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1761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, which fall PC RPG are you looking forward to the most? on: September 14, 2009, 02:55:54 AM
My brain says Dragon Age, my heart says Torchwood.  icon_biggrin
1762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book about The Beatles? on: September 14, 2009, 02:50:31 AM
The Beatles by Hunter Davies is considered one of the best as it is one of the few authorized biographies of the band.

If you don't mind spending a bit more, The Beatles Anthology book is an awesome read, and looks great on your coffee table!

I've also heard good things about Can't Buy Me Love, though unlike the other two I mentioned, I haven't read it yet.

I also really enjoyed A Hard Day's Write, which tells the stories behind the Beatles songs and what inspired them.
1763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 13, 2009, 10:30:26 PM
Man, the Lions suck.  I wonder if we can go 0-16 again.  At least it'd give me something to root towards.

Not if my Panthers beat you to it!

God, I almost WISH we would go 0-16 so somebody would recognize Delhomme for the absolute fuck-up he is and maybe give John "The definition of insanity" * Fox the boot as well.

* insanity being defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
1764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC] The Beatles on: September 13, 2009, 12:18:55 PM
I know I mentioned this in another thread, but I HATE that movie. The part where they sang 'Mother superior jumped the gun' was when I realized I would sooner put a bullet in my head than watch it again.

Yeah, that movie seems to be pretty divisive. I know Beatles fans who absolutely loved it, and I know some who absolutely hated it. I personally fall into the "hated it" camp.
1765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zemeckins remaking Yellow Submarine on: September 13, 2009, 04:36:27 AM
god, if only they had stayed together, imagine what could have been.

Part of the magic of The Beatles was how much they accomplished in such a short time. It's hard to believe, but they were only around (in terms of being stars) for eight years. In the US, only six years. They only toured (again, we're talking post-fame) for half that time.

I'm not convinced that had they stayed together for decades (ala the Stones, Aerosmith, etc.) that they would be held with the same esteem. Part of our mourning process is to idolize the dead; forget the missteps and accentuate the positive things. Oh, their genius was concrete enough that they would have still been revered, but would it be with the same fervor after they tinged that album with disco in the late-70s, or Paul went on his synthesizer kick in the '80s? What about that shitty comeback album from '94?
As for the Yellow Submarine remake, I'm surprisingly very excited about it. While the original is a classic, it's extremely dated. Most kids aren't going to watch that 60's era animation, especially as tripped out as that movie was. And I don't think you can "ruin" The Beatles at this point, even with a crappy movie. At best, this will be a terrific movie that will introduce a whole new generation to this wonderful music. At worst, it becomes a minor footnote in Beatles history, and people forget it and move on.
1766  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 13, 2009, 04:16:09 AM
I stopped playing open beta because I took the plunge and pre-ordered. Biggest problem now is deciding what server/race/class I want to play. I'm leaning Assassin. I never play healers, and rarely play magic users; I just prefer straight up melee combat. Tried the Warrior and Scout in OB, and the Scout seemed much more challenging and entertaining in terms of learning to use skills effectively. I would like to see what the Warrior is like in later levels, though.
1767  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 12, 2009, 06:16:41 PM
I used to be hardcore anti-PvP like Ron, but playing Age of Conan on a hardcore PvP server as well as Warhammer Online really changed my tune. Yes, there is always the possibility of griefing, but participating in battles with other players can give you a rush like no other.

My background in MMOs started with stuff like EQ, where there was a lot of grind, death penalties, and very challenging gameplay. I really miss that sometimes, as modern MMOs can feel really dumbed down by comparison. PvP gives me the best of both worlds. Now I can play those casual MMOs and enjoy them, and when I need a tougher challenge participate in some PvP. There's really no way PvE can replicate the fear of traveling through a PvP zone, paranoid that at any moment your life could come to a brutal end, nor any way it can replicate the thrill of victory when besting another player.

