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4741  General Category / You know why critics like Elvis Costello? / Re: Heavy Metal Friday on: February 25, 2010, 11:19:14 AM
We already know that Gojira is fucking awesome. I hadn't heard their album entitled Terra Incognita until recently and there's a song on there called Satan is a Lawyer that's fantastic. I'll try and find a link to the song when I get home from work but I think it's about Miroslav Satan and his other profession. I could be wrong. Maybe it's about a guy named Stan and they made a typo. Could be any number of things, really.

4742  General Category / On-Hoops.com / Re: All Purpose Big Ten Basketball/NCAA Hoop 2009-10 Thread on: February 25, 2010, 10:20:07 AM
Speaking of taking it out, Minnesota has taken it to Purdue with a 10-0 run to take the lead here to start the second half.

With segues like that, it's a wonder your radio career hasn't taken off.

Speaking of segues, what's up with turtles? They live for a long time and stuff.
4743  General Category / On-Hoops.com / Re: All Purpose Big Ten Basketball/NCAA Hoop 2009-10 Thread on: February 24, 2010, 11:45:18 PM
Speaking of taking it out, Minnesota has taken it to Purdue with a 10-0 run to take the lead here to start the second half.

Then what happened?

(prays for Robbie)

Prayin' won't do ya no good.

And you were totally gonna win that title. Aw.
4744  General Category / On-Hoops.com / Re: All Purpose Big Ten Basketball/NCAA Hoop 2009-10 Thread on: February 24, 2010, 08:56:36 PM
I would assume some of the disparity also has to do with the fact that it seems
that weaker teams from strong conferences seem more likely to get the 8/9
type seeds, where as strong teams from weak conferences tend to get the 10-12
and strong teams from weak conferences have a higher chance of going on a roll.

Of course, I could just be talking out of my ass.  I lack BC's college basketball
acumen.

Who among us doesn't? Our boy Brian has an enormous ass.



Well, there are some things down there weighing me down all the time.

When you're done with the glass dildo, you take it out.
4745  General Category / Mom's Basement / Re: Arkham Asylum (and a possible sequel) on: February 24, 2010, 03:42:16 PM
One of the bosses in Lost Odyssey pissed me off, so I'm done with that for a while.  I loaded up Arkham Asylum, and even though I played the demo back when it came out, I completely forgot how awesome the presentation is in this game.  It goes toe-to-toe with BioShock for introducing a setting that's just as much of a "character" as anyone in the game.  Also, Luke Skywalker is awesome as Joker.

Yep - the voice work in this one is all of the people from that cartoon that I watched when I was a kid. Fabulous stuff.

I don't know much about the sequel (which is definitely happening) but I can't help but wonder how great this engine would be if taken out of the context of Arkham and into Gotham itself.

I'm pretty sure the game is using Unreal Engine 3, so it should do just fine with almost any environment.  Gears of War 2 could handle exterior locations, so I'm sure this one can too.  I'm actually through about 550 pages of a book about learning Unreal 3, and just with what's available for the free development kit, it has the capability to create some awesome looking environments.  My only problem with Unreal is that most games you play, for a reason I'm not really sure of yet, have those super-muscular-looking character models like Gears of War.  Sure, they're really detailed and look kind of cool, but not when every character in the game has the exact same body structure.  At least they pretty much only made Batman look like that in this game.

I wasn't questioning the ability of the developers to make this happen, more hoping they would take the story for the sequel in that direction. No offense to Arkham but another game in the same place would be less than interesting.
4746  General Category / Mom's Basement / Re: Arkham Asylum (and a possible sequel) on: February 24, 2010, 03:03:13 PM
One of the bosses in Lost Odyssey pissed me off, so I'm done with that for a while.  I loaded up Arkham Asylum, and even though I played the demo back when it came out, I completely forgot how awesome the presentation is in this game.  It goes toe-to-toe with BioShock for introducing a setting that's just as much of a "character" as anyone in the game.  Also, Luke Skywalker is awesome as Joker.

Yep - the voice work in this one is all of the people from that cartoon that I watched when I was a kid. Fabulous stuff.

