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3161  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: June 10, 2010, 05:28:24 PM

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

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

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

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

Agreed on this, WAR scenarios were always a blast. 

That said, I don't think any of us were as hyped with WAR or Aion.  Sure we were all excited about WAR (less so with Aion), but we knew enough about the game design elements that we weren't drooling in anticipation.  WAR we knew was serving up some minor innovations like scenarios, castle takeovers, and public quests, but nothing nearly as ambitious and innovative as what Arena is proposing with GW2.  I have complete confidence that these guys are going to pull off at least a good portion of what they claim; they've proven themselves already with GW1 and all the improvements they made there.
3162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 09, 2010, 12:39:12 AM

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

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

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

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

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

So I'm excited, but only mildly.  At this point I think I'd be more hyped up if they did something brand new with AppleTV, or with a Mac Mini Re-vamp, or even with the rumor of a giant touchpad interface.
3163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 08, 2010, 12:03:21 AM

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

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

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

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

Once you have everything there, you should be able to play any combination of Original game with Paths masteries, Original masteries with Lilith map, Paths masteries with Lilith maps.
3164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 07, 2010, 06:25:52 PM
I'm getting bored and hungry, hurry up with something exciting!!!
3165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 07, 2010, 05:40:14 PM
http://live.gizmodo.com/

WWDC Announcements today (will be updated):

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

iPhone FOUR

- 24% thinner (personally I don't care)
- Stainless steel antenna band as part of mechanical structure (cool for nerdy engineers like me)
- Front facing camera
- Four times the resolution (retina display, huh?) oh OK it's 326 dpi, human eye limit is around 300dpi
- 800:1 contrast, IPS screen (same as iPad)
- Battery is bigger, A4 power management is better, 40% more talk time, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing ,10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, 300 hours of standby
- 5 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video
3166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: June 07, 2010, 05:39:04 PM
Super cool nerdy built in antenna, woohoo!
3167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 04, 2010, 09:14:09 PM
I am an absolute D2 fanboy, I regularly repeat D2 remains my all time favorite game of any type.  When TQ originally released, I definitely liked the game and played it a ton, but I was disappointed with the multiplayer and the lack of random map design.  After a while I started getting bored of running the same maps, I literally had memorized portions of the maps, I knew exactly where mobs would appear and when, etc.  That's one thing that continually amazes me in D2.  No matter how many times I've run the same areas, the random factor is just good enough that I am familiar with map shapes and tendencies but there is still variance, so I feel like there's something different when I'm physically running them. 

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

Some other things to note.  You get 4 skill points per level and 16 attribute points, which I really like as you get more bang per level.  What this means is that you can (if you choose) get to the top tier glory skills much faster.  This is fun for me as a first play through with no experience with the skills, but strategically you probably want to think about your late/endgame build.  What I like about the balance (thus far) is that as powerful as some of the top tier skills are, they aren't overpowered (yet).  Every time I think I am on a roll and kicking major ass, someone slaps me down again.  And of course if you are playing on a harder difficulty, you may want/need to concentrate on lower tier skills just to survive. 
3168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: June 01, 2010, 08:19:10 PM
Well said YK!

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATpSPNIuj3M&feature=player_embedded
3169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 01, 2010, 08:01:45 PM

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

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

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

Doh!!!!

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

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

So far the overall design of Lilith is excellent, and the graphics look amazing.  I had forgotten how good the TQ engine looked, and now I'm playing it on 1920X1200 with everything maxxed, so it's even more impressive than I remember.  My only "complaint" on the mods is that the loot doesn't seem to have changed much from what I remember of original TQ.   
3170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: June 01, 2010, 07:48:57 PM

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

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

Of course none of you bitched about it when David Cook got "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" with a full choir, and little David A got some lame ballad I'd never heard of.   Tongue
3171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Titan's Quest - LilithPaths 1.4 Mod on: June 01, 2010, 05:23:02 AM
OK folks I've finally found a temporary fix to my D2/D3 cravings.  Thanks to Hark for pointing me in the right direction.  I was staring at the Grim Dawn forums hoping for some news there, but after finding this I think I should be set for a while.

