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3081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Din's Curse on: February 15, 2010, 09:49:04 PM

Quote from: msduncan on February 15, 2010, 09:31:51 PM

Diablo and diablo 2 are favorites of mine.   This game sounds similar but with more interesting elements but not as smoothly implemented.   Is that about it?

Din's Curse is much more like Depths of Peril from a "feel" standpoint (graphics, combat, maps, etc), so you can always download the demo for that to get a sense of it.  But as noted it's more of a D2/Roguelike game than DoP is.

Torchlight is from the guys who were doing Mythic, so if you ever played that (or Fate) the feel of the game is closer to that.

Din's has a lot more depth (and multiplayer) but lacks the style and smooth D2 feel that Torchlight has.  So it's kind of a tough call if you are picking between them.
3082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Tocantins on: February 15, 2010, 07:23:27 PM
Lil bump - I was shocked to see this was all less than a year ago!!!  I guess I'm getting old as it seemed like a couple years at least.
3083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 15, 2010, 07:17:22 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 15, 2010, 01:35:43 PM

i know who russel is because my wife talked about him so much last year.

I vaguely remember danielle's face, but other than that I have no idea who she is.

Don't know who sandra is.

Or the naked momon guy...or JT.  Dindn't really know who sugar was either...or that really skinny blonde.

still enough faces to make it enjoyable.  Gotta say, I still like Boston Rob...and so far Rupert is kind of annoying.

Wish Michael (the guy who fell in the fire) was back- but I guess he wasn't on long enough to be classed a hero.

Also, I'd like to punch pavarti in her snaggletooth every time she's on camera!   mad

Snaggletooth lol!!!

You must have missed a couple of recent seasons.

JT was in the season with both Coach and naked guy (Tyson).  Coach and Tyson had a fairly powerful alliance with some other folk after taking out one of the alpha males IIRC, but they totally blew it.  It was actually a pretty interesting season, as for whatever reason no one ever seemed to talk about getting rid of JT, it just seemed like everyone loved and trusted him so much.  I mean I totally went for his kind of Southern good boy charm too, but apparently so did everyone else in the entire cast.  He made a 2 man alliance with Stephen, who basically road his coat-tails but also made for an easy fall guy for the final. 

I just checked on Danielle, I guess she was second place on Panama.  I think that was probably one of the worst seasons as I can barely remember a thing about it, and it seems like I did watch it.  It also had Cirie (4th place) and Courtney (5th place), and the guy who won was named Aras who I can barely remember.

I'm enjoying Boston Rob again too, hope he doesn't leave this week...
3084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U-verse and Me on: February 15, 2010, 07:07:29 PM
Mine is pretty much what is advertised in the commercials - 2 HD streams (play or record) and 2 SD streams (play or record) simultaneously.  It's a tiny bit frustrating as there have been a couple of "hot" TV hours (particularly on Thursday) where I would have liked 3 HD streams but for the most part it's been great.
3085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/15) on: February 15, 2010, 06:55:48 PM
I pre-ordered Ragnarok DS, I like the idea of a mini-MMO for the handheld even though it's not really an MMO.

I was debating on AvP but it sounds like the consensus thus far has been pretty negative, and I'm not too good with FPS anyway so I might just pass now.  The commercials look pretty cool, though. 
3086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Din's Curse on: February 15, 2010, 03:49:33 AM
This may have been mentioned in the original thread, but just in case it wasn't clear I wanted to talk about the skill/class system a little more.  It is pretty much the perfect system for this type of game, giving you all sorts of flexibility for different builds and creativity.

Essentially there are 6 core classes, and each core class has 3 skill trees to choose from.  So for instance the Priest class can choose from Healer, Paladin and Shaman skill trees (essentially each skill tree is a class in itself).  All skills in the tree are open to you immediately, but you need to have a certain number of skill points to choose certain higher tier skills.  So you can pick just a couple of skills and pump them up, or be a jack of all trades, or save up for just the highest level skills.  There's so much flexibility its almost too much.  But even better than all this, you can also build your own "Hybrid" class - but you can only pick 2 trees instead of 3.  So for instance I might pick Necromancer (undead pets) with Healer to create a life/death hybrid.  Obviously this will give altoholics a reason to check back into AA as it just creates an insane amount of possibilities and really lets you tailor the class to your own liking. 

