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4881  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: e-reader wish list and present features on: February 08, 2010, 07:06:39 PM
You only need to look at the Kindle's screensavers to see that it can do images with great quality. It's just a formatting problem in most books that cause the maps to look like crap.
4882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: e-reader wish list and present features on: February 08, 2010, 05:17:23 PM
I dunno about the Nook, but I think the Kindle lets you bookmark pages that you can then jump back to at a moment's notice (and you don't have to bookmark the page you were on. There's a shortcut that takes you to the furthest page you've read). Not that maps look very good on the basic Kindle though.
4883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 08, 2010, 05:07:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 08, 2010, 04:25:19 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 08, 2010, 04:05:29 PM

One thing I clearly don't like is the story setup though- basically there is no story IMO.  To use an analogy it feels more like a short anthology than a novel (and I far prefer the latter).  

that's a good way to put it.  this outing just doesn't have any sections that feel epic like the first game.  granted I'm not done yet but I have the squad all gathered except for one and I have yet to encounter anything as large as Feros, Virimire or Noveria.

I've been going across the galaxy looking for anomalies and I have to say some of them are odd.  one had me flip 3 switches while toggling a 4th to cycle between them.  that's it.  maybe there was a puzzle and I just got it on the first try but it felt like filler, and not even good filler.  another had me activating a mech and then replacing it's power cell by finding one lying on the ground every so often.  other than shooting a couple of varren that was it.  I kept expecting some twist but it never came.

Don't worry. Bioware has become very good at giving real and proper attention to the endings in their games, unlike most other companies. The final mission in ME2 is really epic (although not in length) and satisfying. The game ends on an awesome note.
4884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 08, 2010, 02:53:41 PM
Btw, I think Mass Effect 2's greatest cinematic achievement is the fact that it uses the Wilhelm Scream, and within the first few minutes of the game as well!  icon_biggrin (the first game uses the scream in the opening mission too, for the record)
4885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/7) on: February 08, 2010, 11:24:43 AM
Nothing, I think. I loved Bioshock, but for some reason Bioshock 2 doesn't appeal to me at all. It's perhaps because the previews make it seem so ridiculous compared to the original, with things like "Big Sisters" that feel totally out of place. Oh well...
4886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 08, 2010, 09:06:17 AM

Quote from: The Grue on February 08, 2010, 08:44:37 AM

Beat it tonight and lost one stinking crew member.  I guess there is a perfect choice on who you choose for the options to do things or something because in my opinion, the character I chose for a particular task should have lived (
Spoiler for Hiden:
I chose Legion to hack, when I guess I was supposed to take Tali, but either should have been a wise choice
).

At any rate, I loved the game and I think the Mass Effect series now tops the Baldur's Gate series as my favorite RPG of all time.  Will be interesting to see how all my choices play out in the third.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I used Legion as well and didn't lose a single team member. Was he loyal at the time? This is important.
4887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers) on: February 08, 2010, 05:19:30 AM
So I guess it's official then? At the point where a new episode airs, this thread is dangerous territory unless you've seen it.
4888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: February 07, 2010, 10:59:57 PM

Quote from: JayDee on February 07, 2010, 06:09:39 PM

They lost me right at the end when...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Pope-dude started waving around a magic wand. Everything up to that point was based in reality (except for the science-fictiony Animus). Once magic started getting involved I kind of tuned out.

Spoiler for Hiden:
It's not magic. It's incredibly high-tech alien technology.
4889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: February 07, 2010, 03:15:44 PM
Yeah, but my point is that if they're going for a hardcore realism mode, why abandon the realism so completely when it comes to weapons damage? I'm sure some people think a guy flying 20 meters backwards when hit with a shotgun is realistic, but for those of us who know better it's annoying.
4890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 07, 2010, 08:55:16 AM

Quote from: Moliere on February 07, 2010, 08:22:21 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 07, 2010, 03:14:23 AM

Quote from: TiLT on February 06, 2010, 11:17:50 PM

Do we really need to keep using spoilers now? The episodes are several days old already.

well,come about Tuesday i avoid this thread until i have seen the latest episode,which runs on Friday,then i come on here and read what everyone has been saying

so its up to you guys if you still want to keep using the spoilers,i for one am fine without them,if they are getting annoyimg...but maybe change the title of the thread so that people know there are spoilers inside.

