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2841  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.
2842  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.

2843  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"

2844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's 4/20 on: April 20, 2009, 06:59:03 PM
2845  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.


2846  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.
2847  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?  
2848  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? 
2849  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. 

 
2850  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.
2851  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.
2852  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.

2853  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.

 
2854  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
2855  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.
2856  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?


2857  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. 
2858  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? 
2859  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.

2860  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate cable TV on: April 15, 2009, 09:04:22 PM
I feel so cheap.   We only have the basic cable for $40 a month and I plan to dump that this summer when I can put up an antenna.  The only show we really watch is Sesame Street.  The rest we can get from Netflix or other on-line options.
 
2861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Suikoden Tierkreis: OhMyGodWhyAreYouTalkingSoFast?!! on: April 13, 2009, 06:57:56 PM
I have shelved this for now to play Dragon Quest 5 but I was wondering if anyone was playing it still.  Does the story get more interesting?  I played through the first forest disappearing area but that is all the farther I got.

2862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen - RPG on: April 09, 2009, 01:11:01 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2009, 07:11:33 PM

As much as I love Bethesda and what they make, there are things Gothic does that outdoes you guys.  Nothing wrong with European RPGs like Gothic and The Witcher.

Gothic and The Witcher are great games but they were not bug free, and they had some gameplay issues (at least Gothic did - the control was just horrible!)

2863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green lantern: First Flight on: April 08, 2009, 08:56:39 PM
He does seem to improve everything he touches. 
2864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green lantern: First Flight on: April 08, 2009, 01:23:38 PM
I am the opposite.  I would rather have quality animated films instead of real.  A big budget movie can do some great stuff - like The Dark Knight, or The Lord of the Rings movies but there wouldn't be as many superhero movies if they were all live action.  Even though quality animation can be hard create (judging from the crap that is often produced) but it is always a lot cheaper. 

Luckily there is ample room for both in the current market so I hope there is quality in both cases.
2865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Stargate SG-1] Does it get better? on: April 07, 2009, 04:18:29 PM
Well the Gould only took people to planets which could support human life so all the planets look roughly the same!  At least that was the techno babble answer in one ep.  smile 

2866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Stargate SG-1] Does it get better? on: April 07, 2009, 01:29:18 PM
I think everyone summed it up pretty well. Singularity, Cold Lazarus, and Thor's Hammer were probably my favorites in season 1.   The show only gets better ... until season 5.  That is when the switched to the Skiffy channel and the show was good but not as great.  Then at season 9 they decided to fuck everything up, screw with the cast, and generally make people wish they just would have ended the show at season 8.  However up until then it is a great show.

2867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green lantern: First Flight on: April 07, 2009, 02:10:35 AM
Wonder Woman was kick ass.  I loved it.  It was bloody, violent, and the voice acting was great. 

2868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DSi US launch slated for April 5th, $169.99 on: April 07, 2009, 02:07:23 AM
For some reason I bought one.  I was opposed to it.  I thought it was a silly upgrade, but I still bought one Sunday.

My impressions are actually pretty favourable.   I Think it is lighter than the DSlite, I find the screens a lot bigger, and I love the matte finish.  The camera is still silly.  It works fine, but it isn't a great camera and who wants to whip out their DSi to take a photo.  Overall I think it a great little machine. 

The test as to whether is it a worthwhile purchase is what they come out with for downloadable games and what DSi features they come out with in new games. If they can get me a few great downloadable games I will be happy.  If it becomes a wasted feature the rest of the package isn't worth the extra bucks. 

And if they add the ability to download podcasts I would be in heaven.

Still it is great to look at.
2869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is the Penny Arcade game (ep1) worth 800 points on: April 05, 2009, 01:24:19 AM
I like turn based RPGs, and I like their comic (sometimes) so is the game good enough to get cheap?

2870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 22 is such a nice number on: April 01, 2009, 03:28:51 PM
My condolences as well. 

Some people say you shouldn't tell others before the first trimester but I always felt like it would hurt just as much whether other people knew or not so why not tell. 

I hope you will conceive again soon.
2871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Community 360 transfer cable checkout on: March 30, 2009, 08:11:20 PM
Got the first cable over the weekend so if folks were waiting you can PM me now.

