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7281  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Best Buy PS 3 80 gig bundle deal on: July 09, 2009, 06:36:39 PM
It's still $399, but they're packing in Killzone 2 and the latest Metal Gear Solid games.  I'm so dang tempted by this because I've been waiting to get a blu ray player and have already decided PS3 is the way to go. 

Supposedly this is the last ditch effort to clean out stock before the slim version of the PS3 hits.  Of course, take that with a grain of salt.
7282  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Big under $20 sale at Gamestop on: July 09, 2009, 02:57:46 PM
D'oh!  that's right, forgot that they had to be used.   icon_redface
7283  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Big under $20 sale at Gamestop on: July 09, 2009, 02:46:41 PM
How long is this sale lasting?  The reason I ask is that according to cheapassgamer.com, GS is having a b2g1 free sale starting on the 16th of this month and this would make for even more savings.
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 09, 2009, 02:05:55 PM
no love for moi last night.  downloaded and played the tutorial (it's much more in the spirit of BF:1942 than I thought it would be...which is great!), but could not get into a game.  I was able to log in just fine, but the servers must have been so packed that it was almost impossible to join a session without putting in a lot of wait time.  

I'll try again later tonight.  Hopefully you folks will have a game going that I can drop into.     
7285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 08:52:21 PM
My point wasn't about the believability of certain stunts, but about the tone they conveyed in context to the film.  I don't want over the top slapstick in my Indy (like the aforementioned fridge stunt), but I'm fine with a supernatural ark that causes peepers to melt.
7286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: July 08, 2009, 07:09:18 PM
I tried out a bit of MP last night and got my ass handed to me by everybody and their brother-in-law.  I had no idea what I was doing.  I did get a chance to try a few packs though.  The Rhino was fun.  Just charge right through buildings.  I can see some uses for that one.
7287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 07:05:50 PM
My problem with the nuclear blast/refrigerator stunt was that it pushed it into the realm of slapstick.  You could almost hear the trombone in the background going "wah, wah, waaaaah" when he climbed out.  Yes, the other stuff mentioned is ludicrous, but not nearly as goofy.  However, these are subjective definitions and cannot be backed up with anything other than opinion.
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: July 08, 2009, 06:33:15 PM
GT effect got to me.  Picked it up on sale at BB last night (they have it for 49.99 this week) with a 10 dollar rewardzone coupon I've been hanging onto.

Cleared out the first area and was surprised how short that was.  Finished it in about 90 minutes (with tons of dying and quite a few side things).  Do the other areas take a bit longer?

Other than that, I'm really diggin' it.  The level of destruction is astounding.  I already see where new strategies for an FPS can be used. 
7289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 05:46:38 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 08, 2009, 05:43:43 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 08, 2009, 05:42:32 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 08, 2009, 05:21:29 PM

Because parachuting out of a plane in a life raft was so much more believeable...
I would love for Mythbusters to take on the life raft parachute.
Proof that you didn't follow my link...  smile

Do you think we could get them to test the nuclear blast/refrigerator conundrum?
7290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 04:52:58 PM
refrigerator + nuclear explosion =  icon_confused
7291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 08, 2009, 04:06:34 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 08, 2009, 04:03:14 PM

Quote from: Chaz on July 08, 2009, 03:46:44 PM

I think it comes out tomorrow for the PS3, it's just that since it's MP only, I suspect the vast majority will be buying it for the 360.

PS3 people dont play MP games?  eek Or, do you mean people here?

I think he means that the majority of folks on GT seem to have 360's when compared to the PS3 owners.
7292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 1943 on: July 08, 2009, 03:31:13 PM
Just bought it through xbox.com and will download tonight.  hopefully some of you will be on this weekend (or sooner)!
7293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 03:25:30 PM
Sorry, I've been cranky the last few days.  I'll stop now.  Sometimes I just feel like meeting a troll with another troll.  I'm human, what can I say.   icon_wink
7294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 03:17:39 PM

Quote from: cheeba on July 08, 2009, 02:51:44 PM

Hah!

Cheeba - 3
Hepcat - 0

omgz roflmao!  icon_lol

Cheeba 1

Puberty 0
7295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Tour de France on: July 08, 2009, 02:29:56 PM
Pete, did you shave off all body hair in support of the teams again this year? 
7296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 01:57:25 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 08, 2009, 01:12:40 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 08, 2009, 12:23:33 PM

Quote from: cheeba on July 08, 2009, 04:57:00 AM

Quote from: hepcat on July 08, 2009, 02:39:38 AM

This is my pick for the best unintentionally funny post of the month.   icon_lol  It gets even funnier when you accuse me of leaps of logic.
You're right. You're not making leaps of logic, you're not even making any arguments. You're just throwing around smilies and not formulating simple arguments. Watch, I can do it too...

cheeba 2
hepcat 0

Lolz roflmao omgz haha!  icon_lol

God, how do you keep making posts like that? I feel dumber for having typed it.

