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3561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Advice Needed: Wii, PS3, 360, or new gaming PC on: January 15, 2009, 07:19:55 PM
If you can wait, the new DSi is supposedly being released April 4 in the US.  It has a bigger screen and some other bells and whistles...

http://i.gizmodo.com/5057873/nintendo-dsi-boosts-screen-size-adds-camera-and-audio-player

Given your penchant for good RPGs, you may also want to upgrade your PC, or do as suggested and get a nice portable gaming laptop.  Of course this opens up a ton of different options depending on size/performance.  I'm thinking you may want to play new games like Dragon Age and Diablo 3, not to mention NWN2 and all its expansions, Oblivion, Fallout 3, and tons of other great games.

BTW, what version of Bard's Tale was the Xbox?   Was that the old style one that was like Wizardry?
3562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Official 2009 American Idol Thread on: January 15, 2009, 06:48:16 PM
Not to much to mention yet.  Just a few random thoughts:

- I like the new judge, and while it's just subtle so far, the dynamics are clearly different with 2 girls to balance the guys

- Bikini Girl was definitely the highlight of the show, even for a gay guy

- Speaking of which, very few hot/cute guys so far

- Blind Guy was good, but a little too much excessive coverage.  I wonder if he's this season's Josiah who seemed like a sure thing but doesn't make it through Hollywood

- Couple of halfway decent voices, but nothing that really stuck in my mind.  I think 2 of the really young (16yo) girls seemed to sing remarkably well.  I liked the "Go Put Your Records On" rendition, though I don't remember who sang it.

- Low Voice Guy was my favorite of the "freaks."  A couple others I don't really remember but sadly, their faces were so ugly when singing they were actually kind of scary to me.
3563  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Vanguard] Isle of dawn on: January 14, 2009, 07:10:54 PM
What kind of PvP is in this game?  I saw PvP mentioned on their website but not in this thread.

How does VG compare to EQ2? 
3564  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New video card need - best mid-range card for my system? on: January 14, 2009, 06:41:36 PM
I'm not exactly sure how you define "mid-range" card - is that price or performance or both?  I guess you mentioned the 4870, which seems like a good choice in the $220 range.  On the nVidia side, the 260/216 core (as mentioned) is definitely a strong contender, but will cost even a bit more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150329

However, given that you are looking to play at 1680x1050, these may actually be overkill.  You can actually save yourself close to $50-100 going with the 9800GTX+ (which is what I am currently using).  I can play pretty much anything smoothly at 1920x1200 so it should definitely be enough. 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130416

Given what I've seen on laptops and other less powerful systems, I actually think you'd be safe/fine with even an ~$100 card like the 4850 or the 9800GT.  In the end it's really one of those tough questions how much you want to spend now vs. later. 
3565  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: January 13, 2009, 06:08:22 PM
I'm really enjoying it thus far.  Maybe it's just that I miss the show in general, or that my memory is bad (very possible), but this 4 hour block certainly felt a lot stronger than the last one.  Basically I like the way things are set up in general this time.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Even though it's fairly ludicrous, I love the gritty, small-scale, "us against everyone" atmosphere that's set up.  I've always been a huge Chloe fan so I love that she's already in the mix as deep as it gets.  Basically we've got the hardest core CTU remnants against everyone, and I like it!  Will be interesting to see how they integrate Kim (is she just going to be the whiny daughter or actually get involved in helping our desperados?).  Would be really cool if they enlisted a couple of other characters from the past to help out.  The new FBI chick is pretty decent, she kind of reminds me of a blend between 24's Michelle and Scully.
3566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (starts tonight!) on: January 12, 2009, 09:14:00 PM
IN!

Loved the premiere last night, and looking forward to tonight's continuation.  

BTW, are we doing open Spoilers in this thread or does everything need to be kept hidden?

One question:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Was the dead son of the President supposed to be the same hot guy we saw in 24: Redemption?  I assume it was but I wasn't sure if they might have had more than one son and I wasn't paying attention.  Was the girlfriend the same actress as in Redemption?  I just don't remember.

