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3241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 05, 2010, 07:46:11 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 05, 2010, 03:41:52 AM

Gotta narrow the focus to a few candidates. The real question is, Why is Kate still alive?

We learned (if Jack is right) that Smokeylocke doesn't need all the candidates to leave alive...he needs them all dead. But he has to trick them into killing themselves/each other. So we have Hurley, Jack, and Sawyer left as candidates, right? Maybe Kate will narrow them down further.

I think Hurley's going to be the last man standing, btw.

I've actually been betting on Kate being the final island savior.  Just a wild hunch based on a few hints here and there.  Jack is being set up too obviously as the main guy so i kind of ruled him out.  I can definitely see cases for Sawyer or Hurley, but i like the misdirection of Kate.  One thing i saw when rewatching lighthouse was "Austen" listed on the compass - of course they are saying she was eliminated or crossed out but no one's really said why.  The more they play her as being lame and inconsequential the more i think they are trying to mislead us for a twist.  Last hunch was based on reading the original pilot had Jack dying and Kate was supposed to lead the survivors, so this might be consistent with the original vision.  Or i could just be blinded by my Kate fandom smile
3242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: May 03, 2010, 07:03:27 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 28, 2010, 11:42:34 PM

Quote from: rittchard
Banshee was over the top but I thought she was OK; I would have preferred a more recognizable Shania song though.

Umm...that was Shania's first #1 hit and the song that put her on the map. I don't think you could have found a more recognizable Shania song.  icon_biggrin

Seriously I had no idea and had never heard it before, and I am a big pop listener.  Going the fun/recognizable route, I would have picked "That Don't Impress Me Much" or "Man I Feel Like a Woman" which I think would have been much bigger crowd pleasers, and much more recognizable to the general populace. And given what happened, I think I was right  icon_lol
3243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: May 03, 2010, 06:58:06 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on May 02, 2010, 08:57:24 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 15, 2010, 06:27:11 PM

I got Air Video working last night from the inside of my network at home - very nice.  Now I can watch all my stuff on the TV with Tversity or on the iPad with Air Video.  I still can't access it from outside (tried from work on the public wi-fi with my iPhone) but that could be a port forwarding issue at home.  Even if I can't get it to work it is well worth $3 for in home streaming.

What videos do you guys watch on Air Video?  I can't watch my itunes library because of DRM as far as a I can tell.  Are you guys ripping DVDs to your computers or am I missing something here.  It seems like a great technology, but I can't figure out much of a use for it so far.

Another thing I'd love is if the iPad could be part of the home share network on itunes.  It seems somewhat silly that I can stream all my iTunes videos on all my PCs but can't do it to an iPad.  Obviously, I could connect an iPad to PC and synch the videos but streaming would be so nice as I'm lazy.

Agreed on point 2, I'm hoping they come up with a good overall solution for this.  I would love it if they could get all that sorted out along with an Apple TV-like box so I could stream any and all iTunes content to my TV or my iPad.  Arguably I could do all of this on my Mac Mini but it's kind of a lot of work for the general user, plus I had trouble getting the video to output to my big TV (grrrrr). 

On point 1, yes, ripping DVDs is a good place to start.  I just finished doing all 3 extended LOTR last night and moved them to my main server; it is so cool to be able to access all of them at a whim from anywhere in the house.  And of course, there is always the real killer feature for Air Video: pr0n  icon_twisted  - seriously there are so many stupid file formats and it supports pretty much all of them, amazing!

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In other news, 1 million sold in 28 days (NOT including 3G!):
3244  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 30, 2010, 11:24:52 PM

Quote from: KePoW on April 30, 2010, 06:39:59 PM

Has anyone tried GW1 on Windows 7 64-bit?

I downloaded the client the other day and installed it, and I am getting some major *constant* hitching in-game.  This is on a brand new desktop PC (i5 750, GTX 275, 8 GB ram).

