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3441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 19, 2009, 06:17:25 PM

Quote from: Toe on March 19, 2009, 05:40:07 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 19, 2009, 05:34:14 PM

You are correct, if it was a straight rip off of Dilana (or didn't Kara reference Jeff Buckley last night?) then Adam is very lucky and may have ended up in the bottom 3 had the voters realized it.

I don't think the voters that vote for Adam would have even the slightest clue who those people are. I think the majority of people voting for Adam are clueless tweeny boppers that still don't know he is a homosexual and was a drag queen before idol.

Last year the winner "ripped off" alternate verisions of songs just about every week, sometimes giving them props later, sometimes not (or it was edited out). I don't think many AI voters care about that type of thing.

Agree with Toe on this, I'd say the majority of people actually dialing in are completely clueless to all the "technicalities" and a lot of the internet chatter.  Hopefully most parents keep their 7-12yo girls off the main internet so they aren't exposed to all the horrors. 

But this makes for an interesting dynamic.  Without the drag queen and boy kissing, Adam would likely be a Finals contender if not a possible pick to win it all.  The question is how long they intend to insulate him and what they may or may not be able to do.  A lot of this depends on the producers and how they choose to "handle" it.  I'm going to presume the combo of his creepiness and gayosity will take him out around the Final 4.  In which case is there anyone there right now to give Gokey a run for it?  Gokey is kind of in the middle of the 2 Davids last year.  He's a clear favorite of the judges, has great vocal talent, but is seeming kind of complacent (a la David A) already.  Aside from his dead wife and great singing, does anything else jump out about him?  Archie had this problem last year when he became the one to beat too early on.  And then the producers turned on him in the midgame when they thought they could create Daughtry 2.0 out of Cook (apparently not). 

So which of these yahoos this year have a chance to beat him?  I'm really not sure at this point.  I don't think any of the girls have it in them and most of the guys I see as fodder (Anoop, Sarver, Kris, Fake JT, Scott).  Which still brings me back to Adam, who I hate but still think is the most interesting of the contestants, at least in a Cook-ish sort of way (whether it's changing things up or stealing others' more obscure versions).
3442  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 19, 2009, 06:00:40 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 19, 2009, 05:38:31 PM

I've heard this before, If two singers want to use a very popular song then they draw for selection order.  Makes you wonder if there is a very limited number of song choices for them to use.  Perhaps Eye Mac is actually getting the high numbers but since he can't read the slip of paper the others are like "Awwww dude you pulled #6 out of the hat again!"

LMAO Zinfan, I love that!!!!  But yeah, this has been mentioned a few times in the past when 2 people want the same song.  I remember David A saying something about it last year in particular.  I don't think it's extremely limited song choices, but I do think the lists are more confined than we might think due to licensing, etc.  Which is why they made a big fuss when Kelly Clarkson and then recently Carrie Underwood opened their "catalog".

- - -

So onto last night!  Nice surprise, bye bye Pinky!!!  Not that I hated her but it broke my Final 5 prediction, and I was clearly way off on Blindy.  It just makes the show more interesting/unpredictable for me now.  So you guys were right about Sarver, he is likely the next to go.  I thought he had a bigger hick fanbase but I guess not.  I like it when they tell you the bottom 3 so you can get a better sense of voting blocks, etc.  I wish they had told us the top 3 too, but oh well. 

One thing they haven't really explained about the new rule: if they use the immunity idol and 2 people get eliminated the next week, how is the order determined?  Do they combine the vote totals or is it strictly based on that week's results?  I wonder if that was part of the reason they chose not to use it last night.  Since Top 10 is a huge deal due to the tour, if they used it and Sarver got kicked the next week, I could see some people getting even more pissed at the lame new rule (which seems to be universally panned AFAIK).

Next week:  MOTOWN, woowoo!  Free ride for Little Short Round!!!!
3443  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3.0 Finally. on: March 18, 2009, 11:23:29 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on March 18, 2009, 11:13:32 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 18, 2009, 10:11:59 PM

That's just horseshit.  Pardon my French here, but I already HAVE MMS working on my Gen 1 iPhone.  They are just being pricks to try to get me to buy a 3G phone.  Classic Apple nonsense....

