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2921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: September 10, 2008, 07:56:12 PM
I was happy to see him getting in touch with his feelings.  The scene where he admits he lost someone was a good first step to freeing his touchy-feely side.  The scene where she caresses his face sealed it.  This will be a new Bond who isn't afraid to feel emotional pain and let strange women screw him to make the pain go away. 
2922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully-Xbox 360 Final Analysis. Worth A Purchase? on: September 08, 2008, 09:17:51 PM
I want to like it but those load screens were so frequent I couldn't take it.  Walk out any door and load screen, look at your watch load screen.  Heck I think there were load screens if you just stood still!

Of course this thread is making me think about putting it back on my gamefly queue. 
2923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jagged Alliance DS on: August 26, 2008, 07:28:47 PM
Like the first announcement years ago there is no date set for this so I will believe it when I see it.

2924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WB learns the wrong lessons from The Dark Knight on: August 23, 2008, 01:50:14 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 23, 2008, 01:09:29 AM

Hate to argue over a movie, but did you even watch the movie?  He'd been stealing millions from the mob leading up to (and in the intro of) the movie.

I was under the impression the cops were busting every bank, the joker robbed a few, and the Chinese guy took most of it so the cops wouldn't get it.   But lets say he was rich - how did he manage to get all those qualified workers?  How did he get his staff into the hospital for weeks running wire and no one asked?  How did he know exactly which exit they would come back up during the chase so he could position staff on the fire escapes to fire the wire and catch the helicopter?  How did he get the drums of oil on to the boats...and how did he know they they would put all the convicts on one and the towns people on another? 

The basic fact is the joker was able to pull of incredible feats and he had to be in order to be a challenge for batman.  However that does not make it a "rock solid detective story"  It makes it a very good comic book movie.
2925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WB learns the wrong lessons from The Dark Knight on: August 22, 2008, 08:57:20 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 22, 2008, 08:48:10 PM

True, but that works for Batman. Not so much for Namor. slywink

Namor is Marvel I believe. smile 

And darkeness does work for Aquaman.  Look at the story about how he lost his hand.  Aquaman can be dark if it wants to.

2926  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WB learns the wrong lessons from The Dark Knight on: August 22, 2008, 08:56:02 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 22, 2008, 07:58:50 PM

Separate Batman from it and it remains a rock solid detective thriller that is brilliantly told. So what lesson did the head of WB take from it?

"Make every DC character we have into a movie that's dark and brooding."


What was brilliant about the detective story?  It didn't have a clever twist like "The Usual Suspects", it didn't have a complex villain - really he wants to destroy that is it.  Heck if you put it out of comic book land you are just baffled by how the Joker pays for all this stuff.  How he manages to wire a whole hospital to blow up without anyone noticing!  It takes demolition teams weeks to properly setup charges to demolish a building with many workers running wire all over.  Somehow the Joker and crew managed to do all that with no one noticing?  Or loading drums of gas onto a ferry?  So it is a rock solid detective thriller because of how clever the criminal was.  He had unlimited staff, funds time, and skill!  Is it rocks solid because the hero did clever detective work?  Except for the bullet thing (which again makes no sense outside of comic book land) he didn't "detect" anything. 

What people liked was the gritty violence.  The darkness.  They equate that to a solid detective story.  So I would say that WB learned well. 
2927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: WB learns the wrong lessons from The Dark Knight on: August 22, 2008, 08:46:53 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 22, 2008, 07:58:50 PM

Story at AICN

Now, as much as I routinely disagree with the man-child of Harry Knowles, I do agree with him on this. The reason The Dark Knight did so well is that it treated everything with respect top to bottom. It nailed the tone of every single character in the film and brought us a realistic Batman and Joker fight. It was also just one hell of a great film on top of all that. Separate Batman from it and it remains a rock solid detective thriller that is brilliantly told. So what lesson did the head of WB take from it?

"Make every DC character we have into a movie that's dark and brooding."