Anyone know when Chloe returns?
3567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/12) on: January 12, 2009, 07:30:06 PM
Gonna get LOTR Conquest, probably for the 360 unless someone/something can convince me to get the PC version instead.
3568  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: January 12, 2009, 07:28:02 PM

Quote from: crumsteel on January 12, 2009, 06:53:58 PM

Reading through the threads on netbooks got me even more confused. What would you guys recommend for someone who wants for the purpose of email, web, picture viewing, movie watching, and possibly a little programming based on what you have used? Is there something new coming out or price drops that you think I should wait for?

The only thing I think might be worth waiting for is something using the Ion chipset that Blackjack mentioned above, combined with the higher resolution screen, also brought up by Blackjack.  Combine these 2 things and you've got a machine that can potentially be a truly ultraportable movie and gaming machine.  Seems to me like both of these are no-brainers, and combined you can have a horde (pun intended) of Netbooks seamlessly playing WoW and other games. 

My personal dream: playing Diablo 3 on a Netbook before the end of this year  icon_razz
3569  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: January 09, 2009, 10:27:14 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 09, 2009, 08:49:47 PM

Well it appears the web site is dead!  LOL didn't they expect a bit of traffic?

Servers are running Vista.  retard

Sorry, someone had to make the joke!!!!   nod
3570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: January 09, 2009, 06:47:54 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 09, 2009, 06:39:18 PM

Grrrr, don't get me started on the absurdity of Vista hate. Suffice it to say Vista should not be compared to Windows Me. Windows Me had *real* problems caused by the operating system itself. Vista's problems were primarily due to lazy third-party developers who couldn't be bothered to produce proper drivers for the OS and a bad marketing decision by Microsoft that allowed the OS to be installed on hardware that wasn't built to run it properly. Those two issues magnified by an ignorant populace resulted in the unfair Vista hate.

Not just that, leaving the UAC on as a default made it an easy target for ridicule, because let's face it, it was damn annoying to have that thing pop up every time you did anything.  Once I found out how to turn it off, I really had few complaints, aside from having to run a few apps in "administrator mode" even when I was logged on as the administrator/sole user  saywhat  Also, I guess it did seem kind of bloated as well in terms of RAM requirements, which limited people with older machines.  So it certainly had a fair share of problems, but I agree, really nothing to deserve the broad range of hate.

As a side note, I always am curious about Windows ME, which I heard nothing but bad things about.  I had the exact opposite experience.  That was the one Windows I used which I never had a single issue with from day one.  Of course it's lifespan was really short, but I must have been one of a very select few who liked it.
3571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Spirit on: January 08, 2009, 07:29:42 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 07, 2009, 08:27:32 PM

I saw this on Christmas day....this movie is TERRIBLE. Simply, Horrible

Really?  I didn't think it was all that bad.  It was definitely kind of strange (non-conventional I guess is the better term) story-wise, and visually it felt too derivative of Sin City, but other than that I thought it made for an OK "super hero" comic book film.  Good looking actors and actresses, over the top performance by Samuel L Jackson, hot slutty chicks, shirtless stud, funny crap from Edgar (from 24, I had to look it up to figure out who that was!), some decent one-liners and action sequences.  Not sure what people were expecting, but I thought it was decent. 
3572  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a new computer on: January 08, 2009, 07:22:39 PM

Quote from: msduncan on January 08, 2009, 03:57:39 AM


Geforce 280 1 MB
6 MB RAM



Very nice!  But hopefully Dell doesn't send the "MB" versions of these parts :-)   eek
3573  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Ultra-portable discussion thread on: January 08, 2009, 07:18:32 PM
If this really uses the new Ion chipset, MSI could finally have the first "Macbook Air Killer":

http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/05/msi-unveils-ultra-thin-x-slim-320-fits-snugly-into-manila-envel/

