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2841  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.
2842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ...and here's number three. Rue McClanahan passes. on: June 03, 2010, 04:39:57 PM
2843  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.

2844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R.I.P. Gary Coleman on: May 28, 2010, 07:41:07 PM
Dead at 42. 

2845  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. 

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
2846  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?
2847  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. 
2848  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. 
2849  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.
2850  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. 
2851  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.

2852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Mario Galaxy 2 on: May 21, 2010, 03:40:47 PM
Ars review

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.
2853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 03:12:31 PM

Quote from: Crux on May 21, 2010, 01:47:31 PM

The west was a violent place. Hookers were stabbed. Blood splatters when you shoot someone. Essentially you wanted it turned into fluffy bunny game so you can play with your kid. That's not at all what the game is designed to be.

I do hope someone makes a more kid friendly western for sure. But RDR was never going to be that game.

yes, right in front of everyone in town.  Murder happened every couple minutes in 1891.  Well know fact (by delusional people who never read a history book)

And people who were shot by rifles often got up the next day after a kind woman saved them...without any lasting effects!  And they never had to eat, or drink.  And ... awe screw it.  This game is not even remotely realistic so trying to pretend that the game is ok because the west was a violent place is just silly.  They picked and chose what they wanted and it is just people's enjoyment and obsession with violence that makes them pick the violent aspects.

semiconscious made a good point.  There can be both and while this is not that game I would like to see that game made.

2854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 03:07:00 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on May 21, 2010, 02:28:54 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 21, 2010, 01:41:08 PM

I wish they made this game for kids...

it'd be nice if someone made a game like this for kids. but i'm glad they didn't make this particular game for kids...

That would make me happy.
2855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 01:41:08 PM
I wish they made this game for kids.  My four year old would love to watch or to try riding a horse but I can't very well let him play at all since he might run into a guy stabbing a hooker, or other unacceptable violence.   And it kind of bugs me because in many ways the violence seems tacked on to make it more appealing to teenage boys.  The best example is the when you skin an animal - how the screen spatters with blood.  If the animal is dead there is not much chance of splattering but they wanted to throw it in to make it appeal to people who want more violence.  Almost all of the violence is egregious like that.  They practically could have trimed about 3 things and had a game anyone could play.  Get rid of splatters when you skin or shoot someone (make shooting look like John Wayne movies), get rid of the bad language (which I have only heard about twice so it wouldn't have been much to cut), and remove the out of place violence (hooker being stabbed outside the saloon is the most common example).  However they had to throw that stuff in so it would appeal to people who expect it from Rockstar - and if it didn't people would complain that their game was being censored or that Rockstar caved to pressure.

Oh well, I love it but I wish it could be enjoyed by more of my family.
2856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Eureka Returns on: May 19, 2010, 08:47:13 PM
I am very excited.  We have been watching season 3 again to be ready. 
2857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 18, 2010, 03:56:53 PM
This one really made me laugh.

2858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: May 18, 2010, 01:36:48 PM
Give me a break.  Name the last AAA title that didn't get great a glowing reviews?  Perhaps it is because all these games are great or perhaps it is for other reasons.  It isn't that Rockstar controls the media but that all big publishers seem to get better reviews (one could easily argue this is because their games are better)

Anyone who has played game for a long time knows this and takes great views as a given.  I remember buying Black and White because of all the glowing reviews of the masterpiece.   This is why I use Gamefly.  I played Batman: Arkham Asylum when it came out (and it was great) and now I can buy it for $18.00 from Gamefly or rent it again when I want to play it.

2859  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 14, 2010, 06:57:53 PM
I just got around to watching this week's episode on Hulu....I can see why there hasn't been much talk about it.  Bland, not funny, not exciting, and generally bad.  It was almost all setup, Ellie and the Ring, Chuck's dreams, etc.  I can live with that kind of episode if it is funny but this wasn't at all.
2860  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: May 11, 2010, 09:14:29 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 11, 2010, 08:45:56 PM

My couple favorite IM2 things:
Spoiler for Hiden:
His father's "city design" serving as a clue was, I thought, a great thing. Some of that reminded me a bit of Indiana Jones searching for clues in that miniature city in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.'

And I know it's nothing deep, but I lost my father when I was 8. And I don't have any film of him, only a reel-to-reel audio tape of him giving a business presentation, which I don't have anything to play it on. So the sequence of watching his father on film and then hearing him briefly speak to him -- for me that was great, touching stuff.  tear For others, it probably just flew by as piffle.  icon_smile

Spoiler for Hiden:
I hated the design thing.  It was so implausible.  Why hide it in the design of the city?  Who did he want to keep it from?  Maybe that will be explained in the Captain America movie that Howard Stark is supposed to play some role in but as seen it makes no sense.  

The film thing again was so implausible.  The only time in life he told his son he loved him was at the very end of a reel?  And not even a reel meant for Tony but some promo piece for the Stark Expo?  It just was not believable.
2861  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: May 06, 2010, 02:19:51 PM
DIY Stylus looks pretty easy to make.  I might try this.
2862  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 04, 2010, 04:04:53 PM
Yeah, I am not complaining.  It is only $2 and it feels that way so far.  I too hope they improve the end game.  Once you got that spell that turned the four corners into wild cards I could basically win without the enemy ever having a turn.  It was pretty unbalanced.

