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1761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: XM's Cinemagic Halloween Horrorfest! on: November 12, 2008, 04:15:28 AM
Yeah, never having had Sirius, I'm not sure whether to be upset, neutral, or excited. Doesn't look like I'm losing anything I loved; it's just being replaced with the Sirius version. I've heard good things from friends about Sirius' music channels though, so I'm cautiously optimistic.
1762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy on: November 11, 2008, 04:09:25 AM
Rolling Stone review is out. 4 Stars.

Let's get right to it: The first Guns n' Roses album of new, original songs since the first Bush administration is a great, audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record.

Suck it, haters.  icon_razz
1763  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Combat & Careers patch, 1.05 - UPDATED - FULL NOTES on: November 07, 2008, 01:58:51 PM
No big changes on the White Lion that affect me other than the overall damage increases to the lion. But I'm happy with that.  icon_smile
1764  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: McCain's Concession Speech on: November 06, 2008, 07:19:49 PM
Either side would have booed.

Kerry's supporters booed in 2004 at his concession speech. It's politics. Every large gathering of hardcore party fanatics is going to have a handful of assholes, no matter what party they're affiliated with.
1765  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Combat & Careers patch, 1.05 on: November 06, 2008, 03:39:45 PM
Yeah, I haven't played in a couple of weeks, but it's not due to lack of interest. Just trying to finish up Far Cry 2 and Fallout 3. Can't wait to check out the new changes. Q4 is always a bad time for me with MMOs because of the gaming flood.
1766  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [US Prez Election] Who did you vote for in the 2008 US elections? on: November 05, 2008, 02:13:31 AM
I also voted for Obama. First time I've ever voted for a Democrat for President (and one of only a handful of times I've ever voted for a Democrat PERIOD!) i also voted for Kay Hagan (D) over Elizabeth Dole (R) for Senate. Dole put out an atrocious campaign ad that accused Kay Hagan, a Sunday school teacher, of being an atheist. That was enough to piss me off enough to jump the fence and boot her worthless ass out.

My selection was based on what I thought was best for the country and best for my party at this point in time. It's been a hard sell to my fellow Republicans, but I genuinely believe this country needed a seismic change in direction. That change to me was more important than my policy disagreements with Obama.

1767  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: NOT Political. Please Vote Tomorrow on: November 04, 2008, 04:10:48 AM
My wife and I waited in line 3 1/2 hours on Saturday morning to vote. When we got up to the front of the line, we saw an elderly gentleman exiting the polling room wearing a veteran's hat and proudly wearing his "I Voted" sticker. He walks past the line - all of us weary from standing for so long - and simply says, "It's worth it."

The thing that impressed me most about the whole experience was that the whole time everybody was in such good spirits. Sure, people jokingly complained about being tired of standing or the long wait, but it wasn't with any hostility. Everybody wanted to be there, and they were proud to be there. It was really a cool thing to see and experience, and looking back I'm glad we ended up getting right in the middle of it.

Some people think I was crazy to wait that long, but like KD pointed out, people died for my right to vote. Millions of people around the world don't get the right to choose their government. A minor inconvenience in my weekend was a small price to pay.
1768  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: An ethical man for president on: November 03, 2008, 09:12:39 PM
Well said, Blackadar. I agree.

As has already been pointed out, the way these campaigns have been run tell me a lot about each candidate's leadership style. Obama has remained consistently calm, on course, and focused - and he's a master of preparation and anticipating his opponent's next move. McCain, on the other hand, has proven to be easily persuaded, impulsive, and takes a shotgun approach - fire shots everywhere and hope something hits.

While Obama clearly has less political experience, he has trounced one of the most powerful campaign machines in history in Hillary Clinton, and is poised to trounce McCain, a 30-year veteran of the DC machine. This tells me the guy is extremely intelligent, knows how to surround himself with the right people, and understands how to inspire people to work for him.

A lot of my Republican friends like to poo-poo Obama as being some pie-in-the-sky dreamer who is a great speaker but little else. However, his campaign thus far tells a completely different story.
1769  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: October & November = Gaming Overload on: November 03, 2008, 02:36:54 PM
My current backlog (games I own), in order of priority of finishing them:

1. Far Cry 2
2. Dead Space
3. Fallout 3
4. Red Alert 3
5. The Witcher: Enhanced
6. King's Bounty

I'm still playing Warhammer Online, and Call of Duty: World at War will be a must-own as well.

