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2161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old Spice Commercial on: July 14, 2010, 09:36:06 PM
heres one to Alyssa Milano  these are frikkin hilarious...  http://www.youtube.com/user/oldspice#p/u/7/U5Y7MZV_bD0
2162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My New Puppies! (Cute and Angry inside) on: July 14, 2010, 08:04:38 PM
I truly hope that there is a very special area in hell reserved for whomever is responsible for abusing that poor little guy.  Congrats on your new pack!
2163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: July 14, 2010, 07:50:03 PM
whats suprises me is that 40 hours of consecutive game play would actually be a record, I figured the currrent record would be higher than that.  Im thinking CeeKay needs to contact Guiness.  Im sure hes posted new threads for at least 40 consecutive hours, probably on several occasions. icon_wink
2164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DeathSpank - "Monkey Island meets Diablo" on: July 14, 2010, 01:03:41 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on July 14, 2010, 12:30:00 AM

ron gilbert gets my money just for being ron gilbert - downloading now smile ...

just finished replaying monkey island, & was a good way into mi2 when p3p showed up. both games are still as clever & funny as they ever were. for someone who grew up on infocom games, they, along with maniac mansion, were to me the first graphic adventures i played where the people behind them obviously 'got it'...

Maniac Mansion.... wow that brings back some memories smile  I also played Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders.  Amazing how such simple games could be so complex.  They have so many more bells and whistles to play with these days but so many games have no heart.
2165  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The Guild - Web Show and Comic on: July 13, 2010, 08:24:14 PM
great show and fwiw Wil Wheaton is
Spoiler for Hiden:
hilarious as the uber guild leader.
2166  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Nier (360) on: July 13, 2010, 08:15:18 PM
Im going to assume that YK grabbed this but if he didnt, let me know and Ill take it.
2167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question for people who did the Gamestop 360 trade in.... on: July 12, 2010, 01:17:08 AM
Well Ill probably go with the store credit.  Even though Customer Service told me that they should be able to easily charge back the $30 and that was the original intention of the trade in program, the store manager insists that its not possible.  Unless they work through a different credit card system than every other major retailer in the US, I think its more that he just doesn't want to deal with it.  Kind of a silly thing though, as Gamestop stands to lose my future business over this.  I guess my real problem with all of this is the managers attitude.  When I questioned the store credit thing, I pointed out in the add where it stated I had 7 days to transfer my data and still get full trade in value.  His comment was that I was stupid because I should know that trade in value means store credit.  Things definitely went downhill at that point and my comment that he has no right being a manager if he makes comments like that on a regular basis, probably didnt win me any points.  Anyways, its just not worth the battle over $30 cash or store credit so Ill be taking the store credit and my next purchase at Gamestop will be my last.  Which is what I intend to tell gamestop's corporate office when I advise them of this little event.
2168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Syfy's Haven - Elena Fisher, er, I mean Emily Rose gets a show! on: July 11, 2010, 12:13:33 PM
Well Turtle,  I had quite the opposite reaction to this show.  There was no chemistry in it, the pace of the episode was very uneven. Emily Rose may be cute but her acting was terrible.  The plot was very derivative and obvious from the minute they introduced the real "killer".  I will cut it some slack because it was the pilot episode and will need some time for the characters to grow and develop, still if the writing doesnt get better this show will barely make it a season. 
2169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 11, 2010, 11:54:26 AM
Ill second Dexter.  Excellent show.  I also watched the movie Moon on there recently.  Its style wont appeal to everyone but its a good flick.
2170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Garmin Lifetime deals? Other packages? on: July 10, 2010, 07:37:16 PM
well you can probably update important POI's on your own ...
as far as the voices, I recommend qualified psychiatric help  Tongue
2171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inception, Nolan's latest film on: July 10, 2010, 12:29:53 PM
yeah,  This looks like a fun movie.  Nolan has certainly stepped up his rep in Hollywood, though its kind of scary that all of these critics are raving about him.  Ususally when someone in entertainment hits that kind of pinnacle, its not long before the very people who placed him up there do all that they can to tear him down.