Coincidentally enough, I just installed it today, and I'm also on win 7 64bit.  I haven't played enough to notice anything but I'll let you know if there's anything weird.  Any mode in particular you are playing?
3245  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 30, 2010, 06:03:42 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 30, 2010, 11:58:01 AM

While I'm interested, I never warmed up to Guild Wars 1. The combat left me cold, and it felt to me more like a long series of instances connected by occasional "chat lobby villages" than an MMO. Games that go too far in either direction (over-instancing, so you don't really feel like part of a big world) or under-instancing (you keep stumbling into other players' quests and interfering with each other -- I found that a big problem in Tabula Rasa and sometimes Age of Conan) are fairly common, it's finding a nice balance that's tough.

Keep in mind though you are comparing 2 "traditional" MMORPGs - with monthly fees - to a game that had no monthly fees.  At the time when GW originally released (what feels like a thousand years ago), there were very few, if any, free to play, MMO-esque type games, so it was pretty ground-breaking at the time to have an MMO feel with no fee, and part of being able to support that financially was the instancing.  It's going to be very interesting to see how it plays out in GW2, which they've claimed is more of a "real" MMORPG but will still not have any monthly fee.
3246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: April 29, 2010, 11:25:10 PM

Quote from: McBa1n on April 29, 2010, 05:12:39 PM

So I just did a start to finish full on marathon of Glee. I figured I'd check it out due to positive reviews and Jane Lynch (one of my favs) being in it.
It reminds me of "Saved By the Bell" meets "Cop Rock" but somehow it just totally works...

I don't think I've seen something so unbelievably ridiculous as Jane Lynch in the Madonna episode. I was crying during the Vogue part. I don't think there's a human alive that could've pulled that off and made it so funny.
There's just some sick twisted comedy going on. There's also so many tiny 'attention to detail' comedy bits for easy snickers. I dunno, so far this show works for me like the Simpsons first 7-8 years worked for me...It works on so many different levels. I'm just ticked I didn't wait til the end of the season to check it out.. Stupid waiting for new episodes.

and just think, we still have the Joss Whedon episode (featuring Doogie!) to look forward to!!!!  Glad to have another Gleek join the club (I really do hate that term but whatever).
3247  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 29, 2010, 11:22:17 PM
Why can't they get this damn game out this year?!?!?!?   mad
3248  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Craft of Gods on: April 29, 2010, 11:19:22 PM
Whew, looks like no one bothered with this, thank god.  Let me just say do not waste your time.  This is absolutely one of the worst MMORPGs I've seen in ages, particularly considering they want you to actually pay (to preorder) and its coming out in a month?  There's a bizarre lag to everything you do, essentially you end up clicking on everything 4 times to interact and then there is rubber banding and delays regardless.  WTF?  It actually plays out worse than Horizons (from 10 years ago) and is far below the standard of most free to play games I've tried.  So, so disappointing.
3249  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Craft of Gods on: April 29, 2010, 03:02:42 AM
lol, looks like I never tried it out either.  The first time I ended up getting confused by the website and downloading Arena and Berzerk Online instead.

This time I will give it a whirl for sure, there's a whole week starting tomorrow so it should be easier.

Here's what I've found so far:

It appears to be (I never actually tried it) a more conventional MMORPG, with 2 sides in RvR with crafting, housing, etc. Character system seems to be fairly flexible, 3 light races, 3 dark races, 1 neutral race, no classes but 14 "schools" from which you can learn skills from and create your character, up to 100 levels.

I at least like the concept of creating a unique character class but you have to wonder about balancing for PvP.
3250  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 29, 2010, 03:00:59 AM
In other GW2 discussion, any guesses on the other professions?  From the professions page it looks like either 6 or 7 different ones.  Some kind of barbarian/fighter with the axe but nothing else really looks discernable at the moment.
3251  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 29, 2010, 02:56:49 AM

Quote from: KePoW on April 29, 2010, 12:30:40 AM

What are yall comparing it to?  Maybe it's just me, but it certainly doesn't look as good as games like Crysis... and that is over 2 years old now.

I think some of us are rabid GW fans and looking beyond just the graphical detail, but at the art style, animation and fluidity of the skills/spells that are being cast - so really comparing it mostly to original GW, keeping in mind that GW itself had a fairly distinct artistic style of its own and was locked to a more or less 2.5D-ish perspective.  Just imagining myself running around and casting those spells (Phoenix and Static Field in particular) in those environments is almost overwhelmingly exciting lol.  

