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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 02:22:46 PM
I think you're overestimating the number of 6-18 year olds who even know what a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle is.   
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: August 11, 2014, 01:43:29 PM
This is NOT a game for those who are now used to the immediate gratification found in most newer CRPG's.  Some of the quests you can't even solve until you get into the second area (or later).  Don't look at your progress as something measured in completed quests and you'll be happier.  Just enjoy the ride.

I'm about 60 hours in (I restarted after about 15 with a new party) and while I'm still enjoying it and plan on seeing it through, there are a few things that are grating on me:

1) Inventory management is a beast. 
2) Crafting could be a little more fleshed out.  Right now it's a simple "drag and drop onto what you THINK might work, see if anything happens". 
3) The rock-paper-scissors dialog game is wearing out its welcome with me.

But I still love combat.  I'd kill to see this engine reused for more games.
83  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: August 11, 2014, 01:33:57 PM
To be fair, that's not really Obama's fault.  This (mostly) goes back to the initial meddling by Bush Jr. and his naive attempt to bring peace to the middle east.  Even when it was suggested that they should split the country up by major factions in order to avoid sectarian fighting, his administration thought they knew better.  

No matter who leads our country over the next few decades, the middle east is going to be problematic.  We're stuck in that quagmire until they either install a new warlord or leader who's as ruthless as Saddam, they draw up new boundaries for the major sects, or they finally learn to live together in at least a modicum of harmony.  

...I foresee the first one happening before any of the others.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 11, 2014, 01:08:21 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 10, 2014, 10:12:05 PM

Turtles opened at $65 million.  Guardians has $41.5 million for weekend #2.

Turtles is being universally panned.  I have a feeling that ticket sales will plummet next weekend and GotG will be back on top. 

If that doesn't happen, I fear for humanity.
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 08:10:42 PM
Now, now...I did make note of your post earlier.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 06:12:41 PM
I'm going to need a breakdown of sausages, brats, etc. so I can map out my spiralization plan.

Right now it's just:

Get meat
Spiralize
?
Profit!
87  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 08, 2014, 12:59:35 PM
Man, if only I'd spent my skill points differently I could've gone with the Assyrian Orthodox tree instead of going full Methodist.  Now my character is just gimped.   icon_frown
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 12:57:08 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 08, 2014, 03:04:55 AM

Quote from: Caine on August 07, 2014, 02:10:47 PM

You've graduated from hot dogs to bratwurst.  Johnsonville on the grill, get some hoagie rolls and some ketchup.  That's all you need.

Or Italian sausage. Hot dogs are for children.

The only way I can imagine eating a hot dog nowadays is the way I used to like them when I was young: Burned black on a stick in a campfire. In the dark. Half starved and drunk.

Jesus, what kind of Scout leader did you have as a kid???
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 07:13:30 PM
At first I laughed...then I realized I want to try this as soon as possible.

...but with bratwurst.  Never with the lowly hot dog that is made from the cast offs from a slaughter house floor.
90  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 07, 2014, 02:06:12 PM
What exactly DID Jesus teach, though?  All we have are the written words of so many people...most with agendas...that it's become impossible to know what Christianity really stands for.

I think we should start our own care bear style church.  Keep out the evil PvP'ers and just be content with PvE.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 06, 2014, 12:22:43 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
...or kick as much ass as he should've been able to.

92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 11:40:43 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 04, 2014, 11:20:28 PM

I hadn't been aware that Fillion was in GotG either.

Nice list of trivia and Easter eggs.  Do not read if you haven't seen the movie though!

And Fillion's cameo was pretty sneaky (it's on that list).   icon_wink
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 07:01:54 PM
That was actually my take as well.  Peter reminded me of Crichton on more than one occasion, and the film's denizens were all of the Farscape school of oddness.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 04, 2014, 06:47:17 PM
Fillion photobombs Gunn at the premiere of GotG

95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 04, 2014, 01:35:24 PM
After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy this week, sit down and watch the fantastic space opera Harlock: Space Pirate.  I loved the anime as a kid, and the movie is a pretty decent CGI version.
96  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, AMA! on: August 03, 2014, 07:18:23 PM
For some reason, I initially read that subject line as "I'm a former Jehovah's Witness, MMA!" and wondered what the hell those two things had to do with each other.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 03, 2014, 07:16:59 PM
I ended up seeing it in 3D as I didn't get out of work soon enough for the earlier, 2D showing.  I was grumbling to myself about spending 14.75 for a ticket to what my local theater calls "the XD experience" as the last time I caught a movie in that format, it wasn't any different than a normal theater.