Because of the PC glut, I've neglected some 360 titles I really wanted to play - Rock Band 2 and Fable 2, for starters.

I should have more than enough to keep me busy through the game drought of Q1 '09.
1770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: XM's Cinemagic Halloween Horrorfest! on: October 31, 2008, 08:53:34 PM
I've been listening since 8:00am, all day long at work. I have endured more than my fair share of strange looks from co-workers.

I think the most fun part about it is that they've been playing all kinds of obscure stuff that you'd never think to actually find. Scores for Child's Play or Jeepers Creepers, for instance.

I listened to Cinemagic sporadically before this, but I think I'll have to add it to my Favorites now. It has proven insanely addictive.
1771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: October 31, 2008, 08:48:41 PM
At any given time, you have all kinds of things crawling on you.

Eyelash mites, for instance.
1772  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What happens if McCain somehow wins? on: October 31, 2008, 08:00:37 PM
Erica Jong predicts a sequel to the Civil War.
1773  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it just because I live in a 'battleground state' or...? on: October 31, 2008, 07:58:38 PM
Speaking of NC, has anyone seen anything more despicable than Dole's attack ad on Kay Hagen?  Fucking pathetic....I hope she's bounced out on her ass.

I'll be doing my part. Dole is completely worthless; she honestly has not done a damn thing for the state. So even though I was going to vote for gridlock (Obama for Prez, Republican everything else), I'm making an exception for Liddy.
1774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: October 31, 2008, 07:55:02 PM
I'm surprised you didn't hear about it first from the little orphan on the street corner hawking newspapers for a ha'penny.

1775  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it just because I live in a 'battleground state' or...? on: October 31, 2008, 05:47:40 PM
Battleground state + heavily hyped election + record voter turnout + increased early voting + unprecedented campaign spending = mass hysteria.

I've lived in NC all my life, and I don't ever remember it being this bad, but it's understandable given the above factors.
1776  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What happens if McCain somehow wins? on: October 31, 2008, 02:44:26 PM
How does that explain a polling of no more than 58% Obama over McCain?

Just because someone is voting for McCain doesn't mean they're excited about voting for him. Polls done on level of enthusiasm for each candidate show McCain well behind Obama in their respective parties.

If McCain wins then we can all look forward to a lot more Tina Fey.

Tina Fey = Good.

Nope. She's already come out and said that if McCain wins, she will not be doing Palin as she is too busy with 30 Rock and some other projects.
1777  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What happens if McCain somehow wins? on: October 30, 2008, 04:46:16 PM
Short-term I think you'd see a lot of finger-pointing about voter fraud, racism, etc. to explain away the victory. I would not doubt if you saw some civil unrest immediately after the election.

Long-term, I think you'd see the Democrats taking a long hard look at their party trying to figure out how they lost touch with the American people so badly. This is by far the best candidate they've put up in years, and he's running after one of the most unpopular Presidents in history. If they can't win this one, then I think they'd have to ask themselves if they can *ever* win another Presidential election.

That said, I think it's an extremely unlikely scenario.
1778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: XM's Cinemagic Halloween Horrorfest! on: October 30, 2008, 04:41:53 PM
They just play movie scores, not the entire movie (though they do intersperse occasional snippets of dialogue when introducing new scores).

I've been listening on and off all day. I used to be *huge* into movie soundtracks several years ago, and bought a bunch on CD that I still have. Then I kind of let the hobby fade away. Listening to Cinemagic this week has definitely rekindled my interest.
1779  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama really is photogenic on: October 30, 2008, 01:20:23 PM
I like that pic of the two young kids looking up at Obama. I think that really sums up, on the non-political side, what this election could mean.
1780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: XM's Cinemagic Halloween Horrorfest! on: October 30, 2008, 01:13:54 PM
They're playing "The Funhouse" right now, and I confess this is a movie I've not heard of. To IMDB I go!

Great movie, I'm a big fan of it. Has good horror cred as Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) directed it.
1781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 07:52:41 PM
One of the things that has impressed me so far is that aside from Bioshock I can't think of a game that has gotten me so emotionally involved - and in Bioshock it still took me a few hours to become "attached" to my moral decisions.