Sure, nobody likes to be ganked constantly or have their fun interrupted by some douchebag. But I find you usually find that kind of thing in games where PvP was more of an afterthought. In games designed from the ground up for PvP gameplay, it can be a real blast.
1768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC] The Beatles on: September 11, 2009, 11:36:26 PM
I would say the only disposable stuff they ever recorded was the tail end of the Yellow Submarine soundtrack and parts of Let It Be.

Totally agree. In fact, those two albums are the only two out of my whole collection that I have to skip tracks on.
1769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: September 11, 2009, 07:36:54 PM
My wife and I loved it. I missed the pilot the first 10 times they aired it, but finally caught it last week (seriously, has any show in recent memory been pimped this hard?)

The main reason I missed this the first time around is that I didn't realize it had musical numbers. I'm a sucker for musical numbers. Add in high school awkwardness, an underdog story, and Jane Lynch, and I'm ALL OVER IT. It's really a great combination all around. Will catch up on the second episode this weekend.
1770  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 11, 2009, 07:31:50 PM
Aion lists DPS stats, and swords are slightly higher DPS. However, as pointed out that raw damage doesn't tell the whole story. You really need to take into account any procs, crit chances, etc.

I've been playing an Assassin and I prefer two daggers, though that's more for aesthetic purposes than actually crunching the numbers. A stealthy assassin running around with two giant longswords on his back doesn't sit right with me.  icon_biggrin
1771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: September 11, 2009, 02:27:08 AM
Revolution was the only song where I dropped down to Hard to complete.

I got through it on Expert on the 2nd try. That song is evil, because it gets considerably easier after you get through that first bad stretch. It doesn't get truly hard again until the very end - thankfully I had saved up plenty of star power to get me through it.

I beat the game tonight on Expert guitar. I was pleasantly surprised when going through the unlocked photos at the trivia text they put with each one. I was expecting to flip through a quick slideshow, and ended up spending half an hour reading the stories and admiring the pictures.
1772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 11, 2009, 02:20:25 AM
I am going to come right out and say it. I like Ace of Base, including The Sign. I've got their first two albums and their Greatest Hits collection. They are so serious in their cheese that I can't help but find them fascinating. I also love Abba though, so I think I have a thing for bad Swedish club music.
1773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC] The Beatles on: September 11, 2009, 02:11:51 AM
Also, as she is a superfan, every song is a must listen for her.

That's because unlike most other groups, almost every Beatles song IS a must-listen. They really had very few "bad" songs - and even the ones that are not so popular contain very interesting elements.
1774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Truth stranger than fiction? Baby borh on 9/9/09 at 9:09 weighs 9 lbs 9 oz on: September 11, 2009, 02:04:48 AM
Considering the number of babies born every minute, I don't find it all that extraordinary.

[Edit] OK, never mind. That only works out to 7 babies per minute. Please don't eat me giant devil baby!
1775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sonic comes to New England on: September 11, 2009, 02:03:42 AM
We were excited when we got a Sonic locally, because we'd always stop at one when we were traveling to get an honest to God Cherry Coke. Unfortunately our local one has never been very good; I can count on one hand the number of times I've eaten there in the last 5 years.
1776  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 10, 2009, 02:30:04 PM
DarkVulgar on OO mentioned that Siel seems to be shaping up as the unofficial hardcore PvP server, if anyone is interested.
1777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: September 10, 2009, 01:27:24 AM
Game is awesome. The visuals are so spot-on in terms of The Beatles "feel." I kind of got goosebumps between chapters as they did the animations showing the progression of their careers.

The note charts are fun. Most songs are pretty easy to pass on guitar (I haven't failed one yet), but getting five stars on everything will be a challenge. I also can['t wait to try my hand at bass - McCartney was no slouch in that department and I'm guessing some of those note charts are pretty challenging.

If you're a Beatles fan this is a MUST BUY NOW. If you're not a Beatles fan, it could easily turn you into one.
1778  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: September 09, 2009, 03:02:24 PM
that's simply untrue.  FFXI did very well on PS2, especially in Japan.

I forgot about FFXI, but it's still not what I would call a resounding success from a North American console perspective.

