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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon's new product: Holographic 3D Phone? on: June 19, 2014, 06:53:15 PM
As someone who generally rushes to the next big thing, I have to say I don't really get this.  The 3D effect thing is cool but I don't see it serving much purpose in every day use.  I do like that the one guy said it didn't induce nausea, as I am also very prone to motion sickness.  The Firefly thing is also kind of cool, but as an avid Amazon shopper, again I just don't see how it really does much for me.  I can't remember a single time in all the tons of crap I've bought from Amazon where I needed to scan or take a picture or whatever of what it was I wanted to buy.

Maybe I'll be wrong in the long term, but this looks like another one of those gimmicks that someone introduces solely for the sake of the gimmick, and not because it was tested out by real users to be something useful and desirable. 
42  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS] OTTTD (Was Cool June Releases) on: June 19, 2014, 06:37:26 PM
Lego Marvel Super Heroes, whaaaaa?

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=233208

Godfire looks really sweet!!  I started it last night, really nice graphics for a mobile game.

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=232991

Star Traders 4X - I also got this one but so far not too impressed, interface not as intuitive as I'd hoped but we'll see...

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=233067
43  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Seeking a specific matching (?) game (iOS)... on: June 17, 2014, 06:23:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 17, 2014, 05:54:31 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 17, 2014, 05:45:46 PM

A little while ago I saw a lady playing what looked like a matching game on her iPad.  I've played many of these games but I don't think I've ever seen one quite like this.  Instead of a fixed screen like pretty much every one I've played, it seemed like she was scrolling around all over the place and just touching stuff to make it go away (so I don't think it was a swap type of match but I could be wrong).  I've searched through the store for "jewel" and "matching games" but haven't found anything that seemed right.

Anyone have any ideas, or maybe have a wife that plays a lot of these who might know?

Thanks!

It looked like a family game, right?  Maybe google "touching stuff family jewel wife swap" and see what turns up?

lmao!!!
44  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Seeking a specific matching (?) game (iOS)... on: June 17, 2014, 05:45:46 PM
A little while ago I saw a lady playing what looked like a matching game on her iPad.  I've played many of these games but I don't think I've ever seen one quite like this.  Instead of a fixed screen like pretty much every one I've played, it seemed like she was scrolling around all over the place and just touching stuff to make it go away (so I don't think it was a swap type of match but I could be wrong).  I've searched through the store for "jewel" and "matching games" but haven't found anything that seemed right.

Anyone have any ideas, or maybe have a wife that plays a lot of these who might know?


Thanks!
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 16, 2014, 05:23:46 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 16, 2014, 02:37:19 PM

I don't want to wait another year ;_;

THIS!  I said the same thing, even though it was a longer episode and it was filled with great scenes/events.  But man, the wait is going to be torture.  Of course GRRM is all about torturing people and making them wait inordinate amounts of time for gratification.


P.S.  If any of you more hardcore fans can, please spoiler post which things from last night were actually in the books.  There were some big things I did not remember, or thought might have been in Book 5.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) on: June 10, 2014, 03:55:03 AM
No one watched this over the weekend?  Were you all too busy watching The Fault in Our Stars and crying like little girls?   crybaby crybaby crybaby  icon_twisted icon_twisted icon_twisted

I really enjoyed this movie in spite of the ending being a little off and me not being much of a Tom Cruise fan.  It's nice to have a new/different sci-fi story that isn't a remake or reboot or sequel.  Reviews seem to generally be pretty favorable (except for the ending).  Curious to hear what you all think.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel Heroes on: June 06, 2014, 06:15:44 PM
I've been playing a little more of this off and on lately, definitely a fun game that you can just pop in to and play pretty casually and still enjoy.  It's actually a bit overwhelming when you come back in because there are so many different options to play.

They are promoting an event called Marvel Heroes 2015, which I really don't quite understand the significance.  I mean why is "2015" starting in the middle of 2014? 
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: June 06, 2014, 06:09:30 PM
I thought for certain the show had been cancelled, but apparently it survived the cut!  Season finale is a 2-parter that concludes next week.

