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3081  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: May 21, 2010, 12:13:55 AM
Looks like this has a lot of potential, I really like the core concept.  Is there any hint of a release date?
3082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: League of Legends on: May 21, 2010, 12:03:07 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on March 22, 2010, 08:23:31 PM

I play primarily on the US servers...I agree with Hark as I don't want to do anything over and over frown

You haven't been with me yet, I'll change your mind  icon_twisted

But seriously are you guys playing this regularly on the US servers?  Is there a name list somewhere?
3083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 20, 2010, 07:23:49 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on May 20, 2010, 01:01:46 PM

Quote from: EddieA on May 20, 2010, 09:07:11 AM

Letterman does Top 10 Lost Finale Spoilers  icon_lol
Awesome! I'm still laughing from number 5 (Ben's line). smile

Michael Emerson is just awesome.  He needs a new show pronto!!!
3084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 20, 2010, 12:27:51 AM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on May 20, 2010, 12:24:18 AM

Excellent episode!

Loved seeing Hurley and Des working together. Can't wait to find out what happens when they bring them all together.

Loved seeing Ben back to his horrible self again. Loved seeing him get revenge on Widmore.

Best line: "He doesn't get to save his daughter."  BAM!  And then contrast that with the "must be the onions" sequence in the alt-verse.  Awesome actor.

I love Desmond, I would love watching a show where he just randomly goes around LA running over and beating people up.  Some new show should snatch that actor up pronto!

Also glad to see Michelle Rodriguez and Mira Furlan get cameos in, as I had heard they wouldn't be participating.  I think the only significant character that didn't make it back is Eko (Shannon will be in the finale).
3085  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: May 19, 2010, 11:34:42 PM

Quote from: skystride on May 19, 2010, 05:18:33 PM

What I don't understand is what happens when that ogre attacks a house, you decide to not kill it, the house gets destroyed.  How long does it stay destroyed in the persistent world?  Is it like Warhammer where Public Quests reset every 15 minutes or so?

This is vague but their response is:

Where other multi-player quest systems were pass or fail - our dynamic events evolve in response to player interaction and the outcomes they achieve. Where previous systems reset and start again and really don't change the world, dynamic events chain and cascade across a zone and leave persistent effects in the game world after the event has ended.

And then they go on in more detail with an example:

In traditional MMOs, when a quest is completed it has no real effect on the game world. You receive your reward and then move on, looking for the next quest to do. The world appears no better or worse for your actions. In GW2, the outcome of every event will directly affect the game world around you. If an enemy dredge army is marching out of their main base, players will be asked to mobilize with their allies and help destroy the army. If the dredge army is defeated, other events will cascade out from there. Players will be able battle their way inside the dredge base, face off against their commander, rescue captured friendly troops being held in the dredge prisons, and even hold the captured base while fighting waves of dredge, who arrive from deep underground to try and take back their home.

If, on the other hand, players fail to destroy the army, it will establish a fort in friendly player territory. From there, the dredge will send shipments of troops and supplies to the fort from the main base while building up walls, turrets, and siege engines to help defend it. Enemy dredge forces will then begin to move out from their newly established fort to attack friendly player locations in the area, sending snipers out into the hills, sending assault team forces to capture friendly player villages, and trying to smash down friendly fortifications with massive dredge walkers. All of these events continue to cascade out into further chains of events where cause and effect is directly related to the player's actions.

For example, if the players do not mobilize to stop the dredge snipers, they'll begin to shoot down all the villagers and merchants in nearby friendly villages. If they fail to stop the dredge assault teams from capturing a village, players will need to lead a force to help liberate the town and free the villagers. All of this content is derived from a single initial event - the dredge army marching through the map.

So for your question, I guess it depends on the location and how the engine truly works.  It sounds to me like when the house is destroyed, it's gone for good, i.e. no reset button.  Maybe the ogres build their own village in that spot, or maybe they just move on.  However it's entirely possible that a later Dynamic Event chain gets started which leads to another house being built in that spot, so the effect might be the same, but hopefully the cause is different - in that it's been spawned by an entirely new/different chain of events.
3086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 19, 2010, 11:06:55 PM
Lee absolutely dominated last night.  What that means I have no idea.  Clearly the producers have chosen their winner, giving him the pimp slot, the pimp Simon choice, and the pimp choir arrangement.  If he can't make it into the final with all the pimping, I guess it's just fate.  Can he beat Crystal though?  Probably, as the Casey fans may gravitate toward him and Crystal seems kind of burnt out to me.  She's actually sounding worse and worse to me each week, more screechy which is odd. 

