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Humphrey
2005-Jul-08, 09:54 PM
I though this would be fun. No rules, just list the three categories:
Play it!: Sprots, Video games, Board games, etc.
See it!: Any Tv, Movie, or Documentry.
Read it!: Any written word in print or online.

Explain the things if you can.

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Play it!: Mafia. Amazing game. Think of a free raoming game like Grand Theft auto, but set in 1930's America, and you join a Mafia organization. Amazing voice acting, very interesting a varied storylines. Just a wonderful experience. :-) Plus its cheap now and been out for a while.

See it!: Galaxy Quest. Hilarious satire on Star Trek and its fans. :-)

Read it!: Jurassic park by Michael Crichton. I know mit has flaws, but damn, its tisll my favorite book. Similar to the popular 1993 movie, but better. :-)

Normandy6644
2005-Jul-08, 10:19 PM
Play it!: Half-Life 2. Just started playing it, and man is it fun!! Great physics, great gameplay, just awesome.

See it!: Land of the Dead. George Romero's new zombie film, and it was quite entertaining. VERY gory, but it added an interesting new twist to conventional zombie films.

Read it!: Biggest Brother, by Larry Alexander. This book is about the life of Major Richard Winters, the central figure in Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers. If you've read Ambrose's book, then this one adds considerably to it, focusing only on Winters throughout the war as well as before and after. Fun and quick read.

Taks
2005-Jul-08, 11:01 PM
play it: oof. i can't recommend ANYthing to play right now. i do crpgs, and there is a drought, apparently. maybe i'll try out HL 2 as soon as i buy new speakers (old ones are dying... rapidly).

see it: oof again. i have a two year old and my folks live 800 miles from me, i.e. no babysitter. we saw national treasure over the xmas break when i was back home... entertaining flick. :)

read it: ooooof again. i'm currently trying to read the July edition of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine for possible dissertation topics. maybe i can relate phase errors to direction finding... hmmm. not a good read for the faint of heart, btw, but certainly no more complex than some of the stuff discussed in here! big time geek fun either way. :)

taks

electromagneticpulse
2005-Jul-08, 11:09 PM
Play it!: Rome: Total war. Just reinstalled it, this time its not liking my system but it is still amazing. I've been reading Sun Tzu's art of war and started using what I've learnt from it, even with an inferior force in numbers and skill I haven't lost a battle yet. Amazing game.

See it!: Stargate SG1. It's the best Sci-Fi show out and they don't use any kind of Treknobabble thinking 'lets add trino this and they can somehow save a world' into it. It also has subtle humour throughout it and sometimes less subtle humour (Window Of Opportunity). They also don't have an inexhaustible supply of guys in red to kill off.

Read it!: The strange life of Ivan Osokin. Reading it made me realise that if I don't go for my dreams now whilst I'm still young I won't be able to go back for them later.

paulie jay
2005-Jul-08, 11:31 PM
Play It!: Snood. (http://www.snood.com/) Addictive as it is infuriating!

See It!: King Of Comedy. Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Martin Scorsese. A black comedy masterpiece!

Read it!: Made In America by Bill Bryson. An informative and entertaining study of the delevlopment of language in the USA.

wedgebert
2005-Jul-09, 02:14 AM
Play It!: The Sims 2, where else are you going to find a spouse and kids who actually listen to you?

See It!: Penn & Teller Bul.....! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346369/). Penn and Teller debunk many of today's subjects including Conspiriacy Theories (with an appearance by the BA himself), Pyshics, Creationism, the Bible and bottled water.

Read It: Anything by Stephen Baxter, because good sci-fi you can learn from is rare.

Normandy6644
2005-Jul-09, 02:38 AM
See It!: Penn & Teller Bul.....! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346369/). Penn and Teller debunk many of today's subjects including Conspiriacy Theories (with an appearance by the BA himself), Pyshics, Creationism, the Bible and bottled water.



Speaking of which, has that aired yet?

Samara
2005-Jul-09, 03:45 AM
PLAY IT: Pikmin. Lord that game is addictive. All my pikmin keep dying though...



SEE IT: Robots. Has some of the best lines in history, me and my friends were quoting it all of the day after we saw it

READ IT: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Sequel to the chocolate factory, they should make a movie out of this book!

Maksutov
2005-Jul-09, 05:47 AM
See It!: Penn & Teller Bul.....! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346369/). Penn and Teller debunk many of today's subjects including Conspiriacy Theories (with an appearance by the BA himself), Pyshics, Creationism, the Bible and bottled water.



Speaking of which, has that aired yet?
Yup. May 9th. Got it digitally recorded. Great show. It's the one where Penn praises the BA's ability to stand still. 8)

Normandy6644
2005-Jul-09, 02:37 PM
See It!: Penn & Teller Bul.....! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346369/). Penn and Teller debunk many of today's subjects including Conspiriacy Theories (with an appearance by the BA himself), Pyshics, Creationism, the Bible and bottled water.



Speaking of which, has that aired yet?
Yup. May 9th. Got it digitally recorded. Great show. It's the one where Penn praises the BA's ability to stand still. 8)

Man, I must have missed a bunch of them then. I need to find that one!

