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7561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Empire:Total War] - Strategy fans should love on: March 04, 2009, 02:55:17 PM
I'm waiting at the door of my office for 2 o'clock to roll around so I can bolt to the nearest Best Buy.   icon_biggrin
7562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scientists make HIV strain that can infect monkeys on: March 04, 2009, 02:51:53 PM
About time we got some payback against those damn monkeys for starting the whole thing.  Take THAT, Mother Nature!

Personally, I'm still punching out birds whenever I come across one.  "That's for Bird Flu, you bastard!".
7563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reaper, Season 2 on: March 04, 2009, 02:46:34 PM
I'd forgotten how much I enjoy this show.  The "beer baby" actually made me laugh out loud.   icon_biggrin

sock is still annoying in his Jack Black mode, but he seems to be toning it down a bit.  Hopefully he's finding his own voice.

Ray Wise is still a comic god....or, in this case, devil.
7564  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: OctoCon IV - Chicago - March 28th on: March 04, 2009, 02:01:51 PM
Red November was surprisingly fun when I tried it a while back.  I do believe I need to get myself a copy of that one.   icon_biggrin
7565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Does anyone here use an online budgeting/Money management tool? on: March 02, 2009, 10:21:54 PM
For simply checking balances and tracking purchases, I've been using Mint.com.  It even alerts me via a text message to my phone when I go over my set allowance for any group of items...which sucks when i plunk down 50 bucks for a computer game, get halfway home and my phone starts beeping with the message "You've blown your Entertainment allowance for this month...again". 
7566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] OSS 117 or Hey, when did the French develop a sense of humor??? on: March 02, 2009, 09:25:52 PM
Jean Dujardin would have made the most perfect Inspector Clouseau since Sellers.  That goofy ass smile of his made me laugh my ass off more than once while watching OSS 117.

some scenes from the movie   (may include some spoilers)
7567  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Lego Indy/Kung Fu Panda - $15 @ Gamestop on: March 02, 2009, 08:23:02 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 01, 2009, 11:15:46 PM

Quote from: Kagath on March 01, 2009, 09:12:10 PM

I take it these are the 2 games on 1 disc thing like back with Jet Set Radio and the racing game? Interested in Indy not so much in Panda.

Are they at least in their own case and not a paper slip or something?

They're on separate DVDs in a 2-disc case, each with its own manual.  The other 360 2-packs, Marvel : Ultimate Alliance/Forza 2 and Sega Superstars Tennis/XBox Live Arcade pack, are the same way.

I still remember being at a Gamestop a while ago looking for a copy of Forza 2.  The clerk handed me a copy of the game used for 39.99.  Then i looked over at the wall of used games and saw the dual pack of Marvel and Forza for 19.99.  Fortunately, I had my math thinkin' hat on that day.  icon_biggrin
7568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/2) on: March 02, 2009, 06:16:50 PM
Continuing my trend of buying any game with the words "Total War" on the package on release day, I will be picking up Empires.  I'm going with the retail as it registers on Steam anyway, and I want the manual in hard copy for this one.   Tongue
7569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe Casting on: February 28, 2009, 04:34:26 AM
What in God's name is Robert Carlyle doing in this???  The guy was in Trainspotting, for crying out loud.  He's talented.  Now he's three minutes away from starring in a Kevin Sorbo film.
7570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: February 28, 2009, 04:28:06 AM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on February 28, 2009, 12:30:23 AM

Quote
Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel

Who can forget the heartrending scene in Oliver Twist when Fagin forces little Oliver into a life of misusing apostrophes.

Subject line edited now that my plan to give you the chance to let the world know you've read Oliver Twist has come to fruition.

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yeah I think it's funny you're picturing hepcat running around in tighty whiteys too.

He doesn't need to.  I sent him a series of color photos a few weeks ago.
7571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 27, 2009, 03:44:38 PM
Really?  I always assumed it was just a collection of news clips of accidents and such. 
7572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 27, 2009, 03:01:19 PM

Quote from: Eightball on February 26, 2009, 11:07:33 PM

Oldboy.  It's not even close.

Quote from: hepcat on February 24, 2009, 12:36:45 AM

i just remembered a series of films that to this day makes me sick just thinking about them:  the Faces of Death movies.  There is absolutely no reason a human being should watch those films, unless they're a budding serial killer. 

Which is why you watched them?

 icon_lol  i accidentally stumbled into watching a part of one of them.  some guys in my fraternity were watching them in the tv room in college and I walked in, grabbed a beer and sat down.  After about 10 minutes, i grabbed another beer and left.  that was the most I could handle.  there's just something about showing someone's (real) death that makes me feel dirty.  i have as dark a sense of humor as almost anyone, but for some reason i find the thought of someone voluntarily watching another person really die very distasteful.  i think it's because i imagine that there are some sick bastards out there that would laugh and make fun of that, and I wouldn't want that for myself.
7573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 26, 2009, 07:19:51 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 26, 2009, 06:25:43 PM


Guess I should add Ravenous to the list, anyway, as it was a pretty F-ed up film.  But sickly entertaining. 

