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7481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stardock puts some Goo on DRM on: March 25, 2009, 06:04:36 PM
I really think Stardock is trying its hardest to work WITH gamers to secure their products, as opposed to so many others who fail to factor in the human element of ownership.
7482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 25, 2009, 04:37:37 PM

Quote from: warning on March 25, 2009, 03:50:13 PM

Man, I just never *got* Farscape.  I know people loved it and I watched two seasons thinking it would get better but I eventually just gave up.  It's like it was designed by a committee or something:

"We'll start off with puppets and add a blue-skinned mystical lady and a Wookie then an astronaut and a smart-alecky lady with a big nose and a thief!  We need a thief!  And then we'll have a bad guy in S&M clothing who has to insert this tube into his head and the ship will be alive and then..."

I just got tired of all the random crap they kept throwing at me.  I wish the show had some focus, some cohesiveness that tied it all together.  Maybe that happened in season 3 but I was burned out by that point.

Since that level of extrapolation can be applied to anything, that's not really an argument:

"well, you got the a bad guy in black who is really a tragic figure, then you have his son who is a good guy but doesn't know he's the son of the bad guy, then you got a smart alec thief ...you ALWAYS have to have the thief...who has a heart of gold...." - star wars

"well, you got the son of a supreme being who dies in order to save everyone else, then you have a guy who betrays him who really likes wine..."  - the bible

and i completely disagree that the show was unfocused and incohesive.  there was also an overall theme that tied it together (john trying to survive outside his own world).  it made perfect sense to many folks...and i wouldn't consider any of them stupid. 
7483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 25, 2009, 02:01:55 PM

Quote from: warning on March 24, 2009, 10:37:13 PM

Quote from: dmd on March 24, 2009, 05:44:29 PM

Dexter.

Dexter is great.  I can't believe I forgot about that one!

Farscape is... cheesy and overrated.

Dexter is great, yes.  But you're simply wrong about Farscape.  Sorry to point this out.   icon_wink

7484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Horror Movie: Martyrs on: March 25, 2009, 02:30:38 AM
I recently watched this after hearing about the twist in the story.  I have to say, out of all the french horror films I've seen over the last couple of years, this was my favorite.  Yes, it's gory (and unflinchingly so at times), but it's not as gratuitous as its peers.  I think that's because the visceral aspects of the movie make sense in the context of the film.  It's like a thinking version of Hostel (if that's possible  icon_wink).

Is it a movie I'd recommend?  Probably not to anyone who doesn't like horror films.  But for those of us who enjoy a creepy time I think it's the right combo of smarts and scares.

7485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battleforge on: March 24, 2009, 11:48:20 PM
just double checked my receipt.  it was 39.99.  sorry.   icon_frown

i'm still on the fence on this damn thing, though.  i usually don't really like RTS games unless they do something radically different then "build, amass, attack" and this seems to have that something different.  however, the demo left me a bit cold. 
7486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battleforge on: March 24, 2009, 10:26:04 PM
I downloaded the demo while at work.  On my way home I stopped at a Target to pick up The Venture Bros. dvd.  I noticed that they had Battleforge out on the racks and I picked it up on a whim.  Before opening it I played through the demo's tutorial.  While I like it, I don't if I 39.99 like it.  In other words, I'm not sure if I'm going to open my box or take it back yet.  Decisions, decisions... icon_confused
7487  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes Issue 14: Mission Architect [Open Beta on test server] on: March 24, 2009, 07:59:03 PM
I will definitely be using that two month sub card I've been hanging onto for years when this comes out.  This update sounds like nothing short of genius.  If it works and works well, I would go so far as to call it innovative. 
7488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 24, 2009, 07:24:32 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on March 24, 2009, 05:37:02 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 24, 2009, 04:11:03 PM

...great...i'm now synonymous with a blood borne virus.

Well, your sig talks about being carried in the bloodstream.  It was inevitable.

 icon_lol
7489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 24, 2009, 05:08:58 PM

Quote from: Shinjin on March 24, 2009, 04:49:19 PM

Farscape?  I've only seen the first two seasons straight through and a scattering of the rest, but I always liked what I saw.  If I ever get around to resuming Netflix season 3 will be one of the first things in my queue.

i second this suggestion as well.  i absolutely loved farscape.  however, i've been trying desperately to finish my starburst dvd set collection and am having trouble finding them in stores or online.  they seem to be out of print right now, for the most part.
7490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 24, 2009, 04:11:03 PM
...great...i'm now synonymous with a blood borne virus.
7491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: March 24, 2009, 02:57:58 PM
Apparently it's microsoft's fault.  Most of the posts on the official site seem to indicate that MS released a corrupt DLC package.  The PC players are reporting no issues, as far as I can tell.
7492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man survives atomic bombing-twice! on: March 24, 2009, 02:08:45 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on March 24, 2009, 12:03:02 PM

