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3081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 15, 2010, 06:01:51 PM
The online site keeps giving me errors and telling me to call "premier support."  I went on hold for about 20 minutes on the number they gave, and then it just said to call back later and hung up on me.  WTF?!?!
3082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 on: June 15, 2010, 05:17:08 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 15, 2010, 02:31:16 AM

I'm very curious to see where Sam's story is going. Sookie was definitely kind of whiny during the episode. After a very annoying beginning I am really liking Jessica. You can see how conflicted she is.

I've read Sam's story arc involves meeting his strange shape-changing family (and learning about his past), of which we've already met his cute little brother (Marshall Allman who played Lincoln's son in Prison Break).  From what I've read though the brother is going to be causing him a lot of trouble.  What I don't know is if/how his storyline is going to tie in with the rest of the "main" plotline, which seems to be about the werewolf clan.
3083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 15, 2010, 05:13:28 PM
I've been trying to pre-order since 2am my time (well I did go back to sleep in between) and no luck.  Earlier the Apple system was overloaded and now the AT&T one is completely down/broken, what a disaster.  Reminds me of some MMORPG release days lol.  It's kind of strange because last year there were no problems at all, I guess the demand is much higher this time?
3084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: June 15, 2010, 12:00:09 AM
I'm kind of interested in playing volleyball (and other sports games) on it - I've yet to play a really good volleyball game on any platform.  Also curious what basketball might be like, i.e. if it can actually capture your shooting style or dribbling/passing style.  I think longer term it might be an interesting peripheral provided someone can come up with interesting game concepts and use of the UI.  I would think a street-fighter type game would work really well but I didn't see anything like that listed.  Also you'd think they could do something like Tom Cruise in Minority Report, interacting with pictures and files on the screen in a physical way.

In the mean time, I don't think it's going to be a big hit if titles like dancing/singing games and The Biggest Loser (seriously?  is it just going to scan my fatness and then make me humiliate myself online against other fat gamers?) are all they have to offer.
3085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on: June 14, 2010, 10:39:34 PM

Quote from: skystride on June 14, 2010, 10:26:10 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 14, 2010, 07:26:03 PM

Yes, I believe it does matter. It seriously dilutes the source material. I mean, look at yourself! You actually thought that there were wizards in the LOTR universe, probably because you've seen them in games or you just made an assumption based on generic fantasy, and there are probably a lot of people who think the same. Neither the books nor the movies contain any spellcasters apart from the Maiar. In a time when games are such a considerable part of culture as they have become, I feel it's important that things are done properly and with respect.

Is it that hard to disassociate yourself from a game and the lore material?  I don't freak out while playing Lego Star Wars because the real characters aren't made of Lego blocks!

WTF?  Han Solo isn't made of Legos?!?!  Where's the spoiler alert!!!!
3086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: June 14, 2010, 10:36:02 PM
I'm not sure if this is considered spoiler worthy but just in case:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Lou Diamond is listed on IMDB as apprearing in only 12 episodes, the last one being next season's premiere.  The doc is listed at 30 episodes so clearly she's fine.
3087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: June 14, 2010, 06:14:42 PM

Quote from: ydejin on June 13, 2010, 11:17:02 PM

Quote from: Aganazer on January 21, 2010, 06:07:21 PM

I just looked over their feature list. I not really seeing anything that compels me to preorder anything. Its getting harder and harder to get excited about yet another Diablo clone. I already have a shelf full of them. Granted TQ was one of the better ones, but its going to take a bit of innovation to convince me that I shouldn't just play one of the other few Diablo-likes coming out or wait for Diablo 3.

Coming in pretty late here for a response, but I would say that the one thing that makes this standout from the other Diablo-like clones is the time period.  It's Victorian era, not Medieval, which is a nice change of pace. 

I loved Titan Quest and played the heck out of it.  One character through all three difficulty levels, and a second character through the first difficulty level + the expansion, got a third character I'm slowly getting through playing with my brother we're somewhere in late China.

I kicked in a donation.  Sure there's a decent chance it's tossing money away.  But it's a chance to support a team that built a game that I really enjoyed a lot.

