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8241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Hands-On with Fable II on: August 24, 2008, 02:33:21 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 24, 2008, 01:00:39 AM

hmm,12 hrs bare bones playthru...i can live with that,Fable II is one of those games where you (or at least I)want to try and get as much done as poss

argh, 12 hours?  i'm finally playing fable on my 360 and i was truly disappointed to see that I was more than halfway through the game at the 7 hour mark when I checked out my progress against the faq on gamefaqs.com.   icon_frown

p.s. for the first 6 hours or so, fable on the 360 was stable as could be (albeit with the ocassional issues with sound that some mentioned previously).  however, about an hour into the arena fight quest, the dang thing crashed on me.   icon_mad
8242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 24, 2008, 02:30:00 PM

Quote from: Maggot on August 23, 2008, 04:00:10 PM

I played the demo of this game. It was an exercise in tedious mediocrity. I'm not sure what is supposedly innovative about it. The Norse Gods being heroes is something you would find in a Marvel comic. People using swords in a world full of guns is a Jedi thing and I daresay it's even older than that (I suppose one could even point to renaissance warfare). Even having a moronic, drug-fed camera which has a fixation upon walls and the angles of uselessness is hardly anything new. Oh but wait, there's robots! Oh my, where would we have ever seen robots or cybernetic beings before? And the robots are trying to kill humans! The creativity!

I don't get it do I? I don't get it like rabid fans of the Matrix sequels will insist I just don't get those pieces of crap and their Yakov Smirnoff style philosophy. Well, I sleep soundly and untroubled by my ignorance, I'd rather not get a pile of steaming awful.

while i'm not getting the game myself until it drops in price in the used section of gamestop, i'm not sure why it seems to be evoking such vehemence from you?  did the makers of the game slap you as a child or something?   icon_lol
8243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: August 24, 2008, 02:17:29 PM
sorry, one more just because it made me laugh pretty hard:

8244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: August 24, 2008, 02:02:38 PM
I still prefer Red Meat.

8245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: August 24, 2008, 01:58:06 PM

Quote from: Moliere on August 23, 2008, 09:03:03 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 23, 2008, 08:54:50 PM

Last night I was reminded of a movie that I have to watch whenever it's on:  Soldier.  I can't help it.  I like Kurt Russell movies.  Plus, he plays the entire film with such a blank expression that I'm fascinated by him everytime he appears on screen.

...god help me.

I agree

 icon_redface  whoops...sorry. 
8246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movies you love that everyone else hates... on: August 23, 2008, 08:54:50 PM
Last night I was reminded of a movie that I have to watch whenever it's on:  Soldier.  I can't help it.  I like Kurt Russell movies.  Plus, he plays the entire film with such a blank expression that I'm fascinated by him everytime he appears on screen.

...god help me.
8247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: August 22, 2008, 06:10:47 PM
I actually thought the camera was pretty darn well done.   icon_confused

I didn't have any issues with it repositioning automatically and moving it around was fairly intuitive.
8248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: August 22, 2008, 04:12:28 PM
I was surprised when I was getting my butt handed to me in that first hangar bay scene in the demo and I accidentally force grabbed one of the suspended Tie Fighters and it dropped on a group of attacking stormtroopers, crushing them in the process.   eek

I like it so far.  I can understand some of the complaints being tossed around, but for the most part it fulfills my need for "baddassery".   icon_smile
8249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: August 22, 2008, 02:09:49 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 22, 2008, 09:42:06 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 22, 2008, 05:59:07 AM

I played the demo on both the 360 and PS3 and dare I say the audio and visuals of the PS3 are superior?!  ninja

i am gonna download it for the PS3 today,i wanna see why it is 450mb more than the 360 version

It also includes the ability to play as David Hasselhof, Larry the Cable Guy and Bea Arthur
8250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 21, 2008, 08:26:45 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 21, 2008, 08:21:47 PM

Perhaps it was the Xbox version of Morrowind that didn't get as strong reviews?

ah, that could be it.  checking the aforementioned gamerankings.com, i see that out of 72 reviews, 8 of them were in the 70 percent range.   icon_wink
8251  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.
8252  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.
8253  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.
8254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Company name fail - rapesco on: August 21, 2008, 05:23:59 PM


(since someone brought it up   icon_smile )
8255  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
8256  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...
8257  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
8258  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
8259  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.
8260  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!
8261  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....
8262  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
8263  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
8264  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
8265  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
8266  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
8267  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. 
8268  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.
8269  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
8270  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. 
8271  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
8272  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! 
8273  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. 
8274  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
8275  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.
8276  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

8277  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...
8278  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)




8279  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.
8280  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.
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