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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why are some new movies no longer available on demand? on: January 05, 2013, 08:03:29 PM
It has to do with separate rights for movies for each distribution type.  Managed competition for each market.

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The standard release routine for a movie is regulated by a business model called "release windows". The release windows system was first conceived in the early '80s, on the brink of the home entertainment market, as a strategy to keep different instances of a movie from competing with each other, allowing the movie to take advantage of different markets (cinema, home video, TV, etc.) at different times.

In the standard drill, a movie is first released through movie theaters (theatrical window), then, after approximately 16 and a half weeks, it is released to DVD (entering its video window). After an additional number of months it is released to Pay TV and VOD services and approximately two years after its theatrical release date, it is made available for free-to-air TV
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If you could have any car $100,000 USD or less, what would it be? on: December 20, 2012, 03:56:01 AM

2012 Lingenfelter "Pontiac" Trans Am
That's me all day.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 16, 2012, 01:03:13 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 15, 2012, 04:38:31 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 15, 2012, 04:00:37 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on December 15, 2012, 03:48:15 PM

Saw it last night in hfr 3d.  I liked it alot even tho there were a few pieces of the story that seemed kind of tacked on.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The stone giant scene for instance.   Only thing I got from that scene was maybe trying to show how dangerous the journey was and reinforce that Bilbo was a bit of a burden.


that part is actually in the book
Spoiler for Hiden:
http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Stone_giants

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Stone-giants first appeared in The Hobbit. It was their only known appearance, although they are mentioned briefly
in The Fellowship of the Ring. They first appeared in Chapter 4 (Over Hill And Under Hill), where they are described as hurling rocks at one another for game

It's not like in the books. The movie version is
Spoiler for Hiden:
more like enormous stone golems that suddenly fight to the death for no good reason, crushing limbs and heads with rocks while the main characters climb along one of their legs. It's a bit unnecessary and isn't at all like what I imagined it would be when reading the book.

I didn't mean to imply that it didn't fit into the overall story line, or that he made it up.  It just didn't feel necessary to me. It doesn't advance the plot line in any way apart from MAYBE showing Thorin risking himself to save Bilbo once again.  I get it, Bilbo isn't the adventuring sort. 
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 15, 2012, 03:48:15 PM
Saw it last night in hfr 3d.  I liked it alot even tho there were a few pieces of the story that seemed kind of tacked on.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The stone giant scene for instance.   Only thing I got from that scene was maybe trying to show how dangerous the journey was and reinforce that Bilbo was a bit of a burden.

I have been a lifelong fan of Tolkien, so I expected that I would like it. My gf went with me and she generally has no interest in the fantasy genre at all. I was pleasantly surprised that she enjoyed it as well, and that she had no trouble following the characters or story line with no previous exposure to the story.