Casey should exit tonight unless something really strange happens (perhaps a super cougar uprising) leaving the producers with the finale they want: Lee and Crystal.
3087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: May 19, 2010, 10:54:57 PM
Loved the episode but it didn't have any noticeable "Whedonisms" that I could think of.  He didn't write the episode so obviously that's a part of it.  I guess stylistically there were a few small things I might attribute to Joss but nothing major.  Anyone notice anything in particular?
3088  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: May 19, 2010, 12:09:43 AM
More in depth coverage of the Dynamic Events Engine:

I can barely contain my excitement, seriously!  I remember posting ideas very similar to this in terms of NPC AI/Evolution years ago, and having them poo-pooed as being impossible to realize.  Well, here it is, and looking very credible coming from Arena Net.  And of course I have to say it's a great feeling to have a company like Arena echo my internal thoughts about MMOs almost verbatim, like most recently on my blog post about the mmorpg genre:
3089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009-2010 TV Season report card / 2010 Fall Upfronts! on: May 18, 2010, 10:14:15 PM
This has got to be a first time for me, not a single new show is really sparking my interest as a "must see".  With the loss of Lost, 24, Legend of the Seeker, and even Heroes, it's shaping up to be a weak TV year for me.  As usual I'll give a number of shows a shot and see how it goes, maybe going in with lower expectations will be better and I'll be pleasantly surprised.  Of the ones I've heard of, Terra Nova sounds like it has the biggest potential but somehow I have the feeling it's going to be a dud.  Conceptually it just seems better as a movie and not a TV series.  

The only show that's really sounding like potential fun for me is No Ordinary Family.  Looks like a live-action-ish Incredibles, or Fantastic Four Lite complete with Michael Chiklis smile
3090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Loki - PC Demo on: May 18, 2010, 06:11:27 PM
Somehow this game fell completely under my radar.  Looks more like a TQ clone than a D2 clone, but that might be a bit redundant.

You can get it for $10 download now at their website, and I saw it bundled with Gothic 3 and another RPG at Fry's yesterday for $20.

Did anyone else ever play it?
3091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 18, 2010, 06:09:18 PM
OK, all I can say is I may be gay, but if I were straight I would be all over Sarah in her skimpy little night shirt or whatever the heck it was she was wearing (I use the term loosely).  Not to mention that little teddy thing she wore on the train.  What is wrong with Chuck?  Come on, are you a man or not?!?!?  Is he already bored of her hotness???

As for the episode, not quite as exciting as I'd like, even though I was happy to see Scott Bakula return.  The plotline with the sister is a bit grating.  Clearly all a set up for the finale which does look pretty explosively exciting.
3092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: May 18, 2010, 06:06:24 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on May 18, 2010, 05:28:13 PM

I LOL'd during the slow pan of the dead Russians.

Russian #1: shot dead
Russian #2: shot but wounded
Russian #3: skewered with a SWORD

I SO wanted to see what how that happened.

That was hilarious!  Also enjoyed seeing the disgusting remains on the eviscerated dude.

I'm definitely looking forward to the 2 hour series finale, but I have to say the whole "Dark Jack" thing is kind of bonkers.  Fun to watch but maybe a bit over the top. 

My biggest curiosity is if they'll have Jack end up killing (or at least shooting) Chloe.  Couldn't get any darker and more dramatic than that, and the way they are going it seems like they want to go as dark as possible to set up his starting state in the movie.  My heart says they should keep her for the movie, as she is one of the very few continuity characters they can cross over (maybe Audrey and of course Kim), but my gut says these writers are crazy and with the series ending, she's the only character left that people might possibly care about if they died (sorry Freddie).  Thoughts?
3093  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer online - play both sides on same server now! on: May 18, 2010, 05:58:28 PM
Wow this sounds incredibly desperate and pretty much an all around bad idea.
3094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 17, 2010, 08:37:36 PM

Quote from: Crawley on May 17, 2010, 06:39:38 PM

Parvity wuz robbed!

