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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nissan Leaf on: January 14, 2013, 09:18:19 PM
The Detroit Auto Show is going on right now and apparently Nissan just announced a significant price decrease for the Leaf, dropping it down to $28k or so.  Might be worth looking at the buy versus lease scenario again.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Adventures of Tintin [movie] on: January 07, 2013, 06:32:14 AM
Since this is now on Netflix streaming I watched it during the holidays.  Outside of the ridiculous chase scene in the middle of the film, I thought it was pretty good.  The animation style was pretty good as well.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win 8 available tomorrow on: October 25, 2012, 07:56:34 PM
I'm still running Vista and desperately need to upgrade it, but I don't know if that's going to happen right away.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coping with the decline of a loved one... on: October 04, 2012, 07:48:16 AM
Thanks for sharing that.  Too bad I just ate some onions so the text is kind of blurry.   ninja

Best wishes through this difficult time.  But in the long run you will realize that there is nothing really sad about someone who has lived a long life reaching the end, especially if the end doesn't involve any suffering and is relatively quick.  They will always be with you in your heart anyway.   And someday you will see them again.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Obsidian Countdown on: September 14, 2012, 02:32:37 AM

Quote from: Azhag on September 13, 2012, 11:34:34 PM

They need to focus all their attention on the stick of truth!

I'm sure that isn't an issue.  That game is far enough along that it would be normal for some parts of the team to move on to the next project.  And if this is a Kickstarter funded thing, as is suspected, then Obsidian is still some weeks away from going fully into production on whatever this is anyway.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ron Howard taking on Stephen King's The Dark Tower? on: August 22, 2012, 05:11:21 AM
I think, to make this work, they are going to need to shoot for a partial committment rather then a full committment to the full story.  Clearly no studio is in the position where they can take the risk of providing money up-front for three movies and two extended length TV series.  I never understood how that was supposed to work anyway. 

Do The Gunslinger by itself or the first three and go from there.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Arnie]The Last Stand on: August 18, 2012, 06:32:27 PM
There's also the question of why some podunk sheriff would be in the middle of what presumably would be a massive FBI reaction.

But then these kinds of movies usually throw logic out the window in favor of whatever story they want to tell.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: August 08, 2012, 10:04:44 PM
I finished Dawnguard yesterday with no issues.  I haven't installed any mods for Skyrim, though. 

9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: has this Remake been mentioned yet?..Total Recall on: August 02, 2012, 06:42:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 02, 2012, 02:51:17 PM

Well it getting pretty poor reviews.  Only 15% on Rottentomatoes so far.

The review I read today was pretty damning.  They compared it to the Matrix sequels, called it "soulless," and noted that the drop from the original's R rating to PG13 this time means that the violence is toned down and cartoonish in comparison.

Sounds like a rental.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: has this Remake been mentioned yet?..Total Recall on: August 02, 2012, 06:37:58 PM
In a lot of ways it really doesn't matter what the intent or belief of the people making the movie is, its what the audience experiences that matters.  One of the best things about the original Total Recall IMHO was the uncertain nature of whether what we had just seen was real or his new memories.  I don't see how you can think otherwise in the context of the film when you see him describe the love interest he wants and the picture that comes up on the screen is exactly the woman he later meets.   

But the same issue can be argued with Blade Runner.  Ridley Scott certainly wanted the audience to come away thinking that Decker was actually an android, but the beauty of the film is that while thats hinted its never outright proven or stated.  And if you listen to the commentaries for that film you realize that Scott's view was not universally held by the rest of the key people involved.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A Formal Apology: I've been gone forever but I'm still alive, and hopefully back on: July 28, 2012, 06:50:55 AM

Quote from: mytocles on July 26, 2012, 05:14:25 PM

- even Skyrim couldn't throw me a strong enough rope to keep me out of the MMO Quicksand Pool of Addiction. 

This is so hard to believe that I question whether you are the real Mytocles.  I'm going to have to wait for the background check to come back before I can welcome you back, whoever you are.  ninja
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Worlds End-Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright on: July 14, 2012, 05:46:38 PM
For some reason I thought Shaun of the Dead did better then Hot Fuzz.  It certainly has had a bigger cultural impact. 
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Penn State Saga] Sandusky Convicted - PSU football deserves death penalty? on: July 12, 2012, 10:51:51 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on July 12, 2012, 10:36:54 PM

The football program should get the death penalty. If the entire football program including the AD and university trustees aided and abetted a child molester, why should they get to keep their football program?

Go read the Freeh report.  There are four people who knew what was going on.  Four.  They are all gone.  If the trustees did know, if there were other people involved in the cover-up who knew what was happening, then I could see the point.  But as far as we know, only those four guys knew about this. 