3252  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: April 28, 2010, 11:31:11 PM
OMG I think I just wet my pants looking at that footage!

But unfortunately this new wave of GW2 info is just making me long for it even more.  I can't get out of this gaming rut where no matter what I play I feel like I'm really just wishing it was Diablo 3 or Guild Wars 2.  Sigh.
3253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: April 28, 2010, 11:26:25 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 28, 2010, 11:05:20 PM

My wife made an interesting point. She loves the song that Kurt sang, but felt it was in the wrong place. He could have sung that song from the patio while looking in through the window and it would have made a lot of sense, gotten rid of the awkwardness of the original scene, and had the added bonus of double meaning, since he was looking in on both his father and Finn, as they start to forge something of a relationship, while Kurt feels he will never have the relationship he wants with either.

But then it wouldn't have had the emotional impact on all the remaining members of the cast, which was what made the song work for me (aside from the Finn awkwardness)...  I do like the idea of doing it from the patio, but I would have done both, and used that as kind of a short "reprise".

As for Kurt/Finn, I actually agree with PeteRock it played out rather awkwardly in the episode, and they already did a much better job of dealing with this in an earlier episode where he already seemed to acknowledge he was never gonna get Finn.  Now of course I can identify with having an unrequited crush that won't go away, and Finn is incredibly adorkable, but this episode seemed to deal with it in a rather convoluted way.  Plus they had the whole subplot with Mercedes/Beautiful so it felt like they were trying to work too much in.  I did like some of the scenes with the parents though.  In any case I'm hoping they are pretty much done with that, I read Kurt will be getting a real boyfriend next season so that should be fun.  On a side note, apparently that cutey Jonathon Groff is very openly gay, it would be an interesting twist that after revealing he's just playing Rachel for vocal adrenaline, he somehow ends up with Kurt  icon_wink
3254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legend of the Seeker, Season 2 on: April 28, 2010, 11:15:11 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 28, 2010, 05:28:53 PM

I'm all for Hot Women, but I've joked at times the show should've been retitled, "Legend of the Cleavage," as every new female character seemed to be drooping out of her dress further and further.  drool Sometimes, when a show gets fixated on that (see the canceled Fox sitcom Til Death Do Us Part), it's because the writing and storylines aren't quite up to par and so perhaps they're trying to take the viewers' mind off that. icon_razz

I know what you mean but I'd argue with Seeker, the writing and storylines were actually fine for this kind of show.  I do agree they drew out the Stone of Tears too long (you could see this with a number of the more lighthearted and fun side episodes), but clearly they intended to roughly do one book per season with the assumption they'd last quite a few more seasons.  This is why I really subscribe to the late Lost-style way of show-making and I wish producers and developers would get behind it.  Make a decision and a promise to make X number of episodes/hours/seasons, however you want to structure it and go from there.  Allow the writers to know how much time they have so they can tell a story and flesh it out in a known amount of time.  This is why episodic shows tend to do so much better, because they don't have to worry about telling a longer term story and don't need to plan and think ahead for the most part.  I think, for instance, if the writers for Seeker knew for sure they were going to be cancelled (or had a limited number of eps) they would have dumped a few of the more esoteric episodes (I liken them to sidequests in an RPG) and focused tighter on a core storyline.
3255  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 28, 2010, 05:50:52 PM
I've kinda lost my interest in this season, though I'm definitely going to keep watching.  I thought everyone did pretty decent last night, but I was definitely most impressed with Casey.  Out of the 6 I think his was the only one I felt like I wanted to buy/hear again.  I also liked what Big Mike did and he definitely sounded like Luther.  I love Lee but he sounded all over the place.  Banshee was over the top but I thought she was OK; I would have preferred a more recognizable Shania song though.  Bowersox was interesting but kind of boring for me, and again in spite of everyone's love for her I think she tends to get a bit screamy in places.  Aaron did a decent over the top ballad but it was kind of disturbing when he dedicated it to his mom.

