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3321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad Applications on: April 14, 2010, 05:17:17 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on April 14, 2010, 01:01:01 AM

So when do new iPad applications come out? Is it a once a week thing like new music does or is there a continuous stream of new apps?

Guess what I'm really saying is that I'm already wanting more.

If you are as addicted I am, go to:

They seem to list new stuff hitting the store within a couple of hours.
3322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mytheon FTP Microtransaction game coming Q1 2010 on: April 13, 2010, 09:15:03 PM
Wow, a combo of some of my all time favorite games but it somehow slipped under my radar.  Any word on a definitive release date?

Edit: ack looks like Q4 frown
3323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: April 13, 2010, 09:07:49 PM
That was seriously F-ed up.  I was not pleased.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I had a sense it was coming (no pun intended) based on an interview I had read, but I thought even 24 wouldn't be so cruel as to kill someone right after getting laid.  That was just horrible and uncalled for.

And then the whole bit with Chloe?  Come on.  Now I am the biggest Chloe fan around that I know, but this was pretty ridiculous.  She went from not knowing how to work within the New York CTU system to the only one to take over within 12ish hours?  Wow.  That's almost like having a super mousy character flip around to be a psychopath killer mole in the same time frame.  saywhat

I'm glad the series is ending, cause the writing has become almost Heroes-esque in its inconsistency.

All that said, I can't stop watching!
3324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 13, 2010, 09:03:09 PM

Quote from: Arclight on April 13, 2010, 03:06:04 PM

Do you think it just offers something novel and new as opposed to something advanced and more usefull than a laptop?

I'll refer you to my blog posts for the long answer:

Short answer: if you've used an iPhone or iPod Touch screen, you'll have a sense of how different a touch screen interface can be, so just imagine that about 6 times larger with 6 times the canvas to interact with, and just as smooth and responsive if not more so.  If you haven't, then the answer to your question is absolutely yes.  Navigating the web (as well as photos, email, eBooks, etc) on the large touch screen is absolutely a new and engaging experience relative to using a keyboard, mouse/touchpad.  It's a more "immediate" feel to your direction/touch, something that really has to be experienced.
3325  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 13, 2010, 12:11:23 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 11, 2010, 09:38:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 11, 2010, 12:12:06 AM

I have a feeling the chauffeur knows what is going on too, especially after the way he was asking if Desmond needed anything after he talked to Eloise.

i thought he meant that because he knew what a bitch Eloise was,and he knew Desmond would need a drink etc

okay,i think i may know what i was thinking may of been an episode of The X Files,season 7 i think,Mulder is in a Coma(some Alien virus has put him that way),and he is having some kind of dream where he lives in the perfect neighbourhood,with Cancer Man living in the neighbourhood as well and his sister(who he has always been searching for) lives in the same street and he his married to that English FBI woman who you always wanted to punch in the head.....and even though its all perfect Mulder slowly realises that something is wrong,and that he needs to get out,but everyone is telling him why should he do that as its perfect here and you have the perfect life etc etc

i think that's what i was thinking about anyway,as i haven't seen that episode for quite a while

That was a fun episode, I remember that!

Also if you ever watched Angel, they did something almost identical with Gunn.
3326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 13, 2010, 12:05:23 AM
Opera approved, coming soon!
3327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 12, 2010, 06:33:31 PM
Some more idle thoughts after the weekend (cross-posted from MacRumors and Wanderers forums):

I think what I'm seeing and hearing is a lot of people are still just flat out confused by the iPad. I've already fielded numerous questions from different friends/family and I think even after I'm done they are still confused. There was even a joke in the SNL news about "trying to figure out what it is". Ultimately people have to see and try it for themselves (assuming they are open minded and interested enough to give it a real chance), or someone who has one really needs to demo it for their friends with some specific usage cases that they can personally relate to.

