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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Championship Weekend on: January 20, 2014, 02:53:10 AM
Awesome! Hawks movin on to the Superbowl!  Oh man what a great game - a real defensive masterpiece.
42  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games similar to HeroQuest? on: January 15, 2014, 09:16:07 PM
It's been so long since I've played Hero Quest, but I'd 2nd your idea that the D&D Adventure games might scratch the same itch. As well, gaming friends that I know that owned and liked HQ also seem to enjoy Mage Knight.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games for Windows Live going away in 2014? on: January 13, 2014, 06:34:17 PM
Interesting wiki. I'm going to have to check into what my options are for Section 8 Prejudice, although it's more or less mplay only and that's probably dried up by now anyways.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 13, 2014, 06:25:41 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 13, 2014, 06:07:54 PM

10/10 - kronovan reaches enlightenment, sprouts wings, and flies to the top of Mount Olympus to begin his rule over the remaining mortals

lol IIRC I think I made a post at this, or some website, that Inception was a 10/10. And yeah I did something similar to what you describe, but...sigh...it was all just in a dream.  Tongue
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 13, 2014, 06:11:05 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 13, 2014, 02:08:13 AM

Watched the "Flight of the Intruder" last night. Still holds up very well smile

Yeah, I have this one in my library and it gets pulled out at least once a year. It's got one of my favorite Tom Sizemore performances, although I admittedly like him in just about any military themed movie. I only read the sequel to the Coont's novel, so that's probably has helped me to continue to enjoy it.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 13, 2014, 06:02:19 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 13, 2014, 04:53:34 PM

8/10 is your 'absolutely loved it' rating?!

My love for it had a lot to do with the theme. There were a few rough edges, that brought it down a point for me. And yeah...there's very few movies I'd ever give 9/10 for, so maybe I do use the GT scale.  slywink
47  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Nightfall: A Deck Building Game I can Enjoy, Despite Not Being a Card Game Fan on: January 13, 2014, 05:41:29 PM
I picked up these 2 base/starter sets for this Deck Building Game:



As well as this expansion and promo:



...for about $40 in a Boxing Day Sale.

Admittedly, I'm not that big of a card game fan with the exception of the 2 Asian games Gang of Four and Tichu. I've got my fingers bloodied in the past with a few constructor deck games like Magic tG and Yu-gi-oh, but the power creep and PtW aspect of those was a turn off. I really enjoy the added strategy of a DBG game, but Dominion just didn't gel with my gaming group. Rune Age faired a bit better with them, but I don't get it off the shelf often. I'd sat down to the Coldest War a while back and really enjoyed it, but that group sort of evaporated and the player with the game moved away.Then I noticed one of my FLG's offered a 66% discount of the series in a Boxing Day sale and I immediately jumped on it.

Man oh man are my gaming group and I are loving it. It's got a really nice card chaining mechanic, a lot of meat to it and some very nice artwork. The chaining is challenging and cool, because it resolves in reverse order to how the cards were played, so what was a good idea at the start or middle, may end up in being a pain in the butt in the end.  The Dark Rages expansion added an avatar feature, which allows you to be something like a Vampire overlord or Lycanthrope warlord and get perks while playing cards along their lines of affinity while getting penalties by playing oppositional cards. This game is much more aggressive than other DBG's in that any card you play in a chain must be used to attack opponents when it's your turn. Needless to say social interaction is pretty damn important in this game. I could see the more aggressive nature of it possibly turning off the Dominion crowd who are used to a tamer game, but it really works for my group who tend to be more wargamers.

[Edit] Doh! - I just found Bullwinkle's post with its detailed review of this from a few years ago. Oh well...that thread was from 2011 so maybe it was better to not raise it from the dead, despite that being a very appropriate theme for this game.   Tongue
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: January 13, 2014, 04:48:11 PM
I finally got around to watching this on the weekend and I absolutely loved it - one of the few SciFi films I've seen in a while I'd give an 8/10.  I thought the performance by Willis was good and those by Gordon-Levitt and Blunt were very good, but the one turned in by Pierce Gagnon was excellent. That was one of the scariest kids I've seen in a movie in some time. Definitely going to add this one to my library.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 06, 2014, 08:05:14 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on January 06, 2014, 07:46:43 PM

The Last Stand went up over the weekend.  It was the first American movie directed by Kim Jee-Woon, who did the absolutely amazing The Good, the Bad, the Weird.  The Last Stand is kind of ok action fair with Schwarzenegger, but lacks the magic of Kim's Korean films.  If you havent watched The Good, the Bad, the Weird yet, check it out, it's great and also on Netflix.

