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2521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 10, 2010, 03:47:48 PM
Great episode! Finally!  Great use of the characters and something happened!  It was also lighter than they have been and hopefully that will continue. 

The only thing that made no sense is Big Mike said they took all the hot women but I saw several in the dance scene.  I think he has too high of standards.
2522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 08, 2010, 04:54:20 PM
Alright, Gamefly shipped me the PS3 version today.  I should be playing soon!
2523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 05, 2010, 10:18:22 PM
Gametrailers review is up. 
2524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This generation's "Must Play" games. on: March 03, 2010, 08:00:49 PM
Batman: Arkham Asylum should be on most lists.  

Other than that, I am a gaming amnesiac!  I remember games but I don't know what system they were on very well. 
2525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 03, 2010, 05:19:33 PM
I will cast my dice Friday when I send back my current Gamefly game.  I might get it for the PS3, or the 360 or I might get Yakuza 3, or maybe Risen.  Those are my top 3 and I bet I get one or the other. 

2526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Better Off Ted on: March 03, 2010, 03:04:52 PM
Done!
2527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 03, 2010, 02:07:49 PM
A review of the episode on io9.  - Chuck vs. the Sense of Apathetic Repetition I pretty much agree spot on with that assessment.


I also watched a show from the 1st season last night (Chuck vs. the Sizziling Shrimp) and I have to say it was so much better that it is hard to even see them as the same show.  First of all they put a ton of dialog into it.  It made me wonder if the show used to be longer!  It did convince me that this season is way below par.
2528  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 02, 2010, 03:25:58 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 02, 2010, 02:50:10 PM

That body count seemed pretty high for me in a Chuck episode.... what was it, five total?  icon_neutral

And ripping out the tooth seemed more violent than other seasons.  I guess people got smacked around - Bryce was tortured a bit I think - so maybe it was just that Chuck was the one doing it that made it seem more violent. 
2529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fat PlayStation 3 = No Games. Movies OK (Updated) on: March 02, 2010, 03:20:30 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 02, 2010, 07:08:42 AM

While this incident is something that should never have happened, I'm amazed at the "outrage" I'm seeing on the web over it. It's just one day of downtime, and nobody lost anything. Even I am able to do something else than play on my PS3 once in a while. Tongue

I think a lot of it is gamers realizing how their entertainment it tied to the whim of some corporate people.  Certainly this was a mistake but it showed pretty clearly that Sony could, if they wanted to, stop people from playing anything.  People love this idea that once they buy something it is "their's" to do what they want with.  This just shows that really people are under Sony's thumb even if they don't use any of the online features.

Now I think this is true for any modern system but I think people are still shocked sometimes to see it.
2530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 02, 2010, 02:36:51 PM
Hated this episode.  Like so many others this season it wasn't particularly funny, and seemed darker and more depressing than Chuck should be.  The introduced these nice bumbling mobsters, made them likable and funny then killed them for no reason, only to have the guy who did it die 5 minutes later - so for nothing.  They could have introduced some levity and likability but instead killed them off. 

All in all this season blows for me.
2531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burn Notice Season 3 on: February 26, 2010, 10:09:11 PM
So I just finished watching seasons 1 and 2 since they are on DVD.  (It is really hard to wait week to week to watch shows.)  How is season 3 holding up?  I loved the first 2 so will I love #3 or did they do something to jump the shark?
2532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen:Could it be a surprise hit? on: February 26, 2010, 06:49:09 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 24, 2010, 06:56:25 AM

IGN gives it a 7.6/10 in their review.

Seems like a pretty typical review for a Gothic game!  I thought it looks pretty good, not next gen but graphics are not the series strong point even on the PC.  It is all about the world.


I plopped it in my Gamefly queue behind Final Fantasy XIII, and Yakuza 3.  I will mail back the current game Friday before FF13 comes out (which usually gets me the game) but I would be happy with any of the three.

2533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: February 26, 2010, 04:52:09 PM
It is silly but it is still better than the other options.  WE could just not get the game at all. 

2534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipad vs Netbook/Laptop? on: February 25, 2010, 05:17:14 PM

Quote from: Devil on February 25, 2010, 04:16:13 PM

Neither is better. They are just different.

I can get behind that. 

2535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipad vs Netbook/Laptop? on: February 25, 2010, 04:11:20 PM

Quote from: rickfc on February 25, 2010, 04:04:43 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 25, 2010, 04:00:26 PM

What programs do you folks us?  I am not talking about alt-tabbing.  That is a limitation of the hardware but not of the app store.  I want to play MP3s, I can, I want to watch video I can, I want to play games I can.  I am wondering what people are doing that they can't do on the app store.