As far as the HFR, the movie seemed very clear, crisp and easy to follow. I enjoyed  it and the only scene that I thought suffered from it was when they were walking in the rain and you could clearly see that they were wet, but that rain wasn't hitting them.  Wet faces but no droplets in the face.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: November 17, 2012, 06:05:37 PM
I always like this time of year. Every new CoD title makes me think of the Blue Brothers.  "We're getting the Band back together. dude".
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: November 17, 2012, 02:22:09 AM
just picked up a copy tonight, figured I'd give it a go. 
87  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Mice and Mystics on: November 13, 2012, 11:10:06 PM
Thanks for the reviews guys. I will have to add it to my list.
88  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Mice and Mystics on: November 12, 2012, 09:59:05 PM
Anyone ever play this "family friendly" table top adventure game?  I read a couple reviews for it and they seemed good, but for $75 I'd rather hear a good word from someone I trusted before I shelled out "New XboX game" dough.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 28, 2012, 04:04:05 PM
I have started trying to farm the Keywardens for the key pieces.  The endgame is alot different than the 1-59 grind.  Monster Power adjustment makes a big difference too, both for loot and balance gameplay. As with all multiplayer game, it is more fun with the right mix of people.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Bros Season 5 on: October 25, 2012, 11:03:51 PM
About time, this show has always been one of my favorites and I have about 28 episodes on my dvr at any given time just waiting to be rewatched.
91  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks Generals on: October 02, 2012, 08:29:38 PM
These guys started out making turn based strategy games didn't they?  I'm curious to see how this one plays.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Week 1 on: September 04, 2012, 10:48:56 PM
Buffalo actually has some potential this year. As a lifelong Lions fan, I know potential when other teams have it... Looking forward to the week 2 matchup with your 49ers, even tho I have it penciled in as a loss on my predictions. I don't see the Lions gelling as a team until we have at least a minimal threat to run the ball when Leshore returns in week 3.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: August 27, 2012, 06:11:53 PM
Saw the trailer this weekend attached to Premium Rush.  I had totally forgotten about this movie, but the trailer looks good.  Will have to add it to my list.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 27, 2012, 06:10:08 PM
"Say my name..."
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Wreck-It Ralph on: July 29, 2012, 06:29:52 PM
Ok, I know it's a kids movie.... but I saw the trailer last week and, as a gamer, it gave me flashbacks.  Watching the scene filled with all the old classic arcade baddies in a therapy circle had me smiling for the rest of the day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btB8tb8fLYM
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We need fresh blood- dont we? on: July 03, 2012, 08:53:00 PM
I have always felt like a peripheral member of the forums. I don't read them during the day and I rarely post on a thread.  I have been fairly active in the online gaming part of the group. EQ1 as a Gone Golder, SWG and WoW as a Wanderer, MW2, Black Ops as a GTer.  I may be doomed to remain a forum lurker, but I do appreciate that your all here. Heck I came to this forum for over a year before I realized there WAS a main page.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We need fresh blood- dont we? on: July 03, 2012, 08:36:44 PM
So this ISN'T a post about True Blood then???
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: July 03, 2012, 08:31:14 PM

Quote from: Misguided on July 03, 2012, 05:41:28 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on July 03, 2012, 03:23:35 AM

They should immortalize your character in a hardcore hall of honor.  How nervous were you as you leveled up from 58, 59 and 60? Were you avoiding elite packs, or just business as usual?

Nervous at points, certainly. There was one point below the fort in act III where I saw an elite pack and called it a night, but aside from that I never avoided a pack the entire way (at no time did I engage a pack then not kill it or skirt one on a map). I had two absolutely epic battles with shaman groups crossing the bridge on the way to Siegebreaker. One was shielded, jailer, arcane enchanted, and half that fight took place in one of the stairwells, which was insane. The other was an illusionist group, don't recall the other mods. The first one had to have gone on for close to 5 minutes. I didn't kite all that far, but because they were shielded, I would stay back a bit (because of the beams) and leap in to try and do damage in bursts. The problem with that was they would jail me and my whirlwind would come to a halt.

There were a couple of points in the 50s where I had 2-3 packs in a row that nearly killed me and I had to rethink my gear. Usually I could find an upgrade to get some more health somewhere, then I had a bit more security for awhile. It wasn't unusual to be at risk, but if I was a whisker away from death multiple times, I knew I had to change something.

I have my hardcore DH up to 36, and I have had one or two elite packs get me nervous.  I do notice when my gear needs upgrading as I tend to have to work too hard for some packs.  How far did you get in your hardcore questline? I'm act2 nightmare and I'm considering staying there for a couple more levels until I can gear up a little more.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: July 03, 2012, 01:38:58 AM

Quote from: Misguided on June 29, 2012, 04:26:27 PM

Hit 60 in hardcore yesterday. Time to put it down for a while.

