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2601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PSP Hardware Redesign - possibly shown at E3, out this year on: April 30, 2009, 01:29:23 PM
It is a gamble certainly to not have a way to play the games without downloading them.  But I would bet the number of people who bought a PSP but didn't have Internet access is rather small....like under 1-2%.  
2602  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: April 30, 2009, 01:26:58 PM
I like Roger Ebert's review

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Why should I care about this guy? He feels no pain and nothing can kill him, so therefore he's essentially a story device for action sequences.

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Such films are assemblies of events. There is little dialogue, except for the snarling of threats, vows and laments, and the recitation of essential plot points. Nothing here about human nature. No personalities beyond those hauled in via typecasting. No lessons to learn. No joy to be experienced. Just mayhem, noise and pretty pictures. I have been powerfully impressed by film versions of Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man and the Iron Giant. I wouldn't even walk across the street to meet Wolverine.




2603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Wind of Nostalgio coming to US on: April 29, 2009, 06:47:31 PM
Love the place names!

London, Pyramid, New York, Tokyo!  So what country is "Pyramid" in anyway?

2604  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Swine Flu Outbreak- the next big pandemic? on: April 29, 2009, 06:32:49 PM
The regular flu kills 36,000 people a year according to the CDC.  That is the common flu which doesn't really kill adults even if left untreated.  This new strain kills adults so what if it becomes as common as the common flu?  Millions?  And not just the elderly or the really young but normal adults?  I think that is why people are worried. 
2605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PSP Hardware Redesign - possibly shown at E3, out this year on: April 29, 2009, 06:05:57 PM
The second analog nub would basically make it a new system since old games wouldn't use it properly.  I can see that if this is just a redesign they really can't change it too dramatically in terms of the controls.
2606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PSP Hardware Redesign - possibly shown at E3, out this year on: April 29, 2009, 03:50:35 PM
I can't imagine holding it and using the buttons easily with them so close to the bottom edge.  Of course since this is a mock-up perhaps the real thing will be much better.


2607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mass Effect game for the iPhone/iTouch on: April 29, 2009, 02:10:43 AM
Not many details on game type but still it could be cool 

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    The award-winning Mass Effect game universe has now arrived on your iPhone and iPod Touch! Tales of human courage and individual human achievement resound throughout the galaxy. Here is your opportunity to play the story of Jacob Taylor, a biotic-powered super-soldier who stumbles across a plot to terrorize civilization's greatest beacon of hope. Can you prevent a heinous attack that threatens to knock humanity off the galactic stage?

        * Gripping story line that enables you, playing super-soldier Jacob Taylor, to prevent galactic chaos
        * Stylish art presentation delivers an animated graphic novel experience
        * A blend of nuance story telling with gripping top-down shooter combat
        * Experience the back story behind some of the main characters in the upcoming Mass Effect 2 (for Xbox 360 and PC)
        * 2 hour story-based experience with stunning graphics, animated presentation and top-down arcade-style combat

2608  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 28, 2009, 08:46:11 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on April 28, 2009, 08:23:19 PM

Im sure that any single application of almost any law does nothing to stop crime as a whole, is that a good enough reason to not do anything?
Enforcing most laws does nothing but ruin the lives of the criminals for a while.   Again, not a good enough reason to not enforce the laws.

I think this is more complex than you portray sometimes.


2-3 years ago Iowa raised the speed limit on most interstate roads - the main reason? 80% of drivers sped already.  We repealed prohibition because so many people were breaking that law.  So we are perfectly willing to change laws when enough people break them.  Perhaps we just need to reach that tipping point for piracy?
2609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Wind of Nostalgio coming to US on: April 28, 2009, 08:40:15 PM
Sounds interesting.  I will wait for some gameplay videos!
2610  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 28, 2009, 08:20:18 PM
I for one can't wait for the reduction in prices of games, movies, and music now that illegal file sharing has been dealt this crippling blow.   Roll Eyes

I am sure that Piratebay was about downloading illegal stuff, but I am also sure that this will to nothing to stop the downloading of illegal stuff.  So in the end it does nothing but ruin a couple lives for awhile.  Yippie for the law! 


