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2921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bryan Singer to return to direct X-Men:First Class on: December 23, 2009, 02:20:37 PM
I hope this means Superman is dead for film.  Superman just doesn't work in today's world for me.  The scene where he is watching the news in Superman Returns and he sees some of the bad things that happened while he was gone - and then rather than stopping genocide in Darfur, or ethnic cleansing, or freeing the people from the military junta in Burma Superman goes on to save a bad driver in Metropolis, and a bunch of thieves.   Great work!  Save those white folks!  Seriously why even have the scene where is floating over the whole world if he only wants to rescue caucasians in America? 

Superman only works in a fictional world where nothing bad is happening to people in the 3rd world but Superman Returns went out of its way to bring up events in the real world (9/11 etc.) That was just a stupid decision. 

2922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another unnecessary remake: Kung Fu Kid on: December 22, 2009, 10:03:47 PM
He is learning Kung Fu but "The Karate Kid" sells a lot more tickets so that is the name regardless of what happens in the movie.
2923  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another unnecessary remake: Kung Fu Kid on: December 22, 2009, 09:22:07 PM
First trailer for the new movie.

Looks dumb but not really much dumber than the original.
2924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Knight and Day (movie trailer) on: December 22, 2009, 08:42:53 PM
Why do I find these movies funny?  I know it looks stupid, I know it will be cheesy but I was laughing a lot during the trailer.

I also know Cruise is odd, probably a prick, and a member of a kooky cult but I find him quite good as the deadpan straight guy type.

2925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 22, 2009, 03:53:33 PM
I am a little disappointed that they still have the ad company which says "lots of splatter sells!"  The one guy is covered in gore after killing the huge worm, then several other people spatter in the big fight. 

Hopefully, like Dragon Age, the gore won't be the thrust of the game.
2926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 22, 2009, 03:44:13 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on December 22, 2009, 03:18:58 PM

Two posts above you Farley... icon_biggrin

Edit.  That is the new one.  It is the same stuff until a minute or two into it then new.

2927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 22, 2009, 03:12:00 PM
So today the "full" trailer comes out. 

The full version of the Mass Effect 2 Cinematic Trailer will be making it's debut on Xbox Live on Tuesday December 22 at 10am GMT.

If you do not have Xbox Live, you can watch the full trailer on Xbox's website at also on Tuesday December 22 at 10am GMT.

If you have not heard of the Cinematic trailer yet... congratulations on awakening from the coma. You can watch a 90 second teaser of the trailer in the Mass Effect 2 video gallery here:

To make sure you don't miss the trailer, here are some major cities and the time zones they are in:

Midnight - Honolulu
1am - Anchorage
2am - Vancouver, Los Angles
3am - Edmonton Denver
4am - Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Mexico City
5am - Toronto, New York
6am - San Juan, Halifax
7am - Buenos Aires
8am - Rio de Janeiro
10am - Lisbon, London, Dublin
11am - Madrid, Paris, Rome, Berlin
12pm - Athens, Johannesburg
1pm - Moscow, Baghdad
2pm - Dubai
3pm - Karachi
5pm - Bangkok
6pm - Hong Kong, Perth
7pm - Tokyo
8pm - Brisbane
9pm - Sydney
11pm - Auckland

Don't miss it.

So has anyone seen it?  And please, is it anywhere but XboxLive?

2928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Plumbing] No hot water from only one faucet in the entire house on: December 22, 2009, 02:33:42 PM

Quote from: Crux on December 22, 2009, 11:50:16 AM

Well, the good news is I accidentally fixed it. I had my bucket ready, was going to take out the feeder line to the hot water for that faucet and see if it was supplying water to the actual faucet or not. I turned the valve off, only to discover that I didn't have a spanner quite big enough to fit around one of the fittings. Just for kicks I turned the valve back on again and voila... water.

Glad it is working now but the problem is probably still there.  It sounds like it must be gunk in the pipes so a good snaking of the pipe would be a good idea.

2929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ok I changed my mind - Sony sucks :( on: December 21, 2009, 09:26:57 PM
To each their own.  Personally I believe MS will screw me just as quickly if they think they can.  Obviously you believe one huge corporation is more personally evil than another.  I think they are all about profit more than helping me.

2930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ok I changed my mind - Sony sucks :( on: December 21, 2009, 06:17:06 PM
That does suck but I think comparing it to MS's Red Ring offer is a bit unfair.  That was extremely rare and it wasn't because MS really cares more than Sony it was because they had a huge freaking problem with their design. 
2931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "End of Eternity" coming to US as "Resonance of Fate" on: December 15, 2009, 06:40:53 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 19, 2009, 06:22:20 PM had some gameplay videos, but they won't play now.  They showed the battle system, and it looked kind of like Eternal Sonata, where you have a set time to move and then attack.  They also showed the world map system.  The city you're in has lost much of its power, so you have to find power cells in the form of connected hexagonal pieces that fit into a grid.  Once you've restored power to a section of the city, you can then explore it.

