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1761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tropic Thunder on: August 19, 2008, 06:24:40 PM
One of the things I laughed at the hardest was just the look that RDJ gave Alpa at one point... I wish I could remember the dialog... something about knowing who he was...

I know exactly what you're talking about. He had this crazy out of place smile on his face while he was talking. It made the dialogue 10X funnier. Just another example of what Downey Jr. brought to the role.

What's really funny is that I read an interview with him in Rolling Stone and he comes across sounding *exactly* like one of those insane method actors he portrayed in the movie. All that intellectual mumbo jumbo about acting he talks about in the film could seriously have been his own words.
1762  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: August 18, 2008, 07:42:35 PM
Woot - and EBGames emailed me my pre-order open beta code after I had given up all hope.


1763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had My First Twinkie in More Than Decade Yesterday on: August 18, 2008, 07:40:32 PM
Never was a big Twinkies person, but I considered myself a Little Debbie connoisseur. Star Crunch, anyone?

1764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tropic Thunder on: August 18, 2008, 03:55:17 PM
Saw it yesterday. Loved it. It falls just shy of greatness, but it's still a really good time. The only thing I regret is that I had seen so many trailers, TV spots, interviews, previews, etc. that a lot of the jokes and surprises I had already spoiled for myself. I still laughed my ass off all the way through, however.

And seriously, could Robert Downey Jr's stock get any higher right now? He was amazing.
1765  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What would I miss minus Vista? on: August 17, 2008, 03:50:27 AM
Well for me, I love the integrated search, better security, games explorer, better networking, and better diagnostic tools. I realize that not everyone will use those features, but they are things I have trouble going back to XP and doing without.

However, there is a big misconception about Vista with the general public, and a lot of it is due to Microsoft's stupid marketing decisions. MS knew that Vista was designed to sell new PCs, yet they marketed it as a must-have upgrade to XP. People upgraded old hardware, it slowed them down, they had driver incompatibility, etc. and all of a sudden Vista has a reputation for being this POS operating system that's no good.

So people who say, "Why should I upgrade to Vista? XP gives me everything I need on my ancient computer." Well....yeah. There is no pressing reason to upgrade to Vista if you're using old hardware. If you're buying a new PC, however, then there's no reason not to go Vista and get the improved security features, GUI perks, integrated search, etc.

Seriously, it drives me nuts when people come to me in a panic after having bought a brand new PC and realize it has Vista installed. Vista is fine on current hardware. Likewise, it drives me nuts when somebody comes to me wanting to upgrade their 5-year old PC to Vista because "It's the newest Windows." 
1766  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What would I miss minus Vista? on: August 16, 2008, 10:31:04 PM
My mom got a new laptop with Vista pre-installed (with no bloatware).  It ran like utter crap until my dad removed it and put on XP.  Now it works just fine.  People can quote statistics all they want, I know that 95% of statistics are made up on the spot.  When you can see first-hand how Vista slows things down you question it.

I'm continually surprised how people exclaim that Windows XP, a 7-year old OS, is faster than Vista, like it's some kind of proof that XP is the better OS. XP was designed to run on a Pentium-233 with 64MB RAM. Yes, it's going to run pretty nicely on a dual core Pentium 3.0+ ghz with 2GB RAM. I'm betting Windows 3.11 will run like a champ too!

XP was a great OS, don't get me wrong. But time and the advancement of technology have done more to increase XP performance than anything magical that Microsoft built into the OS.
1767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews on: August 15, 2008, 07:42:30 PM
I guess I just don't want Star Wars to be for kids. I want it to be for the generation that it originated with and grew up with it. It should follow their chronology. Let kids today have their Hannah Montana or Dora the Explorer or whatever else crap they have. STAR WARS IS MINE!
1768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Um...Bigfoot body?! on: August 15, 2008, 07:07:12 PM
The face does look startlingly realistic.

I have seen actual gorilla masks in real life, and this is spot on.

1769  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Wanderers & Warhammer Online on: August 15, 2008, 06:37:28 PM
I still haven't even received any pre-order codes from my pre-order.

I wasn't really expecting them since I pre-ordered so late, but yeah, it's still shady to promise something to sell a product and not be able to deliver.
1770  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Funcom Q2 Financial Report on: August 15, 2008, 06:35:53 PM
Ouch. Half? Ouch.

However, it's understandable. This is just, to a slightly lesser extent, the same thing that happened to Vanguard. Game was released missing promised content and features, full of technical problems. People bought initially based on promises of quick fixes, and when those never materialized they left in droves.

