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3841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: The Ocean Marketing customer service debacle on: December 30, 2011, 07:05:06 PM
This guy no longer just needs a public shaming. His career needs to burn.
3842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 30, 2011, 08:37:05 AM
The book is the same in that regard. It's only with the two following books that Salander's backstory is dealt with in any way. Both movies (the Swedish and the American) actually take and use a part of the story from the second book (the burning) to give her a bit more nuance, though not enough that it isn't still a mystery.
3843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: The Ocean Marketing customer service debacle on: December 29, 2011, 09:40:44 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 29, 2011, 09:28:20 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 29, 2011, 09:21:52 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 29, 2011, 08:57:52 PM

This kind of stuff should be reserved for pedophiles and murderers.

Wat.

The threats.

Edit - Actually, you know what?  It's more than the threats.  It's taking active joy in trying to bring someone down.  I don't get that mentality.

It's because the assholes usually get away with it, and Paul would have gotten away with it too if Penny Arcade hadn't been involved. There are few things as satisfying as seeing an asshole get his comeuppance. Hell, if he had apologized (honestly, not like the stupid "let's see if I can placate these guys without admitting anything" efforts he's made so far) and tried to be humble, the shitstorm would have stopped almost immediately and this would have been a non-issue. Instead the guy keeps making it worse and worse for himself, egging on everyone in the process. Everything that has happened to him so far in this case (except threats, though I've yet to see a single one of them verified by anyone but Paul himself, and he's as questionable as sources come. He's even twisting the things Mike wrote to him, despite the fact that evidence to the contrary has been openly available online since day 1) has been well deserved and then some. Paul needs to hear this over and over until he realizes how much he fucked up.

Honestly, this is all his own damned fault. He's had opportunity after opportunity to stop this, he's been warned over and over again, and nobody (except the hypothetical threatener) has done anything beyond merely highlighting the guy's own words. He's doing this to himself and doesn't want to listen to the advice of people who're trying to help him.

Save your sympathies. They are lost on him.
3844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: The Ocean Marketing customer service debacle on: December 29, 2011, 06:14:00 PM
Quote from: Paul Christoforo in Forbes
I mean, I’m all right. There’s a lot of bad stuff on me right now, but today was a pretty good day. MSNBC put a real favourable piece up on me, there are a couple of radio interviews that I’m going to do, Spike TV’s going to come to my house on Monday to shoot a piece on me.

LOL, this guy just isn't very bright. What's the mental condition called where you're not able to see your own character flaws regardless of how obvious they should be?
3845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 28, 2011, 10:29:04 PM
Sooner or later the reality is going to come crashing down on him. I'm starting to suspect he'll self-destruct when that happens, rather than take any blame for himself and actually learn something from all of this.
3846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 28, 2011, 08:05:08 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 28, 2011, 07:10:00 PM

That's pretty clearly a fake twitter account, yo.

It's most definitely fake, but this thing has escalated to the point where people have stopped asking questions and blindly accept anything as gospel. It was particularly absurd on the PA forums where people kept reposting stuff from that Twitter account even though every other post pointed out that it's fake.
3847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 28, 2011, 09:05:39 AM

Quote from: D.A.Lewis on December 28, 2011, 01:32:42 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 21, 2011, 08:18:25 PM

I've been on a bit of a Millennium-binge lately. I started reading the first book 2 1/2 weeks ago and finished the last one this last Sunday. Also watched the Swedish movie, and I just now came back from watching the American version at the theater.

First of all, I was a bit disappointed in the Swedish movie. . . .

Tilt, did you see all the Swedish movies? They made one for each book. I liked the orignal movies a lot, but obviously not as much as the books. Its sorta sad that we only got to experience 3 books from this very gifted writer. I plan on seeing the American version this week - thanks for the comparison/review. 

