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2521  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So. Full Body Scanners. on: January 14, 2010, 04:18:27 PM
I don't like the privacy issues but I could live with them if the technology worked but they can't even guarantee it would have caught the latest bomber!  If you put it under rolls of fat, or in a body cavity it can't see the explosives either.  So for $100,000 per machine - and you will need several per airport - we are not even going to be able to stop current terrorist attempts....much less what they can think of.

It is a huge, huge waste of money which doesn't even promise security.  How anyone can be in favor of such stupid wastes of money is beyond my comprehension.

2522  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Thing Prequel on: January 14, 2010, 03:30:21 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 14, 2010, 09:01:30 AM

It actually was Norwegians. It's pointed out at several times in the movie and the helicopter has "Norge" written all over its said. Also, the guy who gets shot in the beginning speaks Norwegian (poorly. They got a non-native Norwegian to play the part). He says something to the effect of: "That's not a dog! It's some kind of thing!".

I am glad it was in Norwegian othewise it would have spoiled the whole movie right in the first few minutes.

2523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can someone recommend a good book light to me? on: January 14, 2010, 02:10:12 PM

Quote from: Shkspr on January 14, 2010, 02:04:32 PM

Right now the book light I think is the most effective is the Lightwedge.  It fits snugly over most HC book pages (you can get them in smaller sizes if you read mostly paperbacks) and illuminates the whole page without a whole lot of bleedover.  The downside, of course, is the need to pick up and move the wedge when you turn the page.  Depending on how you read, this may make it uncomfortable.  The light is bright, however, without putting illumination all over the room.

The out-of-the-box solution I've been enjoying is an over the ear model.  I pick them up fairly cheap, and find them handy.  I think my first one lasted about 6 months, and I only picked up a new one because I accidentally left mine on when I took it off and ran down the battery.  At any rate, it hooks over the ear like a bluetooth device and I angle the halo of light (at arm's length it's about 6-7 inches) to center exactly where my focus is, and then forget about it.  I have light wherever I look, so no need to adjust the device, and I can use it to pad around a darkened house after my family goes to bed (my wife and I have different schedules).  I find the fact that the light is focused the same place my eyes are compensates for the single LED output, and the plastic so far has held up at least unil the battery dies - you can replace the battery in the model I own, but I get the lights cheaply enough that it's a wash with the battery cost.  If you spring for a more durable light, you may find otherwise.

I don't think I'll ever go back to a book mounted light thrower.

I never did like the lightwedge.  I just never found it to illuminate the page perfectly.  Some spots were always darker than I wanted. 

I like the idea of the over the ear thing but I read in bed next to my kid so I look over at him often and I would think shining the light in his eyes might annoy him.
2524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can someone recommend a good book light to me? on: January 14, 2010, 02:06:12 PM
I use the engergizer book light  It is cheap, and bright.  I bought mine at Target for around $10.

2525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck vs. Season 3 - Mondays 8/7C on NBC. on: January 13, 2010, 09:21:11 PM
Lets also be honest and admit that Chuck isn't going to be around for a lot more seasons.  Maybe one or two after this one.  So while them being a couple might now work for years it doesn't have to.

2526  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck vs. Season 3 - Mondays 8/7C on NBC. on: January 13, 2010, 01:57:42 PM
I really am tired of the forced relationship.  They have said they love each other in more ways, more times than I have with my wife I think but somehow they each wonder if the other really cares? 

I mean how stupid is Chuck to wonder if Sara loves him?  She was willing to run away with you in Prague - thus destroying her entire life up to that point for Chuck.  Isn't that good enough?  It just starts to feel stupid. 
2527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck vs. Season 3 - Mondays 8/7C on NBC. on: January 12, 2010, 05:23:26 PM
So far I have only watched the first part of the premiere but I thought it was ok at best.  As someone said it felt colder than season 2 in some way and having to reboot the whole show was kind of silly.  We had season 2 so don't just dump all that progress.

Still going to watch though.

 
2528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly - Yea or Nay? on: January 12, 2010, 05:02:35 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 11, 2010, 06:36:27 AM

Hey all, thanks for the responses.  I am going to try it out for a bit.  Question: For those of you with 2 consoles, do you normally put the X game in your queue on both consoles, or do you stick with 1?  If you put both, do they ever ship you the same game on 2 consoles?  I want to get X game asap, so I don't care which console it comes on, but I don't want to get 2 discs of the same game shipped if possible.

