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3241  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????
3242  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

Quote from: hepcat on January 19, 2010, 07:10:42 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 19, 2010, 07:09:50 PM

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.
3243  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. 
3244  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.
3245  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.
3246  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.

- - -

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?
3247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dollhouse Season 2 on: January 19, 2010, 07:02:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 19, 2010, 01:41:09 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 19, 2010, 01:32:07 AM

Quote from: warning on January 11, 2010, 10:59:41 PM

You mean Epitaph One right?  Epitaph Two hasn't aired.  Unless you're from... the future?

AFAIK, Epitaph: One is the name of the series finale.  Epitaph: Two was the unaired episode on the DVDs.  Given last week's events, I'm really curious to see if the finale will be in place of the unaired episode, consistent with it, or just ignores its existence.

you got it backwards; Epitaph One was the unaired episode of season 1, Epitaph Two is the finale.

Ahh, that makes more sense - but I guess the question then becomes whether 2 will acknowledge/follow the events in 1.
3248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dollhouse Season 2 on: January 19, 2010, 01:32:07 AM

Quote from: warning on January 11, 2010, 10:59:41 PM

You mean Epitaph One right?  Epitaph Two hasn't aired.  Unless you're from... the future?

AFAIK, Epitaph: One is the name of the series finale.  Epitaph: Two was the unaired episode on the DVDs.  Given last week's events, I'm really curious to see if the finale will be in place of the unaired episode, consistent with it, or just ignores its existence.

- - -

I would love to see an Alpha spinoff (on FX if necessary), where Alpha is more of an anti-hero type of character.  I think he deserves his own show.  Bring Victor and Pria along for the ride too smile
3249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First Mass Effect 2 teaser video on: January 18, 2010, 07:53:41 PM

Quote from: Asharak on December 13, 2009, 01:34:38 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 11, 2009, 09:23:43 PM

Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin? Tricia Helfer and Michael Hogan? Martin freakin' Sheen?!

And here I thought just getting Claudia Black for Dragon Age was impressive.

- Ash

Just saw that cast list, wow!  Went straight to a must buy for me smile

At least now we know what the actors in Chuck do during their down time while waiting for NBC to see if they are going to renew.
3250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 18, 2010, 07:43:39 PM
Is it recommended to get the Xbox version over the PC?  I never did play the original one, but I'm considering playing the sequel if it is still accessbile.  What do you think?
3251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate returns? on: January 18, 2010, 07:29:56 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 18, 2010, 04:50:03 PM

I like it better than Borderlands  eek.

Sweet, are you serious!?!  I thought I was one of the only fans of this game!  Would love to see it make some sort of comeback.
3252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Excruciating Tooth(less)ache - any thoughts? on: January 18, 2010, 07:25:43 PM
OMG, I just saw this - so sorry to hear about all this new round of pain Gratch, I cannot imagine (well actually I can) what you are going through.  I'm not exaggerating when I say reading it brought tears to my eyes.  I really hope the second root canal takes... 
3253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? 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
3254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 18, 2010, 07:20:25 PM
OK back to the show itself.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching the 2 hours, but the odd part is there was really less of an exciting plot set up than there has been in years past.  Or maybe the set up doesn't finish until tonight's 2 hours?  I mean honestly nothing really "big" happened so I guess there was much less dramatic impact in that sense.  

On the other hand, I really just flat out felt compelled to watch it and the 2 hours just blew right by.  I guess I really like all the cast and extras and the beginning sequence introducing Jack was very well done.  Then we get lots of my favorite Chloe "of course I can hack into everyone else's computer", Horace(!), Kim and her vampire husband, plus the Bionic Cylon Babe (BCB, uhhh wasn't her plot already done in one of the other seasons with the hobbit?), and FREDDIE PRINZE JR (w00t!!!  On a side note is it me or is he just incredibly pale?  I guess SMG likes her men to look like vampires).   All that and that redhead chick from last season hasn't even shown up yet!  I heard she was going to be "darker" this season so that should be fun.  
3255  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8: 4pm-6pm (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 18, 2010, 07:12:06 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on January 18, 2010, 06:51:43 PM

Who is the actor playing "Mike" (the RPG/hacker/fake cop/bad guy)? I can't place where I've seen him before and my google-fu is lacking today (I'm finding lots of the other guest actors, but I can't find him). It's making me crazy trying to remember where I've seen him before. smile

It's HORACE from Lost!!!!   Ack everyone already answered.

