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7881  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [FFG] Android... on: December 18, 2008, 07:51:02 PM
cool, glad to hear pandemic is as much fun as i've heard!  now i really can't wait for this weekend!
7882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 18, 2008, 06:44:28 PM
about 7 years or so ago Chicago got hit with one of the worst snow storms on record.  it was also new year's eve when the worst came down.  i had a friend and his wife over for movies and drinks and a relatively quiet NY eve celebration that turned into a prison situation around 3am.  We literally couldn't even open the front door the next day as it was blocked with at least 3 feet of snow.  The city was shut down.

After about 3 hours of listening to those two fighting over some annoying crap, I went for the Chivas.  I polished off a half bottle by 1pm.  By 3pm I decided it was me or them so I crawled out the bathroom window (full bottle of Chivas tucked inside my coat) and started stumbling towards the movie theater complex about 4 blocks away.  My plan was to get away from it all via whatever friggin' movie was playing that day.

After about a block, I realized that absolutely no one within a 5 mile radius was as stupid as I.  I felt like Charlton Heston in The Omega Man.  If it weren't January in Chicago, I would've expected to see tumbleweeds. 

Naturally the theater was closed.  So I basically meandered around a frozen wasteland, drunk off my ass, for 8 blocks.  To this day I'm surprised they didn't dig up my frozen corpse come spring....
7883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 18, 2008, 06:29:05 PM
Pete's got a point there.  If Chicago gets hit as badly as they say we are, I'm not coming into work tomorrow.  I need to know what the official beer for that situation is.  Can a brother get some help here?
7884  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yay... it is a wonderful Christmas Gift from my company! on: December 18, 2008, 06:21:23 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 18, 2008, 06:17:34 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on December 18, 2008, 06:08:28 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 18, 2008, 05:58:09 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 18, 2008, 04:11:51 PM

Announced today:

And yeah, I know I shouldn't beyotch

Yeah you should because that sucks.

Dude, he still has a job.

Correct. So does that mean he shouldn't be upset if he gets a gash on his face because other people have terminal cancer?  Should he not be mad that his car needs 1000.00 in repairs that he can't afford because Mumbai had terrorist attacks?

i don't think anyone's trying to make him feel badly for not liking this situation (no one likes to lose money), they're simply trying to point out the positive side.  it's what friends do.   icon_wink
7885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 18, 2008, 05:07:31 PM
Actually, we're both from ohio so we should probably be spelling it "roomer"....
7886  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 18, 2008, 04:49:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 18, 2008, 04:10:50 PM


rumour has it we may actually have a white X-Mas in some parts of Ohio, but I'll believe it when I see it.

drop the "our", you're an american, damn it!
7887  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Yay... it is a wonderful Christmas Gift from my company! on: December 18, 2008, 04:45:26 PM
I can only hope that the worst thing to happen to me is a 5 percent pay cut in these times.  I don't relish having to look for a job in this economy if they have to start letting people go around here. 

Although on the other hand, it would give me an excuse to go back to school and switch career paths. 
7888  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 18, 2008, 02:58:35 PM
Supposedly Chicago is going to get a blast starting tonight and lasting until late tomorrow.  I'm driving back to Ohio for the holidays on Saturday so I hope it's run its course by then.  I'd fly back but gas prices are so damn good right now that I want to actually enjoy a nice road trip while I can still afford it without selling off vital internal organs.
7889  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [FFG] Android... on: December 18, 2008, 02:40:08 PM
BSG's a great game, so you won't be disappointed.

I'm gonna take a pass on Android as it seems it might be a difficult sell with the chicago gangs/ohio gangs i play with.  I did FINALLY get a copy of pandemic a couple of weeks ago.  that friggin' thing was out of print for ages.  i'm heading back to ohio for christmas week and i've got friends staying with me for 3 of those days.  i'm going into board game overdrive starting sunday.   icon_biggrin
7890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: December 18, 2008, 02:21:56 PM
what happens when eventually everyone just has the power to absorb other people's powers?  we have (well...had) 3 of them at one time.  after a few generations everyone will have a superpower that really doesn't DO anything ("Hey bob, I just absorbed your absorption power!"  "Nice one, ted!")
7891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: December 17, 2008, 08:43:36 PM
Walter FTW
7892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: KB Toys files Chapter 11 on: December 17, 2008, 05:48:38 PM
I can see the Toys-R-Us ads for next month:

"Toys-R-Us Files for Chapter FUN!"
7893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Let's Play: Undying [thread in another forum] on: December 17, 2008, 05:05:54 PM
Hmmm...I have this and never finished it (I remember it got fairly difficult for me in the middle somewhere).  Wonder if it would work on vista 64....
7894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 17, 2008, 04:07:12 PM
Starting now, I have a new rule of thumb:  if the trailer voice over includes the words "visionary director" I will automatically place the name of that film in my "do not see" list.
7895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 16, 2008, 09:30:38 PM

Quote from: godhugh on December 16, 2008, 09:26:12 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 16, 2008, 09:01:34 PM

Bummer. it looked so good in the trailers frown

Man, I thought the trailers looked terrible. Always seemed more like an SNL spoof of Sin City then a real movie.

