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1761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: October 14, 2008, 05:42:01 PM
Well, Robert Downey, Jr, looked a lot like Don Cheadle when he wore his black makeup in Tropic Thunder. So they could just get him to play both roles!
1762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Call Of Duty:World At War Beta Impressions on: October 13, 2008, 08:27:37 PM
Bah, I kinda like the older weapons in terms of gameplay.  It's a bit more interesting to have a mix of weapons other than, everyone and their grandma has an automatic.

I agree, I fully plan on going with CoD5 even if the rest of the group is hesitant. However, I'm afraid we'll have a few holdouts. We started gaming together with Ghost Recon, Ghost Recon 2, GRAW, then CoD4. They've never played anything but modern military, so it might be a jarring transition for them. Still, from what I've heard from them so far they're all planning on at least giving it a shot.
1763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Call Of Duty:World At War Beta Impressions on: October 13, 2008, 06:51:33 PM
I've been playing over the weekend, and will have a preview up this week.

It feels like they decided not to mess with success, and ported over pretty much everything from CoD4 while adding some new quirks and putting more game modes, more maps, etc. That's a good thing, because I was terrified that this game would be a huge step backwards.

I'm no longer worried about it being a good game - from what I've seen so far if you enjoyed CoD4 you'll enjoy this one. My biggest area of uncertainty is how the fan base of CoD4 will take to going back to the WWII setting and the more primitive weapons. At the end of the day, though CoD5 adds more of everything, it certainly doesn't add enough to render the previous game obsolete. So I'm guessing my CoD4 group will be running both games in parallel for a little while. I just can't see some of those guys trading in their laser scopes and helicopters for iron sights and attack dogs.  icon_biggrin
1764  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] more experience! on: October 13, 2008, 06:36:52 PM
Very true.  It's no fun getting rolled 500-8.  In addition, no matter how well you perform, you don't get shit for XP.  You're better off leaving the scenario and re-queueing.

Yeah, I was in one the other night where I got 200xp for a full 15 minutes of play. Argh. I could have made more than that in 10 seconds killing ONE mob!

On the other hand, I've also been on really good Order teams where I was making 13k every 10 minutes. At my level (24), that's equivalent to 3-4 quest turn-ins. So maybe it ultimately all evens out.

I don't know what the answer would be. I really don't know details on how scenario XP is calculated, but I think it's safe to say it needs to be tweaked. I know healers get shafted pretty bad, because I think it's largely related to damage output.
1765  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] more experience! on: October 13, 2008, 05:00:37 PM
IF and I say again, IF there were as many Order tanks in Scenarios as Destro you might be able to come to some balance conclusions. But there isn't. No one wants to roll a Dwarf for looks reasons and many don't like the High elf look for Sword masters.............equals a big lack of Order tanks.

I totally agree. I've played many scenarios where Order has NO tanks whatsoever. Destro always seems to have at least 3-4. If I had known at launch how great the tank disparity was, I would have definitely rolled up an Order tank of some sort.

I'm not disputing that there are balance problems, however. I have faith they'll be fixed eventually. The game's only been out three weeks, and it will take time for things to settle out and for the developers to have good data on what things are true imbalances and what things are just matters of perception.
1766  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] more experience! on: October 13, 2008, 02:51:14 PM
So you want to grind exps? To me that makes the "journey" a chore and un-fun. They only have so much content so all they can do it add more exp grinding or shorten the time it takes to level.

I think some of us just want the journey to last longer than a few weeks. When I settle down with an MMO, I'm looking for a game I can play for 6 months or more. If I can max level in a month, there's not much incentive to keep playing for those other 5 if all I'm doing is repeating the same end-game content over and over again.

1767  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why are there no Warhammer Online Impressions thread? on: October 10, 2008, 03:14:54 PM
Unfortunately levels do mean a lot. The scaled level thing just can't compensate for people who have 'real' items and levels. Things that should be obvious (White Lion against a Destruction mage for example) just don't turn out when you're 14 scaled to 18, and the target is 21.

Yeah, this is the reason I'm looking forward to maxing out. Gear and player skill will still be a big part of PvP then, but at least the level factor will be removed. Still, compared to most games' implementation of PvP, I guess WAR does a fairly good job making scenarios accessible to a wide level range.

