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6761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: July 28, 2004, 04:13:50 PM
No one can get this? If not, I'll post the answer.
6762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Episode III: REVENGE OF THE SITH on: July 28, 2004, 04:12:55 PM
Where do I say the new ones were exciting? They're boring as hell, save for the Obi-Wan vs. Maul fight and the last half hour of "AOTC". smile I'm just pointing out the differences in the two styles of the series, not arguing the merits of them. It helped the first set when they had Lawrence Kasden as credited co-writer and Steven Spielberg and others as uncredited writers. Left alone, Lucas comes up with "It's course and rough."  :roll:
6763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How often do you feed the habit? on: July 28, 2004, 04:10:47 PM
Dude, I get the urge once a week. smile When my Wife-To-Be and I started dating, it was the month that Morrowind, Freedom Force, Dungeon Siege, and Jedi Knight II all came out at the same time. Not sure why she stayed with me, to be honest.

Since then, I've tried to limit myself and Spider-Man 2 is the only game I've bought this year so far. Halo 2 looks to be the second. smile Praise CG and the free console gaming goodness. Yet another reason I can't wait to get this wedding over with- I'll have time to go back to reviewing. biggrin
6764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Episode III: REVENGE OF THE SITH on: July 28, 2004, 03:32:58 PM
I'm not arguing that it's boring as hell, but consider the differences between the two series. The first series (prequels) is set in the heart of the Republic, where everything is about politics and policy and the corruption within, only on a galactic scale. Contrast this with the original series where everything was essentially set on the frontier, or galactic rim. Tattooine, Hoth, Bespin, Dagobah, Endor are all set in the far reaches of the galaxy where it's basically the Wild West. Compare that with the formalities and normalcy of Coruscant and Naboo, and you can see why the two series have such distinct feels.

That and Lucas sucks as a dialogue writer as Harrison Ford infamously remarked once, "You can write this shit, but you sure can't say it."
6765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Episode III: REVENGE OF THE SITH on: July 28, 2004, 01:33:20 PM
Quote from: "aledromo"
Mitch, if you weren't getting married already I'd propose.  Masterful insight.


That's frightening, and thank you.

I've heard that a lot was stolen from Asimov's Foundation series but I've never read that so I can't vouch for it. I can, however, vouch for him stealing a lot of ideas from Akira Kurisawa's "The Hidden Fortress" as I've seen it. A lot of similar things there, though the movie is sloooooow.
6766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVDs today on: July 28, 2004, 01:01:34 PM
Alright, I watched the first two episodes last night and laughed my head off. The series is silly, over the top, and gratuitous beyond belief. Perfect entertainment for a half-hour show!

"You've a perfect arrest record with over 1,000 people behind bars, regardless of whether they were guilty or not."
"They looked guilty to me."

"You just couldn't resist blowing up a building on your way in to work, could you Hammer?!?"

"Go bomb go, go bomb go!"

biggrin
6767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Episode III: REVENGE OF THE SITH on: July 27, 2004, 10:24:16 PM
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
does palpatine in his early days remind you alittle of hitler?


I think that was the point, though imagine it more as Nero presiding over the fall of the Roman Empire.
6768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Trailer Up on: July 27, 2004, 10:23:11 PM
http://www.lucasarts.com/games/swkotor_sithlords

Who's your buddy? slywink
6769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Episode III: REVENGE OF THE SITH on: July 27, 2004, 09:47:41 PM
That's because you have to consider the world as it was prior to Palpatine. He sensed the Republic was weak because it had become complacent. The Jedi had sealed themselves off in an ivory tower above all others, when the Force flows through every living thing. As such, the Jedi should, by default, be out among the people helping out and living as them, not revering themselves high above the normal people. The senate had become bogged down in formality and paperwork and nothing was getting accomplished. Into that a master politician comes and casually takes over, and does so legally. But he's also got to be a Force master to blind the Jedi to his plans. I'm hoping in the next one they show how he could blind the Jedi and how he got so powerful so quickly without anyone noticing.