Pretty much everything but the processor (and probably the screen) is on par with the MBA, at possibly less than half the price.  In exchange you get a lot more ports, less weight and longer battery life.  Can't wait to see if this pans out.
3574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Snowstorms to rainstorms on: January 07, 2009, 06:50:19 PM
Not to ignore the seriousness of the situation, but man that first pic is absolutely gorgeous, Simon!!!
3575  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Help - Looking for a Gaming laptop sub $1200.00 on: January 07, 2009, 06:47:12 PM
I almost pulled the trigger on that Gateway unit from Best Buy last year.  Even a few months later, I don't think there's anything that meets the bang for the buck factor on that unit (particularly the 9800 video card).  What stopped me was when I went to BB to check it out, the laptop just seemed huge and clunky.  Not that I was necessarily planning to travel with it much, but I couldn't imagine carrying that thing on a plane or a short trip.  Other than that it seemed great, particularly if you wanted a desktop replacement.

If portability is at all a concern, you might want to consider a smaller unit from Asus:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220391
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220395
3576  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a new computer on: January 07, 2009, 06:34:04 PM
It's always a tough call.  I had problems with some of my computers from Cyberpower, but it was always after I did something to them (tried to upgrade this or that, tried to remove the water cooling, eek!) so I can't actually blame them for anything that's gone wrong.  I've heard no complaints (yet) from the friends who have bought from them, one has had his over a year.  I've also heard plenty of people who've had problems with pre-builds like Dell, Gateway, etc - personally I think there's no guarantee, particularly when you factor in the human (you) equation.  If you are tech-savvy, and "safe" (never overclock, safe with software/protection, don't open the machine up for upgrades, etc), I really think you are fine to go with any company.  With Cyberpower you pretty much know everything that's going into the machine, so is it really that different having them assemble it as opposed to yourself?  And what makes you think the techs at Dell will be that much better/different?  My new philosophy is to try to load up the build good enough that I won't be tempted to open it up as long as possible.  (Sadly I am such a hardware whore this never happens, I think the longest I've lasted is 6 months.)

Oh yeah, I would definitely recommend not getting a laptop unless you particularly need one.  You'll never get the same bang for the buck, you can't upgrade much, and most of the better gaming capable "laptops" are pretty huge, more like desktop replacements.  BTW, in the one you mentioned the vid card would likely be a bottleneck sooner rather than later, particularly with only 256MB.
3577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lord of the Rings: Conquest on: January 07, 2009, 12:05:24 AM
I've spent only a little time with the 360 demo playing the single player training.  I'm not sure why the negativity surrounding the game, honestly.  From what I saw, it looked gorgeous (playing on a 40" LCD), very cinematic in terms of close up fighting and capturing some of the "feel" of the movies' smaller scale fights. 

Gameplay and controls reminded me most of the Baldur's Gate console games, very action oriented with a number of different combos and effects that all looked great.  If the multiplayer is good (I like that both coop and competitive are present), seems like a pretty nice LOTR-based action RPG (emphasis on the action of course) to me.
3578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: January 06, 2009, 10:00:00 PM
I had some dropped calls early on - but I don't think these were traditional "dropped calls" in the sense of reception going out.  The call would start and then just stop, I'm pretty sure it was a software error.  As mentioned above, the updates seemed to clear that issue, and when in doubt, a reboot every now and again is a good thing.  With the humungous amount of apps now out and running, it's not too surprising that there can be some conflicts now and again.

After 1.5 years of iPhone-ing, I can't imagine going back.  The iPod functionality on top of the phone on top of the internet on top of the PSP-level gaming console and unending supply of Apps - there's just not much competition.

Keyboard-wise, all I can say is in spite of what it might seem like the first few times you try it, it gets much better as you use it.  The trick as I've told many friends who eventually agree, is you have to trust the keyboard correction.  Don't stare at what you write as you are typing.  If you are like me, you're inclined to constantly go back and make corrections as you type.  If you just keep typing and let the error correction work it's magic, it tends to make good decisions the majority of the time.  What I do now is type out a full sentence or paragraph as fast as I can, and then make the 1 or 2 corrections (if needed) after.
3579  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a new computer on: January 06, 2009, 09:41:14 PM
I've bought my last few gaming computers at cyberpower, and have had a few friends purchase from them as well.  It's pretty much the best bang for the buck you're gonna get short of building yourself.  In fact, in some areas you will actually save if you get a system from them.  I've done comparisons with Newegg back and forth and usually the price differential is within a hundred dollars - the difference being you don't have to do any of the work if you don't want, plus generally you get some nice freebies that you might not have needed.

