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81  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. 
82  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.
83  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.
84  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.

85  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.
86  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?
87  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 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.
88  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.
89  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

90  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)
91  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
92  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. 

93  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.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 23, 2010, 03:04:19 PM
I hate Idol Gives Back.  Sitting through that show is bad enough without the insipid celebs and begging for cash.  David Cook in Ethiopia was mind numbing.  And I'm sorry, but the President of the United States shouldn't be on American Idol for any reason I can possibly conceive of. 
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 12, 2010, 03:57:13 PM
That also sort of sounds like the plot of Paycheck, with Ben Affleck - a not so great re-telling of a great Phillip Dick story.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HBO] Treme on: April 12, 2010, 03:51:05 PM
Watched the premiere last night and thought it was ok.  The music was fantastic, though.  Using actual musicians helps a ton.

I'm still not sure what kind of show it is, though, in terms of a conflict for plots.  I get that we're watching people rebuild their lives after the hurricane but is that enough to keep an audience interested for a full season?  Is the struggle against FEMA?  Each other?  The cultural establishment?  Not sure.

I'll keep watching for now, though.  Zaun was great.
97  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: The future in boardgames? on: April 12, 2010, 03:31:46 PM
I think the iPad/iPhone Scrabble example is more of what we may see, where you leverage hand-held devices that everyone already uses to become part of the boardgame play. 

Sort of like if you could run Vassal on a central PC or screen to run the main game and had clients running on iPhone, Android and Palm OS for each player's hand or info.  That would keep the technology cost to a minimum and provide accessibility to a large audience.
98  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Nintendo DSI (Black) on: April 01, 2010, 07:15:58 PM
PM Sent
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 24, 2010, 10:58:28 PM
I loved the episode.  After watching it, I don't think either Jacob or the MIB is necessarily good or evil. 

If you believe Jacob's story, he brings "candidates" to the island just to prove to MIB that people are inherently good and not all corruptible.  They just play this morality game to pass the time while Jacob contains the MIB on the island.  Obviously, the people that accompany the candidates to the island are fair game for the MIB to kill or use as he sees fit.   Jacob doesn't show any remorse or concern for those people, which makes him hypocritical and immoral as well.  He preaches free will but the slaves and crew of the Black Rock didn't choose to be part of their game.

It's more like two marooned angels who have a differing opinion on the character of the human race than a God/Devil thing.

100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 18, 2010, 09:26:29 PM
What about Locke/Nemesis talking about how he was trapped - yet he can leave with the help of Sawyer - "together"?

So, Nemesis couldn't leave without Jacob's (or his candidate's) help?  Yet Jacob could leave the island and interact with others.  That would seem to indicate that Nemesis and Jacob aren't equals - like the white and dark rocks on the scale in the cave would indicate.  Unless Nemesis also left the island to do his own recruiting.

Maybe as long as the white exists on the island, the dark has to be there also, so Jacob could keep Nemesis there just by refusing to leave.  But with Jacob gone, the dark is free to leave as long as he does so before another "candidate" takes the white's place.  That could be his interest in eliminating all the other candidates.

Fun season so far.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: February 16, 2010, 07:54:09 PM
My wife and I saw it in 3D over the weekend.  Just an amazing film - the creativity and visuals were awesome.  And I was also amazed that the theater was almost full for the matinee showing, especially as long as the film's been in release.

Cameron's a stud though - talk about being able to write your own ticket for his future films.

And what's the over/under for sequels on Avatar - 3?
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Droid / Nexus Apps? on: February 16, 2010, 07:37:12 PM
Apps I use a bunch:

DXTop - home screen replacement, 4 screens and a dock for all screens
Google Maps - obviously.  Turn by turn navigation makes Garmins obsolete
Astro Player Beta - to listen to audiobooks; bookmarking and other nice features
Google SkyMap - an amazing app - for stargazing or taking the telescope out in the evenings
Mobisle Notes Free - checklist/note app
Astrid - to-do type task manager, pairs with Pure Calendar for the agenda view
Pure Calendar - both Calendar and Grid - agenda view and the widget are great
SportsTap - ability to set favorite teams, get alerts and see auto-refreshed stats and scoring.  Great app
Slacker -, slacker, pandora.  All pretty much the same
Backgrounds - free backgrounds, by mood or whatever.  Some good stuff there.
Dolphin Browser - closest to a desktop browser
Handcent SMS - group sends, conversation styles, nice features
PdaNet - to tether my Droid to my MacBook for mobile internet.  Works great.
UltraChron - stopwatch and countdown timers
Ringdroid - to edit mp3's, shortening or whatever to use them as ringtones
Zedge - free ringtones
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand [new TV series] on: January 26, 2010, 09:02:56 PM
I loved the disclaimer at the beginning -

It basically said - This show has lots of brutality, gore, blood, sex and nakedness.  But that's just because we're striving for an accurate representation of the time period.

