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7161  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Miss California's Answer to Controversial Issue Sparks Controversy on: May 20, 2009, 09:12:52 PM
Apparently the New Hampshire bill was shot down because some of the members of their state congress didn't approve of the Governor's provisions that allowed churches to refuse to do same-sex weddings. The thought being that it codified discrimination.

I'm kind of surprised that they would take that opinion. Separation of church and state would seem to be the goal in a lot of this.
7162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The curious tale of "Big Lurch" on: May 20, 2009, 05:00:34 PM
There was a very disturbing story on digg about a father who was high on PCP or something similar and literally bit the eyes out of his son's head. This horrifying story reminded someone of the story of "Big Lurch", a rapper who, also high, killed and ate his girlfriend (well, parts of her). He pleaded insanity, also saying that his record label kept him stocked with drugs and encouraged him to do outrageous things to maintain his image. The judge did not buy this and sentenced him to life in prison. A crazy story, and I'm really surprised I've never heard of it, considering it happened 7 years ago. I'm also surprised it hasn't been turned into a horror movie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lurch
7163  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Whats the best free DVD ripper? on: May 19, 2009, 09:28:45 PM
I believe Handbrake is really popular.
7164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some Pretty Cool New Functionality at GiantBomb on: May 19, 2009, 08:59:13 PM
SL, you haven't gotten 10002 kills in Battlefield BC yet?

Oh, and outside of PoP and Tomb Raider DLC (which I assume have rare achievements because not many people have played), my rarest achievements are some secret achievement from PoP and the achievement for getting half of the awards in Battlefield BC.
7165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ten Years Ago Today, Childhood Dreams Died Screaming on: May 19, 2009, 04:37:17 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on May 19, 2009, 03:36:20 PM

Who told Lucas he could write dialouge.

I believe the famous quote from Harrison Ford to Lucas was something along the lines of "you can write this shit, but you can't say it."
7166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [search] WolframAlpha - killer new information tool on: May 19, 2009, 01:47:30 PM
It seems very targeted towards finding certain kinds of information, usually related to math and analysis. For example, if I put in a simple search like "Who are the Beatles?" the best it can do is give a simple description (that they were a rock band in the 60's) and then allow you to search Google. If I do "Who are the Rolling Stones?" it gets nothing at all.
7167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wal-Mart Begins Piloting Game Trade-Ins on: May 19, 2009, 04:20:55 AM
The thing I definitely haven't figured out yet is what they are doing to verify quality, or if the disc is even real. From what I've read, you don't get your credit for a few days, and based on that alone it doesn't seem that likely to catch on. The whole idea seems a little shaky but I imagine we'll be getting more info.
7168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Unusuals on: May 19, 2009, 01:17:27 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 19, 2009, 12:17:13 AM

I don't have a link, but I've heard this is officially dead.

Ah, that sucks. I really liked this show.
7169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 18, 2009, 09:13:47 PM

Quote from: Rich on May 18, 2009, 07:09:39 PM

Is anyone else getting a Greek Gods vibe from this show now? 

There's an awful lot of Egyptian imagery. I'm not up on my Egyptian mythology, but that would be my first guess, rather than Greek. (I also wonder about the "Horace"/"Horus" homonym).
7170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: Salvation 3 days away! on: May 18, 2009, 09:01:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2009, 08:46:15 PM

I've prety much stopped taking Rotten into account for anything anymore. Besides, I'm expecting a cheesy action flick like T3.

Didn't they cast Christian Bale so that it wouldn't give the impression of being a cheesy action flick? (Then again, they got McG to direct).
7171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: Salvation 3 days away! on: May 18, 2009, 08:16:29 PM
Rottentomatoes is at 20% with 5 reviews. Is this movie going to suck?
7172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: May 18, 2009, 08:11:16 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 18, 2009, 07:42:02 PM

what's not good is the faulty neilsen rating system, imo.

