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8001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tropic Thunder on: September 16, 2008, 12:53:18 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 15, 2008, 10:24:49 PM


Agreed, the writing was pretty lame for the most part. I have to guiltily admit I did most of my laughing during the Simple Jack scenes...

methinks therein lies the answer to your dislike for the writing in the rest of the film.   Tongue

it wasn't a great comedy, but i still thought it had its moments.  i don't regret the cost of seeing it in a theater.
8002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: September 16, 2008, 12:47:46 PM
What we NEED is a vampire version of Van Wilder.  A Nosferatu who enjoys the heck out of being undead.  Now THAT would be worth seeing.
8003  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: September 16, 2008, 12:04:49 PM
For those of you getting authentication errors this morning when trying to update your game for the SE, try changing the password.  It may be a coincidence and the authentication servers came back online during the 3 minutes it took me to change the password, but it worked for me at 7am Central Time (SE was supposed to start at 7am Eastern, so I waited an hour before trying to find a resolution).  After numerous authentication failures, I just went into my mythic account page and changed my game account password.  Patcher started up right away.  Like I said, could be coincidence and they just started them up an hour later for SE head start, but it's worth a try if you're still having issues.
8004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Burn after Reading - Impressions (Spoilers, natch) on: September 15, 2008, 09:49:08 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on September 15, 2008, 09:47:42 PM

Quote from: kathode on September 15, 2008, 09:13:54 PM

I found it difficult to empathize with any characters whatsoever. 

I emphasized with JK Simmons' character. Man, he was brilliant.

"The russians?"

Just his general attitude to all that was going on as it was relayed to him was priceless. 
8005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tropic Thunder on: September 15, 2008, 09:43:41 PM

Quote from: hentzau on September 15, 2008, 03:03:05 PM

Man.  I must have seen a different movie from everyone else.  I went to a matinee of this last week, and couldn't wait for it to be over.  I even viewed the call from work that took me out of the theater for five minutes a welcome interruption.  I laughed like a half dozen times, maybe.

(And the only reason I was in the movie was because the movie theater dropped an early screening of the movie that I wanted to see, and this was the next thing showing...)

Please remember that you berated me for hating Clerks II.  Now you will be ridiculed as you ridiculed me.  Grab the edges of the table and get ready....


 icon_twisted
8006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Burn after Reading - Impressions (Spoilers, natch) on: September 15, 2008, 09:18:55 PM
I saw it saturday and while I enjoyed it, it still pales in comparison to many prior coen efforts.  the characters were just too one dimensional.  pitt's character, for example, had no back story whatsoever.  not even a slight hint as to what makes him tick.  i usually look for these details in a coen film but found them missing this time around.

As i said, i enjoyed it.  I laughed out loud more than once.  But i can't recommend it for anything beyond a rental or a bargain matinee. 

oh, and the funniest parts of the movie involved J.K. Simmons.  He was hilarious in his befuddlement.
8007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 15, 2008, 08:15:18 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 15, 2008, 08:13:02 PM

  If a copy-protection could be used that not only works, but also presents only a tiny inconvenience to the paying customer, I'd be all for it.  Hell, Starforce almost made the grade! slywink

but wouldn't that interfere with those who wouldn't purchase the game, but would download it anyway?   icon_wink
8008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 15, 2008, 07:56:30 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 15, 2008, 07:26:31 PM


I was careful to point out that I'm talking about people who wouldn't have bought the game anyway, in which case I think the crime is victimless.



I'm also not trying to be a jerk, but you seriously don't believe that, right?  I mean, that's just wrong on a level that cannot even be debated.  The victim is the person who created the item.  By downloading it illegally, you're taking the money that would potentially be in their pockets from that sale away from them.  And this crap about theft not applying to anyone who wasn't going to purchase it anyway is just ridiculous.  If they weren't going to purchase it, why are they downloading it?  that's like me stealing tampons.  If I wouldn't purchase tampons (being a guy), why in the hell would I take them for free?

if you download it, you wanted it.  if you wanted it, the potential for a sale exists.  end of story.   icon_eek

Look, i can't stand the DRM used by EA in the aforementioned games.  However, I also place the blame squarely at both EA's AND a software pirate's feet.  EA for overreacting and instituting knee jerk reactionary anti-piracy measures, and the warez scene for making them react at all. 
8009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 15, 2008, 06:10:22 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 15, 2008, 05:28:29 PM

No, it isn't theft.  It's copyright infringement which is a different thing.  If someone downloads a game they would never have bought anyway, no harm has come to anyone and nobody has lost anything.  That doesn't fit the definition of theft that I know.

