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3121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 24, 2010, 12:58:37 AM

Quote from: PaulBot on April 23, 2010, 11:44:09 PM

That double idol play was slick! Didn't see it coming and it totally screwed JT.

Kudos to Rupert for seeing through Russell's smoke and mirrors act.

Even with Heroes: 4, Villains: 5, the Heroes may not be screwed. The previews make you believe Sandra is going to conspire against Russell, which means her plus the 4 Heroes could do it. No idols floating around - 5 votes for Russell, we'll see...

Should be interesting - let the backstabbing begin!

I said it before but this season is really looking to be my all time favorite, it's just relentless with surprises.  You really have to wonder if there is some producer nudging or scripting going on because you almost couldn't write it out to be this much fun.  Sadly this week it's at the expense of my personal favorite JT, though his idiotic power play made him a surefire target.  Honestly it just didn't make sense, you have to wonder if the producers didn't ask him to do something extremely stupid so he could surpass previous stupid Survivor moves.  In his season he was constantly plotting and thinking, so it made little sense to take such a risky move without even meeting Russell or knowing a single thing about him aside from being on the Villain team.  Particularly since they were going in tied 5 to 5, there was little need for such a risk - a more sensible strategy would be to merge and look for the kinks in the opposing tribe (Sandra and Jerri would be obvious places to start).  I suppose if we are to believe all of this is real, JT could have outsmarted himself by watching too much Survivor, and honestly convinced himself Parvati had formed an all-female alliance again, and because of that he was also worried Amanda would flip.  The way it played out, Amanda may not have flipped but her big mouth seemed to be what directly led to Parv's double idol play. 

Speaking of which, at this point Parv could NOW very well create a girl's alliance and control the game, what an irony that would be if JT's fantasy ultimately became a self fulfilling prophecy .  She grabs stupid Amanda along and knocks out Russell, Colby and Rupert.  Then takes out the fodder girls however she chooses to.  Bring Sandra and maybe Amanda to the final.  Amanda because she is an eternal loser, and Sandra because she needs another past winner to beat.  I'm rooting for her all the way now, she is amazing.  I'm surprised the guys here (and there) aren't hotter for her.
3122  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Battle of the Immortals (beta) on: April 22, 2010, 09:10:18 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 22, 2010, 09:07:18 PM

it's apparently not Exp, just XP.  stupid game uses them as separate things.

btw, I have the most hilarious weapons now.  beat the scorpion king and am dual wielding his claws and they open and close while idle.  it's pretty hilarious.

Any game that can feature a giant saw-wielding Koala pet gets a thumbs up from me.
3123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 22, 2010, 06:28:21 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on April 22, 2010, 03:48:03 PM

This week's episode was all about moving pieces around the chessboard for me. 

It reminded me of some episodes from the final season of Buffy, where it felt like the main writers had a list of items that needed to be completed (i.e. chessboard piece moving) and left them to get it done.  So what the audience got was kind of a lifeless implementation of the checklist getting completed.  All in all I was kind of disappointed with the episode; it seemed like it should have been stellar but it kind of fell flat for me personally.
3124  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Battle of the Immortals (beta) on: April 22, 2010, 06:21:09 PM
I tried this last night - mildly amusing so far.  Levelling is really fast but you don't get new skills very often, kind of an odd system.  You get a free pet Koala fairly soon which is definitely fun.  It's using the exact same engine as another game I tried a while back, but I can't remember which one it was.

As Az said, you don't even need a beta key, just sign up, download and play.
3125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 21, 2010, 11:23:13 PM

Quote from: Toe on April 21, 2010, 10:13:45 PM

Lastly I thought Kara's comments where so stupid, almost worthy of paula. Something like "You know why they call you that? (momma sox), 'cause you just schooled all those contestants".  saywhat No, they call her that cause 1) she's a new mom and 2) she treats the other contestants in a motherly-like fashion. I think the judges really should steer away from telling her how much better she is than the rest. She does not want to hear that since she feels connected to them. All it will accomplish is to get her pissed off with them and the show more.

Totally agree with this...