2611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360, new issues... on: April 28, 2009, 06:56:41 PM
No problem.  I will continue to use it as a dust collecting device on the book case. smile
2612  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: For Sale: Resident Evil 5 & Street Fighter 4 for PS 3...mint!!!! on: April 28, 2009, 06:51:59 PM
outfit79 great to have you on board. 

It would be great to get your perspective on these games in the "console gaming" forum.  More voices are always appreciated.
2613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Wolverine on: April 28, 2009, 06:10:45 PM
I like him as Wolverine but I have read the plot synopsis on line and....well lets hope his acting is good and the stunts are fun to watch.

2614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360, new issues... on: April 28, 2009, 05:55:38 PM
How big was the HD?

I have an old 20 GB one sitting around since I bought a 120 GB drive.  If you want I would be happy to let you have it free.  PM me if you want.
2615  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You know what I don't miss? on: April 27, 2009, 02:44:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 27, 2009, 02:35:01 PM

Sailor Moon was kinda hawt  icon_twisted

And by now she would be legal...
2616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Bea Arthur dead at 86 on: April 27, 2009, 01:09:51 PM
Sad but not too sad.  86 is pretty darn good really for humans. 

I loved her in Golden Girls.
2617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 27, 2009, 01:05:12 PM
Here you go, search Google for torrent files!

http://www.thepirategoogle.com/
2618  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Rodriguez's Predators on: April 24, 2009, 07:39:38 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 24, 2009, 04:10:42 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 24, 2009, 01:23:55 PM

Predator 2 wasn't arse.  It was a "B" movie sure but it was still pretty fun and cool

The opening gunfight ruled. After that the movie was arse.

I found the final fight great - when the predator made that healing paste in the apartment, when he used that frisbee like thing to slice Gary Busee's character in half!  I also thought the slaughter in the penthouse apartment was pretty cool. 

2619  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew + latest trailer! on: April 24, 2009, 01:58:09 PM
First review I have read from someone I like and trust

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Having someone as extraordinarily talent as J.J. Abrams pull together all the great performances, the vibrant cinematography, the unbelievably epic action sequences in space, inside, and on the ground, the wonderful score from Michael Giacchino, and everything else, is what made it so phenomenal overall. Abrams has reminded me why I love movies so damn much and why I love science fiction so damn much. Only the very best filmmakers can do that, and J.J. Abrams is certainly one of them. And without a doubt, his version of Star Trek is one movie that I instantly fell in love with at first sight.
2620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Rodriguez's Predators on: April 24, 2009, 01:23:55 PM
Predator 2 wasn't arse.  It was a "B" movie sure but it was still pretty fun and cool
2621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 25 minutes of Final Fantasy 13 on: April 24, 2009, 01:15:50 PM
I would have no problem with the whole game being more difficult but FF seems to have these situations where non-boss battles are a breeze and then you get your butt kicked at the boss.  Then players end up having to run around leveling up.  Tweak the whole game to make battles more challenging and I would be fine. 

2622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 23, 2009, 04:01:01 PM
Saw this yesterday on Dvorak.org/blog

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“I’ve argued for years that the real battle rights holders are fighting isn’t with individual users or file-sharing sites, but with search,” Garland says. “As long as there’s robust search that allows people to find the titles they’re seeking, you will have this problem, period.“

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Actually we don’t have to speculate about this. The IFPI, which sued the Pirate Bay, was specifically asked why it did not sue Google. The answer was not because Google was somehow different from the Pirate Bay or that Google was somehow exempt under the law. The sole reason the IFPI gave is because, unlike the Pirate Bay, Google plays along:

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“We have approached Google and told them about this. We have asked them if they want to be our opponents or our partners. We have ten people in London working with them on a daily basis [to make illegal music unavailable]. If Google had indicated they would be our opponent, we would have taken them to court.”


