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1081  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Wizkids gets the axe on: November 13, 2008, 09:27:17 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on November 13, 2008, 08:06:48 PM

The D&D Minis 'game' (which has virtually no player support around here) is being drastically changed. The miniatures will still be produced, but now come in pre-defined boxes with specific creatures per box. 

I'm glad to hear that.  The random mini boxes were sort of fun, but not terribly usefull when trying to put together a D&D encounter.
1082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What to do in Vegas on a budget? on: November 11, 2008, 09:12:40 PM
Going to Fremont Street /  Old Vegas is an inexpensive way to spend an afternoon.
1083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planet of the Apes experts - help please? on: November 11, 2008, 06:39:39 PM

Quote from: McNutt on November 11, 2008, 02:52:32 AM

You're a better man than I if you can finish the series.  The first one is a classic, the second one is okay, but then they get terrible.

I actually sort of like Conquest. It's good in an alternate timeline meets hamfisted symbolism and decent acting sort of way.  It probably could've been as good as the original if they put a few more dollars into effects and ditched the silly origins for the main character.
1084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Activision turning into old EA on: November 07, 2008, 03:41:53 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 07, 2008, 01:07:14 AM

Quote from: The Grue on November 06, 2008, 07:45:22 PM

You forgot to quote the part where he recognized that original IP was also important.
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“You still need to have production of new original property but you have to do it very selectively… the focus at retail and for the consumer is to continue to be o the big narrow and deep high profile release strategy… We’ve had enough experience that I think the strategy we employ is the most successful.”

But they had a GHOSTBUSTERS game for crying out loud! If it was good, that would've been money in the bank.

And yes, I see jersoc said that already. But I used words in caps. Tongue

Quote from: kadnod on November 06, 2008, 08:41:23 PM

Quote from: jersoc on November 06, 2008, 08:05:19 PM

yeah, fuck those guys for ditching an original IP like ghostbusters!
I do not think those words mean what you think they mean.

I look at Ghostbusters this way - when exactly was the last game released that used that license?

That's sorta the point: It's a licensed game (not original IP) that most people care about because of nostalgia for the original IP (the movie).  Activision ditching 2 games based on movie licenses and one about a rapper 'cause their numbers are down isn't exactly a crime against creativity.   

I'm glad Ghostbusters is still getting made somewhere else.  Some of the concept art has been my desktop background for about a year now & I'd like to get my mitts on the game as soon as possible. But, as was pointed out earlier, cutting new product development down during a rough financial period isn't unusual at all. We can talk about them cutting the wrong things, but I imagine whatever they cut would be a disappointment to someone. 

If I had to make an uninformed guess here, I'm thinking the games mentioned in the article got the axe because some sort of royatly or other licensing fees that would be due to the owner of the original IP/license.  That sorta crap can drain the profit out of something real quick.
 
1085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 11/4: The 2008 Presidential Election Edition on: November 07, 2008, 01:11:58 AM
Just watched Bender's Game.  I'm thinking it's the best of the Futurama movies so far.  Really funny and some amusing special features.  Definitley recommended.  thumbsup
1086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Activision turning into old EA on: November 06, 2008, 08:41:23 PM

Quote from: jersoc on November 06, 2008, 08:05:19 PM


yeah, fuck those guys for ditching an original IP like ghostbusters!

I do not think those words mean what you think they mean.
1087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: November 06, 2008, 04:40:13 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 06, 2008, 04:30:11 PM

Yeah when they said "super soldier" I was all nerded out!

Same here.  I liked that the whole thing worked as a plot point, too, as opposed to just a throw-away reference for people who were familiar with Marvel comics. 

Now if they can just work some Thor and Ant Man cameos into Iron Man 2, Marvel should be good to go.  slywink
1088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]The Incredible Hulk on: November 06, 2008, 04:27:33 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 06, 2008, 04:05:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 06, 2008, 03:58:19 PM

I've heard that there's is supposed to be a reference to another Avenger (not Iron Man) in the alternate opening sequence, but haven't gotten my hands on the movie yet.

Dammit, I already sent it back to Netflix without watching the alternate opening scene  crybaby

EDIT:  I just looked it up online, apparently it's a micro-second view of Capt America on ice in the Antarctic.

