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13481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii and PS3 preorders begin tomorrow. on: October 10, 2006, 12:18:53 PM
It was pants. Not shorts.  P-A-N-T-S.
13482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Sensor Troubles on: October 10, 2006, 12:18:07 PM
I would just say that the chances of it being in direct sunlight during game play are scant.  Sure, indirect sunlight may be a factor, but my guess is that most players- even including the non-'hardcore'- don't play with the curtains/shades all the way open....cause even non-'hardcore' eyes can't see the screen with all that glare.
13483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: North Korea has the bomb. on: October 09, 2006, 11:19:20 PM
I guessing that different enrichment processes of different countries leave some kind of 'signature'.

I'd think creating and detonating a nuke would make anonymity nearly impossible.

Also, if you're the mastermind who finally does it, chances are you aren't going to be silent about it.
13484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Customer Service Angst on: October 09, 2006, 03:48:35 PM
Just spent another 1.5 hrs on the phone with bestbuy.  I spoke to not one but two people who had great English skills (one of them a supervisor).  I'm cautiously optimistic. 

Cautiously.
13485  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Customer Service Angst on: October 09, 2006, 02:26:12 PM
Here are all the customer service issues I have going on right now.  I am about ready to go Emerson/Thoreau and go live in a cabin where I can never buy anything ever again.

Amazon: Buy 360 get Gears of War free. I order it and they pull the ad saying it was a mistake.  They've annotated my account that I should still get the game for free. We'll find out in november.

Best Buy: Bought a 3000.00 tv (my dad's) with triple rewardzone points. Still only have the initial value on my account.  I've called more that 1/2 dozen times to get this escalated to no avail.  Language barriers aplenty.  Called their complaint line. Have escalated to management.  Ridiculous. The last rep gave me 270 pts on my account for some reason. I'm owed 6000.  <sigh>

Verizon: The rep messed up my account setup 2 1/2 years ago and for whatever reason they want 15.00 a line transfer fee for us to get our entitled phone upgrades and my company discount.  That's 60.00 for their mistake.

Anderson Homes:   The place that built my house has someone who is absolutely incompetent as their warranty agent.  Two issues have been going on and on and on for months and she just can't put it together.


Oh and I'm still battling all of them. I won't capitulate.


13486  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: October 09, 2006, 12:53:07 PM
188*


Goodbye 190s.



*Scale sits in the bathroom and my wife had already showered. Not sure if that impacts the weight springs within the scale. Will try again tomorrow.
13487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: North Korea has the bomb. on: October 09, 2006, 12:26:38 PM

Quote from: Nth Power on October 09, 2006, 06:21:54 AM

What's the deal with countries like N. Korea and Iran?  You would think if 50,000 other countries (exaggeration, I know) are telling you, "Dude, you really should stop with the nuclear stuff.  It's just not cool", they would take a hint.  Maybe step back and say, "You know what, a billion other people are telling me it's not wise?  Maybe it's not?"

Because the UN is a spineless beauracracy that 'threatens' with words and then doesn't do anything about it when their warnings are ignored. It should be called the Appeasing Nations rather than United.  Kofi Annan is useless.

Korea having nukes is a potentially huge problem.
13488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Recap: How'd it Go on: October 09, 2006, 12:23:54 PM
Let me just say, that if you're into turn based strategy and/or card games, Battles of Prince of Persia is a great title for the DS. It can be had for 10.00 and it's moved from a B title for me, to an A- and possibly climbing.  I'm really enjoying the mechanics and the strategy.  The AI isn't so great, but there have been times where I've felt I had to 'turn the tide' in order to beat the mission.  This is getting most of my time.

Also, played some Killer 7.  What a stylish and interestingly confusing game.  Not yet brilliant, but it's captivating.
13489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicago Bears on: October 08, 2006, 09:19:43 PM
Well, Chicago should have beaten them...should have even blown them out...but not 40-7.  Zounds.

Bills had 145 total yards.  That's something.
13490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: October 08, 2006, 11:22:37 AM
Made it 2.2 miles this morning and I was done. Windy. Rainy. Was in absolutely deep sleep when the alarm went off...