Ah, the "I know you are, but what am I" gambit.  Well played.   icon_lol

And the reason my arguments are being kept simple is because your original post was a kneejerk reaction to a critic disliking something you enjoyed.  Since then, you've done nothing to merit rising above that level.  Especially after reading that whole "they're not running from explosions....bombs are just appearing behind them and they just happen to be running in a different direction" line of reasoning.  

After reading your posts I agree that you seem to throw alot of smiley faces around without actually saying anything of substance.



Oh.  I guess I shoud add  icon_biggrin



as i intimated earlier, substance has never been introduced at any point in our exchange...nor have you changed that with your addition.  cheeba's argument was that ebert was "stupid" and that he lied about the action in the film.  Unfortunately, his reasons for arguing this were limited to the lame semantics of explosions argument and some assertions that the plot wasn't incomprehensible because he understood it...which misses the point Ebert was trying to make that the story, while it might be easy to follow, was something he felt was still gibberish.  

add something to the debate if you feel that that the current one doesn't meet your standards.  otherwise, you're simply guilty of the crime for which you're accusing others.  

p.s. the only post i took umbrage with was cheeb's when he decided that Ebert was "stupid".  i actually agreed with you at one point and have frequently said that if you like the film, that's all that matters.  
7297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 12:23:33 PM

Quote from: cheeba on July 08, 2009, 04:57:00 AM

Quote from: hepcat on July 08, 2009, 02:39:38 AM

This is my pick for the best unintentionally funny post of the month.   icon_lol  It gets even funnier when you accuse me of leaps of logic.
You're right. You're not making leaps of logic, you're not even making any arguments. You're just throwing around smilies and not formulating simple arguments. Watch, I can do it too...

cheeba 2
hepcat 0

Lolz roflmao omgz haha!  icon_lol

God, how do you keep making posts like that? I feel dumber for having typed it.

Ah, the "I know you are, but what am I" gambit.  Well played.   icon_lol

And the reason my arguments are being kept simple is because your original post was a kneejerk reaction to a critic disliking something you enjoyed.  Since then, you've done nothing to merit rising above that level.  Especially after reading that whole "they're not running from explosions....bombs are just appearing behind them and they just happen to be running in a different direction" line of reasoning.  
7298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 08, 2009, 02:39:38 AM

Quote from: cheeba on July 08, 2009, 12:54:14 AM


...did you watch the movie or are you just judging it by the commercials? They had bombs exploding behind them, but they were not outrunning anything. They were just running away from the target as bombs kept dropping in a line (as bombs tend to do).

This is my pick for the best unintentionally funny post of the month.   icon_lol  It gets even funnier when you accuse me of leaps of logic.

Comedy gold, cheeb, comedy gold.  I actually thought about making that my signature quote.  

Quote
Guess it's a glass half full vs. half empty kind of thing.
 

you go ahead and keep tellin' yourself that.   icon_wink
7299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 07, 2009, 11:05:08 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 07, 2009, 11:00:29 PM

The great thing about being a professional "critic" is that there is no right or wrong opinion.  Ebert hated Transformers 2 but enough people liked it for it to gross $300 million.  Does that make him wrong?  No. But apparently a lot of movie goers disagreed with him.  

The funny thing is when Ebert or the USA Today pans a movie it means nothing to me when it comes to summer action movies.  I am paying to be entertained.  Not to fuss over people out running explosions or counting bullets between reloads.  

This I can agree with.   icon_wink

If you liked it, that's all that matters.  My stepfather called on the 4th to tell me how much he enjoyed Transformers 2, but everything he said about the film only served to reinforce my belief that it's a movie i may one day catch on dvd...but only if I've exhausted all other options.  But I was happy that he had fun, so my opinion is just that...an opinion.
7300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 07, 2009, 10:54:36 PM

Quote from: cheeba on July 07, 2009, 09:26:44 PM


I comprehended the plot pretty quickly and easily.  Apparently I'm just a whole bunch smarter than Ebert.   

Or you're just perfectly happy not having to think when the projector starts.  Everyone who enjoyed it pretty much agrees it was mindless fun.  You're one of those rare folks trying to defend the story, it seems.   icon_lol

Quote
How moronic. I don't care if he doesn't agree with me.

yeah...no.  you wouldn't be this outraged otherwise.

Quote
They never outran explosions.

They sure did in the commercials.  