They are running a nice New Year's sale right now, this is where I would start:

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/New_Year_Special_IV/

While I know people are saying it's not worth it yet for the i7 and motherboard, if you are worried about paradigm shifts and/or future proofing, I would seriously consider going this route NOW.  It's not that much more - the complete system I've referenced is under $1000 (no OS included, will run another $100 or so) and aside from the video card being mid-range (ATI Radeon HD 4850 PCI-E 16X 512MB) it's pretty much a solid system already.  The i7 was just released at the end of last year, so you are likley not looking to a major change in processors for another couple of years.  Quad-core is not really supported that well game-wise yet, but it's certainly something nice to have in terms of future proofing. 

If you are willing to spend into the $2000 range, I would upgrade the case, power supply and video card, and possibly move to a SSD for the boot hard drive.  The system I'm looking at is right at the $2k mark (with their 5% discount), and includes the current best single video card (4870X2, though I will likely wait for the GTX295), a better case and a 1000W power supply for future proofing:

CASE: Thermaltake Spedo Full Tower 420W Case w/ Side-panel Window
POWER SUPPLY Upgrade: 1, 000 Watts Power Supplies (Thermaltake ToughPower 1, 000 Watts Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-920 2.66 GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366
COOLING FAN : Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (Excellent Overclocking + Silent Proof 16dBA)
MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-EX58-UD4P Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Ultra Durable™3 Mainboard Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 SATA RAID w/ eSATA, Dual GbLAN, USB2.0, IEEE1394a, & 7.1Audio
MEMORY: 3GB (3x1GB) PC1333 DDR3 PC3 10666 Triple Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
VIDEO CARD: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB DDR5 PCI-Express Dual DVI-I & TVO (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (64 GB Ritek RiDATA 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk (Nearly Instant Data Access Technology))
Data Hard Drive: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive
3580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: December 15, 2008, 11:31:07 PM

Quote from: Toe on December 15, 2008, 06:55:50 PM

Yeah, I think she looks pretty good regardless. I was also a bit suprised that Sue got 3 votes, thats probably the most a coat-tailer has ever gotten, heh. Corinne is a total bitch I agree. We should all send her some "haha" cards when one of her parents die, although she would probably just shrug it off anyway. 

Yeah, Sugar looked gorgeous all dolled up, kind of a cross between Christina Aguilera and Marilyn Monroe, but prettier.  Or something.

I thought Corinne and Randy were pretty amusing all in all, just attention junkies in a different form.  Actually the sarcastic style of their "humor" or comments is not too unlike many forum goers so...

As much as I enjoyed Sugar in the past few weeks, and after finding out about her father (I missed that key detail) I can certainly understand the crying a lot better, I think Marcus' comments on her were the most telling for why she didn't garner more votes.  You could tell he was being extremely diplomatic, but his comment about seeing 1 minute out of 300 minutes, and then referenced to Sugar being annoying - clearly the implication was she wasn't really much liked by anyone there.  If you watched Bob's reactions to her, you could see he was actually weirded out (or something) by her "father figure" comments; he clearly did not like her much either.  Notice he didn't say a single word of thanks or appreciation to the gal that essentially handed him a million dollars.  From an Outwit perspective, she did a hell of a lot more in the game than he did, and her flip vote in the endgame gave him the opening to winm the least he could have done was acknowledge her.  It's too bad they didn't give her a car or something, she deserves it!