I guess I'll load up this week and go for 20 next weekend. It's do or die time.
13491  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What happens to your Icons at night - on: October 08, 2006, 11:20:10 AM
That's been around for years, but it still makes me smile.
13492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 08, 2006, 01:07:01 AM
I've never so much as tasted coffee. 
13493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: October 08, 2006, 01:06:11 AM
I dunno what it is...It's beautiful, sure.  Combat is fun, sure.  Expansive environments, sure.  But it's just missing something for me at this point.
13494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: October 07, 2006, 06:35:53 PM

Quote from: Xmann on October 07, 2006, 01:51:38 PM

So i'm 4 weeks into my training and i'm done to 195 as of this morning.  When we did the marathon 2 years ago i got down to 182.  I couldn't imagine being any lighter than that, but i hope to get close to that in the next few months while i train.

What was your marathon time?  I'm running my second Marine Corps Marathon on the 29th.  Hope to be at about 4:15-4:20.

As for weight, I had a rough night last night eating wise. I was starving when I got home and basically ate a full meal at 9:30 at night.  I'll pay for that next week (and am paying for it today with a slightly messed up system).

Going to do 15 or 20 miles tomorrow...We'll see.
13495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: October 07, 2006, 04:59:30 AM
I'm about 8 hrs into it and...I'm getting bored.  retard
13496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Oct. 6-8 on: October 06, 2006, 08:30:36 PM
I'm really enjoying Battles of Prince of Persia on the DS.

Will spend some time with Okami and hopefully Killer 7.
13497  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Prestige movie looks awesome on: October 06, 2006, 05:50:54 PM
My wife and i saw a preview for Prestige a few weeks back and we were like 'whoa'. That may be the first movie we go to in a theater in a very long time.  Looks awesome.

Departed does too.
13498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony Shares fall fron news of PS3 overheating on: October 06, 2006, 05:17:38 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 06, 2006, 04:49:03 PM

Couple this with my PS2 beginning to fail at home and I have little faith at this point....

How long have you had it? is it a slim?
13499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!! on: October 06, 2006, 05:14:24 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on October 06, 2006, 03:02:33 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 06, 2006, 01:25:17 PM

Quote from: Chaz on October 06, 2006, 11:03:48 AM

Are we sure that John Woo didn't direct this?

I've heard there's a scene towards the end where 8 Persians surround four Spartans (who each have 2 spears) and the movie pauses as each spartan points a spear at two different Persians while the Perisans have their swords pointed at the Spartans.  Then some white doves fly over, one of the Persians panics and pulls the trigger on his sword and everyone starts killing eachother.



If one of them screams out "THIS IS SPARTA!!" at the same time that would rule.

I've watched the trailer about a dozen times now and it looks so monumentally badass that I'm now praying to all the Olympian gods as well as every deity of every religion (just to cover all the bases) that this movie does not suck in the slightest.

Save time and pray solely to God. He's the only one there anyway.
13500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 06, 2006, 04:30:18 PM
As I have no interest in achievements at this point, that hasn't factored into the equation for me.  I don't see the value of getting achievement points, nor do I see myself going nuts to earn them.  If they can be earned playing through the game as I normally would, fine. If they can be achieved by doing a simple 'side quest' sure.  But I don't see myself bothering to be honest.
13501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Number of Sodas per week. on: October 06, 2006, 03:22:35 PM
I wanted a soda so bad yesterday with my hotdogs...it was tough but I made it. Today is tacos for lunch. GAH! MT. DEW YOU CALL TO ME.
13502  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Never Delete Any Email Ever on: October 06, 2006, 03:03:42 PM
Well to be fair to myself, my deleted folder resides on my HD and outlook doesn't query me to empty it.

We have a 45 day retention policy on the servers, but anything we bring down to the local drive can stay forever.

I have gigs and gigs of mail saved.

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While usually there's nothing important to be kept, there are plenty of times that I wish we could actually save something in our e-mail box.

If you're using Outlook, just create a mail folder on your local drive and copy it down to your HD.
13503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: October 06, 2006, 02:57:38 PM
I'm just over 7 hrs into it now and it's still quite absorbing.  I wouldn't quite yet give it the A grade yet, but I really enjoyed the big boss battle (while searching for the dog) and the log shooting down the waterfall was fun (if a bit frustrating).

Right now it's a B+.