Although I will give them credit for basing the renewal in part on strong DVR numbers (and I'm curious where they are getting those numbers).
7173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: May 18, 2009, 07:28:13 PM
Fox's schedule is out, and Dollhouse remains on Friday night, following up two sitcoms. Not good.
7174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drag Me to Hell trailer on: May 16, 2009, 12:15:14 AM
I just saw a new commercial for this. It is pg13?
7175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Game Informer]Two "HUGE" announcements in next 24hrs on: May 15, 2009, 08:48:20 PM
I find it odd that there is no corresponding thread over at GAF with the words MEGATON or BOMBA in the title. There is a small thread about the Game Informer issue, however, and includes the fact that they gave inFamous a 9, which is pretty exciting.
7176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Next up for a reboot: Cliffhanger? on: May 15, 2009, 04:24:58 PM
It's pretty idiotic for a producer to compare a reboot of Star Trek (which wasn't even technically a reboot) to a remake of Cliffhanger.

And I can't believe what I'm reading in this thread. Cliffhanger was awful.
7177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Game Informer]Two "HUGE" announcements in next 24hrs on: May 15, 2009, 04:11:37 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 15, 2009, 01:43:25 PM

Lara Croft is coming out, and....

Well that could certainly sell a lot of units if handled the right way  unibrow
7178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Shaq admits to using performance enhancers on: May 15, 2009, 03:59:45 PM
 icon_lol

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Shaq-admits-to-taking-performance-enhancing-cere?urn=nba,163521

Quote
"I've told the world before, only thing I had was Frosted Flakes: Super Enhancement Cereal. That's the only thing I've put in my body. Frosted Flakes Athletic Performance Enhancement Cereal. They ain't even out yet ...

    For all the little kids, the Performance Enhancement Cereal is you take the Frosted Flakes, and you take the Froot Loops, and you mix them together, and then you get some of them sliced bananas and you put them on that thing, and then you get a big old bowl ...

    The kind of bowl if you pull out your mother say, 'Boy, you better put that bowl back!'  And, then you pour that milk ... 'You better get a job eating all that milk.' 'Mama, we ain't got no milk.' 'Well, you better put some water on that boy!"
7179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Megan Fox in a tight, tight corset! on: May 15, 2009, 01:27:32 PM

Quote from: McNutt on May 15, 2009, 01:12:34 PM

Quote from: kratz on May 14, 2009, 10:49:28 PM

My point is that there is NO risk of that happening to you if you go to an awesome artist who specializes in what you want.

There is always risk.  Wasn't the CHI-TONW artist pretty popular too?



That's a funny story: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/bizarre&id=5192989
So I guess the guy in that picture had it spelled that way on purpose.
7180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP, somebody set me up the games on: May 14, 2009, 08:02:06 PM
Based on what you have there, MLB The Show. Perhaps the Syphon Filter games for shooters. I haven't played it yet, but the Resistance game is supposed to be very good. EDIT: I second God of War, the definitely fits your genres.

I don't have much experience with RPGs on the PSP, so I'm not much help with that. The one game I would recommend outside the genres you listed, if you like 3D platformers at all, is Daxter.
7181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Platformers on the PC? on: May 14, 2009, 07:52:56 PM
Just for the hell of it, I looked to see what Gamerankings categorizes as 3D platformers released for next-gen systems since the release of the XBOX 360 (included PSP but not DS and not counting re-releases like Banjo-Kazooie XBLA. Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters is missing, I guess based on release date, and Mario 64 DS, due to skipping the DS):

PC pretty much gets just movie tie-in games, even going back a few more years. If you haven't played it, there is a version of Rayman 2 for PC, and it is the highest rated 3D platformer, followed by Psychonauts.

