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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Some Pretty Cool New Functionality at GiantBomb on: May 20, 2009, 03:48:02 PM
Tried connecting up to it yesterday and it doesn't work for me.  Keeps telling me "Whoops. Please make sure your XBOX or STEAM privacy settings on their Web-sites are set to public. Once changed, your data will correct itself within 24 hours." 

I checked and I am set to allow everyone to view my account, so I'm not sure what that's all about.   icon_confused

edit:  nm...deleting and adding my account info back in seems to have given it the kick it needed.
7282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Drag Me to Hell trailer on: May 20, 2009, 02:20:45 PM
Raimi returns to horror?  I'm there day one.   icon_biggrin
7283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: May 20, 2009, 01:31:16 PM
The only thing I know for sure is that the 360 version isn't using the high rez pack that came with the PC collector's edition.  So the graphics aren't up to that standard.  If you're not using the high rez pack then you won't notice any graphical differences, i've been told.  The only other difference I'm curious about is content related.  It seems that the PC version has received quite a few updates since its release and I don't know if that content found its way into the 360 version. 

That being said, the game world is so freakin' huge that I doubt I'd ever get around to seeing that new content if it was included.  I've put in about 6 hours so far since Saturday on one character and he's only seen about 5 percent of the world.   icon_eek  Leveling is just right, too.  I hit 12 last night.  With a cap of 200, I can see this one is gonna have legs.
7284  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS RENEWED! Chuck vs. The Third Season **spoilers for S2**! on: May 20, 2009, 02:45:14 AM

Quote from: cheeba on May 19, 2009, 10:31:20 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 19, 2009, 05:09:25 PM

That was one of the better comedies on television.
Its ratings were low on NBC's best night. It couldn't hang. Not NBC's fault. Plus it sucked. Well OK not sucked, but there's only so much one can stand hearing the word, "karma."

For a lot of folks, the fact that you thought it sucked is proof that it actually was funny.
7285  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: AE-WWII miniature. My first painted in 3 years on: May 19, 2009, 08:36:35 PM
Got my American and German starter sets this afternoon in the mail.  My god, but the pieces are smaller than I thought they would be.   icon_eek

Not sure how this is going to work out.   icon_confused  Guess I'll just have to dig in and give it the ol' college try.
7286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS RENEWED! Chuck vs. The Third Season **spoilers for S2**! on: May 19, 2009, 05:17:54 PM
good, it would be a shame if I didn't get to see THIS at least once a week...

7287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS RENEWED! Chuck vs. The Third Season **spoilers for S2**! on: May 19, 2009, 05:09:25 PM
Wow, they canceled My Name is Earl.  That was one of the better comedies on television.  It was consistently funny each week, unlike the majority of other shows on network television that pass for "comedies".   icon_confused
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: May 19, 2009, 03:52:57 PM
Thanks to all who helped me with my buff activation issue.  It was simply due to my having a buff already active.  By selecting it again, I can deactivate and then activate another one. 

I'm still lovin' the game, too.  It really does play like a Diablo MMO.  I've got 4 characters going at once now and I can't make up my mind which one I want to stick with.   icon_confused

The SW is a strong character who can use tons of different loot.  The TG is just cool.  The IN has some great spells.  And the Dryad is fun for ranged. 

I'm not sexist, but if they'd have included the ability to change your character's sex, I would have been happier.  I just get into the game more when the character I'm playing doesn't have breasts.   icon_biggrin

Also, I'm still having trouble reading the quest arrows on the mini-map on my HDTV from across the room.  But that's probably more due to my aging eyes.  If they had the ability to increase the mini-map size it would've helped.
7289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pushing Dasies... on: May 19, 2009, 03:13:24 PM
My pick for best new show during the season it premiered.  I noticed that my DVR is picking up a new episode on the 30th of this month, so apparently ABC is running out the unaired shows.
7290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: May 18, 2009, 09:03:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 18, 2009, 08:59:01 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 18, 2009, 08:52:44 PM

I'm not sure (because I didn't do the quick google search) what Ebert thinks about him, but I don't watch Almovodar films for the same reason. I find them bleak for the same of being bleak. But that isn't to say I don't like sad movies, or even dark movies. Let The Right One In is one of my favorites, but it isn't empty in its misery. L.A. Confidential shows the worst of humanity, and in the end nobody wins, but it again show me a part of humanity that I really want to see explored, even if it is a hopeless view.

I certainly appreciate the fine work that Van Triers and Almovodar do, but it just isn't for me.