Removed at the request of Sega.

It boggles my mind that a corporation is stupid enough to pass up free advertising.  Unless the gameplay the clip showed was vastly different than the final product Sega was getting free hype and the threw it away.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.
2932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: December 15, 2009, 06:22:23 PM
I did put up spoiler tags but I also believe that after a certain time people need get used to the idea spoilers will be "out in the wild"  I would say that after the movie is out of theaters is a good rule for movies but I can't think of a good time rule for books.  I also can't decide about movies made from books.  For example when the Lord of the Rings trilogy was released should people have used spoiler tags?  The books had been out for 50 years or more.

Anyway it is about courtesy in the end so I put up the tags since folks asked. 
2933  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: December 15, 2009, 04:42:17 PM
Deathly Hallows came out in 2007!  Almost 3 years ago.  Half-Blood Prince in 2005.  Almost 5 years ago.   I appreciate the need for spoilers and I will do what I can but come on!  After a certain point - like years- you have got to stop expecting people to use spoiler tags.
2934  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Clash of the Titans Re-Make on: December 15, 2009, 04:39:07 PM
"I want all the CGI of Transformers 2, but I don't like robots - what can you do for me?"  said the film executive
"How about a remake of another 80's icon...with mythic monsters?!" replied Louis Leterrier
"Make it so" commanded Jean Luc Picard who was in the meeting for no reason anyone could remember.
2935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: December 15, 2009, 04:32:39 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:

Quote from: Scuzz on December 14, 2009, 10:54:59 PM

i do think this book was probably my least favorite because of (in my mind anyway) the lack i=of intelligent thought behind Dumbledore's actions......he knew what was going to happen and did it anyway........

I think he knew the potion would kill him but he didn't know the Horcrux wouldn't be in the basin.  So he was sacrificing himself to defeat Voldermort.  

And the last was my least favorite.  Introducing a totally new element - the Hallows, bringing Dumbledore back again to explain to Harry everything.  Couldn't Harry be grown up enough to figure it out just once on his own?  And the overly storybook ending with Harry happily married and Draco just living a normal life too.  Yuck.

There you big whiners. smile  Now go read the books.
2936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Getting A rank in Valkyria Chronicles sucks the fun from the game on: December 15, 2009, 04:28:09 PM
I started replaying this and am again struck by how working to get the A rank really makes the game suck.  1.  It is all about speed so you never get to do good tactics, 2. you have to save a lot in case the enemy gets lucky shots.  When you don't use tactics and you reload every time something doesn't go perfect .... well that isn't a fun SRPG to me. 

Still loving the game though.  I just remember why I gave up trying for A rank and just redid skirmishes for XP and money. 

2937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 2 to be on the PSP! [updated with in game footage!] on: December 14, 2009, 03:34:41 PM
Another trailer posted last week. Nothing new or spectacular but just a reminder it is still coming!
2938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSP) Turn-Based Mech Combat....Mytran Wars on: December 11, 2009, 05:16:32 PM
So how is this turning out?  It has been a couple months and not many comments. 
2939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's that time again! What's Your Game of the Year 2009 on: December 11, 2009, 04:22:14 PM
Anyone know a good resource to see what was released this year?  I want to pick Batman: Arkham Asylum but I cant' remember if there was really great stuff in Jan/Feb etc that I don't remember!

2940  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 10, 2009, 02:40:35 PM
Boy's town?

2941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 07, 2009, 08:49:45 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 07, 2009, 08:41:17 PM

Load screens are superior for one simple reason- the elevator rides were hard-coded to last for a defined period of time.  They didn't just end when you arrived at your destination.  In ME1, if you use fast travel in the Citadel instead of the elevator you'll find that the loading is much quicker.  

Which was also another reason loading it on the hard drive didn't help.  No matter what those elevators were going to take that long. 
2942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 07, 2009, 08:39:35 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 07, 2009, 08:30:36 PM

Question for you guys.  Wha tis your opinion on the elevator stuff for ME1?  I fully recognize it was a load screen of sorts, except you got dialogue in it.  Now they are replacing it with a load screen.  Am I the only one who would prefer some entertainment during my load screen instead of just a static load screen?  Seems people bitched and now we have something worse.

I would think they could also make it load faster with load screens.  I would be willing to trade speed for conversation.
2943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jon Burton says PSP GO game prices must come down or die on: December 05, 2009, 02:46:29 AM
Isn't the PSP dead already?  smile

2944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantast Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift advice on: December 04, 2009, 08:37:21 PM
Good place to look....

