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7681  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
7682  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.
7683  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.

Quote
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.
7684  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. 
7685  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.
7686  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).
7687  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
7688  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

7689  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.
7690  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.
7691  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?
7692  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.
7693  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>
7694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stupidest response from a search engine? on: February 25, 2009, 03:48:25 PM
7695  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.
7696  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.
7697  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
7698  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.  
7699  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
7700  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
7701  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.
7702  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?
7703  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. 
7704  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.
7705  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)




7706  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.
7707  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. 
7708  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.
7709  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.
7710  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.
7711  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.
7712  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.
7713  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.
7714  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
7715  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. 
7716  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.
7717  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.
7718  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.
7719  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.
7720  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.
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