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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] American Horror Story on: December 23, 2011, 02:25:32 AM
Absolutely loved the show from start to finish. Easily the best horror series on TV.  Angela Lange deserves an Emmy.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Windows Phone] Mango on: November 30, 2011, 04:12:43 PM
Purge - what do you integrate the phone with, in terms of email/calendar desktop software?  Do you use Outlook at home or work?

Since I've had an android phone, I've done all my integration with Gmail and love the Mango interface but fear that it won't adapt well, since I don't use Outlook in any form. I'm sick of the Android bugs and crashes, though and am ready for something more stable.

Which phone do you have?
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword on: November 22, 2011, 04:36:46 PM
Thanks for taking the time to write all that up, Ridah. I appreciate your thoughts on the game and especially the controls.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 16, 2011, 04:42:36 PM
I agree with the map criticisms that they're all just too small and cramped. I guess Infinity Ward really took the "camp-hating" crowd to heart and really eliminated places on the map with long sight lines where snipers could add support. Most maps just turn into close-quarter killfests.  I liked Nuketown too, but now there's no variance.

Or maybe BF3 screwed up my perspective. I loved MW2, liked Black Ops a lot but am struggling with this one.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] AMC's Hell on Wheels on: November 08, 2011, 09:18:23 PM
Such an intriguing time period with the dispersement of Civil War soldiers into regular life, the tension between guys that fought on opposite sides and racism and Indians and the new frontier.  I thought they did a great job with the elements and appreciated that they didn't spend time narrating the backdrop, building into the characters instead. 

I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: October 31, 2011, 06:28:47 PM

I love that I can finish a round with 8 kills and 10 deaths and still be on top of the leader board because of capping flags, reviving teammates and spotting. It's great that you actually get rewarded (except for unlocks) for, y'know, working on the objective of the game.

I hate that it's so damned hard to find anyone who will use a mic or is willing to stay together as a squad or work together. It's astounding. On four different servers yesterday I tried to leave and join squads to find some guys talking or using mics and finally found one guy. We had a good time keeping each other alive and wreaking havoc on the other team. Why aren't people on the mic? Are they on party chat?  It can't be right that more people playing OTP in NHL 12 are mic'd up than those playing BF3.  Right?

47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: October 28, 2011, 03:47:37 PM
I tried to get on last night but servers were shite. 

Like others, my default server filter setting were for Europe, so make sure and check those. I saw much better connections with Western US servers of course.

The hard thing about trying to join friends or a party is the server set up. If they're playing in a server that's full, as most are after a few rounds, there doesn't seem to be a way to join them. 

I still can't figure out how to link my EA/Xbox accounts. Battlelog, feh. 

I forgot how much more relaxing and tactical BF is, though. I played the crap out of BF2 on my PC but since have gone down the MW2/COD/Black Ops trail. It was fun to actually think about where to spawn, what target to attack, where to best place the tank, get Points for Suppression!  Good times but a big adjustment.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 3 on: October 24, 2011, 08:02:33 PM
It makes me a little nervous that they haven't provides reviewers with any console copies of the game - PC only. I hope the frame rate holds up not the 360 and PS3.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 04, 2011, 06:46:51 PM
Crazy that the 4S price level stayed the same.

What does that mean for iPhone 5? Does it launch next summer at 299 / 399 / 499 price points?

50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle Tablet? on: September 27, 2011, 06:34:24 PM
Based on the doomed and rejected Playbook hardware?  Ugh, count me out.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 12 on: September 15, 2011, 03:29:00 PM
The last one I bought was NHL 10 and absolutely loved the 5-on-5 multiplayer mode.

Is that now the EASHL thing?  Does it work well or do you have connection problems?  Do you have to be on an organized team or in a league to jump into a game or is there a good matchmaking system?

Thanks for any info!
52  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 15, 2011, 03:07:21 PM
I agree - the One More Turn factor kept me up waayyyy too late last night. It's very immersive - I lost my best Combat advisor in a stupid raid and my Leader to old age - that sucked. I did put a 17 year old girl who has Excellent leadership qualities in my ring, so we'll see how that goes.