I don't see why we should ever need Spoiler tags in this thread. If you haven't seen that week's episode then don't come into the thread.

Yeah, I think we should do this. It's the same policy as Lostpedia. If you've not caught the latest episode yet, you just shouldn't visit until you do.
4891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: February 07, 2010, 08:48:20 AM
Quote
There is an optional hardcore mode, the character needs to drink water, ammo has weight, healing isn't instant etc.

This is great!

Quote
Weapons also now have knock-back upon death, with shotguns sending people flying.

This is not. Come on! Shotguns don't send people flying!
4892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 06, 2010, 11:17:50 PM
Do we really need to keep using spoilers now? The episodes are several days old already.

Quote from: rittchard on February 06, 2010, 09:47:58 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Jack/Rose thing is interesting, I thought I imagined the reversal but I guess not.  Maybe the AltJack is now not so much the "hero" or confident take charge guy we are used to.  Possibly in this reality he never saved his wife, or never got over his fears in surgery?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Jack seemed plenty confident to me. His line about "nothing is irreversible" shows that pretty clearly. From what we saw in these two episodes, there doesn't appear to be anything different about Jack.
4893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 06, 2010, 03:15:51 PM

Quote from: rickfc on February 06, 2010, 03:01:02 PM

Question about a post-game mission:

Spoiler for Hiden:
How do I find the Normandy wreckage mission?  Legion made mention of it when going on about how the Geth were looking for Shepard for those two years that he was dead.  I can't get him to talk anymore now.   icon_confused

It's not a post-game mission. It's a DLC mission that should be included with all versions of the game. You'll have its location in your journal if you have it installed.
4894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 05, 2010, 11:43:12 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on February 05, 2010, 10:07:47 PM

*really tiny picture*

You tease! I guess you like having a joke of your own and flaunting it in front of the rest of us to remind us that we can't have any. slywink
4895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 05, 2010, 09:31:00 PM

Quote from: Rich on February 05, 2010, 08:06:21 PM

Going back to the Maggie Grace question about why she wasn't on the episode, I've heard that a few of the actors that have been killed off (Libby) were asked to come back but refused.  The creators said that some actors hold a grudge when their characters are killed off and just won't agree to come back for a guest shot here and there, I haven't heard if this was the case with Shannon or not. 

Maggie Grace had a scheduling conflict and didn't have time to appear, so they wrote her out of the season opener. I don't think she'll be back, but we'll see.

The only person who I've heard refused to reappear was the actress who played Rousseau, for reasons unknown. The guy who played Eko originally requested to be written out of the show, also for reasons unknown, which is why Eko was so suddenly killed (though that ended up being a really important scene and the first time we were shown that the smoke monster was able to take on human shapes).
4896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 05, 2010, 02:58:31 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on February 05, 2010, 02:13:50 PM

I don't see what's up with the pic.

It's a puzzle where the idea is to figure out what's wrong with it. I think the term "You'll shit bricks" is one of the most retarded things I've ever heard though.
4897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The end of an Era on: February 05, 2010, 01:07:03 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 05, 2010, 12:59:28 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on February 05, 2010, 10:30:05 AM

An excuse to get the iPad, perhaps?

slywink

+1!  Apple products never break!