I'm happy to see it coming back because while it certainly has it's faults, I think they've definitely done a good job keeping the show compelling, both on the Ark and on the ground.  And there's plenty of material to mine going into next year.  Looks like they will attempt to bring at least some of the adult cast to the ground for season 2, which should make for some interesting conflict.  And the introduction of the "reapers" (or was it "reavers"?) looks like a good villain.

Here's hoping they can maintain the darker sci-fi tones of the show.  I do enjoy looking at my pretty/hot boys, but this show doesn't need them to succeed.

49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Bates Motel on: June 03, 2014, 04:56:37 PM
I finally caught up and finished season 2 last night.  I really like the development of the Norman character, and Freddie Highmore is getting really good at being creepy.  The scenes with his mom are even more intense than ever, both touching and vaguely incestuous - just enough to make you feel really uncomfortable.  It's going to be interesting to see where they go for Season 3, as they seem to be advancing Norman pretty far along now.  Like Hannibal, it's hard to tell if they are going to fold into the existing lore or just go a completely different direction.

I'm still not a big fan of the side plots and characters.  Max Thierot as the brother has totally grown on me, but his subplots just aren't that thrilling, except when they impact the Bates clan.  Ditto on Emma and the Sheriff, etc.  I guess they need these diversions to round out the show, but some of the stuff just seems unnecessary and uninteresting relative to the core of the show.

All in all a satisfying season - if you liked the first one, I think this one was actually even better.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: June 03, 2014, 04:50:27 PM
It's such an odd experience for me watching this show.  The last few episodes when something big happens, I'm like "that wasn't what happened in the books!" - and then I go dig out the book and see that it's almost word for word how it was written, both dialog and description.  So cool!

The one thing I do remember vividly is that this was my favorite book of the series, and I was completely obsessed with it at the time - now I'm starting to recall why.  I had actually spent extra money to get the book directly from the UK because it came out a few months earlier than the US release. 

The sad thing is I think the series kind of goes downhill from here, or I should say the next few books feel like a lot more filler, YMMV.  I still have hopes for a grand and satisfying conclusion, I just hope I live long enough to read/see it.   
51  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iOS8 - Metal on: June 03, 2014, 04:42:08 PM
Did you mean cynical or cyclical?  Cause you guys all sound pretty cynical lol.

Anyway... yes the App Store is crowded with all sorts of simple games, but that's because of the ease of entry for anyone to be able to submit.  That certainly doesn't preclude some AAA titles to have top notch graphics (i.e. Infinity Blade) and be standouts from the crowd.  IMHO, if even a single game release takes advantage of the processing gains, it's a win for iOS gamers.
52  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / iOS8 - Metal on: June 02, 2014, 10:10:45 PM
With iOS8 is coming some sort of 3D graphics optimization that supposedly will give anywhere from 2-10X rendering improvement.  The demo that Epic Games showed (Zen Garden) was fantastic, pretty amazing to see this sort of detail on a tablet.  Will be interesting to see if it translates to better games/gaming over the long haul.

http://toucharcade.com/2014/06/02/ios-8s-new-metal-feature-may-greatly-boost-game-performance/
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi guys! on: June 02, 2014, 05:39:42 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 02, 2014, 12:58:51 PM

Quote from: Scraper on June 01, 2014, 01:16:57 PM

I find it odd how some old school GGers only post on OO or only on GT. How did they decide which one to post on?

I just follow you around.

I did OO for quite a while and then ended up here, I honestly can't remember how/when/why I made the transition.  I don't think there was anything in particular, this site felt a bit more "home-y" (not homely!) to me for whatever reason.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution - season 2 is here. on: June 02, 2014, 05:37:42 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on June 02, 2014, 04:23:42 PM

It being cancelled and the ending was disappointing to say the least, BUT up until hearing it had been axed I really liked the show. Don't regret watching it at all.

Agreed - the last 2 or 3 episodes leading up to the finale were pretty enjoyable.  I had grown a little tired of the show but it seemed like they were cleaning house a bit to get ready for season 3.
55  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wildstar (Carbine Studios' first project) on: May 31, 2014, 02:11:22 AM
Based on Teggy and Jag's posts on OO, sounds like Dominion on Orias (server) is an OK place to start.
56  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 30, 2014, 04:57:57 PM
Gameplay is getting better and better for most aspects.  At level 10 you get 2 more skill slots for a total of 8 active and 6 passive (not sure if this increases later).  That really takes the customization to the next level, so to speak.  The possibilities feel pretty much endless.