Another bitter jury that had a difficult time putting personal feelings aside for gameplay. While I was ok with Sandra winning I don't think she deserved it as she really didn't have much game. The only moves she had that I can remember were 1) Playing on Russells fears and getting him to vote out Coach. 2) Finding an Hidden Immunity Idol (HII). Parvity seemed to be gunned for since day 1 even by the Hero tribe before they merged (the JT letter). She also made one of the biggest plays of the game giving away the two hidden immunity idols (one to Sandra no less) to keep the Villains with the majority after the merge. Plus having to tip-toe with Russell to keep him from feeling like she was betraying him could not have been easy for 39 days.

But it seemed like most of the jury already made up their minds on who they would vote for before they got there. I've never seen a final tribal council with so few questions. It was mainly all statements. That means the remaining survivors don't have the opportunity to sell themselves so they just have to sit there and see how the votes play out. It robs both the jury members and viewers or any interesting insights the survivors can provide as well as sway votes based on their responses.

They need to tweak the final tribal council and allow the survivors to respond to jury members if they make a statement. Or bring back the option to plead a final case where the survivors can address some of statements the jury has brought up.

Totally agree with this - with all the time they waste with other crap, they could easily re-instate the chance for a final rebuttal which they used to always do.

On the first point, you should also mention Parv's winning of multiple immunities to stay in the game, she really kicked some ass and almost took 3 in a row.  You have to wonder how Sandra even stuck around at all.  The odd part was how convinced Russell was that Sandra had no chance of winning, when both her original Villains alliance AND the heroes that she tried to work with were all in the jury.  I guess he figured bringing 2 past winners gave him better odds.  They really should have kept Jerri and their original villain alliance, though I suppose it wouldn't have helped Russell much, and likely Parvati might have won in that case.  Amazing just how close that final challenge was - if Jerri or Parv won, likely Sandra would have been out.
3095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: May 17, 2010, 06:38:42 PM
I ended up watching it again with some friends and on second viewing I actually enjoyed it more.  Apparently I fell asleep through the entire Monaco sequence the first time which definitely messed up my impressions lol.  The briefcase suit was definitely cool.  The overall flow was more coherent without the 20 minute nap as well  icon_wink

Still, the majority of my other complaints remain intact.  I wanted more of Mickey, more of Scarlett and less of Sam, and a more credible threat in the final battle would have been nice.  There was never a point where I felt like Iron Man was in jeopardy (except in the Monaco sequence) and that definitely is an issue for me.
3096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 17, 2010, 06:25:16 PM

Quote from: Rowdy on May 17, 2010, 04:04:29 PM

I don't get the Russell being a great player opinions.  He's completely one dimensional.  Like Rob said in the reunion, Russell knows how to play to get to the end, but has 0 idea what to do next.  He only understands half the game.  How do you fill a jury with Heroes, players who all like to pride themselves on playing with integrity and winning challenges, and trying to play clean, and then appeal to them to vote for you based on you being the best at manipulating, deceiving and lying to everyone?  That might have worked if he'd been talking to a jury full of villains, but he wasn't.  Know your audience.  He should have seen who he was talking to and started trying to be as humble as possible and apologizing for crossing the line so many times, regardless of what he really thought.  He's willing to lie on the island, but not to the jury?  Weird time to grow a conscience.  

I think there was no point in that because they would have seen right through it.  They pretty much tell you he brought his arrogant attitude to every tribal council every night, never shut up and no one could stand him.  So I think even he realized flipping his personality to a more humble one would have been a waste of time and considered fake.  What I do wonder is if he honestly thought he was going to win - he seems smart enough to understand he really never stood a chance but who knows, some people can be completely clueless as to what their effect is on others.
3097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 17, 2010, 06:21:36 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on May 17, 2010, 05:20:07 PM

Eh, big disappointment that Sandra won.  What did she do that affected the game at all, except for being dragged along to the final three?  She tried to make strategic moves, but they never panned out.  She was terrible at challenges (this was not a strategy, does anyone really believe that?), and she's a mediocre social player (has random fits at times).  How Parvarti didn't win the final jury vote is a mystery to me.  Russell -- great to watch, but a huge weakness in his social game that makes it almost impossible for him to win it all. 

If this is the type of player that is going to dominate Survivor, count me out.  I hope good players are taking note and will learn to ditch the weaker players before the final three.  I bet Parvarti is pissed at Russell for getting rid of Danielle and Jerry -- those decisions cost her a million dollars. 

