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3201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 07:19:16 PM
Damn this price structure is just tempting enough to whet my appetite!  Must.... resist....
3202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 06:56:22 PM
I guess they really are going straight for the jugular against Kindle, ouch!!!
3203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 06:42:53 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 27, 2010, 06:31:42 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 27, 2010, 06:29:47 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 27, 2010, 06:25:46 PM

Looks slick, but how are they gonna market this thing.  It's a big iphone without the phone.

Uhhh hasn't that been covered a bunch of times already?  It's the space between the iPhone and a full laptop/desktop, eventually replacing newspapers, magazines, books - and likely becoming your primary home web browser and email client.  I could go on and on but I won't because I know how people hate when I keep revealing I am an Apple fanboy icon_wink

Yes that's Apple's line, but I'm not getting the draw here.

I'm sure there will be many people like you who won't see the draw at first but might get interested later, and there will likely be some haters that will always refuse to recognize the potential.  But keep in mind it took some time for the iPod, and later the iPhone to really move to a more mass appeal status.  My guess is it will take about a year or so before this really sinks into the mainstream population.  I think a lot of people will be skeptical at first until they see how their friends, colleagues, schoolmates, etc are using the device in their everyday lives - but again it will take some time for that kind of market penetration to occur.

For early adopters though, it's like a wet dream.  You don't know how long I've been waiting for a decent slate/tablet like device - I actually own one of the original old Newtons lol.  Every single one (and I'd include things like larger PMPs from Archos and UMPCs) has failed in one aspect or another, all the way up through the Archos 9 I recently purchased (reviewed in Hardware/Software).

My prediction: this style of device is going to be the next-gen of computing, possibly overtaking the netbook and low-end laptop market over time (a few years or so).  If the majority of people use their netbooks/laptops for browsing, media, light gaming, email - why not use a device that is even handier, lighter and (theoretically) easier to use?    
3204  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 27, 2010, 06:33:46 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 27, 2010, 02:57:27 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 27, 2010, 02:52:31 PM

The difference with Sam though was it ultimately was a ploy by the bad guys who then executed the useless sub characters. Which was orders of magnitude awesome. I hope something similar happens here bu I'm suspecting that won't be the case. Just a feeling. And I'm all over Dark Renee. Not sure what that says about me though.

Also Sam only left CTU once during the entire season and that was for 5 minutes when he got mugged. Other than that he was balls to the walls mean with his managerial style. Really his silly plot twist only lasted 2 episodes and then it was done.

Plus it ultimately set up his awesome sacrifice scene which looked like it could have been pulled straight from Lord of the Rings - the 24 Edition. 

I'm not saying it's the same exact plotline, it just feels soooo familiar.  Hopefully they will go a completely different direction with Starbuck and surprise us.
3205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 06:29:47 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 27, 2010, 06:25:46 PM

Looks slick, but how are they gonna market this thing.  It's a big iphone without the phone.

Uhhh hasn't that been covered a bunch of times already?  It's the space between the iPhone and a full laptop/desktop, eventually replacing newspapers, magazines, books, of course also much nicer for mobile watching videos/TV shows/movies on-the-go - and likely becoming your primary home web browser and email client.  I could go on and on but I won't because I know how people hate when I keep revealing I am an Apple fanboy icon_wink
3206  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 06:25:21 PM
I can't believe they really went with the "iPad" name because all I can think of is that post someone made here earlier with the tampon or whatever that was lol.

The device looks a little too large to me, kind of surprising how big the borders around the screen are.  Just a very initial impression though.

I'm not too surprised about the Flash - if this is using iPhone OS, though of course it would be disappointing if there's no long range plan to get it in.
3207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 26, 2010, 09:47:02 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 26, 2010, 04:02:26 PM

Starbuck is the new Kim. Her storyline is ridiculous and completely unnecessary. I think I may impose the KB rule of fast forwarding through all of her scenes.

