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3881  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.
3882  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?!?!
3883  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.
3884  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.
3885  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.
3886  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.
3887  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?
3888  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / George RR Martin is not your bitch! on: August 12, 2009, 08:14:17 PM
3889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Achievement Unlocked] You Haz Babby! on: August 12, 2009, 05:55:58 PM
Congrats YK!!!!   thumbsup
3890  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.
3891  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.
3892  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.
3893  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.
3894  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?
3895  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
3896  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.
3897  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.
3898  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.
3899  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. 
3900  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.
3901  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.
3902  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.

3903  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. 
3904  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
3905  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.
3906  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!
3907  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
3908  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).
3909  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.
3910  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.
3911  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!
3912  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.
3913  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.
3914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lost] Does it make sense? on: July 23, 2009, 11:43:13 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 23, 2009, 07:42:21 PM

So, the GF and I started watching Lost now, and is a bit more than halfway through the first season...

I'm a bit baffled about this, since it seems clear to me already, that we are NEVER going to get any explanations if I'm right... Also, there are some outright wierd things happening that seems to be there JUST because its cool to wierd.

So, I guess my question is, will the series make sense? Or is it just character development and not plot that drives the show?

Oh, and I HAVE to know about the polar bears...are they there because the kid wanted them to be there?

Lost is probably my all time favorite TV show, and that's saying a lot as I've watched a TON of TV.  I've now watched every season at least twice, closing in on my third time.  Each time I discover more nuances to the show and it's a pleasure to see the gorgeous production values particularly on Blu-Ray if you get a chance. 

That said, if you are a plot junkie who needs answers, you may find the show unsatisfying.  The writers typically dole out "answers" in small bits at a time, and generally every answer they give you is serviced with 10 new questions.   Does the series make sense?  Yes and no and maybe.  The show delves into mystic and scientific strangeness as well as time travel, so saying it "makes sense" is all relative.  Without seeing the final season, it's hard to say if the show will be self-consistent (though it tries to be for the most part).

Season 1 is for the most part about character development and kind of Survivor-esque.  Season 2 starts to change the show's dynamic and by 5 it has really reached more of a full blown sci-fi type of atmosphere.  If you like the core characters, though, I encourage you to stay around for the whole "ride" - and pray like I am there is a great payoff come next January.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The polar bears are there for a much more generic reason than the boy willing them there, which you don't learn until season 3 (I think).  However it's never explicitly said that the boy didn't influence their appearance on the island.
3915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Prison Break: Final Break on: July 23, 2009, 12:12:53 AM

Quote from: Punisher on July 22, 2009, 09:05:58 PM

I don't think it is supposed to be in addition to the series finale, I think this was supposed to be instead of.... I think this one was supposed to make it possible for more shows...

Nope, from what I read it was filmed after the series finale was already completed, and intended to fill you in on what happened to Michael in particular in the missing time between the events shown in the finale.

The shocking series conclusion was just the beginning. Secrets revealed and mysteries solved. The truth will blow you away.

Also info in this article (lot of spoilers but he warns you first):
3916  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Is there a way into the Aion beta? on: July 23, 2009, 12:06:10 AM

Quote from: Alefroth on July 22, 2009, 08:41:20 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 22, 2009, 06:19:50 PM

Ugh thats a terrible way to have a beta. Ive never purchased a single MMO that I wasn't in the beta for. I need to know before I buy on a MMO.

Believe it or not, the purpose of a beta isn't to give people the opportunity to see if they like it or not.


Agreed.  I think a significant issue nowadays is that "beta test" has been equated with "free demo."  The problem is just because you want to view it as a free demo doesn't mean that's the company's intent.  They may be load testing or looking for specific bugs to show up, who knows.  I wish that companies that intend their open beta to be a demo to just call it that.  If not, I would hope that players understand that they are signing an agreement for a TEST of software.  I try to always view it as a privilege when I get to do a beta test, not a right.
3917  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: So, what do you think the big MMO of the fall will be? on: July 22, 2009, 11:34:42 PM
If they both come out on time, I'm personally going with Champions Online.  For those that are interested in joining up again, I belive this will be the "official" choice for The Wanderers guild as well.  We will likely be doing a much smaller, more laid back and casual guild for CO so hopefully it will be a fun atmosphere.  There's been very little interest in Aion for us, and from what I saw during beta, I don't believe that's going to change much.  The flying was cool, the main quest line seemed promising, but other than that it felt less interesting to me than the free Asian WoW clone Runes of Magic.
3918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone try U-Verse? Better than cable? on: July 22, 2009, 08:34:49 PM
Well I made an appointment for next Friday so we'll see how it turns out.  I'm still leery about the whole address thing - for some reason putting in the true address which includes "West" and a Number comes up empty, but ignoring the West on the street name brings up all services are available.  I thought they'd be able to check the general area to be sure but the lady I worked with couldn't tell.

The one DVR thing confuses me a bit - assuming one person is watching a show on one TV, can another person on a different TV access anything that was previously saved on the same DVR?  Is it kind of all network based so no one needs to be directly on the DVR itself?  How much space does it have and can you add external storage?
3919  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: THinking of buying first desktop in about 5 or 6 years-help! on: July 22, 2009, 08:29:53 PM

Quote from: StriderGG on July 22, 2009, 05:10:27 PM

Quote from: warning on July 21, 2009, 10:16:43 PM

I'd just wait till the end of Oct or Nov and get one with Windows 7 installed.

IIRC, if you buy a system before Oct, you will be getting an upgrade coupon that will allow you to upgrade to Win 7 for free. Not sure if it's true and definitly check if your retailer supports this.

I disagree with Rittch' first post and agree with the second one. smile

You have to be careful with the update - not every computer from every manufacturer "qualifies" for the free upgrade.  I think Dell is pretty explicit about which ones do and don't.  I was disappointed to find out recently the cheapy Gateway I bought for my parents didn't qualify.

What do you disagree with on my first post?  Is the 4350 good enough or are you saying go with the i7 instead of the E8400?  In terms of gaming performance, I think the Dell would actually outperform everything thus far listed here since it's got the 9800GTs in SLI.  The E8400 is a really nice/fast processor; frankly I felt like I had better overall speed back when I was using that over my present i7.
3920  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Prison Break: Final Break on: July 22, 2009, 06:27:09 PM
This was just released on DVD/Blu-Ray yesterday.  Caught me by surprise, I hadn't heard of it.  Apparently the producers put together 2 more episodes after the series finale, not sure exactly why as they had no commitment to air it.  I guess Fox decided not to air it, so it was released to DVD.

For fans of the series, it has a little bit of everything, including most of your favorite characters, and is a pretty dramatic, hardcore story with decent action and emotional resolution.  If you enjoyed the series, I'd say it's definitely worth at least a rental.

Spoiler for Hiden:
While I love the Sarah character, it was a bit much to see her get beat up and tortured yet again.  Does this chick have the worst luck or what?  Still it made for a cool small storyline, and you got to conclude the series with another prison break!  Plus have the resolution of finding out how Michael dies.

I was actually hoping they would move the timeline years ahead again and show that Michael actually survived, but for whatever reason they decided to keep it secret from everyone.  Maybe the electric jolt from his sacrifice (they never show him dead right?) cured his brain issue and they lived secretly happily ever after.  That's how I'm going to think about it anyway  icon_smile
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