One tip: Charm (Bard skill) seems like a no-brainer, it's a cheap entry cost and so far seems like the best CC in the game.

Also there's a nice spot called Sealed Cave (lv 10) that I really like as it has only one screen of fighting, but it's pretty much non-stop once it starts.  So you can pick up a decent chunk of xp in a short amount of time without all the walking around, and the action is fast and furious, much more reminiscent of later BH battles.  Only bad news is you can't escape in between, there are gates that prevent you from leaving.  I'll probably end up farming this spot when I only have a few minutes to play.

One negative thing is I have started to experience occasional crashes and sound drops, so hopefully the stability gets ironed out over time.

I have to agree the control scheme is not the best for some specific circumstances.  I firmly believe a joystick would have worked better 95% of the time, giving you more full control of where you want/need to be.  The action is fast paced enough that the tap movement can become a hindrance when you are trying to activate a skill while moving.  I often see the little blue circle of where I intended to move just sitting there while I'm doing a skill, which generally means I'm being pummeled on or standing in the path of an incoming spell.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: May 30, 2014, 04:43:42 PM
It's actually right there in the first line of the CeeKay quote  icon_razz

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Network Orders 13 Episodes of the Drama Series Based on the Best-Selling Novels by Oscar(R) Nominee Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan Who Are Executive Producers and Co-Wrote The Pilot Which Was Directed by del Toro
58  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 29, 2014, 05:09:42 PM
Toucharcade loved it, not a big surprise:

http://toucharcade.com/2014/05/29/battleheart-legacy-review/

59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: May 29, 2014, 05:03:30 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 29, 2014, 01:44:27 PM

trailer  if they do 10-13 episodes I will be in.  Anymore and I tend to lost interest



I thought they specifically mentioned it was a 13 episode order.  Do you mean if they go to a second season you wouldn't want to watch it?
60  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 29, 2014, 05:01:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 29, 2014, 01:25:31 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 28, 2014, 08:20:52 PM

I played some more last night, and it's fun, just not living up the original for me. I agree with your points above, besides the final one. I won't buy virtual joystick games, I don't like them, my thumbs end halfway across the screen trying to push the controls. I don't play a game like this with my thumbs anyway, I don't find the controls bad at all using my index fingers other than that it can be hard to target/move when you are surrounded.

I love virtual joysticks.  I actually turned it on in Bastion.  I constantly found my fingers over the action on the screen with made me miss out on the pretty pictures. 

I love them when they are done right; some early iOS games used them and they were just clunky and bad, which I think turned a lot of people off to them.  But many of the recent ones are doing them much better, like the aforementioned Dungeon Quest (which btw is probably still the best casual touch-based Diablo clone out there).  For exactly the reason Lee mentions - being able to target and move when surrounded - a joystick would have been much better for this game.  I also think there's a more direct/personal feel, and given that this is a single player RPG that would have made more sense.  I miss it even more when I have to walk a lot through areas I've already cleared for whatever reason.  Movement just feels stymied having to tap around obstacles.  The dev actually responded to my comments a while back and disagreed.  I think in particular there were skills like teleport which he'd already committed to that worked better touch based. 

- - -

Getting back to the game, other than the nits, I'm enjoying it more and more.  I'm now at the point where I've just about filled up all 6 slots of actives and passives, and have to start making real choices.  So far I've just been kind of randomly collecting the skills I like.  I generally use Charm to take over one enemy, then chain lightning and poison to soften them up.  Drain Life to get a little health back and generally finish them off with a Meteor.  I just picked up summon skeleton from the Necro, which is pretty cool.  I'd really like to get a pet, but I'm not sure how much commitment I'd need to make to get to it.

