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8241  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: June 03, 2008, 04:12:17 PM

Quote from: Silky on June 03, 2008, 04:07:53 PM

I will go ahead and throw my impressions into the ring.  I leveled up a Tempest of Set, Priest of Mitra, Necromancer, Demonologist, and Dark Templar to 20. 

 icon_lol  Rittchard and some of the others in the Wanderers were picking on me for having "Alt Fever".  Glad to see I'm not the only one with more than 2 characters in AoC!
8242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: June 03, 2008, 04:08:26 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 03, 2008, 03:59:42 PM

None of the actors in Caligula knew it was going to be turned into a porn. It was mostly done after most of the movie was finished.

I thought so.  O'Toole wouldn't stoop to such lows.  I had to watch My Favorite Year three times to wash the taste of Caligula out of my mouth...

...uh...that didn't come out right. 
8243  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: June 03, 2008, 04:03:35 PM
Jeebus, the game was buggy last night.  My guy kept shrinking and growing in size (I believe that's supposed to be due to buffs wearing off/taking affect), buffs kept appearing and disappearing, and my health and mana bars wouldn't fill up completely.  Plus, I do believe that buffs weren't actually working correctly as my Dark Templar was getting slaughtered by just about anything he came across. 

Hope it's working right tonight!   icon_cry
8244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: June 03, 2008, 03:55:24 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on June 03, 2008, 07:38:12 AM

Quote from: The Grue on June 03, 2008, 06:41:05 AM

Quote from: Ridah on June 03, 2008, 05:42:53 AM

I like the show and enjoyed the movie although they really turned the girly factor up a notch. Hey, at least I didn't walk out of this one like I did Indy. Not like I had a choice even if I wanted to.

Wait...people really walk out of movies?  I thought that was just something stupid people made up.

I know people walk out of movies.  I've seen it in TV.

two movies i've walked out on and the reasons why:

1) Andy Warhol's Bad - Watched it at my college theater with some friends.  Walked out when they showed a baby fall from a 10 story window and then nibbled by a passing dog.  Warhol may have been a decent painter in the realm of pop art, but he was utterly horrible as a filmmaker.

2) Caligula - Again, at the college theater.  Walked out when they went from showing Peter O'Toole (who i worship as an acting god) to displaying two centurions giving each other oral pleasure in an alcove.  I'm not a prude and I'm not homophobic, but I admire O'Toole so much that it just made me feel angry for him.  He couldn't have known that the film would eventually just become (really bad) pornography.

8245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 02, 2008, 07:09:46 PM

Quote from: Austin on June 02, 2008, 07:06:13 PM

Quote from: Gedd on June 02, 2008, 06:53:02 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 02, 2008, 02:38:36 PM

If nothing else it will be an interesting social experiment.

Code Purple! Code Purple! We've been found out!

Turns out OO was all really an experiment by Squire_SCA!  icon_eek

oh god, i remember that whole incident.  hiiiiilarious.   icon_lol
8246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/2) on: June 02, 2008, 07:04:36 PM
ah darn.  oh well, i guess I'll just make do with ultimate destruction since it's backward compatible. 
8247  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Arkham Horror: Kingsport Expansion is out on: June 02, 2008, 06:55:16 PM

Quote from: Doopri on June 02, 2008, 06:52:49 PM

wait what? i literally JUST checked before coming here and it was still up as "on the boat" - not even a shipping notice

do you mean you have it in hand, you saw it in stores or what???

from the ffg forum for arkham horror:

Quote
It arrived in stores yesterday. I picked one up today and ran a solo testrun through it. Epic battle variant makes GOO combat more interesting, and rifts sure can get nasty if left unattended too long.

I found it listed as "IN STOCK" on the coolstuffinc.com site so ordered it.  make the run to your local gamestore and demand they hand it over to you!   icon_wink
8248  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GameStop Gamedays on: June 02, 2008, 06:52:05 PM
ouch...think i'll hold off.   icon_wink
8249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trilogies that got progressively better on: June 02, 2008, 06:24:19 PM
I thought the Problem Child trilogy got progressively better as it went on.  So many unanswered questions were left for the audience after the first film that I knew they'd need a second and perhaps third film to fill in the film's backstory. 