So basically Apple's got their work cut out for them for marketing; it's almost like it is too many different things to different people, and the lack of coherency is confusing to people. Is it a portable gaming machine? An eBook Reader? A portable web surfing/email device? A portable media device? A laptop replacement? If you have been using one, you already know it's a bit of all these things, but more importantly you can pick and choose the Apps that suit you the best to personalize your experience. For people who haven't used one, I think it really comes across as just a "giant iPod" - which you can't blame them as that's their only/easiest frame of reference for the time being.

One thing that crossed my mind this morning while reading an article in the LA Time about iPad vs. Kindle; Apple could very easily have marketed this as the "Ultimate Reader" - it reads books, Kindle books, comics, newspapers, magazines, pdfs - all in bold, brilliant color with a great touch interface. That's something definitive that people would understand, with a solid, defined target customer base. They could have called it the iRead and sold a single $499 model that would pit it right against Kindle DX. But instead, the reader functionality is just a fraction/subset of what the iPad is capable of, yet Apple is more or less being "punished" by peoples' confusion. Kind of ironic, or just sad might be a better word.

Anyway, my personal feeling is it will just take some time to gain more definition and clarification by a broader range of people. I suspect once it starts hitting high school and college campuses it's going to really take off.
3328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] Pocket Legends - 3D "MMO" on: April 12, 2010, 05:52:43 PM

Quote from: Vidiot on April 11, 2010, 06:56:10 PM

My Archer is Vexx

Ack, I saw your friend request and tried to hit Accept but somehow I hit Reject, sorry!!! I tried to send you another request - not sure if you are still playing.
3329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad Applications on: April 12, 2010, 05:49:23 PM
Wow, where do I start?  Oh yeah, I know!

Pocket Legends - see Console Gaming forum for details, it's a 3D Diablo-ish clone but highly addictive if you are into that kind of game

We Rule - Dress sewing, pumpkins, hot dogs, corn, griffins, peppers and dragons.  'nuf said.  Again see Console Gaming.  It was fun on the iPhone but gorgeous on the iPad, the detail on the minions and being able to see a fuller size kingdom (particularly Wonderpugs) is really cool

Warpgate HD - I haven't got to spend time with this yet, but my first impressions are good.  Very interesting open-ended space sim, I love that you can zoom in to ship detail and out to space pretty seamlessly, very nice interface and reviews claim a ton of gameplay depth.  Once I escape Pocket Legends clutches I intend to get more into this

Marvel Comics - absolutely gorgeous way to read some of Marvel's comics.  You can either view the comics in full page, or double tap and read it frame by frame, a very nice/cool touch.  If you just want to show off, I highly recommend Astonishing X-Men #1 (written by Joss Whedon).  The bad news?  Comics cost $1.99 each and the selection is fairly limited, and limited to older comics.  I was hoping for Kick-Ass, which would have kicked ass (bad humor intended), but it looks like the newest stuff is from a few years ago.

StreamToMe - I've heard Air Video is better, but haven't tried it yet.  Either way, both of these stream your porn, I mean .mov, .FLV, .wmv etc etc video files and convert them *on the fly* from another computer in what seems to me like nothing short of magic considering how long it takes to actually convert a file from one format to another even on my quad core PC.

Air Sharing/Goodreader - PDF reading and wireless file transfers.  I've heard Air Sharing is the one to go with but I can't fully comment yet.  I wasted the whole weekend playing Pocket Legends instead of setting this up.

iBooks/Kindle - obviously the Big 2 face off for the eReading market.  iBooks is a much more satisfying "experience" with lots of nice bells and whistles like pretty page turns.  Kindle is still very solid, and I like that you can adjust brightness, page color and font size pretty much on the fly.  With Sepia and low brightness, it looks pretty damn good, particularly with the size of the screen. 
3330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 11, 2010, 09:21:07 PM
Here are more impressions after the first week on my blog:

One piece of bad news, I'm having trouble putting it down.  I actually have to force myself to put it away and do other things.  I got so addicted to Pocket Legends that hours passed and I forgot to get dinner started.  And I think it can get so "immersive" or "intimate" that you start to sit with it in awkward angles, so my neck was kind of tweaked after awhile.
3331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] Pocket Legends - 3D "MMO" on: April 11, 2010, 09:17:37 PM
I actually had to drag myself away from this game, I haven't been this addicted to a game in a long while.  I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to everyone but I will try to explain what I personally like (and dislike).