So much for all those arguments about how Google is different because it isn't their main goal, or they don't advertise it....Google isn't sued because they have already given in.  I don't know that is bad but I do think it is interesting.
2623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: April 23, 2009, 02:34:40 PM
Graham that makes me feel better.  At least it isn't a completely unplayable mess.  It may be the last game I buy for the PSP so I would like it to be good.

2624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: April 22, 2009, 08:32:19 PM
I knew there was an RPG I wanted for the PSP coming out in April but there was no mention of it by anyone and I couldn't find it in the listings.  Finally I did a search for "wizardry" since I remembered someone compared the game to it and found Class of Heroes!  Unfortunately it appears it has been pushed back to June.  frown 

I hope that means they are doing a few last minute tweaks instead of "shit this thing is unplayable! Lets push it back to June and see if we can get a version that doesn't crash every 2 minutes"

2625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's 4/20 on: April 20, 2009, 06:59:03 PM
2626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: April 20, 2009, 06:57:08 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 20, 2009, 06:50:10 PM

Because lack of development time is their fault.

If you are talking about Troika I call BS.  They developed three big RPGs; Arcanum, Temple of Elemental Evil, and Vampire:Bloodlines.  The three had different publishers (Seirra, Atari and Acttivision)  Yet all three had the same problem of crippling bugs.  At some point a reasonable person says "What is the common element in all three games?"  I don't know what the problem was at Troika but it was obviously a problem with them.


2627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: April 20, 2009, 06:50:56 PM
They are tied closely in my mind too.  I don't know why.  But they are both responsible for some of the best RPGs I have played (aside from the astounding bugs.)

I am psyched for this.  As others have said it seems to be a marriage of strengths.   Bethesda for the engine, Obsidian for the story.   Lets hope it is as good as it could be.
2628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 17, 2009, 09:21:41 PM

Quote from: Razgon on April 17, 2009, 09:06:54 PM

Since they were sentenced, yes, they broke the law. And no, Google, yahoo and MS wasnt, so they didnt break the law.

And if a website points me with 2 clicks without me typing in anything towards illegal stuff, then clearly its intended to work that way

1. do you really want to argue that anyone found guilty is actually guilty?  Because I can dig up hundreds of cases where guilty verdicts were overturned.

2. Yes it is intended to make piracy easier.  Is intention a crime?  If I see a guy with a fifty dollar bill hanging out of his pocket and I intend to steal it can the police arrest me?  Even if I haven't stolen it yet?  Even if my intention was clear?  
2629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 17, 2009, 08:52:40 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on April 17, 2009, 08:48:14 PM

Teggy, when you use a torrent search engine you're searching for torrents.  When you use Google you're searching for anything.  Your argument doesn't hold when you compare searching a torrent engine for TV shows and searching Google with the filetype:torrent argument, which is a more appropriate comparison.  Go to Google and type 'filetype:torrent 24', and go to TPB and just search for 24.  You'll see what I mean.

Completly true.  But torrents aren't illegal! so why is it illegal to make a search engine for them? 
2630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 17, 2009, 07:31:10 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 17, 2009, 07:23:47 PM

That said, I'm surprised they went with jail time. Should be a good deterrent, though.

It certainly hasn't been a deterrent to spammers so I don't see why it would deter people from creating BT searching sites.  They will just have to monetized better - more advertising, more spyware, etc. 

And I imagine people will stop being open about running such sites.  They will find more clever ways of hiding their identities. 

 
2631  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 17, 2009, 02:57:00 PM
Piracy talk generally gets people heated up for some reason (probably because Johnny Deep was so dreamy in PoTC) so lets remember we are all friends here and take deep breaths before hitting the "Post" button.
2632  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I'm showing my wife The Wrath Of Khan on: April 17, 2009, 02:10:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 17, 2009, 01:50:45 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on April 17, 2009, 02:00:44 AM

I'm showing her The Wrath of Khan for the first time.