Huw, that's theft.  If I go out and steal car I never intended to purchase, that's theft.  True, this is digital media, but the same concepts still apply.  Saying that Copyright Infringement is not technically theft is like saying that Manslaughter is not technically murder. 

and it's not victimless.  the software company that paid developers to make the game are the victims.  the distributor that sought to reclaim the expense they laid out for the right to distribute the game are the victims.  ultimately, those of us who have to deal with draconian DRM applications as a direct result of people downloading and not paying for games are the victims.
8010  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: September 15, 2008, 05:52:16 PM
if it's anything like LOTRO or any of the other MMORPG's I've played during a "head start" type program, then yes...the retail box (or full online version if purchased in that manner) will have a specific key intended for post head start use.

after the head start period ends they'll shut down access to users who don't have this key.
8011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 15, 2008, 05:21:17 PM
actually, that would be theft.  i don't like the drm situation ea is pushing on people, but i'm not going to let that oversight on their part cloud the nature of piracy.
8012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: September 15, 2008, 04:58:37 PM
let this be a life lesson:  in the real world, you simply cannot erase past mistakes.  you must learn to live with them.  OO is teaching us that in a very visceral fashion.  i hope we all take away from OO an important life lesson!
8013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers....going downhill? on: September 15, 2008, 04:55:33 PM
I thought season 2 was great.  however, in this third season they seemed to concentrate more on character development and it was a bit more introspective than I like from my venture bros. 

however, the worst venture bros is still 10 times better than most other animation (hell...i'd even say live action) shows on the air.
8014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: September 15, 2008, 04:53:14 PM
It had its flaws, but I still think 30 Days of Night was a step in the right direction.
8015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Crash" the TV Series on: September 15, 2008, 04:45:08 PM
I honestly think I'm the only person who really didn't like the movie, so I'm not planning on watching this.  However, I'd be interested to hear other opinions on it as it airs.  I may be wrong about it, who knows.

as for the movie, i just thought it stated "racism is bad" without any nuance or poetry.  it was all so blatant that i felt the movie was grossly overrated by critics.
8016  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: September 15, 2008, 04:42:57 PM

Quote from: PointerOO on September 15, 2008, 04:17:50 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on September 15, 2008, 03:52:49 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 15, 2008, 03:08:02 PM

...I grabbed the D2D version...

Did something happen between Saturday night and now?



Sunday?

 icon_lol  okay, i laughed out loud at that one. 

back on topic:  do i need to log in to patch the game?  i have the se so i won't be able to do so until tomorrow morning, but i was hoping to patch up the open beta client I downloaded yesterday before that.
8017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: September 15, 2008, 04:38:50 PM
I plan on seeing this right after a hasty trip to Sweden for a special operation I like to refer to as a "Guy-ectomy"....

Seriously though, aren't we just about through with the whole "Vampire hates being vampire, moans to anyone who will listen, eventually becomes detective in order to make up for his past sin of taking someone's parking space 74 years ago, meets art school drop out chick who thinks copious amounts of eye-liner is perfect for all occasions, falls in love but won't have sex because he's still thinking about that parking space, relates tales about meeting every famous person who's lived since 1400 BC in between moaning about that parking space even though logically he would have had to have been 2,301 vampires to actually do so, eventually dies giving up a parking space."?
8018  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: September 14, 2008, 02:47:31 PM
Well, after a bit torrent download of the client that appears to be borked, I've finally (after 5 restarts of the download) got a steady download from fileplanet.  I'm about 70 percent done.  Should have it by tonight.  I only have the SE edition, so I'll be on Tuesday after work. 