Yeah what a waste of Starbuck.  Though I suppose the actress herself might enjoy playing a more hapless character rather than always being a tough kickass or psycho like in Bionic Woman.  Worst part of this plot is it seems way too similar to the season with Sam where he kept getting pulled out of the office to deal with some home situation and he eventually compromised CTU.

The main plotline is definitely suffering, I agree.  But two words keeps the season entertaining: DARK RENEE.  She kind of grew on me by the end of last season but this one she's lots of fun.  And even better, next week's preview has Dark Renee going.... DARK!!!
3208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Deep End on: January 26, 2010, 09:36:59 PM
I watched it and was only mildly interested even though I do like that Matt Long kid.  It was billed as a "Grey's Anatomy with lawyers" but I didn't really get that feel.  I'll give it another week or 2, but I may have to bump it for Survivor.
3209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 26, 2010, 09:35:43 PM

Quote from: kathode on January 26, 2010, 09:21:18 PM

I'm betting in the $600-$800 range.  I don't think they'll go over regular mac pricing with it.  Could definitely see myself being wrong though.

I'm guessing $899-999 for the base model(s) perhaps with different amount of memory, then maybe some incredibly annoying Verizon subsidy ($40/month unlimited data) that takes $200-300 off, which would get you pretty close to the Apple nut guy's rumor.
3210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 26, 2010, 12:04:02 AM
I was with Verizon when they first announced the iPhone.  I bitched and moaned forever but finally gave in.  AT&T coverage in general I knew would be worse, but oddly enough in a couple of key spots it was actually much better than Verizon.  For instance my office is in a basement type area and got no Verizon signal.  But somehow I get a full 5 bars of AT&T.  Also whever I was at the beach (usually once a week) Verizon signal would die completely, but usually with AT&T I could manage a call or text.  Very odd.

Anyway, I'm actually hoping the Tablet won't come with any partnering, or at least an option to just be wireless only.  I don't know if I can handle a whole big round of phone provider changing and anguish again.  Honestly I wish there would be more engineering investment in just having wireless available everywhere and phasing out these annoying phone companies and their stupid 2-year contracts.
3211  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a term on: January 25, 2010, 11:58:31 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 25, 2010, 11:24:25 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on January 25, 2010, 08:23:41 PM

There's a term for a person's consciousness being put into a computer.  I can't think of what it is and it's killing me.

Immortality?  Well, at least until the warranty expires.  paranoid

That was the whole concept of Dollhouse!
3212  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Legion on: January 25, 2010, 11:06:33 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 25, 2010, 04:33:35 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on January 24, 2010, 04:22:44 PM

And whoever is the main character Jeep...ya, that guy needs to stop acting ASAP because not only cant he deliver a single line, but he looks like a mongoloid.

Lucas Black.  I'm curious to see this even more because that kid was an amazing child actor on such things as American Gothic and Sling Blade.

I thought he did a decent job - it wasn't like the script required that much of him.  The one scene that required some decent acting (where Paul Bettany gives him his speech) I thought he pulled through and held his own.  And I don't think he looks like a mongoloid, I thought he looked just fine.
3213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pandorum on: January 24, 2010, 09:10:44 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 21, 2010, 03:32:33 PM

I didn't think it was awful, but i did find it be a bit derivative of The Descent.  It wasn't nearly as original as I'd hoped it would be.

Wow, I finally saw this last night and loved it!  Then again my standards are probably pretty low these days as I have been desperately craving some new sci-fi, and more accurately I've been craving a horror/scifi movie with an at least hopeful ending.  I've watched a bunch of really crappy horror movies of late (not on purpose, just by chance) and for some reason they all seem to be ending with everyone (protagonists included) dying or the whole thing being a trick or some other reversal or whatever.  