- - -

Now all that said, I'm still a bit mixed on the overall game.  It's definitely more the technical feel of a rogue-like than the "smooth" feel of Diablo/TQ so I think I'm still struggling a bit with that given D2 is still my all-time favorite game.  It's like I love everything about the game except for the actual core gameplay. 
3087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: U-verse and Me on: February 15, 2010, 03:30:29 AM
Enjoying my Uverse so far too, haven't had any issues the first 6 months.  Sadly my discount rate just ended so the price is kind of crazy.  I think I was able to recover some discount online today but I'm not 100% sure.  Only other complaint is I wish they would allow larger hard drive capacity or hookup to an external drive.  I have no idea how much HD I can keep and the DVR isn't too good at telling you, so I'm always a bit paranoid.
3088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 15, 2010, 03:26:17 AM

Quote from: Crawley on February 14, 2010, 05:06:33 PM

I still don't know who Danniel is.

And is it me but do the women have like 20 pairs of clothes each? And WTF Tyson with the speedos?

Lol, same with me - I can't figure out who Dannielle? is.  I think I only missed one season, maybe 2, but she just doesn't ring any bells.  I don't really know that creepy Sandra lady who won too, though I vaguely recall her winning.

Tyson is awesome - I think he does it to try to throw the other guys off and make them feel uncomfortable.  I think he totally took his pants off last time he was on.  Of course it didn't really work on my boy JT though, since he was too enamored with his boy Stephen.

And me being gay or not, damn I think Amanda is just freakin gorgeous.  I was so disappointed when she lost (both times!) - it was very cute when James made fun of her tribal speech because she really did stink at it in the finals.  I love Stephanie too, but more for her toughness and spirit than her looks.
3089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 12, 2010, 11:12:17 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 10, 2010, 10:25:27 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 10, 2010, 10:22:16 PM

well done! (& thanks for no spoilers)...

Quote from: TiLT on February 10, 2010, 09:55:45 PM

Checking GameRankings I see that the game has received loads of reviews already, almost all of them extremely positive.

yeah, for me this is like demon's souls all over again - even tho i'd played & loved it, i was pretty sure it'd get whacked, & i've kinda been expecting heavy rain to get whacked, too. makes me very glad i finally caved & preordered - i'd far prefer 9 hrs of something i've never experienced before to 30-40 hrs of hanging out somewhere i've already been a few times...

still have concerns re: the controls, but the demo erased any doubts i'd had about the feel & atmosphere...

There are also difficulty levels you can select - it takes away some of the difficult button presses (R1 + R2 + L2 + Triangle + right thumbstick up in sequence on some of the higher difficulty levels!) and simplifies them a little bit. 

So in terms of the control, is it kind of like Dragon's Lair/Space Ace where you have to hit the button presses or combos at exactly the right time to keep advancing?  If one were to play on the easiest settings, is it pretty much guaranteed you can make it through the complete storyline?

The concept sounds interesting to me, but I'm always afraid to play a story-based game and then get frustrated with some sort of puzzle/reflex element, in which case I generally end up not finishing.
3090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 12, 2010, 10:51:30 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 12, 2010, 10:45:21 PM


BTW:-what was in the shoe Box that Sawyer got from under the floorboards in their old house?...you saw a bit of it,looked like fabric/clothes...was it just some personal stuff of Juliets?



I presumed he just grabbed the wedding ring he was going to propose with (and later throws into the water).
3091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: February 12, 2010, 09:05:33 PM
Excellent premiere!  Dislocated shoulder, destroyed toe, bra removal (full censored boobage!) and double finger flipoff all in the first challenge!!!  Next week looks like Boston Rob gets (or fakes) a concussion.  Good stuff!!!