It's basically half-bullshit. Yes the first iPhone is certainly capable of it, but it has to be done differently due to it using an EDGE network, not 3G. Apple could do it, but they didn't feel like it, and since your two year contract is going to be up before the 3.0 software is released, they figured it's time you upgrade, more money for them.

Just be glad you're even getting software updates at all, most other companies aren't that nice (or if they do, they make it a pain in the ass to upgrade).

Yeah I'm not sure when wanting people to spend more money on new upgrades and products made a company a "prick" - isn't that the whole American way?  icon_razz  Not to mention when you are talking tech - I shudder to think how many times I've upgraded a graphics card for a new GPU or featureset...
3444  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: March 18, 2009, 09:53:28 PM
It's pretty hard to imagine they are so desperate for beta testers to resort to such a tactic, particularly when there are people like me desperate to playtest the game sitting here without an invite.  If they had invited every single person who signed up and still needed more for some reason, maybe...
3445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: March 18, 2009, 09:46:39 PM
I saw the movie opening weekend, and purposely avoided reading the comic book until after (I'm in the middle of it right now).  I definitely enjoyed the movie and genuinely want to watch it again after finishing the book.  The movie as a stand alone felt very heavy to me (for lack of a better word) considering it is/was a comic book move.  Kind of like Sin City in the art/presentation, but even weightier and grittier, dark.  It was difficult to get attached to the characters, even the standouts like Rorschach and Dr. M but I found the overall story intriguing and the ending had enough meat in it to keep it on my mind for days after.

Reading the book now, I can really see some of the problems with bringing this to the big screen.  It is definitely a faithful adaptation thus far, but perhaps too much so.  The series is episodic, and each episode is told not only from different perspectives, but using different storytelling methods.  So one issue is Rorschach's journal, another is Rorshach talking to his psychiatrist, another is from Dr. M's perspective bouncing force back and forth in time.  It's comparable in some ways to Lost, where each week you have a different character focus, sometimes with flashbackd or flash forwards or whatever to best drive the story forward.  This is very cool while reading the series, but makes for some difficult storytelling for a movie in terms of providing a consistent narrative.  I really think it would be better served as a cable TV series, where each episode could be fully fleshed out in a particular story-telling method. 

Still, I think the movie was about as well done as you could hope in compressing all this material into < 3 hours and providing a powerful experience.
3446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN reviews Suikoden : Tierkreis - 8.8 on: March 18, 2009, 09:17:38 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 18, 2009, 09:07:35 PM

Anyone going to pick it up?  I am torn.  I want to but I know that I don't really have the game time to actually play it.

Ditto here.  I loved the original, but that was a long long time ago and my patience level has decreased.  Still I can hear it calling me...  Is it actually out in stores today?
3447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Suikoden Tierkreis: OhMyGodWhyAreYouTalkingSoFast?!! on: March 18, 2009, 09:16:37 PM
Is this:

part of the dialog?
3448  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 18, 2009, 08:40:10 PM
I hate pimping other websites all the time, but this guy's American Idol reviews are just so damn funny:
3449  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Mortal Online Beta Signup on: March 18, 2009, 08:24:12 PM
Another new MMORPG - sandbox style

May be worth a look for SB, DF, UO fans...
3450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horse armor coming to an iPhone/iTouch near you on: March 18, 2009, 08:12:54 PM

Quote from: Jeff on March 18, 2009, 01:09:25 AM

Hopefully word of mouth will crush this kind of crap. Vote with your wallet.

So far, my iphone/touch purchases have all been top-notch, and I've felt great about the pricing and value. But if this kind of thing starts, word will get out, and it should be squashed.

