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3441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: April 17, 2009, 06:42:19 PM
Heh, forgot about that ep title.  Definitely agree Jacob is some sort of key father figure in the endgame.  All our main characters are "Lost" without their daddies, so maybe he has to help them find themselves.  Or something.

Nice episode guide site, and interesting to see the Final 4 eps this season:

 99.   5-14        514     29 Apr 09   The Variable
100.   5-15        515      6 May 09   Follow the Leader
101.   5-16        516     13 May 09   The Incident (1)
102.   5-17        517     13 May 09   The Incident (2)

The Variable - dare we hope for a Desmond sequel to "The Constant" (one of my all time favorite episodes of any show of all time)?

(EDIT:  looks like it will be a Daniel focused episode, oh well.  Still hoping it's a winner!)

Follow the Leader - maybe a Jack episode?  He's been pretty quite this season.  Or more likely Locke...

The Incident - what incident is this referring to? Something we have or haven't seen before?  I'm pretty sure it will involve Dr. Change (I read something in TV Guide).  Didn't they mention the numbers/hatch thing went awry once before?  Will it be an incident that our Losties themselves cause in order to try to get back in their correct time?

Can't believe there's only 4 more.  I love this show so much!
3442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 17, 2009, 06:32:20 PM

Quote from: Space Herpes on April 17, 2009, 06:04:55 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 17, 2009, 04:54:00 PM

Last game we played I used TB myself to make sure I wasn't just seeing Ring of Fire from the victim's standpoint.  Within 10 minutes the other players pretty much all quit and logged out of the game since it was such BS. frown

Isn't balance pretty much the most difficult thing to get right in these games (strickly gameplay speaking)?  Players always seem to find the one unbalancing power and exploit it.  The heart thing sounds easily fixed, but balance the Demigods will likely take some serious tweeking.  Sins had the same problem with LRM units.  Blizzard constantly tweeks their games for quite some time to balance things out.  Hopefully, the biggest imbalance will get ironed out in a couple of weeks.

Yes, class balance for PvP is tough, particularly when you now mix two styles of play - but still, this game was in Beta for a long time.  You'd think something that sounds fairly obvious like this would have been discovered fairly early on...
3443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 16, 2009, 09:18:31 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on April 16, 2009, 01:21:35 PM

Thanks for the feedback.  I think I'll give this one a miss, fun as it sounds.  I don't really like playing online unless it's an MMORPG.

In all honesty I've only been playing SP and have already had a lot of fun doing different maps and trying different characters.  It's kind of GW-ish in that respect, except you have even more control over your practice arena and opponents, so you might actually enjoy it.  There are a ton of "achievements" as well, such as beating all the maps, beating opponents X times, etc etc.  I'm having trouble deciding if I should play it out with all the characters and experiment, or focus my attention and practice just getting good at a single character/build (presently I've played a FrostMage type the most).

My biggest problem with the game is the lack of a decent tutorial, and that manual was not very helpful.  There are a lot of details I'm just having to find in the middle of a battle, which is a bit frustrating considering I've played close to maybe 10 hours now.  I didn't find the Store til my 3rd skirmish, the artifact store I was told about for my 4th, I still don't quite know the limits of minions/summoning, I don't know what the favor points mentioned are, etc etc. 

BTW, I believe Fry's has it on sale for $34.99, and I think that's a great price for this game.
3444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harper's Island (TV) on: April 16, 2009, 09:10:25 PM
I watched it, seemed OK I guess.  Ratings were decent, it beat out Southland I believe.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Seeing Harry Hamlin get chopped in half was worth the price of entry.

How they are going to get around people dying every episode should be interesting, as once it becomes obvious you'd think everyone would just leave the island.  Unless of course they can't leave the island because it is moving in space/time slywink
3445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: April 16, 2009, 09:07:29 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on April 16, 2009, 04:18:56 PM

Interesting episode.
       
My favorite moments:
   
1. The reveal of Miles' father.
2. Hurley writing Empire Strikes Back for Lucas, with improvements. smile
3. Juliet saying to Kate, "Now, it starts." (or something to that effect).
4. Daniel returning to the island.