Quote
Liking vs. disliking is one thing. I'm perfectly OK with someone disliking the movie. You just gotta be able to formulate a coherent argument about it. This time, Ebert did not.

Sorry

Ebert 1

Cheeba 0

7301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 07, 2009, 04:00:06 PM
We like what we like.  To try and defend those prejudices by blaming others when they don't agree is just ridiculous.

We should simply blame CeeKay as he has been the official GT scapegoat since the late 90's.
7302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: July 07, 2009, 03:31:45 PM

Quote from: cheeba on July 06, 2009, 11:06:28 PM

What a bunch of narcissistic crap from Ebert. It would be a better argument if he hadn't outright lied or intentionally misrepresented the action in Transformers 2 in his review.

He's a crotchety old man in love with himself and especially in love with his own words. His closed-minded, dated view on video games (they can never be art) shows that he has evolved poorly.

I think he's one of the more open minded reviewers of genre films out there.  He loved Aliens and called it one of the best action films he's ever seen, so he's able to accept popular entertainment at the level it's intended.   Just because he doesn't agree with you on everything doesn't mean that his point is dated or wrong...it just means he doesn't agree with you.  Something adults learn to accept eventually. 

7303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warehouse 13 on: July 07, 2009, 02:07:33 PM
I wasn't really impressed with Caprica either, to be honest.  It wasn't the religious overtones so much as the virtual reality crap that annoyed me.  That's something that really, really needs to die off as a story device.
7304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Torchwood: Children of the Earth on: July 07, 2009, 04:47:17 AM
Let me take a stab at guessing what happens:

Everyone in the cast displays bisexual tendencies because the writer believes this is 1955 and that's shocking.

Jack will pose repeatedly.

Someone will mention the Doctor at least once in passing.

The main villain will use sex in some manner because, as mentioned earlier, the writer believes it will be rad cool!

I kept tuning into the show, waiting for it to hit its stride...to get better.  But it just never did (to me).  Jack is great in small doses, but he acts for the stage not the small screen.  Everything he does is WAY overdramatic.  And the stories are just lackluster.  They need an overhaul in both characters and writers.
7305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warehouse 13 on: July 07, 2009, 04:35:48 AM

Quote from: warning on July 07, 2009, 03:28:04 AM

jblank scores 0
hepcat scores 0
brettmcd scores 2

Really, did you guys have to bite?

Anyway the show looks interesting.  I'll check it out tomorrow and see how it turns out.

me, i can understand.  but jblank's post was pretty innocuous.   in any case, asking others to rise above it only works when you're yelling it downward   icon_wink
7306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Trailer] Jennifer's Body on: July 07, 2009, 03:56:16 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 07, 2009, 02:35:27 AM

Quote from: hepcat on July 07, 2009, 01:43:54 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 07, 2009, 12:40:36 AM

Yeah, I'll pass.  I'd rather not go to a theater to be surrounded by horny teens.  Not to mention, Megan Fox is a shit actress and not even her looks can save her in my opinion.

 icon_eek

would THIS change your mind?


I'm so glad GT has it's resident "funny" poster.   Roll Eyes

And I'm delighted it has its own humorless one.   Roll Eyes
7307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Trailer] Jennifer's Body on: July 07, 2009, 01:43:54 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on July 07, 2009, 12:40:36 AM

Yeah, I'll pass.  I'd rather not go to a theater to be surrounded by horny teens.  Not to mention, Megan Fox is a shit actress and not even her looks can save her in my opinion.

 icon_eek

would THIS change your mind?

7308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Family Guy Blue Harvest..any good? on: July 06, 2009, 08:13:31 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 06, 2009, 05:05:52 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 06, 2009, 04:51:35 PM

While I think Family Guy jumped the shark after season 2 and is just a never ending stream of rehashed jokes, the star wars hour long episode was pretty good, IMHO.



did it really last for an hour?...felt a lot shorter


EDIT:actually do you guys have commercials during Family Guy?...Family Guy is on BBC3 here,so no commercials so that might be why it felt less than an hour

here in the states, where REAL television is made...not that mamby pamby crap your BBC excretes onto the airwaves...we consider 43 minutes to be an hour.  that's because we're tough sons of bitches who don't mind losing 17 minutes every hour...we live fast and we die hard, baby!

(p.s.  completely non serious post, by the way  Tongue )
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/6) on: July 06, 2009, 08:09:57 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 06, 2009, 06:56:20 PM

Quote from: Chaz on July 06, 2009, 02:32:09 PM

Over the weekend I got 8000 MS points for $60, so I'll definitely be getting Battlefield 1943, and I may poke around and see if there's any other DLC/Arcade games that I skipped.

i snagged 4000 of those too. such a good deal.