2872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Suikoden Tierkreis: OhMyGodWhyAreYouTalkingSoFast?!! on: March 29, 2009, 11:36:02 PM
I will have to try that.


It seemed like the kind of thing they couldn't have missed.
2873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Suikoden Tierkreis: OhMyGodWhyAreYouTalkingSoFast?!! on: March 27, 2009, 01:24:25 PM
I am not feeling the love.  The more I play the game the less I am impressed.  As others have pointed out the voice acting is terrible.  I have had to turn the sound off because it is so bad.  What really bugs me though is the little things like upgrading equipment.  As far as I can tell there is no way to see on the purchasing screen if a weapon/armor is better than what you have on.  To tell you have to exit the shop, go into your inventory look at the items (and write it down or remember it) then go back into the shop and compare.  Even an old game like Dragon Quest 5 shows you right on the purchasing screen if a weapon is better or worse.  Another annoyance is the lack of a save point at the beginning of dungeons.  Some of them don't have them and that is frustrating.  Shouldn't that be "RPGs 101"?  Finally it is just too easy.  There has been no reason to ever use anything but the auto battle feature.  I feel like one of those games where you start out uber powerful and at some point lose your all your powers (Metroid Prime is the first one I can think of) except I don't think that is going to happen here.  I am just way, way over powered compared to the enemies.  It makes the dungeon crawling dull. 

I am glad others are liking it and I will keep up a bit more but unless the story gets really interesting soon I think I will shelve this one.
2874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Horror Movie: Martyrs on: March 26, 2009, 07:11:52 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on March 26, 2009, 07:10:08 PM

So don't watch it.

I think that would be for the best.  And I changed my original post because I don't want to fight with others over their personal tastes.  I didn't mean to offend.

2875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Horror Movie: Martyrs on: March 26, 2009, 07:08:34 PM
I don't get this at all

Spoiler for Hiden:
Lucie, who has been missing for over a year, is found hysterical by the side of the road. She leads police to the derelict slaughterhouse where evidence suggests she was held captive. Although there is no evidence of sexual abuse, Lucie bears the signs of repeated injury and neglect. Traumatized and uncommunicative, Lucie is unable to tell the authorities anything further about her time in captivity or the people who kept her there.

Over time, Lucie makes friends with Anna, another girl in the youth home where she lives. Anna looks after Lucie and eventually gains her trust. Lucie appears to be haunted by something or someone - a shadowy, rasping female figure who apparently mutilates Lucie. After one such episode, Lucie makes Anna promise not to tell anyone about the creature haunting Lucie.

At this point, the film moves ahead 15 years, and shifts its attention to the Belfond family. Mom is fixing a sewer line in the yard, Dad is making breakfast, and son Antoine and daughter Marie are wrestling over a love note Antoine received. As everyone sits down to breakfast, the doorbell rings - it's Lucie, who shoots the father to death with a shotgun. The mother follows in short order, and then Lucie hesitates, asking Antoine how old he is and if he knew what his parents have done. When she doesn't get an answer, she kills Antoine. Marie hides upstairs, but Lucie finds her and kills her as well. After killing the family, Lucie's creature reappears and tries to attack Lucie. Lucie explains that she's "killed them", and so the creature can leave her alone now. The creature continues to attack her.

Panicked, Lucie calls Anna to come and help her. Anna, horrified, sees what Lucie's done and asks if she's sure these are the people who kidnapped her. Lucie is sure. Anna starts working on burying the bodies when Lucie has to deal with the creature again. In the process of moving bodies, Anna discovers that the mother is still alive and attempts to smuggle her out of the house. Lucie discovers this and beats the mother to death with a hammer. This is followed by one more attempt to placate the creature, as Lucie shows the creature that the mother is dead.

The creature embraces her gently, and begins to cut into her arms. Anna sees Lucie cutting herself - the creature is something Lucie is hallucinating. Flashbacks reveal that the creature is a woman who was being tortured in the same building as Lucie. When Lucie was able to escape, she had an opportunity to take the woman with her, but did not and has been haunted by it ever since. In a fit of rage and sadness, Lucie cuts her own throat.

