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241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 20 WTF TV Character Deaths (spoilers abound!) on: June 04, 2010, 12:57:29 PM
Lots of good deaths there.  Many I agree with, but I think this one is missing :

Spoiler for Hiden:
  Kutner's suicide on House
242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thor has begun casting on: June 04, 2010, 12:45:41 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 03, 2010, 03:09:14 PM

Thor has to have the whimpiest looking hammer. Really, he might as well just have a regular hammer. Looks more menacing.

Give him a big ass sledgehammer.

Just an aside.  In the myths, as I remember, Thor's hammer was short because Loki interfered with the creation.
243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legend of the Seeker, Season 2 on: May 23, 2010, 04:46:16 AM
I thought  the final episode was disappointing.  Well, actually the last few episodes.  All-in-all, I prefer season 1.
244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV/Movie Recommendations on: May 21, 2010, 11:36:11 AM
Dexter

Six Feet Under

America: The Story of Us

None of which are middle ages.  Oh wait

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives. (et al.)
245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009-2010 TV Season report card / 2010 Fall Upfronts! on: May 19, 2010, 11:54:18 AM
Seems like my whole DVR will be Fox +Chuck
246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Smallville Season 9 on: May 16, 2010, 05:19:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 16, 2010, 02:01:22 AM

NNNNNOOOOOOOO CLIFFHANGER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spoiler for Hiden:
OK, so we know Clark will survive, but what I want to know is:

Arthur: 'Chloe, they're not Kandorians!'

and what happens to Tess.... the old lady knitting outside her room, one of the Fates?  could Tess be the new Doctor Fate?

and Clark finally has the tights.

oh, and Clark laying the smackdown on Zod? awesomeness.

Spoiler for Hiden:
  I vote Chloe will be the new Dr. Fate
247  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 3D Televisions on: May 14, 2010, 12:37:33 PM
We took a look at the Samsung a few weeks ago. I thought the effects were very good (Monsters vs. Aliens.)  Aside from the premium cost though, I wouldn't consider the 3D until there was more content.  IFAIK, there is the Monsters vs. Aliens Blu-Ray and the Panasonic Demo disc out there.

I gave up being an early adaptor when I realized I am ALWAYS wrong about with format to get (8-Track vs. Cassete; BetaMax vs. VHS; LaserDisc vs. CED; DLP vs. LCD or Plasma)  Got lucky with Blu-Ray, but that's because I got a PS3 a year or so ago.
248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: May 10, 2010, 12:40:38 PM
Pure conjecture on the lineup.  I have not googled or know anything about internet leaked plans.

1) Cap
2) Thor
3) Black Widow
4) War Machine


Villian : Hulk under the influence of the Leader.


Why?  re: War Machine - Spoiler from Iron Man 2

        Minimize introductions to keep story moving. Put Wasp or Giant Man in there, too much time to take up.  Natasha Romanoff has been established as a field operative and working with Fury on the Avengers Initiative.


I don't believe that is a spoiler for anyone who hasn't seen Iron Man 2.

For future reference, where is the SPOILER tag?
249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: May 10, 2010, 12:28:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 09, 2010, 10:46:22 PM

Quote from: Devil on May 09, 2010, 10:41:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 07, 2010, 07:00:44 PM

And devils.

IN!

what if they're the cute plushie devils?




They can replaces the Mii(s) for a Jam session... how cool is THAT!!?! 
250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Feedfliks.com on: May 09, 2010, 05:23:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 07, 2010, 06:18:03 PM

Very cool, thanks!  Now I'll never have to miss another Antonia Saboto Jr. film again!

+1 million    icon_lol
251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: May 07, 2010, 11:23:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 07, 2010, 06:05:12 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 07, 2010, 05:52:33 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 07, 2010, 05:47:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 07, 2010, 04:07:30 PM

news on the pre-E3 reveal.  I'm hoping someone leaks something  crybaby

 ninja

Feelin' leaky, Chaz?

You know you want to...

maybe he wants us to poke him until he leaks.

Tickle Torture .... it works on youngin's
252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] A Princess of Mars (2009) on: May 02, 2010, 04:31:42 PM
Now available on Netflix streaming.

You know how some movies are "so bad, they're good fun"?   This one isn't.  I took the bullet, watched it through to the end so you don't have to.  Even if you are a fan of the book and feel you need to see how it was adapted, DON'T!