Anyways,  I plan on catching this at an Imax but Ill wait til its been out for a week or two.  Ive found Imax to be very seat sensitive, and I dont want to have to fight for a decent seat.
2172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question for people who did the Gamestop 360 trade in.... on: July 10, 2010, 10:48:35 AM
Thanks for the replies.  I figured that was the case and I was getting jerked around by an uniformed clerk.  Time to move up the chain.
2173  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blizzard is changing the official forums to show posts by RealID rather than on: July 10, 2010, 12:07:00 AM

Quote from: Misguided on July 09, 2010, 11:32:00 PM

Am I the only one that thinks that if they gave away a free in-game mount for switching to the new ID system that many of the people complaining would be first in line?

Not sure what your point is.  If people choose to voluntarily give up that info whether a free mount is involved or not is thier choice.  What Blizzard was trying to do was remove your choice.  Apples and Oranges dude.
2174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question for people who did the Gamestop 360 trade in.... on: July 10, 2010, 12:02:44 AM
What happened with regards to your hard drive.  Did they deduct the trade in value off your new 360 after the grace period to transfer the info off it or did they force you to take store credit for the hard drive value?  I wanted the $30 for my 20g HD to be applied to my new 360 and even tho the add says you have a 7 day grace period to transfer the info they are telling me the only way they can apply that $30 to the new 360 is if I turn in the HD immediately and lose the data.  The $30 store credit thing isnt a huge deal but I feel that they were a bit deceptive on this whole thing.
2175  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: July 09, 2010, 08:33:57 PM
yeah I figure my odds of getting in are somewhat akin to winning the powerball lottery and quite frankly as much as Id like to try out TOR, I'd rather spend that kind of luck on a lottery win.
2176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] the Next Bond Movie has been Cancelled on: July 08, 2010, 09:59:49 PM
While I didnt hate QOS it definately paled to Casino Royale.  Of course the worst part of Quantum of Solace was the frikkin title.    Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, GoldFinger, even On Her Majesties Secret Service... but Quantum of Solace?!  Really?  What the frack is that supposed to mean anyways? 
2177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LeBron - The Decision on: July 08, 2010, 09:54:38 PM
wasnt aware that the roster wasnt signed.  I checked and it showed at least 10 players on the roster.  Must have been an end of the season thing.
2178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LeBron - The Decision on: July 08, 2010, 09:27:15 PM
and heres the price of fame...  http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/07/08/lebron.james.lawsuit/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn

A lawyer is suing LeBron for millions claiming his paternity rights were denied through fraud and misrepresentation.   
2179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LeBron - The Decision on: July 08, 2010, 08:52:40 PM
The championship...  LeBron needs this badly and that is why he will go to Miami.  With 2 all stars in place in Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and a solid roster to back him, Miami gives him his best shot at that elusive championship.  This feels very similar to the Boston situation a few years ago, the 3 headed monster is rearing its ugly head once again.

Regarding the circus show tonite,  unfortunately, this is what pro sports has become.  I wish LeBron would have had the class to simply make his announcement and move on but the NBA has crowned LeBron its king and they want the pomp and circumstance that goes with it.  
2180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LeBron - The Decision on: July 08, 2010, 07:48:13 PM
dont waste your time with this.  The outcome is already decided,  LeBron will be playing in Miami this year.  Once Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade announced that they would be there, Miami was a lock.   Now back to items of real importance.....  what was this about lynching CeeKay?  and when will this take place?  I hear theyve reserved an hour on ESPN for this!
2181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blizzard is changing the official forums to show posts by RealID rather than by on: July 08, 2010, 09:55:40 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 08, 2010, 04:56:34 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on July 08, 2010, 01:44:27 AM

I dont post something that I wouldnt say to someones face.  Whats that have to do with this issue?  You can be nice to some people and they will take offense.  You can make a simple comment and they may take it completely out of context and find it offensive.  It does not matter if you are held accountable for you actions on Blizzards forums by having your real name out there, what matters is who is held accountable when some nut job decides to hunt someone down from that information in real life.  You are correct when you say that you dont have to post in the forums, that its voluntary.  Of course thats also Blizzards legalese for,  We are not responsible if someone is hurt through this.  This decision will make chase good posters out of Blizzards forums, which is fine, unless this is just the 1st step in taking away personal privacy, like mentioned before linking your information, games and preferences through other social networking domains.  Bottom line, as far as the internet goes, if I want someone to know who I am in real life, I will tell them myself.  I dont need Blizzard to hand out that information, whether its to individuals or to companies ( which is where this is headed btw ).  I could be off base here but Blizzards disregard of the vast majority of their customer based being vehemently against this decision smacks of information selling.  There has to be some kind of monetary benefit to Blizzard to risk alienating so many customers over this.  If this is the first step into a deeper hole then I hope people chose to voice their disapproval with their wallets. 