If you're having fun with TQ still, be sure to check out the TQ Lilithpaths mod thread that I just bumped up.  Awesome mods that should keep you satisfied until we get some Grim Dawn to check out  thumbsup
3088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 14, 2010, 06:13:07 PM
Still having a blast with this combo mod.  I now have 3 different characters, 2 of which are roughly at the same spot about midway(?) in the game, getting ready to hit the Cursed Woods.

They play very differently.  The lightning based one has a giant zapping cloud that follows him around and one giant pet.  So basically I hit the cloud and run around attracting mobs, hoping the pet will get some aggro.  The cloud zaps stuff and then I use chain lightning to kill stragglers.  I can decimate an entire area in a matter of seconds but if I'm not careful and the pet goes down I can be in danger just as quick.

The second guy is a more traditional pet class with skeletons.  It started off very weak and difficult to play (plus the class has an inherent xp penalty), but now is doing great.  I have 4 skelly fighters and 3 skelly mages.  The fighters stink but they do hold some aggro and provide limited CC, but the mages rock the house.  Generally I don't do much fighting myself, the mages are kicking everyone's asses, and all I do is keep summoning more fighters and looting.  I'm wondering how long this type of strategy can last, I presume at some point the pets are going to run out of steam.

The maps in the game are very impressive, though certain areas like the Land of the Dead can be confusing to navigate.  Still you gotta give these guys credit for coming up with all this new content. 
3089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on: June 14, 2010, 06:05:45 PM
I think it's "mature" in that they finally develop the Sam/Frodo romance that develops on Brokeback Mountain.

Frodo:  "Gimme the Ring, bitch!"
Sam:  "I wish I could quit you!"

3090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 on: June 14, 2010, 06:02:20 PM
Loved the ep!!!  Just couldn't get enough, all of the characters are so engaging, I was definitely sad when it ended.  Did they change the actress playing the Queen? 

I'm sure it's not too difficult to guess my favorite scene of the night:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Damn that Bill/Sam dream sequence was so f-ing hot.  And funny too.  I kept thinking it was some shape-shifter trick, not sure why I didn't guess it was a dream.

The only thing that bugged me was Rogue constantly asking people questions about this and that; did they forget she is a TELEPATH?  All she needs to do is use her powers and get the answers she needs.

Best line of the night from Rogue (I don't remember the exact quote):

"I'm not in the mood for any of your weird lesbian stuff right now."  - Even funnier given Anna Paquin's recently coming out as being bisexual.
3091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: June 14, 2010, 05:58:43 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 14, 2010, 03:17:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 14, 2010, 02:09:03 PM

I do have to say I am hoping they don't end up keeping some of the Alliance guys alive and make them part of the crew, that'd be a bit too Voyager for my tastes.

They lack  a glowing red eye and mechanical arms.

And giant boobs.

Check again, that one chick has huge ones.  All you need to do is implant her with some cyborg tech, put her in some spandex and you've got a winner.

I was wondering if they'd go Voyager as well, but then I saw Rhona Mitra is too busy with The Gates.  Maybe they'll kill Rhona and she'll come back as a vampire.  Or they'll just add that buff dude that the doc saved.

I really liked the finale, I'm curious if they'll actually be bold enough to kill some folk off (like Lou Diamond) permanently.  I was surprised to see my favorite preggers doc go down, killing the unborn baby would just be too harsh wouldn't it?
3092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 10, 2010, 09:09:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 10, 2010, 08:41:32 PM

Quote from: Biyobi on June 10, 2010, 08:24:26 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 10, 2010, 06:41:35 PM

http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=1574#tab3

From the fact sheet:

Quote
How many devices can I preorder?
AT&T stores will sell one iPhone 4 per person for new customers, and one device per household for new orders placed online. Existing customers may purchase one per eligible telephone number online or through our stores.

So it looks like if you want a family plan, you are screwed? (For pre-ordering)  This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of.

Why? This isn't any different than any other store with limited stock limiting what customers can buy.  Given the demand of the previous phones, AT&T is just trying to make sure to spread the joy as well as take care of their existing customers. 