How do these people rise to higher levels in Hollywood by being so monumentally retarded? I've been fascinated by this industry since I was 5 and nothing ever, EVER seems to change there.

I guess the overwhelming comment I heard was that it was dark and serious.  It is hard to escape the conclusion that what people liked was the darkness and the seriousness.

2928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: August 22, 2008, 01:12:44 PM
Maybe it is because I saw Ratchet & Clank: QFB on the PSN store but isn't this game just like R&C?  Seriously you run around breaking stuff looking for enemies to try different weapons (or force powers) on.   This game is very, very similar in gameplay.   I kept force pulling everything and smashing it because I expected to get bolts so I could upgrade stuff!  Actually that is what the game is lacking.  What is the point of smashing and pulling everything?  In R&C it helps you build your character...in Force Unleashed it....well doesn't do squat.  After the first level or so you won't bother.  Even in God of War (which many people mention when talking about the final fight) you get stuff for smashing the crap out of things.  You get red orbs and when you get enough you can upgrade your weapon.  Force Unleashed is missing that hook to do more damage.  

2929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: August 21, 2008, 06:57:10 PM
Do you have to be a gold member to get it?  I know a few months ago they started tier releases so that people who paid got stuff sooner.

If so...is it on PSN yet? 
2930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is There Hope for Metallica? on: August 21, 2008, 06:49:59 PM

Quote from: Laner on August 21, 2008, 06:32:52 PM

mms://wm.elektra.com/metallica/metallica_com/2008/de/Track04.asf

It's ok... kind of hard to get a good read on it with a crappy Windows Media audio clip (it was clipping like crazy for me).


Hated it until the 4 minute mark...now it is just ok.  Won't buy it but I haven't bought anything since the black album...I am one of those that thinks that they peaked with "Master of Puppets"
2931  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupid iTunes - please help. on: August 19, 2008, 01:11:46 PM
It is a pain in the butt however that is the price you pay for the shinny pretty phone.  Mine is jailbroken and unlocked and I sometimes get errors about apps not transferring properly but so far they have all been there afterwords.  Like any hacking it is pron to flakeyness. 

2932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Wheel of Time coming to a theater near you on: August 13, 2008, 01:59:25 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on August 13, 2008, 01:46:47 PM

*shrug*  Wheel of Time started off well enough...I just want to know how it ends.  I keep up on the book plots via Wikipedia.  I don't know if I could sit through an epic movie version of the series.

I fear it won't end.  After all it is a wheel of time, so it never has to end.

2933  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight Spoilers Discussion Thread! on: August 05, 2008, 09:01:57 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 05, 2008, 08:22:15 PM

Quote from: raydude on August 05, 2008, 08:14:54 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 05, 2008, 07:39:07 PM

Quote
Did Baman's morals change from BB? At the end of that movie he states "I'm not going to kill you, but I don't have to save you." Putting aside the contradiction of this statement why does he keep saving The Joker and not killing him. This guy is obviously a threat to everyone.

Read the comics. Batman's struggle to stop the Joker without breaking his "law" of not killing is a common theme that occurs over and over again. It's not inconsistent at all with the character.

But wait, how is not saving Ras Al Ghul from a train plummeting to certain death different from not saving the Joker from plummeting to certain death? In both cases on could argue that its not Batman who killed him, it was gravity, hence Batman doesn't break his "law".

The difference is that Batman pushes the Joker off of him in TDK therefore being the reason for the Joker's impending death, whereas Rhas Al Ghul was not in the train by Batman's hand.

That is about the weakest difference ever.  Batman gave Gordon the batmobile to destroy the monorail - and he knew the train was going to plummet off the track. 

I suppose it is enough to keep comic book geeks comfortable on the long cold nights without a date but it is nor really a valid moral distinction.
2934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty - August 21 / $14.99 on: August 01, 2008, 08:27:30 PM
I think that $5 an hour for entertainment is pretty good these days. 