Totally agreed.  I'm not sure why anyone should jump to the conclusion that this will necessarily turn into an evil nickel and dime strategy.  I'm sure some devs will try, but with the abundance of great "normal" $0.99 to $4.99 titles out there, it will be pretty difficult to make it work.  Where I see the benefit for this system is specifically for things like Kindle for iPhone, where presently you are forced to come out of the app to purchase books, etc.  Game-wise, I could see something like a collecting card based / MTG - style game succeeding with this.  If I had any programming ability at all, that's what I'd be working on.  Make a F2P multiplayer card based strategy game like MTG to reel the customers in, then sell booster packs, etc. for profit.
3451  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Thinking about buying a new PC on: March 18, 2009, 05:45:10 PM
I've bought my last few from Cyberpower, it's really hard to do much better in terms of bang for the buck.  If you price things out piecemeal on Newegg, it's generally pretty close.  They will screw you on a couple items like RAM and maybe hard drive, but other than that you get very fair pricing.  Still, as you said, reviews have been mixed as to overall performance/reliability.  Personally I can't say much because I've been responsible for the problems I've had with my Cyberpower purchases.  I'm trying to not touch/upgrade my latest purchase as long as possible lol. 
3452  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 18, 2009, 05:38:12 PM

Quote from: Geezer on March 18, 2009, 03:38:29 PM

Sorry doods.  She's just not good.  Her range is nonexistent, and her presence is uncomfortable.  She's also nowhere near as hot as Alexis.  She seems like a nice enough girl, but she, Sarver and the blind dude are leagues below everyone else in pure ability.

Have to disagree on Megan, but agree on Sarver and Blindy.  I think it's just a matter of personal taste.  Her sound, voice and singing style is incredibly distinctive.  You may not like it but it's not a sign of weak ability (curious do you like Duffy/Adele/Amy Winehouse retro chicks?).  If anything, I think her ability to exude her own presence stands at or near the very top of this year's crowd.  Where Adam is over the top and Gokey is an awesome singer and Lil Rounds is... Lil, none of them have defined themselves as an artist the way she has.  I have a sense of what the others might release as a record, but with Megan I can pretty much hear the "vibe" of the single already.  She's niche, but if you like that niche she is awesome (sort of like Darkfall lol).  Unfortunately like other niche things, she won't appeal to a broader audience.  And I say all this without being blinded by her boobs, I honestly think she sounds great - as I said, I support this with my purchases on iTunes.
3453  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: March 18, 2009, 05:26:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 12, 2009, 02:06:43 AM

the more I see the more appealing DC Online looks.....

If you hate it so much I'm sure there are other people who would LOVE to try the beta.   icon_wink

In other news, they released a bunch of new screenies today which look sweet!
3454  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 18, 2009, 06:07:55 AM
Verrrrrry interesting night.  You never know what horrific sounds may arise from country night, but this one turned out to be full of surprises.  Based solely on this night, I might dump some of the favorites and move some of the fodder up.  The judges seemed particularly excessive in their praise to some of the non-faves, as if they were trying to even up the voting a bit so it's not as one sided as it might seem.  Hmmmm.

Sarver - same beefy cuteness, same oddball vocals.  Hard to hate him, but also hard to love him.  Country week definitely worked in his favor, and with no other real country contestant to rally behind, he should lock in his core voters and move to the next round

Allison - bleh, I can barely remember her performance.  She's cool for a 16yo, but I'm just not a fan.  I thought the song choice was poor and she isn't attractive enough to get away with it.  If it were based on this performance alone, I'd dump her this week.

Kris - sooooooo dreamy.  I actually thought the song and performance bordered on boring.  I was shocked Simon didn't call that but instead heaped him with praise.  Something seemed off about it.  Still, he is adorable and the singing was heartfelt.  I think he should be OK, particularly with the judges' praise and girl/gay vote.

Lil Rounds - I thought the first half of her singing was horribly boring, and the second was just good enough to be acceptable.  Overall I thought it was a stinker and based on this week I would consider dumping her.  Should be able to ride her voting block though.