As for Crystal I've been of the opinion since day one that she has some personality issues that may clash with her winning.  Talent-wise, she's the best, but that doesn't mean she will win.  I actually don't think she's as good as all the praise she gets, some times when she gets into the singing it sounds like screaming to me, but whatever.  Lee is my favorite at this point, but honestly even he isn't that good - he's like a better looking but constantly nervous, which tends to make me a bit uncomfortable watching him.  All in all this season has definitely (IMHO) been one of the worst overall fields in terms of quality contestants, I wonder if America is just running out lol.

Oh yeah, not much to say on last night's performances, except that I think tonight Tim should finally be done.  I didn't think Big Mike, Casey or Aaron were much good either but Tim was almost forgettable, even I didn't vote for him.  I actually thought Siobhan sounded really pretty and contained, not sure why they all hate on her so much now.
3126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 21, 2010, 06:33:54 PM

Quote from: Arclight on April 21, 2010, 01:26:35 PM

Just give the friggin title to Crystal and have done with it. If she doesn't win then American Idol is worse off than I thought. Of course IMHO   icon_wink

I heard rumors she was upset with the show for some reason, anyone else heard anything?
3127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: April 21, 2010, 05:28:47 PM
As a Madonna fan for over 25 years (long before I knew I was gay btw), I have to say last night's episode was "like a prayer" - absolutely brilliant use of the songs within the plotline.... except for when f-ing Fox cut my DVR off thanks to stupid American Idol running long, thus chopping the final number.  Bleh.  For non-Madonna fans, I can see it being a bit too much, but for the rest of us, just amazing, I'd almost call it "epic" if such a show could ever be called that, with each sequence topping the previous one.

Highlights for me: the wonderfully rendered 3-way virgin sequence, choreographed to perfection with 3 couples about to get it on to the tune of Like A Virgin.  Humorous and great the way it was woven into the plotline.

Express Yourself with full dance choreography from the girls was excellent, and of course the Sue Sylvester Vogue video was tons of fun.

the Like A Prayer finale was awesome but as I said it got cut off for me so I had to watch the rest on the web.  Still it's my all-time favorite Madonna tune, so seeing it in full Glee glory with a choir to boot was just candy for the soul.  Couldn't stop smiling.

But my actual favorite number in the show?  "What it Feels Like for a Girl" - sung gorgeously by all the MALE members of the cast.  Again, just absolutely brilliant and the song never sounded better.  It's also one of my favorites from Madonna, possibly the best written song I think she's done in terms of meaningful lyrics, kind of bitter and sweet.  I really think it was underrated and underappreciated in its time, but oh well.  I'd always thought it would be a really cool and interesting song to sing for a guy, to give it a completely different interpretation and meaning, and the Glee guys just sounded amazing on it.
3128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 20, 2010, 10:16:32 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 20, 2010, 09:35:38 PM

Even rice loses its edge over peas if you harvest after 21 minutes instead of every 15.

This statement I just had to requote, not so much for content but it just seems so hilarious if someone didn't know the context.  Thanks again Wonderpug!!!
3129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: April 20, 2010, 08:56:46 PM
I thought I'd enjoy Jack beating up Starbuck more, but for some reason it just felt kind of misogynistic.

I was sad that my sister's theory that they faked Renee's death seems to be dead in the water.
3130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 20, 2010, 06:26:46 PM

Quote from: Hotfreak on April 20, 2010, 05:47:57 PM

I think you'll like it once you get used to it.

That's what she said!

Quote
Like: you can dress up your character in a bright pink halter top and hot pants and give him a purple pompadour. 


SOLD!!!!!  Maybe this IS my game!!!
3131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 20, 2010, 05:40:59 PM
Here's another recap of it:

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/04/19/circumstances-surrounding-lost-next-gen-iphone-detailed/

Doofus who "mistakenly" left it was Gray Powell, supposedly an Apple software engineer.

Man, I used to live and work in Redwood City, I could have been the guy that found it!  So what would you do if it were you?
3132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 20, 2010, 05:36:26 PM
Bleh you all Forum-effected me!  I don't know when I'll actually get to try it out, hopefully tomorrow evening.  I decided I should be proactive, as I just didn't want to regret not getting it this weekend and finding it sold out everywhere.  Picked it up at a local Fry's FWIW, there were about 6 copies displayed.
3133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: April 19, 2010, 09:07:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 19, 2010, 04:57:05 PM

I have not seen this show. Is it good?