Funny, considering how I have 3 friends with iPhones (the only ones I know with that phone in fact) who all managed to break its screen.
4898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 05, 2010, 09:35:55 AM
Heh, I did exactly the same thing.
4899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 05, 2010, 09:09:32 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on February 05, 2010, 09:08:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 05, 2010, 08:53:53 AM

one thing has me kinda confused with the romances from ME1:

Spoiler for Hiden:
none of them carry over, and you have multiple options (I'm counting 4 so far with the male Shepard) so I'm wondering if you'll get something special for being faithful throughout ME2.

From what I've read on the official boards . . .

Spoiler for Hiden:
. . . it sounds like the answer is "yes."  There will be repercussions if you aren't loyal.


Meh. The romances from ME1 can take a hike. I never liked any of them. Some of the ones from ME2 are way more interesting, and particularly
Spoiler for Hiden:
Tali
4900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption on: February 05, 2010, 08:03:57 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on February 05, 2010, 07:56:57 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 05, 2010, 06:08:13 AM

I picked this back up off of GOG today and fired it up for a bit.  I have to say I don't remember it being such a clickfest, having to click for every sword swing.  I am surprised that it does nativley support widescreen modes though, I'm running it natively at 1920x1080 and I think the only stretching may be in the 2D screens.  I figure this will be a fun diversion for awhile, can't wait to find the 'Malkavian' again.

In some ways it was a game before it's time, but all the typical Troika issues killed it.  Not that I ever quite finished it, but from what I understand the game falls apart at a certain point anyway.

Wrong game! You're talking about Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, a game that is totally unrelated to Redemption except that they share the same setting. (Not that Redemption cares even one little bit about the integrity of the setting though)
4901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 05, 2010, 08:02:44 AM

Quote from: jersoc on February 05, 2010, 07:45:15 AM

As for the quoted. I'm not sure. I try to offer improvements when saying I don't like something but I'm just not sure. Just mix it up a bit or something. Why do I have always to actively recruit? Why can't they disguise like JRPGs do? Why couldn't I walk into omega and discover that the doctor would be useful for me team instead of being told he is there? I don't need to my hand held to play games. Give me a gun, a ship and say go at it! And I will. So I guess my advice is disguise it.

That's what they did in ME1. You didn't get a roster of candidates there, but picked up those you could get when you found them. The entire point of ME2 is to build a team to tackle the greatest threat the galaxy has seen. I think it's unlikely that ME3 will feature more of the same.

ME3 speculation:
Spoiler for Hiden:
I suspect ME3 will have you try to gather an army to fight the Reapers instead. For those who might have a rather small or even non-existing team after ME2, I imagine each race/faction that joins may be able to contribute team members. We'll see though.
4902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The end of an Era on: February 05, 2010, 07:09:21 AM
See, this is why you should have TWO computers! smile
4903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ketchup packets on the way on: February 04, 2010, 08:54:16 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 04, 2010, 08:38:41 PM

Peel back a corner and squeeze.  That white stuff is plastic, not ceramic.  It doesn't require a specially designed tomato puree exhaust port.

Yes it does. Ketchup is all about the accessories.
4904  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ketchup packets on the way on: February 04, 2010, 08:26:00 PM
Does that design allow squeezing then? I can't see anything like that in your picture. One of the points with Heinz' new packet is that it can be both squeezed and dipped.

Edit: Yeah, what naednek said. A pox on you for being faster!
4905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 04, 2010, 07:37:00 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 04, 2010, 07:32:09 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Just to confirm something a friend mentioned, the bomb goes off in 1977 - does this mean Widmore and/or the Others on the island at that time (including Finola) all would have died?  In which case both Daniel and Penny would never have existed?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Very likely. This would have larger ramifications too. When Desmond got kicked out of the monastery he was in, for example, he immediately met Penny, an event that gave him new purpose in life. What would happen if Penny never showed up that day? Would Desmond even want to go on living?
4906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 04, 2010, 07:33:22 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 04, 2010, 07:27:39 PM

Don't click on spoiler tags if you don't want to be spoiled.