Why is because if we go in separately, we can get new phones, but if we want a family plan we cannot. 

Can't you just do a mix?  Order one online and get one in store?
3093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Control-Vee! on: June 10, 2010, 05:35:42 PM
Cute thread idea, mine is from the GW2 thread:

We want experimentation with traits to be fun and engaging, so we've made the rules for changing traits extremely flexible. With no in-game cost, you can respec at will, outside of combat. This means you are open to experiment with what works and what doesn't work on the fly, without having to go back to town or worry about if you have enough gold.

Whether it's adventuring around Tyria trying to stop dragons or fighting other players in World PvP - the trait system is there to experiment with, to have fun with, and to allow you to feel like you are actively mastering the profession you have chosen. Like Guild Wars, there are countless unique and clever combinations to be found.
3094  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: June 10, 2010, 05:34:36 PM
Holy crap just saw the videos, the animation is absolutely amazing, it's like watching an animated film.  As far as I can tell, that's actual gameplay footage right?  Or intended to be gameplay-like footage at least?  (I don't think anyone would be working the camera quite like that while they were actually playing.)

Also like the stuff on traits, nothing extraordinary here but it sounds like the system is built for experimentation in different builds (and with no penalties or grind aspects added to it), which I personally love.

Quote
We want experimentation with traits to be fun and engaging, so we've made the rules for changing traits extremely flexible. With no in-game cost, you can respec at will, outside of combat. This means you are open to experiment with what works and what doesn't work on the fly, without having to go back to town or worry about if you have enough gold.

Whether it's adventuring around Tyria trying to stop dragons or fighting other players in World PvP - the trait system is there to experiment with, to have fun with, and to allow you to feel like you are actively mastering the profession you have chosen. Like Guild Wars, there are countless unique and clever combinations to be found.
3095  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: June 10, 2010, 05:28:24 PM

Quote from: skystride on June 10, 2010, 03:59:25 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 10, 2010, 03:20:24 AM

careful sky, you were this hyped with both WAR and Aion

I still think WAR is a great game and if it was completely F2P like Guild Wars, I'd still be playing it for the Scenarios.

Agreed on this, WAR scenarios were always a blast. 

That said, I don't think any of us were as hyped with WAR or Aion.  Sure we were all excited about WAR (less so with Aion), but we knew enough about the game design elements that we weren't drooling in anticipation.  WAR we knew was serving up some minor innovations like scenarios, castle takeovers, and public quests, but nothing nearly as ambitious and innovative as what Arena is proposing with GW2.  I have complete confidence that these guys are going to pull off at least a good portion of what they claim; they've proven themselves already with GW1 and all the improvements they made there.
3096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 09, 2010, 12:39:12 AM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on June 08, 2010, 06:32:28 PM

Quote from: Canuck on June 08, 2010, 08:52:08 AM

I'm a little underwhelmed.  Higher resolution and front facing camera is great and all, but so what?  I'm much more excited for the upcoming iOS4 update which will turn my 3GS into a machine that will actually be able to do more than one thing at once!!  That is a must, must, must.  Front facing camera?  Nice but meh.  I'll pick up the iPhone 4 4GS in a few years when my contract is up.

Man, people are getting really jaded. They significantly improve processor speed, significantly shrink the device, add an extra camera, significantly improve battery life, AND offer the best display you can buy on a mobile device.

You forgot improve the main camera too!  I think jaded is probably correct for many of us, partially because we're kind of approaching the limits of what you can do in a device this form factor, so there's less and less "wow"/revolutionary factor.  I'm one of the biggest Apple fans I know, and I do plan on getting one of these, but I was also fairly underwhelmed.  Of course some of this had to do with the whole leak business which pretty much told us everything we needed to know.  But really, what could you do to really revolutionize something like this at this point?  Apple is definitely hitting some limits.  They've pretty much refined the multimedia stuff to death.  Once OS4 is out, multitasking will be in and probably refined further over the months.  The screen likely is not going to get much better than this, maybe they can make it a bit larger but as a phone form factor will dictate this.  With HD video recording and a 5-MP camera, there's only so much more room to improve.  Processor and battery life will probably keep getting better, but at some point, those kinds of things won't have much impact on the jaded tech audience. 