I grew increasingly disappointed with each new trailer, unfortunately.
7896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: December 16, 2008, 06:30:07 PM
Early word on the film is that it's a disaster.    (and that's the second early review...the first was much harsher) icon_frown

i was afraid of this.  from the trailers, all i was seeing was miller trying to redo sin city.  i don't think the style that rodriguez used for that film should become the defacto method for all comic book films, but if you're going to ape it at least try to add something of your own to it.  unfortunately, miller doesn't seem to have a good enough eye for film to do so.
7897  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Stardock Weekend Madness on: December 12, 2008, 10:31:45 PM
You can download it to your heart's content.  Just hang onto the registration code you'll receive when you buy it.

7898  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Stardock Weekend Madness on: December 12, 2008, 10:04:07 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 12, 2008, 09:25:13 PM

Dude, Space Rangers 2 Complete for that price is a must have.

+1000
7899  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [FFG] Android... on: December 12, 2008, 06:17:05 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 10, 2008, 04:20:23 PM

I really wish Fantasy Flight would try and get their game lengths down. 

I started a game of Twilight Imperium III on March 23rd, 2006. 

...we're about halfway through the game now.
7900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Please explain Heroes to me..... on: December 12, 2008, 06:13:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 12, 2008, 05:44:26 PM

since the writer who left for Pushing Daisies is coming back it should get better for the last 5 or so episodes.

at the expense of a truly original, well written and utterly endearing show, unfortunately.   icon_frown
7901  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: December 11, 2008, 07:52:31 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 11, 2008, 07:18:27 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 10, 2008, 07:10:48 PM

And what the eff is the Haitian's name?

He is listed on imdb as "The Haitian"

There's also a funny trivia note on imdb that Ando doesn't speak any Japanese and is doing his lines phonetically. He's Korean.

Yeah, I recently saw the actor who plays Ando on some other tv show playing a Korean cop (I think it was CSI). 
7902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 owner - suggestions please on: December 11, 2008, 07:44:26 PM
If you haven't already picked it up, you can get Crackdown off buy.com for about 12 bucks for the time being.
7903  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Monty Python: 16-Ton Megaset: $30 on: December 11, 2008, 07:21:10 PM
Got it for around 150 bucks about 6 years ago.  An absolute steal at 30 bucks.  You'd be crazy not to get it at that price.  It should actually be a bannable offense for GT members if they DON'T buy this.   icon_biggrin
7904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 360 survival rate thread on: December 11, 2008, 06:54:39 PM
# - 3
Streak - 14 months

The first two exchanges were done using the Best Buy replacement plan.  Before my second one died however, MS extended the warranty on the 360 and it was made somewhat comparable to the BB replacement plan.  I opted to forego the BB plan in favor of the MS warranty and use that extra 50 bucks that would've gone to the BB plan to get an Elite. 

So far, so good.  Although I have absolute faith that this system will eventually go belly up.  I use it for so many damn things that it's not even funny.  It's my dvd player, my digital media player (both audio and video) and my gaming console.  Microsoft created a very shoddy console and maintained that level of shoddiness for more than a few generations.  However, they did such a friggin' stellar job with Live and the extended functionality of the 360 that I'm sure I'll keep on replacing the damn things as they break. 

I just hope they eventually create one that actually isn't pre programmed to fail.
7905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Please explain Heroes to me..... on: December 11, 2008, 03:18:10 PM
Season 1:  Show is fully written.

Season 2:  50 percent of the show is written.

Season 3:  Show is written by a house cat with a pen strapped to the side of its left leg and a plastic mouse suspended from a stick that is taped to the top of its head.
7906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 12/9: Why so serious? on: December 10, 2008, 05:44:27 PM

Quote from: mori on December 09, 2008, 03:16:31 AM

Many will recognize my avatar from Deadwood. It is a great series if, you can accept the fictitious style of speech and enormous amount of profanity.

 icon_confused  in interviews with the writers, they seemed to indicate that the style of speech was fairly authentic for that time period. 
7907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: December 09, 2008, 07:55:39 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on December 09, 2008, 07:34:32 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 09, 2008, 06:44:06 PM

The Haitian has limits? Arthur with no power is able to exert his, um, power to override the Haitian? Then Sylar walks in and is apparently immune to the Haitian? All kind of weird about who's power shall rule them all. Given how Sylar survived having his throat slashed by HRG you would think he would be more thorough when it came to Arthur.

