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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Laptop: Apple or Windows on: February 15, 2012, 03:57:28 AM
I've had a 15" MacBook Pro for almost three years now and love it, but that's not because I'm an Apple fanatic or because MacOS is vastly better than Windows (I don't think it is).  I like my Mac because there was no other laptop on the market with the same combination of performance and compact form factor.  I think there is more competition for form factor now, but it's still hard to beat the sleek design of a MacBook when you want something that's easily portable.  
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead strut onto AMC for Season 2 on: February 13, 2012, 05:15:16 AM
I watched it tonight...and it was awesome icon_cool
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Judge Dredd on: February 13, 2012, 05:13:39 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 13, 2012, 04:26:20 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on February 13, 2012, 04:01:18 AM

I don't know I kind of liked Sandra Bullock in the original Judge Dredd. It's amazing after so many years she still looks so good.

I think you're thinking of Demolition Man.

I don't think most of us would kick Diane Lane out of bed either...
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: February 13, 2012, 01:43:46 AM

Quote from: gellar on February 13, 2012, 12:52:42 AM

As an owner of a 64GB iPad and a 32GB iPad2, I can say I only really miss the 64GB capacity when I want to load a decent amount of video for viewing on a long trip.  It can get pretty frustrating then.  If you don't see yourself doing that, then I'd say 32GB should be plenty.

If only Apple would put memory card slots on their devices...
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Bourne Legacy on: February 12, 2012, 11:53:42 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 12, 2012, 10:12:37 PM

Is it a question of money that replaced Matt Damon or something else?  Not sure a different actor will as good in the role.

The Bourne Ultimatum wrapped up Jason Bourne's story pretty well and Matt Damon said he didn't want to do another movie without the same director, who then said he wasn't interested in making another because he was done with the story.  In order to keep the franchise going, they've brought in a different director and are using a story that focuses on a different operative...it's not actually about Bourne this time.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: February 11, 2012, 06:41:43 PM

Quote from: Xmann on February 11, 2012, 06:24:48 PM

Ok Amazon has these in stock this morning.   Gonna pull the trigger but need some advice on the 32 or 64gb flavors.   Doesn't the docking station add more storage or have a usb where you can add an external drive or sd card or something if i needed more storage?   Was wondering if i should just get the 32gb if it would be cheaper in the long run.   I use cloud base programs for all my music and really don't see why i would need much more than 32gb from the start.

Any opinions?
Most people really won't need any more than 32GB unless you plan on storing a significant amount music or video on the device itself.  As long as you're streaming your media, there's little chance that you'll ever need the 64GB version.  If you do need additional storage space in the future, the tablet itself has a micro-SD slot that can be used for storage of either media or apps.  As for the docking station, it doesn't have any additional memory built-in, but it does have a full-size SD card slot...and has its own battery that will charge the tablet and nearly double its battery life.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 02/10/12 on: February 10, 2012, 07:33:09 PM
More Skyrim...still working to get my fill before Mass Effect 3 next month...
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur demo on: February 08, 2012, 03:56:08 AM
I think Adam Sessler's review for G4 raises some interesting points in order to justify his 2.5/5 rating.  Even more interesting than his actual review, however, is his Sessler's Soapbox regarding the game...have to give him credit for his honesty and a pretty good rationale for why he doesn't think Amalur measures up to other games on the market...
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: February 05, 2012, 02:48:51 AM
The Transformer Prime is a pretty incredible device and I've been on the verge of buying one, but I'm holding off just to see what Apple's giving us with the iPad 3.  I'm much more interested in an Android tablet over iOS, but it just seems more prudent to see the new iPad before spending my $500.  That said, it will take an awful lot to steer me away from the TF Prime.  I've had some hands-on time with one at Best Buy and it's very impressive...surprisingly thin and lightweight, blazing fast, incredible screen, iPad-comparable battery life, and I really like the look and feel of Android 4.0 (ICS).  Add the keyboard peripheral and it's a really cool device.

