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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 14, 2014, 03:44:10 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 14, 2014, 02:19:30 PM

Btw, I really want a PS Vita... I just can't justify the cost and I'm afraid that I'll buy it and hardly play it

Ditto.  I love the idea of the vita...but my psp has been replaced by the iPad in all things gaming and I fear that the same would happen with the vita. 

To be honest, I've absolutely no desire to upgrade to either the ps4 or the xbox one.  Usually I get the urge to do so a week or two after the release of a new console, but neither of these entries has even piqued my interest. 
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 14, 2014, 02:25:43 AM
I'm assuming a show like Battlestar Galactica would be an example of something with an overall goal?  

However, I would counter that the goal in The Walking Dead is just as urgent and immediate as that found in BSG.  It may not be a specific destination, but the end result of surviving a catastrophe was the real goal.  Something I think we can agree both shows share.

However, if you simply don't like the characters, that's something I can understand.  I still enjoy the portrayals, but folks have different tastes.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 13, 2014, 07:48:14 PM
But if you recall, multi episode goals did arise in the prison.  Two of the bigger ones were to find the person responsible for the deaths of the infected, and to find the medicine/survive long enough to get said medicine.

When they were on the farm, the goal was to find Carrol's daughter, amongst other things.

When they were in the RV club, the goal was to get to the CDC.

They're never going to let the show become the Seinfeld of horror in which nothing happens and the stories arise from the banality of that.  Every time they've achieved any kind of normalcy that results in anything resembling complacency, they've had a conflict arise that forced them to act. At the very least, that forces them back to the goal of survival and the search for the aforementioned community that represents their best bet for such.

I'm guessing that the goals presented are actually just seen as boring by some, hence my earlier assertion that nothing less than a cure (or something equally as huge...but incongruous to the tone of the show) is going to satisfy some.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 13, 2014, 05:02:33 PM
I get the feeling that some folks want that goal to be "find a cure" essentially.  This is a very bleak show and I doubt that kind of ultimate resolution is in the cards.  Short term goals are the only reasonable ones they can have, given the world they live in.

But I think that if there is a primary, long term goal to be found in the show, it's that everyone is attempting to achieve (whether knowingly or unknowingly) the establishment of a community of some sort.  The prison, the farm, the RV camp...all of them were attempts to find safety and comfort through a community.  

Whether or not that's enough of a goal is up to the viewer.  Personally, I find it perfectly fitting for this kind of show.  
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 13, 2014, 03:38:59 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on February 13, 2014, 03:22:34 PM

See I used the term I a lot in my response allowing for the possibility of other reactions or feelings about the show, I don't see your reply having any room for opposite opinions.

The omission of the word "I" was not intended to mean a differing opinion was not allowed.  I simply disagreed with your statement.  That is all.  I tend to believe that a discussion about these kind of things lends itself to the implication that there are different opinions.  

(this time, I did include "I" a few times.   icon_wink )

p.s. they don't have supplies because they were rather abruptly forced out of the prison by the arrival of a tank and a homicidal maniac and the eventual herd of zombies.  That they don't currently have them doesn't mean they don't want them, I would imagine.

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everyone will die at some point and become zombies

Yes.  Another reason the title of the show has more than a literal meaning.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 13, 2014, 01:31:11 AM
Survival is most definitely a goal.  They tried to create a community.  That was a goal.  They attempted to save Andrea and stop the governor.  More goals.  The show has a plethora of goals.  Goals both large and small. 
167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 12, 2014, 07:17:16 PM
You know, that might be a decent buy for those of us tired of having to find and then drag out the 6 foot tall console version whenever we want to get our pac man fix...
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] 7 Days to Die on: February 11, 2014, 03:15:23 AM
Anyone interested in going in on a two pack with me? 
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: February 11, 2014, 02:20:28 AM
Ditto.  I had started it when it first came out...but for some reason it didn't click with me.  Which is strange as stealth games are my absolute favorite type of game.  

But about two weeks ago, I fired it up to give it another go...and this time it hit all my buttons.  I just finished the main campaign this evening and I'm about to play through all the DLC now.  

What a great, great game.  I really hope there's a sequel.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 11, 2014, 02:09:50 AM
I wasn't really being flippant.  I was just curious why you would want to watch something you hate.  No snark intended.

