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3561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torchlight, a follow-up to Fate and Mythos on: September 05, 2009, 02:10:24 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on June 12, 2009, 12:54:48 PM

I'm keen on the new game, but I'm still wondering how they'll make enough money to keep going. Titan Quest to me was about the best Diablo-wannabe (esp. with Immortal Throne installed) but the player base never materialized, whether because of rampant piracy (which I think was Iron Lore's take), or because Diablo wannabes don't have "Blizzard" in their name. I wonder sometimes how TQ would have fared if it had been more focused on online distribution like Steam and if they'd been able to afford to set up a type server (which they wanted to do for the sequel, devs said, but of course never got the chance).

I believe TQ's biggest shortcoming was the lack of dedicated online servers ( and so the player base never got into it as a multiplayer experience.  These types of games (loot and level) just don't work well without the full multiplayer experience for trading, etc particularly when it's so item oriented.  Some of us played TQ online together for a while, but without the fixed server type of gaming, trading and items just weren't that exciting.
3562  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: So what IS the debate between PC and Mac users? on: September 04, 2009, 11:26:45 PM
I think I'm a pretty objective person on this subject, I own both Macs and PCs, and even though I consider myself something of an Apple fanboy, my main computer is still a PC and I have (counting netbooks and laptops) something like 6 or so Windows PCs floating around the house - I'm definitely deep in both worlds.

My very first home computer was a fake Apple ][ from Taiwan.  When it was time to get "serious" though, I got an IBM PC (during college) and was pretty much PC-faithful for over 10 years.  During that period I was exposed to Macs and a couple of the guys in my grad school group were very Mac-friendly.  So we ended up with a mix of computers in the lab, but the Mac was predominantly used for presentations, papers, anything that needed graphics, graphs, etc.  And because of that, I ended up doing my entire PhD dissertation on an older Mac IIc, even though at home I was progressing year by year with more powerful PCs due to my gaming interests.  For those early years, I think it was widely accepted that Macs were the better choice for intensive graphics or graphing or better quality presentations.

I know a part of the "debate" stemmed from many Mac users feeling like Microsoft essentially "stole" Windows, and the whole Windows/mouse concepts from Apple and cashed in on them.  At least I believe that's where the animosity began.  Later on it became more of a "usability" vs. "customizability" argument, and of course there's always been the price arguments.  

I've stuck with PCs for the longest time due to gaming support and upgradeability.  I've upgraded video cards and RAM on so many machines it's not even funny.  I've tried every Windows OS since the original and have some pretty good things to say about Windows 7.  That said, if someone had the choice and the budget, I would recommend to them a Mac over a PC in this day and age.  While the price is more expensive feature by feature, I honestly feel like with the Mac you are getting an overall superiorly engineered piece of equipment that will ultimately have a longer useful lifetime, with an interface and OS that is more functional, easier and more intuitive to use.  Particularly nowadays where graphics hardware improvements have slowed down and game developers are coding to the minimum requirements, any iMac or Macbook can pretty much give you all the benefits of a Mac and with a dual boot (Bootcamp) all the gaming capabilities to run all the newest PC games.  It's truly the best of both worlds and I think Microsoft and most PC manufacturers have acknowledged that to some degree.

This is why the "debate" today has focused on the cost/price side of things.  PC has pretty much acknowledged or given in on most of the other arguments, so price/featureset is the best place for them to focus.  Apple has always controlled its own hardware (and software) fairly rigidly so I suspect they will never be able to bring their prices down to the same levels, and so the debate can rage on indefinitely  Tongue
3563  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: C%$^ Blocked!!!! on: September 04, 2009, 11:01:23 PM
Still good today, fingers crossed!!!
3564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How long does your workplace keep emails? on: September 04, 2009, 11:01:02 PM
I think our server only keeps stuff live for a month.  We are encouraged to run some sort of backup or "replica" as they call it in Lotus.  There's no universal backup system in place so we just have to back our email up ourselves.
3565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: C%$^ Blocked!!!! on: September 03, 2009, 08:55:10 PM
Very weird today.  It was suggested to me that I use some proxy server software or something to try to get back here.  So I tried to run something called Ultra Sense (?) which seemed to be trying to reroute through China.  Clearly it was not appreciated and soon I was unable to get any internet access at all.  I tried deleting all files and cookies and assorted other things to get back but nothing worked.  So I finally completely uninstalled IE and then re-installed it.  Oddly it didn't install an icon for IE anywhere but whatever. 

