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321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 07:10:57 PM
btw, Funny Games is a remake. The original is a little better in my opinion.
322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 07:08:53 PM
do NOT watch

Frontiers was pretty rough too

There is an older film called Man Bites Dog. If you can find the uncensored version of it, it's worth a watch. More morally disturbing than graphic.

There is a great picture you can get instantly on Netflix called Dead Man's Shoes that lingers with you.
323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books - Song of Fire & Ice, Davinci Code, Questions... on: February 19, 2009, 04:31:40 PM
if you are digging Song of Fire and Ice, then I would also recommend the series The First Law by Joe Abercrombie - i think you would dig it.

You also might want to check out Matthew Reilly, his novels are fun. He is to writing what Frazetta is to painting, where he constantly throws you into the peak moment of action. Pretty implausible, but wicked entertaining.

324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii games to play with my non-gamer girlfriend on: February 16, 2009, 06:18:03 PM
my wife is a non-gamer and she LOVES Mario Party

lately she's been all about Outdoor Adventure Challenge (i think thats the name....the one with the DDR pad)
325  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Cigars on: February 10, 2009, 02:48:00 PM
Joe Cigar has the Indian Tabac Super Fuerte on sale today for 30 bucks per 20. With SCHIP going into effect, this is an excellent price on a great cigar.

It's one of Rocky Patel's blends
326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woman w/8 babies..already had 6.... on: February 10, 2009, 02:41:58 PM
How can you give individual attention to that many children?

Maybe she can give some to Angelina Jolie
327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 2/3: "I like to watch" on: February 06, 2009, 02:29:04 PM
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was maybe the worst film I have watched all year. I think it was my moment for "I just don't understand the kids today".

I gave up on Kevin Smith awhile back, so I think I'll skip Zack and Miri.

Being There is a favorite of mine, its a wonderful film.
328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated 360 game in your opinion on: February 03, 2009, 09:04:18 PM
Viking - fun hack and slash, I was pleasantly surprised at this one

The Simpsons Game - the gameplay suffered in parts, but overall I really enjoyed it

Too Human - I thought it was a pretty good game, undeserving of the poor scores it recieved
329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Budweiser: King of Beers or Cow Pee in a Bottle? on: January 22, 2009, 06:03:11 PM
buy your dad Czechvar if you can find it. It's Budweiser, but decent

My beer of choice is Rochefort (which has disappeared around here lately), Westmalle, Old Chub, or Sam Smiths Taddy Porter

For years I was a Shiner Bock man.
330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: January 22, 2009, 05:53:16 PM
Sleeper Cell is a particularly standout show

Dead Like Me

Rules of Engagement

Pushing Daisies was a favorite is our house

Six Feet Under


we have Secret Diary of a Call Girl on deck, starring Billie Piper(for you Dr Who fans out there). I'll get back about how that one is

oh, and Coupling is one of the funniest shows i've ever seen

BTW, I heard that AMC is making a mini-series of The Prisoner.
331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Force Unleashed on: January 20, 2009, 10:38:21 PM
so I finally got around to this little gem of a title. What the hell happened there? They had a great story, cool force powers, interesting locales and managed to somehow forget to add fun.

Did anyone developing it actually play the game?

I try to finish all my games, sometimes more than once, but man - this one feels like work.
332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Mafia/Mob Movies? on: January 17, 2009, 04:08:51 PM
A History of Violence (as well as Eastern Promises)

Get Carter (the original one, with Michael Caine)


Road to Perdition

The Krays (I never found this on dvd)

Gangs of New York

Layer Cake


The Usual Suspects

Sexy Beast

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
The Long Good Friday

Man on Fire

King of New York

In Bruges

Rock n' Rolla

and I liked Love, Honour and Obey, but it's kinda hit or miss for people. My wife hated it.

Also, the Ocean's films are all wicked entertaining

333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Take bets on how long my "new' 360 will last. on: December 17, 2008, 12:32:00 AM
my last replacement has been going strong for awhile now (maybe a year or so). I bought a notebook cooler with a USB cable, the kind that sits below and blows cool air upward, so I recommend getting one of those
334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warning - This Thread Contains Killer Bunnies on: November 23, 2008, 06:30:55 PM
335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick a space game to play/replay on: November 21, 2008, 11:10:12 PM
Evochron is alot of fun. Not as polished, but really well done with alot of content
336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good post-apocalyptic music? on: November 17, 2008, 04:07:05 PM
Zoe Keating - Legions(War)

Blondie - Attack of the Giant Ants

Devotchka - The Enemy Guns

Sleep - Dragonaut

Nick Cave - Mack the Knife

Ministry - Breathe (NWO or So What are good choices too)

Black Sabbath - Solitude (Hand of Doom is a good choice too)

Pink Martini - Que Sera, Sera

Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Rapture

also, almost anything by Sleep Chamber, although the album "Sleep, or Forever Hold Your Piece" stands out to me if you can find it
337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie should I watch on Halloween? on: October 09, 2008, 07:53:19 PM
there is a french movie called Inside that'll scare the crap out of you....I would make certain you watch the Unedited version

aside from that, I recommend Ghost Story, The Changeling, and Company of Wolves
338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A very amusing short film on: September 30, 2008, 03:59:32 PM
that's from Creature used to be on TBS, but I think they moved to Animal Planet
339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cigars on: September 04, 2008, 07:02:02 PM
I really recommend The Edge by Rocky Patel, or anything Gurkha makes.

