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241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bikes and dogs on: June 15, 2011, 01:00:17 AM
get an airhorn. If the dog gets to close for comfort then let loose at him. I also carry a blackjack.
242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Macho Man Randy Savage died on: May 20, 2011, 07:25:24 PM
He was a regular at a friends restaurant and seemed like a really great guy
243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: looking for a new touring/commuter bike on: May 17, 2011, 07:55:28 PM
Have you considered the Surly LHT? Good bike and built to last. My commuter is a Trek 7.3 Hybrid. See's about 100 miles a week and it's a nice comfortable ride.

 In all honesty I would probably look on Craigslist. I see nice bikes on there all the time. I'm currently building up a new (to me) road bike on a Panasonic DX2000 frame from the late eighties. I figure i'll have 400-ish invested after all is said and done (including paint). My buddy just bought a nice mid-eighties Schwinn, near-mint condition with a lugged cromoly frame. I think he paid 120 for it.

244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brink - now with video and OFFICIAL REVIEW! on: May 11, 2011, 03:49:22 AM
I'm pretty underwhelmed with this one so far(i'm playing it on the 360). The controls feel a little sluggish and the bots are terrible. I'll try some online later on tonight, but so far it's a giant swing and a miss for me - back to Gamefly ya go little buddy
245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 10, 2011, 11:08:47 PM
Bronson was pretty awesome. A sort of fictionalized account of Britain's most notorious criminal
246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: To Beer or not to Beer? on: April 08, 2011, 06:46:12 PM
Harpoon UFO is my go to for the dog days of Florida summer, with Julius Echter being my backup.
247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 01, 2011, 08:43:57 PM
The Parking Lot Movie was really good

Not sure if it's still available, but I also enjoyed The Village Barbershop awhile back
248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grill suggestions on: March 27, 2011, 05:13:47 PM
I haven't used one yet, although it's looking like this summer will be a new grill for me. I'm seriously leaning towards the Performer over the Big Green Egg, both for price and ease of use. My buddy up north got his Performer last year and has been raving about it, so i'll ask him some specifics and get back with ya. He's a die hard charcoal grill guy, probably grills 200 nights out of the year during rain, sleet or snow, so his opinion carries alot of weight with me on this.
249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GPS watches/bike computers on: March 27, 2011, 05:09:52 PM
I bought my wife the Garmin 310 for running and biking, which is really just the later gen 305. It's larger, but not uncomfortably so and works incredibly well. A buddy of ours has the 405 and he loves his. Navigating the menus is a little odd at first (doesn't seem as intuitive as the 310), but he got used to it right quick and loves the size.

The sheer amount of data from these is staggering. I'd recommend using SportTracks with it, it's a fine piece of software.
250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamestop is Making Money on: March 25, 2011, 09:39:22 PM
A good thing? No, not at all. However, I am of the opinion that publishers would love nothing more than to kill the used game market. I feel that games will eventually become "locked" to the console their are played on. You are starting to see this already with multiplayer (I rented Hot Pursuit and was awarded with a 2 day trial for multi, after that it costs 10 bucks). I can see game rentals surviving in some form, maybe as a multi-key license, but having to purchase a new license for a used game would kill that market.

Again, this is just my opinion. Games are big business, eclipsing even film in terms of gross profit. Game companies are realizing that they can make more and more cash by squeezing consumers. Activision doesn't care about you, they just want a better quarter than the last one.


So the next generation of consoles won't let people play preowned games?

Is that a good thing in your view?

251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamestop is Making Money on: March 25, 2011, 02:08:49 PM
This is all based on those figures being accurate. I bet a team of forensic accountants would find all sort of shady stuff if they sifted through their books.

The Gamestop business model is a house of cards and right now it's the equivalent of a corner store smash and grab. I'm willing to bet that the next gen of consoles do away with it or at least cripple the gobs of money being made.

252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Grill suggestions on: March 24, 2011, 09:28:07 PM
The Weber Performer is a gas ignition charcoal grill. You fire it up, let the charcoal heat up for about 10 minutes and you're good to go.
253  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: Halo Reach on: March 03, 2011, 10:48:39 PM
Gamefly has it for 25 bucks used
254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cameras on: February 05, 2011, 06:16:26 AM
Looking at a new digital camera, anyone have any suggestions? I don't need a Dslr, just a solid camera that takes nice photos. I've narrowed it down to the Sony Nex3, Panasonic Lumix G2 or Lumix FZ35 (though i'm really leaning towards the Sony). I don't care about zooming as much as picture quality and ease of use. Seriously, I need something a monkey can operate.

I like the idea of the touchscreen on the G2, but worry about buying alot of function I'll never get into. The AF tracking seems useful however.

Are the midrange Canon's any good?

255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: February 05, 2011, 06:09:47 AM
uhm, I'm playing on 360 and I have subtitles
256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] twist/shock endings on: February 04, 2011, 03:46:00 PM
I still remember watching NotLD on late night tv once and not being able to get to sleep because I was so bothered.