Absolutely one of my all-time favorite shows, unique and creative writing, an incredibly hilarious over-the-top comedic performance by Jane Lynch, touching themes about family, friendship, and misfits finding their place - and the song numbers and arrangements are stellar with standout singing from Lea Michele in particular.  If you like musicals in general, you'll probably enjoy it.  What's even more interesting is how they are able to weave popular songs into what's going on in the various plotlines.  However some caveats since I don't know you:

It's based in high school - so all the angsty soapy stuff is there, you may or may not go for this type of stuff

It's fairly "sexual" - some people were turned off by the frankness and openness of some of the sexual plot themes (which actually lessened as the season continued).  They don't show a lot but they talk a lot about it.

It's pretty "gay" - and I don't mean that in a negative way, simply that there is a major soapy + show choir vibe to it, and there are various gay jokes and one of the main ensemble is gay.

It's very quirky - some people I know just can't get into it because of the style and having people burst into song at a moment's notice.  Personally I think that's part of the show's charm, but I can see how it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea.

- - -

If you are a Madonna fan, tomorrow night is the big all-Madonna song episode and it looks like it's going to be awesome.  Can not wait!
3134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 19, 2010, 08:57:02 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 19, 2010, 07:01:06 PM

This thing is totally an intentional leak.  If it wasn't, there's no way that Apple would let the article stay up.  All they would have to do is have their lawyers contact Gizmodo and do the lawyer threat thing while also threatening to block Gizmodo out of any future Apple press conferences, press releases, preview hardware, etc.    It was absolutely done on purpose.

I was just discussing this with a co-worker, definitely agree.  There was a cool article a little while back on the techniques Apple uses to purposely leak info.

I'm sure they want to plant it in people's (particularly those who might be considering an Android phone right now) heads that if they just wait another month or 2 they can get the brand new iPhone with better processor, camera, resolution, multitasking, AND a front-facing iChat cam.
3135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 19, 2010, 08:25:43 PM
I'm not familiar with this series, can someone give me some more hands-on info?  I read the preview from IGN and there were definitely some things that sounded attractive, but the "hardcore" nature seemed like it could be a turn off.  I'm also a bit confused on how the character development/uniqueness is played out if there are no levels/classes, etc.  Is it 100% gear based?  How does grouping work in that case, if there are no levels? 

FWIW I'm a huge Diablo 2 fan in search of an ARPG that can captivate my attention.   
3136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kick Ass on: April 18, 2010, 02:16:58 AM
Just got back from seeing it, was definitely an awesome flick.  I haven't had that much fun at a movie for a long time, and the audience seemed to concur as they applauded a couple times during the movie and at the end.  Pretty decent reaction for a saturday afternoon crowd.  I have to say all the hype about the lil girl violence is a bit much.  Yes there's violence but somehow the tone of the movie is played in a way that it's funny and stylish and riveting all at the same time.  She pretty much steals every scene she is in.  Even though it's a different kind of comic book movie, it is still a comic book movie.  After having seen the film, I have to wonder regarding all the fuss on the age aspect, if it had been a boy if we'd even be discussing it.

Casting was exceptional.  I was a bit concerned they chose a british kid to play this very american role but he was amazing.  Nic Cage was good and Hit Girl rocked every scene.  Mclovin was an interesting choice for Red Mist and it seemed like they werent sure exactly how to play him plotwise.  Now what I am mulling over is whether the changes hey made to the plot were better or worse.  They made some pretty major changes to some key story elements, i guess to make it more rewarding for a movie audience.  My guess is comic purists won't like the changes, personally I have mixed feelings.

