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8241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 21, 2008, 07:54:50 PM
I honestly don't think I ever saw a review for Morrowind that was less than 80 percent/B.   icon_confused

edit:  checked gamerankings.com and it was universally well reviewed.
8242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] - Parking Wars on: August 21, 2008, 06:16:09 PM
They dance around the truth, but all these shows run under the same premise:  the possibility of catching someone murdering another human being on screen.
8243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 21, 2008, 05:27:48 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 21, 2008, 05:12:47 PM

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if there is any sort of level transition, both players must go through

"You must gather your party before venturing forth."

I'm gonna pick this up on the way home from work today.  Reviews be damned.

make sure you give us your unbiased thoughts if you do!  i've avoided it since the reviews have been, at best, mediocre.  but i might be convinced otherwise if you were to actually recommend it.
8244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Company name fail - rapesco on: August 21, 2008, 05:23:59 PM


(since someone brought it up   icon_smile )
8245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Tide of Iron and Wings of War on: August 21, 2008, 03:29:41 PM
Wow, gaming comes full circle!   icon_biggrin
8246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Shield: Season 7 (the final season)(spoilers inevitable) on: August 21, 2008, 02:14:10 PM
It's a testament to the show's writing talent that I actually care about what happens to a guy who killed a teammate in cold blood in the opening moments of this show all those years ago...
8247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Michael Phelps, what a jerk on: August 21, 2008, 02:07:31 PM
Okay, that one made me laugh out loud....   icon_lol
8248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Tide of Iron and Wings of War on: August 21, 2008, 01:35:56 PM
I played Tide of Iron once with Snow and loved it.  I thought the rules were the closest I've ever come to a board game version of the old microsoft "Close Combat" series.  Really, really fun.

And Twilight Imperium on XBLA?  Sheesh, I'd be begging you guys to play every night.   icon_wink
8249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Eureka - I Do Again on: August 20, 2008, 06:51:58 PM

Quote from: spigot on August 20, 2008, 05:33:36 PM


Speaking of which, if Eureka is supposedly so secretive and hidden, how are people like Jack's wife and sister able to waltz right into town with nary a peep?

 icon_lol

yeah, i kind of take that whole part with a grain of salt.  I imagine the writers on the show decided it was way too limiting for them in the long run.
8250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Tide of Iron and Wings of War on: August 20, 2008, 06:47:54 PM
 icon_eek

excellent!  both are great games!
8251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Alert 3 - All Star Cast on: August 20, 2008, 02:43:02 PM
You had me at J.K. Simmons....
8252  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance watch - August on: August 20, 2008, 02:28:42 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on August 20, 2008, 12:33:04 PM

Apparently, my Target no longer has a games clearance section. mad

the one near me likes to play a little game called "hide and seek" with theirs.  one week it's near dvd's, the next week it's in toys. last week they actually moved the red tagged clearance games onto the pc and video game shelves.   icon_confused
8253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Eureka - I Do Again on: August 20, 2008, 02:25:11 PM
I love Eureka.  The stories are light but fun, the lead actor who plays the sheriff has fantastic comic timing and comes across as less a "Sci Fi Original Movie Square Jaw Hero" than he does a regular guy stuck in a weird situation who makes the best of it.  It's one of those rare shows that has the right mix that keeps me coming back each week...

...now i'm getting out of here because i haven't watched last night's episode.  it's waiting on my tivo for me.   slywink
8254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your first post at Gaming Trend was... on: August 20, 2008, 02:20:06 PM
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Jeez, it's like a present day version of Battlestar Galactica around here.  The "ragtag fleet" of old GG'ers are heading to planet Console after planet Gone became...well...Gone.

Thanks for accommodating us KD.  It almost makes me feel bad when, about two years ago, I told you I didn't like Suikoden III because I had a thing against the anime style graphics of Japanese RPG's, and you kept telling me to give it a shot and it would change my mind (at least, I THINK that was you).   :lol:


Anyone have any definitive answers on the fate of gonegold?  I'd like to know Rich is okay.

this was 4 years ago!?!? 

...god, i'm old
8255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too Human demo coming next week on: August 19, 2008, 08:34:59 PM

Quote from: Azhag on August 19, 2008, 07:43:59 PM

Wow, I haven't seen a game get so widespread an array of reviews in a while. The reviews are all over the map on this one.

looking around i'm not seeing that much variance in the reviews.  they're all mediocre to poor.  i've yet to see it break even 80 percent/-B  anywhere.   icon_confused
8256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "Kudos for Gamestop" or "My God, Some People are Stupid" on: August 19, 2008, 04:59:19 PM
I think the clerk handled it quite well.  It's like R rated movies.  the cashier can't stop an adult from taking a child into the movie.  the responsibility is firmly on the parent or guardian at that point.