Personally I love these All-star things, but I'm kind of a sucker when it comes to stuff like this.  Yes it's gimmicky but in Survivor it really makes for a completely different atmosphere.  It almost feels like playing The Sims and just dropping in your favorites (or least favorites) just for the sake of seeing how they will interact.  From a gaming standpoint, there's a lot more to consider for the players as well, and the whole mental aspect looks like it will be at its peak in this season.  I think some of the people are going to drive themselves nuts in the first few days trying to plan their game out.  I'm rooting for JT to win again but I really doubt they'll allow someone to win twice.

Gonna be a fun season I think.
3092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Din's Curse on: February 12, 2010, 06:23:59 PM

Quote from: Aganazer on February 12, 2010, 06:01:45 PM

Quote from: Abaddon on February 12, 2010, 03:23:37 PM

I was looting and once again killed myself with an earthquake

If you're dying from the earthquakes you cast then don't use earthquake until some changes are made. You can even respec the points you put into earthquake and put them elsewhere. I also hope you're giving feedback on the game's official forum. I have been amazed at how much Steven listens to player feedback and makes appropriate changes. If there is something you don't like, rather than quitting in frustration, let the developer know since its in beta and more than likely it will be changed. Its already come a long way over the last couple patches, but as you know its still far from perfect.

I was playing a less destructive caster just a few minutes ago and I don't think I've seen a cave-in all day.

I'll just echo the thought that since it's beta, and presumably you already spent $20, it wouldn't hurt to mention the issue you're having and hope it gets fixed.

I've played only about an hour or two, and have seen 1 cave-in (which did indeed kill me I think combined with poison or something else). 

- - -

I'm a little confused btw - the first town I'm in (I presume there are others?) seems to have run dry of quests/contents.  When I hit Main Gate there are 5 levels listed I think and I have pretty much covered them all.  There doesn't seem to be an exit to the town, so I'm assuming I missed something?

MP seems like it would be cool, particularly if someone set up a persistent server, it would almost be like a mini-MMO wouldn't it?
3093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Din's Curse on: February 12, 2010, 12:54:15 AM
Anyway, I've only had a brief amount of time playing the game, but I really enjoyed it.  It feels like feature and gameplay wise it's got a ton going for it.  The bad news (for me anyway) is that it just doesn't have that same "smooth" feel/flow to it that D2, TQ and even Torchlight have, that would take it over the top for me.  I know that isn't a great characterization - I can't think of how to properly express it.  It has a similar feel to it as DoP did that makes it almost seem like it's tile based and you can almost sense the tile placements which detracts from the overall flow.  This is not to say I don't like the game, it feels just shy of a stellar ARPG for me.
3094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Din's Curse on: February 12, 2010, 12:47:06 AM
How on earth did I miss that whole thread, and how come when I do a search nothing showed up??!?   crybaby
3095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Din's Curse on: February 11, 2010, 10:19:04 PM
This one flew completely under my radar, but someone brought it up in the Diablo 3 thread.  I think it deserves it's own discussion!

http://www.soldak.com/

It's a loot and level action RPG from the creators of Depths of Peril.  It takes some elements from DoP but for the most part is a Diablo-esque game with 6 core classes and a lot of customization possibilities.

Presently in Beta, if you pre-order for $19.99 you get immediate access to the beta builds.
3096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 10, 2010, 11:33:45 PM
Hooray for Tilt!!!  I like it!!
3097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 10, 2010, 07:40:56 PM
No spoiler tags, right?

So.... not as exciting as last week, but some good stuff.  I like the juxtaposition of S1's "What Kate Did" with last night's "What Kate Does." - I think this season will be doing a lot of that, which now makes more sense why they kept saying it would be more like Season 1.

Interesting to see the Kate/Claire/Aaron dynamic unfold in the new reality, and loved the cameo from Ethan.  Now wasn't Ethan Reiko Aylesworth's baby with the guy that got shot on the island?

The Sayid as Jacob theories are not looking as strong now, though still plausible.  Sounds more like he has been inhabited with Black Smoke, who apparently can create more minions?  Crazy Black Smoke Claire??!??!

Jack finally puts his money where his mouth is and takes the pill.  I like it!  

Best line of the night - Sayid: "no Hurley I am not a zombie."
3098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season Four on: February 09, 2010, 10:28:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 09, 2010, 09:42:42 PM

well, the season ended last night. 

guess what?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Sylar's good again

if there's a next season it should be interesting

Spoiler for Hiden:
Claire outted herself on TV

of course that could lead to volume 4 redux.