Well now you spoiled L.A. Confidential for me!  I was expecting a happy ending. frown


pssst...Rosebud is a sled.
7291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: May 18, 2009, 08:09:23 PM
Thanks, I'll take a look when I play later tonight.

7292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: May 18, 2009, 08:06:19 PM

Quote from: Doopri on May 18, 2009, 07:13:59 PM

hepcat i havent used a shadow warrior yet - but are they both "buffs"?  if they are, at the onset you can ONLY have 1 buff going at once.  if you put points into concentration you can have more buffs at once

and mytocles (and any others) ive been playing a ton of this game, and while im far from having it all figured out (particularly some of the skill and item stuff) i do have a decent idea of whats going on so if you want help and see me on send out an invite!

Don't you have to activate a buff?  or does slotting it make it active automatically? 
7293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: May 18, 2009, 07:02:48 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on May 18, 2009, 06:54:09 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 18, 2009, 06:15:58 PM

Not a surprise but I will sit this one out.

Quote
Some audience members recoiled at the film's relentless tension and almost unbearably explicit scenes of violence, including genital mutilation.

"I thought I had my head down a lavatory, frankly," said Baz Bamigboye of Britain's Daily Mail, the journalist who asked von Trier to justify his film.

"I've defended his movies in the past," Bamigboye said after the news conference. "'Dogville' was hated. I defended his right to make that film, and I defend his right to make this film. But he still has to explain why he made it and what it represents."



I'm not surprised at your non-surprise of sitting this one out. If it's not a Disney film about a family running happily thru the European countryside singing 'the sound of music' you won't watch it.  Tongue

Would adding a naked Willem Dafoe help this film you describe? All it takes is a phone call and bus fare, apparently.
7294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: May 18, 2009, 06:46:19 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 18, 2009, 06:44:04 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 18, 2009, 06:14:26 PM

Personally, most of the films I've enjoyed over the last few years have been either European or Asian. 

Yeah, American porn is so predictable and cliche.

Seriously.  When I see the promise of scat on the cover, I want scat.  Not chocolate pudding and mountain dew.

...er...I mean...that's not what I meant!
7295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you tell someone to "grow a man-sack" without hurting their feelings? on: May 18, 2009, 06:23:30 PM
"Chuck, pretend this grape is your man-sack.  Now, using this syringe full of water, I'm going to demonstrate what happens to your man-sack when you exercise it....you may wanna stand back at this point, Chuck."
7296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: May 18, 2009, 06:14:26 PM
I just believe that mainstream movies exist in every culture, European or American.  That's just pop culture.  But we also have more serious fare as well, just as everyone else does.   icon_biggrin

Personally, most of the films I've enjoyed over the last few years have been either European or Asian.  Curiously, they seem to come in national waves.  One moment it's comedies from Australia, the next it's horror films from Spain. 
7297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! on: May 18, 2009, 06:11:10 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 18, 2009, 06:08:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2009, 12:40:58 AM

weekend estimates are 43 million.  damn, I was hoping it would crush Angels and Demons but I guess Tom Hanks new hairdo helped carry the movie ahead by about 5 million.  this weekend brings out the big guns.

I heard that it's the most successful franchise reboot, beating out Batman Begins, Superman Returns and whatever else.

Hopefully it doesn't lead to the death of the franchise like Superman Returns seems to have done.
7298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you tell someone to "grow a man-sack" without hurting their feelings? on: May 18, 2009, 06:06:35 PM
Can you whiteboard the whole man-sack growth process with him?  I find that visual aides really help make a point.
7299  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: May 18, 2009, 06:00:08 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 18, 2009, 05:41:13 PM

Oh, and I'm certainly not saying US directors are stupid, or the audience is either - just that culturally, we watch and perhaps then also produce movies of different styles. Then again, I could have seen the wrong movies ;-)


Danish box office toppers for Jan/Feb 2009:

February 27–March 1    $3,155,891    +128.7%    22    Män som hatar kvinnor    9
February 20–22    $1,380,154    -39.1%    22    Bolt    8
February 13–15    $2,265,309    +10.1%    23    Bolt    7
February 6–8    $2,057,285    +83.3%    24    Bolt    6
January 30–February 1    $1,122,632    -16.3%    22    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button    5
January 23–25    $1,340,388    -2.3%    21    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button    4
January 16–18    $1,372,008    -20.9%    22    Australia    3
January 9–11    $1,733,493    -23.4%    20    Australia    2
January 2–4    $2,261,899    -0.6%    24    Australia    1

 icon_wink
7300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jason Bourne is a Pussy! (Taken) on: May 18, 2009, 05:22:09 PM

Quote from: Sith Lord on May 16, 2009, 12:02:55 PM

Quote from: Kagath on May 15, 2009, 02:34:21 AM

Yeah I was a little bit skeptical since I've never seen him in a role quite like this. I know he was in some 'actiony' stuff in the past but nothing I've seen compared.