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Well, it reminds me a bit of a parent who will say, "Look, my high school kid is going to drink alcohol.  I would rather they did it in my home where I can at least keep an eye on them, than out somewhere, especially if they have to drive."  I actually think this is a good idea.  Better than a clueless parent who either assumes their kid doesn't drink or one who adopts a don't ask/don't tell policy.

i tried to use this excuse with my parents when i was about 12.  they didn't think that at that age I should have access to firearms, liquor and prostitutes though.   icon_cry
8257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Hands-On with Fable II on: August 19, 2008, 02:48:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 19, 2008, 02:39:04 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 19, 2008, 02:02:15 PM

welp, that's it then...i'm firing up the original fable and playing it through before Fable II is released.  i've been meaning to do it for what seems like forever. 

i'll be back in a month...

 icon_biggrin

I'm thinking about grabbing it for the PC since the 360 BC for it seems to be unstable.

really?  crap, is that confirmed?  'cause i just picked up the "lost chapters" edition for the xbox a few months ago. 
8258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 19, 2008, 02:42:52 PM

Quote from: yossar on August 19, 2008, 02:27:54 AM

The Big Lebowski and The Evil Dead (Does everyone love that one?)

yes

Quote from: CeeKay on August 18, 2008, 11:59:36 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 18, 2008, 05:46:31 PM

sent my only star wars action figure ( a jawa) up into the lower earth's atmosphere in a model rocket when I was about 12. 

you only had 1 Star Wars action figure, and it was a Jawa?  you poor, poor man.

i was a micronaut's man, myself.
8259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too Human demo coming next week on: August 19, 2008, 02:31:16 PM
the part that really turned me off was the reference in the gamespot review to the "10 hour story".   icon_cry

i had a blast with the demo as well, but i think i'll hold off until it hits 30 bucks or less.  with reviews like this, it won't be THAT long.   icon_wink
8260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too Human demo coming next week on: August 19, 2008, 02:14:02 PM

Quote from: EddieA on August 19, 2008, 07:05:59 AM

IGN gave it 7.8/10, Gamespy a 2.5/5, and Gamespot scored it 5.5/10.

 icon_frown

that's too many bad reviews to justify a purchase when so many games are coming out in the next few months. 
8261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Hands-On with Fable II on: August 19, 2008, 02:02:15 PM
welp, that's it then...i'm firing up the original fable and playing it through before Fable II is released.  i've been meaning to do it for what seems like forever. 

i'll be back in a month...

 icon_biggrin
8262  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support Your Local USMC Kato on: August 19, 2008, 01:55:15 PM
Kato's certainly in my thoughts and prayers.  I refuse to believe that he will make anything but a complete recovery, though! 
8263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 18, 2008, 05:46:31 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 16, 2008, 12:38:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 16, 2008, 05:42:08 AM

Quote from: rickfc on August 16, 2008, 02:09:43 AM

Oh please.  Go back and watch the movies while trying to turn off the fanboy switch and you'll see what I mean.  They're nothing more than poorly written and horribly acted science fiction movies.  They were ground breaking at the time of their original release because nothing like that had been done before.  But the movies haven't aged well.

so go back and watch movies that you love while hating them?  wouldn't that make any movie suck?


No, I didn't say to go back and watch them while hating them.  I said to go back and watch them as if you were watching them without gushing about how much you love them from the get go.

Anyway, it doesn't matter.  The thread is about the movies I hate that everyone else loves.  I hate the Star Wars series now.  I liked them when I was a kid, but I watched them again after I saw Episode 3 in the theater and didn't find any redeeming qualities about them outside of the things I listed in my OP.  I understand why people love them and we can leave it at that.

while this thread is about movies we hate as individuals and you're certainly entitled to your opinion, i do have to pipe up and say that i recently rewatched the original star wars movies after getting the "non-lucasfied" original box set and i was impressed by how well it aged...both in story and acting.  i actually enjoyed them quite a bit...especially the empire strikes back.  i absolutely love that one.   icon_wink 

p.s. and i wouldn't consider myself a fanboy as i've never once had a serious discussion about star wars, never dressed as a character, and sent my only star wars action figure ( a jawa) up into the lower earth's atmosphere in a model rocket when I was about 12. 
8264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 18, 2008, 04:28:22 PM
ouch on the Too Human review.  I think I may just hold off until a few more come rolling in.   icon_cry
8265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tropic Thunder on: August 18, 2008, 02:30:23 PM
I thought it was one of Stiller's best.  Downey just stole the film. 