However, the moment I walked in I noticed the screen was much larger.  Then I got to my seat and realized it was a reclining chair with extra cushioning.  At that point, I realized they had me.  I can't imagine seeing another movie outside that particular theater.  My god, what comfort.   icon_surprised
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 07:39:00 PM
"I don't think anyone is 100 percent a dick, sir!"  is still making me chuckle.   icon_lol
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 04:35:36 PM
The cameos and arcana in GotG are probably even more obscure than the main characters.  But yeah, it's meant to be more sci fi...however, between Groot and Drax, you've got plenty of superhero stuff to boot.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 02, 2014, 11:41:22 AM
Season 1, yes.  Season 2, no.  Season 3, yes.  Season 4, so far yes.

The problem with season 2 was that they should have wrapped up the story in season 1 and went onto a new mystery (like they did season 3 and are doing with season 4), but instead they artificially extended the story from season 1 through ridiculous and stupid plot devices that made viewers and critics alike write the show off.  But they learned their lesson and returned with a much better story for season 3. 

But the real draw of the show are the leads.  They're fantastic.  Especially Holder.  He's made even more impressive when you realize English is the actor's second language. 
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 11:07:20 AM
Don't be so hard on her.  I'm sure she can be funny when she wants to be.   icon_razz
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 02, 2014, 03:28:10 AM
Ah hell yeah, season 4 of The Killing is up.  Episode one was fantastic.  Gonna be hard not to binge watch them all this weekend.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 02:39:10 AM
I'm rather curious as to what Marvel insider stuff made the other Marvel studio films unapproachable for you.  Because to be fair, there's just as much of that in GotG as in any previous films.  But just like all the other films, you need absolutely zero knowledge of that stuff to enjoy it. 
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 01:56:39 AM
I enjoyed it and that's really all that matters.  I feel that what little disappointment I may have had in some portrayals was greatly overshadowed by my love of the end product and its loving and numerous nods to the source material.  I can't divorce myself from years of enjoying the comics as a kid, nor do I want to.  It made me enjoy this endeavor all the more for it, in spite of what you may think.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 12:30:43 AM
You'll enjoy it a bunch more if you are in on the usual marvel insider stuff though.  

Just got back and it's definitely in contention for best marvel film with Avengers.  Such a fun, fun ride.  Even the simple introduction of adult Peter was so damn endearing that you couldn't help but cheer for the guy from minute one.

Things that worked:

Chris Pratt.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, casting him was genius.  

Groot and Rocket.  Freakin' loved them.  I was worried that Bradley Cooper the movie star would overshadow his voice work, but he pulled it off perfectly.

Gamora.  I honestly didn't think Saldana could pull it off, but she did.  

Lee Pace.  What little I saw of Ronan in the trailers always left me a bit cold.  But he actually made it work.

The story.  It wasn't terribly deep, but neither was Star Wars and Indiana Jones.  Both of those films obviously served as inspirations for Gunn.  He managed to make a film that has you laughing hysterically one minute and almost in tears the next.  The great cast was a huge part of that, sure.  But you have to give Gunn credit for not being TOO manipulative in the emotional scenes.  Although there were a few times he nearly crossed the line.

Things that didn't quite work:

Drax.  They hired an athlete and it showed more than once.  He tried, but I ultimately felt he was the weakest character in the ensemble.  Plus, they neutered the character a bit, imho.  In the comics, Drax earns the name The Destroyer by being...well...a destroyer.  In GotG, he's more like Drax the Nuisance most of the time.

Nebula.  I love Karen Gillan as much as any red blooded male.  But for some reason her character was never terribly believable for me.  

It's a nitpick, but I prefer the Yondu from the original GotG, by the way.  Still, Rooker did a good job.

Oh, and you show Cosmo but you don't make him a bad ass?  Why???  smile
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:49:08 PM
Hmmm....looks like the only true IMAX showing near me is down at Navy Pier and I'm not about to make that drive on a weekend.  I'll just go with 3D.  They have one of the digital IMAX retrofits at a theater near me, but that's a giant scam worthy of its own thread.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:10:46 PM
Ooh, thanks Fool!
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:02:15 PM
Question for those who saw it:  is the 3D worth the extra cost of admission?  Or does it seem tacked on or superfluous?
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:57:06 PM
I had to leave the band after the sold out '82 world tour when it was discovered that I was experimenting with the feathered look.  Layers in hairstyles was verboten at that time.  And when I announced in the Village Voice that I was going to stop using Aquanet altogether, I was drummed out of the industry.