Unfortunately, there are a couple other things to consider before picking up a Transformer Prime right now...

Some people have complained about the wifi and GPS performance.  Apparently the all-aluminum back of the Prime weakens reception to some extent, resulting in slightly less wifi range than the original Transformer, and some significant problems with getting a timely and accurate GPS lock.  The GPS issues are significant enough that Asus has stopped advertising the Prime as a GPS-enabled device even though it is present and functional.  It is worth noting, however, that GPS in a non-3G tablet is a bit rare anyway.  The iPad 2 only includes assisted-GPS functionality on the 3G version...no GPS in the wifi only model.  I don't think GPS would be an often-used feature for me, but since it is there I would rather have a device where it worked flawlessly.

The other hold-up for me buying the Prime is Asus' announcement at CES of an upgraded model (the Prime 700T) coming up in the second quarter of this year.  It's going to cost an additional $100 for largely the same hardware (same Tegra3 processor), but the upgrade to a 1920x1200 display will make it the highest resolution tablet on the market pending an iPad 3 announcement, and they're getting rid of the all-aluminum back to improve wifi/GPS reception.  It might be an upgrade worth waiting for if you can afford the extra cost...
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 01, 2012, 01:04:22 AM
That's pretty good.  I definitely think he's earning a little respect with his online persona...just hope the game lives up to the expectations they're setting...
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: January 31, 2012, 11:50:17 PM
For what it's worth, that Jessica Chobot character does seem to look a little better in motion in the latest voice-acting preview...still a little off, but it's a reasonable resemblance.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Now with official review!) on: January 31, 2012, 06:45:21 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 31, 2012, 05:15:08 PM


It's interesting that you mention liking the music as this is something I've seen criticized in a number of other reviews.  Most other things you mention seem to be pretty in line with other reviewers...fun game and a decent enough addition to the franchise, but still a few minor issues.  I'll probably play it at some point, but it's not one I'm rushing out to buy on release day.

Ron...I hate to bring up corrections to a review, but there was one little mistake in your writing that you might want to straighten out for the sake of clarity.  In the second paragraph, you refer to Caius as the 'protagonist' of the game.  I haven't experienced the game yet, but aren't Serah, Noel, and Lightning the primary hero characters of the story that you're following?  That would make them the protagonists, while Caius is the antagonist of the plot; he's the challenge to your characters and Lightning.  It's kind of a stupid semantic thing, but it did immediately stand out to me when I was reading the review...
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: January 31, 2012, 04:23:24 PM
The Muppets vs Fox News
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] Napoleon Dynamite cartoon on: January 30, 2012, 04:28:41 AM
I thought the movie was funny in its own way, but I don't see how a cartoon based on it could be anything other than awful. Couple that with hearing from someone who watched ther premiere that it was just awful, and I won't tune in
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 28, 2012, 09:20:30 PM
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur demo on: January 28, 2012, 06:27:29 PM
Gabe from Penny Arcade has played the full game and has a lot of good things to say as well.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Touch on: January 28, 2012, 01:07:09 AM
I watched it and thought it was pretty cool.  The way they took so many seemingly unrelated events and pulled them all together was really cool, and it could make for a very interesting show if they're able to keep that level of intricacy going.  I found most of the individual threads to be interesting, but the best moments were when they started to come together in such unexpected ways (the voicemail message was a totally unexpected but awesome twist).  I'm really not sure where they're planning to take the over-arching plot of the series, but I think it has quite a bit of potential and will be tuning in for more icon_cool
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix splitting DVD and Streaming fees (now splitting into two entities!!!) on: January 26, 2012, 05:28:07 AM

Quote from: Crawley on January 26, 2012, 05:19:34 AM

To me another few months delay doesn't make much of a difference. If I really gotta see something I'll use Redbox but I've gotten used to not seeing new releases in the queue and have moved on to watching plenty of other stuff.