As a Krull alum, I'm sure he can handle anything.

 icon_lol
7301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: May 18, 2009, 04:58:09 PM
I've been playing with a Shadow Warrior and I hit lvl 6 last night (after starting and playing about 3 other characters).  I'm trying to specialize in Astral Lord so I took the Astral Lord focus and gave it 3 skill points.  Then I bought a rune for Nether Allegiance from a runemaster.  The combat art is available on my list of combat arts (meaning it's not greyed out in the list), but when I slot it it's not available to use.  Anyone have an idea what's going on?   icon_confused

oh, and the same thing goes for Reflective Emanation.  it's also available to slot, but I can't use it.
7302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: May 18, 2009, 04:49:54 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 18, 2009, 04:35:21 PM



That being said, and this is meant totally without any kind of offense in mind, I doubt most americans will like it, since its REALLY not the type of movie you'r used to seeing. Whats going on is NOT obvious, lots of things are being left unsaid, and he doesnt play on effects, but mostly on human drama, and the depths to which humans can move themselves

No offense, but we gave the world Orson Welles, Lee Strasberg, David Mamet, the Coen brothers and a whole slew of great filmmakers/directors and screenwriters.  I don't think the American audience as a whole consists of people who can't understand subtlety or nuance in a film.

Quote
I'm a staunch defender of the auteur theory. Some of the best films ever made have been made by auteurs: Coppola, P T Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Luis Bunuel, Alfred Hitchcock, etc. This is how I operate as a filmmaker. You seem to be calling for 'populist filmmaking' here, hepcat. Nothing wrong with that.. But making films that appeal to large, low-common-denominator audiences ain't my thing. That style of filmmaking is fine for summer movies, but not all movies can be this way. I don't know if 'Anti-Christ' is any damn good, but I gotta stick up for Von Trier here.


If it's successful and it touches an audience then it's not really a vanity project, which is what I'm complaining about.  You can make a film that's personal and still touch on universal themes, or you can make a film that is filled with really bad writing and blame the audience for not getting it.  I haven't seen this film but from some of the reviews it seems like he created something that is just that.
7303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ....I've been hesitant to say this, but... on: May 18, 2009, 04:32:08 PM
My thoughts are with you and your family, Ron.  If there's anything the community can do to help out, please let us know!
7304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: May 18, 2009, 04:26:35 PM
I love the defense that some filmmakers fall back on when their "vision" is ill-received that they made it for themselves and they don't care what the audience thinks.  If you make a film solely for yourself, don't be too surprised when the inevitable lack of context causes your audience to scratch their head and wonder what the hell is going on.
7305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: May 17, 2009, 02:26:51 PM
I picked it up yesterday after trading in a bunch of old games I had finished.  While I certainly understand and agree with the assessment that this game has a pretty awful story, I still enjoy it for what it is:  a hack'n'slash with tons of loot. 

By the way, are the light and shadow campaigns different enough to warrant a replay with a different character?  I'm torn between the inquisitor, the shadow warrior and the temple guard and I'd love to be able to play two of them, but I don't want to if it's simply going to be the same campaign for the most part.
7306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I got a ticket on: May 17, 2009, 01:16:49 PM
I got one recently for a DWS.  Driving While Sexy.  There's no way I could fight that one though.   icon_cry
7307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you found your true calling? on: May 17, 2009, 05:22:49 AM
I'm in the same boat as Gratch.  Unfortunately, I lack the backbone right now to make a change, plus the pay is decent enough.  Hopefully someday I'll have an epiphany and change up my life.  Until then I'll just try and look at things in a zen like manner. 
7308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Smallville Season 8 (spoilers inevitable) on: May 17, 2009, 05:18:54 AM
I've been keeping up with the show only because I'm incredulous as to why they keep renewing it.  It is, imho, one of the worst shows on television at this point.  They continuously butcher a comic book icon with seeming glee each and every episode, but that's a distant issue compared to the level of bad writing.  It's like watching a train wreck...I can't look away because it is so terrible.  Right now I put this in the same category as According to Jim in my book of "why in the hell do they keep renewing this?"   icon_eek
7309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: May 15, 2009, 09:19:32 PM
I've been enjoying it.  The devil was getting more airtime for a while and he really is the main reason for watching it.
7310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: May 15, 2009, 06:21:07 PM
So they renew Smallville (someone in the cast has GOT to be sleeping with a CW exec), but not Reaper?