Ravenous is one of my favorite horror films.  It really came out of left field.  Very dark and funny (at times).
7574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [legal] I have to close the family business on: February 26, 2009, 06:58:12 PM
I'm completely clueless about these things, but I certainly do wish you the best.  I'm really sorry to hear about this turn of events.  My thoughts are with you during this trying period.   icon_cry
7575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apparently I live in a Charles Dickens' Novel on: February 26, 2009, 06:51:09 PM
Thanks...thanks for reopening old wounds.

Over the holiday vacation I had a chance to talk to the building pest control guy after he stopped by one afternoon.  I swear, the guy was Cliff Clavin from Cheers.  He spoke with such incredible earnestness about this job that I felt like he was the only thing standing between democracy and communism in this country. 

Anyway, when I brought up the bed bugs issue, he just stopped dead in his tracks and told me, "Not in MY building!  They hired me to make sure that kind of thing DOES NOT happen!".

I felt a little better about things after that.

I also feel confident about getting all my mattresses from the trash bin outside my building now!

...i keed, i keed

7576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising new video on: February 26, 2009, 05:14:02 PM
ouch...i wasn't aware of that.
7577  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Lantern: The Movie on: February 26, 2009, 04:22:57 PM
I'm a huge green lantern fan, so I'm looking forward to this.  I just hope they don't play it for ironic laughs or something. 

I was surprised to read that Kenneth Brannagh is directing Thor.  That may actually work.  It seems like producers are starting to realize that getting talented actors and directors to work on comic book films helps to avoid another Uwe Boll.
7578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 25, 2009, 06:59:02 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 25, 2009, 06:36:17 PM

Quote from: Orgull on February 25, 2009, 06:26:08 PM

There was this war movie with Mark Hammill I saw part of once. It had a scene where several soldiers hiding in foxholes get run over by a tank. That made me sick. Dunno what movie that was though.

The Big Red One??

You sure it wasn't Corvette Summer?
7579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on: February 25, 2009, 04:18:49 PM
I have this overpowering urge to just slap Fallon.  It's unfair of me, I know.  But I just don't like the guy.  Conan and Kimmel are genuinely funny without having to pander (for the most part).  Fallon just comes across as a monkey who's been trained to shake his collection cup and make a funny face when someone walks by.
7580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 25, 2009, 03:52:51 PM
<deleted my original post after realizing i might've misunderstood purge's post>
7581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupidest response from a search engine? on: February 25, 2009, 03:48:25 PM
7582  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [48H Madness] Dawn of War II $36 shipped on: February 25, 2009, 02:23:43 PM
Quite simply the most fun I've had in the single player portion of an RTS since Soldiers:  Heroes of WW2 and maybe the Freedom Force series.  I don't enjoy the MP portion (although that may change after I finish the SP campaign and give it a bit more time) but the SP is absolutely fantastic.
7583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Andy Richter Returns! on: February 24, 2009, 10:40:59 PM
He still looks like a giant, angry baby to this day.  i swear, there's a portrait of the guy somewhere that's getting older.
7584  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Sale- Indie Game Pack on: February 24, 2009, 10:36:47 PM
well, i glossed over that.  perhaps they COULD have been a bit more lenient.    icon_biggrin
7585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Action Movies: What makes or breaks them? on: February 24, 2009, 10:29:45 PM
I said "sometimes".  

The Joker is a definite exception to the rule.  His character is supposed to be shrouded in mystery.  He's also insane.  His depth comes from his level of malevolence, the lengths he'll go to to destroy.  not from his back story.  He's akin to the Raven from the Edgar Allen Poe poem.  He exists not so much as a character, but as a force of nature.  
7586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Action Movies: What makes or breaks them? on: February 24, 2009, 10:25:51 PM
Sometimes I really enjoy an action film that fleshes out the villain.  Gives them a background, a reason for the way they are.  Presenting them as two dimensional characters who suddenly appear and start killing is fun for pure mindless action, but if the film wants to take it to a whole new level with me it needs to develop its villain into something I can almost understand and even sympathize with in some instances. 

Of course, my favorite action film of all time would be Aliens.  And that completely goes against what I just said.   icon_lol
7587  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Sale- Indie Game Pack on: February 24, 2009, 09:50:09 PM
An online store makes it so much easier for people to ask for refunds and such.  Customers don't have to drive to the store and wait in line.  Therefore I would imagine that every time Steam has a sale, they get swamped with people demanding the price difference.  Can't really blame them for saying "no" in these instances.   icon_wink
7588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 24, 2009, 09:35:06 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 24, 2009, 08:59:31 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 24, 2009, 08:58:18 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on February 24, 2009, 08:57:12 PM

I've never seen a movie as disturbing as the shit I've seen in real life. 

still giving sponge baths at the nursing home for a living, eh?