Essentially this is a stripped down version of Diablo 2, with some hints of WoW thrown in the mix.  They've taken the bare bones of what made grouping so much fun in D2/WoW and kept everything else to a minimum.  Like D2 it's one of those games that seems really simple at first play, but starts to get more strategically "deep" once you get more into it.  The 3D implementation on the iPad is virtually seamless, I've had a few hiccups here and there but for the most part the engine has run incredibly smooth, even with 5 players in a group with multiple spell effects going off.  I'm curious to know how the iPhone version holds up.  Movement is touch on location based (I think there is a virtual joystick option as well), and you can manipulate the camera very intuitively with touches, including zooming in and out.  Hitting your auto-attack key is the easiest way to engage enemies, saving you the issue of needing to click on a fast moving target.  Game is 100% free (level to about 12ish) until you want to add additional content; each pack appears to be $1.99 which seems like a steal to me.  You can also purchase (with real cash) things like more gold and respecs.

There are 3 classes, ostensibly forming a fairly classic combination of tank, healer and CC in the ideal case.  Each class starts out very simply, as you are given only 3 stats to work with and a single skill, and each stat is nominally pumped for a specific class.  As you get further, you get skill points to either add a new skill or boost an existing one, but you can only have 4 active at a time.  So the more you play, the more a particular "build' and playstyle starts to become more fleshed out.  For instance the mage can be tuned as a healer or a damager.  The archer can focus on ranged AoE damage or be more of a soloer or focus on CC.  So what makes things interesting is that the people you play with may or may not choose to work in the core framework, and as you start to get deeper this can make a big difference.  Tactics, positioning, skill choices, mana and health management, all of it comes into play once you hit level 10 or so.  I've played with mages who never cast a heal spell and either ignored or had dumped the resurrect spell, as well as tanks who never taunted.  Some players don't seem to realize that the heal is a PBAoE, and they spread out all over the place leaving it impossible for you to heal everyone. 

In any case, grouping with strangers is all part of the game, and it actually makes for an interesting challenge.  You can try to solo but it's really not that easy in this game, which is one of the things I like.   Advancing in the dungeons really takes good balanced groups to work through efficiently.  The good news is they've made it exceedingly easy to group with strangers (you basically just jump into any open game) so some people may or may not like this type of framework.

SO long story short, if you liked the class building and group tactics aspects of D2 and are willing to put up with the perils of PUGs, you can get a lot of mileage out of the game.  What's missing is the loot and as mentioned before, a trading system.  There's some OK loot but not nearly enough for a game of this type, and not being able to trade is a big miss IMHO.  You can get some better (but not unbalancing) items using real cash, which is an interesting addition to the game.  If they can flesh this out in future patches, and perhaps add in another class or 2, they could have a real strong long-term winner on their hands.
3332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] Pocket Legends - 3D "MMO" on: April 11, 2010, 03:39:46 AM
Character names?