Flaming Fruity - Oh.  My.  God.  Kind of similar impressions to YK, though not as favorable for me.  The absolute horridness was actually compelling in a bizarre way.  Still, I think he will scare middle America away eventually, it's just a matter of time.  Would be awesome if it were this week and the judges forced to play their immunity idol.

Blindy - bleh on the song choice, I'd say he might be vulnerable based on the night and others stepping it up.  Wonder if judges would save him if he were on the bottom.  It might be a good time for him to go actually.  He may have a strong enough core fanbase to keep him going though.

Gokey - first half of the song was boring but when he turned it on in the second part of the song, it was awesome.  Still the one to beat, though showed some weakness tonight.

Pinky - OK rendition of her song but just seemed off to me.  Another one who if she wasn't an early favorite I could see being in the bottom 3 or even going.

Anoop - may just have saved himself with a heartfelt, well sung vocal.  Lot of judges praise should aid him as well.

My girl Megan - you either love her or hate her by now, what I love is she has her unique style as an artist and it's well defined.  I could see her landing a hit with a song like Duffy's Mercy or Adele's Chasing Pavements.  Oddly enough she's the only one whose songs I bought on iTunes, I just love the sound of her voice.  Judges were nice to her, she looked gorgeous (are her boobs huge or was it my imagination?), and she got extra sympathy votes for the flu (which seemed a bit unfair for the judges to interject).  I would have thought she'd be the one to go, but she had a lot of upside tonight.  Not to mention she still has the VFW crowd.

Matt - judges love him, me not so much.  Decent song and vocal but he doesn't do it for me.  If I want a soulful white boy I'll pick my cutie Kris.  I thought he was vulnerable but he got the last place slot and judges' praise which should keep him in it.

After seeing the performanes, I'll go out on a limb and change my guess to Blindy for elimination tomorrow.  And some good drama as to whether or not to use the idol.  Worst case scenario: my beloved Megan and Kris in the bottom 2, and Megan goes.
3455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3.0 Finally. on: March 17, 2009, 10:56:11 PM

Quote from: gellar on March 17, 2009, 10:48:42 PM

Quote from: Belhazamar on March 17, 2009, 10:22:10 PM

I wonder if AT&T will allow an upgrade option for us 2.0ers.  Didn't they do that last time?

Looks cool.

This is a SW update, not a new device.  The upgrade should be free, unless its an iPod touch.


Free for iPhoners, $9.95 for Touchers.
3456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: March 17, 2009, 09:50:23 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 17, 2009, 07:38:08 PM

24 lesson of the day:

You must have a level 6 clearance to decrypt a Blowfish 146 encryption scheme. Without a level 6 clearance, you end up standing around looking like a clueless douche.

Poor Janeane Garofolo, what the heck is she doing in this show!!

I love that it only takes a minute to decrypt the encryption, which apparently required only the use of a simple password.  I guess no one wanted to document this so that others might also be able to decrypt it.  I suppose that's what the whole level 6 clearance is about.
3457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3.0 Finally. on: March 17, 2009, 09:46:34 PM

Quote from: Geezer on March 17, 2009, 09:28:45 PM

So when is this update supposed to be available?

Summer time for the masses!

Developer's beta version I think is available now or soon...
3458  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Dell's Adamo Announced - Huh? on: March 17, 2009, 09:45:49 PM

Sometimes a new piece of tech is announced and just leaves me a bit stumped.  After a year plus in a class of its own, the MBA and Apple are probably giggling at this latest "reveal" from the competition.  Dell's Adamo has a far inferior processor and inferior graphics chipset plus it's a full pound heavier.  At $2000.  WTF was Dell thinking?

I guess it looks kinda cool besides the funny butt sticking out.  Other than that I don't get it.  They are calling it the world's thinnest laptop so it probably wants some props for that.  But making it super thin and yet 1 pound heavier seems even more strange.
3459  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 8800gt to 9800gt Worth it?? on: March 17, 2009, 09:08:02 PM
Personally I'd say it's not worth it - I  would do it for the 9800GTX or even better the 9800GTX+ if you are willing to get into the $150+ range.  Or better yet the GTX 260 or ATI HD 4870 if you are willing to go even a little higher.  I'm not a big ATI fan, but the ATI HD 4850 may be worth considering if you want to save more ($130).