And you say "they" but don't define who you mean by that.  What did the students, the academic staff, the alumni, etc., have to do with any of this?   People seem to want to cast a very wide net with the penalties in this case. 

14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Penn State Saga] Sandusky Convicted - PSU football deserves death penalty? on: July 12, 2012, 09:37:59 PM
I don't favor the death penalty or even lesser sanctions in this case.  Mainly because I don't see the point.  There are two arguments that could be made.  First, to penalize.  Second, to send a message.

If we are penalizing, then who are we penalizing in this case?  The school president, AD, coach, and a VP are gone.  The Freeh report does not identify anyone else as being involved in these horrible decisions.  Those guys (other then Paterno, obviously) are facing further criminal charges.  And the school is facing deservedly massive lawsuits from potentially ten or more victims.  Since Penn State is a public university, that money is either going to come from the school, its alumni, and/or the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.  So there is already plenty of penalty going around.  Killing or weakening the football program means less money to pay out to the victims.

If we are sending a message, then how do sanctions or death penalties make it any more clear how stupid this kind of behavior then the above penalties?  If what has happened at Penn State does not force everyone involved in college athletics to already reconsider their behavior, then adding sanctions or even a death penalty will not sway them either.


15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NYTimes Article on George Lucas-Red Tails/Star Wars/Retiring on: June 02, 2012, 05:54:48 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on June 01, 2012, 11:33:46 AM

I've never really seen anyone whose entire career is owed to fandom (I'm not even sure the word or notion existed until Star Wars) so often treat so much of his fanbase with disdain, derision and disgust. Maybe he earned that right. Doesn't mean I have to like it.  icon_neutral

Let's not go overboard here - Lucas existed pre-Star Wars and looked like a nice up and coming film maker if you view stuff like American Grafitti, which is still an important film in a number of ground breaking ways.   That he ended up primarily doing summer fantasy and action blockbusters instead should not be viewed as the totality of his career.  

I certainly wish he'd leave his old movies alone and that he'd done a better job with the Anakin trilogy, but the reality is that like a lot of directors he got lucky a few times and if that happened spectacularly to you you'd probably have an inflated sense of how right you are as well.  

Besides, as with crappy game sequels, crappy later movie sequels can't change how awesome the originals were when you first experienced them.  For those moments I'll always thank Lucas.  Even as I ignore the later crap.  icon_wink
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Taco Bell] Doritos Locos Tacos on: April 07, 2012, 04:55:02 AM
You need to eat nine of them all at once and then follow up with a Corona. 

Come back with your impressions after you've done that, please.   icon_wink
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ...till now... on: April 07, 2012, 04:50:15 AM

Quote from: Purge on April 07, 2012, 04:39:24 AM

Never did anything for me.

Badger, Badger, however. icon_twisted

You called?

 ninja

And I didn't think I could hate The Final Countdown any more.   I was wrong.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worse thing i have ever heard-Eddie Murphy to join Twins sequel on: March 31, 2012, 11:26:42 PM
Ughh.  Arnold seems to be taking anything that is offered at this point, I guess because of his negative rep after the whole thing with his ex.  That movie he's in this summer, Last Stand, looks like a disaster in the making.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Taco Bell] Doritos Locos Tacos on: March 24, 2012, 07:15:30 AM
I tried one earlier this week and honestly could not tell the difference between it and the regular shell version.  Of course, I rarely eat the regular shell version when I do risk a Taco Bell visit, so that may not be much of a comparison.  But I can't say I even noticed any flavor that told me the shell was a nacho cheese dorito.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most believable conspiracy theory? on: February 28, 2012, 04:18:18 AM
I tend to find "historical" conspiracy theories more interesting then modern/current ones if for no other reason then that I think it would be hard to cover up some of the stuff now.  Like aliens.  There are so many cell phone cameras out there now, for example, that we should be inundated with examples. 

21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you like pain? on: February 23, 2012, 09:26:56 PM
There are different types of pain so saying yes or no to the question is too simplistic.  When I've had bone fractures, no I didn't like that pain one bit.  On the other hand, I do find myself sometimes messing with minor pain by unnecessarily causing it.  So if I burn the inside of my mouth its hard not to keep touching the area with my tongue, and so on.   
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crusader Kings II out on: February 20, 2012, 05:50:46 AM
I've also been playing this.  Best Paradox game in some time.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jagged Alliance 2: Reloaded now Jagged Alliance: Back in Action on: February 05, 2012, 06:17:13 PM
You can play the demo and get a good idea of where it's at.  The demo mission is intentionally very hard, but not impossible, and has the recent changes in the health system in place.  So I'm not too worried about that. 