Great game.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Goodbye Spartacus, you will be missed on: September 12, 2011, 06:27:37 PM
By Jupiter's Cock, that's sad.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Entourage, Season 8 on: September 12, 2011, 06:26:48 PM
Crap. Entourage used to be funny, sexy and edgy. The finale was whiny and lame. Some sentimentality is fine but it turned into Guiding Light. Ugh.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: xbox live account hacked...I blame PSN on: August 25, 2011, 04:33:00 PM
It was 9 letters, 3 capitalized (the first, sixth and seventh). No punctuation or numbers. 

I don't think I ever logged into xbox.com or used it on the web. I'm certainly to blame for not keeping the Windows Live part current. It had been so long since I logged into it outside of the 360, it was still linked to an e-mail account I haven't had for 3 years. So, when hackers changed my info on the account I didn't receive the notification e-mail.

What's strange is that I hadn't purchased points through my 360 for maybe two years. Last week my daughter wanted to transfer Rock Band 2 songs to RB3 so I purchased enough points through the console for the transfer fee - $4.99 worth. Within an hour of that transaction, the hackers had recovered my account to a modified console, purchased $75 worth of points and transferred them to their account. Can't be a coincidence.

56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: xbox live account hacked...I blame PSN on: August 25, 2011, 03:31:44 PM
MS tried to blame my account being hacked on bad password practices also. But my gamertag was tied to a Windows Live account I use for nothing else and the password was just a series of letters, the first of which represented a word in a quote I like. I can't believe that anyone guessed that password and I didn't use that password in any other Playstation/Hotmail/Gmail or other account that could have been compromised.

There's got to be something else going on.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jorge Luis Borges on: August 24, 2011, 10:08:53 PM
Labyrinths is a great collection of his, my favorite fiction piece being "The Lottery in Babylon".
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your best Scam email? on: August 24, 2011, 03:58:29 PM
My favorite:

Happy and a Prosperous new year to you,how are you doing hope you fine and in perfect order.My names are James Morttey i am 16 yrs old and i am from DR Congo,i came to Ghana after the murder of my parents 2 mouths ago by hired assasin by someone i don't know,before they got to him in the house he revealed to me that i should come to Ghana with the documents in a small box,if i get a trust worth foreign partner to help me make claim to the fund he deposited in an Escrow account in Unique trust Bank Ghana.The woman whom i am with now cannot read she is not correct and people around call her crazy woman,and she cannot help me in this matter,i am contacting you to help me as my foreign partner so i can get my life back,go to school and have a family that will care for me,i do know what to do that is why i am contacting you to assist me. Thank you.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox live account gone? on: August 23, 2011, 11:54:25 PM
They're probably just going to ask you for your 360's serial number and console ID. Even though the original tech took that info from me, they called from the investigation team an I had to give it to them again. That was last Wed and I haven't heard anything since.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox live account gone? on: August 23, 2011, 04:07:39 PM
Mine was hacked last week also. They added 10,000 Microsoft points, then spent them at 250 points a pop for "Generic Game" which MS says just means they transferred the points to a modified console.

Now I can't play any of the save games tied to my account and I have to wait up to 30 days to get my $75 back while MS does an "investigation". Even though the phone tech could tell immediately that a modified console had been used to transfer the points, since their system couldn't track where they'd actually gone or what had been purchased.  Ugh.

Of course, MS says XBox Live Accounts can't be hacked - that I must have given my Windows Live password info to someone in an e-mail or a forum or something.  Yeah, right. I set that account up when I purchased my 360 on launch day and hadn't logged into it outside of my gamer profile since.

MS needs to do more to keep modified consoles off of the Live network, ensure they don't have any points purchase capability and get rid of the incentive for hackers to steal account info and purchase points.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS]Child remains found in Orlando near Anthony home on: July 07, 2011, 09:00:54 PM
I think the men on the jury are just hoping they can get laid... "Hey, I was on your jury y'know.... we should hang out."