I'm rapidly reaching my maximum jack black capacity but he toned it down enough in this one to actually show he can do more than just mug for the camera constantly.

danny mcbride is rapidly becoming one of my favorite character comics. 

the only thing i disliked was the little kid.  that just annoyed me.
8266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 15, 2008, 01:21:53 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 15, 2008, 01:17:17 AM

Quote from: cheeba on August 15, 2008, 12:48:23 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 14, 2008, 02:46:32 PM

My gripe is with the twisted, odd storyline.  It was awful.
This is just a weird gripe to me. You like a movie where the storyline is that a big ass magical cube in space comes to earth and big ass living good and evil robots who can change into an alternate, inferior mechanical shape come to earth to fight for it, but you hate a movie where a guy who is designated as the leader of Halloween Town wants to be something more and experience Christmas?

You oversimplify.  The weird sock monster, the abusive scientist with his frankenstien geisha, etc.  It was too twisted and "off" for me to gain any enjoyment out of it.

that was kind of the point.  they lived in HALLOWEEN Town, not Mayberry.   icon_lol

p.s. you still waking up in a cold sweat at nights while screaming, "BUT YOU CAN'T BE A DENTIST, YOU DUMB ASS ELF!"?   Tongue

8267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The year is 1987 on: August 15, 2008, 01:18:50 AM
back in those days the only thing i feared were hats...
8268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The year is 1987 on: August 14, 2008, 08:12:24 PM
And a young hepcat, fresh off his triumphant "My God, it almost reaches the ceiling!" tour brings his mighty coif back to the Akron, Ohio area. 



Many is the man who tried to duplicate the devil may care stylings of this late '80's icon (not to mention such celebrities as Paul Young, the lead singer from Ah Ha, Howard Jones and a drunken lead singer of Flock of Seagulls - who used WAY too much mousse during the final stages of the process and subsequently tried to hide his mistake behind a host of "I meant to do that!" excuses), but all fell short of the layered, ready to go look that defined this fashion trendsetter.

Metrosexuals of today owe a great deal of their existence to such pioneers (as well as quite a few Transexuals...such as Ellen Degeneres and John Travolta) for it was these brave men who first dared to stand up and say, "Gender be damned, I'm going to look like Phyllis Diller after a street fight no matter what my friends say!".

Sadly, hepcat was found almost beaten to death in 1993 after being mistaken for a member of the band Poison by Local 413 of the greater Cleveland area.  Living just long enough for someone to get him some conditioner, his dying words at the hospital now adorn the arches above the main foyer of the Vidal Sassoon Research Center: 

"I died from beauty...and severe head trauma...well...mostly the severe head trauma".

(sorry, dug this old photo up while cleaning out my email and couldn't resist making fun of myself  Tongue)




8269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: August 14, 2008, 06:13:38 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 14, 2008, 05:57:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 14, 2008, 05:46:28 PM

The first time you hear Swayze utter the line, "It's my way or the highway" in Roadhouse, you just know that quality has walked in the door....

And the level of complexity and depth of the dialogue only continues to impress with later quotes such as, "Pain don't hurt," and "Calling me sir is like putting an elevator in an outhouse.  It don't belong."  But the high point of the film has to be, "Nobody ever wins a fight."  Rarely does a film include such poignant and deep philosophy. 

I actually would like to see someone teach a college course on philosophy using Roadhouse as the main source material.  I feel that such "edutainment" would eventually produce a class of "warrior/philosophers" that could eventually wrest control of this great country and lead us to a Nietzschen future much like the one Khan Noonian Singh envisioned in Star Trek 2:  The Wrath of the Hair Plug.
8270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: August 14, 2008, 05:46:28 PM
The first time you hear Swayze utter the line, "It's my way or the highway" in Roadhouse, you just know that quality has walked in the door....