I also liked the "you're just jealous your powers aren't as cool" line.  Decent moments as you mentioned, but overall I was disappointed and for the first time this season a bit bored.  This seemed to hearken back to Season 2 where it was the introductory flashback episode of a character.  At this point they have so few episodes left it doesn't feel like there's enough time for this kind of fill-in backstory.  There was no resolution of his dad issue, we don't know how/why the dad left him as a baby (clearly the mom takes baby back to the mainland, possibly from actions the Losties have set in motion), how/why he got his powers, etc - in other words he still likely has another episode coming, or they'll just drop it all.

Also is it me or does every character in Lost have some sort of deep seeded Daddy issue?  Jack, Claire, Hurley, Sun, Kate, Sawyer, Ben, Locke, Walt/Michael, arguably Penny, now Miles.  For that matter even the ones I don't really remember have fairly absent father figures, like Charlie, Juliet, Desmond, those 2 that died in season 1, Eko, Daniel, etc etc.  These writers are daddy obsessed!  In fact if there is one commonality in all the characters it's their daddy issues.
3446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 16, 2009, 08:58:10 PM
YK I don't necessarily mean screechy as a direct criticism for Adam, maybe I should say "screamy"?  I don't particularly like it when he does it, but he does do a good job of it relatively speaking.  I do think he can get a bit gratuitous with it, like he thinks he needs to throw in an obligatory scream the way Michael Jackson used to throw in a "woohoo".

DISCO week next week, oh my.

Suggestions anyone?

LiL: I'm Every Woman (and by every I mean EVERY) or better yet, Respect (shoving her finger into Simon's ass as she sings it)

Kris: How Deep is Your Love? (I will melt finding out how deep his "love" is, and apparently YK will too)

Allison: Don't Leave Me This Way (because someone has to sing it)

Matt G: Last Dance (because it will be his last chance)

Anoop: Stayin Alive (because that's what he's been doin)

Gokey: Shake Your Groove Thing (so he can shake his big ass some)

Adam:  Far too many choices.  I Will Survive (in Priscilla gear), It's Raining Men (in a glammed out raincoat), I'm Coming Out (sporting Diana Ross wig in his "bravest" performance yet), I'm Every Woman (dressed as Chaka Khan)

VH1's greatest disco songs:  http://www.disco-disco.com/other/vh1.shtml
3447  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 15, 2009, 11:58:17 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on April 15, 2009, 08:41:43 PM

oops I forgot Chris.  He was decent, I didn't think it was a great version of the song, but a good performance.  I'm starting to think he's got a chance to win the whole thing, but I hope not.  Nobody that good looking and talented deserves more good things to happen to them.

Slight derail:  may I just say it's really refreshing when a straight guy can flat out (and comfortably) say/admit another guy is good-looking/handsome/hot or whatever.  I have a straight friend (who knows I'm gay) who always clams up and becomes uncomfortable when the topic is another guy being attractive (he's slowly becoming more OK with it though).  It's kind of funny, since I'm always on the alert for hot chicks and I often have to point them out for him.  Just have to remind people that appreciating beauty/handsomeness/hotness or whatever is not going to turn you gay or straight lol. 

Back OT: Don't think Kris has a chance, Adam has it wrapped up barring a bizarre turn of events.
3448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 15, 2009, 08:34:13 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 15, 2009, 05:02:39 PM

It's not really a RTS.   It's a lot more like a pvp diablo with a RTS running automatically in the background.  Very fun.

That's the best description of the game I've seen to date!

I had doubts and relatively negative impressions of the game from my first two forays, but last night I finally got into the game deeper and it was a blast.  I can finally start to see what some of the other guys are/were talking about.  That said I still feel like a complete n00b and am leery to get into MP.

Suggestions if you are just starting:

- Choose Single Player skirmish mode and maybe pick a larger map.  If you can, just have yourself and maybe at most 1 more ally facing off against the opponent.  My first 2 games there was just too much going on independent of me, I felt overwhelmed and like I wasn't a part of the game.

- Ignore everything else and spend some time looking at your spell trees so you can start getting an idea of how you want to play or specialize in.

- Mouse over all the nearby structures and see if there is anything interesting.

- Click on the STORE and review all the items for purchase - it took me 3 games to finally find it lol, what an idiot. 