The ending to the Descent was a little bit of a twist as well
257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] twist/shock endings on: February 04, 2011, 05:26:50 AM
To this day the one that still gets me is Night of the Living Dead.

I'm tossing Angel Heart, Jacob's Ladder, The Others, The Spanish Prisoner and Primal Fear into the mix
258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 27, 2011, 08:18:57 PM
this one is pretty fun! The difficulty is all over the place, as it seems pretty easy to stumble into situations you can't handle. The gameplay sort of reminds me of Drakan, for those of you who remember that title. You really have to adjust how you fight different mobs, as evidenced by my quick demise the first time I rushed into battle against a spear wielding enemy and was forced to re-evaluate. Ants? Lure them toward a rock you can hop onto and let loose with fire and bow. Rhino? Hit and run. Necris? Fire and bludgeon. I really dig the variety.

Initially I hated the way you ready your weapons, but it's starting to get a little more fluid for me. Not sure why they didn't key it to the right trigger to ready and down dpad to sheath. Or even to the bumpers. Weird.
259  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Splinter Cell Convction 360 on: January 24, 2011, 03:01:36 PM
I have a copy sitting around, what do you have to trade? Here is a list of stuff I'm interested in, all 360: Enslaved, The Saboteur, Transformers WFC, Mini Ninjas, Wet, Banjo Nuts and Bolts, Simpsons, AvP, Conan

260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holiday Loot: Are you expecting a good, average, or bad Christmas? on: December 27, 2010, 01:37:04 PM
My wife had a brand new bike waiting under the tree for me. I went for a quick ride Xmas morning, but was cold and windy as all hell yesterday so it probably won't hit the street again for a couple more days.

She grabbed me an Xbox HD too, a 250 gig one.
261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best of John Wayne on: December 24, 2010, 09:19:55 PM
just fyi - Amazon has the collection on dvd for 5 bucks
262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Majin and The Forsaken Kingdom on: December 18, 2010, 01:23:24 PM
I seem to remember focusing on his feet and when he picks his foot up you have the Majin focus his wind power. The General will collapse and expose his back to you
263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated games of 2010 on: December 04, 2010, 02:36:16 PM
so far Majin is making my list
264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thanksgiving menus, traditions, and recipes... on: November 25, 2010, 06:01:03 PM
Every Thanksgiving the wife and I listen to Alice's Restaurant. Then we gorge ourselves on two dinners at two different places.
265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happens in New Vegas.... The FO:NV impressions thread on: October 21, 2010, 08:13:44 AM
Man, this thing is a giant swing and a miss. Seriously, don't they have any staff on QC over there, most of the game is broken in a million small ways. Stuff like this is why I really don't understand how Obsidian has a decent rep with gamers. The only passable game I've ever played from them was NWN2. Everything else has been mid-range crap.

I know they are former Black Isle folks, but Fallout 2 was pretty buggy back in the day as well. I remember some sort of game stopping glitch that forced me to reload a previous save from like 3 hours earlier, one of many. I send a scathing email to Feargus over that one and, to his credit, he did email me back.

I really need to learn to back the hell away from anything these folks touch until I hear otherwise.
266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kraken black rum on: September 01, 2010, 03:57:36 PM
haha, I reserve that phrase for when I break the seal
267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kraken black rum on: August 28, 2010, 05:36:57 AM
is REALLY good!

I'm officially making the switch from Goslings. Pairs well with the cigars I picked up from La Herenica de Cuba.

Man-time is glorious
268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GPS watches on: August 25, 2010, 01:27:26 AM
so I broke down and bought the 310xt along with a bike mount and cadence sensor. I got it from REI due to them having the greatest return policy ever, so I can always exchange it if it doesn't fit her needs. It's still a couple of weeks away from Bday, but i'll report back once we've opened it and fiddled around a bit
269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GPS watches on: August 22, 2010, 01:19:21 PM
Thanks for the replies all!

Could you use the 405 for biking, or is strickly a running watch? The main reason I was staying away from that model was the touch ring. The 305/310 seemed easier to use and switch over to a bike, which is something she is doing more and more.

I do like that the 405 seems smaller and a little more rugged. My wife has some sort of anti-electronic mojo, so ease of use and sturdy design are just as important as functionality
270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GPS watches on: August 21, 2010, 04:28:06 AM
Anyone have any experience with these things for working out? The wife likes to run and ride her bike and i'm looking to pick one up for her birthday.

Looking at the Forerunner 305 or 310xt. The 310 seems a little nicer, but I've heard it's way more fragile.
271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall Beers 2010 on: August 21, 2010, 04:17:41 AM
Scotch ale is my go-to for fall/winter, although I'm enjoying a Belhaven as we speak. It doesn't get cool until xmas here in Florida so it's all IPA's and Hefe's until then
272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst Movie of All time candidate on: August 09, 2010, 11:16:32 PM
The Blair Witch Project was horrible too. Two hours of someone screaming "Where's the map!!??"
273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst Movie of All time candidate on: August 09, 2010, 03:56:20 PM
was Gerry the one where they got lost in the desert? That was pretty bad

+1 for Master of Disguise - the wife and I left the theatre 20 minutes in and popped into MiB2

I'm going with Battlefield Earth. Baby Genuises might be worse than that one, but I've never seen it.