I will be buying day one.

2935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Guitar Hero game should I get? on: August 01, 2008, 08:11:43 PM
In game terms I am sure I made the right choice but the fact that the GH guitar works with so many games was a big point in GH's favor. 

Why they don't all just work is beyond me.  I can play every other game on the 360 with the same controller - I don't need a special Halo 3 controller which won't work with Oblivion.  Perhaps MS should just force developers to use a standard.

Anyway I am sure I will love Rock Band and God knows the last time I actually finished a game anyway so what the heck would I need a guitar which works with many other games for? 

2936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Guitar Hero game should I get? on: August 01, 2008, 01:08:25 PM
Well I was 1/2 lucky.  I found Rock Band used for $30 but had to buy the guitar new.   So now I have RB for the 360!  Now I just need time to play it. smile

Thanks for all the advice.
2937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Guitar Hero game should I get? on: July 30, 2008, 02:35:14 AM

Quote from: JCC on July 29, 2008, 09:25:01 PM

I still say if you buy a GH2 bundle or GH3 bundle on the 360 you can use that guitar to play Rock Band 1, Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero 2, and Guitar Hero 3. I repeat, if you don't care about drums, it's simply the logical choice.

That is good to know.

So on the 360 the guitars for GH2&3 will work on RB. 

It also seems like people have said the guitar for RB will work on the next GH game, right? 

I wish it was just a peripheral like any other so I could just buy what I could find.

2938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Guitar Hero game should I get? on: July 30, 2008, 02:32:40 AM

Quote from: Space Herpes on July 29, 2008, 09:58:41 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 29, 2008, 07:42:19 PM

Quote from: Space Herpes on July 29, 2008, 07:16:02 PM

Might want to check your area for locally owned gaming stores.  I live in a fairly small town (40k) and we have a Game Stop and a Video Games Etc (locally owned).  I was able to pick up a used copy of Rock Band for 30 and a used guitar for 30 (the store guaranteed it for 90 days).

!!  Fingers crossed.  Cedar Rapids has two Video Games Etc. stores so with luck I could find a guitar and game.



Doh!

Perhaps I will luck out up here.



Your in Cedar Rapids!?  I'm in Coralville.  They still have used guitars in my local store.  VGE will ship equipment from one store to another, if you don't feel like making the trip down.

EDIT: They sold out of used RB guitars.  They still have used GH guitars.
2939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Guitar Hero game should I get? on: July 29, 2008, 07:42:19 PM

Quote from: Space Herpes on July 29, 2008, 07:16:02 PM

Might want to check your area for locally owned gaming stores.  I live in a fairly small town (40k) and we have a Game Stop and a Video Games Etc (locally owned).  I was able to pick up a used copy of Rock Band for 30 and a used guitar for 30 (the store guaranteed it for 90 days).

!!  Fingers crossed.  Cedar Rapids has two Video Games Etc. stores so with luck I could find a guitar and game.

2940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Guitar Hero game should I get? on: July 29, 2008, 05:19:33 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 29, 2008, 03:15:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 29, 2008, 03:13:47 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 29, 2008, 02:39:17 PM

Thanks for the advice.  The big drawback seems to be that Rock Band is about twice as expensive as Guitar Hero - and I mostly want to play the guitar.  So while Rock Band may be a better game it seems like a bit of overkill for me.

Have you ever tried the drums?   They're pretty damn awesome.


Yeah, what he said...the drums will consume your life...or something like that...

I have one 2 year old and another on the way in Sept. so I am sure my life is consumed already for the next few years.


2941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Guitar Hero game should I get? on: July 29, 2008, 05:18:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 29, 2008, 03:08:59 PM

Twice as expensive?  The Guitar Hero 3 game + guitar bundle looks like it's still $90-100, buying standalone RB + the standalone RB guitar is $110-120.  FYI it looks like the RB drum/mic/guitar bundle is only $150 right now on Amazon.