I was happy to see the makers of the films didn't sacrifice their artistic integrity as well.  The depth of emotion displayed during the "fart noise" scene in PC 2 was, imho, a real attempt to revitalize cinema in such a way that hadn't been seen since Citizen Kane or Revenge of the Nerds 2.

All in all, I still blame John Ritter for dying as it effectively brought an end to this series of arthouse hits.
8250  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: June 02, 2008, 06:16:15 PM
ah, okay.  i was used to getting new combos/spells at least once every other level towards the end of the 1-20 level range.  good to know i  haven't run into a bug.   icon_biggrin
8251  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GameStop Gamedays on: June 02, 2008, 06:07:39 PM
timeshift for 20 bucks catches my eye.  anyone have a thumbs up/thumbs down impression on it for that price?
8252  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Arkham Horror: Kingsport Expansion is out on: June 02, 2008, 05:52:50 PM
The Kingsport expansion for Arkham Horror was released today.  I ordered it off Coolstuffinc.com as my usual provider, timewellspentgames, didn't have it listed yet (I feel kind of guilty, but I'm impatient!  icon_wink).

I'll post some impressions (if anyone's interested) after I get a chance to play with the chicago group or at Origins later this month.

Here's the FFG forum faq on the game.  There are some spoilers on the game so if you don't want to know EVERYTHING about the game, avoid that thread.
8253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bo Diddley R.I.P. on: June 02, 2008, 05:35:26 PM
Bo Diddley was my choice for the greatest influence on Rock n' Roll that ever lived.  Rest in peace, pioneer.
8254  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: June 02, 2008, 05:13:14 PM
Do you stop getting new combos after lvl 20 or something?  both lvl 22 and 23 came and went last night for my dark templar and i received no new spells/combos.  in perusing the 'net for class guides, they all seem to end their combo lists at lvl 20.   icon_confused
8255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/2) on: June 02, 2008, 05:10:41 PM
If the Hulk game follows the paradigm set forth in the Ultimate Destruction version of the game from xbox days, I'll be on it in a new york minute.  However, i'm holding off until i see some reviews.  it's rare when a comic book based game gets it right. 
8256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: June 01, 2008, 03:24:56 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 01, 2008, 04:50:52 AM

Lil' Matty Broderick isn't much of a looker himself....

with gas prices breaking the 4 dollar mark all over the country, lil' matty was smart in obtaining an alternate form of transportation.
8257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hats Off To Knightshade Dragon and the GT Krew on: June 01, 2008, 03:22:55 PM
other than letting dbt in, GT has been great!
8258  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Discount Boardgames? on: May 31, 2008, 08:05:16 PM

Quote from: warning on May 31, 2008, 01:12:37 PM

I've ordered from Time Well Spent a lot and they have great prices and service.  And they're a penny cheaper than Thoughthammer!

ditto.  honest and fast.  you can order from them with 100 percent confidence that you're gonna get your stuff quickly and in perfect condition.
8259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 31, 2008, 08:03:58 PM
sweet mother of god, i smell a sequel. 

i don't think i wanna live in a world that wants to know anything more about those annoying yentas.  the only unanswered question from the first film i could imagine would exist would be, "If they were to all suddenly die from a random drive by shooting, how could one get the bullets back before a CSI team could analyze them?".
8260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 31, 2008, 06:47:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 31, 2008, 03:49:20 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 30, 2008, 08:56:07 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on May 30, 2008, 08:44:18 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 30, 2008, 08:13:05 PM

I know that PR_GMR was all hyped for this one.  He'd even put together his "Carrie outfit" for the midnight showing.  Weeks after the movie was announced he was continually starting threads on the official fan board for SaTC with titles like "Why I'm the Anti-Samantha" and "Shoes, Jews and Shrews: The Sex and The City FAQ".

Yes, hepcat, you've uncovered my secret plans. I am going to cross-dress and sneak into a screening. I hear that men won't be allowed at screenings of 'Sex And The City' even if they wanted to go. It's a secret estrogen society movie. The result of my sneaking will be a front page review at Horror-101.com.