Anyway, back to Pandorum.  Definitely a combo of Descent, Sunshine and maybe Aliens.  I did like the opening with the confusion factor - as mentioned a bit like Cube or Saw.  But after that, I wasn't thrilled with the rest of the first half hour or so visually, which just felt literally way too dark - dark as in so dark I couldn't see or tell what the heck was supposed to be happening in a number of the sequences.  The (in some ways needless) cheap scares were kind of hit and miss because of this, since half the time I couldn't really see anyway so I'd miss what was supposed to be set up to scare me.  I was intrigued by the premise enough, though, to be nervous they were never going to bother explaining the backstory and plot and just make the whole movie one "jump out and scare you" moment to the next.  To my pleasant surprise, they actually did fill in the storyline and had reasonable explanations for pretty much everything (though I was still a bit confused about some of the plot elements).

All in all, I thought it was a nice addition to this sub-genre of sci-fi/horror (end of earth send a ship out to save humanity but get stuck with creepy killers on the ship) and I will probably watch it again at some point to fill in the missing pieces of the story (or see if they are actually there).  I thought the plot was reasonably intelligent enough with just the right amount of mystery and "twist" to it.  It could have used some lightening up, both literally and figuratively, but all in all I felt like it satisfied something I have been missing for quite a while, particularly with the conclusion.  The acting was all solid (Dennis Quaid twice in one day for me lol!), there's a couple of nice fight sequences, and the direction well done.  Effects were decent enough and kept minimalist by using a lot of darkness.  Some of the gross out stuff was a bit over the top but not horrible or Saw-esque.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I admit to be a sucker for a happy ending, and even though it was a mostly tragic and pretty gross story, at the very least our hero and heroine survived to the end and the finale gave you some hope for the future.
3214  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand [new TV series] on: January 24, 2010, 02:36:02 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 23, 2010, 11:11:41 PM

I'm not impressed with the first episode. The show has promise, but only if they stop all of the fucking slow-mo and blood sprays (and stop magically manifesting tears in people's faces in less than a second). I don't think I exaggerate when I say that roughly 1/4 of the episode was in slow motion. That effect can be cool, but only when it's used sparingly and as an exception, not a rule.

On the other hand, it's refreshing to see a show with full frontal and swearing that isn't on HBO.

Agreed on all accounts.

The sad part was I found myself just wondering the whole time how much money HBO must have spent on Rome to make it look so good, because this just looked like a cheap production in a number of sequences.  Now a part of this was due to my watching on a new TV that apparently needs some adjusting (it's making a lot of HD stuff like kind of cheesy).  But for the most part it just made me want to rush out and buy the Blu-Ray of Rome and re-watch it.  I'm hoping the show will get better once he becomes a full slave/gladiator.  But more than that I'm hoping A Game of Throne won't suck (luckily on HBO)!
3215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Legion on: January 24, 2010, 02:32:57 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 24, 2010, 02:29:24 AM

Is the ice cream guys as freaky as in the trailer?!!?!

Yeah but sadly he's hardly in it.  Ditto to old lady (who gets a bit more screen time).  On a side note I was at the supermarket afterwards and a couple of old ladies there totally creeped me out.
3216  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Giving blowjob can be good for your health on: January 24, 2010, 02:31:00 AM

Quote from: Mithridates on January 23, 2010, 01:08:36 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 22, 2010, 10:17:32 PM


I'm pretty good at this (or so I've been told) so any GTers wanna get in line?   icon_twisted  Tongue

Yes, we know you are gay.  Congrats.  Why does it seem like you have to include that in every post?

I was thinking about this all day and idly wondered just how often it comes up (no pun intended) that I insert (no pun intended) some sort of gay-related comment into my posts.  I know there have been times in the past where I've consciously tried to not do it so much in case it came across annoying or offensive.  Generally I'm just trying to relax and have fun here like I would with my friends.  And come on, a topic like this one is like a huge piece of bait. 