So we're 4, almost 5 years into the current console generation and we've got one moderately successful MMO you can play on a current console? That doesn't give me a great deal of encouragement. I don't know what the subscriber numbers are from a console perspective, but I'm guessing it's paltry compared to PC subscribers. We've seen far more console MMOs fail (Phantasy Star) or never come to light (MS's early MMO offering, the still yet to be seen Age of Conan, etc.) than we have seen successes.
1779  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 09, 2009, 02:35:07 PM
We should definitely organize something. I have a feeling this is going to be a game where you'll want to have friends around at end-game.

I don't have the time to devote to running a guild, but I'm definitely interested in being a part of one. If nothing else, we should all agree on a server and race.
1780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 09, 2009, 02:25:45 AM
I love Mika. He brings out my inner gay disco queen.

So as not to derail the thread, I humbly submit:

Let's Hear It For The Boy. This song literally makes me nauseous.
1781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: September 09, 2009, 01:33:08 AM
Our local Best Buy is having a midnight sale. They hold midnight sales for just about everything though.
1782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 09, 2009, 01:22:42 AM
"What's Going On" did have one great cover artist.
1783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 08, 2009, 08:12:16 PM
God, I just thought of another one.


The 80's were full of awful. "I'm never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm." Ugh.

The aformentioned "Take My Breath Away."

Oh, that horrible Dirty Dancing song. "I had....the time of my life......." This thread is evil! My mind just keeps making leap after leap from bad to worse!

1784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet? on: September 08, 2009, 07:59:29 PM
My problem is that I eagerly buy it.....then end up not playing it much. I WISH I had your problem - it would save me a great deal of money.
1785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 08, 2009, 07:56:11 PM
The only exception for America is "Horse with No Name" that I can think of.  I like that song.

You only like it because it's a blatant Neil Young rip-off. In that respect, and that respect only, you are forgiven.

1786  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 08, 2009, 07:51:49 PM
Is anyone else a bit creeped out by the fact that you can make characters that look like kids?

Not really, but I grew up on JRPGs so NOT playing a kid seems unusual to me.

As much as they've supposedy "Westernized" the look, the game's artistry is still firmly Eastern, which renders null and void any weirdness I would feel at seeing kids run around. 

I do think it's funny that almost every female I see has her boob slider maxed.
1787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 08, 2009, 06:17:21 PM
Three words:  MAMBO NUMBER FIVE!!!

A little bit of knife blade in my ears, a little bit of gunshot to my head, a little bit of slitting my own wrists, a little bit of clawing my own skin off.
1788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: September 08, 2009, 06:14:39 PM
It really is a happy story in that it has the blessings of all the Beatles and/or their estates. So many times these licenses get bogged down in legalities - it's good to see something "Come Together" with the full support of the artist. Fans can feel good that not only are they getting a Beatles game, they're getting the game The Beatles wanted us to play.
1789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 08, 2009, 06:08:01 PM
So many choices...

My #1 would be Gloria Estefan's version of "Turn the Beat Around." It literally makes me boil with rage. Actually, ANYTHING by Gloria Estafan makes me want to stab somebody in the neck with a pencil.

Another would be Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." Yes, I know it's a "classic." But something about the eco-green-liberal-environmentalist message makes me want to break things. Violently. Pave paradise and shove a fucking pitchfork through your abdomen, you hippie bitch!

I also hate that damn song about "Get Here if you Can" - you can reach me by steamboat, you can reach me by biplane, you can cross the desert on a fucking camel. GODDAMN I hate that song. I remember they played that fucking song all the time during the first Gulf War. It was one of the most schmaltziest pieces of crap I've ever heard. Hate it. HATE IT. I have literally walked out of stores that were playing that song overhead.

1790  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 08, 2009, 12:58:00 PM
hit lvl 10 as well, and had a blast - one thing though - I dont know where to get my they come when you go to the next area? V something?

If you keep going through the campaign quests (yellow star quests), you'll eventually talk to the guy who gives you your wings. Yes, I got them in that V area.