I'm planning to see the two other movies soon. smile
3848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 28, 2011, 09:01:38 AM
It's quite incredible to see how much force the Fifth Estate (the Blogosphere) can bring to bear in some cases, and this time it was also entirely justified. This guy not only fucked up initially, but he even managed to fuck up his apology by making it crystal clear that it was only because of Penny Arcade's power he was apologizing, not because he was truly sorry. A lesson in humility was very much required here.
3849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 27, 2011, 02:49:46 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on December 27, 2011, 01:55:46 PM


It's not, but it's way, way more faithful than the Swedish version. In a twist of irony, the American version is the more complex of the two, while the Swedish one appears dumbed down.
3850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nearly 20 years on,what are your thoughts on Alien 3? on: December 23, 2011, 12:12:39 PM
I always disliked Aliens and could never see what people think is so awesome about that movie. It's overacted and filled with idiot, subordinate marines. I much prefer the original Alien, and I consider the 3rd movie to be the second best as it went back to the roots of what made Alien so good. The less I have to hear the so-called great quotes from Aliens, the better.
3851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'EngineNo9 Kicked Us Out of the Other Thread' Buffy Discussion Thread on: December 22, 2011, 10:12:57 PM
There's a very, very good supporting character who appears in season 2.
3852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 22, 2011, 02:48:49 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 22, 2011, 12:07:12 PM

I watched the original movies, but I haven't read the books. Anyone care to spoiler on why the American remake is more accurate to the books?

That's a way more complex question than you think, so I'll limit myself to some vague, very important points in my mind: (huge spoilers!)

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Swedish movie changes the personalities of both Blomkvist and Salander. Blomkvist is insecure, unattractive, slow, and never solves a damn thing on his own. This is totally unlike in the books where he's confident, attractive, quick-witted and draws many important conclusions without needing Salander to do it for him. The movie had Salander join his case on her own accord, solving the mystery with the bible verses without Blomkvist even being aware of her existence. In the book Blomkvist figures out the significance of the verses with a clue accidentally given to him by his daughter, and later hires Salander after Dirch Frode accidentally spills the beans about hiring her before. In the Swedish movie Blomkvist accidentally stumbles into the main bad guy and gets captured by him without having a single clue about what's going on. In the book Blomkvist has more or less solved the mystery by the time the confrontation happens, and he retains more control. All of these things are done right in the new movie.

Speaking of the bad guy, his personality changed quite a bit in the Swedish movie too. He desperately wants to know what happened to Harriet and encourages the investigation into her disappearance in the book, but in the movie he barely even appears before the end, where he seems dull-witted and uncaring. He's supposed to be slightly off the hinges, actually screaming at Blomkvist to tell him what happened to Harriet when neither of them actually knows a thing. Once again the American movie handles it right.

Salander falls in love with Blomkvist during their investigation and actually wants to begin a more serious relationship with him in the end, but something happens (related to Blomkvist's personality. I'm being purposefully vague here) that hurts her badly, and she decides to cut him off from her life. In the Swedish movie the only hint of this is that she gives him an awkward kiss and runs out the door. Her dislike of Blomkvist is important to the second and third book, so I have no idea how the Swedish sequels fix the way they ended up in the first movie. The American movie stays very close to the book's version of events.

The Wennerström affair gets much more focus in the book, including Millennium's role in the whole thing and how the magazine plans to get out of its problems (which ends up tying into Blomkvist's investigation of the Vanger family). The whole thing gets proper closure in the book, whereas the Swedish movie glosses over it and more or less leaves it hanging with only some vague clues left. The American movie shows the whole sequence of events and gives it more or less the same closure as the book.

Blomkvist's relationship with the editor of Millennium is barely even mentioned in the original movie, while it gets much more attention in the new one. It's an extremely central part of Blomkvist's personality in the books, quite possibly his biggest flaw, and can't be glossed over without making the character feel flat.

There's plenty of dialogue throughout the entire movie that's been changed in the Swedish movie for no apparent reason. The American movie stays close to the book regarding what people say.

The Swedish movie spends a long time focusing on things that aren't important while the American movie keeps moving forward at a brisk pace. The result is that the latter manages to cram in much more plot from the book.

There's plenty more, but these are just some of the more obvious ones.
3853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 21, 2011, 10:32:25 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 21, 2011, 10:00:57 PM

I read the first book at the beginning of the year while i was in Hospital and enjoyed it although it was slow to get into and the last 50-100 pages or so weren't needed IMO,but i have been trying to get into the second book and just can't do it

The second book has the slowest start of all three. In fact, I don't think you even get to know what the book is about until about 25% into it. Once you do however, it keeps a solid pace all the way to the end of book 3. The last two books are really just two separate parts of the same story, whereas the first book stood well enough alone. Once you get past the very long introduction in book 2 you'll be hooked.