Comparison here:

As far as the power supply, I'm not sure.  I can't remember which of the newer cards need the dual power cables.  Pretty sure the 9800 GT would not need it but like Atomic said, I don't think you'll be getting much out of it.
3460  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 17, 2009, 08:54:28 PM

Quote from: skystride on March 17, 2009, 07:26:41 PM

Are there any killer apps for the iphone yet or on the horizon?  Judging from this thread, it sounds like mostly mini games and games on the go but nothing that makes me want to buy hardware.

I wouldn't call any of the apps "killer" yet, but it is definitely amazing how much high quality software has been released for the device in such a short period of time. is probably the best source of iPhone/touch games and releases.

One of the coolest things about the device is something I mentioned a long time ago and people poopooed me - the interface.  Because there are no real buttons, the interface to any game is limited primarily by the developers' imagination, and this has proven to allow for all sorts of interesting dynamics once you combine touches, gestures, accelerometer, soft-buttons, etc.  So even the most basic of mini-games take on a new dynamic.  For instance in the skee-ball game I am addicted to, you swipe to launch the ball, but you can tilt the device to get some english on it, kind of the way you tilt your body while actually playing skeeball.  The physics combined with the unique accelerometer action take the game almost to a Wii-like level, but portable in your hand.  Same goes with a recent bowling app, which allows you to swing the iPhone like a Wii remote (or swipe on the screen) depending on your mood.

But even with all the mini games, the different ports of great older mobile games (like Puzzle Quest, The Quest and Rogue Touch) as well as new "lite" releases like Force Unleashed, Spore and Sims 3, we are still just scratching the surface.  With a user base of 30 million and growing, plus all the new features upcoming with the 3.0 OS, things are only gonna get crazier and "always online" is poised to revolutionize portable gaming.  As I said a while back, I think the first devs that can release a great MMO concept on this platform is going to be crazy rich.
3461  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3.0 Finally. on: March 17, 2009, 06:27:07 PM
My favorite screenie is the cut and paste demo:

"Flight: Oceanic 815"
3462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3.0 Finally. on: March 17, 2009, 06:23:21 PM
Removed my original thread (posted at EXACTLY the same time) to avoid dueling threads:

Hooray!  Looks like they are FINALLY fixing up the biggest missing features from the past 2 years:

Cut and Paste
Landscape mode

While it's mind boggling why these things were never in the original release, I'm just thankful they are finally coming to put it to rest.

Some other notable additions:

In-app payments (mo money mo money but should help things like Kindle)
Push notifications
peer to peer features

Check out:

while it's still hot.
3463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPhone 3.0 Finally. on: March 17, 2009, 06:21:50 PM
lmao I posted just as you did!  But you win!!!
3464  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: March 17, 2009, 06:15:35 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 17, 2009, 06:09:54 PM

Okay, for some weird-ass reason I didn't see it coming when the one character got whacked last night. Should have known, somehow didn't. I really liked it overall though but I want Freckles Bauer... back in the field. That's it. I want her back in the field. Not on her back in a field. Just so we're clear.

I had the exact same experience!  It was interesting how the episode kind of lulled you into the feeling it was going to be a non-action episode, more drama and exposition and setup.  And then in the last few minutes, whammo!  Totally caught me off guard and made me feel stupid for getting caught off guard.  Also surprised he already took out that super agent.  Great fight scene btw, and +points for excellent building flipping skills  thumbsup  Also looking forward to getting freckles back in action, as well as Chloe back on a computer.  Stupid FBI toolz!!!
3465  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 17, 2009, 06:06:19 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 14, 2009, 07:04:51 PM

- Eliminate theme weeks. I could have sworn before this season started one of the big changes they said was coming was the elimination of theme weeks. And what do we get right off the bat? Michael Jackson week. If you want the contestants to stop singing so old-fashioned, stop forcing them to pick songs from the goddamn Barbra Streisand song book. If a video game like Rock Band can afford to license contemporary songs, surely to God one of the highest rated shows on TV can afford to shell out for artists from this decade.