The story of a complacent society handing the keys to the kingdom to an absolute ruler who promised better times (and that he would lay down the power he was granted) is what everything boils down to. An added bonus is how the most powerful person in the universe fell from grace, and through his son's love is redeemed and defeats the evil emperor.
6770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVDs today on: July 27, 2004, 09:21:33 PM
I'm dying to see it tonight. I'll have to g-mail the Missus-To-Be and let her know I can't make dinner at her place tonight as I'll be at mine. smile
6771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: July 27, 2004, 09:18:44 PM
Another quote from it is legendary on the Gone Gold boards. It's usually accompanied by a picture. smile
6772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVDs today on: July 27, 2004, 07:33:37 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Uh.....not to put too fine a point on it, but uh...who the hell is that?


For all your Sledge Hammer needs.

It was hilarious when I was growing up, but like Alejandro I really hope it's aged well. The site has some hysterically funny bits though, especially "The Return." smile
6773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVDs today on: July 27, 2004, 07:14:45 PM


That is all. biggrin
6774  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for BGDA 2 on: July 27, 2004, 03:39:20 PM
I'm looking for Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2, mainly as I'm a completionist sicko. If anyone has it and is interested in a trade, please send some mail my way. [email protected] is probably the fastest way to get me. Thanks!
6775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: July 27, 2004, 03:13:12 PM
Alright, for my quote:

"She change her hair?"
6776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: July 27, 2004, 03:12:03 PM
Quote from: "aledromo"
"You, who are without mercy, now plead for it?"


Transformers: The Movie. biggrin

Yes, I rule all. slywink (and no, that's not a quote)
6777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: July 27, 2004, 03:11:13 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Quote from: "Foxmerc"
The Last Samurai! Gotta love sarcasm.

   "Ernest Hemingway once wrote 'the world is a good place and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part."


Argh, think Adam.  THINK!  I'm guessing Rushmore.

*checking*

And the contest continues.


The quote is from "Se7en."

biggrin
6778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Episode III: REVENGE OF THE SITH on: July 27, 2004, 03:09:59 PM
I will slap all you down hard, just on principle.

/slaps everyone hard, on principle

Jar-Jar's role in the saga is, regretably, noteworthy. Much unlike his character, I might add. As a character, Jar-Jar brings nothing to the table, much like the Ewoks, other than a plot contrivance.

I will heartily agree that the scripts have uniformly sucked ("I don't like sand. It's course and rough.") but that quite a lot moved the story forward in "Attack of the Clones" (also one of the dumbest and worst titles I've ever heard). I will disagree with my friend Kirk over at GG about the love story. Overall, it shows young love and his point was that Anakin just tells Padme that he loves her until she agrees with him and that we never actually see it. We do see it in the way they roll around on the grass, the looks they exchange at the picnic and while eating at the dinner table. The way he uses the Force to make her smile by cutting her food. It's glorified puppy love, and as a contrast to the adult love of Han and Leia I think it works.

The one scene I skip past because it doesn't work on any level is the fireplace scene. That's where he says he loves her until she agrees with him, and that scene blows. Not to mention it's just poorly written and badly acted.

I will say that Natalie Portman has done the absolute worst acting job in the series, and that's a pretty steep order. I normally like her, but Amidala is a stiff bore that admittedly has a fantastic stomach. Otherwise, she's useless. I recall when Leia mentioned in "Jedi" how her mother was beautiful but sad, I now think: "No, Leia. She was beautiful alright, but she didn't have any other expressions."

I really hope we have a bang-up finish to the prequels, I really do. My friend Kirk is going spastic about how the movies don't follow the normal script structure, and while I'd agree on that I can understand Lucas' logic behind that. This is one 6-film story. Breaking that down into screen acts is easier if you look at it like that.
6779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone seeing Bourne Supremacy this weekend? on: July 24, 2004, 09:03:22 PM
Saw it this morning, and I enjoyed it when I could tell what was going on. It had that ultra-annoying trend of shaky-cam rapid fire editing designed to feel frenetic and frenzied, but all it does is piss me off since I can't tell what's going on. I don't need chaos in a single still shot, but I DO as a viewer need to see the movie I'm watching. Parts of it were just insanely cut together, which was even more maddening because it was obstructing a damn fine espionage thriller. The story, the characters, the menace was all quite good, and Damon is a very credible badass. Something I never thought I'd say, btw.