I'm really looking forward to rolling up a witch hunter.  i've always played one since the elder scrolls days.  something about a solomon kane type character really gets my imagination soaring.  will this be a class that's welcome in groups?  or will i be, much like my days as a rogue in WoW, the last guy picked for a group?
8019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 13, 2008, 12:23:37 AM
Well, I've been wanting to go 64 bit ever since I got this duo core 6600.  If I make the leap, it'll probably be before thanksgiving.  i'll poke around the forums and make sure all my favorite games will run.  if i'm going to go 64, I may as well give vista a shot.  i've been interested in directx 10 for a while.  plus, i work in IT as well and should give it a shakedown beyond the VMware images I maintain for client testing for our apps (although i am definitely not pushing it to our employees until i have no choice  icon_wink).
8020  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/12/08] When Moliere is Away the Geezers Will Play... on: September 13, 2008, 12:19:47 AM
I'll try and make it, but unfortunately I got stuck with some last minute work that I need to put to bed before tomorrow.   icon_cry
8021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So any interest in doing a Forum weight loss challenge? on: September 12, 2008, 11:31:39 PM

Quote from: warning on September 12, 2008, 10:41:12 PM

I haven't kept up with this thread but I started out at 242 and I weighed 230.8 this a.m.

I'm kicking butt with The Hacker's Diet.

that diet made my brain hurt....  icon_confused
8022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 12, 2008, 10:08:46 PM
not meaning to hijack the thread too far off course, but what's the general consensus on Vista 64 and games?
8023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 12, 2008, 09:14:54 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 12, 2008, 08:49:05 PM


i did.  i saw this

Quote
As the title of this article suggests, many of Windows Vista's 'annoyances' can be classified as Resolved for the most part.

 icon_lol

i also noticed more than one resolution involving registry hacks.  honestly, do you think the average user should have to do such a thing? 

However, I do appreciate the link and will definitely refer to it when I make the jump to vista.
8024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So any interest in doing a Forum weight loss challenge? on: September 12, 2008, 08:09:20 PM

Quote from: drifter on September 12, 2008, 07:10:40 PM

My treadmill has "shocks" on it.  My 12 years in the Marine Corps. left me with a funked out left knee; running normally really leaves me hurting.  You could try a stairmaster and use one where your feet do not leave the steps so you have very little or no impact.

To add

A guy I work with swears by Glucosomine Condroitine (?) he has bad knees and runs every morning.  He said it took a week or two to build it up in his system but he takes one every day and his knees dont hurt anymore.  I have never tried it myself.

I like to bike during the summer, but running for some reason has always been something I really enjoy.  I'll give that Glucosomine Condroitine stuff a try.  thanks for the recommendation! 
8025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 12, 2008, 08:03:17 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 12, 2008, 07:58:22 PM

The worst thing about Vista is consumer ignorance.

I would counter with "Microsoft hubris".

8026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So any interest in doing a Forum weight loss challenge? on: September 12, 2008, 07:05:06 PM
I need to start running at the Y instead of outdoors.  My knees, while holding up so far, get this little stabbing pain in them every once and a while.  It's very brief, but my guess is that it's a sign that the impact is something these old legs could do without.  It's probably going to get worse if I'm not careful.  The indoor track at the aforementioned Y is cushioned.
8027  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [9/12/08] When Moliere is Away the Geezers Will Play... on: September 12, 2008, 06:57:56 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on September 12, 2008, 06:47:00 PM


Then after that a sponge bath from my German nurse and a hearty breakfast!!!

So Hans is working out?
8028  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] COD4 Double XP Weekend on: September 12, 2008, 06:40:05 PM
I've quit mid-game not due to my K/D ratio (which usually hovers around 0/2,397), but because I eventually get so drunk that I start shooting at things like signs, birds and anyone who I think may enjoy Patrick Swayze films just a BIT too much...

...Kato...I'm looking at you.

Eventually the game goes from "Alright, I got a kill!" to "Alllllright...I got...oh man....is that a midget outside my window?  what the hell is a dangerous midget doing loose in my neighborhood...wish I had some twizzlers...(4 minutes pass as I nod off, controller in one hand, something I've mistaken for a twizzler in my other)...wait....where was i?  oh yeah...I got a kill!!"

On a serious note:  I just noticed that Live has the map pack for COD4 on sale for 400 points this weekend.  If you're like me and were too cheap to buy it at 800 points, now's the time.