I absolutely loved this season and enjoyed the finale, but as much as Sandra amuses me, it was still disappointing that the one who clearly deserved to win in terms of playing the game strong/smart - Parvati - lost out.  I agree with pretty much all you said about Sandra, and given this season and last season's conclusions, it's disheartening that the winners both succeeded on their NON gameplay.  Parvati lost out because as she mentioned, I think she became too associated with Russell and they just flat out hated him.  I also think Sandra's smartest move was reminding the so-called Heroes that she tried multiple times to help them eliminate Russell and it was their own stupidity that kept them from doing so.  This likely bought her votes from Amanda, JT and Colby.  I kind of wish Jerri had made it to the final, as it would have been interesting to see if/how she split the vote with Sandra.  Seems like given this jury's voting style, she would have beaten Parvati as well.

So for a while last night I was actually in agreement with Russell that there's something fundamentally flawed about the game itself if "nonplayers" winning is the inevitable outcome, as it feels like it renders the challenges, the survival aspect, even the scheming and strategy worthless.  However if you go back and look over all 20 years, it's not the case, there's a complete mix of "good guys", schemers, coattail riders, challenge winners, etc. - and it also depends on the jury makeup as well, some of them were more rewarding to gameplay than others, and some were much more vindictive or took things personally, etc.  It's just that the past 2 seasons have been so Russell-centric that the show has lost sight of some of the early things that made it great, as Colby mentioned the sense of camraderie, newness and adventure has been replaced by constant scheming and hidden immunity idols and back-stabbing.  And clearly people just flat out hated him, and punished him and anything having to do with him lol.  Maybe the new location and a solid cast can help rejuvenate the actual "game" itself, who knows.

At this point I'm a bit burnt out on the show, but I always say that.  Whether I watch again will depend on how interesting (OK OK how good looking) the cast is.
3098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What happens to amateur porn stars? (warning: adult themes) on: May 14, 2010, 11:09:17 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 14, 2010, 06:02:20 PM

I'm not sure a lot of them think that through, or don't care, or do care but need an opportunity.  Some of them have to be making good money, but I bet it's the producers or site owners that make the real $.       

I think that's what intrigues me most about this topic.  It seems like there are a lot of people who do it once or twice out of curiosity or for a quick cash infusion or out of drunkenness, etc without any thought to the future.  But they all still have to go back out into society and look for jobs, get married, etc. - yet they'll always have this thing as a part of their past that will be forever available on the internet or whatever.  I'm not saying they should be ashamed or something like that, I just think that there would be more and more recognition scenarios, and possible consequences/ramifications as time passes and the ratio of amateur porn folk to non increases. 

So say you are hiring for a new position and you recognize someone from a clip you "watched", do you reward them for that, confront them, or punish them?
3099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 14, 2010, 10:59:22 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 14, 2010, 10:20:54 PM

whatever happened to the dog? icon_lol

The producers promised that the dog (Vincent) would NOT die.  So I'm pretty sure he will reappear in the finale!
3100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 14, 2010, 09:39:25 PM

Quote from: morlac on May 14, 2010, 02:01:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2010, 02:21:12 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 13, 2010, 01:18:48 PM

I think we can chalk that one up to "mistake."

I'm leaning more towards 'plan?  we don't need a plan yet!'  icon_lol

From that episode....

Kate asks "How long have the bodies been here?"

Jack responds with empasis, "Long" - - "Clothing takes /at least/ forty to fifty years to deteriorate like this."

No mistakes made. 

Not to mention the clothes were woven from magical Jacob/mom fiber.
3101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 14, 2010, 09:37:48 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 14, 2010, 07:51:55 PM

What was up with Colby having a toddler temper tantrum at his brother?  Dammiiittt Reed!  Just tell me what to do!!!  That was funny, and weird.  I liked when Jeff Probst told his brother he's been like that all season.  Hey, glad you could fly out here for a day so I could yell at you on national tv.

Parvati and Sandra were awesome.  I loved Parvati's reenactment of Sandra telling Russell she's against him.  

Russell sent another person to the jury pissed at him.  He sucks at building a jury that would vote for him.          

Yeah that was hilarious (the Colby thing).  Man I don't know what I ever saw in Colby, he is just horrible lol.  It's actually pretty funny he's made it this far.  I had barely got the words out of my mouth that he was bad at balance challenges when he flopped.  Still I think they've had too many of the concentration/balance ones this year that favor the girls, though I did love seeing Parv win yet another critical immunity.  She really is the most deserving to win this year, though that doesn't mean she will.  An all-girl's finale could really be interesting (Sandra vs. Parv would be cool to see how it turns out from the jury side), though I'd still prefer to have Russell make it to the end for entertainment value.