On a fluke I hit the button to come here and it let me in!  Not sure how long it will last but it's nice to be back even if only temporarily  nod
3566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: September 03, 2009, 08:51:48 PM
I just watched the "director's cut" of the premiere last night.  I've now seen that single episode I think 4 times, and have watched the closing number (Don't Stop Believing) a bunch more.  I simply love this show.  If they can keep up the quality of the writing and production numbers, it should be a surefire hit.  It's hard to describe to people though, it's something like a hybrid cross between Freaks and Geeks, Bring it On and American Idol for lack of a better comparison.  I have to say it literally filled me with "glee" the first time I saw it, there was just a great vibe to the whole show.  It's funny, it's touching, it's heart-warming, but also leaves you with a bittersweet feeling of "what if?" for your own life (for those of us who never pursued a far away dream).  Can't wait for the series to start.

P.S.  They are showing the premiere again on Friday with tweets or something like that.
3567  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / C%$^ Blocked!!!! on: August 27, 2009, 02:02:17 AM

My stupid company filter has decided to block me from accessing the forums here, I have no idea why.  The main site is still fully accessible. 

Anyway, just wanted to mention it as I will sadly (or happily for some) be unable to post here nearly as much as I used to.   crybaby
3568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best movie of all time vote...from my two choices on: August 20, 2009, 08:52:11 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on August 20, 2009, 06:43:24 AM

Alien is a damn good movie, while Aliens has some super cheesy stuff that didn't age too well.
Regardless, they're both great, and I have high hopes for the prequel Ridley Scott is going to make.

I'm curious to know what elements you thought were "super cheesy" and didn't age well in Aliens.  One of the reasons I consider it a classic is because I felt it held up so well over time.  The only thing I thought was slightly cheesy was the robot thing at the end, but even that was well set up at the beginning of the film, and made sense in terms of being a futuristic tool for loading/unloading crates.
3569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best movie of all time vote...from my two choices on: August 19, 2009, 10:22:25 PM
I rank Aliens as my all-time favorite movie even without having only the 2 choices  icon_razz

On just about any level, it is an absolutely perfect film, particularly considering the time at which it was made (prior to the wave of super CGI for effects).  An incredible story, a brilliant script (that is copied and referenced time and again throughout the entire sci-fi genre), awesome acting from a top notch cast, wonderful special effects that just suck you in, I could go on and on.

Speaking of which, are they ever going to release this in Blu-Ray?!?!
3570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] District 9 Discussions [SPOILER ALERT ... See the movie FIRST!] on: August 19, 2009, 10:18:23 PM
Yeah, I was really unsure what was CGI or not, so either way it was damn good!  Aside from the transformer robot thing at the end (which looked very CGI to me), you could have sold me either way on costumes/puppets/robots/stop-action (or even real aliens  Tongue) vs. CGI.
3571  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 19, 2009, 10:14:44 PM

Quote from: Arclight on August 19, 2009, 10:11:32 PM

Probably just toasted on the whole genre. *shrug*

I'll give Aion a try....if that doesn't work for me either......I'll be done with MMO's until the change(who knows what that is)comes along to the tired old genre.

I'm feeling a bit like that myself, though I don't even think I'm going to bother with Aion unless I become incredibly desperate.  Honestly the one game that I'm banking my hopes on for the MMO genre is Guild Wars 2.  Even KOTOR looks/sounds problematic to me.
3572  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 19, 2009, 10:11:44 PM

Quote from: skystride on August 19, 2009, 05:26:04 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 19, 2009, 04:21:31 PM

On a side note, are you sure you aren't just getting 'old man jaded' about games in general with the been there, done that outlook?

I'm calling it as I see it since this is an impressions thread.  And I'm not biased either since I already paid for 6 months subscription.  I don't hate CO, I think it's an ok game.  I'm a bit disappointed though after getting hyped up from listening to some audio blog from in which they were literally gushing about how cool CO is.

I have to completely agree with Kub here, the game to me felt pretty much like CoX series, just everything about it pretty much from the moment you set foot into the tutorial.  I'm talking overall feeling of everything, I didn't analyze anything too specifically and it's been a few years since I last played CoX so there could be some disconnect there.