Either way it was a refreshing punch to the comic book movie genre.
3137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kick Ass on: April 16, 2010, 11:12:29 PM
I don't want to get involved in the back and forth arguments, but I will say this, when reading the comic I did find it disconcerting to have a 10 year old girl whirling around slashing people in pieces, and I definitely would not want, say, my 5yo nephew to see this movie (as he already has a superhero fetish and a mini-violent streak).  However, I also think it's too bad if you've made up your mind on the movie based only on this single aspect.  You might believe it was done purely for shock value or to be funny or cheap - but if you read the story, it actually makes sense and is a really interesting and different "superhero" origin story with a great/heartbreaking twist and a satisfying ending and story arc for the character. 
3138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 16, 2010, 09:18:25 PM

Quote from: ydejin on April 16, 2010, 06:59:03 AM

I spent 30-40 minutes reading a book with the iPad via the Kindle app.  Definitely getting eye-strain.  I'm not sure what the difference is, since I certainly spend way more time than that continiously reading webpages.  Maybe the difference is web reading consists of reading, with regular breaks to switch webpages, and changes of material, and doing things other than just focusing on line after line of text.

I'll do more experimenting, but at this point, I'd have to say it's bad enough that I would not want to try reading books on the iPad.  It's too bad, since the iPad is so much better than the Kindle in many ways.

Don't forget you can adjust the brightness, font size and color of the page, maybe the right combo will help.  Personally I found Sepia page color and lowest brightness worked well for me.  Also I suppose it depends on what kind of lighting you are reading in - I still preferred having a lamp on to the side (same way I read regular books) over reading in complete darkness.

FWIW, I read for about half an hour in the iBooks app and didn't have a bit of eyestrain.
3139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kick Ass on: April 16, 2010, 09:15:03 PM
Can't wait to see it.  I read the comic which was amazing, screw Iron Man and the Avengers!  Hit Girl is going to be the new "It girl" methinks!
3140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 16, 2010, 09:12:57 PM
Wow wow wow.  This season just is relentless in its overall awesomeness.  My boy JT, WTF are you doing??!?!?  It's as if you'd never even seen an episode of Survivor, let alone won.  A little bit of patience (given things were tied) and you could easily have controlled the game, jumping on Sandra or Jerri to turn against the villains.  I think he's pretty much sealed his own fate with an inane act of trust that seemed so over the top it felt like the producers scripted it in. 

And OMG what is up with Russell and the immunity idols?  Just way too funny how they just fall into his hands.  I thought Pavarti should have just given hers to him as well and then my head would have exploded in laughter.  I loved when Pavarti was reading JT's love letter to Russell, that has to be one of the best moments in Survivor history and poor JT, all his friends are probably making fun of him.  Russell himself probably couldn't believe it, if I was him I'd be asking the producers if they are manipulating things.

Anyway, looks like Sandra will spill the beans next week, but it may not be of much use given that Parv and Russell both have an idol.  It's gonna be a fun trip to the finale for sure!
3141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 16, 2010, 09:07:01 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on April 16, 2010, 08:48:54 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on April 16, 2010, 06:13:56 PM

Desmond needs to get to her ASAP to get her off that show and back to Lost.       
 
That would be awesome!
   
She was by far my fave.

Can you have him stop by Flash Forward and grab Penny out as well?  While he's there he might as well save Charlie too!!
3142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 15, 2010, 11:19:09 PM
I started playing IMO last night.  It's an older style Korean-based MMORPG (similar I believe to Ragnarok) developed for iPhone.  It plays pretty well on the iPad in 2X form, in fact with all the stuff going on I think it might be more effective to play on the larger screen.  The game itself is pretty old school MMO and probably pretty grindy, but it seems to be the first "real" true MMO experience for the iPhone, with many people online and in the area at once.  Looks like they have some form of PvP as well.
3143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 15, 2010, 10:57:28 PM

Quote from: Arclight on April 15, 2010, 10:31:38 AM

Andrew = Yes
Katie = No
Tim should have gone.  Man, this season for me is just the worst. Probably just burnt out on the whole Idol thing. Its starting to all feel a bit cheesy to me now.

Time for something new. Maybe Simon's next show will bring back the excitement....