And there's one SEVERE problem right now, IMHO. There are NO diminishing returns when it comes to roots, slows, and knockbacks. So a group of 3 mages can keep a melee group locked down indefinitely, and there's not a bloody thing that they can do about it. Ranged attacks overwhelm melee, especially when melee can't get into range to do a damn thing.

Yeah, hopefully they will tweak that as time goes on. It doesn't bother me a great deal right now because I got a snare/root break, but I'm not sure all classes get one. It's also a little easier on me because if they don't catch the lion on the snare he can often attack them even if I'm stuck.

Oh, and if you happen to jump into a Scenario where one side has far more healers than the other - just leave. Insta-cast dot heals (that don't require you to face your target, so you can just click on your team via the group bar while running), when piled up on multiple members via multiple healers, make one side nigh-indestructible.

Healers healing healers = doom. I've run into a few like that. It makes it significantly worse when your team doesn't know how to identify and take down healers. I can't count the number of PUG scenarios I've been in where people will hammer on one tank all day long and totally ignore the healer over there keeping him alive indefinitely.

1768  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why are there no Warhammer Online Impressions thread? on: October 10, 2008, 12:16:47 PM
Order on my server wised up to TA now. I've won 17 of the 20 games(yes i been keep track for RP research). It's so easy to win. Here's the key, screw the bauble. You get 3 points every 5 seconds. You get 10 points per kill. If you have a good balance of healers, tanks and dps you can easily win off that alone.

Kublai introduced me to a good strategy for TA last night. The bauble is not hard to take back - it has a DOT on it that increases over time that slowly kills the carrier. So what our group was doing was inching up slowly, picking off a few strays, then rushing the bauble carrier once the DOT started hitting him hard.

I've played a lot of scenarios so far, and there are so many factors involved (team class mix, overall levels, gear, etc.) that it's just hard to say which scenarios are unbalanced and which are not. I know there are some where it is obvious (Destruction closer to flag or whatever), but I'm talking scenarios where there is no blatant advantage for either side. I've had my ass handed to me 3 times in a night in one scenario, then 10 minutes later gone in and destroyed the other side by a ridiculous margin. It certainly keeps things interesting.
1769  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Patch 1.02 on: October 10, 2008, 02:58:39 AM
OK.  Tested this out and it works about 90% of the time.  The other 10%, I think the War Lion just tells me to piss off.

Thanks for the tip!

Ahh...I think I see my problem. I tend to keep my lion in passive mode by default, so I have more control. But perhaps that is what is confusing it. Tomorrow night I'll try leaving him on guard mode and switching to passive to bring him back rather than trying to issue follow commands in vain.
1770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie should I watch on Halloween? on: October 10, 2008, 02:56:27 AM
The Haunting is a great choice. It's amazing how much scarier it is than the stupid CGI remake.
1771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie should I watch on Halloween? on: October 09, 2008, 07:58:56 PM
I'm really excited this year because Halloween is falling on a Friday night. We've already got our house decorated for the kids, and I plan on watching a ton of horror movies while passing out candy. I hate when Halloween falls on a weeknight and I can't stay up all night for a big movie marathon.
1772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie should I watch on Halloween? on: October 09, 2008, 07:36:11 PM
My big three Halloween movies are the original Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the Exorcist. I've bought about every special edition of all of those on DVD that has come out.
1773  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Patch 1.02 on: October 09, 2008, 06:44:00 PM
I'm a squig herder and usually just switching it to passive and it comes running back.

You might be right. I think some of my perceived "non-responsiveness" may simply be not being patient enough. When the lion chases someone halfway across the zone, I sometimes forget that calling him means he actually has to run all the way back. Hopefully that speed buff on him will help.

P.S. I love killing squig herders.  icon_twisted
1774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: October 09, 2008, 01:53:38 PM
You don't get it, man. Society is their prison. They're breaking out of society's laws and restrictions, which are like steel bars holding them down. Their teamwork, despite their individual differences, is like a metaphorical clothes ladder. Each one tied to the next to complete the whole.  paranoid
1775  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Patch 1.02 on: October 09, 2008, 01:45:25 PM
so, in other words, one only has to move their toon a little bit and they'll still be able to exploit this?

Technically yes, but at least now someone can kill them and not have to worry about them getting XP when they respawn.