Also fun was seeing Stefan the vampire (Vampire Diaries) as Kim's husband playing "Stephen".  I'm hoping the second half of the season revolves around Jack trying to fight the vampire brothers who kidnap Kim and her daughter.
3256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: January 18, 2010, 07:04:15 PM
Here we go!!!!  Just 9 more days til announcement:
3257  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Archos 9 pctablet Impressions on: January 15, 2010, 07:34:31 PM
Finally up on my blog:

Long story short, don't get it unless you know exactly what you are getting into, in which case it seems like a solid buy  icon_smile
3258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: January 15, 2010, 12:43:46 AM

Quote from: soulbringer on January 14, 2010, 10:10:41 PM

Come on if you didnt love Pants on the Ground you must lookin like a fool with your pants on the ground.   thumbsup

LMAO!  I can't believe I forgot about that - you know he'll be back on the finale for sure.
3259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which car should I purchase? on: January 15, 2010, 12:42:36 AM

Quote from: Pharaoh on January 15, 2010, 12:34:53 AM

Wife bought a Ford Flex. When you get used to the length, its like driving a modern Woody. Very nice cars, lots of room and casual drive, but VERY long. I'm 6'4 and wide shoulders, and even I can sit comfortably.

This is all I saw in Panz's post:

"length"  "modern Woody"  "VERY long"  "6'4 and wide shoulders"


3260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: January 14, 2010, 07:13:05 PM
You know if he could just erase his whole Skiiboski attitude and shtick, I actually thought he was one of the best vocalists thus far.  But if he can't get over himself and all the drugs he's on, he won't last long in Hollywood.

That other "F- ya'll!!!" guy who kept singing was pretty funny.  Other than him and Skiiboski, kind of a forgettable night.
3261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck vs. Season 3 - Mondays 8/7C on NBC. on: January 14, 2010, 07:10:44 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 14, 2010, 07:21:00 AM

I understand people getting tired of the Chuck/Sarah thing, but it's definitely not very unrealistic.  i've been in a situation similar (except the spy part!) and it's not always as simple as people seem to think it should be. Tongue

WHAT?!?  You aren't a spy?!?!  You should have put that in a spoiler  ninja

I think often in these situations the writers/producers are simply afraid to put the 2 leads together for fear of the Moonlighting Effect (or Ross/Rachel or whatever you want to call it).  Somehow it ruins their chemistry or whatever, or more likely the writers just don't know how to write them once together.  The one place I've seen it done well is with Jim and Pam on The Office, where finally getting them together has actually been fine.  Of course you could argue they aren't the true leads in that show, so it doesn't matter as much.  But then I'd argue they just have better writers  icon_smile

As for Chuck, I'd have to agree with Thin_J that it is kind of hard to swallow that he wouldn't run away with Sarah given her hotness and the way the govt has treated him and his family over the course of the series.
3262  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: January 13, 2010, 07:12:39 PM
Kind of a ho-hum opener, with pretty much the same amount of loonies to good singers ratio.

The only good one that caught my attention was Katie something (she sang At Last), and then it was kind of amusing for me as the guy who followed her was named Joshua (names of my niece and nephew). 

None of the freaks stood out to me as much this year (maybe just the guy dressed kind of like Michael Jackson), so it was kind of boring all around.
3263  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: January 13, 2010, 07:09:33 PM
New rumors claiming the iSlate/Pad will be like the "iPhone on Steroids":

This is interesting to me in that if true, it would likely mean cheaper hardware/software (relative to hardware capable of running full OS X) and possibly a cheaper opening price.  Can't wait for the formal announcement!
3264  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Next Gen MMO Discussion Topics (now with SW:TOR!) on: January 13, 2010, 06:37:37 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 13, 2010, 03:44:56 AM

I know, I know, you probably meant the 3D technology but as a movie isn't Avatar as guilty as a WoW clone of being completely generic?