PR_GMR catches an afternoon movie with friends...May, 2006

 Tongue

ok, late to the party but L freaking O L!


shouldn't that be 2008 though?  are you still signing your check 2006?

sorry, SatC was just opening so i had to dig out a photo from a little while back.  That was PR at the premiere of Nanny McPhee.
8261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scarlett Johansson Murders Tom Waits on: May 31, 2008, 06:40:51 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 31, 2008, 05:56:20 AM

Summertime wasn't bad. I've never listened to the original falling down, so maybe I don't have that nostalgia/ history with it to scream sacrilige! but I thought it was kinda boring. Not atrocious, but .... flat.

flat is a good description.  she's just so off tune most of the time.  i honestly think she's somewhat tone deaf.
8262  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Scarlett Johansson Murders Tom Waits on: May 31, 2008, 02:40:42 AM
I love Tom Waits.  I love his music.  I love his gravelly voice and the fact that he writes his songs to take advantage of that rough growl of his that is more emotion than actual harmonizing. 

I love Scarlett Johansson.  I love her body...of work.  ...that's...ummm...really all I got.

Somewhere, at some point, someone convinced Ms. Johansson she could do a bang up job covering Tom Waits.  My guess is that this person had heard her singing in the shower, knew she'd always wanted to make a record and thought that she couldn't do THAT much damage to a Tom Waits' song.

...that person was wrong.  That person shall also be heretofore known as "The Anti-Musician".

My god, her warbling is almost painful in this video .  Sure, Tom sounds like he's been gargling with a half dozen razor blades since 3 in the morning, but it works for him because he's written these songs to take advantage of that sound.  Scarlett thinks she can create the same distinctive sound and tries to do him justice by singing in a goofy ass baritone voice that makes her sound like she's going to order Natasha to "get that moose and squirrel!" at any moment.

Thankfully, I recently discovered that I can actually turn down the sound on my computer when watching something.  This I now do gleefully as I enjoy her appearance while avoiding the risk of internal bleeding.
8263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 30, 2008, 09:12:37 PM
If I may turn sexist, shallow and ridiculously misogynistic for a few minutes; what the hell happened to Sarah Jessica Parker???  i swear i can remember a time when she was actually the stuff of teenage fantasies.  now she looks like Charles Nelson Reilly in his Lidsville outfit...
8264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 30, 2008, 09:04:30 PM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on May 30, 2008, 08:45:49 PM

Providing daily content to a front page can be a huge grind -- even on subjects you love, even with help.

Not if you just continually make shit up.  Give ME the job and I promise such daily news items as:

1) My left hand - A Review

2) Stuff I just saw when I looked up

3) Anyone else dig coke icees?  man, i dig coke icees.

4) There you go again!  What?  No, I didn't say anything.

5) 5 things I'd do to Rose McGowan if i were invisible...

8265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 30, 2008, 08:56:07 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on May 30, 2008, 08:44:18 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 30, 2008, 08:13:05 PM

I know that PR_GMR was all hyped for this one.  He'd even put together his "Carrie outfit" for the midnight showing.  Weeks after the movie was announced he was continually starting threads on the official fan board for SaTC with titles like "Why I'm the Anti-Samantha" and "Shoes, Jews and Shrews: The Sex and The City FAQ".

Yes, hepcat, you've uncovered my secret plans. I am going to cross-dress and sneak into a screening. I hear that men won't be allowed at screenings of 'Sex And The City' even if they wanted to go. It's a secret estrogen society movie. The result of my sneaking will be a front page review at Horror-101.com.



PR_GMR catches an afternoon movie with friends...May, 2006

 Tongue
8266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much hassle to cross the border into Canada? on: May 30, 2008, 08:15:46 PM
Just remember to "keester" the stuff you bring back...

...unless you're buying furniture.  that may cause serious health problems.
8267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex and the City on: May 30, 2008, 08:13:05 PM
I know that PR_GMR was all hyped for this one.  He'd even put together his "Carrie outfit" for the midnight showing.  Weeks after the movie was announced he was continually starting threads on the official fan board for SaTC with titles like "Why I'm the Anti-Samantha" and "Shoes, Jews and Shrews: The Sex and The City FAQ".
8268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fallout 3 image used on Al-Qaeda web site on: May 30, 2008, 03:31:58 PM
The artwork wasn't stolen, it was created FOR the terrorists BY bethesda.  i've always been suspicious of those guys.  creating games that keep me indoors for days on end....what better way to conquer america for their jihadist masters than creating a nation of couch potatoes!?

