handheld" phone / tablet world has bombed already, to the tune of near billions

Heh, I wouldn't be at all surprised if that were true, as they've always had terrible luck with consumer electronics in the past. I think a large part of that problem is their timing. They can't seem to release these things in a timely fashion, and only when the market is already saturated. And when they do get released, there's nothing that really make them standout from the competition. In that industry, they're followers rather than innovators, often arriving late in the game when the bandwagon has already left town.  If I were MS, I'd likely be thinking of selling off their consumer electronic division.

It's not rumor... it's fact.  MSFT took a $900M write down in assets of the Surface RT this last quarter after reducing the RT prices by $150 per unit.  Basically they made a shitload more than they could possibly sell and then had to reduce the cost per unit (that they are still not going to sell).  Apple is actually gaining marketshare in the tablet space despite the competition and ALL Windows Surface devices actually have lower usage numbers than the Asus Transformer itself (http://www.slashgear.com/ipad-family-web-traffic-dominates-while-all-others-dwindle-in-latest-chitika-study-23291518/).  Basically the Surface is epic failboat.

Windows Phone has also predictably bombed.  Apple and Android are have *gained* marketshare since Windows 8 was introduced.  The Windows total mobile marketshare (so including the older Windows devices) has gone *down* since Windows 8 was introduced.  So... yeah, they're going backwards.

Ahh well, looks like they're going to be hemorrhaging quite a bit for some time . I do think they need to get out of the consumer electronics altogether aside from the XBone, as they only seem to be hurting themselves with each attempt. I heard that they want to buy the Nook from B&N in order to save it, but sadly, I think their track record would just end up killing it. With the high price associated with Surface tablets and the confusion surrounding them vs the Pro versions, things weren't looking good right from the start.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: July 27, 2013, 08:32:42 PM

Quote from: Doopri on July 27, 2013, 05:24:19 AM

ugly rumor in the financial world is that smartglass, windows phone (not so much rumor as confirmed) and MSs presence in the "handheld" phone / tablet world has bombed already, to the tune of near billions

Heh, I wouldn't be at all surprised if that were true, as they've always had terrible luck with consumer electronics in the past. I think a large part of that problem is their timing. They can't seem to release these things in a timely fashion, and only when the market is already saturated. And when they do get released, there's nothing that really make them standout from the competition. In that industry, they're followers rather than innovators, often arriving late in the game when the bandwagon has already left town.  If I were MS, I'd likely be thinking of selling off their consumer electronic division.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What happens in 60 days? on: July 27, 2013, 07:16:10 PM
Probably another Youtube Live event.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NO, Adrian! on: July 26, 2013, 05:03:39 PM
The franchise that wouldn't die? What's next, zombies in the ring?
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