Quote from: kronovan on December 21, 2011, 10:19:11 PM

Out of the US cast Rooney Mara seemed to be the unknown entity - how's her performance as Lisbeth Salander?

She's closer to her description in the book. Noomi Rapace made Salander sexy, but that's not really what she's supposed to be. Rooney Mara makes Salander younger and more androgynous, with a bit more of an edge to her.

3854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 21, 2011, 08:18:25 PM
I've been on a bit of a Millennium-binge lately. I started reading the first book 2 1/2 weeks ago and finished the last one this last Sunday. Also watched the Swedish movie, and I just now came back from watching the American version at the theater.

First of all, I was a bit disappointed in the Swedish movie. It's not a cultural thing either, seeing as I'm Norwegian. It just felt a bit cheap, not to mention that it changed the plot in completely random ways that never made any sense (as in, there was no reason why they couldn't just keep the original plots) and skipped important things. It also changed the personalities of major characters, particularly Blomkvist who felt like an incompetent fool in the movie. Several times throughout the movie I was also thinking that I would never have been able to understand important plot points if I hadn't read the book before.

Now here's the interesting thing: The new American version isn't Americanized at all. It's still set in Sweden and is actually way more faithful to the book than the Swedish movie was, and it covers a lot more of the plot without ever feeling like it requires knowledge of the book first (not that I'm in an excellent position to judge this considering my fresh knowledge of both the book and the film). No personalities are changed (well, at least not important ones. They toned down the Nazis a bit for some reason, including Harald Vanger who now appeared merely meek instead of hateful). One character's role in the story is completely changed however, but I can see why they did it and it doesn't hurt the movie at all. Both Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are closer to their book counterparts than Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace were in the Swedish movie. There are no attempts to hide the violence and nudity, and in fact it appears they've been a bit more bold here, showing more of everything without going too far. The plot moves faster, but always stays manageable because of the skillful way in which it's handled.

All in all, the new movie is way better than the old one in my opinion.
3855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: December 20, 2011, 04:57:47 PM
I think it's a very good thing they changed his look. I mean, in those drawings even Bane's muscles have muscles!
3856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/19) on: December 19, 2011, 06:35:44 AM
Already got Trine 2 on the PC, so... nothing!
3857  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Kim Jong Il has died on: December 19, 2011, 06:34:53 AM
I'm glad the old bastard died (there are very few people in the world whose death would make me happy, but this is one of them). It's not going to help stabilize the situation in Korea though. My impression is that the military is actually pretty powerful politically and may challenge the leader of the country, which is why Kim Jong-il occasionally threatened South Korea. It wasn't to scare the South Koreans, but to show the North Korean military who's in charge. With Kim Jong-il gone, the military could attempt a coup, which is even more likely when you consider that Kim Jong-il's oldest son is being skipped for leadership already, to be replaced with his younger brother.
3858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: December 19, 2011, 06:17:38 AM
LoL does require you to keep items from the beginning until the very end, which is unusual today. At least the game makes it clear that these items are important (I mean, the king sends you to pick up the Ruby of Truth and bring it to him. You shouldn't abandon that mission, after all). AFAIK, LoL2 also requires earlier items to complete the game, but there's often nothing to really separate them from the other things you find.
3859  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PSP2 Revealed, Codenamed 'NGP' aka PlayStation Vita on: December 19, 2011, 06:14:48 AM

Quote from: Destructor on December 19, 2011, 04:25:53 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 17, 2011, 08:37:15 AM

The PSP Vita is out!!! (in Japan)
Restrained myself from picking one up today.  To be honest I'm not sure if there are even any wifi versions available.  They're probably all sold out.  Pretty decent starting line up.  They've got Uncharted and Let's Golf.  Those are two must have games. smile

One DAY later, the hackers are already running unsigned code on the device. *facedesk*

Yes, but only in the PSP emulator, using hacks that were already known. I don't know why those loopholes weren't closed, but they don't give access to the Vita iself.
3860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: December 18, 2011, 08:36:00 PM

Quote from: Crawley on December 18, 2011, 06:30:24 PM

For example you get something called Vahlen's Cube. It's used to destroy a magic barrier. Once used it's gone. Well after working you way up to the 4th level of this tower you encounter all these ghosts. The only way to hurt the ghosts is using Vahlen's cube. Problem is if you used it up to destroy the second barrier you have no cube. There is no way to survive the ghosts without the cube. So that means you have to load an older save before you used the cube. Hell even with the cube the ghost area is brutally difficult.