Still, I'm glad that Hark mentioned some of the differences in combat, as I did kind of sub-consciously recognize those elements, but didn't feel they had changed the overall feel enough to say the game didn't still feel to me like CoX.

Now this is not necessarily a bad thing since I loved CoX, but I certainly don't feel like I'm playing something significantly different/new/innovative from any standpoint.  I have yet to encounter the nemesis content or try PvP, so I still have that to look forward to.
3573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] District 9 Discussions [SPOILER ALERT ... See the movie FIRST!] on: August 18, 2009, 09:44:44 PM
AA's fuel thing was great - allows me to stop wondering and just accept that explanation.

I liked the movie a lot, definitely had a lot going for it.  The one thing that occured to me a few hours after seeing it was that I really was unsure what kind of tech they used for the special effects.  Was it humans in costume, CGI, puppets?  The fact that I didn't really think about it while watching they movie, then had to really stop and think about it later, really made me feel they did a great job of creating some convincing alien effects that just blended perfectly into the movie's style.  Unlike, say, The Incredible Hulk, or Transformers, where every shot just seemed to scream CGI at me.  I love it when a sci-fi movie's effects blend seamlessly into the movie.
3574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood season 2 on: August 18, 2009, 09:34:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 18, 2009, 06:20:32 AM

wow, Eric is an asshole.  I suppose it's going to be too much to expect him to get staked.

He's freakin HOT so who cares!  Why didn't they tap him for Lestat?

Loved last night's episode, Godric is awesome.  I would watch a spinoff with just Godric and Eric.  On a side note, did he remind anyone else of David Archuleta?
3575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / George RR Martin is not your bitch! on: August 12, 2009, 08:14:17 PM
3576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Achievement Unlocked] You Haz Babby! on: August 12, 2009, 05:55:58 PM
Congrats YK!!!!   thumbsup
3577  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 08, 2009, 01:34:17 AM

Quote from: KePoW on August 07, 2009, 06:04:29 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 07, 2009, 04:01:58 AM

The other thing I'd be concerned about for the Lifetime buy is what if the game, in spite of how much I personally like it and/or having a big name behind it, just doesn't do well (Tabula Rasa anyone?)?  Now Cryptic has a decent track record and CoH has set a good standard for superhero MMORPGs, but it's hard to tell these days who will survive and for how long.  Coincidentally the only lifetime sub I ever did was with....  drum roll, Hellgate London!  And now I'm back again with Bill Roper lol.

Yeah seriously...

I'm really surprised by the poll results so far, I don't see how *anyone* can consider paying for a lifetime sub to any MMO other than WoW.  Especially one that you haven't even played yet.

Can anyone explain the reasoning behind that.  For real, not being sarcastic.  I just see it as way too risky considering 75+% of MMOs these days end up going the way of the dodo.  Either that or they are just flat-out underwhelming.

Just for the sake of argument.  Let's say you are reasonably confident the game servers will survive for at least 2 years.  Of those 2 years let's say you really only play around half of those months, but of course you still want to have access any time you get the itch.  So what's that worth on a monthly basis?  If you were paying the regular price of $15/month, in 12 months you've already hit $180.  Over 2 years the lifetime sub per month cost drops to $8.33.  Even if you aren't playing all those months, some people like having access any time they want to their favorite MMO.

Then you have the intangibles, the extras.  I'd pay at least $5-10 to get guaranteed beta access to Star Trek.  Assuming I loved the game, I'd probably pay that amount for the 8 extra slots as well.  Then there are the other added bonuses, which obviously are personal how much you think they are worth.  If you are really into the game, it's probably worth it all in all.

As for myself, I've pretty much decided to just go with the 6 month.  I'll make up my mind after this weekend's beta testing.
3578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paula Abdul leaves American Idol on: August 07, 2009, 04:07:19 AM
A friend of mine had a great suggestion for a replacement....  BRITNEY SPEARS!!!  She's like a younger version of Paula in all ways, but with greater popularity, more hits and even more baggage.  She would be awesome and she and Simon could have a season long bet - loser has to shave their head for the finale.  It's ratings gold, pure and simple.
3579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tired of reading same books over and over...need suggestions on: August 07, 2009, 04:04:50 AM
I'm almost done with Name of the Wind, and really enjoying it.