I think X-Factor makes more sense to me as a format, where you have the judges personally involved in helping the contestants choose songs and arrangements.  Theoretically they should be much more invested, and there shouldn't be the inane, back and forth, wishy washy and trite pieces of "advice" given out each week.  I thought Katie for certain really got screwed by the judges, I've never seen them give any contestant such conflicting advice, particularly for someone so young.  I doubt Jordin Sparks would have won under the same circumstances.  Andrew too was in some ways a victim of the judges' bizarre expectations and poor direction.  I'm glad he's gone but really they need to re-tool the format a bit or just end the show soon.
3144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: April 14, 2010, 11:30:37 PM
Maybe it will be a musical Avengers smile
3145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 14, 2010, 05:40:04 PM

Quote from: Scraper on April 14, 2010, 03:07:42 PM

Did anyone else laugh when Jordan Sparks got blown up? Dummy.  icon_lol

I did!  I mean come on, didn't she watch Season 1?!?!  (or was that Season 2 with Arnst).

Pretty interesting all in all, next week's ep looks crazy.  I still can't figure out if we're supposed to root for or against the alt-universe.  In the alt-verse, everyone is pretty much alive (except poor Locke, ouch! and I guess Sun is also in jeopardy but I'm sure Jack can save her!), Jack seems more balanced with his son, Hurley found Libby, Desmond found Penny, Sawyer is a cop, Claire has her baby - but clearly they've also made slight hints that this is the "wrong" universe that shouldn't exist and is now going to be "corrected."  But it's pretty hard to root for a universe where so many people died (especially Juliette!). 

At this point, I'm almost out of theories, I just want to sit back and enjoy the final ride.
3146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 14, 2010, 05:34:31 PM
I was too sucked into Glee to do my live review, so I'll go off memory:

I loved Adam as a mentor, I think he was actually one of the best/useful mentors they've ever had.  His advice was sound and made sense and combined his experience on the show with performing experience.  I loved when he told Andrew he was boring lol.

Crystal - I thought she sounded screechy the whole song and for me it was one of her worst sounding performances, but at least she seemed to get really into the song.  Judges fawn over her predictably.  Ugh, could they be any more obvious.

Andrew - I don't know what's going on with him, it seemed like he was going to try to swallow the mic as he carried it around with him.  He actually made Hound Dog sound kind of weird and boring, please let him go this week, even after spicing it up from the original take he did with Adam.

Tim - mmmmmm so dreamy lol.  I think Adam was just falling in love with my boy Timmy and didn't really pay attention to his vocals, the same as I did while he performed.  The vocals were actually just OK to decent but man he is milking the dreaminess.  And using his smile more sparingly, you go Timmy!  In an act of utter bizarreness, you can see Ryan Seacrest slow dancing with a big man in the background as he sings.  That was seriously F-ed up in terms of unfairness to Tim, I mean talk about distraction.  Turns out it was Michael Sarver which I don't know if that makes it better or worse.

Lee - I thought he sounded awesome and I'll likely purchase this one.  However his stage presence is still absolutely horrible even though the judges say he is getting better and looser.  He's about as loose as... well I won't go there.  Anyway I hope he makes it far because I just love the sound of his voice, I can totally hear him singing some really good rock songs.

Aaron - actually impressed me with a decent vocal and some physical movement, but all in all it was just OK and borderline karaoke

Big Mike - I actually liked what he did, a nice stripped down In The Ghetto.  Very well done and soulful rendition, though unfortunately for him any time I hear this song all I can think of is Cartman from South Park singing it.  Might be enough to keep him in, but also might have been too sleepy/boring and against his original fanbase which seemed to love him doing cheesy up-tempo stuff, we'll see.

Siobanshee - I actually disagreed with the judges, I think she actually sounded better and prettier in the first half of her rendition of Suspicious Minds.  I mean I really liked the kind of Supremes vibe (as Randy put it) and I wished she would have stuck with it.  But this being AI, she knows the fans and judges want her to scream, so scream she does.  So yes it's kind of a schizo performance and kind of unfair for Simon to berate her for delivering what the fans want.

Casey - same ole same ole, lame way to close the show.  I was bored.