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

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

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

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

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

6 - Install extras

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

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

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

7 - Installation

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

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

For Lilithpaths, do the same thing:

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

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

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

- - -

I've checked my folder structure out and the above looks correct.  Essentially you should end up with 3 folders (Lilith, Paths, and Lilithpaths) in your custommaps folder in My Games, with each of these having a Resources and Database sub-folder.  The only tricky part that remains is step 8, copying over the 2 files from the Lilith folder to the Lilithpaths folder.
3172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time on: June 01, 2010, 01:25:26 AM

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

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

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

Spoiler for Hiden:
Any Lost fans see it?  I was dying for the 2 to have an "awakening" when they touched so the princess would remember everything that had happened in the sideways universe, I mean alternate reality lol.
3173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: June 01, 2010, 01:21:30 AM
I was talking to my niece over the weekend, and she was complaining about Lee winning.  Apparently she had asked her friends at school why they voted for Lee, to which they replied - he was kinda cute and he had an amazing performance of Hallelujah...

So it did strike me, while I'm not going back on my voting block theories, I will say this - Lee WON this year's competition, out of tune singing and all.  It's trite how the judges yap ceaselessly about "having a moment" - but it's really a critical part of the show.  These are the performances that were almost magical in the way they transformed the way the audience saw the contestant, and that image lingering through to the final vote and even long after.  You can't force one of these to happen, and that's make them so special.  And it's not just having one, but having it at the right time.  Peak too early and you're screwed unless you can summon another one, or if you are lucky enough to have weak competition.  Pretty much every winner I've seen has had one of these "moments" - when everything just clicks with the audience, both live and on TV.  Lee got that with Hallelujah at just the right time (for me personally it was with A Simple Man but Hallelujah still sealed it).  Crystal never had that magic moment - she had a lot of stellar performances early on, but the last half of the show she just didn't conjure the magic, and she never had that one defining song.  It's similar to what happened to Adam last year.  He was riding high but then got complacent toward the end, and Kris stole the show with "Heartless."  David Cook had his moment with Billie Jean (David Archuleta's Imagine came too early), Fantasia with Summertime, Jordin Sparks with I Who Have Nothing, Carrie Underwood with Alone. 
3174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on: June 01, 2010, 01:05:29 AM
Just saw the trailer today with PoP, absolutely hilarious, like Nick and Norah meets Kill Bill meets Street Fighter IV.  The one thing I didn't hear clearly was it 7 or 70 ex-suitors he had to defeat?
3175  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: May 30, 2010, 08:57:30 PM
I thought i read somewhere you'd have only a single companion/hero, but i could be imagining that.
3176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 30, 2010, 08:52:41 PM
No idea, i just took my extra mojo and bought a nice prison!

They said something about better widescreen but i haven't noticed the difference.
3177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: May 30, 2010, 12:28:38 AM
I recently upgraded my AV receiver to one that is "ready for the future" (supports 3D and 6 HDMI ports). I got the bluetooth adapter for it as well. I also recently bought the L5 add-on infrared remote piece that I had mentioned a long time ago.

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

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

I should mention that all this works on the iPhone/iPod Touch as well!
3178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 28, 2010, 11:42:00 PM
Both have already signed, Lee with RCA and Crystal with Jive.  Cant wait to see what they put out.  If it were up to me I'd make them do a bunch of duets smile

http://americanidolizing.com/gossip/American-Idol-2010-Crystal-Bowersox-and-LeeDeWyze-sign-record-deals-2584828.html
3179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 28, 2010, 06:20:28 PM

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

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

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

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

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

On the plus side, I've purchased a few of his recorded songs from iTunes and I think he sounds absolutely fantastic.  "A Simple Man" really won me over and he sounds amazingly improved on Beautiful Day than he did live.  What he lacks in experience and artistry he makes up for with a great raw singing voice (better than Cook and Daughtry if you ask me) that can hopefully be developed over time.
3180  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: May 27, 2010, 08:53:16 PM
More info on how they are fleshing out individual vs. world storylines.  If they can pull half of this stuff off effectively it will very likely become my favorite MMORPG of all time.

http://www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/personal-stories/personal-story-overview/
3181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Guild - Web Show and Comic on: May 27, 2010, 08:52:12 PM
I watched the first half of Season 1 and enjoyed it thus far.