YK:  Can I play my White Lion without getting frustrated yet?  I'm not certain I understand why they can't make pet A.I. work like WoW or EQ2?  Maybe they weren't perfect, but the pet commands were easy, yet the pet responsiveness in those two games was great.  I don't really visit the official forums much, but I'm curious if War Lion owners are complaining about this, or it's simply not a big deal to them.

Yes. As Ken pointed out, the disappearing bar bug seems to be fixed. I played for a good 2 1/2 hours last night popping in and out of scenarios and PvE and didn't have any problems. The only thing I don't like is that once the lion attacks, I wish the follow command would call off the attack and have him come back. As it is, I think you have to issue a Stop command, then a Follow. But that's nitpicking at this point, because overall the pets function a lot better than they did after the last patch. I'm hoping that eventually they'll get to the responsiveness level of the WoW hunter pets.

I'm really enjoying this class now that I got a +50% speed combat tactic for the lion. I equip that for scenarios/RvR, and I no longer have to worry about people outrunning the lion. Just wind him up and let him go.  icon_smile
1776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: October 08, 2008, 08:52:16 PM
Took me about 4 hours to get everything just the way I like it and then I spent about 5 hours installing games, tweaking them, etc..  I noticed a marked performance hit in many of the games.  For days this bugged me.  Then I decided to replace the 2 gigs of 5300 DDR2 memory it currently had with 4 gigs of 6400 DDR2.

Vista is like a fine automobile. You can't just drive her around using cheap regular unleaded and expect to get optimum performance.  icon_smile
1777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: October 08, 2008, 08:49:43 PM
Yeah, I'm really enjoying this season. Last season was good, but that prison setting was really claustrophobic. It's much more fun seeing the characters able to interact in the "real world."

The caveat is that the show is absurdly far-fetched. However, it's far-fetched in a good way - like Rittch pointed out - an Ocean's 11 sort of way. It's chock full of coincidence and blind luck, but it's so fun you kind of just shrug your shoulders and roll with it.

Also, I would tear Sarah Tancredy up like a bull on viagra. She's my favorite hotty on TV.

And the guy that plays Tea Bag deserves some sort of award. He's utterly brilliant.

1778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The past (somewhat rambling) on: October 08, 2008, 08:43:08 PM
I think about stuff like this from time to time, but I try not to let it get me down. For a long time I've lived by the philosophy of not worrying about things I cannot change, and the past clearly falls into that category.

Instead I try to focus on seeing new things, experiencing new locales, etc. If you spend all your time in the past you'll miss out on the present.

It's fun to reminisce about childhood haunts, as long as you don't obsess over them. My brother and I even made up a game about it. We'll inject obsolete childhood landmarks into casual conversation, the more obscure and obsolete the better, just to see if the other one will catch it. 

My "abandoned amusement park" was this little place in Myrtle Beach called Magic Harbor. Full of cheesy rides, etc. It was the first place I got up the nerve to go in a haunted house attraction, and I believe the first place I ever rode a roller coaster. I only went there 2 or 3 times when I was a kid but when they closed it up and tore it down it felt like they stole a little piece of my soul.
1779  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Palin opens mouth, useless comes out. on: October 08, 2008, 02:45:34 AM
You really have to call his judgment into question for selecting her.

Sadly, I think the truth is that he didn't select her. McCain's campaign has become much bigger than he is, and it's his campaign calling the shots. McCain has sold out his honor in his quest for the Presidency.
1780  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Patches, now at 1.01 on: October 07, 2008, 10:04:48 PM
The pet hotfix they put in seems to have helped a bit. I didn't get quite enough playtime in last night to fully reach a conclusion, but I'm cautiously optimistic that things are better (still not perfect, though).
1781  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Patches, now at 1.01 on: October 06, 2008, 01:53:36 AM
I went into the game after the patch hoping the war lion was a little more controllable.  I can't say I'm noticing a huge difference in his important behavior.  Speaking of which... can you tell him to come back to you in the middle of him attacking?  If so - I can't figure out how.

About the best you can do is issue a Stop command and hope that he actually obeys you. I wish a Follow command would have him return to you, but it doesn't work. Unfortunately pets in this game are akin to controlling actual animals - they may or may not do what you actually tell them to do.  icon_biggrin
1782  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Patches, now at 1.01 on: October 05, 2008, 01:12:48 PM
This "patch" is really frustrating. Half of what they claimed to fix is still broken, or worse than it was before the patch. Even simple things like the EULA agreement don't even work. I still have to scroll down every time I log in.

