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3121  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer online - play both sides on same server now! on: May 18, 2010, 05:58:28 PM
Wow this sounds incredibly desperate and pretty much an all around bad idea.
3122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 17, 2010, 08:37:36 PM

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

Parvity wuz robbed!

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

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

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

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

On the first point, you should also mention Parv's winning of multiple immunities to stay in the game, she really kicked some ass and almost took 3 in a row.  You have to wonder how Sandra even stuck around at all.  The odd part was how convinced Russell was that Sandra had no chance of winning, when both her original Villains alliance AND the heroes that she tried to work with were all in the jury.  I guess he figured bringing 2 past winners gave him better odds.  They really should have kept Jerri and their original villain alliance, though I suppose it wouldn't have helped Russell much, and likely Parvati might have won in that case.  Amazing just how close that final challenge was - if Jerri or Parv won, likely Sandra would have been out.
3123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: May 17, 2010, 06:38:42 PM
I ended up watching it again with some friends and on second viewing I actually enjoyed it more.  Apparently I fell asleep through the entire Monaco sequence the first time which definitely messed up my impressions lol.  The briefcase suit was definitely cool.  The overall flow was more coherent without the 20 minute nap as well  icon_wink

Still, the majority of my other complaints remain intact.  I wanted more of Mickey, more of Scarlett and less of Sam, and a more credible threat in the final battle would have been nice.  There was never a point where I felt like Iron Man was in jeopardy (except in the Monaco sequence) and that definitely is an issue for me.
3124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 17, 2010, 06:25:16 PM

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

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

I think there was no point in that because they would have seen right through it.  They pretty much tell you he brought his arrogant attitude to every tribal council every night, never shut up and no one could stand him.  So I think even he realized flipping his personality to a more humble one would have been a waste of time and considered fake.  What I do wonder is if he honestly thought he was going to win - he seems smart enough to understand he really never stood a chance but who knows, some people can be completely clueless as to what their effect is on others.
3125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 17, 2010, 06:21:36 PM

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

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

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

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

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

At this point I'm a bit burnt out on the show, but I always say that.  Whether I watch again will depend on how interesting (OK OK how good looking) the cast is.
3126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What happens to amateur porn stars? (warning: adult themes) on: May 14, 2010, 11:09:17 PM

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

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

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

So say you are hiring for a new position and you recognize someone from a clip you "watched", do you reward them for that, confront them, or punish them?
3127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 14, 2010, 10:59:22 PM

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

whatever happened to the dog? icon_lol

The producers promised that the dog (Vincent) would NOT die.  So I'm pretty sure he will reappear in the finale!
3128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 14, 2010, 09:39:25 PM

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

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

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

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

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

From that episode....

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

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


No mistakes made. 

Not to mention the clothes were woven from magical Jacob/mom fiber.
3129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 14, 2010, 09:37:48 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Now hypothetically let's say Colby wins the next immunity.  Will the girls turn against each other or kick out Russell?  And who would Colby ally with?  He doesn't seem to be playing the game at all.  If Russell wins, I guess Colby is done and we've got our All-Villain finale.  Even though he's been such a tool he's too dangerous to get spiteful jury votes. 
3130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009-2010 TV Season report card on: May 14, 2010, 09:29:01 PM
Really glad to hear Chuck, Fringe and V made it!  Sad to see Flashforward die.

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

3131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 13, 2010, 08:53:51 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



P.S.  Grats to Pug on 25!  You Rule!!!
3132  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: May 13, 2010, 08:43:45 PM

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

an interview about dynamic events.

