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2561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 17, 2010, 02:53:07 PM
I am happy people enjoy the show but like Rowdy said it was a show close to cancellation anyway and I don't think this new setup is going to draw in viewers.   

Has anyone heard people talking about the show as something they just started watching and are loving it?  It doesn't feel that way to me but I don't talk to a ton of people about TV.
2562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 16, 2010, 08:39:50 PM
Well now they have removed the grinding you could do to get strong enough to win so that is a change.
2563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 16, 2010, 08:19:04 PM
Perhaps I am doing myself a disservice but I have been rewatching season 1.  When you watch last nights episode and then watch Chuck vs. the Undercover Lover where we meet a woman Casey loved who is really a French spy...well it is like two different shows with the same cast and set. 

2564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 16, 2010, 08:10:11 PM
I thought about it more and you're right that optional stuff should be in the main game.  If you just can't get enough fighting supertough mobs you can do the sidequest when you want.  If you don't want to you can continue with the main story.

The only issue would be leveling.  If you did everything extra than the final fights might be too easy.  If you did none of them perhaps the fights would be too tough.  So they would have to balance it more.  By putting them all after the main game the designers know (roughly) exactly what level you will be at for the final fight and can set it up accordingly.
2565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 16, 2010, 06:46:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 16, 2010, 06:38:37 PM

That seemed like an end of season episode, what with all the developments in the last few minutes.   icon_confused

Originally they only were renewed for 13 episodes (this is number 10) so perhaps the writers were wrapping things up.  Then they got extended to 19 so I bet they had to do some scrambling! 
2566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: March 16, 2010, 06:37:23 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 15, 2010, 06:06:46 PM

Not to deter anyone from getting the game (I got it myself) but from what I've heard Sega removed a large amount of quests from the game, even beyond just the Hostess and Trivia stuff they announced beforehand.  Incredibly disappointed with them over that. 

Probably true but the question becomes does it detract from the game.  Will I, as an American playing the game with no knowledge of what was in the Japanese release, notice something?  Will the game feel shorted or incomplete?  Or is the only way I know because someone tells me there is stuff missing?

2567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 16, 2010, 04:46:32 PM
Thanks for the concern but my cereal was great.  It is Chuck that stinks these days.
2568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 16, 2010, 02:39:38 PM
Jesus do they remember they are doing a comedy?  There were what 2 funny bits - smacking the glass wall with his face, and Awesome/Morgan reveal.  That was really it for funny in the whole dark, depressing episode.  And the main focus - Casey's secret life and how he could be turned just with a threat to the woman he loved so much he abandon her - was unbelievable and pointless.  Casey was just "dismissed" from the military.  No discharge papers, no forcing him out of Burbank where he knows Chuck's supposedly secret identity?  And the continued stupidity of Sarah and Chuck's relationship.  So far Sarah acts like a completely different character than she has for 2 seasons.  That is just dumb.  In fact the whole story arcs this season - Chuck becoming a real spy, Sarah falling for Shaw, Casey's secret life, Chuck and Sarah not loving each other anymore - are dumb. 

2569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [SyFy] Red on: March 12, 2010, 09:34:04 PM
Yeah, well..umm nothing to see here.
2570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 12, 2010, 06:35:32 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on March 12, 2010, 06:20:49 PM

You will find yourself constantly shifting, canceling and forcing before full ATB at a frantic pace. It is quite intense.
I have yet to run into a situation where I felt I needed to micro-manage the AI. The key is setting up all the P-shifts prior to setting out.

Every time my group changes I create and change the order of my P-shifts before I set out.

That really threw me last night.  I had these Paradigms I liked, party switched on me and suddenly I didn't have squat!  That is something they should have mentioned in the tutorials. 
2571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 12, 2010, 03:40:59 PM
I have put in 6 hours or so - I am all the way through the tutorials I think (I hope) and I am still not sure I love it.  I have the same concerns as others have voiced.  The writing has really been cheesy often.  Some of the delivery is pretty bad. 