Thank God the game was relatively bug free by comparison with most MMOs when it launched, because their patch notes/patch system sucks donkey.

1783  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Palin opens mouth, useless comes out. on: October 05, 2008, 01:08:10 PM
Again, this is a prime example of why I could no longer support this ticket. I just don't see how Republicans can condone this kind of stuff. McCain is playing dirty ball at a level that is supremely disappointing coming from someone of his honorable background.
1784  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: anyone watching the VP debate right now! on: October 03, 2008, 07:26:46 PM
I don't know a single Republican (and I know a hell of a lot of them) that is "enthused" about Palin. Supportive of her? Yes, because she's on the Republican ticket. But their support when I talk to them seems rather tepid.

For instance, my stepdad, who is as hardcore conservative and evangelical as it comes, tends to condition every positive statement about Palin with "but I still think he should have picked Romney." One of my co-workers, who is a rabid Republican and even has a picture of McCain/Palin in his office, was talking to me about the debates today. I asked him what he thought, and he sighed, "Palin did what she needed to do." That was about as far as he was willing to take it.

Now I know personal anecdotes don't constitute nationwide trends. But I've lived and worked with Republicans ever since I can remember, and their support for the ticket this year is definitely what I'd describe as "lackluster." Most of them seem to be voting against Obama rather than for McCain. I don't know if it's a statement about McCain, a statement about Palin, a statement about the last eight years, or some fear of inevitability that they're going to lose this year. Maybe some combination of all of the above.
1785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here's a picture of bacon taped to a cat. on: October 03, 2008, 07:21:27 PM
sadly, i have neither a cat nor a dog.  i do have a 3 y/o and a 7 month old though....

The 3 year old would think it was funny, and we can't have the tapee fully cognizant of the amusement factor. The 7-month old would definitely work though. A baby with something like a Fig Newton taped to its head could provide some entertainment.
1786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here's a picture of bacon taped to a cat. on: October 03, 2008, 06:01:25 PM
I think we should hold a contest to see who can top this picture utilizing tape, an object, and their own cat.
1787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why, Michael Bay? Why? on: October 03, 2008, 05:59:49 PM
and Platinum Dunes plans to be meticulous with the remake, knowing it has been entrusted with a jewel from the Paramount library.

That's awesome news that Platinum Dunes will be treating this remake with the same care they handled remakes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror.  icon_mad
1788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here's a picture of bacon taped to a cat. on: October 03, 2008, 01:09:53 PM
Cats have become the new monkey. (Animals that are fun to laugh at).
1789  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Patches, now at 1.01 on: October 03, 2008, 03:02:47 AM
Well, I haven't noticed any major improvements in pet behavior, and I experienced the disappearing pet bar again tonight. Unfortunate.  icon_frown
1790  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: anyone watching the VP debate right now! on: October 03, 2008, 03:01:18 AM
I thought she was absolutely horrible, but the media seems to be gushing over her performance. My God what has this country come to? What has my party come to? People thought that pre-packaged nonsense, keyword skewing, and question-dodging constituted good debating?
1791  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Patches, now at 1.01 on: October 02, 2008, 05:28:41 PM
yes!  thank you!  it was getting annoying to hit tab to switch targets and have it target someething on the otherside of the field while a harpy was right next to you trying to claw your nipples off.

I often put my lion in passive mode so that I can more easily control what he targets. So you can imagine my frustration when I'm fighting something, hit TAB-Shift-C to tell him to attack the closest target, and he goes tearing off across the zone to bring back 3 more mobs.

I hope the pet fixes they put in also resolved the problem where your lion just chooses not to obey the "follow" command.
1792  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Patches, now at 1.01 on: October 02, 2008, 02:52:39 PM
While this is better, it is still ridiculous.  Why not do it the way Blizzard does where when it patches, you have to do it once and you don't have to do it again until the next patch?  Or, even better, why not do it like Everquest and you do it once and that is it?  Lawyers are really pissing me off.

Yeah, it's sort of like having to sign off for approval on your life and health insurance benefits every single paycheck. Asinine.
1793  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Palin opens mouth, useless comes out. on: October 02, 2008, 12:56:41 PM
Yeah, I'm expecting a draw, or perhaps a slight edge for Palin if she manages to come across as reasonably intelligent. Everyone knows Biden, and nobody really gives a damn about Biden. This debate is all about Palin, and if she manages to not screw up it will probably be perceived in the press as a redemption of sorts.

