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8641  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for Opinions on V for Vendetta on: March 24, 2006, 08:24:51 AM
Eh, I think it was only by the quality of Alan Moore's writing and setting up memorable scenes that the movie didn't suck.  In fact, I think it's a good movie, but it could have been much better with a few small changes.

I do like how they kept quite a few very critical scenes from the comic.

About Evey's ordeal:
Spoiler for Hiden:

In the comic, she goes through her breakdown and liberation just as quickly as in the movie.  However, in the comic there's much more dialogue to the breakdown and it's not for some time afterwards does Evey really forgive V.

Here's my thoughts and spoilers covering the differences and similarities to the comic.
Spoiler for Hiden:

The V and Evey love storyline was contrived, like they put it in just to have a love story.

They missed a big opportunity to highlight the differences between V and Evey, when they were in the room filled with roses and the actress's posters.  There's a key line of dialogue from the comic where V offers to kill someone for Evey, saying that all she has to do is pluck a rose for them.  Every says, to let it grow.  This really highlights the difference between V's destructive nature and Evey's growth, and really hammers home why V must die at the end.

I dislike how they tried overly humanize V, whereas Evey is supposed to be the human link to the movie.  In the comic, V is always acting crazy, never doubting his actions.  Seeing how in the movie V doubts his own words at times really went against his character.

One thing I do have to respect the director and writers were not removing his mask.  That was a key element of the comic, that V should remain faceless.  However, they really should have kept V's ailment mysterious.  Not showing anything like the burn hands would have made things interesting.
8642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: March 22, 2006, 08:34:18 PM
How to get a horse in 5 easy steps.  And I'm not bothering with the spoiler tag because this can be done the moment you get out of the sewer.

1.  Go through the intro dungeon.

2.  Fast Travel to Weyland Priory (sp?).

3.  Talk to Jauffre, go through his whole conversation arc.

4.  Once done talking, go downstairs and talk to the monk that initially greeted you at the door.

5.  Choose the conversation line that says, "Assistance"  He will give you permission to take his horse.

Voila, now you have a horse.  Yes, that's right.  You can get the horse at the very beginning of the game.

You can talk to all the monks in the house and use the assistance option to have them give you something useful.
8643  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / What does it take to ban a troll? on: March 21, 2006, 07:42:47 PM
Yeah, usually I see LE's posts are pretty reasonable.  Probably was either tired or in a bad mood. Tongue
8644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 21, 2006, 07:35:01 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
C'mon now.. can anyone confirm if mercenaries made it into the game or not? My decision to buy the game is based on that feature alone and I'm ready to head out to compusa today if it's in before they sell out all their copies.

I suggest you get the PC version then.  One of the more common mods in the PC version were NPC companions and mercenaries of all sorts.
8645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you lonely?You're not alone. on: March 21, 2006, 04:52:57 PM
I'd actually feel offended about the picture and how the woman is depicted, but that's such a ludicrous picture I find it funny these days.  I especially find it funny how her facial expression does look like the big "O".  Especially considering the smug expression on the guy's face.

That said, I definitely feel the whole lonely thing.

And not surprisingly, ever since I made some small but important changes in my life things are getting much, much better.  I started working out, which gives me the confidence to just talk to new people, whereas I'm normally shy.  Starting to look for new hobbies that get me outside, like swing dancing for instance.
8646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Im getting sucked into the hype on: March 21, 2006, 04:48:02 PM
On the other hand, I would still recommend at least a rental if only because TES games tend to promote exploration and wide open worlds.  Zelda had something similar.
8647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2142 on: March 21, 2006, 04:47:09 PM
I'll wait for reviews.

That, and I'm pretty sure there are better mods for other games than this full game, and these mods I can get for free.
8648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 questions on: March 21, 2006, 04:42:25 PM
More people are playing GRAW right now, CoD2 has some big problems with its Live matching service, you can't make your own server, just auto matches.

CoD2 does have a very good SP campaign, and the multiplayer is great.  It's just the matching service that sucks and there's a bug where once you get one small lag spike the network code chokes up and it'll stay laggy (whereas normally it should return to normal after a player leaves the server).

GRAW on the other hand has very good Live play, albiet it's a very lethal and long ranged game.  Expect to get killed in one shot by people you don't see quite often.
8649  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Redo of Request for feedback on photo.....(NSFW) on: March 21, 2006, 08:02:45 AM
I wouldn't mind a better look at the face.

Too much hair in the face looks like she's trying to hide her face.  Try having just a clumps or strands going over her face to give that unkempt look.
8650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 21, 2006, 08:00:18 AM
denoginizer, that certainly wasn't needed.  You're only adding to the problem now.