Based on last night's performances alone, I would dump Aaron and Andrew.  Based on voting blocks, I think it might be Andrew and Big Mike.  But based on the nine lives principle, I think Timmy's time may be done as he's outlasted things drastically, and Andrew and Tim may go.
3147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad Applications on: April 14, 2010, 05:18:50 PM
Speaking of which,

Dungeon Solitaire just came out recently.  It's a mix of solitaire with a CCG flavor.  Unfortunately it's "solitaire" so single player gameplay only.  Still it's got a fresh, simple twist to it and it looks and plays great on the iPad.
3148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad Applications on: April 14, 2010, 05:17:17 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on April 14, 2010, 01:01:01 AM

So when do new iPad applications come out? Is it a once a week thing like new music does or is there a continuous stream of new apps?

Guess what I'm really saying is that I'm already wanting more.

If you are as addicted I am, go to:

www.appshopper.com/iPad

They seem to list new stuff hitting the store within a couple of hours.
3149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mytheon FTP Microtransaction game coming Q1 2010 on: April 13, 2010, 09:15:03 PM
Wow, a combo of some of my all time favorite games but it somehow slipped under my radar.  Any word on a definitive release date?


Edit: ack looks like Q4 frown
3150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: April 13, 2010, 09:07:49 PM
That was seriously F-ed up.  I was not pleased.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I had a sense it was coming (no pun intended) based on an interview I had read, but I thought even 24 wouldn't be so cruel as to kill someone right after getting laid.  That was just horrible and uncalled for.

And then the whole bit with Chloe?  Come on.  Now I am the biggest Chloe fan around that I know, but this was pretty ridiculous.  She went from not knowing how to work within the New York CTU system to the only one to take over within 12ish hours?  Wow.  That's almost like having a super mousy character flip around to be a psychopath killer mole in the same time frame.  saywhat

I'm glad the series is ending, cause the writing has become almost Heroes-esque in its inconsistency.

All that said, I can't stop watching!
3151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 13, 2010, 09:03:09 PM

Quote from: Arclight on April 13, 2010, 03:06:04 PM

Do you think it just offers something novel and new as opposed to something advanced and more usefull than a laptop?

I'll refer you to my blog posts for the long answer:  http://rittchard.wordpress.com/

Short answer: if you've used an iPhone or iPod Touch screen, you'll have a sense of how different a touch screen interface can be, so just imagine that about 6 times larger with 6 times the canvas to interact with, and just as smooth and responsive if not more so.  If you haven't, then the answer to your question is absolutely yes.  Navigating the web (as well as photos, email, eBooks, etc) on the large touch screen is absolutely a new and engaging experience relative to using a keyboard, mouse/touchpad.  It's a more "immediate" feel to your direction/touch, something that really has to be experienced.
3152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 13, 2010, 12:11:23 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 11, 2010, 09:38:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 11, 2010, 12:12:06 AM

I have a feeling the chauffeur knows what is going on too, especially after the way he was asking if Desmond needed anything after he talked to Eloise.


i thought he meant that because he knew what a bitch Eloise was,and he knew Desmond would need a drink etc


okay,i think i may know what i was thinking about...it may of been an episode of The X Files,season 7 i think,Mulder is in a Coma(some Alien virus has put him that way),and he is having some kind of dream where he lives in the perfect neighbourhood,with Cancer Man living in the neighbourhood as well and his sister(who he has always been searching for) lives in the same street and he his married to that English FBI woman who you always wanted to punch in the head.....and even though its all perfect Mulder slowly realises that something is wrong,and that he needs to get out,but everyone is telling him why should he do that as its perfect here and you have the perfect life etc etc

i think that's what i was thinking about anyway,as i haven't seen that episode for quite a while

That was a fun episode, I remember that!

Also if you ever watched Angel, they did something almost identical with Gunn.
3153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 13, 2010, 12:05:23 AM
Opera approved, coming soon!

http://blogs.zdnet.com/cell-phones/?p=3536
3154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 12, 2010, 06:33:31 PM
Some more idle thoughts after the weekend (cross-posted from MacRumors and Wanderers forums):

I think what I'm seeing and hearing is a lot of people are still just flat out confused by the iPad. I've already fielded numerous questions from different friends/family and I think even after I'm done they are still confused. There was even a joke in the SNL news about "trying to figure out what it is". Ultimately people have to see and try it for themselves (assuming they are open minded and interested enough to give it a real chance), or someone who has one really needs to demo it for their friends with some specific usage cases that they can personally relate to.