Really, though, CSI has ruined the justice system. All the jurors want everything tied up in a nice little TV show package with explanations and a Scooby-Doo style confession at the end and if they don't get that, then they acquit on 'Reasonable Doubt'.  Most cases just aren't that cut and dried with indisputable concrete evidence. If they were, they would have been settled.


62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS]Child remains found in Orlando near Anthony home on: July 06, 2011, 06:36:09 PM
That was easily explained to the jurors in court - she wasn't missing. She accidentally drowned in the pool and her Dad stuck her in the back of her car. Mystery solved.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Falling Skies: Spielberg Produced Alien Invasion Drama for TNT on: June 21, 2011, 09:46:34 PM
Ugh.  The second half of the pilot was entirely centered on human vs human conflict when I imagine most people tuned in to see the human vs. alien conflict.

What happened in that conflict? Nothing. Humanity has no prospects for survival as the aliens focus on the elimination of smaller and smaller groups. Yet that doesn't keep people from tossing a frisbee around in the meadow. Woo woo!
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 21, 2011, 09:41:38 PM
A hallmark of the series is that characters aren't necessarily black and white - lots of shades of gray.

Joffrey's bodyguard (the scarred Hound) is a good example - he prevents Sansa from either leaping off the rampart to her death or pushing Joffrey to his death - but does it in a way that doesn't get her in more trouble.

My wife says - what's up with that? I thought he was an evil guy?  Maybe... Lots of characters have their own motivations that aren't exactly clear.
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: May 13, 2011, 10:49:26 PM
Yeah, you have to admit that Philip's strategy to get to the end was perfect - almost too good.  He's definitely everyone's guy to take to the finals.

If he ends up giving his super-secret-weapon speech and winning the whole thing, he will have to be considered one of the best players to ever win the game.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Redemption Island Rob vs. Russell on: April 08, 2011, 03:45:28 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 07, 2011, 08:28:00 PM

Matt needs to realize that making friends is not the most important aspect of the Survivor experience. Being the nice guy results in incredibly stupid mistakes, like telling Rob everything about his decision not to jump to the other side.

Hey, it's not his fault.  That's what his God wanted him to do. Apparently, his God wants Rob to win.

67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FILM] Restrepo on: April 08, 2011, 03:41:52 PM
I recommend reading the book (WAR), then watching this film, which is fantastic.

It's all the better, though, when you know the backstories from the book.  For example, in the film they show the meeting with the Afghani whose cow was killed after running into the barbed wire.  The actual story in the book, though, is a riot and explains the looks the soldiers exchange when talking to the guy.

I agree, what a shitty mission.  All the more shitty since the U.S. has since abandoned all of the bases, positions and territory that those guys fought for.  Restrepo's loss was for less than nothing. Frustrating.

68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rango on: March 07, 2011, 09:47:43 PM
I really enjoyed it.  Any time you have a lizard in a dress yelling "Irrelevant! Obfuscation!" you're in for a treat.

My 11 year old daughter liked the visuals but didn't get some of the story, as I wouldn't expect her to.  Especially the homages to movies like The Man With No Name and Apocalypse Now. 

Smart, funny, visually appealing movie.  Some dark parts with some mysticism and certainly a lot of dialog that will just be lost on littler kids. 
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 22, 2010, 05:15:56 PM
Just watched Sebastian Junger's Afghanistan documentary Restrepo last night - amazing movie.  I saw where Exit Through The Gift Shop is also available to stream.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty and the future of free mulitplayer on: December 09, 2010, 09:10:23 PM
Im not even sure they would make as much money on the back end.

When you distill the MP down to the hardcore, even those guys won't be having as much fun anymore.  The only reason those guys get to Prestige is by shooting the shit out of the millions of casual players that won't ever make it past level 30.  When those guys refuse to pay to play and it's just UberStud vs. UberStud - even the studs will drop out.
71  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Getting Back Into Board Games on: December 06, 2010, 06:52:06 PM
We play 2- or 3-player Pandemic a lot and it's great.  It's a unique game because you're both working together against the virus that's threatening the population.  The pure co-op is great and when strategies diverge makes things interesting.