But anyway, I just went back and skimmed through my last 100 posts on these collective forums (I post all throughout GT in a wide variety of topics).  Guess what I found?  A total of FIVE posts (and a couple of them were arguably non-overt) made direct reference to my being gay.  Which kind of begs the question why it would feel like to you that I am including it in "every post".  Food for thought.
3217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Legion on: January 24, 2010, 02:15:49 AM
OK I just came back from seeing Legion.  Honestly I had a pretty good time and thought it was a decent, fun movie for this sub-genre (keeping in mind I was a fan of The Prophecy way back when and am one of the few people I know of who liked Constantine).  It's an interesting combination actually of a few different genres, the battling angels mixed with some apocalyptic future melded with the bunch-of-strangers meet in a diner scenario (Identity-ish).  It also evokes comparison to a number of traditional zombie flicks as well as, oddly enough, the first Terminator.  The lead actress does a nice job of evoking Linda Hamilton from T1 in her narration sequences.

The ensemble cast is pretty much as good as you could ask for in a B movie of this type.  Fans of television (and movies) will have a blast trying to figure out where they recognize the various cast members from.  I had to rush back to IMDB to figure out that Willa Holland was Kaitlin from The OC.  Anyway, they all do a decent job with what they are given, treating the material with just enough weight and seriousness without going too far over the top.  You could argue some or all of them are a bit wasted in this scenario, and I'd probably have to agree.  It's tough in these ensemble pieces to choose between having more familiar faces or giving more screen/story time to less people.  I personally would have reduced the cast by maybe 1 or 2 and beefed up the backstories to allow the audience to invest more in the remaining cast members.

I was surprised to actually enjoy some of what I assume critics hated, the slower talky portions of the movie.  I thought a couple of the speeches were actually sold pretty well by Paul Bettany, and I enjoyed his interaction with Keamy (Kevin Durand from Lost).  The more I see that actor, the more I like him.  He makes for a great villain or anti-hero/villain.  And because of my personal familiarity with some of the cast members (such as Kate Walsh of Grey's Anatomy/Private Practive), I think I had a little extra investment in them in advance.

I'm going to go out on a huge limb here and say I think I actually enjoyed this movie (upon leaving the theater) more than I did Avatar.  It had many of the same negative elements (a plot we've seen before, mix of copycat-ish action/serious sequences, sacrificial sub-characters, predictable sub-plots, some preachy context) and yet I didn't come out of it feeling annoyed by them.  I think script-wise they did a better job keeping it tight and less pretentious, and unlike Avatar they give most of the ensemble memorable (or at least relevant) end sequences plus the "villain" is more multi-faceted and definitely gives a more interesting and nuanced performance.

All in all, a decent setup/script, some fun and funny moments, a good cast, and a few good angel battle action sequences.  I wish they hadn't given away some of the more otherwise surprising moments in the movie, as that would have made it even more enjoyable.
3218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Giving blowjob can be good for your health on: January 23, 2010, 09:59:37 PM
Sorry just having fun here. I will try to contain myself. Bit the fact is I think if you track and read ALL my posts you'll see that a very small percentage contain gay content. I think I am just as profusive (or offensive) with Apple fanboyism and Diablo and Lost and MMO etc topics.
3219  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Giving blowjob can be good for your health on: January 22, 2010, 10:17:32 PM

I'm pretty good at this (or so I've been told) so any GTers wanna get in line?   icon_twisted  Tongue
3220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown on: January 22, 2010, 10:16:08 PM
They're launching their whole lineup coinciding with the Apple Tablet (also on the 27th)  icon_razz
3221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Hardware Shortage? on: January 22, 2010, 10:13:50 PM
I was just debating over lunch whether to pick up a new "slim" PS3 (vs. a Blu-Ray player); I like the new form factor and the built in wireless should be nice for where I want to put it.  I went to Best Buy and they had zero in stock.  I could swear there were a bunch not too long ago but perhaps it was my imagination.  The guy tells me they may be getting more in tonight and I should come by and put my name on one or something.  I was like, uhhhh OK is it 2006 again?