Exactly...always plenty of stuff in my queue, so delaying the new releases really isn't even significant for me.  If there's something I really want to see a little sooner, Redbox is right down the street.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are there any writers here at GT? on: January 26, 2012, 02:21:33 AM
I can confirm that Crusis is a writer.  I read one of his books a couple weeks ago (when he told us it was free on Amazon) and think it's great...good enough that I'll be paying to read more of his work in the future icon_cool
180  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless Router Reliability? on: January 23, 2012, 04:37:52 AM
I had a D-Link router that worked flawlessly for almost 7 years before dying.  I replaced that with a Netgear that I've had for almost two years now and has worked perfectly.  I guess some people just have better luck than others...
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/20/12 on: January 21, 2012, 08:11:13 PM
Another Skyrim weekend...broke the 100-hour mark and still not had enough.  I might also get some practice in with Rocksmith though icon_cool
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith! on: January 19, 2012, 03:20:07 AM
New DLC today!

Space Oddity - David Bowie
Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Barracuda - Heart

They haven't released a large amount of DLC yet, but the songs available so far have all been pretty awesome selections

I just have to work on spending more time with the game and building my skills to actually play them...
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Alcatraz on: January 18, 2012, 02:13:18 AM
The concept is interesting, but I think the execution of the premier left a lot to be desired. l like Sam Neill and Jorge Garcia as actors and both have the potential to bring good things into the show, but I think the main girl could be the show's downfall if they're not careful. Her acting just doesn't work to sell the role she's trying to portray, and her character is a little too insightful for the show's own good. I get that she's supposed to be a crime-solving prodigy, but the leaps for solving the premier's two cases all came to her a little too easily for it to be believable. I don't expect everything in a J.J. Abrams show to be plausible, but there were a number of things in these two episodes that were just plain bad...things that seemed more like poor writing for the sake of a quick episode resolution than efforts to build an intriguing story or characters.

If they really wanted to impress with the premiere, they should have spent the entire two hours on a single story to better flesh out the characters and allow time to really get into the meat of a case. Instead, we were given two episodes that each turned out to be pretty shallow, with main characters that have failed to show any depth, and time wasted on flashbacks for criminals that revealed very little and seem largely irrelevant at this point. I know Abrams has a way of making seemingly minor details surprisingly relevant in future episodes, but I can barely think of a memorable detail about either convict now that the show has ended.

I'll keep watching because it's an Abrams show, and they do tend to get better with time, but they'll have to move beyond the convict-of-the-week quickly or I'm going to lose interest...and I doubt I'm the only who will feel this way...
184  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: eBook bargain thread on: January 14, 2012, 08:01:12 PM

Quote from: Crusis on January 04, 2012, 11:07:38 PM

My book Among the Living is currently FREE on all platforms but only for another day or two. It's had over 5,000 downloads in the past 2 weeks. thumbsup

Crusis...I finished your book last night and really enjoyed it.  The characters were all very interesting, the action was well written, and (without giving too much away) I love the way you wrote parts of the book from a different perspective than we usually see in a zombie story.  I think it's a great read from start to finish and can't wait for the follow-up.

I also liked it enough that I'll be checking out some of your other books soon icon_cool
185  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 360 50% off on: January 14, 2012, 01:17:38 AM
This is definitely a great deal on a really cool game...fantastic way to restart the Castlevania franchise.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 4 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: January 13, 2012, 12:13:44 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 12, 2012, 04:35:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 22, 2011, 05:30:41 PM

frack, forgot they were showing episodes in December.  missed the last two and of course it doesn't appear that they are online  thumbsdown

For whatever reason most of this season hasn't been online on Hulu so I've missed most of it.  You'd think for a fringe show they would want to get as many viewers as they could one way or the other.

It's not a fringe show at this point though...two more episodes and it's all over, so they probably couldn't care much less about promoting the episodes or making them available online.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: January 11, 2012, 05:30:39 AM
Game AIs

The top computer champion at Seven Minutes in Heaven is a Honda-built Realdoll, but to date it has been unable to outperform the human Seven Minutes in Heaven champion, Ken Jennings.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Live may be hacked on: January 09, 2012, 02:17:06 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on January 08, 2012, 10:48:55 PM

Hmm. Fraudulent charges on the card associated with my XBL account this morning.  No signs it's linked to Live, but I don't think I'll put the new card number on my xbox account.