I think I strained my eyes by excessive rolling after they announced last weeks theme, I hate their themes.

I'm sure you'll all love this week's theme then:  GRAND OLE OPRY!!!!!!!!!!!  YEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

Prediction:  Bye Bye Anoop.
3466  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Survivor Tocantins on: March 17, 2009, 06:03:08 PM
Was wondering if I was the only one watching this season.  Thus far I'm enjoying it, though maybe not as much as last season. 

Editing on last week's episode seemed off to me though.  I felt bad for the cutie blond gay boy getting kicked off, seemed out of the blue to me.  It was hard to tell from the editing why everyone was so pissed off at each other, both during and after the challenge.  If they were going strictly for usefulness, why not dump the supermodel?  I didn't see her do a thing.  And why was Taj going off on Joe?  And how did she manage to stay in after that tirade plus not being close to anyone?  Also, how did the other team pick up so easily on the possible alliance between HunkGuy (forgot his name) and Taj/Stephen?  Lots of oddities in the episode with much less of the "setup" editing they generally do.

Let's review the contestants I can remember:  Coach is an annoying tool, but he makes for good TV.  Joe is also a tool, but is incredibly boring and somehow under the radar (may go far).  I love JT's competitive nature (broken tooth?  who cares!) and cute Southern accent.  HunkGuy has an awesome body and looks like a strong overall competitor (about time to blindside him).  I like the possibility of the 4-way alliance but agree it will likely unravel sooner rather than later.  Stephen is cute in a puppy dog kind of way.  Taj is just good TV but her blowup last week may be a bad sign.  NakedGuy is funny but I'm not sure what to make of him.  ModelGirl is gorgeous but pretty much just eye candy.  SkinnyGirl is interesting in a fodder-no-chance-to-win sort of way.  I think there's some other ugly chick and someone else I'm forgetting, but neither seems interesting.  Can't wait for a merge.
3467  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 16, 2009, 09:39:18 PM
2 recent "casual" games I'm really enjoying:

10 Balls, 7 Cups - skeeball game.  They did a wonderful job with this, very addictive. 

Word Fu - Boggle like game with kung fu sound effects. 
3468  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: March 16, 2009, 09:15:38 PM
Another new announcement from MSI, they just seem to keep em coming don't they?

This one looks intriguing, using the Radeon HD3200 for graphics and still boasting 9 hours battery life... we'll see!
3469  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 13, 2009, 10:13:57 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 13, 2009, 09:34:15 PM

Give me my reality TV while maintaining an illusion of reality. Don't flaunt your manipulation in my face. 

Lol, yeah.  It would be like Jeff Probst announcing on Survivor that he could give a special Probst Immunity Prize (PIP) to any player he wanted and save them for the week - then they'd vote off 2 contestants the next week!  So after hours of manipulation and backstab plotting, Jeff could negate it on a whim.  Woohoo!!  Speaking of which why is there no Survivor thread this season?

The more I think about it, the less I like it.  If they end up using it and it becomes the final 5 I predicted earlier I think I'll be pretty disgusted. 
3470  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Chronicles of Spellborn is out! on: March 13, 2009, 10:08:38 PM
Looks like North American Closed Beta / Acclaim servers are finally coming around for this game.
3471  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It was all Rihanna's fault............. on: March 13, 2009, 08:22:00 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 13, 2009, 07:36:57 PM

That's a sad state of affairs that anyone would think that anything short of a physical attack by Rihanna would be deserving of Brown's response.

I heard rumors that she did physically strike him first and perhaps bit him or something like that.  I'm not saying I believe any of it, and the beating she took looked horrible - but it is interesting how in general, we all presume the male is completely at fault. 
3472  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How long will my system last? on: March 13, 2009, 06:04:11 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 13, 2009, 02:05:20 AM

Let me ask is your cpu at 3.0 ghz? Mine is 3.0 ghz too but its a E8400.