So I'm excited, but only mildly.  At this point I think I'd be more hyped up if they did something brand new with AppleTV, or with a Mac Mini Re-vamp, or even with the rumor of a giant touchpad interface.
3097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 08, 2010, 12:03:21 AM

Quote from: Grimwar on June 06, 2010, 01:58:27 AM

I can't believe I did not find that.  Thanks!  I am sure it probably fixed something I would have encountered later, but I still have my checkerboard UI.  I thought for sure your find would have fixed it =/  I guess I'll have to resort to what I have been trying to avoid and do a full reinstall of everything.  crybaby

Grim, it's definitely not the most straightforward of processes.  I've updated the initial thread based on memory but I'm not 100% sure I got it right.  I'll try to double check again tonight or tomorrow to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Essentially for Lilithpaths (the combo) to work correctly, you need to do a mix of the installs so that Paths has the masteries, but you are using the Lilith maps and the All-skin creatures mod.  The paths and lilith mods are held in your My Games folder, the creatures is in the main game folder. 

Once you have everything there, you should be able to play any combination of Original game with Paths masteries, Original masteries with Lilith map, Paths masteries with Lilith maps.
3098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 07, 2010, 06:25:52 PM
I'm getting bored and hungry, hurry up with something exciting!!!
3099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 07, 2010, 05:40:14 PM
http://live.gizmodo.com/

WWDC Announcements today (will be updated):

Farmville for iPhone!
Guitar Hero for iPhone
new Netflix
5 billion app downloads
1 billion dollars paid out to developers

iPhone FOUR

- 24% thinner (personally I don't care)
- Stainless steel antenna band as part of mechanical structure (cool for nerdy engineers like me)
- Front facing camera
- Four times the resolution (retina display, huh?) oh OK it's 326 dpi, human eye limit is around 300dpi
- 800:1 contrast, IPS screen (same as iPad)
- Battery is bigger, A4 power management is better, 40% more talk time, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing ,10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, 300 hours of standby
- 5 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video
3100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 07, 2010, 05:39:04 PM
Super cool nerdy built in antenna, woohoo!
3101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 04, 2010, 09:14:09 PM
I am an absolute D2 fanboy, I regularly repeat D2 remains my all time favorite game of any type.  When TQ originally released, I definitely liked the game and played it a ton, but I was disappointed with the multiplayer and the lack of random map design.  After a while I started getting bored of running the same maps, I literally had memorized portions of the maps, I knew exactly where mobs would appear and when, etc.  That's one thing that continually amazes me in D2.  No matter how many times I've run the same areas, the random factor is just good enough that I am familiar with map shapes and tendencies but there is still variance, so I feel like there's something different when I'm physically running them. 

In any case, back OT, the Lilithpaths mod has breathed complete new life to the game, particularly to the beginning portion.  The Lilith maps and graphics are (thus far) exceptionally well done, it really feels like playing a new game, and one that was well designed to boot.  Add the new masteries and it's just a great new experience.  I even started a second new character, and even the replay of the same opening area has been fun.  Anyone worried about not enough difficulty or not enough mobs need not be concerned, you will be swarmed within the opening minutes, even on the easiest difficulty.  Crowd control is definitely something to think about early on.

Some other things to note.  You get 4 skill points per level and 16 attribute points, which I really like as you get more bang per level.  What this means is that you can (if you choose) get to the top tier glory skills much faster.  This is fun for me as a first play through with no experience with the skills, but strategically you probably want to think about your late/endgame build.  What I like about the balance (thus far) is that as powerful as some of the top tier skills are, they aren't overpowered (yet).  Every time I think I am on a roll and kicking major ass, someone slaps me down again.  And of course if you are playing on a harder difficulty, you may want/need to concentrate on lower tier skills just to survive. 
3102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: June 01, 2010, 08:19:10 PM
Well said YK!