I do LOVE how many things there are to collect and explore for- though I doubt I'll get them all.
13504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ico on: October 06, 2006, 02:54:46 PM
Don't know about ico, but don't waste your time on SoTC.  ninja
13505  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300 Trailer - HOLY CRAP!!! on: October 06, 2006, 01:25:17 PM

Quote from: Chaz on October 06, 2006, 11:03:48 AM

Are we sure that John Woo didn't direct this?

I've heard there's a scene towards the end where 8 Persians surround four Spartans (who each have 2 spears) and the movie pauses as each spartan points a spear at two different Persians while the Perisans have their swords pointed at the Spartans.  Then some white doves fly over, one of the Persians panics and pulls the trigger on his sword and everyone starts killing eachother.
13506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 06, 2006, 01:22:59 PM
Everything you told me to, big daddy. Everything.
13507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weight tracking, feel free to join in! on: October 06, 2006, 01:22:24 PM
191.5. Not really understanding why I'm stuck.  retard
13508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 06, 2006, 01:10:35 PM

Quote from: DonD on October 06, 2006, 10:55:41 AM

And to clarify, are you done with a game when you are no longer interested in playing it, when you've completed the main storyline (excluding any side missions if available), or when you've achieved all of the achievements that could be reasonably achieved (excluding ridiculous ones like 'be #1 on the leaderboard for this game').

Every game I buy, I have the intention of playing it all the way through until the story is over, the credits roll and any surprises after the credits occur.  Then a game is done.  Games like Brain Age with no solid ending just reach a point where it's no longer fun or interesting (for Brain age specificially it was 5 weeks or so).

On a very rare occaison, will I pop a game and be done with it after just a few hours and never touch it again: Soul Caliber II, FF VII and (possibly) Animal Crossing WW come to mind.

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Within a 4 week timespan, there is the next Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, Call of Duty 3, and GoW.

Only CoD3 interests me on that list as GoW is already purchased.  So hurraya for me!

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Well, the Shadow Hearts fans seemed to have enjoyed Enchanted Arms.  So if you're not jaded to the very core of your being regarding RPGs (or to put it another way, if you can handle patches of mediocrity), that might be a meaty first title choice.

There's Dead Rising, of course.  If you love zombies and/or causing hideously/hilariously gory carnage, it's a must-buy.  If you hate save points, timed anything, or the notion of replaying levels more than once, don't buy it.  If you both love and hate, rent it.

The only zombie exposure I have, really, is Shaun of the Dead which I loved.  The save game system on DR is causing this to be a purchase at some time down the road when it's cheap.  As for enchanted arms, i really need to stop buying RPGs for a while as I have many in my backup and the time commitment to play them is prohibitive to this contest (for me)  icon_biggrin
13509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2 Tracks! on: October 05, 2006, 11:46:26 PM
Cherry Pie shall once again become the ultimate party song!  icon_lol

I cannot wait to play Sweet Child of Mine. Cannot Wait.
13510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 05, 2006, 11:44:10 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 05, 2006, 10:05:42 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on October 05, 2006, 10:02:00 PM

GoW shouldn't spend too much time in your backlog - it's supposed to be only ~10 hours long.

No, no, no!  Epic's Mark Rein took great pains to express that the rumors of it only being 10 hours is completely untrue.  It's actually 12 hours!  This 10 hours stuff is a complete misrepresentation!  [/sarcasm off]. 

10-12 hours is almost a perfect length for me.  15-20 is perfect.
13511  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicago Bears on: October 05, 2006, 09:55:26 PM

Quote from: Gwar21 on October 05, 2006, 09:46:48 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on October 03, 2006, 04:46:07 PM

ORLY?

They already TROUNCED Green Bay at Lambeau.  You think Green Bay has a chance in Chicago?  Ha!

The Green Bay rematch is their last game of the year.  If they've clinched everything they can by then, they're likely to rest starters, giving Green Bay a shot.

Not to mention is SHOULD be Favre's last game so hopefully he'll be amped to go out with a win. Of course, that probably means he'll throw 6 pickles, but...
13512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 05, 2006, 09:53:21 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on October 05, 2006, 09:18:25 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 05, 2006, 08:57:00 PM

The 360 has not arrived yet (and if Amazon is accurate, it won't be here until mid- November), so that gives me some time to play my existing systems.
That's an error.  Call them and tell them to ship your 360 immediately, as the deal stated they would.