Blizzard won't alienate anyone.  I'd say 1% *maybe* of their users participates in the forums?  They will still sell 10 million of any game that they release, SC2 will sell double that because of it's draw in Korea.

Blizzard wont alienate anyone?  Have you been paying attention at all to the reaction on this.  The real problem here isnt just the WoW forums,  its the direction this whole thing is headed, and this will affect far more than just the 1% who post.  You say that Blizzard wont alienate anyone?  I say they already have.

Also I don't think Activision has any say in anything that Blizzard does, for those who think that it's Kotick's decision to do this.
2182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blizzard is changing the official forums to show posts by RealID rather than by on: July 08, 2010, 01:44:27 AM
I dont post something that I wouldnt say to someones face.  Whats that have to do with this issue?  You can be nice to some people and they will take offense.  You can make a simple comment and they may take it completely out of context and find it offensive.  It does not matter if you are held accountable for you actions on Blizzards forums by having your real name out there, what matters is who is held accountable when some nut job decides to hunt someone down from that information in real life.  You are correct when you say that you dont have to post in the forums, that its voluntary.  Of course thats also Blizzards legalese for,  We are not responsible if someone is hurt through this.  This decision will make chase good posters out of Blizzards forums, which is fine, unless this is just the 1st step in taking away personal privacy, like mentioned before linking your information, games and preferences through other social networking domains.  Bottom line, as far as the internet goes, if I want someone to know who I am in real life, I will tell them myself.  I dont need Blizzard to hand out that information, whether its to individuals or to companies ( which is where this is headed btw ).  I could be off base here but Blizzards disregard of the vast majority of their customer based being vehemently against this decision smacks of information selling.  There has to be some kind of monetary benefit to Blizzard to risk alienating so many customers over this.  If this is the first step into a deeper hole then I hope people chose to voice their disapproval with their wallets. 
2183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Miss your old SNES or Sega Genesis? Then this is for you! on: July 06, 2010, 11:17:02 PM
http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/06/nintendo-sega-controllers-and-carts-find-a-new-home-in-the-retr/