I think Biden is in a lose-lose situation here. He runs a risk if he comes off too strong, he runs a risk if he comes off too weak. His best hope is to put in a capable performance and hope Palin hangs herself.
1794  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Patches, now at 1.01 on: October 02, 2008, 12:46:41 PM
Awesome! That highlight list addresses almost every single gripe I had. Particularly the pet stuff, which was super-annoying.
1795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AFI Top 100 Movie Challenge Redux on: October 01, 2008, 08:41:08 PM
Citizen Pain (S&M flick)
Bridge on Your Quivering Thigh
The Silence of her Gams
A Cockwork Orange
Butch Chastity & the Poontang Kid
Fuck Soup
The French Whore Connection
Mr. Smith Does Ms. Washington
The Feel Adelphia Story

1796  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Palin opens mouth, useless comes out. on: October 01, 2008, 05:12:07 PM
Some of you, (YK, here, and senior R senators there) have come out and publicly acknowledged that she's clueless, and I admire that.

I'm typically pretty partisan, but I want to be able to argue my side with facts as well as conviction. At this point, you have to have your head stuck in the sand to not see the problems with Palin.
1797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to the Future... 2, or 3? on: October 01, 2008, 03:04:06 AM
Conventional wisdom usually dictates that 3 was the better movie. However, 2 holds a sentimental spot in my heart because I went to see it for my 15th birthday. I was a huge fan of the first movie, and going to see the sequel on my birthday was for me, at that moment in time, probably the most awesome thing in the entire world. I remember being totally enthralled - I still look back on it as one of a handful of the best movie-going experiences of my life.

I've rewatched it over the years, and the magic never really held up. It definitely hasn't aged well. Still, I have this weird loyalty to 2, and have often had to defend it against BTTF2-haters.

1798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AFI Top 100 Movie Challenge on: October 01, 2008, 02:57:49 AM
Iíve seen 23 and wouldnít watch half of them again on a bet. I guess thatís why I donít entirely understand these lists.  Can a movie be considered great if you would never want to see it twice? And at which point do you consider a movie great as opposed to believing it is because everyone told you so?   

For a lot of these, I'm sure it's almost impossible to fully appreciate them outside of their historical context. Our perceptions can't help but be colored by what we've already experienced, so no matter how much we try to appreciate the technologies used in some of these early films, I don't think we can ever really understand what they were like seeing them for the first time (unless we were around to see them when they came out).

For instance, I could intellectually appreciate the shots used in Citizen Kane. But as a movie I found it pretty "meh." I just have to live with it - I can't trick myself into never having seen those shots copied in dozens of films over the years.

I'm not saying critics are perfect, but I put some faith in lists like this because the people involved in putting it together are thoroughly versed in the historical context in which these films were made and what they contributed - much more than I am or probably ever will be. So I try to keep an open mind. And in the end, these lists aren't meant to be a definitive record of what the best movies are. They're intended to generate interest, debate, and discussion. 
1799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AFI Top 100 Movie Challenge on: September 30, 2008, 07:30:39 PM
I've seen Titanic like 4 times, 2 of those in the theater. I drank the Kool-Aid when it came out, and it wasn't until about halfway through the 4th viewing that I realized how utterly horrible it is. I haven't watched it since.

Some of these are a struggle. I'm currently working my way through Lawrence of Arabia (3 1/2 hours). I've been watching it in 30 minute chunks for the past week because that's about as long as I can focus on it in one sitting. It's a really beautifully shot movie, but it's soooooo long........I think some of these movies are on there solely because they are ridiculously lengthy. I'm not looking forward to Ben-Hur or Gone With the Wind either. Thankfully I was forced to sit through the Sound of Music in its entirety in 7th grade, so I don't have to repeat that one.

1800  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: We're all going to dieeeeeeee!!11!That on: September 30, 2008, 06:32:31 PM
I came through it (so far) relatively unscathed. I went more conservative than my financial advisor suggested for my age. So yeah, maybe I didn't make quite the return I could have the past few years, but it saved my ass this week! This morning I was sitting at essentially dead even with last year. Considering the circumstances, I'll take the 0% change.
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