FINALLY someone is at least attempting to innovate on the conventional questing system, I have been begging for something like this for what feels like years.
3133  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Super Hero Squad Online on: May 13, 2010, 08:40:15 PM

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

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

My nephew too.  He is absolutely obsessed with it.  Then he got me into collecting the figures so now I have a ton of em too lol.
3134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What happens to amateur porn stars? (warning: adult themes) on: May 13, 2010, 05:52:58 PM

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

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

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

Yeah it seems like a lot of people just cash in for as much as they can and then drop out just as quick.  The amount of money can be huge if you play your cards right, or so it seems.  But then there are also many "one shot" (no pun intended) people too who probably didn't make much money or did it on a dare or out of desperation; I wonder if it comes back to haunt them.  It just seems with the glut of stuff, there would be more of these "recognition" scenarios occuring - although it sounds like it's happened with some of you already or at least you've heard of it.  The other thing I wonder about is what happens when someone's partner/husband/wife finds out about it, though perhaps again it's one of those things that is such a small percentage of people you rarely hear about it.  In particular I wonder about how women react to finding out their husbands had done gay porn in the past. 
3135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My sexuality may be in question on: May 13, 2010, 05:47:02 PM

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

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

I love women, some of the most important people in my life are women, friends and family.  I love watching pretty/hot women on screen, particularly kicking ass.  I can appreciate a woman's beauty and hotness in a similar but ultimately different way than a straight man, because ultimately I don't want to "do" them.  So yes, a more "hands off" approach sounds right smile
3136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 13, 2010, 05:44:37 PM

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

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

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

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

I think you were supposed to interpret that scene as he (Dogan) knew it would fail and was deliberately sending Sayid to get himself killed so he (Dogan) wouldn't have to do it himself.  At least that's what Sayid says later (you tried to kill me twice...)
3137  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer on: May 12, 2010, 11:01:18 PM
Yeah I activated something which said DX10 Test (I think) but then I got some message about possibly needing to restart, so I don't know if it ever worked or not.   Seems like there are a ton more graphics options than I remembered.
3138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What happens to amateur porn stars? (warning: adult themes) on: May 12, 2010, 10:55:28 PM
Just idly, I wonder when seeing the glut of amatuer (and to some extent professional) porn out there on the web, what happens to all these performers?  After they've quit or got it out of their system (often seems like they come and go in days/weeks, no pun intended), do they eventually just go out in the "real world" and get regular jobs and blend into the woodwork?  With just the sheer amount of these folk, doesn't it seem like they'd eventually run into people who would recognize them and possibly create issues?  I'd read about some high schoolers (presumably 18+) who got recognized and ended up having to leave their school, but at the new school they were recognized again, but it seems to be very rare, or maybe it just doesn't make the news.

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

No point to this really, just something that crosses my mind now and again.
3139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: May 12, 2010, 10:43:46 PM
Absolutely loved last night's ep, I felt it was one of their strongest to date, with absolutely excellent use of music.  As cheesy and convenient as it was, I thought Finn's take on Jessie's Girl was brilliant, and he is really getting to be a stronger and stronger singer (compare this with the premiere's Can't Fight this Feeling, he's really come a long way).  Makes you wonder if that (the name/song) was planned all along.  Puck did a great job teaming eith Mercedes for Lady is a Tramp, I loved the shift in music style.  The Mercedes/Santana standoff was awesome too, and the grand "One" finale was moving and well delivered.  I wasn't thrilled with Kurt's song choices but I think they fleshed the plotline with his father out very well.  I think a lot of gay men can really relate to those feelings of inadequacy in one way or another.  All in all a real standout ep, and can't wait for next week's Joss Whedon/Doogie show.
3140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 12, 2010, 10:34:38 PM

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

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

I'm pretty much in agreement on this episode, definitely a letdown in terms of what could have been revealed.  The only tangible thing they gave us was that Smokey *really* wants to leave the island (and has always wanted to).  Which we pretty much already knew. Oh yeah, and the reveal of who "Adam and Eve" were, I guess that was new info.  Now I do wonder if the magic light spot where Smokey originated is also the critical EM spot that Widmore and Tina Fey are searching for, perhaps it will tie in to his plan for Desmond.  If they can link that all up, I'll give them a higher mark for this episode.
3141  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer on: May 12, 2010, 10:15:42 PM

