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7561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Moon on: June 12, 2009, 04:13:35 AM
I'm not quite clear on the details, but this is now in some kind of limited release and has gotten some nice reviews. Bit of trivia: it's directed by David Bowie's son.
7562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: June 12, 2009, 04:07:21 AM
I was able to hold my own on Corrosion and Sub Pens, but wow am I lost on Banzai. Everywhere I go is a death trap. I only played the maps 1 or 2 times each, but I think Corrosion is my favorite so far. Lost of fun places to go, like through the pipes and on top of the grain cars.
7563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe Update on: June 11, 2009, 09:20:30 PM
Well, this sounds really bad

So the story goes like this-

after a test screening wherein the film tested the lowest score ever from an audience in the history of Paramount, the executive who pushed for the movie Brad Weston had Stephen Sommers, the super hack director of the film fired. Removed. Locked out of the editing room.

Stuart Baird, a renowned "fixer" editor was brought it to try to see if it could be made releasable. Meanwhile producer Lorenzo whose turkey IMAGINE THAT explodes this weekend as the new bomb in theatres (also championed by Weston) was told his services were no longer needed on the film either.

Sommers was then forced by his William Morris agents to pretend that he was working on Tarzan over at Warner Brothers doing design work, even though that film doesn't even have a good script yet. When word of the firing started to be whispered about in Hollywood, Sommers was summoned back to the editing room- but only to save appearances, Baird is still editing the movie with studio input.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who turned down other offers from the property to go with the script that was rushed in 8 weeks by Stuart Beattie because of the writer's strike is frantic that this will destroy the brand and is distancing himself from the pending catastophe.

NONE of this needed to happen, except someone who did not know the mythology, Lorenzo was in charge of the film and never contradicted Sommers on anything. Lorenzo, so you know, was Chairman of Warners and had GI JOE under option there (not as a producer) for SEVEN years and he refused to greenlight the film, stating that because he gre up in Italy he had no knowledge of it. If you google enough, at one point you will see he wanted the film to be about an action hero named MANN (Action Man, get it) and he clearly had no clue what the GI Joe world really was.

And the hapless hack Sommers? Where did he come from? The confused Jon Fogelman at William Morris, who signed Hasbro away from CAA, had to find a director in a hurry for his new clients and gave him the only guy who he repped who would do it. A sad end to what COULD have been a great franchise. Acceleration suits indeed.
7564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Song of Ice and Fire game on: June 09, 2009, 04:37:30 AM
These are also the guys that are doing the Blood Bowl update, though.
7565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1 vs. 100: Could this actually be interesting? on: June 07, 2009, 02:51:47 AM
I got in tonight and I actually wound up in the Mob right away. I made it all the way until the end (I can't remember how many were left - the guy got pretty far) but I wasn't in the top 3. After that I was in the crowd for the rest of the show.

I think I agree with the general sentiment above - pretty fun, but if you are playing with yourself and not in a party, it can get kind of boring.

I was able to hear the announcer some times and not others - sometimes they would cut away and you'd see his mouth moving but nothing would come out. I saw Transformers and Doritos commercials.

Based on what they said while I was playing, getting your career score and streaks up (playing in the extended rounds) is what helps you get chosen to be in the Mob or the One. Not sure I really like that, because it means you have to be obsessive about the game if you ever want to get a chance to win.
7566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post E3 - Top 5 List? on: June 06, 2009, 03:25:52 AM
I'll do games I am now more interested in and have put on my must-have list since watching E3 coverage (since I saw nothing about R&C, for example)

In no particular order:
1) Uncharted 2
2) Splinter Cell Conviction
3) Assassin's Creed 2
4) MAG
5) Modern Warfare 2

I'm certainly interested in a bunch of other games - Alan Wake definitely looks promising, The Saboteur, God of War 3 (I'll definitely get it, but there wasn't much new in the demo other than more gore), Red Steel 2. I'll also be watching Split/Second, that has an interesting premise. Maybe Mod Nation Racers. The MP teaser trailer for Bad Company 2 looks really good as well.

You know, maybe a more interesting question would be which new IPs are people most interested in?
7567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Best Game for Achievements (or trophies)... on: June 05, 2009, 08:06:28 PM
Yes, I was giving Proner a hard time for listing getting 1000 in Avatar as something to be proud of.