So I went back and checked their website, and they simply don't tell you stock info for the PS3.  I then checked Target and they were out of stock everywhere.  EBgames had 1 listed in some weird place many many miles away.  Amazon says in stock on 1/24 and says it is in "great demand".  I'm sure I can get one if I order online, but I was just a bit surprised they weren't more reasily available.  In contrast, BB had a ton of 360s in every shape and package.

So did I miss something?  When did the PS3 become so hot again?  Or is this some weird ploy by Sony?
3222  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 22, 2010, 10:05:43 PM
One more to recommend for word game fans:


It's a bit like Tetris mixed with Boggle.  Basically you have letters falling down but you can tap them in any order to make words.  Luckily (or not) you don't have to move them all together to fall in place (though  that could be an interesting variation).  The letters are in colorful balls that just kind of bounce around and fall where they may.  It's a fairly simple concept but the graphics and sound effects make for an overall enjoyable experience.
3223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: January 22, 2010, 09:43:03 PM
Most extensive report on the Tablet I've seen yet, and from the Wall Street Journal no less!

3224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Legion on: January 22, 2010, 07:35:39 PM
I did a search and didn't come up with a thread for this - kind of surprised as I've been seeing the promos for months now.  Did I miss it?

So any takers?  Any reviews?

I'm on the fence as to whether to see it, though I am a fan of goofy fallen angel movies like The Prophecy and that Keanu Reeves one.
3225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: January 22, 2010, 07:33:33 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 21, 2010, 02:43:46 AM

What could be better than Joss Whedon directing an episode?  How about Dr. Horrible himself appearing in that same episode?  icon_cool

Sweet!!!  Now can we get Sarah Michelle Gellar too?!?!  I wonder if she can still fit into her old Buffy cheerleader outfit.
3226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Time Logged In on: January 22, 2010, 07:30:51 PM
7 days, 13 hours and 43 minutes.

On a side note, I'm now at 1.7 posts per day.  It feels like I average more than 2 a day but I guess I don't post as much on weekends and I tend to go through cycles where I'm on less depending how busy work is.
3227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 22, 2010, 07:28:33 PM
Shaky sounds good to me too, funny how just one letter makes such a big difference  icon_razz

I really wish these guys the best of luck, and hope we get a good game out of it in the long run.  And for the even longer run, would love to see them do well enough to get closed/secure servers.  Just out of curiosity, how hard/expensive would it be for some smart folk to set up a dedicated server for something like this - let's say Titan Quest for GT members only as an example.

I suppose if we wanted to set up our own closed "economy", we could do it by honor system and all agree to create characters/games only for use in the economy, maybe name them all with a -GT or something like that.
3228  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 21, 2010, 10:19:18 PM
Those FF screenies look sweet!

Another thumbs up here for Sword and Poker, it's a lot of fun and a perfect iPhone game.

I also noticed Sega is going to release an official emulator, so look for old Sega games coming soon.  I'm most excited about Shining Force.

- - -

Some recent utilities I'm trying:

iTreadmill - seems to do a decent job of tracking and counting your steps if you are into that kind of information

Air Mouse - neat app particularly if you are doing any kind of Home Theater PC setup, essentially turning your iPhone/Touch into a full featured wireless remote computer/control.  Also good for remote browsing.

Battery Doctor - I haven't got to try out it's "full cycle charge" maintenance yet, but it's a nice battery app regardless
3229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 21, 2010, 10:08:16 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 21, 2010, 12:50:07 PM

I forked out for the Legendary preorder (the $48 one). Considering the current exchange rates between Norwegian Kroner and USD it was cheap anyway, and I loved Titan Quest. I've also got a soft spot in my heart for indie developers, so I wanted to support this. Looking forward to trying the alpha whenever it's ready.


Quote from: skystride on January 21, 2010, 09:44:00 PM

There's just too many ifs' with this.  Even if they deliver a game, how do we know it will be any good?  Good teams often make terrible followups (anyone play Divine Divinity 2?).