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

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

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

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

Too soon to tell, I can't even tell if I'm actually running the DX10 engine smile
3142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: May 12, 2010, 10:14:36 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jack is going to flee the country on an airplane.  Unfortunately he ends up on Oceanic Flight 815 and his plane crashes on a mysterious island, and, well, you know the rest.... 
3143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 12, 2010, 10:10:48 PM

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

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

Completely agree on this, particularly the last point.  I am/was very confused about the "entity" vs. the brother, whether they are separate or not.  But given the entire episode basically just drove in the "I want to go across the sea" as Edward's motive (I'm now calling the brother Edward because I was pissed they wouldn't reveal his name, so keeping with Twilight you can have Team Jacob and Team Edward) which seems to imply Smokey really is some form of Edward's soul, or at least possesses his memories and motivations.   
3144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 12, 2010, 06:42:15 PM
I absolutely loved the Lee/Crystal duet (giving us a preview of the finale?), and the Casey/Mike one was pretty good too.  The rest of the show I pretty much hated.  Why does everyone have to sing that Kiss from a Rose song?  I can't stand it anymore!  The rest of the solo choices were pretty whacko too, I just don't know about these guys.  At this point I really don't care who goes.  Based on last night, I'd guess Free Willy exits.
3145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My sexuality may be in question on: May 12, 2010, 06:40:02 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

FWIW, I loved the book series, but really it was the finale that solidified it for me.  There were some things the author did that genuinely surprised me and the final X-Men-ish standoff was very cool.  Don't expect big manly battle scenes, but just some interesting twists and turns (and powers).  I do admit for the most part the books read very teen girl angsty, so they can be a challenge to get through.  I still think it's worth it to make it to the finale though.
3146  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer on: May 12, 2010, 06:33:38 PM
I ended up getting this on a whim and re-installed last night. I want to check out the new area in all its DX10 glory.

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

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

I read the new area is mainly for new characters and higher ones (upper 70s) but not much in the middle.  Now I just have to figure out how to get there.  And what "Feats" are lol.  Basically I don't know how to play the game.
3147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: May 11, 2010, 05:59:59 PM

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

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

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


That was awesome!  I'll never look at a SIM card the same way again.
3148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 11, 2010, 05:47:12 PM

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

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

Hoping for the best too!  I know it seems like a lot of the main plotlines have been played out but Chuck and Sarah have got to be the most adorable couple on TV right now and I love Adam Baldwiin in the show.  I've read the producers have something special already planned for next season to change things up, so who knows.  I think it's time for them to move on from the Buy More and revamp some of the cast.
3149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 11, 2010, 05:43:56 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on May 11, 2010, 05:23:39 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on May 11, 2010, 05:00:03 PM

However it ends, it will go down as my favorite season of survivor ever.

Totally agree. I'm hard-pressed to think of a better season and this ranks up there with 2 as my favorites.

My money is on Parv winning, but I don't think I'd have a problem with any of them winning.

I'd definitely like to see Parv win.  Given she had a target on her back from day one it's pretty amazing she even made it this far.  It took pretty much every trick in the book, from flirting to pouting to a bikini that varely qualifies as clothing to strong alliances to backstabbing to sheer luck to winning key immunities to bold power moves (like the dual idol play - possibily best moment in Survivor history!) to get her this far, she deserves it.  Sandra is weird for me.  Like the season she was in, I barely paid attention to her (and to be honest when this season started I didn't even remember her), but slowly but surely she kind of crawls and weasels her way into your consciousness.  I don't love her but she is certainly a strong strategic contender, kind of like Cirie. 

Russell is definitely the most interesting and fun Survivor ever - but not necessarily the best as he'd like to believe.  His tendency to get impatient, overly cocky and sometimes mean-spirited (perhaps a bit misogynistic or at least disrespectful to some of the strong women) have caused him to make some silly mistakes that weren't needed.  I'm still surprised he lost last season, but I guess he really just pissed people off.