Yoshua
2005-Jul-09, 02:57 PM
Play It: Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War. Very fun RTS that few seem to talk much about. Only disappointment I found was with the single player game which is very short and only covers the imperial space marines. Multiplayer is a fun experience.

See It: Army of Darkness. One of the best B movies ever made, I love Sam Raimi.

Read It: Need I say it ? Everything on this site silly!

Reacher
2005-Jul-09, 04:04 PM
Play it: Freelancer. I have no idea how this game isn't more popular. You play a resident of 28th (I think) century space whose home is blown up and goes into freelancing to support himself. Nice storyline, fantastic gameplay, etc, etc

Or, if you have time and a sufficient lack of inhibition, you could try Life, which me and a few friends invented, though it's undoubtedly not an original idea. You get an empty carton of choc milk, or a bottle, or a can (Though they tend to get crushed) or even a ball and each player tries to kick the object between the legs of other players. It's juvenile and clumsy, but it's fun. Of course, in our version, the person who got it kicked through their legs was punched by all the other players. Penalties were also punches to the arms, and were awarded if the player's feet are too close together for the ball to pass through. Punching hard enough to actually hurt the person was never a good idea, because the ball would pass between your feet sooner or later....

See it: Boston Legal. It's one of the very few TV shows I actually watch. Alan Shore is addictive, as is Denny Crane.

Read it: I'll suggest what I just finished reading: Comets by David H. Levy. It's a really cool read.

EvilBob
2005-Jul-12, 01:21 AM
Play it! Snood. (http://www.snood.com)(Thanks, PaulieJay!)

See it! The Planets. (http://www.bbcshop.com/bin/venda?ex=co_disp-view&invt=ebbcdvd1003&bsref=bbc) Great BBC documentary, now maybe a little dated, since Cassini-Huygens is mentioned as 'On it's way to Saturn'!

Read it! Only Forward. (http://www.michaelmarshallsmith.com/books.htm#of) One of my favorite books ever. Mind you, that list is pretty long...

rleyland
2005-Jul-12, 01:43 AM
Play it! Ticket To Ride. (http://www.ticket2ridegame.com/index.php?t=europe&rid=&S=8ce642a99a6ebc98d7274b0d 6b4741cf) One of the best boardgames of recent years.

(highly recommended: Peurto Rico, Settlers of Cataan, Gloom, History of the World, RoboRally, Magic The Gathering.... the list goes on)

See it! Battlestar Galactica - one of the best SF series of TV.

Read it! To Say Nothing of the Dog (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0553575384/qid=1121132410/sr=8-3/ref=pd_bbs_ur_3/104-9777377-2158316?v=glance&s=books&n=507846) -- Connie Willis -- actually all of her books are worth checking out. See also Kage Baker.

cheers,
Robbo

W.F. Tomba
2005-Jul-12, 05:14 AM
Play it!: Pong-Fu, a version of table tennis in which you can get points for hitting your opponent with the ball. I haven't finished tweaking the rules yet, but when I do I'll put them on the Web somewhere and probably put a link in my sig.
See it!: Apparently there's a new PBS series based on Guns, Germs, and Steel. Jared Diamond is a cool guy and would be good on TV (I've met him!), so this makes me wish I had a TV. If you see it, tell me how it was.
Read it!: Borgel, by Daniel Pinkwater. A kids' book, but still one of my all-time favorites. It has some highly original astronomical ideas. Time is like a map of New Jersey . . .

sarongsong
2005-Jul-14, 06:23 AM
On The Road (http://www.thezreview.co.uk/comingsoon/o/ontheroad.shtm)

Enzp
2005-Jul-14, 09:19 AM
Play it - I never have time for games, let alone find myself with others, but Balderdash is one of those dumb parlor board games, but once you get into it, it turns out to be a lot of fun. It involvs trying to fool others by making up word definitions that are wrong but credible. More fun to play than describe.

See it - I admit Galaxy Quest has grown on me considerably, but I will sit through the entire Animal House just to see Senator and Mrs John Blutarsky at the end.

Read it - Bad Astronomy by Phil somebody. An book that should be interesting to most members here. I just gave a copy to a friend this evening.

GDwarf
2005-Jul-14, 11:58 AM
Play it: Tales of Symphonia. Amazing game, probably the best RPG I've ever played. Good story (Although the first half is rather similar to the Final Fantasy idea of a story, find X seals and open them). But after the plot twist in the middle, well, let's just say surprises get thrown at you allot. It's a shame that the prequels/sequel are for the Playstation/2/3.
See it: Cowboy beebop: The story can occasionally fall flat, but the animating style of this series is amazing, I highly reccomend it.
Read it: Whooo boy, I don't know where to start on this one. I'd reccomend pretty much any of Terry Brook's books.

publiusr
2005-Jul-14, 05:07 PM
Play It....Starfleet Command
See It.....the original Solaris
Read It...Toss up between Asif Siddiui's Challenge to Apollo and Eric Tamm's ENO: HIS MUSIC AND THE VERTICAL COLOUR OF SOUND.