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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bands You've Never Seen In Concert But Wish You Could/Had/Will on: February 18, 2014, 11:05:41 PM
Ohhh, good question. I'd have to say Beach Boys at their prime, not the shadow of a band that usually tours now, though I did see the touring band years ago. Would have loved to have been at the reunion about a year ago. Another band I'm very fond of is Nickel Creek. They went on hiatus about 5 years ago, and I thought that would be the end of that. I had never seen them in concert and really wished I could. Then just recently, they put out a new single, a new album's coming out, and they're touring again. Had been beginning to take it for granted that they'd never be back together, so it was a nice surprise, and there's always a chance I could end up seeing them.

Another in terms of similar circumstances are The Duhks. For several years, I'd been really into them. I'd even ask the organizer for our local folk music festival if it would be possible to bring them here, to which he stated it would be too expensive as they were too much in demand. Then the lead singer left the band, being replaced with another, did a tour and then announced a hiatus. More recently, there's been some activity with the original lead singer getting back together with the band and recording a new album. So, there's hope yet.

Also would have liked to see Carbon Leaf. Sadly, they seem to have tapered off.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 18, 2014, 10:59:35 PM
That first one doesn't look 80's at all to me, more like early 90's.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going Full Rechargeable? on: February 17, 2014, 09:17:18 PM
I love the way the PS3/PS4 does it, and never understood why the XBox didn't have something similar. It seemed such a step backwards.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here come the remakes of mediocre 80's movies on: February 12, 2014, 09:07:42 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on February 12, 2014, 03:18:28 AM

Wait, are you saying that Robocop was successful or unsuccessful? If it's the latter, I don't want to see a movie with you slywink.

No, I'm saying the first was successful, while the remake will likely not be as successful, for a number of reasons. Hence, why remake it?

Quote from: Blackjack on February 12, 2014, 05:27:46 PM


I'm not sure there's anything wrong with remaking movies that were modest successes are not terribly memorable. If you try to remake a classic, then all you get are complaints, the deck is already stacked against you (see Robocop opening today). If you try to put a spin on something that was just so-so in its day, then you might actually be given more room by audiences to succeed.

See, that's along the lines of what I've been saying. There have been tons of really good movies made out of past failures, just by revisiting them and trying to fix what didn't work. There are too many to list, but there are many good examples where this is the case. There might be a diamond hidden in a past failure, and I tend to feel like there's less of a risk of remaking those. If it still ends up being terrible, then people quickly forget about it. But on the other hand, it might create another classic.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here come the remakes of mediocre 80's movies on: February 11, 2014, 07:07:22 PM
Well, to be honest, the way I see it, the concept of remakes should improve on the original, so to me, it makes more sense to remake a movie that hasn't been very successful compared to a movie that already has, like Robocop for instance. You have more of a chance to redeem the property and turn it into something memorable, vs messing up a huge property that has a following and risk obscurity due to the mistakes that have been made. Unfortunately, for most of Hollywood, it seems to be the latter approach, remaking movies that don't necessarily need to be remade, and often remaking them not so soon after the last one. Superhero movies seem to do this a lot lately. I think that tends to dilute the market, and then moviemakers wonder why a franchise might seem tired.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: February 03, 2014, 07:15:56 AM
Yeah, it did seem a little soon after release.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: February 03, 2014, 06:57:35 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 03, 2014, 06:17:50 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on February 03, 2014, 04:32:44 AM

And Need for Speed Rivals is coming soon to PS+ according to an email.

which version?  I may want to consider dumping my PS4 copy if they do that.

Oh, checked more closely and I see it's only the 90-minute trial. Sorry frown Dang, if that's the case, I wish they wouldn't have announced it like most PS+ releases.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: February 03, 2014, 04:32:44 AM
And Need for Speed Rivals is coming soon to PS+ according to an email.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman on: February 03, 2014, 02:44:11 AM
Another great actor gone. Had to learn this while travelling. frown
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, what really happened? on: January 29, 2014, 07:17:43 PM
Did the Y2K problem finally catch up to CK?
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: January 23, 2014, 07:20:32 AM
I called it earlier in the thread... slywink
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 Years of ConsoleGold/GamingTrend!!! on: January 08, 2014, 08:38:07 AM
Congrats! Just a few more years and you'll be as old as DNF! biggrin
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: January 04, 2014, 08:24:17 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 04, 2014, 10:38:09 AM

Looks like one of the prequel stand alone films WILL be about Boba Fett.....before Episode II was released i would have been over the moon about this,now i wish they leave the character alone,they have done enough damage to it


http://www.aintitcool.com/node/65614

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Jon Schnepp, who directed 34 episodes of the Cartoon Network series “Metalocalypse,” told listeners of the AMC Movie Talk podcast that the stand-alone “Star Wars” movie that Lawrence Kasdan is scripting will focus on bounty hunter Boba Fett.

“One of [the standalone Star Wars prequels] is Boba Fett,” said Schnepp, whose channel also aired Lucasfilm’s CGI “Star Wars: Clone Wars” series. “It is. I know. I know for a fact. I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.”