But really the reason to get an iPad is it's MAGICAL:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATpSPNIuj3M&feature=player_embedded
3103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 01, 2010, 08:01:45 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 01, 2010, 06:13:45 AM

I love Paths + Lillith (heck, I love Paths with the old story too)

The amount of work and thought that went into the mod is pretty amazing to me.  glad you've fixed your craving Ritt, just wish you had joined us when we were playing it every night a few months back slywink

Doh!!!!

But yeah I agree it's absolutely incredible that people did this much work (and for free!), not just to create the content but to balance and test it all as well, which must have taken a lot of time.

One thing I should mention (and it's covered in those intro links) is that this combo mod is definitely not for the faint-hearted.  I'm playing on the easiest settings (normal mobs) and I am still constantly chugging potions and getting my ass handed to me.  But it's fun, and balanced enough that if I do need to "grind" up a level, there are spots clearly intended for you to jump back and do a little loot and xp run.  I've finally got to a point where I've got access to some of the higher tier skills, some of which are very cool and powerful.  But just when I start to get a little confident, I get smacked back down again, which is excellent in terms of play balance.

So far the overall design of Lilith is excellent, and the graphics look amazing.  I had forgotten how good the TQ engine looked, and now I'm playing it on 1920X1200 with everything maxxed, so it's even more impressive than I remember.  My only "complaint" on the mods is that the loot doesn't seem to have changed much from what I remember of original TQ.   
3104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: June 01, 2010, 07:48:57 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 01, 2010, 03:14:13 AM

Unfortunately, unlike a lot of other contestants, Lee's "moment" was completely manufactured. I chuckled when Simon picked "Hallelujah," as it was such an obvious attempt to give Lee his moment. Then when the full choir came out I think I actually laughed out loud. The judges choice picks were so contrived and biased it was laughable.

Of course none of you bitched about it when David Cook got "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" with a full choir, and little David A got some lame ballad I'd never heard of.   Tongue
3105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 01, 2010, 05:23:02 AM
OK folks I've finally found a temporary fix to my D2/D3 cravings.  Thanks to Hark for pointing me in the right direction.  I was staring at the Grim Dawn forums hoping for some news there, but after finding this I think I should be set for a while.

I know there have been other TQ threads but I do believe this recent combo mod is deserving of its own.  The Paths mod completely reworks the masteries into 9 new ones, and all sorts of gameplay adjustments and balance improvements.  The Lilith mod is a complete map overhaul with different quests and a whole different storyline, and music ripped straight from Diablo.  You can (and may already have) played both of these mods separately, but together they pretty much make TQ a completely different game.  If you're lucky like me and are new to both mods, it really is like getting a brand new D2 clone release.

Info on Paths mod:  http://www.titanquest.net/tq-forum/threads/32395-Information

Info on Lilith mod: http://www.titanquest.net/tq-forum/threads/11603-Lilith-The-Will-of-Demon-Battles-of-Jalavia

Here's the steps in case you are a novice like I am:

1 - Install TQ
2 - Install TQ - IT
3 - Patch up to 1.17 (not sure if this is necessary)
4 - Run the game, it should patch some more files for you  and set up the directories
5 - Download Classic Lilith 1.1 and install

6 - Install extras

http://www.titanquest.net/tq-forum/threads/34261-New-Lillith-Download-Location

6 - Download LilithPaths1.4 and extras.  You need the main Lilithpaths file AND the Resources file AND one of the difficulty databases

http://www.titanquest.net/tq-forum/threads/32397-News-amp-Downloads

7 - Installation

C:\Users\XXXXXXX\Documents\My Games\Titan Quest - Immortal Throne\custommaps
Make a folder called "paths"
Now place the 2 needed exe's in that folder (1.4Resources.exe and one of the monsterspawn/difficulty files)
Extract the 1.4Resources to "destination folder: Resources" and 1.4Standard (or another of those files) to "database"

Your folder should now look like this:
C:\Users\XXXXx\Documents\My Games\Titan Quest - Immortal Throne\custommaps\paths
\database (in it a paths.arz)
\Resources (in it effects.arc, images.arc, ingameui.arc, Maps.arc, quests.arc, sounds.arc, text.arc)

For Lilithpaths, do the same thing:

C:\Users\xxxxx\Documents\My Games\Titan Quest - Immortal Throne\custommaps\LilithPaths14
\resources
\database