I guess I'm a sucker because I just keep falling for it.
1771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The year is 1987 on: August 14, 2008, 11:04:24 PM
There are no words...
1772  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Political fun - Nicknames used by G Dubby on: August 14, 2008, 02:13:36 PM
"Don't make Congressman Kickass choke a bitch!"
1773  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Wanderers & Warhammer Online on: August 14, 2008, 02:12:47 PM
I just have this horrible vision of all these GT/OO folks conspiring together to pretend Warhammer is good as revenge for all the copies of Vanguard I convinced people to buy.  paranoid
1774  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Wanderers & Warhammer Online on: August 14, 2008, 12:26:41 PM
I just pre-ordered. This better be good, you bastards.  icon_biggrin
1775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Olympics] China's doing a bang up job... on: August 13, 2008, 03:17:26 PM
We mock a lot of people (that supermodel has sharp elbows!), but I do find the concept of mocking a 7-year old kid for her slightly crooked teeth rather bizarre. I don't think I've ever met a 7-year old that didn't have weird looking teeth. They're losing them right and left at that age, adult teeth are coming in next to baby teeth, etc.
1776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Olympics] China's doing a bang up job... on: August 13, 2008, 11:57:23 AM
While we're on the subject of Chinese scumbags, how about the fact that the US found proof before the games that at least two of their female gymnasts are 14, 2 years below the minimum Olympic age?

Enjoy your gold medal, cheaters.
1777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Olympics] China's doing a bang up job... on: August 13, 2008, 02:04:38 AM
Don't even try hepcat. I've been around R&P long enough to see this classic argument over and over in all its various forms.

Broken down, it's basically the logical fallacy that:

1. If Country A is doing *or has done in the past* something bad, then Country A has no right to criticize Country B for doing something bad.

2. Scale does not matter. It doesn't matter if Country A's actions are miniscule by comparison to Country B's actions, all actions are treated equally.

There's no arguing with people who won't budge from their non-logical viewpoint.
1778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Olympics] China's doing a bang up job... on: August 12, 2008, 08:57:36 PM
. . . designed to sell China as deserving of what it sees as its rightful place of world prominence.

And one little girl with slightly crooked teeth is going to change that in the midst of a 300 million dollar spectacle? Ludicrous.

They've traded the infinitely remote possibility of the world looking down on China for trotting out an average looking 7-year old for the very real fact that this bait-and-switch has now become a far more damaging issue on the PR front. It speaks to the Chinese government's obsessive control of minutia, and raises the specter of human rights (or lack thereof) in its treatment of a little kid.

I don't fault the vast majority of the Chinese people. From what I read, this swap was done at the behest of a single government individual - up until final rehearsals they were going to use the original singer.
1779  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Another Unfaithful, Dishonest Democrat on: August 12, 2008, 08:21:29 PM
I think Mr. Fed, as a lawyer, is just happy to be able to look down upon a profession despised more than his.  icon_twisted

(Just kidding Mr. Fed, you know I love you.)
1780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Olympics] China's doing a bang up job... on: August 12, 2008, 08:15:41 PM
There's a difference, though. In the case of the Miley Cyrus' of the world, record labels are trying to make money. Beauty sells. American Idol, which is about the most perfect display of how to manufacture pop on the planet, makes no bones about the fact that looks play a part.

This wasn't a record deal. It was a one-shot event.
1781  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Another Unfaithful, Dishonest Democrat on: August 12, 2008, 06:34:33 PM
I think the thread title was poking fun at the recent rash of "Yet Another Republican blah blah blah" threads. Everyone knows that both sides of the aisles are guilty.
1782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2008 Olympics US Medal Standing unfair? on: August 12, 2008, 12:51:49 PM
Most of the medal counts I see online use the world standard. So if we are using a different method, it's not like we're fooling anyone.

As for World Champions for football, do you know of any other countries that could compete with us in American football? We're just saving the rest of the world the hassle of actually playing the games and getting destroyed.  icon_biggrin
1783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Olympic opening ceremony on: August 11, 2008, 02:00:38 PM
I thought it was funny when they said they were talking to the director of the ceremony and telling him how astounding it was that the ceremony would feature 15,000 performers. His reply, "Well, we had the people."

1784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I received an incredible cash offer for GamingTrend today... on: August 11, 2008, 01:57:21 PM
I don't know, man. $60 is a new 360 game. Lots of good stuff coming out this fall, I'm just sayin'.
1785  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [D&D 4th Ed.] Official GT Campaign Thread on: August 11, 2008, 01:33:47 AM
Our group just hit Level 3 tonight, and we are nowhere close to finishing the entire module. So even though it says the module takes you to 3, be assured that if you're thorough (like my players almost always are), you'll be well into Level 3 by the time you finish. This is a good thing, as the next module in the official series starts at Level 4, so it's nice to know there won't be a huge level gap to surmount.

1786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cool quiz: Guess the movie title by looking at one letter from its poster on: August 11, 2008, 12:20:19 AM
16/46 with one pass. Those were definitely tough. Many of them made me smack my head after I saw the answer though.
1787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had to put our two dogs down today.. on: August 10, 2008, 02:54:50 AM
I'm not going to comment on the scenario in this thread, because everyone has already said what I was thinking, and there's enough pain involved without making it worse.

