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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Quote from: Razgon on November 26, 2011, 03:55:33 PM
This reminds me, I read about a danish woman who died about 6 months ago, due to drinking too much water...3-4 liters in an hour over a prolonged period was apparently lethal!
Water is definitely lethal in large amounts. There's the occasional case of water poisoning during marathons for example, as people will drink far too much water in preparation for running. Those who advocate "cleaning your body" by drinking large amounts of water should be jailed for attempted (hopefully) murder.
Just a little warning: Make sure you're actually running Games for Windows Live before you start this game. I had mine disabled since it takes an average of 45 seconds to load during the Windows 7 boot, and didn't remember to turn it back on for Batman. The game didn't give me a single warning (though I did wonder why I couldn't bring up the Live interface) and let me play as normal. Played for about 2 hours then called it a night. Started it up again this morning and... there was no evidence I had ever played the game. No saved games whatsoever. All my progress lost.
If you're not seeing the GFWL interface, quit the game and make sure you're actually running the application first.