I don't know that I want it yet, frankly.  A console with no game. What's the point!?  icon_biggrin

Modify: Of course, I could buy a game now and since GoW will be free I still stay in the contest!
13513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 05, 2006, 09:04:39 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on October 05, 2006, 08:59:39 PM

The Holiday season'll probably have plenty of deals for older 360 games.

You're totally going to buy more than just Gears of War.

Do Live Arcade games count?

<Cough>. Read the OP.
13514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Game At a Time: My Xbox 360 Purchasing Rule with Contest on: October 05, 2006, 09:03:53 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on October 05, 2006, 09:00:36 PM

You have 8-10 game backlogs for all current systems and you think you can avoid a any backlog at all for a new system... not a chance. smile

That's the whole point. I don't want to tie up any more money in this hobby.  The incentive to me is a 60.00  hit if I break the rule.
13515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / One Game At a Time: Updated. Backlog Pared Significantly! on: October 05, 2006, 08:57:00 PM
The 360 has not arrived yet (and if Amazon is accurate, it won't be here until mid- November), so that gives me some time to play my existing systems.

I intend GoW to be my first game on this console and I intend for it to be my ONLY game, until I've finished it.

I, vow, before all of my GT brothers, that I will not have a backlog for this console. EVER.

I've purchased two consoles this year already: PS2 and DSL.

PS2 backlog is currently: 10 Games (with probably 300 hrs of gameplay)

DSL backlog is currently: 8 games  (with probably 150 hrs of gameplay) <7 if you don't count Animal Crossing which I played for about 2 hrs and will probably never touch again>

Did I mention that I had an XBOX already?

XBOX Backlog is currently: 10 games (with probably 150 hrs of gameplay)

So, that said, I will not have more than one game at any point of time being actively played on the 360.

Caveats:

  • If someone purchases me a game as a gift or sends me a game for free that will not count against the tally
  • XBOX Live arcade games may or may not count- I'm not familiar enough with what they actually are yet and will solicit you're advice as to whether they should.
  • If I complete or sell three (3) titles from my existing 3 console backlog, I am allowed to purchase one XBOX 360 game that is $30.00 or less + shipping
  • Open/Multi-player games will count toward the tally, but my judgement will determine whether an appropriate gameplay to cost ratio has been established (I don't forsee my buying many, if any of these)
  • Purchases of games for any other console do not count against the tally. Come on! Bully and GH2 are coming out!
  • Purchase of the Wii, any Wii accessories or any Wii games will not count against the tally

Contest:  If I buy an additional game for the 360 before I have completed the one in active play, I will buy one lucky person who posts in this thread a game of their choosing up to $60.00 + shipping.

Contest will be void upon completion or sale of all backlog games for other consoles. Caveats subject to change/revision (without changing over all contest parameters) based on suggestions from GT readers
This contest not endorsed/supported or otherwise underwritten by GamingTrend (though I will accept sponsorship offers  icon_wink).


13516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War hands on on: October 05, 2006, 08:30:37 PM
I don't know if FSW was fantastic.  It could have been legendary, but the level design was SO CLOSED OFF that it may as well have been on rails.

I'm looking forward to GoW.
13517  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 06:48:28 PM
Oh Purge...where art though? I must get my order in by 2 PM PST for it to ship today. I have just about 2 hrs.


You're my only hope.
13518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Running Cat 5 Cable? on: October 05, 2006, 04:32:48 PM
After you answer the above... another set of questions:

It looks like the ends of those cables are terminated...so I won't need any additional tools to terminate them, correct?

If yes, when I feed them down into the wall, should I take the ends off to avoid damage or just drop em down?

How do the jacks connect to the wall plates? Just pop em in?

Any particular reason you chose orange cables?  icon_wink

I'm thinking 50 ft of cable should be more than enough...any reason to get 100?
13519  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chicago Bears on: October 05, 2006, 04:22:32 PM
Bills in an upset 13-10.

 icon_twisted
13520  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nice try Fox News. on: October 05, 2006, 04:18:26 PM

Quote from: Clay on October 05, 2006, 01:19:28 PM

Edit: Seems that The Associated Press is also calling Foley a Democrat.

Dick Cheney flexes his muscles.

I'll bet Al Jazeera gets it righ!
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