Jerri is such a tool in this season, but I like that she's still around.  She definitely was more fun the first go around, particularly when tormenting Colby.  Speaking of which I don't know what happened to him.  I keep hoping he's faking his horribleness at challenges but I guess that's too much to hope for.  Which leaves Rupert, who I never really liked but has proven to be a bit more intelligent and insightful than I'd imagined.  He could win by sentiment, as it seems that people generally like him in spite of his weirdness.  I guess it was pretty smart to take out Amanda first, because really among the heroes there aren't any "strategy" players left.  I don't think any of the 3 of them really deserves to win this Survivor, but it would certainly be interesting to see if they could pull it off. 
3150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: May 10, 2010, 09:57:57 PM
Bumpity bump. 

Underworlds Ultimate Edition price dropped to $1.99.  I liked it on iPhone but it seemed like there wasn't much improved for the iPad.  At $1.99 I thought it might be worth a second purchase as I do like my Diablo clones.

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Warpgate HD - I finally got some time to play this weekend.  It's definitely a lot of fun and I was very happy with the game.  It's like having the universe to fly around in on your iPad.  I love the main touch interface to just go wherever you touch, but with really nice zoom and camera rotation as well.  I like that the game does feel very "open" in that you are given the opportunity to just go off and do your own thing fairly early in the game, and that you can slowly build and upgrade your ship.  Also like the economy and all the other factions roaming around giving the feel of an "active" universe.  Another neat in game feature is being able to change and choose from your own playlists to replace the in game music.  The latest update added the capability to upload and download your save game progress to the Plus network which is a nice way to give you an online backup.  I know some people were very concerned about losing progress.

Combat was the one main complaint I think people had, and it could definitely use some additional work.  Essentially you just fire whatever weapon buttons you have whenever they are available.

All in all a great experience on the iPad making great use of the full size touch screen.
3151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: May 10, 2010, 09:03:01 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 10, 2010, 07:27:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 10, 2010, 07:16:54 PM

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No new Iron Man suit

huh buh? he wore 3 different IM suits this time around: the armor from the end of the first film, the briefcase armor and the armor at the end.  beyond the first IM outfit I think they've all pretty much been the same design with only cosmetic differences.

shhhh, ritt's just being a fuddy duddy!  slywink

can't really expect a new suit every movie though, that's pretty unrealistic

Why unrealistic?  It's all CGI, and it's not like they are starting from scratch as they have about 50 years of comic book art to draw upon.  I guess they only had 2 years between movies.  I also didn't realize there were 3 different suits this time, they all looked the same to me so I guess that's cool. 

Just ignore my fuddy-duddiness, it's more about expectations - I was never much of an Iron Man fan to begin with, I think it was just that the first movie turned out to be such a pleasant surprise for me.  This one was pretty much what I expected from an Iron Man movie.
3152  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How close are we to wireless desktops? on: May 10, 2010, 08:54:09 PM
Stick an iPad in the keyboard mount and essentially you have a wireless desktop.  Aside from the power cord (which you can disconnect if you feel like) there are no wires to mess with  icon_smile
3153  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer on: May 10, 2010, 06:47:30 PM
Is anyone going to play this for official release?
3154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inception, Nolan's latest film on: May 10, 2010, 06:44:27 PM
Looked really cool, definitely reminded me of Dark City.  I wish I didn't dislike Leo so much though (there's no logical reason for this, I just don't enjoy his movies), I'm hoping my love for Christopher Nolan and Kitty Pryde/Juno cancel it out.
3155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: May 10, 2010, 06:42:22 PM
I guess I'll be the fuddy dud and say I was not very impressed and really felt kind of let down.  I'd say it was a fairly average summer action flick and definitely not as enjoyable as the first.  The audience I saw it with seemed pretty happy though, FWIW.

