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4161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Discussion] What do you feel is "SciFi" vs. Fantasy? on: July 24, 2007, 05:34:34 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 24, 2007, 05:31:09 PM

I shall simplify my opinion so as to make my point...

Fantasy = elves
Sci-Fi = lasers

Sci-F=Fantasy

Fixed that for you  Tongue

I do agree that Fantasy or High Fantasy whatever you call it relates to Elves/Dragons and Medieval setting.  Sci-fi is more technology based and is set in the current or futire timeframe
4162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 24, 2007, 12:15:31 PM
Goodell to Vick stay away from camp.   Good move on the NFL part, imo.  His presence will be a distraction and Animal Rights groups are already giving the NFL , The Falcons and the sponsers fits.  Vick would be noting but a distraction at this point
4163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]this week...Wing Commander Arena on: July 23, 2007, 08:36:45 PM
pass
4164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: IT'S P-DAY! (impressions/spoilers within) on: July 23, 2007, 07:11:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 23, 2007, 06:48:18 PM

Hopefully she does, but she's probably made so much money she could retire at this point (I think she's worth a billion or more).  I wonder how long it will take for rumours of a HP related TV series to start flying around.....

Last I heard she was considered wealthier than the Queen of England.


She deserves a break from Harry Potter and if I was her I won't even be thinking about another series.   She alread said she won't allow another writer to pick up with Harry Potter, but I'm if that means another writer could write a book in her universe
4165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: IT'S P-DAY! (impressions/spoilers within on: July 23, 2007, 03:05:47 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 23, 2007, 01:42:52 PM

Ike,

Spoiler for Hiden:
It's kind of semantics but it wasn't so much that there were seven horcruxes but that Vodemort wanted to split his soul into seven parts.  But the final part had to be in Voldemort's body.  So technically I suppose you could say the plan was for six horcruxes.  Kind of interesting- Voldemort's plan was for seven pieces of his soul because seven was such a strong number magically but he inadvertently splits his sould into eight which might have made him weaker than he would have otherwise.

Harry knows that the cup is a likely horcrux in Book 6 (he and Dumbledore discuss it) but neither had a lead on where the cup was.  So when they were wandering around aimlessly in the beginning it was more a question of *where* the hiding places were than what the actual horcrux was.  That's why Harry tells them when they go into Gringott's to be on the lookout for a cup but that it could technically be anything. 

The Hallows subplot is actually essential (this is going to be long):






What Dumbledore doesn't tell Harry, of course, is that he's the final Horcrux and that he will have sacrifice himself to destroy it.  Harry has to *choose* to die in the end and, in the process, basically perform the same sacrifice that his mother did, choosing death in an effort to save someone else (in Harry's case many "someone elses"). 

So he essentially gives Harry clues to the complete opposite of the Horcrux quest- the Hallows.  The whole idea of the Horcrux quest is that Harry must sacrifice himself in the end.  Those who are followers of the Hallows hunt (Xeno Lovegood, Gruwenvald, and even Dumbedore himself to an extent) are seeking to avoid sacrifice and become "Death's Master" as perhaps a method to immortality. 

So for Harry to truly come to terms with self sacrifice he had to have a choice between that and the opposite- becoming so powerful that he could defeat Voldemort without sacrifice.  Dumbledore offers him this choice but in a manner in which he knows that Harry won't be able to act rashly on it.  Especially because the search for the Hallows is, on some level, easier than the search for Horcruxes.   There are only three items- Harry already has one of them (the cloak), suspects he has another (the ring instead the snitch), and knows the location of the last (the wand, either in Dumbledore's tomb or with Voldemort himself later). 

So Dumbedore lays out this quest for Harry with these breadcrumbs, knowing Harry's character enough to understand that given enough time to think on it, Harry will choose the Horcrux hunt and in the end self-sacrifice.  I forgot the quote but I think that was the core of what Dumbledore was saying in his will when he gave him the snitch.   Of course, Dumbledore did put one final level of protection in for Harry since Harry actually couldn't obtain all of the Hallows until he had already made the right choice. 

And that's what Dobby's death essentially does for Harry- while digging his grave, he makes the choice for the Horcruxes over the Hallows and, after seeing the pensieve with Snape's memories, comes to terms with the need to sacrifice himself.  That was the point of that long journey in middle portion of the book (which I personally loved)- it was very much a necessary growing experience for Harry.

Of course, that's what ultimately allows him to live.  Had he gone the route of the Hallows, he might have been able to defeat Voldmort head-on, destroying Voldy's current body but even had Harry destroyed the rest of the Horcruxes, Voldemort would still live inside of Harry.

A really good point from someone on another message board- Voldemort, Dumbledore, and Harry are essentially the three brothers from the Hallows Fairy Tale.  Voldemort seeks the Wand so he can defeat all of his enemies (and in the process brings about his downfall), Dumbledore seeks the ring to bring back the dead (and in the process ends his life as well), but it's Harry who actually meets Death on his own terms.   