Ebames didn't list a RB set for less that $150.  I assume that was with drums.  I didn't think about buying RB and the guitar alone.  That would save money.

2942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Guitar Hero game should I get? on: July 29, 2008, 02:39:17 PM
Thanks for the advice.  The big drawback seems to be that Rock Band is about twice as expensive as Guitar Hero - and I mostly want to play the guitar.  So while Rock Band may be a better game it seems like a bit of overkill for me.

2943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Guitar Hero game should I get? on: July 29, 2008, 03:29:45 AM
I played Guitar Hero 3 for the PS3 at a friends this weekend and it was a lot of fun!  So I am going to buy it, but which one?  I have a PS3 and a 360, and I have never played any of the games.  I am also not opposed to used stuff so I don't need the newest game.  I remember there being problems with some of the controllers for some version - wasn't there?  Anyway, what is best?

2944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the must-have iPhone Apps? on: July 24, 2008, 09:32:52 PM
On the subject of iPhones, what cases are people using?  There are a ton of choices.  I can't decide between total protection and keeping it looking cool.

2945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight - Child Friendly? on: July 24, 2008, 02:19:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 24, 2008, 01:14:07 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on July 24, 2008, 03:13:29 AM

It's about one sex scene away from an R rating, I wouldn't unless your kid is pretty mature.

Err, even a Bob the Builder movie would be one sex scene away from an R rating.

"Scoop, Muck and Dizzy have so much to do.  Screwing and fucking till their blue...."
2946  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Thank you sir may I have another? LTB original iPhone on: July 23, 2008, 05:57:38 PM
What is the going price these days?  I have a friend who was picking up his new 3G one today and he asked how much he could get for his old one.  I wasn't sure what to say.

2947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dark Knight - Child Friendly? on: July 23, 2008, 02:23:21 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on July 23, 2008, 01:17:39 AM

Ultimately, I think it really depends on the kid.  My two younger daughters, both 9, are not aloud to watch this movie so they stayed with their aunt.  They are still in that phase where it is sometimes hard for them to not realize that things on television and at the movies are not real.

glyc

Can't we say that about anything though?  I can easily point out people who smoke and are fine. 

Guidelines are always about averages. 
2948  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Older laptop on: July 18, 2008, 08:39:25 PM
I want a laptop just for surfing the web and maybe to edit a document on Google docs - so nothing too powerful or new.  I also don't care about an OS.  My main wish is for something cheap. 

If someone has one around that they would let go for around $200-250 let me know.

Thanks,
2949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How much is a used 40 gig PS3 worth? on: July 07, 2008, 01:45:39 AM
I love my PS3 but I am getting the itch for some backwards compatibility so I am thinking about selling my 40 gig model and buying a used 20, 60 or 80.   What I am wondering is how much extra that is going to cost me so I need to have an idea what a 40 gig one goes for.  Anyone know the value.

Oh and if anyone has any interest in trading a 20, 60, or 80 gig PS3 for a 4 month old 40 gig one let me know! smile

2950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 is available now at Gamestop on: June 18, 2008, 08:36:07 PM
You people are nuts!  Tongue

I hope you enjoy it but it was a grind from hell for me.  I am glad I stopped playing.
2951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warren Spector: games are too long! on: June 18, 2008, 07:47:22 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 18, 2008, 07:24:49 PM

Like I said in the previous post, RPGs are the exception. It's all part of the gameplay.

Well I didn't read that.... icon_razz
2952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warren Spector: games are too long! on: June 18, 2008, 07:22:30 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 18, 2008, 07:02:46 PM

And there's also the factor of consolizing. Games have more and more been designed for consoles first, and PCs last. Console gamers I think tend to have short attention spans, where games are designed with smaller levels so that people can feel they can play "bite sized" game sessions. They haven't been designed with patience in mind, but for twitchy minds.