Now hypothetically let's say Colby wins the next immunity.  Will the girls turn against each other or kick out Russell?  And who would Colby ally with?  He doesn't seem to be playing the game at all.  If Russell wins, I guess Colby is done and we've got our All-Villain finale.  Even though he's been such a tool he's too dangerous to get spiteful jury votes. 
3102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009-2010 TV Season report card on: May 14, 2010, 09:29:01 PM
Really glad to hear Chuck, Fringe and V made it!  Sad to see Flashforward die.

For Buffy fans, I have to say Vampire Diaries has been a pretty decent surrogate in its first season, and next season promises to get better.  The last 5 or 6 episodes of the season were very entertaining.

3103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 13, 2010, 08:53:51 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 07, 2010, 07:17:57 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 07, 2010, 07:01:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 07, 2010, 06:40:16 PM

I can't avoid poking at those enticing little speech bubbles, so I think I will just delete all the houses and make it look like one of the dragons terrorized the village.

If you delete all the houses do you lose all the associated villagers?

You really are mesmerized by those little animated characters, aren't you?  icon_lol

I love them!  I'm thinking of getting rid of any building that doesn't give me a flying unit.  That would leave me with a city filled with griffins, dragons and witches on brooms lol.  Hmmm, wait a sec, no way I am willing to give up my giant frogs.  Speaking of which I think I should add some more.

P.S.  Grats to Pug on 25!  You Rule!!!
3104  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: May 13, 2010, 08:43:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2010, 04:04:24 PM

an interview about dynamic events.

FINALLY someone is at least attempting to innovate on the conventional questing system, I have been begging for something like this for what feels like years.
3105  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Super Hero Squad Online on: May 13, 2010, 08:40:15 PM

Quote from: faide on May 13, 2010, 03:55:57 PM

Oh cool, my son will be all over this one.  He loves that show, toys, games comic books etc.... 

My nephew too.  He is absolutely obsessed with it.  Then he got me into collecting the figures so now I have a ton of em too lol.
3106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What happens to amateur porn stars? (warning: adult themes) on: May 13, 2010, 05:52:58 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on May 13, 2010, 06:55:01 AM

I used to know a couple of girls who ran their own websites.  Sadly they didn't make a great deal of cash from it, but it was enough to make it worthwhile as a sideline.  Some of the girls in their circle made enough to not need a day job though.

However I do know a girl who for a short while did one of those webcam portal things.  She and sometimes her partner would perform on cam for customers.  She didn't do it long but she made an enormous amount of cash; enough that she was able to furnish her new house with it!  These days she's back to the day job too.

Yeah it seems like a lot of people just cash in for as much as they can and then drop out just as quick.  The amount of money can be huge if you play your cards right, or so it seems.  But then there are also many "one shot" (no pun intended) people too who probably didn't make much money or did it on a dare or out of desperation; I wonder if it comes back to haunt them.  It just seems with the glut of stuff, there would be more of these "recognition" scenarios occuring - although it sounds like it's happened with some of you already or at least you've heard of it.  The other thing I wonder about is what happens when someone's partner/husband/wife finds out about it, though perhaps again it's one of those things that is such a small percentage of people you rarely hear about it.  In particular I wonder about how women react to finding out their husbands had done gay porn in the past. 
3107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My sexuality may be in question on: May 13, 2010, 05:47:02 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 13, 2010, 03:16:34 PM

Perhaps gay men view women in a parallel light that straight men do - entertainment. The big difference is theirs is more of a hands-off approach. smile

I love women, some of the most important people in my life are women, friends and family.  I love watching pretty/hot women on screen, particularly kicking ass.  I can appreciate a woman's beauty and hotness in a similar but ultimately different way than a straight man, because ultimately I don't want to "do" them.  So yes, a more "hands off" approach sounds right smile
3108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 13, 2010, 05:44:37 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on May 13, 2010, 05:41:23 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 13, 2010, 04:39:23 PM

I read that thing but I don't buy that she was the smoke monster for a second. If she was, how come she could get stabbed and die later in the episode? Her body was found by the Losties centuries later, further proving that it wasn't just a trick.