8 - You still need to copy some files from the original Lilith.
Those are maps.arc and mp3.arc
These files need to be placed in the resource folder of LilithPaths

9 - When you're ready to play, select "Play Custom Quest", create a new character, and select the map you want (lilithpaths - Jalavia if you are playing the full combo) and hit Start

- - -

I've checked my folder structure out and the above looks correct.  Essentially you should end up with 3 folders (Lilith, Paths, and Lilithpaths) in your custommaps folder in My Games, with each of these having a Resources and Database sub-folder.  The only tricky part that remains is step 8, copying over the 2 files from the Lilith folder to the Lilithpaths folder.
3106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time on: June 01, 2010, 01:25:26 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on May 29, 2010, 02:01:26 PM

Watched it last night. I thought it was passable popcorn entertainment. Jake Gyllenhaal needs a bit more charisma if he's gonna play more action heroes. Ben Kingsley was good as Nassan the villain.. and that's 'cause Kingsley just looks villainous before he even says a word. hehehe. Action sequences and special effects are very good. And they kept a lot of the main character's jumping stunts from the games. The movie attempts to be another 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' but it ultimately doesn't have a Johnny Depp character in it, but its not awful.

Pretty much ditto from me, Jake definitely is not well suited for this type of role where you need a lot of roguish charm and charisma.  I probably liked it a little more than PR did, though, as I appreciated the use of a lot of live action fighting to blend with the CG and the slow motion stuff.  I actually enjoyed this more than the last two Pirates which I found a bit overwhelming.  Ben Kingsley lol - will someone make a movie where he ISN'T a bad guy? 

Spoiler for Hiden:
Any Lost fans see it?  I was dying for the 2 to have an "awakening" when they touched so the princess would remember everything that had happened in the sideways universe, I mean alternate reality lol.
3107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: June 01, 2010, 01:21:30 AM
I was talking to my niece over the weekend, and she was complaining about Lee winning.  Apparently she had asked her friends at school why they voted for Lee, to which they replied - he was kinda cute and he had an amazing performance of Hallelujah...

So it did strike me, while I'm not going back on my voting block theories, I will say this - Lee WON this year's competition, out of tune singing and all.  It's trite how the judges yap ceaselessly about "having a moment" - but it's really a critical part of the show.  These are the performances that were almost magical in the way they transformed the way the audience saw the contestant, and that image lingering through to the final vote and even long after.  You can't force one of these to happen, and that's make them so special.  And it's not just having one, but having it at the right time.  Peak too early and you're screwed unless you can summon another one, or if you are lucky enough to have weak competition.  Pretty much every winner I've seen has had one of these "moments" - when everything just clicks with the audience, both live and on TV.  Lee got that with Hallelujah at just the right time (for me personally it was with A Simple Man but Hallelujah still sealed it).  Crystal never had that magic moment - she had a lot of stellar performances early on, but the last half of the show she just didn't conjure the magic, and she never had that one defining song.  It's similar to what happened to Adam last year.  He was riding high but then got complacent toward the end, and Kris stole the show with "Heartless."  David Cook had his moment with Billie Jean (David Archuleta's Imagine came too early), Fantasia with Summertime, Jordin Sparks with I Who Have Nothing, Carrie Underwood with Alone. 
3108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on: June 01, 2010, 01:05:29 AM
Just saw the trailer today with PoP, absolutely hilarious, like Nick and Norah meets Kill Bill meets Street Fighter IV.  The one thing I didn't hear clearly was it 7 or 70 ex-suitors he had to defeat?
3109  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: May 30, 2010, 08:57:30 PM
I thought i read somewhere you'd have only a single companion/hero, but i could be imagining that.
3110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 30, 2010, 08:52:41 PM
No idea, i just took my extra mojo and bought a nice prison!

They said something about better widescreen but i haven't noticed the difference.
3111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: May 30, 2010, 12:28:38 AM
I recently upgraded my AV receiver to one that is "ready for the future" (supports 3D and 6 HDMI ports). I got the bluetooth adapter for it as well. I also recently bought the L5 add-on infrared remote piece that I had mentioned a long time ago.