I've given warning.
253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3 on: May 01, 2010, 08:41:54 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on May 01, 2010, 05:45:20 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 01, 2010, 04:10:08 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 01, 2010, 04:05:22 PM

I wouldn't be so sure that Dent is dead. Don't forget that both Batman and Gordon wanted to hide what had happened to him from the general population. They may have stowed him anonymously away in Arkham Asylum and held a fake funeral to give people closure. The last thing they'd want is for someone to find Two-Face and start asking him those uncomfortable and dangerous questions.

Also, why couldn't Dent survive that fall when Batman got away unscathed?



Because he's the goddamn Batman.
icon_lol +1
icon_biggrin +1 star
254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 04/30/10 Edition on: May 01, 2010, 02:35:56 PM
Wizard 101
CoD 3
255  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: April 30, 2010, 01:26:24 AM
"Chuck" could go well with an "Undercover Blues" vibe.
256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek DS9 on: April 29, 2010, 01:07:37 PM
"Never tell the same lie twice"
257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: April 22, 2010, 11:25:48 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 21, 2010, 12:22:24 PM

The Madonna stroking from almost every single character was getting a bit much in that episode, but otherwise it was pretty damned good.

And they thow reality away at every turn (Rachel whispers to the band that she'd like to do one particular Madonna song that she just thought of and the band knows it, and she remembers every word and the kids know where to harmonize and can even pull off some spontaneous choreographed moves).  However, they do it so willfully and in a manner that's self-aware, and so it works.


High Schools most talented and convenient Jazz Emsemble EVAH.  The all knowing muscians never get the kudos.  Also it was great that they happen to be rehearsing in the music store in "Hell-O"  icon_biggrin

Not enjoying these last two as much as the first 13, but still watching.
258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/16/10 on: April 16, 2010, 06:42:47 PM
Red Steel 2  and Wizard 101
259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: April 14, 2010, 12:20:47 PM
Avengers: The Musical?

I'd be so IN for that.
260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I take the bar? on: April 11, 2010, 04:47:15 AM
This will be your best chance to pass the bar, coming straight out of law school.  You can always decide not to use the credential once you have it.

Also, my wife is in law school now, having been laid off of a telecomunications programming job and not able to find another since 2008.
261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In this thread we list our (sometimes irrational) dislike of certain game genres on: April 03, 2010, 12:53:40 PM
Platformers and Jumping puzzles in general.  No, I CANNOT tell where the edge of the block is to hit the jump button in a FPS and I SWEAR I was going to jump on the heard of the stupid skeleton turle.

Not a new thing for me, I can't remember a jumping game I liked since 1978.
262  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: March 27, 2010, 06:01:14 PM
My wife and I are playing.  I found out today that a new world is coming soon along with a raised level cap
263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii HDMI Upscaler on: March 26, 2010, 01:22:17 AM
Would this be or is there a way to upscale the output to HD resolution that will help the up comming Netflix streaming?
264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Trying to think of a comic I used to have.... on: March 25, 2010, 04:22:09 AM
I hate you because I had that one, and now it's driving me crazy.

Santa fell off the roof and killed the kid's father -flattened him. He waited until the next year and cornered Santa. "Holy Christmas! I didn't think anyone saw me."  "I saw you old fart."

"It's amazing how realistic they make toys nowadays.  And to you a good night" RRRAAAATTTAAAATTAAATT (Santa shooting at the kid)
(Kid kills Santa with a poker)  "I did it, Mom, I killed Santa."

Skip to one year later - Spring.  The kid comes home from the mental hospital.  Mom hears something at the door and goes to check.  Final panel- Mom squished under a colored patterned egg.  "THE BUNNY!"

Now I have to go find it - pretty sure it was DC or Epic.
265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Sci-Fi Captain? on: March 25, 2010, 04:11:02 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 23, 2010, 11:49:33 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 23, 2010, 11:32:43 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 23, 2010, 09:34:10 PM

Some people in this thread need to learn that Admiral does not equal Captain, and vice-versa.  Tongue

Kirk was an admiral at one time, guess he doesn't count either right?  In fact wasn't he an admiral in 'everyone's' fav movie with him?  I think anyone who captains a ship can count here, not just the rank.  smart-ass


come to think of it, I think that Picard may be the only Star Trek captain that they never mention becoming more than captain.  Admiral Kirk, Admiral Janeway, Admiral Archer, whatever Sisko... unless it was mentioned in All Good Things.


Ambassador to Vulcan?
266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman Arkham Asylum 2 due this October? on: March 13, 2010, 09:08:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 13, 2010, 04:00:24 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on March 13, 2010, 03:21:23 PM


I still need to play AA1 -just to stay on topic


Not just to stay on topic.  Also to experience a really great game.