Just to make sure it's not associated with Live, you should go to billing.microsoft.com and log in to your account to see if there's been any recent activity.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Fire, Touch and Keyboard unveiled! Lending Unleashed! on: January 09, 2012, 02:10:06 AM
The Amazon bookstore works great through an e-ink Kindle...loads quickly on both wifi and 3G, is easily searchable, and gives you all the summary and review info that's available on the full website.  It's a version of the bookstore custom-made for the Kindle, and I've actually used it to buy more of my books than Amazon's website.  The ability to quickly find and purchase books through my 3G Kindle is one of the reasons I like it so much...can finish one book and almost instantly purchase and download another from anywhere, whether I have a wifi connection available or not.  I can't imagine a much more convenient way to do my purchasing and reading when I'm traveling.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/6/12 on: January 07, 2012, 03:16:55 AM
More Skyrim this weekend...haven't played much else for more than six weeks now...
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: January 06, 2012, 01:15:12 AM

Quote from: rickfc on January 05, 2012, 08:48:06 PM

Quote from: kratz on January 05, 2012, 05:10:05 AM

Although, and I meant to mention this in my last post about it, the opening titles are just awful and out of place... it was like I was going to Mission Impossible or a Bond movie... I totally don't get what they were going for with those.

About the opening sequence

That's a pretty interesting explanation.  While I did pick up on some of that imagery in the theater, even as a recent reader of the books I don't think I would have ever figured it all out on my own.  I do think it was a very bold and interesting way to open the movie, but it may have been a bit too overthought and obscure for most people understand, making it seem really out of place given the style and pace of the rest of the film.  That said, I personally think it was a pretty cool montage and did a great job of catching my attention from the start.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hunger Games on: January 06, 2012, 01:01:51 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 05, 2012, 04:58:49 AM

Quote from: disarm on January 05, 2012, 03:13:26 AM

I also went back and watched the trailer after the first book and agree that it looks spot-on.  The first time I saw it, I hadn't read any of the series and wasn't all that impressed, but it plays much better now that I know what's happening.  I think the effi :icon_cool:cient, straight-forward nature of the books should make a for a good translation to the big screen without having to leave much out.  I'm looking forward to the movies

That wasn't a very efficient way to write efficient.   icon_smile

What the hell happened there?  Problem fixed though icon_redface
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hunger Games on: January 05, 2012, 03:13:26 AM
I started reading The Hunger Games a couple days after Christmas and just finished the third book last night.  While I will admit that the writing style can be a bit simplistic, the series deals with some interesting ideas, and the twists and turns of the story were so interesting that I couldn't put the books down.  I think my only complaint is that the whole thing comes to an end very quickly and while the conclusion is appropriate, I think it could have benefited from letting the story takes its time a little more.  That said, I really enjoyed the read and think it's accessibly enough that I would recommend it to just about anyone.

Quote from: PeteRock on January 04, 2012, 04:05:18 PM

Having finished the first book, I also just recently went back to watch the film's trailer.   icon_eek  So far it looks like they've really captured the universe of Katniss.  Not sure about Haymitch being played by Woody Harrelson, but he's so much fun in almost anything he does (even 2012) that I'm sure he can pull it off.  The film was previously kind of on the periphery of my radar, but now I'm really looking forward to seeing it.  

I also went back and watched the trailer after the first book and agree that it looks spot-on.  The first time I saw it, I hadn't read any of the series and wasn't all that impressed, but it plays much better now that I know what's happening.  I think the efficient, straight-forward nature of the books should make a for a good translation to the big screen without having to leave much out.  I'm looking forward to the movies  icon_cool
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Live may be hacked on: January 04, 2012, 01:07:15 AM
22 days after my account was hacked, I'm back online...got an e-mail from the investigative team today that they straightened everything out and unlocked my account.  After resetting my password and security info and redownloading my profile to my 360, I'm back on Live and have all my marketplace points returned like nothing happened.  They've also given me codes for two months of Live Gold access since the whole process started.  While I'm not crazy about it taking three weeks to fix the problem, I can't really complain about the end result or simplicity of the process. 