The last few weeks were fun to watch, and in spite of my incredibly hottie hunks and cute gay boy being knocked out early, made for some really good dramatic TV.  Lot of great twists and turns and I enjoyed Sugar's playing of Kenny and the idol, particularly last week when she tells Matty to shut up and let her do the thinking; that was sweet.  I was shocked to see Susie of all people win the final immunity (how is it Physics Bob couldn't make a house of card?!??) but damn was she annoying after winning.  Still it set up the big twist at the end and I was glad to see the 2 frontrunners have to duke it out and EARN the million with a fire challenge, exactly as I'd hoped.
3581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: eHarmony update on: November 20, 2008, 09:17:07 PM
Sweet, now Hark will FINALLY get matched to me as was always foredained.  Well, either me or to his true love Kato  icon_wink
3582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes - What Happened to a once promising show? on: November 20, 2008, 07:30:43 PM
As much as I enjoy(ed) the show, the writers doomed it from day one.  How?  Introducing hero characters that were far too powerful with far too much disparity.  I can fly!  Well, I can control time and space AND teleport.  Errrr....  Well, big deal I can steal all your powers just by standing near you.  Har har.  Any comic book reader knows the price when you create characters too powerful with no consequences; you either have to neuter them or kill them, which generally just pisses people off.  Then you mix in time travel and paradoxes and you've written yourself into a far too complicated weave that is very very difficult to write your way out of.  Then you add to the mix the Haitian, who essentially nullifies even the most powerful of powers - again with seemingly no consequence or effort.  He essentially makes all the other characters, and the main villains, obsolete.  Basically it's a writing nightmare.

Now add to that the network's decision to stretch the seasons out (demanding more episodes) and then the complication of the writer's strike, and everything became a bigger mess.  Second season was just a disaster, and was forced to end in a way that wasn't originally intended (the virus was supposed to drop, etc). 

They've vowed to go back to what made the show good - focus on characters and character moments - but in all honesty I think it's too late for that.
3583  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Router with throttling per port or ip on: November 20, 2008, 07:23:53 PM
I'm using this guy:

http://games.dlink.com/products/?pid=643

which I think does what you want, but sounds like you already got it figured out...
3584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 19, 2008, 10:14:34 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 18, 2008, 05:52:36 PM

How dumb was it to have Michael cut the hole in the glass when he is *this* close to collapsing from an aneuryism (sp?)? Other than that I found the rest of the episode to be quite entertaining. I like caper/heist movies so this was a lower budget TV version.

Yeah I love that he had to do all the "final" work even though he was originally not supposed to even be there.  Not to mention the actor himself has gotten a bit chunky of late, so really they should have had the cop guy (forgot his name) do that last part.  And then after all that he just puts his grimy paws on the unit to set the alarm off, what's up with that?  I guess they are playing it as they wanted to bring the 6th key to them, but still, if they were going that route, why waste time gingerly going through all the other walls?  Blast it all down, set the alarm off, and set the trap!
3585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing Sacred 2? on: November 18, 2008, 08:08:00 PM
I just started and played very limited time.  I was originally just testing some things out on my laptop to see if it would run.  Soon enough I found myself kind of pulled into the game, and found it very engaging.  Visually it looked good on my laptop in medium settings, so I presume it will look gorgeous on my desktop in "hi-res" mode.  Note for some bizarre reason the highest resolution graphics were only available if you bought the CE.  One of these days I'll get around to installing it.  Running the latest patch, I had no crash or bug issues, but again that was only a couple hours worth of play.  Should provide some Action RPG relief while I wait anxiously for Diablo 3 smile
3586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: November 18, 2008, 07:30:06 PM
Zachary Levi is soooooooo HOT   Tongue  Fabulous 

OK OK the episode was great again, I can't get enough of Adam Baldwin.  Not sure I liked the rather obvious twist at the end, kind of an easy out for the relationship issues, but of course this does lead to massive catfight potential, which is clearly more important.  thumbsup
3587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: November 18, 2008, 07:25:41 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on November 18, 2008, 01:29:44 AM

I saw the trailer for it on TV and I didn't recognize Daniel Radcliffe, but my first thought was that he looked like a goth. Ugh.

