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7881  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: July 28, 2008, 03:56:20 PM
OK, mission complete.  On to "A Storm of Swords". And if I thought "A Clash of Kings" was long - this one is 47 hours!
7882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Batman: The Animated Series on: July 26, 2008, 04:23:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 26, 2008, 03:53:11 AM


Plastic-Man? Ugh.
7883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RoboCop by Darren Aronofsky? on: July 25, 2008, 08:16:53 PM
This definitely caught my attention at IMDB:

Quote
Robocop is returning to the big screen - 15 years after the cyborg crimefighter handed over his badge and gun.

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky - famous for movies Pi and Requiem for a Dream - has signed on to direct the fourth installment of the franchise, reports Daily Variety.

The movie, a 'noir' take on the story about a murdered cop who is brought back to life as a robot, is slated for a 2010 release.

That would be quite different from a Verhoeven RoboCop - but I am curious...
7884  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Wearing a hat means the terrorists win on: July 24, 2008, 06:22:57 PM

Quote from: Destructor on July 24, 2008, 05:47:07 PM

When the hell did it become a fad to show your underroos anyway?

one explanation is that it comes from prison culture, where lack of a belt means you wind up looking that way.
7885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Will F.E.A.R. make me poop my pants? on: July 23, 2008, 05:31:05 PM
Mostly I don't like the "you're alone in a scary hell world and here's about 100 hospital room doors that you have to open to find a key and who knows what might be on the other side - probably nothing, but every once a while some creepy monster that only a sociopath could dream up" scary.
7886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Will F.E.A.R. make me poop my pants? on: July 23, 2008, 04:36:07 PM
Project Origin is looking very interesting, but I haven't played F.E.A.R. yet. Here's the thing - I get very stressed out playing scary games.  I managed to make it through the original Silent Hill, but Silent Hill 2 I got partway through but have never been able to get myself back in the mood to finish it. Games like Resident Evil or Eternal Darkness I can deal with, although I tend to want to play them during the day. Something like Dead Rising is no problem.

So where does F.E.A.R. fit on the scary scale?
7887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: July 22, 2008, 09:21:12 PM
OK, I have about 5 hours left and things have started moving at lightning pace.

 icon_eek at
Spoiler for Hiden:
Bran and Rickin's murder. The way it was handled at the time (completely "off screen") I was sure that the news was just a rumor and they would turn up. Martin is just ruthless. Not that I care too much as neither Bran or Rickin were very interesting. But killing them both off was a big surprise. I'm hoping Theon meets a fitting end, but at this point I can't make any assumptions.

EDIT: OK, I just read something at wikipedia that leads me to believe all may not be as it seems.  I better not do that again.
7888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Dead Rising - Zombie Sacrifice on: July 21, 2008, 07:44:46 PM
Quote
"My brother is a casual gamer, but he's the sort of person who doesn't like it when the visuals are too intricate or elaborate -- he gets nervous about whether he's good enough to play it at all,"

So casual gamers are intimidated if the game they are playing looks good. OK.
7889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: did you ever watch "120 Minutes"? on: July 18, 2008, 10:39:07 PM
related, it turns out that tons of these videos are on youtube. Probably illegally, but I'm not telling smile  I just watched a bunch of videos by the Mighty Lemon Drops, Trashcan Sinatras, The Lightning Seeds, etc.

EDIT: OK, I had to go back and edit in links to some favorites I was finding on youtube:

The Milltown Brothers, "Which Way Should I Jump"
The Primitives, "Crash"
The La's, "There She Goes"
The Darling Buds, "Crystal Clear"
Ned's Atomic Dustbin, "Happy"
The Connells, "Stone Cold Yesterday"
The Trashcan Sinatras, "Only Tongue Can Tell"
World Party, "Put The Message In The Box"
Matthew Sweet, "Girlfriend"
The Mighty Lemon Drops, "Into The Heart Of Love"
Concrete Blonde, "Happy Birthday"
Blur, "There's No Other Way"