I'm pretty sure the E8400 is/was the slightly newer version of the E6850.  I think the E8400 uses a newer process, so probably consumes a little less power.  (Edit: yeah I was right, the E8400 is the 45nm Wolfdale, E6850 is the 65nm Conroe).  Not much difference otehrwise.

- - -

As for the general upgrading discussion, it really seems like devs have gone the Blizzard path and are tailoring all their releases to the lower/mid graphics range.  The other factor is simultaneous console/PC development, which inherently means games are tailored to using the Xbox 360 hardware.  Which pretty much means high end graphics cards are really not what they once were.  I think Crysis was really the last major release that was pushing people to upgrade.  I took a brief look at the PC games being released this year and really saw nothing that looked like it was going to be an issue.  It looks like the days where software developers pushed the hardware guys to their limits (forcing us to upgrade) are pretty much over.
3473  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How long will my system last? on: March 13, 2009, 12:07:52 AM
Ah ha, OK.  I definitely agree the processor should be fine for quite a while. 

For the graphics card replacement, I generally like looking at Tom's Hardware's best buy for the price article:,2151-3.html

It looks like if you are willing to spend $180-200, the hot card right now is actually the ATI HD 4870.  I'm personally an nVidia fanboy but I think a lot of folk are going with the ATI these days, and it supposedly competes performance wise with the GTX 285!

Prices are definitely comparable at Newegg: (this one has a rebate that brings it $20 down)
3474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 12, 2009, 11:42:33 PM
OMG, the VFTW guy's review of last night's ep is pretty funny:

Edit:  BTW if you are ever in the mood for a laugh and want to see some of the meanest, bitchiest forumgoers anywhere, check out the forums in this website.  Man these people are harsh, they make the lot of us seem like Paula.
3475  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How long will my system last? on: March 12, 2009, 10:30:27 PM
"How long will my system last?" 1 month!

Just kidding, you know right now it's a tough call with games.  A lot of it is eye of the beholder type of stuff.  I read somewhere some people don't consider a game "playable" unless it is over 50fps.  Myself, I regularly play games at 30fps or less and it doesn't bother me at all.  I do prefer to play in the highest resolution possible for my monitor.  Looking down the horizon, I haven't really read about any particular must have game that's going to be a GPU killer.  Is there any game in particular you are concerned about?

I'm not sure exactly what you are asking (I'm presuming you've listed your current system and not a full system you were planning to purchase?), but going to a GTX260 would certainly be a significant upgrade, the only question is whether you think it's worth $180.  CPU is pretty important in gaming these days, but you've got a fast one already and could likely overclock if you were concerned.  Not many games are taking advantage of quad core yet (that I'm aware of anyway).

Anywaym just for clarity, are you looking to upgrade in pieces, or buy a brand new machine?  And in either case, about how much are you willing/able to spend?
3476  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: March 12, 2009, 06:34:03 PM

Quote from: Crux on March 12, 2009, 03:02:44 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 09, 2009, 09:28:03 PM

I firmly believe if Kindle was selling at $99 or below, it would be a mass market product.

I hear you. I firmly believe if the Nissan GT-R was selling at $25k or below, it would be a mass market product too!

Ok....  I assume this was meant to be funny which I guess it is, kind of... errr, damn that car is very nice.  The analogy doesn't work well though.  Maybe if you compared it to the Chevy Volt or something it would make more sense, i.e. a game-changing technology that everyone could go for if it were far cheaper.

This is a device that ostensibly is meant to provide a venue into the every day world of books, magazines and newspapers.  It is a serious contender for replacing an entire physical medium (newspapers/magazines) and changing the way people access news and written content.  I could envision one of these (or something like it) on everyone's breakfast table, eventually replacing the conventional physical newspaper.  Not that I want to kill physical newspapers, but clearly they are on their way out.  At $99 I could envision this (or something like it) selling into the tens of millions and killing the paper-based medium.
3477  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: March 12, 2009, 06:20:51 PM
SO which thread do you guys want to use?  I'm game for either, just let me know smile

PRG was a clear loser so no surprise.  I still thought Jasmine did a better job vocally than many of the others, but perhaps her votes were split to Lil Rounds, and she really didn't stand out enough.  It was just a matter of time either way.  