Who goes home?  Really tough call as these 6 are really starting to distinguish themselves from each other, so voting blocks will be what it's all about.  I really don't have a good feel on what the blocks are like, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Banshee go home tonight.
3256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legend of the Seeker, Season 2 on: April 28, 2010, 05:16:51 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on April 28, 2010, 03:06:58 AM

Ratings have been reasonable for a syndicated show too, so that's really disappointing. I haven't watched much of season 2 - mostly because it's on at 3 in the afternoon on a Sunday here and I typically don't devote my afternoons to TV.

No wonder they didn't get renewed, it's all DF's fault for not watching!!!!   crybaby

Seriously though I was really falling in love with the show.  I mean come on, what's not to like?!?  Hot men, hot women, hot fighting, magic spells, giant shuriken, T'Pol!, Gimli!, that Whale chick!, resurrections, undead naked writhing, double daggers, pain sticks, red leather outfits, white leather outfits, green leather outfits, Richard's shirt constantly seeming like it was going to fall off.  Sure they took liberties with the book series (but come on it's not like Sword of Truth is top tier fantasy), and sometimes were inconsistent with some concepts (why is it that *everyone* goes to the Keeper/hell underworld when they die?  What's the point of being "good" if you're going to hell regardless?).  But the show was frickin FUN and the cast was attractive and enjoyable.  I'm bummed.
3257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 28, 2010, 05:03:05 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 28, 2010, 05:09:31 AM

I'm not very worried about fingerprints. You only notice them in the sun or if you have the screen off. If it is on, the display makes it to where you can't see the prints.

You must have pretty clean hands lol.  I thought I was being careful (prior to using the shield) to wash my hands before using but in minutes I would smudge it all up and it was very noticeable and kind of gross particularly when I looked at it after turning the screen off.  I found myself constantly feeling the urge to wipe off all the smudgies.  With the shield I barely need to clean it much at all, and I really do like the smoother feel of touch (it's what I'm used to on the iPhone) - but definitely there's a price to pay as the screen as definitely not as sharp and bright and beautiful.
3258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legend of the Seeker, Season 2 on: April 27, 2010, 11:54:01 PM
Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!  I love this show!!!   crybaby
3259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 27, 2010, 11:51:47 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 27, 2010, 10:06:15 PM

I finally tried an iPad for a while at a Best Buy today. It's a little heavier than I expected, though it never felt like I was going to drop it.  icon_smile

While it felt very responsive, I guess they have a sluggish Wi-Fi connection at the store or something cause web pages didn't load very quickly at all. I found typing fairly klutzy though I presume if I was sitting down and using one (they had no chairs there, maybe I should suggest that) it might be a little different. Certainly like everyone says, displaying any multimedia is its strong suit and everything looked and ran great in that department.

I noticed an awful lot of finger smearing on the demo models. I figure some sort of finger-print resistant screen overlay must be in the cards if it isn't already, accessories wise.

Weight: something I mentioned in my reviews, definitely not 100% ideal, I'd like it 50% lighter.  When I hold it in the palm of one hand, it gets to be a bit heavy after a bit.  But this is pretty rare, generally I'm leaning it on something or using 2 hands.

Wi-fi: yeah, having a good connection makes the device rock.  I actually have a secondary Wireless "node" in my house, and sometimes it's not always good at choosing the better connection.  There's a couple dead spots for my main wireless N in my living room, but the second one catches them.  In other words, you may need to tweak a bit to get full coverage in your house depending on how big it is.

Fingerprints: like the iPhone there are plenty of choices for shields.  Unfortunately there's a couple of tradeoffs.  Because it's bigger, I've found the covers harder to put on without an air bubble or dust interferer.  Also because the screen is (arguably) better, the difference in quality once you put the cover on seems to be more severe.  I finally got one on but I kind of miss the screen quality, but I guess it's worth it for the far improved fingerprint proofing.  This is what I'm using:
3260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 26, 2010, 11:56:02 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on April 24, 2010, 11:56:50 PM

JT - We're going to make Survivor history with this move. 
JT - We're going to make Survivor history.
JT - Guys, we're going to make Survivor history.

True words JT. 