...grumble...   disgust
7311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 14, 2009, 09:37:39 PM
I wonder if there were any clues hidden in Jacob's tapestry?

7312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jason Bourne is a Pussy! (Taken) on: May 14, 2009, 08:43:28 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 14, 2009, 07:01:43 PM

Quote from: Simon on May 14, 2009, 05:34:39 PM

I believe the extended version only adds two minutes.

Which is usually the case with the scam about "Director's Cut", "Extended Cut" and "Unrated Version".

tell me about it.  i was duped into owning two copies of BladeRunner....
7313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 14, 2009, 03:15:44 PM
I think the hot russian woman calling Richard by the name "Ricardus" (or whatever it was) was interesting.

I'm really surprised at how much I enjoyed this season of Lost.  I had all but given up on it after the first season as it seemed to just ramble on without a point.  Establishing a definitive end date for the show seems to have reinvigorated the writers, though. 
7314  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Defense Grid: The Awakening 5 Bucks on: May 14, 2009, 02:07:32 AM
I don't believe that temporal towers stack, but I've noticed that they pulse at different times, depending on when they're built.  Therefore two of them will oftentimes catch the racers that sometimes slip through between the pulse of a single temporal tower.
7315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 5/12: Khaaaaaaaaaannnnnn!!! on: May 13, 2009, 04:10:26 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 13, 2009, 02:43:04 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on May 13, 2009, 12:03:48 AM

Wow, just finished Taken. Awesome movie. Liam Neeson is like the Irish Jack Bauer, only more ruthless. It's a must buy on Blu-Ray for me.

This sounds like it takes similar subject matter to The Limey but does it right.  I found The Limey to be simply so-so.  I think I'll have time to watch Taken tonight after work.

My problem with The Limey was that it moved a little too slow.  Terrance Stamp was fantastic and the way he appeared to always be on the edge of just wiping out everyone around him was well done.  However, they never really fulfilled that promise of an explosion in the way I felt it should have been (read:  carnage, baby, carnage).

Taken on the other hand?  Damn...Neeson is one scary son of a bitch when he gets going.  I love that movie.
7316  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Defense Grid: The Awakening 5 Bucks on: May 13, 2009, 03:00:28 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 11, 2009, 11:34:11 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 11, 2009, 06:12:26 PM

My god, this game is addictive.  I'm sitting here at work thinking about how to set up towers now.  I hate each and every one of you that suggested this game...   icon_evil

Center of Power is kicking my ass. I've tried different combinations of Tesla, Inferno, Guns, Cannon, Meteor and Concussion Towers putting them in various patterns to extend the walk time of the aliens along with different timing on my Tower upgrades and still all of my power cores get taken between waves 14-18.

I put two yellow concussion towers smack dab in the middle of the top platform near the exit and then put in two temporal towers.  4 yellow cannons on each corner of that platform and a red gun tower in between the concussion towers and i tore through everything.   icon_biggrin

STILL addicted to this game.  Couldn't get into the demo for plants vs. zombies, though.   icon_confused
7317  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Defense Grid: The Awakening 5 Bucks on: May 11, 2009, 06:12:26 PM
My god, this game is addictive.  I'm sitting here at work thinking about how to set up towers now.  I hate each and every one of you that suggested this game...   icon_evil
7318  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Stalin vs Martians $7.99, May 9-10 only on: May 08, 2009, 04:58:02 PM
even at that price, most reviews indicate it's not worth it.
7319  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: STEAM Weekend Deal - Universe at War: Earth Assault $4.99 on: May 08, 2009, 04:49:25 PM
shoot, i picked this up on the 360 a couple of weeks ago for 9.99.  the control scheme for a console for this game is a nightmare, but it seemed like an interesting game.  now i'm temped to buy it for the pc.   icon_evil
7320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! (tags broken) on: May 08, 2009, 04:18:59 PM
Ebert's usually the more forgiving of critics when it comes to genre films.  However, this time around he appears to be the victim of old school expectations.  It seems like he's almost upset that they're messing with the franchise.   icon_confused
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