To be honest, I have a hard time understanding what's changed for you so much that you hate it now.  It's essentially the same show it's been all along.  It's had some uneven episodes, of course.  But I can't think of any plot elements or characters that would prove so polarizing.  

...wait...did they introduce a Cousin Oliver character while I wasn't looking?  Is that it?

171  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 11, 2014, 12:42:39 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 04, 2014, 10:24:32 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 04, 2014, 07:05:50 PM

A seriously, seriously fun game, may I add.

how much of an improvement over the first one?  I have that, but it's on my backlog of shame pile.

Whoops, sorry. Didn't see this until now. 

The meta game is much better, imho.  It feels like you're playing a huge boardgame with the individual battles making real differences in the outcome.  I have the first one but felt it was a little too inaccessible.  This sequel seemed less so for me.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 11, 2014, 12:33:51 AM
Can you...well...watch something else?  Or perhaps play a video game or read a book during that time?  I guess I don't understand why, if you don't enjoy it, you would continue?   icon_confused
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 09:55:51 PM
In all fairness, it should be mentioned that in the tradition of most tv and movie shows with kid characters, the actor playing Carl is 47.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 09:43:54 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 10, 2014, 09:35:06 PM

The episode is one of the better ones that illustrates the title perfectly. 

That was REALLY obvious in the scene with Michone walking alongside her undead counterpart even.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 09:07:43 PM
I think missing the dream sequence was the issue.  You were just going off incomplete knowledge.

As for Carl, I never once felt that he was acting too "awkward".  His performance was spot on.  He conveyed everything he needed to convey through facial expressions and body language for the most part.  Heck, most adult actors can't even do that.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 08:36:32 PM
I doubt Carl is going anywhere any time soon after last night's stellar performance.  Expect him to irritate you for a while longer.   icon_wink
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [reboot theater] Escape from New York on: February 10, 2014, 07:49:35 PM
Treat it with the same respect they gave Rise of the Planet of the Apes and it could work.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 06:12:04 PM
Well said...well said.   icon_wink
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LTTP - Supernatural on: February 10, 2014, 05:44:40 PM
Two  scenes that prove this show doesn't take itself seriously.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 05:37:52 PM
The scene with Carl merrily eating 112 ounces of pudding on a rooftop while a zombie tries to grab him from an open bedroom window is easily one of the top 10 scenes from the entire series.  It eloquently summed up so many things in the world Carl occupies.

Yes, it was a slow episode.  But that doesn't mean it was a bad episode.  The more I think back on it, the more I realize just how much was said without a single word.  The actor playing Carl knocked it out of the park in almost every scene he was in.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: February 09, 2014, 01:31:01 PM
I just thought it was a fun film by the tried and true filmmaker Don Coscarelli.  Bubba Ho-Tep, the Phantasm series, even Beastmaster aren't going to win awards (although Bubba Ho-Tep and Bruce Campbell's Elvis should have), but they're very entertaining nonetheless.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LTTP - Supernatural on: February 06, 2014, 04:43:30 PM
The humor is what sets it apart from other CW shows.  It feels natural and is definitely from the school of the goofy and self-referential.

My personal favorite has always been the meta episodes where they step outside themselves and into a world in which they realize they're on a tv show.  But they do it in a less than obvious manner that's rather clever.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Subway to remove chemical from bread on: February 06, 2014, 02:36:33 PM
All the quiznos near me disappeared years ago.  Not sure why though.  The toasted italian sub was fantastic...and I'm guessing it was because of the "flavor chemicals" they added.

Subway has always been my least favorite sandwich place.  Jimmy Johns is far superior, imho.  Although they do make a wicked chicken soup.

184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: From the "What the hell did I just watch" department on: February 05, 2014, 01:30:48 PM
"Daddy...what'ya do when you go to work?"

"I beat the SHIT out of tombstones with a flaming sledgehammer, son."