Very nice.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: June 20, 2012, 09:14:33 PM
Started Nightmare on Hardcore DH the other day and some of those elite packs are giving me mini-heart attacks.  I'm thinking I need to re-gear from the AH if I want to get much further.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your street name? on: May 21, 2012, 10:45:51 PM
Dix Toledo

(an actual major street in my area)
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 17, 2012, 09:25:30 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 17, 2012, 09:04:27 PM

Just lost four Hardcore toons


Lvl 13 Monk --  Kharak Shaman
Several  Barbarians  -
Wizard - One shotted by a Thrall




Ah yes, what a thrill. I had a hardcore Necro in D2 that was past lvl 90 when he died. I left his ghost up on my character select screen for a long long time.  I can't wait for Hardcore D3.  ninja2
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: May 13, 2012, 04:02:46 PM

Quote from: Kagath on May 12, 2012, 06:43:52 PM

You, sir, are a dedicated fan. eek

Hopefully for the DVD release they will cleanup some of the dialog volume. I missed what Stark said to Cap when he got a lift too. Otherwise it was OK for me even in my crappy small town theater as they had it cranked up volume-wise.

Also:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Who was that at the end of the first credit sequence? I never really was into comics so I don't have a prior background knowledge.

Am I the only person that uses subtitles whenever watching a movie on dvd?  It can add a bit to the movie since quite often non audible statements are a part of the script and thus get subtitles.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: May 07, 2012, 12:15:26 AM

Quote from: Punisher on May 06, 2012, 11:06:39 PM

Quote from: theohall on May 06, 2012, 08:59:51 PM

The Coulson/Card thing

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yeah, we did see Coulson's body with Nick Fury standing over it when he died.  The cards thing was clearly a trick by Nick Fury, which the chick was calling him on and Fury reacts accordingly.  If Coulson is in Spiderman, it's before this happened.  If Coulson is magically alive, he is no longer purely human.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Nope.. We saw him lose consciousnees/appear to die, then the medics show up, then Fury says over the radio that the medics called it... Minor thing, but we didn't see the medics call it or give up....
I could see Fury lieing about this to give him an opening for the card trick..

Spoiler for Hiden:
When Coulson is lying on the ground, dying, he even mentions to Fury that they needed something like this to draw them together.  Faking his own death was practically his own idea.  Besides he is a pretty likeable character and the most prominent character to appear in basically all the recent Marvel movies. He cant be dead.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does this make ANY sense? (relationship related) on: April 28, 2012, 02:07:04 PM
Hmm, are you sure she isn't married or in some sort of relationship already?  Sounds to me like she may be interested in the physical aspects of a relationship without the risks of having an emotional relationship. If your just hooking up then it might give plausable deniability to any work related inquests into a relationship.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar ripping off Tim Schafer? on: April 25, 2012, 07:46:10 PM
Is it called Osmosis Jones part 2? icon_eek
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 21, 2012, 01:54:14 PM

Quote from: notrich on April 21, 2012, 04:22:48 AM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on April 19, 2012, 08:23:48 PM

I was thinking that Osha was going to have an expanded role and replace the frogs.

except she can't be in two places at once?

big book spoiler
Spoiler for Hiden:
she is supposed to go with rickon in one direction... AND NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN FOR 2-3 BOOKS   icon_lol

and the frogs go with bran - actually the frogs could be slightly older or replaced by another character... and bran's scenes will probably be a total of 15 minutes screen time the next two seasons - i exaggerate of course)

Spoiler for Hiden:
I remember Rickon from the books but I think he has already disappeared, never to be seen again, from the series...
I expect them to either tag Rickon along with Bran or drop him off at an aunts house somewhere, as the most memorable part that he had in the series to date was the shared dream of his fathers death, and that's already happened.
Spoiler for Hiden:
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 19, 2012, 08:23:48 PM
I was thinking that Osha was going to have an expanded role and replace the frogs.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Video] How I Play Skyrim on: April 11, 2012, 11:40:46 PM
Good video, pretty accurate and funny too.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 10, 2012, 10:00:51 PM
So Dinklage is signed for 6 seasons. That's encouraging.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2 on: February 25, 2012, 12:57:48 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 24, 2012, 11:00:04 PM

I just hope the villain is a bit more complicated, interesting, motivated than Nero.