J.K. Rowling is a amazing writer.  Btw, i agree with what Kevin wrote in his spoiler
4166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/23) on: July 23, 2007, 02:58:51 PM
nADA
4167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: IT'S P-DAY! (impressions/spoilers within on: July 23, 2007, 01:55:51 AM
Done!

Spoiler for Hiden:
The   only death I felt bad about was Dobby.  He was one of my favorite characters
4168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 20/Jul/07 on: July 20, 2007, 06:02:02 PM
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow will have me engrossed this weekend.  I will be staying away from the internet til I finish the book
4169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 11:24:05 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 18, 2007, 11:08:57 PM

You mean like Tank Johnson?

True, to an extent, but Tank has SEVERAL  prior bad acts.  He has no one but himself to blame, imo
4170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 08:03:27 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on July 18, 2007, 06:28:26 PM

The fact that Vic is unquestionably one of the top 10 "faces" of the NFL makes this more interesting than the other shenanigans that have happened over the last 6 months.

I am one of the very few people I know that likes Vic.  I always have.  And I am a huge proponent of innocent until...

But I tell you, if things work out the way it's looking, my attitude (regarding him) will change pretty quick. 

I like Vick.  I think he is  a wonderful athlete.  Overrated QB?  maybe.. but I don't dislike the guy, but if he dog-fighting in anyway he needs to pay the price
4171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Vick Indicted on: July 18, 2007, 05:09:45 PM
I'm curious to how Goodell and the Falcons will handle this.  Since Vick isn't a repeat offender I'm sure Goodell will wait for the legal process to work itself out.  If Vick accept s deal I hope Goodell throws the book at him.  Better yet, The Falcons should throw the book at him before Goodell has to do it
4172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a new router for PS3/360 on: July 18, 2007, 03:47:52 PM

Quote from: Xmann on July 18, 2007, 01:20:37 PM


You should be good with that one.
4173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/16) on: July 18, 2007, 02:00:35 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on July 16, 2007, 11:42:06 PM

Maybe Tales of the World for the PSP.

Getting this from gamefly
4174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Countdown and Stuff (potential spoilers) on: July 18, 2007, 01:21:13 PM
If you ordered online be on the look out cause someone already got the book early
4175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a new router for PS3/360 on: July 18, 2007, 01:17:20 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 17, 2007, 11:53:12 PM

Linksys WRT54 of any type.

+1   thumbsup   Been working day one with my 360 and PSP without fail
4176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Not Soon Enough on: July 17, 2007, 08:26:40 PM

Quote from: kathode on July 17, 2007, 07:02:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 17, 2007, 04:41:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 17, 2007, 04:22:06 PM

November 2007. (to answer the original thread title).

I am almost going to count the days. This looks to be the next step in RPGs.

and since they say it's pretty much done except for tweaking and small stuff there's almost no reason why it should be delayed!!!  thumbsup

I'm also sure they would have let you know if they were having big problems slywink
/tinfoil hat

Hmm, sounds like soneone talking from experience.  Shouldn't you be working extra hard on FO3? Less posting more work  slywink Tongue
4177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stardust [2007] on: July 17, 2007, 08:18:30 PM
Saw the trailer the other day.  I like fantasy movies, but I'm not excited over this one.  I do like the idea that DeNiro is trying to stretch out, but he is such an accomplished actor he do a movie like this and not have it held against him
4178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, on the count of three: on: July 17, 2007, 07:42:00 PM
I go on three.  If you wait for go you are a LOSER!!!
4179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Countdown and Stuff (potential spoilers) on: July 16, 2007, 08:46:21 PM

Quote from: Doopri on July 15, 2007, 02:12:54 AM

okay ready for it?  the one who dies is in fact...
Spoiler for Hiden:
harry

why you say?  he simply must die because he is, in fact the
Spoiler for Hiden:
final horcrux

thats right you heard it here first
Spoiler for Hiden:
voldemort wasnt trying to kill him he was ensuring his own immortality - they both go in the finale

thats my guess im sticking to it - and yes im a huge (closet smile) harry potter fan f&@$ing childrens books and i love em

Spoiler for Hiden:
If Harry was a Horcrux then Voldermort would go out of his way to see that Harry would come to no harm.  The Deatheater have been trying to kill Harry since the first book.  Also, Voldermort duels Harry in the Graveyard in Goblet of Fire and tries to use one of the Unforgivables on him.   

My opinion Snape killed Dumbledore cause Dumbledore asked him too.   Malfoy couldn't do it and Dumbledore knew it would come down to it.  Snape is again working against Vldermort at the request of Dumbledore.  Re-read HBP you will see a section where Dumbledore and Snape are arguing and Snape is saying he can't do it.  Your read it here first.

Lastly, Voldermort will die along with Hagrid and one of the Weasleys.  Maybe, one of the Dursleys as well
4180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite Controller Poll on: July 16, 2007, 02:41:03 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on July 15, 2007, 07:58:20 PM

Quote from: warning on July 13, 2007, 09:37:45 PM

What's going on with those teeth?  Yikes!

Yeah, she is definitely no substitute for the fhotness of...