So all those songs are from the 88-91 period I believe. Just as a point of information, in 1992 I can pretty much pinpoint the moment in time when my musical interests started moving in a different direction. It's when I heard this song:

Superchunk, "Throwing Things"



7890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / did you ever watch "120 Minutes"? on: July 18, 2008, 06:14:26 PM
Came across this site while doing some wikipedia surfing:

http://www.altmusictv.com/120/archive_mtvclassic.html

It's almost every playlist from 120 minutes during its run (the link goes to the 1986-1995 period). Personally, it was a neat trip down memory lane, because I remember exactly where I was when some of those shows aired.  For example, I remember the premiere of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" because I had just started college and a group of us in my freshman dorm watched in one of the common rooms. I remember that Blur's "There's No Other Way" was one of the other videos they played during that show.

The summer before my freshman year I bussed tables at a local restaurant, and I usually worked Sundays and was off Mondays.  I would come home late Sunday night and stay up to watch the show. I remember so many of those videos, many of which prompted me to go buy tapes by bands I haven't heard in forever - Ned's Atomic Dustbin, The Milltown Brothers, The 360s, World Party, Straightjacket Fits, The La's, Concrete Blonde (although I just did hear "Joey" on the radio when I was at the dentist the other day) , etc.

Good times, good times...
7891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight at 88% on rottentomatoes!?! (so far) on: July 17, 2008, 03:28:43 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 16, 2008, 09:44:48 PM



Out of curiosity I looked through his review history to see if there is anything out there he does actually gain enjoyment from.  Fortunately film gems such as War featuring Jet Li and Jason Statham and First Sunday possessed enough maturity and depth to earn a positive review.  Apparently The Dark Knight isn't the only thing too in love with itself.   Roll Eyes

He'd make a decent Eli Vance, though.
7892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tonight we enter the all-digital age... on: July 17, 2008, 12:09:39 PM
The coupons are for OTA signal converters, right? The boxes I got (Motorola DCT700) are specifically for cable.
7893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead - E3 character designs? on: July 17, 2008, 01:08:34 AM
You can see a bunch of shots of the old characters here

http://www.left4dead411.com/media/screenshots/

Quote
Valve's Chet Faliszek (known in the industry as just Chet) explained that the redesigns came from the responses of play testers having trouble telling their fellow players apart in the fray, which is pretty important since you might otherwise shoot them

I certainly haven't played this game, but that sounds a little odd. They would mistake the grizzly biker guy with a girl? The old army guy with a black guy?
7894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: July 17, 2008, 01:01:30 AM

Quote from: Jaddison on July 17, 2008, 12:58:30 AM

Yes Feast for Crows, a guy named Lee reads it.....looking at preorder at Amazon can't see who reads the next one.....can only hope Roy makes a comeback.  If you ever listen to Dark Tower series the transition from Muller to Guidall is jarring but Guidall grows on you, Lee will never grow on me.

Nuts, I already have the audiobook - now I feel like I should read it instead.  I think I got the book with audible credits though, so I probably wouldn't be losing much if I never listened to it.
7895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: July 17, 2008, 12:47:46 AM

Quote from: Jaddison on July 16, 2008, 11:46:34 PM

Enjoyed the reader of the first three books....this last guy not so much.  This was a much more painful transition than the Frank Muller to George Guidall one for the Dark Tower series.  The new reader for Clash of Kings just isn't that good IMO.