2863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 04, 2010, 03:25:32 PM
Not a great episode, not terrible either.  Pretty bland actually.  The episodes this season have really varied wildly in quality.
2864  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 04, 2010, 02:51:02 PM
I got it because I loved Sword & Poker one.  So far it is like playing S&P1 again.  No real updates that I have seen.  Sure new monsters and new dungeons but nothing in the gameplay has changed. 
2865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Doctor Who and his companion start this weekend. on: May 03, 2010, 03:02:21 AM
The Dalek episode was such a clear reboot.  It was all just a way to get a new shinny Dalek model out and have them escape.  I suppose it had to happen if they want to have them around more but it was just clearly just a filler to explain why they are around when Morraft wants to use them in the future.
2866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: May 01, 2010, 02:54:22 AM
I supose I should get cracking on finishing the first one.  icon_smile
2867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: April 28, 2010, 07:25:29 PM
I felt that way about the whole Kristine Kurek (sp) plot.  She came, dated, left.  No reason, no explanation, no point.
2868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek DS9 on: April 28, 2010, 02:32:34 PM
I have watched it all and while you might get some glimpses of character and some decent stories in the first 2 seasons I would still say skip them until after you are done with the rest.   Watching season 1 and 2 after the rest is ok because you love the characters so you can see them in terrible stories acting poorly. 

2869  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 28, 2010, 02:21:36 PM
Get Big Bad Sudoku Book if you want a sudoku game.  It is .99 cents right now and it is great.  All sudoku games are similar because the game is the same so developers need to offer extra touches which add to the enjoyment.  BBSB has those in spades.  It is beatiful, the animation is great and it has other little touches which make the game just fun to play.  My favorite is that when you change a number it leaves a little eraser mark like a pencil would.  It is little things like that that make it worth paying for.

Check it out.
2870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 28, 2010, 02:52:01 AM
For the first time I wanted multiple tasking.  I installed the pandora app and was enjoying some music, but I wanted to broswe the web, and maybe play a game of sudoku.  It was actually kind of annoying to have to kill pandora to do that.
2871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island 2 getting re-made? on: April 27, 2010, 09:07:22 PM
I wonder if there will be an iPad version.  They put #1 out on the iPhone so it is logical they would make the 2nd game a universal app to play on both iPhone and iPad.

2872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: April 27, 2010, 02:16:55 AM
Praise Buddha!  Finally a funny episode.  It is so, so nice to actually see the doing humor again.

2873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 27, 2010, 12:37:15 AM

Quote from: iloveplywood on April 26, 2010, 10:03:58 PM

Am I right to assume that a lot of video content is not going to work on the iPad?  That seems like a lot to give up frankly.  (I'll still probably talk myself into getting it). 

I guess everyone has different things they consider big.   Personally that would be one post out of 50 I would read so it doesn't seem like giving up much of anything but if it is something you really want to see then it would be annoying. 

2874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 26, 2010, 09:10:41 PM
I haven't noticed at all.  I probably don't surf enough or to the right places.  Many places I frequent have apps - Amazon, Craigslist, Netflix, Weather Channel.

What sites have you felt frustrated with?  I can try them tonight.
2875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul W.S. Anderson Planning Buck Rogers Movie Game on: April 23, 2010, 05:05:37 PM
Paul W.S. Anderson is genetically incapable of making a good movie. No matter what material, no matter which actors, no matter what the budget.  This movie will suck. 
2876  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 21, 2010, 05:59:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 20, 2010, 03:47:42 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 20, 2010, 03:27:35 PM

I am very tempted but I want to hear how it runs on a 2g iPhone.  I am a JRPG fan but I know my phone is a bit older now.

I'm in the same boat, but am encouraged by a number of comments on that Toucharcade review from 2G users that say it runs great.

I couldn't resist.  I do love those JRPGs.  Plus I have an iPad so I figured if it was unplayable on the iPhone I could always play it on that. 

I am happy to say that it plays fine.  It does have some slowdown when running and some animations but it is livable.  It loads fast, and saves fast.  I haven't played enough to see how it eats through my battery but I expect it will chew though it very fast. 

The iPad version plays faster and it does look fine at 2x, BTW.

2877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I need a new dojo (semi-graphic picture warning) on: April 20, 2010, 08:47:49 PM

Quote from: Boudreaux on April 20, 2010, 06:00:28 PM

Seriously, this sort of thing should never happen in the dojo.  It's juvenile and dangerous and a breach of trust for the other students training there.

+1.  Students need to be able to trust their instructors so they can develop.  This situation prevents that.  Unfortunately it sounds like this guy was here a long time before you and will be there after you leave. 
2878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Persona 3 PSP on: April 20, 2010, 07:38:05 PM
P3P is a different story though right?  It has a female lead and I think some other changes so I am unsure how much else is different.

2879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: new Bond Film suspended indefinitely on: April 20, 2010, 04:46:31 PM
Unfortunately by the time this gets made Craig probably won't be available or be too old or some crap. 
2880  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 20, 2010, 03:27:35 PM
I am very tempted but I want to hear how it runs on a 2g iPhone.  I am a JRPG fan but I know my phone is a bit older now.

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