This entire scene was just a complete mess in my opinion. 

ditto
7908  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: FINAL WEEK!: Food Lion: Buy 6 Milks Get 1 Free: FINAL WEEK! on: December 09, 2008, 02:21:59 PM
Will they price match Gamestop?
7909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the 360... on: December 09, 2008, 03:16:47 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 09, 2008, 01:55:58 AM

Quote from: hepcat on December 08, 2008, 10:00:19 PM

Someone wanna start a thread called "Finish the sentence: I wish that the Atari 2600..."


had more flexible joysticks so they wouldn't hurt as much if you accidentally sat on them.

in your case...over and over and over again
7910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the 360... on: December 08, 2008, 10:12:56 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on December 08, 2008, 10:11:11 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 08, 2008, 10:00:19 PM

Someone wanna start a thread called "Finish the sentence: I wish that the Atari 2600..."

...had a second button.

Had a career mode in Pong.
7911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the 360... on: December 08, 2008, 10:00:19 PM
Someone wanna start a thread called "Finish the sentence: I wish that the Atari 2600..."
7912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 12/9: Why so serious? on: December 08, 2008, 09:54:48 PM
Jeebus, they're STILL milking I Am Legend??
7913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the true story on Xbox 360 and Blu-Ray? on: December 08, 2008, 05:47:24 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 08, 2008, 05:37:54 PM

I think Microsoft is more interested in digital distribution than blu ray. IE they would rather sell 120 gig hard drives than blu ray players. I doubt it will happen until the Box 720 or whatever it will be called, is released.

I would agree.  I believe MS is planning to dominate the digital distribution format for movies and tv shows.  I would look for them to spend far more time cutting deals with studios than talking with sony about blu-ray.
7914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: December 06, 2008, 02:29:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 05, 2008, 10:30:03 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 05, 2008, 09:07:20 PM

I think almost all of the missed quests from Ch 2 can be completed in (but no later than) Chapter 3. 

I think you can only have the Captain Kirk moment and nail the green chick in chapter 2.

ah....god da......KKKKKHHHHHHAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!
7915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 owner - suggestions please on: December 06, 2008, 02:53:24 AM
Cheap "must haves", IMHO:

Retail:
Crackdown
Dead Rising
GRAW (1 and 2 are cheap)
RS:Vegas 1 (dirt cheap)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Assassin's Creed


Live Arcade games:
Settlers of Catan
Puzzle Quest

You got a lot of really good, really cheap games available right now.  Go to town, my boy!   icon_biggrin

edit:  oh man, mass effect is 19.99 used at gamestop?  put that on my list.   icon_wink
7916  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It had to happen: Snow-covered, Nazi Zombie movie on: December 06, 2008, 12:47:48 AM
Looks like it could be fun.  If nothing else, I give it points for the tagline "Ein, Zwei, DIE!".   icon_lol
7917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Entourage returns next month! on: December 06, 2008, 12:43:45 AM

Quote from: kratz on December 05, 2008, 11:49:02 PM

Yeah, but Jerry Ferrara is pleasant to be around, funny, talented, has good personal hygiene, and is attentive to a woman's needs.

Still buckin' for a spot on The View, eh Sensitive Kratz? 

Quote
But hepcat has the hair going for him. It all balances out.

It's like being a homeless millionaire sometimes....
7918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inventor of "sci-fi", Forrest J Ackerman is no more. on: December 05, 2008, 10:03:55 PM
The man refused to grow up and I admire him immensely for that.  His Famous Monsters of Filmland was a favorite of mine when I was a kid.  Also, anyone who has had a hand in helping to bring about what I consider one of the 25 best authors of the 20th century (Ray Bradbury) deserves nothing but accolades as well.

One thing I always wanted to do was tour his mansion.  He used to open it to the public on Halloween and other special occasions for tours.  The amount of memorabilia in that place would've made me choke on pure geek joy.
7919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Entourage returns next month! on: December 05, 2008, 09:25:34 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 05, 2008, 08:06:29 PM

Yeah but in real life the guy has a starring role in a hit HBO series, he's basically on the same level as Jamie. The Sopranos is a much more successful show, granted, but they basically have the same level of stardom.

I'm on the same level as the 22 year old consultant two cubicles over, but that ain't scorin' me points in her book, pal.  She still runs like hell when I start gatherin' folks for lunch.
7920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: December 05, 2008, 08:45:00 PM
 icon_eek  apparently i missed a few quests in chapter 2 from what i'm reading in this thread.  i'm well into chapter 3 so i doubt i'm going to go back and replay hours of the game just to see these stories unfold.
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