However, I will relate my little story regarding this. We had a neighbor across the street who had an older cat named Fanny. She found out Fanny was diabetic and would require two insulin shots a day. They were getting ready to move out of state, and we just happened to be talking to her before she moved and she mentioned regretting having to take Fanny to be put to sleep. My wife, an animal lover, about went ballistic on this woman, but kept her cool and asked if it would be OK if we adopted Fanny rather than have her put down. She agreed, but warned us that Fanny peed on the carpet, led a miserable life, would be a huge economic burden with her vet bills. My wife was like, "Fine, I don't care - I just can't see this animal put down for no reason."

We adopted Fanny and yes, we ran into some big vet bills the first few weeks as we tried to get her diabetes under control. My wife and I had to learn how to give insulin shots. We dealt with a few rug peeing incidents until she got her disease under control. But now, 3 years later, I can't imagine life without Fanny. She is the sweetest cat - extremely loving, and lets us know when it's time for her shot by nudging us (we have equated shot with treats, so she never fears them). It kills me to think how close this cat came to death for no reason other than our neighbors unwillingness to deal with the animal she owned or seek out alternatives.

That's all I'll say about it other than I do feel bad for the original poster. I can't imagine how painful that would be.
1788  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Wanderers & Warhammer Online on: August 08, 2008, 12:59:48 PM
9. I don't know how many more huge disappointments I can take (Vanguard, AoC, Hellgate, Tabula)

Amen, brother. I've pinned every hope I have left on two MMOs: Warhammer and Darkfall. Warhammer is my last hope in regards to major developer A-list MMOs, while Darkfall is my indie dark horse.
1789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "If I were rich enough..." on: August 07, 2008, 07:18:24 PM
Bah I am married to a wonderful woman

2 the same time.
1790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "If I were rich enough..." on: August 07, 2008, 04:37:27 PM
First purchase would be a new home with custom dedicated home theater room. Actually I'd expand it out even more and put a pool table, air hockey, various classic video games, etc. One big man-cave entertainment center.

I'd probably buy my wife and I both really nice cars, make sure my close family was taken care of, then any other splurging would probably be to travel. I don't really have any desire for a lot of the mega-rich luxuries like yachts, crazy expensive jewelry, etc.

1791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 : Family Edition on: August 07, 2008, 12:07:40 PM
I don't have a problem with it. It's optional, so no biggie. I'm not a parent, but if I was I think knowing I could turn that stuff off and be able to play with my son would be a nice bonus.
1792  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Wanderers & Warhammer Online on: August 07, 2008, 02:07:59 AM
Awesome page, Charlatan! I haven't 100% decided to buy Warhammer yet, but if I do decide to I'll definitely play with you guys.
1793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Today's awesome band you should be listening too... Drag the River on: August 06, 2008, 06:41:02 PM
I like. Remind me a bit of Lou Ford, another alt-country act that Captain Caveman turned me on to awhile back that I played to death.
1794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitler's Movin' On Up! on: August 06, 2008, 01:25:10 PM
Yet one more stair step on my long descent into Hell.

Thanks CSL.  icon_biggrin
1795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: $150 blast from the past on: August 05, 2008, 08:44:49 PM
My mom couldn't afford to buy me the Falcon, but I wound up finding it at a yard sale for like 50 cents so my granddad bought it for me. Talk about hitting the kid jackpot!!!
1796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: August 05, 2008, 08:40:34 PM
rickfc got it - Batman walks a razor's edge in his morality, but it's pretty consistent. There was one graphic novel (cannot for the life of me remember the name) when he kind of snapped and decided he was just going to throw his morality out the window and go apeshit on criminals. That was a cool book.
1797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: August 05, 2008, 07:39:07 PM
Did Baman's morals change from BB? At the end of that movie he states "I'm not going to kill you, but I don't have to save you." Putting aside the contradiction of this statement why does he keep saving The Joker and not killing him. This guy is obviously a threat to everyone.

Read the comics. Batman's struggle to stop the Joker without breaking his "law" of not killing is a common theme that occurs over and over again. It's not inconsistent at all with the character.
1798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG to Sell Cheap Downloads of Classic PC Games on: August 05, 2008, 04:48:53 PM
I saw in another interview they also listed Lionheart

WOW - I literally have not thought of that game since I beat it umpteen-million years ago. As I recall, the game got pretty mediocre reviews, but I always thought it got a bad rap. I really enjoyed it.
1799  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [D&D 4th Ed.] Official GT Campaign Thread on: August 04, 2008, 04:25:26 PM
Since you guys are slightly behind our campaign, it's really fun to see how your session played out in comparison to ours. Keep the progress reports coming for those of us not playing with you!
1800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The age of re-runs on: August 01, 2008, 03:34:28 PM
Sorry, PR-GMR, but I found your screenplay of the "Louisiana Hacksaw Debacle" slightly derivative. Changing the primary villain's name to "Corduroyface" didn't really fool anybody.
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