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Podcasts / Re: Dragons Lair
« on: June 16, 2006, 07:46:44 am »
Not to beat a dead thread, but just in case no one has heard, there is now Dragon's Lair HD available for purchase, as well as Dragon's Lair, Dragon's Lair 2 and Space Ace all available on DVD-ROM format from Digital Leisure, including a 3-pack for $60.  These can be found and purchased from if anyone is interested.  Again, sorry for opening a dead thread.

Console Games / Re: Xbox Live Gamer Cards
« on: June 16, 2006, 07:08:21 am »
Gamer card FTW.

I played it once and can't remember if I liked it or not.  I'm looking forward to Monster Madness though.  Should be utterly fantastic.

Console Games / Haze
« on: May 17, 2006, 10:32:01 am »
Anyone else completely STOKED for Haze from Free Radical?  I loved the Timesplitters games and can't wait to see the Goldeneye / Perfect Dark magic come to the 360 with Haze.  Timesplitters and PDZ make me believe that all the real talent behind Goldeneye and Perfect Dark left Rare shortly after PD, perhaps after the MS acquisition or something like that.  Haze should be everything and more that PDZ could've been.  I can't wait to see some gameplay footage.  What are all your thoughts?

Console Games / Re: PS3 Interface
« on: May 17, 2006, 10:28:30 am »
I like the PS3 interface better than the 360 one.  The 360s interface has so much potential, but it's bogged down by MS's typical design style: bloated, glassy, and lacks proper size proportions.  The PS3 / PSP interface is so clean and beautiful and has such wonderful negative space.  However I must say that the 360 interface is one of the better designed things ever to come from MS, however it pales in comparison to the dashboard in Vista.  Looks very sharp (considering I've only seen it in a low res video).

Movies / Re: Batman Begins
« on: January 07, 2006, 09:40:38 am »
Mask of the Phantasm was a very excellent Batman movie, I agree.  That would be either my second or third favorite Batman movie (competing with the original Tim Burton release for 2nd).

Podcasts / Re: Dragons Lair
« on: November 22, 2005, 07:44:04 pm »
New information has come to light..... if you are planning on getting a 360 or have one already you are in luck!  Evidently they are releasing Dragons Lair, Dragons Lair 2 and Space Ace for Xbox 360!  That's going to be awesome and work better than the versions I have, and it's going to make that $400 piece of hardware that much more worth it!

Console Games / Re: Did you get an Xbox 360?
« on: November 22, 2005, 07:42:27 pm »
Good that you know what you want to do with your money.  Personally I think consoles are the way to go because they have good titles and generally require no upgrading in order to run all the latest games on them and they have a lifetime of 5 years.  Your PC isn't going to have that kind of lifetime before you have to upgrade it again for another multiple hundred dollars (quite possibly the amount of a console but typically more) in order to run games extremely well.  To each his own, I certainly agree that there are a lot of fantastic titles for PC out there and a console doesn't have as good of controls, but I don't have the money to get a PC and constantly upgrade so a console is a much better route for me and others.  Good luck with your upgrades and game on.

Console Games / Re: Perfect Dark: Zero
« on: November 12, 2005, 10:02:48 am »
The podcast is from a few weeks ago, and there have been rave reviews of it since then.  There was a point brought up in the podcast where someone said that they may very well have been playing an earlier version of the game, it wasn't necessarily the most recent build.  Rare has a reputation for making some excellent games, and definitely for making some excellent FPS games.  Since PD is basically their flagship title (though I think that's moreso Kameo these days with how insane the hype is and how many mixed media elements there are for it like the podcast, the movie, etc) I can't imagine that they would release a piece of crap.  Once again, we should recall how Halo was a flaming pile when it was first publicly tested and reviewed at E3 but then it goes on to be an incredible title.  Much as I'm sure Rare can't boss MS around at all, I'm sure that if it wasn't going to be ready they would beg and plead to not make it a launch title, and with how much MS is hyping it, how could they be stupid enough to say no to that?  I think it's going to be fantastic.  I just wish that I could be able to nab it and a 360 on the 22nd. :'( :'( :'(

Console Games / Re: Nice one Sony
« on: November 12, 2005, 09:54:30 am »
I agree with krakow.  Take, for instance, the Xbox 360.  If there were no regional encoding on that it's possible that the American market for it may suffer a great deal with people buying their consoles from Japan, where they're $50 cheaper for the non-suck package.  Granted, shipping might push the price to or over the $399 on our shores, but it's the basic idea.  Maybe WoW would be a better example where the game is free but they just have to pay for the online use.  Not sure how one of us would get a Japanese version of that if it's free, but who knows.  It's all linked to the economy and how they don't want one market to suffer with people buying cheaper from a different one overseas.  I always thought it was stupid too, since there are movies that have special editions in the UK but not here, or games in Japan but not here, but what can you do, right?