Of course we have no idea if it will really be any good, but some times it's worth taking a gamble for a unique cause - and like Tilt, I have a soft spot for these kind of indie developments, particularly in my number one favorite game genre.  I would have done the same thing for the Torchlight guys, and essentially I did something similar for Hellgate.  At this point I'm just considering the money lost, like I gave it to a friend to do whatever he wants with it.  If it turns out I get everything that was promised and the game is good, I'll be thrilled.
3230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 21, 2010, 10:02:35 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 21, 2010, 04:52:59 PM

Quote from: Turtle on January 21, 2010, 04:45:52 PM

I'd buy in if they showed more progress on the game, just like I did with Natural Selection 2.
That is my biggest problem with it.  It just seems shady (for lack of a better term) to be asking for cash at this stage in their development.  I don't get the impression that this was their plan all along but has recently been implemented because they have cash flow issues.  Do they even have a back up plan?  I wish them luck, I liked Titan Quest well enough.  I'm just not willing to 'invest' in their project.

I totally understand your viewpoint, but I don't think "shady" is a proper term, because it implies they are deliberately trying to trick people into something.  They are simply asking for a 100% voluntary DONATION to help with their financials based purely on their reputation and past performance.  Anyone who participates should be intelligent enough to make the choice on their own whether they feel like donating to this project, and understand what the risk/reward ratio is for them. 

What if a group of GTers decided they were going to design a new game with every intention for it to be released in a few years?  Would it be "shady" or dishonest of them to ask for donations to help them with some funds at the outset?
3231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPhone: Words with Friends (free online scrabble) on: January 20, 2010, 11:22:47 PM
Here is my shining moment in this game (or any Scrabble-type game for that matter).  Silly, I know, but where else could I brag about something like this lol?

This game I was losing from the very getgo, and it got worse and worse as the game progressed.  I was down something close to around 90 points, maybe more.  Generally the games I've played with Annie have been extremely close, this was just one of those games where you get down early and never have a chance to recover.  But we kept it going and towards the end she did the word "THEN".  The spacing was such that I had an opportunity to build off of it, but I was just shy one letter.  I mentioned this to her in chat and then did some simple word without sacrificing any of the letters I needed - and lo and behold I got the letter I needed!  So now I was kicking myself for telling her about the spot, but generally we play pretty nice and she ended up leaving the spot open.  Next turn I played my masterpiece "AUTHENTIC" (top right corner) which crossed a triple and double word score for 96 points!  I actually felt a little guilty and I ended up winning the game as you can see. 

So that's my stupid little story, silly but it made my day  icon_razz

3232  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online? on: January 20, 2010, 10:24:46 PM

Quote from: skystride on January 20, 2010, 09:37:41 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 20, 2010, 08:43:17 PM

Edit: Real time and MMO don't mix well? Are you saying that most MMORPGs today are turn-based? In that case you might want to look up the definition of that word. Tongue Every single MMORPG I've seen so far has been real time. Just because there's a pause between attacks doesn't change that. For example, many first-person shooters give you guns that need to be charged for a few seconds between each shot (often against bosses that also have large pauses between their attacks). That doesn't make those games turn-based, so why should it for MMORPGs? (Using "ticks" to synchronize timing between the server and the client doesn't count as turn-based either)

Thank for the lesson but you know when he said "real time" he meant having to aim, block etc. in real time.  Otherwise he could have just said "I hope this game is like every other mmo".  Calculating hit detection, bounding boxes etc in real time with 500+ players (massively multiplayer right?) just doesn't work given today's technology.

It looks/sounds like APB is going to take a stab at something like this - though it is instanced, they are claiming 50v50 battles (with an overall server of 10000 people) using the Unreal Engine 3 as the baseline (so I assume gameplay will be FPS/action-like).  Still, 50 on 50 is clearly not 500 and we've yet to see if they can pull it off effectively.
3233  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Push on: January 20, 2010, 07:26:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 20, 2010, 05:20:54 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 09, 2009, 06:47:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 08, 2009, 03:36:33 AM

ooh, this is out already?  I got a Jumper vibe from the trailer, and since I loved Jumper I'll be going to see this too.

