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2601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [psp] persona 3 portable impressions on: July 09, 2010, 05:54:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 09, 2010, 05:43:43 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on July 09, 2010, 05:12:33 PM

2 words: battle panties smile ...

you've just justified my impulse purchase in one masterful stroke.

Just one stroke huh....
2602  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Android based phone on T-Mobile? on: July 07, 2010, 07:18:39 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 07, 2010, 07:10:52 PM

...now if you can get the subsidized one without having to buy the data plan I don't know.

I doubt that is possible.  But like I said if you don't intend to use the data plan then it is cheaper to buy an unlocked Nexus One than pay the company a subsidy. 
2603  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Android based phone on T-Mobile? on: July 07, 2010, 07:01:15 PM
Why would it not work?  I had an iPhone with no data plan and it worked great.  It isn't like the phone will stop working.  I admit a lot of apps would not work right but many still would.

2604  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Power of Photoshop (Maybe NSFW) on: July 07, 2010, 02:56:59 PM
At some point why do we even use real people?  Wouldn't it be cheaper to have completely digitized models? 
2605  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: July 07, 2010, 02:46:31 PM
That is the great thing about OO.  No filters seem to catch it as a gaming site. 
2606  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Android based phone on T-Mobile? on: July 07, 2010, 01:38:48 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 07, 2010, 05:26:07 AM

Also to happydog I think you are required to get the data plan if you get what is considered a smarth phone.

Well you could just buy the phone outright.  They run in the $400 to $500 range.  Actually that isn't that bad really.  You can buy an unlocked Nexus One off ebay for $450.  The data plan is $30 a month for two years so $720 total.  If you don't want the data plan it is actually cheaper to buy the unlocked phone.  Of course they don't want you to do that because they want your extra $$$ but if you can do it it is cheaper.

2607  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hulu Plus on: June 29, 2010, 09:07:10 PM
I can't imagine this being enough to hook people.  It seems like less value than you would expect, but I guess people pay $100 or more for cable so obviously people are willing to pay for TV with ads. 
2608  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] From Paris With Love on: June 28, 2010, 08:55:30 PM
I would agree with Malificent but I would give it more of a 80-85%. 
2609  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] From Paris With Love on: June 28, 2010, 08:31:22 PM
Just finished watching this.  It was quite good - well for an action flick.  It was funny, lots of shooting, some good chases.  A solid "B" for the genre. 

It only has 30% on rottentomatoes.  Sometimes I wonder if reviewers understand the genre matters in reviews.  Sure it isn't on the level of really great movies but it is solid for its area.  It is like the review based upon movies overall rather than on what type of movie it is.

2610  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Assassin on: June 25, 2010, 05:14:08 PM
Just saw this.  What fun.  Certainly the special effects were terrible at times, but overall the action was wonderful! 

2611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: June 23, 2010, 06:54:54 PM
I don't get how you would walk around.  I mean, you can make small movements which it knows but how about jumping up to the high platform like Luke did in RoTJ? With the Wii I have the nunchuck with its stick so I can move my character.  How will the Kinect do that?   


Here Bill Harris said it better (as usual)

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For throwing a frisbee, motion detection is terrific, because the character just rotates. Golf? Perfect, because the character is rotating. Anything where the character doesn't have to move forwards or backwards (beyond very short distances) works just fine.

Think about it, though. In games where the character needs to run, or needs to walk long distances, how is that done? It's not done with motion detection, with rare exceptions, because even if you can detect someone running in place, or walking in place (Hey! Is that man walking against the wind?), it would be boring as hell for the person actually running or walking.

That's why the Wii controller has a nunchuck with an analog stick, generally--for walking and turning characters through a game world.

Now think about Kinect. That isn't available, because there's no mixing of control methods. It's ALL motion detection. So when Microsoft tells developers to "think outside the box," that's a little misleading. What they're really saying is "Think outside that box. Think inside this one." There's still a box, and in many ways, it's more limiting.
2612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: June 22, 2010, 02:26:48 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 22, 2010, 06:29:51 AM

My prediction is $249 for the bare-bones version, and a bundle version for $299 with a memory card and a game.

Why would they want to have their first failure in years?  To price a handheld the same as a full console - that can play DVDs, music, has facebook, online games, etc. - would be a big failure.  It just wouldn't work. 
2613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Jonah Hex movie just got hotter. on: June 21, 2010, 08:55:01 PM
I am shocked, just shocked that this movie sucks.  It is just unbelievable. 