There's actually quite a few semi-subtle references to Captain America throughout the movie as well.  Seems like Marvel is really gearing up for the Avengers movie.
1089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GHWT or Rock Band 2 on: November 05, 2008, 09:41:59 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 05, 2008, 02:42:59 PM

I like both games quite a bit but if I had to choose one I would get Rock Band 2. 

Me too. 

I think GH:WT has a few advantages over RB2 (music maker, art style, celeb avatars, some songs done better), but the monstrous RB2 song catalog makes it the winnah.
1090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA DRM and banning. on: October 27, 2008, 08:51:11 PM

Quote from: Punisher on October 27, 2008, 08:24:46 PM

Basially, it sounds like all current and future EA games have activation where you need an EA account. This is also used when playing any online portions of the games.
The problem is that your forum account is your EA game account as well, so if you get banned on the forums, it effectively bans you from playing your existing and future games as well.
So if you post the wrong thing on their forums, you run the risk of not being able to play any of your EA games.

Thanks for explaining.

The activation limits didn't bother me much, but this is just a bad idea.   I wouldn't care if people who were caught cheating in multiplayer lost access to the EA forums and/or game servers for that particular game, but anything beyond that is serious overkill.
1091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA DRM and banning. on: October 27, 2008, 06:22:31 PM
I'm not quite understanding what "banned" means in that linked-to thread.  Is it that if you cause a problem on an EA website, you get banned from all EA multiplay, forums, & other online features?  Or is it all that + you can't install your previously purchased games on another computer, even if you have "activiations" left over?

The latter would definitely make me think twice about purchasing EA games in the future.  I'd hate to lose the ability to reinstall games because an EA Mod thought one of my Spore creatures showed too much nip or something.
1092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 24, 2008, 06:24:10 PM
Hiro and Ando continue to amuse me.  I liked the Adam & Pappa Patrelli scene.  The cheerleader family thing was OK, but the end was telegraphed. I even enjoyed the Daphne and Parkman stuff.

But I'm hating the whole secret origin of Syler thing.  To put it as nerdily as possible, it's the equivalent of revealing Dr. Doom is only a jerk because his mask is very itchy, and he happens to be the Thing's cousin for some reason.  I can understand wanting to give a popular character more air time, but there's got to be a thousand better ways to have done it.

Quote from: Moliere on October 21, 2008, 07:15:04 PM

I thought Hiro couldn't freeze time in front of Daphne and stop her? It worked for him when he first stopped time, looked around before jumping to the joke store for the fake sword and blood.

It sort of makes sense if Daphne is protected only when she's moving at super speed.  If she's not already moving fast, perhaps Hiro can slow her down like everbody else?

I understand this is only slightly more feasible than saying "a wizard did it."
1093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 on: October 21, 2008, 07:21:43 PM
I'm also loving this one.  Playing GTA IV was like reading a detailed but tedious crime novel.  Playing SR2 is like reading an over-the-top gangster comic book.  I can appreciate the virtues of the former, but the latter sure is more fun.

My one nitpick is I think they made a mistake giving the main character a voice this time around.  The ways they worked around the PC being mostly mute in the first one were clever.  Plus, on the rare occasions when he did speak, it was hillarious.  This time around, it seems like the PC is occasionally funny, but spouts a lot of nonsense, too. 
1094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marky Mark does have a sense of humor? on: October 20, 2008, 05:31:23 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 20, 2008, 05:08:10 PM

Quote from: Covenant on October 20, 2008, 04:58:43 PM

That clip looks like he was kidding around to me. Did he people think he was serious?

+1.  I think he knew he was going to be on SNL the whole time and was playing it up.


Yeah, I think he made some genuine, relatively benign, SNL-isn't-funny sort of comments early last week, but am guessing he knew he was going on the show by the time he went into angry-jackass mode.
1095  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [warhammer] Black guard and Knight of the Blazing sun! on: October 17, 2008, 01:58:17 PM
Very cool.
1096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 14, 2008, 01:37:26 PM

Quote from: Unagi on October 14, 2008, 05:53:25 AM

I am guessing the plan there is

Spoiler for Hiden:
Hiro plans to go back in time once he figures something out from these guys  (I mean, right - we are not to actually think Hiro would actually just simply sacrifice Ando....)  BUT - he wont get to before Ando is resurected by some other 'villian/hero'.  Ando will then be rightfully pissed at Hiro and kill him in 'the future' that Hiro foresaw.     They will take this whole season though to actually get us from here to there....

