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6761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So Firefly's not doing anything for me... on: June 28, 2004, 02:05:59 PM
All along on the forums across the internet, all I heard was how great Firefly was and evil FOX was for showing it out of order and killing it early. While I agree with FOX's blatant stupidity, the show never clicked for me. So everyone on the internet (and especially GG) told me to watch it in order. I'm doing so now.

The show still blows, guys. smile

There are moments of brilliantly funny parts, 9/10's of which are Adam Baldwin's Jayne, and the other 1/10 being the scattered one-liners. Kaylee is damn cute, Inara is gorgeous, the Blue Hand Group is one of the dumbest ideas for malevolent villains, like, ever, and the Alliance capital ships are... what? Floating cities? That can sneak up on the crew of a small craft like Serenity... how? It's not like there are hills to hide behind. Oh no, the crew says "We got incoming!" They race to the bridge and there's an Alliance ship. Huh?

Also, the whole Old West in Space angle ain't what I'd call "well-done." More like Sunny Side Up. They all have a real cheery approach to the universe at hand, but when you look closely at it and poke at it, it gets all runny and slippery. Just my thoughts. I'll finish the show, but I ain't seein' what all the fuss was about.
6762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / There is going to be a raid.... on: June 28, 2004, 01:59:30 PM
Never underestimate the capacity for human stupidity. If people are given fair warning and still screw up, it's no one's fault but their's. Sorta like whenever I (frequently) speed. So it's says 20mph and there are kids crossing and such. I have the game on at home, dammit! I should be there NOW!!! biggrin
6763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Shots on: June 25, 2004, 08:45:11 PM
You know, people point out that scene as the stand-out of awfulness, but IMO the "confession of love" scene near the fireplace takes the cake for worst love scene ever. smile
6764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gmail invites on: June 25, 2004, 07:48:55 PM
I, too, have a few invites, so when Phormio runs out, if anyone wants one feel free to shoot me a line. smile

Dear God and all that's Holy do I love G-Mail.
6765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Shots on: June 25, 2004, 07:45:45 PM
What's sad is those look more Star Wars-y than the last two movies did in their entirety. Just my opinion, though. :twisted:
6766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / new ninja gaiden content! on: June 24, 2004, 03:32:20 PM
Bah. Something else those of us w/o Live can't touch. Grr...
6767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Today's Thing you can't Un-See on: June 24, 2004, 03:30:38 PM
Another case for genetic screening at birth to weed out the rougher spots of society.  :twisted:
6768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Preview Discussion: Spider-Man 2 on: June 23, 2004, 01:42:50 AM
How about flying through really tight spaces? My favorite shot from the previews is that first split second shot of Spider-Man flying between the cab and the trailer of a big rig while chasing some villains. That one shot guarantees I'll be in the theater next week. biggrin

Another big thing I want to do is slingshot around buildings. How does the manual (i.e. two webslingers) handle versus just the one webslinger with automatic?
6769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are Game Reviews Bought? on: June 22, 2004, 11:38:09 PM
Quote from: "aledromo"
Maxim pays an absolute ton of cash to the people who write their 'reviews'

Damn.  Looks like I picked the wrong ship after all.

*regrets not getting more Spawn cash for his glowing review*

Nuts. Guess I picked the wrong week to quit whoring myself out.
6770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Preview Discussion: Spider-Man 2 on: June 21, 2004, 10:41:12 PM
I'm absolutely dying to play this game. I've culled several crap games from my library and may just take those into EBX on my lunch break next week to pick it up. smile I got to play it E3 of last year, and I was one of the ones that leaped off the top of the Empire's antennae and swung away at the last second. Considering how long it took to actually get near the ground, I damn near went into shock. The game looks like it will just plain rule the earth, and I can't wait. biggrin
6771  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Brooke Burke KINDA hot?!?!? on: June 17, 2004, 07:11:57 PM
Are you insane, Loren? "Scorching Hot" I believe is the phrase that should have been used in your post. I'd prove it too, but since I'm at work I ain't lookin' on Google just yet. biggrin
6772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Madonna Name Change? on: June 17, 2004, 07:10:46 PM