 Tongue
8269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers S3 - June 1 on: May 30, 2008, 02:42:10 PM
Best non-kiddie cartoon on the air right now, imho.   icon_wink
8270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: That's Hedley... on: May 30, 2008, 02:31:56 PM
God, that man was hilarious.  The world of comedy lost a great one.

for some reason, i always laugh at the line

Quote
How did he do such fantastic stunts with such little feet?

in blazing saddles.

i think it's a testimony to the man's mastery of delivery that it's so dang funny in that movie.
8271  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Name and Server List on: May 28, 2008, 08:01:52 PM
Sweet Jeebus, lvl 38????

I thought I put in a lot of hours this past weekend but I only got to lvl 22 with my necro on derketo.  i also have a lvl 8 dark templar and a lvl 7 assassin on that server.
8272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Andromeda Strain Remake on A&E on: May 28, 2008, 07:51:02 PM
I've only watched the first part, but I've been really disappointed.  I thought they made WAY too many changes.   now granted, i haven't read the book in years, but I don't recall some of the following changes:

Spoiler for Hiden:

1) the government pulled andromeda from a freakin' wormhole??
2) the goofy ass corrupt government subplot
3) the investigative reporter subplot is just cliched and ridiculous, imho.


the original movie is one of my favorite late night movie pleasures, so this "re imagining" is just grating on me at this point.  they tried to make it a jerry bruckheimer film.
8273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Call me Schleprock...now with updates on: May 28, 2008, 07:18:55 PM
latest news:  they towed my car to the dealership and the insurance agent has agreed to put a brand new engine into it.  the insurance company has been very helpful with every facet of this operation, even contacting Hertz and taking the billing off my credit card for the rental car.  i've been told to expect my car back sometime early next week...although i'm not holding my breath.  replacing an engine isn't something you do quickly, i'd imagine.

also, considering that the insurance company has been so willing and ready to meet my every demand, I've decided to see how far i can go with this.  to that end I have asked them to have the body shop at my dealership paint a diorama on the side of my car depicting a topless amazon fighting a sabretooth tiger while members of White Snake look on from a mountain top in the background.  i've also asked for the words "Bitch Magnet" to be written on the hood in bright red lettering.
 
8274  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: May 27, 2008, 08:32:17 PM
ah, my mistake then.  for some reason i thought crafting started at lvl 20.   icon_redface
8275  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: May 27, 2008, 08:07:18 PM

Quote from: Fuzzballx on May 27, 2008, 05:16:04 PM

I havn't had a chance to try this yet...but i have been languishing with a game that seems to run like utter crap while looking like a pile of dog shit as i keep lowering settings and getting no better performance and sometimes worse...

http://forums.ageofconan.com/showthread.php?t=36047

This is a total what the fuck moment for me....and i'm gonna hit the fan tonight if this actually improves things for me...as i've done nothing but continually adjust shit lower and get horrifyingly bad performance for the last week....

Knew something was wrong...but dayum... if anyone else here has been suffereing like me and not seen this before...try it... see if it helps.  I've been in misery with a .5 - 16fsp game when i just spent 400 bucks on a new GFX card last fall.

as a rule of thumb developed during my days in EQ2 optimization hell, the first thing i do in an mmorpg developed anywhere within the last 5 years is to turn shadows down to at least medium.  i was wondering why everyone was screaming about how awful this game ran while I was getting between 30 and 50 fps consistently while running it on high, and this fix may be the reason why.   icon_biggrin
8276  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: May 27, 2008, 07:52:46 PM
First, some impressions:

I took my Stygian Necro to lvl 21 this weekend.  I was surprised at the large world outside the starting zone that awaited me.  all in all i enjoyed my time in the game.  so much so that i keep forgetting to join up with the wanderers.   icon_wink

As someone mentioned in an earlier post, the combat in this game is primarily designed for melee classes.  Spellcasters are an after thought, in my opinion.  Without combos for spells we're destined to just hurl spells and stand our ground, praying that roots and defensive spells carry us through the fight.  Shifting shields when you're as squishy as a candy peep doesn't really help much.  It honestly doesn't bother me, though.  I would imagine that that's the case for magic users in a conan book anyway.   icon_biggrin

I did start both an assassin and a dark templar.  i think i'll stick with both for a bit, alternating between the two to get them out of tortage.  the dark templar was, for me, a bit more fun to play than the assassin.  however, i think that's mainly because the assassin's stealth isn't trained up enough to be really useful yet.  one of those cases where they get much better as they level.