Was this her first Star Trek movie?  You can't start wives off with Khan.  Start with Voyage Home.  It's accessible, fun, and it gets them to like the characters.  Then you can switch over to Wrath of Khan and they'll care more about what's happening.

The drawback being that she would know that Spock really doesn't die...or at least his death is a comic book death easily reversed.  That might remove some of the impact of his death.
2633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I've Got Advance Wars and Fire Emblem Coming Out My..... on: April 17, 2009, 01:38:10 PM
I don't play AW so no advice but I have played all the FE games and I will say play Sacred Stones and Path of Radiance.  SS is the best of the GBA games.  It has significant improvements which make more fun than the others.  It is easier but that is because they remove some of the stupid crap.  You can buy weapons more easily in SS.  Sure it makes a game hard when you can't buy weapons but it doesn't make it fun.  Also you can level up with random battles.  Again it is just not fun to get to a fight and find you are underleveled because you chose to use X character instead of Y - or that you can't use your powerful characters because you don't have the right weapons.  SS removes those annoyances in favor of fun.   Path of Radiance is fine.  It is easy and has an ok story.  The reason I would pick that over Radiant Dawn is simply that RD offers no improvements on PoR.  You can sell RD for more because it is newer so keep PoR.

2634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I finish Final Fantasy 12? on: April 17, 2009, 01:29:01 PM
I dug out the PS2 (kinda surprised it was working!) last night and checked my last save game.  I was at 29 hours right at the Mosphoran Highwaste when I stopped playing.  It seems from FAQs that I was over halfway.  I think I will keep playing with that saved game rather than start again.

My Gambits seemed great, but they did remind me of how the combat got a bit stale for me.  I just have to run up to a monster then the leader attacks and every one else follows his lead.  Healing, curing status aliments etc are all done pretty well.   Basically aside from steering the character I don't have to do much of anything.  I will try to power through to get to the story again but right now it is shockingly easy and most on autopilot.

 
2635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DON'T... watch Nic Cage movies on: April 16, 2009, 09:24:08 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 16, 2009, 09:08:28 PM

The Rock is outstanding

Con air was fun

Family Man is seasonal viewing every year

Matchstick Men was meh

Lord of War was Meh

National Treasure 1 was a lot of fun

National Treasure 2 was horrible

World Trade Center was ok

Matchstick Men was meh

Gone in 60 Seconds was watchable

Face/Off was brilliant

So overall I have a favorable impression of his work...though he does seem to squander his talent by doing any script they throw in front of him...


Edit: Also the PSA is beyond bad.


How many times did he do Matchstick Men?  Or was it just meh enough for two entries? smile
2636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I finish Final Fantasy 12? on: April 16, 2009, 09:22:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 16, 2009, 09:11:25 PM

FF XII has a dreadfully boring stretch in the middle where the story goes practically nowhere and you are simply shuffled from place to place.

That is where I am at exactly!  They should really have done more play testing on the pacing.  Maybe I was supposed to rush through this section.
2637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should I finish Final Fantasy 12? on: April 16, 2009, 08:55:28 PM
I got to around Mt Bur-Omisace and got bored then distracted by other games.  That was over 2 years ago?  Anyway looking at FF 13 is making me think about dusting off the PS2 and trying to finish 12.  The part I was in was really boring though, does the story start picking up again?


2638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 25 minutes of Final Fantasy 13 on: April 16, 2009, 06:12:16 PM
I couldn't understand them or read the menus so I have no idea if the story is good or if the combat it interesting.  I just know it is pretty which is a given for a SquareEnix game. 
2639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew + latest trailer! on: April 16, 2009, 06:00:31 PM
Those are some borrrrring toys.  Couldn't they at least make the right sounds on the tri-corder? 
2640  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT/FS: Suikoden Tierkreis (DS) on: April 16, 2009, 12:48:30 AM
I am willing to take cash as well.  Say $20?  Shipping included.

I am looking for Chrono Trigger but I am open to other offers.

Thanks

PM me if interested.

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