The comic book, for those interested, is actually the prequel story - telling how she became involved in the game and guild from the very beginning, so it's set at least a year or 2 prior to the series.   thumbsup
3182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 27, 2010, 08:10:34 PM

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

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

I checked and it was indeed the one I was most impressed by.  I think Fuzz wins the most full/rich town, but raven definitely has the most inspired design.  I love how there's very distinct areas, a farm with the barn and crops, a forest area with the dragon's lair, etc etc.  Brilliant!!!
3183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 27, 2010, 08:04:14 PM

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

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

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

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

In the end I'm very happy Lee won, and I hope he's lucky enough to come across some good material that fits his voice.  I wouldn't underestimate his future success, as he may be more moldable than some of the others, and that might actually give him an edge in terms of getting a few hits.  We'll see.
3184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 27, 2010, 12:28:09 AM

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

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

I'm not sure if yours was the one I noticed recently that looked absolutely wonderful, like a real town I'd want to live in.  If it was, then kudos!!!! 
3185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: May 27, 2010, 12:27:22 AM

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

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

Nooooo!!!  The town of Wonderpug has been destroyed, say it ain't so!
3186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: They've announced the Ultimate PC Game: American Idol on: May 27, 2010, 12:25:41 AM
I thought this would be an RPG. 

Choose your class:

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

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

Face off against bosses like Kara, Ellen, Randy and the dreaded Simon.  Special bosses like Paula who can drive you insane with inane banter, and the guy who writes the horrible winner's song.
3187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 26, 2010, 11:33:18 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 26, 2010, 03:13:35 PM

Well IMO Crystal killed Lee last night on songs 1 and 3 and she would have won Simon Fuller's pick if the costume department and Bandzilla hadn't sabotaged her with an unflattering dress and a overwhelming sound that she had to try and sing over, as it was I'd say she did no worse than Lee did on his Fuller song.  Crystal got back to what made her a front runner on her last song "Up to the Mountain" which I felt may have been the performance of the season and peaking at the end, being a Bowersox fan I was happy it turned out that way.  I'm not sure she will win but she did all she could to make it happen, the tweenagers will decide the outcome again and it will probably be Lee.  No matter as I think we all won when there was no coronation song about puppies crapping rainbows while dancing with unicorns in a field of lavender.

I thought Lee seemed incredibly nervous and his song choices were weaker in general, and he sang out of tune time and again.  Pretty much any U2 song would have been a better choice for him, sigh.  But I thought he killed last week on both songs and in some ways might have won the competition the previous week.

Crystal - honestly for me she got shriekier and more difficult to listen to as the weeks went by, though artistically and performance-wise I felt she dominated last night's competition.  Based only on last night she clearly deserved to win.  Still I should mention although people clearly loved her "Up on the Mountain" - I really felt ironically it was weaker in comparison to Kelly Clarkson's version from Idol Gives Back a few years ago.  Crystal lacked the soulfulness and depth that Kelly's had, though technically it might have been better.  I thought it was odd she would end up with a song that the premiere American Idol had killed recently.  I don't know what other Idol fans thought, but for me all it did was remind me how impressed I was with Kelly.

Anyway, it all makes for an interesting finale in an otherwise uneventful season.  Crystal was the clear frontrunner, is clearly the stronger and more confident performer/singer/artist, clearly won the finale singoff, and had the important second spot in the finale (I heard the percentage of winners is much higher if they got the second spot).  But does she have what you ultimately need to win, the voting blocks?  I thought she was in the bottom 3 once or twice, I may be remembering wrong, but I do recall Lee was not once in the bottom, indicating he has enjoyed a strong voting core from day one.  I'd imagine the cougar/tweens from Casey would more likely drift to Lee (this is hard to tell).  So even with his less than stellar performance last night, I'm going to guess he wins tonight.
3188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: May 26, 2010, 10:43:57 PM

Quote from: naednek on May 26, 2010, 04:50:21 AM

now that's how you do a Series Finale (looks at LOST) 

By negating everything the core characters did to expose the (previously side-character) wishy-washy President and having the entire last act feature her weeping and whining and threatening people, and then FINALLY have her get her act together to take responsibility?  They could have replaced her with Katherine Heigl and called it 24 - Dresses  icon_twisted  Bring back State Farm guy for Pres, please!!!!
3189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo 2 - 2010 on: May 25, 2010, 09:39:56 PM