Sadly, the only Kim Jee-Woon we have on Netflix Canuckistan is his short piece in The Doomsday Book which is far from his best. I enjoyed The Good, the Bad, the Weird as well as his A Tale of Two Sisters, and I really enjoyed his A Bittersweet Life - his best film IMO. I keep hoping we get some of his better movies, but so far we've been shut out.  icon_frown

[Edit] Almost forgot to mention - but 2 excellent Korean films we have on netflix.ca are A Company Man and The Man from Nowhere. Don't know if they're on Netflix USA, but if they are you might enjoy them too.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hey Microsoft! on: January 06, 2014, 07:54:00 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 06, 2014, 04:43:48 AM

You have this vast wealth of hardware experience. You've been making controllers, keyboards and mice for the better part of three decades.

Yes they do, but from my experience they've haven't been particularly good at it. I've yet to own a piece of MS hardware that wasn't deficient or prematurely defective. And that includes non-gaming hardware form many moons ago, like the 80286 CPU upgrades they manufactured in the 80's. Even their mice and keyboards have been a disappointment for me. If you're wanting a decent fighter stick for the XB1, I wouldn't count on MS delivering it.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on: January 06, 2014, 07:17:34 PM
I saw this movie last week and really enjoyed it. Watching it I figured out why I liked this and the 1st movie so much - IMO they've got a 70's dystopian vibe to them. Some of my favorite dystopian-themed movies are 70's films like Rollerball, Logans Run, THX 1138 and Soylent Green. Admittedly it might just be the nostalgia of my childhood, but I swear there's scene settings and art direction in this and the 1st film that pay homage to 70's movies like those.

I thought the performances by Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson were good. For me the story and plot were descent and in particular the details and twists around the environmental arena were clever. I can see where some may find the story silly, but there's few Dystopian-themed novels and movies I've read and viewed that didn't have some element of that and a strong need to suspend disbelief. I haven't read the Hunger Games books and doubt I ever will, so that may very well allow me to appreciate this more than many others.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Wild Card Weekend on: January 06, 2014, 12:50:52 AM
Now that was a great game, especially after that Colts-Chiefs circus yesterday.  Great win by the 49ers.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 03, 2014, 03:42:49 AM
Wot! Useless! How could anyone think stuff like this was useless:

"Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo!
Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal the willow!
Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!"


Besides all that fun, didn't he have a meth lab and psylicybe mushroom farm in his basement? I mean the guy was the most fun character in the entire trilogy.  icon_biggrin
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 03, 2014, 01:52:47 AM
I've read the Hobbit and LotR trilogy enough times -mostly to children- that I've lost count. Having read it that many times I couldn't care less how much The Hobbit diverges from the original story. I was more concerned about content being dropped in the 1st trilogy movies and was miffed a bit when Tom Bombadil and the barrow wraiths sections weren't there in the Fellowship. As long as the extra content adds something and doesn't drag on too much I'm OK with it. So far I've enjoyed both movies, so it's worked for me.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Adventures of Tintin [movie] on: January 03, 2014, 01:41:42 AM
I've still only watched it once even though it's been on netflix.ca for a while. I agree about the editing - it was very good. Here's hoping Jackson equals Spielberg's directing for the 2nd movie.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 31, 2013, 07:20:03 PM
I agree with both of you - Smaug is very well done and definitely one of the best beasts I've ever seen in a film. Actually, IMO all the production values are top rate for this. I agree with YellowKing's interpretation about the character's behavior discussed in heloder's spoiler. I thought his behavior was quite clearly explained by events and dialog in the film. My kids and I really enjoyed the female elf protagonist Tauriel  (think I spelled that correctly) that they added to the story. I'm not sure if she was an actual character in the Silmarilion or any of Tolkien's other works, but she was a nice inclusion.

Very enjoyable movie, and if the quality continues to improve, as it did with this and Jackson's films in the LotR trilogy, I can't wait for the final movie.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld HD Survey on: December 31, 2013, 06:04:40 PM
I missed the originals, but I was under the impression that Homeworld 2 was just a re-skinning of the original with better graphics. One of my gaming buddies in my BattleTech group was on the dev team for that and he told me it sold terribly. I guess there's some market for this, but wouldn't many of the potential buyers just be holding out for the next edition of other space RTS's that have released in the interim?
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wtf. on: December 31, 2013, 05:47:27 PM
So much wrong about that article, don't even no where to begin. I go by which console is harder to come by in my area to determine who's leading. Having followed the trends closely in the past 2 previous gens, my city isn't much different than other NA cities other than Nintendo's consoles seem to be a bit more popular here. The trends in my city also haven't been much different than the EU for the past 2 gens. PS4's aren't available in any of my local stores, whereas I can walk into any big box retailer and pick up an XBox One.