The same person who recommended it to me recommended The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (I think that's right); it's the same guy who they picked to finish Wheel of Time.  I may check that out unless someone says it's not worth it.
3580  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 07, 2009, 04:01:58 AM
The other thing I'd be concerned about for the Lifetime buy is what if the game, in spite of how much I personally like it and/or having a big name behind it, just doesn't do well (Tabula Rasa anyone?)?  Now Cryptic has a decent track record and CoH has set a good standard for superhero MMORPGs, but it's hard to tell these days who will survive and for how long.  Coincidentally the only lifetime sub I ever did was with....  drum roll, Hellgate London!  And now I'm back again with Bill Roper lol.
3581  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 06, 2009, 05:21:58 PM
I'm really tempted by the lifetime offer due to the specials, but realistically I think only the 6-month makes sense.  I don't think I've ever played a single MMORPG long enough to warrant a lifetime fee, even including DAOC which I went back to about 5 times.  Still, there's the Mirror costume and 8 extra slots....

How long do we have to decide?
3582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Websites You Check Every (Day, Week...whatever) on: August 06, 2009, 05:12:35 PM
Guild website (Wanderers)
Touch Arcade
3583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] More(bid) to Love on: August 05, 2009, 11:08:20 PM
I continue to be morbidly drawn to the show after last night's 2nd episode.  There is definitely a lot of making out going on pretty quickly - is the regular Bachelor show like this too? 

As far as exploitation, I'm still a bit confused.  Clearly the show is edited to make the girls appear genuinely wanting to love and be loved.  And they edit the guy to be about as nice as I think possible under these bizarre conditions.  Of course for all the talk about how what's important is on the inside, he seems to just be into bigger girls, so the physical thing is still a huge part of it (no pun intended).  I was telling a friend about it, to which he asked if I thought he really just preferred big girls or if he was content to settle with them.  That would be an interesting question to posit on the show, or bring in a couple of smaller girls to see how he reacted to them.

The swimsuit portion was... wow.  Won't say much more than that.  My boy Luke is HUGE, when he did a cannonball into the pool I thought the entire place would explode into nothingness.
3584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paula Abdul leaves American Idol on: August 05, 2009, 11:02:14 PM
I'm definitely going to miss her inane banter and "you're so magical and beautiful and wonderful" babbling, plus the constant fighting with Simon.  Actually I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't just a marketing/bargaining ploy, with maybe Simon and Ryan bringing her back in at the last moment.
3585  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 05, 2009, 11:00:30 PM
Actually, my birdy really enjoyed the short time he tried CO, and was a big fan of CoH/X series as well - he was just surprised that they felt so similar (even combat) when he thought he had read the exact opposite.  He definitely didn't get the feel it was too console-ish.  But again, all this based on less than an hour.
3586  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 05, 2009, 09:04:44 PM
I don't feel like digging through 9 pages of this thread, but I could swear someone was saying how different CO was from CoH/X.  A little birdy who just ran the tutorial today seemed to indicate the exact opposite, that the game felt tremendously like CoH/X, at least at the outset.  Curious. 
3587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] More(bid) to Love on: August 04, 2009, 09:43:32 PM
While I'm not normally a dating show fan, I've caught a few episodes of Bachelor/ette over the years, as well as some of the oddball ones where gay guys pretend to be straight, that Momma's Boys show from Ryan Seacrest, and some of the mish mash of date shows on MTV.

Last night I found myself morbidly curious to check out Fox's latest experiment (guilty pleasure?), More to Love.  If you haven't seen the ads, it's basically the Bachelor with fat, errr, plus size, people.  I have a bevy of mixed feelings while watching the show.  The basic format is as annoying as any of the others, basically standard fare with 20 chicks vying for the attention of one guy.  The "big" difference in this case is that our bachelor is a 300 pound, 6'3" mass of beef who likes "curvy" women and wants to get to know them on the "inside" not just for external beauty. 

So now you have this show which ostensibly is set up to watch (make fun of?) a bunch of fat people.  On the surface it sounds like an "honorable" goal, to have a show more representative of "regular" overweight people who are OK with being overweight and attractive in their own ways, both personality and physicality-wise.  But given that one of the upcoming episodes has the chicks all wearing swimsuits, my guess is the producers are not necessarily going for the high road.  Subsequent clips show a lot of crying and in-fighting between the girls, and you can't help but wonder if there is even more exploitiveness than normal when you are using (nominally) a cast that's already filled with low self-esteemers.  Of course you can say they all signed up for it so they deserve what they get.  I guess being gay and having gained a significant amount of weight over the past few years, I tend to be more sympathetic towards these girls and their insecurities, which makes the show that much more uncomfortable to watch.  And of course the more uncomfortable I am with it, the more I want to see it lol.