No one gives a damn any more. Get out of the limelight, yo, because you've been Swept Away by the tides of change. biggrin
6773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reports XBox 2 to debut Nov. 2005 on: June 16, 2004, 06:17:56 PM
And I'd agree on that, but at the end of the day the games are what will ultimately sell the machine and, more importantly, keep selling the machines. Microsoft could have a dual 3GHz set w/ a 512MB ATI graphics card and all the storage space you could dream of, but if the best they could offer would be the most realistic variant of Pokemon on the market, they aren't going to sell many consoles past the early adopters and hardware-fiends. smile
6774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox] Fable coming soon, quotes from preview on: June 16, 2004, 06:14:54 PM
I'm waiting for Jade Empire for my RPG fix, however the thought of being a drunken, leacherous war-monger has a certain appeal to it. biggrin I remember playing my roommate's copy of B&W and after about an hour asking, "Is this all there is?" A couple of boards later, I'd answered my question with an affirmative. I'll wait for the reviews and the boards too. smile
6775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reports XBox 2 to debut Nov. 2005 on: June 16, 2004, 06:07:45 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
It does give them quite a leap on the other next generation systems.  

I wonder if it would be a good idea though since that would virtually guarantee that Sony could put out a more powerful machine.  One of the big selling points of the Xbox is that it is the most powerful console...without that jewel in their crown will customers flock to it?

Ask Sony. People are still buying PS2's and it's nowhere close to the XBox in terms of horsepower under the hood. The games are always the thing, and there are never any good ones until the console's been out a year, IMO.
6776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reports XBox 2 to debut Nov. 2005 on: June 16, 2004, 06:02:14 PM
Were Microsoft to announce it today as "final" that XB2 would hit in Nov. 2005, you just know that Sony would drop a brick in their pants. smile This should be interesting, but my humble $.02 says that everything is going to hit at the same time in 2006. But that's my opinion on things, versus what may wind up actually happening. I know that it's killing Microsoft to be #2, it has from the very beginning. But I really have trouble with them shortening the life expectancy of the consoles just to get a chance at the number 1 slot. That pisses me off royally.
6777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Aliens vs Predator Movie on: June 15, 2004, 03:14:41 PM
Visually, it looks perfect. The shot of the Aliens climbing over the pyramid and the three Predators standing atop it just dropped my jaw. Then I recalled the flick was directed by Paul "Will Suck" Anderson and is set in Antarctica. Thus my enthusiasm is killed again. smile
6778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chronicles of Riddick Movie on: June 13, 2004, 09:01:39 PM
Overall, I enjoyed it but once they get to the prison planet Crematoria all sense of pacing just goes right out the window. There are so many individual moments where the movie just has the perfect amount of badassery that I loved it. I'd say the entire Necromonger storyline was just stupid as all hell, with this "'til Underverse come" malarky not even believed by the actors saying the lines. The only times I really felt what I was seeing was even remotely believable was any time Riddick was on screen doing his bad ass thing.


The opening w/ the mercs

"I'm not with these people. I just want a piece of him."

"I'd have gone a different way."

Riddick's conversation w/ Tombs and the mercs

The entire Crematoria sequence which was truly cool, but felt like it belonged in a different movie.

"Who's ship is this?"

The dogs, which were one of the coolest ideas of an evolved species I've seen in a while

"Split four ways!"

The better effects used for Riddick's eyes

Kayla stretched out on the rocks above Riddick, which is a shot not to be missed. biggrin

The ending being fairly cool, yet really predictable if you've been listening to really anything the Necros have said through the entirety of the movie. Do not believe anyone that says the ending surprised them- they are dumb. biggrin

What I really hated was Thandi Newton somehow managing the impressive feat of overacting and underacting at the same time. She hurts the audience whenever she's on screen, which is, sadly, a lot. Hopefully, Riddick will toss her out an airlock w/n the first minute of the sequel. biggrin

Overall, I'd give it a B-. It's got enough cool ideas to warrant a full-blown series, but they need to create a more interesting story for Riddick next time. He and Tombs are hand-down the coolest characters in the movie, and a cat and mouse chase flick between them and a bunch of other scummy mercs would get my butt in the theater opening night.
6779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cybersex gone awry on: June 13, 2004, 02:03:34 AM
No. The rhino one. Hands down hysterical. biggrin