Every time they showed some naked chick my wife would give me that look and I'd say - hey, they're just trying to portray the time period accurately...

I thought it was pretty funny, even if unintentionally.
104  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Assassin's Creed 1&2 (360) on: January 21, 2010, 05:45:55 PM
Both games for 360, $30 shipped to you.

105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV - Men of a Certain Age on: January 05, 2010, 03:57:27 PM
Fantastic show.  All of the episodes have had different focuses with real issues that people in their 40's deal with but none have been heavy handed or pounded into your head.

Funny and moving - maybe it's because I'm in the target audience but I so relate with all that these guys are dealing with.

The episode with Owen taking a week to make his car-purchasing customers love him is hilarious.

106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Howard Stern - Artie has quit (rumor) on: January 04, 2010, 07:26:06 PM
The shitty truth is that Artie was 100x funnier when he was on drugs.  Since he's been clean, his jokes are off and he doesn't really have the edge he used to.  I'm sure he knows it too - which has to suck.  You can choose your life or your career, I guess.

107  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Motorola Droid on: December 29, 2009, 02:35:20 AM
Had a Storm for a year and a half and by the end wanted to throw it through the window every day.  I've now had the Droid for six weeks and I absolutely love it.  I use it for e-mail and SMS while I travel, phone calls of course, turn-by-turn GPS, etc.  I have both the car and home cradles and recommend them both.

Apps I use: 
     Handcent SMS - group SMS, graphic chat styles, custom sounds, etc. 
     DXTop - home screen replacement, four home screens with a 5 icon dock available in all four.
     Beautiful Widgets - temporarily removed over a dispute with HTC but excellent clock/weather app for home screen.
     Google Listen - for podcasts.  Add through app or by pointing to RSS feeds.
     SportsTap - live updates, scores, favorite teams, stats.  Great sports app.
     Pure Calendar Widget - daily-view type app, lists appointments and times.
     Taskpanel - easily switch between and kill applications
     Dolphin Browser - pinch zoom, fast browsing.  The stock browser it tons better than the blackberry browser but Dolphin is better. - whichever you prefer, for 'net radio.

Android has some great features.  For example, you can put icons for apps, widgets, folders, contacts or other shortcuts on your home screens.  So you could have one screen for speed dials, with the icons for the contacts you dial most.  That way, with a swipe to the home screen and two taps, you're dialing those people (or e-mailing or SMS).  The voice recognition search is also very good - hold the search button for a second to initiate then say something like - navigate to gas station - and 95% of the time it'll guess the correct phrase and do the search.  It's very good.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: December 16, 2009, 09:14:12 PM
I certainly suck at MP but I enjoy it and whether it's the matchmaking system or whatever there are nights when I do well and times when I go 2/15 for match after match.

When you're playing casually with your friends, though, aren't you able to play together in a party and help them out?  In my first few games of Domination I mentioned that I hadn't played it before and a guy told me just to stay on his tail and watch what he did.  He'd go to a doorway and tell me he was going through and where someone might be waiting and if someone sprayed shots at him to pop up and get the kill.  We did that for a couple maps and it was an awesome way to learn.

I still have the best k/d ratios on those maps.  Even though there may be other asshats in the session, you can still "group" with a person or two and work together.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: December 16, 2009, 04:08:39 PM
Just trying to get into games by myself last night and the night before I had the game-type switching bug, was dropped into private matches several times and one where there was no indication that the match was private but it was a Domination game where there was no score.  So the game just went on and on.  People kept commenting on the fact there was no score and quitting but more people would get dropped in and complain about the same thing.  It was bizarre. 

One game didn't seem lagged but something strange was going on with the noob tube.  I was defending a flag and lobbed a grenade on a guy at the flag and the shell just seemed to disappear.  I lobbed my second and the same thing happened.  He turned and shot me.  On the kill cam, you could see the trail of the shell arcing in but no impact.

I would guess that as more college kids get home for break, the network issues will get worse.
110  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Digital reading - Kindles vs Sony Readers vs Laptops on: December 16, 2009, 03:50:41 PM
I'm a big King fan but I wouldn't say he's a big fan of the Kindle - not after agreeing to the delay of the e-book version of Under the Dome.  It won't be released until Dec. 24th.