Then there's the guy.  He's definitely a cutie if you like big teddy-bear type guys.  Great face, and he comes across like a genuinely nice guy.  But still there's something off, I can't quite say what.  He doesn't come across as being sleazy when he tells you he likes "big girls" - and yet there's still a discomforting sense of it when he makes out with one after another, or cuddles with 2 of them at once.

I don't know if I could soberly recommend this show to anyone, but I have to admit I am morbidly fascinated.  Stay tuned.
3588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lost] Does it make sense? on: August 04, 2009, 09:22:33 PM
If you are annoyed in Season 2, you will very likely become even extremely annoyed in Season 3.  I believe they lost the biggest chunk of their viewership during this period, for a number of reasons.  But keep sticking it out, things start to really turn around towards the second half and end of Season 3.
3589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [ABC] Defying Gravity on: August 03, 2009, 10:46:37 PM
I thought it was OK, the one on Fox was definitely better.  Of course it's not like there's anything that great on during the summer anyway (except True Blood!), and certainly it's nice to see a sci-fi series on a major network.  I found it relaxing and just entertaining enough to keep me awake.

I like Ron Livingston, and the blond chick (she was the evil younger sister in 24 Season...3 I think) was decent.  The one thing I didn't like was the "Grey's Anatomy" effect - their starter plotline was almost 100% ripped from Grey's Anatomy (new intern has one night stand with boss the day before they start training).  You add the voiceover and it's suddenly Grey's Anatomy in Space.  Add a touch of Lost flashbacks and you've got the ultimate ABC mash-up.

I think there's some potential depending on what the "secret" of "Beta" is - maybe they have some alien in there with them that they have to take somewhere.  Or that the aliens on earth are in control of the flight and are sending them all to their doom.  That could be interesting depending on how quickly they can move the plot along.

3590  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 03, 2009, 06:23:47 PM
The Wanderers ( ) are now "recruiting" for Champions Online, so please head on over if you want to join up with us.  It would be nice to have some of the beta veterans here to offer advice/help/ideas on how we can hit the ground running. 

At present we have no plans to recruit outside of GT and our own playerbase.  We have a relatively small group right now, I'm estimating about 20ish people who have expressed interest (though I wouldn't be surprised to see this bloat to 50+ at release), so hopefully we can maintain a smaller laid-back guild feel. 
3591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "iPhone is much more powerful than Wii" on: August 02, 2009, 04:57:39 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on August 01, 2009, 09:33:59 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 01, 2009, 05:15:43 PM

I'm on my iPhone now so I don't have easy access to the links, but keep in mind the newest 3GS version has graphics capabilities and features supposedly comparable to whAt can be done in Half Life 2, I think it is some version of Open GL 2 FWIW. I find it hard to believe the Wii doesn't have a faster processor and more RAM though.

Edit: here's the link I was kind of referring to

And if someone ported Half Life 2 to the 3GS the battery would last five minutes. And if you played it while it was plugged in the iPhone would be too hot to hold in your hands after 10 minutes. That's why these power debates are so silly. The iPhone has a whole set of limiting factors that will prevent it from ever using even half of its theoretical maximum performance.

I love this negative attitude some people have about mobile hardware  Roll Eyes.  I was discussing this same topic elsewhere and someone else said basically the same thing as above.  If every engineer took that same mindset (essentially just giving up) every time they ran into a tradeoff/compromise on a particular problem, there would be no more engineering progress.  I'm sure some naysayer was probably poopooing the idea of effectively surfing the web on a mobile device even just a few years ago, and yet here we are today with devices that do exactly that.  Isn't it plausible that software engineers will be able to optimize code and still create some incredible effects without generating excessive heat?  Or that battery life will continue to  improve?  Or CPU efficiencies will increase enough to compensate, or some combo of all the above?  Why immediately take the most negative stance and say such and such absolutely can't be done?  I just don't get that mentality.  But then again, I *am* an engineer, so I have to have at least a somewhat optimistic attitude or I wouldn't have a job  icon_wink
3592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonball Evolution on: August 01, 2009, 06:28:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 29, 2009, 06:47:16 AM

I saw this tonight, and like Speed Racer it was actually pretty entertaining and surprisingly they did a good job on the visuals.  too bad it bombed so we'll probably never see a sequel.

