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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Gravity on: October 06, 2013, 06:09:16 AM
Yes, the movie refers to the HST specifically.
82  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Sorry - crashed the site today on: October 05, 2013, 11:42:08 PM
Is the new look of the home page the "surprise" from this afternoon?  Because I'm really not a fan of that look at all.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Gravity on: October 05, 2013, 06:03:31 PM
Go see this movie.  Now.  On the biggest screen with the best sound you can find.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Gravity on: October 05, 2013, 03:39:21 AM
Just reserved a seat (yes, reserved seating!) for IMAX 3D tomorrow.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT.
85  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: September 29, 2013, 10:21:44 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 29, 2013, 04:17:23 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on September 29, 2013, 03:36:20 PM

Why would their Social Security checks be late?  Mandatory spending isn't stopped by a government shutdown.

The money to cover Social Security payments would still be authorized, but with 800,000 federal employees furloughed -- and the remaining "essential" personnel working without pay -- the system would be unable to review claims, process new ones, or correct for unexpected circumstances.  Short staffed?  Failed equipment?  Data error?  Sorry, the department that deals with that is closed this month.

That's one hell of a claim.  Can you cite proof for that?

Also, government employees who work during a shutdown (including me) will get paid.  We're not working without pay.  Our pay may be delayed, but we'll still get paid.
86  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: it's time for the next round of SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN!!!!!! on: September 29, 2013, 03:36:20 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 28, 2013, 02:16:11 AM

It looks like they're really going to shut 'er down. I wonder how enthused the teabaggers will feel if their Social Security checks are late.

Why would their Social Security checks be late?  Mandatory spending isn't stopped by a government shutdown.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 23, 2013, 03:23:34 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 22, 2013, 04:06:38 PM

Maybe it's because I had braced myself for the absolute worst, but I'm not finding Trevor nearly as hard to play as I expected. I even got to "the controversial mission" and didn't find it as intolerable as I expected. I don't like the character as much as Franklin or Michael, but I mean... that's the point.

A couple of my Facebook friends think Trevor is the best GTA character ever.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Fast & Furious 6 and 7 (8 & 9 too!) on: September 18, 2013, 12:37:38 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 17, 2013, 12:41:26 AM

Lucas Black is back for the next 3 films.

Makes sense, given the credit cookie in 6.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 18, 2013, 12:34:03 AM

Quote from: Caine on September 17, 2013, 06:31:01 PM

what the H?

http://kotaku.com/blizzard-kills-diablo-iii-real-money-auction-house-1335035020

"remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo III." effective on March 18, 2014.

Bliz has admitted " it ultimately undermines Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot"

not sure how I feel about this.  too little, too late?

Might be just fine, depending on the timing of the expansion. 

Guess I should stock up on gems before then. 
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 18, 2013, 12:25:49 AM
Well, I'm not playing this tonight because UPS fucked up my release day delivery and I'm not getting it until tomorrow.

Ugh.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Zealand bans software patents on: August 29, 2013, 02:40:26 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 29, 2013, 02:36:41 AM

Thanks for the clarification.

Yeah.  Gotta love a ban that is not entirely a ban.

Leave it up to the courts!
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Zealand bans software patents on: August 29, 2013, 02:30:36 AM
The law is written vaguely enough that a "ban" is not entirely correct.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: August 28, 2013, 06:42:56 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 04:36:16 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on August 27, 2013, 03:57:21 PM

You know what the Affleck outrage is similar to?  The outrage when Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker in TDK.

Give it a chance.

Great comparison. Couldn't remember my initial reaction to that news so I found the thread and we were all pretty okay with that one.

There's more to the internet than Gaming Trend.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: August 27, 2013, 03:57:21 PM
You know what the Affleck outrage is similar to?  The outrage when Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker in TDK.

Give it a chance.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 3 on: August 09, 2013, 01:30:46 PM
Latest bit I read says Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is a virtual lock to direct Trek 3.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mission Impossible 5 on: August 06, 2013, 03:00:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 05, 2013, 11:30:12 PM


Woot!
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CD Players In Cars On the way Out on: August 06, 2013, 02:53:37 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 06, 2013, 01:25:48 PM

What kind of audio system does your car have that you can even hear a diff-

Quote from: pr0ner on August 06, 2013, 01:22:29 PM

I didn't pay almost $1k for an upgraded sound system to not take advantage of it.

-oh.

Yeah.  Came with extra speakers and two subwoofers.  It's the Logic7 system found at the bottom of this page.

Why waste the goodness with compressed audio?