Of course the fat girl one had me in tears from laughter as well.
6780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Post your Collections/Favorites/Games finished thread on: June 11, 2004, 09:49:57 PM
I've recently added a few to those I've beaten this year:


2004 Completed Titles:

Prince of Persia (PS2)
The Simpsons: Hit & Run (Xbox)
The Suffering (PS2)
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (Xbox)
Return of the King (Xbox)
Chronicles of Riddick (Xbox)
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (Xbox)

2005 Completed Titles:

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
Mercenaries (Twice) (Xbox)
The Bard's Tale (Xbox)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
God of War (PS2)
Freedom Fighters (Xbox)
Deus Ex: Invisible War (Xbox)
Cold Fear (PS2)
Half-Life 2 (PC)
True Crime: Streets of LA (PS2)
Katamari Damacy (PS2)
The Curse of Monkey Island (PC)
Serious Sam (PC)
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil (PC)
Escape From Monkey Island (PC)
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (PS2)
Evil Dead: Regeneration (PS2)
F.E.A.R. (PC)
Call of Duty 2 (PC)
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse (Xbox)
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (Xbox)
The Suffering: Ties That Bind (PS2)
Total Overdose (PS2)
Star Trek: Elite Force II (PC)
6781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hilarious PA Strip Today (Zelda: Four Swords) on: June 11, 2004, 09:45:32 PM
The one time I laughed was when the GBA first came out and Tyco (I think) was sitting there playing with it and each panel had more and more light in it. That one was spot-on.
6782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / BORED!!!!!!! on: June 11, 2004, 06:25:56 PM
Good night nurse, in two months of balls to the wall non-stop action and excitement at my new job, I realized just now that I've completed as much as I can in my job. I've now gotten everything completed that was hanging, everything is up to speed, I've got to document a few procedures and am waiting on a quote to finish a proposal, but otherwise I've actually completed everything. I sit here now bored out of my gourd. It's been a while since that happened actually... and I think I may start twitching...
6783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Chronicles of Riddick Movie on: June 11, 2004, 04:05:26 PM
Bah to you, I say. I'm there as soon as I can be! smile I loved Pitch Black and having beat EFBB the other day, I'm really curious where the mythology is headed. Early word was that it setup the sequels nicely. Any comment on that?
6784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hilarious PA Strip Today (Zelda: Four Swords) on: June 11, 2004, 04:03:34 PM
Yet another PA strip I read stone-faced. Oh wait, maybe because it's not funny in the slightest. smile
6785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / There are some things you just can't "Un-see" on: June 10, 2004, 05:28:16 PM
The movie "Cheaper By The Dozen" remake is high on my list of things I wish I could unsee. Suffered through that one this weekend courtesy of the fiance, which called the whole wedding into question. Thanks honey!
6786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Summer Movies: What are you looking forward to? on: June 10, 2004, 02:11:18 AM
Considering AvP is directed by Paul "Will Suck" Anderson and is set in Antarctica, I've now faith in it. However, after beeing "Escape from Butcher Bay" tonight I'm dying to see "Riddick." smile
6787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / At least the exes approve... on: June 07, 2004, 07:50:37 PM
... of J-Lo's new marriage!

Let them rejoice. smile Personally, I've got my egg-timer going on this one.
6788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick? on: June 06, 2004, 09:57:10 PM
Alright gang, this might be spoiler territory but I'm lost at the moment. I'm at the part just after/during the Mines where you have to get into Tower 19. For the life of me, I can't find the way in. I've gone through the vent into the Feed Ward and wound up back in the Interrogation Room for reference, but I can't find the other vent I'm supposed to get into. Thoughts?
6789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick? on: June 05, 2004, 08:42:14 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
I know this request is common in nearly all games of this type, but if someone could comment on the controls and their ease of use, that would be great.  Some games like this are easy to control, others are a nightmare.  I am hoping this has the former.