When reading the RPGamer review I came across this bit about difficulty

To progress through the game's main storyline, it will take most around thirty hours on normal difficulty. The normal mode is a cakewalk for most of the game, but some bosses have had their difficulty ramped up just slightly from Tactics A2's predecessor. Hard mode is a good bit more difficult, especially to start with, but mostly just requires a longer playtime to complete.

So maybe I will crank it up.
2945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantast Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift advice on: December 04, 2009, 07:44:32 PM
I just picked this up and I am wondering if I should switch to Hard.  So far the battles (only 3 so far) have been laughably easy.  The kind of easy where "I could win if I just used my white mage for attacking and no one else" easy.   Does it get harder of should I start again on Hard?  I am not into terribly hard games (look at my Uncharted 2 whining) but I am fairly good with SRPGs because I have played so many over the years. 

Also any tips for starting out?

2946  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: December 04, 2009, 04:24:53 PM
A Christmas Story.

I know I am right.  That leg is very....memorable

Don't check the properties.
2947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd man out today on: December 03, 2009, 10:03:34 PM
No, to get arrogant pricks off your case and to get to wear jeans.

Really if you were going to give $100 a year why not save $20 for December so you get people off your back (and in this case get the perk of wearing jeans?)  It is the same $100 no matter when you give it right?

2948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd man out today on: December 03, 2009, 09:35:13 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 03, 2009, 07:41:38 PM

Why?  Why should one feel motivation to give more during the holidays than any other time of year?  Shouldn't charity be appreciated, not demanded or bullied?  Charities should be happy that we give, not worrying about when we give.    

Charities need donations year-round, so I fail to see why holding out until December to make donations benefits anyone except those who for some reason believe that it is better to give in December than any other time of year and judge others because of that belief.


1. Charities are in the business of getting donations and if they find that a certain time of year brings out more donations I think it is their job to pursue that money.

2. I have never heard of a charity which wasn't happy if you gave at a different time but since they can't staff kettles year round it is in the best interest of their business to do it when they would reap the most benefit. 

3. No one (here) is saying holding out till December is better.  It isn't so perhaps the reason you can't see it is because it doesn't exist.
2949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd man out today on: December 03, 2009, 07:25:34 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on December 03, 2009, 05:55:37 PM

Ah, annual holiday charrorism attacks.  Being accosted by Salvation Army bell-ringers outside of the grocery store, being chastised for not contributing money to fundraisers, all necessary parts of every holiday season.

Yet the donations you make throughout the rest of the year, not needing a holiday or ringing bell to motivate generosity, are quickly forgotten or disregarded because everyone else is giving right now

If you don't give when it is convenient for others, you're asked why you hate America.  It doesn't matter what you've given the rest of the year, only during the holiday season because that is apparently the only time it counts. 

Wouldn't it take like one year to learn to save some of that charity for December?
2950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: December 03, 2009, 02:57:48 PM
I finished last night and after cranking down the difficulty I was able to enjoy it more.  I probably just stink at combat but it got to be a bit much to me.  After I lowered it to easy I felt much more like it was a movie where bullets are zinging around and our hero is just lucky. 

All in all one of the most beautiful games I have played but I think I liked Batman:AA better in terms of gameplay.
2951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: December 02, 2009, 10:27:54 PM
Oh did I say that...oh...well I meant something a bit less drastic.  I was pretty frustrated.

And after watching a couple videos on Youtube it is a lot easier on easy.  Can you switch on the fly?  I think if I take down the difficulty I might not mind the combat that much (or at least enough to finish)

2952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: December 02, 2009, 09:59:38 PM
BTW don't get me wrong I think it is a beautiful game with many great parts I just was driven nuts by some stuff.
2953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: December 02, 2009, 05:39:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 02, 2009, 05:22:48 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 02, 2009, 05:20:03 PM

In addition, he's Nathan Drake and he wants to find the stone regardless. I think that's perfectly plausible, and to be honest, I didn't even think about it while playing the game.

Yes- that's a key point.  For most of the game, Drake's motivation isn't stopping Lazarevich, but getting the stone himself first so it will make him rich.  It isn't until toward the end of the game where Drake ceases being concerned for his personal gain. 

....I can tolerate that but I am still annoyed that he opened the gates to Shambala. smile
2954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: December 02, 2009, 05:38:47 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 02, 2009, 05:07:42 PM

Do you honestly sit through every action movie and nitpick everything, or do you just enjoy it if it meets a certain level of plausability?  Because Uncharted meets a lot of that plausibility requirement, more so than many movies, tv shows, or games.  It harkens back to the classics of the action adventure genre, and if these are the problems you have with the story, I'm not sure how you've enjoyed any action/adventure media for the past 25 years.