I think:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Sylar's in love with Peter.  Come on, they spent 5 years alone together.  You do the math! 

They should have played "I kissed a girl" while Claire did her announcement.

I need to learn the Parkman head tilt.  It's awesome.

I enjoyed how they handled Charlie without needing the real actress (who presumably is too busy on Glee); the elderly actress who played her was perfect.

WTF?  Suddenly Sylar can't beat Puppet Master?  Grrrr.

Nice that they remembered Ando's original power - supercharge sidekick.  Still it's grating to see how they change peoples' powers to suit whatever they need at the moment.

Ali Water was cool, but what's up with her limited time on the show?

All in all in spite of all the annoying inconsistencies, it was a pretty watch-able season finale.  I'm hoping they can do something interesting given the aftermath for the next chapter.
3099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: February 09, 2010, 10:21:44 PM
Oh Diablo 3 how I love thee!!!  I guess I have something to live for, I must play this game before I die!!!!!   icon_twisted

So what do you think?  Last class has to be a ranger/rogue type?  Maybe ranger/shapechanger?
3100  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mortal Online on: February 09, 2010, 07:30:55 PM
I signed up for beta for this a long time ago but never heard anything more on it til now...
3101  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: APB on: February 09, 2010, 07:29:32 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 22, 2009, 05:45:38 PM

Quote
I just put that I thought the game concept looked good and wanted to help test it. Pretty generic answer.

I'm not sure what criteria these devs look at when picking beta testers, but I've got the formula down as to where I get accepted into almost every MMO beta (at least the ones that don't purely rely on random drawings). Maybe they really look at testing history. When I started applying for beta tests many years ago, I didn't get any bites. But when I did finally get into a couple, I'd put them as experience for my next application, rinse, repeat. Over time I've built up a pretty big resume of testing experience, so I always mention that in questions like this. I also always mention that I work in IT and have a strong technical background - I think they like to pick people who they think will be able to communicate bug reports effectively.

And those are my beta tester inside tips for today.  ninja

You being a slut that does "whatever it takes" to get in probably doesn't hurt your chances either YK  Fabulous
3102  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 09, 2010, 01:17:22 AM
Couple of cool new releases:

Doom II RPG - looks like a nice port of DOOM, not sure what the RPG is...

http://toucharcade.com/2010/02/08/ids-doom-ii-rpg-comes-to-the-iphone/

And Military Madness, this is an old personal favorite of mine, I used to play hours and hours of this on the Turbografx 16 against my sister...

http://toucharcade.com/2010/02/08/hudson-revives-military-madness-neo-nectaris-for-iphone/
3103  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Craft of Gods on: February 08, 2010, 09:38:46 PM
OK I signed up for Open Beta, anyone else?
3104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: White Knight, a PS3 RPG from Level 5 on: February 08, 2010, 07:38:14 PM
I finally got my PSN ID sorted out, it just took a while to figure out the email and password.  Surprise, it was rittchard!

I'll try to make a geonet thing the next time I'm on. 

So who do we have?

Me - ??
Skystride (Kub) - skystride
Depward - depward
Qantaga - ??

The game is getting more fun as I get more into it, just wish I had more time to play.  It is odd though that the skill system and attributes don't seem to be adequately explained anywhere, even in the guide book, and are fairly haphazard.  It's like they want you to experiment instead of planning anything out.  I'm just guessing at things like Vitality increasing your HP regen rate and Spirit increasing MP regen rate, Int affecting spell damage maybe...  The prereqs for unlocking new skills also seem fairly random, and even what's listed in the guidebook seems wrong more often than not.  I've been trying to figure out how to unlock more heal spells but just no luck so far.  Similarly with elemental, I was hoping to just focus on one element but it doesn't seem possible.
3105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Smallville Season 9 on: February 08, 2010, 06:29:15 PM
That Checkmate stuff sounds so familiar (I feel like I'v eseen it before or read the comics), but when I checked the Wiki it didn't ring many bells:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checkmate_(comics)

I haven't watched Smallville for ages but I had to check out Michael Shanks in the geekorific Hawkman outfit.  Wow.  That was... well, wow.  I'm sure he's lobbying for more Stargate movies lol.  Plot-wise I thought it was a decent attempt at a Watchmen-esque storyline, and I enjoyed some of the themes overall.  The "villain" though was a joke, I mean seriously it's like Iceman trying to fight Superman.  Come on, please.  Of course Superman barely fought the entire episode, I guess he thought it would be more amusing to watch a bunch of loser heroes try to create some teamwork while fighting Iceman.