So between the 2, I can now use the iPad to remotely control the receiver, swap it to adapter mode and play music and sounds through Bluetooth in glorious 7.1 surround sound. There's just something incredibly cool about flipping through your iTunes library and listening to the music at full blast. They use some quality enhancement scheme to compensate for the loss, it's good enough that non-afficionados will likely be satisfied. Game sounds and stuff apparently play through there as well, as I noted when I re-downloaded the latest version of Pocket Legends.

Equally cool is the L5 remote. A little confusing at first but after you get the drift of it, you can design your own completely custom soft-key remote. You can customize down to the size of the buttons and the text on each button, and then put the button wherever you feel like on the screen. The catch is you have to use the original remote to point at the doodad to teach it the proper function. So of course all of this can take some time but once you have it set up, it's pretty damn sweet. Like the Harmony remotes, you can mix and match devices on the same remote screen, so I can have the volume keys control the TV while the other buttons control the DVR, etc etc.

I should mention that all this works on the iPhone/iPod Touch as well!
3112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 28, 2010, 11:42:00 PM
Both have already signed, Lee with RCA and Crystal with Jive.  Cant wait to see what they put out.  If it were up to me I'd make them do a bunch of duets smile

http://americanidolizing.com/gossip/American-Idol-2010-Crystal-Bowersox-and-LeeDeWyze-sign-record-deals-2584828.html
3113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 28, 2010, 06:20:28 PM

Quote from: Toe on May 27, 2010, 09:36:10 PM

I whole-heartedly disagree on that. Tween girls drive this show in terms of voting power due to their prowess, for lack of a better word, with cell phones and the like. With Lee winning by only 2%, there is no doubt in my mind that he won due to those rabid tween girls that think he is cute, the same ones that kept Casey and Aaron in the competition for so long. The kind of people that like Crystal are the kind that might try to call a few times, and maybe get a vote in here and there but not the type that would feverishly pound their numbers for a solid 2 hours. Not to say she did not have rabid fans as well, but she (no female contested really) has no counter to that type of voting block.

I never felt like Crystal thought she was too good for the show. I did think she felt out of water since she was a seasoned pro compared most of the contestants. She has busted her ass doing hole-in-the-wall gigs and the like, which I am sure was also to help son have a better life. Don't most parents want to succeed professionally in order to provide a better life for their children?

I don't have anything personal against Crystal, I just think (particularly early on) you could interpret her comments in different ways.  On the one hand you have contestants saying that Idol is flat out their dream, they want to sing and record and be famous and be the Idol - there's an inherent respect for the show.  On the other you have her saying she's only doing this particular competition (because clearly she was already singing) for her kid.  It can come across as noble and sympathetic (see Fantasia), but in her case, I think it came across as sympathetic with a hint of "there's no way I would stoop to this crap otherwise"; I'd call it a hint of disrespect.  She's not the first contestant to suggest the show is cheesy (see Daughtry and Cook).  She was also really pushing to play her own material, which again you can interpret as bold if you're a fan of hers, or disrespectful if you are a fan of the show and the show's traditional format.  Now don't get me wrong, I would have loved to have her and others play her own stuff, but the fact is that's unfair to the non-established artists that don't have their own material to play.  In effect, like Jeff Probst told Russell, that's a different show/competition.  As Simon says, this particular show has always been more about discovering and then plucking a completely unestablished unknown regular person and turning them into a star.  Or that was the theory anyway.

As far as voting, I had no idea it was so close so that's interesting.  I'm not saying the tweens didn't help him (see my predictions above), but I don't think they were his established core from the getgo.  As you mentioned, more tweens favored Casey and Aaron early on.  He's 23 so it's a little on the old side for 11-12 year olds.  My nieces and sister hated him and insisted he was ugly  saywhat  Go figure, I personally thought he was really cute and the blue eyes were beautiful.  In the end I think he had just a diverse enough fanbase to pull it off: tweens, teens, gay men, little boys, working-class folk, conservatives that don't like single moms, as well as the VFTW block and likely some others.