Do you mean a Feast for Crows? Yeah, this guy, Roy Dotrice (sp?) is quite good.  That's too bad that they lost him. One of the great things about the Harry Potter audio books is that Jim Dale did all 7. Little bit of trivia - a different guy does the British Harry Potter audio books.  Seems kind of silly, no?
7896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quantum of Solace trailer on: July 16, 2008, 02:09:26 AM
Hadn't heard about this. Looks kind of interesting - some kind of mix between first person, over the shoulder and 3rd person. Although I wish they would just make another game like Everything or Nothing with an original story.

http://xbox360.ign.com/dor/objects/826182/james-bond-007/videos/quantumofsolace_e3trailer_071508.html
7897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 08 Coverage Begins! on: July 16, 2008, 02:00:16 AM

Quote from: Ridah on July 16, 2008, 01:31:50 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 16, 2008, 12:47:02 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 16, 2008, 12:45:53 AM

well, other than the Dragon Age and Fable 2 news everything else was pretty bleh.  Maybe the next big MS thing will have some word about Mass Effect 2....

As for the Netflix deal, did they say if it was going to upscale?  I think the 'watch it now' stuff is mostly 480p, which will look bad on big screen TV's.

I was under the impression that everything over HDMI is upscaled...is that not correct?

It would be streaming from the internet rather than playing on a device via HDMI so...

It does have to get from the XBOX to your TV, though...
7898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: July 16, 2008, 12:53:07 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 16, 2008, 12:25:20 AM

Quote from: rickfc on July 15, 2008, 07:52:41 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 15, 2008, 07:47:52 PM

Reading is kills puppies.

FTFY

pussy.

Do they have different people doing the voices, or is it one guy who does the female voices like an imitation of rickfc after being kicked in the balls?

The latter.
7899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: July 15, 2008, 09:16:25 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on July 15, 2008, 08:57:53 PM

I've read them all (with my eyes) and loved them.  Can't remember Clash of Kings very well (was that the first one?). 

2nd one.
7900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 08 Coverage Begins! on: July 15, 2008, 08:57:47 PM
So the 80GB PS3 is going to be $399 with no BC.  So, what happens to the current 80GB? Will there be any PS3 with BC?
7901  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: July 15, 2008, 08:50:49 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 15, 2008, 08:24:07 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 15, 2008, 06:39:56 PM

Now all the chapters are getting good, except for Dani - her chapters have been pretty lame all around.

Wait...what?   saywhat

For me, Bran's were the painful ones.  Soooooo uninteresting.

I felt the same way, especially the dreams, except
Spoiler for Hiden:
Theon just seized Winterfell, and that was a Bran chapter. Started off crappy, too, with some long sequence of Bran dreaming he was a dire wolf and sniffing around.
7902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: July 15, 2008, 07:01:03 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on July 15, 2008, 06:51:45 PM

I think they also make books for reading.

say what now?
7903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teggy attempts to listen to the "A Clash of Kings" audio book, take 4 on: July 15, 2008, 06:39:56 PM
Just a little update on this, not that anyone cares smile  I have managed to get about 26 hours into the 37 hour total and the story has gotten quite good. As each chapter started for the first half I would get encouraged or discouraged based on the name. Aria - good. Jon-ok. Tyrian-good. Sansa-ok. Bran-eh, etc. Now all the chapters are getting good, except for Dani - her chapters have been pretty lame all around.
7904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LTTP: Metroid Prime 3 friend tokens on: July 15, 2008, 01:33:58 PM
I started playing this last week and was hoping people could send me friend tokens? I have a bunch I can send out, too.

Here's my Wii number:

8319-4967-5528-4631
7905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTAIV - Who lives and who dies? on: July 15, 2008, 12:12:22 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on July 15, 2008, 04:49:58 AM

Quote from: Teggy on July 15, 2008, 02:59:52 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on July 15, 2008, 01:40:06 AM

You know who none of us killed? That ass clown from the old country who showed up, fucked up Niko, then took off. Resolution? Nope. I forget his name, sort of like the developers forgot that entire plot strand (i.e. probably left it for the expansion pack so we have to pay $10 to see how it ends). Fuck this game.

Do you mean Bulgarin, the guy who said Niko owed him money?

That's the one.