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jagged Alliance 2: Reloaded now Jagged Alliance: Back in Action on: February 02, 2012, 09:08:28 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on February 02, 2012, 08:34:45 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on February 02, 2012, 07:05:30 PM

Its important to note that due to the cry from fans the devs have made a bunch of changes and promises.  So fog of war is supposed to come later in a patch, and they've already changed the health system from what was orginally planned to something more like the original.

As for the current lack of FOW, I think jztemple2 covers the obvious negatives.   Its important to note that the game still requires a lot of tactics.  You can't just wander up to enemies and come away - you'll get killed.  So even though you know where enemies are, you still have to figure out how to get close to them, to get good line of fire, and so on.  Its not as simple as just throwing a lot of enemies at you just to increase the difficulty. 

If the game was already hard enough that jztemple2 had to reload a lot during the demo mission, how are they going to balance it at this late date when the FOW makes things harder?  11th hour changes like that worry me because it's likely to be just a slapped-on feature rather than a balanced one.

It's not really a "slapped-on" feature, though.  From what I understand they pulled FOW relatively late because their playtesters said the game was too hard.  So my guess is that they decided to pull it to make balance easier and difficulty lower and make their ship date.  Hopefully the return of FOW will also mean a rebalance to reflect it.  And don't forget that the new health system is a relatively late add, something that arguably makes the game harder since originally you could fully heal up mercs in battle.  Now you can't and injured mercs lose abilities.

And I thought they said you could have six person squads?  That's still less then the original IIRC.  Either way they did say that you could easily use mutiple squads together.

25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jagged Alliance 2: Reloaded now Jagged Alliance: Back in Action on: February 02, 2012, 07:05:30 PM
Its important to note that due to the cry from fans the devs have made a bunch of changes and promises.  So fog of war is supposed to come later in a patch, and they've already changed the health system from what was orginally planned to something more like the original.

As for the current lack of FOW, I think jztemple2 covers the obvious negatives.   Its important to note that the game still requires a lot of tactics.  You can't just wander up to enemies and come away - you'll get killed.  So even though you know where enemies are, you still have to figure out how to get close to them, to get good line of fire, and so on.  Its not as simple as just throwing a lot of enemies at you just to increase the difficulty. 
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seattle snowmagaddeon 2012! on: January 24, 2012, 09:49:53 AM
The big issue wasn't so much the snow accumulations as it was the 12 hour ice storm that drenched the trees followed by another day of freezing temps that caused the trees to start losing branches and falling.  Which knocked out the power, with as many as 300,000 homes and businesses out at one point.  We lost power for 57 hours where I live.  By the time the power came back on most of the snow and ice had melted.  The nearest McDonalds was without power for almost five days.


27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dear Esther, a Half Life 2 Mod on: January 19, 2012, 08:25:42 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 18, 2012, 09:50:27 PM

Looks purty, but what the hell is it?

The original version (which was free) was interesting and trippy but not really a game.  You basically explored a deserted island, with each location you discovered triggering a monologue.  Over time the monologue's added up to an interesting story.  I won't spoil the ending, but it wasn't exactly happy.  From what I can tell this is just a deluxe version of that, but I'm not sure what would justify paying for it.  The replay value is basically that the monologues play in a different order (up to a point, anyway), but you didn't really do anything in the first version other then walk around the island.

28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jagged Alliance 2: Reloaded now Jagged Alliance: Back in Action on: January 18, 2012, 06:48:28 PM
There are definately some changes apparent in that gameplay video.  The devs have already confirmed that FOV/FOW has been taken out, though they do say they may add it back in later because there has been quite a storm over the issue.  The comments to that YouTube video also say there is less destructability then the original, noting that there are pre-determined locations where you can blow holes in walls rather then letting you do it wherever, for example.  And finally it isn't clear how the health system works. For example, in the video he loses a merc and then seems to at least mostly revive him, only to lose him again shortly thereafter.  There is no mention of the long-term healing required for injured mercs in the original game. 