I just wish I could watch him kick some ass, versus trying to make out him kicking ass amidst a flurry of quick cuts and spastic camera work.
6780  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone want Spider-Man 2 for XBox? on: July 23, 2004, 12:44:15 AM
The allure hath worn off. Great game for what it is, just not doing much more for me. If anyone is interested, gmail me. smile
6781  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Console Gold logo on: July 22, 2004, 09:20:28 PM
Well, it was a toss-up between the existing CG logo or this:

6782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone seeing Bourne Supremacy this weekend? on: July 22, 2004, 08:16:35 PM
Better known as "Matt Damon pwns the CIA."

I loved the first movie, but haven't read the books. One of my best friends loves the books and hates that first movie. Go figure. Anyone up for seeing this flick this weekend?
6783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 is getting close.... on: July 22, 2004, 08:14:42 PM
Sept. 30.

 :twisted:
6784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB Live Content for those of us without Live? on: July 22, 2004, 02:58:03 PM
Reading through the Ninja Gaiden story (and the bug stories about Madden and other sports games) got my blood boiling, and here's my issue: I don't have XB Live, hence I'm effectively screwed if I play a game that's buggy or if I want new content. For example, KOTOR. I think everyone's either experienced or heard about the random bug where you go into debug mode in your ship, as well as heard about the new content (Yavin station) for the PC version. Suppose for a second I didn't have a PC, and couldn't afford Live. Should the companies put out these updates onto CDs/DVDs so the public can obtain them without having to own the XBL service? What would the viability of this be, and would there be enough interest among gamers w/o XBL to justify this? What's everyone's thoughts on this as I'm genuinely curious.
6785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone Else Playing City of Heroes on: July 22, 2004, 12:01:27 AM
I really want to get into this, but the money right now ain't there. Which blows. frown Maybe once City of Villains hits I'll be able to afford it. smile
6786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The best games you aren't playing: Simpsons Hit & Run on: July 20, 2004, 03:05:18 PM
That last mission was insanely tough. You have to be perfect and know exactly where every shortcut is to get through it at all. I hate missions like that, and it's the only knock I have against an otherwise stellar game. smile
6787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scary games... on: July 20, 2004, 03:02:48 PM
To all the mockery hurled my way re: SS2, to thee I say: "BAH!"

"System Shock 2" was not, to me, either scary or worthwhile. Sadly, I'm having to knock "Far Cry" too, but there are concessions to that: I'm not playing on the higher difficulty levels, I've not gotten to the Tri Gens, and the game looks like crap on my machine just to run. Were any of these changed, I'd likely sing its hosannahs like everyone else.

System Shock 2, on the other hand, was ass pure and simple. biggrin

"Planescape: Torment" is my favorite game of all time, and the more emotional experience I've ever had in a game. Period. Well, if you can exclude the blinding hatred from playing TMNT. smile

So what do I consider "scary"? The fact that my life is shut down unti lthe wedding next month, for one thing. But for another? I'd say the way a good psychological horror flick like "Ringu" works: It takes you down one path then yanks the rug out from under you without insulting your intelligence (see the possible ending to The Village for an example of a twist ending done badly). The moment early on in "Fatal Frame 2" that was referenced early on was a perfect example of how to relax then freak you out in one breath.

I dislike horror overall because I have a hard time with the setups and the executions. Mainly I have trouble with the typical "ultimate undead killer hunts down only teenagers" crap that we were all raised on in the 70's and 80's, with the exception being the original Halloween. And the killer there was a normal human being, just one that was a bit physically stronger than most. I have less trouble getting into electronic horror though because of the "you are there" intimacy of gaming in your living room, but it still needs to grab me by the heart and mind both. The first Silent Hill was a freakish game, but it scared the ever loving crap out of my roommate. When the nurse starts bleeding out and runs after the hero, my roommate and I just about went through the roof. Great moment, that.
6788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scary games... on: July 19, 2004, 07:10:40 PM
Why is it that everyone who brings up "The Scary Game"(tm) mentions "System Shock 2"? For the record, the game was truly scary in just how damn boring it was. The revelation of SHODAN being the lone exception to that sentiment. There was nothing there, just a bunch of data pads that lent nothing to the game, and at the end of it you have everything yanked out from under you. That's spelled S-T-U-P-I-D. biggrin