Or he still hasn't learned to stop hiding in your closet.

don't be silly.  it's not hiding if i invited him.
7589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 24, 2009, 08:58:18 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on February 24, 2009, 08:57:12 PM

I've never seen a movie as disturbing as the shit I've seen in real life. 

still giving sponge baths at the nursing home for a living, eh?
7590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 24, 2009, 06:20:01 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 24, 2009, 03:14:04 PM

This is a very interesting topic.  I often wondered how normal people can go see disturbing films.  I've seen a lot of the films you guys are mentioning such as OLDBOY, VERSUS and PANS LABYRINTH etc.  I find zero entertainment in these types of films anymore.  I can't stand seeing rape and human torture in any form.  For example, I caught pieces of the original SAW and couldn't stand it.  I found it impossible to look directly at the screen.  I usually approach these films as a see it once and forget about it type of film.  Now, since I'm older, I just avoid them all together.  I want to come out of watching a film and feel good and inspired and relaxed and not uptight, tense, panicky and foreboding.

Other disturbing films (to me) that I remember seeing are THE HILLS HAVE EYES (original), MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (which has convinced me to never leave this country - and I have not), REST STOP and pretty much all Asian horror films.

I think there are films that glorify violence and depravity through their apathy (and oftentimes, outright revelry) towards the subject matter.  Those films I find truly disturbing.  But to say that films including violence should be avoided (although I should note in all fairness you're not advocating that for everyone, just for yourself) is unfair.  A film like Pan's Labyrinth never once displays its violence as if it is anything other than evil and loathsome.  The violence is there because it is set during a war.  To avoid that topic altogether would ruin the context of the film.  It would destroy the urgency of the story, the tragedy of it. 
7591  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Mercenaries World in Flames is $9.99 on: February 24, 2009, 05:19:47 PM
I loved Mercs 2.  I picked it up during one my weekly target clearance sale runs and finished it in one week.  I rarely do that.
7592  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance 2009-01 on: February 24, 2009, 04:49:52 PM
Huge restock on the clearance shelf at the Target near my office (Park Rd. exit off rt. 41 near Deerfield, IL).

I picked up:

Brothers in Arms: HH  (an UNGODLY amount of copies available)
Tomb Raider: Underworld (Not as many copies as HH, but still quite a few)
Last Remnant (I got the last one)

They were 14.98 apiece and all were for the 360.

I also saw:

Far Cry 2 for the PS3 for 14.98
Spiderman: Web of Shadows for the 360 for 24.98
Mercs 2 for the 360 for 14.98 (one copy left)




7593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 24, 2009, 02:08:51 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 24, 2009, 01:23:10 AM

Driving Miss Daisy, when Morgan Freeman shoots his load up Jessica Tandy's ass and then proceeds to suck it out with a straw.

you SEE the line.  you're aware it's there.  yet you not only cross it...you then go back, purchase a semi truck, then drive back over it again while firing a shotgun out the passenger side window and taking gulps from a bottle of southern comfort.
7594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 24, 2009, 12:36:45 AM
i just remembered a series of films that to this day makes me sick just thinking about them:  the Faces of Death movies.  There is absolutely no reason a human being should watch those films, unless they're a budding serial killer. 
7595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2009 RTS Showdown on: February 23, 2009, 10:32:41 PM
  This is the review I saw   When I looked at the metacritic site a week ago, they didn't have nearly as many reviews up.  i guess it's better than I was initially led to believe.  however, the demo still didn't wow me enough to make me want to buy it.  but that's more a testimony to how burned out i am on traditional RTS games.
7596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 10:28:19 PM
I actually bought an import copy of Versus off ebay after hearing a bunch of people rave about it.  To me it came across as some kid's demo video that they made after watching Evil Dead.  I was a bit disappointed.
7597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 10:12:16 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on February 23, 2009, 10:02:36 PM

Pan's Labyrinth. Seriously. I hated that movie because it seemed so cruel and unnecessarily violent.

I think the violence was kept fairly low key, considering the setting.  icon_eek  I loved that movie.
7598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2009 RTS Showdown on: February 23, 2009, 10:05:54 PM
Battleforge wasn't even on my radar until you folks started talking about it.  Now I'm all interested and stuff.  My wallet hates you.   Tongue

as for Halo Wars, I've been seeing some pretty mediocre to negative reviews for it from early players.  the demo did nothing for me.  it was "same old, same old" and didn't do anything to advance the RTS genre, or even capture any of the fun that the C&C series injects into their games.
7599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 09:29:45 PM
Pete, then i highly recommend that you avoid ANY french horror/suspense films made within the last 10 years.  if old boy disturbed you, those would put you in a coma then kick you in the crotch repeatedly.

i've come to the conclusion that there must be something in crepes that turns you into a sick sadist who loves seeing children and women tortured on screen.
7600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got kicked out of Gamestop today! on: February 23, 2009, 08:43:07 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 23, 2009, 07:38:09 PM


I guess you better hope the woman's PS2 doesn't crap out in a few weeks.

 icon_lol  that was exactly what i was thinking as i read his post.
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