Yep a machine that does the retro cartidges with wireless controllers for $70   Old school gaming at its finest
2184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beta keys for Moonbase Alpha (Steam) on: July 06, 2010, 10:22:39 PM
oh so its like sex for you CeeKay?   sorry  just kiddin,  couldnt pass up a lay up like that
2185  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blizzard is changing the official forums to show posts by RealID rather than by on: July 06, 2010, 08:14:04 PM
I can understand Blizzards desire to clean up the forums by removing the "veil of anonymity" but I still think this is a terrible idea.  There will be enough dark natured people, who don't care if you know their names, posting trollish crap.  The big problem is what happens the first time a disagreement moves from the forums into the real world?  Some nut job who disagrees with you now has your real name.  He is a few steps from locating you for the purpose of killing you and eating your brains.  Seriously this may clean out the forums more than it cleans them up.
2186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft - Actions Per Minute on: July 06, 2010, 05:18:32 PM
oh you think thats funny?  In the future wars will be fought thru RTS games and people will be forced to submit to disintegration in order to comply with the game results!  When that happens, the Koreans will rule the world!  eek
2187  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: July 05, 2010, 10:52:31 PM
Sorry Daehawk,  I think smugglers get an Ewok for a pet.   icon_twisted 
2188  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: July 05, 2010, 08:20:44 PM
and that's the key.  You still have the basic aggro magnet/ glass cannon/ giver of life set up, but with a unique mechanic involved.  The fight sequence TOR showed was very early game and the players had basic skills. Who knows what direction the mechanics will go the further in to the game you are.  Here's the rub though, MMO's are social games, you know, that whole multi-player thing.  Therefor some kind of built in dependency is crucial or you get a single player game.  Unfortunately, in games like WoW, you have issues finding certain crucial classes.  Ive seen many raids stopped dead because they could'nt find a healer or a tank.  Ive never seen one dropped because of lack of dps players  ( lack of competent dps is another issue entirely. )   Someone mentioned a system where you can swap out skill sets,  I like that idea it gives you the opportunity to mix it up a bit and have people become competent in various roles.  Still Im sure people would end up getting type cast in specific roles because they do them well.
  Since you're asking for ideas on MMO changes, one last change I would do is to scale raids down.  Unless you have an uber-guild, getting together 25 competent players to run a raid is a pain in the butt.  Yeah I know a lot of guilds can do it but a lot of guilds cant.  I feel its wrong to "gear punish" those groups who cant get into the 25 man raids.  Hell there are times I think 10 mans are a bit much.  I would love to see a game that concentrates on smaller groups for end game gear.  Its fine to set up the big raids but scale the encounters so that smaller groups can benefit as well.  Otherwise you severely limit the end game potential of a huge part of your customer base.  That seems like a bad idea to me.  Of course that's a personal preference thing for me,  Ive always been partial to the smaller, close knit, friends kind of guild.  I find the larger "uber guilds" to be impersonal and eventually clic-ish with an elitist faction and the n00bs faction.  Anyways,  thats my 2cents worth.
2189  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Final Fantasy XIV Online on: July 05, 2010, 03:21:26 PM
Well Square has done the smart thing.  It appears that they are packaging the security token with the game.  At least in the Collectors Edition,  not sure about the standard.  Take notice Blizzard, this is a damn good idea.
2190  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: July 04, 2010, 07:49:59 PM
You mean the Secret World is still alive?!  I thought that died in development when AOC launched so poorly.  I always thought the concept was cool,  hopefully they can do better with this than they did with Conan ( I did hear AOC is MUCH better now )  Always glad to see something out of the basic fantasy realm in an MMO
2191  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Defend this human garbage on: July 03, 2010, 11:31:42 PM
Capital punishment is state sanctioned murder and I have personal issues with that.  In this case I can understand the immediate eye for and eye reaction but I still think the legal system has to play out.  While the person who committed this crime is surely not civilized, we cant supersede the rules of society.  Not even in this case.  Hopefully the system works and this person receives the punishment he is due.  Oh and regarding the insanity plea,  that is mostly a literary gimmick and not very useful in the real world.  Most people understand that crimes of this nature are not perpetrated by individuals that are "sane" by societies standards.  Hell most of us can even concieve of committing such an act.  The insanity plea is not used because an act is not sane, its used when the person is considered to " lack the mental capacity to realize they have committed a crime".  Reading further on the insanity plea I found that less than 1% of defendants plea insanity and that 1% fails 75% of the time.  Anyways a link to a pretty good article on the insanity plea you might find interesting  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/aron/qa227.htm
2192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Surely it can't have been 30 years since Airplane! came out on: July 03, 2010, 10:52:21 PM
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.
2193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Damageinc =( on: July 03, 2010, 10:48:38 PM
damn  thats way too young.  RIP man
2194  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: July 03, 2010, 10:43:31 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on July 03, 2010, 08:52:38 PM