Ultimately I was reminded of why I stopped watching Smallville to begin with.  In spite of being very handsome and physically likable, Tom Welling has the charsima of a doorstop.  Does his expression ever change?  Does he ever do anything remotely interesting?  It felt like the show would freeze in time every scene he was in, and Michael Shanks' overacting just made his underacting seem even weirder.  I'm sure Kristin Kreuk is doing cartwheels now that she gets to interact with an actual human instead of a robot.
3106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Super Bowl XLIV Commercials on: February 08, 2010, 06:20:38 PM
I was pretty underwhelmed overall but I loved Betty White/Abe Vigoda, And T-Pain was pretty funny too.  Jay Leno/Oprah/Letterman was a nice surprise, would have rocked more if Conan showed as well.
3107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers) on: February 07, 2010, 09:19:49 PM
I'm good either way regarding spoiler tags.  It would be nice to not have to use them, but on the flip side, I hate the thought that someone (myself included) isn't paying attention, comes in and accidentally sees something he/she didn't want to see.  Particularly if it's the death of a main character or something major like that. 
3108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: White Knight, a PS3 RPG from Level 5 on: February 07, 2010, 09:16:12 PM
I got another hour or 2 in last night and finished what I guess is considered the "prologue."  I'm also a bit surprised at the negative reviews as I found it quite enjoyable for the most part.  The graphics continue to be strong, the animations and music are also top notch IMHO.  While the story might feel a bit typical JRPG cliche, it certainly isn't bad.  I really like the addition of your avatar being a part of the single player game but not necessarily the main hero, it's kind of interesting to be a witness to the whole story, a part of the combat team, but not the "star."

I am getting more into the skill/combat system as well, I do like that it allows such a degree of freedom to create your party characters as you wish.  You can make a jack of all trades, or a healer/mage, or a ranger/tank, etc etc - it's all up to you.  The only thing that bothers me within a game like this is you don't know if/when the story will take part of your party away and you might be left with only the main dude or whatever.  I wonder if you are specialized too much if it might be a detriment down the road somewhere, but I guess I'll find out.  This does happen in the prologue and I can see someone getting frustrated if they can't make it through that portion due to poor choices.

The White Knight transformation is interesting, I'm curious to see how it plays out.  It seems like it might be overpowered; I'm not sure if you can access it any time you want or if it will only be in scripted portions?
3109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 07, 2010, 12:41:10 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 06, 2010, 11:28:22 PM

They did end her story arc pretty unceremoniously, didn't they? I'm glad they wrote her out -- having an ex-wife running around the island unduly humanized Ben's character, and weakened it. Once the Alex angle was wrapped up there was not much left for Rousseau to do. Still, they might have given her a grander exit.

Not to be picky, but she really wasn't his ex-wife.  He stole her baby (and raised her as his own), and chose to not kill her when he had the chance, that's about the closest they were lol. 

- - -

Spoiler for Hiden:
As for AltJack, it's hard to tell what's up with him.  He kept having odd looks like he knew something wasn't quite right, but maybe that was my interpretation of Matthew Fox's acting.  He had that weird mark on his neck, was it a tattoo or blood?  He was still drinking but it's hard to tell if he was alcoholic or not.  He still saves Charlie in "hero" mode so that's consistent, as was his demanding of a pen to remind us of the original premiere heroics.  His "nothing's irreversible" seems to imply he's a "man of faith" in this reality?  Or just that he has already worked miracles in the past.
3110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 06, 2010, 09:47:58 PM
I can imagine Rousseau not wanting to come back after being obliterated so unceremoniously; I thought that was a disservice to her the way she was eliminated, considering she was a character introduced in season 1 and seemed to be an important/integral part of the storyline.