Daxter PSP
Marble Blast Ultra 360
Over the Hedge PC
Death Junior: Root of all Evil PSP
Ice Age 2 Wii
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts PSP
Super Monkey Ball Adventure PSP
Kao Challengers PSP
Rayman Raving Rabbids PC
Sonic the Hedgehog 360
The Ant Bully PC
Open Season Wii
The Ant Bully Wii
Super Mario Galaxy Wii
Ratchet and Clank Future PS3
Super Paper Mario Wii (Not really 3D)
Crush PSP
The Simpsons Game 360
The Simpsons Game PS3
Sonic and the Secret Rings Wii
NiGHTs:Journey of Dreams Wii
Dewy's Adventure Wii
Ratatouille PSP
Spider-Man 3 360
Spider-Man 3 PS3
Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night Wii
Spider-Man 3 PC
The Simpsons Game Wii
Ratatouille Wii
The Simpsons Game PSP
Ratatouille PS3
Ratatouille 360
Spider-Man 3 Wii
Spider-Man 3 PSP
Sonic the Hedgehog PS3
de Blob Wii
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts 360
Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty PS3
Kung-Fu Panda 360
Kung-Fu Panda PS3
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars Wii
Secret Agent Clank PSP
Crash: Mind Over Mutant Wii
Death Jr: Root of all Evil Wii
Kung-Fu Panda Wii
Kung-Fu Panda PC
Wall-E PSP
Sonic Unleashed Wii
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon Wii
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon 360
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon PS3
Crash: Mind over Mutant 360
Wall-E Wii
Wall-E PS3
Space Chimps 360
Wall-E 360
Rainbow Islands Evolution PSP
The Maw 360
Deadly Creatures Wii
Cocoto Platform Jumper Wii

oops, this took longer than I expected.
7182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 14, 2009, 07:20:08 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 14, 2009, 06:07:35 PM

There's a pretty funny YouTube fan video (using footage from Space Seed), poking fun at the current film's penchant for bright, blinding lighting effects, called...

I Made Old Star Trek Look Like New Star Trek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAaX8Aq6smQ&feature=player_embedded

I got used to the style fairly quickly but I can see where it wouldn't work for everything.  icon_razz

Pretty cute. The thing I always found funny about Space Seed happens during the fight between Kirk and Khan. Kirk pulls on part of a wall or console and this inexplicable pipe comes out, which he uses to pummel Khan.

Actually you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly5hVjNeajk at 1:12. What is that thing?
7183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Platformers on the PC? on: May 14, 2009, 07:10:36 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 14, 2009, 06:54:27 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 14, 2009, 04:20:18 PM

Sadly, the 3D platformer is a dying breed even on consoles. We've had, what, 2 released this entire generation? Ratchet and Clank Future and Super Mario Galaxy. Maybe Legend of Sypro? B&K Nuts and Bolts sort of qualifies and then you've got a rash of Tomb Raider/PoP type games, but while fun, they're just not the same.

de Blob, Mushroom Men, Death Jr, a couple of Crash games, a couple of Sonic games, at least three of those Spyro games, a couple of Disney/Dreamworks tie-ins, Braid, and Lost Winds all count, IMO.  Maybe they're not all great, but they're out there.  Mostly on Wii, it seems.

OK, 2 good 3D platfomers smile (and Braid and Lost Winds are 2D, of course)  I forgot about de Blob and have heard good things about it. I should really look into that.
7184  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Mobile version of forum no longer working? on: May 14, 2009, 04:56:45 PM
No, I checked today and it was working again. I was meaning to post - thanks!
7185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Platformers on the PC? on: May 14, 2009, 04:20:18 PM
Sadly, the 3D platformer is a dying breed even on consoles. We've had, what, 2 released this entire generation? Ratchet and Clank Future and Super Mario Galaxy. Maybe Legend of Sypro? B&K Nuts and Bolts sort of qualifies and then you've got a rash of Tomb Raider/PoP type games, but while fun, they're just not the same.
7186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who plays those stupid matching Mahjong games? (admit it) on: May 14, 2009, 03:27:12 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 14, 2009, 02:10:32 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 14, 2009, 02:03:03 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 14, 2009, 01:54:41 PM

I don't know how to play, but I would learn if it meant I could get my Mom to play a video game smile
Think of it as a fancier version of Gin Rummy.  Memorize how to count to nine in written Chinese and you're good to go. smile

So not true, though I guess it depends on whose rules you're using.  I've got a pretty good head for gaming, I think, and a friend recently tried to teach us how to play.  Wow, my brain was swimming, and I never quite grasped it.  We're going to try again, but zoinks.

I think part of the problem was that she plays with a group who puts out new rules every season.  Also, I'm not convinced she was the best teacher.

As for games, there was that Mahjong game on XBLA, too.  I'm sure you're looking for PC stuff, but it's something to consider, anyway.