Here's my guess:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Hiro stops time, grabs Ando, tells him he's going to fake kill him, puts some paint or catsup or whatever in his shirt, restarts time, then stabs him.  Ando falls down.

1097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2: The Milking? on: October 13, 2008, 07:00:20 PM

Quote from: JohnathanStrange on October 11, 2008, 06:25:45 PM

Boo hoo! Couldn't they have disguised the fleecing of the poor wittle gamers by calling the second and third games "full expansions" or "standalone expansions"?

 icon_lol

Seriously though, it is sort of odd they're not pitching it that way.
1098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Moral dilemma on: October 13, 2008, 01:38:08 PM
Unless this is something you can devote a lot of time to, I don't think taking pot shots at rats with a BB gun is going to do anything to noticably lower your neighborhood's rat population.  Doing something to make the garbage in your alley harder to get at sounds like a good idea, but I'm guessing this might be something beyond your control if you live in an urban area.

If you're trying to freak out your neighbors, though, lurk in the alleys with your BB gun and shout demorlaizing slogans at the rats.   Putting up anti-rat posters in the alley would be pretty cool, too.
1099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What movie should I watch on Halloween? on: October 09, 2008, 08:46:23 PM
I will blatantly ignore the "classic" requirement and suggest Teeth.

Follow it up with Slither should time permit.
1100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The past (somewhat rambling) on: October 08, 2008, 02:24:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2008, 06:51:24 AM

As someone who went to this amusment park every summer while growing up I felt a piece of me die while looking at these pictures. 

I am sorry you won't be able to visit the dessicated wheelchair corpse anymore, CeeKay.
1101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 07, 2008, 02:03:37 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 07, 2008, 01:35:53 PM

Loved just about everything about last night's episode. Lots of OMG and WTF

Yeah, that was pretty good.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think that was the most interesting alternate future they've ever done on the show.
1102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: October 06, 2008, 03:27:56 PM
Just watched both episodes yesterday.  I like the Mohinder plot line.  He started getting nutty last season, so having him go Dr. Jekyll doesn't seem like such a stretch to me.  The adrenal thing is silly, but so is all super hero science, so it didn't bother me too much.

Hiro and Ando are amusing me as well.  It's probably not a good sign when the comic relief characters are the most interesting part of the show, though.

The Patrelli, Parkman and Bennet storylines are a mess.  Nothing makes a lick of sense and the writers keep digging the hole deeper and deeper. 
1103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Spider-Man: Web of Shadows on: October 03, 2008, 03:47:12 PM
How was the AI on the heroes/villains you team up with?  Do you actually get to controll them at any point?
1104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Here's a picture of bacon taped to a cat. on: October 03, 2008, 01:30:47 PM
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Here's a picture of bacon taped to a cat.

This thread topic was both succinct and accurate.
1105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to the Future... 2, or 3? on: October 01, 2008, 03:48:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 01, 2008, 03:39:45 PM

Quote from: kadnod on October 01, 2008, 03:30:28 PM

I have to go with three. Time-travelling locomotive trumps hoverboard.

the hovering time travelling locomotive at the end seriously jumped the shark.

You, sir, are mistaken. Land vehicles that fly for no practical reason was CLEARLY established earlier in the trilogy.   icon_razz

Next you'll be telling me that Teen Wolf Too is a bad movie.
1106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Back to the Future... 2, or 3? on: October 01, 2008, 03:30:28 PM
I have to go with three. Time-travelling locomotive trumps hoverboard.
1107  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WAR] GT Wanderers, please post your in-game names on: October 01, 2008, 01:29:53 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 01, 2008, 12:29:22 PM

As it stands, I'm being required to register for yet another forum just so I can point out the incredibly obvious that Knightshade = Knightshade.  (I've only been using that name for the past few decades, so I can see where there could be confusion) 

I can't really speak for the group, but I can think of plenty of good reasons to require guildies to register on the board beyond the name thing. 

Quote
This smacks of numbers padding.