Quote from: Fuzzballx on May 25, 2010, 03:27:53 PM

I hooked back up into Theamazonbasin D2 community and started playing hardcore on USEast again:)

Sweet Fuzz!  Interestingly AB was the first online "guild" I joined, even pre-dating Wanderers (but probably right around Gone Gold era)!  As I recall they were really a great bunch of people and I even had a serious crush on one of the guys I met there but that's a whole other story lol.  I'll have to check it out and see if I can still login there, it's been many years now.
3190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: May 25, 2010, 09:34:50 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on May 25, 2010, 01:05:21 PM

CHLOE YOU ROCK!! The first CTU director to not get the boot!! I was so glad to see her survive this season and I loved it when Jack thanked her. Very touching.  crybaby

Definitely a nice scene and I was happy to see Chloe get some good action and recognition throughout the finale.

However I have to say as a *series* finale I was disappointed in the second hour as a whole, which felt to me like it was extremely Kiefer-lite.  Not that the Pres, Hassan, Logan and Chloe didn't deserve screen time or didn't deliver, but I felt like if these were the final minutes of the 24 series, I wanted to spend them with Jack/Kiefer.
3191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 25, 2010, 08:45:26 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on May 25, 2010, 08:37:31 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 25, 2010, 08:29:45 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 25, 2010, 07:50:09 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 25, 2010, 03:27:32 PM

When Juliet said "it worked", in her last moments of life, she was smiling and actually in the moment of the vending machine with Sawyer in the sideways purgatory.  And based on what Christian shared with Jack in the finale, it does support the idea that they created the sideways purgatory by detonating the bomb, and that their purgatory exists simultaneously, but without the limitation of time. 

I still have more questions about the sideways purgatory.  Christian seemed to imply that everything Jack experienced was real, which would include his purgatory experience.  Even if Jack's son was a prop, so to speak, he was still a major experience for Jack, just like Ben's purgatory experience with Alex and her mom.  It almost seems like they can seek more redemption in the sideways purgatory (if they want), before "feeling ready" to let go.  That would give their purgatory a little more meaning than a fake world filled with empty husks of people that are not real.  There were a lot of things that occurred in the purgatory world this season that seemed to have a lot of meaning to the characters. 

Actually, I was pretty sure Christian said that the self-created world was not real, but everything else was.  However, that doesn't mean it didn't have any impact for the characters.

No, he said it was all real. Everything from what had happened on the Island to what was happening in the church and the people who were there. Cuse and Lindelof have also clearly said that both realities were real.

They can't both be real. Christian couldn't possibly be alive.. not even in that 'reality'. They had to all been dead and in some kind of purgatory. That's how I read it.

Well "alive" and "dead" are all relative once you are talking about limbo/purgatory, aren't they?  His "body" wasn't in the casket so why couldn't he be "alive" - at least in the sense that he could lead Jack to where he needed to be.

I like this write-up someone sent me, but I would add/change to it Tilt/Roguetad's contention that the sideways/purgatory world was not a subconscious creation but an "actual"/parallel/split one from Juliet's successful blowing up of the bomb.  In some ways this is just semantics but it is more satisfying for me this way.

http://lostmediamentions.blogspot.com/2010/05/someone-from-bad-robots-take-on-finale.html
3192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo 2 - 2010 on: May 25, 2010, 01:04:43 AM

Quote from: heloder on May 23, 2010, 09:19:37 PM

Yeah but the gameplay itself has remained exactly the same from what I can remember. There have been plenty of changes to skills like I said. And yes, they occasionally implement a new encounter like the one mentioned above. It's a shame they only allow you to play them on Battle.net though (unless you mod the game). I personally don't care at all about online play, but I've had a lot of fun with D2 on SP and LAN.

Your comments are interesting to me, and in some ways I think really express just how great a game Diablo 2 is/was.  Because it clearly was so completely a different game to different people.  On the one hand you can appreciate it as a single player, maybe 15-20 hour journey with 5 acts, get to around level 30 and "finish" the game and be done with it.  On the flip side, you can explore every class, try a gazillion different builds, play Hardcore mdoe, min/max your points, play countless hours into Hell difficulty and beyond, trade and farm online for the uber-est of all uber gear, do cow runs, etc etc. - there's literally hundreds of hours of replay value for the real fanatic.  