Apparently, if you look at the police database after the end of the game, he is listed as being dead, although they don't say how he died.
7906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTAIV - Who lives and who dies? on: July 15, 2008, 02:59:52 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on July 15, 2008, 01:40:06 AM

You know who none of us killed? That ass clown from the old country who showed up, fucked up Niko, then took off. Resolution? Nope. I forget his name, sort of like the developers forgot that entire plot strand (i.e. probably left it for the expansion pack so we have to pay $10 to see how it ends). Fuck this game.

Do you mean Bulgarin, the guy who said Niko owed him money?
7907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Primal on: July 14, 2008, 10:08:01 PM
You have me intrigued. Does playing games PS2 games through the PS3 improve the picture much? I tried playing MGS3 on my 32" LCD using my PS2 (composite connectors) and it looked so horrible that I decided I would either wait until I got a PS3 (when it would hopefully look better through HDMI) or move my PS2 to a different tv.
7908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 08 Coverage Begins! on: July 14, 2008, 09:24:14 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 14, 2008, 08:58:15 PM

sorry Jersoc,i must of missed it

major nelosn has posted a kind of open letter on his site ,actually written from marc whitten

check it out

http://majornelson.com/archive/2008/07/14/some-of-the-features-in-the-new-xbox-experience-8-person-chat-vga-plus-more.aspx

tough luck Gellar,the blades arent going away icon_lol..prolly a choice,or maybe the blade system is what he is calling the 'select a box' thing

Yeah, I don't exactly understand what they mean about the blades being part of the guide. What I did notice immediately upon seeing the new interface was that there is no place for ads, so it seemed unlikely they would go completely in that direction, as nice as it would be.
7909  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: katie Holmes (with pic) on: July 14, 2008, 08:30:15 PM
I don't know if that is a new picture or an old picture, but there were other pictures of her with similar goings-on about the mouth a couple years back.

EDIT: yup, here: http://showbiz.sky.com/Katie-Puts-An-End-To-Kissing Strangely seems to be wearing the same glasses and hair in the years-old picture?
7910  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tonight we enter the all-digital age... on: July 14, 2008, 05:02:10 PM
RCN is switching to all digital in Boston, and the cutover date is 7/15, which I assume will be midnight tonight (could be wrong). Had to get a couple of simple boxes for the tvs that didn't have converters on them. The question is how good will TiVo be at getting this information, because almost all the channels are changing, and it has the potential to be a very big mess. At least most shows I watch are not on right now.
7911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting Fallout 1 to work on XP? on: July 08, 2008, 03:49:21 PM
The copy I have is the Fallout 1/Fallout 2 dual jewelcase, and it works on XP.  Maybe there is a patch?
7912  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Is ANYONE playing CoD4 online anymore? on: July 08, 2008, 02:52:49 PM
If they put out some new maps, I'm sure we'll all come back, at least for a little while. If there aren't GTers around, with COD4 at least I feel you can comfortably play alone on team deathmatch. Playing BF:BC as a lone wolf, not so much, due to the objective-based gameplay and 4 person com limit. Although I have gotten more comfortable with it, because I can always go after medals and patches.
7913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC (Now not the demo) on: July 08, 2008, 02:03:01 PM
I was actually surprised he got his xbox back so quickly.
7914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woot! I got my hedgehog into space :) on: July 07, 2008, 08:25:10 PM
Cute. Did it twice, got 7 days on the second try.
7915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone read Lois McMaster Bujold books? on: July 07, 2008, 06:11:53 PM
I had a bunch of audible credits to use up a while back and I picked a bunch of Lois McMaster Bujold books because they looked interesting. I got a few books from the Vorkosigan series (The Warriors Apprentice, The Vor Game and Cetaganda), and also The Curse of Chalion.  I haven't listened to any of them yet - I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on these - whether I should seek out earlier books before The Warrior's Apprentice, if they are any good, etc.
7916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield: Bad Company [Review] on: July 07, 2008, 05:26:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 07, 2008, 04:55:06 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 24, 2008, 02:20:25 PM



great review ...i have just finished the single player,i liked it,but did start to get a little pissed off near the end(but pretty much anything can piss me off these days)
Spoiler for Hiden:
having to run to those two bridges,take out two tanks and with half the whatever army firing at you,and having to do all that in a time limit before the U.S. army got to the bridges..argghhhhh

After playing that part a bunch of times attempting to do it the way the story seems to want you do it...