I think the game I "achieved" the most with was Battlefield Bad Company. I got all the SP achievements except for finding all the gold bars because I didn't feel like it. On the MP, the only ones I didn't get were 10,001 kills (yeah, whatever), get all badges (which seemed basically impossible to do when I quit - I think they have fixed some of the badges now) and the "have 20 squad members spawn on you without dying" one. 900 points altogether.

Prince of Persia, I have 1040 of 1250.
7568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Best Game for Achievements (or trophies)... on: June 05, 2009, 05:22:27 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 05, 2009, 05:08:35 PM

Avatar: The Last Airbender : The Burning Earth - 1000

7569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alan Wake: the next DNF? on: June 05, 2009, 01:38:03 PM
They had Sam Lake from Remedy on G4 yesterday going over the same demo from the presentation. This is the guy who wrote the original Max Payne story and was the model for the character in the first game. It was weird hearing Max Payne with a Finnish accent smile

The game looks cool and the use of light to weaken enemies is interesting. I hope the game isn't too scary, I'm kind of a wuss.
7570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Felicia Day moolights at Sears on: June 05, 2009, 04:47:56 AM
Was surfing and saw an ad for Sears with what appeared to be Felicia Day in it. I clicked through, and sure enough...

I guess appearing in a Joss Whedon project here and there doesn't pay the bills.

She's also in tv ads:
7571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: June 05, 2009, 03:12:08 AM

Quote from: Turtle on June 05, 2009, 02:11:35 AM

Blackjack, certain things happened in Double Agent that led to pretty much a near breakdown, saved only by his sense of duty.  Then, in conviction, the premise is someone has betrayed him and the NSA leading to the Sam we have now.

Think of it more like the movie Taken.

Yeah, I figure they aren't considering it a spoiler because it happened in the previous game, not this one.
7572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Great internet only bud light ad (NSFW) on: June 05, 2009, 03:09:04 AM
Interesting that they are doing stuff like this now.
7573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your worst game for Achievements on the 360? on: June 04, 2009, 05:00:06 PM
Call of Duty: World at War reserves most of its points for playing on the masochistic veteran difficulty level and none for multiplayer, which I sunk quite a bit of time into.

The original Rock Band can be a little stingy with points if you only play single player. I did the entire guitar tour on medium and only got 90 points. You can't get a lot of the other points unless you set up a multiplayer band.
7574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 09:31:59 PM
Major Nelson just tweeted - Perfect Dark XBLA 1080p coming this winter.
7575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 03:13:05 AM
The Ubi event isn't so much a presentation as it is a lecture. I mean, I'm interested in hearing James Cameron talk about his movies, but this is not for E3. They went an entire 1/2 hour before they showed a trailer.
7576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 02, 2009, 01:00:48 AM
Watching the EA show now on the TiVo. What and odd start they chose with all the Littlest Pet Shop and Charm Girls Club stuff. The audience seemed to be mocking them.

(There's someone on here that programs the Pet Shop stuff, right?)
7577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RPG peeves on: June 01, 2009, 08:20:28 PM
Oh here's one. Don't give me a spell if the thing isn't going to work until I'm 20 levels more powerful.

Me: ooh, this spell teleports an enemy away from battle
<casts spell>
<spell misses>
Me: damn. ok, this spell puts an enemy to sleep
<casts spell>
<spell misses>
7578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2009 is upon us on: June 01, 2009, 06:10:42 PM
Crackdown 2, wheeeeeeeeeee!

Edit: different dev, will keep cautiously optimistic.
7579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Folks with central air - what temperature are you keeping it at? on: June 01, 2009, 05:59:51 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on June 01, 2009, 05:53:20 PM

Having a programmable thermostat has saved us a fortune.  The worst thing you can do is allow your home to get too warm during the day and then running the central air when you get home. 

I would assume that you wouldn't want it getting to hot during the day anyway, since you have dogs, too.
7580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Folks with central air - what temperature are you keeping it at? on: June 01, 2009, 04:59:26 PM
I love having central air, but I try to just keep things comfortable enough so it doesn't jack our energy bill up too badly. We rent our house and it's not perfectly insulated, so setting a low temp would mean running the air pretty often.

I think I got it going a little earlier than I wanted to this year and have been running it at 76. I think last year I tried to keep it at 78, so I bumped it up to 77 this morning while the house was still cool. We have the dog at home during the day, so we can't really run it on a timer.

