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1761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House, Season 6 on: September 21, 2009, 03:14:38 AM
Looking forward to it as well. While last season certainly had some terrific moments, the show's formula is starting to wear thin (patient with weird condition comes in, they go through 15 guesses as to what it is, patient gets worse due to wrong treatment, House has a coincidental epiphany about the case due to some unrelated drama in his own life, patient is saved). My wife and I were getting to the point of laughing out loud as we predicted every plot turn of every episode. I'm hoping they shake things up a bit this go-round.
1762  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel, Faction = Elyios on: September 21, 2009, 03:10:29 AM
I logged on at 7:30 and finally got in at 9:20. Was able to almost hit 9, so I'm pretty happy at my progress considering the crowds.

Other than the over-population, it's been a pretty smooth launch. Once I got away from the very first starting area I haven't had any bad lag.

I'm trying to look on the bright side of the crowds - it means this game should have a really healthy population going forward, even with the standard one-month drop-off. Especially in games with a PvP focus, I'd rather deal with the crowding issues than find myself unable to get anything done because nobody is playing.
1763  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 21, 2009, 12:40:38 AM
Queue was an hour and a half for me at 7:30 EST. Looks like I'll be getting in at about 9:15. Hopefully they're getting a bit better.
1764  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel, Faction = Elyios on: September 20, 2009, 11:12:59 PM
Dammit - I knew I should have stayed logged in while I took a break for dinner. If that's the case I may not get to play anymore tonight.
1765  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 19, 2009, 12:17:57 PM
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wait, you're going to play a game centered around pvp but you don't wanna be "forced" to pvp?

Don't worry, we'll make a hardcore PvPer out of KD yet. He just needs a little blood on his blade to get the taste for it.  icon_twisted
1766  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel, Faction = Elyios on: September 18, 2009, 10:04:13 PM
I'm in as Alastor - Warrior and Chandros - Scout.
1767  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel, Faction = Elyios on: September 18, 2009, 06:03:46 PM
Leaning Gladiator at the moment because he sounds like my beloved Berserker from EQ2. I really had a blast with the Assassin in beta, so that's always an option, but I'm a sucker for tank classes. The only downside to the Gladiator that I can see is that at least early on, the warriors aren't nearly as fun to play - very simple combat with little strategy, unlike the Assassin. Decisions, decisions.
1768  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel on: September 18, 2009, 02:02:46 AM
Dang it people, make up your minds!  icon_biggrin

Lumiel it is. I'm fine either way in regards to faction, as long as I'm on the same side as you guys.
1769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Paranormal Activity on: September 17, 2009, 03:01:21 AM
Yeah, I'm a bit torn on this one. Not because I think it looks bad, but because I think it looks too damn scary!  icon_biggrin

I'm a lifelong horror fan, but I'm a bit shamed to admit that as I've gotten older I get more and more chicken about (truly) scary movies - approaching them with a feeling of dread more than the feeling of excitement I used to get.

If it's truly psychological horror (like The Haunting), I think I'll love it. If it depends on cheap jump scare tactics....well, I'll still see it, but in the safety of my own living room where I can keep the lights on.  icon_eek
1770  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars Galaxies cutting it's servers by almost half on: September 17, 2009, 02:06:17 AM
I was in the beta, and though I was blindly optimistic that the game would succeed, I knew there were major design issues from the start. Combat was really ill-conceived - everything had three different life bars (I don't remember the names, but they were red, blue, and green), and some weapons took away from this bar, some took away from that one; it was needlessly complex and never really made much sense. It was also incredibly buggy at launch; the rumor is that the publisher insisted on pushing the game out way too early, and that definitely hurt it. There were entire areas that were just devoid of content.

That being said, I have some really fond memories of the game for the things they did right. The aforementioned crafting, housing, and non-combat professions were just awesome. I also had one of the most funny experiences and disturbing experiences in an MMO to date. The funniest was when our very own rittchard attended a guild meeting wearing nothing but some bright pink underwear. The dance he was doing brought tears to my eyes and is still my #1 comedy moment in an MMO. The most disturbing experience was running through Tatooine and stumbling across a player house that was open. I walked in to check it out and caught two people in the middle of cyber-sexing. AWK-WARD.
 
1771  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GDC Austin: Keynote Liveblog: John Smedley on: September 16, 2009, 05:03:14 PM
Ah, I think I misread that. I thought he was referring to EQ2 from the previous paragraph.

I don't have a problem with micro-transactions in free-to-play games; the developers have to make their money somehow.
1772  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GDC Austin: Keynote Liveblog: John Smedley on: September 16, 2009, 03:20:54 PM
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Smed says that they gave out too much free stuff at launch, which was a mistake that he urges no one to repeat.

Out of that whole post, this is what scares me the most.

The mentality is that developers can push out half a game, charge full price, then force the player to pay for the rest of the game via microtransactions. End result is the player spends $100 or more for the same content he would have got for $50 a few years ago.

1773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Swayze has passed away. on: September 15, 2009, 01:45:48 AM
Yeah, this made me really sad as well. My grandmother passed away from pancreatic cancer; it is a brutal disease. He put up a hell of a good fight though. Kick some ass in that Roadhouse in the sky, Mr. Swayze.
1774  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
1775  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.
1776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 13, 2009, 10:30:26 PM
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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.
1777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC] The Beatles on: September 13, 2009, 12:18:55 PM
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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.
1778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zemeckins remaking Yellow Submarine on: September 13, 2009, 04:36:27 AM
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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.
1779  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.
1780  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.
1781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC] The Beatles on: September 11, 2009, 11:36:26 PM
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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.
1782  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.
1783  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
1784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: September 11, 2009, 02:27:08 AM
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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.
1785  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.
1786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC] The Beatles on: September 11, 2009, 02:11:51 AM
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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.
1787  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!
1788  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.
1789  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.
1790  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.
1791  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
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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.
1792  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.
1793  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.
1794  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.
1795  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.
1796  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.

"WE BUILT THIS CITY! WE BUILT THIS CITY ON ROCK AND ROLL!"

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!




1797  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.
1798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 08, 2009, 07:56:11 PM
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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.

1799  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 08, 2009, 07:51:49 PM
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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.
1800  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.
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