- - -
Spoiler for Hiden:
The Jack/Rose thing is interesting, I thought I imagined the reversal but I guess not.  Maybe the AltJack is now not so much the "hero" or confident take charge guy we are used to.  Possibly in this reality he never saved his wife, or never got over his fears in surgery?

AltDesmond is definitely a more intriguing prospect.  If you think that Penny possibly never existed, his entire life would be completely different.  So it's possible he never met Jack on the steps that day.  And of course if that never happened, maybe that's what affected Jack's life (I forgot the ramifications of Desmond's pep talk to Jack), and thus influenced what I mentioned above as well.

Butterfly effect!!! - will drive you crazy thinking about it, but I love it!!!
3111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: February 06, 2010, 09:41:36 PM

Quote from: Zero on February 06, 2010, 05:32:07 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 05, 2010, 07:19:47 PM

I'm curious what you mean by being bothered by the hype affecting you.  Are you bothered that you are slowly being converted by the hype to one of the Apple Borg Collective (ABC) or are you bothered by the negativity that the hype seems to draw?

Its bothering me that I thought it was a great device, and would fit into my world.  As I talked to co-workers about getting the device I find myself defending it against all the "negative" of what it isn't.  And it some sense it got me talking about it more, and supporting it, even though I don't have the damn thing.  That's what I meant by the hype bothering me.  That the hype is now coming from me and that I'm doing it to fight back all the negativity. 

Hehe, I know how you feel, that's pretty much where I am these days as well.  But I guess I'm more used to it since I went through the same cycle with the iPhone.  I think Apple owes me about 3 or 4 sales (at least) from all my pitches and demoing of the iPhone at work.  I don't think I'll be doing the same with the iPad, as I don't intend to bring it to work regularly at first.  Once they start becoming more popular (2nd or 3rd gen), or maybe if I bought a second one, maybe I'll start using it regularly at work.  I kind of don't want all my personal fun stuff (photos, games, music, etc) mixing with work so much; I almost think it would make sense for me to have a separate unit specifically for work.
3112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 05, 2010, 09:26:45 PM

Quote from: Rich on February 05, 2010, 08:06:21 PM

Going back to the Maggie Grace question about why she wasn't on the episode, I've heard that a few of the actors that have been killed off (Libby) were asked to come back but refused.  The creators said that some actors hold a grudge when their characters are killed off and just won't agree to come back for a guest shot here and there, I haven't heard if this was the case with Shannon or not. 

Libby is coming back (along with Michael as well).  I can see that happening with some of the actors.  Still, whatever the reason for the actor/actress not showing up, the writers have definitely integrated this into the plotline.  Damon Lindelof specifically mentions Shannon, Eko and Michelle Rodriguez (I think some others) as being people we specifically did *not* see on the plane for particular reasons, indicating that the Jughead explosion clearly has a "Butterfly Effect" on the entire reality/macroverse.
3113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Underworld returns on: February 05, 2010, 09:23:10 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on February 05, 2010, 08:50:21 PM

Setting the bar that high are we?

I guess my main complaint was that I didn't realize it was all period. I kept waiting for the jump to present day, so I felt like the whole movie was setting something up that never came. In truth, the whole move was backstory that I didn't care about.

While I enjoyed the movie for the most part (I guess I just like the series in general so I'll take anything I can get, even FakeKate/Rhona Mitra), I felt like the story had actually been told quite well in the previous films, and it was a missed opportunity to take the main plotline further.  I'm not sure why Hollywood has such a fascination with prequels; personally I prefer stories to keep moving forward, and if I really want to flesh out what happened in the past, I'll read the books/source material or whatever.
3114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Underworld returns on: February 05, 2010, 07:21:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 05, 2010, 06:15:34 AM

Vampires.... IN SPACE!!! (slightly NSFW pi of Kate), or at least that's the latest rumor about the film.  I don't know about you but a 3D movie would be the perfect chance for Kate Beckinsale to finally have a full nude scene...