Seriously who thought this would be anything but another terrible comic book movie?   Bundle it with Van Helsing and get it the heck out of theaters.
2614  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I ate 5 Guys on: June 21, 2010, 05:00:51 PM
I love them.  We took a two week vacation to Charlottesville VA last summer and I ate there 3-4 times.  I even got a t-shirt!  Of course the only reason I could do that is because we don't have any in Iowa and probably won't for years (and by then they will have started cutting costs so they won't be as good). 

2615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN/XBLA]Monkey Island 2:LeChuck's Revenge (SE) on: June 17, 2010, 04:27:34 PM
I am waiting for the announcement of an iPad version.
2616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2010] - Official Gaming Trend Coverage Begins on: June 16, 2010, 01:23:46 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 16, 2010, 06:11:05 AM

Now, when does the 3DS come out and at what price point?

That is one thing I love about Apple's announcements.  You always get a street date and a price. 
2617  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Green Hornet on: June 10, 2010, 05:14:28 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 10, 2010, 04:46:46 PM

What movie isn't going to be in fucking 3D. Sigh.

Oddly the 3D Fucking Movie is going to be in 2D only.
2618  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: June 10, 2010, 04:40:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 10, 2010, 04:28:33 PM


Blech.   How many match tree type games can they make?
2619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: June 09, 2010, 04:45:19 PM

Quote from: KePoW on June 09, 2010, 04:27:16 PM

Quote from: farley2k on June 09, 2010, 04:00:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 09, 2010, 12:28:43 AM

over 5 million shipped (not sold).  not GTA IV numbers but hopefully they'll make the 4 million sold target they need to make to recoup dev costs.

So at $60 a game that means it cost roughly 24 million to develop RDR

Am I missing an inside joke or is my math off?

Shouldn't that be $240 million?


Maybe, I used the windows calculator and it doesn't put in the commas between zeros.

If it cost even half that much to make (120 million) it was insane.  I mean, I am really loving the game but that is just ridiculous.  It is a no wonder companies are concentrating on only AAA titles and repeat brands.  They can't spend that on more that 1 or 2 games.

2620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: June 09, 2010, 04:00:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 09, 2010, 12:28:43 AM

over 5 million shipped (not sold).  not GTA IV numbers but hopefully they'll make the 4 million sold target they need to make to recoup dev costs.

So at $60 a game that means it cost roughly 24 million to develop RDR
2621  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on: June 09, 2010, 02:45:22 PM
Since I already changed it I won't keep fighting for my opinion, but I won't change my opinion either smile 
2622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on: June 09, 2010, 02:27:02 PM
So all books which have not yet been made into movies must have spoiler tags? 
2623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: June 08, 2010, 09:08:05 PM
As an anti-social RPGer how important is the on line stuff.  Can I just skip it?

2624  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on: June 08, 2010, 05:08:27 PM
I think that asking people to use spoiler tags after 3 years is a bit insane to me. However I will add spoiler tags.
2625  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on: June 08, 2010, 02:32:29 PM
You people have no taste!  The last book blew.

Spoiler for Hiden:
 Suddenly have 6 books there are these new ways to defeat Voldemort the Deathly Hallows.  If they were so important why were they not part of the theme of the whole series?  Speaking of themes of the whole series what happened to the racism theme?  We see how they mistreat house elves, how they mistreat giants, how they are split over mudbloods.  These are big ways that the wizarding world is flawed, but rather than try to deal with them they are just dumped completely in the last book for some mumbo jumbo about the Hallows.  I mean really why did we spend hundreds of pages about S.P.E.W?  It was just dropped.  

And the worst part - Dumbledore coming back from the dead to give yet another speech to Harry explaining things!  When he died I thought -"Wow Harry will have to figure things out for himself now.  In every book Dumbledore comes along and explains things to Harry.  This will force Harry to grow up and show how he has grown!"  But no!  Dumbledore can still find a way to sit with Harry and explain everything like a school teacher to a little kid!  Harry doesn't have to grow up, he never has to connect the dots himself, no Dumbledore from beyond the veil can still explain it all to the little kid.  It was insulting - and it removed a lot of the power from his death.  


To drag this out into two movies is just milking a franchise.  
2626  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Natalie Holloway murderer at it again - this time he is on the run on: June 08, 2010, 02:20:41 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 08, 2010, 05:38:34 AM

Well he confessed to the Peru murder.


Here is a link to a story about it if you want read more about it.
2627  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burn notice season 4 starts this week on: June 05, 2010, 12:46:23 AM
It is practically the same relationship he had with Carla.  They certainly didn't try anything new they just changed a few faces, but I am ok with that as long as it keeps being fun to watch.
2628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: June 04, 2010, 09:13:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 04, 2010, 09:05:06 PM

here's a video preview from IGN.