Anna brings Lucie's body into the house, cleans it and wraps it in cloth. In cleaning up the house, she notices a hole in the wall behind a cabinet. Anna opens the cabinet and discovers a hidden staircase leading down. Anna discovers an underground complex decorated with pictures of people in extreme suffering. Exploring further, Anna discovers another woman, naked and chained to a wall with a metal blindfold riveted to her head. She frees the woman and takes her upstairs. Anna attempts to bathe the woman and she resists, and after Anna removes the blindfold, the woman runs off, finds a knife and begins to mutilate herself, attempting to cut off her arm.

As Anna tries to stop the woman, the woman is killed by a shotgun blast. A group of people have entered the house, and they take Anna down into the hidden complex. An older woman (referred to only as "Mademoiselle") explains to Anna that they are not interested in victims, but martyrs - the act of martyrdom brings about transcendence and the possibility of seeing into the afterlife. They are, in essence, creating martyrs through systematic abuse in the hopes of learning what lies after death from their accounts as they achieve transcendence. They kidnap young women because young women seem to be especially likely to achieve a transcendent state. Anna is then rendered unconscious.

Anna wakes up chained to a chair similar to the one discovered in the building where Lucie was kept. She is fed some sort of unpleasant gruel and methodically beaten. This goes on for several days until a badly battered Anna loses the will to resist. She hears Lucie's voice in her head, telling her that it is going to be okay, that she won't suffer much longer. Anna is then brought to an operating theater, where she is strapped into a rotating rack and flayed.

A now-skinless Anna is hung by a rack under hot lights. The people attending her remark on her considerable resilience, noting that she is still alive. The woman feeding Anna notices something about her has changed, and she calls Mademoiselle to tell her that Anna is close to transcendence. Mademoiselle hurries over and arrives in time for Anna to give her an account of what she had witnessed.

The next day, a large number of wealthy older people arrive at the house, and Mademoiselle's assistant (Etienne) announces that Anna - only one of four young women to successfully achieve martyrdom - was the first to provide an account of the world beyond life, and Mademoiselle was present to hear her account and would be sharing it with the assembled people shortly.

Mademoiselle appears to be getting ready as Etienne speaks to her through the door, asking if the announcement means that Anna saw something, and Mademoiselle says that she did, and it was clear and precise. Mademoiselle asks Etienne if he could imagine life after death. Etienne says he could not. Inside, Mademoiselle is sitting on the edge of a bathtub, where she takes a gun out of her purse. She calls to Etienne and tells him to continue doubting before shooting herself in the head.

The movie ends with Anna, lying in some sort of medicated bath in the underground complex, looking at something very far away, fading to black, and a definition of "martyr" which indicates the derivation from the Greek word for "witness."
2876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe Casting plus teaser on: March 24, 2009, 05:53:22 PM
What is Stargate about it?  Can they dial out?  It seems like they can't since the wiki says they can't go back to earth, that the ship is falling apart and they have to deal with air loss on the ship.  Even if you couldn't go back to earth you probably wouldn't stay on a ship losing oxygen so it seems like they can't dial out.  What is stargate about a show without a stargate?
2877  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: News Flash: Fox News are a bunch of a-holes on: March 24, 2009, 03:23:28 PM

Quote from: cheeba on March 24, 2009, 05:04:17 AM

If I had said what Victoria said, it would be edited out and I'd be banned outright. He doesn't even get a warning specific to him? WTF, mods?

Last night I received one email of a reported post.  It was not from you.  I do not come into every thread, I do not check every comment.  If you have a problem with something someone said to you, about you, near you, or whatever you need to report it to the moderators.  We do our best to be fair and consistent however we cannot do that over comments we don't even know about, or be expected to know a comment offends.

2878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3 Announced on: March 24, 2009, 01:23:26 PM

Quote from: warning on March 23, 2009, 08:57:24 PM

I loved Max Payne 1 & 2.  I'm not excited about a new developer though.  I'm cautiously optimistic.

The developer was responsible for "Bully" which was one of the better GTA clones out there.  That is at least cause for some hope.
2879  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: News Flash: Fox News are a bunch of a-holes on: March 24, 2009, 03:35:14 AM
Lets just reign in this whole conversation and cool off for awhile.
2880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series? on: March 23, 2009, 07:07:29 PM
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