"Daddy, tell me I'm adopted...please."
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: From the "What the hell did I just watch" department on: February 04, 2014, 07:21:38 PM
 tear I know...I just wanted to share in his awesomeness.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: From the "What the hell did I just watch" department on: February 04, 2014, 07:13:21 PM
I would dress as Loki for every one of our court appearances so that he wouldn't look so out of place with that flaming sledgehammer though.
187  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 04, 2014, 07:05:50 PM
A seriously, seriously fun game, may I add.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: From the "What the hell did I just watch" department on: February 04, 2014, 06:59:30 PM
Oops, sorry.   icon_redface
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / From the "What the hell did I just watch" department on: February 04, 2014, 06:22:41 PM
Greatest...ad....ever

Synopsis:  Georgia lawyer creates and airs commercial in local market during Superbowl.  Internet admits he's won.

...seriously, this thing is amazingly over the top. 
190  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: How and where do you store your board games on: February 03, 2014, 02:09:26 PM
Sheesh, my apartment is rapidly running out of space for games.  I'm now keeping some of them in the dining room, stacked in a corner.  Methinks it's time for me to check out ebay and dump some of the ones I'm not playing that much.  Unfortunately, the moment I start reviewing the games for ones that can go, I remember having fun with every one of them and then I realize I can't part with them.   tear

And don't get me started on miniatures.  I got into Malifaux early last year and Warmahordes shortly thereafter...and now I've got about a hundred minis that are taking up a ton of surface area.  I should buy a minis bag, but those things are like 100 bucks by the time you purchase the bag and the trays.  Money that I could spend on yet more minis! 

...it's a vicious cycle, I tell ya.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman on: February 03, 2014, 02:01:15 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 03, 2014, 05:30:46 AM

I think the biggest roles I've seen him in were as a fluffer (that's what he was, right?) in Boogie Nights.

No, that's a job usually reserved for women in that particular sector of the adult film industry depicted in Boogie Nights.   icon_wink

Scotty J. (his character in Boogie Nights) was a gay character who worked menial jobs behind the camera and had a crush on Wahlberg's Dirk Diggler.

I wonder how Paul Thomas Anderson is taking this.  Hoffman was sort of his muse, being cast in so many of his films. 

Such a great, great actor.  He took character actor looks and proved that talent was all you needed to be a leading man.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: January 31, 2014, 09:12:05 PM
Someone on another forum just posted this from last night's episode.



 icon_lol
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: January 31, 2014, 07:50:46 PM

Quote from: naednek on January 31, 2014, 06:33:42 PM

same here.  I placed 118 orders with amazon in 2013.

You do know you can buy condoms in packages of a dozen or more, right?
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: January 31, 2014, 05:22:26 PM
20 dollars, maybe.  but 40 puts it out of my "I NEED IT!" range.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 31, 2014, 04:07:52 PM
I tried to find Last Exile on netflix streaming last night, but struck out.  Could it be under another name or it's original Japanese title?
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: January 31, 2014, 03:57:28 PM
While I laughed more than once, I have to wonder why Fillion wasn't used more.  If you get a Fillion, use the Fillion for more than a couple of scenes, dagnabit!  I would've loved to see him interact with Abed and especially Winger.  I'm guessing it was a scheduling issue with Fillion's other show.

For some reason, I found Annie yelling "I MEAN EVERYTHING!" to the IT lady hilarious. 
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 31, 2014, 03:49:07 PM
It's not on streaming, but you can get the DVD from Netflix, it appears.  

I just looked up the word "DVD" and found out that prior to streaming, people used to take physical discs and place them in what they called a "DVD player".  The disc would then display movies and shows on their tv.   icon_eek

...I'm so glad we've evolved past those barbaric days of yore.  
198  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Nightfall: A Deck Building Game I can Enjoy, Despite Not Being a Card Game Fan on: January 30, 2014, 01:54:49 PM
That's cool.  Games you can get the whole family playing are worth their weight in gold.
199  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Nightfall: A Deck Building Game I can Enjoy, Despite Not Being a Card Game Fan on: January 29, 2014, 06:49:44 PM
For some reason, I stopped playing.  I like the game.  I own all but the very latest expansion.  And I enjoy the fact that it drove a friend of Issie's and I mental during Origins one year while playing a particularly testy game.  But I just don't get the urge to play it anymore.   icon_cry
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 29, 2014, 06:39:18 PM
I started watching Attack on Titan last night.  I only made it through the first episode, but it seems like it might be fun.  I always appreciate subtitled with original dialog on foreign shows too.  The majority of voice actors they use for things without a real budget are just awful and take me out of the show while watching.
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