90% of the time one version has something better or worse so I pick the best version.  The only game recently which I didn't hear about any big differences was Batman: Arkham Asylum.  Bayonetta has load time issues on the PS3, Darksiders has screen tearing issues, etc. 

2529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spider-man: Sam Raimi out! re-boot in progress! on: January 12, 2010, 02:35:51 PM
What an odd choice.  They basically had a blockbuster or as close to a sure thing as possible in Hollywood and they tossed it away.  I can't imagine suits being willing to take that risk so I bet Rami must have just said FU! and walked because they wouldn't do his story idea. 
2530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe 2: We Promise not to suck this time on: January 11, 2010, 09:58:16 PM
Or White Chicks, or Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

There are a lot of worse movies than GI Joe
2531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: G.I Joe 2: We Promise not to suck this time on: January 11, 2010, 07:29:46 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on January 11, 2010, 06:31:28 PM

There are multiple moments in GI Joe that are even dumber than Sam going to robot heaven and conversing with the primes toward the end of Transformers 2.

I didn't really love either movie but I certainly think that is untrue.  What was dumber than the Sam thing?  At least GI Joe fit into the world it created.  There was nothing about the Transformers universe which suggested the Autobots were some kind of supreme beings with power over human life and death.

2532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly - Yea or Nay? on: January 08, 2010, 02:33:44 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 07, 2010, 08:55:50 PM

Why do you have to have at least 6 games in your queue?  Wouldn't it be just as good to have the queue completely empty?   

Don't have a clue.  I read that on some website.  I think the speculation was that their algorithm for deciding who gets the new games takes into account how many games you have in your queue.  I don't even know if it is needed but it is easy for me to find at least 6 upcoming games I want to play so I just do it.

2533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamefly - Yea or Nay? on: January 07, 2010, 08:30:46 PM
I love it.  It is great for playing older games and if you "game" the system you can get new releases on release day.   To get new releases you need to have over 6 games in your queue including the new release you want, then send back your current game at just the right moment.  If all your other games are low availability or not released yet then you will get the new release.  At least that works for me.  I have been a member for a long time and I put new releases I want in my queue as soon as I hear about them.  I also know the sweet spot for my local mail service - if I main it back on Friday before a new release on Tuesday I will get it.  I have gotten Batman: Arkham Asylum and Dragon Age: Origins that way.  

Of course I have heard a lot of complaints about Gamefly so I know it doesn't work for a lot of people but personally it has been great.
 
2534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spider-man 4: Sam Raimi learns his lesson on: January 06, 2010, 07:21:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 06, 2010, 04:59:12 AM

looks like trouble in paradise.  it sounds like Sony needs to back off and let Raimi do his thing otherwise we may end up with another musical number....

I am sure the movie would be better if the backed off but they are the ones paying for it so I bet they will win in the end.
2535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: January 04, 2010, 04:14:25 PM
No clue.

2536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: December 31, 2009, 08:06:36 PM

Quote from: KePoW on December 31, 2009, 07:21:07 PM

Quote from: MaxSteele on December 31, 2009, 06:54:10 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 31, 2009, 06:32:39 PM

Have there been any hands-on impressions of the 360 version? I'd be surprised if it looked as good as on PS3.

The main difference is the audio / video will be compressed on the 360, and uncompressed on the PS3.  That will definitely affect quality.

But if you have a 360 and not a PS3, then the choice is clear which version to get. smile

How many DVDs is the 360 version?

I don't think we know yet.  Latest quote I found said "No specifics were given as to how many discs the 360 version will have, but we’re thinking three to four. "  So the same as Lost Odyssey.  That never seemed to be a problem for me.
2537  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 31, 2009, 02:13:53 PM
Yes it is free on the Windows and on Linux!  smile

Personally I found it almost too small to really see what is going on.  They seemed to have basically duplicated the graphics from the PC versions which looks great on the monitor but tiny on the iPhone screen.
2538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo 3 to consoles? on: December 30, 2009, 08:36:04 PM
And that would stop them why?  smile

If they can milk a truck of money from console gamers well...they would be kind of stupid not to.


And while it can be difficult to imagine how they do it I think they are pretty bright folks.  Enable lock on enemy then have it so you only hit "x" once to attack and keep attacking until that target it dead, or something like that.