Yes, they come out with cards that change the point system each year. Apparently the women are always very jealous of who gets the new rule card first.

It's all the kungs and pongs or whatever that make the rules complicated. I don't have a good handle on how those work. I did play the Funtown Mahjong demo (that's the XBLA version) a little while ago and it does try to teach you the game. But it only has one ruleset, and reviews from people who actually know Mahjong say it's not a very good game.
7187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who plays those stupid matching Mahjong games? (admit it) on: May 14, 2009, 01:54:41 PM
My mom is big into Mah Jong (she's been playing for years and years) and we just recently looked up sites to see if we could play over the Internet. I don't know how to play, but I would learn if it meant I could get my Mom to play a video game smile

As far as gameplay goes, the best one we found after a fairly limited search is mahjongtime.com. It's free to play socially and has a large variety of game types (there are lot of different rulesets, like American, Hong Kong, Chinese, etc.) I think you can pay to play in tournaments to win actual money.

The only thing that I noticed was that if you wanted to play with friends, you have to have a group of 4 or else you have to fill the rest with randoms. You can't play two live players and 2 bots. You can train with 3 bots if you want to learn.

There may be others, but it's a good place to start.
7188  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The paradox of transgendered people and same-sex marriage on: May 12, 2009, 07:15:04 PM

Quote from: Doopri on May 12, 2009, 06:36:17 PM

i sorta-kinda understand the point the lawyer is trying to make (i didnt read the article but im guessing hes talking about the lack of unified and coherent marriage laws?).

but at least from this perspective he is certainly, well, "lawyering" - is a male or female who undergoes a sex change operation REALLY now a member of the opposite sex?

Well, he's commenting on a need to unify both marriage laws and laws regarding acceptance of sex changes. He's giving examples of how simply crossing a border can make your sex change, and then the corresponding ramifications on who you can marry.

Certainly a complicated topic, much more so than same-sex marriage. For example, what if a man feels like he's a woman, but his life would be threatened in some way by gender reassignment surgery, so he just dresses like a woman. Can he still live and be recognized as a woman? We already have a heated debate over where life begins - imagine trying to figure out where man ends and where woman begins.
7189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: May 12, 2009, 06:14:12 PM
[outrage]There's no whammy bar on a bass![/outrage]
7190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / The paradox of transgendered people and same-sex marriage on: May 12, 2009, 06:05:54 PM
Really interesting op-ed in the Times about what happens when one of the parties in an "opposite" marriage changes gender.

FTA:
Quote
A lawyer for the transgendered plaintiff in the Littleton case noted the absurdity of the country’s gender laws as they pertain to marriage: “Taking this situation to its logical conclusion, Mrs. Littleton, while in San Antonio, Tex., is a male and has a void marriage; as she travels to Houston, Tex., and enters federal property, she is female and a widow; upon traveling to Kentucky she is female and a widow; but, upon entering Ohio, she is once again male and prohibited from marriage; entering Connecticut, she is again female and may marry; if her travel takes her north to Vermont, she is male and may marry a female; if instead she travels south to New Jersey, she may marry a male.”
7191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari pulls out of E3 on: May 12, 2009, 01:48:58 PM
Isn't Atari just a name? They are Infogrames, right?
7192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Woot!! I now have an XBOX!! on: May 12, 2009, 01:02:05 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 12, 2009, 09:09:23 AM

Okay, I've tried Gears of War now, and must admit, I have a hard time getting into it. Its VERY hard for me, even on "casual" setting. I've only played a little, gotten a bit further than the the fountain area in the beginning. Is there anything that should keep me going in the game, that makes it way better than it is right now?