I'd also like to nominate Corky Romano and Son of the Mask please.
274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: is The Crystal Skull watchable?..Indy 4 on: August 06, 2010, 04:00:33 PM
I wanted to stab Shia Ledouche more than usual

I think the worst part was how forgettable the whole film was for me. It gave me the same feeling that Phantom Menace did.
275  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Kindle2 For Sale on: July 30, 2010, 06:47:04 PM
I'm interested, lemme just talk to the missus and see what our money is looking like right now. I'll get back with you ASAP
276  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Kindle2 For Sale on: July 12, 2010, 02:32:36 AM
this still available?
277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend some console exclusives on the 360? on: May 29, 2010, 03:57:53 PM
snag a cheap copy of Kameo. It was a launch title and really alot of fun.

The Condemned games are rad too
278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "End of Eternity" coming to US as "Resonance of Fate" on: March 21, 2010, 03:04:43 AM

That tone is pretty much throughout the game, although that sequence was way more randy than most. I truly don't get japanese stuff at all

Quote from: Gratch on March 20, 2010, 01:15:02 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 20, 2010, 11:04:56 AM

the scene in english. holy shit that's hilarious.  icon_lol icon_lol @ raisens.

Ah yes, the scene that is almost singlehandedly keeping me from buying this game.  For those of you that are playing, is this the sort of tone throughout the game, or is this scene just a one-off "WTF?" moment?

It's strange, I've played JRPG's and watched anime for years now (I'm fairly used to Japanese quirkiness), so I'm not sure why I've had such a negative reaction to this scene.  For some reason it just bugs the shit out of me and drops my interest level for this game down to nil.
279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resonance of Fate on: March 20, 2010, 09:34:41 PM
Ha! I searched and couldn't find a recent thread...i must be blind or something slywink
280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resonance of Fate on: March 19, 2010, 08:45:43 PM
Anyone else playing this one?

I'm not sure why I put this in my gamefly queue, as I usually loathe JRPG's. That being said, i'm having a pretty swell time. At 8 hours in I'm just now starting to grasp the underlying strategy of combat and feel reasonably comfortable posting some impressions.

I haven't the slightest idea what the story is about. It's set on a machine world built in levels (perhaps in the sky?).  The scenery is all spinning gears and cogs and metal bulkheads, pretty steampunk looking. The game kind of tosses you in without any explanations and you start in your base in the city. Once I walked outside my front door some old guy gave me vague directions to the Arena and so that was my first destination.

The combat is turn based, but sort of realtime within your turn. The combat tutorials were pretty weak and so much of combat (for me) is trial and error, but it gives you enough that you don't get your ass handed to ya right away. Anyone ever see Equilibrium with Christian Bale? That's what the combat reminds me of, these sort of running gun-kata's. Initially you start positioning yourself and firing on your opponents, who can in turn interrupt your turn by moving and attacking you. At the bottom of the screen are these jewels called "Bezels" and those sort of represent your health (each Bezel is worth 1k hp) and your potential for a gun-kata, which is the true nuts and bolts of the fighting. Now, you can choose to run across the map which gives you much better bonuses to firing and while running you cannot be hit by an enemy. In addition if you run across the path of your teammates you will build "resonance" which you can use to have all of your characters run and fire upon an enemy. With 3 resonance you can sort of make a triangle and, if you are positioned properly, have all of your characters run around your opponent firing in turn. That being said, once resonance is built having any character do anything EXCEPT run across your other characters path will cause you to lose your resonance, so positioning is super important. You also want to use your running katas when you are able to soften and take out an opponent, due to a Bezel being used each time you do, replenishing upon the death of an enemy. There are other things such as Smackdowns (jumping and firing upon an enemy form above) and juggling an enemy in the air with bonus shots, but so far those have been more accidental than purposeful when I do score them. Another thing to bring up is that there is a bit of grinding before you tackle bosses. I have had my arse handed to me and succeeded only after grinding for an hour or so. The bosses aren't super hard, but you need to match level with them a bit before you take them up.

This all brings us to the world map, which is made of hexes and must be explored. By defeating enemies you can loot hex pieces to unlock more of the map and sometime find treasures. Some of the hexes are colored and require a hex key of that same color to unlock. Thus far I haven't run into too much trouble exploring, but I can see wanting to use my colored hexes sparingly, as I've only received a couple of colors and shapes thus far.

The graphics are solid and the city is beautiful and reminds me alot of the towns in Baten Kaitos, which was the last JRPG I liked. The sound is good and the voice acting is superb (i'm really enjoying some of the banter I've overheard in combat, although I can see it getting tiresome if they don't change it up some).

There truly is much, much more, but as I said I'm just now starting to "get" what the game is about. Take this all with a grain of salt because I normally dislike this genre, but for some reason this one clicked and I'm having a great time with it, despite not having a clue as to what is going on or what i'm doing half the time.

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