Quote
Let's say I want to stream Pandora while browsing the net, checking my email or any other task besides watching the Pandora app.  You can't do that with the iPhone (and presumably the iPad).  

Great example - again.  I was very specific and asked about stuff that was not a limitation of the software but of an program you used.


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I want to watch a show or clip on Hulu.  You just plain cannot do that.

Now that is a very good example.  You are right.  Of course I just turned on Hulu on my netbook (hp mini) and I would rather shave with a broken bottle than have to watch a full movie on that size screen but it does work.  


2536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipad vs Netbook/Laptop? on: February 25, 2010, 04:06:46 PM
I just tried Netflix streaming on my netbook running the Ubuntu Netbook remix and it didn't work!  I hate how Ubuntu is telling me what I can do with my PC.  I wish I could go back to the free, open world of Windows where there are no restrictions and everything is free and open....wait wasn't that what Linux was supposed to be?  

How did we get into this bizzaro world where Microsoft Windows is the good guy and a bastion of openness and freedom?  


2537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipad vs Netbook/Laptop? on: February 25, 2010, 04:00:26 PM
What programs do you folks us?  I am not talking about alt-tabbing.  That is a limitation of the hardware but not of the app store.  I want to play MP3s, I can, I want to watch video I can, I want to play games I can.  I am wondering what people are doing that they can't do on the app store.

2538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipad vs Netbook/Laptop? on: February 24, 2010, 09:54:19 PM
I don't really love the idea of Apple telling me what I should be doing but when I am honest I realize that 99% of what I do is what Apple thinks I should be doing.  They are right far, far more often then they are wrong - at least for me.

2539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One, Two, Rorschach's coming for you (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) on: February 24, 2010, 05:31:46 PM
It was pretty tame.  If you didn't know the topic then you can't really tell if it a full fledged horror flick or just a cheesy pg-13 movie. 
2540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Rodriguez's Predators on: February 24, 2010, 02:15:35 PM
Nothing sends a message of confidence in how great your movie is then removing any images of it!   thumbsdown 
2541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 24, 2010, 02:14:17 PM
Personally I never used him after his loyalty mission since I thought he was a prick and I had enough tough guy jerks on the team with Jack, and Grunt - as well as Miranda sometimes. 

Really when I think about it I didn't really care for any of the teammates over others.  On missions I just picked them randomly and it never seemed to matter.  That was kind of a drawback to me in the game.
2542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: February 24, 2010, 02:10:23 PM
I played the demo last night and it was fun but certainly dated.  I would shove through 10-12 people, quickly turn around and they were all gone - it felt like I was playing Resident Evil or something! smile  Combat was fun but I have no idea how to do anything but punch and kick.  I assume when I turn blue and red I can do something special but hitting different buttons didn't do anything.  I hate to say it but all the names look the same so I have a hard time with the story.  Clans, people, buildings, street names, etc.  all look the same.  I have a really hard time figuring out who works for which clan, etc.  Also they seem to use titles sometimes I have no idea who has what title.  That might just be it being a demo though and things will make more sense in the full game.

It was fun enough to add to my Gamefly queue though.
2543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipad vs Netbook/Laptop? on: February 24, 2010, 02:03:05 PM
Watching Apple's business plan over the last few years I expect that a newer slicker version of the iPad will be out in a year or so.  I love my first gen iPhone but the new ones are slicker, thinner, and faster.  Being an early adopter with Apple is often a bad idea.
2544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipad vs Netbook/Laptop? on: February 23, 2010, 06:50:10 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 23, 2010, 06:46:21 PM

They did years ago- iWork.  It's a lot cheaper and easier to use than Office and compatibility is pretty solid until you get to the ridiculous features of either.

I have no experience personally with Apple stuff.  I know that people have a hard time moving from Word to Open Office, and back again when editing documents for work so I assumed that all non-MS applications would have problems.  If Apple works great!  But it is a pretty solid bet her workplace will be using office so it would seem wise to wait until the iPad is released and see what people say.

2545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ipad vs Netbook/Laptop? on: February 23, 2010, 06:40:19 PM

Quote from: KC on February 23, 2010, 06:24:51 PM

My wife's birthday is coming up in late-March and I was planning to get her a laptop or netbook so that she can surf the net throughout the house via wifi.  She does mostly email, research, streaming videos, and shopping.  She also does light duty word processing, spreadsheets and powerpoints.  At first I though about getting a cheap laptop or netbook, but then thought about getting an Ipad. 

Assuming that she can get over the lack of a physical keyboard, does anyone know whether surfing the internet on an Ipad will be just like doing so on a laptop or netbook?  Will sites load the same as on a computer or is the Ipad intended to surf mobile-friendly sites?  Also, does the Ipad have enough CPU and RAM horsepower for light duty office applications?