Okay, that's just plain HOTNESS!!!
4181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/16) on: July 16, 2007, 02:38:40 PM
Nada
4182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question about consoles and online service on: July 15, 2007, 08:54:00 PM
The next gen console all support wifi.  All  you would need a wireless router and you should be good to go
4183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, What are your most anticipated games for the rest of 2007? on: July 13, 2007, 08:44:24 PM
Mass Effect
Assassin's Creed
BioShock
Medieval 2: Total War expansion
GTA IV

The above are day one purchases
4184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What robot genre needs ILM's special effects treatment next? on: July 13, 2007, 03:49:02 PM
Battletech, easily.  All sorts of back stories in that universe.  They could start  it from the fall of the Star League or Kerensky Exodus.  Better yet, the Clan Invansion  thumbsup


Thing is that there is alot of jargon that only B-tech fans would understand.  Lances, Stars, Points and elementals are just some of the things off of the top of my head.  It can be done, but would have to be done right
4185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 12, 2007, 07:49:46 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 12, 2007, 07:37:54 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 12, 2007, 07:27:19 PM

I downloaded the demo, started it up, didn't want to have to go through a tutorial just to play it, quit and deleted it.

There's a tutorial?  I didn't see one.  I haven't played a JRPG since FF7 and I was able to figure things out pretty easily.

If you talked the the people in the opening area they will give you a overview of the controls.  I skipped most of it as well and figured things out on my own
4186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blue Dragon demo up! on: July 12, 2007, 07:46:25 PM
I played about 20 mins of the Fortress and I haven't made up my mind if I want this game or not.  After playing and enjoying Enchanted Arms I just couldn't excited about Blue Dragon.  Maybe, I'll rent it to decide, but you can put me in the 'meh' category
4187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition demo up on Live! on: July 12, 2007, 07:24:35 PM
Thanks for the heads up
4188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Not Soon Enough on: July 12, 2007, 01:53:58 PM
I'm so IN!!!!
4189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Sony Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 08:16:25 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on July 11, 2007, 08:09:12 PM

What I have learned from the Playstation Conference.

1. New PSP omghi2u!  Must buy!
2. PS3 is still mehtastic.

+1   I'm mored excited for the DS and PSP than I am about the other consoles.

4190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Nintendo Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 07:34:34 PM

Quote from: JCC on July 11, 2007, 07:03:11 PM

I still think the #1 reason the Wii is kicking the shit out of the 360 and the PS3 is because Microsoft and Sony stupidly priced themselves out of the mainstream. Sure Wii Sports got some non gamers to buy in, but I think the $400-$600 price tag is killing MS and Sony. MS can cure the problem with one price drop. Sony needs 2 more.


+1  price point is a huge factor and one of the reason Wii is outselling the other two consoles.  If MS dropped the core to 249.00  they could make up huge grounds and hurt Sony badly
4191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Sony Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 07:30:03 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 11, 2007, 07:28:31 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 11, 2007, 07:27:30 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 11, 2007, 07:25:31 PM

Unreal Tournament 3 timed PS3 exclusive. 

Timed? 

He specifically said this year so I'd say, yeah, timed.  Launches in November.  Same for Haze- another timed exclusive. 

Ahh, good catch.
4192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Sony Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 07:27:30 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 11, 2007, 07:25:31 PM

Unreal Tournament 3 timed PS3 exclusive. 

Timed? 
4193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Sony Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 07:20:08 PM
80 gig PS3 announced for 599.00
4194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Sony Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 07:04:11 PM
Wipeout HD look to have framerate issues, but I'm sure they will be worked out
4195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Sony Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 07:03:09 PM
EchoChrome looks fun, but it was making my stomach queasy
4196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Sony Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 06:55:24 PM
New PSP slim in new color Icy Silver annouced.  199.00 comes with PSP 1gig memory stich and Family Guy UMD due out in Sept

A Star Wars PSP announced  comes wuith Star Wars Battlefront.  Also annouced at 199.00 due out in Oct
4197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Sony Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 06:51:52 PM
Feed is up on G4tv.com


PSP slim debuted and it can output video to the TV smile
4198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Nintendo Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 05:07:17 PM

Quote from: Brendan on July 11, 2007, 05:05:28 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on July 11, 2007, 05:04:12 PM

Wii Fit will be huge.  That thing is going to generate enormous positive media coverage and goodwill for Nintendo. 

That depends entirely on the max weight capacity of the Wii Fit device. slywink
icon_lol thumbsup
4199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Nintendo Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 04:58:59 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 11, 2007, 04:56:51 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 11, 2007, 04:21:52 PM

Wii-Zapper...getting a Wii is starting to look appealing...19.99  icon_eek

I didn't catch the very beginning of the event, but they showed a picture of the zapper.  To me, it just looked like a plastic frame that the wiimote and nunchuck snap into.  Are there any moving parts on it?

That's the way it looked to me
4200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 '07 Coverage: Nintendo Press Event on: July 11, 2007, 04:55:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 11, 2007, 04:50:54 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde
That Zelda game looked sweet

Agreed.  As I suspected, the still screenshots really don't do it justice -- it looks great in motion!

-Autistic Angel


This is a huge step for me as I've been hesistant in picking up a DS, but I'm breaking down ....
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