I don't know much about the sequel (which is definitely happening) but I can't help but wonder how great this engine would be if taken out of the context of Arkham and into Gotham itself.
4747  General Category / Mom's Basement / Re: MLB 2K10 on: February 24, 2010, 03:01:00 PM
DPD

Slak, it looks like GS might have just dropped the trade-in price for MW2.  You get $23 for it ($34 after the deal).  I could have sworn it was close to $32 as recent as yesterday.

Cool - but 34 after the deal is about what I was expecting. I'm ok with it. The fact that someone will give me store credit for some crappy video game is still a nice thing.
4748  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Starlin Castro Unbridled Manlove with a Side Order of Sploogetasticism Thread on: February 24, 2010, 02:27:47 PM
Hey old guys: was Garry Templeton any good?

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It’s clear that the Cubs prospect is Reyes’ inferior; Baseball America would rank Reyes its third overall prospect after the 2002 season, while Castro came in at 16 when the magazine released their list yesterday. Reyes displayed more patience and more power, Castro a better knack for contact. What interests me is the comparison between Templeton and Castro – both were impatient contact hitters with questionable power profiles.

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Templeton never developed home run power, he never developed patience, and when his speed started to go (and the BABIP with it), Templeton was no longer a useful player. Using the WAR historical database, we see that Templeton was 25.2 wins above replacement player in his 16-year career. I think Castro can be better than this (he’s already a little more patient than Templeton, and walks are preached more than ever nowadays), though his four-year peak of 14 WAR seems appropriate.

Garry's comparable players.
   1. Dick Groat (911)
   2. Royce Clayton (909)
   3. Dave Bancroft (879) *
   4. Roger Peckinpaugh (875)
   5. Dick Bartell (873)
   6. Tony Taylor (870)
  7. Jack Glasscock (868)
   8. Bill Russell (863)
   9. Orlando Cabrera (860)
  10. Joe Tinker (860) *

* - Signifies Hall of Famer

His nickname was "Jumpsteady". I'm sure Huey can come up with a good nickname off this for Castro.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/templga01.shtml

DPD.  

Heh heh.

That list is rife with phallicism.

Dick Groat?  Dave Bancroft? Roger Peckinpaugh?  Dick Bartell?

Bill James is a pervert.

HAAAA!!! Get it? Dave Bancroft? I don't.

Suck my Bancroft, pal.

When you say it it sounds like "bang".  Banging typically involves hard weiners.

That's quite a stretch. Good effort though.
4749  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Starlin Castro Unbridled Manlove with a Side Order of Sploogetasticism Thread on: February 24, 2010, 01:42:16 PM
Hey old guys: was Garry Templeton any good?

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It’s clear that the Cubs prospect is Reyes’ inferior; Baseball America would rank Reyes its third overall prospect after the 2002 season, while Castro came in at 16 when the magazine released their list yesterday. Reyes displayed more patience and more power, Castro a better knack for contact. What interests me is the comparison between Templeton and Castro – both were impatient contact hitters with questionable power profiles.

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Templeton never developed home run power, he never developed patience, and when his speed started to go (and the BABIP with it), Templeton was no longer a useful player. Using the WAR historical database, we see that Templeton was 25.2 wins above replacement player in his 16-year career. I think Castro can be better than this (he’s already a little more patient than Templeton, and walks are preached more than ever nowadays), though his four-year peak of 14 WAR seems appropriate.

I'll be sure to let you all know how good he is after I take a look at his career after it's over.
4750  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Starlin Castro Unbridled Manlove with a Side Order of Sploogetasticism Thread on: February 24, 2010, 11:23:42 AM
I've hated Millar ever since Al said we "gotta get that guy" a few years ago for his clubhouse presence.

MY KUBBEEZ NEED TO KOWBOY UP IN 2010!

Few years ago? That gives him some credit for when Millar was a baseball player. Al suggested it after 2008.

I'll defer to you on any BCB related facts. 

Millar, I'm assuming, used to play the game the right way.
Have we heard any reports out of Spring Training on whether or not he still does?