I couldn't stand Parvati in her previous 2 seasons, but she is all kinds of awesome in this one.  I loved that line from 2 weeks ago when she said something to the effect of "JT bared his heart to Russell [laugh out loud]...Russell is going to stab it 1000 times [more laughing]...and then hand it to me.  [Straight face] Then I'm gonna eat it up [adorably sinister smile and laughter].  She won me over in that moment. 

Yeah I absolutely loved that, she's really playing to the cameras well and her special "evil genius" laugh is awesome.  The thing to remember is everyone started gunning for her almost on day one for no other reason than they thought she might team up with Amanda and James if they ever got to a merge.  It's amazing she made it this far given that.  I can't remember but I think I also disliked her in the previous seasons and was pissed when she beat out Amanda who I thought deserved to win.

- - -

I do agree about the editing, and I think "scripting" is a little too strong a word.  My feel is that the producers can attempt to "influence" certain things to happen, and then the editors can make those things stand out if they play out well, but on some level, I do believe the footage we see is all "legitimate."  So what do I mean by "influence"?  Well they can choose challenges that favor one tribe or another (say a physical vs a puzzle challenge), or one sex or another (say a balance challenge that favors the girls), there's certainly enough time to have some say on that.  They can also play with the rules (like when a merge occurs or if they do a complete tribe overhaul) and play with things like immunity idols and placement of immunity idols.  And as YK mentioned, the flip side of not seeing all the footage is that Jeff can say things to them during tribal council that might influence them one way or another.  For instance, an offhand comment here or there about an "all girls alliance" might have spun JT up to convince himself there was one.  In the end, it doesn't really matter to me as long as it makes for good TV, and this season has been non-stop great so far.
3261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 26, 2010, 11:44:02 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on April 26, 2010, 08:58:42 PM

Question for current iPad owners: has the lack of flash been annoying?  I have almost talked myself into getting an iPad, but lately have been thwarted more and more while browsing on my iPhone because of no flash. I mainly plan on using the iPad for browsing the internet in bed and watching netflix (no hulu I guess because of flash right?) but I'm starting to worry that I'll regret buying a $500 web surfing device that can't even use flash.  Am I being paranoid here?

I haven't had any issues with the lack of Flash, but then again it didn't bother me with the iPhone either so I might not be the best person to ask.  I can remember maybe 3 or 4 times I've run into a message saying Flash was needed, but have also ran into plenty of video content that was directly playable through a Youtube window.  Of course this all has to do with what websites you are going to regularly so YMMV.  As for Hulu, as you already heard, it sounds like there will most likely be an app for it coming out soon, so that shouldn't be a concern.

Something else to consider with the iPad - while you might think you are planning on using it primarily for internet and netflix, it will very likely surprise you in some other way with some other special app or game that catches you by surprise.  When I got mine, I was thinking mostly email, browsing and reading (ebooks, magazines, etc) and maybe gaming.  In my present pattern, the thing I use it for the most turned out to be We Rule and Pocket Legends.  What I've spent the most time setting up has been Air Video/Stream to Me, which will allow me to stream all my own video content from my personal server(s).  So I started converting all my Buffy and LOTR DVDs and eventually I hope to have all my favorites ready at the touch of a button.  I've been watching video while walking on the treadmill regularly now, which I had intended to do but wasn't sure would really work out - and it has exceeded my expectations.  I've also been dabbling with using it as a wireless remote to control my server machine (Rowmote Pro), as well as remotely operating my server (Logmein) smile  I'm also loving the Marvel Comic Book app, which is a really fun way to read comics.

In other words, don't underestimate what the iPad can do, my guess is once you start seeing its potential and finding an app that goes along with what you want, you will not be disappointed.
3262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mytheon FTP Microtransaction game coming Q1 2010 on: April 25, 2010, 07:33:14 PM
Should/can we move this thread to Massively Multiplayer?

Anyway, Mytheon is going into Open Beta this Wednesday.  I think some of you might like it.