On the plus side, I've purchased a few of his recorded songs from iTunes and I think he sounds absolutely fantastic.  "A Simple Man" really won me over and he sounds amazingly improved on Beautiful Day than he did live.  What he lacks in experience and artistry he makes up for with a great raw singing voice (better than Cook and Daughtry if you ask me) that can hopefully be developed over time.
3114  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: May 27, 2010, 08:53:16 PM
More info on how they are fleshing out individual vs. world storylines.  If they can pull half of this stuff off effectively it will very likely become my favorite MMORPG of all time.

http://www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/personal-stories/personal-story-overview/
3115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Guild - Web Show and Comic on: May 27, 2010, 08:52:12 PM
I watched the first half of Season 1 and enjoyed it thus far.

The comic book, for those interested, is actually the prequel story - telling how she became involved in the game and guild from the very beginning, so it's set at least a year or 2 prior to the series.   thumbsup
3116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 27, 2010, 08:10:34 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on May 23, 2010, 10:09:08 PM

Check it out guys; I've finally gone ahead and beatify my kingdom. I did a good job if I say so myself!

I checked and it was indeed the one I was most impressed by.  I think Fuzz wins the most full/rich town, but raven definitely has the most inspired design.  I love how there's very distinct areas, a farm with the barn and crops, a forest area with the dragon's lair, etc etc.  Brilliant!!!
3117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 27, 2010, 08:04:14 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 07, 2010, 06:27:34 PM

Finale:  Crystal vs. Lee.  I'll be bold and predict Lee wins by the hair on his chin as he siphons the leftover tweens and cougars who are still voting for Casey.

I'll give myself a pat on the back for predicting the winner a few weeks back - actually I had suspected this even a couple weeks earlier but I didn't want to jinx Lee.

I think the thing with Lee wasn't so much a "sympathy" vote or a tween lust vote, but what carried him was an "everyman" vote that likely formed his core voting group.  The whole "paint store clerk" theme was jammed into viewers' psyches ad infinitum, and I'm pretty sure between that and his seemingly humble, insecure, and nervous persona, it really carried a lot of voting power.  Crystal, on the other hand, always came across to me as seeming like she thought she was too good for the show - I mean she flat out says she's just doing it for her daughter, which you can also read as "otherwise I'd never lower myself to something like this".  I think on some level this kind of attitude ultimately is insulting to core fans, in spite of how hard she tried to re-shape her overall image. 

In the end I'm very happy Lee won, and I hope he's lucky enough to come across some good material that fits his voice.  I wouldn't underestimate his future success, as he may be more moldable than some of the others, and that might actually give him an edge in terms of getting a few hits.  We'll see.
3118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 27, 2010, 12:28:09 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on May 23, 2010, 10:09:08 PM

Check it out guys; I've finally gone ahead and beatify my kingdom. I did a good job if I say so myself!

I'm not sure if yours was the one I noticed recently that looked absolutely wonderful, like a real town I'd want to live in.  If it was, then kudos!!!! 
3119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 27, 2010, 12:27:22 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 24, 2010, 11:39:05 PM

I'm afraid I've moved on as well. They should've introduced some kind of PvP to keep the endgame interesting.    icon_wink

Nooooo!!!  The town of Wonderpug has been destroyed, say it ain't so!
3120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: They've announced the Ultimate PC Game: American Idol on: May 27, 2010, 12:25:41 AM
I thought this would be an RPG. 

Choose your class:

Idiot - think William Hung or Pants on the Ground guy
Doofus - Taylor Hicks, Tim Urban, Lee Dewyze
Ingenue - think Jordin or Katherine McPhee
Slut - Bikini girl
"Artist" - David Cook, Kris Allen, Crystal
Gay Goth - Adam
Diva - Fantasia
Twinky Boy - David Archuleta, Aaron Kelly

Level up and put points into: singing in tune, being non-pitchy, body (so you can take your shirt off for the cougars), crying, defense against stupid judges, etc.

Face off against bosses like Kara, Ellen, Randy and the dreaded Simon.  Special bosses like Paula who can drive you insane with inane banter, and the guy who writes the horrible winner's song.
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