So I'm saying the PS4 is leading the XBox One, no need to dive into a full blown diatribe full of inaccuracies and fluff.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Doom 3 remastered in BFG Edition on: December 31, 2013, 05:05:47 PM
Something that came up last year when we were discussing this was whether the BFG edition had online co-op like the original 360 edition. I did some posting in forums when Doom3 was being discounted in a Steam sale. I found out that there's a good fan co-op patch for the original Doom3 (Last man Standing) but it apparently isn't compatible with BFG. I never did buy either version, but I think if I do get one it'd be the original with the expansion.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Collector's Edition purchase do you regret most? on: December 31, 2013, 04:55:43 PM
As a rule, I don't buy them because so many are preorder and I like to read reviews and impressions before I buy. The only ones I've bought are some of the Halo and Legend of Zelda CE's and I didn't regret any of those. If it can be counted as a CE, I did buy the Metal Gear HD collection for 360 and it reminded me how much I really dislike some of the games in that series. I traded it in the same month I bought it.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xbox 360]Games with Gold on: December 30, 2013, 10:17:15 PM
Awesome, only played a bit of my friends Sleeping Dogs, so IN for that!
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crowdsourced! Best video game novels / comics on: December 24, 2013, 12:34:51 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 24, 2013, 12:28:40 AM

I've never really found myself drawn to books based on games.  I think at least partly because I assume they are mediocre at best...

Actually that's really not the case - at least for Fantasy and SciFi novels. One of the main reasons being that with digital media being much more dominant now, the traditional publishers are less willing to risk the cost of publishing anything for that genre. Whereas for many of the game companies (video and tabletop) novels are in a sense "icing on the cake" for their existing settings and intellectual properties. The game companies have far less to lose and they attract many good writers who are aware of that.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/23) on: December 24, 2013, 12:28:27 AM
Nothing. BTW, I wouldn't buy Halo Spartan Assault even if it was available for the 360.  Tongue
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Raid 2: Berandal on: December 24, 2013, 12:14:02 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 07, 2013, 02:51:27 AM

I can't tell if any... well if the surviving characters from The Raid are in this, or if there's no story relationship between the two at all.

It seems moot to me, because Mad Dog got killed in the 1st and can't return in this. frown
65  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crowdsourced! Best video game novels / comics on: December 24, 2013, 12:10:10 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 21, 2013, 02:40:41 AM

I'd say the best one I've read is Ghosts of Ascalon, which is a Guild Wars 2 book.

+1 By far the best novel based on a video game that I've read to date. The next closest would be Dragon Age: The Calling followed by The Infernal City: An Elder Scrolls Novel.  I also liked the SW Republic Commando series too, but didn't find them quite the quality of those above 3.

Of course if I was allowed to include novels that a video game was based on, number one for sure would be the Witcher series on novels.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 24, 2013, 12:03:34 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 23, 2013, 06:45:51 PM

The Hobbit 2,beat Anchorman 2 and stayed(returned?) to number 1 over the weekend and is not doing too badly for 10 days release,but is behind The Hobbit 1 in domestic BO takings

Quote
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic:    $127,500,000      31.6%
+ Foreign:    $276,300,000      68.4%
= Worldwide:    $403,800,000   

In Release:    10 days / 1.4 weeks



The Hobbit 2
10-Day Total:
$127,500,000   

The Hobbit 1
10-Day Total:
$150,041,265
Box Office Mojo

I expect it to fall a bit short of the billion+ that Hobbit 1 did. That said, it's still already done this globally: $403,850,695 !
Going to take the kids to it this Friday.  smile thumbsup
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 16 on: December 23, 2013, 11:55:23 PM
Wow, was I ever wrong about Trestman's Bears possibly giving the Eagles some competition. Man oh man, that was 1 heckuva shit kicking!  icon_eek
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda Dynasty Warriors on: December 18, 2013, 05:20:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 18, 2013, 04:19:40 PM

BTW, if you think the Zelda series has dried up, you haven't played the newest 3DS version.
+++!  I've been playing it on lunch breaks with my buddies 3DS and it's one of the best Zelda's I've ever played.

As to Hyrule Warriors - I'd rather Tecmo Koei just finally make a DW game with a decent story and graphics.  I think they always had the basis for a good videogame in terms of setting,  but they never really went anywhere with it.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you are looking forward to in 2014? on: December 17, 2013, 02:18:24 AM
The Witcher 3
Destiny
Berlin DLC for Shadowrun Returns
Star Citizen

I'm actually really looking for an original game with genre-breaking gameplay, but I doubt anything in 2014 fits that bill.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Christopher Nolan - Interstellar on: December 17, 2013, 12:12:15 AM
Gotta love this from the Interstellar movie wiki:
Quote
In January 2013, Christopher Nolan entered negotiations with Paramount and Warner Bros. to direct Interstellar. Nolan intended to write a screenplay based on his own idea that he would merge with his brother's screenplay. By the following March, Nolan was confirmed to direct Interstellar, which would be produced under his label Syncopy and Lynda Obst Productions.Though Paramount and Warner Bros. are traditionally rival studios, Warner Bros., who released Nolan's Batman films and works with Nolan's Syncopy, sought a stake in Nolan's production of Interstellar for Paramount... In August 2013, sources reported that Legendary Pictures was in the process of finalizing an agreement with Warner Bros. to "finance 25 percent or more" of the film's production.