Here are some initial impressions (cross posted):

Mytheon has a look that's similar to Titan Quest (kind of 2.5D), at max resolution it looks pretty good. Setting is Greek mythology based similar to TQ. It really is kind of a combination of TQ and GW/M:TG with less emphasis on PvP (that I can tell). There are 3 classes, but your gameplay/skills (represented as power stones) are based completely on your "deck". Your deck can have a minimum of 15 skills, max of 40 skills, and you can duplicate skills only 3 times. You can have 6 active at a time from your deck/pool, and after you use one another is randomly drawn. I don't know if they do a reshuffle or what happens after you exhaust your entire pool, I presume it just starts over. So there's definitely a semi-strategic aspect to the gameplay which I'm sure can become much more intense in PvP or difficult PvE scenarios. I definitely like the concept so far, though I haven't tried any grouping or PvP. My only complaint (or concern) is how much variability there is in terms of class specialization.

To give you a flavor for it, I'm playing an Eidolon which I guess is kind of a hybrid caster/summoner/healer. I started out with a heal, a nuke, a turret, a variety of summons (creature summons only last for a short period of time), and a couple of AoE attacks. Oddly my character itself is given a melee weapon so I engage in melee. I would much prefer to be ranged but so far I haven't seen a way to do this. So when I approach a boss guarded with mobs, I generally bring out a couple creatures (if available). If the turret is up, I'll cast that first to draw fire. If not, I just jump in and attack, trying to allow my creatures to tank for me. Once I get things bunched up I use an AoE, then maybe focus on the boss itself. All of this is of course dependent on what skills are available at the time, a system which may frustrate some players who are used to having all their tools available to them. Personally I like this twist to the gameplay.
3263  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Few F2P games worth checking out on: April 25, 2010, 07:29:55 PM
I'm definitely in on Warrior Epic, do you think it's worth starting it's own individual thread to get some more people interested?
3264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 24, 2010, 12:58:37 AM

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

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

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

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

Should be interesting - let the backstabbing begin!

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

Speaking of which, at this point Parv could NOW very well create a girl's alliance and control the game, what an irony that would be if JT's fantasy ultimately became a self fulfilling prophecy .  She grabs stupid Amanda along and knocks out Russell, Colby and Rupert.  Then takes out the fodder girls however she chooses to.  Bring Sandra and maybe Amanda to the final.  Amanda because she is an eternal loser, and Sandra because she needs another past winner to beat.  I'm rooting for her all the way now, she is amazing.  I'm surprised the guys here (and there) aren't hotter for her.
3265  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Battle of the Immortals (beta) on: April 22, 2010, 09:10:18 PM

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

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

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

Any game that can feature a giant saw-wielding Koala pet gets a thumbs up from me.
3266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 22, 2010, 06:28:21 PM

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

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

It reminded me of some episodes from the final season of Buffy, where it felt like the main writers had a list of items that needed to be completed (i.e. chessboard piece moving) and left them to get it done.  So what the audience got was kind of a lifeless implementation of the checklist getting completed.  All in all I was kind of disappointed with the episode; it seemed like it should have been stellar but it kind of fell flat for me personally.
3267  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Battle of the Immortals (beta) on: April 22, 2010, 06:21:09 PM
I tried this last night - mildly amusing so far.  Levelling is really fast but you don't get new skills very often, kind of an odd system.  You get a free pet Koala fairly soon which is definitely fun.  It's using the exact same engine as another game I tried a while back, but I can't remember which one it was.

As Az said, you don't even need a beta key, just sign up, download and play.
3268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 21, 2010, 11:23:13 PM

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

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

Totally agree with this...

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

Oh yeah, not much to say on last night's performances, except that I think tonight Tim should finally be done.  I didn't think Big Mike, Casey or Aaron were much good either but Tim was almost forgettable, even I didn't vote for him.  I actually thought Siobhan sounded really pretty and contained, not sure why they all hate on her so much now.
3269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 21, 2010, 06:33:54 PM

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

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

I heard rumors she was upset with the show for some reason, anyone else heard anything?
3270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: April 21, 2010, 05:28:47 PM
As a Madonna fan for over 25 years (long before I knew I was gay btw), I have to say last night's episode was "like a prayer" - absolutely brilliant use of the songs within the plotline.... except for when f-ing Fox cut my DVR off thanks to stupid American Idol running long, thus chopping the final number.  Bleh.  For non-Madonna fans, I can see it being a bit too much, but for the rest of us, just amazing, I'd almost call it "epic" if such a show could ever be called that, with each sequence topping the previous one.