So web, video, shopping, word processing, spreadsheets and powerpoint...I would say she will find things easier on a laptop with real windows just because it will be much easier to work with the office apps in their native programs.  Apple may come out with something that will open Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files but I would be surprised if it was flawless.  I probably won't have all the features or stuff like that.

As for web, video, and shopping.  I bet they all work 90% of the time but there will be stuff that doesn't work because Apple won't use Flash.  Not saying if that is good or bad just a fact.  So some websites won't work right.  Now that might not be web sites she goes to so it won't matter but if it does then she is SOL.


All in all I would say go with the laptop.  It is a more stable and cheaper choice if you get a sale or a netbook.  What the iPad really has is style and the app store. 
2546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: February 22, 2010, 08:06:19 PM
semiconscious, what do you love so much about it?  I am going to get the demo but I wondered what it was that made you like it so much.

2547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS2 (confirmed?) on: February 19, 2010, 03:37:21 PM
I spend a lot more time on my iPhone but the DS has more...in depth games.  I can't think of many games as robust as "The World Ends With You" on the iPhone. 

2548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: February 12, 2010, 10:10:01 PM
Battles look more interesting than I thought they would.  Now I am ready to play it.

2549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is this a Bad Sign? New PS3 question... on: February 12, 2010, 06:40:37 PM
I wouldn't worry.  Heck my browser sometimes locks up on my PC!  I can't imagine that it couldn't occasionally lock up on PS3.  I don't think their browser is the best or most stable either.  If it doesn't lock up while watching a movie or playing a game I would forget about it.

2550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: February 12, 2010, 05:38:39 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 11, 2010, 07:29:21 AM

On the Mask episode
Spoiler for Hiden:
Wow, so a nice turn for the show.  Looks like Chuck and Sara are finally over, but there's still some nice tension between them.  Chuck has basically been put in Sara's position.  I hope Sara doesn't leave the show, but it sounds like they're setting up the possibility.  But, it's also nice how Sara is getting something that works for her character.

And now, Morgan needs his girl to come back so his character gets left out in the cold.

I just hope they don't pull another Bryce Larkin on the whole deal and kill both of them off.

With everyone saying how the show can't stay with the same things it's been going with, it's nice to see this shift, even if it's a bit melancholy.

umm

Spoiler for Hiden:
Kreuk's last episode in the next one to air (March 1) after the Olympics so don't hope for much of long term commitment with Chuck
2551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 10, 2010, 10:09:05 PM
Not sure from the review how the game controls and if that brings you into the game or pulls you out of it.

2552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: February 08, 2010, 07:56:35 PM
Some magazine scans here

Looks like more Fallout 3 which is fine by me.
2553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: February 04, 2010, 04:04:51 PM
Turtle is in luck!

"One of my fave characters is coming back Julia Ling confirmed via Twitter she'll reappear as Anna Wu. [ChuckTV]"  Via io9.com
2554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: February 02, 2010, 07:28:13 PM
I assume they will not continue to be this dark.  I wouldn't like it if the tone of the show changed permanently either.
2555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: February 02, 2010, 04:44:24 PM
I liked this week's episode a lot.  Very good and a little emotional.  I wonder where they will end up with Chuck becoming a "real" spy.
2556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 10:21:25 PM
My question is how rugged it is.  If the whole family is supposed to use it will it tolerate my kids dropping it?  The iPhone won't so will this be tougher?  Or am I going to have to carry it on eggshells?
2557  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 10:04:03 PM
I would be happy if he got me one!  I promise I would buy lots of apps from the store.

2558  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 09:59:38 PM
I like your post, but I was shocked at how many extras you will need to buy just for a normal day!  "Hit the Infrared Remote app (this requires an additional attachment)", "At the meeting, I use the VGA adapter to put my presentation up on the projector screen", "and start playing some background music through the Airport-enabled speakers".... not to mention a bluetooth enabled stereo in the car!  Seems like your iPad is going to need a lot of stuff to help it along. 



2559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 09:49:16 PM
I think this article really hits on something for me  Link  The distinction between old world and new world hit me really hard. 



2560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 03:52:11 PM
I got to play last night - for the 3rd night in a row! That is something amazing with two kids and a wife who wants to spend time with me.  

I am still a bit fuzzy on the tech upgrade stuff.  I picked up some "sub zero" (or whatever it is called) and upgraded one thing - then I couldn't upgrade anything else.  However I have no idea how much zero stuff I had or how much each research thing used so I didn't feel like I made very informed choices.  

I wish they would have played X-com a few more times to learn how to do a basic research tree since they wanted to have it in the game.
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