It's definitely a very different game from BH, much more of an RPG in many ways, but with many of the same sensibilities and more overall game "depth".  I think over the longer term it will stand the test of time just as well, if not better.
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men:Days Of Future Past on: May 28, 2014, 08:09:07 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 28, 2014, 12:04:21 PM

Loved it, but my only issue was no Nimrod in the future.  I thought that would have been cool


Spoiler for Hiden:
Had to explain to some non comic fans about Apocalypse and the Four Horsemen

Ditto on the spoiler.

I was hoping for Nimrod too, but I think they kind of adapted him into the future sentinel design anyway, although Nimrod was kind of chunkier and pink.  In fact I think I would have preferred a lesser amount of those super sentinels in favor of a super Nimrod type, but I guess this makes for more kickassery from the heroes, as opposed to only them getting their asses kicked.


62  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 28, 2014, 07:55:41 PM
I'd say give it some more time, Lee.  I think the depth of the game will shine over time, we'll see...

Cross-posted at TA:

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I'm really enjoying the game, as I knew I would. The artwork, gameplay and class system are all fantastic. So happy there's a cloud save option so I can switch readily between my devices.

Some minor nits:

- Would be nice to have info on what skills and requirements there are so you could do a little pre-planning. I suppose many people would like to just discover this and experiment as they go along, but I suspect others would rather micromanage their character design

- The game starts off kind of difficult, and as others have mentioned, you can be left feeling lost or lose track of quests. So a journal would be great for that.

- The other thing I'd like is a way to get out of a map midway, some kind of town portal or whatnot. Particularly early on I'd be midway into a map and run out of all my potions, so you either have to backtrack all the way or die to get out. I've also run into maps where the chests wouldn't open and I couldn't get the exit to engage. So maybe a pay option to exit early would be simplest, else buying a portal scroll or something so you have to plan in advance.

- This was a bit of a controversial topic during development, but now having played the game I have to reiterate that I still would have preferred an invisible joystick type of movement (see Dungeon Quest! for a well implemented version) over the touch-based. Having tried the game on both iPhone and iPad, intuitively I try to move using my left thumb. Having to tap for both skills and movement makes combat that much more difficult, as I'm doing everything primarily with one thumb. I get some limited use out of left thumb but all in all it's not as efficient as I believe it could have been. Just my two cents.
63  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wildstar (Carbine Studios' first project) on: May 28, 2014, 07:36:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 28, 2014, 04:34:34 PM

They did some surveys and it's looking pretty equal with a slight weight toward Exile. I'm going to join the GAF guild which is pve Dominion.

Did you pick a specific server?  And what is the GAF guild?
64  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 28, 2014, 03:05:30 AM

Quote from: Lee on May 28, 2014, 03:04:22 AM

It's out, $5.

Damn you beat me to it lol.  Downloading now!!
65  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 27, 2014, 10:34:39 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 27, 2014, 02:37:25 PM

Developer posted it comes out the 28th. TouchArcade says that probably means tonight 11EST. Out in New Zealand and elsewhere already. 

Holy cow!  I've been following it so closely but I never thought it would actually make it out when they said they would.  The dev only submitted it about 5 days ago, so that's pretty impressive how quickly it was approved.  He seemed pretty confident, so maybe he knows a guy, or else he's just that confident in his code smile
66  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wildstar (Carbine Studios' first project) on: May 27, 2014, 10:30:17 PM
Have you guys decided which faction or whatever you are going to play?
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Hannibal on: May 27, 2014, 05:20:39 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 25, 2014, 04:43:21 PM

The final fight was amazing.  Mads either gets an Emmy or I start randomly punching house pets.

LMAO!!!!!

Seriously 4 days later and I still haven't gotten over that finale.  I can't seem to delete it from my DVR, but I'm afraid to actually go back and watch it again.  I spent half the episode hiding from watching the screen lol.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men:Days Of Future Past on: May 27, 2014, 05:19:25 PM
lol yeah, unless Crux knows something the rest of us don't, there aren't any fixed rules for time travel, which again AFAIK doesn't exist yet.  nod

I do love the whole discussion on it though, and I think YK's explanation is pretty much dead on.

Besides if you want to poke holes:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Why the heck didn't they take Quicksilver with them?  He could have stopped Mystique and come back and still had time for another popsicle.  And if QS was really that awesome where the heck was he in the future?  Sentinel could never catch him to duplicate his power smile



P.S.  Evan Peters, I love you!  Even with weirdo silver hair.