Of course, like pug said, recording quality does play into it, too.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CD Players In Cars On the way Out on: August 06, 2013, 01:22:29 PM
I'll occasionally play my iPod in my car, but since CDs still sound better than MP3s (and lossless files are too effing big to carry around in an iPod), I stick with CDs.

I didn't pay almost $1k for an upgraded sound system to not take advantage of it.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: August 03, 2013, 06:26:45 PM

Quote from: Exodor on July 30, 2013, 04:37:53 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on July 30, 2013, 02:55:16 PM

Quote from: Exodor on July 29, 2013, 11:16:25 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 29, 2013, 09:39:11 PM

Nope.  My whole family kills watches just by wearing them.  Mechanical or electronic, it doesn’t seem to matter.

I thought I was the only one!   Actually I don't kill them they just don't keep accurate time - after a week it'll be off by an hour or more.

I just use my cell phone instead.



What kind of watches are you buying that are off by an hour or more after a WEEK?

And to answer the OP, yes, I wear a watch.

Every watch I've ever owned which implies it's me, not the device.

Huh.  I didn't even know that happened.  My bad.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speeding ticket on: July 31, 2013, 01:25:16 PM
Nope, never got a speeding ticket.

Really, why isn't that an option?
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 30, 2013, 02:55:16 PM

Quote from: Exodor on July 29, 2013, 11:16:25 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 29, 2013, 09:39:11 PM

Nope.  My whole family kills watches just by wearing them.  Mechanical or electronic, it doesn’t seem to matter.

I thought I was the only one!   Actually I don't kill them they just don't keep accurate time - after a week it'll be off by an hour or more.

I just use my cell phone instead.



What kind of watches are you buying that are off by an hour or more after a WEEK?

And to answer the OP, yes, I wear a watch.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Test your Die Hard knowledge (Die Hard is 25 years old?!) on: July 17, 2013, 02:03:00 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 17, 2013, 12:58:59 AM

Die Hard 4.0? NA was the only place it was called Live Free Or Die Hard?

Yep.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [xbox 360]Games with Gold on: July 17, 2013, 01:59:03 PM
When did Bruce Banner become Hawkeye?
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Off Season 2013 on: July 14, 2013, 05:47:36 PM
I think Kovy doesn't go back to Russia so soon if the lockout didn't happen.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: July 12, 2013, 01:35:28 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 12, 2013, 12:24:24 AM

Wombat from the CAGCast talked about his little girl, wanting to play some 360 games for kids, with his permission, she turns on system herself. He turns around then hears her screaming, and covering her eyes. She yelling at him to turn it off, turn it off. There's the zombie head on the TV in one of the big ad spaces. She's traumatized and doesn't want to play games anymore.

That's not overreacting. Can you imagine being a parent and dealing with nightmares after that?

It does sound like a problem that's more with their content control, rather than the actual ads. But if you think about it, you're paying for XBL, you'd think they could pay someone to be more vigilant. Although, I hear that up until then it hasn't been an issue.

As others have said, what about Wombat not turning on the family filters?  Where's his responsibility?
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Total Time Logged in on: July 05, 2013, 08:51:12 PM
55 days, 23 hours and 28 minutes
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test? on: July 05, 2013, 05:46:55 PM
I passed.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 29, 2013, 01:57:58 AM
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: June 23, 2013, 02:19:52 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 22, 2013, 10:42:26 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 22, 2013, 09:39:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 22, 2013, 12:07:41 AM

it's sounding more and more like I'll wait for blu ray on this one.

Don't.  The epic spectacle will be lost on blu ray.

What movie was it that you saw?

One that I found thoroughly epic and entertaining.

It's amazing to be able to just shut the brain off and go along for the ride.  You should try it sometime.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: June 22, 2013, 09:39:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 22, 2013, 12:07:41 AM

it's sounding more and more like I'll wait for blu ray on this one.

Don't.  The epic spectacle will be lost on blu ray.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman: Man of Steel on: June 22, 2013, 09:39:26 PM

Quote from: Crusis on June 22, 2013, 05:27:13 PM

It gets a big fat MEH from me. I wanted the movie the trailer's promised 'cause this wasn't it.