Rittchard - archer
Spiritt - healer Mage

I wonder why no PC dev has been able to recreate this type of closed server system effectively.  I guess Dungeon Runners was the closest thing but for whatever reason, this game seems more addictive even though it is clearly simpler.  Then we had Mythos which of course died with Hellgate.  Torchlight was great but this type of game simply thrives as multiplayer, even the idiots who don't know what they are doing are part of the charm.
3333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] Pocket Legends - 3D "MMO" on: April 11, 2010, 02:26:33 AM
I am now officially addicted.  Definitely a Diablo type of game, but even more streamlined to keep things simple.  It took me a while to figure out i could access the store at any time and upgrade my equipment.  Also to start figuring out what skills i wanted to use, etc. Very very fluid and the multiplayer seems to hold up well even with five players.
3334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 10, 2010, 10:55:02 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 10, 2010, 05:51:22 AM

ahh,i thought i saw him from somewhere..guess i should of known...and no way was he that Indian guy in Short Circuit,LOL

i am having a mindblock today because of this episode

do you know when Mrs Widmore(Dans Mum)said to Desmond that he had it perfect,and it kinda made Desmond catch on that his life WAS different?

well,it has started to make me think of another film,where a guy starts recollecting stuff and realises that he has had a mind wipe as such,and then goes on the run(maybe with a girl who's mind i think has also been wiped),even though his new life is somewhat perfect...i have had every film in my head,especially 'The Island',but i don't think its that..'Total Recall' also came to mind as well,but that's not the film i am thinking about,i am sure its set in modern day....i just know the people he is running from had given him a great new life...i even had 'The Trueman show' at one point,and that lead to 'Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind'

has anyone got any idea from those feeble clues i have given?

I'm pretty sure you are thinking of Eternal Sunshine with Jim Carrey.  Really good movie.
3335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 10, 2010, 10:49:27 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 10, 2010, 10:11:23 PM

I can't believe I downloaded this thing. I just have one question - is the time you have to harvest relative to the time it takes to grow? I would like to just check it once a day or so, and if my beans take a day to grow but die within 5 minutes if not harvested I'm going to say screw it.

Definitely yes but i don't know the formula.  What I do know is i tend to lose strawberries the most.
3336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains on: April 09, 2010, 06:43:28 PM
The best part of this season is that I am continually surprised each week at the tribal council, unlike regular seasons where the middle portion is generally predictable.  I thought for sure Courtney was going and they still managed to switch it up on me.  I'm still a bit confused on how it went down, as I believe the final vote was 4-3, and I'm pretty sure I saw Russell vote for Courtney.  Did Danielle stick with the plan and vote Coach?  What the heck was Russell doing, did he know they would be starting the jury already and this way he could say he never voted for Coach?  Speaking of which, if they started with 12 and jury is beginning, does that mean they are going to do a 3-person finale (9 person jury)?

Next week looks sad for me, the way it was advertised it looks like JT is going to give away his immunity idol and get himself voted off.  Of course it could just be the editing and I'm not sure that would constitute dumbest Survivor move ever, as I think some of the others they showed in the commercial were just too classic (Erik and James in particular).
3337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 08, 2010, 09:51:38 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 08, 2010, 08:30:20 PM

Trailing a bit off topic, I read some rumor mongering that Lenovo might step in to acquire Palm. I don't really understand the synergy there.

I think a lot of companies are seeing what Apple is doing, leveraging cheaper mobile phone tech (with less "power") and turning it into mobile/portable computing tech (like the iPad), instead of doing what was traditional (trying to force desktop hardware and software into a tablet style platform).  So it makes sense to me.
3338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 08, 2010, 06:53:52 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 08, 2010, 06:50:00 PM

One thing I was wondering about was answered in the post-QA:

Q: How do you close applications when multitasking? A: (Scott) You don't have to. The user just uses things and doesn't ever have to worry about it. (Steve) It's like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it. In multitasking, if you see a task manager... they blew it. Users shouldn't ever have to think about it.

Damn you are fast!  I was just about to quote this lol!

This seems really weird to me, what are you just going to have an infinite amount of tasks running in the background forever?  And somehow it never sucks up RAM?!?!?!
3339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 08, 2010, 06:37:09 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 08, 2010, 06:23:23 PM

Lot of sour grapes, here.  Seriously, people, with new 4th gen hardware around the corner did you seriously think a memory hog like multitasking would be supported 2 gens back?  There was a reason they didn't include it then...