Of course, there's limits to what's reasonable to put in a spoiler as a reply to a simple question too. smile You went a little beyond the scope of his question, which is why I warned against clicking on the spoiler. No really big deal, but I know I appreciated not having been spoiled when I encountered this particular teammate.
4907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Geek Wet Dream on: February 04, 2010, 07:09:55 PM

Quote from: naednek on February 04, 2010, 07:07:20 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 04, 2010, 08:35:19 AM

Quote
TrueCompanion claims that more than 4,000 men have placed pre-orders for Roxxxy robots, and another 20,000 or so have requested information about the product.

Wow - that is so sad  icon_frown

well the thing that makes it appealing for many men, is that you can turn it off biggrin

Actually, I think what you meant to say is that it's a turnoff.  icon_wink
4908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 04, 2010, 07:06:30 PM
Vindel, I recommend following my advice as well as not clicking leo's spoiler above, because that's exactly what it is. You don't need that answer. Sorry leo. Tongue
4909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 04, 2010, 07:04:24 PM
Don't worry about it, Vindel. That's all I'll say. smile
4910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 04, 2010, 05:37:38 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 04, 2010, 05:27:21 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on February 04, 2010, 05:14:31 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 04, 2010, 04:00:53 PM

Quote from: Bob on February 04, 2010, 03:56:04 PM

When you do the new game+ thing, can you change your class? (I'm assuming not.)

You can change your appearance, but not your class.  I was hoping to do that too.

I think you can start over with a new character and class and get a 25% exp bonus, but you don't carry over anything else.

Yep, if you have the long service achievement, you get that 25% exp bonus and a whole bunch of credits and minerals to work with. 

Is this also true if you import a second character from ME1?
4911  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 04, 2010, 05:35:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 04, 2010, 05:14:48 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was asking my wife about the coffin, and we couldn't remember.  Did they find Jack's father's coffin on the island?  With Jack's father in it?

Desmond could still have been on the plane, as his timeline (being trapped on the island) had changed as well.  Though he wasn't on the original flight, he could be on the rebooted one.  It would still be the same flight, just with different parameters (this applies to Hurley, too).  Pretty sure I remember Locke telling someone he'd been on Walkabout earlier in the show's run, too, but then we found out he didn't actually get to do it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Jack found the coffin early in season 1, but it was empty (yet still closed). Christian's body was never found.

Desmond not being on the plane seems almost too obvious when you consider the hints they dropped, unless they are deliberately trying to mislead us. Desmond suddenly appeared, and just as suddenly disappeared. Nobody else interacted with him. Jack leans over to Rose and asks where the guy next to him went. She says she doesn't know who Jack's talking about, since she was sleeping.

Yes, Desmond could indeed have been on that plane by random chance, and that was my first thought too. With hindsight however, I no longer believe this is the case. This could be a hint of something to come in a later episode. Desmond is quite likely somehow "unhinged" again, and may be an important key to merging the two realities.
4912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 04, 2010, 05:08:51 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on February 04, 2010, 05:01:17 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
The current flight isn't really the same as the one that crashed.

Des was there. Locke got to go on his walkabout (at least he says he did). Hugo is the luckiest man alive and owns the chicken corporation. The coffin is lost (heh).

Anyway...all in good fun!

Not so fast, cowboy!

Spoiler for Hiden:
Was Desmond really there? He suddenly appeared, then suddenly disappeared. Jack was the only one who saw him.

Locke just said he was on the walkabout, yet he was restricted to a wheelchair. We have no indication that his past history that lead to his broken back had anything to do with the Island, which means that it's unlikely this changed because the Island sunk.

Hurley is interesting here. His fate is closely tied to the Island, and something changed there. We'll have to wait for the details, but my initial guess is this: The Numbers are parameters in an equation that predicts the end of the world (that wasn't my guess. This is established canon already). This is what makes them "cursed". In the new reality, the end of the world might have been changed, thus invalidating the Numbers' negative presence. This could be an extremely important factor to the end of the season.

