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6761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Trailer Up on: July 27, 2004, 10:23:11 PM

Who's your buddy? slywink
6762  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.
6763  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
6764  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
6765  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
6766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVDs today on: July 27, 2004, 07:14:45 PM

That is all. biggrin
6767  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!
6768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movie Quote Game on: July 27, 2004, 03:13:12 PM
Alright, for my quote:

"She change her hair?"
6769  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)
6770  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.


And the contest continues.

The quote is from "Se7en."

6771  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.
6772  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.
6773  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
6774  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:

6775  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?
6776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 is getting close.... on: July 22, 2004, 08:14:42 PM
Sept. 30.

6777  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.
6778  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
6779  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
6780  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.
6781  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.
6782  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.
6783  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.
6784  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
6785  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
6786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Other computer game forums? on: July 15, 2004, 06:03:03 PM
What, no links to Battlecruiser Forums? :twisted:
6787  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?
6788  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.
6789  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.
6790  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?
6791  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:
6792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spam Spam Spam! on: July 12, 2004, 08:11:05 PM

But I don't like spam!
6793  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
6794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rent it? Buy it? Wait? on: July 12, 2004, 07:11:01 PM
I'm all for more data, and seldom fall victim to the Forum Effect so prevalent on GG and seeping ever so slowly into CG. smile Right now, the price tag on things has me most concerned so I wait until it either drops, or until everyone is practically foaming at the mouth on how good it is.
6795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Loving the heck out of Spider-Man 2 on: July 12, 2004, 07:09:17 PM
I found the arcade by accident (though I thought it was from an early mission) and you go in and do Spidey moves in the form of an '80's arcade game. You get so far in one, you unlock another. I got to one point that I couldn't beat and went off on something else.
6796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / King Arthur? on: July 12, 2004, 03:14:43 PM
6797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Loving the heck out of Spider-Man 2 on: July 12, 2004, 03:12:35 PM
Don't get me wrong, I'm still having a lot of fun with it, but there are just a slew of things I'm noticing with it that take away from the polish. Were it more of a "complete" game, then it would be my GOTY candidate right now. I guess the allusion would be the issues some people had with KOTOR on Xbox last year and why it was undeserving of all of the GOTY praise it got. Just a thought.

Those buoy tokens are tough buggers to come by though. I've picked up over a dozen of them and those took a while. I've completed the Hint token collecting (some of which are brutally funny), but I've not found any of the Hideout tokens. I guess 'cause they're hidden and all that, right? smile Any thoughts on where to start grabbing those? If they're story-related, bear in mind that Dr. Octavious still hasn't become Doc Ock for me yet.
6798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spam Spam Spam! on: July 12, 2004, 01:43:11 PM
So long as they have night-vision, HK-equipped seeker-killer units hunting down spammers, I think they might have a chance. slywink Short of that I don't know. I'm just glad I don't have a Hotmail account anymore.
6799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Loving the heck out of Spider-Man 2 on: July 12, 2004, 01:41:37 PM
I'm in Chapter 7 right now (finished the arena maze with the dork on the jetpack last night) and I'm really starting to see the flaws. The controls are good, but the responsiveness to the controls is lacking. I'll swing into the side of a building and just float there, sticking a jump is kinda tough when you catch on the side of a building, and it's amazing how quickly you can swing into a building, go into a wall run, and be heading straight down instead of up. That's to mention the draw rate problems, or other random bugs and glitches that are showing a game that needed at least another couple of weeks of polish. And the less said about the water missions the better. :twisted:

I'm glad I didn't pay full price, and for $20 I'm still having fun despite the dozens of problems. Am I alone in thinking this?
6800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Riddick reminds me of Fallout... on: July 12, 2004, 01:34:57 PM
Very true. Sadly, you can't pimp your cell mates out, but maybe they're saving that for the sequel. slywink

Man, I love "Escape From Butcher Bay." The more I'm playing Spider-Man 2, the more I'm realizing just how much polish is missing from that compared to "Riddick."
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