What are other people setting their AC at?
7581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF7,MGS,RE:DC all coming to US PSN on: June 01, 2009, 04:39:51 PM
Rated by the ESRB...
7582  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: recommend me a Mac Pro on: May 31, 2009, 03:20:18 AM
The bottom of the line Mac Pro is silly powerful and probably not even needed unless they are doing really serious video editing. A nice MacBook Pro and Final Cut Express is probably plenty if they are just doing internet-based video, or even an iMac. Heck, I have the low-end standard MacBook (the white one that has Firewire) and it edits great with iMovie and I'm sure it could handle Final Cut.

Again, it kind of depends on exactly what they are planning to do.
7583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSM3 Review Scores on: May 30, 2009, 07:51:11 PM
Based on the general concensus for Infamous, at 71, Ghostbusters must be awesome at 85.
7584  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: recommend me a Mac Pro on: May 30, 2009, 07:44:16 PM
Just don't go with a an aluminum Macbook as they don't have firewire. What kind of video editing are they doing? Broadcast quality or other?
7585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RPG peeves on: May 29, 2009, 09:05:11 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 29, 2009, 08:57:39 PM

Why do you have to purchase your weapons, armor, spells, and items in every single MMO even though the entire populace knows you're the only group in the entire universe that can save them?

7586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG peeves on: May 29, 2009, 07:56:36 PM
Why do I have to wear a special bracelet or cast a spell in order to find out how many hit points a monster has or what element they represent? I hate that.
7587  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: When did you lose your religion? on: May 29, 2009, 04:53:12 PM
I was raised Jewish and followed the fairly typical suburban Jewish path - synagogue on high holidays, Hebrew school, bar mitzvah, etc. My parents were not particularly observant but at least tried to educate us to believe in god and respect our heritage.

I had a somewhat similar experience to DragonFyre in that while I had friends, I was certainly relegated to the more geeky outer circle. Being a good person yet seeing greater happiness go to people who do not seem to deserve it certainly makes you question how the world works. I have seen too many bad things happen to good people. My aunt, who was probably the nicest, most generous person I have ever met, was an observant Jew and died in her late 50's after an extremely painful, protracted battle with bone cancer. Based on all I had seen, it seemed that if there was a god, then he/she simply set the world spinning like a top and just watched to see what would happen. I had no real desire to take interest in a god that took no interest in me. On top of that I developed a general disdain for organized religion the more I learned how it had historically contributed to hate, death and destruction (particularly, knowing that I would have been killed in WWII Germany simply based on who my ancestors were hit home)

Freshman year in college I took a course in evolution (we read Sagan's "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" and he visited our class) and in a breakout session we went around the room describing our feelings on god. This was the first time I verbally stated that I was pretty sure I was an atheist. My friends and my family gave me everything I needed to feel purpose in life, and science explained my existence better than I felt religion could.

I once asked my uncle (husband of my aunt mentioned above) why he though that the old testament said what it did about keeping kosher - was it to help people avoid eating food that could make them sick, etc. He told me that you just have faith and do what it says. I really saw our differences right in front of me right then - blind faith is just something I can't subscribe to.
7588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wikipedia bans the church of scientology on: May 29, 2009, 02:22:04 AM
Possible ban in France, now this...

edit: ah, crap, maybe this belongs in r&p. Move if necessary.
7589  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Bible is based on forgeries? on: May 28, 2009, 06:23:06 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on May 28, 2009, 03:08:04 PM

Is a human life any less beautiful and meaningful if suddenly there is no God? Are your kids any less wonderful if there is no God?

The point of our lives is to make the world a better place for future generations. Isn't that point enough? Must there be a God up in the sky approving of our actions to give them meaning?

I will just +1 this.

And I will offer this quote from the movie "Contact", which while a little trite, I've always though was a good summary of what being human is all about, and why all I need to get by in life is friends and family:
You’re an interesting species, an interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.
7590  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Creationism Reading Material - Macintosh is evil. on: May 27, 2009, 07:49:57 PM
Consensus around the net is that it is a hoax, but a very well crafted one. Supposedly the same people who do Landover Baptist did it (and there is a whole section on it requesting that people help shut down Landover Baptist). The thing that sticks out to me (besides the orbital cross) are the pictures of the contributors, which very much remind me of the way the contributor pictures in the Onion look.
7591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 now has 13million players on XBL on: May 26, 2009, 11:10:14 PM
I assume this means 13 million unique since launch? Not 13 million unique in the month of May?
7592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Twitter] Who do you follow? on: May 26, 2009, 07:07:12 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 26, 2009, 06:58:52 PM

Twit-what? I haven't jumped on this fad. As far as I can tell there is no reason to get 140 character updates on anyone's day to day actions/thoughts. I will wait for the RSS feed to my Google Reader if it's something important.