- Mess around with the controls and camera scheme, holding the spacebar down gives you mouse control over the camera, which you'll likely want to use a lot.  I also like panning around with WASD.  Right click does most of the important stuff (move and attack) while left click selects a target or target area after you hit a spell hotkey; unfortunately it doesn't look like you can reverse that to go Diablo style. 

- After all that restart your first real game.
3449  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: April 15, 2009, 08:24:07 PM

Quote from: kadnod on April 15, 2009, 07:29:19 PM

Note to Peter Petrelli:

Weather controll beats flight, dumbass!



LMAO, the entire sequence I was literally yelling at the TV, go get Storm's power now!!!!!

3450  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 15, 2009, 05:44:29 AM
I was off from the judges tonight, maybe my ears need tuning.

Allison - I really wanted this to be good, and in my imagination it was going to be good, even the preview with QT seemed decent.  But the actual performance sounded horrible to me, lots of voice cracking and off key notes and some parts missing, trying too hard to sound raspy.  I dunno what the judges heard but they loved her.  Simon takes the opportunity to bitchslap Little Big Rounds for no apparent reason (that we know of) by saying Allison is the only good girl.  There's only 2 girls Simon, we all can count.

Gorky - Endless Love?  Biiiiiiiiitttttccchhhh Please!!!  He sang it OK but I swear if he had a tear come down and dedicated it to his dead wife I'd throw a chair through my TV.  Simon nicely tells him he's boring and no David Cook.  Which we all already knew.

Glamby - back to screechy.  So yes we have established he can alternate between screechy and softy.  Any other tricks?  Paula says he's brave.  I call BS again - brave would be to come out in drag and embrace his true self.  Born to Be Wild?  Predictable and safe, and oh yes, screechy.

Anoop Dog - Oh god please not Bryan Adams.   Oh yes baby Everything you do, I do it for Anoop.  Ugh ugh ugh.  He sang it well enough but good god, I can barely stand to hear this song again on this show.  Might buy him out of the bottom 3 though, or at least keep him afloat.

Matt G - speaking of Bryan Adams, am I the only one who hates this song?  I'd actually prefer to hear the Robin Hood one instead.  Hasn't it been sung on Idol like a gazillion times?  Anyway, I thought he did OK but the judges tore him a new one.  I'm hoping this will knock him out this week but who knows. 

Kris - sooooooo adorable, his singing makes me quiver like a little girl.  I love staring at his mouth, mmmm.  Some song I never heard, kind of boring but I thought he sung it with a heartfelt rendition and his voice sounded gorgeous.  Plus points for making a boring song sound good.  Minus points for a boring choice.

Lil Biggie - tries a gospel(?) version of The Rose.  OK the idea sounds good but her "artistry" is simply not up to snuff.  She should let someone else guide her.  It's sad and Simon slaps her around some more.  She tries to defend herself but it's all very awkward, and she mumbles about making it more R&B - huh I thought she said gospel to QT?  Oh well whatever, I thought it was decent and she looked pretty good tonight.  I love how her hair and look changes each week. 


Bottom 3: Matt G, Lil and Anoop.  Matt G goes.  (This is just wishful thinking of course)
3451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you seen Saw? on: April 14, 2009, 09:47:50 PM
I think it would have been more interesting if you got to be Jigsaw and devise ways to torture and maim a bunch of good guys.  Kind of like that dungeon/overlord whatever game but more demented.
3452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NBA Playoffs 2009 on: April 14, 2009, 06:15:22 PM
They are almost upon us, any predictions?

Cavs are looking pretty dominant, but can they truly crush Boston when it really counts?  Still comes down to KG's health, I'd say.

My Lakers should still be contenders, but they are filled with holes and weaknesses to exploit (Fisher and Walton to name a couple), and face 2 potentially bad matchups (Utah and Portland) in the first and second rounds.  And even if they can make it, do they have the right stuff to take out Cleveland or Boston?  And don't count Orlando out yet either, who beat the Lakers soundly twice this year.

The West is crazy, it looks like the entire playoff lineup is in flux and won't be settled until Wednesday's games.  Not sure how all the tiebreak scenarios work.
3453  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 14, 2009, 06:10:45 PM
Quentin Tarentino is the "mentor" this week for film songs.  I'm not sure what qualifies him, but didn't he also do this once before?