That's actually not really true. A couple of walkthroughs insist on what you're saying, but as long as you use emerald swords, that part of the game just becomes more difficult instead. The first time I finished the game I don't think I used the cube at all for that part, and was pretty surprised when I saw the walkthroughs suggested using it. It's a notoriously hard section though, one of the most difficult levels I've ever played in a computer game.

I just finished my replay of LoL this week myself. It was an awesome experience this time as well, but I also noticed what you're saying. I guess it's hard to avoid for such an old game, particularly since people had other ideas about game design at the time than what we expect today. There are a couple of situations where using the right item can make a HUGE difference (such as with the cube), but there are no in-game hints that can lead you to this conclusion. Even so, the game holds up really, really well and was fun from beginning to end. It was also much shorter than I seemed to remember. For someone who doesn't waste much time, it shouldn't be a problem to go through the entire thing in less than 10 hours.
3861  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PayPal email warning on: December 15, 2011, 08:28:54 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 15, 2011, 04:43:19 PM

also I have never had PayPal spam emails until i joined PayPal,which is another excellent reason to close my account if i also don't use it

There is absolutely no relation. PayPal has grown to the size and power that they have to be just about as secure as a real bank. Nobody has access to your account information. That you suddenly started getting PayPal spam happened by pure random chance. You being registered or not at PayPal will make no difference whatsoever regarding your security, your received spam, or what the spammers know about you. The only danger is yourself and whether you respond to spammers. Hell, I've received spam like that from people pretending to be my local bank, and then we're talking about a niche market (Norway) with a niche language (Norwegian). PayPal is huge, and spammers can easily afford spending a little time sending their emails to random addresses simply because membership is so common.

Ignore all emails that tell you that you need to update your account information. Never follow links you receive in emails. Never open attachments from unknown sources (or known sources if the email received is out of character). Those three rules are all you need to be safe in the world of email.
3862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC gaming more expensive then consoles? on: December 14, 2011, 08:22:40 AM

Quote from: jersoc on December 14, 2011, 08:12:22 AM

Quote
Whilst building
ITS FUCKING WHILE, WHILE. whilst doesn't make you sound smarter. it makes you sound like a douche that i would punch on the road just for seeing your stupid douche face.

It's a perfectly valid word in the UK, which is where the article was written. Or do you expect Brits to write American English?
3863  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PayPal email warning on: December 14, 2011, 06:34:39 AM
This thread leaves me speechless. If someone who is reasonably computer savvy (which I suspect everyone at this forum is) even considers for a second that these emails may be authentic and even cancels his PayPal account over it, it's no wonder why this kind of spam kept being sent.

A little critical thinking never hurt anyone, but you'd never be able to tell considering how few who actually try it out.
3864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC gaming more expensive then consoles? on: December 14, 2011, 06:07:29 AM

Quote from: kronovan on December 14, 2011, 03:15:39 AM

That article fails in so many places its laughable - barely worth commenting on. Talking about consoles in a 3 year time frame is ridiculous, unless of course you're talking about the non-slim 360 and it's pathetic failure rate. smile The shortest life cycle we've seen for a console -other than the ill fated Dreamcast- is the Xbox at 4 years. 5 years is more the norm and this gen its being streched even further; 6+ so far for the 360 and 5+ for the PS3 and counting. Even the hardware-challeged-from-the-get-go Wii will have a run of more than 5 years.

And what does that have to do with the content of the article? By all means, I don't agree with all of it, but the console life cycle has no impact on it. In fact, it could be used against consoles at this point since the current generation is unlikely to be in the lead for 3 more years before something new and shiny comes in and takes over.

It's not an article about how historically viable it is to purchase a PC over a console. It's an article about how viable it is now.
3865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer Generals 2 by BiowarEA on: December 13, 2011, 09:53:13 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 13, 2011, 08:41:14 PM

So madden would have the decision trees?


./-----throw the ball
|-----run the ball
'\-----ignore the ball, head back to the showers with a couple of cheerleaders.