72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops ? on: November 02, 2010, 03:50:46 PM
Meh.  Do the people that already spend eight hours a night playing really need the Pro perks?  One of the things I enjoyed about MW2 was that it's more accessible.  You could play an hour a night and still get the perks you need to stay competitive.  It looks like pro players will not only be pros - they'll have Pro perks.  Killing machines.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Boardwalk Empire on: September 20, 2010, 04:58:28 PM
I don't think they really made an obvious connection to
Spoiler for Hiden:
why he was killed.  Capone did say that Collsimo didn't want them to enter the liquor business so maybe Rothstein thought he had something to do with the theft for that reason.  You have to figure Luciano & Rothstein were doing the same thing as Nucky and his brother - asking themselves who knew about the shipment and who was least trustworthy.

Great show, though - the visuals were awesome.  What was the deal with the baby incubators though?  Would they really have that stuff in the windows like that?
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NCAA Football 2011 Impressions [Xbox360/PS3] on: July 23, 2010, 03:09:11 PM
I highly recommend the online dynasty, even if you're doing single player.

You can create an online dynasty with one player only and make it private.  It takes a little more time to set up and advance weeks, as it uploads all highlight and dynasty data to the EA servers.  But then you can log into the dynasty.easports.com site and view stats and use the storybuilder and the other tools there.

Most importantly, you can recruit.  So, from your PC you can do your recruiting for the week and when you sit down at the 360 jump right into the games and advance.  It's a cool way to run a one person dynasty.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Gary Coleman on: June 08, 2010, 04:09:38 PM
So that's what she was doing instead of helping him after he fell.  The 911 tape is just appalling.  Operator:  Can you go down there and help him?  Bitch:  Uh, no.  Not really.

He's laying there in a pool of blood and his crappy wife is telling the 911 operator about her illness and how she can't be stressed and can't drive and...

it's disgusting.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 24, 2010, 03:27:13 PM
It is fun to go somewhere like Thieves Landing and pick fist fights with guy.  The double-leg takedown and ground and pound is great.  

Also, most of the time if you pick a fight with a guy so he drops gloves you can brawl a bit, then step back and put a bullet in his head without consequence.  

I wish the WANTED bounty wasn't so wide reaching or all knowing.  I met a guy on the side of a cliff who said all kinds of stupid stuff and threatened me, so I lasso'd him and drug him behind my horse back to town to let him explain himself to the sheriff.  Within 100 yards of town, though, I already had a bounty on my head.  I never even got to explain myself to the local law.   disgust

77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 03:04:12 PM
Having a great time with the game so far.  The treasure hunts are great, having to watch the landscape for certain types of rocks and patterns to figure out where it might be hidden.  

I do have an extra code for the golden guns - I'll send it to whoever sends a PM first. (gone)
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 04, 2010, 02:22:54 PM
The key is:

Yellow: Chance
Orange: Family
Red: Romance
Light Blue: Occupational
Blue: Touched by Jacob
Dark Blue: Undisclosed
Olive Green: Visit from Richard
Light Green: Visit from The Wire's Lt. Daniels
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus on: April 26, 2010, 06:39:33 PM
Also looking forward to seeing it.

65% on Rotten Tomatoes

It's amazing how polarized the reviewers are.  It's either junk or genius. 

80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Draft on: April 26, 2010, 02:54:22 PM
McDaniels and his clan keep talking about "character" and "team guys" and "locker room chemistry" with Tebow and passing on Dez Bryant to get D. Thomas and the over philosophy for picking and signing personnel.

Is there any validity to the belief that you don't have to have the most talented guys if you have guys that bond, believe and work with each other? 

We've all seen years when teams spend for the best talent in the free agency market (Yankees, Knicks, Redskins) and get a team that never gels and goes .500.  I think it's part of the equation but am not sure how far "team and character" goes in the NFL.  I guess we'll find out.
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