I'll sign up for this but only if Scott Speedman gets one too.
3115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: February 05, 2010, 07:19:47 PM

Quote from: Zero on February 05, 2010, 02:41:58 PM

Its incredible the amount of buzz Apple has generated for this.  Its amazing to me that Amazon (and a few other companies) are having to compete against a product that isn't even available for sale yet.  I can't wait to get mine, but at the same time it bothers me that there a lot of hype on this and that its affecting me.  I never considered myself an Apple "fanboi", but even though I work in a mostly "Microsoft" environment that I'm slowly becoming more and more Apple (macbooks, iphone, ipods, and future ipad owner).

Yeah Apple definitely has a knack for generating hype.  Archos released their tablet last year (similar size, form factor, and price) and I think about 25 people knew about it   icon_lol  They can even generate hype by NOT saying anything (publically) which gets fans even more worked up.  I read an article a while ago about the tactics they use to leak info (but only the info they want to leak) slowly over time to get people interested early.

I'm curious what you mean by being bothered by the hype affecting you.  Are you bothered that you are slowly being converted by the hype to one of the Apple Borg Collective (ABC) or are you bothered by the negativity that the hype seems to draw?

Some of the negative backlash has been kind of annoying (though fairly predictable at this point) but I have to say the one thing that Apple did that I can see might be very annoying was to call its device "magical."  I mean it's one thing for Steve Jobs to keep repeating "isn't it cool?  or isn't that awesome?" but to say your device feels magical - well hopefully it's got the chops to live up to that statement.

Last thought, wondering if they'll have a cool ad for the Superbowl.
3116  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Denmark Man Offers to Trade Gold for Wood in WoW on: February 05, 2010, 07:05:55 PM
Oh no I've been caught!!!   J/K!!!!  But seriously what can I trade for hot pics of GTers?   ninja2
3117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Excruciating Tooth(less)ache - any thoughts? on: February 05, 2010, 01:12:58 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 04, 2010, 10:11:17 PM

Still going, unfortunately.  A few days after the root canal from hell, the jaw swelling got worse and I ended up with a lump about the size of a racquetball.  Massive infection, of course, and I landed back in the emergency room doing antibiotic IV treatments.   The IV started making a difference after 4 days of treatments, so they put me on an oral antibiotic.  The next day, I break out in hives all over my body.  Apparently I have become allergic to penicillin, even though I did a round of it 2 weeks ago for the initial infection and was fine.  They switched me on a different non-penicillin-y antibiotic, and while I didn't have any allergic reactions, it make me incredibly sick to my stomach (a known side effect), so I ended up puking 3-4 times a day for 2 weeks.  

As of this afternoon, the lump of infection is mostly gone (a huge positive) and I'm not in any pain (an even huger positive).  I'm working with the TMJ therapist to try and get my mouth to open again, and today is my first day wearing a retainer.  Oh joy.  Once I'm able to open, then the fun starts all over as we finish the root canal and crowns/fillings.  Not to mention the 4 other teeth that need either root canals or fillings.

I am truly in dental hell...

Man this really sucks so bad Gratch frown

Regarding Penicillin, I never had problems with it as a kid, but I was given Amoxycillin (I think) a couple years back and at the very end of it I got hives/rash so now I just tell the doctors I'm allergic.  This last time they put me on clarithromycin, which seemed to be OK but by the end of the cycle I was getting really bad stomach pains which felt like extreme gas or something for lack of a better characterization; this lasted about a week even after I had stopped taking them.  Not sure if that's what you ended up with. 
3118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 04, 2010, 07:32:09 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Just to confirm something a friend mentioned, the bomb goes off in 1977 - does this mean Widmore and/or the Others on the island at that time (including Finola) all would have died?  In which case both Daniel and Penny would never have existed?

Also I haven't re-watched yet, but I did read in an interview that there are clues as to when in the timeline the island actually sank in the underwater pan.  So I guess it's plausible that the bomb going off doesn't sink it, as some of you have already discussed.