Anyway, here's hoping Adam will sing something from Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
3454  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: April 14, 2009, 06:04:46 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on April 14, 2009, 04:48:52 PM

Quote from: dmd on April 14, 2009, 03:01:19 PM

Looks like Jack is going to have to snap his neck.

Don't jump to conclusions yet. Things aren't always as they seem.

I think the President's daughter is Hodges boss.

Spoiler for Hiden:
So you think they are going to do the fake death thing again (for FBI guy)?  Looked pretty bad.
3455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 14, 2009, 06:01:52 PM
Thanks for the manual link, I was just whining elsewhere that I had no idea how to play or what was going on in the game lol.

Did anyone else have a horrible load time to start a battle?  I tried a SP tournament last night and it took like 5-10 minutes to load in.  I actually thought it had crashed.  But then this morning I did a skirmish and it loaded in seconds. 
3456  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: April 13, 2009, 08:29:46 PM
What is a "runty" desktop lol?
3457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 13, 2009, 08:27:31 PM
That's odd, they made a big fuss about shutting down servers until release date on Tuesday, oh well.

Is there any offline or single player campaign mode, etc?
3458  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on: April 13, 2009, 08:21:52 PM
That's funny, I was going to start a thread on this but forgot.  I went to buy it last week and it was sold out everywhere near me, and online it was backordered as well.  Finally settled on the Kindle version for now, though eventually I'll probably pick up the book since it has some cool illustrations  thumbsup
3459  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: April 10, 2009, 09:06:39 PM

Quote from: Fellow on April 10, 2009, 07:54:36 PM

I think the biggest issue that I'm struggling with is the direction. They've shifted gears so many times within this season (right down to the personalities of the cast), and most of last season as well, that I'm not exactly sure where any of it is headed anymore. And I don't think they do either. It's like they had several individuals in charge, each having a different idea of where things should go towards, and then when the changing of the guards occurred, so did the direction of the story. It all just feels so disjointed and lacking any semblance of cohesiveness.

Having said that, I've noticed the characters to be a bit more ground to earth and actually behaving the way they used to since Fuller came back into the picture, so hopefully in the next Season, if there's still to be one, they'll actually have an overarching plot again.

I don't think it's "like" what you described above - it is EXACTLY what you described above that happened.  I think they changed exec producers once or twice, fired people, etc etc. and only the last few episodes were stabilized with (I believe) some of the original staff.  They did announce they were picked up again for next season.

http://tvbythenumbers.com/2009/03/05/nbc-exec-heroes-definitely-back-for-fall/13983
3460  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: April 10, 2009, 06:21:14 PM

Quote from: naednek on April 10, 2009, 03:48:53 PM

I think Locke is actually Jacob.

That would be an interesting twist, I presume you mean new/undead/rezzed Locke?  Because otherwise you'd have to explain why old Locke was going to visit Jacob on a number of occasions.  Unless it was a journey to "find himself" slywink

In other random rumors, I saw a note on some guy who has been cast - rumor is that he may be playing Jacob.

Also rumored, Juliette may be going soon - as she was cast on the new V series.
3461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: April 10, 2009, 06:18:06 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on April 10, 2009, 05:41:49 PM

You got PM Ritt.

Thx!

Just read the RC/Vista upgrade info, I see what you all mean about waiting.  I read one rumor that it was actually due out today, but most others were saying May.  I don't think I can stand another month of Vista on my netbook lol, the load time is just torturous.
3462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 10, 2009, 06:14:56 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 10, 2009, 05:47:02 PM

The thing that may derail Adam is the stupid sappy song that wins the song writing contest.  Can you see him singing "This is my now" that Cook and Archie had to sing last year?  On second thought it could be cool to see what he does with it. 

I actually think he would do a bang up job.  Keep in mind he is GAY, and those songs are UBER gay to the 10th power.  His whole background is theatrical so I'd say it's much easier for him to "transform" and absorb a gayish-girly song than someone like, say, Daughtry.  Remember Cook was also theatrically trained but trying to maintain a rocker-ish image.  This is why he was able to win last year because he had a lot of that inner-theatrics in him as well.  All he has to do is sing about half of it normal and then screech for a minute or two - cue applause and rabid Paula/Kara praise.  Or do his Mark II image, and sing the whole thing mellowed out in falsetto. 
3463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: April 10, 2009, 04:01:04 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 10, 2009, 01:54:25 AM

Actually, I thought that the only version they offered was a 64-bit version... I need to fire up my AA1 and take a look.