Have you tried using them yet?  I'm just curious because I've been checking out the thread on cheapassgamer for this deal and there's a lot of speculation that the seller (who is apparently some college student) is either using stolen credit card numbers to buy them from Microsoft (which would be really too stupid to believe since he's using his real name supposedly...so I'm not believing this theory), buying them at liquidation prices off Circuit City or some other bankrupt entity/troubled retailer (believable, I suppose), or he's just buying them up with his own credit card in a ponzi-like manner. 
7310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Puke on TV on: July 06, 2009, 07:23:46 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 06, 2009, 06:59:39 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 06, 2009, 06:53:29 PM

there was a video a while back that captured the lovely combination of attractive man and woman, what was supposed to be the successful ending to a date, a hot tub and explosive diarrhea that forever scarred me.  this doesn't even come close.

Thanks for this little pre-lunch imagery.  puke  You should develop this into a new fad diet.

Unfortunately I still have the link.    It's actually not THAT gross, and it involves 3 hot girls and one guy instead of the aforementioned couple that I mistakenly remembered. 
7311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Puke on TV on: July 06, 2009, 06:53:29 PM
there was a video a while back that captured the lovely combination of attractive man and woman, what was supposed to be the successful ending to a date, a hot tub and explosive diarrhea that forever scarred me.  this doesn't even come close.
7312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Family Guy Blue Harvest..any good? on: July 06, 2009, 04:51:35 PM
While I think Family Guy jumped the shark after season 2 and is just a never ending stream of rehashed jokes, the star wars hour long episode was pretty good, IMHO.
7313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warehouse 13 on: July 06, 2009, 04:20:29 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on July 05, 2009, 02:16:39 PM

The premise looks interesting, but with some of the utter crap series sci-fi tends to put out like BSG I dont hold much hope for it, but ill give it a watch.

 icon_lol  The funniest part is that you're actually serious.  You're the type of viewer that keeps According to Jim on the air.  If you have a Nielsen box, can I pay you to turn it off?
7314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/6) on: July 06, 2009, 03:39:17 PM
dang, tried to purchase both the 4000 points and the 1600 points deal and they were both sold out.   icon_frown
7315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/6) on: July 06, 2009, 02:45:27 PM
oooh...where did you get the deal on MS points?
7316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GenCon 2009 on: July 02, 2009, 09:31:11 PM

Quote from: Graham on July 02, 2009, 09:29:16 PM

I am going to be there at least one day, most likely Saturday but maybe Friday.

hepcat, if you want to possibly carpool, let me know.

But you live like 4 hours away!   Tongue
7317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: a new view from the Sears Tower on: July 02, 2009, 02:34:21 PM
I haven't been to the Sears tower since the first year I was in chicago.  This may change that.  I'll wear Depends on that day, though.
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: June 30, 2009, 07:48:27 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
I took a break from the game because I was getting frustrated during a mission.  It's the quest given to you after you take the tunnels to the island, work through the maze and meet the outlaw/rebel leader who helps you with dragon scales.  He directed me to another section of tunnels that supposedly is being guarded by a live dragon...however, I can't for the life of me find my way to that tunnel.   icon_confused  Anyone have a clue what I'm talking about?
7319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HBO] Hung starts tonight on: June 30, 2009, 07:30:14 PM
I think Weeds has followed a pretty logical course.  If you're going to sell drugs, you're eventually going to come across criminals.  If you try to sell larger amounts of drugs, you're going to meet larger (and more dangerous) criminals.  The show clearly displays this progression...albeit with a somewhat darkly comic twist.  But it's never going to be The Wire, if that's what you were expecting.

As for Hung, I was pleasantly surprised.  Thomas Jane earned my respect for his appearances on Arrested Development and his resume of (mostly) decent films.  In this show, he gets a chance to show his acting chops.  As for the story, his anguish over the state of his life felt organic and not at all like a plot device (with the exception of the scene in which he walks towards the hotel door, mentally listing all these great earlier achievements...I would have preferred a little less in that list to make his plight all the more poignant).  It clicked and I believed it.

Also, the kids and the ex wife not being played by male/female models was a nice touch.  It added an everyman feel to it.
7320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GenCon 2009 on: June 30, 2009, 07:19:00 PM
I might head down for either a day or get a room outside Indianapolis and make it a weekend road trip.  Since it's only about 3 hours or so from Chicago, it's not all that much trouble.  Primarily I would go to pick up some starter sets for Arcane Legions for the gang.  We were mighty impressed with the demos at Origins and they're releasing them (supposedly) at Gencon.
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