So I'm pretty dubious on this at the moment.  Definately a "wait and see" for me despite loving the original and still playing it regularly.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jagged Alliance 2: Reloaded now Jagged Alliance: Back in Action on: January 13, 2012, 07:44:04 AM
I think its interesting that the pre-order for this on Steam has been in the top 10 sellers for the last day or two since it went on sale.  There definately seems to be some interest in it. 
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I had to kick Allstate to the curb after 20+ years on: January 08, 2012, 07:12:44 PM
How do you establish eligibilty with USAA anyway?  In other words, what do they ask for as proof that you or a relative qualify?
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Community: Pick your favorite PC game of 2011 on: January 03, 2012, 09:14:53 PM
Skyrim.  I've put 120 hours into it so far and probably only seen 60% of the world.  The only reason I'm taking a break is because of Steam sale induced gaming guilt.  icon_lol
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nearly 20 years on,what are your thoughts on Alien 3? on: December 30, 2011, 08:19:29 PM
I don't like the third film, but I'm not sure thats Finchers fault.  Cameron was very smart to do an action film for Aliens and not try and duplicate the first film.  But the downside is that it split the fanbase to some degree.   So Fincher's attempt at doing something similar to Alien with Alien 3 was largely doomed from the start because  Alien was a genre defining film.  And by going "small" he was going to lose a lot of the new action fans who liked the second film.

It would have lost something in the process, but the only way the franchise could have thrived in box office terms was by embracing Cameron's action/suspense model, which meant bigger budgets and stories that expanded the universe.  Trying to do something small like Alien 3 wasn't ever going to work in a way that would satisfy both the fans and the business.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 28, 2011, 08:18:12 AM
The Kotaku pieces on this say Christoforo and his "marketing company" were dropped today by the manufacturer/whatever behind the Avenger controller.  For obvious reasons.  A guy like that needs to find another way to make a living. But what is also interesting is that the former marketing firm behind the product were contacted and indicated they walked away from the account some months ago because 1) the product delays were severe and they were sick of being the frontline for that and 2) Christoforo had come in and they didn't like him and warned the manufacturers owners he was a mistake.  So it sounds like the company behind the product deserves a share of the blame here.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post your holiday loot... on: December 25, 2011, 11:50:21 PM
An entire smoked turkey, a meat/cheese gift pack, and a collection of 50(!) WW2 movies from my brother.
$150 and a calendar of black and white photos of the places I grew up living in from my father (who used to be a professional photographer.)
Some stuff from my mother that was weird, including a giant grasshopper under glass thing.  I thought she was over this "random crap" phase last year when she sent me money, but I guess not.  She is paying for a trip to Gettysburg in the spring or summer, though, so I can't really complain.
A bunch of cool stuff I've bought for myself this month like a new cell phone, accessories, a book, and ongoing Steam holiday sale purchases.

On the whole a good year.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Community: Pick your favorite PC game of 2011 on: December 25, 2011, 07:32:31 PM
Skyrim.  I spend way more time with this then any other 2011 release. 
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Steam down? on: December 19, 2011, 10:36:41 PM
Yeah, the sale is messing things pretty bad.  I did get in a couple of hours on Skyrim earlier, but I'm pretty sure the crash I had was Steam related.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: December 08, 2011, 01:12:53 AM
I played for a few hours earlier today after the patch hit and didn't see any new issues.  The resistances thing, which wasn't that noticeable on my current build anyway, does seem to be fixed.

38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: December 03, 2011, 07:36:03 AM
I've been there several times today, including just a moment ago, and no issues.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: December 03, 2011, 07:34:37 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 03, 2011, 04:59:47 AM

I sort of like the game, but it's running into the same problem that I have with most Bethesda titles.   I've gotten past the "oooh, I love exploring for exploration's sake" and realized that everything I come across is really just variations on 3-4 themes.  Find a dungeon (white stone, brown stone, or ruin), fight some baddies (typically the same 3-4 enemy types), and haul my loot back to one of several identical looking towns to sell it.  A couple of the quests add a little story to it, but they ultimately boil down to doing this same thing over and over again.  It's all very pretty and still somewhat fun, but the shine is starting to come off and I find myself, well, bored.

If you think, for example, that the towns are "identical looking" then either you haven't seen much of the world or you are never going to be satisfied. Whiterun is nothing like Marketh which is nothing like Solitude, just to name a few examples.

No backwards flying dragons or other noticeable problems in the 10 or so hours I've played since the latest patch dropped. 
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 29, 2011, 01:22:04 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 28, 2011, 10:18:03 PM

OMG.. Skyrim on the PC doesn't create a separate save file for new characters.  I just lost 10 hours of game time cause I  wanted to experiment with a new character.  My last save file has Lydia dead and I replayed this section without her getting killed.  She wandered into the way of a Ice Bliizzard spell


FUCK!!!!! I am so pissed


-edit - Console commands to the rescue..

Bethesda games have never worked that way on the PC.  I always do a real saves periodically and at the end of sessions so I have a numbered save to go back to and am not relying on auto or quick saves, which can be overwritten.  I actually appreciate that Skyrim has multiples of those, as its saved me a few times when I screwed up.
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