So basically Apple's got their work cut out for them for marketing; it's almost like it is too many different things to different people, and the lack of coherency is confusing to people. Is it a portable gaming machine? An eBook Reader? A portable web surfing/email device? A portable media device? A laptop replacement? If you have been using one, you already know it's a bit of all these things, but more importantly you can pick and choose the Apps that suit you the best to personalize your experience. For people who haven't used one, I think it really comes across as just a "giant iPod" - which you can't blame them as that's their only/easiest frame of reference for the time being.

One thing that crossed my mind this morning while reading an article in the LA Time about iPad vs. Kindle; Apple could very easily have marketed this as the "Ultimate Reader" - it reads books, Kindle books, comics, newspapers, magazines, pdfs - all in bold, brilliant color with a great touch interface. That's something definitive that people would understand, with a solid, defined target customer base. They could have called it the iRead and sold a single $499 model that would pit it right against Kindle DX. But instead, the reader functionality is just a fraction/subset of what the iPad is capable of, yet Apple is more or less being "punished" by peoples' confusion. Kind of ironic, or just sad might be a better word.

Anyway, my personal feeling is it will just take some time to gain more definition and clarification by a broader range of people. I suspect once it starts hitting high school and college campuses it's going to really take off.
3155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] Pocket Legends - 3D "MMO" on: April 12, 2010, 05:52:43 PM

Quote from: Vidiot on April 11, 2010, 06:56:10 PM

My Archer is Vexx

Ack, I saw your friend request and tried to hit Accept but somehow I hit Reject, sorry!!! I tried to send you another request - not sure if you are still playing.
3156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad Applications on: April 12, 2010, 05:49:23 PM
Wow, where do I start?  Oh yeah, I know!

Pocket Legends - see Console Gaming forum for details, it's a 3D Diablo-ish clone but highly addictive if you are into that kind of game

We Rule - Dress sewing, pumpkins, hot dogs, corn, griffins, peppers and dragons.  'nuf said.  Again see Console Gaming.  It was fun on the iPhone but gorgeous on the iPad, the detail on the minions and being able to see a fuller size kingdom (particularly Wonderpugs) is really cool

Warpgate HD - I haven't got to spend time with this yet, but my first impressions are good.  Very interesting open-ended space sim, I love that you can zoom in to ship detail and out to space pretty seamlessly, very nice interface and reviews claim a ton of gameplay depth.  Once I escape Pocket Legends clutches I intend to get more into this

Marvel Comics - absolutely gorgeous way to read some of Marvel's comics.  You can either view the comics in full page, or double tap and read it frame by frame, a very nice/cool touch.  If you just want to show off, I highly recommend Astonishing X-Men #1 (written by Joss Whedon).  The bad news?  Comics cost $1.99 each and the selection is fairly limited, and limited to older comics.  I was hoping for Kick-Ass, which would have kicked ass (bad humor intended), but it looks like the newest stuff is from a few years ago.

StreamToMe - I've heard Air Video is better, but haven't tried it yet.  Either way, both of these stream your porn, I mean .mov, .FLV, .wmv etc etc video files and convert them *on the fly* from another computer in what seems to me like nothing short of magic considering how long it takes to actually convert a file from one format to another even on my quad core PC.

Air Sharing/Goodreader - PDF reading and wireless file transfers.  I've heard Air Sharing is the one to go with but I can't fully comment yet.  I wasted the whole weekend playing Pocket Legends instead of setting this up.

iBooks/Kindle - obviously the Big 2 face off for the eReading market.  iBooks is a much more satisfying "experience" with lots of nice bells and whistles like pretty page turns.  Kindle is still very solid, and I like that you can adjust brightness, page color and font size pretty much on the fly.  With Sepia and low brightness, it looks pretty damn good, particularly with the size of the screen. 
3157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 11, 2010, 09:21:07 PM
Here are more impressions after the first week on my blog:

http://rittchard.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/ipad-its-been-one-week/

One piece of bad news, I'm having trouble putting it down.  I actually have to force myself to put it away and do other things.  I got so addicted to Pocket Legends that hours passed and I forgot to get dinner started.  And I think it can get so "immersive" or "intimate" that you start to sit with it in awkward angles, so my neck was kind of tweaked after awhile.
3158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] Pocket Legends - 3D "MMO" on: April 11, 2010, 09:17:37 PM
I actually had to drag myself away from this game, I haven't been this addicted to a game in a long while.  I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to everyone but I will try to explain what I personally like (and dislike).