P.P.S.  Yes I realize this is on the internet forever even if I ask Ron to remove it later.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ok, let me explain how the Internet works... on: May 27, 2014, 05:13:12 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 27, 2014, 02:09:41 PM

I would actually request that you put MORE stuff about me on the board.  And make it salacious! I want to sound dangerous and cool!

WTF are you saying you AREN'T dangerous and cool?!??!  Now you ruined my day.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: May 26, 2014, 06:27:07 PM
My wallet is ready to ride whatever!
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men:Days Of Future Past on: May 24, 2014, 06:34:32 AM
Surprised no one's commented yet...  I saw it this afternoon and loved it.  Pretty much lived up the hype and was everything I wanted.  Of course I could nitpick certain things and bemoan the lack of coverage for some of my favorites, but all in all it was wonderful.  Best super-hero movie I've seen.  Avengers was awesome but I'm much more emotionally tied to the X-Men, so I'm biased.

Gonna see it again tomorrow!!
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Hannibal on: May 24, 2014, 06:31:23 AM
Holy fuck, that finale was unbelievable...  I can't believe this was shown on network TV.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: May 23, 2014, 06:32:41 PM

Quote from: Crawley on May 23, 2014, 02:23:42 AM

A Woo vs Kass showdown would have been terrible. Woo didn't play the game at all. He basically followed Tony's lead throughout. He had several chances to try and get rid of Tony and didn't do that. He kept saying "I gotta make a big move" and never did. Really the only move he made was following Spencer when he went looking for  the idol. And even then he didn't get the idol.

The only thing Kass did was change her alliance. Then nothing other than the good immunity challenge comeback.

I think the horribleness of both players is what would have made it interesting, although if you believe the jury members Woo would have won in a landslide.  But that's not necessarily the reality, because you don't know how the Q/A portion would have worked out.  While I didn't necessarily buy it, I thought her "if a man did what I did" argument was at least interesting and might have been persuasive on some level.  Plus she could argue as you did above that Woo never made a single move, where she made multiple alliance change moves to get to the end.
74  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 23, 2014, 03:22:33 PM
And it's submitted!

http://toucharcade.com/2014/05/23/battleheart-legacy-submitted/

Sorry to say it's not a party game.  It's as you said more of a diablo type rpg but with the touch based control.  Set in the same setting as BH with similar art style, etc. While I would have preferred a straight up sequel as well, I still think this is going to be a fantastic game. The amount of customization and variation you can have for your character is supposed to give the game tons of replay value.  At max level you'll have 8 skills at your disposal, so still plenty to micromanage.

Definitely my most anticipated ios game ever.
75  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS] Battleheart Legacy on: May 23, 2014, 02:33:54 AM
Looks like mikamobile is on the verge of submitting the release candidate, fingers crossed for a release next week!
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Godzilla to return to American shores on: May 23, 2014, 12:06:02 AM
I thought the movie was fun but a little dry and long, and I wish Aaron Taylor Johnson was more interesting in it.  Either take your shirt off or put on your Kick Ass costume dude, because I'm falling asleep  icon_lol
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: May 23, 2014, 12:00:09 AM

Quote from: rittchard on May 09, 2014, 12:14:17 AM

Spencer has to easily be the biggest threat to win it all now as he's friendly with everyone on the jury.  But he needs to win every immunity to get there, pretty much no other way except for maybe playing Tony against Kass next week.  Pretty simple: if he takes the immunities, he wins.  If he doesn't, he's done.  Odds are he will fail and I will be sad frown

Tony, in spite of the lying and weirdness, is probably in the best overall position to win.  He has guaranteed final 4 with his idol collection, and no matter how many people he backstabs, he can still get rewarded for actually playing the game strongly.  He's also got a dedicated sheep follower (Trish) and a strong third (Woo) allied with him.  However he still may have to win one immunity on his own, particularly if it goes down to 2.  If Woo wins and takes him to the final instead of Trish or Kass, it would be sheer stupidity (but still possible given this season's craziness).