I also don't really care for the battle system.  I understand wanting to speed up fights for the ADD generation but you lose so much control.  Sure the AI picks the right spell most of the time but I want to pick what my team does.  Paradigm shift is a help but it is still just scripted AI.  Sometimes I want something else done - even if it is not the best choice.  I guess in today's age I am just a throw back but I like controlling everything.
2572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Move on: March 11, 2010, 08:29:27 PM
It feels like this is just something to cover their bases so they can say "we have that too." instead of being something they designed as really important.  That doesn't mean it won't be fun but I don't see it as being a system seller for either Sony or Microsoft.  MS definitely wins on the cooler name though.
2573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 22 is such a nice number (updated 3-11-2010) on: March 11, 2010, 05:20:42 PM
Well shit!  That really sucks so hard that sucks doesn't even describe it.  I am so sorry for you having to deal with this crap when you it just be one of the best times of your life. 
2574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: March 10, 2010, 08:38:10 PM
I like how they gave themselves a way to write out Ellie and Awesome.  Gives them options if the show gets a fourth season and they don't want to do it. 
2575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burn Notice Season 3 on: March 10, 2010, 07:35:08 PM
It probably is being made up on the go since the show is popular.  I don't think many people plan out a story arc like the did for Bablyon 5 so I doubt anything we learned about Michael in season 1 will suddenly make more sense in season 4 or things like that but they are making "management" into quite the powerhouse.  To be able to get Michael away from other FBI agents that quickly would require a fair bit of clout so they must be very, very well connected. 

I just hope they can keep the stories fresh.  Already this season I started getting a bit tired of the kidnapping theme and the kids in peril thing.  I imagine it is hard to think of fresh near death scenarios week after week but that is why I am not a writer.
2576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 10, 2010, 07:08:17 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 10, 2010, 03:07:18 PM

He's reviewing it based off what he wants a role-playing game to be, not off what FF XIII actually is.  I can't take him very seriously as a result. 

I kind of agree but what if you went to a movie called a romatic comedy like Notting Hill but it turned out to be Saw?  Wouldn't a review you wrote ding it because it wasn't what you expected?  I mean if it is billed as a comedy but is actually a slasher film that is pretty annoying.  I think the reviewer felt it was billed as an RPG but was something else. 
2577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burn Notice Season 3 on: March 10, 2010, 07:04:41 PM
I just finished the season and the finale was actually rather weak I thought.  I mean Gilroy was supposed to be so dangerous, etc.  almost all season and he just gets blown up quickly and easily.  Then we meet new villain Simon who doesn't appear all that dangerous but we are supposed to believe he is and that he did everything they pinned on Michael?  First of all for that to work it would mean that Simon was always in the same country as Michael because the burn notice would make no sense if he was known to be in Afghanistan by the CIA but it was claimed he blew up a bus in Belfast.  So it would seem unlikely that their travel plans matched up that well.  Then it assumes the CIA wasn't really watching Michael during his time.  Otherwise they would know he didn't do "X" activity.  I know he was undercover and all but it seems odd that they wouldn't have better info on him.   I figured the burn notice was some document trail like they tried to pin on that one guy FBI guy Michael eventually helped in the bank robbery episode.  Even the Wiki on Burn Notice says "Putting the pieces together, Michael realizes that this shadowy company falsified records that painted him as both corrupt and unreliable, forcing the government to burn him."  That is a far cry from mass bomber/murderer which is what Simon seemed to indicate. 

And the big end was kind of cool and yet kind of weak.  We assume he is now working for "management" but other than that it was kind of a reset to exactly where we were last season.  Well I guess his mom is more freaked out. 

Still a great, great show!  When does season 4 start?
2578  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.
2579  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!
2580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 05, 2010, 10:18:22 PM
Gametrailers review is up. 
2581  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. 
2582  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. 

2583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Better Off Ted on: March 03, 2010, 03:04:52 PM
Done!
2584  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.
2585  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. 
2586  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.
2587  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.
2588  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?
2589  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.

2590  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. 

2591  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. 

2592  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.


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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.  


2593  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?  


2594  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.

2595  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.

2596  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. 
2597  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 
2598  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.
2599  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.
2600  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.
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