I don't have any specific theories right now, but I do think Jack is at the heart of everything, as he seems to be the only one who is suspicious of things in LAX and also is the one who tells Locke that "nothing's irreversible" - loved that as a kind of throwaway (but not really) line.
3119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: White Knight, a PS3 RPG from Level 5 on: February 04, 2010, 07:23:09 PM
I spent about 2 hours with the game last night and my impressions are mixed.  The first hour was spent installing and then creating my avatar, which had a great deal of detail if you are into that sort of thing.  I just wanted to get playing but still got sucked into re-sizing my avatar's eyes and nose, etc.

Anyway, after a decent length cutscene, I finally moved into the game itself.  The main visuals look pretty stunning to me, I'm not sure why everyone seems so underwhelmed.  You start out in a town which feels like a large, expansive town.  Yes, the graphics are fairly reminiscent of FFXI, but the overall feel seemed a lot stronger to me.

There didn't appear to be much of a starter/tutorial and you are kind of just left on your own to figure things out.  I exited the town and entered the first wilderness area, which again to me felt large and wide open, for lack of a better description.  It feels much more MMO than JRPG in that respect.  There are mobs that show up as red dots on your minimap, and at least in the beginning they are not aggro.  You can just approach them and attack if you so choose.  Combat is kind of odd, I feel like I want to start mashing on buttons and be more action-RPG-ish but the system is more of a turn-based one, though visually it doesn't appear that way.  I like (as others mention) the addition of the avatar you created to the party, though he is clearly not the "star" of the main questline.  Very interesting and different approach.

The skill and combat system is a bit confusing at first glance.  It's so open and you are given very little guidance.  I ended up dumping a bunch of points in Longsword without knowing I didn't have a longsword, argh.  I couldn't figure out exactly how to equip my new skills at first, and once I did, I wasn't sure if it was worth switching to one or another.  I put mage/healer stuff on my avatar and set him to "Heal First" (there are apparently some AI settings for the party), though so far I can't tell if he is healing or not.  He does seem to use the Ice Spell I gave him.

So now on the main map, there's really very little to tell you where to go.  I know I was supposed to head to some town for further instruction but there was no arrow or guidance that I'm used to.  This can be a good or bad thing depending on what kind of gamer you are.  There's much more the feeling/illusion of a wide open game that you can do whatever you feel like from the very outset, including building your character.  It seemed to me like I could just wander this first wilderness and kill easy mobs forever if I felt like it (not sure if they regen).  But if you are looking to follow a tight story, this definitely doesn't seem to lead you as clearly or linearly as most JRPGs do.

Definitely a mixed bag.  Personally I like it but I would have trouble recommending it to someone unless I knew they really liked this particular type of gameplay.  It's an odd mix of JRPG with MMO style "openness" - even in only the beginning single player portion.
3120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 03, 2010, 07:10:02 PM
I was totally blown away by the premiere, particularly hour 1.  Definitely my questions earlier were answered as to the difference between the leaked 4 minutes and the commercials.  I never would have thought they would do it like this, so I love being surprised.

I love Denoginizer's theory (above in spoiler), that never occured to me!  That sounds very much like what they will do.

So many little things about the premiere that I enjoyed, little touches, subtle (and not so subtle) plot elements.  Just wonderful.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Absolutely love the alternate realities playing out simultaneously.  But it just seems like there's not enough hours in the show left to properly resolve it all.  Unless very little time will actually pass in Alt Reality and somehow the key players will all get stuck back on another plane and still end up on the island again?  I love Kate on the run, but given that she's with Claire...

I'm not sure I liked revisiting Juliette's death.  I thought the ending last season was just brilliant and heart-breaking and should have been left untouched.  This just felt like a cruel way to tease and torture us Juliette fans (and then show her in commercials of V to taunt us lol).  But I suppose the "it worked" was a pretty critical element to the overall story, I guess she was the best person to deliver that message.

Go go Lockemonster!!!

Love Desmond showing up on the plane - apparently the reality altering goes further than just the plane not getting shot down?  Or was he even really there?

The underwater pan to the island completely sunken in Alt Reality -awesome awesome awesome!!!

On a side note, there was no mention made of why Shannon wasn't there, correct?  I guess they couldn't get her in time.  It was fun to see Ian Somerholder again after watching him as a completely different character in Vampire Diaries where he has so much more charisma.  And I loved seeing Charlie again.
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