let that player fart flowers out his butt

I heard that is a Consular power at later levels, be careful using it though, it generates a crap ton of aggro!    eek
2195  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: July 03, 2010, 03:19:08 PM
I agree with where you're coming from.  Did you notice though that all the MMO's you mentioned are fantasy based? At least TOR is out of that mold.  With a project like TOR, I just dont seeing them taking major risks.  I can almost hear the money people saying, " Its StarWars, it will print money based on the name alone"  Regardless of whether thats true or even rational, I just get the feeling that they are going to rely on a tried and true formula and hope that the Star Wars setting makes it something special.
 Regarding innovation in MMO's I believe that for something truly innovative to show up, it will probably have to be on a lesser, almost indie developed scale.  If it proves to be successful, then maybe a major development company will buy it out and run with it.  Major corporations tend to avoid risk.  Look at Blizzard, what have they done thats new in the last 15 years?  Hey look, StarCraft II is coming out and soon we will have a new Diablo!!!  Heck their most successful idea was to turn a popular RTS game into an MMO.   Bioware had Dragons Age, that was totally new!  UH really?  Good game but I think they could have called it Dungeons and Dragons Age without missing a beat if it wasn't for Wizards of the Coast.  I guess my point is that the major gaming studios havent been innovative for decades, they just try to improve on what came before.
2196  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: July 03, 2010, 11:15:20 AM
The truly difficult part is trying to come up with something innovative, yet accessible to a large spectrum of skill levels, from hard core to casual players.  Like it or not, WoW has set the standard for financially viable MMORPGs. You have $100 million in development costs so what are you going to do?  Risk it all on something completely different and end up alienating your customer base or try to improve on a very successful formula?    Remember, the bottom line is they need mass appeal to get a major customer base, if they try too hard to build a game that caters to the hard core player at the expense of the average player, then they cut out the vast majority of their paying customers.   There is one thing I think TOR can do to help its cause.  Make ships more than space born hostels.  If they can come up with a way to add ship to ship combat without it being a complete twitch-fest, then they may have something.
  Regardless of whether TOR ends up being a reskinned WoW or not, Im still going to give it a shot.  At least its not another generic fantasy setting.
2197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hulu Plus on: June 30, 2010, 01:04:32 AM
Nope, I do not have cable.  I watch HD over the air with an antenna and get a lot of stuff off the internet.  I deal with the ads because thats the cost of watching the stuff for free.  CeeKay, that sounds like a good plan there but youll be glued to hulu for a month so have a mini fridge with plenty o' beer near at hand!
2198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hulu Plus on: June 29, 2010, 08:20:51 PM
you can watch the Fox, NBC and ABC shows on the networks own sites, why would I want to pay for that?  On top of that you still have the ads?  No thanks!
2199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: June 27, 2010, 11:28:19 AM
Lol,  I don't hate Blizzard.  They are a great gaming company that makes great games.  I am ticked about the hacking issue but that's more due to the popularity of WoW.  My issues with the authenticator are more about principle than expense, the $6 is very a very minor cost when compared to the $150 or more you pay in subscription fees per year.  If blizzard is giving away authenticators for free, you just pay the shipping cost ( which is BS btw it doesn't cost $6 to mail that thing ) then why shouldn't Blizzard put them in the next expansion package?  As far as the not playing Diablo 3 because of WoW, Diablo is a fully contained single player game and you don't need to play on battlenet to enjoy it, so I can and will play it without having to deal with the issues I had with WoW.   One last thing,  Jersoc if you are going to continue to spew your usual trollish crap, please make an effort to form coherent sentences.  Oh and if the authenticator is 99.9% hack proof, that still means over 110,000 accounts can be hacked. You say its 100% the persons fault and then show that even the authenticator isn't 100% hack proof. So thank you for proving yourself wrong.
2200  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: June 26, 2010, 11:15:10 PM
I wasnt sure about the authenticator on cells since I dont have a droid or iphone I cant get it, but while checking into it on Blizzards site it said there was a charge for the phone program.  I guess thats been eliminated.  As far as the "hardware" its a cheap ass random number generator that they probably produce for less than a buck and yes since Blizz is so high and mighty about "owning" the in game content then I feel they should provide the  means to protect it.  As far as whether Blizzard has been hacked,  when my account got taken, a large amount of people I knew in game were hacked within a 2 week window, we are talking about 15 accounts.  Most of those people, myself included took care not to go to sites that had hack potential and had never been hacked in all the years we had played.  There was word that some hackers had backdoor hacked blizzard through their armory link and coincidentally Armory was soon taken down for over a week.  So to sum up, yes I think Blizzard was hacked and accounts were accessed on their end.  No, I dont believe there was anything in my system that caused my account to be hacked. I checked my system out and had my IT friend at work go through it and he found no intrusions into my system.  I never said that it was an "inside job" nor do I think it was.  I believe that considering how cheap the authenticators are, even if they did cost Blizzard $6 a piece ( which they dont ) that would be a very cheap fix for them to fix what is a major problem.  Also remember that if 90 percent of Blizzards customers remain hack free thats still over 1 million accounts being hacked.  Now can I say everything Ive said is 100% correct?  Of course not, hell philosophically I cant say with 100% certainty that I even exist or that you do.  But Im pretty damn sure we do.
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