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7681  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. 
7682  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.
7683  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)




7684  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.
7685  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. 
7686  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.
7687  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.
7688  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.
7689  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.
7690  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.
7691  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.
7692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 08:39:53 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 23, 2009, 08:32:14 PM

Seven.


damn straight...man, that was disturbing   icon_biggrin
7693  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PC Windows Live Id's on: February 23, 2009, 08:05:08 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 23, 2009, 07:22:54 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 23, 2009, 07:15:13 PM

hepcat1

however, i'm either really close to the 100 person limit for Live friends, or just at the limit.  they really need to increase that threshold.

what? Are you saying you dont want to be my friend?!  icon_evil

Let's turn this into "Sophie's Choice".  Pick someone from my friend's list to drop and you can have his/her place.   icon_lol

seriously though, if you're not already in my list I'll shoot you an invite. 
7694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 07:17:06 PM

Quote from: WorkingMike on February 23, 2009, 07:08:53 PM

do NOT watch http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0856288/

Frontiers was pretty rough too http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0814685/

There is an older film called Man Bites Dog. If you can find the uncensored version of it, it's worth a watch. More morally disturbing than graphic.

There is a great picture you can get instantly on Netflix called Dead Man's Shoes that lingers with you.

Dead Man's Shoes is a great, understated "revenge flick" that has a nice twist ending.  i highly recommend it.  it can be a bit slow at times, but that only added to the tension for me.
7695  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PC Windows Live Id's on: February 23, 2009, 07:15:13 PM
hepcat1

however, i'm either really close to the 100 person limit for Live friends, or just at the limit.  they really need to increase that threshold.
7696  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most disturbing movie you've seen? on: February 23, 2009, 06:29:49 PM
Oldboy is one of my favorite films of all time.  But yeah, it's a bit disturbing.

Probably the movie that disturbed me the most is Andy Warhol's Bad.  I honestly think the movie is a piece of crap and shouldn't be watched by anyone.  The scene in which a baby is tossed out a 12th story window and then attacked by a dog made me sick.  I abruptly walked out at that point. 

p.s. I've seen the original german version of funny games.  i understand the same director remade it for american audiences.  however, i wasn't all that thrilled with the original version.  the acting was great, but the actors kept breaking the fourth wall towards the end of the movie and it just didn't work for me.
7697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23) on: February 23, 2009, 06:09:22 PM
Isn't Drakensang coming out this week for the PC as well?  I know that's one I'm looking at getting.
7698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 23, 2009, 03:27:14 PM
I don't believe it does.
7699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 23, 2009, 02:48:14 PM
Does Live limit you to 100 friends still?  Combining my PC friends with my 360 friends will surely cause me to have issues if that still holds true.   icon_cry
7700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Depressed...? on: February 22, 2009, 03:16:35 PM
 icon_lol
7701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 05:42:18 PM
well, so far not much snow.  about 2 inches.  it's supposed to snow later today, though.  I was really hoping for an excuse to stay inside, eat junk food and play video games all day.  now i have this nagging guilt that's telling me to get my taillight fixed and to head to the gym.
7702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 21, 2009, 04:50:54 AM
Man, the single player just keeps getting more and more addictive.  I realized while playing tonight what it most reminds me of, though.  Soldiers: Heroes of WWII.  I absolutely loved that game.  DoW2 has the same tactical/RTS feel to it.  But they also added in the RPG/loot aspect and it just puts it over the top for me.
7703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 04:47:20 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 21, 2009, 04:41:14 AM

Quote from: gellar on February 21, 2009, 02:33:35 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 21, 2009, 02:31:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on February 21, 2009, 02:26:25 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 21, 2009, 02:18:13 AM

still holding a grudge, eh?   icon_lol

Me?  Over what?

gellar

oh...i get it.  wink wink.   icon_biggrin

No seriously - what do you think I have a grudge over?  I looked over your last 100 posts and can't find a damn thing.

gellar

I think the hair gel has finally started seeping through his braincase and he's mistaking you for Pia Isadora....

She had no right to that Golden Globe.  No right whatsoever.
7704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 04:19:38 AM
Thankfully I fired my film crew a few months ago.

No snow yet, but the news reports keep talking about "shoveling out your car" in the morning.  I'm starting to think they're just crying wolf about this one.
7705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 02:35:43 AM
perhaps 101?
7706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 02:31:53 AM

Quote from: gellar on February 21, 2009, 02:26:25 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 21, 2009, 02:18:13 AM

still holding a grudge, eh?   icon_lol

Me?  Over what?

gellar

oh...i get it.  wink wink.   icon_biggrin
7707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 02:18:13 AM
still holding a grudge, eh?   icon_lol
7708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 21, 2009, 12:21:50 AM
got a deep dish gino's east frozen pizza and all the above items.  I'm set.  bring it on, mother nature.
7709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 20, 2009, 10:38:27 PM
updating list now.  forgetting booze is unpardonable.  i apologize for this oversight.
7710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 20, 2009, 10:37:06 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on February 20, 2009, 10:34:57 PM

You should consider picking this up and reading it while snowed in.