Japanese refrigerator technology was way ahead of ours at the time.

 icon_lol
7493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: March 24, 2009, 02:00:09 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 24, 2009, 01:56:45 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 24, 2009, 01:55:39 PM

careful with this DLC.  In looking over the forums, it seems that a lot of folks are reporting that it's a buggy mess right now.   icon_eek



7494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: March 24, 2009, 01:55:39 PM
careful with this DLC.  In looking over the forums, it seems that a lot of folks are reporting that it's a buggy mess right now.   icon_eek
7495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I deleted LOST and Heroes on: March 23, 2009, 09:01:19 PM
It may very well go bad again.  however, sometimes a good story indicates a change in writers and/or the direction of a show.  i'm willing to see if that's the case.  while i think it's generally sucked up to this point, the last episode showed enough promise to make me curious about where they're going.
7496  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: These children must be silenced. on: March 23, 2009, 08:59:14 PM
ouch

but still, they're just playing around.  it's not like they're being shoved down our throats like the Jonas Bros. or a Miley Cyrus.  plus, they may turn out to be good, who knows.  i'm sure a young tom waits would've caused your noggin' to explode at that age, but years later he's a truly unique talent that I admire.
7497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: These children must be silenced. on: March 23, 2009, 08:43:41 PM
caveat:  you should only rail against child performers if they're packaged as sex symbols by the Disney corporation, and/or they cover Beatles songs. 

These are just kids having some fun.  cut 'em some slack.
7498  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 23, 2009, 08:38:35 PM
two things:

can we all agree that calling me "HepC" is only going to end badly for me?   icon_lol

and secondly, I can't stand Mr. Bean either.  but black adder is so drastically different than that show that it staggers the imagination that it's the same actor.  black adder is a darkly funny show that doesn't rely on pratfalls and funny faces for the majority of it's humor.  

but yeah, it's a comedy so dramatic stories would not be anywhere in sight.   icon_wink

p.s. i second the Carnivale suggestion.  I just have to warn you that it ends rather abruptly with quite a few loose ends.  that may be a bit frustrating after investing two seasons worth of viewing.
7499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 23, 2009, 08:30:57 PM
If you like good comedies, how about the bbc series from years ago starring the guy who went on to play mr. bean and the guy who went on to become house:  black adder?  i think you can get the whole series cheap off ebay and it's well worth it.

along the same lines, check out Red Dwarf for sci fi comedy.
7500  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need show, have money on: March 23, 2009, 08:18:27 PM
Dare I say...Firefly?
7501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I deleted LOST and Heroes on: March 23, 2009, 07:57:04 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 23, 2009, 07:51:45 PM

Lost is definitely worth watching. Heroes is backing up on my DVR but I'm pretty sure it will get deleted. I'm also way behind on Sarah Connor - save or delete?

I was just about to give up on Sarah Connor.  I was never a big fan of the show and I felt it was getting sillier by the week.  However, this past Friday night's show was such an incredible departure from the usual angst ridden episodes of Sarah pouting over how badly she feels about John's childhood that I was convinced to give it a stay of execution.  It was almost as if they hired a whole new writing staff that knew how to craft a good story full of action and mystery.
7502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I deleted LOST and Heroes on: March 23, 2009, 07:51:31 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 23, 2009, 07:49:31 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 23, 2009, 06:33:21 PM

Thanks, please remember to keep me up to date on the contents of your fridge as well.

I'm almost out of bread. I just have one regular slice and the two heals left.


You really need to take a break from playing your priest in WoW...
7503  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I tied my shoes on: March 23, 2009, 07:48:05 PM
Killing Razgon...
7504  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Annual spring break trip with family. Now with even MORE fabulousness. on: March 23, 2009, 07:43:24 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 23, 2009, 07:23:51 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 23, 2009, 07:06:20 PM

I'll probably round out the evening by driving down Cicero and waving to all the she male prostitutes who'll wave back to me with only one finger...
How's that commemorative coin collection coming along?

good.  i got the Larry Hagman coin, but I'm having trouble finding the Bert Convy special edition coin.
7505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Annual spring break trip with family. Now with even MORE fabulousness. on: March 23, 2009, 07:06:20 PM
I'll be taking my vacation right here in sunny Chicago.  I plan on watching a bum dry heave in an alley for 20 minutes after an unfortunate encounter with a bottle of Wild Turkey and a stale hot dog, then maybe I'll head over to the south side to watch the Chicago Gang Unit tussle with the Latin Kings.  I'll probably round out the evening by driving down Cicero and waving to all the she male prostitutes who'll wave back to me with only one finger...
7506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I deleted LOST and Heroes on: March 23, 2009, 06:33:21 PM
Thanks, please remember to keep me up to date on the contents of your fridge as well.