Remember when Dogan gave the very same dagger to Sayid to kill unLocke? He seemed to think that it could be done...

I think you were supposed to interpret that scene as he (Dogan) knew it would fail and was deliberately sending Sayid to get himself killed so he (Dogan) wouldn't have to do it himself.  At least that's what Sayid says later (you tried to kill me twice...)
3109  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer on: May 12, 2010, 11:01:18 PM
Yeah I activated something which said DX10 Test (I think) but then I got some message about possibly needing to restart, so I don't know if it ever worked or not.   Seems like there are a ton more graphics options than I remembered.
3110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happens to amateur porn stars? (warning: adult themes) on: May 12, 2010, 10:55:28 PM
Just idly, I wonder when seeing the glut of amatuer (and to some extent professional) porn out there on the web, what happens to all these performers?  After they've quit or got it out of their system (often seems like they come and go in days/weeks, no pun intended), do they eventually just go out in the "real world" and get regular jobs and blend into the woodwork?  With just the sheer amount of these folk, doesn't it seem like they'd eventually run into people who would recognize them and possibly create issues?  I'd read about some high schoolers (presumably 18+) who got recognized and ended up having to leave their school, but at the new school they were recognized again, but it seems to be very rare, or maybe it just doesn't make the news.

I don't know how it is with straight porn, but often with gay/male stuff the guys (more often than not straight guys going "gay for pay") are supposedly going to college or working or in the military, some times they claim they are doing it just until they get married; it just seems odd to me that they simply just integrate back into "normal" jobs and life with no issues of being recognized.

No point to this really, just something that crosses my mind now and again.
3111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: May 12, 2010, 10:43:46 PM
Absolutely loved last night's ep, I felt it was one of their strongest to date, with absolutely excellent use of music.  As cheesy and convenient as it was, I thought Finn's take on Jessie's Girl was brilliant, and he is really getting to be a stronger and stronger singer (compare this with the premiere's Can't Fight this Feeling, he's really come a long way).  Makes you wonder if that (the name/song) was planned all along.  Puck did a great job teaming eith Mercedes for Lady is a Tramp, I loved the shift in music style.  The Mercedes/Santana standoff was awesome too, and the grand "One" finale was moving and well delivered.  I wasn't thrilled with Kurt's song choices but I think they fleshed the plotline with his father out very well.  I think a lot of gay men can really relate to those feelings of inadequacy in one way or another.  All in all a real standout ep, and can't wait for next week's Joss Whedon/Doogie show.
3112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 12, 2010, 10:34:38 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on May 12, 2010, 10:18:38 PM

Typical Lost,  instead of actually giving us any answers of substance they just give us more questions.  I did not care for this episode and felt that it was a waste of an hour this close to the series finale.  Sure we now know the origions of Jacob and the man with no name  (apologies to Clint ) but thats all we know.  Nothing else was really explained.  Oh it did make Jacob look like a douche and confused us even more about his brother.
 I guess all we can hope for is that this episode provides some background to help fill out the great reveal.......  naw,  theyll probably end the series leaving us more confused than we are now.

I'm pretty much in agreement on this episode, definitely a letdown in terms of what could have been revealed.  The only tangible thing they gave us was that Smokey *really* wants to leave the island (and has always wanted to).  Which we pretty much already knew. Oh yeah, and the reveal of who "Adam and Eve" were, I guess that was new info.  Now I do wonder if the magic light spot where Smokey originated is also the critical EM spot that Widmore and Tina Fey are searching for, perhaps it will tie in to his plan for Desmond.  If they can link that all up, I'll give them a higher mark for this episode.
3113  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer on: May 12, 2010, 10:15:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 12, 2010, 06:58:11 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 12, 2010, 06:33:38 PM

I ended up getting this on a whim and re-installed last night. I want to check out the new area in all its DX10 glory.

do you get a lot of flickering with the shadows in DX10?

Too soon to tell, I can't even tell if I'm actually running the DX10 engine smile
3114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: May 12, 2010, 10:14:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 12, 2010, 05:44:03 AM

Quote from: PaulBot on May 12, 2010, 05:42:34 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 12, 2010, 03:17:32 AM

I'm interested in how they wrap things up this season.  I'm thinking he has to go back into hiding again because I just don't see them waiving away this stuff and letting him retire to California with Kim. 

Jack will strike a deal with the President, who is so dirty now that she'll agree to anything Jack wants so he won't expose her involvement.