2539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 30, 2009, 03:41:10 PM
Earth Girls are Easy?
2540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wow! That came out of me? on: December 28, 2009, 10:21:16 PM
2541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First Mass Effect 2 teaser video on: December 28, 2009, 10:03:51 PM
I got enough Christmas stuff to pick this up from Amazon on release.  I hope it is good.
2542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bryan Singer to return to direct X-Men:First Class on: December 23, 2009, 02:20:37 PM
I hope this means Superman is dead for film.  Superman just doesn't work in today's world for me.  The scene where he is watching the news in Superman Returns and he sees some of the bad things that happened while he was gone - and then rather than stopping genocide in Darfur, or ethnic cleansing, or freeing the people from the military junta in Burma Superman goes on to save a bad driver in Metropolis, and a bunch of thieves.   Great work!  Save those white folks!  Seriously why even have the scene where is floating over the whole world if he only wants to rescue caucasians in America? 

Superman only works in a fictional world where nothing bad is happening to people in the 3rd world but Superman Returns went out of its way to bring up events in the real world (9/11 etc.) That was just a stupid decision. 

2543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another unnecessary remake: Kung Fu Kid on: December 22, 2009, 10:03:47 PM
He is learning Kung Fu but "The Karate Kid" sells a lot more tickets so that is the name regardless of what happens in the movie.
2544  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another unnecessary remake: Kung Fu Kid on: December 22, 2009, 09:22:07 PM
First trailer for the new movie.

Looks dumb but not really much dumber than the original.
2545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Knight and Day (movie trailer) on: December 22, 2009, 08:42:53 PM
Why do I find these movies funny?  I know it looks stupid, I know it will be cheesy but I was laughing a lot during the trailer.

I also know Cruise is odd, probably a prick, and a member of a kooky cult but I find him quite good as the deadpan straight guy type.

2546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 22, 2009, 03:53:33 PM
I am a little disappointed that they still have the ad company which says "lots of splatter sells!"  The one guy is covered in gore after killing the huge worm, then several other people spatter in the big fight. 

Hopefully, like Dragon Age, the gore won't be the thrust of the game.
2547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 22, 2009, 03:44:13 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on December 22, 2009, 03:18:58 PM

Two posts above you Farley... icon_biggrin

Edit.  That is the new one.  It is the same stuff until a minute or two into it then new.


2548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 22, 2009, 03:12:00 PM
So today the "full" trailer comes out. 

Quote
The full version of the Mass Effect 2 Cinematic Trailer will be making it's debut on Xbox Live on Tuesday December 22 at 10am GMT.

If you do not have Xbox Live, you can watch the full trailer on Xbox's website at www.xbox.com also on Tuesday December 22 at 10am GMT.

If you have not heard of the Cinematic trailer yet... congratulations on awakening from the coma. You can watch a 90 second teaser of the trailer in the Mass Effect 2 video gallery here: http://masseffect.bioware.com/media/videos/

To make sure you don't miss the trailer, here are some major cities and the time zones they are in:

Midnight - Honolulu
1am - Anchorage
2am - Vancouver, Los Angles
3am - Edmonton Denver
4am - Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Mexico City
5am - Toronto, New York
6am - San Juan, Halifax
7am - Buenos Aires
8am - Rio de Janeiro
10am - Lisbon, London, Dublin
11am - Madrid, Paris, Rome, Berlin
12pm - Athens, Johannesburg
1pm - Moscow, Baghdad
2pm - Dubai
3pm - Karachi
5pm - Bangkok
6pm - Hong Kong, Perth
7pm - Tokyo
8pm - Brisbane
9pm - Sydney
11pm - Auckland

Don't miss it.


So has anyone seen it?  And please, is it anywhere but XboxLive?

2549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Plumbing] No hot water from only one faucet in the entire house on: December 22, 2009, 02:33:42 PM

Quote from: Crux on December 22, 2009, 11:50:16 AM

Well, the good news is I accidentally fixed it. I had my bucket ready, was going to take out the feeder line to the hot water for that faucet and see if it was supplying water to the actual faucet or not. I turned the valve off, only to discover that I didn't have a spanner quite big enough to fit around one of the fittings. Just for kicks I turned the valve back on again and voila... water.

Glad it is working now but the problem is probably still there.  It sounds like it must be gunk in the pipes so a good snaking of the pipe would be a good idea.