I'm sorry, was this intended to be funny or did you confuse Harry Potter for Cedric (the guy that plays Edward)?
3588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season 3 (spoilers for our less fortunate European friends) on: November 18, 2008, 07:23:33 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 18, 2008, 06:51:32 PM

Quote from: Unagi on November 18, 2008, 06:36:21 PM

I'm really glad that Sylar had flame retardent jeans on.  That was a pretty wise move. 

The webcomic explains that he used his super-empathy to understand where the jeans were coming from and this made them electricity-proof.  His shirt was incorrigible, unfortunately.

I will buy that explanation, it's as plausible as anything else on the show.  In the mean time, Sylar shirtless was yummier than I thought it would be, which makes me uncomfortable watching him as Spocklar in the new trailer.  But that's another story.

I kept falling asleep watching last night's episode.  The show is so whacked out it's almost like a comedy now.  I love the above comments about Claire.  Just wtf was she planning to do?  Suicide herself til the bad guys got too grossed out and gave up?  They might as well just go full bore and copy X-Men, have her install some.... Adamalumicopperonium Claws and learn to fight like a ninja.  The very end still held some promise, hopefully the eclipse will erase everyone's powers and do a musical chairs thing to them.

BTW, not sure if it was mentioned in this thread earlier, but 2 of the key producers were recently fired, scapegoats I guess for the direction the show is heading.  Not sure if this will help correct anything for the final third of the season (supposedly 17 of 25 eps already written or in production).
3589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Twilight...vampire flick on: November 17, 2008, 10:18:30 PM
I had the flu last week and ended up reading book 2 - "New Moon".  I couldn't put it down and finished it in just a few days.  I definitely enjoyed it more than the first book.  The odd part is upon reflection, I was trying to describe the "plot" to a friend over lunch today, and it just seemed rather inane and annoying.  Yet while reading it I was really quite transfixed, and as I said, had trouble putting it down.  I can't quite explain it.  The simple writing style kind of just sucks me in, and I guess I just want to see how it turns out, even though the main characters are actually fairly annoying. 

Just started Book 3...
3590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 14, 2008, 09:29:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 14, 2008, 07:22:05 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 14, 2008, 07:11:22 PM


Worst Week - I love that main guy, he's absolutely adorable, and haven't seen much of the show yet, but again - it's called Worst WEEK and isn't it based on the week before he gets married?

Look at 24.  It's actually 168 after 7 years.   icon_biggrin

I was thinking 24 too but actually on second thought, it's premise is a natural for continuation.  Each season only 1 day passes, that's a perfect format to go on forever.  And actually, there's nothing in the title that constrains you as to what the 24 represents.  24 hours, 24 days, 24 months.
3591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to begin filming pilot episode of A Game of Thrones on: November 14, 2008, 09:26:58 PM

Quote from: Thry on November 12, 2008, 10:58:45 PM

Its hard to believe Dragons isn't done yet :\

As much as I loved the series, I've all but given up hope on finishing it.  One of us (me or George) will likely die before it's finished, just not sure who.
3592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: November 14, 2008, 09:26:01 PM

Quote from: Crux on November 14, 2008, 07:50:11 PM

Sugar = so clueless it isn't even funny.

This is the one thing I'm wondering about.  Is she truly clueless or is she being edited that way, and then in the endgame she'll turn around and not be as clueless as we thought.  Every now and again she's shown glimmers of thought, which make me think she may be playing a ditz, and then edited further to look clueless and crybaby.  With idol in hand, she can make it to the final 4 or 3 if she is smart.
3593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: November 14, 2008, 07:30:28 PM
Grrrr, of course the moment I choose to root for someone they get voted off.  At least as he said, he now gets to stalk I mean hang out with hottie Marcus the rest of the time smile  They are definitely the cutest couple on the show.

All that's left is a bunch of ugly, mean-spirited people, I pretty much hate them all but am such a tool I will watch to the end.

