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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Corps is out! on: July 11, 2011, 06:55:07 PM

Quote from: skystride on July 11, 2011, 03:56:46 PM

Hmm $40 seems a little steep for a PG remake.

I have to agree. A game needs to be a pretty high end title to command a $40/50 price tag now. With what steam does with their summer and christmas sales, I think some of these smaller devolpers need to rethink their pricing structure.

Matrix has been beaten to death about this and does not seem to care but lets see how long it lasts.

I can tell you that when/if MATRIX has a 50% off sale, ill be jumping on some of their titles.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 23, 2011, 06:47:28 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 21, 2011, 07:03:39 PM

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Quote from: SkyLander on June 21, 2011, 05:41:52 PM

I guess all I want to know is do the people that I/we want to win finally win in some form? Or it going to continuously be me being pissed off that this show?

Basically, you are in for a world of hurt. Good guys don't automatically win, and things are going to get a helluva lot worse. That said, *some* do alright for themselves

Yeah, you may want to stop watching before season 3 :O

I guess part of me wonders what is the point then, why invest yourself into something that will end shitty. I mean part of me enjoys TV and novels and so forth because the people you want to win end up winning eventually. Just makes me questions the "escape" aspect of things like this I deal with real life politics and bullshit everyday I'd rather not come home and watch it. One of the main reasons that I got through Enders Game but I was just depressed through the whole thing and didn't read that much more of the series. And yeah I know the ending of Ender's Game but that wasn't really a "win". Hopefully that makes sense, ha.

It's funny that for some people this is such a turn off and for others it is part of what makes the books so amazing.

If I read a book or watch a movie and I know that good will triumph and that the character is never in any real danger, I lose interest. If a writer creates a suspenseful story built on the fact that a protagonist is in danger, and we know the character is going to be fine it completely negates the effect.

When I first read Book 1 and "you know who" got "you know whated" I was outraged. But then after I calmed down, I realized that I have never had such a reaction before. Going back to other authors has been very hard. They all feel far too safe now.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books that break "good guy always wins/lives" scenario on: May 28, 2009, 03:09:41 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 27, 2009, 04:52:17 PM

While I agree that specific book recommendations would be spoilering, maybe it would just be helpful to point him generally in the direction of authors who aren't prone to neat, tidy endings. I think part of the problem is people want to sequelize and franchise everything to death, and if you're prone to killing off your protoganist or blowing everybody up in the final scene, it doesn't make that easy to do, though there's always "prequels." smirk

Thats what I guess I was TRYING to ask smile

I just want an author that has me worried about the hero. He may not kill the hero every time, but he is not afraid to pull the trigger sometimes.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books that break "good guy always wins/lives" scenario on: May 28, 2009, 03:07:15 AM

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I really thought the Dark Tower series fell off the rails towards the end.  Or I was just not interested anymore. 

For me Dark Tower was all about the journey and not the conclusion. I typically don't like those types of endings, but when I was finally done I realized that I honestly didn't care how it ended because I enjoyed the story for what it was. That was unique for me at least.

I can't stand this argument. No offense against you personally but King and others have made that argument about this and other stories and here's my question: "So if the story is about the journey, then why should I care about what happens when the journey ends?"

Spoiler for Hiden:
By the end of the story, the characters will usually have changed for the better or for the worse, and worlds will have been changed. Yet my argument on the Dark Tower series is that it basically is little more than The Matrix series if the series had followed the One prior to Neo. It would end as all the others have, only maybe there would a slight hint that next time things would be different (ala the horn that Roland ends the story with). So why the hell couldn't we have had THAT story instead, King? Was 30+ years not enough time to draw a conclusion? Hell I came up with a better one in about 15 minutes after finishing the book.

In my ending, Flagg is still the dangerous wizard he always was and when he realizes Mordred has entered his mind, manages to trap Mordred there and paralyze him. Flagg then stomps the spider to death and rips off the seal from his chest (aka the key to the Tower). He then heads straight for the Tower knowing the sub-routes throughout the world. As such, it comes down to a footrace to the Tower. "The man in black fled across the blasted wasteland and the gunslingers followed." It comes down to Roland and Flagg shooting at one another as they both race for the Tower across the field of roses while dodging attacks from the Crimson King.

I hadn't planned anything more than that, but that alone strikes me as way the hell better than what King did.

Yes I'm still bitter at the final book and a half of the Dark Tower series. smile I maintain that Wizard & Glass though is one of the finest books I've ever read, period. I still have trouble believing just how great that book is. It is magnificent.

I liked the ending of the Dark Tower well enough but I have to admit I would have preferred your ending.

To the original question I would suggest the
Spoiler for Hiden:
Long Walk
also by King as Bachman.  It leaves you guessing until the very end as to who will live or die.  The fact that I read it right when the reality TV craze was first starting up added a lot to the story. 

I have read The Long Walk and LOVED it. I don't think it needs a spoiler tag as the ending is not really good or bad. It's just a great story. LOVED IT!!!!!!! smile
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books that break "good guy always wins/lives" scenario on: May 26, 2009, 08:21:56 PM
So I'm screwed either way?!  crybaby
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Books that break "good guy always wins/lives" scenario on: May 26, 2009, 08:10:05 PM
Hi all,

I have been reading some of my fathers old Ken Follett novels (Eye of the Needle, Jackdaws, etc) and while I thought they were great, the one thing that drives me crazy is that you know the hero will survive, and you are never worried about his/her survival. IMHO, this jast makes the book to predicatable/hollywood.

I would really apprecaite any suggestions of some Novels that break this convention. (I am a fan of George RR Martin fantasy novels because I think he is great at never letting you know who will live or die.)

I really enjoy Suspense, Fantasy, Mysteries...


7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paypal and Mail Donations for GT Now Accepted on: November 21, 2008, 05:15:31 AM
I mostly lurk, but love the site. Signed up for a year! Keep up the good work! thumbsup

The only down side is I have to send it in Canadian Dollars  crybaby
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: Battle for Middle Earth - First Impressions on: December 06, 2004, 06:21:38 PM
Does anyone know how the campaign in this game works?

Is it story based like Age of Empires or Campaign based on a Map like Rise of Nations?

9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any word on the R:TW patch? on: November 26, 2004, 08:36:50 PM
A Patch is in the works......
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: November 18, 2004, 02:21:23 PM
Can you turn off the Voices?
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Seal of Evil on: November 05, 2004, 08:57:56 PM
Thanks toger. Ill try next week.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Seal of Evil on: November 04, 2004, 06:29:12 AM
Has anyone heard if this has been released yet either in the US or England. I can't see it on GoGamer yet.

13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SP2 and PC Games on: November 01, 2004, 03:39:33 PM
Can anyone comment on XP Service Pack 2 and PC Gaming as far as incompatabilities goes now that it has been out a while?

I have read that it causes a lot of problems with games and I am hesitant to install it until I hear from gamers that have had this running ok.

Any advise is appreciated!
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the last thing you've copied and pasted? on: October 19, 2004, 09:45:55 PM
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