Movies / Re: DOOM - The Movie
« on: November 07, 2005, 05:38:05 pm »
I also decided it may be worth the full ticket price and saw it.  I knew what I was getting and I got just that, it was an entertaining romp of violence, blood, gore, all that good stuff.  Since I knew exactly what to expect and wasn't looking for a good movie, the big problem I had with the movie was how freakishly wussy the chainsaw was....  It barely made any flesh wounds on that..... dog...... creature..... guy....... thing................ whatever it was (which makes you wonder why that guy was the only one who turned into such a creature, when all the others became those zombie-esque things).  I enjoyed the mass killing that ensued and how there was a certain degree of claustrophobic and unilluminated suspense (I'm probably the only person in existence who was at all in suspense for that movie, however I tend to really, really, really 100% lose myself in movies so I tend to feel such things) with all those dark narrow corridoors.  It is  unfortunate that not only did they change the Doom storyline to be more of a zombie flick than the gates of hell opening up (since as a mindless gun porn romp it would've been fine) with that lame and cliche "plot" (term used loosely) when they probably could've made a better plot out of the tried and true Doom story, but whatever.  Not an owner, but leave your brain at the door and you might be entertained for an hour and 45 minutes or so.

Movies / Re: Saw 2
« on: November 07, 2005, 05:29:47 pm »
I *ahem* SAW it a week or so ago and I thought it was awesome.  Not as good as the first one, of course, but it still had a good amount to like.  The plot twist in it was pretty cool and the pacing of the movie in general was quite good.  Some areas of great suspense and just like in the original you watch almost the entire thing with a sense of dread as to what's going to happen next, all leading up to a particularly disturbing sequence.  What was done was pretty clever, however I'm still trying to sort out the end and determine if I like what happens...  It can be seen as basically the same formula as the first Saw movie but obviously had a great deal of differences like characters, events and circumstances.  If anything, it was a great deal more elaborate than the first in the plot and much more "active", as there's a great deal more to it than primarily flashbacks had by 2 guys chained in a room now that they have the back story out of the way.  There was noticeably more gore in this movie and it was a good deal more graphic, but thankfully it still left a good amount up to the imagination (my favorite part about the first).  I thought it was awesome, I'll certainly get it in a long while when they release the uncut version of that as well (really glad I held off on getting the first one so I could get that uncut).  Hope my basic review helped. :)

PC Games / Steve ought to love this....
« on: November 07, 2005, 05:21:33 pm »
Hey Steve, just listened to your latest and greatest podcast and your retro review encouraged this post, I'm thinking you'll be very excited about this... You mentioned the Dragon's Lair, Space Ace and Dragon's Lair 2 laserdiscs and I just so happen to have DVD conversions of those laserdisc adaptations of all of those games.  Apparently some guy had purchased the laserdisc versions and decided to rip and convert them so they're fully playable in a standard DVD player by using your remote.  If nothing else, you'll appreciate the highly nostalgic, highly geeky possibility of playing the classics on modern hardware.  That's all, just thought I'd mention that.  ;)

Movies / Re: DOOM - The Movie
« on: October 11, 2005, 06:29:09 pm »
Oh yeah, it's a very safe assumption that DOOM is going to be quite the laugh, but isn't that what makes it so appealing?  I'm really excited to see it, I wish I could catch it opening night but I'm going to be helping the in-laws move.  There will be nothing about it that will constitute a "good" movie, however there are destined to be those canons that are found in all movies of the sort.  One liners, craploads of action and as little of a story to interfere with the action as possible.  ;)  I absolutely love 'B' action movies. In fact, I have a Dolph Lundgren (Masters of the Universe, Rocky IV, I Come in Peace) filmography collection started and 16 titles strong.  As long as you go to DOOM or any other movie of the sort with the mindframe that you're going to just be amused by it you could actually really enjoy it.  I know I will  ;D

Movies / Re: Batman Begins
« on: October 05, 2005, 06:06:15 pm »
I don't mean to pick on you or attack, just out of curiousity, why did you think it was so horrid?  So far I haven't ever run into anyone who didn't love it so I've never gotten that perspective.  Mostly the part that I loved about it was the visual treatment, it was exactly like reading the novels, just with a lot less work on my part since it's played out for you.  For anyone who reads a comic / graphic novel like they watch a movie, it was perfect.  The way that color and negative space were used as something like spot color was just excellent and the timing, narration and pacing was masterfully done.  I'm really interested in hearing your perspective on it, perhaps you noticed quite a few things that I overlooked.  Hard to notice the bad when you're smitten by the whole thing, after all.

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