Undying was way scarier, until the ending boss monster which was just dumb. Here's hoping "Call of Cthulu" is just as scary as the demos and screens we've all seen. What I saw at E3 last year freaked me out with its potential, so I've got my fingers crossed.
6789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scary games... on: July 19, 2004, 06:45:21 PM
My Review of it clearly stated that I was nine kinds of freaked out by this one. It's a strong horror game, in that it's not excessively gory (see The Suffering) and instead works to mess with your head. That's the best kind of horror game, IMO.
6790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Zombie greatness cometh on: July 19, 2004, 06:42:44 PM
Raptorman is hands-down some of the best and most compelling storytelling I've read in a while. Imagine "I Am Legend" told from journal accounts, and involving a growing (and shrinking) cast of characters stuck in the middle of BFE, Texas. I've loved every second of it, and though it's currently ended, the way the writer works is he's writing it all out as it happens. So he might skip a few days between journal entries. This is brilliant, fascinating stuff, guys. Absolutely something I could not stop reading. Not extremely gory either, which is usually a turn-off for me.
6791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy... on: July 19, 2004, 06:39:16 PM
I can translate l337 sp34K, thus I can translate anything. smile
6792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOOOOOM 3 Gold! on: July 15, 2004, 06:09:33 PM
The choke point for me is on my 64MB Geforce 3, but if Stiffler is still up for the trade we discussed a ways back, I might be upgrading that a wee bit soon. smile My 1GB DDR RAM and 2GHz Athlon should be sufficient, but it's that damn graphics card. man, I wish I had the $$ to get a 256MB brand new beauty. frown
6793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Other computer game forums? on: July 15, 2004, 06:03:03 PM
What, no links to Battlecruiser Forums? :twisted:
6794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Manhole on: July 15, 2004, 06:02:19 PM
So how's the view from Left Field, KD? Is it breezy out there? Need some Off?
6795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD's here and overseas on: July 15, 2004, 05:59:49 PM
If Manimal were to hit DVD in R4 only, then talk to me. smile

Actually I think Home Theater Forum and The Digital Bits (the two best DVD sources online, IMO) have talked about this and I think the consensus is they don't get it either. For example, Japan recently got some of the most killer packaging ever for the Alien saga - the case was literally an Alien head with a clear skull so you can see all the discs inside. There's also the R2-only Borg cube for the Star Trek series which was also gorgeous. smile

Why the bloody hell we don't get the cool packaging is beyond me. and don't point to the foamy Evil Dead SE packaging - that doesn't count at all.
6796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda Softworks to publish Fallout 3!!! on: July 12, 2004, 09:14:01 PM
Well, the flip-side to it is that Bethesda isn't exactly swimming in a sea of red ink and bottom lines, so they can take their time and get it right. From what I recall from GG, kathode who posts over there was a huge Fallout fan and he's one of the Bethesda guys. I can see these guys really fleshing out the world, and the thought of Fallout in the Morrowind engine (or something better than that) makes me just all kinds of Warm & Fuzzy(tm). The Fallout universe in that kind of mod-able universe alone should get people excited.
6797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worlds of Warcraft - An Introspective on: July 12, 2004, 09:09:06 PM
What makes it so much fun? CoH looks like an absolute blast, which is why I'm interested, but SWG just killed me in the long run. Great concept, horrible execution with the most over-developed interface and grinding system I've ever seen. But I never did play EQ. So what sets WoW so far apart, and I'll admit to not being the biggest WC fan around, that it's worth playing?
6798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda Softworks to publish Fallout 3!!! on: July 12, 2004, 09:00:26 PM
Good night nurse. I think I just got hit with a mega-dose of happy. I have to go read the DNF forums just to cool down again. :twisted:
6799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spam Spam Spam! on: July 12, 2004, 08:11:05 PM


But I don't like spam!
6800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worlds of Warcraft - An Introspective on: July 12, 2004, 08:10:09 PM
/curses impending wedding killing the free time required for CoH and rpg's in general
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