I do feel bad for the previous gen owners, but as you said I wonder if it just wouldn't work well (or at all) with the slower chip.  Or maybe the older units had less RAM?  I wouldn't be surprised if it's really intended more to work with the as yet unannounced iPhone HD (or whatever they will call it) and iPad.  The newer Android phones (and I presume Windows) all have significantly more powerful processors, AFAIK.
3340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [iPhone/iPad] Pocket Legends - 3D "MMO" on: April 08, 2010, 06:31:23 PM

I just tried this out last night, Free to download.  They are advertising it as the first real 3D MMORPG for iPhone/iPad.  I'd actually consider it more of an MMO-Lite, closer to Diablo 2 than to WoW.  Only 3 classes to choose from right now and it looks like you have to purchase additional content (no surprise).  Essentially the core gameplay is loot and level, killing mobs in dungeons, but you "join games" in a way that reminded me much more of D2/ than it did to a real MMO.

Still it's a nice start and at least worth checking out for fans of the genre.  The 3D implementation seemed pretty smooth on the iPad, and grouping with others was pretty seamless as well. 
3341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 08, 2010, 06:25:27 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2010, 04:54:11 PM

I am having an issue where Raverna's on my friend list, but I can't see the town on my little map. I can visit the kingdom by going to Plus, clicking the name, and doing Visit Kingdom, but why won't it show up on the map?

I had that happen all the time, somehow it just self corrected after I tried a few more times.  No clue what was up with that.

P.S.  I am sooooooo jealous about wonderpugs' griffins!!!!
3342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 08, 2010, 06:22:54 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 08, 2010, 06:20:36 PM

Quote from: Devil on April 08, 2010, 06:11:35 PM

Well, go screw, Apple.  I'm going Win7 Mobile in the fall.

Yep - Because every upgrade to Win OS will support all Win OS devices from the beginning of time until the end of time.

I'm sure it won't.  But my experience with the iphone hasn't been amazing enough that I'm necessarily going to stick with it for my next phone purchase.  I know the iphone has been amazing for a lot of people.  I'm just not one of them.

But who will care for your strawberries if you leave us?!!?
3343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 08, 2010, 06:04:26 PM

Quote from: rickfc on April 08, 2010, 06:02:00 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 08, 2010, 05:59:09 PM

Thanks, Endgadget has one too:

I do recall the knock on Palm's WebOS multitasking was that it devoured battery life. So I'm curious how Apple apparently has gotten around that.

The app will "freeze" its state and devs will have specific APIs available to keep certain processes running in the background, such as audio.

Yeah I looked over that part and I still didn't understand exactly how that was going to preserve battery life.  I guess they listed 7 special APIs for background processes.  To me at best it sounds like it might do multi-tasking more efficiently than a traditional implementation, but it's still going to suck up battery life.
3344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 08, 2010, 06:00:03 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 08, 2010, 05:57:09 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 08, 2010, 05:53:21 PM

OH BOY! IN-APP ADS! They're looking to bring emotion to their ads.  I suspect the emotion will generally be anger at having ads streamed to me every few minutes.

Because my battery life wasn't short enough already.

idk that toy story ad was pretty cool

Yeah I was turned off at first but really it seems these new ads are more like many already existing Apps I've seen (the only one I tried was Chuck Me Out).  So hopefully some companies won't dump what is essentially an ad into the app store.
3345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 08, 2010, 05:53:54 PM
and now they are going after Xbox Live (Windows Phone 7) by adding Leaderboards and Achievements!
3346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 08, 2010, 05:46:37 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on April 08, 2010, 05:45:41 PM

Apple just invented multi-tasking  !!!!

Everyone else was just faking it.

LMAO.  And now they just invented FOLDERS!!!  What a concept!!!!!   Tongue
3347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2010, 05:44:46 PM
Wow, quite a surprising night!  Timmy not even in the bottom 3 lol?!?!  Of course let's not forget Kris Allen actually won last year, and although Timmy is nowhere near as talented, he is quite a bit cuter. 