You know, it makes me wonder if they're perhaps using the story that would have been created for 1313. Or if they'll be using at least part of what they were going to use in that game.
54  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC speakers recommendation on: January 04, 2014, 05:18:16 AM
The last time I was shopping around for speakers, it was to replace an Altec Lansing set as well. Went to the store and I was sold on another Altec Lansing set, but I returned it as I felt the range just wasn't there, with the sound being rather thin. Ended up getting some Bose Companion IIs, but that might be outside your price range. What I like about them is that they still do have a subwoofer, but built into them, so they don't take up a lot of space, and they have a sound and warmness to them similar to my old Altec Lansing set.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on: January 02, 2014, 08:41:59 PM

Quote from: Crux on January 02, 2014, 10:50:02 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
For what it's worth, I believe you can now get mobile internet access on Mount Everest, so getting a cell phone signal isn't out of the question.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yep, but very expensive, I hear.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Collector's Edition purchase do you regret most? on: January 01, 2014, 07:44:57 PM
I've never actually bought one. I guess because I'm never a big enough fan to splurge on them, and when they get close to $100 (which they often do in Canada), they become easy to resist.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Nice Beaver!]Naked Gun to get a reboot on: December 14, 2013, 08:34:08 AM
Bad idea is bad idea. At the very least, get someone like Micheal Hogan instead of this guy.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 4 - Nuclear HOAX :( on: December 11, 2013, 09:14:35 AM
I think a good example of all this is the PS3 Skyrim issues. Due to the way the engine saved object states, either objects in your inventory or in the world in general would have to be saved, so for instance, that sweet roll you dropped on the floor? It has to save that state somewhere so that when you return, it's still there. So each time something is done, in the game world, wether it's object related or quest progress or completion,  it gets saved to a save file, a save file which grows exponentionally. At one point, I remember they had to release a patch for the PS3 version to reduce the bloat of those files by recalculating something or other. Imagine carrying a backpack that you keep stuffing things into. Everything you add eventually slows you down. You delete a few save files or throw your backpack away and you're already moving faster.

Anyway, all this to say that the PS3 didn't deal with the bloat very well. Here's hoping that better architecture will help them find a better solution to this.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Need for Speed Rivals on: December 10, 2013, 05:24:30 AM

Quote from: Purge on December 09, 2013, 08:57:00 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 06, 2013, 09:46:59 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 06, 2013, 08:39:50 PM

It's not seemless like Test Drive Unlimited or the like, and that sucks.  I had to wait a couple minutes for it to find a match and let me actually start driving, and then multiple times I had to wait quite a while as it migrated hosts.  If you're going to make me do this shit I don't care about with people I don't know, at least make it as seemless and painless as possible.   icon_evil

That's just weird. I think it just shows how innovative TDU was in actually making it work, both as a form of DRM and gameplay, all the while not being intrusive at all. Loved how it used the online players to populate the world and help it feel alive. You'd think someone would have figured out how to replicate that functionality.

And I don't quite think EA really gets the concept of open-world. Every NFS game that claimed to have an open world has felt rather closed-in. TDU in comparison gave you roads that felt open and pretty much the freedom to go where you wanted.

Well, Rump, keep your eyes peeled for The Crew (which is from the TDU folks IIRC).

Thanks for the heads up! I hadn't heard of it smile
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indiana Jones 5 in the works on: December 10, 2013, 05:23:15 AM
Now that Disney owns both Indy and the Muppets, I'd love to see a Muppet version of Indiana Jones, such as Indiana Frog & The Secret of the Sacred Marsh.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: December 08, 2013, 08:50:43 PM
Looks pretty sweet, and I can imagine that the particle tech won't be proprietary, but rather an overall next-gen tech. It opens up a whole new wave of creative possibilities. Imagine a next-gen Elder Scrolls with this tech? The series already has varied regions, but the regions themselves are static. With tech like this, you could add seasons that would change the overall landscape and how one looks at things. You pass by a dungeon on the side of a road on a dry summer day, and another time pass by it on a winter day with snowfall blocking the entrance, and if you're a mage, you could melt the snow to gain entry...
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Need for Speed Rivals on: December 06, 2013, 09:46:59 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 06, 2013, 08:39:50 PM

It's not seemless like Test Drive Unlimited or the like, and that sucks.  I had to wait a couple minutes for it to find a match and let me actually start driving, and then multiple times I had to wait quite a while as it migrated hosts.  If you're going to make me do this shit I don't care about with people I don't know, at least make it as seemless and painless as possible.   icon_evil

That's just weird. I think it just shows how innovative TDU was in actually making it work, both as a form of DRM and gameplay, all the while not being intrusive at all. Loved how it used the online players to populate the world and help it feel alive. You'd think someone would have figured out how to replicate that functionality.