8029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 12, 2008, 05:37:29 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 12, 2008, 04:46:48 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 12, 2008, 02:19:02 PM

Im always going to be of the opinion if you dont like the legal methods a company takes to secure its own products then DONT BUY THEM.

And I'm always going to be of the opinion that if I've bought a game, I should have the right to use it wherever, whenever and as often as I like.

although I must request that you stop posting pictures of yourself "al fresco" while playing these games, with the caption "Casual Friday at the Huw House.".
8030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 12, 2008, 02:27:51 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on September 12, 2008, 02:19:02 PM

Im always going to be of the opinion if you dont like the legal methods a company takes to secure its own products then DONT BUY THEM.   Its pretty simple as you arent forced to buy these games.   Much more logical to do that then go to piracy, cracks and other such bs.

not really more "logical" so much as more "legal".   icon_wink
8031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Saints Row 2 - 10 hours of playtime! on: September 12, 2008, 02:24:24 PM
 icon_lol  When i read your tag line for this preview my initial thought was, "10 hours!?!  It's THAT friggin' short!?  I'm OUT!". 
8032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer - which games should I play? on: September 12, 2008, 02:04:48 PM
Red Alert 2 dominated my gaming time for months....and I don't even like RTS games that much.  it's just pure MP fun.  I have the beta for the new red alert, but so far it hasn't given me the same gaming experience as 2.   icon_cry
8033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 12, 2008, 01:43:03 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on September 11, 2008, 11:09:31 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on September 11, 2008, 08:49:01 PM

I think Sacred 2 takes the cake.

Not only is it using the same DRM, modified (unlimited re-installs, 2 activations but only one can be online at a time), but .... you're not purchasing the game, you're purchasing a license for use.  Thus, your license is not transferrable.
This just ensures I pick Sacred 2 up for the 360 rather than the PC.

+1

I was going PC until I read that.
8034  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: September 11, 2008, 06:13:07 PM
Thank you, kind sir.   icon_biggrin

by the way, do you get 30 days free with Warhammer like you do with all other MMORPG's?  The reason I ask is that the wording on the info for the head start program for preorders seems to say otherwise, although that could just be a case of bad writing.
8035  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online headed to Open Beta on 9/7 on: September 11, 2008, 05:57:27 PM
Bought the preorder box at Best Buy during lunch this afternoon.  Entered my preorder key as instructed and headed over to fileplanet to download the beta client...

...682 minutes????

good lord.

Guess I'll see you folks around thanksgiving.
8036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DRM] Red Alert 3's DRM crapola revealed on: September 11, 2008, 01:53:04 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 11, 2008, 03:50:50 AM

Doesn't bug me at all. Two three years down the line I have no problem with calling and asking them to reset my installs.

Glad you don't mind taking the time 2 years from now to find the correct number, sit on hold for god knows how long, try to interpret whatever foreign accent the outsourced support person uses into English, then calling back 10 minutes later when they inevitably screw it up.

But hey, I do the same thing for my T.V., my sofa, any dvd's I purchase....


...wait...no I don't.

 Tongue

is this a deal breaker for me?  probably not.  It is, however, annoying and I won't pretend that it doesn't bother me somewhat.  Especially after the 10 minutes it took me to purchase Star Rangers 2 Complete off Impulse this past weekend, secure in the knowledge that I actually own it from this point forward without having to jump through any hoops if I decide I want to install it on more than 3 computers in the next 2 years (not an uncommon incident for most folks around these parts).
8037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OctoCon III - Chicago - October 4th on: September 09, 2008, 08:04:19 PM
as could i on my way there.  although i have to warn you:  i love show tunes.
8038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Seinfeld, Gates, churros and shoes. on: September 09, 2008, 07:09:32 PM
Remember the commercial he did for forced sodomy?

i thought that was pretty effective....
8039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE Impressions on: September 09, 2008, 06:12:57 PM
ditto.  it's easy to focus on the negative when it's so vocal.  hearing some positive views makes me feel a little less "ripped off".  I'll give it some more time.   icon_biggrin
8040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: THE FALL - out today on Blu-ray/DVD on: September 09, 2008, 04:21:16 PM
wow, netflix is actually sending it to me today.  i guess putting a movie your queue weeks before its release DOES help.   icon_biggrin
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