 Tongue
7507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 on: March 23, 2009, 06:24:31 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on March 23, 2009, 06:08:30 PM

Now, with this Steam/Ubisoft sale, I'm crossing my fingers that the PC version is 50% off, in which case it's a no brainer.


ooh, excellent! i've been debating picking up far cry 2 off steam for the last couple of weeks.  if it goes on sale this week, i'm definitely in!
7508  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it that bugs people about RIP threads? on: March 23, 2009, 05:47:29 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on March 23, 2009, 05:39:27 PM

Oh and Grim, you and I will permanently disagree on human life being sacred.  No argument will ever convince me it is.  If the humans manage to wipe out our entire planet, I believe that life will start again somewhere else in the universe (if it hasn't already).

In regards to your use of the word "sacred" in this reply, all I can do is quote a famous philosopher who once said, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."   icon_lol
7509  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40k: Assault on Black Reach on: March 22, 2009, 01:32:51 AM

Quote from: Turtle on March 19, 2009, 06:58:40 AM



My favorite miniatures game right now is AE-WW2, aka Alternate Event WW2.  A retro scifi WW2 game with pulp scifi elements where the US has tesla energy weapons, rocket troops (Rocketeer), and primitive power armor.  Germans have weird genetic experiments and abominations, and Russians have psionic powers.  It's a skirmish scale game so the cost outset is much smaller than a full game like 40k.

dang it, that sounds like fun...now I'm interested.  my wallet may come to hate you.   icon_razz
7510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are the "must-watch/must-have" television series on DVD? on: March 16, 2009, 05:29:10 PM
I'm way too lazy to skim through this looking for precedent, so I humbly offer up the genius of The Venture Bros. as my pick of a "must have" dvd tv set.  Season 3 is arriving in stores on March 24th, by the way.
7511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kings starts Sunday, March 15th on: March 16, 2009, 04:12:23 AM
For some strange reason, I kind of enjoyed it.  Maybe it's the promise of future political intrigue, perhaps it's the presence of Ian, but it interested me enough to want to stay tuned.  I think the history of the war and the characters was purposely left vague in order to provide future stories.  I wasn't big on the whole premise of why the war was extended, but hopefully that will thread will fade into the background.
7512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Actor Ron Silver dies on: March 16, 2009, 04:02:42 AM
Wow, i didn't realize he was that old...or that he had cancer.  he was a solid character actor.  that's too bad.   icon_frown
7513  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: March 16, 2009, 04:01:47 AM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on March 14, 2009, 09:38:39 PM

Fanboys are fucking pathetic.

The irony in that made me chuckle...   icon_biggrin
7514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Scariest games on: March 13, 2009, 09:16:40 PM
Ah, sorry...my mistake.  I still think the Cradle level in the 3rd game was fantastically creepy.
7515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Scariest games on: March 13, 2009, 09:05:32 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 13, 2009, 01:12:18 PM

Don't forget Thief: The Dark Project.  The asylum level was creeeeeeeepy!!

Wait, do you mean Thief: Deadly Shadows?  I remember distinctly being creeped out by the cradle level.
7516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If Frank Miller did Charlie Brown Comics on: March 13, 2009, 05:34:33 PM
I'm STILL laughing at the Bukowski does Peanuts site.  Every one of the stories is a gem.   icon_lol
7517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk . . . bodywash! on: March 13, 2009, 02:51:06 AM
I remember reading somewhere about how much bacteria gets transferred from your toilet to your sink (and, by proxy, your toothbrush and other grooming items) just by the mere fact that they're in the same room. 

...this is why I go to the bathroom outside now.

...well...that and i built this stage so i might as well use it for something.
7518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk . . . bodywash! on: March 12, 2009, 10:50:22 PM
Let me get this straight:  you don't use soap on your soap? 

what kind of backwoods heathen are you?
7519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk . . . bodywash! on: March 12, 2009, 09:26:36 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 12, 2009, 09:02:36 PM


Pete, Pete, Pete...that's like using 10W-20 in a pickup truck.  
7520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk . . . bodywash! on: March 12, 2009, 06:11:45 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 12, 2009, 05:59:12 PM



Truly, civilization is marching on without me. I will meet you halfway. I will stop using soap.

Sheesh, that's your response to everything. 

Poster:  The stimulus package is going to end up costing this country trillions of dollars and will do nothing to stop the economic hemorrhaging we're experiencing right now.

Ironrod:  You're so right.  I think I'll stop using soap!

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