One of the decisions I made early in the game genuinely made me feel terrible - to the point I almost reloaded right then and there. I find myself agonizing over dialogue choices. It's really awesome. If the game does nothing else, I think it represents another step forward in making games as emotionally involving a medium as movies.
1782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a new dad again!!!!! on: October 29, 2008, 03:57:38 PM
Awesome, jblank! Congrats.  thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
1783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Like Mustard! on: October 29, 2008, 01:51:44 PM
I don't do condiments. I prefer my burgers with lettuce, onion, maybe some bacon, but otherwise dry. I'm eating it to taste meat, not some overpowering sauce.
1784  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So... other candidates besides McCain and Obama? on: October 28, 2008, 02:04:54 PM
or the Bradley effect is bigger than most people suspect/realize/like to admit...

While it's true that since we've never had a black Presidential nominee we can't say for 100% certainty what the racial effect is on a Presidential election, there have been numerous studies that have found little to no Bradley effect since the phrase was coined, and there are other studies that dispute that it exists at all.

Even if there is a Bradley effect, I find it difficult to believe that it would be big enough to erase McCain's deficit in the polls. These aren't margin of error-type differences here.

If McCain wins (leaving aside voter fraud for a moment), it will be because Democratic turnout/new voter turnout was far lower than expected (unlikely, since early surveys show the exact opposite), and because undecideds ended up breaking in large numbers for McCain at the last minute, and he got a significant boost from independents (again, contrary to polls), and he squeaked by with some strange electoral combination that barely gave him the number of votes necessary (once again, contrary to polls). It's going to be the equivalent of walking into a casino and hitting 3 or 4 jackpots on the slots in a row. Sure it's possible, but right now it seems exceedingly unlikely.

1785  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: October 28, 2008, 01:55:22 PM
My play time is dropping precipitously, but I assure The Wanderers that I'm not going anywhere. I'm just stuck in a severe gaming glut right now trying to finish up Far Cry 2 and still doing bi-weekly CoD4 sessions. With Fallout 3 coming out today and some reviews I'm working on, my WAR time will probably continue to be casual for several weeks.
1786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: October 27, 2008, 08:31:25 PM
I vowed that I would finish Far Cry 2 before buying Fallout 3. way in hell I'm keeping that promise.  icon_biggrin

1787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: XM's Cinemagic Halloween Horrorfest! on: October 24, 2008, 08:30:54 PM
Awesome! Thanks for the heads up, Starshifter.
1788  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Know your Jackass on: October 23, 2008, 12:33:44 PM
I think Palin *is* America's Deadliest Catch. Hey-ooooooooo! Be sure to tip your waitress.
1789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy on: October 23, 2008, 12:29:46 PM
I will be the dissenting voice and say I dig it. I've heard several of the leaked tracks of the album, and while they're not earth-shattering by any means, I still love Axl's voice and it's cool to hear new material from him. I don't consider it a true Guns N Roses album (it's not GnR without Slash & Axl as a MINIMUM), but I'll probably end up getting it.

There's obviously going to be a lot of backlash against this CD because of the long wait. It's not going to live up to the incredible hype built around it, and there's still a lot of anti-Axl sentiment floating around which is going to impact people's perceptions even further.

1790  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: October 23, 2008, 12:23:59 PM
I didn't take the Wanderers poll, so add another one to the "staying" pile. I have no plans on going anywhere. The only game that could possibly pull me away is Darkfall, but even that is so hardcore I'm considering staying with WAR for my more casual PvP fix.

1791  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Know your Jackass on: October 22, 2008, 05:40:50 PM
Those are not donkeys, those are mooses. (After skinning and antler removal).
1792  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This one's for the Conservatives on: October 22, 2008, 02:25:56 PM
Yeah, I have a hard time believing that some of my fellow conservatives actually believe this stuff. It's sooooo over-the-top compared to what Obama supporters say about McCain. It's yet another in a long line of reasons why I can't pull the lever for McCain this year. The fear-mongering, slander, lies - it's just too much. I can't support that kind of behavior.
1793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [10/20] How I Met Your Mother - Spoilers on: October 22, 2008, 01:05:30 PM
My wife and I hate Stella, so this was good news to us. Ted's got an awesome life living over a bar and hanging out with his friends, and that controlling New Jersey bitch wants to steal it all away. Good riddance.  icon_razz

I think this season has been great on the drama side, but not as consistently funny as previous seasons. (Though the hamburger episode was spectacular!)
1794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Questions about the HD Changeover Feb 2009 on: October 22, 2008, 02:23:03 AM
My city was the first in the country to make the switch, which we did at the beginning of September. It went off without a hitch. I have heard that our market was chosen because it would be easy though (something about not having to change channel lineups), so there may be some small bumps in the road for the rest of the country. I'm not sure what our population was that was still using rabbit ears, but I imagine there are some more rural/poorer parts of the country where the percentage would be much greater than our town.
1795  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [MMO's] How much do you play? on: October 21, 2008, 03:35:06 PM
Generally around 2 hours a day, like Arclight. Weekends it's sometimes a bit more, so overall I'd say 15-20 hours a week.