I've gone through the opening and frankly am loving it thus far. The controls are actually pretty intuitive once you get the hang of them. What's nice is all throughout the beginning you can get helpful pointers as you have to try and do something new. This is simply outstanding work thus far, but I'm only a little ways into it. More in time. smile
6790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kid screws up, parents sell PS2 on: June 04, 2004, 09:53:30 PM
Personally, I think it's funny as hell as a punishment. Serves him right, too. smile
6791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban? on: June 04, 2004, 03:29:42 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Hmmmm....maybe this time I'll wear pants.  That might help too...

"8-year olds, Dude."


I'd really like to see it this weekend, but with the massive amount of wedding details we've got left to work out I don't know if we'll have time. Possibly early Sunday morning while the rest of the world is at church...
6792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Summer Movies: What are you looking forward to? on: June 03, 2004, 01:11:47 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Summer Mitch...summer!  Incredibles is a November release...heh.

Bah! In a summer where "I, Robot" features a wise-cracking Will Smith and really frickin' awful-looking CG robots, give me November now! biggrin
6793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Welcome to Off-Topic! on: June 03, 2004, 01:10:42 AM
Quote from: "happydog"
No you can't get an AMEN! That would be in a R&P forum  biggrin

Well damnation...
6794  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: Hitman Contracts {xbox} on: June 02, 2004, 09:06:28 PM
Yo! I'll take that off your hands if you want. What are you looking for?
6795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Welcome to Off-Topic! on: June 02, 2004, 09:05:31 PM
Can I get an AMEN?!?!?! biggrin

Big thumbs up from this cg'er.  :twisted:
6796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Summer Movies: What are you looking forward to? on: June 02, 2004, 08:50:40 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
You think M.Night has another twist ending for us or is he tapped out?

Nope, he most certainly had one. Moriarity over at Aint-It-Gonna-Suck-News said he pegged it right off, and when it actually happened in the script he read he felt like M. Night was pissing directly on the audience. If they really did re-shoot the ending, then rock on. I liked the hell out of Signs until the ending, and then the complete stupidity of it all just came crashing down. But that's me.

Saw Shrek 2 Monday and laughed start to finish. The Fairy Godmother rules. I'm waiting for Spider-Man 2 and The Terminal personally, but the big one for me this year is The Incredibles. Written by Brad Bird (The Iron Giant), animated by Pixar? A superhero family based on the Golden Age of superheros? Will this be the greatest movie of the year? Likely! biggrin
6797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Writing? on: June 02, 2004, 08:40:27 PM
Quote from: "Simon"
IGN has reviews? All I see now are big ads. Tongue

Mmmm... McGriddles..... biggrin
6798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Another Return of the King issue on: June 01, 2004, 02:35:34 AM
Alright gang, I'm at the end of the game at the Black Gate. My problem is the AI on my team mates sucks beyond belief, the enemy specifically targets them, and I keep getting swamped by the Champions I'm supposed to kill several of. Any thoughts on how best to beat this?
6799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I broke Return of the King tonight... on: May 31, 2004, 06:02:04 AM
I'm playing away on the XBox version of Return of the King tonight and I'm on the Pellenore Fields level, where you have to run between sides of a valley and take down the big elephant-things, while running through an army of enemies in between. Truly a masterpiece in terms of pissing me off, but I digress. Anyway, I run down into the valley at one point and the camera gets stuck focusing on where I came down into the valley. I naturally get sucked into a huge fight that goes off-camera and I'm hitting buttons like a madman and trying to move in the direction the camera is facing, but damn if that camera doesn't just sit there. Doesn't move at all. I somehow managed to not get killed, but brought myself back into frame and then went to the other side of the frame and then the camera moves again. Ugh.

Add to that the fun with the Witch King and I'm hating life on that mission.
6800  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Whiteboyskim's List of Tradeables on: May 29, 2004, 11:08:17 PM
Alright gang, I've got quite a few titles here that I personally would like to off-load, so here they are. If you want to offer PC games of cash, I'm perfectly willing to accept all offers. The only game I know for sure I'd like is Crimson Skies for the XBox (traded away my old copy).

For trade/sale:

Pitfall: The Lost Expedition
Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon

Tak and the Power of Juju
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Rogue Ops
Red Dead Revolver
NHL 2004
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
The Haunted Mansion
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