I think what is really interesting about Twitter is the real-time nature of it and the sort of "critical-mass" nature of it. The search tool they have is critical in this.

For example, you might have a friend who tweeted about the prop 8 vote. You could quickly search on "prop 8" (or better, use one of the established hash codes like #prop8) and you'd see what everyone is saying about it. You can use it to see what people are saying about the sports event you are watching, you could even use it as a search engine with real people behind it by putting a question out and having others respond to it.

I think there's a lot of neat stuff in there, but you have to manage the signal to noise ratio. Like any other kind of social media technology I think it is trying to find its place, but there's a lot of interesting things happening with it. There are also a lot of sites that use the api to do interesting things. is pretty interesting just to see the amount of information that is being Tweeted.
7593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Twitter] Who do you follow? on: May 26, 2009, 06:46:22 PM
Decided to dive back into Twitter and see what it's good for. Curious what people think is worthwhile to follow?

I already follow GT, so you don't have to go there biggrin
I am following GiantBomb, but they seem to mostly just post links to whatever article they just posted, so I could use a better video game feed.
I am following Macworld and they guys who run TidBITS, and they are both pretty quiet.
I also follow this guy who posts every time the Mets game changes score and the current winning probability - cool without the overkill of a pitch-by-pitch type feed I've seen.
7594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 26, 2009, 06:34:47 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 26, 2009, 05:56:13 PM

It's been the opposite for me.  I can put hundreds of hours into a good multiplayer shooter

To be clear, I was referring specifically to SP. I've certainly killed my share of hours on CoD MP.
7595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 26, 2009, 05:51:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 26, 2009, 05:48:24 PM

Doesn't help that most RPG's are very front-loaded, so the endgame ends up feeling either incredibly dull or ridiculously difficult.  Lost Odyssey was the worst offender of this in recent memory.

Oh great, now you tell me smile
7596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The RPG vs. FPS time sink paradox on: May 26, 2009, 05:40:40 PM
Why is it that no matter how good an FPS is, I seem to be ready for it to end around the 8 hour mark, but I will happily let hour upon hour slip by while I explore an RPG for some weapon with a fun name that boosts my stats up an extra point? The corollary being that my likelihood to finish an RPG (in fact I have never finished a turn-based RPG) works in inverse to the growing hit points of the bosses I encounter.

(and I am currently about 22 hours into Lost Odyssey)
7597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: May 25, 2009, 03:36:08 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 25, 2009, 03:00:13 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 25, 2009, 02:46:07 AM

Is it intentionally choppy so as not to show off too much? If so, it's annoying as crap.

well, you see, they called me up the other day and said 'Hey, CeeKay, we got this guy, Erotic Midorikawa or something like that, who we really want to annoy.  any ideas?'  so, I pondered for a moment, and replied, 'well, he loved CoD4, and is probably looking forward to your new trailer for MW2.  so, I guess if you really want to annoy him, you could make it really choppy'.  so, yes, it's intentional.


I found that the windows media version was really choppy, but the quicktime version worked great. Well, except for the fact that it stopped about 20-30 seconds from the end and wouldn't go any further.
7598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Shareware Age on: May 25, 2009, 12:35:43 AM
Freshman year in college we had a lot of fun working through the Commander Keen shareware versions. A 3D version of that license might actually be pretty fun.
7599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help winning a trip to NY on: May 24, 2009, 12:30:26 AM

Quote from: Sith Lord on May 23, 2009, 11:19:33 PM

Woo hoo!

The producer has already called and told me that the Dinosaur won by a landslide when the current votes were combined with the anchor/judges scores. I've been told to report to the restaurant tomorrow morning at 6 AM for the follow-up segment. Woo hoo!!

If I understand correctly, the segment will air tomorrow morning (Sunday, 5/24) at approximately 7:30 or 8:30 AM depending on your time zone and which of the 3 live feeds your local affiliate has elected to air. Check your local listings, I guess.

Thanks a ton to those who cast their vote on my behalf.

Will we be able to recognize you from your pale skin and somber attire?
7600  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Issues when quoting on: May 23, 2009, 08:00:21 PM
I've actually seen a weird issue with spoiler tags when using Safari on Mac. Sometimes (not always) when someone uses spoiler tags, opening the tags only results in a thin area visible, You have click into the area and drag down to scroll through the text.
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