Nope, there were definitely two different pull-downs at the time, one for 32 and one for 64-bit.  I tried installing the 64-bit version but apparently the Atom is only 32-bit.
3464  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: April 09, 2009, 11:05:05 PM
Does anyone have access to or know where I can access/download the 32-bit version of the Win 7 beta?  I only grabbed the 64-bit at the time of release and now apparently the download is gone, but I can still get a 32-bit key.  Would like to try it on a netbook.
3465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC]Southland on: April 09, 2009, 09:08:50 PM

Quote from: depward on April 09, 2009, 08:45:34 PM

Looking forward to watching it.  I liked the first season of the OC (OMG RYAAAAN!) and I like Benjamin whateverhisnameis.  SO I'll give it a shot.

He's soooooooo dreamy smile

I also like Shawn Hatosy and Tom Everett Scott so I'm gonna get my fill of love from the show.
3466  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: April 09, 2009, 06:29:28 PM
Side note: I was able to use DX9res from this site:

http://www.kegetys.net/misc/

to "override" the resolution setting in Elven Legacy.  In order to get it working properly I had to also change the setting in one of the game video cfg files.  But after that, game played great and looked fine! 

Note this was on the N10J with the 9300M GS processor active, I don't know if it would also work for the GMA950.  Though the Intel chip seems to have its own set of solutions for this.
3467  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 09, 2009, 06:16:18 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on April 09, 2009, 04:47:33 PM

Quote from: PaulBot on April 09, 2009, 04:34:53 PM

I still think Danny & Adam are driving steamrollers and everyone else is doomed to be squished.

I'm not so sure about Danny's steamroller. He is less impressive every week, where Adam keeps impressing.

I agree with this, he's getting pretty dull and predictable.  Though in this sad bunch who would you replace him with in the Final 2?

Anoop - fodder, should be gone soon

Matt - every time he makes his "sexy face" I want to puke (he did it during the group song last night), one more misstep and he should be gone (more Coldplay!)

Big Rounds - already covered, not top material and is fading fast

That leaves Kris and Allison.  As cute as he is, and even with a couple good showings of artistry, I never pegged Kris for Final 2 material.  Maybe Final 4 if he's lucky.  Allison would be the ideal candidate for F2.  The judges love her, she can be cloned into Kelly Clarkson as she's young and marketable and does indeed have a good stage/singing presence.  Honestly I think the girl just needs a good makeover.  The whacked out pink hair and bizarre wardrobe does nothing to make her doofy face look any better.  Jordin Sparks was not the best looking girl out there, but they managed to make her look pretty good a few times.  My guess is she has the highest percent chance of getting the Judges save if she screws up in the next week or 2.

So more than likely it will be Gokey and Glambert to the end, with Glammy taking the win.  Yawn.  My only hope for excitement is for Glammy to come out in drag for one of the performances, with Paula and Kara start screaming "You Go Girl!"


P.S.  Sorry Scotty, but you had to go.  They played a clip of his song on the radio this morning and omg it was fully cringe-worthy.  I thought he was fun, but sadly he was just OK as a singer, all sorts of pitch problems and bad notes they let him get away with. 
3468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: April 09, 2009, 06:04:53 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on April 09, 2009, 05:56:01 PM

I think it's really Locke.  For instance, Christian has always been a little esoteric and mysterious, while John went out of his way to tell Sun that it's really him.

Michael Emerson is a fantastic actor.  I thought he knocked it out of the park.  I loved how he actually seemed out of his element.  Normally, he always seems in control, even when it doesn't look like he is.  However, I knew throughout the entire episode that he was totally freaked.  He was trying to get back in control (like by killing Cesar), but he just couldn't.  In his facial expressions, his tics, all those subtle clues, he blew me away.

I was thinking the same thing the whole episode.  He's always been a great actor, but this one really was a showcase for all sorts of acting styles and reactions.  As you said his various facial expressions were spot on throughout all the sequences, and there were a ton.  Though the younger version of him with hair was a little tough to swallow  icon_razz  The whole episode just felt so... full, in a great way, it was like watching the entire series and filling in all the blanks.  I realize not many blanks were actually filled, but it felt like it, so that was wonderful. 