The coffin is indeed gone, and this is the biggest change between the two realities. The implications are unclear. Did Christian Shepard's involvement with the Island begin long before Flight 815? Was this what lead to his drinking problem? I guess we'll know soon enough. smile
4913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 04, 2010, 05:02:55 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 04, 2010, 04:57:30 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 04, 2010, 04:47:06 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 04, 2010, 04:32:01 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 04, 2010, 04:29:54 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm entirely confident that the bomb split a parallel universe off at the moment of the explosion.  Frankly, the fact that time travel/ displacement figures so prominently since last season pretty I would have been shocked if the concept hadn't entered the show.

I'm thinking the bomb discharged that energy that necessitated the hatch that Desmond manned.  The physical effect of the bomb was sinking the island. The chronal effect was fragmenting the timestream. Since Jack, Sawyer, etc. were already charged with chronal energy and had experienced the timeslips previously, the bomb set them back to their present.  I'm hoping the two timelines start interacting with each other, to be honest. That would be pretty cool.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Jack never experienced the time slips. Nor did Kate, Hurley, Sun, Sayid, Ben or Desmond (well, Desmond had his own variant earlier).
Spoiler for Hiden:
Ummm, yeah they did. They ended up in 1977, remember? (well, not Ben, Sun or Desmond). Sure, they left the island and came back, but they definitely got shifted back in time


Spoiler for Hiden:
I think TiLT's referring to the Time Slips as being the headache-inducing shifts that one group went through.  You're right, though, even though they only did it once, they still slipped back in time.

Also, I'm guessing it's probably the bomb that made it impossible to give birth on the island.  Radiation?  Or is the bomb a part of that island's past or is that only the sunken island?

The Others were desparate for children, no doubt.  I just don't buy the "legacy" thing.  That's what doesn't seem like a strong enough dramatic reason.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yeah, I forgot that they did slip back that one time.

I don't think the bomb detonated in the previous reality we're used to, as this was the catalyst that split the timelines. We now have one reality where the bomb detonated (sunken Island) and one where it didn't (normal Island).

It's likely that the Incident caused the fertility problems, if I were to venture a guess. The Incident happened in both timelines, though it was more dramatic in the detonation version.
4914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Baldur's Gate Trilogy mod, ANYONE? on: February 04, 2010, 04:42:04 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 04, 2010, 04:40:59 PM

Is there a mod that weould let me play BG1 in the BG2 engine?

No.
4915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 04, 2010, 04:32:01 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 04, 2010, 04:29:54 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm entirely confident that the bomb split a parallel universe off at the moment of the explosion.  Frankly, the fact that time travel/ displacement figures so prominently since last season pretty I would have been shocked if the concept hadn't entered the show.

I'm thinking the bomb discharged that energy that necessitated the hatch that Desmond manned.  The physical effect of the bomb was sinking the island. The chronal effect was fragmenting the timestream. Since Jack, Sawyer, etc. were already charged with chronal energy and had experienced the timeslips previously, the bomb set them back to their present.  I'm hoping the two timelines start interacting with each other, to be honest. That would be pretty cool.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Jack never experienced the time slips. Nor did Kate, Hurley, Sun, Sayid, Ben or Desmond (well, Desmond had his own variant earlier).
4916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 04, 2010, 04:25:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 04, 2010, 04:11:31 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't see that as "obvious."  That's not a strong enough motivating factor, especially given that they were actively researching a way to produce more children.  And it may not have been new.  While there were kids on the island during the Dharma period (and I can't remember if the couple from 24 delivered the 70s baby [did they for sure conceive on the island?]), how many of them were made there?

Spoiler for Hiden:
I completely disagree with you. The Others are willing to die to protect the Island, and they also know that eventually they will die from old age and will need younger blood to replace them. If they don't get kids from other people somehow, the Others will cease to exist. The show has made it very clear that children can no longer be born from someone who has spent their last two trimesters or so on the Island (they never figured out the exact number), and only a select few Others are ever allowed to leave for short periods (we've only seen Richard and Tom do that so far. Ben, Widmore and Eloise left but couldn't return (directly, at least). That the Others actively recruited Juliet, an outsider, in order to help them give birth on the Island again, shows just how desperate they are.