The bigger issue for publishers is what Covey just did with his books - separate the electronic rights from the paper publishing rights and grant those to a different publisher.  So, Amazon has exclusive rights to the e-book version of all of his stuff and the publisher is left out in the cold.  I hope more authors take that tactic and remove the decisions from the hands of the Simon & Scheister-types that want to delay e-book releases to squeeze more profits out of the market.

I have a Sony Reader 505 and a Kindle DX and love them both.  I also find the reading experience much better than on any LCD device.  I've always been a big reader but read much more with my e-readers because I ALWAYS have another book that I'm excited to start, instead of having to go to the library or bookstore and look around.  That's where the publishers are going to blow this - they should want to expand the market that gets people to read more.  Instead they want to fight it.
111  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [12/15] Amazon Gold Box: Assassin's Creed II 34% off on: December 15, 2009, 03:43:22 PM
Great price - thanks for the heads up.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 25, 2009, 08:05:50 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 25, 2009, 04:09:47 PM

Hey Jament-

Sorry we spent the night shooting you to pieces two nights ago. We just didn't have room in the party. Hopefully next time.

That's all right - it was only fair to pad your stats for a bit before I joined your side and drug you down.  It was a good time.  I don't know how you guys can hold side conversations about kits and stuff while piling up kills, though.  It takes all of my concentration just to figure out who might be shooting at me from where.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 25, 2009, 03:57:50 PM
"Only" level 35??  Geeeeez...  I hope to hit L35 by the time CoD 8 comes out.
114  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Newegg's Black Friday on: November 25, 2009, 03:49:58 PM
That same player is Amazon's deal of the day today for the same price.  As of right now, still available.
115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] CoD: MW2 on: November 23, 2009, 05:49:19 PM
Some of the game types are just so broken when played with a menagerie of pubbies.  I was on a Capture the Flag team last night that lost two back to back rounds 8-0. 

Everyone has mics but no one uses them.  If you try to set up some coordination people just say stupid shit and run off in their own directions.  There's no way to beat a team that's working together to capture and defend flags.  I couldn't figure out why those guys were even playing that type.

Search & Destroy is sort of the same way.  Everyone just scatters, and the team that uses some cover fire and leapfrogging into positions gets all the wins.  It's nutty.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NBA Live vs. 2K10 Verdict please on: November 19, 2009, 09:01:24 PM
Still playing it a bunch; both Association and My Player.  Single Player, it's an amazing game - easily the best basketball game, in terms of simulation, that I've played.

Online, it's hit and miss.  Lag is still an issue, half of the time you can't get connected to the host and in pick up games they don't do enough to punish people when they fall behind and quit the game.

117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 19, 2009, 03:41:51 PM
The BF2 series had a great "Spot Enemy" feature, where if someone was in your view and you pressed it, it would call out their location and they'd show up on all of your squadmates' maps.  

The riot shield has some intriguing tactics but it's hard to get someone to work with you to let you absorb bullets and flush people out while they come behind and get the kills.  Instead, even though you're moving towards a flag and shielding fire, they want to run ahead of you and get blowed up.  So it ends up being kind of useless.

I suck at MP (my k/d ratio is about 1:10, probably) but do have better luck on the Domination-type games where there are actual objectives instead of people just running all over shooting each other.

It's amazing that even in the Search & Destroy game type, people don't use any teamwork.  They just run their separate ways and do their own thing.
118  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [COD:MW2 11/13/09] Fri the 13th: The Return of Jason...I mean GEEZERS GONE W on: November 13, 2009, 03:41:02 PM
I'd love to join in; around 8pm MST
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fedor Emelianenko vs Brett Rogers, Saturday on CBS on: November 10, 2009, 04:05:30 PM
I think that's largely the Asian influence of M-1 Global.  If you watch any of those M-1 tournaments on HDNet, they're big on the flashy entrances, costumes and playing up of fighter personalities.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it about movie comedians getting stale? on: November 10, 2009, 04:02:25 PM
Some of those comedians are also victims of changes in society.

I don't think that movies like "The Jerk" or "Blazing Saddles" would get made today.  You can have all the fart jokes and drugs and sex you want in a movie but when you start lampooning the intelligence of society and class and race, studios won't take that chance.  A lot of those comedians were funny because of their edginess but those roles aren't out there any more.

That and the fact that people don't really want to see their favorite comedians diversify.  They want to see them in their old familiar roles, until they complain that they're getting too repetitive and kick them to the curb.  Critics loved Punch Drunk Love but it was largely a box office flop because the public didn't get to see the Adam Sandler they were used to seeing.  Will Farrel has had more success with that but his same-schtick comedies are still far more popular than Stranger than Fiction.
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