i also think the developers need to address the disappearing characters issue.  It got worse once i left tortage.  it's to the point where I have to stop moving and wait about 3 to 10 seconds for most npc's to draw if i enter an area with numerous npc's.  in combat this is inexcusable. 

now for some questions:

i was reading through the manual last night and it made mention that spells could also be acquired through books you buy or find.  anyone see this in action yet?

also, is there a site with info on crafting?  i'm at lvl 21 so i thought i was able to begin crafting, however i've received no tutorial pop up or other info on the subject.
8277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Movies No One Has Ever Heard Of... on: May 23, 2008, 01:08:13 AM

Quote from: chaosraven on May 23, 2008, 12:48:19 AM

Some of my favorites include:

Southland Tales



dude, i made it through the first 20 minutes.  when i realized that gellar wasn't about to have any illicit scenes involving fruits or large animals, i became distracted by the blinking light on my smoke alarm and wandered off....
8278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Movies No One Has Ever Heard Of... on: May 22, 2008, 11:02:57 PM
If you haven't seen Brick yet, drop everything you're doing and run to the video store...or to your computer to log into Netflix.  Absolutely one of my top 5 movies of the last few years.  The dialogue alone is worth the price of admission. 

Quote
Throw one at me if you want, hash head. I've got all five senses and I slept last night, that puts me six up on the lot of you.

Quote
Look, I can't trust you. You ought to be smart enough to know that. I didn't shake up the party to get your attention, and I'm not heeling you too hook you. Your connections could help me, but the bad baggage they bring could make it zero sum gain or even hurt me. Better coming at it clean.

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Brad Bramish: Hey! What are you doing here?
Brendan Frye: Just listening.
[long pause while Brad stares at him]
Brendan Frye: All right, you got me. I'm a scout for the Gophers. Been watching your game for a month, but that story right there just clenched it. You got heart kid. How soon can you be in Minneapolis?
Brad Bramish: Yeah?
Brendan Frye: Cold winters, but they got a great transit system.
Brad Bramish: Yeah?
Brendan Frye: Yeah.
Brad Bramish: Oh, yeah?
Brendan Frye: There's a thesaurus in the library. Yeah is under "Y". Go ahead, I'll wait.

I think i've seen that film about 4 times.   icon_smile
8279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Movies No One Has Ever Heard Of... on: May 22, 2008, 09:30:34 PM
I wholeheartedly agree with every one of Pete's suggestions with the exception of Boondock Saints.  I've always thought it was way overrated.

...of course, I own a copy of Chris Elliot's Cabin Boy, so my two cents is probably only worth one cent.

8280  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - All Your Questions Are Belong to Us! on: May 22, 2008, 06:39:34 PM

Quote from: DArtagnan on May 22, 2008, 05:25:30 AM

Quote from: hepcat on May 21, 2008, 06:56:14 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on May 21, 2008, 06:19:34 PM

I encountered that issue last night, D'Art. It was on White Sands Isle and I was fighting the level 15 crocs. I'd use cobra stare which stuns them. I'd back up a little bit and they disappeared. When I moved forward, they reappeared, but had broken combat and were evading.

Ale

I was having that issue with an nvidia 8800GT using the 169 based drivers from omega.  i upgraded to the latest drivers off nvidia's site (i think they're 175.16) and the problem went away.  whether or not it STAYS fixed i guess i'll find out over the next few days. 

Hmm, I've been using the latest drivers since they were released not long ago (175.16), but I also dual boot Vista/XP and use different drivers in XP. The issue has been there no matter what, and given its behaviour I STRONGLY doubt it's a local problem -as everyone that has tested for it has seen it so far.

But please report back about it, because if it turns out to be fixable locally, then I can continue playing that otherwise great game smile

I think in my case, the omega drivers based on 169 I previously used were so seriously out of date in the context of this game that it was causing the problem to be much more noticeable...as well as giving me really crappy performance.  With the new 175 drives on my 8800 GT E6600 duo core system, I can play at high resolution now with a really nice, stable framerate.  But yeah, the "disappearing characters" issues still rears its ugly head every now and then.  Just not as often as it did with the 169 drivers.  But I still strongly suggest that any Nvidia card users upgrade as soon as you can for this game.  It really was a HUGE improvement.
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