Seriously?
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360/PC] Remember Me on: June 19, 2013, 04:44:53 AM
I haven't played this game yet, but the soundtrack is ridiculously awesome and actually makes me want to play.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next gen purchase poll on: June 16, 2013, 08:55:43 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 16, 2013, 08:22:09 PM

You don't visit Gt'rs in games any more either!  ninja

I haven't been, either.  crybaby
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 16, 2013, 02:55:40 PM
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: June 13, 2013, 12:05:11 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 12, 2013, 01:52:19 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 12, 2013, 02:38:31 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 11, 2013, 01:10:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 11, 2013, 05:05:03 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 11, 2013, 04:55:49 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
And then, true to the worst of Trek Reset Buttons, we flip the script on the death of a major character, only to undo it by the time that the credits roll.  We know that they're not going to let either of them die this early in a reboot, so it just seemed cheesy to try and recreate that moment.

not only that, but the solution was telegraphed in advance:

Spoiler for Hiden:
when they said Khan's blood was regenerating the dead cells of the tribble
.

Well, you have to lay it out in advance, or it's even cheaper, like Deus Ex Machina.  You just try to couch it in a throw away moment and hope it doesn't stick in the watcher's brain until you need it to be called back.

Actually, in my film class in college, my professor told us that the screenwriters hope such "throw away" moments aren't forgotten.  Foreshadowing and all that, so it's not so much Deus Ex Machina.

Well, right, that's what I was saying.  Without the little moment it is Deus Ex Machina.  However, you want the audience to forget the throw away moment in between the time it gets introduced and the time it gets called back, otherwise it's no longer foreshadowing, it's making your story predictable.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The tribble moment in the example is not given a lot of weight, because otherwise there would be absolutely no tension when Kirk dies (nevermind that you know he won't die for good in the second movie), since the audience will all be thinking, "Just use the blood like you did on the tribble."  But without the tribble set up, having someone say, "You know, Kahn's blood can regenerate..." would be eye-rollingly convenient (Deus Ex Machina).  The way it's done, the seed is planted and comes to fruition later.

Ah, sorry, I totally misread what you wrote.  smile
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 12, 2013, 06:54:23 PM
Some of the comments in this thread make me LOL.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: June 12, 2013, 02:39:15 AM

Quote from: Arclight on June 10, 2013, 04:25:42 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 10, 2013, 05:00:29 AM

Quote from: Arclight on June 09, 2013, 05:01:51 PM

I was there for the very first Star Trek show, and I'll be there for the last one they make(if that ever happens)

But putting myself in the minority, I don't like Kirk or Spock in this movie. Scotty, Bones, protagonist, all fantastic jobs.
But the way Kirk is played is far to juvenile to suspend any disbelief. I just can't see a guy like Kirk(in this movie)
Handling the fates of Klingon-Federation empires.
I know tongue in cheek moments are a Star Trek staple, but in this movie it just came across as silly and totally unbelievable.

I hope the next one will do away with the teen-age actions of Kirk, and put some believability back in the Role...aka; Patrick Stewart

Its the early years I know that, but can you imagine a guy like Kirk, in this movie, being given command of anything other than a
Shuttle bus driver between outposts on a planet full of Tribbles.

But Kirk is the protagonist.

 nod I guess he is. But I always felt that the "main" character for the bad side was the protagonist. But dictionay meaning you are right. Thanks for making me look it up and see that I've been using the word wrong.  thumbsup

You're welcome!
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: June 12, 2013, 02:38:31 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 11, 2013, 01:10:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 11, 2013, 05:05:03 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 11, 2013, 04:55:49 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
And then, true to the worst of Trek Reset Buttons, we flip the script on the death of a major character, only to undo it by the time that the credits roll.  We know that they're not going to let either of them die this early in a reboot, so it just seemed cheesy to try and recreate that moment.

not only that, but the solution was telegraphed in advance:

Spoiler for Hiden:
when they said Khan's blood was regenerating the dead cells of the tribble
.

Well, you have to lay it out in advance, or it's even cheaper, like Deus Ex Machina.  You just try to couch it in a throw away moment and hope it doesn't stick in the watcher's brain until you need it to be called back.

Actually, in my film class in college, my professor told us that the screenwriters hope such "throw away" moments aren't forgotten.  Foreshadowing and all that, so it's not so much Deus Ex Machina.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Sony up later. on: June 11, 2013, 03:17:44 AM

Quote from: Kurt Stevens on June 11, 2013, 03:16:30 AM

Preordered both xbox and PS4.  May cancel the xbox later.  I'll see how it shakes out over the next few months.   Release date for the PS4 on Amazon was 12/31/13.  Is this just a placeholder date?  I can't imagine them missing the Christmas shopping season.

NYE is Amazon's typical placeholder date.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Sony up later. on: June 11, 2013, 03:11:35 AM
For those concerned, Amazon has XB1 and PS4 games marked at $60.
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