Things I loved:  Scarlett Johannsen in any scene, and her action sequence was awesome - left me wanting more more more.  I found myself wishing I was watching a full Black Widow movie instead.  Also, the new Last Airbender trailer looked sweet!

Things I liked: Samuel L Jackson, but he was barely in it.  Robert Downey Jr was still good, particularly as a drunk and his overall sense of humor.  Effects in general were good.  Avengers, Thor and Cap references.

Things I found disappointing: Gwyneth, felt like a waste of space this go around.  Don Cheadle seemed out of place.  Sam Rockwell, I love the guy but also out of place and just too much of him and I felt like he would never shut up.  Mickey Rourke I thought was going to be awesome and he turned out to be just OK, I would have traded some Rockwell scenes for more Mickey.  No new Iron Man suit  icon_frown  The "drones" looked like Star Wars robot rejects.  I know they needed some non-human fodder to blow up, but seriously these things were pretty lame (as was shown in how easily they were dismissed).
3156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: May 10, 2010, 06:21:47 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on May 10, 2010, 01:05:28 PM

Next Thursday, then next Sunday and it's over! What's gonna happen...

This series has been utterly unpredictable, and with this group of insane players absolutely anything could happen and I really have no way to make a good prediction.

From the commercial, it looked like Russell wanted to flip and grab Rupert/Colby.  With that group you'd imagine they could seduce/mesmerize Jerri and take out Parv and/or Sandra.  Of course Sandra has the immunity idol, which could create havoc in any plan that gets thrown out there, and given her disdain for Russell she might be able to use it to finally take him out.  Strategically any of the players would be crazy to NOT want Russell in the 3.  He has just pissed off too many people, in a way I don't think will be appreciated as good game play, except maybe by JT.  If I were a past winner, I might also want to bring past winners with me for the hope that people wouldn't want someone to win twice (tough call), and perhaps a mule like Jerri - that kind of lends itself to the All Girls finale.

Let's look at the possibilities:

All Boys: Rup, Colby, Russell - Rupert wins, in fact Rup/Colby with anyone, likely Rupert wins

Original Villains: Parv, Jerri, Russell - Parv?

Power Villains: Parv, Russell, Sandra - I think Sandra might win this one

All Girls: Sandra, Jerri, Parv -  tough call, I'm thinking maybe Sandra

Semi-Heroes: Rupert, Colby and Sandra - even though I said Rup earlier, I think Sandra may be able to gather more villain votes

Random Mix: Russell, Sandra, Colby - I can't see how this would ever happen, but I think Sandra might actually beat Colby

Random Mix 2: Rupert, Jerri, Parv - another bizarre combo, prob Rupert would win
3157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 on: May 10, 2010, 05:42:39 PM
Yeah I already saw an interview where they announced Sookie's new "protector" would be a werewolf.  So what is Sam, chopped liver?
3158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8... sorta on: May 10, 2010, 05:40:46 PM
I'm reading it, it was very engaging at first when Joss was writing it, but then it seemed like they went through a very big lull where it just dragged and ignored the main plotline.  Now that they are getting back to the main story it's really gone kind of wonky.  I haven't read this month's issue completely yet, so I'm, not looking at the spoilers.  I can't say I'd recommend thisto anyone....yet, going to see how they finish it out first.
3159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 08, 2010, 02:35:05 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 04, 2010, 05:12:12 PM


Bah you trumped me!  Love the sound of Chuck's voice, who knew?

There's a video out now too, premiered today.  I love the cute little smiles Chuck gives Kat in the beginning and end.

http://www.vevo.com/watch/katharine-mcphee/terrified/USUV71000760
3160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 08, 2010, 02:32:48 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 07, 2010, 09:15:38 PM

Lady Gaga has ruined Junior High School Student Aaron Kelly for life with her performance the other night, imagine if it had been live instead of taped, JHSSAK would have been on the floor having seizures.  I'm sure if it had been two seasons ago Angels and Demons would have fought on the stage for David Arculetta's soul after that song.

LMAO!!!   thumbsup
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