Wow, talk about someone (Nolan) writing their own ticket!  Very much looking forward to this and hope it lives up to all it's $ and promise.
71  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Anyone play Great Fire of London or Suburbia? on: December 13, 2013, 07:07:34 PM
I finally got to play OGRE last year when one of our boardgaming society's member finally hauled his copy out of storage. I'd say it's stood up reasonably well, although I do think there's newer, comparable light tactical boardgame systems that are better and cheaper. There's also a number of tabletop miniature systems that have arrived in the decades since it's release, that IMO are as rules light yet much more expandable. I was of course playing one of the original Ogre sets, so I'm not aware of home much the new release has changed. One thing I've noted about the the new release when checking a few posts on the geek - you get a heckuva lot for that $100 and an owner of it would probably never feel they're missing some expansion or addon.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 14 on: December 10, 2013, 08:12:46 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 10, 2013, 05:11:20 AM

Dallas defense didnt bother showing up. Have to beat GB and Washington to make sure the Philly game means something. At least that's reasonable, assuming Rodgers is still out.

The Eagles Vs Bears game IMO is going to be one heckuva big game in that battle for the NFC East. One of the NFC's best road teams against one of the conferences best home teams.  I admittedly don't know a lot about either team, but I'm a big fan of Coach Trestman - IMO one of the best to have ever coached a CFL team. I wouldn't put much money on the Eagles beating the Bears in that game, but I think they'll take the Vikings. Cowboys are for sure going to have to kick their D in the butt for the next 2 games if they hope to make that final game count.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 10, 2013, 06:05:23 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on December 08, 2013, 07:26:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 19, 2013, 11:41:05 PM

Legend of the Legendary Heroes?  from the Redundant Department of Redundancy?

Are they the people backing up the Department of Redundency Dpartment?

A shame the title is so ridiculously redundant because the actual series isn't. I watched some of my friend's BRD set of this series a year ago and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It brings some new ideas to the mythical fantasy genre which has mostly been beaten to death by anime studios. There's some very good animation in this series and much of the dubbed voice acting was surprisingly decent. I'd certainly recommend this series to anyone who watched Vision of Escaflowne or Berserk and enjoyed them.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: December 10, 2013, 05:46:02 PM
I'm being told by friends that watched the prescreening that this movie is considerably better than last years. I enjoyed the 1st movie well enough, so I'm sure I'll enjoy this.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 14 on: December 09, 2013, 12:48:59 AM
So close between the Hawks and 49ers, but kudos to SF for a great win. Loved the game and I can definitely live with a loss like that.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long will my "fixed" 360 work? on: December 04, 2013, 03:59:13 AM
My 6 year old Zephyr series (1st to feature HDMI) has run for over 3 years after it was sent in for repair. Since it RROD'd I've made sure it's been a bit cooler and better vented location.
77  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: December 04, 2013, 02:08:36 AM
I used the sale to catch up on a few things - bought Batman AA, Borderlands 2, Tomb Raider and the 2 DLC's for Sins Rebellion. i was going to get Bioshock Infinite, but EB had the 360 version on for just $5 more and since I'd played the other 2 on it, i went with that.
78  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: December 03, 2013, 10:44:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 03, 2013, 06:39:00 PM

well fuck.  Sorry Kronovan, Steam lied to us.  If it is any consolation they should have the same or better discounts in a few weeks.
Hey no problem; the 2 last DLC's I was looking to get only discounted 50%, so there's a good chance they'll be better discounts on them in a few weeks. Besides all this means is that I'll continue mastering Sins Rebellion for the next few weeks instead of getting diverted by some Norse kingdom building in CK II. I can so easily live with that.  slywink
79  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: December 03, 2013, 06:33:09 AM
I'm seeing some weird things with the prices on a few games tonight. Even though they show their discounts, the prices reflect lesser discounts despite there still being hours remaining for the deal. I noticed this for both Tomb Raider and Dragon Age Ultimate. Glad I bought Tomb Raider earlier today.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 13 on: December 03, 2013, 05:22:13 AM
Wow, awesome win by the Hawks! Wilson can do no wrong - how many QB's can bounce a pass off of a receiver only to have another catch it for a TD. slywink The Defence knocking the ball off of Brees for a recovery and touchdown was pretty damn nice too. icon_smile  Can't wait for next Sunday!
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