And I don't quite think EA really gets the concept of open-world. Every NFS game that claimed to have an open world has felt rather closed-in. TDU in comparison gave you roads that felt open and pretty much the freedom to go where you wanted.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 4 - Nuclear Winter in 6 days on: December 06, 2013, 09:12:09 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 05, 2013, 09:59:19 PM

wont be at the Spikes anyway

https://twitter.com/DCDeacon/status/408699279377981440


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No, folks. I am not going to VGX. Bethesda is not showing/talking about anything at VGX. Just some PR meetings in LA. Take deep breaths.

My optimistic self wants to think that they're secretly having a PR meeting to figure out how to best unleash the Apocalypse on us slywink
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair on: December 06, 2013, 07:23:24 PM
I'm surprised too. I suppose they'd have to have a totally new cast as the children would be a bit too old for their parts.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: December 04, 2013, 01:13:24 AM
I wonder if when Gakai comes along, if PS3 games will be made available via PS+ for PS4 users. That would help open up the availability of games until the pool of games becomes larger.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: December 03, 2013, 02:20:16 AM
I'm up for some Grid 2. Never played the first game. Good stuff.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 7th Season - Happy 50th Birthday Doc! on: November 29, 2013, 08:01:37 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 28, 2013, 11:20:30 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
His parting line is about hoping that his ears aren't so prominent.
Spoiler for Hiden:

He was a changeover from the 8th doctor, so next up is the 9th.
 


I see. Thanks! I guess it would have been more obvious had I picked up references.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA Canada/Visceral Games working on open world Star Wars game? on: November 29, 2013, 07:37:00 PM
I'd be more concerned with the squirrel.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 7th Season - Happy 50th Birthday Doc! on: November 28, 2013, 11:11:43 PM
Great episode, and I'm just a casual watcher at that, so there were many references I didn't get. But overall, very good. Just wondering:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Who was John Hurt's doctor regenerating into at the end? I got the impression that he was an early doctor, possibly even earlier than Hartnell though without any screen appearance until now. So, I half expected him to regenerate into Hartnell, which would have been a nice way to use Bradley again.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA Canada/Visceral Games working on open world Star Wars game? on: November 28, 2013, 10:23:16 PM
Didn't I just say that, Raz? Tongue
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA Canada/Visceral Games working on open world Star Wars game? on: November 28, 2013, 08:47:53 PM
Yeah, I've always found it interesting that the studio that designed the original Test Drive games ended up creating the Need for Speed franchise, which ended up being a rival franchise. The original 3D0 version of Need for Speed was a lot of fun.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 4 - Nuclear Winter in 6 days on: November 27, 2013, 10:22:20 PM
Oh ok, I missed that. It wasn't very clear from reading the article itself.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 4 - Nuclear Winter in 6 days on: November 27, 2013, 10:05:08 PM
RE the beeping, it's definitely morse code. I'm surprised the person who wrote up that article doesn't know that. I think it would be pretty clever for Bethesda to use that in a teaser site. Because come on, who hasn't developed elaborate teaser sites before?
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half-Life: almost old enough to drive. on: November 21, 2013, 12:54:31 AM
My guess is that the commercial version of Black Mesa is being developed to coincide with the release of HL3, likely to be released in 2015 and be included with the game.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Muppets Most Wanted on: November 20, 2013, 11:34:54 PM
I loved the one from a few years ago, but this feels like they're trying too hard. And personally I can't really stand Ricky Gervais.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Gravity on: November 20, 2013, 07:54:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 16, 2013, 10:13:16 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 14, 2013, 02:05:50 PM


I've never been in an Ikea store before; I never pictured them being so big.

Oh, they can be big. A new one recently opened in our nation's capital and it's even bigger than the one it's replacing making it the biggest in Canada, with 2 stories, as big as 6 football fields, and about 1.2 miles to get from the entrance to the checkout.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Beetlejuice 2 on: November 19, 2013, 08:40:36 PM
The movie always creeped me out as a kid. Watched it more recently and I didn't think it was all that great, just very weird.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story on: November 19, 2013, 08:36:36 PM
I thought there was already a somewhat unofficial sequel, I think a TV movie that was pretty bad. They should cast Betty White as an angel in this.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: November 15, 2013, 10:19:11 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 15, 2013, 09:42:17 PM

Quote from: skystride on November 15, 2013, 09:13:31 PM

This is really cool but I hope they are also working on something like Last of Us for PS4.

They've got at least two teams working in parallel at Naughty Dog, and you can be pretty sure at this point that they aren't making anything else for the PS3.


Yep, we'll most likely see a Last of Us sequel on the PS4.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: November 15, 2013, 08:13:44 PM
I'm drooling at the thought of what might even be possible with the next Uncharted, being that I feel Naughty Dog are one of the best console developers often using the max potential of the console. Next-gen Naughty Dog. *drool*. It's going to be spectacular.

Though that map doesn't sell me on the idea that it would be going back in time, as the Uncharted series has always had old looking maps. Rather, I think maybe what we'll see is Nathan possibly recreating the famous voyage. Maybe there will be some sailing? Or at the very least visiting some of those locations in trying to retrace his steps, which thematically is very Uncharted-like.
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