Shocked Big Mike was on the bottom but not shocked they used the save, as there is still plenty of fodder left (Tim, Andrew, Aaron) and only a few more chances to use it anyway.  I think the only people they would have used the save for are Lee, Crystal, Banshee and Mike which is my guess for the judges' preferred top 4. 

Best part of the night for me: David Archuleta's full version of Imagine was wonderful. 
3348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 08, 2010, 05:21:51 PM
Announced today:

300,000 sold on day one, 450,000 sales to date
3500 iPad apps already available, 3.5 million apps downloaded

Not a bad opening week!

P.S.  And as noted Multitasking is coming in iPhone OS 4!
3349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: April 08, 2010, 05:20:21 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 08, 2010, 05:16:07 PM

Multi-tasking is in!

*one of 7 tent-pole features, Jobs says

Thank God we can stop hearing people bitching and moaning about it!
3350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 07, 2010, 11:55:51 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 07, 2010, 09:01:51 PM

Anyone pick up Godfinger, published by the same company, ngmoco?  It's another free to play that has a store to buy things if you wish.  Reminds me of Pocket God, but it gives you goals to do in the game.

Also, unlike We Rule, you can turn the screen any way you wish.  Not sure why they made We Rule only face the one way.

I've tried it out, it's kind of amusing but somehow not quite as addictive as We Rule, even though it arguably has more "gameplay."
3351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 07, 2010, 06:32:27 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on April 07, 2010, 03:28:07 PM

The actors for Desmond and Penny are always awesome together.  They make most of the cast look like amateurs.

It's not just that they are better actors but their chemistry is impeccable.  I really think (though it might have been considered cheesy) they should have nabbed Desmond for FlashForward.  My biggest problem with FF is that Penny has like zero chemistry with Joseph Fiennes, particularly in comparison with her chemistry with Desmond.  He should be a good actor, but you just can't fake good chemistry.
3352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Official 2010 American Idol Thread on: April 07, 2010, 04:47:01 AM
Coming at you live for the first time via the iPad!!  Typing is working pretty good so far but i apologize in advance for the typos.  Oops bad news no arrow keys so I couldn't go down, which really sucks because going down is critical!  Had to switch to bluetooth keyboard...

Aaron - Long and winding road. Sadly aaron shows he is no David Archuleta, singing the same song with basically the same arrangement as Archie used last year and doing a mediocre job of it.  Luckily there's still fodder to go before him.

Katie - Let it Be.   I was really nervous when I heard the sound choice, I thought it might go horribly wrong.  Instead she surprises me with a really pretty version of the song, and I thought her voice sounded really good.  It just worked for her all in all.

Andrew - Can't Buy Me Love.  I guess it was OK but I really didn't like it, or maybe I just don't like him.

Big Mike - Lonely people.  I didn't like this at all from him.  Like simon i agree he went backwards from his previous foray showing really strong R&B vocals, overly dramatic

Crystal - Come Together.  I thought this was going to be awesome but it seemed to go out of tune and get kind of screamy and screechy in parts which kind of lost it for me.  Still a decent performance though.  judges still drool over her.  

Tim - All My Lovin.  Ummm, Tim sings kind of like a cute little robot and does a decent but bland version.  The judges lighten up on him (clearly external influences this week) considerably and give him nice pats on the back like they would pet a cute puppy.  This should be the end of the road for him, as they use a different tactic to make sure he gets no sympathy votes.

Casey - Jealous Guy.  I've never heard the song.  I like that he's changed his general style up and gone much more serious and heartfelt as the judges put it.  Very different and "sensitive" - good for him because I was getting sick of him.  I thought this was his best performance.

Banshee Magneto - Across the Universe.  Starts out soft and pretty and tasteful, can she just stay with this?  Wow, she did it!!!  Just a few big notes but not a single scream, good for her!!!  I thought it was really a beautiful rendition, but a tiny bit boring.