Now if only there were a way to get FIFA 12 taken off my profile...can't let people think I've started playing sports games icon_wink
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book] Ready Player One on: January 01, 2012, 06:26:40 AM
I was pulled in so hard that I read the whole book in just two days; started Christmas Eve as I was flying to see family, and finished by Christmas night.  I will admit that it is a pretty short book though.  I almost wish it had been longer just because it was so much fun to read and I'm not sure how another book could ever work in so much nostalgia in such a great way.  I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for what Ernest Cline releases next icon_cool
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read 2012 Edition on: December 31, 2011, 07:01:56 AM
2011 was my first time participating in one of these threads, and I think it was a pretty successful year...read 16 novels, two biographies, the first 84 issues of The Walking Dead, and a 1400-page anesthesiology text from cover to cover while studying for my board exams.  I've really gotten back into reading for leisure over the last year and a half after quite a few years of being focused on school and am looking forward to another book-filled year icon_cool

Finished

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins - January 3
Among the Living - Timothy Long - January 13
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - January 23
Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman - February 14
Coraline - Neil Gaiman - February 23
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith - March 6
Badass Zombie Road Trip - Tonia Brown - March 16
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks - April 7
The Magicians - Lev Grossman - July 4
The Magician King - Lev Grossman - October 23
The Strain - Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan - October 28
The Fall - Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan - November 14
The Night Eternal - Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan - December 7
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkein - December 14
Blaze of Glory - Sheryl Nantus - December 25


In Progress

Ghosts in the Wires - Kevin Mitnick
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished 2012 -Console and PC Games on: December 31, 2011, 01:23:22 AM
My gaming accomplishments for 2011...13 games finished, which just happens to be the same number as 2010.  Interestingly, I haven't finished a game since November 13, but that's purely because the last six weeks of the year saw me totally sucked into Skyrim.  I'm excited to see what 2012 brings!

Finished

Mass Effect 3 - May 4
The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim - July 16 - Completed Main Quest, Dark Brotherhood, Thieves' Guild, College of Winterhold, Eleven Daedric Quests, and reached level 50 over the course of 164 hours icon_cool
Darksiders II - October 29
Halo 4 - Heroic - November 22


In Progress

Rage
The Witcher
Rocksmith
Bioshock 2


198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/30/11 - Happy New Year edition! w/ bonus question! on: December 30, 2011, 07:25:58 PM
More Skyrim...almost 70 hours in and still enjoying every minute icon_cool

As for gaming resolutions, I really don't have any.  I've actually been pretty good with my backlog recently, so that isn't a major issue.  I guess I'll just wait and see what the new year brings...
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on: December 29, 2011, 11:12:54 PM
I finally saw this last night and think it's a great movie...very faithful to the book, although it does make a few minor changes that don't really affect the outcome.  All of the performances are solid, with Rooney Mara's take on Salander easily being the highlight of the film.  It's clear that she threw herself completely into the role and manages to truly become a very difficult character from start to finish.  My only complaint about Fincher's version of Salander is that rather than being a product of a very troubled past, she comes across as having a serious mean streak without much reason for her actions.  In an already long film, I just don't think there was enough time to make someone new to the story feel any sympathy for Lisbeth.  Instead, she just comes across as very troubled and the type of individual who probably should be a ward of the state...different than I viewed her with the additional backstory presented in the book.  That said, I really enjoyed the film and really hope it's successful enough to warrant finishing the series.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: December 28, 2011, 05:31:55 PM
Making Things Difficult...



Favorite mastectomy breast prosthesis idea: a fake boob containing a spare rechargable battery, accessed via a nipple USB port. Complete with a ring of LED charge indicators in the areola!
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