It really is, I played upto the first 25% or so and enjoyed every bit of.  Not sure why I stopped.
267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman Arkham Asylum 2 due this October? on: March 13, 2010, 03:21:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 10, 2010, 04:04:27 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 09, 2010, 09:42:17 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 09, 2010, 09:26:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 09, 2010, 05:02:41 PM

Tim Drake was replaced as Robin by Damian Wayne (slightly illegitimate son of Talia al Ghul (daughter of Ras al Ghul) and Bruce Wayne) when Dick Grayson became Batman.

I have to ask - How does one have a "slightly" illegitimate son?
That's funny...I was wondering the same thing.  Were they engaged?

he's a test tube kid, I'm not sure how exactly they got Bruce Wayne's genetic material for him though.

Has all this been ret-conned? The last I rememember about Damian is that Talia and Bruce were married in Ras' kingdom, and Bruce didn't know that he had a kid for a long time (Mike Barr - stories -Son of the Demon maybe?)

The test tube issue came up with Terry McGinnis -Batman Beyond as part of one of the last arcs for Justice League in the Timm-Diniverse.  Like I said, I can't keep up with all the ret-cons every 6 months or so.

I still need to play AA1 -just to stay on topic
268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/26/10 on: February 27, 2010, 02:49:53 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on February 26, 2010, 07:41:17 PM

Wizard 101 again... still... whatever.


This one.  The Wii has died. Any other Wizard 101 players around?
269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Actors You Wish Had Made It Bigger on: February 25, 2010, 03:55:48 PM
Cary Elwes.

I know he gets a lot of work, but I've never known him to be a big box office draw.
270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Smallville Season 9 on: February 14, 2010, 01:43:48 PM
Well, at least we know that a Wonder Woman costume can work with the right body underneath it.

Now, do we think that the Red/Blue costume will make it off a drawing into the show? the trenchcoat mafia look is really getting on my nerves.
271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Smallville Season 9 on: February 11, 2010, 02:39:08 PM
Dragging this up since I just watched it...

It was alright as a stand-alone story, but I can't fit it into the Smallville Universe.  So the Icicle can take out all these badass capes?  He's going to take out Jay Garrick and Alan Scott with DNA encoded frozen water?  Oooooh Kaaaaaayyy.

I thought that "powers" came from being meteor freaks?  How did these guys come about?

Chloe Sullivan - the new Dr. Fate... you heard it here first.

272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christopher Nolan &...... Superman? on: February 11, 2010, 02:26:35 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 10, 2010, 09:58:30 PM

Quote from: Malificent on February 10, 2010, 02:07:20 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on February 10, 2010, 03:42:35 AM

There's only one kind of challenge that works for Superman and that is one of morality. He's the ultimate boy scout and to make it interesting he has to be in a position where he has to bend the rules to get the job done.

The other option is to do a movie of the death of superman, but I don't think you could do it justice, or even come close, in 2 hours.

I've also always liked the idea of exploring the fact that while he's extremely powerful, he's not omniscient and can't be everywhere - how do you keep from falling into the temptation to constantly be on watch, never giving yourself any chance to live a life...and if you do live that life, what guilt do you experience from taking time for yourself instead of using your powers to save the people that are surely dying while you're doing your day job?

I agree with these two points.  I don't think going cosmic scale would be as interesting.  It alienates the character.  We want to connect with Superman, to feel like if we had those powers, we'd do the same thing.

One of the best, most logical changes that Byrne brought to his Supes reboot was to have him think of himself as Clark.  He's Clark Kent and becomes Superman.  The idea for that shift (and away from him saying dumb things that no one would say like, "Great Krypton!") came directly from the first movie.  In it, Superman doesn't even appear until a full hour into the thing!  We get all kinds of time letting him be human first, and it's fascinating and moving.

Now, I don't think we need to spend another hour getting through the origin.  Everyone knows the origin.  But take the lesson that Supes needs to be human first.  Yes, give him something of equal power to punch, but give him some moral dilemma choices, too (and not something that can be fixed by flying the damned planet backwards).  Luthor is good for that.  Braniac gives you both a manipulative villain and one Supes can beat the shit out of.

IF you're going to bring Zod and Co. back, make them really awful and push Superman to the brink, making him make the horrible choice he had to in the comics.

On a side note: Personally, I think the Doomsday bit was nothing but a gimmick.  I thought he was a throwaway villian and having him kill Superman was akin to him being brought down by a tornado or other force of nature (that would have been more interesting, IMO).  There are plenty of villains that could kill Supes who would have been better, more interesting choices.  They've already made a movie of that storyline, though, and it's supposed to be pretty good.  I haven't seen it yet, though.