 
2550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ok I changed my mind - Sony sucks :( on: December 21, 2009, 09:26:57 PM
To each their own.  Personally I believe MS will screw me just as quickly if they think they can.  Obviously you believe one huge corporation is more personally evil than another.  I think they are all about profit more than helping me.

2551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ok I changed my mind - Sony sucks :( on: December 21, 2009, 06:17:06 PM
That does suck but I think comparing it to MS's Red Ring offer is a bit unfair.  That was extremely rare and it wasn't because MS really cares more than Sony it was because they had a huge freaking problem with their design. 
2552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "End of Eternity" coming to US as "Resonance of Fate" on: December 15, 2009, 06:40:53 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 19, 2009, 06:22:20 PM

Geek.com had some gameplay videos, but they won't play now.  They showed the battle system, and it looked kind of like Eternal Sonata, where you have a set time to move and then attack.  They also showed the world map system.  The city you're in has lost much of its power, so you have to find power cells in the form of connected hexagonal pieces that fit into a grid.  Once you've restored power to a section of the city, you can then explore it.

Removed at the request of Sega.

It boggles my mind that a corporation is stupid enough to pass up free advertising.  Unless the gameplay the clip showed was vastly different than the final product Sega was getting free hype and the threw it away.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.
2553  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: December 15, 2009, 06:22:23 PM
I did put up spoiler tags but I also believe that after a certain time people need get used to the idea spoilers will be "out in the wild"  I would say that after the movie is out of theaters is a good rule for movies but I can't think of a good time rule for books.  I also can't decide about movies made from books.  For example when the Lord of the Rings trilogy was released should people have used spoiler tags?  The books had been out for 50 years or more.

Anyway it is about courtesy in the end so I put up the tags since folks asked. 
2554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: December 15, 2009, 04:42:17 PM
Deathly Hallows came out in 2007!  Almost 3 years ago.  Half-Blood Prince in 2005.  Almost 5 years ago.   I appreciate the need for spoilers and I will do what I can but come on!  After a certain point - like years- you have got to stop expecting people to use spoiler tags.
2555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Clash of the Titans Re-Make on: December 15, 2009, 04:39:07 PM
"I want all the CGI of Transformers 2, but I don't like robots - what can you do for me?"  said the film executive
"How about a remake of another 80's icon...with mythic monsters?!" replied Louis Leterrier
"Make it so" commanded Jean Luc Picard who was in the meeting for no reason anyone could remember.
2556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: December 15, 2009, 04:32:39 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:

Quote from: Scuzz on December 14, 2009, 10:54:59 PM

i do think this book was probably my least favorite because of (in my mind anyway) the lack i=of intelligent thought behind Dumbledore's actions......he knew what was going to happen and did it anyway........

I think he knew the potion would kill him but he didn't know the Horcrux wouldn't be in the basin.  So he was sacrificing himself to defeat Voldermort.  



And the last was my least favorite.  Introducing a totally new element - the Hallows, bringing Dumbledore back again to explain to Harry everything.  Couldn't Harry be grown up enough to figure it out just once on his own?  And the overly storybook ending with Harry happily married and Draco just living a normal life too.  Yuck.

There you big whiners. smile  Now go read the books.
2557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Getting A rank in Valkyria Chronicles sucks the fun from the game on: December 15, 2009, 04:28:09 PM
I started replaying this and am again struck by how working to get the A rank really makes the game suck.  1.  It is all about speed so you never get to do good tactics, 2. you have to save a lot in case the enemy gets lucky shots.  When you don't use tactics and you reload every time something doesn't go perfect .... well that isn't a fun SRPG to me. 

Still loving the game though.  I just remember why I gave up trying for A rank and just redid skirmishes for XP and money. 

2558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 2 to be on the PSP! [updated with in game footage!] on: December 14, 2009, 03:34:41 PM
Another trailer posted last week. Nothing new or spectacular but just a reminder it is still coming!
2559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSP) Turn-Based Mech Combat....Mytran Wars on: December 11, 2009, 05:16:32 PM
So how is this turning out?  It has been a couple months and not many comments. 
2560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's that time again! What's Your Game of the Year 2009 on: December 11, 2009, 04:22:14 PM
Anyone know a good resource to see what was released this year?  I want to pick Batman: Arkham Asylum but I cant' remember if there was really great stuff in Jan/Feb etc that I don't remember!

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