I sorta think you're off base on this one.
1108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'll have a Double Dip of DD Mocha! on: September 26, 2008, 02:23:41 PM
I'm beginning to think PETA is proof our universe is just an occasionally clever parody of a much more serious universe.
1109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE Impressions on: September 25, 2008, 08:55:10 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on September 25, 2008, 02:58:17 AM

How is this one holding up for people? Has this game got legs, or does it lose its charm quickly?

I think the ability to create/import creatures gives it a bit of longevity, but the civilization and space stages of the game just aren't that fun to me.  I imagine I'll play through the tribes portion a few more times, just to fool around with different creature designs.  I don't think I'll be up for much more turret-zapping, religious conversions or creature abducting, though.
1110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack Thompson = Disbarred on: September 25, 2008, 05:28:16 PM
But what if he has a sith-style apprentice that's even worse!?!?!?
1111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do You Watch BBC's Robin Hood? on: September 24, 2008, 05:54:57 PM
It's good in a Xena-and-Hercules-without-magic sort of way.
1112  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why are there no Warhammer Online Impressions thread? on: September 23, 2008, 08:11:46 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 23, 2008, 07:58:22 PM

I mean, I've seen a single tank hold 4 targets AT ONCE before. I, and other healers kept the tank up, while the rest of the group slaughtered the fools who wouldn't get off the tank to attack the far weaker targets.

One of the coolest things I've seen so far in-game was an Elf tank charge single-handedly into a line of Destruction.   There were about 5 baddies pounding on him, but a few order healers hung back and just wouldn't let the Elf drop.   Things kept going this way for a few minutes, but once the first Black Orc fell, all the other baddies just broke, the Elf right on their heels.  It was magnificent watching him chase down this whole pack of hulking monstrosities all by his lonesome. 
1113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Adam Baldwin Thread on: September 22, 2008, 07:43:35 PM
Adam Baldwin has poor vampire elimination skills.
1114  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WAR] GT Wanderers, please post your in-game names on: September 22, 2008, 01:34:44 PM
Kadnod = Warrior Priest
1115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why are there no Warhammer Online Impressions thread? on: September 19, 2008, 09:37:07 PM

Quote from: Chaz on September 19, 2008, 06:36:23 PM

(btw, you'll only have to kill 10 bears, as each has a head)),

 icon_lol

It is nice to have a "get X animal bits" quest and just be able to kill x animals.  No more animals walking around without teeth or pelts or other essential animal bits is definitely a good thing.
1116  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Warhammer] a few questions for the vets on: September 19, 2008, 02:42:04 PM

Quote from: Cragmyre on September 19, 2008, 02:34:42 PM

So?  Has anyone used the reverse grouping?  The one where you can click the icon under your portrait and join someone's group?  I do it when I'm at a PQ. 

Yeah, I've done it in big PVP-fests.  It's a pretty cool feature.  Much better than just wandering into a big fight solo.
1117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune software update 3.0 on: September 17, 2008, 06:17:23 PM

Quote from: hentzau on September 17, 2008, 05:53:33 PM

My question:  Why can't they add a shuffle function to playlists???  Or even to an album?  Or an artist?  WOuld that be so hard to do???


Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question, but isn't that option under "settings:music"?
1118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SPORE Impressions on: September 17, 2008, 02:43:21 PM
Anyone know if there's any rhyme or reason to how much spice sells for on a given planet in the space stage?  Is it just random or is there some sort of game mechanic behind it?
1119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zune software update 3.0 on: September 16, 2008, 08:21:28 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 16, 2008, 03:43:45 PM

Is anybody going to burn their iPod and switch to the Zune revolution!?

If you replace "burn" with "accidentally smash," then yes, this is exactly what I did last Sunday.

I'm very pleased that Microsoft decided to update their software in honor of my joining.   thumbsup
1120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers....going downhill? on: September 15, 2008, 05:40:17 PM
I think the 3rd Season needed fewer flashbacks.  I would've rather seen an episode or two entirely about the earlier Team Ventures, rather than have bits and pieces of info about them scattered throughout several episodes.   It's definitely still a great show, but there were a few snoozers this season.

In a related note, I thought Metapocalypse was exceptional this year.  The finale was hillarious.
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