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3321  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.
3322  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?
3323  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.
3324  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... 
3325  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
3326  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.  
3327  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.
3328  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:

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/18/apple-issues-invitations-for-january-27th-media-event/
3329  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Archos 9 pctablet Impressions on: January 15, 2010, 07:34:31 PM
Finally up on my blog:

http://rittchard.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/archos-9-pctablet-first-impressions/

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
3330  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.
3331  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"

HOT.

3332  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.
3333  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.
3334  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.
3335  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":

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/13/report-claims-tablet-is-iphone-on-steroids-runs-on-iphone-os-kernel/

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!
3336  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

Quote
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. 
3337  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.
3338  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.
3339  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.

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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?
3340  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!
3341  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.
3342  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.
3343  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Tablet PCs on: January 08, 2010, 06:37:55 PM
Here's some cool Tablet stuff from nVidia:

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/08/ces-2010-nvidia-tegra-2-to-power-tablets-in-2010/

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. 
3344  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.
3345  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!!!
3346  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.
3347  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)!!!

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

VILLAINS
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.
3348  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
3349  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. 
3350  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).
3351  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.
3352  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.
3353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bayonetta - from the Starshifter School of Design on: January 06, 2010, 10:16:06 PM
OK so I just picked this up and I have to say just reading the descriptions in the manual was worth the price of admission.  A sexy chick with 2 guns on her feet and hair (a "wicked weave" lol) that summons demons to kill angels?   Who comes up with this stuff lol?!??
3354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Excruciating Tooth(less)ache - any thoughts? on: January 06, 2010, 10:14:25 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on January 06, 2010, 09:11:03 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 06, 2010, 08:56:16 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on January 06, 2010, 08:47:29 PM

Now that you two are out of the woods.

I just want to say it's threads like this that make me glad that I have brushed my teeth 3 times a day and rinsed nightly with fluoride just about every day for the last 10 years.

I do as well, but just happen to have really horrible teeth.
 
Yes, me, too. I have struggled with my teeth my entire life. I try to brush, floss, rinse, you name it and the cavities/tooth pain/root canals still manage to find me. My wife, on the other hand has never had a single, stinkin' cavity in her entire life. She takes care of her teeth, but she's nowhere near as diligent as I am. frown (for me) smile (for her).
   
I pray every night that our girls got her teeth and not mine.

I'll second that!!

I am bad with eating a lot of candy and drinking sodas, so I think this is my punishment.  But I do brush and use Listerine at minimum twice a day, and floss a couple times a week, which I think is above average for toothcare.  I think it's genes and luck really, as I happen to have a small mouth (which sucks, no pun intended!) with large teeth, so I've had issues from day one.
3355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: January 06, 2010, 10:08:51 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 03, 2010, 07:53:35 PM

Now for students, I'm not sure - normally you'd want the better text for less eyestrain, but for graphics/images/graphs/charts, etc you'd likely prefer the (presumably) higher resolution.  That will be an interesting arena to watch.

Here's an interesting demo addressing my comment above:

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/05/coursesmart-looks-ahead-at-etextbooks-on-apples-tablet/
3356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Excruciating Tooth(less)ache - any thoughts? on: January 06, 2010, 07:36:19 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 06, 2010, 06:34:55 PM

Think I'm finally out of the woods.  Had the apicoectomy procedure done yesterday, and woke up this morning (after 14 hours of sleep, no less!) feeling approximately 1 million percent better.  I've got the typical pain you would expect from a surgical incision, but the throbbing and shooting pains down my jaw are completely gone.  I can't really open my mouth due to the stitches, but that's a minor inconvenience compared to the pain from the last few days.   I'm actually feeling like my normal self again, which is awfully nice.  smile

SWEET!!!!  Glad to hear it went well.

I'm back to work and fairly normal now, the tooth still kind of hurts (but as you said more normal from all the work done) and I'm starting to get some gas/stomach pains (I think from the antibiotics) but like you, starting to feel close to normal again which is wonderful.  Now I am just hoping for a day when I have no ailment/pain whatsoever, but that might be too much to ask for lol.
3357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Excruciating Tooth(less)ache - any thoughts? on: January 05, 2010, 07:27:40 PM
Ack, holy crap Gratch!!  Really hope either the antiobiotics take, or the second procedure is successful.

I'm doing OK at the moment but kind of living in fear of another relapse.  I've already had a couple periods where I thought I was done and the pain returned, so I'm not ruling anything out.  Last night a couple of teeth on the other side of my mouth started to hurt and man did my paranoia kick in.  I think it was actually just residual pain/nerves from the main tooth, at least I am praying that's the case.  I'm not sure how much more of this I can handle.
3358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil on: January 05, 2010, 07:23:30 PM
I saw the preview a while ago and it looked like a lot of fun, particularly since I love both the leads.  I wonder if it's going to get a full/wide release though.
3359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bayonetta Vs. Darksiders: Which game to kick off your new year? on: January 04, 2010, 10:08:08 PM
I may end up with neither, but right now I'm leaning toward Bayonetta.  After the torturous week I've had, the thought of inflicting "torture" on some animated crap sounds kind of appealing.  Plus I like the sound that it seems like a relatively easy game to play (with 2 easy modes or something like that?) and I'm kind of in the mood for something more stress-free.
3360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torchlight, a follow-up to Fate and Mythos on: January 04, 2010, 10:04:08 PM

Quote from: jersoc on January 03, 2010, 07:35:49 AM

also, does anyone know if ironman includes enchants and gambling? so far ironman is god damn hard. i have 3 hp pots left and no id scrolls :|

Is ironman a mod?  Or do you mean Hardcore/Very Hard?  If it's the latter, I believe it has all the same features as the regular game. 

On a side note, I normally play every game in Easy mode, but for Torchlight I'm really enjoying the thrill and challenge of playing HC/VH.  I've died many times already but each time I tend to learn something and usually I'll be able to stash an item or 2 that helps the next guy along.  Every step requires more care and strategy, and every slight gear improvement can make a difference between survival or not.  Every level is that much more meaningful as I have to resist the temptation to simply boost DPS and get cool skills in favor of improving my ability to survive.

My latest attempt has been with a mod class - the Necromage, and it's been a lot of fun.  My first try botched around lvl 7.  Everything was going great up through evil Brink, but suddenly the next level down pwned me in seconds.  This time I started boosting Defense intensely from the getgo and it so far has paid off, though I've had a couple close calls.  Also wearing a shield which I forgot to last time (duh!).  I have Heal Self for me, Heal All on the pet and my finger on the 1 key (for potions) at all times. 
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