Well, it's nearly a Bioware decision node, but you need to mix in some gay/lesbian sex in one of the options or it just doesn't sound right.
3866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/12) on: December 12, 2011, 07:47:45 AM
I'm finally starting to catch up with my backlog, so it's good to see that this week won't add any more to it.
3867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer Generals 2 from Bioware? on: December 11, 2011, 05:01:16 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 11, 2011, 04:55:25 PM

And the slow decline of Bioware gains momentum.....

Yeah, I've been thinking the same thing. Even if this game turns out to be a huge success, Bioware as a brand will have become watered down and will have less of an identity. They've always been known as a developer of quality RPGs, but now people will just start to get confused when seeing their name.

I suspect the game will be only a moderate success at best. I haven't heard of any huge market for these kinds of games outside of Starcraft in recent years. The Bioware name will help (sadly, IMO. It's not really Bioware after all). Combined with the disappointing Dragon Age 2, Bioware is really close to tipping over into mediocrity, which would be a shame. I just hope Mass Effect 3 turns out well, because if that fails, I can't see any hope for them in the near future.
3868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer Generals 2 from Bioware? on: December 11, 2011, 04:34:32 PM
It's from a company called Victory, not from Bioware itself. Electronic Arts merely changed the name of the company to Bioware Victory, and the press (and people) are going for it, hook, line, and sinker.
3869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham City on: December 11, 2011, 06:40:23 AM

Quote from: shon on December 11, 2011, 12:06:11 AM

Started up my game again today and my save is gone.  15 hours lost.  Not sure if I'll replay or not.   Very disappointed....

Are you sure you logged properly into Games for Windows Live both before and this time? If you don't log in (or if GFWL for some reason isn't running in the background. You should check your system tray), your old saves won't show up AFAIK.
3870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on: December 09, 2011, 03:53:06 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on December 09, 2011, 03:33:01 PM

As far as the take on Irene Adler, yeah it wasnt the best performance but it wasnt totally anachronistic either.  Powerful and impressive women have used their brains and sexuality through out history, to get what they want.  Just look back at women like Cleopatra or Marie Antoinette.  We they rare and unique?  Certainly but they existed.

It wasn't just Irene Addler, but also Watson's wife. I don't recall if there were other notable women in the movie, but those two did not fit in at all and acted like 21st century women. Irene Addler certainly didn't behave that way in the books, where she in fact behaved rather meekly most of the time apart from a brief moment where she subtly showed off to Holmes without his knowledge (at the time).

Not to mention the whole setting. It felt almost steampunk at times. Having just finished reading through all 9 Sherlock Holmes books, I've become painfully aware of how much off the mark the movie was. Sure, Watson was nearly perfect and Holmes wasn't that bad. It's the rest of the movie, characters and scenery that messes up.
3871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: December 08, 2011, 01:55:57 PM
Just finished the main story myself. Was surprisingly short, actually. May have something to do with how the story progressed for me. It was mostly a variation of this:

- "Dovakhin, I need you to go to an ancient dungeon and retrieve an important artifact we'll need to succeed in our quest."
- "What, you mean this artifact I'm holding right here in my hand?"
- "Uh, yes actually. Where... How... Nevermind. Now we need to find a person who has been lost to us for a while."
- "Yeah, I think I know who you mean. I ran into him a couple of weeks ago. He wasn't very talkative."
- "You what? But... How... I mean..."
- "So, ready to go kill the dragons yet?"

This happened multiple times during the main storyline.
3872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] remakes part diggity-deux: Starship Troopers on: December 07, 2011, 06:11:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 07, 2011, 05:45:56 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 07, 2011, 05:40:19 AM

I kinda liked the Shining miniseries, but wasn't that in early 2000's and not in the 90's?

nope, it was in 1997.

Which coincidentally is the same year as when Starship Troopers was released. smile
3873  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gingrich: Child Labors Laws to Restrictive on: December 06, 2011, 10:09:02 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 06, 2011, 10:06:37 PM

You watch too much American television.  

1) Bullying will exist no matter what...but it doesn't turn into homicide in every instance, in spite of what Law and Order: SVU has taught you.  A new haircut will result in being bullied just as much as someone seeing you with an after school job.