Not sure what was up with Jordin Sparks going Warlord, but as mentioned my guess is she is Widmore related.

P.S.  Anyone read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Though I was very happy Penny didn't die, the whole sequence where he goes to kill her played out almost 100% as I imagined it, so I was a bit disappointed.  It just felt too predictable, although I'm glad of the outcome.

I loved mean Alex at the end giving Ben the bitchslap.  Nice!

More ANUBIS baby!!!

I just realized some of my spoiler points were already spoiled.  What is our spoiler etiquette for this thread, since it already does say spoilers in the title?
3469  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: April 08, 2009, 11:07:19 PM

Quote from: Canuck on April 08, 2009, 09:58:02 PM

I heard that Dell is releasing the Mini 10 that comes with a 13XXx768 screen.  I hope alll other netbook companies start following suit.

Yup, I think I posted that a few posts up smile  Disappointing that the N10J with graphics capabilities to support the higher rez doesn't provide it on screen.  I'm trying to see if I can find any work around, but thus far it looks like you can do that compression thing with the Intel graphics, just not with nVidia.   thumbsdown
3470  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hottest Book: Pride and Prejudice... and Zombies!! on: April 08, 2009, 11:04:35 PM
I read a review of this the other day and just thought it was a hilarious idea:

http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-Classic-Ultraviolent/dp/1594743347/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239231621&sr=1-1

Went to Borders today to pick it up and it was sold out!  I thought I was the only freak who'd be into something like this but apparently not.  Went to check online and Amazon, Borders and Barnes all have it on backorder, though apparently some still have it in store if you are willing to drive around.

I finally decided to just grab the Kindle version on my iPhone.  It's kind of nice because I was intermittently reading the original version on the Classics app. 

Just the first sentence was worth all the trouble: 

Quote
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
3471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2009, 10:11:58 PM

Quote from: Crawley on April 08, 2009, 06:46:13 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 08, 2009, 03:57:52 PM

When he started singing I turned to my wife and screamed, "HOLY SHIT!  THAT'S THE GEARS OF WAR SONG!"

When he started singing my wife turned to me and in a little girl voice said "He's sooooo coooool!!!!" And she was not kidding around. I died a little inside when I secretly agreed with her.

That's it, I'm pulling out the big guns, show this to your wife:

http://www.theinsider.com/photos/1767113_American_Idol_s_Adam_Lambert_is_a_hot_Drag_Queen

3472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 08, 2009, 06:49:52 PM
Here's the dates from the email I just got:

Quote
Dear Demigod beta tester,

Everyone at Stardock and Gas Powered Games would like to thank you for the time and effort you put into testing Demigod. Your feedback and opinions have been used to help mold the game into what we are proud to release next Tuesday, April 14th.

We would like to notify you of a couple of important dates on the horizon:

Wednesday, April 8th, evening (Eastern Standard Time) – In preparation for the final release, all Demigod-related services will be shut down for upgrades and maintenance. Your registration for Demigod will be temporarily turned off as well. Please do not panic! This is planned event as part of our preparation for the big day. You will not be able to download/update Demigod or play any games online until…

Tuesday, April 14th – The Final Release! Your registration for Demigod will be turned back on and you will be given full access to the final version of the game along with any updates that are made so that you have the most up to date version possible.

We look forward to playing against you and your friends online!

Thank you again and we hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend!



So looks like next Tuesday is the official date. 
3473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elven Legacy - Out Today! 4/7/09 on: April 08, 2009, 06:43:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 07, 2009, 06:39:21 PM

Ritt, I THINK you can copy the files over and as long as you put them in the correct place it will check before downloading and find it alright.

This did work BTW, thanks!  Unfortunately my netbook didn't support the resolution and crashed out on me, grrrr.
3474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elven Legacy - Out Today! 4/7/09 on: April 08, 2009, 06:42:52 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 08, 2009, 05:32:43 PM

Picked this up last night... only got through the first mission... not really sure what I think of it yet.

Same with me.  I had played Fantasy Wars for a bit and really liked it, and this is really really really a sequel, or maybe in feel more of an expansion.  So clearly it's good news if you loved FW, but if not, it's probably not for you.  If you never played FW but love TBS, it may still be worth a look.