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While we are it, David Lynch's Dune wasn't half bad

lynch's sets, costumes, casting and overall vision of Dune is head and shoulders above every attempt ever made to put this series on film (I'd go so far as to say that the sci fi channel's adaption basically took the look from the first one and used it for their adaptation almost completely).  the only downfall was the way the story got chewed up and spit out for general consumption.  if lynch had been even a bit more faithful to the source, i predict that his version of Dune would've become the definitive version.
8271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: August 14, 2008, 05:03:02 PM

Quote from: rickfc on August 14, 2008, 04:53:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 14, 2008, 04:52:48 PM

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Quote from: Moliere on August 14, 2008, 04:36:48 PM

Big Trouble in Little China

I challenge you to find a single person that doesn't like this movie.  It's simply unpossible.

It was decidedly "Meh".



You take that back!

anyone who hates jack burton should turn in their man card, move to Wimplevania and take up sewing!   Tongue
8272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 14, 2008, 04:47:34 PM

Quote from: Moliere on August 14, 2008, 04:39:32 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 14, 2008, 02:49:51 PM

<raises hand> i...uh...i love nightmare before christmas 

Sounds like you're in the wrong thread.

i've been in the wrong thread since 1989
8273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you hate that everyone else loves on: August 14, 2008, 02:49:51 PM
<raises hand> i...uh...i love nightmare before christmas 
8274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Fable II: Pub Games Impressions on: August 14, 2008, 01:44:24 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 14, 2008, 01:33:34 PM

I know you get the pub games free if you preorder fable 2.

ah crap, i should have looked up that little tidbit before spending my cash.   crybaby
8275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fable II: Pub Games Impressions on: August 14, 2008, 01:22:41 PM
Picked this up last night and quickly got hooked on the tower's gate card game.  What a brilliant little time waster!  I honestly think it's mostly a luck game, so very minimal strategy involved from my viewpoint. 

I tried the other 3 or 4 games included but kept going back to the card game.  The other games (especially the keystone game) are a bit more complex and I was short on time and patience last night.   icon_wink

I like the fact that you unlock the ability to bet more as you gain "gambler's ranks", which is just thresholds of money won that you have to surpass during your game time.

Anyone know if buying the pub games gets you a discount for the purchase amount on the retail version of Fable II, by the way?
8276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews on: August 13, 2008, 09:19:39 PM
plus, let's face it:  george isn't a very good screenwriter.  i'd go so far as to say he's really pretty awful.  the 1st star wars was his best effort.  the two sequels immediately following that had the advantage of Lawrence Kasdan (as did the first Indy film).  his script for the empire strikes back, for example, was stellar and that's why it's my favorite in the series.
8277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews on: August 13, 2008, 08:59:13 PM
From what I hear, towards the end of the movie Lucas tries to tie in another promotional character in the form of "Pizza the Hut"....
8278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews on: August 13, 2008, 08:53:31 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 13, 2008, 08:51:42 PM

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By the way, I have no issues with a baby or gay Jabba, or even a gay baby Jabba.

MESA SO HAPPY YOUSA SAYING THAT!

I had no problem with him, either.

Although I did like him better when he was trying to get br'er rabbit to attack the tar baby....

Yes, George Lucas hates black people.

whoa, let's not get crazy!  George DID create Lando Calrissian and cast Billy Dee Williams (who I will refer to as "Mr. Suave" from this point forward) in the role.  I suspect George might actually have a little soul in his bloodline that enabled him to understand just how goddamn cool Mr. Suave really is...

Yes, but notice Lando was a criminal.

damn!  

lucas you racist son of a ...

I always wandered why the stormtroopers looked like klan members of the future!

8279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews on: August 13, 2008, 08:50:37 PM

Quote from: kadnod on August 13, 2008, 08:49:06 PM


And now that I think about it, why would a giant wormanoid get his rocks off by putting human chicks in gold bikinis?


the same reason old women put their poodles in sweaters?
8280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews on: August 13, 2008, 08:43:57 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 13, 2008, 08:39:51 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 13, 2008, 08:30:59 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 13, 2008, 08:28:30 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 13, 2008, 08:18:53 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 13, 2008, 08:00:07 PM


By the way, I have no issues with a baby or gay Jabba, or even a gay baby Jabba.

MESA SO HAPPY YOUSA SAYING THAT!

I had no problem with him, either.

Although I did like him better when he was trying to get br'er rabbit to attack the tar baby....

Yes, George Lucas hates black people.

whoa, let's not get crazy!  George DID create Lando Calrissian and cast Billy Dee Williams (who I will refer to as "Mr. Suave" from this point forward) in the role.  I suspect George might actually have a little soul in his bloodline that enabled him to understand just how goddamn cool Mr. Suave really is...
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