Both Spike and the lead actor (Justin Chatwin) have been quoted talking about a sequel in the works, supposedly it's already written.  But I think it did so bad I'd find it hard to believe it would get OK'd.

Personally I enjoyed the movie but I have pretty low standards for this type of stuff, and I had never seen any of the cartoons or game so I had no reference to compare it to.  The lead guy was pretty cute and sincere, and I always enjoy Samurai Girl in anything she's in.  Not sure why they opted to go for a basically unknown Caucasian actor but I liked him regardless.  Emmy Rossum was an odd casting choice and she looked kind of weird as Bulma.  Chow Yun Fat was amusing but also kind of an odd role for him.

All and all an amusing film with decent special effects, more entertaining than the recent Chun Li movie which I also saw.
3593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad? on: August 01, 2009, 06:09:35 PM
Whatever it is I'm sure I'll grumble about the price and then order one immediately after.  Actually I'd be satisfied and excited simply about a giant iPod Touch.  As much as I love my iPhone and my MBA, there are still times when I wish I had something bigger than the iPhone for browsing, etc but lighter and smaller than the MBA.  I know I've touted how great the lightweight-ness of the MBA is, but I can imagine a touch screen experience being more satisfying without a keyboard and in an even lighter package.  I don't think I need full OS X, but I would like a full browser experience (flash and java).  So maybe a lighter version of OS X or a fuller version of iPhone OS 3.0 to keep it cheaper.  If this allowed them to come in at a $599 or $699 price point to better compete with netbooks and Kindle, all the better!
3594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "iPhone is much more powerful than Wii" on: August 01, 2009, 05:15:43 PM
I'm on my iPhone now so I don't have easy access to the links, but keep in mind the newest 3GS version has graphics capabilities and features supposedly comparable to whAt can be done in Half Life 2, I think it is some version of Open GL 2 FWIW. I find it hard to believe the Wii doesn't have a faster processor and more RAM though.

Edit: here's the link I was kind of referring to
3595  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Twilight the MMO on: July 29, 2009, 06:25:44 PM
Will there be a quest where you do absolutely nothing for 3 or 4 months because you are so devastated that Ceekaypire dumped you?  (see New Moon).
3596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lost] Does it make sense? on: July 24, 2009, 06:36:49 PM
Yeah, what's really interesting to me is how much of what we see later in Seasons 4 and 5 is set up in Season 2 (which I'm watching now).  There are certain lines and scenes I just watched in S2 that carry much more weight given what we know happens later (and considering what might happen in S6).

Spoiler for Hiden:
I do hope we find out about Libby - I had completely forgotten her connection to Desmond and the boat, not to mention the connection with Hurley in the funny farm.
3597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone here have DirecTV? on: July 24, 2009, 06:29:59 PM
I've had Directv for over 2 years and it's been pretty good.  I do have a landline but it's not hooked into the unit nor has it ever been - however when I signed up I did it through Verizon and everything was "linked" in terms of the account, and they still seem to like to use my phone number as the account link.

That said, I recently called to ask them about moving service over.  The lady was kind of a bitch and basically said all of the specials they had were for "new customers" only.  She made me feel like being an "old customer" was like being a leper, but whatever.  So I'm planning to cancel their asses.
3598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: July 24, 2009, 06:27:13 PM
The iPhone is so last year, now it's time for iTablet!
3599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I told you not to trust the Roomba's! on: July 23, 2009, 11:51:04 PM
On a serious note, does anyone have or has anyone tried these out before?  I was considering getting one but it just seems like such a small device couldn't do a whole lot of vaccuming.
3600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] NBC's Meteor: Path to Destruction on: July 23, 2009, 11:48:00 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 23, 2009, 04:53:55 PM

I forgot to watch or record it.

Count yourself lucky.  It was horribly inane and irritating, at least the second part that I saw.  They kept interjecting these side stories that I just found downright obnoxious.  Like CK, I was rooting for the bad guy to just kill some people off, even though he was pretty annoying himself.  Then I started hoping one of the stupid little kids or his mom would die.  It's never good when you can't stand any of the characters.

I ended up fast forwarding through the majority of it just to see how they handled the climax.  Which was basically just a pretty girl typing on her Panasonic Toughbook and spouting coordinates to save the world.
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