  Claws in, Miss Kitty, claws in.  
7711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Expecting Snow...Need Suggestions on Supplies on: February 20, 2009, 10:31:31 PM
We're supposed to get 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Chicago area tonight and tomorrow.  If recent events are any indication, this will turn into 212 to 374 inches by midnight.  In preparation for this apocalyptic event, I'm stopping at the grocery store to stock up on items that will carry me through the weekend and help me survive until Red Cross digs me out of my 2nd floor apartment on Monday afternoon.  I suspect that my week following that will be spent acclimating to the new frozen world that awaits me.

Here's my short list:

1) Hard Dough Pretzels - 1 box
2) Frozen Pizza
3) Diet 7up - 6 pack
4) 2 small boxes of Goobers
5) A blow up doll to toss out on the tundra to distract roving bands of starving wolves.  (this is my story, and I'm sticking to it)
6) A 12 pack of Becks and enough Grain Alcohol to cause temporary onset blindness for 12 hours.

Any more suggestions? 
7712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Streaming videos from your PC to the Xbox 360... on: February 20, 2009, 06:37:38 PM
check out their site for more info.

As far as I know, you can access Hulu, Netflix (although the 360 will do Netflix on its own), Youtube, CBS, etc..  As for Fox, the Playon site says that fox shows are available through Hulu, but I don't know if Playon accesses Fox.com directly.  You can poke around their forums and see, or just send them an email asking about that.
7713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Streaming videos from your PC to the Xbox 360... on: February 20, 2009, 06:32:43 PM
Sorry Pete, I wasn't trying to be an ass, I just wasn't sure what your level of familiarity was with your home system and I didn't want to come across as an even bigger ass by assuming it was too little.

For what you want, Playon is really your only option.  You can use TVersity for streaming movies that are downloaded and stored on your PC, but for movies/shows that are viewed on your computer by accessing a web site (like Hulu or Fox.com) you'll need something like Playon. 

Of course, there are always bit torrents (a form of peer to peer file sharing) but that requires some work in finding the files, downloading them, etc..   Truthfully, I think Playon is going to be your best bet.  Try the free trial and see what you think.  If you don't like it, just uninstall it.  No harm, no foul.

P.S.  using a Tom Cruise character from a movie about auto racing in an analogy???  If I could reach you right now, I'd smack the gel out of your hair.
7714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising new video on: February 20, 2009, 05:22:13 PM
Operation Flashpoint was my first real experience with online gaming in an FPS with a huge map.  I still remember being amazed that I could take a helicopter and just fly around for long stretches of time, then set off to find a battle. 

I also remember with great fondness sneaking through the woods in the SP portion of the game, praying that no one would see me.

OP had such great atmosphere.  I hope they recapture it with this sequel.
7715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 04:05:34 PM
I'm not going this year due to some training I'm taking that will occupy my saturdays from april until september, but next year you'll have to join us for our annual Origins convention gathering in Columbus...if you're a boardgamer/rpg'er that is.
7716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 04:01:23 PM
I grew up in New Philadelphia, which is about 70 miles south of Cleveland and about 35 miles south of Canton...the home of both the Football Hall of Fame and Marilyn Manson.
7717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 03:57:17 PM
I'll be returning someday to the land of my birth.  I can't live without Amish cheese, Corell's potato chips and Mid's Spaghetti sauce for too much longer!
7718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 03:52:07 PM
Would I lie to a fellow Ohioan???   icon_biggrin
7719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Reviews are trickling ou plus impressions. on: February 20, 2009, 03:06:41 PM
I'm running it on an E6600 with an 8800GT and I've got everything maxed out.  It runs smooth as silk for me.  You may not be able to go to ultra settings with that setup, but I would think that you could easily do high or medium with no issues.
7720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Streaming videos from your PC to the Xbox 360... on: February 20, 2009, 02:44:12 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 20, 2009, 05:29:20 AM

So I've installed TVersity and all of a sudden my 360 can see my PC.  So now how the hell do I watch TV shows?   icon_confused

Fox won't let me download Lie to Me, Hulu isn't supported by the 360, and so how do I now watch stuff?

Pete, give Playon a try, at least for the 14 day trial.  I have trouble using it with TVersity, but I just shut one down when I want to use the other.  Playon is as close to plug and play as you're going to get.  Sure, it's 40 bucks, but that's a one time fee and it's really worth it.  The quality of the shows on Hulu when streamed to an HDTV leave a little to be desired, but it's watchable.

By the way, how is your network set up?  If you're using a router, try putting your 360 in the DMZ (check your router to see if it has the option, although most do nowadays).  That will get you past most of the port issues that cause most problems when streaming to your 360 from a PC.
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