I love Megan, but it looks like her days are numbered.  I wish she'd let me pick songs for her.  Anoop I wouldn't be surprised if he goes next week.  The 2 white guys will eventually cancel each other out.  Personally I think Kris is far cuter but neither will last too long.  Sarver is just an adorable hunk of beef, but really his singing is just OK.  Blindy I believe will have to go sooner rather than later.  Watching him do the group singing/dancing things is getting torturous already.  If his singing was actually far exceptional, that would be one thing, but he's already shown he's just OK.

So the real battle will be between the judges' favorites, and with the new saving rule I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up the final 5:

Adam, Gokey, Allison, Pinky and Lil Rounds.

I think Adam's gayosity will eventually keep him from winning it all or even making the finals.  Lil Rounds is going to have to step it up to impress me.  She's more likable but thus far less talented than Fantasia.  I think Pinky has great energy and is very cute, but I'm not too sure about her talent.  Allison sings well but I don't like her, still she's young and is kind of like an uglier Kelly Clarkson.  So Gokey remains the one to beat.  I'll predict Gokey vs Allison in the finals, and Gokey wins.

I like the idea of the hidden immunity idol, I mean the judges' save, but I'm dreading having to hear Ryan ask the judges week after week if they want to save someone and explain it over and over again ad nauseum.  Not to mention watching the contestant get voted out by America, have to sing through it, and then get re-bitch slapped by the judges.  Ugh.
3478  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Bitter Rivals on: March 11, 2009, 06:16:37 PM
State of the game here:
3479  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Idol: The Final 13 on: March 11, 2009, 06:03:59 PM
I'm pretty sure Jorge (PRG) is done, and possibly Anoop with him.  I don't get why the judges hated on Anoop so much, he pretty much did the same thing he did with My Prerogative that they seemed to love the last 2 times.  Whatever.  I thought Jasmine did a very decent job with her Mariah-ized I'll Be There, but agree she is vulnerable.  Not sure about my cutie Kris, I thought he did a nice job and he is just frickin adorable with the guitar and all.  But definitely a negative reveal on him being married lol.  I didn't like Matt Giraud at all, but seemed like the judges did.  Blindy picked a boring song and to my surprise actually got punished for it.  Interesting.  

In spite of my distaste for Adam, I actually thought he did a good job with Black or White (except for the screeches at the end).  There was a bit of a bitter edge to it which I thought came from the "outing" he had during the week.  I'll be very interested to see how far he goes.  Presently he has the judges in his hands, but public favor could turn on him pretty quick.  I thought Danny did a great job with PYT, I never realized the song could be sung in a raspy voice like that; 2 cool points.  The weird hair chick was good but I don't like her personality or attitude at all; she seems like a drugged out teen at times, though maybe she's just overwhelmed.  Looks like the judges love her so she'll continue to do well but bleh for me.  I continue to love Megan though I can see how people may just not like her style, personally I think she's adorable and I love her voice.  I actually was disappointed in Lil Rounds, I thought the judges were way too easy on her.  I can't even remember what she sang now but I remember being underwhelmed.  Same comment for the last girl, she looked cool but her Dirty Diana was kind of a mess if you ask me.

The judges are whacked out for the most part, and the 4 judge structure is just not working.  Kara was good in the audition stage but now she just seems be sucked into the same sycophantic puppet role as Paula, albeit a bit more well-spoken.  I hate how they just go all lovefest on their favorites, but whatever.

Based on judging, I'll guess Anoop and PRG are done.
3480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting on: March 11, 2009, 05:50:59 PM
Which Firefly castaway will get to be on this show?  I vote Nathan Fillion after Castle gets cancelled!
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