Jack's going to wake up and Patrick Duffy is going to step out of the shower.

Jack is going to flee the country on an airplane.  Unfortunately he ends up on Oceanic Flight 815 and his plane crashes on a mysterious island, and, well, you know the rest.... 
3115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 12, 2010, 10:10:48 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 12, 2010, 09:11:40 PM

Though now that I think about it the various people the monster has "consumed" are to certain degrees apparent in its personality. It seems to be very protective of Claire (which would be Christian's personality), has elements of Locke ("Don't tell me what I can't do!") and of course a large amount of Jacob's brother's personality. Yet its greatest motivation appears to be to leave the Island, and this is exactly the same thing the brother wanted.

Completely agree on this, particularly the last point.  I am/was very confused about the "entity" vs. the brother, whether they are separate or not.  But given the entire episode basically just drove in the "I want to go across the sea" as Edward's motive (I'm now calling the brother Edward because I was pissed they wouldn't reveal his name, so keeping with Twilight you can have Team Jacob and Team Edward) which seems to imply Smokey really is some form of Edward's soul, or at least possesses his memories and motivations.   
3116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 12, 2010, 06:42:15 PM
I absolutely loved the Lee/Crystal duet (giving us a preview of the finale?), and the Casey/Mike one was pretty good too.  The rest of the show I pretty much hated.  Why does everyone have to sing that Kiss from a Rose song?  I can't stand it anymore!  The rest of the solo choices were pretty whacko too, I just don't know about these guys.  At this point I really don't care who goes.  Based on last night, I'd guess Free Willy exits.
3117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My sexuality may be in question on: May 12, 2010, 06:40:02 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on May 12, 2010, 03:59:54 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 12, 2010, 03:57:36 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on May 12, 2010, 02:50:19 PM

I'm as queer as folk, and there's no way I'd sit through that Twilight movie. I tried to read the first book to find out what all the buzz is about. Horrendous. Just terrible. Couldn't finish it.

Robert Pattison may be hot, but not in those movies. Way too pale and gaunt.

As a straight guy, when a gay guy tells you you're more gay than him, that's really really bad.

We need rittchard's opinion. He seems to be much more of a teen girl than Fireball. slywink

From my perspective, the Twilight book series is definitely more of a teen girl thing, but not necessarily a gay one.  Of course the addition of shirtless Jacob and his neverending pecs and 6-pack may have changed that a bit from the movie side  thumbsup  I'm not much of a Robert Pattinson fan either.  For hot vampire (and changeling) action, I prefer all of the mens on True Blood.  Yum.

FWIW, I loved the book series, but really it was the finale that solidified it for me.  There were some things the author did that genuinely surprised me and the final X-Men-ish standoff was very cool.  Don't expect big manly battle scenes, but just some interesting twists and turns (and powers).  I do admit for the most part the books read very teen girl angsty, so they can be a challenge to get through.  I still think it's worth it to make it to the finale though.
3118  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer on: May 12, 2010, 06:33:38 PM
I ended up getting this on a whim and re-installed last night. I want to check out the new area in all its DX10 glory.

The guild is still there, I guess - it's called The Wanderers (Legacy of Derketo), kind of neat, and I think the city is still there but I completely forgot how to play so I don't know how to get there lol.

I'll probably start a new character or 2 and explore the new area just for kicks, and then maybe try to get my original guy to 80 (left him at 76) and see about the alternate advancement.

I read the new area is mainly for new characters and higher ones (upper 70s) but not much in the middle.  Now I just have to figure out how to get there.  And what "Feats" are lol.  Basically I don't know how to play the game.
3119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: May 11, 2010, 05:59:59 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on May 11, 2010, 05:24:45 AM

Lesson learned from tonight's episode: never swallow something Jack wants.

"I don't care what universe you're from, that's gotta hurt."

That was awesome!  I'll never look at a SIM card the same way again.
3120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 11, 2010, 05:47:12 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on May 11, 2010, 04:55:46 PM

Fingers and toes are crossed. Chuck is my favorite hour of television right now.

Hoping for the best too!  I know it seems like a lot of the main plotlines have been played out but Chuck and Sarah have got to be the most adorable couple on TV right now and I love Adam Baldwiin in the show.  I've read the producers have something special already planned for next season to change things up, so who knows.  I think it's time for them to move on from the Buy More and revamp some of the cast.
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