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

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

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

But my actual favorite number in the show?  "What it Feels Like for a Girl" - sung gorgeously by all the MALE members of the cast.  Again, just absolutely brilliant and the song never sounded better.  It's also one of my favorites from Madonna, possibly the best written song I think she's done in terms of meaningful lyrics, kind of bitter and sweet.  I really think it was underrated and underappreciated in its time, but oh well.  I'd always thought it would be a really cool and interesting song to sing for a guy, to give it a completely different interpretation and meaning, and the Glee guys just sounded amazing on it.
3271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 20, 2010, 10:16:32 PM

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

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

This statement I just had to requote, not so much for content but it just seems so hilarious if someone didn't know the context.  Thanks again Wonderpug!!!
3272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: April 20, 2010, 08:56:46 PM
I thought I'd enjoy Jack beating up Starbuck more, but for some reason it just felt kind of misogynistic.

I was sad that my sister's theory that they faked Renee's death seems to be dead in the water.
3273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 20, 2010, 06:26:46 PM

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

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

That's what she said!

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

SOLD!!!!!  Maybe this IS my game!!!
3274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 20, 2010, 05:40:59 PM
Here's another recap of it:

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

Man, I used to live and work in Redwood City, I could have been the guy that found it!  So what would you do if it were you?
3275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 20, 2010, 05:36:26 PM
Bleh you all Forum-effected me!  I don't know when I'll actually get to try it out, hopefully tomorrow evening.  I decided I should be proactive, as I just didn't want to regret not getting it this weekend and finding it sold out everywhere.  Picked it up at a local Fry's FWIW, there were about 6 copies displayed.
3276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: April 19, 2010, 09:07:40 PM

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

I have not seen this show. Is it good?

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

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

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

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

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

- - -

If you are a Madonna fan, tomorrow night is the big all-Madonna song episode and it looks like it's going to be awesome.  Can not wait!
3277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 19, 2010, 08:57:02 PM

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

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

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

I'm sure they want to plant it in people's (particularly those who might be considering an Android phone right now) heads that if they just wait another month or 2 they can get the brand new iPhone with better processor, camera, resolution, multitasking, AND a front-facing iChat cam.
3278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Monster Hunter Trii on: April 19, 2010, 08:25:43 PM
I'm not familiar with this series, can someone give me some more hands-on info?  I read the preview from IGN and there were definitely some things that sounded attractive, but the "hardcore" nature seemed like it could be a turn off.  I'm also a bit confused on how the character development/uniqueness is played out if there are no levels/classes, etc.  Is it 100% gear based?  How does grouping work in that case, if there are no levels? 

FWIW I'm a huge Diablo 2 fan in search of an ARPG that can captivate my attention.   
3279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kick Ass on: April 18, 2010, 02:16:58 AM
Just got back from seeing it, was definitely an awesome flick.  I haven't had that much fun at a movie for a long time, and the audience seemed to concur as they applauded a couple times during the movie and at the end.  Pretty decent reaction for a saturday afternoon crowd.  I have to say all the hype about the lil girl violence is a bit much.  Yes there's violence but somehow the tone of the movie is played in a way that it's funny and stylish and riveting all at the same time.  She pretty much steals every scene she is in.  Even though it's a different kind of comic book movie, it is still a comic book movie.  After having seen the film, I have to wonder regarding all the fuss on the age aspect, if it had been a boy if we'd even be discussing it.

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

Either way it was a refreshing punch to the comic book movie genre.
3280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kick Ass on: April 16, 2010, 11:12:29 PM
I don't want to get involved in the back and forth arguments, but I will say this, when reading the comic I did find it disconcerting to have a 10 year old girl whirling around slashing people in pieces, and I definitely would not want, say, my 5yo nephew to see this movie (as he already has a superhero fetish and a mini-violent streak).  However, I also think it's too bad if you've made up your mind on the movie based only on this single aspect.  You might believe it was done purely for shock value or to be funny or cheap - but if you read the story, it actually makes sense and is a really interesting and different "superhero" origin story with a great/heartbreaking twist and a satisfying ending and story arc for the character. 
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