I good source for reasonably priced cigars is - it's like EBay for smokes

If the cigar thing doesn't work out, you could always get him a nice lighter, something engraved maybe.
340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo clones: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly :) on: July 28, 2008, 11:55:06 PM
Vagrant Story is wicked can play that and Diablo on your PSP which is nice
341  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: looking for some older games on: March 01, 2008, 04:31:34 PM
it is? wow, that's very cool, thanks for the heads up!
342  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / looking for some older games on: February 29, 2008, 10:38:28 PM
looking for some stuff I missed out on, mostly spacey shooters as I just replayed Freelancer. Anyway, here's the list:

Darkstar One
Tachyon:The Fringe (i swear i had this, but I can't find it)
The first Independence War (just started number 2)
Freespace 2 (haha, just tossing that one out there)
System Shock 2
Star Wolves, either one
Aquanox 1 and 2
the pc version of Crimson Skies
Vampire the Masquerade:Bloodlines
Silverfall (i saw on gogamer that an add-on is out, anyone have it?)
The Witcher
Sins of a Solar Empire

anyway, shoot me a pm and we can hammer out a deal. I have stuff to trade plus some green paper that people seem to like.
Two Worlds

343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Co-Op me (Xbox 360 only) on: February 21, 2008, 04:18:29 PM
Lego Star Wars is fun, and Ghost Recon 2 was alot of fun co-op. Gears of War is really good as well.

I think the Blazing Angels games offered co-op play, but I never played them. Crackdown offered it and while I enjoyed the game I never got the chance to team up with anyone.
344  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Good Fantasy or SciFi Boardgame for 11 year old? on: February 21, 2008, 05:02:44 AM

I'd suggest Nexus Ops as a good's kind of like Risk in a way, can be played in about an hour and has a neat setting.

That said, Talisman is probably my first choice. The rules are a little complex, but well written. The learning curve is moderate, a couple of games and you will have it down. Highly recommended, two thumbs up! Here's a link to the website, the trailer shows some artwork and has a clickable picture of the game where you can learn more about it:
345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Evochron Renegades on: February 21, 2008, 04:32:12 AM
anyone play this one? I just replayed Freelancer and I'm awaiting Darkstar One, but this caught my eye.

I might replay Tachyon and IWar 2 to complete my month o' space sims
346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sci-fi book suggestions on: February 07, 2008, 05:58:16 PM
I guess it takes a sci-fi topic to get my lurker arse out of my shell, but I read alot so here goes....

A Fire upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge (as well as it's sequel)

Old Man's War by John Scalzi (there are two sequels to this one)

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (again, a couple of sequels, although they aren't as good as the first)

Armor by John Steakley (he also wrote Vampires, which they made that horrible movie out of, but Armor is really quite good)

Gateway by Frederick Pohl (I think there may be 6 books in the series, very well written and fun)

Starship Troopers by Heinlein (excellent read, nothing like the film)

anything written by Charles Stross, but Glasshouse was really good

Passage at Arms by Glen Cook (he also wrote those Black Company novels)

Spares by Michael Marshall Smith (very trippy, but cool)

More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon (TS was actually the inspiration for Vonnegut's character Kilgore Trout)

Titan by John Varley (first of 3)

In the Ocean of Night (first of 6 and honestly, it's kind of weak. The series however is pretty good, so if you can make it out of the gate you are in for a decent ride)

Runner by William C. Dietz (it has a sequel, but I haven't read it yet)

Bloom by Wil Mccarthy (i've reread this one a couple of times, it's excellent)

anything by Richard Paul Russo (I think Ship of Fools was mentioned and the Carlucci books are super good)

Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, and Angel Station by Walter John Williams

Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny (they made a bad film out of it, but the book is cool)

Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss

Way Station by Clifford Simak

Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn (i really enjoyed his Star Wars novels as well)

Hyperion by Dan Simmons (first of 3 i think)

anything by John Brunner (The Shockwave Rider is largely thought to be the first true Cyberpunk novel)

anything by Alfred Bester (although The Demolished Man is a favorite of mine)

I also recommend the Gaunt's Ghosts novels by Dan Abnett (they are set in the Warhammer 40k universe and really stand apart from the rest)


347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's a great song by The Who? on: December 22, 2006, 04:32:20 PM
"Behind Blue Eyes" is hands down their best song. "Won't Get Fooled Again" should be played by everyone in America every election day. "Happy Jack" is the best of the lesser known songs. "Eminence front" can be fit into a variety of film situations.