Essentially this is a stripped down version of Diablo 2, with some hints of WoW thrown in the mix.  They've taken the bare bones of what made grouping so much fun in D2/WoW and kept everything else to a minimum.  Like D2 it's one of those games that seems really simple at first play, but starts to get more strategically "deep" once you get more into it.  The 3D implementation on the iPad is virtually seamless, I've had a few hiccups here and there but for the most part the engine has run incredibly smooth, even with 5 players in a group with multiple spell effects going off.  I'm curious to know how the iPhone version holds up.  Movement is touch on location based (I think there is a virtual joystick option as well), and you can manipulate the camera very intuitively with touches, including zooming in and out.  Hitting your auto-attack key is the easiest way to engage enemies, saving you the issue of needing to click on a fast moving target.  Game is 100% free (level to about 12ish) until you want to add additional content; each pack appears to be $1.99 which seems like a steal to me.  You can also purchase (with real cash) things like more gold and respecs.

There are 3 classes, ostensibly forming a fairly classic combination of tank, healer and CC in the ideal case.  Each class starts out very simply, as you are given only 3 stats to work with and a single skill, and each stat is nominally pumped for a specific class.  As you get further, you get skill points to either add a new skill or boost an existing one, but you can only have 4 active at a time.  So the more you play, the more a particular "build' and playstyle starts to become more fleshed out.  For instance the mage can be tuned as a healer or a damager.  The archer can focus on ranged AoE damage or be more of a soloer or focus on CC.  So what makes things interesting is that the people you play with may or may not choose to work in the core framework, and as you start to get deeper this can make a big difference.  Tactics, positioning, skill choices, mana and health management, all of it comes into play once you hit level 10 or so.  I've played with mages who never cast a heal spell and either ignored or had dumped the resurrect spell, as well as tanks who never taunted.  Some players don't seem to realize that the heal is a PBAoE, and they spread out all over the place leaving it impossible for you to heal everyone. 

In any case, grouping with strangers is all part of the game, and it actually makes for an interesting challenge.  You can try to solo but it's really not that easy in this game, which is one of the things I like.   Advancing in the dungeons really takes good balanced groups to work through efficiently.  The good news is they've made it exceedingly easy to group with strangers (you basically just jump into any open game) so some people may or may not like this type of framework.

SO long story short, if you liked the class building and group tactics aspects of D2 and are willing to put up with the perils of PUGs, you can get a lot of mileage out of the game.  What's missing is the loot and as mentioned before, a trading system.  There's some OK loot but not nearly enough for a game of this type, and not being able to trade is a big miss IMHO.  You can get some better (but not unbalancing) items using real cash, which is an interesting addition to the game.  If they can flesh this out in future patches, and perhaps add in another class or 2, they could have a real strong long-term winner on their hands.
3159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] Pocket Legends - 3D "MMO" on: April 11, 2010, 03:39:46 AM
Character names?

Rittchard - archer
Spiritt - healer Mage

I wonder why no PC dev has been able to recreate this type of closed server system effectively.  I guess Dungeon Runners was the closest thing but for whatever reason, this game seems more addictive even though it is clearly simpler.  Then we had Mythos which of course died with Hellgate.  Torchlight was great but this type of game simply thrives as multiplayer, even the idiots who don't know what they are doing are part of the charm.
3160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] Pocket Legends - 3D "MMO" on: April 11, 2010, 02:26:33 AM
I am now officially addicted.  Definitely a Diablo type of game, but even more streamlined to keep things simple.  It took me a while to figure out i could access the store at any time and upgrade my equipment.  Also to start figuring out what skills i wanted to use, etc. Very very fluid and the multiplayer seems to hold up well even with five players.
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