What pushes MMOs forward as a genre isn't story, it's technology/innovation in how we play. So yes, by my James Cameron comment I was talking about the way his new camera system/utilization of 3D moved films forward.

Definitely agreed on this.  The only thing I'd add as an adjunct is if the technology/innovation can inherently create "stories" based on historical parameters, that kind of "evolution AI" is something I would love to see.  So for example, the history of a given kingdom has it set in place that the King was murdered by one of his 5 sons, who has now taken the throne.  As the game world "starts" the 4 other brothers are all placed in different parts of the kingdom.  Some are married with their own kids as well.  Every character is built with AI parameters to set their personalities and goals, and starting conditions set their resources and abilities.  You can have wives that want their passive husbands to take the throne, or the kids coming of age and wanting power, etc etc.  Then you just let the engine run and see what happens.  Very much like The Sims 3 but on a far grander scale.  As players you either choose to get involved or you don't.  Watch the story unfold, or make your own goals and alliances and play them out.  Obviously the passage of time has to be carefully monitored - too slow and it's boring, too quick and players will miss out on too many key events. 
3265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whats your anagram name? on: January 12, 2010, 06:31:34 PM
I didn't get anything as cool as Anal Mad Lover, but here are my best ones:

Chair Radish
A Chard Irish
A Radish Rich
Chairs Hard I
Raid Ash Rich
A Hard Rich Is
Hard As Rich I

I have to admit I do like Chair Radish.  I think I'm going to call myself that from now on and see if it sticks.
3266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dollhouse Season 2 on: January 11, 2010, 09:47:57 PM
I have no idea where Joss is going with this, but man am I enjoying the ride.  Still trying to decide if all of what we've seen is still consistent with Epitaph: Two.
3267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck vs. Season 3 - Mondays 8/7C on NBC. on: January 11, 2010, 09:43:20 PM
I read Kristin Kreuk was indeed coming in as a new Buy More employee and love interest for Chuck to offset Brandon Routh and create a four-way love intersection.

I enjoyed the 2 eps not quite as much as I thought I would, but still was very happy to see the show back again.

I think my biggest problem with the "plot" was not being able to accept Chuck not taking Sarah up on her proposal, after all they'd been through and all he'd already seen.  It just didn't feel consistent with his love for her and maybe more importantly, what he's seen the govt capable of in the past.  This is the same govt that was ready to kill him last season and yet now he's willing to sacrifice the chance of a lifetime with the love of his life to work for them?
3268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bayonetta - from the Starshifter School of Design on: January 08, 2010, 06:51:58 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on January 08, 2010, 12:01:38 AM

I like the cutscenes because they are goofy, ludicrous, often times make no sense, and are just completely perfect for the insanity of this game.  I have no idea what's happening in some of them, I just appreciate the crazy. 

This!  As I mentioned earlier, I think the game is so heavily stylized (from the cutscenes to the music choices to the kitschy dialog) that it will alienate some players.  But what I love about it is that the developers clearly have a distinct vision and simply do not feel the need to cater to any particular audience or apologize for it.  So refreshing!
3269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: January 08, 2010, 06:45:22 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 08, 2010, 03:08:45 PM

Quote from: msteelers on January 08, 2010, 02:46:43 PM

I thought that the pacing in some of the middle seasons were off. They didn't know where to take the show, and it was obvious in the writing. Nothing was happening.

I'm sure watching them all back-to-back covered this a little bit, it always does help when a show has slow pacing. But watching them as they aired each week was rough.

I can agree with this somewhat.  Still during the 'lean' times the dialogue writing and character development were still top notch.  Not to mention the acting for the most part is some of the best in television.  The slow development of the story arc was  bit annoying though.

Agreed on both accounts.  The writers even acknowledged this in some of the interviews I saw.  Basically they had a very good idea of what their endgame was going to be like, but without knowing when that would take place, they essentially had to build in filler material (thus Paolo and Nicki!).  I'm one of those people, though, that doesn't mind the filler so much, as long as I like the acting, characters, general writing, direction, etc - similar to what Morlac says.  I know many people get impatient when the overall story arc doesn't flow well.