That is just silly.  People put hundreds of hours into console games.  Franchies like Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Dragon Quest have some of the longest games ever.  No one who has played through Final Fantasy 7 and leveled up enough to beat Emerald and Ruby Weapons can be said to have a short attention span.
2953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Etrian Odyssey 2 is available now at Gamestop on: June 18, 2008, 03:16:08 PM

Quote from: EddieA on June 16, 2008, 06:13:06 AM

I love making my own maps, and the game really gives you the feeling that you're explorers mapping out an uncharted dungeon. 

But isn't the map the same for everyone?  So you are not making your own map, you are just filling in the exisiting map.  That is just really common. Most games where it happens though the dungeons are random (Diablo 2, etc.) but are they random in EO2?
2954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Homebrew. What are the must haves? on: June 18, 2008, 03:06:26 PM
Yeah.  I can't thiink of any really great homebrew apps.  I have emulators for the old SNES, and PSOne games, and games ripped from UMD so I don't have to carry a bunch of them with me.  Other than that there really isn't a lot I have seen.

2955  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3G announced - only $199 for 8GB on: June 10, 2008, 12:26:56 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 09, 2008, 07:14:12 PM

When you guys upgrade your iPhones, think of me.  I seriously want one of these and I'd be glad to pick up one or two of yours. smile

I am with you.  I really would like to find one when someone upgrades. 

I wonder what the price will settle out to be when people start selling them.
2956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Advice, June 2008 on: June 02, 2008, 02:11:48 AM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on June 01, 2008, 11:14:55 PM

Interesting. Thanks.

So there aren't multiple versions of the PSP to choose from, like the PS3, with different memory configurations and stuff? I should just get whatever the latest type is?

Not really.  All the new PSPs you can buy are the same hardware they are just painted differently.  You can still buy the old version used.  The old one is often referred to as the "fat" version and the new is called "slim." 

To really use many of the PSP functions you will need a large memory stick.  The default stick is too small to hold movies or much music. 

If you wish into homebrew and hacking your PSP just do a google search for either of those terms and PSP - and be ready to learn a lot!

Personally you can't go wrong with the God of War bundle.  The PSP looks neat, the game is great and the price is good. 

Enjoy they are a lot of fun.
2957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fallout 3 image used on Al-Qaeda web site on: May 30, 2008, 03:28:04 PM
I saw this article and drawing which says

"Washington is laid to waste. The Capitol is a blackened, smoking ruin. The White House has been razed. Countless thousands are dead.


This is the apocalyptic scene terrorists hope to create if they ever get their hands on a nuclear bomb.


The computer-generated image below was posted on an Islamic extremists' website yesterday. "

And I think the art is stolen from Fallout 3!  Wonder if Bethesda will be getting a few calls?
2958  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Episode V: The Obama Strikes Back... on: May 19, 2008, 02:48:30 AM
Lets all relax, take a deep breath. and cam down for the night. 

I am sitting here watching Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark in prep for the new movie and I would be happier if there were no more reported posts about this thread.
2959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Early word on "Iron Man" on: May 03, 2008, 02:14:04 AM
Wonderful, wonderful movie.  Loved every minute of it.  It was my favorite "origin" superhero movie so far.  I really loved Batman Begins but this had enough lightness and humor that I think I will find it more re-watchable. 

2960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want this RPG for the PSP on: April 25, 2008, 01:37:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 24, 2008, 10:51:45 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 24, 2008, 06:54:44 PM

I want this to make its way to the US.  It looks just like the old Wizardry games
 
I would post screenshots but I can't seem to be able to copy the links to the pictures.  Sorry. 


Looks exactly like Etrian Odyssey.

Yes but I am hoping for something better than EO.  EO would have been better if they got rid of the stupid mapping thing.  Everyone's map came out the same so you didn't "build the dungeon" you just uncovered the map same as tons of other RPGs. 

Also it was a pain the butt to go back to town which made the first part of the game a drag.
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