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1936  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 17, 2009, 06:18:25 PM
We've watched all of Firefly over the course of the last week or so, and will watch Serenity this weekend.  I'd seen them all once before, but my wife never had.  She's not much of a Joss Whedon fan, so she didn't think she'd like it, but I knew once she "met" Kaylee, she'd be hooked, as they have a lot in common.

We also watched the first episode of Sigmund & The Sea Monsters, an old Sid & Marty Krofft show we'd never seen before.  I have 3 things to say about that show:
1) What's up with the title?  Sigmund is a sea monster.
2) Dang, those kids are ugly.
3) Those Krofft boys must have done truckloads of drugs.  I've seen at least three of their series now, and Land of the Lost is by far the least trippy.

And finally, we watched the first episode of a Twilight Zone-like show from the UK called Tales of the Unexpected.  The first season and a half were based on Roald Dahl stories, and the first one was pretty intense.  It was about an old dude who bets a young sailor that he can't light his Zippo 10 times in a row without fail.  If the sailor does it, he gets the old man's new Jaguar (car, of course), and if he can't, the old man gets to cut off his left pinkie finger.
1937  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Any spherical RPG worlds? on: December 17, 2009, 01:01:45 PM
I'm pretty sure Final Sphere Quest V: Quest for the Spheres 2 was built on a spherical world

Well sure, but can you really recommend that game to anyone?  The series jumped the shark in Final Sphere Quest 3: The Cylindrical Trapezoids.
1938  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Command & Conquer on the iPhone? on: December 14, 2009, 03:55:46 PM
Oh, my.  I saw this today and it made me wish (not for the first time) that I didn't suck so bad at RTS games.  Looks like they've done a really nice job.

http://toucharcade.com/2009/10/09/command-conquer-red-alert-hands-on-preview-with-video/
1939  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Blizzard Veteran Founds New studio, Zombie-based MMO Announced on: December 14, 2009, 11:00:58 AM
You know, I'd say everyone would LIKE to be a WoW killer, but I wouldn't say it's everyone's actual goal.  There are plenty of games out there in every genre that aren't even trying to knock off the champs - I'm writing up a review right now on Fate (yeah, it's old), which was clearly supposed to appeal to fans of Diablo II, but I never got any sense that they were trying to capture the market.  They were just trying to make back their development costs and then some.
1940  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 13, 2009, 08:27:38 PM
Finished the audio book of the latest Wheel of Time - The Gathering Storm.  Great stuff.  The new guy did a really good job - I loved most of the first 11 books, but in some parts, I think book 12's actually better because it was written by someone other than Jordan.  A big part of the theme is growing up, and throughout all of Jordan's books, the main characters didn't really get much more mature.  For example, in this one, there's a bit where Aviendha says that Rand's not stupid for not getting something - just uneducated.  If Jordan had written this book, she never would have gotten to that point.

Oh, and splitting it into 3 books was absolutely the right decision.  This one was chock full of plot advancement - can't see how he could have logically moved it forward any more quickly than this.
1941  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: December is language learning month. on: December 12, 2009, 01:24:50 AM
Congrats, Lard!
1942  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Favorite christmas music. on: December 11, 2009, 08:19:42 PM
Haha - I have Christmas in Hollis!

My favorite is the new Bob Dylan Christmas album.  j/k - that thing is TERRIBLE.  Awful, awful, awful.

I'd have to say my real favorite is the Elvis Christmas album, although another few classics are way up on my list.
1943  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 11, 2009, 01:50:45 AM
Watched The Adventures of Baron Munchausen again tonight - hadn't seen it in a while.  Love it.  It reminds me, though, that I still haven't seen Brazil...
1944  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Everybody motion controller! on: December 10, 2009, 12:32:51 PM
http://kotaku.com/5423269/sony-gem-was-a-prototype-name-for-ps3-motion-controller

And Sony's motion controller is the most God-offending one of them all. Seriously, what the fuck is that thing? Am I supposed to take this seriously? It looks like one of those rotating lolipop candies they used to sell in Kmart's checkout lines. I can't wait for it to change colors. My 9 month old daughter might be entertained by such a thing.

Sony's technology is the best!

Dirtier minds might think of something else, but that's what it makes me think of too.  Terrible, terrible, terrible.
1945  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anyone here have a PS3? on: December 09, 2009, 05:42:56 PM
I know this isn't what you asked, but I use my PS3 mainly as a DVD/Blu-Ray player, and I'm very happy with it in that capacity.  It upscales my DVDs beautifully, and I like that the remote is bluetooth rather than IR.  Even if you don't use/like the PS1 stuff, it does a great job of the other stuff.
1946  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Anyone here have a PS3? on: December 09, 2009, 12:57:25 PM
Not really, it's for people who have the time to do it.

That's my problem - plenty of games I liked, and some I didn't get around to originally.  Just don't have the time to get back to them between work, personal life, and new games that are also worthy of being played.  I mean, I've got an unopened copy of Dragon Quest VIII just waiting for me, but I know it's a biggie, and to quote a wise man, "I'm just not ready for that kind of a commitment!"

(from Albuquerque: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8293203147995019225#)
1947  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Sega Saturn and Apple bracelets on: December 09, 2009, 12:52:33 PM
We were trying to convince a local yarn store to carry this stuff - they could even make patterns and sell them, without too much trouble.  But A) you don't live by me, and B) they totally dropped the ball, and presumably, a kitty carried it off after that.  (Heh - yarn ball joke.)

My wife found a company that actually sells what you'd need.  She says they'll sell in smaller quantities - most places that make it sell amounts like "10 tons" - and that they'll dye it.
http://durafil-conductive.com/product.html

Of course, if you were just looking to make an iPod holder, you wouldn't need that.  Just if you were making something people would touch the screen through.
1948  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Sega Saturn and Apple bracelets on: December 09, 2009, 10:22:50 AM
That is made of awesome. :)

Oh, something you want to look into - conductive yarn.  Use a little in the fingertips of gloves, and they'll work with touch screens like an iPhone.
1949  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: December 09, 2009, 10:21:14 AM
Hey now.  A fair percentage of the importer community agrees with me, as do the creators of the game(Although I understand that their opinion on diffiulty is a little skewed)

Well, I did give a wink there. :)  Mostly trying to yank your chain... which I realize is unusual for me.

But I have to say, I participated in a web conference with the developers just before it came out, and they said "This game is going to be brutally hard, and that's just the way we want it to be, because we want success to feel really rewarding." (Those were not their exact words, but they're close.)
1950  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: December 08, 2009, 11:55:22 PM
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Very good game, thus far, but definitely only for the hardcore of gamers.

I can't agree with that.  A more apt description is that it's only for the most -patient- of gamers.

Shadow, you should know that this back and forth has already happened here. :) Eric feels one way... every other person who's played the game feels another. ;)  I've never played it, so I can't weigh in.
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