My Nero impression is:
"I'm CRAZY! I HATE YOU! YOU KILLED MY PEOPLE! YOU MUST DIE! EVERYONE MUST DIE"
Lather, rinse, repeat. Never mind why his crew wouldn't just mutiny and off their fearless whack job leader.

And I've seen Eric Bana do great work. Munich. Much of Oliver Stone's Troy unintentionally made me laugh when I saw it in theaters in 2004, but I thought Bana's performance was the best thing in it. But he didn't have much to do in ST but frouth at the moth and *see above, repeat ad nauseam*

Watch the deleted scenes on the Blu Ray version. It adds some depth and direction to Nero, although not a ton. But it at least explains what he was doing in between the beginning of the movie and the finale.
112  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Tanks...free ww2 tank mmo on: January 17, 2012, 10:19:53 PM
Anyone else still playing Tanks? After a break for a couple months I started it up again a few weeks ago and I have been really enjoying it.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 16, 2011, 11:22:30 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 16, 2011, 06:26:21 PM

Quote from: Boudreaux on November 16, 2011, 06:17:31 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 16, 2011, 03:30:52 PM

Whenever you decide on a path in your usual manner, actively decide to go the opposite way and perhaps it'll solve your problem.   icon_wink

You would think so, but I'm convinced that it's my decision that is determining where the enemy team comes from.  I am controlling the other team's actions, but only to hasten my own untimely demise.

I feel the same way.  No matter what direction I go, I get shot in the back from 3 dudes.

The answer is simple. Play with GTers and move as a unit.  When you have team members that you can trust flanking you then you know that your covered.  If someone somehow kills your teammate that's covering your flank they will let you know in chat, at high volume, for close to an hour...  retard
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 10, 2011, 10:17:46 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 10, 2011, 08:46:50 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 10, 2011, 08:09:33 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 10, 2011, 04:10:14 PM

I'll might join in all the MW3 action after x-mas. Since I'll have more time and just one more month away from retirement.

Welcome to the retirement club! We have coffee and danish every Tuesday morning, but no one gets up early enough to show up nod

Disregard. I bought the game today. See you guys online  disgust

Just cant resist that Shooty Goodness!
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: November 01, 2011, 11:06:06 PM
I have had NO playtime this past week, but I totally need to hook up with GT players. So much more fun playing with decent team players.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: October 28, 2011, 12:00:58 AM
So how do I attach an xboxlive ID to my ea account? ( I know I'm an idiot.)
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: October 21, 2011, 03:20:22 AM
Im thinking I will be playing sometime Tuesday night. Been too long since the ole Xbox has been fired up.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: omg I put an offer on a house on: August 17, 2011, 09:17:53 PM
I spent 10 months actively looking for houses a year ago and it was a draining experience.  I had offers in on 9 separate houses over that time and even lost out a "last and best" situation where we were the highest offer by %10 when the listing agent decided to buy it... Unethical? yes, apparently not illegal. But after a long long search I am thrilled with the house I ended up with. Just happened to walk into it at the right time and scooped it up before the vultures got to it.  Keep plugging away, its a buyers market and there are tons of houses out there. Your perfect house is still a possibility.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help settle an argument--is it ok to run a window AC for three days straight? on: July 20, 2011, 08:52:22 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 19, 2011, 06:01:34 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on July 18, 2011, 10:26:34 PM

Most newer units seem to cycle the compressor on and off themselves for while running, at least mine seem to.  I do remember having an older unit at out last house that could freeze solid every once in a while and need to dethaw but never seen it happen with our newer units.


Dethaw?

de - to undo, reverse
thaw - to melt.

slywink

ya I saw that after hitting submit but didn't want to bother with an edit just to change it to unthaw. slywink
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help settle an argument--is it ok to run a window AC for three days straight? on: July 18, 2011, 10:26:34 PM
Most newer units seem to cycle the compressor on and off themselves for while running, at least mine seem to.  I do remember having an older unit at out last house that could freeze solid every once in a while and need to dethaw but never seen it happen with our newer units.
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