Lee - Hey Jude.  The only good background sequence showing he really is incredibly nervous and neurotic about going home, etc.  I guess it's not faked.  Love the joke about him and Andrew having Danny Gokey babies.  I don't know about the performance/arrangement (and what's up with the bagpipes?), but I really do like the sound of his voice and he's really my type in many ways.  I still wish he'd pick a full-on modern rock song one of these nights.

Bottom 3 is tough to figure out at this point, obviously Tim has a spot.  Based on just this week, I'd say Aaron and Andrew.  But I think Katie has fallen out of favor so she may also be in danger.  I just can't see anything saving Tim at this point.
3353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 07, 2010, 03:09:34 AM

Quote from: DonD on April 06, 2010, 09:16:08 PM

Warpgate is the feature article on TouchArcade today.  FWIW, it's absolutely glowing in it's praise of the game.

Heh, I was just about to post the same thing.  Here's the link:

Review convinced me to get it, just the zoom in/out thing sounds really cool and I like that it seems to have a lot of depth but still support casual play.
3354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 06, 2010, 06:17:47 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 06, 2010, 03:13:32 PM

No, but you can have Rittchard order 200 gowns, 1000 candlesticks, and 2000 hot dogs in sequence leaving you wondering just what kind of evening he has planned for himself.

"It was a fun-filled evening for all" indeed.

This is pretty much status quo at my house every night.  But you forgot the most important thing: the giant jumping frog that everyone has to lick first.
3355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason): Final Season! on: April 06, 2010, 06:14:22 PM

Quote from: lex on April 06, 2010, 02:17:58 AM

What are they going to do now?  Show Jack and Renee have breakfast?

Yeah but only after they GET IT ON!!!!

Pretty good 2 hours last night, I was pleasantly surprised and definitely caught off guard with the ending. 

And as much as I hate the inconsistent writing on Starbuck, she is so much better as a fighting, semi-crazy bitchy psycho than she was earlier in the season. 
3356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: April 06, 2010, 06:10:44 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 06, 2010, 11:59:40 AM

Quote from: disarm on April 06, 2010, 01:29:25 AM

awesome episode...definitely would have made a great end to the season/series if they hadn't gotten the extension, but i can't wait to see what they do next icon_cool
Yeah I was enjoying the last few minutes and thinking, "they should've saved this for the series finale."  icon_smile

Exact same thought from me - even the way they filmed it felt like a (pretty satisfying) series finale.  I wonder what was up with that.
3357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 06, 2010, 05:50:09 PM

Quote from: Chaz on April 05, 2010, 11:55:28 PM

Win7 (and Vista before it) have so far made the updating process pretty seamless and invisible.  Every so often, I get up in the morning to find that my PC has installed a new update.  That's pretty much it.  I imagine that's pretty similar to the Mac process (or do they just forgo updates, and compile them into their yearly cat-themed new OS version?).  I feel like if your laptop isn't usable out of the box, you should probably take it back and get one that is.  If it's not usable because you're installing a whole new OS on it and that requires all kinds of drivers, well, is that the laptop's fault, or yours?

I'm a fan of Windows 7 as well, which is why I ended up installing it on all the netbooks I've owned.  I had one come with XP, and the other 2 with Vista.  Admittedly that was my issue for not being satisfied with the installed OS, but honestly Vista on a netbook with 1GB of RAM was not pretty.  XP was OK but it was really time to upgrade.

That said, there's still something different beween the end user experience even when things are all set up.  I can go weeks without sync-ing/rebooting my iPhone or doing any sort of "maintenance" and I hope the iPad will be similar.  My PCs (and Macs as well) are often updating and requiring reboots, which is obviously not a big deal, but still an annoyance in relative comparison.  All other things equal, wouldn't it be nice to not have to see the "!" or get pop-ups about software updates?