2) Our schools are not full of both extraordinarily rich white people and poor african american children, in spite of what Beverly Hills 90210 has taught you.  They're usually reflective of the neighborhoods they're located in.  In any case, social programs along this line already exist outside the school systems and they're not resulting in massive murder rates as rich kids walk by and decide to shoot the poor.

What the fuck? I need to walk away from the keyboard right now, because I've rarely felt this insulted on GG, OO or GT ever, and if I keep typing I'll say something I'm going to regret. Maybe you want to reconsider the way you present your points?
3874  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gingrich: Child Labors Laws to Restrictive on: December 06, 2011, 10:03:00 PM
Anyone who thinks this is a good idea must have had a very isolated childhood. Fuck everything else, because the only thing the kids will see with this in effect is increased bullying. Kids will jump at anything to gain an advantage in the bullying department. If we, as adults, divide them into rich vs poor in this way, what the hell kind of signal does that send?

Let's put it like this: There's a damn good reason why most of the world forces kids to wear school uniforms. Think about it.

As for reasons to dislike this suggestion that none of you will care about: It will add further distance between the US and the rest of the world. Child labor is one of the most vile things society can do to its people, and there's a good reason why it's outlawed in pretty much every civilized country. The US would become a pariah and a laughing stock in human rights issues, and that's not an issue the country is well-regarded in already after the whole waterboarding travesty.
3875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of Thrones: The RPG on: December 05, 2011, 09:57:07 PM

Quote from: skystride on December 05, 2011, 09:36:45 PM

Is that the Witcher 2 engine?

Don't go confusing engines with art design now! Both games portray a bleak quasi-realistic fantasy world. I believe the graphics look better in the screenshots above than they will in actual play. The camera angles look very deliberate, particularly because I can't imagine they'll be facing up much of the time, if at all.
3876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/05) on: December 05, 2011, 08:10:30 AM
I'm buying every single PC game on that list!
3877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: December 04, 2011, 09:09:05 PM
I had been wondering where the funny little side stories like the guy with the Boots of Jumping in Morrowind were in this game. Well, I just found one! I accidentally stumbled upon a burning hut in the mountains, and decided to venture inside. There I found nothing of value, but there was a charred corpse there, holding a scroll of Summon Flame Atronach.  icon_lol
3878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'EngineNo9 Kicked Us Out of the Other Thread' Buffy Discussion Thread on: December 03, 2011, 10:54:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 03, 2011, 04:23:30 PM

We watched it in between Buffy seasons, and Buffy felt like the reward for doing so.

It went both ways for me. Some seasons Angel felt like a reward for Buffy, and others were opposite. The worst parts of Angel for me were seasons 3 and 4, where every episode of Buffy felt like heaven, but season 5 more than made up for it.

Quote
There are two characters that sort of shouldn't have existed, IMO:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Lorne is one.  Never cared for him at all.  However, without him, we wouldn't have Amy Acker who is just fantastic.  The other is Connor.  However, the episode that spawned him is one of Angel's best ever.  The show is really a mixed bag.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I definitely agree about Connor, a character that could ruin any episode he was in. Lorne however was much better, though I didn't like him at first. He grows as a character and becomes sort of a more light-hearted anchor for the group. The way his arch ends is also awesome.

3879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/28) on: November 28, 2011, 07:34:56 AM
Nothing! I'll get Assassin's Creed Revelations at some point in the future when it's discounted, but I don't like neither Ubisoft nor the way in which they've changed the originally planned story in these games, so I'm in no hurry.
3880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'EngineNo9 Kicked Us Out of the Other Thread' Buffy Discussion Thread on: November 27, 2011, 02:34:07 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on November 27, 2011, 02:18:57 PM

Haven't had much TV time but I managed to finish season one last night. My rememberer must be a little broke, need some help with the Angel / Darla relationship... and I guess we still need to use spoilers? This may stray into Angel's own series:

Spoiler for Darla:
I know I could google this but thought I would ask here. In the S1 episode where Buffy learns that Angel is a vampire, I don't remember Angel actually killing Darla to save Buffy. It was quite a shock as I would have sworn that Darla was the one that bears Angel's child. Or a child, in any case. Note, I'm not thinking of Conner and all that, but a pregnant Darla out in the rain allowing herself to be killed by Angel to save the child. What am I remembering?  icon_neutral

Spoiler for Hiden:
She's resurrected in Angel by Wolfram & Hart.
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