When I personally think of D2, and D2 "gameplay" - I think about skills, skill choices, creative builds, optimizing gear, completing that new runeword - so the changes that were made over the last patches seem pretty huge when I read about them.  And for me, the game was really all about MP in Battle.net; it was actually the first game that got me into online gaming and eventually MMORPGs.  I don't know if there's much of a "community" these days, but back when I played, I loved the whole idea of an online economy, all supply and demand based, established through the closed server system.  

- - -

Anyway, I made it through Act I yesterday and aside from the graphics, I have to say the gameplay and game balance are still just top notch even discounting the game is over 10 years old.  I really don't think any other clone has put together such a complete and well thought out/detailed game.  In just the first few hours of play, I had reached level 14, taken out the first boss, levelled/outfitted my custom hireling, "imbued" a weapon, tried out 5 or 6 different skills en route to my custom Bow-Trapper build, found 2 unique items, 2 set items, a number of rares and a bunch of magic ones.  I have runes and jewels and gems to slot into items as well.  Just a very well rounded experience overall.  Diablo 3 cannot come soon enough.
3193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 25, 2010, 12:46:59 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 24, 2010, 11:03:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 24, 2010, 07:14:14 PM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on May 24, 2010, 07:00:17 PM

My biggest problem with the sideways world is that it seemed to make the bomb meaningless. What was the point?

The bomb made the alternate reality. From what the show has shown us, it wouldn't have existed without it. This is what Christian referred to when he said that this was the reality they had made for themselves. The Losties created a paradox, and the only way the universe managed to make that work out without collapsing was to make two separate timelines, one where the bomb exploded and one where it didn't. The timeline where the majority of the series takes place is the one in which the bomb DID explode.


I'm not sure that's right.  I think the bomb was a red herring, so far as the sideways world goes.  Obviously a significant event in the life of the island and the redemption of Jack, I think we were meant to think it caused things to go sideways, but in the end, it turned out it didn't.

I think the writers pretty much wanted to leave things like this vague so that people like us would wonder and discuss it forever  saywhat  Basically everything is "open for interpretation."  I've seen a number of people who interpreted the ending (particularly the last shots of the broken plane on the island) as the entire series being a last second fever dream of Jack's, with the plane crash killing everyone aboard so effectively nothing in the series actually "happened."  Now personally I don't buy that one at all, as I think they made plenty of things clear enough to debunk that theory.  Still, I think it's awesome that one person would view it that way and for others I talked to it never even occured to them. 

Personally I like Tilt's explanation more and more as it fits more into how I was feeling and kind of combines the religious/mystical aspects with the sci-fi aspects in a more or less satisfying way.
3194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 24, 2010, 06:47:13 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 24, 2010, 06:29:57 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 24, 2010, 06:19:03 PM

Also wondering if Kate got any redemption when you Kate-haters with her kick-assery of Lockemonster?

No. I still hate Kate.  icon_twisted

Good to know that reality is based on a rock sitting on a pedestal. So were Ben and Hurley the last two on the island? Sounds like Hurley got the boring phase of the island guarding.

Not in my imaginary sequel.  Notice Jack was wearing a BLACK shirt when he "died"?  Remind you of anything else?  Black Smoke Monster resurrects in the form of JACK.  BlackJack!  But he's dark and he wears a creepy mask like Jack from 24.  The sequel follows Hurley and Ben vs. BlackJack!  Back in the "real" world, Kate realizes she should never have left, causing her to become a drunk and whine "we have to go back".  She gets the "new" Oceanic 6 - Miles, Lawnmower Man, CrazyClaire, Sawyer, herself and Richard to return to the island one more time for a final battle against BJ.  BJ converts Rose and Bernard and Vincent to his side, and resurrects Tina Fey, Michael and TallWalt to form his new A-Team.  Desmond falls down a well. AGAIN!  Who will win this ultimate battle of Survivor, I mean Lost II ?!?!?
3195  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Dark Age of Camelot 2 on: May 24, 2010, 06:42:33 PM
Damn you CK!