You'd be surprised how many of these songs you already know. They have leaked into the collective unconscious.

The Who down in Whoville kick serious ass, the riffs from the raff doth always surpass
348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: question regarding Titan Quest on: December 09, 2006, 10:28:18 PM
ah well, that sucks, but at least it's playable. Now if they just work out the kinks in NWN2, i'll dive into that one.

Thanks for the info smile
349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / question regarding Titan Quest on: December 09, 2006, 09:35:04 PM
so, I finally got around to playing Titan Quest, and it's pretty cool, but I'm getting pretty questionable performance. I'm running an AMD dual core 4200, a 7900gt card, 2 gigs of ram and a Creative X-fi for sound.

The problem is stuttering. I set everything at medium, with Vertical Sync set on(otherwise I get some weird ghosting on my LCD). I installed the dual core optimizer that AMD put out, and that helps a little, but I still get random slowdowns and stuttering. It's definitely playable, but kinda aggravating, especially because I feel that my system should be able to handle it with everything close to max.

Anyone have anything similar happen or have any ideas?
350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies for the Halloween Weekend on: October 29, 2006, 09:05:13 PM
Prince of Darkness is a really good one, oftentimes overlooked. The original Texas Chainsaw is always fun, and the remake of that one is cool too. Maybe Last House on the Left? And I always thought Children of the Corn was freaky
351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One really stupid iPod question, folks on: October 18, 2006, 07:09:55 PM
my wife wife and I use different Windows user profiles. We draw from the same files, but our libraries in Itunes are different. Makes it much easier to manage.
352  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Socket 939 verus AM2 on: August 11, 2006, 12:15:57 AM
wow, i came here looking to post the exact same question. This place is awesome, thanks guys

Hey, if i spec out some upgrades and post them, you think you folks could see if they are decent?
353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Behold the first great artist of the 21st century.... on: July 21, 2006, 05:37:27 AM
are any of them for sale? I like Pink Champagne quite a bit
354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Get this....Little Man breaks some records! on: July 20, 2006, 02:11:36 AM
man, I dig lowbrow comedies if they are even moderately witty (hell, Dodgeball is a favorite of mine). Nothing about Little Man strikes me as even vaguely amusing. It looks like one of those fake trailers that pops up sometimes, only to turn out to be a PSA (like the cell phone ones you see in theaters somtimes), or a commercial (Tiny House comes to mind).

Here's a thought, something that honestly gets proven to me every single day...

Think of how stupid the average person is. How ignorant or self centered, small minded or easily amused they seem. By definition, half of all people are even more so.
355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lamenting on the past - Favorite RPG of all time on: July 18, 2006, 06:08:27 AM
Phantasie II - my first intro to role playing

Wizards Crown - a real gem. Crazy tough, but worth it if you went forwards with it.

Faery Tale Adventure - not true RP, but memorable to me nonetheless.

I remember really liking Legacy of the Ancients as well....

Believe it or not, i've never played an Ultima game
356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone play Rise of the Kasai? [PS2] on: July 11, 2006, 02:19:05 AM
for what it's worth, if you haven't played the first game (Mark of Kri), it was one of the finest games ever made and RotK is pale in comparison.
357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Superman Returns! on: June 30, 2006, 03:14:12 AM
you can tell this was made by a fan, for the buddy and I counted no less than 9 comic covers done as scenes in the film. It was amazing.

I'm kind of floored but the criticism it's receiving in the media. It really just proves that anyone can criticize anything and it doesn't mean dookie...
358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scientology is insane. Video proof. on: June 27, 2006, 01:24:21 PM
i live in Clearwater, the spiritual center of this insanity, and see proof of this nonsense every single day. And yeah, that's pretty much what these folks are like...
359  Gaming / Analog Gaming / What would make the perfect game store? (need ideas) on: June 06, 2006, 02:48:55 PM
my biggest reason for avoiding gamestop/EB is pushy salespeople.

I expect to be acknowledged when I walk in the door, but past that just make yourself available for questions. I despise getting locked into a situation where I have to be a rude prick in order to disengage from them or to say no to the 50 million thing some drone is trying to sell me. The best salepeople are like the best waiters - available, yet invisible.

That being said, selectively hire and pay well. Hit other stores in the area and see what they are doing and how their staff is. If you find someone that impresses the shit out of you, try to lure them away to work at your store. Always take care of regulars, and by that i mean the ones that actually spend coin, not the hang-arounds that loiter at the counter.
360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worst Movie of All time candidate on: February 21, 2006, 05:43:09 PM
i'm surprised to see some of these flicks on the WORST movie list. Bad maybe, but most were still moderately redeeming in at least a small way

and with that I present......

The Master of Disguise, starring Dana Carvey

I dare you to still through the whole thing....
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