Anyway, those are my opinions.

I think the morality issue is a great one for Superman and they even  set that up in Superman Returns.  I didn't really like that movie, but the most interesting part for the character (for me) was when (SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT, BUT IF YOU HAVEN'T YOU DON'T CARE BY NOW)
Spoiler for Hiden:
  He was in orbit over earth listening to all those "prayers" for help and choosing which ones get responses

There have been several good stories in the comics on that issue, and I even think it could be a launch point for a Bruce Wayne/Lex Luthor team up to knock Superman down a few pegs.

So, drop the kid, deal with being gone for 5 years, and set up Superman to learn a lesson about his limits and his connection to humanity.  To paraphrase "Kingdom Come", have Superman learn that Man is more important than Super.




273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whatever happened to ... on: February 11, 2010, 06:05:13 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on February 09, 2010, 03:56:40 AM

Quote from: Kagath on February 08, 2010, 11:31:18 PM

Secret of Vulcan Fury

This +1  thumbsup

Video 1
Video 2

This game's graphics would look good even today but back in 1998 they were f'n amazing. Well would have been. Greatest shame ever. I was so wanting this. Still do.



You know, if the story is good (and I think it is) and the voices are recorded (and I think over 90% are) I wish they would release this as a CGI short movie at least... jsut to hear DeForest Kelly's last performance as Bones.  I know that much of that was re-recorded, but it would still be good to hear.
274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A cop, a secret agent, and a stripper...house of the Dead - Wii on: January 16, 2010, 01:51:14 PM
And only a year later as it has dropped in price.....

This is the most fun game I have played on the Wii in a long time.  The 1970s film feel is great.  "Papa's Palace of Pain" - be a courteous guest.

275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Not even Nintendo can sell games on their own console on: January 15, 2010, 02:07:25 PM
OK, with few exceptions, I didn't see anything on the list that is not down to under $20 at the local Gamestop.  (Endless Oceans, though, $150 at Amazon?  I sold mine on ebay for more that I bought it for.... Great, relaxing game, but I don't get the price jump ala Planescape)

Without knowing anything about the business, is it possible that Nintendo is halting production of those titles to recapture the capital for other ventures like convincing us to get the overly rumored HD Wii?
276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii gets Netflix streaming on: January 15, 2010, 01:58:29 PM

Quote from: warning on January 13, 2010, 02:46:01 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/13/technology/companies/13netflix.html

Seems much like the PS3 implementation with a disc that Netflix sends you that you need to "play" the Netflix application.  Of course the Wii can't do HD videos but (for now) most of Netflix's streaming isn't HD.

I think the disc issue is still part of that MS Xbox exclusive deal, hopefully it won't last.  But if this is implemented as well as the PS3 version, I will be happy.
277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Poll: What Internet browser do you use most? on: January 08, 2010, 01:49:40 PM
Mostly Opera, but I've begun to use Chrome
278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Superman Batman: Public Enemies on: January 03, 2010, 05:44:41 AM
I finally saw this yesterday.  It was OK.  I wish DC/Warner would allow the productions more time.  It felt like there was a good story there, but so much was just glossed over, nothing had an impact.  Other things were done off-camera I just left me with questions.  I actually liked the Green Lantern movie better.
279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on your Wii on: December 28, 2009, 10:39:20 PM
Got it for Christmas.  It was a great rail shooter while it lasted.  Way too short though (is that a SPOILERZ?)
280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bryan Singer to return to direct X-Men:First Class on: December 24, 2009, 01:35:44 PM

Quote from: Wargus on December 23, 2009, 06:51:07 PM


And Superman Returns isn't something that should be touted as a resume builder for him.  Lex Luthor can be an excellent villain, however you actually have to make him intelligent and build a plot that isn't 2 hours of drivel.  I agree though that given the average American intelligence (including most directors) using a different villain would have been a better idea (like Brainiac).

I agree with this Supes quote.  I didn't have a problem with Returns being a sequel to Donner's Superman II.  I did have a problem with it being a rehashed Real Estate scam, the issue of the child and building some sort of relationship with Lois, and the ignoring of Superman's messianic complex that I think can be a focus of a good movie.  The issue, to me, is not the character for movies, but the stories considered for filming.  It's been over 70 years of Superma, there are good stories out there that don't include origins or giant robot spiders.

I'd love a new Superman movie with a new plot.  If the suits want to make sure people see it, add Bats to the mx.  Even keep Luthor and have a Bats/Luthor team against Supes ala Kingdom Come.
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