I bummed around for a few years after that, taking the odd job in keyboard tie stores to keep myself in shoulder pads and epaulettes, and didn't really reenter the music world until one weekend in '94 when I discovered that Too Shy was number one with a bullet in Uzbekistan...who had apparently just invented the radio the year prior to that.  I was flown to their capital and asked to perform the song with my old bandmates during their annual "Jesus Christ, We're Still Here!!??" festival. 

Despite the bad blood, we were able to set aside our differences and perform a searing 12 minute set that brought the shack down. 

Not bad for a simple cannibal from the backwoods of Tennessee, eh?
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 02:47:04 PM
Get a few cats and create yourself a cat powered car...

111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:44:04 PM
I have no response to that, so here's Kajagoogoo performing their smash hit, Too Shy!
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:37:56 PM
Dear Stand Up Comics of the World,

We write this letter to let you know that your services are no longer needed.  Issie has now perfected your craft and we feel that any further attempts in that endeavor will only serve to highlight your amateur standings.  

We also ask that all rubber chickens, fake arrow through the head pieces, and giant hammers be turned in as well as we honestly feel prop comics will be his next target.

Sincerely,

Audiences of the World
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:34:05 PM
So a few weeks back I caught a trailer on Hulu for the new James Franco directorial attempt based on a Cormac McCarthy short novel. It's a story about a backwoods Tennessean in the 50's who becomes increasingly savage and violent.  It looked interesting and I made a mental note to keep an eye out for it.

Today I took a look at the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.  

...it's not getting good ones.  36 percent rating so far...and falling.

Two of my favorite review synopses:

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What did we do to deserve James Franco?

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Time and again I found myself looking at a wobbly shot of somebody's slouched shoulder, or a not-very-interesting left ear, wondering what information, exactly, these visuals were intended to convey.

I guess I'll just stick with No Country for Old Men for my McCarthy fix.  
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 01:55:37 PM
It depends.  Are you an elderly spinster?
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 01:17:04 PM
Rotten Tomato ratings usually drop on release of a film, but GotG seems to be holding steady with high marks.  Even a majority of the "top critics" they list love it.   I'm definitely doing a matinee tomorrow.  I grew up on GotG (the original group with Yondu) so I can't wait to see what they do with the Nova Corps and the rest of the older stuff.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 31, 2014, 05:32:26 PM
This just moved up to an opening weekend matinee thanks to that review.
117  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 30, 2014, 06:47:34 PM
Yup.  I always reference that episode in one way or another when something like this comes up. 
118  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 30, 2014, 05:02:35 PM
"Do you want cream and sugar with that, sir?"

"Sure do...but here...let me just shoot it off the top shelf behind you there..."
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 30, 2014, 04:48:54 PM
The interview you linked to notes that there was a film adaptation announced.  Alan Moore points out that the film rights were actually sold by Radical in 2009, a year after this interview.  It's not inconceivable that he was on good terms with Radical in 2008, they screwed him (without his knowledge) in 2009, and his good will soured by the time he found out he wasn't going to make any money off the deal.  

From the interview you linked to:

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The movie version of your “Hercules” was announced. Is this your first experience being adapted for screen?

Actually, it isn’t much of an experience for me at all so far, as I know little more about this than what can be found on the Radical website! I’m assured, though, that everyone wants the movie to be a pretty close adaptation of the comic book, which suits me.

Although another article clearly states that the contract did NOT obligate Radical to recompense Moore for the film.

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According to CinemaBlend.com, Steve Moore's contract with Radical Comics bosses, who sold the film rights, made it clear he would have no involvement or money if a movie adaptation of his comics was made.

So who knows.  Alan could just be bitching again about films being made from comics/graphic novels again.  He does have a habit of doing so.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 30, 2014, 04:07:38 PM
Alan Moore is asking that you boycott it.  Normally I take his tirades with a grain of salt as he's the poster child for disgruntled artist. But he makes some good points about how Steve Moore (the creator of the comic it's based on) was screwed over by studios and publishers alike before he unfortunately died before the release of the film.
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