One good thing that came about their earlier meanderings - Ben.  The producers have definitely shown their flexibility in things like writing him in to become a major character.  Apparently he was orginally slotted for just a bit part but essentially won everyone over with his performance.  I can't imagine the show without him at this point.
3270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Trailer] Daybreakers on: January 08, 2010, 06:39:15 PM
I need some reviews!  Anyone see this?

I thought this was going to be a bigger deal, but given that it was shuffled into the January dumping ground with almost no fanfare (particularly with Legion and that Denzel movie both coming out as well), I'm wondering if I over-estimated it's appeal.
3271  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Tablet PCs on: January 08, 2010, 06:37:55 PM
Here's some cool Tablet stuff from nVidia:

Given what we now know smart and superphones (as well as iPod Touch) are capable of in a much smaller form factor, plus last year's Netbook revolution (indicating people like superportable ALOT if the price is right), and finally coupled with Apple's possible entry into the market, I think the time for Tablets is really, finally here.  The power and capability are close enough that they could serve as a catch-all piece of tech that you carry around everywhere, for work and/or entertainment.  Though you might argue your iPhone does all this already, I still think the Tablet size is important once you want to (eventually) replace or supplant paper media, particularly for things like meetings or discussions or reading over large documents, especially when more than one person is involved.  It's still hard to show someone something you are talking about on your iPhone without handing the whole thing over.

It's going to be interesting to see if the cheaper versions or high-end ones catch on first, but my guess is this is definitely the beginning of their rise. 
3272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: January 08, 2010, 12:49:10 AM

Quote from: msteelers on January 07, 2010, 10:04:28 PM

I like that in the interview the one writer talks about how the shitty episodes allowed them to get the end date from the studio, which in turn has allowed them to finish it and pace it out in such a way that the stories are actually good again.

So without those shitty episodes, these last few seasons wouldn't have been possible.

This will henceforth be known to me as The Dollhouse Effect.  I was discussing with a friend how much better Dollhouse was in its final episodes now that they were forced to bring the plots to a head and every episode was part of the core plotline as opposed to "filler."

- - -

Now, having seen most Lost episodes a minimum of twice, and most of them three times, I'd have to say I really don't recall there being any truly "shitty" episodes.   One of the eps that the producers called the worst was the Bai Ling/Tattoo episode, and honestly even though there were some horrible things about it, I loved the camp value Bai Ling brings, and plenty of naked Jack made the episode a must watch for me.  There were a few eps in the beginning of season 3 (I think) where Jack, Kate and Sawyer were trapped with the Others that at the time I found very annoying and aggravating - but having now watched them in sequence on Blu Ray, I felt they flowed much better and were actually fine in the overall scheme.  In fact this goes with some of S2 as well, once you watch it all without interruption (particularly with the beauty of Blu-Ray), it all flows much better.  Sure you can argue there is plenty of "filler" content in some of the awkward episodes (Nikki and Paulo anyone?), but for the most part the quality of the show has always been top notch, and even the worst episodes offered something enjoyable for the hardcore fans.
3273  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Tablet PCs on: January 08, 2010, 12:40:59 AM
I believe it's a good time to officially resurrect this thread!!!
3274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bayonetta - from the Starshifter School of Design on: January 07, 2010, 10:14:25 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on January 06, 2010, 10:58:45 PM

OK, I got back in the game and finished the prologue.  The cut scenes are awesome.  They're so over the top, yet done with style.

Ditto from me for first impressions.  This game just oozes absolutely with style, it's almost like I don't care about the other elements.  It's like some insane combo of Asian martial arts, anime, comic books and the Matrix action scenes.  But with witchy attitude.  I can see though that being so stylized, it may not be everyone's cup of tea though, so it could be relatively polarizing in that sense.  Also on a technical note, I love that you get to practice combos *during* the load screens. 

- - -

On a side note, here's my casting for the movie:

Megan Fox as Bayonetta
Lady GaGa as the blond chick
Joe Pesci as the Joe Pesci guy
Lawrence Fishburne as the bartender dude

Of course all costumes will be re-designed by Lady GaGa.
3275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: January 07, 2010, 10:07:43 PM
Cast list is REVEALED, I am very much excited (no surprise)!!!

Rupert Boneham, James Clement, Colby Donaldson, Cirie Fields, Amanda Kimmel, Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, Stephanie LaGrossa, James “JT” Thomas Jr., Tom Westman and Candice Woodcock.