Anyway, as long as they have an updated Theurgist that can summon better looking walking poop, I'm ALL IN!!!!
3196  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The Guild - Web Show and Comic on: May 24, 2010, 06:41:12 PM
Has anyone followed this at all?  It follows the stories of a guild of people both from "real life" and in their MMORPG guild.

http://www.watchtheguild.com/

I just picked up the comic book the other day and found it quite intriguing.  Apparently it's been running as a webisode show for quite some time.
3197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legend of the Seeker, Season 2 on: May 24, 2010, 06:22:32 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on May 24, 2010, 03:01:09 PM

That kid was creepily good.

Yeah I loved him!

So much happened it was a bit overwhelming, and I have to admit I was a bit mentally distracted by the Lost finale and Laker game coming, so I kind of rushed through it.  Felt like non stop action.

All in all I'd say it wrapped up about as good as you could hope from a series like this.  I'm glad they got to resolve the Richard-Kahlan romance even if it was just with a quick one liner, as it gives the series a decent closure.  I wish they'd given it another couple seasons though, as it was tons of fun.
3198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 24, 2010, 06:19:03 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on May 19, 2010, 09:50:39 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 19, 2010, 09:14:01 PM

Which is why he won't remain the guardian for very long. Jacob foreshadowed this with his reply to Jack's question about how long he would have the job by saying "For as long as you can." He will die in some self-sacrificing way so that someone else can take over long term. It was also amusing to have Jacob tell Kate "It's just some chalk on a cave wall. If you want the job you can have it." given all the drama surrounding who's name was on the list and whether it was crossed out or not.
 
Also, Hurley's "I'm glad it wasn't me" comment might need to be revisited before all is said and done. smile

I said the same thing to my friends - good call!

Also wondering if Kate got any redemption when you Kate-haters with her kick-assery of Lockemonster?
3199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 24, 2010, 06:17:42 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 24, 2010, 04:12:32 PM

Why did they need to remember each other and require connection awakenings in their created purgatory life?  Wouldn't they just know each other?  And in the purgatory life, formerly known as the alt timeline, why would they make their existence so mundane?  While they were waiting for the entire gang to arrive at the bus stop, they were acting out pretend afterlife lives, even having babies, going to jail, getting drunk.  

Ultimately, they needed Jack to get on the bus so they could all depart?  Also, was any of the purgatory stuff real?  Like Jack having a son?  It seemed like after the characters had their awakenings, they entered a knowing state of enlightenment.  After Locke had his awakening, he told Jack, "You don't have a son."  

I'm just struggling with some of the Island>Purgatory>Afterlife concepts, and trying to make sense of how they fit together.

I enjoyed all of the relationship awakenings, and thought they handled those really well.  The season 6 Island stuff concluded decently enough, complete with a Star Trek fist fight.  I wasn't really wild about how they ended the series though.  A cast reunion at the afterlife bus stop was not what I was hoping for.      

I'm still kind of where you are, though overall I'm happy with the ending.  I have the sense no matter what they did it would have been impossible to satisfy me, because I just loved the show so much and was terribly, horribly emotionally invested in it.  Oddly enough I shed more tears during the recap episode than I did during the finale, which left me almost hollow while I was watching it.  I think I was just so nervous about how the end was actually going to end that my emotions were a wreck.  I couldn't fall asleep for hours afterward and in fact I feel more emotional about it now as I write about it than I did while watching.

But back to your post, yeah, I also have problems with the logistics and significance of the purgatory events.  I think Tilt's explanation above was very satisfying, but a few things like Jack's son really are a dilemma for me.  I get the whole "letting go" motif, but he was only able to let go after reconciling with an imaginary son?  I guess I kinda get that... or not.  And the stuff with Kate on the run again, how did that help her let go? 
3200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 24, 2010, 06:42:45 AM
Holy crap, I'm gonna need some time to digest all that. 

I think i was most surprised at how not surprised i was at everything that unfolded.  Not that i predicted any of it per se, but it just kind of felt very fitting for the series to end this way.  I cant say i was completely satisfied but i never really thought I would be, so even that is fitting.  Given that it was in no way a horrible letdown, Lost now stands as my favorite TV series ever.  I am going to miss it tremendously.
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