We could nit pick all the media for the past 25 years but I think it is just opinion.  For me Uncharted doesn't meet that certain level of plausibility for you it does. 

And ye I do sit though most movies and nitpick.  I am pretty picky.  I also wasn't too bad with Uncharted until the game became a shooter at the end.  It had really devolved in my opinion starting with Chapter 22.  It became almost exclusively shooting which as I said it my least favorite part of the game.  I am sure having to put up with more and more of the part I like least is also making my opinion drop of the game as a whole.

2955  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: Uncharted 2: Among Bees...err Thieves on: December 02, 2009, 05:03:07 PM
$40 shipped.  I really want to play Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time so I would love to trade for that.  I have been reading about Demon Souls and that sounds fun too if anyone has it.  Or Dragon Age: Origins (PS3 or 360 I have both systems)

PM me if your interested.
2956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: December 02, 2009, 04:52:55 PM
I am in Chapter 25 and I just hate it.  It has turned into the parts of Uncharted I like the least - straight gun fights.  Since it is near the end I guess they wanted to make it epic but it just feels silly and frustrating. 

The game really missed something with me.  I am really frustrated with the story - you want to stop Lazarovich? Break the freaking dagger in the early chapters!  Heck stop opening every door!  There is no benefit to Drake solving all the puzzles.  If he would just stop the enemy would be defeated.  Especially since the dagger is so important to many of the puzzles - simply smashing it would stop him.  They needed to be two competing adventurers or at least have someone competent on the bad guys side.

So many other parts are just silly too.  The truck chase.  I have a great idea to stop Drake - stop your truck when he is on it.  Get out and let the other guys shoot the heck out of him.  Why would you keep driving?  It also seems a bit unrealistic that the mercenaries would continually shoot at each other.  Your team is driving the truck - don't shoot RPGs at it.  The train was fun but come on if you shoot even the last car off the tracks it will pull down other cars.  They are connected and they weigh a lot.

The arbitrary nature of jumps and killing is also frustrating.  If it is a jump they don't want Drake to make he can't but then 10 seconds later he can make a far longer jump because that is in the script.  I unloaded 3 clips into the final boss on the train and he was fine until Chloe shot him once! And while I can be shot at by hundreds of guys only Flynn's magic gun can actually hurt me.  I know it is for the story but it feels so blatantly fake that is instantly pulls me out of the game. 
2957  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Walk me through setting up Exchange server on: December 02, 2009, 03:27:07 PM
We are moving to MS Exchange from Postfix on the Mac and I wanted a basic walkthrough.  I have the server setup with Server 2008 and it is ready,  we are using AD and I know I will need to create accounts for everyone who will get mail before I install Exchange, and I believe there is no automated way to transfer email from the old system to Exchange (or at least no free way) so for that I intend to simply setup both accounts on my Outlook and copy the messages from one to another.  It will be labor intensive but we only have 60 employees and most have tiny amounts of mail. 

Here is my plan

1. Install Exchange giving it the same name as the old server -
2. Go into the DNS servers and change where the MX record points to point at the new server.
  2a figure out Outlook Web Access and get that setup through the firewall.
3. At that point I think mail should go to the new server fine so new mail is taken care of.
4. Go to the old server and change its name to something like
5. Go into Outlook and set it up so it checks users A's old mailbox and new mailbox
6. Copy all messages from old mailbox to new.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for all users.

To me that seems like it will work.  It gets the Exchange server up and getting mail from anyone who sends to current addresses ASAP which is important and then I can work over a week or so on moving all the old mail over. 

So what am I missing?  What is going to come and bite my butt?
2958  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tiger Woods seriously injured in car crash on: December 01, 2009, 10:08:24 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 01, 2009, 09:16:30 PM

Check out this awesome Chinese news report on the incident. 3D recreation FTW:

It is so lifelike!  It is like they had a camera right there at the time!  smile
2959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MW2 - my son is a cheater. How can I let him live in the same house as me? on: December 01, 2009, 08:17:08 PM

Quote from: Roman on December 01, 2009, 07:05:13 PM

Sure he is artificially raising his rank- but he is not hurting / illegally modifying anything or anyone and at the end of the day he is not out to cheat anyone but himself. He knows that it is a game and that there is certainly no gains outside of getting new weapons that will make him a better human etc etc.

This is what I thought when you posted at first.  If that is what makes him enjoy the game .... well that is his choice.
2960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: December 01, 2009, 06:40:21 PM
That is one of the blessings of OO.  Since it doesn't have game, gaming, etc in its name and since it is so tiny 90% of blocking software doesn't notice it. 
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