Yeah it was very similar to Jumper in many ways.  The whole idea of an underground society of super-powered folk and other powered folk trying to control/contain them, plus the way the movie felt like part 1 of 2 or a trilogy.  Jumper clearly had a bigger budget and better effects, but I personally felt Push was the better movie.  Better cast, story, and a much grittier feel.  Sadly, Push only made $10M this weekend so I doubt it will get a sequel made.

looks like there may not be a theatrical sequel, would a TV series do though?.

That would be cool!  I doubt they could get (shirtless) Chris Evans to be in it though.  Maybe his (shirtless, and gay) brother?
3234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Torchwood is getting Americanized on: January 20, 2010, 07:23:58 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 20, 2010, 04:49:13 PM

Supposedly, Jack may well be in the American one (same actor and everything).

Yeah but Fox will probably de-gay him (as well as stick him on Friday night at 9) mad
3235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Muscle March on: January 19, 2010, 11:11:39 PM
OMG, I can't believe I missed this thread!!!  That was awesome, thanks!!

BTW, what's up with that polar bear lol????
3236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 19, 2010, 10:11:53 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 19, 2010, 09:02:55 PM

Quote from: JayDee on January 19, 2010, 08:32:43 PM

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Go Freddie!!

...directly into the line of fire...or a meat grinder....or perhaps the path of an oncoming train?

I actually think he's been doing a good job as Cole so far.

I just look at him and all I see is him cruising down Boulevard with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I just get furious....HULK SMASH!

...i liked his dad, though.

I can never get over how awesome he was on his guess stint on Friends as a super-sensitive "manny."  Seriously they should have spun him off onto a sitcom based on that character, it was the only thing I've ever seen him in that he did a really good job with.
3237  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: nVidia Geforce 300/ GF100 info on: January 19, 2010, 07:30:21 PM
It's kind of interesting at this point for me to check out the latest bleeding edge cards.  There was a time not too long ago where I was tracking cards down to their release dates and always trying to get the latest.  Nowadays it just seems like it really doesn't matter.  Pretty much every game developer seems to develop to hit the lowest common denominator they can to maximize potential customers, so there's little incentive (IMHO) to nab the most powerful cards.  It's definitely helped me save money, but I kind of miss those days where the hardware could barely keep up with what the software guys wanted to do. 
3238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: White Knight, a PS3 RPG from Level 5 on: January 19, 2010, 07:17:33 PM
This looks very cool to me - I'll be getting it provided I can make sure my PS3 hooks up properly to the internet.
3239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 19, 2010, 07:09:50 PM
Go Freddie!!

This season has been interesting so far, every subplot seems to be something of a retread or remix of older plots.  But I almost feel like they are deliberately lulling us into complacency with familiar stories before something big changes/shifts to get to the real "meat" of the season.  Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.  I do think I'll like the "Dark Renee" story arc, hopefully they don't botch it up.
3240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: January 19, 2010, 07:06:15 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 18, 2010, 07:24:18 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 18, 2010, 07:21:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 18, 2010, 07:11:50 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 18, 2010, 07:04:15 PM

I thought it was supposed to be the 26th..... ALL THE RUMOURS ARE WRONG!!!

It was moved so as not to interfere with the season premiere of Lost  icon_wink

methinks you have your dates screwed up there little buddy.  Lost ain't nowhere to be found until February 2nd, where the Obama administration may mess with its premiere  Tongue

Apparently the subtlety of my humor was lost on the CK.  Oh well, I'll try harder next time.

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In the mean time, more interesting iTablet news, looks like gaming industry has been invited to the show - should be interesting for us gamers to see how gaming fits into Apple's plans given the success they've had on the iPhone and Touch.  Is World of Touchcraft coming soon?
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