Spoiler for Hiden:
...that is, with C4, I took advantage of that fact that with the exception of the bits where you must clear out all enemies, the developers allow you to play the game however you want.  As it turns out, you can dash down the right side of the map, encountering 1 enemy on a rooftop that you need to take out, but almost no others, and reach the bridge. There is an enemy tank on the road right in front of the bridge, but the building to your left protects you. All you have to do is enter the building, where you'll find an RPG. Head to the roof and one or two shots to the near bridge takes it out, and then a long distance shot to the side of the second bridge, and you've stopped the friendly tanks. Now you can peek over the left side of the building and take out the enemy tank with a couple of shots, and you're free to move across the river.

Replaying the game on hard, I was able to use methods like this a number of times. The only really hard level was "Cash and Grab" (the one with the monastery), as you need to go very long distances to get to checkpoints, and they throw snipers, tanks and helicopters at you.

After playing quite a lot of the game, MP connection problems aside, my main gripes would be:

- helicopter controls in the SP being totally different than controls in the MP.  I don't understand why they did that.  They give you an entire helicopter tutorial in the SP and then you go to try and fly in the MP and you just crash.  And by "you" I mean me.

- Having to knife doors.  I spawn in a room in MP and I have to knife my way out just to get back in the battle? I"ve also now just created an opening the enemy can use to look into the house. Dumb.

- The respawn in SP. This makes finishing on hard a lot easier, but I don't really feel like I accomplished much.

- They don't use the d-pad at all in the SP.  Why not allow leaning?

and

Spoiler for Hiden:
The ending was poorly designed. You can destroy the Legionarie's helicopter long before you reach the helipad, but if you do, he magically reappears. That shows a lack of playtesting.

As far as the ways guns work in MP, I can't complain too much about that. You can't please everyone in a game, and any claim that something "isn't realistic" is just kind of silly. If it was realistic you would be incapacitated or dead at one bullet. There are probably some things they could improve, but I can at least understand why the guns and gadgets work as they do.
7917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]Wall-E Impressions on: July 07, 2008, 04:21:16 PM
Got to see this last night.  I'll just echo the praise here - really enjoyed this and it definitely ranks among the best Pixar movies (I consider TS2, A Bug's Life and the Incredibles to be the top tier).

If you haven't seen this, it's worth a look, although I didn't find any Easter eggs at first glance.

http://buynlarge.com/
7918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC (Now not the demo) on: July 07, 2008, 02:35:13 PM
So, I found kind of a funny glitch in the SP yesterday. I was finishing up the final mission on hard, dashing through the second to last part, and I came across some swimming pools. I stopped to check them out because they seemed fairly detailed and out of place, and turning, I saw there was a gold box next to them. I triggered the box-opening animation, and literally right as it finished, I got killed. I decided I would go back the same way, but when I got there, I was standing there. "I" as in Preston - the character was hanging out near the pools.  He ran around a little bit when I approached him. After I continued on with the mission, my entire Xbox seized up, but I don't know it that was related.
7919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC (Now not the demo) on: July 07, 2008, 04:16:28 AM
Yeah, I had a lot of trouble today, but managed to log on without issue at 9:45 or so. Just under 3500 points from rank 25.
7920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC (Now not the demo) on: July 05, 2008, 06:24:26 PM
wow, did I have some bad matches this morning. I was trying to get the laser designator medal (didn't get it) and was just getting destroyed.  I believe one match my k/d was somewhere in the range of 2-25. Someone I met online told me yesterday that my rank was 28 and today it had gone all the way up to 35, maybe it is worse now.
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