What are the odds he slides headfirst into first base at least once during spring training?
4751  General Category / Mom's Basement / Re: Arkham Asylum (and a possible sequel) on: February 24, 2010, 11:22:10 AM
I haven't beat the game yet. I think I might be at the final fight against the joker but I haven't gone to where ever I need to go yet (it's been 3 months since I've played so I'm a little rusty on the details). I was going to try to find all the hidden things and figure out the riddles first. The game itself is fun and pretty cool to play. My one critique is about the best thing in the game: That Batvision thing. It was a great addition and I like using it, but it is so good that I find myself playing the whole entire game with it on. Now, this is a minor complaint, but it's just weird. When I kill most people, I have no idea what they actually look like as all I see is (I believe this is right) a red outline of the character.. Beyond that, the game is fun and I do like it.

I have it on when I'm trying to find an alternate route or make sure there aren't any armed dudes left, otherwise I have it off. My favorite part of the game, and the most difficult so far, is when you're entering Joker's party and there are 16 thugs applauding you as you walk down the corridor. They wont attack you unless you attack first so you have the option to walk on through to meet the Joker - however if you manage to beat them all down, you get an achievement. Since I love those damn things, I tried and tried to take them all on.

In the end, you have to use the explosive gel and knock them all down and knock a few guys out while they're on the ground and then take on the rest of the room. You'll get killed if you don't mind your countering so you have to really be patient and not just hit buttons like a jerkoff. It took a while but getting it done was very satisfying.
4752  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Starlin Castro Unbridled Manlove with a Side Order of Sploogetasticism Thread on: February 24, 2010, 10:58:31 AM
Left to right, 2010. Fontenot at short, Starlin at 2B.

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But the Cubs love the idea of having Millar around to be Millar, the life of the clubhouse.

Then hire him as a fucking ball boy.  I've never hated a Cub so completely before a single AB.


I hated him quite a bit when he was actually considered a major league caliber ballplayer. This is nothing new for me.
4753  General Category / Mom's Basement / Re: Arkham Asylum (and a possible sequel) on: February 24, 2010, 10:54:12 AM
Did anyone else play this game? Rented it from Gamefly and I'm at the last battle with Joker. Easily one of the best/coolest games I've ever played. The fighting system is incredible when you finally learn that it doesn't pay to button mash. When you land a huge combo the action is insane. The Scarecrow stuff was also ultra-creepy and very well done. Batman looks like an absolute badass or basically the direct opposite of what George Clooney looked like as Batman.

Fantastic game.

My friend let me borrow it and it's been sitting on my shelf for about 3 months now.  When I finally started playing games against last month, it was for Mass Effect 2, and now I haven't gotten around to starting up Batman.  I assume this will continue because of The Show coming out next week and Final Fantasy XIII the week after that.

Just play it - it's enjoyable as hell and it won't take terribly long to finish. They say it's a 12 hour story but I assume that's for people that aren't bumbling retards like me.
4754  General Category / Mom's Basement / Arkham Asylum (and a possible sequel) on: February 24, 2010, 10:44:06 AM
Did anyone else play this game? Rented it from Gamefly and I'm at the last battle with Joker. Easily one of the best/coolest games I've ever played. The fighting system is incredible when you finally learn that it doesn't pay to button mash. When you land a huge combo the action is insane. The Scarecrow stuff was also ultra-creepy and very well done. Batman looks like an absolute badass or basically the direct opposite of what George Clooney looked like as Batman.

Fantastic game.
4755  General Category / Mom's Basement / Re: MLB 2K10 on: February 24, 2010, 10:41:30 AM
There's a demo out, if anyone is interested.

Have you tried it out?  I got that busted PS3 I talked about in another thread.  We have a couple things to pony up cash for before the kid comes in March, but maybe during the summer I'll send it off for repair and be able to play The Show.

No, but if I get a chance after my Lost boner goes down, I'll try it out tonight.  Because I hate fun.

I played one three inning game last night.  It's diarrhea on a disk.  I'm trading in all my 360 games except MW2 and maybe one or two others to get some cash for fixing that broken PS3 a friend gave me.  WANT THE SHOW

I'm going to trade in MW2 which should pay for most of The Show right there - plus a couple of other games TBD.

Gamestop always seems to come through with a sweet trade in deal around the time awesome games are released.
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