I respect LE's opinion, but I don't necessarily agree with them.  I do admit that screenshot doesn't look that great, but I suspect that it's more some wrong settings on that person's PC or some strange incompatability.
8651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stuck in GRAW. Help on: March 19, 2006, 05:58:51 PM
These bugs, and teammate AI and control, were the main reason why GRAW doesn't rate higher than an 8 for me.
8652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Day of Defeat: Source on: March 18, 2006, 10:19:16 AM
Two shots of Red Orchestra, stat!
8653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Feeding Frenzy - Up on Live Arcade on: March 18, 2006, 08:23:37 AM
I think it'd be perfect for my little sister.  It seems that Xbox Live is where all the kids games will be, at least until Via Pinata comes out.

I'm thinking that since MS promoted the system as mainly an adult's system, considering the price, look, and content of release games.  Even Kameo, the most kid-like game was violent and bloody.

Well, this one has violence, but it's more natural violence.  Tongue

My little sister, a 9 year old, loves Hexic and Zuma.  I think she'd enjoy this one and will be buying it for her.
8654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: March 17, 2006, 08:20:22 PM
I don't know about you, but I want to see if it's possible to give the player a permanent party.

I have some interesting ideas to do this in context of the game to make having a party be more story based than just mooks to send to the slaughter.
8655  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Mouse is dying - recommendations for a new one? on: March 16, 2006, 03:21:07 PM
Logitech g5 gaming mouse.  I think that's the cordless one.

If you're willing to splurge, there's the G7 mouse, which is getting all sorts of good reviews.
8656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Blazing Angels - Mar.24th on: March 16, 2006, 03:19:31 PM
I've seen videos, it's more action based.  Slightly more realistic flight scheme than Crimson Skies, but that's not saying much since they're both very actiony flight schemes.

The previews hint at some sort of online co-op mode.  Not sure if it's just for two players or ten.
8657  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Big Book Trade topic on: March 16, 2006, 06:53:43 AM
Well, the idea behind this is not pay it forward, rather just simple trades.
8658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 16, 2006, 06:45:46 AM
I'm still quite glad I not only pre-ordered, but my store will sell regardless of street date.  So, if it does come in early, I'll be playing this weekend.
8659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rare's next game: Viva Piņata for 360? on: March 15, 2006, 06:49:14 PM
I'm definitely in.  I love little non-violent games just as much as I do the bloody ones.
8660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Beyond Good & Evil 2 rumors on: March 15, 2006, 05:30:31 PM
You know what'll be even better?  I'm betting they'll include the original BG&E with the sequel.
8661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 info from press conference on: March 15, 2006, 05:29:03 PM
I suspect they'll be aiming for a $400-$450 price point.  They wouldn't dare hit the dreaded $500 price point.

Did they confirm if the hard drive is included standard?

Also, did they comment on that rumor that the US and Japanese PS3s will use the same standard?  E.g. japanese games can play on US systems and vice versa?
8662  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Big Book Trade topic on: March 15, 2006, 07:05:02 AM
I was thinking, a lot of people read here.  Why not have a topic where we just trade books of various kinds?

I have:
A Feast for Crows hardback George R R Martin
Fables comic trade paperbacks Volumes 1-6
Powers comic trade paperbacks volumes 1-9
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Sin City vol 1 and 5

Art books of any kind, most especially ones dealing with production art or renaissance masters.  Preferably with lots of pictures.  slywink
Thud! by Terry Pratchett
Comics of any kind.
The Dark Tower
Scifi and fantasy novels
8663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: March 15, 2006, 06:58:12 AM
I think this'll be fine.  DS was too simple for me, but I could tell it was more trying to be an RTS than a hack and slash diablo type game.

Secretly in his heart he wants to make RTS games, and now he can.
8664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 15, 2006, 06:56:58 AM
So, does M often feel uncomfortable when playing online?

Thinking about it now and the kind of people I've played with, I think I've answered my own question.  She probably gets quite a few "OMG!  UR a GRL?" from gaming in text, but when that's said in a squeeky voice through your headset it might be enough to make you want to disconnect right there.

Of course, I prefer to stay on her good side, after all, she is behind me most of the time with a sniper rifle.  Tongue

Unfortunately, my free Gold sub ran out not too long ago, and I'm really low on cash right now.  I have to wait until I start my new job and get my paycheck before I can subscribe again.
8665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 11:51:13 PM
Heh, they never said the video was of gameplay.  Still, a short walk in this game is a lot more interesting than short walks in other games.

I think future videos they show will be more action packed.
8666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is Tim Schafer up to? on: March 14, 2006, 11:36:07 PM
I'll buy it.

Anything from Tim I'll buy.