Tyson Apostol, Randy Baiey, Danielle Dilorenzo, Russell hantz, Jerri Manthey, “Boston” Rob Mariano, Parvati Shallow, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Benjamin “Coach” Wade and Courtney Yates.

Interesting they've included some past winners and players who've already been in 2 series.  Wonder if they will get targetted early.

I am so happy to see the hunktastic combo of Colby and JT (talk about hot gay fantasy material!) on the good side.  I also loved Stephanie and Amanda.  On the bad, I can't wait to see how Russell interacts with stupid Rob and Coach.  Poverty is also one of my old faves, and of course love love love Jerri.  Can't wait to see her back with Colby and boring him talking about chocoloate.
3276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Excruciating Tooth(less)ache - any thoughts? on: January 07, 2010, 10:03:19 PM
Ack!  I just read 8ball's message as I downed a couple of Lemonheads.   icon_eek
3277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: January 07, 2010, 10:01:52 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 07, 2010, 09:45:42 PM

The appeal of Apple products is all in the design. I don't think there is another electronics company on the planet that focuses more on style than Apple.

I agree Apple products are over-priced. But in terms of blending cutting-edge style with a fantastic user experience, there's not many companies out there that can touch them. And I say that as former Apple despiser (while I still won't touch their computers, I do own an iPhone and have seen no other phone that has come close to rivaling it in terms of user experience).

So while I agree that the Apple cult phenomenon is at times inexplicable, I think there are concrete reasons for it that don't involve mind control or illegal drugs. Jobs puts the chic in geek.

It's not just the style though - otherwise clones which have copied (and maybe even improved upon) the style would likely be just as successful.  I think it's a combination of style and artistry, brilliant hardware engineering and innovation, and perhaps most importantly solid software (OS)/user interface development and testing.  The latter might be the most boring part in some ways, but ultimately the most important.  I've often bought products or used software where I wonder if a single "real" consumer was ever asked to test or use them, as there are numerous things that either don't make sense or just aren't the least bit intuitive.

As far as the comment on the Macbook Air, I don't have numbers or anything other than intuition to back this up, but my guess is it did not "fail" as seems to be the implication.  I've watched Dell, MSI and others 2 years later trying to create a competitor in the exact same class (thin, lightweight, 13", reasonably powered, etc), and still not being able to do it as well as Apple.  In other words these guys are still playing catch up and if it were that unsuccessful a concept, why would they bother.  I believe the MBA simply captured a small niche and comfortably stayed there - not to mention some of the hardware techniques and developments that were enablers for it were later carried over and refined to the general Macbook series.  So on that level, I would deem it an overall success, even if it heads to eventual discontinuation. 
3278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: January 07, 2010, 09:51:59 PM
I am soooooo excited, thanks for posting the pics!!  As a dedicated TV nut, it's saying a lot when I have Lost on the brink of being my all time favorite TV series (the spot presently held by Buffy).
3279  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 06, 2010, 10:34:52 PM
I pretty much gave up on this game after my third or fourth attempt to have fun in it.  Ultimately I just think the whole game architecture is flawed, but that's just a personal opinion.  Everyone seems to agree the ground combat is dry and does little to offer RPG depth or gameplay.  So that leaves the ship combat, which in all honesty I found interesting but similarly dull (particularly when someone here reminded me about the lack of physics).  If all I was looking for was fun Star Trek based ship combat, I would go back and play ST: Armada, which IMHO did combat much better - TEN years ago.

Speaking of which I wonder why no one ever bothered to make a sequel to Armada, I know it wasn't that well reviewed but I thought it was definitely one of the better Trek games I've played, and one of the few that was TNG specific.
3280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone Play Battle for Wesnoth? on: January 06, 2010, 10:20:54 PM
Wow, such an old thread!!!

I just downloaded this yesterday for the Mac and it looks like a really solid TBS effort.  I love that it's out (and free) for so many formats, and I suspect it would make for more or less the perfect netbook (or in the future Tablet) TBS.

Also this may have been mentioned elsewhere, but it's also out for the iPhone as well ($4.99 though).  Very cool.
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