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161  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Planet Earth/Life SE Bluray Set $55 at Amazon! on: April 22, 2012, 04:24:24 PM
Amazon is selling the spectacular Special Edition 10-disc set of the BBC versions of Planet Earth and Life for only $54.99 right now!

That's roughly 20 hours of the David Attenborough-narrated versions of these incredible nature documentaries in one package, along with several hours of extra content.  If you haven't seen either of these series yet, they're easily the most impressive nature documentaries ever produced and look incredible on bluray.  Getting them for this price is a steal considering that the SE set typically sells for more than $100, and buying the two non-SE sets for each series will cost you just under $90 from Amazon right now. Do yourself a favor and pick this up now!
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [film] Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol on: April 22, 2012, 05:33:45 AM
I finally saw this tonight and really enjoyed it.  The story is pretty thin, but it's one heck of an action movie with some really great set pieces and solid performances all around. The other films in the series have been so varied that I really wasn't sure what to expect, but I think it's one of the best so far.  I'd say Brad Bird did a really great job for his first live action film icon_cool

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 09, 2012, 05:40:55 AM

My biggest beef is that you shouldn't pay attention to the opening sequence, as it tips away most of the set pieces in the film. 

I watched this on bluray and the video clips used in the main menu do the same thing.  Impressive shots from key events in the film should not be used in menus just because they look cool mad
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: April 21, 2012, 03:00:36 PM
I part of me really doesn't like the idea of bringing something non-xkcd into this thread, but it just seems to fit the theme so well...needs to be seen by people who will appreciate it  icon_wink

164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 21, 2012, 02:39:51 PM
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/20/2012 on: April 21, 2012, 02:37:12 PM
Mass Effect 3...got pulled away for quite a while and it's been bugging me that I haven't been able to play.  I'll be fixing that problem this weekend! icon_cool
166  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Rage PC Download $10 on: April 18, 2012, 01:31:44 AM
Rage isn't a perfect game, but it's a damn fine shooter and an absolute steal at only $10 icon_cool
167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: eBook bargain thread on: April 15, 2012, 04:26:12 AM

Quote from: Crusis on April 15, 2012, 03:05:30 AM

Free for a few days - The Zombie Wilson Diaries. This is my zany zombedy set on a deserted island. This books been called 'the most fun you can have with a corpse in a coconut bra.'

Thanks for the heads up...will definitely check it out after enjoying 'Among the Living' quite a bit. I actually just picked up 'Wacktards of the Apocalypse' a couple nights ago but haven't read past the first few pages yet...looking forward to a bit of bizarro icon_cool

I finished 'Badass Zombie Road Trip' a couple weeks ago and thought it was a fun read...not quite what I expected, but a fun story none the less. Please pass on my compliments to your friend on a very entertaining story.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: anyone live in indianapolis?? on: April 04, 2012, 08:56:15 PM
I lived around Indy for a couple years while I was in medical school...had an apartment in Avon (on the west side), and commuted in to downtown most days...only took about 20 minutes to reach the heart of downtown.  It was a nice area and very convenient, although not as upscale as some of the suburbs north of town (Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers).  I moved away almost seven years ago though and haven't been back much.

Quote from: Kagath on April 04, 2012, 12:05:24 AM

I DID about 14 years ago. Does that help? icon_lol

Southport on southeast area is decent. Greenwood on the southside is nice. Northeast at Carmel or Noblesville seemed alright. Not sure about the west side by the racetrack. These are all outside the 465 'loop' so if you are looking inside it you are on your own. It's not bad getting around the city because of the multiple highways but avoid the downtown on I65 during rush hour. Bad drivers so be prepared for that. Too many times I was nearly run off the road from people reading books while cruising down the highway in traffic...  saywhat

I think most of this is still pretty valid. The suburbs outside the 465 loop are nicer than most areas inside, although there are a few exceptions...some nice apartments right in downtown (along the canal), and a few good neighborhoods to the north (Broad Ripple among others).  Traffic around the city is worst around the northwest and northeast corners of 465 around rush hour, but it wasn't terrible when I lived there...manageable once you learned what to expect.  One of the interesting things about Indy is that it's a pretty spread out city, but the multiple highways make it relatively easy and quick to navigate.  I could go from my apartment in Avon (on the southwest corner), to the northeast neighborhood of Castleton (all the way on the opposite corner) in about 30-40 minutes with normal traffic on 465, but that same trip might take an hour during the evening rush.

Quote from: Harkonis on April 04, 2012, 03:38:47 AM

I live in Indy Smurf (or just north at any rate)

Blackhawk and Zach both live nearby as well if I recall.

Zach/Zaxxon lived on the north side, inside the 465 loop, but moved to Denver a few years ago.  I pretty sure Blackhawk is a bit farther south and really not in Indianapolis.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2011 Offseason Discussion on: March 10, 2012, 05:36:54 PM
Interesting...making that kind of trade for the 2nd pick would suggest that the Redskins are not interested in Manning, and the Jets are also out of the running after signing a 3-year deal with Sanchez.  The list of suitors gets a little smaller...
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: March 03, 2012, 08:31:41 PM
I've had my Prime for about a week now ,and while I'm still sorting through all the available apps to find ways of doing the things I want, I absolutely love it.  Everything is blazing fast and runs seamlessly so far.  My Prime from Gamestop came loaded with a few games, the best of which are Shadowgun THD and Riptide GP...very technically impressive and quite a bit of fun. I'm also really enjoying Google Currents for collecting interesting news from around the web and presenting it in a slick, easy to consume format.  I feel like I'm just scratching the surface of what this incredible little device is capable of, but it's already proven to be well worth the price icon_cool

Quote from: Crusis on March 03, 2012, 07:19:16 PM

They have done a wonderful job of covering up Android with the Honeycomb interface, it is a gorgeous interface.

There's no cover-up going on there...Honeycomb is the previous tablet version of Android, not a skin or layer on top of the OS.  Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest, and far superior, version though...and it's awesome on the Prime. 
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/2/12 on: March 02, 2012, 11:47:56 PM
Probably my last weekend with Skyrim before getting totally sucked into Mass Effect 3 next week.  The ME3 release will be the first time I've really focused on any other game since Skyrim was released...about 135 hours logged and still not getting tired of the game.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: let's talk tablets on: February 26, 2012, 10:58:48 PM
I took the plunge this afternoon and picked up a 32GB Transformer Prime...found one in stock at Gamespot of all places.  I'm in the middle of firmware/software updates now, but can't wait to play around more icon_cool
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA account breached. :( Anyone else? on: February 25, 2012, 06:00:46 PM
It took 22 days for my account to be reinstated after experiencing the FIFA hack back in December.  Fortunately, everything was returned to its pre-hack state in the end, with all my MS points restored and no lasting ill effects.  The whole situation is a major pain in the ass though.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar's next movie: Brave on: February 24, 2012, 02:07:28 AM
Awesome new footage...can't wait for the full movie!
175  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.  
176  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
177  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...
178  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...
179  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.
180  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.
181  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...
182  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...
183  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...
184  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...
185  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.
186  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...
187  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
188  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
189  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
190  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.
191  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
192  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.
193  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
194  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...
195  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
196  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...
197  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...
198  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
199  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.
200  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.
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