Same with Irrational Games.
8667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit=6.7 from Gamespot on: March 14, 2006, 11:35:09 PM
As I suspected the single player game would be dull.  Unless they had really good AI that handled things strategically with emplacements and in controlling the leaders and the enemy units, then the game would pretty much be a MP only thing.
8668  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Starcraft board game announced on: March 14, 2006, 04:52:25 PM

Definitely not a rehash of the warcraft boardgame.  More like something to the level of the World of Warcraft game, a big $80 box full of components.

I especially like that idea of a galaxy map then having smaller planetary maps to fight land battles on.
8669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 05:01:58 AM
Is it me, or does the new radiant AI and new AI features (moving through zones) seriously look like it could support a player party?  Something a group of modders could plug away at and produce a bunch of NPCs that will stay with you for most of the game, providing combat, packmule, or just witty commentary on situations?
8670  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Starcraft board game announced on: March 14, 2006, 04:00:10 AM
Yep, that's right a Starcraft boardgame.

Basic idea is players are terran, protoss, and zerg,  They fight both in space (on a galaxy map) and on planet using smaller planet maps for control, presumably to get more resources and other bonuses to destroy the other players.
8671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 02:16:16 AM
They are releasing it, next week.  slywink

Alongside my normal human character that I usually make, I figure I'll make an argonian to get some reptile love going on.  Tongue

Those latest screenshots really show off the draw distance.  I think I'll save the game at certain points just to load up for friends and family and show off how damn cool the game looks.
8672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit - who's getting it and future impressions on: March 14, 2006, 02:09:33 AM
Actually, it's as much a shooter as it is an RTS now, it also depends on which squad leader you choose.

If you choose the guy with a high purchasing power (cheaper purchases) than it becomes more of a strategy game where you have to place emplacements to be really effective.  But you'll still have to buy those vehicles and drive them yourself.

If you choose one of the other two squad leaders, then the gameplay is very different, focusing more on your shooter skills, where the things you buy are more likely to be things that help you destroy the enemy.  The other leaders have abilities that help them deal with enemy emplacements or vehicles, so that they aren't dominated by those that only buy.

Unknown to many that play, the each leader has three orders he can give to his squad, one of which is unique to his character.  The builders have an order where you send your men to fight in melee.  The sneaky speed guys have an order where you send them to assault a vehicle and destroy it with grenades.  The run and gun guy had an order where your troops throw tear gas at enemy emplacements, effectively stunning them for a time, more than enough time to run up and kill them.
8673  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: March 13, 2006, 09:38:52 AM
Yeah, I was adding everyone from the list, I figured I'd find a lot better online games this way.
8674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit - who's getting it and future impressions on: March 13, 2006, 09:22:44 AM
Just creating a thread here to consolidate any talk of The Outfit.

After playing GRAW's very lethal gameplay and getting shot from everywhere, I want to cut loose a bit and play something with a bit more action movie elements to it.

I like a good mix of run and gun action elements in my games, but not to the level of the Quake series and the like.  The Outfit demo seemed like a decent mixture, requiring cover to stay alive but you weren't automatically dead the moment you strayed from cover.

I'll be renting The Outfit at first, but I may get it if the full game really appeals to me
8675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GR:AW Multiplayer on: March 13, 2006, 08:13:57 AM
Wow, hope everyone's okay over there!

Thanks for the fun game.  After dying so much I wanted to cut loose and do some run and gun on a adversarial server, then again I was shot down quite a bit on adversarial servers.
8676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Impressions Thread on: March 12, 2006, 04:57:43 AM
Yet another small detail they missed.  The game almost achieves greatness, but all these little things just bring it down.
8677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hard Candy on: March 12, 2006, 04:57:28 AM
Yeah, who is that actress and how old is she?  She has a really cute, if a little disturbing, voice in the trailer.

Edit:  Oh interesting, according to IMDB she's the new Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat in the X-Men 3 movie.  It's the girl running through walls with Juggernaut chasing her.

She's also 19.  Tongue  She must have her ID checked all the time when she goes out.
8678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Impressions Thread on: March 11, 2006, 07:03:38 PM
The nightvision is supposed to be the new US nightvision that combines both thermal and light amplication into one very clear picture.  This is nothing of the sort.

While I can understand how they wanted to balance it out for gameplay, I'm not sure this was the best way.
8679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Impressions Thread on: March 11, 2006, 08:38:05 AM
My further impressions after trying a 4 player split screen co-op.  Don't bother.  The system can't handle it so the FPS drops and controls become very sluggish.  The four screens, even on a large HDTV are okay, but the crosshair becomes hard to see.  Two player split screen co-op is just fine though.

I've also reached a the first mission where I have to go alone at night, and I can't get past this one part.  It doesn't help that the cross comm is buggered in the mission and I have no other support assets.  Not to mention my current save I'm at red health.
8680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion being released early? on: March 11, 2006, 08:32:16 AM
Sorry, can't tell you the local store for fear of corporate drones descending on them.
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