Nothing really great but still nice to see in game footage.
2629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burn notice season 4 starts this week on: June 04, 2010, 03:47:52 PM
Well what did folks think?  I was grinning the whole episode!  It didn't disappoint at all.  Setup the bigger story arc, got him back with the team, solved an A-team type problem for this weeks client.  It is so nice to have it back.
2630  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ...and here's number three. Rue McClanahan passes. on: June 03, 2010, 04:39:57 PM
frown
2631  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Burn notice season 4 starts this week on: June 01, 2010, 09:49:35 PM
It kind of surprised me!  Thursday night.  I can't wait to see what happened to Michael really at the end of season 3.

2632  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R.I.P. Gary Coleman on: May 28, 2010, 07:41:07 PM
Dead at 42. 


2633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol on: May 27, 2010, 08:20:51 PM
First review I have seen.  and they are pretty harsh. 

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Sadly though, those few ideas which do work well are buried by a multitude of issues which systematically tear down and destroy the huge potential that could have been afforded by Obsidianís choice of setting and approach. The poor balancing, the rambling speeches, the linearity and the simple fact that the combat doesnít feel pleasant? These are just the highlights.


So I think I will be renting this one. smile
2634  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's great not having health insurance, really! on: May 27, 2010, 02:38:08 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 27, 2010, 04:37:27 AM

It's pretty amazing that you guys will argue (though tongue in cheek in this thread) against increased taxes when your health insurances cost more than the taxes usually would (and those cover more than just medical stuff), and provides poor service unless you pay even more. Hell, from the prices mentioned in this thread I could probably spend less paying for a damn comfortable home!


+1000 or more. 

When you look at how much single payer government health care would increase taxes then look at what insurance costs out of the paycheck it is clear it is cheaper to have government health care.  But people don't really see the cost out of their pay check.  Oh, I see $216.00 a month coming out of my paycheck - but the actual cost is $1,440.00 - my employer pays that $1200 difference.  And that is not noted on each check, or very often made clear to employees.  So many people don't have a clue what health insurance costs, even though they see how much they pay each month.  So even if the government took $1,440 a month from me in extra taxes for health insurance it wouldn't cost me any more than I pay now! 


Anyway I am all on the move to Canada train I just don't know how to plan for that - any web sites about that?
2635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 25, 2010, 07:16:37 PM
Not a bad couple of episodes.  They certainly set themselves up for next season while wrapping things up enough to make everyone happy with this season's story line.  I still wish the show had the lightheartedness it had in season 1 and 2 but that isn't where it seems to be going. 
2636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 24, 2010, 07:38:54 PM
I can't decide if it is a testament to how great the game is or how low our standards are as gamers that a game with this many huge bugs is praised so much. 
2637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 04:13:02 PM
I never played Gun but I love the horse riding.  It feels very much like real horse riding.  You can indicate where the horse should go or how fast but the horse ultimately decides.
2638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 03:48:47 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on May 21, 2010, 03:42:27 PM

This is an M rated Rockstar game.  You should have known what you were getting yourself into before you even bought the game.

Sorry, do you not read or do you just post without really thinking about it? 

I know exactly what this game is, and I am enjoying it.  I just comment that I wished they had made this game for kids.  Not that I was fooled in some way by what the game is. 

Perhaps semiconscious said it better that it would be nice if they made another game like this for kids.  It is a great mechanic and game type and yet no one makes one suitable for kids.  I think that is a shame. 
2639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 03:45:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 21, 2010, 03:24:51 PM

I think more importantly it's a Rockstar game, and given their track record to expect it to be kid friendly and not crazy violent is even less realistic than their take on the west.

besides, if you're looking for a horse riding game there's always Barbie's Horse Adventures  Tongue


I know you are kidding but I think many people think that if you don't want lots of violence then you do want a kiddie game.  Keeping the western theme, I don't consider Rio Grande, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, or Silverado to be kiddie movies (well maybe Silverado) but their violence is much less than RDR.

2640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Mario Galaxy 2 on: May 21, 2010, 03:40:47 PM
Ars review

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Saying this is Nintendo at its platforming best is an understatement. This is the equivalent of a baseball player hitting nothing but home runs for an entire four-game series, calling his shots Babe-Ruth-style before each swing. Nintendo plays with the genre like there is nothing at stake, doing incredible things with it as if it's simply a decision to make a game this good.

I don't have a Wii but if I did I think this would be a purchase for me.
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