As hard as it may be, I think I'm just going to stop playing so I don't spoil any more of the game. It seems pretty linear considering there are only two races, so I really don't want to wind up doing the same content over again for 30 levels.

1791  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 08, 2009, 02:18:41 AM
NM about the firewall - I re-enabled it and the game is still connecting and running fine.

Skystride, have you checked the NCSoft support page? If you drill down to Aion support they have a whole FAQ on fixing GameGuard errors.

The game definitely is getting better as I go along. Hit 10 and selected my subclass and I can already tell things are starting to open up a lot more. Plus flying is cool. smile
1792  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 08, 2009, 12:08:54 AM
I just turned it off because I'm too lazy to do the research right now, and I'm already behind a secure router. I'm sure there are ports or allowable programs you can add to your firewall that would not require disabling it completely.
1793  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 07, 2009, 09:05:01 PM
I'm running it on Windows 7, but I had to disable my firewall.
1794  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 07, 2009, 07:53:04 PM
The servers are down for planned maintenance - they announced it shortly before I logged (about a half hour ago).

I'm not convinced this is all NCSoft's fault. If it was, my issues should be more consistent. I played today for over three hours with no lag whatsoever, even as other people on the same server were complaining about rubber banding and other effects, so I don't believe it's server side. I heard their ISP was having some issues, which would explain why some people are having problems and others aren't.

It's definitely nothing new, but my only choice for a fantasy MMO right now are this or going back to some old game that I've played to death. If it will get me by until SWKOTOR comes out I'll get my money's worth.
1795  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 06, 2009, 09:59:46 PM
Ok, figured it out. I went back to FilePlanet and requested another key, and this time ended up with a US one. What a difference a continent makes. Rolled up a new character and everything worked flawlessly this time - little to no lag, ran very well, all the quests worked, no mob bugs. I feel sorry for our friends across the pond, as they were really hurting.

Really like the game so far. It doesn't bring much new to the table, but I'm enjoying the art style. It's basically WoW meets Final Fantasy and I'm digging that.
1796  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 06, 2009, 09:08:16 PM
It's practically unplayable for me due to the severe quest server lag. It looks like FilePlanet gave me a key for the European beta; not sure if it makes a difference or not but so far the experience has been pretty unpleasant.

Pretty game though; I like the Eastern feel, though I've always been a fan of JRPGs.
1797  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 06, 2009, 08:11:28 PM
WTF. I still can't get in. Tells me user ID or password doesn't match, even though it's the correct one. Fucking VilePlanet.

[Edit] - Never mind. I fixed it by changing my user preference to show I was in Europe instead of North America. That made my Aion show up as Aion (US) and it accepted my login.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
1798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books -Malazan] Dust of Dreams (spoilerboxes please) on: September 06, 2009, 02:19:45 AM
I've got Gardens of the Moon but have been scared to dive into it due to what I've heard about the complexity of Erikson's stuff. I was in a bookstore today and flipped through one of the other books in the series and holy crap was it thick - with tiny print to boot. It made Robert Jordan's books look like child's play.

I'm partly thrilled at taking on the challenge, and partly hopelessly intimidated.
1799  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: September 05, 2009, 05:24:28 PM
I don't believe any MMO when it says it's coming out for the 360. There hasn't been a successful PC/console crossover MMO yet, despite all the promises we've heard over the years.
1800  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion vs Champions Online on: September 05, 2009, 05:21:48 PM
I'm going Aion (probably). I was in the Champions Online beta for 2 months and never really had all that much fun with it. I can see where other people would like it, but I just prefer the fantasy setting in my MMOs. The niche stuff (MMOs with superheros, pirates, etc.) just don't grab my attention for very long. I'm sure I would have had fun in CO for a couple of months, but I'm looking for something I can stick with a little longer than that.

Aion seems to have enough hype around it that it should do very well, especially with the large number of WoW exiles that will probably be moving to it. I'm looking forward to trying out the open beta tomorrow - if it's even moderately fun I think I'm going to bite the bullet and pre-order.
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