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Regarding overheating and bad wifi, haven't seen either problem yet.  I've had my wireless go a bit wonky once but I think it was because my iMac was trying to download the entire season of Glee at once and sucking up all available bandwidth.  I didn't think that should matter but as soon as I stopped it things went back to normal.

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Bathroom use - hell yeah!  It's not much different from reading a magazine or book or newspaper and in some ways is easier.  You just have to be careful, and set it down somewhere before touching anything unclean. 
3358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 05, 2010, 11:13:06 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on April 05, 2010, 11:00:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 05, 2010, 06:38:05 PM

if your pc is updating every 10 hours with new drivers and security updates, you may want to have someone take a look at it.  My guess is you have a virus.

Every 10 hours? No. He never said that, neither - you just pulled that out of your behind.

The first 10 hours? Hell yes. And that's what he said.

I think he was trying to be funny but I totally didn't get the joke.  If it wasn't a joke it was a total misread of what I wrote. 

Here's a short version of the "out of box" experience for the Archos 9 tablet: install battery, wait for battery to charge, turn on and run standard windows first time setup.  Install drivers, find out the touch interface was optimized for Win 7 Ultimate.  Install all Windows updates prior to using Windows upgrade.  Install Windows upgrade - ends up after a day in Fail.  Install Win 7 Ultimate from scratch (need external drive).  Windows Update.  Down load and re-install all newest drivers.  Windows update.  Install various keyboard solutions because included one sucks.  etc etc.  Within the first few days I must have rebooted about 20 times.   The last netbook I got was not quite this bad, but there were still plenty of updates, drivers and reboots before I got it up and running the way I wanted.
3359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 05, 2010, 10:12:30 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on April 05, 2010, 09:46:43 PM

I guess it is all in the frame of mind. From how I see them marketing it it is a replacement for netbooks. What netbook doesn't have a USB port or SD card slot? It's forcibly limiting you in what you can do. It is a direction things are going that I'm not liking.

Believe it or not, I do agree with you for the most part on the file transfer options.  They are all more or less "work-around" things and more intended a "cloud" device.  My guess is they just didn't want to support the gazillion things they would have had to if they flat out put in a USB port.  And as for SD, they probably didn't want to pick a single format to support over all the others on the device, and leave that to the peripheral/accessory side.  But those are just excuses, certainly some kind of easier traditional file system would have been nice.

That said I think your comment above really hits the nail on the head, so to speak.  I think a lot of the "conflict" comes in terms of frame of mind and your expectations based on your frame of mind.  If you look at the marketing, there isn't anything directly saying they are netbook replacements.  Yes, there is cross over in functionality, but the whole "netbook killer" idea is more something coming from reviewers and forumgoers.  The fact is a netbook (particularly newer ones) is going to do a lot of things more effectively than the iPad can, particularly as you've mentioned in terms of handling files and peripherals.  But another fact is that there is a subset of people (say like my parents) who don't want or need all that extra stuff that we've grown used to, and the iPad offers a superior interface to do things like surf the web or read ebooks.  

So if you wanted to be critical, you could argue this is basically a "dumbed down" machine to make things easier for the general populace.  On the flip side, you could argue it's doing things smarter and more efficiently to make life easier on the end user.  You handle all your file transfers and printing, etc on the desktop or laptop, and this guy is merely the hub that benefits after you've (or someone else has) done the hard stuff on the other machine.

Like it or not, the iPad and subsequent tablet/pads are creating a new niche that's independent of the traditional ones (netbook, laptop, eReader, portable game console, PMP, etc) we are used to.  Of course there will be a lot of crossover, but they simply aren't intended to replace all of these things in one fell swoop.
3360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [iPhone/iPad] We Rule!!! addiction on: April 05, 2010, 09:55:51 PM
Oh no, just when you thought it was safe, ngmoco has another one of these inane games (also on Plus and also free).  Has anyone tried this?
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