For those not familiar with FW, I believe it was based on an old SSI hex-based turn-based strategy game called Fantasy General.  In traditional hex-game format, you never leave the main map (unlike say HOMM or KB), and all steps are hex based (surprise!).  In that game, battles were carried out by your unit kind of nudging onto the target hex.  So the big upgrade here is to full 3D graphics, and when you attack, you see, for instance, your archers firing onto the bad guys.  Personally I really like this style, everything plays out faster and more immediate than HOMM-like games.  Your units do level with xp and gain special skills/spells.  Fairly conventional stuff.  Graphics and effects are good/OK, nothing too stellar or significantly different from FW. 

Game comes with the typical mix of single player, multi and campaign. 

Funny side note, the tutorial for me had some non-English speech, then would change to English and back. 
3475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demigod on: April 08, 2009, 06:34:24 PM
From what I understand, the gameplay was designed basically from the DoTA mod of Warcraft 3.  So supposedly if you liked that this was a sure thing.  The other aspect they touted was a mix of RTS and action-RPG player types, so one type (assassin I think) is more single character (Diablo-ish?) and others are more RTS-ish, summoning stuff, etc. 

I only played one demo phase of the game and while it looked pretty stunning I was not overly impressed with the gameplay.  It looked like the engine had a lot of potential but the map I played was kind of boring and seemed much more RTS than ARPG. 

I have it on preorder so if it's actually out I'll give it a download and see...
3476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year and 1600 posts later on: April 08, 2009, 06:29:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 08, 2009, 02:27:43 PM

Quote from: Kagath on April 08, 2009, 07:46:55 AM

Not wanting to dredge up bad memories or feelings but this place should just construct an on site corral and pond for it's offshoots and have everyone shake hands to get along again. Need some new blood in here again.

just find out where Rip keeps the OO server and nuke it from orbit  icon_wink

Honestly it's the only way to be sure.   thumbsup

In more important news, today is MY one year anniversary!!!!  Wooohooo!!!!    Damn I wanted to use that pink lady icon but I can't get it to show up, oh well!  I'll settle for  ninja2
3477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2009, 06:26:43 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 08, 2009, 06:07:35 AM

What song did Adam sing? Paula's drug induced ramblings caused the show to go overtime by 5 minutes which means my TiVo cut the end off.

The worst part about this is it f-ed up Fringe afterwards as well, so I missed the final 5 minutes!  Damn you Fox!!!

That's funny Pete calls it the Gears of War song, I forgot about that, I still associate it with Donnie Darko.  But yeah, Glambert's all but wrapped this year up barring a serious anti-gay campaign wedged by someone (do it, Gokey!).  You know what would really make this season awesome is if he comes out of the closet during an interview, or better yet in the final round, dresses in drag and sings "I'm Coming Out" to test America's voting.  I would love love love that  icon_razz
3478  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: April 08, 2009, 04:07:45 AM
Tonight coming at you LIVE!!!

Gokey - each week he gets more and more boring for me, I feel bad about picking on him but there it is.  Stand By Me in some other version, yawn.  You are not going to beat the Wailing Fruitcake with stuff like this.  The very last part of the song i thought was decent but the rest was bland.  The judges' heap praise on him, surprise surprise.  Free pass.

Kris - it was bound to happen, all the praise gets to his head and he thinks he can/should Krisify every song out there.  I thought it was kind of a mess and the "pit" thing is more distracting than not.  Might hit the bottom 3 this week.  He's still sexy as all hell though, nice stubble.  Gets my vote.

Lil Copykat - pretty much the same thing yet again.  Lil does Tina this week, she should just do a Vegas show and copy different divas each week.  She does an OK Tina impression, but again, it's just OK.  She continues to show no originality and weaker vocals than 90% of her diva predecessors.  At least she looked good this week, nice outfit that flattened out her huge ass.  Judges concur.  I feel bad for her because at this point I don't think she has any identity of her own to show but the judges keep harping her on it.

Scotty - Starts out OK, wow he plays the guitar.... but then eeek "I look into your eyes" - did he check the lyrics before choosing this song?  Discomfort...rising.  Ack he just cracked a scary note!   Please stop Scotty!!!  The end is decent.  Kara is nice enough to not point out the horrid screech note, but Paula calls him on it nicely.  Amusing enough that I think he'll make it through.