Use cover all the time and always look for chances to flank the enemy, because the game is expecting you to. I definitely found hardcore mode to be too hard for me the first time I played, so there's no shame there. The game is definitely fun if you give it a chance.
7193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Golden Compass points to suck on: May 12, 2009, 01:43:50 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 11, 2009, 10:55:55 PM

yeah i loved the books-the first one being called Northern Lights here in the UK,not Golden Compass...not sure why they changed it,both titles are relevant to the story,and Americans know what the Northern Lights are,seen as though they are usually in your Continent

You can read about this in places. Apparently prior to naming the trilogy 'His Dark Materials', Pullman was thinking of using part of a different quote that included 'Golden Compass'. It was not a reference to the alethiometer. However, the American marketing crew somehow got wind of this but though it did refer to the alethiometer. By the time Pullman found out, they had gotten so exited about calling the US printing of the first the book 'The Golden Compass' that he basically had to deal with it.
7194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Golden Compass points to suck on: May 11, 2009, 10:09:15 PM
A little thread necromancy here. I finally got around to watching this the other night. I was really hoping that it had just been overshadowed by the whole religious protest hub-bub, but no, it unfortunately just wasn't very good. The reordering of the bear fight and Bolvangar totally threw me for a loop, and as someone who has read the books, it was distracting. In general, it just felt like movie was just steaming along as fast it could, missing all of the detail. In the book, you learn so much more about the world, Lyra, the gyptians, the witches (who are hardly present at all), the bears etc. and here it was just crammed into under 2 hours. A good comparison would be Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, where I thought they did a fantastic job compressing a very long book into its essential story. But in book 5 of a series there's a lot less you need to educate people about, and the didn't do a very good job here.

Word is the movie did a lot better overseas, so it could conceivably get a sequel, but it seems unlikely. They'd probably have to replace Lyra, for one, as she's several years older now.
7195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 11, 2009, 04:26:27 PM
Something I just realized - they built the Enterprise on Earth? How did they get it into space? You'd think they'd build ships of that size in orbit.
7196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: May 11, 2009, 03:27:09 PM
So, no comments on the finale? Did anyone understand the bit about the doctor being programmed to hate the engineer? Not sure if I missed something.

Kind of odd that they would choose prisoners as the first dolls. I mean, makes sense in that they were looking for volunteers, but to the criminal, the time would be instantaneous, and there would be no rehabilitation of any kind before they were dropped right back on the street. Also, I was wondering how they explain what's going on to these people's families? Especially the ones that go to the attic to never be heard from again? Maybe a requirement for working at the dollhouse or being a doll is that you have no family at all.

Anyway, ratings were the lowest for the entire season, so its not looking good frown
7197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! (tags broken) on: May 10, 2009, 10:00:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 10, 2009, 09:47:12 PM

Quote from: jblank on May 10, 2009, 09:41:51 PM

Excellent film and a great reboot to the series.........................but, my little quibble is with how Kirk went from Cadet, to Captain, in basically 2 days. That seems extremely far fetched but I guess was necessary for "movie reasons". Also, it seems this really messes up the universe of Star Trek in that now, this early in the timeline, there are NO Romulans and only 10,000 Vulcans? All of the great stories on TNG and DS9 that involved those two civilizations, are basically non-canon and don't really happen.

there's still Romulans.  the Romulan homeworld thing didn't happen until about 150 years after Nero showed if I'm understanding the timeline right.

That's correct. The supernova doesn't occur until many years in the future, and now could be prevented, given what they know. The issue regarding Vulcans does still apply. I am curious what they will do about the Klingons. Abrams has said that he didn't want to use Klingons as the enemy because they have been portrayed as friends of the Federation in too many tv series and movies and it would have felt odd.

I didn't mind Pike's assignment of Kirk to first officer as he obviously felt very strongly about Kirk's abilities. However, that Starfleet would extend the battlefield promotion past the crisis seemed a bit far-fetched.
7198  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Mobile version of forum no longer working? on: May 10, 2009, 09:50:23 PM
yes, it's the same. The exact wording is "The requested page can not be displayed".
7199  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Mobile version of forum no longer working? on: May 09, 2009, 10:35:25 PM
I often read the forums using my Treo, and SMF provides a mobile-friendly version of the forums when you visit with Windows Mobile IE. However, since the most recent updates, I get a message like "this page is not currently available" or something when I try to visit with my phone. Is there a setting that needs to be turned back on, perhaps?
7200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Land of the Lost on: May 09, 2009, 04:07:30 AM
I saw the trailer and some other bits with Star Trek and I'm not really fond of the changes they made. It's no longer a father and kids thing, which is an odd change to make. Looks like it could be funny, but I'm not sold yet.
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