Funny I just looked over my analysis from a couple of weeks ago...
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: May 22, 2014, 11:57:51 PM

Quote from: Toe on May 22, 2014, 09:20:22 PM

While I enjoyed the final two challenges as they were pretty close, I really could not stand Tony and was disappointed that he made it to the final tribal and that he won. I love "bitter" jurys as they provide a check and balance versus dickheads like Tony (not this time though unfortunately). I would have much rather preferred a kass/woo showdown as there actually might have been some drama in the final vote.

Definitely agree with all of this.  Trish had one of the best bitter jury speeches in a long long time.  Too bad it looks like she still voted for Tony.  It seems like as time passed, the trend was that bitter or not, the jury rewards the more dominant player.  As much as Kass bugged me, her comeback immunity win was amazing and I thought she deserved a place in the final 2 for that.  I still wish the three of them would have challenged Tony's bluff and taken him out instead of Spencer but that was never going to happen.

The irony is that in spite of this being one of the most unpredictable moment to moment seasons, the end result ended up being one of the most predictable.  By mid-game it looked like nothing could stop Tony except perhaps a Final 2 scenario, but somehow he even managed to overcome that.  I love Woo's comment that he'd have to be the stupidest Survivor in history to bring Tony with him, and then he does it anyway.  What a tool.  I do respect his explanation but given the context, was it worth $900,000 (I think that's the differential)?  This wasn't quite the Colby situation where the game was still pretty new and he had made a committed pact with Tina.  Tony had already tried to backstab him multiple times, and had already proven to be a massive liar, so no one would have blamed Woo much for taking Kass.  I don't think Tae Kwan Do tenets mean you should also do completely stupid things lol.  I could almost feel the seething from his Asian parents, "you cost us $1 MILLION dollars you stupid stoner!!!" 

All in all a great season for me, but with a disappointing final outcome.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Godzilla to return to American shores on: May 21, 2014, 04:57:33 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on May 20, 2014, 11:03:13 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 20, 2014, 10:41:34 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 20, 2014, 04:11:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 20, 2014, 03:34:48 PM

And Cranston probably worked about 48 hours on this and most likely walked away with a cool million or more.  Good for him!

Yeah, it was kind of weird that they had some really established actors like Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe and Brian Cranston but they weren't used nearly as much as I had hoped or expected.  Watanabe mostly just got to have like half a dozen different looks of shock on his face as the camera pulled in slowly.

The movie felt overly long to me, and I felt like they could have easily cut 15-20 minutes out of the front end.  Really even if they took the Cranston backstory out of the movie, it would have had little impact for me.  It's a Godzilla movie, let's see Godzilla!  I was enjoying the buildup to an extent, but I guess I had higher expectations to what the buildup would mean for the rest of the movie.

I think you might be surprised at the average screen time of Godzilla in the typical Godzilla movie.

Yeah that's what I've been reading, but I suspect (actually let me check) the older movies are actually much shorter as well, so the percentage of screen time is really what counts.  Original Gojira is... 96 minutes, and most of the others look to be around the 90 minute mark.  This new one was over 2 hours.  It wasn't really the amount of Godzilla time I felt was lacking, but more that the movie itself was overly long.  The human element storylines just weren't very compelling IMHO.

It seemed like they wanted to build it up (and advertise) as maybe an epic disaster movie (btw what happened to the Statue of Liberty being destroyed from the commercial??) or maybe they were modeling after Independence Day, I dunno.

- - -

On a complete side note, there's a new Dungeon Raid-type game out on iOS called Smash3 or something like that, featuring visuals from the movie.  It's free and actually quite good!
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution - season 2 is here. on: May 20, 2014, 10:46:18 PM
I finally caught up last night.  Kind of bummed now because it was finally getting better in the last few episodes.  I love that they finally acknowledged multiple times (though jokingly) the kind of gay/bromance between Miles and Sebastian.  I'm pretty sure I mentioned it before as well, or at least I meant to.

I don't know if it will end on a cliffhanger, but it certainly doesn't look at all like they knew or thought they were getting cancelled.  It feels more like they were maybe midway in whatever larger story they had in mind.
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