Kenny - I should favor him since he's Asian and a gamer, but he is starting to irritate me with over-confidence and plus he took out all my hotties.  That his cheap/simple ploy of telling everyone Charlie ran the show worked so easily just proves how simple minded the remaining cast is

Randy - could he be more racist and annoying?  ugh

Krystal - I kind of liked her at first, now she just annoys me with her constant need for attention and bickering

Susie - yuck x 10

Matty - tool x 10

Corrinne - she seems like a nice girl but what a bitch.  I can't believe how mean she was in her comments about Sugar. 

Bob - give him credit for making it this far at his age

Sugar - she's sweet and cute but the crying is getting old.  She's about the last one I kind of hope wins, but I can't say I care that much one way or another.

Looking at these Loser 8, logically it seems like the 5 have the numbers to remove Randy, Corrinne and Bob before they start feasting on each other.  After that, who knows.  Of course logic seems to defy most of these folk so who knows.  Sugar having the immunity idol and everyone knowing may make for some interesting gameplay, or may make for absolutely nothing.

All in all, it's hard for me to predict much since I dislike most of these cast members so much lol.  If I had to guess.... final 3:  Kenny, Crystal and Suzie.  Kenny wins as the best choice between these 3 horrible choices, claiming his growth and mastermind-ship of the game in his speech.  Audience yawns, nerdy Asian gamers rejoice!
3594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 14, 2008, 07:11:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 14, 2008, 12:40:02 AM

they really should have called the show something else, like The Scofield Chronicles or something since half the series didn't involve breaking out of prison.

Yeah, semi OT, but there seems to be a number of these type of "high concept" shows ever since Lost, that almost limit themselves from day one with their title or premise.  I wonder if it might make more sense for studios to start doing what they do in many foreign countries, just building shows that are meant/designed/written to end in a set number of episodes and advertise it as such.  I know the industry doesn't work that way right now, but maybe it's time for a change.

Lost - this is the grand-daddy of the high concept shows, whose success spawned many of these others.  The basic premise of people trapped on an island has been drawn out in so many ways, it may be impossible to satisfy everyone in the end.  But they did things right by defining an end point and can now move toward it with a stronger sense of direction.

Prison Break - pretty obvious limitation, it's a wonder they could stretch it as long as they have.  Of course the writers claim to have had seasons 1 and 2 planned out early on, and that did show.  Planning = good.  Seat of your pants = ruh roh.

Vanished - show looked pretty cool, but how long can you drag out finding someone who is missing.  They started to lace it with lots of interesting backstory, at which point the show was cancelled.

The Nine - everything based on flashing back to a single day's events.  Interesting but flawed concept from day one.  How many seasons were they thinking they could do this, seriously?

Life on Mars - love the show, but again the concept is iffy.  If they "resolve" the mystery of is it real, is he dying/dead, is it time travel, whatever, the show is over.  If they don't resolve it, how long can they drag the concept out?

Journeyman - loved the show, but the high concept was apparently too much for people.  Similar to Life on Mars, how long could they drag out the concept?  At least it seemed like Journeyman was willing to go deeper into the sci-fi aspects with its main plotline, at which point it was promptly cancelled

Worst Week - I love that main guy, he's absolutely adorable, and haven't seen much of the show yet, but again - it's called Worst WEEK and isn't it based on the week before he gets married?
3595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Prison Break - Fall 2008's Best Unwatched show? on: November 13, 2008, 11:38:27 PM
Ouch I knew ratings were down but I forgot how quick they are to dump things.

Next week's Mission Impossible looks fun, but all in all I am ready for some resolution.
3596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: November 13, 2008, 11:36:21 PM

Quote from: cheeba on November 11, 2008, 02:31:09 PM

Last night's episode was... interesting. They seemed to ignore everything that happened before it. Chuck shares a touching moment with Sarah for like 3-4 episodes in a row, learns that she has feelings for him and basically admits that he's in love with her and the best thing that's ever happened to him, but seemingly forgets all of it and re-falls for Jill? Bah. I expected better.

But this was the first in a 3-series story arc I guess, so I'll happily wait and see if they get back on track.