Allison - can she make me love her?  I love this song so we'll see.  Starting out decent, I actually turned the volume UP after Scott's scariness.  Very nice rock ballad rendition, I'll give her a thumbs up and a pass this week.  Agree with the judges - she's clearly this year's Kelly Clarkson.  Also agree with Simon, she's just not that likable.  And by likable I mean pretty.

Mattimberlake - Part Time Lovers?  Really?  OMG wearing a JT hat.  So he's back to JT but a Stevie Wonder version.  I wish Scott would have sang this instead.  Paula gets up and starts dancing, she's gettin horny.  I think the judges are going to like it, but it's just making me uncomfortable.  No don't try scatting, please!  Judges say...  "Incredible on every level!" wtf?!?  I'm out of touch on this one, but looks like he passes this week.

Adam Fagbert - does he really need the final pimp slot?  He goes Donnie Darko on us with a toned down vocal performance similar to his Motown one, but darker.  Can he do the whole thing without screaming?  Do it for me Adam!!!  Very nice falsetto and only one scream.  Kudos!  You are the winner!  Holy crap Simon gives him a standing O.  This season is over unless Gokey can get the drag queen photos plastered on the air.

Bottom 3 - tough this week, but I'll say Lil, Kris and... Anoop.  I really don't know, maybe Anoop finally goes?
3479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Housing: Buy or Rent? on: April 07, 2009, 09:47:41 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 07, 2009, 06:42:40 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 07, 2009, 06:22:05 PM

My partner asked me a question while we were looking at a pretty nice house, which made me feel kind of sad (I guess is the word), something to the effect like "do we even deserve to own a house this nice?" and I was like "ummm do you mean are we bad people so we don't deserve to live in a nice place, or something more financially?" While he said he worded it poorly, I could tell on some level he did mean the former. Anyway, it just made me feel like why the hell don't we deserve it, we've both worked hard all our lives, school for over 20 years for both of us, we rarely take vacations, we try to be nice to people, what the heck!

I don't understand the context or meaning of this question. I thought he was asking it from a position of philanthropy as in maybe we should give our money to people with even less than us...if not that, what did he mean? Why wouldn't you 'deserve' it?

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Or you could move to Raleigh where you get lots for your money! slywink

Funny you mention Raleigh, about 6 years ago the company I was at decided to up and move from CA to the bay area and tried to bring some of the engineers (myself included) with them.  They tried to entice us with the gigantic mansions we could supposedly buy and part of the deal was they would pay selling/buying costs.  I didn't have a place (obviously) so the deal didn't mean as much to me.  Luckily I didn't go, as I heard the company ended up falling apart a few years later lol.

Regarding the first question, I believe his question came from a low-self-esteem point of view, something we've both struggled with in the past.  We both came out of the closet late in life and at a time when things weren't nearly as "gay friendly" which I believe contributed to a lot of depression and anxiety.  I think I've moved past my issues for the most part, but I get the sense there's a part of him deeply buried that never thinks anything he does is good enough, and/or that he simply does not deserve to be happy or have good things happen to him.  Sometimes it comes across as noble and self-sacrificing, other times as disturbing and like some sort of martyr-complex.  That's why the use of the word "deserves" was very telling to me, even though he later tried to pass it off as something else.

But enough psycho-analysis lol, this is a home buying thread!  Ironrod, we do have renter's insurance but I don't think it is anywhere near what the homeowner's insurance estimate is/was going to be.  I'll have to check on this.

Something I found out over lunch.  Apparently FHA loans (3.5% down minimum) can max at over $700k (I forgot the exact number) and still maintain today's 5%ish interest rates.  There may be some other fees associated that I need to learn about but that's kind of nice to know.
3480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1 year and 1600 posts later on: April 07, 2009, 06:49:46 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 07, 2009, 06:33:08 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 07, 2009, 06:24:25 PM

Go go OO Refugees!!!  I still check OO on occasion but for whatever reason I feel/felt much more settled in here. 

Makes you wanna buy a house here doesn't it?

Nice one, Lettuceman!!!  icon_cool

Hmmm I just checked again - I don't even average 2 posts per day here, is that possible?  Maybe due to weekends.  I need to step it up if I want to own property here.
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