My time has been shrinking, however, as between going to work out and trying to catch up on all the fall TV shows I have less time in the evenings than I normally do. I expect this next couple of months to be particularly bad between the flood of good games coming out and the holidays.

The MMO I stayed with the longest was EQ1. Played that one for 2 1/2 years straight, took a break for a few months, then played another year. Second longest was EQ2, which I stayed with for about 2 years. All the other MMOs I've played (and I've played nearly all of the major ones) I've lasted anywhere from two to six months.

For YEARS my wife gave me shit about the amount of time I spent on PC games.  She finally relented when she realized that:

A.  It wasn't going to change.
B.  I could be doing a lot worse things on the Internet
C.  I could be out doing things she wouldn't like
D.  She spent the same amount of time in front of the TV, which I don't watch

My wife and I had that argument shortly after we got married. All it took was a few horror stories about her friends' husbands out drinking or cheating on them, and she suddenly realized me being at home under her watchful eye wasn't such a bad thing after all. She's come around to the point now that she actually enjoys playing PC games, and oddly enough loves to watch me play games on the 360.
1796  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Is the player base leaving on: October 20, 2008, 12:55:51 PM
WAR was one of the fastest-selling MMOs in recent memory; like Conan, which also had a huge initial player base, I'd expect some drop-off now that we're hitting the one-month mark. I don't know that this early it tells us anything about the success or lack thereof - it just tells us that a lot of people buy MMOs and don't subscribe after the free month, a fact we already knew.

The other factor may also be the PvP focus. If you had a lot of WoW players coming in droves not realizing that PvE was playing second-fiddle to PvP, they may have been turned off. I don't think WAR has the universal appeal that WoW had because of the PvP-centric gameplay.

At any rate, I think WoW should be taken out of the equation when measuring MMO success. It is in a class by itself, and any attempts to compare any MMO to WoW in the subscription numbers department is going to fall short. A much fairer comparison would be to look at where WAR stands in regards to EQ2, Age of Conan, Lord of the Rings Online, etc.

1797  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 3rd Debate - Obama in a romp, says CBS poll on: October 16, 2008, 04:18:54 PM
These polls, though, in effect neuter their power. Who needs pundits to tell us how these debates will play with the voters when we can ask them directly?

I totally agree. I fully expected the media to pounce on the McCain comeback story, but within 5 minutes of watching post-debate coverage I knew they couldn't do it without sounding delusional.

As far as the "Kill Him" story is concerned, Secret Service says the report is unfounded.
1798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The saddest music video you've ever seen? on: October 16, 2008, 04:14:17 PM
My current kick is a guy named Jamey Johnson. Has a nice old school George Jones/Merle Haggard type of sound. (In fact, one of his songs is "Somewhere Between Haggard and Jones." There are some other "modern" country artists I dig - I like Sugarland, even though they have crossed over and I don't consider them real country. I love Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn. Then there are a lot of in-betweens I like - guys that are still making records but have been around forever - Randy Travis, George Strait, etc.

I'll take one of the Outlaws, Johnny Cash, or Patsy Cline/Loretta Lynn any day of the week over all of them, however. I have a bit of a love/hate with Garth Brooks. On the plus side the guy is a tremendous performer, and there's no question that he helped make country music mainstream. I like a lot of his songs. On the down side, he never really wanted to be a country music singer, so he's always seemed a bit of a sham to me. Somebody who happened to be really good at something his heart wasn't really into.

1799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help settle an argument (Americans only!) on: October 16, 2008, 04:04:52 PM
But I have been:

    * Lit
    * Drunk
    * Gone
    * Shit-faced
    * Fucked-up
    * Shot
    * Done

I'll raise you a "Three sheets to the wind."
1800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on: October 16, 2008, 12:19:18 PM
Why not just buy surround sound speakers for your PC?

I've actually got decent surround sound speakers for my PC, but they don't compare to my home theater surround sound setup.
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