I thought they established in one of the previous episodes that they could "never be together" blah blah blah.  I don't remember the exact context but it seemed to me like Sarah plays him hot and cold, then does Bryce any time he appears.  Not to say I'm not rooting for them to get together, but I thought it was implied everything had gone back to a stalemate, leaving Chuck again with no real relationship, thus freeing him to fall for Jill.  Of course I haven't been watching as closely as I used to so maybe I missed more.

I did love this week's episode, and as contrived as it was, the kiss was AWESOME lol.
3597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wizards First Rule dated (Legend of the Seeker for you illiterate cretins :p ) on: November 10, 2008, 09:10:40 PM
Show is pretty cheesy but I must admit it is growing on me.  Of course I am enjoying the Richard eye candy more than most here.  Having him tied up half the episode was amusing  nod

The one thing that bothers me or makes me laugh I should say is that it constantly seems like someone (generally Kahlan) is running, running, running, running.  Why is she always running?  Where is she running to?  Who knows, but let's show some more running!  It reminds me of a lot of old Chinese martial arts TV shows.  There were limited locations to film at, so often midpoint scenes were just running around the same few spots again and again.
3598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Opening Cinematic on: November 07, 2008, 07:38:53 PM
Downloaded the demo last night, but only watched the opening cinematic so far.  Which, btw, I thought was excellent!  Very cinematic.  In fact the only thing that bothered me was that I actually wanted to learn how these 4 different folk ended up together, but it looks like this is where they are dropping you in to start the storyline.  Unless there's going to be flashbacks or something...
3599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resident Evil Degeneration on: November 07, 2008, 07:33:47 PM
Does this movie have anything to do with the live action movie series or completely independent?  Is it more closely based on the games and characters in the games?
3600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friend is on the new Survivor on: November 07, 2008, 07:27:59 PM

Quote from: Toe on November 07, 2008, 07:04:03 PM

Quote from: Crux on November 07, 2008, 03:44:08 PM

Rock and a hard place, man. Susan was the swing vote. And there just isn't a plausible scenario by which you convince Susan she's in the top 3. She's physically weak, not trustworthy... there's just nothing to keep her around except luck and circumstance.

I disagree. There are several angles you can work. You want your "good friends" on the jury instead of the top 3. You don't want player x, y, or z in the final three because the jury likes them better than you, you want x, y, z out because they are a threat in physical/mental challenges, etc, etc. Lots of ways to twist it around where it would seem plausible enough for Susan to buy it, especially since she seemed open to any idea at that point in time. Heck, it might not even have to be a lie, she would make a good person to take to the final 3 because she would probably not get any jury votes.

As for the immunity idol at the feast, I really wish one of the old Fang had picked it up. They had a lot to gain and little to lose with just going ahead and grabbing it. If the other tribe wanted to force it out, it opens up a lot of other options when it comes time to vote due to them needing to split votes, because how could the power 6 have split their votes to flushing out the idol without putting one of the own members at risk? (had the tribes not be re-divided)

I totally agree with everything Toe wrote.  In fact Susan would be the BEST candidate right now to take to the final 2 or 3 because NO ONE would vote for her lol.  It's interesting her goal seems set at making the 3, as if she knows exactly she has no chance to actually win. 

And yeah, anyone could have grabbed that idol.  There's nothing saying whoever grabbed it couldn't give it to someone else - just having it out there in the Fang hands is a massive threat and in some sense was a stupid/risky power play by Marcus.  Granted it worked at the time, but it could easily have backfired.  I still maintain if Sugar grabbed it, she could have parlayed that into any number of scenarios to screw the power 6 up.  She could tell everyone she had both, then they'd have no idea if/who she might give it to, or whether she'd just play it herself.  So many options as Toe mentioned, to split votes and take out whoever they wanted.  Of course in the end with the twist they knocked out Marcus anyway so it worked in their advantage, but still, can you imagine if Sugar had grabbed it and things still played out like this?  She'd have almost guaranteed final 4 status.
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