We also saw a birth among the Dharma people in season 5. They made a big point out of it, making it clear that whatever made births impossible later hadn't happened yet (Juliet points this out herself).
4917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 04, 2010, 03:31:41 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 04, 2010, 03:26:12 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
One other thing I've always wondered about:  Where the hell are the kids?  One of the Others' main goal toward the beginning was to get Walt.  And the kid(s) from the Tailies' group.  Why?  There may be nothing to this, of course, but I think it's interesting that the first kids we've seen in forever were at the temple.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The kids from the plane supposedly showed up at the temple in episode 2 of this season. I think it's pretty obvious at this point why the Others kidnapped them: They can't breed. No kids can be born on the Island any longer, a development that is reasonably new (kids were healthy during the Dharma period). Their only chance to replenish their ranks is to kidnap young kids and indoctrinate them.
4918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teaser trailer for Fallout: New Vegas on: February 04, 2010, 03:28:01 PM
Well, it does seem that Vegas survived the war relatively unscathed. The buildings are whole, the electricity is still running, they've got functional robots doing menial work for them.
4919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 04, 2010, 03:11:51 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on February 04, 2010, 02:43:29 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I really should be working, but... icon_lol

And I'm probably 100% wrong on all this, but I almost think it's more fun to speculate about the show than it is to watch it.  icon_biggrin

1. smokey is pissed. really, really pissed. That look Locke gave Ben was friggin' awesome.
2. and he's rightfully pissed because he wants to go home and the Others won't let him
3. the Others are keeping smokey from going home
4. smokey is using the Losties to destroy the Others' grip on smokey. The Jacob appearing to Hurley was smokey.
5. who the hell built the technology of the Island? Jacob, Ben, Widmore were all trying to use it, but no Egyptians, Black Rock sailors or dumbass Dharma people built it.
6. The Good vs. Evil is the Others vs. the Losties. The Others have been exploiting smokey for generations for their own selfish purposes. Like my wife said about the Losties after the plane landed: they would have been better off not having things reset.
7. Lost has always been an unapologetically science fiction show.
8. maybe smokey is alien in the sense of the non-humans in "The Abyss"
9. I'm not sold on the congruent time-line stuff. I still think the LA stuff is after the Losties defeat the Others and free smokey.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Regarding a few of your points:

3. What makes you think they do that? The only conscious interactions we've seen between the Others and Nemesis (the smoke monster) have been Ben summoning the monster from a secret entrance in his house (something that may have been hidden even from Richard for all we know) and Ben going to the smoke monster to be judged (which I think was just something he said in order to give his return to the main island some credibility, but his plans went to hell when Nemesis insisted on coming along, forcing Ben to actually go through with it).
4. What grip? Their only power over it was the sonic fence, and it didn't trap Nemesis. It just kept it away from the Others' homes.
6. How have the Others exploited Nemesis? You're seeing something I don't here.
9. The creators have said that these are flash-sideways (as opposed to flash-forward and flashbacks). That implies that they happen at the same time. I don't think that's entirely the case though. The alternate reality thing started at the point where the plane would have crashed, which is more than 3 years earlier than the point in time where the Losties reappeared after the bomb went off. This makes the LAX-section take place way earlier than the rest, not later. Sawyer's conversation with Juliet also implied a future event in the alternate reality where the timelines cross (for her at least) for a few seconds as she dies in the "real world", again reinforcing that the time difference places the LAX-storyline behind the rest in time.
4920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 04, 2010, 03:00:40 PM
I dunno, I really liked the Normandy crash site mission. It gave me a sense of closure with a ship that was such an important part of ME1, and it was a nice change of pace.
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